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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 14

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Soon enough Wiggums asks about Penny and Bruno. The cousins have been waiting all week to hear Fup's story.

"It's the boxes I remember most," Fup tells them. "We lived in a city of boxes. And envelopes. We lived among scales and hampers and perpetually moist sponges. And the postmaster, Mr. Warren, an otherwise stern man who wore pink prophylactics on his thumb and forefinger pretty much any time he wasn't eating. The post office was my first home. When it started getting cold that first autumn, Penny and Bruno moved us into the back room.

"On Thanksgiving, Postmaster Warren went overnight to his sister's place in Bangor and we had the place to ourselves.

"We goofed around all day, weighing ourselves individually and in various combinations, browsing special stamp binders the postmaster never let us touch, sitting on windowsills watching snow pile up outside until the cold glass fogged with our breath.

"I woke sometime that night to discover Penny and Bruno by the windows, staring out. At nothing in particular, I supposed, until I saw the moose.

"He was enormous. Bigger than the mail truck. The ice hanging from his belly shone in the moonlight reflecting off the unplowed pavement so it seemed as if he were encrusted in jewels. The wind moaned, and a small storm of flakes shook around him.

"Penny and Bruno kept absolutely still. I'd have woken Ro and Clara but for fear of making a sound. Up until this point we'd only seen pictures of moose on postage stamps.

"Not even a minute passed before the moose seemed to catch a scent from down by the frozen-over stream and broke a trail through the snow to investigate.

"I remember thinking: that's what a house does for you — it keeps out the moose and the cold."

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"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.

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