REVISED: Please thank your fellow reader: a touch of insanity, for their assistance in this process. The suggestions and corrections were highly appreciated and I'm looking forward to seeing more soon!

Authors Note: (Note should be about one page long, please scan over) Okay it has been nearly two years since I've written anything; and, as I go back and read some of my work, it makes me wonder why anyone even gave me a second look! I continuously kept my characters OOC for my own benefits simply to make my story work (I knew and accepted this at the time, however I realize that I made a mistake). I've stopped concentrating on my fictions half way threw, giving them a rushed and disorganized feeling. Not to mention that I wasn't very descriptive (as much as I hate to admit this), and my original characters were truly annoying and two-dimensional.

Why?

… Because I became very lazy and no longer cared… Because it became easy for me to gain the reviews I so cherished before in the beginning, because my plots were liked… This will not happen again, however…

I would like to take a moment and personally ask, everyone who reads this, to repeatedly get on my case about any tiny thing they see…

If there's a spelling error, report it, and the correct spelling.

Feel the chapter(s) are rushed? Tell me!

Feel that the characters would NEVER act/say/do what I'm making them? DEMAND it be re-written!!!

My chapters are more then a week late (give me a week, after all, I've got a fourteen month old who demands and deserves my attention), RATTLE THE CAGE AND DEMAND ACTION!!!

If you don't want a pathetic excuse of a fiction, then DO NOT ACCEPT ONE! Tell me when I'm throwing off my game; or when you feel that I can do better! If you feel that a chapter is not long enough (and be realistic with me), then tell me! … If I can do it, I will certainly try; even if it means taking a little longer to update (of course, to add even more descriptive detail, speech, and actions), and if it can't be done; I will explain why.

That brings me to my final plea… DEMAND EXPLANATIONS when you are confused!!! If I can't explain it, it will be changed!

… Kagome's marked? How? Why does she have to be marked if his sent is already on her?

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If you can't reach me at my e-mail, then IM me and tell me the problems you have with my story, the mistakes I made, or simply that you would prefer a longer chapter/revised chapter! Don't, however, IM me with needless rants without giving an explanation on how I might fix whatever problems you might have.

Also, if you dislike the ending (which will not come until later), then please ask me to write a ALTERNATE ending!!! I want you to walk away from this fiction with a smile on your face or a tear in your eye… I want this fiction to be something that you're GLAD YOU READ!!!

Tell me what you want, what you need, what you desire!!!

Because, if you don't, then don't complain to me at the end. XP

Oh, and by the way INSERT STANDARD DISCLAIMER HERE

-Sako-

Summery: After her death, Kagome sees that her life has only just begun… Kagome has died after the fight with Naraku, leaving the now completed jewel to Inu-yasha, giving him his chance for the love he lost. Then, three years later, she returns threw the well with a new life, a new look, and a new mission… Sess/Kag Romance

To Touch Heaven

Chapter One: Our Loving Savior

Inu-yasha's blood had spilled onto her body, mixing with her own as it dripped to the earth below, steadily growing in depth… The strength in her body was beginning to wane as she felt her love's shuddering gasps for breath; as though trying to force the air back into his lungs… She could feel his body trembling in fear, hear his cries of pain and despair…

A trickle of blood fell off his chin, landing into the corner of her eye, mixing with her unshed tears and forcing them to slowly drip out, leaking onto her chin, then into her hair. His mouth moved silently, and she realized he was telling her something… Something important… She couldn't tell what, however, and so his words went unheard by the dying girl.

She suddenly felt a soothing hand brush her hair, murmurs of comforting words drifting into her without the slightest worry. She slowly became detached to the world around her; clinging to the voices and gentle touch… The pain slowly ebbed away, giving room to the caresses and whispers that reminded her of the love she'd never been able to touch in seventeen long years…

Inu-yasha felt the last breath leave her body hours ago; yet he couldn't believe it… He refused to believe it… Kagome… Innocent, loving, forgiving, loyal Kagome… His perfect half… Crouching over her body he pressed his face into her stomach, screaming with anger and rage… Screaming in misery and dejection…

The slight weight of the shikon was balled into his fist, now pink from Kagome's purity… It had taken her life to complete it, consumed her time and energy threw out the years. It forced her to leave behind her time… Her family… her friends, school, and any hope of living successfully in her own era…

Now it had simply taken her…

A sob tore threw him, racking his frame as his arms tightened around Kagome's still body. Unwilling to release the only soul to accept him completely… Even after the insults, betrayal, and anger… He'd been such a fool… His soul screamed for her, his body cried for her… He knew it was as it should be, that the pain inside him was something that needed to be there…

It didn't stop his eyes from moistening.

It didn't stop the anger and betrayal he felt.

It did, however, remind him of what Kagome had pleaded for him to do only two days before; should this occur… Something, though he now desperately wished he'd never agreed to, that kept her from his arms, yet returned her incarnation to his side…

He felt guilty as the thought gave him comfort, as though he had once again managed to betray the woman within the circle of his arms…

He considered ignoring her words, bringing her back so that he would still have her by his side… She would be angry, at first, but he was sure she would calm down and get over it with time… However, she would have to spend the rest of her life in danger of demons attempting to steal the jewel over such a selfish wish…

Another sob tore threw his body as he realized that Kagome made her final wish because she knew it would remove him from the decision… Her final gift of understanding… So that he would not only live, but also live with the love of the only other woman to accept him as both human and demon… The one Kagome knew to be the only other woman to hold his undying love and affection.

He raised his head, their blood masking his features as he gazed into her face… Filled with peace and wonder, even with the bloody tear streaks running down her face, drying onto her pale cheeks… It was as though she'd accepted her death with nothing short of thanks… He couldn't bring himself to blame her, as he touched the large hole that had once been her heart.

Naraku

How he wished the monster still lived… He needed an outlet for the rage of injustice that was steadily filling him; yet he had none… He couldn't even yell at his friends, as they were on the other side of the battleground, nursing each other… Unaware of the tragedy that had befallen upon them as of yet… He was loath for them to realize that Kagome and Inu-yasha hadn't yet joined them; crossing the distance to see what kept their friends from joining them in victory…

His breathing became ragged as he clenched his eyes shut, gritting his teeth from another painful scream… She'd hadn't been stolen from him…

She'd never been his… She'd been the living angel of people, no matter the race or breed. She lived for others so that they might live to love… But… She'd given him her heart.

He hadn't even realized what her gift meant… Never guessed that he wouldn't have the time to figure it all out… It wasn't fair… It wasn't fair for her to have lived at his side, constantly feeling in second place because his stupid pride kept him from telling her the truth; because his fear that she would ultimately reject him when he would most need her… Keeping her at arms length simply so that she wouldn't know how he truly felt.

… Thankfully, she knew him better then his feeble acts would allow… She got under his skin, digging further and further, until she'd finally reached his soul, reading him like she would have read her stupid textbooks… Just as he could read her… Simply looking into her eyes he could tell everything she thought, felt and believed…

Sango, Miroku, and Shippou walked towards their friends, tired smiles on their faces as their victory brought a skip to their step. Kirara laid on Sango's shoulder, purring in contentment even as her scratches and cuts continued to bleed in their bandages, Kagome's medicine and herbs working to relieve the pain from the battle.

Shippou held the aspirin bottle tight within his fist, a smile on his face as he ran the rest of the way towards his surrogate mother; knowing that she would probably like some to take her pain from her as well. Inu-yasha could deal with it, however, as there were only two in the bottle now, after Sango, Miroku, and he had all taken a couple as Kagome had instructed.

"Kagome!" He shouted happily, his small feet racing down a slight hill, covered in bloody grass and broken flowers, "Kagome! We won, we won, we won!!!" He screamed, jumping up high to land on Inu-yasha's slumped shoulders.

That's when it hit him… The sent of his beloved surrogate mothers blood, reaching his nose, and taunting him with the loss of two maternal… He quickly closed his eyes and choked, words escaping him in his sorrow and misery… Kagome had been his whole world, the only person who had taken him in as a son, and treated him as a mother would have… She'd wiped tears from his eyes, gave him praise where praise was deserved and wanted… Giving him the love he'd so desperately wanted, with a smile and a tender hug…

He felt the tears threaten to fall as he closed his eyes tighter, biting his quivering lower lip… He could feel Inu-yasha's tortured, shuddering gasps beneath him as he cradled her head to his chest while kneeling in their blood… Crying over his loss in a way that tore his small heart into slivers…

"… Inu-yasha?" he asked weakly, patting his head softly to gain the hanyou's attention. He felt him stiffen at the touch and hesitated, before he wiped his face on his torn sleeves and looked up at Shippou, trying to remove her blood so the pup wouldn't have to see it… However, the red streaks remained… Stained onto his skin.

Shippou couldn't hold it back any longer as the pain tore from his throat, falling off of Inu-yasha's shoulders and between the hanyou's arms and Kagome's body. He curled himself there, latching onto what was left of Kagome's school uniform, stained with blood and caked with dirt and grass… His mother didn't deserve this…

She deserved laugher and love… A life filled with joy with the people around her as she returned the feelings of happiness and contentment that she received… She deserved to live her life freely, without worry of being hurt…

How could he have failed her?

Another sob tore from him, so deeply he felt as though it cut into his heart and ripped it even further apart… Until all that was left was a hole to match the one his hand now rested beside as he gripped the fabric and shoved his face deeper into her belly.

She suddenly felt her being lowered, then felt himself become extracted from his place, and fought to remain. Silver hair, now tarnished slightly brown from dried blood, was gripped in his hands as he pulled, scratched, bit, and kicked.

When he felt himself being enclosed in a warm embrace his body went ridged, then slowly relaxed as he sobbed into Inu-yasha's battered and torn clothes while the hanyou attempted to comfort him even in his own sorrow… Something that he would never have done, had Kagome not accepted him as her son; thereby, marking Shippou as his in Inu-yasha's perception…

Without knowing it… They had become family…

And now they had lost the very reason.

When they sensed the others presence behind them, yet didn't bother to look… Knowing that they knew without being told… Kagome had been everything to their little family… Lover, mother, friend, confidante, savior, sister… The list went too far to fully know, yet they all understood…

They had lost her…

And they wouldn't be getting her back.

Authors Note: (Yes, I often leave two notes.) All right, that is the prologue to the story (hence the reason for the short length)… Before you all start screaming at me, I would like to explain that Kagome IS dead, but she WILL return! … How? Good question! . (Obviously isn't going to say)

Anyhow, this took me, on total, about seven hours to do… Other chapters won't take me as long, I promise… I just have this trouble on the first chapter (another reason why I begin with a prologue), and it always takes me longer because… Writing openings for the characters and such…

Now I would like to explain something… The reason why I didn't put in Sango's and Miroku's grief is because I wanted to focus on Inu-yasha and Shippou, the two people she affected most in her life… And I didn't write down Shippou saying 'mama' because it just seems so… I dunno, it just doesn't seem right… Perhaps it's because I'm watching 'Inu-Yasha' on Adult Swim and have missed a lot of episodes because of lack of cable, and haven't heard him call Kagome that, yet.

Inu-yasha (in my point of view) isn't acting OOC… Then again, you all would probably know more then I would on that subject as, again, I've missed more then a few episodes, therefore I've missed more then a few twists… If you are displeased with this, then please tell me why and how I might fix it. I'll do it as quickly as possible so it will only interfere slightly with the update/writing schedule.

Anyhow, thank you for your time in reading; and I hope you've enjoyed this chapter enough to come back and read the next once I finish and upload it. Please read and review, and if you've got any questions then IM me! . I'll answer all that I can, considering that I don't want you to know all of the plot twists I have in mind for future chapters.