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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 40

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Fup pauses. The forest floor thrums. She stands, stretches, and begins to wander through the camp of animals hunkered down for the night in the canyon, away from Zooey and Bear and nearer to the others. Among different trees, as well. She stands for a moment between the horse's forelegs; Joe chomps his teeth and cordially snorts.

"As we got near Toledo," Fup says, "one by one we joined Miel up front. Ro climbed into her lap and I started rubbing my chin on the steering wheel. That was the plan: to make such a nuisance of ourselves that by the time our exit approached she'd have no choice but to pull off."

With some wits about you, you could survive on the streets of any city for a few days; if you were careful, and if you weren't unlucky. But the whole ball of yarn would unravel if Miel brought them to a shelter.

In less than a week they'd traveled almost a thousand miles from Maine; they'd practically reached their cousin's home, Orono's house: their home-to-be. Unless Miel got them to a shelter first. But would Miel even turn them in? Could they afford to misbehave? What would mistreating her cost them in sympathy? You didn't know, you had to guess and listen to what Penny and Bruno told you. Getting locked in the trunk meant facing the shelter, Bruno had made perfectly clear. "If Miel even wanted to lock you in there," Penny countered, charitably. But no one adopted four cats at once, that went without saying. And some shelters put you to sleep.

Fup tells the hillside, "We clawed and we bit. Ro and I tore at some envelopes while Penny scratched at the window glass. Bruno kept burrowing too close to the pedals. In the chaos that ensued we aggravated her so thoroughly that eventually she gave up, opened a door, and practically begged us to get out."

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