Chapter One

Kagome Higarashi jumped through the well with her backpack, mostly filled with candy for Shippo and ramen for Inuyasha. She took a deep breath, taking in the sweet smell of the air of the Feudal Era. After two days of nothing but tests, she was happy to return to the Feudal Era and see everyone.

She happily walked to the village, seeing Kaede tend to her herb gardens, Shippo chasing butterflies, Sango busy cleaning her Hiraikotsu, and Miroku sitting at the door of Kaede's hut meditating.

There was no sign of Inuyasha.

"Kagome! You're back!" Kagome blinked out of her thoughts upon hearing Shippo's jubilant shouts. She smiled as he jumped into her arms. "We missed you, Kagome!"

"I missed you too, Shippo," Kagome agreed.

"Did you bring any goodies for me? Huh? Did you, Kagome?" Shippo asked excitedly. Kagome giggled and nodded.

"Yes, but you can't have any until after lunch. It'll spoil your appetite," Kagome replied. Shippo just nodded and jumped off of Kagome. "Where's Inuyasha, Shippo?" The little fox demon shrugged.

"I don't know. He said he wanted to go and hunt for food," Shippo answered. Kagome was a little confused; she agreed to bring food for lunch today, so why did he go hunting? She merely put her backpack down on the ground. "Where are you going, Kagome? Can I go too?"

"No, Shippo. Just stay here, okay? I'm going to find Inuyasha. I'll be back soon," Kagome remarked. With that, Kagome turned and walked off, hoping to find Inuyasha. 'Why do I have a bad feeling?'

Inuyasha stopped running. He could smell Kagome. She had come back. He had to make this quick. He continued running until he found his way to his destination. A familiar priestess was standing patiently.


"Inuyasha. I was wondering when you'd show up. What took you?" Kikyo asked.

"Uhh…I smelled Kagome's scent. She just came back from her time," Inuyasha stammered. Kikyo chuckled.

"So, my clone has come back to fawn over you, has she?" Kikyo closed the distance between them, extending her cold hand to touch his cheek. "But she has no idea we've been meeting like this, has she? She has no idea that you belong to me, does she?" Inuyasha merely shook his head and pulled her in his arms.

"Kagome will understand. I care about her, but I love you, Kikyo," Inuyasha replied. "I'm the only one who can have you. Naraku will not get what he wants from you because I won't let him."

"And what of my clone?" Kikyo almost demanded, falling into his chest.

"I'll talk to her. She's helping me find the sacred jewel shards. She's my friend, and I don't want to see her get hurt, Kikyo. But I'll always love you, dead or not," Inuyasha continued.

Kikyo smiled and moved in to capture his lips, but Inuyasha dodged her. "What?"

"Kagome's coming. I better go. She can't find us like this, not yet. I have to talk to her first," Inuyasha commented. Kikyo frowned.

"Alright. If that is how it must be, then fine. I will not wait like this forever, though, Inuyasha. Get rid of her," Kikyo snapped. With that, she turned and disappeared into the forest. Inuyasha sighed and ran off to meet with Kagome.

Kagome sighed. She had been walking in this forest for what seemed to be hours, and still no sign of Inuyasha. She considered on turning back until she saw something red closing in on her. She stepped back a few paces, but stopped when she saw that it was Inuyasha.

"Where have you been? Shippo told me you went hunting for food," Kagome began, putting her hands on her hips. "Didn't you remember that I was bringing ramen?" Inuyasha swallowed and put on his 'tough guy' face.

"Hmph. Of course I remembered, but I wanted to go hunting anyway. What's so wrong with that?" he questioned.

"Don't get all huffy with me, mister! I was just trying to save you time, but if you want to be a jerk, then fine! Hunt all you want! I'm going back to the village to start lunch. If you want any, you're free to come back," Kagome said. She turned her nose up at him and walked off. Inuyasha sighed and followed after her slowly. This was going to be harder than he thought, if he decided to tell her in the first place…

Kagome cooled down a little after lunch, and everyone spent the day in the village since Inuyasha spoke nothing of searching for the sacred jewel shards. After everyone questioned Inuyasha enough to make him mad, they went to sleep without any other thoughts.

Kagome couldn't sleep. She sat up from her futon and walked outside the hut, seeing that it was a beautiful night. She stretched and walked down the steps when she saw something heading into the forest. It was Inuyasha. Kagome followed her instincts and decided to pursue him. Her mind raced to what he could be doing awake and running off into the forest in the middle of the night. She gasped and stopped to hide behind a tree when she saw Kikyo standing in the clearing.

"Have you told her yet?" Kikyo asked as Inuyasha walked up to her.

"No, but I will soon. I want to make sure that I find the right time. I don't want to hurt her feelings, Kikyo," Inuyasha pointed out.

"I don't care about the girl's feelings. If you proclaim to love me, then you must show me," Kikyo frowned. Inuyasha pulled her in his arms.

"I'll show you," he murmured huskily. He leaned forward, kissing her passionately.

'That…that BASTARD! He's been meeting with Kikyo all this time! I…I can't believe he would…do that…' Kagome covered her mouth, trying to stop herself from screaming and sobbing out loud. The tears fell in cascades and she stepped backwards, but she couldn't tear her eyes away from the sight. Inuyasha and Kikyo pulled away, smiling at each other.

"I love you, Kikyo. Nothing and no one will ever change that," Inuyasha stated.

"Not even the girl?"

"No. I don't love Kagome. I love you, not her," Inuyasha responded. Kikyo smiled and nodded.

"Good. I love you too, Inuyasha. Nothing will ever come between us again. Nothing."

Kagome finally found the strength in her legs to turn and run as fast as she could. Where she was going, she didn't know. She just needed to get away before she was caught. What she didn't see, however, was Kikyo's delighted glance. The dead priestess had succeeded as Kagome ran off in a fit of sadness and hurt in the night.