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Rain...........Pouring down on her head. The thunder clashed deafening her as more mud dirt and water mixed into her wounds. She winced in pure pain and kneeled at the place she fell for a moment.

She couldn't think. She was soaking wet, the pain was numbing her body, and her legs seemed like they were dying out on her. Kagome could barely make out where she was. Her vision blurred and she could barely see any path ahead of her. All she could make out was blurry dark images that looked like giant blobs. Kagome jumped when she heard something fall close behind her.

A giant tree branch fell hard on the ground into the mud. The sky seemed to get darker by the minute as she continued to breathe shallow as she continued to wonder if she could make it.

She grabbed the tree trunk in front of her and pulled herself up as hard as she could as pain shot through her body. 'I will make it........I have too.........' She urged herself forcing her legs to continue running.

Time passed and by then, her shoes were wet, full of mud and dirt. Her white school uniform wasn't even white anymore and her hair draped onto her body. She continued to run; her wet hair and bangs clashing into her face; mainly her eyes.

She tightened her grip on the little bottle in her hand telling herself to keep going. She knew the well was still far away and she would need all the encouragement she could get.

On her way to well, she laughed to herself. 'Its funny how hard I try to get this medicine to him.....And how he still loves Kikyo.' She thought to herself thinking that most people would only work this hard for someone they loved who loved them back.

She merely shrugged to herself closing her eyes for a minute. They were beginning to sting and she was sure by now they must have been bloodshot. Again, she shook her head. She was wasting time. Inuyasha's life was at stake.

She strided deeper into the forest trying not to get more mud into her shoes. It was getting much more uncomfortable to walk than it was before. She continued to run not noticing the little downhill in front her. She gasped as her foot slipped and how she fell hard on her back, hitting her head and sliding all the way down.

She pulled her self up again for the hundredth time that day wincing at all the pain and blood coming out here and there from her previous cuts.

'Gotta keep going............' She urged running at a faster pace.

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Sango stared out the window with a look of pure anxiety on her face. 'Will she make it? Can* she make it?' She thought tapping her foot on the floor impatiently.

Shippo was pacing back and forth, mumbling things like, 'Is Inuyasha still alive' and 'What if he isn't'.

Miroku shook his head. "Shippo.........Inuyasha is still alive. He's too stubborn to die." He said with a laugh trying to help everyone worry a little less.

"How do you know? The demon had really powerful poison! I mean-"

Miroku cut him off by putting his hand up signaling the little fox that they understood what he meant already.

"We have to trust Inuyasha." He said simply hiding his own doubt looking at him uneasily.

Sango stiffened and turned around lifting her face to them showing her confusion and doubt in her eyes. The emotion in her eyes were enough to make them all cower.

"S-Sango.....?"

"........You all keep talking about Inuyasha.......I realize that's important. But, how sure can you be that Kagome* will make it through this?" She said pointing back at the door. "She was wounded badly already and it's a long way off from the well to here."

"Well then," Miroku said closing his eyes trying to think, "We'll have to trust her too. Don't you think she'll make it Kaede?" He said expecting some back-up words from the elderly priestess.

The old woman sat on the side of the hut quietly. "I don't know."

"What do you mean you don't know? I mean, we all know Kagome is not the type of person to ever give up in anything." Miroku smiled.

"This time is different."

"Why is that?"

"Because time isn't on her side." The priestess said shifting a bit in her position.

"Time doesn't matter. As long as she makes it—"

"If she makes it and Inuyasha's dead, it won't do us any good. If she makes it and the antidote doesn't work it won't do us any good we can't find the right one."

"She's got a point." Sango agreed sadly. "I hate to say it. I don't mean to put anyone's hopes down......But Kagome---"

"Kagome will make it!" Shippo yelled. "She's the strongest one out of all of us emotionally possibly and even if you think about it physically! Sometimes I wonder who's stronger emotional-wise whether it's Inuyasha or Kagome!"

Miroku nodded. "On the outside she seems happy but who knows how she really feels."

"With all these things happening between Inuyasha and Kikyo, she has to be depressed or something....." Sango countered shaking her head cursing Kikyo inside for the thousandth time for hurting her friend. "It's all Kikyo's fault...." She mumbled. Kaede winced a bit and looked down.

Sango, realizing what she just said stopped. "I'm sorry....I didn't mean too......I'm just really tense right now...."

Kaede nodded in understanding. "Aye. I understand. This Kikyo isn't the Kikyo I knew long ago. She changed. My sister would never go to such lengths to have Inuyasha........She would be happy with whoever he chose himself."

"You know," Miroku interjected, "I hate to say it but Inuyasha is part of the blame in this. Don't you think?"

"How's that?"

"Well, he refuses to tell either girl anything about his intentions for the future. He continues to keep them beside him—very close beside him. His actions are very misleading. One minute he's with Kagome seeming like he's chosen her, the next he's has Kikyo in his arms. I don't.......He's very hard to understand."

"That's very true. Although I think he's already chosen. It's a matter of who he loves, not who he owes." Sango said.

"He can't just forget Kikyo. What about everything she did for him?"

Sango glared at him angrily.

"Are you taking Kikyo's side?!"

"Sango you know as well as I do that I am with Kagome all the way. I'm just listing every single possibility. You know Inuyasha would say the same about her..........."

She nodded. "I'm sorry.......I can't.........I don't know what's going on with me."

"Sango..........I do agree with you. I think inside Inuyasha knows who he loves. But that's not what we're thinking about. We're trying to see if he could get over his past and live on in the present and hope for the future. That future being with either Kagome------or Kikyo."

"I don't see what he sees in her." Shippo piped in quietly. "She fights!"

"What's wrong with girls that fight?" Sango said lifting a brow.

Shippo shook his head. "No that's not what I meant!" He said innocently. "I mean she goes around killing things!"

"I kill demons."

Shippo stared at her in shock and didn't forget the fact that was a demon as well. "I mean...like....She can't forgive and forget."

Sango smiled. "I know what you mean.....Just wanted to toy with you."

Miroku headed towards Sango. "I love* women who can fight." He said, moving his hand lower to Sango.

*smack!*

"Ohhhh......Why's that? Because they can hit you harder?" She said sarcastically.

Miroku shook his head in pain. "No, that's not exactly the reason. But, it does add that fire I love in women!" He smiled.

"Miroku? What would you do if you loved Sango and then she died and came back?" Shippo said pulling on his sleeve.

Miroku was silent.

"And then! When she came back you like some other girl too?"

Silence again.

"Uhhh........."

Sango blushed a bit, shook it off then glared at him again.

"Well who would you pick?" Shippo urged continuing to nag at him.

"Well if it were between Kagome and Kik—"

"Nooooooooo......" Shippo whined. "Its not* Kagome and Kikyo. This is Sango and another woman."

"Eheheheheheh..........."

Sango rolled her eyes. "He would pick the other girl of course. If I were dead, it wouldn't be fair too—"

"Hey I thought it was my choice!" Miroku interjected playfully. "Now Sango did you think I would leave you that quick?"

Sango narrowed her eyes.

"I would pick................."

The whole room was silent in complete amazement and suspense.

"The more beautiful one of course!" He smiled wildly.

"MIROKU!" Sango yelled, slapping him across the face.

"What? WHAT? Shippo didn't say* she was pretty!"

She glared at him yet again this time holding Hiraikotsu tightly in her hand. Miroku gulped and took a step back.

"Sango?"

"What?"

"To be honest, if I had that situation................I don't know who I would pick. All I know is that I couldn't live a day without you glaring back at me." He paused, then smiled, "Even with the slaps."

Sango looked at him oddly not knowing what to think. Then she turned around and smiled laughing a bit. 'What a first....that was actually sweet of him.' She thought.

"So you pick the dead girl?!" Shippo yelled ruining the moment.

They gaped at him. Everyone continued to stare at him and he began to sniffle with his eyes getting teary.

"Don't worry Shippo........Inuyasha's situation is different."

"You....You think?"

Sango smiled. "I don't think..........I know."

Miroku nodded. 'They have to make it.....' He thought.

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"I'm...almost there...." Kagome gasped between breaths taking a short break. She felt as if she was going to collapse. She was extremely tired. She barely had any air left in her lungs and her skin was turning a light blue from the freezing rain . Her lips began to quiver and they were no longer rosy pink as they usually were.

She headed towards the well getting weaker and weaker by the minute pulling on everything in front her for extra support.

"I...have to make it.......I'm coming Inuyasha..."

She pushed through the trees and closed her eyes for a minute then opened them and looked ahead.

She smiled widely. The well was still a bit far, but she could see it in the distance. She looked down the slope and slowly moved in front to slide down slowly cutting her already wounded skin even more. She couldn't even feel her body anymore. All she had on her mind was the antidote.

She pulled herself up and ran forward. She tripped yet again and the antidote came flying off of her hands into a small ditch.

She thrashed her head for a bit angry that she was so clumsy.

"Why why why* now?!" She yelled looking ahead trying to recollect where it fell. She leaned forward and moved her hand into the ditch. At first she began thrashing it about as it hit some sharp edges.

After a few minutes she finally got hold of the antidote.

She held it tight and ran straight forward rushing towards the well more determined than ever.

"The well!" She yelled pulling herself closer. She took a deep breath and jumped in.

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Sota sat next to Kagome's bed more quiet than he had ever been in his whole life. Something was worrying him. He didn't know whether it was Kagome who hadn't been back in days, or Inuyasha who hadn't been moving in days. He wasn't even sure if the half-demon was still breathing. All he knew was that Inuyasha lay there, completely still. He didn't move at all.

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Kagome appeared in her time and gasped climbing up the side of the well for the first time in ages. She dragged herself over and ran into the house.

She pushed open the door dripping wet and ran up to her room.

Sota continued to sit on one side of the bed just gazing at the window when Kagome burst through the door.

"Sota!"

When Sota heard her voice, he was overwhelmed. 'She's back! Kagome I can't believe it!' He thought happily before turning around.

"KAGOME! WHAT.........WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?!"

She was dripping wet. Her skin was pale and had a tint of blue on it. Her eyes were bloodshot and there were tiny little bags under them. Cuts were all over her legs, covered in dirt and mud; not to mention they were still bleeding. Her uniform was no longer white, and it now had rips and cuts all over.

"No time to explain......" She said panting heavily rushing over to the "sleeping" half-demon. She stared at his pale face longingly. "It's been....a while since I've seen him." She leaned down and hugged him tight. "I've missed you, Inuyasha...." She said out loud, making Sota stare at her oddly since she never outwardly admitted she liked him.

"Yeah...." Sota nodded staring at her.

"Inu-Inuyasha........Has he moved at all..?"

"Not one bit....." He said sadly.

"Not even once..?"

Sota shook his head and Kagome frowned. 'Is it too late?'

"When was the last time he did move?"

"About...a day...after you left..."

She looked down in her hand and jumped. "Sota!" She said shoving the bottle in the air, "It's the antidote!"

She took the antidote and positioned it to Inuyasha's mouth and poured it in bit by bit making sure it was swallowed down his throat.

"Thank goodness you found the cure." Sota breathed.

Kagome stopped. "......"

"What's the matter sis?"

"I..........I'm not sure if that's the real antidote....Kaede said she wasn't sure."

"What?"

"She said that she wasn't sure.....It might not even be the right antidote..."

Sota sighed yet again. ".......Why am I not surprised..." He said with a hint of sarcasm in his voice.

Kagome was still panting and she wavered a bit. "Yes well you know----"

With that, she fell hard on the floor. Her exhaustion finally took her.

"KAGOME!!!" Sota yelled rushing across the room to his sister who was now sprawled on the floor.

Sota stared at Kagome in pure shock with a frightened look on his face. 'KAGOME!' His mind screamed. 'She's not dead right? RIGHT?!'

He didn't know what to do and his confusion was clouding his judgment.

"What am I doing?!" Sota exclaimed thrusting his head back and forth in frustration. He stopped and looked over to his sister seeing her wounds all over. "THE BAND AIDS THE BAND AIDS!!!!" He screamed rushing down the stairs.

"What am I doing?! The bathroom's upstairs!!!" He said hitting his head and running back up the stairs.

He rushed back into the room tripping over a chair in the way. He growled at it and pushed it aside. "Stupid chair!"

He took the band aids he had in his hand and rushed to Kagome getting out the alcohol.

He took out a small rag and pressed it on Kagome's wounds, dousing it with bits of alcohol. He tried to close his eyes fearing more wounds and blood, but continued to help her.

".......I wonder what happened to her......"

~ * 3 Days Later * ~

Sota was exhausted. He sat on the chair staring out the window mumbling things to himself wishing to that all of this was a dream. It was already night and not a sound was to be heard in the area. Surprisingly he fit Kagome and Inuyasha both on the bed.

"...Dead or alive?" Sota thought staring at them both from the windowsill. "I wonder if—"

"Mhhmmpphh......."

Sota jumped up. 'What was that?!' He thought in excitement. He ran over to the bed staring at both of them. Neither one moved an inch.

"Inuyasha? Kagome? You awake?"

"Mmph...."

"Are you—"

"W-What are you talking about Sota?" Inuyasha stuttered not opening his eyes.

"Huh? Inuyasha?"

".....Yeah......What are you----"

"Can you stand?" He asked pulling at the half demon. "You've been asleep for days now!"

"Ow.......Slow down kid.....Where am I......Huh......?"

"You passed out a while ago...."

Inuyasha opened his eyes and looked at him oddly then winced at the light of the lamp. All he remembered was talking to Sota, being in large amounts of pain, and falling into some sort of sleep.

"...Have you heard from Kagome?"

Sota looked at him oddly.

'Oh.....That's right....He hasn't turned around to see Kagome's behind him. Plus, he must still be recovering...maybe that's why he can't smell her.'

"Inuyasha?" Sota said quietly staring at him.

"What?"

"Look behind you."

Inuyasha raised a brow and sighed. He turned around slowly mumbling things to himself.

"KAGOME?! WHAT.....HOW...HOW'D SHE GET HERE?!" He yelled nearly jumping out of bed.

'He sure is moving around fast for a guy who's been poisoned and unconscious for days......' Sota thought looking at him in awe.

"What are those?!" He yelled pointing at all the band aids and things Sota put on her. Kagome seemed covered with them.

"Oh......uhm.........She was.....kinda wounded when she got here.." Sota whispered.

"WHAT?! HOW? WHO HURT HER?!?!?"

"I don't know.....She came in....Gave me the antidote for your poison and passed out. She's been asleep three days now."

"T-Three days?!" Inuyasha uttered not believing the words that passed in through his ear.

'She came with the poison for me........She got hurt this bad because of me...'

"..Yeah........"

"Has she done anything during that time? Move? Talk? Eat? WHAT?!"

"She hasn't moved an inch."

Inuyasha was shocked. He wasn't expecting that answer and he didn't expect Kagome to be lying next to him covered in wounds.

'Why'd she...........why for me?'

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"Errr!!! I'm sick of waiting!!" Shippo yelled pacing across the room for the millionth time. "Its been three days! What are they doing?! Having some sort of fun?!"

Miroku raised a brow and chuckled to himself thinking dirty thoughts. Shippo eyed him confusedly and shook his head. "I don't see what's so funny." The tiny cub said putting his hands to his side.

"Its nothing."

"Why are you so.......calm?"

"I'm assuming since its been three days, it was the right antidote and that Kagome is probably tending on Inuyasha right now."

"That's a good point." Sango said, "Otherwise, if it wasn't the right antidote, she would have been back days ago." She smiled happily. "They must be doing fine!!"

Shippo continued to give them strange looks. "But you never know.....what happens if something did happen?"

.....................

"Nothing else happened." Sango said, walking out the door. "I'm going out for some fresh air!" She said happily.

"How does she know?" Shippo said.

Miroku smiled at Shippo. "Shh.....Just let her have a chance to be happy."

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"So Kagome has returned to her time now has she?" Kikyo said looking in from outside behind the hut. "My spell should work soon enough." She said, smiling.

"Kikyo?"

Kikyo turned around finding the demon exterminator behind her.

"What are you doing here?"

"That's not your concern." Kikyo smirked holding on to her arrows.

Sango raised an eye. "Kikyo* what are you doing here?" She said with a little more threatening tone in her voice pulling out Hiraikotsu.

Kikyo laughed and waved her hand in the air summoning her demons. With that, she disappeared.

"Kikyo?! Kikyo answer me!! Come back!!" Sango yelled into the clear air holding on to Hiraikotsu just incase there was an attack.

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Miroku looked up. "Huh? Why's Sango yelling?" He said out loud, walking out the door.

"Sango?" He said approaching her from behind. Sango turned around and looked at him.

"Kikyo was here......Looking inside the hut. I don't know what she was here for she wouldn't answer. She just.......left."

Miroku looked up at the sky warily. "Uhm.....Well maybe it's not that big a deal." He said knowing with Kikyo there was always something up.

"But she had this look on her face.....it was.....some look like happiness because something was gonna happen............I don't know....I don't know where I'm getting all this from."

Miroku nodded understanding what she meant. "We'll let Kagome know as soon as she gets back. Is that okay?"

She nodded.

"Sango! Miroku!" Shippo yelled running outside trying to look ready for battle. "What's going on?"

"Kikyo just popped up." Miroku said simply. Shippo grew silent.

"Something wrong Shippo?"

The little cub shook his head. "Did she do anything? Did she say anything?"

"No.......why?"

Again, he shook his head. "It's nothing."

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"Did she say anything when she got here?" Inuyasha asked pushing the subject on Sota while staring at Kagome.

'It's been so long since I've seen her.............I missed you, Kagome...' He thought.

"Nah, nothing much. Just that she wasn't sure if the antidote would work.........But considering your up right now when you should be resting," He said raising an eye, "I'm sure it must have done you some good."

Inuyasha smirked. "Anything about who hurt her? What happened?"

"Nope. She said there was no time to explain."

"Why?"

Sota looked at him with a funny face. "So she could get the medicine to you in time."

"Oh..........right." Inuyasha said feeling dumb. "I knew that."

"Uh-huh."

"Feh. Are you sure* she didn't say anything?"

'Well there was that fact she hugged him and said she missed him.' He thought.

"Uhm........."

"Anything?!"

"Well she did say something! Oh....well it's not important though..."

"What was it?"

"I told you It's not important."

"Just* tell me"

"Are you sure? I mean its not worth wasting your time and—"

Inuyasha put his hand on Sota's mouth. "Just** TELL me." He repeated.

"Ok....Uhm.....She just hugged you and uhm....... said she missed you that's all."

Inuyasha froze. ".......She......She actually said she missed me?"

Sota laughed. "Well it surprised me too!"

"...Very funny."

"Well Kagome's not the type to just go and say stuff like—yeah." He laughed. He stopped when he noticed Inuyasha wasn't looking back at him.

Inuyasha stared at Kagome warily. He was afraid if it was too late. On whether or not she was going to die.

"What are you doing?" Sota said looking at him oddly.

"Uhm.........Nothing. Just checking for more wounds." Inuyasha lied, not admitting that he was actually afraid for once.

He smirked. 'This isn't the first time I've been afraid.........I'm always afraid when something happens to Kagome.' He thought. 'Darn girl, always needing protection.'

Smiling at himself, he moved a bit closer to her. He'd never admit it, but he actually liked to have someone to protect.

Kikyo never needed protection, she was always able to fight for herself, kill demons, even beat enemies faster than Inuyasha did. Maybe that's why he liked having the idea of someone to protect, he never really had a chance before.

Come to think, Inuyasha and Kikyo never really did fight together in a battle. He was either following her into the village or talking to her while she was busy doing her daily chores as a priestess, helping the wounded, the sick, the old, playing with the children and guarded the Shikon no Tama.

'Its hard to believe Kagome's the reincarnation of Kikyo. They are nothing alike. Kikyo's serious; a great fighter, not much of a person for jokes, loyal to her duties as a priestess, never stopped working, and was always thinking of ways to better herself to protect the village. Her loneliness, her idea of being an outsider got to me. I guess that's why I fell for her.' He thought.

'On the other hand, Kagome's the opposite. Though Kagome always helps people, she's not much of a fighter, tends to lighten moments with jokes, knows when to take a break, makes time for her friends or me to talk to her, not very serious unless its called for and having a tendency to be a little clumsy when angry. Do they have anything in common?' Inuyasha winced. 'Yes they do. They're both scary when they're angry.' He thought to himself shaking his head.

'Now how'd I fall for Kagome?' He mused. 'I have no idea..................It just...happened. I suppose.'

"Inuyasha?" Sota piped.

"Huh?"

"You better get some rest. You just came out of days of sleep without moving, or anything."

Inuyasha looked at Sota. The little boy was exhausted, and his eyes were ready to drop. He smiled sympathetically.

"Sure. Thanks for everything kid." He said patting Sota on the head.

"Night."

"Night Inuyasha!" Sota said happily. 'Inuyasha's so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!' He thought getting ready to go to bed.

Sota was asleep within a few minutes. Inuyasha got up for a brief moment quietly and hugged Kagome. "Thank you." He whispered, leaning down to kiss her on the cheek thinking of what he was gonna do tomorrow.

"Night...........Kagome."

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End of Chapter 28! Chapter 21 up soon!

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