A/N: For the 'word' prompt for LuxKen's Summer Mini Challenge – 128 words.



It was almost too much. Accepting an assignment to kill a demon who had done him no harm while planning to kill instead the one assigning the task was distracting enough. But then, she had come to the fights.

It would test anyone's focus.

She walked up to him, her eyes lowered and her lower jaw jutting out. In the periphery of his vision, he could see Kagura at the betting table, watching them from a few paces away.

Something flashed in Kagome's hand as she stretched it out, dropping it into his hand with a word. "Here."

She was gone before he recognized the warm weight of his apartment key.

He had pushed her out into the cold, and she had just locked the door behind her.