Hmm, I wonder where Karin and the cats went? I need to check on Karin, I said to Harvey. Yeah, she seemed really shook up, he replied, maybe she went back in the house. Perhaps, I said, hoping that was the case. But I was getting a bad feeling about this. Suddenly there was a loud roar and Harvey’s boat exploded into a huge fireball! My thoughts started flying. Did Karin and the cats go down to the boat? But right then they came running out of the house. Poor Karin was still pale as a ghost. I thought you might be on the boat, she said with a quaking voice. Meow, meow!=Wow, that a big explosion, bigger than watching fireworks! Meow!=Yep, we almost on boat for trip on river! Hey, that’s right, I said, if the cats hadn’t found Betty we would all have been on the boat somewhere on the river. We would never have survived that explosion. It hit Harvey at that moment too. Ma wants us all dead, he said quietly. And she will keep trying until she gets us, he added, and there is nowhere to run either.
There’s another town not far down the road, I said, we saw it on the map. That’s right, said Karin excitedly, we need to get going right away! Not so fast, said Harvey, for one thing that river is in our way. There’s no bridge?, I asked. There was at one time, but Ma had it destroyed to make it harder for people to get in or out of here. No one ever came that way anyhow so no one has missed it. That was done a few months ago, he added. Do you have a canoe or something we could use to cross the river?, I asked. We could probably walk to that town today, said Karin. It wouldn’t do any good, said Harvey, that was a mining town and when the mine shut down 40 years ago the whole town shut down, there’s not one person living there now, it’s just a ghost town.
Meow, meow?!=Ghost town? That mean ghosts! We not go to ghost town, not want to meet ghosts! We stay right here. Meow!=Ghost town mean fun Muffin! Always want to go to ghost town and explore. Oh, so much fun there! Meow, meow!=No way, forget it! Meeting ghosts not fun, no want to see ghosts! We stay here. Muffin, I said, if we stay here we’ll all end up as ghosts. Meow=That right, too many people for us to fight this time. And ghost town always have lots of mice too! Meow, meow?!=Lots of mice? Why you not say so before? Let’s get going, human people always so slow. Not so fast Muffin, I said, Ma likely has someone watching to see if we were killed in that explosion. That’s for sure, said Harvey, Ma isn’t stupid, she will have someone watching and they are likely close by. I send the cats around to the front of the house to watch. Soon a car drove by heading back to town the cats told us, and Earl was driving. Makes sense, said Harvey, Earl is great with explosives. Hmm, learning more all the time, I wish Harvey would just tell us everything so we would know better what we are up against.
But he still seems a bit hesitant, or is all this just a show for us? Is Harvey really still working for Ma? Maybe he’s the one that killed Betty, somehow I don’t think we will ever find out who killed her, but Ma would have ordered it done anyway. Now that Earl is gone, let’s get in the car and drive down to the bridge. I’ll just grab some stuff and be right there, he said. I went in the garage to see what I could find that might help us then joined the others in the car. Hmm, Harvey is taking a long time, I don’t like that, makes me nervous. Finally Harvey came out with a backpack and off we went. It didn’t take long to reach the bridge site. There was 4 dead pine trees that were still solid which Harvey and I quickly cut down with the axes I found in the garage. Then we tied them together into a kind of raft. Hopefully it holds together until we cross the river. Fortunately there was a couple of paddles in the garage too. I just hope we’re doing the right thing.
End Of Part 1, On Wednesday We Start Part 2, The Chase!
The picture of Mr. Cat provided by his human, Nina.
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