A/N: Thank you to all of you for all the reviews that you've left. They've helped me in more ways then you know and let me know that there are others out there that are into hearing the same things that I am. When I started this endeavor, I really didn't want to post it. Now, I know that was crazy. :D


CHAPTER 20


Kagome sat cuddled up in a blanket despite the warm spring afternoon. Lazily swinging back and forth on her porch swing, watching her two young children play in the front yard, a constant smile on her face. She gasped when she felt the baby kick and she absentmindedly rubbed a hand over her stomach. Only one more month and she and Sesshomaru would be welcoming their third child, a little girl, into the world. Her mind drifted to their last phone call.

"How are the kids?"

"Missing you. Isshin is upset because Keigo isn't old enough to understand that catch requires you to catch the ball."

"He'll learn. And the baby?"

"Everything's fine. She's getting restless lately. She's taken to using my stomach as a punching bag."

"The date is still set for May twenty-forth?"

"Yes, but she's the one that's going to decide if that's the right day or not." She heard him laugh and she smiled. "I miss you."

"I know. I'll be home in a month."

"For sure this time? No more extensions?"

"No, three tours is enough. They couldn't keep me here for anything. I'm not about to miss the birth of our first girl."

"First? So you're suggesting that we'll be having more?"

"Absolutely."

Kagome smiled.

"I love you."

"I love you too." There was a pause and a heavy sigh on the other end of the line. "Look Kags, I'm sorry but I've got to go. I'll be home soon. Tell the kids I love them and that I expect Isshin has taught Keigo to catch by the time I get there. And don't let that baby say hello before I get there either."

"I'll do my best."

"I love you and I'll see you in a month alright?"

"I'll be counting the days."

"Bye."

"Bye. Come home in one piece okay?"

"I'll do my best." He said with a chuckle.

Kagome frowned slightly. It had been a month since that phone call. She knew it was hard for him to get a break to call, but he had never gone this long without calling to put her mind at ease. The sound of a car door shutting brought her worried mind back to watching her children. When she noticed the two men in uniform approaching the gate to her front yard, with an effort, she pushed herself off the swing and called out to her boys.

"Isshin, Keigo. Let's go inside okay? Go into the living room and watch TV until mommy calls you for lunch."

Both boys complied without argument. It wasn't every day that their mother suggested they watch TV. The two men were now walking through the gate and making their way to the porch. Kagome gripped at the railing near the stairs.

'They only come by for one reason.'

"Mrs. Taisho?"

Kagome nodded weakly.

"I'm lieutenant colonel Hisagi and this is major Ganassi. Perhaps we should go inside." He held a hand out towards her.

"No," she whispered, her knuckles turning white as she gripped at the railing. "You've got to be wrong." The tears started spilling down her face. "No!" She screamed, slumping to the floor. "No! You're wrong!"

Hisagi gripped her shoulder tightly to steady her as she cried.

"I'm very sorry, but Sesshomaru was-"

"No! He can't be!" She wailed.

"I'm sorry Mrs. Taisho. He was a great man and a dedicated soldier."

"I…I don't believe you. He can't be!"

"Kagome," Ganassi said in a soft voice. She knew that voice. "Kagome, wake up."

Kagome snapped up in bed. She looked down at Sesshomaru who had a concerned look on his face. She immediately burst into tears.

"You're…you're not dead," she cried, falling into his arms and sobbing against his chest.

"Of course I'm not dead," he said rubbing a soothing hand over her back. "It was just a dream."

"It…was a…nightmare! You were overseas…kids and the…the baby due. Then, then…lieutenant colonel…you were dead," she managed to choke out between gasps.

"Wait, we had kids?" He asked turning her so that he could see her face.

"Uh huh. Two boys and a girl due any minute."

Sesshomaru smiled. "Interesting."

Kagome blinked at him, tears forgotten. "Why?"

He hugged her tighter to his chest and kissed her forehead.

"You had a dream where we had kids. I find that interesting."

"That's what you find interesting? Not the fact that we're married. Not the fact you're overseas in a war. Or the fact that you're dead. Kids, that's what you're interested in?"

He had laughed through her entire tantrum, for which he received a slap to his chest.

"Hey, that's spousal abuse," he complained rubbing the red mark.

"We're not married yet, so I can beat the crap out of you if I want." She smiled. "Besides, would you really go around telling people that it was your wife that gave you the black eye and busted your legs?"

"Broke my legs? I guess we wouldn't have to worry about me getting deployed in a few months."

Kagome looked at him seriously. "Promise me you won't go."

He shifted under her slightly. "You know I can't do that. I have no choice."

"Then at least promise me that you'll come back to me."

He smiled and kissed her gently. "I promise Kagome, I'll always come back to you."

THE END


A/N: Had you all going didn't I? Muwahahaha! I could NEVER kill Sesshomaru off. I was planning on being really evil and splitting this into two chapters, you know right before she woke up, but then I decided that I couldn't do that to you guys. I love you too much :D So, never fear…there will be more to this. I just don't really want to write a whole 'novel' about it (although it's probably going to happen at some point anyway) I'll be posting one shots of the things that are going on after she left school. I'm pretty sure I'm going to call it Shot Through The Heart (eeee Bon Jovi) so keep your eyes open for that. :D Thanks to everyone that helped out with this and I'm glad y'all took the time to read and review it.