Super Nova

People with super powers live among us. One of them works in a comic book shop...

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4. Chapter Four

I spent the rest of the weekend organising Kel and Colt’s joint birthday party. Their birthdays were within a few days of each other so after the next meeting we were all going to a restaurant for a celebratory meal. It was going to be dangerous having so many of us super-humans in one place but we had booked the whole restaurant for the night so hopefully nothing bad would happen.

I had Colt’s present sorted. I was taking him to Disneyland Paris. I had been saving my pay for months. I was going to surprise him and couldn’t wait to see the look on Colt’s face. I hadn’t asked Seth’s permission yet though. That was something I needed to do and fast.

“Helloooo! I’m baaaack!”

Muttering a curse I hurried to hide the present that I had been wrapping. I stuffed it under my bed and bounded through to the main room.

“Hey, Kel. Have a good weekend?”

She smiled and dropped a bag of shopping onto the sofa. “It was alright until Mum saw my hair,” she said taking off her coat. “She threatened to ground me until I reminded her that I didn’t live at home.”

“So have you eaten dinner yet?” I asked moving to the narrow kitchen.

“Nope, I haven’t. What do you want?”

Chewing my bottom lip I said, “Do you think Seth is still in love with me?”

Kel’s brown eyes were wide with surprise. “What? Where did that come from?”

“Colt told me that Seth still loves me.” I ran a hand through my hair feeling conflicted.

Kel came over and gazed at me. “Yes, I think Seth is still in love with you. Nova, please don’t tell me that I need to remind you of the horrible things he did to you.” She took my hand and squeezed it gently. “I thought you’d moved on.”

“I have, I just . . . I don’t know.” Kel pulled me into a hug and I rested my head on her shoulder. “I guess I’m just tired. I need to sleep. I haven’t forgotten. I haven’t.” Closing my eyes I felt tears roll down my cheeks.

 

 

“Someone as beautiful as you shouldn’t be crying.”

Looking up from where I was sat on a park bench, my arms wrapped around my legs, I found a muscular guy maybe slightly taller than me stood nearby. His hair was short and his hands were in his jacket pocket. His brown eyes were fixed on me.

“Excuse me?” I wiped my tearstained cheeks with the back of my hand.

The man sat down beside me. “Why are you crying?”

Turning my gaze to my knees I sniffed. “It’s nothing.”

“It’s obviously something.” His voice was kind and full of concern. “You know, I have a little brother who loves to eat ice cream when he’s upset. Do you fancy some?”

I swallowed nervously. Why was some random guy so worried about me? He would run away screaming if he knew what I was.

“Hey, it’s okay.” The man laced his fingers through mine and stroked the back of my hand with his thumb. It was strangely soothing.

Realising that I was sobbing I shook my head and pressed my free hand to my mouth. “No, it’s not. I can never go back there. I . . . I have nowhere to go. I don’t know what to do.”

The man lifted my chin so that I was looking into his eyes. He stared at me for a moment before asking. “What’s your name?”

“Nova,” I said.

“Well Nova, I’m Seth and I think I can help you.”

 

 

I called Seth on Wednesday night. I had been putting it off for weeks but I’d waited long enough. I had to speak to him now especially if I wanted to take Colt to Disneyland at the weekend. It was quite late so Kel was asleep in our room, but Seth would still be awake as he only slept for a few hours every night. I rang Seth’s number hoping that he hadn’t changed it during the five months since we had broken up.

“Hello?”

“Hi it’s Nova.”

“Nova? Why are you . . . what can I do for you?” He sounded like he was trying to contain his joy at hearing from me.

“I need to talk to you,” I said pacing the room.

“Meet me at the Slanted Oak in ten minutes.”

Flustered I cried, “No, I . . .”

It was too late. Seth had hung up. Groaning I ran a hand through my hair. This was not supposed to happen.

 

 

Several outfit changes later and I was on my way to the Slanted Oak. It was a recently refurbished pub in an old part of the city. The food and drink was good and reasonably priced. The atmosphere was great as well. Seth was already waiting.

“I ordered you a Bacardi and coke. I hope you don’t mind.” Seth leaned in and kissed my cheek, hovering for a moment too long.

Looking away uncomfortably, I slid into the cushioned booth, taking my jacket off. “Thanks.” I sipped my drink, all the while avoiding Seth’s gaze.

The pub was busy and there was loud music playing. I could smell chips and fought the urge to lick my lips. I loved chips.

“Before you say anything I want to apologise for what happened Saturday morning. I shouldn’t have just teleported in like I did.”

I gave him a nervous smile. “That’s okay, I’m sorry for shouting at you.”

“I deserved it.”

I couldn’t help but laugh at that. “Yes you did.”

“I’ve missed your laugh.” Seth’s eyes were full of sadness.

“I haven’t had much reason to laugh.”

Seth swallowed some beer. “So you’re not . . .” He cleared his throat and turned pink. “You’re not seeing anyone?”

“Seth,” I said embarrassed. “That’s not why I rang you. I want to take Colt to Disneyland this weekend. I need your permission.”

“Oh . . . when would you go?” He was surprised and slightly disappointed.

“Saturday morning. We’ll stay at Disneyland for the night and then come back Sunday evening.”

“Do you want me to teleport you there and back?”

I raised an eyebrow. “Is that a yes then?”

Seth drained the rest of his drink and nodded. “So, do you want another drink?”

“No thank you,” I replied, relieved that Seth had said yes. “I have to get up early.” Standing up I pulled my jacket on.

Seth walked to the door with me. “Do you want to come back to mine?”

“I don’t think that’s a good idea. Thank you for the drink.”

Seth leaned down to kiss me goodnight but I had already left.

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