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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 12

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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The dog wakes up first. He tells Fup and Bear, "Sleep for ten more minutes, then let's go," and sneaks into the woods behind the patio.

Fup stirs. Mount Hood looms over the east hills like the fin of a southbound shark. The sky is turning purple with dawn.

Setting out promptly, Zooey leads, as has become routine. Bear and Fup trail behind, mostly on the dog's heels but now and then slaloming off as a pair, cutting a parallel route through the trees alongside the ribbon of country road they're following. Then a mile or so on, a state highway cuts north and south. Already plenty far south — from here it should be due east to Wiggums's place — back into the untamed forest they go.

Under towering firs, from moss patch to tangle of ivy, over massive weathering trunks downed in this storm in that decade, through the woods they go. And go and go, for hours.

The wind's whistle has swelled to full song. Where only a moment ago birdsong filled the forest, now there is none. Fup suddenly stops. Bear, daydreaming, almost runs her over.

"Bird," Fup whispers, "of prey." Zooey comes back from up ahead in the clearing to see what gives. Fup cricks her nose in the direction of the high rock face across the clearing. "Huge, freaking bird of prey," she reiterates.

The eagle abandons its perch and begins to circle over the clearing: she circles and circles, and circles and circles and circles again.

Zooey roams the edge of pasture, growling, while Fup and Bear wait among leaves and ferns and downed branches. Zooey begins to bark but gives up shortly, when it becomes clear that he's only egging the eagle on.

They kill most of the afternoon this way, waiting for safe passage. Will they ever get to Wiggums's farm?

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