2 YEARS LATER
“Wow its been two years already?” Miroku asked me as we rushed back to my house, that now sit’s a few yards from the Sacred Tree, in the exact spot where Kagome’s house would be. “Inuyasha, slow down will you.”
“well put on some speed, monk!” I told him as I ran in place. He rolled his eyes as I ran on ahead. I heard him mutter something about me but I didn’t care, Kagome was due any moment now and I didn’t want to miss a thing.
We arrive to my home just as Keade entered, she popped her head out and told me that Kagome wanted me inside with her. I didn’t care if it was frowned upon for a man to be there during the birth I wanted to be by her side. I walked in, nodded in greeting to Sango and Rin before turning to my wife. I grew worried as Kagome groaned, but she still smiled at me as I knelt next to her.
Sango warned me that I might not want to be here due to the process. I just scoffed and told them that I’ve never left her side and that I wasn’t going to start now. Neither of them argued with me, but eventually I did have to go outside, the smell was too much. I felt really bad as I walked out, but Miroku reassured me that I hadn’t done anything wrong.
Sesshoumaru then showed up, landing next to the Sacred Tree. I wasn’t surprised to see him. Yup he’s gonna have his hands full. Rin was now 13, almost Kagome’s age when I first met her and Rin had definitely grown up. She wasn’t just kind and as strong like Kagome. She too was in love with a dog-demon, though a very cold dog-demon.
“Haven’t seen you in awhile how are you?” I asked he gave me his -I-could-careless look, but shrugged.
“how dare you not address Lord Sesshoumaru properly!” Jaken scowled waving his staff around.
“shut your mouth.” Sesshoumaru and I said in unison. That shut the little demon up pretty quickly. I shrugged as Miroku laughed, though whether or not he was laughing us or his girls I’m not sure.
“How is Rin?” Sesshoumaru asked as I began to pace.
“why not see for yourself, just stick around.” I said not stopping.
Almost five hours had past and still nothing, I growled in annoyance and stomped my feet. By now the girls and Shippo had wander off with some other village kids around their age. So it left me, Miroku and Sesshoumaru to wait. I knew they were tired of watching me pace back and forth, but I didn’t care, this was taking forever.
“Inuyasha, you need to relax, giving birth doesn’t happen that quickly.” Miroku said, I just glared at him. I knew that he was right, it took almost four hours for the twins to be delivered, but something felt wrong. Then Sango and Rin were shooed out of the house and the others stood up. They were just as confused at we were. I smiled as Sesshoumaru’s eye brow twitched ever so lightly and I grinned at him. He glanced at me out of the corner of his eye and sneered. Then Rin asking why had Keade kick them out, caught my attention, good question, Rin. I thought then my ears twitch. “something’s wrong. Why is there no cry?”
“Don’t worry Inuyasha, not all babies cry right away.” Miroku said as Sango walked to his side.
I shook my head, no something was definitely wrong. I turned to Sesshoumaru, it wasn’t just no cry, I couldn’t hear a heart beat. My brother and I locked eyes, and he shook his head. “no.” I breathed out and then came a cry, but it wasn’t the baby it was Kagome. I trembled looked back at Sesshoumaru and back at the house before rushing inside.
“Inuyasha wait!” Sango called out but I was already at the door.
As I entered I heard Sesshoumaru, “Stop! Let him go.”
His voice surprised me, it sounded softer and not as cold as it always was. The sight that greeted me was one I never want to see again. Kagome laying on her side holding herself, her body shaking from the cries that left her. I looked around and saw Keade with a bundle and her eyes softened before shaking her head. “No.”
“I’m truly sorry, Inuyasha.” Keade said, still holding the small bundle in her arms.
I felt my body tremble and my vision glazed as my eyes watered. I reached out my hands, but paused, “Can I see it?” Keade just nodded and handed me the baby before uncovering its face. She put her hand on my shoulder, said sorry one last time and left.
In my arms, I could feel how cold it was. I braced myself as I looked down and opened my eyes. I gritted my teeth, and my lips quivered. The baby in my arms had a tuft of hair the same color as Kagome‘s, small human ears, my flesh tone. I leaned my head down, touch its forehead with mine and cried silently as Kagome continued to bawl.
“so, it’s gone?” I leaned up to see Sesshoumaru, the door closed behind him. I couldn’t answer him, all I did was nod. “mhm, I see.” He said and reached for Tenseiga, but stopped and I could tell by his face that he couldn’t save it. He met my eyes and shook his head before turning around, “you have my condolences, little brother.” I nodded and watched him leave before turning back to the lifeless body of my child.
“I..nu..yasha?” came Kagome’s, voice low and full of sadness. I turned to face her, she was sitting up, looking at me, tears streaming down her face. “I want to see him, please, I want to se my baby.”
“oh, Kagome.” I said and walked to her, knelt down and showed her the child. Thinking back, I don’t think it was the best idea, because it only caused her to cry even more. She took the child from me and held it as she sobbed, I didn’t know what to do so I let her hold it. Which again probably wasn’t the best idea. It took all my will to take the child from her, even as she pleaded with me not to take. “Hey! Someone come help me!”
Miroku and the others came in, “what is it Inuyasha?” Miroku asked but it was a stupid question.
“I need someone to take this child, please.” I watched at they all glanced at each other they all looked unsure. “damn it please!”
It was Sesshoumaru who stepped up, he pushed through the group with an irritated growl, came right to Kagome and knelt down. “No! don’t take him away!” she cried and I forced myself to look away as Sesshoumaru, clearly no match for her, took the child out of her arms. “No! how could you!? Give him back! Give my baby back Sesshoumaru!” He ignored her and I took her in my arms trying to calm her down, but she beat her fists on my chest. “let me go Inuyasha! Let me go! I want my child”
“what do you want me to do with it?” Sesshoumaru asked holding the child in his arms.
“I don’t care right now just take it!” I yelled trying to keep her in my arms.
“no! bring it back you bastard! Give me back my baby! Inuyasha let me go!” Kagome screamed, a part of me wanted to and I almost did but it would only make things worse.
“Kagome please stop! You cant!” I said and didn’t notice the others leave until later. “shh Kagome stop, there’s nothing you can do! Stop! The baby is gone!” I hated to be so harsh with her when she was so upset but what else was I to do? So I just held her and a few set of sobs escaped her. “I know, I know. Shh.”
A month past by and we stayed home, didn’t bother even going to the village. We just stayed home and laid with each other. Kagome was so upset, I don’t blame her, I was hurt too just not like her. We had been so excited to have a child, when we found out we couldn’t keep it to ourselves and ended up telling everyone. So often that they got fed up with us that every time we saw them they just yell “we know”. Now to have lost it so quickly, so soon, it torn us up. Just being her with was all I could do.
It was the middle of the second month since we lost the baby, the new moon had past and still we stayed home, but I had started to get restless. “Kagome, hey.” I said one day and she looked at me, “you cant stay in bed all day, we need to do something.”
“you can I don’t want to.”
I sighed, “fine, I’m going to check in with the others, I’ll be right back.” Kagome just nodded and rolled over so her back was away from me. I walked to her and leaned over her, to kiss her. “love you. Wont be long.” All she did was hum in response and cling to the stuffed animal she made a few weeks before the child was due. She’s been holding that thing all the time, I was starting to get jealous of the stupid thing and she made it after me. Its pointed dog ears and golden eyes even it grey body. I mean she still cuddled with me, but yet she still held that toy. Yet I was too understanding to take it from her, since she did make that thing for our child.
I walked out of our room and out the door of the house. The others found it strange, the way I built it, but I told them it wasn’t for me. I had built it for Kagome about six months after we married. She had got depressed and home sick, missing her mom and family. So I promised her after showing her how close she still was to them, that I would build her a home. When I had finished it, it was her birthday and I told her that it may not be the same as her house there, but she didn’t care. She cried when she saw it, saying it wasn’t too small and that it was perfect. And it wasn’t that small, but it wasn’t as big as her house on the other side. I told her that we could add on as our lives went on. She was so happy with it we moved into it immediately and it made me happy to see her so overjoyed.
I closed the door and looked up at the tree as I walked by, heading to the village. It was Rin who greeted me as I walked into the village and she showed me yet another gift she had gotten from Sesshoumaru. “A necklace? Wow that so unlike Sesshoumaru. No kimono?” I asked laughing at my brother, but Rin just smiled and slipped it over her neck.
“how is Lady Kagome?” she asked walking with me.
“that’s a very good question, Rin. How are you doing Inuyasha? Its been ages, thought something happened to you.” Miroku said a joking tone in his voice.
“Hey guys, everything’s ok. Kagome is still really sad. I don’t know what to do, I can’t think of anything else to do to cheer her up.”
“Don’t worry Inuyasha, she just needs time.” Sango said as the twin ran to greet me.
“hey girls,” I said picking them both up as I growled at them, receiving squeals and giggles. “how you two? Been good?”
“Yes Uncle Doggy!” Reina said crawling to my shoulders
“we’ve been really angels!” Kiyoko chimed in sitting in my arms
I hunched my shoulders as Reina stood and grabbed my ears, “gottcha ears!”
“so you did.” I said holding her sister in one arm and grabbing Reina in the other and flipping her over my head and setting them both down.
“so Kagome is still laying around?” Sango asked setting Taizo down so he can hobble to me.
I knelt down to his level as he walked the few steps to me, “yeah, but its been two months, she needs to get out and do something so she can get over it quicker.” I said and picked Taizo up and flung him in air, receiving an irritated yell from Sango. Miroku just calmly told me to be careful. It was probably not the smartest thing I did, because after I caught the boy, who just laughed, the twin were back and begging for me to do the same. “what? You’re too big.” they both gave me a sad look and pouted. “don’t gimme those fake tears, ain’t gonna work.” but of course it did work as their eyes weld with water and a tear fell from their eyes. I groaned and set Taizo down and picked one up, tossed her up in the air and then repeated it with the other.
“You really shouldn’t give into them like that, their just gonna use it against you.” Miroku said with a frown while Sango just sighed. I knew she didn’t like it but she also knew there was no stopping me.
“Yeah I know, but I don’t mind.” I said letting the girls go and having to pick Taizo back up.
After a while I let Sango take Taizo and went to do a job with Miroku in the next village. It wasn’t much and something he could do on his own, but I really needed someone to talk to about Kagome. I really had no clue what to do.
Miroku let me talk as we walked to the village and only said something on our way back. “I know you don’t want to, but I think the best thing you can do at this point is force her to go out and do something. You were right it’s been two months, its time to move on. Besides you two have all the time in the world, you don’t have to rush things like Sango and I did.”
“yeah but you two were engaged before we even defeated Naraku.” I said really not liking the idea of forcing Kagome to do something she didn’t want to
“yes, but that doesn’t mean a thing Inuyasha. Every relationship is different, just because Sango and I had a child, two to be precise, with a year of being married. Doesn’t mean that you and Kagome have to follow suit.”
There was no arguing with him, he was right. “and yet unlike you and Sango, Kagome and I got married right away.”
“that you did, but you two have more of a history than any of us. You two were together from the beginning. It was only a matter of time before you two made things official. Besides, you told me once that you always wondered what things would have been like if Kikyo hadn’t been revived. wasn’t that one of the dreams you had, had years ago?”
“well yeah, but like all the others it still ended in loosing Kagome.” I said as the village came into view. “well I’ll see you later, I need to get back to Kagome.”
“tell her everyone says Hi Inuyasha.” Miroku said, I nodded and we parted ways.
When I got home, I called out to Kagome as I walked inside, but I got no response. I sighed, asleep I’m sure. I thought and walked to our bedroom. I looked around the room, “where the hell did she go?” I asked, but I had a feeling I knew where she was. I walked through our room and opened one of the doors that lead to the back of the house. There she was, sitting in front of the grave we had made for our baby. “Kagome, I’m home.” I said walking up to her, she turned her head and looked at me, giving a small smile. “sorry I took so long. The others all say “hi”, their also worried about you.”
“I’m sorry.” She said her voice hoarse and quiet.
I took her by the arm and lifted her up, “come on lets go inside, I’ll make us something to eat and you need to drink something.” She didn’t object, but made a face and let me lead her back inside.
“I’m not really hungry.” Kagome said as she sat on our bed and sighed heavily.
“you have to eat something, sweet-heart, even if its just some bread.” I said walking to the door. I heard her scoff and turned to see her face, I sighed and shook my head. I left and went into the dinning/sitting room to get her a small piece of bread and got her some water. When I returned she was still sitting on the bed, now holding the stuffed dog she made.
“Inuyasha, why did this happen?” she asked moving the triangle ears back with her fingers as she made it cover its eyes with its arms. I had to admit it was cute when she played with it like this, but it was really in the way. She looked at me and stopped, setting it next to her as she drew up her knees.
“Baby, I don’t know.” I said softy, sitting at the edge of the bed, “here its not much but I want you to eat this, ok.” She looked at it for a while before making the toy grab the piece of bread and hold it to its mouth. Eventually she did eat the piece herself but not before making the toy give it. I growled, unintentionally loud, “damn it will you give me that thing! It’s pissing me off!” and I did I took the damn toy away from her and looked at it, very tempted to just throw it but the look she gave made me think otherwise. I stood up and carried it to a small stand and set it down.
Kagome frowned at me and got up to retrieve it. “nope, don’t even.” I said and stepping in between her and the toy I knew full well I was in for it, for being so mean; but I couldn’t take anymore of this moping. Instead of yelling at me or telling me to sit she plopped back on the bed and cried, again. “Damn it Kagome, will you stop this! I’ve had enough of this! The baby is gone, we cant get it back, but you can’t keep wallowing like this! Now get your ass up and lets go mingle!” I hadn’t meant to yell like I did or be so mean but Miroku was right, it was the only real way to get Kagome out of this hole she put herself in.
“I’m, I’m sorry, Inuyasha! You must Hate me!” Kagome cried and buried her face in one of the pillows, she mumbled about not really being around like she was before and that if I wanted to leave that I could. Oh how my heart sank when she said that, made me feel like shit.
I sighed and looked up before going to her side. “Kagome, baby I don’t hate you, you know that. I’m just tired of how things are. I know you’re upset about loosing him, I am too, but you can’t keep this up.” She turned her head looked at me, tears streaming down, I grabbed her as gently as I could at that point, and took her in my arms. “honey, listen to me, hear what I have to say. I love you very, very much. More so that you take over Kikyo and even my mothers part of my heart. I can’t live without you. It hurts me more to see you like this then it did when we were apart. I don’t like to see you like this, so please, let it go.” I paused and breathed as she cried into me, “babe, my sweet jewel-detector, we are still young, we have all the time in the world right now. We can try again.”
I heard her chuckle at my nickname, but she was still sad as she spoke. “But what if it died because I’m incapable of having a child?”
“Kagome, really?” I pulled her back, “babe, you went full term with this one, its not you. You’re perfectly fine. We can, mhm, will keep trying. We don’t have to follow Miroku and Sango right away.” I smiled at her and leaned over and kissed her lightly at first. Then I let them grow more intense as I kissed her neck, I grinned as she moved her head and moaned. I growled out, “that’s my baby.” and she wiggled under my touch and pushed me away.
“stop.” she said moving away and ducking her head, but I ignored her and grabbed her. “Inuyasha, please stop, not now. Please, its too soon.”
Her whimper made me pull back and I sighed, “no its not.” I said irritation in my voice. Yeah I was frustrated, been over six months since we last did anything. I kissed her again and nibbled her ear, something I knew she couldn’t stay quiet to.
I heard her not just moan but growl too as I laid us down, ah man I was in for it now. “damn it InuYasha, I said stop.” yeah I crossed a line and she pushed me off and pouted with a frustrated grumble. “not right now ok? Not until I get rid of this fat.”
“fat? What fat? You’re not fat.”
“bull, look at this!” she yelped, revealing her still bulging stomach. “ I still have a belly! I am not doing a thing until I get rid of this baby fat.”
“aw but I like your baby belly.” I whined as I laid my head on her belly and heard her scoff.
“I don’t, makes me look fat.” it was my turn to give her a bull-shit look, “don’t give me that look, dog boy. Look at my fat.”
I rolled my eyes, “Kagome, you look fine, you know that. Beside you’ve had a baby, you’re gonna have a tummy for a while.” I said and laid my head back where it was.
I could tell by her huff that she rolled her eyes and gave up on arguing, “you’re so sweet, what am going to do with you?”
“mhm well,” I began and slinked my way up her body to kiss her lips, “who said we had to have sex, there are other things we can do.” she rolled her eyes for the millionth time and grinned, “Ah! There’s she is!”
Her grin widened as she laughed, “what?”
“there! Right there!” I said grabbing her cheeks, “hmm, there’s my Kagome. Knew I’d get her to come back one way or another.” And with that I stood up and received a glare from like she couldn’t believe I just did all that just to get her to smile. I just grinned back and stuck my tongue out.
Kagome didn’t stay mad, quite the opposite actually, she laughed and threw one of the pillows on our bed at me. I dodged it, noticed it knocked the stuff dog off its perch, picked it back up and chucked it at her. She yelped and threw both at me, I managed to dodge one, but not the other. Hit me right in the face, and it hurt too! I purposely fell on the ground and groaned, like I was in agonizing pain.
Kagome didn’t fall for it and forced my hands from my face so she could kiss me. I moved my head purposely so I could catch her lips with mine. She just giggled and deepened the kiss. God, I could never get used to the feeling of her lips against mine, every time it felt different and yet the same. It was amazing and our sex life was even more amazing, we would be both rough and tender all at the same time. Now after being with out it for so long it would feel wonderful, but I respected Kagome’s decision and wait. So that night all we made up for the time we had lost the last couple months.
The next morning I woke first, sat up and stretched. Man were we up late last night, we were just supposed make out and play around, but Kagome had said screw it and took over. I smiled at her sleeping form, all wrapped up in my fire-rat robe, a peaceful look on her face. Damn, I thought as I got out of bed, I was sore. “ah man, I have fix the door!” We really made up for the last months. No wonder I’m sore, we went threw the door and broke the head board to our bed.
I picked up some of the pieces and tossed them out, “might as well use these for fire wood.” I then heard Kagome stir and went to greet her. She groaned and sat up, blinked a few times. “good morning, baby.”
Kagome smiled and motioned for me to come to her, “good morning to you too, puppy.” I rolled my eyes, she hadn’t called me that in a long time, so I let it slide and leaned to kiss her.
“mhm, get dress, babe, we’re going to the village.” I said kissing her and laughing as she groaned.. “nope don’t give me that, we’re going to go mingle. Kouga is his way, I can smell him.”
“ok, ill get up.”
“besides, I need my robe.” I said picking up my yukata and slipping it on. Kagome got up and walked to me, stopping me from closing it. “what are you doing? I can dress myself.”
“I know, I just don’t want you to yet.” She said and slipped her arms into my yukata, hugging me and kissing my chest. She looked up at me with a smile, that damn child-like smile of hers.
“you little, twerp.” I grumbled low and took her face in my hands. I held her there and kissed her, “now is not the time, my dear, if we delay they’ll come looking for us. Beside, I need to fix our bed before we do anything else.”
Kagome looked over at the mess and grimaced, “did we do that?”
“no, demons did it.” I said in a sarcastic tone, “of course we did it!”
“oh, well yeah we should fix that, and the door.” Kagome said and removed my robe. “hey, now, don’t look.” She said playfully and covered herself. I just gave her a look, rolled my eyes, but smiled.
“yeah, yeah, baby.” I said and grabbed my kimono, kissed her forehead, and left. “I’ll be outside.” I did just that I slipped my fire-rat rob on after tucking in my yukata and waited for Kagome.
When she came out, she looped her arm with mine and lead me to the village. Damn, I thought, we should have done this sooner. We arrived at the village and walked past Keade’s on our way to meet the others.
Miroku was holding the twins as Sango took care of Taizo. The twins exclaimed in excitement as we approached and ran to us. They ignored me and ran into Kagome’s legs, “hey girls! It’s been a long time.”
“Kagome, where have you been?” Reina asked tugging Kagome’s pants.
Kiyoko hopped up and down, “yeah, and where‘s the baby?”
Kagome hummed and knelt down to them and answered them the best she could. I knew that she wouldn’t come out and say it. Not that the twins would understand what had happened, all they knew was Kagome was going to have a baby but there was no baby. I snatched them both up as they asked more questions and Kagome got a bit uncomfortable, “that’s enough questions! How dare you ignore me like that!”
They both screamed, a bit too high pitched. “we’re sorry Uncle Doggy!” Kiyoko squealed and leaping on me into a hug.
“We didn’t mean to ignore you!” Reina said also leap-hugging me.
“Well then what shall I do for you ignoring me?” I thought about it before grabbing them by their feet and holding them upside down. They both screeched and laughed as I held them upside down. “gee you look funny upside down! Oh and I see your tummies!”
“God Inuyasha I wish you wouldn’t do that.” Sango griped as she fixed Taizo’s kimono and I set them down.
“Aww but they like it.” I said with a laugh
“Well I don’t.” Sango said with a stern glare.
“Don’t worry Sango, I’ll have a firm talk with him later.” Kagome said with an equaling stern glare, but I could see the playfulness behind it.
“You wouldn’t dare.”
Kagome just tilted her head and raised an eyebrow, “mhm, try me.”
We glared at each other for some time, until Miroku made a smart-ass comment and Sango cleared her throat.
“Well you two seem rather chipper.” A voice made us both turn around, there stood Ayame and Kouga. Kouga had a smirk on his face while Ayame just looked a bit uncomfortable. “Hey there Kagome.”
“Hey Kouga, its been a long time.” Kagome replied and hugged the wolf.
“So, um, Kagome, where that baby I heard you were going to have?” Kouga asked innocently and I saw Miroku and Sango look at each other before looking down.
Kagome looked away and I shook my head, “I’ll tell you later Kouga.” I said saving my wife the hurt. I put my arm around and kissed her head.
The wolf seemed to catch on and I was thankful, because I didn’t want to talk about it either. Not after we just moved on from our lose, literally. I met Kouga’s eyes, he mouthed ‘oh’ and dropped the subject. “So, what do we have planned for today?”
“Well we figured we’d do something since its been five years since we defeated Naraku and the Jewel was destroyed.” Miroku said letting Taizo down so he could walk to who ever he wanted.
“Really it’s been five years already?” Kouga asked.
“yeah I know it seems like so long ago.” I agreed, with everything that has happened and the way things are it seems like it was a whole ‘nother life time.
“what did you do the other times?”
“we didn’t. Kagome wasn’t here for three years and last year we were too busy.”
“by we you mean everyone or just you two?” I glared at Miroku as he said it.
“you were there you idiot! Jobs, building, stuff like that.” I said about ready to smack the monk.
“I know Inuyasha, I’m just kidding.” Miroku said and waved his hand.
I just rolled my eyes and Kouga perked up at something, “Hey Inuyasha, whats that?”
“mhm? What’s what?” I asked and looked to where he was pointing. “oh that, yeah um somebody bit me. I said and Kagome peeked at the spot and laughed.
“Oh my god, did I do that?” She asked innocently
“uh yeah you did! And it HURT!” I yelled turning to face her.
“when did I do that?” I slapped my forehead with my hand. “really? You don’t remember? Last night.”
“babe, last night was way too much, there’s a lot I don’t remember” Kagome said with a snicker and I heard the others let out an ‘oh?’
“what!? How can you not remember? I screamed “ow!“ and yelled that you bit me! You were all “aw I’m sorry, lemme kiss it” and you did and then you bit me AGAIN! On the other shoulder!”
I saw Kagome’s face go through expressions. “was that before or after the door broke?”
“mhm I don’t know! After I think.”
“whoa whoa you broke your door?” Miroku asked, his voice full of way too much excitement.
“yeah, our head board to our bed is broke too.” Kagome said calmly. “oh now I remember! That was your fault! If you hadn’t have dragged you claws down my sides the way you did I wouldn’t have bit you the first time.”
“the first time!? Why’d you bit me the second time!?”
“Cause I wanted to.” Kagome grinned.
“What!?” I screeched. “You are mean. I didn’t scratch ya too hard besides you clawed me first.”
“Ok that’s enough you two!” Sango said clearly annoyed with our sudden argument of what we did to one another last night. Miroku and Kouga just busted out laughing.
“Damn and I thought Kouga and I were rough.” Ayame said chiming in.
“Yeah it happens sometimes.” Kagome said with a laugh and I just rolled my eyes.
The rest of the day was spent with everyone jabbing jokes toward me and Kagome. And everyone laughed but me and Kagome; neither of us were finding this “pick on the inu and the miko” day, funny. It was pissing me off more than Kagome, to the point of sitting away from everyone in a tree. Sitting there in the tree I could still hear them laughing, though I knew they weren’t making jokes but it was still irritating.
At some point that day Sesshoumaru had shown up. When he did everyone seemed to cease their teasing. I wasn’t the only one to notice that he was coming around a lot the last few days. No one dared to say anything of course, but they did voice it.
Eventually I got over my frustration and rejoined everyone and we did end up having more fun than I thought. We had mock battles with one another, mainly I, Sesshoumaru and Kouga. Sesshoumaru beat me and Kouga but I ended up whooping Kouga, but neither Kouga nor I put together could beat Sesshoumaru.
Then Shippo wanted to spare with someone, so I offered to be his sparing partner. Everyone had a thrill watching it; I almost, ALMOST lost to Shippo, no thanks to Kouga.
As the day drew to a close, Kouga and Ayame left. It would be a long time until we saw them again, but it didn’t matter. We were all still friends and would see each other again. We went back to the village and Sango and Miroku put the little ones to bed. Rin went back to Keade’s hut with Shippo, but that was where the night went down.
The rest of us were all congregated outside Sango and Miroku’s trying to get Sesshoumaru to admit the real reason why he was here. “I do not need to tell the lot of you my reasons for being here.” Sesshoumaru said and that was all that was said from him.
“Inuyasha! Kagome!” Shippo’s voice rang out as he ran up, “it’s terrible! Come quick!”
“Shippo what’s wrong?” Kagome asked as we ran to greet him.
“It’s Keade!” That was all that was said and we all, even Sesshoumaru ran to the hut.
It was Kagome and I who entered, Rin turned to us, tears welling up in her eyes, “What’s wrong with Keade? Is she dying?”
“step back Rin let me look.” Kagome said running to the old miko’s side. “Lady Keade.” no response, Kagome took in a shuddering breath as she felt the old women’s face. She spoke her name again and this time she got a small response. Kagome leaned down closer to Keade and listened to what she had to say. “I’m so sorry, Keade, we should have had you come with us.”
Keade shook her head slightly, “do not fret about me, child, I have lived long enough. I have no regrets and will soon join my sister.”
“Lady Keade.” I said as I walked in and knelt on the other side of her.
“how will we fare without you? There’s still so much I have to learn.”
“you will do fine, Kagome, you learn fast. Just keep helping Jinenji and remember what I taught you. Miroku can help you with exorcisms.”
“no, Keade.” Was all Kagome could say and she lowered her head and cried.
“Inuyasha, do me one thing.”
“anything Keade.” I said leaning closer to her so she did have to speak so loud.
“Take care of Kagome, do not let her go. Stay with her, for me and for Kikyo.” Keade managed to get out and she groaned and grasped her chest. She then did something none of expected, she turned to Sesshoumaru. “and you, Lord Sesshoumaru, Watch over your brother, this village and Rin.”
Sesshoumaru narrowed his eyes and bowed his head in respect, Jaken scowled the miko for her words. Sesshoumaru said nothing to him as he grabbed him and literally threw him outside. Keade looked around at everyone in the hut and smiled at Kagome and I before closing her eyes. Everyone held their breath as Keade’s ceased and we all knew she was gone.
The days that followed Keade’s death were quiet and the village prepared for her funeral. This wasn’t what Kagome and I needed, not after just getting over our own loss, now we had to deal with this too. It seemed that life wasn’t going to give us a break.
Four months had past since Keade’s death, it was night, the new moon had started. Kagome and I were laying in bed enjoying each other’s warmth. She had a habit of laying on me and stare at me especially while I was in my human form. “you look sad, baby, what’s wrong?” I asked her and she moved to look at me better.
“it’s just been so horrible lately, what with all the loss. Why can’t we have more than a day of happiness?”
I sat up, making her sit up too, “babe, we have all the time in the world right now. don’t worry.” I kissed her forehead before getting up, not bothering to find my pants. Kagome watched me carefully as I walked into the other room. I looked around for what I wanted and headed for the small bed that sat inside this room. We had added this room not too long ago, so that we wouldn’t have to when we had our next child. I picked up the stuffed dog she had made so many months ago and returned to her side.
I grinned as I walked in, holding it to hide my manhood. She just shook her head and laughed. “now I’m gonna have to wash that.”
“it aint touching nothing.” I said and sat back on the bed and gave her the toy.
“that’s not the point.” she said wrinkling her nose but taking it anyway. We laid there for sometime, staring at the toy as Kagome set it on my chest. I was about to nod off when she asked me a question. I opened my eyes and looked at her. “if our next child is a girl, can we.” Kagome paused
“Name it Keade?” I asked, picking up on what she was wanting to say. She nodded, “I thought you wanted it to be Izayoi.”
“hmm, well we can still name one that, but Keade’s been like a grandmother to me, a-and you’ve known her since she was a little girl.”
“how many kids are you planning on having?” I asked jokingly
“I’m serious Inuyasha.”
“me too.” I said my voice louder. “I understand where you’re coming from, sweet-heart, and I don’t mind naming one of our daughters after Keade.”
Kagome smiled and settled back down next me, looking her leg with mine. “so, if we were to have a boy what would the name choices be?”
“haven’t we talked about this?”
“not really. I rambled off names but nothing stuck.”
“mhm well what about Souta?” I asked glancing at her and her eyes softened.
“you’d really want to name our son after my brother?” She asked and it was my turn to soften up.
“Of course I would, babe, you’re brother meant a lot to you and I cared for him too.”
“aw, Inuyasha.” Kagome said in a sing-song voice and kissed me lightly on the cheek. “any other names?”
“why am I the one to come up with boy names?”
“just gimme one more and ill come one with two, too.” Kagome laughed.
“Fine.” I said shaking my head and thought about it. “Muteki.”
“Muteki? Why Muteki?”
“mhm, well,” I don’t know why I blushed but I did and looked away. This only peaked her curiosity and she sat up and laid on me to look at my face. “Mother said if my father hadn’t named me Inuyasha, that Muteki would have been my name. She said it seemed to fit and she often called me that.”
“oh that’s so sweet.” Kagome said then laid back down on her side of the bed. “doesn’t surprise me that you’d pick that name.”
Now it was my turn to sit up and question her. “what’s that supposed to mean? I chose it cause it’s what my mother would have named me.”
“I know that, baby, it’s just funny. Muteki means invincible.”
“I know that, why do you think mother chose it.” I said laying back down, “what about you, what names?”
“I don’t know there are so many names that I like, but I like Keiji.” Kagome said and just seemed to think of other names.
“So then, Keade, Izayoi, Muteki, Souta and Keiji?” I said, the names seeming to feel right. “Higurashi.”
“hmm, yeah.” She said and nestled into me with a smile and fell asleep. When we had married I told Kagome that we would keep her last name. The others found it strange and really didn’t know she had one, but they accepted it none-the-less. With the names picked, we both drifted off.