The Witch from the East goes abroad
She received an invitation for artistically witches to show some of her work in a land on Earth, named Italy. It came to her by flying speed mail, a white variety of what we call email nowadays. Life on Io was boring in winter so it was a good idea to travel.
Arrangements were made early as another witch was happy enough to grant her a place to sleep. She lived on the planet and knew how to dress and she could also explain how the earthlings behaved during the normal things they did in life. It was strange though, that a black witch was invited by a white witch. The witch of the East promised to behave herself, not to fly around like a madwoman and integrate with the people there.
She had to find a place to live for her grumpy old cat. Her gnarled old tree would miss her care as well, dark and ugly as it was, she loved it. Maybe her heart was not that black as she thought it would be. She felt love to the things she had to leave behind. Especially the two men in her life, James and Ron, who both “landed” on Io as their space shuttle crashed into her barn.
Halloween night was creepy, dark and long. The children in the village close by all had to visit her during day time, as she requested. All the children were there after school. She taught them a nice trick, and told them the necessity of helping their mom and dad. She overloaded them with sweets and hugs and promised them to bring many photos back from the planet that looked like a big blue marble, as seen from Io.
It was time to go. James and Ron took her to the platform where the space shuttle to Earth would leave for Earth. Before she entered the shuttle she looked at both men, hugged them and a tear appeared in her face. Ron handed her a cup of cloudy liquid, closed carefully for the trip. If she needed to make contact to him, she only had to open the cup to speak.
She thanked him. The countdown started right after she took her place in the shuttle. Then the shuttle took off, from Io to Earth.
The witch watched the stars and planets pass by. As they reached the atmosphere of Earth, she saw the beauty of the planet and its clouds. Then something strange happened. All passengers in the shuttle seemed to be in a sleep or stasis form. The shuttle turned a round or two and came out of the atmosphere. It was dark on that side of the earth, and on Halloween night, it should be.
She rubbed in her eyes. Was she dreaming, or did she see a witch, flying on a broom stick, with a cat sitting on the back of the broom? She waved towards the shuttle and with another look she saw that it was her pen pal, sweet witch Eileen of the west of a continent called America. She waved back at Eileen and Eileen came close by on her broom. Both witches talked for a while until the shuttle descended to land in Europe – the continent that she would visit for the coming six week.
All the people were awake at the moment that the shuttle landed. There she was, not knowing what to expect, and not even knowing if the white witch would pick her up. She walked through the customs, waited for the suitcases and walked to the large hall.
There the white witch was waiting for her. Both witches hugged each other and arm in arm they walked out of the star port.
And that was the beginning of a wonderful vacation… but that is another tale to tell.