Previously: On the trip to New York, Digger was describing his encounter with Frog Boy, the most annoying villain he ever met. And now…
â€œWhat do you mean?â€ Twain asked.
â€œThere was no drop at the flea market,â€ Digger said. â€œHe was just wasting time until time for the meet. I caught him red-handed later and made it another step up the food chain toward the big boss. But I wouldnâ€™t have if Frog Boy hadnâ€™t stopped me from nabbing the guy right there. It still burns that the only reason I succeeded that day was because I lost a fight to some asshole in a frog mask.â€
â€œWell, maybe once weâ€™ve cleaned up this mess, you should try to find him and get some payback,â€ Twain said. â€œYou know guys who could track him down, donâ€™t you?â€
Digger shook his head. â€œA couple, maybe. But even if they could, itâ€™s not worth it. Iâ€™ve moved on. I wonâ€™t ever be seeing that guy again.â€
â€œThanks for coming in again, Mister Thompson,â€ said Detective Merrick as he led Flexo into the interrogation room the next day.
â€œMy name,â€ Flexo said. â€œItâ€™s Kosmatka. Thompsonâ€™s just a stage name, so to speak. And I thought we had already covered everything pretty thoroughly yesterday.â€
â€œYes, if you want to call that ridiculous story you told â€˜covering everything thoroughly,â€™â€ said Detective Grayson, who had been waiting in the room.
â€œAre you trying to pin something on me?â€ Flexo asked.
â€œNo,â€ said Merrick. â€œAfter all, the way Hero Shield is written, it would be hard to convict you on abetting. No, weâ€™re just here because something new has come up, and we wanted to see if you could help us understand it.â€
Grayson leaned forward. â€œWhen you were talking to Digger yesterday, did he mention anything about shendu guots?â€
â€œIâ€™m sorry, shendu whats?â€
â€œShendu guots. Itâ€™s some kind of miracle fruit juice from China,â€ said Merrick. â€œYou remember how pomegranate juice was all the rage a few years ago? And before that, it was acai, and before that, it was noni juice? Well, this shendu guots is supposedly the next big thing. Makes old men young, makes young men strong, heals wounds, restores mental sharpness, erases wrinkles. Itâ€™s like a steroid on steroids.â€
â€œNever heard of it,â€ Flexo said.
â€œYouâ€™re sure Digger never mentioned it?â€
â€œI would have remembered whatâ€™s it gots,â€ Flexo said. â€œâ€Why are you asking?â€
â€œBecause this stuff is extremely rare,â€ said Grayson. â€œIllegal to export from China, as a matter of fact. But the Organic Chemistry lab at the university happened to come across a few liters somehow, until someone stole them yesterday. Broke in just minutes after police were dispatched to the bank for Diggerâ€™s robbery.â€
â€œYou think the two are related?â€ Flexo asked.
â€œLetâ€™s say the timing is suspicious,â€ Grayson said.
“Hey, Iâ€™m getting thirsty. You want to stop somewhere and grab a soda, or should I get something out of the cooler there?â€ Digger said, pointing at a large cooler behind Twainâ€™s seat.
Twain smiled, but shook his head. â€œWhatâ€™s in there is not for drinking. Not yet, anyway.â€
What will happen when Digger and Twain reach New York? Find out next week when we continue Run, Digger, Run!
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