Someone to Protect

"Lord Sesshomaru, Lord Sesshomaru!"

Sesshomaru, Demon Lord of the Western Lands, turned towards that voice.

He heard small feet slap across a bare ground.

He saw the little girl's gap-toothed smile and the patterned kimono.

"Lord Sesshomaru, Lord Sesshomaru!"

He heard her voice again; it was older now.

He heard her footsteps sounding heavier on the ground, slowing to a pace that could easily match his long stride.

He saw her smile, as bright as ever despite eyes that have seen years of war, murder and blood shed.

Sesshomaru, Demon Lord of the Western Lands, held out his hand to the young human woman.

He smiled wryly to himself as he whispered words that contradicted those he had yelled so many years ago when he had fought to seal S'ounga, his father's demon sword.

"I, Sesshomaru, have someone to protect."

A/N: So obviously, this takes place years after Inuyasha: Swords of an Honorable Ruler. People will remember that when Sesshie's attack combined w/ Inu's to seal S'ounga, Sesshie yelled, "I, Sesshomaru, have no one to protect!" even though he knew he was to protect Rin and Jaken. The girl our beloved Sesshie keeps referring to is, no da, Rin. And I honestly don't know where Jaken is. Maybe Sesshie finally accidentally offed him. Who knows? Heh heh heh.