Putting The Past Behind You

By: ATaiyoukai'sTenshi

Started 4/20/07

Author's Note: This is a fanfic so please, be nice. Please? (Hold's hands together with pleading look). This isn't my first fanfic but I still get nervous about them. Hope you like!! Sess/OC, Inu/Kag, San/Mir pairing throughout this story. Rated M for later situations and some cursing.

Disclaimer: I don't own InuYasha or any of the characters except for the main female lead character. If I owned InuYasha, I'd be writing for money and I would be as rich as Takahashi-san. Arigato gozaimasu!

Summary: Alternate Universe. Inuyasha and Kagome make things right between them and are happy, but…Sesshoumaru isn't exactly content. A woman appears from out of nowhere and he feels a connection to her, but it isn't exactly mutual. Can he break through to her? Stay tuned!

Chapter One

"Inuyasha…." A pair of soft white pointy dog ears twitched in fearful anticipation of what the dreadful word would escape out of the woman's mouth.

"SIT BOY!!" A slamming sound sliced through the air in feudal Japan as Inuyasha was pulled into the soft soil face first. The monk Miroku, the demon slayer Sango, and the fox demon Shippo all hung their heads and let out a sigh.

"Inuyasha, will you ever learn?" Shippo said. Kagome huffed and turned on her heel, walking away angrily, muttering to herself about the rudeness of the young hanyou.

Sango's eyes followed her dearest friend and she sighed. "I guess I'd better go and do some damage control," commented Sango as she ran off to catch up with the girl she regarded as her little sister.

Inuyasha groaned and sat up, trying to wipe his face clean from the dirt and spitting continuously, trying to get the soil out of his mouth. Unfortunately, he only made mud with his increasing saliva and ran to a nearby river to rinse out his mouth. Miroku and Shippo followed him. "What the hell is wrong with her?" he asked after spitting out more mud. "What did I do that was so wrong?" He cupped his hands in the water, sloshing it around to turn his head aside to spit it out once again.

Miroku chuckled knowingly. "Inuyasha, there is something you must know. You never tell a woman she has gained weight. It's considered rude in Kagome's time period. "

The young hanyou scoffed and stood, picking up the Tessaiga that fell from his obi, returning it to its place. "Keh, well, it's not like she gained fifty pounds or something."

"Well, I think next time you ought to choose your words more carefully, you baka," spoke Shippo, with his arms folded across his chest. He was answered with a large lump to his head. "Ittai!" he cried, holding his head, wishing Kagome were present so she could 'sit' him again.

Inuyasha's eyes slightly widened in thought as he looked at Miroku. "Last night we stayed at her mother's house right? She gave me so much grief over going to visit with her family and anyways, I woke up at 2:30 in morning to find Kagome gone from our bed. She was downstairs in the kitchen and she was sitting in front of the refrigerator eating all of the food. She even swiped at her fat cat when he tried to get some food from her."

Miroku's eyes widened at the news. "That is quite interesting," he replied, his words sounding thoughtful. "Kagome does not usually have an appetite that large."

Inuyasha shrugged. "All I know is Kagome is acting very weird and I don't know what to do about it." Miroku shrugged as well.

Jaken paced the ground mercilessly, constantly muttering things to himself. Rin looked lazily over at him. "Calm down, Master Jaken. Lord Sesshoumaru will return soon."

Jaken turned and sneered at her. "Of course he will, silly girl," he spat out with a hint of disgust. "My lord always returns without fail," he spat again as he continued in his pacing. An adolescent Rin turned her face back towards the sky, shaking her head at his antics. 'Be careful, otou-san,' she thought as she watched the fluffy white clouds pass her. She had grown to love the Ice Lord as her father, seeing how she was an orphan after her parents were killed. When Sesshoumaru rescued her, she felt nothing but loyalty to him, which explained her constant worry and following him around.

The last thing Rin wanted to feel was to lose Sesshoumaru as well. Though the Great Demon Lord of the West had a continuous vitality, she was aware that he was not an immortal. A few moments later the rustling of leaves and twigs tore the young girl from her thoughts as she swiveled her head to look at a tall figure becoming larger through the forest mist.

"Lord Sesshoumaru!" cried an ecstatic Jaken as he ran toward his master and tripped over a protruding tree root. Sesshoumaru walked past him with a snort and sat down next to a tree near Rin.

Rin carefully looked her "father" over and her smile grew wide. "My lord, your left arm has returned!"

Jaken looked up from his spot in the dirt and his eyes drifted toward the location of his lord.

"Rin is correct, milord. You have a left arm once again," he said, bowing in fearful admiration.

"I am aware of that, Jaken," he said with a sharp edge hitting that last word, causing his retainer to yelp and fall to the ground in fear, smacking his head against the ground continuously in his bowing.

"Aye, milord! Please forgive this lowly Jaken!!" The measly tengu yelped, sounding muffled from his place in the dirt. Sesshoumaru sighed and leaned his head back, trying the hardest to ignore his annoying retainer. 'Why did I ever allow him to follow me around in the first place?'

Rin stood up from her place leaning on the trunk of Ah-Un's scaled body and walked over to him. "How did this happen, Sesshoumaru-sama?" Rin questioned, though already knowing that he would not answer her.

He remained silent and continued to look toward the sky. To be honest, he didn't even know how he recovered the missing limb and that was irking him to no end. The Lord of the Western Lands should not be confused. All he remembered was that he awoke lying by the trunk of a tree and there it was, reattached to his person. Yet, it felt a little numb but he paid it no attention.

It had been five years since the threat of the evil hanyou Naraku was vanquished. For the sake of the universe and Sesshoumaru's lands, he and his younger half-brother discarded their grudge against each other in a truce momentarily and joined together to see to the evil demon's demise. The powerful hanyou and Taiyoukai succeeded in their plan, of course with the help of a monk, two mikos, demon-slayer and her neko.

Kagome was able to make a wish on the Shikon-no-Tama that resulted in positive resolutions for everyone. Inuyasha was still a hanyou but he was finally able to control when he could become human and for how long, usually resulting in never, Miroku was free of the curse of the wind tunnel, and Shippo had a mother in Kagome. Sango chose not to resurrect her brother Kohaku, explaining that his past sins would have been for too much for her to look past. "He had taken too many innocent lives," she reasoned. Her brother had somehow made a pardon of his actions under Naraku's control by saving his older sister from one of Naraku's tentacles that were heading for her. With his last ounce of strength, he picked up his sickle and slashed himself, letting the shard that kept him alive fall into her hands. He died with a smile on his face in Sango's arms, but his sister's tears were of joy, seeing how her brother was free from the hanyou's control. Sango's own soul had been free of bearing the brunt of the weight of Kohaku's actions which to everyone seemed better than bringing him back to the living world.

The once bright clear pink color the Jewel took on faded into nothing but a clear color and Kagome felt the aura of the crystal disappear completely. The young miko then somehow attached the ball to one of her sacred arrows and shot toward the center of the earth, causing the heat from the core to break and melt the shards of the Jewel into nonexistence, making sure the Jewel would not be the cause of the violent uproars of demons yet again.

Soon after, everyone had received happy endings……well, everyone except for Sesshoumaru. Surprisingly not long after, the ice Sesshoumaru held against his brother slowly began to melt, especially since his brother had chosen the miko for a mate. He finally chose the living over the dead, he thought. I grew weary of the young miko's constant tears over my half-brother's actions from sneaking to see that dead clay onna. The gut-wrenching stench became absolutely unbearable. How anyone could stand the scent of dead bones and graveyard soil is beyond my knowledge. Inuyasha couldn't see past his nose, blinded by the past. Everyone was shocked at the conclusion of the battle as Kikyo stepped in-between Inuyasha and Kagome.


Shippo was left behind at Kaede's village in order to protect him from the battle. Tears streamed from his jade eyes as he buried his face into Kagome's shoulder. "Promise me you will come back." He looked into her brown eyes with a watery demeanor.

Kagome smiled and ruffled the young kitsune's red hair. "I promise, Shippo." She hugged him tighter, especially seeing how she practically adopted him as her own.

"Ye'll be fine, Kagome," Kaede said as she gently took Shippo from Kagome. The old miko looked at Inuyasha. "You take care of Kagome, Inuyasha."

Inuyasha scoffed. "Keh! Whatever, old woman. I always do."

Kaede shook her head at the arrogance that practically radiated from the young half-demon. "May the gods be with ye, children."

Kagome and Inuyasha headed out of the hut. Sango and Miroku appeared on Kirara's back. With a nod, Kagome got onto Inuyasha's back and the four headed towards the saimiyosho that flew ahead of them. Finally, Naraku's scent had led the two separate groups to the same battlefield. Inuyasha sniffed the air, responding in a low growl. "That bastard's scent is all over this place." He readied Tetsusaiga for battle. "He's here alright."

Kagome's eyes widened. The despicable monster had led them on a two-year chase all over Japan, leaving those wretched golems and confrontations from Kagura and Kanna. 'Figures now he's going to finally show his face, after I've practically completed my half of the Jewel.'

Koga had already given her the shards in his legs, still claiming that he did this because he loved Kagome. He took her hands in his and professed his love in front of Ginta and Hakkaku with Kagome laughing nervously. The other two wolf demons heaved a sigh.

"Here we go again," they said at the same time.

The age-old episode occurred: Inuyasha got jealous, the two began to fight, and Kagome "sitting" Inuyasha. Koga made the decision not to fight because he felt slightly incapacitated due to a loss of the shards, but he also claimed he was making a home in the mountains for when Kagome would return to him…or so he thought. But, back to more important matters.

Needless to say, the atmosphere changed when Sesshoumaru arrived onsite, materializing close to the front of them from his usual orb of blue light. The two brothers said nothing to one another as they waited patiently….well, one waited patiently anyway.

Sango and Miroku stood around, looking slightly nervous but Sango's aura held determination in it as her eyes stared straight ahead into the forest.

"Care to explain what you are thinking, Lady Sango?" Miroku asked.

She turned to look at him with a sigh. "I can't wait to get my revenge on Naraku for what he did to me and my family," she said, clutching the tie of her Hiraikotsu even tighter so that her knuckles turned white, "but I also can't help but feel a little anxious."

"Do not worry, my dear," the monk said with a smile on his face. "Naraku will meet his end today…and I will be with you the whole time."

Sango let out a breath she didn't even know she was holding. "That's sort of comforting, Miroku," she said quietly. Her shoulders slumped a little and her grip loosened but it tightened back up again when she felt a certain hand caressing her backside.

A growl erupted from her throat and a loud smack was heard through the air. Everyone turned around to see a fuming Sango and a sizzling red handprint on the happy face of Miroku.

Kagome and Inuyasha sighed. "I think he likes being slapped around," Kagome said softly.

"If I am to die, I will do so in a happy state," Miroku said, eyes closed in satisfaction and happiness as he leaned on his staff with a sigh.

Soon after, another person made their way onto the battlefield. At the scent of this individual, Inuyasha's eyes widened. Almost as if he'd been slapped in the face, his head swiveled slowly to see someone that he'd give his life for.

Kikyo had made her appearance in her usual miko garb and stare.

His heartbeat had intensified, the blood coursing through his veins much faster than usual, assaulting him internally. Had the rate increased any further, his capillaries would have burst and he would have perished from internal bleeding.

"K-Ki-Kikyo…" Inuyasha stammered out. "What are you doing here?"

Kagome had turned her head away from the sight of the two. Sango and Miroku looked at one another, a look that clearly said this could mean trouble if they all lived through this fight. Even though Inuyasha had become a little better in expressing his feelings for her, she had a feeling she didn't have his heart completely. Meanwhile, her heart felt as if is was being destroyed slowly, as if someone carved it from her flesh while she was still alive and she watched them cut into it with a knife. Her face began to rise in temperature and she knew her emotions would display in a moment. Yet, she refused to cry, blinking back the tears that threatened to make themselves known.

Kikyo turned her head towards her former half-demon lover, her expression as blank as ever. "I have other reasons for my hatred against Naraku besides what happened between us." She closed her eyes and sighed. "This has to end now. It has been occurring far too long."

Another scent hit the air soon after that. Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru both growled simultaneously. The disgusting baboon pelt appeared out of thin air not far from the group. An evil baritone laugh filled the air as the white garment was thrown from the owner, revealing the person underneath was the true Naraku, and not the golems he previously sent to send them on goose chases. The vile hanyou stood in his place, crimson eyes narrowed in a piercing stare and lips curled into an ungodly smirk. Wearing his traditional blue and purple jacket, he scanned each of the opposers before him.

"Hello everyone. Surprised to see me?" Everyone's eyes narrowed, each one wanting to repay the demon for the deeds he had done against them all, mainly crimes of deception. Everyone readied themselves for battle.

"Naraku, we've got you beat, you bastard. There are too many of us and one of you," Inuyasha said, Tetsusaiga gleaming in the sunlight. "You're outnumbered. Why don't you just give up now?"

"Hn," he said, smirk never leaving his face. "Inuyasha, overconfident as usual."

His eyes fell on Kagome. "My, my, my, what a beautiful priestess you have become. No longer a young girl, but a mature—" His eyes lustfully looked up and down her body, which had developed a little further since her time in the feudal era, filling her out her curves much more in every sense of the word—"woman," he finished. Kagome almost vomited at his stare, understanding his intentions. He licked his lips, almost in anticipation of what could possibly happen. "Once I am finished with Inuyasha, you, young miko, would be a perfect choice for a mate."

Inuyasha growled more strongly and stood in front of Kagome, brandishing his father's fang, threatening to hack him in pieces if he even tried to touch her.

"Never would I let you touch me, you filth!" Kagome growled out, readying her bow and arrow, her pinkish aura surrounding her. It crackled under her energy at the thought of being violated against her will by her hanyou enemy. Her eyes widened as she saw through Naraku's clothing and located the other half of the Shikon Jewel hanging on a chain around his neck. It had truly been tainted by Naraku, the color an unholy purple-black.

With a shrug and without another word, he threw himself into the group, a sword appearing from this right hand, moving to slash through each one. The tentacles along his body seemed to have doubled in amount and size. Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha dodged the attacks, jumping in the air.

"Too slow," Sesshoumaru stated, lunging back toward his longtime enemy, right hand glowing green with his Poison Claw.

"Did you think I was going to let you get to me that easily?" Naraku said with a menacing smirk. From the largest mountain behind them, the ground beneath them shook and the apex opened to release hundreds upon hundreds of disgusting-looking youkai. Everyone's eyes narrowed as he laughed and backed away from them. With a growl, Inuyasha released a Backlash Wave and struck down many of the demons and that left Kagome and Kikyo to extinguish the rest of them with their purifying arrows.

Inuyasha swung his head around to look at Kagome. "Kagome, can you find Naraku?"

Kagome nodded and stretched out her senses. Her eyes narrowed and she notched an arrow into her bow, releasing it into the hanyou's direction. At the last second, he reappeared into view, holding his right arm where the arrow grazed his skin. A nasty burn was left onto him from the purifying energy.

"Damn you, you wench!" He growled out, lunging toward the woman. His tentacle met the fang as Inuyasha stopped his assault.

"Don't even think about hurting Kagome, bastard!" Inuyasha growled back. The fight raged on for hours, each one slowly but surely fading, including Naraku.

Sesshoumaru had released his Souryuuha into his Poison Whip while Inuyasha released his Kaze no Kizu towards Naraku, catching him off-guard. When the dust around everyone had settled, Naraku frantically tried to piece himself back together, calling the dismembered limbs back toward his also dismembered torso and yet, he had succeeded somewhat..

"Hn," Sesshoumaru stated in his own way. "Fool, your time has come. This is finished now!" He held Tenseiga lengthways and yet again a large blue, sinewy dragon in a flash of blue light escaped from the fang, stopping a good amount of flesh from reattaching to Naraku along the way. The hanyou's red eyes widened as the attack went straight for him. Due to the amount of energy used to incapacitate him, the rest of the limbs slowly tried to make their way back toward their vile owner, failing miserably as Sango threw her Hiraikotsu toward the flesh in the air, and Miroku using his staff and sacred sutras to squish out some of the remaining ones on the ground.

Unfortunately for Sango, she didn't see the weak but quick barrier that stopped the bone boomerang. A flash of blue light disappeared as quickly as it appeared and the boomerang came hurtling towards its beautiful owner. The Hiraikotsu hit Sango right in her abdomen and much harder than usual, her body buckling under the impact and pushing her backwards and connecting with a tree. Miroku adverted his eyes to see his love slump to the ground unconscious, resulting in only to have a tentacle thrust into his back but thankfully not slaying either one of them. Yet Naraku moved in for the kill, aiming two spearheaded tentacles toward the two of them.

"Oh no you don't!" cried both Kagome and Kikyo. Realizing they spoke as one, the two turned to each other with a nod, seeming to be thinking the same train of thought. Their bodies pulsed with their holy auras crackling around them in bright and furious pinkish-purple colors radiating from them, as they seemed to merge into the one soul they shared between themselves. Two flashes of pink light emerged from the arrows they shot, both mikos aiming at the detestable hanyou.

Naraku screamed in pain as the arrows entered the rest of what was left of his body and he began to disintegrate even further from the purifying energy. He tried to put up another barrier for it to absorb the rest of the attacks but the effort was in vain as the arrows began to delve deeper into what was left of his battered flesh, sucking his energy into next to nothing.

Kagura watched the ensuing onslaught from a very safe distance behind a tree as a smirk appeared on her face. 'So you are finally going to meet your end, Naraku. Hmm, too bad you weren't going to die at my hand. If only you didn't hold my heart in yours.' She blinked her red eyes and her evil smile became even wider. 'None of that is of any concern to me much longer. My freedom from his grasp is near.'

"Naraku, you bastard, you're goin' down!" cried the young hanyou as a white swirl appeared around Tetsusaiga with a matching white and yellow electricity that crackled around the fang as he released the attack. "BAAAKKRRYYUUUUUHAAAAAA!!!" The energy swelled to a size that none the group had ever seen before. A white and yellow tornado flew from the sword as he swung it in the air that screeched a howl from the middle. The howl sounded as a dog roaring in triumph. It seemed that he had truly unlocked the power of the sword.

The attack hit its intended target. When the smoke cleared, nothing remained except for the giant-sized crater where Naraku once stood. Inuyasha fell to his knee on the ground, panting from exhaustion as his hands grasped the hilt of the fang that invaded the earth. Inuyasha sniffed the air as a smirk of his own appeared on his face. Everything was now gone, not a trace of the hanyou remained. "It's over," he said, realizing his own words. "It's finally over."

Sesshoumaru watched the rest of the action as he inwardly sighed of relief, satisfied that Naraku ceased to cause any more damage to his lands. But as usual, his face remained stoic and his eyes cold. He turned on his heel before his half-brother called to him.

"Thanks for your help, Sesshoumaru," he mumbled under his breath. Sesshoumaru's response was a grunt and he continued his walk into the forest, heading back to his lands. The group stared at his retreating form as it became smaller and smaller till it was seen no more

The blackish-pink half ball of crystal known as the Shikon-no-Tama had disappeared from Kagome's sight also in the blast. Suddenly feeling nothing around her neck, she found that her half was also gone. A moment later it reappeared in Kagome's hands, whole once more and the original clear-pink color.

The young hanyou pulled Tetsusaiga out of the ground and placed it back into its sheath. He looked up and saw that Miroku had Sango cradled in his arms, relieved that she was starting to awaken. An itch was felt in his right hand as he pulled the beads and purple fabric off of his skin. Miroku's eyes widened in amazement as the dreaded hole in his hand closed before his gaze. He gave a small smile at the two of them until his eyes met the young miko. Inuyasha and Kagome looked at each other and turned away. "Well," Kagome began, still not looking at Inuyasha, "now that this is finished, I can return home to my own time." Miroku and Sango's eyes both widened instantly and they looked at each other in horror. That was the first time Kagome had ever spoken of returning home permanently. Secretly, she was hoping that the pup would beg her to stay, but somewhere in her heart she knew that his immature pride wouldn't allow it.

Inuyasha's eyes widened also but he then scoffed and turned his back on her. "If you want to go, then go. You aren't needed around here anymore anyway."

Her eyes widened momentarily and then they narrowed in anger. "So all I meant to you was a shard hunter!" Inuyasha said nothing. Kagome scoffed as well, her thoughts affirmed. "Fine. Then I guess I will," she said turning quickly on her brown leathered heel to leave the battleground, heading toward the Bone Eater's Well. 'Inuyasha, you baka. Good riddance to you.' A lone tear slipped down her cheek. Now that she heard that, she was prepared to leave the Feudal Era of Japan for good and erase all thoughts of this arrogant hanyou from her memories. "Good riddance, Inuyasha!" She began to walk away.

"Stop this." A soft voice pierced through the slight argument the two were having. Both heads swiveled toward Kikyo as she slumped against a tree from leaning on her longbow, everyone hearing her labored breathing. She looked at the both of them with her brown eyes. Her soul collectors appeared, swirling around above her and dropping bluish-white balls of light into her chest, trying to help her regain her energy. Soon after, she stood up on her own accord and approached the two of them, strapping her bow and quiver of arrows to her back.

"I'm tired of the constant disagreements between the two of you." She turned to Inuyasha. "Inuyasha, don't let me stand in the way of your feelings for each other any longer. You need to let me go. It's time, and a time that has been long overdue."

"Kikyo…" Inuyasha began as his head dropped. Deep down, he knew she was right.

She closed her eyes and chuckled softly. "Inuyasha, I'm dead. What good am I to you? Every time you hurt Kagome by running off to see me, I feel the sting of pain in her heart. Why do you think I act so indifferent towards you and I send you back to her?"

'Wow,' Kagome thought. 'I never knew Kikyo could feel my emotions. Is our connection really that strong? I could never feel her emotions…then is this only one-sided?'

Kikyo continued to speak to Inuyasha. "You love Kagome and Kagome loves you. We are connected you know, but her part of our soul loves you. The two of you need to stop fighting so much and realize how much you mean to each other." She put her hand on Kagome's shoulder. "I'm stepping out of this. Be happy together."

Without any further words, Kikyo and her soul collectors stepped toward the forest and continued to walk until they disappeared from view, leaving the group to stare dumbfounded.

End Flashback

Miroku and Sango seemed to be working towards getting married themselves…but you know the hentai monk. The wind tunnel may have been removed from him, but that hand was still lecherous.

He continued to lose himself in his thoughts as the clouds slowly drifted by in the blue atmosphere. He thought his left arm returning was the young miko's doing from the wish on the Jewel, but he wasn't quite sure. His younger half-brother was now married and happy with his mate, but as for the Great Taiyoukai of the Western Lands, he was still single. He hated the sniveling, single demon whores that came towards him only interested for either his body or for his title, and who could blame them for wanting either and or both.

Most of them wanted to be his Lady simply for the fame and notoriety, not for him. They came at him flashing every inch of their skin possible, some avoiding the whorish line and some stepping dangerously close enough. Truthfully, he didn't mind looking at what they had to offer. If he did mind, then word would have definitely traveled throughout the lands stating the orientation of their fearless Lord. Then again, even if he was in that direction, no one would ever dare to confront him on the matter to risk losing their lives. His mate was to be sort of a spitfire but subdued, beautiful inside and out, loyal, and submissive.

Pushing those thoughts from the forefront to the background of his mind, he cursed himself for thinking such weak thoughts, slightly surprised he even considered the idea of love.

Suddenly, his keen sense of smell picked up a scent. 'Blood,' was all he thought and in a flash he was gone in search of the source of the scent. His ears twitched and his sensitive sense of hearing alerted him to the sound of a sword being pulled away from a body. He arrived at the spot and saw the warrior who attacked the woman lying on the ground motionless, practically covered in her own blood. His honeyed irises noticed the man had about four scratches on his face, his blood also flowing yet the older liquid caked onto his skin, evident that the woman tried to defend herself, but those marks were next to nothing compared to what this woman endured. The man moved closer to the seemingly lifeless woman, moving in for the deathly blow.

"Enough," his monotone voiced stated towards the attacker.

"Who are you to tell me to quit…" The man looked over in horror at the owner of the voice. "Lord Sesshou—" was all the man had time to say before a green thread of light slid his head quickly and cleanly from his shoulders. The headless body dropped with a thud to the forest floor. Sesshoumaru didn't as so much to bat an eye as the crimson life force spurted and gurgled through the exposed neck, staining the ground a muddy color. He walked over to the woman's body and knelt down beside her, not caring that some of the blood stained his white hakamma. Tenseiga didn't rattle at his side as it normally does when Sesshoumaru saw a dead body. He took the sword from his obi and held it over the body. It didn't pulse. He couldn't even see the underworld creatures trying to take her soul. Listening more intensely, he heard a slow heartbeat and the shallow, ragged breaths coming from her chest.

'So, she is alive, hn? Just barely. Well, at least she is breathing,' he thought. 'By the way her wounds and injuries appear, she is in dire need of medical attention.'

Reaching a clawed hand he gently turned the woman over. Shocked at what he saw, he allowed a slight eyebrow raise. The woman was a demoness with long, waist-length bluish-black hair and long bangs that split in the front and curled slightly at the ends, stopping just above her eyelids. Her eyes held a blue eye shadow, full red lips, and long eyelashes. She had very dark purple stripes on her cheeks, but one on each side. The black and red sakura-patterned kimono she wore was ripped and stained and carried the odor of two different blood types, one being her own and the blood from her attacker, but more so being her blood. Something in the inu lord stirred as he studied the woman and he felt his pulse race. 'Why does this woman strike me so?' he wondered. His youkai growled inside of him and deciding with his beast to give her care, he picked up the woman bridal-style in his arms and walked away from the bloody scene.

Soon after, he returned to his adopted daughter and retainer. "Jaken."

"Y-yes, milord," he stammered as he bowed respectfully, once again in the presence of his master. Sesshoumaru remained silent as he summoned his demonic cloud and took to the sky with the woman in his arms.

"Come on, Master Jaken," Rin exclaimed happily in the air as she was on the two-headed dragon Ah-Un behind Sesshoumaru. "You're gonna get left behind!"

"Wait for me Lord Sesshoumaru!" Jaken cried frantically, fearful that his Lord would leave him. Trying to catch up in the same direction, he continued to fall on the forest floor, not watching where his feet were landing, catching on stray tree roots and rocks.

Sesshoumaru's castle was in the farthest side of the Western lands of course, surrounded by the most beautiful landscape one could ever imagine, carved out of the side of a mountain. The amount of land that the area housed had to be no less than sixty acres. A stone wall matching the color of the dark gray castle exterior walls guarded the estate, as well as a couple of guards on the outside, to which bowed to their lord as he passed by them without a second look.

The landscape contained grass so green that was well taken care of. Ivy and holly snaked up the castle walls, giving off a very earthy appearance. Sakura blossom trees, jasmine trees, oak trees and maple trees surrounded the inside of the land as a few of the blossoms graced the grass floor. There was a waterfall and pond in the back of the castle grounds, flowers blooming up from the grass around the pond.

The castle staff was in huge number, seeing the amount of land needing to be cared for. Sesshoumaru treated them all well enough but they knew not to cross him or to suffer the consequences, usually meaning paying with their lives. "Tsuki," he called as he entered the castle with the still-unconscious woman in his arms.

The young mouse demoness quickly appeared in front of him with a respectful bow. "Hai, Sesshoumaru-sama?" she inquired.

Sesshoumaru gestured to the woman in his right arm. "I found this woman in the forest, badly injured and beaten. She is entrusted to your care. Clean and dress her wounds and give her decent attire and place her into the guest room next to Rin. Do not disappoint this Sesshoumaru in your abilities Tsuki."

"Hai, Sesshoumaru-sama," she answered with another bow and did as she was told.

Sesshoumaru retreated to his study at the opposite wing from his bedchamber. As he shut the door behind him, he sat down behind a large mahogany wood desk in a matching chair, decorated in a red and white silk back and cushion. He tried to concentrate on the growing pile of paperwork that sat on the top of the desk, but he failed at the task. He found himself unable to rid his mind of mental images of the unknown woman's face.

Kagome busied herself in preparation for dinner, Sango assisting her. "Are you feeling alright, Kagome?" she wondered.

Kagome looked up from the vegetables she was cooking over the hearth. "I'm fine," she said with a smile. "Why do you ask?"

Sango shrugged her shoulders. "You just seem like something has been bothering you lately. A few times you sort of snapped at me earlier for not having a bunch of carrots with me."

Her younger sister shrugged. "Nope, I'm perfectly fine," she said, flashing her older sister a big smile as she waited for her mate and his friend to return. Sango threw a skeptical look in her direction but Kagome didn't notice. 'Something is definitely different about her but I just can't put my finger on it. She cries for no reason and she had been eating like crazy.'

"Kagome! Sango! We're back," Inuyasha called, he and Miroku entering the hut with two buckets full of fish. Kagome took one look at it as her face turned a sickly shade of green and she ran out of the hut. Inuyasha, Miroku and Sango all had question marks floating around their heads.

"I don't get it," Inuyasha said. "Kagome usually likes fish. If some were bad, I would've known. What's with her?"

Miroku closed his eyes. "It's probably nothing more than a stomach virus or something, Inuyasha."

Sango joined in the conversation. "I wouldn't be so sure of that Miroku. Before the two of you came back, her whole mood had changed three times."

Sango took the rest of the fish and placed them over the fire as Inuyasha shrugged.

Sesshomaru was able to accomplish a few tasks in his study but not as much as his daily quota. Putting his pen down and setting the stacks of paper aside he sighed and stood from his chair. He left his study, heading toward his quarters until Rin practically knocked him down. He was going to admonish her but decided against it once he looked down into her deep brown eyes staring back at his amber ones. 'This child is softening me," he thought.

"Otou—Uh, Lord Sesshomaru, the woman you found earlier is in the guest room two doors away from your quarters," she said. 'I almost called him "outo-san" ', she thought.

"Domo arigato, Rin," he said, giving her a pat to her head.

She turned to leave him before he called to her again. "Rin…you may call me 'otou-san' if you wish to do so, but only when we are alone." He couldn't lose face, after all by having this ningen child call him father, yet something inside of him didn't really care what anyone else thought.

She squealed in delight and squeezed him around the waist, and ran off in the direction of her room. Rin flopped down on her full-sized bed as she stared out of the window in front of her. After being with Sesshomaru for the amount of years, she found she could read him like a book. She would never say this out loud, but she knew that somewhere in his icy heart, he really wanted a mate.

"Oh, otou-san," she said aloud. Hopefully, her father figure would have a mate soon. After all, she wanted someone else to have around the castle, a brother or sister as it were…not to mention she really wanted a mother seeing how she didn't even really remember her own.

He proceeded toward his own quarters, laying down on his spacious bed before dinner was to be served. Looking over to his sleeve he rubbed his new left arm. The nerves were just starting to reawaken and he felt the blood surge through his veins. Looking at it with a critical eye, the claws grew to their previous length and the stripes on the skin reappeared. He made a fist then uncurled it. Calling forth his energy whip, he almost smirked in delight that his hand glowed the infamous green, seeing the whip snap against the floor. Stopping it, he also called forth his poison and claimed satisfaction when the other green color made its appearance, but he stopped that also before he burned a hole through his bed and the floors below. Everything worked! For so long, he had grown used to doing everything one-handed, but secretly he was grateful for having two arms once again. Sesshoumaru lifted the sleeve of his haori. Even with his demonic vision, he couldn't even see where the arm was reattached. Earlier, he thought he smelled the scent of Inuyasha's mate near him, but he couldn't exactly tell if it was her or not.

A knock sounded at the door. "What is it?" he called. The door opened to find a servant standing there. "Lord Sesshoumaru, dinner is being served."

"Hn," he replied in his monotone. He arose from his bed with his long silvery-white hair flowing behind him gracefully. Walking down the hallway, his keen hearing picked up a distress in the guest room where the woman was placed. He silently opened the door to see her thrashing about on the bed, clearly in distress. Her bandages were stained with her sweat as they stuck to her beautiful face. The aroma of the room stank with salt from her sweat and…tears? 'Why would she be crying,' he wondered. She clawed at the air, and to the Taiyoukai it seemed she was reaching for something, almost as if she was reaching for him, aware that he was in the room.

Anguish was clearly written on her face as she thrashed about, tossing the silky midnight blue comforter to the floor. He could also see the new black and silver kimono she wore clinging to her form due to the amount of perspiration she exerted. Before he could even register the process in his mind he was at her side in a flash, dropping a cool cloth to her forehead. She whimpered in her sleep as a tear slid down her ivory cheek, the word "father" escaping her lips. Sesshoumaru allowed a perfectly shaped eyebrow to rise. He went to wipe it away from her skin and the immediate contact caused a wave to pass through his body that allowed him to see what she was dreaming.


A young demoness is running through the forest, ducking and dodging around trees and under low branches, a man also running behind her. Yells and screams are heard from behind her as people fall to their deaths, clearly the pounding footsteps of an army approaching quickly.

The man behind her falls to the ground with an anguished groan. She turns around to see an arrow protruding from his left shoulder blade, and two other arrows protruding in the front from his back with him bleeding from his mouth and the same blood staining his armor from the inside out. "Father!" she screams, tears spilling down her cheeks, falling to the ground on her knees in front of him.

He raised himself from the ground with what little strength he had left, spitting the blood out. "Daughter, you must live! Leave while you have the chance! I love you…" he said, falling back down to the ground, breathing his last.

'Aishiteru, outo-san.' With more tears falling down her face, the enemy sounded closer as she picked herself up from her father's lifeless body and ran further into the forest, never to be seen again.

End Dream

His finger left her cheek and the vision disappeared from sight. The woman's body ceased to thrash about and the tears stopped. Sesshoumaru left the room as soon as the woman calmed down and returned to a restful sleep. 'What was the meaning behind that violent display?' he inquired to himself. "What is she dreaming about?"

"Makoto," he said.

The demon appeared before him with a low bow. "Hai, Sesshoumaru-sama?"

"Send for the miko Kagome, my half-brother's mate," he said as he proceeded down the stairs to the dining area. The demon bowed again and rushed off to do as he was told.

When the doors opened to the dining hall, he found Rin already seated at her usual place, to the right of him. A steaming plate of rice sat in front of her but he noticed she had not touched her food. A low growl was heard in the room, but it did not come from Sesshoumaru's throat. Rin's cheeks turned a shade of red with a small grin on her face. With the slightest of smiles, he nodded to her giving permission to proceed. She dug into her plate with happiness, but at an acceptable speed.

He blinked and found himself sitting at his desk, the phone ringing and his computer screen assaulted with the arrival of new mail.

"Oh Sesshoumaru, you baka," he said aloud to himself. Searching through the pile of papers on his desk he found the file he was looking for and began applying his signature in the necessary places. He had never gone to sleep at his desk before and he was surprised he had done so. 'Where did that come from? Why was I dreaming about the feudal era?' Today was going to be a long day.

He shook his head and turned back toward the computer screen.

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Chapter Two

"Sesshoumaru," his intercom beeped through the phone.

"Yes," he said pushing the button and the word coming out more harshly than he meant to. Mainly he was annoyed that he had fallen asleep at his desk again, something he has never done before besides the previous day. He picked up his coffee cup from his desk and took a drink.

"I have the file you were asking for a minute ago and your 10:30 appointment is waiting for you," Sango's voice came through the wires.

He swallowed what was in his mouth. "Send them in at once." He groaned inwardly. 'Oh, iie, I forgot!' He ran a hand through his long black hair. 'What is wrong with me today?'

A soft knock sounded at the door a few moments later. "Enter," he called. The door opened and the person stepped inside.

"Please close the door behind you," Sesshoumaru said, not looking up from the paper he was writing on. Finally he stood and lifted his eyes after he heard the door close and his eyes came into contact with the most beautiful woman he had ever laid eyes on in his lifetime. She had long, full and thick black hair with curled bangs that were split in the middle, long legs that seemed to be endless, full hips, a tiny waist, and a very nice chest. He also noticed that her eyes were the biggest hazels he had ever seen decorated by the thickest wave of black eyelashes, perfectly shaped eyebrows, a cute nose and the fullest red lips he had ever seen.

"Hello? Ohayo?" the woman said gently. Her voice floated over him sounding like music, a song that only he could hear, almost causing him to slip in a further deep trance of her beauty.

She craned her neck in an odd way. "Um, I was told to see you about the job opening, ne?"

"Hai," he replied through practically hazy eyes. He had never been under that type of spell before. Coming in contact with women was a recurring event, but this particular woman truly had all the other ones beaten. The black skirt she wore absolutely accented her seductive hips and legs, hugging her curves in the right places. The red, cream and black striped shirt opened slightly to reveal a black camisole underneath that just unknowingly peeked out a small portion of her voluptuous cleavage. A black silk belt around the shirt showed just how tiny her waist really was. The black blazer over top her shirt showed how lean her shoulders were, but it didn't make her look masculine. He could only assume that her shoes were black pumps, but oh man, it seemed as if she were teasing him and she didn't even know it.

She's the one! His beast growled within him. Must make her our mate…now!

Have you gone insane? Sesshoumaru reasoned within himself. She is only physically attractive…..for a human anyway and that is all there is to this. Now is not the time for this discussion.

Whatever you say. We know how you truly feel…

"Sir, daijoubu?" the woman asked with a slight eyebrow raise, trying to figure out if this man is okay.

Sesshoumaru snapped back to attention. "Sumimasen, ma'am," he replied. "May I see your resume, please?" He extended his hand and she placed the sheets in it. "You may have a seat." He looked down at the paper in his hand. "Your name is…"

"Atashi wa Atami Sadayo," she replied.

His eyes drifted across her resume. "Have you worked in a law firm before?" he asked.

"Iie, but I'm applying for the receptionist position," she said.

"I can see that," he snapped, taking a quick glance in her direction, noticing that his sharpness was causing her to wince. 'I didn't mean to say it that harshly,' he thought. He sat back down at his desk, taking his glasses off and looked at her. "Well Ms. Atami, we are a little pressed for another receptionist. Our other two receptionists do have an increased workload and another would definitely relieve some of the problem, so—"

The door flew open to another young man with short black hair and glasses on the tip of his nose, files in hand. "Sesshoumaru, do you have that file with the Nagano case in here?"

Sesshoumaru looked at his younger brother with disdain and glared. "Inuyasha, I am currently in a meeting," he snarled out.

Inuyasha held up his hands, careful to not drop the files on the floor. "Damn! Excuse me! I'm sorry, didn't mean to disturb you," he turned and looked at the woman in the chair. "Yeah, sorry, didn't meant to mess up your interview." Inuyasha did a double take. "Sadayo?" he asked with a smile.

The beautiful woman looked up at him and her eyes widened instantaneously. "Inuyasha!" she cried. She flew out of the chair into his arms as they hugged, leaving a very impatient Sesshoumaru to tap his fingers angrily on his desk. "I hate to break this up but if you two don't mind, I have an interview I would like to finish!"

The two stopped and Sadayo sat back down in the chair, biting on her bottom lip in nervousness. 'Great job, Sadayo. A nice way to make a good impression: make your possible future employer upset! I guess I won't be getting this job!'

Sesshoumaru sighed, rubbing his temple. "As I was saying, your resume is in great shape. We normally do not do this as quickly as I am about to, but you are hired. I need you to start tomorrow morning at 8:30 am. Will that be a problem for you?"

'Really? I got it? I got the job!' "No sir," she said with a big smile gracing her gorgeous face, "8:30 is just fine."

"Alright, well, we will see you tomorrow and congratulations." Sesshoumaru stuck out his hand as Sadayo stuck hers in his and they shook.

"I'll see you out," Inuyasha said happily. She turned around to walk out with Inuyasha as he held the door open for her. Sesshoumaru's eyes glanced over to see her retreating form. 'That is the nicest view I have ever—What are you doing?' As Inuyasha closed the door behind them, Sesshoumaru tried to return to work but he could not rid his mind of her face. 'Why does her face seem so familiar?' he wondered.

"So Ms. Atami," Inuyasha said. "What have you been up to since I saw you last, which I believe was college?"

She chuckled as they walked down the hall. "Well, I've been pretty good so far. I was married to a doctor but last year we divorced."

"I'm sorry," he said with sympathy in his voice and then a thought crossed his mind. "Hey, why wasn't I invited to your wedding?"

"'Cause I couldn't get in touch with you after we graduated!" she said with a smile, moving to whack him playfully on the arm.

He laughed as he tried to dodge her attack, but she landed successfully, him rubbing his arm with a playful puppy dog face as if he was truly hurt. She laughed at his antics. "No, but seriously, Sadayo, I am sorry about your divorce."

She waved it off. "Nan demo nai. He cheated on me and that was it. I really haven't had a job since I got married due to wonderful amounts of alimony and hopefully 'Taisho, Taisho & Taisho' will work out for me."

"I hope we do too," he said. As they walked, a tall man with short black hair but bangs over his eyes came around the corner, face down in a folder.

"Mr. Taisho?" Sadayo asked with a smile.

The man looked up from his papers at the voice and stopped in his stride. "Sadayo!" he said happily. She squealed and he opened his arms and enveloped the woman in a big hug. "What are you doing here?" he asked with a smile when he let her go.

"I just had an interview with your other son," she said with a smile of her own. "I was applying for the receptionist position here and I got it. I start tomorrow morning."

"Congratulations," he replied with another smile. "Once again though, I must apologize again that I could not have gotten you more money in your settlement."

She waved that off also. "If you had, the poor guy wouldn't have any money left to live off of. He's already paying enough alimony that I could retire forever."

"I could live with that," he said with a smile of his own. She laughed gently.

"I have an idea," InuTaisho said. "Why don't you join us for dinner tonight, and I won't take no for an answer." He said the last part in an assertive manner.

Sadayo held her hands up in defeat. "Okay, I will. What time?"

"I can pick you up," Inuyasha offered, "and I can make the reservations otou-san. Sadayo, just give me directions to your house and we can give you a lift."

InuTaisho gave Sadayo one last hug. "Well, I've got more work ahead of me, so I will see you later. Glad to have you, and not just for dinner tonight either." He gave her shoulder a gentle squeeze and he headed down the hall toward his office.

Inuyasha turned back to Sadayo. "I didn't know my dad was your lawyer for your divorce."

Her eyes widened in amazement. "He never told you about it?"

"Nope. I knew absolutely nothing about it. Anyway follow me," he said, motioning her to follow him down the same hall InuTaisho just walked down. When he opened the door, a woman with thick wavy hair with a midnight bluish tinge was putting files on his desk.

"Kagome, honey, meet an old friend of mine from college. Kagome, Sadayo. Sadayo, Kagome."

Kagome looked up and walked around the desk and shook hands with the slightly taller woman. "Douzo yoroshiku, Sadayo," she said warmly.

"Douzo yoroshiku, Kagome," she replied just as warmly. "So you are Inuyasha's wife, I take it?"

"Hai," came the reply.

Sadayo playfully hit Inuyasha on the arm again. "So why wasn't I invited to your wedding, mister?"

"Because I couldn't get in touch with you either!" he said. "I forgot how violent you were."

"Oh, right," she said with a sheepish smile.

He shook his head with a smile and turned his attention back toward to his wife. "Anyways Kagome, Sadayo is going to be working here now. She's the new receptionist."

Kagome smiled at her, with her brown eyes gleaming. "Congratulations on getting the new position."

"Arigato gozaimasu," Sadayo responded.

Kagome released a huge sigh of relief, hand over her chest. "I have been asking my father-in-law for the longest time to ask for another person. We have so much work to do and not enough hands."

"Well, you can add two more now," Sadayo said with a grin.

Kagome snickered shook her head at the bad joke. "I know," Sadayo said with a laugh, cracking up at her own joke. "I have dry humor."

Inuyasha again shook his head at the two women. "We're going out to dinner tonight to celebrate Sadayo's new job," Inuyasha spoke up. He pushed the button on his phone to his father's. "Otou-san, what time did you want me to make the reservations for…7:30…ok, arigato." He hung up the phone. "Kagome, tomorrow you and Sango are gonna have to show Sadayo the ropes, ne?"

"Hai, we will," Kagome replied. "Do you need a ride for tonight?"

"Inuyasha offered of the same earlier, but I have my car," Sadayo answered. The three of them exchanged necessary information for the evening. Inuyasha gave Sadayo a hug goodbye and returned to work.

"I'll walk you out seeing how he has work to do."

"Thanks," Sadayo said appreciatively. Kagome and Sadayo went out into the hall just as InuTaisho went into Sesshoumaru's office.

He closed the door behind him and leaned on the chair. "Son, we are going out tonight to dinner to celebrate Sadayo's new position. Are you going to come with us?"

Sesshoumaru put down his pen and thought for a minute, leaning back in his chair. "Yes, father, I will come. I did not drive to work today and I do not care for taking a cab home."

InuTaisho chuckled and turned to leave the room. "Fine Sesshoumaru."

"Father," he called.

He turned back around. "Hai?"

"How do you know that woman?"

"Oh you heard that." InuTaisho sat down in the chair. "Do you remember the big case I had last year?" Sesshoumaru shook his head no. "That's right, I forgot. You were away on business closing that other case. Well, Sadayo was my case, going through a divorce."

"And the result was…" Sesshoumaru pressed on with a gesture of his hand.

"In the end, she walked away with everything. He violated their prenuptial agreement due to adultery. But, I guess now she really wants a job."

"What a shame," Sesshoumaru said in his usual monotone, turning his attention back to the computer screen.

InuTaisho shook his head and smiled on the way out. He knew his son better than that. Sesshoumaru's curiosity wasn't satisfied that quickly. In his own way, he was going to find out everything about Sadayo that he could.

Sadayo pulled her Mercedes into the garage and shut off the engine, the garage door coming down as soon as she entered. Entering through the kitchen she put her purse on the black granite counter and picked up the phone.

"Yamamoto Realty, Tori speaking," a chirpy voice spoke.

"Hai, Mr. Yamamoto onegai," she said as she waited. "An Atami Sadayo."

"Please hold." Sadayo leaned against the counter as she waited. Soon, his smooth and happy voice came through the receiver. "Sadayo, how are you?"

"Just fine Takeda, thank you."

"Good, good," he said with a smile. "What can I do for you today?"

"Well, I've been thinking about this for awhile and I would like you to sell my house," she said in one breath. "It's too big for me now."

Her realtor paused for a moment in thought and then spoke. "Well, that shouldn't be a problem. The house is in your name, correct?"

"Yes," she replied. "Did you not notice you said my maiden name?" The man laughed through the wires and Sadayo smirked herself. He could be a little forgetful at random times.

"Ok, well I know the house is in great shape…What day can I come out there to take a look at it?" He asked while flipping through his calendar.

Sadayo took her palm pilot out of her purse. "Saturday afternoon," she suggested. "Maybe at around 1:30?"

"Ano…nai, that's not good," Yamamoto replied. "I have an appointment at 2:30."

"What about 11:00?"

Another pause ensued. "Nope, I have an appointment at noon."

"Jeez," she said in exasperation as she blew a strand of hair off of her face. "What about 9:00 am then?"

"Yes, that's perfectly fine," he said with another smile. Both heaved a sigh of relief, happy that they found a suitable time.

"Ok, well, see you Saturday at 9:00 then," Sadayo said with a smile of her own. "Domo arigato and sayonara."

"Sayonara, Sadayo," he said and the two hung up. Sadayo noted the information in her palm pilot and went upstairs to her bedroom to relax.

"Ok, Kagome, oyasumi!" Sango said as she clocked out for the evening. "I hope Sadayo isn't too nervous tonight around him."

Kagome shrugged as she put away her files. "If she was nervous while she was in there with Sesshoumaru, she did quite an excellent job of hiding it."

"My question is, how does Inuyasha know her?" Sango asked. "Did they go to school together or something?"

Kagome nodded. "They were friends in college and hadn't seen each other since graduation. Even when InuTaisho handled her case, they still hadn't seen each other during that whole time…but they were only friends," she insisted quickly.

"Are you sure about that?" Sango asked with a hint of sneakiness in her voice and a raised eyebrow.

"Yes," Kagome hissed with a hint of irritation, moving to hit Sango with a folder. Sango laughed, dodging her hit. "Are you and Miroku going out tonight?"

"Yeah, he's taking me to dinner at some restaurant at six-thirty."

"By the way, didn't he propose before?" she asked, sitting down on her desk. "Like last week or something?"

"Yeah, but I told him I need time to think," she said sheepishly. "I'm still not sure if I can trust him."

Kagome's jaw dropped. "Girl, you have been dragging your feet for how long? You better say yes before he goes off looking for another woman."

"I dunno," she said slowly.

She got off the desk and put her hand on her friends' shoulder. "He loves you and wouldn't cheat on you. Everyone else can see that, so why can't you?"

"I'll try." She checked her watch. "I'm gonna go home and freshen up before I go out. Ja ne Kagome-chan," Sango said as she gathered her coat and purse and walked out the doors.

"Ja ne, Sango-chan," Kagome said with a smile. She picked up a folder and headed toward Sesshoumaru's office when an arm appeared from nowhere, pulling her into another room. Her scream was silenced by a pair of lips. Inuyasha pushed her back towards the wall, crushing her to his lean yet muscular frame. A green light on his phone beeped and flashed but neither one paid any attention. Kagome released a quiet moan and arched her back from Inuyasha sucking on her chest.

Sesshoumaru sighed and hung up the phone. His superb hearing picked up the sound of a small thump and a couple of moans. 'They're at it again,' he thought to himself. This happened quite frequently at the end of the day during the week, and it was always after Sango left. The humor about it was that they tried to stay quiet but, there were two other demons in the area, so they would have heard it eventually.

You know you wish you were them, in that same position…..ha ha ha, no pun intended…::snickers::…

Nani? Oh no, not you again.

I am you, you baka!

Shizuka ni! Go away!

Nai! You know you were thinking about Sadayo for the millionth time today. Ever since she came into this office, you can't get her out of your mind.

No, I was not, and she was nowhere near my mind. I do not think of her in such a manner.

He heard his beast scoff. You are such a liar…You know she is drop-dead gorgeous, the sexiest thing we have ever laid eyes on…Ask her out, you idiot. What in the world are you waiting on?

This Sesshoumaru will do no such thing. Besides she is an employee. She will be working right underneath me.

My thoughts exactly. See, now you're getting the picture!

Sesshoumaru scoffed at his beast. This Sesshoumaru is now choosing to end this conversation.

Well, this Sesshoumaru knows that that Sesshoumaru wants her. Stop denying yourself. That is one hot body!


Alright, then fine! You can never get rid of me! Neener, neener, neener! But Sadayo will be ours…..

With that, the feud between himself and…well, his beast ceased to continue and he massaged the bridge of his nose with his thumb and forefinger. He turned his attention back towards the computer screen.

Around 6:00, InuTaisho came back into his son's office. "Sesshoumaru, we should be getting ready to go. Traffic will be picking up soon and we do not want to miss our reservation."

"I shall be ready to leave in a moment otou-san," Sesshoumaru said in the classic monotone. He shut his computer down and began to straighten his desk for the morning.

InuTaisho detected a different scent in the air and jerked his thumb in the direction. "Inuyasha and Kagome, ne?" He said with a smile.

Sesshoumaru gave a grunt in response. InuTaisho shook his head with a smile and walked out of his eldest son's office. He detected the difference of his son's scent once Sadayo left. It spiked of arousal, even though it was a small portion. The small portion that escaped meant that Sesshoumaru was trying to conceal his emotions. InuTaisho smiled to himself. 'This is going to be very interesting,' he thought.

He walked a little down the hall to his own office and shut everything down also. Turning off the lights and closing the door, he walked to his youngest son's office and knocked on the door. "Come on you two," he said. "We are going to be late for dinner."

The door opened to see Inuyasha and Kagome standing there with straight expressions on their faces. "We're ready to go. We were waiting on you two," Inuyasha said.

InuTaisho raised an eyebrow. "Really? Kagome, you might want to fix your hair."

Kagome did so as a stripe of red spread across her cheeks.

Sadayo sat in traffic, praying that it would move along. It was typical of downtown Tokyo during this time, everyone getting home from work or other. The last thing she really wanted to do was be late for dinner with her new employers. Luckily, she arrived at the restaurant about ten minutes early, breathing a sigh of relief. Shifting the gear to park and shutting off the engine, Sadayo grabbed her purse on the passenger seat and keys and opened the door to leave the car. Walking to front door, she stopped in her tracks when she heard her name. It was a voice she was not happy to hear.

Cringing, she turned around slowly. A feeling of cold washed over her, feeling as though someone dumped a huge bucket of ice-cold water on her body as she saw her ex-husband coming towards her with an evil smirk on his face. Her body stiffened and she felt like she couldn't even move, her brain sending paralyzing tingles down her spinal column.

A beautiful young woman clung onto his arm. "How are you?" he asked with a smile. His medium-length spiky dark brown hair blew in the slight breeze that came through at that moment. Sadayo's hair wafted around her shoulders as she folded her arms across her chest.

"Just fine, Suikotsu," she said with a hint of indifference and a tinge of ice in her voice. Sadayo noticed that the both of them were wearing wedding bands on their ring fingers. 'You sure didn't waste any time marrying your whore.'

He tossed his head in the wind, looking at his watch. "What are you doing now with your life these days?"

She scoffed. "I'm having dinner with my new employers in a few minutes."

Her ex-husband pretended to be interested. "Oh, really? New employers, huh? Where are you working?"

She looked at him, eyes narrowing. "Takahari, you lost all privileges to know what occurs in my life when you cheated on me."

Takahari looked her up and down with a disapproving scoff. "I'm surprised you got another job, you pathetic excuse for a woman. Wretch, you are completely worthless. Look at you: you have no husband and no children." He shook his head at her in disgust. He was known to have these mood swings, almost as if he had a split personality. "You bring shame to your mother. I'm glad we divorced when we did because you were holding me back."

While he spoke Sadayo's eyes changed to a slight shade of red and a very low growl escaped her throat. He did not notice her physical change. 'What is happening to me?' she thought.

"Suikotsu, I'd much rather you leave me alone right now," she said, trying to exercise some sense of control over her blood. Her hands clenched into fists leaving nail marks on the inside of her palms and her grip caused her knuckles to change to a ghostly shade of white. Adrenaline was pumping intensely through her veins and she almost felt the call of blood to her. Something inside wanted her to just slice his head clean from his shoulders and to do the same to…other apppendages on his person.

By now, he was practically circling around her form as a vulture does dead meat. He laughed evilly once more. "You miserable, incompetent wench."

"I believe the woman asked you to leave her alone, Suikotsu," a voice said from behind Sadayo in a warning tone.

Suikotsu turned his head to face the man behind his ex-wife. "InuTaisho," Takahari said, eyes narrowing toward the taller man. Before he could even register his actions, Sesshoumaru moved from next to his father to in front of Sadayo, between her and her ex. He looked down his nose upon the smaller man.

"What the hell do you think you are going to do, pretty boy?" Suikotsu said with a sneer, looking up at him. Sesshoumaru said nothing but kept a menacing stare with his cold eyes on the man as his eyes narrowed and his fist tightened a little. He noticed a slight glimmer of fear that passed through Takahari's eyes and he would have snickered at the man had it not been that type of situation. Sadayo moved from her place behind Sesshoumaru and back in front of Suikotsu. She turned her attention to the woman next to her ex-husband.

"Watch yourself," she said. "If you're not careful, he'll leave you for the next tramp that will open her legs."

Her red eyes fixed on Sadayo. "What's wrong, Sadayo? Don't you recognize me?" she said with a sneer of her own.

Sadayo looked at the woman once again and her eyes widened and did a double take.


Sadayo walked into her husband's office, stopping for a minute to speak to Akiko, his receptionist.

"Hey Sadayo! What's new?" she said.

She leaned on the counter, resting on her arms. "Nothing much. Just thought I'd come up and see if Takahari was up for some lunch."

"At 12:45 in the morning? It's more like a midnight snack," she said with a laugh.

"Well, you've gotta flip the script when you work nights," she said with a shrug of her shoulders. "Is he in his office?"

Akiko shrugged. "He didn't answer the intercom but just go ahead and see if he's in. He might be asleep at his desk or something. He's done that before on many occasions."

"Thanks." Sadayo walked down the hall to his office. Her sensitive ears picked up something, something that sounded like groaning. Was that a moan? She thought to herself. When she arrived she found that the door was cracked open a bit and she peeked in to see a woman on top of her husband in his chair, both nude and in full Technicolor…well, you fill in the blanks. In a moment of ecstasy, the woman threw her head back, eyes wide and hazy but displaying their crimson hue.

Her mouth dropped open as her feet felt as though they were stuck to the floor but for only a minute, and she immediately closed it. She took her cell phone out of her pants pocket and took a picture. She simply turned back around and walked out the door, Akiko calling after her.

"Sadayo?" Akiko called. She had never seen her friend walk that fast.

Sadayo turned around to her, countenance emotionless. "Yes?" she said, forcing a big smile to her face but it soon disappearing as quickly as it came.

She came around from her desk. Her friend had done something she had never seen, a stoic façade. "Are you alright? Is everything okay?"

"Oh yeah, everything's fine. Oh look, my pager's going off. I gotta go." She said as she practically flew out of the room.

Walking outside the office, she pressed the button for the elevator. When the doors opened, no one was inside. She stepped into the elevator and the doors closed. Sadayo slumped against the wall and put her head in her arms, and silently cried.

End Flashback

"Kagura," she said with a hint of ice in her voice towards her as her eyes narrowed, giving her a death glare. "I should have known that it was my best friend doing my husband behind my back." Sadayo's face softened slightly and she scoffed with an evil smirk. "Looks like you did a chore for me and picked up my garbage."

Kagura scoffed at Sadayo and batted her eyelashes at Suikotsu as if he were the most perfect man on the face of the earth. "Sadayo, you didn't know how to treat this man. He deserved much better than you. Of course I'm the obvious answer."

Sadayo's eyes narrowed again. "You slut. The both of you deserve each other since you're nothing but worthless repulsive trash."

Kagura suddenly raised her hand to hit Sadayo on the side of her face. "You bit—" Her attack was cut short since Sadayo grabbed her wrist in a flash and slowly began to crush her wrist in her hand. Kagura began to cry in pain and her knees began to buckle. Seeing this Takahari reached to backhand Sadayo as well. She caught his wrist and began to crush it also with her long nails digging into both of their wrists, drawing blood that dribbled down the sides of their arms.

Both of them were on their knees in pain as Sadayo's demeanor changed to enraged. A strong rush of adrenaline surged through her veins as her honey eyes lightened in their shade. Sesshoumaru raised an eyebrow as he and his father detected her scent peak during the whole episode. Another low growl escaped her. Seeing and hearing that the encounter had gone far enough, especially before it got too bloody, InuTaisho put his hand on her shoulder.

"You have made your point clear," he said calmly. "Release them for they are not worth this much effort."

Instantly Sadayo let go as they tried to get up from the ground as best they could, holding their wrists. "You will pay for this, wench," Suikotsu growled underneath the pain. The two of them walked away as Sadayo's glare followed. Her eyes changed from their pink hue and returned to their normal white.

"Hey, what happened?" a voice asked from behind the three. Inuyasha and Kagome were coming up from behind as they stepped onto the curb.

"Are you alright, Sadayo?" InuTaisho asked, once again putting a hand on her shoulder. He felt her scent calm down after she took a deep breath.

"Yes, I am fine now," she said turning around to give them a smile. Her heart slowed down to her regular pace once again. 'What happened to me again?' she wondered.

Your true self will be revealed in time.

Nani? Who are you?


Ok, maybe I am going crazy.

Inuyasha and Kagome looked at each other confused at what transpired in their absence. Sesshoumaru stared at the back of Sadayo's head. 'So that's the teme that divorced this beautiful onna,' he thought to himself. 'She deserves better than that piece of crap.'

Yes, she does. Us! Must make her new mate! Now! I cannot stand this any longer!

Why must you insist on pestering this Sesshoumaru? Have I not told you to go away?

I told you that you cannot get rid of me. You are stuck with me for the rest of your endless life.


The tension in the air was so thick one could cut it with a knife. Inuyasha spoke up. "Uh, should we go in and eat now, 'cuz I heard Kagome's stomach growling while we were in the car and you guys know how much she has been eating lately."

"Hey!" Kagome said, hitting her mate on the shoulder, crossing her arms with a 'humph'. The five of them went inside the restaurant. Inuyasha walked up to the maitre 'd.

"Taisho, party of five. 7:30 reservation."

The waiter checked the register. "Yes, Mr. Taisho your table is ready. Everyone follow me, onegai." The man turned with five menus in hand as he walked toward their table.

Inuyasha pulled out Kagome's chair and the other three sat down. Sadayo ended up with Kagome on her left and Sesshoumaru on her right. The waiter handed each of them menus once they all were seated. "Would you like to start with drinks and appetizers?"

"Yes," InuTaisho said. "I'll have the breadsticks, house salad with French dressing and a red wine."

"You sir?" he said, moving next to Sesshoumaru.

"Ano, a Cobb salad with Ranch dressing, breadsticks, and a white wine," he said not looking at the waiter.

"You ma'am?" he said, turning to Sadayo.

Her eyes quickly scanned the menu. "Um, I would like a glass of water, white wine and Cobb salad but with Honey Mustard dressing, please," she replied.

"How about you, ma'am?" he asked, moving around to Kagome.

"I'll have a cranberry juice, a glass of water, shrimp cocktail, breadsticks, French Onion soup, and a Cobb salad with extra bacon, cheese, tomatoes and eggs and Ranch and Honey Mustard dressing, please," she said with a smile.

The waiter winced after hearing Kagome's order. "And you sir," he said with a cough, moving next to Inuyasha.

"Uh, a red wine, breadsticks and Chef's salad with Honey Mustard dressing please," he replied. He looked over at Kagome with a disbelieving look in his eyes and mouth open.

"What?" Kagome asked, shrugging her shoulders.

'Hmm,' Sadayo thought to herself. 'I think I know what this is.' "So, what are the details I need to know for this job?" she asked, posing the question to anyone who would answer while taking a small sip of her water.

InuTaisho spoke up. "Well, now that we have three secretaries, Kagome will work with Inuyasha, Sango will work with me, and you will work with Sesshoumaru."

When he heard that, Sesshoumaru's pulse raced but he slowed it back down. He didn't want to seem eager. Luckily no one was looking in his direction to care.

"Everything else you need to know, we will talk more about tomorrow," he said. Sadayo nodded her head in agreement.

The rest of the evening continued without a hitch and with everyone enjoying good food and conversation. Well, everyone except for one. Sesshoumaru kept to himself as he silently consumed his food.

Inuyasha looked over at Sadayo as she cut into her meat and noticed that a small amount of blood oozed out of it. "Sadayo, I didn't know you could eat rare meat."

She shrugged her shoulders with a sheepish smile. "It's really medium rare. It sort of started when I was in high school and I got used to it. I sort of hate the taste of well-done meat, unless someone can't stomach it, then I'll cook it that far." She noticed that the other males were eating rate meat as well. "You guys like it too?"

InuTaisho and Inuyasha shared a glance. "I prefer rare," Inuyasha stated. Sesshoumaru said nothing but allowed a slight eyebrow raise and forked another small piece of meat into his mouth.

Kagome wrinkled her nose at everyone else and she looked down at her plate of baked chicken and vegetables. "All of you are weird. I can't stand uncooked meat." She made a motion as if she was going to throw up with a disgusted look on her face.

Sadayo chuckled at Kagome's childish antics and forked a small piece of meat into her mouth, chewing quietly, and slowly.

During the meal, at certain points because the two were so close, Sadayo and Sesshoumaru would slightly touch but she wouldn't pay it any attention.

The waiter came back to them. "Would anyone like any coffee or dessert?"

InuTaisho shook his head. "No, can we just have one box and the check please?"

The waiter bowed and left to do as he asked. Sadayo reached into her purse to pay for her meal, but InuTaisho stopped her. "When I invited you, I meant you were covered, also," he said with a smile as he took out his credit card and paid for everyone.

Sadayo walked back to her car after she said her goodnights to the Taisho's. She got into her car and leaned her head back against the headrest.

"Where did that come from?" she asked aloud. "I have never felt strong like that before in my life. Am I some kind of animal?" With a sigh, she put the key in the ignition and turned, the engine roaring to life. She tuned her radio to a jazz station and allowed the music to calm herself as she continued her journey back home. When she got back home, she tossed her keys and purse onto the counter in the kitchen again and placed her leftover food in the refrigerator. She took off her shoes and leaned against the island, turning on the television.

Something odd was scenting the air. "What is that smell?" She followed her nose until it caused her to look at her hands and found that there was dried blood was still residing in her fingernails. Walking over to the sink, she grabbed the dishwasher soap and scrubbed furiously until all traces of it had vanished. "Why didn't anyone else tell me that I had blood under my nails? Or better yet, why didn't I notice it?" she asked aloud again, drying her hands on a dishtowel.

Sesshoumaru and InuTaisho separated in the hallway to their own quarters. Once inside his room, Sesshoumaru closed the door behind him. Stripping down to nothing and placing his clothes in the hamper, he walked to his bathroom and stepped into the shower, relaxing his tense muscles by allowing the steaming water run over his body and hair. After coming out and drying off, he dressed in a pair of black silk boxers, black sweatpants and a black tank top and took out his laptop from his briefcase while tying his hair up into a neat ponytail. Grabbing his reading glasses from the nightstand he turned his attention back towards the computer, inserting the flash drive. He tried to do a little more work on top of his bed, but found himself unable to concentrate…for some strange reason, which meant a certain woman kept entering his mind. Turning off the computer and placing it on the bottom of the nightstand, he turned out the light and looked at the clock which said 11:30. The moonlight pooled on the floor in front of the bed and on the end of the cherry wooden footboard.

Sesshoumaru leaned back against the silk pillows and stared at the ceiling. He couldn't believe his actions earlier at the restaurant. Without thinking, he had jumped in front of Sadayo during her confrontation as if……as if he were protecting her, like she was his mate. When she stepped back in front of him, she was telling him that this was her fight. He wondered that if his father had not intervened would she have broken their wrists or had them succumb to death from bleeding? The amount of power that she exerted during her fight made her seem like she was…a youkai. 'But she cannot be youkai,' he reasoned within himself, 'her scent is completely human. I must be going out of my mind.' With these thoughts rolling around in his head, he turned over on his side and went to sleep.

Sadayo rolled over onto her side and peered at the clock through sleepy eyes. The green lighting read 6:15 am. Her alarm was due to go off in fifteen minutes so she switched it off and got up from the bed, stretching her sleepy limbs with a yawn. She got down on the floor and began to do stretching exercises then as soon as she finished the phone rang. 'Who would call this freaking early in the morning?' She picked up the cordless phone that was on her nightstand next to the clock. "Hello?" All she heard on the other end was really heaving breathing. She hurriedly pushed the off button. "That was nasty," she said aloud, while replacing the phone on the charger.

She stripped herself of her nightclothes and went into the shower. After drying off, she parted her hair down the middle, curled her bangs and pulled her hair back into a neat ponytail. Walking to the closet, she picked out a black pantsuit with thin pink pinstripes and a pink shirt, tying a black silk belt around the shirt. She plucked her pink patent leather pumps with a small pink bow from the closet floor. Donning a little pink eyeshadow on her eyelids and pink gloss on her lips, she walked downstairs to the kitchen to make some breakfast. Walking to the refrigerator, she grabbed an apple juice a crunchy granola bar and a container of yogurt. She sat at the island eating her breakfast.

When she looked at the clock, she noticed she had an hour to get to work so she grabbed her keys, purse and shoes and suit jacket. She set the house alarm and walked to the garage. Pressing the button on the wall, the door raised slowly as she pressed the button on the remote for her car. The horn beeped and the lights flashed as she got in and started the engine. Backing out of the garage, she started in the direction of her new job.

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Chapter Three

"Ohayo Sadayo," Sango said warmly as she walked through the glass doors.

"Ohayo Sango," Sadayo replied with the same amount of warmth.

"Good morning Sadayo," another voice said.

She whirled around to find InuTaisho standing a few feet away from her, leaning slightly on the front desk. "Ohayo gozaimasu sir," she said, giving him a small bow in respect.

He gave her a small smile in return. "The formalities are not necessary, Sadayo." She shrugged sheepishly. "Well anyway, as soon as Sesshoumaru gets here we can—Ah, speak of the devil," he said with another smile and a gesture of his hand. Sadayo turned around to find Sesshoumaru walking in the door, briefcase in hand.

"Good morning Sesshoumaru," the two said simultaneously. He looked up at his father and Sadayo at the sounds of their greeting him. "Morning," he mumbled.

"Morning," the two replied. He walked past them coolly and closed the door to his office. Sadayo shuddered at the breeze he created.

"Sadayo, can you see me in my office?" InuTaisho said as he turned around.

"Sure," she said as she followed behind.

"Have a seat," he said, gesturing to a chair. She obliged as he calmly and thoroughly explained everything she would need to know. "We usually do not come to work this early. Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha and myself come in around 9:00 or 9:15. The only reason we asked you to come in at 8:30 is because that gives you a little extra time to get ahead on your work. As you can see, working in a law firm can be quite taxing." He gestured to the piles of folders on his desk. "Do you have any questions so far?"

She shook her head in response and waited for him to continue.

"Usually, your shift will be eight hours along with an hour for lunch unless you are needed to stay later if one of us has cases coming up. On a typical day you are to assist Sesshoumaru in his plans for the day, including from typing documents to finding files, answering phones and taking messages. You clock in each morning and you get one hour for your lunch break as I stated before and you also clock in and out for lunch." He looked her clothes over. "I approve of what you are wearing for today. Monday through Thursday I prefer the attire to be business-like, but on Fridays you can be casual if you wish but within limits, of course. We don't want to give our clients the wrong impression. Do you have any questions so far?"

Sadayo thought for a minute. "No sir, I have no questions as of yet but there will be something I will discuss with you in time."

"That's fine," he said, with a glance at the clock on the wall. "I think you need to go see Sesshoumaru in a moment. He may be able to explain some things in further detail than I." His phone beeped and he reached around to grab it. His voice turned low and he turned around from her.

As he spoke, she thought over in her mind everything that InuTaisho spoke to her about. Sadayo wasn't even paying attention to what was going on. She was so lost in thought that she didn't hear Sesshoumaru calling her name.

"Ms. Atami," he said with a rather harshness of annoyance. He was standing in the door frame. Her head snapped back to attention and turned around in the chair to face him. "Gomen, sir. Yes?" His facial expression was blank but as she searched his eyes they gave off concern and confusion simultaneously.

"I was trying to tell you that I needed to see you in my office," he said as he turned to leave. She got up and left InuTaisho's office and went into Sesshoumaru's. She stood behind the chair.

He looked over at her after he picked something up from his desk. "Will you plan to stand for the entire time or are you going to have a seat?" he asked, gesturing to a seat. She moved from behind the chair to the front and sat down, remaining silent as she waited for him to speak.

Sesshoumaru looked at her once again. "I expect all of your work to be done in a timely manner and to also be free of error. The storage room is the door before this one. It contains paper, ink, staples, paper clips and other things necessary for myself and you. Also, the file cabinets are in that room, pertaining to previous and current cases. They are dated and filed alphabetically so locating a specific file should not be too difficult. The employee break room is two doors up from your desk on the right. There is a microwave, refrigerator and coffee machine. Sango and Kagome will tell you everything else that you need to know. Any questions?"

Looking directly into her eyes, once again he found himself mesmerized by her hazel pools. Almost in the blink of an eye, he noticed that her ears twitched and became pointed. In a second, he realized that she in turn was locked with his own amber irises. He waved his hand over her face. "Ano…iie." She turned and walked out of his office, closing the door behind her. She leaned against the door frame, wondering what happened. Little did she know, Sesshoumaru was leaning against his desk wondering the same thing. While she stood there, her ears changed back to her human form.

Sesshoumaru blew a strand of hair away from his face in confusion. 'What is she?' he wondered. 'Could she be a full youkai or a hanyou? Whatever she is, I have got to find out.'

Sadayo was walking back to her desk when Sango walked past her.

"There you are!" she said happily. "Are you ready to learn?"

Sadayo bowed. "Hai, Sango-sensei. I am an open book. Teach me everything you know."

"You have much to learn, grasshopper," Sango said with a bow of her own. The two laughed and walked as Sango showed Sadayo everything she needed to know.

"So, has Sesshoumaru intimidated you yet?" Sango asked.

Sadayo shrugged. "Not really. I've seen him yell, though." She winced at the memory. "It's kind of hard on the ears. I never knew one could be so loud."

Sango chuckled. "Yeah but once you get to know him, he's…pretty much the same way," she said with a smile on her face.

For the next hour and a half, Sango walked Sadayo through the entire office and showed her how everything worked. Every receptionist had their own "office" as it were. To Sango's surprise, Sadayo learned very quickly and by noon, she was typing her second document.

"I just thought of something. Where is Kagome today?" Sadayo asked.

Sango shrugged. "Well, she's not here," she said with a smirk.

Sadayo turned around and scoffed. "Ha ha ha. Very funny, smart ass."

"She's out sick," Inuyasha spoke up. "We were getting ready to leave this morning and before we walked out of the door she started throwing up and wouldn't stop. I told her to stay home. My old man knows."

InuTaisho was just coming from around the corner. "Just who were you calling old, Inuyasha?"

Inuyasha smiled sheepishly. "I was kidding otou-san."

"Uh huh," he replied knowingly. He was handing two papers to Sango. "Sango, will you retype this for me? There are just slight errors in the last paragraph. I sent the document back to you in an e-mail so you won't have to redo the whole document."

"Sure," Sango said as she took the paper from her boss.

He turned his attention to Inuyasha. "How is Kagome feeling?" Inuyasha shrugged his shoulders. "I dunno. I called home a little while ago but she didn't answer. My guess is that she is asleep."

Inuyasha looked up at the clock and then turned his attention to the women. "Are you guys ready to go to lunch?"

Sango shrugged. "Um, I'll finish this first."

InuTaisho shook his head. "No, Sango it can wait until after you come back. I forgot it was after twelve. You may go on ahead to lunch." He followed her back to his desk and then disappeared back around the corner to his office.

"Arigato, sir." Sango said with a smile. "I am starving." She practically jumped up and ran to go clock out for lunch.

Inuyasha looked over at Sadayo. "How about it Sadayo? Are ya hungry?"

Sadayo shook her head. "Nah, I'm not really hungry. I might grab something a little later though. You guys go on ahead."

"Ok," Sango said in a skeptical tone as she grabbed her purse from her bottom desk drawer, the metal closing with an echo. "We'll see you in a little while." She and Inuyasha disappeared through the glass doors.

A few minutes after they left, Sadayo stood up and stretched her arms. InuTaisho turned to her as he walked back out front.

"Sadayo, why are you still here? You didn't go to lunch?" he inquired.

She turned to look at him and then shook her head. "I'm not really hungry. I thought I would enjoy the silence for once."

"Are you sure you do not want something to eat?" he asked with a raised eyebrow.

She nodded in affirmation. "I never really eat much anyway, but I might grab something a little later on."

He looked at her with a skeptical glance. "Alright, if you insist. But if you do get hungry, you will go and get something to eat. I can't have my employees collapsing from hunger."

She saluted with a grin. "Yes, sir," she said.

"If anyone calls, please put them through to my voicemail. I will return from lunch within the hour," he said with a smile.

She nodded as he also stepped through the glass doors and disappeared from view.

She pulled a bag of chips from her desk drawer that Sango had given her earlier that morning and began to snack on them while completing a few documents that Sesshoumaru had left in her basket. After a few moments of typing, cracked her knuckles and she stood up and went into the break room. 'Oh, great,' she thought happily. 'There is hazelnut in here!' Getting her favorite type of coffee from the closet, she grabbed a cup and added the water in the machine. Looking around, she searched all of the cabinets for cream and sugar. She found the cream, but unfortunately, the sugar was all the way at the top of the cabinet.

"Who puts sugar all the way in the top of a cabinet?" she asked quietly, blowing her bangs from her forehead in frustration. Getting the stepstool from the corner, she climbed to the top step and made the attempt to reach for the sugar. Even stepping on her tiptoes to try to give herself more reach was futile. She felt the container close enough to her fingertips but she lost her balance and fell backward from the stool. She expected to hit the ground, but instead of being embraced by a cold floor, two strong arms held her shaking form.

"Are you alright?" asked a deep baritone. Opening her eyes, she found Sesshoumaru to be staring back at her. His usually cold voice was replaced by a surprisingly warm one…slightly. He stared at her with an expressionless face but she saw a flicker of concern pass through his eyes.

"Yes, I think I am fine now," she said, her voice still slightly shaking, but her body ceased to do so. He gently set her back down on her feet. "What were you doing up there?"

A stripe of red passed over her ivory cheeks. "I was getting sugar for my coffee," she said sheepishly. "It was all the way at the top."

Sesshoumaru turned and looked in the cabinet that was next to it. "Here is more sugar right here," he said, pulling a container from the first shelf.

Sadayo shrugged. "Gomennasai. I didn't see it there." She proceeded to make her coffee with Sesshoumaru watching her curiously. She turned around and raised her cup to him. "Arigato, Mr. Taisho." She walked past him with her. The smell of sweet pea and violets reached his nose. 'That scent is practically intoxicating,' he thought.

As she walked back to her desk, she couldn't stop thinking about Sesshoumaru's arms around her. 'Oh Kami, those arms,' she pondered. 'No other arms were ever that strong. Not even Takahari's.' For some strange reason, she wanted to feel him arms around her again. 'What's wrong with you?' she scolded herself. 'He's your boss. This is not right. He may be handsome—that he is—well, you are human…No, no. Never again. It's inappropriate.'

Even trying to push these thoughts out of her head, the feel of his arms was burned into her memory and somewhere deep inside of her wanted to feel his arms again.

Of course you want that again. Didn't he feel amazing! If that were his arms then…everything else……whoo! Catch my drift lady?

Who are you?

…Your true self will be revealed in time…

That is the second time that has happened. And I am wondering if I am truly going crazy!

'She's as light as a feather,' he thought. The way her body felt next to his seemed and felt so natural. Sadayo was unaware to the fact that when he caught her, she grabbed onto his shirt as if she wasn't going to let go. Her long legs…those seductive hips…that delicious-looking chest… her full lips…her long, dark eyelashes. He almost licked his lips in anticipation before he stopped himself. 'No,' he scolded himself. 'This Sesshoumaru refuses to develop feelings for an employee and a human woman he just met at that.'

Too late!

..::growl::…Go away!

I can't……we are one! Hey…Isn't that a song from a kids' movie? Didn't it have to do with a lion or something?

Why do you insist on pestering this Sesshoumaru with your incessant prattling?

Until you accept your feelings for this woman, I will continue to annoy you.

Sesshoumaru gave another low growl to himself to try to get his beast under control but he was struggling very hard to accept the fact that he was beginning to develop feelings for a woman he had only known for two days. 'But I know her from somewhere,' he reasoned. 'But, where?'

He had gone into the room because he decided that he too wanted coffee. Normally, Sesshoumaru only drank coffee in the morning, but this particular day he was unable to make his trip to Starbucks, so he had to settle for the coffee that was in the break room. He walked into the room as her head disappeared into the cabinet. He saw her lean calf muscles twitch as she stretched her torso for the container. When he saw her body fall backward, it was as if everything began to happen in slow motion. His eyes saw her lose her balance and his legs responded in his demon speed. She continued to fall as his arms stretched out and she landed directly in them, he never faltering. Sadayo was no heavy woman. Wherever he weight was, it was in all the right places.

Mentally shaking his head from his thoughts, he went back to work. About forty-five minutes later, a knock sounded at his door. "Enter," he called, his eyes roaming over a document on the screen. Inuyasha walked into the room holding a takeout bag.

"Here's your lunch Sesshoumaru," he said. "Father told me that you stayed here during your break and he told me to make sure that—" He cut himself off and glared daggers at his older brother. "Why is Sadayo's scent all over you?" He demanded to know firmly, dropping the bag onto the desk with a small thud.

"I do not have to answer to you otouto," he retorted, the last word coming out with a snort. "Be mindful of who is the older and who is the younger."

Inuyasha was around the side of the desk in a flash. "You will answer me you teme, or I will beat the answer out of you," his voice raising and concealing spell slipping. His hair flashed white while Sesshoumaru stood from his chair, towering over his younger brother with a chuckle.

"Your anger amuses me Inuyasha," he said, looking down on his brother. "But if you must know why I smell like that ningen onna it is because she fell from the stepladder in the break room and I caught her."

Inuyasha's eyes narrowed and a small growl escaped him. "That better have been all that happened Sesshoumaru." He turned and walked toward the door. "And for the record, she is not human. She is a hanyou, like me." His eyes widened at his words and he smacked himself in the forehead.

Sesshoumaru's ears twitched and his younger brother turned back around. "Nani? H-how?" he stammered, mentally scolding himself for sounding like an idiot. He grabbed his brother by the shoulder and turned him to face his stoic eyes. "How is she a hanyou?" he demanded to know.

Inuyasha muttered a curse under his breath and averted his eyes. "Damn it. I promised her I would never tell anyone."

"Does she know about us?"

Inuyasha shook his head. "I never revealed myself to her. But she doesn't know anything about her being a hanyou. She thinks she's a human."

Sesshoumaru released his brother and leaned against his desk. "She's a hanyou," he whispered, his face blank of emotion but his eyes confused but intrigued. For now, he knew one thing about her, but his curiosity wasn't sated yet and he wouldn't rest until it was.

Three weeks later at around seven o' clock on a Friday night, Sadayo sat in her living room packing boxes. When she put the tape on the final box, she flopped down onto the carpet floor.

"I'm done," she said with a smile on her face. She flopped backward and sprawled out looking up at the high ceiling in her room.

"I never thought I would be happy to say sayonara to this house," she said aloud to no one but herself. Her cell phone rang as she felt the vibrations through the carpet.

She looked at the front display revealing that it was her mother's house. "Hello?" she said.

"Hi honey," a voice floated back to her ear.

"Mom," she said, smiling through the phone. "How are you?"

"I'm fine," her mother answered back. Nothing was said for a few moments later. Here it comes, Sadayo thought. "Why do I have to hear from another source that you were moving?"

She sighed. "Okaa-san, the reason I did not was because I did not want to risk anyone else hearing the news and it getting back to you-know-who," that last part coming out with as much venom as she could muster.

"But I'm your mother," her mother said, almost with a whine in her voice.

Sadayo had to smile at her mother. "Atami Tamiko," she said jokingly, "this had nothing to do with you but I was going to tell you eventually."

"When were you going to tell me, after you moved to Hokkaido?"

Sadayo shook her head. "I'm not moving to Hokkaido, Mom. It's still in Tokyo. Anyway, how is Yuko?" Her younger sister was always hard to keep up with.

"I'm here," her sister's voice floated through the wires. "How are you?"

"I'm doing good," she said. "I've got a new job and whatnot."

"Congratulations! I'm getting married," her sister said nonchalantly.

"Yeah so, I'm gonna be…what did you just say?" Sadayo caught on.

Her sister smiled back. "I'm getting married."

Sadayo gushed on the phone. "Oh my goodness! Congratulations Yuko! Who is he?"

"His name is Yamada Shippo."

"Am I going to meet him?" Sadayo asked, sitting up.

"I was getting to that," her sister said impatiently. "What are you doing next Friday night?"

She picked her palm pilot up from her nightstand and checked her schedule. "Nothing, why?"

"Good, she said. "Mom is throwing an engagement party for us and I was hoping you would come."

"Atami Yuko, you know I wouldn't miss it for the world," she said again, smiling once more. "I just hope your marriage doesn't turn out like mine did."

"I hope mine doesn't either," Yuko replied. "But who knows for you? That may have not been the right guy for you. There could be another one out there."

Sadayo laughed. "I don't think so, sis. But let me finish getting things together and I will have to talk to you tomorrow."

"Okay, Sada-chan," her sister said. "Aishiteru!"

"I love you too," she said. "Tell Mom I love her too."

"I love you too honey!" her mother yelled through the wires.

She smiled. "Bye!"

She closed her cell phone and went into the bathroom to take a shower. After she came out, she dressed in jeans and a black baby T-shirt and white socks. Her hair dried in waves as her doorbell rang.

Walking downstairs she grabbed her money from the chest in the foyer. Opening the door she saw the delivery man staring at her and she gave him the entire amount and he thanked her and walked away. Closing and locking the door after him, Sadayo took her Chinese food into the kitchen and turned on the TV sitting on the counter, watching sitcoms until she finished.

After a busy weekend of unpacking her things in her new apartment, Sadayo was relieved when she awoke Monday morning readying herself for work.

Sadayo was the last one to arrive at the firm as she ran to clock in.

Sango shuddered as Sadayo created a blast of wind from her racing into the office. "Good grief, woman! Slow down! You're gonna kill someone!" Sadayo was relived to see that she had clocked in a few seconds early. She breathed a sigh of relief and tried to gasp for air.

Kagome chuckled as she saw her friend bent over with her hands on her knees. "You just made it. Breathe already." A few moments later, Sadayo stood up and walked into the break room. Armed with a cup of coffee, she sat down at her desk and as soon as she turned on her computer the phone rang.

"Thank you for calling 'Taisho, Taisho & Taisho: Attorneys at Law.' This is Sadayo speaking. How may I help you?" she answered breathlessly.

"Yes, this is Akiyama Naoki. May I speak to Taisho Sesshoumaru please?"

"He is not here at the moment. Let me put you through to his voicemail." Sadayo put the man on hold and pressed the button for Sesshoumaru's voicemail.

She began typing documents that were left in her basket and was ready to print her first one until she realized a light flashed. It was out of paper. Shaking her head, she walked into the storage room, looking up and down the shelves for printer paper.

"I trust you will not be falling from anything this time," a voice said, breaking the silence.

Her head swiveled to see Sesshoumaru coming toward her.

She chuckled. "Let's hope not." Her eyes scanned the lower shelf until she found what she was looking for, bending down to pick up a packet of paper. "Did you need me to get anything for you?" Sadayo straightened herself and looked at him. He was wearing a pair of black trousers with a silver shirt and a black tie, along with black wing-tip shoes. His long black hair was tied back into a low ponytail. He seemed regal as he carried himself…almost as if he was royalty.

"Well, I did but I found what I was looking for," he said, his eyes not leaving hers.

At his intense gaze, she almost blushed with a shiver. She was wearing a baby blue button-down shirt and a pair of black pants that flared a little past her kneecap. Her hazel eyelids were decorated with a light dusting of blue eyeshadow. Her long black mane was put into a high ponytail, the length of it touching the middle of her back. The shoes she wore were the same matching blue color and were around two inches. Her clothes were not skintight, but they fit around her enough to get Sesshoumaru's mind going. "Well then, I must get back to work. Excuse me," she said, trying to squeeze past him, seeing how the space was small. She almost effectively did so had it not been for her rear end brushing across a very sensitive part of Sesshoumaru. He tensed up a little, but she didn't seem to notice as she walked out of the room.

He had to wait a few moments to let his body relax. Never before had that happened to him. The touch was only slight and lasted for only a little longer than a second, but it was enough to cause him to receive a slight welcome from his member. He groaned quietly as his youkai struggled within him just to grab Sadayo and take her right then and there in the room. Looking around, he saw staples and a stapler and he left the room, massaging the bridge of his nose.

Later on that day, Sango nudged Sadayo in her ribs. "Nice outfit," she said. "Where are you going after work?"

Sadayo looked at her friend. "Nowhere," she said. "I'm just trying to be presentable for work is all."

Sango looked at her. "Well then I need to shop where you shop then."

Sadayo chuckled. "Where is Kagome?"

Sango shrugged and looked at the clock. "Check her office and she if she wants to head out to lunch."

"Okay," Sadayo agreed. She turned around and walked back up to her friends' office, and meeting a closed door. She knocked softly and heard no answer. Opening the door quietly, she was met with a sleeping Kagome at her desk.

"Kagome! Wake up!" Sadayo shook her friend's shoulder gently. She awoke with a snort from her desk as her head snapped up.

"Huh? What is it?" Kagome said, eyes shooting open.

She stood back a little bit. "You've been sleeping a lot for the past few weeks and you were asleep just now," she said quietly. Sadayo looked at her friend's face. Kagome's eyes held a reddish tinge, her skin tone had been much paler than usual, and she had even lost a little weight.

"Yeah, I've been a little tired," Kagome replied, wiping her eyes from the sleep in the corners.

"Are you sure you're just tired, Kags?" she asked, with a look of concern washing over her face. She pressed her hand to her friend's forehead. At least she isn't warm, but still….Sadayo thought to herself

"You have been sleeping an awful lot though, Kagome," Sango said as she came into the room. "Are you feeling okay?"

"Yeah, I'm fine, though. I got my second wind now," Kagome said as she plastered a smile to her face and stood up only to hold her hand to her head. Sadayo held her friend upright as she started to sway on her feet.

"Kagome, I'm really not so sure about you these days," she said with a skeptical look on her face.

"Me either," Sango added as she came into the room, also looking very concerned. She glanced up at the clock on the wall. "Well, it's almost time for lunch. Maybe you need to eat something. Did you have breakfast this morning?"

"Yeah, I did, but I threw it up not long after I ate it," she responded wistfully. She took a package of saltine crackers out of her bottom desk drawer and bit off the end of one while also taking out a bottle of ginger ale. "I've been eating these and drinking this to try to settle my stomach all day. I just know tried to sleep it off."

"Well, let's go to lunch. You probably need to eat at least some soup," Sango said. The three women left Kagome's office and each went to go to the time clock.

"Guys, I have something to tell you," Kagome said as they clocked out to go to lunch. "I'll tell you in a minute." She kept quiet as Inuyasha walked past and then kissed his mate on the cheek. After he disappeared into his office she motioned for them to follow her outside. Sango and Sadayo grabbed their purses and went after their friend and they walked out of the glass doors, heading to the underground garage.

"What is it?" Sango asked. She got a closer look at her friend as they walked. "You still don't look so good."

"I'm fine," she said as they all walked toward Sadayo's car. Sadayo hit her keypad and then the three women piled into her Benz. Kagome got into the back and then stretched out. Sadayo started the engine and peeled out faster than she meant to.

Sango looked at her. "Uh, you think you could slow down a little?" Sango asked.

"Sorry," Sadayo replied sheepishly. "Sometimes I can have a lead foot and not realize it until I get onto the highway and see 89."

Sango looked at her friend and one eyebrow raised. "How many speeding tickets have you ever gotten in life?"

Sadayo thought for a minute as she stopped at a red light. "Maybe one?" She tapped her fingers on the steering wheel.

Sango's eyes widened in shock. "How can you drive so fast and never get a ticket? What, do you show your legs or cleavage or something?"

"Nope, I guess I just never got caught that much," she said with a shrug. Sadayo glanced in her rearview mirror and caught the slight smile on Kagome's face. Her eyebrow furrowed in confusion, as if she was having an internal battle.

"Kags, you okay?" Sadayo asked. "You're kinda quiet back there."

Kagome shrugged her shoulders at her question. She looked down at her fingernails before she spoke. "Hey Sango, Sadayo, uh…I think…uh…"

"Spit it out, girl," Sango said as she turned around in her seat.

"I think I might be pregnant," Kagome said quietly.

Sango and Sadayo scoffed. "I could have told you that," they both said simultaneously. "Jinx!" they said with a laugh and they hooked pinkies.

"Why didn't the two of you say anything before?" Kagome said, her eyes widening.

"We thought you would have figured it out by now," Sango said.

"How late are you?" Sadayo asked.

"About three months," she replied.

"Pregnant," Sango said instantaneously.

"Kagome, do you have a pregnancy test at home?" Sadayo asked as she stopped the car at another red light.

"Well, it's not something that I keep in my purse," she said.

"Well, here you go," Sango said. She handed Kagome a test from out of her purse. Kagome and Sadayo looked at her with their eyes widened and mouths agape.

"What?" Sango asked, shrugging her shoulders.

"Why in the world do you have a pregnancy test in your purse?" Sadayo asked. "Are you pregnant too?"

Sango blew a raspberry. "Me? Pregnant? Hell no! I got it because I figured out that Kagome might be and was waiting for her to spill the beans."

"Uh huh," Sadayo and Kagome said at the same time. "Jinx!" they cried and hooked pinky fingers.

The three women fell silent as Sadayo continued to drive. "Guys, I'm wasting gas here and we haven't even decided on where we want to eat. How about Italian?"

"Fine," Sango said.

"Okay with me," Kagome said.

Sadayo drove a few more blocks and then she parked. About twenty minutes later, the three women game back out with their food and drove back to the firm. The three women sat in the break room and ate the rest of their food until their break was up.

"So what are you going to do?" Sadayo said quietly.

"I'm gonna take the test when Inuyasha isn't around," Kagome said. "If I'm pregnant, I'm gonna tell him, of course, but if not, I won't worry about it."

"Well, don't wait too long," Sango said. "The suspense is killing me!"

Sadayo and Kagome shook their heads at her and then they all put their food in the trash and walked back into the hall to the time clock to continue in their work.

Around four-thirty, Sadayo and Sango walked back to the time clock to punch their cards. The two shared a knowing look. "I hope so too," Sadayo said. "See you tomorrow okay?" Sango said. Sadayo nodded as she walked back to her office. Sadayo gathered her things and walked up to Kagome. "Call me later ok Kags?" she said quietly.

Kagome nodded at her as she clocked out. "I will," she replied. As she walked past Sesshoumaru's office, he called her name. A moment later, she reappeared in the doorway. He was standing by his bookshelf when he looked at her.

"I will not be present in the office tomorrow. I will be in court with a client so everything that I will need for you to do will be left in your box for the morning."

She nodded. "Fine. Have a good evening," she said and walked back down the hall. When she walked to the glass doors she found Inuyasha standing near the bathroom.

"Goodnight, Inuyasha," she said.

"'Night Sadayo," he replied with a smile. At the thought of him possibly being a father, Sadayo giggled at the image of him sitting in front of a high chair trying to feed his child and seeing baby food all over his face and clothes with a disgusting look on his face.

"What are you laughing at?" he asked with a raised eyebrow.

"Oh, nothing," she replied, trying to stifle another laugh as she walked to the doors.

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