Chapter 12The two towers

After an uneventful ride through the sewers Specter had reached the duct entrance underneath the underground garage of Megakat Tower. He sent a few of the mosquito drones through the duct cover to check if he could get onto the surface without being seen. The data that the drones were collecting was displayed on a two-dimensional map on his mobile phone. It showed the locations of Dark Kat's men who were patrolling the area. He carefully watched their movements and waited until there was a good opportunity to get out and reach the nearest staircase unseen.

He cautiously went upstairs until he reached the third floor, carrying his laptop bag around the shoulder. From there he called an elevator, hoping that this would go unnoticed. Inside the elevator he selected the executive floor where Mr. Young had been when he had sent his message. Specter hoped that he was still hiding somewhere on this floor. When he left the elevator he released another set of mosquito drones to search the floor for any kind of threat and for potential hiding places.

Fortunately, none of Dark Kat's men were on the same level such that Specter could concentrate on searching the rooms. He noticed that in one of them a lot of folders had been placed on the desks in a hurry and some shelves belonging to a filing cabinet were leaning next to it.

He moved closer to it and asked whispering: “Mr. Young? Are you in there? Don't be afraid, I'm a Swat Kat.”

He cautiously opened the filing cabinet and Mr. Young was indeed cowering in there, enclosing a laptop with his arms. Being frightened, he looked up to Specter who continued whispering: “Mr. Young? Please stay calm, I won't hurt you. Can you move?”

“Yes, I think I can.” Mr. Young replied still being frightened. When he slowly stood up he said: “I've send a message to all people in this city who know me. Did one of them tell you where to find me?”

Luckily, Mr. Young hadn't recognized Matthew, because of his outfit and the fact that his hair was still dyed. He wanted it to stay that way, so he decided to continue whispering instead of talking normally to him:

“Yes, someone did and you're lucky that we ran across him.” he replied. “Why are you still here in Megakat City anyway? You should have left it hours ago.”

“I was leaving actually,” Mr. Young answered. “But then I noticed that I had forgotten my laptop. I've stored some very important documents and data on it. The future of Young Industries may depend on them and I didn't have the opportunity to create a backup.”

“And so you risked your life to get it back?” Specter asked. “Not really the smartest thing to do.”

Then he suddenly had a flashback, remembering the moment he tried to attack Hard Drive in order to stop him from leaving with everything he cared about. Mr. Young noticed that Specter had drifted away with his thoughts, so he decided to address him:

“Excuse me? Is something wrong with you?”

“What?” Specter asked a bit surprised as he pushed his unpleasant memories aside. “No, I'm fine. Sorry, I've just had a weird thought.” As he got aware of their current situation again he said: “We should get out of here quickly. Follow me closely and stay quiet. We don't want to attract any attention.”

After a short while the two had reached the elevator and Specter decided to take it to the third floor again. From there the two went back to the underground garage and then down into the sewers when the coast was clear once again.

“You should be save down here, Mr. Young.” Specter whispered. “Sorry for the inconvenience, but I have to go back inside again. If I'm not back in two hours or Dark Kat's troops are coming down here, take this jet boat to get out of here.”

“Okay, I'll wait for you here.” Mr. Young replied. “But please hurry. I don't know if I can take this much longer.”

“You did well back there, Mr. Young.” Specter encouraged him. “Just keep this up and everything will be fine, okay?”

“I'll do my best.” Mr. Young said, still feeling uncomfortable.

Specter patted on Mr. Young's shoulder and smiled. Then he turned around and went back to the third floor. Once there, he contacted Razor:

“I've found Mr. Young and escorted him down into the sewers. He'll be waiting by the jet boat until I come back or he'll use it to escape in case something goes wrong. I'll proceed to the server room now.”

“Good work, Specter.” Razor replied. “But remember to wait for my signal once you are there. And be careful.”

“Affirmative.”

Specter went over to the entrance of the server room. Fortunately his access card was still working and he got in there without any problems. Then he plugged his laptop into the system. Once he had bypassed the security mechanisms and had access to Sally, he checked what he needed to do in order to interrupt its communication with the drones. He also checked from which computer Hard Drive was accessing the system. Apparently Hard Drive used a computer on the penthouse floor.

“So, you're admiring the view while enslaving the city, eh?” Specter commented.

Since only one elevator had access to this floor Specter suddenly had an idea. He figured that blocking the server connections on that floor would make Hard Drive to come down. Hard Drive would probably use the elevator since it would take much longer to use the stairs. When the elevator would have reached its destination Specter would be there to take him by surprise.

Once he had prepared everything to shut down the drones and to block the connection to the penthouse floor he waited for Razor's signal. After a while Razor's voice came in:

“Specter, I'm in position. Are you ready to disable the drones?”

“I'm ready and waiting, Razor.” Specter confirmed.

“Okay, then turn them off.” Razor replied. “Now!”

He needed only a short moment to disrupt Sally's communication and to block the penthouse. It was basically just a throw of a switch.

“Done!” he shouted into the radio transceiver while he moved over to the elevator quickly.

As expected the elevator was called from the penthouse floor. Specter went into position directly in front of the doors.

“Now it's my turn.” he said to himself while he raised his arms and clenched his fists. Then he took a few deep breaths and focused on the elevator doors. It seemed to him that the elevator took forever to come down. Finally, it stopped and the doors started to move aside. As soon as Specter saw Hard Drive's face he threw his right fist directly into it, leaving Hard Drive no time to do anything except looking surprised at the Swat Kat that suddenly stood in front of him. The blow he had just taken made him stumble backwards. Specter stepped into the elevator and punched Hard Drive again, this time with his left fist. Immediately after that, he targeted Hard Drive's chin with his right fist and punched him for a last time. This final blow took Hard Drive from his feet. He fell on his back and lost his consciousness. Then Specter looked down at him.

“I hope you now know how I felt having no chance to do anything.” he said, being certain that Hard Drive was out cold. He slowly opened his fists and felt how his hands started to hurt as he wasn't used to fistfights. Then he radioed Razor again: “I've taken care of Hard Drive. He won't be able to do anything now. Do you copy?”

“Bad news, Specter.” Razor's voice shouted through the radio transceiver. “Dark Kat has just initiated a countdown to blow up the bombs he had ordered to place throughout town! That maniac is going to blow Megakat City into oblivion!”

“What?!” Specter asked, getting panicked. “How much time do we have?”

“Less than a minute!” Razor shouted. “I don't know how to stop this from here!”

“No, this can't be happening!” Specter shouted back. Then his desperation turned into anger as he looked down at Hard Drive again. He took him at his collar in order to punch him as long as he would have time for it. But when he looked at the Surge Coat he suddenly had an idea. He took off the coat from Hard Drive's body and put it on quickly. Then he started running back into the server room. While on his way, he radioed Razor again:

“Razor, listen. I'll use Hard Drive's Surge Coat to find a way into Dark Kat's system. Maybe it can be stopped from there.”

“Then hurry!” Razor shouted. “We only have 15 seconds left.”

Specter activated the Surge Coat and transformed into a flash of electricity which disappeared into the servers of Young Industries.

Ten minutes earlier Razor had traveled through the sewers with his jet boat to get over to City Hall. Unlike Specter, he had to get out in the open before he could enter the building. In order to make sure that he wouldn't be seen he sent out a single mosquito drone. The images the mosquito send showed him that the main entrance was heavily guarded by Dark Kat's men and that a few of his drones were patrolling the area high up in the sky. He also saw a window of an office on the ground floor which was tilted such that the mosquito drone was able to fit through. There was nobody in there, so it seemed to be a good entry point. Razor send another two dozen mosquitoes into the office one after another. Then he ordered them to push against the window from the inside. Once the window was closed he let them turn the handle of the window such that it could be opened from outside.

Razor waited for the right moment to leave the sewers. Then he quickly went over to the window and jumped into the office unnoticed. Once inside he used one of the mosquitoes to check the floor behind the door. The images he received showed that the floor was crowded with guards and creeplings.

“I can't get through there unnoticed,” he thought for himself. “But it's the only way to get out of here.” Then he contacted T-Bone:

“T-Bone, do you read me?”

“Loud and clear, buddy.” T-Bone answered.

“Listen, I've managed to get inside the building,” Razor reported. “But it's full of bad guys. So you better start creating a diversion.”

“Affirmative, Razor.” T-Bone replied. “Just gimme a minute.”

Razor positioned himself next to the door such that he wouldn't be seen immediately in case that somebody would come into the room. It didn't take long until he heard the drones shooting outside and the sound of people running around. Dark Kat's servants started shouting outside. Razor checked the video stream again. It seemed that T-Bone's distraction had worked as the floor was deserted now. Dark Kat's minions had taken their places at the windows in the offices on the upper floors. Razor went outside to reach the elevator just to notice that it wasn't operational anymore. He wondered what had happened here as it seemed to him that it had been exploded somehow. He went inside the shaft and used his grappling hook to get up to the top floor. Once there he directly went over to the mayor's office and positioned himself next to the door and listened. He could hear Dark Kat's voice. He carefully opened the door a little and saw that Dark Kat was looking out of the window and shouting orders. Now it was the right time to disable the drones. So Razor contacted Specter:

“Specter, I'm in position. Are you ready to disable the drones?”

“I'm ready and waiting, Razor.” Specter confirmed.

“Okay, then turn them off.” Razor replied. “Now!”

A moment later Specter confirmed his action, sounding a bit hasty: “Done!”

Razor heard that the drones suddenly stopped firing and Dark Kat started to shout: “The drones just stopped operating, Hard Drive! Reactivate them. Now!”

“I can't.” Hard Drive's voice answered through Dark Kat's communicator. “My computer has just been logged off from the system. I have to go down to the server room.”

“Then be quick, you fool!” Dark Kat shouted. “Without the drones we can't hold off the Enforcers for long.”

“I'm already on my way, Dark Kat.” Hard Drive responded. “Relax, I'll have them online again in no time.”

“You'll better have.” Dark Kat said intimidating.

He had just put the communicator on the desk in front of him when Razor suddenly stormed into the room.

“A Swat Kat?” Dark Kat asked in his typical dismissive voice. ”I've expected that you would show up at some point. No matter. You are no match for me and my servants.” Dark Kat reached for the communicator in order to call his troops. Razor immediately deployed the grappling hook within his Glovatrix which hit the communicator before Dark Kat could have reached it. It was smashed into pieces when it hit the wall in the back of the room. Dark Kat started to look angry at Razor.

“What's the matter Dark Kat?” Razor mocked to hurt his pride. “Are you so afraid of me that you can't face me alone? Wanna cry for help?”

“As if this would be necessary.” Dark Kat replied. “I can squeeze the life out of you with my bare hands within a blink of an eye. And if you haven't noticed... I'm not alone at all.”

Suddenly a half-dozen of Dark Kat's creeplings came out of their hiding places behind the vases, the filing cabinets and the desk Dark Kat was standing at. They immediately started to attack Razor who quickly jumped aside as one of them tried to knock him from his feet. Then he aimed his Glovatrix at the closest creepling that was flying towards him and shot one of his nets at it him. The creepling got caught in it immediately. Meanwhile, Dark Kat had approached him. But before he could have whacked him, Razor jumped aside again and then forward to get behind the desk. There, he immediately fired more nets at the creeplings that flew into his direction. The nets caught three of them, so there were only two creeplings left to deal with.

Being in rage and tired of switching positions between the desk, Dark Kat raised both arms forming his hands into fists and slammed them down on it. The desk was smashed into pieces. Before he could straighten up again Razor jumped onto his massive shoulders in order to jump off further into the air. While jumping, Razor kicked one of the remaining creeplings in mid air. It was smashed against a wall and fell onto the ground unconsciously. Then he grabbed the last one of them to use him as a shield against Dark Kat's fist who had just straightened up and had turned around into his direction. Although the creepling eased the blow Razor still felt a strong pressure in his stomach. Fortunately, he didn't have to gasp for air.

Back on the ground he threw the creepling away and targeted Dark Kat with his Glovatrix in order to fire a Bola missile at him. But Dark Kat was quicker than Razor had expected. He grabbed Razor at his throat and pulled him high up into the air. Then he started to squeeze it.

“All these years you Swat Kats have been pestering me… This has to end once and for all. So you'll be the first one I'll get rid of.” - Illustration by Jan Rathje

“All these years you Swat Kats have been pestering me… This has to end once and for all. So you'll be the first one I'll get rid of.” - Illustration by Jan Rathje

“All these years you Swat Kats have been pestering me.” Dark Kat said dismissively. “This has to end once and for all. So you'll be the first one I'll get rid of.”

Razor wasn't able to reply anything as Dark Kat's grip was already too strong for him to take a breath. Not knowing if either his neck was being snapped or he would loose consciousness first he had to do something really fast. As he looked at the ceiling he noticed that Dark Kat was standing underneath a lamp. Already starting to faint, Razor lifted his arm to aim with the Glovatrix at it. He had to gather all of his strength to stay conscious while he selected the Buzz-saw missile.

A small compartment of the Glovatrix opened and released the compacted Buzz- saw which unfolded into its round shape. Not being able to aim clearly anymore he could only hope that the missile would hit the lamp. He fired it and luckily the Buzz-saw didn't miss its target. The lamp was cut loose and fell down. It hit Dark Kat on his right shoulder. Surprised and being in pain Dark Kat loosened his grip on Razor's neck. Razor was able to break free and to kick Dark Kat so that he lost his balance and fell on his back.

As soon as Razor was able to get a clear thought again he aimed his Glovatrix at Dark Kat and fired a Bola missile at him as he had intended to in the first place. The missile bounded Dark Kat's upper arms to his massive torso.

“Sorry, Dark Kat.” Razor said, still gasping for air. “But it will not end this way.”

“Perhaps not.” Dark Kat replied. “But as you may know, if I lose, everyone loses.”

It was too late before Razor realized that Dark Kat had pressed his thumb on a small object that he was holding in his hand. Dark Kat started laughing and then said:

“You see, my servants have been busy planting small nuclear devices all over the city while they were conquering it for me. If you wouldn't have interfered, I just would have made the inhabitants of Megakat City my servants. But now they'll all gonna die and you'll gonna die too, being aware that you are responsible for their demise.” Then he smiled and his voice changed into a celebrating tone: “Congratulations, Swat Kat! Come, let's celebrate this last minute of our lives! Enjoy the time you have left!” Dark Kat continued laughing like he had gone mad.

Razor looked stunned at him until he was able to realize what Dark Kat just had done. Being filled with rage he shouted: “Dark Kat, you sicko! You-”

In that moment Specter's voice came through Razor's communicator: “I've taken care of Hard Drive. He won't be able to do anything now. Do you copy?”

“Bad news, Specter.” Razor answered hysterically. “Dark Kat has just initiated a countdown to blow up the bombs he had ordered to place throughout town! That maniac is going to blow Megakat City into oblivion!”

“What?!” Specter asked, getting panicked too. “How much time do we have?”

“Less than a minute!” Razor shouted. “I don't know how to stop this from here!”

“No, this can't be happening!” Specter shouted back.

Razor didn't know what to say or do, so he just continued to look stunned at Dark Kat who was still laughing. Suddenly Specter contacted him again:

“Razor, listen. I'll use Hard Drive's Surge Coat to find a way into Dark Kat's system. Maybe it can be stopped from there.”

“Then hurry!” Razor shouted. “We only have 15 seconds left.”

Five minutes earlier T-Bone was on his way to City Hall. It didn't take long until a drone noticed the Turbokat and alerted the other ones being close by. Soon after that a dozen drones were chasing after him.

“I hope this shield really works.” he said to himself. “Otherwise this will be a short ride.”

As soon as they got closer, the drones started firing at him. Out of reflex, T-Bone tried to evade the shots. The first few actually missed him, but as the laser beams were getting more and more intense he didn't have a chance to evade them anymore. So the Turbokat was hit again and again. With each laser beam that hit the jet the shield lit up in the same color as the beam itself. Relieved that he and the Turbokat were still in one piece he said to himself:

“I can't believe that I'm actually doing this. This is absolutely crazy!”

Suddenly Razor contacted him: “T-Bone, do you read me?”

“Loud and clear, buddy.” T-Bone replied.

“Listen, I've managed to get inside the building,” Razor reported. “But it's full of bad guys. So you better start creating a diversion.”

“Affirmative, Razor.” T-Bone replied. “Just gimme a minute.”

T-Bone activated the afterburner and continued flying to City Hall. Once there, the drones patrolling the area immediately started attacking him too and it didn't take long until shots were fired from inside the building.