For all who have read my fic: An strange occurance, this is something new I came up with. I wasn't planning on publishing it so soon but it would not leave my mind. Hope you enjoy it.
Disclaimer: It doesn't take a genius to know that I do not own Inuyasha and its characters
Chapter 1: Mizuki
It was a quiet and clear night. The full moon shone overhead, illuminating the clearing where the weary inutaichi made their camp. Kagome let out a slight groan as she laid herself on her sleeping bag. They had travelled non-stop only stopping to ask passing travellers or villagers if there were any signs of a dark, malevolent force. They didn't get any clue until their fifth stop. An old woman from a village told them of many demons attacking a village. Inuyasha did not find that unusual until she added that the demons were being led by a woman with a fan on a white feather, which only meant it was Kagura. So here they were, after a whole day of walking, ready to collapse, everyone except Inuyasha.
"I can't believe you guys! We barely made any progress with you moving so slow!" He said watching as they all sat around the fire that they slowly build.
"Ugh! Would you give it a rest Inuyasha. You damn slave driver! We been up and about all damn day! You didn't even let us have lunch!" Kagome yelled from her spot on the ground. "I'm so sick of you... you... sit!" The sound of his crashing to the ground brought a smile to everyone's face. He got up from the ground and mumbled a few words before jumping into the second branch of a nearby tree.
Sango let out a yawn, stretching. " I'm so tired, I'm not willing to get up to cook or eat."
"Me either. I could barely feel my legs" Kagome replied, giggling just a bit.
"I would offer to massage your delicate limbs but that would require moving from this spot." Miroku said, a smirk playing on his lips. The girls just laughed but not before Sango smacked the monk for his perverted thoughts.
They were all too tired to do much of anything. Kagome looked over to Shippo, who was already asleep, curled into her side. Both him and Kirara had fallen asleep a while ago. 'Lucky little things.' Kagome though, smiling. She yawned before rolling on her side, closing her eyes. "Good night you guys" She said before falling asleep.
"Good night" the two replied, also letting sleep consume them. Hours later the group heard a piercing scream followed by the auras of many demons. Forgetting their exhaustion, the group jumped up and got into their battle poses. Kagome had an arrow notched when she felt a jewel shard.
"I sense jewel shard!" She yelled before a young woman burst through the forest. She was extremely beautiful. Her hair was a sleek jet black, with emerald green eyes. Kagome then noticed the woman was bleeding from the side, but what caught her attention was her pointed ears and clawed hands. Inuyasha growled at the female demon.
"Inuyasha stop! Can't you see she's injured" Kagome said, running up to the demoness, who had slumped to the ground. "Are you alright?" She asked the youkai.
The demoness stared at her before replying. " Are you the Shikon Miko? Please help me"
Kagome blinked before nodding her head. " Yes I am. My name is Kagome. What's wrong? What is your name?"
"My name is Manami. Please hurry, I don't have much time. The other demons are after me and my soon to be born child. My child...it's inu." Inuyasha's ears perked up at the type of demon the child it was.
"Are you saying you're an inuyoukai?" He asked, finally sheathing the Tesusaiga.
"Hai, although I am a lesser inu. My mate was also inu." she replied, tears forming in her eyes. " They...they killed him. They all killed him... Before he d-died he told me to run and find the Shikon Miko. He.. he wanted me to hand this to you." She pulled out a jewel shard from within her kimono and handed it to Kagome. Kagome was a bit surprised that the jewel was still pure. She looked at Manami when she let out a scream.
"Manami, what's wrong?" Kagome asked alarmed.
"My.. baby! It's...It's coming!" The whole group's eyes widened in complete shock and worry. Kagome shook her head and decided to take charge of the situation.
"Okay, Sango get my backpack, there should be a towel in there. Miroku take Shippo and get some water, we need it heated and we need it now. Inuyasha make sure those demons don't get any closer. they have kept their distance so far but I don't expect they will forever."
He gave a short nod before rushing into the trees, anxious to get his claws on the youkais. The rest of the group quickly went to work. Sango brought Kagome the towel, and Miroku handed her a pail of water that Shippo heated up with his fox fire. Kagome nodded her thanks before turning her attention to the birthing inuyoukai.
"Okay. I'm going to need you to relax, okay? Just take deep breathes and we'll make it through."
Manami nodded before letting out another painful cry. "It hurts!"
"I know it must hurt but you must bare with it. Miroku take Shippo from here, he doesn't need to see this." She waited for the two to leave before she told Sango to assist Inuyasha. "Alright now, Manami when I say push, I want you to push with all you got. Ready? Push!" With an agonizing yell Manami pushed. "You're almost there! I can see the head. One more push and... Its a girl!" Kagome said ecstatic, wrapping the young baby in the towel then handing her to the inu mother. She had jet black hair like her mother with hazel-blue eyes. She also had a scarlet colored stripe on each cheek. "She's so beautiful. What will you name her?"
Manami looked at the sky, the full moon still shining brightly, then back to her daughter, smiling. "Mizuki. Her name is Mizuki. Kagome?"
"Please... take care of Mizuki. Become her mother"
Kagome looked at Manami confused. "What are you talking about?"
"I..I am not going to make it. I'm too weak, too tired."
"But that's normal! You just gave birth"
Manami shook her head. "No. You need to know something. My pup has pure inu blood. Meaning she would be able to grew into a powerful taiyoukai. That's the main reason why those demons came after me. Inus born of pure blood are rare and are highly feared by all."
"Yes." Manami answered closing her eyes, her breathing suddenly getting shallow. "Kagome, promise me to love her like a mother should. Protect her from all who wish her harm."
Kagome nodded, trying her best to hold back her tears. "Yes, I promise."
The inu smiled up at her. "There is something else."
"What is it?"
"You will need to take my blood." She gave a small laugh at Kagome's expression. "It's so that Mizuki recognizes you as her mother."
"Oh. Alright I will. Is there anything else?"
"No." Manami took a claw hand then made a small cut into her arm. "Drink my blood."
Kagome nervously took the demoness' arm before putting her lips over the cut, drinking in the blood. It surprisingly had a sweet taste to it. when she finish, Kagome placed Manami's arm down, and saw a hint of amusement in the inu's now dull eyes. "What?"
"Nothing. It's just that there may be a few surprises in store. But worry later" She said placing one last kiss on her baby's head and handing her over to Kagome. "It'll be okay. Even though I'll be gone, I'll still watch over, kay?"
"Yes. I just wish there was something I could do for you"
"Take care of Mizuki. That's all I ask. I'm really happy. I can be with my mate again." Manami stated as she closed her eyes and drew in her last breath. Kagome let her tears fall, holding Mizuki close to her. Even though she didn't knew her, Kagome still grieved for the young mother. She had just wiped away the last remaining tear when Inuyasha and Sango both appeared.
"Kagome, is she.." Sango started to say.
"Yes, she's dead. She asked me to take care of her daughter."
"What?" Asked Miroku, who had just appeared with Shippo sleeping in his arms.
"Kagome we can't take that baby with us" Inuyasha said.
"And why not?"
"Because, our journey is to dangerous for it!"
"First of all it's a her! Second I am not leaving this baby!"
"I'm not asking you to leave it, just give it away"
"Who would take a inuyoukai pup?"
"Well if it's a full-breed youkai, Sesshomaru could take it"
Kagome gasped, Sango and Miroku backing away from the two arguing. "You did not just mention your brother? Are you out of your mind! I was entrusted to take care of her and that's what I'm going to do!"
"You're acting really stubborn right now"
"I do not care. Miroku, Sango, can you please help me make a grave for Manami?"
The two of them nodded, and in a hour Manami was buried, a large stone over her grave indicating to travellers where it is. Soon after, dawn came and the group set off. Kagome rode on Kirara with Sango, since Inuyasha had refused to carry her until she gave away the baby. As she looked down at the sleeping babe, Kagome couldn't help wonder what changes would occur in her life.
so tell me, how did i do? reviews very much wanted, flames not so much.