IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE FULL CHAPTER THREE, GO BACK AND CHECK IT OUT. I COMPLETED THE PREVIEW.
"This is the last time I'm asking, Old Man: where is your granddaughter?"
"And this is that last time I'll tell you, officer: I have no idea!"
Zenigata's brow dug into that of Kagome's grandfather, the two men steaming mad. Her mother sat quietly, brow furrowed and hand over her mouth.
"I saw the girl disappear into that same well that Lupin did! You tell me, how did both of them disappear?"
"People don't disappear! Perhaps your eyesight is fading in your old age!"
"Old age! Why, I oughtta haul you in just for that! I'm an officer of the ICPO and you are willingly obstructing my investigation!"
Sota peeked around the corner to look in on the argument, but his mother quickly shooed him back to his room.
"If you're so intent on catching that thief, why aren't you out there looking for him instead of harassing an old man and his family?"
"That's it! I'm taking you for obstruction of justice!"
"Oh my! Please, no!" Ms. Higurashi cried.
"I'm sorry, ma'am, but I have no choice. Lupin is a dangerous man and withholding information about his whereabouts is tantamount to treason!"
"You can't be serious!" cried Kagome's grandfather.
"Dead serious," Zenigata replied, producing handcuffs. "You're coming with -"
"What in the hell was that?" Zenigata cried, rushing to the window.
"I think it came from the well!" came the worried voice of Ms. Higurashi.
A shriek filled the air.
"That's Kagome!" shouted a partially hidden Sota.
Without waiting a second more, Grandpa and Zenigata dashed out to see smoke billowing out from the well.
"What the hell's going on? Lupin?"
From the smoke emerged the wily Lupin, a sinister smile on his face. In his hand was his trusty Walther PPK, pressed firmly against the temple of the young Kagome. Zenigata quickly rushed in, but a word from Lupin halted him around ten feet away.
"Not so fast, Pops. You wouldn't want something to happen to this sweet little girl, would you?"
"Help!" screamed Kagome. "He said he'd hurt my family if I didn't show him a way out of the shrine!"
"The hell? What's gotten into you Lupin? Let the girl go!" Zenigata quickly produced his own pistol, waiting for an opening. "I guess I owe you an apology Mr. Higurashi! But I'll make it up to you; Lupin won't be going anywhere with your granddaughter!"
The sound of a chopper roared in the air. All parties looked up to see a light helicopter swooping in with a long rope ladder.
"That's my ride, Pops. Take care of the girl for me, will ya?"
With a laugh, Lupin shoved the young girl, sending her crashing into Zenigata. He quickly latched onto the ladder, giving a thumbs up to Jigen in the cockpit. Zenigata checked to make sure Kagome was okay, then quickly searched around for his gun. He found it too late to do anything more but fire a few futile shots in the air after the chopper.
"Are you okay, Miss?"
Kagome rubbed her sore bottom and gingerly stood up.
"Yes. I-I'm sorry I ran from you."
"It's no problem, Miss. When Lupin's involved, people do crazy things."
Zenigata quickly produced a radio from his jacket.
"This is Inspector Zenigata! Lupin's fleeing from the shrine in a small chopper, headed due east. I need all units on him now!"
"What about the shrine, sir?" came a fuzzy reply.
"Forget the shrine, it was just a ruse! I want everyone on that chopper, ya got me?"
"Right away, sir!"
Zenigata put the radio back into his jacket and turned to the two Higurashis.
"My apologies for this whole mix-up. Where Lupin goes, chaos soon follows."
Grandpa looked at him sternly, but quickly took his granddaughter in his arms.
"I suppose it's forgivable."
"Thank you for your help, Inspector," added Kagome.
Zenigata smiled a goofy grin before turning on his heels and running down to the street to meet a squad car.
"You won't get away this time, Lupin!" he shouted as he disappeared.
Kagome sat at her beside, setting her alarm clock.
"I'm glad that's over... but I wish I could've gotten those jewel shards."
With a sigh she stood and walked to her dresser, grabbing her pajamas and starting to change.
"Hey! I was waiting all day for you to come back. What happened?"
Kagome shrieked as she looked at Inuyasha crouching on her window sill.
Inuyasha crashed on to the floor near Kagome's bed, twitching.
"Kagome? Is everything okay?" came a cry from outside her door.
Kagome quickly pulled her pajamas on and cracked the door open.
"I'm fine, Mom... I... uh... just stubbed my toe."
Kagome turned to the quivering pile of half demon on her bedroom floor.
"What are you doing?" she said in a muted shout.
"I was checking up on you to make sure that creep didn't pull anything shady!"
"You're the only one pulling something shady!"
Inuyasha growled as he stood up.
"You didn't come back! What was I supposed to think?"
"I'm sorry... it was a very tense afternoon."
Inuyasha scoffed and dusted himself off.
"So... where is it?"
"The jewel shard, dummy!"
"I don't have it! You knew the plan, Inuyasha; you were there!"
"Yeah, I heard the plan, but I didn't think you were dumb enough to just let him take off with it."
"Well, I didn't have much of choice! Zenigata was going to arrest my grandfather!"
"Whatever. So when do we start looking for that creep?"
"I don't really know... I hadn't planned that far ahead."
"Come on!" Inuyasha scowled. "We know who has it, let's just go after him."
"I can't! I have school in the morning."
"Not that again! Isn't this more important that your studying?"
"I can't miss any more school, Inuyasha! Everyone's already starting to shun me because grandpa said I had the mumps. Not to mention that this time we'll be scouring Tokyo! Someone could see me and I'd get in big trouble!"
"Fine," Inuyasha said, turning to Kagome's closet. He began tossing some of her clothes out.
"What are you doing?" she shouted.
"Looking for that stupid hat you make me wear. If you're not going to look for him, I will."
"But how are you going to find the jewel shard without me to look for it?"
"Easy," Inuyasha said, producing a baseball cap. "I've got his scent."
"So you're telling us you went back in time, fought with a demon and kidnapped a high school girl and that's what took you so long to get back to us?"
Lupin sighed as Jigen smiled, leaning back in his chair.
"When you put it like that I sound like a loon, but I swear it's the truth."
"We have all seen stranger things," Goemon reminded them from the sofa in the corner of the hotel room.
"Listen, you guys are missing the key points here!" Lupin attempted to point out.
"Oh yeah, and what's that? You have a thing for Japanese school girls?"
"Well, I won't deny they have a certain charm, but the big picture is this: Mitzusaka's Cup is more valuable than we previously thought."
"How's that?" Jigen questioned, picking up the cup from the middle of the table. "We've got some buyers lined up that already think it's pretty valuable."
Lupin quickly snatched the cup and held it up to the light.
"First, my good men, if these jewel shards really work the way that girl said they do, this cup could really heal people. Hell, it could potentially make someone invincible."
"And second?" Goemon queried.
"Heh, if potential immortality isn't enough, this thing acts as a key to that well. I went through it, but Pops couldn't."
"So you think we could sneak back in time with that cup? For what?" Jigen asked.
"You two have no imagination. Imagine going back in time and stealing some of the greatest treasures the world has ever seen, all before they were ever coveted!"
"It wouldn't work." Goemon interjected quietly.
"And why not?"
"Carbon dating. Anything you bring back would be tested for authenticity before we could unload it. Our buyers would think they were frauds."
"Fine... we... we bury them back then and dig them up now. That'll age them."
"Yeah, but you'd still be messing with the timeline," Jigen added.
"Not so... apparently that girl has been skipping back and forth in time for a few years now and nothing's happened."
"I doubt it. The effects probably aren't obvious to a high school girl."
Lupin stared at his friends for a few moments, angered by how relaxed they were acting.
"You don't believe a word of what I've told you, do you?"
"It's not that we don't believe you, Lupin," Goemon began.
"It's just that what you're saying is so incredibly stupid that... well... no, we don't believe you."
"I can't believe this! My own comrades! After everything we've been through and all the crazy crap we've seen I-"
Goemon drew his blade, silencing the room. Lupin turned to the door as Jigen drew his pistol. Lupin carefully drew his Walther and tip-toed to the door. He flung it open, his weapon drawing it's sightings and a gorgeous redhead.
"What the hell is wrong with you?" she shouted.
"Sheesh... looks like the bitch finally made it back," Jigen spat, holstering his revolver.
"Do you always answer the door with a bullet?" she snapped as she strode inside.
"I don't know. Do you always snoop on our conversations before announcing yourself."
"That one should be obvious..." Goemon answered, sheathing his Zantetsu.
"Ha ha..." Fujiko said as she strode over to the cup. "So this is what we stole?"
"You're using 'we' quite liberally..." Lupin remarked.
"Hey, I tried hard to get you guys out of there. It's not my fault Zenigata saw through your plan."
"Uh huh... and how much money did you see through?" Jigen growled.
Fujiko ignored him and reached for the cup, but Lupin quickly scooped it up.
"So... what's this I hear about immortality?"
"Lupin believes that Mitzusaka's Cup can actually make one invincible," Goemon explained. "Creative use could make one immortal."
"Ooo... a cup of Eternal Youth. Does it work?" she said turning to Lupin.
"I don't know," Jigen answered, drawing his revolver. "Why don't I shoot you and we find out?"
"That's not funny..." she pouted.
"Well, I'm fairly certain it's value is still yet to be determined. And I think that girl might have the answers I'm looking for," Lupin explained.
"Girl? Should I be jealous?" Fujiko asked.
"Probably. She's in high school," Jigen said with a smile.
"Lupin! What's wrong with you?"
"Hey, it's not like that!"
As Fujiko began to beat on Lupin, Goemon tilted his head in thought.
"Something on your mind, Goemon?" Jigen asked, turning his attention away from the lovers' spat.
"I am simply trying to recall the story of Mitzusaka's Cup."
"Oh yeah, you know your Japanese history, don't you. What's the story on it?"
"The legend says that it made Mitzusaka invincible in battle."
"And was he?"
"He was... until he lost the cup."
Lupin and Fujiko turned their attention to the samurai.
"How'd he lose it?" Fujiko asked.
"It was stolen by..."
"By?" Lupin prodded.
"By... a simple thief. You know Lupin, perhaps this well is worth investigating."
"Huh? Why are you suddenly on my side?"
"Alright then," Lupin announced. "We'll head over tomorrow to take a look."
"The well is at a shrine, is it not?" Goemon queried.
"Then I will go if you all agree to be properly respectful."
"Hey... a Lupin is nothing if not respectful."