WARNING! Major adult content! Mentioning of rape! Read at your own risk! THIS IS WHY IT'S RATED M PEOPLE!
Disclaimer: I do not own InuYasha. The characters and story are the property of Rumiko Takahashi. I do own this storyline and any original characters that will appear: Dokubutsu, Kimae, Sei, Uchiki, Stardust, Lightning, Rei-Teki, Okayaki, Yukan, Kin, Chi, Namaiki, Niji, and more.
Chapter 25: Family Ties
By mid-afternoon, Ginta was almost completely healed, so the group continued their travels toward the Southern Lands.
As night fell, they were only a few miles away from Kouga's childhood home. They could have arrived in about two hours, but they needed to rest for Kagome's sake; the poor miko was beyond exhausted, which worried Kouga more.
Not only was she sleeping more frequently, she had been vomiting constantly. But, whenever he would call her out on it, she would merely wave it off as a small virus, not ready to tell him the truth just yet.
When they reached the next hilltop, Kagome's breath caught in her throat. On the opposite side of the greenest glen was a large castle, like those seen in fairytale books. A long, cobblestone walkway wound its way through the grass, leading to a monumental set of frosted glass doors. The walls were constructed of black marble that glistened in the dawn's sunlight. The meadow surrounding it was covered in a blanket of wildflowers dancing in the breeze, fenced in by a forest.
Kouga gently took a hold of Kagome's hand and began leading her down the hillside.
"Well…what do you think?" he asked anxiously.
"It's beautiful..." she whispered, and the wolf prince smiled brightly.
Suddenly, Ginta lost his footing on the steep slope and crashed into Hakkaku, causing both of them to tumble down the grass. Unfortunately, Kouga and Kagome were also knocked off their feet, so the foursome fell into a pile at the base of the hill, with Ginta and Hakkaku on the bottom.
"Graceful as ever, huh little brother?"
"Eh, put a lid on it, Kin." Kouga snapped at the older wolf demon, who was smirking a few feet away, as he helped Kagome to her feet.
"Aw, you hurt my feelings, Kouga," Kin pouted childishly. "Ouch!"
A resounding smack echoed across the field and a female wolf demon was standing next to him, glaring.
"Chi, what was that for?"
"Grow up Kin. You're 150 years old; start acting like it!"
The two new demons stood glaring at one another. The male, Kin, was very tan, and had his shoulder length brown hair pulled back at the nape of his neck. His pelt and tail were an inky black, and he had a chest plate similar to Kouga's, but it was gold instead of silver. His eyes were a bright blue. Chi, with the same color eyes, had black hair that was in a plait down to her shoulders. Her skin was fairer than Kin's, but still tanned. She wore a brown fur tube top and a pelt that were a shade or so lighter than Kouga's, as was her tail.
She then walked over to Kouga and grinned. "It's been too long, kid. How are you?" She gave him a warm hug.
"I've been great, actually. More so in the last few weeks, to tell you the truth," he replied honestly, wrapping an arm around Kagome's waist. He glanced over his sister's shoulder and smirked at the oncoming figure.
"Hey, Nam! Still causing trouble, bro?"
The newest demon jogged over, grinning. If it weren't for his blue eyes, Kagome never would have guessed he was Kouga's brother. Short, red hair was pulled back at the nape of the neck in a style that was similar to Miroku's, and his pelt was reddish brown in color. His chest plate was copper.
"You know it!" His eyes then fell on the miko. "Hey Kouga, who's the broad?"
"Watch it, kid. Do not talk about my woman like that, got it?" He gave 'Nam' a stern, older-brother glare.
All three demons cocked their heads curiously and stared at Kagome, who flushed bright pink and ducked her head in embarrassment.
"So this, human, is your woman, huh?" Kin was the one to break the silence. His tone was surprised.
Kouga grinned proudly, while Kagome curled further into his side. "Mate, actually." He pulled Kagome's hair to the side, showing off the bite marks that claimed her as his.
Chi smiled kindly and opened her mouth to speak, but was quickly interrupted.
A brilliant smile lit up his face as he saw a young girl, no more than ten, racing across the meadow. She skillfully leapt into his arms and hugged him tightly around the neck.
"Hey, Niji, how's my baby sister doing?" he said as he set her on her feet. Upon closer inspection, Niji was almost a mini Kouga. Her long, ebony hair was pulled back into a ponytail, and her skin was a sandy brown. She had baby blue eyes that shone with complete and utter adoration for her older brother.
"I've missed you, Kouga-kun. Why don't you visit me?" she pouted, "and I'm not a baby anymore!"
Kouga laughed. "I'm sorry. I've just been busy." He glanced at Kagome and grinned.
Niji stared up at the miko with an identical smile. "Wow, you're really pretty. Are you with Kouga?"
Kagome crouched down to her level and nodded. The girl squealed loudly, before launching herself at Kagome. "Yay! I have a big sister!"
Chi looked at her in shock and mock hurt. "What about me?"
"You're too old. You never spend time with me." She glared at Chi, making all of the men laugh.
Niji turned back to Kagome and smiled, "What's your name?"
"Kagome, will you come and play with me?"
"I'm sorry, sweetie, but I'm very tired. We can play later, okay?"
It was then that the group heard a couple of moans and groans coming form behind them. They turned around and couldn't help but laugh.
Ginta and Hakkaku, who had been lying unconscious at the base of the hill, were finally waking up. Ginta rose to his hands and knees, shaking his head. Hakkaku sat up, leaning back on one arm. He winced and rubbed the side of his head.
Niji skipped over to them and smiled, "Hey, Hakkaku-san." She turned to Ginta and her entire demeanor changed; she began swaying from side to side and blushed shyly "Um, hi, Ginta-kun."
Kouga smirked and leaned closer to Kagome. "Niji's had a crush on Ginta since she was five."
Niji glared at her brother, but her face flushed brighter. Ginta grinned at the wolf cub. "Hey, Niji. How is my favorite princess doing?"
"Good, how are you Ginta-kun?" she whispered.
"Better," he chuckled.
"So, Kagome..." Namaiki cut in, "how old are you?" He sauntered closer and lifted an eyebrow suggestively.
Kagome put a hand on Kouga's chest to restrain him and smiled sweetly, "You aren't flirting with me, are you? Because, I don't think Ayame would appreciate that."
Kouga and Kin snickered as Namaiki blushed and looked away, mumbling an "of course not."
Chi clapped her hands once to get everyone's attention. "Well, not that this hasn't been thrilling, but I'm sure Kagome is exhausted from the trip."
As if on cue, Kagome yawned and leaned further into Kouga's embrace. Kouga chuckled lightly before sweeping her up into his arms and dashed into the castle.
Kagome was out as soon as her head hit the pillow. She woke up the next morning, cuddled up to Kouga's side, and a content sigh slipped past her lips. Glancing up, she gazed into the smiling blue eyes of her mate.
"Hey, sleepyhead. I take it you rested well?"
"Mmm, what time is it?"
"A little after noon."
"What!" she screeched, jolting up in bed. "Why didn't you wake me up?" She ran across the room to her bag and grabbed her watch. It read 1:04.
"You were exhausted and needed to sleep. Plus, you've been sick lately; I wanted you to get as much rest as possible."
At the mention of being ill, Kagome rushed to the wash basin in the corner of the room and emptied her stomach of whatever contents were in it. Kouga followed on her heels and knelt down next to her, pulling her hair back out of her face.
"Sweetheart, I think I should take you to the healer."
"No, no, I'm fine, Kouga. Really I am." Kouga looked at her skeptically. "Listen, if I'm still feeling like this when we get home, I'll go see my healer from my time, okay?"
Kouga sighed in defeat and nodded. There was no point in arguing with her. He gently lifted her into his arms and carried her back to the bed. "Kouga, I'm..."
As soon as she was settled under the covers, there was a loud banging at the door.
Kouga opened the door to find Niji jumping up and down excitedly. "Is Kagome ready to play with me now?"
"I'm sorry, Niji. Kagome isn't feeling well right now. Maybe you should come back some other time."
Kagome caught a glimpse of the pout on the cub's face and smiled softly.
"Hey, Niji, do you want to hear a story?"
Niji's blue eyes lit up and she bounded into the room, jumping onto the bed.
Kouga chuckled at his sister as she lay down on her stomach and propped her head up on her hands.
"Hmmm, do you want to know how Kouga and I first met?"
Niji's eyes lit up and she kicked her feet back and forth excitedly, "Ohh, was it love at first sight?"
Kagome laughed. "Not exactly. To be honest, I pretty much hated him in the beginning."
"Kagome, do you have to tell this story? I already apologized, and I'm trying to forget what I did," Kouga groaned.
Niji glared at her brother as he sat down beside Kagome on the bed, wrapping one of his arms around her shoulders. "What did you do onii-chan?"
"Nothing much. I just kidnapped her is all," he smirked.
And so the tale of Kouga and Kagome's first meeting began.
The next week passed without incident; in other words, Kagome was bored out of her mind. Kouga had been in and out of meetings with his parents, brothers, and sister, so a bit of alone time was a rarity for them. Ginta and Hakkaku had been MIA since the first day they'd arrived; Kagome was really starting to miss them.
As a result, her only form of entertainment was spending time playing with Niji. Suffice it to say, trying to keep up with a ten year old wolf demon cub, while pregnant no less, was a job in itself. Four days later, Kagome was exhausted.
Kouga had been released from one of the meetings early and headed to their room, talking animatedly with Namaiki along the way.
Opening the door, he found Kagome lazing in the center of the bed, reading one of the books she'd brought from her time. She looked up at him as he entered and smiled.
Namaiki peeked his head in the door and grinned. "Hey Kagome," he chirped before continuing down the hall to his own room.
Kouga took off his armor and set it on the floor before joining Kagome on the bed. "Hey, sweetheart," he cooed in her ear and kissed her temple. He wrapped an arm around her and she, in turn, rested her head on his shoulder, setting her book down.
"Hey, Kouga? I have a question," she looked at him, glanced at the door, then back at him. Kouga's eyes lit up with understanding.
"You're curious about Namaiki," he stated
Kagome nodded, "I wasn't going to say anything, but I was a bit surprised when you said that he was your brother."
"Well, Nam is really only my half-brother."
Kagome gasped, "You mean like InuYasha is to Sesshomaru? He's a hanyou?"
Kouga sighed, "No, he's not a hanyou. He's what you would call an "akurei-ni" or "two demons". You see, Namaiki is half wolf demon, but he's also half dog demon."
His mate looked at him curiously. "But, how is that possible? Both of your parents are wolf demons, right?" Kagome was getting very confused.
The wolf prince's eyes fell to the bed and his voice became shaky. Kagome wrapped her arms around his chest in a comforting manner.
"Namaiki wasn't exactly a planned pregnancy. I remember that night very well. I was only six years old…
A young Kouga tossed and turned restlessly in his bed. After about two hours of trying, and failing, to go to sleep, he scooted out of bed and shivered as his feet touched the cold stone floor. He padded across the room and quietly, or stealthily in his mind, opened the door and tip-toed down the hallway. He knew it was against the rules for him to be out of bed so late at night, but what else was he supposed to do? Go crazy from boredom?
As he passed his parents' bedroom, he heard a muffled cry and a loud bang echo down the halls. There were two more bangs and Kouga opened the door a crack and peered inside. What he saw would scar him for the rest of his life.
His mother was lying on the bed, sobbing. She was being pinned down by a strange demon who was naked on top of her. The bed was being pushed against the wall; the cause of the banging. Kouga stared in horror for a few seconds before screaming.
"MOMMY! DADDY, COME QUICK! KIN! SOMEBODY! HELP!"
At the sound of his voice, the stranger turned around and stared, ruby eyes glaring daggers at him.
Kin was the first one there. He wrenched the door open and saw what Kouga had seen. The sconces lit up the room and showed a nude dog demon sexually attacking the Lady of the South.
"Get the hell off of her!" Kin cried as he shot into the room, grabbed the demon by his short, orange hair, and yanked him off the bed.
Kouga's father arrived a few moments later and openly stared at the scene before him: his older son beating the tar out of the intruder, his wife laying on the bed, crying helplessly as she tried to cover herself, and his youngest child gawking at the whole thing.
"Chi! Get your brother out of here!" His daughter, who had been a few steps behind him, quickly dashed toward Kouga and grabbed his arm. She pulled him to her and carried him off, back to his room, crying the whole way.
"I was told later what had really happened. Soon after the…attack…my mother found out she was pregnant with Namaiki," Kouga choked.
Tears slid silently down Kagome's cheeks. "I'm so sorry, Kouga. Does Namaiki know…" she trailed off, not sure if she wanted the answer.
Kouga nodded, "Yeah, he knows the basics. The family doesn't bring it up. It wasn't his fault, so there's no need to rub it in his face," he laughed bitterly, "I guess you can understand why I have an aversion to InuYasha."
Kagome scowled, wiping away her tears on the sleeve of her nightgown, "It's not his fault he's part dog demon."
"Oh, I know, but I'm kinda biased when it comes to dog demons. After what I saw, it's pretty hard not to be," Kouga sighed again, "but I do love my brother. Nothing can change that."
Kagome smiled at her mate. He grinned cockily back as he pulled her into his lap. He growled playfully, "Even though InuYasha is part dog demon, the main reason why I didn't like him was because he was always trying to keep you away from me. But not anymore," He kissed her soundly on the lips.
Poor Nam, but at least it's all in the past. Another OC background- not sure how much it relates to the story, but I feel that the OCs need a bit of extra information. Plus it explains why Kouga hated InuYasha so much.
Sorry I have been MIA for…8 months…No real excuse…job hunting…worrying about student loans… gain and loss of a job…blah blah blah…As I said, no excuse.
Oh! And I've lost all of my documents, pictures, and videos from my computer…great, huh?
I'll try to post again before my b-day (February 28th), but no promises. I will finish this story, or die trying. That I CAN and WILL promise.
Next chapter is the parents.