“Hey! This is no time for name calling!” He resented being called silly, even in appropriate circumstances. “Can’t you see how high up I am?! This is really really bad!” instead of standing, he decided to cling to the branch he was on like a toddler clinger to a parent’s leg. His claws were still out, so his grasp of the branch was quite stable. “I don’t want to die! What a world, what a world!” he cried. Jiji waited for the girl’s response and perhaps any genius ideas she had of getting him down.
“Name calling?” All Chihiro was saying is what he is! “Why don’t you just jump down? Don’t cats always land on all four paws?” Chihiro put her arms out to catch him. “You aren’t going to die, you silly! Come on, I’ll be here to catch you.” She didn’t see why the cat doesn’t want to just get down.
Kohaku fell silent once more. Human parents are strange. He knows that they’re Sen’s-Chihiro’s parents that is responsible for eating the Spirits’ food.The boy just nodded at their choice of words.
How would Chihiro say this? He really does need a place to stay. Anything as well as a river.He must have..known a lot of the Spirit World but as for the Human World,he doesn’t. Silence has filled the air around the room.The boy could feel another pang of nervousness in his chest.Chihiro’s parents seem to approve of him,so why not?The adventures back in that world really does mean something to him and for her.
Chihiro wondered if Haku was still able to turn into a spirit. Over the years while he was at the bathhouse, the Kohaku river was starting to reappear. Maybe if this doesn’t all work out, he’ll still be able to live in the Human World, just in the river; turning back and forth from river to human. But let’s not think of that alternative just yet.
“Chihiro, take Haku to your room. He could sleep in your room. We’ll set up another bed for him,” her father said, walking off to get it ready.
Her mother left the room to continue cooking the dinner. “We’ll love to have you for dinner, Haku.”
Chihiro exhaled deeply, feeling like a balloon deflating. It was all so relieving that they were okay with having Haku here. “Follow me, Haku. I’ll show you my room.” Or their room, you could say.
It was a warm summer afternoon. The heat made the day feel energetic yet overbearing, like a small annoying child that had trouble occupying itself. A black cat by the name of Jiji was strolling along a small suburban neighborhood, the pads of his feet sizzled against the scorching concrete sidewalk. He didn’t mind warm days usually, but he was wondering if Al Gore was on to something with his global warming jibber-jabber. He took a moment to itch at his neck, Kiki had given him a scarlet bow that day to help her find him from up in the sky. It was the itchiest bow on the planet.
It was a mistake to stop even for an instant, his butt was probably gonna scar. “This is ridiculous! Did someone cast a heat spell somewhere around here?! Jeez!”
The feline spotted a nearby tree, nice and tall with a great amount of green in it’s branches. “A quick cat nap is all I need! The heat will eventually clear out if I sleep a couple hours.” He climbed his botanical sanctuary and lounged on a branch a decent distance away from the ground. His eyelids grew heavy as the sweat under his fur cooled under the shade.
————-4 hours later————-
“What a nightmare!” He dreamt that a loaf of bread could talk and ended up making out with a girl named Clarisse. “I need to eat healthier for my sanity.” He stretched his front paws and sighed happily, it was still a good rest. He was feeling blissful until he noticed something…. The ground looked a whole lot further away than it looked before. He jumped up onto all fours, hair standing on edge, claws grasping for dear life. “What happened!?” He remembered at least six branches being below him, but not any more.
He spied gardeners out of the corner of his eye, fleeing the scene in their truck down the street. The tree had been trimmed by hired help. “YOU IDIOTS! DIDN’T YOU NOTICE I WAS UP HERE!? COME BACK AND HELP ME DOWN!” He didn’t feel safe, he couldn’t jump down anymore. He had to be about 13 feet off the ground and without Kiki there to put his mind at ease, he began to feel a sensation that felt like Vertigo.
“HAAAAAAAAAALP!!!!! Save me! I need someone to help me down! Anyone! Preferably… A HERO!”
Chihiro was walking home from school, glad that it was no longer as hot as it was earlier in the day. The heat was still getting to her head. She imagined getting home, kicking off her shoes, and jumping into a bathtub full of ice. Her senses weren’t at its sharpest, but she heard a raspy voice calling out for help. She couldn’t figure out where it was coming from at first, but she noticed some gardeners in front of her neighbor’s house. They just trimmed their trees and a small black cat was shaking with fright, clawing on to a branch.
“That poor kitten is stuck in a tree!” She suddenly gained energy and sprinted over to it. “You silly cat! How did you even get up there?”
Chihiro was actually willing to pay for this wonderful work of art. “Oh, thank you!” Chihiro beamed. She noticed that the sun was beginning to set. “It was nice meeting you,” she repeated. “Bye!”
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“Yes!” Chihiro quickly responded. She knew that she would show Haku the painting right away.
“Do you paint often?” Chihiro wondered if she has a whole museum in her living room.
Kohaku didn’t say anything afterwards.He has been silently plotting on how he would say something to Chihiro’s parents but it can work,he used to lie before but he would use it again to save his life from getting known.
“I’m pleased to be your acquaintance,”Haku said calmly while bowing down with respect.He heard tales of children being scolded by parents who doesn’t obey their own rules.
“I happen to be a childhood friend of Chihiro.” He explained while he pays attention to Chihiro’s mother,who was known as Yuko.”And yes,we’ve been friends for a long time.”
Her parents were impressed by how polite Haku was for a young boy and bowed back. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Haku. We’re glad that Chihiro has a friend in this new town.”
Chihiro was relieved at their reply. “Yeah, I’m glad I finally have Haku with me.” Should she explain to her parents that he doesn’t have a place to stay? “He’s my best friend, but he is actually having some trouble at home right now.” Chihiro bit her lip and shifted her eyes around. She inhaled and exhaled deeply, finding the courage to suggest, “I was wondering if Haku could stay with us for a while. It’s not safe where he lives right now.” She wasn’t sure if “Safe” was a good word to say, but living in the Human World is a lot safer than the Spirit World and the bathhouse.
Chihiro took a step closer to the painting. “Wow, it looks just like the river!” The painting was amazingly accurate and filled with happy colors from the sunlight. She thought about how Haku would love it, tilting her head in bliss. “It looks like something I would find in an art museum.”
“In fact I do,”Kohaku assures Chihiro with a serious look on his face.He has been plotting something..like telling Chihiro’s parents that he’s a friend from the past.But would it convince them,otherwise?If it’s not,then he has no other choice. The boy stopped in front of Chihiro’s house.He kept that calm face for some time now.Now,what would say to her parents if they saw him walking with Chihiro?He’ll just have to lie. “Don’t worry,”He replied as a plan is slowly forming inside his head.
She cringed at the thought of the plan being ruined. “Okay,” she nodded, trusting him. With her key to her house, she unlocked the door. “Mom, Dad, I’m home! I brought my friend with me!” She was eager to have her parents meet Haku, since she likes him so much.
“Chihiro, introduce us to our friend,” her mother said as she entered the room.
“This is Haku,” Chihiro gestured to him. “We’ve been friends for a long time, but lost touch for a while. I finally got to see him again!”