|Breaking the Habit
Author: Suteki-Tenshi PM
Naraku is finally defeated. Sango, Shippo and Miroku head back to Sango's Village, But what about Inuyasha and Kagome? What happens now that the Shikon Jewel is completed! Read and find out!Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Angst - Inuyasha & Kagome H. - Chapters: 12 - Words: 20,946 - Reviews: 46 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 08-05-06 - Published: 02-18-05 - id: 2269916
|A+ A- Full 3/4 1/2 Expand Tighten|
This is kinda just a short story type thing for me, There aren't going to be many chapters, unless you like the story, I'll write more.. I'm only writing this while I think up some good ideas for Becoming one and Complicating fate.. They will be updated soon. So, If you like this story that I'm starting to write, please, post your comments. R R!
Chapter one: I'll never say good-bye...
"Kagome!" Inuyasha screamed, "Get out of the way!"
But it was too late, Naraku had sent his attack on poor Kagome, sending her flying backwards and caused her to hit the hard, rock wall, knocking her out.
"Kagome!" The little kitsune yelled, running to her side, frantically. Inuyasha reached for his Tetsuaiga, grinding his teeth in anger.
"Big mistake, Naraku!" Inuyasha yelled, charging towards the troublesome being before him. "Kaze no Kizu!"
The immense power shot from the Tetsuaiga and pierced through Naraku, sending him into Oblivion.
Inuyasha couldn't believe it, his weakest attack had killed Naraku.. His feelings for protecting Kagome were so strong that his weakest attack had killed the 'oh-so-powerful' Demon...Kagome would be proud of him. Butit wasn't till that moment when Naraku had struck Kagome, that the power had surged through him..he wasn't thinking about Kagome throughout the battle..He was thinking of someone else..
Soon there was nothing but peace and quite.
"Is it.. over?" Sango cautiously asked. Miroku said nothing, but slowly took the rosary off of his right hand. If Naraku was truly gone he would no longer possess the family curse.. the wind tunnel.
He gasped, it was gone. It was a little strange to actually look at his palm without being sucked into the void.
"Yo, Sango!" Miroku called to the relieved Demon exterminator. "Look at this, I'm free!"
Sango looked towards the monk, only to find him pointing the hand that bared the wind tunnel towards her. She screamed and covered her head.
After a couple of seconds, she realized she wasn't being sucked up. She felt a little embarrassed for screaming but she covered her blush up with a glare.
"You wanna warn me next time, Miroku!" She kept the glare as he approached her, he raised his right hand, letting his palm cup her cheek.
"I've longed for both of my hands to have the pleasure of touching your beautiful, fair skin" he flashed her a dazzling white smile which made her knees go weak.
"Miroku..." She said aloud, her eyes softening. His face inched towards hers, but before anything happened a thought struck her head.
"Kagome-chan!" She gasped, looking to where Kagome was thrown, she was, of course, in Inuyashas arms. Miroku held her back from going to her friend.
"No Sango. Let them have a moment in private." They turned their backs to them and sat down, Sango sent Kirara to fetch Shippo, Miroku muffled Shippo's cries for Kagome.
Kagome, slightly shivering in pain, curled into the Hanyou's comforting embrace.
"I'm sorry, Kagome. I wasn't keeping you safe like I should have been..I was too determinedon avenging Kikyo's death that I...I ... " He couldn't believe it, in the end, after all the time he and Kagome had spent together, after all they have been through.. he had forgot about her. Plain and simple.. he forgot.
"Don't b-blame yourself, I-Inuyasha." She struggled to speak to the one she secretly loved. "I understand how important Kikyo is to you. Now you can become a full demon and...be with her." She forced a fake smile before pointing to where Naraku had been defeated. Inuyasha looked to where she pointed.
"The last Jewel Shards.." his heart-beat quickened when looking at the pink fragments lying there in the grass, shimmering in the soft sunlight.
"Yes, there's just a few footsteps between you and everlasting power." she rose to her feet, remorse replacing the pain.
"Don't move, Kagome. You hit your head pretty hard." his voice was small but full of concern. She was avoiding his eye contact, he could tell that she was.
' Why wont she look at me?' he asked himself, a little shocked and sad at Kagome's actions.
She walked over and picked up the shards, which at her touch were instantly purified. She took the Jewel off the necklace she had used to keep the jewel on and added the remaing shards. The Jewel was now complete.
Seeing the Jewel in her hand, complete, made her remember the first day she had spent in this era. It was the first time she had laid her eyes on Inuyasha's innocent, sleeping face when he was still pinned to the tree. The first day she had met Inuyasha, was the first day she truly started to live.
"I guess my job here is done.." She said, fighting back the urge to cry.
"What do you mean, Kagome?" Inuyasha asked, perplexed.
"My job as your jewel detector. After all, that's the only reason you ever thought twice of coming back to my era to get me, wasn't it? That's the only reason that anyone ever really wanted me around..I can see the Jewel shards, but now we have all of the fragments, so there isn't any reason for me to linger here.." she knew she couldn't keep from crying any longer, so she started to walk away. She stopped when she felt a hand come down on her shoulder.
"Feh, when did you get that idea stuck in your head, Stupid?" He looked at her straight in the eye, he could see that they were glassy with tears and he instantly regretted calling her something she wasn't.
"Look Kagome, you're not just a Jewel detector, you know that." she turned around all the way to face him, stretching out a hand to him, the hand that carried the Jewel.
"Here." She forced it into his hands. "Congratulations Inuyasha, It's yours. I wish you the happiness you seek by being that mindless savage you become when you transform, because by using the Jewel it will be even harder to control yourself. I just hope you don't hurt any of the people that care about you." She pointed towards Miroku, Sango and Shippo. She began to leave again.
"Kagomeee!" a little voice shrieked, "Please don't go." Shippo flew into her arms, she couldn't help but let the tears flow down her flushed cheeks. She hugged the little fox demon, giving him a kiss on the forehead, telling him that everything would turn out for the best. She hugged Sango and Miroku, saying her good-bye's.
"I guess I'll head back to my village to replace the flowers on my people's graves." Sango stated as Kirara burst into flames, changing into her larger form. Sango climbed on her back.
"Sango, mind giving me a ride somewhere? It'll be dark soon and I wouldn't want to get lost in the forest." Miroku asked, receiving a nod from Sango. He jumped on Kirara, followed by Shippo. As they rose and sped off into the darkening sky, they waved at the Hanyou and the girl.
"So...what now?" he asked, getting no answer from the distraught girl.
"Will you stay at least for tonight? Please, it's the new moon and I get bored easily in my human form.."
"Well, I guess it wouldn't hurt staying one more night...I'd miss sleeping under the stars if I didn't." She turned around, using her fingers to count. "Anyways, I wanted to say good-bye to Kaede, oh, and I also wanted to gather some of those yummy, fresh fruit to bring home to Mama, Mind helping me with that tomorrow?" She turned around to see a brown-eyed, black-haired Inuyasha. She let out a small, annoyed sigh.
"You must have transformed at least 3 or 4 dozen times since I met you and can you believe I'm still not used to it!" She let out a small laugh and so did he. He was more cute and lovable as a human.
'I guess it's because when he's human, he doesn't have a strong demon side to fight back his feelings and emotions' she thought, smiling while he got a fire going. She walked over and sat next to him.
"Can I ask you something?" She stared into the fire. He looked over at her and couldn't help but blush, she looked so beautiful bathed in the light of the fire.
"Go ahead." was his only reply.
"I know you want to become a full demon, and I've heard the answer to the question I'm about to ask you one thousand times..but, give me a different answer, an honest answer that comes from your heart this time.. ok?" she spoke with a forceful tone.
"Fine, just ask the question, would ya?" he said, staring into the fire now also.
"Why do you want to be a full demon? I think you're very strong now and since you defeated Naraku, doesn't that make you the strongest demon of this era?" She smiled, looking him in the eyes, waiting for a reply.
"Don't ask questions that you wouldn't understand the answers to." he snapped back.
"Then make me understand, Inuyasha!" His eyes widened slightly. "I wish you would be serious with me, for once. I'm not Kikyo, but that doesn't mean I'm not a person, You know I'm a good listener! You can trust me with anything you have stored in that intelligent brain of yours." he said nothing, just kept his stare.
"Look, I don't think you should change...I like you just the way you are! Why can't you see the you I see?" His eyes softened at her words.
"However, It is your choice. I just don't want you to change who you are because of what other people think... that's all." She stood up, and set out her sleeping bag and crawled inside. Inuyasha did something he had never done before, he walked over to where she was and lid down on his back beside her.
He stared up at the stars for half the night, occasionally looking over at Kagome when he was sure she was asleep, he liked to watch her sleep. It was so calming to be with her.. It was never like this when he was with Kikyo. She would always bug him about becoming human, But him being a Hanyou never bothered Kagome.. what was this feeling he felt as he lay beside her, as he watched her in a silent sleep, when she smiled at times because of a happy event in a dream.
He stared at the Jewel, he could hear it calling out to him, he was so confused. They had somehow made Kagome feel she was unwanted... sure, she wasn't born to this era, but if she wasn't meant to be here.. then fate would have never brought them together. Was Kikyo not the only one he cared for.. wait.. no.. he didn't care for Kikyo anymore. She wanted to change him, she didn't really love him after all, she wanted him only in human form. But Kagome cared for him even when he was that savage beast. He had even hurt Kagome many times before, but she was still there.. with him.
He sighed, knowing what he must say to Kagome when the sun rose, before she left to go to her era.. forever.
It began to rain, hard. He knew, being in his human form, that he was more likely to get a cold if he stayed out in the rain. So he gathered up Kagome and headed for the nearest tree. He found one with a large branch, he knew, by the size of it, thatit would support both their weights. He went to leap up, but only got 2 feet off the ground.
"Huh? What's wrong with me? Why can't I..." It hit him, he was human, he couldn't leap up into a tree. He sank to the ground in frustration.
"Why would anyone ever want to have this weak, worthless body!" He yelled out loud.
"It's never bothered me before, But I guess it's different with you. You get to leap around, us mortals can't do that." Kagome ringed the water out of her hair, Inuyasha shaked like a dog, making Kagome giggle. A strange, giddy feeling invaded the pit of his stomach when she laughed, he loved the feeling, it made him feel weightless at times.
"I guess we'll have to climb it, Inuyasha. We can't stay here on the cold ground, we'll catch our death!" She declared, making Inuyasha think even harder of where they could go. He caught something moving fast towards them out of the corner of his eye, it was a large tornado!
"Oh no.." Inuyasha and Kagome both moaned at the same time, knowing exactly who it was.
"Kagomeee!" A males voice called from the distance, from within the tornado.
"Kouga." Inuyasha growled, he stepped in front of Kagome as Kouga came to a halt in front of them.
"Yo." Kouga said, smiling at Kagome.
"Kouga-kun.. what a pleasant surprise.." Kagome lied, a little annoyed, Inuyasha picked up on her feeling of annoyance and came to her defense.
"Why don't you keep your little tornado going" Inuyasha pointed in the opposite direction of Kagome. "That way."
"What did you say to me, Dog-breath?" Kouga shot back.
"You heard me!" Inuyasha growled, glaring at the wolf demon.
"It's the new moon, eh? And your all alone!" Kouga asked.
"Yeah.. what's it to ya?" Inuyasha snapped.
"Well, since Kagome is my woman, and you are otherwise incapable at this time to look after her, I'll have to take her off your hands." Kouga reached for Kagome and grabbed onto her wrist, cutting it with his sharp claws. She let out a small cry.
"Now look what you did!" Inuyasha yelled at him, pushing him out of the way. He ripped some of the material from his fire-rat robe and tied it tightly around her wrist.
"Thanks, Inuyasha.." Kagome smiled, giving him a small hug, which made him have that giddy feeling again.
"Ah! Don't touch my woman, Dog-boy, Or I'll be forced to kill you!" Kouga threatened.
"Kouga! Don't say such things!" Kagome snapped back at Kouga, which made Kouga let out a quick snarl.
"Don't defend him, Wench. You're mine, and you should start acting like it!" This made Inuyasha's blood boil, but for Kagome's sake, he did nothing.
"Excuse me? I belong to no one, And here's another fact, I don't love you and I am NOT your woman!" She yelled at Kouga in his face, Kouga didn't like this about Kagome at all. He grabbed her by the throat and pulled her closer to his face.
"I said Start acting more loyal to me, wench and be my woman!" He threw her to the ground and began walking away. Inuyasha ran to her side, brushing the mud off her face, asking her if she was alright. She was struggling to breathe, Kouga had her neck in a tight grip, if he had squeezed her neck any tighter her neck would have snapped in half.
Kouga stopped and turned his head to look Kagome straight in the eyes.
"Come." He said, sharply.
Inuyasha tightened his grip on Kagome, holding her close, keeping her safe.
"Keh, whatever. I'll be back for Kagome in a few more days. Until then I suggest you take better care of her. And enjoy your time with her now, because once I take her, you'll never see her again." With those final words, Kouga sped off down the trail, tornado and all.
"Oh, Inuyasha. Please don't let him take me.." She began sobbing into his shoulder. He held her a while longer before replying.
"I wont let anyone take you away, Kagome." He glared down the path in which Kouga had retreated. 'I wont let anyone, ever take you away from me..'