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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 169

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Fup froze where the trees met driveway. Lisa killed the car's engine.

From his bed on the back deck, Bandit inspected Bear more closely.

Bear wasn't particularly big, even for a cat. Nor did he strike Bandit as mean or particularly angry. But you wouldn't want to mess with him — something in Bear's posture warned against it. Bear was smart, or he knew something that Bandit didn't, certainly he did. What sway could Bandit possibly hold next to Fup's old flame?

Less than two weeks Bandit had known her. She'd told him about Bear. Of course she talked about him; Bear had been part of her life for years. Bandit knew as much. But Fup had left Portland, hadn't she? Didn't that count for something.

All at once, the air seemed to rush out of Bandit. He imagined deflating, saw his body wither on the ground. He wondered if he'd gone insane.

He was a foil. A fling. The bad guy.

Fup still hadn't moved. Bear hadn't either. Wiggums stood still on the edge of woods while the Twibel couple and their kids formed a still life inside the sliding glass door. No one had budged in the few seconds it took Bandit to visualize the rest of his life, without Fup.

Across the driveway, Fup caught Bandit's eye. Meaning what? I, you. Meaning nothing, Bandit realized. She'd lost her bearings. He understood now that she hadn't known Bear was coming. Bandit felt himself relax.

And then she bolted. In a flash, Fup disappeared in the woods.

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That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are
by Bruce Eric Kaplan

"All these cats lead exciting and varied lives wholly independent of the human race," notes the editor in his Introduction. Well, duh. Scant attention has been paid to the role of community in modern cat culture, so what a relief that here, finally, fifty articulate felines set the record straight. Funny, sad, occasionally shocking, but never less than true, these brave monologues reaffirm our interdependency in ways that choreographed public displays such as Paws Across America never can.

Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs
by Amy Hempel

In "Dog Kibble," Tasha Baxter's verse exhibits a brutal economy of words: "Life is never meaningless," her villanelle announces, "there is always food." Here and throughout this collection these authors demand your attention, as if to bark, "You can send me to my room for yelling at the neighbors but you cannot silence what woofs in my heart!" Among the selections nominated for Best American Writing by Pets 2000 are Bob Barker Barry's sordid and hilarious hallucinogenic escapades with Lynda; a tragic, posthumous prose poem by Marrow Irving; and Sadie Louise Lamott's "Spoon River Sadie Louise," a wildly metered exploration of the cross-cultural dynamics within a household occupied by dogs, cats, birds, and small children. The sheer intellect of these collected pieces will renew your faith in dogs.

Is Your Cat Too Fat?Is Your Cat Too Fat?
by Bronwen Meredith

Too fat for what? And what business is it of this Meredith person's anyway? Bronwen sounds like the kind of lady I wouldn't like at all.

 

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