Spirited Away - The Beach Pt.5"Well, well, well--would you look at this, Kamaji!" Rin's teasing voice rung through Chihiro's ears, interrupting her most pleasant dreams.
"How sweet. Although, they should wake up and separate soon before Yubaba catches them like this," Kamaji's raspy voice answered her. She heard him sigh. "And who knows how she would torture these poor children if she does."
"Well, Kamaji, I'm enjoying this while it lasts. Who knows if we'll ever see them like this again!" she giggled.
Chihiro groaned and crinkled her nose at the noises of reality, breaking through her slumber. She brought the covers over her head and snuggled further into what she thought would be her pillow, but her nose instead met Haku's cheek. She had forgotten how close she was to him.
"Chihiro," she heard him murmur kindly. "We should get up now."
Chihiro groaned once more, unwilling to open her eyes. She heard the loud calls of seagulls, the morning dew on her face, and the crash of waves not far off in the distance, and ye
Spirited Away - The Beach Pt.4"Chihiro, I'd like to talk to you about something."
Chihiro stared at Haku with curiosity shining in her brown eyes. From his expression and tone, and the fact that he brought her all the way out here and made her climb to the top of this boulder just to not be disturbed told her this was a serious matter.
She looked briefly towards the ocean exhaled deeply but quietly, listening attentively to the crashing waves below. Haku only watched her calmly but with slight desperation, as if silently asking for her consent to continue. She finally lowered herself and sat on the jagged rock surface, and turned her gaze to him. She nodded for him to continue. Haku, standing, then smiled a little and lowered, sitting cross-legged beside her. Chihiro hugged her knees tight to her chest and waited.
"It's more a personal matter, really, that I felt... I needed to address," Haku started, speaking slowly and with shyness he tried so hard to conceal. There was a long pause as Haku carefully organ
Spirited Away - The Beach Pt.3After an entire day of sunshine and play, dusk eventually fell. The cooks made bucket-loads of fried rice for everyone under the command of Yubaba. The old witch used her magic to manifest a giant stove that circled the cooks in such a way that at least ten of them could participate in that long process.
And all of this right on the beach, as well! Chihiro had never experienced anything so fun and magical. If she could finally return home with her parents eventually, going to the beach in the human world wouldn't even be able to compare to the excitement the spirits brought here.
Yubaba, being her selfish... well, self, created a cozy tent, but only for her usage. However, she was at least kind enough to manifest sleeping bags and blankets for whoever wanted one. Everyone, except for her, sat and ate outdoorsnot that anyone minded. The temperature was cooler in the evening compared to the day under the blazing sun, but not enough to be uncomfortable with blankets wrapped securely
Spirited Away - The Beach Pt.2The familiar scent of saltwater filled Chihiro's nostrils, this unique scent only a beach could have.
"Chihiro, wake up," Haku's soothing voice murmured to her, pleasantly interrupting her half-dreaming, half-awake state. Her lids opened halfway. She was still on his back, but they had finally arrived. Her face pressed up against the back of his neck, she could see the beach and the creamy sand stretching for miles. She raised her head and looked over his shoulder for a better look. The sight made her mouth gape open. The sand was a lovely white color. The ocean was the bluest color she had ever seen for water. The sun shone overhead, illuminating the water and making it sparkle. Birds of all types and colors, some even unseen in the human world, landed gracefully on top of the ocean and float on the surface.
Chihiro had never seen a beach so... so... perfect.
Whereas on the beaches in the human world, there were sand fleas, seaweed, garbage and cigarettes and all kinds of dead
Spirited Away - The Beach Pt.1It was a once-in-a-several-lifetimes event where the cruel, cold, snobby and greedy witch Yubaba had a sense of generosity. Once every several lifetimes, for a day of kindness:
She was taking every spirit in the Aburaya for one day and one night to the beach.
The main reason for this was the courage and success Chihiro had after dealing with the filthy, polluted river spirit. For her efforts, the whole Bath House was rewarded this single one-day-one-night trip.
"Rin, what happened yesterday really changed Yubaba's attitude, ne?" Chihiro smiled. Her, Rin, and the other roommates were packing early in the morning at this time.
Rin sighed. "Don't get your hopes up. Although this happens only once every several hundred years, Yubaba is still Yubaba."
As though on cue, Yubaba was speeding down the hall when she stopped at the doorway of the women's bedroom. She observed everyone packing and crinkled her giant nose in frustration.
"Everyone quit packing and listen up! You don't need anything