Because Of You

Summary- It's Kagome's 'Time of the month' again. On a stormy night when a demon attacks, Kagome gets separated from Inuyasha and Koga rescues her and brings her to his cave. Could this rescue turn out to be the worst thing that ever happened to Kagome, Koga and Inuyasha? Loyalties will be put to the test and anger will rise, as the tension grows thick. What happens to cause all of this violence and hatred and mistrust?

Chapter One

Separation

It was growing late by the time Kagome appeared at the bottom of the well in an ominous glow of purplish light. As soon as her feet made contact with the ground, she was nearly weighed over by her large yellow bag that was flung over her right shoulder. She managed to regain her balance, however, and sighed as she peered up to the opening of the well.

'It's a long ways up,' she thought tiredly. 'Why does Inuyasha always have to have this much ramen?'

Pulling the other strap of her bag over her left shoulder, Kagome braced herself for the long climb up the ladder that she had brought with her from her time to make her unavoidable hauling of supplies much easier.

'Plus, it's my time of the month.' A voice reminded her from somewhere in the back of her mind, causing Kagome to stop, hanging on the middle rung of the ladder. 'I wonder if demons will go nuts over the fact that I'm bleeding...?'

Pushing the embarrassing question aside for later pondering, she continued her climb up the ladder. She had almost made it to the top when a pair of triangular dog-ears popped over the edge, soon followed by a pair of golden eyes. "Kagome, are you all right?" Inuyasha wanted to know.

His deep voice startled her and Kagome squeaked in surprise and accidentally released the rung that she was clinging onto and fell backwards. Inuyasha reached down and seized her wrist and caught her before she had a chance to plummet to the bottom of the well, which was not far enough to kill her, but it probably wouldn't have felt too good to hit the ground. "You moron!" He shouted, more out of relief that he had caught her, than anger. "You're not supposed to let go!

"Well, I wouldn't have let go if someone hadn't come up and scared the crap out of me!" Kagome countered as Inuyasha pulled her out of the well and sat her safely on the ground.

Inuyasha snorted, "Keh, yeah right! It isn't my fault that you're such a coward."

Kagome closed her eyes and counted to ten, something that was quite common for her to do when she was irritated over Inuyasha's rude remarks. It was a way for her to try and lessen her anger...and it didn't even work half of the time. She had no idea why she still did it. Maybe because it had grown into a habit.

"And anyway," Inuyasha ranted on as if he didn't notice her anger level rising. He probably didn't, considering that this was Inuyasha and he was egotistical and had a hot flying temper. Kagome was almost the same way, except that she was not as egotistical as she was sensitive. "What took you so damn long to get back? I thought you said you'd be back in three days, not four! I was about to come and drag you back myself, but Miroku wouldn't let me. We lost almost a whole week in searching for jewel shards because of you! And every day lost, another day Naraku possibly grows stronger! Don't you get it yet?"

"Inuyasha," the young girl said.

"Yeah, what?" He demanded.

"Sit boy!" The odd command was immediately followed by a loud thud and a groan.

"Damn it, Kagome! Why do you always have to use this stupid thing every time I turn around?" Inuyasha demanded heatedly, pushing himself up slowly.

"Because," Kagome replied hotly. "A certain someone hasn't learned yet that if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all!"

Inuyasha wiped the dirt off of the side of his face. "And what was it I said that was mean?"

Kagome sighed loudly and rolled her eyes. "You can be so clueless sometimes!"

Inuyasha dusted his red kimono off and stared at her. He folded his arms across his chest, sticking his chin out defiantly, like a rebellious teenager, which he was, sort of. "What does that supposed to mean?" He wanted to know.

Kagome sighed. She was not feeling all that well due to her stupid time of the month, what with cramps and sometimes even terrible headaches and body aches. She had already been on her monthly for two days and it would not be over until that next week. "Inuyasha...just, please be a little less angry. I haven't been feeling well for two days. And I guarantee that I won't be feeling good until next week." She muttered the last part unhappily.

Inuyasha's arms dropped to his sides and he peered into her eyes. He then touched her forehead with his right hand before touching his own. "You don't have a fever. What's the matter with you?"

Kagome groaned, realizing that she had practically told him of what was wrong with her. She hadn't meant to, but she had known that it was going to come about eventually. However, she was expecting it to be another day where she would sit down with him and explain it to him. She was hoping that she would have a break that day. She just forgot about Inuyasha and Shippo's sense of smell.

"And why are you bleeding?"

Kagome nearly fell over. "W-What? What do you mean?" She asked, her face turning a light shade of scarlet.

"Kagome, don't lie to me." Inuyasha said, his tone and expression growing serious. "I can smell your blood. Are you hurt? What happened?"

'He's worried over a little blood. Well, seeing as he doesn't know what a girl's period is, he has a right to be concerned. I just don't want him to be worried, but I don't want to explain it to him. Looks like I'll have to.'

Kagome smiled. "No, I'm not hurt. Honest. It's just..." she broke off with a nervous laugh as her face grew a darker shade of crimson.

Inuyasha blinked his large, golden eyes at her. He was confused, but was waiting for an explanation. "Just what?"

Kagome sighed. "Look, I'm going to have a hard time telling you this, not just because it's sort of complicated, but because it's embarrassing, too." She looked up into his yellow eyes, which stared back at her. She realized that, even though she rarely saw it, those eyes watched over her every night, protecting her from any danger. She looked away for a moment and seen a few lightning bugs floating from the ground, up, higher, into the sky, their yellow lights blinking. They set up a somewhat romantic scene and here she was, about to tell Inuyasha about her time of the month.

Very romantic.

She kept her gaze away from Inuyasha while she explained, somewhat. "I'm on my monthly and when I'm on it, it usually lasts for a week and I bleed and I get these headaches. And I get cramps."

Inuyasha asked, "Cramps?"

Kagome turned to face him, her face still a little red. "Yeah. Just pains that happen around in here." She motioned toward her sides, right above where the waistband of her skirt started and right below her navel. "It really hurts."

Inuyasha's eyes widened, "Oh. I-I didn't know you were in pain. We'll stay behind one more day if you need us to."

Kagome bit back a small laugh. Just a few minutes ago, he had been lecturing her because she had kept them stuck at Kaede's for almost a week and when he finds out that she has a few pains, he offers to stay one more day just for her. That offer made her feel a little special. Unfortunately, she had to turn down his offer. "Oh, no. It's fine. I have some medicine that I can take. I'll take some when we get to Kaede's hut. Which reminds me...why are we still here at the well?"

Inuyasha growled, "Maybe because a certain someone told me to sit!"

Kagome turned and started walking. "If you don't come on, I'll say it again. Remember, I don't have the patience to deal with you like usual."

Inuyasha bolted and caught up with her. A bright flash of lightning caused both of them to freeze in their tracks and look up at the darkening sky. A low rumble of thunder followed after it. "Here, get on my back." Inuyasha bent over for Kagome to get on easier.

Kagome stared at his back and the thought of him running and jumping, her stomach against his solid back, made her cringe. "No, it'll hurt my stomach. I'll just walk."

More lightning flashed and was impetuously accompanied by thunder. "No, I'll carry you." Inuyasha persisted from behind Kagome.

"I told you, I'll walk. Ah! Hey, what are you doing?" Kagome squeaked. Inuyasha had lifted her up bridal style and had taken off running. It was very comfortable and did not cause her any pain whatsoever.

Inuyasha smirked when he seen her relax in his arms. "You're too slow. I'm much faster."

Kagome glowered up at him as he swiftly dodged trees. "You have an advantage, dog boy."

"Just because I'm half demon doesn't have anything to do with it."

"Um, yes it does."

"Feh. Whatever." He muttered.

The village came into view and Inuyasha skidded to a stop right in front of the entrance to Kaede's hut. He set Kagome on the ground and they both went inside. It seemed as if the storm had been holding off for them to get inside because as soon as they were sheltered, rain began to pour down heavily. "If you had walked," Inuyasha began. "You would still be out there walking in the rain."

"Inuyasha," Kagome said tiredly. "Sit."

Inuyasha fell to the floor. "Gah!"

"Kagome, ye need to try and not sit Inuyasha so much in my hut." Kaede said.

"I'm sorry, Kaede." Kagome apologized. She sat down and began to dig around in her bag, ignoring the stares she was getting from Miroku and Sango and Shippo. After shuffling through the things in her bag for a while, she gasped before groaning, "Oh, no! I forgot my medicine at home."

Inuyasha sat up. "Well, come on, we'll go get it."

"Medicine?" Miroku and Sango asked in unison.

"Kagome, have ye fallen ill?" Kaede asked in a concerned tone. The others waited for her answer eagerly.

"No, I um...I'll explain later. It's complicated. Right now, I have to go and get my medicine." Kagome said nervously, jumping to her feet and heading over to Inuyasha, who picked her up once again and they fled.

"I hope they will make haste and be careful." Kaede murmured.

"So do I, Lady Kaede." Miroku agreed. "So do I."

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The rain was pattering down on Inuyasha as he raced through the woods with only the second layer of his kimono on. He had draped the outer layer over Kagome to try and keep her as dry as possible. But she had refused to take it at first, telling him that he would end up sick if he did not keep it on. He had told her that since she was already not feeling well that she should try and not end up in an even worse position with a cold, or even the flu.

They were almost at the well when Kagome gasped, causing Inuyasha to skid to a stop. "What is it?" He demanded.

"I sense a shard of the jewel..." Kagome murmured. It's coming this way, really fast."

Without warning, something slashed Inuyasha across his back, causing him to fall on top of Kagome into the wet grass. He winced in pain and pushed himself up and turned to look at the demon, which seemed awfully weak. "Hand over the shards of the jewel." It commanded in its deep tone. "Hand them over and I will consider sparing the both of you."

"Heh. Like I'd ever hand the jewels over without a fight. And even then I probably wouldn't hand them over." Inuyasha said, unsheathing his Tetsusaiga. "You'll have to go through me to get them."

The demon snickered. "It seems that woman there possesses them. And she probably cannot protect herself as well as you can, half-breed."

Kagome, from where she sat on her knees in the soaked grass, the kimono still draped around her, watched on in fear.

Inuyasha growled in indignation. "You leave her alone. If you want the shards, you'll have to go through me."

The demon smirked. "As you wish." He suddenly lunged forward with speed that almost matched Koga's and drew a sword, which he plunged through Inuyasha's stomach. He had thrust it so deep that he was able to pull the handle of the sword through Inuyasha's back. Kagome gasped as she seen the sword enter through Inuyasha's mid-region and exit from his mid-back. Inuyasha fell to his knees, more surprised than anything else. That demon had attacked with so much unexpected speed and ferocity that it was almost frightening.

"Now, I can get what I want from you, miko." The demon sneered at Kagome, who had fell onto her back and was trying to crawl away. She looked over at Inuyasha, who was lying on the ground in a bloody heap. His sword's transformation had been reversed. "Inuyasha..."

"Run, Kagome..." Inuyasha choked out, trying to push himself up in order to kill the demon. "Get out of here now!"

"But I can't leave you..." Kagome protested.

"Just go, damn it." Inuyasha commanded. He had pulled himself up to his feet and was barely standing. He staggered forward a step and his sword transformed once again.

"Well," the demon commented, his tone one of disappointment. "It appears that half demons have the will to fight like a full demon. But they are more annoying because they refuse to die."

Inuyasha smirked, showing Kagome that he was still fully conscious and that he still had plenty of fight left within him. "Go Kagome. Get out of here and find shelter. I'll handle this jackass."

Kagome nodded, almost certain that Inuyasha could handle himself against a demon of such weak stature. The only reason Inuyasha was so fatally injured this early on in battle was because the demon had caught both of them off guard and had attacked with a cheap shot to Inuyasha's back. "Be careful," she murmured before jumping up and running off into the dark woods.

She had gotten turned around due to that demon's attack and had no idea where she was headed. The only thing in front of her was dark woods that continued to get thicker and thicker with no paths and no sign of human life. She glanced to the left and right and saw nothing but trees and bushes. With every step she took, she more she got lost, and the more she became scared. She finally stopped after what seemed to be an eternity of running and panted for air.

The rain was continuing to pour down and the kimono over her was already soaked. At first it had provided her with wonderful shelter against the elements. But now it had become just as worthless as her wet clothes. At yet, she continued to keep it draped around her. Was it because she was attempting -- and failing miserably -- to keep warm? Or was it the fact that it was Inuyasha's kimono -- which had kept her safe on more than one occasion -- that made her want to keep it so close to her? Well, she was not simply going to toss it away as if it were an unneeded lollipop wrapper. It was Inuyasha's clothing, for crying out loud. She wasn't going to just discard it.

She was about to start walking -- and see if she could find her way back to Kaede's village -- when a voice snickered all around her. She could not figure out where the voice was coming from. At one point it seemed to be right next to her ear and at another point it seemed to be right in front of her. "That half breed actually thought that I couldn't defeat him. How pitiful. He can withstand Naraku's incarnations and other more powerful demons and yet, he falls because of me. Weak, humble old me. He was a pathetic excuse for a half demon. But he probably would have been an even more pitiful excuse for a human, or demon."

Kagome was spinning around in circles, trying to find the source of the voice. She knew what he looked like -- only too well. She just needed to know where he was. But what was the point of that? She had no weapon, so how could she hurt him -- much less kill him? "W-Where are you? Show yourself, you coward!"

"Are you trying to hasten your fate, young miko?" He taunted. "If you wish to die right now, by all means, please tell me. I will make sure you die quickly. Unlike your beloved Inuyasha. I made him suffer."

Kagome gulped back a sob. "He isn't dead! He's stronger than that!"

"Is he? Are you certain of that?" The demon question, tormenting her with every word. "You have not seen his mutilated body yet, am I correct?"

"Then, how can I possibly believe you when you say he's dead?" Kagome demanded.

"Face it, miko." He continued. "You know he's dead, you feel it in your heart. You can feel him slipping away from you. Can you not?"

"No!" Kagome shrieked. "I don't believe you!"

"That is not of my concern, if you believe me or not. But I know he is dead. I ripped him open and seen his insides." The demon said. "Just hand over your shards and I will spare you and let you give your lover a proper burial, even though he does not deserve it."

Kagome felt the tears dripping from her eyes and sliding down her cheeks. She did not believe this demon. She was just afraid, alone, and cold, and confused. "Come out of the shadows, now!" She cried. "You are just like Naraku, hiding in the darkness and using demented schemes!"

"Do not ever compare me to that filth Naraku." The demon commanded. "I am much better than that wretch."

"Then prove it to me and come out!" Kagome couldn't help but smirk when she sensed three more shards approaching at a great speed. What made her smile grow bigger is when the demon leapt out of the shadows on her left and was prepared to attack. Only it didn't happen. Koga had leapt into view and had delivered a powerful kick to the demon's jaw, sending him flying into a tree before collapsing to the ground. He jumped back up and glared.

"Another demon coming to your aid, miko? You must be very special to them." The demon wiped the blood off of its jaw. "Ah, it appears that this wolf has some shards of his own. How wonderful for me. The more the merrier. I will destroy him, just as I did that mutt, Inuyasha."

Koga looked down at Kagome. "You can't be serious..."

Kagome just stared at the demon, the tears still falling. "That's what he says, but I don't believe him."

Koga had no time to respond when the demon flung himself at Koga, who dodged easily with the power of the shards in his legs. He followed his dodge with a hard punch, which missed since the demon almost matched Koga's speed. Koga smirked as the jewel shard in his arm glowed. "Not bad for such a weak demon. You almost match my speed."

"Am I really as weak as you claim I am, wolf?" The demon wanted to know. "I was the one who eliminated Inuyasha, the half demon rumored to be so powerful."

Koga snorted, "Yeah right. Inuyasha's probably left behind in the woods somewhere, seeing as you're almost as fast as me. You probably ran away from him just to get to Kagome."

The demon scowled and let out a fierce growl. "Hold your tongue, wolf!"

Koga smirked. "So that is what's wrong with you. You chickened out and ran away from him, didn't you?"

"No, I did not!" The demon roared angrily. "You need to learn when to keep your mouth shut!"

The demon charged for Koga, who dodged his sword and followed up with a kick to the demon's ribs. Kagome gulped at the sickening crack that seemed to echo through the small area. Koga stood in front of Kagome as the demon struggled to stand, which was not easy due to his ribs being cracked. "I'll kill you for this, wolf..." the demon snarled, barely able to stand.

Koga laughed. "I'd like to see you try."

"There's a shard in its forehead." Kagome whispered. Koga nodded, without looking away from the demon.

The demon lunged for Koga, his expression one of irritation and anger. Koga waited until the last second to attack, plunging his entire arm through the demon's head and ripping out the shard. The demon let out a massive cry before it burst into dust and dissipated. Koga held onto the shard and turned to Kagome. "Are you all right?"

Kagome only managed to nod.

"Come on, I'll take you back to the cave and let you dry off and rest." Koga said softly, hardly audible over the rain.

"But what about Inuyasha?" Kagome asked, turning and looking in another direction -- the direction she thought was where Inuyasha was. "Can't we go check on him?"

Koga snorted, "Dog shit is all right. Trust me, he doesn't die that easily. He'll come by and get you later on."

Kagome gazed off into the distance, her soaked hair sticking to her face. "All right. Let's go."

Koga lifted her up bridal style and took off, faster than Inuyasha's speed. She was glad that he had lifted her up bridal style because she was not in pain and she was not about to tell him that she was having pains. Inuyasha, she could tolerate telling. But Koga was an entirely different story altogether.

They arrived at the cave a short time later and Koga took Kagome inside and made sure that there was a fire for her to keep warm with. He asked if she was hungry and she told him no, which was the truth. He told her to rest up and that if Inuyasha came by, he would wake her up and let her go home. Ginta and Hikkaku were sound asleep and Koga went to the mouth of the cave and was keeping watch.

Kagome had tossed and turned and had thought about Inuyasha constantly. Was he all right? Was he at Kaede's, getting bandaged and some rest? Was he searching for her? Well, since this was Inuyasha, he probably was not getting any rest and was stubbornly up searching for her.

She rolled over and looked at roof of the cave. She thought about earlier that day when she had to tell Inuyasha about her monthly. It had been sort of amusing. But then she thought about Koga and his sense of smell. Hadn't he smelt the blood on her? She figured that if he did, he was just being polite -- which was normal for Koga -- and keeping it to himself. Or maybe the rain had somehow gotten rid of the smell.

She rolled over and faced the back of the cave and closed her eyes. She soon began to doze off, but was awoken instantly when a pair of arms snaked around her waist. Kagome gasped and tried to sit up, only to have the arms seize her shoulders and push her down again and jerk Inuyasha's kimono top off of her and toss it away. "Now, now," a masculine voice purred. "Just relax."

Kagome's eyes widened. "K-Koga?"

"Who else? Those two wouldn't think to mess with you, knowing I'd kill them in an instant." Koga said, meaning Ginta and Hikkaku.

"W-What are you doing?" Kagome stuttered, squirming in his tight grip. Her heart was racing, not because she was happy or nervous, but because she was terrified. What was going on with him? He seemed normal earlier, so what happened?

"Something I should have done the very first day I met you." Koga replied.

Kagome shuddered when he kissed her neck. "No...don't."

"Why not, Kagome?"

"I-I don't want this..."

She heard Koga growl and felt it reverberate through his body and against her back. "I didn't ask you if you wanted it, now did I?" His voice was hard.

"Koga...please, no." Kagome begged. She tensed when he rested his left hand on her thigh. She gulped back a sob and bit her lip, unsure of what to do. "Just stop..."

Koga slid his hand up a little, teasing her. "Why should I?"

Kagome took a deep breath. Her heart was racing so hard that it was beginning to hurt her chest. "I don't belong to you..." she whispered. It took a lot of guts, but she did it anyway.

Koga smirked against her neck, dragging his fangs lightly across her pulse. "Well," he sneered. "Who do you belong to?"

Kagome thought for a moment before answering, "Inuyasha."

That one word infuriated Koga to the brink of insanity. His grip tightened around her waist. "We'll just have to change that, now won't we?" He demanded in a gruff voice.

Kagome felt her heart skip, "What...what do you mean?"

Suddenly, a pair of fangs sank into her neck, causing her to wince in pain and reach up to grasp the fresh wound. When she pulled her hand away from the small injury and examined it, she seen that a few stains spotted it. "What did you do to me?" She asked, wishing that she were home, safe and sound in her bed.

"I marked you to be my mate." Koga said, grabbing her shoulder roughly and spinning her onto her back so she could look him in the eyes. "You will be my mate." He told her.

Kagome's eyes grew bigger. "But...But I don't want to be..."

"I don't care about what you want." Koga said, his blue eyes staring at her blankly. He climbed on top of her and held her down by her shoulders.

"Koga..." Kagome murmured. His eyes held lust and desire. It was his demonic instincts that had taken over. So he had smelt the blood, but had tried to contain himself the entire time. And maybe the only reason that he had saved her from that demon when he had was because he had smelt her blood and was concerned. He knew that something was going on with her...something dealing with the female body. And he desired her body for himself. He was beginning to show it. It was all now becoming clear. "No...don't!"

Koga growled in annoyance and backhanded her across the face. Kagome lie there for a moment, staring at the side of the wall as the pain slowly subsided. When she turned to look at Koga once more, she felt something run down from her lip. She reached up and felt with a shaky hand. Blood. She was bleeding, all because of Koga. "You will...no questions asked."

"I know you don't want to do this..." Kagome said softly, knowing that it was a daring move. "You're in there, Koga. I know you are."

Koga, who had been trying to remove her skirt, hesitated. But he soon continued and was about to rip her skirt off entirely when she thrust her knee straight up into his sensitive spot. He released her instantly and fell over in pain. Kagome did not take this opportunity for granted. She leapt up and began to run out of the cave when she heard him get up and growl in anger. She then heard him coming after her. She came up with a quick plan and dived into Ginta's lap, waking the sleeping wolf demon impetuously. "Huh? What's going on? Oh, Sister Kagome."

"Hi, Ginta." Kagome said, hiding the mark on the left side of her neck. Luckily for her, it was dark inside the cave due to the fire going out and Ginta did not notice the blood coming from her lip. "I was just wondering if you would take me back to Kaede's village."

Ginta looked surprised. "Um...couldn't Koga take you?"

Kagome gulped, which Ginta did not see. She needed to come up with something and quick. "Well...I would like to get to know you a little better...you know. We haven't really talked that much since we met." She forced her best smile, hoping that he would by it.

"All right. I guess it wouldn't hurt. And on my way back, Koga, I'll catch some more fish." Ginta said, standing up and stretching.

Kagome did not dare to look back at Koga. She was too afraid and thought that he would attack Ginta for trying to get her out of there -- even though he had no idea of their earlier situation. But to her surprise, Koga simply said, "Hurry back. And be careful."

"Sure thing." Ginta said, heading out of the cave. Kagome risked a glance back at Koga. He had sat down and was glaring at her.

"This isn't finished." He growled. "I'm not done with you."

Kagome's eyes widened and her heart began slamming against her chest once more.

"Sister Kagome? Are you coming?" Ginta called.

"Y-Yeah," she managed, even though her mouth felt as dry as a desert. "I'm on my way." She stared into Koga's blue eyes for another moment before turning and running out of the cave after Ginta. She could feel those blue eyes boring into her back until she disappeared into the thick fog that had rolled in after the rain.

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"Let me go look for her, damn it!" Inuyasha cursed. "I have to find her!"

Kaede sighed. "Ye need to be patient and rest. Those wounds have yet to recover, since ye just became injured." She took a sip of her tea. Even though it was late, they had stayed up to tend to Inuyasha's wounds and wait for any sign of Kagome's return. No sign had come.

"Kaede is right," Miroku agreed. "Sango and I will go looking for Kagome while you get some rest and try to recover."

Inuyasha snorted. "Yeah right! These are just flesh wounds. Nothing to be concerned about."

Sango raised an eyebrow. "Is that why we found you unconscious in a puddle of your own blood?"

Inuyasha growled, but didn't reply.

"Besides," Miroku went on. "I don't think Kagome would like to see you in your injured state. She hates it when you get hurt. Try to rest and see if the bleeding will stop. All of this ranting and pacing has gotten your wounds bleeding more profusely."

Inuyasha glanced down at his halfway bare chest. The only things covering his chest were bandages and they were already halfway soaked with crimson liquid. "So what? What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

"True." Kaede said. "But in order for ye to get stronger, ye need rest. So lie down and rest!"

Inuyasha ignored her and sniffed the air. His eyes grew large and he leapt up and raced out of the hut. "It's Kagome!"

Kagome was walking alone since she told Ginta that she would be all right by herself since it was only a little ways away. She had a terrible headache and bad cramps and was desperately wishing that she had her medicine. But what hurt most of all was her heart. Koga had hurt her, all in an attempt of selfish gain. She gulped back a sob.

'What is Inuyasha going to do when he finds out? Koga marked me! What am I supposed to do now?'

Kagome stumbled over a rock and fell to her knees. She shivered as a chill coursed up her spine. Her eyes began to water when she thought about the pain from his slap, the stinging from his mark. It had stopped bleeding and had crusted over. But she was more concerned about Koga's threat before she had left. She climbed to her feet and began walking on.

'He said that he wasn't finished with me. What does he have planned? I hope he's not going to...no, he can't! He just can't. I thought he was my friend. I thought that he loved me enough to never hurt me. But it was his instincts...I'm so confused.'

"Kagome!" A distant, familiar voice shouted. "Kagome? Where are you?"

Kagome gasped. "Inuyasha! I'm over here!" She raced to where she had last heard the sound and seen Inuyasha walking through the fog. When he seen her, he stopped.

"Kagome, are you all right?"

'I got myself into another mess. What's Inuyasha going to do? I hope he doesn't get mad...'

"Kagome?" Inuyasha took a step forward.

'I thought I could trust him...now he's after me. He's not done with me yet. How could I have let this happen?'

"Kagome, what's wrong?" Inuyasha wanted to know. "Where have you been?" He suddenly growled. "You were with that wolf, weren't you?"

Kagome felt the tears brimming at her eyes. He was angry already and he didn't even know. Without warning, she flung herself at Inuyasha and he caught her against his chest. She was sobbing against him. "Kagome..."

"Inuyasha...I'm so sorry!" She cried. "It's all my fault! I'm sorry..."

Inuyasha looked puzzled, but relaxed and smiled a little. "If you're talking about the demon, then don't be sorry. It was all my fault."

Kagome pulled away from him and kept the mark hidden. "No...not that." She heard Inuyasha gasp and realized that he seen her face.

"Kagome, what happened to you? Did that demon hurt you?"

Kagome flinched and continued to cry silently. "No..."

Inuyasha reached up and cupped her chin with his hand and turned her to face him. She had jumped as soon as he had touched her skin. "What happened, Kagome?"

The young girl gulped and decided to go ahead and tell him. "Koga...did this to me." She did not dare to look over at the half demon. She heard him growling in indignation and that told her to keep her eyes off of him.

"What else did he do?" Inuyasha demanded heatedly. But she could tell that he was more concerned about her than anything else.

"This." Kagome replied, turning and moving her hair to reveal the mark. It was dry and was bruised.

Inuyasha looked away, shaking in anger. His bangs had come down and were hiding his eyes from her. She touched his arm and he jerked it out of her grasp. "Just...leave me alone!"

Kagome pulled her hand back as if she had been burned. "Inuyasha..." she began sobbing again. "I'm so sorry. I-I didn't know what he was going to do. He saved me from that demon and took me to his cave where Ginta and Hikkaku were sleeping. He told me to rest and that if you came by, he'd wake me up and let me go with you, but..." she trailed off.

"I guess he had other plans." Inuyasha said, his voice low.

Kagome stared at him for a moment, the tears still falling. "He's not finished with me yet!" She cried. "I woke Ginta up before he could do anything to me and when Ginta wasn't paying attention, Koga told me that it wasn't over and he wasn't finished with me..."

An awkward and sad silence followed Kagome's last sentence. Inuyasha did not want to say anything and neither did Kagome, since she was too busy sobbing. But after a while, Kagome whispered, "I'm afraid, Inuyasha. It's all my fault I got into this, but I'm scared. You have a right to be angry with me. But...please, tell me what's going to happen next."

Inuyasha turned to face her and said, "I don't know, Kagome. And this isn't your fault. You had no idea. It's all his fault and I'm gonna make him pay for what he did." He seen Kagome trembling and he wrapped his arms around her and embraced her tightly. "Don't worry, I won't let him hurt you again."

Kagome looked down and continued to cry. They remained like that for a while, neither moving except for when Kagome's body wracked from sobs. But it was all right with her. Inuyasha was comforting her, but no matter how much he tried, she continued to have the same thoughts.

'It's all because of me. I'm stuck in this mess and Koga isn't done yet. I don't know if Inuyasha can really keep his promise and keep Koga away from me. What if he can't? What will I do then?'

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Note- There we go! Whoa, that was the longest chapter I ever wrote! My arm is tired, people. Anyway, tell me what you think and a review would be totally awesome. I am taking ideas, so you can send them in as well.