Previously: Caveat Maledictor, Carpe Noctem, and Biggus Stickus confronted Digger and Twain as they were stealing a special crystal from Caveat’s mansion. And now…
â€œStop wasting time,â€ Carpe urged, â€œand just hit him already.â€
Digger snapped the Drillers back on.
â€œNo, letâ€™s hear him out,â€ Caveat said. â€œThereâ€™s nothing you can say that scares me. You can only make things worse for yourself.â€
â€œFine,â€ Digger said. â€œWell, we both know the dart pistols were a bust.â€
â€œOnly because you were wearing those stupid pants,â€ Caveat said. â€œIf the darts had penetrated your skin, youâ€™d have gone down.â€
â€œThey did penetrate my skin,â€ Digger said. â€œA few, anyway. Made my legs kind of numb. But you were too timid with whatever you coated them with. Which is the real problem: you always underestimate me.â€
â€œYeah, which is weird, becaue you donâ€™t do it with anyone else,â€ Digger said. â€œThereâ€™s just something about me personally that gets under your skin and makes you stop thinking straight.â€
â€œI think everybody has someone like that,â€ Carpe said. â€œYou end up either hating them or loving them for no good reason. I married mine. Biggest mistake of my life.â€
â€œWe donâ€™t think about him any more, dear,â€ Caveat said, reaching back. Carpe took his hand. â€œWhatâ€™s your point, Digger?â€
â€œMy point is, whatever else you have prepared for me is probably not going to work. Youâ€™ll have to think bigger, and you donâ€™t have time to build something new. Which means youâ€™ll have to use whatever youâ€™ve prepared for them.â€ Digger pointed at Stickus and Carpe.
Stickus frowned. â€œWhat is he talking about?â€
â€œHeâ€™s talking nonsense,â€ Caveat said.
â€œHero 101, Stick,â€ Digger said. â€œYou join a team, the first thing you do is figure out their weaknesses, so you can take them down in case of mind control or something. You think a guy whoâ€™s partners with Deus Ex Machina would not be prepared for a mind control-induced problem? Iâ€™ll bet he had something built to take care of you before you were even hired onto the team.â€
Stickus turned to Caveat. â€œIs that true?â€
â€œHeâ€™s grasping at straws, trying to turn us against each other!â€ Caveat said.
â€œThatâ€™s not a denial.â€ Carpe pulled her hand from Caveatâ€™s grasp. â€œYou have something designed to stop me? Youâ€™re carrying it right now?â€
Caveat spread his hands. â€œItâ€™s just meant to neutralize you, honey. In the gentlest way possible.â€
â€œNeutralize?â€ Carpeâ€™s eyes flashed angrily. â€œWhere is it? Show me!â€
â€œYeah, and mine, too,â€ Stickus said.
â€œI canâ€™t show them to you,â€ Caveat said. â€œIf I showed them to you, then Iâ€™d lose the element of surprise when I…â€
â€œWhen you what?â€ Carpe asked, tossing her hair. â€œWhen you attacked me? And what happens if you get mind-controlled, huh? Now that youâ€™ve got some ready-made weapon to attack me with?â€
â€œWell, thatâ€™s the beauty of it,â€ Digger said. â€œHe wins either way.â€
â€œShut up!â€ Carpe shouted.
â€œAnd get the hell out of my house,â€ Caveat growled.
â€œPleasure doing business with you,â€ Digger said. He nodded to Twain. â€œCome on.â€
The sounds of the argument rose behind them as they left.
Now that they have all the elements they need, how will Digger and Twain use them to save the hostage? Find out next week in the next chapter of Run, Digger, Run!
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