GroomingShe really wished he would stop...It was starting to rub her the wrong way. But how was she supposed to tell an inuyoukai that his grooming of himself was starting to get on her nerves? The sounds he was making were incredibly strange, and it didn’t help that he was huge. Although, at the image of his human-side doing that, she couldn’t contain a snort of laughter. The grooming sounds stopped immediately, and then he was standing before her. In human form again, he stared at her with raised brow. Sesshomaru...licking himself...Kagome fell off the log laughing.
SeawaterThe ocean swell was bigger than Kagome had been expecting, but that didn’t keep her away from the water when they finally reached the beach. After walking through Feudal woods, where a clear path was about as common as a bug-free bed, she was excited to feel cool and refreshed again.
In a matter of moments, though, she felt the undertow grab her and sweep her off her feet. As she was pulled farther and farther from her friends, she tried to yell for help; however, she was sucked back under before her mouth could close completely. Inhaling a lungful of seawater was bad enough...to do so while struggling for her life against an enemy she couldn’t see was worse.
As she began to sink, Kagome saw a shadow darken the water above her. A hand shot down and grabbed her arm, pulling her out with a swift jerk, and a familiar voice rumbled, “Miko...what are you wearing?”
Her school swimsuit shone in the sunlight. Opening her mouth to answer, a huge cough seized her and she
Tit For TatKagome had been at work for barely an hour when the bane of her very existence walked through the doors. Not only that but a coffee machine had died on her, the cookies they’d baked earlier had run out, and one of the girls on the next shift had called in sick. All in all, it wasn’t shaping up to be the wonderful day she’d been hoping for. And so, when she saw his hard-to-miss hair enter the store, she couldn’t help but be a little pert with him. After all, he was more than willing to treat her in that condescending way of his...Tit for tat sounded more than fair.
Approaching the counter, he said, “My usual.”
“A light caramel latte and blueberry muffin, coming right up,” she didn’t even look in his direction. Pompous so-and-so.
The silence at her back spoke volumes.
She ignored him. He’d get his black coffee and plain bagel when she was ready.
When she finally turned to hand him his order, he grabbed her arm and pulled her tow
Finally HomeHis golden eyes weren’t cold in that moment...In fact, they blazed red hot. How many years had she known him? How many times had she seen his disdainful glance drift over her, as though she were nothing? But now, standing before him, she saw what so few had ever been allowed to see. As though a magnet were drawing him closer, she watched his descending face. Soon she was nearly nose to nose with the powerful youkai lord. Her breathing became even more erratic. Kagome felt his cheek slide along hers; a strangely kind gesture for one who had always seemed so unkind. A low rumble drew itself straight from his middle. The hand which she’d fisted in his hair loosened its hold enough so that she could run her fingers lightly along the outside of his pointed ear. A great shudder wracked his body as he pulled his head back slightly. Those molten, golden eyes told her how trapped she truly was. A soft sigh escaped her lips as his touched them. Even five hundred years hadn’t be
DesperationThe tension in camp was nearly tangible. Inuyasha was pacing, muttering and growling under his breath. Miroku and Sango were sitting quietly side by side, sharing silent glances every once in awhile. Rin was curled up asleep next to the two-headed dragon, while her kappa caregiver glared around the clearing at the rest of them. Shippo was nestled in her lap, and like Rin, he’d drifted into a fitful sleep.
Sesshomaru was somewhere close, scanning the surroundings. She could feel the surge of his powers every few minutes. When they brushed against her own, Kagome would feel a tingle run up and down her spine.
Finally having no choice, she stood slowly and placed Shippo beside Rin.The two children had gotten on well together, even though Inuyasha still didn’t trust his brother’s small group. Hurrying into the woods to relieve herself, she knew no one would follow. The monk and the hanyou had both learned that the hard way.
On her way back, she felt the youkai’s pow
Just Like CandyKagome, on her travels back to the future, would often wander down to the local street market. Something about it seemed familiar in a way she couldn’t quite explain. Perhaps it was the smells, or even the sounds. The calls of vendors hadn’t really changed much over the centuries since the Feudal Era. If she closed her eyes, she could almost see the shoppers in their kimonos and sandals.
When the well closed after Naraku’s defeat, she found solace in visiting the market every week. Her mother, simply glad to see her daughter out and about, would send her with some of the grocery money and a small list of things to buy. Glad to be useful, Kagome would find the items and then perch on a stone wall near the sweets stalls. They reminded her of Shippo and Rin...Both of the children had dearly loved candy.
But when she thought of candy, it wasn’t the two young faces she saw. No...It was the lean profile and bright eyes of a powerful and deadly youkai. The magenta slas
Dangerous GameHis normally expressionless face was beginning to register shock when Kagome finally looked up at him.
As a twinge of doubt skittered down her spine, she backed away, face flushing bright red. Why had she thought that would work? He’d never intimated any sort of desire for such a display.
However, as her feet continued to propel her backwards, his arm shot out and snagged her wrist. Drawing her back to himself, he lowered his face and growled softly into her ear. “Miko...you are playing a very dangerous game.”
Doing the only thing she could, Kagome kissed him...again.
To The RescueIt had been centuries since the final battle, and Kagome was once again walking down the familiar paved streets of Tokyo. Her youngest daughter, only seventy years old, clung tightly to her mother’s hand as they headed towards the family’s car. Her mate insisted she use it when going into downtown.
They had just rounded the last corner, car in sight, when a heavy hand landed on the woman’s shoulder. Jerking the two backwards, they found themselves in the tiny alley which they’d just passed.
Before them stood a dirty, foul smelling man, his hand still pinning Kagome to the wall by her shoulder. Leaning forward, he leered, “Come on, pretty lady...Give me all the cash you’ve got, or I’ll make this little girl cry.” His breath smelled worse than he did.
Kagome simply let out a small sigh, shaking her head at his stupidity. Granted, he wasn’t youkai, so he would have had no way of knowing who exactly he was attacking, but still...
The Real HimWhen Kagome had first met Sesshomaru, she’d thought he was emotionally cold and a great bully. The transformation into his large, and obviously upset, true form had done little to ease her fears of him.
However, such a transformation was rare now, and it almost never occurred in anger. As time had gone by, there had been less need for such a form. Besides, he was large enough that it was safer for the furniture if he didn’t do it in the house.
Drawing her mind back from its woolgathering, she gave a fond chuckle at the picture before her. Her mate, belly to the ground, was allowing his children to climb onto his back and then slide down to the forest floor. She could tell he was enjoying himself...his tail was twitching.
Later that evening, after all their pups had eaten and were curled up against their father’s belly, Kagome climbed her mate’s side and said softly into his ear, “I’m glad to see you enjoying yourself...It’s too bad we don