Between Both World

Chapter Two

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Inuyasha stared at Kaede, sure she was kidding. Then he looked at the ground, forgetting to maintain his cocky exterior.

"Fifty…years?" he asked softly.

Kaede nodded and Kagome looked from one to the other before clearing her throat loudly.

"So, Kaede, let's go and you can explain to me what this jewel thing is and what it was doing inside my body." The old woman looked at the sullen Inuyasha for a moment more, before nodding solemnly and turning her back on the two hanyous. Kagome looked at Inuyasha, his face hidden by his bangs.

"Um…Inuyasha? Are you alright?" He looked up at her and she saw deep regret in his eyes before it was gone and all was left was sadness.

"What do you care?" Kagome took a step forward, lifting her hand to place it on his shoulder but was cut off by Kaede calling to her.

"Come on, Kagome. We have to get the wound looked at," she called, getting onto the horse and riding away.

Kagome looked at the boy beside her once more and he scowled at her. "Well, what are you waiting for? Get your ass moving. I don't have all day." Kagome frowned and turned, bounding after the old woman. As she did, Inuyasha followed her lead and they ran in silence for a moment before Kagome broke it.

"Why do you want the jewel?" she asked quietly, sure he would hear her. Surely enough, his silver ear turned toward her and he grunted.

"None of your damn business," he said gruffly, before running farther ahead. Kagome frowned again before gaining speed to catch up.

Like hell it's none of my business, she thought bitterly. That thing came out of me and I have a right to know just what I got myself into…

"There, is that better now?" Kaede asked sitting up straighter. Kagome looked down at her now bandaged side and stood. After doing a few flips and twists, she was satisfied that it didn't restrain her and nodded.

"Yes, thank you." Kaede walked over to a big boiling pot in the middle of the hut they were in and stirred the bubbling liquid. Kagome sniffed and heard her stomach growl loudly. Kaede sent her a small smile as Kagome grinned sheepishly.

"Are you hungry, Inuyasha?" Kaede called as she poured the stew into a bowl for Kagome. Inuyasha sulked in the far corner of the hut, his hands hidden in his kimono, his eyes turned to the window to his left. He ignored everyone in the hut, not even bothering to grunt. Kagome looked at the bowl in her hands and stood. She walked over to Inuyasha and placed it in front of him, then walked back to her own spot. Inuyasha watched her go, a slight confused expression on his face until he turned back to the window.

"So, Kagome," Kaede began as she settled herself next to the pot, her wise eyes trained on Kagome as she hungrily ate the delicious food. Finishing quickly, Kagome set the bowl aside and smiled at the old woman. "Will you start from the beginning?"

She nodded and glanced at Inuyasha for a moment, then turned her attention back to Kaede. "Well, I was just walking through the forest after having stolen some food," she said the last part quietly and saw in the corner of her eye, Inuyasha looked at her for a moment, then back to the window. "When I came across Inuyasha pinned to the tree…"

After Kagome was finished with her story, Kaede nodded and stirred the pot once more.

"So what's the story with the jewel?" Kagome asked. Kaede's face settled into an expression of regret.

"Well, you see, my older sister, Kikyo, was a very powerful priestess who was very kind and soft spoken. She and Inuyasha had fallen in love and it was quite a shock to the villagers, but they made no objections. Then one day, my sister gets word of a horribly burnt victim that has taken residence in a cave and can't move. So, she went to go treat him. For months she treated him. His name was Onigumo. But soon, Kikyo realized that she couldn't save him. She tried all she could but it was hopeless. She had been planning on telling him that his death was sure the next day. But, on her way, she was attacked by someone she believed to be Inuyasha."

Kagome's big brown eyes widened as she looked over to the sullen boy in the corner. His eyes were trained on the ground below him and at her soft sound of surprise, he looked up and his eyes met hers. They were so sad and full of regret. Regret for an ending that never happened. Her eyes softened and she offered him a soft smile. His face contorted with confusion for a moment before returning to his usual empty scowl.

"Later, we found out, after my sister's death that it, indeed, was not Inuyasha." Kagome turned back to Kaede, startled.

"Then…who was it?"

Kaede frowned. "We still don't know that much, but we figured it was someone who knew of my sister's weakness for him and impersonated him to get the jewel. Of course it wasn't a very good thing when she found him with the jewel and pinned him to the tree, shortly dying then burning the jewel with her body." Kagome nodded.

"But that still doesn't explain why the jewel was in my body fifty years later."

Kaede frowned again, her eyes thoughtful. "How old are you, child?"

"Umm…I don't really know…" Kagome blushed when Kaede looked at her in confusion, even Inuyasha turned to her with a frown on his handsome face.

"What do you mean you don't know?" he asked harshly.

She turned to him, her eyes sad.

"When my father died, I was six…I think. And I guess it's been about ten years since then, but I'm not sure."

Kaede nodded and Inuyasha eyed her wearily. This girl was certainly strange. She was an inu hanyou like him and from the small information he had just gotten, she had grown up much like him, as well, parentless and having to fend for herself. But she didn't seem bitter about it at all. She seemed…resigned. As if she had gotten over her bitterness long ago and just accepted it as it went. And she hid her heritage from others with that stupid rag over her ears. Why would she want to do that?

She certainly didn't look like any hanyou Inuyasha had come across in his years. She had every appearance of a human, with her long, wavy black hair and big doe brown eyes. But the only way you could tell she hadn't grown up in exactly ideal situations were the slight lines of weariness under her eyes. Her long claws glinted dangerously in the fire light as she brushed back her bangs. She wasn't beautiful, no. But she certainly was pretty. She wore an old men's shirt top, the sleeves cut off at her shoulders to show her long, strong arms. But she wore the bottom half of a woman's kimono, falling just above her knees, her feet bare. And over her top, she wore a woman's breast plate of armor.

Inuyasha shook his head slightly as he turned his attention back to the window. A weird girl, definitely.

"Well, child," Kaede continued. "My guess is that, since you do bare a striking resemblance to my long departed sister, you are the reincarnated soul of Kikyo."

The words hung in the air. Kagome nodded her head, accepting this. It made sense after all. It would explain why she had been able to pull out the arrow of Inuyasha, why he had confused her for Kikyo. And why the jewel had been inside of her. But as Kagome opened her mouth, Inuyasha stood abruptly and walked out of the silent hut, his face twisted with some unknown emotion. Kagome watched him go with a sad expression.

He had been through so much. He had just been woken up from what he had found out was a fifty year slumber, then to find out that the stranger that had helped him was the reincarnation to his lost love. It was a lot to take in. Kagome stared after him for a long moment before sighing and getting up to follow him out.

Kaede watched all this with wise eyes and a knowing smile on her weathered face.

(AN: Hey, I know, i know, I haven't updated in forever. I'm not going to try to even give any excuses so just lay it down to family problems. I hope you enjoyed this chapter. I enjoyed writing it. Thanks for reading)