Chapter 57 - The End

*Risking my Pride* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

There was a knock at Inuyasha's door, and the hanyou quickly went to open it. There, leaning against the doorframe, with his arms crossed over his chest and a smirk turning up the corners of his lips, was Sesshoumaru. Kagome looked up at him with a smile.

"There you are. I was wondering where you were."

"Would you care to join this Sesshoumaru for dinner?" The taiyoukai was nervous, even though he knew she would agree. He had no idea how she would react to his attempt at romance. What if she laughed at him? What if she thought the whole thing was silly? He tried so hard, worked to make everything perfect, and if she didn't like it, he didn't think his already decimated pride could ever recover. The woman he was in love with for years had seen him transformed into a dog, stuck in that form, but this could be far worse.

"Oh, I would," she started before glancing at her friend, "but Inuyasha already ordered for us. If I'd known you were here, we would have ordered for you, too."

"No, I didn't, Kaggie," Inuyasha said with a grin. "Go on."

"You didn't? But I heard you call!"

"I faked it, okay? Now go. You gave me a headache with all this Psychology talk."

Finally understanding that Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru had been in on it together, the miko nodded. "Alright, I will." She rose and accepted the hand Sesshoumaru held out to her, allowing him to lead her down the stairs, through the living room, and down into the basement. They stopped outside the door to their apartment, and she looked up at the taiyoukai in question.

*Luster* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

Sesshoumaru caressed her cheek gently, brushing her hair behind her ear. "I love you," he said softly.

"I love you, too. What did you do?"

"Open the door and find out."

Kagome placed her hand on the knob, suddenly nervous, and she slowly turned it to swing open the door. She was greeted with the glow of candlelight and gasped at the beauty of it. She walked inside and spotted their coffee table, set up with candlesticks and dinner.

"What's all this?" she asked, overwhelmed.

*Because You Are Here* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

"I thought a proper date was in order." It really was. They were secretly in love with each other for years, and now they were going to be mated, all without a single date. It wasn't right, and Sesshoumaru knew he owed her. Sneaking around in the shadows behind her and her friends while they went places and had fun certainly didn't count as dating, especially since she hadn't even known he was there.

"It's beautiful. Thank you," she squealed before throwing herself at him, wrapping her arms around his neck and kissing him passionately.

"You are welcome," he said once she released him. "Our food is getting cold." Sesshoumaru led her to the table, and they both lowered themselves onto the pillows he placed on the floor for that purpose.

*Waltz of Sweet Aroma* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

Kagome smelled a familiar scent, noticing what was on her plate and smiled. "Inuyasha told you what I wanted?"

"He did," the taiyoukai replied. "He was very helpful. He also made sure you did not notice when I got home so I could bring my purchases down without you seeing them and getting suspicious."

"I can't believe he helped you."

Sesshoumaru smirked. "He was initially reluctant, but once I promised to put in a good word for him, he relented. He is very eager to be forgiven for his transgressions. I, personally, do not believe he deserves your forgiveness."

"You have no idea," Kagome agreed. She was completely unaware that Sesshoumaru had overheard her telling Jak every bit of what Inuyasha said, and the taiyoukai wasn't going to tell her. "So, what are we drinking?" she asked while picking up her glass.

"Sparkling cider," Sesshoumaru replied nervously, still unsure of his choice of beverage.

"Oh, I love sparkling cider," the miko exclaimed happily. Sesshoumaru released a huge whoosh of air, relieved that she approved. "You've gotta relax, Sesshoumaru. I'm not going to flip out on you if one little thing isn't perfect. I still can't believe you did all of this for me. It's amazing."

"You deserve it," he purred at her.

*Let Me Be With You* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

"I picked the perfect man," she said with a soft sigh.

Sesshoumaru couldn't help but smirk while inside; his beast was doing the same. 'I knew I picked the perfect girl ages ago,' the beast thought.

'And you were right,' Sesshoumaru agreed.

"I am far from perfect," the taiyoukai confessed. "Far from deserving of such a perfect woman."

"If we keep this up, I'm going to end up crying," Kagome admitted. The level of romance was beginning to get to her. "Let's eat."

*Strength to Beg For Love* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

The pair ate in comfortable silence for several minutes until Sesshoumaru was startled when the miko shoved the table away and quickly moved to straddle his legs. She kissed him with such heat and passion the taiyoukai thought he might explode. He wasn't expecting her to be so forward, but perhaps she was taking Jak's advice and giving him a very obvious hint that she was ready. Thankfully, he was ready, too, and had been for quite some time.

When Kagome turned slightly and leaned back, trying to encourage Sesshoumaru to lay back with her, the taiyoukai decided to put a stop to it. He had every intention of taking her virginity, but not on the living room floor. He wrapped his arms around her and lifted them both up. He carried her into the bedroom, kicking the door closed behind him, revealing that his candles extended into there as well.

"Mmm," Kagome hummed. "Someone was planning for a good night."

*Falling into a Trap with a Sexy Lure* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

"Indeed," he purred against her throat. He carefully sat her down on the bed and stepped back, watching with pleasure as she slowly began removing her clothes. "Gods, you are so beautiful."

Kagome giggled. "Sesshoumaru, I'm going to have sex with you. You can stop trying so hard."

"But it's true."

"You know what else is true? If we're going to do this, you're going to need to take off your clothes, too." She couldn't help but laugh at the look on his face as he realized he had been standing there ogling her when he should have been getting naked, too! In a flourish, he was as bare as the day he was born. "I will never get tired of looking at you," the miko moaned.

"Lay back," Sesshoumaru urged, and Kagome obliged him, lying back in the center of the large bed. The taiyoukai climbed up the end of the mattress, kissing his way up her long legs.

"I am so glad I remembered to shave my legs this morning," Kagome joked.

"I wouldn't have cared if you didn't," he murmured as he made his way higher. The scent of her arousal danced around his head, drawing him closer and closer to the source. She smelled so good, he couldn't have resisted if he wanted to.

"You would when you got a tongue full of stubble. Gods, I need to stop talking. I'm just nervous."

*Somewhere I Belong* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

"You are not the only one," he said softly before closing the remaining distance. Sesshoumaru gently spread her thighs, taking in the glorious sight of her slick folds. He loved that she could be so aroused for him, and he had barely even touched her. He adored doing this to her, like he was born to be between her legs. He smirked as Kagome gasped at the sensation of his tongue flicking over her clit.

The taiyoukai was intent on bringing Kagome to climax several times before he finally 'slid home' as Miroku had phrased it. That way, hopefully, she would be easier to bring to orgasm for their first time together. He noticed that each orgasm came easier as her body became more and more sensitive. That was part of his plan to ensure he didn't look inept when they had sex.

He couldn't forget about the monk's advice. He still hadn't decided if he should follow it or not. He couldn't figure out how to excuse himself to the bathroom and quickly masturbate to completion without ruining the flow of their evening. It still seemed so wrong, but he was terrified that he would disappoint her by reaching his peak too quickly. He wanted this to be perfect for her, and if he had to do the deed alone before hand to make it so, then he would do it.

*Tadpole Dance* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

Sesshoumaru brought her to climax repeatedly with lips, fingers, and tongue, until the miko was pushing at his head, begging him to stop. He sat back on his heels and took in the sight of her, the sweat on her body shimmering in the candlelight. Seeing the love in her eyes in that moment made the decision for him.

"I will be right back," the taiyoukai excused himself and headed into the bathroom. He silently lowered the seat of the toilet, sat down, and stared at his throbbing erection. It was now or never. He wrapped his hand around his length and began stroking himself, all the while picturing the beauty naked in the next room waiting for him. His fantasizing, however, seemed to be counterproductive. As guilt flowed through him it was next to impossible to even come close to climaxing. He knew he couldn't be in there much longer without attracting attention to his extended absence.

His worries were realized when he heard her calling his name. "Coming," he called out and rose quickly, flushing the toilet and lifting the lid, hoping that she would assume he was simply relieving himself. He sighed heavily and slid open the connecting door, stepping back into the bedroom.

*First Love* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

"Are you alright?" Kagome asked, concerned. He had been in the bathroom for several minutes, when a pee break usually only took him thirty seconds at most. She was worried that he might be changing his mind about going all the way, and that was the last thing she wanted. She was ready to be with the man she loved, for him to be her first and only, and she didn't want any further delays.

"I am fine," he lied, despite his promise not to, his nervousness now greater than ever. He failed to complete a simple task, one he had done hundreds of times before. Miroku would laugh at him if he were to ever find out. Thankfully he wouldn't, because he had no intention of ever breathing a word of this aloud.

"Come here," the miko called him over, and Sesshoumaru made his way to her side, crawling onto the bed and stretching out beside her. "Do you want this?"

"More than anything else in the world," he replied honestly.

"Then why are you so nervous? It'll be fine. It'll be wonderful. There's nothing to worry about."

"And if it is not wonderful?"

"Then we'll just try again until it is," she replied with a smile. "That's the point to this, learning together. Who knows? I could be terrible."

"You could never be anything other than perfect," he assured her. "It is I that I am worried about."

*Treasures of Youth* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

"What part? I mean it's not difficult. You know how this works. What part are you so afraid of?"

Sesshoumaru stared into her eyes for a long moment while inside; his beast ordered him to tell her the absolute truth. There was no reason to hide this, or anything, from her. It would only lead to trouble, and they were finally doing so well. With a sigh, the taiyoukai spit it out. "Finishing too quickly."

Kagome giggled, instantly regretting it when she saw the look on his face. "So, what if you do? From what I've heard, demons, especially young ones, can go over and over again. You finish, you wait a second or two, and you start again!"

"You truly believe so?"

The miko laughed again. "I've been friends with four guys for years. I've heard things that would make you blush. Stop worrying so much, and let's get on with this, huh? Don't make me beg."

The erection that had wilted at her initial laughter came back full force at the thought of her begging him to fuck her. Perhaps someday he would get to see it, but tonight he wouldn't make her beg. He wanted this night to be perfect, and he had already risked ruining it by following Miroku's advice and leaving her alone waiting for him.

*Naked Prince* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

In an instant, he was ready to go again, and the taiyoukai rolled over her, resting his hips between her naked thighs, groaning at the feel of his cock sliding along her hot, slick folds. Kagome moaned at the sensation of skin against skin. She loved his naked body. She dreamt of it over and over again across the years, and now she had free access to it whenever she wanted. The miko ran her hands up and down his back while he kissed her passionately.

Finally, it was time. Finally, they would be together, mates for all of eternity. Then all the suffering of the past could be completely forgotten, with only the future to look forward to. When he pulled back, his long silver hair fell around her like curtains, blocking her sight of anything but the taiyoukai she loved, and Kagome smiled.

"I can't believe we're finally doing this," she whispered, the feeling in the air that of something special and sacred that she didn't want to break with the sound of her voice. "I've been waiting for this forever."

"As have I," he agreed.

*Déjà Vu* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

Sesshoumaru shifted his weight onto one elbow, moved his lower half back a bit, and wrapped his hand around his cock once more, this time not to pleasure himself, but to bring them both pleasure. He lined the head up with her opening and just as he was about to slowly push his way inside, her voice stopped him.

"Wait! Please tell me you have a condom."

There was that guilt again, the same feeling he experienced multiple times that day, first when Bankotsu reminded him he needed to purchase condoms, and he hadn't even thought about it, and again when he realized that he had forgotten all about them again. At least he remembered in time and bought them.

*Unbalance* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

'Yes,' he thought with a grin. 'I've got condoms. Lots and lots of condoms.' And he did. His bedside drawer was practically filled with them. He knew he over-purchased, but there was no worry that he might run out. He felt incredibly prepared, at least on this front, and so he scooted backwards to climb off the bed and go collect one. He was moving so quickly, eager to get back to what they were about to do, he scooted too far and fell right off the end of the bed onto the floor.

Kagome gasped and tried to fight down the giggles, but she couldn't. The sight of him falling ass over teacups was too amusing. "Are you alright?" she asked between laughs. The taiyoukai shot her a playful glare; his cheeks flushed pink with embarrassment, as he rose from the floor. He hurried over to his nightstand and opened the drawer just a smidge, hoping to keep her from seeing just how many condoms he purchased, not wanting to appear presumptuous. He retrieved one and sat down on the edge of the bed beside her to attempt to put it on.

*April Fools* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

His hands were absolutely trembling as he tried to open the package. He had been so close, and he was cursing himself for having forgotten this essential part of the night once again. He feared she would be angry with him for not being fully prepared, but his embarrassing fall off the bed seemed to have distracted her from his forgetfulness. He couldn't believe he did that! He was usually so elegant and composed, and not only did he fall on his head, but now he was shaking like a leaf! He had never done this before, and his nerves were making it nearly impossible. He felt like a fool.

Just as he tried to tear the little foil packet open, his claws slipped, and he sliced into it, cutting the condom inside as well. He sighed and tossed it to the floor, grabbing another, suddenly extremely thankful for his large purchase. He failed twice more, the last time swearing loudly, before Kagome rolled to the side to see what the holdup was.

"Here, let me do it," she said. Sesshoumaru merely nodded and reached into the drawer for another, only to slice through it as well when he tried to tear it off the strip. The miko sat up and opened the drawer a little further, only to laugh. "Think you bought enough?" she asked playfully.

"Better to have too many than not enough," he replied, showing her the pile of destroyed condoms on the floor. "If I had only purchased the three-pack, this would have been over before it even started."

"Oh no, it wouldn't. I would just be upstairs raiding Miroku's stash. Now, lay back."

The miko retrieved a condom and carefully tore the packet open. Sesshoumaru couldn't help but moan at the feel of it as Kagome rolled it down over his erection. Any time she touched his penis was good with him, not matter what she was doing with it. She was welcome to make it sing and dance if she desired, so long as she was touching it.

"There!" she declared. "Now we're good to go." She couldn't resist stroking him a few times, studying the different feel of it when his length was covered in latex. Deciding that sex was far more important than a slightly different texture, she rearranged herself on the bed and held her arms out, summoning him to her once again.

*No Pain, No Gain* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

Kagome was slightly nervous about what was about to happen. Sesshoumaru's cock was a great deal bigger than any of her toys, and she had a feeling that in the beginning this may not be the most comfortable of moments in her life.

"Just go slow, okay?"

Sesshoumaru heard the worry in her voice and leaned down to kiss her reassuringly. "I will do everything in my power not to hurt you." He carefully ran his fingers through her folds, ensuring that she was still well lubricated, before lining himself up once again. This was it, the final moment of his virginity. In just seconds, he would truly be a man, and in minutes he would be mated to the love of his life.

He began to slowly press his way inside her tight passage and moaned rather loudly at the feel of it. Even through the barrier of the condom, it felt exquisite. She was so soft, so hot and slick, and he found it very difficult to keep from thrusting inside her in one fast movement, but he promised her, so he gritted his teeth and held back. Kagome's eyes were pinched tightly shut, and Sesshoumaru wanted to see her beautiful blue eyes.

"Kagome, open your eyes," he whispered. "Are you in pain?"

The miko peeked her eyes opened and fully evaluated all she was feeling. She was so fearful of pain that she had been trying to block it all out, and she nearly missed the brand new feeling of being stretched in ways she never had been before. It didn't hurt as she expected. It certainly was different and not entirely pleasurable, but it wasn't painful.

"No, I'm fine," she answered. Moments later, Sesshoumaru's hips were flush with her thighs and he was fully sheathed inside her. The taiyoukai stayed completely still, allowing her to grow accustomed to the new feeling. After a few moments, she shifted her hips and moaned. "Oh, yeah, I'm good."

Sesshoumaru chuckled and tried to thrust, only to discover her was not in the best position for doing so. He shifted his weight, only to hear Kagome squeal in pain.

"My hair! You're on my hair!"

The taiyoukai quickly moved his hand off of her hair, apologizing profusely. They had only been having sex for perhaps a minute, he hadn't even thrust once, and he was already ruining it.

"Relax, its okay," Kagome said, hoping to get the apologizing to end. She was surprised he hadn't hopped right off her completely he was so flustered. "Keep going," she urged. She was eager to find out what sex really felt like. She was an eighteen-year-old virgin after all, or she had been until a minute ago. She wanted him to move!

*Waking Dream* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

Sesshoumaru carefully readjusted his position; this time making sure his hand was safely under her hair, before slowly withdrawing from her heat as much as he dared. He slid back in just as slowly and groaned, almost embarrassed by just how loud he had just been. It just felt so amazing he couldn't restrain himself. It was like living one of his many naughty dreams, only better, because this time he was sure it was happening. No dream would include his falling off the bed and ruining half a dozen condoms in front of her. That would have been a nightmare.

After several slow thrusts, Kagome couldn't take it anymore. Yes, what he was doing was nice, better than nice even, but she needed more and she needed it now. "I know I said to go slow, but faster!"

The taiyoukai was thrilled that she gave the go ahead because going so slow had been torture. He sped up slightly, worried that he would go too fast for her, but as he went she continued to chant "Faster!" until he was using his demonic speed.

*I am Lost to the World* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

It was exquisite. Kagome had never felt anything like it, and she was quickly soaring towards her first orgasm. She had had sufficient time to cool down since he finished pleasuring her orally, his bathroom break and the subsequent talking and laughing being more than enough to distract her, but it didn't take long before the world exploded, and she saw white. At first the miko feared she would pass out from the overwhelming power of her orgasm, especially when he continued to move at such a high speed, but eventually she could see again and she looked up at him wide-eyed.

*Rest for a Moment* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

"Slow down," she said hoarsely, already losing her voice from her moans. "I can't... I can't breathe."

Sesshoumaru halted instantly, worried he had caused her harm by moving so quickly, but he soon saw that she just needed a moment to come down.

"Gods, you're so good," she gasped. "You had nothing to worry about."

The taiyoukai was actually thankful for the brief break, because he'd been quickly approaching his own peak. He didn't want to be finished yet and keeping himself from climaxing when her already tight passage clamped down around him was pleasurable torture. Panting for breath almost as hard as she was, and he leaned down to kiss her.

*Forever in that Time* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

"Gods, I love you," he murmured in her ear. "I wish this could go on forever."

"Not forever," she replied. "I think my heart would explode. Frequently, though. Very, very frequently."

"I can live with that." When he saw that she was breathing more normally, he started again, this time finding a happy medium speed-wise. She was human after all. Soon, once they were mated, she would take on more of his characteristics, including strength and endurance, but for now she was truly and completely human.

*Stay Gold* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

Sesshoumaru soon found the slower speed to be to his advantage, as now he could touch her. He leaned down and caught one taut nipple between his lips. Balancing his weight on one elbow, he ran his free hand down her body from the side of her throat, over her breast, along her abdomen to her hip. She wrapped her legs around him, locking her ankles behind his back, and looped her arms around his neck. He was certain at that moment that it couldn't get any better, but when another orgasm seized her, her nails dug into his back.

When that pinch of pain on top of the feel of her walls tightening around his length surprised him and pushed him over the edge, he growled his climax. In that moment, his instincts and his beast took over to initiate the mating process. It was a good thing, because he never would have been able to concentrate to do so on his own, as he was far too caught up in the intensity of his orgasm. It was worlds better than any he had ever experienced before. His eyes shifted from their usual gold to burning red as his beast rose to the surface.

*Calling my Soul* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

Sesshoumaru's aura rose up and called to Kagome's, and the two danced together, intertwining, until the two had become one. It was an incredible feeling, and they both reveled in it, staring into each other's eyes. The taiyoukai was thrilled. Not only was she now his mate, but he would be able to feel a piece of her there with him even when they were apart. Now they would be together until the end of time. No one could take her from him. He could only hope he was able to make her happy forever.

"That... that was amazing," she whispered. She had no idea what the actual mating process would be like, and it was something unlike anything she might have imagined.

"I should have explained what would happen before we did this. I am sorry." And he truly was. He was overwhelmingly thankful that her miko powers hadn't fought against the binding. He hadn't even considered that a possibility. He had been so focused on just the sex part that he hadn't thought through the mating at all.

"It's okay. I know you were stressing, unnecessarily I might add, about the whole thing. It worked perfectly, didn't it?"

"It did. You are now my mate. I will always carry a piece of you with me, and you will carry a piece of me with you. Anyone of either holy or demonic descent will know you are mine."

"And you're mine."

*Sad Parting* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

"Perhaps now the girls at school will stop ogling this Sesshoumaru."

"I doubt it," Kagome laughed. "Now they'll just add glaring at me. They've been trying to figure out how to get your attention for years. They're gonna be pissed that I somehow managed it. Still not entirely sure how that happened."

"You were always the only one I saw." Sesshoumaru groaned softly as he slowly began to withdraw from her welcoming heat. It felt so wrong, leaving her depths. He wanted to be there forever.

Kagome whined her disappointment as he fully left her, suddenly feeling very empty and alone. She watched curiously as the taiyoukai grabbed a tissue and slipped off the used condom before tossing it in the trash. She couldn't help but wonder what it would feel like to have him inside of her without that layer of latex, and she immediately decided that she needed to start birth control, not only so they could try it, but as a backup in case a condom broke. She was definitely not in the right place in her life to get pregnant.

*Epilogue of the Beginning* (Stella's Soundtrack Challenge)

Evaluating himself, the taiyoukai found that his beast was completely sated and had finally fully receded into the depths of his mind. "I am glad to have survived the Syndrome in time to bring it to an end," he said as he lay down beside her, pulling her body close to his.

"Me, too, but this isn't just the end. It's a whole new beginning."

"Indeed," he agreed. He was surprised when she suddenly pulled away and rose, going to his drawer of condoms. She claimed one and came slinking back, climbing onto the bed in the most seductive way. In an instant, his softening cock was rock hard once more, and he watched as she straddled his thighs and carefully applied the latex to his length.

"And there's something I want to try."

"I thought you were tired."

"So did I but suddenly I feel great."

"That is the part of me in you. You are now technically a hanyou," he explained. "You will now have increased stamina and endurance."

"Well, that'll come in handy, won't it?" she said with a smirk as she arranged herself over his length and slowly sunk it inside her.

"Yes, it will."