Disclaimer : I don't own InuYasha, or any of the characters, much to be my eternal dismay. They belong to Rumiko Takahashi, who I thank with every fibre of my being for giving us such wonderful and interesting characters to work with. So, please, don't sue me : )

Authors' Notes: Just a few, I promise : )

1- I'm new at this, so bear with me.

2- I'm sure there is some massive OOC in this, but please forgive me. I stayed as true to the original characters as my mind would allow me : )

3- As for where this story fits into the storyline, I have no idea. It may never. I am only up to graphic novel 12, and the episode where Sango steals the Tetsusiaga, so if I go WAY off course of the original story line, forgive me and enjoy it for what it is - a fan fiction of something that I think would be cool if it happened. So there : P

4- This story is coming from mind through pencil to paper at a relatively fast rate. So, I'll post once a week as long as I receive some reviews of people who want me to continue. And no, I have no idea where it's going . . . my mind hasn't bothered telling me that either. Sorry : )

Starlight and Shadows

An InuYasha Fan Fic

by DracOnyx

Chapter 1- New Moon, New Revelations (part 1)

InuYasha paced near the outer edges of the village, dividing his attention between the rapidly setting sun and the path from the Bone Eater's Well. Ignoring the looks of the nervous villagers, he grumbled to himself as he paced back and forth, kicking at rocks in his path.

"Where is she?" he growled softly to himself. "She promised she'd be back before the new moon rose tonight." He was torn between his emotions - anger at himself for missing her the past two days, annoyance with her for having gone back to her time against his wishes (he rubbed his lower back at that thought, remembering the dozen or so "sits" she had thrown his way so she could leave), irritation and anxiety for the coming night, and beneath it all was worry and fear that something might have happened to her, preventing her return. He hated when she went back through the well. There was so much he didn't understand about her time . . . and he was never sure if she was safe there. After all, demons had attacked her in her time before . . . and there was always that Hojo guy she'd mentioned from time to time. He growled, his chest rumbling dangerously at the wave of jealousy and possessiveness that thought aroused.

'If anything happens to her . . . if that Hojo guy touches her . . . if she died cause I wasn't there to protect her . . . and I never get the chance to tell her . . . WHOA!' He shook his head violently, ears twitching back and forth in agitation. 'Feh. I only need that silly girl to find the remaining shards . . . and . . . oh hell, she wouldn't be interested in a filthy dog hanyou, anyway.' He ignored the stab of pain that went through his heart at that thought, and firmly silenced the voice in his head that was telling him to stop lying to himself.

He caught a new scent nearby, and spun around to find Kaede watching him a couple of yards away. "What do you want, old witch!?" he snarled, whirling back around to continue his pacing, glancing irritably down the path.

"If ye are so concerned about young Kagome, InuYasha, why does thee not just go get her instead of . . . "

"Who said I was concerned, old hag!? I couldn't care less about that stupid girl!" He glared at her fro beneath a shock of white hair, his golden amber eyes flashing as he paused mid-stride. "In case you've forgotten, tonight is the new moon, and it's already near sunset."

Kaede shrugged and shook her head, turning a thoughtful eye to the sky above. "Thee will do as thee chooses to as always, young hanyou," she murmured. She lowered her gaze to find herself talking to air, her last glimpse of the hanyou a flash of red on the path to the well. She sighed.

"So impulsive, and completely unaware," she sighed. Idly, she reached out and caught a bushy fox tail as it tried to dodge past her and down the path. " Thee are not going anywhere, young kitsune."

"But . . . InuYasha . . . !" Shippo protested, wriggling against her grip on his tail.

"He can take care of himself," Kaede stated firmly, tucking the struggling kit under one arm. Turning, she made her way back to her hut to await Kagome's return.

InuYasha sped through the forest toward the Bone Eater's Well, his preternatural speed making the trees around him no more than a passing blur. He broke into the well's clearing just as the sun dipped below the horizon, casting long shadows over the entire clearing.

He was perched on the edge of the well, poised to jump in, when he stopped himself. "What in the seven hells am I doing?" he growled softly to himself, running a clawed hand through his tangled white mane of hair. "If I jump through the well and there's nothing wrong on the other side, she'll yell at me, I'll yell back, and the cycle will start all over again." He crouched there for a moment, staring down into the darkness of the well, then abruptly shook himself, turned, and jumped back to the ground. He stumbled slightly as he landed, catching himself on the edge of the well with his hand. He stared at it carefully, watching as his claws receded into rounded human fingernails. It always disturbed him to watch his youkai blood wane on the night of the new moon. Even as he watched, he could feel his sensed dimming. Pulling a lock of hair around before him, he watched the ebony strands slide through his fingers. "Feh," he snorted. He moved slowly to the edge of the clearing, into the shadows of the forest's edge, where he set his back against a tree and sat, Tetsusiaga resting across his knees.

He stared across the well to the Goshinboku tree, it's upper half visible a short distance away. 'Fifty years,' he thought. 'Fifty years suspended from that gods be damned tree, dead. All for one pathetic human Miko who wanted me to become human . . . for love.'

"Feh," he grumbled. He shifted his gaze to the darkening sky, his eyes blinded to the beauty unfolding above him and the shadows of his past encompassed him. In his mind, he saw again the day Kikyo had sealed him to the tree, believing he had betrayed her to gain the Shikon Jewel for himself. He lived again the moment her arrow had pierced his heart, sealing him for what should have been eternity.

"Damn you Kikyo. So many years ago, but I still feel the pain of your betrayal. Even though we know it was Naraku, you still hate me, and I don't understand. Why? Why do you hate me . . . and why, after all these years, do I still care?" he growled, his hands clenching into fists, nails cutting into his palms.

There was rustling emanating from the well. All thought of Kikyo flew from his mind in an instant, his entire being suddenly centered on Kagome's arrival. First came the huge yellow backpack, heaved over the side of the well to land with a thud on the ground nearby. 'What in the seven hells does she pack in that thing?" he wondered for the hundredth time. Unconsciously, a slight smile crept across his lips at that thought. He sat there, smiling gently to himself, as he watched Kagome scramble out of the well behind her pack.

His smile faded abruptly as he noticed the tears on her face, and heard her gasps for air as she fumbled with the straps of her pack. "Ka . . . Kagome?" he whispered, confused. Pain wrapped around his heart as she swore to herself and finally got the straps straightened out. Seeing her tears always affected him in the worst way. Using Tetsusiaga to lever himself up off the ground, he approached her slowly.

With his eyes glued to te crying girl, InuYasha never noticed the twig until it snapped as he put his weight down on it. The loud crack echoed through the forest, causing Kagome to spin towards the source of the sound. Her eyes were reddened and puffy from crying, and she hastily wiped at them as they widened in disbelief.

"Inu . . . Yasha?" she breathed. Kagome's heart thudded in her chest as she spied him, Tetsusiaga in hand, standing behind her a few feet away. "Oh God, InuYasha!" She flung herself across the space separating them, sending them both crashing to the ground.

Instinctively InuYasha hugged her to his chest, dropping Tetsusiaga to the ground in order to protect her from the fall. "Umph!" he grunted, his breath knocked out of him as he hit the ground on his back with Kagome astride him.

'Oh God, he's all right, he's alive, it really was just a dream!' Kagome thought, her heart soaring as she hugged him tightly, sobbing into his shoulder.

Bewildered, InuYasha raised his hands to her shoulders, slowly raising her up so he could look into her face. Her eyes seemed like bottomless pools of blue, starlight sparkling on her skin where her tears had fallen. Without thinking, he reached up gently, tracing a path through her tears with his fingertips. 'Her skin is like warmed silk . . .' he found himself musing, looking at her tears glittering on his fingertips.

"Kagome," he whispered, afraid of disturbing the moment of peace between them. "Nani . . . ?"

"Please," she interrupted softly, "don't say anything. I don't want to end up fighting right now, and it seems sometimes that's all we ever do." She sighed and forced herself to push away from him, away from his warmth and the comforting feel of his heartbeat, away from the faint, musky scent of him that told her she wasn't dreaming. Embarrassed by her outburst, she carefully took her weight off of him, a faint blush staining her cheeks red. She kneeled nearby, wiping away her tears, shoulders hunched as she waited for him to get over his shock. She could still feel his fingertips on her skin and see the look that had been on his face.

"I'm sorry, InuYasha," she whispered. "I just . . . after that awful dream . . ." she hiccupped slightly, "I just couldn't help myself. I was so scared . . ."

To be Continued

AN: So, have I got your interest yet? *grins* Find out what Kagome dreamed that upset her so much . . . next time. And I apologize for the Chapter 1 Part 1 thing . . . I hadn't thought my chapters would be so long once typed up