Previously: After the battle in the Foreign Ghetto, Digger awoke in a hospital room with a pretty Australian nurse. And now…
â€œWhat do you mean, â€˜worry about whatâ€™s going to happen to me?â€™â€ Digger asked. â€œWhat is going to happen?â€
â€œI honestly donâ€™t know,â€ Janet said. â€œBut you have the Czarâ€™s personal attention, and thatâ€™s not good. The general goal around the Czar is to not be noticed.â€
â€œIs that possible?â€ Digger asked.
â€œItâ€™s important to have goals,â€ Janet said. â€œYouâ€™ve already failed the first one. So your goal now is to somehow convince the Czar not to kill you.â€
â€œIs that possible?â€
She smiled again, but now he could see the bitterness behind the dazzle. â€œIâ€™m not dead yet.â€
â€œWhat reason could he possibly have to kill you?â€ Digger asked.
â€œHe doesnâ€™t need a reason,â€ Janet said. â€œHe says reasons are for lesser men.â€
â€œHuh,â€ Digger said. â€œAlmost makes me wish I hadnâ€™t come.â€
â€œWhy did you?â€
â€œTo warn him,â€ Digger said. â€œThereâ€™s a man who wants to hurt him, I think.â€
Janet burst out laughing. She held a hand over her cleavage to make sure she didnâ€™t jiggle out of her half-buttoned top. â€œWarn the Czar? You donâ€™t warn the Czar; the Czar warns you.â€
â€œYou sound like Yakov Smirnoff,â€ Digger said.
â€œDonâ€™t know him,â€ Janet said. â€œIs he an ambassador or something?â€
â€œWell, at least he knows what he talking about,â€ Janet continued as if Digger hadnâ€™t spoken. â€œWarn the Czar. Heh. But whyâ€™s he so interested in you?â€
â€œWho says heâ€™s interested in me?â€ Digger asked.
â€œYou wouldnâ€™t be here if he werenâ€™t interested in you,â€ Janet said. â€œWho are you?â€
[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”left”]He looked up from the rough cot in the cramped cell to see Yi Fan standing there in a uniform of severe cut, like the late Biryukov…[/blockquote]â€œIâ€™m Digger,â€ he said, and then seeing Janetâ€™s look of confusion, added, â€œYes, I know. I donâ€™t have things on my hands. Long story.â€
â€œWell, that explains it,â€ Janet said.
â€œExplains what?â€ Digger asked. â€œWeâ€™ve never met.â€
â€œBut heâ€™s seen you,â€ Janet said. â€œEveryone in the world has seen you. Itâ€™s worse than I thought.â€
â€œBecause heâ€™s jealous,â€ Janet said.
â€œSays everyone whoâ€™s seen the way heâ€™s acted since Hell on Earth,â€ Janet said. â€œItâ€™s too bad, really. You seem like a nice enough guy…â€
â€œYou just havenâ€™t known me long enough,â€ Digger said. â€œSo look, could you untie me now? I need to pee something fierce.â€
â€œSorry, Iâ€™m not allowed,â€ Janet said. â€œBut if you really need to pee, I can help you with that.â€
She bent down under the bed and came up with a bedpan.
â€œYouâ€™ve got to be kidding me,â€ Digger said.
â€œGrow up. Itâ€™s not like I havenâ€™t seen a million of these,â€ Janet said, moving the bedpan into position. She took another peek under Diggerâ€™s gown. â€œAnd better.â€
The sound of the door opening roused Twain from his slumber. He looked up from the rough cot in the cramped cell to see Yi Fan standing there in a uniform of severe cut, like the late Biryukov. He sat up on the cot, and his head swam from the lingering effects of the Czarâ€™s thump on his head.
â€œWe have to talk,â€ Yi Fan said.
Those four words have never meant anything good. Find out why in our next episode!
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