A/N: Here's the final chapter! Please let me know what you think! And just so you guys know, the new story I have that will be out in a couple days is not a sequel to this one...although I did leave this open ended so that there could be a sequel. I only used part of the last refrain of the song in this chapter, too...
Cry for Me
"Lord Sesshoumaru, where are we going? Are we going back to see Lady Kagome? I liked Lady Kagome..." Rin rambled.
"Rin," Sesshoumaru hissed lightly, "do not babble." He paused for a moment. "But yes, you are correct. We are indeed going to see Inuyasha and Lady Kagome. They were recently mated..." he explained, but stopped short, wondering if the young human girl at his heels even knew what he was talking about.
"You mean married?" Rin asked.
Sesshoumaru nodded quickly. "Yes, I'm sure that's it."
Rin laughed. "That will be fun! Rin should pick Lady Kagome some flowers!" the little girl smiled, and ran ahead, where there was a small patch of purple and yellow wild flowers. She gathered a bundle of them up into her arms and raced back to Sesshoumaru. "See, Lord Sesshoumaru? Aren't they pretty?"
The demon lord did not say a word. "This is not really a social call, Rin...there are other things behind it..."
"Oh..." Rin whispered in understanding.
"And Rin?" At this point, Sesshoumaru had stopped walking all together.
"Yes, Lord Sesshoumaru?" she looked up at him.
He sighed. "Lady Kagome is going to look different...she will look more like Inuyasha...do not be rude to her..."
Rin looked at the demon lord for a moment as though he had gone crazy. "Rin would never do that to Lady Kagome, Lord Sesshoumaru!" she blinked.
"Good." he nodded firmly. "Now come along...we are almost there..."
"Kagome...don't be so nervous. It's only Sesshoumaru..." Inuyasha laughed, gently massaging her shoulders.
Kagome nodded. "Yes, Inuyasha. The same demon who used to try to kill us at least once a month...then all of a sudden, he's changed...and it's a nice change...but I can't help but be nervous..."
"Don't be. He is only coming to offer his blessing. He won't ever admit it, but he has changed more than you have in the past couple months, and he is probably even more excited about our mating and our pup than anyone else..."
"Except us..." Kagome reminded him with a laugh, and placed a hand on her stomach. The pup growing within her was only a few weeks old...her stomach had yet to grow beyond its normal size...but Inuyasha had already warned her that a demon pregnancy was shorter than that of a human.
She and Inuyasha were expecting the birth of their first child in a mere four months.
Shippo yawned and jumped into Inuyasha's arms. "Daddy, when is Sesshoumaru supposed to get here?"
Inuyasha shrugged. "I don't know, Shippo. Why don't you go play with Souta and Kohaku, and we'll come get you when Sesshoumaru arrives, all right?"
After a moment of thought, the kitsune child nodded, and jumped out of his father's arms and ran from the room.
Kagome sighed deeply, allowing her shoulders to sag, and Inuyasha wrapped his arms around her from behind. Taking a deep breath, he inhaled her scent and smiled. "Everything is going to be fine, Kagome..."
She turned slightly so that she could face him.
"What is it?" he asked her.
"What do you suppose it is that Inuyasha needs to show us?" Kagome questioned him, her voice dripping with the curiosity that she felt.
It was Inuyasha's turn to shrug. "I have no idea." he answered honestly. "I guess we'll find out everything as soon as he gets here."
Kagome's mother poked her head into the door. "He's here, you two. He's brought Rin with him. He's waiting for you outside..."
Kagome and Inuyasha each nodded.
Inuyasha took Kagome's hand and led her outside. Sesshoumaru was standing there, his face expressionless as it usually was, and Rin practically attached to his leg. She smiled at the pair as they walked out.
"Rin picked you flowers, Lady Kagome!" she smiled, rushing forward to place the flowers into the miko's hands.
Kagome nodded and smiled. "Thank you, Rin."
"Hello, Sesshoumaru." Inuyasha greeted him.
Sesshoumaru cleared his throat in an unnecessarily loud way. "We have something we need to discuss...and then I have something which I have to show you...it is very important..." he emphasized the last part.
"Hmm..." Inuyasha replied. "Well, let's find someplace to sit down so we can talk..." he decided, and took a seat next to the fire that was built just outside of the old woman Kaede's hut. The old woman rushed forth from the small one room hut, shooing away several children who were playing near the fire, and winking at Sesshoumaru to continue.
Sesshoumaru looked at the ground for a moment, and then met eyes with Inuyasha. "Now that you have found a mate and an heir..." his eyes went to Kagome's stomach, and she felt the heat rise to her cheeks, "it is time for you to take over your rightful role in ruling father's lands..."
Inuyasha's eyes widened considerably, and Kagome's eyebrow rose with interest. "What does that mean, Sesshoumaru?" she gulped. "There's not any...problems...are there? He's not going to have to...?"
Sesshoumaru shook his head quickly. "Oh, no..." he frowned. "It is just finally Inuyasha's time to receive his true inheritance..."
"Huh?" Inuyasha yelped in surprise. "But I already have tesseiga. I don't need anything else..."
"And I have tenseiga and one of father's castles all to myself..." Sesshoumaru countered. "You are missing part of the picture, Inuyasha. Think about it. What did I tell you back before you even marked Kagome?"
Inuyasha thought about this for a while. Kagome blinked as she watched her younger brother, Sango's younger brother, and Shippo run around one of the nearby trees and straight into Sango and Miroku's hut. Shippo seemed unconcerned about their visit with Sesshoumaru now that he was playing with his friends. Kagome smiled internally, and cleared her throat, refocusing herself to the conversation at hand.
She tapped Inuyasha lightly. "Inuyasha...I think it has something to do with the other half of your father's lands. Remember?"
Sesshoumaru nodded, confirming Kagome's statement. "She is right, Inuyasha. You are now officially ruler of the East...one half of our father's dominion..."
Inuyasha's jaw dropped, and Kagome elbowed him in the side to remind him to close his mouth.
"I...are you serious?" Inuyasha stammered.
Sesshoumaru took a deep breath. "Yes...and on top of that...there is something that you need to see..."
"What is it, Sesshoumaru?" Inuyasha wondered out loud, still half in shock.
"Follow me, and bring Kagome with you..." he commanded.
Sesshoumaru led the pair out of Kaede's village, through the forest of Inuyasha and deep into the forest. Inuyasha noticed that they were traveling in an easterly direction, and he took careful note of his surroundings.
The trio walked for quite a while before Sesshoumaru finally held out his hand and signaled his brother and his mate to stop. They did almost so almost immediately.
"Look," Sesshoumaru said rather sternly. "This is it. It belongs to you now..." he pointed.
He stepped to the side to allow Kagome and Inuyasha to get a better look at the structure that was standing in front of them.
Kagome gasped and paled, taking a tight hold on Inuyasha's hand and unintentionally squeezing it. "Inuyasha, look at it!" she yelped.
Standing in front of them was an old castle. It had ivy growing on its outer walls and wild flowers near the entry way. It was somewhat small compared to some of the places they had been and seen in their travels to find the jewel...but it was still vast enough.
The shoji doors were all still in perfect condition. Sesshoumaru led a shocked Kagome and Inuyasha forward, and slid one of the shoji doors to the side. "Go inside and look around..." he told them.
Kagome was first to go forward. Each room, although she guessed that none of them had been used in a long time, was clean, as though it had been maintained even while it sat empty. There was seven medium sized rooms and one very large room which made a sort of half rectangle shape. In the center, there was a well, easily accessible to each room, and a large tree, reminiscent of the sacred tree where Kagome had first met Inuyasha.
Inuyasha titled his head to the side. He glanced at his older brother, who still showed almost no emotion on his face. "This...this place...it is ours?" Inuyasha finally managed to ask.
Sesshoumaru nodded. "Yes, it is. This is where you, Kagome, and your family are to live for as long as you rule over a portion of our father's lands," he informed Inuyasha. "You could even have Kagome's family and your pack live here if you wanted...it is all up to you now..."
"My pack?" Inuyasha repeated.
"Your...your friends, Inuyasha. That monk and the demon slayer..." Sesshoumaru clarified.
"Ah..." Inuyasha realized.
"Sesshoumaru...thank you..." Kagome smiled at him. "This is...it's so nice. It's so much..." she stammered.
He shrugged. "This was all predetermined by mine and Inuyasha's father before he died..." he explained. "This was part of his will...and now it is part of your future...another piece of your destiny."
Inuyasha gulped. "I understand." he whispered.
Kagome looped one of her arms through one of his. "Come on, Inuyasha...let's go back. I want to...I want to show everyone..." she said happily.
Sesshoumaru cleared his throat. "Take good care of this place," he warned them. "It did once belong to our father, after all..."
"I will, Sesshoumaru..." Inuyasha promised. He held out his hand to his brother.
Sesshoumaru only stared at it. "What?" he demanded.
Kagome laughed nervously. "Sesshoumaru...don't be a stranger, all right?" she looked up at him. "Make sure you come back around after the pup is born," she added, and Inuyasha nodded in agreement.
"What is it, mommy?" Shippo whined. "Why do we all have to walk all the way out here like this?"
Inuyasha groaned. "Chill out, squirt. It's not as though you are actually one of the ones doing the walking. You're getting a free ride..." He looked up at the kitsune that was sitting on his shoulder. "Besides, it's not like it's a long trip. Don't complain so much..." he scolded.
Kagome looked back at the two of them. "Inuyasha...be nice," she warned him.
"What is it, Kagome? Why are we walking all the way out here?" Sango asked.
"You'll see in a moment." Kagome promised with a smile.
After a few more minutes of silence and more walking, Inuyasha and Kagome ordered the group behind them to stop. They were now standing in front of a small mansion with several rooms, a well, and a large tree. The group stared.
"This is it!" Inuyasha announced proudly. "This place...it belongs to Kagome and me now..." he told them. "This place once belonged to my father..."
Miroku's jaw dropped slightly. "This is great, Inuyasha!" he gasped.
Inuyasha nodded. "Yes...but it's a bit too big for three people..." he smiled as he looked down at Kagome's stomach. "So we were thinking about letting Kagome's mom and brother come stay with us and take up some space..."
Kagome's mother paled. "Us? Stay here?" she yelped.
"Of course!" Kagome smiled, wrapping her mother and younger brother in a hug. "Besides, we knew that Miroku and Sango would need their own space for their family..."
Sango laughed lightly, and took Miroku's hand.
I get where I'm going
There'll be only happy tears
I will shed these sins and troubles
I have carried all these years...
"...but since the two of them have become like family as well, we couldn't very well have them too far away..." Kagome added.
"Huh?" Miroku grunted in confusion.
"We're moving you two out here, monk. We all started out together, and I don't plan on letting us get separated...even if it's only by a couple miles. We've been together this long, and good things have come from it. I don't think I want to jinx that...do you?"
"What do you mean?" It was Sango's turn to question them.
leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
Yeah when I get where I'm going...
Kagome wrapped her friend in a hug. "We mean welcome to your new home, Sango. This place is where we will make that new start that we've all been talking about for so long..."
A/N: And...finished! Good for me...I even left it mildly open ended in case I wanted to come back later and add some sort of sequel thing! LoL. Anyway, I hope you liked it. Please review and let me know what you think, and thanks to everyone who has reviewed so far!