Topcat and crew were still relaxing and taking it easy. They had looted
so much treasure from the Estupido Grande that they did not need to raid
now. Topcat and Panther decided to visit their friends Sandy the dog and
Patches the cat. Panther was particularly enamored of the lovely hats they
had. Over tea she complimented them. "Those hats are quite lovely I wish I
had got one myself when we were in Paris."
"Well we do have a ship capable of sailing the seven seas of space and
time."said the good Captain Topcat.
After a few days spent getting ready for the trip Sandy and Patches
arrived early one morning. "Wake up sleepy heads." Paul the pirate rat
said to Panther and Topcat. "Your guests are here!"
Thus the CatAvenger once more went into action back to Paris in the
year 1793. the Catavenger sailed right up the Seine river into the heart
Sandy and Patches led the way down the narrow Parisian streets while
Panther and Topcat followed. They were quite surprised when they found the
hat shop all boarded up. Panther was about ready to break down the door
when a voice called out to them from a narrow alleyway. They saw a pathetic
looking thin grey cat beckoning to them. Investigating they went down the
alley Topcat leading, sword drawn. "
"Put that away. I am on your side. My name is Duchat." The small cat said. "I recognize these
two as the ones that bought the hats two weeks ago."
"My human Annette De Rosia was taken away by the revolutionary committee,
just because she made hats for Marie Antoinette. They would have already
executed her except somebody stole the Guillotine!" Upon hearing this
Topcat winked his one big green eye at Panther who just chuckled.
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"It's not funny!" Duchat complained they have a new guillotine and will
surely behead her soon. "Oh no they won't I want my hat!" Panther roared.
"Shhh," The little cat said, "you will bring the revolutionaries." Sure
enough a dozen armed men appeared in the alleyway. They were mere humans
and of course were no match for the cats and the valiant dog Sandy. Topcat
showed the men mercy and did not killed them, only clawed them up good and
left them lying in the alley.
Duchat the cat told them that his human was not being held in the
Tuileries but instead was being held several miles away in a local jail.
Topcat, and Panther along with Sandy and Patches followed as Duchat led
the way to the jail. The thin Duchat along with Patches easily slid
through the outer bars of the jail. Topcat managed to squeeze through and
Panther handed him his sword through the bars. Panther and Sandy were to
big to fit through so waited and kept watch of the alleyway.
Once inside Topcat showed Patches how to pick the locks using her claws
"It's a trick Spooky taught me he explained."
They went from cell to cell calling for Annette the cells of
this jail were mostly empty. Those that held prisoners in them they opened
and freed the jailed ones. They finally reached the last cell but when
they opened it they found it held a mob of drunken peasants and Annette
holding them at bay and defending her honor with a hat pin she had hidden.
Seeing Topcat and his catpanions the rabble turned and advanced on them.
In the alleyway Panther was getting quite impatient. "What is
taking them so long?" She asked Sandy.
"I sure don't know but I am tired of waiting." The valiant dog
replied. Then looking at the bars then back at Panther ask "Do you have
Panther replied. "No, but I have some plastic explosive even better
that. Engineer Spott and Tiberious cooked it up. Luckily they caught Shel
before he ate it thinking it was bubble gum. It's almost silent when it
detonates." While she was speaking she had been putting the plastique up
along the window sill. The daring duo ducked down as it detonated. with a
soft "pop." The two scrambled through the opening and down the the
corridor only to find Patches, Topcat and DuChat confronted by the
"Shoot them Topcat or use your sword." Said Panther. Topcat however was
reluctant to shoot mostly unarmed peasants. One of the peasants then
picked up poor DuChat and held a wicked looking dagger to his throat
"Ouch!" The peasant yelled dropping the cat. Annette had poked him in
his posterior with a hat pin. With that the heroic cats and dog were
galvanized into action and waded into the rabble biting and scratching.
None were killed but a lot were bit up or poked with a hat pin! The
critter crew then retreated to the safety of the ship.
While Topcat's group had been busy the crew had cleaned out the hat
shop and loaded the contents into the ship.
The Catavenger sailed on to Montreal.There the Catavenger crew used
some of the loot they had gotten on previous missions to set up a nice hat
shop for Annette, soon she was able to outfit not only Panther but the
she had one of the largest hat companies in the western hemisphere. Soon
it was making millions and of course The Catavenger crew as well as Sandy
and Patches had stock in this enterprise! $$$
"Still there seems to be something lacking. Even though Panther got her hat it does not seem like you and Patches had much of an adventure.... Maybe it's just me but this adventure didn't seem that thrilling." Shel said.
Just then Patches, Topcat and Panther arrived. "Oh, don't let Shel fool you." Panther said. "He had a crush on Annette but then Patches found out something that quashed his hopes."
"Yes."Patches continued." I was looking over some of Spooky's genealogy records only to find that Annette is or perhaps I should say was, Shel's great, great, great great, great. grandmother!"
"Oh she wasn't that great!" Shel replied.
"That's the spirit Shel. Love 'em and leave 'em." Topcat said." Oh by the way she did leave you this present"
They laughed when they saw the look of dismay on my face. Sandy and
Patches took pity on me and give me the real present. "You have a Topcat,
she thought you needed a TOP HAT!"