This is for all the Inuyasha and Kagome fans, hope you enjoy it. Comments are welcome.
CLOSER TO YOU
At the well, Inuyasha tossed up the two backpacks, then with Kagome on his back, jumped out. Kagome was going to be on this side of the well for a while. She had some kind of school vacation and didn’t have to leave after a few days. In fact they were all going to have vacation from searching for the Shikon jewel.
“I’ve got these, Kagome. I’m surprised the others aren’t here waiting on us.” No sooner had he said that, the rest of the gang was walking up the hill.
“Hey guys! I brought some goodies for your trip. I got all your favorites and I made sure Inuyasha didn’t touch’em.” Kagome laughed as Shippo raced to her and jumped into her arms.
“Gee, Kagome, I’m sure going to miss you. Do I have to go with Sango and Miroku?”
“Now Shippo, you know Sango will need you to protect her from Miroku’s wandering hands and you’ll be able to keep Kirara company. Think of all the exploring you’ll get to do up at the demon slayer’s village too. Sango’s really is counting on you.”
“Yeah, okay. Miroku I wish you could control yourself better.” The little fox jumped down and hopped up on the monk’s shoulder.
“You guys, I’m not that bad.” At their stern looks, he reddened and went to Inuyasha. “So which one is for us?” Miroku decided to change the subject.
“Thanks Kagome for suggesting this. I’ve really wanted to go home and fix things up, but there didn’t seem to be enough time. Since you have time off from school, it looks like it’s going to work out for all of us.”
“Yeah, no kidding. Maybe I can get some studying done since we won’t be hunting demons this time around. Anyway, I’m looking forward to going to see Jinenji. It’s been awhile and I want to be sure the villagers are treating him and his mother better as well as picking some herbs for Kaede. It really will be nice to just enjoying the countryside for a change.” Kagome turned to look at Inuyasha but continued to speak to Sango. “It’s been awhile since just the two of us spent some time together. Maybe I can get him to loosen up some. Naraku’s driving him nuts.”
“If anybody can, it’s you Kagome. Look, here comes Kaede.”
The old priestess was just coming up to the well. She was bringing a list of herbs for Kagome. Jinenji’s farm had herbs that she didn’t and wanted Kagome to bring some back.
“Well, I assume you are all ready to go. Sango I hope you find things well at your village and you Inuyasha, look after Kagome, hear?”
“Yeah, yeah. Don’t I always? Geez!” He walked off to get Kagome’s bike and put the backpack on it. Miroku followed him.
“So Inuyasha just thought you should know, Kagome is really looking forward to this time, so try not to mess it up for her.”
“Why’s everybody on my case today? I didn’t oppose this when Kagome brought it up. Anybody ever think I might want a break too?” Hands on hips he looked a Miroku.
“Well, actually no, usually you’re hot to catch Naraku. Good then, we should all be able to enjoy ourselves. I can get some quality time with Sango.”
“Huh, some quality time stroking her butt you mean.” Inuyasha crossed his arms and shook his head.
“I can’t help it. Every time I turn around, it seems to be there just waiting for me touch it. Oh, well.” Miroku flexed his fingers.
“Pervert. Kagome? When are we leaving? I thought you wanted to get an early start.”
“Yeah, okay.” She hugged Kaede, Sango, Shippo and even Kirara. “We’re all agreed to meet back here in about a week?” Everyone agreed and they stepped back in order for Kirara to take off. “Have fun!” Kagome waved them off.
“We’ll see you in a about a week, Kaede.” Kagome put up the kick stand and started walking away.”
“Yeah, see ya.” Arms folded Inuyasha followed Kagome.
The two were quiet as they left the village but it was a good quiet, friendly. They walked all morning then stopped for lunch and continued with Inuyasha riding on the back of the bike. They talked about Kagome’s family and the things she was learning in school. That day came to an end and they managed not to have one argument.
Attack at the Spring
For the next two days, they traveled and learned much of each other. Kagome even taught Inuyasha how to ride the bike. She laughed a lot but Inuyasha didn’t give up even when he fell off. He found out he liked it and they took turns peddling the bike.
The next evening, about a full day’s ride away from Jinenji’s place, they came across a hot spring. Kagome was delighted now she could take a bath. Once they got a fire going and the camp laid out, they ate.
“Will you be bathing too, Inuyasha?” Kagome was getting out her towels as she spoke.
“Yeah, since we’re here. I’ll go after you’re done. Where’s those manga? I’ll read while you bathe.” He was rummaging in the backpack. “Got it.” Inuyasha grinned, this manga was very funny.
Kagome also grinned. She knew he’d be involved with the book and probably would notice when she left or came back. Turning she went to the spring and behind some bushes to get undressed. Before entering the water, she peeked over at Inuyasha and saw he was very involved in the manga. Quickly she stepped over to the water and slipped in.
The warm water was heavenly. Kagome swam for a bit then made for some rocks. One was flat enough for her to sit on, so she began bathing. It was a beautiful night- the stars were out and shining bright. Kagome began to hum as she washed and didn’t notice that anything was wrong. She stood up again so that she could rinse her hair and felt the water lap against her. At first she thought it was Inuyasha entering the water but quickly ruled that out. He didn’t peek, at least not on purpose. She thought back to when he came looking for her in the sage’s house and she’d stood up because she’d been so relieved to see him. They were both embarrassed, so she knew it wasn’t him that made the water move like that.
Kagome was just wiping the water out of her eyes when something wrapped around her legs. She only had time for a quick gasp before being pulled under the water.
Inuyasha had finished the manga but started reading it again because it was very good. It also kept his mind off Kagome naked in the water. Yeah, he’d seen her naked before but it still excited him to know she was bathing just a few yards away. He wouldn’t peek like Miroku but he did keep an ear turned towards the spring so he would be aware of what she was doing. At some point he heard her humming to herself then she stopped. At first he didn’t make anything of it, she was probably swimming or doing her hair. It wasn’t until he heard her gasp and then complete silence that he got up; even her smell was gone.
“Kagome? You all right?” Silence. He wasted no more time and went to where she went in the water. Inuyasha saw her clothes even her towel on the rocks but no Kagome. He was sure she wouldn’t play with him like this, as he looked around then gazed at the water. There was something under the water. Was that Kagome?
Inuyasha couldn’t tell what was going on but if it was a mistake, he’d deal with it later. One leap and he was underwater. He knew at once that Kagome was in deep trouble. He could see her being held by some kind of demon. It looked like an octopus but much bigger and uglier. Three of its tentacles were wrapped around Kagome; one around her throat, one around her torso- trapping her arms against her sides and the other around her legs. She couldn’t move at all and she couldn’t breathe.
Swimming to her, their eyes met. Kagome was loosing consciousness, but her eyes held a look of trust, knowledge that he would rescue her. Not about to let her down, Inuyasha slashed through the tentacles from top to bottom. Wrapping an arm around her waist, he swam for the surface. Kagome was gasping, her lungs desperately sucking in air. Inuyasha moved a few feet away from the spring, just as he put Kagome down, a tentacle slithered around his leg.
Growling, he slashed at, turned and drew the tetsusagia. “Damn demon! Be gone! Wind scar!”
The demon hit full on by the wind scar, reared up out of the water screeching. In moments it was gone, disintegrated. Inuyasha didn’t spare it another thought and turned back to Kagome. He picked her up again and went to the fire. After laying her on her sleeping bag, he tried to bring her around.
“Kagome, Kagome? Are you all right?” She was breathing shallowly and her skin had marks on it from the demon. “Damn it! Kagome, talk to me!”
“Inu-yasha.” Her voice was faint. “Thanks, Inu-yasha. I…I think I’m all right. Must rest.” Kagome’s eyes were very heavy. She was so very tired, it was hard to think.
“Okay, okay. I’ll let you rest.” Inuyasha started to cover her but thought she’d like some clothes on. He took off his shirt and put it on her. It was warm from his body and he didn’t want to try to figure out how to put her clothes on her. Once he had the shirt on her, he zipped up the sleeping bag.
Not sure what to do next he made sure the fire was stoked then went and got her stuff from the hot spring. He checked it again to make sure there were no more demons then went back to Kagome. She didn’t look well and he felt guilty. He hadn’t sensed the demon. It was his job to protect Kagome. Hadn’t everyone told him to watch over her and he’d failed. Nothing could happen to Kagome, he needed her. She was a major part of his world now. Kagome made life enjoyable and because of her he now had other friends.
Friends, for the longest time, he’d never know what it was like to have friends. He helped them and they helped him. It was what friends did for each other. Even those arguments they had were actually kind of fun and made life interesting. No, he didn’t want to think about Kagome being out of his life and yet here she was hurt because he hadn’t been paying attention.
Inuyasha sat brooding for awhile until Kagome called his name. “Inuyasha, Inuyasha? Something’s wrong. I …I feel worse. I feel worse.”
He was leaning over her now. She was very pale and she was sweating, a lot. He touched her face and she was very hot but she was also shivering.
“Oh man, Kagome. What should I do? Do you have something from your era, I can give you? What? Please tell me what to do?” Inuyasha was beginning to panic. He didn’t know a thing about illnesses or how to help. “Should we go back to Kaede’s?”
“No, too far. Jinenji, go to Jinenji. He’ll know… what to… do.” She stopped and her breathing grew ragged.
“Right. Jinenji. We’ll be there by morning.” Quickly he put out the fire, stuffed her things in the backpack, put the bike up in a tree and he was ready to go. He managed to get Kagome on his back but had to hold her arms around his neck because she was out of it. Inuyasha took off but didn’t get far; she was slipping, so he had to carry her in his arms. He didn’t let that slow him down; in fact he went even faster because he was so worried about her. True to his word, by the time the sun was rising, he was just approaching Jinenji’s hut.
Jinenji was an early riser and was up eating his breakfast when he caught Inuyasha’s scent. He smiled as he went outside to greet him. It had been awhile since Inuyasha had helped him. As he came out, he saw Inuyasha running at a great speed then with one great leap he was standing in front of him. One look at Inuyasha and Kagome and he knew they needed his help.
“Please, come. This way, you can put her down over here.” Jinenji’s hut was larger than the previous one. There was space along one wall where Inuyasha laid Kagome. “Make her comfortable and I’ll get Ma.”
Inuyasha got out the sleeping bag and put Kagome on it. She was still burning up. Just when he was going to call for help, the old woman and Jinenji came to him.
“Well, what happened to her? Need to know before we can give her anything.” The old woman was running her hands over Kagome’s face as she listened to Inuyasha’s tale. “A water demon, huh? It’s a wonder she’s still alive. Most people die within hours if they get away from that particular demon. This girl’s spirit and will to live must be strong.” She told Jinenji what plants would be needed to heal Kagome then she turned back to Inuyasha.
“Will she be all right? I got here as fast as I could.” He was looking at Kagome and brushing back her hair.
The old woman watched him for a moment then nodded her head. She would put him to work helping Kagome, it would ease his worries. Inuyasha really cared for this woman; it will be interesting to watch them over the next few days.
“Inuyasha, I’m going to help Jinenji and you need to bathe Kagome.”
“What? Why me? Shouldn’t you do it? You’re both girls!” He wanted to help but that was a really intimate thing.
“Get a grip boy! Do you see all the marks the demon left behind?” At his nod, she continued. “It put some kind of toxin in her, that’s why she’s feverish. You need to wash all the spots where she was touched. Since you were there, you’ll know where to look, okay. This will help, any toxin let on her skin will make her worse.” She stared at him to be sure he got her point.
“Okay, okay. I’ll do it.”
“Right, there are some buckets by the door and the well is behind the house. I’ll have her ready for you when you get back.”
Inuyasha left to get the water. He was tired but nothing would stop him from helping Kagome. He was going to have to touch her and blushed at the thought. “I hope she won’t get mad when she finds out.” He thought of all the ‘sits’ she could say and shivered. When he returned, the corner where he’d left Kagome was hidden by a screen, Inuyasha was relieved at this; at least they wouldn’t be watched.
The old woman was just rising and Kagome was naked. Inuyasha immediately went red. She shook her head and laughed at him. “Get busy boy, the sooner that stuff is washed off the better she’ll feel. For now just wash all the places she was touched, she can bathe when she’s feeling better. I’ll be with Jinenji, if you need help.” She left him to his ‘work’.
Breathing deeply, Inuyasha wet one of the towels. ‘You can do this Inuyasha, she’d do it for you.’ And with that thought, he washed her neck making sure all the toxin was gone before moving on. Of course he couldn’t help noticing her plump breasts right there in front of him, her nipples were puckered.
‘Oh, boy. Her arms, do her arms.’ Tentacles had been around them, he remembered but they were also around her middle, just under her breasts. Carefully, he washed her torso and managed not to touch her breasts. Now her back, to do this, he set her up and she fell against his chest. He could feel her breasts on his chest and it felt so good. With an arm around her he washed her back. After he was done, he held her for just a moment and stroked her silky skin. As he laid her back down, he held his cheek against hers.
Her legs were next, another tempting sight before him. Inuyasha spread her legs just a little, he’d have to wash the backs after all. His eyes kept straying to the dark curls at the juncture of her legs. Quickly he worked, but not so that he didn’t enjoy the length and firmness of her legs. As he finished, somehow his hand brushed against those curls. Clearing his throat, he called out that he’d finished washing Kagome.
“Good, put that kimono on her and let us know when she’s decent. The medicine is almost ready.”
Inuyasha did as he was told and shortly the screen was moved aside as mother and son once again joined him. Kagome had been unconscious the whole time he was washing her, breath shallow. The only time she seemed at ease was when he was holding her. Inuyasha hoped that this medicine worked quickly.
“Okay, here’s what we have to do. First, Inuyasha get her to drink down this tea. It’s bitter and she’ll probably refuse it. Since she’s more familiar with you, it’s up to you. When she’s drunk the tea then we have to spread this poultice on her skin on all the places you just washed. We’ll have to do this every couple of hours, to make sure it draws out all the toxin. It’s going to be hard on her, it’ll hurt, burn coming out. This is going to be a long day for us.
Jinenji will tend to the farm as usual, so it will be up to us to take care of Kagome. Alright, off with you Jinenji and be sure to call out before coming back in.”
“Right, Ma. Inuyasha, this will work. Kagome will be back to herself in no time.” Jinenji stared at Inuyasha to be sure he understood that it was true.
Inuyasha stared back then nodded. “Thanks man.”
The old woman was right; it was a long day. Inuyasha had to hold Kagome in his arms and tilt her head back in order to get the tea in her. Since it didn’t smell good, he knew it didn’t taste good but she had to drink it. After that he and Jinenji’s mom spread the poultice on her skin. At first she lay quiet and the two of them were able to eat something before she had any reactions.
Inuyasha got scared again, because of how she reacted. Kagome thrashed, moaned and groaned as the medicine did its work. Sometimes he had to hold her down so she wouldn’t hurt herself. Jinenji could hear Kagome while he was outside and only went in the hut when he had to. As the day went on, the old woman and Inuyasha repeatedly removed and applied the medicine, when Kagome’s reactions became less intense they were sure she was almost free of the toxin.
“Inuyasha you should put this on her one more time to be sure all the toxin is gone. She hasn’t reacted in the last few hours but let’s be on the safe side. Also give her some more tea to purge her system. I’m going to bed. Wait a few hours more then remove the poultice then you should get some sleep too. You’re looking dog-tired. Ha, ha.” The old woman moved away laughing.
“Come Inuyasha and eat something before doing that. You’ll need your strength to keep taking care of her.” Inuyasha slid the screen in place then joined Jinenji for a quick meal.
“You two are very close. I noticed the last time you were here and seeing you with her has confirmed that. No don’t deny it; it’s plain to anyone with eyes to see.” Inuyasha had looked up with his mouth open. “It’s nice to care about someone, enjoy it. You’re good for Kagome.”
“Actually she’s the one who’s good for me. She brightens my life.” Inuyasha concentrated on his food for a while. When he was done, he looked up at the big man. “Thanks Jinenji, for everything. You’re a good friend.”
Jinenji blushed. “Good night Inuyasha. If you need anything, let me know.”
Once again Inuyasha applied the medicine and waited for any reaction from Kagome. When there was none he washed it away and covered Kagome with a blanket. She was sleeping now and she looked very tired. The treatment had been hard on her. He started to sleep in the corner but changed his mind. Inuyasha lay down beside her and pulled her close; in moments he was asleep too.
Kagome woke up the next morning very tired. “Where am I? What’s happened?” She whispered to herself. She felt a heartbeat, but it wasn’t hers. Opening her eyes she saw red, it was Inuyasha’s shirt; she was lying on his chest. Kagome tried to look up but even that was too much effort.
Inuyasha stirred but didn’t wake up. He tightened his arm around Kagome and brought her closer. Kagome’s eyes were getting heavy again. She felt safe and Inuyasha was with her, that was enough so she went back to sleep. It late in the afternoon before she woke again.
She was again beside Inuyasha. This time her back to his chest with his arm over her waist. She still didn’t know where she was and she couldn’t hear anything to give her a clue. She spoke out loud, “ Inuyasha?”
He wasn’t asleep just lying there with her, at her voice he sat up and turned on her over to look up at him.
“Hey! You woke up finally. Jinenji’s mom thought you wouldn’t wake up until morning.” Smiling at her he reached out and brushed aside her hair. “How do you feel?”
Kagome was confused, she figured something had happened but couldn’t remember. Inuyasha looked happy, relieved. “I feel very tired and weak. What’s happened and when did we get here?” She remembered that they were going to Jinenji’s but didn’t remember getting here.
“Well, I hear voices so I guess our girl’s awake?” Jinenji’s mom moved aside the screen and looked down at the two. “You surprised me girl, didn’t think to talk to you until the morning. Here Inuyasha, sit her up.” The old woman checked Kagome over.
“Yep, medicine did the trick. You boys go outside for a moment while I help Kagome.”
Before long they were back in side. Inuyasha went straight to Kagome’s side, she was lying down again.
“Inuyasha, she wouldn’t tell me what’s happened.” She held out a hand to him. Inuyasha took it and pulled her upright so that she could lean against him.
Jinenji joined them holding a cup of broth for Kagome to drink. “Here you go, you need a little something on your stomach. In the morning you can have some more. It good that you’re feeling better.”
“Hi Jinenji and thanks.” Kagome reached for the bowl but her hands shook so much she put them down again. “What’s wrong with me?”
“Nothing now.” Inuyasha took the bowl and held it to her lips. “Go on and drink.” He said when she just looked at him. Finally she sipped and not until she finished did any one speak.
“Do you remember the hot spring?” Inuyasha looked away as he spoke. When he felt her nod he went on. “Well you were attacked by a water demon. It put some kind of toxin in your skin and you told me to bring you here. Jinenji and his mom fixed up some medicine to make you better.” Inuyasha finally turned to look at Kagome.
“I’m sorry I didn’t protect you. The demon should never have gotten close enough to breathe on you. I… sorry, Kagome.”
Kagome frowned then the memory came back to her. “Oh! That’s right, it pulled me under and the last thing I remember was seeing you enter the water to get me. I couldn’t breathe but when I saw you, I knew I was going to be alright.” Kagome smiled up at him but Inuyasha didn’t return it.
“You almost died because I didn’t know the demon was there! I should have known and kept you from getting hurt at all.”
“Oh right,” Jinenji’s mom spoke up. “You can smell a demon that lives under water? Automatically you know where all demons are at all times?”
“Well no. But I should have…” He stopped when she interrupted again.
“Should have? Boy, do you realize that Kagome is here, with you now because you did everything possible to save her. You killed the demon and got help when it became necessary. You helped take care of her without resting until you were sure she was out of danger. I say you did exactly the right thing. Demons will always be around and you can only do your best to protect others and you did that.” The old woman finished in a huff.
“She’s right Inuyasha. Please don’t blame yourself, it wasn’t your fault. Besides you were there when I needed you to be.” Kagome looked at Jinenji. “Did he really help take care of me?”
Jinenji smiled at her. “Oh yes. The only times he left your side was to eat. Even then he ate so quickly that he was back at your side in moments.”
Looking at Inuyasha she saw him blushing. Kagome turned to hug him and he returned it. They stayed that way for a moment and when she pulled back, looked him in the eyes. “Thank you, Inuyasha for always being there.” She laughed gently as he reddened again.
“Well then, now that all the explanations are done you need more sleep. It will be awhile yet before you feel like yourself again. We could use the rest too. I’m off to bed, goodnight.”
“Goodnight and thanks for your help.” Kagome said.
“My pleasure, girl. I’d do anything for friends of my Jinenji here.” She left and went over to her pallet.
“I’m really glad you’re doing better Kagome. We’ll have lots of time to talk over the next few days, so you go on to sleep.” Jinenji stood and began to move the screen into place again. “Goodnight.”
“Okay, time to sleep. I’ll be right over here if you need me.” Inuyasha helped her to lie down again and covered her up. Then he moved to sit against the wall.
“Wait, Inuyasha. You slept by my side while I was sick, didn’t you?” At his nod she continued. “Please, won’t you do it now? I’d really like to feel you next to me. I’ll rest better.”
He hesitated only a moment. Putting his sword within arms reach, Inuyasha moved next to Kagome and she turned on her side to face him.
“Thanks Inuyasha.” Closing her eyes, she snuggled into him and drifted off.
Just before sleep took her she heard Inuyasha whisper, “I’d do anything for you, Kagome.” From then on, the two always slept together. He’d lie down beside her and she’d snuggle in close.
The next few days, Kagome and Inuyasha were never away from each other for any length of time. He helped her with everything. At first she couldn’t even feed herself so he fed her. Inuyasha helped her dress and would carry her when she wanted to go outside. The toxin and the removal of it, had taken all her strength. The only thing he didn’t do was help her take a bath.
They learned a great deal about Jinenji and his mom as well as taught them some things about Kagome’s time, especially the games. It was a fun time, all things considered. Inuyasha would even carry Kagome into the village where the kids played and they shared some of their adventures with them.
A week had past and Kagome knew that soon the others would begin to worry about them. They were supposed to meet back at Kaede’s village by now. She shared her thoughts with Inuyasha.
“Inuyasha, maybe you should head back and tell everybody what happened.”
“Hmm…no. I’m not leaving you. If they want to find us, we’re not hard to find and they knew exactly where we were going. Besides, Miroku will enjoy any extra time he can get with Sango.”
Kagome had to smile at that. The two of them were sitting under a tree. Inuyasha was leaning against the tree and she against his chest. Kagome couldn’t remember when she and Inuyasha were so happy and at ease with each other. She really didn’t want him to leave either so she let the subject go. “Okay, we’ll just wait for them here.”
“Good plan. Look there’s Jinenji, supper must be ready. Let’s go eat.”
Where’s Kagome and Inuyasha?
Sango, Miroku and Shippo arrived at Kaede’s hut two days later. All were smiles and looking rested. After dismounting, Shippo ran and gave Kaede a hug.
“Hey! Did you miss us?”
“Well hello! Nice to see you all looking so well. Things are well in your village?” Kaede moved to Sango and the two hugged.
“Yes, thank you. We were able to restore many things and it looks more like my home once again. How are things here? Kagome and Inuyasha?”
“Yeah, where’s Kagome? I’ve really missed her?” Shippo hopped down and went into the hut but it was empty.
“They are not back yet. I was looking for them to arrive yesterday, actually. I was planning to make a few things with those herbs Kagome was to bring me. Perhaps they are just taking their time returning. The weather has been lovely after all.”
“Yes, no doubt Kagome wants to enjoy every minute of her vacation.” Said Miroku.
“Yes, well come inside, I’ll make us some tea.” Everyone put the matter aside and went to have tea.
On the third day since the arrived back at Kaede’s, they began to worry. Something must have detained Kagome and Inuyasha, they wouldn’t keep them worrying and waiting like this. A plan was made, if they didn’t return by morning, they would go looking for them.
It was raining and still no sign of them. It was time to go looking for them, they could be hurt or trapped somewhere and needed help. Worse case, Naraku had attacked them but no one wanted to think that or say it out loud.
They set out in the rain and that first day saw no sign of them. It was miserable and wet; the weather depressed them and kept their hopes low. When they made camp that night the rain finally stopped. Miroku and Sango waited until Shippo was asleep before they voiced their worries.
“What do you think could have happened, Miroku? I don’t think they’re off having fun and ignoring us.”
“I don’t know Sango, absolutely anything is possible. Maybe Jinenji’s village was having some kind of trouble and they stayed to help. It’s what happened the first time they were there.”
“Yes, you’re right. I hadn’t thought of that. Or maybe they met someone on the way back that needed their help and went with them. I guess we should just head for Jinenji’s and maybe he can tell us something.”
“Right. We’ll still look for them but we should head directly for Jinenji’s, he can give us some answers. Let’s get some sleep; tomorrow could be another long day. Goodnight Sango.”
The sun took its place in the sky as the woke up. After a quick breakfast, Kirara leaped up again. Flying, they figured would get them faster than the route Kagome and Inuyasha took. All the morning the only things they saw were trees and villages. In the afternoon, Miroku saw a flash from something and pointed Kirara in that direction. As they drew nearer, whatever the flash was, it came from a tree. Both prepared their weapons in case it was a demon. When they got closer Shippo recognized what it was and jumped into the tree.
“Shippo!” Miroku called.
“It’s Kagome’s bike. They were here, Inuyasha had to put it up here. But where are they?”
“Look, down there, it’s a campsite. Let’s check it out.” Miroku pointed at the circle of rocks.
On the ground, they were sure it was Inuyasha and Kagome’s campsite. Shippo found the manga that Inuyasha had been reading. Looking around for other clues, Sango walked over to the hot spring.
“Miroku, come look at this!” Miroku and Shippo came running. When they reached Sango, she was pointing at the ground. In the ground there were deep grooves, the kind made by the tetsusaiga.
“He used the wind scar, so he had to have fought a demon.” Miroku walked around a bit. “I don’t sense the presence of any other demon, so it’s safe now. There’s no blood, so maybe no one was hurt.”
“But they left Kagome’s bike. Why if they were all right?” Shippo jumped on Miroku.
“Inuyasha can travel faster on foot. If they had to get somewhere quickly, it would make sense to leave it behind. Since he put up in the tree its safe enough. Let’s get back in the sky.”
“Wait Miroku. Kirara is tired. Let’s have some lunch then leave, it’s still early and there’s plenty of day left.
“Of course Sango. Sorry Kirara. Come on Shippo let’s rest a little.”
Once Kirara had eaten and rested for a while they took off again. Before long they saw a hut, it was familiar to them.
“Hey, that’s the hut we stayed in while you and Kirara were sick from Naraku’s miasma. Inuyasha and Kagome walked to Jinenji’s from here. We should be close now!” Shippo was getting excited.
“Indeed it is. Sango?”
“Yep, head that way Kirara.”
It was late afternoon and Kagome and Inuyasha were lying down, dozing. Jinenji’s mom was cooking and Jinenji was sorting some herbs. It had been another nice day and everyone was feeling well.
Inuyasha had just made Kagome more comfortable against his chest when a sound pricked his ears then he caught their smell.
“Damn it all. They got here sooner than I thought they would.” He mumbled, his time alone with Kagome was over. Placing a hand on her face, he leaned over and kissed her awake.
“Mmm… Is it time to eat?” Kagome smiled sleepily up at him.
Unable to resist, he smiled back at her. “Not just yet but we’ve got company. Looks like Miroku and the others have found us. Should be landing in a moment. Come on, I’ll help you up.” Inuyasha helped her to sit up then he got up and moved the screen aside.
“Food’s not quite ready yet. You can rest some more.” The old woman said.
“Yeah, I know but we’ve got company coming.” Inuyasha bent down to pick up the tetsusaiga .
Seeing Inuyasha put on his sword, Jinenji got up and reached for the club he kept in case of unwanted demons. “Is it more than one demon?”
Inuyasha smiled, “Only two but don’t worry, they’re our friends. Looks like they finally decided to find out why we didn’t come back on time. Come on Jinenji, I’ll introduce you.
Kirara had just landed when Inuyasha stepped outside. She growled a hello and the others called out to him. Shippo bounded over and onto Inuyasha’s head.
“Inuyasha! You’re all right! Where have you been? Where’s Kagome?”
“Yes, Inuyasha. Where is Kagome?” Sango had reached him but stopped when Jinenji came out of the hut. “Miroku?” Sango gripped her weapon.
“Hold it Sango. Don’t you remember? We told you Jinenji was big. Jinenji, this is Sango, Miroku, Shippo and Kirara. Everyone, Jinenji.”
“Hello, welcome to my home. Kagome’s waiting inside and we were just about to eat supper. Please come in.”
Still a little stunned by the big man, they all followed him quietly inside. Once inside they saw Kagome sitting against the far wall. Immediately Shippo perked up and jumped to the floor. He was all set to run to Kagome and hop into her arms when Inuyasha caught him by the tail.
“Hey! What’ wrong? Let me go! I wanna go hug Kagome!”
“Not like that. Kagome’s been hurt and is still weak. I won’t have you tackling her when she’s not up to it.” Inuyasha set him down then moved over to Kagome.
Kagome smiled up at him and raised her arms so Inuyasha could pick her up. “Thanks. I really missed Shippo but I didn’t want him jumping on me.”
“No problem.” He gave her a quick grin.
Sango and Miroku looked at each other then at Kagome and Inuyasha. They really had missed a few things. Apparently there was a good story to be told not to mention the new affection between the two.
Inuyasha carried Kagome over to the fire and sat down with her in his lap. The others sat as well. Once settled comfortably on Inuyasha, Kagome held out her arms for Shippo.
“Gently.” Inuyasha said softly.
Now a little hesitant, Shippo walked over to Kagome and let her pick him up. Her arms shook a little. Shippo frowned up at her.
“Are you all right Kagome?” He hugged her but backed away when he noticed she was still shaking.
“I’ll be fine, I’m just really weak right now.” She held out a hand to Sango, who grabbed hold of it. “It’s good to see you. You all look well rested. Did everything go okay in your village?”
“Yes, we were able to make some repairs and lounge around too. Kagome? What happened to you?”
“Hey Kagome. I’d like to know that as well. We came upon your old campsite and found your bike.” Miroku spoke up.
“Now, let’s wait on that a bit. Supper’s ready so why don’t we eat something and then Inuyasha can tell you the details. I’m Jinenji’s ma by the way.” She filled bowls and for a while all you could hear was the sounds of people eating.
Again, Miroku lifted an eyebrow as he watched Inuyasha feed Kagome. He looked over at Sango and saw she was staring as well. Clearing his throat, he got her attention and shook his head so she would stop staring.
The old woman grinned to herself and enjoyed her meal.
“Thank you for feeding us especially since we just showed up out of nowhere.” Sango bent her head.
“Well, it was really no problem, Kagome and Inuyasha figured you show up here sooner or later so I’ve been fixing extra food for a couple days now.”
Miroku looked over at the two, Kagome was now between Inuyasha’s legs and leaning against his chest. “Do you feel up to telling us what happened, Kagome?”
“Yeah, some of it any way. Inuyasha will tell the rest of the story.” Kagome laced her fingers through his and began talking.
“You said you had found our campsite, right? Okay, so you must have seen the hot spring. We’d been traveling for a while and here was a chance for a hot bath. After eating I went in but neither of us knew that a water demon had made that pool its home. At first every thing was fine but before I knew it, it pulled me under. I don’t remember much after that, only seeing Inuyasha enter the water. The next thing I remember is waking up here.” Kagome finished and smiled at Jinenji and his mother.
“A water demon. Well that explains why Inuyasha didn’t know a demon was there. He couldn’t smell it. I wondered how you could be attacked with him around.”
“Kagome? What kind of demon was it?” Sango wanted to know.
“I don’t know, only that it was kind of like an octopus.”
“Oh! Those have a nasty toxin that usually…” She didn’t finish because she realized that Kagome was very lucky to be alive.
“That’s right, girl. Most people would have died after being attacked by that particular demon. I was amazed she was still alive when I heard about it too. But Kagome here has a very strong soul and will to live. Not to mention that Inuyasha got her here in record time.”
“Wow, Kagome. Inuyasha? How’d you save her if you couldn’t smell the demon?” Shippo was wide eyed.
“I couldn’t smell the demon but I could smell Kagome. Suddenly I lost her scent and she wasn’t humming any longer. I called out but when she didn’t answer I went looking. When I reached the water and saw what was happening, I jumped in and saved her.” Inuyasha shrugged like it was no big deal.
“Kagome, did the toxin affect you right away?”
“Actually I don’t know but I guess so since I can’t remember. Inuyasha?”
“Why do you need all the little details? Kagome’s going to be fine, isn’t that enough?”
“Come on Inuyasha. We haven’t seen you guys in over a week and while we were away one of you was hurt. We’d just like to know what went on. I’m impressed by your ability to do the impossible, where Kagome’s concern. Jinenji’s mom said you got her here quickly. You must have been flying.” Miroku turned to Jinenji. “Inuyasha can grow in strength and it looks like he can fly whenever Kagome’s in danger.” He smiled at Inuyasha who was frowning.
“Leave it alone Miroku.” He looked away and wasn’t going to speak again until Kagome spoke.
“Please, tell it all. You didn’t tell me everything either.”
Huffing Inuyasha told the rest of it. “After I got you out, you said you were tired and needed to rest, so I put you in your sleeping bag. You seemed fine but soon you were having some type of reaction. I got you to tell me what to do and then we came here. End of story.”
“Huh. Not quite. This boy was very worried about his girl so I had him help me out. He helped give her the medicine and sat up with her all night. He did everything and more would hardly eat, he was so worried. Yep, that’s a good man you got their Kagome.” The old woman laughed as Inuyasha turned red.
“Hey Inuyasha? Will you be my nurse when I get sick?” Shippo asked grinning.
“I’d probably toss you in the nearest river.” Everyone had a good laugh.
“So why didn’t you come and let us know what was going on, when Kagome was feeling better? It wouldn’t have taken you very long to come and get us.” Sango questioned.
“Get real Sango. Can’t you see there was no way he was going to leave Kagome? Not even to get us.” Miroku shook his head at her.
“For once the monk got it right. Figured you come looking when we didn’t come back in a week. Besides Kagome still needs me to help her get around.”
“He’s right. I’m very weak and it will be a while yet before I’ll be able to leave here. I don’t want to head home like this and worry my family. So Jinenji and his mom said that it was okay if we all stay here awhile.”
“Right and on that note, I think we should all get some sleep. We rise early on the farm and we should get a lot done, don’t you think Jinenji? All this extra help and all.”
Jinenji rose and helped his ma to her feet. “Well goodnight everyone. Inuyasha knows where you all can sleep. See you in the morning.”
Inuyasha figured that his sleeping next to Kagome was over, so he didn’t plan on it. Moving the screen out a little he made room for the five of them. Shippo as always, went to Kagome’s sleeping bag, Sango next to her on a pallet and Miroku was going to sit up against the wall opposite from Inuyasha.
The others dropped off quickly, searching and worrying had tired them out. Kagome not yet asleep looked over at Inuyasha and whispered, “I miss you beside me.”
Inuyasha looked at the others then, “The hell with it.” He moved to her side away from Shippo and pulled her close.
Miroku who had been dozing, woke when Inuyasha moved, he lifted and eyebrow and smiled when he saw the two of them together. Romance was in the air and with that thought went to sleep.
In the morning, Inuyasha woke first, not wanting to be found sleeping with Kagome by his friends. He really hated to leave her, before leaving he ran a hand through her hair and kissed her cheek. Quietly he left the hut. Kirara had woken and followed him out and Miroku who figured Inuyasha would leave before everyone woke up also got up and went outside.
Miroku saw him sitting against a tree with Kirara, watching the sunrise. For a while they sat in silence.
“So, how bad was it really?”
“Damn it Miroku! I’m trying to forget it, not remember it!” He didn’t say anything else right away then spoke softly. “It was terrifying. Once I’d saved her she seemed well but when she got so sick… it was …if she hadn’t come to long enough to tell me to come here, I might have lost her. I should have sensed the demon, damn it.” Inuyasha’s fist hit the ground. Kirara mewed up at him and crawled into his lap. He stroked her and calmed down.
“You couldn’t have known and blaming yourself won’t change anything. Besides she’s going to be all right.” Miroku paused then grinned. “I would have loved seeing you run or should I say flying here. It must have been a sight.”
Inuyasha grinned a little. “Oh shut up. I had to get her here quickly. I’m glad the old lady knew what she was doing. But the treatment was bad too; she suffered from the toxin leaving her body. That’s why she’s so weak. Don’t know when she’ll be up to traveling.”
“Hmm, sounds rough but you both got through it because you had each other. Kagome will be back to normal in no time.”
Inside Sango was awake and noticing that the boys were gone joined Jinenji who was fixing breakfast.
“Can I help?” The two soon had a meal ready and Shippo woke up hungry. He was sent outside to get the others.
“Breakfast!” He landed on Inuyasha’s shoulder.
“So Shippo, did you have to watch Miroku all the time while you were away?”
“Nah, but he did get some smacks. I probably missed some.”
“Hey! I did my best not to touch her but when it’s right there in front of me, how can I resist?”
Inuyasha let out a laugh, “Still the pervert.”
Everyone ate then went outside to work in the garden. Kagome was still sleeping and didn’t wake until later in the morning. Inuyasha had been listening for her and when he heard her, walked back to the hut.
“Inuyasha?” Shippo called.
“Kagome’s awake, Sango could you come too? She’ll need help dressing.”
The three went inside and Kagome was leaning against the wall. Shippo started for her then remembered to take it easy. He went and gave her a quick hug.
“Morning Kagome.” Sango stood to one side as Inuyasha helped Kagome to stand. For a moment the two just stared at each other. “Inuyasha why don’t you get some food for Kagome and I’ll let you know when we’re done.”
Inuyasha and Shippo left the girls and Sango helped Kagome to dress while they talked.
“So Kagome, what exactly is going on between you and Inuyasha? I mean I know he’s been taking care of you but there’s something more. The two of you seem so-intimate with each other.”
“Noticed that, huh? I don’t really know. This attack frightened both of us really bad and we started treating each other like maybe we wouldn’t have the next day together. Every moment together is precious. Being attacked was like a blessing in disguise, not that I wanted to be attacked and almost die but it has helped our relationship. This tender side of Inuyasha amazes and delights me. I know he feels guilty for not preventing the attack and I don’t blame him for it, so I hope that’s not the reason he’s treating me this way. So I guess I don’t have an answer. Whatever is going on between us, I plan to enjoy and treasure it for as long as it lasts.”
“You’re right, it’s complicated. This new side to Inuyasha is well, so unreal to the gruff guy we’re so used to. I guess I’ll just adjust to it. Now if only Miroku would change from being a lecherous monk, to something better.” Sango sighed and shook her head.
“Oh come on, Sango. Even with as annoying as he can be, you wouldn’t want him to change too much. Now I’m ready to eat. Inuyasha?”
Inuyasha appeared and moved the screen aside. He picked up Kagome and started to go outside. Shippo followed with Kagome’s breakfast. While carrying her he spoke in low tones.
“I do feel guilty about not finding the demon before it attacked you but that’s not why I’m acting different. I guess, I just really care about you and want you to know it. I’m glad that you like what’s happening between us because I like it too.”
“Inuyasha, you’re not supposed to listen to girl-talk, but in this case I’m glad you did.” She kissed him on the cheek very near his mouth then put her head on his shoulder.
The gang spent another four days at Jinenji’s place. They talked a lot, helped with the farm, visited the village and enjoyed each other’s company while Kagome recuperated. Thoughts of the shikon jewel never came up. On the fifth day it was decided that Kagome was well enough to travel so they were preparing to leave when Kagome felt the presence of a jewel shard coming from the village.
Nobody really wanted to go after it but knew they couldn’t let a jewel shard slip through their fingers. Kagome was told to stay with Jinenji while the others went after the shard.
Once they reached the village, many people were running into their homes to hide from the demon. At first, because of the people running around scared, they were unable to see the demon. Inuyasha could smell it but before he had a chance to find it, it got away. There were a few people dead and others hurt from trying to hide. Everyone ended up staying one more day just to help out and the jewel was long gone.
The following day, they started out early. Kagome had all the herbs Kaede had asked for and some food for the journey back to Kaede’s. They took it easy and along the way met a few people but had no trouble at all. Soon enough they reached the infamous hot spring. After retrieving Kagome’s bike from the tree Inuyasha wanted to keep going but Kagome had other ideas.
Let’s Share a Bath
Sango, Miroku and Shippo had moved a distance away so the two could talk. “Inuyasha, I think we should stay here tonight. It’s a nice place now that there’s no demon around.”
“No! Why in the hell would you want to stay here? You could have died here or have you forgotten that.” He crossed his arms and looked away from her.
Quietly, “No, I haven’t forgotten and I won’t get over it unless we stay here. Inuyasha, sooner or later we’ll be by this way again and this is a perfect spot to camp in. If we stay here and have a nice normal time, the fear of this place will go away, for both of us. Don’t you want that?” Kagome was standing behind him, head resting on his back.
“Of course I want that but I just don’t want to stay here. We could move a little further away, how about that?”
“No, that won’t do. We need to stay in the same spot and I need to bathe in that spring.”
He turned around and grabbed her shoulders. “Absolutely not! No way! I’m not putting you at risk again.”
“You destroyed the demon, Inuyasha. It’s safe now; both you and Miroku can double-check it to be sure. It’s what I want to do.” She smiled up at him and put her hands on his hips and moved closer. “We can help each other Inuyasha.”
Inuyasha liked her close but figured she was up to something. “How?”
“When I go to bathe, why don’t you join me?” Kagome laughed a little at his shocked expression. “Oh come on, fair’s fair. Jinenji’s mom told me you gave me a bathe to wash away the toxin. Now it’s my turn to see and wash you.”
Inuyasha was red in the face. “She shouldn’t have told you. I…I was just trying to help you.”
“I know and appreciate it but now I want a chance to return the favor.” Kagome was serious and Inuyasha began to realize she wasn’t teasing him.
“What about the others? We can’t hide what we’d be doing.”
“We’ll wait until Shippo goes to sleep and as for Miroku and Sango…?” She shrugged. “I don’t really care. They both know our relationship has changed and hopefully they’ll take it in stride, at least Miroku will, any way. Please Inuyasha? Let’s have this time together, it might be awhile before it happens again.”
Inuyasha embraced her and was quiet for a while. “Okay, let’s do it.” When Kagome again smiled up at him, he looked to see where the others were and when he didn’t see them, kissed her.
Later that evening, Kagome had a chance to speak with Sango and Inuyasha with Miroku, for now they were leaving Shippo out of the loop. Sango voiced her apprehensions with Miroku as she watched Kagome and Inuyasha walk hand in hand to the spring.
“I … I just can’t believe that the two of them are going to bathe together. What could Kagome be thinking? Besides that, they’ve always been so shy with one another and now they’re both going to be nude.” Sango shook her head, seemingly unable to take it all in.
“Well all I can say is, Inuyasha is one lucky dog.” Miroku laughed as he realized what he just said. When Sango looked over at him, “What? I don’t really see a big problem. Their feelings for each other have become deeper, stronger than before. An illness can do that, make you feel like you should spend more time with the one you care most about and there’s no doubt in my mind that Kagome’s that person for Inuyasha. His feelings for Kikyo are juvenile compared to what he now feels for Kagome. I think its good they want this private time with one another. It may be a while before they get another chance like this.”
“Yes, you make a good point but I just don’t know if it’s right or not. This is a big decision and a big step to take.” Sango stared at Miroku and wondered if he’d ever feel something real for her.
“It’s their decision and step to take and we can’t make it for them. We’ll just have to be happy for them and be there for them.” Miroku crossed his arms; he didn’t have anymore to say on the subject. He did wish Sango would drop off to sleep so he could go take a peek. He sighed heavily.
Standing by the side of the hot spring, Inuyasha wanted to be sure that Kagome wanted this, “Are you sure? I can wait here until you’re finished, I won’t mind.”
“But I will. Don’t back out on me now Inuyasha.” Kagome stared at him intently.
“Never. I’ll be with you always.”
She smiled, “Good, now help me out of my clothes.” Inuyasha did as he was told. Before allowing Kagome anywhere near the spring, he checked thoroughly and then had Miroku check it as well. It was free of any demon presence. Once her clothes were off, Inuyasha picked her up and carried Kagome to some rocks where she could sit and watch him. Per her request, he was to undress for her, give her a little show.
Kagome made herself comfortable and rested her chin on her knees. Smiling softly, “Go ahead, I’m ready.”
Inuyasha was embarrassed, royally embarrassed but wasn’t about to stop now. He removed his outer shirt then the other. He was used to Kagome seeing this much of him, now came new territory. Reaching for his belt, he pulled it loose; Inuyasha stood only in a loincloth.
“Oh my.” Kagome said huskily. The water was warm but now she was becoming a little heated.
At her words the loincloth began to fill out. Inuyasha turned around and pulled this down quickly and showed his firm backside first. Both took deep breaths as he turned back around. He was firm and upstanding. The hair around his groin was as silver as the hair on his head.
“Wow.” Kagome smiled fully and sat up, held out her arms. “Come here.”
Inuyasha waded over to her. They stood just staring at one another then came together.
“Your skin is so soft.” His hand traveled up and down her back and over her buttocks. Her breasts were pressed against his chest and he cupped her to bring her ever closer to him.
Kagome’s hands were copying his and she marveled at the strength in him. His claws raked her lightly making her shiver with the thrill of it. Lifting her head she smiled, “I like this, I like it a lot.”
Inuyasha laughed deeply and full of joy. Back at the campsite, Sango and Miroku heard this. Sango was shocked but Miroku just shook his head and again thought what a luck dog his friend was.
Inuyasha was kissing Kagome and thought he’d better stop before things got out of hand. “Hey, I thought we were here to take a bath.” At her nod, he moved her away from him and picked up her shampoo.
Kagome was sighing with pleasure as Inuyasha washed her hair. He knew exactly how to use those claws of his and proved that they were more than just a way to protect himself.
Inuyasha was enjoying this too; her pleasure was his. Next he washed her lovely back and rounded curves. When he turned her around, her face was flushed and filled with excitement.
“Hmm, what to do with these?” He cupped her breasts and stroked her nipples with his thumbs. Grabbing the soap he took his time lathering them. After rinsing away the soap he couldn’t resist taking a taste of one of her nipples. He switched from one to the other, seeming to really enjoy the flavor of her skin.
“Oh Inuyasha, you’re going to drive me insane.” Her hands reached out and grabbed his hips. Inuyasha suckled a little longer before standing again.
“That was fun but now to move on to those lovely long legs of yours.” Picking her up, he put her back on the rocks; with the soap in his hands he started washing her feet. Inuyasha looked up and wiggled his eyebrows when she jerked and began to giggle.
“Oh, so you’re ticklish, good to know.”
Kagome was delighted at this playful side of Inuyasha but she quieted down when he moved between her legs. He washed her calves and moved up to her knees.
“Almost done, lean back.” Slowly he soaped her thighs moving ever closer to her dark curls.
Anticipating his touch, she moaned even before he touched her. Lying flat against the rock, Kagome lost herself in his touch. Inuyasha was thorough; at first he just massaged her but soon opened her nether lips to view the pink flesh. He glanced up at her; Kagome had her eyes closed, biting her lip. Next he touched her bud and her hips raised up from the rock. Inuyasha paid special attention there as well as entering her lush body with one then two fingers.
Kagome tossed her head, she didn’t know how much more she could stand; her moment was close, hips high, she came. She didn’t scream, she had no voice but as her body relaxed, all she could say was his name.
Inuyasha thought she was beautiful. He moved closer, leaned over her and kissed her passionately. His groin rested against hers and both were shaking with how much they wanted to go further. Soon Inuyasha rested his weight on his forearms. Kagome was smiling with her eyes closed.
“I guess that smile means you’re all right?”
“Better than all right. Wonderful in fact, couldn’t be better.” Opening her eyes Kagome stared at him lovingly. She reached up and ran her hand through his hair. “Thank you. I’m glad we’re able to share this. No one could have made me feel this way but you.”