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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 18

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Three horses stand behind the wire fence: a mother, it looks like, and her two offspring, a filly and a colt. The filly's mane has been styled in tight braids. She's immaculate; she looks like she's come to these stables straight from the show circuit. And acts like it, too, the way she's pushing her brother around. The colt is a mess. He hasn't been clipped in months. "City Girl" and "Country Boy," Bear dubs them.

Tentatively, Wiggums approaches the old mare. Fup, Bear, and Zooey follow.

"You want to know about the stories from Kahani?" the mare responds. She knows Kahani — so the hill must be near and the trek hasn't been a wild goose chase after all! "What I hear," the mare tells them, "is that the young trees there don't want to be stories anymore."

Just as quickly, and with more force, their hopes plunge.

"Many local saplings are discouraged by the proliferation of electronic media," the mare explains. In fact, she says what she hears is that today's young trees grow up resenting their parents' memories of publishing opportunities past. Few new stories grow up wild in the woods these days anyway, as print book readers generally prefer stories groomed from seed at private arboretums. Apparently a woman in Kentucky has raised the last two medal-winning novels on her farm.

"This is all too much," Fup mumbles in disbelief.

"Have you been there?" Bear interrupts. "Can you show us the way?"

"I haven't," the mare admits, "but my boy Joe can show you." She acknowledges her slouching son. "Darned if he doesn't know every trail fork in these woods."

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