Chapter 1: The Call

By, azngurlenluv

A/N: This is my first written and posted lemon. Of course, there's no lemon YET, but I've already written the lemon scene and just need to do the chapters before and after it. I know, I'm a bit twisted, but I can never work in order, always from the middle or the end. I got the idea of using the song "Never Had a Dream Come True" by S Club 7 from reading "I Will Always Be With You" by TheGoddessofDeath. She made a random comment about that song being a good SA song, so I went and listened to it. It almost made me cry, just like every other time I listen to it, but indeed, it seems to fit perfectly with SA and my ideas. I would appreciate it if you would R&R. Constructive criticism is most appreciated, and it wouldn't hurt to know that SOMEONE out there is enjoying my writing. If you must flame, please don't make it stupid by saying something like, "S Club 7 SUCKS!!!" The people in the group might for all I know, but one should learn to appreciate music for what it's worth and not by who performs it. Flames are good if they are to help me focus on my weak areas, and no, I don't mean my taste in music. =P

Disclaimer: The song "Never Had a Dream Come True" belongs to S Club 7 and their producers, managers, etc. Spirited Away and all related references belong to the great Hayao Miyazaki and the people of Studio Ghibli. I own nothing but the ideas that run through my head, and even they are probably being monitored by the CIA… o_O

Please enjoy.

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She lay there on her bed as her eyes gazed up at the ceiling. Her parents had gone out, leaving her free to mope around without their worrying. Her eyes closed as she focused on the words of the song that she had put on repeat for the hundredth time.

Everybody's got somethin'

They had to leave behind

One regret from yesterday

That just seems to grow with time

Memories of him filled her head, and she thought of how she'd left him standing there on those steps, of how she'd allowed his hand to slip out of hers when she should have pulled him along…

There's no use lookin' back or wonderin'

How it could've been now or might've been

Oh, this I know but still I can't find ways to let you go

She wished that she'd had the guts to have looked back and given him one last final smile and see his before disappearing behind the swells of grass that had dotted the landscape… How she wished to see his smile once again…

I never had a dream come true

Till the day that I found you

Even though I pretend that I've moved on

You'll always be

My baby

I never found the words to say,

"You're the one I think about each day"

And I know no matter where life takes me to

A part of me will always be

With you…

Tears sprang into her eyes as she remembered how he had protected her from being spotted the first time she'd entered his world, how wonderful his breath had felt against her skin…

Somewhere in my memory

I've lost all sense of time

And soon my world can never be

'Cause yesterday is all that fills my mind

There's no use lookin' back or wonderin'

How it should've been now or might've been

Oh, this I know but still I can't find ways to let you go…

She had tried so hard to forget, to stop the pain that still burned in her heart after 10 long years… But the image of his eyes, his rare smile, and the feel of his hand on her own had long since been engraved into her mind…

I never had a dream come true

Till the day that I found you

Even though I pretend that I've moved on

You'll always be

My baby

She'd never allowed herself to cry over him in the presence of her parents, or anyone remotely close to her. She'd always pretended to be happy, just for the sake of those around her…

I never found the words to say

"You're the one I think about each day"

And I know no matter where life takes me to

A part of me will always be-

You'll always be the dream that fills my head

Yes you will

Say you will

You know you will, oh baby

You'll always be the one I know I'll never forget

She'd spent all of her teen years seeing him, hearing him, and even breathing in his scent. She'd always thought that she felt him nearby and would whirl around to see either empty space or some stranger who just stared at her awkwardly. She'd turned down people who asked her out, always believing that one day, he would come for her. People had begun to snub her because they'd thought that she believed herself better than everyone else…

There's no use lookin' back or wonderin'

Because love is a strange and funny thing

No matter how I try and try

I just can't say "Goodbye"

No, no, no, no…

She loved him then, as much as she did now. Love was indeed a funny thing… No matter how much the memory of him hurt had her, it made her love him even more…

I never had a dream come true

Till the day that I found you

Even though I pretend that I've moved on

You'll always be

My baby

I never found the words to say

"You're the one I think about each day"

And I know no matter where life takes me to

A part of me will always be-

A part of me

Will always be

With you…

As the song began again, she allowed the tears to flow freely from her glistening eyes. "Haku…" she sobbed into her pillow again and again. She longed to be in his arms again as she hugged the pillow closely to her body, imagining that it was indeed him that she held in her arms. She wiped her tears away as she heard the phone ring in the hallway. She gingerly made her way out into the hall and to the phone, sniffling and hugging her blue pillow as she picked up the phone.

"Hello?" she asked in a scratchy voice.

"Hello?" came a tentative voice on the other end of the line.

Clearing her throat, she tried again. "Hello, Ogino residence."

"Miss Chihiro Ogino?" the voice asked again on the other end.

"This is she."

"This is Officer Miyami Roshi of the Okinawa Police."

"Yes?" Chihiro answered, eyes widening.

"With my most sympathetic apologies, I regret to inform you that at 9:41pm earlier this evening, your parents were forced off of a narrow road and into a tree by a drunk and reckless driver. He has since been caught and charged with involuntary manslaughter."

Chihiro bit back a strangled gasp. "Do you mean that my parents are…?"

"I'm very sorry Miss Ogino, but they both died on impact when their car hit the tree."

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A/N: **ducks** Please don't kill me for leaving you with a cliffhanger!!! It's called drawing the audience in, although I don't believe that I wrote this chapter very well… I've started on the second part, but I don't think I'll post again until I see that I've gotten 5-10 reviews. I know that's kind of like blackmail, but I want this to be read and to not just sit there and take up bandwidth. And no, reviewing more than once will not count. I know I'm being evil and sort of bitchy, but even someone like me needs to have her ego stroked once in awhile… o_O Oh, and if you like Hey Arnold!, I'd like your opinion on the fic that I've written under that category. It's called "Cheese Puff." It's mostly cutesy stuff between Arnold and Helga... Sorry, gotta advertise!