It was another busy day on the set. Kagome was walking looking at all the people buzzing around left and right with props and other stage things in order to get ready for the hit TV drama, "Opposites Attract." She couldn't believe that she was on the set of a TV show, although, she doesn't watch a lot of TV. She gotten word from her friends and practically everyone else she knew that it was a smash hit.
Many of her friends talk about one guy in particular. She tried to remember what they say he looked like but she couldn't think of any of the features since she was never involved in their conversations on a show that she knew nothing about. She would have fear that her friends would talk about her then force her to watch the seventy-six episodes that were out already in order to catch her up. She had too much to do then to just sit down and watch something that she just didn't care about, yet here she is walking on the set of the show she refused to watch as the newest stagehand and make-up artist.
With her head in the clouds, she kept walking still trying to think of the person that was on her friend's minds when all of a sudden she bumped into something big. She stumbled a little catching herself before she fell and looked up to see what she bumped into. Her eyes grew wide looking up at the man that seemed to tower over her. The man was extremely handsome with his strong jaw line and perfectly smooth skin. What threw her off was his hair and eyes. His hair was long and seemed to be…white, pure white. In the light of the studio, it looked as if it was glowing with a silver sheen. His eyes were an odd color as well. She kept thinking that they were contacts but they looked too real. They looked to be gold or at least a rich amber color.
"What are you staring at?" She heard his smooth, calm yet with a hint of coldness, voice.
Kagome came back to reality and nervously said, "I-I'm so sorry for bumping into you."
He raises an eyebrow then turns and walks away without another word. She watched the man walk away, she couldn't believe that he didn't say anything back to her, she didn't know if he was mad at her or if he was okay with her. How rude. She thought to herself then she straightened up and continued to explore the set.
"Hey Kagome, there you are. You sure can disappear quickly." Another girl around her age said as she ran up to her. Her hair was long and a dark brown color that was placed in a neat ponytail. Her eyes were brown as well.
"I'm sorry Sango, you know I'm new here so I wanted to look around so that I can get used to the set." Kagome said feeling a little embarrassed. The truth is that she was walking behind Sango in order to get to the make-up room but something caught her eye and attracted her. Next thing she knew, Sango was gone and she was off wondering the set.
"Well next time let me know if you decide to go off like that. I really need you to stay with me. We're getting ready to shoot a new scene for the show and some of these actors get mad if they don't have their make-up." Sango said believing what she was told and walked off, and this time Kagome made sure to follow closely.
Kagome made a mental note of all the corners they turned and doors that they went through so that she would be able to navigate her way to and from the room. Sango opened a door and the two girls stepped in, Kagome couldn't believe how huge the room was.
"Well this is where you'll be working. I hope you'll be able to make it okay, you're our last hope." Sango said backing up to the door.
"I'm your last hope, why did you say that?" Kagome said turning around.
"Well the guy that you'll be working on has a bit of a mean streak. He's the reason the producer had to hire you. He doesn't get along with others very well. Well, I'll be seeing you, if you need me, I'm the last door to the right." Then Sango waved to her as she disappeared into the hall.
Kagome breathed out a sigh and thought, It would be me that would be paired up with the guy that has an attitude problem. She looked around the room and walked up to the chair that was sitting up next to the mirror. She sat in it admiring the soft leather that lined the chair. She closed her eyes and spun around in the chair a few times. She stopped feeling a little dizzy and looked in the mirror only to scream with surprise seeing a figure that just appeared out of nowhere. She relaxed soon after realizing that it was the man she met on the set earlier.
"What in the world are you doing?" He said ever so calmly. He was leaning on the door frame with his arms crossed looking casual or it was more like bored out of his mind.
"Oh I was just…uh…" She was lost for words as she jumped out the chair, her cheeks were red with embarrassment. For some reason, in this man's presence, she just couldn't get her words right.
"Save it, there's no time for excuses." He said walking in the room. "You must be new here, I'm Sesshomaru and here's the deal, I'll call you whenever I feel like it. Don't overdue the make-up, I don't like the fact that I have to wear it but the producer will have my head if I don't wear it. Don't talk to me why you're working, it'll mess up your concentration. The bottom line is, if you mess up my face, I'll mess up yours. Follow my rules and we'll get along just fine."
"Wait a minute, you're the one I'm working with?" Kagome said while watching him sit in the chair.
He narrowed his eyes, raised an eyebrow and said, "Yes, that is if you have any problems about my rules. If so, I don't need you and you can go back to where you came from."
She realized what Sango meant about "mean streak." She wasn't going to let him get the best of her, after all, this was her first day on the job and she wanted to impress everybody and she wasn't going to let one cold hearted person stop her.
"No, there are no problems." She said with a smile on her face.
Sesshomaru smirked at her. She seems confident in herself, I wonder how long can she keep it up? He thought as he sat back in order to allow her to work.
"So what's your name? I must know if we're going to be working together." He said watching her lay out some of her tools.
"It's Kagome." She replied turning around ready to do her job. "Now, if you could be so kind, I would like to keep my end of the deal so you have to be quiet in order for me to work."
Sesshomaru was stunned although he didn't show it. She's too confident for her own good, I am going to enjoy breaking her spirit. He thought smirking once more.
She placed her hands on his chin and turned his head a few times. She couldn't believe how smooth and his skin felt, she just had to find out what he uses on his skin. After expecting his face she took the base agent and started to powder his face. Sesshomaru sat back and felt relaxed, her hands were soft and slender. He felt the way she caressed his face while applying the make-up on him, she did it with such care that he was beginning to like her touch.
She finally finished and checked him one more time. She thought he was handsome before but now, now he seemed like a god. She moved out the way so that he could inspect himself. He smiled signaling his approval.
"Not bad for a newbie, I guess I'll keep you." She turned away and rolled her eyes while he admired himself in the mirror. He was really impressed with her work. As she started putting things away, he spotted her phone and picked it up. He stopped toying with the phone just as she finished packing her things and turned around.
"I better go before I'm late." Sesshomaru said getting up.
"Oh good…I mean, break a leg. I got to get used to the show biz lingo."
He smirked at her once more then left out the room. Once again, she breathed out a sigh, but this time it was of relief. She plopped down in the chair and let it spin a few times before noticing Sango in the doorway. "I'm amazed to see you in one piece."
"He's a difficult one alright. I want to get revenge on whoever decided to stick me with him." Kagome said as she sat up strait in the chair.
"It was quiet the whole time, that's a first. He usually has this whole hall filled with his yelling, he easily gets pissed off. How did you do it?"
"I don't know, but I'll tell you, he's not going to get the best of me."
"Well come on, let's go get some lunch then we can head over to the set." Sango said then the two of them headed out.
The two girls sat at one of the tables that was set up for everyone to get something to eat. They talked about the things around them and just enjoyed their time together while watching everyone else go about their business as if they didn't exist. Suddenly, a ring ran through Kagome's ears. Her phone rang but when she looked at the caller ID, she didn't recognize the number but she picked it up thinking that whoever was calling had the wrong number. "Hello?"
"Hello newbie." It was that smooth voice of Sesshomaru's.
"Sesshomaru, how did you get my number?" Kagome said out loud realizing that it was him. Sango's jaw dropped, she couldn't believe that he of all people would ever bother to talk to someone since he is a very solitary person.
"Don't worry about that." He said with a light chuckle. Kagome thought back to before she left, she could remember seeing him putting down her phone just as she finished packing her things.
"What do you want?" She said feeling a little frustrated.
"I see you eating lunch I want you to pick me up a little lunch as well." He said. She looked around wondering where he was. "I told you I'll call you when I feel like it now quit looking around, you won't be able to see me. Just get me a burger with no onions and no cheese and I'll take a bottle water for a drink. Give it to me on the set."
"Look, I am your make-up artist, not your…" She heard the pone click telling her that he hung up. "…slave." She dropped her head on the table in shame, nearly missing whatever she didn't finish eating yet then she started pounding the table with her forehead. "It had to be me, out of everyone in the whole got damned world and it had to be me."
Sango finally regained signs of life, "I'm starting to think that there's something going on between you two. Do you personally know him?"
"No, and I wish I've never met him. This is my first day working and he's already working out a way to make it a living hell. I think he thinks of me as a personal slave." Kagome said sitting up and rubbing the spot on her forehead where she repeatedly hit the table.
"All of these big stars think that really, it's just natural. They eventually become friends with you. Ayame didn't like me at first and bossed me around but we soon became great friends."
"I don't think that anyone could be friends with him."
"Cheer up I'm sure things will work out."
"For my sake I hope so. Let me get his highness his stupid burger, otherwise he'll find another way to degrade me."
After getting what he wanted the two headed back to the set. There he was going over some of his lines. She stood in front of him waiting for him to respond to her. Without looking up he said, "Oh, I don't want it, throw it away."
She was stunned and angry. "Why you...why don't you want it?"
"I ate an hour ago. I actually said that just to see if you were going to get it for me, but I'll take the water though." He said snatching the bottle of water from her hand.
Kagome knew that if she stayed around him longer then something was bound to happen. "So, you were only toying with me, you're a bastard you know that right?"
"Yup, I don't need you to tell me that." He said calmly then he stood up and saw her scowl at him. "They must have not told you your entire job. Yes, you are my make-up artist but you are also my personal assistant. I don't care if you don't like me because I don't give a damn about your feelings. If you do your job then there won't be any problems." Then with that said he left.
Sesshomaru laughed to himself knowing that working with her would be very interesting or at least more fun than his last assistant, Jaken, who was old and uninteresting to him. He was also more of a yes man or a suck up. It was almost like he had no free will of his own. No, he didn't do make-up but he tried when his last make-up artist quit in order to prove himself a excellent assistant, things didn't go so well which is why Kagome is there now.
Kagome watched him as he laughed, then she smirked evilly which grabbed Sango's attention. "Uh…Kagome, what's with the evil look?"
"So, he wants to play with me, well then I sure do have a game for him."
Sango was thinking about how quickly her attitude went from "It's the end of the world" to "I can and will survive."
Why do I have a feeling that things won't end well?
End Act 1