Uh-Oh Chapter 1:

Ichigo's Latest Dilemma

Ichigo was walking through downtown Tokyo aimlessly. Aoyuck had broken up with her for some idiot at school, and she could swear Ryou was enjoying making her miserable. Sighing, she decided to head home.

On her way, she suddenly heard a small whimpering sound from an alleyway, like someone was crying. Ichigo hesitantly went into the alleyway, and looked around. The noise was coming from behind a box, so Ichigo looked behind the box- and her jaw dropped. The person crying was an alien who looked like Kisshu, but with one difference- he was about six years old. Is that Kisshu, or some little kid from his planet who just looks like him? Ichigo wondered. She hesitantly walked over, and the little boy looked up, scared. "I'm not going to hurt you," Ichigo said softly. "What are you doing here? Where's your family?"

"Pai-oniichan kicked me out," the little kid, who Ichigo was beginning to realize probably WAS Kisshu, said.

"What's your name?" Ichigo asked.

"Kisshu," the kid said, confirming Ichigo's suspicions.

"Why did Pai kick you out?" Ichigo asked.

"Don't know…." Kisshu said sadly.

"Do you want to come live with me?" Ichigo asked.

"Can I?" Kisshu asked, perking up a bit.

Ichigo smiled. "Sure," she said. "Come on, let's go." She held out a hand, and Kisshu took it.

"What's your name?" Kisshu asked as they walked.

"I'm Ichigo," Ichigo said.

"K," Kisshu said. "How much further?"

"Next street over, are you tired?" Ichigo asked.

"Kind of," Kisshu said.

"Would you like me to carry you?" Ichigo asked.

"Yes please," Kisshu said. Ichigo smiled and picked him up, then started walking again.

Soon they reached her house, and she gently put Kisshu down to unlock the door. She let him in, then closed and locked the door behind them.

Kisshu was watching her when she turned, and she said, "Do you want me to show you where your room is?"

"I get my own room?" Kisshu asked excitedly.

"Yes, but I should probably clean it out a bit first," Ichigo said. "Do you want to wait in my room?"

"Can I help?" Kisshu asked.

"Sure," Ichigo said. "Come upstairs, your room is across from mine." Kisshu followed her upstairs to a green room, and she said, "This is your room, but it's a bit dusty. Do you want to sweep under the bed? I have to get some sheets."

"Okay!" Kisshu said. "Where's the broom?"

"The hall closet," Ichigo said. "I'll show you." She walked to the hall closet, and got out a broom. "Here you go, I'll get a dustpan," Ichigo said, handing Kisshu the broom. Kisshu took it and went back to the room as Ichigo found the dustpan. She followed him back, and found him sliding the broom under the bed to get more dust out. "Here's the dustpan; I'll go get you some sheets," Ichigo said.

"Thanks, Ichigo-oneechan," Kisshu said happily, and continued sweeping. Ichigo was a bit startled, but left to get the sheets. When she came back, she saw that Kisshu was done sweeping, and when he saw her, he asked, "Where do I put the dust?"

"There's a trash can in the bathroom, which is right next door," Ichigo said. "Can you find it, or do you need help?"

"I can find it," Kisshu said, and headed off. Ichigo took the blankets off the bed, and started putting the sheets on. Then she spread the blankets back over the sheets, and turned to see Kisshu watching her.

It suddenly occurred to her that she hadn't found out yet why Pai had kicked Kisshu out. She decided that the only person who might know what happened was Taruto, and decided to call Pudding. "Kisshu, I have to make a phone call," Ichigo said.

"Can I watch you?" Kisshu asked.

"Sure, but you have to be quiet, k?" Ichigo said.

"K," Kisshu said. He followed Ichigo to her room, and watched as she picked up her cell phone, and scrolled through her contacts till she found Pudding's number. She then hit Send, and waited.

Finally she heard, "Ichigo-oneechan na no da?"

"Hi Pudding, have you seen Taruto lately?" Ichigo asked.

"Taru-Taru is having dinner with Pudding, why?" Pudding asked.

"Can you ask him to come to my place? I need to talk with him," Ichigo said. "You can come too, if you want."

"Ichigo-oneechan, what happened?" Pudding asked.

Ichigo sighed. "I found Kisshu in downtown, and he's somehow turned into a six-year-old," she said.

"Pudding will be right over with Taru-Taru," Pudding said, and hung up.

Ichigo looked at Kisshu, who looked puzzled. "I am six, so how did I 'turn into' six?" he asked.

"Last time I saw you, you were fourteen," Ichigo said. "I'm hoping Taruto can help me figure out why you're six years old, and why Pai kicked you out."

Kisshu looked sad, and said, "Pai-oniichan doesn't like me…."

Ichigo put her arm around his shoulders, and said, "I like you."

Kisshu leaned against her happily. "I like you too, Ichigo-oneechan," he said.

Suddenly they heard teleportation, and Taruto teleported in with Pudding. They both looked shocked when they saw Kisshu leaning against Ichigo. Taruto landed and came over, then asked, "Kisshu?"

Kisshu tilted his head to one side. "Who are you?" he asked.

"I'm Taruto," Taruto said. Noticing Ichigo and Pudding's puzzled looks, he said, "I was only a year old when Kisshu was six. That's why he doesn't recognize me."

"I'm confused," Kisshu said. "Why are you older than me?"

"Pai used a potion he developed to turn you into a six-year-old again," Taruto said. "You're supposed to be fourteen."

"Why did Pai-oniichan abandon me in that alley?" Kisshu asked.

"You've been suggesting we should form a truce with the Mews and save our planet rather than taking over Earth," Taruto said. "He's not happy with that idea, even though I agree with you."

"Mews?" Kisshu asked.

"Ichigo and Pudding are Mews," Taruto said. He turned to Ichigo and asked, "Do you want to form a truce? Pudding does."

"I'd like that, but first we have to get rid of Blondie," Ichigo said. "He's totally against cooperation, and he's evil on top of it."

"Ichigo-oneechan is right," Pudding said. "And we need to keep it from him that Kisshu is now unable to fight. We all know he'll kill Kisshu."

Kisshu whimpered, and Ichigo hugged him as she asked, "Should we tell Lettuce? She's got a major crush on Pai, maybe she can help."

Pudding looked thoughtful, then took out a cell phone, and dialed a number into it. A minute later she said, "Lettuce-oneechan, Pudding and Ichigo-oneechan need you to come to Ichigo-oneechan's house, na no da." She paused, then said, "K, thanks. See you soon." She hung up and said, "Lettuce-oneechan is on her way."

Kisshu still looked scared, and said, "I don't want to get killed…"

"Don't worry, we'll all keep you safe," Ichigo said. She hugged him, and he hugged back, burying his face in her shoulder.

Ten minutes later, they heard the doorbell ring, and Pudding went to get it. A few minutes later, she came back with Lettuce. When Lettuce saw Kisshu and Taruto, she asked, "What's going on?"

"Pai apparently turned Kisshu into a six-year-old and abandoned him," Ichigo said. "Pai's not happy with the idea of forming a truce. But the rest of us are, and we wanted to see if you'd join us."

"Of course, but what about Ryou?" Lettuce asked.

"I think the only option we've got is to get rid of him," Ichigo said. "He's dead set against forming a truce, and he's completely evil. There's no way we can make him see reason, and if we leave him alive, he'll definitely interfere. I definitely wouldn't put it past him to kill us, and if he finds out about Kisshu, we're all screwed. We need to figure out a plan."

"The first thing we should do is quit Café Mew Mew," Lettuce said. "We won't be able to protect Kisshu and work there at the same time, and you're right; Ryou's evil. He's an awful person to work for."

"But we have to go in to quit, and I don't want to leave Kisshu," Ichigo said.

"You can call Ryou," Lettuce said. "I'd suggest doing it either now or tomorrow after your school's hours."

"I'll do it now," Ichigo said. "Kisshu, stay quiet, k?"

"K," Kisshu said.

Ichigo got her cell phone, and dialed the Café's number. After two rings, she heard Ryou say, "What is it, Ichigo?"

"I decided to quit," Ichigo said. "I'm sick of working for someone who enjoys making me miserable, so you can forget me EVER coming in again. Goodbye." She hung up. "Well, let's hope it works," she said.

"Yeah," the others said.

New idea, and I didn't want to lose it, so I started this. Please Review!