Chapter1

"It was a dark and cold night; the woman could see her breath in clouds before her face as she walked down the icy streets beneath the pale glow of the street lights. The wind rustled the leaves of the trees lining the pavement in the otherwise silent neighbourhood. Every now and then a cat would run across the pavement or a clatter could be heard in the distance as the stray cats raided the garbage cans behind the houses.

A welcoming light shone in the distance, drawing the woman towards it. Her steps quickened over the icy surface of the pavement, her breath coming more rapidly from the sudden exertion. Less than a block away from the house, a hand came down heavily on the woman's shoulder stopping any further movement. She turned around, her heart pounding in her chest, only to see two eyes burning into her own through the darkness. Falling to her knees, the darkness seemed to crush her as her blood curdling scream echoed throughout the silent neighbourhood."

"What happens next?!" an eager albeit sleepy voice demanded half heartedly from the bed.

"You'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out, Taiki."

"Aunt Rin!" the child protested.

Rin laughed quietly and snapped the book shut after placing a marker between the pages she had been reading. She placed the book on the table beside the bed and stood up. Turning around, she looked down at the child who looked up at her with an indignant stare and smiled as she bent forwards to smooth his hair back from his face.

"You'll have to wait until tomorrow," she repeated.

"Who was behind her? You know don't you?" Taiki demanded, his tiredness seemingly forgotten.

Rin shook her head. "I haven't the faintest idea," she admitted before giving him a grin. "Although I wouldn't tell you who it was even if I did know."

"But why?"

"It ruins the storyline, dear."

"But..."

"No buts! You should be asleep now anyway." Rin leaned forward and placed a gentle kiss on the boy's forehead before moving towards the door. "Good night Taiki," she said with a smile.

"Good night Aunt Rin," the boy responded with a smile of his own.

Rin walked down the corridor to the living room where she had left her friends chatting happily. She sank down into a seat near the door with a sigh and closed her eyes sleepily.

"Rin! You're back!" Kagome exclaimed as she saw her friend sit down. "Is Taiki asleep?"

Nodding, Rin looked across the room at her friend and her husband. "Your son is stubborn Kagome," she said with a mock irritation.

Kagome laughed and nudged Inuyasha who sat beside her. "He gets his stubborn streak from Inuyasha. How did you get him to go to sleep?"

"I read to him." She frowned. "His taste in books is slightly disturbing for a child so young."

"Oh?" Inuyasha queried with a raised eyebrow.

"Apparently he likes murder mysteries. Who's been reading him those?" Rin wondered aloud.

Inuyasha smirked. "Probably Sesshoumaru. He likes those kinds of books."

"Occupational hazard I suppose," Kagome added with a wink. "He's with the police force you know."

Rin nodded. She knew Sesshoumaru Taisho was a member of the police force. She had seen him dressed in his uniform many times when she was younger. He had been promoted since then and no longer wore the uniform which she secretly thought was a shame since it suited him so well. He was now the Detective Chief Inspector and had many men to come to his every beck and call. He was young for a D.C.I, only 25, but he worked hard which was what the older men in the force called a rarity. They approved of his no-nonsense attitude and the way he spoke only when necessary. Usually, from what Inuyasha told her anyway, Sesshoumaru let his assistant ask all the questions.

With a sigh, Rin looked up from her thoughts and glanced at the clock. It was later than she thought. Nearly 11pm! She stood up and stretched luxuriously before smiling at her friends.

"It's late. I should be going now."

Kagome stood up. "You're staying here tonight. It's too late to walk home, even if it is only a short distance."

Rin started to protest but was silenced when Inuyasha stood up and agreed with his wife.

"Kagome's right. You wouldn't want to end up as the victim in a murder mystery would you?" He winked at her as he left for the kitchen.

"I suppose you're right. It wouldn't be much fun walking home in the dark after reading that to Taiki."

"I'll show you to your room. You look tired," Kagome said with a smile.

"I feel it. It's been a long day."

-*-*-*-*-

The next day was bright and the sun was shining down cheerfully, but there was a cold wind that blew the trees outside. Rin shivered as she watched the trees bending in the wind and turned away. With a sigh, she left the room and walked down the stairs to the dining room where she could hear voices laughing.

"Aunt Rin!" a voice shouted happily and a small figure raced across the dining room towards her.

"Good morning Taiki," she said as she looked down at the little boy. "Have you had your breakfast yet?"

"Not yet. Mamma was just making pancakes!" He grinned and dragged her to the table where she sat between him and Inuyasha.

"Morning" Inuyasha said cheerfully as he put down his newspaper.

Rin smiled and reached for the paper he had discarded. "Morning! How's everyone this morning?"

"We're alright. Taiki's been telling us about the story you started reading him last night," Kagome said as she smiled fondly at her son as she came towards the table carrying a large plate of pancakes.

Rin laughed and looked at the boy. "I'm sure your father will make a better story teller." She winked at Inuyasha before starting on her pancakes. "What are you doing today then, Taiki?"

"Mamma said that we can go have a picnic in the park," the silver haired boy said through a mouthful of pancakes coated in syrup. "Will you come with us?"

"Taiki! Aunt Rin has her own life to lead, you know," Kagome said with a frown.

"I want her to read the rest of the story to me!"

"Taiki," she interrupted the argument before it went too far. "Your father can read the story to you. You should spend time with both your parents."

"But I want you to read the story to me!" he protested and looked up at her with the puppy eyes that she could never resist.

Inuyasha grinned. "Looks like you have no choice now, eh?"

Rin frowned slightly at the little boy and sighed in defeat. "Alright. I'll read the story to you Taiki."