A/N: First off, I don't own Inuyasha or any of it's characters. Yada yada yada.

Next, this is my first Inuyasha fanfic. I love Inuyasha, but my exposure is limited to the episodes I have seen on Cartoon Network, thorough research of some wonderful and informative websites, and lots of really great fan fictions from you all. So I hope all you experts will forgive plot inconsistencies and any OOC, and just enjoy the story. Or not. Either way, I'd appreciate feedback. Who doesn't?

BTW, I am an adamant Inuyasha/Kagome fan, so don't expect anything else, no matter how much it's been done to death. I love good romance.


It was a beautiful, balmy afternoon in the Feudal Japan, a light breeze ruffling the grassy hillside. On the side of the hill, three people reclined, resting and recovering from their latest exertions. Curled into the side of one of the girls was a small kitsune, dreaming happy dreams of adventure. The other member of their party, a half dog demon with long white hair and small triangular ears on top of his head, lounged on a branch of a tree nearby. That morning they had battled a particularly nasty green demonic monster with glowing eyes and fangs that dripped something that looked like blood. They had eventually won the battle and had been rewarded with another shard from the Jewel, but it had left them wounded and exhausted.

Now with their wounds cleaned and bandaged, they were able to rest. The clash seemed like a faraway memory, as they enjoyed the calm of the afternoon, the warmth of the sun, and the fresh fragrance of the grass. As the sun began it's decent onto the horizon, the girl named Kagome sat up and shook out her long, dark mane, disturbing the kitsune Shippou at her side. She patted his head fondly as she frowned at the sun, then stood and stretched. As she grabbed her oversized pack and slung it over her shoulder, said quietly to her companions, "Well, gotta run. I'll see you guys in a few days!"

Her hopes of this last statement not reaching the sensitive ears of their companion in the tree were dashed when she saw a flash of red and white land in front and the familiar, "Where do you think you're going?" came from his sneering mouth. Amber eyes flashed at hers, trying as usual, to intimidate her with his fierceness.

Kagome sighed. 'Not this again.' However, since the well was in the opposite direction to where he stood, she ignored him, turned on her heel and walked away from him.

It took him a minute to register that she was not arguing with him, as she usually did. Not a good sign. How could he win if she wouldn't even play? This is not the way it's supposed to work. She was supposed to tell him she'd be back in a week, then he'd tell her she could be gone for 2 days, and then they'd argue for a while. Eventually they'd agree on 3 days, and then he usually found some reason to go and bug her after a day or so.

He couldn't help it ~ it got lonely without her. He just felt so empty every time he saw her disappear down the well. It drove him crazy to think she had another life on the other side ~ a life without him. And it always seemed that she couldn't wait to get away from him to go to it.

Kagome wasn't such a fool that she thought that would be the end of it. She wasn't the least bit surprised when he overtook her and once again blocked her path. "Inuyasha, please move. I don't have time to play this game today."

He narrowed his eyes at her, "Where are you going in such a hurry, bitch? You didn't mention that you had one of those "tests" today."

Another sigh, as she stepped to the side of him and kept walking. "I don't have a test. I have a dance to go to at my school." She loved dancing. She didn't care whom it was with; it always made her feel alive.

He spun and followed her, frowning. "What is a dance?"

"Inuyasha, surely you know what dance means! It's a kind of a festival, where they play music and everyone dances." This wasn't going too badly, not yet anyway.

Inuyasha did know about dancing. He had been to a festival at Kagome's family's shrine, and saw people dancing there. He brightened. "I will go with you, then." The thought of having Kagome with her arms around his neck and her head on his chest as they swayed to the music was very appealing to him, though he would rather give Tetsusiaga to his brother than tell her that.

"Why would you want to do that?" she asked out of curiosity. "This isn't like a regular festival. There won't be food booths there. Just dancing."

He was in front of her again. "So I can drag you back when it's over, of course." He rolled his eyes and crossed his arms, looking (so he thought) very formidable.

Kagome sighed, "Inuyasha, you can't go. You'd have to wear shoes. Anyway, I have a date." She said that last bit very quickly, hoping by some miracle that it would get past him. Ha!

He knew what a date was, too. She had explained to him before when she was supposed to have gone on one with Houjou, but was unable to make it because she was busy fighting for her life. A low growl came from his throat, and he shook with something like anger. He felt like a knife had just twisted in his chest. "NO! You are not taking time off of looking for shards so you can.can."

Kagome's anger flared. He didn't own her! According to him, he didn't even like her. What did he care what she was doing or who she was doing it with? But she refused to take his bait. Pushing down the string of insults she was ready to hurl at him, she just smiled sweetly at him. She reached up and stroked his cheek with her hand, and he didn't try to stop her. She reached up further and scratched lightly behind his ears. "I'm sorry, Inuyasha."

Oh the ecstasy of that feeling! It took every ounce of strength he had to keep from closing his eyes and purring. He had won, and he this was her way of apologizing to him! So intent on these feelings was he that he didn't notice that she while she was scratching his ears, she had slowly edged them around so that her back was to the well, and he was on the other side of her.

And he almost missed the rest of what she was saying, " From now on I will try to schedule my social life so that my dates coincide with yours and Kikyo's. So we won't lose any more valuable time. Maybe we can even double date." And with that she turned and covered the rest of the short distance to the well.

Inuyasha stood there sputtering, but recovered in time to see her dropping the pack into the portal. One giant leap, and he had put himself between Kagome and the passage back to her world. He opened his mouth to let go with a barrage, but only got out "Bitch." before she cocked her head to the side and said calmly, "Sit!" She then stepped over him and leapt into the well.