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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 129

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Bear says to no one in particular, "Beware, weary staff members who dare use the rollaway bed on election night!" Cue contagious laughter. It's not quite eleven o'clock, but the cats (and Zooey) have the store to themselves. According to custom, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November they've gathered among the aisles. No matter which candidates win or what issues pass, they huddle inside, safe from voters.

"Beware?" Fup challenges Bear. "You're being a bit dramatic."

But Clara and Ro disagree, and Oreo and Bagheera don't argue with them.

Zooey just shrugs. "No one got hurt," he reminds everyone.

Around midnight, Fup had disappeared, and Bear followed soon after. When a half hour passed — November 2002, this was — and neither Fup nor Bear had returned, Oreo and Bagheera set out to find them. ("I didn't set out to find anyone," Oreo clarifies now. "I was tired of Oglesby's infantile scratch-scratch jokes, that's all. And Bagheera was, too.") Thus only three cats remained by the storefront windows: Oglesby, Trudeau, and Cashew. Zooey, the big Lab, slept all the while nearby on the front mat.

"When I woke up, everyone was gone," Zooey recollects.

And so he went looking. His search eventually led to the conference room upstairs, where seven cats had joined Ryan on the mattress: two in the crook behind his knees, a couple on spare patches of pillow, another somehow tucked under his arm... they filled every available inch, like water around rocks. Which made Zooey's attempt to squeeze in all the more absurd.

"Beware!" Bear reiterates. The rollaway frame collapsed without effect — no injuries, it's true — but now that the memory is fresh again, Fup concedes "beware" might not be bad advice.

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