In our last episode, try as he might, Jeff Twain was unable to outrun the wrath of the hero known as Digger. And now…
Twain looked up into Diggerâ€™s furious face as the hero drew back his other fist. The metal blaster–called a Driller Beam Generator–attached to Diggerâ€™s forearm came to life with a loud snap and a rising whine. Â â€œWhat the hell did you do to me?â€ Digger shouted.
Twain was panting too hard to object when he heard the Drillers charging. He was trying to force out the word, â€œWait!â€ Â when Digger was hit from the side and slammed against the wall of the building.
Before he could react, Digger was grabbed and flung the other way, past the little vendorsâ€™ booths and onto the grassy median which ran the length of the pedestrian mall. He hit and rolled gracefully to his feet, facing back the way he came in a defensive crouch.
Flexo Thompson, the Amazing Rubber Man, stepped in front of Twain and glared at Digger. He wore his trademark costume of red withÂ squiggly green lines that the toyÂ wizards at Playco/Sunmarc had designed for him. â€œGive it up, Digger,â€ Flexo said.
“Give what up?” Digger asked.
“This is serious,” Flexo said. â€œI think youâ€™re an okay guy, but Iâ€™ll have to take you in.â€
â€œWhy?â€ Digger asked.
â€œWhy? Because you robbed a bank, for starters,â€ Flexo answered.
â€œNo, I didnâ€™t,â€ Digger said.
â€œA hundred eyewitnesses and the bankâ€™s security videos say you did.â€
â€œI know it looks bad,â€ Digger said, â€œbut Iâ€™m innocent. I was set up.â€
â€œWas it a shapeshifter?â€ Flexo asked.
â€œAlternate universe doppelganger?â€
â€œSo that was really you robbing the bank,â€ Flexo said.
â€œWell, yeah,â€ Digger admitted. â€œBut I didnâ€™t rob it rob it.â€
â€œDid you threaten them with physical harm and take their money without their permission?â€
Digger shrugged. â€œTechnically.â€
â€œWhat language are you speaking right now?â€ Flexo asked. â€œBecause in English what you just said means you robbed a bank.â€
â€œI had a good reason,â€ Digger said.
â€œThey all do,â€ Flexo replied. â€œBut you still need to come with me and…â€
â€œWill you shut up?â€ Digger yelled. â€œI was set up! And thatâ€™s the guy who…â€
He stopped in mind-point. Twain was nowhere to be seen.
â€œDamn it!â€ Digger shouted. â€œHeâ€™s gone!â€
â€œDonâ€™t worry, Iâ€™ll help you find him,â€ Flexo said. â€œGuy in a suit, right?â€
â€œNot any more,â€ Digger muttered.
â€œWhat does that mean?â€ Flexo asked.
â€œIt means youâ€™re an idiot!â€ Digger yelled and leapt forward. His Drillers snapped to life, whining as their power built.
Flexo threw his arms up in front of his face and turned his head away. The Driller Beam Generators created a kind of focused explosion that blew holes in dirt and rock, creating tunnels that Digger could run through. Flexo hoped that his flexible body would be resilient enough to survive the blast, but even so, it would sting his eyes if he were looking at it.
He braced for the impact.
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