KK: Oh my, what day is today?
Kouga: Monday… the 14th.
Shippou: No dumbass, she means her BIRTHDAY.
Kouga: … What about her birthday.
Shippou: Stupid wolf, it's today! TODAY is Kuraii-chan's BIRTHDAY.
Kouga: Oh… oh. Shit.
Disclaimer: Oh for the love of- again? Fine. I don't own them. Hnnphf.
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Kisetu, Japan 3659 Training Center
Blinking blearily, Kagome sat up. There was a rather loud pounding at the door, and with a quick stretch she shuffled over to open the offending thing.
And her mind was curiously blank… hm. Am I forgetting something?
"Yes?" she mumbled sleepily, not even fully processing who was stranding at her door. I thought boys weren't allowed in the girl's hallway?
"Good, both of you are awake," the smooth baritone seemed like the finest wine amongst cheap imitations, and Kagome strained to hear more of it. "Report to the auditorium immediately, we have a call from Naraku. He wants your Training class present, and the transmission will begin promptly in ten minutes. Do not be late."
A swish of silver hair, and he was gone, off to wake up another unsuspecting room. Poor things.
"Well come on Kagome, we need to get dressed, not gawk after Sesshomaru all morning. I imagine he'd have our heads if we missed the transmission after he went through the trouble to wake us all manually." My-Linh disappeared from her strange position right behind Kagome, struggling to peer over the other girl.
"My-Linh?" the miko questioned as she softly closed the door, "What happened last night? I seemed to remember… bread. And somehow I get the impression that that's the last thing that happened."
Bustling around quickly, My-Linh was already halfway dressed, looking quite funny in her uniform top, and pajama bottoms. Somehow black and silver did not compliment the pink and purple.
"You passed out and were taken to Hotohori by some very panicked friends, and one calm one. Give you one guess who, but anyways. Hotohori looked you over, had you take something, and pronounced you fine to go back and get as much sleep as you could."
Oh fun. How exciting… yeah, except not really.
"You done yet?" Asked My-Linh as she peeked her head in the room. "We've got bagels!"
Kagome snorted. "You're not even done yet, unless you plan on wearing those pajama bottoms and this is actually some strange new 'fashion' thing you're trying out." My-Linh somehow managed to squeak around the bagel stuffed in her mouth and ran to fix the problem.
Grabbing a brush and her silver ribbon, Kagome pulled the mass of raven locks back into a practiced bun and tucked the strands that had fallen loose behind her ears.
Grabbing a bagel, she quickly stuffed it in her mouth and headed for the door, meeting My-Linh halfway there.
It went unsaid that they had to hurry with only three minutes left to get downstairs and to the far right wing of the building.
They made it of course. Sesshomaru spared the duo a mere glance before continuing typing on the laptop he had brought along. Oops. She had yet to write her mother! Oh well, I'll do it sometime today. It shouldn't take too long.
Taking a seat in-between Kikyou and My-Linh, Kagome relaxed and peered up at the giant blank screen. My-Linh seemed positively giddy.
"I bet he's going to tell us he need us for battle, and all that, and then ask Sesshomaru to send us on some flight or another. I'll get to see my brothers!" Kagome smiled, happy for her new friend.
"And I'll get to meet them." She added, and the kitsune nodded eagerly.Click
All talking ceased immediately, and everyone looked up at the screen, which was now slowly gaining color, focusing in on a blurry figure. Horibuchi Naraku.
Kagome had to admit the man was quite attractive. Long wavy obsidian tresses cascaded like a beautiful waterfall from the ponytail it was currently ensnared in, a few locks brushing over his shoulders. Ruby-like eyes seemed to give him a dangerous air, but his breath-taking smile countered it perfectly.
"Ah, ohayo gozaimasu to everyone. I trust you are all well rested, and curious as to what I woke you so early to hear. We have a strategy, an idea, but we need Trainees like you to add to our steadily growing number of fighters. After careful consideration, I have chosen your Training class, and I hope that you will come to battle with me."
Sesshomaru stepped forward, drawing Naraku's attention away from the small group of Trainees. "We accept."
"Sugoi! There is already a large aircraft to transport you from there to here prepared, and it should be there soon. Now, I would like to familiarize myself with the newest additions to the team both now and later. I take my job seriously, and consider all of you like family. You will be treated as such. Now, please stand one at a time and introduce yourselves as well as your two extra classes of choice."
Kikyou stood first, "Tamasaki Kikyou. Hand-to-hand and healing."
"Kasu Miroku. Hand-to-hand and advanced programming."
"Takawaki Inuyasha. Piloting and sniping."
"Dai Kouga. Hand-to-hand and sniping."
"Taijou My-Linh. Hand-to-hand and sniping."
"Lyrea Sango. Piloting and advanced programming."
"Ueda Hojo. Piloting and advanced programming."
Finally Kagome stood, bringing up the rear. "Higurashi Kagome. Piloting and healing."
Naraku's eyes seemed to linger on her a little longer than the others, almost looking… questioning? Suddenly hyper aware of every aspect of herself, Kagome began to fidget with the cuff of her uniform under the intense scrutiny until he addressed Sesshomaru once more.
"All right. A good bunch you have here. I look forward to meeting all of you in person. Sayonara."
And the transmission ended. Sesshomaru stood regally, demanding everyone's attention once more. "You will go and pack your things. Leave them by the door on the inside of your room and they will be handled accordingly. Once you are finished, you may report back down here to wait until the airship arrives."
Everything went smoothly, and everyone boarded the large airship.
Or well, everyone but two people.
"Sorry, I didn't realize we needed a bigger ship. We can leave everyone here and get another, or we can take all those already on board and have you two follow in one of your own smaller airships."
Sesshomaru sighed, pinching the bridge of his nose in frustration. Why did everything always have to go wrong? And why to him? What had he done do deserve such bad karma? Sure, he wasn't the most pleasant of people but he didn't do anything unless provoked.
"It would take too long for you imbeciles to go back and get another ship since it couldn't even be done right the first time. No, we shall follow." The pilot shivered under the icy glare and nodded before quickly scrambling back to his aircraft.
Unbeknownst to him, the raven-haired girl on his right was thinking along those same lines.
What could I possibly have done to anger Kami-sama so? Fate is a cruel mistress indeed, separating me from my friends and leaving to fend for myself against the Ice Prince.
Yes, Kagome had taken to giving Sesshomaru a new nickname or title of sorts. She was well aware that he was from an aristocratic family, and he was always so cold to everyone… thus the not-so-clever or even original title was born.
Blinking, the miko turned at the familiar boyish voice of her little brother.
"Souta! What are you doing here?" She smiled as she ran up, huffing, "Came to wish me good luck or something?"
The young brunet snorted, "Not likely. I'm here to tell you and you'd better not do something stupid and go get yourself killed. Momma will have my head if anything happens to you. 'Sides, what would I do without an older sister to tease mercilessly?"
"You are too cute for your own good," She hugged the younger boy tightly, ignoring his muffled protests, "I expect you to keep up with your studies and make me and Mom proud. You're the man while I'm gone. Everything is up to you, all right?"
Struggling against her hold, once he finally regained his breath Souta beamed proudly. "Of course. I'll do a much better job than you, and then Momma will make me head of the house even if you're there!"
Kagome chuckled lightly. "Yes of course Souta."
"And I expect you to tell me everything when you get home!" he added with a small pout, "I can't believe you get to go and I don't."
Kagome ruffled his hair fondly, despite all indignant squeaks. "You'll get your chance some day. And even then… it's not so great."
Large doe-like questioning eyes peer suspiciously at Kagome, "How could it not be great? You even get to go meet Horibuchi-sama!"
"You'll understand when you're older," She murmured softly, and at sound of the sad undertone in her voice Souta dropped the subject quickly. "I'll miss you squirt. And you know you'll miss me too, even if you won't admit it."
"Higurashi," Sesshomaru called frostily from behind her. "Hurry with the sentimentalities. We have places to be."
"Bye Souta." Kagome planted a kiss on her brother's forehead that he hastened to wipe off. "Yeah, yeah," he grumbled. "I'll miss you too."
With a small wave, she hurried over to the Ice Prince's side.
"So?" she questioned, noting the agitation in his golden eyes.
An eyebrow quirked arrogantly. "So?"
Suddenly Kagome felt the very strong urge to break something… more preferably over the inu youkai's pristine head.
"So," she ground out, sounding just as annoyed as Sesshomaru looked, "What is going on with the 'situation'?"
He sniffed delicately, almost as if purposely trying to piss the young ningen off. "I don't recall there ever being a 'situation' Higurashi." And it was working. Rather well in fact.
"Agh!" Shaking her head, Kagome threw up her hands in annoyance. "You are possibly one of the most infuriating people I've ever met! Honestly now, is it so hard to answer a simple question? Or are you just too high and mighty to consider using common decency?"
If at all possible, the eyebrow rose even further. No one had ever dared to speak to him in such a manner before…
The infuriated female in question continued to rant quietly under her breath, allowing Sesshomaru to catch little snippets of her thoughts like 'If he weren't my teacher I swear I'd purify him to a crisp, and then dine on fried youkai' and 'Who the hell was stupid enough to lavish so much attention on him that now he thinks he is better than everyone else?'
Sesshomaru thought that he ought to be infuriated as well, after all the things she was saying about him. Even muttering beneath her breath, and public outbursts. Her behavior was rather shameful… and yet, he couldn't help but be amused by the situation.
This Higurashi Kagome… she was quite an interesting little creature. Entertaining.
And she had piqued his curiosity.
Once I figure out the enigma that is Higurashi Kagome, I will no longer be interested in her… Yes, he assured himself. It was all simple curiosity that would be remedied once he had figured out how her mind worked.
Of course, it didn't help that he had already been studying her for some time now. She just… defied all logic. She was supposed to be rude and uncouth as all humans were, and yet she was refined. She was supposed to be a weak little thing, and yet she could hold her own when the need arose. And while she lacked grace almost all the time, there were moments when suddenly she would astound him with said grace that she had already proved did not exist anywhere in her body.
Well, soon it wouldn't matter because his interest would fade. Soon he would unlock the mystery that was compacted in Higurashi's petite form, because after all he just didn't like things that confused him. And well, he'd be lying if he said she didn't confuse him in the least.
Sesshomaru looked at the still fuming female with only the slightest hint of curiosity in the icy depths of his molten eyes. Ah, another mental note. She was ruled by her emotions.
As if feeling the stare, Kagome turned to look up at her Trainer. "Nani?" she all but snapped.
He gazed levelly at her, demeanor cool. "Come, we must get situated or we'll be left behind. Unless you want to stay, then by all means keep sulking here." Calmly he began walking off, and Kagome mentally cursed him to hell and back.
"Yes, Sensei." Kagome answered, falling into step at his side. She missed the appraising look he sent her way, instead choosing to hum something unintelligible and probably quite mangled by her off-key singing.
Sesshomaru mentally sighed. It would be a long trip.
"Do quit fidgeting." The Ice Prince ordered, and the raven-haired girl huffed.
"Well I'm sorry, but it's quite boring in here and you're no help. How do you do it? You've not moved once except for your eyes since we boarded."
"Hn." Kagome pouted, sinking in her seat and peering out her window. This was injustice! She was supposed to be the raven-haired beauty of a princess, and all she gets in a toad. Where was Prince Charming? Surely he can't be off on vacation…
Hm. Given the toad was fairly good looking… he was a real prick
This is absurd. What a retarded story my life would make! Lets imagine something far more interesting. Like that raven-haired beauty of a princess part! Kagome giggled, and received a particularly spiteful glare that she pointedly ignored. I'm um… being kidnapped! Yeah, that's it! I'm being kidnapped by the evil… Taiyoukai of the Western Lands! Haha, then he really would be an Ice Prince. All right, and why am I being kidnapped? Hm… a battle of sorts with his brother? Yeah, that sounds good. I'm being taken hostage in hopes of an exchange. Inuyasha would have to give up… oooh, a sword! Tetsusaiga. I'm so clever. All right, Sesshomaru wants his brother's sword, Tetsusaiga, and has kidnapped me so an exchange can be made.
Hm. But Inuyasha isn't my Prince Charming. Ugh. The catch; I have no Prince Charming. Not yet, anyways. Because it's not Inu, he's just my best friend, or Kouga because as good a friend as he is I don't like him like that, and Miroku… well, I couldn't deal with Miroku, Sango can have him. All that leaves is… nobody.
"That's pathetic!" Kagome groaned aloud. "Stupid non-existent Prince Charming." A silver eyebrow quirked, but the male wisely refrained from saying anything.
With a sigh, the miko returned to her strange musings. So… no Prince Charming. But that's all right, because I can save myself! Eek, but that makes me seem like a dyke! I can't wiiiiiiiiiiin! Well then, who? The only males left are Sesshomaru and Tsukasa. As much as we joke about Tsukasa, I get the feeling he would also be nothing more than a friend.
'And Sesshomaru?' Her mind quipped with something that felt suspiciously like a smirk.
Is infuriating. She replied dryly, Surely you can't expect that even in a twisted life or story such as mine that I'd fall for him. I scoff at you! That is utterly absurd, and you know it! Plus, in the story he's the villain.
So, who falls for the villain? You'd have to be pretty special to go and do something like that. What would I do, see the "good" in him, and help him change his blood-thirsty ways? Hah! That's rich!
'It could happen.' The voice sounded affronted.
Tch. Whatever you say.
'You don't believe me?'
Not at all. You'd have better luck convincing me that I could fall for Naraku. Haha, and even that's pretty far out there.
'So, I'll bet you on it.'
Oh ho? Fine.
'You will fall for him before the war is ended.'
Ha! That's far too vague. For all we know, the war won't end anytime near the end of my life.
Well, actually that's all right. It's a deal!
'You must at least make an effort to know him better, or at least be civil. It would be cheating otherwise.'
Whatever. I can do that.
Kagome cackled, earning another strange look from her Trainer. She only smiled mischievously in return. After all, there was no possible way she could loose.
"So!" She chirped, eager to prove the voice in her head wrong. "How's life?"
A blank stare.
"Um, your studies? I know, what do you want to be?"
Still a blank stare.
"OH! I know! What is it like to teach Trainees?"
Hm. So this isn't working. Clearly another sign we aren't compatible!
"… Horrendous. I don't have studies. Anything that gets me away from here. Even more horrible than the first question."
Kagome blinked. Well, all right then.
After a few more minutes of silence, she began to fidget again, and Sesshomaru was not pleased.
"Can you not go ten minutes without causing some kind of disturbance?" Golden eyes were narrowed in annoyance.
"Um," The miko peered up at the ceiling, "No, I don't believe so."
Sesshomaru resisted the urge to repeatedly bash her head into the wall, before doing the same to himself. It was a very strong urge too…
"Cease that infernal racket!" He all but growled, and Kagome's innocent whistling stopped immediately.
"Well what am I supposed to do?" the raven-haired girl huffed, annoyed. "We can't all be boring like you, you know." She was quickly silenced by an angry snarl.
Sesshomaru towered over the source of his intrigue and annoyance. "You would do well to remember your place, and stay in line. Such remarks will not be tolerated in the future. You will in no way continue these unnecessary verbal assaults on my person. Are we clear?"
"Hnmph." Kagome glowered, arms crossed over her chest.
"I asked if we were clear, Higurashi," The golden eyed wonder forced her to look at him as his face was shoved in hers. "I expect a proper answer."
Her eyes flashed defiantly, "Well that's too bad isn't it? You're such an ass with that holier-than-thou attitude! Sure, you're allowed a little because you are my Trainer, but you… you push it too far! You can't possibly expect me to tolerate such treatment can you? I just try to be friendly and amuse myself, and you snarl at me!" The girl looked ready to spit in his face, but luckily for her seemed to think better of the idea.
Sesshomaru withdrew a bit. No, she had not actually fully angered him, but he had figured he could make her learn to respect him, as he deserved to be respected by his Trainees. But… Kagome Higurashi was somehow able to turn the tables on him.
Which, the childish side of him protested, wasn't really fair as she had been insulting him.
He squashed that thought. Perhaps…the ningen is right, he conceded, But at the same time she is at fault.
"Perhaps," he began imperiously, "If you would not agitate those around you and then insult their person it would not have happened."
At least she had the decency to look ashamed. "Ah, gomen. Maybe I should have brought something to do, like bring my laptop so I could write to okaasan." Kagome mumbled sheepishly, hesitantly offering a properly abashed look.
"Hn." He all but thrust his own computer at her.
Wide-eyed she looked from the laptop, to Sesshomaru, and back again. "But…"
"It will keep you occupied and fairly quiet." With a small smile, she nodded happily and settled back to being composing her letter to her mother.
Sorry for not writing earlier! I'm on my way right now up to Naraku's base. Can you believe it? I'm actually getting a chance to go out there and make a difference like we've always talked about… Don't you worry I'll be fine. And yes, I know you'll worry anyways, but I request that you at least don't worry quite so much, ne?
I got to say bye to Souta before I left, and I'm sure that you'll be hearing from him if you already haven't. I told him something about being the head of the house while I'm gone, so I'm sure he's going to ramble quite a bit… sorry!
And of course, studies were nice… for the two days that we had them! Teehee. Did you know Midoriko-sama was originally a poor village girl? Amazing… But anyhow, I'm hoping you and Buyo are doing well. Make sure the fat thing isn't getting too lazy, and send him my love. I hope the war isn't hitting our food supply too badly, and things aren't getting too tight. Please tell me if they are, and I'll see if there is anything I can do for food passes or a bit of money. You know, like side jobs! In fact, I might just do what I can anyways. It would give me a good chance to learn more about the base and those there. But that is all for now.
All my love,
With a fond smile, she sent it to her mother and gently shut down the miniature computer and returned it to its owner who took it without a word.
With great effort, Kagome resisted from tapping her fingers on the first thing she could find. The silence was suffocating, but she wasn't quite ready for a replay of the earlier display. Especially, and she admitted it, because she had been the instigator.
Sesshomaru sighed audibly. "Yes, Higurashi?"
Oh. Well, she hadn't realized she had been staring. "Just wondering." Kagome answered flippantly, as if she was quite used to being caught staring when she hadn't even realized she'd been doing it.
Once more, the inu youkai wished to bash his head in. "Wondering what?" he questioned with the most uninterested tone he could possibly have mustered without showing his agitation.
"Oh, nothing." The raven-haired miko replied off handedly, shifting her attention to whatever was just beyond her window. Just a little closer Sesshomaru thought unkindly A little closer and I could wring her neck. No one would have to know; I'd just claim she had fallen out of the aircraft. She had been insanely curious about something and without my consent ventured off to find more about it. And fell. And died.
"Yay!" Kagome all but squealed in delight, "Look Sesshomaru! We're here!"
Thank Kami, they thought in unison.
Sugoi- excellent or great
Ohayo gozaimasu- good morning
Arigato- thank you
KK: Yeah, I'm cheap. That's all you get. Got to wait until the next chapter to finally meet Naraku up-close. Oh well, most of you don't seem to like that bishie… o.O Um, more for me?
Seika: You're just the only one weird enough to actually like him.
KK: :huffs: Oh shove it you.
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