Chapter 1: Reunited And It Feels (Not) So Good

A young woman with long raven hair stepped through the automatic doors of the small town airport. Her chocolate eyes took in the familiar sight of the place where she was born and raised. She smiled at the sky as all the wonderful memories of her childhood came rushing back. It was good to finally be home.

"Kagome!" Turning her head at the sound of her best friend's voice Kagome Higurashi was engulfed in the iron grip of her childhood friend Sango Arai.

"Sango...I can't breathe." The two girls laughed as Sango loosened her grip.

"Kagome, it's so good to see you. I've missed you so much." Helping Kagome with her bags the girls piled into Sango's car heading to her place.

"I missed you too Sango. We have so much catching up to do!"

"Ugh tell me about it! How was Ghana?" After nursing school Kagome had been accepted into a prestigious program that allowed graduating nursing students to travel to Africa, and help the underprivileged receive proper medical care. It was the trip of a lifetime for Kagome.

"Enough about me, what about you? I hear your organization is really starting to pick up." Although Sango had originally planned on going to school for her teaching degree, losing their friend Kikyou had awakened something in her, and so after earning her masters in domestic/sexual abuse counseling she started the Kikyou Hayashi foundation for suicide prevention. They'd raised thousands of dollars over the years and were even opening a home for runaway teens looking for refuge away from their abusive homes.

"You know Miroku just came home from France. His short film was nominated for an award at the Cannes Film Festival! He didn't win, but he said it was an honor just to be able to go." Sango said smiling proudly at her fiancee's accomplishments.

The two friends continued to catch up as they parked and walked to Sango's apartment. "Well this is my humble abode." Sango said directing Kagome where to put her bags.

"Is that you my beautiful fiancee? I've been waiting for you to return!" Kagome turned around, ready to greet her longtime friend and got the shock of her life when she found Miroku standing in the living room butt naked with nothing but a rose in mouth.

"OH MY GOD!" Kagome screamed, blushing furiously. "I didn't see anything, I promise!" She said laughing.

"Miroku! Did you forget that Kagome was staying with us? Go put some damn clothes on!" Peaking through her fingers Kagome watched as Sango slowly counted down from ten trying to get her temper under control. She couldn't help but laugh at her friends antics. It was nice to know some things always remain the same.

Inuyasha sat in the last seat in the corner of the train, looking out the window watching as the world passed him by. He was on his way home for the first time since he graduated high school and even though he should be excited, which he was, he was nervous as all hell.

He'd been an idiot as a kid. Reckless, leaving destruction in his path and not caring about the collateral damage left in his wake. Maybe it was the result of growing too fast without parents and a shitty guardian who didn't give a rat's ass about you, but somewhere along the way he'd decided that he didn't wanna be that reckless kid anymore. Though his temper was still one to be reckoned with, for the most part he'd changed.

Inuyasha had finally grown up and become a man.

Halfway through his freshman year at university he realized school wasn't for him. High school was mandatory but college was optional and he decided to opt out. He traveled for a while. Living here and there, and seeing what the world had to offer.

A year after that he joined the military and had been traveling the world ever since. He loved it and it gave him structure. The one thing he'd been missing all his life.

Stepping off the train Inuyasha inhaled the air that somehow always reminded him of home. Picking up his bags, he heard her before he saw her. Using his trained military reflexes Inuyasha caught Kagome around her waist as she tackled him to the ground.

"Kagome you're cutting off my windpipe." He said hoarsely.

"Oh sorry! I'm just so happy to see you." She said with tears in her eyes. He reached up to wipe her tears and tell her how much he hated to see her cry, when her tiny fist slugged him in the shoulder.

"Ow wench, what was that for?"

"For not calling or writing you big jerk! I had to find out from Anna down the hall that you dropped out. Why didn't you tell me you were leaving?"

Looking sheepishly at his feet Inuyasha rubbed the back of his neck in nervousness. "I didn't want you to stop me I guess. I just really needed to leave Kagome. You know...find myself and all that shit." He looked up at her half expecting her to still be angry, but instead he found her smiling at him and he knew that all was right in their world.

"So this is all yours now, huh?" Kagome said setting down one of Inuyasha's bags in his childhood home.

"Yeah it is. You know I didn't think it'd take Sesshomaru dying for him to show me some mercy. When I got a letter saying that he'd left this house for me I thought it was some sick joke, but I guess it wasn't."

Two years after Inuyasha graduating from high school he'd received a letter from the local hospital. There'd been a fatal car crash involving his brother and he was Sesshomaru's only next of kin. News of his brother's death had brought more confusion to his life than closure. He'd wished the bastard dead a million times while growing up, yet to actually know that he was dead...he didn't really know how to feel about it.

"I know you and Sesshomaru weren't close but I'm sorry for you loss. When my mom told me I tried to reach out to you, but I...couldn't find you."

"I was in Germany when it happened. If I hadn't given the university a forwarding address I don't think they would have found me either." Inuyasha said somberly. "You know if you want you can always crash here, unless you want another peep show from Miroku." Inuyasha said laughing at Kagome's obvious embarrassment.

"Take me not punching you as a thank you." Kagome said smiling back at him. "Okay! Hurry and change and meet us at Totosai's. I wonder if he'll still be expecting us to show up with our fake IDs." Kagome said laughing.

Miroku and Inuyasha sat at the bar, watching as a drunk Sango and Kagome danced their hearts out in the middle of the floor. Neither of the women were very coordinated, but Miroku certainly had no qualms about watching his beloved fiancee shake her money maker for all she was worth.

"It's been five years and you still haven't learned to keep it in your pants, have you lech?" Inuyasha said as he took a swig of his jack and coke.

"Hey I learned to keep it in my pants! Just not when it comes to Sango." Miroku finished with a wink and a sly smirk. "Yo I'm sorry about Sesshomaru." Inuyasha waved it off taking the last sip of his drink and ordering another. His dark eyes wondered to the pale beauty dancing with the same smile he rarely saw her without.

"So you gonna keep starting at her all night, or are you gonna tell me what happened between you two?" Miroku said trading his empty beer for a full one.

"I don't know what you're talking about." Inuyasha said blushing at being caught staring.

"Sure you don't. Don't worry my friend we've got nothing but time, you'll tell me eventually."

"Bartender, I need two long islands stat!" Sango yelled over counter, Kagome taking up a seat beside her.

"You know we're not seventeen anymore. You're gonna regret that in the morning, plus Kagome's always been a lightweight." Inuyasha said smugly dodging the coaster Kagome aimed at his head.

"Hmm I beg to differ. Kagome's always known how to party." A deep voice said from over Inuyasha's shoulder. Turning his head Inuyasha was met by a guy with sandy brown hair who had a face that screamed mama's boy. Before Inuyasha could ask who the fuck this guy thought he was, Kagome was running past him and jumping to the fool's arms...and then she kissed him.

"Oh my god Hojo! What are you doing here?"

"I called your mom because I wanted to surprise you. I thought you were still at the university but she said you were coming to visit for awhile and I wanted to see you." He said sweetly.

"Is someone gonna tell me who the fuck this guy is?" Inuyasha said, while receiving a smack on the head from Sango.

Kagome blushed as the doe eyed man slowly slipped her from his arms and back onto the floor. Clearing her throat, Kagome blushed intensified as she dropped a bomb on her friends, that no one was expecting.

"Everyone this is Hojo. My fiancee."

I've had this story in my head for sooo long, but I hadn't had any ideas on how to start, so please excuse how short this chapter is. Not sure where I'm going with this yet, but I hope I've got people out there willing to come along for the ride.

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