Author's Notes: Not much to say right now...
Lights, Camera, Action!
Chapter 16- It Comes Back to Bite You in the Ass
December 30, and Inuyasha and Kagome had to go out and finish shopping for groceries for New Years dinner. It figured the supermarket would be packed. Inuyasha really hated crowds. They made him feel claustrophobic. At least it would be possible to get this over and done with quickly.
"What's our first stop?" Kagome asked as she pulled out a cart.
"Uh..." Inuyasha pulled the slightly crumpled list his father had made from his pocket and unfolded it. "Says he wants a bag of baby carrots and a Spanish onion. Probably for the roast."
"Right. Do you mind if I pick up a couple of things for myself as long as we're here? I'll pay for them."
"Sure," Inuyasha replied off-handedly.
Most of the shopping trip passed in silence. Until a familiar voice shouted out through the crowds. "You better stay away from him!"
Inuyasha's eyes shot up toward his hairline and a grin spread over his face. "He'll rip your lungs out, Jim!" he shouted back, earning several stares from other shoppers and a surprised look from Kagome.
"I'd like to meet his tailor!" the other voice shouted in response.
Inuyasha turned on his heel to face the ponytailed young man with a grocery basket in hand striding up to them. "Ah-hoooo! Werewolves of London!"
He and Koga laughed in unison as they gave each other a friendly punch to the shoulder and shouted together, "Motherfucker!"
"Did I miss something?" Kagome asked in confusion.
Inuyasha laughed and slapped Koga on the back. "Kagome, this is Koga. Buddy of mine from high school."
Koga's eyes widened at the sight of Kagome and he quickly looked her up and down. "Damn man, she yours?"
Inuyasha felt his face go red, same as Kagome's. "Uh... no. She's a friend of mine from college. Visiting for the holidays."
"In that case," Koga beamed as he turned to Kagome, "how about-"
"Sorry, but no," Kagome hastily interrupted him. "Besides, I prefer something a little less... wired."
"Wow," Inuyasha remarked. "1.5 seconds to rejection. New record."
"Actually, I got decked at a club two months ago the instant I opened my mouth," Koga corrected. "Last time I wear tight pants when I'm planning on dirty dancing, let me tell ya."
"Way more than I needed to know," Inuyasha replied with a roll of his eyes. It was then that he noticed Koga's T-shirt. In bold red letters, it read "IN MEMORY OF DIMEBAG DARREL" and showed the silhouette of a rock fist. "Where'd you get that shirt?"
"Had it custom made," Koga answered. He shook his head slightly. "I spent the entire day playing my Pantera albums after I got the news."
"Same here, man," Inuyasha responded with a nod. He waved a rock fist of his own over his heart. "Rest in peace, Dime," he said to no one in particular. "You were one of the good ones."
Koga made the same gesture and pursed his lips. "Fuck yeah," he said solemnly.
A moment of silence passed between the two friends before Kagome audibly cleared her throat. "If you two nerds are done..."
"Sorry," Inuyasha hastily apologized.
They continued the shopping trip with Koga, the two of them explaining their old ways and escapades to Kagome along they way. And Kagome was starting to wonder if they would ever shut up.
"So basically, when Inuyasha, Miroku, and myself were stuck rooming together for the whole trip, we realized we didn't really have any good reason to be enemies," Koga explained. "By the time we reached London, we were regular hellions. When we got back home, everyone was calling the three of us the Werewolves of London after we climbed to the top of the roof of our hotel one night and sang Warren Zevon songs to the people in the plaza below."
"Good times," Inuyasha mused. "The hotel manager was really pissed off over that one."
"Heh, yeah. Still, you and Miroku were the brains of the outfit." Koga shook his head with a smirk and looked at Kagome. "You should have seen those two. They were like Riker and Picard, Fezzik and Inigo, Piro and Largo, James and Lars-"
"You did not just compare one of us to Lars Ulrich," Inuyasha snapped with one finger out as if scolding a child.
Kagome tightened her jaw and tried to tune it out. Apparently they hadn't seen each other in a while, because the only other thing that could get Inuyasha to be this verbose was arguing with her.
"Oh, before I forget, Kikyo's been looking for you," Koga said conversationally.
Inuyasha froze in his tracks as if he'd seen a ghost. "Y-yeah?" he stuttered. "What does she want?"
Koga shrugged. "Hell if I know, but by the way she's been going on, I think she wants to get back together with you, man."
Kagome felt a sudden tension in her chest and spine. Inuyasha was staring off into space for a moment before he shook his head. "Inuyasha?" she tentatively asked as she laid a hand on his shoulder.
"If you see her, tell her to forget it," Inuyasha snapped.
This time, it was Koga who jerked to a halt in surprise. "What?"
"Did I stutter?" Inuyasha replied flatly.
"Well, it's just..." Koga seemed to be searching for the right words. "You two kind of... and she... and you... you know..."
"I got over it," Inuyasha growled. "She dumped me. It's her friggin' loss. I'm not going back."
Koga furrowed his brows slightly as he looked at Inuyasha with scrutiny. "Damn, man," he said at last. "She really cut you deep, didn't she? But why are you pissed at her? I'd take it out on Naraku. That guy is seriously fuckin' crazy."
Inuyasha just looked to the side and said nothing.
Kagome was feeling a strange mixture of emotions. On the one hand, he felt her chest tighten a little at the thought that Kikyo wanted Inuyasha back. For another, her old curiosity about what happened between the two of them resurfaced. And then there was this Naraku character... "Inuyasha, I think it's about time you told me the whole story," she declared bluntly.
Koga looked at Kagome in surprise as Inuyasha winced. "You didn't tell her yet?" Koga asked rhetorically. "Christ, you got issues."
Twenty minutes later saw the three of them at the cafe off to the side of the main body of the supermarket with their groceries all checked out. There was a tense silence between the three of them as they idly sipped on their coffee. "So," Kagome said at last, breaking the silence, "who wants to start?"
Both of the boys tried to be the first to say the other's name, but Koga was faster. "Inuyasha does."
"Kog-ah damn it." Heaving a growl/sigh, Inuyasha took another sip of coffee and paused as if collecting his thoughts. "Kikyo and I got together last summer. We'd known each other for a while, and it was kind of a spontaneous thing when we started dating. Things were going pretty good for a while... Right up until two weeks before I had to go back to school."
Koga picked up from there. "You ever seen Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing?'"
"It was kinda like that," Koga continued. "You see, Inuyasha, Miroku, Sango, and myself don't have many enemies. One guy, though... His name is Naraku Mikamura. He comes from a pretty well-off family and thinks he's King Shit on Turd Hill."
"Total fuckin' bastard," Inuyasha grumbled. "The jack-ass targeted us for destruction from day one. His family isn't too much better either. Sango hates his guts mostly because her father and Naraku's have a lifetime grudge. And it gets worse... The car accident that killed Sango's mother... Mister Mikamura was driving the car that slammed into them."
Kagome felt her eyes go wide in shock. "Didn't the police do anything?"
"The son of a bitch got acquitted," Koga growled. "It was never proven, but we all have our suspicions that he bribed the jury. Wouldn't put it past him. Naraku always brought that up whenever he wanted to torment Sango. It got him his lights punched out more than once, but I don't think he cared."
Kagome had never known anyone who could be so cruel. She hoped that she would never have to meet them.
"The list of offenses goes on," Inuyasha picked up. "When Shippo visited us last summer, he had to put up with that prick, too."
"But what does this have to do with Shakespeare?" Kagome interrupted.
Judging by Inuyasha's wince, it was clear he had been trying to stall and dance around the subject as long as possible. He pursed his lips and stared down at the table for a moment. "Naraku had been shot down by Kikyo not long before we started dating. He had been her personal stalker for about a year before that. It was creepy as hell. I guess the thought of Kikyo being with anyone but him drove him ape-shit insane."
"-Er," Koga appended.
"Right," Inuyasha remarked dismissively. "Anyway, he set up this little plan, got a couple of his buddies, and..." Inuyasha stopped as his words began to trail off. Thinking about it obviously was filling him with regret and frustration.
Koga picked up where Inuyasha left off. "It was a pretty elaborate set-up. He ended up tricking Inuyasha and Kikyo into thinking that they were cheating on one another. I was there when they confronted one another about it. By the time the dust settled, people started taking sides. Everything just snowballed while Miroku, Sango, and I tried to figure out just what the fuck happened."
"That went on for about three days," Inuyasha sighed in resignation. "By the time Koga and the others had figured out just what had happened, Kikyo and I weren't even on speaking terms. As soon as I found out how badly I'd screwed up, I actually swallowed my pride and apologized. Gave her the whole story and asked her if she'd have me back... She said 'no.'"
Kagome felt a pang in her chest. Admitting that was obviously really difficult for Inuyasha. And it seemed it still stung him deep down. "Why?" she asked softly.
Inuyasha frowned and looked to the side at nothing in particular. "She said it wouldn't work because we didn't trust each other... In hindsight, I guess she was right. It wouldn't have worked out in the end... I still want Naraku dead, though."
"Get in line," Koga mumbled as he took another sip of his coffee. "Still, if it's any consolation, I think you came out of this better than she did. When you left, you were a wreck. From where I'm sitting, though, you look pretty good now."
So there it was. The story of how Inuyasha and Kikyo came to be and end. It seemed kind of surreal. And the awkward silence between the three of them wasn't helping any. For some reason, it really bothered her to know that after all that, Kikyo wanted to get back together with Inuyasha. But judging by his reaction, her decision would be one of those mistakes you make in life that comes back to bite you in the ass one day.
"Listen," Koga said at last as he finished his coffee, "I gotta get going. Keep in touch, okay?" With that, he stood up, pulled on his jacket, and strode out past the automatic doors.
Kagome and Inuyasha sat silently a moment longer. She wasn't really sure what to say. What do you say after hearing a story like that? The air felt like it was about to be clogged up with huge lumps of solid awkward. Not knowing what else to do, Kagome took a leaf out of Inuyasha's book and decided that actions spoke louder than words. She tentatively reached over and placed a hand comfortingly over his. He looked up in surprise to see her gentle smile and a look that she hoped he would understand meant that she would be there for support if he needed.
Though the change in his body language was very subtle, Inuyasha visibly relaxed and the tension in the air drifted away like steam through an open window. "Let's get home," he said at last. "I promised Rin and Sota a snowball fight. They don't stand a chance against me, but who does?"
And with that, Kagome smiled as order was once again restored to the universe.
Author's Notes: It's a good thing I have all weekend to straighten out my sleep schedule. I've missed three classes already. For me, that's pretty bad. I'm hoping I can do better on Monday.
BluePuppy: Have you heard Nightwish's song Creek Mary's Blood yet? I swear, it will move you to tears.
Black Th0rn: The only thing better than headbanging is windmilling your hair.
Magellan-chan: I wanted to get my mother the Jack Skellington comforter from Hot Topic, but I have no money.
Scherezade7: It's good to know that all that emotion is translated so well in prose. It's hard to describe, but my favorite stories, songs, and movies were always the ones that you could tell the creators truly enjoyed making.
bluefuzzyelf: Well, I'm not terribly picky about my music, but at the time I wrote that karaoke scene, I had all of those bands and artists on my playlist over the last week, so I had to use the ones that fit into the characters. Inuyasha being a metal fan has always been obvious to me. But it's interesting to think what kind of styles the others would like.
Divine-Red-Crayon: The hook up will be coming soon, but I haven't quite decided how I want to present it. Right now, I've got several ideas running through my head and I'm having a hard time settling on one.
Jurei: In terms of villains, I wanted to try and set Naraku up in a realistic way. He's not the same uber-villain from the same series. Rather, in this story I wanted to keep him as a sinister figure in the background, the rival we all have but don't want and seems to always be in the right place at the right to make your life miserable. As for music, I was never much of a fan of either Metallica or Megadeth. But the Metallica fanboys piss me off more, almost as bad as the Slipknot fanboys. Iron Maiden are superior in every way. Bruce Dickinson is actually a personal hero of mine.
Decrescendo: Some bands offer mp3s of their songs for free or a small cost on their website these days. Rhapsody is an Italian power metal band that's offering mp3s of their new album for like a buck apiece on their website. If you're looking for jazz, you can get a lot of good free songs off of Charlie Hunter's website. That guy is a machine, let me tell you.
Mimiko: Well, I couldn't deliver on the birthday chapter, but I hope the revelations of this chapter make up for it.
Father Malvado: Blind Guardian are one of my favorite bands. Wish I Had an Angel was done by Nightwish. Squiers are decent learner's brands, but just to warn you that if you practice seriously, you'll find that you'll have outgrown that thing in about a year.
Fanny T: You're right. It is a crime that you have seen The Nightmare Before Christmas. Watch it. Now!
TriGemini: If I had let that kiss scene go any further, there wouldn't be too much of a story left, would there?