Captain Topcat had been reading a letter from Katmandu concerning a roach
named Dazure escaping from jail (please see my story HIGH
ADVENTURE ). He was disturbed by this grunting sound. He looked across the
bedroom and saw a rather small but plump pink pig grunting pathetically at him.
"Hmm .. I don't recall having a pig on the crew roster at the present time."
PANTHER AWAKES TO GRUNTING:
At the sound of his voice, Topcat's cat mate Panther awoke. Looking at the
piglet she commented. "I was dreaming of bacon for breakfast guess it was'nt a
"Oink oink, don't eat me it's me your friend Shel." The porcine one grunted.
"I don't notice much change" Panther remarked.
PANTHER AND PIG:
"This isn't right," Topcat said. "We can't have this, we have a crew made up
mostly by large carnivorous cats who love bacon, the last pig we had as a crew
member was lucky to escape with his hide!" Topcat knew that this transformation
was something fighting cats just could not deal with so he booted up the crystal
ball and logged on the internet seeking advice. Right away something came up in
the email inbox, to restore Shel to humanity there was a ransom demand of one
million dollars U.S. currency to be delivered to Dread Isle within a fortnight.
"That's chump change." Panther muttered looking over Top's shoulder at the
screen. "You are right Panther. This is obviously just a rouse to get us to the
island." Topcat continued. "I think we need big time help on this one. The help
of a powerful witch!" Panther immediately caught on to who the captain was
talking about."Oh no not her, not Shel's mom!" For you see the cat's humble
butler Shel just happened to be the son of one of the most powerful witches,
Teba the wild witch of the west. "Don't be that way Panther, Shel's mother has
always been very nice to us."
"That is true." Panther replied. But we have never
had to tell her her son is a PIG!" They decided it would be better to go see her
in person. Far from flying into a rage she took the news with an icy calm and
handed them something wrapped in black paper she said would help them in their
quest. "This is all you need she told them just take it and follow the
instructions." Just as they prepared to sail off she gave them a word of advice.
"Remember in times of greatest crisis help will come from strange quarters." And
so they sailed off on their quest.
Teba's first prediction of help came pretty soon an internet kitty friend of
the crews named Ling Ling joined the crew to help out. Topcat and Panther landed
in the ship's whaleboat along with Engineer Spott, Spike the Dog, Big Leon and
Tiberious tiger. They hadn't gotten very far before the crew were changed into
toy stuffed animals. Which of course they had been at one time before that force
that is even stronger than the magic of the Catavenger had animated them that
force of course being love. The wicked force of this cursed land seemed to have
even beat the power of love.
"So much for love conquering all." Panther muttered.
"I have to go on," Topcat said. "Try to get them back to the ship if you can and if
you can't stay with them." So Topcat along with Shel the pig trudged on. It
wasn't long however before Shel turned into a stuffed toy pig Topcat was forced
to half carry half drag him along. Carrying the long black wrapped package in
his other paw.
One at a time Panther carried the crew members who had been turned into toys.
She carried each one of them in stages a short way while keeping the others in
sight. When she finally got them down to the beach however the sand itself rose
up and formed into monstrous shapes blocking the way. Fortunately Ling Ling was
up in the crow's nest. Looking out with a telescope she had seen what had
happened and signalled the crew. They fired at the sand monsters only to have
the bullets go through them without harming them at all.
Ling Ling signalled Panther with a mirror in Morse code to stay down then
ordered the cannons filled with chain shot. Panther quickly dragged the
bewitched crew members down and behind a large boulder.
Seeing them safe Ling Ling gave the order for the cannons to fire. "Whoosh,"
the chains sailed and spun in the air, cutting through the sand monsters and
reducing them back down to harmless sand. Unfortunately some of the shots fired
had hit the whale boat leaving Panther and company stranded onshore.
Topcat kept walking inland from the beach. He saw a humanoid figure in a
boggy patch of ground rooting around and rolling in the mud. It was Shel's body
now inhabited with the mind of the pig.
"I have to find a way to get their minds back in the right bodies!" Topcat
declared. He kept walking carrying the now toy pig as well as the long black
package, however he was now followed by a pathetic humanoid figure.
Ling Ling landed a boat on the bleak shore and helped Panther load the
transformed crew members aboard Once off the accursed isle and in the boat the
crew members quickly became reanimated and were able to go back to the ship
without the help of Ling Ling and Panther. Thus those two were able to hurry
across the isle to the aid of Captain Topcat.
Twelve big figures wearing suits of armor materialized in front of Topcat.
Instead of directly attacking him they harassed him by grabbing the pig with
Shel's mind in it and the human with the pig's mind. One of the armored figures
started wrestling with Topcat for the long package Teba the good witch had given
him. Another of them was preparing to smack Topcat over the head with a mace
when SWAP a crossbow bolt hit it in the kneecap and down it went. Ling Ling and
Panther had arrived and were on a nearby hillside. "Good shooting." Panther said
taking the spent crossbow and handing Ling Ling a loaded weapon. Thus while
Panther loaded Ling shot and the two advanced down the hillside to Topcat's aid.
After the first enemy went down Topcat was able to distract the one facing
him long enough to draw his sword and thrust it through the visor. Quickly
Panther and Ling Ling joined in the battle. Panther with her saber and Ling Ling
with a katana much like the sword the late great Spooky favored. The armored
bullies folded before the combined onslaught of the fearless felines. Folded
literally and fell apart the suits of armor were empty!
"You may have defeated my minions but thee shall not defeat me!" A voice
boomed out as giant figure in shimmering metallic blue armor strode forth. "Bow
down before me and worship me or die!"
Ping, Ping, the bolts from two crossbows bounced off the figure harmlessly.
Before Panther and Ling Ling could reload, the black wrapped package Topcat had
been carrying around so long started moving. The black wrapping dissolved and a
black broom popped out. With a whoosh the broom flew at the giant and smacked
him several times on the backside then once really hard over the head. The giant
fell to the ground. With a poof the black broom changed into a small black cat.
Not the late great Spooky but Snowball a cat that the crew had been trying to
shanghai for a long time. Teba's magic had succeeded where the crew's effort had
failed. Snowball popped off the giant's head and out staggered a large roach. It
was of course Dazure the crew's old nemesis. "I don't know how you did it but
change the pig and Shel back or you shall be one squashed bug!" Snowball
ordered. Knowing he was defeated the bug did as ordered and all was restored.
Thus the bug was captured and returned to jail, Ling Ling was given the
reward and returned home. Snowball became the ship's new third mate and the pig
named Oinkly joined the crew (the carnivores having sworn to stay kosher). As
for Shel he still has a taste for truffles.
P.S. The crew would like to thank Ling Ling, and her meowmmy Rat for all the