The day was sunny and just beginning to warm in Ricochet Forest and Pounce was certainly in high kitten spirits. It was a beautiful day. The breeze that waffled through the window of Marvelouz’s cabin was a mixture of sweet herbs from her window boxes and the pungent scent of moss and damp earth from the forest floor. The fresh breeze had the small black kitten busy pouncing on dust bunnies that scurried under the table like mice and were causing him to hop sideways across the kitchen floor with his tail completely fuzzy in his best impression of a Halloween fiddler crab. Pounce was not an ordinary cat. In the world of magic, he was called a Pairing. A pairing is a strong connection between a magical creature and a witch. He had immediately paired with Marvelouz when she had tumbled from her broom onto the sidewalk in front of Hagandoffers Pet and Pairing Shoppe just a few short weeks ago. Strong pairings were as important as choosing the correct wand. They could make a very powerful witch or they could prevent their witch from ever reaching their full potential. Pounce was happy and content with his new home and his very own witch. Over the past few weeks, he had grown to love her very much and hoped that right now she was noticing him as he gallantly rid their little cabin of all the rogue dust bunnies in the kitchen. He dove back under the table for another bunny and then decided to peek out at Marvelouz to see her satisfaction and await her praise.