Silent J & The Scribe
Present...

Swat Kats
The Radical Squadron

"The Age Before Flight"
Part 3

AT THE ABANDONED FACTORY...

Callie pulled up to the old, decaying, sad looking factory. Planks were falling of it, the steel was rusted beyond belief, and it looked like it was ready to collapse. Even with that, and seeing police tape everywhere, Callie still went in to find what the Enforcers couldn't. 'Someone as conceited as Dark Kat wouldn't just leave a base in the middle of nowhere and forget about it', Callie thought to herself while she started to look around the building. As she looked near some rotted stairs for anything to lead to Dark Kat, she leaned on a hidden switch, opening a door beneath the stairs. As it lifted up, it released a strange bunch of little creatures with pink bat like skeleton bodies, with tails and jaws like an alligator. They grabbed Callie, and dragged her down into the darkness as she screamed.

OUTSIDE THE FACTORY...

Chance and Jake (as T-Bone and Razor) had just landed outside, right next to Callie's car. They looked to see if anything was out of place, and then looked at the factory, in all its ingloriousness. "Who would want to live in a place like this?", T-Bone asked. "Scum..", Razor answered. "Alright, enough sightseeing.. Let's get Callie!", T-Bone said as they charged in, expecting a fight. But nobody was home. "Hmm.. Its quiet. Too quiet..", T-Bone said, being very suspicious. "I know what you mean..", Razor concurred. "I wish we came in here with more than just our fists", T-Bone said as they looked around the place. "Well then, I'm glad I brought these things", Razor said, handing a weird gauntlet over to Chance.

"What in the world do you call this contraption?" "I call it a Glovatrix; the last gadget you'll ever need!" "We'll see about that..", he said, a little bit eerie about the thing. As they walked further into the complex, more of those creepy creatures started appearing from the shadows, swarming them. "Ah! T-Bone! Launch a 'Net Missile'!", Razor said while being attacked by the things. "A what?!", he yelled."Hit the blue button on the Glovatrix!", Razor yelled back. "Alright!" When he pressed the button, a mini missile launched from the top of the glove, releasing a net and capturing the creatures. "Sweet..!", T-Bone grinned. "I wonder what else this can do?", he asked while pressing some buttons. One he pressed launched another missile, but this one housed an electric stunner in it, stunning the creatures attacking Razor. "Huh.. The Glovatrix.. Never leave home without it..", T-Bone said, looking at the 'damage' he's done. "Yeah, I'll say!", Razor said as T-Bone helped him up.

"Wait a minute, what's that over there?" "Looks like an old staircase, with some kind of secret passage..." T-Bone and Razor noticed. "Maybe that's where Callie is..", Razor said. "Come on, let's check it out.", T-Bone said as they walked over to it, and started down the passageway. They turned on their lights as they descended further down the hall, but it didn't help out very much. Razor heard a noise coming from behind him, but saw nothing when he turned around. But as they continued down, two creatures dropped down from the ceiling and beaned them in the head with some planks. They then dragged them down to the mysterious basement, and the horrid things therein...

BENEATH THE FACTORY...

Razor slowly awoke from his daze, looking to see where he was. As he turned to his left, he saw T-Bone tied up and against a wall. When he turned to his right, he saw Callie tied up as well, awake and struggling to free herself. "Cal.. I mean Ms. Briggs!", Razor said. "Razor! Are you ok?", she asked. "Yeah, just tied up at the moment", Jake answered her. "Ms. Briggs?! Are you ok?", T-Bone asked, finally awake. "Yes, I'm fine T-Bone.." "That's good", T-Bone said, relieved."Yeah.. But what are you guys doing here in the first place?" "We were in the neighborhood, and decided to see if they had any fish in here..", Razor said a silly grin. "And then we had the pleasure of bumping into you Ms. Briggs...", T-Bone said, also with a goofy grin. "As great as that is, where are we?", she asked. "That would be my workshop...", a deep, shadowy voice answered.

A person then emerged from a secret door on the other side of the room, in a giant black hooded cloak, with three different colored rings on his right hand; looking like a disfigured purple-skinned freak of nature. "And it's also the last place you'll ever be in.. Hahhahahaaha!", the kat laughed as he entered into the room. "Dark Kat!", the duo said, with anger in their voices. "Ahh, so you've heard of me.. Good.. But I know little of you two though; except for the fact that you are the ones who halted my plans for this city by capturing Nytro...", he said while he was at a nearby monitor. "You hired Nytro?", Callie asked. "Yes.. He was supposed to take out the Mayor so that I could assume control. But with his capture, I have to go with my back-up plan.. Well, I was going to do this anyway..", Dark Kat cackled as he called his 'creatures' in to him. "Ugh! What are those things?!", T-Bone asked as they came in. "These are my Creeplings, created in my lab so many years ago." "So many years ago? Who are you, really?", Callie asked, curious at the thought.

"That's not something that comes up in conversation very often.. But to indulge you.. I was a brilliant nuclear physicist in a prominent university. I was developing a new and safer way to dispose of nuclear waste, but that wasn't all I was doing.. In my research, I found new and destructive ways to use it, and I sold my research to bidders on the outside to finance some..'personal' endeavors.." "Even back then you were a no good Tom-Kat!", T-Bone shouted as the Creeplings tightened their ropes. "Be that as it may.. I had one experiment going that would have changed the way the world would have used radiation forever; and made a killing in the markets. But something went wrong... Horribly wrong..", he said with a grim and chilling tone. "I was using an unstable isotope to induce a desired result in a chamber with Katalyst 79, but the containment in the chamber broke and mutated everything in the room; including myself and the bats that were in the lab at the time. They would become my little creations.. The mutagen had a mixed reaction with me; it horribly disfigured me to be in this putrid form, but it also gave me the ability to be resistant to all forms of radiation. A wonderful new creation was made that day, a fusion of unstoppable evil.. Dark Kat!", he finished, pleased with his story and laughing maniacally.

"You're one sick psycho Dark Kat, you know that?!", Razor shouted as he tried to break free from his ropes. "Guilty as charged.. But than again, when haven't I been?...", he guffawed. "You demented freak! What is your deal?" "My 'deal', dear fellow, is a bomb that I am making to usher in a new age upon Megakat City.. One that will solidify my rule in this city..." "Bomb? What bomb?", Callie asked. "Well, since you all are going to be disposed of anyway.. I plan to launch a high powered nuclear bomb on Megakat City. That nuclear refuse I acquired earlier is the heart of the bomb; and the refuse, combined with the reaction of a small thermonuclear microgenerator, will wipe the city clean of all those who would interfere with my plans!" "You sick...", Callie started to say, before being interrupted by Dark Kat who said:"Enough! In twenty minutes its not going to matter anyway.. Creeplings, load the bomb into the plane. And make sure that it isn't damaged in any way.. Well my 'friends', I bid you farewell, however you choose to take it.. Hahaahahahahaaaa!", he laughed before leaving them to their doom.

"Great.. Now what?", Callie worryingly asked. "Now T-Bone..", Razor told him. T-Bone had already cut his ropes, and got up to free Razor and Callie. "When did you get loose?", Callie asked. "When 'Mr. Glow in the Dark' was mouthing off about his scheme..", he answered her. Once she and Razor were free, the two of them went towards the door; not before Callie stopped them and said: "Your not going after him are you?" "We have to Miss Briggs..", T-Bone said to her. "The Enforcers won't be able to stop him or the bomb, and we're the only ones who can..", Razor said with his head hung low. "Just hope we make it back in one piece..", T-Bone said before he and Razor ran through the door, disappearing from Callie's sight.. She shed a tear as she heard the jet take off for Dark Kat.

OVER MEGAKAT CITY...

Dark Kat's jet, which looked like a modified aircraft carrier, hovered over the Mayor's office; ominously waiting for something. Feral's forces appeared from out of the clouds in droves, surrounding the craft from all angles. "THIS IS FERAL! SURRENDER NOW DARK KAT!", he shouted through his P.A. "JUST TRY AND STOP ME COMMANDER!", Dark Kat said as he gestured to his Creeplings to fire. As the jets and choppers all converged on Dark Kat's jet, his weapons came online and started to make short work of Feral's fleet. One by one they fell to the might of his craft. The remaining vehicles retreated from the scene, with Feral ordering for more backup...

ON ROUTE TO DARK KAT...

"Do you think we did the right thing when we left Callie back there Chance?", Jake asked as they pushed the engines to the max to reach Dark Kat in time. "Of course we did. Otherwise we wouldn't have a chance to do anything to stop him", he responded. But as soon as they were done with their conversation, they saw Feral and his forces making a 'strategic retreat' from the battle. "What are you two doing here?!", he said over the comm. "Your job Feral!", T-Bone replied."Why you..." "Feral, we don't have time for this! Dark Kat is gonna launch a bomb that's going to nuke the city!", Razor shouted back over. "What?! How do you know this?" "We heard it first hand from the Dark One himself..", T-Bone said, half-sarcastically. "And what do you expect us to do about it? We're no match for his jet!" "You might not be, but the Turbokat is!", T-Bone exclaimed. "And just what are we supposed to do?!", Feral shouted. "Provide cover fire, we're gonna need it!", Razor said as he switched off the comm and they jetted towards the massive craft. "Orders sir?", a lieutenant asked in the chopper next to him. "You heard those Kats! Provide them with some cover!", he bellowed. And with that, those that remained headed back to the fight...

AT THE BATTLE SCENE...

Dark Kat was gloating as the ship reached the proper height to launch the bomb. "Behold Megakat City! My moment of triumph is at hand! Creeplings! Open the bomb bay doors, and drop the bomb!", Dark Kat ordered as the Creeplings scrambled to meet his demands. Just as the bomb was about pass through the doors, three missiles struck the underbelly of the plane, jamming the doors shut. The massive jet shuddered from the impact, nearly falling from the sky if not for the auto-stabilizers. "WHO DARES?!", Dark Kat angrily roared. A Creepling brought up the rear scope and saw the Turbokat swinging around for another strike. Dark Kat groaned in disbelief as he thought that he left those two in peril. "FIRE EVERYTHING AT THEM! BURY THEM IN A CLOUD OF SMOKE AND ASHES!", he bellowed as the Creeplings, fearing for their lives, fired all the weapons they had on the ship.

Everything but the kitchen sink was unloaded at the Swat Kats, who miraculously evaded them all by the expert piloting skills of T-Bone. "Nice work buddy!", Razor said to his partner, sweating bullets after that display of excellence. "Yeah... Thanks..", he replied, breathing heavy. "AARRRGHHH! FIRE AGAIN!", Dark Kat shouted as he punched his fist through a console. But before they launch another warhead, Feral and his motley crew of Enforcers started bombarding Dark Kat's ship with what they had left. "Keep at it men! We have to buy them all the time we can!", Feral shouted. "These gnats are starting to be a thorn in my side.. Finish them off while I fix the doors to launch the bomb!", he ordered as stormed of to the lower levels. Back outside, the situation was grim..

"Feral and his men are being shot down one by one! We've gotta do something to help them!", T-Bone said. "Make another pass, I think I have something to take care of those weapons!", Razor said in response. "You got it!", T-Bone said as he turned the Turbokat around and zoomed toward the craft. Razor loaded onscreen a new missile, ready to fire. As they pulled closer to the rear of the jet, Razor launched a very special missile from the jet. "Pulse Missile... Deploy!" And from the bay, it launched a strange looking warhead with small cylinders encased in the missile which when it was near Dark Kat's jet, it activated a pulse of sound so strong that it shattered the weapons controls in his jet before crashing into it. "Bingo!", Razor said to his satisfaction. "Those two did it! Everyone, fire at will!", Feral shouted. As the Enforcers continued their onslaught on the ship, a lone missile fired from the crippled vessel, aimed at Feral's chopper. Too late to react, Feral braced for the inevitable, but the Turbokat swooped in and launched a missile to intercept, and just in time too.

"Nice work Sure-shot!", T-Bone congratulated Razor. After the smoke cleared, Dark Kat's vessel had moved even higher than before; and to make matters worse, the bomb bay doors were opened. "LAUNCH THE BOMB! NOOWWW!", Dark Kat screamed as the mechanism released it, plummeting down towards the city. The Turbokat roared with all its engines trying to stop the bomb from launching, but failed. Razor tried to fire off a few missiles at the craft, but only managed to hit the engines. As the bomb left its carriage, the two of them had to make a choice: stop the bomb and save the city, or go after Dark Kat and get the retribution they had wanted for so long.. It was a hard, but necessary decision. They went after the bomb. As the Turbokat dove down after it, Dark Kat's ship had descended down across the city and had fallen into the sea, presumedly destroyed.

The duo raced after the bomb, though it fell faster than they could fly to it. "Any ideas Razor?", T-Bone asked, desperate for a solution. "If only we could short out the system.. Maybe then we might be able to detonate it safely.. Well, safe enough..", Razor said. "How about another Pulse missile?" "No way T-Bone. The sonics in that thing would cause an unstable reaction in the bomb and explode it for sure!" "You're right buddy.. We need to have cool heads to think of a way to stop it." "Cool heads?... Wait T-Bone! That's it!", he exclaimed. "What's it?" "If we can cool it, or freeze it, then we would be able to blow it up!" "Hey! And we have a canister of Liquid Nitrogen in the cargo hold", T-Bone remembered. "Great! I can rig up a missile to freeze the bomb, and then we can finish it off!", Razor said before disappearing below. But time was running out. Razor quickly rigged the missile together, and loaded it into the launch bay.

Back in the cockpit, T-Bone had gotten as close as he could get as Razor jumped back into his seat. T-Bone asked him: "Is it ready?!" "Yeah it is!" "Then launch it! You're only gonna get one shot, so make it count!", he said. "Gotta get a lock...", he said as he struggled to bring the bomb into his crosshairs. "Razor?" "Almost there.." "Razor!" "Almost there..." "RAZOR!", he yelled as they were almost out of range. "I think... I've... Gotcha!", Razor yelled as he launched the missile, praying it would hit. The bomb and missile disappeared into some clouds, out of their view. They raced down after it, worried that it missed. They were relieved to find that the missile hit and completely froze the bomb, freezing the nuclear materials and shorting out the electronics, making it able to be destroyed. But the bomb still posed a threat to the city if it crashed into anything. "Razor, do we have anything left to throw at it?", T-Bone frantically asked. "We still have one left we haven't tried yet.." "Well, launch it!" "Alright... Launching.. Now!", he said as the missile left the jet careening through the sky towards the giant falling iceberg.

As it picked up speed, its casing flew off and revealed a system of different conduits surging with electricity. It powered itself up and before three seconds went by... BOOOMMM! The bomb was in pieces. Callie drove up to the scene as pieces were falling into buildings and cars all over the city. "Bingo!", they both said as they soared over the city. "What was that thing packing Razor?" "Oh you know, just a million volts..", he casually said. "That's one Megavolt Missile.." "Hmm.. Megavolt Missile.. I like that", he said as they cruised around, but went to hovering mode when they saw Callie outside her car.

"Sorry to do that to you Miss Briggs", T-Bone said, with the cockpit hatch opened. "Its alright guys, at least the city is safe..", she responded. "Callie! Callie!", Mayor Manx shouted as he stumbled out of the office to greet her. "Mr Mayor?" "Thank goodness you're alright.. Where have you been?", Manx asked. "I've been Dark Kat's prisoner for the last few hours.. But the Swat Kats saved me.", she said proudly. "And the city too it seems", he remarked. "Thanks Mr. Mayor!", Razor said. "And cost the city millions in repairs! Not to mention the destruction from the fight with Nytro, and the fact that Dark Kat got away!", Feral said while he walked up to Briggs and Manx. "They just saved our lives Feral! And this city! They're heroes and you're treating them like criminals!", Callie said, raising her voice.

"I don't make the rules Ms. Briggs, I just enforce them!", Feral rebutted. "That's not entirely true Feral! They may be vigilantes, but they did save the city and stop Dark Kat as well..", Manx said. "Be that as it may Mr. Mayor.. I still hold those two accountable for every..", he said before being interrupted by T-Bone. "We don't have to stick around for this crud!", he said as he powered up the Turbokat, closed the hatch and flew into the clouds without a trace. "ARGH! Those two hotshots...!", Feral scowled as he walked toward his chopper. "Hmm.. Oh well Callie. Maybe we'll be able to thank them next time eh?", Manx said as he walked back into the office. "Maybe..", she said as she slowly walked into the office, wondering if she'll ever see them again..

BACK IN THE GARAGE...

A few days later, Jake and Chance were watching the news, seeing if they were the topic of the day. "...And we would have captured Dark Kat if those meddling Swat Kats hadn't interfered..." "Yeah right Feral..", Jake said as he turned of the Tv. He walked over to the front corner, where Chance was standing, to bring his buddy some milk. "Just look at what we did Chance.." "I know. Who would've thought that we'd make a jet outta scrap, become heroes, and win the heart of a beautiful woman.." "Yeah.. And speaking of which..", Jake said as a familiar car pulled into the garage. "Hey Chance.. Hey Jake..", Callie said as she walked up to them. "Hey Callie!", they uttered. "My car needed an oil change, and I couldn't think of anyone else I could trust with the job but you two." "Thanks Callie, that means a lot..", Chance said as he got some oil from storage. "So did you guys hear how the Swat Kats saved Megakat City?"

"Yeah, heard they'd stopped Dark Kat from nuking the city and provided Feral a run for his money", Jake said. "Yeah, and I heard Feral blamed them for the 'damages' to the city too", Chance said while he filled up the oil. "Yeah, and then they save my life and I didn't even get a chance to thank them..", she said kind of downheartedly. "Well, I wouldn't say that..", Chance said. "What?" "Oh.. They came here for a little tune up on one of their engines", Chance said as he cleaned his hands. "Really?" "Yeah! And they told us how sorry they were that they had to leave in a hurry", Jake continued. "You're not kidding are you?", she asked. "No lie! And to apologize, they told us to give you this..", Chance said as he handed her a small triangle like communicator.

"Its something for when you need them for anything, they'll come running.. Well, your oil gauge is topped off now; ready to go..", Chance said. "Huh? Oh, thanks guys.. Now what do I owe you?", she asked."Nothing, its on the house..", Jake said as he walked Callie to her car. "Thanks guys, I don't know what I'd do without you..", she said as she smiled before driving off into the distance. "Think we brightened up her day?", Chance asked. "I think we did..", Jake answered, with a can of milk in his hand. "Yeah.. I think I could get used to this", Chance said while putting his milk in the air. "Me too!", Jake said, clanking his can with Chance's as they looked towards the sky, wondering what would lie ahead for them...

FIN