Inuyasha walked along the crowded city streets. People passed by him that he didn't recognize. But, they all had the same reaction toward him. He was different. He couldn't be trusted… by anyone. He looked at the way the others dressed. They dressed so normal, with their brightly colored clothes. Looking down all he saw was black and a worn leather trench coat. Black was all he could wear. Inuyasha needed to blend in with the shadows.

A few years back things took a turn for the worse. It was a great time for the media though. They all got a chance to write about the biggest story of the century. Inuyasha winced as he thought about the newspaper headlines. "Dog Demons Walk Among Us!" The title rang out clearly in his head. He was nothing more than a demon, a blood thirsty demon. Or at least that's what people thought.

The golden-eyed hanyou stopped outside of a building and fixed his hat, before stepping inside. The stench of demons filled the air along with cigarette smoke and alcohol. After people had found out about demons being in the city, they all went into hiding. This bar was their hide-out.

"Welcome to the Dog House! …Wait, that wouldn't be my baby brother now would it?" A voice called from behind the bar.

Inuyasha walked up to the counter. "Hey, how's the coward business treating you, Sesshoumaru?"

The tall demon reached across the counter and grabbed Inuyasha by the shirt." WE WOULDN'T EVEN HAVE TO BE HIDING IN THE FIRST PLACE IF YOU HADN'T…"

Sesshoumaru was interrupted by a pretty raven haired girl. "What's going on here? You aren't going to fight are you?" The girl had a worried expression on her face. Her elegant hand was brought up to her lips in concern.

Sesshoumaru let go of his brother's shirt and brushed off his shoulder. "Why, how rude of me. I haven't introduced you to my newest employee. Inuyasha, meet Kagome." He said with a sinister tone in his voice. The girl smiled with such innocence that it caught Inuyasha off guard. She held out her hand to him as a friendly greeting. Inuyasha starred at her hand for a minute before shaking it.

"Hi, it's nice to meet you." Kagome said, the smile never leaving her face.

"Ummm… yeah, you too." He narrowed his eyes at her.

"Kagome, would you please go take care of that gentleman over there. He looks like he could use a drink and I would like to talk with my brother." Sesshoumaru gestured toward a man at the bar.


Inuyasha watched the unusually perky girl walk away, before turning to his brother. "WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?"

"What do you mean, little brother?"

"Don't mess with me Sesshoumaru! Everyone knows that you don't hire new employees unless you're going to use them. I don't want you involving an innocent girl in any of your…"

"In any of my what? …I simply needed more help. It's hard to run a bar you know."

Inuyasha growled. "Don't mess with her."

"Little brother, I don't know what your talking about. Maybe you should go and get some sleep." Sesshoumaru turned to the bouncer at the door. "Kouga, would you please show my brother the way out."

"Of course, sir" Kouga walked up to Inuyasha and grabbed him by the shoulder.

"Listen to me Sesshoumaru, Don't mess with her!"

That was the last thing Inuyasha said before he was thrown out into cold night air.

Kagome walked up to Sesshoumaru and looked down at her feet shyly. He seemed so tall standing in front of her. She felt inferior whenever she was near him. Kagome felt this way next to a lot of people, especially her boss.

"If it's not too rude of me to ask, sir, what was that all about?" Kagome said while glancing up quickly to meet her boss's eyes only to look down again.

"It's nothing. I just have a bit of a grudge with my brother. That's all you need to know." He said before coldly walking away, sniffing in the horrible scent of human as he passed by. "I'll rip that stench from this planet one pathetic raven haired girl at a time." He whispered then smiled to himself.

Kagome wiped down the bar with the damp cloth before grabbing the keys and locking the door. Sesshoumaru had asked her to lock up before she left. Kagome grabbed her coat and wrapped it tighter around herself. 'It's cold out tonight'. The wind picked up and whipped her dark hair behind her. Annoyed she pushed the hair out of her face.

Kagome hated to walk home this late at night alone. But, she needed the job at the bar. It helped to pay off the mountain of bills that arrived at the end of the month. She listened to the click of her shoes against the sidewalk. The rhythmic sound made her space out for the next couple of blocks. But, she picked up her pace when she noticed that another pair of shoes joined the sound of her own.

Kagome didn't dare to look back. She was too worried about making it home safe. 'What if its one of those dog demons everyone is talking about…' she was relieved to see the steps of her apartment building come into view. Quickly she pulled out her keys and ran up the stairs into the building. Kagome made her way over to the elevator only to be disappointed. An "out of order" sign hung next to the elevator. She would have to take the stairs up to the fifth floor.

'All I want is to be safe inside of my apartment. How come nothing seems to go my way? Ever since the handyman quit most of the light bulbs haven't been changed around here. It's probably going to be a dark climb up to my floor.'

Seeing the dark stairwell only confirmed her suspicions. Reluctantly she began her hike up the stairs. 'I don't like this. What if the person who was following me is still behind me?' Kagome heard footsteps behind her again.

"Great" she groaned to herself.

She began to walk more quickly until she found herself running up the stairs. The quicker that she walked the quicker the footsteps got. Finally she reached her floor and ran out into the dimly lit hallway. Kagome swiftly turned around.

"What do you want from me?" she screamed down the hallway.

When no response came she went hastily to her apartment door and opened it. Just as quickly as she opened it she slammed it shut again behind her, clicking the lock into place.

'That was close." She breathed out.


Sorry for the short chappie. I know I'm going in a different direction this time. Leave a comment please. No flames. Adios readership.