The years were not easy after little Chihiro left. Yes Haku was more than happy to have his freedom back, but his young heart was lonesome without her. Though he knew she was with her parents, in school and settling in, he wanted to invite her back. It had been quite a few years and he was getting older now. His thoughts filled of her, they were more vibrant and full of awkward feelings. He had started to befriend Lin, looking to her as an older sister. He had one day turned to her and ask what he should do to convince Chihiro to come back. "You know her a little better than I." He had let some of his silky hair fall into his face. "I need a little help with this stuff." "I miss her just as much as you, but she can't return. You know what will happen to her fate if she does." Lin had scolded him before about thinking of Chihiro. "Do you want her name to be Sen, again?" She whacked the rug that hung in her face. "You linger around here too much for someone who is free! Get lost, already! Chihiro didn't return the favour so you could just waste it!" Haku just walked away without a word. He was crushed inside he could do nothing to get Chihiro back and going into the human world would weaken him greatly. "Hey, Haku!" Lin shouted. "Write her a letter! Women like that sort of thing!" ____________ One day, on Chihiro's birthday a letter had arrived. It was the very letter Haku had written years before. How that letter got there was a mystery. Usually nothing could pass between the human and the spirit world. Haku was truly magic if it got there in one piece and Yababa not knowing of it. "Chihiro, I think you have a letter from your old school mates!" Her mother tried to call up the stairs. "Come down, you'll be late for school. I want you to try and eat something this morning!" The letter was in a soft, yellow envelope, it smelled of the sweet wild flower's that grew near the bathhouse. Inside was rough writing of scribbles and crossed out lettering. "Happy Birthday, Chihiro! I'd like to see you again. Please meet me on the other end of the old tunnel. I'll wait for you by the stream. Things haven't changed here, but we sure are lonely without you." There was an "I" crossed out and replaced with "we". "Yours, Haku." It sure was short, Haku had intended to keep it that way. He wanted to gain her interest, not know his real motives behind it. He had a gift for her, sure. But he wanted to pull her inward, make her stay. Little did Chihiro know, Haku had change drastically.