Under the bloody moon…

Chapter 1: Tied together with a smile

Authors note + Disclaimer: I do not own INUYASHA or ANY of the characters. So sad.

Well I didn't know how to start it or any so be patient please and PLEASE REVIEW. NO FLAMERS. Constructive NICE criticism is ALWAYS welcome. I promise this will have more direction next chapter. The starters is almost always as important as the ender lmao!

Rin followed her lord faithfully. It had been so many years since they had heard any news about Naraku. Rin swallowed nervously as she fiddled with the sleeves of her kimono. She was tired and thirsty; they had been traveling a long time for just a little information on Naraku's whereabouts. Rin knew her lord wanted to defeat Naraku badly now that Naraku had recently set up a trap for them. Rin nearly died saving Jaken in the process. Sesshomaru seemed so out raged because of this, before he was angry but now he was livid. Rin was now seventeen and growing to be quite a woman. It proved hard for Sesshomaru to look after her the way he once did for she had grown a mind of her own, and he had grown a heart of his own… a heart that could not send her away. He did care for Rin… but Sesshomaru would never admit it out loud.

"Rin," Sesshomaru said stopping and peaking behind him. She hadn't been paying attention, being a growing girl she began to daydream, and while doing so ran into her lord and fell back onto her butt with a thud. Rin blushed as Sesshomaru looked down at her, "pay attention Rin."

"Yes my lord," she said before he turned around and walked away. Rin jumped up dusting herself off as Jaken walked behind them guiding Ah-Un. Finally they had found a good stopping place. Sesshomaru patrolled the parameter as Rin set up a fire and the tents. Jaken found Sesshomaru lying against a tree in the forest surrounding their camp.

"My lord," Jaken said respectfully, "you seem worried."

"Help Rin," Sesshomaru said plainly as he thought about what waited for him at home. Sesshomaru knew that the rest of his lands and the world were plunging into another war with some demons off to the north. Soon someone would call upon him for help and he'd have to go. Jaken sighed before turning and walking back to camp seeing Rin staring up at the lowering sun.

"Rin I think something bothers lord Sesshomaru," Jaken said sitting beside the girl he had grown to love and admire. Such determination she had. She would never leave their side, never… no matter how much pain she was in.

"I know," Rin said before picking at a flower, "I noticed also."

"I tried to talk to him," Jaken said pushing a stick in the glowing fire.

"What did he say?" Rin asked in curiousness.

"What do you think he said," Jaken said in frustration, "our lord is so stubborn, and never trusts in this Jaken."

"He trusts you Jaken. He just keeps his burdens to himself, our lord is strong I suppose," Rin shrugged, "maybe I'll try to talk to him…"

"Rin," Jaken was to late she was already crossing the ground with such speed yet lack in speed. Rin felt the wind rushing past her. Rin saw her lord sitting there the wind blowing his hair around. Rin's heart thumped wildly in her chest making her hand fly up gripping her kimono as she watched the last of the sunset glow upon him. She let a small smile slip before her lord spoke.

"Why do you stand there?" Sesshomaru said not even looking back at her. Rin swallowed before walking towards him.

"Lord… Sesshomaru," Rin said noticing how amber his eyes were. She slowly slipped to her knees a look in her eyes that caught Sesshomaru by surprise.

"Why are you looking at me like that Rin?" Sesshomaru asked curious as the growing girls change in mental state brought curiousness to that Sesshomaru.

"Oh… sorry," Rin said looking away before biting her lip. She was back to normal; it was a momentary lapse in reason, which happened here in there with her growing mind.

"Why did you come out here Rin?" Sesshomaru asked trying to hide a small smile. He knew recently he made her nervous, and with her he got stronger. He had to be more firm with her, if he didn't she could remain too soft and trust anyone and he could fall into the same trap as his father and half brother. Humans.

"Something has been bothering you my lord and though I am still young I am not blind," Rin said a thought coming to her head, 'I am clearly no longer blind… to anything about him it seems.'

"Rin why do you blush?" Sesshomaru asked making her cheeks pinker before turning away completely, "is there something wrong with you Rin?"

"Sesshomaru what is bothering you," Rin said her back turned to him making him smile. Should Sesshomaru deny her an answer and push her away as usual? Or should he tell her of his fear?

"Rin for so long you've been led around like a pony in a ring, this has never been your price to pay and still you've always been drug down. I will not drag you down any longer," Sesshomaru said unable to deny not only her change of attitude, bravery, loyalty, her attention, or her body… but he also did notice the falseness in her smile. Something he had once talked to Jaken about, at that time he wondered whether sending her away would save her but Jaken growing attached to the girl begged Sesshomaru not to send her away, "do not think I do not notice the fake smile you are tied together with. You are already starting to fall apart Rin."

"Sesshomaru my lord," Rin said quickly not wanting him to be angry with her, "I assure you I am all here. You've always been able to confide in me do not let my momentary state be what hinders you from telling me."

"Rin it is true I have told you things no other has ever been allowed to hear for the sake that I know your loyalty. It is not that I fear you won't hold it, I fear not it being let out. It is how you will take it," Sesshomaru sighed thinking of her protection. He learned that with humans they were easily broken and damaged. He'd have to protect her body… and her heart now, which was more responcibilty then that Sesshomaru wanted sometimes. Rin had grown quite attached to Sesshomaru… perhaps it use to be too much for him and quite annoying but he began to enjoy the company in his dark and lonely life. You'd think he would see this girl as his daughter and Rin see him as her father. But Sesshomaru was a powerful youkai and Rin was a human girl, he'd never think let alone claim a human child as his kid for he could never have a human child. It would be a hanyou if all else, Sesshomaru was always too busy with his duties to spend much time with her except when he'd be traveling to check on assets and finding Naraku. He couldn't trust to leave her there alone for long periods of times for the simple fact that Naraku so many times had used it to his advantage. It wasn't until she turned fifteen that he noticed how much she had grown up and so began to confide in her more. He saw her as his personal diary, he would tell her all that bothered him and she'd not say a word unless he asked which was rare but had happened.

"My lord do not worry for my sake," Rin said sitting next to him. He looked off into the white moon thinking about the small seventeen-year-old sitting beside him. What a mind of her own she had grown, "I am stronger then you like to think."

"I will shortly be called for war Rin," Sesshomaru said as calm and smoothly as ever. Usually in public he wasn't much of a talker, but with Rin he didn't have to worry about her being a blabbermouth. She had seen what he did to betrayers and not only being loyal to him for saving her life… she didn't want to risk making him take back the life he had given her.

"Sesshomaru no," Rin said forgetting the no speaking role. But Sesshomaru did not scorn her; "please take me with you lord Sesshomaru."

"I cannot," Sesshomaru said resting his arm upon his knee that was up in the air as the other leg laid flat on the ground.

"What about me? What will I do?" Rin said more to herself then him. He looked to her and paused a moment. So innocent, so young… and so loyal. To think he had nearly not saved her life what a waste that would have been, "then Sesshomaru all I can say is I know you'll come up on top and prevail. Stand your ground, stand up when it's all crashing down. Stand through the pain you won't drown."

"That isn't all Rin," Sesshomaru said knowing this would break Rin's heart even more. He was not blind nor dumb he could see Rin's affection growing to more then just loyalty with every passing stage of her life. Rin didn't say anything only stared at the ground with such heart broken brown eyes, "I am engaged."

"What?!" Rin said her dark hair flying everywhere as she turned her head to look at him, "when? Why?"

"Rin silence," Sesshomaru barked, "it is what is best for my lands. I cannot always be here and need someone to rule in my stead. It is a good opportunity and as much as I'd rather not it benefits my home. Not that I have to answer to you."

"I'm sorry Sesshomaru-sama," she said tears filling her throat and cracking her voice. Sesshomaru sighed looking away, "I just…"

"What is it Rin?" he asked as she swallowed before getting up, "where are you going?"

"To feed Ah-un it is getting late," Rin said that smile he loved to see had disappeared some how. Sesshomaru knew it was for the best.

"I could never have given you what you desired even if this wasn't the case Rin," Sesshomaru said making her stop before looking back. There was a surprising gentleness in his voice.

"What are you talking about my lord? I'm alright," she said a fake smile crawling across her face. The bigger it got the faker it looked. Sesshomaru just gave a small noise before Rin turned around letting the fake smile be wiped off her face. She wiped the tear from her eye before attending to Ah-Un.

'She never slows down, she doesn't know why but she knows when she is all alone it feels like it's all coming down. She won't turn around, the shadows are long and she fears if she cries that first tear then the rest won't stop pouring down. Poor Rin… such devastation she must feel. She won't make a sound about it though, alone in this fight with herself and the fears whispering if she stands she'll fall down. She wants to be found, the only way out is through everything she is running for. This Sesshomaru only bring her down. It is her who must stand up, her who must stand in the rain,' Sesshomaru sighed before looking away from her back.

Authors note:

Short first chapter I know. I hope you enjoyed thank you for reading let me know what you think for the first chapter. Next chapter will have more action u could say!