Sesshomaru stayed in a lone field, thinking over Kagura's words and his father. He still did not know why he was given the Tenseiga. Was it that his father did not trust him? Did he expect him to use the Tetusaiga to slaughter whole villages? Sesshomaru was not that coldhearted. He was just going to use on it Inuyasha and anyone else who became an instant enemy. He did think that if he did have the sword, he would use to kill Kagura when he was getting sick of her random unwanted appearances. Now, he felt horrible for even thinking that. He wondered when he would see her again. About an hour later, Kagura appeared, still with the plan to make Sesshomaru hers and hers alone.
"Hello," She smiled. He did not smile back. It was like he was incapable of doing so. "Why the long face, Sesshomaru?"
"It's none of your business, is it, Kagura?" He retorted. Did he always have to be so cruel? He had feelings for her and here he was, spitting sarcasm. He kept his face straight, as she approached him.
"Must you be so cold?" She asked, laughing slightly and sitting next to him. She put her hand on his knee, hoping he would tense up. He did, and she smiled, knowing everything was going according to plan. "I know how you feel."
"Do you?" Sesshomaru couldn't help it; a slight smirk was forming on his face. She fiddled with her earrings, blushing ever so slightly at his smile.
It's working, she thought. She scooted closer to him, stroking his pelt. She noticed it was extremely soft. She laughed as their lips met in a brief, yet passionate kiss. Sesshomaru was glad Jaken and Rin were gone, searching for food at that moment. However, they showed up, holding tons of mushrooms in their hands.
"Lord Sesshomaru!" Jaken yelled, in shock. Sesshomaru and Kagura broke apart, which caused the kiss to shorten.
"Congratulations, my Lord!" Rin giggled, putting the mushrooms down and hugging him around the waist. Sesshomaru was taken aback by this. He, however, knelt down and caught Rin in a fatherly embrace. Jaken was still in shock. Kagura cleared her throat to get their attention.
"I must be off, or Naraku will have my throat." She said. Before throwing her feather up into the air, she winked at Sesshomaru, who smiled slightly. She floated away on the feather. Jaken was still in shock as she left.
"What happened?" He asked. Sesshomaru's smile faded away into its usual somber expression.
"I don't need to discuss my love life with you, Jaken."
"I would advise you not to press the matter." He said, in a menacing voice which of course, made Jaken tremble with fear and beg for forgiveness. Sesshomaru sat on the hill, and fell asleep, his hands folded his chest.
Kikyo roamed endlessly around the Sacred Tree, stroking it every so often. Memories flooded back to her head; all the wonderful times she spent with Inuyasha around here, having picnics together, or just talking. Then, there was the bad time. The day she pinned Inuyasha to the tree with her sacred arrow, blood dripping from her shoulder. She remembered when his eyes closed, and when she fell to the ground. She remembered when young Kaede came running to her, a fresh bandage over her eye.
"Sister Kikyo!" Kaede yelled, running to her sister, who was bleeding. "You're hurt really badly."
"All for this… The Sacred Jewel which… Ugh…" Kikyo groaned, as the wound stung.
"You're in pain." Her younger sister said. "Let someone..."
"I won't feel it much longer." She presented the jewel to Kaede, while her hands trembled. "And so I give this to you. The Shikon No Tama, which you must burn with my body. It must not fall into the hands of those who would abuse it." Kikyo sighed, knowing her time was over, and closed her eyes, falling to her death. How could she have forgotten that? How could she have forgotten that Naraku was the cause, and reason she died? The reason she and Inuyasha could not spend entirety together? And yet, here she was, expressing feelings and affection for the mad who ruined everything.
"I am foolish indeed. But, I can't stop this feeling I have. I must tell Inuyasha, or I cannot move on." Kikyo left the Sacred Tree in search of Inuyasha. When she managed to track him down, she approached Kagome first.
"K-Kikyo?" Kagome was surprised she would come talk to her. "What are you doing here?"
"I have come to speak with Inuyasha, with your permission, of course."
"May I have permission?"
"Y-yes. Inuyasha!" Inuyasha came from behind a hut, with a grin on his face. His grin faded at the sight of Kikyo.
"I wish to speak with you. Please, come with me." He glanced sideways at Kagome, who nodded. He followed Kikyo to the forest.
"You're letting him go?" Sango asked in shock.
"Why not? It's the first time she asked for permission, so it must be important."
In the forest, Kikyo led Inuyasha to a path of trees, where her soul collectors were gliding around.
"What is it?" He asked. She wouldn't look him in the eye. Instead, she ran her fingers through her hair as a way to distract herself. "Kikyo?"
"I am untrustworthy." She finally said.
"What do you mean?" She turned to him.
"You know I love you, right?"
"Of course I do. And I love you, too."
"But, I am not worth it, Inuyasha."
"I have feelings for Naraku!" It felt as though someone had thrown a bucket of ice-cold water onto his body. He couldn't believe what he was hearing.
"What do you say?"
"I said I have feelings for Naraku."
"Naraku?" He repeated, unable to picture them together.
"Inuyasha, my lips have met his. Only once."
"He kissed me, but yes…" She looked down at her feet.
"He tore us apart, Kikyo!"
"I know that!" She yelled. "Do you think I'm happy for the way that I feel right now? He was the cause, and yet, I can't stop myself!"
"How could you betray me like that?" Inuyasha asked, his voice cracking slightly.
"Please, do not make this any harder than it has to be. I have feelings for him…" She stepped forward, putting a hand on his shoulder. He flinched at her touch. "But, I will remain loyal. When the time comes, when you are at your final battle, I will be of aid. I will help to kill him, and he knows that. I will not let you or your friends suffer because of my feelings."
"Kikyo…" Tears stung his eyes.
"Inuyasha… there is a reason your demon form did not listen to me. It's because you don't belong with me. You belong with Kagome."
"Yes. I am sorry I could not be trustworthy, Inuyasha. But, don't let her suffer. Don't let a moment slip away, and make her feel as special as you have made me in the past." Their lips met for a brief kiss. "I'm sorry." Without another word or glance, she strode away, the soul collectors following closely. Inuyasha sighed, going back to the camp.
"Inuyasha, what is it?" Kagome asked.
"Kikyo just informed me that she has feelings for Naraku." He said, wiping his small tears before anyone could see. Shippo gasped.
"What?" Miroku yelled. "The man who is responsible for everything?"
"How could she do that?" Sango asked.
"She says although she has these feelings, she will help when it is time to kill him."
"Well, at least she's loyal." Shippo said, eating a lollipop.
"I guess…" Inuyasha looked over at Kagome, and embraced her. Kikyo was right: He could not let a moment slip away, or he will be repeating History.