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Previously: Twain disappeared from the fight with the Big Apple Corps, along with Invictus’s right arm. And now…
Twain sighed with relief as his van came into view. He dug the keys out of his pocket and pressed the remote. The van unlocked with a chirp.
â€œAbout time.â€ Digger landed on the pavement beside him. â€œIs that the shirt from your cowgirl outfit?â€
Twain was still wearing his suit pants, but instead of the dress shirt, suit coat and tie, he wore a white long sleeved shirt with frilly cuffs, like the blouse he had worn under his buckskin vest. â€œYeah, I had to improvise. I couldnâ€™t stay in the suit; Invictus saw me change.â€
â€œWas that before or after you ripped his arm off?â€ Digger asked.
â€œThat wasnâ€™t me,â€ Twain said, opening the driverâ€™s side door of the van. â€œLetâ€™s get out of here. Iâ€™ll tell you on the way.â€
â€œOn the way where?â€ Digger asked.
â€œIâ€™ll tell you that, too,â€ Twain said. â€œGet in.â€
As they were pulling out into the street, Digger said, â€œSo how did you do that to Invictus?â€
â€œI didnâ€™t,â€ Twain answered. â€œYou saw the weapons I was carrying. I had the cap pistol and the taser with ultra-discharge capacitor. That was it.â€
â€œSo what happened?â€ Digger asked.
â€œI donâ€™t know,â€ Twain said. â€œI changed, and suddenly, Invictus was right there. I figured I was caught, but then this hole opened up in space, like a wormhole or something, and these tentacles came out and wrapped around his arm.â€
â€œInterdimensional tentacle monster? Thatâ€™s what youâ€™re going with? Seriously?â€
â€œIt must have been sent by one of their enemies,â€ Twain said. â€œI mean, they must have enemies, right? Anyway, I turned and ran. I heard him scream, but I didnâ€™t look back. I stopped a couple of blocks later to switch my outfit around, and then I headed back here.â€
â€œAnd you seriously expect me to believe that,â€ Digger said.
Twain shrugged. â€œEither that, or I somehow managed to tear the arm off an invicible hero.â€
Digger waved the comment away. â€œHeâ€™s not invincible. Thatâ€™s just P.R. You ever look at their press releases, notice the weasel words. It always says, â€˜never been beaten in a fair fight.â€™ Because his adaptive powers make him able, in theory, to beat anyone with enough time to learn their weaknesses and develop a counter. Which also means that any fight he loses is by definition not fair. Guyâ€™s a douchebag.â€
â€œWhy doesnâ€™t anybody call him on it?â€ Twain asked.
â€œWho you gonna believe, some bad guy who wants bragging rights or the leader of the most powerful super-team in the country?â€ Digger asked. â€œBut if he was attacked by some monster, why didnâ€™t I hear it? All I heard was the scream.â€
â€œIt was quiet,â€ Twain said. â€œEver heard an octopus roar?â€
â€œCome on, surely you saw something in Hell like that thing,â€ Twain said.
â€œI saw some freaky stuff,â€ Digger admitted, â€œbut nothing like that. So where are we going?â€
Twain smiled. â€œThis one will be easier, trust me.â€
â€œPlease stop using that word.â€
Where are they going? And what word gives Digger problems? Is it ‘trust’ or does he have some phobia with ‘easier?’ Join us later today for the next exciting episode!
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