Friends by Night, Enemies by Day

Author's Note: I'm back finally haha. I've edited EVERYTHING so hopefully everything is spelled correctly and grammatically correct. I found that somehow managed to delete all my question marks so I apologize for anyone who read those chapters without proper punctuation. I HAVE REDONE THIS LAST CHAPTER SINCE MANY OF YOU THOUGHT IT DIDN'T FLOW WITH THE REST OF THE STORY WHICH CAN BE BLAMED ON THE FACT THAT I STOPPED AND LOST MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT.

IMPORTANT: a tiny plot change. Go back to chapter 22 and read the sixth paragraph. It's long and starts with "Fifteen minutes later. Inuyasha joined his brother at the kitchen table"

Disclaimer: I don't own Inuyasha and co.

Chapter 25: Finding Happiness

Upon arriving at the hospital, the entire Higurashi family had bombarded both Sesshomaru and Inuyasha with a million questions about what happened and Kagome's conditions. But being the ever so calm Sesshomaru, he carefully retold the history and recent occurrence of events that had happened over the last week.

After immediate emergency treatments of both Kagome and Akina, the families were allowed to see them even though they were still both unconscious. Inuyasha sat patiently beside his mother's bed back hunched over as he read a Time magazine. He looked up at the clock that was place above the door. It was already 7 pm. He hadn't eaten since this morning and the full weight of the day was beginning to settle onto him. Just then, Sesshomaru came in with two trays and placed one in his brother's lap. "Eat." The order was short but spoke for itself. Inuyasha lifted up the fork and began to eat his rice.

Around half way through his dinner, a soft knock on the door was heard. Both brothers looked up. In the doorway stood Ms. Higurashi. "I'm sorry to disturb your dinner but Kagome has woken up and she's requested to see you Inuyasha." Inuyasha looked over at his brother who slowly nodded his head. Inuyasha placed his tray down and kissed his mother on the forehead before following Ms. Higurashi a couple doors down the hall. "I'll leave you two alone. I'll be down at the cafeteria getting some food if you need me." Inuyasha nodded and silently thanked her for allowing him time alone with Kagome.

Then he quietly pushed open the door to Kagome's room. Kagome was a sight to see. She had multiple bandages covering her face and arms and an iv drip hanging off to the side. Kagome turned her head at the sound of footsteps entering her room and when she saw it was Inuyasha, she smiled and tried to sit up in her bed but ended up wincing as the wounds in her arms still stung. Inuyasha quickly rushed over to help her sit up. Kagome smiled. "Thanks." Inuyasha sat down in the chair adjacent to the bed. After a moment of silence, he opened his mouth but having trouble forming the proper sentence, closed it again and tried once again but alas Inuyasha couldn't figure out a way to word what he wanted to say correctly. Kagome simply giggled. "Don't worry about it, just say it."

"Well, what I'm trying to say is that I'm sorry and in saying that, I can't express just how sorry I really am."

Kagome reached out and touched her hand to his. "It's alright Inuyasha. Everything's fine now isn't it? We're all safe and Ryoku is safely behind bars."

Inuyasha looked up at the touch and gazed into her mesmerizing chocolate eyes. "But you were needlessly dragged into this whole situation and-"

Kagome squeezed his hand and made a calming shh-ing sound. "It's all in the past now Inuyasha. The more you think about it, the more it'll eat away at you. I'm not mad at you so you shouldn't be either."

"I'm just glad you're okay."

"Me too." Kagome replied. Inuyasha leaned over and carefully gave Kagome a hug. "I'm sorry about the fight we had before any of this happened. I didn't mean anything I said."

"Neither did I." Kagome replied and once again squeezed Inuyasha's hand reassuringly. "I think we both said a lot of things we didn't mean in the heat of the moment." Kagome then took this time to yawn.

Inuyasha chuckled. "Go to sleep, I'm sure you're still tired and you need to rest in order to recover."

"I'm fine, really."

"No, I insist. And you are tired as proven by your yawn. Unless you're finding me to be very boring."

Kagome laughed for the first time in days. "Well I know I'm not tired so then it must be the latter!"

"Is that true? Well then I'll be leaving you your royal highness. I wouldn't want to bore you to death. A man knows when he's clearly not wanted." Inuyasha stood up to leave but Kagome refused to let go of his hand. "Woman, I can't leave if you've attached your limb onto me!"

Kagome laughed again. "I'm kidding Inuyasha. Please don't leave." And gave her best pouty puppy dog face.

Inuyasha smiled and sat back down. "Damn right you don't want me to leave." He puffed out his chest in pride.

Kagome smiled and took this time to smack his chest with her other hand. "Stop being so egotistical and macho!"

Inuyasha chuckled again glad that things were back to normal. "I'll be sitting right here, I promise. I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. I'll watch over you. Now sleep." Inuyasha said firmly and helped Kagome lie down once again.

"You promise you won't leave until I fall asleep?"

"I promise." Inuyasha replied and kissed her on the forehead. "Now close your eyes." Kagome reluctantly closed her eyes but still kept her hand firmly in Inuyasha's grip. Once Kagome's breathing pattern had evened out, Inuyasha lightly brushed a few stray strands of hair from her forehead and kissed her again before slowly slipping his hand from her grip and leaving the room, quietly closing the door behind him.

Creeping back into his mother's room, he discovered that his mother had been awake and Sesshomaru had comforted her before telling her to sleep through the night as well. That night, Inuyasha and Sesshomaru went home to sleep for the night after a very exhausting day.

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The next morning, Kagome awoke to find a small vase of flowers on her bed table with a small note beside the vase. Kagome smiled when she saw the handwriting was definitely Inuyasha's.

Hey Kagome, hope you like the flowers. They cost me a fortune for such a small bundle. Note to self, never buy flowers in flowershops located near hospitals…they rip you off. Anyways, I'm back at school since Sesshomaru wouldn't let me have a day to rest. But I'll come by afterschool to visit. Get lot's of sleep and if you're a good girl, I'll bring a treat for you.

-Inuyasha

Kagome laughed. Inuyasha had essentially written about nothing other than that he would come visit her afterschool. It was so like Inuyasha. "Speaking of which," Kagome thought. "I should really check on Ms. Taisho." Just then Ms. Higurashi walked in as Kagome attempted to get out of bed.

"Oh honey, where are you going?"

"I want to visit Ms. Taisho."

"Alright, do you want to eat something first and then I'll help you out of your bed."

"Hmm, alright."

"I brought you some real food." Ms. Higurashi opened a steaming container of noodles with dumplings.

"Thanks a lot Mom! Were you here all night?" Kagome asked, looking at the ruffled blanket loosely hanging on the chair beside her bed.

Ms. Higurashi nodded her head and smoothed out her daughter's hair. "I couldn't leave my favourite daughter here in the hospital alone."

"Only daughter." Kagome corrected and giggled then picked up the chopsticks and proceeded to devour her breakfast.

"I'm going to see if Sesshomaru or Ms. Taisho would like to eat something. I'll be right back." Ms. Higurashi said and disappeared with two more containers in hand.

After breakfast, Kagome with the help of her mom hopped out of bed and carrying the iv with her, entered Akina's room.

"Oh hello Kagome dear."

"Hi Ms. Taisho. How are you feeling?"

"Much better thank you. And you? You look horrible."

Kagome laughed. "Now I know where Inuyasha gets that bluntness from. I'm fine despite how I look."

"The doctors say that you two will probably be discharged tonight if all goes well today." Ms. Higurashi pitched in.

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Later that afternoon, Kagome was sitting in her bed reading a book when she heard some familiar voices down the hall.

"Which room?" Sango asked.

"We're almost there Sango, chill." Inuyasha replied a bit annoyed.

"Inuyasha's right Sango dearest, there's no need to get anxious." Miroku pitched in and then of course had to add a little rub which earned him a fierce slap that had nurses turning their heads.

Inuyasha sighed and opened the door to Kagome's room. Kagome smiled and put her book down just in time as Sango ran over and squeezed the living day lights out of her best friend.

"Oh my goodness Kagome, I'm so glad you're alright. You were missing for so long and then Inuyasha didn't come to school either and then there was the news report last night from which I found out everything no thanks to a certain friend cough Inuyasha cough. But you're fine right? Nothing hurts that bad? And Naraku didn't pull anything funny did he? Because I'll take his head and smash it and then-"

Kagome started to wheeze at the shear force and length that Sango was hugging her from. It wasn't until Inuyasha pried Sango off of her that she stopped talking and her face turned red from embarrassment.

"I'm fine Sango. I'm sorry to have worried you." Just then Kagome noticed Miroku peeking from behind Inuyasha's back. "Miroku!" Kagome laughed and reached out for a hug but Inuyasha yanked Miroku back before he could get too close.

"Don't try anything funny." Inuyasha growled and then let go of his best friend.

"You have such little faith in me Inuyasha." Miroku replied and innocently hugged Kagome.

"So, tell me, what's been going on at school?" Kagome asked anxious to catch up and return to her normal life.

Sango and Miroku took this time to blush and then both meekly replied. "Nothing much, you know the normal boring things that happen at school."

Inuyasha sighed and smacked both over the head. "They're going out." Inuyasha said.

Kagome gasped in delight and laughed. "I knew it would happen! Okay, I need details, what happened, when did it happen?"

Sango and Miroku groaned in embarassment while Inuyasha could barely manage to keep his grin from breaking out.

The rest of the afternoon passed quite nicely with laughter, embarassment and a lot of hugs. Finally, the three had to leave when the nurse kicked them out after giving them a lecture on the miracles sleep and rest could do for one's health. Kagome sighed. She would be discharged in the morning and her life could finally return back to the way it was before. Calm.

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A week later and Kagome was back to all her normal routines. Which also meant, tutoring with Inuyasha. Not so much a burden anymore, it was actually quite fun.

"Okay so the limiting reactant is the one who runs out first. And because there is no more, the reaction must stop."

"Yup, you've got it."

Kagome squealed and hugged Inuyasha. Something Inuyasha had not expected. Afterall, they had been studying for her exam and trying to catch her up for the past hour and a half so both were very tired. "Thanks Inuyasha! You've been a great help." Inuyasha chuckled and hugged her back.

"I'm glad I finally got something into that hollow head of yours." He laughed.

"Hey!" Kagome released him and them promptly threw a pillow at him.

"So this is the thanks I get?" Inuyasha laughed and threw a pillow at her.

"Hey, you started it by insulting me." Kagome pouted and grabbed the last pillow.

"Insult? I was merely telling the truth." Inuyasha couldn't another pillow and lunged at Kagome. He picked her up with ease and plopped her in his lap before mercilessly tickling her.

Kagome screamed in laughter. The pillow in her hand forgotten as she tried to block Inuyasha's arms with her own.

"Stop stop Inuyasha!" Kagome cried.

Inuyasha stopped and chuckled at her before wrapping his arms around the girl in his lap.

"That was uncalled for." Kagome pouted and beat her fist into his chest. Inuyasha merely gave another chuckle.

Inuyasha rested his head on top of Kagome's and the two sat there in a comfortable silence simply enjoying one another's company when Kagome turned around and looked up at Inuyasha.

"Kagome looked up. "Inuyasha, can I ask you a question that's been bothering me?"

"Sure Kagome, anything."

"How do you feel about me?"

Inuyasha smirked infamously and lowered his lips to hers and before they touched, he replied, "Like this." And kissed her.

Pulling away from the kiss, Kagome smiled. "I love you Inuyasha."

"I love you too Kagome."

A/N: The end. I kept the ending to same cuz I liked it and then added more fluff to the beginning.