A/N: ok, I liked how my story ended, but I had a few other little ideas up my sleeve and some people wanted more of an explanation, so this is kind of like a continued ending, but not an entirely necessary one, if you don't want to read it, that's fine, because the story is fine like it is, but if you do, I hope you enjoy.
Chapter 33: Another Ending
The hut door opened and out came Shippo, as he closed the door behind him, he turned towards Miroku and Sango and made his way in front of them, "You guys got to see the baby, she's so cu…te," he trailed off as he suddenly remembered about what happened to Sango, it could have been her after all that he was so excited for. He looked down as though not wanting her to catch his ashamed look.
To Shippo's surprise though, she didn't call him out on what he said and she simply stood and turned towards the hut, ready to go in it.
Miroku stood as well and grabbed her arm slightly, "Sango, are you alright?"
Sango turned and saw both of their uncomfortable looks, "I'm fine, really, I've excepted what has happened if that's what you mean, it was simply a baby that wasn't mine to begin with," she looked down at the ground and actually smiled a little, "besides, I felt what it was like and I think it actually helped me in a way…."
Miroku smiled at Sango, he loved how she was so brave.
"..And," Sango continued, her hands suddenly balling in fists, she looked up with a frightening angry look, the kind of look that made it seemed like she was surrounded with fire in a complete haunting image, "When we find Naraku, I will personally make sure that he hurts no one ever again," she said, her fists clenching even tighter.
Miroku swallowed, growing afraid of the Sango he saw before him. He backed up a little, hoping she wouldn't bring her wrath on him for some unknown reason. Shippo himself backed up even farther, shaking a little.
When Sango calmed down, she looked at them with a growing smile, she laughed nervously, "Did I say something wrong?" she said noticing their frightened expressions.
"Uhh, no!" both Miroku and Shippo said shaking their heads nervously.
"O…k," said Sango before turning to go inside.
"She's scary when she's angry," whispered Shippo.
"Yeah," agreed Miroku, thinking the same thing before following. Miroku stopped as the reached the door.
"Aren't you coming in?" asked Sango, turning her head to look at him.
Sango saw that he wasn't looking at her and she turned back to see Inuyasha exiting the hut with an annoyed expression on his face.
"Inuyasha," she said surprised.
"Oh no, what did you do?" asked Miroku, knowing that look.
"Hey! Why do you think it was me, Kagome just asked me what the baby's name should be and when I told her I didn't know she started blubbering and crying, I didn't do anything," he said crossing his arms and looking away from them like an angry child.
"Inuyasha," said Sango with a frown, "you have a child now, don't you think you should grow up."
The words surprised all of them, especially Inuyasha and as he turned to yell at Sango, Miroku came between them, like he had before and said, "Inuyasha, there's something I need to tell you, Sango, why don't you go inside and see the baby."
Sango didn't argue, but simply turned and entered the hut, Shippo cautiously following.
As Sango walked in slowly, she noticed that Kagome was sitting up with her newborn sleeping on a comfy little bed next to her. Kagome herself looked exhausted and yet annoyed by no doubt Inuyasha. But her look suddenly changed as she looked at Sango. She smiled and seemed to glow with pride at what she had accomplished only an hour before. Sango, though could still tell she was tired.
"Kagome, shouldn't you be resting?" Sango said as she sat down next to her.
Kagome nodded a little, "I just can't seem to, I guess I'm worried that she will need me," she sighed as she looked over at her daughter.
Outside Inuyasha growled frustrated as he ranted, "I mean, why does she have to cry like that, all I said was I didn't know…"
"Inuyasha," Miroku hissed, "you should be gentle with Kagome's feelings, she just gave birth, women can get sensitive at a time like this, you should push her like that and besides I have something very important to tell you."
Inuyasha's face fell as he looked at Miroku and suddenly remembered, "Kikyo, what happened, did you find her?"
Miroku looked down, but before he had time to tell him the grave news, Inuyasha took off in search for her, to pick up her scent and see if she was ok himself.
"Now why did he ask me if he wasn't going to hear me out?" Miroku asked himself, with a flustered expression.
"If you want me to I can watch her for you while you get some sleep, Kagome," said Sango.
Kagome gave her a warm, tired smile, "Thank you," she said before lying down, her back towards Sango. Sango bent down and took the small baby in her arms carefully, smiling down at her as she stretched cutely in her grasp.
Miroku entered the hut and Sango motioned to Kagome so that he would know to be quiet. Unknown by them though, Kagome was still awake.
"Where's Inuyasha," Sango asked.
"He went to see Kikyo," Miroku answered.
Kagome frowned slightly, not sure she wanted Inuyasha away when she just had his baby, it wasn't fair. Her expression was sad, but she didn't have much time to think of it before she drifted off to sleep, completely worn out.
"Poor Inuyasha," Sango said after Kagome fell asleep, "I know Kagome would want him here, but Kikyo was pregnant with his child too, it just doesn't seem fair to take that away from him."
Miroku nodded, "I hope he can find peace with it."
Inuyasha ran as fast as he could through the trees, dodging this way and that to avoid hitting them, he had to see for himself if Kikyo was ok, if Naraku had hurt her or the baby in any way, he would pay.
It seemed forever until he finally arrived at the place he had last seen her and there he saw her leaning up against a tree, her eyes closed. He had never known her to sleep after being reborn, at least not like others. He just stared at her for a while, she looked just as beautiful to him as she did the last time he saw her.
He was unable to see her middle because her legs were bent in front of her. She slowly opened her eyes and stared up at him with a cold, dark look. He watched her carefully as she put a hand on the tree to help her to stand, her strength returning little by little.
Inuyasha looked down at her and gasped, his eyes looked horrified, "Kik…Kikyo," he said uneasy, feeling a pain in his heart, a pain like the brief one he felt when Sango told him Kagome had lost their child before he found out she was really alive.
Kikyo's abdomen had returned to normal, as if she had never been pregnant to begin with.
Kikyo stared at him, not knowing what to say except, "Naraku."
Inuyasha looked into her eyes and if pained him, he felt a sense of lose and guilt, guilt that he had not been there for her. He went to her and embraced her in a hug, "Kikyo, I'm so sorry," he cried, "if I had been here, if I had protected you, this wouldn't have happened and now our baby is gone," he buried his face in her shoulder, he had truly lost a child.
Kikyo wanted to scream, wanted to scream at him, she wanted to pour out her hatred towards Naraku at Inuyasha, she felt so angry. But she didn't, she couldn't seem to. Instead she let him weep on her and in turn shed those last remaining sad tears that she knew was still in her, it had taken Inuyasha to let them pour out of her. It was like they were waiting until both could cry together.
They were both feeling the guilt and the hurt, that only the two of them could share with each other compared to the others.
"Inuyasha's been gone a while and Kagome's still asleep," Sango said as she looked out into the distance. Her and Miroku had slipped outside on the porch again to let Kagome, Kirara, who was still recovering and Shippo who had fallen asleep, to have their peace.
Miroku wasn't listening; he was smiling at Sango for what seemed like forever too. Sango let her face turn a brilliant shade of pink before questioning this, "Do you mind telling me what you're staring at me for, monk?"
"You're amazing," was all he replied with.
Sango looked embarrassed, "What?"
"You do realize that the baby hasn't slept so soundly until she got into your arms?" Miroku said smiling.
Sango looked down, she hadn't even realized that she was asleep, she had been so quiet. She watched as her tiny chest moved up in and down smoothly with her breathing.
"She's asleep," said Sango, surprised, "she's so cute when she sleeps."
She looked up at Miroku with a smile; he was smiling at her as well. They shared a brief smile with each other before Sango noticed Inuyasha returning.
"Inuyasha," she said, standing. Inuyasha angrily wiped his eyes with his fist, refusing to let them see him cry.
Inuyasha walked up to Sango and just stared down at the wiggling newborn, even after what happened, Inuyasha couldn't help, but smile at her. By this time Miroku had stood too and Sango handed Inuyasha his child with a friendly smile.
"Hey there, little one," Inuyasha said to the baby. That's when the newborn wiggled her tiny dog ears and her eyes looked up at him curiously. Inuyasha's heart skipped a beat, it was the most amazing moment in his entire life, the moment his child first looked at him, really looked at him. Inuyasha bent down and kissed the small forehead of the infant, "I love you," he whispered to his wiggling child.
Sango stood beside Miroku, smiling as a happy tear rolled down her cheek as she looked at Miroku, wishing for a quick moment that he could have that same experience. Miroku rubbed Sango's back and she put his head on his shoulder, why had she gotten so emotional?
The hut opened and Kagome stepped out. She beamed happily at her daughter before looking up at Inuyasha, "Inuyasha," she said, not knowing what to say.
"Kagome, I went to see Kikyo, Naraku attacked her," Inuyasha told her.
Kagome gasped, the jealous thought she had vanished, "Oh Inuyasha," she said sympathetically.
"Apparently it was part of Naraku's plan," Inuyasha snarled, unable to restrain his anger towards that purely evil half demon, "he took the baby away from Kikyo like it was nothing…"
"Like he did Sango," Kagome looked over at Sango, now giving her the same consideration for her loss. Sango eyed the ground; Naraku simply didn't know when to stop.
Inuyasha handed Kagome their daughter, "Kikyo saved our baby, Kagome, she was the one that helped her," Inuyasha explained, "I don't really understand, but I think she used her powers while after she was in labor or something," Inuyasha shook his head, it had been so scatterbrained after the talk with Kikyo.
Kagome looked down at her daughter, "She saved her?"
"It must have been your connection with her, Kagome," said Miroku, "Somehow she must have known your baby was in trouble."
"Perhaps it was because of what happened to her baby, it would kind of make sense," said Sango, slightly shrugging her shoulders, "she probably knew it would effect you as well or something."
Kagome couldn't believe it, this changed her view on Kikyo greatly. To give her her child back was the most amazing and surprising thing Kikyo could have done in her situation. Kagome looked up at Inuyasha.
"I have to do something, Inuyasha, can you take me to Kikyo?" Kagome asked.
Inuyasha gazed at her, astonished, but slowly nodded. Kagome handed her daughter to Sango, "Can you guys watch her please?"
Sango nodded, "Of course."
"We will be right back," Kagome told them.
"Kagome are you sure, we can wait until you're stronger," Inuyasha told her.
Kagome shook her head, "No, it's something I want to do now."
"Ok, hop on," Inuyasha told her and as she did, Inuyasha turned to Miroku, "Don't you dare let anything happen to her, I'm warning you, you guys protect her no matter what," he said with a determined frown.
"Yes Inuyasha, you have our word," said Miroku, putting his hands up in front of him to signal him to calm down.
As soon as Inuyasha and Kagome was off, Shippo came out of the hut, "What's going on," he said with a yawn.
"Are you sure you want to do this," asked Inuyasha as he ran through the trees once again.
"Yes," Kagome said, staring determinedly ahead.
"Alright," Inuyasha sighed. Inuyasha found Kikyo once again sitting by the tree, this time her eyes opened.
She stared at them, "What's going on?" she asked in her defensive voice.
As soon as Inuyasha let Kagome off, she ran to Kikyo and hugged her, she actually hugged her. Kikyo's eyes looked over at Kagome as she frowned, what the heck was she doing?
Inuyasha raised an eyebrow, he was sure he had never seen this before, nor never would again, he just simply took it in.
"Thank you so much Kikyo," Kagome cried to Kikyo's amazement.
Kikyo pried Kagome off of her and down her arms so she wouldn't hug her again, "What are you doing?"
"Thanking you, you saved my daughter's life," Kagome explained, looking at her in a whole new light. Yeah she was still her rival with Inuyasha, yeah she was still just her reincarnated self, but she had done something despite their past that Kagome would always be thankful for.
Kikyo let go of her arms, her cold eyes turned confused, here was the woman that despised her for wanting Inuyasha away from her, the woman that also bared his child.
"You are thanking me?" Kikyo blinked a few times.
Kagome nodded, "You don't know what this means to me, I'm really sorry what happened to you," she looked at the ground, trying to find the right words before looking up at her again, "I promise we will kill Naraku for what he has done," she looked back at Inuyasha, "all of us," she turned back to Kikyo and put a hand on her shoulder, "No one deserves to lose a child."
Kikyo looked down at her hand without moving her head, then looked at Kagome, "Take care of that baby Kagome, she is too precious to let go of."
Kagome smiled and nodded again, gave her one last 'I'm sorry' look and headed back to Inuyasha. Inuyasha and Kikyo shared one last look before Kagome got back on Inuyasha and they left.
Kikyo watched them with her emotionless eyes once again, she didn't smile, she didn't cry, she just watched them leave with her eyes that were famous for showing no emotion except a dark, cold; chilling depth that only Naraku could have created.
And this is how things were to end, to Inuyasha and Kagome being new parents with a new sense of a protective nature, to Kagome herself showing a new respect for her famous rival, to Kikyo giving what she had to the daughter of the person she also rivaled after losing her own, to Miroku and Sango going through pain together that had brought them closer and to a baby that had survived the odds. For when destiny crumbled, things turned out as they always were meant to be.
And as far as Naraku...well Inuyasha, Kikyo and Sango would in the end get their deserved revenge.
A/N: I hope you enjoyed this second ending, please review and yes this is really the end of our tale ;)