A/N: Here's the last chapter! My new story, called Dream of Me will be coming out very, very shortly if it isn't already…which I don't think it is. Anyway, I hope you guys like my conclusion to this one. Please review and let me know what you think! Thanks for everyone's support!

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My Only Hope
Chapter Forty

"Taka! Let go of his ears!" Inuyasha snapped.

"Daddy, I was playing." Taka explained. "Sorry…"

Inuyasha sighed. "All right, sweetie." He laughed for a moment. "Kagome! Where are you? Are you all right?"

Sango frowned. "She's in the house, Inuyasha. She isn't feeling very well. You might want to go and check on her. She was looking a little green at breakfast this morning, and I don't think I've seen her eat anything all day…"

Miroku nodded to confirm the facts. "That's right, Inuyasha."

"She is going to have another baby. There's nothing wrong with her. Trust me. I'm pretty sure she can smell it just as much as I can." Inuyasha shrugged. "I think I am going to take her away for the day so that she can relax, though…" he thought out loud. "I think it would do her some good to get away from this place for just a little while."

"Yes, it would." Yuka agreed, smiling at Rin, who was chasing after Taka and Toku, begging to be included in their play session. Hikari, who had only recently begun to walk, was laughing and waddling along at her own pace, trying to keep up with the others.

Sesshoumaru took a deep breath. "Take her away for a couple days, Inuyasha. Bring her back when she feels a little better."

"I don't plan on staying gone that long." Inuyasha shook his head. "After all, I want to be here. Kagome won't carry the baby for that long, and since we aren't really sure what will happen, we need to be here in case the same thing happens that happened with the twins."

"True." Sesshoumaru nodded. "Well, come back when you need to."

"Inuyasha?" groaned Kagome. "Where exactly are we going?"

"Away from here for a while." He answered. "To somewhere where you can relax until the baby is born…"

Kagome nodded. She was not in the least surprised when Inuyasha said something about a baby. She could tell she was at least three weeks along. If what her father had explained to her was true, that meant she would only be actually carrying the baby for another five weeks.

Inuyasha and Kagome headed north later that day. They reached the mountains…part of the wolf demon territory. The last time they had heard from Kouga or Ayame had been a long while ago. Inuyasha was not too happy about the idea of seeing Kouga again, but he was mildly curious about how the wolf was doing.

"Hey! Kouga!" Inuyasha called. "Hey! Come out of there!" he yelled. "It's Inuyasha and Kagome!"

After a few seconds, Kouga came to the mouth of the cave and smiled. Holding on to his legs were three small pups. Ayame was smiling and standing behind him.

"Hi!" she waved.

Inuyasha picked up Kagome and jumped up into the cave. "Hey wolf." Inuyasha smirked.

"Hello Inuyasha, Kagome. Have you come to check up on me? I see Kagome is with child again…"

"Number four." Kagome grinned.

Ayame smiled. "That's great. What brings you all the way up here on your own? Isn't your village southwest of here?" she asked. "Are you guys all right? Do you need anything?"

Inuyasha shook his head. "We're getting away from the village for a while, and we ended up here. I was in a nice mood, so we stopped by. Do you guys know of a nice relaxing place we could stay for a couple of weeks?" he asked.

Ayame seemed to be thinking for a moment before she smiled and nodded.

Kouga spoke first. "About five minutes east of here is a bed and breakfast. They allow demons. Ayame and I have visited there before. It is a nice place. There is even an old woman there…she's some type of healer. She's very nice. You should talk to her. She helped Ayame through her first two births…" Kouga smiled, remembering.

"That's nice." Kagome nodded. "Thank you."

"When are you due, Kagome?" asked Ayame.

"Five weeks." She announced.

Kouga laughed slightly. "We may have to come and see the birth. If we are not able to make it, we offer you our blessings." Kouga bowed.

"Thanks wolf."

"Don't mention it, dog breath." Kouga shrugged.

Inuyasha ignored him, picked Kagome up, and headed towards the bed and breakfast.

"This is nice, Inuyasha!" Kagome beamed. "I'll definitely get to relax here! Thank you so much! I love you!" Kagome wrapped her arms around his neck. "We can stay here, can't we?"

Inuyasha smiled at his mate's happiness. "You really want to?"

"Yes!"

"Then we can stay." Inuyasha nodded.

Sango and Miroku sighed. "With this many kids running around, we're lucky we don't go completely insane." Sango whispered. "And Kagome and Inuyasha are bringing another one into the world." She mused.

"I think it's great." Inutaisho nodded. "After all, these are all my grandchildren. The way I see it, the more the merrier."

Izayoi blinked. "You're saying that now. Wait until they are older…" she warned.

"Do you think Inuyasha and Kagome are having a nice time wherever they are?" asked Miroku. "I think we should take a break when they return. I'm sure Kohaku and Hikari wouldn't mind one bit…" he whispered, kissing Sango's cheek.

"Maybe," she nodded.

"You guys shouldn't be relaxing too much." It was Mine.

"Do you ever leave us alone? What is it now?" demanded Sesshoumaru. "Have you come to worry us about something else?"

"Actually…" Mine sighed.

"What is it?" asked Jin. "Spit it out already!"

"Where are Kagome and Inuyasha?"

"Why?" demanded Akira. "What do you want with them? They headed north a couple weeks ago. They will be back in a week, before Kagome gives birth to her child." Akira told the demon.

Mine smiled. "I see." She paused. "Well, actually, that is what I was going to talk to them about. Have you guys already killed the…"

"Don't worry about that." Sesshoumaru shrugged. "We have already killed the demons that we believe were after Kagome and Inuyasha's twins…and the snake youkai that poisoned Rin was killed not long after she died. We haven't run into any further problems…unless you are going to tell us about any more upcoming problems? You might want to do that now, before Kagome and Inuyasha return and Kagome goes into labor. That would be a good idea…" he smirked.

"No, Lord Sesshoumaru." Mine shook her head.

"Then, why are you here?" Akira asked again.

She shook her head. "I have already done what I came here to do." She bowed. "I was just checking to make sure that everything was going to be all right for Kagome's birthing process."

"Why?" asked Yuka in concern.

"No reason." Mine smiled. "Since Lord Sesshoumaru has assured me that all threats have been eradicated, everything should be all right."

"Mine…no offense…but could you leave? If my mom and dad come home, they are going to get worried and think that you have bad news…" Shippo frowned.

Mine sighed. "All right, Shippo." She waved. "I'll leave. I will let Lord Inuyasha and Lady Kagome know that everything will be okay…"

"Why exactly did you feel the need to come and ask in the first place?" demanded Jin in a worried tone.

"Because the snake youkai that poisoned Rin tried to…interrupt the birth last time…but since Lord Sesshoumaru has killed it, it can not possibly cause any problems. I'm off. I'll see you sometime in the future."

"What is she doing here?" it was Inuyasha.

Mine turned. "I was leaving. Everything is fine, Lord Inuyasha." She assured him.

"She was just being paranoid." Sesshoumaru added.

Mine nodded, and left quickly before anything else could be said. Inuyasha stared after her for a moment before shrugging and sitting at the fire across from his father.

"Did you enjoy yourselves?" Inutaisho asked.

Inuyasha nodded. "Yes we did," he smiled. "I think Kagome might have the baby soon, though. She has been really tired lately, so I thought…" Inuyasha explained, and his father nodded.

"Everything is going to be fine, Inuyasha. Mine was just coming by to confirm that is all. Nothing is going to go wrong this time." He pat his son on the back.

"Everyone is saying that. I think Kagome and I have figured that out by now." Inuyasha frowned.

Sesshoumaru stood, and headed for the forest.

"Where are you going?" asked Yuka.

"Demon hunting." He told her. "I want to make sure that there is nothing even close to here that could hurt any of us. Besides, there has to be some reason why us from the future keep sending Mine here to check on everything. I think they are worried about something. There has got to be something that they think is going to catch us off guard…"

"It's not what you're thinking." Kagome told them.

Sesshoumaru turned. "And how would you know?"

"Because I've seen her before." Kagome revealed.

Sesshoumaru blinked. "You've…what?" he demanded.

"I saw her…when we went to the future. I saw my daughter. She was a full demon, Sesshoumaru. That is what they are concerned about. I don't think it has anything to do with demon attacks. They are just wanting to make sure that the baby comes out with all its limbs…" Kagome laughed.

Sesshoumaru did a double take. "The baby is going to be full youkai?" he whispered, and Kagome nodded. "I see…" he smiled. "Well, that's wonderful!"

"Yeah." Kagome agreed.

"I wonder if she looks like you?" Inuyasha mused.

"You'll see." Kagome smiled. "In about a week." She added slyly.

Sesshoumaru nodded. "I'm still going to check the surrounding area for threats. I'll be back in the morning, all right?" He kissed Yuka's cheek, picked Rin up nuzzled her cheek, and sat her back down.

"What if Kagome has the baby by then? We're going to need you here…" Inuyasha began.

"No you won't." Jin revealed.

Inuyasha blinked. "All…right…"

The week passed by slowly. Sesshoumaru returned with good news: absolutely nothing was going to interrupt Kagome. Ayame and Kouga showed up at the end of the week with food and a fur blanket. Kagome, however, had still not had the baby. Another week passed, and Kagome found herself cursing under her breath at her large stomach.

"Inuyasha!" she growled. "When is the baby coming? Why has this had to happen twice? Did Mine say anything to you about it?"

"How could she?" He shrugged. "I was with you, remember?"

Kagome nodded. "Yeah…sorry. I'm a bit crabby…"

"That's okay."

"It'll be all right, Kagome. All of my pups were at least a week late!" Ayame smiled, and Kagome found herself growling once more. Ayame laughed. "Sorry. I didn't mean to upset you…I was just trying to lighten your mood a bit."

"Ayame…" Kouga blinked. "Do you smell that? Follow me!"

"What is it?" she asked, raising her nose into the air.

"That 'disturbance' Sesshoumaru was hoping wouldn't come around." Kouga answered.

Kagome gasped. "What? Now?" She sniffed the air. "Damn it! I can't smell anything!"

"You aren't going anywhere anyway!" Jin growled. "You and Inuyasha are to stay here."

"But..." Inuyasha whined.

"Stay."

"All right."

Inutaisho scrunched his nose, sniffing the air. "Wait a minute, Jin! That's just Mine!" he called. "Although I don't understand why she has business here, either."

"Why hasn't Lady Kagome had the baby yet?" Mine demanded, coming out of the forest.

"I can't just snap my fingers and make it come out!" Kagome snarled. "Why?"

"Nothing…" she smirked. "Lady Kagome and Lord Inuyasha were just a bit concerned when their youngest daughter disappeared!" she growled.

Kagome paled. "She…"

"Don't tell her stuff like that!" Inuyasha jumped, running to his mate. "It's fine, Kagome. Don't listen to her, okay? The baby is fine…" he whispered to her.

Kagome, however, began to cry. "Something's wrong, isn't it? Damn it! Can't anything ever go right?" she sobbed.

"I want you to leave." Jin growled to Mine. "Right now." He paused in thought for a moment. "I can't believe you would bring something like that up in front of her, knowing how much she was already worried about it!" he screamed.

"I just came to warn her, is all."

"She can not force the baby to come out!" growled Inuyasha. "So I do not understand why you would tell her such a thing!"

"Inuyasha!" Kagome cried. "Why does this kind of stuff always happen to me? Am I being punished for something? Why?" she cried. "She disappeared!" Kagome repeated.

Inuyasha took a deep breath. "Yes, Kagome…but she didn't die. She is still inside your stomach…" Inuyasha rubbed his hand across her stomach, and she looked up at him. "See? You can still feel her kicking, can't you? She's fine."

Inuyasha began to rub her ears lightly, and she calmed a little more. "Leave." He growled to Mine. "Do not come back here again. If it's our future, we will figure it out from now on. Got it?" he smirked.

Mine nodded sadly, turned, and left.

Kagome took several deep breaths, trying to calm herself even more. She groaned. "Inuyasha…I…I'm scared. I don't think…" she stammered. "This is too…too stressful…" she sighed.

"It'll be okay…" Kouga smiled at her.

"Ow…Inuyasha…" Kagome yelped. "Mine…she…"

"Scared the hell out of you?" Yuka finished for her.

Kagome nodded, yelping again and squeezing Inuyasha's hand as she did so. "Yeah." Kagome sighed. "And…forced me into labor…" she gasped, squeezing Inuyasha's hand once more. Inuyasha jumped in pain.

"Kagome…ouch…" he whined.

"Be a man, Inuyasha." Sesshoumaru snapped, running into Kagome and Inuyasha's hut and grabbing a blanket and a pillow. "I've got the blanket and pillow!" he announced.

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The baby was born without further incidence several hours later. Inuyasha and Kagome were relieved to see that she was perfectly healthy. She had a tail much like Sesshoumaru's only black, her father's amber eyes, and Kagome's dark ebony hair. She was born with nearly a full set of fangs and a small set of claws. She cried for only a few seconds after her birth, but quieted almost immediately when placed safely in her mother's arms.

"What's her name?" asked Yuka, smiling at the newborn.

Kagome thought for a moment. "Inuyasha in the future told me he trusted me to name her properly…" Kagome remembered. "I wasn't told anything else. I figured someone may have suggested something, like Mine did with Kaname…" she paused. "Any ideas, Inuyasha?"

Inuyasha scratched his head in thought. "I don't know…"

He looked across the room at his mother, who was smiling widely at him. "Come on, Inuyasha!" she clapped. "You can do this!"

Inuyasha smiled. Something had suddenly occurred to him. "I have a suggestion…" he smiled. "If you don't like it, then we don't have to use it…" he added.

"What is it, Inuyasha?" Kagome asked, smiling up at her mate. She was worn out, but still very alert.

"What if we name her Sumire?" he suggested.

Kagome turned the name over in her mind for a moment before smiling and nodding. "Inuyasha…I love it!" she laughed. "Sumire it is!" She looked down at her daughter. "Do you like that, Sumire?" she cooed to her youngest daughter.

The little girl laughed.

"I think she likes it." Jin grinned at his daughter.

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"Inuyasha…" Kagome smiled. "Thank you."

"For what?" Inuyasha frowned.

"Everything." She grinned, wrapping him in a hug and placing a small kiss on his cheek. "For loving me, and for giving me Taka, Toku, Kaname, and Sumire…"

"That wasn't all my doing…" he reminded her. "And besides, why are you being so nice?"

She sighed. "I was thinking…do you think we messed up the future?" she whispered to him.

He glanced at her in surprise, and quickly shook his head. "No, Kagome. We haven't messed up the future. When we are here, we are the ones who determine the future. We can't mess up something that we haven't decided yet, can we? That's exactly what I told Mine…." He reminded her. "I think she understands that. She hasn't been back since the day you went into labor. Maybe someone else besides us has finally realized that it is our future to decide…" he smiled to her.

"That's a good thought," she said nervously.

"Yeah, it is." He agreed, wrapping his arms around her.

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A/N: Bit of a mushy cutesy sort of ending. I wanted to leave this one a little open to interpretation. Hope you guys liked it. I wanted to end it on a happy note! Please review and let me know what you think, and please look for my next story, which should be out very soon.