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Afternoon Quiet

"Cold?" InuYasha asked, moving behind Kagome as she sat there, watching the meadow in front of her. He wrapped his arms around her, letting the fabric of his sleeves cover her up.

"Not really. Well, maybe a little," she said, leaning back into his warmth. "Still,It's such a nice day."

"Yeah," he replied, resting his chin on her head. "Nice to be able to just sit and enjoy it for once. The quiet is nice."

Suddenly, in the meadow in front of them, a small child began to wail.

"Maybe I spoke too soon," he commented, untangling himself from Kagome.

"Looks like it," Kagome said, watching as their silver-haired three year old daughter toddled towards them with a broken toy. "But it was nice while it lasted."

"Keh," said InuYasha as he stood up, walked over to the crying girl and picked her up.

"My doll-baby!" Yukika cried, showing him the pieces of the wooden toy. "I fell and broked her!"

"That's too bad, baby." It was a clean break. InuYasha moved the broken pieces his daughter was holding with the tip of his claw. He had gotten good at minor repairs since becoming a father. This one looked doable. "Maybe Daddy can fix her when we go home," he said, kissing his daughter's forehead.

"Yeah?" she asked, looking up at him with serious but hopeful amber eyes.

"Maybe." He took the pieces from her, and tucked them into his jacket. When he pulled out his hand, he had a small, brightly colored temari ball. "Wanna play with this?"

She nodded. " Pretty!"

He let her down, and she ran off to where her brother stood, arms crossed like a miniature InuYasha, watching the two adults and child to see what was going to happen next.

InuYasha put his daughter down, and watched the girl run over to her brother to show him the ball. They immediately began to play with it. Disaster avoided, InuYasha sat back down next to his wife.

"I'm impressed," Kagome said.

"Rumor to the contrary, I do learn from experience," he said, wrapping his arms back around her. "I bet you have a toy or two stashed away yourself."

"Three," she replied, leaning back into his chest.

"Now where were we?" he asked, nuzzling her neck.

"You were talking about the quiet," she said, tilting her head to one side to give him better access.

Suddenly, Atae began running towards them. "Daddy, Daddy, Uncle Sesshoumaru's coming!"

Sighing, he gave Kagome a quick peck on the cheek. "Some things, Daddy can't fix. I guess we just weren't supposed to have a quiet afternoon." InuYasha stood up.

"I'll make it up to you later," she said, taking his hand and giving it a squeeze. Rising, she went with InuYasha to meet with her brother-in-law.