Sitting at the control console of the communications center in the Avengers Mansion, Captain America was talking to Nick Fury at S.H.I.E.L.D. via a secure channel. "Nick, the Fantastic Four are not responding to any of our transmissions. Even the automated systems in Four Freedoms Plaza are not responding!"
"Yeah, I know that, Cap, but they may be away in another dimension. You know Reed."
"Okay, good point, Nick. I'm still a bit worried that something may be out of the norm, though, so we'll go and check out their situation. Would you be able to send a team from S.H.I.E.L.D. to help if needed?"
"Sorry, Cap, but we can't. We have a lot of work over here, and the available teams are all tied up at the moment. We'll try to help later if you need it."
"Okay, Nick, thanks. Cap out." Then Captain America closed the connection, and called all the on hand Avengers to an emergency meeting. He left the comm center, and proceeded to the meeting room.
After a scant two minutes, Iron Man showed up, followed shortly by Thor and Vision, then Justice and Firestar. A few minutes later, the Scarlet Witch, along with Wonderman, showed up. Wonderman had a pissed look on his face and said, "I hope this is important; I was in the middle of business." His expression turned to a smile as he looked at Wanda.
Cap scowled almost imperceptibly, then said, "It is important; the Fantastic Four have disappeared, without leaving any word. For some reason, even their systems aren't responding, so we're going over to Four Freedoms Plaza to investigate. It could be that they're just away on a mission, with Reed so intent on what he's doing that he didn't remember to leave any word. Personally, I think the circumstances are more intriguing, with a lot of inherent danger, so we'll go in two separate groups. Group One will consist of myself, Iron Man, Thor and Vision. Group Two will be Wanda, Firestar, Vance and Wonderman. Group One will access the building from the main entrance, while Group Two will cover us from the roof, okay team?"
Every one of the present Avengers nodded and said, "Okay," with no questions for Cap, but mumbling among themselves. A note of urgency instilled by Cap's demeanor had every one of them on edge, and they all proceeded to the hangar. They got aboard their Quinjets, and jetted away to the Four Freedoms Plaza.
* * * * *
Meanwhile, in the Cats Lair, Catwoman was trying to think of a way to use the last remaining male Fantastic Four member, Reed Richards. Her plans were already set for the Human Torch, so Mr. Fantastic was the only question. Then an idea came to mind, so she called Cheshire Cat and told her to bring Reed to her chamber. In only a few moments, Reed was in front of her, wearing a collar which stopped him from using his powers, and took away his willpower. The woman who'd been his wife stood by his side, with a wicked grin on her face.
"How are you doing, Reed?" Selina inquired. "Are you feeling well?"
"Cut the facetious pleasantries, you witch!" Mr. Fantastic blurted. He then scowled, and added, "Turn my wife back to who she was before! What have you done to her?"
"Why would I want to do that, Reed? I've made her better looking, and have given her a better life. Don't you agree, Cheshire Cat?"
"Yes, Mistress. I love what you have done for me."
"You see, Reed, she is very happy here, along with all the others I've brought together to join me, and I want you to be happy, also, in serving your mistress. Now, look at my ring, and submit!"
Selina lifted her left hand and placed it directly in front of his face. Reed could not take his eyes off the green ring; it robbed him of his original identity and replaced it with that of a subservient slave. All he could think of was serving his mistress, whom he now knew to be Catwoman. When it became apparent that Reed had fallen under her spell, she removed the collar from his neck so that all his powers could return. Then Selina pointed the red ruby at him, and a glowing red sphere surrounded Reed.
When the red orb faded away, there was no longer any sign of Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. In his place stood a beautiful woman with a waist length raven mane, and a figure that would put many models to shame. She was wearing a pale tan catsuit which had great difficulty in containing the two huge orbs projecting from her chest. There was a black puma face residing between these bulges. She had opera length black gloves on her arms, and thigh high black boots clung closely to her elegantly shaped legs. She stood atop her new spike heels elegantly, posing imperiously.
Catwoman and Cheshire Cat both took in this new vision, and Selina said, "Welcome to our group, Puma. That is who you are now. Your intellect is now the driving force behind Rebecca Richards, who has all the powers Reed Richards had, but none of his identity."
In a sexy feminine voice, Puma replied, "Yes, thank you, Mistress. I love what you've done for me, and I'm happy to serve you."
Catwoman walked over to hug her new kitten, then told her, "You will now once again be a partner with the woman who had been your wife. Join with Cheshire, and go bring the Human Torch to me."
As commanded, Puma and Cheshire Cat left the chamber, hand in hand. A few minutes later, they came back in with Johnny Storm. Around his neck was the same type of collar that Reed had been wearing, with his will already nullified. Catwoman pointed the red ruby at him.
When the ensuing red energy field dissipated, his clothes had been changed to a red catsuit. Johnny almost looked like he was aflame in the bright red, even while he was not powered up. Then she pointed the green ring at him, and after removing the collar, said, "Welcome to the group, Firecat! You three are now the Fantastic Cats."
Bowing his head, Firecat replied, "Thank you, Mistress. I'm glad to be joining my two female companions to serve you."
Catwoman then used her telepathic link with the White Cat, and said, <Call all the kittens to the meeting room. We have plans to make.>
<Yes, Mistress, I'll call them all now.>
A short while later, the entire group was in the meeting room, which had once been the conference room outside Emma's office at the Academy. Catwoman told her assembled Kittens, "I'm sure we've gotten the attention of the other heroes now that the Fantastic Four has been eliminated. Now we have to be ready for the Avengers to come after us, or the maybe the X-Men."
Puma raised her hand to make a point, and said, "I believe, Mistress, that the Avengers will be investigating first, because some of the Fantastic Four had been their associate members."
Catwoman turned to her, and said, "Thank you. You have a great mind, Puma, which I'm glad I left at your disposal. If you do feel so strongly that it will be the Avengers who will investigate first, in that case we will take the attack to the them, and try to catch them off guard. I now defer to your own deep knowledge of our future foes. So, Puma, what do you think the Avengers will do?"
"Well, Mistress, I think they are going to head for Four Freedoms Plaza to check on the silence. They will probably split into two groups, and in all likelihood, one of them will go through the front door, while the other one will go in via the roof."
Catwoman thought for a moment, then said, "That sounds logical. We'll split into two teams ourselves to cover them. Team one will be Cracker Cat and Shedder Cat, along with Screaming Cat, joined by Puma, Black Cat, Lynx and Manx. The other Team will be myself, White Cat, Firecat and Cheshire Cat. Team one, you'll go to the front door, and you'll fight the powerhouses of the Avengers who are likely to be in the group headed there. Those of us on the second team will take on the presumably weaker members who will cover them from the roof."
A rather lengthy discussion of who should concentrate on which Avengers in each group then took place, with strategy defined almost exclusively by Puma. Puma also gave a few suggestions on ways to trip up the heroes, since the Avengers were damned near invincible. They would need guile to overpower the Avengers, not brawn. When Catwoman finished her comments, Puma added, "Mistress, both groups should watch out for the Scarlet Witch. Whichever team of Avengers she is on will have a potent power."
Catwoman clapped her hands, and said, "Wonderful, Puma, very good. If the Scarlet Witch is that powerful, I want her with me. If she is with the Avengers first group, get word to me via White Cat. I do hope that she will be in the group that tackles the roof, so that I'll get to her right away. Once we've created enough havoc for the Avengers, or if they somehow seem to be prevailing over us, we'll get out fast. So remember, if any of you hear the White Cat telling you to pull back, go back to the Catchopper. Is that clear to you, my Kittens?"
"Yes, Mistress," they replied, almost in unison.
"Okay, let's get going then, I want to make sure we get there and set up before the Avengers arrive. Get to the Catchopper quickly, and remember the plan. I don't want to lose any of my Kittens."
* * * * *
It was only a short while later, at the Four Freedoms Plaza, that the Avengers of their Team One were entering through the main front door. Captain America said to Iron Man, "This is really strange. No one is here, not even the robotic receptionist, Roberta!"
Iron Man was about to remark, when from out of nowhere came a sonic wave that hit Vision dead center, knocking the synthezoid silly. In tried and true manner for whenever a sudden surprise hit, Cap yelled,
This time, though, there were precious few Avengers to do so. Cap was getting ready to warn the second group as Iron Man and Thor joined him near the still dazed Vision when he was caught short. From out of the shadows came two women wearing catsuits, one of whom said, "Avengers, surrender now, or face our wrath!"
The Thunder God Thor raised his mystical hammer, and answered, "NEVER! The Avengers doth never give up without a fight!"
He shot out toward them, while Cap was shouting, "Thor, stop! It's a trap!"
The headstrong Thor did not listen, and one of the cats tore away her skin. A steel skin appeared, and the hammer of Thor hit her in the chest. Shedder's steel skin protected her from the blow, but the force of the impact threw her through the wall behind her.
Puma took stock of the situation, then said, "Lynx, Manx, Cracker Cat! Take Iron Man and Cap."
After Cap jumped over the fireworks and energy waves of Firecracker Cat, he tried to hit her with his shield. However, Cap was hit with a sonic scream from Lynx, who synched with Screaming Cat, copying her power. In the meantime, Iron Man was trying to avoid the razor sharp Manx.
Meanwhile, on the roof, the second Avengers Quinjet landed. As she got out, Wanda said, "I feel something odd, that is definitely not right here."
Wonderman started to reply, "What is it my..." but he was cut off when he was clobbered by an invisible hammer. Before he fell to the ground, he saw three women and a man in catsuits approaching. Before Wanda could hex anything, she was hit with a telepathic shock bomb in her head, which paralyzed her.
When Firestar and Justice jumped into the battle, Firestar was facing a man in a red catsuit that turned into fire around him, and looked an awful lot like the Human Torch. She said to him, "Who are you?"
In reply, he haughtily said, "I'm Firecat, and I will make you obey my Mistress!" Firestar found her microwave powers to be of little use against the flaming Firecat, who was using his own flames to get to her more directly. At the same time, Vance was facing a woman in a white catsuit who was more than a match for him. He saw the other two women go toward Wanda, and one of them, the one in the shiny and sexy black catsuit, pointed her hands at Wanda. Two rays shot from them, one green and one red. This distracted him from his own fight, however, and that was all that the White Cat needed to knock him out.
As White Cat took out Justice, Firecat knocked out Firestar, and took her to Catwoman. Selina was with Cheshire Cat and another woman, wearing a red catsuit. She had pink boots and gloves, and a set of red cat ears coming out of the jet black hair piled atop her head. Catwoman said to White Cat and Firecat, "Welcome your new sister kitten, the Red Ocelot!" Then she said to Firecat in particular, "Wake up Firestar, so we can make her your new partner, Firekitten!"
The red and green rays were shot forth again, and Firekitten was born. Firestar's costume was changed very little to make Firekitten's, mostly being the addition of a flaming cat head to her chest. She kissed Firecat, and said to him, "Hello, love."
Selina saw the results of her work and grinned, then said, "Okay, let's get back to the Cats Lair. Order the Kittens to retreat, White Cat, and take Justice with you, Cheshire Cat."
Then Red Ocelot said, "What about Wonderman, Mistress?"
Catwoman thought for just a moment, then said, "He reminds me too much of a heroine I hate; fry him, Firecat and Firekitten!"
They both eagerly responded, "Yes, Mistress!" In less time than it took to say that, Wonderman was no more, just a heap of ashes scattering to the wind.
When the order to retreat was heard in the mind of Puma, she looked at the situation at hand. Captain America was holding off against Cracker Cat and Lynx, who had adopted both the powers and form of the Scarlet Witch to try and confuse him, while Manx kept Iron Man at bay. Thor, however, was proving his heroic mettle, and Screaming Cat, Shedder Cat and herself where finding it hard to stop him.
She also saw that the Vision was trying to get up. She knew she needed something to distract them, so she took a small disk out of her belt and threw it at Iron Man. When the disk attached to his armor, it shot out an electromagnetic pulse that stopped the armor cold. Puma told Manx to hit Vision so they could retreat, and while she took Iron Man, she shouted to Firecracker Cat, "Let Cap go! Fire a blinding flare at him and Thor."
As Cracker Cat obeyed the order, Shedder Cat and Black Cat, with Puma carrying Iron Man, left the building. Manx gutted Vision, and followed them along with Chatter Cat. Lynx reverted back to his own form as he joined the others in leaving the scene, which was a good thing considering that Red Ocelot may have freaked upon seeing herself in her original form.
The entire group of cats was now assembled, and went to the Avengers' Quinjet on the roof, which after some red rays from Catwoman's ring, became a Catjet large enough to hold the entire, newly expanded group. Then Selina had an idea, and turning to Red Ocelot, said, "I'm betting that somebody in the Avengers is going to take the Catchopper as evidence or something. Can you hex the Catchopper so that whoever is in it ten minutes after it takes off will have their sex changed, with whatever they're wearing modified to match?"
Wanda giggled, then answered, "That sounds so wicked, Mistress! I can do that with ease!" She raised her pink gloved hands, and waved them in a strange pattern. "I've never heard of a more apt use for the term 'booby trap', Mistress! Not only did I set the hex to reverse their sex, but as a bonus, they're going to find themselves in bodies built for porno flics, and if I did it right, some very interesting changes should happen after sunset."
"Ooo, wonderful, Ocelot," Selina almost gasped, then bade her to join with the others in their new transport. After climbing aboard their new vessel, which made the Catchopper look like something from the Stone Age, they jetted to the Cats Lair.
After Captain America recovered from the flare fired by Firecracker, he found Thor in a rage, holding the shredded Vision in his hands and saying, "By Odin, I shall avenge Vision, thou foul cats!"
Cap held up his Avengers card and called the second team, but there was no response, and he became quite worried. He told Thor, "Get up to the roof, and see why Wanda's team isn't responding." Thor went up to the roof, but then, as Cap looked around, he didn't see Iron Man anywhere! He hoped that he wasn't going to lose any more teammates.
They had already lost the Fantastic Four, and God knows where they were now; Iron Man was missing now, also. Vision would need heavy work by the computer to recover. What more bad things could happen?
As a cue, Thor came storming back down from the roof, with more rage than before, and he said to Cap, "Wanda's team have all disappeared, except for a charred Wonderman, who died in flames! And the Quinjet they arrived in is nowhere to seen."
Cap shook his head, and said, "Oh, my dear God! We have to get back to Avengers Mansion and try to get help, any help. Take Vision with you, and let's get to the mansion." Thor picked up Vision, and they proceeded in much smaller numbers back to the Avengers Quinjet at ground level. The jet took off for the mansion, with a worried group of decimated and no longer invincible Avengers aboard.
As they were ascending, Cap caught a glimpse of a heavily modified helicopter that looked like it had been adorned with cat's ears and cat's whiskers. He figured that must have been what their foes had arrived in, but if it was that large, how had they all left in one of their Quinjets? Oh well, it hardly mattered now. He'd have to come back to take that chopper back to Avengers Mansion as soon as possible.