Disclaimer: I don't own Inuyasha or any of it's characters.well, poop.

Thanks to people who reviewed "Not that he Cared". It was supposed to be a one-shot, but somebody demanded a sequel!!! Made me feel so loved! Haha. Ilovesesshomaru166..thanks! I love him too.but well, duh.

And Asylum, you're also part of the reason I decided to go ahead with this.your thoughts about Inuyasha and about what happens afterwards got my brain going again(technically that's bad since I've got about five other fanfics in the works at the moment, plus some original stuff, but, well, they'll still be there later, I suppose, so no big thang).

What else, what else? (If I'm going to rant I ought to make sure I rant thoroughly, after all. Believe it or not, "Squirrel Love" was actually an alternate title for the fic when I first wrote it, but I decided on "Not that He Cared" and I'm pretty happy with that decision. Ranting ranting.what else do I wanna say..

Ah right! Emme! I know I have a tendency for writing extremely long paragraphs, and some that just look that way b/c I don't tab or space between them.pretty much.ever, and when I uploaded the story half the spaces I DID have, disappeared! I didn't feel like going back to reformat it, so I just left it. Um.will try to press the "enter" key more often if you think it'll help. And.my lips are sealed. *smirks*

Shichan, your wish is my command! Ah Sess..Ah Kawaii.Ah Sess is Kawaii.but if I didn't think so I wouldn't be writing about him!!!

Thanks to everyone again. It is much appreciated.

Oh, yeah.erm.Summary.right. (I didn't forget about it.really I didn't.) This here sequel I think may have to be chaptered, b/c my idea for it became a little larger than I'd intended and it'll be a reaaaalllllyyyy long one-shot (as if that's stopped me yet).I'm anticipating about three chapters probably, and it will answer the question "what happens afterwards?" Does Inuyasha complete the Shikon Jewel, even without Kagome's help? If he does, what does he decide to do with it? And what about Sess and Kagome? Do they get to live happily ever after even though Kagome is mortal and Sess is destined to watch her age and die? Read and see!!! Oh, uh, there's gonna be more Inuyasha in this one, though I don't think it'll be all inuyasha, probably hop back and forth between Inu and Sess/Kag. Will try to make mention of the other chars too. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to work Rin into this story, since she wasn't in "Not that He Cared", and I like her! She's cute! Well, okay, so I have one idea, but of course, pulling it off would require a sequel to my sequel! (Gyah! Vicious cycle!) Hrm.. well, I think this one will probably be darker and more angsty than the last one. *chews lower lip*. Don't hate me.

Anyway, on with the story!!!!

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"Brothers After All"

by: Banshee Puppet

Chapter One: Broken

It had been difficult, without Kagome, completing the jewel, but somehow he had managed it.

"Feh! I don't need her! I don't need anyone! Not anymore," Inuyasha scoffed, but it still hurt. He still felt.broken. And alone--so alone, so cold and alone. He had left it all behind when she'd gone, everything-- Miroku and Sango, Shippo--everything. The fox kit still followed him around, but it wasn't the same as it had been. It was quieter, more subdued. And he hated looking into Shippo's eyes because he saw endless concern there, for him, pity. He saw pity and sadness.

Everyone missed Kagome, but not in the way that Inuyasha missed her, not in the way that it tears your guts apart until you feel like you'll wretch, or explode, or disappear.and Inuyasha also knew something else....If any of those things DID happen to him.nobody would notice. It would be like being pinned to the God Tree for fifty years. Nobody would care. Nobody ever cared but her--and one other person--one other person who shared her face.

A frown creased Inuyasha's brow. "Kikyo," he muttered sadly. "She hates me now, but--" he sighed. 'Hate is almost like love, isn't it?' he thought. Miroku, that lecherous monk had said something like that once.that you can only hate the ones you love, or once loved. It was true, of course it was-because--only when you let someone in, when you trust them with all your heart, can they hurt you. . . or. . . you can hate the people who take away the things you love.

Inuyasha remembered what he planned to do and smirked. In the end, it was his own fault, he knew, but he still felt betrayed. He still wanted. . . revenge.

How to use the jewel? Of course he knew. The decision had been made long ago, since that day, that moment. . . when she left him and had the gaul to tell him to seek happiness. Well, that's exactly what he intended to do, making his brother suffer would make him VERY happy. Watching him shatter. Waiting for death, craving death, just as he himself had--just in the same way--and Inuyasha knew just how to do it.

He would use the jewel to become a full youkai, and then he would kill Kagome. He would kill her, the woman who shattered the heart he had trusted her with, his brother's woman. That would show Sesshomaru, once and for all, how badly it hurt--to be. . . alone, all alone--with no hope and no future. He would make Sesshomaru suffer as he had suffered, for stealing Kagome from him. Then they would be the same: the same blood, the same emptiness-brothers after all.

And Kagome? Kagome would die. . . Kagome would be. . . gone. Inuyasha shook his head, tightened his resolve. Kagome was already gone. It had been seventeen months since she had left, almost to the day. And he knew as well as anyone that she wasn't coming back.

He could feel power rushing into him, the power of the shikon no tama granting his wish. . . to be, once and for all, a demon. It was almost done now. . .

"Damnit!" he muttered, dropping the tetsusaiga and looking blankly at the steam rising from the burns the blade had left on his hand. He stared for a moment, then smirked. "Heh, as if I need you anymore anyway. I'm a demon, now. I'm not gonna waste my time protecting any stupid humans anymore," he said.

"I---Inu---yasha?" Shippo squeaked as he approached from behind, not sure what was going on. He'd thought. . .he'd been led to believe that Inuyasha planned to use the jewel to become human. . . to move on. . . but didn't Inuyasha's human form have black hair?

Inuyasha turned, striped markings on either cheek and the backs of his wrists. He stared at the kit for a moment, before smirking at the terrified anger and hurt on the boy's expression.

"Y-you. . . but Inuyasha you said you were gonna use the jewel to become human! You said. . . !" Shippo squeaked and backed up as Inuyasha cracked his knuckles experimentally.

"I know what I said, Shippo," he replied flatly. "I lied."

Inuyasha tightened one fist slowly. So much power. 'It would be so easy,' he thought. 'To just. . . kill him. So simple. . . and he'd be gone.' He looked up at Shippo and stared for a moment. 'Damn, what am I thinking? I don't want to kill Shippo! Why did I think about that just now? I like Shippo, you'd never guess by the way I treat him but. . . I do. But I just thought about killing him. . . why?' An involuntary shiver runs up Inuyasha's spine, and his eyes widen slightly as he thinks about it, and finds no answer.

"I. . . I HATE YOU!!!!" Shippo squeals and runs off, crying.

'Yes. Go. Run away,' Inuyasha thinks. 'Because the only person I really want to kill. . . is her.'

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okay! One chapter done! I was originally thinking three chapters, but that means probably five or six (I mean, I intended for "Falling Over You" to be a one shot, after all.) Next chap will be Sess/Kag, or at least mostly so, Inuyasha will come in towards the end, and I think there'll be another small Shippo appearance(but don't quote me on that, it might unfold differently than I plan at the moment). Um. . . well, I could say more, but I think it would ruin the suspense. Inuyasha may be a LITTLE ooc, but I don't think too bad, all things considered. R&R pwease.