Chapter 45: Kanna's Absence and Naraku's Taunting
Kagome had come up with absolutely nothing all night. She didn't have the slightest clue of where Kanna could be and it frustrated her to no end. The blue eyed miko stayed awake with her haynou friend and her ex DaiYoukai lover to try to figure out what their next move would be.
"Well, Naraku's obviously gonna let Sango find out somehow." Inuyasha said while they were in the living room. The television was on, but none of them were watching it.
"I can handle Sango. She's not the biggest issue." Kagome shook her head.
"Are you sure? I mean Sango is pretty ruthless when it comes to secrets." Inuyasha frowned.
Kagome paused. "You're right. But I can't focus on her right now. Kanna is my main concern." Kagome took a deep breath, then looked at the time on her new phone. "Oh shit. It's time for school." She covered her mouth when she yawned. "I'm so damn tired."
"You don't really have to go to school today." Inuyasha said, rubbing his best friend's arm.
Kagome shook her head. "Naraku would think that he's won. He'd think that I'm afraid of him. And I can't have that." Kagome blinked a few times, trying hard to rid herself of the fatigue that was bringing her down. "Besides, I already missed one day of school last semester. I'm not missing another one."
Inuyasha shook his head. "You're a mess. You don't need to go to school."
"I'm fine." Kagome growled. She stood up from the chair she was sitting in and went upstairs to Sesshomaru's room. When she entered, she didn't know that Sesshomaru had just gotten out of the shower. She was greeted with a dripping wet, half naked Sesshomaru. "Oh." Kagome's face flushed. "I didn't know you weren't…uh…dressed."
"Come now, miko. You have seen This Sesshomaru's body before." Sesshomaru said, his voice taking on a silky quality.
Kagome took a deep breath and squared her shoulders. "I'm taking a shower in Inuyasha's bathroom." She left the room.
Inuyasha came up the stairs and entered his brother's room. "I really don't think you should try to seduce her. She's very attracted to you, that's obvious, but she's smarter than her hormones."
Sesshomaru let out an inaudible sigh. He was about to do something he'd never wanted to do in his life. "I do not know what to do. And I…wish for you to help me."
Even Inuyasha was shocked by the words that his brother had said. No, his brother didn't hate him, but he certainly didn't ask him for help! "I don't know if I can, Sess." Inuyasha saw the pain in his brother's eyes.
"But you both misunderstand Inuyasha." Sesshomaru said. Inuyasha turned his head while his brother got dressed. "Close the door."
Inuyasha stepped into his brother's room and closed the door behind him. Thirty minutes later, his eyes were wide open. "What?!"
"That is all you can say?" Sesshomaru refrained from rolling his eyes.
"Ok, let's try why?! Like why her?! Of all people?!" Inuyasha was confused. "She hates Kagome!"
"Who hates Kagome?" Kagome was at the door, dressed and ready to go.
"Nobody." Inuyasha shook his head. "C'mon, let's go."
"But you haven't taken a shower." Kagome frowned.
"I'm a guy. We don't take showers every single day." They were in his room. Inuyasha grabbed his deodorant and swiped some under his arms before picking out his clothes for the day.
Kagome's face was scrunched up. "That's really gross. Your brother takes a shower every day."
"Because he's a priss." Inuyasha said and immediately heard a growl come from the other room.
Kagome rolled her eyes. "Whatever. Let's go." Kagome hurried out of the door with Inuyasha behind her. Sesshomaru had already left since he was running a bit late having stayed up with them trying to figure everything out as well. Kagome and Inuyasha made it to school with only minutes to spare.
"Kags you're almost late. And why isn't Kanna with you?" Sango was waiting by Kagome's locker.
"I know. And Kanna is sick. She texted me this morning." Kagome closed her locker and hurried to class. "See you in history!" Kagome got to class, Kanna still on her mind. She knew that Naraku wouldn't kill her. Not just yet. Kagome's train of thought was interrupted by a familiar scent. She looked around but couldn't pinpoint where it was coming from. She took another sniff and figured out why it was familiar. It was Clive Christian No. 1.
She'd first smelled it when her mother started acting funny with her father. She'd peeped into her mother's room and saw her putting on some sexy underwear and dabbing the perfume between her breasts. She remembered her mother putting on a business suit and grabbing her briefcase like she was about to go to a business meeting. She remembered the saddened look in her father's eyes, she remembered the guilty look in her mother's. But most of all, she remembered the tears her father had shed that night while her mother was gone.
Kagome shook herself from that painful memory and realized that it was time to go. She quickly rid herself of the unshed tears in her eyes and hurried to her next class. But about 30 minutes in, she got another whiff of the world's most expensive perfume. Again, Kagome looked around, but she couldn't tell where the smell was coming from. What the hell was going on?!
On the way to history, Kagome was angry. Old memories had been roused from deep within her psyche and newer ones were on her mind, both feeling like they'd happened just yesterday. She remembered Sesshomaru coming home late, smelling like the perfume that seemed to be haunting her.
"What's wrong Kags?" Sango asked her best friend when they were at the door.
Kagome shook her head but refused to open her mouth. There was no telling what she'd say.
"Kagome…" Tsubasa laid a hand on her arm. Kagome felt the tension melt from her body and she looked in Tsubasa's deep, brown eyes.
Kagome turned to Tsubasa with a smile. "Yes?"
"What happened to you last night?" He asked, guiding her to her seat.
"I'm sorry. I fell asleep." She pulled out her phone when it vibrated. It was a text message from Kanna!
I hope you're enjoying the new fragrance.
What the hell? Kagome looked down in her history book and saw that that someone had placed a sample stick that was saturated in the now hated perfume in between the pages. Kagome felt her anger spike but she didn't let it show.
"You got a new phone?" Tsubasa asked.
Kagome snapped her head to him. "What?"
"New phone." Tsubasa pointed to her phone.
"Oh yeah. I broke my old one last night." Kagome brushed him off.
"You seem distracted." Tsubasa noticed.
Kagome nodded, still staring down at the sample stick of the perfume. She blinked herself out of the trance she was in when Sesshomaru walked into the classroom. It was obvious that he smelled it too because he looked straight at Kagome then down at the book. He started his lesson, knowing that he couldn't simply stare at Kagome's history book all day.
Kagura knocked on the door about halfway through the lesson and entered the classroom. She whispered something in Sesshomaru's ear with a smirk and left the classroom, but not before Kagome smelled it. That one smell that was haunting her and taunting her. Kagome's eyes went wide and she looked at Kagura's retreating form and then back at Sesshomaru.
It was her?! Sesshomaru and Inuyasha's conversation from earlier came back to her. They were talking about some woman hating her. He'd cheated on her with Kagura?! Kagome didn't have enough energy to be angry anymore. She was just…empty. She was empty and sad and alone. She didn't know where Kanna was, Naraku was taunting her, and she had no idea what she was going to do. Suddenly, Kagome felt like crying. She raised her hand. "May I be excused?"
"Are you alright, Higurashi-san?" Sesshomaru asked, already knowing what was wrong with her.
Kagome didn't trust her voice, so she just shook her head and left the classroom. Inuyasha, who also knew what was going on, could feel his best friend's heart breaking into more pieces than it was in already, and that was saying something. He looked at Sesshomaru, who was trying his best to focus on the lesson. Inuyasha knew that he and his brother had their differences, but it was Sesshomaru that had come and rescued him when their father had shipped him off. They may not have acted like it, but they loved each other. And at that moment, the two people Inuyasha loved the most in the world were hurting more than they'd ever thought they would. And he would do everything in his power to stop it.
Sango and Tsubasa looked at each other, then looked at Inuyasha, who kept his head staring straight at the board. The bell rang for class to be over and Kagome still hadn't returned.
"What's wrong with Kagome?" Tsubasa asked Sango.
Sango shook her head and shrugged. "Inuyasha?"
"Uh…she's cramping." Inuyasha said, hoping that would solve the situation.
"Oh yeah that makes sense." Sango said, pity in her voice. "I'm gonna go get her lunch from the cafeteria so it'll already be at the table when she gets there. C'mon Tsubasa." They left Inuyasha in Sesshomaru's classroom to gather Kagome's school supplies.
A few minutes after they'd left, Kagome came back in the room, her eyes and face puffy from crying.
Kagome sniffed and shook her head. "I really don't want to talk about it Sesshomaru. I wanna go home, but I know that Naraku will think he's won."
Sesshomaru hated the agony in her voice. He hated knowing that she'd been crying. And he hated watching her walk away arm in arm with his brother.
"I told Sango and Tsubasa that you're cramping." Inuyasha said to Kagome on their way to the cafeteria.
Kagome stopped walking and looked at Inuyasha. Despite the day she was having, she couldn't help but laugh. "Well that's embarrassing!"
Inuyasha watched Kagome laugh and had to smile. He had no idea what was going on, but he was glad that his best friend was laughing. "You're insane."
"I learned from you my little pal." Kagome said, walking into the cafeteria. They walked to their usual table with their friends and sat down. Sango had gotten Kagome's food and some ice cream and it was waiting for her at the table. "You're the best, Sang." Kagome said, leaning on her best friend.
Sango smiled. "I know."
Kagome couldn't help the twisting feeling in her gut about lying to Sango, but there was nothing she could do about it now. When they were leaving out of the cafeteria, Tsubasa pulled her to the side.
"Ok, so what's up? I know Inuyasha was lying for you because you're not in heat." He said. "I like you, but you've got way too many secrets to keep up with."
Kagome smiled sweetly at him. "Not really. There's only secret that's the crux of the entire situation." They walked to her locker.
"Well will you please tell me what that secret is?" He asked as Kagome turned from her locker.
Kagome turned around and didn't expect Tsubasa to be so close to her. She looked up and saw that he was smirking, his head tilted downward. "Nope." Kagome laughed and pushed him away from her.
"Damn. I thought if I seduced you it'd work." Tsuabsa joked.
"I'm not like the rest of my teenage folk. I'm not ruled by my hormones." They walked to class together where Sango and Inuyasha were saving their seats. Kagome had temporarily forgotten about the perfume until it hit her full force when she walked into Kagura's classroom.
"What's the name of the perfume you're wearing?" One of the female students asked Kagura.
"It's called Clive Christian No. 1." She answered, staring directly at Kagome, who, in turn, started talking to Tsubasa. She smiled at him, completely ignoring Kagura. This angered Kagura, and made her give the students more homework than she'd planned.
"Did Miss Kaze seem angry to you?" Tsubasa asked when they were leaving out of the classroom.
"She's probably angry that Mr. Taisho didn't acknowledge her when she walked in his classroom earlier." Sango laughed.
"He barely lifted an eyebrow when she whispered in his ear." Miroku noted.
"What'd she say, Inuyasha?" Sango turned to their haynou friend.
"She told him that the parent teacher conferences will be next week instead of this week." He said and shrugged. "It wasn't really anything to whisper."
"And she knows that there are demons in the class who can hear her so it's not like she can put up a front about what she said." Sango was confused.
"Who cares? She dresses like a skank so she's probably a skank. I remember when Yash and I were in tutoring and she just barged in like we weren't there, pouting and asking S-Mr. Taisho about the copy machine." Kagome rolled her eyes, trying to keep her anger in check.
No one noticed her ungraceful way of saying Mr. Taisho's name except for Tsubasa and Inuyasha. Inuyasha didn't care, he was used to it, but Tsubasa, on the other hand, was confused.
The last class of the day was Naraku's class, and Kagome was dreading it. She knew that he had something planned for her, he just didn't know what.
"Good afternoon class. Today we will read Sengoku Jidai: A Feudal Fairytale. I will tell you the end of the book, however, before I tell you the beginning." Naraku said silkily.
Kagome sat in the back of the class with Inuyasha, Sango, Tsubasa, and Miroku. She and Inuyasha glared at Naraku, not knowing what the book was about.
"It is set in the feudal era, when demons and miko walked the lands together, not peacefully, but sanely. There was a group of five people, a demon slayer, a miko, a monk, a half-demon, and a full demon, all hunting one demon who sought to rule the world. This one demon had three children who did his bidding. His eldest went by the name of Kanna. But she betrayed her master and in the end, she died a very tragic death. The group still did their best to kill the demon and they eventually succeeded, but it wasn't until after much had been lost. It is a tale of love and betrayal, happiness and loss." Naraku was looking at the entire class, but Kagome knew his focus was on her. He was sending her a message. He was telling her that he'd killed Kanna.
And that was when Kagome smelled it again. Clive Christian. It was following her. That was when she realized that the smell was coming from her. Suddenly the room was spinning and Kagome's head hurt. She stood up and walked out of the classroom, not asking if she could be excused. She knew that Naraku wouldn't hold it against her. If anything, he'd be more concerned than anyone.
"Excuse her Mr. Onigumo." Kagome heard Sango say behind her, but her words came out too slow.
Kagome's legs couldn't move fast enough. Tears were streaking down her face as she moved down the hallway, thanking every kami that it was empty.
From inside his classroom, Sesshomaru felt the distress in Kagome's aura, and he smelled her tears. She was getting closer to him and she burst into his classroom, almost in hysterics.
"Why her, Sesshomaru?" She sobbed.
Sesshomaru stood up and pulled Kagome's blubbering form to his chest. "It is not what you think."
Kagome cried onto Sesshomaru, she let him be her strength because she'd lost all of hers. "You fucked Kagura? Why? Why? Why?"
Sesshomaru grabbed Kagome by the shoulders and waited until she looked at him before he spoke. "I did not sleep with Kagura. I did not sleep with anyone. This Sesshomaru would never cheat on you."
"Wh…what?" Kagome said as Sesshomaru's lips crashed down on hers. They didn't hear the door open until it was too late and Tsubasa walked into the classroom.