Thanks goes to Alex, who suggested an Inuyasha crossover. It kinda stuck.

This takes place BEFORE the rest of the Shinigami Stories. Ran is still human.

A Flashback
by Icka! M. Chif

"You smell of blood."

The white haired hanyou spun at the unexpected voice, one hand resting on his katana hilt. A small boy he hadn't heard walk up on him looked at him seriously from behind a pair of glasses. The two paused, sizing each other up.

"You reek of death." The hanyou growled back. The boy smirked, small dark wisps spinning around him to reveal his in-human features. Pointed ears, fangs, stilted pupils, and a pair of bat wings on his back.

"Good nose." He commented. The other grunted, resuming watching the ningen wander around below him, one ear cocked in the smaller youko's direction. The Shinigami smiled and joined him at the roof top edge.

"You're looking for Shikon no Tama shards, aren't you?" He asked calmly.

The larger one turned violently, pulling out his sword and transforming it in one smooth motion, pointing it at the smaller youkai. "Whoa! Whoa!" The Shinigami held his hands up in an appeasing gesture. "Relax!"

"What do you know about the Shikon no Tama?" The Hanyou growled.

"A hanyou named Inuyasha and a miko are looking for it." The Shinigami explained, a bead of sweat trickling down the back of his head. "You fit the description, that's all."

There was more to it than that, of course. But one does not mention it when one had a very large sword pointed at one's neck.

"I am Inuyasha." The hanyou verified, relaxing his guard a bit.

"Shin'ichi." The Shinigami introduced himself. "Where's your Miko?"

"At 'School'." The distain in his voice was obvious, causing Shin'ichi to smile.

"I have a shard of the Shi-"

"Give it to me!" Inuyasha picked up the Shinigami by the back of the collar and started inspecting his pockets, the sword miraculously back in it's scabbard.

"Stop that!" Shin'ichi howled, wiggling in his grasp. "I don't have it on me!"

"Oh." Disinterested, Inuyasha abruptly released him. Wings flapping, Shin'ichi slowly sank to the ground, straighten his clothes on the way.

"Are you CRAZY?" He demanded. "That thing's dangerous! The first time I touched it the neighbour's cat died!"

"So?" Inuyasha grunted. "You're a Shinigami. That's what happens."

"Not to -me-" Shin'ichi growled. "Just because Deaths follow me, doesn't mean I cause them."

Inuyasha snorted. "So where is it?"

"I gave it to a friend. They don't know they have it."

"You did WHAT?"

"Relax, it's in good hands. They're from a long line of mikos on the fathers side, and part Koorime on the mothers. If my influence can't harm them, the Shard shouldn't do anything either. And besides," He added with not just a touch of pride in his voice, "They could probably kick your butt, sword and all."

"Feh." Inuyasha crossed his arms, once again looking un-impressed. "And where are they now?"

"School." Shin'ichi admitted. Inuyasha smirked.

"I think that must be a very evil place."

"Oh, it is." Shin'ichi assured him. "They make you learn things and everything."

Inuyasha's smirk faded into a glare.

"Eheheheheh..." Shin'ichi laughed nervously, having sudden second thoughts on verbally sparing with the much larger youkai with a freaking huge sword. "So, what time does your miko get off of school?"

"Couple of hours." Inuyasha resumed watching the ningen below.

"Do you know of someplace where we could all meet?" He asked, inferring that 'someplace' was 'someplace safe and neutral'.

Inuyasha pondered for a moment. "We're leaving at Sunset." He finally growled. "The Hiragashi Shrine."

Shin'ichi got the impression that it wasn't exactly 'neutral' territory, but it was 'safe'. The Hiragashi Shrine must have a miko, after all. And if they were leaving at Sunset, that lead to idea that his miko must live at Hiragashi Shrine.

"Alright. We'll be there as quickly as possible."

Inuyasha snorted, as much as acknowledgement as he was going to get, he supposed. "How did you get the shard anyway?"

"Off a corpse. They had been killed for it." He frowned, remembering that case. Fortunately, the ningen involved hadn't realised that they weren't dealing with humans. The Shard radiated an aura of almost un-resistible Power, he didn't want to think about what would have happened if one of the ningen or bakemono had picked it up.

It also radiated an aura of Violence and Death, which he was more susceptible to. And that was why he was eager to give it to the one person who could purify it, and take it out of his hands.

In the mean time, he was keeping a close watch on Ran. As he had told the half dog youkai, he didn't -think- the Shikon no Tama shard could do anything to her. If anything, he hoped that she might help start to cleanse it.

"Figures." Inuyasha commented. "Anything else?"

He shook his head, clearing both his thoughts and signalling a negative. "No. That's all."

"Fine." The dog youkai jumped off the building, and disappeared into the distance.

Shin'ichi snorted, shifting back into Conan before returning to the crowds below. "Friendly guy." He muttered.


Ningen = Human
Hanyou = Half breed

Um... that's as far as I can get. Voices kinda got distracted with other fics, then the Shinigami stories came along and this just... stopped. But the shard
did get returned before 'Tomorrow' takes place.
But it holds true with the rest of the Shinigami stories in a way.
Who's to day that Ran carrying the Shikon no Tama didn't help to awaken her youkai abilities?