Misery loves Company
" Eww!, Miroku. That was gross..." Kagome laughed as she grimaced at her best friend's disgusting habits.
"You see what I have to deal with? I mean, you must pity me deep inside..." Sango muttered dramatically.
"Oh please, you know you love me..." Miroku smiled as he puckered his lips and came close to her face which immediately was halted by her hand.
"You touch me, you die." Sango frowned.
"I'm pitying you as we speak, Sango " Kagome laughed as she took a sip of her coffee. She looked at her watch as her laugh faded into silence and glanced out of the window of the coffee shop and sighed. "Have you guys seen Inuyasha lately? I haven't seen him for like a week. Every time I call him, he keeps the conversation short and blows me off." she scoffed. "Do you know anything, Miroku?"
"Nope, I haven't seen him since last week either..."Miroku took a bite out of his donut.
Kagome frowned and tilted her head. "That's weird. I called him last night and he said he was hanging with you." she looked at Miroku questionably.
Miroku shifted in his seat and met eyes with Sango." Oh, that's right, I forgot...um...my brain's been stuck on slow, sorry."
Sango eyed him suspiciously.
He grinned as he got up and hugged her.
"I'll be back." he stammered. "Listen, I'll meet with you later. There's something I gotta do." he kissed her and walked away.
Kagome looked at Sango who shrugged.
"Why would Inuyasha lie to me?" Kagome's voice softened. "He's been doing things like this for a few weeks now and I don't know what is going on. He doesn't come by my house to sleepover, he doesn't really kiss me. If he does kiss me, it's those friendly tap kisses…you know the kiss of death? I even tested it out; I have to call him because if I don't, he doesn't call me!"
Sango frowned and looked out of the window. They sat at their usual booth of the coffee shop that was nearby their former high school. She stirred her coffee and took a sip. "Hmm, that is weird."
"I mean..." Kagome leaned closer. "We don't even have sex anymore."
Sango chuckled. "maybe something's up with him...did you ask?"
"Well, I've tried but…he gives me short answers and then tells me it's nothing. I guess, he's been working a lot on his music...so when he comes home, he'd be completely burnt-out?"
"I don't know, Kagome.." Sango retorted in disbelief. "He's a guy. They're never too tired for that...but I don't want to put things in your head."
"What do you mean?" Kagome's eyes widened. " Are you implying something?"
"I'm not implying anything, Kagome. I am just trying to assess the facts given. I mean, if he were any other guy, I'd say he was cheating on you...but this is Inuyasha here...he went throughout our pubescent years of school pining for you. He wouldn't be so stupid.." Sango assured her with a warm smile.
"Ok...but why would he lie?" Kagome muttered incoherently.
"Hey...did you ask his brother, Sesshomaru? He goes out with your sister, doesn't he? Maybe Kikyo knows something."
"No...she's in Hawaii. She'll be back tonight, actually. And as for Sesshomaru, he and I don't get along so I rather find out about Inuyasha through the news than to go to him.." Kagome tittered, feeling somewhat bothered by Inuyasha's absence.
"What the hell is Kikyo doing in Hawaii?" Sango said as she took a bite out of her bear claw. She wiped the side of her mouth and waited for Kagome to answer.
"relaxing, I guess. From what? I don't know. Since graduation, that's all she was talking about." Kagome said, uninterestedly.
Sango shook her head." Why didn't you go with her? I thought twins went everywhere together."
"Common misconception.." Kagome gritted.
"Ok, change of topic." Sango sat up straight wanting to cheer up her friend. " How does it feel to finally finish high school?" she squealed.
"I don't know, it kind of sucks. We're adults now." Kagome mocked. "We have to be 'responsible', whatever that means. I already registered for college. I-" Kagome stopped as she saw Sesshomaru enter the coffee shop. He walked over to the counter and lowered his shades and spoke to the barista.
Sango turned around to see why her friend's mouth was agape and turned back to face her.
"Ask him!" she whispered tersely.
"Absolutely not." Kagome said flatly.
"Oh come on. I'll call him over here, ok?" Sango nodded.
"No, Sango! No!" Kagome pleaded quietly.
"Hey, Sesshomaru!" Sango shouted.
Sesshomaru turned his head slowly and squinted, appearing aggravated. He saw Sango's gesture to come forth and slightly sighed. He walked over towards their table. He was holding his laptop and leered down at the girls for acknowledgment.
"We were wondering..." Sango looked at Kagome who was avoiding eyes with the demon. "Have you seen, Inuyasha?"
"and I would know this how?" he spoke softly yet sharp.
Sango darted her eyes back and forth between Kagome and Sesshomaru and shrugged. " I don't know, because you're his brother?"
"I know nothing about my brother's whereabouts nor do I care." he looked at Kagome and bowed his head. "Is that all?"
"Yeah, uh-sorry.." Sango grinned and with that, Sesshomaru walked away. "Boy, what's his problem?" She mocked his snooty walk.
"He's arrogant..." Kagome rolled her eyes. "That's why we don't get along. He thinks he's better than everyone."
"Well, everyone knows that...but he seemed colder when he looked at you. Did anything happen between you guys that would trigger this unknown hatred?" Sango opened a pack of sugar and poured it into her cup.
"You mean, besides my breathing?" Kagome said as she stood up and glanced at Sesshomaru who sat at the booth in the end. He looked up from his laptop and met eyes with her. She quickly looked away and looked down at her friend.
"I'm going to go." She sighed. "I still have to pack my things into my new apartment. I'm still looking for a roommate, you know. The offer still stands."
"I know…"Sango mused.
"You don't have to live with that perverted Miroku.." Kagome teased.
"That is true but…" Sango sighed. "Someone has to watch him. I don't understand, why didn't you just move with Inuyasha?"
"He never asked me.." Kagome rolled her eyes. " Anyway, this will be a good experience, you know? We all live on our own. It's the cool and adult thing to do. Well, check you later, I'm going to finish unpacking. I'll come over after I stop by Kikyo's."
"I thought she wasn't home?" Sango cocked a brow.
"She's not. This is why it's the perfect time to go. I have spare key." Kagome walked off. "Later."
Sango lifted her coffee cup and grimaced. She put too much sugar. She looked at Sesshomaru through the edge of her cup and noticed his gaze following Kagome out the door.
" Hm, " Sango wandered off in a doze.
Kagome stood frozen before her two bedroom apartment. It looked so empty. Granted, she just moved in but it felt cold. This was her first time alone and it felt completely foreign. She gulped away the unfamiliarity and began to unload the boxes.
She had connected the phone weeks prior to the move-in and growled that no one had left her any messages. She had one person in mind, specifically. Hours passed and she set all her furniture around, hung a few paintings on the naked coffee colored wall.
Sango and Miroku had helped her paint. As for the furniture, to save some money, she had Koga and Hojo put it together.
She picked up her phone and pressed it to her ear to see if it was working. She heard the tone and sighed as she began to dial Sango's number.
"Hello?" Kagome's voice cracked. "Sango, can you call me back? I want to see if the phone is working, thanks."
Kagome hung up. Please don't work! Please don't work, she hoped but the phone rang.
"Thanks.." she let out a depressed sigh. "Yes, I'm practically done. I'll be by in an hour."
She hung up the phone shrugged off the bad feeling she kept having all day. Something didn't feel right. She tried looking at the bright side. She finished high school, she had her own apartment, a decent job that is willing to work with her school schedule, a scholarship, good friends, a boyfriend whom she's been with for 5 years. Her life was perfect. And she had her first car!
It was an ugly beige Toyota with a red rusty hood. The side mirror held with duct tape and if she drove over 30 miles, there was a strange whiny sound, but to her it was a beautiful car.
Why should she be feeling down? She had it all. She laughed as she picked up her keys. She had it all, she kept reminding herself.
She scoffed as she looked ahead of her. Traffic, it was rush hour and she looked at the time. Sango would be furious since she was supposed to stop by an hour ago but she couldn't control traffic in the city. She'd have to deal with it.
She turned on the radio and began tuning through stations and stopped as she heard a song. Inuyasha's song. Inuyasha was in a band called 'City Slackers' and had gotten famous with their single " Living deception". Kagome smiled at her boyfriend's success and turned the volume up and began to sing along to the chorus.
"Through my smiles I know
I've taken yours away
My heart leads me into
the path...the path of betrayal..
is the life I'm leading now..
someone please save me,
I can't stop I don't know how!"
Kagome sang out loud as she drummed her fingers against the steering wheel. The traffic began to move and she felt like all was getting better. Sure, the first time she heard her boyfriend's voice in days was through the radio but still, she wasn't going to let that get the best of her.
She and Inuyasha knew they would have to spend time apart with his touring and her going to school. They expected this but they both felt they were strong enough to overcome it.
She turned the corner of her sister's block and parked outside of her building. Kagome waited for the song to finish before turning off the car. The car coughed as she turned it off and she gave it a good tap on the hood as she got out.
"They should give you a ticket for littering the highway with that piece of junk." said a monotone voice.
Kagome looked around and saw Sesshomaru leaning against his car. He pressed his key to activate the alarm to his White Mustang and walked toward her.
"What are you doing here?" Kagome looked at him and began walking into the building.
"I came to surprise your sister." Sesshomaru smirked as they were greeted by the doorman.
The doorman looked at her and Sesshomaru and smiled nervously.
"Ms. Kagome, Lord Sesshomaru? It's a good day, isn't it?" he bowed his head.
"Hi, Myoga. Yes, I guess it is." Kagome forced a smile. She hated small talk.
Sesshomaru nodded and continued walking. Kagome followed him to the elevator.
"H-How's everything?" he stuttered as he followed them. "Is school going well, Ms. Kagome? How about with you, Lord Sesshomaru? Is the business prospering?"
"Yes. It's fine..." Kagome tried to press the button for the elevator but Myoga stood in the way.
Sesshomaru scowled at the doorman. He never spoke to him nor did he care to talk. Why was he asking questions? He realized Myoga's intentions. He pushed past Myoga and pressed the button to the elevator. It opened and he and Kagome entered.
They looked at Myoga, he was sweating and looked apprehensive. He kept his finger on the button.
Kagome and Sesshomaru exchanged glances and looked at the him.
"Are you going to let go of the elevator door, Myoga? I am kind of in a hurry." Kagome said, politely.
"Sorry..." Myoga gave a nervous chuckle as he let go of the button. The door closed and Myoga started hyperventilating.
Kagome and Sesshomaru stood silent in the elevator as it ringed for each floor. Kikyo lived on the 23rd floor.
" You know Kikyo isn't here yet, right?" Kagome broke the silence. Her phone began to vibrate in her jacket pocket and she began searching for it.
Sesshomaru kept his head straight but glanced to the side as he watched her look for her phone.
She cursed under her breath as she violently pulled it out being stuck in the fabric of her jacket. She heard something rip but she didn't care.
"Hello?" she said as she flipped her cellphone open. "Sango...I can't hear you...you're breaking up.." Kagome stuck her finger in the other ear to try to hear better. " What?"
Sango's voice broke on the other line. " I ne-ed-t -som-ing. Don-"
Kagome sighed. " Look, I'll call you back, I'm in the elevator and I don't know what you're saying." she hung up the phone.
She looked at Sesshomaru who still had his face straight forward with the same expression. She grew tired of the silence as they passed by the 10th floor.
"so...can't wait to see Kikyo?" she said as she twisted her lip from side to side.
"You can say that.." he said bitterly as he looked at the numbers on the screen go up.
They finally reached the floor and got out.
Sesshomaru's jaw tightened as he stared at Kagome from the side. He looked frustrated and took a long step forward. He turned to face her and blocked her path.
"Why are you here?" he asked, annoyed.
"I need to get some stuff she borrowed. Knowing her, she never gives them back so I'm taking the initiative." she tried to walk around him but he kept blocking her.
"Why don't you get them later?"
Kagome studied him and looked confused. She pushed him to the side. "because…I know myself? I'm a big procrastinator. I'll never get them." she said, feeling unwelcomed. "Look, if it bothers you so much that I'm here, I'll get my stuff and leave, I'll be out of your way in two minutes."
"I highly doubt that..." he whispered.
Kagome opened the door and walked in. The lights were off and she turned on a lamp that was on the desk. The light was dim but it was enough to see. Sesshomaru gracefully walked behind her and frowned as he shut the door quietly.
Kagome stared perplexedly at him and shook her head as she continued walking to the living room. She walked toward the entertainment center and looked inside the dvd collection and grabbed a few DVDS'. Sesshomaru leaned against the wall by her and took out a cigarette and lit it.
"Do you mind?" Kagome muttered.
"Not at all..." he took a long pull and exhaled smoke in the air. "You came all of this way for some rubbish digital versatile disks?" he whispered.
Kagome looked dumbfounded at him with her head bowed and a cocked brow. "You mean these DVD's, right? Yeah! I spent money on them so they should be in my house and why are you whispering?"
She waved her hand to disperse the smoke from her face and bent down to look underneath the table for another key that her sister hid. It opened a locked drawer beside the computer desk which held money. Kikyo owed her money and was pretty shady at paying her back.
Sesshomaru caught himself ogling over Kagome, seeing her bent over, and revealing her pink laced underwear. He tightened his jaw as he looked away and pulled once more on his cigarette.
Kagome mentally cheered when she found the key. She walked over to the computer desk, unlocked the drawer and saw the envelope that contained cash.
There was probably over 3000 dollars in cash. Kagome just stuffed the money into her bag. Heaven knows, Kikyo owed her a lot more than that.
She looked around wondering what would Kikyo be doing with all that money? She complained most of the time about being broke and always asked Kagome.
Kagome's heart stopped when she saw Inuyasha's hoody on the sofa. There was no mistake about it, it was his. She had gotten him that sweater for their anniversary and altered it herself.
Sesshomaru stared at her and frowned as he followed her gaze upon the sweater. A slight grin grew on his face and his senses picked up a slight disturbance from the bedroom all the way in the back. His keen hearing heard muffles and laughter down the hall. He looked at Kagome and noticed she hadn't heard it and walked towards the sweater. She picked it up and buried her face into it. His scent was all over it.
"Perhaps you should go now." Sesshomaru grabbed her shoulder and lead her to the door.
"Wh-" she protested, grabbing his hand off of her when a loud moan came from the bedroom.
Sesshomaru looked at Kagome who looked at him frighteningly. She dropped the sweater on the sofa and held the envelope filled with cash to her chest. She gulped as she began to walk down the long hallway, Sesshomaru walked right behind her.
"Maybe you shouldn't…"he started off saying but she continued walking.
Kagome walked down the narrow dark hallway slowly as she prayed she didn't see what she was expecting to see. She heard a loud banging and thumping and faltered making Sesshomaru bump into her. He grabbed her shoulders and walked ahead of her, blocking her sight with his tall figure. She looked to the side as they reached the door. With no warning, Sesshomaru pushed it open. There were screams and whimpers and Kagome looked inside gripping to Sesshomaru's sleeve.
He could feel her nerves and see the shocked look on her face that made him not want to look. The pain on her face was unbearable.
"Kikyo, darling. Back soon?" Sesshomaru greeted, blocking Kagome's path. He lifted up his cigarette to his mouth and took one long drag. .
Kikyo covered herself in a blanket as Inuyasha rolled off the bed putting his pants on. He was about to argue when he saw Kagome behind Sesshomaru. The look on her face as if she had seen a ghost.
"Kagome..wait.." he cried, pulling his pants up..
But Kagome didn't move, she was frozen in the hallway. After a second, she turned around slowly like a zombie. She was stunned mute. Inuyasha lunged forth towards the hallway and grabbed Kagome by the shoulders.
"I know this looks bad…I wanted to tell you but-"
Kagome stared at him with such a betrayed look as tears fell down her cheek. She tried to speak but couldn't and just began to shake in anger. She glowered at the deceitful hanyou and growled through clenched teeth.
"WHY!" she began to sob. "WHY!" She started hitting him.
"I…don't know." Inuyasha broke down and sobbed.
"Was I not enough? I gave you everything I was! I was always behind you! How long has this been going on?" Kagome yelled in a growl.
Sesshomaru, with an impervious attitude, looked at Kikyo and shook his head.
Kikyo began to cry. "Don't look at me like that. Get out of here."
Sesshomaru walked out of the room and passed his brother. He gazed into the reflection of his amber eyes and scoffed as Inuyasha looked away to avoid his eyes.
"Hmph." he said as he walked out of the apartment.
Kagome's knees were giving in and she leaned on the wall before collapsing to the floor.
"Kagome, I'm so sorry. It was an accident. None of this was planned. You gotta believe me!" Inuyasha pleaded as he knelt down to be eye level with her.
"It was an accident to be here in the same bed as my sister?" Kagome rubbed her temples as she sniffed. She noticed Inuyasha's slight tan and began to sob more. " It was an accident to go to Hawaii together? That sounds like it was planned to me!" Kagome shouted.
"Was it an accident when you mounted her and decided to fuck her?" Kagome stood up and pushed him. "I hate you..." she spat. "I hate you!" She took one last look at Kikyo who looked away and then looked at Inuyasha. "She fooled you, Inuyasha.." Kagome laughed as she sniffed. "Just wait and see..." she walked out of the apartment not taking her eyes off of him.
"Kagome…please, wait. Don't leave like this." he tried to say.
Kagome got out of the elevator and looked at Myoga. He bowed his head shamefully and turned around.
"Was it that obvious, Myoga?" she asked, tears falling one after the other.
He didn't know what to say and shook his head. She blinked away her tears as she lifelessly walked to her car. She got into the car and stared out of the windshield. The sky was a dark grayish-green color which happened right before a really bad storm. And if the day hadn't been dreadful enough, it began to pour.
Kagome looked into the rearview mirror and buried her head into her hands. The edge of the envelope in her hand jabbed her eye causing her to whimper. She looked at the envelope just realizing she still had it. She put it in her pocket and started the car. The car turned on but immediately shut off. She tried once more but the car kept on wheezing.
She banged her forehead onto the steering wheel as she began to sob once more. She eventually got out of her car and began to walk home.
Sesshomaru sighed as he drove around silently. He had no clue where he was going, he was just driving. He took out another cigarette and placed it between his lips and turned the corner of an alley. As he rummaged for his lighter, he stepped on the break to slow down when he saw Kagome walking through the rain with no umbrella. He lowered his windows and watched her. He felt bad for her. She walked aimlessly, rain hitting her face; her eyes were red and puffy.
He mentally fought in his head whether he should call her or not and hissed as he just decided to honk the horn.
Kagome looked to her side, regarded him and continued walking.
Sesshomaru scoffed. " Get in the car.." he said with the cigarette still in his lips.
" I'm fine. I don't live far." Kagome said hoarsely.
Sesshomaru's face tightened with annoyance as he looked ahead and back at her.
"It's raining. Just get in. You pathetic humans get sick in this element." he said as he put his car in the parking gear.
"Yeah, that's really going to convince me now." She rolled her eyes.
Sesshomaru got out of the car and walked through the rain toward her. What was he doing? He began to get soaked as he reached her. He looked at his corroded cigarette and flicked it away. He gripped her arms and shook her. " You are idiotic if you value nothing just because of that half breed. You'll soon see-"
"See what?" Kagome spat as she shrugged his hands off of her.
" That what we just encountered back there was expected. You'd be lying to me if you said you didn't know something was up. Quit being dramatic, you'll get over it.." he pulled her underneath an awning and snarled as the rain showered his face lightly from the edges.
"You really don't know how to cheer someone up.." she gazed angrily at him.
" Who said I was cheering you up? I was clearly giving you a reality check.." he said as he pulled a strand of his wet hair out of his face.
"Ok…" she pulled her wet hair back. " You need to get away from me right now. " she began to walk.
" Why are you being bothered by this?" Sesshomaru chuckled, not fully understanding.
Kagome looked back at him in disbelief.
"I just walked into my boyfriend of 5 years having sex with my sister, my twin sister! Excuse me for being slightly affected by this. Not all of us are robots like you."
Why was he there? He was not making anything better. If anything, he was getting her more furious. She turned to walk away and stopped. She turned around and walked up to him, her face inches from his.
" How can you be so calm?" her voice wavered. She looked at his eyes. For a moment, she broke through his pretense but he immediately put up a barrier.
Sesshomaru moved back surprised by her close contact and looked at her.
" How can I not?" he grinned. " I expected this."
She took a step back and looked at him hurtfully. " How could you have expected your brother..."
"Half-brother.." he corrected, the muscles in his jaw clenched.
"Whatever, how can you expect him to go and sleep with your girlfriend and not give a shit?" she exclaimed.
"Why should I?" Sesshomaru hissed. " Sharing the same DNA code doesn't constitute the inability to deceive one another."
"but he is your brother! Brothers...and sisters.." she bit her lip. "don't do that...they're not supposed to!" she turned around again.
"Says who, Kagome? Where did you read this? "he spat. He grabbed her arm but she refused to face him. " Is there a rule book on the siblings do's and don'ts"? he smirked, at his attempted bad joke.
"You're not funny." she scoffed. " It's an unspoken rule that decent people live by." she rolled her eyes.
" Ah yes, of course. The unspoken rule." he mocked.
Why was he bothering with this girl? Her perspectives on humanity were just foolish. He was getting soaked because of her.
" Fuck this. Fine. Let's get in your car!" Kagome grunted as she walked toward his car and got in.
Sesshomaru stared bewilderedly as she sat in his car and looked at him. For a second, he couldn't move. Breaking out of his daze, he got into his car.
"I just want to go home..." she looked out of the window.
Sesshomaru didn't say a word and just drove the whole way in silence, pondering about what had just happened. He wasn't going to admit that he'd been had or that he was affected by it. He had actually expected Kikyo to be unfaithful and knew she was acting upon it. But he was taken by surprise that it was with Inuyasha.
He shrugged it off and turned on the radio. Silence usually never bothered him but with Kagome in the car, he couldn't bear it for the moment. He flinched as he heard Inuyasha's stupid song and looked at Kagome who looked at the radio and gasped. Sesshomaru immediately went to change it but was stopped by Kagome's cold hands.
"No...don't change it." her voice cracked. She suppressed her sobs as she listened to the lyrics.
Sesshomaru sighed and leaned back into his chair and shook his head as he was forced to listen to the crap.
I'm lying, I'm dying inside!
Don't forsake me, death, just take me
only you can stop me now..
The flower wilted long ago
I came alive when got pricked by that rose
Through my smiles I know
I've taken yours away
My heart leads me into
the path..the path of betrayal..
is the life I'm leading now..
someone please save me,
I can't stop I don't know how!
Sesshomaru scoffed, what garbage. He looked at Kagome who looked out the window in shock.
"He's..." she gulped. "H-he's been doing this for a while...Oh my god..." she began to sob. "I feel so stupid!"
She lowered head into her chest as she covered it with her arms. "I was singing along to this..."
Sesshomaru stopped in front of her apartment and Kagome opened the car door before he parked the car. She ran toward her building without saying goodbye.
Sesshomaru sighed and looked at himself in the rearview mirror. 'Just go, you fool. This is none of your concern'. He chanted this for five minutes and rubbed his face as he turned off the car.
"I can't believe I'm doing this…"
He got out of the car to follow her.
I will be editing this story chapter by chapter. I've realized the errors that I've allowed for some time now, mainly due to laziness, but I will do my best to spruce it up for all of you.
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