This was awarded the 1st place award for the LiveJournal community, iyficcontest weekly challenge of "Thanks". I own none of these characters, and receive no profit from any of this.


"Sesshoumaru-sama? May I talk to you for a moment?" he heard Rin from behind him, interrupting his mental tirades with her soft question.

"What is it, Rin?" he sighed, inwardly thankful for the chance to feel something other than anger for a few moments. He turned and faced her. He watched in startled fascination as she sank to her knees and gave him a perfectly executed bow. "I wonder where she picked that up." He wondered silently.

"I wanted to say thank you, Sesshoumaru-sama, for saving me today. I don't remember much of what happened after the hell hound got us, but Jaken-sama told me what you did for me." Rin came up from her bow, slightly shocked to be looking her Lord directly in the eyes. She realized he had kneeled in front of her. Her voice seemed to fail her suddenly, and it was all she could do to force out a whisper. "I am sorry for being such a burden for you. But, thank you Sesshoumaru-sama."

Sesshoumaru sat in silence, returning her stare. Then he suddenly gave her the most beautiful smile she had ever seen. Rin could not help but break out into a smile of her own. "I have never seen you smile before, Sesshoumaru-sama!"

"Shh, it's a secret, only between the two of us. Can you keep a secret?" Rin nodded her head eagerly. "Good," he said, "My smile is only for you. I am glad you are safe."

"Me too. Thank you Sesshoumaru-sama."