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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 27

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"How far can you see?" Joe interjects. He startles the cats, who've practically forgotten about the big horse since he wandered off to the creek with Zooey.

Fup starts to answer, but when the other voice cuts her off she realizes that Joe wasn't speaking to her.

"This time of year, on a nice day, I can see clear to the ranger station on the east ridge of the valley," comes the response, though still the cats can't see from where exactly, or from whom. To judge by Joe's posture, he's talking to someone high up on the creek's far bank.

"Do you know where Kahani is?" Joe asks.

"I know where Kahani is supposed to be," the answer follows.

Fup asks Bear and Wiggums, "Did he say he knows where it's supposed to be?"

"I think that's what the bird said," Bear confirms, "yes."

"That's not a bird," Wiggums informs them, though the birds are, in fact, chirping up a storm. "They're only yapping among themselves," Wiggums explains. "And I think I know why they're so chatty. I'm pretty sure Joe is talking to a tree."

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