Spirited Away Fan Sequel: Chihiro Returns
The bell for class ends, and Chihiro makes her way back into the classroom just in time to see Yamato walking out, hardly noticing her. That’s for the better, since she doesn’t want him to think she’s crazy.
Her eyes glance back at the corner, and the spider is gone. With a quiet shudder, she packs up her bag, eager to go home and get away from that creepy thing.
“Miss Ogino,” her teacher calls, motioning Chihiro to her desk. “A word.”
She begs her feet not to obey, but they do, eyes shooting around the room.
“What happened in class today? You’re usually so well behaved. A bit snarky, I’ll admit, but not the type to yell during lecture.”
“Sorry, Sensei. I saw a spider and I freaked out. Yamato didn’t see it, so I tried to point to it. I didn’t mean to yell, I was just anxious.”
“A spider?” Her eyes drift around the room. “I assure you dear, there’s no spider around. At least not anymore. I’ll excuse your interruption this time, but don’t let it happen again.”
“Yes ma’am. Thank you,” Chihiro bows.
“Off you go then.”
Chihiro leaves the room in a hurry when a hand grips her arm.
“Hey Ogino!” Calls a shrill voice. “Let’s talk!”
“Ugh, now what?” Chihiro groans. She turns toward the voice only to watch three of her female classmates surrounding her.
“So what were you talking to Tadashi about, huh?” asks one girl. Chihiro can’t remember their names, but this one has long brown hair that flows loosely behind her.
“And since when did you get to address him by his given name?” asks the second, who wears her black hair in a sleek ponytail.
“Don’t you know that he already likes Minako?” says the third, a shorter girl who is pointing to the first.
“I don’t care,” Chihiro barks. “Unlike you worthless geeks, I have better things to do with my time than to worry about who some boy. I actually have life goals that I plan to acheive without anyone’s help. Now move, I don’t have time for your petty jealousy. Especially when it’s over a guy who doesn’t even notice you.”
The twinge on Minako’s face is clear, and she lunges a fist into Chihiro’s gut.
The breath is forced out of her lungs, and she grabs her stomach, curling into a ball, as the girls kick and hit the rest of her body. If she could just fight to breathe, she could run.
Sensei calls out from the classroom as she opens the door and the girls retreat down the hall just as a breath makes its way back into ehr lungs.
“Miss Ogino!” Sensei hurries to her. “Are you alright?”
Coughing, and holding on hand on her stomach, Chihiro struggles to stand.
“I’ll speak to the superintendent about those girls. I can walk you out if you like.”
Chihiro shakes her head and walks off, legs trembling with each step. It’s nice that her teacher saw them and wants to help, but she could feel her eyes stinging.
Not having friends was fine, but now she has enemies, and the teacher getting involved means the war is just beginning. And all over some boy, how pathetic.
She has no reason to fight. Maybe if she can just keep her mouth shut, she can avoid getting hurt too badly.
Besides, enemies will at least make things more interesting.
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