Previously: While making their escape from robbing the Kessler Museum, Digger and Twain encountered three members of the famous New York supergroup the Big Apple Corps. And now…
â€œDigger, maybe we should just tell them whatâ€™s going on,â€ Twain said. â€œIf you explain things to them like you did to Stretcho…â€
â€œWhatever. Maybe theyâ€™d let us go.â€ Twain hoped that would be the case, anyway. He hadnâ€™t expected the Corps to show up so quickly. How had they managed it?
â€œDude, we were able to do that with Flexo because heâ€™s new. Heâ€™s easy to walk over, plus we get along. These guys,â€ Digger nodded toward the two men moving to flank them, â€œhate me.â€
Digger pointed at Caveat. â€œKicked his ass…â€
â€œYou cheated,â€ CaveatÂ snarled.
â€œWhatever. Which means I also kicked Fish Girlâ€™s boyfriendâ€™s ass.â€
â€œMy name is not…â€
â€œAnd Stick,â€ Digger continued, pointing at Biggus Stickus, â€œI humiliated in front of some of his groupies. He chickened out before I could kick his ass.â€
â€œI didnâ€™t chicken out,â€ Stickus said. â€œThere arenâ€™t any women here for you to hide behind this time.â€
â€œWhat about her?â€ Digger asked, pointing at Twain.
â€œSheâ€™s no her,â€ said another voice from above them, deeper and colder than any voice Twain had heard before. He looked up and recognized the leader of the Big Apple Corps, Invictus, descending toward them, dressed in a tight fitting uniform of deep blue with golden shoulder braids and a cape of royal purple. His eyes glowed a shade of blue only slightly lighter than his uniform.
This was a disaster, Twain realized. Caveat was dangerous, but barely above normal as far as powers went. Carpe was stronger, and Stickus stronger still, but neither was considered in the top tier of dangerous opponents. Digger might be able to handle one or even all of them, though it was questionable without being able to use his Drillers.
But Invictus was a different story altogether. His name meant â€œUnbeaten,â€ and he claimed to have never lost in a fair fight.
â€œJeez, you guys are such divas,â€ Digger said, apparently unconcerned by the worsening odds. â€œYou canâ€™t just show up and fight. Youâ€™ve all got to make entrances.â€
Invictus didnâ€™t rise to the bait. â€œSlumming with norms now, Digger?â€
â€œSheâ€™s a norm?â€ Stickus asked, pointing at Twain with his bat.
â€œDepends on your definition of norm, I guess,â€ Invictus said. â€œI personally donâ€™t consider tranvestites all that normal. But he has no powers. Except…â€
â€œWhat?â€ asked Caveat.
â€œThere is a spark there,â€ Invictus said. â€œPerhaps a latent. Still, hardly worth bothering with.â€
â€œWhat are we going to do?â€ Twain muttered to Digger.
â€œWhen the fight starts,â€ Digger said quietly, â€œtake down Carpe, then run. Wait for me at the car. Iâ€™ll catch up.â€
â€œWhat makes you think I can take down Carpe?â€ Twain asked.
Digger looked at him. â€œYouâ€™re saying you donâ€™t have a surprise up your sleeve?â€
Twain almost smiled. â€œI might. But how are you going to beat these guys when you canâ€™t even, um…â€
â€œCanâ€™t even what?â€ Caveat asked.
â€œCanâ€™t use his Drillers,â€ said a mellifluous voice from behind them. â€œIsnâ€™t that right, Digger?â€
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