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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 35

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Fup and Ro waited with Penny under a sedan parked close to the park's fringe. Fifteen or twenty minutes they'd been waiting for Bruno to return when Penny ducked under the tailpipe to join her daughters near the back bumper. As she did, smoke from the nearby barbecue grills wafted past, mingling with the nutty aroma of motor oil from the grimy engine. The combination brought her back to Maine, powerfully — she might have been bedded down in dirt beneath the Dyers' front porch, hiding in the shelter of their overturned, out-of-use canoe while Mr. Dyer barbecued up on the deck. Penny raised her head expecting to find the canoe's plastic seats upside-down above her and instead smacked her ear hard on the tailpipe.

Fup and Ro watched from the shadow of the left rear tire. Neither dared say a word until Penny finished cursing.

How long would they have to wait for Bruno?

"What are we going to do?" Ro finally asked, but Penny went back to rubbing her ear, as if maybe it wasn't working right, maybe she couldn't hear. So Fup answered for her.

"We're going to stow away in the truck with Michigan plates," Fup announced.

Penny stopped pawing herself and stared at her child. It might have dawned on her just then that maybe her ear really was ruined. "We are?" she heard herself respond.

"I'm betting," Fup surmised. "If the driver of the Michigan truck heads straight back on the interstate, he'll take the Pennsylvania Turnpike past Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, and when he reaches Ohio he'll keep driving clear across the state, past Cleveland and all the way west to Toledo."

The map on the post office counter. Fup had remembered it all.

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