Even though I shouldn't post another story with the ones I've already got going on, I'm going to have a second go at an Inuyasha based story anyhow. Wish me luck! xD
"So who the hell are you?" Kouga asked. He sat on the dirt path with his bare legs crossed over one another. One hand rested on his knee, while he used his free hand to rub the newly bruising bump on his head. The reason for this bump, was sitting right across from him.
And she didn't look too interested in making apologies anytime soon either.
The girl let out a long sigh of annoyance. She twisted strands of her light brown hair around her finger mindlessly; the rest of her hair resting shortly passed her shoulders. She was kneeling on the ground with her knees squeezed to her chest. Her dark green eyes roamed around the treed area as though she didn't care a wolf demon sat across from her in anger because of her. "Why should I tell you?" She asked snottily.
His shoulders hunched up, brow twitching every second or so as he glared at her. "Why should you tell me?" He growled, no pun intended, under his breath. "You hit me with your damned shoe!" He shouted in incredulous anger at the strange girl.
It was one thing that Kouga had been hit by the girl's sandal at the speed he was going. He was looking for Naraku, after all. But it became a completely different matter when he began to feel pain, and a bump, where the sandal had hit. Who gets hit by a sandal, and almost suffers a concussion because of it? This girl, Kouga had decided, had an explanation to give. She glared at him, and he wondered what she could possibly have to say. "I didn't hit you! You ran into it!" Was her defense.
Kouga was silent for a moment. He examined her intensely. Maybe she was mentally ill and thought he was about swallow her so she threw her shoe or something. "I… Ran into it?" He repeated slowly.
The girl nodded quickly. "Yes. And stop repeating everything I say!" She extended her arm, pointing back at the tree she was in when Kouga was hit. "I was climbing that tree, when my sandal slipped off. It was falling to the ground when you rammed your head into it."
"I didn't ram my head into anything!" Kouga protested fiercely. Forgetting why he was running in the first place, he leaned forward and towered over her to seem more intimidating. "I was minding my own business when your shoe rammed into my head!"
Her face turned skeptical as she shook her head. Completely oblivious to his attempts at scaring her, she pursed her lips and replied, "Shoes can't ram into people. Therefore, you rammed into my shoe."
He sighed; He didn't even know her name but he did know it would be pointless to continue arguing about it. He raised a brow as he looked at the tree. There was only one branch that extended over the pathway, and that must have been the one she was in. "Why were you climbing a tree anyway?"
"My tree climbing motives are none of your concern," She replied, turning her nose up in stubbornness as she intertwined her arms with one another over her chest.
Kouga's brow twitched as he looked at her ridiculously. "Will you answer any of my questions?!" He exclaimed, holding his fist in front of his face to show just how annoyed he was.
"Yes," She nodded and he fell silent, sitting back down in victory. "That one."
He fell over.
As he sat back up and began to retort, another, lighter, voice interrupted. "Kouga! Wait up!" He looked over his shoulder and the girl, still unnamed, leaned to the side to look around him. Two wolf demons were rushing over quickly. Or, well, as quickly as they could. Compared to Kouga, they were snails. Reaching the two of them, they panted as they used their knees for support. "Why'd you stop?" One of them asked.
The girl examined the two with a carefree attitude. They wore the same style clothing as Kouga; fur and metal armor. One had fairer skin, and white hair with a black stripe through it. The other had a more olive tint to his skin, along with a white Mohawk of sorts. The one with the Mohawk was the one who asked the question. "Is this his pack or something? It's so small…," She thought to herself in critique.
Kouga scowled, "Had a run in, that's all."
The white and black haired boy looked up and was the first of the two to notice her. "Who's she, boss?"
'Boss' looked back at her with a glare. "She won't tell me," He muttered in response.
She simply 'hmph'ed at this, crossing her arms as she looked up and away. This caused the leader of the wolf pack to twitch yet again. "Well maybe you should have asked nicer," She hissed out.
The paler one walked over and bent down to her. He grinned, "I'm Ginta. That's Hakkaku. Who are you?"
With a short smile sent to him, the girl looked around and glared at Kouga. "That's how you ask a woman a question, fur-ball," She spat at him before looking back to Ginta. Her expression changed to a nicer, kinder one and she waved a bit. "My name is Leiko."
Kouga, who was now resting his cheek on his palm, couldn't help but snort. "That's for sure…," He grumbled under his breath as his eyes rolled skyward.
The girl's shoulder hunched this time as she looked around Ginta, glaring at Kouga with the utmost anger. "What was that?" She growled at him.
He ignored her as he hopped to his feet. "Agh, let's go already! We don't have time to sit around all day," He complained. Ginta let out a small sigh as he nodded.
Leiko began to stand, relieved Kouga would be leaving. Once on her feet, she looked up to see that he was still standing there, but looking far more serious than he had the entire time she saw him(from her sandal almost killing him to then.) "What is it?" She asked with a small scowl on her face.
"He's here…," He growled out. The tone in his voice showed he wasn't replying to her, but making an actual statement.
Hakkaku and Ginta jumped a bit at this. "Naraku's here?" Hakkaku asked in a small tone. Kouga didn't make a motion to reply as he scanned the area through narrow eyes. Leiko could see he was sniffing whatever(Or whoever in this case) out.
"Come out Naraku, I know you're here!" Kouga exclaimed firmly.
A small chuckle was heard shortly after. Leiko looked around, trying to figure out what was going on. Hakkaku and Ginta, on the other hand, were scouting places to hide. "Come with us…," Ginta said in a rushed whisper to Leiko as he and Hakkaku ran behind a boulder.
"Huh?" Leiko mumbled as she watched them. Before she could act upon Ginta's request, a swarm of giant bees rushed out of the trees, heading straight for the girl. She let out a gasp in surprise, stumbling back. She wasn't sure what really happened when she felt an arm wrap around her waist, and she seemingly reappeared on the rock Ginta and Hakkaku hid behind. It was clear then. Kouga had grabbed hold of her, moving her out of her harm's way.
She still thought he was an annoying fur-ball though.
Looking back to the pathway, Leiko saw a white fur covered figure with a purple mask. It(He, she assumed) was kneeling as it looked directly at the two. There was little movement. "Get back there with Ginta and Hakkaku," Kouga muttered under his breath. As much as she hated the thought of doing something he told her to do, she was smart enough to know she should. She turned, sliding down the rock and landing with the aid of Hakkaku as Kouga jumped off the boulder, entering the pathway again.
"What's going on?" Leiko asked as she felt her butt land on the dirt ground. Ginta was on his knees to her left while Hikakku kneeled down at her right, facing the two of them.
Ginta, who had been spying around the rock, looked back at her. "Have you heard of the demon Naraku?" The girl shook her head curiously. "He's a really tough demon that killed the rest of our pack. Kouga wants revenge," He explained simply.
With a nod, she began to catch on. "And that… Guy out there is him…" Ginta nodded this time and took back to spying from behind the boulder.
It was silent until then, when the shouts from Kouga along with sounds of fighting filled the three's ears. "What's going on out there?" Hakkaku asked impatiently under his breath.
"Kouga's losing…!" Ginta mumbled, tone desperate and worried.
Hakkaku groaned. "Ah man, this isn't good," He said, shaking his head. "Should we go help him?"
Leiko couldn't help but butt in. "You'd probably just get in his way." When the two looked at her broken-hearted, she smiled nervously, waving her hands in front of her quickly. "N-No offense! But if Naraku is as tough as you say, Kouga doesn't really need his opponent being able to hold one of you hostage!" She exclaimed nervously, before mumbling, "Or killing you altogether…"
The two wolf demons looked at each other and sighed. "We're useless, Ginta…," Hikakku whined.
Ginta looked back at the fight and shook his head. "But that doesn't mean we can't try! Kouga has been there for us every time we needed it!" He said.
Hakkaku paused, before nodding. "That's true."
He looked to Leiko as if he expected her to say something now. She paused and nodded slowly, "Yeah…! If you three make such a strong team, then go out there and fight!"
Silence again. The two shared looks before Ginta sighed, and Hakkaku started crying huge tears. "We are useless!" Hakkaku exclaimed.
"We can still try though!" Ginta exclaimed before letting out a loud war cry as he ran around the rock, and into the fight.
Leiko and Hakkaku shared glances this time and Hakkaku shook his head. "I'm not going out there…," Hakkaku muttered simply. Finally getting the nerve, Leiko scrambled to the edge of the rock where Ginta once was and looked around the rock to see what was going on. Kouga was throwing kicks at Naraku so quickly, she was unable to actually see how many.
Just as Hakkaku was about to ask how the fight was going a tentacle wrapped around Hakkaku and Leiko. Leiko looked down quickly to see it, but had been jerked high into the air before she could react. She let out a yelp of surprise as Hakkaku shouted for Kouga's help. Said wolf had turned to see what was going on, and cussed under his breath upon seeing it. He looked to see that, what he found out was a puppet, had the tentacles coming out from under the fur. Kouga jumped forward, landing on them with the heel of his foot. The impact crushed the nerves, and the girl and wolf demon were both dropped back to the ground. "Get out of here, would you?!" He shouted before sending a punch the puppet's way.
Ginta, who was running around as though he was actually doing something, stopped in his tracks and nodded quickly. He turned and ran back toward the rock, grabbing Leiko's hand. "Let's move, Hakkaku!" He shouted before taking off. Leiko was dragged away, as Hakkaku followed closely behind.
. . .
The three sat around a small campfire in a comfortable silence. Ginta was chewing a straw of grass as Hakkaku stretched. Leiko sat against a fallen log, watching the fire. They hadn't talked much since they left; Ginta and Hakkaku were too worried and ridden with guilt about not staying around to help their pack leader despite all he had done for them.
Leiko was just too bored to start conversation.
"So how'd you run in with Kouga anyway?" Hakkaku asked finally, looking over the fire and to the girl in curiosity. Whatever it was had to have been good if it stopped Kouga from traveling. Almost nothing could, except Kagome.
The girl looked up at him and sighed. Casually, she shook her head and replied with, "He ran into my shoe."
Silence fell across the fire… Which was broken with Leiko's stomach. Ginta and Hakkaku laughed a bit as Leiko let out a long whine, holding her stomach. "When's the last time you ate?" Ginta asked, amusement in his eyes.
She shrugged, "Sometime yesterday. That's why I was in that tree, too. I was trying to catch a squirrel."
Before Leiko could respond, she saw a fish land in her lap. Looking up, she saw Kouga entering the area from behind her, holding a small amount of fish. His two companions straightened up upon seeing him. "Kouga! How'd the fight go?" Hakkaku asked quickly.
"Useless," Kouga muttered as he sat down, passing fish to his pack as well. "The coward just used a puppet anyway," He angrily stated as he tore into his own fish.
Ginta sighed, "We'll get him next time, boss." He lifted his fish and took a big bite of it. Hakkaku joined him in the dining.
Kouga scowled as he ate, "You're damn right we will…"
Leiko was silent as she looked down at her fish, ignoring the wolf demons that sat around her. She was really hungry. 'It looks so good…,' She thought to herself before digging in happily. Kouga fell silent as his scowl became more distant. He watched her as he ate, debating over how to deal with her. It wasn't every day he ran into a strange woman that almost killed him with a shoe. …It wasn't every day he ran into a strange woman that almost killed him, period. Yet, there she sat. "So where do you live?" He finally asked.
Blinking, said girl looked over at him. Ginta and Hakkaku looked to her in curiosity. "Oh… A small village north of here," She replied.
Ginta blinked, thinking it over. "The next village north is pretty far away…," He pondered out loud.
She nodded, "Yeah. I was going to get wood for the Elders, and I kind of got side-tracked…"
Looking to her, he smiled, "Why don't we take you back?"
"What?!" Kouga exclaimed, sitting straighter as he almost dropped his fish. What the hell was his pack doing without his permission?
Ginta only grinned and looked over at Kouga. "Right, Boss? We can't just send her out on her own, can we?" He asked in rushed excitement.
The authority figure to Ginta looked over at Leiko. She had originally been watching the scene unfold but upon hearing her stomach protest to the pause in receiving food, she began to eat again. Could he really deal with this girl for another few days, just to insure her safety? He himself didn't really care. 'As long as she keeps her shoes around, she should be fine by herself…' He snorted at the thought as he felt the bruise on his head. He then looked to Ginta and Hakkaku. Both looked ready to beg if necessary. With a long sigh, he shook his head, "Whatever."
Within seconds, Leiko felt two pairs of arms wrapped around her. "Huh?" She mumbled, looking up in shock. Kouga smirked slightly at the sight of her dumbfounded expression as his pack eagerly shouted things to her.
"You're traveling with us, Leiko!"
"Yeah! You'll arrive home safely, we guarantee it! Kouga will watch after you!"
"Don't I have a say in all this?!"
Flaming is fine. Just be mature about it. Be Responsible. Don't Flame and Drive! Rawr.