Disclaimer: I don't own Inuyasha at all. I only own two DVD's and that is enough for me.

A/N: Hello everyone. This is my first fan fic so be nice! I will not tolerate flames so if you want to do that don't bother reviewing. Constructive criticism is what I need with this story. I hope you enjoy!

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Kagome glared at Inuyasha, unshed tears willingly to be let out. Last night she had caught him with the clay-pot and witnessed something she hadn't entirely wanted to.

Flashback

"Inuyasha, do you love that reincarnation more than I?" Kikyo said, hiding a smile. She was well aware of Kagome watching behind a clump of bushes yet felt no sympathy towards the girl whatsoever. Inuyasha was hers after all.

"Of course not Kikyo, it's always been you. I do not love Kagome. She is just a shard collector."

End of flashback

Inuyasha stared at Kagome. "What are you crying about now?" he said completely exasperated with a raised brow. Sango, Miroku and Shippo watched. It was already taking a turn for the worse. Inuyasha was just too brainless and dim-witted for his own good.

"You baka, Inuyasha!" Kagome yelled, forcing her tears back. The Hanyou's eyebrows rose higher, almost reaching his hairline.

"Are you OK, Kagome?"

Kagome closed her eyes and breathed out very, very slowly, willing every single muscle in her body to not just give in and smack him one.

Damn him to hell! If he wasn't such an idiot he would realise what I was talking about.

"I saw you with her last night Inuyasha, underneath the God Tree." She said with finality in her tone and turned on her heel, and walked away in the casual direction of the well.

"Wait, Kagome!" she felt his hand reach out to her.

"Sit!" she commanded abruptly and perhaps a little smugly. A loud thump and a groan made her aware that he was now in a well deserved ditch. Hopefully he would stay there forever, or as long as it took to move his now aching body.

"Kagome!" the other three called and ran over. Kagome turned around unwillingly. This was going to be hard for them, Shippo especially.

"Don't go, Kagome," Shippo pleaded wrapping his arms around her leg. Kagome looked down at him tenderly. If she didn't go now the tears would come very soon.

"Sorry guys. My mind is made up but don't worry I'll come and visit." She added cheerfully.

"What will you do, Kagome?" Sango asked softly. It was clear that she was worried about her sister. Even if they weren't blood related, Kagome was very important to her.

"I'll go find the jewel shards on my own, don't worry."

Lifting her bag onto her shoulder she walked away from the group into the forest. The sun was going down and she needed to find a place to rest. It was quiet, too quiet for her liking. Ahead was a stream. She wouldn't mind a good bath after the long days of trudging through endless terrains. She lifted the bag off her shoulder and put it on the ground. It landed with a soft thud.

"It's definitely getting heavier." she muttered crouching down and retrieving her towel, shampoo and conditioner. She quickly disrobed and got into the water. It was freezing but it was quite a warm night so she didn't have to worry that much. After that she got dressed and put everything back in her bag. Grabbing a few sticks and two sharp rocks she started a fire and sat down looking around her into the shadows. She grabbed her bow and arrows and put them next to her within hands reach. Damn Inuyasha! He didn't even realise how much she loved him but not anymore, he'd hurt her for the last time.

A feeling overcame her, she sensed something was near. Out of the bushes came four wolf-demons but they were not part of Kouga's tribe.

"Well, well, what do we have here, then?" one said. They were starting to surround her. As quickly as her human swiftness would allow, Kagome picked up her bow and notched an arrow pointing it at the nearest demon.

"A miko," she said smugly. The demons seemed put-off but then they came closer, eyeing the well-handled weapon in her hands.

"What's a girl like you doing out here all by yourself?" a different one asked. Kagome winced. She'd have to let go soon. She was strong but not that strong.

Kagome lifted her chin. "I don't think that's any of your business, wolf."

Oh now she was in trouble. She let the arrow go and it whizzed past the wolf-demon. Kagome sighed. Could she ever aim straight?! The leader of the four leapt at her, swiping the bow from her hands and picked her up.

"Let me go!" Kagome screamed and stopped suddenly. Another more powerful being was racing to this very spot. A gold whip came out of the darkness and hit all the wolves in one go, ripping them apart. Kagome steadied herself on the ground and peered into the darkness.

"Who's there?" she asked, her voice rough with fear.

Without even realising it, a clawed hand wrapped around her throat and pushed her against a tree. The hand had two purple stripes. Kagome stared into the amber eyes, completely transfixed.

"Sesshomaru." she whispered hoarsely.

Sesshomaru's grip tightened and she gasped. "It's Lord Sesshomaru to you, wench." he said calmly but with authority.

Kagome stared at his handsome face, his silver hair; oh how she would love to touch it! His eyes were so different to his brothers, much more depth. His face was as usual a mask of no emotion.

"Why aren't you with that baka brother of mine?" Did she see a flash of anger in those amber orbs?

Kagome closed her eyes.

Why can't he just kill me now and get it over with.

"Why did you save me?"

Asking a question of her own probably wasn't the best idea. She was right.

His nails glowed green and poison started dripping onto her neck making her skin red raw. She cried out and opened her eyes. The poison stopped.

"You will tell this Sesshomaru or you will see your grave early." He said, his eyes narrowing.

What's with the pink eye shadow?

She'd never noticed it before because she had never been this close to him.

"Last night Inuyasha was with that - that dead piece of clay!" She growled, which was quite out of place. Still, she was inclined to let her emotions flow through her words even in front of Sesshomaru, wasn't she?

Sesshomaru let go of her and she leaned nervously against the tree, unsure of what to do. He didn't seem to be interested in killing her….

"Kagome!" Inuyasha was calling her. Kagome looked past Sesshomaru in the direction of his brother's voice. Sesshomaru turned and walked past her.

"Wait!" she called running up to him, a mere foot away. She glanced at his long tail and reached out to touch it before he spun around and caught her wrist.

"Do not touch me Miko." he stated.

Hey he'd got his arm back! How did he do that?

"I-I'm sorry. I just wanted to say thank you." she murmured, and pulled away only just remembering the amount of times he had tried to kill her.

The Demon Lord let her create a distance between them.

Why did I save her? Speaking of humans, where was Rin?

"Lord Sesshomaru!" voices came out of the forest from where Sesshomaru had first appeared. Kagome watched as a two-headed dragon, a toad-demon and a young girl came out of the forest.

"Sesshomaru-sama!" The girl bounded over to him and wrapped her arms around his leg. Kagome gasped, expecting Sesshomaru to shove the girl away but he rested a hand on her shoulder, his usual cold appearance changed for a fraction of a second when he looked down at the young girl.

"Hello. Rin is Rin. What's your name?" The girl said smiling at Kagome. Now she remembered. Sesshomaru had saved the girl and the toad was Jaken and the dragon was Ah-Un.

"Hi, Rin. I'm Kagome." she smiled back at the girl.

"Lord Sesshomaru, did you save Kagome?" Jaken's eyes were wide. He was about to say something else when Sesshomaru's foot collided with his head, sending him into the forest. Kagome winced as she heard a loud thud: Jaken's crash landing.

And then the gang emerged from the other side of the forest. Inuyasha growled as he saw his brother and unsheathed Tetsusaiga.

"What are you doing here, bastard?" Inuyasha said rudely. Miroku, Sango and Shippo got ready to fight.

Sesshomaru put one hand on Tokijin's hilt, purely for cautions sake in case his brother decided to immerse himself in another pointless – not to mention ridiculous fight. "That is very inappropriate little brother, and in front of children?"

He basically meant Rin since Shippo always heard bad language. But Rin was too busy in rejoicing the fact that she was back with her lord.

Inuyasha shrugged. "I don't care what you think." He raised his sword. "Windscar!"

The attack sped towards them and with a shock Kagome realised that she was in the line of fire!

Just as it was about to hit her she felt herself picked up and they landed on the ground on the side of the two foot trenches made by the Windscar. Sesshomaru had saved her once again; he'd picked up Rin as well and put them gently on the ground. Kagome was very surprised that he could be gentle. For some weird reason she felt proud to stand next to the demon and awe and fear him at the same time.

"You almost hit Kagome!" Shippo wailed angrily. Inuyasha had no idea that she'd been in the way and if he had, he hadn't payed any attention to it. His focus had been his brother. His whole faced drained of colour and his ears flattened against his head as he looked at Kagome. She was pissed but she looked at Inuyasha with a charming, but frightening smile.

"Inuyasha?" she said sweetly and then she yelled hurting Sesshomaru's sensitive ears.

"SIT!"

There was a huge crash as Inuyasha was pushed into a ten foot ditch. Miroku whistled as he looked down into the hole and Inuyasha's still form.

"Could you have done better, Kagome-san?" He asked, looking across at her. Sango and Shippo broke out into a fit of laughter. Kirara mewed and sat down but immediately got up again as she saw the toad-demon walk out of the forest, brushing debris off his clothes. She transformed and leapt at the toad.

"Ah! Lord Sesshomaru. Help me!" Jaken yelled as he was chased around the clearing by the enormous cat-demon. Kagome and Rin started laughing as well. Sesshomaru raised a delicate eyebrow. It wasn't that funny. Inuyasha climbed out of the ditch muttering, Tetsusaiga firmly held in his hand. Truth be told, Sesshomaru was impressed with Kagome's capability in teaching his brother a lesson but he still had a lesson of his own to teach.

Inuyasha glared at Kagome and yelled, "What did you do that for?"

Kagome stopped laughing as did everyone else. The only activity now was Jaken and Kirara.

"You almost hit me, you jerk!" she yelled back.

Sesshomaru rolled his eyes. Here we go…

"You were in the way!" he argued.

"No I wasn't! You weren't watching where you were aiming the damn sword!"

"Was too!"

"Was not!" just as she finished speaking Inuyasha came running towards her but he never got there. Sesshomaru had unsheathed Tokijin and pointed it at him. The blue light shot from the sword and smashed into Inuyasha's chest sending him into a tree which shook and trembled at the blow.

Kagome stared at Sesshomaru. He was really powerful. He looked down at her and she froze. Was he going to kill her now?

"I'd get out of the way, miko." he said and walked past her, watching Inuyasha stagger to his feet. Kagome only just resisted the temptation of correcting him about her name but she didn't want him to come after her so she dismissed it.

She ran back to her bag and put it over her shoulder, grabbing her bow and arrows from the ground. She took Rin and led her next to the safety of the two-headed dragon. Kirara stopped in her chase and came over to Kagome, picking her up by the collar of her shirt with her mouth and jumped, landing next to Sango, Shippo and Miroku.

"Are you OK, Kagome?" Sango asked looking her over, checking for scratches and then she noticed her neck. "Who did that?!"

Miroku came closer. "Sesshomaru." he muttered.

Kagome nodded. It really was her fault; she should know that if Sesshomaru didn't get his questions answered willingly, he'd force it out of them.

Kagome waved her hand. "It doesn't matter. It's not hurting."

As they had been talking the two brothers had started fighting. The little kit made punching gestures in front of him, cheering Inuyasha on. Sango and Miroku cheered him on, too. Somehow, Inuyasha had managed to leave a nice cut on Sesshomaru's hand.

"You're getting slow." he taunted, blocking Tokijin as it tried to cut off his arm. Their swords clashed together and a blue light started to surround the swords. Sesshomaru pushed forward slightly and once again Inuyasha was sent flying backwards right into Miroku.

Kagome couldn't help herself. She started laughing and everyone stared at her. She looked out of the corner of her eye at Sesshomaru. He was looking at her and she nearly fainted. There was most definitely a ghost of a smile on his lips.

Inuyasha lifted himself off of Miroku and charged his brother. "You bastard!"

The same thing happened again but this time Inuyasha flipped in midair and came down sliding backwards on the grass into a kneeling position, his hair came down across his face and Kagome's blood froze in her veins. Inuyasha's form pulsed and the wind changed direction. He looked up, his hair flying free, glinting in the moonlight. His eyes were blood red, longer fangs, longer and sharper nails and one purple stripe on his cheekbones. Sesshomaru narrowed his eyes and lifted Tokijin in a defensive stance.

"Kagome, do something!" Sango whispered.

"Inuyasha s-" But before she could even finish the sentence he was in front of her, his lips curled back over his fangs in a guttural snarl. He didn't recognise her. Sango, by reflex, pulled her sword out and swiped at Inuyasha. He jumped back and the blade missed him, but only just.

"Go, Kagome. We'll hold him off." Miroku said urgently, joining Sango as they faced Inuyasha. Kagome nodded, her eyes full of tears, and ran into the forest.

Branches hit her as she passed; she had several scratches on her face by the time she got out of the forest. A path was in front of her leading left and right. There were only a few shards left to collect, Kouga's, Kohaku's and Naraku had the rest

Oh great one Kagome, now he'll come after you for the other half of the jewel!

Sighing she turned right heading towards the wolf-demon tribes territory.

Kouga had better hand them over quietly!

The next morning she woke a bit after sunrise, she'd sheltered under a huge maple with pink blossoms.

I'm going to have to go home soon so I can restock my bag.

And she was right; the normally heavy bag was starting to get lighter.

"OK. First I get Kouga's jewel shards then I can go back home." she said to herself and walked back towards the path. Speak of the devil!

A twister was coming her way and stopped right in front of her, "Hey Kagome, where's the mutt?" he looked around expecting to see Inuyasha leap at him from out of the bushes.

"No idea." Kagome said sadly.

Great now I miss the betrayer!

Kouga frowned, behind him more wolves were coming, shouting at him.

"Where are you going?" she asked quickly. Kouga wrinkled his nose in disgust, "I can smell Naraku's foul stench again. I'm going to find him." With that said he smiled and raced off past her a few seconds later his wolves came past breathing hard.

"Hey Kagome." they said.

"Hi boys." she replied and smiled at them. For the next few hours she met no one else along the path and that gave her time to think.

Some how I still like Inuyasha... maybe I was being over reactive?

No! The other side of her mind said, you did the right thing.

I'm not sure, but why in the hell did Sesshomaru save me? He even smiled at me! Now that freaked me out…wait, no it didn't. Oh no, now I've got a big crush on him! Stupid me! Stupid me!

Now she only just remembered.

Oh I forgot to get the jewel shards from Kouga! Now what?

The only thing she could do was move onto the next target. What a surprise! It wasn't too far away. After a few minutes she came to a bend in the path where you couldn't see what was around the corner. It was there though; she could hear it and sense it. Peaking around the corner, she saw what it was; a snake-demon. She notched an arrow and jumped out to get a clear shot. It whipped its head around, "Hit the mark!" she said and smiled as it hit its left arm where the jewel shard was. It disappeared and she walked over to where it had been and picked the jewel shard up and put it against her half of the shard and it joined it.

"Well, there's one."

I hope Sango and the others okay, I'd hate it if they had gotten themselves hurt.

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"I almost hurt Kagome?" Inuyasha was freaking out.

Miroku nodded; "Luckily Sesshomaru was kind enough to knock some sense into you." Inuyasha growled and looked away from the monk. They were standing next to the well expecting Kagome to come to back.

"And what was with that girl that Sesshomaru had with him?" Sango asked.

"I think that's Rin." Shippo said leaning against the well, "I miss Kagome."

Inuyasha glared at the forest where he was certain Kikyo was watching.

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"My lord, where are we going?" Rin asked as they kept walking in no particular direction. Sesshomaru didn't answer; his eyes were watching the forest as they walked past it.

"My lord Sesshomaru! There's that wench." Jaken said pointing to the figure walking fifty paces in front of them along the path.

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Kagome hummed as she walked along the path, not aware of the presences behind her. Might as well go home now and have a nice long break.

There was a turn in the path, going left and right. Left led to Kaede's village and right led to the lands of the East.

By instinct she looked behind her and saw Sesshomaru, Rin, Jaken and Ah-Un. She looked back at the front.

Why is he here? Is he following me? No, he wouldn't follow me.

Only one way to find out she stopped and sat down on the side of the path.

"Miko, why aren't you with Inuyasha?" Sesshomaru asked as they stopped a few paces away.

"I told you." Kagome said and stood slowly, "because he was with Kikyo."

"Can she come with us? Please Sesshomaru-sama?" Rin pleaded. Sesshomaru looked down at the girl and then to Kagome who was shocked. His expression didn't change as he said, "If that is want she wants to do, Rin."

Rin jumped up and down and ran over to Kagome, "Please come with us Kagome?"

Kagome smiled.

Who could deny such a cute little girl?

"Okay."

As long Sesshomaru doesn't try to kill me, I'll come.

Jaken muttered to himself as they took the path on the left, "Is Lord Sesshomaru mad? Why did he let that girl come with us?" He did not see amber eyes dart back to glare to him.

As the village came into view below them Kagome bit her lip.

Great now I have to tell Rin I have to leave.

She swallowed hard and stared at Sesshomaru's back. When she opened her mouth to speak Sesshomaru cut her off.

"What miko?" he said without turning around.

"I-I have to go home for a couple of days." she stuttered. Rin's face fell. Below them the village spotted them and started shouting, "Demons!"

Kagome sighed and started to walk down the path and past Sesshomaru until his hand grabbed her arm in an iron grip.

"Ouch!" Kagome yelped and tried to pull away but couldn't.

"You have two days. If you're not back by then, then I'm coming to get you." he warned, his expression unreadable. Kagome stared at him.

Did he just say he'll come and get me? How can he? Why does he even care if I come back at all?

Sesshomaru basically read her mind and answered the question. "I have one jewel shard, compliments of Kohaku and I will use it if I have to. If my baka brother can't look after you then I will."

Kagome opened her mouth and closed it again.

I can't believe he just said that, he will look after me? And he's killed Kohaku?

"Now go." he released her and she rushed off down the path dazed. The yelling of the villages could be heard more clearly now.

"Hurry back, Kagome!" she looked back and saw Rin waving at her next to Ah-Un. Kagome waved back and continued walking and stopped among the villages who stepped away hastily.

"I'm not a demon." she reassured them.

Kaede was walking through the crowd towards her. "Child, what are ye doing with Inuyasha's brother?"

"Nothing, Kaede," Kagome replied and walked past her in the direction of the well. A few minutes later she was there and the sight before her both pleased and angered her. Inuyasha was lazing about on the edge of the well and Sango, Miroku and Shippo were talking quietly beside him.

"Kagome!" Shippo cried and bounded up into her arms. She hugged him and then looked back at the others. "Hey, guys." she didn't look in Inuyasha's direction. They talked for a few minutes but then Kagome announced she was going home.

"Don't be too long, Kagome." Miroku said. Kagome smiled and jumped into the well and ended up back in her own era.

"Kagome, is that you?" Sota called down to her. Kagome climbed up the ladder and over the edge of the well.

"Hey, Sota." she replied and walked out and groaned. It was raining.

Well it is winter.

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Two days passed and for once she forgot entirely about the feudal era.

"Bye guys!" she waved to her friends and made to walk home before Hojo was blocking her way.

"Hey, Kagome," he said cheerfully. "Are we still seeing that movie tonight?"

Oh my god! I just remembered: I have to get back to the feudal era!

"I'm sorry, Hojo…..I just remembered it's my mothers birthday tonight. Got to go…bye!" She waved and walked off before he had a chance to say anything.

What's Sesshomaru going to do? I mean, he wouldn't seriously come and get me would he? It's not like him to care about anyone else other than Rin. I still don't get it. Why would he want to look after me if Inuyasha's didn't?

In minutes she was at home without even realising it and her eyes widened in shock and horror. Sesshomaru was sitting on one of the branches of the God tree. Sesshomaru flicked his head in her direction and jumped out of the tree. He approached her.

"Sesshomaru, I am sorry. I lost track of the time and-" Sesshomaru stopped a few feet away and looked down at her.

"Miko, hurry up and get your things. I can't leave Rin alone." was all he said. Kagome slowly nodded and slid past him and sighed in relief when she reached the door to the house. Just as she was about to open it Sota came out and nearly bashed into her. "Sorry, sis…." he looked behind her and faded off. His eyes were wide as he gazed at the Demon Lord.

"Woah!" Sota stared at him. Sesshomaru looked away from the young boy, clearly annoyed. Kagome hurried past Sota and into the house. She practically ran upstairs, grabbed her things and ran back down again and into the kitchen quickly pulling food out of the refrigerator until she heard Sesshomaru right behind her. "You won't need that."

Kagome put the stuff back quickly and turned on him. "You can't come in here!" she hissed and then sighed. Her mother walked in.

"Hello, Kagome…who is this?"

"Ah mum this is Lord Sesshomaru, Inuyasha's older brother."

Sesshomaru looked down his nose at both the humans; his usual cold mask was set.

"Hello, Sesshomaru….." Her mother started talking and Kagome looked at Sesshomaru. Oh no! He looks as though he's going to kill her!

Kagome interrupted, "Mum I've got to get going. I'll see you in a couple of days." she walked past Sesshomaru and out the door.

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Kagome groaned as she started climbing up the vines on the wall. Sesshomaru was already standing above, looking down at her.

"Are you incapable of looking after yourself, miko?" he stated. Kagome glared at him, climbing up.

"Stop calling me miko! My name is Kagome: Ka-go-me!" She was in hands reach of Sesshomaru now and surprising her, he reached down, grabbed the back of her shirt and lifted her out of the well and dropped her on the ground by his feet.

"Do not correct me, wench. This Sesshomaru will not put up with your arrogance."

If only he had the necklace and then I could sit him to hell!

Kagome stood up and glared up at him. "Don't call me wench! And I wasn't being arrogant. I was simply correcting you on what you seem to forget." the words were out of her mouth before she could stop them.

Okay. Now he's going to kill me! Stupid Kagome! I just had to open my mouth didn't I?

The Taiyoukai stared at her.

How could such a normal human be so defiant? And since when was she so smart? Damn it. Why did I ever agree taking this human into my care? Wait I didn't agree to that...great, now I'm going insane!

"Lord Sesshomaru. Kagome!" Rin was running towards them. Inuyasha and the gang came out of the bushes.

Miroku grabbed the young girl as she came past. "No, you don't belong with him."

Kagome stared at her friends. "What do you want, Inuyasha?"

Ah-Un and Jaken came up next to Sesshomaru.

"Kagome stop being stubborn - come back with us." Inuyasha said. Rin struggled in the monks grip. "Let me go!"

The sound of Rin's voice in fear and desperation made the Demon Lord act.

"Unhand her at once." Sesshomaru commanded taking a step forward.

Inuyasha took the girl off Miroku and held her by the collar of her kimono. "I thought you didn't like humans, Sesshomaru?"

Kagome glared at Inuyasha. "Sit boy!"

Rin was dropped on the ground and Inuyasha was forced into his usual ditch. Kagome ran over and picked Rin up, cradling her in her arms.

Miroku sighed and started to help Inuyasha out of the hole.

"Come on, Kagome…" Sango started but was cut off by Sesshomaru.

"Miko, come."

The great Lord walked off followed by the toad and the two-headed dragon. Kagome smiled reassuringly at Sango and turning on her heel, walked away. Shippo was crying behind her.

Goodbye Shippo.

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Over the next few days Sesshomaru and his unusual followers walked in the direction of Naraku's scent.

At the moment they were resting next to a small stream with lots of maple trees around them. Rin and Jaken were trying to catch fish in the water; Ah-Un was sleeping close by. Kagome was lying on her back in the long grass. Out of the corner of her eye she could see Sesshomaru resting against the base of a tree with his eyes closed but she knew his senses were always on red alert.

Oh! What's there to do when you've got a boring Demon Lord looking after you! Without even realising she started to stare at him, admiring his good looks and flawless features, his hair swayed gently in the slight breeze.

Why isn't Inuyasha that cute?

She sighed and pulled her eyes away from him to see Rin bouncing up and down in the water.

"Look, master Jaken. I caught three fish!" she held them above his head.

"Stupid girl. Go do your victory dance somewhere else!" Jaken squawked.

The sun was high in the sky still; they would be staying here until night fall and then start moving at dusk. Kagome looked back at Sesshomaru again, his eyes were still closed. Although she didn't know it, he was well aware of her watching him.

Kagome sat up and stretched.

Ouch! Muscle cramp! I wonder if he's awake.

"Sesshomaru," she said loud enough but got no answer.

Ok he's either ignoring me or asleep.

"Sesshomaru!" she said more loudly. Still, no answer.

Would flattery work?

"Great Lord Sesshomaru, can you please talk to me?"

If he doesn't answer I'm going to throw a bucket of water on him. It's not the best idea but it could work or it could get me killed.

He didn't move an inch. Luckily she had a small bucket in her bag. She'd forgotten why she put it there. Taking it out of her bag she quietly got up and walked over to the stream and filled it up with water. Rin and Jaken were too busy to notice; even Ah-Un didn't wake.

Being extra quiet now, step by step she tip-toed over to him until she was standing over his legs. Any sudden movement or hesitation would give her away. Taking a quiet but deep breath she turned the bucket upside down.

Sesshomaru had felt it when she wasn't looking at him anymore. When he heard her say Great Lord Sesshomaru can you please talk to me he almost opened his eyes, but decided not to.

He sensed when someone was standing over his legs. He opened his eyes and water flooded them. He couldn't see, blind for a fraction of a second and then his vision cleared.

Kagome was frozen as his amber eyes flickered open and the water washed over him but he didn't make a move until he blinked and quicker than she could ever have imagined, she was on her back and he was straddling her waist his left hand at her throat while his right pressed painfully down on her shoulder.

He could immediately smell her fear and…she was smiling?

Kagome smiled despite the pain in her shoulder and the sharp claws that were nearly at the point of piercing her skin. Rin and Jaken were still unaware of what was happening.

"What made you do that, miko? You went past stupidity this time and ended up in madness instead." he said quietly his wet hair dripping onto her. He could also smell what she smelt like. It was a very floral scent and it was driving his senses haywire. A low growl rumbled from his chest and she stiffened in true fear. He bent down lower and sniffed at her neck.

What am I doing! She's a human.

Her heart was beating rapidly. That growl wasn't a threat it was…how do you say? A form of attraction!

Oh my god! Is he attracted to me! Crap! What do I do?

His wet hair was tickling her neck but strangely it wasn't rough but silky smooth just as she imagined it would be.

His hand released her neck and pressed softly on her other shoulder so that she couldn't move even if she wanted to.

"What did you want to ask me, miko?" he said sitting up so he could look down at her.

"Huh?" she said in a daze.

First he was sniffing me. Now he's asking what I wanted to ask him. So he was ignoring me!

"All I wanted to ask was when we would find Naraku's castle. If you'd answered me in the first place you wouldn't have gotten wet." she said quietly.

Sesshomaru suddenly stood up.

"Oi! Mutts brother, get away from my woman!"

Kagome sat up and looked over her shoulder. Kouga, Ginta and Hakaku were standing at the fringe of the trees.

What's Koga doing here? What's Sesshomaru going to do?

"Who are you?" Sesshomaru asked. His voice was cold.

"None of your business, dog." Kouga snapped.

Oh, no, now Kouga's in trouble!

But Sesshomaru didn't move an inch, his expression was unreadable.

"Kouga, what are you doing here?" Kagome asked getting to her feet, mindful of the fact that the Demon Lord was standing right behind her.

"Looking for Naraku's castle, but when I could smell you I came to investigate. What are you doing with him?" Kouga glared at Sesshomaru.

"I-uh-I-" she couldn't think of what to say.

The only reason I'm with him is because Rin asked me to and that he said he'd look after me. That still confuses me!

Rin and Jaken were further down stream now and Ah-Un was still sleeping soundly.

Kouga raised his eyebrows. Ginta and Hakaku traded confused looks.

"Wolf," Sesshomaru addressed him, catching Kouga's attention. "I suggest that you be on your way."

"Kagome, come on." Kouga said taking a step forward. Kagome looked back up at Sesshomaru who had moved to stand next to her.

"She isn't going anywhere, wolf." Sesshomaru said quietly.

Kouga raised an eyebrow and looked back at Kagome.

Oh, I just remembered! I need Kouga's jewel shards.

"While you're here, Koga, can you hand over the jewel shards, please?" Kagome moved forward slightly.

Nope. He's going to put up a fight.

"What?" he asked completely sidetracked.

"I need your jewel shards." she stepped forward again.

"No, they're mine!" he said quietly. He didn't like this.

"Hand them over, Kouga," she said more firmly. "I need them to finish this mess."

That I started in the first place.

Kouga stared at her, and then looked at his legs, then the Demon Lord and back to Kagome.

"I- Oh fine. Take them. I don't need them." he bent down and took out the two jewel shards and chucked them over to her. Kagome reached out to grab them but she was too late. Sesshomaru caught them instead and handed them to her without a care in the world.

Strange. He doesn't seem to care about the jewel shards. Oh yeah he thinks he's strong enough without them.

Kouga sighed. "Later Kagome." and he departed Ginta and Hakaku right behind him. Now what? Oh great now he's looking at me.

"Sesshomaru?" Kagome stepped away from him slightly, quickly joining the two jewel shards to her half.

Now all I have to do is get Naraku's and everything should be peaceful again.

He ignored her completely, shaking his hair slightly to get rid of the excess water. "Who was that most irritating wolf?"

"Oh that was Kouga, the leader of the wolf-demon tribe."

Who's always after me…

Sesshomaru raised an elegant eyebrow. "I assume that he is the one I've heard of that is always chasing after you and calling you his woman?"

Kagome flushed and nodded yes to his question.

How does he know everything all the time?

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Volurin: Well it's a work in progress. It will get better and the plot will start to reveal itself soon. If I have made any errors with names or pronunciation please let me know so that I can correct it.

Thanks.