Summary: To keep her family from finding out a dangerous secret that may tear it all apart, Kagome Higurashi becomes the Mistress of Sesshomaru Takahashi, the leader of the deadliest gang in Tokyo, all through blackmail.
Disclaimer: All characters belong to Rumiko Takahashi
Kagome looked at her mother from across the glass coffee table unsure of how to keep going with the conversation after they had just got done talking about gardens and tea. Her hands were clammy and stomach was turning in all kinds of directions that she was sure were not healthy.
There was a light smile on Yuma's face from Kagome's unexpected visit and it made her realize that she hadn't really come back to the Sauna estate since she got back to Japan. That she had not cuddled with her mother near the fire like she used to do.
Her blue eyes lowered. The only reason she had come by was to finally tell her mother the truth. To put it all on the table and give her story to the woman who had raised her with a gentle hand. To give her the story that would break her heart and crush her spirits. Could she really do this? Could she truly tear her mother's world from under her?
"Kagome. I know this isn't some cute little visit dear." Her mother consoled laying her hands flat on her lap, gentle and understanding eyes prepared for the worst. "You can tell me anything."
"Mom." Kagome's shoulder's sagged and her heart beat sped up in the process of gathering her courage. Laying the small china cup of tea on top of the matching dish she sighed deeply and stared at the soft wrinkles gathered on the corner of Yuma's eyes, the short waves of black hair and flushed expression.
Although the woman would never admit it she was nervous as Hell for what was going to come out of her daughter's mouth. Whenever any of her children came by to see her it was about bad news. Every time it happened she wished that she had held them a little longer those rainy nights or enjoyed it a little more thoroughly when they were growing up.
"When I was in America, I was a prostitute," Kagome sputtered it out like vile in her stomach.
It was silent in the room suddenly, and quite cold. Kagome's eyes connected with suddenly hard brown ones and she shivered. She had never seen Yuma blank. Sure through the many arguments and times that she got into fights with her brother and sister Yuma had reacted with anger, but she had never ever acted disappointed, or distant.
"Mom?" She questioned softly, "I'm not done."
Yuma clenched her jaw, "Go on."
The ravenette took one more deep breath. "Ran was my pimp."
Yuma shot out of her seat and she shook her head. "You're lying!"
Kagome looked away. "I'm sorry I didn't tell you sooner mom, but I have to be honest about this. I'm sorry that it happened, I'm sorry that this is the way you found out, but I need to move on, and I need you to know the truth about the man sharing your bed."
The woman was crumbling, her hands suddenly rubbing one another raw. "How could you do that Kagome?" Yuma shrieked. "What led you to give your body up to any man who offered you money?" her voice was ice-cold and Kagome felt her heart drop at the next words, "I'm so disappointed!" Then the woman plowed right on through. "You were such a precious and content little girl. Is it because I introduced a man to you to become your father? Because I moved on?"
"Are you kidding me?" Kagome turned, her eyes steady and locking unto her mother's "You went and found a gangster to fill in as my father!"
"Sesshomaru is the same!" Yuma shot back her voice shaking. "And you adopted children to bring to him! Do you think you're better than me?"
"What?" Kagome was breathless from the exertion of fighting with the woman for the first time in a long time, her heart was racing and her feelings were still stinging from the 'D' word.
"Just cause you're growing up to be beautiful, smart and so perfect does not mean you can just.."Yuma trailed off realizing something that made her shake with exhaustion and self loathing. She was jealous of her own daughter.
Kagome felt her heart breaking so much she didn't think she could handle it. Her tears came out but like always she remained deadly silent. She turned on her heel. "I'm sorry for anything I did to make you feel like this mom. I really needed to tell you about Ran. But you also need to know that he did try to save me, I was the one who refused it when he told me to stop. He really loves you." She grabbed her car keys and began to walk out. "I could only wish that Sesshomaru could love me like that."
Yuma was unable to conjure up any smart things to keep the girl from retreating so she did the next best thing, she chased her down and tightly hugged her.
Kagome melted into the embrace and sighed. "I love you mom. I'm sorry I disappointed you."
Yuma began crying. "Oh, Kagome." her arms tightened, "I feel like I really messed up if you were pushed to that direction baby, I'm sorry."
It wasn't in reality Yuma's fault. Sure they didn't have the normal mother-daughter relationship because Kagome kept her distance after Ran came into the picture. They didn't have the 'sex talk', they didn't talk about girls Kagome hated in school and only really saw each other at dinner.
Yuma had tried her best to communicate with her youngest daughter but she was too stubborn to trust the woman who had carried her for nine months, she wasn't like her brother who constantly worried about his mama, or her sister who didn't hold back on any of her problems when they were talking in front of the fire. She was so silent.
"It wasn't your fault mom." And so Kagome told her mother how it started, how everything came to where it was in the present. How she had managed to fall back in love with the man she had once damned to Hell every night for 2 years straight.
Her mom was looking exponentially healthier and happier by the time Kagome wrapped up her tale. "Well, when do you think he's going to ask?" She asked excited.
Kagome grinned dreamily, "I don't know, he'll probably end up getting a choir instead of a Mariachi Band and push me off a cliff with only a parachute when he does though."
Yuma laughed hard and squealed as if remembering something. "Come darling, I'll show you Kaede's wedding dress. It'll look great once we do some alterations."
"Wedding dress?" Kagome asked even as her mother pulled her through the Estate to the second floor and most East corner, "Kaede never got married."
Yuma grinned, "No, but she was a super romantic and bought one anyways."
Her Great Aunt hadn't seemed like a romantic, but Yuma knew her better and Kagome just left it at that.
Once they entered the room she recognized as her mother's Sewing Corner the older woman threw open the door to a closet and brought out a sweeping pearl colored dress. Designed of silk and lace with complicated designs where the collar-bone would go, no sleeves were attached and the train was incredibly long. It was breathtaking and simply perfect.
Kagome twirled with it pressed to her body amazed at how good it felt to look at her reflection.
She realized two things. One, she was finally getting married. Two, she was going to spend the rest of her life with Sesshomaru Takahashi, her first and only love.
Doubts were nowhere near her mind and she felt free and happy.
Happy. She was finally going to feel happy.
"Kagome!" Sango shrieked running into her room, "Get ready, get ready now!"
Kagome was on her bed reading a book while waiting for Sesshomaru to return with their take out. Her tummy gave a loud growl at her energy consumption as if lecturing her when she turned her head.
"What's got you so worked up?" she asked.
"There's a whale stranded behind the house!It's freaking huge." Sango snatched her hand and dragged her halfway down the stairs before letting Kagome follow her on her own.
As soon as Kagome's feet hit the sand a chair came flying from behind her and caught her unbalance.
She snapped her head to see Rin and Shippo grinning like maniacs behind her before turning back to Sango who had turned around completely as soon as the chair hit the back of her legs.
A sudden familiar sound of a trumpet was her first clue before a band of men dressed in matching black and red suits came from either side of the beach house and Kagome could feel her heart and face warm up. There was a huge bon fire set up several feet behind her brunette friend, the waves calm and the night had colored the skies purple.
Sango smirked at her before holding out her hands causing a huge crowd of people to follow the lead of the mariachi band and show themselves.
The song wafted around them, Kagome barely registered the speakers set up on the patio behind her before his voice flew around her.
"It's a beautiful night We're looking for something dumb to do Hey baby I think I wanna marry you." As soon as the first word left his mouth the crowd of people began dancing, their coordination in complete sync as they all finished pointing straight to her.
"Is it the look in your eyes Or is it this dancing juice? Who cares, baby I think I wanna marry you." Kagome tried to find her crazy gangster but although his voice was everywhere he was nowhere in sight.
"Well, I know this little chapel On the boulevard we can go No one will know Oh, come on girl." The bon fire that had been higher than usual was providing fierce shadows making the dancing seem even more passionate than she would have expected. Kagome's hand rose to her mouth in awe.
"Who cares if we're trashed Got a pocket full of cash we can blow Shots of patron And it's on, girl." Her mouth fell open at the bottles of patron that landed on the soft sand before her feet.
"Don't say no, no, no, no, no Just say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah And we'll go, go, go, go, go If you're ready, like I'm ready." Shippo and Rin lip synced as they moved into the group, Souten, Michiyo and Miyako taking the center stage with the two country children.
'Cause it's a beautiful night We're looking for something dumb to do Hey baby I think I wanna marry you." Kagome began deciphering the shadows into real people, the country kids were all there, huge smiles plastered on their faces, surprisingly even Kouga's as they sang along with Sesshomaru's voice.
"Is it the look in your eyes Or is it this dancing juice? Who cares, baby I think I wanna marry you." Bankotsu took center stage doing a wild version of the monkey only to get pushed down by Miroku and Inuyasha.
"I'll go get a ring Let the choir bells sing like Ooh, so what ya wanna do? Let's just run, girl." Both boys had grabbed either of her hands and began running with her into the middle of the large group. Kagome laughed loudly as they continued dancing around her.
"If we wake up and you Wanna break up, that's cool No, I won't blame you It was fun, girl." Hands were up in the air as they sprayed her with silly string. She covered her face instinctively still giggling like a little girl too thrilled.
"Don't say no, no, no, no, no Just say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah And we'll go, go, go, go, go If you're ready, like I'm ready." Kirara broke out of the dance group dressed in a pair of baggy jeans, Souta and Inuyasha set down a large cardboard box broken down so the small girl began her break dancing.
"Cause it's a beautiful night We're looking for something dumb to do Hey baby I think I wanna marry you." Everyone closed in on her in a large group hug and Kagome closed her eyes feeling the love so clearly. Her throat constricted.
"Is it the look in your eyes Or is it this dancing juice? Who cares, baby I think I wanna marry you." The brunette girl feel to her knees with emotion as her family and closest friends encouraged her with playful kisses
"Just say I do Tell me right now, baby Tell me right now, baby, baby. Just say I do Tell me right now, baby Tell me right now, baby, baby, oh." Her mother was then infront of her, helping her to stand while the crowd broke down the middle slowly.
"It's a beautiful night We're looking for something dumb to do Hey baby I think I wanna marry you." Sesshomaru appeared as Rin and Shippo were the last ones to part, a microphone in his hand. He was unbelievably gorgeous in the simple black t-shirt that hugged him tightly and a pair of worn Levis that encased his muscular legs.
"Is it the look in your eyes Or is it this dancing juice Who cares, baby I think I wanna marry you." Kagome watched as he finally reached her and knelt on one knee. She held her hands up to her mouth trying to stifle her bubbling emotions.
His free hand came palm up in front of her containing a velvet red box. Kagome's knees buckled and she was once again on her knees, her own hands covering her face as she broke down.
The thud of the microphone falling amplified with the speakers surrounding them and Sesshomaru's arms were around her shaking shoulders holding her to him as close as possible.
"The year isn't up, but I can't take another moment of not knowing if you truly belong to this Sesshomaru. You're the most beautiful and frustrating creature I have ever encountered, enough that I feel like trapping you in a cage and never letting anyone else have contact with you. Then again I also want to show you off as only mine." His breath hit her ear and she shivered grabbing unto his sides, growing breathless. "I love you Kagome Higurashi. Dangerously so. I know I wanna marry you. Will you please accept this ring and become Kagome Takahashi?"
Kagome pulled away to face his full on a watery smile lighting up her blue eyes. "Actually, I want to keep my last name."
He glared at her before shaking his head. "See? Frustrating."
Kagome giggled and kissed him jumping with slight surprise as cheering engulfed them. She glanced around them and grinned brightly.
Sesshomaru slipped on the white gold diamond ring unto her finger before helping her stand up and raising their hands in victory.
Shippo and Rin jumped on them grinning like maniacs and Kagome knew she had all she wanted and needed in the world.
Blackmail had pushed her there but she couldn't possibly be any happier. She caught a shine of the diamond in the corner of her eye and grinned. God, she loved her ring and her family.
"What do you mean I can't have it?" Kagome growled at her fiancé who glared right back at her with defiance firing the depth of his golden eyes.
"This is completely unnecessary Kagome." He growled back at her.
"Oh yeah? Just because you say?" She had her hands on her hips and fierce rebellion in her own eyes. She briefly registered the middle-aged woman stopping besides them
"I will not have pink sheets on my bed." He hissed pointing at the display that had caught Kagome's heart since the moment they had walked past it.
"Well then I'll have my bed to have my own pink sheets on!" She threw back narrowing her eyes even further.
"We nearly married, like Hell you will be sleeping anywhere but besides with me." He hissed at her.
She turned on her heel and tucked a plastic container of the queen sheet set underneath her arm stomping towards the register, chin held high and annoyance glittering in her eyes.
"Uhh, ma'am may I-" The woman jumped when both Kagome and Sesshomaru snapped their heads in her direction. "Ehh we have the same pattern in a slightly different color so it doesn't seem as overbearingly feminine."
Sesshomaru sighed in relief and Kagome placed a finger underneath her chin as if thinking it over.
"The exact print?" Kagome mumbled her face scrunched with embarrassment when the saleslady pointed out the color right next to where Kagome had just plucked her set. It wasn't overtly pink but it wasn't red either. Kagome bit her lip before picking up the other set. "Fine." She growled at her fiancé who chuckled and led her away slipping a couple of bills to the saleslady and a wink that set her face on fire.
"Quit flirting!" Kagome elbowed his side making him kiss her cheek.
Kagome glared at him before grinning evilly once she saw an elderly man trying to act as if he hadn't been checking her out before her sight set on him.
The old man looked up once more and Kagome winked making his blush and hurry away.
"Kagome." Sesshomaru growled with warning.
The brunette giggled and kissed his cheek, "Jealous?"
Sesshomaru scoffed and put an arm around her shoulder possessively. And this was the woman who had stolen his heart? Fate was too cruel sometimes.
A/N: I was super inspired by a whole bunch of YouTube proposal videos so I kind of smashed a bunch together. Well this is officially the end. Thanks for sticking through even though it took YEARS to finish this. I love you all.