Kagome and Inuyasha had ran off earlier that day, when she had sensed a shard of the Shikon no tama. It was now drawing nigh, and they returned........

Kagome rode along on Inuyasha's back into Kaede's hut. "KA-GO-ME!" Shippo shouted as Inuyasha sat her down and Shippo scurried into her open arms. "Kagome! I'm so glad your back!"

"Me too Shippo." she smiled as she cradled him in her arms. "Where's Miroku and Sango?"

"Right here." said a feminine voice.

"Oh, hi!"

"Hi." Sango smiled, but it quickly faded. "Miroku, get your hand away from my-"

"Okay, okay!" Miroku said, stepping into the fading sunlight.

Kagome laughed. "Glad to see you both."'

"Good timing, right before sunset." Miroku said.

"Uh oh........I'm gonna get it!" Kagome shouted as she snatched her bag from inside the hut, and started to scurry off towards the well.

"Hey, just where do you think you're going?" Inuyasha asked, running up behind her and grabbing her.

"I've got to go home or I'll be in trouble. Now please let me go!"

"No."

"Sit boy!"

*Wham!*

"Wench...why'd ya have ta do that?"

"So I could leave." she said, running as fast as she could towards the well, knowing the spell would not last long.

"STubid wench!"

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Kagome jumped into the well, and ran through the back door, trying to sneak in without her mother knowing....but it didn't work.

"KAGOME!" she heard her call from her bedroom.

"Hai mom?"

"Come here!"

"Hai." she said, and ran up the steps as fast as she could, her heart beating in her throat.

"You're late." her mother said, taking another huff of her cigarette.

"Gomen nasai Mom, I didn't mean to-"

"It's always the same crap with you, isn't it?" her mother asked, nearly leaping off the bed and grabbing Kagome's collar. Kagome's eyes were wide in fear. "Well, isn't it?" She couldn't reply. A large lump in her throat blocked any words from escaping, let alone allow her to breathe. "Stupid wrech!" Her mother shouted, slapping her and walking away, calmly taking another puff of her cigarette.

"I lost track of time, and I was only two minutes late, mom."

"What if something had've happened to me, your precious mother? You wouldn't be here to help! You don't care about me! You don't give a darn about me!" her mother began to cry, and shout to get her point accross.

"Mother, I DO ca-"

"Hiamatta! Go!" she shouted, as she threw a beer bottle at her. Kagome tried to avoid getting cut in the face by shielding it with her arm, but that only made her mother angrier. She grasped another full beer bottle, and started running after Kagome. "You better pray to God you make it to your room before I get ahold of you!" she shouted as Kagome ran back down stairs into her room. "You're lucky this time!" her mother screamed and pouned on the door that was now closed.

~~* Kagome's room *~

Kagome sat on her bed and placed her head in her hands, sobbing lightly. "She did it again.... I was only two minutes late...and she did it AGAIN!" 'Ever since her accident, she's been so paranoid.....' That was her last thought as she finally cried herself to sleep, until.......

"Kagome, wake up." said a manly voice.

Nothing.

"Kagome?"

Nothing.

This time, he was going to see how much it would take to wake her up.

He gently leaned in, and whispered, "Ka-go-me." In a teasing way.

Nothing.

This time, he nuzzled her neck.

She stirred, but didn't wake.

"Shippo, I oughta-"

"Sit boy!"

*Wham*

That did it.

"Kagome, what's all the commotion?!" shouted her mother from upstairs.

"NOTHING! Gomen mom! Just go back to sleep!" "Finally, you're awake." Inuyasha said once the spell wore off. "And alive, no thanks to you." she mumbled.

Inuyasha sniffed the air-blood-Kagome's blood to be precise. "Why are you bleeding?" he asked, cocking his head to the side.

She sighed and sat back on the bed. "I don't want to talk about it."

"Of course you do. You ALWAYS want to talk!"

She thought about saying the 's' word, but she didn't want her mother to come down there. "I don't Inuyasha...just please leave me alone before you get me into trouble."

"How can I get you into trouble?"

"Very easily."

"Feh. Talk or I'll never leave you alone."

"Inuyasha-.....fine."

"Well?"

"My mother, okay?"

"Your mother what?"

"She threw beer bottles at me."

"Beer?"

"It's like sake."

"Oh.."

"And the bottles are made out of glass, which will cut, like metal."

"Oh.....why'd she do that?"

Kagome shrugged. "I guess she hates me."

"Why?"

"Maybe the same reasons you hated me when I first met you. I don't know."

"Oh." Then Inuyasha got an idea. "Come on Kagome."

"Where are we going?"

"Back through the well."

"I can't."

"Why the heck not?"

"Mom will be mad."

"I thought you said she hated you."

"She does, I think, but she doesn't want me gone without her knowing where, and what time I'll be back."

"Oh."

"Plus I've got school tomarrow."

"Oh."

"Will you quit saying 'Oh'?"

".....feh...."

"Much better." she said, rolling her eyes.

"Well, then, I'll stay here with you."

"First, you'd rather be with your precious Kikyou...." That hit him hard, "Second, if Mom sees you, she'll kill us both."

"She wouldn't kill you."

"Wanna bet?"

"Huh?"

"She's tried."

"To kill you?"

Kagome nodded. "Yep."

"Why?"

*shrug* "Dunno."

"Then I definately won't leave you."

"Inuyasha, if she sees you she'll-"

"She won't se me."

'I don't know how he'll manage that.' "Fine."

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To be continued. I tried to make this chapter as long as I could. No, my mother isn't abusive. She's a wonderful mother, maybe a bit over protective, but then again, it can be a good thing. This story actually inspired me by a book, called 'The Child called 'it'' . It's a wonderful book........you should read it.

If you've read the Birth of love (Which I am currently working on an extra long chapter for) then you'll know my grandmother isn't doing well...but now, it doesn't look like she'll make it, so I don't know when I'll be able to update. Gomen nasai minna-san.