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okay back up a little, chronologically Howl sees her first when he’s young. and I bet you my entire Ghibli collection he falls in love with the strange apparition that tells him to wait for her and has hair like starlight.
"I’ll find you." probably say his dreams when he’s yet again having to flee Madame Sullivan’s spies.
"I know you," they whisper whilst he dates girl after girl hoping to find her first.
"just a little longer" he hears when Michael turns up and proceeds to be a stubborn little brat that he just can’t seem to turf out (and eventually loves).

Then he rescues this mouse from a provincial town and some jerks, and the next day his Sophie has found him.
Except she’s old, and grouchy and doesn’t know him at all. the first two don’t bother him much, he’s waited this long, he can wait until his Sophie believes in herself and breaks from whatever strong magic has her in thrall, but the last? she flinched from him, what if he really is a monster?
But he doesn’t have time to deal with that. The war is escalating. Sullivan is still on his tail worse than ever. he’s still running scared. Now would be a great time for his ghostly starlight girl to prove herself.
And maybe, that’ll give him the courage to prove himself worthy of her too.

Jumping in with a reminder that the first words Howl ever says to her are, “There you are; I’ve been looking everywhere for you.”  THIS MOVIE, GUYS.

(Source: kuriiyama)

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