A/N: Ok, I finally got this done after so long. Well, it wasn't that long. Anyway, I've been preparing for my exams that I have at school. Plus, I had a chorus concert to prepare for. Here's chapter twenty-six. This is a very important one, so make sure you read. It's also, sadly, the last one.
InuYasha couldn't breath. His thoughts were in complete dishevelment. 'It's not supposed to be this way,' he told himself. 'I can't do this. I can't…' He whimpered slightly, feeling trapped. It was as if he had been shoved into a corner with no escape. He could never bring himself to harm his children in any way, even for Kagome. InuYasha brought his hands up to meet his gaze. They were stained with Kagome's blood. The very thought of that sickened him, but adding his children's blood with hers would make his hands even more tainted. 'I can't get Kagome back,' he realized quickly. 'Not like that.'
InuYasha stood up. "I'll have to find another way," he said quietly. He began to run, his feet barely brushing across the ground as he did so. Never before had he felt so determined; he was ready for anything that might cross his path. He soon found himself on the outskirts of the forest. He took in the setting that surrounded him. Among the trees and shrubs stood a castle, its vexing appearance sending chills coursing through his spine. It had an eerie mist engulfing it that seemed to be radiating a huge demonic aura.
He wasted no time, trudging forward to the castle door. As he approached the door he was suddenly sent hurtling backward. "What the hell was that?" he asked no one in particular. 'Naraku must have put up some kind of barrier,' he reasoned. "Well…" He paused, drawing out Tetsusaiga as it illuminated a red hue. "I'll just destroy it!" He swung his sword swiftly; it collided with the barrier, shattering it. InuYasha drew back, sliding the sword back into its sheath.
He rushed forward through the castle doors. He found himself in a large area, though nothing was inside it. The only thing he could see were three corridors leading outside of the room. He glanced at all of them carefully, but was drawn to the one on the left. It seemed to be beckoning him toward it, and though it was faint, he could hear someone softly whispering his name. He eased closer to the hallway, tilting his head slightly. Who was calling him? He couldn't help but continue to step forward; the voice was so alluring, almost persuasive. He entered the corridor, following its lengths as he saw another room ahead.
InuYasha walked inside, gasping as his eyes made contact with the one person he least expected to see. "Kagome!" he cried, rushing to her side. Her body lay sprawled across the floor; her skin was pale and her face felt like ice. InuYasha picked her up, holding her close to his body. "I'm going to get you back somehow, Kagome," he said. "I swear it."
"Is that so?"
InuYasha turned around, seeing Kikyo standing there with an amused smirk on her face.
"It won't be so easy," she sneered. "My spell is far more complicated than you can possibly imagine." She smiled, sauntering slightly closer to him. She placed a cold hand on his face, lightly stroking her fingers across his cheek.
InuYasha jerked his head away from her hand. "You don't have to tell me that," he told her as he gritted his teeth. "I'm the one who's experiencing it first hand, aren't I?" He backed up, still clutching Kagome firmly in his arms. "You know what? I'm gettin' real tired of your damn games, Kikyo." His voice grew menacing as he let the words escape his lips. His body began to quiver with anger. "Just leave me the hell alone!"
"Don't you see that I already have?" Kikyo's figure faded away as she turned around, leaving InuYasha to ponder her statement.
'What does she mean?' he asked himself. His gaze altered to Kagome's lifeless form. 'I want to bring you back, Kagome. I just can't do it, not by hurting our children. I know you would never ask me to trade their lives for your own, so there must be another way.'
InuYasha nodded to himself, quickly making his way back to the large room. 'Right now I just need to concentrate on finding Kyo and Kiana.'
He stopped directly in front of the three corridors as he heard it. The voice had returned, though its direction had changed. He felt his body lean closer to the sound. It seemed to be echoing from the hallway on the right.
It was more adamant this time, nearly pleading him to move forward. InuYasha looked at Kagome again. "I understand," he said soothingly. "You're guiding me." He moved into the right corridor, his feet softly scraping the wooden floor as he did so. At the end of the hallway he came to a door. It was massive, engraved with unique designs that covered the entirety of it. InuYasha reached his hand out to push it.
"Damn it," he muttered. He turned around, slamming his back into the door, trying to force it open. His sensitive ears picked up slight cracking noises as he continued his actions. With a final push it burst open, revealing its holdings.
"Daddy!" Kyo rushed over to InuYasha, latching himself onto his father's leg. "You came to save us!"
"I told you he would, Kyo," Kiana said from the corner of the room. She scampered over to her brother, pushing him aside to give InuYasha a hug. "He just wouldn't listen to me, Daddy."
InuYasha smiled down at the twins, silently thanking the universe for their safety.
"Who's that lady you're holding?" Kyo asked curiously, pointing to Kagome.
"She's someone you knew a long time ago." InuYasha motioned for the two to follow him, trying to lead them out.
"Leaving so soon?" a voice called out.
InuYasha stared around the room, unable to see the source of the voice. "Come on out, Naraku," he hissed. "Let's finish this battle once and for all!"
Naraku laughed softly, his form appearing in the middle of the room. "Try what you will. Your attempts will be in vain." He then surrounded himself in a thick violet miasma.
InuYasha glared at Naraku, placing Kagome in front of Kyo and Kiana. "Watch over her and stay safe," he instructed. "This is my battle. Don't get involved." He turned back to Naraku, pulling Tetsusaiga from its sheath.
Sango was frantic. Tears were streaming down her face as she clung to Miroku's body. "Please, Miroku! You have to make it through this! I know you're strong enough! You've proved that to me countless times before!" She choked on her own words. What if he never woke up? What if she lost him right now? She couldn't bear that thought , not now.
Kirara had transformed into her regular kitten-like state and was now nuzzling her head against Sango, as if to reassure her. Sango gave Kirara a soft pat on the head to show her appreciation.
She quickly averted her eyes back to Miroku. She smiled gently at him. "You're alive," she whispered.
"Of course," he said, his voice weak. "I would never leave you, Sango. I can promise you that."
"I know." She leaned her head on his shoulder. "I almost forgot to tell you," she breathed into his ear. "I'm pregnant."
"Rrrg!" InuYasha swung his sword at Naraku recklessly. Naraku simply dodged the attacks, his lips curling into a smile. "Damn it!" InuYasha screamed, leaping backwards. He knelt down, catching his breath.
"You can do it, Daddy!" Kyo shouted from the back of the room.
InuYasha smiled, feeling a sudden surge of pride. "Yeah," he said. "I can." He pointed Tetsusaiga at Naraku as it began to gather its barrier destructing power. He swung it at his opponent, destroying the miasma that surrounded him. InuYasha drew back, smirking. He pulled the sword over his head. "Kongousouha!" he yelled, bringing the sword down swiftly. Diamond spears emerged, heading straight for Naraku. They converged with the demon's flesh, piercing right through him.
InuYasha ran to the back of the room, throwing his body in front of his children to protect them from the blast. "Is it over?" he asked himself as he glanced around the room.
Naraku was nowhere to be found.
"You did it!" Kyo said excitedly.
"I liked the part when the guy blew up!" Kiana chimed in.
InuYasha laughed. "Yeah, me too."
"So, Naraku is gone, is he?" Kikyo snickered. "I guess he wasn't as strong as I first presumed."
"What the hell do you want now?" InuYasha growled.
"I merely came to congratulate you on your victory against Naraku," she told him.
At that moment, InuYasha did not think. He had lost all self control as he lunged at Kikyo. It was not her that his sword hit, however. It was a silver-haired girl. InuYasha immediately pulled away, sliding Tetsusaiga safely into its sheath. He vaguely recognized the girl. She was Sesshoumaru's daughter, Takara. He looked down at her, now only seeing a puddle of blood. 'What happened?' he thought desperately. He leaned down, touching the liquid with his fingers.
InuYasha's head jolted up. Kikyo was screaming, her hands clutching her chest. She collapsed onto the ground as she writhed. Her breathing was harsh and ragged. She began to shake violently as her body disintegrated.
"What the hell is going on?" InuYasha asked himself. He turned around to pick up Kagome, but she was no longer there. "Where is she?"
"She just disappeared!" Kiana explained. "Just like in that story you always tell us."
InuYasha was in a state of perplexity. He couldn't even fathom how all of this was occurring. He paused, his hands moving to his head. He cried out as a searing pain shot through him. His head was throbbing. He sighed in relief as the pain suddenly receded.
"Are you ok?" Kyo questioned, looking frightened.
"I'm fine," InuYasha replied. "Let's just go." He motioned for them to follow him as he led them back to the main room.
It was Kagome's voice, this time coming from the middle corridor.
"Who's calling you?" Kiana and Kyo asked, looking at their father.
'They hear her too.' InuYasha realized. 'It's not just in my head this time. That means…' He picked up both of his children, carrying them through the final corridor. 'Kagome must be here. She has to." He inhaled sharply as he saw her lying in the middle of the room he had been led to. He placed Kyo and Kiana on the floor, telling them to stay there. He knelt down beside her, brushing his hand across her face. "Kagome," he said softly.
Slowly, her eyes opened to meet his gaze. She smiled at him weakly. "InuYasha."
His eyes widened as he watched her response, praying that he wasn't dreaming. "You're really here," he whispered. "I thought that I would never…" He fought back tears as he scooped her up in his arms.
"You finally figured it out," she said thankfully. "I'm glad."
"I don't understand, though. How is this possible?"
Kagome sighed. "This was all part of Kikyo's spell. She sold the remainder of her soul to it. She had first intended for you to have to kill our children, but somehow it couldn't be done. So, she decided to use something else."
InuYasha nodded. "That Takara girl, right?"
"Yes. She isn't really Sesshoumaru's daughter, though."
"Then how come Sesshoumaru said that she was?" InuYasha alleged.
"That wasn't Sesshoumaru," Kagome explained. "He and Takara were both Shikigami made by Kikyo. In order to get me back, you would have to destroy the Shikigami called Takara and mix the blood that was left with mine. That would release my soul from..."
"My mind," InuYasha finished for her. 'That explains it! Kagome's blood had already covered my hands when I touched Takara's blood! That must have broken the spell! And, Kikyo must have died because she had sold her soul to the spell!'
"Do you understand now?" Kagome asked.
"Yeah," InuYasha said. "I do." He leaned down, kissing her gently. "I missed you," he told her, placing a kiss on her neck.
InuYasha turned to look at his son who had his arms crossed, pouting.
"You still haven't told us who this lady really is!" he complained.
InuYasha grinned. "She's your mother."
It had been seven years since Kagome had first told InuYasha that she was pregnant and three years since her revival. InuYasha was leaning against the sacred tree, relaxing in the afternoon sun. Kyo and Kiana were staying with Sango, Miroku, and their two-year-old son Mateo.
He glanced up to see Kagome smiling in front of him.
"I thought you might want some company," she said, settling beside him.
"I think you're right," he told her playfully.
"I have a surprise for you," Kagome whispered, leaning her head against his shoulder.
InuYasha raised an eyebrow. "And, what would that be?"
She beamed up at him, brushing a strand of raven hair out of her face. "We're having another baby."
InuYasha pulled her into his warm embrace. 'Another responsibility,' he thought. 'I guess these are just the kind of responsibilities that turn into gifts.'
A/N: Well, that's it! That's the entire story! –cries- I'm going to miss this. Oh well, I have another one coming out soon that I think you'll like a lot. I'm so proud! This was my first fanfiction, and I think it turned out pretty good! Well I still want you to REVIEW! I just want to know what your overall opinion of the story was. No flames please.