AN: Just to let you know, the first chapter was based on 'Stand Up' by Adema. This one is based off of 'Stand Up' by Trapt. Enjoy!

Stand Up to Him

Inuyasha was tense.

He was standing in the courtyard with his brother, Sesshoumaru, and his friends, Naraku, Miroku, and Kouga. They were all talking and laughing, but Inuyasha just couldn't join the conversation. Hakudoshi was standing on the other side of the courtyard, tapping his foot impatiently, and it was setting Inuyasha's nerves on edge. It was the moment of truth. Did his words get though to Kagome?

"Inuyasha." Sesshoumaru murmured. "She's here."

His head snapped up, studying Kagome as she walked across the courtyard. Her head was held high, her eyes hard, and a determined air surrounded her. Whatever she had decided, she would stick with her decision. He held his breath.

"Kagome!" Hakudoshi shouted. "Where have you been? I've been worried sick about you."

Inuyasha watched as Kagome laughed bitterly. "No, you weren't worried about me. Just worried that your punching bag got a life of her own."

That silenced the schoolyard.

Hakudoshi looked absolutely livid. He tried to hide his ways from everyone, and here this little scrap of a girl was announcing to the entire world that he had harmed her. His face was turning red in anger. "When have I ever hurt you, Kagome?" he hissed. "I haven't touched you!"

Kagome gave him a look of polite disbelief. "Oh, really?" She reached up and pulled down the sleeve of her shirt, revealing dark purple bruises that probably traveled down her arm and across her chest as well. Murmurs ran through the crowd.

"Why are you doing this?"

"You've crossed the line, Hakudoshi. I'm making sure no one else falls for the same trick I did." She let go of her sleeve and turned around. "We're finished. I'm not coming back to you."

"Who else will take you?" Hakudoshi demanded. There was a mocking glint in his eyes, and Inuyasha tensed. "You're a loud-mouthed, stubborn little girl who thinks she can take on the world. Who would want someone like you?"

Kagome grinned. "Ah, but that's the wonderful thing about people like me." she said teasingly. "I don't need anyone to want me. I have my friends, and that works just fine for me until I can find someone who can appreciate who I am." She turned then and faced Inuyasha, smiling softly as she did so. He grinned back at her.

Sesshoumaru laughed. "It's about bloody well time someone stood up to you." he chuckled, an approving glint appearing in his eyes.

Inuyasha's eyes widened. "Kagome, look out!"

Hakudoshi grabbed Kagome by the hair at the base of her skull, jerking her head back. She winced in pain but didn't cry out. "No one leaves me, Kagome." he snapped. "I'm not finished with you. You've been a challenge, I'll admit, but I'll shape you soon enough. Now, you're coming with me."

"Enough!"

Everyone turned to see the principal of the school facing the two, anger sparkling from her eyes. "Let her go, Hakudoshi, and come with me." She turned then and led the boy from the courtyard, him cussing up a storm. Kagome looked surprised.

"He listened to her?"

Naraku laughed. "That's his mom. Last time I checked, she'll kill him if she catches him doing anything like what you accused him of."

Kagome smiled. "If I had known that I would have gotten out a lot sooner."

Inuyasha's voice stopped the two just before they left the courtyard. "Hakudoshi." They both turned around. "Touch Kagome again, and you'll have me to contend with."

Kagome's smile grew brighter. "Thank you, Inuyasha."

He grinned and put his arm around her shoulders. "Come on. It's a new day, and I for one don't want to be late for class."

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AN: Ok, I'm not too entirely thrilled with this little series, but I got the idea and just had to write it. I'll probably redo this sometime, make it a little better. Ah, well. Review, please.