AN: I've had this posted on mediaminer for quite awhile under my pen name razorbladesinner, which is what I used to have on this site as well, but I recently changed it. I'm posting this as I get back into the swing of writing again.

Disclaimer: I don't own Inuyasha, if I did would I really be writing fan fiction?

Age 6:

A small figure could be seen hiding in the folds of fabric of a woman's skirt. The young Hanyou clung for dear life as his mother talked to the woman in front of her. It was the first day of school, and for most children it was a terrifying experience.

"Forgive Inuyasha; since he is a Hanyou, he gets teased a lot." He could hear his mother's soft voice telling the other woman.

The woman smiled reassuringly to her. "Don't worry; we have many Hanyou's and full-blooded Youkai in the class along with humans. As you know our school is one of the few that gladly accepts them."

Inuyasha was comforted by the woman's voice and peeked out from behind his mother's legs once more. "Inuyasha, this is Miss. Makoto, she'll be your teacher." His mother said soothingly.

Inuyasha shyly stepped out from behind his mother and Miss. Makoto had too keep herself from cooing at the sight of his little ears perched at the top of his head. "What kind of Hanyou is he?"

"His father was a dog-Youkai." Inuyasha's mother told the teacher with a smile. "Just don't let the children tug on his ears; I'm afraid it makes him a little irritable."

Miss. Makoto chuckled and nodded, holding out her hand to Inuyasha. The small Hanyou looked up at his mother, who nodded to him reassuringly. Inuyasha shyly took Miss. Makoto's hand and with a wave from his mother was led into the classroom.

He could feel the eyes of the children turn to stare at him. He was starting a few days later then the rest of them simply because he had refused to leave the house. Some of the boys glared at him while a lot of the girls cooed over the small triangular ears at the top of his head. He looked around nervously as Miss. Makoto introduced him. He found a pair of kind brown eyes staring at him a large, happy smile on the owner's lips.

The girl seemed interested in him, but it wasn't the same as the others. "Inuyasha, you can go sit with Kagome."

Inuyasha realized that the girl that Miss. Makoto was speaking about was the girl with the brown eyes. He went and sat beside her silently, ignoring the stares of the other students. Miss. Makoto turned away from the students to begin the lesson and Inuyasha felt a gentle poke in his ribs. He turned and stared at Kagome, who was still smiling at him.

"Hi." She whispered to him. "I'm Kagome; it's nice to meet you Inuyasha."

Inuyasha could feel his cheeks turning pink. "Nice to meet you too Kagome." He whispered back.

Kagome seemed satisfied with that and turned her attention back to the front of the room. A few hours later the bell rang, signalling that it was time for them to have a quick break. Kagome disappeared into the crowd, leaving a slightly disappointed Inuyasha behind.

He wandered outside and hung away from the large crowds. He spotted Kagome standing with a group of girls. She turned when one of her friend's whispered something and pointed at him. He saw her roll her eyes and she crossed the playground to talk to him.

"Hi!" She said happily as she stopped beside him. "You should come over and meet my other friends."

Inuyasha looked at the group of girls and shook his head. "No, that's okay."

"Oh come on Inuyasha, they're curious about you." Kagome said.

"Really?" He asked shyly.

Kagome nodded excitedly. "Come on!" She said, grabbing his hand, leading him over to them.

Normally little boys would have pulled their hand away and screamed something about girl cooties, but Inuyasha didn't want to ruin his chances of having a friend. As they got closer he knew that they were staring at his ears, which were nervously twitching at the top of his head. He glanced around at the other half and full Youkai and realized that none of them had ears like his. Their ears all appeared at least some what human.

"Sango, Yuka, Eri, Ayume, this is my new friend Inuyasha." Kagome said.

Inuyasha could feel himself beaming with pride as Kagome said the words "new friend". The girls smiled and said hello to him before bombarding him with a million questions at once. They were mostly about his heritage and what kind of powers he had, but eventually the topic turned to his ears.

"Are they real?" Sango asked, eyeing the small triangles.

Before Inuyasha could respond, Kagome reached up and touched one gently. "Yep they're real!"

Inuyasha stared at her in shock. He wasn't sure why, but the feeling of Kagome touching his ears was relaxing. Normally he would scream and hit the person who touched his ears, since he only allowed his mother to do that. He smiled contently, thinking that for once he could allow himself to have a human friend.