So glad you all loved the last chapter. Don't really have much to say. Glad 2013 is over that's for sure. :) Way too many crap happened so let's hope this year is better. So far this year is hectic. I've been extremely busy so the time between each posted chapter will vary. But don't worry this story will continue... unless I don't do anything for more than a month. That's when you panic.
Disclaimer: Own Inuyasha I do not. Belongs to Rumiko Takahashi it does.
Chapter 21: Conlict
"Tsume, take the children to the library." Sesshomaru said after they had all finished their meal. He stood from his table and motioned for the other lords to follow him. Kagome quickly stood with him and handed Mizuki over to Tsume before following the taiyoukai. They walked in silence until they reached Sesshomaru's study. Inside they each took a seat and waited for the inu to speak. The tension in the air was so thick you could cut it with a knife.
"Now will you tell us why you have brought us all here?" Lord Isamu asked leaning back into his seat.
"A problem has arisen that will affect us all. I'm sure you all remember the tale of Katsurou" Sesshomaru said after a while.
"Does the problem have to deal with this?" Lord Daichi asked curiously.
"Yes. It seems that someone is planing his revival."
"What?!" Isamu yelled in shock.
"Are you sure?" Daichi questioned.
"How would you know this?" Arata asked standing up. "No one other than us youkai lords should be aware of Katsurou. So no one should be able to help him."
"It seems the witch Meichiko is still alive." Sesshomaru replied.
"To make matters worse she has the help of Naraku." Kagome added.
"Naraku? That demented half-breed?"
"You know about him?"
"I know enough." Arata replied.
"Well it seems in addition to collecting the Shikon jewel he plans on Katsurou's revival to destroy all of Japan."
"He is a troublesome pest indeed." the inu stated.
"This is all good and all but you still haven't explain how you came to this deduction." Isamu commented. "How do you expect us to believe you?"
Sesshomaru narrowed his eyes at the eastern lord but responded. "My brother had a run in with Meichiko and one of Naraku's incarnations. The witch told him Katsurou would be resurrected."
"And you believed the half-breed?" he scoffed.
"Do you have a problem with Inuyasha?" Kagome asked irritated.
Isamu just smirked at her before turning back to the inu youkai. "There must be something else."
"The miko has had various visions concerning him."
"Ah. So we are to be concerned about something based on a human girl's vision and a half breed's word."
"I can assure you this is very real." Kagome said angrily.
"Katsurou is sealed."
"Seals can be broken Lord Isamu."
"But only by someone of purity." Daichi said calmly.
"That is no longer an obstacle in their plan." Sesshomaru said.
"What do you mean?"
"Is there a way for them to break the seal without a pure being?" Arata asked.
The western lord shook his head. "No. But they have their sights on two targets."
"The miko and the inu pup. They wish to use them both."
"They have already attacked once." Kagome added.
"When? Was it the witch?"
"No. It was something else," she said looking at each lord. "It's hard to explain what it was. I know for sure it wasn't a demon and most definitely not human. It looked like its entire flesh was burned and had red eyes."
"It smelt like death. We have reason to believe it was one of Katsurou's followers." Sesshomaru said.
"I thought they were all killed except the witch." Daichi commented.
"The evil spirit manifested itself into a physical form."
"You sure it wasn't something that wandered into the palace?"
"I think something like that would be noticed by my guards Lord Daichi."
"I still don't get why this should have any impact on the rest of us. Seems like this is your problem," the eastern lord said.
Kagome stared at the youkai lord and spoke before she could stop herself. "What is your deal? This is a threat to you as well."
"Katsurou was dealt with long ago. Even if he is revived, he is only human. Something I can deal with."
"I'm sure your ancestors said the same thing before they were attacked." Isamu growled at her but she ignored it. "Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. If Katsurou rise then he will no doubt resume his plans to conquer all the lands."
"Wise words young miss." Daichi said. "But how do you plan to prevent this?"
"Well we know he's sealed within one of the mountains in the south-"
"I know which one," the southern lord said.
"Then we can guard it. We have to keep an eye out for Meichiko and Naraku."
"We are currently on the search for Naraku. and we have someone looking for the old seal used to trap Katsurou."
"Let me guess it's another human," the eastern lord commented in disgust.
A small growl was heard and all eyes turned to the little miko. Her eyes grew dark as she clenched her teeth and glared at the youkai. Her hands were balled in fists, and little bits of her reiki was flowing off her skin. "I am getting real tired of your nasty personality and view on humans."
"Ha! Are you just upset knowing that it's true? Humans are weak, selfish, and useless creatures."
"Oh and you think demons are perfect?" Kagome crossed her arms and smirk at the eastern lord. "I know humans with more honor, integrity, and strength than you. Even the hanyous that you hate are on a higher level than you."
"That is enough. Lord Isamu I believe I asked you to refrain from angering the miko." Sesshomaru stepped in between the two, ignoring the continuous stinging feeling on his skin from the miko. "We should end this conversation here. But I hope you consider my request. If you wish to stay awhile and think it over I will send a servant to show you to your quarters."
"I believe that is for the best." Daichi responded. Arata nodded in agreement while Isamu frowned and turned away.
"Then please wait here," the inu turned from the other lords to the fuming miko. "You will come with me." He led her out the room and after he had ordered a servant to take care of the other lords, they headed to the library.
"I'm sorry," Kagome said after walking in silent for so long. They were only a few feet from the door of the library.
Sesshomaru paused and looked down at her. She stopped alongside him with her head down, no doubt preparing herself to get scold. "Why are you apologizing?"
"You asked me to keep my anger but I failed. Sorry. It must be dishonoring for you." She bowed her head low, facing him.
He snorted. "You have nothing to worry about."
"Stop. Don't apologize. You had the right to be angry." He hooked a finger under her chin and raised her head so she could look at him. "Besides Lord Isamu has always been that way. He hates humans and anyone in relation to me."
"Lord Isamu is a dragon youkai. There has always been conflict between his kind and ours. It doesn't help that my father bested him in more than one occasion. When it was discovered that my father had bedded a human, Lord Isamu saw him as weak, and sought an opportunity to attack him. Do you remember the youkai named Ryukotsusei?"
Kagome nodded. "The dragon youkai your father defeated and sealed right?"
"Yes. He was sent by Lord Isamu to kill my father. After my father died he tried taking the western lands but he failed against me and my army. From that point on he has been looking for every opportunity to go against me."
"I may have given him another reason." Kagome responded looking away.
"You may have but it does not matter. He can do no harm at the moment."
"Only to you," a calm but angry voice said from behind them. Both turned to see Isamu walking towards them. "I do not appreciate being disrespected. Even if she is under your protection, by youkai law I have the right to challenge any opponent that has wronged me in any way."
"Your damaged pride has no meaning." Sesshomaru stated narrowing his eyes.
Lord Isamu laughed. "To you maybe. But pride is one of the dragon youkais honor, and I just can't let my honor be stained. Even you were like that once, before you took in these humans."
"Lord Sesshomaru, what is he talking about?" Kagome asked looking at the demon lord worriedly.
"Lord Isamu has challenged you to a fight. He wants to protect his so called honor and pride." He replied biting back a growl. He knew the other lord well, which meant this fight would most likely be to the death. He turned to the miko and her blue worried gaze. If she fights him she will surely die.
So another one bites the dust. FINALLY! I think I'm addicted to cliffhangers :) This chapter was a pain in the ass only because I couldn't get everyone's feelings/mood to show properly. Anyway please review, it's always appreciated.