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Chapter 1: Change and Cherry Blossoms

A raven-haired girl stepped lightly through fallen cherry blossoms. She glanced up at the beautiful pinks of spring, watching each petal sail through the air. She wished she never had to go back to school, and could stay in this era forever. Her thoughts wandered to Inuyasha and Kikyo, somehow they always did when she was alone.

A few tears formed in her chestnut eyes as she recalled her previous conclusion. 'Inuyasha really does love Kikyo still. He sees her in me, I can tell.'

It made her wonder if he would ever give up on someone who was long dead. Was he shallow enough to love a piece of clay?

The only use she had to him was as a shard-seeker. He would use her until he had the entire jewel, and then send her back. Even if she did tell him how he felt, he wouldn't care. She wished with all her might that something would happen. Something that would change things, improve things for them, even if it had to mess things up first.

A twinge of pain shot through her head like an arrow. She was on the ground, her eyes wide with shock. The back of her neck was burning with pain; it felt like someone was branding her. She could have been right, for when the pain ended, she brought her hand up to back of her neck. When her hand reached the lower part, she could feel it was very warm there.

She sat up, still feeling the warm spot.

'It feels like something is there...' she pondered, taking the whole ordeal in. 'I must go and ask Kaede immediately.'

The girl ran back to the old woman's hut, stopping to catch her breath a few times. When she arrived, no one was home, so she went inside the hut and got two mirrors out of her bag.

She shifted the mirrors, trying to find a position in which she could see the back of her neck.

She gasped.

There was an image of a cherry blossom about the size of her thumb, appearing to be tattooed on the back of her neck. The image was so intricate, it appeared real at first.

'What did that pain have to do with this..." she said, admiring the beautiful imagery of the blossom. 'I can't show this to them yet... If only I knew what it was!' she thought hopelessly.

"Hey, woman, you in here?" It was Inuyasha's voice.

Kagome dropped the two mirrors, trying to look natural. She dug for her collared jacket to cover up the image on the back of her neck.

"Yeah! I am here." She called, trying to hide the unease in her voice.

Finding the collared jacket, she put it on, hoping it would do its job.

Inuyasha appeared in the door, looking somewhat miffed.

"When's dinner?" he barked, secretly hoping for ramen.

"I'll start it now." Kagome stuttered uneasily.

"S'there somethin' wrong with you?"

Kagome winced. Of course he would notice something was wrong with her, he was half demon.

"Uhhh..." She thought fast... 'Better embarrassment then exposing something else!'

"I'm in heat, sorry..." Kagome said quickly.

"Oh. Sorry for bothering you then." Inuyasha held uncertainly. He left the room, much to Kagome's pleasure.

She sighed, 'Wow, it was that easy?'

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Stirring a pot on the fire, Kagome stole a glance at the hanyou sitting in the tree. He had been watching her ever since their encounter in the hut. He didn't trust her answer, there was something else that was wrong.

Inuyasha smelled Kirara, Shippo, Sango and Miroku coming back from their shopping trip in the village. It wasn't really as much 'shopping' as it was warding of 'presences' and receiving reward for it.

They entered the clearing, Shippo racing to Kagome, peering into the pot. Sango, Miroku and Kirara arrived a few moments later, carrying baskets filled with food and a few other random items Miroku had managed to barter off the villagers.

Kagome tensed upon the arrival of her friends. She hoped beyond hope that they would not notice the tattoo on the back of her neck.

Inuyasha sensed that Kagome was not relaxed, and concluded that his speculation that something was wrong was right. He peered in her direction, watching her every move.

'There is something different about her scent. There is the smell of... burnt skin. But how could she get burnt?' He pondered. Inuyasha was not his usual self, his thoughts flashed through his head. He knew that he had to figure this out before something happened.

That was when Kagome turned her back to him. Something on her partially exposed neck caught his eye. A flash of pink and black. A blossom. It was tattooed on her neck.

Inuyasha moved quickly, he jumped out of his tree and landed right next to Kagome.

"Come with me." He whispered.

"I will not!" She said, indignantly.

"I saw the mark." He whispered again.

She gasped.

"Where do you want me to go?" She mouthed quickly.

He picked her up in his arms and shot into the forest, as he yelled back to camp.

"We'll be back in an hour."

Miroku and Sango had watched the whole thing, but they had not heard what was said between them.

"Do you think he is going to harm her?" Miroku said slowly.

"No." Sango held. "There was something in his look..."

'Was it desperation... worry?' she pondered to herself.

"We should not try to follow them then." Miroku concluded, ending the conversation.

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Inuyasha whisked Kagome away into the woods. He found a tree and set her on a branch. The girl was near tears.

"What have you been hiding from me?" He demanded.

"It only appeared today, I don't know what it is!" she cried desperately, genuinely afraid of what he would do next.

"What happened?" He questioned.

"I don't know... I was walking when... there was a sharp pain, and it appeared there. Nothing else." Kagome whispered, terrified.

"Oh god, Kagome." His voice softened.

He bent down, embracing the girl. Her tense body relaxed at his touch. 'He's not going to hurt me?' she thought, returning the embrace.

"I am sorry for scaring you Kagome." He whispered.

She replied with a sob, pulling away from him to gaze into his eyes.

"What's going to happen?" she asked, worry written all over her face.

"I don't know." He said. "But I will stay with you through it all."

"Ariga-" Kagome tried to respond, but was cut short by a pain in her hands.

The pain resonated throughout her body; she could feel the breaths draw close in her lungs. She looked down at her hand to see them glowing with a sort of yellow electricity. Inuyasha stood nearby, looking on in shock.

The world went black. Kagome was falling, and falling, and falling. A light was before her, unmoving.

'You are afraid.' A strange voice said.

Kagome could not respond, but the voice continued.

'There is no reason to be afraid, my child. I am only granting your wish.' The voice said calmly.

'What wish.' She coughed.

'Do not you remember? You were walking, thinking of him. And you clearly wished something. Is it that you have forgotten your own wish?'

'Wait... I remember something.' She breathed, still falling. 'I wished something... would happen... that would improve things for us.'

'You remember well.' The voice still maintained it's calm drone. 'This is that something, is it that you regret wishing such a thing?'

'What will happen to me?' she demanded, leaving the question unanswered.

'It will not be something bad, though I do believe it will involve pain.' The voice trailed off. 'Now, do you regret what you wished?' it repeated.

'No.' The plummeting girl responded. 'I regret nothing.'

'Good, it appears that you are taking this well. Goodbye for now.'

Kagome's eyes fluttered open. She could see Inuyasha's shape above her, and feel his warmth.

Inuyasha felt her stir, and looked down to see both brown eyes looking up at him. She could see tears in his eyes.

"I am fine, Inuyasha." She whispered.

"Kagome..." Inuyasha began.

She put her finger up to his lips to stop him. His amber eyes pleaded with her gaze for an answer.

"I love you Inuyasha." She said, not a hint of nervousness in her voice.

"I... love you too." He said, a bit perplexed at what had just happened.

As if that had not been enough for the day, Kagome felt a change in her mind. Her heartbeat quickened, time slowed. She closed her eyes when they blurred.

'This is all leading to something good... This is all leading to something good..." she kept telling herself.

The pain passed, she opened her eyes.

Inuyasha gasped in surprise. When Kagome opened her eyes, where Inuyasha had been expecting to see her brown eyes, he now looked back into two maroon colored orbs

"Inuyasha?" Kagome asked after hearing Inuyasha gasp.

"Your eyes..." he whispered. "They... they changed color."

"Nani?" she coughed. "What do you mean, they changed color?"

"They are now kind of like maroon colored." He said, horrified at what had just happened.

"Inuyasha... What's happening to me?" she whispered, fear in her voice.

"I don't know." He said, staring at her incredulously.

"Don't leave me Inuyasha, Don't leave me..." she breathed.

"I would never leave you for my life." He said soothingly.

The hanyou bent down, his lips found hers and they kissed. She found comfort in the new action. It was her first kiss, and she was glad that she could share it with him. She felt strength and hope returning to her.

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Kagome opened her eyes to see two yellow ones looking back at her.

"You awake?" The figure whispered.

"Hai." She whispered wearily.

"What do you want to do?" he asked.

"I want..." She began.

'What do I want to do?' she asked herself.

"I want to spend a day with you, having fun." She concluded out loud.

"Then let's get going!" he said, easing her up.

She climbed in her back and they were off, wind whipping in her face. They passed trees and boulders, scaring off flocks of birds.

Soon, they stopped next to a hot spring. It seemed like it was made for them. Inuyasha turned his head as Kagome undressed and slipped into the steamy water. He followed suit and climbed in beside her.

Her cheeks turned a color that well matched her now maroon eyes. Inuyasha was captivated by the change, and found himself staring into the burgundy abyss. It had scared him when she opened her eyes to reveal the new color, but he loved her all the same.

The girl sighed, sinking into the warm water. Her hair fluttered out to all sides as it drifted in the water. Inuyasha felt it ticked his arm, and reached up to massage her scalp. He glanced down at the cherry blossom tattoo, seeing it for the second time. It had caused all this, it had caused Kagome pain. Inuyasha glared at it for a moment, then returned to running his hands through Kagome's long hair.

She was grateful for it and relaxed comfortably onto the bottom of the spring.

She felt a disturbance in her lungs, she gasped, her breath coming in short draws. Inuyasha had lifted her out of the water immediately, dreading the next change to overtake her.

This time, it surprised him even more. Her naked body now hovered about a foot off the ground. Small pins of light were soaring across her skin. He hair was suddenly dry and it fluttered about as if it was blowing in the wind. Everything in the forest was quiet, holding it's breath.

Her eyes were closed, arms outstretched. A billowing maroon Kimono exploded about her, flapping wildly. Her form changed directions, and her feet touched to the ground.

With her eyes still closed, she began to spin. Inuyasha took a step back, somehow knowing that he should not intervene.

She stopped spinning, and jumped into the air, landing noiselessly back onto the earth a few seconds later. Her eyes were sparkling, and her Kimono sported a design of pink cherry blossoms all over it.

Inuyasha was speechless. She was beautiful, but different. He knew that it was still the same old Kagome though, when she ran over to embrace him.

"Inuyasha!" she cried. "I have the most wonderful feeling!"

"Nani?" he asked in surprise.

"It feels like... like a thousand light have been lit inside me! Like I am on top of the world!" She laughed with joy.

It made him happy to see her smiling and laughing like that. They danced about the illuminated meadow together, laughing and smiling.

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Hey, that's all for today, I will be continuing with this, though not without some reviews. The next one should provide some explanations, as well as a deepening plot. Please review, I will respond if you ask questions! Arigato! Ja.