Black Cats Cross Your Path
Black Cats Cross Your Path is a BattleTech short story by Tara Gallagher and James Lanigan.
It was published in the 1988 anthology Shrapnel and in the MechWarrior, Second Edition RPG rulebook. The German edition of CityTech also features this short story in the rulebook, instead of Life in the Big City as in the original.
The story is narrated in the first person by "Big Bill Flynn", a soldier with the Black Cats, an all-infantry mercenary unit. Defending the city of Lawrence on an unnamed world against a rather unprofessional BattleMech company posing as the Black Widow Company, they lure two unspecified 50-ton 'Mechs (at least one of them implied to be a Trebuchet by corresponding artwork) into an industrial bakery complex where the 'Mechs slip on lard and fall down. The lard is then ignited by a trooper with a flame thrower. The resulting fire causes the ammunition on the 'Mechs to explode, destroying them.
- Big Bill Flynn
- Sergeant Elisabeth "Boots" Hills, aka "Boot Hill"
- Lou Lingg