The Conductor ...
... after picking himself up and dusting himself off after his recent ass kicking ...
"But anyway, we beat the living pulp out of The Conductor (note to would-be villains: spring for some hired muscle henchmen and at least make it a challenge), rescued Rod, who came back to Stileto Flats with us where he performed a free concert that still somehow raised a million dollars for charity."
So said Clark in last Friday's post.
But that wasn't the end of it.
As it turned out, The Conductor was listening - beaten, battered and bloody such that he was. But he was coherent enough to take Clark up on his "note to would-be villains."
We found out about this little turn of events in a note he sent us:
Jeff: "Uh ... guys? We might have a problem ..."
Michael: "Are we out of Grape Nuts again?"
Clark: "I paid the electric bill, so don't blame me!"
Jeff: "No ... it's The Conductor again. He left us a note. He hired muscle. And some pretty formidable (albeit elderly) muscle at that. He procured none other than Ryūzō and The Seven Henchmen ..."
Ryūzō and some of his henchmen
"... and they absconded with Rod Stewart as soon as he landed. And The Conductor wants a ransom for his return this time. Plus some vintage odds and ends for his model train collection. AND he wants his demands met in 48 hours."
Clark: Son of a ... that's the first time one of our foes has EVER taken our advice!"
Me: "Well ... it's a fine time for this to crop up. I had plans to get my Christmas shopping done this weekend. Now it looks like we need to save Rod's ass once again ..."
Clark: "... as well as the rest of him."
Jeff: "So ... anyone know anything about these thugs The Conductor hired?"
We'd find out soon enough ...