Previously: Digger and Cole were on the Defcon 5 jet, headed for China, propelled by Metalord’s magnetic powers.. And now…
â€œWhat does â€˜golden ticketâ€™ mean, exactly?â€ Digger asked.
â€œA few years back, we not only saved Mongolia from being overrun by the Czar, but we also rescued a couple of Chinaâ€™s northern provinces. So each of us got a personal letter from the Premier…â€ Cole tapped the letter in Diggerâ€™s hand, â€œnaming us official heroes of the Peopleâ€™s Republic.â€
â€œAnd thatâ€™s it?â€ Digger asked. â€œYouâ€™re pinning this whole operation on a letter?â€
â€œOfficial Hero,â€ Cole quoted. â€œItâ€™s not like being a hero in the U.S. â€˜Official Heroâ€™ of a Communist dictatorship means you get perks. Like, you donâ€™t have a passport, but I can bring you in as my â€˜plus one.â€™â€
â€œAnd you know this because youâ€™ve done it before. Youâ€™ve flown to China before.â€
â€œNo, just Hawaii,â€ Cole admitted. â€œBut it stands to reason.â€
By that time, Tiffany and Amanda were returning with the sandwiches and beer, and further discussion of strategy was forgotten for hte moment. Digger had to admit the sandwich was really good. It had roast beef and prosciutto and a really interesting cheese, like gouda or something.
By the time the sandwiches were done, the beer was flowing, and the stewardesses had somehow started cuddling with them on the couches as Cole told the story of how he had become king of the Lava Men who emerged from the crater of Mauna Loa.
[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”right”]There was a strangled cry from the cabins in back. Digger barely had time to recognize Coleâ€™s voice before the lights went out and the plane went into a nose-dive. ..[/blockquote]â€œMy God,â€ Digger said. â€œKevin told me you were crazy, but I didnâ€™t realize he meant certifiably.â€
â€œIâ€™m not crazy,â€ Cole said.
â€œYou just told me that youâ€™re the king of the Lava Men,â€ Digger said.
â€œBy right. Because I killed their king,â€ Cole said. â€œBut I never actually tried claim the throne. That would be crazy.â€
Digger turned to look at Amanda for support and noticed her fine blonde hair sticking out from her head in all directions. â€œIâ€™m not sure youâ€™re really the best judge of whatâ€™s crazy and whatâ€™s not,â€ he said to Cole.
â€œFair enough,â€ Cole said. â€œI need to check a few things in back. Tiffany, you want to come with me?â€
â€œSure,â€ Tiffany said with a sly smile.
They headed into the back, leaving Digger alone to make small talk with Amanda.
Digger felt his ears pop. â€œWhat the hell?â€
â€œItâ€™s because weâ€™re gaining altitude. Come here and sit with me for a second,â€ Amanda said, leading Digger to trhe airplane seats bolted along the cabin wall. She took both of Diggerâ€™s hands in hers.
â€œCan you fly?â€ Amanda asked.
â€œNo,â€ Digger answered.
â€œAre you invulnerable at all?â€
â€œNot that I know of.
Amanda loosed his hands and smiled nervously. â€œYou know what? Weâ€™re just going to fasten this really quick.â€
Digger looked down and realized that she had fastened his seatbelt.
â€œWait, why?â€ he asked as she clicked her own belt closed.
There was a strangled cry from the cabins in back. Digger barely had time to recognize Coleâ€™s voice before the lights went out and the plane went into a nose-dive.
How will Digger survive the crash? And what has happened to Metalord? Join us week after next for the answers, and in the meantime, join us Monday for our next episode featuring Twain and Yi Fan.
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