Title: H2Oh, No
Author: Kristen Sharpe
E-Mail: skgirl@hotmail.com
Date: March 1, 1997

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Well, this is the first time I've submitted a story - hope it's enjoyed.
If anybody wants to give me any kind of comment on the story, please do
so. I'm really looking for some constructive criticism.

-- The first fanfic of my regular series. More or less completely canon
to the show and a somewhat standard plot type. No sweeping epic here.
Nonetheless, even I still like it. Which says something as I tend to hate
anything a month old. -- September 2000
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Drenching rain poured from the sky onto the dark, streets of
nighttime MegaKat City. Winds drove it in sheets that pummeled
buildings and beat noisily against windows. The air was filled with
ominous rumblings and sharp cracks of thunder that seemed to shake
the very ground. As a brilliant bolt of lightning flashed across the
sky, Jake Clawson glanced up and around the hood of the car he was
tinkering with to see out the window of the garage where he was
working.

"I wish Chance'd hurry back - I'm starved and there's nothin' in
the fridge," he muttered, watching as a second flash of lightning lit
up the salvage yard outside as though it were daylight.

Pulling a rag from his back pocket and wiping his greasy hands,
he walked into the garage office. As he entered the room, there was
a loud crack of thunder and the outside door opening to the garage
flew open with such force that it slammed heavily into the wall and
bounced back. Wind rushed into the garage, bringing with it a fine
mist that immediately dampened everything in the room. Jake whirled
around upon hearing the sharp crack from the door.

"I thought I locked that, " he said to himself, eyeing the door
as he reentered the garage to be sprayed with the fine mist that was
steadily being blown into the garage.

"Whatta storm," he commented as he walked over to the door, still
flapping back and forth in the wind that gusted through the opening,
and closed it firmly. Then, he stopped and, turning, scanned the
room nervously. He had a funny feeling - like he wasn't all alone.

Cautiously, he stepped away from the door, every muscle tensed.
As he moved, a large figure detached itself from the shadows beside
the door and stalked after him.

Jake stopped, feeling the hairs along the back of his neck
beginning to raise.

"I don' like this," he muttered.

The shadowy figure pounced, grabbing him roughly around the neck.

"Waahh!" Jake yelled, trying vainly to break free.

The arm holding him in a tight head-lock only tightened its grip.
Jake felt the figure's hot breath close beside his face mingling with
the odor of wet fur as a low, threatening voice whispered in his ear.

"Guess who."

"Chance!!" Jake gasped out as the arm released its grip on his
throat. With a sound that was somewhere between a snort and a gruff
laugh, Chance backed away from Jake and gave into a fit of loud
laughter so violent that he was shaking.

"You shoulda seen your face," he gasped between chuckles as he
backed up against the car Jake had been working on earlier and slid
to the floor looking up at Jake, who was now glaring at him, hands on
hips, tail swishing angrily.

"Thanks for scaring me out of five of my nine lives, Chance,"
snapped Jake. "Didja get anything to eat?"

"Sure, I brought back a pizza and a six-pack of milk - right
here," said Chance, standing up and reaching to pick up the pizza box
he had set on the car. Still chuckling, he opened the box and
offered Jake a slice.

Jake accepted the pizza. No sooner had he taken one bite than
their alarm went off.

"It must be Callie," said Chance, his face immediately sobering
as he reached into his pocket and pulled out a triangular
communicator. "Yes, Ms. Briggs?" he said as he pushed the large, red
button in the center of the communicator.

"SWAT Kats, I've got a problem," came the voice of Calico Briggs,
MegaKat City's Deputy Mayor, "my apartment building's flooded.
Everyone's trapped on the roof."

"Flooded?" questioned Jake, leaning over to be heard on the
communicator.

"Yes, flooded - there's water surrounding the building and the
first through third floors are already submerged."

"How'd it happen?" asked Jake incredulously.

"You got me, it all happened in minutes. Me and everyone else
here could sure use some help."

"No problem, Ms. Briggs - we're on our way," said Chance.

After a quick clothes change Chance and Jake, or rather T-Bone
and Razor, the SWAT Kats, were ready to go.

"All set, Razor?" T-Bone called back to Razor from the pilot's
seat of the TurboKat.

"Affirmative, " came Razor's reply around a mouthful of pizza.
He wasn't about to miss supper completely. As he said this the
platform that the jet sat on slowly lowered to another level beneath
the garage.

"Then, let's rock an' roll," said T-Bone, swiftly pushing several
buttons and then slamming the throttle forward. The TurboKat's
engines roared to life and the jet shot off down the underground
tunnel that led out of the hangar and rocketed skyward.

"Can ya' pick up Callie's signal?" T-Bone asked.

"Just barely, the storm's causing interference," returned Razor
as he switched his pizza to his left hand and adjusted the controls.

"No kiddin'," T-Bone muttered as a bright flash of lightning
caused him to roll the TurboKat to the left. "Hey, don't get pizza
on anything back there," he called, his tone only a half-playful
threat.

"Yeah, yeah," returned Razor. This was quickly followed by a
softly muttered, "Ah, crud."

"Raa-zor," T-Bone growled.

"It's just a little tomato sauce on the... Ah, naw - it's
startin' ta' spark. Just a minute, T-Bone - I'll get it under
control."

T-Bone moaned softly.

Hearing the almost inaudible sound, Razor let a sneaky smile play
at the corners of his mouth as he made the motions of cleaning the
phantom pizza from his control panel, the last bite of the real one
safely in his mouth. When it came to the TurboKat, T-Bone was as
fussy about it as people are over expensive sports cars. Hearing
another faint groan and the sound of quiet, whiny grumbling, Razor
found it harder to hide his amusement. Desperately, he clamped his
jaws together, determined not to laugh out loud, which would not only
alert T-Bone to his joke before he was ready but would also result in
pizza really getting all over his control panel.

T-Bone was still muttering to himself when the pent-up laughter
inside Razor finally erupted, taking the only exit available and
exploding through his nose as a thunderous snort.

"Razor, what is....?" T-Bone started, but was drowned out by
Razor's sudden, loud chuckles.

"Gotchu ....baa...aa..ckkkk," Razor gasped between chuckles,
laughing as much at his own snort as at T-Bone.

T-Bone glared at him in the mirror that allowed him to see Razor.

"Heeey, one good trick deserves another," returned Razor,
controlling himself.

In spite of himself, T-Bone smiled and then, unable to contain
himself any longer, let out his own prodigious snort before laughing
along with Razor.

"One good snort deserves another," he joked back.

Razor chuckled even harder. Suddenly sobering, he said, "Hey, we
should be almost to Callie's apartment by now. There it is," Razor
announced as a schematic outline of the building appeared on the
dimensional radar screens in front of each kat.

"Not that we can see outside of the radar view," T-Bone commented
as he slowed the jet and lowered the VTOL engines, putting it in
hover mode.

"No problemo - I'm switching on the spotlight I installed on the
bottom of the fuselage," said Razor as he flicked a switch.

Instantly, there was a sudden bright light emanating from the
underside of the jet, revealing a sodden group of kats huddled on the
roof of the medium-sized apartment building and staring upward at the
jet. Several cheers went up at the sight of the TurboKat. To the
left of the huddled group, the light illuminated murky water
surrounding the building's lower floors.

"Holy kats! Where's all this water comin' from?" asked T-Bone in
shock.

"Well, the building's built in a slight depression in the ground,
and according to the dimensional radar's readout the depression
extends all the way to the bay, so it's a natural flood plain.
Still, even with all the rain we've had there shouldn't be this much
flooding," said Razor thoughtfully, surveying the scene below and the
computer screen in front of him.

"We'll have to figure it out later, right now we have to get the
people off there."

"Roger that," said Razor. "And, much as you're gonna hate it,
we're gonna haveta' call the Enforcers to do it."


Meanwhile, Ms. Briggs had heard the jet approaching and was
digging in her purse for her communicator.

"The SWAT Kats'll take care of it," she assured her fellow
tenants, pointing to the bright light from the hovering plane. She
then pulled her communicator out of her purse and cut it on. "Hey,
guys, glad to see you could make it."

From inside the TurboKat, the two SWAT Kats gave her a thumbs up.

"Don' worry, Ms. Briggs," said Razor over the communicator.
"We're gonna call the Enforcers to come airlift everyone to safety.
We'll keep an eye on things 'til they get here."

T-Bone made a grumbling noise that he hoped only Razor heard. He
hated to think of what the Enforcers would say when they got there.
He didn't mind the fact that the SWAT Kats couldn't handle this one
on their own, the TurboKat simply couldn't carry loads of people. He
did mind the fact that the Enforcers would see it as a golden
opportunity to make fun of the SWAT Kats, who so often did the jobs
they couldn't handle. He could already hear the taunting as they
laughed at the fact that the "mighty SWAT Kats" had to call *them*
for help.

Ms. Briggs somehow seemed to sense T-Bone's feelings.

"Good thing I had my communicator," she said over the radio.
"The water knocked out the telephone lines."

T-Bone smiled, if only at her thoughtfulness. "Better call the
Enforcers, buddy," he called to Razor.

Razor reached for the radio switch.


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"So what do you think is going on?" Ms. Briggs asked the two SWAT
Kats, her long, blond hair blowing in the wind as they stood together
under a sheltering overhang just outside the school gymnasium that
was serving as a shelter for rescued kats. Since the episode at
Callie's apartment, reports had been pouring in from across the city
as flood waters rose. Already, hundreds of people had had to be
evacuated from low-lying areas. A flash of lightning illuminated the
TurboKat sitting behind them on the grass by the driveway, its sleek
metal glistening in the rain. Not far from it, an Enforcer chopper
was just landing with another load of people while another was taking
off to go rescue more.

"Actually, we haven't got a clue," replied Razor, watching the
choppers.

"Yeah, but don't worry, Ms. Briggs, - we're flyin' out to the bay
to see if we can tell what's goin' on there," assured T-Bone.

"Yeah, there's somethin' unnatural about this flooding business,"
added Razor.

"Good luck," called Ms. Briggs as the two turned to run to the
TurboKat through the driving rain.

Seconds later, the TurboKat's engines roared to life and it
slowly lifted into the air vertically. Then, its rear engines cut on
and it took off to fly away over the city. In a matter of minutes,
the SWAT Kats were flying over MegaKat Bay. The water below tossed
and churned, spraying froth high into the air. Flashes of lightning
illuminated the city beyond, silhouetting the tall skyscrapers
against the sky. The thunderous booms of thunder that seemed to
vibrate the jet completed the ominous effect.

"It almost looks like the bay's overflowing and flooding the
city," said Razor.

"But what could make it do that?" questioned T-Bone. "This's a
bad storm, but it's no hurricane."

"Y'know, it almost looks like...T-BONE! The water's not rising -
the city's sinking!!" gasped Razor.

"That's impossible."

"Well, believe it or not, buddy, it's the truth. Just watch."

Switching the TurboKat to its VTOL engines, T-Bone watched the city
and water for several minutes. Suddenly, he saw the effect Razor had
seen; a movement so gradual it was almost unnoticeable, like clouds
drifting across the sky. He gasped, "It *is* sinkin'! Recovering
from his shock he asked, "What'll we do, partner?"

"I'll use the x-ray beam and see if I can find any caves along
the beach," returned Razor, pushing a button.

A panel slid open on the underside of the TurboKat, allowing the
strange, round gadget to lower out of the hatch.

"Maybe there's a way to get under the city and see what's goin'
on."

"See anything, Razor?" questioned T-Bone.

"Not yet...wait a minute - Bingo! There's an underwater cave
just below that cliff. It has a tunnel leading under the city and it
looks like there're some fairly large caverns connected to it,"
announced Razor, looking up from his screen and toward the large
cliff that jutted out over the water along the beach. He looked back
at his screen. "There's an entire system of caverns under the city!
Never heard of those..." He let the sentence trail off.

"So what's the plan?"

"I'm gonna call Callie and tell her what's goin' on so she can
alert the city and then we need to go back to the hangar and get the
HydroKat."

"Roger that. Let's get movin'."

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Some time later, the HydroKat's periscope surfaced from the
churning waters of MegaKat Bay.

"The cliff should be straight ahead," Razor reported, looking at
his view screen with difficulty as the frothing water was
continuously splashing and spraying the periscope's lens.

"And there's the cave - dead ahead," said T-Bone as the opening
to the underwater cave loomed into view on both of their screens.

Razor lowered the periscope so that the square submarine-like
vehicle could go on into the cave.

"Hopefully, we'll find a cavern that's not completely submerged,"
he commented, watching his screen as the light on the front of the
HydroKat illuminated the pitch-black darkness of the cavern.

The murky water reflected the light, illuminating it far ahead of
the HydroKat and giving the SWAT Kats a view of the churning
underwater world. Rocks loomed into their view periodically,
sometimes appearing so suddenly through the gloomy, turbulent waters
that T-Bone had to make swift, violent turns to avoid the obstacles.

"Whew," he muttered after one such close encounter. "Hope this
trip'll help the city, bud," he muttered. "Hate ta' think I came
through this nightmare for nothin'"

Though better than he had once been, the thought of being
underwater, let alone underwater in a cave, made T-Bone uneasy.
Suddenly, he saw something that took his mind off his worries.

"I think you got your wish but it's a dead end," he called to
Razor as the HydroKat's searchlight revealed a large cavern only
half-filled with water. Solid rock walls surrounded them.

"I'm using the x-ray beam again," said Razor. "Okay, there's
another tunnel right on the other side of that wall," he said,
indicating the rock wall directly in front of the HydroKat.

"Looks like we need a way through that wall," remarked T-Bone
dryly.

"Way ahead of you," said Razor as a small-scale missile launcher
folded out of the top of the HydroKat. Launching mole missile -
Now!" he announced as the missile shot out of the launcher. As it
flew through the air, two metal blades with wickedly pointed serrated
edges unfolded from its sides and began whirling around like a
helicopter's rotors. Hitting the wall, the blades burrowed through
the solid rock, sending sparks high into the air. Seconds later, the
SWAT Kats had a clean path through to the tunnel.

T-Bone maneuvered the HydroKat up to the hole the mole missile
had created and stopped it there, switching off the light as he cut
the engines. The cavern was again in darkness as the two prepared to
climb out of the hatch on top of the HydroKat.

"Alright, let's go," said T-Bone as he got out, reaching up to
depress the red triangle on his helmet. As he did so the triangle
lit up, illuminating Razor as he climbed out of the hatch. Sliding
his glovatrix over his hand, T-Bone climbed into the hole.

Razor followed suit, cutting on his light as he got out of the
HydroKat wearing his glovatrix and carrying a small rectangular
device.

"What's that?" T-Bone asked upon turning to face his partner,
seeing the gadget for the first time as his light swept across Razor
and he caught the glint of metal in Razor's left hand.

"It's a more portable version of the x-ray beam. This way we
have some idea of where we're going," replied Razor. "There's a
large cavern right at the end of this tunnel. We just have to follow
the tunnel."

As the two walked down the tunnel, T-Bone asked, "Just what are
we lookin' for anyway? I mean, if the city's collapsin' inta' some
huge underground cave or somethin', what're we gonna be able to do?"

"Well, that depends on the problem. We just have to wait and see
what's goin' on," Razor replied sensibly and optimistically.

"Yeah, well, let's hope the Enforcers'll evacuate the city if
things get too bad."

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"And you're sure there's no real problem, Feral?" Mayor Manx
asked as he sat at his desk in his office. Outside, the storm
continued with unabated fury. Rain pummeled the windows of the
office.

"Nothing my Enforcers can't handle. However, I'd advise we
evacuate the remaining low-lying areas and that everyone get to
higher ground," returned Commander Feral, the head of the Enforcers,
as he stood in front of the Mayor's desk pulling on one of his thick,
black whiskers. "As for this idea of the city sinking," he added,
looking directly at Ms. Briggs, who stood beside the Mayor, "It's the
most preposterous thing I've ever heard."

"Commander, the SWAT Kats said they saw it sinking. Have someone
check into it if you don't believe them, but don't just ignore it.
The water's getting higher and higher!" demanded Ms. Briggs.

Before Feral could reply, his niece, Lieutenant Felina Feral,
burst into the room, sodden and out of breath.

"Uncle, I was just out at the bay with my chopper lookin' at the
situation there. The water's not rising - MegaKat City's sinking!"
Felina gasped.

"You're sure of that, Felina?" asked Feral incredulously.

"Positive," returned Felina, nodding her head.

"I guess you'd better get the word out to evacuate the city,"
Feral said, turning to face the Mayor and Ms. Briggs, a scowl on his face.

"I'm going to have a look for myself and see what to do about
this mess. Come on, Felina," he said before he left the room.

"Right, Uncle," she returned and followed him.


A group of kats huddled on top of a building in the driving rain
waiting for an Enforcer helicopter to pick them up suddenly looked up
in surprise as a huge T.V. screen on top of a nearby skyscraper
flickered to life.

"This is Ann Gora for Kat's Eye News. A state of emergency has
been declared in MegaKat City. It has been confirmed that the city
is actually sinking, amazing as it may seem. Residents are asked to
evacuate the city at once - this is a mandatory order," announced the
newswoman on T.V. screens all over the city.

The results of the announcement were immediate. People gathered
belongings, pets, and family members and headed out of the city as
fast as they could. As the first cars headed down the freeway and
out of the city, the ground began to quake violently. Above the
sounds of people yelling in terror, an ominous, earth-shaking rumble
emanated from below. Without warning, huge, vine-like plants burst
from of the ground, showering crumbled asphalt on the cars before
them as they rose higher and higher into the sky. In a matter of
minutes the entire city was surrounded by a towering, impenetrable
wall of plants.

Feeling their nightmare was over as the rumbling ceased, the kats
on the freeway slowly got out of their cars and walked up to stare at
the wall of vines. They drew back in horror as they met water
swiftly flowing in through tiny holes between the vines. While the
people couldn't get out, the water could still get in.



"What'll we do?" asked Ms. Briggs, as Commander Feral and Felina
walked back into the Mayor's office.

"I'll get my choppers ready and start flying people out," he
replied, the sour expression on his face deepening.

"Good, then I'm ready to leave any time," said Mayor Manx.

"Will there be time to get *everyone* out?" Ms. Briggs
questioned, worry and concern obvious in voice and face.

"We can hope so," was Feral's only reply as he turned and left
the office.

"I'd better get everything ready to leave," said Mayor Manx as he
picked up his golf bag from where it was sitting against the wall and
began to stuff in several golf clubs that had been propped against
the wall beside the bag in preparation for his next indoor game.

"Maybe the SWAT Kats've found out what's going on," said Ms.
Briggs to herself as she watched the Mayor. Turning away from him to
face the window, she pulled out her communicator and held it up to
her mouth.

Felina, who had lingered behind Feral, was watching Ms. Briggs.

"SWAT Kats. SWAT Kats?" Ms. Briggs called into the communicator,
but was only answered with static. "The storm must be messing up my
signal,...or they're out of range," she added dismally, lowering the
communicator.

"They'll come through," said Felina, walking up to her.

"I hope so," returned Ms. Briggs.

"Ah, there's my lucky ball," said Mayor Manx, as he picked a golf
ball up out of one of the indoor golf sets in his office.

"Guess no one's ever told him that the captain goes down with the
ship," Felina whispered to Callie.

"Definitely not," returned Callie with a smile.

The Mayor overheard them.

"G..go down with the s...s..ship?" he stammered, looking at them
in horror. "Then, I resign!"

Felina and Ms. Briggs almost laughed aloud, then Callie's face
grew serious again.

"Do you *really* think there'll be time to get everyone out?" she
asked.

"I seriously doubt it," Felina returned, shaking her head.

"Then, it's up to the SWAT Kats. And if they can't find out
what's going on and stop it, half the people in the city are doomed,"
Callie said softly. Then, she turned to look out the window at the
furious storm, murmuring a silent prayer. "Good luck, SWAT Kats -
wherever you are."

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"This is really weird - what're all these plants doin' down
here?" Razor wondered aloud as the two SWAT Kats walked down the
tunnel, its walls now lined with strange plants clinging to the rocks
and hanging from the ceiling. Some of the plants lit the tunnel with
an eerie, green glowing.

"Got me, but I don't like the looks of some of 'em," returned
T-Bone, eyeing the plants distrustfully.

"Me neither," returned Razor. "They look like some of Dr.
Viper's doing."

"Might've guessed sinkin' the city'd be one a' his plans,"
muttered T-Bone darkly. "How close're we to that open chamber you
mentioned?"

"Well, it should be just...," Razor started, looking around at
T-Bone in the process. "T-Bone!" he suddenly yelled in warning.

"What on earth!" gasped T-Bone as he realized that one of the
weird-looking vines had wrapped around his foot.

He started to pull away but, without warning, another vine shot
out from the wall and wrapped around his left arm. A third vine
wrapped around his other foot with lightning speed. In seconds,
T-Bone was lifted off his feet and held in the air, struggling
violently against the gripping vines.

"Hey,...What is...?...Razor!" he called out as he struggled to
get free.

Razor had started to run to T-Bone's aid when he heard a sound
that made him drop to the ground. He lay there as what appeared to
be foot-long, cactus spines whistled over his head, embedding their
wicked points in the rock wall next to him.

"Hang on, buddy!" he called to T-Bone as he stood up. Suddenly,
feeling the pressure of something wrapping around his leg, he twisted
around to face a huge venus flytrap-like plant. It had a vine
wrapped around his right leg.

The plant opened one, huge hinged leaf revealing teeth in the
place of a flytrap's usual stiff bristles. It gave Razor's leg a
rough jerk and he was yanked off his feet onto his stomach as it
pulled him towards the gaping leaf.

"I get the hunch you eat more than flies," commented Razor
raising up and twisting around again. "Well, eat this," he shouted
as he raised his glovatrix, and fired a glob of sticky tar into the
deadly leaf. The flytrap began thrashing from side to side
violently, trying vainly to fling the goo out. In the process, it
released Razor, who leapt away.

Meanwhile, T-Bone was getting out of his predicament too. He
twisted into a position where he could take aim at the vine holding
his left arm. He fired a metal blade out of his glovatrix at the
vine, severing it and freeing his arm. Then, deploying a buzzsaw
blade that flipped out of the top of his glovatrix, he neatly sliced
through the vines holding his legs. He fell to the floor of the
tunnel, landing on all fours, and lunged forward out of range of the
other vines that were now reaching for him.

"Which way, buddy?" he asked as he landed beside Razor and stood
up.

The two now stood in the midst of seething vines; each one
reaching for them.

"That way," returned Razor as he pointed down the tunnel.

"Aw, crud," groaned T-Bone as he realized that the tunnel was
lined with cactus-like plants and more vines.

"I've got a plan," said Razor. "Deploy shields."

Two metal shields folded out of their glovatrixes. The SWAT Kats
held them in front of their bodies.

"Ready...Set...GO!" yelled Razor, and the two took off down the
tunnel.

Cactus spines bounced off the metal shields as the SWAT Kats
dashed to the end of the tunnel. A vine flipped out in front of
Razor. He jumped over it, somersaulted in midair, kicked out at
another vine that tried to grab him, and, landing on his feet neatly,
kept going. Without warning, another vine grabbed his ankle as he ran
past it. Razor fell flat on his face, hitting the hard-packed earth
with a grunt of pain.

"Razor!" bellowed T-Bone, skidding to a stop and whirling to see
Razor's fall.

Razor raised his head to see five cactus spines hurtling toward
his face. He gasped, but before he could move T-Bone's shield was shoved
in front of his face. The spines buried their needle-sharp tips in
the metal shield. Razor looked up at T-Bone, who stood beside him,
holding the shield in front of Razor.

"Thanks for keepin' me from becoming a pincushion," said Razor
with relief as T-Bone helped him to his feet.

"Ready for some more fun?" asked T-Bone as they repositioned the
shields in front of their bodies.

"You got it," returned Razor as the twosome charged down the
tunnel again.

As they neared the end of their gauntlet a huge, trunklike vine
snaked out to bar their path. The SWAT Kats leapt over it
simultaneously. They landed on the other side and dove, T-Bone
first, into the narrow crevice that the tunnel had become.

Breathing heavily, they inched their way through the crevice,
stopping for a few minutes once they felt safely out of range of the
mutant plants.

"Look!" said Razor suddenly, pointing beyond T-Bone toward a
faint yellow-green glow that loomed just ahead of them.

"Let's go," muttered T-Bone, resuming the slow process of inching
his broad frame sideways through the narrow crevice.

At last, the twosome reached an opening and stepped into a vast
cavern. Stepping into the huge chamber was like entering another
world. Low along the outer edge of the room, the ceiling swiftly
rose to a soaring height of nearly forty feet. Thousands of mutant
plants and vines, similar to those the SWAT Kats had fought earlier,
filled the vast space, hanging from the ceiling and clinging to the
rock walls. The cavern resembled an eerie rain forest, complete with
a humid, sticky climate. The chamber was lit by the eerie light the
SWAT Kats had followed, emanating from hundreds of the same plants
that had lit the tunnel.

"Whoa!" gasped the two SWAT Kats simultaneously, surveying the
incredible and yet bizarre scene.

Directly in front of them, surrounded by large, trunklike vines,
was a table, but one unlike any they had ever seen. It appeared to
be little more than vines growing out of the ground, intertwining to
form a near-solid surface. Test tubes filled with strange bubbling
liquids and strange apparatus cluttered the surface of the bizarre,
living table.

"Guess we've found Viper's lair," commented T-Bone as they walked
into the room.

"Yeah, now where...?" Razor started, but was broken off abruptly
as two bizarre fungi standing like guards on either side of the cavern
entrance reached out and grabbed the twosome around their arms,
yanking them off their feet.

The SWAT Kats were held tightly despite their struggling. T-Bone
vainly dug his claws into the fungi trying to rip it apart, but it
was no use. An evil cackle echoed off the rock walls of the chamber
as two glowing yellow eyes appeared through a curtain of vines
across from the SWAT Kats. A short, strangely reptilian green kat
with a tail that seemed to be at least five feet long walked into the
light, still cackling as an evil smile played on his lips. As he
walked into the light, his eyes stopped their eerie glowing.

"Greetingsss, SSSWAT Katsss," the strange kat hissed as he walked
up to them.

"Ah, Dr. Viper, I presume?" joked T-Bone wryly.

"You pressume correctly. I sssee you've disscovered my
sssentinel fungussss," hissed Viper as he walked over to the vinelike table.

"Oh, yeah, we've gotten acquainted," returned Razor. "Now what're
you up to, you little snake?"

"I think it'ss quite obviousss. You know I've tried for ssome
time to make your cssity part of my ssswamp," said Viper as he took a vial
of something from the table and walked back toward the SWAT Kats.
"Well, now with the help of my new acssid fungusss I've causssed the
ground under the cssity to be ssso riddled with holesss that it isss
now collapsssing."

"You've created a giant sinkhole!" gasped Razor.

"Precisssely. And as the cssity ssinksss the water of the bay
iss flooding it. By now the plantsss, whosse rootsss you sssee there,"
with this he pointed to the SWAT Kats' left where giant roots blocked
off part of the room, "will have created an impenetrable wall around
the cssity; oncse all the people are gone, I will fill your ssstupid
MegaKat Cssity with plantsss like thessse around you and finally have
my own Megassswamp Cssity," finished Viper, a triumphant ring to his
voice.

"Even if you have to kill half the people in the city," added
Razor, his voice full of a quiet, controlled fury.

"Sssurely you know by now that we villainss care only for
ourselvesss," replied Viper as he poured the contents of the vial he
was holding on each of the fungus-like vines holding the SWAT Kats.
Almost immediately, the fungi grew thicker.

"No duh," remarked T-Bone, watching the fungi and Viper with a
wary look.

"I have to be going now. I have pressing bussinesss - watching
your cssity sssink."

He cackled madly at that last phrase, gloating in his victory.
Then, he looked over his shoulder as a huge fungus-like creature half
walked, half slithered into the room and headed towards them.
Supporting itself on four tentacles that protruded from under its
body, it advanced. Its bright red eyes that matched the mottled red,
purple, and green of its slimy, shapeless body gleamed evilly. Twin
arm-like appendages with scorpion-like pincers in the place of hands
protruded one on each side of its body. The creature opened its
mouth to reveal rows of sharp, pointed fangs.

"Goodbye, SSSWAT Katsss - I hope you enjoy meeting my little
pet," said Viper as he turned to leave. "That formula ssshould have made
that fungi ssstrong enough to hold you. And even if you do begin to
work your way free, my pet will finissh you."

With an evil cackle, Viper left the room.

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"You've got to get me lower," Felina shouted up to the Enforcer
piloting the helicopter that held her suspended in a harness above
the frothing water. Below, a tiny kitten huddled on top of a car,
the roof of which barely protruded from the raging waters, which
threatened to engulf car and kitten both at any second. The soaked
kitten shivered, looking up at the helicopter as its bright
searchlight illuminated his wide, terrified eyes. With a whimper, he
buried his face in the matted, wet fur of the dingy stuffed animal he
held tightly in his arms.

"Okay, I'm gonna try to bring you in again," the helicopter pilot
yelled to Felina above the combined roars of the helicopter, the
storm, and the turbulent waters.

Felina waved a hand to indicate she had heard him, her eyes never
leaving the kitten. The helicopter maneuvered inches closer to the
car, simultaneously dipping downward. With a gasp, Felina was
plunged into a sudden wave. The cold, salty water slapped against
her, soaking her to the bone before the helicopter again rose into
the sky.

"You okay, Lieutenant?" called the pilot.

Gasping from the shock of the cold water and spitting out what
had splashed into her mouth, Felina replied, "I'm fine - let's try
again."

Again, the helicopter lowered toward the car. This time Felina
swung up beside it, only a few feet from the tiny, huddled figure.

"Okay, kid, just come over here and I'll get you outta this,"
Felina called gently.

The kitten only whimpered, glancing at her before again burying
his face in the well-worn stuffed animal. The few seconds had given
Felina only a glimpse of the creature he held so tightly, but it was
enough.

"Hey, is that a SWAT Kat?" she asked softly.

The kitten raised his head.

"Uh, huh," he whimpered almost inaudibly.

"Looks like T-Bone," Felina continued. "Y'know, T-Bone wouldn't
like to be out in this either, but he'd find the courage to handle
it."

The kitten looked at her.

"C'mon, be a brave little SWAT Kat," Felina urged.

In on swift movement the kitten crawled towards her, still
clutching the bedraggled stuffed kat. Felina scooped him up and held
him tightly.

"Let's get outta here," she called to the pilot, who smiled down
at her and nodded.

In a few minutes, Felina was being helped out of the harness on
top of Enforcer Headquarters, having handed the kitten to Callie who was
carrying him over to one of the large, cargo helicopters devoted to
carrying people to safety outside the city. Wearily, she turned to
climb into the pilot's seat of a waiting helicopter, glancing quickly
out across the city.

"It's not over 'til the fat kat sings," she muttered her defiance
of the hopeless situation, a grim, set look on her face.

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"Any ideas?" asked T-Bone, as the mutant creature neared them,
snapping its pincers menacingly.

"Distract it while I think of something," said Razor.

As the monster came up to them, T-Bone kicked out with one foot,
scratching it across the face with his claws and jerking his foot
away before either of the vicious pincers could catch it. The
creature backed away, roaring with pain. Opening one of its pincers
to its fullest extent the monster squirted a blob of green liquid
from somewhere inside its tentacle at T-Bone.

"Heyyy!" yelled T-Bone, jerking sideways as the foul-smelling
slime hit the wall next to him leaving a smoking hole.

"Something tells me this is Viper's acid fungus," commented
Razor, "Which gives me an idea."

"I think I know what you're gettin' at," returned T-Bone. Then,
he yelled, "Hey, Ugly, you wanna come back for more?"

As the creature advanced on him, T-Bone lashed out again, his
slashing claws leaving three, dark green gashes across the beast's
face. Roaring in fury, it hurled a huge glob of acid at the source
of its misery; thanks to T-Bone's fast maneuvering, hitting only the
fungus holding his arms. As fungus began to disintegrate, T-Bone
swiftly wriggled free of the decaying vegetation and dropped to the
floor.

"Eat this," he yelled, raising his arm and aiming his glovatrix
at the ceiling above the creature. A miniature missile rocketed out of
the glovatrix, exploding on contact with rock above and sending a
shower of dirt and rocks onto the fungus, burying it.

"That takes care of that," muttered T-Bone.

"That won't hold it for long. Get me down so we can get outta
here," said Razor.

"You got it," returned T-Bone, firing two blades out of his
glovatrix that neatly sliced through the fungus holding Razor.

Razor dropped to the floor beside T-Bone and stood up, quickly
wiping away the fungi still clinging to his arms with his lip curled
in disgust.

"So what're we gonna do about this mess Viper's created?" T-Bone
asked.

"Let me use the x-ray beam again," returned Razor, pulling out
the small gadget. "Hmmm....Bingo! There's a pocket of lava right under
us...and we're directly under the city," he added thoughtfully,
looking upward.

As he did so, a trickle of dust showered down on the two from the
hole T-Bone had blown in the ceiling. Razor blinked as it filtered
through his mask and into his eyes. Without warning, an avalanche of
dust and debris from above suddenly rained down on the two kats,
simultaneous with an echoing roar that seemed to vibrate the very
rock walls.

"Deploy shields!" shouted T-Bone, raising his glovatrix over his
head as the metal shield folded out from it.

Razor followed suit, and the two stood, crouched, waiting. In
seconds, the deafening roar died away into faint rumblings from
above.

"The city's gonna sink all the way down here!!" gasped Razor,
lowering his shield and allowing it to fold back into his glovatrix.

"Yeah, looks like Viper really outdid himself this time," added
T-Bone. "He's fixed it so good, he's not even gonna get what he
wants."

Razor shook his head in agreement. Glancing back at the gadget
he held in his hands, he muttered a thoughtful, "Hmmm...., looks like
we're gonna have to try that crazy plan after all."

"What 'crazy plan' ?" asked T-Bone.

"If we blow a hole into that chamber beneath us the lava will
probably shoot out. If there's enough of it, it'll fill this cavern
and the others. When it hardens, the city'll be sitting on solid
rock."

"What about the fact that it's already partially sunk?"

"Well, there is the chance that all the geothermal energy will
push it back up - of course, if it backfires we could all be toast," Razor
returned with a wry shrug of his shoulders.

"Let's get to it - it's the city's only chance," said T-Bone with
finality.

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"And you haven't been able to blow a hole in that wall of
plants?" Feral questioned the Enforcer pilot who was sitting before him in a
helicopter on the roof of Enforcer Headquarters, shouting to be heard
above the dual roars of the helicopter and the still-raging storm.

"No, Sir, we've hardly made a dent in it," replied the Enforcer,
looking down at Feral.

"Then how about the airlifting?"

"It's going well, Sir, considering this weather, but at the rate
the water's rising, there's no way we'll ever get everyone out in
time."

"Well, I'm ready to leave, Feral," called Mayor Manx as he ran up
to the helicopter, carrying his golf bag over his head, trying to
keep from getting wet. "Coming, Callie?" he asked, turning to Ms.
Briggs, who stood under the overhang that stretched out from the door
to the helicopter and jet landing strip. She walked away from the
door and out to the helicopter.

"I'm not leaving until everyone else is out," she replied with
finality, crossing her arms, ignoring the drenching rain.

"But they said that ... Feral, you talk to her," said the Mayor,
appealing to the Enforcer commander.

"I don't think it's *her* I need to talk to," Feral returned,
eyeing Manx with scorn.

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"Okay, we got a barrel of acid, now what?" questioned T-Bone, who
was standing beside the large barrel, holding it in preparation for
Razor's instructions.

"Alright, let's see," said Razor, looking into the barrel.
Immediately, he took a few steps back, gasping. "WHEW! What kinda
crud is Viper using!" He stepped up to the barrel again, careful to
hold his breath this time, and examined its contents. "Good, it's
about half full. That'll be plenty for the explosion we need."

"Why not just use Ugly here?" asked T-Bone jokingly, gesturing
with one foot to the pile of rock next to him where one of the fungus's
tentacles was vainly trying to work its way free.

"Naaah, too messy," returned Razor.

"Course not - Ugly here'd love to go up a in blaze a' glory."

"He told you that?"

"Sure."

Rolling his eyes with an amused grin at T-Bone's shenanigans,
Razor turned away, his face growing serious. "Now, let's see," he
muttered, turning his attention to the x-ray beam. "Alright, there's
a tunnel up there that should lead us back to the HydroKat. We can
use the missiles in our glovatrixes to set off the explosion from
there. That should be enough to blow a hole to the lava. But when
we do, we'd better scramble through that tunnel and get outta here -
*fast*."

"Then, let's go," said T-Bone, pointing his glovatrix straight up
and firing a grappling hook to the ledge of the tunnel. Razor did
likewise. As soon as the hooks caught, the lines began reeling in
automatically, pulling the SWAT Kats upward. Once on the ledge they
turned to look down at the barrel, some thirty feet below.

"Ready?" asked T-Bone, his voice muffled by the oxygen mask he
had just strapped on.

Razor nodded as he finished donning his mask, focusing his eyes
on the barrel far below.

"Okaay...launching matchhead missiles - NOW!" he yelled.

Simultaneously, the two missiles were launched at the barrel far
below. It exploded in a fiery blaze. The two SWAT Kats ducked back
into the tunnel. From there they watched as a stream of gas, steam,
and red-hot lava shot into the air past them.

"Bingo!" gasped Razor. Then, he looked down to see the lava
rapidly filling the room and a dense cloud of superheated gases that
could burn the fur off their hides boiling upward towards them. His
eyes widened.

"QUICK! We gotta get outta here!"

T-Bone needed no urging. The two wheeled and ran into the tunnel
behind them, scrambling wildly down it. The light from their helmets
bounced crazily off the walls. Abruptly, they rounded a bend to be
met by a wall of rock.

"Dead end," gasped Razor, skidding to a stop. He glanced back
over his shoulder - boiling gases were already filling the tunnel behind
them.

"Up there!" T-Bone yelled, pointing to a shaft above their heads.

"Firing grappling hook - NOW!" shouted Razor, as the two
simultaneously shot their grappling hooks upward to catch on rocks
far above. The lines grew taunt and jerked them upward swiftly,
seconds before the cloud of dense gases and the first waves of lava
rushed into the very spot where they had been standing. Without
warning, T-Bone's cable jerked to a stop.

"My glovatrix's jammed," he groaned after hitting the gadget
several times to try to restart it.

As he stopped his own glovatrix to wait for T-Bone, Razor glanced
downward beyond his friend anxiously. The boiling gases were gaining
on them.

"Razor, you'll have to go on without me," said T-Bone suddenly,
looking up at his friend intensely.

"No way, buddy. We've come this far together - I'm not gonna
leave you," returned Razor fiercely.

"Razor, there's nothin' you can do!"

"Yes, there is - let out the rest of your cable and jump on my
back - the glovatrix'll hold two people."

"But *you* can't!"

T-Bone stared at Razor. He was easily twice Razor's size. It
would be an almost impossible effort for the smaller kat to support
both his own weight and T-Bone's entirely with the one arm on which
he wore his glovatrix.

"I can try, T-Bone. It's either both of us or neither of us."

As he said this, Razor reversed his glovatrix, letting it lower
him down to T-Bone.

"Alright, buddy," returned T-Bone, recognizing the unrelenting
tone of Razor's voice and releasing his cable, leaping to Razor's back.

Razor started his glovatrix again. The two were pulled upwards
as the superheated gases churned only several feet below. Razor groaned
as T-Bone's weight, added to his own, began to take its toll on his
arm. He reached up with his left arm and grabbed the cable to help
take some of the weight off the other arm.

"Hang in there, Jake," encouraged T-Bone.

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Miles above, Dr. Viper watched his triumph from the safety of a
hill on the outskirts of MegaKat Swamp.

"Yesss, my planss are going perfectly. SSSoon MegaKat Cssity
will be part of my beautiful ssswamp," he hissed, an evil smile on his
lips as he watched the city's slow, but now obvious sinking, flashing
into view through the rain with each new bolt of lightning.

Then, a magnificent flash lit the sky, illuminating the city and
the mutant vines that towered around it. To Viper's surprise, the
vegetated monstrosities began to wilt, collapsing into the water.

"WHAT! It'ss not possssible!" Viper gasped.

Even as he spoke, the whirring sound of helicopters filled the
air as and two Enforcer choppers flew over the trees behind Viper. With
the roar of the storm and his own shout, Viper failed to hear them.

"That's one more load of people out," said Commander Feral
wearily, with a certain hopelessness as he refocused his eyes on his
flying.

"Don't give up yet, Uncle," urged Felina over the radio, her
helicopter close behind his. As she finished saying this she let her
gaze wander to the ground below.

"Uncle!" she yelled into her headset. "Down there! It's Dr.
Viper!"

"Viper, I'll bet he's behind this," growled Feral as he began
lowering the helicopter toward Viper.

"Take the controls," Felina shouted to the Enforcer flying with
her before running to the door of the helicopter and sliding it open in
one swift motion.

"Freeze, Viper!" she yelled at the top of her lungs, competing to
be heard as she stepped into the doorway and aimed her gun at Viper.

"What!" gasped Dr. Viper, turning around to see the two
helicopters, Felina silhouetted in the doorway of one, the other
swinging around to surround him.

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"T-Bone, get the x-ray beam out of my pocket and find the tunnel
that'll lead us back to the HydroKat," said Razor.

"You got it."

T-Bone produced the x-ray beam, and aimed it over their heads
with his left hand.

"Right there," he announced, pointing to a tunnel just a few feet
above to their left.

No sooner had he said this than a blast of superheated gas shot
into the air past them. The gadget in T-Bone's hand was in its path.

"Ahhh....!" he gasped, releasing the x-ray beam, which had become
too hot to hold. "Ohhh....CRUD!" he growled as it vanished in the
gaseous cloud below.

Letting his gaze follow its descent down into the boiling lava
and gases below, Razor shouted, "T-Bone, it's gonna blow again any
minute! We gotta get in that tunnel NOW!!"

Adjusting his weight, T-Bone helped Razor swing both of them
towards the tunnel. As the arc of their swing brought them close to
its entrance, Razor released the cable. The two hurtled into the
tunnel opening. Simultaneous with Razor's feet connecting with the
ground, T-Bone let go of him and hurtled over his head to land
several feet beyond.

The two were still crouched as they had landed when there was a
thundering boom from the other tunnel. They watched in awe as
superheated gases and lava rocketed past the tunnel entrance,
blasting them with intolerably hot air.

Acting fast, T-Bone grabbed Razor, whose arm was obviously
injured, and leapt away from the entrance.

"We gotta get movin'," he announced as he straightened up from
the crouch he had landed in, setting Razor down. "And looks like
we're goin' blind now," he added. "Is your arm okay?" he suddenly
asked in concern, noting Razor's face contorted in pain as he
gingerly tried to move his right arm, grimacing in pain.

"I think I've dislocated it, but I'll be fine. Now, come on. If
I remember correctly we should go down this tunnel and it'll lead to
the HydroKat - if the lava isn't there already."

The two ran down the gently sloping tunnel, trying to escape the
blasts of scorching gas that were continuously enveloping them. The
tunnel abruptly slanted sharply downhill. With a gasp of surprise,
T-Bone and Razor tumbled down the shaft, skidding down the rough rock
walls. Abruptly, it opened into a larger tunnel. The two slid to a
stop in a pile.

"Look, that's the hole we came through," yelled T-Bone suddenly,
pointing to the hole illuminated by his light as he got up, the light
reflecting the metallic glint of the HydroKat on the other side.

"And here comes the lava!" added Razor, raising his head and
looking back to see a faint, red glow emanating from down the tunnel
to Viper's lair, a warning of the fiery inferno that was advancing on
them. Then, he started to push himself up. "Owww," he groaned,
realizing that he could hardly use his right arm.

"C'mon," said T-Bone helping Razor up. The two scrambled through
the hole and into the HydroKat.

T-Bone swiftly cut the HydroKat's engines on.

"Here it comes," said Razor as he got into his seat and looked at
his screen. The lava was almost to the hole.

"And here we go," returned T-Bone as he turned the HydroKat
around.

"T-Bone, cut on the booster engines!" yelled Razor suddenly.

"You got it," returned T-Bone as he pressed a button on his
control panel.

The twin jet engines on the back of the HydroKat roared to life
and the small, submarine-like vehicle hurtled into the underwater tunnel
just as the lava hit the water, filling the cavern with a huge cloud
of steam. The HydroKat flew out into the bay, a blast of superheated
gases and steam billowing behind it. The SWAT Kats had made it just
in time.

"Whew, that was a close one," commented Razor with relief,
pressing the button to raise the periscope so he could see the display as the
HydroKat surfaced.

"Razor! Look!" T-Bone suddenly gasped.

Razor looked at the screen in front of him. The MegaKat skyline
dominated the screen, hazy as seen through the monstrous cloud.
Staring at it for several seconds, he saw again that faintest of
movements, but this time, the city was slowly rising from the water.

"It worked!" he breathed, bowing his head for a moment in a
silent prayer of thanks.

Just then, an alarm went off on his control panel. He reached
over with his left arm and cut the communicator on.

"SWAT Kats, the water's leaving and the city's almost back where
it's supposed to be!! And I'm guessing you two had something to do
with it - Dr. Viper sure thinks you do," came Ms. Briggs voice.

"So the Enforcers caught that little snake," said T-Bone with a
smile.

"Yes, and you two saved the city...again. You're gonna have to
tell me the story behind this one sometime."

The two SWAT Kats smiled, not noticing the disappearance of the
dark storm clouds or the pink tinge in the sky as the sun began to
peek over the horizon.

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"So you think you can get my car fixed?" Ms. Briggs asked Chance,
as he peered under her car's hood.

They were standing in Chance and Jake's garage.

"I don't think the water did too much damage - Jake an' I'll fix
it," he replied, stifling a yawn - it had been a *long* night.

Just then, Jake walked out from the waiting room of the garage
and up to Ms. Briggs and Chance, his right arm supported by a sling.

"Hey, Callie," he greeted Ms. Briggs.

"Hi. What happened to your arm?" she asked, pointing to the
sling.

"Well, it...," Jake began, searching for an explanation.

"Jake just tried to lift something a little too heavy for 'im,"
replied Chance, rescuing Jake from his predicament.

"Yeah, really heavy," added Jake, giving Chance a malicious sort
of smile.

The two turned to duck under the raised hood of Callie's car.

"Heavy as in solid muscle," Chance breathed into Jake's ear, his
voice growling.

"You wish."

"Settle it with a little arm wrestling?" Chance teased.

Jake snorted in reply.

"We really gotta get those sinuses of yours checked, Jake."

Both fought to control their laughter as Callie stared at them
strangely. For the time being, all was normal again, if MegaKat City
could have such a thing.