They never left together, even though they were “together.” It wasn’t that Janie and Alice were afraid of being seen as a couple. Which they were. Everyone knew it. They were afraid of being seen as partners in that other sense. The one the world wasn’t ready to accept. Partners in that cape and cowl sort of way. So when trouble erupted, as it usually did, Alice would slip out, then Janie. Quietly. Stealthily. And off they’d go, in cape and tights to save the world. Alice liked to tease that Janie was the sidekick, which caused problems at home.