IMPORTANT NOTE: Just a quick note to you all. The epilogue itself is really quite short. The reason the chapter seems so long is because of the GIGANTIC author's note at the end. At the end of the epilogue, there is a shout-out to everyone who reviewed and any last tidbits of information on other fics, fic requests and such. Anyways, move along.

Review responses:

LostDarkness: Epilogue, LostDarkness, epilogue. Calm down.

Inuhugger: Wait no longer!!! It all ends here! Sorry 'bout that. That's what I was thinking when I was watching The Return of the King. I kept telling myself that this was the last movie and they wouldn't be able to leave me on a cliffhanger this time! Keep that thought in mind. It's encouraging. And watch for my next fic, too so I can torture you with more cliffhangers!

crazcat416: Sorry it's so sad! If you're interested, I promise my next fic will be happier! And I think this chapter is a little happier than all the others.

Inuyasha Mistress: Yep! I'll be writing more fics, too! Check my bio if you want info on it! There'll also be some info at the end of this chapter. And about you not updating, it's fine as long as you do update. But the sooner the better!! Heeheehee.

Disclaimer: Yay! The last time I have to say this in this fic! I don't own Inu-Yasha!!

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"C'mon! Hurry up! Let's go!"

"Hold the phone, I'm almost ready!"

"You're so slow!"

"Just hold on!"

Inu-Yasha slipped on the final touch, the baseball cap. Even if it was dark, he didn't want to take his chances. He looked himself over. He was wearing a pair of loose blue jeans and a plain black T-shirt, over which he wore a dark blue jacket.

"All right, I'm ready."

"Finally!"

"You got your coat?"

"Yes! Let's go!"

Inu-Yasha grabbed his keys off the table as the two walked out the door. They both got into the car that had originally belonged to Myuka's parents and set off towards their destination. So much had happened in such a short amount of time. After Inu-Yasha defeated Kanashimi a little over a year ago, he and Myuka had returned to the Higurashi shrine. No one had come anywhere near the shrine after it had been attacked. They all thought it to be haunted. As a result, no one knew that Inu-Yasha and Myuka lived there. Inu-Yasha had learned the ways of her world (including how to drive) and was quite accustomed to living there now. He had also taken on the role of being Myuka's father and was quite content. But he still felt an empty hole within himself that only one person could fill.

It was now Christmas Eve and they were off to visit their friends. Inu-Yasha and Myuka had made friends with a family that had known the Higurashi family for generations. They had been the one family that had visited the "abandoned" shrine. They had been shocked to find that someone was living there, let alone Myuka. Inu-Yasha had told them the whole story. It had taken a while to convince them, but they now accepted Inu- Yasha and Myuka as part of their family. Inu-Yasha pulled up alongside the sidewalk and stopped the car.

"All right. We're here."

"YAY!!" Myuka threw open the door and ran up to the house.

Inu-Yasha shook his head and followed. He reached the door right when it opened.

"Myuka! Inu-Yasha! Good to see you! Come in!"

"Tsuki!" Myuka hugged the elderly woman.

Behind her, an elderly man and a younger one, in his twenties, sat on the couch.

"Tenjikai! Eiyu!" Myuka also hugged these two.

Inu-Yasha stepped inside and handed his hat and coat to Tsuki.

"She's growing up splendidly. You've been taking good care of her," she commented. "Are you sure you want to go through with this?"

"Yeah," he replied solemnly. "She'll be fine."

"At least stay with us for the evening."

Inu-Yasha nodded.

"Inu-Yasha! Good to see you again!"

The elder of the two men, Tenjikai, shook hands with Inu-Yasha. The younger, Eiyu, slapped him heartily on the back, causing Inu-Yasha to stumble forward.

"Heh. You shouldn't do that to a half-demon, Eiyu. 'Cause they might do somethin' like this!"

Inu-Yasha kicked the back of Eiyu's knees, making him fall. He placed a foot on his back to prevent him from getting up.

"All right, you two," Tsuki cut in. "Quit fighting and sit down so I can get you some pie."

"Pie sounds good," Eiyu said.

"Sure does," Inu-Yasha agreed, giving a final shove to Eiyu with his foot before heading for the couch."

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Inu-Yasha sat and watched as Myuka rolled around on the floor with Eiyu. Tsuki was on the floor as well, trying to prevent anyone from getting hurt. She was laughing at their antics, though. Inu-Yasha smiled briefly before his face became thoughtful again. It was time to go while Myuka was distracted. Tsuki caught his glance and her smile quickly faded.

"Goodbye," she mouthed to him.

He waved in return before quietly getting up and heading out the door. He got in his car and drove home silently. Once there, he began digging through his closet. A flash of red caught his eye. He pulled out his old red kimono and changed into it. Slipping his sword into his belt, he took one final look at the house before heading out the door. He raced through the treetops until he found the tree that Kagome had pinned him to. He slowly ran his hand across the smooth bark of the tree.

'I'm ready' he thought to himself.

He reached into his pocket and pulled out the glowing sphere of the Shikon no Tama. Quietly, he whispered his wish to it.

"I want to be with Kagome."

A pink light swirled about him and he felt a strange sensation as he was lifted off the ground. When the light faded, he found the beautiful form of Kagome floating in front of him.

"Inu-Yasha!"

"Kagome!"

The two embraced each other warmly.

"We really can be together this time, Inu-Yasha!"

"Yes, we can."

"We can't spend to much time here, you know. We have to return to the next world. Miroku, Shippo, Sango, and Kirara can't wait to see you again!"

"I hope she'll be alright."

"Hm?"

"Myuka."

"Don't worry. You found a good home for her. They'll take good care of her."

Inu-Yasha nodded. "Goodbye, Myuka."

The two stood together in mid-air, looking at the city of Tokyo one last time before a white mist whisked them away together.

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EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's over and Kagome and Inu-Yasha were reunited!!!!! Who could ask for a better ending? Anyway, on with the incredibly long author's note I promised you!

Here's a shout-out to everyone who reviewed!!!!! (except the flamers)

(signed reviewers)

Lost Darkness

Inuhugger

Inuyasha Mistress

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crazcat416

Ikenai InuChan

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(anonymous reviewers)

DemonMaster

Thank you very much everyone!! Couldn't have made it without you!!! Inu plushies for everyone!!!!! *throws out Inu plushies to everyone*

List of flamers:

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Info on other fics:

I have a one-shot that has actually become a series of separate one-shots all in one package. It's called "Inu-Yasha meets the phone" if you're interested.

I will have a new fic up soon!!! It will be AU Inu/Kag pairing. Expect it in early March. Check my bio maybe once a week or once every two weeks to see if the release date has changed.

Sorry for the extremely long author's note!!! Don't forget to review!!! I also take fic requests so if you have a request for a fic, tell me in your review or in an e-mail labeled "fic request" and I'll see what I can do for you!!! Check my bio for responses to your fic requests. It'll tell you there when you can probably expect your fic to come out. I don't think that any idea is stupid, so please don't feel shy to send me a request!!!! The only thing I won't do is pairings that are different from the original pairings and I am not good at Sessho-maru centered fics. Anything else is welcome!!

Again, sorry for the long author's note and if you're still here, I want to thank you one last time for all of your support!!!!!!