In Plain Sight

Chapter Nine

"I have a plan," Kagome stated as soon as everyone was settled. Beside her, Kouga raised an eyebrow at her determined face and Inuyasha smirked.

"You always do," he commented dryly. Sesshomaru sent him a glare to shut him up and he fell silent.

"Anyway, I thought about this long and hard and this is the only solution I can see to get us the information we need quickly without hurting bystanders. I think I should work for Naraku."

"What?!" Inuyasha and Kouga exploded at the same moment, surging to their feet. Sesshomaru merely folded his hands and waited. Kagome ignored the other men and turned to him.

"What my plan is, we take Rin out, tell him that she just can't work there anymore. He's probably heard it all before. Then we send me in as an applicant. I'll have job history and a face name, who whole works. Then when he hires me, I'll shuffle through his files while he's away."

"Absolutely not!" Inuyasha yelled.

"Are you insane?" Kouga screamed at the same time. Kagome sighed and turn to them.

"One, Inuyasha, you can't stop me. I don't need you're approval to do as I wish as long as I have basses behind my actions, which I do. And two, Kouga, I've thought this through. I know what I'm getting into."

"No you don't, Kagome. You don't have the slightest clue what the hell your getting into. Naraku is a ruthless bastard. He wouldn't blink twice at cold blooded murder. He also wouldn't be berated for rape."

Kagome sighed. "I know that Kouga. You have to trust me. I know what I'm doing."

He opened his mouth but stopped when Sesshomaru held up his hand.

"Kagome," he stated calmly. "Are you sure you want to do this? This is very dangerous and had potential to blow up in our faces."

She nodded, her chin set. He sighed. "Then there is nothing I can do."

Inuyasha whipped his head in his brother's direction.

"What the hell is wrong with you? This is Kagome we're talking about. We've known her since we were born. She could get killed!"

"She has been in much more compromising situations, Inuyasha. I believe in her abilities to take care of herself."

Inuyasha sputtered, then fell silent.

Kagome looked at Kouga, pleading.

"Please, just trust me, Kouga. I can take care of myself. I've been doing it for quite some time. I've been held at gunpoint, I've been shot at so many times I can't count. This is nothing. I'm pretty sure I can fend off a would-be rapist."

Kouga crossed his arms over his chest and strode to the door, closing it quietly behind him. She watched his every step, her heart sinking.

She sighed when the door closed.

"Give him time, Kagome," Inuyasha said gruffly. "He cares about you, just like we do. Only he hasn't seen you in action. Just cut him some slack."

"But he needs to trust, otherwise we can't do this at all," she said, her eyes flashing as she strode after him. Inuyasha whistled lowly as she slammed the door behind her.

"Kouga's goin' to get it!"


He jerked his head around at Kagome's furious voice.


"You turn and talk to me. I need you to hear something, and your damn well going to hear it. When I say to trust me, I mean to trust me. That includes my judgment on my abilities. I can take care of myself. I need you to believe that or else we can't do this."

Kagome stopped as soon as she saw his eyes flash dangerously. He gripped her arms, his grip gentle, yet his eyes furious.

"You just don't get it do you?" he asked, emphasizing his words with a slight shake.

"Then help me get it!" she yelled.

"Naraku has no conscious. I've seen that man at work. He can cut down the defenses and have your throat cut before you can blink. He's as quick as a snake and just as ruthless. He likes being in control."

"I've dealt with his kind before. I know what to do."

"You'd like to think that. If you looked up the definition of sadist, his picture is next to it. He feels nothing and likes it that way."

Kagome took a deep breath and framed his face, her eyes staring deeply into his worried ones. "Kouga," she whispered. "You have to trust me on this. I can take care of myself. Please."

He scanned her face. His instincts screamed at him not to, for him to protect what was his.

Mine? When has she ever been mine?

He shook that off. He didn't want to let her go so he just pulled her closer. She rested her cheek on his broad shoulder while his arms went around her.

"I just don't want anything to happen to you. You mean a lot to me, Kagome. I can't loose you."

Kagome closed her eyes at the words, and wished she could believe them. Believe them without a doubt.

"You mean a lot to me too, Kouga." He smirked into her hair.

"What happened to not mixing business and pleasure?"

"Screw it. I don't care anymore." He chuckled.

"I'm just too irresistible, aren't I?'

She laughed.

"Oh, please. I could walk away from you any day."

Kouga sent her an evil smile as he pulled her back, making her eyes narrow.

"You think so, hmm?"

"I know so."

Without a word, Kouga yanked her to him and crushed his mouth to hers. Kagome uttered a small sound of surprise that ended on a moan of approval. She wrapped her arms around his neck and let her mind get shoved into that fog she was beginning to like.

When Kouga pulled back, they were both panting and aching for more. He smirked cockily at her.

"I can see you resistance is unbreakable," he said.

"Told…you so," she panted. Then laughed.

(AN: Short, I know. But I was out of ammo. Any ideas on how to proceed? Thanks for reading!)