A/N: Well here it is! The final chapter! Thank you all so much for sticking with me and for giving me such awesome support! I hope you enjoy this!
Epilogue: Forever After
Everything in life is temporary, because everything changes. That's why it takes great courage to love, knowing it might end anytime but having the faith it will last forever. – Francine
Of Family and Friends
Kagome had rarely thought of what would happen in the last moments of her journey, and even less about what would happen after it was over. Mostly she had wondered if it would ever truly end and if she would make it out alive. It was in the last moments when she and her friends parted ways to find their own families, promising to meet again, that she realized her journey really was over, the Shikon no Tama gone, and her task completed.
She had never been happier to walk through the gates of her home, to see her brother Souta and her mother running towards her, to be enveloped in their arms. Laughter and tears were shared as her father moved to stand beside them, smiling gently.
Sango, who was surrounded by her own family, met her gaze with a teary smile. They were alive. They were together. And they were happy. They laughed at the absurdity of it all. A calm she thought she'd never know surrounded her then.
They were home.
Of Thanks and Blessings
It had been a few weeks since the final battle and she still could not find the words for him. They had spoken a few times, but only a couple words in passing. Kagome wasn't quite sure how to address him now, as things were so different from what they had been in the past.
She smiled gently now as he walked past her pausing when his cobalt blue orbs caught hers. The corners of his lips rose slowly in response as he turned to her.
"Kagome?" His question was quiet, but curious.
Her smile brightened. "Thank you, Koga." She said before he could question her further.
His eyebrow rose questioningly as she took his hands earnestly.
"For everything." She continued, answering his unasked question.
His small smile widened into a wide grin and before she knew it she was in the arms of an old friend, face and arms pressed against his chest. He was still for a moment before he pulled away from her, holing her at arms length to look at her.
"I wish you nothing but happiness." His voice was quiet, calm, and sincere. Her heart stuttered slightly, knowing now that he had understood all along. Relieved tears reached her eyes as her lips split into a small smile.
"And I, you."
Of Birds and Bees
Kagome had hardly had time to think about the news that she had received before she was pulled away from her home and into the home of the man she loved, her best friend – who was just as stunned – dragged along beside her. When the situation finally dawned on them they moved quickly into action, this time, leaving Miroku and Inuyasha as the ones standing around confused and at a loss of what to do.
Hours of running around, orders, and many soothing words later the cries of the expected new born filled the room. And with a small smile Kagome handed the bundle of blankets with cute little black dog-ears at top her head to her mother. Rin's lips curled up gently at the corners as she took the small bundle, cooing softly as she brushed the blankets away from her face.
The small group stood back to allow the father a closer look, his mane of silver hair draping over his wife and child as he brushed his fingers over the baby's cheek. Small eyes the color of the sun blinked owlishly up at him from out of the blanket. The faintest smile graced his lips as he met Rin's gaze.
"What is her name, Sesshomaru?"
Golden eyes glanced at his father and his wife as they paused on the other side of the bed.
"Her name will be Hina."
"Welcome… little Hina-chan…" Rin cooed quietly.
Inuyasha smiled when he turned his gaze to the woman next to him. The way her eyes shined as she looked over the child made his heart stutter slightly. Gently, he wrapped his arm around her and pulled her to his side, making her jump in the process. He smiled and lowered his face to nuzzle her neck. He felt the heat rising under her skin and knew if her were to look at her now, a pretty blush would be covering her cheeks.
"Don't worry Kagome, I'll give you as many as you want when the time comes."
He chuckled at the way her voice stuttered and pressed a chaste kiss to her lips.
Of Proposals and Time
Kagome had wondered when the time would come that the monk would ask for her best friend's hand in marriage. When that finally came and Sango stumbled into her room with a bright smile on her flushed face she wasn't quite prepared for it. She supposed that she had just been waiting for it for so long by then that her surprise was more that he had finally asked then that he actually did ask.
So when Sango briskly told her how he had proposed and she pulled her off of her bed to jump around the room and celebrate with her, she smiled and laughed as well. She was happy for her friends, happy that they had found love as she had, happy that they would now forever be together, happy that they would be happy.
But when the celebratory feast came and plans began she couldn't help but feel that time was passing almost too quickly and that day-by-day she was loosing her grasp on what time she had left.
The few months that it had taken to plan the wedding had passed so quickly that Kagome had barely anytime to notice when she was all dressed up in a beautiful kimono and standing beside her friend, smiling brightly as Sango and Miroku were joined in marriage. However, time seemed to drag on until the celebrations were beginning to slow and calm. People were slowly leaving for their own homes and the festivities were beginning to end. The couple of the hour was nowhere to be seen and hadn't been for a few hours now.
Kagome had expected as much. She smiled gently as she sat on a small fountain on the outskirts of the gardens that the wedding was being held in. With a sigh she turned to trail her fingertips through the cool water, watching the ripples move away from her fingers and fade.
She looked up at the sound of her name and smiled as her eyes met smiling golden orbs.
He sat down next to her and gently took her hand in his. She glanced at their hands as he wove his fingers through hers and then back up at him, raising a questioning eyebrow.
"Do you remember the promise I made to you? To always protect you and to always be with you?" He questioned quietly.
Her cheeks flushed lightly and she nodded.
"I'm sorry this took so long, but I wanted to get a few things cleared up with your father and mine first."
"Inuyasha… what are you talking about?" She questioned, curiosity lacing her voice.
When he moved so that he was kneeling in front of her and he pulled a small box out of his haori her heart skipped a beat.
"I intend to keep my promises, forever. Marry me, Kagome?"
Time seemed to stand still when his lips captured hers after she whispered, "yes".
Of Happiness and Promises
Flower petals slowly fluttered to the ground as small hands gathered them and tossed them up again. The two young women watched the little girl play with small smiles on their lips. A quiet whimper caught their attention and tow sets of brown eyes turned down to the small bundle in one woman's lap big violet eyes met brown from beneath silver bangs.
"What is he doing now oka-san?"
Rin met the amber gaze of her daughter before looking down at the little boy in the other's lap. "He's waking up Hina-chan." She replied softly.
Long ebony bangs fell in her eyes as she stood on her tippy toes to look down at the baby boy.
"Why does he sleep so much?" Hina asked curiously.
"Because Kouki-chan is just a baby Hina-chan. You slept a lot when you were that little too."
Amber orbs blinked owlishly and nodded in understanding before looking back down at the boy.
"May I hold him Kagome-san?"
Kagome laughed, smiling brightly at the little girl. "Of course you can. Just be careful him." The elf smiled as she placed her son in the little girl's arms, watching as she held him just as she had shown her a few days before.
"Like this oka-san?"
The two watched as she slowly rocked the boy back and forth humming little lullabies that she had memorized as her mother sang them to her over the past few years. Kagome sighed as she looked up at the sakura trees above her, watching as small pink petals slowly made their decent to earth. This was true happiness.
"How's the little runt Kagome?"
She laughed as the peaceful silence that had fallen over them was broken so suddenly and turned her gaze to meet her husband's gold.
"Kouki is fine. He seems to like the gardens."
A small smile pulled at the corners of the hanyou's mouth. "Good."
It was quiet again as Hina slowly put the boy down at his mother's feet and propped him up in a sitting position. They three parents watched as slowly picked up some sakura petals and tossed them in the air before picking up a few more and putting them in the little boy's hands. Then again, she picked up a few more and tossed them in the air, looking expectantly at her cousin.
Violet eyes blinked owlishly at her before stuffing the petals in his mouth.
"No! Kouki, you're supposed to throw them!" Hina protested over the laughter of the three adults.
"I forgot to tell you Kagome, Miroku and Sango are coming over with Shou and Sora later tonight."
Kagome nodded as turned her gaze back up to Inuyasha, smiling. "Can't wait. I haven't seen the twins in a month or two." She replied.
"Yeah… I know."
It was quiet again after Rin and Hina took their leave to find Sesshomaru somewhere in the castle. Kagome looked down at the baby in her arms and cooed quietly as the little boy looked up at her, playing with the empty silver chain around her neck. Inuyasha sat down beside her and watched him, arms crossed in the sleeves of his red hoari.
"You know, Kagome, I've been thinking…"
Brown eyes looked up at the man next to her curiously. "About what, Inuyasha?" she asked.
"Remember that promise I made to you when Rin had Hina?"
Kagome flushed slightly and nodded. His lips curled up into a small smirk when she did.
"I've been thinking… maybe we should try for a girl."
Kagome laughed and looked down at the boy in her arms and then back up at her husband. "Maybe after a couple of years." She replied handing the child over to its father.
He winced when the child tugged at his hair and moved so that he was holding the boy out at arms length. Violet eyes blinked owlishly at him in surprise and he chuckled.
"Maybe you're right."
For now, they were happy and that was all that mattered.
A/N: Well I hope you liked it! This was actually easier to write then any of the other chapters. Maybe that's because I've had this in mind for a while now… Anyways, thank you all for reading and sticking with me!
FYI: Hina (Rin's and Sesshomaru's daughter) means sun or sunlight, Kouki (Inuyasha's and Kagome's son) means happiness or hope, Shou (Miroku's and Sango's son) means soar or fly and Sora (Miroku's and Sango's daughter) means sky. Oka-san means mother.
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