Authors: Felicia McFurry, Ace and Isis
It had been a year since the death of Felicia’s parents. But she continued to have a nightmares about it. It was always the same nightmare but everytime she dreamt it, it would scare her even more.
That night as Felicia slept the nightmare came back with a vengeance. She was outside of the building all by herself. She could see people banging on the door wanting to be free away from the building. Felicia wanted to free them because she knew what was going to happen to them but she couldn’t move. She was frozen in place. Suddenly she heard a loud buzzing as the bomb detonated. Then the building exploded. She could see the kats inside yelling and screaming. Some disintegrated immediately, some who weren’t lucky enough to have a quick death were on fire, burning to death. Her parents were among the unlucky ones. She could hear them asking for Felicia to help them but Felicia could not. Felicia closed her eyes to keep from watching her parents suffer. She dropped to her knees and started to cry.
She heard a sonic boom and looked up at the sky. She watched the Turbokat pass by without acknowledging the fact that the building exploded. Felicia knew she was alone at the fact and thought that nobody cared that her parents died from the bombing. Suddenly she heard Dark Kat’s laughter and she saw him walking right towards her. She got up and started to run but he was right behind her. She reached a dead end and turned around. “It’s all over, girl. You are alone, so no one can protect you.”, said Dark Kat as he aimed his gun at her. He pulled the trigger, Felicia screamed.
She woke up from her nightmare in a cold sweat. She quickly held her locket that Razor had sent her. She had lived with Felina because her brother practically lived at Enforcer Headquarters and Felina had an apartment. A week later from the bombing Felina returned from work and gave Felicia a package. Inside was a note from Razor. He wanted her to forgive him from being unable to save the kats inside the building. He felt sorry for her and wanted her to believe him that he did everything he could. The package also contained an envelope and a small box. Inside the envelope was $100.00 and inside the small box was a silver sterling necklace with a locket. Felicia was so grateful for him giving her the gifts. She used the $50.00 of the money to buy food and clothes and used the other $50.00 to give to Felina for allowing her to stay with her until she graduated from high school.
She had to live with Felina because she had to sell her parents home because she was unable to make the payments on it. She was unable to attend the college because she had to use that money for college to buy her apartment. The apartment was next door to Felina. She laid in the bed thinking about her dreams and what happened in the last year. Felicia wished that Razor believed that she had forgiven him. She knew he was right about trying his best. She couldn’t have done any better.
Suddenly a knock at the door made jump back into reality. “Oh, no!”, she cried as she quickly jumped out of her bed. She had forgotten that she had promised Victoria to go with her to help look for a job. Victoria was also unable to attend college because her parents were not wealthy to pay for her so that meant for Victoria to get a job to help pay for it when she was able to attend. Victoria also owned an apartment in the area but it was in the next building. Felicia quickly ran to the door and opened it. It was Victoria and she had a surprised look on her face. “Felicia, you are not ready?”, she asked.
“Oh, I’m sorry, Victoria.”, said Felicia as she shut the door behind Victoria. “Please sit down. I’ll hurry up and get dress. I had another nightmare last night and didn’t get much sleep.” Felicia ran to her bedroom.
“Don’t think you should go see someone about those dreams?”, Victoria called.
“Well, there’s nothing much they can do about them until I get over them.”, Felicia said as she buttoned up her shirt. She picked up her shoes and socks and walked into living room where Victoria was sitting on the couch. Felicia sat down in the chair beside the balcony.
“I like your apartment, Felicia. Much more neater than mine.”, said Victoria.
“Well, you can thank my mother for that.”, said Felicia as she put on her socks. She suddenly stopped when she mentioned her mother. The image of the bombing popped into her mind. Victoria knew what Felicia was thinking.
“I know you’re going through a lot, Felicia. But you’ll hang in there.”, said Victoria. The image popped back out of Felicia’s head and she smiled at Victoria. She put on her shoes. “Who knows..”, said Victoria as she picked up her pocketbook and got up. “We might run into some cute tomcats.”
“No thank you, Victoria. I don’t need any more stress in my life.”, said Felicia as she also got up. She picked up her pocketbook and walked to the door.
“Well, you still haven’t changed your views about tomcats since high school.”, said Victoria. “You still don’t like romance do you?” Felicia opened the door.
“I don’t need romance in my life. I’ll never fall in love with anyone. And do you know why? Because I don’t need tomcats. I’m happier single.”, said Felicia as she and Victoria walked out.
“Felicia, if you weren’t my friend, I would say you were crazy.”, said Victoria.
“And Victoria, if you weren’t my friend, I would hit you for saying that.”, said Felicia as she locked the door. The two friends laughed as they walked down to the parking lot. They got into Victoria’s Mercury Sable and headed downtown. *******************************************************************
Victoria quickly walked out of the door. She was very annoyed with Felicia right now. This was the fifth job offer they received and Felicia refused to work there even though the pay was good. Felicia walked out of the door and quickly ran up to Victoria, she could tell that Victoria was pretty annoyed with her right now. “Come on, Victoria. Don’t be mad at me.”, said Felicia as she tried to keep up with Victoria’s pace.
“Felicia, I thought we agreed that we would find a job that would suit us.”, said Victoria. “That job was perfect. It can’t get even more perfect than that!”
Felicia knew that Victoria was right. But for some reason all of these jobs were not very interesting to her. “Victoria, I know we agreed. But I like military jobs. You know somewhere I can fly a plane, have a gun and engage in combat.”, she said.
Victoria stopped. “So, why don’t you join the enforcers so I can take a job somewhere else.”, said Victoria.
“But I thought we wanted to work together?”, asked Felicia with a surprise look on her face.
“I do, but with the enforcers and that is the only job where you can do all of the stuff you want to do.”, said Victoria. “Quiet frankly, I hate the enforcers!”
“I couldn’t even agree with you more.”, said a voice behind them. Felicia and Victoria turned around and spotted a beautiful she-kat. She was about 5 years older than Victoria. She had black pants with a red top.
Her strawberry blonde hair was up in a ponytail. “I am sorry. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Turmoil. But I couldn’t help to overhear about you girls arguing over job.”, she said. “Well, I am looking for young she-kats exactly like you. I train young she-kats for combat and they don’t even have to be in the enforcers. You also get to use better guns than you would use with the enforcers.”, said the she-kat.
Felicia couldn’t believe it., now this was a job that she would like. But her smile quickly disappeared as she thought on what Victoria would say.
Victoria would pass down the offer. “Well how much do we get paid?”, asked Victoria. “The last employer was going to give us $25.00 by the end of the week if we started to work tomorrow.”
Felicia knew that the she-kat probably couldn’t offer that much but to her surprise, the she-kat just laughed. “Well how about this. You can make at least $1,000 by the end of the month.”, she said.
Victoria’s eyes grew wide. “You’re kidding?!”, she said.
“Nope.”, said the she-kat.
Victoria looked over at Felicia. “What do you say, Felicia?”, asked Victoria.
Felicia realized that Victoria probably didn’t know about Turmoil’s past life. “Well, I don’t know.”, she said.
“Oh, come on, Felicia!”, protested Victoria. “This is exactly what you want.”
“You don’t have to decide right now. You can let me know tomorrow. But if you do want to work for me then there’s one thing you must do. All of my troo-workers live at the place where they work at,” said Turmoil. “But the rooms are very nice.”
“We’ll talk it over, tonight and let you know tomorrow morning.”, said Victoria.
“Think it over. Here’s my card.”, said Turmoil as she handed Victoria the card and turned around and walked down the sidewalk and turned the corner.
“Felicia, do you realize how much money we can make by the end of the year?”, asked Victoria. “You can buy you a new car.”
“Yeah. I know. But I want to think it over first.”, said Felicia. She was still worried about Turmoil. “Let’s just go home, my feet are killing me!” ********************************************************************
At Felicia’s apartment, Felicia was just about to lay down on the couch, when there was knock at the door. Felicia moaned as she got up and walked over to the door. When she opened the door she found Victoria standing outside of the door carrying a suitcase. “Victoria?”, asked Felicia.
Victoria walked by not even bothering to ask to come in. She put her suitcase on the couch right on the place where Felicia was going to lay down. “Well, I pretty much know what you’re answer’s going to be.”, said Felicia.
“Yep. I already told my parents and packed all of my stuff.”, said Victoria as she patted the suitcase.
“Victoria, there’s something I’ve been wanting to tell you.”, said Felicia.
“Yeah?”, asked Victoria.
“About Turmoil. Well, she used to be a criminal. She tried to blackmail the city for gold.”, said Felicia.
“Turmoil? How do you get that stupid idea?”, asked Victoria as she plopped down on the couch beside her suitcase.
“From my brother.”, said Felicia as she sat down in a chair beside the couch.
“Listen, Felicia, you worry too much.”, said Victoria. ” I mean we need the money. Just think, Felicia, a brand new, convertible, Kamaro. ”
Felicia started to give in to Victoria’s protest. She really wanted a Kamaro ever since she was 15 but her parents told it was too expensive to buy. But now she would have the choice to get one. “Teal?”, she asked.
“Teal, black, red.”, said Victoria. “Who knows you, you might get all 3 colors if you wanted.”
Felicia gave Victoria a smile and then said, “Let me go pack my bags.”
“Great! I’ll call Turmoil.”, said Victoria as she took out the card Turmoil gave her. She picked up the phone and began to dial the number.
It rang about 3 times and then someone picked up. “Hello?”, asked the voice.
“Turmoil?”, asked Victoria.
“This is she.”, said Turmoil.
“This is Victoria, we met this afternoon, downtown.”, said Victoria.
“Yes.”, said Turmoil.
“Well, my friend and I decided that we would love to join you.”, said Victoria.
“Well, I am glad that to have you. Give me your address and I’ll pick you up tomorrow around 7:00 am.”, said Turmoil as she took out a piece of paper and pen.
“Our address 1232 Sundance Apartments. Apartment Building 8K, Apartment number 142.”, said Victoria.
Turmoil wrote down the address and then said, “Okay, see you around 7:00.”
“Good-bye.”, said Victoria as she hung up. Then she said, ” Yes! Yahoo!!”
She quickly ran to Felicia’s bedroom to tell her the good news. *********************************************************************
But Victoria wasn’t the only kat happy by them joining. Turmoil was also very pleased. Little did Victoria know that Turmoil needed some more she-kats for her troops. Ever since her plan failed to blackmail the city she lost a lot of her troops. She was lucky that when she was able to get out of prison her lieutenant was able to be free too.
“So, did they join?”, asked Turmoil’s lieutenant.
Turmoil nodded. “I want new uniforms to be ready, give them the best rooms and be ready to train them tomorrow as well.”, she said.
Her lieutenant saluted. “Yes, Turmoil”, she said as she walked out of the room.
When she was gone, Turmoil looked over to the picture that was on her desk.
It was a picture of T-Bone that she had gotten from him when she was in prison. She picked up the picture and stared at it. Suddenly the memory of the battle that she had with the SWAT Kats came into her head. Everything was going perfectly until his partner showed up. She knew that Razor had to be taken care of in order for her to have T-Bone. “Soon, my top gun, soon.”, she said as she kissed the picture and set it back down. Turmoil sighed and looked out of her window. The city looked so beautiful at night from her airship. **********************************************************************
Felicia was finished packing her stuff to take along to Turmoil’s place, even though she wasn’t quite sure about all of this. She had called her landlord and told him that she was moving out and so the apartment could be for sale again. Felicia didn’t call Jenson because she knew that he would probably ask her all of these questions to make her finally tell where exactly she was going. She knew Jenson would never allow her to do this so she thought not telling him for now would be best. Victoria decided to sleep on the couch even though Felicia voluntarily to sleep on the couch. Felicia closed her eyes and knew her dreams would not be kind to her. *********************************************************************
Around 6:45 am, Felicia was awaken by Victoria. “Come on, Felicia. Wake up!”, she said.
Felicia opened her eyes, she was exhausted. She had the same dream again and woke up at least twice during the night. She got up and put on a pair of jeans and a black tank top. She put her up in a ponytail and then walked into the kitchen. Victoria had placed two bowls filled with cereal.
Felicia had just taken 2 bites when there was knock on the door. She got up and opened the door. There stood Turmoil wearing the same outfit as yesterday, carrying a briefcase. “Come in, Turmoil,” said Felicia as she opened the door for her.
“Thank you.”, said Turmoil as she walked in. “I hope you two young she-kats slept well because around 5:00 today we will begin your training.”
“Well, I slept well but Felicia didn’t.”, said Victoria.
“Why not?”, asked Turmoil. Then she smiled and said, “Did you have a tomcat over last night?”
“No.”, said Felicia as she blushed. “I haven’t slept well ever since my parents were killed by Dark Kat.”
“Oh”, said Turmoil as she had surprised look on her face. “I’m sorry to hear that,” Turmoil added. She sat down on the couch and placed her briefcase on the coffee table.
“What’s in the briefcase?”, asked Victoria as she put her bowl in the sink and walked over to the couch. Felicia followed her and sat her in the couch.
“Just forms I need to go over with you and for you to sign.”, said Turmoil as she opened the briefcase up and took out two folders. She handed one to Victoria and the other one to Felicia. Victoria and Felicia opened the folders and discovered a form and a pen. “These are basic terms that you must agree in order to work with me.”, said Turmoil.
Turmoil began to read over the terms but the one that caught Victoria and Felicia’s attention was the very last one. It read “CAN NOT LIKE OR HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH A SWAT KAT”
Felicia and Victoria looked over at each other. Felicia held her locket necklace that Razor gave her. They were all thinking the same thing.
Felicia had a crush on Razor still but decided that they wouldn’t tell Turmoil. Turmoil told them if they agreed to the terms then they could sign in which they did. Turmoil took the folders back from Felicia and Victoria and placed back into the briefcase. She closed a briefcase and stood up.
Felicia and Victoria did likewise.
Turmoil shook their hands. “Glad to have you aboard,” she said. “Now if you follow me to my car, we’ll leave,” said Turmoil.
Felicia and Victoria picked up their suitcases and followed Turmoil to her car. They got in and Turmoil took them to the place where her personal craft would be to take them to the airship. Little did Felicia realize that joining with Turmoil would completely change her life.
To be continued……
By: Felicia McFurry, Ace, and Isis
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