Chihiro couldn't decide. She didn't want to leave her world, but she didn't want Haku to have to adjust. Or she could just let him go. As soon as she thought of that, she was horrified at the thought of Haku leaving, never to return. But Chihiro soon realized that that might be the easiest option. Nothing would have to be sacrificed, except for seeing Haku. But there are other fish in the sea, Chihiro thought reluctantly. She looked up at Haku; he was looking back. Could he tell what she was thinking?
"Well?" Haku asked.
"I think," Chihiro had to pause before she could say it out loud. "I think that you should... you should go back to the spirit world. And I'll stay here."
Haku said nothing for a moment. "Is that really what you want?"
Chihiro nodded. She felt a tear roll down her cheek. "I- I think it's best. It would be the easiest thing to do."
Haku's face said nothing. Chihiro couldn't look at him as he he said softly, "I will go tonight."
The next day, a Monday, Chihiro could hardly keep herself awake at school. She had been up crying all night. She was anxious to get to fourth period, however, to see if Mr. Maji was still there.
He was. Once everyone was in the classroom, Mr. Maji stood up. "Class, we have a new student."
A tall boy with straight black hair and penetrating green eyes entered the room.
"He just arrived in town this weekend, so I would greatly appreciate it if someone would show him around after school. Any volunteers?"
Chihiro raised her hand.