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 Three

Rescue

Koga pulled his lips away from Kagome's and looked deep into her eyes. "How about we go back to my cave where it will be a little more...private?"

Kagome wriggled in his arms. "Koga please let me go."

"No, you'll only run back to that damn mutt-face." Koga cursed with a scowl. "And I can't have you doing that, now can I?"

"But Ginta and Hikkaku are at the cave, right?" Kagome asked, hoping that he would realize that they were and release her and threaten her that he would finish what he had started at a later time. But he never answered. He continued to smirk down at her, as his iron grip seemed to tighten around her upper arms. Kagome's eyes widened and she inhaled slowly. "They're dead, aren't they? You killed them, didn't you?"

"I knew you would figure it out." Koga said with a triumphant grin. "You're smart and I knew I could never keep anything from you. It'll still be that way when we're together."

"There's the problem, Koga," she said softly, pulling her arms in an attempt to break free from him. "We're not going to be together."

"That's what you think." Koga replied, picking her up and tossing her over his shoulder as if she were luggage. "I'll have to make you mine so no one else can have you."

Kagome began kicking her feet against his chest and slamming her fists into his back, squealing like a little kid. "Put me down! You don't want to do this and we both know it! Koga, please, don't do it!"

Koga suddenly sped off, faster than the last time due to the extra jewel shard, and was obviously headed for the cave. "Correction, I want to do this. And you're going to cooperate." Koga said as he continued to run, kicking up dust behind him.

Kagome had to occasionally shield her eyes from dirt that kept flying up into her face. "What makes you think I'm going to cooperate? I don't even want this! Inuyasha is gonna kill you for this!"

Koga came skidding to an abrupt halt. "Don't even talk about that bastard around me. After I'm done with you, I'm going to finish him off since I guess I'm the only one who can. And you and I can hunt for jewel shards and kill Naraku together. Doesn't that sound fun?" He continued running.

"Depends on what your definition of fun is." Kagome muttered, watching as the forest whizzed by them in a dusty blur. She knew that Inuyasha would pick up on Koga's scent and follow it. If not, he probably would realize her noticeable absence and go to investigate. She just prayed that he didn't come too late. There was nothing she could do to get Koga to let go of her, seeing as he had four shards and was a full demon. He was just too strong.

They came upon the cave and Koga carried her inside, all the way to the back, before dropping her onto the ground. "Ow!" She cried as her tailbone came in contact with the cave floor. There would be a definite bruise. "You could have been a little more gentle!"

Not hearing any response, Kagome looked up to see Koga looking down at her, his eyes distant. But they held lust and desire. It appeared as if he were preparing to pounce on her and take her immediately. And it also looked as if he were trying to hold himself back at the same time.

Pulling her gaze away from the wolf demon, Kagome gasped when her eyes landed on two carcasses that were lying a few feet away. Crimson stains covered the cave bottom and spotted the bones and flesh. "Please don't tell me that's..." she looked away and covered her mouth. "Oh, God. How could you?"

"The wolves wouldn't eat them, so I had no choice but to leave them there. I'll get rid of them later." Koga said lowly, ignoring her question.

"Why can't you get rid of them now?" Kagome asked. She was now trembling in fear as she peered up at Koga in horror. She was shaking and felt sick. He was going crazy. Kagome had thought that it had been bad the other night when he marked her. It was definitely bad now since he murdered his own pack mates. Maybe he needed someone to take his frustrations out on. Or maybe he killed them because Ginta had helped her and when he tried to kill Ginta, Hikkaku might have stepped in. She had no idea of how everything unfolded and she was pretty sure she didn't want to find out.

"I can't get rid of them now," Koga said, "because I have things to do here and now." His blue eyes bore into Kagome's scared form and he knelt down on his knees until he was eyes level with her. "Things that -- I'm sure you know already -- deal with you."

"But I thought that wolves treat one another like family!" Kagome cried, tears in her eyes. "You were supposed to be hunting Naraku down in order to avenge your pack, not kill the rest of them off!"

Koga snorted. "What do you care?"

"Believe it or not, I was their friend!" Kagome sobbed. "And you killed them."

"Big deal." Koga growled. "You have other friends."

"That just proves that you don't love me!" Kagome yelled as the tears fell down her cheeks. "If you truly loved me, you wouldn't have killed them. You wouldn't be doing this. And you wouldn't have taken the jewel shard for yourself."

"Well, I needed extra strength." Koga said, shoving Kagome down onto her back. "Now let's finish what we started."

Kagome just lie there, trembling and sobbing. She didn't know what to do or say. What could she do to try and get through to him? He was long gone, away from reality, it seemed. He marked her, stole another jewel shard, and murdered Ginta and Hikkaku. And he was now lying on top of her, kissing her neck gently. She shuddered, but did not try to shove him off, knowing that it would be in vain. He was much stronger than she was and the lust within him was making him stronger.

He put his left hand on her thigh and worked his way up her skirt while his other hand tugged at her shirt. Kagome began sobbing harder as his hand slid up her shirt. Koga kissed her mouth and went down her neck. Kagome had no idea what to do. She wanted him off of her, but she wasn't sure if she should move. He had the strength to hurt her and in the crazed state of mind that he was in, he probably would, too.

He was about to rip her shirt off when a loud, angry voice shouted, "Get off her, you rotten bastard!"

Kagome turned to see Inuyasha standing a couple feet away, holding his sword with one hand. He was glaring at Koga menacingly. Relief washed through Kagome when Koga got off of her and stood to face Inuyasha. It was almost as if they were challenging one another. "Well, mutt-face," Koga snarled. "It looks like I'll have to kill you sooner than I thought. Hang tight, Kagome. This won't take long."

Koga then lunged for Inuyasha, who dodged his kick and followed up with a swing of his sword. That attack missed as well and Koga took this opportunity to punch Inuyasha in the stomach, causing the half demon to fall to one knee. Koga then kicked Inuyasha in the face, sending him crashing into a wall of the cave. Rocks fell down on top of him and he disappeared under the rubble. Kagome stood up and desperately scanned the pile of rocks for any sign of Inuyasha. More tears made their way down her face. "Inuyasha? Inuyasha, where are you?"

"Forget about him, Kagome." Koga said, turning around to stare at the young girl. "He was worthless. I'm much better and stronger and more able to protect you."

"No, that isn't true!" Kagome shrieked daringly. It took a lot of guts, but she did it anyway.

Koga growled and clenched his fists as he approached her. "What'd you say?"

Kagome gulped and took a step back, but he grabbed her wrists and jerked her close to him. "Don't you ever call me a liar again, do you understand me?" He demanded. Kagome said nothing.

"Get your filthy hands off of her, you mangy wolf." Inuyasha jumped out of the rubble with a grunt and charged for Koga. The wolf demon saw him coming and put Kagome in front of him as a shield. Inuyasha stopped abruptly and cursed out loud. Kagome stared into Inuyasha's amber eyes as he stood in front of her, looking her over to make sure that she was unharmed. Her face was dirty and tearstained, but no blood.

Koga smirked and tossed Kagome to the side, causing her to hit the cave wall, and lunged at Inuyasha, who was unprepared for the sneak attack. Koga gave a swift kick to Inuyasha's jaw before landing a punch in Inuyasha's stomach. The half demon fell to his knees and gasped in air. When Koga came down to kick him in the head, Inuyasha rolled out of the way and the attack barely missed. Koga had kicked a hole in the ground.

Inuyasha sliced his sword across Koga's chest before dodging another blow directed at him. They stood in a battle stance, breathing hard and glaring at one another. It looked as if they were both headed for each other's throats when a voice called out, "Inuyasha!"

Kagome, Inuyasha, and Koga turned to find Miroku, Sango, and Shippo standing near them, watching in fear and confusion. Koga growled in annoyance and turned to Inuyasha. "This isn't finished, half breed. I'll kill you another time. And take Kagome." Then he sped off.

"Oh no, get back here!" Inuyasha shouted, starting to run after him.

"Inuyasha, no." Kagome whispered. "Sit."

Inuyasha fell and ate some dirt. "Damn it! Kagome, I have to kill him! Look at what he did to you...or what he was trying to do!"

"Not right now," Kagome begged. "Please. You're hurt and..."

Inuyasha pushed himself up. "And?"

Kagome flung herself against his chest. "I'm scared, Inuyasha. I don't want you to leave." She sobbed.

Inuyasha's eyes widened and he put his sword in its sheath before lifting Kagome up bridal style. "All right, I won't go after him. But he's got to pay sooner or later."

Kagome sniffled. "I know...he killed Ginta and Hikkaku."

Sango and Shippo gasped and Miroku went inside the cave to say a prayer for the fallen wolves. When Miroku was finished, he, Sango, and Shippo got on Kilala and they went off to the hut. Inuyasha followed after with Kagome in his arms, but he was walking instead of running.

"Inuyasha...are you mad at me?" Kagome asked softly as she continued to cry silently.

"No. Why would I be?" He wanted to know.

"You have to go through all of this mess because of me."

"It's not your fault, Kagome." Inuyasha continued walking. They were nearing the village and the sun was beginning to set, causing the sky to shine with fiery red and orange. "He just went crazy. It's not your fault that he let his instincts get the better of him. So don't worry about it."

Kagome rested her head on Inuyasha's shoulder. "I'm still scared."

Inuyasha glanced down at her worriedly. Even though he didn't plan on admitting it, he hated it when she was scared. He wanted to make sure that she felt safe so then he wouldn't be so uptight and concerned about her. He didn't want her worrying herself over anything. "Don't worry, Kagome." He said gently. "I won't let him hurt you."

"All right." She whispered. She wasn't sure if she could stand it if she had to watch Inuyasha kill Koga. Even after everything he did, he had once been a good friend and had saved her life many times. For that, she was grateful to him. But for everything else, she was terrified of him. She didn't want to become his mate. She didn't want to have to mate with him. In fact, she didn't want to have anything to do with Koga.

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Kagome was sitting right outside the door to Kaede's hut, gazing up at the star-filled sky. Ginta's face kept haunting her thoughts. She kept thinking about when he had brought her back to Kaede's. He had seemed so happy and was being so nice. He had saved her from danger and hadn't even known it...until he was murdered. But maybe then he hadn't even known. Koga probably didn't tell him why he was killing him and just went on and done it. And Hikkaku probably tried to interfere and save his brother and shared the same fate.

'I don't understand. I thought that wolves treated one another like family. Koga slaughtered his own brothers. Was it because Ginta had helped me get away or was it because he was angry and needed something -- or someone -- to take his frustrations out on?'

Kagome shivered as a slight breeze wafted through her hair. The mark on her neck was still hurting and was still bruised. She just wished that -- impossible as it was -- she could go back in time and do something different in order to save herself sooner. She had been stupid and blind. She should have known what was going to happen. But she hadn't and just ended up hurting herself and Inuyasha and got herself in another mess.

Koga was still after her and had marked her. Inuyasha was a little upset and had confessed that she had been his intended mate before they had met Koga. Kagome was confused, afraid, and sad all at once. But another feeling was burning within her. She felt anger and hatred. She wanted to march up to Koga and hit him and demand in his face why he killed Ginta and Hikkaku. She hadn't been able to do it before because she wasn't angry. She had been immobilized by fear and shock.

'He killed them. For no good reason. They're dead now and they were innocent. What did they do to deserve such a fate? I know...I asked Ginta to help me, and he did. It's all because of me that they're dead. It's all my fault.'

As she was thinking these things through, Kagome couldn't keep the hot tears from making their salty way down her cheeks. She sniffled and hugged her knees to her chest before settling her head on her knees. She sobbed quietly for a while in misery and shame. As she cried, she mentally blamed herself over and over numerous times until she felt as if she could cry no more.

"Kagome?"

The young girl lifted her heard up at the mention of her name to find her friend Sango. She was standing beside of her, peering down in concern and curiosity. Kagome tried to wipe the tears away. "Oh, it's you, Sango."

The demon slayer sat next to Kagome. "What's the matter?"

"Nothing." Kagome lied.

"Something has to be wrong if you're crying like this." Sango pointed out.

Kagome managed to smile, despite her sullen mood. "Just thinking."

"About what?" Sango ventured deeper. But her concern never faded.

"Ginta and Hikkaku." Kagome answered truthfully. "Koga murdered them for no reason."

Sango sighed. "I know. It's very tragic that they had to die at the hands of their own leader, friend, and brother."

"It was all because of me." Kagome whispered hoarsely.

Sango's eyes widened. "No it isn't Kagome. You shouldn't put the blame on yourself."

"But it is because of me." Kagome protested, gazing at the moon. More clouds were beginning to set in for another shower. "Either Koga was frustrated because he didn't get what he wanted and had to take his frustrations out on something -- or someone. Or he was angry because Ginta had helped me and killed him and Hikkaku interfered and he died, too. But in both cases, it's my fault that they're dead."

"It was Ginta's choice to help you." Sango said softly.

"He didn't know that I was trying to escape from Koga!" Kagome shouted. "I managed to convince him to take me back. It's my fault."

"Kagome..." Sango placed a hand on her friend's shoulder. "I know this is tough. For both you and Inuyasha. He hasn't shown it much, but he's really depressed."

An odd silence followed Sango's sentence. Neither had nothing to say and just sat in one another's presence for a while as the sky grew dark with the rain clouds that filled it. The wind began to pick up and blow roughly. But it felt good against the humid air.

"I know he's depressed." Kagome admitted. "He told me earlier today that I was his intended mate before we met Koga."

Sango gasped. "Really?"

Kagome nodded. "Yep. He told me about all of the claims of demons. There's the scent claim, which isn't as serious. It lets other demons know that the female is another demon's intended."

Another silence followed. But Kagome suddenly spoke up with a confession. "To be honest," she began quietly. "I'm glad Inuyasha had a claim on me, no matter how small it may have been."

Sango laughed lightly. "I bet."

Kagome frowned. "I just wish Koga hadn't marked me and none of this ever happened."

"I know." Sango said knowingly. "But you can't undo what has been done."

Kagome sighed. "But...there has to be something that I can do to make it better, right?"

"I don't really know, Kagome." Sango answered sadly. "If there was anything, I would say go for it. I don't really know anything about demon marking and mating. Maybe Inuyasha will come up with something later."

"Maybe." Kagome agreed sullenly. "I hope so. And if he does, I hope it's soon."

Sango stood up. "You and me both."

Kagome managed a smile and stood up. She followed Sango back into the hut where Miroku and Kaede were talking. Inuyasha was leaning against a wall far away from the others and Shippo was sleeping soundly beside of Kagome's sleeping bag. The fire was flickering bright orange and casting a dull, eerie light in the room. Kagome went and sat next to Inuyasha back in the back while Sango took a place next to Miroku. The two had grown much closer since they first met.

"Inuyasha," Kagome asked. She knew that they were far away from the others and could have a private conversation. "Are you all right?"

Inuyasha snorted. "Of course I'm all right. Koga didn't hurt me as bad as I hurt him."

Kagome smiled despite herself. "I wasn't talking about that."

Inuyasha's dog-ears twitched and he peered at her in befuddlement. "What were you talking about?"

"I was talking about the mark." Kagome replied. "You're upset about it, aren't you?"

Inuyasha's face reddened visibly and he folded his arms across his chest. He turned to face another direction. "Of course not. What makes you say that?" He demanded.

Kagome sighed. "It's obvious. Even Sango can tell."

"Feh." Was the only response she received, however. But it was fine with her. She had had a trying day and was extremely tired. Closing her eyes, she leaned her head against Inuyasha's shoulder, and he jumped when she suddenly pressed against him. He did not say anything and she soon relaxed and drifted off to sleep.

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Kagome awoke and found herself squinting into harsh sunlight. She blinked until she became used to it and peered around the empty room. She was in her sleeping bag and the room seemed like a ghost town with no one in sight.

'How did I end up in my sleeping bag? I thought I was sleeping next to Inuyasha. Maybe he put me here earlier.'

Kagome stretched with a yawn and slipped her shoes on before walking outside. The sun was shining brightly and it seemed like a perfect day for searching for jewel shards or perhaps relaxing in a cool stream. But knowing Miroku, he'd look Sango up at down if she were to borrow a bathing suit from Kagome. And Inuyasha probably wouldn't want to waste time and would get angry.

"Inuyasha?" She called, looking up into any nearby trees. There was no sign of him and it didn't appear as if he had been in them recently.

"Kaede?" She looked in the herb garden and did not see the old priestess anywhere.

"Sango? Miroku, Shippo?" Kagome continued to look, but none of her friends were anywhere to be found, it seemed. Even the villagers were gone.

"Where are you guys?" She asked no one in particular. She had walked into the woods on the outskirts of the village and had been looking around for any signs of them, but there was nothing.

Sighing, Kagome sullenly turned back to the village. She was concerned about the whereabouts of her friends and the villagers. Did they have to go somewhere to slay a demon?

'What is going on? Where did everybody go?'

"Well, Kagome," a voice snickered behind her. "Looks like you're all alone and all mine."

Kagome spun around and, to her horror, found Koga. "What do you want?" She asked hotly.

He took a step toward her, ignoring her demand. "Everyone is dead."

Kagome's eyes widened. "You're lying!"

Koga smirked at her presumption. "Am I? Everyone is dead and those who aren't ran away in fear. But every one of your pals are dead."

"I don't believe you." Kagome said, her voice shaking.

Koga shrugged. "Fine, I'll show you." He took a step toward her, but she backed away. "If you want me to prove it to you, then you'll come with me."

"I'll walk on my own, thanks." Kagome hissed.

Koga turned and walked deeper into the forest and Kagome reluctantly followed after. She just had to see for herself if he had been telling the truth or if he had been lying. The trees began to space out into a clearing covered in grass that reached up to Kagome's waist. He suddenly stopped and turned to face her. "I'm warning you," he said seriously. "It's not a pretty sight."

Kagome pushed him aside and her breath hitched in her throat. There, in the grass, were the mutilated bodies of her friends, lying in a sea of crimson liquid. They had obviously fought in order to keep her safe. But it appeared as if they hadn't won. Kagome collapsed to her knees beside of Inuyasha's lifeless body and began crying. "Inuyasha...I'm so sorry. This is all my fault." She touched his hand and found that it was cold.

"I told you it wasn't a pretty sight." Koga said coldly from behind her.

"You." Kagome said under her breath. She jumped to her feet and spun around to face the wolf demon. "Why?" She cried. "Why did you do it?"

"They were in my way." Koga answered simply. "I had to go through them to get what I wanted. And that's exactly what I did."

Kagome slapped him. "I hate you! I can't stand looking at you because of what you did! You caused so much trouble in my life, Koga. Because of you, I was miserable. I had nightmares of you! I despise you."

Koga rubbed his red cheek but regained his composure quickly and returned the blow. Kagome stood for a moment as the pain slowly went though her face and eventually subsided. She turned and looked up at him. "You won't despise me after the fun you have in a little bit, believe me." He growled.

Kagome gulped and turned and ran toward the village and into Kaede's hut. She had to get to her arrows in order to try and hurt him and if it at possible, kill him.

She looked around the room and did not see her quiver of arrows or her bow and began to panic. "Oh, no, where are they?" Her heart was racing out of sheer terror and she felt as if she had a time limit and when her time ran out, Koga would get her.

"How strange," he commented from the doorway. "It looks like you want me more than you let on. After all, you took me to this place." He motioned around the room and his index finger eventually pointed toward her sleeping bag.

Kagome backed away. "No." She said slowly. "Stay away from me. You've caused me enough misery!"

Koga smirked and ignored her and pounced on top of her, knocking her to the floor with a thud. The air rushed from her lungs and she tried to catch her breath, but Koga crushed his lips against hers roughly. She struggled against him, but he grabbed her hands with his left hand and held them above her head and then ripped off her clothes...

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Kagome sat up straight, sweating and breathing hard. Her hair was matted down onto her face and she was trembling. That nightmare was, by far, the worst one she had had yet. And she hoped to never have it again.

"Kagome, are you all right?"

The girl turned and found Inuyasha right beside of her where he had been when she had drifted off to sleep. She gazed around at everyone in the room. They were sleeping. She turned back to Inuyasha. He looked worried, but then his expression changed to one of anger. "Not another one about him again."

Kagome sighed. "Inuyasha, do you always have to get that tone when it comes to Koga?" She turned her head in order to look into his amber eyes.

"Of course I do." He said, matter-of-factly. "I couldn't stand that wolf in the first place and now I despise him." His face grew serious. "Especially after what he did to you."

Kagome hugged her knees to her chest. "This whole thing happened because of me." She whispered.

Inuyasha growled. "This is not your fault. All right? This all started because of him. So don't go blaming yourself."

"But it is all my fault." Kagome protested sadly. "Koga killed Ginta and Hikkaku either because he wanted to take his frustrations out on someone or wanted to kill Ginta and Hikkaku wouldn't let him and he killed him, too. And if Koga hadn't saved me, I wouldn't have let him take me back to his cave. If I hadn't been so blind, I could have kept him from marking me and Ginta and Hikkaku would still be alive."

"Kagome," Inuyasha said solemnly. "If Koga hadn't saved you, you wouldn't be here now. And it was only natural for you to let him take you back to his cave to wait for me. I wouldn't expect anything less from you. You had no idea that he was going to mark you and kill Ginta and Hikkaku, so what could you have done? Nothing. All of this happened because Koga chose to save you, mark you, and kill the rest of his comrades. This didn't happen because of you, it happened because of Koga."

Kagome looked down at the floor. "I still feel guilty."

"Well, don't." Inuyasha said stiffly.

Kagome managed a smile. "Do you want to say something to me?"

Inuyasha blinked at her in confusion. "What are you talking about?"

"About the mark," she explained to the clueless half demon. "Do you want to talk about it? Or do you want to talk about the scent claim that you said you had on me before we met Koga?"

"No." He said, turning away. "Just...rest up. We have to keep going tomorrow."

Kagome nodded and leaned against his shoulder. "All right. Since I was your intended, I guess you wouldn't mind if I lay here, right?"

"Would you stop babbling about that?" Inuyasha demanded, embarrassed.

"Ok, fine." She laughed lightly before settling down against Inuyasha and drifting off to sleep once again. Fortunately, she didn't have any nightmares this time.

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Note- There! How was it? Was it a little unexpected that Koga killed off the rest of his own pack? Well, there are lots of twists and turns in this story, but remember, I might ask you for help! Keep some ideas in mind, please.

In the next chapter: Will Kagome's day get off to a good start? And why does she have to wear a kimono? Who are those strange humans who possess a jewel fragment? What on earth do they want with Kagome? You'll have to stay tuned to find out!

Please review. It would be totally awesome. I have to admit that I am a little disappointed that I've only received this many reviews after writing these long chapters. I thought that that is what everyone wants! Why won't you read and review more often? (Cries in a corner and comes back) I'm fine with it, though. Honest! Anyway, please review and suggest this story to your friends! I'm begging you. Thanks for reading!