Previously: Â Digger survived a power failure and near crash on Defcon 5’s plane, only to discover it was caused by Metalord losing control of his powers during sex. And now…
Diggerâ€™s ears popped as the plane gained altitude after a third brief shutdown in as many hours. The door to the rear section of the plane opened, and Cole walked in, wearing a robe. â€œHey,â€ he said as he turned toward the galley.
â€œDonâ€™t â€˜heyâ€™ me,â€ Digger said. â€œIâ€™m starting to reconsider this whole trip.â€
â€œIs there a problem?â€ Cole asked as he pulled two beers from the mini-fridge in the galley.
â€œYes, thereâ€™s a problem,â€ Digger said. â€œThis whole flight is a problem. What the hell are you thinking?â€
â€œDo you not like Amanda?â€ Cole asked. â€œBecause I thought you would like her. Sheâ€™s really good.â€
â€œNo, Amandaâ€™s fine. Thatâ€™s not…â€ Digger sighed. â€œIs this what you think heroes do? You have people who look up to you.â€
â€œAre you really Digger?â€ Cole asked. â€œBecause the last I heard, Digger drinks a lot and hates people. I mean, I saw your interview in Phoenix.â€
â€œWait a second, youâ€™re the Digger?â€ Amanda asked.
Digger rubbed his forehead. â€œI was having a bad night.â€
[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”left”]â€œBeer and prostitutes on the Party Plane is a sacred trust?â€[/blockquote]â€œOh, Iâ€™m not judging,â€ Cole said. â€œI was right there with you. Iâ€™m just surprised anybody was actually dumb enough to say it out loud. But that guy would not be talking to me like this now.â€
â€œThat guy became the worldâ€™s hero,â€ Digger said. â€œIt changes your perspective.â€
â€œNo, seriously, youâ€™re the Digger? The one who saved the world?â€ Amanda asked. â€œWhereâ€™s your things?â€
â€œLong story. And Iâ€™m not the issue. Heâ€™s the issue.â€ Digger pointed at Cole. â€œDo you seriously behave this way? What if the story came out? What would your fans think?â€
â€œWhat, you think Iâ€™m worried about my fans being disillusioned?â€ Cole said. â€œIâ€™m doing this for them. Itâ€™s like a sacred trust.â€
â€œJeez, if Iâ€™d known you were the Digger, I might have done you for free,â€ Amanda said.
â€œBeer and prostitutes on the Party Plane is a sacred trust?â€ Digger asked. â€œSmuggling whatever past customs is a sacred trust?â€
â€œYes,â€ Cole said. â€œLook, we can do things that most people only fantasize about, right? Well, I can, anyway. They look at someone like me, and theyâ€™re all, â€˜Dude, if I could do those things, my life would be so cool.â€™ Right?â€
â€œI guess,â€ Digger said.
â€œPeople want to be like us–well, like me–because they think that if they could do what I do, they could have as much fun as they wanted, indulge every whim and fantasy. Life with my powers would be a non-stop party,â€ Cole said. â€œSo for the sake of all those people who wish they could be me, but canâ€™t, itâ€™s almost like itâ€™s my duty to have as much fun as possible. You think I want to be up here partying with hot women all night?â€
â€œYes,â€ Digger said.
â€œExactly,â€ Cole replied. â€œBecause itâ€™s fun. Thatâ€™s my duty. Thatâ€™s my curse.â€
Coleâ€™s silvery eyes took on a distant look before Digger could reply. â€œWeâ€™ve got company,â€ he said and headed for the cockpit.
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