Shikon no Go
The Language of the Shikon
A Fanfic in 100 Chapters
By DQBunny

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DISCLAIMER: This story is based off of "Kendo no Go: A Fanfic in 100 Chapters" by Akai Kitsune. Her story in turn is a parody of "In the Language of Love," a story by Diane Schoemperlen. My thanks and appreciation goes out to Akai Kitsune for letting me borrow her fic idea! "Inuyasha" is the property of Rumiko Takahashi.

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Chapter 92: Reaction

There were times that modern era seemed too bright and too loud for Kagome. She found herself dissolving into tears during a family trip to the Roppongi district in the Minato ward of Tokyo, the area just too bright and busy for her. She tried explaining to her mother what a contrast it was from the Sengoku Jidai, especially the last three days when she was trapped in Naraku's hell. All that existed around her was fake memories and a silence so empty that she was quite sure death was better than it.

Air conditioning, which her new high school had, seemed strange to her and gave her immense headaches until she got used to the artificial cooling. Because of her history of frequent absences, Kagome was determined to tough it out and not let the headaches affect her schoolwork. But, her friends could see what was going on, and every so often one of them would slip her some medicine.

"You've been strong enough, Kagome-chan," Ayumi told her over an after-school snack one day. "Let us help you."

Kagome absently dredged a French fry in ketchup, her appetite nonexistent. Her friends had demanded an explanation after seeing the well disappear. Her mother had told them an abbreviated version of events, but later Kagome finally admitted everything.

Their response surprised her, but at the same time didn't surprise her.

"You have no idea what a relief that was!" Yuka had said, clasping her hands together. "We were totally convinced you'd joined Inuyasha's biker gang."

"I never believed he was a biker," Ayumi had replied.

Eri simply stared at Kagome for a long time. Then, she had left. In the weeks since, she'd not uttered a word to her.

"I appreciate the help, Ayumi-chan. Really. I suppose it could be worse," Kagome admitted, abandoning her abused fry. "You and Yuka-chan could be ignoring me as well."

"I sort of get it," Ayumi said, waving her milkshake at Kagome. "You were lying to us for nearly a year."

"I said I was sorry!"

"And, really, if it wasn't for your mom, I'm not sure how easy it would have been to believe. But, Kagome-chan, it explains so much." Ayumi placed a hand on Kagome's arm. "I'd probably have done the same thing. You were trying to protect us."

Kagome stared miserably at her food. "No," she admitted. "No, I wasn't, Ayumi-chan. If I was really trying to protect you, I would have stayed over there the entire time and not exposed Mama, Jii-chan, and Souta to it. I just ... I wanted to be normal." Tears dripped onto her tray, frustrated that the words to articulate how she tried to keep her dual life separated failed her. "Now, I just want Inuyasha."

She leaned into Ayumi's shoulder, crying for the life that she hadn't appreciated enough.

At the counter, Eri accepted a bag of food and turned, spotting them. Sympathy softened her face for a moment, then with a sniff, she held her head high and walked past Ayumi and Kagome without saying a word.

It would take two and a half years for Eri to begin speaking with Kagome again.

Three weeks after the girls made up, Kagome returned to the Sengoku Jidai for good.

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Author's Note: This chapter was inspired by the events in the latter part of the manga. In chapter 553, Ayumi, Eri and Yuka ran into the well house to find that Jii-chan and Mama discovering the well was gone. I don't see them going away without an explanation this time.

The original theme for this chapter was "scissors." Many thanks goes to Lady Alzers, whose review encouraged me to start taking a stab at the final chapters.