A/N: Do not own.
Hehe, well this update took a while. XD I've just been stuck with writers block and had no idea what to write!! I'm not very good at planning out the plot and have no idea what to write as the "Big Problem". But oh well, I got another chapter out! Yay!
Hiei continued to stir his now melted ice cream as he thought about how he should word what he was going to ask Kurama. Usually, he would have never gone to Kurama for advice on this kind of thing, but because his ponderings proved fruitless (he glared a little harder at his melted ice cream), he had no choice but to come to Kurama for advice. And there was no way he'd even consider asking the detective or the buffoon.
Chancing a glance at him, he found Kurama staring curiously at him, no doubt trying to figure out why he had suddenly chosen now to share his thoughts. Hiei scowled; he wouldn't be doing this if he wasn't at the end of his rope.
"What did you want to talk to me about?" He was cast another curious leer.
He scowled again.
"I am having… problems."
That had gotten a surprised look out of the fox. His cup of tea had stopped halfway to his mouth and he was looking at him as if he had sprouted another head. He supposed it was a natural reaction.
"Problems with what?"
Kurama brought the cup of tea the rest of the way to his mouth and took a generous sip. He looked disinterested on the outside, but Hiei knew better. Even though he couldn't seeit, he just knew that Kurama was smirking at him.
"I am feeling things I should not." Hiei said, contempt clear in his tone.
Hiei was starting to regret coming to Kurama for advice; he had responded with such smugness and humor at his current predicament.
Hiei sent Kurama a withering glare and went back to stirring his melted ice cream.
"It involves the Makai Lord's sister." Kurama wondered if he had heard him right; the fire apparition had said it so quietly that he had himself wondering if it was a figment of his imagination. He sent Hiei a questioning glance.
"You mean Kagome?" He nodded his head.
Kurama's interest multiplied a hundred fold. It wasn't everyday that Hiei showed outward interest in humans. Actually, no, Hiei never showed interest in humans. Kurama set his cup of tea down and gave the apparition his full attention.
"What exactly is it that you're feeling?"
Hiei scowled deeply. He really didn't want to share any of the things he was feeling with anyone, but for the life of him, he was completely clueless about what it was that he was feeling! He was still unwilling to share everything with him.
"It is nothing out of the ordinary, but…I cannot stop thinking of her. She is the in the forefront of all my thoughts. Has she cast a spell on me, fox? I will not hesitate to kill her if she has." Even as he said that, the thought of her dying by his hands left a bad taste in his mouth. He pushed the feeling away, filing it as useless and most likely an affect of the spell.
Kurama chuckled to himself. "No, I do not think it is a spell Hiei. I doubt she is powerful enough to put a spell on you without your notice."
Hiei frowned. "Then what the hell is it if not a spell?"
Kurama smiled slyly. "You like her."
Hiei's response was stunned silence. His eyes were wide and staring at Kurama; there was no way he could have fallen for that human girl, could there? No, he hadn't. He would not believe it.
"You are obviously delusional. There is no way I would fall in love with her." And with that, he was gone.
Kurama chuckled at the empty space in front of him. "I never said anything about love, Hiei."
Kagome beamed at the rush of air flowing through her hair, causing it to sway and flutter behind her. This was one of the reasons she absolutely loved convertibles; they just made you feel so free. Like nothing could bring you down. It was so refreshing! She giggled and turned towards Sesshoumaru.
"I love your car Sesshoumaru! Remind me to make you drive me around more." Sesshoumaru smiled at her from behind the wheel, looking at her for a few seconds before returning his eyes to the road.
"I shall remember that." He stayed quiet for a few minutes, staring at the road ahead of them. "Who were those boys?"
Kagome blinked at the question. She had been enjoying the view of the ocean from the cliff side road they were on and almost didn't hear it. Kagome held her hair back from her face as she turned her head to look at him. "Which boys?"
"The three who were with you at school."
"Oh! Those boys! They're some new friends I met, nothing to really worry about." Kagome reassured him. They really weren't anything to worry about. They were too nice to her to be dangerous. And plus, it's not like they could do any real damage to her if they tried; she doubted they had any kind of formal training when it came to fighting. The fact that she also fought demons on daily basis was also a bonus.
"Why do you ask?"
Sesshoumaru glanced at her for a second before turning his attention back to the road. "No reason."
Kagome left it at that as she turned her attention back to the seaside view she had been looking at. The rest of the ride was spent in companionable silence, both enjoying each others company. Eventually they arrived at a secluded neighborhood that mostly consisted of upper class houses and mansions.
Sesshoumaru's was more on the mansion side.
"Wow… you live here aniki?" It really was amazing; she sometimes forgot that he was a Lord and well… rich.
Sesshoumaru nodded his head in answer to her question and got out of the car. "Come, I want to show you something important." Kagome nodded and followed him into the mansion.
She was lead down corridor after corridor, turn after turn, that she eventually gave up trying to memorize the path back. She supposed she could just pull a maid off to the side and ask her for directions if it was necessary. Eventually they entered a room that Kagome assumed was Sesshoumaru's study.
Plopping down in a particularly comfy looking armchair, Kagome folded her legs and looked at Sesshoumaru. "What is it that you wanted to show me?" Instead of answering, Sesshoumaru opened a drawer from behind his desk and pulled out the letter he had found earlier. He handed it to her.
Kagome looked over the letter a few times, not really finding anything of interest, mainly just informing her that someone had wanted them kidnapped. But who? She looked at Sesshoumaru questionably.
"Turn it over." So she did… and the paper slipped through her fingers as she saw the spider mark. It just couldn't be possible that he had survived, but his mark was staring back at her from it's place on the floor.
"It can't be… We killed him!" They had all worked so hard to finally rid him from this world, and to see that he could be alive somewhere, right at this moment, had her shaking with rage. He should be dead!
All she could think about was finding him and killing him, again. And this time she would make sure that there was nothing left of him to have any chance of survival. She would purify his soul out of existence. She would destroy him. She would—
A hand was placed over hers.
"Kagome, I understand how you feel, but you must calm yourself." She must have lost herself of her rage; her powers were growing just beneath the surface and if she had let her powers slip… she could have purified Sesshoumaru. She lowered her head and sighed.
"I'm sorry Sesshoumaru. I just… we all fought so hard…"
"And it will not be for naught." Sesshoumaru raised her chin so she was staring him in the eyes. "We defeated him once, we shall defeat him again."
Kagome smiled in response. "You're right. He'll go down again, just like he did in the past. After all, no one can defeat the great Sesshoumaru-sama."
Sesshoumaru gave a cocky smirk. "Of course."
"Now…" Kagome rose from the extremely comfy armchair straightened out her clothes. "I believe it's time for me to go exploring!" With that said, Kagome ran from the room, laughing as she turned the corner.
Sesshoumaru sat back in his chair and chuckled to himself. Kagome never ceased to amuse him.
"Wow…" It really was amazing how beautiful Sesshoumaru's house was. The hallways were covered with wallpaper reminiscent of a Victorian style house and no doubt expensive paintings lined the walls. Every so often she would pass a window that was at least three times her size framed by massive curtains.
After a few doors and windows, she would see a maid or butler standing against the wall, looking for all purposes like statues. She approached one after confirming in her head that she was lost.
"Ummm…" This one was reminded her of the classical butler; an old, kind man with white hair and a white mustache. But before she could grab his full attention, someone had called her name.
"Kagome!!" She was crushed into a hug as soon as she turned her head toward the voice.
"I'm so glad you're here Kaa-san! I was sooo bored; Sesshoumaru doesn't know how to have any fun." Shippou pouted. He pulled back from the hug and gave Kagome a kiss on the forehead as she giggled.
"Just who I needed: a big, strong fox to show me around this castle." Shippou gave a grin and puffed out his chest.
"No worries! I, Shippou, shall save you!" He grabbed her hand. "Come on, I know the perfect place to take you!" Keeping it at a pace Kagome could keep up with, Shippou pulled her down a corridor. Faster than she expected (probably because she was laughing her head off), she found herself in the middle of a huge kitchen.
"And what are we going to do here?" She looked around taking in all the appliances and fridges.
"We're going to bake your famous chocolate chip cookies of course." Kagome looked at him in surprise and then gave a short laugh.
"I should have known you were going to think with your stomach." Shippou just grinned back at her.
"Alright, alright, let's get started." Rolling up the sleeves on her uniform, Kagome got to work with a smile on her face.
A/N: Yay cookies! Just a little mother/son thing there at the end. And Hiei is so confused, but he's a sexy confused, so no worries! Review!!