Can I Keep You?

(A/N: Hehehe, people are probably going to kill me for not finishing 'Thief'' before I started this fic but I couldn't help it! I was writer's block for a while on the other story and I couldn't think of what to do, while I was thinking about where to take my other story this idea popped into my head. This does not by any means mean I'm going to stop writing Thief it just means that I'm going to have to try and write two stories at the same time. Aiiiyaaa… o.o;;)

Chapter: Promise?

"Promise?"

Kagome blinked and stared at the boy with long white hair and brilliant golden eyes standing in front of her. He frowned and thrust his clawed pinky at her. He had the most serious look you'd ever imagine seeing on the face of an eight-year-old boy. Kagome inched towards the boy and took his pinky in her own.

The boy seemed satisfied and let go of her pinky. "Okay. It's settled then." Kagome just stared at the boy then at her pinky. "Are you sure…?"

"Of course!" The boy retorted. "Someday I'm gonna go to Tokyo and find you again, then I can become your bride!"  

Kagome narrowed her eyes at the boy. "Inuyasha, don't you mean become my groom? Guys can't be brides…"

"No, I'm gonna be your bride." Inuyasha stated again, hands on his hips while glaring at Kagome daring her to say anything else on the matter. Kagome only sighed and smiled at her friend. She and Inuyasha had been together since they had been in diapers and had grown up together. And throughout the years she had known Inuyasha he had constantly been a victim of verbal and psychical abuse from others. He was a Hanyou, half demon and half human but he was considered neither demon nor human. Kagome could recall Inuyasha telling her countless times how he thought he didn't belong anywhere and would never be accepted by others not even his own family seemed to care about him. It had always saddened Kagome to see him hurting and every time he felt down she would always try her best to encourage him in anyway she could. They were very much a like in many ways. Like Inuyasha, she felt that her family just didn't understand her, Inuyasha had always been the one who was there for her, and he had always been there when she needed to be comforted or just when she needed a helpful hand. Kagome had hoped that they would always be together but it seemed that this was not to be because she had to go away…

"Okay. It's a promise! Don't forget about me…"

Before Inuyasha could reply a cold and violent gust of wind began to blow up against the two children and then suddenly darkness surrounded and engulfed them both. Kagome reached out in attempt to grab Inuyasha's hand but before she could he disappeared and she grabbed empty air. "Inuyasha!" she cried, still trying desperately to reach from him as if he were still right in front of her.

"Don't leave me!"

.  .  .

Kagome cried out as she jolted upright in her bed, clutching tightly to her bed sheets and covered in a cold sweat. She breathed in and out quickly until she finally began to settle down. She groaned and laid her face in her hands, closing her eyes.

It had happened again. She had had another 'nightmare' about her past. That had been the fifth one in a single week. Kagome kicked sheets off her body and got out of bed, heading out of her room and down towards the kitchen. Food had always seemed to be the best way to take her mind off things. As soon as she reached the kitchen she headed straight for the refrigerator hoping that there was something leftover from dinner to snack on and sure enough there on the first shelf was a large piece of chocolate cake, covered in fluffy whipped cream.

Kagome took the plate of cake out and set in onto the counter and right when she was about to stick her finger into the frosting the kitchen light flicked on and there stood her mother in her pink bathrobe, glaring at her. "Why aren't you asleep?" she asked in a rather firm tone.

"I was hungry…"

Her mother threw her hands up over her head and cried out in frustration. "Oh please, you ate plenty at dinner time and need I remind you that we have to save every last grain of rice we have until your father can find a proper job? I don't know how we managed over the years but food is becoming more scarce because of those damn youkai---"

"I know. I know." Kagome interrupted before her mother was able to go on an angry rant about how horrible and selfish youkai are. Her mother had once been a carefree and gentle woman someone that Kagome could depend and rely on in times of need, but since they moved to Tokyo 9 years ago her mother had become so wrapped up in the families expenses that she soon became eccentric and paranoid. Money, food and other rations had become scarce over the years and the increased numbers of youkai in the area hadn't helped matters much. Since youkai were much stronger then humans they practically took over and because of this Kagome's mother made it her duty to accuse the youkai of wanting to kill them all off.

Kagome considered youkai to be like humans. Some were bad; some weren't all that bad and others were good. They might have looked different and lived longer then humans but Kagome really couldn't see why humans and youkai couldn't live together.

"You're just as selfish as your father. You always do what's best for yourself and you don't care who gets hurt in the process!" her mother screamed, slamming the refrigerator door shut then glaring at her daughter.  

Kagome didn't know what to say to the woman; usually her mother hadn't attacked her unless she was in a bad mood. "But…"

"No buts! Get out of my sight! I don't want to see your face ever again!" Her mother screamed furiously, knocking the bowl of fruit off the counter, causing it to shatter on the floor with a loud crash. Kagome jumped back and then ran down the hallway, stopping abruptly when she noticed her brother coming out of his room with a frightened look on his face. He raced over to her and wrapped his arms around her legs. "…What's going on? Is a youkai in the house?" he asked quietly, his little form beginning to shake. Sota, her little brother, had always been afraid of youkai since he was very younger, but that Kagome was sure of was because of all the rumors and lies her mother had told him about them.

Kagome gently patted her brother on the head and tried to smile at him, "no, you don't have to worry." She whispered gently to him, hoping that her mother wouldn't hear them.

"B-but…I heard screaming…" Sota looked like he was on the brink of tears and began to hiccup as he always did. Kagome wrapped her arms around her little brother and shushed him, trying her best to comfort him. "It was nothing, really. Now go to bed before mom gets angry." She told him. Sota nodded then headed into his room, shutting the door behind him.

Kagome sighed then headed towards her own room, passing her parents bedroom on the way down the hallway. The door was slightly cracked opened and Kagome could hear her father snoring loudly as he slept, tossing and turning every now and then. She stopped and frowned, she really didn't blame her father for everything that had happened but she was angry with him for letting things get out of hand and for becoming too lazy to find a job that paid well enough so they could at least get by. As the head of the family it was his job to look after them, not the other way around.

Kagome turned and entered her room, shutting the door behind her and plopping herself down on her bed. She sighed and stared out her window and at the night sky with the full moon shining bright. She immediately found herself thinking of Inuyasha again; even after 9 years she could still recall how Inuyasha had looked. His long flowing white hair, those beautiful golden eyes and of course his two cute little dog ears on top of his head. He had been her only friend growing up and no words could express how much she missed him.

Kagome smiled a little when she remembered how fond Inuyasha had been of full moons, every time there was a full moon they would sneak out late at night and head out into the forest to lay in the fields and watch the night sky. The days of her childhood had been the happiest of her life and she wished more then anything to go back to them, or at least know how Inuyasha was doing…

"…Inuyasha…" she mumbled as her eyes began to feel heavy and finally she drifted off to sleep.

.  .  .

Kagome had almost gotten detention at school the next morning because she had accidentally over slept and getting both herself and her brother out of bed, dressed and to school on time was a harder task then it seemed.

Her teacher had given her an all too familiar 'next-time-you-won't-be-so-lucky' look as she had entered the classroom that morning right before the bell rang. She had been very lucky that time.

After first period was over, Kagome yawned tiredly as she fought to keep her eyes open. She hadn't slept as well as she thought she would. Instead of being plagued by nightmares about her past she had had an odd dream about Inuyasha arriving in Tokyo and oddly enough coming to attend at the same school she was in.

It was a nice dream, she thought to herself with a small smile. But of course it was only a---

At that moment something hard struck Kagome on the back of the head, hard. She groaned, reaching back and rubbing her head only to find three youkai students standing in the back of the classroom grinning at her. Yura, Kagura and Kikyo. Yura was a youkai with the creepy ability to use a strand of your very own hair against you; since she was young she had always been obsessed with hair and was able to use it as a weapon. Kagura was a youkai with the power of wind; like Yura had a quick temper and they each sought perfection. Kikyo was not a youkai but a miko with strong supernatural abilities and deadly skills with a bow and arrow.

Ever since Kagome had started attending the school the three girls had made it their duty to mistreat and mock her for being 'normal.' Kagome tried her very best to ignore them as much as she could, though it was hard at times.

There were many times she had felt like fighting back, physically, but she didn't want to get into trouble and even if she did fight back there was no way she could stand up to the three girls with abilities like theirs. They would no doubt kill her if she tried and she wasn't about to risk her life over nothing. Kagome wasn't really at risk of being hurt if she was on school grounds; it was a rule that students with supernatural or special abilities could not use them to attack or students or on school grounds, period, or risk being expelled. This was a rule, however it was something that was neither enforced properly nor followed very often.

Yura smiled cruelly at Kagome. "Oops!" she gasped dramatically. "I guess my hand must have slipped."

Kagome frowned and stood to her feet, collecting her books into her arms and then began to make her way out of the classroom. She had made it to the doorway and stopped abruptly when she felt a chill run down her spine, she ducked as if by instinct and a pair of scissor went sailing over her head and stuck into the wall next to her. Kagome quickly stood up and looked back behind her expecting to see the group of girls still standing there with big grins on their faces but to her surprise they were gone.

Kagome sighed and took a hold of the scissors, pulling them out of the wall and laying them down on one of the front desks as she made her way to her other class.

.  .  .

It was lunchtime and Kagome had decided since she didn't have a lunch with her she would just take the time to go out in the schoolyard and read a book. Making her way through the cluttered hallway she squeezed past the other students in a failed attempt to get by unnoticed but unfortunately she was spotted and before Kagome knew what had happened she was grabbed by the wrists and pulled backward, against a strong figure. She looked up and found that the person who had grabbed her was no other then Hiten Kaminari. Hiten was one of the more popular youkai students at the high school and probably one of the most arrogant people she had ever met. He was also apart of an elite group of students who usually hung out together. "Well, well, what do we have here?" he smirked down at her.

Kagome squirmed, trying to get him to let go of her wrists but he was much too strong for a mere human such as herself. "Let go of me!" she demanded. Hiten's younger brother, Maten let out a roar of laughter. "She's a funny one, isn't she brother?" he said, patting his elder brother's shoulder.

"Yes, she is, and not half bad looking either." Hiten remarked and Maten began to laugh even harder.

Kagome frowned angrily, she wasn't about to just stand here and allow herself to be made into a joke. She lifted her foot up and kicked Hiten in the shins with all the strength she could muster up and to her surprise it seemed that she had actually managed to hurt him too. Hiten quickly let go of her wrists and jumped back howling in pain, all the while Maten was still in a fit of laughter only stopping when his elder brother snapped at him furiously, "shut up you fool!"

Kagome reached down and picked up the book she had dropped as raced into the crowd of gawking students, quickly disappearing before an enraged Hiten could spot her. He cursed under his breath and glared at his younger brother. "Great, she got away…and you if hadn't been laughing like an idiot you could have grabbed her."

Maten nodded quickly, "y-yes, brother. I'm sorry. It won't happen again, I swear it." The large, balding youkai promised. Maten had always feared his brother and for good reason, Hiten may have been young but he was a fierce youkai who was both feared and respected.

Hiten looked up at his brother and crossed his arms with a frustrated growl. "That girl, who was she?" he wondered out loud.

"I'm not sure brother…"

"Her name is Kagome Higurashi." A female voice stated in a firm tone from behind the two brothers, it was Kikyo; standing behind her was Yura and Kagura. 

Hiten arched an eyebrow at the girl, Kikyo. "A friend of yours?"

"A human? My friend? I hope you're joking." Kikyo spat, very much angered by what Hiten had said, which only made him grin in satisfaction. He had never been fond of Kikyo before, but he was grateful for the information she had give him, now he could at least find the insolent girl who had dared to embarrass him in front of his fellow students.

.  .  .

Kagome sighed miserably as she took a seat at one of the desks in her History class. Since lunch time she had been trying her best to avoid running into Hiten and his brother Maten until school was over, but that was considerably difficult due to the fact that the whole damn school was bringing up her name in every conversation anyone had. Kagome, being a human, hadn't been noticed or acknowledged since she had come to the high school, she was considered a nobody. Not that she minded much, when she was a nobody she was never bothered or given any trouble and that's the way she liked it but lately she noticed that no matter where she went everyone seemed to stare or gawk at her for no reason at all. It was as if the people around her had just happened to notice that she existed.

The teacher entered the room and cleared her throat, demanding silence, the students immediately went to their assigned seats and the room went quiet. "Now class" she began calmly. "Before we begin I would like to introduce a new transfer student from Kyoto. His name is Inuyasha Ouji and I trust you'll make him feel welcome."

Kagome's eyes grew wide, no; it couldn't be the Inuyasha she had known. It was impossible…wasn't it? The door to the classroom slid open and in walked a tall and very handsome young man with long flowing white hair, piercing golden eyes and two dog ears at the top of his head. The teacher turned to him. "Please introduce yourself to the class."

The young man frowned bitterly but complied, "My name is Inuyasha Ouji. 17 years old."

"Did you hear that?" one of the male students muttered to another.

"No, he couldn't be the son of the wealthy businessman Ouji-senpai." A female student whispered to her friend as conversation erupted in the classroom but not for very long, the teacher growled and pounded her fist onto her desk, making a loud thud. After she had regained silence once again in her classroom, she turned to Inuyasha and motioned for him to take a seat. He nodded at her then briskly made his way down the rows of desks, picking the desk behind Kagome.

"Now class, today we shall learn about the Sengoku jidai era…" the teacher began but Kagome wasn't paying any attention to what she was saying, she was far too busy fidgeting in her chair nervously.

It's Inuyasha. It's really him! I can't believe after all this time he's finally come to Tokyo… she thought happily and fought the urge to turn her head and look back at him. She hadn't seen him in so long and my, how he had grown. He certainly wasn't a boy anymore. She couldn't wait to talk to him again.   

.  .  .

Inuyasha hadn't moved from his seat when class had ended and neither had Kagome, she wasn't about to lose a chance at talking to him again and she figured that talking to him alone would be better, she didn't know if she would have the nerve to speak to him while others watched. She was extremely nervous already. As soon as the last student had left she remained very still, waiting until Inuyasha had moved. She heard a rustling sound behind her and she heard the sound of the desk screeching against the wooden floor. He was leaving! Kagome got to her feet and turned, "wait!" her call had sounded more desperate then she had wanted, but it had gotten his attention. The longhaired boy stood where he was, his back to her. "What is it?" he demanded.

Kagome blinked in surprise, she hadn't meant to upset him, "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to upset you…I just---"

Inuyasha quickly whipped around and faced her, glaring at her angrily. "Tell me what you want so I can be on my way."

"I-I…well, do you remember me?"

"What are you talking about, girl? Of course I don't. Why would I remember a human?"

Kagome frowned, visibly hurt. What? This wasn't the same Inuyasha she knew. Had the years changed him so much or had he just forgotten her? "Inuyasha…"

"What?" he snapped.

"I-It's me Kagome! Remember? We used to play together in Kyoto when we were young before I moved here. Before I left we made a promise to each other---"

Inuyasha cut her off. "I don't know what you're babbling about, bitch. But I have no time to waste on filth like you." With that he turned and headed out of the classroom, leaving a heart broken Kagome behind. "Inuyasha…what has happened to you…?" she whispered.

To be continued…or not. =P

(A/N: There we go! The first chapter of Can I keep you? Man, I love that title! XP *sighs dreamily when she remembers Casper* Um…anyway, when I wrote this I was debating on whether I should leave Inuyasha in his Hanyou form or leave him as a normal human but in the end (mostly because of the insistence of my friend) I left Inuyasha as a Hanyou. It'll definitely make things more interesting that way.

Tell me what you guys think, okay? If you have any suggestions at all them PLEASE give me them when you review or email me. (-^^-) Jaaaaaa!)