"Where?" asked Hermux.
"Don't be ridiculous!" Lista scolded. "To Mirrin's opening at the Museum of course! What has everybody in Pinchester been talking about since August? Honestly Mr. Tantamoq, I wonder sometimes if you're entirely there "
Hermux examined the envelope. It was addressed to him in a beautiful flowing script written in dark blue ink. He opened it carefully and withdrew the invitation.
The Department of Modern Art
Pinchester Museum of Art and Science
requests the honor of your presence
for the gala opening
Lost & Found
The Vision of Mirrin Stentrill
Formal Attire Cocktails Dinner Dancing R.S.V.P.
"Of course, you being Mirrin's good friend, there wasn't much doubt that you'd get invited," Lista confided. "But you can never be completely sure. Take Lanayda Prink for example. She donates her entire collection of coffee mugs to the museum, including all the mugs from all her trips out West, and does she get invited? Something tells me she won't. And boy, will she be steamed! It shows that you can never be too polite to your postal worker." She winked.
"And now Hermux, who is your interesting new friend?" she asked.
Hermux turned to make the introductions. But the old chipmunk was gone. He had sneaked out of the shop without making a sound.
"I'm afraid I don't know his name," said Hermux. "A nervous, odd fellow. He says he knew my father. But he didn't say how. I never found out what he wanted. I don't even know where he's from."
Hermux ran the tip of his paw thoughtfully over the workbench where the old chipmunk had set his knapsack. "Although from the looks of this sand, I would say that until recently, he's been out West. Probably in the desert."
Copyright Michael Hoeye 2001. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced without written permission from the author or publisher.
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