Title: First Impressions Don't Define
Rating: T (Strong Language and a Fight [Chapter 3])
Summary: Chance and Jake were once the enemies of Mike. After a turn of events, they grew to become three of the best friends in the world. What changed?
Disclaimer: I do not own SWAT Kats. It is owned by Hanna-Barbera and its staff. The themes are being used for my own enjoyment and no profit is being made in the process. I do, however, own Mike.
Chapter 1: The Formation of the First Impression
It was the first day of the new school year. Mike Sinian unloaded another one of his binders into his locker, checking his schedule to make sure he kept the right one out. "Alright," he said to himself as he hung his now empty bookbag.
When Mike closed the locker, he felt an unbearable pressure at the end of his tail. He yowled and dropped his books as he whipped himself around and massaged the end of his two-tone tail. He eyed a muscular, goldenrod and brown-striped tiger tabby. "Was that necessary?" Mike asked.
"You shouldn't have had it in the middle of the hallway," the tabby said, crossing his arms.
"You think I wanted it to be 30% longer than average?" Mike asked, kneeling to pick up his binder.
"Don't play the genetics card," the tabby said. "That could have been anyone's tail." He paused for a second. "Mike."
Mike bolted upright, binder in his arm. His eyes widened themselves and his tail twitched. "You know who I am?" He asked.
"Racing," the tabby said, applying a cocky smile to his face. "What does it take?" He walked down the hallway to his class.
"I'd like to see you try!" Mike said, making his way down the same hallway to get to his Physics class. "What a way to ruin my first day, whoever you are," he said to himself as he entered said classroom.
Mike managed to avoid the tabby for a while, thus having good classes, until he sat in his seat for his Government class. He saw the tabby enter the room behind the smaller, cinnamon-furred tom that he remembered from his Physics class, and both took a seat in the back of the classroom.
Mike surpressed his emotions when the bell rang and the teacher began. He read through the attendance list, and each student said one thing about themselves. Mike zoned out for a while, but there was one name that he wished he never heard. "Chance Furlong!" The teacher said.
"Yes, sir?" Chance asked.
Mike turned around at the familiarity of the voice, only to see that it had come out of the tabby. At least he had a name to associate with the biggest pain in his tail, literally.
"Something about yourself," the teacher said.
"Right," Chance said. He glared at Mike. "I can't stand all the insolent asses who think they're better than they are at what they do." An angry grin spread over his face.
"Fuck you, Furlong!" Mike said, standing and pointing a finger at Chance. "Fuck you dry! I don't appreciate a personal attack like that!"
"That wasn't an attack on you," Chance said. "It was generalized!"
"Drop dead!" Mike said, going towards the door. "May as well have been!" He left the classroom and sprinted towards ISS to relax. He entered the room and took a seat in the back corner. The monitor approached him and got his attention.
"Who sent you?" She asked.
"I sent myself," Mike said as he opened his notebook. He heard someone enter the room, and turned around to see the cinnamon-furred tom from his Physics class, who he thought was named Jake.
Jake spoke to the monitor. "He stormed out of Mr. Harrington's room after freaking out on Chance Furlong," he said. "Mr. Harrington sent me to make sure he got here safely."
"Thank you, Jake," the monitor said, returning to her desk.
Mike watched as Jake left the room. Jake mouthed three, probably nasty, words at Mike, but he disregarded them. "Ah well, nice try, Jake," Mike said, turning around in the desk. "But I can't read mouths."
Mike read his Government textbook while waiting for the bell to ring so he could go home.
Author's Notes: This has been Chapter 1 of my revised Jake/Mike/Chance high school origin story that I promised at the end of Thoughts of a Shambled Kittenhood a month ago. The chapters will be short in nature. I hope you enjoyed and please review, though not with a flame.