Disclaimer: I do not own Inuyasha and Co. I believe that honor goes to Rumiko Takahashi. I do, however, own Natasha, to be introduced later.

CHAPTER 1 - Kikyo and Kagome

Kikyo and Kagome walked to school as they did every morning, not saying a word, angry tension between them. As twin sisters, they looked exactly alike, but their personalities were exactly opposite. Kikyo was quiet and cold, uncaring and selfish. She didn't care about anything but what she wanted, and would only benefit herself, even at the cost of others. Kagome, on the other hand, was expressive and kind, and often gave herself up to help others, stranger or not. Kagome annoyed Kikyo to no end, and it was the other way around.

Kikyo could not attend school. She always required her pet snake. Without her, she lost the will to live. She would become ill and weak within an hour of not having her snake. It was the only thing she cared about, though no one knew why.

"Hey! Kikyo! Kagome!" came a voice. The source of the voice was InuYasha, half dog-demon.

Kagome watched as he approached. Demons have lived among humans for thousands of years. It was all Kagome ever knew. She and Kikyo had grown up with InuYasha and his brother, Sesshomaru. She got along with them as if they were her own brothers. She watched, amused, InuYasha as she interacted with Kikyo's dullness, nearly tripping over himself and trying to stay cool at the same time. After a few minutes of talking, InuYasha and Kikyo said their goodbyes and she went back home. Kagome and InuYasha walked across the grounds and to the school building, where they ran into Sesshomaru.

"Heh," was all InuYasha said before walking away, shooting a glare at Sesshomaru. Kagome watched after InuYasha, wondering why they never got along. She turned back to Sesshomaru.

"Hi, Sesshomaru," Kagome said, feeling a little shy. She wasn't sure why she started feeling this way. She always felt at ease with Sesshomaru. Why was it different now?

Sesshomaru looked down at her with his golden eyes. His face was soft, but his eyes were cold. She knew he could be heartless. He was quiet, hardly saying more than a few words. His deep voice could lull her to sleep, and it used to do so often.

"Kagome," he greeted. He walked to his own class.

As she walked into her classroom, she was bombarded by her best friends Sango and Miroku.

"We've missed you! Your grandpa said you're sick again," Sango said.

"Yes, indeed," Miroku agreed. "How're you feeling?"

"Heh… I'm fine," Kagome flushed. "Just a cold, is all." Truthfully, she'd been skipping class because she needed to get away from the drama of school. Her grandpa faked her sicknesses so she could be excused for her absences. At least it wasn't something outrageous.

She looked over at InuYasha, sitting by the window, staring out with his own golden eyes. It was amazing how he looked a little like Sesshomaru. Same white hair and golden eyes. Their similarities stop there. The biggest difference between them is Sesshomaru is a full demon, while InuYasha is half demon, with a demon father and a human mother. Kagome wondered if InuYasha's being a half demon had anything to do with why they didn't get along.

Kagome tried to pay attention as the teacher droned on and on. Class is so boring she thought. She wondered vaguely what Sesshomaru was doing. Wait! Why am I thinking about him? It's not like I like him or anything…

She shook her head and tried to bring herself back to the teacher's monotonous babblings. She had no idea what he was talking about. She would have to ask Sango to help her later, if she remembered. Maybe they could have a study group with InuYasha, Sango, Miroku, and Sesshomaru. Shippo, a fox demon adopted into InuYasha's family, would be there, and he would try to understand the high school stuff. He was eight, in human years. In demon years she had no idea. She smiled to herself when she thought about Sesshomaru. He was in a different class, a different grade. Why would he want to come along?

She frowned when she realized she wanted him there. Why? She couldn't quite get her mind around why she would want to be around him. She looked over at InuYasha again. He was tanner than Sesshomaru, and didn't have the markings on his face that Sesshomaru had. She sighed to herself as the bell rang to dismiss class. She ran out.

Kikyo was waiting for her as always. They had to walk to and from school together. It was mostly to get her out of the house. The bitter tension was broken when she heard her name spoken by a deep, quiet voice.

She froze, knowing that voice. She turned to face him.

"I must speak with you. Without her," Sesshomaru said simply. Kagome nodded and Kikyo walked away with a cold glare at Sesshomaru.

"I'll… uh, I'll catch up with you," Kagome called after her sister, who made no response.

He watched Kikyo walk away, then turned his eyes back to her.

"Kagome," he said. He seemed to falter. "Never mind." He finished, walking away.

Kagome stood there, watching him. She was utterly confused. She didn't understand what it was he wanted. He was always so indifferent, so emotionless. Why did he falter? What would make him lose his composure like that?

Sango and Miroku caught up to her. That must be it. He wanted privacy, but couldn't with those two.

"Hey, Kagome," Sango said. Her eyes narrowed, an almost inhuman growl escaped her, she turned to Miroku and slapped him with inhuman strength. Being a demon slayer, she was a very strong woman. Kagome laughed, knowing Miroku had groped her. Sango glared at Kagome for laughing.

"Sango, could you help me with the math homework? I don't get what he was saying," Kagome asked.

"Of course I'll help you, but it would be easier to understand if you weren't staring at InuYasha all the time!" She said smugly. Kagome nearly fell over.

"What?! I was NOT staring at InuYasha!" Kagome exclaimed, blushing madly.

"Yes you were," Miroku and Sango said in stereo.