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Chapter Seven

They only made a short stop for lunch, so about half an hour later, they were already packed up and on the "road" again. In reality, they weren't following any kind of road, not even a little path; they were trekking away through the wild and only had a vague sense of where they were going. Chihiro didn't really spend anytime thinking about it because she trusted Haku and Granny with her life.

After another hour of silence, they caught the first glimpse of a geographical change. In the far distance, they could make out the small shapes of trees.

"Thank God! I am tired of looking at the open plane. It's about time for a change in scenery!" Chihiro exclaimed.

"I couldn't agree more." Haku replied. "I think we should be at the forest's edge by sunset. We'll rest there I s'pose."

"Guess what?" she asked in an "I have something to tell you, but you aren't going to like it, but I'm going to say it anyways because I want to annoy you" tone.

"What?"

"I have a question for you!"

"Guess what?"

"What?" she asked curiously.

"This." and with that, he pushed her over into the bush they were conveniently walking beside. She landed, and gave him the evilest glare she could summon. This only made his laughter grow. He was actually laughing so hard, that tears formed around his eyes.

"OW! That hurt! What was that for?" he continued laughing. "Well come here and help me up at least you ungrateful swine!" she finished, clearly trying to hold in her laughter. He walked over and handed her his arm, but she grabbed him by the wrist and pulled him down beside her. She jumped up and ran; now letting a laughter of her own, escape.

Haku let out an amused sigh, stood up, and watched her run happily. She stopped and turned around. "Come on "old man!" I didn't push you THAT hard! Catch me!" Haku smiled, then out of nowhere a large black bird, its wing span about four meters in length, materialized right over top of Chihiro, placed its talons on either side of her shoulders, and they both vanished with a pop, leaving nothing in sight.

"CHIHIRO!" He yelled, running to the spot she had last been. He got there, and fell to his knees, bent over, and banged his fists on the hard earth.

His head snapped up as he heard the distinctive pop again, and he saw the unmistakable form of Chihiro fall from five feet out of mid-air.

"Ouf!" She said as she landed mere feet away. Haku, still on the ground jumped up and skidded over to her.

Chihiro was sitting on her rear, and her front legs were spread out in front of her. She had her left arm outstretched, and appeared to be holding something. As Haku came near, he found out that it was one of the daggers Zaniba had packed for her.

"Well that sucked..." Chihiro said irritated. Then stood up and brushed the dirt off her clothes.

"Chihiro! What was that?" He said hugging her.

"Barenatah." She said hugging him tighter.

"How do you know?"

"I over heard him."

"How did you get away?"

"I stabbed him in the foot."

"What happened?"

"Not much, he grabbed me, then we disappeared to somewhere else, it was night, and he set me down in the tallest branch of a very tall tree. He started speaking, but I could tell it wasn't directed at me. I looked up, and sure enough, there was a small bird, about the size of a sparrow, I couldn't understand what it was saying, but I vaguely heard it say its name. I, as stealthily as I could, pulled out the dagger from the side pocket of my bag, and hid it up my sleeve. The small bird left and the large one carried me out of the tree and across the plain at great speed. We flew over a small lake, and we were about 30 feet over the surface. I knew it would hurt, but I figured I could survive. I pulled the dagger out and stabbed it right in the foot, and it dropped me instantly while shrieking. As I fell, I waited for impact, and then much sooner than I thought possible, I hit the ground. Much to my surprise, I was back here." She explained.

"Well your quick thinking may just have saved you! Thank God! I think the sparrow must have been a messenger, it may very well know where we are. We have to move quickly to the cover of those trees." Haku informed. "We obviously need to get there before sun fall, so I think the best solution, would be for me to carry you."

"Huh?"

"You can climb on my back."

"But your bag is in the way."

"Damn."

"Wait, I could carry your bag on my back, because I had to take mine off when I stabbed the bird... If it's not too much trouble for you." She said kindly.

"Not at all. Here." He said, while pulling the string dangling in front of him, his bag came off with ease, and he retied all the knots onto Chihiro's back. He then bent over to let her climb up onto his back without much difficulties. "Okay...Hold on." Was all he said, before he started running at full speed towards the protection of the trees.

Author's note: Yay! Another chapter for all my fans! I'm sooo sorry for not updating sooner, but I'm sure you all understand. This chapter was a bit short, and a little choppy, but I hopped you liked it, because I know exactly where I want to go for the next few chapters, and this is just the start of a new evil character...MUHHAHAHA!...you have to wait and see! Lol... I'm crazy...PLEASE REVIEW!