Usually the office would be deserted at such a late hour, but that night there were eight people there. Most of them were reveling in triumph, telling each other how brave they were and what a good job they had done. Inuyasha sat perched on the edge of one of the desks, watching Kagome laugh at Sakaki. The boy had taken his whole gun apart and was staring at the pieces scratching his head. Inuyasha crouched lower on the desk, his eyes half closed in boredom. But then someone nudged him and he snapped to attention again. Dojima was suddenly lounging in the desk chair beside him. He glared at her for a moment and then looked away again.

"Whatta you want?" he asked.

"You're leaving soon, right?"

"Yeah. What's it to you?"

"Are you going back to the past?"

"Of course. We have to get back to work. And the others will want to hear about this."

Dojima was quiet for a few seconds and then held up a piece of paper.

"Give this to your friend Miroku, ok?"

Inuyasha took the paper. It was folded up and he could see the ink marks through it.

"What is it?" he asked.

"Just some private little questions, that's all."

Inuyasha narrowed his eyes at Dojima but he slipped the paper into his kimono anyway. He didn't notice Kagome stand up from her seat and yawn but he looked up when she called.

"Cummon, Inuyasha. It's time to go."

"Aww… Can't you stay a little longer?" Sakaki asked as he put his gun back together.

"We would," Kagome replied gently. "But we have to get back to the Feudal Era tomorrow. Don't worry, we'll be around sometimes."


Amid appeals and protests, Kagome and Inuyasha hurried into the elevator accompanied by Amon and Robin. Robin was sure that Amon just wanted to make sure they left. But that didn't matter. The two time travelers had helped them more than Amon would ever admit. Their permanent salvation seemed so much closer now. Their goodbyes consisted of a cheerful wave from Kagome and a proud "Keh" from Inuyasha. And then the pair was off, bouncing over the rooftops like a rogue lightning bolt. Amon turned to go back inside and Robin followed him as always.

"Do you think those two are in love with each other?" she asked, throwing a glance over her shoulder.

"Of course they are," Amon said. "But they never talk about it."

"How sad. I'm glad we don't have that problem."

"Do you think those two are in love with each other?" Kagome asked as she and Inuyasha sailed away over the city.

"Of course they are," Inuyasha said. "But they never talk about it."

"How sad. I'm glad we don't have that problem."

31 - Epilogue

Dear Miroku,

The concert is next week! By the time I hear from you again, it'll be over. I can't wait! Nagira says we should take the train down instead of driving and trying to find parking.

Speaking of parking, I finally paid that ticket I had stuck in my glove box for a month. It wasn't too bad. No stupid traffic court can get me down.

Yours always, Dojima

PS. I'm afraid I can't bear your children. I'm saving myself for marriage. And it's still your turn.

Dear Dojima,

I think you're right. Life is too short to be worrying about things like traffic laws. And the fine wasn't that bad anyway. Just don't let the others find out.

So what happened with that concert you were so excited about? Was it as good as you expected?

I'm worried about Sango. She keeps asking to see your letters. I think she's really getting suspicious now.

By the way, has anything changed in the future since we started writing? Anyone mysteriously disappear? Any household items never invented? Any historical events never happened?

We're leaving on another expedition tomorrow so it might be a while before I write back. Try not to let your boss get on your nerves so much.

Passionately yours, Miroku

PS. How do you unhook this thing?

Dear Miroku,

The concert was AWESOME! Nagira said he would buy me the CD. Amon thinks I'm a bad influence on Nagira. But who cares what Amon thinks? He doesn't talk to anybody except Robin anyway.

Don't worry about your girlfriend. If she finds out, what's the worst that can happen?

I haven't noticed anything different since we've been writing. Michael keeps talking about the space-time continuum, but I have no idea what that means.

Good luck on your expedition. And tell me all about it when you get back.

Yours always, Dojima

PS. Just rip it off.

The End... or is it...

Updated 3/19/05 - I'd like to thank everybody who has already reviewed this story and will review in the future. Special thanks to Amon's Angel of the Darkness and PyrokineticFeral. You guys are fabulous. And thanks to poverty-sucks for pointing out my little mistake before.

For those who were a little confused by the epilogue, I should say that it takes place a while after the story ended. Miroku and Dojima have been exchanging letters for a while with Inuyasha and/or Kagome as couriers.

Just for the record, I don't confirm in the story itself whether Amon is Sesshomaru's reincarnation or his descendant. Personally, I think he might be both. But you can believe what you want to believe. The same goes for any possible romances here. They are only there if you want to see them. I'm very pro-A/R and pro-I/K, but that's just me.

I know that nobody noticed this except me, but Agatha's name actually means something. I formed the name Takamaime by sticking two words together. "Taka", which is Greek for "very" and "ma'yim", which is Hebrew for "water." So Agatha's name means "very watery." Neat, huh?

And if you liked this story, you'll be happy to know that the sequel is finished. It ties up a few loose ends and I hope it'll be good in its own right. Sesshomaru WILL appear in it. Here's a little teaser:

Hunting Dogs 2: Fox and Hound

When a witch accidentally gets transported to the Feudal Era, Amon and Robin have to pursue him. Being out of their element, they'll need help from a couple of old friends. But they find more than they bargained for on the other side of Kagome's well. Startling revelations await and a fight you won't want to miss.