Goshinboku. His refuge. His comfort. His home. The place where he met his late wife, Kagome. Inuyasha sighed and took in the view of his forest. At the far edge, he could see his house, the one that he had built with his bare hands. It was the house where he and Kagome had made Jade, their only daughter. And in the end, it was the house where Kagome took her last breath and was taken from him.

He gripped the branch tighter, his claws splintering some of the wood. Fifteen years hadn't dulled the ache in his heart. Fifteen years and he still felt his eyes burn with tears at the mention of his beloved. He would let her "sit" him to Hell and back if he could just see her one last time. How many nights had he sat on the roof of his house, praying and wishing for a second chance with his wife?

A squelched scream filtered through the forest. "Daddy!"

Growling, Inuyasha leapt from his sanctuary and darted in the direction the scream had originated. He burst through the trees just before his best friend, Miroku, did. "What the hell are you doing?" he hollered at the boy who was holding down his daughter.

"Daddy! He won't let me up!" Jade whined from her place in the dirt.

"Admit I'm as strong as you are," the boy growled.

Before she could answer him with the snide remark that was on the tip of her tongue, Inuyasha lifted him by the collar of his shirt and set him down a good distance away from her. "Miroku, explain to your son what happens when the women I love are held against their will."

Miroku cleared his throat and shook his head. "I'm sure it was just harmless fun." The glare Inuyasha sent him made him uneasy and he grabbed his son to take him for a lecture. "Come now, Nikatori. We'll have that chat again about how you need to treat young ladies with respect."

"But dad, she was the-"

"Don't argue with your father," Miroku said sternly as they walked out of sight.

Inuyasha turned on his daughter, hands on hips as he fought back the urge to laugh at her pout. "Why did you let him pin you? I've taught you better than that."

She looked at the ground, her foot tapped nervously in the dirt. "I was caught off guard. I didn't know he was there."

"Jade, how could you be so careless? What if he had been a demon that was out to get you? You could've seriously-"

"I know, I know. I could've seriously been hurt. I know, Daddy." She sighed. So much like her mother, he thought. He wrapped his arm around her shoulders and started toward the house. "Besides," she huffed, "Tori totally took advantage of my distraction."

"What distraction?" he asked, looking at her out of the corner of his eye. Her cheeks pinked but she didn't reply.





Ok...So here's the first little taste of the newest story I've been working on. I know I have so many that are unfinished, but I had this idea floating in my head and if I don't get it out, I'll never be able to finish the other stories. So, leave me a review to tell me what you think/if you like it/if it's worth continuing. I'm not sure how I feel about an OC being one of the main characters in a fanfic. Let me know!