Starting date: December 24th
Finishing date: January 20th
Characters in This Chapter
- キキ - a young witch
- コキリ - Kiki’s mother (a witch)
- オキン - Kiki’s father (non-magical)
- ジジ - Kiki’s black cat (黒猫)
Ch 3 Summary
Ch 3. Kiki lands in a big town (provided by @Kyasurin)
On the evening of Kiki’s departure, Kokiri gives her a special bento of food infused with herbs which keep it fresh. The family ponder why witchcraft skills are disappearing. One theory suggests witchcraft needs total darkness and silence, and there is less of that in the world now. Kiki disagrees, saying witches have been too reserved, unlike her plan to live without caring what other people say. Her parents point out that witches have received a bad reputation in the past, and in order to survive, a cooperative attitude of “give and take” is important. Kokiri advises Kiki to choose her new town carefully, to avoid a busy place where people have no time to think of others, and reminds her to smile and put people at ease. A small group farewells Kiki as she takes off, with her radio at the front of the broom and Jiji riding at the back. Once in flight, Kiki decides to travel south, because she wants to see the sea.
As dawn breaks, Kiki and Jiji admire the unfolding scenery and discuss their preferences. Kiki favours a larger town, but Jiji just wants somewhere he can nap in the sun. Flying over one small town, they encounter a young witch who has nearly completed her year away, and despite facing challenges has made a living via fortune telling. She reassures Kiki that she will be OK, tells her that the basis of a witch’s work is never saying no to a request, and describes how that morning she successfully resolved a situation involving an unhappy cow.
Kiki is excited when they first glimpse the ocean, and is attracted to a large seaside town with a tall clock tower. She decides to land in a street busy with afternoon shoppers and find out if the town already has a witch. Kiki is shocked when they speak unkindly of witches and make no effort to welcome her, in stark contrast to the benevolent attitude of the people in the town where she grew up. As she dejectedly drags her broom through the streets, wondering where she might spend the night, Kiki overhears a woman in a bakery asking her husband to deliver a pacifier/dummy to the customer who has left it behind. The husband refuses, and when Kiki sees the woman (Osono-san) is heavily pregnant, she volunteers to deliver the pacifier/dummy herself. Kiki’s mood lifts as her delivery is appreciated, and when Osonso-san gives her bread rolls as thanks and then offers her a place to stay, she decides to stay a few more days in the town.
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