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Black and White to Grey

White rain slipping down void black sky

Disappearing with the day

Tainted angel's silver feathers fly

No light left to play.

Dripping down long-tarnished glass

Rivulets of cold fire

Trapped with aged black brass

Impaled on silver spire.

Reflected sky on water pooled

Rain falling from both sides

Mind's eye becomes fooled

Water flow controlled by tides.

White rain bleeds down void black sky

Leaving path of grey in wake

Dark world with flow fades on by

No pain in trail they make.

Black and white to grey and back

Back to black and white to grey

On and on to never give slack

Till the sun brings colored day.

Black and white to grey,

Grey to dawn and colored day,

Day to black and white again,

To grey and forever to begin.

Black and white to grey…

-- Tran

Tainted

Epilogue

Kagome didn't want it to end here, she couldn't let it end here. As the rain silently soaked her to the bone, her hand automatically flew to her bare neck. She felt around for the familiar warmth of the jewel and found nothing. She felt naked without it, she needed the jewel. Kagome blinked as a warm tingling spread up her left arm and she looked down. Her hand was clutching desperately onto the pearl-colored jewel, and she didn't even notice that she had taken it along with her.

Would she spend eternity with Inu-Yasha? Is she willing to make that sacrifice? What about her family, and her life here in the modern times? And Souta… could she leave her beloved little brother? Kagome gulped and stroked the Shikon, her mind churning different thoughts.

And then she knew. It really was that simple, it wasn't hard at all.

As a bright light wrapped itself around Kagome, she smiled. That's all she wanted. That was all.

She just wanted to go home.

--

Kagome squinted her eyes at the bright sunlight that lit the grassy ground. Was she…? She turned as stutters sounded behind her.

"Kagome… KAGOME-CHAN!" She squealed in surprise as a bundle of fur plastered itself onto her sleeve.

She gasped, "Shippou!"

"You came back! You really came back!" Shippou grinned widely.

"Yes… I did…" Kagome smiled softly. But if she was at Sengoku-Jidai, that would mean the spell was broken…? And Inu-Yasha- she blinked. "Where's Inu-Yasha?"

"He's somewhere… I don't know. When he came back, he was practically crying because you didn't come back with him and he was really sad and he went off somewhere. But he will be okay now because you're BACK!" Shippou smiled happily and hugged Kagome.

"What? Crying?" Kagome's mind whirled.

"No, practically crying. Inu-Yasha never cries. He was just really moody…"

"So where is he…?" Kagome bit her lip.

"I don't know, the last I saw of him was when he entered the woods."

The woods… Kagome's mind started churning again.

"I found you…" She gasped as someone pressed her against the tree, soft lips covering her own. She kissed them back slowly, not daring to breathe.

Kagome inhaled sharply.

The man's scent reminded her of something… back to the forest… the night… the kiss… the oak tree. No… the willow tree…

She held her breath.

"On second thought, if you're talking about recent matters, I kissed you that night at the tree…"

The tree… Kagome whipped around and ran towards the line of trees that towered above her, leaving a dazed Shippou behind.

--

"Inu-Yasha," Kagome murmured to herself as she pushed aside offending branches and leaves that glued themselves to her face. "You stupid jerk…"

Kagome sighed as she came to the clearing. Looking around, she spied the willow tree from five years ago, when she had claimed it as her tree… where Inu-Yasha kissed her the third time in a week. Wow, she had still kept track. She grinned to herself and strolled towards the willow tree. It brought back so many memories… she chuckled bitterly. Not that all the memories were what she would have liked to remember…

---

"You idiot, stop running around the stupid tree!"

Kagome took in a deep breath as she sprinted past the tree and ran straight ahead, "I'm not running around it!"

"Stop running, wench!" Inu-Yasha growled.

"I will if you'll stop chasing me! I'm freezing to death!" Kagome shouted back.

"I'll stop chasing you if you stop running!"

"You first!"

"Stupid wench!"

"Jerk face!"

"…"

"Ha! I win!"

"Feh."

Kagome gasped as she was tackled from behind and wrestled to the floor. "Sit!" She squirmed out of the hanyou's grasp and stood up, shivering. "It's so cold…"

Inu-Yasha lifted himself from the ground. "Only because you were too stupid to wear something warmer."

"Stop saying I'm stupid…" Kagome glared at him.

"Feh."

Kagome turned and sighed, glancing towards the distant huts. "I'm going back…" She blinked as a thicker layer of fabric was placed carefully on her shoulders. "Wha-?"

"You said you were cold."

Kagome glanced at the hanyou, who was now stalking towards their source of shelter. She smiled and ran up to him, trailing only a step behind Inu-Yasha. "Thanks."

--

Well, it depends, actually. Kagome found it ironic that she came all the way back to Sengoku-Jidai to see a certain inu-hanyou, leaving her family behind and all of that stuff… and now what? She couldn't even spot a glimmer of red or a shine of silver. He was supposed to be here, it was supposed to just be that way. It was the tree after all, a place where they had agreed to meet unconsciously… not that they ever do. Albeit the fact that they always sought out each other's presence here.

"Kagome…?"

She whirled around, only to come face to face with a startled Inu-Yasha. Her eyes widened and she propelled herself into his arms, clinging onto bright red fabric.

"What are you doing here?"

Kagome twitched as her mind processed his words slowly. "What?" She blinked. "What?! I come all the way here and made the stupid final wish and I ditch my family and crawled through stupid branches and that's all you can say to me?! No I missed you's or sorry's or whatever? That's it? I can't believe you! Don't you have a shred of decency left in y-" Kagome was cut off as his lips sealed hers in a swift motion.

"Shut up, wench."

Kagome had never been happier to hear those words. She laughed and hugged Inu-Yasha, drowning in the smile he shone back at her. It was one of those rare times when he smiled genuinely, and she was so relieved that she caught that smile.

"I can't go back, Inu-Yasha…" Kagome muttered soberly.

"You told me that." The voice he gave her was gentle, comforting, but Kagome knew he could never understand her feelings. She lifted a hand and touched the jewel that once again took its place around her neck.

"Do you think I'll ever see them again?" Kagome whispered as her eyes filled and her voice cracked.

"Yes."

"Yes?"

"If you truly love them, then yes." He embraced her swiftly.

Kagome blinked. What a rare phenomenon it was for Inu-Yasha to act like this… but she didn't care. He was trying to comfort her, and Kagome couldn't have felt more joy. "So, does that mean I'll see you a lot too?" She narrowed her eyes mockingly.

"What?"

Kagome blushed, "I 'truly love' you…"

Inu-Yasha laughed, a deep, rich laugh that filled the air and embedded itself in Kagome's mind. "You idiot."

Kagome wrinkled her nose. "You did NOT just say that!"

Inu-Yasha smirked, "Do you have hearing problems?"

"What?! You jerk!"

"Bitch."

"Asshole!"

"Wench."

"Stupid… demon person…" Kagome trailed off.

"I love you."

Kagome raised her head, eyes wide. And as the sun continued to shine through the leafy greenery nestled above their heads, Kagome smiled and the whole world was lifted off her shoulders. Everything would be okay.

--

-EXTRA-

Kagome slapped Inu-Yasha on the arm, "Say it like you mean it!"

"I mean it, you wench!"

"Stop calling me that!"

"Why?"

"Because! It's not… nice…" Kagome sprinted past the willow tree and turned sharply, making a full circle as Inu-Yasha chased her.

"You idiot, not this again!"

Kagome chortled as birds sang their songs. And alas… life as we know it (or at least Kagome's life) is officially over.

In the distance, Shippou wondered why the all the winged creatures near the big, nice clearing where he often wandered to had just flown away. And as he perked his ears, he could hear, just faintly, the sound of screaming and yelling. He grinned. Yep. Kagome-chan's back.

Oh wow. I'm actually done! XD Well, I hope you guys liked the epilogue… I ran out of ideas, so it's really rushed, but I tried to stretch it at the end so it's not that short of a chapter. Thanks everyone for supporting me with this story! And please leave comments if you want a prequel or not. Once again, I'll be tallying. ;) Oh… and a prequel is not the same as a sequel, in case you didn't know. I had a couple of people email me asking me to write the prequel but I think they meant sequel… in anyway, if there will be a prequel, it will be what happened to Inu-Yasha and Kagome five years ago. Once again, thanks to everyone who helped me through this fic! :)