I was sitting around the dying camp fire when I felt a powerful aura nearby. It was much too early for any of the others to be up and Inuyasha had fallen asleep a while before. I awoke instantly when I felt the aura in the distance. It was a youkai. I slipped carefully out of my sleeping bag, trying not to disturb Shippou.

I must have been out of my mind, or still half asleep, because I started to walk in the demon's direction. It didn't take long for me to reach the barrier it had thrown up to shield it from the outside world. When I realized that I had no idea which way camp was, threw all caution to the wind, and walked right through the demon's barrier.

I walked through the sparse tree line and saw a large whitish lump in the middle of a meadow. I stopped abruptly and stifled a gasp. There, in the middle of a small field, was the Great Demon Lord himself: Sesshoumaru. The taiyouaki was in his canine form, lying on his side, facing away from me.

I walked along the line of his back, but I had to walk around his tail first, for it was too large to walk over. The mountain of white fur rose softly with his breathing.

As quietly as I could, I tip-toed up to his giant furry head. The compulsion to pet his doggy ears was almost unbearable. I had always thought that he was adorable in this form. Even the first time I had seen it; one of the first times he had tried to kill me. I knew he was most dangerous and unpredictable when he was like this, but I just couldn't help it.

I was three feet away from his nose at that point. His big wet nose twitched, and I stilled instantly. Oh crap. Big golden amber eyes snapped open, and glared right into me. A growl rumbled out of the demon's chest and he got to his feet with an earth-shaking bound.

I slapped my hand over my mouth, trying to hold in a scream. I didn't want Inuyasha to come running and get into a fight with the superior strength of his older, full-demon brother. I always worry about the two siblings when they get into their deadly battles.

Sesshoumaru was standing in front of me in all his fluffy glory. He was so cute! But I couldn't forget that Sesshoumaru , in any form, was dangerous. He took a step forward, and I took a step back. Before I could retreat he was about a yard from me. In an odd gesture, he lowered his head and took in a deep breath. Golden eyes widened. Sesshoumaru sat back down with a loud thump. Something was making the ground tremble under my feet. I tried to look behind the demon, but he must have mistaken the move for an attempt to escape. In a lightning fast move, he had me pinned to the ground.