Looking Back

Chapter One: Reunion

Inu Yasha sighed as he lay stretched out on the limb of a tree, trying to relax after a long day. It was the very same tree that Kikyo had pinned him to with her cursed arrow.

But after fifty years of being stuck to the trunk of that wretched tree, a young girl freed him from his prison by removing the arrow from his body.

The girl's name was Kagome, and she had come from the future through a well called the Bone-Eaters well, which brought her to feudal Japan after she was pulled into it by a demon named Mistress Centipede.

Upon arriving back in time, Kagome found Inu Yasha, freed him, and battled Mistress Centipede, whom was out to get the Jewel of Four Souls, which turned out to be inside Kagome the whole time.

The Jewel was a very powerful object, and gave whoever got hold of it the power of a full-fledged demon. Inu Yasha was pinned to the tree because he tried to steal it, being in desperate need of becoming a true demon, and Kikyo didn't want the Jewel to fall into the wrong hands, especially the arrogant Inu Yasha's.

But that was a very long time ago, and he would have been stuck there forever if it wasn't for Kagome. After Mistress Centipede was defeated, the Jewel was shattered from Kagome's arrow when she tried to protect it from another power-hungry demon.

It broke into numerous fragments that were scattered all over the land. Inu Yasha and Kagome set out to find every last fragment of the Jewel before it turned up in the wrong hands.

Along the way they met Shippou, Miroku, and Sango, whom joined them on their quest. They even made enemies, including Inu Yasha's half-brother Sesshoumaru and the powerful Naraku.

Their journey lasted for what seemed like an eternity, and when it finally ended with the defeat of Naraku, the five had settled down.

Kagome went back to her time through the well, but always paid a visit to her friends. Miroku and Sango settled in together, and Shippou lived with them.

As for Inu Yasha, he spent his days pondering about random things while living alone. Although he had never directly admitted it, he loved Kagome with all his heart.

He wished that she could be his mate and live with him in his time, but he knew that that would never happen. She had a family who cared about her.

Thinking about family made Inu Yasha's heart sink into his stomach. He never really thought back to his past at all, but he had his reasons.

It was a painful past, and he could not put it in simple words. Kagome was the only family he ever cared about.

Every time Kagome jumped into that well to go back to her time after her weekly visits, he would watch her go with a heavy heart. He would count the hours till she came back again, and when she did he would feel the happiest he had ever felt in his life.

Deep down, he knew that she loved him too, but just like him she would not confess directly.

They were probably too scared to allow themselves to fall in love, and were also probably scared of what would happen after they did. Would she ever choose between two worlds? Would she ever choose between her normal life and living in a foreign world with a half-breed demon?

Half-breed. The word always brought a cold tension to his heart. He was a half-breed, yes. A mongrel. He remembered when he used to be harassed as a young child by full-blooded demon children and even human children.

They threw rocks and sticks at him, beat him for their amusement, and chanted 'half-breed' over and over until Inu Yasha thought that he would go mad.

But that was all in the past, and he had learned to push all that away. Inu Yasha sighed and closed his eyes.

It was about three hours till the sun went down, and the nocturnal animals began their chorus of nighttime cries and their hunting rituals.

Fireflies appeared in the cool atmosphere, flickering lazily in the hazy glow of the setting sun. Inu Yasha suddenly opened his eyes and jumped out of the tree, easily landing on all fours.

He perked his ears, and he started to sniff the air. He could smell a scent that was clearly unmistakable to recognize. The scent belonged to Kagome, and it was coming from the well.

Excited, Inu Yasha sped toward the direction of the scent, his heart pounding feverishly in his chest. As he burst into the area where the well resided, he saw Kagome struggling to climb out of it. Smiling, Inu Yasha silently crept through the foliage to the back of the well where she could not see him.

She was cursing under her breath as she tried to climb up the walls of the well, losing her footing every ten seconds. "Darn Bone-Eaters well," she grumbled. "Why don't you cooperate?"

Inu Yasha held back laughter as he watched her. The sight of her in action was just too amusing. 'She can slay demons, but she can't climb up the walls of wells' he thought, deeply amused.

She was almost out over the top, wheezing and puffing for air, when Inu Yasha slowly extended his arms out towards her back in a zombie impression.

When she was just about to climb out, he shouted loud enough to wake the dead, "KAGOME!"

She screamed and fell over the edge, landing hard in the grass. "Inu Yasha!" she screamed, but she was laughing. He joined in on the laughter and helped her to her feet.

"Thanks for the warm welcome," she said in a sarcastic tone. He grinned. "Aw, come on, you needed a good scare!"

She fluffed his hair up with her hands. "You ought to look at yourself in the mirror sometime, mister," she laughed. "You get fluffier by the day!"

He smiled, wrapped his arms around her waist, and spun her around. "I am so glad you're back," he said when he put her down. "It is so dull without you."

Kagome looked into his soft, yellow eyes and smiled back. "It is even duller when you aren't calling me 'wench' all day."

Inu Yasha grinned. "So, would you like to hang out for awhile?"

"Are you kidding?" she replied. "That's what I came here for!"

Inu Yasha laughed got down on all fours. "Get on my back," he said, "and I'll take you to my place."

She got on and he held onto her legs, and as he took off like a bullet she wondered where this place would be. The wind was whipping into her eyes and making them water, so she lowered her head and rested it on Inu Yasha's shoulder, wrapping her arms around him so she wouldn't fall off, even though he would never let that happen.

As they went off into the horizon, both had the same thought: should I confess my feelings?