A/N: Sorry it took so long for the ending. I believe this will be the end. As far as a sequel goes, I have an idea, but I don't think I will ever post it. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it. I will upload the songs into the link on my bio shortly if you would like to listen to them.


The Way I Feel Inside
Epilouge

It amazed him how everything turned out in the long run. Even in this, he had expected it to be difficult, but not that hard. He used to tease Miroku to no end about how he whined and went on about Sango when they were on tour. Now he was in the same situation. There was an unspoken support group, made up of Miroku and himself, the married band members. He chuckled out loud. How things have changed.

His smile grew wider the closer he got to home. Somehow, his heart knew he was heading home to her. He used to hate the phrase "your better half," but now he understood exactly what that meant. Without her, he felt incomplete. What a crazy chain of events... So much had happened so fast. After they offically met, Souta moved back, Sango and Miroku married, they had thier own engagement and wedding, Kouga had found Ayame and they were becoming fairly serious. He smiled as he recalled different events, but his mind locked on a specific time.

***

Flashback:

He was nervous, almost embarassingly so. I'm acting like such a school-boy right now, he thought as he felt the butterflies in his stomach. He tried to pull himself together, forcing on a calm facade. Souta didn't show it, but the poor boy was a wreck. Only those who knew him could tell though. Before going back to his band, Souta decided to brush up on his skills and perform solo for a while. He had done several acoustic shows in the area at bars, resturants, and clubs around the area, starting to develop a little following of his own. The local newspapers had even began noticing, writing articles on his shows in the entertainment section. When Souta came to him and asked if he would join him on-stage for a few songs, he couldn't refuse. Then, another idea came to him and after talking with Souta about it, they decided to put it into play. It wasn't the performance that made him so nervous. In fact, he was excited about it. It was the huge step that he was about to take. He knew that it was right. There was no better time.

It's close. He thought to himself. Peering out from around the curtian, he noted that everything was set for him. Glancing out, he also noticed that right up front in the crowd was thier little group of friends. Kagome was the one who caught his gaze. Something that he noticed about her right away was that she had a special smile for those who she loved. That smile was on her face as she watched Souta perform. When he was the one recieving that smile, he could feel his heart sing within his chest. There was nothing that he loved more. As Souta concluded the song, he shook his head to try to clear his thoughts. He flipped the microphone in his hand on. Here we go...

"Thank you." Souta said to those clapping in the audience. He glanced over as he took a sip of water, making sure that he was ready. Inuyasha nodded to him, so Souta turned back to the crowd. "I have a surprise for you tonight. I brought along a guest..." He didn't have to say more to get the crowd's attention. They were cheering loudly. He laughed a little. "So, I guess you heard about my show last night." They cheered more. "In that case-"

"Cut the chit-chat." Inuyasha said, stepping out. Thay actually wasn't planned. He usually would allow the banter to continue and anticipation to build, Inuyasha didn't think he could take the suspense of it anymore. There was an eruption of loud cheering.

"Dogboy Takashi." Souta announced, just in case some didn't know. He glared over at Inuyasha, who shrugged at him. Inuyasha took his seat on the stool next to Souta, putting the mic into the stand and adjusting it so it was the right height.

"I'll be joining for two songs tonight. The first one was written by this amazing guy I share stage with tonight." It was Souta's show. He was just along for the ride, doing back up vocals and second parts. Souta started the song on his acoustic. (311 - I'll Be Here A While)

"I'll be here a while
Ain't going nowhere
I'll be here a while
Ain't going nowhere
I'll be here a while
Ain't going nowhere
I'll be here a while."

Souta took the first verse. Inuyasha looked out into the crowds, but as always, Kagome captured his attention. She caught his eye as well. She smiled lightly and winked at him. Her body was swaying to the guitar. Subconciously, his own body began making those same swaying moments, matching hers exactly.

"Far is solace in the maddening pace
Sad state written on my face
Not a tight rope walk but dance
Uncertain game of chance
But I'll see it through in time

"I'll be here a while
Ain't going nowhere
I'll be here a while
Ain't going nowhere
I'll be here a while
Ain't going nowhere
I'll be here a while."

The next verse was Inuyasha's. He leaned to the mic.

"And if a person place or thing can deliver
I will quiver with delight
Tempted by the hand that could
Blind my vision and sight
But at twenty years of age
In frolic and in rage
I will see it through in time.

"I'll be here a while
Ain't going nowhere
I'll be here a while
Ain't going nowhere
I'll be here a while
Ain't going nowhere
I'll be here a while."

The song broke down into the bridge. Souta closed his eyes as he played and sang. The delievery of this song was important. It needed to be felt. His voice took on a warn, calm tone as he finished it out.

"But the dawn has come into the endless night
And everything's going to be all right
But at thirty years of age
Through frolic and in rage
All regressed and healed in time

"I'll be here a while
Ain't going nowhere
Said I, said I, said I
I will survive."

Inuyasha smiled over at Souta. That was completely heartfelt. To be honest, that was one of Inuyasha's favorite just of Souta's, but of all-time. The song showed both the hardship, but it also showed it gets better. It had a positive feeling. He was suddenly overwhelmed that he had the oppurtunity to perform that. Inuyasha clapped along with those in the audience. When Souta looked over, he smiled and nodded. Good job, buddy. It was as if that thought had been spoken. Souta nodded his thanks to him. As if they had a mental link, Inuyasha could feel Souta saying 'Your turn.' Inuyasha swallowed, taking a deep breath.

"Souta Higurashi, everybody." He said, allowing the audience to continue cheering. He was giving himself a few seconds to prepare himself. he let the breath he took out with a sigh. "We have another surprise for you. This next one is new. In fact, we wrote this song together one day. He had the tune and I had the lyrics." Inuyasha laughed lightly at himself, he just felt self-concious.

"Are you ok?" Souta whispered over to him.

"I'm fine. I'm ready to do this. Thanks though for everything."

"No problem. I'm actually happy to be a part of this. Just don't take too long. I don't want my fingers to be cramped up." Inuyasha smirked at him to which Souta groaned, automatically regretting giving him the idea.

"We called this one Collide." This song was Inuyasha's song to sing. The guitar was Souta's department. With a glare, Souta began to start playing. As the intro continued, Inuyasha felt slightly guilty. He reached over and put a hand on his shoulder to show he wouldn't torture him before singing. (Howie Day - Collide)

"The dawn is breaking
A light shining through
You're barely waking
And I'm tangled up in you, yeah"

Inuyasha looked out into the audience to see some reactions. Among their group, there was a various set of reactions. Curiousity, surprise, suspicion. He swallowed and tried to keep himself from looking directly at her. He closed his eyes to help him focus on the song.

"I'm open, you're closed
Where I follow, you'll go
I worry I won't see your face
Light up again

"Even the best fall down sometimes
Even the wrong words seem to rhyme
Out of the doubt that fills my mind
I somehow find, you and I collide"

Kagome could already tell this song would become one of her favorites. This is what they've been acting so sneaky about? It amused her they kept a new song so hush-hush. She was almost skeptical that was the only thing they were hiding. When Inuyasha looked at her from the stage, a warm, but panicked smile was on his face. What is he so nervous about? She just watched him, trying to figure it out.

"I'm quiet, you know
You make a first impression
I've found I'm scared to know
I'm always on your mind

"Even the best fall down sometimes
Even the stars refuse to shine
Out of the back you fall in time
You somehow find, you and I collide."

A quick glance was all that was needed between them. Souta nodded as he the guitar work slowed down into the bridge. He looked over and smiled at Inuyasham who clapped him on the shoulder again. He took the mic from out of the stand, standing up.

"Don't stop here
I've lost my place
I'm close behind"

Inuyasha didn't look up as he headed to the front of the stage and got down. He took a deep breath as he walked to them. As soon as he could, he took a hold of Kagome's hand.

"What are you doing?" Looking around, Inuyasha spotted Miroku by her side, a knowing grin on his face. Inuyasha handed his mic to him, taking Kagome's other hand in his now free one. Looking into his eyes, she was still trying to figure it out. He laughed lightly at her. The realization hit when he dropped down on one knee.

"Well, uh..." He laughed again at both his brilliant start and her surprise. How could he resist surprising her when she looked at him like that! "You know I'm horrible at speaking words compared to what I can do writing them down, but there's some things that have to be vocalized. Kagome, I love you. I can not believe that it's only been a few years when it feels like you've been the from the beginning. So, what I would like to request from you is a new beginning, where we never have to be apart. I'm asking you for the honor, the privledge of being your husband." She was in shock. Her voice seemed to fail her. No sounds would issue forth, even though she was trying to speak. After a while, she managed to speak.

"Can't speak words, my eye." She said softly to herself, but he heard it. He couldn't help, but laugh at that.

"C'mon. It's not that hard to believe, is it?" Tears of joy were threatening to fall as she laughed at him. No one could doubt what her answer would be. Finally, she nodded at him.

"Yes." He smiled triumphantly. As he got to his feet, he pulled her into his arms. There was a loud cheer through the place. She buried her face in his chest hiding from the world from the world, comfortable and safe there in his embrace. "I mean, 'Yes, it's hard to believe.'" She stated, amusement evident in her tone. He laughed.

"That's too bad. You're stuck with me now." He said, kissing her temple once, feeling giddy. I am such a school-boy. He thought happily. Miroku materialized about of no where, pointing to the mic. He nodded, taking it with one hand. Inuyasha pulled away from her, so he could see her face. Several tears had fallen, but she never looked more beautiful. Still holding her with one arm, he brought the mic to his lips. Souta was relieved. He had been playing the same chord progession over and over again.

"Even the best fall down sometimes
Even the wrong words seem too rhyme
Out of the doubt that fills your mind
You finally find, you and I collide
You finally find, you and I collide."

He leaned in so that they were cheek to cheek, his mouth close to her ear, whispering so that it was like a secret to only her.

"You finally find, you and I collide."

With that, he finished what he had started, capturing her lips with his own as if to seal the deal. The cheering erupted and could be heard from blocks away

***

In between reminising and finally being home, he was happy beyond words. Pulling into his driveway, he waited fot the door to open, to see her come out to meet him, but surprisingly he was disappointed. Curious, he was as quiet as he could be when he entered the house. He began searching the rooms, looking for her. He finally found her in thier bedroom. Poor girl. Must be wore out. He thought as he leaned against the door frame. She was curled up in bed. A small smile crept onto his face as he watched her sleep. Home sweet home.

He left quietly to clean himself up, but when he returned, she was still asleep. Moving to her side, he tucked a loose strand of her hair behind her ear. For a moment, he thought she had woken up when she mumbled his name, but he found she was sound asleep. She's dreaming about me. He grinned to himself, loving that thought. Instead of waiting for her to wake up, he joined her. He crawled into his side of the bed, lightly wrapping an arm around her. She rolled over, cuddling into his warmth. Once again, he smiled as he found himself entranced by her once again. I'm one lucky S.O.B. Slowly, his eyes drifted shut as he joined her in dreams.

***

Her mind was fuzzy with sleep as her eyes slowly opened. At first, she wasn't sure what she was looking at. As she pulled away, blinking several times, she realised it was his shirt. It was him next to her, almost as if she never woke up from her dream. She examined his face. Soon enough, the fog that her sleep had caused lifted from her brain. He's home at last. Her heart swelled. Of course he wouldn't wake her up, he probably realized that if she was napping, she needed the rest. Always considering me first. She allowed her hand to lightly touch his cheek, as if to take his face at that moment into her memory. He responded to her touch, even though he seemed out of it. His lips kissed her hand, nuzzling it as a puppy would when it wanted attention. She almost laughed at the comparison. She was perfectly content laying next to him. Just to be in his presense was enough for her to feel safe and secure again. She found herself pondering what he was dreaming about when the doorbell rang. She grimaced as she looked at him. Good. He didn't wake up. As gently as she could, she removed herself quickly and headed to the front door, hoping to catch them before the doorbell rang again. She was sucessful. Opening the door, a young delievery man stood on the doorstep.

"Delievery for Inuyasha Takashi."

"Sure." She said, as she took the pen he offered. Signing the sheet, they exchanged the clipboard for the package. "Thank you. Have a good day." He smiled and tipped his hat before heading back to his truck. This must be that custom pedal he's been waiting for. Turning around, she was surprised to see him at the top of the stairs. She smiled warmly at him.

"I was hoping the doorbell didn't wake you." She said, walking up the stairs. "When did you get in?" He watched as she walked right past him into the living room.

"Not too long ago." He replied.

"Looks like you finally got that pedal you've been waiting for." She said, setting the package down. She hadn't heard him approach, so she was mildly surprised as one arm slipped around her waist, pulling her against him.

"Do you honestly think I give a damn about the package right now?" His voice was deeper than usual, gruff with sleep. She couldn't help the quiver than ran down her spine. He chuckled at her response, obviously finding it enjoyable.

"Inuyasha." She turned around to face him and he quickly took advantage of it, softly capturing her lips with his own. A swell of emotion built in her chest. She had missed him so much since the tour began. Of course, on the few days they played shows close-by, or if they had a rare day off in between shows, she joined him. But that just wasn't enough. His lips became for urgent. The kiss grew more passionate, more needy. She wasn't exactly sure when, for her head was swarming with various emotions and thoughts, but she found herself pinned in between him and the wall. She was torn. She didn't want to ruin this, but she tried to clear her desire away for the moment.

"Inuyasha!" She gasped against his lips. He began trailing kisses along her jawline.

"What?" He mumbled.

"We can't right now." He moved back down to her neck. Her control was slipping. It was already difficult enough without him completely ignoring her. Maybe that's what he's thinking too. She thought, knowing it probably was. He knew her limits and he loved pushing them.

"Inuyasha!"

"Yes, love?"

"Plans." She gasped, trying to keep the desire she felt out of her tone. She cleared her throat lightly. "We have plans." She elaborated, feeling a little more in control of her voice. He grumbled something, pulling away slightly so that he could look into her eyes.

"What plans?" He asked. Because these pretty much were my plans.

"We're suppose to meet up with the others at Sango and Miroku's in an hour."

"Sango and Miroku's?" He asked. She nodded, confirming that was the plans. She saw a certain twinkle in his eye. Instead of pulling away, he moved to kiss again. Grinning against her lips, he said

"They can wait."