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I'm Listening

Ch. 1 Mrs. Higurashi has an idea

"That baka!"


Mrs.Higurashi looked up, startled by the sudden noise. "Kagome, is something wrong?" she asked, concern evident in her voice and expression.

"Oh, mama!" Kagome exclaimed, equally surprised. She had thought herself alone in the house. Seeing her mother's worried face swamped her anger and frustration in guilt. "No, don't worry Mama, it's nothing."

"It didn't sound like nothing. What happened dear?" Mrs. Higurashi persisted.

"It really is nothing! I don't need to talk about it, I swear!." Kagome insisted, too embarrassed to explain her outburst.

Mrs. Higurashi frowned, her brows coming together over a pair of worried eyes. She was confused by her daughter's uncharacteristic reluctance to discuss her problems- but then realization dawned.

"Does this have something to do with Inuyasha-kun?" she asked softly.

"Oh, Mama!" Kagome wailed, unable to hold it in any longer. Her mother's kind tone had served as the last straw; the floodgates had opened full force. "I don't know what to do at all anymore! I, I, I love him but he makes it so hard!" It was a mark of how upset she was that she had let loose such a confession, even to her mother. Every other word was wrenched off by a body-wracking heave. Those first few words were soon proven the only coherent ones. But while they might have been gibberish, she still kept spluttering them out between the sobs for the next hour or so, twisting her loving mother's heart at the sight.

With much soothing Mrs. Higurashi managed to calm her daughter's tears and suggested a nice bath and sleep for further comfort. Kagome, eyes still puffy and red from her tears, hiccoughed a thank you and went upstairs almost immediately. She was asleep within the hour, exhausted by her own emotions.

Mrs. Higurashi sighed, rubbing her temples. This was the third time this month Kagome had come home in tears from some other pointless quarrel with that boy. Which was all the more significant as Kagome had only come home three times that month as her adventures in the Sengoku Jidai became longer and longer. However, in the past weeks Kagome had started coming home increasingly often, and it was because of her fights with Inuyasha-kun. Mrs. Higurashi did not blame the boy in the slightest; she could tell, even if Kagome couldn't, how much her daughter meant to him. The way he pined away while he waited for her to come home from school was testament (among countless other quirks) to his feelings. However, the two were obviously not getting along despite everything. It pained her to see the two bring so much hurt to one another when they so obviously cared so much for each other. If only there was some way for them to understand each other better and so be able to avoid their emotional fights. She was awakened from her absorbing thoughts by the insistent ring of the phone.

"Hello, this is Mrs. Higurashi, who am I speaking to?" She asked mechanically.

"What do you mean 'who am I speaking to'?!" her sister's voice teased. "I'm calling to ask you about what I'll need to bring when I come up to visit you all for the next week. We arranged this weeks ago- do you need your memory checked Onee-chan, or are you just suppressing something?"

Mrs.Higurashi laughed, but not at her sister's joke. She finally had an idea to help Kagome and Inuyasha-kun!

A/N: Now, the moment you've all been waiting for: Inuyasha and Kagome finally get some couple's therapy/psychological help! I couldn't help myself, it was too good of an idea to waste, and if anyone else has a different take on it, be my guest this idea could be interpreted so many delicious ways...I really hope you all like it, please please PLEASE REVIEW and tell me what you think of it!

Yes I know it's short, and I'm sorry but don't worry they'll get longer as I continue. I'll be updating soon enough- the next three chapters are only in desperate need of editing, so they won't take too long. And if anyone here does read my other fic, I'll be updating it soon enough as well, so no worries. I can't wait to hear what you think of this!