*DISCLAIMER: INUYASHA AND IT'S CHARACTERS AND INUYASHA'S PUPPY DOG EARS DO NOT BELONG TO ME! ALL I'M DOING IS PLAYING AROUND WITH WHAT RUMIKO TAKAHASHI CLEVERLY CREATED. THE PLOT AND ANYTHING UNRECOGNIZABLE HOWEVER BELONGS TO ME.*

Kagome rushed through the crowds, a constant stream of 'excuse me's, 'sorry's' and 'pardon me's' leaving her mouth. She arrived at her destination and clocked in with only thirty seconds to spare.

'Phew! I thought Hatake would catch me being late for sure.'

"Higurashi!" boomed a male voice. Kagome gulped. She had spoken too soon.

"Higurashi! The Takahashi's have been waiting for you for half an hour! Why are you late, girl!"

"I-I'm sorry Mr. Hatake sir. This won't happen again."

Hatake harrumphed.

"If you weren't so damn good at your job, I'd have fired you a long time ago. I am tired of you being late constantly, Higurashi. This is your last chance. Come in late again, and I don't care if you're the best designer in the universe; you're fired."

Although she knew she should just accept the chastisement and move on to her duties, Kagome's fiery nature reared it's head slightly.

"Uh, Mr. Hatake sir, technically I was on time. I clocked in with thirty seconds to spare," she said timidly. She gulped again when she saw his face turn red.

"N-never mind sir! I'll just get going now!"

With that Kagome rushed to her office where her clients were waiting.


The rest of the day passed by uneventfully, however she was exhausted. By the time she reached her apartment, she didn't have the energy to do anything more except to grab an apple from the fruit bowl on her counter while shuffling to her bedroom. She kicked off her heels and flopped on her bed and took a few bites of her apple and sighed.

'The fruit tasted much better in the Sengoku-no Kagome! Don't you dare think about that!'

Kagome lost her appetite and tossed the apple to the floor. As she did when she was stressed or thinking about the past, her hand went to her neck where the completed Shikon Jewel lay against her collarbone. Five years. It's been five years since she last set foot in the Warring States Era, let alone the well that connected the two worlds. Five years since she last held little Shippo in her arms, laughed with Sango, yelled at Miroku, and looked into the amber eyes of Inuyasha.

'Inuyasha, the bastard.'

Things were going great with the group. Apparently Naraku had decided to lie low and leave them alone for the time being, and it seemed to Kagome that she and Inuyasha were making progress after the whole Kikyo debacle and the talk they had by the well. Then one day Inuyasha disappeared and came back three days later with Kikyo in tow and a smile on his face. Inuyasha had decided to bring her into the fold and have her help hunt for the last few shards of the Jewel. He had forgotten that hate for Inuyasha was most of her driving force; she had previously admitted that she wanted him dead. Even so, he still chose her over Kagome. Though cordial with her when needed, the rest of the group were extremely distant towards her. Things went downhill from there. It started with small things such as minor complaints about the way Kagome prepared the food, to not wanting Kagome cooking at all. Gradually, Inuyasha stopped treating Kagome as a friend and began to treat her as if she was, well, nothing. Kagome began to relive one of the worse memories.

(Flashback)

"Inuyasha, I think that we should really continue on instead of staying in this place. I'm getting bad vibes," Kagome suggested. She didn't know why she bothered, as she knew that she would be shot down, but she gave it a try anyway.

Inuyasha turned toward Kikyo, who was walking beside him and holding his hand.

"What do you think Kikyo? Stay or go?"

Kikyo 'contemplated' for a few seconds before replying,

"Inuyasha, she's wrong. There's nothing wrong with this village. There's nothing wrong with staying here for the night."

The rest of the group watched silently.

Inuyasha turned back towards Kagome,

"We're staying Kagome."

"But Inuyasha I-" Kagome began to argue. Inuyasha shot her a scowl.

"Kagome, you heard Kikyo. She's the one with good priestess powers. Don't say anything if you don't know what you're talking about," he snapped at her.

"Inuyasha may I suggest-" began Miroku. He too sense something, as did Sango. Inuyasha interrupted him as well.

"Shut up monk. If Kikyo says the village is safe, then it's safe. Oh and Kagome? Don't bother cooking tonight, you know that you can't cook for shit. Kikyo will cook if the villagers can't provide."

He didn't even look at her. Kagome struggled against the urge to cry and shout. She just stood there, her shoulders slumped, eyes looking towards at the ground she was stepping on, and her fists clenched around the straps of her backpack. Before Kikyo came along, Inuyasha always devoured her cooking. He never praised it, but he sure inhaled it.

"Yes, Inuyasha." She answered quietly. Sango put an arm around her friend's shoulders and squeezed and Shippo jumped into her arms and cuddled into her.

"Do not worry Kagome. Things will get better," assured Miroku. Kagome nodded her head, but she didn't mean it. Things would never get better because whatever Kikyo said was law and truth.

As it turned out, Kagome's wariness about staying in the village was justified; the entire village had been possessed by quite powerful demons. When the battle was over, instead of admitting that Kagome's feelings were justified, Inuyasha instead praised Kikyo.

"Thanks for helping us assure victory, Kikyo."

(End FB)

When the last shard of the Jewel was found, the group celebrated, not knowing that things would be quite different that morning. Kagome knew Inuyasha and Kikyo were lovers, for she had caught them mid-coitus one evening in the woods. Her heart was ripped to pieces that night, but she never let it show. It was then that she had decided to stick around long enough for the Jewel to be completed and then she'd leave with it in her grasp. Every time Kikyo prepared to go with Inuyasha, she would remove the Shikon Jewel from around her neck and place it in her and Inuyasha's pack. Once Sango, Miroku, and Shippo slipped into sleep and Inuyasha and Kikyo went off, Kagome quickly took the Jewel out of the pack and took off on her bike which she had made a habit of bringing with her into the night. When she got home, she used her 'non-existent powers' with help from the Jewel to seal the well. For good.

Kagome threw herself into her studies and once she graduated she landed a job at an Interior Design company. She moved all the way to the top and became a top designer for the Children's Section, even though her drawing skills were lacking.

Kagome shook her head and pushed the memory to the back of her mind, where it belonged.

'No more, Inuyasha. I shall never think of you again.'


A/N: SO I STARTED THIS STORY WHEN I FIRST BECAME A MEMBER OF THIS WEBSITE, BUT I TOOK IT DOWN LATER DOWN THE LINE. THIS IDEA NEVER REALLY LEFT MY MIND, SO I'M TRYING THIS STORY AGAIN. THIS FIRST CHAPTER IS COMPLETELY REVAMPED FROM THE ORIGINAL, SO LET ME KNOW IF IT WAS WORTH THE REWRITING OR NOT ;) I HAVE NO OUTLINE, NO PRE-WRITTEN CHAPTERS, NOTHING. BUT I DO KNOW WHERE I WANT IT TO GO SO YEAH.

PLEASE GIVE ME FEEDBACK, IF YOU FEEL LIKE IT *PUPPY DOG EYES*, HA, NO PUN INTENDED FOLKS :P

-AKEMI