"Inuyasha, can we stop for the night?" Kagome sighed, brushing her bangs out of her eyes. "We've been walking through the forest for hours; we need to step up camp somewhere."

"Keh, weak human always complaining about something or other," Inuyasha muttered, trudging through the thick grass of the forest.

"What did you say?" Kagome said, glaring at the back of his head.

"I said you're a weak human always complaining about something!" he shouted.

"SIT!" Inuyasha slammed into the ground, his mouth full of grass as Kagome walked around him.

"What the heck was that for!"

"You're being a jerk to me again!" She rounded on him suddenly, glaring daggers at Inuyasha causing him to take a step back. " I'm sorry I don't have demon blood in me, I'm sorry I don't have your kind of strength or stamina to go walking through the forest for twelve hours straight without taking a break. But I am human. If Miroku or Sango was here, they'd be tired too!"

Inuyasha grunted, knowing Kagome was right. Miroku, Shippou, and Sango had gone back to the demon slayer's village to fix her hirakotsu, which was damaged in the last battle with Naraku's henchmen. But if they were here, they would be tired also. "Fine," Inuyasha muttered. "I know a place we can stay for the night."

"You know a place in the middle of the forest?" Kagome asked.

"No wench, when you get outside of the forest there's a cave that we can stay in. I used to stay in it before Kikyou sealed me to the tree. "

"Oh," Kagome said softly, walking along side him. They walked together in a comfortable silence, neither one of them speaking. Thunder clapped above them, startling Kagome. "CRAP!" she yelled as the rain quickly began to soak them. "WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN TO US?"

"Stop yelling!" Inuyasha said, his ears flattened against his head to avoid her now shrill voice. "We're not too far from the cave," he sighed, shifting Kagome's enormous yellow bag on his shoulder.

They walked faster now, the trees overhead not providing much protect from the rain. Suddenly Kagome screamed, a high-pitched, pain filled scream that had Inuyasha dropping her bag and drawing his Tetsusaiga. "Kagome what's wrong?" he said, grabbing her arms as she dropped to her knees.

"My l-leg," she stuttered, her hand wrapped near her ankle. "Something bit me." Inuyasha sniffed the air, smelling Kagome's blood as it dripped out of the bite and something vaguely familiar. 'A snake youkai bit her!' he thought, glancing around the thick grass for it.

"Kagome, move your hand; let me see the bite." Two small puncture bites could be seen just above her ankle, blood slowly leaking out of it. Inuyasha could smell the venom in the bite, slowly spreading in her body.

"I think I'm okay Inuyasha, it doesn't hurt as much anymore," Kagome said, attempting to stand. Inuyasha swept her into his arms, grabbing her bag with one hand, and began running toward the cave. "Inuyasha! What are you doing, I said I'm fine."

"You're not fine Kagome; you were bitten by a snake youkai. Its venom is in your body and if you move around too much you're just gonna spread it more. I need to get it out of you."

Kagome paled, thinking about the venom in her body. "How are you going to get the venom out?" she asked, looking up at Inuyasha's face.

"I have to suck it out of your wound," he said softly.

"What!" Kagome exclaimed as the rain fell harder. The trees overhead thinned out as they reached the end of the forest. "Are you serious?"

"Do I look like I'm joking?" he said sarcastically, looking down at Kagome's pale face. "If I don't suck the venom out things are gonna get bad for you," he said softly, his brow furrowing. "I have to take care of you."

'He's really worried,' Kagome thought, snuggling closer to his chest, her eyes closing.