A/N: Wow.. I haven't updated since the end of summer. And winter is starting! Haha.. so sorry. :( Trust me, I really do feel bad. But here it is... and thanks to the people who emailed me, it was like.. a notice that some people actually REMEMBER Road Trip, which of course is a huge incentive to start writing again. I reread all the chapters today.. -_- hahah needed to catch myself up. I found a zillion plotholes -_- but they weren't big enough for me to go back and change or anything. haha okay enough blabbering.

Disclaimer: Doode doo doo dum. Not mine.

Dedication: *muah* Cathy for being so persistent and putting up with me so much. And of course for everyone who still remembers this story -_- hehe thanks. And of course to the people who emailed me and told me to get off my butt in such a sweet way :)

Chapter 15: I'll Wait For You


Miroku had just started the van's engine when Inuyasha hopped in, still muttering curses because the parking lot was dark and he'd hurt his foot on a truck tire next to the van.

"Okay." Inuyasha said, slamming the passenger side door shut. "Where are we going?"

"I'd rather you stay here with the girls and Kouga." Miroku commented.

"Well, I'd rather not get a call tomorrow morning and find out you're chopped in little bite-size pieces." Inuyasha replied easily. "Plus I don't want to be the one to tell Sango. That girl can be scary."

"Telll me about it." Miroku muttered. "But she knows when it's important."

"And this is important?" Inuyasha eyed Miroku's grim expression and slid on his seat belt. "Do you want me to drive? You know how you get road rage sometimes."

"No I don't." Miroku eased out of the parking space. "We're going to meet someone."

Inuyasha sighed and reclined his seat. "Three questions. A) Is this someone we know? B) Is this someone we know that is trying to kill us? or C) You're really a drug addict and we're going out to meet your dealer for another stash?"

Miroku spared him a disgusted glance. "What weapons do you have on you?"

Inuyasha settled back, his eyes closed. "Weapons?"

"Yes." Miroku replied tersely. "Weapons. The kind we use when there's no other option?"

"I'm sorry." Inuyasha said diplomatically. "I think I left my machine gun in my other pants. Oh wait," he continued, even as Miroku glared over. "maybe there are a couple of handguns in my socks. What are you, an idiot? Of course I don't have any weapons. We're trying to stay out of jail, remember."

"Knives." Miroku said. "Please tell me you have knives."

"Yes, I have knives." Inuyasha shook his head. "I had a stun gun, but it wasn't charged so I left it with the girls."

"Good." Miroku said grimly. "What else?"

"Tell me what's going on." Inuyasha ordered.

Miroku was quiet. "Okay. You know the deal I made with Naraku."

"Yes." Inuyasha said dryly. "You outlined it for me many, many times."

"Just to make sure there were no loopholes." Miroku said defensively. "You know how the details are."

"Yes," Inuyasha intoned. "You email him a report once a week, he pays you a thousand dollars per report, plus 10% of every job they do."

He paused. "That wasn't the original deal."

"I know." Miroku said. "But I thought it over. Without you there, the jobs they're handling now isn't all that great. They tend to come few and far between. I renegotiated the deal with Naraku."

"And he agreed." Inuyasha said doubtfully.

"Of course. He's too full of himself to realize how insignificant their jobs are. They can't find the right buyers after you left."

"They must hate you." Inuyasha said, a little smugly. "Stealing me away like that."

Miroku rolled his eyes. "Yeah, we all know how valuable you are."

"Yes." Inuyasha agreed in all sincerity. "So tell me who we're meeting."

Miroku was quiet. "You're not going to like it." he warned.

"I very rarely like anything."

"That's true." Miroku muttered. "Okay, then. We're going to see Kikyou."

Inuyasha sat up so abruptly his sunglasses fell off. "Oh, hell no."

"Sorry." Miroku said, shrugging as he made a left turn. "But that's why I told you not to come."


"I'm worried about Miroku and Inuyasha." Kagome said fretfully.

"You're worried about what's for breakfast." Kouga replied lazily. "Please, please let me get some sleep. You can worry in your head."

"I'd rather do it verbally." Kagome stuck her tongue out at him.

"Then go do it in the bathroom." Kouga pulled a pillow over his head.

Kagome turned to Sango for solace. "Do you really think they'll be fine?"

"They better be." Sango scowled out the window. "If not.." she pounded her fist into her palm for emphasis.

Kouga propped himself on the bed with his elbow. "Well," he remarked sarcastically. "that's a welcome sight to come home to. If I were Miroku, I wouldn't die just because I'd be afraid you'd chase me to hell."

Sango sighed, causing Kagome to whisper frantically to Kouga, "Distract her!"

To which Kouga replied, "How?"

Kagome shrugged. "I don't know! Oh, tell us another story. Like the stun gun one."

Kouga sighed. "Let me think.."


"Kikyou." Inuyasha repeated as he patted his pockets.

Miroku spared him a glance before screeching to a halt in front of stop sign. "What are you doing?"

"Looking for the knives." Inuyasha replied grimly.

Miroku sighed. "That's not why I asked you if you had any. It's just in case Kikyou decides not to show up, and send some, well, other people."

"Hired muscle." Inuyasha muttered. He checked an ankle strap, and felt his sweatshirt pocket to make sure the switchblade was there.

Miroku sighed. "How did this happen?" he asked conversationally. "We used to be friends. Remember that?"

Inuyasha tightened the wrist strap that held yet another knife, then slumped back in the seat. "Vaguely."

"Don't play the tough guy." Miroku retorted. "You were so in love with her."

"Don't use that word." Inuyasha snarled.

"Why not, when it's the truth?" Miroku asked bluntly. "You were completely over the moon for her."


"Whatever. You know it, I know it, the girls aren't here, so you might as well admit it. What happened, anyway?"

What Inuyasha said next came out so quietly that Miroku caught the faintest hint of a whisper. "What was that?"

"I said," Inuyasha repeated, with more conviction this time, "she was cheating on me."

Miroku burst into laughter, only to stop a few moments later when he felt Inuyasha's sheathed knife against his throat. "Okay," Miroku choked out. "it's a sore subject. I get it. Put that thing away."

Inuyasha did so, sullenly, and Miroku massaged his jugular, casting affronted looks at Inuyasha while he did so. "Touchy, touchy."

"It's not funny." Inuyasha snapped.

"Yes it is." Miroku disagreed. "It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. It was not possible for Kikyou to cheat on you, because it was impossible for her to see any male besides you."

Inuyasha cleared his throat. "I saw, Miroku. I saw."

"Saw what?" Miroku asked skepitically. "You know how your imagination can get."

Inuyasha scowled. "Oh, that's right," he said mockingly. "I imagined my girlfriend kissing Naraku. Who I despise."

Miroku let out a low whistle. "You getting a little kinky thoughts in there?"

"I told you, I didn't imagine it!" Inuyasha said angrily. "I saw. Okay?"

Miroku nodded thoughtfully. "So I assume you did the sensible thing and talked it out with Kikyou to see what really happened?"

"I don't beed to talk." Inuyasha snapped. "I saw what really happened."

Miroku sighed. "So you just broke up with her like that, hunh?"

"Yes." Inuyasha grumbled.

Miroku said nothing. Inuyasha scowled.


"Okay," Kouga began. "I can't think of anything."

Kagome sat up. "Tell us how the whole gang thing got started. It just seems so weird."

Kouga thought. "It happened back when I was still too young to join in or anything. I was only in, let's see, middle school, I believe."

"Tell, tell, tell." Kagome chanted, sneaking a glance to make sure Sango was properly distracted. "Tell us how you got into it."

Kouga's brow furrowed. "Let me think.......

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"Kouga! Kouga, come 'ere." Kouga glanced around and slipped across the corner to meet Inuyasha. "What?" he asked, irritated. "I have to babysit today."

"You have to babysit everyday." Inuyasha dismissed his concerns with a wave of a hand. "This is important."

Kouga sighed and reached for the cigarette Inuyasha offered. "Make it quick."

"You need money." Inuyasha said bluntly. They leaned against the brick wall. "I always need money." Kouga replied. "Any other breaking news you have for me?"

"There is a way to make money." Inuyasha said slowly, as if to a mentally undeveloped child. "You in?"

Kouga eyed him. "Is it illegal?"

Inuyasha shrugged nonchalantly. "A little bit."

"Is it dangerous?"

"You wanna wait for me to tell you about it, or are we going to play 20 Questions?"

Kouga crushed the spent cigarette under his heel. "Go on. But seriously, I have to get home."

Inuyasha gave an impatient sigh and gestured ahead. As the two began to walk, Inuyasha briefly outlined his idea to Kouga. "Sesshoumaru's involved in this thing right now."

"Your brother?" Kouga asked, surprised.

"Half brother." Inuyasha corrected automatically. "Anyways, something happened happened to one of the people he works with, and they need another person on short notice. So that's how I found out."


"The thing they're running." Inuyasha's eyes took on a gleam. "It's simple, but, oh my God, the money we could get from it."

Kouga shook his head and he patted his pockets for his house key. "Inuyasha, what do you need money for? You've got everything you need."

Inuyasha shrugged. "There is no such thing as too much money."

"But it's not worth risking your life for."

Inuyasha looked at him defiantly. "How do you know it's that risky?"

"What happened to the guy you replaced?" Kouga challenged.

"He got shot." Inuyasha muttered. "But he made a stupid mistake. It's not going to happen to me."

"Jesus, Inuyasha, you're just a kid. Get your ass back in school and forget about this crap."

"Like you're much older." Inuyasha snorted as they slammed into the house. "Listen, you in or not?"

Kouga sighed. "Tell me about it."

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"So that's how I got into this mess." Kouga grumbled.

"Couldn't you get out?" Sango asked.

"I've kind of come to rely on the income." Kouga said dryly.


"I wonder what Miroku and Inuyasha are doing." Sango sighed wistfully.


"We're here." Miroku announced.

"Dandy." Inuyasha grumbled. "Let's get this over with."

"Be careful." Miroku warned as they got out of the car. Inuyasha ignored him.

They entered the building cautiously, their steps not making a sound on the cement floor.

"Are you sure this is the right address?" Inuyasha asked finally. "This looks like .... a furniture store."

"Yeah." Miroku frowned in the darkness. "Kikyou didn't happen to mention that."

"You're here." Miroku and Inuyasha spun around to face the voice.

"Yeah." Miroku said finally. "Hey, Kikyou."

She nodded at him, but her eyes were on Inuyasha. "I missed you." she said softly.

Inuyasha swallowed, paling as if he'd seen a ghost. "I'm going to the car." he said to Miroku.

Kikyou shook her head. "Inuyasha, I want to talk to you. You can't run forever."

"I'm not running!" he said harshly. He relented however, with both Kikyou and Miroku watching him with their steady gazes. "Fine. Get it over with."

Miroku nodded. "I'll leave you two alone. Don't take too long, we still have to discuss business."

Miroku slipped out, letting the door close behind him. Kikyou took a seat on an armchair, her gaze intent on Inuyasha.

"Why a furniture store?" he asked finally. She shrugged, a tiny smile playing at her lips. "There are plenty of places to sit. Besides, the owner owed me a favor."

Inuyasha shrugged, flipped on a lamp switch, flooding the showroom with bright light. "Well?"

"Why did you break up with me?" Kikyou asked directly.

Inuyasha sighed. "You know why."

"No. No, I don't." Kikyou's eyes looked dangerously teary. "You never told me."

"You were with Naraku!"

"What are you talking about?"

"You know." Inuyasha's eyes flashed.

Kikyou shook her head helplessly. "Inuyasha, will you please tell me what you're talking about?"

"I saw you. That day after school, when I went over to talk to you, you were kissing Naraku."

Kikyou looked at him in disbelief. "That's disgusting! Naraku and I? Are you out of your mind, Inuyasha?"

Inuyasha stared back. "I'm starting to think so." he muttered.

"I would never touch Naraku. How disgusting is that?"

"But I saw!" Inuyasha protested. "I saw you two."

"Did you actually see my face?" Kikyou inquired.

"Yes." Inuyasha replied, but his voice was weak with doubt.

Kikyou shook her head desperately. "It wasn't me, Inuyasha. You have to believe me."

Inuyasha looked at her for a second more, his face expressionless. "We're here for business." he said finally. Kikyou said nothing as he went to get Miroku.

"Okay." Miroku said. "Hurry up. I don't feel great leaving Sango and Kagome like that."

Kikyou raised an eyebrow at the girls' names, but said, "Well, first of all, Naraku doesn't know I'm here. I'd like it if it stayed that way."

Miroku nodded. "And?"

"Well." She twisted the hem of her shirt. "I had to warn you. And I couldn't take the chance of emailing you or calling you. Naraku's bordering on paranoia by now."

"Yeah?" Inuyasha asked warily. "What's the newest trouble?"

"That's just it." Kikyou told him. "Naraku hasn't told us anything about his latest plans. We all think he's planning something. And it'll be really bad."

"Maybe it doesn't have to do with us." Miroku suggested hopefully. "Maybe he's finally moving on."

Kikyou shook her head. "No such luck."

"What is he after?" Inuyasha demanded. "I know he's bitter about the lack of jobs for you guys right now, but what how is getting me going to fix that? I mean, he isn't really going through all this trouble just to satisfy his bloodlust, is he?"

Kikyou was visibly agitated. "I'm not sure. I only know one thing, and I don't know what he's talking about. Naraku -- he said that you have something he wants." she looked at him quizzically. "Something, apparently, enough to have him spend so much time and energy in catching you."

Inuyasha got up to pace. "He's fucking crazy." he muttered. "I don't have anything he'd want. I never took anything from that jackass."

Miroku rubbed his neck. "We have to go back." he said abruptly. "You know I trust Kouga, but I'd feel a lot better if we were back with the girls."

"Yeah." Inuyasha agreed. He looked over at Kikyou. "Thanks."

She got up and went over to him, putting her hands on his shoulders, and kissed him. "I'll wait for you." she whispered.


"Tell us about your family." Kagome demanded. Kouga groaned. "Do you really want to hear?" he asked. "Or do you want to sleep, like normal people do at this hour?"

Kagome sighed. "Well, if you're too sleepy.."

Kouga pushed at the pillow beneath his head. "Okay, fine." They both looked over at Sango, who was pretending to be interested but really worrying about Miroku. "Go on." she prompted.

"There's my sister Kari." Kouga said. "She's fourteen and really smart. She's going to be a doctor someday."

Kagome beamed. "That's so sweet. You sound like a really good big brother."

Kouga shrugged. "Then there're the twins. They're five and they like to play soccer."

"What are their names?" Sango asked.

"Kei and Kai." Kouga replied with a grin. "I think my granda was playing a joke on us when she named them. Kei gets in fights a lot at school, and Kai's the quiet one. They both like to read. And after them comes the baby. She's only a year old."

"What about your parents?" Kagome asked idly, pulling the blanket more firmly over her.

Kouga hesitated before he replied, "My mom's sick. She was kind of weak after giving birth to Kenna, and it's like she can't get better. Most days she can't get out of bed, so we have to pay for outpatient care for her. She's a brave person, though."

Kagome and Sango exchanged alarmed glances. "Kouga-" Kagome began.

"And my dad-" Kouga went on, ignoring them. "he was killed before Kari was born. Kai, Kei and Lenna have a different dad. He left after my mom got sick."

"What a man." Sango replied dryly.

Kouga grinned wryly. "You're telling me."

"So, you supply your entire family's income?" Kagome asked disbelievingly.

Kouga shrugged. "My grandma left us some money when she passed away. I'm trying to save most of it for Kari's education."

The three of them were still silent when Miroku and Inuyasha slipped in.

"You're back!" Sango exclaimed. She examined them. "Nothing broken?"

"Not that I know of." Miroku looked around at them. "Shouldn't you guys be sleeping?"

"It's hard to sleep when you're worried." Kagome glared at them. "You guys were gone for two hours and thirty six minutes."

"Oh God." Inuyasha said. "It's like we have keepers."

"Kind of nice." Miroku said, smiling at Sango. "Anyways, everything is taken care of."

"Are you going to tell me about it?" Sango asked.

"Maybe tomorrow."


"Where are we going?" Kagome asked. "Not that this hasn't been a fabulous vacation so far, but it'd be cool if we got to do something, you know, fun."

Miroku laughed as he started the van. "We are going somewhere you two will definitely like."

"A real restaurant?" Sango asked skeptically.

"One without plastic booth?" Kagome asked eagerly. "And with cloth napkins? And where they actually have a dress code?"

Miroku shrugged. "Sounds good."

"A dress code?" Kouga asked.

"Nothing extreme." Sango assured him. "You won't have to rent a tux or anything. Just.. wear something without holes."

"Inuyasha will need new clothes." Kouga said. Inuyasha made a rude gesture at him. Kouga grinned.

"So what kind of restaurant will this be?" Kagome asked, hanging over the partition separating the two sections of van. "And by what kind, I mean how far away from where we are now?"

"It's barely noon." Sango laughed. "We got free breakfast at the motel cafeteria."

"Oh, Kagome." Kouga said suddenly. "We forgot to return the VCR key to the front desk." Kagome giggled. "He'll never notice."

"Oh!" Sango realized. "We forgot to return the videos, too."

"Crap." Miroku muttered. "There goes my money."

"Not like you don't have plenty of it." In the front passenger seat, Inuyasha put his feet up on the dashboard and opened a window.

"Hey!" Kouga called. "It's getting cold back here."

"It's summer." Inuyasha replied, his tone surly. "It's not cold."

"Yes it is-" Kouga protested, but stopped when he noticed the expression on Inuyasha's face. "What's with him?" he stage whispered to Kagome.

"I don't know." Kagome whispered back. "He's been in a bad mood ever since he got back from wherever he and Miroku went last night."

"I wonder what happened." Sango said subtly to the back of Miroku's head. She could see his answering smile in the mirror.

"Oh my God." Sango said thirty minutes later, when the five of them were standing in the lobby of their latest hotel.

"Oh my God." Kagome echoed. Kouga let out a low whistle. "This is a nice place."

Miroku grinned as he put an arm around Sango. "Hey, I had someone to impress."

He led them up to Suite 103, which turned out to have a common room and kitchen which could be accessed by either of the two bedrooms connected. "Cool." Inuyasha admitted grudgingly.

"You guys want to take a nap first?" Miroku asked. "We all had a late night yesterday."

Kagome yawned. "That would be nice." she confessed.

"Okay." Miroku said. "Give it one or two hours, and then we'll do some vacationing and get ready for dinner."

"Sounds good." Kouga agreed, heading for the boys' bedroom.

"So what happened last night?" Kouga asked Inuyasha. Neither of them felt the slightest bit sleepy, which might have been because they'd both slept through lunch, opting to stay in the van instead of eating at the fast food restaurant with Miroku and the girls.

Inuyasha shrugged. "Nothing much."

"Who'd you go meet?" Kouga persisted.

Inuyasha sighed. "Get Miroku to tell you."

"He's with Sango." Kouga replied. "Tell me. Now."

Inuyasha glared up at the ceiling moodily. "We met with Kikyou."

"What?" Kouga sat up, wide-eyed, as Inuyasha filled him in on the events of the previous night.

"Wow." Kouga said, when Inuyasha was done. "That's something to think about. And you have no idea what it is that Naraku would want from you?"

Inuyasha shook his head. "I mean," he said, "if it were anyone else, Sesshoumaru, even, I would possibly have an inkling of what they'd want. But Naraku.. I had very little contact with that guy. I can't think of anything he'd want."

Kouga tilted his head, his curiosity aroused. "What would your brother want from you?"

"Half brother. And he'd want that heirloom thing our dad left me."

"Oh." Kouga said. "The sword thing I saw at your house once?"

"Yeah. I don't know why he's so into it, it's just a sword."

Kouga laughed. "Who knows what Sesshoumaru could do with a sword?"

Inuyasha shook his head. "He's always been a little bit freaky."

Kouga shrugged. "Maybe Naraku wants Kikyou." he suggested.

"I doubt it." Inuyasha replied. "For one, killing me or whatever wouldn't help his case with her any. For another, it's not like I had a deed to her I could just hand over to him. I think what he wants is material."

Kouga flopped back on his bed. "I wonder what it could be.."

"You're not the only one." Inuyasha muttered.

Ending Notes: Ah... haha. Sorry. Okay. Hope you enjoyed that? I promised it would be up on Veteran's Day and I worked on this chapter on and off all day, and HERE IT IS, complete and all. Sorry if you find it boring. .I kind of did. But maybe that was because I knew what was going to happen? And also this chapter was hard because I lost all my notes on the plot.. and I haven't updated in three months (-___________-) so I was kind of fuzzy on the details myself. Haha.. sorry again. Happy Veteran's Day. And *muah* to everyone who reviewed and will review.