Destiny Versus Love

Disclaimer: I do not own Inuyasha.

(A/N) It would be best if you read the ending of Inuyasha before you read this story. My story alters the ending…

The air was coated with the scent of sakura and lavender. Sango was the most beautiful bride Inuyasha Village had the pleasure of wedding. Yes Miroku was a very lucky man. The incenses and candles added to the serenity of this occasion. Miroku was grinning ear to ear. His mind no doubt was on consummation that would take place later on. Kaede-baachan presided over the ceremony and by sunset the couple was husband and wife.

By nightfall Sango and Miroku were alone in the house he prepared for her. That night he'd shown Sango the love and ecstasy only a husband can give to his wife. He'd taken her to a celestial high.

When Kagome returned, immediately she and Inuyasha were wed. His wedding night didn't sear offspring; just as Sango and Miroku's marriage didn't. Even Kagome's futuristic help of timing was to no avail. Inuyasha's hazing didn't help either. But beyond their fertility, life for them was easy. It was the same monotony that left them unprepared for Miroku's death.

The devastation of being barren and Miroku's death brought Sango's mindset suicidal. Without Inuyasha she would've never made it. It took almost a year, but Sango began to live again. Shippou was still training to become a kitsume taiyoukai. Mastering his magic, he started to come less and less eventually Shippou totally disappeared from Inuyasha Village. All that remained from the Inu-tachi was Inuyasha, Kagome, and Sango. Before they could slip into monotony again, Sango had her 20th birthday.

Chapter 1: Sango's 20th Birthday

Inuyasha sat on the top of one of the forest trees as their scent reached his nose again. He closed his eyes and tried to think of something else. Images flooded through his mind, taunting him. He couldn't catch a break. This feeling, he knew, would last all spring. 'Damn mating season.' he thought.

He peered at them as Sango and Kagome bent over in the water scrubbing clothes. They sure weren't giving him an easy time. The water shaped Sango's frame perfectly. Her yukata though modest, exemplified Sango's physical beauty. And Kagome, though school ended for her years ago and she was a miko, never got out of the habit of short skirts. It left little to the imagination. They were beautiful, wonderful, fruitful women. They were laughing; music to his ears.

Kagome and Sango carried the clothes back to the village so they could dry them.

"Hey Kagome, what's up with Inuyasha?"

"I don't know. He's been acting really strange lately."

"Is he sick?"

"No, I don't think so, but I'll ask Kaede-sama or Myouga-jiichan about it. They might know something. But enough about Inuyasha, do you realize what tomorrow is?!"

Sango smiled. "I know."

"It's your 20th birthday! Aren't you excited Sango?"

"Not really, but I'm happy you're happy Kagome-chan."

"You never know Sango-chan something wonderful could happen tomorrow. In fact I have a feeling that it will."

Inuyasha was having that dream again. About that mystery woman.

She would twirl around him. She'd say his name. "Inuyasha…" Inuyasha would reach for her in the intoxicated haze. She'd slip out of his grip and laugh. Then the woman would strip slowly to his pleasure and glare at him defiantly. Even though he couldn't make out her face, her eyes are the one thing that struck him. They were eyes that were hard, but yet soft… He'd seen them before. "Mark her." his inner demon would say. "Mark her. Do it now!" The mystery woman would grin. "Go ahead." She'd cock her head to the side leaving it to his will. "Mark me, Inuyasha." Then it would flash. Inuyasha would be making love to the mystery woman while she screamed. "Take me Inuyasha! Mark me now!"

Inuyasha woke up with a more than obvious erection. He hated this. Mating season had always affected him, but never like this. This had to mean one thing. It was time for Inuyasha and his destined mate to become one. There was no doubt in his mind; his mate had to be Kagome by default. Kagome had told him that in her time, age 20 was when humans held their Coming of Age. Youkai and hanyou bodies put off uncontrollable lust until their mate was fully grown. Kagome would turn twenty in a couple of months; his body must be preparing to mate her. They made love plenty of times, but this would be different. This might solve why they didn't have children.

The Next Day…

"Happy Birthday Sango!"

"Thank you Kagome-chan."

Kagome hugged her friend and gave Sango her present. Sango smiled. "Open it."

Sango observed in fascination the pretty shiny paper. She ripped it, but saved a piece so she could look at it later. "Wow!" Sango said. It was a silver locket in the shape of a heart. She'd seen Inuyasha with a gold one just like it; hers was smaller. Sango unhooked the clasp. Sango's eyes widened and she looked at it closer. The first shot was of the whole group. The other was a loving shot her and Miroku. Sango's eyes widened and shimmered with unshed tears.

She closed her eyes and allowed the tears to fall. Kagome hugged her tightly. "I know Sango, I know."

Inuyasha was in the woods trying to stay away from the girls. He smelt Sango's tears. 'Did someone make her cry? Who the fuck made her cry? I'll fucking slaughter them.' He calmed himself down. He was definitely overreacting and for Sango no less. He smelt Kagome's scent which calmed him down like it always does.

Sango put on her present and thanked Kagome. The moon had risen hours ago. Sango was curious. She hadn't seen Inuyasha all day. She wondered where he was. Then she saw a flash of red. "Inuyasha?" Inuyasha jumped down from the tree and slinked toward Sango. His eyes flashed from red to orange. His grin was- well she'd hate to admit it, like Miroku's, but a lot more demonic. The growl he made was almost inaudible. Sango backed up slowly. She turned around and walked away from him swiftly remembering not to run in his presence. Dogs loved to chase. And if he caught her… When she was safely out of his sight she broke into a fast run. She didn't stop until she got into Kaede's hut. Kagome, Kaede and Myouga jumped.

"Something's! Wrong. With. Inuyasha." she said in-between pants.

"Kaede-baachan do you know what could be wrong with Inuyasha?"

"Nay child. My knowledge of demon behavior is limited."

"What about you Myouga-jiichan?"

"Well it could be because of mating season."

"Mating season?"

"Don't you humans know anything? Mating season is the season where demons have an uncontrollable desire to… you know. During this time a demon will take a mate. Mates are destined before birth. Master Inuyasha must be feeling the effects of mating season."

"Oh…" she said wistfully. Sango turned to Kagome. "Congratulations Kagome."

"Whether or not Master Inuyasha has Tessaiga or not, he'll lose control in the presence of his mate."

Sango ran her fingers through her hair. "I must have dropped my ribbon in the forest." she said "I'll be back."

Sango ran out the hut and into Inuyasha Forest. 'His mate huh? So I should be safe.' Red eyes followed her every movement. Sango looked on the forest floor, oblivious to her pursuer. She felt no danger. He'd sped up. Sango found her ribbon and bent down to get it. She was pumbled to the ground.

"What the hell?!"

"I've got you, mate." said Inuyasha in a raspy voice. His claws long, his fangs lengthened, and the marks on his face were as bold as ever. Sango tried to slap him, he pinned her flat on her back. The low growl he emitted told her to stay still. Inuyasha chuckled. His eyes were powerful scarlet. They shone with malice, lust, and unruliness.

"Mate?" Sango said confusedly

"My mate" Inuyasha said huskily.

"Inuyasha, you are definitely not yourself right now. I-"

Inuyasha kissed her violently. Sango's eyes widened in shock. His oversized fangs nicked her lip. Inuyasha licked the small patches of blood and continued attacking her mouth. She tried to get away, but the look in his eyes paralyzed her. She wailed and moaned, but it was covered up by his lips. He smirked in satisfaction. The demon in him thought he was pleasing his mate. HIS mate. Inuyasha broke the kiss and cocked Sango's head to the side. He came crashing down and bit her. Sango screamed.

Kagome and Kaede were preparing dinner when they heard Sango's scream. The mikos of Inuyasha Village grabbed their bows and ran to the forest. Kagome prayed her friend was okay. Then she arrived. She dropped her bow. Then she came across the worst sight in the world. Inuyasha had marked Sango. His scarlet eyes turned back to normal. Inuyasha looked at Kagome. But he didn't know what to say, what could he say? Inuyasha didn't understand it himself.

(A/N) Inu/San is one of my favorite pairings. When I first made this story it was Inu/Kag, but I couldn't do it… Updates are hopefully weekly.

Next Chapter- Sango bares Inuyasha's court mark, Inuyasha tries to understand what this means.