|Strings of Fate
Author: Amaterasu1969 PM
Kagome's violinist cousin, Helen comes to Japan as an exchange student. She's got a secret that even she doesn't know about. What happens when she falls down the well and meets a certain silver haired daiyoukai?Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Romance - Sesshomaru - Chapters: 44 - Words: 188,114 - Reviews: 460 - Favs: 153 - Follows: 83 - Updated: 06-02-09 - Published: 05-31-07 - Status: Complete - id: 3567082
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Yeah, yeah…Why on earth is she writing another one when there's one more that she hasn't even finished yet? I just can't help it!
Don't own Inuyasha!
Summary: Kagome's violin playing cousin, Helen, comes over to Japan for a student exchange program. She's got a secret that even she doesn't know about. But what happens when she falls down the well and meets a certain silver haired daiyoukai?
Laughter, jealousy, chaos and love ensue!
Sess/Kagura (Only for a few chaps!)
Chapter one: Enter, Helen
"Remind me again why we're here and not down the well," Inuyasha said irritably.
Kagome sighed for what seemed like the umpteenth time that day. "I told you, Inuyasha," she began. "We're here to greet my cousin, Helen."
They were at the airport and Kagome was there, along with her family, to pick up her cousin, Helen, who was coming to Japan as an exchange student from the United States.
Inuyasha scowled at her. "But why do I have to come as well?" he complained. "I mean, she's your cousin! And you've dressed me in these funny clothes." True, Kagome had forced Inuyasha into a pair of baggy jeans and a red shirt and, of course, his hat. "You've even forced me leave Tessaiga behind!"
"You can't bring a sword into an airport!" Kagome said, now growing irritated as they now watched passengers file out of the airplane.
"Anyway," Inuyasha said, looking around. "There is a lot of weird stuff here. Like that giant metal bird thing that's spitting out people."
"That's an airplane and it's not 'spitting out' people," Kagome explained.
"Nee-chan," Souta piped up. "Helen-neechan's over there!" Souta called Helen 'nee-chan' even though she wasn't his sister. She was an only child.
Kagome looked at the direction Souta was pointing at; a black haired girl was waving at them. She wore a navy blue halter top and a pair of black jeans. The rest of Kagome's family made their way over to her, but Kagome drew Inuyasha aside. "Listen," she said, looking the hanyou in the eye.
"What?" he asked.
"Helen mustn't know about your being a hanyou, got it?"
"Yeah, yeah, whatever."
"No funny business. Don't use your powers and try to act normal."
Inuyasha grabbed her shoulders. "Kagome! Calm down! She won't know about the feudal era."
"Good," Kagome said, nodding her head. "Oh! And another thing…I can't go back to the feudal era for a month."
"What!?" Inuyasha half shouted. Several passersby stared at them. Just as Inuyasha was about to say something, Kagome's mom approached them.
"Inuyasha!" Mrs. Higurashi said in her usual cheery voice. "I'd like you to meet Helen, Helen; this is Inuyasha, Kagome's friend."
Helen gave the hanyou a cheery smile and shook his hand. She had dark hair that fell in loose curls past her shoulders which contrasted perfectly against her creamy skin. Her icy blue eyes had a twinkle in them and Kagome noticed that her cousin wore a gold necklace with a tiny crystal half circle as its pendant.
"Hey, Kaggy!" Helen said, hugging her cousin. Their mothers were sisters and even though Helen's parents were both Japanese, they not only had moved to the States when Helen was only five, they even gave their daughter a non Japanese name. Her father died and was buried in the States.
"Helen, how are you?" Kagome asked, hugging her cousin in turn. "The last time I saw you, you were only five years old!"
"Inuyasha," Mrs. Higurashi said, turning to the hanyou. "Could you please help Souta get Helen's luggage?"
Inuyasha followed Souta. "What's that metal tunnel?" Inuyasha asked, eyeing the chute from where the bags come from.
"That's where the bags come from," Souta explained, grabbing a small blue suitcase.
After they had grabbed the bags, they went out the airport where Kagome and the others were waiting. They took a taxi home (Inuyasha growled at the cab before Kagome ushered him inside).
"It's been such a long time since I've been here," Helen said, staring at the shrine grounds.
"Come on in, dear," Mrs. Higurashi said. Helen moved gladly into the house. "Why don't you go freshen up in Kagome's room? Inuyasha and Souta can take your bags upstairs to the guest room. Dinner will be ready in five minutes."
The girls went up to Kagome's room while Inuyasha and Souta followed them behind. Kagome ushered Helen in and slammed the door shut.
"So what's new?" Kagome asked.
Helen smiled at her. "Same old, same old," the fifteen year old replied, fingering her pendant. "I'm so excited to see what your school and friends are like! Does Inuyasha go to the same school you do?"
"Err…He's here on a vacation," Kagome said cautiously. "So…do you still practice the violin?"
Helen nodded excitedly. "In fact…There's a competition here that I'm joining next week. Mama signed me up for it."
Kagome smirked. "So coming here has its advantages."
"I still have to study though."
There was a tiny knock on the door and Souta's head poked in. "Mama says dinner's ready."
Kagome and Helen stared at Inuyasha as he ate his ramen at an unbelievable pace. "Inuyasha," Kagome groaned.
"What?" the hanyou asked. He had changed back into his usual clothes, except for the hat. His strange clothing had earned him a curious glance from Helen.
"Can you please eat a bit more…slow?" the miko requested. Inuyasha didn't listen to her as he continued to eat in the same barbaric way.
"So Helen," Mrs. Higurashi said, trying to pry Helen's gaze away from Inuyasha. "How is my sister?"
"She's fine Aunt H," Helen assured; she always called Mrs. Higurashi 'Aunt H.'
"Glad to hear it," Mrs. Higurashi said with a smile.
"Hey, Helen-neechan," Souta piped up. "Did you bring your violin with you?"
"What's a violin?" Inuyasha asked, looking up from his ramen.
"Inuyasha's an ignorant person," Kagome said quickly. Inuyasha glared at her.
"I can play it for you later," Helen offered.
"I don't think you should play it tonight, dear," Mrs. Higurashi said. "You have school tomorrow. Oh! Which reminds me, I've had a couple of uniforms made for you, and I've placed them in the guestroom."
Kagome gave her a cousin a grin. "We're starting school tomorrow!"
Kagome woke up early. She quickly changed into her uniform and hurried to Helen's room to see if she could do anything for her cousin. Outside the door, Kagome heard the sweet melody of a violin. She hesitated before knocking; she didn't want to disturb her cousin's playing.
She knocked. "Come in," Helen called. Kagome opened the door and stepped into her cousin's room. She was already wearing her uniform.
"Morning, Kaggy!" Helen said, placing her violin on the table near her window.
"Please don't call me that in public," Kagome said, a smile creeping up the side of her face. Helen smirked. "Kaggy, shouldn't we go and have breakfast now?"
Kagome pretended to groan with misery as she and Helen walked downstairs to breakfast.
"I haven't seen your friend, Inuyasha, this morning," Helen said, taking a sip of water.
"Err…he went…somewhere," Kagome said. Helen looked her cousin in the eye and asked, "Is he"-she lowered her voice so that Souta couldn't hear-"your boyfriend?"
Kagome could feel her cheeks burning as she looked down at her eggs and didn't bother to answer the question.
"He's cute, you know," Helen teased, Kagome looked at her, shocked. "I hope he has a brother!"
"Ehh…" Was all Kagome could say.
After the two finished their breakfast, they bade Mrs. Higurashi goodbye and left the shrine grounds for the school. "Kagome!" three voices called out. Kagome didn't need to turn around to see who it was.
"Hey guys," Kagome said as her three friends ran up to her and Helen.
"Who is she?" Ayumi asked nodding her head at Helen.
"Oh, this is Helen, my cousin. Helen these are my friends, Yuka-chan, Ayumi-chan and Eri-chan." Kagome pointed to each girl as she said their name. "Helen's in the exchange program."
Yuka squealed with excitement. "You're the one Ms. Nagasaki said was coming! The student from America! But…Eh? You're Japanese!"
Helen smiled at her. "I grew up in the States, you see."
The three of them nodded as they began walking towards the school.
"Kagome!" a male voice called. A second later, Houjo rode his bike to them. "You're coming to school," he panted, getting off his bike. "Here, I got you an energy drink."
Kagome sweat dropped as Houjo handed her the drink. He turned his gaze towards Helen. "Huh? Who is this?" he asked. "She's the new exchange student," Yuka quickly explained.
"Nice to teem…I mean nice to see…I mean nice to meet you," Houjo stuttered. He shook Helen's hand and quickly rode off, looking red in the face.
"Ohhh…" Eri said. "Houjo-kun likes you!"
Helen and Kagome ignored them as they walked into the school. "Ignore them," Kagome said as they entered the classroom. "They're always like that."
Helen giggled as the three triplets followed them in.
School passed with a flurry of activities that resulted in the class earning Helen's respect. Before anyone knew it, school was over.
"Come on Helen," Kagome said, grabbing her cousin's hand.
"Uhmm…you go ahead," Helen said, taking her hand away from Kagome's. "They're something I have to ask the music instructor."
"Violin?" Kagome asked.
Helen nodded. "I'm going to ask her to tutor me for the competition next week."
"But tomorrow's a Saturday!" Kagome exclaimed.
"True," Helen said calmly as she began to back into the school. "But I'll need all the practice I can get!" With that she ran off.
Kagome sighed and walked back to the shrine.
"Hey, mama!" Kagome greeted as she walked in. Her mom greeted her and Kagome went up to her room. She found Inuyasha standing at the window. There was a rather grave silence around the hanyou.
"Hi, Inuyasha," Kagome said. Inuyasha turned to face her. "Is something wrong?" Kagome asked seeing the worried look on his face.
"Sango's really sick; she fell into a river. At first she started sneezing but then, she started to grow hot."
"Wait right here, I'll get some medicine." Kagome went downstairs and found the medicine. She quickly ran back upstairs.
"I'll have to go with you," the miko said. "But we'd better hurry before Helen comes back." Inuyasha nodded.
A few minutes later, they were in Kaede's hut where Sango was lying. She was quite hot and Miroku was sitting near her.
"H-hey, Kagome-chan,"she said weakly.
"Try not to talk," Kagome said gently. She picked up the packet of medicine and a bottle of water. Sango eased herself to a sitting position so she could gulp down some water and the medicine. After she did so, she lay back down and closed her eyes.
"I'll come back tomorrow," Kagome said to Miroku. "I think Inuyasha should stay here." The hanyou nodded as Kagome got up.
"I'll take you back to the well," Inuyasha offered, which Kagome gladly accepted, quite pleased.
Helen climbed the stone steps back to the Higurashi shrine. She had violin practice tomorrow and some major algebra homework to tackle tonight.
As soon as she reached the top of the stairs, she saw Kagome coming out of the well shrine. Strange, Helen thought as she watched her cousin head back into the house. We're not allowed into the shrine.
She decided it was none of her business as she walked quickly back into the house.
Yeah, yeah I know there's not much action here, but there's a really big surprise in the next chapter!