"Will we meet again sometime?"
"I'm sure we will"
Chihiro and Haku stood at the edge of the grassy river valley, hand in hand.
"Now go, and don't look back."
They glanced at each other one final time, Chihiro desperately trying to keep his voice in her head. As their hands slowly slid apart, she fought the urge to turn back and sprinted across the long, soft grass. She lost balance when she stepped on the rocks-
And woke from her recurring dream. The dream had haunted her almost every night since Haku's departure. Still laying down, she reached over to her nightstand and picked up her sparkly red hairband, a handmade gift from Zeneba and a reminder of the vital part of her life she didn't dare speak of; no one would believe such a tale.
Thankful that it was Saturday, Chihiro closed her eyes, still holding her small treasure close. She nearly drifted off again but suddenly sat up, eyes wide, realizing that if she could see her house from the road leading to the tunnel.... Her jaw dropped.
"I could go see him now!" she thought aloud. Without even getting dressed or putting on shoes, Chihiro raced down the stairs, out the door, and downhill into the grassy meadow. She laughed as joyful tears escaped from her eyes, and slowed down when she at last reached the gravelly road and found the shrines. Carefully stepping along the rocky path, she wished she had at least thought to put on flip-flops. Chihiro laughed again when she realized how obvious her epiphany had been. Still grinning, she finally reached the tunnel and without a second thought hurried inside, enjoying the sound of her frantic footsteps against the cool cement.
Sunlight washed over Chihiro's smiling face once she was out, and she gasped at the silvery-green ribbon in the sky above her.
"HAKU!" She yelled the loudest as she possibly could. "HAKU!" She jumped up and down and waved her arms as the glimmering streak curved around towards her, getting closer.