Yes, it's another story, but I've been wanting to write one about the Inu-gang in school and some of the one's I've read with this theme haven't been really good, so I'm hoping to remedy that.

The characters may seem to be a bit OOC, but I'm trying to keep them in character as much as I can. I hope you enjoy my attempt!

Winter Days:

Many of their days were spent wrapped up in a blanket in front of the fireplace, light conversation hanging in the air, and tender affections given to one another. Nothing could have disturbed the peace that they both felt while holding each other closely; it did not matter that it was not on a very intimate level, they were happy to just…be.

Three weeks they were together, and every day was something new for them. They made sure to spend time with each other every day for hours on end, it did not matter that they were doing nothing in particular as long as they were doing it together. There was nothing and no one that could separate them.

They met while their families were on a ski trip in Hakuba; it was the first time either had been there, and they met quite by accident.

The first week that they had been there the snow was falling so hard that they could do nothing but stay inside their cabins. It was not until the second week that the snow decided to let up enough so that vacationers throughout the resort could actually go outside without being covered immediately with the white powder.

Kagome's mother asked her in the early morning to take Souta, her little brother, to the small hills for him to ski. One week cramped up in a cabin with a restless young boy and an anxious teenage girl did numbers on Mrs. Higurashi's nerves. She promised Kagome a nice bowl of oden if she would only take Souta out of her hair for a while. Kagome was reluctant to do so, but eventually agreed to do it anyway, while her mom took the day to herself to relax and enjoy some alone time.

Kagome took Souta to the small slopes and was demonstrating to him how to turn on his skis when another person hit her shoulder coming down the hill. Kagome was caught off guard, and even though the person was not very big or going very fast, she was thrown to the ground with a thud and buried in two feet of powdery snow.

For a while Kagome just lay there starting up at the sky a little dazed at first, but then her vision cleared. The impact hurt a bit, but it was nothing too serious. However, when she looked up from her small crater, she swore she could see an angel. It made her rethink her existence.

"Am I dead?" Kagome asked a bit bewildered.

Then her angel started chuckling at her. Okay, she was not dead, but now she was highly embarrassed.

Sesshoumaru had agreed to take his little sister Rin to the bunny slopes since Inuyasha refused to be seen with the "little brat". Rin started to cry, and although he would not let it show on the outside, it ate at Sesshoumaru every time Rin was upset. It was his duty as a big brother to keep Rin safe and happy, so Sesshoumaru quickly acquiesced to take her instead.

He had just made it to the small hills when he saw that someone else was there. He told a fussy Rin to wait her turn and then went over to lean against a tree. He watched as the girl down the hill tried teaching the boy with her to turn on his skis. He had to admit, that even from here he could tell she was quite nice looking; for a human anyway.

She had long black hair that was tied up in a pony tail, and he could see that her eyes were a beautiful blue-silver color: quite unusual for one of Japanese heritage. He closed his eyes and shook his head in frustration; he did not need to be thinking about some silly girl right now while he was with Rin.

Sesshoumaru opened his eyes again and looked to where his little sister was only to find that she was not there anymore. A bit frantic, Sesshoumaru stood away from the tree and looked around to see if he could spot her. He heard a small surprised scream and looked in the direction of it, just in time to watch as Rin plowed into the girl that was at the bottom of the hill, sending her flying back into the snow with her feet in the air.

He cringed a little and then made his way quickly to the "accident" scene. When he came up to the girl lying in the snow he heard her sigh a little, so he looked into the human-shaped hole.

Sesshoumaru could not stop the chuckle that escaped him when he heard her ask if she was dead; hopefully Rin's little hit didn't cause too much brain damage.

From here Sesshoumaru saw that the girl was even more stunning close up. Her face held a nice rosy hue to her cheeks from the cold air, and it added to the innocence held in her features. He could only stare at her as he watched her eyes focus on him. He mentally shook himself out of his stupor when he realized he hadn't asked of her well-being.

Kagome focused her eyes on the person above her; she was trying her best to will herself to become invisible to escape her embarrassment. When she heard his deep baritone voice, she seemed to lose all train of thought.

"Are you alright? I'm so sorry, but this is my little sister's first time on skis, so she's not very good right now," came the voice deep of her mistaken angel.

"Oh, no, I'm fine. She just caught me off guard is all," Kagome said.

Sesshoumaru took hold of her hand and helped her off the ground. To Kagome, he was even more beautiful face to face. He had long silver hair that was loose over his shoulder, and striking amber eyes. The magenta stripes on his cheeks looked wonderfully contrasted to the blue crescent moon on his forehead. When he grinned she could see the hint of fangs behind his lips; he was obviously a demon.

Kagome could do nothing but stare in awe at him; he was the utter most handsome person she had ever seen!

"I'm Sesshoumaru, and this is my little sister Rin," he said to her motioning to the little girl now hiding behind his legs.

"Uh, I-I'm Kagome and this is my little brother Souta," Kagome said absently pointing to Souta who was still trying to work his way over shakily to his sister on his skis.

"Please accept my apologies, and my sister's, for interrupting your lessons," Sesshoumaru stated.

"Oh! No, don't worry about it! I didn't realize that we were taking up the whole place, I'm sorry for not paying attention," Kagome countered.

The two kids had introduced themselves to each other and were now trying to build a snowman while Kagome and Sesshoumaru were busy swapping apologies. Kagome could not help the fact that every time she looked at him she grinned like an idiot; he just made her feel giddy like a love-struck schoolgirl.

"Would you like to go get some coffee or hot chocolate with me?" Sesshoumaru asked her.

Once again, Kagome beamed. "That sounds great," she said dreamily. And then he did something that Kagome swore he would do more of…he smiled at her. Yes, she was hooked.

That was how their three week vacation was spent after that event. Kagome and Sesshoumaru were inseparable. Every day they did something together; skiing, snowboarding, throwing snowballs at each other. But Kagome never felt as good as she did when all they did was wrap themselves up in a blanket and sit in front of the fire together.

However, three weeks was just not a long time and all too soon it was time to leave the resort. For Kagome it was the hardest thing she ever had to do and on Sesshoumaru's part, it was not easy for him either; he had never met someone quite like Kagome. She was beautiful, smart, funny, and was not intimidated by him in the least.

"Sesshoumaru, I'm going back to Okinawa; what happens if I never see you again?" an almost tearful Kagome said to him.

"You cannot think that way Kagome. The world is a smaller place than you realize," Sesshoumaru tried to reassure her.

"How can I not? I just spent three weeks with you, and those three weeks were the best three weeks of my life!" Kagome said wanting to cry. "It isn't fair! Why do we have to live so far apart?"

Sesshoumaru didn't know what to do. For once, he felt at a loss of words, so he let his actions speak for him. He grabbed her shoulders and pulled her toward him bringing his lips to hers. He brought his hand behind her head to hold her there while he teased her bottom lip with his tongue asking for entrance. Her mouth felt great against his and he could feel a tingling sensation working its way up his spine.

She opened her mouth a little more and his slid his tongue into her mouth, wrapping his with hers. Their kiss became heated as he started to trail his hands down her arms and brushed his hands across her breasts, teasing her through her shirt.

Kagome moaned at the feeling and rubbed her hands over his back underneath his shirt. His skin felt hot beneath her fingers and she wanted nothing more than to feel his skin against hers. She almost gave in to her desires, but soon thought better of the situation. She gently pushed him away and both were panting from the amount of emotions rushing through their veins. She looked down to her feet and started to worry her bottom lip.

"I'm sorry Sesshoumaru, but if we do this now, it'll only hurt worse when I have to leave," she said apologetically.

Sesshoumaru closed his eyes allowing himself to reign in his craving for the woman in front of him.

"Forgive me Kagome; it has been more difficult to control myself around you lately," he said still panting a little.

Kagome smiled at him, she knew for a fact that she would never again meet someone like him. He was genuine, not afraid to show her how he was feeling. She knew he gave her more privileges with his emotions than he gave most people and she accepted that with open arms.

She drew him in again for a slow kiss, savoring the feeling of his lips against hers; she wanted to remember this feeling. She ran her fingers over the markings on his face and then through his wonderfully soft, silky hair. He had his arms wrapped around her waist so he could keep her close to him. This would more than likely be the last time they would be able to hold each other like this and they wanted to savor the moment. They stayed in this position for a while, silently memorizing everything they could about each other.

When Kagome shivered from the cold a little it brought them back to reality and they reluctantly parted.

"I guess I should be going," she said quietly, still not releasing her hold on him.

He said nothing in return, but nodded in understanding. "Take care of yourself Kagome."

"I will. Please, Sesshoumaru…don't forget me."

"Of course not," he said, "How could I?"

She smiled and placed a chaste kiss on his lips and then turned away from him. She walked quietly through the snow back to her family's cabin, looking back only once to see him watching her as she left. She smiled, waved, and then ran the rest of the way back to her room, not even stopping to say hello to her mother or brother as she passed them.

Kagome flung herself on her bed and cried quietly in her pillow. Was it possible to fall in love with someone in three weeks? She thought it was, because it felt like her heart was breaking.

She had never before felt such emotions from another person. Not for the first time, she second guessed their decision of not giving each other their mailing information. He had told her in the beginning that he was not one to accommodate long distance relationships, and she had agreed. That realization made leaving him a little less difficult; it was better to have nothing at all if she could not have all of him.

Still, it did not stop the tears that were making their way down her face.

Kagome heard a light knock on her door; her mom no doubt would want to know what was wrong.

"Come in," she said softly.

"Hi dear, I saw you come in but you didn't say hello. Is everything okay?" Kagome's mother asked.

"Yes-well, no. I don't know mom," she said unsurely.

"Do you want to talk about it?"

"No, not really…"

"Well dear, whatever it is, don't let it get you down. You still have a lot of winter vacation left and then school starts again. I'm sure that'll help you take your mind off of your troubles," her mother assured.

"Thanks mom, I appreciate you talking to me."

Her mom smiled and then left Kagome's room to finish packing. From her position on the bed, Kagome looked out of the window to see that it hard started lightly snowing. Her family would be leaving today to head back to Okinawa, and perhaps then Kagome could move on and continue her life like it was before she met Sesshoumaru.

Even with thoughts of returning to her normal life, she could not help but think that the life she had become so accustomed to before she and her family came to vacation here had ended.

Sesshoumaru stayed there, standing in the snow, even long after she was out of sight. He shook his head at himself; how did he fall so hard for someone so fast. It was definitely not like him to do so. He would never admit it aloud, but it tore him up inside to watch her walk away from him. Sesshoumaru had never had a long term relationship…ever. He was a man that could get any woman he wanted by just pointing at them, so why bother with dating?

However, something about that girl captured his attention, and he was almost reluctant to let it go. Sesshoumaru snarled at his thoughts; since when did he become do damned sentimental?

They both knew a long distance relationship between them would never work, so they promised not to give each other mailing information in hopes of keeping their time together short. That is all that this was; three fun weeks. Now it was time to return to their own separate lives and she would hopefully forget about him and move on.

So why did he feel so…bad?

"Come on asshole! It's freezing out here and dad wants to get going!" yelled Inuyasha from the doorway of the cabin.

"I am standing right here little brother, there is no need to shout," Sesshoumaru stated in a bored tone.

"Yeah well if you weren't spending all that time with that chick, you'd remember that we start school again soon and I for one have a lot of things to take care of."

"We have over two months left before the school session begins. What could a whelp such as you possible have to take care of that requires such urgency?"

Inuyasha huffed. "For your information, this will be the year that I will finally get Kikyo to go out with me."

"She has turned you down numerous times before, what makes you believe she will so willingly agree to you this time?" Sesshoumaru asked still looking in the direction Kagome had left.

"Cause this year dad's getting me a car!" declared Inuyasha.

Sesshoumaru rolled his eyes at this. Inuyasha really was dense sometimes.

"So Sesshoumaru, who was that girl anyway you were hanging out with?" Inuyasha asked.

"She is no one of consequence," Sesshoumaru said trying to steer his brother away from this line of questioning. Unfortunately for him, Inuyasha did not get this.

"Why didn't you ever bring her over, I'm sure mom and dad would have been happy to see that you had a love interest. Between you and me, I think they were starting to worry about the gender of your choice of…companion," Inuyasha said almost laughing.

Sesshoumaru decided to say nothing; it was not like he was interested in the conversation to begin with. Inuyasha was now laughing so hard he fell over in the snow. Under any other circumstance, Sesshoumaru would have loved to watch his brother struggle to get up from the snow; he would even be the one to pelt him with snowballs.

But with everything that had happened between he and Kagome, Sesshoumaru instead turned and walked back to the cabin that his family was occupying. He was intent on letting all thoughts of Kagome settle in the back of his mind so that he could regain some semblance of his normal life.

The girl made him soft, he concluded. The stoic iciness that everyone had come to fear and expect from him was his way of protecting himself and he allowed the mask to drop too easily around her. Well no more. Starting now, he was going to be sure to keep a tight reign on his emotions. It hurt too much to watch Kagome leave him, and he vowed to never have to go through that again.

Inuyasha ran to catch up to Sesshoumaru; it was not like his older brother to just give up a chance to embarrass the hell out of him. Something had to be wrong.

"Hey Sesshoumaru! What's your problem? Did you and that girl have a fight or something?" Inuyasha asked as he caught up to him.

"Not that it is any of your business, but no, we did not have a fight," Sesshoumaru snapped.

"So what's up then? How come you didn't take the bait to start a snowball fight, you love those!"

"Inuyasha, don't you have someone else you can bother?" Sesshoumaru said exasperated.

"Yeah, but you're more fun to bug. Anyways, don't let that girl get to you, there are plenty of them around; even more when school starts," said Inuyasha.

"What would make you think I would even consider touching those at school?"

"Geeze, lighten up would ya? We're leaving in a few minutes, so try and spend the rest of it in a good mood," Inuyasha told him as he walked to his own room to pack.

Now that he was alone, Sesshoumaru pinched the bridge of his nose where he felt the stirrings of a headache. The school session was starting, and somehow he felt that his problems were only beginning.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the first chapter, as always, constructive critisism is welcomed. Thank you for reading!