Inu-Yasha carried Kagome back to Kaede's house, for she was too exhausted from the night before to barely even get dressed.

"Gomen, Kagome." Inu-Yasha whispered. "I wish it would've been less painful for you." She nodded and sniffed, bringing herself closer to his chest. "What's wrong?"

She blushed which he felt more than saw. "We didn't use protection," Kagome muttered, squishing her face into his arm pit.


"Against pregnancy." He could just make out her words and hugged her close when she drew a shuddering breath.

Did she fear carrying his pup? Was that it? "Gods! I'm so stupid!" he thought. "Why couldn't I controll myself?!" He tried to make her feel better. "You might not conceive this time," he qualified and was strangely hurt when relief flashed into her eyes. "But we will have pups together, Kagome."

"Mmm, hmm..." Kagome sniffled, trying to smile. There was a moment of silence.

"Kagome, something else is wrong. How am I supposed to help you if you don't tell me what's wrong?"

"I'm...just worried about how my family will react when they find out I'm a tramp."

"Your not a tramp...!" the hanyou growled. "Umm...I'm sure your brother and grandfather will be okay."

"It's my Mom I'm worried about."

"Don't worry. I'm positive they will do everything to support you." Inu- Yasha rested his cheek on Kagome's head. "Everything'll be okay. You'll see."

"Arigato, Inu-Yasha..." Kagome whispered, hugging him. "I love you."

"I love you, too, Kagome."

"And where have YOU two been all night?" asked the voice of Miroku.

"None of your business!" the hanyou snapped at the hoshi. "Huh?" Shippou jumped onto Inu-Yasha's shoulder and hopped down onto Kagome's lap.

"Kagome! I heard you scream last night, and I thought a demon got you!"

"Nope." Kagome smiled.

Kirara popped up out of nowhere and mewed.

For the next couple of weeks Inu-Yasha and the others were back to helping people in villages, kakera finding, monster slaughtering, etc. The usual things, they guess. But with each passing day, Kagome found it difficult to not express her worrying emotions. But whenever she'd get caught by Sango, Miroku or Shippo, she'd make up an excuse like, "I'm stressing out about school." They SEEMED to buy it. And Inu-Yasha tried to cheer her up in any way possible, even giving her permission to "sit" him over and over. The others found that a bit strange, but didn't take it too seriously, to Kagome and Inu-Yasha's advantage. The last thing they wanted was to have Miroku find out about "the other night."

Kagome was stressing more than before this time. It was almost time for her to start her period again. As soon as the others woke up, she'd ask them if they could all go back to the bone-eater's well. She looked around Kaede's room and seen that everyone was still asleep. Good. Maybe Inu-Yasha was awake. She got up and walked outside. It didn't take long for her to find him. He was sitting in the lowest branch in one of the trees closest to Kaede's house. His ears twitched and he turned around.

"Ohayo gozaimasu, Kagome." He hopped down from the tree and kissed her cheek. "You okay?"

"I don't know." she said. She whispered, "But I think, I'm going to go back home for a few days. Just to make sure I'm not pregnant."

"You know, there's a chance you WON'T be pregnant." Inu-Yasha assured her. "Just think about that." Kagome smiled and nodded.

"You're right," she said. "I have to be more positive about this!"

When everyone else woke up, Kagome bidded them farewell, and went back home.

After her family welcomed her home, and the next day, Kagome furtively went to the store and bought an EPT. When she got home, luckily, no one was home. Her Mom must've went somewhere and took Souta with her. Oddly, her Grandpa wasn't around either. She ran up to the bathroom, did her business, and came out. By the time she reached the bottom of the stairs, she was in tears. Positve...

"Kagome, we're home!" called her Mom from the front door. "Did you find what you--" Her Mom took one look at her daughter's sorrowful face and what was in her hand and immediatly went to her side and embraced her. "It's okay, Kagome...!" Her Mother whispered into her hair.

Later that day.

"Don't worry, Kagome." Her Mother said, after a few minutes of conversating what Kagome should do with her life now. "I will help you in any way possible."

"Kagome?" called the voice of Inu-Yasha from outside. Without knocking, he slammed opened the door and waltz right in. "Oh, there you are." He scurried over to Kagome's lap. "Are you okay?"

She smiled. "Hai, Inu-Yasha. You don't have to worry for a long while."

"But why?"

"YOU!" yelled Grandpa, running into the living room with a broom. "How dare you make our Kagome cry?!" He whacked the head of the broom over Inu- Yasha's head and it broke, leaving a bump on his head the size of a baseball.

"Grr....!!" the hanyou growled.

The next day.

"Kagome, are you sure you wanna go back to Sengoku Jidai?" Inu-Yasha asked, jumping in front of her as she walked. "Shouldn't you stay here where it's safe? You know what? I'll stay, so I can protect you."

"Iie, kekko desu, Inu-Yasha," Kagome said, adjusting her backpack shoulder strap. "I don't have to be careful for a long time."

"Hai, but maybe just to be safe--"

"Inu-Yasha, once you understand how the female body works, you'd agree with me." Kagome jumped into the well.

"What's there to know??" he asked jumping in after her.

When the two of them came back, Sango, Miroku, and Shippo greeted them and they all continued their quest to find Naraku and more Shikon kakera. They eventually found alot of kakera that belonged to some kind of rabbit youkai, but he gladly handed them over. The journey lasted for days, and Kagome was willing to go back to her own time, only if it'd get rid of the constantly-nagging Inu-Yasha. Now he was becoming very obvious and she was afraid he'd blurt out their secret too soon.

"Well, it IS month number four going on five," Kagome thought to herself, with Inu-Yasha holding her wrist and babbling something she couldn't hear. She sighed and said, "Maybe I could be a LITTLE more cautious when demons come around."

"Hai..." he moaned.

Off in the forest somewhere, Kouga was on the verge of taking down a small doe. The deer was running through the trees, panting as if it had been running for days. Kouga, with the Shikon kakera jammed in his legs, wasn't the least bit tired. The doe eventually cracked it's hoof on a rock and stumbled. She tried to run, but her hoof was bleeding and it hurt to put it on the ground. It was Kouga's chance to go for the kill, and when he did, he jumped into the air, onto the deer and dug his fangs into her neck. She cried out loud once before Kouga finished her off. He wiped sweat from his brow and took a big whiff of the air.

"Ah, Kagome is near." he growled with a grin. He quickly picked up his kill and ran back home. He ripped off once of the legs and left the rest for some of his pack members. As he ran in the direction Kagome was in, he ripped chunks of meat off of the leg he was eating. He stopped and sniffed the air again. Oh, god, it was that obnoxious mutt she was always with! No matter, he just take his woman back to his home where the dog can't get her. That mutt was an outsider to Kouga's pack and he won't be welcome.

Kouga eventually found Kagome. He was especially happy to see her, for she was in heat at this time of month. But wait. He sniffed. How could this be? He was SURE this was the right time. He couldn't have missed it, because he would've smelled her. And it's already been a month since she's been within his territory. *gasp!* Could it be that...? Damn! That damn dog got her first!

"Rrraaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!" Kouga jumped out of the brush he was hiding in and pounced on Inu-Yasha.

"So, that deer blood scent was coming from you!" Inu-Yasha spat, punching Kouga in the face, getting him off of his body.

"You yarou!!!" Kouga cursed. "How DARE you take my woman away from me!" The two demons fought each other for a while, before Kagome eventually split them up.

"Grr...Kouga...!" Kagome grumbled, trying to keep him from ripping Inu- Yasha's head off.

"That hanyou will pay, Kagome!" Kouga roared. "I'll teach him not to fuck around with you!"

"KOUGA!" Kagome screamed. "Inu-Yasha. Kouga. Come with me. Everyone else stay here; we'll be right back." Kagome led them over to a group of trees where they could have a little privacy. Kouga didn't understand why she wouldn't let him kill the dog.

"Now, Kouga," Kagome started. "I'm aware of what's going on. But you can't kill Inu-Yasha."

"Why not?" Kouga asked. He seen Inu-Yasha unsheathed his sword and open his mouth to say something.

"OSUWARI!" Kagome ordered, slamming Inu-Yasha to the ground

"I don't mean to hurt your feelings Kouga," she whispered. "But I let him do it." Now that stung. That hurt worse than Inu-Yasha punchng him in the face. N-Not that it hurt him or anything; he could beat that mutt shitless if he wanted. But that wasn't the point. Kagome didn't want him? He didn't get her. Oh, wait! Yeah, he did! She just probably wanted to save him for later. Save the best for last kind of thing. Then she'd choose between him and Inu-Yasha. He read her like a book!

"Hai," Kouga said, trying not to crack a smile. "I understand." He bent down and kissed her hand. "Sayonara, Kagome! I will see you again!" And he ran off, leaving a cloud of dust in his wake.

It was month number six and Kagome was beginning to have unusual eating habits. All part of the circle of life, she figured, but now it was becoming harder to keep this a secret.

Today, Kagome brought a picnic, but was eating everything she brought for everyone else. She was munching on ramen, pickles, tried eggs, and rice balls, just seconds from being all inhaled at once.

"Wow, Kagome, you sure are hungry!" Sango exclaimed, eating her fried eggs.

"*BURP* Ah, hai, umm, I, uh, didn't have breakfast this morning...?" she lied.

"How can you go without breakfast?" Shippou asked, crunching on a candy bar.

"Uh...Oof!" Kagome reached her hands to her abdomen.

"Hm, something wrong, Kagome?" Miroku asked.

"She kicked...!" Kagome whispered to Inu-Yasha, who was sitting right next her her. He just chuckled and smiled.

"Who kicked?" Shippou asked.

"Uh..." Kagome and Inu-Yasha blushed deep red.

"Kagome..." Sango smiled. "Uh, are you...?" Kagome smiled and nodded her head rapidly. Sango squeeled in excitment and grabbed Kagome's hands. "Omigod! Ha, ha! I can't believe it! Kagome's having an akanbou!"

"A baby?" Shippo sweatdropped, confused. The group stayed silent for a while, then Miroku broke the silence.

"I THOUGHT you've been putting on some weight, lately." he said taking a sip of his tea. The group was silent again.

"Well, ya can't get any ruder than that, Miroku!" Kagome spat. "If I could, I'd use the O-word on you!"

"So who's the father?" Sango asked. Inu-Yasha and Kagome blushed, trying not to meet each others' gaze.

Miroku, after looking back and fourth at Inu-Yasha and Kagome said, "Well, it's about time!

Shippou, as usual, was the one who was confused. "... ... ...huh...? ... ...Uh! ... ... ...Eeeeww!!!"

The next week, Kagome went home. Inu-Yasha would check up on her almost every five minutes if not less. Kagome was kicked back in her chair in her room, while Inu-Yasha sat on her bed in his cute doggy position.

"What was the doctor concerned about?" Inu-Yasha asked. "Is there something wrong?"

"He didn't say, but he said I could get an ultrasound done, if I wanted." Kagome smiled.

"What's an alter-sowed?" his ears twitched.

Kagome made it simple. "Ultrasound is something that doctors use so that you can see the baby growing inside of me."

"It won't hurt you, will it?"

"No." Kagome laughed. "But you can come with me, if you want." Inu-Yasha smiled.

At the hospital, Kagome was lying in bed having the doctor run the ultrasound around her somewhat-large belly. Eventually Kagome and Inu- Yasha, who was wearing a baseball cap, could see the tiny two-dimensional form of a baby.

"There she is." the doctor announced. "Well, she seems healthy...I'll leave you two alone for a while." And she left.

"Look, Inu-Yasha, you can see her heart beating." Kagome pointed at the screen, where there was a tiny heart. Kagome felt a little jolt in her stomach. "And she's kicking again."

"Can I feel?" Inu-Yasha asked, putting his hand on her belly. He smiled softly when he felt the movement. "This is amazing..." Kagome nodded, grabbing his hand. He kneeled up to her and kissed her cheek.

The next month, after spending the last month just sitting around the house, Kagome felt that she should go back to Sengoku Jidai, where everyone else was. Inu-Yasha, as usual, was at Kagome's side, and was getting more annoying than usual. She couldn't WAIT to have this baby so that Inu-Yasaha would stop fussing over her and give her a rest! Right now she wanted to go outside, but she couldn't even do that in private.

"I'm going back, Inu-Yasha." Kagome announced. If he stopped her, she had a secret weapon she's been dying to use.

"Why? Why not stay here, where it's safe?" he asked.

"Cuz, I've got something for you." Kagome smiled, holding up a plastic bag. Right away, he scrambled over to her. He was sniffing around and grabbing at the bag, just like a dog would if you had a treat for him. She sat down on the stairs of the shrine and dug through the bag.

"Lemme see!" Inu-Yasha ordered, anxious.

"Hold on." Kagome grinned. She pulled out a rubber cat (that looks like Buyo) and squeezed it. When she squeaked it, Inu-Yasha's ears twitched and he grabbed it and began squeezing it over and over. Each time it squeaked, his smile would grow. "And here's something else." She pulled out a box of Milk-Bones for big dogs and gave it to him. He ripped the top of the box off and began munching dog biscuits.

"This is almost as good as ramen!" he exclaimed, a dog bone in his mouth.

"And here's something else." Kagome took out a frisbee and imediately Inu- Yasha grabbed it, only he grabbed it with his teeth and began tugging on it. Whenever Kagome would tug back, he'd try and rip it out of her hand. She pet his ears and he let go. She threw it and the disk went flying.

"Now, look what you did!" Inu-Yasha exclaimed. "You let it get away!" He got on all fours and chased after it.

"Finally!" Kagome sighed, resting her hand on her belly. She walked up the stairs, opened the doors, and hopped down the well.

When she made it to the other side, and had a difficult climb up, she peeked out of the well. There was a Shikon kakera near by. She looked around and seen a large panther youkai, with a kakera in it's fang, leap out of a tree, after her. She screamed and Inu-Yasha came from below and attacked the panther. It roared and ran back towards the well. It turned sharply, knocking Kagome back into the well with it's tail.

"Kagome!!" Inu-Yasha yelled, using Sankon Tetsusou on the youkai and killing it. "Oh, shit!" he cursed, jumping down to the unconscious Kagome.

Inu-Yasha and Kagome crossed over to her era and told her family that she should be taken to the hospital. Souta gave Inu-Yasha one of his hats, and the hanyou explained to everyone what had happened.

"This could be bad." Kagome's Mother said. "Let's hurry." Inu-Yasha had to carry both Kagome in order to get her to the hospital faster, but he needed to carry her Mother, for didn't know where to go.

Kagome's Mother explained the incident to the doctors and they said that they might have to do a C-section. When the doctor told them to wait in the waiting room, Inu-Yasha went to follow him, but Kagome's Mother stopped him.

"I know how much you want to be at Kagome's side, but you have to let the doctors work." she explained.

"What's a C-section?" Inu-Yasha asked. "Will it hurt Kagome?"

"If she or the baby got hurt during that fall, they'll have to take the baby out of her belly surgically." she said, her eyes welling with tears. "It depends on how Kagome landed, that she or her baby survives." Inu- Yasha's eyes widened.

"Oh, shit." he thought. "It's all my fault." He sat down and sobbed quietly into his hands.