Wow! The Last Chapter! Dang! I wrote this story quick!

Uh, I still don't own Inuyasha. . . frowns. But, there IS this white dog that lives down the street from me. . .

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"Brothers After All"

by: Banshee Puppet

Chapter Six: And he Smiled

As the morning sun peeked through the blinds, Kagome nuzzled deeper into the warm arms beside her, at which they tightened protectively around her and grumbled something about the evil sun.

"Morning," he whispered, a vague humor in his voice.

With a large yawn, she stretched out and looked blearily up into amber eyes. "Mornin' Sess," she whispered, remembering that he'd stayed over last night, since her family was out of town for assorted reasons and wouldn't be back until tomorrow.

Sesshomaru. She was so totally in love with him. He was a few years older than she was, and an artist. He'd spent half the night before drawing her. . . nude. She blushed at the memory, and at what they'd done with the rest of the night before falling asleep in one another's arms.

He smirked down at her and propped himself up on one elbow, brushing a few strands of raven hair from her face. "Talk," he said. "I know you want to. It's not in your nature to stay quiet for very long."

She looked up at him and crinkled her nose, which he kissed, thinking to himself about how cute she was and how lucky he was to be able to call Higurashi Kagome his girlfriend. The entire moment gave him a feeling of déjà vu though.

"I was just thinking about last night," she said.

"You slept alright?"

"Yeah, you too?" she returned.

"Mn. I had the WEIRDEST dream though."

"Oh tell me tell me!" she grinned up at him.

"Well, I was a inu-taiyoukai, and you were, well, you. . . and my little brother wanted me dead, and there was this other girl, a miko, and she looked just like you. And then. . . "

"KAGOME!! I'M HOME!" the voice came from downstairs.

"Damn! It's my mother!" Kagome said in hurried whispers, leaping out of bed and throwing her nightshirt on.

"You said she wasn't supposed to be back until tomorrow!" Sesshomaru half- hissed as he grabbed his jeans and began in the frantic attempt to get dressed as quietly as possible before his girlfriend's mother made it upstairs and found a naked high school boy in her room. 'Hell of a way to make a first impression,' he thought, his mind still full of his dream, and the memory of his brother dying, or a bright white light flashing across the sky before he woke up.

"SHE said she would be back tomorrow!" Kagome hissed back as they heard footsteps on the stairs.

"Kagome, you'd better hurry up or you're going to be late for school!" her mother called.

Kagome shoved the rest of Sesshomaru's clothes in his hands before he had a chance to finish buttoning his shirt and hissed, "get in the closet!"

Sesshomaru couldn't help a little amusement at that. "You want me to hide in your closet?" he whispered incredulously.

"Yes! Hurry!"

"Tell me you love me first," he teased.

"I love you, you dork! Now get in the closet unless you want to explain to her why I have a half-naked teenage boy in my room."

He smirked at her and whispered, "I love you too," before getting in the closet as she'd asked.

Kagome blushed as she heard her doorknob turning.

"Kagome, have you heard a single word I've said?" Mrs. Higurashi asked.

"Uh, hi mom! What are you doing home so early?" Kagome asked, jumping as if startled to face her mother.

'It's really dark in here,' Sesshomaru thought. 'She has an awful lot of stuff. School uniforms. Clothes. Why on Earth do girls feel the need to have so many shoes?' he wondered as he was sitting on the floor of her closet uncomfortably trying to silently get his second sock on. He turned his head slightly and something brushed up against his nose. 'A feather boa? I WILL have to tease her about. . . oh, crap.' "A-A-ACHOO!!"

'Oh crap! Sess!' Kagome thought as her mother opened the closet door to find a boy with a long white ponytail sitting on the floor looking up at her with an extremely guilty expression. She turned to her daughter, who had "busted" written all over her face and said with dangerous calm on her voice, "Kagome, why is there a teenage boy in your closet?"

"Uh. . . a-anou. . . erm. . . " Kagome took a deep breath. "Mom, that's Sesshomaru. He's Inuyasha's brother, and, um. . . he's an artist."

"Kagome, none of this explains what he's doing in your closet."

"You wouldn't believe that he's doing a project on shoes, would you?" Kagome tried.

"No," her mother answered flatly, taking a deep breath.

Meanwhile, Sesshomaru had managed his way out of the closet and took his own deep breath before speaking. "My apologies, Mrs. Higurashi, but I happen to be madly in love with your daughter."

"And THAT is why you were in her closet?" she asked him, trying to hold in a laugh at the entire bizarre situation, remembering that she and Kagome's father had had just this same dilemma once.

"Well. . . " Sesshomaru said slowly, as if trying to decide on the right answer. "Pretty much. . .yes."

Mrs. Higurashi looked at the boy and said, "I think you should get going now, Sesshomaru. Or you'll be late for school."

"Um. . . o-okay then," he said, slipping quickly into his shoes and grabbing his book bag out of the corner before opening the door.

"Love you!" Kagome called to him.

He turned and smiled awkwardly at her, with her mom standing there and looking rather imposing at the moment, but said anyway, "Love you more!" and hurried out of the house, buttoning his shirt the entire way.

Mrs. Higurashi looked Kagome over, sighed, and said, trying to hold back the chuckle that was dying to escape. "Get ready for school."

"H-hai!"

Sesshomaru stopped and took a deep breath as he made it to the sidewalk, looking up at the sky. 'That dream felt so real. Could it really have been only a dream. It feels so much like a memory,' he mused, then shook his head. 'Great Demon of the Western Lands?' he teased himself. 'Yeah right. But still, I'm, so happy. What did I do to deserve this happiness?'

He looked at his watch and his eyes widened. "Gyah! If I'm late again, Professor Kanzaki will have my head!" he gulped before bolting towards the high school, before being stopped by a smirking Inuyasha, riding his bike to school.

"What?" Sesshomaru asked flatly, frowning a bit.

"You got busted," he smirked.

"Like you would know."

"You're shirt's buttoned wrong," Inuyasha pointed out, at which Sesshomaru blushed furiously and set about fixing it, very quickly.

Inuyasha laughed. "You got busted. You got busted. Kagome's mom's gonna kick your ass!" he teased.

Sesshomaru was about to say something bitter and sarcastic, like he always did to shut his brother up, but he remembered the dream he had, of Inuyasha dying, and it struck him hard in the chest. So instead, he just said, "Inuyasha. Shut up," and gave his little brother a playful slap upside the head. . . . And he smiled.

~The End~

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okay, that's it folks! Should I continue this arc by writing fluffy lil' fics about Sess and Kagome in modern day? Eh. I think I'm done, unless you really want to see more of these guys. I MIGHT consider continuing. But, for all intents and purposes, this is the part of the story, on the last page of the book that reads, "and they all lived happily ever after. The End."