Previously: Cole took Digger to the airport to board Defcon 5’s plane for the trip to China. And now…
â€œThis isnâ€™t a plane,â€ Digger said. â€œThis is an airliner.â€
The plane looked pretty much like any civilian airliner to Diggerâ€™s eyes–not a jumbo jet, more like a 707. It bore no logos, only a simple color scheme of white and royal blue.
â€œWell, there are five of us,â€ Cole said.
â€œSix,â€ Digger corrected. â€œAnd this plane is designed to carry over a hundred.â€
â€œYeah, but not for an extended period,â€ Cole said. â€œThis plane has sleeping cabins and a nice living area. One of the stewardess stations has been converted into a small medical bay, and thereâ€™s even a mobile lab for Cortex to dick around in.â€
â€œI see,â€ Digger said.
â€œAnd the twins share a cabin, so itâ€™s five.â€
â€œYou really do need to start thinking of them as two separate people,â€ Digger said. â€œItâ€™s just rude otherwise.â€
â€œCole knows all about rude, believe me,â€ Tiffany said as she shouldered past Digger dragging a rolling pilotâ€™s case. She continued toward the plane, walking fast.
â€œDonâ€™t pretend you donâ€™t like it,â€ Cole called after her. He smiled at Digger. â€œWe are going to have so much fun.â€
[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”right”]â€œWhatâ€™s the hurry?â€ Digger asked. â€œThe pilots havenâ€™t even started warming up the engines.â€ â€œWho said anything about engines?â€[/blockquote]â€œFun never stops on the party plane,â€ Amanda said as she passed by in Tiffanyâ€™s wake.
â€œWhat did she mean by that?â€ Digger asked.
â€œNothing,â€ Cole said. â€œLook, you canâ€™t be surprised by this. I mean, youâ€™ve been on teams before, right? That one in Arizona?â€
â€œYeah, but we didnâ€™t have anything like this,â€ Digger said as they started to mount the rollaway staircase to the fuselage.
â€œThen you were doing it wrong,â€ Cole said. â€œNo wonder you have such a bad attitude.â€
â€œI donâ€™t have a bad attitude,â€ Digger said as he stepped into the plane. The cabin was mostly dark except for some small emergency lights.
â€œFind a seat,â€ Cole said. â€œIâ€™ll be right back.â€
He headed toward the cockpit as Digger looked around. The cabin looked sort of like a narrow living room with couches and tables, except with standard airplane seats lining the walls. Amanda helped Digger stow his duffel bag in a closet, then directed him to one of the seats. â€œYouâ€™ll want to get buckled in,â€ she said as she fastened her own seat belt.
â€œWhatâ€™s the hurry?â€ Digger asked. â€œThe pilots havenâ€™t even started warming up the engines.â€
â€œWho said anything about engines?â€ Amanda looked amused as a turbine whined to life and the lights in the cabin flickered on.
â€œIsnâ€™t that the engine?â€ Digger asked.
â€œNo, thatâ€™s just the auxiliary power unit, for the lights,â€ Amanda said. â€œYouâ€™d know it if the engines were on.â€
â€œOh, no-no-no,â€ Digger said, but before he could stand up to go to the cockpit, the plane lurched silently under them. It stopped, and as Digger looked out the window, he saw that the plane was pivoting like a compass needle until he could see the hangar doors. They slid shut of their own accord, and the plane twisted silently in the air and shot into the sky.
And they’re off! What will happen next? Join us tomorrow for our next episode!
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