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"Regular People Speech"
'Regular People Thoughts'
Chapter 3: Midoriko Returns
Naruto glared at the half-breed for his loud exclamation. The others weren't exactly pleased with the prospect of travelling with Sesshomaru but he could tell that they were at least considering it. After all, she was a Great Demon like Inuyasha's father and her mother; they would benefit from her strength and knowledge. If she did try to kill them, they could simply rely on Inari to tell her to back down.
"No! No! No way in hell! What the hell are you thinking?"
Inari withheld the urge to knock the brat unconscious but the temptation was growing harder to resist as Inuyasha loudly voiced reasons as to why they shouldn't travel with Sesshomaru. Did the brat really think that he could take down Naraku and others such as Sesshomaru with two humans, a young fox and an untrained priestess? Kilala could handle herself in a fight; she had been taught by both him and Midoriko so he wasn't quite so worried about her.
"She can't be trusted at all! She'd betray us at the slightest indication that we would die! Besides, we don't need help from a bitch like-"
"Inuyasha, SIT!" The Beads of Subjugation glowed before doing their job of slamming him several feet deep within the earth's crust. A strangled groan of pain could be heard from the crater formed and Kagome gained a tick mark. "SIT! SIT! SIT! SIT! SIT BOY!"
Sesshomaru quirked an eyebrow at the amount of pain the young human was causing Inuyasha. She didn't think that one of his friends would aid her, albeit indirectly. She had assumed that they would allow her to accompany them only because Inari would be there to keep her in check. 'They must be the most open-minded humans I have ever met…or the most naïve.' Nevertheless, she was slightly grateful to…Kagome…yes that was her name. Besides, why would she disobey the very demon she pledged herself to, the one who made her submit with nothing more than a simple look? 'Foolish little brother…you never did pay attention to significant events.'
Naruto found himself staring at Kagome as she continued to pummel Inuyasha into the ground with earth-shattering force. She was a bit like him; they were both damn scary when they got mad and right now Kagome was mad. Her hair seemed to flow like angry snakes as her chocolate colored eyes blazed with fury. Her aura had changed from a gentle and peaceful, which drew people in, to fiery and somewhat demonic. She looked…surprisingly beautiful. Naruto blinked. 'Okay, now it's official: I have a thing for strong and violent women.' He snapped out of his silent staring before turning to Miroku.
"Miroku," The young monk inclined his head, silently gesturing for him to continue. "Is this normal for you guys?"
Miroku sighed and nodded while Shippo bobbed his head excitedly. Sango seemed withdrawn and visibly jumped when Naruto tapped her shoulder. "Is something wrong Sango?" She blushed at the concern in his voice and at the sight of his body so close to her. She had never really interacted with the girls in her village and was totally unfamiliar with the strong feeling of attraction the blond demon made her feel.
"N-nothing's wrong Inari. I was just wondering…"
"Why does Kilala act as though she knows you?" The neko was comfortably perched on Naruto's head, pawing his hair and ignoring the annoyed glares Kurama was sending her. Naruto chuckled at Kilala's actions and scratched her ears, making her purr in satisfaction.
"Let's just say that Kilala and I are pretty close." He replied as Kilala leaned into his hand. Kurama finally snapped and, with a roar, leapt unto the neko that was getting too close to Naruto-sama. The two mini-demons rolled for a bit before detangling and glaring at each other with raised hackles.
Naruto sighed in exasperation before grabbing both Kurama and Kilala. "Behave…or else" The visible threat did the miracle of calming down the two demons immediately. Kurama, because he respected Naruto and followed his orders, and Kilala, because she did not want to irritate her friend.
Sango continued to watch Inari for a while, blushing slightly at his perfect body, before focusing on the same old scene of bickering between Inuyasha and Kagome. Miroku noticed her flushed face as well as the fact that she kept stealing glances at Inari. He frowned at the fact that Sango was attracted to their newest member and silently promised to make sure that she didn't come to love Inari.
-The Next Day-
After spending a day travelling, the group came upon what seemed like a destroyed village. The houses were nothing more than pieces of wood and straw while the inhabitants were reduced to nothing more than body parts. Naruto mentally snarled at the scene before him; it reminded him of the time when Pain destroyed Konoha while he had been undergoing Sage training. Sesshomaru picked up the slight change in her new Alpha's scent and made a mental note to ask later.
"What the heck happened here?" Everyone looked at Inuyasha with deadpan looks. Inuyasha looked at them and opened his mouth to talk only to shut up as the scent of wolves wafted through the air. Inuyasha drew Tessaiga as Miroku gripped his staff. Sango gripped her Hiraikotsu and Kagome notched an arrow while Kilala and Kurama transformed into their fighting forms (Kurama looks like a mini-Kyuubi but with paws, instead of hands, and five tails). Sesshomaru and Inari did nothing, merely looking at the wolves with boredom.
Inuyasha leapt into action, tearing through the formation of wolves, as Miroku and Sango acted as his support. Kagome fired arrow after arrow with pin-point accuracy as she picked off the wolves that attempted to escape or were too far away for the others to engage. Shippo, who was of no use in battle, sought refuge on Inari's shoulder's and watched as his friends took down the pack of wolves.
As several wolves were cut down by Inuyasha, a few retreated, avoiding Kagome's sacred arrows, before releasing a bloodcurdling howl. All fights ceased as the mournful sound echoed throughout the village. Naruto's eyes narrowed as he heard the sound of footsteps and quick-moving wind. 'I see…they were calling the Alpha of the pack. Judging by the large amount of youki centered in both his legs and right arm, it's likely that he has three shards…Inuyasha wouldn't stand a chance.'
Sesshomaru gazed with disinterest at the whirlwind that was approaching the group. She could catch the pungent scent of wolf demon and it made her grimace in disgust. The Great Dog Demoness wasn't bothered by the wind whipping about as the wolf demon drew closer and saw, from the corner of her eye, Inari looking at her with interest. She lightly flushed as his eyes remained fixed on her and averted her gaze from him. Naruto chuckled at her actions as the wolf demon stepped out of the whirlwind. He had blue eyes and black hair that was tied up into a ponytail with a brown cord. He wore a brown wolf pelt. He had a tail that is like a bushy wolf's tail, which was the same shade of brown, though it was in fact part of his body. He had a brown wolf fur head band and he wore silver and black armor. He also had brown wolf fur as shoulder plates. His ears were pointed and resembled those of Sesshomaru and other demons.
Koga looked at his slaughtered wolves with a neutral expression, surveying the corpses and survivors, before shifting his gaze to the group ahead of him. His gaze burned as he saw Inuyasha's Tessaiga stained with blood, which he identified as wolf blood. "Damn you dog demon."
Inuyasha smirked at the wolf's anger. "What are you gonna do about it? Kill me?"
"If you insist!" With a mighty leap, Koga appeared in front of Inuyasha and delivered a powerful reverse roundhouse kick. The attack hit Inuyasha and sent him flying. Kagome noticed that Koga had Shikon shards in his body.
"Be careful Inuyasha! He has two shards in both legs and another in his right arm!" Koga turned to the woman before him in disbelief. 'She can sense the presence of the shards!...This could be the break we always needed. I just have to kidnap that girl'
Unfortunately for Koga, Naruto had already figured out his new motives. He lightly growled, leaking out youki in a wild yet controlled manner. Koga turned to meet the one emitting youki only to bare his fangs at him. Sesshomaru realized that this was a fight between two Alphas, where no one was to interfere and the loser eternally acknowledging his loss. She spotted the demon-slayer readying her weapon and shot forward, grasping Sango's in a gentle yet firm manner. When she spoke, she raised her voice to warn everyone, even the recovering Inuyasha, about interfering.
"Stay back. This is a fight between two Alphas, not an average fight between demons. Any interference from members of their respective packs is noted as surrender. Let Inari-kun handle this fight." She noticed the way both Kagome and Sango glared at her for her term of endearment but easily ignored them. She desired a mate and Inari met and surpassed her expectations. She also found the fact that she was very powerless against him slightly arousing. Throughout her life, she had been the strong one; always being superior to the suitors who had come as potential mates and other beings. 'I'll be damned if I end up alone just because my insecurities get the better of me.' She thought to herself as she turned to watch the upcoming fight. 'I will become his mate and together we will lead the Western Lands to prosperity.'
Koga charged at Naruto, moving at speeds faster than that of most demons but slower than that of Sesshomaru's. He lashed out with his right arm for it to be blocked and followed up with a roundhouse kick that Naruto easily avoided. Naruto remained stationary, keeping his gaze on the impatient wolf, who kept on lashing out with flurry of punches and kicks that Naruto blocked, parried or dodged. Koga, growing increasingly frustrated with his lack of success, overextended his last attack which Naruto used to deliver a kick which sent the wolf sprawling. Everyone had a sudden feeling of déjà vu and their suspicions were confirmed when Naruto reached for Tetsusaiga.
Koga looked at his opponent with wary eyes; his instincts were screaming at him to watch out for the blond. His eyes widened as he saw youki flowing from his blade, forming the image of a huge grinning skull. "This is the end…Getsuga Tensho!"
The attack was unlike anything the young wolf demon had ever seen before. It took the shape of a crescent shape, albeit a completely black crescent, as it tore through the earth, moving at unbelievable speeds. Koga dashed to the side and watched with awe and some fear at the destruction caused by the powerful attack. His thoughts were broken when Inari blurred away and reappeared behind him, his sword already swinging. Koga's eyes widened once again. "Shi-!"
His words were cut off as the same black crescent sliced through his body, slashing muscles, tissue and bone as it continued on its path of destruction. (Think Ichigo vs. Grimmjow-Hollow Mask vs. Resurreccion, after Grimmjow decked Ichigo through about 4 of those structures)
The others watched the fight with awe, wonder and, in Inuyasha's case, jealousy. Sesshomaru smirked and the Shikon shards lit up once again, which was noticed by Kagome yet strangely unnoticed by the others. "Inari-kun sure is amazing isn't he Kagome?"
'Yes he…wait a minute! Midoriko, are you saying that you know Inari?'
"Of course I know him: he is my lover after all. However, since he is a demon who can have multiple mates, I won't mind sharing him if you decide to seek out his attention"
Kagome froze and slowly turned her gaze towards the shards with a blush on her face. Her blush deepened more when Midoriko sent a memory of Inari, whose true name was Naruto she realized, and Midoriko going at it like rabbits in heat. She tried to block their actions only to hear Midoriko's pleasured moans in the background of her mind. She silently cursed when she slowly became aroused and cursed even more when Sesshomaru turned to her with a little smug smile while Inuyasha was staring at her with a dumbfounded expression on his face.
Kurama smirked at how Naruto easily took out his opponent. 'That's what you get for thinking that you were worthy of achieving victory against Naruto-sama.' Kilala was already napping, assured of Naruto's victory.
Naruto gazed at the wolf lazily before asking, "Who are you?"
"My name is Koga, the leader of the eastern wolf demon tribe. May I know the name of my superior?" Koga requested as he slowly stood up. His body was in serious pain yet he was determined to not appear even weaker before Naruto.
Naruto smirked. "Call me…Inari." The minute Koga heard those words he immediately thanked the heavens that he was even alive and sank to the floor once again. He and other wolf demons had heard of the legendary Inari, a Greater Demon who transcended past his limits to become a god. He had always thought the tale was a myth, a story to encourage demons to go beyond their limits, but now he had undeniable proof that Inari-sama did exist.
"Leave my pack alone, Koga. Don't attempt to kidnap Kagome or any one of my companions…or else" The message was delivered and it was up to Koga to either ignore his demands and die along with his pack or respect them and possibly work together to achieve their goals. Koga gave a grim nod before calling out to the surviving wolves to retreat. Inuyasha made an attempt to pursue them, only for Inari to restrain him and allow the wolves to retreat.
-Later in the Day-
"Why the hell did you let him go?"
Naruto's brows were rapidly twitching at Inuyasha's incessant shouting. Ignoring the half demon, he looked over to Kagome and shot her a pleading look. She immediately understood his silent pleading and promptly said. "Sit boy."
The group breathed a collective sigh of relief at the silence in the atmosphere. Naruto abruptly tensed, prompting Sesshomaru to expand her senses in an attempt to locate the cause of her future mate's tension. She felt the urge to groan as she recognized the scent in drifting through the air and settled for a brief sigh of exasperation.
"Hello Mother."The other members tensed as they heard those words from the Great Dog Demoness. A figure slowly came out of the darkness, coming to a halt in front of Sesshomaru. She looked just as her daughter, making Naruto idly wonder if Sesshomaru was a carbon copy. The only difference which separated them was their choice of clothing and hairstyle. (Sorry, can't really describe it-just go with her appearance in The Final Act)
"Hello my daughter…we have much to discuss."
-The Next Day-
Everyone was staring at Sesshomaru as she returned to their camp with a nonchalant expression on her face. Their gazes intensified when she sat next to Inari, laying her head against his shoulder and snuggling into his body. Naruto blinked before shrugging and returned to a task he had been working on since last night: finding a method of giving Midoriko a body.
Kagome glared at Sesshomaru, who gave the females a smug look while she remained in the same position. She understood that it was in Naruto's nature to have more than one mate yet the concept still felt foreign and she found herself being irrationally jealous of the amount of time Sesshomaru spent with Naruto. Midoriko tried to explain that the order of mates did not determine how much love was directed to the mate but Kagome still found it irritating to see Sesshomaru always with Naruto.
Sango's thoughts ran along the same train. She was raised in a village of demon-slayers and was well aware of their mating system. She understood that it was Inari's deeply ingrained instincts which prompted him to seek out mates yet she found it quite irritating to see Sesshomaru openly gloating about the fact that she and Inari were quite comfortable with each other, to the point that he would allow her to rest on him. She wrestled with her emotions and insecurities for awhile before making a decision. 'I may not know him as well as you do Sesshomaru, but all that is going to change. I deserve to find some happiness and I won't stop trying until Inari accepts me as a mate.'
Naruto paused his contemplating, feeling a change in the wind. 'Something tells me that I'm going to be chased by several women.' Across the continent several demons, half demons and humans suddenly sneezed. (Lucky bastard)
"Halt fools! Who dares to trespass my territory?" Naruto and the others stopped and turned to see a sleek black panther charging at them. Miroku was instantly was instantly in front of the demon, his rosary beads off. "Wind Tunnel!" The beast was startled as it saw a hole in the monk's hand draw it in with incredible suction.
"Ha! Can't you aim at all?" Miroku's eyes widened as the demon fade before a person stepped into view. He had light blue spiky hair and light blue eyes, the latter including green lines below them, similar to the eye markings on the Panthera genus of cats. His attire consisted of a white hakama and a black sash; his white jacket was ragged with an upturned collar. The inner lining was black, the sleeves were rolled up, and the stranger wore it open, leaving his muscular chest revealed. (If you don't know who this is, you deserve to be clubbed to death especially if you're a Bleach fan.)
Sesshomaru's eyes narrowed as she saw the Great Demon before them. "Grimmjow…" She spat out, disgust evident in her voice. He narrowed his eyes as he took in the form of the bitch who humiliated him. He snarled at her and she growled in return, the action surprising even Inuyasha. Naruto quickly assessed the situation and decided to let Sesshomaru fight her battles.
"Sesshomaru," he called out, catching the attention of the two Great Demons, "Deal with him quickly…we don't have time to waste."
Grimmjow's mouth dropped in shock as he witnessed a stranger order Sesshomaru, one of the most powerful Great Demons with not even a twinge of fear, and not dying. His shock grew when Sesshomaru nodded at his order. She launched herself towards the panther demon, taking advantage of his shocked state to land what first seemed like one punch but was actually one hundred. Grimmjow flew through the air and Sesshomaru took to the skies, using her incredible speed to keep launching him into the sky.
Naruto grabbed Kagome's hand and led her through the vegetation as Sango, Kurama and Kilala followed. Miroku and Inuyasha stayed behind to offer support to Sesshomaru and to keep an eye on her respectively. "Where are we going Naruto-kun?" Naruto stilled and Kagome slapped her hand over her mouth, blushing fiercely as she recalled what she just said. Sango looked at Inari in confusion. Who was this 'Naruto' Kagome spoke of?
Sensing Sango's confusion, Kurama leapt unto her shoulders, earning himself a glare from Kilala which he ignored. "I bet you're wondering who Naruto is, huh?" Sango nodded; too surprised at the fact that Inari's familiar could speak. "Naruto is Inari's true name; Inari is more like a title he uses with those he's not familiar with."
Naruto stared at a fidgeting Kagome, before slowly looking at her jewel shards which seemed to glow in amusement and back to Kagome. "She told you, didn't she?" He deadpanned, making Sango and Kagome blink. Seeing Kagome still confused, Naruto took it upon himself to explain the situation about Midoriko to Sango.
Kagome snapped out of her daze when Naruto gently stroked her cheek. "Kagome," she blushed at his soft and gentle voice, "Could you please give me your jewel shards?" She looked at him in confusion, prompting him to explain. "I have a plan to bring Midoriko out of the Shikon no Tama. If you give me your shards, I'll have enough to make her a body. She'll be able to train you in using your powers as a priestess and can offer her input on the workings of the jewel."
After a bit of debating with Sango, Kagome turned to Naruto and nodded. She removed the bottle containing the shards they had and offered them to him. Naruto inclined his head and accepted the shards before setting them on the ground. He tapped a storage seal on his vest, causing the jewel shards he'd amassed appear beside Kagome's shards. He gripped Tetsusaiga and slowly drew the blade. The cloth fell away, as though controlled by his thoughts, and Naruto idly twirled the blade as he gathered the chakra necessary for the jutsu he had perfected and sworn to use only in special circumstances. "Kuchiyose: Edo Tensei."
-Sesshomaru vs. Grimmjow-
Grimmjow bit down another gasp of pain as Sesshomaru lashed at him with her poison claws. He was covered in his blood, which seeped through the numerous cuts he'd sustained all over his body. He cursed as Sesshomaru switched to long-ranged attacks, using her whip-like attack to send even more of her corrosive youki into his body. Grimmjow snarled and dashed forward, rearing his fist back for one last attempt. Sesshomaru vanished, evading Grimmjow's last attack and reappeared with her sword drawn. The two combatants stood still, neither moving an inch; until Grimmjow's head vanished as a small half-moon shaped void appeared exactly where his head used to be. Sesshomaru's last words before she sheathed her sword rang throughout the area.
-Naruto and the girls-
A huge coffin rose from the earth, earning astonished looks from the girls. Naruto reached out and grabbed the handle of the lid just as Sesshomaru, Inuyasha and Miroku appeared, the latter keeping as much distance from Sesshomaru as he could.
"What's going on?" Miroku asked in confusion as he saw Sango standing awfully close to Naruto. Inuyasha growled lightly as he saw Kagome getting close to Naruto yet wisely kept his mouth shut. Sesshomaru had an impassive gaze yet her eyes held an annoyed glint at the other females getting close to her soon-to-be mate.
Naruto smirked, sending pleasurable shivers down the backs of the females, and answered his question as he pulled back the lid. "Inuyasha, Miroku, Sesshomaru meet Midoriko, Priestess of the Shikon no Tama."
Miroku's eyes widened, Inuyasha looked stupefied and Sesshomaru…looked bored. In the coffin, the well-endowed body of Midoriko, clothed fortunately, stepped out and breathed in the fresh air with an overjoyed expression on her face. She slowly walked up to Naruto and wrapped her arms around him in a hug, to the slight annoyance from Sesshomaru. "Thank you for freeing me from the curse of eternal combat…Naruto-kun."
A/N: Okay, now that everybody knows Naruto's true name, only those who don't know him will refer to him as Inari-sama. His friends and mates will refer to him as Naruto.
The reason why Sesshomaru could use the Meido Zangetsuha? That…is a secret! All I can reveal is that it ties with what Sesshomaru and her mother discussed which will be revealed in due time.
Updated Harem list:
Toran (Eldest sibling of the Panther Devas)
If you guys have any other suggestion, please include them in your reviews. Please note that I am NOT pairing Naruto with any guy, Izayoi, Sesshomaru's mom, Kagome's mom and Tsubaki. I'm still on the fence with Kikyo but I'll let you guys offer some suggestions as to what to do with her. Koga and Inuyasha will try and win Kagome over as will Miroku try to gain some loving from Sango. Expect to see some male ass-kicking and major SITing for Inuyasha.
Note that Naruto will have several summons but will primarily use Kurama in battle. Sage mode will also be present and I may or may not have Naruto train a few people in ninjutsu. Physical features of the girls will be enhanced upon mating just like in The Return of a Legend. Also, for those who complained about Kurumu's bust size, shut up and move on cause I ain't changing it. So expect to see some major upgrades to the girls…soon (In about two more chapters or less…still haven't decided yet)