Previously: Whiz arrived in Memphis to help a stranded Digger, when someone else arrived to disrupt their plans. And now…
Even though he recognized the voice, Digger still turned to look. Behind him stood a lanky man with dark hair, wearing a blue windbreaker. He looked and sounded vaguely like Elvis.
â€œHey, I know you,â€ Kevin said.
â€œWhiz, this is Hound Dog,â€ Digger said. â€œDog, Kevin Chen.â€
â€œYeah, you were that guy at the plaza when the demons first appeared,*â€ Kevin said.
â€œThat was me,â€ Hound Dog said.
â€œGot your ass kicked,â€ Kevin continued.
â€œThatâ€™s cause I stayed to help people instead of running away to hide with my girlfriend.â€
â€œHey, I just took her to safety,â€ Kevin said. â€œI came right back.â€
â€œWhat are you doing here?â€ Digger asked before Hound Dog could continue the pissing contest.
â€œItâ€™s obvious, ainâ€™t it? Come to collect a bounty. Youâ€™re wanted in Bayside for robbing that bank.â€ Hound Dog nodded at Diggerâ€™s arms. â€œSo what the hell happened to you?â€
â€œLong story,â€ Digger said. â€œAnd I canâ€™t go with you.â€
â€œBecause the real perpetratorâ€™s still out there,â€ Digger said. â€œAnd Iâ€™m the only one who can catch him.â€
â€œWhy canâ€™t you leave it to someone else?â€ Hound Dog asked. â€œHe have some secret power only you know about?â€
â€œHe changes clothes,â€ Digger said. â€œCreatively.â€
Hound Dog snorted. â€œSeriously? Tell me where heâ€™s headed, and weâ€™ll have the local boys pick him up.â€
â€œNo, you wonâ€™t, because heâ€™s headed to Mongolia to see the Cobalt Czar,â€ Digger said. â€œAnd I think heâ€™s got some plan to hurt him.â€
[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”left”]Wait, youâ€™re telling me that you canâ€™t go to Bayside to be arraigned because you, without your powers, have to go save the most terrifying man on the planet from a guy whose power is changing clothes?[/blockquote]Hound Dog shook his head like a bear being harassed by bees. â€œWait, youâ€™re telling me that you canâ€™t go to Bayside to be arraigned because you, without your powers, have to go save the most terrifying man on the planet from a guy whose power is changing clothes?â€
â€œCreatively,â€ Digger clarified.
â€œDude, the story made a lot more sense the way you told it to me,â€ Kevin said.
â€œYeah, all right,â€ Hound Dog said, pulling out a pair of chrome steel handcuffs. â€œDonâ€™t make me do this the hard way, Digger. You owe me that much.â€
Kevin stood up. â€œJust step off, dude.â€
Hound Dog tensed, and his weight shifted subtly to the balls of his feet. He wasnâ€™t as fast as Whiz–nobody was–but he was agile and strong and knew how to fight dirty. â€œYou want to start something? Sure you donâ€™t need to go protect your girlfriend?â€
â€œIs there a problem here?â€ asked the cook from behind the counter. He was a big guy, looked pretty strong for a norm, but Digger knew heâ€™d be no match for these two if they started fighting.
â€œNo problem,â€ Digger said, stepping between them. â€œBack off, Kevin. Dogâ€™s right, I owe him. Call Davey and tell him I said thanks for trying to help.â€
â€œYou sure this is what you want?â€ Kevin asked.
â€œYeah,â€ Digger said as Hound Dog cuffed Diggerâ€™s hands in front. â€œThanks for coming down, man. And thanks for lunch.â€
â€œWait, weâ€™re not splitting the check?â€ Kevin asked.
So is Digger’s adventure over now? Will Digger end up in jail without his powers? What will happen next? Join us tomorrow for our next exciting episode!
*as recounted in the novel, Hero Go Home!, available in Kindle format or trade paperback at the Novels page above–Pimpin’ Tony
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It feels a little like today’s episode was just spinning its wheels but staying in the same place. But pieces are being moved subtly to set up the next big sequence, which I hope will be entertaining. The story will start getting bigger from here, trust me.
Hound Dog’s summary of the situation is awesome