|Eyes of the Soul
Author: ObakeAri PM
It was only a nightmare. No. It was a memory, I had lived through this nightmare before, and I continued to relive it each night in my sleep. I would always relive the nightmare. The memories would always haunt me. I was the cursed child.Rated: Fiction T - English - Fantasy/Romance - Sesshomaru - Chapters: 13 - Words: 73,479 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 03-25-13 - Published: 02-23-11 - id: 6771077
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Alright guys! I'm finally back from the dead! I am sooooooo sorry it consistantly takes forever for me to update, but for those of you who have been patient enough to bare with me, I am forever greatful.
Anyway, without further adue, I give to you, Chapter 7!
"AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!" I screamed at the top of my lungs, flailing my arms around like an idiot.
"SWIM AMMY, SWIM!" Issun screamed bouncing frantically from Ammy's head to my head to Rao's head and back.
I'M TRYING! Amaterasu howled, desperately paddling her way to shore. Her tail flicked frantically and I only continued screaming at the top of my lungs. I couldn't tell how close we were to shore, or where this Water Dragon was, but the violent waves crashing against us that all but halted us completely and the loud ferocious roar accompanied by the darkest of feelings wallowing in the pit of my stomach told me that it was dangerously close to us.
Then Rao did something strange…er…
She stood up on Ammy's back, and before any of us could say anything to her she leapt off the wolf's back and out of my sight.
"What did she-?" I began, but was cut off by my own screams as another wave crashed against us.
Issun's bouncing grew only more frantic, but this time, it seemed, with anger, "That sly bitch! How the hell can she do that?"
"Do what?" I screeched.
The Water Dragon let out another roar, and Amaterasu attempted diving under to gain more momentum. She did so, unfortunately, with a hopelessly blind and unaware demon that was now coughing up salt water.
Sorry! Trying to save our lives here! Amaterasu howled in a panic, her attempt sadly to no avail. Her front legs just kept paddling and paddling, tiring out more and more as she did.
"Dammit, Ammy!" Issun cursed, "Can't you go any faster—AAAAAAAAAAH!" The Water Dragon thrashed in the water, sending another violent wave. This time, however, it knocked me off Amaterasu's back.
"HEEEELP!" I managed to scream before I was plunged under water. I didn't have time to hold my breath. Miraculously, the dragon's thrashing caused the water to push me back to the surface, where I helplessly flailed my arms about trying to keep my head above the water.
"ETSUKO!" I heard Issun's voice scream with more panic than I ever thought possible from the sly bug, "Hang on!"
My fear quickly over took me: "I CAN'T SWIM! I CAN'T SWIM! HEEEEEELP!"
"Ammy! Do something!" Issun wailed. The wolf in response let out a terrified howl that drowned as the two were overtaken by the water. The Water Dragon let out a roar and dove into the water, the waves throwing me about and pushing me underwater. I thrashed about, terrified, trying to reach the surface, but another wave, a muffled sound of the water dragon's reign of terror, and then my lungs gave out, filling with water before I lost consciousness.
He swaggered along the beach shore, pissed off as usual. Damn that Sesshomaru…why the hell did Inuyasha have to be reminded of that bastard wherever he went? And that girl….ugh, she was like some snarky little brat version of his older brother, only a girl…which strangely seemed worse than Sesshomaru himself. Dammit!
"Inuyasha?" the priestess began. Inuyasha looked back at Kagome, trying his best to mask the blush that spread across his cheeks every time he looked at the beautiful priestess.
"What?" Inuyasha barked back. His sharp tongue which once scared Kagome spurred a different response as the human girl narrowed her eyes, glaring at the half demon. Inuyasha gulped. Strange how the tables had turned over the time they had spent together.
"You don't have to give me that attitude, you know," Kagome lectured. Inuyasha let out a small growl.
"Yeah, yeah, are you just gonna lecture me, or is there something more important you wanted to ask?" Inuyasha grumbled. Kagome pursed her lips and for a moment Inuyasha braced himself for any "sit" command that would lead his face impaling itself with the ground. Thankfully, Kagome said nothing of the sort and brushed his smart-alack off.
"I was just thinking…" she thought aloud.
"About…?" Inuyasha asked, trying to get the girl's thoughts out of her.
"Well, I was just thinking about that girl from earlier," Kagome explained, "Why did you think she was Sesshomaru?"
Inuyasha scoffed, "Because she smelled like him, DUH."
Kagome rolled her eyes, "Yeah, I know that, but why? If she had been around him recently, don't you think we would have run into him by now? And you did say that she is a dog demon so…"
"Kagome, what are you trying to get at, here?" Inuyasha asked, his nerves ripping at the seams. At that moment, Sango broke her silence.
"Kagome has a point, Inuyasha," the demon-slayer added, "this may sound crazy to you but, do you think that girl is somehow related to Sesshomaru in a way?"
"Yeah right!" Inuyasha barked, "How stupid can you guys get? I thought we just decided that the kid hasn't been anywhere near Sesshomaru recently?"
"That's not the type of relation I'm speaking of, Inuyasha," Sango retorted.
Inuyasha went silent at that, trapped deep in his thoughts. Finally, he spoke up, "Sango, you can't be serious."
"Yes, Inuyasha, I am," Sango said, "It adds up. The girl briefly mentioned her father, and she wouldn't respond to anything you said about Sesshomaru, so I think she was hiding something. Plus, she's a dog demon, and she does bear resemblance to him."
"Wait a minute," Inuyasha interrupted, "You think…you can't think that he's her father can you?"
No one said anything, but they all stared at the hanyou with intent glares that assured him they didn't need to answer his question. Inuyasha groaned and shoved his hands up his sleeves.
"You guys must have your heads up your asses or something! Do you really think that heartless bastard would stand to have a kid? I mean, really! He doesn't care about anybody but himself, much less a child," Inuyasha bantered.
"Then what about Rin?" Kagome interjected. At that, everyone fell deep into thought.
Shippo was the first to break the silence, "But didn't that girl say her Pa was dead?"
"Yeah!" Inuyasha said, "See? There's no way she can be Sesshomaru's kid if he's alive!"
"Not exactly, Inuyasha," Miroko finally said, catching the half demon off guard, "I agree with you that Sesshomaru is heartless, and if he did have a child, I'd imagine his relationship with it would be estranged if anything, so it would make sense if the girl knew nothing of her father, not even his well-being."
Inuyasha rolled his eyes. That's just ridiculous. Sesshomaru? Have a kid? Pa-lease! The hanyou turned to retort Miroko's statement but stopped when he saw the ocean: "What the hell is that?"
The others followed Inuyasha's gaze. In the distance—a fearsomely close distance—a gargantuan white monster thrashed in the water, letting out ear-splitting roars. It was attacking something—someone. That's when they heard the scream.
That scream. The dog demon stood atop a cliff overlooking the coast of Ryoshima. Out in the ocean, he observed as the rumored Water Dragon tore its next victim to shreds. Looked to be some foolish swimmers and a…dog? The waves were far too violent for Sesshomaru to distinguish any details other than bodies with limbs flailing about.
But that scream…a young girl by the sound of it. She probably didn't believe the rumors of the Water Dragon and went out in the ocean for a swim, only to meet her end by the massive creature once revered as a god by the people of the sea, but what did Sesshomaru care? She was only a human.
Sesshomaru was about to turn away when he heard the shrill voice again, desperately calling for help. There was something about the pitch of her cries that caught his sensitive ears, something about that voice, though it was hard to distinguish with it raised at such a pitch. Then there was that nagging feeling in the pit of his stomach…somehow, Sesshomaru had heard those cries once before. What terrible cries they were.
"Is everything alright, Lord Sesshomaru?" Rin asked. Sesshomaru turned to the innocent girl, her large brown eyes filled with concern for the dog demon.
Sighing, Sesshomaru said, "Nothing. Let's move on."
"Somebody's in trouble!" Kagome cried.
Yeah, no shit Kagome, thanks for pointing out the obvious as always. Without wasting time, Inuyasha pulled out his trusty Tetsusaiga and bounded towards the water. Just as he was about to strike, however, the Water Dragon disappeared into the water.
"What the hell…?" Inuyasha asked out loud.
"It appears the dragon finished its meal," Miroko observed, then lifted his hand, "may the souls who met their unfortunate end rest in peace."
Inuyasha narrowed his eyes. Strange…it didn't look like the dragon finished its raid but instead was stopped altogether, as if something commanded it to leave whoever it was it was attacking alone. Inuyasha inhaled deeply, and a familiar scent washed up to shore.
"You're kidding me," the hanyou grumbled. He began to jog along the shore, then turned to call out to his friends, "hey! Come on, I think that blasted dragon missed one!"
"What do you mean, Inuyasha?" Sango asked.
"Just follow me!" the hanyou ordered, and went into a full-out sprint. The scent got closer and closer as he ran until finally it was on top of him. Inuyasha looked around, but couldn't find the girl anywhere. Where was she? Hiding maybe?
"Inuyasha!" Kagome called out as the group ran towards him, "What's the matter?"
"I can smell her," Inuyasha said, "the girl, but I don't know where she—"
"Oh my gosh, look!" Kagome cried and fell to her knees. Inuyasha was about to yell at her for ignoring him but shoved the words back down his throat when he saw the demon girl lying in the water face-down, the waves pushing her gently back and forth.
"She looks to have drowned," Miroko stated, "Kagome, turn her over, we may be able to revive her."
"Good thinking," Kagome said, "I know CPR!"
"CP-what?" Inuyasha growled.
"Don't worry about it," Kagome sighed, tilting the girl's head back. She clasped her hands together and pushed against the girl's chest. Then, she pinched the girl's nose and—to Inuyasha's horror—Kagome placed her lips on the girls.
"KAGOME!" Inuyasha screamed, "What the hell are you doing?"
The priestess lifted her head and yelled back, "I'm forcing air into her lungs! It's supposed to get the water out!"
"But you didn't have to KISS her!"
"I wasn't kissing her, it's called CPR!"
Miroko observed the small spat and turned to Sango, "Interesting…Sango, you look a little under the weather, I think you need some CPR as well."
Sango glared at the monk, "What?"
"It's just for drowning victims!" Kagome shrieked, her face flushed, but continued pressing on the girl's chest.
In moments, the once paper-white face burst into color as the girl awakened, violently hacking up water and vomit. She rolled over to her side, blinking.
"Wow…that actually worked…" Inuyasha mumbled, amazed, he then took a step towards the girl, "hey, are you alright?"
"Issun…Ammy…" the girl mumbled, staggering to her feet, "Issun. Ammy."
"Hey, kid, can you hear me?" Inuyasha asked. He and Kagome exchanged nervous glances. Kagome stood and placed a hand on the girl's shoulder.
"Are Issun and Ammy your friends?" Kagome asked. The girl visibly tensed and she whipped her head towards the priestess, giving Kagome a terrifying glare.
"Where the hell are they?" she growled. Kagome took a step back, and Inuyasha stepped forward.
"Hey, take it easy, kid, they were probably caught in that mess with you," the hanyou said, moving Kagome behind him. The girl was disoriented, and, if she really was like Sesshomaru, she was dangerous. Very dangerous.
"You mean you didn't help them?" she growled, lifting a clawed hand. She flexed her fingers, causing her knuckles to pop—just like Sesshomaru.
Inuyasha placed a hand on his sword, "we didn't see them. We just found you washed up."
"My friends," she growled, "They were my friends…and you let them die!" Inuyasha braced himself as the girl lunged forward, but she jerked suddenly, grabbing hold of her shoulder. The girl winced in pain, a few tears escaping her eyes, as crimson quickly began to stain her kimono sleeve. The Water Dragon must've caught her, and the wound that started must have opened from her movements. The girl fell to her knees, eyes rolling to the back of her head. "You can't let them die," she whimpered quietly before collapsing.
Issun hacked up water as he crawled onto the beach. Ammy laid on her back, heaving.
"That was way too close," Issun moaned, lying down on his side. As his breathing finally calmed, he let out a chuckle, then turned to Etsuko, "I guess you do have a good reason to fear water now, eh, Pup?" Issun sat up with a sly grin on his face, half-expecting the dog demon to grab him and let out a nasty growl in response. But as he looked around, Etsuko was nowhere to be found. They had all three been separated in the water, but when he found Ammy wash up next to him, he expected Estuko to be there too.
But Etsuko couldn't swim…oh no…she didn't-she didn't drown did she?
"Puuuup?" Issun called out, nervous. His heart thumped within his chest and he swallowed a lump in his throat, "Pup! Come on this isn't funny!"
Issun, Ammy said as she sat up, her ears flattened against her head.
"Etsuko! Come on!" Issun shouted out, fighting the tears.
Issun, Ammy said again, letting out a whimper, I don't think she made it…
"She had to!" Issun snapped. Why was he getting so upset? He wondered, she was just a dog demon. "No," he answered himself, frustrated, he balled his hands into fists, "Ammy we have to find Etsuko!"
Issun, we don't have time—Ammy started, Issun cut her off.
"I don't care!" he barked back, "We made her go on that ship! We promised her she would be okay, and if we abandon her, we'll be breaking that promise!"
Ammy lowered her head and sighed, You're right, let's go find her…just one question…
"What's that?" Issun asked.
Since when did you care so much about her? Ammy asked.
"Shut up, Furball!" Issun barked.
I was only asking… Ammy groaned. Issun ignored her and hopped on the wolf's snout.
"Alright, let's go!"
"Daddy, why is the world so dark?"
"Well, you can't see the world like other people, dear."
"Is your world dark too?"
"Are other people's worlds dark?"
"Some of them, but not most."
"Then why is it only my world that's dark?"
"I don't know, Etsuko. I wish I knew why your sight was taken, but I don't."
"Taken? Who took my sight?"
"I don't know. Etsuko, I'm so sorry…"
"Don't be sorry Daddy! It isn't your fault…Daddy, why does your face feel wet?"
"I'm crying, Etsuko."
"Why are you crying?"
"I'm crying for you, my daughter."
I groaned, pain surged through my shoulder and chest, and remnants of salt water still lingered in my throat. I coughed as I opened my eyes, half expecting light to rush into my eyes, but alas I was met with only darkness. Five strangely familiar scents wafted into my nose, and as I sat up, I realized I was surrounded by the freaks who ambushed me in Sei-an.
"Ugh…" groaned, holding my head, "What happened…?"
The half-demon sat next to me, arms folded around his sword. He let out a groan, "Are ya going to cooperate or are you going to try attacking us again?"
I shot a glare, "what are you talking about? I never laid a finger on you, much less attack you! And if I remember correctly, it was you who swung your giant-ass sword at me."
"I saved your life!" Inuyasha growled. The priestess crossed her arms and coughed, causing Inuyasha to reword his phrasing, "erm…I mean, Kagome here, saved your life! And all you did to thank us was accuse us of not saving your friends and try to attack us before passing out again!"
I thought hard for a moment. I didn't remember any of that…I remember waking up on the beach and throwing up, and I remember feeling panicked and not knowing where I was but that was it.
"I did?" I asked, slightly confused.
"Hell yeah you did! And who's to say you won't do it again!" Inuyasha leaned towards me, grabbing the hilt of his sword. I lifted my hands in defense.
"Woah! I'm sorry if I offended you in anyway, but all I remember is a near death experience involving a dragon attacking me when I couldn't even see where I was—or even breathe, for that matter—in the first place. I don't remember anything that happened after that until now," I retorted, narrowing my eyes.
"Inuyasha, give the poor girl a break, she was just disoriented and scared, we can't blame her for that, besides, nothing bad happened," the demon slayer chided. Inuyasha let out a growl but relaxed, sitting back down and I sighed in relief. The demon slayer continued, "Anyway, Etsuko was it?"
"Yeah," I said, observing the demon slayer's movements, not daring to trust her, or any of them for that matter.
"Why exactly were you doing in the water in the first place? If you don't mind my asking, that is," she continued.
I sighed, "well, my friends and I met with a priestess in the city—well my friends did, I couldn't get past the guards to go with them—and she said there was something important on the sunken ship in the bay that would help us dispel the plague, so we went looking for it, but it was gone when we got there, probably stolen by grave robbers or something, and we were on our way back when the Water Dragon came after us."
"That ship is pretty far out in the ocean for you guys to be swimming over there…" the demon slayer wondered out loud.
"What, you don't believe me?" I asked, raising an eyebrow.
"No, it's not that, it's just, your friends must be demons, right?" she asked, "and it must be hard to swim if you're blind."
I rolled my eyes, "I can't swim. That's why I drowned. Issun and I were on Ammy's back when we were attacked."
"So this Ammy is a demon too?" Kagome asked. I shook my head.
"Well, not exactly," I stated, "but she's about as strong as one, maybe stronger."
The group nodded their heads at me, as if they just now believed my story. I don't know what's not to believe, but I guess it's hard to trust a demon…even though they had two and a half sitting with us in this room.
"Anyway," I said, "thank you for your help, but I really need to find my friends. It's important."
"Wait!" Kagome stopped, "your shoulder was torn up pretty badly, and you still aren't healed completely, perhaps you should stay with us."
"Thanks but no thanks," I said, "I don't want to be a bother to you all. You've done more than enough for me, I just really need to find my friends."
"Yeah Kagome," Inuyasha barked, "just let the kid go, she isn't our concern. Besides, she'd only get in our way, she is blind and helpless after all."
At that I stopped and turned to Inuyasha. "I can handle myself just fine," I warned, "don't underestimate me just because I'm blind."
"And you sound just like Sesshomaru when you say that," the half-demon went on, "Really, it's annoying when you do that, so stop. And what do you have to do with him anyway?"
I stiffened, my instincts beginning to kick in, guarding me from unwanted emotions. "That's none of your business," I spat.
"Aha! So you are working with him, aren't you! I bet he's using you to take my Tetsusaiga from me isn't he!" Inuyasha barked, pointing at me. The others groaned. I stared at Inuyasha in utter confusion. WHAT?
"Your Tetsu-what?" I asked, "I don't even know what that is! And what is he, your arch enemy or something?"
"He's Inuyasha's older brother," Kagome stepped in, explaining, "it would be an understatement to say those two don't get along. But he is evil, and he's tried to kill Inuyasha a number of times."
Evil? Huh, that's definitely not a word I would use to describe my father…but why were they speaking of him like he was still alive? I cleared my throat, attempting to play along with them, "This Sesshomaru guy…I take it he's still around? You know, alive?"
"Unfortunately," Inuyasha grumbled, "and all he seems to be good for is causing me all kinds of crap and trying to take my sword from me!"
It literally took every ounce of willpower I had to keep my composure in that moment. The corners of my mouth twitched violently, my eyes blinked fervently in an attempt to keep tears at bay, my knees and hands rattled together. He was alive? Why did he leave me after that night? Did he think I was dead? Where was he? What was he doing? Was he okay? Did he miss me?
I pursed my lips and cleared my throat, "He isn't…" I started, my voice shaking, "he isn't going to come after us is he…?"
"Most likely," Inuyasha groaned, leaning back, "and when he does I'll kick his ass once and for all!"
I gulped loudly, hoping Inuyasha wouldn't actually hurt my dad (though really, I had a feeling it would be Inuyasha whose ass was whooped), but thankfully Kagome misinterpereted my body language, "Inuyasha! Don't scare her! It's alright Etsuko, Sesshomaru may be evil, but Inuyasha will protect us, I promise you'll be alright."
"That's assuming I stay with you," I corrected, sighing. Yeah, the last time someone made that kind of promise, I drowned…I just hope they didn't…
"R-right," Kagome laughed nervously and scratched the back of her head.
The monk joined into the conversation, "Etsuko, I know you may find it hard to trust us, but it might be in your best interest if you stayed with us. I have faith in your ability to defend yourself, but there is still strength in numbers, especially when you're recovering from your injury. Besides, we could use your help—if you know how to stop the plague in Sei-an, or at least the priestess you met with knows how to stop it, we could join forces and work together. We are working towards a common cause after all. In the meantime, we will do everything we can to help you locate your friends."
Well, I couldn't argue with that, but I still had to make sure of one thing, but I bit my lip as I phrased the question: "and you're psycho brother isn't going to cause us too much trouble, right?"
"Not if I can help it!" Inuyasha pounded his fists together.
"But he will show up sooner or later?" I clarified.
"Unfortunately, yes. We're sorry, if it bothers you, Etsuko," Kagome apologized, "I admit we are kind of a magnet for strong demons, but we won't let anything bad happen to you."
I placed my hands on my hips in deep thought, but my mind was already made up.
"Okay, I guess I can tag along with you guys for a while," I said. Of course in my mind I was screaming, Hell yes I'm joining you guys! What kind of idiot wouldn't take up that offer, you morons? I then turned to my new comrades and bowed, "thank you so much for helping me. You have no idea what this means to me."
And really, they didn't. But never mind that thought, I had a huge list of things to do that I needed to prioritize. Of course, I needed to find Issun and Amaterasu. If they were in trouble, they needed me. But I also needed to find a way to stop the plague in Sei-an…I had no idea how, nor why I still felt the need to, but if it had anything to do with the dark powers Waka mentioned to me once, I needed to get to the bottom of that. But most importantly, no matter what happened, I needed to stick with these guys. I needed them to lead me to my father.
I had to find him, I had to be with my Daddy again.