~Disclaimer...I don't own InuYasha nor do I own the song "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" by Reba MacIntyre.

Summary: It all began with a miko's betrayal and led the world into darkness. Sorta AU. Dark.

Rated: PG-13 (no bad language, no smut, if it weren't for rampant character death it would be G)

(A/N) My mother was listening to this song and I felt it was just begging to be made into a fic. It will be a bit of an alternate universe, as some things will be different. But some will be the same. I wrote it in all of two hours...all of it. Yes, it is finished. Read and enjoy. And don't flame me. Because I've discovered that I have a yami named Alice who writes dark. Happy-go-lucky, bishy-glomping, fangirl-fic-writting Nika is not present. Now...you are dealing with Alice.

Nika: Gee, not a very scary name for a yami, ne? (gets punched by Alice) @__@ Nevermind.


The Night the Lights Went Out in Sengoku

Chapter One:

Konnichiwa. My name is Higurashi Kagome. I'd like to tell you a story. I'm sure you've heard fantastical tales about my hunt for the Shikon no Kakera. Fierce battles side by side with powerful allies. Well this story is a little different. This is a story about the time when the world fell dark.

InuYasha and I had been gone for two weeks on our most recent Shikon hunt when we returned to the village. We'd found three shards and were feeling pretty pleased with ourselves. There wasn't even a fight when I asked him if I could go home for a few days. We parted ways and I was almost at the well which would take me home to my time when I remembered that I had left the jewel shards with him. It had become habit for me to take the shards with me when I left to keep demons from attacking the village seeking them. I turned around and headed back to the village.

Shuffling heavily with slumped back, the old miko Kaede approached me on the way.

"Kagome." she said with a smile, "How went ye search?"

I smiled kindly at her and replied, "Very well, Kaede-baachan. We found three shards and neither of us got hurt."

"That's good. That's good." she said. "And are ye on the way home now?"

I nodded. "Hai. I just need to get the shards from InuYasha."

Kaede was getting quite old and the villagers didn't rely on her as much as they used to now that another miko had taken her place. I could tell this made the old woman feel a bit useless and took every chance to make her feel special and needed.

"So," I asked, "How is the new miko doing? I haven't had a chance to get to know her yet." I forced a chuckle and said, "I'm afraid I don't even know her name!"

The truth was that I had gotten to know her quite well. But Kaede didn't need to know that just yet.

"Oh aye." Kaede responded, "Kagura's her name and she's getting along quite well. She's a bit odd...but so are ye child."

I laughed and tugged unconsciously on my short school fuku. "Yeah. Even strange people can have hearts of gold. Just look at oniichan!"

She chuckled. "Aye! InuYasha certainly is a strange one! But a greater man you'll never find. Well, I must be on my way. Those herbs won't pick themselves!"

I bid her farewell and continued on my way. If I knew InuYasha, and I certainly did, he would have stopped at the inn before going home. It wasn't that he had buisness at the inn. It was the tavern. Everytime we returned he would stop at Wei's tavern and have a drink with the youkouzoku Kouga and that hentai houshi Miroku.

But when I reached the door to the tavern something made me stop. It was like a tugging at the back of my mind telling me not to go in, that something wasn't right. So instead of going in, I went around to the side and peeked in the window at the table I knew the three males would share.

I saw Miroku in another corner of the tavern trying to convince a village girl that he wasn't married and the woman he lived with was his sister.

'That pervert!' I thought to myself. 'It doesn't matter that he never goes through with it! If I were Sango I would beat him within an inch of his life!'

A sound at the door made me shift my attention. InuYasha had just entered and Kouga rose from the table to meet him.

InuYasha grinned happily at his friend and said, "Hey, Kouga! How ya doin'!?"

Kouga didn't return his smile. Instead he hung his head and said, "Sit down, InuYasha. I've got some bad news and it's gonna hurt."

InuYasha's smile quickly faded and he croaked out, "Kouga, is it Kikyou? Is she alright? Tell me!"

InuYasha and the miko Kikyou had been married less than a year. It was love at first sight and even though there had been some rough times they had finally managed to wed. I was happy for my half-brother, so I never told him my true feelings about the girl.

Kouga shook his head and pushed InuYasha into a chair. He followed suit and sat heavily in the one beside him.

After a moments pause Kouga, refusing to meet his friend's eyes, said, "I'm your best friend and you know I'd never lie to you." He heaved a sigh and continued somberly, "Your young bride isn't home tonight."

"What?" InuYasha whispered.

Kouga continued, "Since you've been gone she's been seeing that hanyou, Naraku."

"What!?" InuYasha asked louder, a bit angry this time.

I knew InuYasha would never doubt Kouga's word. The two were closer than brothers. InuYasha, as the oldest male of my family, had just begun wedding negotiations between Kouga and myself. My love and respect for my brother kept me from telling him I didn't want to marry Kouga, that I only saw him as a friend. Besides, I knew Kouga would make a good husband for me and since it had been decided that I would stay in Sengoku Jidai when the quest was over I would need a husband.

No, Kouga was telling the truth. My suspecions about that woman had been correct. She wasn't one for marriage. She had a dark heart hidden inside a miko's perfect package. The hanyou Naraku had made it clear long before she was married that he wanted her. I had suspected she had feelings for him as well. Now this new revelation only made my hate for the woman overpower my reason. Then I heard Kouga speak again.

"InuYasha?" he asked timidly.

InuYasha's claws left marks in the table and a low growl escaped his throat as his eyes began to bleed red.

"InuYasha!" Kouga said, louder this time. "InuYasha, don't lose your temper. That's...that's not all."

My silver-haired brother managed to push back his demon blood just enough to focus on Kouga's face and ask, "What else?"

Kouga swallowed hard and said, "To tell you the truth......I've been with her myself."

InuYasha's breathing became heavier and he asked hoarsly, "W...why, Kouga?"

"She was in heat," the wolf replied. "You know how it is to those like us when a woman is in heat. And...and, her resemblance to Kagome just pushed me over the edge. I'm sorry." The last bit was whispered sadly.

InuYasha growled again and said, "Kouga. Leave. Now. I don't want to hurt you."

Kouga nodded sadly and quickly left the inn. It was at that moment something inside me snapped. An anger and rage I couldn't control. That's when I made the decision that would cost my beloved brother his life.


(A/N) Next chapter will be up tomorrow. Make suggestions if you wish, but like I said: It's already finished.

Nika: Just what I thought. It takes a yami to finish a fic! (gets punched by Alice again) Great Kami, STOP THAT! (bashes Alice with her giant mallet)

Alice: @__@

Nika: Hmph! You may be a yami, but I'm a FANGIRL!!! ^__^