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Chap: Making plans and finding maps

Once everyone had eaten, Miroku offered to take the trays downstairs so Kagome and Inuyasha could make some plans. He took the fox boy with him, telling the kit that those two needed some alone time.

Which in a way was true. They had a lot to do, and Kagome had a lot of questions.

"So what exactly am I supposed to do now?" she asked.

Inuyasha frowned, "Huh?"

"What do vampire leaders do in their free time? Or even when they're busy?"

"Oh, um.....well, hell, I don't know. Boss us around and stuff."

She rolled her eyes at him. "Yeah, but to do what? You might not believe this, but I've never had to run a werewolf-slash-vampire clan before. I'm a little lost for my first day on the job."

An irritated werewolf crossed his arms and glared at her. "Anyone ever tell you you're sarcastic?"

"Anyone ever tell you you're a master of the obvious?" She spat with the same fire.

"Am I interrupting something?" A voice said from the doorway. Both teens whirled to face the newcomer, Inuyasha automatically going into a protective stance by Kagome.

Sesshomaru almost smiled at the sight of the two as he came through the door, but kept his face passive. "Good morning, my lady."

"G-good morning, Mr. Sesshomaru." Inuyasha snorted at her name for the lord, so she quickly grabbed a pillow and knocked him out of the bed with it. "Be quiet, you!" she hissed.

That made the head werewolf smile outright. "My lady, have you slept well?"

"Oh," she blushed. Being unconscious didn't count as sleeping, but waking in this particular room had not been something she'd liked. "I-it was fine. Um, I don't mean to sound rude, but could I go back to my old room? Not that this one isn't"—she groped for any polite word she could think of—"lovely—but I would prefer my own, if that's alright?"

Sesshomaru nodded in complete understanding. "Of course, my lady."

"Mr. Sesshomaru? Sir? You knew Kagura better than anyone, right?"

"You could say that," he replied with a barely noticeable shudder.

She didn't even want to know what memories could make his body shake in revulsion, and neither did Inuyasha. "What exactly should I do now? Is there anything I need to do, or know?"

Sesshomaru thought for a moment. "You have killed all of Kagura's vampires, leaving the werewolves your only defense. Other vampires will soon notice that there are no more killings in your territory, and come to claim your properties."

The girl paused, thinking, a worried look on her face. Inuyasha noticed this and hesitantly touched her arm. She looked up and smiled at him before going back to her thoughts.

She spoke, "This territory. Do we need to defend it? Can't we let them have it? I don't want to make anymore vampires."

"They will come for the house, all of Kagura's spell books, any sort of magical objects she possessed, and the werewolves she ruled," Sesshomaru replied. "We are too valuable to be let go, in the eyes of other clans."

Kagome started. "But—but that's like claiming slaves."

Sesshomaru hardly blinked as he calmly told her, "But that's what we are. In the eyes of vampires, we are slaves. Their's to create, buy, sell, use, or kill as they wish." He blinked at her shocked look. "Haven't you noticed that most of the werewolves here are surprised by the way you treat Inuyasha? Most vampires believe that we are lower than humans, more like highly evolved animals. None of them would have ever gone so far as to give their blood to save a werewolf's life, and I have never heard of such a thing happening before. All except for you and Inuyasha."

Kagome was stunned by his words. She almost stammered, "How—how could anyone treat another person like that?" She covered her mouth in horror. "Oh, gods." Tears began to slip down her cheeks.

Inuyasha nearly freaked, "Hey! Hey now, don't cry." He rooted desperately in his pockets and found a wad of tissue. The boy held it out to her and she took it quietly. He really didn't like it when girls cried, and he hated it when Kagome cried. It made him want to go out and kill something. But this crying was worse than anything. This was the crying that didn't make any noise, just silent tears combined with a heart-breaking sad face. "Oh, come on, don't. Don't cry anymore, Kagome, okay?"

"I—I'm sorry."

"Sorry?" He frowned in confusion. "For what?"

"I'm s-sorry that this ever happened. I—I wish that I could make all of this go away." She took his hand in her own, and some of her tears dripped onto their joined hands.

It finally hit Inuyasha that she was crying for the fate of every werewolf out there, forced to serve a cruel master. She was even crying for him.

Sesshomaru was amazed, though he didn't show it. This girl's compassion was extraordinarily deep. "My lady?"

She wiped away the last of her tears. "I'm alright. Sorry for dripping all over you," she said to her werewolf. Inuyasha just blushed, but didn't let go of her hand.

"I think—Lord Sesshomaru? Is there a way to free the werewolves?"

Both men gaped at her. "What?"

"Is there a way to free the werewolves?" She repeated. Her voice became steely as she said, "I will not let anyone force you into service again. There must be a way to get the spell off you."

It took some effort to collect himself enough for the lord to answer, "There are rumors of a sacred jewel with the power to purify vampires and werewolves, turning them into ordinary humans. Kagura want the halberd to become powerful enough to claim this jewel as her own from the Gypsy tribe that guards it."

Kagome frowned. "What would Kagura want with something that could free all her servants? She didn't strike me as the nicest person around."

"Think about it," Inuyasha answered. "If you could turn every vampire and werewolf back into a human? She could turn all her enemies into nothing but ordinary mortals and kill them all."

Kagome paled at the thought. "Oh."

"The young boy's parents were believed to know the location of this tribe, and that is why they were brought here," Sesshomaru went on. He paused, "Do you want us to go and find this tribe for you, my lady?"

She started. "What? Um, no—I mean yes! I mean—oh, hell, give me a minute. I need to straighten my thoughts."

"We could be here for a long time then," Inuyasha said without thinking.

Bang!

"Owww!! Hey, what was that for?!" An irate young werewolf glared from the floor at his senior. The older man growled. "She may be kind, but you should not disrespect her like that. She is still you mistress."

"Lord Sesshomaru!" She called, and he paused. "It's alright, he's just being himself." She frowned down at him, "But that was mean, you hairy jerk."

"Who you calling a jerk?!"

"The only one in this room, dummy!" She turned back to face the lord. "First things first. Can you show me where the other territories are? I mean, if we wanted to go anywhere, what's the safest path to take?"

"I can show you Kagura's maps, they mark the most current standing of the vampire territories." He cocked an eyebrow in curiosity at her, too polite to ask.

She smiled in return, "I want to get out of the city and get back to my home. I have a plan."

"More frightening words were never spoken," Inuyasha muttered.

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