Author's Note: Whew! I'm finally on the last chapter of this story. I want to thank all my loyal readers. You guys are the greatest! Hopefully my other stories will be as popular as this one! Now, the story...Chapter Fifteen: Love That Transcends Time
Seeing Kagome shake her head, Sango asked.
"Kagome-chan, what's wrong?"
All heads turned towards her. Kagome looked at them and gave them a tired smile.
"Nothing, I'm just tired," she said.
"You should get more sleep," Sango said.
Kagome nodded. She walked back to Kaede's hut, her vision swimming. She desperately fought to keep things straight as she stumbled towards the shelter. She got so dizzy that she fell to the ground. Sesshoumaru was immediately at her side and helped her up.
Suddenly, he had this interesting look on his face. Kagome raised an eyebrow at him.
"What is it, Sesshoumaru?" she asked.
She looked to her friends and saw their shocked expression. Kagome looked at all of them, each one with the same expression.
"What's going on here?" she demanded.
"K-Kagome-chan..." Sango said.
"What?" Kagome said, impatiently.
"L-look," Sango pointed.
Kagome saw her friend pointing directly towards her body. When she looked down, she gasped and froze.
"What's happening?" she screamed, hysterical at the sight she saw.
Her legs and the rest of her body were becoming transparent. Her friends could see Kaede's hut through Kagome's body.
"Why am I...?"Kagome couldn't finish her sentence.
"It is because of me," Kikyo spoke out.
Everyone turned to look at the miko. Kikyo took a deep breath before continuing.
"Kagome is my reincarnation from the future," Kikyo started. "She was able to come back to the Sengoku Jidai because I was no longer alive."
"So Kagome-sama was allowed to come back into the past because she is the reincarnation of the protector of the Shikon no Tama?" Miroku said.
Kikyo nodded. "She became the new protector of the Shikon no Tama," Kikyo said.
"That does not explain why Kagome-chan could return," Sango asked.
"I have no time to explain," Kikyo said. "Kagome's time here is very short."
Shippo started to bawl at this. "Noooo...I want my okaa-san to stay!"
"Kagome cannot stay here. She does not belong here," Kikyo said. "Her place is with her family, in the future. I have returned and only one of us can live in one time period. With both of us here, the sense of time has been warped. She is returning to her time, disappearing from ours."
Kagome stood still, letting Kikyo's words sink in. No! I can't leave here. My friends, they need me and I need them. She mentally thought.
"NO! It's not fair! I want to stay," Kagome screamed.
"Kagome-chan," Sango said, tears streaming from her eyes.
Kagome's form started to flicker as she was being forcefully drawn back to her era. Kagome's eyes flew to Sesshoumaru.
"Sesshoumaru!" she screamed.
She threw her arms around the Taiyoukai, hoping against hope that it would help her stay. Sesshoumaru hugged the miko to him, all his pent up emotions expressed through their contact.
"Maybe," Kagome whispered. "Maybe if you hold me tightly enough, I can stay."
(A/N: Stole that from Fushigi Yugi. I know, I'm so unoriginal...)
"I shall never let you go," Sesshoumaru murmured, so softly that Kagome almost didn't hear it.
Then suddenly, Kagome just disappeared and Sesshoumaru was left hugging nothing but the air where Kagome once stood.
"Okaa-san!" Shippo wailed.
Sango picked him up and tried to comfort the distressed kitsune. All around Sesshoumaru, there were sniffles as sadness blanketed the whole group.
Only Sesshoumaru didn't seem upset.
Kagome woke up in her bed, still wearing the clothes that she had worn when she was still in the Sengoku Jidai. The Sengoku Jidai! Kagome shot up from her bed and went to the well house. The well was still there. A tiny light of hope sprang into Kagome's heart. Maybe she could go back, even if it was for just a second so she could say good-bye. She climbed down the ladder and held her breath as she jumped.
Kagome did not feel the warmth of the time warp. Her surroundings did not glow blue. All she felt was solid earth beneath her feet. The bottom of the well was all that met her.
Kagome tried to hold back the flood of tears but it was just too much. She sat at the bottom of the well and cried. Her frustration at not being able to go back overwhelmed her as her eyes leaked her pain. Her body was wracked with her sobs as hot tears trailed down her face and plopped to the unyielding earth of the well's bottom.
Kagome cried and cried, in the end, only emptiness remained. Forcing herself to her feet, she reluctantly climbed the ladder and went to her room. Once there, she lay on her bed, too depressed to do anything. Her mother found her lying there a few moments later.
"Kagome?" her mother asked. "You're back. For how long are you staying this time?"
Kagome sighed a deep sigh. "I'm not going back," she announced.
"Did you have another fight with Inuyasha?" her mother asked.
Kagome shook her head. "I can't go back," she said. "I can never go back."
"What do you mean?" her mother asked.
Kagome explained everything that happened and what Kikyo had said. By the time she was done, her face was wet again.
"You did a good thing," her mother said.
Kagome nodded. "I know," she said.
Mrs. Higurashi hugged her daughter. "Everything will work out," she said.
"I never got to tell him I..." Kagome started to say.
"Tell who what?" Mrs. Higurashi asked.
Kagome shook her head, "Nothing. It doesn't matter now." She said, a sad smile gracing her features. I won't ever be able to say it.
Kagome went back to school now that her excursion in the past was over. Despite being gone for so long, Kagome managed to catch up fairly quickly. She had to answer questions her friends pelted her with as well as deal with the "sickness" questions her teachers asked.
With everything straightened out, Kagome was able to focus all her attention on school. Even though she was piled with homework, Kagome managed to get all of it done and at the end of her high school career, she graduated at the top of her class.
At the graduation ceremony, Kagome beamed with pride as she was named class valedictorian. All her classmates cheered for her as she went up and received her diploma. Looking out into the crowd, Kagome saw the sea of parents and classmates, but she also thought she saw a glimpse of silver. Shaking her head slightly, she brushed it off as her imagination.
"I'm so proud of you, honey," Mrs. Higurashi cried as she hugged Kagome.
"Arigatou, Okaa-san," Kagome said.
Looking over her mother's shoulder, Kagome thought she saw another glimpse of silver streaking towards the front of the school. Blinking her eyes, she looked again but nothing was there. My imagination is playing tricks on me. She thought, but decided to check it out. Finally free of her mother's hug, Kagome excused herself and went to a section of the high school devoid of students and their parents. She sat on one of the benches and sighed with content as she leaned against the back of the bench and closed her eyes.
"You haven't changed, Kagome. Still as lazy as ever,"
Kagome's eyes snapped open at the sound of the voice. It can't be! She thought. She looked to the direction the voice had come from and her hand came up to cover her mouth. Leaning against a tree was her past love, Inuyasha, dressed in a business suit. (A/N: Quite a change, isn't it?)
"I-Inuyasha?" she asked. She could not believe her eyes.
"The one and only," Inuyasha said.
"Oh my god, how...what..." Kagome could not put her sentence together.
"It's been five hundred years," Inuyasha said.
He walked over and sat down by the still-shocked Kagome. She reached out and grasped part of his suit just to make sure he was real.
"Five hundred years," she echoed.
"Yeah, I never got to tell you this. Kikyo said that I should thank you for bringing her back to me," Inuyasha said. "So...thank you. Thank you Kagome, for all that you've done for me."
Kagome smiled. She wanted to say something to him too. She realized it a couple months after her return to her time.
"Inuyasha," Kagome said. "How did you find me?"
He grinned. "I have been here before," he said. "And besides, my company just moved here."
"You have a company?" Kagome asked.
"Yeah," Inuyasha said.
Kagome smiled. "There's something I've been meaning to tell you," she said.
Inuyasha turned towards her.
"Did you know that I...I loved you?" Kagome said, getting a bit pink in the face.
Inuyasha gave her a sad smile. "Yeah, but I couldn't reciprocate. I owed too much to Kikyo to have a relationship," he said. "I want to apologize for that."
Inuyasha raised an eyebrow. "What's so funny?"
"I guess you're the one who's changed," Kagome said.
"You never used to apologize this easily," Kagome pointed out.
"I was a bit of a jackass wasn't I?" Inuyasha said.
"Hey!" Inuyasha protested.
Kagome just laughed and pretty soon, Inuyasha joined in the laughter.
"Anyways," Kagome said. "The time I spent with Sesshoumaru, after I jumped from the cliff, I learned something."
"And that would be...?" Inuyasha asked.
Kagome winked. "That's a secret!" she said, smiling.
Inuyasha had a blank look on her face and Kagome laughed. It had been a while since she last laughed whole-heartedly. Shaking his head, Inuyasha stood up.
"Come on," he said, extending his hand to her.
"Come on, we've got places to go and people to see," Inuyasha said.
"What? Wait, I need to tell okaa-san where I'm going," Kagome said.
Inuyasha tapped his foot impatiently. "Well hurry up, the world won't wait forever and he won't either," he said.
"'He?'" Kagome asked. (A/N: Sorry if she seems a little thickheaded)
"Will you hurry up? Just as slow as ever," Inuyasha joked.
Kagome threw him a mock dirty look, but ran to her mom and told her. Kagome ran back to Inuyasha and they set off.
As Inuyasha drove, Kagome could only guess where he was taking her. Inuyasha looked over to Kagome and saw that she was still in her graduation robes.
"Oi, Kagome, you're not wearing that to see him are you?" he asked.
"What's wrong with it?" Kagome asked.
Inuyasha sighed. "I guess we'll have to make a quick stop," he said.
Kagome looked even more confused.
Inuyasha pulled up to a store and hurried Kagome inside. Yelling at the staff of the store to "hurry the hell up," Kagome was grabbed and her graduation robe was pulled from her. Under her robe, she wore a white blouse and black skirt.
"Hey, what are you doing?" she asked.
Saying nothing, the all female team hurriedly undressed her and brought in racks and racks of clothing. Dressing her in various outfits, they shoved her in front of Inuyasha who inspected her. She went through at least ten different outfits before Inuyasha nodded.
Kagome was dressed in a blue Chinese chipao (pronounced chee pow, the traditional Chinese dresses) with embroidered silver flowers and her blue heels complimented the outfit. Kagome radiated beauty but her face was angry.
"What was that all about?" she demanded.
"You needed to change," Inuyasha said, shrugging.
"Tell me who we're going to see. Who is so important that I needed to be humiliated like that," Kagome huffed.
"At least the staff was all women," Inuyasha pointed out.
Kagome hit him upside the head.
"Hey, you want to get the both of us killed?" he said with laughter in his eyes.
"No, just you," Kagome said.
Arriving at a one of the skyscrapers of Tokyo, Inuyasha pulled in front of the edifice and got out. He went and opened Kagome's door for her. He threw the keys to a valet and dragged Kagome inside.
He punched the "up" button and waited for an elevator. With a 'ping' he stepped inside and pulled Kagome in behind him. Kagome saw him push the button for the top floor and felt the elevator lurch to life.
"Why the secrecy?" she asked, as the elevator continued its climb.
"He wanted it," Inuyasha replied simply.
Kagome was about ready to explode when the elevator 'ping'ed and the doors slid open. Kagome looked and saw a long corridor leading to huge double doors at the end. A desk off to the side indicated a secretary to whomever was inside.
Inuyasha pushed her forward.
"Go on," he said.
Kagome looked at him. "Aren't you coming?" she asked.
"Nope, got things to do," he said. "See ya."
"Hey, wait..." Kagome said.
But before she could do anything, Inuyasha jumped back into the elevator and descended. Kagome turned and looked at the door again. Taking a deep breath, she walked forward. Might as well see what Inuyasha dragged me here for. She thought.
Reaching the secretary's desk, Kagome saw a very familiar face.
"J-Jaken?" she asked.
"It's about time, filthy human," Jaken squawked. "Don't keep him waiting, go in!"
"Stupid humans," Jaken muttered.
He jumped from his seat and led Kagome to the double doors.
"Go in, he's waiting," Jaken said.
Reaching out a hand, Kagome placed it on the handle. Her heart seemed to pick up its pace. Turning the handle, Kagome stepped inside. She was in a spacious office with a desk directly in front of her.
"You are finally here,"
Kagome's heart thumped wildly as she recognized the voice.
"S-S-Sesshoumaru?" Kagome called.
The black leather chair in front of the desk swiveled around to reveal the one and only Taiyoukai.
"It has been a while," he said.
Kagome's mind screamed at her: Tell him! You've waited for this chance for almost four years. Tell him!
Before she could open her mouth, Sesshoumaru continued to speak. "The day you disappeared, I told you I would never let you go," Sesshoumaru said.
Kagome nodded, her heart still beating rapidly. Sesshoumaru came closer and wrapped his arms around Kagome's form.
"I never go back on my word," he whispered into her ear.
Kagome's breath caught in her throat. Her mind was about ready to explode with her desire to tell him. Come on! What are you waiting for? Just open your mouth and tell him. Her mind berated her.
"Sesshoumaru, I..."Kagome began.
Before she could go further, Sesshoumaru's mouth came down on hers. Her mind was wiped blissfully blank. All reason and logic flew from her mind. The seconds passed like centuries as Kagome slowly recovered from Sesshoumaru's kiss.
"Kagome," he said.
Kagome closed her eyes. Her name sounded so beautiful when he said it.
"Kagome," Sesshoumaru called again. "I love you."
Kagome's world stood still. "Y-you what?" she asked.
"I love you," Sesshoumaru repeated.
Kagome's heart burst with joy at those three simple words. Within his confession, she found her courage.
"I love you, Sesshoumaru," She said.
She finally said it. She finally got to tell him after all time. Sesshoumaru let her go and walked to his desk. Picking something up, he turned back around.
"I have waited five hundred years to give this to you," Sesshoumaru said.
A small velvet box appeared in his palm. He opened it and revealed a diamond engagement ring. Kagome's eyes widened.
"Marry me," Sesshoumaru said.
Kagome was at a loss for words. Her eyes brimmed with tears as she said. "Y-yes."
Sesshoumaru slipped on the ring and hugged her.
Kagome thought as she lay in Sesshoumaru's arms.
I've finally found him. After all that time, thinking it was Inuyasha that I loved. I finally found the one I truly love.
Author's Note: So how was the ending? Was it too boring and too...not in line with my story? If it was, sorry, I wanted it to end so beautifully for Kagome and Sesshoumaru. Hopefully this was satisfactory. If it wasn't please give me suggestions and I will repost this chapter! Arigatou. Well...that's the end of this story.
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