Sorry for the missed update. Holiday season and personal difficulties have my mind beaten nearly into submission.
Previously: Digger and Twain were trapped in Caveat Maledictor’s mansion while stealing a blue crystal, the final piece to Twain’s plan to help Digger out of his current difficulties. And now…
â€œMaybe if we hurry, we can get out of here before Caveat finds us in his house,â€ Digger said, stepping out into the corridor with Twain. He stuffed the glowing blue crystal into his pocket. The light shone dimly through his khakis.
â€œYou really think so?â€ Twain asked.
Lights all over the house came on one by one. â€œOh hell no.â€
And then Caveat Maledictor rounded the corner, trailed by Carpe Noctem on his left and Biggus Stickus on his right in one of those power wedge formations you saw on TV all the time. Digger was pretty sure theyâ€™d rehearsed it a few times. It certainly looked dramatic.
â€œThis is it, Digger,â€ Caveat said. â€œNo escape this time.â€
â€œI donâ€™t intend to escape,â€ Digger said.
Twain turned to look at Digger, not sure what he meant. His hand crept into his pocket. Even if Digger intended to surrender without a fight. Twain would not. He had come too far to be stopped now, although he wasnâ€™t sure how heâ€™d get the crystal out of Diggerâ€™s pocket in that case.
Caveat smirked. â€œNo? Giving up so easily?â€
â€œKnew you were a coward,â€ Stickus mumbled through his swollen jaw.
â€œNo, youâ€™re going to let us go without a fight,â€ Digger said. â€œAnd promise not to pursue us.â€
Caveat laughed. It was actually kind of scary, Twain thought. â€œAnd why would I do that?â€
â€œBecause weâ€™re in your house, full of very valuable artifacts.â€ Diggerâ€™s Drillers powered on with a snap and a rising whine. â€œAnd you know how hard I can be on buildings.â€
Twainâ€™s head snapped around. â€œWait a second,â€ he said over the sound of the Drillers.
â€œYeah, wait a second,â€ Caveat said, his eyes wide. â€œI thought your Drillers were broken.â€
â€œYou thought wrong,â€ Digger said. He let them power down so he could speak at normal volume. â€œI just havenâ€™t been able to use them because if I do, a hostage will die.â€
â€œYeah, and me too,â€ Twain added, putting a hand to his chest.
â€œPlease, youâ€™re not still sticking with that story, are you?â€ Digger asked.
â€œSo youâ€™re saying youâ€™re willing to kill a hostage to keep from being arrested?â€ Carpe asked.
â€œIf I get arrested, the hostage dies anyway,â€ Digger said. â€œThereâ€™s something the kidnapper wants me to do in less than a week, and Iâ€™m betting I canâ€™t do it in jail. Which means it isnâ€™t my choice any more. Itâ€™s yours. Arrest me,Â and the hostage dies. Fight me, the hostage dies. Let me go, the hostage lives.â€
â€œHow do we even know there is a hostage?â€ Stickus asked.
â€œYou donâ€™t,â€ Digger said. â€œIâ€™m not willing to take that chance. Plus, thereâ€™s one other reason you wnt to let me go.â€
Caveat snorted. â€œWhich is?â€
Digger nodded toward Caveatâ€™s study. â€œCome talk with me in private.â€
â€œNo,â€ Caveat said. â€œWhatever youâ€™ve got to say, you can say in front of all of us.â€
Digger shrugged. â€œOkay, but I really think youâ€™ll regret it.â€
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