When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.Oscar Wilde

Day 1:

She woke with a start, sitting up in her bed suddenly. A gentle breeze wafted into her room and she sighed. Standing she quickly went out, racing down the stairs and into the main of the house. The front door was open. A pot was bubbling on the kitchen stove. It was a beautiful day, partly cloudy with a 30% chance of precipitation.

It was quiet. Too quiet.

She slowly left the house, hearing scuffling from around the corner. Cautiously she made her way around the house, noting that the sound was coming from inside the closed well house. Taking a deep breath she set her jaw and went forward, reaching up a shaking hand to slide the door open to reveal her mother.

Her mother smiled at her, holding onto Buyo gently. "Oh, thank you, Kagome! I think the door stuck! I couldn't get out after I'd come in to get Buyo!"

Tears welled in her eyes and she threw herself at her mother, wrapping her arms around her. It was all okay. It was all back to normal.

Her mother returned the hug before letting her go and stepping around her to go towards the house. "Be home in time for dinner!" She called, knowing somehow what was going to happen next.

Kagome stood there, arms still out. If the Shikon had truly returned things to the time they were – why did she remember everything?

Her eyes widened and she stared down the steps at the well. Then she was running and she launched herself into the well, falling through and allowing the magic to overtake her. As she climbed up the walls a clawed hand reached out for her and she gratefully took it, being pulled up by the amber eyed boy.

InuYasha smiled at her. "Took you long enough! I don't get why you needed to go on vacation anyway!"

She stood there on the edge of the well, held in his arms, and tried to fight the deep sadness that formed in her heart. It's InuYasha! Your InuYasha! A little voice tried to remind her. Looking away from him she felt her stomach become heavy at the realization that he was not hers and she was not his anymore.

Her eyes darted around and the hanyou frowned, ears drooping. "What are you looking for?" He asked, looking around to see that absolutely nothing was there.

She let out a sigh and shook her head. "Nothing." Then she decided that enough was enough and she'd just pick herself up and move on. She was good at that! Looking up at him with a small smile she gave him a light hug. "I was just checking something. I'm not done with my vacation so I'll be back later."

His frown deepend into a scowl as his hands came up in defiant fists. "What? Kagome! We have work to do! You can't go off and play!"

Closing her eyes her brow twitched and as she allowed herself to fall back into the well she laughed before calling out to him. "InuYasha, sit!"

From above Sesshomaru watched the scene with amusement. She would return, she said, and he would be here when she did.

~*FIN*~