Chapter One – The Invitation

"Bye, Mom!" Kagome called before running out the front door to where Sango sat waiting in her car in the driveway. Sango turned down the music when Kagome opened the door. "Kagome, your outfit is so cute!" Kagome was wearing white snow pants, a baby blue jacket and a pink striped scarf. Kagome smiled and returned the compliment. Sango was wearing green snow pants, a white ski jacket and a matching black and grey checkered scarf and hat. It only took minutes to get to Miroku's. They walked in, knowing the guys wouldn't be ready to go yet. At least they were dressed to go sledding. Inuyasha was wearing black snow pants with a red coat and hat while Miroku wore black snow pants, a purple ski coat and a black hat.

Kagome grinned at them, literally bouncing up and down she was so excited. They were waiting for Inuyasha to finish his bowl of-what else- ramen.

"Thank Kami we are going sledding," he said through mouthfuls. "Sesshomaru has been driving me nuts!"

Kagome forgot to be disgusted at the clearly visible half chewed food in his open mouth and gaped at him. "Sesshy's home? He can come with us!"

Inuyasha looked horrified, "No!!!"

But Kagome was already running upstairs, her heart thudding. She had had a crush on Sesshomaru for so long now she couldn't remember when exactly it had started. He was usually standoffish with people but over time it seemed like he was letting the wall down where it came to her. Even Sango had mentioned how he seemed nicer to her than anyone else. Kagome crossed her fingers and hoped as she raised one fist and knocked on his door.

The door opened and she held her breath for a second at the sight of him. He always looked so gorgeous and so put into place. His silver hair hung in silky sheets and his molten gold eyes made her heart stutter. He was at least seven inches taller than her and she tilted her head back to look at his face. Something flickered across his eyes- surprise? pleasure? She let out the breath and grinned broadly at him.

"Hey, Sesshy!"

The corner of Sesshomaru's mouth twitched.

She continued, " So, Sango, Miroku, Inuyasha, and I are meeting up with a whole bunch of people to go sledding and we were wondering if you wanted to go?"

"This Sesshomaru has no desire to sled."

Kagome rolled her eyes, "Don't start the 'This Sesshomaru" stuff with me." She gave him her best begging face complete with wide, pleading eyes and a slight pout. "Please, Sesshy? C'mon…"

Sesshomaru stared down into her cute pouting face with her bright blue eyes and let out a small sigh. "I will get changed."

Her face lit up and she jumped slightly in excitement. "Awesome!" She skipped downstairs and Sesshomaru watched her go with amused eyes. The little miko was definitely intriguing and very attractive. He couldn't help but become increasingly distracted with thoughts of her. Shutting the door, he changed into his snowboarding outfit, white pants and jacket with a red patterned design along the edges. Technically, being a demon, he didn't have to worry about being dressed warmly in the cold, but he felt occasions called for the appropriate outfits.

Kagome bounced into the living room where Inuyasha sat watching tv. Miroku and Sango were noticeably absent. "He's coming!"

Inuyasha groaned. "Dammit. Do you hate me, Kagome?"

"Oh, come on, Inuyasha. It's not that bad," she tried to reason.

He just groaned again.