Chapter 2. Truth Lies Underneath the Skin

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"Kagome, do you know the legend of the Killer Priestess?"

Kagome stayed silent as she tried to control her tears. What in the world happened? First, she was being kidnapped by her own P.E. teacher, then her mother was somehow alive, and now she found out that Inuyasha was behind this.

"I guess you don't," Inuyasha said again, "the Killer Priestess, she was the one responsible for the death of my parents, Kagome. She killed my father," his eyes hardened, "and not long after that, my mother, who was a human, killed herself out of grief."

Kagome bit her lips. What was this crazy talk about the Killer Priestess? Then something clicked on her mind. Was he talking about that woman she saw in her dream?

"And you," he spat bitterly as he pointed his gun again at her, "are the reincarnation of Kikyo, that Killer Priestess."

"What... are you talking about, Inuyasha?" Kagome asked, her heart pounding in her chest, "I don't understand at all!"

"Of course you won't have any memory of your past life," Inuyasha smirked, "after all, it was my father who killed the Killer Priestess and sealed her soul. Meeting me, his blood son, probably awoken the killer priestess in you."

'And meeting you was the biggest mistake in my life... ' Inuyasha thought.

"Hundreds and thousands of demons had died in the hands of Killer Priestess," Inuyasha continued, his eyes never leaving Kagome's, "she lived only to extinguish all demons in this world. My father... was the only one who able to stop her," he clenched his fist tightly, "but he's dead in the process. And from that day on, I had swore to myself; if the Killer Priestess is never reincarnated, I'll be the one who kill her once and for all with my own hands."

Seeing the hatred and disgust on Inuyasha's eyes, Kagome felt her heart breaking.

"Look at the wound on your shoulder, Kagome." Inuyasha ordered.

Kagome instantly looked at the gunshot wound on her left shoulder. She gasped. It was almost healing!

"Your wound have healed in less than an hour," He muttered, "as expected of the Killer Priestess. I will leave you here alone with the time being. I need to gather some information from and made sure you won't be reincarnated again when I kill you."

"But Inuyasha!" Naraku protested, "we should kill her now! She might go on a killing free once she is fully awaken!"

"I will decide where and when I will kill her," replied Inuyasha as he turned his back on Kagome.

Kagome watched his retreating form before she fell on her knees and cried.

'Why is this happening to me?'

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"Father, mother..." Inuyasha stared at the small photocard he took from his pocket solemnly, "I shouldn't forget what my goal is. I must not let my heart waver."

Suddenly, he had loud noises and gunshots from the other room. He gripped his gun.

"Inuyasha-sama! Inuyasha-sama!" A snake demon burst into the room, "this is bad! The priestess went on a rampage! She had killed some of our people! Naraku-sama is fighting with her right now!"

Inuyasha growled and ran to the other room.

"HOLD IT RIGHT THERE, KAGOME!" He shouted, pointing his gun to Kagome.

Kagome looked away from her prey and smirked. "Oh, it's you. The almighty Inutaisho's son. I had always wanted to see you."

"Stop your talking," Inuyasha hissed, "or I'll blow your head off."

Kagome let out an incredulous laugh. "Do you really think you will be able to kill this woman? Really half breed. You're no different with your father."

"What the hell do you mean, bitch?" He demanded.

Kagome smirked even wider. "Why do you think the great dog demon Inutaisho was unabled to erase me completely from this world? Easy. He was in love in me! He was enchanted by my beauty and couldn't bring himself to kill me!"

"Shut up! My father will never fall in love with a priestess!" Inuyasha yelled angrily. No.. it couldn't be. Her father loved her mother...

"He didn't know I was a priestess back then," 'Kagome' replied, "I disguised myself as a normal woman and masked my spiritual powers in order to get close with your father. You see, your father was the biggest treat for us priestesses and priests at that time. He needed to be eliminated."

"You... foul bitch... What the fuck that us demons had ever done to you?! Why did you hate us so much?!" Inuyasha roared.

"You demons are ville creatures!" 'Kagome' spatted, "you manipulate, trick, and kill people. Didn't you just trick this girl to kill her here? Eventhough she loves you with all her heart.

Inuyasha's heart stopped for a second. Kagome... loves him?

"No, your words won't lure me, bitch," He snarled, "I will kill you."

'Kagome' laughed histerically. "I would love to see you try, halfbreed."

Inuyasha saw red. He pointed his gun right at Kagome's head. "I will really shoot you."

"Kill her Inuyasha!" Naraku growled, "don't waste anymore time! We need to avenge the death of our family! You wanted to avenge the death of your parents, didn't you?"

"Fuck this..." Inuyasha's consciousness was fighting in his mind. Could he really kill Kagome?

Just when Naraku yelled at Inuyasha again, Kagome collapsed to the ground.

Inuyasha pointed the gun down and ran to where Kagome had fallen.

"She's just fainted," Naraku said, "kill her, now, Inuyasha."

"Naraku," Inuyasha breathed deeply, "could you leave this warehouse for a second? Take the others with you too. I wanted to have a little talk with her once she is awake... alone."

Naraku rolled his eyes. "Alright I understand."

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'Where is this...' Kagome thought to herself. Her head was killing her.

"You're up already, huh."

"Inuyasha!" Kagome gasped. Cold sweat glistened from her forehead. The gunshots... the blood.. all the screamings and Inuyasha's voice...

"I really am the Killer Priestess..." she said in a small voice, "I really am."

Inuyasha stayed silence as he stared at the ground.

"She is the one who killed your father," Kagome said again, "Inuyasha..."

Inuyasha turned to Kagome. "What?"

"All this time... I had no idea... I had no idea how much you must've hated me," Kagome said, tears weling in her eyes, "I can't bring your parents back. But... if killing me would make you feel better, then kill me, Inuyasha."

Inuyasha's widened as Kagome took his hand- with the gun stil in his grip.

"Release the trigger."

"Why?" Inuyasha managed to say.

"Because I love you," Kagome sobbed, "and if one day I lost myself and kill you, I will not be able to forgive myself for the rest of my life. I'd rather die. And if there's another life for me..." she gripped Inuyasha's hand tighter, "I hope I can meet you again... as a normal woman."

Kagome closed her eyes, accepting her fate.

BANG!

The bullet hit the wall behind Kagome.

"Inuyasha...?" Kagome asked, confused.

"She was right," Inuyasha murmured as he tried to control his tears, "I'm just like my father. I can't kill you," he cupped her face, "I can't harm you, Kagome. I love you too much."

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"What's that noise?" said one of the panther demons.

"Did Inuyasha-sama killed the Killer Priestess already?" His friend answered."

"I don't know," the first panther demon said, "let's check."

Carefully, they entered the old warehouse. Just when they were about to enter the room where Kagome was, they were hit from behind and fallen unconscious.

"Hurry," Inuyasha said to Kagome, "Naraku might come here soon."

On their way out, they bumped to a small rat demon.

"Inuyasha-sama?!" the rat demon gasped.

Inuyasha growled and quickly ran with Kagome.

"Naraku-sama! Inuyasha-sama is running with the Killer Priestess!"

"Bring everyone to catch them!"

"Fast! We must not lose the priestess!"

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"The two of you can't escape now." Naraku smirked.

Inuyasha gritted his teeth. Behind him was a cliff. Being a half demon, he might survive the fall, but Kagome... even though she's the reincarnation of the Killer Priestess, she was still human.

"I can give you two options, Inuyasha. Either you give the woman to us, or we will kill the two of you right now." Naraku said menacingly.

"Inuyasha, please, just let them take me!" Kagome begged.

"No, Kagome," Inuyasha growled, "I won't let them hurt you."

"Enough!" Naraku spatted in disgust, "Fire the guns!"

The other demons prepared their gun and...

"No!" Kagome yelled before jumping in front of Inuyasha, blocking him from the gun shot.

"Kagome!" Inuyasha caught her in his arms, "You idiot. Why would you do something so reckless?!" His voice was full of worry.

"What's this? Playing love suicide?" Naraku laughed maniacally. "Idiotic woman. You're just like Kikyo."

"What..." Kagome said in between breath, "are you talking about...?"

"Inutaisho wasn't the one who killed the killer priestess. Kikyo killed herself before she could kill him," He smirked, "and I was also the one who sent that dog to the other world he was already exhausted from the battle with Kikyo."

"You bastard..." Inuyasha hissed.

"Get angry, Inuyasha. An give me the same satisfaction I felt when your father, "Naraku challenged, "it was all that damn dog's fault! Even though he already has a human bitch as his wife... He dared to lay his eyes on Kikyo! Making the two of them hated each other was quite easy though," He laughed again, "Inutaisho didn't even know that it was me who cursed his beloved Izayoi."

Inuyasha's eyes widened. "But mom killed hers-" He suddenly felt his blood run cold. Naraku had been raising him since he was little, and it was Naraku who told him that his mother killed herself. He was too young to remember what exactly was happening at that time...

"You lied to me..." He growled dangerously, "all these years... you lied to me!"

"Yes, Inuyasha... it's so vexing isn't it? And here I was hoping the two of us can work together to eliminate all humans in the world. But no, you had to repeat the same path as your father. Ttoo bad," he motioned for the other demons to shoot their guns again, "now I would have to send you to the other world too, just like your father."

BANG! BANG! BANG!

A few bullets embedded to Inuyasha's body, he lost his balance and fall into the cliff.

"INUYASHA!" Screamed Kagome before she jumped after him.

And everything went dark.

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Five years later

A group of teenagers were walking home from school when suddenly one of the boys pointed at a house.

"Did you know? It seems that the people who live in this house suddenly dissapeared five years ago. No one knows where they went!" He said.

"Really? It's so creepy!" The pig-tailed girl said.

"Yeah, Mika, you don't know about it? The rumous is that they were actually brother and sister left by their parents when they were kids... and they eloped to avoid problems." said the glasses girl.

"What? I heard that they were murdered by their own teacher!" said the tall boy.

"I heard that the boy killed the girl as a revenge because apparently the girl's parents killed the boy's parents!" The first boy said.

"Stop talking! This house is creeping me out now! Let's go home fast!"

At somewhere far away

"Ready, honey?" A gentle female voice said.

"I'm as ready as ever, baby." The silver-haired man said.

"I will begin now.. Close you eyes so you won't feel too much pain."

The man clenched his eyes shut and waited. As always, it hurt like hell.

"Urgh..." He moaned.

"I'm sorry, Inuyasha," the woman apologized in a small voice, "if only I know the way to masked your aura without hurting you..."

"It's okay, Kagome." Inuyasha opened his eyes and smiled at her.

Kagome smiled back at him. They had been moving from places to places since five years ago, each time changing their identity and re-mask their aura so the demons couldn't find them.

"I'm so sorry Inuyasha," Kagome apologized again when she finished, "because you're with me... you need to live like this.. a life with constant fear."

Inuyasha's eyes hardened. "Don't apologize to me about that Kagome. I choose to be with you. Besides, what's the point of living a peaceful life without you by my side?"

Tears welled in Kagome's eyes. "Thank you, Inuyasha."

Inuyasha grinned boyishly. "Tonight, I don't want to hear your thanks..." He started to unbutton her shirt and cupped her breast, "I want to feel it."

Kagome blushed madly. "You dog."

"I love you too." replied Inuyasha with a smirk before tackling her down.

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