“Stay down,” Gwen hissed at Ben as her cousin knelt behind the trash bin. “We can’t let Jane see you before you change back.
“I know that,” Ben said with the lizard-like hiss of his XLR8 form, “but why do I have to hide when she isn’t even here yet.”
“Because we don’t know when she’s going to get here,” Gwen pointed out as she brushed her bulky sweatshirt into place and glanced around the school grounds. “I already told her about my magic but it might be a bit much to spring the whole alien switcheroo thing with her right now. If Jane comes around the corner and sees me standing next to XLR8 – or if she turns the corner just as you’re changing into your own form.”
“I guess you’re right,” Ben sighed, “but you know she’s going to figure it out sooner or later.”