|A Feline Fiasco
Author: TouchFire03 PM
CU. As luck would have it, Kagome has been dealt an awful hand. And the solution to the problem will come from the most unlikeliest of sources... UPDATED: 'Perplexing Pantomime'. In which charades is the name of the game.Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor/Friendship - Sesshomaru & Kagome H. - Chapters: 6 - Words: 4,225 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 12-04-11 - Published: 04-08-10 - id: 5881377
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Disclaimer: Inuyasha and characters are copyrighted to Rumiko Takahashi. I own nothing, and only use the characters in plots.
Tiny claws gripped the checkered kimono like a lifeline.
Rin, her mind began, you know, I think you're adorable and the sweetest thing in the world. But please! Can you put a little less bounce in your step? I think you're going to drop me.Still, the little girl skipped on, oblivious of her nauseous cargo. Lilting tunes hummed from her lips as she kicked up grass and dirt in her wake. Jaken, already subjected to her playtime, grumbled a few steps back. A wreath of daisies draped daintily over his slimy head. Ah-Un chirped, parading about in the departure of the storm - also sporting a few flowers in their harness. And ahead, leading his rag-tag group of followers, the inu-daiyoukai guided them across the territory. Destination? Hell if she knew...
As they were marching by a bubbling creek, ebony ears couldn't help but pick up the sound of her rumbling tummy.
Patting the girl's cheek, Kagome blinked.
Rin paused. "What's wrong, kitty?"
Azure orbs turned to watch the dark shadows of fish beneath the water's surface.
Her stomach grumbled louder.
"Rin and Rin's kitty are hungry, Jaken-sama," the girl piped.
Balking at the idea, the imp clomped a foot against the earth.
"You just ate at daybreak! Why do you need to eat more, silly human?" Bulbous eyes glared at the black kitten in her arms. "And you! Why do you need to eat? Hmph! Stealing scraps from the Great and Terrible, Lord Sesshoumaru! Why, you're lucky he ack-!"
Inwardly, Kagome sniggered. And that, folks, is what we call a 'Jaken-pancake'.
Squished beneath those leather soles, Jaken squalled futilely before flopping in defeat. No point in fighting his lordship's reprimands. It only made the punishments more severe.
The imp gulped, prying himself from his place in the dirt.
"Get fish for Rin."
In a matter of minutes, Rin and Jaken were wading around in the cool waters, hands itching to get ahold of one of the slippery critters. Clothes hiked up around her knees, Rin was too busy splashing around to be much help. And somewhere in the chaos, Jaken croaked out a firm warning. Something about foolish humans and uncooperative fish.
Kagome sat on the bank, bobbed tail thumping against her rump. The water looked like fun, but she could do without the floating downstream. The current looked too strong for someone her size. I'm not human anymore. I have to be careful, she thought with a sigh.
Peering over her shoulders, something else caught her eye.
More like someone.
Leaning back against a wide tree trunk, Sesshoumaru seemed to pay no mind to the squeals of his retainer or his ward. And though his eyes were closed to the world around him, she could make out the slight twitch of his ears every now and then. Mokomoko-sama lay off to the side, ruffling in the cool, afternoon breeze. His single arm draped over a raised knee. He seemed to be basking in the shade of the tree's sprawling branches, hiding away from the scorching summer sun.
Kagome paused, tilting her head to the side. He looked so different - more calm and relaxed. With the sun beating down on the group, it made sense that even he wasn't totally immune to the elements. He was probably working up quite a sweat in all that armor and silk. It seemed youkai weren't as tough as they claimed to be.
Glancing at the occupied child, the unfortunate teen saw this as her chance. An opportunity to try to explain to the cold lord what had happened to her. And - hopefully - get her back to her friends in one piece.
Stupid Naraku and his stupid tricks, her thoughts hissed.
Underbelly brushing against the ground, she carefully inched her way to his booted foot.
"Hn. What are you scheming, cat?"
Oh, come on! she started. Don't be so harsh! Why do you think I'm always up to no good? Seriously! I just came over to talk to you, and you think I'm scheming something? Have a little faith.
Too bad it all came out in a flourish of mews and chips.
Sesshoumaru sneered, flexing his claws.
"Silence. Your constant chatter irritates this one's ears. Surely there are some mice for you to chase - elsewhere," he implied.
Anything to be rid of this squeaking hairball.
Kagome pouted, stamping a tiny black paw on his boot. Pay attention!
The daiyoukai glared.
Swallowing a bubble of unease, Kagome carefully clambered onto his foot. She stomped her paw once more. Okay, I need you to listen. Please.
A flick of a finger, and she tumbled right back into the grass.
He sniffed. "Go bother someone else, feline."
You say it like it's a bad thing? her mind quipped. Okay, sure, being turned into a cat wasn't her ideal way to start the summer, but it could have been a lot worse. At least she could say she was alive. Naraku couldn't count her down and out just yet.
Claws digging into his hakama, she scaled up his leg like a gecko.
The daiyoukai wrinkled his nose in disgust. The little thing was determined! It clung to him like a gnat on fly paper. He attempted to rid himself of the little parasite, shaking his leg to jostle its grip. Too bad those claws hooked deep into the expensive fabric. He could feel the tiny sting of its claws on the inside of his leg. Already, the threads were tearing beneath the creature's clutches. And when the kitten had finally procured a place on his lap, tiny paws thumping against his breastplate, he couldn't help but stare down at the offending fuzzball.
Pay attention! Pay attention! Hey! I'm talking to you! she practically wailed. Paws beating against his armor, there was little else she could do to get his attention. He was her only hope. There was no way Rin would be able to solve her problem. The girl was still too young - too ignorant - to understand what had happened. Jaken… Kagome scowled. Nope. Not going to happen. To ask the imp for help was a good way to end up stuck this way. And if there was one thing she missed, it was being able to walk on two legs.
"Is there something you need?" the inuyoukai seemed to seethe.
Don't be so frustrating. You don't know how lucky you are right now!
Tapping her paw against her temple, thoughts swarmed around her head. There had to be a way to explain her predicament to the daiyoukai. He was smart - or, at least, he acted like he was. Surely he would be able to pick-up on some simple gestures and actions and-!
I'm a genius!
Waving a paw in front of his face, she let out a quick squeak before leaping onto his raised leg. Looking back, golden eyes followed her. Good, she thought, keep your eyes on the kitty. Batting his hand aside, she made herself at home on his knee.
Okay, now watch. It's called Charade's. I'll make an action and you have to guess what I'm doing, she attempted to explain in the best way possible. Remember, this is a matter of life or death. Maybe, with a little beginner's luck, he might recognize something.
Too bad it looked like she was just flailing about. Forelegs flapping about and little chirps slipping from between her fangs, she was making quite a scene.
Sesshoumaru huffed. This was a waste of time.
Grabbing the back of her neck, the daiyoukai deposited her back onto the grass. Kagome protested audibly; she'd barely even started! She hadn't even gotten the first clue out and he was ready to call it quits! No fair! A firm hand pressed lightly against her back to keep her in place.
No! Wait! Give me a chance!
"Hn. It seems Rin has picked up a possessed pet. You are fortunate that you seem fairly harmless…"
Thoroughly defeated. Kagome sighed, utterly dismissed. That went well.
End Note: 1354 words. dokuga_contest's Beginner's Luck oneshot theme.
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