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The tension became incredibly thick as the hanyou in the red haori narrowed his eyes at the pair. Kagome gulped, bracing herself for his wrath. However, the hanyou by her side seemed more than relaxed, with a smirk adorning his stunning face. How much did this man smirk?
The angry and confused hanyou leapt towards them, and landed just in front of his future self, studying him carefully. Inuyasha of the future stayed put, and again, smirked at how jealous his old self had been.
After some time and a lot of sniffing around, the white-haired hanyou pointed at the black-haired version of himself. "You're very good. You look like me, smell like me and act like me! Kagome, who the hell is he?"
"You," she replied. The black-haired Inuyasha sent her a quick wink, causing Kagome to return a smile – which didn't go unnoticed by the very jealous hanyou.
"Stop flirting with this guy! He's as bad as Kouga, or that Hobo guy!" he growled. "Who are you and what do you want from Kagome? Spit it out!"
He was ignored as the hanyou of the future turned to Kagome.
"Was I really this immature and rude?" He shook his head slightly. "I can't believe it. How did you put up with me all the time?"
Kagome laughed. "It wasn't easy, but deep inside, you were always kind and meant well. I didn't care about your tough exterior. It was obviously just a cover."
They shared another laugh, causing the white-haired hanyou's eyebrow to twitch dangerously. When he couldn't stand it anymore, he pulled his Tetsusaiga out in one fluid motion and held the blade right in front of his future self's face.
"You are really starting to get on my nerves. I don't care what you have to say, but you are going down!" he roared.
"Uh Inuyasha? I don't think you'd want to kill yourself, right?" Kagome piped up after a moment of silence.
"What? Protecting this guy now? Who's he to you?"
Kagome resisted the urge to slap her forehead. Really, how many times did she have to tell him before he got the message through that thick skull of his?
"Inuyasha, I told you, this 'guy' is you. The future you. Who lives in my era. You are a hanyou after all, so it's perfectly sensible that you're still alive five hundred years later, right?"
Inuyasha narrowed his eyes but still didn't budge. His sword was still in the black-haired Inuyasha's face, who was currently, again, smirking at his own childishness five hundred years ago.
Realization dawned on the white-haired hanyou, which could be easily seen in his eyes. Finally, he understood, but he still wasn't convinced.
"How would you know this guy isn't a fake? I could've died within a few hundred years, right?"
Kagome paused. "I don't actually, but I trust you. And if I trust you, that means I trust the future you as well."
He snorted in reply but decided to put his sword away. Kagome sighed with relief when she saw that he wasn't going to kill himself.
"Can we just get going? We've wasted enough time here. So what if that's the future me. Whatever," he scoffed.
Confusion swam in Kagome's eyes. "Wait, aren't you excited or something?"
"Should I be?"
"It's not everyday that you see the future you! Don't you want to know what will happen to you?"
The white-haired Inuyasha rolled his eyes. "Like I said, whatever. I don't give a damn. Whatever happens, happens."
Kagome's eyes widened. "When did you start becoming so… so wise?"
When he opened his mouth to retort, his future self spoke up. "Kagome, let me talk to him – I mean – myself. There are still some vital things that both of you have to know about."
Kagome nodded eagerly, while the stubborn hanyou merely "Keh!"-ed.
"Inuyasha," the black-haired hanyou started. Okay, this is weird, talking to myself. However, he continued nonetheless. "After Naraku is defeated – yes he will be defeated –," he added as he noted how the white-haired version of himself started shine with delight. "Back to the point. After Naraku is destroyed, Kagome will be taken away. Technically, my meeting with Kagome wasn't supposed to happen today, so I didn't know that Kagome would disappear after Naraku died until the moment she did five hundred years ago. Also, from my memory, I've never met my future self in the past."
"I've noticed how strange everything is becoming. All this time travel is getting really confusing. I think that since the future hasn't happened yet, we can still change things. And now you know that Kagome will disappear on you."
The hanyou of the past frowned. "I don't get it. Could you get to the point and speak in less words?"
His future self mentally facepalmed. Was he really that stupid and dense? No wonder Kagome always went home!
"Just understand that Kagome will be gone after Naraku is gone. You'll be all alone for the next five hundred years. End of story."
The white-haired Inuyasha couldn't believe what he was hearing.
"What? You've got to be kidding me!"
His future self continued speaking with a shrug. "I thought you'd like to know, so I think you should treasure every moment you have with Kagome before she's taken away from you for a few centuries."
However, the stubborn Inuyasha was truly stubborn to the core. "I don't believe you."
The black-haired Inuyasha lost his cool. "Then don't. This is no time to be stupid, baka! You'll be missing Kagome every second after she's gone!"
"But she won't be gone," came the firm reply. "She won't."
Inuyasha of the future came up to Kagome and stroked her cheek gently. "I've been waiting for five hundred years for you. But I still want you to help destroy Naraku first. Afterwards, when you do come back for good, I'll be here. You won't be alone for an instant." He promised, sincerity ringing in his voice.
Kagome didn't notice how tears had crept into her eyes. "B-But this is so unfair! You'd have to wait for so long, and I don't!"
He smiled at her softly. "Don't cry for me, I'm not worth it. Just know that I'll always be here, right by your side."
"Thank you," she replied as he pulled her in for a warm embrace.
Both of them were so absorbed in their own little world that they failed to notice a furious Inuyasha by their side.
"Oi! Stop it! NOW!" he growled, cracking his knuckles. Future self or not, no man had the right to touch Kagome like that except him.
The black-haired hanyou simply chuckled. "Go, Kagome, before I get killed by myself."
Kagome smiled gently in return as she leaned in to kiss his cheek softly.
"Kagome, I love you, I really do."
Her eyes widened in shock. "W-What do you mean? Isn't Kikyou – "
A gentle finger was placed on her lips, silencing her doubts. "That was when I was still immature and I didn't notice who was the one for me. There's no doubt that you are the one I'm destined to be with. Don't mind that guy," he gestured to the hanyou in the red haori. "He was still way too dense to understand everything clearly. I'll be here for you. Always."
Kagome blushed prettily. "I think you know this too, but I lo – "
The hanyou of the future clamped his hand on her mouth, preventing her from speaking. "Hush Kagome. I didn't say that just so I could hear you say those words too. When the time is right, I promise I'd love to hear you say what you want now. But now is not the time. Trust me."
"I'll be back really soon," she smiled at him.
"I know," his lips upturned in a gentle smile of his own. "But before then, take care of me. I was thoughtless and reckless before."
A vein was throbbing dangerously in the white-haired hanyou forehead. He had had enough. And enough meant enough.
He yanked Kagome out of the black-haired Inuyasha's arms and glared at him furiously. "What was all that for? Keep your hands off of Kagome!"
A smirk was the only reply as his future self waved goodbye to Kagome. "I'll see you soon Kagome."
She tried to wave back but Inuyasha had already dragged her back into her house. He slammed the door shut and turned to face a dreamy-looking Kagome.
When Kagome snapped out of her daze, she finally noticed a very pissed off hanyou staring at her.
"Well, what is it?" she asked with a smile.
"You – you – Feh!" was all she got in reply.
"Yea? What is it?" she urged.
"Nothing," Inuyasha said, murmuring under his breath.
She gave him a look before she smiled again. "You're sulking."
"You are, and if I'm not mistaken, you're jealous."
"W-What?" He spluttered, trying to hide his red face. "No way! I – I was just, well, you know – "
"Hush," she placed a finger on his lips. She kept on smiling as she realized where she had learned this move. "Don't be mad. That was you, you know. So when I admitted my feelings to him, I was talking to you as well."
If it were possible, Inuyasha turned even redder, his face turned away from Kagome in embarrassment.
"I love you, Inuyasha," she stated simply.
A sharp inhale was heard from her hanyou. She leaned against his shoulder. When he didn't push her away, she took it as a good sign.
"Kagome, I – I love you and – "
"No, not now," Kagome interrupted him again, trying her best to ignore her loud, beating heart. "You still have feelings for Kikyou, and what you say now is just what you feel that you have to say. I don't want you to feel pressurized or anything, so just don't, okay? Tell me when you're sure that it's me, and not Kikyou in your heart."
"But I do lo– "
"It's okay, I understand. But I know you still l – love Kikyou," her voice cracked as she felt something break in her heart. "That's why if you said that now to me, and ran off to see Kikyou tomorrow when we go back, it'll hurt even more."
He was at loss for words. How could he comfort her when he knew perfectly well that her words were true?
"I'm sorry, Kagome. I care for you a lot, and I promise to protect you with my life. Let me say this at the very least," he vowed.
Kagome nodded against his shoulder, a sad smile on her face. "And I promise to be by your side…until Naraku is destroyed, that is."
Inuyasha frowned, not liking the sound of that as the prospect of spending half a millennium without Kagome finally sank in.
"Keh! Who said that that was really going to happen? Didn't you hear that guy? He said that things are changing, which means that it's up to us to change the future. I swear I won't let you disappear on me, and that's final," he stated firmly.
Kagome smiled at his confidence. She really loved this man beside her.
"Say Kagome…" he trailed off.
"What is it?"
He paused, as if debating whether or not to say it. "It's nothing."
Kagome rolled her eyes. "Yea, and I'm a cat. What is it? Just say it."
When he still didn't speak after a few moments, Kagome threatened, "If you don't spit it out, I'll it you."
Shuddering at the memory of being sat by her for at least ten times that morning, he agreed to speak. "."
He growled, frustrated. He really didn't want to repeat what he had just said.
"I wanted to know if you like him or me more."
When she didn't answer immediately, he stood up. "That's fine. He looked much stronger, and he had a clever way with words. I understand."
He started to walk towards the door when Kagome's small hand slid into his.
"Inuyasha, I told you you were jealous of yourself."
He scowled but didn't attempt to prove her wrong.
She sighed. "You're really silly at times. I like both of you just as much. Both of you are the same man. Sure, he's different in a way, but he's still you. Inuyasha. I wouldn't change either of you for anything."
"But you kissed him!"
"So would you like me to kiss you now?"
His heart stopped. Then it started again at a much quicker pace.
"I – I didn't mean – "
He was cut off once again as he felt her warm lips touch his cheek gently. His eyes widened in shock.
"There, all done," Kagome smiled up at him. He tried to speak, but her beauty stunned him into silence. She was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Kikyou was nothing compared to her. Sure, Kikyou was beautiful, but Kagome had flushed cheeks, sparkling brown eyes and a warm smile that enlightened his world.
"I think we really should get going. Have you rested enough yet?"
Her eyes widened at his gentleness.
"Yes, thank you. How about your injuries?"
"They were just scratches," he shrugged nonchalantly. "Besides, why were you mad at me this time?"
Kagome had totally forgotten she was supposed to be mad.
"Oh, that," she smiled. "It's nothing now. I did say that I wouldn't change either of you for anything."
He gave her a queer look but decided that since she wasn't angry anymore, it would be best not to pry.
He held her hand gently as both of them stepped outside.
"Besides, is all that ramen for me?" He grinned like a child who heard that Christmas came early. Kagome had also forgotten that she had left her shopping bags outside, and the hanyou of the future had left most of the ramen there as well, taking just a few boxes with him. At the sight of the bags, she remembered how it was Inuyasha who had paid for everything, so technically, it was all his.
"Sure, it's all yours," she smiled at him.
The dazzling smile that he returned made her breath hitch in her throat. He was her hanyou, her Inuyasha, and she would be with him forever, both in the past, the present, and the future.
~ Fin ~
"[Love] is an ever-fixèd mark…Love's not Time's fool" ~William Shakespeare