This is it. The final chapter. I went back and forth in my head as to how the final chapter was going to be written. "Can I write it from Kagura's pov first and then Sango's? Or the other way around? Or what?" Finally, I came up with what I was going to do. Sorry if it disappoints anyone, but it's all I could come up with…
Thanks You's: Wow, who the heck do I thank? Well, Teresa, as always. (Who, by the way, has no idea what's going on in this story because she hasn't read like the last eight chapters!) Who would ask me repeatedly when I was planning on updating in an utterly hypocritical fashion? I'll tell you who: Teresa. I'd like to thank Eve 6, who wrote the theme song for this story, "Hey Montana". (If you've never heard it, it's a really awesome song.) Also, I'd like to thank Pobbin and all the other reviewers! Thanks for being so patient when there were large gaps in between updates! I hope everyone goes and reads my other stuff, some of which is good, I promise. Well, let's get this party started!
Disclaimer: I don't own Inuyasha.
Warnings: Swearing, violence, mentions of drug use…yeah, you know.
Fanning the Flames
Kagura didn't think any of this was possible. The entire street was backed up because all around were those little wooden police fences and police cars all around the building she worked in. Cops were everywhere, their guns trained on the building. And there, in the very front, talking to an officer, wearing a bullet-proof vest and holding a gun, was Kikyo.
"What's going on?" Kagura asked looking at Kikyo's friends.
"Oh. That's what she meant." Bankotsu coughed. "We…need to leave."
"You'll have to get out." Jakotsu made shooing motions with his hands at Kouga and Kagura.
"Sorry about this." Suikotsu looked apologetic. "We really have to go. Oh, and would it be a terrible favor to ask that if anyone asks you anything, you have no idea who we are and you've never met us?"
"I guess so." Kagura was looking at the three of them in bewilderment. "Okay." They both got out of the car and she noticed that Bankotsu was very carefully driving very slowly backwards. She couldn't figure out what was wrong with them. "Maybe I'm better off not knowing."
"I still don't really understand who they were." Kouga scratched the back of his head but they were both quickly distracted because Naraku and his associates were leaving the building, their hands in the air.
"What's going on? Is Kikyo…a cop?" Kagura's head tilted to one side.
"Maybe she was undercover." Kouga suggested. "Oh, wow, that's going to look really good in the novel…I was wondering how I was going to end it…"
"They're arresting him!" Kagura's mouth dropped open. "They're actually…he's actually going to jail…Look! They just put handcuffs on him and they're putting him in the car!"
"Where's Kohaku?" Kouga looked around wildly. "He must still be in the building!"
"Along with the other girls." Kagura commented, running up to the police barricade. "Come on, let us through!"
"Ma'am, stay back! There's a very dangerous criminal being put away." One officer gently pushed her back.
"I know that!" Kagura struggled. "I work in that building! I know Kikyo!" The cars with Naraku and some of his friends were pulling away but Kikyo was still there. She was putting her gun away, nodding along as an officer spoke with her. It was confirmed when she turned towards them that she was in fact a cop. A shiny badge gleamed on her vest.
She quickly made her way over to them.
"Kagura, where is your ride?" Kikyo frowned as she approached. "I suppose I already know—they weren't supposed to bring you back here."
"What's going on?" Kagura questioned. "You're a cop? Since when?"
"Since a very long time." Kikyo answered. "I was working undercover and even though I trusted you…I couldn't put your life in danger by telling you."
"Working undercover?" Kagura felt dizzy. How could all of this be true?
"Yes. We've been having problems trying to get evidence on Naraku for quite some time. We decided to have someone from our team go undercover. Let's just say I drew the short straw." Kikyo sighed. "He's going to jail now. We've got all the evidence we need."
"…does this mean he's really gone?" Kagura couldn't keep the hope out of her voice even if she wanted to.
"Yes, it does. You're free, Kagura." Kikyo clapped a hand down on her shoulder. Then she turned to Kouga. "And you must be her Kouga."
"I am." Kouga blinked rapidly for a moment. "I mean, I'm Kouga. I mean, I'm her boyfriend…."
"Please take good care of her." Kikyo requested. "I'll give you the number for victim services, that way you can think about seeing a counselor if you want."
"Oh! They're bringing out the others!" Kagura pointed. "There's Kohaku." He was being herded out and looked even more miserable.
"Sango and Miroku should be here any moment…" Kouga looked around. They were still standing on the civilian side of the barrier.
"I didn't quite understand what…" Kikyo looked around at the other police officers standing around for a moment. "Our mutual friend was saying over the phone."
"Kohaku is my friend's little brother." Kouga explained. "I called them the second I found out where he was. They were headed down here…"
"We'll have to get a statement from you." Kikyo pointed at Kagura. "And from Kohaku, but after that, you'll be free to go."
"This is going to be a really good ending." Kouga reiterated and Kagura turned towards him curiously.
"What's your novel about?" Kagura questioned him.
"Oh…I thought you knew." Kouga blushed. "It's about you."
"You wrote about me?" Kagura couldn't help but look a little skeptical. "Why would you write about me?"
"Because I wanted to." Kouga reached over and squeezed her hand before releasing it. "Do you…want to live with me now?"
"Of course." Kagura smiled and was about to go in for a kiss when she heard a yell and turned around.
She was too late however and a young woman ended up crashing right into her. They both hit the ground and sat up. The young woman across from Kagura had dark hair and dark pink eyes. She was pregnant and right behind her, helping her up was a dark-haired young man who was rather smartly dressed.
"Are you alright?" The young man asked the pregnant young woman.
"I think so." She struggled to get to her feet. "Sorry." She apologized to Kagura.
"It's fine." Kouga was helping Kagura up as well.
"That's my little brother." The woman started forwarded. "We've been looking for him! Is he being arrested?"
"No." Kikyo shook her head. "He's going to have to make a statement but he's not going to be arrested…"
"That's very fortunate. You see, that young man has been in a very fragile situation and we believe he's addicted to drugs." The dark-haired young man began; his speech smooth and his speech had a very educated feel to it. "We're going to check him into rehab…"
"Can we get their statements?" One of the other officers interrupted.
"Can we talk to him?" The pregnant woman pleaded. "I just need…to speak with him."
"Sango, dearest, we need to let them do their work. There will be plenty of time for you to speak with your brother." The young man tried to calm her down.
"Seriously, we don't want to interrupt the party, Kikyo." Another officer looked at them impatiently.
"Just one moment." Kikyo frowned at him, which made him squeak and jump back. "Who are you?"
"I'm Taijiya Sango." The pregnant woman introduced herself. "I'm friends with Kouga…wait, Kouga, what are you doing here?" She seemed to notice him for the first time.
"Well, it's kind of complicated." Kouga hesitated. Then he cleared his throat. "This is my girlfriend, Kagura."
"Hi." Kagura waved unsurely.
"Hello, it's very nice to meet you, Kouga's mentioned you a few times, this is my…boyfriend, Miroku and we'll all go out to eat and get to know each other after all this is settled." Sango spoke incredibly fast and Kagura got the notion that Sango was a very take charge kind of person. "For now, Kohaku needs to give his statement, we've got to get him to rehab and…and…"
"Sango." Miroku's voice held the very gentlest of warnings.
"You're dating Miroku?" Kouga's jaw dropped. "When did that happen?"
"Oh, I thought Kagome told you guys." Sango stopped for a moment.
"Statements, now." The first officer stated.
They all had to be separated for a little while. Down at the police station, Kagura had to talk all about her life as one of Naraku's whores and most of the things that had taken place.
At what appeared to be the end of it, the officer put down his pen for a moment, folded his hands and looked her square in the eye.
"I'm going to ask one last question, Miss Kaze." He told her. "When you were with Kikyo, did she ever introduced you to or talk about the Shichinintai?"
"No." Kagura wasn't lying; she had no idea who he was talking about.
"Perhaps you don't know who they are but they're a group of criminals we've been working to catch for some time and Kikyo was at one time suspected of being in contact with them…" He leaned forward. "Their leader is a man named Bankotsu."
Kagura made sure her face was completely blank. "Who?"
He frowned. "Are you sure?"
"I really don't know who you're talking about." Kagura lied through her teeth.
"I was afraid you wouldn't." The cop clearly didn't believe her but seemed to have given up on the idea. "If you remember anything…"
"I'll be sure to let you know." Kagura nodded happily.
It was strange. She wasn't going to have to work in that place anymore. She wouldn't have to let herself be used up anymore. No one had control of her. She could do whatever she wanted. She could be whoever she wanted. Even though she had no idea what it was she wanted to do with her life, she liked the idea that she could decide whenever she wanted.
It's weird…I think, even though this isn't by an stretch of the imagination a fairy tale, that I'm getting a happy ending.
"Kohaku?" Sango approached the young man who was sitting in a chair. He'd finished with his interview and was clearly very irritable at the moment.
"What do you want?" He groaned. "Are you going to lock me up now?"
"No." Sango sat down next to him. "I want to get you some help though."
"I don't need any help." Kohaku turned away from her. "Just leave me along. Let me rot in peace."
"Why would I do that?" Sango put a hand on top of his wrist. He didn't shrug her off. "I'm here for you, Kohaku. I want you to know that. I can only imagine what's happened to you…I want you to know that I still love you, that dad still loves you. We want to get you to rehab."
"I'm not going to rehab." Kohaku jerked his hand away. Sango opened her purse and pulled out a brochure.
"There's this place, it's really good." Sango handed him the brochure, which he took like it was a piece of garbage. "It's got a spa and a pool and tennis courts and…they say it's the best."
"I can't stop…" Kohaku looked up at her; tears were forming in his eyes. "If I stop…it'll hurt again. I don't want to hurt anymore."
"If you keep putting it off…it'll hurt so much more." Sango told him. "I promise to visit you every chance I can get. Please go…please. Consider it a present to me and the baby. An uncle's got to give a present, doesn't he?"
"Uncle?" Kohaku was struck with this notion. "I'm going to be an uncle…I guess…I hadn't really thought about that." He sat there for a moment, looking down at his hands. "Okay."
"You'll go? Really?" Sango felt tears welling up. She hugged her little brother. He was stiff at first but then he loosened up and hugged her back. "We'll get through this, Kohaku, I promise…"
No one will leave you alone. We're all a family. You, me, dad, Miroku, and the baby…
I didn't want any help either…that I could do everything on my own…
I was wrong.
But maybe…things are going to go right for a little while…
"Human sized bites!" Kagome scolded Inuyasha as he crammed what appeared to be a quarter of a steak in his mouth. "Come on, Inuyasha, you know how to behave in public!"
"Quit nagging me!" Inuyasha tried to say, although what actually came out was something that vaguely resembled English.
"I always thought if the two of them got together, they'd stop arguing." Sango rolled her eyes. It was two weeks after the scene with all the police. Kohaku was safely checked into rehab and reported that he actually liked it there. Kouga and Kagura were living together and everyone knew exactly what had happened between them, which everyone feel a little awkward around Kagura at first, but she was so thrilled with her new life that they had easily warmed up to her. Kagura had already been out to visit Kanna, who was living happily with her parents. They'd decided to get together to a formal dinner together (courtesy of Miroku) to celebrate everything all at once; Inuyasha and Kagome finally getting together; Kagura's new life; Sango and Miroku getting together; and Kohaku getting help.
"Try some of mine, it's really good." Kagura was gesturing to her plate while talking to Kouga. "You too, Kikyo." Kikyo and Kagura were fast becoming the best of friends and she'd been invited to their dinner as well.
"When are you due?" Kikyo was politely inquiring.
"Soon." Sango reached for her cup of ice water. "I can't wait…I spent all of yesterday eating all the flavor packets out of packages of ramen noodles…I was craving them like crazy."
"It was rather bizarre to watch." Miroku nodded. "But I'm disinclined to get in the way of Sango when she seems so content."
"I still haven't come up with a title for my book." Kouga spoke up in a tone that told everyone it had been troubling him for some time.
"I'm not helping you with that." Kagura crossed her arms. "You already wrote about me…"
"Don't worry, Kouga, I haven't really decided on a name for the baby yet, either." Sango rubbed her belly. "Do you think Midoriko is a good name?"
"Kind of a mouthful." Inuyasha commented. "Is it girl?"
"I don't know." Sango answered.
"I've always been partial to the name 'Kaede'." Kikyo volunteered. "It's my little sister's name."
"That's an old woman's name." Inuyasha scoffed.
"Don't listen to him, he wants to name our first kid 'Tetsusaiga'." Kagome told them all.
"Naming kids already…" Kouga began in a teasing tone.
"Fuck off, Kouga." Inuyasha stuck out his tongue.
"Your novel is about Kagura and her last name's 'Kaze'. It could be something about wind. Like 'chasing the wind'." Sango turned her attention towards Kouga. He wrinkled his nose and shook his head.
"Tell me you at least changed my name in the story." Kagura turned towards him.
"I might have." He kissed her cheek. "Actually, I just switched yours and Kanna's names."
"I'm also fond of the name Suikotsu…" Kikyo continued on.
"Oh, really?" Kagura arched an eyebrow. "Now that's interesting…"
"Sesshomaru's wedding's back on. He's making me be best man." Inuyasha complained loudly.
"I don't even want to hear any complaining. Any time you want to switch places, I'd be happy to be in your brother's wedding and you can be pregnant." Sango shook her head.
"Yeah, poor you, you have to go to a big wedding." Kagura rolled her eyes. "How are you ever going to manage to get through that situation?"
The two girls glanced at each other and they both knew, although they couldn't say how, that in the end, everything was going to work itself out. Sometimes, just when things are at their lowest, the only way they have to go is up.
Hey kids, thanks for tuning in! Final review times! Just in case anyone was wondering 'chasing the wind' was a working title that was obviously vetoed before the first chapter went up. Unfortunately my next IY fanfic will probably not go up for awhile. The next one up is a Harry Potter, kind of au thing. Please read that if you're into Harry Potter. My next IY fanfic will also be an au, but, just as a teaser, Help Wanted, is about Kagome, a teenager who just happens to notice a sign in the window of a very out of the way and little antique shop. At first, everyone who works there just seems weird, but after a little while, she starts to become very suspicious. Why is the owner, a young woman named Kikyo, so mysterious? Why are people constantly coming and going, even though they aren't buying anything? Why isn't she allowed to close up shop? And what's with that teapot with the little sign that says, "In the case of an extreme emergency, break teapot."? Hopefully…it'll be out eventually. It's like, third in line though. Well, bye!