AUTHOR'S NOTE: This fanfic is heavily based on the movie, "Snoopy Come Home." The J&tPC characters belong to Archie Comics and Hanna-Barbera. Other incidental characters belong to me. Though we may encounter a gray area later on in the fanfic, considering the appearance of "The Impossibles" character, Fluid Man (old habits die hard), going under the name I gave him, Franky McAlister, making this something of a pre-Impossibles story, in that regard.
Sebastian the cat was cat napping on a beach blanket on the warm sand while the Pussycats played a game of volleyball. He enjoyed these lazy summer days on the beach. Except when the volleyball was knocked out of bounds and whacked Sebastian on the head from time to time.
"It's your serve, Josie," Alan said, throwing the ball to Josie.
"I might've known Josie would end up on the same team as Alan," Alexandra complained. "And I'd get stuck with Melody and my dumb brother!"
"Come on, lighten up, Alexandra!" Josie shouted. "This is supposed to be fun!"
"Of course you're having fun, Josie," Alexandra griped. "You're on the same team as Alan, and to top it all off, your team has won every game we've played!"
"Not every game," Alan said.
"Yeah, out of the ten games we've played," Melody said, "we've beaten them twice."
"Like that's some victory," Alexandra said. "I can beat all five of you on my own!"
"If that's the way you want it, sis," Alexander said. "Come on, Melody. Let's give my sister what she wants."
Alex and Melody ducked under the volleyball net and went over to the other side. Alexandra was ready for this. Josie served the ball, and Alexandra dove for it. She gave it a good swat, and it sailed over the net, bouncing against the sand.
"Hah!" she laughed. "Score one point for me."
Valerie picked up the ball and threw it over the net so Alexandra could serve it. Her serve went out of bounds, and bonked Sebastian on the head. Sebastian grumbled, and rolled the ball back over to the game. Then he got up, stretched, and walked over to see what was going on. Josie took the ball, and served. Alexandra ran for it, tripped on Sebastian, and fell to the ground, face first in the sand. The others tried hard not to laugh, but it was difficult. Sebastian, of course, snickered.
"Oooh, Sebastian!" Alexandra shouted. "You stupid cat! I oughta . . . ."
"Excuse me, kids," a man said, coming over to the group. "Sorry for interrupting your game, but is this your cat?"
"Yes this is my cat!" Alexandra shouted. "What of it?"
"I'm afraid he'll have to leave," the man said. "The management has a new rule. No pets allowed."
"No pets allowed?" Melody repeated. "Oh, but Sebastian's our friend! He's not just a pet!"
"Sorry, but those are the rules," the man said. "No pets allowed. Now either the cat leaves the beach, or you all leave the beach."
And with that, the man left. Sebastian grumbled. Alexandra picked up the volleyball and served it. The others just looked at her as if she were crazy. The ball landed on the sand.
"Score is two to one," Alexandra announced. "In favor of me! I told you clods I could beat you all!"
"Alexandra, what about Sebastian?" Valerie asked.
"What about him?" Alexandra asked. "Last time I checked, it was a free country and a public beach. They're probably kicking him off the beach because of what he did over there in that pile of sand by the snack bar. You know cats. To them, the beach is just one big litter box."
"I get the idea, sis," Alex said, looking a little sick at his sister's description.
"Maybe we should take Sebastian back to the car," Josie said. "He can wait for us there, can't he?"
"Come on," Alexandra said. "Let's just play the game! Leave Sebastian where he is!"
"But what if that man comes back and sees him on the beach?" Alex asked.
Alexandra did not acknowledge her brother, and served the ball. The others forgot about the discussion until the man came back, and picked up Sebastian by the scruff of his neck. He did not look very happy.
"No pets allowed," he said, dropping Sebastian into Alexandra's arms. "I'm afraid I'm going to have to charge you."
"What?!" Alexandra shouted.
"There's a fifty dollar fine for pets on the beach."
"I won't pay it!"
"Then I'm afraid you'll have to leave."
Sebastian hissed, growled, and jumped onto the man, clawing and biting at him. The man tried to shake the cat off his arm. Alexandra started laughing at the scene, while the others were just standing there, not knowing what to think. Finally, the man yanked Sebastian off him, and plopped him right into Alexandra's arms.
"Very funny," he said. "Thanks to that little stunt, you kids are hereby banned from this beach!"
And that was all there was to that. Alexandra grumbled, and stalked off the beach with the others following her.
"You always get me into trouble, you stupid cat!" Alexandra yelled at her pet. "You never do anything right! I give you a home, I give you food, I give you attention, and what thanks do I get?! Nothing! Do you realize that if it wasn't for me, you'd still be locked up in a cage at the animal shelter, meowing your head off trying to get a home?! If I hadn't come along, nobody would have adopted you! And I don't even know why I adopted you in the first place! Nobody wants a scruffy old alley cat like you!"
"Take it easy, Alexandra," Josie said. "Sebastian can't help being a cat."
"Hmph!" Alexandra groused.