Spirited Away Fan Sequel: Chihiro Returns
The soreness in Chihiro’s gut has settled and she can walk through her front door as if nothing happened.
No shoes in the hall. Parents are working late again.
She slips hers off and makes her way to her bedroom, dropping her backpack at her bedside. Homework can wait.
She flops onto her bed and throws her arm over her eyes, the black in her vision is bursting with stars and the vision eases her racing heartbeat. Her growling stomach interrupts.
Okay. Time to get a snack.
Lifting her arm, she waits for the stars in her eyes to clear, and on her ceiling is...a spider? The same spider from before!
Her breath catches in her throat as she stares at it, unblinking. It drops onto her chest, barely weighing an ounce, but it forces a scream from her lungs nonetheless.
She stands and swats at the spider, who crawls all over her body, making her scream more and more.
“Who said that?” Chihiro’s gaze darts toward her window. Her desk. Her closet. Nothing seems out of place and no one is around.
“Sen!” The voice calls from her shoulder. She whips around with another scream, but no one is behind her. She swallows hard, clenching her fists at her sides as she turns her attention to her shoulder.
Please don’t tell me...
The spider is on her shoulder now, its feet are human-like hands with black claws, and a mouth opens under its giant moustache.
“Sen!” It yells. “Are you listening now?”
Chihiro is too busy shuddering to answer anything beyond a whimper.
“I see you haven’t changed,” the spider laughs. “Always hiding your fragile nature behind tough talk. Just like with those girls at school.”
“Who are you?” she whines. “What do you want?”
“You don’t remember? Hmm,” the spider wiggles his nose, making his moustache move with it. “Zeniba warned me you’d forgotten, but I never thought you’d forget me. That’s kind of insulting.”
“I-I’m sorry, Mr. Spider sir.”
“Mister what? Sen, pull yourself together! It’s me, Kamaji!”
“I think you’ve got the wrong person, my name is Chihiro, not Sen.”
“No, you’re the right one. You shuddered like this on our first meeting, too. In the boiler room.”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
“Sen, you have to remember! Haku is in danger! Does the name Haku ring a bell?”
“No!” Chihiro yells. Her shuddering is less violent now, but her heart rate hasn’t slowed. “I’m telling you I have no idea what’s going on!”
One of Kamaji’s front hands stretches to scratch his bald head, and the sight is making Chihiro’s head spin.
It’s just a dream. It has to be. Just a dream.
“Looks like I’ll have to bring you back before I can explain. Get out of this house and go downhill and into the woods.”
“Very funny,” Chihiro scoffs, her fear being replaced by frustration. “Follow a talking spider into the woods. How stupid do you think I am?”
“Considering you believe a spider is talking in your world, you tell me.”
Chihiro grumbles and crosses her arms. “I haven’t accepted anything. This is just a dream. I’ll wake up any second now.”
“A dream, is it? Well if that’s the case, there’s no consequence in following me, is there? I’ll lead you to my spider nest, gobble you up, and you’ll wake up back in your room, safe and sound.”
Why does that sound more comforting than anything else Kamaji has said? Chihiro isn’t sure, but he has a point. Dreams are just dreams. Nothing more.
“Fine,” she says. “But I get to weild a sword and slice you in half before you eat me.”
“What? Ehh...sure, whatever you say. Now let’s go!”
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