Hello people…well, sorry to inform you people but this is the last chapter of this story. Yeah, I know…you can feel the tears coming on. lol Anyways, I hope you like it.

Once again, fight scenes aren't my specialty.

Disclaimer: I do not own Inuyasha and company.

Chapter Twenty-two

Her scream radiated throughout the area, causing Sesshomaru to look up in alarm. Kagome was screaming his name, but why? Nothing could be wrong, he thought. She was completely safe outside.

He maneuvered through the burning wood, holding his hand over his nose and mouth. It was an act to stop breathing in the smoke that could eventually kill him. He knew he should turn back, but he couldn't. He had to find Inuyasha.

He traveled deeper into the maze, the heat beginning to affect him. His head felt as light as a feather, and he knew that wasn't a good thing. He had to hurry, and fast.

"Why in such a hurry Sesshomaru? Can't you sit back and enjoy the fire you created?"

Why won't he fucking let me go?!

Kagome continued to struggle with the fireman, knowing it was completely useless. He was far stronger than her, but she had a plan. What do men have that women don't, and hurts incredibly if hit? (A/N: I'm sure you all know the answer…)

She turned in his arms, bringing her left knee upwards at full force. A woman has got to do what a woman has got to do.

The man screamed in agony, releasing the delicate woman he underestimated. She quickly pushed him to the ground, running for the door. With a deep breath and with people chasing after her, she ran through the doorway without hesitation.

Sesshomaru growled, turning around, his gaze coming upon Naraku. He was hoping that his nemesis would die within the fire, but Sesshomaru guessed the gods weren't on his side.

"Naraku." He snarled.

"We never did get to finish our fight. Now is the perfect time."

He knew he should walk away; find his brother and get out. However, he knew he couldn't. If Naraku lived, he would forever endanger Kagome's life, and Sesshomaru couldn't allow that.

"Fine Naraku," Sesshomaru told him, "we'll fight. This time only one will walk away."

With that, Sesshomaru sprang forward, his hand drawn back into a fist. A foot away from Naraku, he swung, catching his enemy in the nose.

Naraku spun around, his hands going to his nose to try to stop the bleeding. His eyes were narrowed in hatred; he didn't see that coming.

"Bastard." Naraku yelled, leaping at Sesshomaru.

With that a fight broke out. A fight that has been carried out throughout the years. A fight against good and evil. One fought for vengeance. The other fought to protect what was his. Only fate could tell which one was going to win.

They pulled away from each other, both crouched down in exhaustion. Naraku's face was completely covered in blood, one eye swollen shut. Sesshomaru had blood trailing down the corner of his mouth, but that was the only bad thing about his injuries. He seemed to be winning the battle.

Naraku went down on one knee, putting his hand out so he wouldn't entirely fall over. Goddammit, he was loosing. This couldn't be happening! He was supposed to win! Well, he knew one way that he could.

His hand went behind his back, grasping the knife he hidden there before. Pulling it out, he smiled at Sesshomaru. "How do you plan to win now?" he asked, standing up.

Sesshomaru stared at the knife, fists forming at his sides. Trust a man like Naraku to pull something like this off.

Naraku charged forward, and Sesshomaru stood waiting. Maybe he could get the knife out of Naraku's hands.

Sesshomaru was ready until something distracted him.


He turned his attention to the voice, seeing Kagome standing within the fire. What the hell is she doing here?

The knife cut into his skin, and Sesshomaru cursed his stupidity. He jumped back, his hand covering his wound. He allowed himself to be distracted.

"Kagome! What the fuck are you doing here?" he yelled.

"I've come to get you Sesshomaru. Hurry! The place is burning down." She answered, stepping forward.

"No Kagome, stay where you are!"


"Stay Kagome!"

She gave up arguing, staying put. She didn't like being yelled at, but Sesshomaru had good reason.

"Please hurry." She whispered.

Sesshomaru nodded as if he knew what she said, and turned his attention back to Naraku; who was staring at Kagome. This angered him. He didn't want Naraku anywhere's near Kagome.

"Naraku! Your opponent is over here!" he yelled.

Naraku turned his head, smiling. "Yes, but a chance to win is over-" he nodded his head towards Kagome, "there."

"Stay away from her! Your fight is with me!" he yelled, charging forward.

Naraku wasn't prepared for the action, but quickly countered. He swung his knife, catching Sesshomaru in the arm. However, he also got a present- a punch in the face. He went down, rolling towards Kagome.

Sesshomaru noticed his mistake, and moved forward, but it was too late. Naraku moved fats, grabbing Kagome and placing the knife at her throat.

Sesshomaru stopped instantly, fear and rage mixing within his body. Dammit, how could he allow this to happen?

"Let her go Naraku." He said softly, a promise of death within his voice.

Naraku's hand twisted in Kagome's beautiful black hair, forcing her head backwards. "Now why would I want to do that?"

Sesshomaru growled, stepping forward.

"Uh uh, none of that." Naraku warned, nicking her skin with the blade. She gave out a moan of pain, the blood running down her slender neck.

Sesshomaru stopped immediately, the rage overpowering any other emotion. He was determined to kill Naraku…very slowly…very painfully…

"Naraku…" a voice said from behind Sesshomaru.

A male figure moved towards the group, walking towards Naraku. Sesshomaru watched his brother his emotionless eyes. Kagome wondered what was going on within his mind.

"Inuyasha…. why?" Sesshomaru asked his brother.

Inuyasha's amber eyes turned to meet his older brother's golden ones. "Cause Sesshomaru, Dad always thought you were better. I'm getting sick and tired of it."

Sesshomaru narrowed his eyes in confusion. "Inuyasha, didn't you know? Dad was there when you were in trouble, always eager to help you out. I always had to cope on my own. Dad would always say how proud he was of you. Dad never thought I was better. He just thought that you could improve. He was helping you…not criticizing you."

Inuyasha stared at his brother, surprise clearly shining in his eyes. I guess he didn't know, Sesshomaru thought.

"Stop with this childish talk." Naraku growled. "I have a plan. Here Inuyasha." He pushed Kagome towards his ally. "If he moves even an inch, hurt her."

Inuyasha nodded in agreement, pulling Kagome against his body, holding her upper arms. When she began to struggle, he only tightened his grip on her arms, warning her. She stopped immediately.

Naraku stalked forward, and Sesshomaru watched each step. Goddammit, what was he going to do now? If he even tried to defend himself, his brother would hurt Kagome. (A/N: The challenges of a hero…)

"I can't allow this to happen."

Naraku's brow furrowed, and he turned around, only to be hit by a black of wood. He went down, cursing his stupidity for allowing Inuyasha to be on his side.

Sesshomaru watched in amazement as his brother knocked Naraku down. Once again, Inuyasha surprised him. That boy is full of surprises.

Kagome ran towards Sesshomaru, as Inuyasha jumped down on Naraku, holding him. Naraku tried to overpower the younger male, but Inuyasha was too stubborn to let him.

"Go!" Inuyasha yelled. "The place is falling down. I'll hold him here as long as I can!"

"Inuyasha…." Sesshomaru whispered, wrapping his arms around Kagome. He knew what his brother was doing. He didn't know if he could let him.

"I'm sorry big brother, for everything. Just take Kagome, and get out of here! Now! I'll follow you sooner or later!"

With a nod of agreement from Sesshomaru, he dragged Kagome along, giving a silent thanks to his brother. Being careful to avoid the fire, his eyes spotted the door. It was only twenty feet away!

Thinking of gaining more speed, he picked Kagome up, and rushed towards the door. With one last glance towards the area where Inuyasha was, he ran out the door towards safety.

Firemen ran towards them, covering them with blankets and oxygen masks. The fireman that Kagome knocked down earlier was giving her a stern lecture about staying where it was safe, and never kick a man there unless with good reason. She quickly apologized, and he accepted it.

Sesshomaru and Kagome watched as the warehouse completely burned down, leaving nothing left. He bowed his head, knowing his brother was gone. Though he could never forgive him for putting Kagome in jeopardy, but he could thank him for saving her life in the end.

After promising the police for a statement for another time, they walked towards Sesshomaru's car, wrapped in each other's arms. He kissed the top of her head as they reached the vehicle. He leaned her against it, while grabbing her chin and lifting it towards him. For the first time that night, he had a good look at her face, and didn't like it. A bruise formed on her cheek, probably when Naraku slapped her when they were on the phone.

Kagome could hear the growl forming in his throat, and quickly wrapped her arms around his neck. She softly kissed his lips, whispering, "It's over now, forget it."

Placing his arms around her waist, he whispered, "I don't think I'll ever forget this. God Kagome, I almost lost you. Just to think-"

Kagome placed her fingers over his lips, stopping him. "Shhhh, you didn't lose me, nor will you ever. I'll always be here."

He grabbed her wrist, kissing each finger, and then softly sucking on one. Her breath caught in her throat and she stepped closer to his warmth. He kissed her palm, her wrist, and finally her lips.

"Kagome, there's something I need to tell you."

"I'm listening."

"Well…umm…" he said nervously, his hand scratching at the back of his neck.

She giggled at his act of nervousness, and decided to take pity on him. She kissed him softly, and when she pulled back, she whispered against his lips, "I love you."

His eyes widened, his hands tightening on her waist. "Kagome…for three years I would think about you. Your smile, your eyes, your beautiful nature. You're the only reason why I came back. You're the only reason why I'm willing to stay here. You're the only person I care about." His hand caressed her cheek. "I never thought I would say these words, but I love you Kagome. No wait those aren't the right words. I'm in love with you. I can't see life without you. Kagome…why are you crying?"

She quickly wiped her tears away, smiling up at him. "Sesshomaru, you made me the happiest girl in the world. Thank you."

"It's I who should being thanking you. Let's go home. I'm sure there are people who want to see you."

He opened the door for her, shutting it when she sat down inside. He circled around, stepping inside, starting the vehicle. He pulled away from the parking lot, riding into the road.

"Oh, I forgot to tell you." He said, turning down the radio. "Sango wanted me to tell you that she took the hentai's advances. She said that you'll know what that-"

"What?!" Kagome yelled, interrupting him. She grabbed her sides, her body shaking with laughter. "Oh my God! She's going out with Miroku!"

"What? She's going out with that pervert. Why?"

"She's liked him for awhile, but never went through with it. I guess she changed her mind."

He looked at her, tenderness within his eyes. "Love does that to you. It changes everything you ever planned. However, it is for the better."

And they lived happily ever after…

Well, that's the end of this story. I have another story all planned out, so I just have to write out the chapter. Well, I hoped you people liked it. Thanks again for the reviews and help. Stay tune for more stories!

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