Author’s Note: Hey everyone! Here’s chapter 3! HEHE, thanx, Tiger and Smee, for clearing up what episode Destructive Nature was….. All I could remember was that they both involved the MegaKat Tower in both of those villain’s schemes. LOL isn’t that sad or what?
Thanx everyone for the reviews! I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed it so far. I hope this chapter is just as good. ? Happy reading!
“I wonder why Viper only took control of the top of the building… He’d have a better chance at fending us off if he had control of the bottom floors,” Felina mused as they quickly jogged up the stairwell to reach the floor that Callie’s signal was coming from.
“I’m sure he has his twisted reasons,” T-Bone growled, still a little disturbed that the building appeared to be deprived of the mad scientist’s presence.
“We’re almost there,” Razor informed them as he raced on ahead of them.
“How many stories do we have to go?” Feral demanded, trying not wheeze from the unexpected workout.
“2,” came answer briskly.
“Dang!” T-Bone huffed as he stopped momentarily to catch his breath while he let Felina move ahead of him. “We climbed 18 stories that fast?”
“Is someone getting tired?” Felina teased as she stopped and looked back at T-Bone, smiling.
“Huh, no! I was just stopping to make sure you’re holding up okay,” he breathed as he walked up a couple of steps to where she was.
“Awww, that’s so sweet of you,” Felina admonished, playing along.
T-Bone shrugged as he and Felina picked up the pace to catch up with Razor and Feral. “I know. Don’t tell anybody though.”
“Here’s floor 20,” Razor announced as he waited for everyone to catch up to him.
“Your determination to save Miss Briggs is inspiring,” Feral wheezed, trying to be as sarcastic as possible as he fought to regain his breath.
“I think you could classify his motivation as his determination to live to see tomorrow,” T-Bone corrected as he and Felina walked up behind them.
Razor ignored them as he looked down at the tracking device on his glovatrix. “From this point it says she’s right around the corner,” he informed them.
T-Bone tilted his head to the side in confusion as he looked down at the stationary blinking red dot on the tiny screen. “She’s just standing there?”
They all looked at each other doubtfully.
Feral and Felina took out their blasters from their holsters while the Swat Kats readied their glovatrixes. After receiving a nod from his three companions, Razor kicked the door open with a tremendous force and jumped out, expecting to have Viper’s little green minions charge him. They were greeted with an empty hallway that was unnervingly silent.
“Okay,” T-bone muttered as he lowered his glovatrix.
“Look at all of the papers on the floor.” Felina pointed out a trail of paperwork that came from the far end of the office area, directing them to the sharp corner where Callie’s signal was supposedly coming from.
Razor bent down and picked one of the papers and glanced at it. “This is Callie’s handwriting,” he stated aloud as he dropped the paper and started to run alongside the paper trail.
Feral, Felina, and T-Bone quickly ran after him, and once they turned the corner, they found Razor kneeling down by a discarded messenger bag and purse. Razor grabbed the purse, quickly rummaged through it and pulled out a flashing communicator.
“Great,” T-Bone spoke for everyone as Razor slowly stood up, still holding onto the communicator.
“How are we going to find her now?” Felina moaned.
Suddenly, the venalation shaft above them vibrated as something banged along through it. Razor and T-Bone glanced quickly at each other and then started to walk over to where the screen cover was as Felina and Feral readied their blasters. As they stood a few feet back from the shaft cover, the rumbling grew louder and was accompanied by incoherent muttering.
“Do you think it’s…,” Felina started to whisper, but Razor held his paw up for silence as he peered up into the grated screen.
“Callie?” he called softly.
The rumbling and muttering immediately stopped. “Razor?” a surprised voice replied.
“Where are you?” T-Bone called out.
“Where do you think I am? I’m in this stupid ventilation shaft!” Callie’s muffled voiced cried out incrediously.
T-Bone rolled his eyes. “I knew that,” he muttered.
Suddenly, the shaft started to shake above their heads as she started to move again.
Razor shook his head. “I can’t tell which shaft she’s going to come out of; this thing is moving too much.”
“I’ll go cover the other one,” Felina stated as she and her uncle turned and started to walk down to the other shaft coverings.
Then, before any of them could do anything, they heard Callie let out a startled shriek as she came crashing out of the shaft a couple of feet away from where Razor and T-Bone were standing. She landed flat on her back and a cloud of thick dust burst into the air in a mini cloud that surrounded her.
“Crud!” Razor growled as he and T-Bone rushed over to her. “Are you okay?” Razor asked as he picked her up.
Callie shook her head as she coughed. “No! I’m not okay!” she stammered furiously as her cobweb covered hair hung down around her dust covered face. “Do you have any idea how long I’ve been stuck in that shaft?” She wheezed as she fought to keep her balance on her shaking legs.
Razor gave her a guilty smile as he looked at her disheveled appearance. Her hair was down and sticking up with countless cobwebs meshed into it, her glasses were cracked and tilted at a sharp acute angle on her wrinkled nose, and her tousled and savagely torn dress suit was no longer a bright color of magenta. A ragged tear ran up the side of her skirt, showing off a good portion of her raw, scratched left leg. And, to further enhance her outraged appearance, she was still clutching in her shaking paws her dirty Gucci shoes.
“Do you have any idea how many laps I ran on this stupid floor as I was being chased by a horde of stinking, mutated cabbages?” she growled as she glared up at Razor and T-Bone through bloodshot eyes.
Razor laughed uncomfortably. “You look great though, despite what you’ve been through,” he lied.
“ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” she screeched, making both Swat Kats wince.
A short distance off, they all could hear the collective shrieks of Viper’s minions, who were still running laps, still thinking that they were in pursuit of Callie.
“Speaking of the devils…,” Callie hissed.
Razor quickly picked up Callie and threw her over his shoulder. “Time to leave now!” he cried as he rushed past Feral and Felina in the direction of the stairwell.
Felina and Feral were not far behind the Swat Kats as they raced back to their point of entry. T-Bone opened the door to the stairwell and ushered them all in and then rushed in himself and quickly shut the door. Razor promptly set down Callie, and they all leaned an ear against the side of the door and listened to the screeching mob rush obliviously past the door.
As soon as it grew quiet again, T-Bone started to chuckle. “You’ve got to admit that’s funny.” He grinned, shaking his head.
In response, Callie let out a savage sneeze and another cloud of dust and cobwebs shot out into the air.
Razor chuckled as he patted her on the back. “Feel better?”
“Yes actually.” Callie daintily sniffed as she took off her glasses and examined them.
“Now that we’ve retrieved Miss. Briggs, we should go take care of Viper,” Feral suggested with an authoritive tone.
Callie let out another deafening sneeze that echoed throughout the stairwell. “He’s on the 30th floor in the penthouse.” She groaned as she rubbed her face. “He has another massive green spore thing growing in there like last time.”
“Ahhh, isn’t that just wonderful,” T-Bone snarled sardonically.
“Well, that’s where we have to go.” Felina sighed.
“I’ll have a tactical team meet you halfway in the stairwell, Miss. Briggs,” Feral informed her as he grabbed his radio from his belt.
“No! I’m staying here with you guys,” she replied defiantly as she pressed her lips into a thin line.
“Callie, it would be better if you…,” Razor began, but was silenced by a challenging glare from the stubborn politician. “Okay, fine,” he growled, returning her glare.
Callie smiled smugly as she quickly put her shoes back on, brushed the hair back from her face, and then accepted the extra blaster Felina handed her.
“Let’s go; I have a score to settle with Dr. Longsnout,” she growled as she started to stomp up the stairs.
Viper chuckled gleefully as he rubbed his scaly green hands together. “It won’t be long now, my precccciioouussss. MegaKat cccity will ssssooonnn be covered with your ssssporesssss that will enssssure my victory!”
The mad scientist then threw back his head and cackled menacingly, but he was rudely interrupted as one of his basketball-sized minions burst into the room, babbling and snorting in some language that only Viper could understand. Viper’s eyes narrowed into slits as he slowly slithered up to the jumping, screeching plant.
“What do you mean you losssssst her?” he snarled. He snatched up the protesting cabbage into his menacing claws, making it shriek out in terror and pain.
“You ssstuuupid ssshrub!” he snarled as he threw it across the room so that it splattered on the wall.
“Where could sssshe be?” he hissed aloud.
“I’m right here, Swamp Breath!”
Viper immediately turned around to see Callie, the Swat Kats, Felina and Feral standing in the doorway with their weapons aimed directly at him.
Viper chuckled quietly. “Sssssssssssssoo, you’ve finally deccccided to join me,” he cooed. “Didn’t your parentsssss teach you that it’ssssss ruuude to keep your hosssst waiting?”
“You’re under arrest, Viper! It’s back to your cell for you!” Feral growled, only making Viper laugh even more.
“I don’t think ssssssooo, Commander!” Viper replied slyly. “Get them, my prettiessss!”
A buzzing swarm of huge wasps and dragonflies emerged from the metal beams high up in the penthouse and shot down towards the group.
“Awww man! Not bugs again!” T-Bone wailed as he fired a baby matchhead missile at a wasp.
“T-Bone, don’t forget about the flame thrower!” Razor yelled as he took aim at a dragonfly that was bearing down on him. When the dragonfly was a couple of feet away from him, Razor pressed a button on the top of his glovatrix, and a fire ball the size of a softball screamed through the air and hit the giant bug, making it screech as it burst into flame. Razor gave Viper a sly grin as the crispy dragonfly fell to the ground in a sizzling black heap.
“Sweet!” T-Bone cried excitedly as he unleashed the new weapon upon the hapless insects.
Viper wailed in anger as he watched his beloved insect guards get massacred. “Cursssse you, Sssssswat Katsssss!”
As T-Bone, Razor, Callie and Felina shot down the persistent insects, Feral reached into the inside pocket of his jacket and pulled out a large needle filled with a bubbly purple liquid.
“What is that?” Razor asked as he watched Feral take off the plastic cover for the needle.
“It’s an antibacterial that will neutralize and kill the spores inside that thing; Dr. Konway gave it to us just in case,” Felina answered for her uncle so that Feral wouldn’t have to yell it.
“Cover me,” Feral commanded as he snuck off towards the giant growth.
Felina and Razor followed the commander while T-Bone and Callie stayed to distract the insects.
“I don’t think ssssssssooooooo!” Viper snarled as he watched Feral sneak up towards his creation. Viper lashed out his tail, and it snapped across Feral’s outstretched paw, sending the needle flying back up through the air towards where T-Bone and Callie were.
“Get the needle!” Razor yelled as he took aim at Viper and unleashed the full fury of his flamethrower, making Viper screech as his lab coat burst into flame.
T-Bone looked over and saw the needle hurtling towards the ground. Not even thinking twice, he launched himself through the air with his paws outstretched. Callie shot a dragonfly that was heading for T-Bone dead on, making it reel back and crash into the ground. T-Bone caught the needle in his paws, and he slid towards the spore sac on his stomach.
“Commander! Catch!” he yelled as he tossed the needle towards Feral’s outstretched paw. Feral caught it with ease and then ran for the growth, dodging dead insects that were falling to the ground in flames. He reached the growth and jabbed the needle in with no hesitation, and the antibacterial was ejected into the pulsing growth.
“Nnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooo! My precccccccciiiiiooooosssssssssss!” Viper shrieked miserably. He lashed out his tail at Callie and hoisted her up into the air by her waist. “You’ll pay for that, Sssssswat Katsssss, with all of your livvvesssss,” he snarled maliciously.
“I’d like to see that!” Callie growled as she aimed her blaster right at his tail and fired.
Viper screeched in pain as he flung Callie right into Feral, Felina and Razor. “You fools! It seems as if your antibacterial didn’t work! The time hasssss come for me to become ruler of MegaKat Cccity!”
The pulsing growth had grown larger and had started to shudder violently. A loud, sharp hissing came from it which drowned out Viper’s crazy laughter.
“Awww crud,” T-Bone moaned as they all looked at the growth with wide eyes.
At that exact moment, the growth ripped itself apart in a massive explosion, and the room was blanketed with tons of putrid smelling green slime.
The room was silent as everyone tried to comprehend that it was indeed slime that was covering them from head to toe.
Viper’s expression was one of complete and utter shock as he looked around the room then down at himself. “NNNNOOO THAT WASSSSSSSN’T SSSSSSUPPOSSSSSSED TO HAPPEN!” he screamed at the top of his lungs as he starting to throw a tantrum, sending even more slime flying through the air. “Cursssse you, Sssssswat Katsssss! Cursssse you all!”
Razor rolled his eyes as he cautiously stood up and aimed his glovatrix at Viper. “Get over it,” he growled as he fired a net that wrapped itself firmly around the scientist, binding him so that he fell face first into a pile of slime.
Razor’s arm fell limp at his side as he watched Viper curse and sputter in the slime covered floor.
“Oh…my…god,” Callie stuttered blandly as she slowly got to her feet, watching in horror as strings of slime trailed from her hair and fingers onto the floor.
The look on Feral’s face could instantly freeze a body of water as he spat out a bunch of slim from his mouth. “Remind me, Felina, to have a little chat with Dr. Konway before I pummel him.”
“Will do, uncle, as long as I can help you with the pummeling part.”
T-Bone’s face was twisted up in revolted scowl as he shook his arms, which sent the slime splattering onto the floor in massive blobs. After pausing for a moment, a sly grin replaced his scowl, and he violently shook his body from head to toe like a wet dog.
“T-Bone!” Razor, Callie, and Felina shrieked in unison as they held up their arms to cover their faces.
The smell of the slime and of the still burning bugs made the air almost unbearable to breathe, and so Feral walked over to the window, slammed it open, and stuck his head out.
Unfortunately, not only was the foul black smoke from the burnt bug carcasses excruciating for a kat’s keen nose, it was also apparently thick and plentiful enough to set off the fire alarm which, in turn, turned on all of the sprinklers.
The outraged cries and howls from the four kats on the 30th floor could be clearly heard by the enforcer squadron that Feral ordered to come up from his radio; and, much to Mayor Manx’s distress, he was informed by the repulsed cleaning crew that the whole penthouse would have to be completely gutted out, sprayed down, and replaced with new furniture and flooring in order for the smell to go away.
Needless to say, the news report that night was going to be unforgettable…..
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