Chapter 3: An Apology Owed

"Okay everyone we'd like to give anyone, who wants to, the chance to step to the mic. You can say anything you want without fear of judgement. You can say how your day went today, or make an apology to an old friend, anything you want." The challenge day instructor said.

Many people raised their hands to speak. They spoke about how today had changed their lives, how today opened their eyes, and how they promised to be better from now on. Old friends reconnected and bitter enemies came to a truce. No matter who you were, or where you came from, it was easy to tell that everyone had be effected by challenge day.

Kagome's eyes watered as some people decided to share their stories with the whole group. There were so many kids in her school who struggled everyday just to get up in the morning, and it made her sad that she never noticed. When she took her turn she promised to be there for anyone who needed it.

"Alright everyone send your love and attention to this young man right here." Kagome was a little shocked to see Inuyasha standing there.

"Now what would you like to say?"

"I...uh would like make an apology." He said sheepishly.

"To who?"

"Kagome Higurashi." Inuyasha walked over to her group and asked her to stand up. He hadn't said anything yet and she was already blushing. She hated having everyone watching her.

"First I wanna apologize for doing this in front of everyone. I know you don't like the attention, but I didn't wanna lose my nerve." She smiled slightly and he took a deep breath to calm himself.

"I know I wasn't the nicest to you when we first met. I actually borderline hated you, but you stuck by me. Even today I don't understand why, so instead of trying to understand I'll just say thank you. Thank you being there anytime I needed you. For making me see that my life had meaning again. After I lost Kikyou I didn't know what to do with myself. You saved me Kagome. I'll never forget that, and I'll always be eternally grateful for it."

She gave him a watery smile in return. His eyes became intense and he grasped her hand giving it a gentle squeeze. Her cheeks darkened as he continued to stare at her. It was like he was staring right into her soul. Her heart began to race, and it reminded her of that summer long ago, when Inuyasha had first confided in her.

"Kagome, I want to apologize for not being a good friend to you. I've never done anything to deserve all the kindness you've shown me. I always end up upsetting you or hurting your feelings, and I really don't mean to. I know I've...screwed up with you where Kikyou is concerned. I don't wanna lie to you and tell you that I've completely forgotten about her, or that I never miss her. But I do want you to know that if it wasn't for you I wouldn't be the person I am today. I'm sorry if I ever made you feel second best to Kikyou. I'm sorry for making you think that Kikyou was more important than you, because that isn't true. I don't think I'll ever be able to apologize enough for the things I've done, but from now on I promise to show you everyday how much you mean to me."

Tears ran down her cheeks as her arms came around his neck for a warm embrace.

"Thank you for this Inuyasha. You'll never understand how much this means to me. You're my best friend and I'll always be there for you. No matter what." Kagome smiled at him and gave him another hug.

Before she pulled away she whispered in his ear, "I love you Inuyasha." His topaz eyes widened and stared at her. After a moment his features softened, and she could see the emotions swimming in his eyes. She knew he loved her too, but he couldn't say it yet. He was afraid, and she understood. So she just smiled and squeezed his hand, letting him know that everything was going to be alright.

For the first time in awhile Inuyasha genuinely smiled back at her.

Inuyasha watched her as she made her way back to her seat. She was perfection in every sense of the word to him. It made him happy to know that she'd never leave him. That she'd always be by his side, and he by hers. Maybe they could even be more than friends someday. Another smile tugged at his lips just at the thought.

'One day Kagome. I'll be able to tell you...and show you, just how much I really do love you.'

So I lost any motivation whatsoever to complete this story. Then I decided to read it, do a little editing, and complete it.

For anyone still following this story I'm sorry for the long wait and that this chapter is so short. I tried to make it longer but it sounded too repetitive.

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