Previously: While Twain was trying to figure out the secret of Yi Fan, the plane bearing Metalord and Digger went into a dive. And now…
Digger overcame his panic at the planeâ€™s initial plunge to unbuckle his seatbelt and lunge up out of his seat.
â€œWhat are you doing?â€ Amanda shouted. She grabbed for his hand, but Digger dodged away and used the bolted-down lounge furniture to pull himself toward the cockpit. He had to start the engines and pull them out of the dive.
He reached the cockpit door and yanked it open. â€œWait!â€ he heard from behind him.
Amanda was trying to reach him, but he realized that the strangled cry heâ€™d heard had been Coleâ€™s voice. Tiffany must have attacked him somehow, causing his power to fail and sending the plane into a dive. Which meant Amanda was probably an accomplice.
He slammed the door shut and locked it, then turned to behold a huge array of switches, completely incomprehensible to a layman. Or at least a layman without powers. He pulled himself into the pilotâ€™s seat and flipped switches at random, letting his unconscious do the work. If Cortex was right about his powers, he might be able to start the engines without even knowing how.
He ignored the pounding on the doorÂ and Amandaâ€™s muffled shouts as he listened to the turbines try to start. He hoped there was enough fuel in the tanks to get the plane moving again. Once he had saved them from dying, he would worry about what to do with Tiffany and Amanda.
And then, just as the engines were catching, the lights flickered back on and the plane leveled itself back out. Metalordâ€™s power had reasserted itself.
â€œSee?â€ Amandaâ€™s voice said through the door.
[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”right”]He pulled himself into the pilotâ€™s seat and flipped switches at random, letting his unconscious do the work. If Cortex was right about his powers, he might be able to start the engines without even knowing how.[/blockquote]â€œSee what?â€ Digger asked.
â€œWeâ€™re fine,â€ Amanda said. â€œColeâ€™s not going to let us crash.â€
Digger got up and opened the door to the cockpit. â€œYou mean, you expected that to happen?â€
â€œYeah, that always happens when he comes,â€ Amanda said.
â€œWait, you mean he was…â€ Digger sat back down in the pilotâ€™s seat.
Amanda sat beside him in the co-pilotâ€™s chair. â€œOf course. I mean, I was practically sitting in your lap back there. You didnâ€™t think we were really stewardesses, did you?â€
â€œYouâ€™re not stewardesses?â€
â€œNo, weâ€™re escorts,â€ Amanda said. â€œDonâ€™t look so surprised.â€
â€œAnd heâ€™s paying you to come along for this entire trip,â€ Digger said. â€œThat sounds like a lot of money.â€
â€œWell, we give him a break on the price because we can do all the shopping we want, duty-free,â€ Amanda said. â€œI mean, we never go through customs.â€
â€œThis is crazy,â€ Digger said. â€œIâ€™m on a plane with a crazy person.â€
â€œHe told you he gets bored easily,â€ Amanda said. â€œBut the first time is always the worst.â€
â€œThe first time?â€
â€œDonâ€™t worry,â€ Amanda said with a wicked smile. â€œYou ever thought about joining the Mile-High Club youself?â€
Digger looked down at the waters of the Pacific, too close for comfort below, though they were gaining altitude again. â€œWeâ€™re not a mile high.â€
â€œShut up,â€ she said. She straddled his lap and kissed him.
Will Digger reach China alive? If he dies, will he die happy? Join us tomorrow for the next exciting episode!
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