Author's Note: Hey again. I know I need to update 'Why?' but I need to flesh it out some more before I do. Until then, here's a new story, another Inuyasha fic.
I've been on an Inuyasha kick thanks to Ducky. (You know who you are! shakes fist) Well, we started doing an RP that was slightly similar, and this idea originally stemmed from that. I wanted to write something, but she thought it was too cliche so it got shelved.
Anyway, this idea came back to me in the shower of all places. (Yes, I know I'm weird. I take pride in my strangeness.) I imagine it's been done before, but I wanted to try it anyway. You can all kick me later.
I suppose I should stick with either the manga or the episodes, either in Japanese or English, but I'm not. I use some Japanese terms, mostly 'hanyou' (which means half-demon) and though Kagome's name should be Higurashi Kagome because of the culture, it's the other way around. Other than that, it's a pretty straight-forward fic.
One other thing. This will probably be updated pretty quickly. I know how I want it to go, at least for a little bit. If you'd be so kind as to leave a review and let me know what you think, that would be awesome.
On with the story!
It was a normal day in the Warring States era. Well, to Kagome at least. They'd run into a dozen lesser demons, three wild boars, a hungry bear, and another of Naraku's demon puppets. In her mind, it was as normal as she was ever going to get.
It has been nearly three years since the first time Kagome Higurashi had fallen through the well in her family's shrine and ended up 500 years in the past. She was now eighteen and, after nearly failing middle school due to her long absences, she'd made it through all her exams. Instead of going on to high school like she'd originally planned, she had decided to spend her time in the past: traveling, learning about her miko powers, and other things like that.
She had blossomed into an attractive woman, and now the young village men were often following after her. She liked to watch Inuyasha as they did. He would watch with his eyes, growling low in his throat, and one of them got a little too close for comfort, his eyes would narrow, his ears would flatten and he would crack his knuckles threateningly. Whoever had been trying to get close to Kagome quickly backed off, and she had to sigh heavily. He was acting either like a boyfriend or an older brother, but she couldn't figure out which.
Miroku and Sango were still traveling with them as well, and the monk was still caught in his pervert ways. He still groped Sango, and she still slapped him. He would just smile guiltily and continue on. Both of them had grown a little as well.
Even Shippo was growing up. He was a little taller and a little less of a nuisance to Inuyasha. Sure, he was still a trickster, but he knew when to stop.
It seemed as if Inuyasha was the only one of the group who hadn't changed, at least not physically. Of course, that might have been because he was a hanyou or half-demon, which meant that although he didn't age as slow as a full demon or as fast as a human, he still aged. His only change was that he'd toned down his temper a little.
Now, as I was saying before, Kagome thought it was a normal day. The sun was shining as they trudged through yet another corpse-strewn field. The sight of so many battlefields used to turn her stomach, but now it just seemed like another part of life.
They were coming to another patch of forest when a gray blur flew out at them. Inuyasha pulled Tetsusaiga and told Kagome to get behind him. She obeyed, but pulled out her bow, notched an arrow and aimed at the creature over Inuyasha's sholder. Miroku readied his staff and Sango unstrapped her bone boomerang.
The gray blur sharpened and became a large dog demon, snarling with fangs bared, foam and blood dripping from its muzzle. "It's feral! Don't let it bite you!" Miroku yelled to everyone and was rewarded with nods.
Inuyasha kept his sword leveled at the creature, waiting for it to attack. "Kagome? Do you sense a jewel shard on it?" He whispered to her, not wanting to alert the beast. Kagome concentrated, then shook her head. "Nope, no shards," she whispered back, lowering her bow. That meant that he could use the Wind Scar without worry.
Just as the half-demon raised his sword over his head, the beast caught sight of him. It growled and Inuyasha froze. This creature may have been feral and a full demon, but it was still a dog. Dogs will always fight for dominance, and this was no exception. The creature howled and the half-demon stuck his sword in the ground, advancing with only claws.
Kagome was struck dumb. She stared as Inuyasha cracked his knuckles and started growling, circling the giant animal. She wasn't the only one. Miroku and Sango seemed to have the same thought. 'What is he doing?! He's going to get himself killed! Idiot!' Kagome raised her bow and took aim, only to have Inuyasha turn his amber gaze on her.
"Put down the bow. This is between me and him."
Kagome stared, stupified as Inuyasha squared off against the giant dog again. This was like watching him handle Sesshomaru, and she'd seen how well that went over. Still, she didn't want to get Inuyasha killed, so she lowered the bow and relaxed the string, but kept the arrow nocked.
He seemed to deem that fair and the hanyou returned his attention to the dog demon. It was still snarling and circling, but every so often it's eyes would drift. Inuyasha wondered what it was looking for, but shook his head and focused. He couldn't get distracted.
The fight didn't last very long and Inuyasha had the upper hand the entire time. The dog demon was too feral to have much of a battle plan. It only attacked as many times as it could. Soon, it was dripping blood from numerous wounds inflicted by the hanyou's claws. Just as Inuyasha was getting ready to deliver the final blow and destroy the beast, it turned and saw Kagome, still holding her bow and arrow. It gave a great snarl and charged her.
To Kagome, it looked as if time had come to a crawl. She could see the beast coming close to her, could see herself raising her bow, could vaguely hear Miroku and Sango scrambling to help her, could even hear Inuyasha telling her to run, but it was all in molasses. As soon as the dog was only a foot from her, everything returned to normal speed again. She let the arrow fly, closing her eyes and dropping to the ground.
Her aim was off. The arrow only hit the demon in the side, making it scream in pain. With long fangs, it bit into the fleshy creature as he barreled into it. The momentum carried them both back into the corpse-strewn field. The demon's teeth were now firmy lodged in Kagome's side and she screamed as fire raced through her.
That scream was what broke Inuyasha. Without the Tetsusaiga in hand, his transformation to demon was swift and he took down the demon dog in two swipes of his claws. Without stopping to wait for anyone else, he picked up the bleeding girl and raced for the village where old Kaede was.
Miroku and Sango looked at each with confusion. That was something new. They'd never seen Inuyasha change and still act normal. They quickly gathered up their things, including Inuyasha's sword and Kagome's now broken bow, got on Kirara and flew after the hanyou and the the hurt girl
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Later, peeps. Red out.