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Daughter of the West

Chapter 31: Aya's Newest Plan

Inu-Yasha quickly darted through the woods, following after the scent of his young niece's blood. When he entered the small clearing where it was coming from, he saw his brother holding his mate and daughter. He could also smell Sango's younger brother, Kohaku. He quickly sheathed his sword, and leapt over to them.

A moment later, Kirara entered the space as well, taking them over to where Sesshomaru knelt. Kagome got off Kirara's back and quickly ran over to them. Seeing this, Sesshomaru stood, soaked in blood. Kagome gasped when she saw this, but rushed over to Aikina and Kimi, already pulling things out of her first aid kit. As Kagome began to place a small bandage on one of Aikina's many wounds, her eyes opened, and a small smile crossed her face.

"Kagome…it's been so long. How have you been?" she asked, totally disregarding herself. Kimi gave a half-hearted laugh, still wiping tears away. "You're still my little Aikina-chan," she said, wiping a bit of blood from her daughter's pale cheek.

Seeing that the two were happy, Sesshomaru walked turned, walking a few yards away. Glancing over at him with an unusual sympathy, Inu-Yasha sheathed his blade and walked up next to him. "You okay?" he asked. Sesshomaru scoffed, a small smirk on his face. "My daughter hates me and I have a woman I was supposed to marry come to kill me and my mate. Would you be alright?" Inu-Yasha smirked a little. "I guess not."

As Aikina fell in and out of consciousness, they realized just how serious her wounds were. "We should take her back to the inn. I have more bandages and antiseptics back there," she said matter-of-factly. Kimi nodded, still stroking her daughter's cheek. "Yes…I wouldn't want anything to be worse then it already is," she said. With that, Miroku helped the demoness lift Aikina up onto Kirara's back. As Sango led the large cat back toward the village, Kimi walked over to where her mate stood.

Kimi slid an arm around him, nuzzling against his shoulder. Taking this as a type of signal, Inu-Yasha followed after everyone else, leaving the two alone. "Aren't you going to be with Aikina?" he asked. Kimi simply shook her head. "In a moment. Are you alright?" she asked. Sesshomaru gave a slight nod, turning, bringing Kimi along with him. "Come now," he said gently before kissing her lightly, "We should get back to Aikina."

Inu-Yasha laid his young niece on a futon as Kagome dug through her book bag for more medical supplies. Aikina winced a little as Kagome sprayed the large wound in her gut, she called out for her mother. She tried to sit up, but she was in too much pain. It was in that moment that Kimi looked in. She knelt down next to her, stroking her cheek. "Shush. I'm here, little one." Inu-Yasha looked away from the pitiful sight of Aikina, and in the doorway saw Sesshomaru, with quite a shamed look on his face.

A few hours later, Aikina was bandaged up. Inu-Yasha and everyone else were asleep, dozing in their own respective places. Kimi was lying next to her daughter, resting her head on her shoulder. Sesshomaru had walked outside. Since he still thought that Aikina utterly and totally despised him, he didn't want to be the first thing she saw when she came to. But he couldn't help himself. With a large sigh, the demon gave into his own paternal instinct and went back into the inn to the room where his mate rested with their injured daughter.

A moment later he reached the room, and sat down before them. "I'm so sorry," he whispered, running a hand down Aikina's pale cheek. She flinched at his touch, and he pulled away. When she settled, he gave a small sigh. "I've missed everything…my own daughter and I barely know you. And for this…I'm sorry," he continued. With this, he did something that even the great demon lord couldn't expect.

He leaned down, kissing her lightly on her forehead. After giving her a quick, loving nuzzle, he pulled away, and Aikina's eyes opened half way. He pulled away, expecting her to scream, yell, and make a huge ruckus. But she didn't. Aikina simply smiled at him. Sesshomaru returned a slight smirk, and Aikina shut her eyes, snuggling against her mother.

Sesshomaru leaned his head against the wall behind him for a moment and shut his eyes.

Little did any of them know that a few miles away, Aya sat, brooding over her next plan. Next to her stood Kohaku, his eyes still as lifeless as ever. "Of course, those incompetent fools don't even realize that I still have control over Aikina," she cooed to herself, "And just as I told her before I let her escape, she'll be the one to kill her parents!" Aya let out another sinister laugh. "And you, Kohaku my boy, will lead her unsuspecting friends away and I take Aikina back for myself," she laughed. She stood, her green hair bouncing. "Go. Fulfill your role, you mindless little zombie."

And with that, Kohaku ran off, heading toward the inn where Sesshomaru and his family and friends were resting. "Those fools. They'll regret ever helping that bastard and his whore!"