Chapter 3: Talent Show

It was finally the day of the talent show, and Kagome, Kikyo, Rin and Sango had all practiced Kagome's new song, for the whole week.

"So what are you girls performing for the talent show?" Miroku asked, his arm resting on Kagome's shoulder.

"You'll just have to wait until tonight," Kagome said, shrugging him off. "What about you, are you doing this yourself? Or are you in a band?"

"I'm actually in a band, with Yash, Sesshomaru and Onigumo," Miroku said smugly. "And we've been a band since two years ago,"

"Oh really, then what's your band's name?" Rin asked, her eye brow raised.

"It's called Outbreak," Sesshomaru said, as he walked up to the group. "And I'm confident we have a pretty good sound."

"We'll see," Sango said, "we have to go practice, so we'll see ya at the Pavillion," and the four girls walked away.

"So you didn't find out the song the girls are doing?" Inuyasha asked, walking up to his brother and best friend.

"Nope, I tried, but they're really secretive." Miroku said. "Shall we go get ready then?"

"We have to go find Onigumo, and then we can," Sesshomaru said.


Kagome stood nervously in front of the pavillion, she wore a dark red tank top, a black mini skirt with black leggings, and maroon flats. Sango wore a dark pink tank top, and black skirt with dark purple leggings, and dark purple flats. Kikyo wore a white tank top, and dark brown skirt, with light brown leggings and dark brown flats. Rin wore a dark yellow tank top, and a tangerine skirt with black leggings, and dark orange flats.

"Guys, I don't know if I can do this," Kagome said, turning to walk away.

"Oh no you don't," Kikyo said grabbing her friend by the arm. "You're not gonna bail, we need you, you're the lead singer and guitar,"

"But what if I mess up," Kagome asked, her expression anxious.

"Just relax, you'll do fine," Rin said, patting Kagome on the shoulder. "You're dad would be so proud,"

"Thanks Rin," Kagome said with a meek smile. They entered the building together, and walked toward the stage, where the Emcee was waiting.

"Who're you four?" she asked.

"We're Sacred Arrow." Sango said.

"Oh, well I'm Kaede, and I'll be the emcee, you're the fourth act, after Outbreak," the woman said, and the girls bowed and hurried backstage where their instruments were waiting, along with the boys.

"Hey guys," Rin said brightly.

"Hi Rin," Sesshomaru said.

"So who's the lead singer here?" Kagome asked, trying to keep her mind off of the upcoming performance.

"That'd be me," Inuyasha said. "I'm also the first guitar,"

"So, Kagome, you nervous?" Miroku asked, and Kagome looked at him, then nodded slowly.

"What's wrong?" Inuyasha asked.

"She thinks she's gonna suck, but we know she'll do awesome," Sango said, giving Kagome a one armed hug.


"Ok, now for our third act, a band of boys that call themselves Outbreak," there was clapping as the curtain rose, Inuyasha stood at the mic with his guitar, Sesshomaru on his left with his guitar, Miroku on the drums, and Onigumo with his bass.

"This song is called Be My Escape," Inuyasha said into the mic, then he started playing, followed by the others.

I've given up on giving up slowly, I'm blending in so
You won't even know me apart from this whole world that shares my fate
This one last bullet you mention is my one last shot at redemption
because I know to live you must give your life away

And I've been housing all this doubt and insecurity and
I've been locked inside that house all the while You hold the key
And I've been dying to get out and that might be the death of me
And even though, there's no way in knowing where to go, promise I'm going because

I gotta get outta here
I'm stuck inside this rut that I fell into by mistake
I
gotta get outta here
And I'm begging You, I'm begging You, I'm begging You to be my escape.

I'm giving up on doing this alone now
Cause I've failed and I'm ready to be shown how
He's told me the way and I'm trying to get there
And this life sentence that I'm serving
I admit that I'm every bit deserving
But the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair

Cause I've been housing all this doubt and insecurity and
I've been locked inside that house all the while You hold the key
And I've been dying to get out and that might be the death of me
And even though, there's no way in knowing where to go, promise I'm going because
I gotta get outta here
Cause I'm afraid that this complacency is something I can't shake
I gotta get outta here
And I'm begging You, I'm begging You, I'm begging You to be my escape.

I am a hostage to my own humanity
Self detained and forced to live in this mess I've made
And all I'm asking is for You to do what You can with me
But I can't ask You to give what You already gave

Cause I've been housing all this doubt and insecurity and
I've been locked inside that house all the while you hold the key
And I've been dying to get out and that might be the death of me
And even though, there's no way in knowing where to go, promise I'm going because
I've gotta get outta here
I'm stuck inside this rut that I fell into by mistake
I've gotta get outta here
And I'm begging You, I'm begging You, I'm begging
You to be my escape.

The crowd was on their feet as the boys ended their song, and walked backstage.

"Wow, that was a great group, it'll be really hard to follow." Kaede said, trying to talk over the noise of the crowd.

"You guys sounded really good," Kagome said taking a huge breath.

"Don't worry Kags, we'll do fine," Sango said as the four walked out onto the stage, the curtain was still down.

"Now for our fourth act, a group called Sacred Arrow," there was applause, and Kagome felt the butterflies swell in her stomach.

"Hi, this song I wrote, it's called Stand in the Rain," Rin started the song out on the keyboards, then Kikyo came in on the drums, and Kagome on the guitar. Kagome opened her mouth and began to sing.

She never slows down.
She doesn't know why (Sango came in on the bass)
But she knows that when she's all alone,
Feels like its all coming down
She won't turn around
the shadows are long
And she fears if she cries that first tear,
the tears will not stop raining down

So stand in the rain
Stand your ground
Stand up when it's all crashing down
You stand through the pain
You won't drown
And one day, what's lost can be found
You stand in the rain

She won't make a sound
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's running from wants to give up and lie down.

So stand in the rain
Stand your ground
Stand up when it's all crashing down
You stand through the pain
You won't drown
And one day, what's lost can be found
You stand in the rain

(Instrumental solo)

So stand in the rain
Stand your ground
Stand up when it's all crashing down
Stand through the pain
You won't drown
And one day, what's lost can be found

So stand in the rain
Stand your ground
Stand up when it's all crashing down
You stand through the pain
You won't drown
And one day, what's lost can be found
You stand in the rain

Inuyasha who was watching from backstage, had an awed look on his face.

"Wow, another great performance, the judges are going to have a tough decision to make," Kaede said as the crowd grew loud once more.


It was the end of the show, and they were handing out the prizes. "In third place, Sacred Jewel with the song With Me," there was polite applause. "In second...Outbreak with Be My Escape," there was a louder applause. "And in first place...Sacred Arrow with Stand in the Rain," the sound was deafening.


Kagome walked out of the pavillion a little deaf from the noisy crowd, she jumped nearly a foot in the air when someone tapped her on the shoulder.

"Sorry, I didn't mean to scare you," Inuyasha said with a chuckle as Kagome clutched her chest, her heart thudding loudly in her ears.

"Did you have to sneak up on me?" She asked, breathing heavily.

"I said I was sorry," Inuyasha said still smiling. "How come you're not going to celebrate with the girls?"

"I just don't feel like it," Kagome said shrugging.

"Congratulations on getting first," he said, as they walked.

"I think your group deserved it more," Kagome said.

"Nah, you're voice was way better than mine," Inuyasha said shrugging. Kagome looked at Inuyasha and gave him a smile.

"Thanks," she said, he looked confused, but she shook her head. "Huh uh, never mind,"

He scoffed, "women," he muttered, earning a light punch from Kagome, who felt what they'd just said was familiar, but shook it off.

"So, how come you're hanging out with me?" Kagome asked, as they entered the park, with was really pretty in the twilight.

"Cause, I want to, is that a crime," Inuyasha asked, sounding offended.

"I didn't say it was," she said nudging him on the shoulder. "I was only wondering,"

"Because, I'd rather be here with you than watching Miroku get beat up by Sango again," Inuyasha said, and Kagome laughed.

"But you've got to admit that it's really funny," Kagome said, and Inuyasha nodded in agreement. The two sat down on a bench.


AN: R&R and you'll make me slightly happier!! Next time, Chapter 4: Visions of an Unknown Past!