Author’s Notes: This chap is full of angst, depression, grieving, emotion and weird stuff…Enjoy
Kit picked up the remote with her shaking paw and turned it off. The whole of Mega Kat City heard it all, thanks to Ann and Johnny who got everything on live television. The scene kept running and rewinding in her head. She couldn’t take it anymore; she felt like puking just by the thought of it. From what she saw, was her older brother as T-bone bleeding in his torn outfit, walking out of the flames, carrying what she thought was… her mother… lifeless.
How could he have failed? Why didn’t she survive? Why? She grabbed a pillow, pushed it to her face and screamed as loud as she could. Tears followed after and the legendary temper begun to erupt, but as much as possible, she tried to stay calm but failed. She dropped the pillow with a huge wet mark on the couch and started punching it until feathers were sticking out. She released all her anger and imagined the pillow as Dark Kat. She hated him and I mean hated him right now. She promised herself one day to have her revenge… but how?
After a few minutes, she calmed down and continued crying and hugged her knees in a corner. For now, she was sorting out her thoughts and couldn’t believe that half her life had gotten affected. What’s going to happen next? Her father walked out when she was only a few months old and she had never seen him. Her mother had just passed away that night, and now she is left with her older brother who she barely knew. She knew her life was so messed up; everything was so wrong at the wrong time. But, why right now? Why couldn’t it be later…? But, she knew she had to face this…somehow…
From the silence, she heard sounds from below.
“So, they’re here,” the depressed kitten spoke in a cold tone. She wiped her tears and stood up to her feet and gave a sigh. She walked upstairs to her room and locked herself inside.
In the hangar…
“Hey buddy, I understand how you’re feeling.” Razor finally took off his helmet and was back to being Jake.
His angry partner just kept quiet and ignored him.
“Look, I lost my younger sibling when I was in college, and it really hurts until now.” A frown grew on his face.
T-bone got out of his outfit and threw it wherever, then he finally spoke. “You don’t want to know how I’m feeling right now, so lay off!” he growled.
“We have our times, Chance. You know that.” His best friend wouldn’t stop.
“Then it shouldn’t have been mine!” He punched his locker and created a dent. Tears formed in his furious eyes.
“Relax, buddy, you’ve got bigger responsibilities now.”
“Like what!” He wiped the tears from his face.
“Like how are you going to explain this to Kit?”
“Oh crud, I can’t handle her… not right now!” He grew angrier.
“But, she’s your sister. She’s the only family you got right now.”
“So, what you’re saying is she’ll be living with us from now on?”
“I guess, I mean where else will she stay?” Jake sighed.
“You gotta let me think hard about this.” Chance took a deep breath.
“You can’t just abandon her in the streets – you’re crazy!”
“Think about it, Jake – who’s going to pay for her food, supplies and not to mention education!”
“We can pay everything off, and I can home school her,” he offered.
“Then, what if Feral finds out we have a kid hanging with us?”
“He doesn’t have to know.”
“And what? We also can’t just keep hiding our little secret too, you know.”
Jake paused there. “We’ll have to be extra careful then.”
“You bet ’cause if she does find out, she’ll blow our cover!”
“How do you know?”
“You think a twelve year old can keep something like that from the world?”
“I told you. We’ll be extra careful, ok!”
“Yeah, but one day she’ll find out the whole dirty truth about us!”
“You know what – why don’t we just tell her ourselves?” Jake suggested.
“Oh, you mean like, ‘Hey guess what, we’re T-bone and Razor… you know, the Swat Kats!” He rolled his eyes.
“Can we just change the freakin’ subject!” His friend started getting pissed too.
Chance finally shut up and slammed his locker that made the place shake a bit. He walked past Jake and was on his way out.
“Chance, buddy, I’m sorry… I didn’t mean to…”
“Save it! I’ve got better things to deal with!” He left the hangar.
With a guilty look his face, he turned off the lights and left too.
In Kit’s room…
Everything was a mess! Her sheets had been pulled off from the bed, feathers were everywhere, her skate gear had been thrown around the room and her clothes were scattered in random spots. The claustrophobic kitten’s temper couldn’t seem to take it anymore. After losing her energy, she finally laid down on the messed up floor with her bloody red hair all over her face and her piercing red eyes stuck to the ceiling. She felt so helpless and weak. Her whole life had turned upside down, and her teary eyes were closing slowly, until she heard a knock.
“Kit, may I come in please?” came the upset voice of Jake.
Kit didn’t answer him and just kept to herself. Her mind was too distracted.
“I know you’re awake there. I just want you to know that… your mother won’t be coming back…” He paused.
Kit began to hold the tears on longer but failed. The scene had managed to pop into her head again.
“I really understand how you’re really feeling.” He sniffed.
Warm tears had already fallen to the rug and Kit laid there half-awake and took deep breaths.
“Chance is still adjusting and so are you. It may take a while… or longer than you might expect… but you just gotta deal with it, ok? You gotta understand, we have our times and… and…” His sobbing was already heard from outside.
Kit felt a warm spot growing in her angry heart that made her get up to her feet and unlock her door. Jake slowly opened it and was surprised to see the havoc she had caused, but he ignored it. He went up to the crying kitten and gave her a hug and cuddled her.
After a while, the red, wet eyes finally dried up and closed. He carried the tired Kit to the bed and tucked her in and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He wanted so bad to tell her their little secret, but he knew Chance’s prediction would some day come true. He just had to wait. She would find out the dirty truth about them, and he wasn’t sure what would happen. The lights were closed and so was the door.
Kit picked up her skateboard and roamed around Mega Kat City not knowing where she was going. Everywhere she went, there were innocent citizens, in different shapes and sizes, but they didn’t seem to notice her at all even if she tried waving. She felt like she never existed. The skater managed to stop by a store where they sell televisions and Ann Gora’s face had been featured… as usual.
She started talking about the city’s crimes and villains, each with a different purpose to take over the city. The Metallikats, the Past Master, Hard Drive, Dr. Viper, and then came the name that really affected her, “Dark Kat”. Just by the word the horrible scene came back and made her go insane. She slammed her board on the glass window as hard as she could and was able to destroy one of the TV’s. Then, one by one, they lost signal and black and white appeared.
Something wasn’t right at all. She had a freaky feeling something weird was going to happen in a while, and then it did. All the televisions’ signal came back and a figure of a masked kat her age, wearing the familiar black, blue and red outfit appeared and scared her.
“Boo,” she said.
Kit gave a yelp and backed away and was catching breaths. She took a closer look at the figure and noticed that kat looked very familiar. She had straight bloody red shoulder length hair, stripes running down her arms, three pierces on each ear and fangs sticking out of her mouth. She couldn’t tell what eye color she had because of the mask she wore. It couldn’t be… it just couldn’t be… how? The tingling feeling ran down her spine.
“What do you want from me?” Kit questioned the mysterious kat.
“What are talking about? You’re Fang; you know that,” she spoke.
“Fang? What? I’m Kit!” she denied.
“Not anymore, dude.”
“What are you talking about?”
“You may be a kind-hearted, goody-goody kitten and not to mention weak and helpless! But, I knew there was something deep in you, you didn’t really know.”
“I…I don’t understand?” she stammered.
“From the day you were born into this cruel world, you were only known as Katrina Furlong or Kit for short, until the night mom died. Now, you’ve turned into someone far stronger and independent that had affected your life!”
“You mean to say I’m you.” She pointed at her.
“Duh… ain’t it obvious!” She shrugged.
“No, it’s not true! Leave me alone!” Kit covered her pierced ears.
“You’re one of them now.” The kitten grinned.
Kit suddenly turned pale. “It can’t… can’t… be…”
“Don’t be such a pathetic, hopeless, fake, poser…”
“Shuddup!” Kit yelled.
“Then, if you’re not, prove it then.”
“Ok, you’re really freaking me out here!”
“There will be harder responsibilities for you, and I tell you, they ain’t easy. There will a point where you can’t decide where you belong to or who you are. There will be risks you may not be willing to take that’s worth life and death. You’ll be forced to sacrifice things that are part of your life, and you’ll have to learn to let them go.
“I… I… don’t understand?” Kit was getting confused.
Nah, you’re just too young to understand this crud. Maybe when you’re older you’ll know what I’m talking about.”
“What should I do then?”
“Then do what you need to do!”
“I’m not fit for this… I just ain’t!”
“Listen to me – Kit, or should I say, Fang. Mega Kat City needs you!”
“Whether you like it or not, you made this decision.”
“What are you waiting for? Go now!”
“But, I don’t know where to go!”
“Trust me, Kit, you’ll know…”
“But, what if I fail…”
“I believe in you, dude…” She waved and all the TV’s turned off by themselves.
You guessed it right. It was all a dream…hehe… I really enjoyed writing this chap. Full of emotion and feeling! The next chap will be coming soon… Don’t forget to review, guyz.
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