(n) something that or somebody who is particularly wonderful and impressive or an outstanding example of something
A knock cut through the peaceful silence of the sleepy apartment, causing one of the occupants to groan and roll over towards the warm body pressed intimately against him. Moonlight fell on the couple caressingly and highlighted the mass of silver and black hair intermingled on a red pillowcase.
Inuyasha wrapped an arm around the waist of the woman that shared his bed and pulled her back flush against his chest with a content sigh. The woman in his arms murmured quietly and tucked her ebony head against his chest and under his chin. A small smile graced his handsome features and he nuzzled the hair under his chin absently.
Sleep had just begun to lull him back into the beckoning unconsciousness when another knock tore him back to reality. Cursing, he turned his head to look at his alarm clock. The digital number read ten thirty pm and Inuyasha frowned.
At his movements the woman in his arms grumbled and turned her head to look at him through blurry eyes.
"What time is it?" she asked, her voice husky with sleep. Inuyasha reluctantly pulled away from her warm curves and sat up in the bed, rubbing a calloused, claw-tipped hand down his haggard face.
"Around ten thirty," he murmured around a yawn that caused his fangs to flash in the dim lighting. He looked down at her irritated face and smiled warmly. Bending down, he placed a kiss across her pouting lips. With a sigh she kissed him back and when he pulled back, a smile had replaced her irritation. "Go back to sleep, Kagome. I wore you out tonight," he added with a cocky smirk.
Kagome snorted but couldn't stop the silly smile that pulled at her lips. Remembering all that they had done that night made warm contentment pulse through her heart and she couldn't stop her small giggle.
"That you did," she chuckled indulgently. When another knock cut through the air, her smile turned down into a small frown. "Who could that be this late?"
"I don't-" Inuyasha started, but froze when a memory made its way to the forefront of his mind.
I'll be by after work…
"Kikyo," he breathed, his face frozen in shock and small flash of apprehension entering into his golden eyes.
At her name, Kagome sat up abruptly, her own brown eyes wide with shock. "Kikyo? Kikyo is here? Why?"
Shaking his head, he turned his shadowed eyes to meet hers. "She left me a massage today saying that she wanted to talk and she would be by after work. But when you showed up, I totally forgot about it."
Kagome reached forward and grabbed his tense hand where it had begun plucking at the threads of the sheets. "Are you going to answer the door?"
He sighed and clutched her hand back. "I think I have to. She must have a reason for being here."
Her expression clouded and she looked away. After their break up, whenever Kikyo was brought up, Kagome couldn't quite contain her dislike of the woman. And she certainly never could hide her dislike from Inuyasha.
At her expression, he gave a small grin and squeezed her hand again.
"I know how you feel about her, Kagome. But there must be a reason she's here. What if she's in trouble?"
Kagome still wouldn't meet his eyes and grumbled, "Maybe she should deal with her own damn problems instead of dragging you into them."
"Kagome." When she heard the plea in his voice, she finally met his eyes. As their eyes met, he leaned forward to press a lasting, passionate kiss on her lips.
"I'm with you now. Don't think that I feel anything other than obligation where Kikyo is concerned."
She sighed and pressed her forehead against his, her eyes sliding closed on a wave of emotion so strong it made her heart constrict. "I'm just worried she'll hurt you again, Inuyasha. I was there after everything, remember?"
Smiling, he kissed her again. "How could I forget? You saved me." When she didn't say anything, he sighed again. "You can come with me if it will make you feel better."
Pulling back, she couldn't contain her relief and nodded. Pulling the sheet from around her, she got to her feet and began to search for something to wear.
A wicked thought entered her mind and she smirked when she saw Inuyasha's discarded dress shirt. Pulling it on, she buttoned it all the way to her neck, the hem falling to the middle of her slim thighs.
We'll see what little Ms. Perfection has to say about this, Kagome thought with a grin. Turning, she couldn't contain her shiver of appreciation at Inuyasha's naked body as he searched for a pair of pants along the messy bedroom floor, the muscles of his back rippling underneath his tan skin in the moonlight. A wave of satisfaction went through her, along with the thought: 'that's mine now' and urged her to wrap her arms around his trim waist from behind and place a kiss on his shoulder.
He chuckled and turned in her arms. "Contain yourself, little one. Let's deal with the Wicked Witch of the West then we can continue where we left off."
Pressing a kiss against her forehead, he broke her hold and pulled on his sweatpants. Turning to his new girlfriend, he offered her his hand with a tender look. She smiled brilliantly and laced their fingers together, following him to the front door.
When another, more impatient knock sounded, Inuyasha couldn't contain his irritation.
"Yeah, yeah. Hold on!" he called and pulled the door open.
Kagome's grip tightened on Inuyasha's hand as he swung the door open and they saw the object of her unkind thoughts standing impatiently.
Kikyo's face was a mask of annoyance and her fist was raised in the air in the middle of knocking again. When her eyes caught sight of Inuyasha, a small smile started to form on her lips, until she saw Kagome next to him. Her eyes dimmed as they racked over Kagome's body and her lips twisted distastefully.
Kagome couldn't quite hid the smirk that pulled at her lips but quickly hid it by burying her face in Inuyasha's tense shoulder though her eyes never left Kikyo.
"Inuyasha," Kikyo greeted stiffly, lowering her hand to hang limply at her side.
Inuyasha stood stiffly and couldn't quiet contain his unease as his ears twitched erratically. "Kikyo," he murmured, his hand twined with Kagome's tightening the slightest bit.
It was strange to see her again after two years. In his mind's eye, he still pictured her in the panicked, half-dressed state that he had last seen her in when he'd kicked her out that night so long ago. But that woman was long gone and in her place was the regal and poised woman that Inuyasha had fallen in love with.
But at the sight of her, his stomach twisted and his heart froze. Whatever feelings he had once had for this woman had died long ago and only bitterness was in its wake. And even that, he thought with a small smile over his shoulder at Kagome's grim face, was beginning to dry up.
Turning back to Kikyo, he forced his body to relax. "You look good, Kikyo," he said politely, but with no warmth in his voice.
The frown on Kikyo's face only grew at his tone and she sent a distasteful glare to Kagome before turning her attention to her once lover. "You as well, Inuyasha. I'm sure you're wondering why I'm here at such an hour."
Oh no, we both know why you're here, Kagome thought bitterly. You're here to try and seduce Inuyasha back to you. Don't try and pretend otherwise.
But Kagome said none of these things, knowing they were unfair and not like her.
"It had crossed my mind," Inuyasha said. Stepping back, he gestured with his free hand. "Please, come in."
Kikyo nodded and stepped into the threshold, setting her purse on a nearby table, her eyes scanning the apartment critically. Not much had changed in the apartment, though she did see the couch that she and Inuyasha had picked out when he'd moved in was gone and replaced by a loveseat.
Settling herself on the loveseat, she waited for Inuyasha to sit adjacent to her in the recliner before opening her mouth to speak.
"I was hoping to take to you about a private matter," she said with a pointed look at Kagome who stood behind Inuyasha's chair with her hands on his bare shoulders. At her words, Kagome's eyes narrowed, but she knew this was a matter between the once-lovers and she had no right to hear the 'private matters'.
"I'll go make some coffee," she said, leaning down to press a lasting kiss on Inuyasha's lips. When she pulled away, they wore matching soft smiles before she left to the kitchen.
Kikyo watched as Inuyasha's eyes followed Kagome's retreat and had to fight a wave of ugliness when she saw his eyes linger on the hem of his shirt that fell just below her hips.
"The matter I wanted to discuss with you was how we ended things last time we saw each other," Kikyo began when Kagome had disappeared into the kitchen and Inuyasha had returned his attention to her. At her words, Inuyasha's hands fisted and his body tensed.
"What about it?" he asked, his eyes falling from hers as a scowl pulled at his features. Sighing, Kikyo looked at her hands.
"I know I have no right to ask you to listen to me about what happened, but I ask it just the same." Looking up at him and connecting his gaze with hers, she let just a little bit of her desperation show through her features. "Will you hear me out?"
Crossing his arms in indecision, he searched her face for anything but sincerity, but found no deceit. Running a hand down his face after a wave of fatigue rushed over him, he nodded curtly.
"I'll hear you out, but that's all I can guarantee."
Nodded in relief, Kikyo paused when Kagome entered again with two mugs of coffee in her hands. Handing one to Kikyo and the other to Inuyasha, she turned to Kikyo. "Can I get you any milk or sugar for your coffee?"
Surprised, Kikyo blinked. "A little sugar, if you please."
Silence fell over the two as they waited for Kagome return with the requested sugar. After making sure both were taken care of, she turned to Inuyasha with a soft smile. "I'll be waiting in the bedroom if you need me."
Feeling an almost over powering affection for this woman, Inuyasha reached over to pull her to him and give her a deep kiss. When they separated, he squeezed her hand. "I'll be there soon, I promise."
Nodding to Kikyo, Kagome quickly left the tension of the room and retreated to the safety of the bedroom.
Wanting nothing more than to join his new girlfriend, Inuyasha voice was slightly curt when he said, "Please, continue."
"I know my actions were inexcusable and I know nothing I say can make it seem less than it was. But I'm not here to get your forgiveness. I'm here only to explain that what happened that night had nothing to do with our relationship."
Feeling anger begin to take hold, Inuyasha placed his coffee down on the table when his grip tightened enough to threaten to break the ceramic mug. "How could it have nothing to do with our relationship, Kikyo? You cheated on me!" His voice was tightly controlled, but his anger leaked through.
Grimacing, Kikyo didn't bother to deny it. "I know that, Inuyasha. But the reasons I did what I did had nothing to do with you or what we had. I-" In a rare moment of weakness, Kikyo sighed and rubbed a hand over her eyes. "I was in love with the man you found me with. His name is Onigumo. I didn't intent to ever hurt you the way I did. No matter what you believe, please believe that. Hurting you was never my intention. I just-I fell in love with him, Inuyasha."
Inuyasha's eyes widened when he saw her eyes begin to swim with tears. His heart lurched but he pushed back his guilt. He had nothing to feel guilty about. Kikyo was the one that left him; she was the one in the wrong. He was the victim in this scenario.
"If you never meant to hurt me, then why the fuck were you with him in my apartment?"
Kikyo winced at his words and lowered her head, a tear falling from her eyes to trail down her pale cheek. "I was at your apartment, waiting for you so we could meet up like we agreed earlier that day. Earlier that week, I had told Onigumo that I couldn't see him anymore because I was already with you. But he followed me to your apartment. While we were there, he convinced me that I needed to break up with you. After all, it was cruel of me to be in a relationship with you, but be in love with another man. I agreed that I would that night, but things…things got a little out of control and then you came home and…" She trailed off and looked up to see his reaction. His eyes were trained on the wall in front of him, his jaw tense.
"Why are you telling me this Kikyo?" he asked quietly, his eyes never leaving the wall in front of him. "Why now? It's been two years and I never heard a word from you. Why now?"
Tears fell freely from her eyes and she closed then on a wave of pain at his question. Taking a deep breath, she continued. "I came today because I now know what it feels like to have the love of your life break your heart will little to no consideration. I now know how much it hurts to have your heart broken. And I know my explanation is little consolidation for what I did to you, but I just thought it might help to know that hurting you was never my intention. I did love you once. I just…" She looked up and locked eyes with him. In her eyes, tears swam at the brim of her eyelashes, threatening to spill. His eyes were hard with anger, but at the sight of her tears, softened minutely. "I just loved him so much. I'm sorry for what I did to you, Inuyasha."
Getting to her feet, she gave him one last smile that was more of a grimace. "I'm sorry to have bothered you."
With that, she gathered her purse and let herself out of the apartment, her last words still echoing in the silent air.
Inuyasha slumped forward and he rested his head in his hands as he braced his elbows on his knees. Emotions warred inside of him. The bitterness he had held onto for the last two years had melted away at her words and left him feeling the raw pain, the sadness as if it had all happened yesterday.
Sighing, Inuyasha got to his feet and made his way to the one woman that he knew would never hurt him like Kikyo had, intentionally or not. When he opened the door to his bedroom, he saw the silhouette of her body underneath the covers, her chest rising and falling gently. He slipped between the covers and pulled her back against his chest, burying his face in her fragrant hair and breathing in deeply.
With her warm body pressed against his and the soothing sound of her heartbeat in his ears, Inuyasha slipped off into the best sleep he'd had in two years.
Two Years Later
Inuyasha looked at his watch and cursed. Grabbing his jacket from the back of his office chair, he paused as he passed Miroku's desk. Slapping a hand on its surface to get his co worker's attention, he caught his gaze meaningfully.
"Fax those goddamn reports, Miroku. I mean it. Don't think for one minute that I won't sell you out if Sesshomaru comes after me when we don't meet the deadline."
Miroku sighed and nodded. "Yes, sir." Grinning at Inuyasha, he cupped his chin in his hand and waggled his eyebrows at him. "Off to meet with the lovely Kagome, are you?"
Grinning, Inuyasha didn't bother answering, simply shaking his head and walking away.
Looking again at his watch, he sighed. Fishing his new cell phone from his pocket, he scowled at it. Kagome had finally convinced him to get one of the damn things after she had tried to call him when she'd gotten a flat tire, but had been unable to reach him because he was between work and his apartment.
"Besides, Inuyasha. Won't you love to be able to talk to me anytime of the day if you want?"
Sighing, he squinted down at the symbols and grinned when he finally found Kagome's name. Pressing the call button, he put the phone on speaker as he pressed the elevator button for the garage.
"Hello?" Kagome's distant voice reached his keen ears. Feeling a sense of relief at hearing her bright voice, he couldn't keep the grin from his voice.
"Inuyasha!" Her voice rose in pleasure. "What's up?"
His grin dimmed and turned into a small frown. "I'm going to be a little late to dinner tonight. I just got off work and I'm heading over now, but I might get stuck in traffic."
There was a small sigh and Inuyasha winced. Even though she didn't mean to, whenever he called to say he would be late, which was frequently, she made him feel horrible at her disappointment.
"Alright. I'll put the food on simmer. Just get here soon."
"I will. I promise."
"Be safe. I love you."
His grin back full force, Inuyasha replied, "Love you too. See you soon."
Hanging up, he unlocked his car and pulled out, his grin still in place. Though Kagome always understood that his job sometime made him forget the time and made him late to their date nights, he always felt guilty about it because he knew that they both looked forward to their weekly date nights. But never once did she say anything, simply welcoming the time they did spend together with open arms and making him remember why he loved her as much as he did.
Shifting, his grin widened when he felt a suspicious lump in his pocket, excitement making his movements restless and him eager to get to his girlfriend.
Tonight, he would propose to Kagome.
He had been planning it for the last two months, but it had taken him the first month to make sure he wanted to do it and it wasn't just something he was doing because he felt he had to. With Kagome, he could see himself spending the rest of his life with her in bliss. It hadn't been that way with Kikyo.
With Kikyo, he had felt a sense of obligation towards her since she had expressed multiple times that she intended to marry young and start on a family as soon as she could. Kagome, however, never expressed any of those feelings. Sure, she wanted to get married and start a family, but she was in no rush to do it. She, in fact, hadn't even brought the topic up.
If it hadn't been for Sango seeing her cast lingering looks at bridal magazines, Inuyasha probably never would have known that she had wanted to get married at all. Even now that he had the ring and was heading over to her now, he was feeling no nervousness. After all, he and Kagome had seen it all together. Marriage wouldn't change that.
Pulling into his apartment's parking lot, he cut the engine and touched his pocket to make sure he still had his surprise. Feeling its reassuring weight, he took a deep breath and got out of his car. Taking the stairs two at a time, Inuyasha arrived at his door within seconds, his excitement making his heart pound a little faster in his chest and a grin break out on his face.
Opening the door, he called out, "I'm home."
He heard shuffling from the kitchen as Kagome called back, "Welcome home." Appeared from around the bend, wiping her hands on a dish rag and an apron around her trim waist, she walked up to him with a soft smile. Pressing a tender kiss on his lips, she pulled back, her eyes twinkling. "I missed you," she whispered.
He wrapped his arms around her waist and pressed a lingering kiss on her pliant lips. "I missed you too." Pulling back, he began tugging at his tie and sniffed the air experimentally. His ears twitched on his head as he turned to his girlfriend. "What's for dinner? It smells delicious."
Smiling, Kagome helped him out of his jacket and took his tie from his hand, putting both in the hall closet. "You'll see."
He waited until she had disappeared back into the kitchen before he pulled the velvet box from his pocket, looking around for somewhere to put it. Seeing the table setting, he lifted up the tinted napkin on her plate and stashed the box underneath it.
"How was work?" Kagome called to him as she began to arrange the food on a platter to take out to the dining room table.
Adjusting the napkin so it hid the ring, he grinned down in triumph as he answered her back absently. "Same old, same old. Miroku dragging his ass as usual and Sesshomaru up mine about the lag. Nothing special."
Chuckling, Kagome reappeared with the apron gone and the full platter in her slim hands. Placing it in the center of the table, she sat at her plate with a smile.
"Well, we both know how Miroku can get," she said and Inuyaha's heart began to pound louder in his ears when she reached for her napkin on her plate. Holding his breath, he watched as she lifted it up to reveal the black box and froze.
Her wide eyes came up to the still standing Inuyasha and saw his tender smile. "Inuyasha?" she squeaked. Her breath hitched and her heart began to pound loud in her ears when he kneeled next to her, his earnest eyes still on hers.
Lifting a hand to her heart to try and calm it down, she kept her gaze locked with his as he reached forward to grab the jewelry box and her free hand.
"Kagome," he began, his voice trembling the slightest bit in nerves. Seeing how nervous he was, her eyes began to fill with tears as she waited with bated breath for this next words. "Kagome, you saved me when I needed you most. You were there for me when I needed you and I try to make sure that I'm there if you ever need me. I've never been as sure of anything in my whole life as I am about you. I love you. Will you marry me?"
A sob escaped her lips as the tears finally fell from her wide eyes. Mutely, she could only nod vigorously. A brilliant smile broke out on his face as he opened the box and revealed the diamond ring in its depths. Sitting comfortably on a silver band, two diamonds twinkled up at Kagome and she gasped.
"It's beautiful," she breathed. Inuyasha slipped it from the velvet casing and slipping it on her left hand. "Perfect fit," she murmured, tears flowing freely down her cheeks. Looking up at him, she threw her arms around his neck with a cry of joy.
"I love you," he whispered against her neck.
She tried to stifle her sobs as she pressed kiss after kiss along his face. "I love you so much," she whispered in between kisses as he claimed her lips with his own. "I never thought this day would come."
Pulling back, he framed her face with his hands. "Are you sure you can handle my moodiness for the rest of our lives? Because if we do this, there is no going back," he said solemnly.
Grinning, Kagome placed her hands over his. "I've never been more certain of anything in my life."
(AN: Okay, so I know it's been a long time since I came up with another installment, but I have been playing with a few other story ideas that hopefully will be coming out soon! I hope you enjoyed this sequel to Every Day and Every Night, I have wanted to write it for the last two months! Thank you to those that reviewed, your opinions are always cherished! Until next time!)