Here it is ,the last installment of 'Can You Help Me?' sniff. Hope you guys enjoy it!
Epilogue: Help Has Come
Kagome plopped down on her bed, as she looked across the room at her mirror. She was running a brush through her long raven locks, and somehow trying to put on stockings at the same time.
"Damn early mornings... not everybody is a frickin' morning person!" She muttered to herself, as she threw her hair into a tight ponytail at the nape of her neck, which hung all the way down to the small of her back.
Rushing over to her dresser, she pulled out the gray skirt and the little jacket that goes with it. Putting on only a tad bit makeup, Kagome scrambled to put her heels on next.
After doing everything she needed to do, she ran down the stairs, and stopped to say goodbye to her Jii-chan.
"See ya later, Jii-chan. I'll be back in a few hours." She said, taking the old man in a warm hug.
Jii-chan smiled and nodded. "Kagome, don't get into too much trouble with those officials. Get your self straightened out, and come back to me and your brother."
Kagome smiled. "Of course." She said, giving him one last hug and walking out of the house. From there, she proceeded to run down the shrine steps.
Inuyasha's red car was parked in front of the shrine, and he sat there waiting for her.
Kagome finally reached the car, practically swung the door open, and got in on the passenger's side.
Inuyasha turned to her and smiled. He was also dressed up somewhat too. He wore a tan/gray suit and his hair was neatly combed but not in a tight ponytail like Kagome's. Or that ridiculously long braid he sometime's did.
"You woke up late, didn't you?"
Kagome sheepishly smiled and nodded. "Yeah. So I had to scramble a lot. But, as you can see I'm ready!"
Inuyasha chuckled and put the car in drive. "What are you frickin, SpongeBob now?"
Kagome rolled her eyes as they pulled off and practically zipped down the street. She turned her head to look out the window and squinted as the early morning sunlight shined a brilliant ray into her eyes. It was only about 8 in the morning. They had to be there early. Kagome sighed. This had to be what judgment day felt like.
Kagome turned her head back towards Inuyasha and smiled. "Yeah, a little. What about you?"
"Hell yeah. I mean, today basically decides our futures in a way. Though, I'm sure we'll come out all good in the end."
"I suppose you're right." Kagome said, as she sighed and closed her eyes briefly. She could hardly believe it. It had been a full month since Naraku's death, and today was the court date that would settle everything. Inu no Taisho was representing them as their lawyer, and Sango, Miroku, Shippo, Sesshoumaru, and Kagura would be there just for support. It was them against Naraku's dad.
"We're here." Inuyasha said, as they pulled into the courthouse parking lot.
Once the car stopped completely, Kagome got out and sighed. "It would be sad to be sentenced to life in prison on such a beautiful Spring day."
Inuyasha chuckled behind her and gave her a peck on the cheek. "Don't worry. We aren't being sentence to anything. I promise." He said, gripping her hand now.
"I sure hope you're right." Kagome mumbled as they walked up the steps together, and into the courthouse.
The actual inside of the courthouse was extremely busy. People were running around, throwing papers every which way, and trying not to be late for their own 'appointments' with the judge.
"Ready?" Inuyasha said from beside Kagome, giving her hand a reassuring squeeze.
Kagome took a deep shaky breath and nodded. "Where's everyone?"
"Probably already in the courtroom. Dad should be in there somewhere, too."
"We should hurry."
Inuyasha nodded as he led Kagome by the hand into one of the elevators. The doors closed and he pushed the button marked san. (means three in Nihon-go.)
Kagome watched he floor numbers go from the current floor they were on, to three, where they needed to be.
Once they stepped out, Inuyasha was leading Kagome down a long narrow hallway, and turned the corner to a room that was marked 'Court' on the front.
This time Inuyasha hesitated to open the door while Kagome smiled. "It'll be alright. Everything will be alright." She said, squeezing his hand tighter.
Inuyasha nodded and opened the door. The entire jury was conversing about something or other, while the judge had yet to show up.
"Inuyasha!" They both heard Inu no Taisho call as he briskly walked over to them, while being followed by all their friends.
He smiled at the two of them. "Kagome, it's a pleasure to see you again. Inuyasha, I thought I told you to be here an hour before the judge gets ready, not a couple of minutes!" He snapped at his son.
Inuyasha rolled his amber eyes. "Keh. I'm here almost on time, aren't I?"
Inu No Taisho sighed. "Whatever. Just get behind the stand, while you're there I'll be standing behind you."
Inuyasha and Kagome nodded and stood behind the stand. At that moment, the judge walked in and the bailiff announce him.
"All rise, as the honorable judge Jinenji enters."
Everyone did so, then the hanyou judge signaled for them to sit down with a wave of the hand.
"We are here today to discuss the outcome of the murder of Naraku Kato." He said. "Which side would like to speak first?"
Naraku's father, Kazuo Kato stood up. "I will, your honor. In my son's defense. He was wrongly murdered, and thrown from the top of our estate, he obviously tried to fight those two heathens off, but to no avail."
Jinenji nodded. "Will the defense speak?"
Inu No Taisho nodded as he stood up. "Naraku Kato was not wrongly attacked or hurt for no reason. In fact, Naraku himself was the start of this whole conflict. Now, your honor, the law states that a person has the right to defend themselves if assaulted and or harassed in any way, am I correct?"
Jinenji nodded. "That is true."
"Well, my defense Kagome Higurashi and Inuyasha Takahashi were harassed by Naraku Kato during his life. Especially Kagome Higurashi, who was a victim of rape, harassment, assault and battery, and also emotional distress all due to the treatment from Naraku Kato, your honor."
Kazuo shot up. "I object! My son did no such thing! He was completely innocent!" He yelled.
Inu no Taisho turned to yell back, but Jinenji's loud voice rang throughout the small courtroom.
"Silence! Mr. Kato, I want silence in this courtroom or else I'll be sending you to prison with a zillion yen suit!"
Kazuo grumbled something under his breath, and sat back down.
Jinenji nodded towards Inu No Taisho. "Continue."
Exchanging glances with Kagome and his son, Inu No Taisho nodded. "Thank you. As I was saying, your honor, Kagome suffered emotional distress due to Naraku Kato, and Kazuo Kato."
"Lies!" Kazuo screeched. Jinenji released a frustrated growl. "Mr. Kato! Quiet!"
Inu No Taisho's eyebrow quirked in annoyance. "As I was saying, Mr. Kato participated in the murders of Amai and Tonoshii Higurashi. Which was about three years ago, when daughter of the two, Kagome Higurashi was raped by Naraku Kato, which was more or less encouraged by Kazuo Kato, all in one day."
Jinenji nodded and turned his dark blue eyes on Kazuo who started to fidget nervously. "What do you have to say about this Mr. Kato? Did you or did you not murder both Amai and Tonoshii Higurashi while you stood there and watched your son rape an innocent young woman?"
Kato cleared his throat and decided this would be one hell of a good time to avoid the question. "Um, sir..."
Inu No Taisho decided to speak up again. "Were you not in this very same courtroom three years, ago, defending this very same case, and still managed to weasel your way out of it somehow...?"
Kazuo coughed into his hands and looked directly into the eyes of Jinenji. "Your honor, Plaintiff calls Kagome Higurashi to the stand."
Inuyasha looked at Kazuo with eyes full of hatred. What the hell kind of answer could he try to get out of her? He turned back to Kagome and squeezed her hand. After all, this was the man that murdered her parents right in front of her. Giving her a tender kiss on the cheek, he spoke in her ear.
" You'll be alright?"
Kagome swallowed and nodded. "I'll be fine. Just fine." She said, standing up and making her way over to the witness stand. I hope.
Kagome sat down slowly and her eyes darted all around the courtroom as she did.
Kazuo stood up and walked up to her, placing his hand on the witness stand. He turned his red, unsettling eyes on her. "Ms. Higurashi, you and my son went way back, and out of nowhere you and your new 'boyfriend' murder him. Tell me why?"
Kagome straightened her shirt a bit before lifting her head up and staring into his eyes that screamed pure wickedness. "Well, If you want me to give you a politically correct answer, I'll tell you in self-defense. If you want me to give a real answer, than I'll say pain that was over-due."
Kazuo looked and Jinenji then back at Kagome. "How so?"
"Quick scenario. You get raped, you don't tell hardly a soul for three years, you hold in one whopping shit-load of incurable pain during those three years which make you resort to self-mutilation, and extreme depression. You meet someone that's an extraordinary person, and that's willing to heal and love you, and they're pissed that you've been hurt. You and that person get revenge for past events. Oh, to make it worse, same day ya got raped, parents were killed right in front of you and you had to look at the blood." She finished, with her voice quivering a bit, but other than that she was strong.
Jinenji nodded his head in silence. "Oh my." He whispered.
Inuyasha dug his claws into his skin in anticipation, and watched as Kagome boldly told the events of the past three years. Go get em', Kagome.
Kazuo cleared his throat and almost growled as loud as he possibly could when Inu No Taisho had a satisfied smirk on his face. "Ms. Higurashi, tell the court the truth, did my son rape you? Did I kill your parents?"
Kagome smirked. "No."
The whole courtroom gasped and Kazuo had a satisfied smirk on his face.
"Nope, in fact you did much more than that. You cheered your son on practically as he rape me, and injured me, killed my parents in front of me, making their blood smear the cream walls, not too mention, earlier the same day, YOU tried to rape me when I was over your house."
Jinenji coughed while Kazuo had an 0.0 expression. "Well, Kazuo I have to say this much, you've done some pretty fucked up things."
Inuyasha bit his lip to keep from busting out laughing while Miroku and Sango, who were behind him with the others, were chuckling to themselves.
"Can't help but agree." Inu No Taisho mumbled from beside his son.
Jinenji spoke again. "I've come to the conclusion that both sides will be charged. Inuyasha Takahashi, all for participating in the murder of Naraku Kato, when in self-defense, the defense was not for himself. Kazuo Kato will be sued for 12 million yen, and sentenced to life or whenever he keels over in prison."
"WHAT!" Both sides screamed.
"Silence!" The hanyou judge yelled.
Inu No Taisho and Inuyasha both fumed, while Kagome stood up. "Your honor, may I speak again, even though this case is supposedly closed?"
Jinenji sighed. "Fine, but make it quick I have a booty-call at 1:00." He said, looking at his watch.
Kagome had a disgusted look, but nodded. "Your honor, are you familiar with Youkai Law?"
Jinenji nodded. "Of course, I am part youkai after all."
Kagome nodded. "Then you would know that a dominant male mate must protect his chosen mate, correct?"
Inuyasha furrowed his brows. Where was she going with this?
"That is true."
Kagome smirked. "Well, over any event in which harm has been caused to the mate past or present, the male mate has every right to protect, also another way of self-defense, you could say."
"Where are you going with this?"
"Where I'm going your honor, is that Inuyasha took me as his mate only a couple of months ago." Kagome said, pushing back the fallen strands of her ponytail and showing her the mate mark. Which looked like to fanged imprints that formed Inuyasha's initials.
Inu No Taisho gave Inuyasha WTF?! look, and he shrugged. He hadn't intended on telling her yet, that she was his mate. It was safe to assume that she did her research. And just so happen to stare at her neck...
Jinenji nodded. "I see. Charges are reassigned, only person being charged is Kazuo Kato for the attempted rape of Kagome Higurashi, and the murders of Amai and Tonoshii. This meeting is adjourned." He said, banging his gavel then leaving.
Cheers ran throughout the court as Kazuo was lead away by the policemen that were nearby and Kagome ran down from the witness stand, and right into Inuyasha's arms.
"Yeah!" Miroku and Shippo yelled, slapping high fives.
Sango laughed excitedly as Kagome let go of Inuyasha and started jumping up and down.
"We did it! We're free! We'll all be together next year!" Kagome yelled, while laughing excitedly.
Inuyasha smiled as he watched Kagome jump up and down. I've never seen her this happy... He thought, as another occurred to him.
"Kagome, how did you know I marked you as my mate?" Inuyasha asked.
Kagome turned her brown eyes on him and smiled. "Jii-chan told me what it was when he saw it on my neck the other day. Then he explained youkai law to me completely. I had asked him to adjust my half of the locket, and he saw it."
Inu No Taisho smiled. "Well, we won the case so I guess it doesn't matter that my teenage son is married in youkai terms."
Everyone chuckled while Inuyasha and Kagome turned beet red. Inuyasha rolled his eyes as he quickly changed the subject. "We have to celebrate! Party at the mansion tonight! An outside one!"
Everyone yelled in agreement. Sesshoumaru made a loud coughing noise. "Will there be peanut butter at this party?"
The others sweatdropped while Inuyasha smirked. "You know it."
"Then I'm in!" Sesshoumaru yelled.
Kagura shook her head and sighed. "Men and peanut butter. What's the attraction?" She asked herself.
"Party start's at eight everyone! Be there or else!" Inuyasha yelled.
Kagome finally pulled her hair out of a ponytail as she got ready for the party. It was a quarter till eight. Inuyasha wouldn't care too much if his mate was late.
Brushing it a little, she slipped on her sneakers and ran over to her closet.
She practically yanked her outfit out of it, and hurried to put on her lipstick. She rubbed her lips together so that the red color of it would show perfectly.
Once her make-up was done, she slipped into her outfit and ran downstairs.
Waving good-bye to her Jii-chan, she ran out the door, and hit the streets. This had to be a surprise.
Inuyasha laughed and sat down on a picnic table they had brung outside. Miroku and Sango were already here and so was Shippo.
One question: Where the hell was Kagome?!
" Oh! Remember earlier in the year, when we got Kikyou with that shit stain prank?" Miroku asked, busting a gut.
Everyone burst into laughter, and was practically bent over shaking.
"What the hell is so funny?" A voice asked.
They all turned around and gasped.
There stood Kagome in all her glory, wearing a bright yellow sun dress and looking peaceful as ever.
Inuyasha's eyes were still wide. She looked beautiful in a regular, bright color. "K-Kagome..." He stuttered.
"Oh wow." Sango said. Miroku nodded in agreement.
Kagome chuckled and smiled. "You guys just gonna keep staring at me like I'm some kind of freak?"
"Well it seems almost like it, Kagome. What happened to the little black get-up you usually have?"
Kagome waved her hand non-nonchalantly. "I put it to rest. Permanently."
Inuyasha stood up from the table and slipped his arm around Kagome's waist. "Well, I for one think its great that Kagome is finally starting to be her old self."
Kagome kissed his cheek and nodded, getting awes from the whole group.
Inuyasha rolled his eyes and smiled. "Let's all go to the hill, everybody! It's a better view of the sky there."
They all nodded and went to the large hill in Inuyasha's acres of a backyard. They all sat, looking at stars and conversing and whatnot. What better to do at an outdoor party at night?
"Kagome, I'm still shocked that you came out of your shell that you've been hiding in for three years and wore something like that." Sango said.
Kagome smiled as the others waited for her reply as well. Interlacing her fingers with Inuyasha, and taking one loving glance at him, she smiled. "Neither did I."
"As it turns out, I just needed a little help."
Cheesy or beautiful ending? Hard to tell. I am overjoyed at finally finishing this 21 chaptered story after months and months of work on it. Thank you all for your reviews! I love you all so much! Let's break 400 for the last chapter! We can do it! Lmao. We meaning you, of course.
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With that said, Sayonara!