Family Reunions

By Siren

Hey guys. Here is the long awaited second chapter. I don't own the cast of Inu Yasha, or Leann Rimes' 'Safest Place'. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Kagome wasn't sure where she was, but she knew she was safe. She smiled softly in her sleep, and held Souta's form more tightly. She could stay like this forever. "There she is officer! That girl is forbidden from seeing my son!" Kagome and Inu Yasha's eyes snapped open at the shrill voice. The young girl sat up and blinked the sleep away from her eyes. She knew that voice.

"Arrest her!" Kagome watched in shock as her mother pulled a police officer into Souta's room and pointed at her. "M-mom?" Mrs. Higurashi looked at Kagome in complete disgust. "Don't you dare call me that! I'm only a mother to my son, and you killed him! You disgusting piece of filth!" Inu Yasha had had enough. He stood up and clenched his fist. "Higurashi-san, Kagome did not kill your son. She's your daughter, remember? You're her mother and you love her." Mrs. Higurashi frowned and her eyes narrowed. "Inu Yasha? What are you doing here? Were you going to help Kagome finish my son off?"

Kagome gasped and tears welled in her eyes. "How can you say such things? You know I would never do anything like that and neither would Inu Yasha. Mom, please," she pleaded. Mrs. Higurashi's eyes filled with tears as she pointed a slender but shaking finger at Kagome. "If you hadn't run off to that time with that demon, your brother would be awake. He wouldn't be hooked up to these machines!" Kagome felt her heart clench, and she flinched at her mother's harsh words. The officer looked at the two Higurashi women, unsure of what to do. "Ma'am, is this girl related to your son?"

Kagome's mother shook her head. "No. She's a stranger to us." Kagome grasped her chest, not believing what she was hearing. "How can you say this to me? I'm your daughter! I love you and I love Souta! I would never do anything to harm him! Please, mom, don't do this to me, please," she begged. Mrs. Higurashi began to cry as she shook her head. "I want you out of this room before I have you arrested! Leave!" Kagome opened her mouth to reply but Inu Yasha grabbed her wrist and pulled her out of the room. Kagome struggled against his grip as she desperately tried to reach her brother. "Inu Yasha, stop! I can't leave him!"

His grip tightened, and he pulled her out of the hospital. When they were a few blocks away, he released her. "Why did you do that? I can't just leave him! He's my brother, dammit!" she shouted and shoved him. "No matter what you say, you're mother won't change her opinion of you. Not yet," he said quietly. Kagome looked up at him with tearful eyes, and her chin quivered. "But, but why is she doing this? I would never hurt him, and she, she's my mother. I just can't believe that she," she stuttered. She ran her hands through her hair and felt her legs give out. Inu Yasha quickly wrapped an arm around her waist and held her to him.

"What's happening? It's like she doesn't even recognize me. I'm her daughter she's supposed to love me. Why is this happening? I don't, I don't understand," she cried. She gripped the material of his shirt as she cried. Inu Yasha felt rage burn within him. How could Mrs. Higurashi do this to her? Kagome was a kind and innocent girl. She loved her mother very much, and he was shocked at the cruel things that were said to her. "It hurts," she whimpered, clutching her chest.

He pulled away slightly and looked at her face. Pure hurt shone in her eyes, and she was taking quick gasps. "Kagome, calm down or else you'll pass out." She shook her head. "This isn't happening. She can't hate me. I'm her daughter, so she can't. I just, I can't feel this way because it hurts, it hurts." she babbled. Inu Yasha grabbed her arms and shook her a bit. He didn't know what to do. She was breaking down and not just crying. If he didn't do something, he might lose her to her sorrow. "Kagome," he whispered her name. Kagome didn't look at him. Her eyes were distant, as though they weren't seeing anything at all.

"Kagome?" She looked up at him, eyes wide, and promptly passed out. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Naraku smiled. He could sense her pain, her utter hopelessness. His smile grew. He loved it. This young girl that had gotten in his way so many times was suffering excruciating pain. He craved the taste of her pain, unable to get enough of it. He closed his eyes, and he could see her. He could see the tears rolling down her cheeks, and her soul breaking. So much much lovely pain.

"Naraku." He opened his eyes and smiled at the figure that stood before him. "Kikyo. What brings you to my hellish abode?" The dead miko walked towards him, her eyes cold and empty as usual. "It's about the girl. The one called 'Kagome'." He nodded. "What about the little bitch?" Kikyo almost smiled. "To put it simply? I want her dead." He smiled. "Oh Kikyo, I love it when you talk evil."

She frowned deeply and looked away. He rolled his eyes and stood up. "That's right. You still retain some of her righteousness. Honey, that conscience of your's left when you started collecting souls and hunting down Inu Yasha. So don't play little miss innocent." She turned around and struck him. "I am still a miko, Naraku. I may be dead, but I am still the rightful guardian of the jewel." He touched his sore jaw and nodded. "Of course you're a miko. A dark miko that is. But that whole, 'right and wrong' thing just isn't your style anymore. I mean look at you. You're coming to me, your mortal enemy, for help. What happened to the pure Kikyo I once loathed?"

She smirked. "You killed her, remember?" Naraku smiled. "Ah, so I did. But let's get down to business, shall we? How do you expect me to kill her when that mutt is always protecting her?" Kikyo smiled thinly. "I can take care of that. All you have to worry about is how slowly and painfully you want to kill her." Naraku's eyes glinted evilly. "It's always a pleasure doing business with you." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Kagome opened her eyes, praying that everything that happened was just a dream. She looked around, hoping to see Souta's happy form hugging her. But he wasn't there. She wasn't at the hospital either. "You're awake." She sat up and looked at Inu Yasha. "Where am I?" He stood up and sat across from her. "You're in Kaede's hut." Kagome blinked and touched her throbbing head. "What happened?"

"You passed out. I told you not to breathe so fast," he muttered. Kagome looked away, tears suddenly filling her eyes. So it wasn't a dream. Souta really was dying, and her mother really did hate her. Inu Yasha caught the scent of her tears, and his eyes widened. "Kagome, please don't cry," he pleaded. The young girl shook her head. "I'm trying not to, I really am."

Daytime, I'm fine

Everything is back to normal

Nighttime, I thought that I would die

I had nightmares, I was so scared

Thank God you are by my side

To hold me when I cry

Inu Yasha knelt in front of her and touched her face gently. "Hey, it's okay," he said, attempting to calm her. Kagome shook her head again. "No it's not. Souta's dying and my mom hates me. I can't stand this. It hurts too much. I'm not strong enough for this, Inu Yasha. I'm not like you," she whispered through her tears. Inu Yasha snorted, causing Kagome to look at him in curiosity. "You think I'm strong when it comes to stuff like this?"

Kagome nodded. "Yeah. Something happens and you act like it doesn't affect you." The hanyou shook his head. "I act like it doesn't, but it does. The only reason I never break down like you do is because of you. You're always there, making me feel better, stupid." Kagome blinked in surprise. "Wh-what?" Inu Yasha shrugged. "Is that so surprising?" Kagome blinked again. "Yeah, it kind of is. You always call me useless, so how could I possibly make you feel better?"

"You really are stupid, aren't you?" He saw Kagome's eyes narrow in anger. "Think about it. When I turned into a full demon and couldn't get the scent off of my hands, who was there for me?" Kagome thought for a moment, and realization pooled into her eyes. He really did appreciate her. "You. You are always here for me, and you don't know how much it means to me. You were the first person besides my mother to shed tears for me, the first to care about me, the first to worry about me. I'm surprised that you didn't see it before."

I wanna be strong

But I don't want to be alone tonight

I wanna believe that I can save the world

And make it right, but I'm only human

And you've got a hero's face

Right here in your arms is the safest place

The safest place

Kagome didn't know what to say. He'd never said anything so nice to her before. Unable to find the words, she simply pulled him into a hug. She wrapped her arms around his neck, and buried her face in the material of his shirt. This was what she needed. Kind words and a tight embrace.

Inu Yasha was a bit startled by her actions, but quickly returned the hug. He held her gently, letting her cry. She needed him now more than ever, and he wasn't going to deny her the support she so desperately needed. He rocked her gently and whispered soft words of comfort. Hearing her sobs reduce to sniffles, her purred lightly. It had his desired effect, and she calmed a bit more.

She pulled back a bit and pressed her forehead against his. "I don't think I'm strong enough to handle all of this," she whispered. He rubbed his nose against her's. "Of course you are. You can get through this, Kagome. I'll make sure of it. You're the strongest human I know." Kagome whimpered a bit and closed her eyes. "I'm so scared," she admitted. Inu Yasha ran his hands up her arms. "I know."

She opened her eyes to meet his, and than closed them again. Brushing his lips with her's, she kissed him. He returned the kiss softly, wrapped his arms around her waist to pull her closer. Kagome moaned softly. The kiss was so tender and soft. She tangled her hands in his hair and deepened the kiss. Emotions ran through her as the kiss intensified.

It feels so real

You showed me I can trust you

With emotions I had locked away

It was your touch, your words

They heal the deepest part of me

That only you can see

Mrs. Higurashi held her son's hand, Kagome's words echoing in her mind. 'I love you and I love Souta!' She let out a choked sob as she laid her head down on the hospital bed. She knew it wasn't Kagome's fault, but she didn't know who else to blame. Her son was lying on the bed, dying. She couldn't take the pain of losing a child. 'Although you already pushed one away, remember?'

Try as she might, she could not get the image of Kagome's pained face out of her mind. "I blame her for your condition, Souta. I know it isn't her fault, but I cannot forgive her. I can't stop myself for blaming her," she whispered to her son. A knock on the door interrupted her thoughts. "Higurashi-san? Visiting hours are over. We need to discuss your son's living will, too. As well as your daughter." She nodded and stood up. The doctor walked over to a security guard. "Higurashi-san, we need to know if Kagome is allowed to see Souta."

Mrs. Higurashi looked at them, and shook her head. "No, she is not allowed to go anywhere near my son." The doctor nodded sadly. "Fine. Officer, if Kagome comes near Souta or Higurashi-san, arrest her." The officer nodded.

Meanwhile, Kikyo stood at the outskirts of Kaede's village. She could sense that Inu Yasha was nearby, and a smile tugged at her lips. "Soon, my love. Soon we will be together, and that wench won't come between us." She pulled a knife from her sleeve, and studied the sharp metal, her smile reflecting in it. "Soon," she whispered.

As long as I am with you

As long as I can feel you

That's all I need to keep me going

On and on and on and on

I wanna be strong

But I don't want to be alone tonight

I wanna believe that I can save the world

And make it right, but I'm only human

And you've got a hero's face

Right here in your arms is the safest place

The safest place

Miroku and the others watched Kagome and Inu Yasha share their first kiss. Shippo scratched his head in confusion. "How come Inu Yasha kisses Kagome because he likes her, but you grab women's butts instead?" Miroku blushed furiously. "Because men have different ways of showing affection." ^_^;;;

Speaking of affection, Inu Yasha finally broke the kiss, nuzzled her neck. "You should sleep," he mumbled. Kagome played with his ears and nodded. "I know. But I don't want to be alone tonight. What if the nightmares come?" He kissed her temple and smiled. "Than I'll protect you from them." Kagome smiled and kissed him lightly before settling into his arms.

2 Be Continued..

Me: I'm just an evil little girl when it comes to cliffhangers.

Van: No you're not. You're too mushy in your fics.

Me: :::blinks::: I am?

Van: Yup.

Me: No I'm not. :::huffs:::: I'm Siren, the songfic pyro!

Van: ::::rolls eyes::: whatever.

Me: :::smacks Van::: Jerk.

Van: Softie.