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Chapter 5: As long as we understand each other.

Inu Yasha woke first to sunlight shining through the window. He lazily opened his eyes and looked around. Kagome's room? He looked confused for a moment and then remembered the night before. That's right. I was here with Kagome last night. His face turned red. That really happened. It wasn't a dream. Kagome told me she loved me and I told her the same. He looked down to see Kagome snuggled up to him. He smiled and pushed her bangs out of her face again. I love just looking at her. She's so serene asleep. He leaned down and gave her a kiss on the forehead. She mumbled something that was inaudible even to Inu Yasha. Inu Yasha got up out of the bed and changed. Should I wake her up? I was thinking about getting something for her for breakfast but…He adjusted his ears to the house but found it silent. No one home. Where'd they go? He left her room and closed the door behind him.

He walked down the stairs, being careful not to make too much noise. He walked into the living room and found no one there. Strange. They were here last night, I know they were. He walked into the kitchen to find a note on a white box. Inu Yasha heard the radio in Kagome's room turn on but couldn't make out any words. Kagome's awake. He looked again at the note:

Went shopping. Grandpa, Souta, and I won't be back until later. We left you breakfast in the microwave. Hope it's warm when you wake up. If not you know what to do.

Love, Mom

Ps. don't forget to feed Buyo.

As if summoned there, Buyo rubbed against Inu Yasha's leg. He looked down at the cat and it mewed at him. Like I know what to feed it? He shoed Buyo away and opened what he guessed was the microwave. It smelt good and it still felt very warm. What are they? They were circular and soft. They smell like bread, but they smell really sweet, too. There were four of them on the plate so Inu Yasha helped himself to one, taking a bite out of it. Delicious! He ate the rest of the one he'd bitten out of. This'll work. I'll bet Kagome'd love this.

*-*-*-*-* A few moments ago in Kagome's Room *-*-*-*-*

Kagome opened her eyes slowly. Suddenly she remembered the events of the past night and she sat up straight. She looked around and found that she was alone in the room. Her face sulked with disappointment. I knew it. It wore off. I knew he wouldn't stay here if it wasn't for that stuff. She turned on her radio. 6:30AM. Nothing good on. She changed into shorts and a small t-shirt.

"…In other news, cosmetics company, ALL-YOURS is calling back all products that were sent out with these serial numbers within the past week…"

What? Kagome turned her head to radio. That's the brand I…she got closer to hear the details better.

"Apparently there was a malfunction in the machinery that put certain ingredients into their product. The ingredients for scent and a few herbs. The 'alluring qualities' of the shampoo, hair spray, and body wash were jeopardized by this. The company apologizes to all who bought these products and promise a refund to any whom…"

What? Does this mean that…it never worked? That he was here because he wanted to be and not because of that stuff? If that's true then…She got up quickly and ran down the stairs. Please be here. Please be here. She ran through the living room. Please. She ran into the kitchen to find… no one. She was stunned. But…I thought…I thought it didn't…She stood there and held back her tears. I was so sure…that…he'd be… here. If it didn't work…then why isn't he here?

*-*-*-*-* A few moments previous to that *-*-*-*-*

Inu Yasha realized that he'd locked the door behind him when he left Kagome's room and smacked his head. Smooth, real smooth. I wonder if her window is still open. He left carrying what was commonly known as cinnamon rolls out the front door. He closed it behind him and went around to her window and jumped in.

"Hey, Kagome, guess-" he looked around and saw that no one was there."-what?"

He put the food on her desk and looked again. Weird. Wasn't she just here? Listening to the radio, right? The radio was still on and talking about a scandal in a medical company. Her door was open. I'll bet we just missed each other. I'll just wait here until she gets back. I don't need to chase her; she'll come back to the room.

Kagome bit her lip. I thought…I guess, maybe I was wrong. They did say specific serial numbers, but I didn't write them down. Maybe it did work. That'd explain why he isn't here. Kagome went back to the living room and stopped by the front door. I think I should go somewhere to think. Yeah, that'll make me feel better. She opened the front door and walked to the large tree near the well. She sat and leaned her back against it. How am I going to explain to Inu Yasha why that happened? And that it was my fault?

Inu Yasha was becoming impatient and had eaten another cinnamon roll. There are still two. She can eat them. He walked down the stairs again and realized that she wasn't there. What the hell? Why'd she leave? It's not because of last night is it? He looked down at his feet, his face dispirited. Does she regret last night? Regret doing those things with me? Maybe she wasn't ready for it. I need to talk to her. He walked out the front door following her scent. He didn't have to go far to find that she was leaning against a tree facing the other way. A grin came to his face. I think I'll surprise her. He hopped into a nearby tree. He was about to jump down near her when he heard her talking to herself.

"I'm such an idiot! How could I let myself believe that Inu Yasha loved me?" She sobbed into her hands. Her face and hands were soaked with tears. "I knew it wasn't real. Somehow I knew this would happen, and still I…"She punched the ground with her fist. "I let it happen! I did this! It's my fault! He knows how I feel now and now he doesn't feel the same way. That's why he's gone…and now he'll…" her hand was bleeding a little but it didn't seem to bother her.

Inu Yasha watched as she hit the ground again and something in her hand cracked. She didn't seem to notice. Inu Yasha wanted to move, to stop her, but found himself rooted there. Unable to move. This is my fault. I should've been there when she woke up. Now she's upset. I promised her I'd be there when she needed me and I've failed her already? Wait, didn't she say she loved me? How could she believe that I'd leave her? I have to reassure her.

Kagome sighed and wiped her eyes. She stood up. "I must look hideous. It's no wonder Inu Yasha isn't here. I'm a crybaby and I don't deserve him."

"Kagome?"

Kagome's breath caught in her throat. She turned around to face the voice.

"You're right. You're a crybaby, but that's alright. Doesn't mean I don't love you."

Thoughts raced through Kagome's mind, putting things together. He says he loves me? And even if the wash had worked it would have worn off by now. So what he's saying now is the truth, isn't it? It's exactly the same as last night so that means the wash really didn't work. It was true.

Kagome smiled and shot back, "and you're a jealous, absent-minded, territorial puppy dog."

Inu Yasha smiled. She's back to normal. "As long as we understand each other." He commented back as he walked to her and held her. She held him back. "Where were you when I woke up?"

Inu Yasha responded, "In your kitchen room eating these swirled sweet things. They were delicious."

She thought a moment and responded, "Oh, cinnamon rolls. I'll make them for you sometime, alright?"

"REALLY?!" he was practically drooling already at the thought. He jumped around for a bit until Kagome spoke of her terms to this.

"But you'll have to spend the night again, and this time be there when I wake up." She shook her finger at him.

He looked into her dark eyes; serious and playful at the same time. "Alright, it's a done deal."

Good. He's not mad at me. He loves me and I love being with him. All's good. Inu Yasha shifted. She was worried earlier but that was because of me and now she's fine. I guess we're going to be alright. After all, we love each other.

"Oh shit. Your hand! You should really do something about that anger of yours."

He held her hand lightly. It was still bleeding but very slowly. It's probably already healing. He brought the hand close to his face and licked the wound near her knuckles. The sweeping movement of his tongue on her skin gave her shivers for a moment. He licked it a few more times, getting all the blood, before ripping a portion of his shirt off to wrap the hand and wrist. He's so kind. Most of the time he's too stubborn about stuff like this. I guess he feels no need to hide it now. He finished wrapping and kissed the bandaged injury.

"Don't go hitting the ground again. What'll we do if you can't shoot an arrow?" Inu Yasha expressed his concern. I don't want her hurting herself every time I do something dumb. I also want her to be able to protect herself if for whatever reason I can't.

Kagome sighed. "I'm not worried. I'm sure I can handle it. If not, you're here." She joked.

"You ready?" he sighed.

Kagome blinked, "For what?"

"To go back through the well. Or do you want to stay here and rest until your hand gets better?"

Kagome blushed when she thought about acting normal around the group after what had happened between her and Inu Yasha. Then how would she explain how in one day she had a cold and the next day it was mysteriously gone. And then her hand. I can't run from everything. She sighed and nodded her head.

"It's alright; if I stay here longer then I'll delay us even more. Let's go."

She took his hand in her uninjured one. He stepped onto the well and helped her up. Together, hand in hand, they jumped in.

They emerged on the other side in a matter of seconds. Inu Yasha helped Kagome out of the well. They looked around and saw that they were utterly alone. Their friends were not there. They're probably in the village waiting for us.

"Kagome?"

"Yeah?"

He leaned in and gave her a deep kiss. Kagome was taken aback.

"W-what was that for?" she stammered.

"Just in case I don't get to kiss you at all today." He smirked. I want to stay with her, until the end of time. What would I have to do? I could probably marry her. He blushed but Kagome didn't notice. Did I just think marriage?! That's probably the furthest thing from her mind right now. But if she'd consider it…Would she marry someone like me? I…want to ask her. Someday.

They walked into the town and realized something. There was a reason no one was out. It was insanely early. The sun had just barely risen and people weren't even awake. They quietly snuck into Kaede's hut and saw something that made them gasp.

Miroku and Sango were asleep, but they were in each others arms. Miroku's powerful arms held her securely, keeping her safe. Not only that, but they weren't wearing a scrap of clothing. They only had a blanket.

Kagome blushed and pushed Inu Yasha out of the hut. OMG! I wasn't expecting that at all! Where's Kaede at? Wouldn't she have noticed something as different as that?

"Why are you pushing me out?" Inu Yasha whispered; somewhat interested in what he saw.

"SHHHHH!" Kagome hushed him.

She took his hand and led him back out about 10 yards into the woods. They need their alone time. I'm sure that it's not something they wanted us to see. They weren't expecting us back this early. Kagome turned to him and pointed, "I think we should wait out here for a while longer. That way, they can get up and stuff."

Inu Yasha nodded. But I wanted to find out what was going on…Damn. They both lay down in a clearing facing the rising sun. What's wrong with asking now? I want to but, I'm too nervous. The ground was soft with moss and slightly damp. It had a familiar smell. Ah, it smells like Inu Yasha. This where he sleeps when I leave? I wish he'd just come with me when I leave. It'd be nice if we could be together always.

This is my spot when Kagome goes to her era. It's calm and quiet here. No one bothers me. It's sort of strange with her here laying on it too. Strange but not bad.

He scooted closer to her. She got the hint and scooted in too, so that they were holding each other. Making each other feel safe.

"Kagome I was thinking," he started and she tilted her head a little to show that she was listening. "I was wondering, that after we destroy Naraku and stuff that we…could…uh well, get…m-m-ma..."he stuttered but couldn't pull the words out. Suddenly he sat up with Kagome facing him, holding her by her shoulders. "Kagome I love you so much. I don't ever want to be apart from you again! I want to stay by your side." Kagome was blushing, her face a crimson red as he said things she'd thought about saying herself.

He worked up his courage and burst,"Kagome, will you marry me?" I said it. I said it!

Kagome couldn't breathe. This is what I wanted. To be with him. To spend the rest of my life with him. I want to get married to him. I just have to say yes. Say yes. Say it!

Inu Yasha was beginning to regret what he'd said. She's not answering. Does that mean…? Kagome's eyes teared up and he feared the worst. She then smiled.

"Nothing would make me happier!" she said as she embraced him. He held her close to him for hours as the sun rose higher and everything became a little brighter.

"Hey, Inu Yasha. Let's not say anything about all this to the others."

"Why not?"

"I want it to be a surprise after we destroy Naraku, alright?"

Inu Yasha smiled. "Sure, whatever you want."

When they finally made their way down to the village they met up with Sango and Miroku. All seemed normal if not Miroku was less perverted than usual. No questions were asked about Kagome's 'cold' nor did any subjects on Miroku and Sango's sleeping arrangements from the previous night arise. All seemed well and the group was on their way to complete their mission of destroying Naraku and hopefully a happily ever after.

THE END…

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