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Yes, this is the last chapter and I just barely made the twelve o'clock deadline. This was still updated on a Monday.

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Chapter Thirty Six

Kagome was always with me.

She was standing next to me when they buried Shippo, letting me hide my face in her hair while I let her cry into my chest.

She was there for me through my fits of anger and self-depreciation, reminding me that I wasn't to blame for Shippo's death even though I felt I was.

She was the one who kept me from leaning on drugs and alcohol in attempts to get over Shippo and she got me some real help.

She was there with me when I paid to get my tattoo removed.

She was there for me in the middle of every night I needed her—on the other side of the phone while she went to college in Kyoto because I couldn't find it in myself to leave home just yet. Not when Mom was still sick. Not when the memory of Shippo was still so fresh.

She was the one holding my hand when Mom went to the hospital for the final time. She was there for me at Mom's funeral, too, offering the same kind of comfort.

She was the one who slept beside me every night that summer without fail, reminding me I wasn't alone in the world.

She was with me every year I went to visit my Mom and Shippo in the graveyard, always the one to bring the flowers, wrapping a Pixi Stix wrapper around Shippo's every time.

She was the one who forced me to swallow my pride and reconnect with my father again because I had finished my two years at the community college and was going to transfer to Kagome's school, but needed the money.

She was the one who forced me to study through school so I could actually get my Master's degree in business and graduate. She was standing next to me in our college graduation picture, smiling brightly at the camera.

She was standing next to me when I finally opened the dojang I was working towards and she was the one who threw the surprise party in our apartment when I gained my first student.

And she was standing next to me now, wearing her white dress, as we stood in front of the altar with our friends and family behind us, our hands linked together.

"Ladies and gentlemen, today we have gathered together to celebrate the marriage of InuYasha and Kagome."

Kagome had been there for me in the past and she stood beside me now as the man who would marry us continued talking. "Marriage is the promise between two people who love each other, who trust each other, who honor one another as individuals in that togetherness, and who wish to spend the rest of their lives with each other. It enables the two separate souls to share their desires, longings, dreams, joys and sorrows, and to help each other through all uncertainties of life." I put Kagome through so much and she'd seen me through it all—even though I never deserved it.

"Marriage is commitment to take that joy deep, deeper than happiness, deep into the discovery of who you most truly are. It is a commitment to a spiritual journey, to a life of becoming—in which joy can comprehend despair, running through rivers of pain into joy again."

Before Kagome, I thought I was a gang banger. I thought I would live to twenty-five (thirty tops) and then die in some huge gang fight. I thought that was all I was good for. But then Kagome came, sticking her nose in my life and it got better, a lot better. I had a future, a life, Kagome. She helped me find out that I could do more than be in a gang; I was better than that.

She helped me through both Shippo and Mom's deaths, allowing the pain and misery to become something of the past. Thanks to Kagome, I made it back to the world of the living; life was better because she gave me a second chance to live it.

"And thus, marriage is even deeper than commitment." When I looked at Kagome, she was already staring at me. "It is a covenant—a covenant that says: I love you. I trust you. I will be here for you when you are hurting, and when I am hurting, I will not leave." It didn't matter if I was about to fall apart, Kagome was there.

"It is a covenant intended not to provide haven from pain or from anger and sorrow. Life offers no such haven. Instead, marriage is intended to provide a sanctuary safe enough to risk loving, to risk living and sharing from the center of oneself. This is worth everything."

Kagome is my everything. Of course she's worth it.

"Inuyasha Takahashi," the man addressed me, but I never took my eyes off Kagome who continued beaming up at me. "Will you take Kagome Higurashi, to be your lawful wedded wife? Will you love, comfort, honor and protect her; forsaking all others to be faithful to her until death do you apart?"

I would be there, holding out the chair for Kagome to sit in while her stomach was round with my kid inside. I would be there, rocking on a chair right next to hers when we were old and gray. I would stand by Kagome because I loved her—because she was the only one I could ever see being beside me.

Because without Kagome, where would I be?

"I do."

-X-

Yeah. This is it *slight sobbing*. I always get sad when I finish a story. I'm really glad you guys stuck with me and I kept my promise of not taking forever to update like I usually do. I really like writing stories in snippets so I hope you enjoyed this.

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