Kagome awoke alone in the hut, her body warm and calm. There was a quiet conversation outside of the closed door, but for the life of her, she couldn't lean up to see who it was. Her body ached and her head hurt.
She heard someone burst through the door, causing her to jerk herself up to see who it was.
"Kagome, are you okay?" He leaned down next to her, gently trailing his hand along her face. The warmth of his skin soothed her.
"I feel like I'm sick or something," Kagome groaned. "I think it's all in my head, though."
"Well, whether it's in your head or not makes no difference to me. I'll take care of you," Kouga assured her. He grabbed her hand, holding it tight. "Forgive me for doing this to you, Kagome. I have continually forced myself upon you, and it's solely my fault you must go through this."
Kagome craned her neck to look at him, her face filled with disbelief. "Forced yourself on me? Kouga, I was willing every time. How could you possibly think that?"
Kouga lowered his head. "I don't know. I just feel that way, is all. If I had been a more careful lover, this wouldn't have happened so soon. It's too soon for you."
Kagome bit her lip and reached out to him. He grabbed her hand and helped her to sit up. "Kouga, I want you to listen to me. I won't deny that I think it's too soon, but… it feels right. I'm happy. I want to have children with you, whether it's now or a million years from now. It's just going to take some getting used to."
Kouga smiled and nodded once. "You're sure about this? You're not just saying this to make me happy, are you?"
Kagome shook her head. "No, of course not. I mean it. I wouldn't trade this for anything else in the world. Before you know it, we're going to have a child. Or children. And it's okay with me."
Kouga was on top of her, raining kisses over her face. Kagome giggled at the tickling sensation he gave her, crying out his name amidst her laughter.
"What's going on? Kagome!" Inuyasha burst into the hut, Tetsusaiga drawn and his eyes burning a hole through the twosome on the floor. He groaned and put his sword away, shaking his head in aggravation. "You've got to be kidding me! You just got pregnant! Are you trying to make more?"
Kagome felt her face flush and she turned her head to avoid his gaze. Kouga got off of Kagome and cracked his knuckles. "Haven't you ever heard of privacy, Dog-Boy?"
Inuyasha scoffed. "Haven't you ever heard of self-freakin'-control? At least I have that!"
Kouga opened his mouth to say something in rebuke, but Kagome's sweet laughter echoed through the room. Inuyasha and Kouga turned to her in question.
When her laughter died down, she had tears in her eyes. "I've never been so happy. I have a wonderful mate, I'm having children, and you two are actually getting along. I don't think I could have asked for more even if I tried."
Nine months later…
Nine months later…
Kouga paced back and forth outside of the hut, listening to Kagome's cries of pain.
"I want to go in there. She needs me," Kouga demanded.
Inuyasha settled his palm on the hilt of the Tetsusaiga. "You go in there and your kids aren't going to have a father. Kaede said she would be fine with her and Sango."
Kouga groaned. "But what if something happens and I'm not there?"
"You should have patience, Kouga," Miroku spoke up. "Kagome is a very strong woman. She will be just fine with Kaede. If she suspects something amiss, she will surely call you in there, but it is inappropriate for a man to be with a woman while she is going through childbirth."
"I don't give a damn if it's inappropriate!"
"Wolf, chill out. My threat still stands," Inuyasha warned. "I'm not afraid to do it."
Kouga began pacing again and folded his arms over his chest to keep his fidgeting to a minimum. It had been three hours since Kagome's water broke. Thankfully, Kagome and Kouga were visiting in Kaede's village. Kaede didn't have anything to help with Kagome's labor pains, so she had been screaming and crying out a slew of curses no one expected to hear from her.
And she had still not had the babies.
"Giving birth isn't an easy feat, but Kagome will be fine," Inuyasha replied. "I've seen her go through worse things, like mating with you."
Kouga couldn't help but crack a smirk. "I've heard your dead miko say the same thing about you."
Inuyasha scowled. "You're lucky. In other circumstances, I would gut you."
"You could try if you want, but you probably—."
Kagome's bloodcurdling scream pierced through the air, making the hairs on Kouga's neck stand on end. The wolf prince turned on his heel and marched straight for the front door of the hut. Inuyasha firmly grabbed his shoulder.
"Don't, Kouga. Everything's fine. You're just going to make everyone worry and blow everything out of proportion," Inuyasha snapped.
Kouga turned around, his eyes narrowed. "Maybe someday when you're having pups, you'll understand, Dog Boy, that you need to be with your woman. My place is right next to Kagome."
Inuyasha's eyes widened, and after a few passing seconds, Inuyasha released his hand and nodded. Kouga spun back towards the hut and rushed inside, nearly breaking down the door. Kagome was propped against several feather pillows with Sango knelt next to her, holding one of her hands and giving her comforting words. Kaede was sitting in between Kagome's split bent legs, blocking Kouga's view of Kagome's most intimate area, and what exactly was coming out of it.
"Kouga, what are you doing in here?" Sango exclaimed.
"I need to be with my mate. I don't care what anyone else says. I'm staying right here with her until the babies are born," Kouga said with a determined frown. His eyes connected with Kagome's. "I'm staying right here with you, and I'm not going anywhere until our babies are here."
Kagome cracked a weak smile and reached out to him with her free hand. "Oh Kouga. I'm so glad you're here."
"Kagome, your next contraction will be coming any second. Kouga, sit down with her now or I'm going to have to ask ye to leave," Kaede said firmly without turning to look at the wolf. Kouga nodded and rushed to Kagome's side, gripping her hand with his.
"I'm scared, Kouga. What if something happens to the babies?" Kagome sobbed.
Kouga shook his head and pressed his lips against her clammy forehead. "Nothing's going to happen to our babies. I'm right here with you. I'll be your strength. Just do everything Kaede asks, and I'll be right next to you the whole time. Hold my hand as tight as you want."
"Kagome, ye need to push now," Kaede spoke up. Kagome answered her in a scream and pulled her knees back towards her stomach, leaning her head against Kouga's shoulder as she pushed. "You're doing well, Kagome. Several more pushes ought to do it."
"Oh God! This hurts!" Kagome cried out, tightening her hold on both Kouga's and Sango's hands.
"You can do it, Kagome! Just think of what it's going to be like to have them here with you," Sango urged.
Kouga pushed Kagome's bangs back out of her eyes, nodding in agreement with Sango's words. "Yeah, it will be wonderful, sweetheart. Push hard. We're all here for you. We're all here with you."
Sucking in a breath, Kagome grunted and groaned until the shrill cries of a baby rung throughout the room.
"Ye have a baby boy," Kaede announced with a smile, holding up a small crying bundle that was covered in blood.
Kagome and Kouga stared in amazement. "We have a son," Kagome murmured.
"My son. He's perfect," Kouga added, pressing his lips against Kagome's.
"Sango, could ye clean him and clothe him? The other one will be along in a moment," Kaede replied. Sango nodded and rested her palm on Kagome's cheek for a second before standing up and carefully taking the crying baby boy from Kaede's arms.
"He's so tiny," Kagome said meekly. "I can't believe it." She looked up at Kouga. "Do you think he will have a brother or a sister?"
Kouga smiled and shook his head. "I don't know, sweetheart. I guess we'll find out soon."
Inuyasha's ears perked and he sniffed the ear. Miroku gave him a questioning stare. "What is it, Inuyasha?"
"Kagome's pups are here. Both of them."
Kagome couldn't stop staring down at the two cooing babies in her arms. Exhaustion clawed at her, but she refused sleep. She couldn't stop gazing at the dark sheet of hair on both their heads, and she wondered endlessly on the color of their eyes.
"Ye did well, Kagome. Sango and I will leave ye both alone for awhile and inform Inuyasha and Miroku of the births," Kaede said with a smile. "Have ye decided on names for them?"
Kouga and Kagome's eyes connected and they smiled. "Yes, we have. You can tell Miroku and Inuyasha that the boy is Taro and the girl is Hanako."
Kaede nodded and turned on her heel, leaving the hut. Sango folded her hands in front of herself and smiled. "I'm so happy for you both. I hope you'll come to visit us when they're old enough to travel."
Kagome nodded. "We will. And thank you, Sango, for being here for me. You made this a lot easier."
Sango shed several tears and wiped them away with her finger. "I'm glad I could help. I'll be here when you need me, Kagome. Your twins too." Sango turned and rushed out of the hut before she could show herself crying.
Kouga turned to Kagome and pressed his lips against her forehead, then to his newborn son and daughter. "How are you feeling?"
Kagome smiled. "Tired. In pain. But all that doesn't matter in the least now that we have our children." She rubbed her face against the top of little Hanako's head gently and lovingly. "Do you like their names?"
"I love them. I love everything about them. They're absolutely perfect, just like you," Kouga swooned.
Kagome shook her head. "Are you going to flatter your children the way you do me?"
Kouga wrapped his arm around her shoulders. "Do you really have to ask that question?"
Kagome chuckled. "You really shouldn't answer a question with another question."
Kouga's lips stretched into a smirk. "Are you going to punish me for it?"
Kagome kissed the tops of her twins' heads and looked up to gaze at her mate's playful expression. "Not to your satisfaction, Kouga. And you shouldn't talk that way in front of your children."
Kouga's smile faded into a serious stare. "You don't have to worry about a thing, sweetheart. I'm not going to teach our pups things you wouldn't approve of. And besides, they're newborns. They don't comprehend what we're saying."
Kagome shook her head. "No, they don't, but we're going to have to realize that our lives have changed dramatically. It's not just us anymore. We didn't really have much time for just us. We have children now. They come first always."
Kouga nodded and leaned in, cupping her cheek in his palm. "Kagome, don't you know? You, Taro and Hanako will always come first with me. And if anyone has anything to say about it, I'll show them the fury of the wolf demon that's mated to the most wonderful woman in the world."
Tears pooled in the corners of Kagome's eyes. "Oh Kouga…"
Kouga closed the distance between them and pressed his lips against hers for a short but sweet kiss. After pulling away, he rubbed the tops of his pups' heads lovingly. "The three of you will always be first on my list. And to think that Dog Boy is the one who brought you to me, and gave me my pups. I never thought I would be thanking him for anything, the mutt."
"Maybe you should check out the room before you start insulting me, Wolf," Inuyasha's gruff voice came from behind. Kagome looked up and Kouga turned around, finding Inuyasha standing in the open doorway with his arms folded across his chest. "Are you all right, Kagome?"
Kagome smiled and nodded. "Yes, I'm fine. Would you like to meet your godchildren?"
Inuyasha's eyes widened. "My what?"
Kagome and Kouga exchanged glances before turning back to the bewildered dog demon. "Yeah. Kagome wants you to be Taro and Hanako's godfather. So, will you?"
Inuyasha walked to Kagome's side, kneeling down to gaze upon the sleeping twins. "You want me to be their godfather? Really, Kagome?"
The ebony-haired girl nodded again and turned to Kouga, easing the twins towards him. He took his pups with ease, curling them in his arms and rubbing them against his fur armor.
Kagome turned back to Inuyasha, pulling his arms apart so she could grab his hands. "I do. I want you to be in Taro and Hanako's lives. I want them to know how great you are, and even though we had our fights, it's normal and I still love you. You're my best friend, Inuyasha. I want my twins to know you, to be around you as much as I have."
Inuyasha sat speechless, opening his mouth to say something even though nothing would come out. He looked down at his lap to hide the blush forming in his cheeks.
"Believe it or not, Mutt, but I wouldn't mind if you were," Kouga spoke up. Inuyasha and Kagome turned to look at the wolf prince. "I want my pups to be safe, and if there's ever a time I can't be there for them, I would want someone like you to protect them, like you've protected Kagome."
Inuyasha couldn't help but smirk. "I'll teach those pups a thing or two about you, Wolf."
Kouga chuckled and shook his head. "You can tell them all you want, Muttface. Either way, I would be honored if you'd be their godfather. Me and Kagome both decided on it."
Inuyasha's eyes fell on the two sleeping wolf demon pups. Their ears were pointy, just like Kouga's, and their thick, black hair rivaled Kagome's. They were the splitting image of the girl. "Your pups are half-demons, just like me. I don't want to see them go through the hell I had to. I'll keep them safe. They won't know that kind of ugliness, that's for damn sure."
Kagome broke down into tears and wrapped her arms around Inuyasha's neck, crying into his shoulder and thanking him endlessly. Inuyasha held her close, silently vowing to himself to keep Kagome, Taro and Hanako in his sights until the day he died. He promised himself he would never let anything happen to them.
"All right. I'll do it. I'll be their godfather, and I'll protect them from anything, including Naraku," Inuyasha replied. He suddenly pushed Kagome away, his eyes burning into hers, his expression falling into seriousness. "Naraku will detect your pups, Kagome. They're going to be in danger so long as he's alive and the Jewel is being sought after."
Kagome nodded. "I know. I won't let anything happen to them. Naraku won't get them, I swear. I'll try my hardest to detect the jewel shards so Naraku can't have them."
"And how the hell are you gonna do that? You're a mom now. You have to watch over your pups," Inuyasha pointed out, his brows furrowed.
"I know, and I will, but as much as I can, I'll still look for the jewel shards. There are a lot of people I know that I can depend on to help keep them safe. But I have to continue looking for the shards if they are to be protected. The longer we go looking for them, the more of a chance Naraku will have to capture them, and I can't imagine losing my children to that monster. I'm not going to let it happen," Kagome explained with a frown.
Kouga smirked. "That's my Kagome for you. Naraku doesn't stand a chance against us now."
"Damn straight," Inuyasha agreed. "We'll take care of that bastard, no problem." He smiled at Kagome before standing up once more. "I'll leave you two alone for a while. Kagome, get some damn sleep. I can tell you're exhausted. Your pups aren't going anywhere." He walked to the door of the hut, turning and smirking at the family in the middle of the room. "We've got a long road ahead of us. Those pups are going to see a lot in their lives. And hopefully, they'll live in a world without Naraku in it. Let's hope we can give that to them."
Kagome nodded. "I agree. Thank you, Inuyasha, for everything." The dog demon nodded and walked out of the hut, shutting the door behind him. Kagome turned to Kouga, who was staring down at the sleeping pups. "I'm so happy, Kouga."
The wolf demon lifted his head and smiled. "Me too, Kagome. Everything is working out the way I always hoped, but I never thought I would be so lucky. I never thought you would consent to being my mate, and that so soon, we would have pups of our own. Not to mention I never thought I would be friends with that muttface." Kagome couldn't suppress a giggle. "But most of all, I never thought I could love someone as much as I love you and our pups. You've given me a reason to live, to bring peace to the world and destroy Naraku."
Kagome leaned forward, resting her nose against his. "We're in this together, Kouga, and I don't plan on slowing down. There's a lot more than this waiting for us."
"I can't wait, Kagome. I just can't wait."
A/N: I'm terribly sorry for the abrupt end to the story, but I was losing interest, and didn't want to end up axing the story altogether. I wanted to complete it, whether it was rushed or not. I knew if I ended up spreading everything out, the writing would have been poor because I just simply didn't want to write it anymore. However, I would like to thank all of my readers for their support. I'm sure another Inuyasha story will come, because I just love the series, but I'm more in Fushigi Yuugi at the moment than anything, and am anxious to write the next story. Keep checking my profile for updates. I'm pretty random, so you never know, an Inuyasha story may be closer than we all think! Thank you all for your reviews and continued support! It's meant a lot to me! HALOGAZER