Finally, the final chapter. Took me a while to decide what direction I was going to go with this, but I finally got it!! So yay!! I hope you all enjoy.
Discliamer: The things in my story that were not mine are still not mine. They just helped me come alone with this story.
Kagome felt like camp was dragging. Inuyasha had been gone since Saturday night. Today was only Monday morning. She still had the whole week to go. Even though it was only one week, she could tell this already going to be the longest.
Both the Bumblebees and the Bears no longer had peer leaders, so Mr. Myoga granted the week to them to do as they wish – so long as they stayed within the boundaries of the camp rules and didn't interfere with other campers' activities. While mostly everyone was embracing this new and rare freedom, Kagome found herself less than thrilled. All the free time just reminded her about how lonely she felt without Inuyasha around.
Of course, no one gave a minute by herself: since she returned to her room on Saturday night, she had been bombarded with "Did you and Inuyasha really?" questions. Kikyo had long packed up and left the camp in an angry whirl by then. She had managed to leave Kagome a very ugly letter about being a bitch, cunt, whore, and all those other derogatory female names, while simultaneously throwing in some stuff about Inuyasha coming to his senses soon enough and dropping Kagome like deadweight. Kagome crushed the letter up and practiced outside-J shot. She didn't give into the many demands of the females in her dorm. Somehow, she felt that confirming the knowledge with anyone would only make matters worse. And she could still hear Inuyasha having told her a long time about girls and secrets. She still had to prove to him that she could keep her mouth shut, even under pressure. She told them nothing happened, and that Kikyo was just a crazy old bird.
Everyone seemed to buy the story, except for Sango and Ayame. Kagome expected them to be skeptical, because they probably were starting to see the faults in Kagome's stories for the past few weeks. But she would tell them the same thing: nothing happened. Friendship or no.
"If you weren't sneaking out to see Bankotsu all those times then, who were you sneaking out to see?" Sango asked after Kagome's denial.
Kagome was about to speak, when Ayame cut her off: "We spoke to Bankotsu." She said. "We wanted him to help clear yours and Inuyasha's name, and tell Mr. Myoga that you had been sneaking out to see him and not Inuyasha. He said you guys haven't even spoken since maybe the third week here."
Kagome's mouth closed instantly. She knew that Bankotsu story was going to fail her at one point, she just wish she had foreseen all of this sooner, so she would have a good back up excuse. "Okay, I wasn't sneaking out to see Bankotsu."
"Well we know that." Sango said in an obvious tone.
"So it was Inuyasha?" Ayame asked curiously.
"No." Kagome said quickly. "I already said it wasn't him."
"So who was it?" Ayame questioned further.
Kagome knew she was caught. Her only option at that point didn't feel like the best one, but she had no way else to turn. And she didn't want to tell them. Maybe she'd tell Sango at a later point, but not Ayame, who was still too young to understand the gravity of the situation, and would probably end up spreading the story around campus like wildfire. The truth was even though these girls had become close friends of hers, the situation was still too delicate to share.
So Kagome got as mad as she could muster, pulling her face into a serious frown, and raised her voice when she spoke again: "Do I have to tell you two everything? No, I don't. God, my affairs with the guys here isn't some damn camp gossip for you both to indulge in."
Both Sango and Ayame looked surprised at Kagome's outburst, which made Kagome feel like it had been more than convincing. But then Ayame's expression became a crestfallen one: "Sorry Kagome," she whispered in a barely audible tone. "We didn't mean to make you feel like…camp gossip."
Sango looked as down as Ayame did. Now Kagome felt bad. It wasn't really their fault that everything had blown up in such an ugly way. She was just trying to protect whatever little was left of her and Inuyasha's reputation. "I didn't mean to yell." She said apologetically. "I'm just under a lot of stress right now with this whole thing."
"We know." Sango said. "That's why we're here. We're your friends. We're just trying to help." Sango turned away from her and sighed heavily. "Then again, when was the last time you told us anything real. You have told us about Bankotsu, but now we find out that that was all some well-crafted lie." She added under her breath. "Maybe you just don't consider us as friends."
"I never said that!" Kagome said quickly.
"You don't have to say it." Ayame said softly. "Friends should be able to tell each other everything. And it's been apparent that you can't tell us anything."
"It's not like that, it's just–"
"Camp gossip." Sango echoed empty.
"No." Kagome said in a soft and broken tone.
Sango only sighed again, before climbing into her bed. Ayame turned away from Kagome in a similar fashion and got into her bed as well.
"Goodnight Kagome." They whispered in unison.
And then they turned out the light.
The next day, and the days following, neither Ayame nor Sango said another to Kagome. Whenever the three of them were around other people, they acted as if nothing had changed between them. But as soon as they were alone, it was really Kagome that was alone. Back in their dorm room, the silence was overbearing – Ayame and Sango didn't even talk to each other. It was just quiet.
Kagome tried to make conversation any time the three of them were alone, but they just looked at her, disappointment evident. It came to the point that Kagome stopped harassing them, realizing that there was no use.
Kagome stopped going to lunch to sit with everyone. Instead, she grabbed lunch either a lot later than the crowd, or much earlier. Instead of hanging out with everyone in her group when they went into town, she stayed on campus and wandered around. Kagome found herself revisiting the places she had been with Inuyasha. She first found herself heading towards her favorite trail, remembering when she and Inuyasha had run it for the first time.
It had been a while since she had seen him this close, and she had forgotten how good he looked. He was wearing a red marina that clung to him attractively, and a pair of baggy grey sweats with white sneakers on his feet. His shoulders were so broad, and his arms were made purely of defined muscle. Even the brownness of his skin was a turn-on.
"Hey." He said quietly.
She narrowed her eyes, pretended to be upset. "Hey yourself." Her voice was curt. "Excuse me."
"Where are you going?"
She had already walked passed him when his question reached her, but she turned around to answer him. "To find Bankotsu."
He frowned profusely. "What do you want with that guy?"
"Wouldn't you like to know?" She snapped back.
His frown deepened for a moment, then subsided completely. An easy smile came to take it's place. "Well, I was hoping that you'd go for a run with me."
Kagome's eyes widened. This had caught her by surprise. She kept her guard up. "Yeah right. You just expected to find me right at this spot and ask me to go for a walk with you?"
"A run." He corrected. "And I was on my way to your dorm to ask your peer leader for permission."
Kagome was still wary; unbelieving. "Why do you want to go for a run all of a sudden?"
He shrugged. "We're not allowed to go into the forest by ourselves. Gotta run with at least one other person. Most of my guys that were around weren't interested; I wasn't going to ask the younger campers – can't keep up you know; Kikyo wouldn't run with me."
"Kikyo would do anything you asked her to." Inuyasha laughed at that. "So I'm just your resort, is that it?" Kagome asked.
"Don't think of it that way Bumblebee. Just come run with me."
She frowned. "Stop calling me that. Damn."
He only laughed again. "Are you going to come with me or not?"
Kagome gave him a long look, trying to see if he was joking around. He looked pretty serious; eyes unwavering. She was dressed for a run: wearing her camp shirt and a pair of mid-thigh black spandex shorts, running sneakers on her feet.
Finally she smiled. "Fine, I'll come with you. But no funny stuff."
"That goes double for you." He said, before taking off in a dash towards the trees.
Kagome made her way up to the trail, laughing at the memory. That was back when she and Inuyasha were still in their awkward stage: when she went after him, and he acted as if there was nothing between them. But there was – there is something serious between them.
Kagome reached the top of the trail, standing on the top of the ledge, and looked out at the scenery.
Inuyasha came up next to her not long after. "Took you long enough." Kagome joked. "I've been here for eons."
"I'm sure." Inuyasha said with a grin. He leaned against the rock next to her, folding his arms.
She glanced up at him just as he looked down at her. The electricity in his eyes made her blush and look away. But when she looked back up, he was still watching her. "Why are you looking at me like that?"
He smiled. "Because you look good." He said simply. "Your skin is getting very golden brown from all the sun."
She nudged him playfully. "You don't look so bad yourself." She paused, looked up at him with a serious expression. "Then again, you always looked good to me."
He didn't say anything to that, which prompted Kagome to say: "I guess that feeling isn't reciprocated."
"What do you mean?"
"You look good to me, but I don't look good to you."
"I just said you looked good."
"I said you always looked good to me."
He looked at her for a long time, and Kagome watched as his eyes went up and down her body. She smiled to herself at the picture he had to be getting: curves of her breasts peeking out of the top, soft hourglass figure, exposed legs. He smiled at a moment. "You look good Bumblebee."
Kagome leaned against the rock, and sighed heavily. She missed Inuyasha so much, now more than ever. Sango and Ayame wouldn't talk to her. Bankotsu was a memory of the past. Everyone else just didn't seem to be enough. She ran down the trail and headed towards the Bear cabin next. All the boys were out enjoying the day, so there was no issue to getting inside the dorm. She walked into the building – it looked exactly like hers, blue in color with brown bears painted on the walls. She didn't take in the decoration much longer though, walking towards the door labeled "Peer Leader". It was open – to her surprise, but delight – and she stepped inside.
Seeing the room again made her heart squeeze. Kagome went towards the bed, lying on it and burying her nose in the pillow. There was a faint scent of Inuyasha remaining on the pillowcase.
He pulled his hand away from hers. "I have to take you back to your room."
"Answer my question."
He looked at her, his amber eyes intense. "Why do you sell yourself so short? You're such an amazing girl: free-spirited, in love with life. But here you are offering yourself up to a man four years older than you whose rejected you more than once. A man who doesn't even love you."
She shrugged. "Maybe it's because I'm free-spirited and so I'm in love with life that causes me to act this way. I just want to go with my intuition, do what my mind and body tells me to do, go to what my mind and body pulls me to. And right now, I'm being pulled to you. And the only reason I'm still being pulled to you is because there's something on your end that keeps a hold of me." She paused. "It's the way you look at me Inuyasha. There's so much emotion in your eyes. It feels more than you just being attracted to me. You like me. I can tell that you like me."
He looked down for a moment, then met her gaze again. "I do like you Kagome. I like your feistiness, your quick wit. I like the way you're always smiling when you're with your friends. I like the way you look at me."
Kagome felt a weight being lifted off her shoulders. Finally, a confession – more confirmation that she wasn't going crazy.
But Inuyasha was going to start backpedalling, she could tell. "But I can't like you." He said finally. "And I certainly can't be attracted to you. You're too young for me, and the situation we're in right now just makes everything worse. It makes no sense to like you."
"Then don't like me." Kagome said. "I don't care about that part Inuyasha. The only part I care about is that every time I see you, I feel this urge to be close to you. I just want you to be close to me Inuyasha. I want you to touch me like you want me. I want you to want me just as much as I want you."
Inuyasha looked torn, so Kagome gave him some incentive. She placed her hand on his cheek, turning his head to face her. He didn't move away from her touch. She leaned towards him, her eyes lowered to his mouth.
Inuyasha's voice came out haggard, broke through her trance, when she was only millimeters away from his lips. She titled her head slightly, pressed her lips against the corner of his mouth. His skin was warm. She moved her lips down to his jawline, up to his cheek, on his earlobe. Suddenly she felt Inuyasha's hand grip her wrist, moving her hand away from his face. She came back to his eye level. His eyes were burning with intensity, but she didn't look away.
"Kagome." He said slowly, voice thickened.
"Yes Inuyasha?" her voice had changed too: low and seductive.
He didn't say anything at first, just looked at her. Suddenly, the gap between them was closing. Inuyasha was leaning towards her. The closer he got, the more her body yearned for him. He stopped once his forehead touched hers, their lips only seconds away from connecting.
"Kagome." He said again.
He spoke in a low whisper, his tone laced with desire. "I want you."
And in the next instant, their lips touched. Not softly, but with a passion: mouths opened automatically and tongues brushing for the first time with a fever. Kagome heard a moan leave her throat, and get caught in their kiss. Inuyasha pulled her closer to him at the sound, his hands grabbing her shoulders.
She ripped herself away from him. "Say it again." She demanded in a voice full of lust. "Tell me you want me."
"I want you." He growled in a tone that matched hers.
Kagome held the pillow closer to her face, taking deeper breaths, until the smell was gone. She closed her eyes tightly, wanting to linger on it. It was the only thing she had that kept her close to Inuyasha right now. But she knew she didn't have much longer here – she was in the boys' dorm, and not quite allowed in there. So she left out the window, still mentally reminiscing, before heading back to her dorm.
She had come up with a brilliant idea. She refused to spend another night in uncomfortable silence with her "friends". So she packed up all her things in her duffel bag, completely moving out of the room. And once she had everything down to her toiletries, she left the Bumblebee dorm and headed for the forest.
She was going to the Outhouse.
"Are you happy now?" Inuyasha asked her. "Are you getting everything you want?"
She glared at him. "Don't you have somewhere to be?" her voice was laced with attitude.
He glared back. "You are so fucking frustrating."
She had turned away from him, but snapped back around at his words. "I'm frustrating? One minute you're all over me and the next you're acting like I don't exist. You are the one, good sir, acting like you're on your fucking period."
"You don't understand–"
"And you can shut the fuck up with that 'I don't understand' shit. If I hear you say that again Inuyasha, I swear to God, I'll slap the shit out of you."
He raised his eyebrows in surprise, then narrowed them in a challenge. "You. Don't. Under. Stand."
Kagome exhaled heavily with frustration. She stared him down, anger building, until she stomped over to him and raised her hand, fully prepared to smack him across his face.
But mid slap, he grabbed her wrist forcefully, bringing her action to a halt. She frowned, trying to pull her hand back, but he only gripped it tighter. In one strong pull from Inuyasha, Kagome found herself tumbling forward into him. His arm went around her waist to steady her, simultaneously bringing her closer to him.
At first, there was just silence. Kagome was sure she had stopped breathing. Inuyasha's face was so close, she could count his eyelashes, see the different shades of honey and gold that made up those incredible eyes. And suddenly, he was kissing her. Softly, he pressed his lips to hers, the lovely eyes closing at the contact. Kagome was too surprised to close hers.
"Inuyasha." She whispered when he pulled back. She looked up at him. "Why…do you keep doing this?"
He lowered his gaze, then lifted it back up to meet her eyes, the gold hue of his gaze smoldering her. "Because I lied." His voice was soft, but firm. "You are worth it."
The Outhouse was the one place that she and Inuyasha had had to themselves, the place where she had – for the first time – given her body to someone who deserved it: her first sexual experience that was worth remembering. It was the only place on campus that she could feel at home now, the only place where she could feel close to Inuyasha.
"I won't leave."
"Stay the whole night." She murmured in his chest.
"I promise I will." He said. He pulled her back enough so she could see the seriousness in his eyes. "I'll stay the whole night."
Kagome smiled at his sincerity. He kissed her forehead and smiled back before getting out of the bed to turn off the light. She got under the covers and made herself comfortable, sleep coming on fast.
She heard the other side of the bed creak under weight, then felt Inuyasha under the sheets as well. "You better not leave while I'm sleeping." She said warningly.
"I said I wouldn't."
"You promised you wouldn't."
A soft chuckle, then: "You're right. I did promise."
"Go to sleep Kagome. I'll be here when you wake up."
She had to be certain, so she shifted closer to him so that she could rest her head on his shoulder. Now you can't go anywhere without me knowing, she thought triumphantly. Inuyasha chuckled again, as if he had heard her thoughts, but welcomed her touch, putting his arm around her again.
Kagome climbed into the bed, full of so many memories, and went under the sheet. Even though it didn't smell of them – or anything of the sort – it was enough to make her smile. She closed her eyes, falling asleep in the comfort of her memories. The week was still taking too long to end, but she would get by, so long as she had this place to remind her of what was to come.
The last day of camp was a sad one for everyone else except Kagome, who packed her things, happily ready to get going. Even though her mother and Naraku were coming to get her, it was still enough to be out of this place. And besides, leaving camp was the start of her new life – away from her parents, a new home with her grandfather.
Kagome smiled to herself, thinking about Inuyasha letter. It had come only the day before. It wasn't very lengthy, but it had made its point and was enough to make her smile for the rest of her life.
I hope this reaches you in good spirits, and I hope camp hasn't been too painful for you in my absence. I've missed you more and more with each passing day, and I can't wait to see you again. I wish that your plans after camp go through well, what with you wanting to live with your grandfather, and it would be my greatest pleasure to be a part of your new life.
I love you.
Kagome still had the letter in the pocket of her hoodie as she walked from the Outhouse towards the front of Bumblebee dormitories. Sango and Ayame were waiting out front as well, as were many of the Bumblebee girls. The two of them glanced in her direction as she appeared. Kagome put on her sunglasses and positioned herself amongst the crowd, not meeting their gaze. Maybe they wondered where she had been for the last couple of days of camp, but maybe they hadn't. Kagome had already disconnected herself from them and everyone else. People were hugging and saying goodbye, but Kagome just stood and waited patiently for her car to pull up. As far as she was concerned, these people and this place was now part of her past.
A sleek black BMW convertible pulled up. The top was already down, and Kagome recognized the mane of silver hair gleaming in the sunlight. Even though there were people around, Kagome couldn't resist rushing towards the vehicle as Inuyasha got out. He lifted her off the ground when she was close enough, holding her close to him.
"What are you doing here?" Kagome asked surprised as he put her down.
"I'm here to pick you up obviously." Inuyasha said with a smile.
Inuyasha shrugged, "Well if you don't want me to pick you up, then I could just leave you here."
"Don't say that." Kagome said, playfully hitting him on the shoulder. "I just want to know what's going on."
Inuyasha's smile grew. "I looked at your camp files and called your mom. I told her that I would come get you and take you there."
"But I'm not–"
"I know." He said. "I'm actually taking you wherever you want to go."
Kagome smiled brightly. "You have no idea how happy I am to see you here." She stepped closer to him, taking his hands in hers. "Camp has been such a drag without you."
"But you were strong right?"
Her smile grew. "Yeah I was. Do I get some form of reward for that?"
Inuyasha smiled at her. To her surprise, he leaned down and pressed his lips on hers. There were loud gasps and murmurs from behind them, but Kagome could barely hear the noises: too caught up in the feeling of their lips touching. Even though it had only been a week, it still felt like it had been forever since she felt his touch. She caught herself sighing aloud as he backed up.
"I missed you." He whispered.
"I missed you." She replied.
"You ready to get going?" he asked her.
"More than anything."
He walked over to her duffel bag and picked it up. Everyone was staring at him in awe, but no one said anything. Sango and Ayame were staring at her, but Kagome was watching Inuyasha. He seemed unfazed by the people staring at him: simply putting her bag in the backseat before climbing into the driver's side. Kagome found that she was unfazed by the stares as well. It didn't matter what these people thought of her, or him, or their relationship anymore. Camp was over, and finally, they were free to be and do whatever they their hearts desired.
"Are you coming?" he asked as he put on his sunglasses.
Kagome took another glance at all the people, who were still staring back at them in shock. Her eyes landed on Sango and Ayame. Ayame was still in shock, but it seemed that Sango's expression was changing into one of understanding. Sango gave her a small nod, which brought on a wave of appreciation. Maybe they had had a rough couple of last days due to their silence, and the fact that Kagome kept secrets from both of them. But the understanding in Sango's face made Kagome feel that maybe all hope wasn't lost between them. Kagome managed to smile at her, feeling somewhat lighter, as she got into the passenger seat.
"Hey Kagome!" Sango yelled. Kagome lifted her sunglasses in response. Sango smiled warmly. "Good luck. Call me sometime."
Kagome felt even lighter now. "Yeah, you too. We'll speak."
Inuyasha backed up the car, and pulled out of the campus. Kagome told him what the past week had been like - the loneliness, the fall out between her and Sango and Ayame, the final days spent in the Outhouse. Inuyasha listened understanding.
"Seems like you and Sango will be okay though." Inuyasha said thoughtfully.
"I hope so." Kagome said quietly. "I like Sango."
Inuyasha smiled at her. "I think you and Sango will be just fine."
Kagome smiled at his optimism.
"So where are we heading?" he asked her once they were on the highway.
Kagome glanced over at Inuyasha, at his beautiful physique and the blowing of his long silver hair. She smiled at him: "Take me to your place."
He laughed. "What?"
"I mean, I could go to my grandfather's place at any time. But right now, I just want to be with you. I've missed you so much this past week."
He glanced over at her. "I've missed you too." He took her hand in his, kissed the top of it, before resting it in his lap. "I've missed you very much."
They drove together in silence, but Kagome was comfortable in it. Things finally felt right in her life, or at least, it felt as if they were righting themselves. She was going to move into her grandfather's soon enough, away from her stepfather crisis. And she had the affection of the great guy sitting on her left.
For the first time in a long time, Kagome felt like things were going to be okay.
"For what?" he asked her.
She took a deep breath. "For telling me that I'm worth something. For giving me a chance to prove that I was worth something. For helping me to believe that I am worth something. I couldn't feel the way I do right now without you."
He smiled, kissed her hand again. "It's my pleasure."
"I love you." she said.
"And I love you too Bumblebee."
Kagome laughed to herself. Yes, things are going to be just fine.
It's so funny, how when this all started, Kagome was so sure that this camp was going to be the bane of her summer. Now, Kagome couldn't have been happier that she had went. Without it, she wouldn't have learned she was better that the home life she was living. She wouldn't have known that she was worth more than the standards she had set for herself. But most importantly, she wouldn't had met the love of her life: Inuyasha.
Now it was time to start living the way she wanted to.
I hope you all have enjoyed this fic. Thank you to all my reviewers, and readers. This story would have been garbage without you. Thanks again, and don't forget to leave me a final review!
Peace out all!