Consumer Science is the only class that Nono Rodriguez shares with the hero known only as Kid Kelvin. Well, he has a name, and the class knows it, but this is still privately how she thinks of him.
She has a note. She’s supposed to deliver it, then walk away. But is that really good enough? No. She’s going to do her best to sell her new friend. She knows the gist of it anyway.
“I want to get his attention,” the strange girl with the calming plasma powers had said. “Can you arrange for him to be somewhere, at a certain time? I wrote this, maybe it’ll persuade him.”
Note clutched tightly in one hand, Nono taps Kelvin on the shoulder.
“Yeah what is it?” he asks.
He sounds bored, or tired. I hope he’s getting enough sleep.
Nono musters her courage. Superheroes are talking to you now. You can do this. “Listen, um, there’s this girl…”
Kelvin brightens up slightly.
“… and she wants to…” Think think. “She wants to meet you. There’s some kinda fancy restaurant outside of Northpark Mall…?”
“Near the Sergeant Stronghold statue, yeah,” Kelvin says, slightly more curious.
“… yeah, that one. Um, will you… will you go?”
The hero mulls this over. “Is she hot?” is his only question.
What? Ummm… Nono computes furiously. The plasma was near room temperature, and had a characteristic spectral line that it cast on the classroom wall, and the girl could maintain it near her skin without injury - though that may have been a secondary power, so it was probably a non-thermal plasma, like a fluorescent lamp-- “About 10,000 kelvins,” she announces proudly.
Kid Kelvin blinks. “Is that hot?” he asks again.
“Well… yes, quite hot, actually,” Nono answers. Shouldn’t he know this? It’s in his name.
He seems to be wavering. Nono draws herself up. “Listen. This girl is my friend. She really wants to meet you. So you need to go meet her, and treat her nicely, okay?”
Kelvin raises an eyebrow, and shrugs. “Okay, okay. I’ll go.” He breaks into a grin. “Sounds like fun. Hey, how am I supposed to recognize her?”
Nono grins back, happy to have been of service to her new friend. “She says you’ll know.”
author: Bill G.