Epilogue

"Kagome taught me the meaning of life. She taught me how to laugh, how to cry, and how to enjoy and cherish things. She was born for me, and I was born for her. I can't live without her now. I will never see how I did."

Inuyasha

I was gazing peacefully out into the distance, on the hilltop, under the cherry blossom tree, where I had last parted with Kikyo. She was gone forever, now. Kagome had explained Kikyo's sacrifice to me quite clearly. I knew that meant I could never see her again.

But that was fine. I would miss her. And not a day would go by that I wouldn't think about her. But it was the way things were meant to be. I can certainly say I've gained a bit of wisdom through all of this. I know how to appreciate things better than I did before. I thought.

I heard the soft crunch of footsteps behind me, and took a deep breath, calming my nerves. "What do you want, Sesshomaru?"

"I suppose I came to ask you one question, little brother, if you can spare the time." my brother replied quietly.

"What is it?"

"That human girl . . . Kagome . . . I thought that nothing could stop you but the Tetsusaiga, when your demon blood took over." Sesshomaru's voice was thoughtful. "But that human girl. She snapped you out of it. I suppose I don't quite grasp how that works."

"Then I suppose you don't understand the depth of my feelings for Kagome." I replied simply. "Kagome taught me the meaning of life. She taught me how to laugh, how to cry, and how to enjoy and cherish things. She was born for me, and I was born for her. I can't live without her now. I'll never see how I did."

"Hmph." Sesshomaru didn't sound contemptuous, despite his sound. He turned, as if to leave. "I suppose there are some things I will never understand, when it comes to you." he began to walk away, before he paused. "Take care of yourself, little brother." he smiled a little, before he walked away.

I watched him go in the sunset, and wasn't surprised when a few moments later, Miroku, Sango, and Kagome appeared. I felt my heart warm a little at the sight of them, and was surprised to realize how close they all were to me. Kagome really had taught me the meaning of friendship and love. I looked at her with this love in my eyes, and she smiled at me. I knew I didn't have to explain myself to her. She was my mate, and she could feel what I felt. She knew, and I knew her.

"Only yesterday we destroyed Naraku, but it already seems like a year." Sango commented, as the three joined me on the top of the hill, looking out onto the valley.

"Perhaps that's because we can finally all be at complete ease now." Miroku replied. "Isn't that right, Inuyasha?" I looked at him, and he was smiling at me. I didn't smile back, but I understood what he was saying.

I felt a warm hand slip around mine, and I glanced down, knowing it was Kagome before I looked. Her soft brown eyes were warm with love, and I did smile gently at her. "You're thinking of Kikyo, aren't you?" she asked softly.

"I was." I didn't bother to lie. She was mate now. She could see right through it if I tried. "But . . . I was coming to acceptance, more than anythin' else."

"I know." Kagome looked out to the valley. "I understand. I miss her too." she said softly.

"So now that we can all breathe again, where shall we go?" Miroku asked cheerfully. "There's bound to be evildoers about that we can slay."

Sango punched him lightly in the arm. "We're already lucky Sesshomaru is going to cover all of this up for us. We don't want to push it."

"Yes, well, Sesshomaru seems like a reasonable fellow. I don't see why he and I couldn't put together a business and make quite the profit off slaying evil demons-ow!" Miroku winced as Sango grabbed his ear and dragged him away, saying, "Ugh, you're so ridiculous. We're going to get going. See you, Inuyasha, Kagome!"
Kagome waved to them, before she turned back to me. "So what else were you thinking about?"

I looked away from her. My heart was pained when I said, "I was thinking about . . . how I was wrong. How we were all wrong. We thought you would be ok. But . . . we were wrong. We underestimated Naraku, and it cost your life. It was only because of Kikyo that you're still alive. I could have lost you. And if something like this happens again, we won't have a second chance like that again."

Kagome looked up at the sunset. "I understand what you mean. But . . . Inuyasha. It was fate, and if I die, then we shouldn't mess with the way that things happen. We should leave them to be."

"Are you saying that Kikyo shouldn't have brought you back?" I demanded, angered at the very thought.

"Maybe." Kagome admitted. "But she didn't. I believe in destiny, Inuyasha. And I believe I met you for a reason." she looked into my eyes, and she was so beautiful it was painful. "And I believe I met Kikyo for a reason. So perhaps it wasn't time for my death. Maybe dying was to make me realize what I was losing."

"Don't talk like that." I looked away, unable to look at her any longer and think of losing her.

Kagome smiled. "Inuyasha, you don't have to worry about losing me anymore. I'm here, and I'm here to stay." She cupped my cheek, and turned my face toward hers.

"I know." I said softly. I leaned down, and gently kissed her warm, soft lips.

"Kagome . . ." I whispered, when I pulled back, "I love you . . ."

"Inu . . . Inuyasha . . ." her eyes began to water, and she laid her head against my chest.

"Are you crying? You big baby." I said, but with no harsh tone.

"I'm not a baby! It's just-just-" she pulled back, glaring up at me. "You never say things like that! It caught me by surprise."

I snorted. "Tch, well, don't get used to it. I'm not gonna be sayin' a lot of that mushy stuff." I announced, putting my hands on my hips and turning away from her.

"Hah! You, mushy? As if! You're just like a big ogre anyway!" she harrumphed, turning her back to me and crossing her arms over her chest.

"What did you say?" I demanded, whirling to face her.

"That you're just a big ogre!" She started to laugh at my dubious, indignant expression.

"You little- ARGH!" I ran towards her and she took off with a scream, down the hill. "GET BACK HERE!"

The End

All right. Looks like this epic, or not so epic tale, has finally come to an end. I realize that there is dialogue and certain scenes that have been taken from the anime/manga, but this was to greater capture the personalities of the characters. So if you don't like it, kiss muh butt.

For all of you who like me, put me on your author alert! This story is now complete, and I am currently working on another one, and will begin to post it when I finish it. I always finish my stories before I post them, so that nothing like discontinuation happens.

I'm glad that everyone seemed to receive the story so well. All right guys. It's been fun. Peace out.