A/N: Last chapter. Woo-hoo.
Disclaimer: I do not own Inuyasha!
Everything seemed to be in slow motion. The Hanyou was in midair; his hand outstretched to reach its target. The Taiyoukai's eyes hardened and his mouth thinned out into a firm line of determination as he launched himself in front of his soul mate a few seconds before the attack. Kagome's frightened scream echoed around the area and she opened her eyes to see Sesshomaru in front of her with Naraku's clawed hand protruding out of his back. Nothing moved or breathed. Everything was still. Naraku stared at Sesshomaru incredulously, looking at his arm that had gone through his armour and out of his back. Yet…Sesshomaru was…smiling?
"Are you a fool?" Naraku snapped. "Scarifying your life for a mere mortal?"
The Taiyoukai ignored the intense pain within him and gazed into the spiders eyes. "Scarifying yourself for someone you love is not foolish. It is something that you will never understand, Naraku."
Naraku snarled and pulled his hand sharply out of the Taiyoukai's chest and sent him flying where he landed on the ground a few metres away. His clothes were already beginning to turn red.
The group didn't move. They couldn't believe what just happened. Inuyasha stared at his fallen brother, his amber eyes fixed on the still figure. Muro hung his head and his fists clenched at his sides. Sango, Miroku and Kirara moved to comfort Kagome. The young miko stared at Sesshomaru, her eyes completely blank.
He can't be dead! He just can't be!
"Sessho…" she uttered quietly taking a step towards the fallen demon. "Sesshy…Sesshy…" her steps quickened to a fast walk until she was sprinting over to him as fast as her legs could carry her.
She skidded to a halt besides him and dropped to her knees. She looked into the gorgeous face. His eyes were closed.
"Sesshomaru!" she shouted and wiped his hair away from his face and bent down over him. "Wake up! Wake up, you stubborn bastard!" she yelled, tears running down her face. "I know you're not dead! You can't fool me!" she cried and started to sob.
Naraku's maniacal laughter echoed around her but she ignored him completely. Kagome looked up at the sky as it started to rain again and she couldn't see the others behind the sheets of water nor could she hear the battle now commencing with her friends and their enemy.
"Sesshomaru," she whispered and took hold of his elegant clawed hand and held it to her cheek. She smiled down at him, her eyes half-hooded. "The first time I met you I had been afraid of you, many times you were able to kill me but you didn't. I-I'm so glad that I got to know you for this short amount of time…I really am glad."
She sniffed and put his hand back down while stroking the pink stripes on his cheeks.
"I love you Sesshomaru, I will always love you, forever and ever." she broke down into endless tears and stood up. Abruptly the tears stopped and a furious tone entered her voice, her aura turned a bright red and her eyes danced with flames of blue.
"I will avenge your death!"
She turned on her heel and ran into the rain. The battle was starting to come into her sight. She grabbed her bow and arrows from the ground and raised it, notching an arrow to the string and drew the bow back as far as it could go without breaking.
"NARAKU!" she roared and the Hanyou looked at her, surprise enlightening his eyes as he saw the aura around her. "TASTE COLD STEEL! HIT THE MARK!" she released the arrow and watched it as it flew with alarming speed towards the demon. Naraku had no time to dodge it or put up a barrier as it hit him square in the chest. Muro, Sango, Miroku and Kirara got out of the way as Inuyasha lifted the Tetsusaiga. Kagome gasped as she saw the ghostly figure of Inu No Tashio standing next to his son with So'unga in his hand. They raised their swords in union and shouted their own attacks.
The two attacks joined together and spiralled around each other as they engulfed Naraku. There was a huge explosion of gold and black colours as Naraku faded into oblivion with one last furious gaze at the group that had always seemed to defeat him.
Where Naraku had been standing now rested the jewel of four souls. Kagome approached it and picked it up in her hand and taking the other piece off of her necklace.
Inu No Tashio was suddenly besides her and she jumped in surprise.
"The Great Dog Demon!" Sango and Miroku gasped together. Muro stepped towards the ghostly figure, tears apparent in his eyes. "My Lord!"
Inuyasha's eyes were as wide as saucers. "F-father?"
The Taiyoukai touched the miko's cheek gently with a clawed hand and Kagome was even more surprised. It felt real!
"Do not try to merge them yet, you cannot do it without your soul mate." he said gently.
Kagome gazed up at the tall demon. "He's dead…"
"I didn't know mortals could be so absurd. I am very disappointed in you."
Kagome whirled at the sound of his voice to see him walking over to her, holding an arm across his chest as he smiled at her. The blood had seemed to stop but he was very weak.
The Miko gapped in shock as he stopped a few feet away. Inu No Tashio smiled at his oldest son and beckoned the others over. The Great Dog Demons appearance wavered for a minute before he really became solid!
"Father!" Inuyasha whispered.
Kagome didn't really want to know how Inu No Tashio had come back to existence yet. She was furious with her soul mate.
"How dare you!" she shouted and Inu No Tashio raised an eyebrow as he watched his oldest son, and the miko scolding him.
"I thought you were dead, and I got really angry and tried to avenge you-"
She was caught off as Sesshomaru wrapped his arms around her, pulling her into his blood soaked chest and gazed down fondly at her.
"Will you cease your screeching, woman? If you had the decency to check if my heart was still beating maybe you would have known, but none the less," he lowered his face to hers. "I'm flattered."
He kissed her passionately and all her anger melted away as she relished the feeling of his lips on hers. Inu No Tashio cleared his throat and everyone looked to him.
"Join your powers together, join your hearts as one and restore the jewel to its natural power."
Kagome and Sesshomaru nodded and faced each other. Kagome unleashed her power and the aura of red engulfed her just as an aura of gold engulfed her soul mate.
"How are we supposed to join our hearts together?" Kagome muttered incredulously. Sesshomaru chuckled lightly. "Open your soul to me and I will do the same."
Kagome was utterly confused but did as she was required and let herself relax as she opened the blocks in her soul and gasped as their connection increased ten-fold. The jewel pieces in their hands started to glow and rose above them, and joined.
Inu No Tashio closed his eyes and offered his power as well. Now three auras's floated around the tiny object.
"Become whole again!" The three shouted and the jewel glowed brighter than before and disappeared from sight. The image of Midoriko appeared in the sky.
"Well done. I knew you two could do it. Each of you that used your power may have one wish."
"Kagome," Sesshomaru and Inu No Tashio looked at her and she blushed.
Trust them to have courtesy.
"Er…I don't know what to wish for. I have friends and you."
Sesshomaru smiled and Midoriko raised her eyebrows.
"Come now child, think deeper."
Kagome frowned and tried to concentrate as she gasped in understanding. She couldn't remain with Sesshomaru forever since she was a human and was unable to live his lifespan, but…
"I wish that I was a Demoness and that Sango, Miroku and Rin will have the same lifespan as Sesshomaru and I."
Her friends gasped and tried to make her take it back. Sesshomaru was absolutely shocked. "Kagome you don't have to become a Demoness for me. I like you the way you are."
Kagome gave him a sheepish smile. "If I'm a human I will die before you."
Sesshomaru grimaced and wrapped his arms around her. "Oh, how I love you, Kagome."
The miko giggled and squeaked in surprise as her body started to feel all tingly and she felt fangs poking her bottom lip. Midoriko summoned a mirror so that she could look at her reflection. Sesshomaru and everyone else were shocked at her transformation. She had grown a bit taller and her curves were even more alluring than before. Her eyes were pointed and her raven hair had streaks of silver littered within it. Her nails were sharper and could extend to two centimetres in length. Kagome gaped at the large white fluffy object over her shoulder.
"I have a tail." she said incredulously and a small sound, a purr escaped her mouth as Sesshomaru put his claws into her soft fur.
"And I just purred." she sighed and everyone laughed, even Sesshomaru and Inuyasha.
"Are you happy?" Midoriko asked and the miko nodded. Sango and Miroku hugged her enthusiastically and thanked her a million times for her wish for them.
"What about you, Sesshomaru?"
Sesshomaru gazed up at the dead priestess. "All I want is for war to be wiped from the face of the earth, forever, along with famine and anything that could do future generations harm."
Midoriko smiled at him. "Granted. You are an honourable demon."
Kagome hugged him and couldn't help the purr that escaped her; she scowled as he replied with his ever-so-sexy-growl.
Midoriko turned to Inu No Tashio.
"And what do you want, milord?"
"Izayoi." was his simply answer and Inuyasha froze as his mother materialized out of thin air next to his father. The Great Dog Demon and the mortal stared into each others eyes and kissed passionately. Midoriko faded out of their sight and the cheering began.
Sesshomaru invited everyone to live at his castle from now on and no one refused. Inuyasha and Sesshomaru embraced each other, finally overcoming their differences. Inuyasha was all over his mother and talking animatedly with his father.
The moon was now above them and Kagome couldn't stop her transformation as she changed into a large white dog. Sesshomaru and Inu No Tashio transformed as well. Izayoi was sitting on her lovers back, laughing. Miroku and Sango sat upon Kirara as she rose above the large dog demons. Muro had transformed as well and stood besides the much larger dogs but he was equal to Kagome's size. Sesshomaru was half the size of the two-tailed dog General that towered over them all, throwing up his head he howled to the moon and the two other dogs followed. The tiger roared over the top of them and silence settled.
"So this is the end?" Inuyasha said where he was standing on Sesshomaru's head. The dog demon shook his head so that the Hanyou almost fell off.
"No, my son," Inu No Tashio interrupted.
"Absolutely not!" Izayoi put in.
"No, Inuyasha," Sesshomaru told his brother.
"This is the beginning." Kagome finished.
And there they stood, friends united and brothers finally allies. Who knows what will become of this strange family? Only time can tell, but they had many more adventures and more to come as they ventured into the future, into a new age, into a new beginning.
Well I'm sure that I don't have to say it…oh what the hell! THE END! That's all my beloved viewers! I hoped you liked it. I tried not to make it too fluffy in the end and I guess I left a lot of loose ends like what's going to happen to everyone individually. Thank you to all of you who have reviewed and took your time to read this story. Your consideration has been greatly appreciated and has helped me to continue writing this story even when I thought it was absolutely terrible. I myself enjoyed creating this story. Until next time, my friends.
Volurin out…for good? No way!