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Once the doors had closed, blocking out the noise of all the people, Sesshomaru pulled her close. "That was a bold thing you did back there, Kagome."

"So I'm Kagome now?" He could tell by her voice she was miffed and he arched an eyebrow in response. "I don't like being pressured into something Sesshomaru, and you forced me into a situation where I had only two options. I wasn't ready. I'm still not ready."

He tilted her face up to look at his. "Sure you are. You just needed a push to get you going." He ran delicately clawed fingers though her hair, smiling softly down the beautiful woman who was looking up at him with troubled eyes.

"I was just expecting… I don't know… something else." She bit her lip, at a loss for words. "Like some actual sign so I wasn't always questioning your intentions."

"What would you have me do Kagome? Compare you to the moon and stars? Profess my love from the rooftops? Look back; I've been courting you from the first time I'd walked though your door."

She sighed, resting her head against his chest as he slowly spun them in circles in time to the faint tune of the music from inside the ballroom.

"All of this. All of this grandeur, this whole night, it was all for you." He whispered in her hair with a fierce intensity. "When I tracked you down, I dropped everything. I disappeared from my post as the lord of the western lands. Because it was you. Because now that you where within my grasp, I know I could never let you go again." At his words, she leaned back too look at him. Her eyes scanning his, searching; he desperately hoped she found what she was looking for.

Her hands, which had previously been resting on his shoulders, hesitantly came up to brush against his cheeks, tracing the shape of his markings, memorizing the lines of his face.

Then she smiled, and he released the breath he didn't realize he was holding.

And in the next moment he was kissing her. It was a soft kiss; a gentle brushing of his lips against her own, yet it made her giddy and when he drew back, the smile on her face had widened into an outright grin.

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"Would you quit trying to help me?" She griped as she stood up from the couch, with some effort due to the fact that she was nearly eight months pregnant.

A teasing smirk hovered about his lips. "But my dear, I thought that was what you wanted me to do when you hired me. The notice did say 'help wanted' after all."

Note: Well, this is it guys. This is the last chapter, and Man has it been a trip. I want to thank you all so much for your support and love of this story; I probably would never have gotten it all up without the constant prodding for updates! I'm a bit sad that it's over, but yeah. I hope you all enjoyed this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.