Previously: Digger had just met the sixth member of Defcon 5, a woman he recognized as Katrina. And now…
â€œYou know each other?â€ asked Cortex.
â€œOf course,â€ Digger said. â€œThatâ€™s Katrina Von Boom, the Detonating Dancer. We celebrated in Vegas together after she won that pole-dancing thing, what was that, six years ago? You dyed your hair.â€
Katrina ran a hand through her blonde locks and smiled. â€œThatâ€™s because Iâ€™m the Blonde Bombshell now. You canâ€™t strip forever.â€
â€œGuess not,â€ Digger said. â€œYou look good.â€
â€œThanks. You do, too.â€
â€œWait, was that exploding tentacle-thing you?â€ Digger asked.
â€œI thought you said you knew her,â€ Metalord said.
â€œShe couldnâ€™t always do that,â€ Digger said.
â€œItâ€™s not a tentacle, just a contrail,â€ Katrina said. â€œI make air molecules explode to push me through the air. Itâ€™s a noisy way to fly, but it works.â€
â€œLooks cool, too,â€ Digger said.
â€œYeah,â€ Katrina said. She nodded at Diggerâ€™s hands. â€œSo where are your things?â€
â€œLong story,â€ Digger said. He sat down. â€œSorry, Iâ€™m still not thinking straight since I took down that robot.â€
â€œYou took down a robot?â€ Cortex asked. â€œI thought you said you lost your powers.â€
â€œI did,â€ Digger said.
â€œHe crashed into it with his car,â€ Metalord explained.
â€œNo way,â€ Cortex said. â€œA simple car crash couldnâ€™t have taken one of those down.â€
â€œI must have hit it just right or something,â€ Digger said. â€œI broke its knees.â€
[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”right”]â€œHe thinks that being a genius gives him permission to be rude,â€ Boon added. Hidari nodded, while Migi mouthed, it doesnâ€™t…[/blockquote]Cortex didnâ€™t say anything for a moment, then walked out of the room. Digger looked at Metalord, who shrugged. â€œHe does that.â€
â€œHe thinks that being a genius gives him permission to be rude,â€ Boon added.
Hidari nodded, while Migi mouthed, it doesnâ€™t.
â€œWell, anyway, it started in a bar,â€ Digger said.
He told them the story as well as he could remember it all, and just as everyone in the room was moaning (or laughing) at the disclosure that Digger was robbing Caveat Maledictorâ€™s house, Cortex rushed back into the room carrying a tablet computer. â€œDigger, I need you to explain something for me.â€
Cortex pulled up several camera views of the spot where Digger crashed into the robot. He tapped the screen to freeze the image as the car started to skid, then advanced the videos frame-by-frame with swipes of his finger. â€œLook at this,â€ he said. â€œThose knees are too high to be damaged by collision with a car. But you locked up the wheels in just the right way to make the car not only tumble, but launch up off the ground, striking both knees simultaneously.â€
â€œOkay,â€ Digger said. â€œBut that sounds like youâ€™re explaining things to me. You wanted me to explain something to you.â€
â€œYes,â€ Cortex said. He swiped the video backwards several frames. â€œWhat are you doing right here?â€
â€œI donâ€™t know,â€ Digger said. â€œRolling down the window.â€
â€œExactly,â€ Cortex said. â€œWhy?â€
â€œTo get out?â€
â€œHmm.â€ Cortex swiped a few frames forward. â€œAnd here youâ€™re opening the car door, right before you hit.â€
â€œWhat does it matter?â€ asked Metalord.
â€œIt matters because Digger is living proof of my theory,â€ Cortex said. â€œHe still has super powers.â€
What theory is Cortex talking about? Be here tomorrow for the next informative episode!
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