I disclaim everything that needs to be.

Bold means a change in location and/ or time or time period. Italics are thoughts or Sesshomaru's inner demon talking, or flashbacks. ** Movements in songs

Note: Butterfly Fly Away is the extended version. And I recommend listening to the songs and make it a little sing along(:

The Rocker and the Businessman.

Chapter 6: Tribute.

Kagome was over the moon. She had a boyfriend who adored her and her friends in her band were always having fun. She was always writing down new songs, her life had so much inspiration. Sesshomaru was just as happy being Kagome's boyfriend and hanging out with band.

Fire and Lightning had found a new bass player in Kagome's friend Ayame. She was even better than Bankotsu was. Fire and Lightning started performing at clubs and little gigs.

Kagome was writing furiously in her notebook. She had a new song that needed to get out of her brain. As she wrote the last word, she tried to think of a title. Writing 'I Don't Care' at the top. Kagome nodded decisively. This song perfectly described her feelings for Sesshomaru. She would have to bring it up at practice tonight. Sesshomaru couldn't be at this one, he had a meeting. It was the perfect time to show everyone without him knowing. She wanted to set up a surprise. Fire and Lightning had a small gig at a nightclub downtown in a few days and Kagome was almost done with their set list. This could be the last song. If it was ready in time. Kagome hoped it would be.

Sesshomaru walked into Kagome's room, kissed Kagome on the cheek and turned his attention to the paper in her hand.

"I Don't Care?"

"New song. You can't hear it 'till it's all done."

Sesshomaru laughed, "Okay."

The two laid down on Kagome's bed, simply talking and listening to music.

"It's almost the anniversary." Kagome commented quietly.

"Another tribute concert?" Sesshomaru asked.

"I think that's what mom's planning."

"Do you have a song planned?"

"I think I have 3."

"You should practice."

"Yes," Kagome said, "I will. Tonight."

Kagome got up and pulled Sesshomaru up with her.

"I gotta get ready for practice."

"And I have my meeting." Sesshomaru said, sighing.

Sesshomaru kissed Kagome's head and whispered, "I'll see you tonight love."

"Bye." Kagome whispered back.

Sesshomaru left the room. Just to be pulled into the sitting room by Kagome's mother.

"Let me show you something, form a long time ago." Syria said cryptically.

Sesshomaru was confused. Syria put in a DVD and sat Sesshomaru down.

Sesshomaru blinked when he saw a room full of people dressed in black. A funeral, he realized, Kagome's father's.

A girl, around 14, was speaking into a microphone at the piano in the center of the stage.

"I wrote this song for my daddy. Because I miss him. And to say the words my little brother and I cannot." Kagome said, sitting down at the piano. Her voice cracked as she sang, trying to hold back tears.

"Na na, na na na, na na
I miss you, miss you so bad
I don't forget you, oh it's so sad
I hope you can hear me
I remember it clearly

The day you slipped away
Was the day I found it won't be the same
Oh

Na na, na na na, na na

I didn't get around to kiss you
Goodbye on the hand
I wish that I could see you again
I know that I can't

Oh
I hope you can hear me, cause I remember it clearly

The day you slipped away
Was the day I found it won't be the same
Oh

I had my wake up
Won't you wake up
I keep asking why
And I can't take it
It wasn't fake
It happened, you passed by

Now you are gone, now you are gone
There you go, there you go
Somewhere I can't bring you back
Now you are gone, now you are gone
There you go, there you go,
Somewhere you're not coming back

The day you slipped away
Was the day I found it won't be the same no..
The day you slipped away
was the day that I found it won't be the same oh...

Na na, na na na, na na
I miss you"

The crowd stood up and clapped for the small girl dressed in all black. Souta, nearly 11 years old, took his sister's hand and walked her off the stage. Syria stopped the video and turned to Sesshomaru.

"He would've wanted her to be happy. So just, just don't hurt her okay? She doesn't need any more hardships."

"Syria, I swear to you, I will never hurt Kagome. Iā€¦love her."

"You do?" A voice said from the doorway.

They both turned, Kagome was standing there with tears in her eyes.

"Yes, Kagome, I do." Sesshomaru said quietly, "It's always been you."

Kagome ran to Sesshomaru and jumped into his arms and he hugged her tight, lifting her off the ground. Syria stood back and smiled, she knew Kagome would be happy.

Sesshomaru put Kagome down and said, "Now I really have to go. I'll be late. I love you."

"Love you too!" Kagome smiled and went back upstairs to get ready for rehearsal. She passed her father's old office, where all of his old clothes were, with keepsakes. She went in there a lot, taking her father's clothes and wearing them and looking for things that she wanted. She had enough time for a quick stop; she wanted her father's pinstripe jacket anyway.

Kagome opened the door and went to the first box she thought the jacket would be in. Instead of the jacket; the first thing she saw was CDs. They had different names on them and as Kagome looked through them, she noticed that they were all recordings of her father singing. Her father had made CDs for her mother, grandfather, brother, and even the Takahashi boys. Kagome put aside Sesshomaru and Inuyasha's CDs and looked for her own. Finally, right on top of the pinstripe jacket, was a CD with Kagome's name on it. She took both of them, grabbed the CDs she set aside and left the room, leaving the box open so she would know where to look later.

When she got to her room, Kagome went to her laptop and put the CD in. A message came up first. It was her father's voice that spoke.

"Hi Kitten, I just wanted to say that these songs were written especially for you and you can listen to them when you are ready. I love you to the next galaxy and farther. Love, Daddy."

Tears immediately came to Kagome's eyes; she pressed play on the first song and sang along to the words, it was a song her father would sing to her all the time. Suddenly she was inspired; she grabbed her notebook and started to write. She kept the title and added to the song her father was singing. When she was finished, she copied the song onto her computer and edited it so she could sing her lyrics with the song. She burned a new CD, changed her clothes quickly and jetted off to rehearsal to show everyone her new songs.

When Kagome got to rehearsal, she showed her band her new songs and they practiced for their gig. Ayame was a great addition to their band and Kagome loved having her around. She even introduced Ayame to Kouga and they hit it off, although Kouga isn't giving up Kagome just yet. After rehearsal was over, Kagome went to Takahashi Manor, to have dinner with Inuyasha, Izayoi and Inutashio. Izayoi opened the door and gave Kagome a huge hug.

"Kagome darling! It's been years!"

"Yeah Izzy, it's been a long time." Kagome said, hugging back.

Inutashio came in then and laughed, "Let's all share Kagome's presence, shall we?"

"Papa Inu!" Kagome said, hugging him. He hugged back and smiled as he noticed what jacket she was wearing.

"Ken's jacket. I got him that, for his birthday. Still a bit big on you, isn't it?"

Kagome smiled, "Yeah, Daddy's jacket. It's a little big, but I like it. And really? You did?"

"His favorite present, he said." Inutashio smiled nostalgically.

Inuyasha came into the foyer then, "Really guys? Come into the sitting room. You haven't even closed the door."

Everyone laughed as Izayoi closed the door and led everyone into the sitting room. They talked and laughed until dinner was starting to be served. They sat down at the grand dining room table and were about to start when Sesshomaru rushed in.

"I thought you weren't going to make it to dinner son?" Inutashio asked.

"I ended my meeting early, we got everything done." Sesshomaru responded, pulling out the chair next to Kagome and sitting down. She kissed his cheek and smiled. Now it felt more like the old times. Sitting at this table with her family and Inuyasha's family, laughing and talking.

After dinner, Kagome and Sesshomaru got up to go back to her house.

"We'll see you tomorrow, at the tribute concert."

"Bye!" Kagome smiled and flounced out the door and into her dad's old mustang. It was the last thing her father touched; it was the car that was in the accident. IT had taken a lot for Kagome to use the car but the therapy paid off and now the car was hers. Sesshomaru got in the driver's seat and opened Kagome's door from the inside. They drove to Kagome's house, laughing and talking.

Kagome walked into her house first, yawning. Suddenly, Sesshomaru swept her off her feet and took her upstairs. He laid her on her bed and lay down next to her. They cuddled and fell asleep in their clothes.

*The Next Morning*

Sesshomaru woke up first. He got up, took a shower and wrote a note for Kagome before heading out the door. Kagome rolled over in her bed and wasn't surprised that Sesshomaru wasn't there. He did that sometimes, she would find the note later. She had to get up though; she had a concert to get ready for.

Kagome got up and took a shower. She dressed in a black dress and her dad's pinstripe jacket. It would help her with her performances. She looked at Sesshomaru's note and smiled. All it said was where he was going, that she'll see him soon, and he loved her.

Kagome walked downstairs and went out to the stage; she made sure her laptop was set up to play her last song at the lighting and sound station.

Finally it was time for the tribute concert. Everyone was in their seats and waiting for the show to start. Syria came up to the stage first.

"Thank you all for coming. If you are family or fans of Ken, we appreciate you being here celebrating his life with us. This is the first year that we have allowed our little show to be broadcasted all over Japan."

People started clapping then and Kagome grew nervous from her seat. She was going to be singing three songs in front of all of Japan. Sesshomaru squeezed her hand reassuringly.

"Mine and Ken's oldest, Kagome will be singing three songs for us today. One playing the guitar, one playing the piano and one surprise song. Come on Kags."

Kagome nervously stepped up to the stage. Suddenly it felt like there were arms around her. They felt so familiar, they were her dad's. They were coming from the pinstripe jacket.

"Hi, I'm Kagome. And my first song is called I Miss You."

Kagome took a deep breath, strummed her acoustic guitar and started to sing.

"You used to call me your angel
Said I was sent straight down from heaven
You'd hold me close in your arms

I loved the way you felt so strong
I never wanted you to leave
I wanted you to stay here holding me

[CHORUS:]
I miss you
I miss your smile
And I still shed a tear
Every once in a while
And even though it's different now
You're still here somehow
My heart won't let you go
And I need you to know
I miss you, sha la la la la
I miss you

You used to call me your dreamer
And now I'm living out my dream
Oh how I wish you could see
Everything that's happening for me
I'm thinking back on the past
It's true that time is flying by too fast

I know you're in a better place, yeah
But I wish that I could see your face, oh
I know you're where you need to be
Even though it's not here with me

[CHORUS]"

Everyone started clapping and cheering. Kagome smiled and put her acoustic down. She took the three steps over to the piano and sat down.

"This next song is called When You're Gone. My mom wanted me to sing this in her place. She wrote it."

Kagome started the intro and started to sing.

"I always needed time on my own
I never thought I'd need you there when I cry
And the days feel like years when I'm alone
And the bed where you lie is made up on your side

When you walk away I count the steps that you take
Do you see how much I need you right now

[Chorus]
When you're gone
The pieces of my heart are missing you
When you're gone
The face I came to know is missing too
When you're gone
The words I need to hear to always get me through the day and make it ok
I miss you

I've never felt this way before
Everything that I do reminds me of you
And the clothes you left, they lie on the floor
And they smell just like you, I love the things that you do

When you walk away I count the steps that you take
Do you see how much I need you right now

[Chorus]

We were made for each other
Out here forever
I know we were, yeah
All I ever wanted was for you to know
Everything I'd do, I'd give my heart and soul
I can hardly breathe I need to feel you here with me, yeah

[Chorus]"

The people stood up and clapped, Kagome blushed and walked back to her microphone in the middle of the stage.

"My last song is a duet. With me and Daddy. See, I found a CD of him singing one of the songs from my childhood and I decided it would be nice for all of you to hear Ken Higurashi's voice one more time."

The music started and Kagome sang.

Kagome:

You tuck me in,
Turn out the light
kept me safe and sound at night
little girls depend on things like that

Brushed my teeth and combed my hair
had to drive me everywhere
you were always there when I looked back

You had to do it all alone
Make a living, make a home
Must have been as hard as it could be

And when I couldn't sleep at night
Scared things wouldn't turn out right
you would hold my hand and sing to me

Ken and Kagome:

Caterpillar in the tree, how you wonder who you'll be
can't go far but you can always dream
Wish you may and wish you might
Don't you worry, hold on tight.
I promise you there will come a day
Butterfly fly away

Ken:
Turned around and you were there
The two of us made quite a pair
Daddy's little girl was here at last
Looked away and back again
Suddenly a year was ten
Don't know how it got so far so fast

And yes dear, you don't understand
It's not anything we planned
Kind of makes you think it's meant to be (it's a destiny)
I always knew the day would come
You'd stop crawling, start to run
Beautiful as beautiful can be

Kagome and Ken:
Caterpillar in the tree
How you wonder who you'll be
Can't go far but you can always dream
Wish you may and wish you might
Don't you worry, hold on tight
I promise you there will come a day
Butterfly fly away

Kagome (Ken):
Butterfly fly away (butterfly fly away)
Got your wings, now you can't stay
Take those dreams and make them all come true

Butterfly fly away (butterfly fly away)
You've been waiting for this day
All along you've known just what to do

Butterfly, butterfly, butterfly
Butterfly fly away
Butterfly fly away (I hope you find your way and all the things you wish for, love and care about)
Butterfly fly away (oh, won't you fly away)
Butterfly fly away (oh, won't you fly away)
Butterfly fly away

The crowd cheered and gave her a standing ovation. Kagome blushed and stepped off stage. The rest of the concert included talking about Ken and family telling stories. People in the audience laughed and cried along with Kagome's family.

Finally it was over, just as the sun was setting, and all the fans and camera crews went away. The family stayed around and ate dinner, watched home movies. They all felt Ken's presence among them. It was good family, loving vibes all night. The whole family, both the Takahashi and Higurashi families, fell asleep on in the living room. Kagome sleeping between Inuyasha and Sesshomaru. It was peaceful, and everyone was happy.

* I need ideas for what should happen next. Sorry this is taking so long, high school is a bitch! - Inu'sgirl97*