Alright here we go the much awaited for epilogue. YAY!
Now just know this is the END there will be no more after this. I will not go into the relationship between Naraku and ... you'll just have to make the decision for yourself if they ever ended up together or not.
So I hope you enjoy and I will see you out there in fanfiction land! Much love for you all and thanks so much for the support of this fic. Keva
Kagome sighed deeply as she stared at the house. "I should have waited for Sesshoumaru." She muttered to herself as she walked from the driveway to the front door. "Please don't be home... Please don't be home..." She pleaded to the invisible force that made things happen whether it be bad or good.
With one more sigh she stuck her key in the lock, turned it, opened the door, and there she was. "Damn." She hissed to herself, removed the key and closed the door behind her. "Yura." She nodded curtly.
"What are you doing here?" She bit out coldly.
"I'm here to see Naraku; not that its any of your business." Kagome bit back.
Yura huffed and glared at her. "I don't see why you insist on coming around here. You're not even related to him and quite frankly he could care less about you."
Kagome rolled her eyes. "Whatever. Like I'm really going to believe that after all these years of taking care of me, helping me through school, and taking custody of me means he doesn't care. How deluded are you really?"
Yura gasped like she had just slapped her. "GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!"
"Correction Naraku's house," Kagome smirked. "and if I want to stay here or come over or..." her smirk turned to something very dark as she stared at the woman. "move back home I am well within my rights to do so."
"I would never let you move back here." She hissed. "I will erase you from his life one way or another."
"You do that." Kagome waved a dismissive hand though the air and began walking towards the kitchen. "Now if you'll excuse me I have to talk to..." She trailed off, stopped where she was, looked over her shoulder, and cast an evil smirk at her. "my daddy."
She started laughing when Yura's face turned red in fury and continued on her way to the kitchen to make a drink for Naraku. She had important news for him and she was sure he was going to blow a gasket when she told him. A little alcohol would go a long way; or so she hoped.
"She's Hakudoshi's mother." Naraku growled.
Sesshoumaru snorted. "Some mother. She leaves him with the sitter even when she's home and perfectly capable of taking care of her own child. Not to mention how she treats Kagome."
Naraku pressed his lips together into a tight firm line. Yes he knew Yura and Kagome didn't get along Yura made sure he knew of every little thing she hated about Kagome. For the most part he just ignored her since his relationship with Kagome was none of her damn business anyway.
She knew going in that he was essentially Kagome's father and was okay with it or so she acted like it. Acted like it until she met Kagome and instantly didn't like her. He didn't pay any mind to it and just logged it down as one those instances of two people not clicking. He just figured that maybe one day they would work out their differences and things would be fine.
Things were never fine they hated each other and Yura made sure everyone knew it and Kagome never said a word about it. When he confronted her about it she had said that this was his girlfriend and that she just wanted him to be happy. If he was happy with her she would support him but that didn't mean she had to like Yura. That day was the only time she ever told him that Yura wasn't very nice to her but never elaborated on what she did to her. He pressed and she told him to drop it that it was nothing serious. So he figured if it was really bad she would surely tell him.
"Do you even love her?" Sesshoumaru questioned with a glare as he sat down in the chair on the other side of the desk.
"Yes." He nodded curtly. "If I didn't I wouldn't have married her."
"Why?" He questioned barely a hint of shock lacing his voice. He was sure Yura had brainwashed his friend with her wily ways. "She doesn't take care of her own child, she hates Kagome, and does nothing productive with her life besides shopping and spending day after day at the salon. A waste on society's ass."
That was Sesshoumaru; blunt no matter how much you didn't want to hear it. "So I should divorce her because she doesn't get along with Kagome?"
"Amongst other things." Sesshoumaru nodded curtly and stood up. "Kagome is here to talk to you and most likely having to deal with your wife," he sneered. "before she can come up here. Let us see if after you talk to her which is more important to you; a tramp or essentially you own daughter." With that he left the office to go downstairs to save Kagome from the bitch and let her know that he was here.
Kagome drew her brows when she Sesshoumaru wrapped his arms around her. "I didn't know you were here where's your car?"
"Naraku picked me up on his way home." He placed a kiss on her cheek. "We had some things to discuss."
She spun around in his arms and stared up at him. "You didn't tell him; did you?" She worried her bottom lip with her teeth waiting for him to answer.
"Of course not." He smirked at her. "I will not be responsible for putting him into the grave."
"Hey!" She slapped him in the chest. "I'm not that bad but," she frowned and stared up at him worriedly. "how do you think he's going to take it?"
"Not well." He snorted. "He's in one of his moods." He released her, picked up the drink she had made for Naraku and held it out to her.
She took the cup from his hand and stared up at him suspiciously. "Is he in one of his moods because he's just had a bad day or did you deliberately put him in one of his moods?"
"Does it matter?" He smirked.
"Yes!" She glowered at him. "If you put him in his mood then I'll be in a mood when I get done with him and I can assure you after that that your mood will not be pleasant either!"
He knew exactly what she was saying and he would have no part of it. So he did the one thing he found himself doing a lot since he and Kagome got married; he lied... sort of. "He was already having one of his moods." Which was technically true he only made it worse by pointing out that Yura was a useless bitch.
"Well then that won't be so bad." She nodded thoughtfully.
"Hn." He grunted. "I suggest..." He suddenly trailed off when he heard a voice from behind him that scraped up his spine in the most horrible of ways.
"Oh Sesshoumaru darling I had no idea you were here."
He turned to face her and stared at her with cold contempt. "Yura." He said her name in the same way that made you think you stepped in something disgusting and you should go scrape it off your shoe. "I see you have yet to visit the salon and spend your day feeding you own vanity."
Yura made a choking sound in the back of her throat as she stared up at him. "I'll have you know I just got back from the salon!" She hissed coolly with a touch of her fingers to her hair to make sure it was still in place.
"Perhaps you should return and try again." Sesshoumaru countered easily with a raking glance from her face to her hair and back again.
Kagome bit her lip to keep from giggling at the face the woman was making and excused herself. As much as she wanted to watch the fireworks between the two of them she needed to talk to Naraku before she lost her nerve.
She stepped into the office, shut the door behind her, and stared at Naraku who was staring out the window. She put his drink on the desk, walked up behind him, wrapped her arms around his waist, and laid her head against the center of his back. "Whatever Sesshoumaru said probably isn't true; you know he's taken to telling white lies since we got married."
Naraku snorted at that. "Sesshoumaru's white lies are truths that have been candy coated so the sting is less severe."
She giggled at that. "True but I prefer his white lies just for that reason. He really has a way of making the truth hurt no matter how much it shouldn't."
"So are things with you and Yura really that bad?" He questioned darkly. "And I want the truth." He demanded in that voice she knew all to well.
"I can't tell you that." She pulled away from him and moved to stand to his side. "I don't want to cause problems between you two." She whispered sadly.
"So they are." He growled as he turned to face her causing her to look up at him. "Why did you never tell me?"
"What would it have changed?" She questioned back. "I want you to be happy and I will not do anything to take that away from you."
He narrowed his eyes deeply upon her. "And do you suppose it makes me happy to find out how unhappy you are because you can't come visit without dealing with Yura first?"
"I can handle her." She shrugged. "The things she says to me are just words and no matter what she can't take you away from me. Though..." she suddenly shook her head. "no; never mind."
"What?" He bit out.
"Nothing." She turned to the desk, picked up his drink, and held it out to him. "Here; lets forget all that because it doesn't matter." She nodded. "I have something more important to talk to you about anyway."
He took the drink from her hand and stared hard at her. "This isn't over and I mean it Kagome." He growled darkly.
"Okay okay." She waved a hand through the air knowing that just because he said it wasn't over that it meant she was going to bring it up again. "Anyway..." She started with a nod towards his chair. "sit."
He pressed his lips together tightly and set his drink back down on the desk sharply causing some of it to spill over the edge. "Your pregnant!" He accused deadly.
Kagome just stared up at him wide eyed and pale. "How'd you know?" She whispered.
"DAMN IT KAGOME!" He growled with an agitated jab of his fingers through his hair.
"What?" She questioned innocently.
"What; nothing!" He hissed. "Just because I allowed you to marry that bastard that didn't mean you had permission to go and get PREGNANT!" His dark eyes narrowed to deadly little slits. "You had sex with him!" He accused like she was some Catholic school virgin and just committed the ultimate sin against God and man.
"Well in order to be pregnant..." She trailed off when his stare became even darker and deadlier than it already was.
"Don't test me girl." He growled. "I can still put your little ass over my knee and beat you."
"Look" she started and again tried to get him to sit down. "what did you expect to happen?" She picked up his drink and put it in his hand when he finally sat down. "He's my husband of course we're going to have sex; why wouldn't we? Plus if you don't like it why did you even let him ask me or even let us get married in the first place?"
"A severe lapse of judgment." He growled and downed his drink. "How could you?" He questioned like she was doing this to him on purpose. "It's hasn't even been a year since you married him."
She sat on his desk and stared at him. "I didn't do it to hurt you." She scowled at him. "It was inevitable and just be happy I didn't get pregnant before we got married." Her eyes suddenly went wide when his own widened. "Uh... forget I said that?"
He was out of his chair in an instant glowering down at her. "You had sex before you were married to him?" He bellowed. "How many times? No I don't want to know! Were you sneaking out to meet him? You didn't do it under my roof did you because if you did!" He threatened.
Oh how she wished she would have picked her words more wisely. "Naraku." All she got was a glare that screamed that she should run away right now or she'd be sorry in a second. Now she was wishing Sesshoumaru would suddenly walk in. She was sure he was listening in on their conversation and she could definitely use his help right about now.
"Look it's in the past and we can't change it now." She tried hopefully.
His eyes narrowed if possible even further. "That's not the point." He bit out. "You lied to me and broke the rules."
"Of course I did." She nodded admittedly. "I was a teenager and just be glad that's all I did. I mean I could have easily went back to my old life and ways of doing things. And just so you know Sesshoumaru I only had sex ONCE before we were married. I felt so guilty about it afterwards thinking that I let you down that we never did it again." She nodded curtly. "Look it's not fair for you to act like this." She scowled. "You married that woman and had a kid with her knowing full well I didn't like her and she sure as hell didn't like me."
She moved around his desk and started pacing in a huff. "Those years were the worst years of my life and let me tell you," She turned to face him with a scowl. "I know misery I lived it until I met you but that woman trumped that misery by a million fold."
"What did she do?" He demanded.
"It doesn't matter what she did the point is I accepted it and supported you because I care about you and I wanted you to be happy even at the cost of my own happiness." She sighed deeply and leaned over the desk. "All I want is for you to understand that I am happy in my life always have been and it's because of you and what you've done for me that's made me who I now am. Please Naraku I want your support on this and I want you to be happy for me. Even if you don't like it."
He pressed his lips together tightly and so badly wanted to ground her and keep her as the innocent little Kagome he took in all those years ago. But he couldn't; she was grown, married, and now had a baby of her own on the way and there was nothing he could do about it.
"Fine." He bit out not liking it but he'd just have to deal with it or lose her forever.
"Thank you." She smiled, moved around the desk, and hugged him tightly. "You'll be the best jii-chan ever!"
She couldn't help herself and started laughing. "Come on; if you're daddy to me it only stands to reason you'd be grandpa to my child."
"Get out!" He pointed sharply at the door. "I am about a second away from putting your little ass over my knee!"
"Okay okay love you too." She lifted up on her toes and put a kiss on his cheek. "When you calm down we'll talk some more." She made for the door. "Plus I need to go get Hakudoshi anyway."
"Why do you need to go get him?" He growled.
She opened the office door and shrugged like she didn't know. "The sitter called me and wanted to know why Yura hadn't picked him up yet. She said she tried to call you but couldn't get through. I figured you were on one of your conference calls so I told her I'd be right over to pick him up. I'll keep him tonight and bring him home in the morning." She smirked knowingly then closed the door behind her leaving Naraku to fume over everything so he could decide what he was going to do next.
She found Sesshoumaru staring down Yura who was sputtering over some insult Sesshoumaru had surely just given her. "Let's get out of here I believe the fireworks are about to explode and I'd rather not watch this show." She grabbed him by the arm and stared over at Yura. "See you later." She gave a saccharine grin that could only be described as condescending.
"Very well." Sesshoumaru raked Yura with one more glare before he led Kagome out of the house and to the car. "How did he take the news?" He smirked at her when she held the car keys out to him.
"He blew a gasket of course." She grinned and got into the car. "I swear one of these days he's going to give himself a stroke if he doesn't calm down." She nodded over at him after she buckled her seat belt. "We have to go get Hakudoshi on the way home."
Sesshoumaru snorted at that not the least bit surprised. "Just another reason Naraku should get rid of the bitch."
"That's for him to decide." Kagome sighed. "I just don't see what he sees in her that he ever married her in the first place. I mean they just don't fit."
Sesshoumaru grunted at that. "Manipulation on her part I'm sure."
"Probably." She then looked over at him in all seriousness. "Sesshoumaru do you really think he's happy with her?"
He glanced over at her and sighed deeply then shook his head lightly. "No. He stays with her for Hakudoshi's sake. I believe," He started as turned onto the next block. "he stays with her and tolerates her behavior because it's the family he really never had."
Kagome shook her head sadly. "Sesshoumaru I want him to be happy." She then looked over at him in all seriousness when he pulled the car into their garage; really she could have walked over to Naraku's. "We need to find him someone who will love him AND accept everything about his life." She waved a hand at herself.
He sighed deeply. "It's not our place to pick who he should and shouldn't love. If he wants to stay with the bitch then all we can do is accept it no matter how much we don't like it." He looked over at her and caught her by the chin. "Don't worry no matter what you'll always hold a place in his heart that no one can erase or take away. Just remember that."
"I know." She gave him a sad smile. "But like I said I just want him to be happy and I know he's not and it hurts my heart." She could feel the burn of the tears that wanted to fall stinging the backs of her eyes.
"Give it time." He leaned over and placed a quick kiss on her lips then started to get out of the car.
"Yea." She agreed then got out of the car and followed him into the house only to suddenly walk back out to the car with Sesshoumaru right behind her. "Damn it!" She hissed. "I really hope I'm not like this with our own kid." She got back into the car and slammed the door shut.
Sesshoumaru snorted as he got into the driver's seat and started the car. "How many times does this make and I'll tell you the odds of you forgetting your own child."
Kagome groaned and shook her head. "One time is one time too many but I think this is the third time... maybe? But at least I eventually remember that has to count for something; doesn't it?" She stared at him hopefully.
"If you believe it then perhaps." He smirked at her. "Don't worry you'll be the perfect little mother."
She beamed at him loving it when he would compliment her like that. It meant a lot more to her when he would say things like that then it ever did when he would actually try to compliment her.
Somehow his compliments always sounded a little suspicious and more like an insult. Like when he would tell her the dress she was wearing suited her. What did that even mean? He always said it meant it looked good when she would demand he explained himself but she was never really sure if that's what he meant or not. Then again with Sesshoumaru she had to take what she could get.
"Where is my son?" Naraku growled as he stared coldly at his wife.
"I left him with the babysitter." Yura smiled seductively at him. "I thought maybe we could have some time to ourselves for the afternoon." She walked over to him and placed her hands flat against his chest. "Maybe we could work on a sibling for our darling little boy; a REAL sibling."
Naraku ground his teeth together sharply and pushed her away from his person. "Kagome is his REAL sibling whether you like it or not!" He bit out. "AND whether you like it or not Kagome is my child and a big part of my life."
"She's not even related to you." Yura bit back. "I don't see why it even matters now that she's grown and married. You did your charity with her it's time to let her go."
"What I do with her is no concern of yours!" He stared hard at her. "And I will NOT have you disrespecting her when she is in this house!"
Yura narrowed her eyes deeply upon him. "This is my house too and I can't believe you would discount your own wife's feelings for some little tramp you have no real claim to!" She matched his cold stared. "Oh yes I know all about her past; quite the little whore. Letting all her friends have sex with her then screaming rape when everyone found out what she did."
He clenched his fists at his side fighting desperately against the urge to wrap his fingers around her scrawny little neck and squeeze the life right out of her.
"So tell me Naraku;" she sneered. "did she fuck you too? Is that why your so desperate to keep hold of her? You want a repeat performance? She must be one helluva fuck!"
"Get out! Now!" He hissed his blood red rage searing though his voice.
"No!" She hissed. "This is my house just as much as it is yours!" She took a step back when he moved towards her.
"That is where you are wrong. You have no claim on anything in this house beyond what you brought with you into the marriage. Now get out or I will throw you out!"
Izayoi suddenly drew her brows as an ominous feeling crawled up her spine. She knew that feeling all too well; it meant one of her kids were in trouble or doing something wrong. She had the same feeling some years ago with Inuyasha and as it turned out he was definitely up to no good. Though the bright side to that dark chapter was that it introduce Kagome in to their lives.
Yet what she was feeling wasn't pertaining to Inuyasha especially since he was sitting right in front of here playing one of his stupid video games. So that left Sesshoumaru and Naraku and of the two if either of them were in trouble it would most likely be Naraku due to that tramp he married.
Just thinking of Naraku and Yura made her sick to her stomach letting her know it was definitely Naraku that needed help. She looked over at her husband who was scowling over the top of his newspaper at his offspring. She could read his face just as easily as she could read the shoe ad on the back of the paper; instead of Inuyasha sitting here playing video games he should be out looking for a job.
She'd deal with her son in due time but first she had to find out for what was going on with Naraku. "Dear." She drew his scowl from Inuyasha to her where he quickly schooled his features like he didn't want her to see the face he was making.
"I've got that feeling." She nodded as she chewed her bottom lip nervously.
"Which one?" He questioned knowing all too well that when she got 'that feeling' he was going to have to make a visit to one of his kids whether he wanted to or not. It wasn't the first time and he was sure it wouldn't be the last time. The only thing he was grateful for was that Naraku, Sesshoumaru, and Kagome all lived within a block of the house; easy to get to by foot or car.
"Naraku." She nodded.
He wasn't surprised in the least. He knew it was only a matter of time until the relationship between Kagome and Yura came to a head with Naraku caught in the middle. He folded his paper and laid it on the side table then stood up. "I'll make you a deal." He stared at his wife. "I'll fix this and you work on that." He nodded at Inuyasha.
"Don't worry." She smiled at him. "I already have plans and it will be taken care of on Monday."
"Good." He nodded and left the living room. "I'll be back with news shortly." He waved over his shoulder as headed towards the door. "I'll call if it's serious." With that he left the house.
"Where's dad goin?" Inuyasha asked without taking his eyes off the television.
Izayoi stared at her son. "Don't you worry about him you just enjoy your game." She said it in a manner that hinted that this was going to be the last time he played this game or any other for that matter. So when he looked over at her with brows drawn deeply she just smiled at him. She watched as he just shrugged at her and easily went back to his game knowing that this weekend was going to be his last weekend of being a freeloader.
Toga pulled up into Naraku's driveway and found his son standing outside staring at what was once a perfectly manicured front lawn. Now it was covered in tire tracks with several of the hedges mowed down with the same tire tracks running through them. "What in seven hells happened here?" He questioned as he got out of the car.
Naraku scowled over at his father then turned the scowl back to the yard. "Yura" He hissed darkly. "we're getting a divorce." He bit out then stormed back into the house.
"About time." Toga muttered to himself then followed Naraku inside. He found his son in the kitchen pouring himself a strong drink. "So what brought this about?" He nodded at him so he wouldn't think he was talking about how trashed out the house was from Yura's obvious temper tantrum.
"Don't act like you don't know." Naraku growled, grabbed one of the glasses off the counter that didn't have the misfortune of being thrown to the floor, and poured Toga a drink as well. "Everyone knew this day would come eventually."
Toga sighed as he picked up the barstool and set it up right so he could sit on it. "Son;" He started with a sip of his drink when Naraku handed it to him. "you loved her otherwise you wouldn't have married her. Everyone supported your decision even if they didn't like it."
Naraku grunted at that and downed his second glass. "My only regret is I didn't see it sooner."
"You couldn't have known." Toga pointed out, reached across the bar, and took the bottle from Naraku's hand after he poured his third drink.
"I did know." He sighed with a jab of his fingers though his hair. "Everyone told me at least once."
"Okay so you had to find out the hard way; it happens." Toga nodded at him. "You've gotten the best part of her and now there's nothing left. Once you get this cleaned up you can move on and find something better for you and your kids. Only this time I suggest you go about it in a different way when you introduce Kagome."
Naraku snorted. "No woman is going to want a man that has a twenty-something adoptive daughter who's married to his adoptive brother and has a grandchild when he's not even thirty yet."
He would have laughed at that description of his family if it were any other time because in fact as weird as it sounded it was true. So instead he focused on the one part of that sentiment that thoroughly caught his attention. "Grandchild?"
"Just found out today." He said bitterly as he held his glass up in a salute to his father. "Not only will you be a grandpa to your son's child but a great grandpa to your granddaughter's baby." He smirked darkly at him the downed his drink.
Then it clicked. "This isn't as much about Yura as it is about Kagome being pregnant; is it?"
"Six one way half a dozen the other." He snorted as he set his glass down. "Both piss me off just the same only difference is I'll never have to see Yura again if I can help it." He was actually shocked that he wasn't as torn up about Yura as he thought he should be. Maybe he really didn't ever love her; maybe it was all a delusion.
"Where is my grandbaby anyway? She didn't take him; did she?" Toga growled darkly.
"No Kagome has him." His eyes suddenly went wide before he snatched his cell off his hip and called Kagome to let her know what happened and to NOT let Yura take Hakudoshi. "Where are you!" He demanded when Kagome answered her phone.
"The store; why?"
"I threw Yura out." He nodded curtly as he stared at Toga.
"What? You didn't! This isn't because of me; is it? It is isn't it!"
"Kagome stop!" He growled. "I am in no mood for this right now. Just tell me you have Hakudoshi with you."
"Good after you get done shopping I want him here with me. I don't trust that bitch." He hissed into the phone.
"Alright I'll be over in twenty."
"Good." He nearly huffed then hung up.
"Again son saying 'goodbye' is proper etiquette when ending a call." Toga nodded curtly at him.
Naraku just snorted, grabbed the trash can, and started picking up all the broken dishes scattered across the floor. Etiquette was the last thing on his mind and he was sure Kagome wouldn't care anyway; if anyone ever hung up without saying goodbye it was her.
"How many times have I told you that you are not welcome at my house." Sesshoumaru growled darkly. "Now leave."
"Not without my son I'm not!" Yura yelled in his face.
"Well you are now." He stepped back and began closing the door only to stop when she tired to force her way into the house.
"Sesshoumaru I'm not playing with you I want my son!"
Sesshoumaru was a perceptive person and easily put two and two together. The only reason the bitch was here for Hakudoshi was because she and Naraku had a fight and she wanted to use their son to get back at him. "He's not here; Kagome has him." He smirked darkly.
"Then I'll wait for her to come home." She crossed her arms over her chest defiantly.
"So be it." He growled, shoved her back the two steps she managed to get though the door, and stared coldly down at her. "You can wait in the street where garbage like you belongs." With that he slammed the door in her face.
He was instantly on the phone to his little wife in order to inform her not to come home and to take Hakudoshi over to his father's house.
"Yes I know; I'm on my way to Naraku's now." She said as soon as she answered.
"Inform him that the bitch will soon be spending some time in jail." He growled with a glance out the window to see what the woman was doing.
"Why?" Kagome questioned worriedly. "She's not doing anything to the house is she?"
"No." He narrowed his ambers when Yura kicked down the garden fairy Kei had given to Kagome when they bought the house. "Destruction of property is destruction of property." He smirked when she then stomped on it destroying it beyond repair. He hated that damn pink fairy and so many times thought about mowing it down with the car himself.
"What'd she break?"
"Your favorite yard ornament." He grinned at the list of profanities spilling out of her mouth. "I will see you soon." He hung up and called the authorities without so much as a goodbye.
Naraku took Hakudoshi from Kagome and held him to his chest protectively.
"Alight; so what happened?" Kagome set Hakudoshi's bag down and looked around taking in how bad Yura trashed the house. It was going to take her a week to get it cleaned and put back together.
"I don't want to talk about it." Naraku growled then took Hakudoshi and stormed up the stairs without another word.
Kagome sighed deeply as she walked into the living room just as Toga walked out of the kitchen. "Hey pops." She walked over to him, lifted up on her toes, and planted a quick peck on his cheek.
"Hi baby." He rubbed her back. "Are you ready to get to work?"
"Not in my condition I'm not." She placed her hand to her stomach.
Toga stared down at her and smirked. "So I've heard." He gave a small jerk of his head towards the stairs. "Between you and me; I believe his issues have less to do with Yura and more to do with you making him an uncle and a grandpa all at the same time."
Kagome rolled her eyes with a small shake of her head. "Is he still hung up on that?" She huffed. "I thought we dealt with that when Sesshoumaru and I got married."
"He'll never get over it." He chuckled.
"I don't see why it's such a big deal anyway." She shook her head. "I mean yea we're all family and whatnot but it's not like we're blood related or anything."
"Oh I can understand it to a point." He shrugged and shook out the garbage bag in his hand. "Naraku is my son, not by blood but that doesn't mean I love him any less than I love Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha. His problem is perspective and which way he's going to focus on it."
"Don't I know it." She turned the end table back upright and placed it back against the side of the couch. "I just worry he's going to stress himself to death over such stupid things. Family is family worrying about who's related to who and how shouldn't matter as much he thinks it should."
"Yes but that's who he is and no matter what we say to him it won't change a thing. You're his daughter, married to his brother, and now you're pregnant." He chuckled and began picking up the shattered remains of what was once some little figurine of some sort.
"Eww... it sounds just as bad when you say it." She scrunched her nose. "Can we just drop it; maybe if we forget it and pass it off as nothing he'll get the hint and do the same."
"Wishful thinking dear; wishful thinking." He chuckled and continued to pick up the bits and pieces of ceramic and whatever else off the floor.
"Ugh! I'm exhausted." Kagome moaned and flopped down onto the couch.
Toga sat down next to her and sighed deeply. "Well at least the kitchen and living room are done. I can only imagine what upstairs looks like since that's where the fight started."
Kagome moaned miserably. "Maybe I can talk him into just letting the house go and moving into a new one or something."
"After all this work?" Toga shook his head. "Not on your life."
"Yea I gue..." She trailed off and looked over at the front door when it opened. "About time you got here! I called you three hours ago!"
Sesshoumaru smirked at her and held up a bag. "So you would rather not have dinner?" He nodded curtly and turned to leave. "Very we..."
"You walk out that door and I swear by all things holy I will beat you into oblivion!" Kagome growled threateningly. "Now bring me food and tell me what happened with Yura."
"She's in jail at least for the night." He set the bag on the coffee table.
"Good." Kagome opened the bag and began pulling the food out. "Now I want you to go upstairs and talk to him. He's been up there all day and hasn't come down once." She looked over at him and smirked. "Do that irritating thing you do that gets his blood boiling and snaps him out of his funk."
Sesshoumaru scowled at her. "I do nothing beyond pointing out the obvious and be myself."
"Yea that's the thing." She nodded. "Yourself go be yourself and rub his nose in your superiority or whatever it is." She waved a hand towards the stairs as she reached into the bag and pulled out another take out container.
"Good one." Toga chuckled.
"You will be punished." Sesshoumaru growled as he walked towards the stairs.
"Punished; right." She smirked over at Toga with a roll of her eyes.
"I see you still have him pinned down." Toga smiled at her when Sesshoumaru disappeared up the steps.
"Ah he's a pussy cat just have to know what days to pet, what days he needs to be scratched behind the ears, and what days he needs his claws clipped."
"And today would be?"
"Load him up with cat nip then sit back and enjoy the show." She held a container of spicy beef out to him. "And by cat nip I mean pin him against his broody brother. I have a fifty-fifty chance that he'll either snap Naraku out of his funk or I'll have two big babies on my hands."
"I'll put a day at the circus down that you're going to have two big babies on your hands." He nodded knowingly.
"No deal." She shook her head. "And I'll tell you why. It's because I know they're going to be babies about and so it's a lose lose situation." She then tilted her head to the side. "Then again if I call Hiten, Bank, and Kei over..." She shook her head. "no no that wouldn't bode well. Naraku would then accuse me of advertising his misery." She sighed in defeat. "I guess two big babies is it then." She looked over at Toga with brows raised hopefully.
"Not on your life little lady." He shook his head. "I raised them and they're to that age where if I'm tired of them I can send them home."
"Damn. Guess I better get the band-aids and antiseptic out then." She sighed causing Toga to chuckle.
"What do you intend to do?"
Naraku stared hard at Sesshoumaru easily picking up the tone in his voice that said the next thing he was going to say was going to be some sort of insult.
"Hide like a coward." Sesshoumaru snorted.
"What I do is none of your concern." He bit back coldly.
"No it isn't." He agreed. "However because it's Kagome's..." He trailed off when Naraku narrowed his eyes even further. "This has nothing to do with the bitch." He challenged with a narrowing of his eyes.
"You molested her." Naraku accused in a deadly whisper.
If he were the sort of person to do it he would have laughed at the absurdity of his claim. "She is my wife." He easily countered not bothering to defend himself against his ridiculous accusation.
"I speak of before she married you." He hissed. "And you will be getting it annulled immediately."
He wasn't sure how to handle this at all. Naraku had obviously gone completely insane and he was having no part of it. Actually there was an easier way of dealing with this situation and he was going to take the easy way out. So with one more death glare at him he turned and left the room to go and get the most powerful ammunition at his disposal; Kagome.
Naraku narrowed his eyes on Sesshoumaru's retreating form convinced he had won that argument. First Sesshoumaru and Kagome would get their marriage annulled then he would ship Kagome so far away the Kami themselves would never be able to reach her.
He stared back out through the window watching his NORMAL neighbors sitting outside chatting like a NORMAL family. He was sure that the parents would never let a brother or sister marry their son or daughter and produce a child. Nor did he think they would even allow their children have kids of their own making them twenty-something year old grandparents. Therefore he wouldn't allow it either!
Yet his issues with Kagome had less to do with her being married to Sesshoumaru and pregnant it was more to do with her never coming home to visit. He could count on one hand how many times she had come home in the last month and that was two times too few.
"What in seven hells is wrong with you!"
He turned to face her and tried to pin her down with narrowed eyes that said he was about a second away from beating her ass if she didn't shut up.
It had no effect.
He was further out of touch with her than he thought and this would not do not do at all!
"Did you just tell Sesshoumaru that he has to divorce me?" She stormed up to him and jabbed him in the chest with a sharp finger.
"Hai" He nodded curtly. "your marriage was a mistake. You will end it now and never see him again." He growled in the fatherly voice that used to force her to bend to his will.
"It was not!" Kagome growled. "Look I know you're upset about me being pregnant, Sesshoumaru being your brother, and all that crap but you just have to let it go already!" She huffed irritably. "Gawd Naraku can you not be happy for ONE thing in my life?" She stared at him eyes wide. "Just one?"
"I was happy when you graduated high school." He nodded curtly. "It has been down hill since." He swept an irritated hand through the air. "You dropped out of college after one year to marry Sesshoumaru, quit your job to be a housewife, and now your pregnant."
She narrowed her eyes upon him deeply knowing Naraku was picking at something beyond her and her life meaning it was about her relationship with him. She had been around him long enough to know that when he was this insane about her he was trying to hide something. "Alright mister out with it!" She demanded. "What is this about really and don't give me this crap about me and Sesshoumaru and my pregnancy."
When he opened his mouth she narrowed her eyes even further cutting him off. "AND don't give me this Yura shit either."
He worked his jaw furiously as he stared hard at her. "You will watch your mouth young lady." He growled threateningly.
"Naraku just tell me already what is this about?" She ignored him. "It isn't about my real family; is it?" She cringed.
"No." He hissed.
"Then what is it?" She stared at him expectantly getting nothing out of him but one hard stare after another.
It suddenly hit her like being caught in a downpour; he missed her. "Unbelievable!" She huffed with a disgusted wave of her hands through the air. "You couldn't just say that!" She pointed sharply at him. "Of course you can't that'd be too easy." She huffed and stormed around the room kicking the stuff Yura threw to the floor out of her way. "I should have known! When you get all menstrual about these stupid things and start throwing your childish fits... UGH!"
Naraku watched her through narrowed eyes as she stormed about his office huffing about Kami only knew what and was very tempted to ground her for the rest of her life.
"Listen here you big baby!" She stopped and pointed a sharp finger at him. "If you don't knock it off, grow up, and quit acting like an abused toddler I swear by all things holy I'll beat the crap out of you and if not me I'm sure I can find five or six others that will do it for me!"
She then stormed to the door, stopped, and glowered at him from over her shoulder. "You know there's a reason I talked Sesshoumaru in to buying the house on the next street over. He wanted to move clear across town; but I told him no we have to stay close to you so it would be easier for me to visit when you miss me. Apparently ONE BLOCK is still to far!" She narrowed her fuming blues even further. "Here's a novel idea; how about we throw the family next door out of their house and move in so I'm only twenty paces away; that way you can be all up in my business twenty-four-seven!"
Naraku watched her storm away and smirked darkly to himself. That'd teach her to only come and visit one or twice a month when she lived only ONE BLOCK away.
Though she probably rarely visited because of Yura but as far as he was concerned that was no excuse to not come home once in awhile. She was his daughter after all and would always be first before any woman whether he was married to them or not.
"Stupid... Jerk... Bastard..."
Toga and Sesshoumaru watched Kagome storm out of the house muttering angrily to herself followed by slamming the front door closed behind her.
"You know son; for the life of me I can't seem to figure out their relationship." Toga shook his head.
Sesshoumaru grunted. "Don't waste your time. I thoroughly believe they don't understand it themselves. I just assume it's first child syndrome." He smirked at him.
"You were never that bad." Toga shook his.
Sesshoumaru walked towards the door to SLOWLY head home and make sure Kagome was okay. "Perhaps not to you." He smirked then quickly exited before he could respond to that.
Toga shook his head. "I guess Izayoi wasn't lying all those years." He sighed deeply. "Maybe I'll pick up some flowers for her before going home." He nodded to himself. "And apologize profusely on behalf of the fruits of my loins both were and still are obviously rotten. Including one adopted apple." He rolled his eyes up to the ceiling with a sigh.
~ A Year Or So Later ~
"Smile!" Kagome chirped and when Naraku looked up at her she snapped the picture.
"Girl." He growled darkly.
"Oh stop." She huffed and took another one of him being his grumpy self. "These are for Rin's baby book and I will not have her growing up thinking her grandpa never smiles. Now smile like you mean it so when she looks back on her pictures with you she'll know you loved her from day one."
Sesshoumaru sighed deeply with a small shake of his head. "I believe you'll just have to carry the camera around and snap a picture when he least expects it." He smirked over at him then suddenly glowered at his wife.
"Well that's one." She grinned triumphantly at him then turned to Naraku. "Now come on I'll settle for a smirk if you can't manage a smile. Just give me something that doesn't look like you're pissed off because the world is round."
"Watch your mouth." He growled. "Which reminds me;" he glared deadly at her. "do you happen to know where your little brother picked up the saying 'stop being such a pissy pants'?"
"Um... well..." Kagome giggled nervously. "Sesshoumaru?"
"Don't you blame me for your foul mouth." He sat down next to Naraku and gave his daughter a little poke in the belly causing her to squirm.
"This is the last time I am telling you," Naraku bit out. "you will STOP using foul language period." When she opened her mouth he narrowed his eyes even further. "I mean it Kagome."
"Alright alright I'll work on watching what I say when Haku is around." She sighed. "But just be glad it's only the little curse words and not the big ones such as..."
"I don't need an example!" He cut her off. "I know them all and I will not have you saying any of them."
"Take a pill." She rolled her eyes. "I mean I'm twenty-two years old I..." She grinned when he began working his jaw furiously. "Message received loud and clear general." She saluted him.
Naraku handed Rin to Sesshoumaru and got to his feet.
"You better run." Sesshoumaru smirked as he curled his tiny newborn daughter into the crook of his arm. "I believe you're about to get a spanking."
"Hey!" She pointed a finger in Naraku's face. "Remember the doctor told me no extraneous activities." She nodded.
"That was over two months ago and he said for four to six weeks." He narrowed his eyes upon her. "You are three weeks beyond your expiration date."
"Oh come on." She huffed. "I'm getting to big and old for spankings."
"But not to big and old for childish behavior?" He arched a brow at her with a dark smirk. "GIRL!" He suddenly growled.
"Good idea Sesshoumaru; now all I have to do is to get him to do that while holding Rin and viola a picture perfect moment." She sighed. "Though I suppose I could photo shop pictures so you look pleasant." She stared at the camera and the picture she just took of him. "Can't you just give me ONE picture where you're REALLY happy?" She looked up at him hopefully.
"That will only occur when you're over his knee." Sesshoumaru smirked at her.
"HaHa!" She snorted sarcastically and snapped another picture of him holding their daughter.
"Stop already." He growled. "You have enough pictures."
"Oh I do not." She huffed. "Fifty pictures is NOT enough. Besides I need to get some of Haku and Rin together, and pops and mema, and Kei and Sango, and everyone else." She sighed deeply. "I only have pictures of you two with her and I need to smooth over your grumpy faces with people who aren't ashamed to smile more than once or twice in their lives."
"Few things in life are worth smiling for." Naraku nodded curtly.
"So your grandchild isn't worth smiling about?" She questioned with a hard glare at him.
"Oh hai she's worth smiling about but it's hard to smile when you're a twenty-six year old grandpa!"
Kagome groaned deeply and rolled her eyes to the heavens. "Not this again."
"And an uncle." Sesshoumaru threw in darkly with a smirk.
"SHUT-UP!" Kagome pointed a finger at him. "You aren't helping!"
"I see we're still hung up on that." Izayoi shook her head from the doorway.
"Till he dies." Kagome smiled over at her and snapped a picture of her when Toga walked in behind her with Hakudoshi in his arms and trying to close the umbrella at the same time.
Toga suddenly went stumbling forward when the door he had just shut was throw open and in barged Kei and Sango.
"Damn can't believe how hard its raining out there." Kei shook his head.
"Party time." Kagome grinned and took another picture of them standing in the foyer dripping all over the floor.
Naraku scowled at the mess on his floor. "They make umbrellas for a reason." He growled and went to the bathroom to get a couple towels.
"That's what I said but do you think he would listen to me?" Sango waddled over to the loveseat and fell into it.
"Jeez Sango have those babies already." Kagome shook her head. "You'll feel a lot better." She rubbed her own stomach.
"Believe me I would pop em' out right now if the doctor would let me." She sighed with a rub to her huge stomach. "Two more months."
"Tell me about it. I'm ready to cut them out myself." Kei muttered under his breath to Toga.
Toga gave him a slap to the back. "This is only the beginning." He chuckled. "Wait till she's been up every night for hours on end for feedings and the like. You'll dream of the days like these."
Kei snorted then caught the towel Naraku threw at him.
"Baby!" Hakudoshi squealed and jerked on Sesshoumaru's pants. "I hold her too unky Sessy!"
"You're too little." Naraku snatched him up. "Now were you a good boy for mema and papa?"
"Noooo..." He shook his head and grinned hugely at his father.
"No?" Naraku arched a brow at him. "Did you get in trouble?"
"Hai!" He gave a quick nod of his head. "I hid papa's keys!" He smiled proudly and clapped his hands.
"In his diaper." Toga growled.
Kagome looked over at him with a scrunch of her nose. "Clean I hope."
"I could only be so lucky." Toga sighed, sat down next to Sesshoumaru, and took Rin from him.
"Eeww..." Kagome looked at Haku. "You put papa's keys in your dirty diaper?"
"Hai!" He nodded proudly at her.
"Yucky." She cringed at him.
"No shishi." He shook his head. "Unky Asha said it otay."
"We don't listen to Inuyasha." Sesshoumaru got up and poked his finger into the little boy's side causing him to giggle and squirm. "Remember?"
"Hai." He sighed. "Asha a bad boy."
"Hai." Sesshoumaru nodded in agreement.
"Stop that." Izayoi hissed.
"I have to agree." Kagome nodded at him. "He's a jerk but he's still your brother and his uncle. Let's not be the bastards here." She looked over at her. "So is he still stationed in the States?"
"Yes." Izayoi smiled at her. "He says he loves it there." She suddenly frowned. "And that he'll probably stay there for good."
"Oh." Kagome frowned. "Sorry to hear that but if he's happy I guess it can't be all bad."
Toga snorted. "Now tell her why he's going to stay."
Izayoi cringed as she looked at her husband. "He met someone."
"Really?" Kagome sat down next to Toga and stared wide eyed at her. "Who?"
"He." Toga cut her off. "It's a boy no matter what he wears he's still a boy."
"Oh... wow..." Kagome stared wide eyed up at Sesshoumaru who was smirking at her then looked over at Izayoi. "Is he happy though?"
"Very." Izayoi nodded. "I've never seen him happier."
"Well if he's happy..." She looked at Toga and shrugged.
"CAKE AND ICE CREAM HAVE ARRIVED!" Bankotsu called when he opened the door with the cake box in one hand and a bag in the other with Jak holding the umbrella over the both of them.
"At least someone knows how to use an umbrella." Naraku glowered over at Kei who was sitting on the arm of the loveseat next to Sango.
Kei smirked at him and shrugged. "Tell it to the wife." He jerked his head towards her. "She lent it to Miroku and it hasn't been seen since."
"He's probably standing on a corner with it now waiting for some helpless woman to help across the street." Sango snorted.
"No." Jak shook his head. "He's outside with three women and a very wet and pissed off looking Hiten."
"Three?" Sango questioned.
"My guess is Kagura is one of them." Kei nodded.
"Yea, Kanna is the other and some girl named Eri." Bankotsu nodded as he headed for the kitchen.
"So how does Kagura take to you dating her sister?" Sango questioned the boy in the kitchen putting the cake and ice cream away.
"One black eye and a threat of castration if he ever hurts her." Jak nodded.
"He got off easy." Kagome chuckled as she ran her hand up the back of Sesshoumaru's leg, hooked her finger into his pocket, and pulled him down to sit next to her.
Hiten suddenly stormed into the house. "Chivalrous my ass." He growled and grabbed the towel Naraku was holding out to him.
"If you were prettier he would have let you under the umbrella too." Kagura smirked at him as she entered the house.
"Maybe we should have had the party at a restaurant or something." Kagome nodded over at Naraku when another car pulled up in front of the house.
Naraku glowered at her. "I did want to have it somewhere else but SOMEONE insisted there wouldn't be that many people and having it here would be just a good as anywhere."
"Oh right." She giggled and caught Hakudoshi when he ran up to her. "Now who are those two with Shippo?" She questioned as she watched him walk up the walk with him and the two girls huddled under one umbrella.
"By the way Naraku." Kagura threw her arm over his shoulders. "I'd like you to meet my cousin; Eri." She looked over at Kagome and winked at her.
Naraku stared at the girl and gave a curt nod like he didn't care one way or the other that she was there.
"I have to say you're a rather rude person." Eri nodded curtly at him.
"I agree." Toga nodded.
Naraku glared at his father then looked back at the girl. "This is my house I can be as unpleasant as I wish."
Eri sighed deeply. "You must not get company very often with an attitude like that."
Kagome giggled as did the rest of the people in the house.
"What'd we miss?" Shippou questioned as he walked into the house. "Oh and this is Ayumi and Yuka." He introduced the two girls to the house full of people. Ayumi, Yuka..." He looked around and shrugged. "this is everyone."
"Alright everyone's here." Jak called. "Let's get this baby shower, welcome home Rin, Kagura's bridal shower, Hiten's bachelor, and Haku's birthday party started!"
A few hours later Kagome wrapped her arms around Sesshoumaru's waist and looked over at Eri and Naraku still arguing over his people skills. "I think Kagura was right." She nodded towards the pair.
Sesshoumaru looked to where she was looking and grunted as he rubbed her back. "Perhaps." He agreed. "Would it bother you?"
"No." She shook her head. "I just want him to finally be happy. I knew from the beginning Yura wasn't right for him." She smiled and looked up when he looked down at her. "I think if Eri is anything like Kagura she'd be perfect for him."
Sesshoumaru arched a brow highly at that. "What are you saying exactly?" He questioned suspiciously.
She giggled lightly and shrugged. "Well if I were honest I always kinda thought that Kagura would be just as perfect for Naraku as she is for Hiten."
"You're not the only one that has thought that." He placed a kiss on her forehead.
She smiled, laid her head against his chest, and watched Naraku and Eri. "Actually I think he does like her a little." She nodded. "He's been arguing with her all evening and he wouldn't do that with just anyone." She smiled happily. "He only argues with people he likes and cares deeply about."
"Well of course." She laughed. "Who else can argue with him like I do?" She again looked up at him. "I'm the argue with Naraku champion! No one can compete."
He looked over at Naraku and smirked when Eri thumped him in the nose. "Until now."
"Yea" Kagome smiled at Naraku when he glowered over at her like it was her fault Eri thumped him. "but the difference is we wouldn't be competing for the same thing. Yura never understood that; that's why we didn't get along."
"Perhaps you should go talk to her and get to know her so you can set boundaries with her now."
Kagome shook her head. "I've already talked to her several times so she knows how things are with me and Naraku. Kagura and I have been planning this since before he threw Yura out."
Sesshoumaru scowled down at her. "You were going to destroy his marriage intentionally." He bit out.
"Of course not!" She hissed. "It was always planned for IF he got rid of her and IF Eri was single when it happened and the mess with Yura was cleaned up. I mean everyone knew that it would end eventually; even you said so yourself."
He couldn't argue with that since he did say that and he was actively trying to destroy their relationship by pointing out the bitch's flaws; every last one of them.
"I just want him to find someone and finally be happy." She laid her head back down on his chest. "He deserves some real happiness just for himself."
"Hai" He agreed; he in fact always felt the same thing when it came to his sibling. Naraku deserved so much more than Yura ever gave him and he hoped that one day he would find someone that would give it to him.
He knew what it was like to have complete happiness; he found it with Kagome after all and it was thanks to Naraku that he did. For if Naraku didn't take in the little girl sitting on the steps outside he wouldn't be here today as happy as ever.