KK: Oi! Hi-lai-lo! :big cheesy smile: That's right; Kuraii-chan has come up with yet another great idea for a fan fiction!
Seika: Oh dear, Kami-sama help us all… :sighs:
KK: … :huffs: That's cold Seika, why do I even put up with you? I could always get a new muse…
The Inu-cast all gasps
Rin: Kuraii-sama would not do that, would she?
Inu: Hah, knowing her, anything is possible…
Everyone nods solemnly
Author Notes: Wheee! Now, I want to say that much unlike my other fan fiction ideas, I actually had to think up this one… I decided I wanted to do something future-ish and during a war… and I came up with this! Let me tell you, it's a bit strange, hopefully absolutely different than any other fics you've come across! (It took me hours locked in my room to come up with all of this, so I hope everyone enjoys it!)
Disclaimer: Sure, I own Inuyasha… I also claim to have invented the doughnut, manga all together, pocky, and ramen. In all seriousness though, I have no rights to Inuyasha nor to I claim to. Sue me if you wish, but I can tell you now all you'll get is a bit of pocket change, some lent, and a mountain of stuffed animals. (Yes, I have stuffed animals believe it or not… how can you resist the fluffiness and cuteness that is them!)
Kisetsu, Japan 3659
Sunrise buttered the gentle mountaintops, bringing the coming of a new day... one in which Kagome did NOT particuarly welcome. Why? Well, as most tend to feel, she rather prefered sleeping in in the morning to having to get up early. And well, she just wasn't the biggest morning person.
The teen groaned into her pillow and tried to bury herself deeper into the comforting and warm bed.
"Ten more minutes!" She called half-heartedly.
A head popped into the room and peered exasperatedly at the covered form. "Come now Kagome, today is your first day, I have to see you off since you'll be living over there… and imagine what an impression you'll make if you're late!"
Kagome winced. Honor she meant. What dishonor she'd bring to the family if she didn't get her lazy self up now and dress for her first day at the Training.
"I'm up! I'm up!" she mumbled, stumbling out of her bed and hurriedly making her way to the closet… now where had she put her uniform?
The door snapped quietly shut and Kagome's mother went back downstairs to finish making breakfast for Kagome and her younger brother Souta. Both were starting a fresh year of their Training, and needed a good breakfast.
Slipping out of her nightclothes Kagome tugged on her black and silver uniform and sighed. Another year had come so quickly! And this year it was possible that they could be called out to go help out in the war!
She grabbed a silver ribbon and pulled her hair back into a practiced bun.
"Kagome! Souta! Breakfast is ready." Called her mother. Kagome nodded absently, wiping some imaginary wrinkles from her clean and pressed new uniform.
That was something she didn't get though… why they had to have a different uniform every year… but oh well. Nothing she could do about it, seeing as it was only Horibuchi Naraku who could change that rule.
The war was over who would be the next ruler of Japan. For as long as it could be remembered each new ruler had been identified by the an object within them, though having been so long since the last ruler no one could remember just what the item was; they were called the Kagi. But it had been well over a hundred years since the last ruler and another had yet to reappear. That is why the world had split in two. Two different groups fought over whom they wanted as rulers. The first group was made up of ningen, priest, and priestesses. They had dubbed themselves Junsuina, or "pure". The second group was made up of youkai, hanyou, and michihiko, who had been named by the Junsuina, Kitarai or "dirty". The Junsuina wanted a ruler to wipe out all the Kitarai; they wanted a peaceful and "pure" world to live in. The Kitarai however wanted dominance. Well, most anyways. Kagome herself was fighting for equality.
Oh yes, and about Horibuchi Naraku? He's the leader of the Kitarai. He decides how our army is run, who is admitted into Training, and so on. The ruler of Junsuina is Yumiri Keema. Both rather ruthless in their vigorous tactics and ways of war. Still, that was a quality much needed for both side, evening out the chances.
"Coming!" cried Kagome, brushing away a cat hair before scampering out of her room, downstairs to the kitchen.
"Morning Mom! Souta."
Souta nodded, his mouth stuffed full at the moment… he didn't realize just how funny he looked, the poor soul, so it made no sense to him when Kagome doubled over with laughter. Their mom just shook her head.
"Souta," she commanded, "Chew and swallow your food before your sister dies from laughing too hard."
He rubbed his head sheepishly, "Sorry Sis…" he mumbled.
"S'ok." She replied, shoving a piece of toast into her mouth.
"Kagome!" scolded her mother lightly, "Don't eat like an animal! How would people react if you ate like that during Training?"
…Dishonor… that's all that's important here. Honor for the family. I'll do it though, I'll bring honor to this family in place of Father.
"Yes mom." She mumbled softly. "Say, when are we leaving?"
"Oh!" their mother grinned, "I asked the Lyrea's if they could give you a ride, I hope you don't mind. Makes sense though seeing as you and Sango are in the same Training class and so are Souta and Kohaku."
Souta beamed, "Really? Awesome!" He grabbed his plate and glass, dropped them off by the sink, and bounded upstairs to put on his uniform.
"Hah!" grinned Kagome, "So Sango's in my class? And Souta and Kohaku in the same one?"
Her mom lifted her hands in surrender, "Didn't know yet?"
"Nah," Kagome took a final gulp of her tea, "They said we can wait until we're at the Ceremony to find out who we're with this year."
Their mother laughed. "Well you'd have found out sooner or later. Now you go and collect your things, I'll wash the dishes for you." Kagome grinned.
"Thanks!" she took one last bite of her toast and followed her brother's trail up the stairs.
"Brush, books, shoes, pocketknife, Buyou…. Wait. Buyou? No sorry my little neko, you must stay and keep Mom company while Souta and I are off Training." She scooped the cat out of her bag and placed him on her bed.
"Now, I think that's all." She smiled at the small bag. She had long since learned that it didn't help much to have an overstuffed and huge bag… still, she had also learned it was in her best intrest to always have pocky at hand.
With a smirk she reached under her bed and into a shoebox. It appeared to be filled with sporks, but underneath the collected sporks were boxes and boxes of chocolate pocky.
She stuffed most of the pocky into her bag, making it look a little less underfed, along with a few sporks for good measure.
"Ready!" she called, buttoning closed the flap and pulling the bag over her shoulder and bounding down the stairs.
Souta came just moments after, his bag about as small as hers from learning from his older sister's mistakes and advice.
"Kagome, you got your laptop? Remember, you need that this year!" Her mother chuckled, "I wouldn't have given it to you for another year if you didn't." Kagome's eyes went wide and she dashed upstairs a final time.
She was down in moments however, her laptop in hand. "Thanks Mom!" she called, fighting with her bag on if the laptop would fit or not.
"Perhaps you should leave some of the pocky here?" Inquired her mother as she began to hand wash the dishes from that morning.
"Not a chance." Muttered Kagome as she finally managed to fit the computer inside. "Whew! Done." She happily slung the sack over her shoulder.
"Do you know when they'll get here?" Souta asked his mother, but just as she opened her mouth to answer a honk came from outside, signaling that the people of choice were there.
"See ya Mom!"
Both children rushed to hug their mother goodbye before rushing out the door.
"Both of you better write!" called their mother as she watched them run out to greet their friends.
"Of course!" they replied in unison.
"Hey Kagome!" called Sango with a wave. Her long brown hair was pulled back into a long ponytail, having too much of it to be gathered into a bun as Kagome's. Sango and the leader of their section had fought over it, debating heatedly about Sango's long hair and if she should have it cut shorter.
Of course, in the end, Sango had won and everyone had been allowed to have long hair… well, no longer than their rear that is, obviously he wanted some sort of pride to keep so he had to make sure there were still limits. And those with short enough hair had to have it kept in a bun, if it was too long for that it had to be in a ponytail.
"Hey Sango!" Kagome grinned and hoisted her bag into the trunk before climbing into the vehicle after Sango. Souta and Kohaku followed after, chattering cheerfully about how they'd be in the same class again this year.
"Hey Sango, you have any idea who else is in our class?"
"Nah," she shrugged, "Mom wouldn't reveal any more than that you and I were in the same class no matter how I begged. I even tempted with sweets.."
Kagome blinked, "And that didn't work?" she asked incredulously.
Sango shook her head sadly. "Nope. And no, I didn't bring you anything, sorry." Kagome hung her head.
"I'm crushed." She moaned. "No sweets? How cruel."
Mrs. Lyrea laughed along with her daughter. "Yes yes, Kagome, it is cruel indeed, which is why I brought you some… chocolate." She handed the madly giggling girl a package of chocolate with a grin. "Now you keep that for some special moment 'kay?"
"Yes!" she cooed happily. Sango sighed.
"You spoil her mom, you really do." Mrs. Lyrea beamed.
She immediately took command though. "Alright, we're almost there. The lot of you know right from wrong. Make sure you keep up your studies and train hard, keep in mind you two, Kagome and Sango, that at any moment Horibuchi-sama could call your section out to fight along in the war. As much as I hope it doesn't happen because I don't want you two in harm's way, I can only say that if it does, you two be careful."
The girl nodded seriously and Mrs. Lyrea smiled. "Alright, we're here so all of you be careful and work hard!"
"Yes Ma'am!" chorused the Higurashi while the Lyrea said in unison, "Yeah Mom!"
The four trouped out of the car, each grabbing something out of the trunk and waving to Mrs. Lyrea they all clustered through the glass door of the building they were just dropped off in front of.
The building, or really the place where the Ceremony of Placing is held, was about nine stories high and made of some kind of alloy that was silver in color and obviously well kept, because it shone eagerly in the sunlight, ready to blind any passersby.
The group shuffled down the long hallway, no longer interested in the elaborate mirrors, decorative tables with antique vases, or famous paintings that adorned the pristine white walls. They had only been down this way since they were each of five years.
They halted at a door on the left, and each disappeared inside.
"See ya later Souta!" called Kagome as she and Sango split off to drop off their baggage in the age appropriate section and go join their friends. Souta waved and ran after Kohaku to join his group.
"Yo." Called Inuyasha as he sprawled comfortably in a chair.
"Hey Inuyasha." Said Kagome, "Say, where's Miroku?"
The hanyou shrugged, "Probably chasing after some poor michihiko."
Sango growled, "That lecher! One of these days…" she made a motion with her hands and Kagome winced.
"So anyways!" chirped the young michihiko, eager to draw Sango's mind away from Miroku.
Actually, the three of them, Sango Kagome and Miroku, were all michihiko. A Michihiko is a human who's had their genes genetically altered, but that practice, luckily, had been banned just seven years ago from all the protests from the Junsuina.
Still, the damage had been done and the michihiko had been banned from the Junsuina, having been called impure.
"Hey!" called a voice from behind the trio.
"Miroku," drawled Inuyasha lazily, "What took ya?"
Miroku lifted his hand and feigned innocence, "I know not of what you speak Inuyasha." He turned to Kagome and Sango, "Do you?"
"Nah," Kagome shook her head, "Never have, never will. Sorry."
Inuyasha yelped. "Not true Kagome and you know it!" he sulked in his chair, furry white ears flattening against his silver head.
Sango snorted and took a seat next to Kagome.
"Aw, lighten up Inu," Kagome whispered, prodding him with her finger, "I was just playing around with you. Come on, I know you better than anyone else!" She frowned as he glanced sulkily at her.
"You want your ramen or not?" Immediately he perked.
"Ramen you say? Suppose I can forgive ya." He eyed her. "Where's this ramen you say you have?" Kagome smirked and held out the prize. Sango rolled her eyes. It was true; Kagome did know Inuyasha better than anyone else here. Of course, it might have something to do with them growing up together back when they lived right next to each other. Then Kagome had to move across the city, but still they had remained friends.
Kagome met Sango and Inuyasha met Miroku. When they all finally got to meet the four of them hit it off right away, and that's how it had been ever since. They all managed to have the same class somehow every year too! It would probably be the same this year.
"Hey Kagome," a smooth voice called out. Kagome flinched and Inuyasha snarled.
"Knew I smelled something rotten." Inuyasha complained loudly, "Oh, it's just Kouga." He stood, blocking Kouga's way of getting to Kagome. The wolf wasn't to be deterred though and smiled charmingly.
"So Kagome, how you been?" Kagome returned the smile, though rather half-heartedly.
"I'm fine Kouga, and you?" he flashed her another grin.
"Perfect. You suppose we'll be in the same class this year?"Oh Kami-sama, I hope not. Please no…
"Oh wow! That'd be neat Kouga," chirped Kagome, and Inuyasha gave her a funny look. So did Miroku and Sango.
"Oh wow! Hey Kouga, it's about to start, I'll talk to you later okay?" He beamed.
"Sure thing." And with that he was gone.
"And what was that?" demanded Inuyasha. Kagome sniffed daintily.
"I don't know what you mean." And she settled herself between Sango and Inuyasha, ready to hear just who all would be in her section this year and what instructor they'd have.
The head of this section of Training came to the stage and all the talking and even whispers hushed. He smiled. "Thank you! Another year is here, and I hope you are all eager to begin your Training." Cheering ensued, "And so, I'm now going to present you all with the information you've been dying for since last year's training ended!"
Sango and Kagome exchanged grins.
He had droned on for about ten to twenty minutes when he said something of intrest.
"Myouga's Training class will include Higurashi Souta… Ikeda Rin… Tamasaki Kaede… Wada Hitomi… Tomioka Kanna… and Lyrea Kohaku."
Kagome whooped loudly for her little brother and Sango cheered. Inuyasha shook his head and exchanged smirks with Miroku.
And after that it took about twenty-five to thirty minutes before anything caught their intrest again… Inuyasha had been just about ready to fall asleep with only nudging from Kagome to keep him from doing so.
"Let's see, and Sesshomaru's Training class will include Higurashi Kagome… Takawaki Inuyasha… Lyrea Sango… Kasu Miroku… Ueda Hojo… Dai Kouga… Tamasaki Kikyou… and Taijou My-Linh."
Miroku grinned ear to ear, obviously pleased with the results, Inuyasha's jaw seemed to have dropped to the floor, Kagome and Sango were busy squealing at each other, and everyone could hear Kouga boasting proudly.
"Hey Inu, what's wrong?" asked Kagome, and he glared at her.
"Don't call me that, and what do you think is wrong!" he nearly snarled. Kagome blinked.
Inuyasha cracked his knuckles, obviously trying to contain his anger, though what had caused it baffled all of his friends. "Did you hear just who is our instructor?"
The friends exchanged blank looked and Inuyasha groaned.
"He said Sesshomaru."
"…Oh." The trio winced and Kagome patted the hanyou awkwardly on the back. "Hey, sorry Inu… um, but maybe with us there it won't be quite so bad?"
He shot her a glare and she quickly retracted her hand. "Stop calling me by that stupid pet name you came up with already!"
Kagome smiled, "Ahaha! Sorry Inu!" she waved her hand airily. Inuyasha stared flatly at Kagome before turning to Miroku and Sango. They just shrugged and he scooted down in his chair, returning to his sulking that he had given up earlier.
"And that concludes the Sorting. Now, your Instructors will come up and when you hear your Instructor's name he or she will come off stage and you will follow them to your new dorms. They will show you where everything is because, remember, each year group had different dorms, rooms… well, you know." He grinned. "Now…"
It had hardly been three minutes when the four of them heard "Sesshomaru" clearly.
"Come on!" whispered Kagome as she stood, eager to see the dorms and where the candy machine would be. Of course, the flash of silver caught Kagome's eye, and she was amazing to find that Sesshomaru had grown since she'd last seen him!
He'd always kept to himself so she never got to see him… actually, the few times she did see him she'd thought him really pretty… amazing what age could do to you no less, he could be a model!
"Hey Kagome," drawled Inuyasha, "You gonna stand there all day and oogle my brother or can we get going already?"
Kagome winced… first, she wasn't oogling, and second she could detect anger in that tone…
"I'm NOT oogling!" she huffed and grabbing Sango she hurried to go find the elder of the brothers.
"Feh." Grumbled Inuyasha testily as he and Miroku brought up the rear.
"Glad to see your Training is priority." Said Sesshomaru as the four finally approached. Inuyasha snarled, but Kagome's hand on his chest kept him from actually doing anything.
Sesshomaru turned with an air of aristocratic importance and stalked off, obviously wanting them to follow.
The strange group followed, Hojo in the front, then Kikyou, My-Linh a bit off to the side, then the four plus Kouga who was busy cozying up to Kagome.
"Machines." Said Sesshomaru flatly, raising one hand to point vaguely. Kagome hopped up and down eagerly and squealed softly at the sight of the soda, snack, and candy machines.
"Is there chocolate?" she asked anxiously, trying to peer around the heads of others before them.
"Higurashi," Snapped Sesshomaru, "stop your incessant tactics."
Kagome stopped and blinked at the icy tone of his voice. Kouga stepped before her protectively and Inuyasha snarled.
A silver eyebrow rose at the scene but he merely continued his tour. Inuyasha twitched and made a gesture that showed just Sesshomaru could go do. Kouga took Kagome's hands in his.
"Don't pay that guy any mind, if you want to do that, then you do it." He nodded. He was so close, his hands so warm, chocolate eyes sparkling and gentle, and he smelled really good.Oh… this is making me…dizzy…
He paused mid-speech, "What's wrong Kagome?"
Woah… two of Kouga… oh look! And three of Inuyasha.. dunno if I could handle that many of him though.
"Kagome!" she could feel that he was shaking her… but why? Kouga was always so sweet, why would he shake her?
Obviously the racket that everyone was making, calling to Kagome, trying to make her respond, drew Sesshomaru's attention.
He took it in rapidly, Kagome's blank expression and limp form, everyone calling her name and immediately strode forward.
"Give her to me." He commanded. Kouga didn't seem to like this idea much though, and merely put one arm around Kagome's shoulders and the other beneath her knees, picking her up easily and with authority of his own he demanded to know where the nearest nurse was.
"Follow." And with that Sesshomaru was off, leading to the nurse with Kouga close behind and everyone else in tow.
"Mm…" mumbled Kagome, leaning her head again Kouga's chest and frowning as if in concentration. "Eh…" she blinked up at Kouga, aware that she seemed to be floating, everything was amazingly blurry, and someone was really close to her.
Training and instinct kicked in and she began to struggle, only able to make out a tan face and long black hair, no one she could think of looked like that.
Sesshomaru turned his head slightly and with a roll of his eyes, took the girl from Kouga despite his protests.Tan… and silver.. oh! Inuyasha! Mm… when did… Inu begin smelling this good?
She relaxed almost instantly, leaning her head against the solid chest presented, inhaling deeply… unconsciousness soon caught up with her though and Sesshomaru was left with Kagome's limp form.
And a few questions as well.
KK: Schwa! :grins: Well? Don't like this chapter much myself and that's certainly not the way I planned it to end, but eh, oh well.
Sesshomaru: If you vile excuses for ningen review I'll kill you.
KK: :snorts: Sure, sure, whatever Sesshou-kun.
Kiba: Hello. If you review I might just get an actual spot in this fan fic. Review!