The Dating Game

Prologue

by. Brown Eyed Bakas

A/N: OK, the set couples are InuKag, SessKagura, MirSan, KohakuRin and KougaAyame. Despite anything, I mean ANYTHING, which might come up to distract you.

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"Jig…saw?" Ayame raised her eyebrow quizzically.

"Jigsaw Café, it's really cozy inside. Come on!"

Caught by the hand, Ayame found herself being dragged into the small coffee shop. The first thing she noticed was the counter to her right. The center of the café was filled with little, circular red tables and flannel covered stools. Along the edges are lonely over-stuffed chairs with a table attached, which are about the size of a folded newspaper. There was a cozy two-person seat in the far, more isolated corners. There was scarcely anybody there.

The whole place smelled of vanilla and coffee, a cozy sanctuary to the bleak weather outside the large glass pane windows that made up the front wall.

Ayame let out a content sigh and smiled. She walked up to the counter.

"Hi, I'm Kagome. Can I get anything for you?" The nice looking lady at the front smiled.

"Hi, can I have a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin?"

"Certainly. Would you like it to go?"

"Yes please."

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Kagome hummed as she fastened the straps of her apron. Watching the younger girl hastily cleaning the counter, it's hard to believe it's been a year since Ayame first came.

How time flies… Kagome frowned, and then laughed inwardly. I'm getting old too.

Suddenly, a loud slapping sound slit through the murmuring air of the café

Kagome blinked in surprise and turned to see, as usual, Miroku had a glowing red handprint on his face.

"Miroku, when will you ever learn?" Inuyasha's eyebrow twitched. "It's pathetic seeing you like that every single day."

"You're right." Miroku rubbed his face. "I think the mark's becoming permanent…"

"Keep doing that and it will become permanent!" The corner of Sango's mouth twitched.

"Ah, you guys…" Kagome smiled earnestly.

"Baka…" Kagura sighed. "Why do I still come here?"

"Because… you're in love with somebody here?" Ayame guessed blindly. She looked around the café… Kouga, Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha, Miroku… not very good candidates for dating.

Well… Kouga's already taken… by me, of course! A light shone in Ayame's eyes.

Kouga froze, his cup to his mouth, as he sensed Ayame's gaze burning a heart-shaped hole in his back. "Well… what a day, I'm gonna hit the hay now. See you everybody!"

Sesshoumaru peered up from his newspaper at Kouga's still steaming mug. "It's 2 PM."

"Kouga-kun, where are you going?" Ayame pouted.

"Away from you…" Kouga muttered.

"It's OK; I understand that you think giving us a little break would be good. I'll see you tomorrow!" Ayame chirped brightly.

Inuyasha spat his coffee out onto the gleaming floor as he burst into laughter.

"Inuyasha, sit down." Kagome snarled. "I just cleaned the floor!"

Naturally, Inuyasha sank back into his seat.

Kagura smirked as she sipped her coffee. "Serves you right, mutt."

Quietly brooding, Inuyasha crossed his arms, muttering to himself.

Kagome sighed. Who needs soap operas when we have this?

The next while was quite uneventful, except Inuyasha's curses as he was made to clean up the floor.

Slowly, as the night started to fall, the customers left one by one, giving Kagome a rare moment of peace. But instead of silently thinking, Kagome pulled out a thick notebook. Something Ayame said left her thinking.

"Because… you are in love with someone here?"

What if she was to play… matchmaker?

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Author's Note:

Unlike our last project, this one idea came up at noon. This one just kind of… popped out. Repeating what was said earlier, the set couples are InuKag, SessKagura, MirSan, KohakuRin and KougaAyame. Despite anything, I mean ANYTHING, which might come up to distract you. It's a dating game after all (hence the title). Even though we just gave the spoiler… well, we know how annoying it is to read a story and have it turn out to be something you would actually hate.

R + R!