Sooooorry. I haven't updated in so long. A lot has happened, including my house being broken into and my laptop being stolen and horrible horrible writers block. Hope you still love me.

Disclaimer: You already know.

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Snap

Nezumi knew she shouldn't, but she was slowly starting to lose hope that Sesshomaru would find her, or even that he would come after her at all. It had been almost two weeks, and she was still being held captive by Ichiro, who was just prolonging her death. He could've killed her by now, save her the torment, but he was twisted and was just barely keeping her alive. The worst part was that the pups still weren't moving, even when she spoke to them, and that always seemed to get them moving. She curled tighter in a ball, wrapping her arms protectively around her stomach. Tears filled Nezumi's eyes as she feared the worst.

"He hasn't come for you yet girl? I'm shocked, you were so confident before." Ichiro's mocking voice came into the dark room before the light was turned on. He placed a bowl of oatmeal in front of her, just out of her reach. "How are those pups of yours doing?" Nezumi didn't answer, instead glaring at him, unshed tears burning her eyes. Ichiro scowled, standing from his crouching position and moving away from her. "If they aren't dead now they will be. First the monsters you carry and then I'll be rid of you." With that he turned and stormed away, cutting off the light and slamming the door closed.

"Sesshomaru...where are you?" She whimpered, a tear sliding down her cheek. Who was she kidding? He wouldn't come for her. He never wanted her. She wasn't supposed to be there, she was just some pathetic human girl who interfered in his life. He was probably glad to be rid of her.

She looked down at her stomach, the tears flowing freely. Now that she'd undoubtedly lost the pups, there was no way he would waste his time looking for her. She would rot here and die, alone, and Ichiro would win.

The thought just barely crossed her mind when she heard a crash and yelling from outside the door. She sat up slowly, eyes widening when the door was burst open and Ichiro flew into the wall behind her. She scrambled away, fear engulfing her. Her eyes flew to the door, where a very angry Sesshomaru stood. His eyes were blood red, any sign of his human form gone. The magenta stripes on his cheeks were jagged, his teeth formed into fangs and his claws fully extended. He was growling, loudly.

"S-Sess..."

"This is why I hate you demons!" Ichiro spat, blood mixing with his spit and landing near Nezumi. "Ruining everything!"

"You have no right to talk you pathetic human." Sesshomaru didn't sound like himself, and it scared Nezumi. "I warned you, the next time I saw you, you wouldn't be lucky, did I not?"

"B-but-" It was clear Ichiro was scared out of his mind, more than Nezumi was at least.

"And you've taken my mate, from off my my property. You've overstayed your welcome, human." Neither Nezumi or Ichiro had time to blink before Sesshomaru was near them, gripping Ichiro by the throat.

"Please! Please don't!" Ichiro choked out. "I don't want to die!"

"Yet you were planning on killing my mate, were you not?" Sesshomaru growled. "While she carries my pups."

Nezumi shrunk away from them, the mentioning of the pups causing her to not want to face Sesshomaru. He wouldn't want her if he knew the pups were gone...

"She was carrying abominations." Ichiro spat. He was going to die anyway, why not speak his mind in his last moments. "Getting rid of them, and her, would have been doing the world a favor."

That was the wrong answer. With a final growl, Sesshomaru snapped Ichiro's neck, making the death quick, even though he wanted to make it last as long as he could.

The sound of Nezumi's gasp turned him back to his mate. He walked over to her, snapping the shackle that kept her attached to the wall. The girl couldn't hide her flinch, and Sesshomaru growled softly. "Come."

Nezumi shook her head, tears streaming down her cheeks as she back away from him.

"I'm not going to hurt you." Sesshomaru followed her, but she cried out, shaking her head

frantically.

"D-don't! Don't touch me!" She screamed, squeezing her eyes shut. She couldn't go back with him. She'd only be a bother, and she was useless to him now.

"What is your problem woman?" Sesshomaru had enough. He made it in front of her in a flash, snatching her into his arms and not letting her escape his grip.

"Let me go! Please! I-I can't! Sesshomaru let go!" She fought against him but her struggles barely fazed him. He swung her so that he was carrying her bridal style and running out of the building, towards his home.

"Let me go." Nezumi whimpered, knowing he'd still be able to hear despite the speed he was running at.

"No." He said simply. She looked up, able to see that his eyes were slowly turning back to his normal color. His claws and marks had returned to normal as well.

"Please."

He stopped running abruptly, looking down at her with a frown on his face. "Why?"

"I'm no good keeping around." She shook her head. "You don't want me."

"You carry my pups. I'm not letting you go."

Nezumi felt the pain hit her chest and the tears fall full force. She thrashed against him suddenly, so as to catch him off guard. Scrambling to her feet, she turned to run. Unfortunately, she didn't get very far. Sesshomaru recovered from the shock quickly, catching up to her and yanking her back into his arms before she got very far.

"Let me go!"

"No." He was talking calmly, though his grip was tighter on her than was comfortable. She could tell he was trying to keep his anger under control. "Calm down."

Nezumi shook her head, yanking away from him and landing on her butt. "You don't want me around! You only took me in for Rin and only kept me because you knocked me up. It doesn't matter now, the pups are dead! They haven't moved in two weeks, so you may as well just leave me here to die! I'm useless to you." The words were out before she could stop them, and she froze at Sesshomaru's look.

He walked over to her slowly, and this time she didn't try to move away as he got down in front of her. She felt his nose graze her neck as he sniffed lightly before he moved down to her stomach. "Sesshomaru."

"Silent." He placed his ear against her stomach, listening for a moment before his eyes flickered up to hers. Very slowly he moved up her body, holding her gaze a moment before catching her mouth with his. Nezumi gasped, not expecting that response. She was sure he would hate her once he found out she wasn't strong enough to carry his offspring. "Stupid girl." He muttered once he pulled away. "The pups aren't dead. Though their heart beats are faint, they are very much alive. They didn't move because they knew if they took too much of your energy, you would die. The pups are smart Nezumi, they take after their father." He bumped his forehead with his, wiping her damp cheek gently. "And even if you had lost the pups, do you really think I could just leave you like that? You are my mate, or no. We can always have more pups Nezumi, but there is only one you."

Nezumi bit her lip, looking away. "You mean that? Y-you really want me around?"

"I wouldn't have come for you otherwise."

"Oh..." Nezumi hesitated slightly before whispering, "I love you, Sesshomaru."

He simply licked her nose before lifting her in his arms. "Let's go home."

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So Sesshy may or may not have been a bit OOC this chapter but hey, this is fanfiction. I do what I want! :)