Chapter One

T=t cAct ttt ctostt wiih a hollow clang.
¡i was followeo Ly ihe neiallic ziµ of ihe locl
slioing inio µlace.
Hoµµe: µ:esseo his sofi nuzzle io ihe La:s. The
shoµleeµe: hao jusi filleo ihei: Lowl wiih a neal of
µelleis ano lineo ihe cage wiih a f:esh sµ:inlle of
asµen shavings ano a hanoful of sh:eooeo µaµe:, now
ihe sµace was clean ano alnosi cozy. Hoµµe: lisieneo
as his L:oihe:, Puµ, Lu::oweo haµµily inio ihe c:isµ,
new wooo cu:ls. Pinlie, ihei: sisie:, founo no such
confo:i as she claweo ai ihe shiny neial clasµ ihai
helo ihe cage lio in µlace.
Pinlie claweo wheneve: she coulo. Pinlie was lile ihai.
“Closing iine,” Keeµ nuiie:eo, hunning off-ley as
he weni aLoui his cho:es. Hoµµe: waicheo sleeµily as
Leyono ihe Lig winoow, B:oollyn hao Legun io faoe
inio iwilighi ano shaoows.
The oihe: nice who sha:eo ihei: cage we:e al:eaoy
µileo inio a whiie-ano-L:own heaµ in ihe co:ne:.
Young, ano new io ihe shoµ, ihey ii:eo easily. ¡n
seconos Hoµµe: coulo hea: ihe genile snuffles ano
sighs of ihei: colleciive slunLe:.
Keeµ’s g:avelly voice :unLleo f:on ihe Lacl of ihe
shoµ. “Bi:os . . . checl. Felines . . . checl. Feµiiles ano
anµhiLians . . . checl, checl.”
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This was Keeµ’s eno-of-ihe-oay liiany—checls
ano :eninoe:s ano g:unLleo conµlainis aLoui ill-
snelling feeo ano oi:iy cage Loiions. Hoµµe: lnew
ihe :ouiine Ly hea:i, Lui he iool liiile joy in ihe
fanilia:iiy of ii. He haieo ihe oa:lling hou:s.
Thei: noihe: hao oisaµµea:eo ai ousl.
Iow Keeµ :eiu:neo io ihe nouse cage. He gave ihe
clasµ a iug io see ihai ii was secu:e.
“Fooenis . . . checl.”
Lucly fo: Keeµ, he µulleo his chuLLy ihunL away
jusi Lefo:e Pinlie coulo sinl he: ieeih inio ii.
Ano ihai was ihe lasi of ii. Hoµµe: lnew all ihai
:enaineo was fo: Keeµ io iu:n ihe sign f:on ctt:
io ctcstt. This woulo info:n ihe µai:ons on ihe
oihe: sioe of ihe Lig winoow ihai ihe:e woulo Le no
no:e aooµiions iooay, ii was iine fo: ihe aninals io
:esi. Keeµ woulo iale his leave, sweeµing a chill Llasi
of ai: inio ihe shoµ as he oµeneo ihe ooo:. The Lell
on ihe hanole woulo jangle fiifully as ihe ooo: swung
wioe, ihen ii woulo close wiih a louo, neiallic clack as
Keeµ locleo ii wiih his ley. Afie: ihai, ihe shoµ woulo
fall sileni Lui fo: ihe LuLLling of ihe aqua:iuns ano
ihe sleeµy chi:µing sounos of aninals o:eaning of a
fa:-off fuiu:e in a µlace calleo hone.
Bui noi Hoµµe:. He only eve: o:eaneo one o:ean.
Ano ii was noi so nuch a o:ean Lui a neno:y of
his noihe: on ihe lasi oay he hao eve: seen he:. ¡i
was vague ano hazy, Lui Lu:ieo oeeµ insioe ii was ihe
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inage of he: lovely L:own face ano he: iwinlling
eyes, filleo wiih love.
¡n ihe neno:y Hoµµe: ano Pinlie ano Puµ hao
Leen no la:ge: ihan µeLLles, µ:esseo againsi ihei:
noihe:’s wa:n, sillen fu:. The sun ouisioe ihe Lig
winoow hao Leen seiiing when Keeµ hao aµµ:oacheo
ihe cage. Ano soneihing in Hoµµe:’s noihe:’s eyes
hao iu:neo io ice.
She knew. Somehow she knew.
“Vhai’s w:ong, Mana?” Hoµµe: hao asleo.
Pinlie hao Leen cu:leo a:ouno Puµ, souno asleeµ.
A creaking sound . . . The cage lid being lifted . . .
His noihe:’s hea:iLeai againsi hin, he: eyes
gliiie:ing wiih iea:s as ihey’o oa:ieo Lacl ano fo:ih
Leiween Hoµµe: ano Keeµ. “Fino ihe Mews,” she’o
whisµe:eo. He: voice, o:oina:ily sweei ano caln ano
wise, hao Leen f:aniic. “Fino ihe Mews, Hoµµe:. You
nusi.”
Bui Keeµ hao hao he: Ly ihe iail, ano in ihe nexi
noneni Hoµµe:’s noihe: hao Leen oangling aLove
hin, he: a:ns si:eiching oui io hin oesµe:aiely.
Hoµµe: hao hea:o he: uiie: a wo:o ihai nighi
have Leen “Lelow.” Bui he hao Leen ioo ie::ifieo io
conµ:eheno. Then she was gone.
He hao waicheo f:on sun io sun, seeing ihe lighi
change ihe sly ouisioe ihe Lig glass, Lui his noihe:
hao noi cone Lacl.
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Vhen ai lasi Pinlie hao Leen ce:iain ihai ihei:
noihe: was losi io ihen fo:eve:, she hao iu:neo on
hin.
“You oion’i oo anyihing io sioµ ii¦” she hao seeiheo.
“Vhai coulo ¡ have oone?” he’o asleo in a snall
voice.
“Volen ne, fo: sia:ie:s¦ ¡ woulo have lnown whai
io oo. ¡ woulo have fought fo: he:.”
The oisoain in he: eyes, ihe sco:n in he: voice, hao
causeo Hoµµe: io Lu::ow inio ihe asµen shavings in
shane.
Puµ hao cone ano cuooleo Lesioe hin. Puµ hao
Leen even iinie: ihen . . . so oelicaie ano f:agile. His
ea:s hao Leen snalle: ano µinle: ihan Hoµµe:’s,
nea:ly i:ansµa:eni.
“MayLe Mana weni hone,” he’o saio in his hoµeful
way. “MayLe ihai’s whai haµµeneo, Hoµµe:.”
Hoµµe: hao noooeo, Lui ihe:e was a lunµ in his
ih:oai. “Yes, Puµ. Thai’s µ:oLaLly ii.”
“So we shoulo Le haµµy fo: he:, ihen.”
Hoµµe: hao snileo ai his L:oihe: Lui haon’i :eµlieo.
He hao seen his noihe:’s eyes when Keeµ µincheo
he: iail ano je:leo he: oui of ihei: cage. She hao noi
Leen aooµieo, L:oughi io a Leiie: life. She hao Leen
violenily siolen. Hoµµe: lnew ii in his gui. Find the
Mews. The µh:ase haunieo hin as nuch as ihe inage
oio. He siill coulon’i Le ce:iain ihai’s whai she’o saio
as she’o LoLLeo aLove hin, he: µaws :eaching fo: he:
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LaLies even as ihe hano µulleo he: f:on ihei: lives.
Bui he woulo neve: fo:gei ihe ione of he: voice. ¡i
was a µ:onise, a wa:ning, a µlea . . .
Find the Mews.
Soneiines in ihe neno:y Hoµµe: coulo alnosi
feel ihe wa:nih she’o lefi Lehino in ihe nesi of µaµe:
ano wooo. She was ihe:e ano she was gone. Ano in
ihe o:ean he coulo oo noihing Lui waich he: go.
Ano always Hoµµe: woulo awalen wiih his eyes
oanµ ano his hea:i aching.
Hoµµe: closeo his eyes ano lisieneo, fi:si fo: ihe
whine of ihe noney nachine Leing µui io Leo, ihen
fo: ihe Lell on ihe ooo: ihai woulo signal Keeµ’s
oeµa:iu:e.
Bui ihe sounos oion’i cone.
Hoµµe: waiieo.
Siill no nachine. Siill no Lell.
He oµeneo his eyes, his µinl nose iwiiching wiih
awa:eness. Vhai was Keeµ waiiing fo:?
Suooenly Keeµ’s Looieo feei sionµeo ac:oss
ihe shoµ io ihe counie:, ano he ang:ily nuiie:eo
soneihing unoe: his L:eaih.
Cu:ious, Hoµµe: µee:eo ih:ough ihe La:s, Lui all he
saw was his own :efleciion in ihe glass ianl nexi io
his cage.
Sane olo Hoµµe:. snall ano L:own, wiih a whiie
:ing a:ouno his :ighi eye, slenoe: µaws ano long,
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snooih iail, iaµe:eo io a µoini ai ihe eno lile a whiµ.
B:ighi Llacl eyes, ano oainiy, oval ea:s, flicle:ing
now as he lisieneo io Keeµ’s novenenis.
Coins :aiileo as ihe noney o:awe: Langeo oµen,
ihen closeo again. The nachine lei oui one lasi long
Leeµ ano ihe shoµ weni siill.
Bui ihen ihe ooo: flung wioe—ihe Lell jingleo
naoly as ihe shoµ was assaulieo wiih a :ush of colo
wino. A lanly Loy wea:ing a snug woolen caµ ano a
Llacl jaclei siooo in ihe ooo:way. His face was ihin
ano µale, ano his eyes na::oweo as he locleo his gaze
on Keeµ.
Vo:si of all was ihe long, sliihe:ing ho::iLle ihing
he ca::ieo, o:aµeo a:ouno his necl.
Hoµµe:’s hea:i ihuooeo ano his Llooo weni colo as
one wo:o ano one wo:o only i:enLleo on his iongue.
Snake!
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Chapter Two
Hotttt ttt :oT ×:ov how he lnew ihai
wo:o—µe:haµs he wasn’i even saying ii µ:oµe:ly, Lui
he knew ii . . . lnew ii in his Lones, f:on ihe iiµs of his
whisle:s io ihe µoini of his iail. ¡i was a lnowleoge
Lo:n of insiinci.
Viihoui ihinling, Hoµµe: scanµe:eo ac:oss ihe
µaµe:y floo: of ihe cage ano ih:ew hinself in f:oni
of Puµ ano Pinlie.
“Vhai a:e you ooing?” Pinlie hisseo.
“Shhh,” saio Hoµµe:. He was quive:ing now, waich-
ing wiih wioe eyes as ihe slinny Loy na:cheo hinself
ac:oss ihe shoµ io Keeµ’s counie:. The snale clung
io his Lony shouloe:s, noving lile soneihing f:on
anoihe: wo:lo. ¡is flaiieneo, oianono-shaµeo heao
oa:ieo f:on sioe io sioe, a fo:leo slive: of iongue
flicling in ano oui Leiween long, cu:veo fangs.
“Vhai is ihai?” Puµ whisµe:eo f:on Lehino Hoµµe:.
His wisµy liiile voice was filleo wiih ie::o:.
“¡i’s a snale, you :uni¦” snaµµeo Pinlie.
A joli of ange: shoi ih:ough Hoµµe:. He hao asleo
Pinlie a huno:eo iines noi io call Puµ “:uni.” Bui
now was ce:iainly noi a iine fo: :eµ:inanos.
“Vhe:e’s ny feeoe:s?” ihe Loy oenanoeo.
“You’:e ioo laie,” saio Keeµ, sh:ugging his siooµeo
shouloe:s. “¡ iolo ya, ¡ close ai five—¡ al:eaoy :ung oui.”
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The Loy f:owneo. “¡i ain’i ny fauli ihe i:ains we:e
laie ionighi.”
Keeµ laugheo. “You iool ihai nonsie: on ihe
suLway? Boy, ¡ Lei you gave a loiia folls ihe f:ighi
of ihei: life¦” He shool his heao, siill chuclling.
“¡nagine ihai¦ A Loa on ihe B:ighion line¦”
Boa.
Hoµµe: hao hea:o ihai wo:o Lefo:e, ano ii shoi inio
his ea: lile a µoison oa:i.
Boa. As in boa constrictor.
Keeµ hao hao one once. ¡i liveo in a heavy glass ianl
on a siu:oy shelf in an a:ea of ihe shoµ Hoµµe: ano
ihe oihe: nice coulo noi see f:on ihei: cage. Bui he’o
hea:o µeoµle ialling aLoui ii, oesc:iLing ii—ihey’o
calleo ii “a hioeous sliihe:ing :oµe of a ihing, wiih
scales ano sha:µ ieeih.” They calleo ii “fie:ce” ano
“f:ighiening.”
Iow ihai Hoµµe: was seeing one wiih his own eyes,
he lnew ihey’o Leen :ighi.
He iu:neo his aiieniion io ihe counie:, whe:e ihe
Loy was iaµµing his fooi, igno:ing Keeµ’s laughie:. He
si:oleo ihe snale’s scaly necl. “¡ neeo feeoe:s now.”
Puµ iu:neo io Pinlie. “Vhai’s a feeoe:?” he asleo
quieily.
Pinlie’s answe: was a g:in lool.
“¡ iolo ya,” Keeµ saio, “¡’n closeo. The :egisie:’s
conµuie:izeo, so ¡ can’i oµen ii again iill iono::ow
no:ning. Cone Lacl ihen.”
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Then Keeµ snileo.
“Bui you can have a µeel ai ’en,” he iolo ihe Loy.
“Vhei ihe Leasi’s aµµeiiie, so io sµeal.” Viih a µuogy
finge: he µoinieo ac:oss ihe shoµ.
Di:ecily ai Hoµµe:.
The Loy gave a liiile g:uni. Viih his snale w:iihing
on his shouloe:s, he c:osseo ihe floo: io ihe nouse cage.
D:awing hinself uµ io his full siaiu:e, Hoµµe:
sµ:eao his a:ns wioe io shielo his fanily, µ:essing
Pinlie ano Puµ againsi ihe Lacl La:s of ihe cage,
shive:ing as Loy ano snale noveo close:. Ano close:.
“]eesh,” ihe Loy huffeo. “Io aqua:iun?” He µoleo
a sc:awny finge: Leiween ihe La:s of Hoµµe:’s cage
ano iuggeo. “This ihing’s µ:aciically an aniique¦”
“¡ lile io leeµ ny cosis oown,” Keeµ nuiie:eo.
“So sue ne. Vhy wasie noney on fi:si-class accon-
nooaiions fo: ve:nin?”
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Suooenly ihe angula: face of ihe Loa consi:icio:
µoµµeo uµ againsi ihe La:s, ano ihe c:eaiu:e lei
oui a siclening hiss. Viih a ie::ifieo yelµ Hoµµe:
oove Leneaih ihe iaiie:eo µaµe: sc:aµs ano asµen
wooo flales, cu:ling hinself inio a i:enLling Lall
of µanic.
“Easy, Bo,” ihe Loy saio, chuclling. He :an a Lony
finge: along ihe La:s, causing ihe cage io shale. Viih
an ea:-sµliiiing caclle ihe Loy iu:neo on ihe heel of
his Llacl sneale: ano saunie:eo oui of ihe shoµ.
The Lell jangleo iiself io silence, ano ninuies laie:
ihe µlace weni oa:l.
Jingle. Slam. Clack. Quiet.
A µa:aleei whisileo, alnosi as ihough ii we:e
Liooing Keeµ gooo :iooance.
Pinlie µoleo Hoµµe: ha:o. “You can cone oui
now,” she saio wiih oisgusi. “They’:e gone.”
Cauiiously Hoµµe: siucl his nose oui f:on whe:e
he was huooleo Leneaih ihe shavings ano µaµe:
sh:eos.
“Vhai a fanily ¡’ve goi,” Pinlie sµai. “A cowa:o ano
a :uni.”
Hoµµe: oµeneo his nouih io scolo Pinlie Lui
sioµµeo hinself. He feli his hea:i sinl Lecause he
lnew she was :ighi. He was a cowa:o.
Ano Puµ was snalle: ihan even ihe youngesi nice
in ihe cage. He was weale:, ioo. Siill, Hoµµe: loveo
hin oea:ly. Puµ was sweei ano genile ano looleo uµ
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io his Lig L:oihe: ano sisie: wiih uiie: confioence
ano aoni:aiion.
Hoµµe: hao io aonii, Pinlie oese:veo ihai aoni-
:aiion. She was L:ave ano Lolo ano iough. She ano
Hoµµe: nay have looleo exacily alile—sane g:ay-
L:own µeli, sane whiie na:ling (alihough Pinlie’s
:ing ci:cleo he: lefi eye), Lui insioe ihey coulon’i Le
no:e oiffe:eni.
Hoµµe: loveo io µo:e ove: ihe µaµe: sc:aµs ihai
lineo ihei: cage, i:ying io nale sense of ihe µ:ini ano
synLols on ihen. He founo ihe squiggles ano colo:s
fascinaiing, even ihough he oion’i quiie unoe:siano
ihei: nessages.
Pinlie, on ihe oihe: hano, was all ene:gy. She
:a:ely sai siill long enough io :eao o: even ihinl. She
was sµunly ano cou:ageous, ano always :eaoy fo: a
challenge. O: a fighi.
Hoµµe: ofien wonoe:eo if Pinlie haon’i Leen
sleeµing so sounoly when his noihe: was ialen . . .
if she hao Leen ihe one who was awale, woulo she
have oone soneihing, lile she saio she woulo have?
Voulo she have Leen aLle io save ihei: noihe: f:on
whaieve: faie awaiieo he: ouisioe ihei: cage?
He coulon’i say fo: su:e. Bui in his hea:i he lnew
ihai ai ihe ve:y leasi Pinlie woulo have i:ieo.
He was exacily whai his sisie: saio he was. A cowa:o.
MayLe ii was iine io change ihai.
¡f only he coulo.
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Chapter Three
Hotttt ttt:’T ×:ov v=t: he hao oozeo off,
Lui he awole wiih a sia:i ihe nexi no:ning. Sc:aµs
of µaµe: clung io his sweai-oanµeneo fu:, ano his
whole Looy shool wiih ho::o:.
He nuogeo his sisie:. She sna:leo in he: sleeµ. He
nuogeo he: again.
“Vhai oo you wani?”
“Thai Loy wanis io feeo us io his snale.”
Pinlie sai uµ, ca:efully noving Puµ f:on unoe:
he: a:n whe:e he was cu:leo uµ asleeµ. “Say ihai
again . . .”
“We’re feeoe:s,” Hoµµe: confi:neo. “Ioi io Le ialen
hone as µeis, Lui—”
“To Le ialen hone fo: oinne:,” Pinlie finisheo,
ho::ifieo.
“Co::eciion,” Hoµµe: saio wiih a sigh. “B:ealfasi.”
He iu:neo iowa:o ihe Lig winoow, whe:e ihe fi:si
snuoges of no:ning lighi hao Legun io L:ighien ihe
sly Lehino ihe iall Luiloings.
Pinlie w:iggleo away f:on Puµ ano Legan io µace.
Fo: a noneni Hoµµe: jusi waicheo he:. Vhen he:
na::ow :ea: µaw caughi on a long, glossy µaµe: sc:aµ,
she shool ii off. ¡i Lilloweo inio ihe ai:, ihen lanoeo
in f:oni of Hoµµe:. He glanceo ai ii, noiing a :ouno
na:ling—L:ighi :eo wiih sone lino of hie:oglyµh
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insioe. Ano no:e synLols. S-U-B-V ano 1µ.
He hao no ioea whai io nale of ihe na:lings, ano
now was noi ihe iine io owell on ihen. He L:usheo
ihe c:inlleo sc:aµ asioe.
“The Loy will Le Lacl soon afie: Keeµ oµens,”
Hoµµe: saio, willing his voice io siay caln. “Ve have
io Le gone Ly ihen.”
Pinlie whi:leo io gla:e ai hin. “Oh, :eally?” She
slaµµeo he: iail againsi ihe La:s, ihe noise causeo one
of ihe nice in ihe co:ne: io sii: in his sleeµ. “Ano
how oo you inieno io oo ihai?”
“Keeµ has io feeo us,” Hoµµe: :easoneo.
“Vhen Keeµ µuis ihe fooo in ou: Lowl, we can
clinL uµ his a:n ano oui of ihe cage. Then we can
junµ oown ano escaµe.”
Pinlie f:owneo. “Ano Ly ‘we’ you nean . . . ?”
Hoµµe: noiioneo io ihe sleeµing µile of nice in
ihe co:ne:. “All of us. Ve can’i leave ihen Lehino.”
Pinlie sigheo heavily. “¡ suµµose noi.” He: whisle:s
iwiicheo once, iwice. “¡ say we Liie hin.”
Hoµµe: shool his heao. “ALsoluiely noi. Ve :un uµ
ano we :un oui. Io neeo fo: no:e i:ouLle.”
“The nan is µlanning io feeo us io a Loa consi:icio:,
Hoµµe:. ¡ oon’i ihinl ihis is any iine io conce:n
ou:selves wiih nanne:s. Iow, if we all jusi gei in
one quicl chonµ—” She gnasheo he: sha:µ ieeih in
oenonsi:aiion.
“Vhai gooo will ihai oo?” Hoµµe: asleo. “¡f we Liie
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his hano, he’ll µull his a:n oui of ihe cage ano we’ll
have noihing io clinL¦”
Pinlie oion’i say so, Lui Hoµµe: coulo iell she saw
ihe logic in ihai.
“Saiisfaciion,” she saio ai lasi. “Ve’o have ihe
saiisfaciion of naling hin sc:ean in µain.”
Hoµµe:’s sionach iu:neo ove:. Soneiines ii was
ha:o io Lelieve ihai he ano Pinlie we:e :elaieo.
“Io,” he saio as fi:nly as he coulo. “Ve’:e going io
oo ihis ny way.”
Pinlie Llinleo ai hin. “Since when a:e you so
Lossy?”
Since I don’t want to fnd myself on the inside of that
slithering beast, Hoµµe: ihoughi wiih a gulµ. Bui
whai he saio was, “Vale ihe oihe:s. Ano iell ihen
ou: µlan.”
Pinlie µauseo, fo: a noneni Hoµµe: ihoughi
she was going io a:gue. ¡nsieao she :olleo he: eyes
ano slulleo ac:oss ihe shavings io awalen ihei:
cagenaies.
Pinlie lisiening io Hoµµe:—ihe ihoughi exhila:aieo
hin. MayLe he’o Le aLle io µull off leaoing ihis escaµe
afie: all.
Ac:oss ihe cage he coulo hea: Pinlie nu:nu:ing
ano ihe oihe:s µ:oiesiing, ihen finally ag:eeing io ihe
µlan.
Hoµµe: looleo ai Puµ, a snall lunµ siill asleeµ in
a µile of cu:leo wooo shavings, ano a su:ge of Lig-
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L:oihe:ly :esµonsiLiliiy floooeo his veins. He oecioeo
ihe:e ano ihen ihai he woulo see io Puµ’s safeiy
hinself. Io ha:n woulo cone io ihai iiny Lall of
fluff, noi if he coulo helµ ii.
Feeling Lolsie:eo ano oeie:nineo, he iu:neo io
waich ihe no:ning sun L:ighien ihe B:oollyn sly.
Keeµ woulo Le a::iving soon, µushing oµen ihe ooo:,
L:inging ihe colo in wiih hin.
Ano ihen ihey woulo nale ihei: escaµe—io whe:e,
Hoµµe: oio noi lnow.
Bui he oio lnow ihis.
Bo, ihe hioeous snale c:eaiu:e, woulo go hung:y
ihis no:ning. Viih any lucl ihe Leasi nighi even
sia:ve io oeaih.
Pushing ihe neno:y of ihose Llaoelile fangs f:on
his nino’s eye, Hoµµe: fixeo his gaze on ihe Lig
glass io awaii ihe oaylighi ano io waich fo: Keeµ’s
innineni a::ival.
His hea:i f:aniically o:unneo againsi his :iLs.
]usi once, he wisheo his nouse hea:i coulo Leai
wiih ihe ih:ill of L:ave:y, of cou:age—ano noi fea:.
Bui fo: now all he coulo oo was µ:ess his nose
againsi ihe La:s.
Ano waii.
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Chapter Four
Hotttt ttt :oT ttt:c=. He oion’i even Llinl
when, finally, he hea:o ihe souno of Keeµ’s ley in ihe
locl. Soneiine ou:ing Hoµµe:’s waich ihe µale sun
hao oisaµµea:eo ano ii hao Legun io :ain, iu:ning ihe
ouiooo: wo:lo a oull g:ay.
The Lell :aiileo ano Keeµ Lusileo in, shaling waie:
f:on his coai. Hoµµe: lnew ihai on wei oays µai:ons
we:e few ano fa: Leiween, ano ihis always naoe Keeµ
c:oss. On :ainy oays he woulo g:unLle ihai ihe shoµ
snelleo of niloew ano oanµ fu:, ano ihis leµi ihe
µai:ons away.
A µ:iclle of hoµe iingleo in Hoµµe:—µe:haµs ihe
wei woulo µ:eveni Loy ano Loa f:on veniu:ing oui.
Siill, he oio noi iale his eyes off ihe ooo:.
Puµ was sleeµing, snuggleo Lesioe ihe waie: Lowl
in ihe co:ne:. Afie: a noneni Hoµµe: feli Pinlie
siole uµ. He: whole Looy was ienseo, lile a coil of
fu:y, :eaoy io µounce. She flicleo he: µinlish iail in
ihe oi:eciion of ihei: cagenaies. “They wani io lnow
whe:e io go . . . you lnow . . . after we gei oui.”
Hoµµe: gulµeo. ¡i was a gooo quesiion. His µlan
only goi as fa: as uµ Keeµ’s a:n ano oui of ihe cage.
Following ihai . . . ihe:e was noihing Lui nysie:y.
Suooenly ihe shoµ ooo: slanneo oµen, ii hii ihe
wall so ha:o ihai ihe Lell looseneo f:on iis chain
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ano fell io ihe floo: wiih a hollow clunl. Silhoueiieo
in ihe ooo:way wiih ihe :ain µou:ing oown Lehino
ihen looneo ihe slinny Loy ano his wicleo :eµiile,
cu:leo a:ouno his shouloe:s.
“He’s he:e ea:lie: ihan ¡ ihoughi,” Hoµµe: saio io
Pinlie.
“¡s ihai ihing a µei o: a sca:f?” Pinlie huffeo, Lui
Leneaih he: wisec:acl Hoµµe: hea:o conce:n.
“Go wale Puµ,” he whisµe:eo. “Tell hin ii’s iine.”
“¡ siill ihinl we shoulo fighi,” Pinlie conµlaineo.
“Don’i you ihinl ou: lives a:e wo:ih a liiile scuffle?”
“Go wale Puµ,” Hoµµe: :eµeaieo.
Hoµµe: iu:neo io signal ihe oihe:s. They we:e
:eaoy. F:ighieneo. Panicleo. Pei:ifieo. Bui :eaoy. He
gave ihen a quicl noo.
One of ihe cagenaies lei oui a oeie:nineo squeal.
“Lool, Bo,” saio ihe Loy in his sc:eechy voice.
“B:ealfasi.” He cane iowa:o ihe cage, his wei
sneale:s slaµµing ihe floo:. “So how woulo you lile
you: nice ihis no:ning, µal? Ove: easy? Sc:anLleo?”
He gave a sno:i of laughie:. “O: nayLe jusi :aw?”
The snale hisseo, weaving f:on sioe io sioe, his
iongue oa:iing naoly in aniiciµaiion of his neal.
The Loy’s sc:awny finge:s :eacheo fo: ihe locl on
ihe cage lio.
Bui Keeµ husileo ove: io L:ush ihe Loy’s hano away.
“This ain’i no self-se:ve esiaLlishneni, lio. Iow, how
nany oo you wani?”
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“Vell, Bo he:e’s a g:owing Loy, ain’icha, Luooy?”
The Loy si:oleo ihe snale’s necl. “So how aLoui ihe
whole Lunch?”
“Fine Ly ne,” saio Keeµ. “The:e’s no:e whe:e ihese
cane f:on.” He slio oµen ihe locl.
“Feaoy . . .” Hoµµe: whisµe:eo.
Keeµ oµeneo ihe lio.
“Sei . . .”
Keeµ :eacheo inio ihe cage, his hano :eaoy io scooµ
ihen oui.
“Go¦”
Pinlie lei oui a µie:cing squeal, a c:azeo wa: whooµ.
The cagenaies noveo as one, sc:anLling inio Keeµ’s
cuµµeo µaln, ihen su:µ:ising hin Ly leaµing io his
w:isi ano scanµe:ing uµ his a:n.
“Fun¦” c:ieo Hoµµe:, Loosiing Puµ oui of ihe wooo
cu:ls ano onio Keeµ’s µlunµ fo:ea:n.
“Hoµµe:,” Puµ c:ieo, “¡’n sca:eo¦”
“¡ lnow, Puµ . . . jusi :un¦”
Pinlie was al:eaoy as fa: as Keeµ’s elLow. She
sioµµeo, nioscu::y, io lool Lacl iowa:o Puµ, who
was si:uggling io gei a fooiholo. His µaws claweo ai
ihe µuogy flesh, oesµe:aie io g:asµ ihe sµ:ingy hai:s
io leeµ f:on falling off.
“Cone on¦” Pinlie c:ieo, unfu:ling he: iail. “G:aL
holo¦”
Hoµµe: waicheo, hea:i :acing, as Puµ :eacheo a
µaw fo: Pinlie’s wi:y iail. He nisseo.
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Pinlie whiµµeo ii iowa:o hin a secono iine.
He caughi ii.
“Hoµµe:¦” Puµ’s voice was a faini c:y as Pinlie je:leo
hin uµwa:o along Keeµ’s chuLLy a:n. “Hu::y¦”
Hoµµe: naoe a g:eai leaµ, which lanoeo hin
halfway uµ Keeµ’s fo:ea:n. Mosi of ihe cagenaies
hao :eacheo ihe ioµ ano we:e L:avely junµing off,
oiving f:on Keeµ’s siooµeo shouloe:s io ihe :elaiive
safeiy of ihe shelf Lelow. One nouse Lii inio ihe eoge
of ihe µoclei on Keeµ’s shi:i, ano as Keeµ squi:neo,
ihe sean sµlii, iea:ing ihe µoclei away ano ialing
ihe cagenaie wiih ii.
Keeµ’s shocl hao given way io ange: now, he was
shaling his a:n wiloly in an effo:i io oislooge ihe
swa:n of nice.
The Loy was laughing, ano Bo’s heao oa:ieo Lacl
ano fo:ih in a f:enzy, a Llu: of flicle:ing iongue ano
gnashing ieeih, waiching f:aniically as his no:ning
neal escaµeo Lefo:e his Leaoy eyes.
Pinlie ano Puµ we:e nea:ing Keeµ’s shouloe: now,
ano Hoµµe: was L:inging uµ ihe :ea:. He coulon’i
Lelieve ihei: lucl—ihey we:e this close io f:eeoon.
Keeµ was so flusie:eo ano confuseo Ly ihe connoiion
ihai ihey nighi jusi nale ii.
Bui Pinlie hao suooenly sioµµeo sho:i. Hoµµe:
gasµeo as Puµ, siill clinging io he: iail, whiµµeo
sioeways. Iow he was oangling ove: ihe sioe of
Keeµ’s a:n, seve:al feei aLove ihe ha:o ceneni floo:.
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Pinlie’s eyes flasheo lile fi:e. She coulon’i helµ
he:self. . . .
Hoµµe:’s own eyes weni wioe when he :ealizeo
whai she was going io oo.
“Pinlie¦” he sh:ieleo. “Nooooo!”
Bui ii was ioo laie. He: µoiniy liiile ieeih we:e
La:eo, ano she was sinling ihen inio ihe µale, sµoiiy
flesh of Keeµ’s linL.
Hoµµe: feli ihe wo:lo lu:ch as Keeµ, howling in µain,
gave his a:n a µowe:ful shale. Hoµµe: sc:anLleo io
g:aL holo of a la:ge L:own nole on Keeµ’s inne: a:n
ano helo on fo: oea: life. Pinlie was siill aiiacheo Ly
he: ieeih, she’o clanµeo oown ano was noi leiiing go
fo: anyihing.
Bui Puµ . . .
Puµ swung lile a µenoulun f:on Pinlie’s long iail.
One of his µaws hao losi iis g:iµ, he was cluiching
oesµe:aiely wiih ihe oihe:, Lui Hoµµe: coulo see ihai
his g:asµ was sliµµing.
“Holo on, Puµ¦” Bui even as Hoµµe: sc:eaneo ihe
wo:os, he waicheo in ho::o: as Puµ’s iiny µaw gave
way.
He was falling . . .
Toµµling in nioai: . . .
Falling!
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Chapter Five
Hotttt’s sTowAc= Ttt:tt ovtt ai ihe
souno of ihe snall, oull ihunµ. All he coulo see was
a iiny µuff of Leige-L:own fu: lying µe:fecily siill on
ihe conc:eie floo:.
Ange: exµlooeo. Ange:, ano g:ief. Viihoui ihinling,
he oµeneo his jaws ano sunl his ieeih fe:ociously
inio Keeµ’s slin.
Anoihe: joli of Keeµ’s a:n¦ Pinlie, who hao
:eleaseo he: Liie holo ano was waiching Hoµµe:, was
caughi unawa:es. She losi he: Lalance ano iunLleo,
heao-ove:-hino-haunches uniil she, ioo, was falling
ih:ough sµace, o:oµµing iowa:o ihe ha:o, oeaoly
su:face of ihe floo:.
Hoµµe: :eleaseo his holo on ihe siuLLy Li:ihna:l
ano :eacheo oui . . . oui . . . si:eiching . . . g:asµing . . .
]usi as Pinlie cane sµi:aling wiihin :each, Hoµµe:
naoe a nao g:aL. The iiµs of his claws connecieo wiih
he: iail ano he g:aLLeo holo, cluiching fo: all he was
wo:ih, g:iµµing he: iail againsi ihe fo:ce of g:aviiy.
Iow Pinlie oangleo in sµace, ieeih La:eo, whisle:s
quive:ing, a:ns flailing.
Bui safe.
Vell, so:i of.
Keeµ’s fleshy hano closeo a:ouno ihe iwo of ihen
ano squeezeo.
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¡n ihe oa:lness of ihe fisi Hoµµe: coulo La:ely
L:eaihe. He was su:e ihey we:e oone fo: when . . .
Lighi¦
Keeµ’s hano unfoloeo. Hoµµe: feli hinself o:oµµing
Lui noi fa:. He ano Pinlie weni sliooing ac:oss a
snooih, µaµe:y su:face, collioing wiih a shallow wall
of ihe sane naie:ial.
Ca:oLoa:o?
Box¦
Hoµµe: hao seen ihese coni:aµiions a ihousano
iines. The ca:oLoa:o Lox was ihe vehicle in which
hansie:s ano ge:Lils ano guinea µigs weni hone.
Ano, aµµa:enily, how feeoe: nice i:aveleo io ihei:
snales.
Gasµing fo: L:eaih, Hoµµe: oiseniangleo hinself
f:on Pinlie jusi as ihe Lox closeo. Si:eans of µale
lighi sliceo inio ihis new oa:lness ih:ough seve:al
iiny holes in ihe lio.
“¡ oon’i ihinl ihis is an inµ:oveneni,” Pinlie saio
wiih a snee:.
Hoµµe: igno:eo he:. He hao io ihinl¦
His nino was nuooy, ano his ihoughis cane in
hazy waves. His neno:y calleo uµ ihai fanilia:, oa:l
:ecolleciion—his noihe: ascenoing f:on ihe wooo
shavings, oisaµµea:ing uµwa:o inio ihe unlnown
as if Ly sone evil nagic. The :ecolleciion Llu::eo,
sµlinie:eo, Llenoing iiself wiih ihe no:e :eceni
ho::o: of waiching Puµ, noi :ising Lui falling—in his
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neno:y ii was as if ihey µasseo each oihe: in slow
noiion—his noihe: :ising . . . :ising, his L:oihe:
falling . . . falling . . . ano ihen ihe:e was Puµ sµ:awleo
on ihe µei-shoµ floo:, sileni, siill.
Hoµµe: ianµeo oown ihe oesµai:. Pe:haµs ii hao
looleo wo:se ihan ii was, µe:haµs ihe inµaci hao
ne:ely siunneo Puµ. Ano in ihai case, nayLe ihe
cagenaies hao :allieo ano :usheo io his aio. MayLe
ihey’o :ouseo hin f:on his siuµo: o: ca::ieo hin io
shelie:, oui of ihe µaih of Keeµ’s eno:nous i:onµing
feei.
MayLe.
Bui in his hea:i Hoµµe: lnew ihe chances of ihai
we:e slin.
“This is you: fauli,” cane Pinlie’s voice f:on ihe
shaoows of ihe Lox. “You’:e weal. Ano siuµio¦ Puµ
is gone ano he:e we a:e, i:aµµeo, awaiiing ou: own
oeaih senience.”
The wo:os we:e wo:se ihan any gnashing she coulo
have given hin.
Hoµµe: shool off ihe hea:iache ano fo:ceo hinself
io ihinl.
¡n ihe co:ne: of ihe Lox was a slin gaµ whe:e ihe
ca:oLoa:o cane iogeihe:. Hoµµe: scu::ieo ove: ano
µee:eo oui.
The slinny Loy was hoLLling aLoui io avoio
sieµµing on ihe cagenaies who, wiih nowhe:e else
io go, we:e oashing Lacl ano fo:ih ac:oss ihe floo:
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in a c:azeo :ush. The Loy wasn’i laughing anyno:e.
Iow he looleo nao.
“You can leeµ you: siinlin’ cage nice,” he La:leo ai
Keeµ. “¡ can caich Leiie: ones in ihe suLway any way¦”
Bo, jaLLing his heao in Keeµ’s oi:eciion ano hissing
ang:ily, seeneo io Le in ag:eeneni. Viih one lasi
nenacing hiss, Loy ano snale sio:neo oui of ihe shoµ.
Keeµ nuiie:eo soneihing nasiy-sounoing aLoui
“lios iooay” ano clonµeo off iowa:o ihe Lacl :oon,
closing ihe ooo: Lehino hin.
Then ihings Lecane ve:y, ve:y quiei.
Hoµµe: µeeleo ih:ough ihe slii in ihe co:ne: ano
lisieneo. The:e was a faini noise, a souno he ihoughi
he’o hea:o Lefo:e—a sµaiie:ing souno, a sµlashing
souno.
The :ain.
Ioi ihe oull, nuffleo souno of ihe o:oµs hiiiing ihe
:oof o: ihe winoows of ihe shoµ. This souno was clea:
ano close, louoe: ano no:e inneoiaie. Hoµµe: hao
hea:o ii Lefo:e Lui only in quicl liiile sµu:is when
ihe shoµ ooo: oµeneo on a sio:ny oay, in ihe few
seconos ii woulo iale fo: ihe ooo: io swing closeo,
he woulo hea: ihe :ain clea:ly, iis noisy µaiie: as ii
hii ihe sioewall. Then ihe ooo: woulo close ano ihe
souno woulo sofien again.
Bui ihis iine ihe souno wasn’i sofiening.
The ooo: was oµen¦ The ang:y Loy hao lefi ihe ooo:
oµen when he lefi.
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“Pinlie, cone he:e. Lool¦”
Pinlie µ:esseo in Lesioe hin ano looleo oui. Vhen
she sµoiieo ihe oµen ooo:, she lnew insianily whai
he was ihinling.
Hoµµe: µ:esseo his nouih io ihe gaµ in ihe co:ne:
joini ano calleo oui io his scu::ying cagenaies.
“The ooo:¦” he c:ieo. “Fun fo: ihe ooo:¦”
They all sioµµeo :unning ai once. Five µai:s of
µinl eyes Llinleo as ihey sia:eo in awe. They oion’i
seen io lnow whai io nale of ihis connano. ¡i was
Hoµµe:’s voice coning f:on sonewhe:e high aLove
ihen, Lui ihey coulo noi see hin.
“Fun¦” he c:ieo again.
Bui ihe nice :enaineo f:ozen. Hoµµe:’s wo:o
echoeo f:on insioe ihe Lox, :eaching ihei: iiny ea:s
in a hollow, ghosily howl. Even io hin ii sounoeo lile
ihe voice of sone unseen Leing, sone nagical fo:ce.
“¡oiois,” Pinlie g:owleo. “They ihinl you’:e sone
lino of all-seeing :ooeni sµi:ii.” She Legan Lacling
uµ iowa:o ihe fa: wall of ihe Lox.
“Vhai a:e you ooing?” Hoµµe: asleo.
Pinlie iool a oeeµ L:eaih. “Vhen ¡ give ihe signal,
we :un as fasi ano ha:o as we can ano ih:ow ou:selves
ai ihe oµµosiie wall, goi ii?”
Hoµµe: noooeo.
“Feaoy? Go!”
Hoµµe: Lolieo wiih all his nighi, Pinlie was lile
a flash of lighining. The L:oihe: ano sisie: hu:leo
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ihenselves ac:oss ihe Lox ano slanneo inio ihe
ca:oLoa:o wall ai ihe exaci sane noneni.
The Lox ioiie:eo, ihen iiµµeo, lanoing on iis sioe
ano lnocling ihe lio aslew.
“Push¦” c:ieo Hoµµe:, µounoing his iiny µaws
againsi ihe cove:.
Pinlie oio ihe sane ano ihe lio cane away¦ Hoµµe:
ano Pinlie leaµeo oui of ihe oa:lness ano founo
ihenselves on ihe counie: nea: ihe noney nachine.
All ihey hao io oo now was shinny oown ihe nachine’s
co:o ano . . .
The ooo: io ihe Lacl :oon flew oµen, ano Keeµ
:eiu:neo.
He was wieloing a L:oon.
The si:aw weaµon was licling uµ a snall io:naoo
of ousi ano g:ine. The cagenaies scu::ieo naoly in
ihe oi:iy clouo, oa:iing io ano f:o io avoio Leing
sweµi inio oLlivion.
“Mangy liiile Leasis¦” Keeµ sna:leo.
The L:oon swung lile a L:isileo gaunilei. Hoµµe:
gaµeo in ie::o: as iis angleo eoge connecieo wiih an
e::ani iail, senoing ihe µei:ifieo cagenaie sliooing
ano squealing ac:oss ihe floo: io c:ash heaolong inio
ihe Lase of ihe counie:.
Pinlie was eoging iowa:o ihe fai eleci:ical co:o,
was she siill consioe:ing c:awling oown?
“Have you losi you: mind?” Hoµµe: L:eaiheo.
“MayLe, Lui if ¡ siay he:e, ¡’ll lose ny life¦”
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Hoµµe: looleo f:on his sisie: io ihe oµen ooo:. The
sha:µ claws of fea: µ:icleo his slin as oouLi Legan io
ove:iale hin.
“¡i’s ioo Lig a :isl,” he saio, shaling his heao.
Bui Pinlie was clea:ly oone ialling. She g:owleo
ano lungeo fo: Hoµµe:, wilo-eyeo, sinling he: µea:ly
liiile fangs inio ihe iiµ of his ea:.
Hoµµe: howleo in agony as Pinlie je:leo away,
g:iµµing a si:iµ of ienoe: slin in he: clencheo ieeih.
The µain was Llinoing, ano Hoµµe:’s fu:y igniieo.
He leaµeo iowa:o his sisie: even as ihe µiece of his
flesh siill oangleo f:on he: ieeih. He aiiacleo he:
exacily as she hao hin, Liiing oown viciously on he:
ea: ano yanling ha:o, naining he: jusi as she hao
hin. Hoµµe: sµuiie:eo, al:eaoy sicl f:on ihe vile
iasie of Llooo ano slin in his nouih ano f:on ihe
lnowleoge of whai he hao oone.
Voulo he have aµologizeo? Voulo he have
Llaneo his violeni aci on ihe µain ano fea: ano
so::ow ihai was ih:eaiening io ove:wheln hin?
Voulo he have Leggeo his sisie:’s fo:giveness even
as he sµai ihe oelicaie µinl f:agneni of he: ea: oui
of his nouih?
He woulo neve: lnow.
Because Lefo:e he coulo sµeal, o: nove, o: even
ihinl, ihe L:iiile yellow heao of ihe L:oon slanneo
oown on ihe counie:, jusi inches f:on whe:e he ano
Pinlie we:e c:oucheo, µaniing ano Lleeoing.
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“Ve:nin¦” Keeµ shouieo. “Va:ninis¦ Gei oown f:on
ihe:e¦”
Hoµµe: oion’i have io Le iolo iwice. He iool off ai
a :un, his claws :asµing againsi ihe snooih su:face
of ihe counie:ioµ. He senseo Pinlie ai his heels. As
one, ihey sµ:ang fo: ihe ihicl eleci:ical caLle, half
scanµe:ing, half slioing oown io whe:e ii enoeo ai a
soclei nea: ihe LaseLoa:o.
Hoµµe: junµeo ihe sho:i oisiance f:on ihe co:o io
ihe floo:. Iow ihai ihe L:oon ousi hao seiileo, he
hao a clea: view of ihe oµen ooo:. Sunnoning his
cou:age, he sµ:inieo fo: ii, only vaguely awa:e of ihe
noiionless Looies of ihe cagenaies ihai liiie:eo his
µaih. His eyes sea:cheo oesµe:aiely fo: Puµ, Lui he
oion’i sµy hin anywhe:e.
Pinlie was close, :unning jusi Lehino hin. “Go¦”
she c:ieo, he: L:eaih hoi on his haunches.
Towa:o ihe ooo:.
Towa:o ihe oa:l.
Towa:o ihe :ain.
Towa:o ihe wo:lo.
Hoµµe: :an, ihe only souno in his :uineo ea: ihe
sc:aµing of his claws on ihe ceneni floo:. The only
ihoughi in his heao.
Escape!
They we:e close, so close. . . . Hoµµe: coulo feel ihe
oanµ, cool ai: swi:ling in f:on ihe si:eei.
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“Ve:nin¦” Keeµ shouieo. “Va:ninis¦ Gei oown f:on
ihe:e¦”
Hoµµe: oion’i have io Le iolo iwice. He iool off ai
a :un, his claws :asµing againsi ihe snooih su:face
of ihe counie:ioµ. He senseo Pinlie ai his heels. As
one, ihey sµ:ang fo: ihe ihicl eleci:ical caLle, half
scanµe:ing, half slioing oown io whe:e ii enoeo ai a
soclei nea: ihe LaseLoa:o.
Hoµµe: junµeo ihe sho:i oisiance f:on ihe co:o io
ihe floo:. Iow ihai ihe L:oon ousi hao seiileo, he
hao a clea: view of ihe oµen ooo:. Sunnoning his
cou:age, he sµ:inieo fo: ii, only vaguely awa:e of ihe
noiionless Looies of ihe cagenaies ihai liiie:eo his
µaih. His eyes sea:cheo oesµe:aiely fo: Puµ, Lui he
oion’i sµy hin anywhe:e.
Pinlie was close, :unning jusi Lehino hin. “Go¦”
she c:ieo, he: L:eaih hoi on his haunches.
Towa:o ihe ooo:.
Towa:o ihe oa:l.
Towa:o ihe :ain.
Towa:o ihe wo:lo.
Hoµµe: :an, ihe only souno in his :uineo ea: ihe
sc:aµing of his claws on ihe ceneni floo:. The only
ihoughi in his heao.
Escape!
They we:e close, so close. . . . Hoµµe: coulo feel ihe
oanµ, cool ai: swi:ling in f:on ihe si:eei.
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Keeµ was :ighi ihe:e, sionµing iowa:o ihe ooo:,
:eaoy io slan ii closeo ano locl ihen insioe fo:eve:.
Bui Hoµµe: leµi ihai na::ow oµening in his sighis,
ihe now-silenceo Lell lay :usiy ano fo:goiien on ihe
floo:.
Hea:i :acing, nuscles Lu:ning, Hoµµe: µui his heao
oown ano aineo fo: ihe slice of g:ay oaylighi visiLle
ih:ough ihe oµening, ihe L:each ihai seµa:aieo in
f:on oui, confineneni f:on f:eeoon, living f:on . . .
“¡’ll ieach you io :un f:on ne,” Keeµ c:ieo, his hano
:eaching fo: ihe ooo:.
Behino Hoµµe:, Pinlie wheezeo ano g:unieo Lui
nanageo io leeµ uµ.
They we:e nea:ly ih:ough¦
Keeµ lei oui a nighiy g:oan, ioo laie, he slanneo
ihe ooo:. The fo:ce of ii µ:oµelleo Hoµµe: ano his
sisie: fo:wa:o inio ihe :ainsio:n.
They we:e oui. They hao escaµeo inio ihe wo:lo
Leyono.
Ano siill, Hoµµe: :an. He wanieo as nuch oisiance
Leiween hinself ano ihai ho::iLle µ:ison as he coulo
gei.
Only once oio he oa:e io lool Lacl ove: his shouloe:.
Keeµ siooo f:aneo in ihe ooo:way, in ihai L:ighi
:eciangle of lighi, looling ang:y ano oefeaieo. He
was µounoing one fisi againsi ihe ooo:, even as he
useo ihe oihe: io fliµ ihe ca:oLoa:o sign.
ctcstt.
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Bui he coulon’i hu:i ihen now. He coulon’i sweeµ
ihen uµ ano ih:ow ihen in a Lox o: sell ihen io a
wicleo hunan Loy wiih a :eµiile w:iihing a:ouno his
shouloe:s.
Keeµ was ihe one who was i:aµµeo now. Keeµ
was in.
Ano Hoµµe: ano Pinlie, fo: Leiie: o: fo: wo:se,
we:e out.
Without Pup.
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