(Dart's not weak.)
D'Artagnan laughed, crossing the water, reaching a barrier. Dart laughed, jumping out of the canoe with the cat. "Hold your breath, Ying-Yang." He dived under the barrier, with the cat in hand, and emerged on the other side of the buoy.
"I can see the island you were meowing about from here! I guess you really wanna go there, huh?"
(Is it okay if I try to start some general plot thing?)