Disclaimer: The characters of Inuyasha are owned by Rumiko Takahashi, but this story belongs to me.

Extra Bonus Points

Extra Bonus Points Assignment:

For extra bonus points, you may choose to write a descriptive essay. Use as much detail as you can. I want you to paint a picture with your words. I want to see what it is you see. You may use anywhere from 50 words to 5000 words to paint your picture.

"I see eyes the color of the rising sun," Kagome said softly as she wrote. Of course, she wasn't looking at the paper while she wrote, so it was unlikely the words were actually there in any real readable form. But it didn't really matter. Not to her. "Sometimes they get warmer, sometimes I think they may actually make me melt."

Inuyasha blushed. But this time he didn't have a rude reply, and he didn't race off to escape facing the feelings he held for Kagome.

Of course, there was no one around to tease him here. They left Kagome's house, but didn't go back to the past. He did, however, give her a piggy back ride to race her to the mountains. She had been smart enough to pack a blanket and some food. A picnic lunch. For two. He found a secluded spot that felt far enough away from the world that they could finally... talk.

This time there was no way there would be interruptions!

There was, however, still homework it seemed.

"I hope our pups have your eyes," he murmured as he bravely brushed a lock of hair away from her face. That small motion had taken all of his courage. Her smile, however, made it worth it. He wasn't sure what to do with his hands after that, so he tucked them back in his sleeves.

"Pups?"

His eyes widened in fear. He hadn't meant to mention pups. Not so soon. And not when they were well... so secluded. She was going to think that he was worse than Miroku!

"I hope they have your ears," she said gently as she reached up and lightly touched an ear. It twitched at the touch, but he didn't pull away. "And your hair," she tugged on a lock of silvery white. "I love your hair."

"I hope they have your smile." Inuyasha gave her a small smile of his own. His hands came out from the protection of his sleeves, letting them rest on his knees, close to hers. "I can't explain it right... but it makes my whole world right. Like it doesn't matter what anyone has EVER said or done, as long as you smile. It fixes me. The things that seem all wrong inside... your smile fixes. Makes me feel... whole." He snorted, "Feh. I never say things right."

Kagome leaned forward and kissed him sweetly on the lips, putting her hands on his. "No," she told him as she sat back on her heels facing him, but not moving her hands, "You say things absolutely perfect."

Inuyasha bent his forehead to touch hers. He liked the connection, plus it his the blush rising up his neck and on his cheeks. He turned his hands so his palms touched Kagome's. Slowly they let their fingers entwine. It felt like the best of dreams that he was able to do such a thing. He wasn't entirely sure he was awake. But if he was asleep, he wasn't planning on trying to wake up anytime soon.

Kagome ducked her head after a few minutes and let go to pick up her journal once more and begin to write. Instead of being angry, Inuyasha was intrigued by the blush she was sporting, and the way her eyes softened. He liked being able to look at her. He let himself relax.

"I'm sure the forest and the mountains are beautiful, but with you sitting next to me they are simply a green and brown backdrop. All I can see is you. You are smiling. No... grinning. Leaning back wearing your red hakama and your white shirt. Thank you for letting me borrow this, by the way."

He blushed. "You looked cold."

That and wearing his clothes put his scent on her. And when he did eventually get it back, the cloth carried her scent. Sometimes when she would leave for her time, he could still imagine her scent on his firerat robe. It looked like a dress on her, covering no less than the skirts she usually wore. He supposed that he might possibly be marking her... Might have been for a very long time.

"You are beautiful, and you smell good."

Inuyasha was surprised. Wasn't HE supposed to tell HER that?

"What?"

"You smell like the woods," she told him. She set the notebook down and scooted closer to him. To his amazement, she leaned forward and SMELLED him! "You smell like the wild. Like excitement and adventure. Like the forest and the rivers. Like the earth and the sky."

"Kagome..."

She took his right hand and held it in hers. "Your hands are rough from fighting, hard as steel... but always so gentle with me."

Inuyasha was torn between wanting to hide his hands and letting Kagome hold it until.. well... forever really. He had never dreamed anything as wonderful as this, he hadn't dared. He wished he knew what to do or what to say. He wasn't smooth and charming like Miroku. He wasn't witty and playful or romantic. He really didn't want to mess this up, though. And that made him more nervous than anything.

Covering her hands with his left hand, he leaned forward and rested his head on her shoulder. He needed her strength. He needed her love. He needed... her.

Forever.

But Naraku was still out there. Their lives were still in danger. If loving her meant it placed her life in danger... he couldn't. He couldn't do anything to risk her life. Nothing else in the world mattered but her.

"Naraku..."

Kagome sighed, sagging just a little. Then she removed her hands from his, and wrapped her arms around him.

"I know. But there will be an 'after Naraku', Inuyasha."

"I swear it." His arms wrapped around her tightly. "After he's finished I swear it."

"I love you, Inuyasha." she whispered into his hair as they held each other.

"I love you, Kagome. When this is over, when Naraku is dead I mean, then I want... I mean, if you want... I want us to be together."

Kagome chuckled, pressing a chaste kiss to his shoulder before pulling back. "Together how?"

"Uh... how? Um... I... uh... what do you think I meant...?"

"I don't know. You'll have to explain."

Inuyasha looked around in a panic. He couldn't very well run off and leave her abandoned on a mountain. But oooooh boy did he want to run. Then she covered her mouth and he knew she was teasing him. His first instinct was to say something mean, something sarcastic. But...

"To by my mate, Kagome."

She gasped at his words and he knelt beside her. He heard that some people asked like that. He guessed maybe they were begging or something. There were worse things in life than begging he supposed. When it is that important.

She was silent for one terrifying minute. Though it seemed like hours. Days. Millions of scenarios popped in his head as he imagined all the ways she would turn him down. He even braced himself for the sitting of a lifetime.

She opened her mouth, then closed it again. She was thinking.

That couldn't be good.

"When the battle is over, and you ask me again, know that my answer will be yes. But... I think that... um... how do I say this nicely...?"

"Just spit it out," he said, still trying to process if her yes was a yes but it was a future yes not a now yes, so was that even really a yes?

"I think that until we are ready to... um... be officially together," she tried not to giggle at that, and he wished he knew what she was thinking, "We may not want to... advertise it."

"Huh?"

"You don't do well being teased, Inuyasha," she said kindly. Then she sighed. "And we both know they will tease."

His ears perked up and he grinned, "So its a yes? But a secret yes?"

Kagome threw herself into his arms, and he let her knock them both to the ground. She looked down at him and he had never seen anything so beautiful and perfect in his entire life.

"Yes!"

It wasn't officially official. She wasn't his mate yet.

But she would be.

And to thinkā€¦ he actually had homework to thank for the help

Still hated it though.

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Author's Note:

Thank you all for sticking with me through the story. I've loved every moment of it and treasure many of the wonderful reviews you have left me. And goodness! There were so many fantastic ideas out there, I wish I had been able to use them all. But I gave myself a limit and decided to stick to it.

Well, mostly.

You may all thank JohnDoe-78 for submitting an idea that I couldn't not write. It just seemed like a very fitting way to end the series.

Thanks again everyone!