A/N: Hiya guys! Ok, like I said in the author note before, this will probably be the last time I get around to updating this story for a while. dodges flying vegetables and anything else readers might have in their hands at the moment I'm soooo sorry! I feel really bad, but when I reread when I wrote I realize that it really isn't that good...

I'm sorry for all of you out there who don't like the fact that I won't be updating for a while. I'm not saying I won't ever update, it just won't be for a long time... I can't send anyone chapters by email because I won't be writing any chapters for a while. However, if you want something written by me from an Inuyasha fanfic, I can send you a story I've been writing for a long time. I doubt it will ever make it onto and I may never finish it, but it's something. You can chose to request me to send it or not. (Please include your email address in the review if you want me to send it to you). Well, that's all, now onto the story!


All's Fair In Love And War

Part 8

Kagome sighed and looked out the window. It would be so nice to go outside on my own free will; I feel like a caged bird…

"Kagome!" Inuyasha opened the door and bounded in. "Remember what I forgot this afternoon?"

Kagome cocked her head at the question. "Uh, no. You forgot about it, so you never told me, remember?"

"Oh yeah. Well, anyway, I figured out what I had to tell you!" Inuyasha beamed proudly, making his way over to the girl by the window.

"And that would be?"

"The queen just signed the law saying you're not to be touched. It will be effective immediately, and you'll be free to leave your room!" Inuyasha grinned.

"Really!" Kagome squealed. "That's great!"

Inuyasha held a pin out to her. "Here, wear this and everyone will know you're protected by royal law."

Kagome took the pin, studying it. It was small, no bigger than her thumb's fingernail. A simple yet fierce demon was embedded on it. "How will demons be able to see it? It's so small…"

Inuyasha closed his eyes and recited, "The pin is more advanced than it looks. It is able to create several high-sounding frequencies that don't damage a demon's ear, but rather warn it not to come close to the wearer of the pin. It is embedded with the royal crest, so if a demon does happen to avoid the sound being emitted from it, they will recognize the symbol and leave the person or demon in question alone." He grinned, "At least, that's what the queen told me."

"Hmm. Interesting." Kagome pinned it to her clothes and admired it for a moment. "Well, at least now I'll be able to walk outside!"

"Yep." Inuyasha folded his arms in satisfaction. Kagome stood up.

"Ok, let's go then!" She walked towards the door. Inuyasha blinked.

"What?"

Kagome sighed. "Let's go outside." She stated. Inuyasha narrowed his eyes thoughtfully.

"I can't. I'm supposed to go to the training room and train the new recruits."

"Oh. Well, then, I'll go alone." She picked up her bow and arrows, slinging the arrows over her shoulder.

Inuyasha frowned. "But Kagome…"

"You said this pin will protect me, right? Well, then I'll be fine. Go train the recruits, and I'll be wandering around outside."

"The pin will protect you, but I can't guarantee that it'll stop all the demons from trying to attack…"

Kagome shrugged, "I don't care. I have my bow and arrows, and I am a miko. I'll be fine." She walked to the door again. "See you later!"

She was gone before Inuyasha could say another word.


Miroku hurried down the hallway, stopping in front of a plain brown door. Normally it was prohibited to have a soldier room inside the palace, but Yumiko had pulled some strings and gotten Sango and Kohaku a room very close to Kagome's room. Without knocking, he covered his eyes and opened it. "Sango, are you decent?"

Sango blinked as the monk walked blindly in, still covering his eyes. "I'm always decent, monk." She said sharply, returning to cleaning off her prized weapon.

Miroku smirked and uncovered his eyes, walking over to Sango. "Of course, Sango, my dear."

Sango blushed slightly. "What do you want, Miroku?"

"Want?" Miroku's eyes glazed over for a second. Sango noticed this and glared at him.

"Let me rephrase that. Is there any particular reason you're here?"

Miroku's eyes returned to normal and he sighed. "I've just been told that General Yumiko has accepted King Rei's marriage proposal."

"King Rei asked General Yumiko to marry him!" Sango exclaimed. Miroku nodded.

"It's old news, he must have asked her several times by now. Anyway, she apparently said yes, but she refused to do anything until Kagome was located and retrieved."

Sango nodded, "Good."

"Bad." Miroku corrected. "King Rei has taken it upon himself to organize an army—"

"He already has an army." Sango stated. "I'm in it, remember?"

Miroku sighed. "He plans to make another army and combine it with this one. It will have every able man in the country, as well as several strong women. It will be twice as big, and it will be organized extremely fast."

"What's he going to do with an army that size?" Sango exclaimed.

"He plans to attack the demon's fortress as soon as the army arrives. He will kill every living being there until he finds Kagome." Miroku sat down on a chair, staring seriously at Sango.

"That's horrible!" Sango cried. "He'll end up killing hundreds of men for no reason! Kagome wouldn't want that!"

Miroku nodded, "Precisely. With the demons preparing to attack us, and us preparing to attack them, several lives will be needlessly killed. I tried to talk some sense into the king, but he's so head over heels in love he can't even think!"

"Miroku, there must be some way to resolve this!" Sango said.

"I know, but I can't think of anything right now. There appears to be no solution to stop this."

Sango fell into silence for a moment. "Maybe Kagome and Inuyasha will have an idea?"

"We can only hope they will." Miroku said gravely.


Kagome grinned and looked around. "Now I'll be able to explore even further! It was no fun with Inuyasha, because he wouldn't let me go anywhere." She thought for a moment. That's not true, he took you all over. She sighed and glanced at a group of demons who were eyeing her in interest. She edged away and turned to face the forest.

"It's so peaceful, the forest is…" She smiled and continued to gaze out at it. Suddenly there was a rustle in the brush, and out popped a demon. Kagome drew her bow, preparing to shoot, when she realized that the demon looked almost hurt. She put her arrow away and walked over to it.

It was a small thing, no bigger then a little dog. A fluffy tan tail popped out of it's clothes, and it's ears were pointed. It shuddered at Kagome came near it, backing away. Kagome got a look at it's big green eyes and smiled warmly. The eyes softened a bit, and it winced.

"Hold on, there. I won't hurt you. Come here." Kagome coaxed. The demon blinked and took a hesitant step forward; it's face paling as it walked. Kagome realized that there were scratches all over it's face, and that it was holding something tightly. "There we go. Come here, I'll help you."

"Who are you?" The demon squeaked. Kagome blinked in surprise.

"I'm Kagome. You're hurt, aren't you?"

The demon nodded, beginning to trust this girl. It walked the rest of the way to Kagome and fell into her arms, still clutching the bundle it held. Kagome closed her eyes and concentrated on pushing her power into the small demon before her. The cuts and scratches slowly disappeared, showing clean skin. Finally, when she was sure it was healed completely, she opened her eyes and smiled.

"Wow. That was really cool!" The demon exclaimed. Kagome let it out of her arms and nodded.

"Yeah. Now, what's your name?"

"Shippo." The demon answered. "I'm a fox demon!"

"Shippo." Kagome repeated, deciding that the demon was male. "Okay, Shippo. Why were you hurt, and where are your parents?"

Shippo frowned, "My parents died about a year ago. I've been on my own ever since."

"I'm so sorry." Kagome smiled warmly. "How would you like to come to my room, and we can finish asking or answering questions there."

Shippo debated this and nodded slowly, glancing behind him for a split second. "Oh no, he found me!" Shippo ran behind Kagome, who stood up, facing the woods.

"Who found you, Shippo?" Kagome raised her bow and arrow, ready to strike.

"Koga." Shippo peeked between Kagome's legs. Kagome could feel him shaking slightly as a larger demon, about the size of a normal human, burst through the brush.

"Where is he?" The demon called Koga demanded. "Ah, there!" He dove for Shippo, but Kagome put up a shield quickly. Koga fell to the floor quicker then someone could snap their fingers. Kagome lowered her shield and glared at the demon.

"Don't make me shoot you." She threatened, drawing her bow back further. Koga blinked and looked up at the girl.

"A girl?" He asked. "And who might you be?"

"My name's Kagome, not that it's any of your business." Kagome scowled. "What's your business with Shippo?"

"That little brat stole my dinner!" Koga spat. Kagome raised an eyebrow.

"Shippo, what did you steal that Koga was going to have for dinner?" Kagome didn't take her eyes off of the demon in front of her as Shippo jumped onto her shoulder and slowly undid the bundle he was holding.

"This. That evil demon was going to eat this defenseless little cat!" Shippo showed the small cat to Kagome, who lowered her bow.

"Ah, it's so cute!" She cried, grinning at the cat. It was a demon, but the only way to tell was that it had two tails instead of one. The demon was cream colored, and it had several black stripes randomly set around its body. A black diamond of fur sat proudly on its forehead.

Shippo nodded, "Yeah, and that demon was going to eat it!"

Kagome glared at Koga. "You wouldn't dare." She said slowly.

"I was, but I obviously can't now, can I?" Koga frowned. Kagome thought for a moment.

"Tell you what. If you promise to leave Shippo and the cat demon alone, I'll get you some food from the castle, okay?"

Koga's face lit up with interest. "Hmm. You can get food from the castle?" He peered closely at her. "You must be that girl dog-breath found and brought back. The one the queen passed a law for." He chuckled. "I should have known, what with that stupid device screaming at me to stay away."

Kagome nodded. "Yeah, that's me. Do we have a deal, then?"

Koga thought for a moment. "Fine. You know, you are really pretty. Hmm… Ok, then." He grinned, "That's decided. Kagome, you will be my mate!"

Kagome froze. "Excuse me?" She whispered.

"You will be my mate!" Koga exclaimed triumphantly. Shippo shook his head as Kagome narrowed her eyes.

"I will be no such thing, Koga." She said angrily. "You can't just claim me as your mate!"

Koga frowned. "Fine. Mark my words, Kagome, you will be mine soon." He waved and walked off. Kagome swayed a bit, dazed.

"How confident he is…" She stuttered. Shippo nodded.

"Confident, arrogant, self-centered, stupid, the list goes on and on." He grinned, "Can you really get food from the palace?"

"Uh huh." Kagome nodded. "Do you want some?"

"Sure!" Shippo hugged the cat and clutched Kagome's clothes as she began walking to the castle.


A/N: Well, I told you guys it would be short... Heh... Anyway, hope that will sustain you for a while. A really long while... pauses Wow. This will probably be the last author note I will write for a really long time... Dang... Hmm. Ok, then. To all of you who didn't like this chapter, sorry. To all of you who are mad at me for not writing anymore, Try to write yourselves. There's nothing stopping you from making a fanfiction all your own! To all of you who understand and/or are already writing stories, good for you! Writing is such a fun way to express yourself.

Also, know that there is still another story you can read, and it's in my computer. Email me and i'll send it to you! (see above author note if you didn't read it already)

Abientot! Till next time!

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