Seeing Me For Me

Disclaimer: Inuyasha and all its characters belong to Rumiko Takahashi. The only thing I own (besides my PS2 and my games) is this story and any characters I might make up (which is unlikely). Please don't sue! ^_^'

Hey! This is my first Inuyasha fanfic (I'm more experienced w/writing Dragonball Z -_-)… so if some of my facts in here are inconsistent… don't jump down my throat. I've only seen what Adult Swim has provided me with… and filled in the rest with the few fanfics I've read.

Well, it's an Alternate Universe High School fic (Who would have thought it? ^-^) and is basically a Kagome/Inuyasha get together. (I think they only belong with each other).  Sango and Miroku are gonna be here (maybe they'll hook up?) but they won't be particularly focused on.

Mini Summary: Kagome is crushing on Inuyasha, but she's never told him. He's the silent, secretive type and she thinks he'd never want anything to do with her. But, what happens when Kagome gets to know him and sees the real Inuyasha, not just the person everyone believes that he is. Will love blossom? Read to find out! Duh!

Ages/Grades:

Kagome: 16- Junior

Sango: 17- Junior

Inuyasha: 17- Senior

Miroku: 18- Senior

This chapter, like many, contains sexual themes, you are warned.

Enjoy!

-Princess Kai-

                                                Chapter one

Kagome sighed as she crossed her legs and leaned back on Sango's bed.

"What's with all this sighing Kagome? You said we could study Trig together, but obviously your mind's on something entirely different! Oooh! Could it possibly be that your mind's on someone?" Sango teased.

She thought she had been totally off when she suggested it, but when Kagome blushed deeply and hid her face in a pillow she knew she had hit the bull's-eye.

"Oh my GOD!! You are thinking about some guy! The little innocent Kagome is thinking about getting down and dirty?!" Sango asked through giggles.

The idea was just too crazy to fathom.

            Sango wasn't the type to run around screaming about boys and sex, but at least she had had a boyfriend and her first kiss before. Kagome was so naïve when it came to things like that. So, Sango was really interested in what her best friend had to say about this.

"Sango-chan, you're blowing it out of proportion. I never said I liked anybody." Kagome's voice came, muffled, through the pillow.

Sango got to her feet from her spot on the floor and jumped onto the bed next to Kagome.

She ripped the pillow out of her hands and grinned down at her.

"Tell me now!" Sango said sporting a no-nonsense face.

Kagome bit her lip and looked out Sango's window.

"Hey! Don't try and avoid me." Sango warned.

            Kagome laughed lightly, concentrating on the snowflakes falling.

"Is it really that serious? Not just a simple little crush? You must like this guy a lot, to try and keep it from me… I mean, you tell me everything. Even if you want to or not." Sango pointed out with a grin.

Kagome finally allowed herself to face Sango.

"Sango, it's not like that." She said again.

Sango frowned.

"Hey… if you're gonna make me fail a Trig test, I at least want some juicy details on this guy!" Sango said.

Kagome giggled.

"Well… he's a senior." Kagome began, which got a whistle and a dreamy look from Sango.

"Oh, of course… aren't they always the hottest… and least attainable. They always have girlfriends." Sango pointed out.

            Kagome pouted at this.

"Oh… but, go on." Sango urged.

"Well… this wasn't the first time I've ever seen him, or heard of him. But, it was the first time he's actually said a word to me. Oh god, he had the most beautiful voice." Kagome cooed as she blushed again.

"Who!! Who is this hottie dream guy??" Sango asked anxiously.

On one hand, she wanted to know who it was… but she also had a crush on a senior, and she hoped Kagome's sights weren't set on him.

"His name… is Inuyasha." Kagome said hesitantly.

Sango's mouth almost hit the floor.

            "Inuyasha!!?" she asked in surprise. "Do you know how many girls want him, Kagome??"

"Um… no… I've never heard anyone really talk about him. Why? Does he have a fan club or something?" she asked.

"No, but damn near close to it!" Sango said as she sighed.

"Hey, remember that kid, Miroku, who we met on that English fieldtrip? Well, he's Inuyasha's best friend. Didn't you see them hanging together for most of the trip?" Sango asked.

"Yeah… that kid with the short black hair and blue eyes. I remember… I forgot all about him. I mean, that trip was last year. How come you remember him so well?" Kagome asked suspiciously.

"Eh…" Sango said, looking like a deer caught in the headlights. "That's not important, Kagome! We're talking about Inuyasha, here."

            Kagome raised an eyebrow, but decided to allomw Sango to continue.

"Yeah, well anyways… tell me what happened today that caused him to be the subject of all your fantasies." Sango said with a grin.

"Well… you know how I always have to rush to Lit class, so I'm not late, right? Well, I was running down the hallway and I slipped on something… I don't even know what it was, not like it matters. I mean, you know how I can never stay on my feet, so I fall down and my books go flying. I hear someone shout ouch. By now the hallway's nearly empty. So, as I'm trying to get up I feel these strong hands on my arms, pulling me up. Before I know what's going on, the guy's bending down picking up all my books. He hands them back to me and I see these gorgeous golden eyes. I can't even describe the color of them, it's so hard to believe they're even natural. So, he's looking at me and my heart's beating at like 1,000 bpm because I've realized that it's Inuyasha that's standing in front of me." Kagome said as she grinned at Sango.

            "Yeah? So what'd he say??" Sango asked excitedly.

"He says, "It seems you were trying to attack me with these books. Or maybe you just can't stay on your feet?" I almost melt, but I just nod. I apologize for my books hitting him. And he says that he thinks he's seen me somewhere before. I, being the idiot that I am, just nod again. He smirks at me and then introduces himself. It takes me forever to get my name out… but I do. Then the bell rings and he says that we're both late. But, it was worth it. I apologize again for hitting him with my book, because I feel awful. He says don't worry about it, it didn't hurt that much. He says bye, and walks away. I was late for English Lit and got a detention but I'd do that everyday if it meant I could bump into him again." Kagome said dreamily.

"Whoa… that's interesting." Sango said suspiciously.

            "What's "Interesting"?" Kagome asked.

"Well… Miroku has told me that-" Sango started but was cut off by Kagome.

"Miroku again! When did you start chatting with him on a regular basis??" Kagome asked.

"It's nothing… we're just friends. We chat on-line or on the phone sometimes-" Sango started, being cut off by Kagome again.

"On the phone?? More than just "friends" Sango-chan!" Kagome laughed. "You like him, or vice versa… or maybe you like each other!"

"No way! He's a complete pervert… besides, seniors rarely go out with underclassmen." Sango reminded.

"Whatever… anyway, so what did Miroku say?" Kagome asked.

            "Well, he's said that Inuyasha's not the nicest guy around. I'm surprised he was so nice to you… especially since you almost knocked him out." Sango pointed out.

Kagome blushed.

"I didn't do it on purpose." She said.

Sango giggled.

"You really do have bad balance." She admitted.

Kagome frowned.

"I also knew this girl that once went out with him… she had some interesting things to say about him." Sango said cryptically.

"What do you mean??" Kagome asked.

            "Hmm… let's just say he isn't the love 'em and leave 'em type… well, he doesn't love 'em at all." Sango said with a shrug.

"Huh?" Kagome asked.

"This girl told me that he refused to sleep with her and spouted all this stuff about life mates to her. She said he believes that he should only be with the one woman he truly loves and wants to be with for the rest of his life. Pretty weird, and he's definitely not religious or anything like that. Nothing could make that guy give in, and that girl said she tried everything from grinding to a hand job. He just wouldn't give in. Heh, she says he was pretty selfish too, since he let her do what she wanted to him but he wouldn't sleep with her. So, she says she's guessing he's a virgin. She took it pretty hard that he dismissed her like he did. She thinks he must have some insecurity complex." Sango said with a grin.

            Kagome raised an eyebrow.

"He refused her… I never thought a guy would refuse a willing partner." She said.

"Hm, maybe he didn't like her. Maybe he has great control… but I think he just didn't like her. This girl's a real skank." Sango pointed out.

Kagome was lost in thought for a second.

"Don't worry about him, Kagome… he's not your type." Sango pointed out.

"What do you mean? How do you know what my type is when I've never had a boyfriend??" Kagome asked incredulously.

"Exactly! What I mean, is you don't want a cocky senior who will use you as your first boyfriend." Sango said.

            "You've had exactly one boyfriend and one kiss… when did you become the boyfriend expert?" Kagome asked.

Sango shrugged.

"I dunno… but when I do get my second boyfriend, I'll make sure it's one I really like." She said with a secretive grin.

"Oh, could your sights be set on a certain guy named Miroku?" Kagome teased.

"Shut up! I don't like him!!" Sango shrieked as she threw a pillow at Kagome.

The next day

            "Hey! Inuyasha! What's up?"

Inuyasha turned around as he saw his friend run up to him.

He saw Miroku's eyes shining and knew it was some information on some hot girl he had seen lately.

He really wasn't interested.

"What is it?" Inuyasha asked as he opened his locker.

"Did anything interesting happen to you, yesterday?" Miroku asked innocently.

He had talked to Sango last night after Kagome had left and Sango had cryptically hinted that one of her friends had had a run-in with him that day.

            "What do you mean?" Inuyasha asked indifferently.

"I mean… you know, what'd you do before 4th period?" he asked.

"Uh, nothing…" Inuyasha said, wondering where the inquisition was headed.

 "You didn't run into a cute chick yesterday?" Miroku prodded.

Recognition flashed in Inuyasha's eyes, but he wasn't going to let Miroku know so easily.

"What? What's your point?" he asked.

"Come on man, just tell me if you did or you didn't." Miroku urged.

            "Hmm… my memory's a bit fuzzy. Maybe if you tell me why you want to know, I'll fill you in. But, I'd be surprised if you wanted to get at her… I mean, I thought you liked that junior… what's her name again? Oh, yeah, Sango??" Inuyasha asked with a smirk.

Miroku blushed.

"I didn't say I was interested in your mystery girl… I'm just curious." He said as Inuyasha stepped away from his locker and started towards their first period class.

"How can you be curious when no one was in the hallway other than me and that girl?" Inuyasha asked.

"So you did see her before fourth! Why do you have to be so difficult?" Miroku asked.

Inuyasha cursed and turned a corner.

"Come on… did you think she was hot or what?" Miroku asked.

Sango had not described the girl or anything, just said that her friend thought Inuyasha was cute. He didn't care if the girl was a knockout or not, he just felt it had been way too long since Inuyasha had had a date. He had had his last girlfriend all the way back at the begging of their junior year. They were, right now, almost at the end of the first marking period of their senior year and he hadn't so much as heavily flirted with a chick yet.

            "Why do you care, you little pervert? I'm not gonna give you a description so you can get off on it." Inuyasha growled.

'Ever the honorable one…' Miroku thought with a little grin.

"I'm putting aside my urges for right now, man. This is all for you." Miroku said.

"What is all for me?? I just bumped into some random underclassman yesterday! I still don't know how you found out about it." Inuyasha said.

"Forget about that… was she cute or not?" Miroku asked, getting frustrated.

"I dunno… I guess so, in that "Help me! Help me! I'm a damsel in distress!" way… she fell down, I helped her up. That's all. What, do you know her or something?" Inuyasha asked as he walked into his Calculus class, with Miroku right behind him.

"No, I don't know her." Miroku said as they took their usual seats.

            "Then why do you fucking care??" Inuyasha asked, becoming agitated.

He hadn't thought about the girl since yesterday, but Miroku's constant prodding was bringing up images of her. Thinking about her was quite pleasant, but he didn't have time for a girl to be taking over his senses.

"Hey… are you listening to me??" Miroku asked, snapping his fingers in front of Inuyasha's face.

"What do you want now?" Inuyasha asked.

"I said, was she cute enough to wanna go out with?" Miroku asked.

Inuyasha blushed.

"I don't know! Leave me alone!"

"Hey… what's with the red face? Do you like her or something?" Miroku asked slyly.

            "You idiot! I don't even know who she is!" Inuyasha barked at him, causing his other classmates to turn around and stare.

They ignored them and went back to their conversation.

"Sheesh… what if I could find out her name for you?" Miroku offered.

"Leave me the fuck alone. I don't want you to interfere. If she knows you, I want nothing to do with her. I don't want one of your old girlfriends, Miroku." Inuyasha said as he stared down at his hands.

"Hey! You act like my girls are used goods, or something! Besides, I don't even know this chick." Miroku said.

"Then, how does this have anything to do with you??" Inuyasha asked.

"It doesn't… but, man, I'm tired of seeing you with out a girl. Do you know how many offer, and you just turn them down? The hottest chicks in our senior class… wish I were like you, man. I mean, my girls can't compare to the number that follows you around."

            Inuyasha chuckled.

"I'd gladly lend 'em to you. I want nothing to do with them… they're all the same. They don't understand me. They think I'm cool because I look cute. They don't know I'm part demon. And if they found out, what do you think they'd do? They don't know who I really am, and they'd never understand… they wouldn't accept me." Inuyasha said softly.

Miroku frowned.

He was one of the only people Inuyasha had ever told about his heritage. He knew how much it bothered him.

He also remember Inuyasha's last girlfriend, Kikyo, who he had insisted he was in love with. She didn't believe she could be in love with him after he had told her what he truly was. She promised she wouldn't tell anyone, but they parted badly and she moved away. His heart was broken after that. Miroku was just happy Inuyasha had pulled himself out of his self-loathing enough to even be remotely like he used to.

"Well, I bet this girl's different." Miroku said optimistically.

            "Oh, yeah, I bet. She ran into me… looked like she was about to pass out when I talked to her. She knows nothing about me, yet you want me to think she could understand me? I don't want you trying to hook us up, ok? Don't get involved with it. I'm not interested." Inuyasha said seriously.

Miroku could not get another word out of him for the rest of the period.

Lunch

            "Hey, Kagome." Sango said with a grin as she walked up to the table Kagome was sitting at.

"What's got you in such a good mood?" Kagome said as she yawned and rested her head on the table. She had been up until past one making up for the lost study time she suffered from talking with Sango.

"Oh… nothing, just that you, you little lucky lady you, might be hooking up with that studly stud Inuyasha." Sango said in an almost singsong voice.

"Uh… stop, calm down." Kagome said as she grabbed Sango's arm and pulled her down to sit next to her at the lunch table.

"Ok, now what the HELL are you talking about??" Kagome asked, trying to contain herself.

            "Well… I did a little meddling." Sango said, guiltily.

"You did what??" Kagome asked.

"Yeah, I couldn't help myself… I want to see you with a boyfriend, and I take back what I said about Inuyasha being a typical senior and bad choice of a first boyfriend." Sango said quickly.

Kagome narrowed her eyes at her friend.

"What… did… you… do??" she asked, trying to keep her anger in check.

"I uh… well… I kinda called up Miroku after you left and hinted that someone, I didn't specify who, might have a crush on Inuyasha. He was very happy to hear it, because he was waiting to hook Inuyasha up with someone, but every girl that approached Inuyasha was rejected. I told him how nice Inuyasha was to you and he was shocked. He said that must be a good sign. So, he said he'd subtly question him on it and get back to me." Sango explained.

Kagome sighed and placed a hand against her forehead.

            "So… what did he say?" Kagome asked, pretending not to be interested.

"Well, I dunno, I told him to meet me here in lunch." Sango explained.

"Meet you… what if he notices me? And tells Inuyasha who I am??" Kagome asked worriedly as she started to play with a lock of her long black hair.

"What are you talking about? He doesn't even know who you are! Worry wart." Sango said as she sat up to look around for Miroku.

"Hey, there he is! He's coming over here! Hey, how do I look?" Sango asked sheepishly.

"Why do you care?" Kagome asked with a giggle.

"Shut up, just tell me." Sango ordered.

"Beautiful, as always. He probably couldn't resist you if you were wearing a huge potato sack." Kagome teased, making Sango blush.

            Miroku got to the table and almost stopped when he saw the girl sitting next to Sango.

"Kikyo?" he asked.

'When the hell did she get back?? I can't let Inuyasha know about this!' Miroku thought.

The girl turned and he was relieved to see that she was indeed not Kikyo. Her eyes were different, even the way she wore her hair, but there was a resemblance. She was no doubt beautiful as Kikyo was, but she had a different body shape. Still something about her made him think of Kikyo.

"Huh?" Kagome asked.

"Oh… I'm sorry, you reminded me of someone. I'm sorry.  My mistake." He said sheepishly. 

"Hey, Sango." He said, turning to her.

            "Hey, Miroku." She said.

"Well, what news do you have for me??" she asked as she quickly winked at Kagome.

This went unnoticed by Miroku, who took a seat in front of the two girls.

"You sure you can't tell me who this girl is? I was trying to convince him to give her a chance, but I couldn't do much convincing since I barely know anything about her myself, you know? And it's even worse because I think he's still hung up on this old girlfriend of his that really hurt him." He said as he looked down at his hands.

Kagome shot Sango a worried look and Sango bit her lip.

"What? So Inuyasha doesn't want a new girlfriend?" Sango asked desperately.

She'd feel bad if she got Kagome's hopes up for nothing.

            "No… I don't think that's it. I mean, I know he wants someone. He may act like a tough guy. But, he's all into love and romancing his girls." Miroku said, not noticing Kagome's dreamy sigh, "I just think he needs someone to make him forget about Kikyo. That was his other girlfriend's name. She looked kind of like you," he said turning to Kagome, "that's why I was confused. She moved at the beginning of last year. She hurt him pretty bad, I hate that bitch. No one's ever made him cry before. Don't tell him I told you that." Miroku said as he chuckled slightly.

"Oh, that's so horrible." Kagome whispered.

"Yeah… so, Sango, I'm hoping your friend can really do something good for him, ok? He's like a brother, and I hate to see him so depressed." Miroku said.

"What kind of girl do you think would be right for him?" Sango questioned.

            "Well… someone who's kind and understanding.  Kikyo wasn't… mean per-say, but she wasn't the most patient person, and she was expecting Inuyasha to change. The worse thing you could do to that guy would be to ask him to be someone that he's not. Also, someone who is interested in what he is interested in which is mostly food, video games, stuff like that." Miroku said with a grin.

"Basically someone who likes guy stuff?" Sango offered.

"Yeah, and also someone who can put up with him… he isn't the gentlest person. He's got kind of a split personality. He'll push you away until you want nothing to do with him, then he'll be freakishly nice to you… it's weird. We hated each other when we first met, but now we're best friends." Miroku said.

            Sango was quiet for a moment.

"Well… if I were to say that I was going to tell you who the person was that likes him, would you promise to keep it a secret?" Sango asked seriously.

Kagome kicked her under the table, and Miroku raised an eyebrow.

"Yeah… I'd keep it a secret… are you gonna tell me?" he asked.

"Well, she's kind of sitting right next to me." Sango spoke up.

Miroku gasped and turned to Kagome.

'The Kikyo-look-alike?' he thought, 'I can't put Inuyasha through that.'

            "I know you're probably thinking we're messed up for thinking she could be with him, after you just explained about Kikyo, but I met Kikyo before, I remember her, and Kagome's nothing like her. She's so sweet. I believe she could get Inuyasha to fall in love with her. I think they need each other." Sango said.

Kagome was blushing and staring down at her hands.

'Could I love him?? I've only spoken to him once. I don't even know him… but I know I'm attracted to him… this is all going so fast.' Kagome told herself.

Miroku frowned.
"Kagome…" he said, trying out the name.

"I don't know how well this will work out. He didn't mention a resemblance to Kikyo, but maybe your meeting was so brief he didn't have time to realize it. Although," Miroku said with a grin, "I'm sure he liked you. I asked him, and he blushed. It takes a lot for him to blush, so I'm pretty sure it was because he found you hot… you are pretty cute."

"Miroku!!" Sango screeched as she hit him on the head, "Stop being a perv! Kagome is so not interested!"

            "Don't worry, Sango, I've only got eyes for you." He said smoothly which gained him another hit.

Kagome looked at the groaning Miroku and the blushing Sango and sighed.

"What do I do then?" she asked, confused.

"Well… let's see I can probably plan something so you two just happen to be in the same place at the same time, how's that?" Miroku offered.

"We sound like conspirators!" Sango giggled mischievously.

"Well, we are. What do you say, Kagome-chan?" he asked.

Kagome bit her lip.
"I dunno… what if he doesn't like me!?" she asked.

"You're way too self conscious, Kagome! Of course he will! And if he's stupid enough not to give you a chance… then, I'll have to hit him!" Sango promised.

            "Ouch, I know from experience that your hits hurt like hell. Inuyasha better not mess this up." Miroku said.

"So, then it's set. Sango, I'll tell you tonight where I'll have Inuyasha so Kagome can just be there and they can start talking. You do know how to be discreet, don't you Kagome?" he asked her.

Kagome nodded.

"I think so…" she said as she shrugged.

"Uh… good enough. I'll see you two later." He said with a grin as he walked away.

Sango watched Miroku walk away and sighed.

"If you like him that much, why don't you just tell him. He's obviously flirting with you, but you just act like you either don't notice or you're just not interested. I'm sure he won't keep this up any much longer if you keep rejecting him, Sango, no matter how much he likes you." Kagome said as she sighed.

            Sango turned to her, with a serious expression.

"Yeah… I don't know why I push him away. I don't dislike him, Kagome, and I definitely wouldn't mind having another boyfriend. As you know my last was in 9th grade." Sango said with a blush, "I just… don't know. I guess I don't want to get hurt."

"I'm pretty sure Miroku isn't the type that would hurt you." Kagome said.

"How can you even want to help me with my problems, Kagome-chan? That's so sweet of you." Sango said as she grinned.

"Yeah… it's more like I'm too nervous to think of my problems. I like Inuyasha, but I don't want to make a fool out of myself. I don't know how I would take it if he doesn't want anything to do with me… and I know that that's the most probable outcome. I mean, he is a popular senior, you know? What chance do I have?" Kagome asked.

            "A pretty good chance, if he's banned himself from women for a whole year." Sango said, trying to cheer her up.

"Yeah, and the reason he did that was because he lost the one girl he's ever loved. How can you expect me to compare to that?" Kagome asked.

Sango frowned.

"Listen to me, don't ever doubt yourself. You have a lot going for you. Just give it a try, ok, Kagome. Please…" Sango said.

Kagome sighed and nodded.

"I guess I can try." She mumbled.

"Good." Sango said as she hugged her.

"Now, we won't think of this anymore for the rest of the day. Then, after school, I'll come to your house and help you pick out something cute to wear." Sango offered.

            "Uh… Sango, we wear uniforms here. How creative can we get?" Kagome reminded.

Sango pouted.

"Why must you burst my bubble?" Sango asked in annoyance.

"We'll work with it." Sango said.

"You'll look so cute Inuyasha will be the one who won't know what to say." Sango promised.

Kagome giggled as Sango started telling Kagome her ideas for tomorrow.

Well, that's my first chapter. What do you think? Is it interesting? Or not? I've never read any Inuyasha High school fics, although I know there are some, because the summaries didn't really appeal to me… but I hope my plot isn't like any of the other ones. If it is, I didn't purposefully copy, and I'd liked to be informed immediately about it…

Anyways, about the chapter:

Yes… Kikyo presents a problem but she won't show up in this fic (at least not for a while, mwhahahah!). And, I dunno about the Sango/Miroku relationship… now I wanna work on that, but I dunno if I should… what do you guys think?

Also, you noticed how I kept Inuyasha being a hanyou, right? I don't know what to do with his ears! LOL… I like them but can a kid really walk around a high school with white puppy-dog ears?

I don't know if I'm gonna have Kouga in here or not… maybe as another antagonist? Who knows… Also, I know that there is discrepancy over the spelling of the names, but I really only feel like spelling the names how I feel like it… so, yeah. ^-^

{Doesn't this chapter seem a bit weird, and off? But I'm trying to keep these A/U characters as I/C as I deem appropriate… but, then again I'm putting all the feudal characters into Kagome's time, so yeah… LOL, tell me what you think.}

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-Princess Kai-

P.s: I don't like flames very much. :(… so, if you have something not so nice to say, could you make it constructive criticism instead of yelling at me? Pretty please? Thanks so much!