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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 17

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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On along about noon, the foursome stops at the edge of a clearing to rest and warm their bodies in the sun.

"I'd been drifting for six months," Fup admits, stretching her tired legs, "until eventually I fell in with that crowd in Geneva."

"Geneva, Illinois," Bear clarifies. Together, he and Fup have been recounting for Wiggums exactly how they met, many summers ago in a western suburb of Chicago. "Kane County," Bear goes on. "We met in July, when the baseball team was away on a long road trip. Cats from all over town began congregating beyond the outfield fence."

"Or, when it was raining, under the grandstand," Fup remembers. "I missed my family," she tells Wiggums, "but I had no family to go back to. Just relatives scattered here and there." Wiggums nods.

Not for the first time on this trip, Zooey tries to conceive of a life without friends, or a home. With each day he's able to imagine it a little more clearly, and the developing picture scares him half to barking. Sometimes, it gets so he wants to dig a big hole in the ground, settle in, and not stand up till Dave comes from the city to drive him home. Other times he wonders how he'll ever spend such long days inside the house again.

"It's always something different out here," Zooey suddenly announces. "One thing after another. I feel like we've been walking for six months."

Bear agrees. "It seems like forever since we were with Cesar's nieces in the pet store. I can't believe they got fired for that."

"We felt horrible when we heard," Fup admits.

Wiggums paws at the air. "Don't worry about it. They'd been wanting to quit and move back in with Cesar for months."

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