Contains some nudity and suggestive themes. If under eighteen I suggest you run the other way or wait till you're old enough. Freya has spoken.

CHAPTER 1: A kiss in the Rain

"Huh, maybe I should try this," Kagome commented when she spied a new brand of body wash. It said things like NATURAL SPICES and HEALTHY FOR SKIN. It wasn't something she'd normally buy, but then again she was running low on body wash and all body washes were alike when one broke it down.

"Natural spices?" she furrowed her brow as she read the eye-catching label.

"We use only natural spices and combinations of lotion for our unique body wash. This unique formula will leave your man longing. They won't know what hit them!" Kagome wondered if that meant it smelt good so she opened the bottle top and smelled it. "Strange, I don't smell anything." She decided to get it anyway; she needed something to wash with and it was on sale. So she threw it into the grocery basket and moved on to the other things on her list without a second glance back.

*-*-*-*-* Meanwhile, in Feudal Japan… *-*-*-*-*

"What the hell?! Where is she?!" exclaimed a more than frustrated Inu Yasha as he stomped his feet with childish impatience. "How long does it take to-"

"Calm down, Inu Yasha," spoke Miroku. "She probably has important things to take care of. She did mention she hated the fact there weren't any 'showers' here. Maybe she's getting one of those?"

"Tsk, whatever. I'm gonna go get her if she doesn't hurry up," finished up Inu Yasha as he headed toward the well.

*-*-*-*-* Back in Modern Day Japan *-*-*-*-*

"Ahhhh, now that's refreshing," Kagome groaned out an exhausted sigh as the hot water from her shower hit her. It had been so long since she'd taken a nice hot shower. Battling demons for Shards of the Shikon Jewel was exhausting, not to mention annoying when she got demon blood all over her and in her hair.

"Oh, come on! It's just a little blood!" Inu Yasha would exclaim after he slaughtered a demon in the air above her. It rained demon blood all over her like a demented confetti parade. "It's not like you were doing any work anyway," he'd scowl as he sheathed his sword.

Kagome was back in her bathroom from shuddering at the memory. She pouted, "He did that on purpose..."

She reached for her new body wash, eager to try it out. "Maybe when it's lathered it smells better."

She squirted some on a wash cloth and lathered it but didn't smell a difference. She washed her body starting with her arms and making her way down. Slowly she washed her shoulders and led down her collar-bone to her chest. Scrubbing gently and in circles. "Hmmmmm. It may not smell great but at least it exfoliates. It's actually kind of soothing."

She washed her stomach and down her legs being careful not to lose her balance as she worked her way down. She scrubbed her back; it was difficult but she managed to get it. When she was done she rinsed all of it at once and the lather slithered down her body and went down the drain.

She stepped out of the shower and grabbed the small towel for her head and began drying it. It was soon after she started that she realized she'd forgotten a towel for her body. "Shit."

Well, it's not as if anyone is home anyway. Too bad really…If Inu Yasha were here… She blushed and realized what she'd just thought. What is wrong with me? I thought I put that behind me. He loves Kikyo, not me. Well, anyway I can just slip into the hall and grab one and head to my room. But that hope was soon dashed as she heard the front door open. "Just my luck." Then she thought of something. "Mom? Can you bring me a towel? I forgot to grab one before I got in the shower. Hello?"

*-*-*-*-* A few moments earlier *-*-*-*-*

Inu Yasha came out of the well and looked around. All was normal in Kagome's realm, except for the fact that it's raining. He was getting drenched standing there so he made his way to her abode to shelter him from the water. But the weather had done it's deed; he was soaked. He noticed there weren't any lights on. "Fine, I'll just wait in her room for her to get back. Where's that cat at?" he said with a devilish grin. "I'll just pick on it until she gets here." He opened the front door and brazenly walked in. He was about to call for Buyo when Kagome's voice rang out.

"Mom? Can you bring me a towel? I forgot to grab one before I got in the shower. Hello?"

Kagome is home. She needs a towel? She's so useless. He made his way up the stairs with a towel in his clawed hand and knocked on the bathroom door. He heard a response from the other side. "Oh good, I thought I'd have to go get it myself. Just bring it in." Inu Yasha, not thinking about what Kagome was asking, opened the door.

"You know, you're real useless. You can't even-" But he stammered as he stared at her. Her legs, long and sleek. Her hair, an endless sea of ivory. Her breasts. Oh…boy…he thought. She was dripping wet and the room was still steamy and full of the smell of her shampoos and body wash. It was throwing him into sweet rapture. Inu Yasha wanted to embrace her then and there. He wanted to run his fingers through her hair and lick the drops of water off her breasts. To give her deep kisses and taste her lips. He blushed and turned his head away as she did the same. He handed the towel out as far as his reach could go while she attempted to reach for it as well. She touched his hand as she grabbed the cloth making him jump. In his embarrassment he slammed the bathroom door and ran for the tree near the well.

As soon as the door shut she collapsed to the floor, holding the towel to her. "OHMYGOSH! OHMYGOSH! OHMYGOSH!" she repeated over and over as she heard the front door open and close.

He saw me…He saw me stark naked. But what shocked her more wasn't the fact that he'd seen her. In fact, what shocked her even more was that she didn't mind him looking at all. She began to dry herself and she blushed. He could have stood there for another 5 minutes and she wouldn't have objected at all. "I can't believe I just stood there. I didn't scream or anything. I just stood there and stared at him."

She recalled his stance and his state as he stood there. He was soaking wet. She could see his lean muscles through his clothing, water dripping down his face. His intense eyes that she wanted to just fall into. She wanted him. She wanted to be held and kissed, among other things. She blushed at the thought and then a sudden realization struck her. "Oh my gosh! He was soaking wet and just went back out into the storm! He'll catch his death!"

*-*-*-*-* A few seconds earlier *-*-*-*-*

He slammed the door behind him and entered the rain again, his head low. He ran to his favorite tree and jumped into it's branches for shelter. What did I just do? I can't believe I did that. My imagination went wild. Wild, now that's a thought…No! Stop it! I shouldn't be thinking of her like that. She doesn't love me. She hates me. She hates me because of Kikyo, and other reasons. He strayed his thinking to every time he insulted her or made her cry. He sulked. She deserves someone...better. He lowered his head into his hands. He thought seriously for a moment about just going back to Feudal Japan and pretending it never happened, when he heard foot steps. He looked down in their direction and saw a worried Kagome. She was wearing a rain jacket and holding an umbrella, with a second one in her hands.

"Inu Yasha! Inu Yasha! Where are you? It's alright, come inside, it's raining!"

He looked down at her, his eyes wide with surprise. She came to look for me. She was worried about me? He jumped down from the tree and walked toward her. She soon saw him and smiled. She looked at the other umbrella she had and shook her head. She threw it into the well and shared her umbrella with him. He cautiously got under it and walked with her. He was nervous to say the least but it melted away when she leaned next to him and put her head on his shoulder. She switched the umbrella to her other hand and held his. She was calm and collected. Like nothing had happened at all. They got under the awning and she closed the umbrella.

"Kagome, I'm…sorry. I didn't mean-" She placed her finger on his lips making him blush.

"It's alright. It wasn't your fault." She looked at him and apologized, "I shouldn't have assumed it was Mom. And-" Stop it, Kagome. You don't have to apologize. It was dumb of me to just enter. "I should've remembered to bring one any-" No, forgetting happens all the time. Stop apologizing, it makes you look pained. I don't want you to look sad. When you smile like that I feel miserable. "So, I'm sorry, it was entirely my-" He couldn't resist anymore. He clutched her hand, and with his other arm around her waist, pulled her against him and forward into a deep kiss. Her eyes, wide with shock, slowly shut and she placed her ungrabbed hand on his chest as she returned his advance.

She tastes like honey and she smells intoxicating. It's driving me mad.

His kiss is strong but it's also so gentle; he smells like the forest. It's wonderful.

They both thought to themselves, 'I wish this could last forever.'

Notes:

This chapter has been slightly re-editted from it's original to account for my growth as a writer but you can only do so much without changing the entire story. I changed a few words and deleted a few sentences while adding different ones in the hopes that it would improved the style somewhat.

Freya