Inuyasha (c) Rumiko Takahashi, Shounen Sunday, Shueisha, blahblahblah,
etc. etc. Hero in the 21st Century (c) Kristine Batey. This is written
because Sesshoumaru is a sexy, sexy bastard and I like sneaking my
OTPs into canon/fanon when I can. ;
A Hero21 Sesshoumaru Challenge Story
by Fushigi Kismet
He followed us after I restored his life, and thereby incurred both
my irritation and his sister's anxiety. The useless woman could not
keep him and with regret - mine - let him go. He fancied himself
part of my retinue, but kept a good distance from and healthy fear of
me. After all, it was her he followed in gratitude. It was her he
worshipped and adored with all the enthusiasm of an ill-raised puppy.
He loves her in that small human fashion of loving.
His love cannot grow beyond his humanity even as he cannot exceed the
deficiencies of his human nature despite no longer being bound by the
limitations of a human existence.
When demons love, it is for eternity.
My younger brother knows something of what it means to love this way,
or else he could not still love a woman who smells of soil and death.
But he is only half demon and like a human, in time, all things will
also pass and he will turn to other loves.
Humans are still bound by that foolish concept of time.
I raised her like a demon. She loves him, it is true, in that small
human way. But she loves me like a demon loves.
She calls me "Father" now with a dutiful tone, but as she says the
word her eyes are veiled and sometimes when she looks at me I still
see the spark of fire in her eyes.
I gifted him to her many years ago, to serve as husband, lover . . .
all the things I could not be for fear of losing myself to her. I am
not my father. I cannot renounce the things that make me who and
what I am and still remain myself. I have not that power.
For all that I am, I am not my father's son.
And yet, in many ways, I am. I have, despite myself, inherited his
flaws along with his graces. Just as he could not refuse the human
woman he chose, so, too, I cannot refuse the woman I put at my side
that long ago time when she was but a child, wide-eyed and
tenderhearted - the woman and child whose life I allowed to
intertwine with my own.
It was a Spring long lost to human memory when I made my choice. The
moment is frozen in amber and neither changes nor is muddled by the
passing of the years. Perhaps she does not remember it as clearly as
I, for to me it is not so much memory as a truth I cannot free myself
from, an instant when all my destinies were laid open to me and I
chose the only one I could accept. Surely, like my father, I am
weaker for my choice.
She looks at me with those eyes, newly full of understanding and
regret as I stand in her doorway, my eyes focused not on her but on
the blooming sakura outside, on the distant hills and forests of the
world. On the infinite sky.
Her kimono is loosely fastened, her hair unbound. She still smells
of blood and sweat, hers and mine. She still holds my scent and my
mark upon her body. I marked her, despite myself. I claimed her,
despite myself. And now, I will leave her, despite myself.
She knows that I cannot stay, that I cannot grant the thing she wants
most. She knows that no words she can say will sway me. So she does
not say them. She says others instead, watching me with those eyes,
with the voice that will forever haunt my nights with the memory of
her sweet cries.
"Do not leave me behind. I can stand anything so long as you do not
leave me behind."
And so I bound her life to the sword - to Tenseiga, hers and his, and
granted that they should stay as they were, never aging. It was my
wedding gift to her.
I will never touch her. I love her as a demon loves - beyond
eternity, the here and now. She knows - we both know - this is how
it must be. His body keeps her warm at night; he has sired her
children; she may depend upon him to take out the garbage and wash
the dinner dishes. She loves him, as a human loves another human,
with the smallness of that love. She loves me as a demon loves - as
I love her, my only beloved.
If I did not love her I would not have granted her wish. I would
have left her to the human world - to the aging and the dying. To
the wretchedness of human existence. I would have left her mortal
But because I cannot be without her, I gave her immortality.
A demon's immortality, it is true. We will not live forever. Even
we will someday pass away or suffer death at another's hands. But to
us the life of a human is like a grain of sand in the desert - small,
She is a star in the heavens, burning until eternity passes away.