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Last Ones Standing

Kagome stared in awe at the completed Shikon jewel in her hand, deaf to the noise of the battle surrounding her.

Miroku, Sango, and Shippo were flying on Kirara, ready to step into the fray as Inuyasha and Sesshomaru battled Naraku.

"Hurry, Kagome!" Inuyasha shouted while he held Naraku off with a blast from his Tessaiga. "Make a wish on the jewel!"

Kagome's eyes snapped shut and her fist tightened around the jewel. 'I wish… I wish that Naraku were destroyed!'

Perhaps Kagome should have been more specific in the details of Naraku's demise, for in that very instant he exploded in a wave of caustic miasma that flooded the entire vicinity.

Everyone was awash in miasma, and when the wave passed over, all that remained of the "victors" were their charred, steaming skeletons. Flesh and clothes had all been burned away.

The last ones standing, as it so happened, were the mystic swords Tessaiga and Tenseiga, whose magic, metal exteriors were immune to that sort of thing.

"Damn," Tessaiga said, blade half-embedded in the earth.

"Yeah, I totally did not see that coming," Tenseiga added, lying flat on its side.

"So… what do we do now?"

"Um…" Tenseiga pondered. "Wanna play 20 Questions?"

"Uh… okay. Is it an animal?"


"Hm, is it the Inu no Taisho?"

"Dammit. Yeah."

"You're so predictable."

"Shut up."

And so the battle between good and evil ended with two swords abandoned in an empty battlefield, playing 20 Questions and bickering.