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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 56

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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[The lost episode*]

They took the long way to the station, returning to the park along the waterfront one last time, chasing seagulls past the great ship moored at the east end of Couch Street. Everyone knew except Fup. Ro had convinced the others to keep it a secret.

The five of them reached Union Station with almost thirty minutes to spare before the train's scheduled departure. Bear suggested they stretch out on the lawn in front, soak up some sun before Fup's sisters boarded the cold, dark boxcar for the trip back to Walla Walla.

Cesar told Clara, "Next time, bring onions," and Clara thrust a playful claw in his direction.

Ten minutes later they heard a train pull in, squeaking past the platform, squealing to a stop. Very quiet cats now, sunning themselves in a bright green pool between dappled shadows.

Until, around the far side of the rhododendron, skipping across the lawn came a cat that looked an awful lot like Peanut Butter Joe. As he approached, Fup realized that it was Peanut Butter Joe. Next came Tiger, Roosevelt, Socks, and Orlando, and trailing them Augustus and Miles. In no time at all, Ro had disappeared beneath a squiggling mass of kittens.

Fup asked no one in particular, "Her kids came all this way just to ride the train back home?" She caught on soon enough that her sisters planned to stay.

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*This 'lost' episode of Fup. Store Cat. was originally scheduled to appear in the February 19th edition of PowellsBooks.news. Moments before airtime, however, the text suddenly disappeared. In a decision supported by Powell's staff and The Coalition of Professional Performing Cats, the missing episode was passed over in favor of the next available installment. Later that afternoon, the text was discovered at a highway rest stop in eastern Oregon, dazed and terribly confused, but, thankfully, intact. Powell's apologizes for any inconvenience.

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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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