A Homesick Witch

Kiki and Jiji were inside Osono's Bakery waiting. They were waiting for a customer or a call about Kiki's new delivery service. Any distraction at all to take away Kiki's boredom will satisfy the young witch in training so much. And it didn't help that the smells were so tempting. Kiki wanted so bad to take a single loaf of bread out and just eat it. But she knew she couldn't. She knew she had a job to do. But it was killing her just the same. Jiji noticed this.

"You know," The black cat spoke, wanting to cheer her up. "You get to talk to a black cat. Most girls your age can't do that."

"Well, most girls aren't witches." The 13-year old told him.

"That's true. But I'm better then nobody, right?"

"I guess. Still would be better if I had anything to do right now other then talking to my cat."

"Cheer up, Kiki; we'll get some action done soon. Just be a little more patient." Kiki sighed.

"I'm not sure if I'm doing the right thing." This confused the cat.

"Huh? What do you mean?"

"I mean going out in the world, away from my parents. The world is a big, scary place. Someone my age should be living with their parents. Osono is a nice lady and all and it was really generous of her to let us stay in the attic, but I should be home. Maybe I should leave and go back with Mom and Dad until I'm of proper age. I don't know."

"That's ridiculous. You wanted to come here to learn how to be a witch, remember? You were so excited that you couldn't wait, forcing your poor Dad to cancel that camping trip he had planned to do with you."

"I shouldn't have done that. I should've gone. I was only thinking of myself and was so selfish and stupid. I wish I could go back and redo things."

"Well, you're here now and you have this delivery service going on now. You can't go back now. Everyone's counting on you."

"But you saw how bad we messed things up yesterday. I lost that plush cat and you weren't happy that I decided to send you as a decoy instead."

"No, I wasn't and I never want to do that again, but we did it in the end. You found the plush and here I am, safe and sound."

"Easy for you to say. Cats are supposed to have nine lives."

"No one's perfect, Kiki. Everyone deserves at least a second chance. And hey, you're a witch in training, You're still young and growing. No one expects people of your age to be flawless right away. That's asking too much and impossible. You're just homesick."

"Yeah, I am and I want to go home. I miss it."

"I miss it too, but you got us this far. You don't want to go back now."

"You're just saying that because you don't want to leave your girlfriend." Jiji felt repulsed by this.

"That snobby creature, no way! I mean she's pretty, but, no way!" Kiki gave her cat a devious grin.

"You like her, don't you, Jiji?"

"Hey, first looks aren't everything you know. What about you and that boy on that bike?" This time, it was Kiki's turn to be repulsed.

"Ew! Him? No way!"

"See? My point exactly."

"I guess you're right, Jiji."

"You're darn right I am." She gave him another sly look.

"Still a shame though. I think you two would be great and make wonderful kittens."

"Shush, this isn't about me. It's about you." Kiki sighed and frowned again.

"Right."

"Don't worry, Kiki. I think you should see this through. Your parents are going to miss you, but are proud just the same of their young daughter." Kiki smiled

"Thanks, Jiji. Thanks for this chat. I needed it. I won't go home anymore. I'm staying here. I'm right where I need to be."

"And I'll be here by your side, come what may."

"I'm glad I have a friend like you, Jiji."

"And I'm glad I have a friend like you, Kiki." The two then smiled, touched by this beautiful moment, taking it all in. They talked some more until the phone rang. Kiki answered it.

"Hello?" She started into the phone.

Go get them, girl. Jiji thought to himself. You got this and I'll be here whenever you need me.