Molly also had spotted something and dived into the water after it.
She swam back to the ship carrying a small red bear.
After the poor bear was dried and fed a bowl of soup Captain Topcat
interviewed him. "Thank you for saving me." The bear said to Molly.
The bear told them the year was 1964 then explained that he had been
the mascot of of the Russian submarine name Red December. That is until he
had befriended the spy the Russians had captured and imprisoned., then
they treated him mean and eventually threw him overboard. "Can I be your
mascot too? Then we can rescue my friend the spy.
Topcat said. "We don't need a mascot but you are welcome to join the
crew and sorry we can't rescue anyone we need to sail back in time to get
loot like we promised Argyle and Molly. the poor little red bear fussed
and wheedled, "But we have to stop that sub it's full of gold that is going
to be used to foment a revolution in Tasmania. They will secede from
Australia to become a communist country."
While Argyle and Molly debated with Panther about the likelyhood of
this happening - after all they had come from 2002 and nothing like this
had happened. "Sounds far fetched to me. Not real like talking pirate
cats! " Panther grumbled.
While they debated Topcat's one big green eye glowed. ''Yes we will
certainly help you." He said to the red bear with determination in his
voice that brooked no argument. Was he being altruistic? Or had he just
heard that magic word- "GOLD!?"