Life Lessons

Unconditional

"I think I'm in love," Eri said with a dreamy tone and a far off gaze in her eyes.

Ayami and Yuka rolled their eyes. "You say that every week," the latter chided. Ayami nodded taking a sip through her straw.

"Really you guys," she argued, holding up her hands in innocence, "this time I mean it."

"You say that every week too," Ayami retorted causing Yuka and Kagome to giggle.

Eri sighed and rested her head in her hands. "I guess you're right. I just wonder when I'll find the guy if I'll find the right guy."

"What do you know about the right guy?" Yuka questioned. "Why are you even worried about it? You're only fifteen."

"I know, I know, but think about it. My parents were seventeen when they got engaged. I mean, sure, they waited till after college to get married, but still..."

"My mom was seventeen when she married my dad," Kagome put in. "And he was only nineteen."

Ayami put her drink down and sat back. "How did they even begin to know if they were ready? I mean, how do you know if it's the real thing or not?"

"That's a good question." Eri looked depressed. "All my Mr. Rights turn out to be Mr. Duds."

Yuka chewed a French fry thoughtfully and then smiled slightly. "I wonder what it feels like to really, really be in love..."

"It's an amazing feeling. It's wonderful and it makes you happy enough sometimes you feel like you want to burst, but it's also scare and heartbreaking. It's like every emotion all jumbled into one big clump."

They all looked at Kagome, but she wasn't paying them any attention. Her elbow rested on the table and she had her chin in her palm, her eyes focused on the street outside WacDonald's.

"You know it's real when he's the best friend you could ever have. There are times when you can just look at each other and know without a doubt what the other is thinking. You can sit together for hours and never say a word and leave feeling like you've just had the best conversation in the world because your hearts were doing the talking. When he says your name there are butterflies in the pit of your stomach and no matter how long you've known each other, they never go away. When he touches your hand you feel like you're flying and you know that despite all his quirks and no matter how frustrated you get with him or how mad he makes you, you wouldn't change anything about him because if he did change, he wouldn't be him anymore. And it doesn't even matter if he feels the same way because as long as he lets you stay be his side, you'll be happy."

The other three girls sighed in unison. They too had leaned forward with their elbows on the table and their chins resting in their hands.

"That was so romantic."

"I wish I could feel like that."

"Something tells me she's not talking about Hojou-kun." At Ayami's observation the other two started to giggle which made Kagome blush a deep scarlet. She hadn't realized she'd been talking aloud till then.

"You must mean Inuyasha, then." Eri gave her a curious look.

"It might be that Koga guy she mentioned before," Yuka reminded.

This only served to make Kagome blush deepen. "Eh...I was just...I mean...I don't...It's not like I know from experience or anything..." She stuttered trying to cover up her outburst.

The other girls giggled and Eri winked at Kagome, putting a hand on her shoulder. "It's okay, Kagome-chan. We won't tell anyone."