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Author: Kinchi 1. No, Not You2. Welcome 'Home'3. Massage and a Call4. Of Course Not5. Sink or Swim6. Just Odd7. Social Worker8. I Don't Care9. My New Home10. The Visit11. A Nightmare12. I See You13. Locked In14. Hospital and Surprise!15. The Fight16. The End Kiss

PG-13 - English - Romance/Drama - Reviews: 269 - Published: 10-01-03 - Updated: 12-13-03 id:1542382

Define "Normal"

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Chapter 16

Everything's Back To Normal

A/n: Hey my faithful readers. The few who are left and haven't ditched my story because of the long wait for my recent chapters! How are you? Neway's, here's my last LONG chapter, so enjoy, or I'll take it back! So yep! GO READ! .

The next day I didn't go to peer counseling. I knew InuYasha would probably be there but that's possibly the reason I didn't want to go.

When school was over, Mrs. Shita picked me up.

"Hello Kagome," she said cheerfully when I jumped in the car.

"Hey," I said flatly.

Sota and Shippo were in the back seat. Shippo looked overly happy about something but Sota look angry at the window he was staring out of.

"I have good news," Mrs. Shita said happily.

"Yeah? What?" I asked, turning to her.

"Your mothers good enough to come out of the hospital," she said, smiling.

She can come home? She can come home! My heart was racing, "She can really come home?" I asked happily.

Mrs. Shita nodded.

I turned around to the boys. The same face was still planted on each.

"What's wrong Sota?" I asked my little brother.

"I don't think he likes the idea to much," Mrs. Shita explained.

I flushed with anger, "Oh really? Well you can just suck it up young man because she's our mother and always will be," I said angrily.

He didn't move or say anything, just sat there, glaring out the window.

"We can go to your Foster Home and get your things. The parents are out this week and know your leaving," Mrs. Shita said, turning a corner.

When we got there, Sota ran inside, fell down on the couch and started watching TV.

"What are you doing?" I snapped, "Go get packed."

"I'm not going," he mumbled.

"Oh yes you are," I said angrily.

"You can't make me!" he yelled.

"You want to bet on that!"

"I told you! I don't want to see her!"

"Yes! You are! That woman's your mother!"

"A mother takes care of you!"

"Then I'm your damn mother and as your mother I'm ordering you to move your ass in that room and pack your things so we can go see your MOTHER!"

Sota froze. For a minute I thought he was going to yell back, but all he did was turn of the TV and snail into his room. I felt a hard 'Pang' on my heart for yelling at him. After all, hadn't all of us been through enough?

After a few minutes of sighing, I walked into the room, seeing him leaning over a bag and stuffing a shirt into the pocket. He looked up at me, angrily, but didn't say anything. I walked over and pulled the shirt he had shoved in from the pocket and refolded it, laying it flat at the bottom of the bag so it didn't wrinkle.

"I can pack my own damn bag," he said defensively.

"Don't use those sort of words, Sota!" I practically yelled, and watched him turn away and grab another shirt. I let my tense shoulders fall and spoke more sweetly, "What I mean is, mothers gotten better." he turned his back completely on me and hunched his shoulders, "No, really," I went on, "Just give it a shot. Please."

He stood still for a long time. I was wondering if he was taking his sweet time to come up with something truly horrible. But I was wrong.

"Okay…"

I smiled and hugged him from behind, ruffling his hair and letting go to step back to the door, "Thanks," I said solemnly, and walked out.

As I packed, my heart was racing. I was finally going home! Not even InuYasha could ruin this!

The whole drive there I could not stop moving around. I was so anxious.

When we got there mother was waiting in front of the house. Her hair was combed and she had a green flower dress on.

The first thing she did when we got out of the car was greet us with hugs and kisses.

She was crying with joy. Hugging us and kissing us. Talking about what she did in the hospital and how much she missed us.

Soon we were all in the kitchen drinking cider and talking. Mrs. Shita had left so it was just us.

"Some boy stopped by and left you this," mom said, handing me an envelope.

I stared at the letter, then slowly I took it and excused myself from the room and walked into the hall so I could be alone.

I pulled out the first piece of paper and it read-

Your invited to the Jazz Competition For Young Musicians. The JCYM is a traditional once a year set up for jazz players of ages 10-19 to compete against each other. You are invited to come and watched, asked by young musician InuYasha Takahashi. We hope to see you there!

Where: Civic Center, 312 Silver St.

When: May 19 7:00pm

I gapped at the letter. Then I pulled out the other piece of paper. It was in handwriting and said-

Sorry

I didn't even know InuYasha was capable of a sorry, and actually mean it.

The 3rd was a small envelope holding 4 tickets to the show.

I looked over the invitation again. Hoping my eyes weren't lying to me. I read back over the note, the word 'Sorry' ringing in my head.

I felt so happy I could jump up and down. Without another moment I ran into the kitchen.

"Mom? Can I ask you something?" I asked when I entered.

"Well sure… what?" she asked, looking stunned.

"A friend of mine, is doing a show, he wants me to go, and he invited you, Sota and Shippo also," I said.

She looked as if someone shot her and the pain was so great she couldn't handle it. I felt low. How could I be so stupid? Mother hates crowds. But before I could say never mind she spoke.

"Sure… that'd be a great Idea. So this boy… do you like him?" she asked.

"Mom," I said warningly.

"Just asking," she said, grinning.

She grinned hugely. I took a second to look at her face and wonder if it was humanly possible for her to smile. I felt a twist in my stomach knowing she was smiling, and she actually meant it.

"So what's this 'show' about?" she asked.

"It's a jazz competition." I said, snapping out of my daze.

"I see… when?" she asked.

"May 19th so lets see…" I took a second to count my fingers, "Friday."

"All right… I'll go," she said, smiling again but not quite as large.

Friday. I was so happy I was still smiling after 1st hr. and it was history.

I was still avoiding Peer Counseling.

Every time I saw InuYasha in the halls he barely glanced at me. So I did the same. I ignored him.

That is, until today. When InuYasha walked passed me in the hall, I felt something connect with my hand. When I looked down I had a wrinkled up ball of paper. My first thought was to through it away. But I uncurled it and InuYasha's handwriting stood out clearly in black magic marker.

Meet me for PC. Don't ditch.

Sin,

IT

IT? My first thought was the evil clown. Then it snapped. It meant InuYasha Takahashi of course.

I folded the paper nicely and shoved it in my back pocket. After 2nd hr. my teacher directed me to PC, saying 'I owe him one' or something.

When I walked in surprisingly he didn't have headphones.

"Hey, haven't seen you around," he said casually.

"Yeah," I said, sitting down.

"I hear that Naraku guy stalking Sango was caught," InuYasha said.

"Yeah… how'd you know about that?" I asked.

"Miroku told me," he said.

"Oh," was my brilliant reply.

"So I heard your moms out of the hospital," he pointed out.

"Yeah," I said, looking up into his golden eyes, feeling a bit peaceful, as a voice rang in my head 'oh isis! He could seduce anyone with those eyes.

I took a deep breath and spoke, "Look InuYasha, I'm really sorry I pushed, and if you didn't want to tell me about your personal life that's your business, I shouldn't have blown up the other day," I looked into his face. "I'm really-," but I didn't get to finish because he slapped a hand over my mouth.

"For once in you miserable life don't blame yourself," he said.

I knew I should've been mad, but I wasn't.

Later that night I dressed in a tight long sleeved black shirt and long tight black pants.

Mom had her license taken away. She wanted to see id she could still drive. Turns out she couldn't.

So we took the bus.

When we got to the center, five more people got off the bus with us.

We took out seats, just as everyone was sitting down for the first performer.

It turns out InuYasha was the last.

When he held his silver saxophone, the whole crowd quieted, and with one breath, he filled the room with live beautiful music. The flew to just the right height of sound, and crept from one key to the other. On the last note, when The music died away, everyone clapped wildly.

He exited the stage after a bow. I walked up front to the security guard.

"Excuse me," I said, trying to pass him.

"Sorry madam, Authorized Personnel only," he said.

"It's all right, she's with me," InuYasha said from behind the man.

"Hey InuYasha, you were great," I said, smiling.

"Thanks," InuYasha said happily.

"InuYasha! Get back here! They're announcing the winner!" someone yelled.

"Be back in a minute," InuYasha said, stepping backstage again.

And it was obvious who won. InuYasha had. He seemed so stunned, standing up there, glancing at me. His parents were beside me now, his mother gripping my shoulders and shaking me slightly, as if I didn't know he son had won. She clapped loudest of all the people around us, and when InuYasha finally made it down, she was beaming.

She hugged him and cried, and InuYasha tried harder then ever to not look embarrassed.

"Oh, MY SON THE GREAT ARTIST! Just like his father!"

InuYasha sighed, glancing at me as if to say, 'Can you believe this?'

"Can I talk to Kag a minute, alone," he asked his mom, obviously peeved at the fuss she was giving him.

She blinked, "Oh! Yes! Of course!" she laughed, "I'll be waiting in the car! Oh, my great son!" she sang as she passed, telling random people InuYasha was HER son. I almost laughed at her amusement.

We walked outside and over a hill, finding a bench on the other side and sitting down. The first thing I did was look at the stars.

"They're bright tonight," InuYasha said, also looking up.

I just nodded.

"I don't care what my friends think anymore," he said then sighed, "The way I see it is they aren't my friends unless they can except me for who I am, I guess."

I smiled.

"Are you all of a sudden a mute?" he asked playfully.

I gave a small laugh, "No, the stars are just beautiful," I said shortly.

I turned away from the stars and looked him in the eyes.

All of a sudden we were getting closer, and closer. Then… our lips met softly.

Joy filled my heart. It was a soft kiss, nothing to intense, but peaceful.

When we separated, I felt my face burn. We sat in silence for a couple of minutes, neither of us speaking, just squeezing each others hand.

But my thoughts were, 'I told you he could seduce anyone with those eyes.'

THE END!

a/n: finally… right? Now you don't have to wait for me to post. ISIS, DO I WRITE THE CORNIEST STORIES! I MEAN, DAMN! Anyways, please review!

Also I wrote a one chapter story I'm gonna post soon. An AU where InuYasha dies and Kagome reminisces about their time together while standing on the ledge of her apartment building.

Well Thanks so very much for reading my story.

For all of you who read 'Hex' I'm gonna rewrite it so look out okay?

Thanks again and I hope you enjoyed my story… .

Ja!

Kinchiata