CotA: Okay, this is it... the final chapter. There will be no more in this story, and there will be no sequel. *sighs sadly* This chappie pretty much just wraps everything up.
Sesshoumaru ended up helping both Kagome and Inuyasha to his car. He picked up Miroku, and then headed to the hospital while Inuyasha called the police, informing them of what had happened. The police were happy that Kagome had been found (even though they weren't pleased about Sesshoumaru going out to look for her himself), and they decided that the deaths of both Naraku and Goshinki had been in self defense.
At the hospital, the taiyoukai handed the miko over to the doctors, allowing them to check her for injuries. They found none, thanks to Kagome's healing ability; however, they kept her overnight, just in case.
Sesshoumaru stayed by her side the entire time, just as Inuyasha and Miroku camped out near the bodyguards.
Emotionally, Kagome recovered from the kidnapping incident almost as quickly as she had recovered from it physically. Her complete faith in Sesshoumaru had helped her greatly in that regard.
Of course, since his mansion was, once again, destroyed, they went back to the castle as soon as Kagome was released. They went back to their old routine, spending their afternoons and evenings together.
A few days later, once Varice and Sango were both out of the hospital and Kagome had fully recuperated from her ordeal, Sesshoumaru decided to propose to her.
"Kagome," he began as he set his plate to the side. They were having a picnic in his mother's gardens. "I have a question for you."
"Oh?" The miko looked at him curiously, suspecting nothing. "Ask away."
He pulled a small, blue velvet box out of his pocket. With an unsure smile on his face, he handed it to her. She opened it and gasped. "Will you marry me?" he asked. His answer was in the form of a tackle hug and a passionate kiss.
Kagome released the dog demon, laughing happily. "Yes, I will!" She slipped the ring on her finger as Sesshoumaru dragged her into his lap.
"There is one thing I have to tell you," he stated. "Shippou informed me on how to remove the bracelet."
"And?" she turned her head to look at him, excitement on her face.
"One of your old masters has to marry you out of love," Sesshoumaru said softly.
The raven-haired girl thought about that for a moment, her mind working a million miles an hour. "Does that mean that you... love me?" she asked. He nodded. "I love you too."
They held the wedding two months later. Sango served as the maid of honor, and her younger sister Rin was the flower girl. Sesshoumaru proclaimed Inuyasha as his best man, and Varice served as a bride's maid. Shippou received the title of head usher, and Kohaku, Sango's younger brother, served as the ring barer. They had been unable to reach Telonomaru in time, so he had been unable to make it. His daughter had said something about her parents taking a second honeymoon.
The wedding went off without any problems, and neither Kagome nor Sesshoumaru could think of a time when they'd been happier. Even Miroku got into the spirit and proposed to Sango. She accepted after finagling one promise out of him--he was no longer allowed to grope any girl other than her.
Varice and Inuyasha just enjoyed the wedding. Neither of them had marriage on their minds, although future dates were.
As Sesshoumaru and Kagome walked out of the church and to the car that would take them back to the castle for their honeymoon, the dog demon swept a laughing Kagome up in his arms. He carried her the rest of the way to the vehicle and set her in the passenger's seat.
With everyone cheering and blowing bubbles, he climbed into the driver's side of the car. While he pulled away from the church, Kagome turned to him.
"Sesshoumaru-chan?" she began in her sweet voice.
"Yes, Kagome?" His risked a glance at her as he drove down the road. 'Kami, is she ever beautiful.'
The miko smiled softly. "What is Telonomaru going to do with all his extra time now?"
Sesshoumaru laughed. "I don't know, Kagome. But I can tell you what we're going to do."
She just blushed in response. "Don't tell me. I'd rather you surprise me," she teased gently.
"Okay then. I'll do that."
And that's just what Sesshoumaru did.
CotA: Okay, it's official. Bonds of Slavery is now over. I'm so sad.
Sigmund: Baka. I don't know what your problem is. It's just a story.
CotA: It was one of my favorites though.
Sess-chan: And don't call her a baka. *backhands Sigmund*
CotA: Thanks, Sess-chan. Well, I should be posting my new Inuyasha story, Rome Wasn't Built in a Day, relatively soon. I'll hopefully have it out before the new year. It's an Inu/Kag, so that should make most of you very happy. Well, I hope to see many of you wonderful readers and reviewers when I begin posting it. I'll send an email out to anyone who wants me to whenever I update.
Sess-chan: And the review responses are below.
CotA: Hey! That's my line.
Jade Garden: It'll be okay. I'll be posting my next IY story soon enough. And I'll check out your story.
Kore Yan: Ummm... I'm an American, but I love the Spanish language. :)
Mattielover: I'm happy that Naraku is dead too.
Ichigo: Thanks for reviewing.
LSR-7: Of course Sesshoumaru came to the rescue.
Purple Witchy Angel: Yes, all good things eventually come to an end, which really bites.
Rei Akita: Thank you for the compliment.
Kittymui: *laughs* Trust me. 700 reviews is nothing compared to what some other authors have. For example, check out moonsilver. Her awesome stories easily top mine.
Namiko-Daughter of Sekhmet: Well, I didn't want to make you wait, so here you go.
Hamaguri: I don't think that Sesshoumaru had the luxury of being able to torture Naraku. Kagome's life was in danger. And please don't cry, Hamaguri-chan. Things will be okay. I'm going to post that Inu/Kag fic as soon as I can. You know, the one you wanted so much. Of course, Sesshoumaru is still going to be in it, and he's still going to get a girl. I'm not telling who though. That's a secret.
Aznfangurl16: I can't update any more. This is it.
Foxlover: There's a little more fluff in this one, but I kept it short. It was just so depressing for me to end it that I had to end it quick.
Sukuri: I'm glad you approve. People told me that my story needed more action, so I did what they wanted. Of course, I had planned the whole Naraku-kidnaps-Kagome ordeal from the very beginning. Where Varice came from, I don't know. She was not planned.
April: I have the worst problems with keeping Fluffy in character. He'll hopefully be more in character for my next story.
Ringhearty: Sorry. No sequel.
Yanou: Yes, Naraku is dead, and this is the last chappie.
Kagome: Yes, I was waiting for your review. *hugs Kagome-chan* I love getting reviews from you. I hope you review my next IY story. And um... I think that writing is... It looks familiar. *thinks* I know who it is! Naraku! I could've sworn that Sesshoumaru killed him though. *shrugs* Oh well. He can just do it again. No big. Oh, and I have a present for you. *hands Kagome-chan a frying pan* This is for when you go on those wacking sprees. Enjoy!
Galalorton: Cute little review. And sorry about there being no sequel. I just can't think of one.
Luffy: There's no reason to feel like an idiot. I'm just happy that I can go over and beyond your expectations.
Smiley-chan: So soon? Look at how long the story is. It's about 60,000 words long! This story took forever to write.
Eruinichil: Sorry. I don't want the story to end, but I have nothing more to write in it. It's finished, and there's not much I can do about it b/c I'm out of ideas.
Lightdestiny: Nope. No more chappies.
Bijin-chan: Yes, it's ending next chappie. Pretty please don't cry. I'm going to be posting another IY story soon.
Sakura onto Hitomi: I reviewed two of your stories (even though I was too lazy to sign in). They were excellent. I really hope you continue to write in them.
A.K.S.: I'm sorry, but this is the end of the story. I don't want you to cry. I'll try to post my next story soon, just don't cry. *sighs* Rome Wasn't Built in a Day will be posted before January, okay? Does that make you feel any better? Sesshoumaru is in it.
Sukera: ouch. History project. I have a Spanish project, a business plan to write, a 6-8 page paper for my english class, and a huge powerpoint over pyramids to work on.
Ami: I would love to go to Mexico, but I can't tan. I've tried, but my skin likes to stay pale.
InvisibleRain: Yeah, it was kinda like the "I'm melting" thing. And I kinda had to make the chappie violent. I mean, c'mon. It was the good guys verses the bad guys. There's gonna be some fighting when the two sides clash. I'm happy I didn't break Kagome. It would have been annoying if I had. I'm not sure if I could deal with a slave-like Kagome again.
Miztikal-Dragon: Yes, it is sad, and I do apologize for ending this. I only started this story back in August, and it's already finished.
Curls of Serenity: Um... Naraku is dead. Sesshoumaru killed him.
Trekkie-54: Yes, it *has* to end.
Nankinmai: Do you want me to email you so something when I post my new fic? 'Cause if you do, then I'll gladly do it. I already have a list.
Evilfire4321: Yep. Naraku is so dead.
Jupiter's Light: I'm glad you think so highly of my story.
Sam: I know what it feels like to have a bad day. I had one yesterday. Well, I'm glad that you're feeling better now. *hugs Sam-chan* And here's the conclusion you wanted.
Eris Goddess of Chaos: I stopped because that was where the chappie ended.
Fire Spirit: Nope. You spelled poor Fluffy's name wrong. It's Sesshoumaru or Sesshou-Maru. I've seen it both ways, and I believe that both are correct.
Xonnie: Ummm... no, I'm not going to explain it in the story. Naraku killed Kagome's family right before her eyes and enslaved her.