Disclaimer: I don't own InuYasha, its characters, or the story 'Tempt me at Midnight' by Maureen Smith, which this fic is based on.

Summary: They were best friends since high school. But after the kiss they shared on New Year's Eve, feelings and desires he's never felt before come rushing in. Can he convince her that what they're feeling is real, that their meant to be more than just friends?


That night, sated from a lavish dinner and two hours of passionate lovemaking, Inuyasha and Kagome lay spooned together under a blanket on the living room floor. A cozy fore cracked in the hearth, and soft, romantic music serenaded around them.

Kagome had made coq au vin and opened a bottle of wine. Instead of eating in the formal dining room, they'd headed to the living room and spread a big, thick quilt across the floor. And then they'd fed each other, sharing kisses between bites and sipping from the same glass. Wrapped in Inuyasha's strong arms, cocooned in heat and steel, she thought she could get very used to nights like this.

"What're you thinking?" He murmured, nuzzling the nape of her neck.

She sighed, a soft, dreamy sigh. "Fate."

"Fate?"

"Mmm-hmm. I wasn't supposed to actually take that chemistry class we had together my first year of high school. I had originally scheduled to be in biology, however they placed me in chemistry last minute."

"Really? I never knew that."

"I really wanted to take biology and even asked them to rearrange my schedule, but all the classes were full so I had no choice." She then smiled softly. "Just think, had they been able to put me in biology, we never would've met."

"We probably would've seen each other some point in high school."

"You were a flirt not to mention a junior and I was a freshman who was devoted to her studies. I doubt we would've ran into each other based on our social circles. Plus, we never shared any other classes, so it wouldn't be possible."

"Sango and Miroku?" He mentioned their best friends.

"Sango couldn't stand him in high school." Kagome chuckled lightly. "If it wasn't for us hanging out, Sango would've had nothing to do with Miroku based on his perverted ways."

Inuyasha released a slight chuckle as well. "True. But me and you went to the same college though. So I'm sure we would've met then." He tried to persuade her.

"Only because you convinced me I should attend the same one as you. I actually had another first choice and if I had gotten in, I would've attended."

A stillness settled over Inuyasha. "That would've been unthinkable. Us…not ever meeting each other. Never getting the opportunity of ever meeting."

She closed her eyes. "I know."

Silence lapsed between them, both marveling at the simple twist of fate that had brought them into each other's lives.

After a few moments, Inuyasha kissed her cheek and murmured huskily. "Let's go into the bedroom."

Her mouth went dry. "In a little while."

He dragged his lips to her bare shoulder, nipping her gently because of his fangs. "I'd rather go now."

Kagome felt his heavy erection thickening against her bottom, and felt an answering tug of arousal between her thighs. But she wasn't ready to go into the bedroom yet. She wasn't ready to face the ghosts that haunted her…especially on this day.

Inuyasha had grown still again. "Kago—"

She sat up abruptly, dislodging the blanket. "While we're taking a stroll down memory lane, you're not going to believe what I came across the other day when I was cleaning out my closet."

Propping himself up on one elbow, Inuyasha watched as Kagome padded quickly to the backroom, then returned a second later with a large photo album in her hands. As she rejoined him on the blanket, he gave her a darkly amused glance that told her he knew she was stalling for time. She wondered if he knew why.

Shoving aside the uneasy thought, she grinned broadly at him. "You're gonna love this."

"Hmm." Was his noncommittal response.

She flipped open the album and they went through pictures the two of them took during their high school days. When she reached a certain page, Inuyasha let out an unamused groan.

"I can't believe you took a picture of that moment." He replied.

"Why wouldn't I?" She questioned. "It was a good moment for you."

Inuyasha had joined the kendo club when he was in his freshman year of high school. However during the time the picture was taken was during his senior year and the last year he participated in the kendo tournament nationwide and they had won. It was a very monumental moment for the seniors on the team.

"I was so happy you guys won that tournament."

"Of course you were." He chuckled. "You and my mother were the loudest ones there cheering me on."

"Well we were hoping our cheers will spur you on. And look what ended up happening, you won it for the team. You had some serious skill back then."

"Had?" He pretended to be insulted.

Kagome rolled her eyes at him, laughing in exasperation. "Don't worry Inu, you still have the skills. And not just from handling a sword either."

"Now that's more like it." He grumbled, lips quirking at the corners.

"You were so exploited back in those days." She teased.

"I didn't exactly mind." He shrugged.

"I guess not, considering you got all the girls."

He flashed a cocky grin. "You better believe it. Who wouldn't want to get with the awesomeness of this?"

"Excuse me!" She grabbed the throw pillow she'd been lying on and smacked him upside the head with it. "How's this for awesomeness?"

Laughing, Inuyasha wrestled her to the floor and pinned her beneath his body. She giggled, squirming and bucking her hips in a comically futile attempt to dislodge him. When she saw the wicked intent in his eyes, she shook her head in desperate plea.

"Oh no, please not that. I beg y—" Her plea choked off into a squeal as he dug his fingertips into the secret spot between her ribs that he'd discovered years ago.

As he tickled her, Kagome shrieked with hysterical laughter, her head rocking back and forth against the blanket. "Not so tough now, huh?" He taunted. "All I gotta do is find your kryptonite."

"Inuyasha." She gasped, laughing so hard that tears ran from the corners of her eyes. "Please…stop!"

He grinned. "Nah, you need to be taught a lesson."

"Please!"

"No."

"You're gonna make me piss myself!"

Those marauding fingers paused. "Well, now, considering that we're both naked, that might not be such a good thing."

Kagome's next howl of laughter joined his as he relented, wrapping his arms around her and rolling over so that she was on top. She clung to his neck, gasping and trying to catch her breath. Gradually she became aware of his hot, rigid erection prodding her belly. His hands stroked down her back, then cupped the swell of her bottom.

As currents of sensation flooded her loins, she sighed and murmured without thinking. "This is the kind of scenario Koga always thought he'd walk in on."

Instantly she knew it had been the wrong thing to say. Inuyasha's body locked up like he'd been tasered with a stun gun. When she raised her head to look down at him, his eyes cut straight through her like the laser-driven scope of a rifle.

"What the fuck did you just say?" He demanded.

She swallowed hard. Wordlessly she rolled off him and sat up, pulling the blanket over her body. Her nudity suddenly felt uncomfortable and too revealing.

"I'm sorry." She mumbled, staring at him as he propped himself up on one elbow and snapped the other edge of the blanket over his waist. "I shouldn't have said anything."

"Too late." His voice was flat. Hard. "Now repeat it so I can make sure my ears weren't deceiving me."

She drew a long, shaky breath. "I never told you this, though maybe you could sense it, but Koga hated our friendship. Despised it even. He felt threatened by our closeness and sometimes it made him lash out in cruel ways."

Inuyasha stared at her, looking as if the blood had suddenly drained from his head. "Did he lay a hand on you?"

"No, he never hit me. That wasn't really his style." She said, bitterly mocking. "He was more into psychological abuse."

Inuyasha's eyes narrowed. "What do you mean?"

Kagome squeezed her own eyes shut, as if by doing so, she could block out the painful memories. "If I wore a certain outfit, he'd sneer at me and ask me if I was going to see you that day. When you came over one time while he was supposed to be on a business trip, he swore up and down that we were having an affair. Sometimes when we made love, he'd taunt me and accuse me of wanting you in our bed instead of him, asking me if you were a better lover and if you had a bigger dick. He made me feel so dirty when he talked like that, and not in a good way." She shrugged convulsively.

Inuyasha was deadly silent.

"Honestly, it's a miracle I didn't let him poison our friendship." She continued grimly. "I think that's what he wanted, and I think it gave him some sort of sadistic pleasure to bring women into our bed. It's like he was getting even with me for something he thought I'd done, or wanted to do." Her mouth twisted cynically. "In the end, when I demanded a divorce, he had the nerve to claim that my friendship with you drove him to cheat. That's when I really knew how depraved he was."

"Son of a bitch." The words exploded through gritted teeth. "Son of a fucking bitch!"

Wearily, Kagome held up a hand. "It's alright—"

"The hell it is!" He roared, his face contorted with fury. "That bastard was never good enough for you, and I knew it the moment I met the mangy wolf! But I held my tongue because I saw how much it hurt you every time I criticized him. For two years I kept my distance from you as much as possible because I never wanted to give him any reason to think I was disrespecting his marriage. I missed the hell out of you Kagome, but I put your happiness and peace of mind above my own selfish needs. The only reason that piece of shit accused you of cheating was to ease his own fucking guilty conscience!"

By the time he'd finished his furious tirade, Kagome was trembling so hard her teeth chattered. She drew her knees up to her chest and wrapped her arms around her legs, wishing like hell she'd never opened this Pandora's Box with Inuyasha. What had possessed her?

"I need his address." Inuyasha's voice was low with suppressed rage.

"No." Her answer was swift, unequivocal. "Absolutely not."

"Forget it, I'll find him myself."

"And do what, Inuyasha?" She cried. "Beat him to a bloody pulp? Kill him, and then what? You wanna rot in prison for the rest of your life, or until the state puts you down like a rapid dog? Koga isn't worth it! You hear me? He isn't worth it!"

"That's for me to decide." He snarled.

"No, it isn't! I'm the one who was married to him, not you. I've already warned you to stay away from him, but you're so damn hotheaded!"

"It's been two years, and I haven't gone after gone after him once!"

"Only because I nearly pleaded with you to leave him alone." She shook her head in angry disbelief. "I don't need you to defend my honor or fight my battles, Inuyasha. Last I checked, I kicked his ass in divorce court!"

"Not good enough." He bit off.

"It is for me!" Eyes narrowed dangerously, she jabbed a warning finger at him. "I've told you once and I'm telling you again. If you get locked up, I won't visit you in prison. Not one single day and I mean it!"

His eyes darkened, nostrils flaring. "That's just a chance I'll have to take."

"Try me."

"Kago—"

"If you go to prison, you'll kill me too. Is that what you want?"

Inuyasha averted his gaze, a muscle pulsing at the base of his tightly clenched jaw.

Silence, raw and volatile, lapsed between them.

When Kagome's nerves were stretched to the breaking point, Inuyasha said in a low, sullen voice. "I'm sorry."

"Me too." She whispered.

"It's hard, you know? Hard to watch your best friend go through hell and you can't do a damn thing about it. You were a wreck for a whole year after the divorce. It killed me seeing you like that."

"I know. We shed more than a few tears together." She gave him a wan, grateful smile, remembering how wonderful and attentive he'd been to her during those dark, bleak days when all she'd wanted to do was curl up in the fetal position and never leave her bed. Inuyasha had often left work early and brought over dinner just to make sure she ate. They'd played cards and board games and watched movies together. He'd coaxed smiles out of her when no one else could. And sometimes, when she'd just needed to be held, he'd done that too. She knew she couldn't have gotten through the painful ordeal without Inuyasha. He was her rock. The glue that held her together.

Kagome swallowed, drew a deep shuddering breath and slowly exhaled. "I'm so sorry Inuyasha. We were having such a good time tonight. I shouldn't have brought up Koga. It's just that…having you here with me on my anniversary…" She trailed off, suddenly too embarrassed to continue.

But Inuyasha reached up and grasped her face between his hands, forcing her to meet the piercing directness of his gaze. "Finish what you were going to say."

She licked her lips. "You're the second man I've ever slept with in my entire life. And you're the first person since my divorce."

A range of emotions crossed Inuyasha's face, surprise, tenderness, relief, and gratitude. "You gave me the privilege of being your…"

"Yes." She whispered, gazing earnestly at him. "And I wish to God you really had been my very first."

With an agonized groan, Inuyasha crushed his moan to hers, kissing her so hungrily and fiercely her head spun. She clung tightly to him as he swept her up into his arms, stood and started purposefully from the living rom.

When she realized where he was heading, she panicked. "Inuyasha, the guest bedroom is—"

"I know where the hell it is." He snarled. "I'm not taking you there, and I'm not a damn guest!"

"But—"

He silenced her with a look that warned her the fun and games were over. This was serious business and the outcome of this match of wills could change the course of their lives forever. He strode into the master bedroom with the single-minded determination of a general storming the gates of a fortress. If the door had been closed he would've kicked it open, crashing it against the wall.

Kagome trembled as he gently laid her on the king-size bed and lowered his body over hers. His hot, possessive gaze drilled into hers, stripping away her defenses. Laying her bare.

"I told you." He growled. "No more walls. No more barriers. No more ghosts from the past."

"Inuyasha—"

"I know what this is about. You've been evading this all night, and I know why. You didn't want to bring me in here because in some warped way, you feel like you really are cheating on Koga. Like you're justifying his crazy, jealous accusations by being with me." He pushed his face into hers, scorching her with the feral intensity of his gaze. "But you didn't do anything wrong. Do you hear me? You didn't do anything wrong!"

He seized her mouth in another deep, mind-blowing kiss that left her reeling. And then he was sliding lower, slowly kissing his way down her trembling body. His lips ignited brushfires everywhere they touched, his hands stroking and exploring her flesh until there was no part of her he hadn't claimed as his own. She was burning with fever, shivering with need. By the time he reached the aching place between her thighs, she was so primed that all it took was one stroke of his tongue against her swollen clit and she arched off the bed like a rocket had gone off inside her.

"That's right." Inuyasha crooned with dark satisfaction as she convulsed and keened with helpless pleasure. "There's nothing wrong or dirty about what we're doing. Nothing in my life has felt more right than making love to you."

He moved over her and their lips and tongues met and meshed until they were both breathing harshly. Inuyasha drew back, pushing himself to his knees. Kagome followed him, her hungry gaze fixated on his long, engorged member jutting insistently from his body. Her eyes locked with his as she wrapped her hand around his shaft and eased him into her mouth. He groaned and shuddered convulsively. He was big, the blunt head easily reaching the back of her throat and beyond. His skin was hot, thick and firm, a steel bar hot to the touch. She slid him in and out of her mouth, working her lips and tongue as she simultaneously massaged his engorged sac. His guttural moans intoxicated her, made her drunk on her own sensual power.

And somewhere deep inside her, a naughty, vengeful little voice whispered, Yes, Koga, he is bigger, thank you very much!

Inuyasha was then shuddering and climaxing, his dick pulsing and contracting violently as he exploded inside her mouth. He watched her swallow his seed, his heavy-lidded eyes glittering with fierce adoration, and Kagome stared back at him, shaken by the profound intimacy of this moment. A moment shared with the one man she was never, ever supposed to want.

Lovingly, he stroked her hair. "We can do anything we want Kagome." He said huskily. "Anything." He lowered his head, slanting his mouth over hers. They shared another kiss. Languorous, achingly slow, lips parting and coming together again. And then he turned her around, keeping her on all fours. "If I want to take you from behind—" He thrust into her, tearing an animal cry from her throat. "—we can do that, too."

Gripping her hips, he began rocking against her, a slow, measured pace that had her moaning and grabbing fistfuls of the bed linens. Sweat soon coated their bodies, making their skin so slick that each thrust echoed in a wet slapping sound. Inuyasha caressed her ass and cupped her swinging breasts, brushing his thumbs over her nipples until her moans grew wilder.

Whispering rough-tender endearments, he leaned over her, embracing her as he kissed between her shoulder blades and nuzzled the nape of her neck. Her skin was so sensitized that the scrape of his jaw sent electric shivers racing to her engorged clit. Before she could reach down, his fingers were already stroking her, soothing the raw ache. She gyrated and ground her hips against his, needing him to go faster. But he maintained his slow, relentless rhythm, every plunge and glide of his hot, silken hardness driving her closer to the edge. And then without warning, he pulled out of her and rolled her onto her back. He pushed her legs open, braced himself on his arms and reentered her with one deep thrust, capturing her sobs in his mouth.

Her shaking thighs were spread achingly wide as he began pumping into her, now showing her no mercy as Kagome writhed and arched beneath him. He countered every surge of her hips with heavier strokes, driving her back down into the mattress. Her hands rushed blindly over his flexing back and down to his butt, clamping over the firm, clenching muscle.

This was more than sex.

This was soul-shattering, life-altering lovemaking at its best.

Poised above her, his face taut with passion as he gazed into her eyes, Inuyasha commanded. "Say my name."

"Inuyasha." Kagome whispered.

"Louder, dammit. Sing it from the rafters. Chase away these damn ghosts."

"Inuyasha." She sobbed.

"Louder." He pulled back and thrust deep. "Louder!"

"Inuyasha!" She screamed as her body exploded in an orgasm of such cataclysmic proportions she swore she wouldn't, couldn't, survive it.

A moment later Inuyasha erupted, with his head thrown back, the sinewy cords of his neck straining and his powerful body bucking, he shouted her name in a hoarse, rapturous voice that brought tears to her eyes. As the waves of ecstasy crashed over her, breaking her down and liberating her, she clung tightly to him and wept with sweet, glorious abandon.

He gathered her protectively into his arms, cradling her head against his chest and holding her like he'd never let go. "I love you." He whispered fervently. "I love you so fucking much I can't breathe without you."

Kagome's heart soared and an unspeakable joy blazed through her. She gazed into his eyes through a sheen of tears and whispered. "I love you too, Inuyasha."

And deep inside her heart, buried so deep she'd been afraid to go anywhere near it, another truth echoed. I always have.


BlueMoon Goddess: Alright guys I'm going to end it here. It may be short, but you guys got an extra intimate moment between these two. Also, I don't want you guys to think that this is too soon for Inuyasha and Kagome to exchange 'I love you's' you soon. You have to remember that they've been friends for so long and it's obvious that these two have had some sort of feelings for each other buried deep down. So I hope you guys enjoyed these two extra chapters, because with my new schedule, it's going to be a while before I update again. And like always, until next time! ^_^