Chapter 1

"Guess what mom, I'm so excited!" Kagome ran into the kitchen where her mom was preparing lunch. "Professor Ogenawa said that the college is going to have a full time position open in the archeology department in the fall! He has encouraged me to apply for it. Since I've been interning with him for the last three years, he thinks I have an excellent chance at getting the job! Isn't that great?"

"Oh Kagome, that would be wonderful," Her mom said as she gave her a big hug. "You've worked so hard, you deserve it. Let's see, we should celebrate, so what would you like for supper tonight?"

"Mom, I haven't got the job yet, but the professor said that he would be glad to write me a recommendation. Hmmm, but if you really want to cook something special, I would love to have a shrimp stir-fry." Kagome laughed at her mom. She was always looking for an excuse to cook something special. The woman stays in the kitchen. Suddenly the telephone rang making them both jump.

"Hello?" Kagome wasn't expecting any calls; it was probably that new girlfriend of Souta's. She's a nice girl, but she calls him way too often in her opinion.

"Kagome, this is Ayumi, how are you," Ayumi's cheerful voice always made her smile. "Konnichiwa Ayumi, what's up?"

"Remember the new museum that we heard about the other day? Well, the opening is Saturday and we were wondering if you want to come with us," Ayumi asked excitedly.

"Of course I do, silly," Kagome replied quickly. "Can I bring Kenta along?" She knew that her fiancé would want to spend Saturday with her. They had not spent much time together lately since final exams had taken up all of her time.

"Sure, that'll be great! We'll meet you at Chinju's cafe at 10:00 in the morning. We can all take the bus from there," Ayumi replied.

"Hai, I'll see you tomorrow morning then," Kagome confirmed. She turned to her mom who had one eyebrow raised. "We are all going to go to the new museum tomorrow."

"Oh, I read about that in the paper. The Sumida River Museum of Japanese History. That sounds like a lot of fun, dear." Her mom smiled as she turned back to the refrigerator.

"I'm going up to my room to call Kenta," Kagome shouted back to her as she ran up the stairs. She heard her grandfather yelling at her to stop running in the house. "Sorry, Grandpa!"

In her room she plopped down on her bed. The new sheets her mom bought her for her birthday were cool and fresh smelling. She picked up the phone and hit the speed dial button for Kenta. They didn't talk very long, since he had just received a shipment, just long enough to find out that he would love to go to the museum with her and her friends. She hung up and laid there staring at the ceiling. Her thoughts on Kenta. 'He is so handsome and sweet. He will be a wonderful husband.' She thought of the first time she met him. It was her second year at college, and he was a senior. He tried numerous silly ways to get her to go out with him. She was glad she finally gave in. Back then her heart still ached for Inuyasha.... Inuyasha. "No Kagome, don't go there." She said to herself out loud. She shook her head and decided to go help her mom cook supper.