Jealousy In The Air
Summary: A plain and unpopular girl soon begins to be accepted into the in-crowd. The popular guy she longed to be with finally notices her, but things aren't always the way it seems to be.........
Chapter 11: More Than Friends?
"They're KISSING!!" Sango squealed. "They really are!"
Miroku squinted his eyes and then raised his eyebrows suspiciously. "And when did they start doing that? I agree with what you said before, they are going a lot farther than the last time we saw them if you think about it. They were merely friends last time I checked."
Sango pointed and Kagome and Inu yasha. "But look! How can you explain his mouth and her mouth lip locked?! If that's not what you call kissing, then what is it?"
"You want me to give you an example of kissing?" Miroku asked grabbing Sango aggressively by the arm. She quickly jumped away, out of his reach, and slapped him.
"Pervert." Sango muttered under he breath. She stared at Kagome and Inu yasha again. "Aww.........too bad I didn't bring my camera!"
Sango and Miroku watched, intrigued by the scene right before their eyes. Then, Miroku crossed his arms and said, "Doesn't Inu yasha know how to kiss? What is he doing with his hand? Why the hell is he pinching her nose and lifting her chin up? I seriously need to give him some kissing advice.........SOMEBODY PLEASE GIVE THAT POOR BOY A KISSING LESSON!!"
"Wait......... lifting her chin?" Sango asked turning to Miroku. He nodded and pointed at Kagome and Inu yasha.
"Why? What's wrong?" Miroku asked. He looked at Sango who just rolled her eyes.
"You idiot! Haven't you heard of CPR???"
"Condoms Prevent..........Rabies?" Miroku asked. Sango glowered at him.
"It means cardiopulmonary resuscitation, you disgusting pervert! .........And what are you thinking about.......... 'Rabies'??? You get those from infected animals!" Sango growled.
"Uh, 'cardioplumming' resuscitation?" Miroku asked, clearly confused.
"I will seriously kill you later. Kagome drowned or something and now Inu yasha is giving her a mouth to mouth recovery!" Sango hurried over to Inu yasha as Miroku stood there, watching her dumbly.
"Okay, right." Miroku said to himself before following Sango.
"I thought you knew how to swim!" Inu yasha muttered as he covered his mouth over Kagome's and blowing into it for the second time. Kagome began to cough. Her eyes slowly fluttered open. Things seemed to be a little blurry at first, but then she saw Inu yasha looking down at her worriedly.
Kagome quickly sat up still looking at Inu yasha, "W-What happened?"
"You tell me."
"What do you mean?" Kagome asked giving him a strange look.
Inu yasha sighed, "Actually I have no idea what happened. We were just swimming when you suddenly started to sink. I thought you knew how to swim. Don't you know how to swim?"
Kagome nodded, recalling the incident. After the reunion, they had decided to go to the beach. Since it was such a warm, they decided to go swimming. Neither one of them had brought their swimsuit, so they ended up swimming in the clothes they had worn that day. Luckily, they had worn clothes decent enough for swimming. "I had a cramp in my foot. A big one......... I guess I should've shouted for help........." Kagome looked at him sheepishly.
Inu yasha shrugged, "I guess."
"Um......... did you just........." Kagome trailed off. She pointed to her lips then to his.
"What do you mean?" Inu yasha looked confused, then realized what she was talking about. "Uh......... yeah." Inu yasha said, slightly blushing.
"Oh. Well, thanks, I g—"
Sango suddenly appeared, with Miroku trailing after her. "Kagome! Kagome, are you okay?" she asked anxiously.
Kagome nodded and gave her a smile. "Yeah, just feeling a little woozy, but overall, fine. What are you guys doing here?" She looked at Miroku pointedly.
"We were just strolling around until Miroku and I saw you and Inu yasha."
"Yeah.........I was surprised when I first saw Inu yasha kissing you. You just made up my night, even though it interrupted Sango and my romantic beach walk." Miroku added.
Everyone just stared at him oddly. "Okay, that's nice to know," Kagome finally said. "Well, lets head home now. It's getting late and I promised my mom I'd get back before dinnertime."
"Okay," Sango said. "I'll call you later."
Inu yasha and Kagome headed towards Inu yasha's car as Miroku and Sango headed the opposite way.
Inu yasha drove in silence as Kagome dried her hair off with a towel. The car pulled up to a familiar setting and Kagome hopped out. She was about to thank Inu yasha for giving her a ride home when she realized that he'd stepped out of his car as well. He walked her to the front door.
"Well, thanks for the ride," Kagome said, turning around and facing him. "You'd better get home soon. You're all wet, too."
Inu yasha nodded. "Yeah, see you Mon—"
The front door swung open and Mrs. Higurashi appeared. "I knew I heard voices outside! It wasn't my imagination after all!" Her eyes shifted from her daughter to Inu yasha and her mouth broke into a triumphant grin. "Inu yasha! It's been so long since I last saw you. You have grown up to be such a handsome young man. What have you been up to—my, my, you're all both soaked from top to bottom."
"Yeah," Kagome mumbled. She hated when her mother talked nonstop. "We went to the beach and decided to swim for a while."
"Oh!" Mrs. Higurashi said, still smiling. Her eyes sparkled, as if she had been thinking of something amusing. She turned to Inu yasha. "Why don't you come in for dinner and get dried off? Dinner's all set and we have enough for one more."
Kagome was about to run off back into the shrine, but stopped dead in her tracks when she heard those words flow right out of her mother's mouth. "What?!"
Mrs. Higurashi glanced at her sternly. "Is that a way to treat your best friend?" She quickly looked over to Inu yasha. "She didn't mean it. She's just a little surprised that I offered all of a sudden like that. We have this rule, you see........."
"No doubt I'm surprised." Kagome muttered.
"So what do you say, Inu yasha? We've got lots to catch up on."
"Oh, uh.........thanks, but no thanks." Inu yasha said. "I should be heading home by now. I don't want to cause any trouble."
"Oh, no, you're not causing any trouble at all!" Mrs. Higurashi insisted. She pulled Inu yasha through the front door. "Give your mother a call and I'll get towels for you to dry off with."
Inu yasha looked at Kagome, and then glanced back at Mrs. Higurashi. "Uh........."
Kagome's mom shut the front door and locked it. "Go on. You don't have to be so formal. Feel comfortable, you've been here several times before."
When Inu yasha left to retrieve the phone and give his parents a call, Kagome glared at her mom and opened her mouth to speak. Before she could say anything, Mrs. Higurashi dismissed her with a wave of her hand. "No need to thank me. What are mothers for?"
Kagome rolled her eyes. She sighed. This is going to be one uncomfortable dinner.
Kagome picked at her rice with her chopsticks, not particularly hungry. She'd taken a quick shower and changed into clean clothes before dinner. Inu yasha had dried off with a towel and Mrs. Higurashi had set the table, as they waited for her.
Now, she was sitting next to her mother at the table, with Inu yasha sitting across them. Souta had already left to a friend's house, so they were all alone.
"So, Inu yasha, I haven't seen you in quite a while. What have you been up to?" Mrs. Higurashi chirped.
"Well, uh, I'm on the football team."
"Oh, really? I've always liked big, strong jocks." Mrs. Higurashi gushed. Kagome looked at her sharply, but Mrs. Higurashi didn't seem to acknowledge it. "Kagome, you never told me he was on the football team."
Kagome looked down in embarrassment. She didn't want Inu yasha to think that they always talked about him at dinner because they didn't. "Well, yeah, he is. He's really good, I guess. I've never been to any of the football games."
"Yes, I know. You don't go out very often, but I'm glad you've been getting more invitations lately. I like that Sango girl."
There was a moment of silence, but the sudden ringing of the phone interrupted it. Kagome happily excused herself to answer.
"Kagome? It's Sango."
"Oh, hey. Glad to hear from you."
"Just calling to make sure you're okay. What are you doing right now?"
"Oh really? I'm sorry, I should've known. I'll call you back later."
"No!" Kagome almost shouted. She glanced back at her mother and Inu yasha. Lucky for her, her mom was busy shoving food into Inu yasha's bowl. "Eat more, it's healthy for you," she heard her mom saying. Kagome sighed. "This is a nightmare."
"What?" Sango asked, puzzled.
"My mom invited Inu yasha over for dinner. Can you believe her??"
Kagome heard Sango laugh on the other side of the line. "Actually, yes, but aren't you having a great time? I mean, Inu yasha's there."
"Believe me, it's not fun. You know how my mom is. She talks about everything, it's so embarrassing." She was about to rant on, but heard her mother call her back. "Sorry, Sango, I have to go.........Bye."
"It's rude to leave the table and talk to your friends when guests are here," Mrs. Higurashi started lecturing her when she appeared, "especially when it's dinnertime. Who was it?"
"Oh, yes, Sango. She's a really nice girl, but remember to tell her that I won't accept phone calling during the period we eat dinner."
"Okay, sorry," Kagome grumbled. Her mother was really starting to bug her, lecturing her in front of Inu yasha. It was humiliating.
"We'll talk about this later. Why don't you and Inu yasha settle in the living room while I make dessert? You guys must have a lot to catch up on as well." Mrs. Higurashi gave them a sweet smile and shooed them into the living room.
Kagome looked at Inu yasha helplessly. "Sorry about this whole thing. I know my mom's a motor mouth. You don't have to stay, you know. I can make up some excuse for you."
Inu yasha looked at her as they sat down on the couch. "It's okay. She's not as bad as you think," Inu yasha shrugged.
Kagome scoffed. "She is. She goes humiliating me every chance she gets." She glanced at the bureau on one side of the living room. Not knowing what else to do or to talk about, she blurted, "Do you want to look at some old picture albums? I haven't been through them for a while."
Inu yasha gave her quick glance of surprise. "Uh.........sure."
Kagome regretted those words once they slipped out of her mouth, but it has been a long time since she'd been through it.
The first picture she flipped to showed a little boy and girl wrestling in the same living they were in now. The little girl appeared in the next picture as well, with a tear-stained face. Kagome giggled and heard Inu yasha chuckle as well. She remembered that she was so frustrated when she had lost a 'wrestling match' to Inu yasha five times in a row.
After going through another few pages, they ended up bursting out with laughter. It was amusing to look at all the silly things they used to do.
A few minutes later, Mrs. Higurashi entered, carrying a tray of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. "What are you guys laughing about? I feel like I'm missing something." She smiled the smile that told Kagome that she was up to something.
"We're just going through old picture albums," Kagome explained.
"Oh, I see." She set the tray of cookies on the table. "Dig in!"
For the rest of the night, they ate, talked, and continued to look through old picture albums.
"Kagome!" Sango rushed over to her Monday morning. "Did you hear about the trip to America?"
"America?" Kagome asked, puzzled.
"Yeah. Our English teacher decided to open up a trip to America for anyone who's interested. I think we'll be going to California." Sango explained. "Anyway, this is the first time our school has ever done this. There's going to be a meeting today during lunch in the her classroom."
Kagome nodded. "...And you want to go?"
"Yeah. I thought it would be cool if we checked it out."
"Sure," Kagome shrugged.
The classroom was crowded by the time Kagome and Sango arrived. Kagome craned her neck and her eyes immediately wandered over to a certain boy. His eyes seemed to meet hers and she smiled at him. The next few seconds seemed to last forever as Kagome wondered how he would react, until he returned her smile and waved them over.