Disclaimer: Inuyasha and friends belong to their respective owners.
Note: First published March 1st, 2003. Song lyrics from chapters one, two, three, and four removed May 14th, 2005 to comply with new policy. The fic itself sucks regardless, and will be de-suckified once I'm done with this cold/school/bout of writers block/all of the above.
"I still can believe we did it," the girl said, half talking to herself, half to the hanyou sitting next to her.
"You make it sound like we all nearly died," the hanyou replied. The girl shrugged. "Well, we could've, you know."
"But we didn't, and everything turned out fine."
"Yeah..." She stopped and began naming off the all the things since they had accomplished their goal. "Sango went off with Kohaku, Shippo got revenge for his father, and Miroku got his curse lifted..."
"And we put together the Shikon jewel, and Naraku's dead."
"We made a pretty good team, huh, Inuyasha?" the girl said.
"'Cept when you used the s-word..."
The girl grinned mischievously. "What s-word? Oh, you mean sit!"
Inuyasha pulled himself off the ground and glared at the girl, who was laughing. "I hate you, Kagome."
"I hate you too, Inuyasha," Kagome replied.
"I wish you'd just go. It's not like you've got anything else to do around here..."
"I am going," Kagome said quietly. Inuyasha shut up and stared at her. "The day after tomorrow."
"A-are you coming back?" Inuyasha asked, startled.
"Why should I? It's like you said, I don't have anything else to do here," Kagome said bluntly.
Inuyasha blinked. "So, tomorrow's your last day." She nodded. They were silent, and soon Kagome fell asleep, and her head slumped against Inuyasha's shoulder. He winced, but didn't move.
'Ok, so I have said I hate her...I've said that a lot. But Kagome's not that bad...most of the time I was just angry...
'I can't believe she's really leaving for good the day after tomorrow.'
"Um, Kagome? I was thinking, and um, I was wondering, d'you wanna, I don't know, go...do something tonight?"
"You mean...like a date?" Kagome asked skeptically.
"Yes- I mean no! Just...tonight's your last night here."
"Sure," Kagome said, and Inuyasha breathed a sigh of relief. That had been easier than he thought.
"Inuyasha, where the heck are you taking me?" Kagome had a blindfold on, and she stumbled but Inuyasha grabbed her arm.
"You'll see in a minute," he said mischievously.
'Just one night,' Kagome thought. 'I have just one night to say goodbye.'
Finally, Inuyasha reached around and yanked her blindfold off.
"Inuyasha...this is beautiful!"
They were in a clearing in some forest, a sparkling pool of water in the middle and a huge tree behind it. It was a clear, starry night, and the whole place was bathed in the moon's glow.
Inuyasha smiled, but inside he was screaming. 'I wonder who else is out there, who else has to say goodye?'
"I wish this night would last forever," Kagome whispered.
"I wish we had done this before," she continued, still taking in the scenery. "I wish I wasn't leaving."
"I wish you weren't either," Inuyasha blurted, before he could stop himself. Kagome stared at him in shock.
"Inuyasha, I thought...all you wanted was to become a full demon...Avenge Kikyou's death..." she said. "That's what you've been telling me," she finished.
"Yeah, well, screw that."
"Inuyasha, you do care! That is the most beautiful thing you've ever said to me!" Kagome exclaimed, tears filling her eyes. Inuyasha looked at her like she was crazy.
"What, 'screw that'?"
"Yes, that!" Kagome exclaimed, laughing.
"You're such an idiot, Kagome," he rolled his eyes, but there was no scorn in his voice.
"You know what, Inuyasha?" Kagome said, his arms wrapped securely around her.
"I think I love you."
"Well you know what? I love you too."
She turned and looked straight into his eyes. "I think you're supposed to kiss me," she whispered.
"R-right." So he kissed her.
For a few fleeting moments, they couldn't feel anything. They were in their own world, unaware of what was happening around them.
Kagome broke away and buried her face in Inuyasha's chest, biting back tears. "What's the matter?" he asked, bewildered.
"It shouldn't be like this! We're supposed to hate each other!"
"Why!" Inuyasha asked, even more confused than before.
"B-because I'm leaving tomorrow!" Kagome cried. Inuyasha closed his eyes and protectively wrapped his arms around her.
"Don't let me let you go," he whispered.
Kagome's eyes fluttered open. She was confused, but then she remembered. She lay in Inuyasha's arms, and she had been sleeping like that the whole night.
Then she saw the horizon.