Word count: 559
Summary: Inuyasha finds the perfect way to discharge all his debts.
Date Posted: 7/30/10
Kagome had known Inuyasha for years at college, but had no idea he owned a house! Funny how you think you know a person… To her knowledge, he never lived in it, so she wasn't sure what to expect.
She pulled into the driveway feeling a whole lot better, now that her worst fears were unfounded.
The prim exterior looked cared for, with a well-manicured lawn, mulched flowerbeds and neatly trimmed hedges enhancing the curb appeal. The posh neighborhood it was located in was a bit of a surprise. It just didn't seem like his style. The Inuyasha she knew would find these surroundings rather restrictive and stuffy.
Perhaps that was the reason he never moved in, but it didn't explain why he bought it in the first place.
Kagome shrugged. Whatever. It was lucky for her he did own it! She was starting her new career far from the comforts of old haunts and needed a safe place to live. This was more than she could ever have afforded and now it was hers, rent free for as long as she liked!
Inuyasha said he felt he 'owed' her for taking him under her wing at school. He'd always had difficulties making friends, but when Kagome insisted he hang out with her social circle, he quickly fit right in. The new friendships he forged made all the difference in his life and he wanted to repay her in some way. Besides, she'd be doing him a favor by looking after the place. A house shouldn't sit empty.
Kagome pawed through her purse for the keys he gave her as she made her way to the front door, already making plans. If the inside looked half as good as the outside, she'd be more than happy to take Inuyasha up on his generous offer.
Twenty minutes later, she was on her cell phone, leaving him a bubbly message. "Inuyasha, twist my arm and I'll take it! It's PERFECT! I don't know how to thank you, but I'll think of something!"
Across the street, bulbous yellow eyes narrowed as a small demon took note of a human female invading the vacant house. Something was up, and Jaken was sure it spelled trouble. He had a nose for these kinds of things.
Initially he thought to inform Master Sesshoumaru right away, but then Jaken imagined the Daiyoukai's reaction. The loyal retainer winced. His lord wouldn't be pleased by this news and that meant problems for the imp. Perhaps Jaken should sit on this for the time being… see if it actually was something to report. He didn't want to issue a false alarm. There was no reason to risk adding unnecessary tasks to his already burgeoning workload. It was just someone looking after the house, right? No need to push any panic buttons.
Jaken watched as the girl climbed back into her car and drove away. An unshakable feeling of impending doom refused to leave the back of his mind. No matter how much he tried to dismiss it, he just knew things weren't going end in his favor.
Inuyasha couldn't contain a smirk as he listened to the ecstatic, chirpy message from Kagome. This was just too perfect. Not only would he be helping out his best friend, but he would be paying back his half-brother at the same time.
A/N: This story has been tickling me for quite some time and it's about time I wrote it down, lol! This won third place, hooray! Thanks for reading! :)