Just in case your wondering this story happens after the last American Tail movie. If you look closley in Fivel goes west you will see Tony and Bridget with a child.

Tony Toponi sat in a little corner of his cage rethinking the events that had happened yesterday.

"How could this happen to me?" he kept asking himself over and over again "How?"

Suddenly he heard a loud tap on his cage, he knew what it was and he didn't even want to look up but did any way.

"Hey Bernard!" Came a Luke's voice." I have some food for you." and he threw down a peice of hard stale bread that landed hard on Tony and broke into nothing but crumbs. Tony shook the crumbs off of him and moved to the other side of the cage.

"What are you not hungry?"he laughed" than maybe you can become food for my cat!"

and with that he closed the lid and walked out of the room. Tony watched him leave and than stared out the window watching the sunset. He was in so much pain and his feet burned from all the abusehe obtained that he couldn't walk, he just layed there in pain trying not to scream or cry............

His last thought before he drifted off into sleep was why?

24 hours earlier Yesterday morning

He and Bridget had been married a little over 3 years and they had just had their first child.

Tony and Bridget were laying in bed waking up from the night's sleep, when suddenly the room began to rumble and things started to fall off the wall and onto the floor.

both mice sat straight up in bed

"Oh no the baby!" said Bridget worridlely

Bridget jumped out of bed still in her pjamies and grabed some clothes that were on the floor and got dresed while running to the baby's room. Tony had jumped out of bed and chased after his wife still getting dressed .

When they got there Bridget saw a huge cats eye that was staring back at her.

"TONY!" she screamed "the cats are back!"

"We need to get out of here!" Tony shouted

she grabbed the baby and grabbed Tony's hand and ran out of the room

They started heading for the front door but, before they reached the front door it caught on fire and the house quickly blew up in flames

"We need to get out of here!" Tony shouted again

He quickly looked for a quick way out of their burning house.

Tony ran back to the bedroom, there was an window there where they could climb out of.

outside mice were running into people's homes or nearby buildings.

"Come on !" he grabbed Bridget by the hand and she held the baby in the other. and started heading for the nearest house when a shadow fell on them. Bridget looked back to see a cat on them about to pounce . claws out, teeth and drool

. "Tony look out!"

she saw a nearby hole in the wall and yanked Tony in the hole then the cat fell face first in the dirt and then got up and tried to chase them again then they ran deep in the hole while the cat was still trying to claw at them.

" Hey are you guys okay? Tony asked

" Ya I'm.....I'm fine really" she answerd

" Hey I"m going to find us some breakfast " Tony said

" I"m coming with you !" Bridget argued

" No! stay here!" Tony objected

" No, I"m coming with you ! "

Tony looked at her and grabbed her hand

" Look, I know your scared, but what about the baby?" he asked

Bridget had some extra blankets on her and bent down on the ground and made a small bed for the baby and put her in the blankets

" Well only be gone for a minute Tony " she said

" Okay" Tony sighed," but i still don"t think its a good idea "

both mice crept to a small hole in the wall and and peeked out.

outside they saw people eating breakfast.

Tony looked around hoping some bread or something would have fell on the floor, luckily there was some bread that had fallen on the floor

He looked back at Bridget "Theres some bread that fell on the floor next to the counter ." he told her

Tony grabed her hand aand both mice carefully crept along the wall to where the bread was, but just as he reached for the bread so did a lady.

She picked it up and took one look at the mice and screamed and dropped the bread

"KILL THEM!!!!!" she screamed as the rest of the family had now come to investigate what happened

"RUN!!!!" Tony shouted

The ran for the mouse hole but just as Tony had almost reached the mousehole something metal like a bucket fell on him and captured him.

"NO!!!" he screammed and started banging on the walls

"BRIDGET RUN!!!!!" he shouted

Tony tried to get out of there to get to Bridget and his daughter but couldn't

"RUN DON"T STOP!!!" he kept shouted though he didn't know if Bridget could hear him because of the bucket and the lady kept screaming and than he heard a gunshot and than.................

nothing

"NO!!" BRIDGET!!!" NO! LET ME OUT OF HERE!!!"

"Well at least we got that mouse!" came a lady's voice

"hey mom, I caught the other one!" came a boy's voice

"Honey, go kill it." came the mother's voice

"AWWWWW mom, can't i keep him?" he asked "I promise I'll take care of him."

"I said no, now go get rid of the thing!" she said

"Ok."

The boy slid a newspaper under the bucket and than picked it up and turned it over so he could look at Tony.

The boy than walked outside and contiued on a sidewalk till he got to a shed.

Inside it was dark with the sunlight seeping through the cracks in the walls

"Hey Luke, guess what I caught." the boy said

"What?" came his brother's voice

"I caught a mnouse." he said " And I"m going to keep him."

"And what about mom?" Luke asked

"Please keep it a secret?" he said " we can keep him out here in the shed."

"Michael." Luke said "What if mom finds out?"

"Aw come on she's not going to find out, she wants me to kill him." Mike said

"Ok, we can put him in a glass jar." Luke said and grabed one than was behind him on the table. Mike picked up Tony and threw him in the jar and put the lid on real tight. and than drilled some air holes in the lid

"So what are we going to name him?" Luke asked

"I don't know." Mike said

"Uh, how about Fred?" Luke said

"Fred?" Mike asked as he looked at his brother

"Uh, Bernard?" Luke tried again

"Bernard?" Mike asked "How about Bob?"

"NO! I LIKE THE NAME BERNARD!!!!" Luke wined

"Ok, Ok, Bernard it is!" Mike said " Seesh."

"So......what are we going to do with him?" Luke asked

"I don't know." was the answer

"Hey I know," Luke said "

Luke saw a candle on the table and lit it and than stuck the jar over the fire, burning Tony's feet.

Tony moved to the other side of the jar

"Hey stop that!" ordered Luke

TOny's feet burned and the fur on them singed off. Than Luke held the jar where the lid only touched the flame and Tony couldn't get away from it.

TOny feet burned more than ever and he triued to climb the walls. Luke and Mike just laughed at Tony's expense.

Mike had looked over towards the house and saw their mother comming towards the shed.

"Hey Luke, Mom's comming quick hide Bernard!" he said

Luke put the jar on the table and than stood in front of it

"She's going to see that!" Mike shouted

"Than what are we going to do?" he wined

"Theres a bucket of water over there under the table." Mike said

"Put him in there!" Mike ordered

"But he'll drown!"

Mike took the jar from his brother and dropped it in the bucket.

The jar landed on its side and quickly filled with water. Tony rushed to try to stop the water.

"I can't die in here!" he thought "I just can't!"

Than the jar had turned with the lid towards the lid and Tony need air fast so he swam towards the bottom of the jar and found an airhole and took a deep breath. He had to get out of here and fast.

Back up top

Mike and luke had pulled up chairs to the table and had found a game to "play".

"Hey you two," the mother said " did you get rid of that mouse?" she asked

"Yea, mom" Luke said

"Well good." she said " you two have fun with your game." she said and than walked away

Tony

The water had rushed in and filled the whole jar. Tony had tried to swim to the top and turn the lid

"Damn!" he thought " No luck"

He kept trying " I can't die!"

He than felt himself passing out "No if i pass out i'll drown!" he thought

Back up top

"Oh boy that was close!" Mike said as he reached in the bucket and pulled out the jar and drained the water out of it.

"Are you ok, little guy? he asked

Tony was gasping for air and just laying on the floor of the jar.

"Stupid kids." he thought

"Hes ok," Luke said and than took the jar from his brother and put it on the table.

"Hey I'll go get some food." Mike said and than left

Luke picked the jar up and looked at Tony laying on the floor still recovering from his "near drowing"

"AWW, your cold." Luke said "Here I'll warm you up."

He lit the candle again and than held the jar over the flame to where Tony was and again Tony had to start jumping and moving around to avoid the flame.

"Hey, stop that!" Luke ordered

Luke than took the jar and violently shook it up and down making Tony hit both the lid and the bottom ....... hard almost to the point of unconcieness and than Luke stopped

"See what happens when I get mad." Luke said than he saw Mike walk through the door

"Hey it's time for dinner." he said

"Ok"

He set the jar down on the table and than went to go eat.

Tony layed on the floor holding his head to see if he was bleeding and than he looked at his hand and saw blood and than saw nothing.

NEXT DAY SUNSET........................................

Tony Toponi sat in a little corner of his cage rethinking the events that had happened yesterday.

"How could this happen to me?" he kept asking himself over and over again "How?"

Suddenly he heard a loud tap on his cage, he knew what it was and he didn't even want to look up but did any way.

"Hey Bernard!" Came a Luke's voice." I have some food for you." and he threw down a peice of hard stale bread that landed hard on Tony and broke into nothing but crumbs. Tony shook the crumbs off of him and moved to the other side of the cage.

"What are you not hungry?" the he laughed" than maybe you can become food for my cat!"

and with that he closed the lid and walked out of the room. Tony watched him leave and than stared out the window watching the sunset. He was in so much pain and his feet burned from all the abuse he couldn't walk, he just layed there in pain trying not to scream or cry............

His last thought before he drifted off into sleep was why?

10 YEARS 4 MONTHS AND 12 DAYS LATER................

Tony landed face first onto the floor of his cage. He landed with a loud thud, he just layed there, hoping.......the shooting pain that ran through his body would cease.

No, it just lingered there. Tony tried to get up and move to one side of the wall. To him it had been a long 10 years where he had lost his freedom to be a pet, his wife and daughter.

Plus this morning he had been thrown around by Mike and Luke, in his cage. The first snow had fallen for the year and "they" thought it would be "fun" if they tossed Tony around and............

He leaned his head agaist the glass, he just wanted to lay there he was in too much pain to do anything. He was almost asleep when he heard Luke and.....somebody else come into the shed.

"Hey Bernard, this is my friend Ryan." Luke said

"So what do you want to do?" Luke asked

"I don't know?" was the only answer

"We can play catch." Luke said as he held up Tony's cage

"Ok"

Both boys ran outside and started throwing Tony around. Each time that somebody would catch the jar Tony would hit his head only causing more and more pain.

Luke had caught the jar this time and told Ryan to go out a little further by the street. He threw the jar as hard as he can and it soared over Ryan's head and into the street into a melting snowbank with water running into the sewar.

"Get it!" Luke said

Ryan ran to get the jar but accidently kicked it making it go down the street and into the sewer

The jar fell down into the dark murky water and was washed away by the currnent.

Tony had to break out of the jar or else drown. He forced himself to move and he tried to turn the lid with water rushing in the lid, quickly filling up the jar. and than the jar went under water and was moving to fast for Tony to fight the current.

Finnally the jar hit a gate making the jar bust and freeing Tony. He tried to get up on the curb but the current kept him from doing so.
He went through the gate and finnally a wave threw him on the curb, where Tony crawled over away from the sewage and near the wall .

He coughed and than felt hands on his arms that led him over to the wall away from the river.

"Tony?" came a voice

He looked up to find three shadowy figures looking down at him.

"Tony?" it called again

Tony couldn't see who it was

Next thing he knew his head hit the pavement and than blackness..........................................................