I look at the scenery as we fly by. I cannot believe how much time has passed since Sango and I visited my time. I have been having slight pains in my abdomen. The healer at the castle has looked at me; she explained to me that instead of my carrying the baby for nine months it will only be seven. I was surprised to hear that. She also told me that some of my pregnancy symptoms will intensify in the last month of the pregnancy.
I feel Sesshoumaru's hands move from my waist to the small bump on my stomach. I have found out that there has never been a pregnancy between a miko and a taiyoukai before. It kind of scares me that so many things could go wrong with this pregnancy.
I lift my head off of Sesshoumaru's chest and look up at his face. It's still hard to believe that within just seven days we will be married.
I know Sesshoumaru knows nothing of what to expect about our wedding. I have kept my wedding dress a secret from him because I want to see the look of shock on his face when he sees me in it, walking down the aisle towards him.
I look over Sesshoumaru's shoulder. Rin and Shippo are flying on Ah-Un while Sango and Miroku are riding Kirara. A funny thought comes to my mind: I visualize Miroku asking one of my friends to bear his child, and I can see this friend pushing him out in front of a bus.
I am brought out of my trance by Sesshoumaru nuzzling my neck. I lean my neck to the side to show a sign of submission, at which he growls his approval.
His hands run over my little baby bump and I can't help the smile that comes onto my face. I feel his hot breath on my ear.
"I love you, my mate," he says in a husky voice.
"I love you too, Sesshoumaru," I say.
I lay my head back against his armour and stare ahead of us at the clouds.
2 Hours Later
I see Kaede's village coming into view up ahead. Without warning, I feel the presence of two shikon jewel shards from within Kaede's hut. I then feel Kikyou and Inuyasha's auras as well, telling me that they must have gotten two of the shards.
I think of everyone's surprise that Kikyou and I have become friends. We want to work on a way to get the part of my soul out of her body and she can still be alive.
They traveled back to the castle with us, where Kikyou and I both gave Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha a choice; they could either act civilized towards each other, or Kikyou and I would be off-limits to them.
To our great surprise, they can start a conversation without calling each other names or it ending in a fight. Two weeks after arriving at the castle, they left to find Naraku, along with more jewel shards.
I can see Kaede, Kikyou and Inuyasha walk out of Kaede's hut and just stand there. We start descending towards them and soon we are standing before them.
I run towards Kaede and she opens her arms, pulling me into a hug. "How have you been, Kaede?" I say.
"Very well," she says.
I pull away and go to hug both Kikyou and Inuyasha before returning to stand in front of Kaede, Sesshoumaru at my side. She smiles at us.
"Are both of ye ready for your wedding?" she asks kindly.
"As ready as we could ever be, I guess. I just really wish that you could come with us," I say.
"I know, child, but the people of this village need me."
"I understand, Kaede."
Rin and Shippo race past Sesshoumaru and I, hugging first Kaede, then Kikyou and Inuyasha. Sango and Miroku go over to talk to Kikyou and Inuyasha. Kaede steps closer to us.
"Lord Sesshoumaru and Miss Kagome, I wish ye well on your wedding," she says.
"Thank you, Kaede. That really means a lot to me," I say.
Sesshoumaru surprises us by bowing to her and saying. "Thank you, Kaede- chan."
"You're very welcome. It will be nice that the Western Lands will finally have its great Lady," Kaede says, a touch of pride in her voice.
"It will. I know Kagome will make a wonderful Lady."
"Aw, Sesshoumaru, that's so sweet," I say, looking up at him.
We all chat for a little while longer, until I decide that it's time for us to get a move on.
"Guys, I think it's time for us to head out," I announce to everyone.
Everyone agrees collectively.
Inuyasha goes into Kaede's hut and comes back out with two bags for him and Kikyou. We all say our last good-bye's and give hugs to Kaede before heading out of the village, in the direction of the Well.
I still wish that somehow Kaede could have come with us, because I would've loved for her to meet my family.
We soon arrive at the Well. We get our bags out of Ah-Un's saddle bags and Sesshoumaru sends him off. The first to go through the well are Inuyasha and Kikyou, followed by Sango and Miroku, Rin and Shippo, and finally Sesshoumaru and I.
The familiar blue light surrounds us and we soon land at the bottom of the Well in my time. Sesshoumaru wraps an arm around my waist and jumps out of the well, landing right at the shrine doors.
I slide the door open and lead everyone out of the well house and into the courtyard, directing us towards my house. Knowing my mother hides a spare key under the welcome mat at me feet, I kneel down and pull the mat aside and grab the key.
I stand and open the door, pushing it open and stepping into my house. I allow everyone else to follow me before closing the door.
I open my mouth to yell for my mother, but then I hear her laughter coming from the living room. I walk over to the doorway and find my mother sitting on the couch with a man.
I have seen him before, around town, but I can't exactly place who he is.
"Mom," I say, calling her attention.
She turns her head towards me and a smile appears on her face. "Kagome, I'm so glad you are here," she says.
She stands up, walks over to me, and pulls me into a hug, which I gladly return. When we pull apart, everyone comes up behind me and my mother greets them all. I look at the guy as he stands up and comes up beside my mother; she smiles at him, then turns her head to me.
"Kagome, I would like you to meet Karo Ukimoto," she says.
"Hello, Karo," I say politely.
"It's nice to finally meet you, Kagome. Your mother has told me a lot about you."
I rub the back of my neck; I'm wondering if she told him about the Feudal Era and all the people standing behind me.
"Kagome, Karo and I are dating, I hope you're not mad," my mom says, worry creasing her face.
I look at her pleading eyes, and there is no way I could be mad at my mother for being happy. "Mom, I can't be mad at you," I say with a smile.
She lets out a small sigh of relief. "Thank you, dear."
"Mom, I need to get everyone settled in," I say.
"Oh, about that; why don't Rin, Shippo, Sesshoumaru and you go check out the attic, and Karo and I will take the others to their rooms."
Sesshoumaru, Shippo, Rin and I walk out of the living room. We head up the stairs to the second floor, and I lead them to a door to the right. I open it and lead them up the stairs to the attic.
As soon as I see what the attic looks like, I gasp. It's been totally remodeled and made into a few separate rooms. I walk over and open the first door, which leads to a bathroom. The other two lead to our room and one for Rin and Shippo. They go into their room, and I look up at Sesshoumaru in awe. I can't believe my mom did this for us.
Hi everyone, I know its been a while since I took this down. Okay this is the sequel for Is This Really What Love Feels Like? I worked very hard on this first chapter. Please review and tell me what you think.