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"Youkai and Ningen"

"Wind Scar!" Inuyasha swung his sword at his opponent. The Wind Scar caught the edge of the cloak and ripped it, exposing the root-like appendages of the Demon Puppet. "Feh. Another puppet. This'll be easy."

"Stand aside, Little Brother. I will handle this." Sesshomaru pointed Tokijin at the puppet and waves of power cut the roots, releasing miasma.

'I'm glad the others couldn't get through the faux barrier. This miasma could be dangerous.'

Sesshomaru eyed the miasma suspiciously, having never dealt with it before. 'I am relieved Rin and Jaken followed my command to stay behind. I do not know what this is capable of.'

"Backlash Wave!" Inuyasha swung his sword and its ultimate technique cut through the miasma. However, the miasma didn't dissipate. It engulfed the two brothers. Inuyasha could barely see the demon puppet get cut down by his attack.

Seeing as their opponent was defeated, they both fled, not wanting to stay in the miasma any longer than necessary.


Kagome hefted her heavy backpack up and out of the well. As she climbed out, she thought, 'I hope Inuyasha appreciates all the ramen and chips I brought.' A streak of red and white flew by her. 'What was that?'

Suddenly, Miroku, Sango, Shippo, and Kirara appeared.

"Kagome!" Shippo exclaimed, jumping on her.

"Hey, Shippo!" Kagome looked around. "Where's Inuyasha?"

"He had taken off due east, but Kirara picked up his scent this way," Sango answered.

'That streak must have been him, but why didn't he stop when he passed by? Didn't he see me?' Out loud, Kagome said, "He did pass by this way." She took off at a dead run. "Come on."

Shippo (having jumped onto Miroku's shoulder before Kagome ran off) clung to the monk as he and Sango followed Kagome, who had stepped near a very tall sakura tree.

Kagome looked up at the tree and gasped. In the top most branches slept two little boys. Each one had lavender tinted silvery hair. Even though they could have passed as twins, it was clear one was older than the other. The older one has a dark blue crescent moon on his forehead, two hot pink stripes on each cheek and each hand, and was wearing white kimono-type clothing. The younger boy had white dog ears peeking out of his hair and was wearing red kimono-type clothing.

"Kagome! Why'd you stop?" Sango called to her.

"Did…you…find…Inuyasha?" Miroku panted. He was out of breath, having run fast to keep up with Sango's long strides.

"Um, I don't know," Kagome admitted.

"How can you not know if you found Inuyasha or not?" Shippo asked.

"Look," Kagome pointed toward the top of the tree. "What do you see?"

"Could that be Inuyasha in the red?" Miroku inquired.

"Well, Kagome could find out if one of them is Inuyasha by using 'sit,'" Sango replied.

"If he is up there and I did as you suggested, he'd really be mad," Kagome protested.

"When has that ever stopped you," Shippo pointed out.

"Oh, I see your point. SIT!"

To the quartet's surprise, BOTH boys fell out of the tree and into the ground.

"Ow," moaned the elder boy.

"Ouch," the younger boy groaned. He opened his gold eyes, which landed on Kagome. "What'd you do that for?!"

"Inuyasha, what happened to you and who's the other boy?" Sango asked.

"What do you mean?"

"You're a little kid," Shippo clarified.

"What?!" Inuyasha started to get up.

"Inuyasha, sit!" the older boy said.

The small half-demon fell to the ground again. He lifted his head and his eyes fell onto the youkai next to him. "Sesshomaru, sit!"

The quartet's already wide eyes grew wider when the youkai was slammed into the ground much like Inuyasha had. When the elder boy raised his head, the rosary beads hanging around his neck could be seen clearly.

"Boys! Stop this!" Kagome shouted.

The youkai and hanyou pulled themselves up and into sitting positions.

"Sesshomaru, where did you get those rosary beads from?" Miroku asked, careful to not bring about the demon's wrath.

"They were a gift from Rin."

"And where'd she get them?" Sango inquired.

"She told me a lady gave them to her in a nearby village. Speaking of Rin, I need to find her. She must be scared being alone with Jaken."

"Feh. Find her in your condition? The way you look you could be here playmate."

"Like she'd go anywhere near you, hanyou!" Sesshomaru shot back venomously.

Everyone (with Sesshomaru being the only exception) was shocked at the level of emotion in the youkai's voice.

"Sesshomaru-sama, where are you?" a child's voice could be heard in the distance.

"It's Rin." The youkai started walking in the direction of her voice. Kagome stood in front of the Lord of the Western Lands, blocking his path. She stepped a little closer to him and placed her hands on his shoulders. "Let me go."

"Let me talk to her first."

"You'll let me see her?"

"I'll bring her here after I tell her what has happened," Kagome promised before she left.

Sesshomaru sighed inaudibly and, jumping back into the tree, sat down on one of the higher branches.