To say that Sango took the news well about
her brother would be a complete understatement. Not only was she heartbroken
beyond return, she also would not look in Inuyasha's direction, her anger also
coursing through her veins alongside her heartbreak.
To all of their amazement,
Sesshomaru had offered in his usual nonchalant manner to revive the boy with
tenseiga. Sango had perked up at the thought, but Riquo quickly shot down the
idea, stating that the boy's memories of destroying his village members would
torment him the rest of his life and inevitably destroy him. Sango would
not look at Riquo after that either. It was then that Inuyasha reluctantly
pulled Sesshomaru off to the side to tell him that there was nothing left
of the boy to revive. After that Sesshomaru nodded and took his leave with out
another word towards any of them.
Kagome regained consciousness less
than an hour later, and cried out happily to learn that Inuyasha had defeated
Naraku but mourned with Sango for the loss of her brother.
Kagome leaned against Kouga's
breastplate rubbing her temples, "What about the jewel shards? Did you find
Inuyasha shook his head, "No, I
can smell them but I don't want to risk overlooking one so we decided to wait
until you woke up so you could get them all."
Kagome nodded and with the help of
Kouga managed to get to her feet, "Kouga and I will go retrieve the
jewels from the castle, you guys stay here and rest up."
Miroku stood in protest, "Kagome
you really shouldn't be-"
Kagome waved her hand in
dismissal, "Miroku, I am not weak and I am not badly wounded. I think picking
up a few shards with Kouga's help won't kill me."
Miroku nodded in content though he
would have preferred that they all go. Kouga lifted Kagome into his arms and
was about to take off towards the wreckage of Naraku's castle when Sango spoke
"What about your shards, Kouga,"
Sango said glaring at the wolf demon.
None of them spoke, just looked at
each other confused. It was understood that Kouga's shards would have to be
surrendered when the time came for the Shikon Jewel to be completed, but none
of them had fully realized that that time was here, nor did they know how to
confront the issue.
Kagome cleared her throat in
annoyance at the slayer, "Not yet Sango. But soon."
Sango hissed angrily, "What's the
matter? Afraid of being defenseless and weak, Kouga!" She spat his name with
such malice that Miroku visibly flinched at her tone.
"Enough damnit!" Inuyasha
interjected into the fight that was boiling, "All of you cut the temperamental
bullshit. Naraku is dead, there is no reason to be bitter-"
"OH! Of course not for you
Inuyasha!" Sango exploded, "You get what you've been after for years! The
sacred jewel is on the brink of being complete and then you can make your wish
and live happily ever after! What about the rest of us, huh?! I lost my entire
village over that damn jewel! You murdered my brother, you get your
jewel, everything is wonderful for you!"
Inuyasha staggered back from
Sango's verbal assault, speechless. All eyes were on the seething Sango, the
jewel forgotten as well as everything else.
Riquo made the mistake of walking
up behind Sango and placing a hand on the slayer's shoulder, "Look, Sango-"
She got no further. Sango
instantly whirled around, Hiraikotsu in her grips, slamming the giant
boomerang into Riquo's side. Boomerang met bone with a painful crack, knocking
the panther hanyou off her feet and falling into Miroku for the second time
"Sango no!" Kagome shouted.
Inuyasha was moving instantly, but
a movement out of the corner of his eye made him falter and stop short of the
slayer as a transformed Kilala planted herself between a battle-ready Sango
and the fallen Riquo. Sango also faltered in her second attack as the fire cat
snarled at her mistress.
Kilala growled low, in a surreal
Sango stuttered in confusion,
"Kilala, I...I don't understand."
Kilala whined again. Sango's eyes
averted back to Riquo as the hanyou, with the help of Miroku, raised herself
onto her elbows. Riquo winced, panting to catch the breath that was knocked
out of her from the giant boomerang.
"She...she's trying to...to talk
to you..." Riquo stammered in pain, "she said...that...she-she has an
obligation...as a cat...and...and as an elder...to protect her kin..."
"What?" Sango spat.
Riquo gasped for air, holding her
wounded side, "Do you always make an attack...on those who are already down?"
True...all of them were weak and
weary from the battle with Naraku, and it was a little rash for Sango to
attack one of her own, especially when they were down.
Sango hissed angrily, ignoring the
injured hanyou's comment, "Tell me what this means!" she shouted gesturing to
the fire cat who still had not backed down from her stance.
Riquo took a steady breath,
"Kilala, is one of the eldest cat demons still living, with many years still
to come before her. Cats, demon, hanyou or domestic are all kin to each other.
In the days when the first demon cat leaders ruled, Kilala was there. She
witnessed the leaders make a pact, a promise to all cats if you will. Every
cat, regardless of its stance or nature, has an obligation to protect their
Riquo met Sango's fearful gaze
full-on, "I know Kilala has been your companion for a long time, but cats will
even disobey their masters for their own kin."
Kilala, still facing Sango,
growled an affirmative. Sango shakily relaxed her stance, dropping her weapon
to the ground.
Kagome wrestled herself out of
Kouga's grasp and ran over to Riquo, "Riquo, tell Kilala to back off! This
isn't necessary, Sango wouldn't willingly try to hurt us!"
Riquo and Miroku gave Kagome a
questioning glance, wondering if she'd seen Sango knock Riquo to the ground or
not. Nevertheless Riquo growled low in her chest, which caused the angry fire cat
to relax her stance as well.
Sango dropped to her knees,
despair washing over her like dirty water and began to weep. Inuyasha finally
felt free to move over to Riquo without getting injured by the slayer. In
passing Kilala, the fire cat brushed past Inuyasha's leg and stalked to the
hysterical demon slayer and nuzzled her mistress's cheek.
Sango looked up into the red
feline eyes that stared at her, "I-I understand Kilala. Please forgive me, for
attacking one of your...kin."
Inuyasha knelt next to his
battered lover, "Riquo..."
Riquo waved him off, placing a
hand on his, "I'm ok, Inuyasha. Walking may be an issue, but I'll be fine,"
Riquo jerked her head towards the crying slayer.
Inuyasha sighed, "Sango-"
Sango raised a hand, silencing
him. Kilala lowered herself, allowing her mistress to get on, with Hiraikotsu
strapped to her back. Everyone stared, not really knowing what was happening.
Sango's eyes swept over her friends, Inuyasha, whom she trusted with her life,
had done her and her brother a favor, and she now realized that.
The slayer's eyes fell on Kouga,
and she hoped he was the one to make Kagome happy, because she above everyone
else knew Kagome deserved to be made happy.
When Sango's eyes met Kagome's
tear-streaked face she too began to cry again. This had been her best friend
and her companion for years. She confided all her deepest secrets and desires
to this girl from the future.
Sango wept when her eyes met
Miroku's and she forced herself to look away. Despite her angry attempts to
steer the monk's lust away from her, she loved him. She didn't know if she
could have ever had him, but she did love him.
When the slayer's eyes met the
panther hanyou's eyes, she gathered all the strength that remained in her body
and simply whispered, "Forgive me."
Miroku stood immediately, knowing
what was about to happen, "Sango no!"
Without so much as a word or a
second glance, Sango turned her head away from them as Kilala launched herself
into the air away from her friends and the life she had once led.
"SANGO!!" She winced hearing the
desperate monk shout her name. Tears leaked from her eyes, but the wind dried
her tears before they traveled further down her cheeks. Sango straightened her
spine and squared her shoulders. She had betrayed her friends, again. Sango
would not allow herself to hurt them again so she decided to distance herself
as much as possible.
She patted Kilala's neck, "Kilala,
take me home."
The next few moments after Sango had disappeared from sight went by in a
tearful blur. After gawking for several moments at Sango's retreating form,
Kagome without a word turned to the direction of the castle debris and went to
collect the rest of the jewel shards alone. Miroku kept trying to chase after
Sango with Inuyasha keeping him back and the two arguing back and forth. Kouga
had stayed with Riquo, performing a kind of physical therapy and helping her
to walk and breathe properly. He also confirmed that she had indeed broken
three ribs on her bruised and swollen side.
Miroku and Inuyasha stopped
arguing when Kagome came back into view, her hands cupped together in front of
her and something long draped over her arm. She walked past Inuyasha and
Miroku over to where Riquo and Kouga were hobbling towards her. Inuyasha and
Miroku followed and soon all four of them were gathered around Kagome.
In her hands was the sacred jewel
that Naraku had possessed as well as the few pieces that she herself
possessed. Miroku gasped at what lay across her arm. It was Kohaku's chain
scythe. Miroku placed a hand on the scythe and glanced at Kagome, "Lady
Kagome simply nodded and Miroku
took the chain scythe off her arm. Kagome took a deep breath, her hands
shaking with the shards in them. She glanced around at all of her companions,
except one, she thought sadly.
"So," she said, "should we
complete this right here and now?" Kagome looked around at each of them,
knowing how apprehensive they were about this jewel shard, which had caused
them so much pain with their search for it.
Miroku nodded, "Yes, yes I think
we should," and took out the three jewel shards he'd kept in his robes for so
long and surrendered them to Kagome's cupped hands.
Kouga signaled for Inuyasha to
support Riquo's weight and help her stand as he'd been doing, and bent down to
pluck the two shards out of both of his legs. This made Inuyasha speechless,
and Kouga nodded at him in understanding.
Inuyasha cleared his throat
nervously, "Is that all of them?"
Kagome closed her eyes, lifting
her head and expanding her senses as far as they would go. She smirked, so
Naraku had actually done them a favor and just wanted to get rid of them to
get the remaining jewel shards that they had with them.
Kagome opened her eyes again,
"Yes, yes this is all of them," only to close them and began to pray out loud.
The four of them could only stare as Kagome prayed for everything she held
close to her, for the purity of the jewel and its uses. A strong, lavender
light began to shine from her cupped hands while she prayed.
Inuyasha hugged Riquo close to
him, his lips against her forehead. Whatever happened in these next few
moments was going to change them forever, hopefully for the best.
The light from Kagome's hands
receded back to where the now completed sacred jewel lay in one of her palms.
They gawked at the jewel, whole and pure, genuinely pure. Kagome smiled
and held out her palm to Inuyasha, who reared back, taking a few steps away
from the jewel.
Kagome arched an eyebrow, as did
everyone else, "Inuyasha, what you have worked so hard for is finally
complete. I have only been here to finish my part of the deal. Now you can do
with it what you wish."
Three pairs of eyes averted to
Inuyasha now. Inuyasha shook his head, "No."
Kagome cocked her head to the
Inuyasha shook his head again,
"No. I am not Naraku. Any wish made with that jewel will have a consequence,
whether the wish is pure or impure. All I want is for it to be destroyed."
Riquo smiled, winking at Kagome
and hugged Inuyasha closer to her. Kagome smiled as well and nodded, "Very
well, Inuyasha. If that is what you want."
Inuyasha nodded, "But...how do you
Kagome smiled again and winked at
Riquo, "That's where our little sorceress comes in."
Riquo's face fell, "Sorceress?? Oh no, no Kagome
you must have me confused with someone else! I hardly know enough magic to do
much of anything! I mean-"
She was interrupted as Kagome
walked up and placed a hand over her mouth, "Riquo, you know. It's all in your
mind, just dig it out."
With that she pushed the jewel
into Riquo's hand. Inuyasha unhooked her other arm from around his waist and
held her upright by her waist so she had use of both her hands.
"You put your bracelet back
together. You can do this Riquo. You can do anything," Riquo closed her
eyes as Inuyasha whispered in her ear.
She cupped her hands around the
jewel, shaking at the power she knew she had in her palms but resisted what
the demon side of her clearly wanted.
Riquo drew in a shaky breath,
thinking back to a time of learning...when her mother went over an entire book
of spells that were now locked deep inside the back of her mind.
She could picture it now, her and
her mother sitting underneath a grass canopy on the beach shore, the wind
playing with her and her mother's hair. The fresh smell of the sea water
tickling the young hanyou's nose and the sounds of the beach causing her
little panther ears to swivel to and fro.
It was a beautiful day out, the
sun was shining and gently baking the little hanyou's skin even under the
grass canopy. Her mother sat behind her, reciting with her the spells on the
old pages of the worn book and making her daughter perform some of the gentler
Riquo saw every page that turned,
as her mind sped up the scene all the spells came back to her now renewed
memory. Then she saw her late mother close the fragile book and clap her hands
for her hanyou daughter. The little Riquo got up and danced around her mother
and then danced in the shallow crystal water that circled her home island.
The image of her much younger self
began to black out as Riquo came back to where she was in Inuyasha's arms in
front of her new friends next to the debris of Naraku's castle.
Riquo gasped as she came back to,
"I know the spell. I know all of them now," she whispered.
Kagome smiled confidently, "I knew
you could do it, Riquo."
Riquo smiled but lacked the
confidence that Kagome had in hers, "But...from the previous battle and
getting hit with Sango's weapon, I'm too weak to perform a spell like this.
This spell is very powerful and in my condition I cannot perform the spell
until I'm fully healed."
Inuyasha gently squeezed her hips,
"We don't have to do it here. We'll go back to Kaede's village, recover and
then perform the spell."
"I don't know if that's such a
good idea, Inuyasha," Kouga said looking around with a glare, "you yourself
have seen how ferociously demons fight for only a shard of that jewel. If we
travel with it, then they'll be attacking us in the thousands."
Riquo shook her head, "We have no
choice, I need to recover before performing this spell. We all need time to
rest," Riquo took a weary glance at Miroku. He'd been on his feet in an
impatient manner the whole time, clutching the chain and scythe to his body
like a lifeline.
"Miroku, can you summon Hachi for
us again? Surely he will sense Naraku's presence is no longer here and won't
be afraid to come this far."
Miroku relaxed a little, though he looked dejected
and simply nodded and took out his whistle, glancing at Inuyasha, Riquo and
Kouga momentarily to see that they covered their ears again while he blew into
Riquo winced at the noise. She was
leaning heavily against Inuyasha since he had used his own hands to cover his
Once Miroku put the flute away,
the three demons relaxed and Inuyasha wrapped his arms around Riquo's waist to
support her once again. Riquo gave Kagome the sacred jewel back and smiled.
"I'd rather not be holding on to
that while we travel. It's power makes me a little nervous."
Kagome nodded, "I understand-"
Kagome was interrupted as Miroku
cleared his throat gently, "If I may say, I will not be-"
"HERE I AM MASTER!"
All of them whirled around to see
the transformed Hachi crest over the treetops and land himself next to the
Inuyasha did a double-take, "How
the hell did you get here so fast?"
Hachi, still transformed, puffed
with pride, "I was already on my way the moment I felt Naraku's aura
disappear. I knew my master would be in need of my services once the battle
Miroku chuckled lightly and patted
is friend on the head, "Hachi, I am impressed."
Inuyasha raised an eyebrow as a little speck came
bounding off the back of Hachi. Myouga landed on top of Riquo's head and
hopped up and down in front of Inuyasha's face, "Master Inuyasha! Master
Inuyasha! You did it! You defeated Naraku! I am so proud of you Master
Inuyasha, indeed I am!"
Riquo giggled and gently picked up
the tiny flea in between her two claws and held him in the palm of her hand,
"Let me guess Myouga, you're here with Hachi because you no longer are afraid
of Naraku's presence either, right?"
Myouga stood as tall as his little
flea body would allow, "I have no problem admitting that yes that is indeed
Riquo snickered and leaned back to
whisper to Inuyasha, "Return of the cowards, ne?" and earned a chuckle from
Kagome broke up the light
conversation by stretching and reminding everyone that they needed to rest and
destroy the jewel as soon as possible. They all nodded in agreement and
climbed on top of Hachi's back with more difficulty then they imagined,
especially since Inuyasha almost dropped Riquo when he grabbed a ticklish spot
and she spastically convulsed in a fit of giggles.
Once boarded onto Hachi's back,
Kagome noticed Miroku standing next to Hachi's head. He was quietly talking to
Hachi, the giant beast nodding sadly.
"Miroku?" Kagome asked gently.
Miroku glanced at her sadly, and
patted Hachi before speaking with her, "I'm sorry Kagome, but I will not be
joining you and the others back to Kaede's village," Miroku squared his
shoulder's and continued, "I'm going to go find Sango, and bring her back to
Inuyasha scoffed at the monk, "Are
you crazy! Did you not see what she--oof!"
Inuyasha was cut off from an elbow
to the gut by Riquo and a vicious glare from Kagome. Riquo rolled her eyes and
nodded at the monk, "You know where she went then?"
Riquo jerked her head forward,
"Then give her our love, and bring her back to us Miroku."
Miroku nodded and took several steps back as Hachi
levitated off the ground. He waved goodbye to them, nervous and sad about
being departed from his friends.
Kagome cupped her hands around her
mouth and shouted, "Good luck, Miroku!"
Miroku nodded and then turned his
back once his friends had disappeared over the horizon and retreated into the
forest to find their rogue slayer.
Kaede, never one to refuse someone in need
whether it be human, hanyou or demon, was in a little over her head when her
young friends came barging into her hut battered and bruised and a little
worse for wear.
For instance, and this is a mystery to them all, Kagome promptly passed out
the moment she slipped off Hachi's back and onto Kouga in a crumpled mess,
leading the rest of them to believe that she'd strained herself just to stay
conscious enough to get the jewel in one piece and to make sure they made is
safely to Kaede's. Hachi, nervous as always, was reluctant to leave his
master's friends but was bid to go on his way and thanked for his help.
Kagome was placed on one of the many futons in Kaede's small hut and
immediately seen to by Kaede and the hysterical Shippo.
Riquo wasn't any better. Driven by her instincts to protect those around
her, she too had fought against the blackness of unconsciousness until all
of them were safely inside Kaede's hut. Once Kagome had been placed on the
futon, Riquo was next to collapse onto the futon next to her friend and was
out before her head landed on the pillow. Even with her half-demon healing
abilities, Riquo was obviously going to be out for quite some time.
Ironically enough, it was the men of the group that were better off than the
women and even helped Kaede the best they could after she tended as best she
could to their already healing wounds.
Inuyasha, wanting to help his injured lover heal faster, kept making trips
to get water and herbs with Shippo (mostly because he felt the kitsune
wouldn't be fast enough). Kouga settled himself next to Kagome's sleeping
form, mixing herbs and applying them on her body along with Kaede since the
old women couldn't tend to everything at once.
In the conclusion of several hours, with both Inuyasha and Kouga exhausted,
Riquo and Kagome's wounds were cleaned and bandaged with a damp cloth on
both of their heads and little sacks of herbs on their eyes. To the ignorant
eye, it looked like the two females were being unbelievably pampered by
their lovers. But of course, not one villager was allowed to come near the
hut as long as Inuyasha and Kouga were in it. Even Shippo was being
protective of his surrogate mother and his new hanyou friend.
Inuyasha and Kouga took turns keeping guard at the door while the other
rested. When a few hours passed and the other woke, the one who had been
guarding would assist Kaede in changing, cleaning, and reapplying bandages
before dozing off next to their own lover. Shippo slept with Kagome in her
futon, only waking when it was Kouga's turn to rest and then settled in the
wolf prince's lap, both of them promptly dozing off.
This pattern went on for almost two days. On the second day after they had
arrived at Kaede's, Riquo was the first of the two girls to wake.
The sun was bright outside, sneaking in through the straw curtain that was
Kaede's door and drifting across Riquo's face. Even with the tea sacks on
her eyes, Riquo still felt the sunlight burn through her lids and scrunched
her eyes away from the brightness.
Inuyasha, who had been on guard at the door of the hut, swiveled his ears
back to listen to Riquo's uneven breathing as she roused from her sleep.
Immediately he was by her side, lifting off the tea sacks and wiping the
cloth that was over her head across her face and neck.
"Riquo?" he whispered gently.
Riquo peeked an eye open at him and then opened the other smiling at him
gently, revealing her fangs, "Hi."
Inuyasha smiled back at her, "Hi."
Riquo, energetic with her renewed strength sat up and stretched, wincing as
the two-days worth of kinks popped throughout her body.
Yawning wide and scratching her head she asked, "How long was I out?"
"Two days," Inuyasha smirked as his lover's disheveled appearance.
Riquo glared at him and then went wide-eyed as her memory came back to her
and she realized everything that had happened.
Immediately she whirled around to where Kagome still lay asleep on her
futon, startling Kouga out of his slumber but not fazing the young kitsune
in his lap.
"Has she woken up at all?" Riquo asked shakily.
Kouga shook his head and yawned, "No but she's fine, just sleeping."
Riquo nodded and remembered something else which made her go pale, "The
"Is with me child," said Kaede from where she'd been making lunch.
Riquo blinked at the old woman, a little weary from being out so much but
still aware of what was going on.
"I understand ye are to be destroying this here jewel. Thanks be to the gods
if ye ask me," Kaede said crudely.
Riquo smiled, relieved at the humor that leveled out the atmosphere in the
room. For once in a very long time, she felt relaxed and secure. The jewel
was going to be destroyed, Naraku and Kikyo she thought to herself, was
destroyed, she honestly felt like she could live life with a little more
security than before. She laid her eyes on her best friend and smiled.
Finally we can catch up, share stories and laugh again, but frowned when she
remembered her absent friends and hoped that Miroku was almost to Sango's
deserted village. Despite the damage Sango had inflicted onto her body
(which was healed anyway) Riquo did forgive the slayer and wanted her
friends back as soon as possible.
Riquo raised her arms over her head and stretched her body till she couldn't
move, "Well, I'm going to go bathe before I deal with the jewel."
Kouga frowned, "Don't you want to wait until Kagome wakes up before you do
Riquo smiled, standing and striding over to Kagome's abandoned yellow
backpack in the corner, Inuyasha hot on her heels.
"I think she'll be awake by the time I get back," she said fishing out her
homemade shampoo and the container with the unscented bar of soap that she
liked as well as a wash cloth. But glancing at Inuyasha next to her she
grabbed another wash cloth and stood.
Inuyasha and Kouga exchanged confused glances before Inuyasha said, "How do
you know that?"
Riquo turned around with all of her bathing supplies and smiled, "Trust me.
You coming with me?"
Inuyasha nodded and shrugged at Kouga as Riquo bowed her thanks to Kaede.
"Of course child. Just return quickly so ye can eat and then be rid of this
Riquo nodded and then with a smile at Kouga left the hut with a confused
Inuyasha right behind her.
Inuyasha jogged to Riquo's side, "So...how is it you think Kagome will be
awake when we get back?"
Riquo smiled at him, shifting all of her bathing needs to one arm and
entwining her claws with his as they walked through the village towards the
path in the forest that lead to the hot spring.
As they walked down the main street through the village, the townspeople
came out of their huts and shops shouting and applauding. Before Riquo and
Inuyasha knew what was going on they were surrounded by the villagers, all
of them bowing to them, hugging them and some of them squeezing through the
crowd just enough to touch one of them.
"Apparently news travels fast," Riquo shouted to Inuyasha over the noise of
Inuyasha glanced at her before quickly raising his hands and shouting, "Ok!
Ok! Calm down everyone!"
Once the villagers had quieted to a bearable murmur and Inuyasha was sure he
had their attention he cleared his throat, "Obviously you all have heard
about Naraku's demise. Hopefully, now this village as well as the other
villages in Japan can live in peace from his tyranny. Thank you for your
support and gratitude," wrapping his arm around Riquo's waist he said, "now
if you'll excuse us, my mate and I need to...."
Mate?! Riquo's eyes bulged as her own thoughts drowned out whatever Inuyasha
was saying. He did not just say mate! I mean...I know he technically is
pre-destined to be my mate....but isn't this just a little soon??
Inuyasha guided Riquo through the village as the townspeople cleared a path
for their heroes. Inuyasha smirked to himself, knowing that Riquo was
practically catatonic in her own thoughts.
When he reached the hot spring he released his hold on Riquo, which snapped
her out of her thoughts and back to present time. She locked eyes with
Inuyasha who smirked at her smugly.
Riquo arched an eyebrow, "What's gotten into you?"
Inuyasha just shrugged and turned away from her to strip himself of his
clothes. Riquo blushed, forgetting that this wasn't anything she hadn't seen
before, and marveled at his body.
"We've already slept together and now you're taking the time to examine my
Riquo snapped out of her thoughts again and scowled at him. 'Hmphing' she
turned away from him and stripped herself of her clothes and with her
bathing items marched past Inuyasha stark naked into the spring.
She unscrewed the lid of her shampoo, ignoring Inuyasha as he got into the
spring and crept up behind her. She gasped though when he wrapped his arms
around her waist, pressing his obvious erection into the small of her back
and nibbling on her neck.
"Did you really think...you could prance by me like that and not get a
reaction?" He growled.
"Mmm...cocky aren't we?"
Inuyasha chuckled, "Apparently. No thanks to you."
"Aaa...that would be your own fault for lack of control. So there," Riquo
stuck her tongue out at him but gasped when Inuyasha spun her around and
pressed her between the wall of the spring and his body.
Riquo snickered, "You're impossible."
"And you're a tease. Now kiss me before I lose it," Riquo grinned but shook
her head no.
Inuyasha cocked an eyebrow in confusion and frustration, "I really hope
"Nope, maybe later but I don't want to delay in destroying the jewel. This
village isn't safe from demons until it is destroyed and neither are we."
Inuyasha's ears drooped and he gave her his best pathetic puppy look,
whining softly in the back of his throat. Riquo laughed and snuggled up
against him, kissing him longingly on the lips.
When she pulled back she giggled again and rubbed his ears, "Don't worry,
we'll get to that soon enough," Inuyasha continued whining, thinking maybe
that he was increasing his chances.
Riquo rolled her eyes and sighed, "Tell you what, how about after the jewel
is destroyed you and I take a trip back to my old village?"
Inuyasha cocked his head, "But I thought you were living with Kouga?"
Riquo shook her head, "I was when my mother was killed, but the island
where I was born is still there in the west and I have
She nodded placidly, "Something I know my grandparents are withholding from
me that rightfully belong to me."
Riquo wiggled her body until Inuyasha got the hint to let up off her body
and once free treaded over to the shampoo she had brought with her.
"Mostly things my mother left for me when she died, weapons, trinkets, and a
spell book," she unscrewed the lip and scooped out a handful of the gooey
liquid, setting it back on the bank and turning towards Inuyasha and
motioning him to come to her.
He did so without protest, knowing his hair and body were probably rank and
also he got to enjoy Riquo's touch as she massaged the orange stuff into his
"I know this isn't anywhere near your scent but it will wear off soon
Inuyasha softly purred when she rubbed the back of his neck, "That's ok, I
don't mind smelling like you."
Riquo smiled and gathered all of Inuyasha's soapy hair together to scrub it
all at once, before tipping his head back and massaging his scalp again to
"So it'll be just you and me huh?"
Inuyasha glanced at her from where he floated on the surface of the water as
she rinsed his hair, "When we go to your island together, it'll be just you
and me. That's what you said, right?"
Riquo cocked her head at him, smiling, "Yes, just you and me. Is that ok?"
Inuyasha nodded his assent and said no more as she finished his hair, and
then grabbed the unscented bar of soap and started washing the parts of his
body that were above the water.
Inuyasha smiled down at her as she rubbed her soapy hands over his chest,
realizing for the first time that she was short compared to him.
He snorted at another realization, "Funny, just a few days ago I was doing
this same thing in this very spring with you propped up on my thigh."
Riquo snorted in response, "A little brazen for you if you ask me. Can't
picture you really doing that for a stranger."
"Well it's not like I didn't take advantage of the situation..."
Riquo stopped her actions and glared up at him, baring her fangs, "Watch it
or I'll go to my village alone."
Inuyasha drew her chin up and kissed her lips softly, "Easy my kitten
Riquo snickered, growling like the kitten panthers in her tribe do.
"Raise your arms. I'm almost done with this part and then you're gona have
to stand on something so I can get the rest of you."
Inuyasha sputtered at how nonchalant she was, "I can wash that myself thank
you very much!" he said raising his arms in the air for her.
Riquo didn't stop what she was doing but just snorted, "Funny. When you want
that you strip right in front of me and expect me to just lie back and
please you. But when nothing sexual is happening I can't even touch it? Tsk
tsk...what am I going to do with you Inuyasha?"
Loving the way his name sounded from her lips, Inuyasha drew her close again
and whispered huskily in her ear, "Anything you want, my hanyou."
Riquo smiled at him, following him as he stepped backwards and up onto a
ledge in the water. This brought the water up to his shins, giving Riquo
literally an eyeful.
Riquo swallowed the lump in her throat, hoping the water and shampoo was
hiding the scent of her arousal, "Umm, I think you might have to...squat
Inuyasha snickered and slowly squatted down, spreading his knees so the
water was a little bit below his backside.
His extremely sexy backside, Riquo thought painfully.
But, never one to be done over, Riquo donned her huskiest look in her eyes
and stalked towards where Inuyasha was crouched, slipping in between his
spread legs and pressing close to him, so that his erection was practically
in between her breasts.
Inuyasha gasped, his eyes widening at the sudden change in tune. But Riquo
wasn't about to let up, not yet. She soaped up her hands again and slid her
arms around his waist and gripped his hardened rump in both her hands.
Inuyasha groaned slightly, causing Riquo to hiss as her own groin throbbed
Riquo slid her hands up to his lower back,
massaging and sliding her hands back down over his butt, kneading the
muscles and earning several groans from Inuyasha. She slid her hands over
his thighs, spreading the soap all over the lower half of his body, until
she reached his knees. Inuyasha met her seducing gaze and almost trembled in
anticipation. But of what? Didn't she say none of that right now?
Riquo just smirked and spread his knees a
little further, running her hands along the inside of his thighs until she
reached the junction of his legs. Locking eyes with her anxious lover again,
Riquo soaped up her hands and gently cupped the soft sacs at the base.
Inuyasha immediately flinched instinctively and let out a frustrated groan.
Riquo licked her lips and began massaging the
base of Inuyasha's erection. Inuyasha dropped his head back, taking deep
throaty breaths to sustain himself for however long he could last. Which at
this rate wouldn't be very long...
Riquo grinned at the reaction she was getting
and began easing her hands up gently, completely covering his erection in
soap. Inuyasha peeked open an eye when he felt her remove her hands, but
wasn't expecting the splash of water that soon covered and rinsed his lap
from the soap. He shivered momentarily, but ignored the chill when he felt
the tickle of Riquo's warm breath very close to his erection.
Inuyasha swallowed the lump in his throat,
Inuyasha shut his eyes once again and
balanced himself by combing his claws through Riquo's hair. He gasped,
though, when Riquo took him whole into her mouth and sucked hungrily. She
bobbed her head up and down steadily on his hard erection, earning herself
several groans of pleasure from her hanyou.
Inuyasha arched his back in his climax,
roaring loudly as he came into Riquo's mouth. She lapped up every drop of
his essence without hesitation, forcing a startled whimper out of Inuyasha.
Riquo lifted her head at this and gazed into
Inuyasha's glassy eyes, her lips swollen and her cheeks flushed. Inuyasha
locked eyes with her but quickly dropped his head, his bangs covering his
Riquo leaned in closer to his body, "Inu...yasha?"
She heard him sniff and gasped. Immediately
she was next to him on the ledge, leaning him against her and holding him.
"Inuyasha...sweetheart...what's wrong?" Riquo
was nervous now. What if she had done something wrong, or hurt him?
Inuyasha trembled in her arms. "You...you
aren't...disgusted by me...you take in my seed...without refusing me..."
Riquo cocked an eyebrow and was silent for a
moment before saying, "Why would you disgust me Inuyasha? And why would I
Inuyasha sniffed again, "Because I'm a
hanyou," he said simply.
Riquo cocked her head at him in confusion,
"I-I'm a hanyou too...so..."
"I'm a hanyou dog, Riquo."
"And I'm a hanyou cat, Inuyasha. It
goes both ways. Besides, we've been through this before! Cats and dogs or
whatever, it's our own choice to be with each other. Who cared if we're
defying demon law and facing possible banishment or death. I want to be with
Inuyasha lifted his head and met her gaze
with a sweet smile, "I want to be with you too, my Riquo."
Riquo smiled and then cleared her throat,
Inuyasha lifted a clawed finger and gently
poked her crescent tattoo. She shrugged but said nothing else on the matter.
With a kiss, she slid off the ledge and retrieved her shampoo to wash
herself with. Inuyasha took the jar from her, shaking his head.
"I'll do it. For you," he scooped his hand in
the jar and set it aside before Riquo could protest. Riquo dunked her head
in the water to wet her hair for him and with a certain gentleness she was
only beginning to realize he possessed, massaged her scalp thoroughly. By
the time he prompted her to dunk her hair for rinsing, she couldn't believe
it was him massaging her head. Probably the best shampoo I've ever had in
my entire life.
Inuyasha raked his claws through her hair
until he was satisfied that all of the soap and knots were rinsed from her
hair, and that it was squeaky clean, he lifted her to a standing point and
retrieved the unscented bar of soap.
He looked into her eyes as he was soaping up
his hands and smiled gently, "I won't take long."
Riquo just blinked at how content he was to
not have sex with her yet he still wanted to please her. He advanced towards
her with soapy hands but stopped right before, suppressing a laugh.
Riquo cocked her head, "What?"
"Um, you're going to have to stand on the
Riquo looked down and laughed, realizing that
the water came just below her breasts and didn't leave much for Inuyasha to
clean. She locked gazes with him with a sultry look in her eyes.
"Well we can do it the way you're accustomed
Inuyasha raised an eyebrow but smiled when he
caught on to what she meant. Riquo backed up to the ledge with Inuyasha
advancing her again, and straddled his thigh that was propped up against the
ledge in the spring.
Inuyasha motioned for her to slide down his
thigh. She did so, which brought the junction of her legs at his pelvis and
the water just above it. Riquo had to admit that she liked this close
proximity a lot better and tossed her hair back so that Inuyasha could begin
washing her body.
He started at her collarbone, tracing every
bone and cavity of her shoulders with his fingers, and massaging every area
with soap at the same time. He then reached up to the back of her neck and
massaged the area under her hairline and brought one hand forward to wash
the side and front of her throat gently.
He then soaped up her arms fully, down to her
clawed fingers and palms of her hands. Riquo giggled softly at how attentive
he was to detail, making sure every inch of her body was clean and
Inuyasha then worked his way up the underside
of her arms, gently soaping her smooth underarms so as not to tickle her
before rinsing his hands and soaping them up again. This time, he started
just below her collarbone and massaged her chest gently, working the soap
onto her breasts in soft, circular motions. Riquo tipped her head back,
taking in her surroundings and the feel of Inuyasha touching her so gently.
"They're so soft..." Inuyasha continued to
massage her breasts but not in a hurried lust. When the tips of her breasts
hardened he removed his hands from the and worked his way down under her
breasts and her ribs. Once he soaped up everything down to her hips, he
rinsed his hands again and slowly dropped his propped up leg, allowing Riquo
to slide into the water to rinse herself.
When she was soap-less once again, Inuyasha
lifted her back into position on his thigh, against his hip, and asked her
to lift her hair off her back. She did so and he soaped up his hands again.
He started with her shoulder blades, bringing
her body close to his and hugging her as he washed her back. He took his
time in massaging his hands down her spine until he reached her black tail.
It swayed slowly over the surface of the water, confirming his suspicions
that demon or hanyou tails don't like water.
He gently grabbed the base of the tail,
earning a gasp from Riquo, and with a gentle but firm grip, slid his soapy
hands down her tail until he reached the tip, in which he grazed his
thumb over the tip of her tail. Riquo arched her back with a gasp which
caused her tail to wriggle itself out of Inuyasha's grip and dunk itself in
the water to get the soap off and then shook itself out to repel off the
Inuyasha laughed, "A mind of it's own."
When Riquo didn't say anything he slid her
into the water once more before lifting her out of the water and placing her
backside on the bank of the spring. Her tail laid itself out next to her arm
He winked at her and soaped up his hands
again, then spread her legs apart moving himself so his shoulders were
against her inner thighs. He placed one palm on her dark curls, and slowly
massaged the soap into them before sliding his palm down to her slick
opening. Using only the palm of his hand he massaged the soap into it.
Riquo gripped the earth with her claws,
suppressing every moan that came out of her throat. She squeezed her eyes
shut as he continued to massage her womanhood, knowing that any second now
she might climax.
No sooner did the thought enter her mind,
Inuyasha pulled his hands away and she heard him rinse his hands off and
soap them up once again. Before she could catch up, he was already cleaning
her legs in his meticulous grace. Without hesitation, he lifted her off the
bank and back into the water, and she could feel the soap washing off her
She was still in a trance, a little dejected
that Inuyasha didn't let her climax. But then again, he was just doing what
he was told, and she told him she didn't want to take long.
It was then that she felt Inuyasha cradle her
back against his stomach, using his thigh once again as a seat for her
backside. He nuzzled the side of her neck, placing soft kisses up until he
reached her round black ears.
"What's the matter love, was that not good
for you?" he whispered in her ear.
"No, no, it was....but-"
She gasped when she felt Inuyasha slide his
hand down her stomach and past the soft black curls.
"But, you thought I was going to let you
leave her without getting pleasured yourself, right?"
Riquo didn't have time to respond when
Inuyasha slid his middle and ring fingers into her soft folds. She gasped as
he filled her to the hilt of his fingers. Once he was sure that her body
wasn't protesting the intrusion, he began pumping his fingers in and out of
her. Riquo arched her back, giving Inuyasha the opportunity to seize her
lips with his.
He slid his tongue into her mouth as his pace
sped up. Between his attention to her mouth and her womanhood, it didn't
take long for Riquo's muscles to contract in orgasm.
She immediately went limp in his arms and
Inuyasha let out a chuckle. He carried her out of the spring and laid her on
the bank to dry. He then went and retrieved their clothes and dressed her
and himself before she could protest.
She sat herself up slowly as Inuyasha came
and sat next to her after dressing himself. She wasn't exhausted but was
Inuyasha leaned over and kissed her temple,
"So, are you ready to go?"
She looked at him in a daze but smiled, "Yea,
Inuyasha looked away from her where the wash
cloths were that she'd brought, "So...what were the point of those?"
She snorted, "To wash ourselves with."
Riquo giggled and stood, retrieving her bath
items and rejoining Inuyasha to walk back to the village with Inuyasha. They
entwined their claws again and took their time in walking through the
forest, on a path they both knew very well. The sun was gently floating
through the trees and a cool breeze sifted amongst them. Inuyasha heard
Riquo sniff the air and did the same. Both of them could sense the change in
temperature that was soon to come.
"Winter's coming," Riquo said, stating what
both of them already knew.
Inuyasha nodded and took a deep breath when
the forest broke and they reached the village. The villagers contained
themselves this time, contenting themselves to simply smile and wave at
their hanyou saviors.
When they reached the outside of Kaede's hut,
they heard several voices talking and having light conversation. Riquo
glanced coyly at Inuyasha who just frowned at her.
"I told you she'd be awake."
"Keh! That's only cause we took so damn
Riquo smiled and pushed aside the grass
curtain into Kaede's hut. Inside, Kagome was sitting up in her futon with
Kouga and Shippo on either side of her and a bowl of soup in her hands. She
smiled at Riquo when she walked through the door.
"I'm glad to see you two are ok. Sorry I was
out a little longer though."
Riquo laughed, putting the clean wash cloths,
soap, and shampoo back into Kagome's backpack and sitting in front of her
futon. Inuyasha joined her and Kaede handed both of them a bowl of soup.
"I also have fish cooking," said the old
Riquo and Inuyasha nodded and began eating.
Kagome smiled and picked at her food, Kouga occasionally pushing her to eat
a little more to get her strength back.
Eventually, by the time Riquo and Inuyasha
finished their food, Kagome had finished hers as well and the empty bowls
were cast aside. Kagome reached down into her shirt and took out the sacred
jewel which was now on its own necklace. Riquo flinched, despising the power
it possessed and the destruction is caused.
"Kouga and I discovered a problem while you
two were away," Kagome said with a sad look in her eyes.
"Like what?" Riquo wanted this jewel
destroyed as fast as possible and was reluctant to prolong any delay.
Kagome locked eyes with her and Riquo's heart
sank when she saw tears in her friends eyes.
Kagome sniffed, "The well might close, or it
might drag me back into it and lock me in the future. We're just not sure
what the jewel will do once it's destroyed."
Riquo eyed the jewel wearily. True, these
possibilities had been on their minds the whole time. Riquo didn't have
anything left in the future so it mattered not to her, but they weren't sure
how they would continue their lives without Kagome, or what she would do if
she had to live and die in the Feudal Era and never see her family again.
Riquo swallowed back the lump in her throat,
"Kagome. I know you're scared about these possibilities...but-"
"But we have to destroy the jewel anyway. I
know Riquo," Kagome smiled, "I never was suggesting we keep the jewel
intact, I'm just worried about what may happen."
Riquo nodded, "Well, should we-" suddenly her
eyes went wide and she stared off into nothing.
Inuyasha frowned, "Riquo?"
Kagome leaned forward and grabbed her hand in
panic, "Riquo?! Riquo what's wrong?"
"My mother..." she muttered.
Riquo looked at Kagome and smiled, "My
mother! Kagome! The well will let you back through!"
Kouga shook his head, "You said it yourself
Riquo. The spell your mother cast on the well was lifted and now it is
controlled by the sacred jewel."
Kagome smiled excitedly, "No! No, she's
Riquo sat closer to Kagome on the end of the
futon cross-legged while the two girls gripped each others hands. In
Kagome's time, it would look like the two girls were planning a sleepover.
To Kouga, Inuyasha and Shippo, they just looked too excited for their own
Riquo giggled, "Ok, so when we destroy the
"The well is definitely going to close
"Because the jewel will have relinquished its
power of the well-"
"But you can open the well again with
the spell your mother cast!"
The two girls laughed and hugged each other.
Kouga and Inuyasha just shook their heads and smiled at each other, knowing
better than to interfere in a "female moment."
Kaede, on the other hand, cleared her throat
loudly to get the two girls attention.
"So, if Riquo can open the well again with
her black magic, I recommend that ye two make haste in destroying the
Riquo nodded and turned to Kagome, "I'm going
to need to hold the jewel with me, to maintain it's purity."
Kagome nodded, "Ok, I'll go bathe myself real
quick and then we can destroy this jewel."
Kagome stood up and ran over to her backpack,
grabbing her own shampoo, soap, a towel and a washcloth and then ran out the
door. A moment later she popped her head back in the hut, "Kouga, Shippo,
are you coming?"
Kouga nodded in a daze and stood with the fox
kit on his shoulders. The trio walked out of the door towards the spring.
Riquo laughed, "Too much excitement for me to
Inuyasha gathered her in his arms and she
felt him stifle a yawn. She laughed again and suggested that they rest up
until Kagome and Kouga return from the spring. Inuyasha nodded and propped
himself up against the corner wall with Riquo in his arms, the two of them
drifting quickly asleep to the sounds of Kaede shuffling around the hut.
Kagome and Kouga quickly walked to the
spring, cutting through the woods to avoid contact with the villagers. When
they reached the spring, Shippo bounded off Kouga's shoulder, practically
stripped in midair and splashed into the spring.
Kagome put her bathing supplies on the bank
of the spring and began to undress by taking off her shoes and socks. Kouga
swallowed the lump in his throat, not knowing what to do or say. When she
untied her scarf and was about to lift off her shirt Kouga cleared his
Kagome looked at him and smiled before
removing her shirt. Kouga cocked his head at the weird piece of cloth she
had on underneath her shirt but discarded the thought when she unzipped the
back of her skirt and slid it off her waist. She folded her shirt and skirt
and put them a little ways from the bank in case Shippo splashed some more.
Kouga gawked at her. She had on the weird
chest thingy and something skimpy that barely covered her bottom. It was
when she caught his gaze and smirked that he realized what she was doing.
She's playing with me. She knows this is
the first time I've ever seen her naked and I can't do anything because
Shippo is here.
He was jarred out of his thoughts when Kagome
slid into the spring after depositing her under garments with the rest of
her clothes. She grinned coyly at him, knowing exactly what she was doing to
"Aren't you coming in Kouga? You can get
clean in here."
"Yea Kouga! Come on in the water feels
great!" Shippo said from where he floated behind Kagome. Kagome snickered
and grabbed her shampoo, retreating back into the middle of the spring to
wash her hair.
Kouga smirked, he wasn't about to let Kagome
get away with that little act without something of his own. He reached over
on each side of his ribs and unhooked his battle armor, lifting it off over
his head and dropping it at his feet. Kagome faltered with her shampoo for a
moment but regained composure and began massaging the shampoo through her
Kouga didn't miss a beat. He squatted down
and slid off his fur shin guards, trying to take his time and be annoyingly
meticulous so as to grate her nerves. He caught Kagome's eye and noticed
that she was slightly glaring at him.
Oh yea, can't take in what you dish out
can you? Too bad.
He stood himself up straight and hooked his
thumbs at the waist band of his pelt. Slowly his slid the pelt down his
waist, watching as Kagome's hands stopped with her hair, but her eyes
followed the pelt around his waist. When the first sign of hair began to
show as the pelt slowly made its journey downward, Kouga heard Kagome gasp.
He grinned viciously, and then his eyes
widened when he smelled her arousal. He knew Shippo smelled it too because
the fox kit just rolled his eyes and continued floating on his back.
Kouga sped up his pace and lowered the pelt
even further, revealing his rather large shaft and then lower to reveal the
dark sacs beneath the base. Kagome's jaws dropped. She'd seen the anatomy of
a man in her time before, especially when she was with her friends, but
never up close.
Kouga smiled, dropping the pelt to the floor
and kicking it to the side. Kagome also marveled at the fact that Kouga's
tail was actually attached and not just a part of his pelt. Finally, he took
off his head band and the band that held his hair up, letting his dark black
hair fall down his back and around his face. Kagome continued to gawk at him
as he stalked towards the spring, slipping into the hot water with a sigh.
"Wow Shippo! You're right! The water does
Shippo splashed happily, "See! See! I told
you it was!"
Kouga tapped his chin thoughtfully,
"Yea...but I wonder if they are any monsters in this spring."
"AAaahh! Monsters?!" Shippo began splashing
in panic towards the bank of the spring. Kouga laughed and grabbed the fox
kit, swinging him up in the air.
"Haha, I got ya!"
"Aaaah! Kagome! Help me! Kouga's got me!"
Kagome laughed at the sight before her,
watching Kouga play with Shippo in the spring. She shook her head and
finished shampooing her hair, then retrieved her conditioner and did that as
well. When her hair was done Kagome got her wash cloth and soap, soaped up
her body and rinsed. When she put all of her bathing supplies on the bank
Shippo splashed happily.
"Kagome! Now you can play with us now that
you're done bathing!"
Kagome smirked and took a deep breath,
disappearing under the water. Kouga could sense her coming closer but Shippo
shrieked in delight. Suddenly Kouga shrieked like a girl when he felt Kagome
grab something particular but Shippo just screamed when Kagome
splashed out of the water with him in her arms.
Kouga regained his composure, "A little
brazen are we?"
Kagome stuck out her tongue, "Go get cleaned
Kouga took a weary glance at her shampoo and
conditioner, "Do I have to use that stuff?"
Kagome smiled, "It'll get your hair clean."
Kouga shrugged and grabbed the bottle that
said "shampoo." Kagome saw him staring at the back of the bottle in
concentration and wondered if he was reading it.
"Kouga, what are you doing?"
"Reading what the bottle says," he said
"You can read?"
Kouga gave her a tolerant look, "Dog-boy can
read but you thought I couldn't read?"
True, when Kagome first started traveling
with Inuyasha, she was amazed when he read and understood most of the books
she brought with her. He could also write beautifully, which made her
jealous but she never said anything.
"Can you write, too?"
"Yep," Kouga snapped open the top of the
bottle and squeezed the blue goo into his hands, then discarded the bottle
onto the bank. He started massaging into the top of his hair, gathering the
rest as he worked it into his scalp.
Kagome laughed, realizing that Kouga would
probably never cease to amaze her.
"So, the bottle said "later, rinse and
repeat." Exactly how many times am I going to have to do this?"
Kagome snorted, "Depends on how dirty your
Kouga laughed, "Ok, so give me your expert
and honest advice: how many times?"
Kagome giggled but before she could say
anything Shippo piped in, "Well if it's your first time using something to
clean your hair, probably a lot!"
Kouga laughed, "I think I'll take the kids
advice, my hair isn't exactly the cleanest part of my body."
Kagome smiled and floated in the water with
Shippo splashing on her stomach, occasionally tossing him up in the air and
letting him splash in the water. When Kouga finally rinsed his hair for the
last time she noticed that he'd washed his hair at least three times. He
took her bar of soap, lathered up his body the best he could and rinsed off
his body in the water.
When he was finished, he put the soap back in
its place on the bank and treaded over to where Kagome was playing with
Shippo. He gathered all of his hair to one shoulder, picking it up and
"So tell me, how did I do?"
Kagome leaned in and sniffed his hair and
then felt it with her hands.
"Wow, it got really clean. And it didn't
cover up your scent too much."
He gave her a questioning look, "You can
smell my scent?"
Kagome shrugged, "Just a little bit. Not like
you or Inuyasha and Riquo can smell scents."
"Or me! Right Kagome?"
Kagome giggled, "That's right Shippo. We
should probably be getting back to the village," she looked down at the
jewel that hung just above her breasts, "I want to get rid of this thing as
soon as possible."
Kouga nodded and took her hand, guiding her
to the edge of the spring and getting out before her, giving her an enticing
view of his muscular rump. Kagome pushed aside the thoughts and took the
hand he offered to get out of the spring. Shippo bounded out of her arms to
dry off and retrieve his clothes. Kagome and Kouga tried their best to
ignore each others nudity, but Kagome saw that Kouga was still hard and he
smelled her arousal.
Once dressed, Shippo bounced onto Kouga's
shoulders, while he and Kagome entwined claws and fingers together to walk
back to the village. They took the shortcut again and soon were walking into
Kaede's hut once again. The moment they entered the door they saw that
Inuyasha and Riquo were asleep, but upon their arrival the two hanyou's were
immediately roused out of their slumber.
Riquo stretched, stifling a yawn, "How long
were you two gone?"
Kagome put her bathing supplies into her
backpack but before she could respond Inuyasha sniffed the air and snorted.
"Keh! Too long."
Kouga snorted in response, "You're one to
Shippo bounded off Kouga's shoulders and into
Riquo's lap, "So are you going to destroy the jewel now?"
Riquo met Kagome's eyes, "I guess we can't
put it off any longer."
Kagome nodded, and sat across from Riquo,
taking the jewel out from her shirt.
"Should we do it here?" Kouga asked, sitting
next to Kagome, "what about the villagers?"
"Ye might rouse attention if ye go anywhere
else to dispose of the jewel," Kaede said, hobbling over to the circle the
four of them made.
Kagome nodded and took the jewel off the
necklace that was around her neck. She looked at Riquo and took a deep
"Are you ready?"
Riquo nodded, "Nobody touch either of us. The
jewel can only be connected to Kagome and me. And clear your minds. Don't
make any kind of demand or wish in your mind. The jewel is responsive to
everything in this room."
They nodded and scooted away from Kagome and
Riquo. Kagome clasped both of her hands around the jewel, Riquo clasping her
hands around Kagome's.
"Purity, Kagome. Concentrate on purity."
Kagome nodded and closed her eyes like Riquo.
Kagome began to pray in her mind, making sure that no demands or wishes came
from her prayers, only purity.
Riquo tilted her head back, thinking back to
the scene with her mother on the beach, the spell book, and every page her
mother went through with her. In her mind, she found the page she was
looking for. This page was specific about destruction: mass and minimal. In
this case, Riquo wasn't destroying a massive area or object, just the object
in Kagome's hands.
Riquo sighed, shifting her weight and fully
concentrating on the jewel and only the jewel. She recited the words in her
mind and once she was sure she could perform the spell perfectly she said
them out loud.
Kouga and Inuyasha stayed perfectly still,
barely even breathing. Both were too afraid to disrupt the aura of magic
that Riquo was creating and didn't want a thing to go wrong. Kaede was a
little ways behind Kagome, praying. Shippo sat in a corner and watched, not
wanting to be a distraction but wanting to witness what was about to happen.
Riquo opened her eyes, and like before when
she repaired her bracelet, they were completely black. The designs on the
arm band and bangle were glowing and vibrating, sensing the powerful spell
she was about to unleash.
"Vuca nara polti ana shokina rista folip..."
Riquo took a deep breath and continued the
spell, "Rola, narutez, bana, oko, gonet, lopi..."
With a final breath, Riquo brought her hands
up with Kagome's in between them and shouted, "Aruyi mikto rata!"
Lavender light burst from their hands causing
Inuyasha, Kouga and Shippo to shield their eyes from the bright light. Then,
sparkles of lavender erupted from the two girls hands, and dissipated as
they fell to the floor.
Kagome gasped, opening her eyes and staring
at her hands, which were still enclosed in Riquo's. Riquo blinked and her
eyes averted back to their normal green, and smiled wearily at Kagome.
"It is done."
Riquo moved her hands so Kagome could open
hers for everyone to see and slumped back against the wall, panting heavily.
Kagome slowly opened her hands and gasped to see that the jewel was indeed,
"Riquo..." Kagome whispered.
Riquo smiled again, her eyes half-lidded and
her breathing heavy, "Forgive me Kagome...I just...need to rest a
Inuyasha was at her side instantly, catching
her as she started to slide down the wall. He propped her up against his
chest as he sat down in the corner once again and curled his arms around
Kouga stared at Kagome's hands, "It's really
Shippo bounced up and down in the corner,
"They did it! They really did it!"
Kagome laughed in disbelief and asked what
everyone else was afraid to ask, "Now what?"
Kouga came up behind her and nuzzled her
neck, "We get on with our lives."
Kagome smiled and leaned heavily against him,
taxed as well. Kouga positioned himself the same as Inuyasha and let Kagome
fall asleep against his chest, his arms around her protectively. Soon after
Kagome was asleep, Shippo curled himself in between Kagome and Kouga,
falling asleep as well.
Kouga looked up and around the hut. His eyes
locked with Kaede's and she nodded at him.
"Rest easy wolf, you are safe."
Kouga nodded and laid his head against the
wall of the hut, closing his eyes. I'm safe...Kagome's safe...we're all