Disclaimer: Inuyasha and the gang, sadly, do not belong to me. They belong to the great and powerful Oz...I mean....Takahashi.
A/N: Alright! It's finally up! I didn't want to put it up without at least 2 chapters to accompany the first one. Please review and tell me what you think!
Kagome took a cautious step forward and froze as a twig snapped underneath her shoe. Her heart immediately leapt into her throat as she began looking around the dark clearing frantically for any sign of life.
There was absolutely no way she was going to lose tonight.
She clenched her fist as she thought of the many times she had been pulled ruthlessly away from her goal-but not now. She had taken every precaution to ensure success.
Confident now, Kagome took another step forward, then another, building up to an even pace.
'That's it Kagome,' she coached herself in hopes of calming down her racing heart. 'Nice and slow. Go easy. Nice and calm.'
Twenty feet left.
'Almost there, just keep it up, nice and-,'
A twig snapped close behind her and she waited a fraction of an instant before breaking out into a frantic run towards her goal.
"And what do you think you're doing?" A familiar voice rang out behind her.
Kagome came to a full stop less than three feet away from the well and cursed under her breath. "Sleep-walking?" She replied, hopeful.
"I don't think so Kagome," Inuyasha bit out before closing the remaining space between them. In one fluid movement her hefted Kagome's pack over one shoulder and Kagome herself over the other. "You were trying to run back home again," he spat angrily. "And on the night of the New Moon, even! Did you really think that would work?"
'It was supposed to,' Kagome thought sadly to herself. Kaede, ever sympathetic to Kagome's plight had taken it upon herself to assist her in getting home this time. She understood how important it was for Kagome to get home and study for her tests. So, she immediately had set about making a sleeping draught to put into Inuyasha's meal that evening.
At first Kagome was immediately against the idea. If she had any real problems, she could always just 'sit' him into oblivion and slip down the well while he was still trying to drag himself out of his own little Inuyasha-shaped crater. After she came back, he would be sulky for days and then everything would be back to normal.
But a quick reminder from Kaede about the New Moon changed everything. Kagome knew from experience that Inuyasha worked himself up into a nervous wreck on the night of the New Moon, the one night he was rendered helpless as a human. Maybe if she did allow Kaede to give him the potion, it would allow Inuyasha some much-needed rest.
Obviously the plan had backfired.
He was sleeping soundly when Kagome had crept past his post at the door inside Kaede's hut. Maybe she had made so much noise trying to squeeze her pack through the doorway that it woke him up.
In any case, it was another failed attempt.
She watched helplessly as the distance between herself and the well expanded. She stretched a hand out towards it and moaned. "My math test...my future..." she cried pathetically, trying to guilt him.
"The Jewel Shards!" Inuyasha yelled back, not buying into it. "Have you also forgotten a little youkai pest knows as Naraku?"
"And have you also completely forgotten that I have a life and a future to work for back home?" She replied, raising her voice to an angry shout.
"Keh," Inuyasha shrugged, nearly sending Kagome flying off his shoulder.
Giving an impressive growl for a human, Kagome reached down and yanked on a lock of black hair to vent her frustrations.
"Fuck Kagome! That hurts, bitch!"
"Good!" She shot back.
Inuyasha growled and pinched the back of her thigh in retaliation.
"OW! What was that for?" Kagome yelled, squirming around so she could rub the injured skin.
"For pulling my hair, moron!"
"You're such a jerk!" She snapped.
"And you're a bitch!"
"Oh, that's original!" Kagome retorted.
Ignoring her now, Inuyasha stormed into Kaede's hut, angrily brushing aside the door mat. He stomped over to Kagome's previous spot by the fire and dumped both her and the pack on the floor.
"Get some sleep," He ordered, taking up a post closer to Kagome rather than his usual one at the door. There was no way she was going to try and leave again tonight.
He could hear her grumbling under her breath about a bruised tailbone.
Well, tough. She wouldn't have one if she had stayed put and slept all night. He sighed, rolling his tense shoulders against the hard wall behind him and settling into a more bearable position.
Speaking of sleeping, he frowned, when the hell did he fall asleep? It was the night of the New Moon, his most vulnerable time against attacks from humans and youkai alike, and his body just up and decides to take a cheery little nap?
Picking up on a rustling noise, he looked up to watch Kagome set up her sleeping bag with a practiced ease. He waited until she was curled up inside and settled before closing his eyes and sighing.
Did she know what kind of danger she continually puts herself in? Walking around in the forest in the head of night- what the hell was she thinking? Any kind of dangerous youkai could have easily snatched her up or killed her on the spot and he would be powerless to stop it.
When he woke and saw her empty spot, he felt his heart stop altogether. A million and one scenarios ran through his mind, each one of their endings worse than the one before. Pushing back the image of Kagome's lifeless body, lying bloody on the forest floor, he had pushed himself up and ran out of the hut faster than he could ever remember.
Without his senses, he couldn't catch onto her scent, and he once again cursed his weak human body. Without the moon and his demon blood it was even harder to see in the dark, but luckily he only had to walk a few feet before catching a glint of a large yellow bag seemingly floating in the air ten feet in front of him.
Relief like he'd never known coursed it's way through him...quickly followed by a furious rage. Naraku was still at large and she likes to take small walks in the middle of the night, completely alone?
"Inuyasha?" Kagome's soft voice pulled him from his musings.
He glared at her. "What?"
She peeked over her cover at him, her eyes contrite. "I'm sorry."
"Keh, no you're not." Inuyasha gave a short, humorless laugh. "I know you. You're going to apologize and act all sweet an innocent, and then when I finally calm down, you're going to somehow get me to allow you to go back home tomorrow."
"No I'm not!" Kagome protested.
Inuyasha raised an eyebrow.
Kagome swallowed. "Well, I am sorry, in any case."
"Go to sleep," he told her again.
A long stretch of silence permeated the small hut, and Inuyasha allowed himself to close his eyes once again.
Swearing under his breath, he cracked one eye open to see Kagome's watery eyes peering over her sleeping bag at him. "What?"
"I really do need to go home," she reminded him.
He stared at her for another moment before sighing heavily. "Two days."
Kagome smiled, and then set her face into 'bargaining' mode. "Five."
Inuyasha snorted. "Three."
"Three and that's all you're getting bitch, so take it or leave it."
"Three and a half," she pleaded.
"If you're not back by midday..." he threatened.
"I will! I promise!"
Inuyasha grunted, which Kagome knew to translate to 'alright'. She gave him a brilliant smile and thanked him before snuggling back into her sleeping bag and slipping into an easy sleep.