Summary: While trying to get a rise out of Sango, Miroku stumbles on some secret information. How will he react?
I. Am. So. SORRY. I haven't updated in two months! We've had a lot of computer trouble. Once again, I apologize. Well, I won't keep you waiting any longer. On with the chapter!
Disclaimer: No ownage.
The next day, despite Miroku's frustrating behavior of the night before, everything seemed to be ordinary once more, though she still couldn't get his puzzling statement out of her mind.
'Since I'm sure you aren't quite ready to discuss your 'special feelings' for me…then again, that's none of my business, now is it?'
What the hell had he meant, damn it!
For one thing, it obviously meant he hadn't believed her when she'd denied any such feelings, damn him; then again….
She thought hard about what, exactly, she'd said to him when he'd asked his damnable question.
'How I feel about you is none of your business.'
Unconsciously, she gasped softly, her hand flying to her mouth.
So that was it… the reason Miroku kept pressing her, taunting her…
She hadn't denied it.
What the hell had she been thinking! Something had to be –
Sango came out of her thoughts at Kagome's voice and found said miko looking at her, slight concern on her features.
"I'm sorry, Kagome-chan, I wasn't listening…could you repeat that?" the taiji-ya asked, somewhat dazedly, as she looked at her.
"I was just asking if something was wrong; I heard you gasp, and you looked kinda worried…"
"Oh, it's nothing, Kagome-chan," Sango assured the younger girl, smiling and pushing her thoughts to the back of her mind. "I was just thinking about something…"
At these words, a smile slid onto Kagome's face as well, though more devious. "Miroku-sama, perhaps?" she teased.
Sango jumped at the mention of the monk, a slight blush staining her cheeks as she stared at the miko. "Eh! No. No. Definitely not. No way. I was not thinking of him. Why would I? No."
Kagome giggled softly, causing Sango to pause in what was becoming a ramble; she looked sharply at the younger girl. "What?"
"Oh, nothing…" Kagome dismissed her amusement with a wave of her hand. Then she smiled. "So, what happened in the woods last night?"
The question caught Sango off-guard; she stumbled. After regaining her footing, she stared at the miko once more in complete and utter disbelief. "What!"
Kagome's smile turned mischievous. "You heard me."
Sango had known this question would come from the all-too-curious and eager young miko eventually - hell, she was surprised it hadn't come sooner – but it still flustered her to no end.
She swallowed nervously. "Um…"
"C'mon, Sango-chan. I'm your best friend. If you can't tell me, who can you tell?" Kagome inquired in a wheedling tone.
Sango swallowed again, trying and failing to prevent a blush from rising on her cheeks. "Um," she said again, not meeting the miko's gaze. She went on to say, "Er…"
Kagome squealed in delight. "So something did happen!"
"Wha-!" Sango stared at the younger girl for the third time that day, her blush deepening. "Wh-wha-what makes you say that!"
Kagome smiled brightly at both the taiji-ya's question and blush. "If nothing had happened, you wouldn't be so nervous and defensive!"
"I'm not defensive!" Sango denied immediately; Kagome raised an eyebrow and she dropped her gaze. "Ehh… well… what about you and Inuyasha, huh?"
"Oh, no. I'm not falling for that." The miko waggled a finger in the older girl's face, grinning. "Don't try to change the subject."
Sango cursed mentally. "Well… it doesn't matter, anyway! There's nothing going on with Houshi-sama and me!"
Kagome shrugged. "That's not that's not what I asked."
The taiji-ya cursed in her mind again. "Okay, fine! Houshi-sama was his usual perverted self. Are you happy?"
"But something else must have happened!" the younger girl insisted.
"Well, it didn't. Forget about it."
"I said forget it, Kagome-chan!" It was only then Sango noticed that the group's progression had halted. She looked around and realized they had an audience; Inuyasha, Miroku, Shippou, and even Kirara were all watching the two of them very intently.
Her cheeks burned in embarrassment, but Kagome saved her, snapping, "What are you all looking at?" and sending them a powerful death glare that got their legs moving once more.
Sango shot the miko a grateful smile as they continued along, and Kagome smiled back; she whispered, "We'll talk about this later; you've got company." And then caught up to Inuyasha and Shippou, turning her head towards the hanyou and brightly prattling on about nothing.
The taiji-ya blinked in confusion at Kagome's words, but her question was answered as Miroku sidled up next to her.
He stated the painfully obvious: "So, I heard you and Kagome-sama talking about me."
Sango didn't answer, and Miroku leaned down slightly to whisper in her ear, "Methinks the lady doth protest too much…"
"Shut up, Houshi-sama. Just shut up," Sango hissed back through gritted teeth, and he stood straight once more and smiled; after several moments of watching him out of the corner of her eye, she finally gave in and asked, "What are you so happy about?"
He continued looking straight ahead, still smiling. "Oh, nothing. Just thinking."
She watched him warily. "… about what?"
His smile grew. "You."
Sango's face reddened considerably, and she glared up at the monk, though the effect was diminished by the blush. "Why do you do that, eh!"
Gods, he was so infuriating… why, why did he always have to fluster her with his… his… Miroku-ness?
However, the look he gave her now was one of pure confusion. "Do what?"
"I…" She stopped, at a loss for words. "Oh, you know! When you… you just…" She floundered for several moments, when suddenly Inuyasha called back to them.
"Oi, guys! Village up ahead!"
Sango's head snapped up. "Oh! Village!" she said in relief, saved from having to answer. She hurried to catch up with the other members of the group, then looked back at Miroku. "Come on, Houshi-sama!"
The monk in question, who looked to be in thought for a moment, raised his head and nodded with a smile, going to catch up with Sango.
"Excuse me, ma'am," Miroku said, with an expression of utmost seriousness on his face, "But my companions and I were just passing through and I couldn't help but notice a dark cloud hovering over your estate. However, I could easily rid you of it."
Sango rolled her eyes, barely suppressing a snort.
The owner of the finest inn in the village – a middle-aged woman – gasped. "Oh, my! Yes, of course, Houshi-sama! How much will I owe you?" She pulled out a small bag, but Miroku held up a hand.
"No money will be necessary; all I ask is a night's stay for the five of us." He gestured towards the others.
The woman looked at each of them in turn; her gaze lingered on Inuyasha, but after a moment, she tore her eyes away and bowed respectfully to Miroku. "Of course, Houshi-sama. Come right in."
He bowed in turn. "Thank you for your hospitality. I'll begin on the purification ritual immediately."
The woman showed them in and to their rooms, one for the men, one for the women, and then Miroku headed downstairs to begin putting up the ofuda.
Then, once Miroku had vanished down the stairs, Kagome gave her a look that said, 'We're talking now', grabbed her by the arm, and dragged her into their room, shutting the door with a snap.
She turned to face Sango, a devious grin on her face. "So."
The taiji-ya eyed her friend somewhat warily. "…so…"
Kagome cut right to the chase. "What's really going on between you and Miroku-sama? And don't try to deny that it is," she quickly added, seeing the exterminator open her mouth; she closed it somewhat moodily. "Ever since we left you guys alone a few days ago, you've been acting different. So, spill."
Sango stubbornly kept her mouth shut, and Kagome quickly shifted to a different tactic. "You know, I could always call Miroku-sama in here…I'm sure he'd be happy to discuss things with me."
The exterminator didn't budge, and finally the miko sighed.
It was time to pull out the big guns.
"Come on, Sango-chan. Don't you trust me? You know I'll keep your secrets…" She put on her most forlorn expression, and the older girl started to waver; Kagome pounced on the opportunity. "Please…?" She managed to make her lower lip quiver.
After a few moments, Sango sighed. "Kagome-chan, please…you know I trust you, and I know you'd keep my secrets, but this is something I'd rather keep to myself."
Kagome's sad expression immediately transformed into a grin. "So you're admitting you do have feelings for him, then, at least?"
The taiji-ya, weighing her options, sighed and gave a little. "…yes."
"Do you love him?" the miko prodded.
"Don't push it, Kagome-chan." But her fast-spreading blush told it all; Kagome squealed in delight.
"You do! You do! I knew it!"
Sango, red-faced, quickly changed the subject. "So, what do you think we'll have for dinner?"
"Who cares! You love Miroku-sama!"
At dinner that night, Kagome shot Sango frequent expressive looks, her gaze darting to Miroku and back, nudging her, continually mouthing 'Go for it!' and in general attempting to push her towards Miroku.
Sango attempted to ignore her attempts, but was increasingly unsuccessful; however, unable to say anything about it with Miroku – not to mention everyone else - she made to get up and move to another spot, but felt something tugging insistently at her sleeve.
She turned and saw Miroku, who was sitting on the other side of her – when had he gotten there? – a somewhat mischievous smile on his face. "Sango, leaving so soon?"
The taiji-ya sighed. "Houshi-sama, please let go."
"Oh, won't you stay a bit longer?" He put on a pout, and Sango's eyebrow ticked in annoyance.
Even so, after what was quite a long moment, Sango sighed and sat back down – hey, that pout was cute!
However, something didn't feel right about her spot; she shifted slightly and made a face.
God, what the hell was it! It was so damn uncomfortable…
But then, when it moved and grasped her bottom, she knew immediately what it was.
She twitched. "Houshi-sama, you hentai!" she screeched, dealing him a hard slap across the face; he quickly pulled his hand out from under her, rubbing his red cheek and grinning sheepishly.
"I couldn't resist."
Sango said nothing; merely glared at him, yanked her sleeve away, and stormed out of the room.
Thinking back on it, she probably had overreacted, Sango reflected a few minutes later as she lay on her futon in the room she shared with Kagome.
She supposed it was because she had already been on edge because of the miko…ah, well. She couldn't very well go back down now; not after she had left in a huff only a few minutes earlier.
Sango then yawned and realized she quite tired; after all, she'd been unable to sleep much the night before due to that damnable monk's actions and words. And so, with another yawn, the taiji-ya rolled over onto her side and fell asleep.
Sango awoke suddenly in the middle of the night.
Looking around as she rubbed her sleepy eyes, she realized it was quite dark, and spotted Kagome already sleeping peacefully with Shippou in her arms, despite the room divisions.
She had been tired…
Yawning, she rolled over on her other side and closed her eyes, attempting to drift off again; however, after several minutes of tossing and turning, she realized she couldn't sleep.
Sitting up, she looked at the sleeping pair one last time to ensure they were still asleep, then stood and tiptoed out of the room.
Silently, she walked down the hallway, stairs, and to the outside door.
The taiji-ya stepped outside, shutting the door behind her as she closed her eyes and breathed the cool night air in deeply.
"Couldn't sleep, either?"
Sango jumped, turned her head to the right and saw, leaning against the front of the inn, Miroku.
A/N: I shall end this here. Not much action in this chapter, but hey, it's an update. XD This is more of a filler; there'll be a lot more happening in the next chapter; I already have it all mapped out and some of it written. And now, onto the reviews!
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