029.

Birth

Miroku found her sitting in front of Kaede's hut, face pale and eyes distant. Her mouth opened and closed in horror and every so often one eye twitched. "Lady Kagome, are you alright?"

Kagome started violently and looked up at him as if she'd never seen him before. "I'm never having children."

To Miroku this was an odd statement. Not because women of his time were expected to have children, but because Kagome was so good with them and had expressed an interest in having one or two when she got married. "Why the sudden change of heart?"

"Suki-san had her baby today."

"Oh?" He'd have to remember to give them congratulations.

"Kaede can't see very well, so she had me help deliver."

Oh. Miroku had never witnessed a birth before, but he'd heard the horrible noises associated with one. "Well, I'm sure it looked worse than it actually was. Suki-san is a strong woman."

"She begged us to kill her. My hand is going to bruise from her holding on so hard." She held up her hand and Miroku hissed in sympathy. Her fingers were already turning purple.

"I'm sure that you'll change your mind wh-"

"No." Kagome resumed staring at nothing in horror. Miroku gave up and went to look for Inuyasha. The half demon had disappeared at the first sign of the event.