:AN: Wow, I had a big turn out for the first chapter! –blushes- You guys are great! Here's the last part you have all been waiting for!
Disclaimer: I don't own Inuyasha
Chapter 2: Success
After a little while Souta must have plugged in the lights because they suddenly turned on. Kagome and Inuyasha realized their predicament wasn't going to improve anytime soon, and they started to look around their prison. They saw the books and scrolls all over the place, the supplies Souta had left them, and a note taped to the wall.
"Dear Kagome and Inuyasha,
Happy Valentine's Day
Oodles of brotherly love,
A big red heart accompanied the message. Inuyasha looked a little bewildered.
"What's this mean?" he asked.
"Valentine's Day is a western holiday," Kagome explained. I was happy she did because I too was in the dark about it. "It's a day when people give the person they love corny cards, flowers, and chocolates and do romantic things together."
"And today is 'val-en-tinez' day?" he asked.
Kagome nodded. "I think Souta is trying to set us up."
"Keh," Inuyasha scoffed. "Why would he do that?"
"Got me," Kagome replied.
They fell into an uncomfortable silence which was interrupted by the crackle of the walky-talky.
"Hey guys!" Souta said cheerfully through the bad reception. They scrambled to the walky-talky.
"Souta!" Kagome said menacingly, "You'd better let us out of here now! And I mean now!"
"No can do, Sis," Souta replied, his cheerful demeanor still intact. "You and Inuyasha have some things to work out."
"When Mama finds out what you are doing Souta, you will be in so much trouble!"
"That's just it!" He cried, "She won't find out!"
"I wouldn't be so sure."
"She won't," he promised. "She's not coming home for hours and you'll both be out by then. Besides, I don't think you'll feel like telling on me… I think you'll feel like thanking me."
"Souta," Kagome tried to sound reasonable. "I know you think this is funny, but it's not. You can't just force me and Inuyasha to stay in here and expect us to come out all lovey-dovey. It doesn't work that way and-"
Inuyasha interrupted, "Let us out of here you little brat!"
"Grandpa will figure it out!" Kagome declared.
"No he won't, he's taking a nap."
"He'll wake up!"
"Not likely, he drank a lot of sake before he fell asleep."
Souta, what are you thinking?" Kagome asked desperately.
"Sorry guys," Souta laughed. "I've got to go; my girl friend's here."
"Wait!" Kagome yelled, "Souta you can't be home alone with-"–click-
Kagome paled. "He's a third grader! A third grader! He can't have a date with a girl all alone!"
Inuyasha wasn't listening. "I can't believe he did this! And here I thought he wasn't half bad!"
"I'm going to kill him when I get out of here!" they said in unison, which I must admit I found rather cute… well, aside from the obvious malice of their words.
They sat in silence for a long time, stewing in their anger. Then Inuyasha spoke.
"Kagome I'm starving!" he whined.
"You are? Well Souta left us enough ramen to last a month, water, and a microwave," she said. "I'll make some."
She put in two at once, she knew it wasn't a good thing to do, but rather than deal with Inuyasha's impatience, she decided to risk it. Then she'd pop in one for herself.
They ate in silence, aside from the slurping noises produced by Inuyasha.
The walky-talky crackled again. "Hey you guys, this is Souta again. I'm just warning you that I'm about to turn off your lights, you might want to light those candles. Bye!"
He was gone again. Kagome scrambled for the lighter and candles. Most of them were lit before the electric lights turned off.
By this point they were both seething. They were so angry the only thing they could think about was paying back Souta for the "magical" time he was giving them.
While it was unseasonably warm for February, it was still rather cold. The chill in the air was increased drastically by the absence of the lights. It was beginning to take its toll Kagome. She shivered.
"Here," Inuyasha said, putting his outer shirt around Kagome's shoulders.
"Thanks," she said. "I'm sorry about this Inuyasha."
"Sorry about what?" he asked.
"All this!" she explained. "Souta's my brother and in some twisted way it makes me feel a little responsible."
"Feh," Inuyasha said. "At least he's not like Sesshomaru."
Kagome broke out into full on laughter.
"What's so funny?"
"Sorry Inuyasha," Kagome chuckled. "It's just that you got me thinking. I mean, Sesshomaru is constantly trying to kill you, right?"
"I'm still not seeing the humor here."
"No!" Kagome exclaimed. "I just mean that it's funny that Souta was able to do all this to us, which, while not as deadly as your brother's stunts, left us completely at his mercy. I just find it funny that Souta was able to do what Sesshomaru couldn't."
Inuyasha laughed too. Then he grabbed her hand. "Your hand is freezing! Come here!"
Kagome squeaked. "Inuyasha!"
"Don't argue Kagome! You're cold and we don't know how long we're going to be down here." I wouldn't have been surprised if their faces were both bright red. They seemed the type to blush.
Kagome folded her legs up to her chest and rested her head on Inuyasha's shoulder. "Alright, I won't argue."
He took both of her hands on one of his and brought them up to his mouth. He blew on them and rubbed his thumb over them. Kagome's eyes were wide, but she kept quiet.
"That better?" he asked.
Inuyasha adjusted Kagome's position on his lap and cleared his throat.
I could see Kagome relax. She leaned her head on Inuyasha's shoulder and sighed. "I'm really sorry Inuyasha."
"I thought we already talked about this."
"I know, but I still can't help but feel responsible. Souta is being completely unreasonable." Kagome shot up. "That's it!"
"Inuyasha!" Kagome said excitedly. "Souta won't let us out until we 'confess our feelings', right?"
"Then why don't we just pretend?" Kagome wriggled her eyebrows, "Eh? Eh?"
"Keh, that might just work," Inuyasha commended.
"Yep," Kagome smiled. "When we get out of here Souta will get it."
"I like the way you think. So we just have to act like we are in love and we are home free?"
"Right," Kagome nodded. "Now all we have to do is wait for Souta to check up on us again."
"Ok, no problem."
So they sat down and they waited. And they waited. And waited. And waited some more.
Finally it was the moment they had been waiting for. The walky-talky crackled.
"Hey guys! How are you enjoying your Valentine's Day?" Souta asked.
"Souta, it's really starting to shape up," Kagome replied, winking at Inuyasha. "Inuyasha and I have never been closer."
After a second Souta replied. "I don't believe you."
"What? Why not?" Inuyasha asked.
"I don't know," he said. "It just seems kind of sudden."
"Well…" Kagome started, "… isn't that to be expected? After all, these feelings we've have for each other have just been right under the surface… Something like this would have to happen suddenly… and you created the perfect environment!"
"Ok… well… let me send my girlfriend home and I'll go get you guys out."
"Why do you insist on calling her your girlfriend?" Kagome asked. "She has a name you know."
"I know," Souta replied. "It's just more fun this way. I'll let you guys out in a second."
The walky-talky clicked off.
"Haha!" Kagome hugged Inuyasha and kissed him on the cheek. "We're out of here!"
"Yeah," Inuyasha said with lack-luster enthusiasm.
My doors opened and they raced out, leaving the doors open and allowing me to see what was going on.
"So you guys are really in love now?" Souta asked eagerly.
"Oh yeah," Inuyasha cracked his knuckles.
"Head over heels," Kagome added with a sinister glare.
"Uh, guys…" Souta backed away slowly. "You weren't lying to me, were you?"
"Oh no," Inuyasha approached him. "Whatever gave you that idea?"
"Inuyasha," Kagome smirked, "Don't you think it's time we showed Souta how much we appreciate what he did for us?"
"Oh lets," the smiled. Souta ran with terror. The couple chased.
"And what are you never going to do again?" Kagome asked Souta while he dangled upside down by his ankle in Inuyasha's grasp.
"I'm never going to trap you and Inuyasha anywhere ever again," he said hastily.
"Good." Inuyasha let him down.
"Now go to your room while we decide whether or not to tell Mama."
Souta nodded and took off for his room.
"Oh man is he scared." Inuyasha laughed.
"I almost feel sorry for him…" Kagome sighed. "Almost."
"Oh, I almost forgot!" Kagome dashed inside and came out with a large pink box. "Here Inuyasha, this is for you."
He took the large pink box from her and sniffed it. "What is it?"
"It's chocolate, silly. You Valentine's Day present," she lifted the lid for him. "See? Try some."
He took a bite and spit it out. "I'm not too sure I like this chocolate stuff."
"Oh," Kagome looked disappointed.
"Uh," Inuyasha felt bad. Kagome had gotten him something and he didn't like. And he told her he didn't like it. Not good. "Well, um…" He did the first thing that came to mind. "Thank you." He kissed her. Maybe not the smartest course of action…
Kagome was a little shocked. "What was that for?"
"The chocolate?" he asked.
"I said the chocolate."
"I heard you," Kagome growled and started poking him in the chest. "Next time you kiss a girl you should probably do it because you want to… not because you want to thank them!" She took off Inuyasha's haori. "Here."
She stomped off.
"Kagome wait!" He caught her by the arm.
"I'm sorry," he said sheepishly. "I don't exactly know why I did it."
Kagome sighed. "That's ok. And I wouldn't have minded so much if you hadn't just kissed me because of the chocolates."
"Nothing!" Kagome ran away from him, but he caught up.
"Let me just try something really quick." He kissed her. And she kissed him. They kissed.
Souta crept back inside me and dug around in an old chest. He pulled out what appeared to be a check list.
"Operation: Make Inuyasha and Kagome Fall In Love was a complete success..." He grinned.
Happy Valentine's Day!
:AN: Ugh. It's over… Sorry all… but I had lost my burst of romanticosity near the end…
I hope the ending wasn't too atrocious.