"Name your price, and it's yours." Naraku told the leader of the mercenaries.
"200,000 gold coins." Vasek, the mercenary leader named his price.
"Are you out of you're…" Aden spoke, but was cut off by Naraku.
"It's yours; I will give you half now and the rest when the job is done. We will also meet in a secret meeting spot, to discuses our strategy. The map I'm going to give you holds the coordinate to where we will meet." Naraku ordered, as he's men got crates of gold and handed it to Vashek, with the map.
"So what's so important that you're willing to pay such a large amount of money?" Vasek looked at Naraku curiously.
"Sesshoumaru's Head!" He said flatly.
Both Aden and Vashek didn't believe his answer, and knew there is another reason behind it. When all men parted there ways, Aden spoke to his guard.
"Find out what Sesshoumaru has, that you might think Naraku might want."
"Yes Sire." The guard got on his horse and was off.
Vashek was at his base and decided to do a little investigation on Naraku's ulterior motives. What is Naraku really after?
"I will tell you nothing" Cathullu said stubbornly, Sesshoumaru just laughed.
"There's nothing you can tell me, that I don't already know." Thanks to Kagome, he knew Cathullu as if they had grown up together as children. In the morning, she told him all that she saw in his head, even the part that had no importance.
"This is a trick, you know nothing." Cathullu was trying to call his bluff.
"Kill him; there is nothing else I need from him." Sesshoumaru ordered. Cathullu looked surprised, and terrified.
"What if I help you?" Cathullu pleaded.
"You betrayed me once, I don't forgive and forget. You of all people should know that." Sesshoumaru gave him a wicked grin.
"Naraku is going to do a surprise attack." Cathullu blurted out.
"Yes, yes, like I said, I know everything."
"But do you know what he is after?"
"Kagome!" he said angrily, he then unsheathe his sword, and stabbed Cathullu in the heart.
"Wow, old friend, I have never seen you act this way before, you're usually calm, and reserved." Mejaad spoke to Sesshoumaru, but Sesshoumaru didn't respond. He knew exactly why he lost it. Kagome! Just the thought of Naraku succeeding and taking her away, build such an anger within him. He wanted to protect her, always tend to her safety.
"I called you here because you're the only man I can trust at the moment. I need you to guard Kagome. Have you heard of her?" Sesshoumaru asked Mejaad, as they walked.
"Who hasn't?" That was the response he was hopping not to hear. Naraku knew about her, it was only a matter of time before others would find out. "I will protect her with my life. Sesshoumaru, if I may ask, why do you want to protect this girl? What is she to you?"
Sesshoumaru couldn't answer that question. He didn't know the answer himself. He cared for her, that much he new, but why? What made her different from the other girls? Her eyes! Her bright blue eyes that couldn't hide her emotion; her soft skin, she was like silk. They were all physical attributes. She was also smart, enjoyed books, and always had debates with him; she always seemed to rise to a challenge. He felt different around her; he wanted her to be happy and safety.
"Normally Sesshoumaru you wouldn't care what happens to any girl. There are all tools to you. Do you love her?" Mejaad still pestering him about Kagome.
"No." He was sure of his answer.
"Do you have strong feelings for her that's not physical?" Mejaad enjoyed torturing him, he knew that this was a once in a life time opportunity, and enjoyed every minute of it.
"Yes." This he already knew.
"Do you enjoy spending time with her?"
"Yes." Mejaad was laughing to himself on the inside, making sure Sesshoumaru wouldn't see how much fun he was having.
"So how's the sex?" Sesshoumaru stood silent. "You did have sex with her, didn't you?" He was still silent.
"You didn't sleep with her." Mejaad said louder then he should. He couldn't hold his laughter any longer; he was having too much fun. "Do you get a warm fuzzy feeling when you see her?" He continued to laugh. Sesshoumaru found none of this funny.
"We may be friends, but if you continue this, I will soon mourn your death." He said with a stern voice.
'Damn the fun was over.' Mejaad thought to himself. "My Lord you're in love with her." He stated
"I don't fall in love. I may care for her, but that's the extent of my emotions for her. Do you understand?"
"Yes My Lord, but if you must know, that even the coldest of hearts melt." He said the last statement quickly.
"I have to ask, how you would like your tombstone to read?" Sesshoumaru said half joking.
When they reached the room Kagome was on the bed reading. "Sesshoumaru!" Kagome greeted cheerfully. "Hi, I'm Kagome." She gestured to Mejaad.
"A pleasure lady Kagome."
"Kagome, this is Mejaad, he will replace Cathullu. You will be in safe hands with him. I will be off; there are some matters I will need to attend too."
"Wait, Can I come?" She asked. Kagome had been so tired of roaming the castle. Though the Castle was beautiful, she need to go outside before she went crazy. All she did was read, go to the garden, or stay in her room. She needed to do something else, something different. She read in one of her books about a man taking a woman on a date. She would like to go on a date. But there is no way Sesshoumaru will ever ask her. What will she do with him? Ever since he found out about her, he has been a different man.
"No, it's too dangerous for you."
"I could help."
"I am trying to protect you, not put you in more danger."
"But I want to go outside. I have been in this Castle forever."
"Because it's safe, I will hear no more of this."
"Oh yes, you will." Kagome continued. Mejaad started to sinker in the background.
'They bicker like an old married couple. If this isn't love then what is?' Mejaad thought to himself. Sesshoumaru and Kagome both looked at Mejaad.
"Oh please don't stop on my account, do continue." Mejaad would enjoy being Kagome's guard, though he had been demoted form second in command back to personal guard. It's all worth it to see these two figured out there feeling for each other.
"Sesshoumaru I don't want to stay another minute in this Castle." She spoke in a stern voice.
"Well deal with it, you will not be leaving it for a long time."
"If I may speak My Lord." Mejaad stated, not really asking.
"No, but I know you will anyway."
"If she came with us, I'm sure she'll be fine, Kura, you, and, myself will be there, she would be very well protected with the three of us, as she would in the castle."
"Yay, I'm going." Kagome already getting ready to go out.
"Don't be so quick to judge, Kagome, your not going anywhere. Mejaad you will do well to remember to stay out of our business." Why was everything conspiring against him? Kagome won't give up, and Mejaad is now siding with her.
"Yes My Lord."
"That's not fair Sesshoumaru, if you think about it, who would be the best person to protect me?" he didn't answer.
Kagome stepped into the carriage. She was excited to be leaving the Castle. She wondered where they would be going. Sesshoumaru sat right beside Kagome. Kura and Mejaad sat outside. The all left to there destination. Kagome stared outside the carriage window, amazed by everything. She saw all the different buildings and villages. Kagome looked like a puppy seeing everything for the first time, if she did have a tail, it would be wagging right now.
"My Lord, where're here." Kura announced.
A man open the carriage and Kagome stepped out, Sesshoumaru was right behind her, he grabbed her waist to pull her closer to him.
"Lord Sesshoumaru, you had asked me to come alone, and you bring your guards and a lovely girl. Is she what you are offering me for my services?" Vasek asked grinning at Kagome. Sesshoumaru let out a growl, it had a demonic tone to it, and it made the man step back in fear. Kagome tried to move away, the sound had startled her, and he just held her tight that she couldn't move.
"She is my guest, and you will treat her with the same respect you treat me." Sesshoumaru spat. Vasek looked at Sesshoumaru and to girl curiously, and then he spoke.
"So what brings you to my neck of the woods?"
"As you already know Naraku is trying to attack me, by surprised, I know he must have employed your services by now. I will have my full army to attack. I wish to take Naraku down. I am warning you now because there is no way he can win against me, and to save you and your men from death, I will employ you to double cross him. You will act as if I never came here, on top of that, I will triple the amount he gave you." Vasek has always been so impressed by Sesshoumaru, he seem to be three steps ahead of the game.
"Naraku paid me 200,000 gold." Sesshoumaru just scoffed, Naraku would leave no stone unturned, till he found her.
"The money is the carriage, get your men that are hiding in the bushes to get it, also tell me what else you know." Sesshoumaru demanded.
"Ah yes, Aden has join forces with Naraku, and with both there army's and myself included, would take you by surprised. Little did I know, it's no surprised to you." Vasek was amazed on how Sesshoumaru knew more then he should have. Naraku had made sure that here was no way in hell he would find out, but here he was, better informed them anyone.
"So Sesshoumaru, why is Naraku after you." Vasek was curious. Sesshoumaru was outraged by the question, not that he will say a word to him. Kagome put her head down in shame. Her face was always so easy to read. Vasek looked at her perplexed, and then took a step back in shock.
"Naraku is after this girl? You have to be kidding me." Vasek was confused, why get an army, and make alliance with an enemy, and higher mercenaries for a girl? And now Sesshoumaru was going all out of his way to tend to her safety. There had to be something more to her. Sesshoumaru didn't answer his question, he simply ignored it.
"Did Naraku make any other alliance that you are aware of?" Sesshoumaru questioned him.
"He tried to allied himself with Inuyasha, but he denied him. Though I did hear that Naraku paid a lot of gold to have Inuyasha assassinated." Vasek dish the dirt. The information didn't seem to faze Sesshoumaru. After Vasek's men gathered there gold, Kagome entered the carriage, making sure not to look back at Vasek. For some reason, she didn't trust him, but why should she; he is a mercenary after all.
"Miss, not to be rude, but I didn't get your name." Vasek spoke, but made sure not to go near her; Sesshoumaru wouldn't hesitate to kill him.
"My name is Mejaad, you can ask for me anytime you want, sexy." Mejaad winked at Vasek, he just grimaced in disgust. When they all entered the carriage, they road off, Kagome laughed hysterically. Sesshoumaru looked at Mejaad disappointedly.
"What My Lord, like you didn't know? Did you not tell Lady Kagome about the nights we use to share?" Mejaad joked.
"Really?" Kagome stopped laughing and looked at Sesshoumaru in shock. Mejaad and Kura were in tears of the laughter, from the fact that Kagome actually believed Mejaad's joke.
"No Kagome, he was joking." Sesshoumaru sighed. Then he made a mental note, 'if this war didn't kill Mejaad, he will.'