Kagome sat on the cold ground, her arms wrapped around her knees. Her hair was up for the first time in forever, and she sighed deeply. He wasn't here. And why would he be? Anytime he heard any news about Kikyo being alive or around, he immediately sprang into action and frantically tried to find her. Kagome grimaced; she could see that smug smile on Kikyo's face that she got Inuyasha to come to her…. Again. Sango, a demon slayer and Kagome's best friend, noticed her looking rather depressed, so she went to comfort her.
"Kagome?" Sango asked, sitting down next to her. Kagome said nothing, but kept her face away from her. Her eyes were on the verge of tears and she didn't want anyone being concerned, not right now. "Kagome, I understand what you're going through."
"How could you possibly understand?" Kagome asked, turning to her friend, her eyes filled with tears. "How could you know what it's like to be in the middle?"
"I know a great deal." Sango smiled. Kagome's eyes widened when she realized what she meant. Sango was in love with Miroku, the monk in the group, and he returned those feelings; however, he was pervert and ran off following tons of pretty girls all the time on their journey to find the jewel shards. Sango probably felt hurt… She probably felt more hurt than she was pissed. No, that impossible. She was hurt, but she was completely pissed off and always ended hitting Miroku on the head with her really strong boomerang, which Kagome thought probably hurt pretty badly. Kagome smiled, and nodded. Sango put her arm around her friend, and they sat staring into the sunset together.
After a few hours, Kagome had fallen asleep. Sango was still awake, and she was looking at Miroku, who was sitting on the ground looking at his right hand. His hand was covered in a purple cloth and prayer beads. If he were to take it off, then everything in his path and behind, possibly, would be sucked in. If they didn't defeat Naraku, the demon who tore Inuyasha and Kikyo against one another, who killed Sango's people and had a hold on her younger brother, and who was the cause of the hole in Miroku's hand, then the hole would gradually get bigger and eventually suck its owner in. She shuddered at the thought of the wind blowing fiercely and pulling Miroku in the vortex. Kagome stirred as there was a rustle of leaves in the forest. Her eyelids fluttered for a second and she woke up. She sat up, rubbing her head. Inuyasha came out of the forest, leaves falling from his hair as he ran. Kagome refused to look at him.
"Hey, guys," Inuyasha said, as he landed on his feet in front of them. "What's wrong with Kagome?" Sango glared at him as if daring him to ask again. "What's wrong…?"
"Sit." Kagome muttered. Inuyasha's necklace glowed and dragged him to the ground, which he hit with a large thud.
"What was that for?" He yelled, managing to get himself up. His face was covered in dirt as were his clothes. Kagome got up; her hair swished as she did so.
"If I have to tell you, then obviously I don't belong here," She said, in a cold voice, which made him shudder as if she were going to say 'sit' again. She gave one last look and started walking away. Miroku stopped looking at his hand and watched Kagome. Shippo and Kirara watched as well, Kirara's tail swishing around behind her.
"Kagome!" Shippo cried, jumping onto her arm and crying. "You can't leave!" Her face turned sincere, since Shippo did not do anything to wrong her. "Kagome!"
"I'm sorry, Shippo." She gave him a small hug and put him down the ground. "Kirara, would you take me to the well?" Kirara didn't want Kagome to go, but she transformed from a small cat to a giant one and Kagome got on her. With one last wave, she and Kirara flew away. A few minutes later, they were front of the well. Kagome jumped off, pat Kirara on the head, and jumped into the well. The giant cat looked down into the well until she was out of sight. Kirara waited a few minutes, before flying off to the others. She let out a small howl.
Back in the modern world, Kagome landed with a small thud in the well at her house. She grabbed her giant yellow backpack and lugged it up the steps, panting as she did so. Why did she bring so much stuff? She scowled. Oh, yeah. For him. She brought all sorts of treats for Inuyasha. She had no regret giving it to the others, but he didn't deserve it.
"Damn him," She muttered, walking into her house. "Hello?" She called out, looking around for her mother, grandfather, and brother. "Anyone here?" She walked to the kitchen and spotted a note on the table. Picking it up, it read:
Your grandfather, brother, and I are out at dinner. We weren't sure if you were coming home or not. We're sorry we went without you. If you are home, I promise to take you out sometime during your visit. We'll be back by eight.
Kagome sighed, crumpling up the letter and throwing into the wastebasket. It was seven fifty, which meant they would be home soon. What did her mom mean by "visit?" It was her house, too! She didn't need to visit! Besides, she probably would stay here. Inuyasha doesn't need her; he has Kikyo. She can find the jewel shards. She and Kagome were so alike, yet so different. Knowing Kikyo, who dedicated her life to the jewel, she would find all the shards in three days tops! It's no wonder he chose her instead. Kagome wiped her teary eyes and scowled again. She felt so weak. He was just a guy! She had great friends and that's all she needed. She smiled slightly. Hojo still liked her. Who knows? Maybe, she'll give it a shot. Maybe, she has a chance with him. He would never run after his ex girlfriend, especially if she was dead.
"Ha!" Kagome yelled. "That Kikyo is probably thinking: "I have torn that girl apart, and she's depressed!" Well, you're wrong! I have Hojo! I don't need some stinking half demon that's into necrophilia!" She kept on smiling, until finally she broke down, sobbing. Her ears perked up when she heard a car pull up. She quickly wiped her eyes, ran to her room to freshen up and change, and ran back downstairs. Her eyes were slightly red, but better than before. She sat down, and the doors opened.
"Kagome!" Her mother called out, running over to hug her daughter. "Why are you here, honey?"
"What do you mean?" Kagome replied. "It's my house. I don't need a reason to come back."
"Of course you don't," Her mother said, a little confused by her daughter's behavior. Kagome sighed, hugging her brother and grandfather as well.
"Where's Inuyasha?" Sota, her brother asked. She shot a nasty glare at him and he could see the fire burning in her eyes. Just the mention of his name made her angry. Sota immediately backed off. "Okay… I could see you guys got into a fight or something." Kagome's gaze did not soften. Sota cowered behind their grandpa.
"It's nice to see you again, Kagome," Her grandpa said, causing her glare to gradually soften. She smiled at him, though she was aching on the inside.
"It's nice to see you guys, too!"
"Would you like dinner, honey?" Her mom asked, holding a box of leftovers from the restaurant.
"No," She replied. "I already ate before I came. I think I'm going to bed." Kagome kissed all of them good-night (even her brother, who shuddered as she came close) and went upstairs. She shut her door, and held her tears in for as long as she could. It only took her 5 seconds, before they started pouring out of her eyes again. She got into her covers, and felt warm underneath them. She held them close to her chest.
"You shouldn't cry," She told herself. "You're in your nice, warm bed, rather than the cold ground in a dingy sleeping bag. " That did not help. Her tears kept on coming. She cried herself to sleep.
Back in the Feudal Era, Inuyasha and the others were sitting around, all silent about the Kagome's departure. Finally, Inuyasha couldn't take the silence any longer.
"What the hell's wrong with her?!" He yelled, getting to his feet. They stared up at him with blank expressions. "What?"
"You really don't get it, do you?" Miroku asked. When Inuyasha did not answer, he sighed and got up. "She's heartbroken!"
"Miroku's right," Sango said. "You keep jumping her to Kikyo; it's no wonder she feels the way she does!" Inuyasha looked at away, scowling. "Kagome stays by your side. Even if you were deceived by a demon and hurt her, she would still be with you. Kikyo did not."
"That's right!" Shippo yelled, jumping up. Inuyasha hit him on the head. "I want Kagome!"
"We all do," Sango patted him on the head. She shot a glare at Inuyasha, who felt a little depressed over the whole situation. She sighed.
"I think another reason Kagome left," Miroku started, "is because she hates being a third wheel."
"What the hell does that mean?" Inuyasha asked.
"She doesn't like being in the middle." Miroku groaned and sat down next the fire and lay down. "I don't care what you do anymore, Inuyasha."
"What do you mean?" Sango asked, lying down as well.
"If he wants to hurt Kagome, then that's his decision. I will take no part in it, for I care about her very much. And if I were to stay in the company of someone like him, I will be a traitor." Inuyasha did not meet his gaze.
"I understand what you mean, Miroku. I shall do the same."
"Me too!" Shippo yelled. Kirara meowed meaning she agreed with every word they said.
"You guys are so stupid!" Inuyasha groaned, kicking a rock on the ground in his frustration. They said nothing to him and kept silent as they thought of their friend. He kicked rock after rock as he walked to the nearest tree and jumped into it. He looked over the branch to see them looking up at him. When they caught his gaze, they turned back around, not meeting his eyes any longer. He sighed and closed his eyes, slowly drifting off to sleep with his mind full of both Kagome and Kikyo.
Kagome woke up early the next day, the sun full on her face. She yawned, stretching her sore muscles. This sleeping bag felt really soft, she thought, still half asleep.
"Good morning, Inu..." She opened her eyes and looked around realizing she was not in the Feudal Era, but back in modern times. "Right. I'm not there." She glanced over at her desk, where the jewel shards they had collected where safe in a bottle. If she was going to stay here, she would have to give them back. She should just leave them here and Inuyasha would find it when he came looking for them. He would come for them, not her. Kagome looked at her clock, and it was 7:00 on a Wednesday morning. She smiled. It would be nice seeing her friends again and maybe today, Hojo would ask her out and she would say yes. He would make a great boyfriend! She dressed in a clean uniform after taking a shower; the one she was wearing was dirty and smelly because of running after demons and stuff like that. After that, she brushed her hair and grabbed her backpack (not the huge yellow one) and ran downstairs, feeling a whole lot better than yesterday.
"Morning!" She yelled.
"Good morning," Her mother smiled.
"Whoa, talk about a mood swing," Sota muttered. Kagome pretended not to notice; she did not want him to spoil her wonderful mood. She sat down and helped herself to some breakfast.
"You're in a better mood than yesterday," Her grandfather spoke up. He expected her to glare at him, but she looked away from her food and smiled.
"Yes! I feel tons better!" She said, eating a pickled raddish. Kagome looked at her watch after a few minutes. "Oh, look at the time!" She got up and put her dishes in the sink. "Got to go!" She waved good-bye to her family and ran outside, taking in all the wonderful sunlight. It was not as peaceful as the Feudal Era, but this was her home. When she walked past the Sacred Tree, she stopped abrutly, memories flooding back into her mind. She shook her head and didn't take another look at the tree as it blew gently in the wind. It was so nice to see other students, walking to school.
"Kagome!" Voice said behind her. She turned around to see Ayumi, Eri, and Yuka running after her, all with smiles on their face. "Hi, girls," Kagome said, smiling back at them.
"It's been so long," Ayumi spoke up.
"How's your leg after that car accident?" Yuka asked. Kagome's face fell.
"It still hurts, doesn't it?" Eri asked, being sympathetic.
"I guess Grandpa couldn't just say I had a cold," Kagome thought, laughing slightly. When she didn't say anything, they all looked deeply concerned. "Huh?"
"So, are you okay?" They all asked at the same time. Kagome smiled.
"I'm fine!" She was fine psychically, but deep down mentally she was a wreck. "Let's go to school." They exchanged looks and followed her to school. She looked around at all the familar faces and buildings. She sighed; it was nice being back in her world. She bet Kikyo felt the same way, knowing that with Kagome gone she would go after Inuyasha. Kagome pushed that thought to the back of her head and went to her class. She sat down at her desk and took out her folder and pencil.
"Ah, Kagome." Her teacher said. "How are you?"
"I'm great!" She replied.
"That's good." He handed her a booklet. "You have a lot of catching up to do." Her face fell as she saw the mountainload of assignments on her desk facing her.
"No problem!" She sighed, resting her chin on her fist and staring at the window, wondering how he was doing.
Back in the Feudal Era, Inuyasha was a wreck, just like her. He sat next to the well, in case she came back. He sighed, going to the Sacred Tree and stroking it, remembering when Kikyo shot him with an arrow and when he met Kagome. Kikyo told him something he could never forget the other night. He remembered it.
"Inuyasha." Kikyo sighed, falling into his arms, her soul collectors circling the area.
"Kikyo?" He asked, holding her close.
"I must tell you this. That girl, Kagome, is nothing like me. She cannot make you happy, as I can. You know..." She looked up into his eyes. "... I love you more than anything in this world. And I know you love me back. Do not deny it."
"I know... I have to go."
"Inuyasha, heed my words. Kagome is only a copy of what you desire. Why settle for a copy when you can acquire the real thing? Think about it, dearest." She kissed him, and then her soul collectors wrapped around her body, taking her into the sky. "Heed my words."
Inuyasha sighed. He took in every word she said, and yet, he couldn't believe any of it. Kagome was different; she was no copy of Kikyo. Whoever thought that must have been dropped on their head as a child.
"I know what you're thinking!" Shippo yelled, causing Inuyasha to fall over.
"Idiot!" He yelled. "And what, are you psychic or something?"
"You're thinking... 'I'm an idiot and I should make up with Kagome because she would never shoot me with an arrow believing I betrayed her!"' He grinned. Inuyasha growled and bashed him on the head. He began to cry. "Waaaah! I wish Kagome was here to teach you a lesson!"
"Shut up, would you?! I'm confused enough as it is!" Inuyasha screamed, storming back into the village, where Miroku was flirting with random girls and Sango was literally on fire with anger. Her hand was itching to grab her hiraikotsu and hit him on the head. They stopped what they were doing as Inuyasha walked right past them, his hands in fists. Sango went to follow him. When Miroku continued to flirt, she grabbed him by his robe and dragged him.
"Until we met again, my lovelies!" He yelled as he was dragged into Kaede's hut. Inuyasha was crosslegged on the floor. Shippo came in a few moments later, a bumb visible on his head from where Inuyasha hit him.
"Inuyasha..." Sango said, sitting next to him. He ignored her.
"It would be wise not to speak to him, demon slayer." Kaede spoke up; she was mixing herbs in a small basket Kagome had given her. "He did not speak to me when I approached him."
"I'm sorry, Lady Kaede, but it must be done!" Sango grabbed her hiraikotsu and bashed Inuyasha on the head. He fell to the ground, clutching his head with both hands.
"What the hell?" He screamed, a bump forming much like Shippo's.
"What's the matter with you?" Miroku asked.
"I'm just thinking, you know? I..." He sighed. "Just leave me alone, alright?"
"Why would we do that?"
"Because you said yourself last night, you don't want anything to do with me! So, just leave me alone!" A surge of guilt spread through their bodies. He was really hurt by this.
"Inuyasha, we're sorry." Sango said, full of concern. "We had no idea how much of an effect our words had on you."
"Well, they did." He scowled.
"I... I'm sorry. But, please... do something. Don't let her suffer any longer." Sango got up and left the hut, followed by Shippo, Kirara, and Miroku. Kaede continued to mix herbs, while Inuyasha sat, thinking as he constantly did.