Disclaimer: I do not own Inuyasha and the various characters that appear in this fic aren't mine either.
A Lady Knight's Tale 2
Sango smiled as she half-skipped, half-ran across the field from the barracks to the palace courtyard. Yes, all was right in the world, Naraku was dead, Kohaku was safe and Miroku....Miroku had proposed to her. To her, of all people, when he could've had his pick from most of the females in the kingdom. The young woman held up her hand and admired her ring. It was a remarkably thin gold band with a single diamond at the center. At first Sango feared that it would break easily, considering her line of work, but Miroku assured her that it wouldn't. He had said that she was like the ring, deceptively delicate-looking but stronger than steel. Sango sighed at the memory and blushed. It was such a romantic proposal.
Kagome and Inuyasha were having breakfast. Kagome glanced out the window and waved as she saw Sango approach.
"Oh, Sango's coming up." she said to Inuyasha who was busily eating.
"You two are probably going to start blabbering about her engagement, aren't you?" he said, not happy about the fact that he had to hurry up and finish his food or endure a considerable amount of 'girl talk'. "She doesn't know you actually watched the whole thing." he finished as he barfed down more ramen.
"Yes and with the whole castle too." Sango remarked as she appeared out of nowhere and politely bowed to the two of them.
"Eh!?" Inuyasha nearly choked and Kagome froze.
"You knew?" They exclaimed in unison.
Sango nodded. "Well-- all that giggling and Miroku sort of noticed it too."
"You're not mad, are you?" Kagome asked.
"No, of course not, Lady Kagome!"
Miroku scowled uncharacteristically at the men who passed them as he walked with Sango to practice. Apparently, the thought that Sango was actually a female made her *very* attractive to a lot of them. He'd been dealing with this for over a year now, and the now that word was out that they were engaged made things even worse. The only thing that kept them from courting her was the fact that he was the Captain of the Imperial Guard, and that he'd beat the crap out of them if they even tried. Oh no, he was sounding like Inuyasha now.
On the other hand, the men still respected her skills. She was, after all, his Second-in-command, and Sango was as good as any of them, or even better.
"Hey." Sango looked up at Miroku with puzzled brown eyes. "What's with you?"
Miroku shifted his attention from the very bothersome thoughts to his fiancee. "Oh, it's nothing..."
"Let's start practicing, ok?" Miroku said as he smiled at her, they started sparring.
"I was just wondering, Sango..." he began, "Do the men ever bother you? I mean..."
Sango grinned as she flew at him with short quick strikes. "No...hmm, well-- maybe sometimes..."
Miroku arched an eyebrow as he parried. "What do you mean.... sometimes?"
Sango suppressed a giggle. "You're jealous!"
"Am not!" Miroku said, but failing to convince Sango, sent her into a fit of laughter, she was laughing so hard that she could hardly manage a decent attack.
"Excuse me, Captain Miroku."
The two of them stopped as a knight approached them. It was Sir Kuranosuke Takeda, one of the better knights, it so seemed. Miroku narrowed his eyes as he faced the other man.
"What is it?" Miroku said as politely as he could manage.
"Alone, sir." Kuranosuke said, gesturing toward Sango.
"Whatever it is, you may say it in my presence." Sango remarked, looking at him pointedly.
"If that is what you wish, my lady." Kuranosuke replied.
Miroku bristled almost visibly but managed to keep his composure. He was aware of Takeda's intentions. It almost surprised him that the former hadn't challenged him to a duel yet.
"I wish to challenge you to a duel for Lady Sango's hand." It seemed like today was the day, Miroku thought wryly. Well at least they'd get this over with once and for all.
"What!? This is nonsense!" Sango interjected, "I refuse! I'll challenge you instead!" she drew her sword.
Miroku put a restraining hand on her shoulder. "I'll handle this. You two aren't fighting over me, you know." he said with an attempt at humor. His eyes, however, were serious. "I accept, Sir Takeda."
"You were a fool to accept that challenge!" Sango scolded as the two of them walked back to the barracks after the fight was over. Sango carried both their swords. Takeda got a good hit and nailed Miroku on the shoulder, it wasn't a serious injury, but Sango fussed over it all the same.
"But I won, didn't I." Miroku grinned.
"Oh, yes. Indeed you did." Sango said sarcastically. "Come on, I'll see that wound."
"You just want to see me shirtless." he teased.
Sango's brows knit in concentration as she bandaged Miroku's shoulder. It really wasn't bad, but he shouldn't strain it though. She blushed as he stared at her.
"Sango..." The young woman's breath caught in her throat as two arms encircled her waist and pulled her onto Miroku's lap. He pulled her close to him and they leaned towards each other when...someone knocked at the door rather urgently. Sango was at the door in a flash. Miroku sighed, will these interruptions ever end?
"Who is it?" she asked.
"Sir Miroku...someone is here to see you. It is your mother, I believe." It was a knight who seemed very disgruntled. "She is waiting in the receiving room." After saying this, he excused himself,
Sango was hiding behind a large potted plant in the garden, evesdropping on the conversation. This was rather awkward, what would the others say if they caught her snooping like this in such an undignified manner. She would never live it down.
"She is not one of our kind, Miroku!" a shrill voice was saying.
"But mother..." Miroku was saying, in an effort to calm her down.
Sango strained to hear more. This was not going well. Was this her mother-in-law to-be?
"You hear me, Miroku! I will have you disowned if you disobey me! I already tolerated your joining this pathetic excuse for an army but I won't stand for this!"
At this point, Sango didn't wait to hear Miroku's answer. So this was the way things were going to be, Sango thought as she left quietly. It was so naive of her to think that she'd have a "Happily Ever After".
It was hopeless. What would they do now? Elope? Sango kicked a pebble in her way, she didn't want Miroku to be disowned just because of her, so she wasn't nobility, there wasn't anything that could be done about that, was there?. The Lady Knight sighed, there was only one other option.
She had to leave.
Author's Notes: This is the sequel to A Lady Knight's Tale ^_^. But I guess that's pretty obvious from the title though. You might want to read it first because things might be a bit confusing, ne? Credit goes to Nana-chan for introducing me to the idea of Kuranosuke Takeda of Episode 78. Thanks, Nana-chan! Arigato also to those who asked about this sequel. Ja ne! Hope you like this!