Author's Note: Lol…I swear I'm not neglecting Absence (actually, if anything I've been spending too much time on it that I should be spending on other things), but this little idea came to me while I was reading another fic, and I just couldn't resist (yes, it's another little "mini-spoof")…

Matters of the Heart

"Kagome…" Inuyasha began once they reached the shade of the tree, "ever since I met you, there's been a sort of…ache, inside me."

She frowned at him curiously as he struggled to go on.

"I don't know what it is," he murmured, almost to himself, pressing a hand to his chest unconsciously, "but it's almost like a…a burning. And no matter what I do, it won't go away. I've tried to convince myself it wasn't there, but that only seemed to make it worse."

"Inuyasha…" she breathed, giving him a gentle smile and taking a step towards him. "I…I think I know what it is."

"You do?" he asked, looking at her intently, trying to discern whether or not she really understood.

"Mm-hm," she said with a nod, stroking his cheek. "I've felt it too."

"You have?" he replied, almost breathless with anticipation now. "Then you…you must know of…"

In answer to his unfinished question, she plucked a small cylindrical package from her pocket and flicked her thumb to free a little white disc with the word "TUMS" carved into the surface. "Here," she said, offering him the antacid, "this should take care of it."

He gobbled the pill up in no time flat, his expression relaxing at once as it calmed his unsettled tummy. "Thank god for you and your magic pills, Kagome," he sighed.

She gave him an indulgent smile. "I told you you shouldn't have put all those spicy peppers in your ramen…"


A/N: That's it. Just thought it might be good for a chuckle… (—grin—)