Disclaimer: I do hereby disclaim all rights and responsibilities for the characters in this journey... especially for the realistic one. A nod of recognition is bent towards Rumiko Takahashi for her creative prowess.

Chapter 34: Progression

"What is this place?" Sesshoumaru inquired.

"This is where the void defeated my father."

"Hnn." After a time, the taiyoukai offered, "They hid my father's grave from me."

Miroku tentatively admitted, "I heard the story... more than once, actually."

Sesshoumaru scoffed, "An aggrandized tale of my defeat."

He was right, but only in part. "Stories change along with perspectives."

With a slight frown, the Western Lord considered his new retainer's words, then asked, "What changed?"

Miroku chose his words with care. "Your brother barely mentioned you at first; it was all about Tetsusaiga. Kagome was partially convinced Inuyasha had a crush on that sword, the way he carried on about it."

The taiyoukai's lips twitched.

"Later, your brother asked Sango questions about his father's bones. From what I understand, their size was incredible."

"He was great," Sesshoumaru solemnly confirmed.

Miroku gazed towards richly painted sky to the west. "I suspect Inuyasha regretted taking your arm."


"He was relieved when you reclaimed it, and I do not think it was because you would no longer seek Tetsusaiga."

Sesshoumaru held up his left hand, fanning his fingers before making a fist. He thoughtfully murmured, "I see."

Miroku believed him... and smiled.

End Note: This oneshot was entered at the Live Journal community iyissekiwa, Week 135, Rich. I'm also adding it to my docket at the Live Journal community iy no kakera, where I hold a claim on Sesshoumaru & Miroku. I'm slowly working my way through two different prompt tables. This particular chapter owes some of its inspiration to Set #2, Theme #9, Regret. 200 words, originally posted on September 29, 2011.