AN: ok, I am really sorry this took so long guys. I have my explanation as to why down at the bottom of the chapter in case any of you want to know. I do hope you guys enjoy this chapter. R&R! Love you guys!

Chapter 8: Spying?

~ With Inuyasha ~

Inuyasha had been sitting in the same tree that he was the day before, for about 30 minutes now, waiting for Kagome. 'What the hell am I doing? Why am I being so nice to her? Is it because she reminds me of Kikyo...it can't be. I got over Kikyo years ago...and Kagome looks nothing like Kikyo.'

'Why are you thinking about this girl? She's just another pathetic human. I thought the last one taught you that nothing good ever comes from humans, especially females.' his demon side asked.

'You do have a point there, though I didn't ask for your opinion. What's troubling me is I have no idea why I trust her. I shouldn't, not after Kikyo and considering I only met her two days ago.'

'Well, it sounds to me, that we have a problem, that only you can figure out and deal with...though I definitely could, but you wouldn't like how I'd deal with it.'

'No, I sure as hell wouldn't. Now back off.'

'Sure. You're no fun anyways.' it said and retreated.

"Why do I trust her so much?" Inuyasha mumbled quietly to himself and continued to ponder on it.

~ With Kagome ~

Humming to herself, Kagome walked to the tree she met Inuyasha at last night. She was really anxious to see him, which she found slightly odd, but shrugged it off. She had misjudged him, he wasn't a horrible person, and you just had to look beyond the cover, so to speak.

When she was about 5 feet away from the tree, she spotted him up on a branch. He looked to be deep in thought. Kagome smiled and walked 3 feet closer, standing under the tree, but still able to see him without hurting her neck. "What are you thinking about?" she asked, snapping Inuyasha out of his thoughts.

He was so surprised he lost his balance on the branch and fell out of the tree, landing on his back. "Ow." he said softly, still lying on his back.

Kagome rushed over to him, knelling next to him. "Oh my gosh! Are you okay?" she asked. looking concerned and almost afraid to touch him in fear of hurting him more.

Inuyasha looked at her. "Yeah, I'm fine."

"Are you sure? You just fell out of a tree."

"Yeah, I'm sure. I'm half-demon, remember. Nothing hurt but my pride." he said, smiling slightly.

"Point taken. Okay, do you want some help up?" she asked.

"No, I can get up."

"Okay."

Inuyasha and Kagome stood up. "So...what were you thinking about?" Kagome asked. Inuyasha turned a light pink.

"Nothing, it's not important." he said, turning away so she couldn't see his face.

"...okay..." she said quietly.

"So...um...did you sleep okay? And how was you're morning?" he asked.

"I slept very well, thank you for asking. This morning was very interesting." she said.

"Interesting? How so?" he asked, turning back to her.

"Well, first off Miroku showed up, wanting to see Sango, and then Koga showed up, wanting to see Ayame. Both of which were still asleep, so I gave them the idea of waking them up and they agreed, and then I left." she said.

"Well, you had fun this morning."

"Yup. So...what should we do now?" Kagome asked. Before Inuyasha could answer, his stomach growled, Kagome laughed. "Well, I guess that answered my question. Come on, lets go get something to eat." she said, grabbing his wrist and pulling him toward the food court.

~ With Sango and Miroku ~

Miroku and Sango had been wondering around aimlessly, looking for Inuyasha and Kagome, for an hour now. They were currently out in the field, close to the tree Inuyasha and Kagome were at earlier. "Miroku, this is getting us nowhere." Sango said, stopping by the tree. She sat down and put her back against the trunk of the tree.

"You must have patience Sango. Besides, I enjoy your company." he said, sitting next to her.

"I bet you do and I DO have patience...just not much right now..." she said, smiling slightly at the end.

"I can tell." he said. Sango playfully slapped his arm, then looked at him.

"So...what now?" she asked. Just after that she felt and heard her stomach growl. She instantly blushed and turned her head away from him, feeling completely embarrassed. Miroku chuckled, making Sango even more embarrassed.

"Well, I think we should go to the food court, so we can get you some food." he paused for a minute. "You know, if you were hungry, all you had to do was say so." Miroku said.

Sango blushed some more and mumbled. "I didn't want to be a bother."

"Sango, you can never be a bother, not to me." he said, standing up and moving in front of her. "Shall we go now?" he asked, extending his hand to help her up. She just starred at him for a minute, a slight blush still on her face, then she nodded and grabbed his hand. Miroku pulled her up and they headed toward the food court. "You know," Miroku said, getting Sango to look at him. "You look really cute when you blush." he said.

Sango looked away again, blushing madly. Miroku just laughed. "Shut up!" Sango said, slugging his arm.

"Ow. What was that for?" he asked, still laughing a bit.

"For that stupid comment." she said.

"Well, it's true."

"No, it's not."

"How would you know?" he asked. She didn't say anything and the rest of the walk to the food court was quiet.

~ With Inuyasha and Kagome ~

When Inuyasha and Kagome got to the food court, Inuyasha went to get some ramen, while Kagome went to go save them a table. As she was sitting there at the table, she suddenly remembered that it was the 20th of June, the day her dad died. She instantly felt her eyes water and then she began to cry.

Inuyasha smelt salt water in the air as he grabbed his ramen. He looked around, spotted Kagome and noticed that she was crying. 'Why is she crying? Did something happen while I wasn't looking?' he thought. He quickly walked over to the table and sat down next to her, setting his ramen down.

Kagome had her head on her arms, on top of the table and continued to cry, more of a sob at this point.

"Kagome..." Inuyasha said softly, feeling really awkward. Kagome lifted her head to look at him and began to wipe away the tears. "Kagome, what's wrong? Why are you crying?" he asked, unconsciously rubbing her back in a circular motion with his right hand.

She hiccupped, but was calm and not crying so hard anymore. "I just remembered that my dad passed away 10 years ago today." She said sadly.

Instinctively, Inuyasha pulled her to him and hugged her. "I'm sorry Kagome. I know how it feels to lose family." he said softly.

"You do?" she asked, hugging him back.

"Yeah."

"Who died?" she asked and felt him tense up, and added. "If you don't mind me asking. You don't have to answer if it's too painful." she finished.

"No, it's okay. Both of my parents are dead actually. They died on the 11th of July, in a car accident. The only family I have left is my older half-brother and we don't exactly get along." he said. (AN: ok, I know, like a car accident would really kill Inu's dad, but it wasn't a little head on collision, just bare with me, ok. ty!)

"I'm so sorry. Here I am crying over my dad, when you lost both of your parents."

"Hey, it's alright."

"No, it's not. Gah! I'm such a freaking crybaby!"

"No, you're not. You are just like anyone else would be in your situation. It's okay to cry for the ones you love, hell, it's a natural thing." he said. Kagome nodded, while Inuyasha released her from the hug. "So...cheer up, okay?"

"Okay." she said, giving him a weak smile.

He moved to put his arm on the table, only to knock his bowl of ramen over onto himself. He jumped up, since it's really hot, out of his chair. "Ahh man!" he said. Then he heard on of the most beautiful sounds in the world, at least to him. It had to be the laughter of an angel, but when he looked to see that it was Kagome that was laughing.

For the first time in several months, Kagome was laughing with all her heart. It was a true laugh...not a forced laugh to make someone else happy, and boy did it feel good to laugh again.

~ With Sango and Miroku ~

Sango and Miroku had gotten to the food court, gotten food and sat down, all within 10 minutes. After they were seated and started eating, they heard laughter. Laughter that Miroku thought was coming from an angel, but Sango knew exactly who it was, though she hadn't heard it in over a year.

"Where is that wonderful sound coming from?" Miroku asked, looking around. Sango was smiling.

"I know exactly who it's coming from." She said.

"Who? You mean that that lovely sound is coming from a person?" Miroku asked.

"Not just any person, my best friend. That's Kagome's laugh…her real laugh. I haven't heard it in over a year." She said.

"Kagome's laugh?" Sango nodded. "Wow…so, that must mean that she's close by..." he said.

"Yep. They're over there." Sango said, pointing behind him. "See, Inuyasha is standing up. You were right, they are together." She said.

"Told you. Do you trust me now?" he asked.

"Not really, but I will give you credit for this one." She said, looking over at Kagome and Inuyasha. She smiled.

~ With Inuyasha and Kagome ~

Kagome covered her mouth in an attempt to stop laughing. "I'm glad you find it so funny." Inuyasha said, sitting back down.

"I-I'm s-sorry. I j-just c-couldn't h-help it." She said, still trying to stop laughing.

"Uh-huh. Sure. I think you just enjoy laughing at me. I don't know what it is about you, but I keep ending up embarrassing or hurting myself." He said.

"Sorry. And to think, I thought I was accident prone."

"Oh really?" he asked.

"Uh-huh. I use to trip almost daily."

"…interesting." He said, smiling evilly.

"Don't you even think about it." She said, recognizing the warning signs.

"Think about what?" he asked innocently.

"You know what I'm talking about." She said.

Inuyasha smiled evilly again. "Okay, whatever you say."

"I mean it Inuyasha."

"Alright already." He said, holding his hands up.

Kagome eyed him suspiciously. "Why don't you go get some more ramen? And I think I'll get a muffin."

"Okay." He said, nodding.

They got up and got their food, then made their way back to their table. They spent the next hour eating and talking about some of their hobbies.

"So…you like swords and?"

"I like to draw." He said.

"Draw? Wow…" her eyes widened at this. "I didn't expect that. Are you any good?" she asked.

"I'd like to think so, and what's so surprising about me liking to draw?"

"Nothing, I just never would have thought that someone like you would like to draw. Can you show me some of your work sometime?" she asked.

"Sometime." He agreed. "Just not today."

"Okay. Thank you."

"So…you like to do archery and?" he asked.

"I like to write my own songs and play them on my guitar." She said.

"Wow. That's cool. I actually didn't picture you as the songwriter type." He said.

"Well, I guess we both misjudged each other."

"I suppose we did."

They continued to talk like this for about another hour.

~ With Sango & Miroku ~

Sango smiled while she watched Kagome and Inuyasha talk. She was so happy; she began to cry a little. Miroku had been watching Kagome and Inuyasha as well, but when he glanced at Sango, he noticed that she was crying. Concerned he asked. "Sango, why are you crying?" he moved closer to her. "What happened? He continued and wiped away a tear that ran down her right cheek.

"Nothing, I'm just happy to see Kagome back to her normal cheerful, happy self again." She said and began to wipe away the rest of her tears.

"So…she wasn't happy with Koga?" he asked.

"She was at first, deliriously so, but ever since we met Ayame, she hasn't been as happy…I always wondered why…"

"I see…well, they're leaving now." He gestured to Kagome and Inuyasha, who were getting up and leaving the food court. "Do you want to continue following them? Or would you rather I take you back to your dorm room?" he finished.

Sango thought about it for a minute. "Let's keep following them." She decided.

"You sure?" he asked.

"Absolutely."

"Okay then." He said.

They got up and snuck after Inuyasha and Kagome, who were heading outside again.

~ With Inuyasha & Kagome~

"Do you want to go change?" Kagome asked as they walked across the grass.

"Would you mind?" he asked.

"Of course not. That would just be rude." She said.

"I didn't think of it that way….thanks."

"No problem. Lead the way…unless you want to go by yourself and meet up somewhere?" she asked.

"You can come with if you want…it wont take me too long." He said.

"Okay. Let's go then." Kagome said and smiled at him.

Inuyasha smiled back and led the way to his and Miroku's dorm room. When they got there, Kagome asked. "Do you want me to wait out here?"

~ With Sango & Miroku~

They followed Inuyasha and Kagome into the dorms and stopped around the corner from them, when Inuyasha and Kagome stopped in the hall. Miroku looked thoughtful, hen asked, more to himself. 'Why did Inuyasha bring Kagome to our dorm?"

"Well…he did spill something on himself." Sango said.

"That's true, it slipped my mind. You have great observation skills Sango."

Sango blushed a little and ducked her head. "No, I don't. I don't notice half of what I should."

"Why do you do that?" he asked.

"Do what?" she asked, looking back up at him.

"Tare yourself down like that."

"I'm just stating the truth…" she muttered looking at the floor.

"No…..actually you're not. You are a wonderful person and no one, not even yourself, should tell or make you believe otherwise."

There was silence for a minute. "Thank you Miroku…I think I really needed to hear that." She said, looking at him again and smiling softly.

"Anytime." Miroku said, smiling back at her.

~ With Inuyasha & Kagome~

"If you want to, you can…actually, why don't you come in. I'd prefer knowing that you're not out here in the hall by yourself, waiting for me, fast as I may be." He said.

"Okay." She said, nodding.

Inuyasha opened the door and they walked in. "Go ahead and make yourself comfortable. I'll be out in a little." He said, walking to a door that was just past the kitchen.

~ With Kagome~

Kagome walked into the living room and sat down on the couch. Her mind drifted to the events of the past few days, specifically what just happened at the food court. 'I haven't laughed like that in over a year…how is it, that in just a few days, he's gotten me to laugh like I used to?' she wondered. 'Well…he does have a charming personality…after you get past his touch guy exterior….and he has really adorable ears…every time I see them, I want to just each up and rub them, the look so soft.' She continued to daydream about rubbing Inuyasha's ears.

~ With Inuyasha ~

While Inuyasha was changing his clothes, he began to think about Kagome. 'She laughs like an angel…I never knew such a sound could ever come from anything but an angel, let alone actually hear it come from someone…but now that I've heard her laugh, I'm beginning to wonder how she 6sounds when she sings…' When he was done changing, he went back out and into the living room, seeing Kagome on the couch. Kagome seemed to be off in her own little world. 'I wonder what she's thinking about…'

~ With Inuyasha & Kagome ~

Inuyasha walked over to the couch and sat down next to Kagome. "So, what are you thinking about?" he asked.

Kagome jumped and brought her hand up to her chest, resting against her racing heart. "Oh, Inuyasha, you scared me."

"I can see that. Sorry, I didn't mean to. What were you thinking about just now, before I startled you?"

Kagome blushed a little. "Nothing. Are you ready to go? She asked, trying to change the subject.

Inuyasha got the hint to let it go, and he did. "Yeah." He replied. "Where do you want to go now?"

"I don't know…we could go for a walk in the park…and talk some more, if you want…" she said.

"Sure. I don't have any better ideas…so, why not." He said, smiling.

Kagome smiled back. "Okay, cool…well, lets go." She said, getting up.

Inuyasha got up and they left for the park.

~ With Miroku & Sango ~

They had been watching the door to Inuyasha and Miroku's dorm for about ten minutes now.

"I wonder what they're doing in there." Sango mumbled to herself.

Miroku heard her and said. "I don't know, but here they come now." He gestured to the now open door, with Inuyasha and Kagome walked out, shutting the door behind them.

Sango nodded and they continued following Inuyasha and Kagome.

~ At the Park with Inuyasha & Kagome ~

Inuyasha and Kagome had been talking about random things o their way to the park. When they got to the park, they began to talk about childhood memories. About fifteen minutes later, Kagome asked. "Inuyasha?"

"Hmm?"

"Did you ever play tag as a kid?"

Inuyasha thought about it for a moment. "I think only once…when I first met Miroku…"

"How sad…" she said.

"My childhood was pretty much all the same…my parents died when I was five…so, the only person I had to hang out with was Miroku…my half-brother wasn't around a lot, so I spent a lot of my time at Miroku's."

Kagome looked at him with sadness in her eyes. "That's so horrible…"

"It's how life works sometimes." He said sadly.

They were silent for a few minutes, and then Kagome got an idea. She smiled. "This may seem a bit childish, but right now, I really don't care." She said.

"What are you talking about?" he asked.

"You'll see." She said still smiling. She moved a bit closer to him and tapped his arm, saying. "Tag! You're it!" and ran away from him, laughing joyfully.

Inuyasha just stood there for a moment, too shocked to move. 'Did she just TAG me?'

"Come on Inuyasha. You're supposed to try and tag me back, remember?" she yelled back to him from over her shoulder.

Inuyasha shook his head to rid himself of his shock and ran after her. Kagome laughed some more as she continued to run away from him, he caught up rather quickly. 'He's really fast.' She thought as she picked up speed, still laughing and smiling.

"You can't outrun me Kagome!" he yelled to her, also enjoying himself.

"I can try, can't I?"

Inuyasha laughed. "I'd be disappointed if you didn't!"

"Well I'd hate to disappoint you then!" she yelled back at him, still laughing.

Inuyasha grinned and picked up speed, deciding to quit letting her win. When he was close enough, he tackled her, making sure he didn't hurt her. They started to roll, because of their momentum when Inuyasha tackled her. Kagome gasped when Inuyasha tackled her. The stopped rolling a minute later, with Inuyasha on top of Kagome. They both blushed, but didn't move. They just looked into each others eyes. Without realizing exactly what she was doing, Kagome reached up to touch Inuyasha's ears. Instinctively, his ears flattened themselves against his head. Kagome's arms dropped back to the grass, snapping them both back to reality and Inuyasha got up off of Kagome and Kagome sat up, with Inuyasha sitting next to her.

"Sorry." She said.

"About what?" he asked.

"About trying to touch your ears."

"Oh…that's alright. They're just really sensitive…"

"Oh…sorry."

"No problem…do you still want to touch them?"

"…yeah…"

"Okay, just be gently with them, ok?"

"Okay. She said nodding. She reached forward tentatively and reached for his ears again, which Inuyasha forced to stay up and not flatten back to his head. (They had moved back when Kagome dropped her arms.)

Kagome gently began to rub Inuyasha's ears. Inuyasha, almost instantly, felt like purring, but resisted. It felt nice to have her rub his ears, her fingers were so gentle and he felt himself almost instantly relax against them. 'This feels really nice.'

Kagome felt his relax against her fingers and she smiled, glad that she wasn't hurting his ears. 'They are so soft and feel like velvet.' Suddenly, she heard what sounded like purring. 'Is…is he…purring?' she thought, shocked.

Inuyasha's eyes were closed and he was purring. 'Damn it! I can't stop purring. Her fingers feel too damn good.'

Kagome started laughing when she realized that, Inuyasha was indeed purring. Inuyasha opened his eyes when he heard Kagome start to laugh. He stopped purring and asked. "What's so funny?"

Kagome laughed for a minute more before claming down. "I'm sorry. I couldn't help it, you were purring." She said, as she stopped rubbing his ears and moved her hands away.

Inuyasha immediately missed her touch, but refused to show it. "So what if I was purring?" he huffed defensively, crossing his arms over his chest.

"Nothing. I just thought it was cute" she said.

"Cue?" Inuyasha exclaimed, feeling outraged.

Kagome giggled. "Yes, cute. Sorry, I didn't mean to stab at your manly ego, but it was cute."

Inuyasha just looked at her for a minute in disbelief. Then he turned his head away from her and began to grumble to himself.

Kagome laughed. After a few minutes, Inuyasha stopped grumbling to himself and turned back to Kagome. "Now what?" he asked.

"I have no idea." She said. They were quiet for a minute. "We could watch the sunset…" Kagome suggested.

Inuyasha raised an eyebrow at her. "…okay…" he said hesitantly.

"We don't have to if you don't want to and it's not a date or anything." Kagome said, somewhat quickly.

"Okay. As friends?" he asked. Kagome nodded. "Alright" he said.

"Really?" he nodded. "Yay! I haven't watched a sunset in…two years…" she said.

"Well then…it's my treat." He said.

"You've gotten me to do a lot of things I haven't done in a while, why do you suppose that is?" she asked.

"Cause I have a charming personality?" he asked, smiling at her.

She laughed. "Yeah…that could be it…" she said. She got up, then grabbed his arm to pull him up. "Lets go watch the sunset.' She said.

"Okay." He said, helping her pull him up and they walked a little farther in the park, till they could see the sunset clearly.

~ With Miroku & Sango ~

They had the whole thing between Inuyasha and Kagome happen from the safety of a bush. Sango was almost convinced that they were going to kiss, when Inuyasha tackled Kagome to the ground. Sango had felt a longing to be kissed herself and had, for some reason, glanced at Miroku, but just shook her head and looked back at Inuyasha and Kagome. When Inuyasha and Kagome walked farther away, Sango stayed were she was.

"Miroku?" she asked, getting his attention.

"Yes?"

"How long have you been friends with Inuyasha?"

"About…nineteen years."

"Wow."

"I know."

"I think we've spied on them enough for on day." She said, getting up and starting to walk back to her dorm.

"Sango?" Miroku asked.

She stopped and turned to face him. "Yes?" she asked.

"Would you like to watch the sunset with me?" he asked.

She smiled. "Why not?" she said, shrugging and walked back over to him.

END CHAPTER.

AN: there you go guys. I'm really, really, REALLY sorry it took me this long to update. I had lost my drive to type it up, then I had temporarily lost my notebook. But I found it a few days ago and got this typed up for you guys. I should have the next chapter up for you in a week or two. But PLEASE let me know what you guys think. You guys are great! Don't forget to review! XD

~Sango-chan753