Tis the Season

by That'sMyFiasco

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

Inuyasha sat at the base of the tree the next morning, in the early hours before dawn had barely touched the sky. The fire at his feet was cold and dead, and out of the corner of his eye the hanyou could see the shapeless forms of his sleeping friends. Though most were probably hours from waking, the gift from the past few days had been tucked away, safely out of sight.

Suddenly, his blanket was around his shoulders once more, the soft scent of Kagome's shampoo swirling gently with the aroma rising off the teacup placed in his hands. Startled, Inuyasha began to get to his feet, stopped by her hand on his shoulder.

Kagome sat next to him, grabbing a share of his blanket with an easy, casual air. He glanced at her, his eyes going over the gentle curve of her smile, stating simply, "It was you, wasn't it." The girl nodded.

"With a little help." Her smile widened, and she looked fondly at the sleepers. "You're admittedly harder to sneak up upon than I would have thought. You liked the presents, I hope?"

Inuyasha's head jerked up, and he looked at her with a startled expression. "Of- of course I did, why wouldn't I? But why would you give them to me?"

She laughed softly. "Because you deserve it. Because you deserve to know you deserve it. And because-" Stopping suddenly, Kagome leaned into him, dropping a kiss on the corner of his mouth. "Because I care about you, Inuyasha.

"Merry Christmas."

He didn't respond, but neither did he argue when she put her head on his shoulder, and they watched the sun rise through the trees together.

A/N: Merry Christmas and Happy holidays, everyone!!