|Inuyasha had woken up the moment the sun rose over the
dark horizon, sending warmth over his face and descending down the rest of his
body into the sleeping figure in his arms. It was still early, so Inuyasha
watched Riquo as she slept peacefully. He liked watching people as they slept, a
calmer, soothing side of them could be seen when they were asleep. While she
slept, Inuyasha had memorized her sleeping pattern. She didn't gradually go to
sleep, the moment she closed her eyes, it took her seconds to be completely
unconscious. She could sleep like that for hours. Then her breathing would start
to get erratic and her face would scrunch up as if she was trying to figure
something out. Her claws would extend and retract for a little while, and her
tail would thrash around frantically, swatting at anything in its projected path
which was mostly Inuyasha's leg but he dared not to move. And then without any
help from Inuyasha, she would go back to her usual dead sleep.
Inuyasha figured that she was either having a nightmare
or a suppressed memory. He, himself, used to have sleeping patterns like that,
but he usually woke up in a cold sweat and a shredded tree next to him.
Riquo just stayed asleep, never waking up but rather enduring whatever battle
was being fought in her head.
Inuyasha smiled down at the beautiful, island hanyou in
his arms. He recognized her island descent with open arms, one, because he'd
heard that island demons, our hanyou's in this case, possessed unusual powers
although he'd yet to see Riquo use such powers. And two because there was a
certain mystic aura around her that made her even more desirable and he knew it
came from her island beauty.
While Inuyasha was still examining Riquo, the sun had
begun to rise higher and higher in the sky above them. When it was at an angle
above them so that the tree did not shade them from its rays, Inuyasha noticed
Riquo's crescent tattoo reflecting the sun off it with an orange light. Inuyasha
frowned at the mark wearily and leaned over gently so as not to wake Riquo and
sniffed around her stomach. Nothing. He didn't smell anything unusual, nothing
magic looming about her tattoo. Inuyasha sat back, tightening his grip around
Riquo's waist. He thought about what she'd said at the hot spring earlier.
O, that? Well, supposedly that's the symbol of my
"future mate" but I think my grandmother just tattooed that onto me while I was
sleeping when I was a baby.
Inuyasha frowned again in thought. I've heard of
parents predetermining their offspring's mate, usually with the parents of the
chosen mate, but what would the mark have anything to do with? Usually
marks like that are a sign of royal blood. Kind of like Sesshomaru's crescent on
Inuyasha's eyes widened at the thought. That's
impossible! No way would Sesshomaru ever agree to mate a hanyou!
Inuyasha licked his lips nervously, glancing every so often at the girl in his
arms that he'd come to like so much, maybe my father arranged it with her
grandparents...Inuyasha attempted to do the math in his head to determine
the years. Apparently paying attention when Kagome did her math did pay off. If
Inuyasha was correct, Riquo's grandparents were around his fathers age. Making
Sesshomaru her mothers age. But that doesn't make sense...wouldn't they have
paired Sesshomaru with her mother?
Inuyasha was indeed, very worried about the situation.
Although he wasn't ready to admit his feelings to Riquo, he wasn't about to lose
a chance to be with her, especially not to his stuck up brother. But would
Sesshomaru even want to mate her? Inuyasha thought about this situation with
his amber eyes in a nasty scowl, maybe...maybe Sesshomaru was in on these
arrangements...if Riquo does in fact possess great island powers...Inuyasha
didn't like the thought of Riquo and Sesshomaru mating, so he decided to wait to
ask Riquo about it when she woke up.
At that moment Riquo turned her face towards the
sunlight that hit her face, smiling to herself. As she started to awaken from her slumber, she rose
up from the ground and stretched, oblivious to the arm tightening around her
waist. She yawned with her arms still raised in the air, and then absently
scratched at her tattoo. Why is this stupid thing itching? When her hand
hit Inuyasha's arm that was wrapped around her waist, she looked down at the
hand curiously. Then her senses came back to normal and she remembered
the hanyou sitting behind her.
Giggling to herself she leaned back into his embrace,
"Good morning, Inuyasha."
Inuyasha snorted, still peeved about his previous
thoughts, "Did it really take you that long to realize I was here?"
Riquo giggled and stretched again, "I'll never tell.
Hey, why the face? You look like you ate something nasty." Inuyasha fidgeted
nervously, he had wanted to avoid that subject until later on, not exactly
when she'd waken up.
"Keh, nothing, let's get back to the camp before
everyone else wakes up." Inuyasha began to pull himself up against the when
Riquo reached behind her and grabbed his thighs, dragging him back down to the
ground behind her with a thud.
"Hey! What's the deal?" Riquo turned around in his lap
and sat Indian-style in front of him. She stared at him, her green feline eyes
shaped in concentration and scanning his face for answers. Inuyasha gulped under
the scrutiny he was enduring. He didn't like being examined period, but the fact
that he actually did have something to hide from her mattered to him too.
Then Riquo dropped the concentration facade and just
sighed, "Inuyasha I'm not stupid. Please just tell me what's bothering you."
Inuyasha looked away from her face and thought about
it. True, he had wanted to talk to her about it eventually, just not now. But
since Riquo was so damn smart, and Inuyasha gave it away, he figured he might as
well get it out.
He propped her up on his outstretched legs so that her
shoulder was against his chest and her legs were perpendicular to his. He also
did this so he could get a good view of her tattoo. He wrapped his arms around
her and rested his cheek against her hair, kissing her soft, black ear. He felt
her shiver and squeezed her tighter.
"I've been thinking about what you said about that
tattoo on your stomach," he said, tracing a claw over the black mark around her
navel. Riquo gasped aloud, sensations she'd never felt before flowing through
her nervous system. Her face scrunched up in confusion and ecstasy, her back
arching on its own accord.
Inuyasha froze his movements as he watched Riquo's body
react to his touch. This doesn't make any sense, I touch that tattoo and this
happens. I hope I didn't hurt her...
"Riquo...did I hurt you?" Inuyasha asked cautiously.
Riquo gasped again. What the hell is happening to
me? This has never happened before, and several people, men especially, have
poked and prodded at that damn tattoo.
Inuyasha pulled his hand away from her stomach. Riquo's
back straightened and she threw her head forward, gasping for air. Her brown
hair covered her face but Inuyasha could see she was panting from the way her
shoulders rose and fell. Inuyasha was so confused, was it rejecting my
touch? He pulled her curtain of brown hair back and grabbed her face
between both of his hands. He brought face up to his, their noses touching.
"Riquo...Riquo I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you.
Please forgive me," Inuyasha's mood was steadily dropping. If that tattoo had
rejected his touch, that meant Sesshomaru really was destined to be her mate.
Inuyasha wasn't sure if he could have another woman in his life ripped away from
Riquo shook her head in his hands and panted, "No...you
didn't hurt me. I...I don't understand what happened. But it felt so wonderful.
That was the best sensation that's every gone through my body."
Inuyasha stared blankly at her and pulled her face away
from his slightly, "Are you crazy? You looked like you were suffocating."
Riquo shook her brown head again, "No...no men and
women...children even, have touched that tattoo. Human, demon, hanyou, everyone.
Never has it reacted like that. I don't understand what that means."
Neither did Inuyasha. But since it hadn't reacted in
the same way when other people touched it, he began to think that maybe this
reaction worked in his favor.
Riquo smiled at him, "I'm okay Inuyasha. Continue with
what you were saying. But if you want me to listen I wouldn't touch the tattoo
Inuyasha snorted, "Yea, I'll keep that in mind," he
took a deep breath, not sure if he was gona like her answer, "Riquo, have you
ever heard of a demon called Sesshomaru?"
Riquo thought about it for a minute and then nodded,
"The demon lord of the west. Yea, my grandfather fought with him in the battle
against the panther demon tribe. Odd how black panthers and panthers hate each
other but whatever. Why do you ask?" She rubbed her thumb across his sleeved arm
that was around her waist. Inuyasha swallowed hard. That was not the answer he
wanted to hear...
"Have...have you ever met him before? Or...did your
mother or grandmother ever talk about meeting and talking with him?"
Riquo frowned at him. She could tell he was getting
nervous and she didn't understand why. What's the big deal about Sesshomaru?
I haven't seen him in several years anyway.
She nodded at him slowly, thinking that maybe he didn't
want to hear this, "Yes, he met with my mother when I was a baby, after my
father was killed. She talked with him before we went down the well."
Inuyasha didn't say anything, just nodded hesitantly
for her to continue, "Well, oddly enough, my mom asked him to touch my tattoo,"
Riquo said tapping the black crescent, "since Sesshomaru had a purple one on his
forehead," Riquo laughed, "I guess my mom thought Sesshomaru was my "future
mate" and wanted to see for herself."
Riquo's smile faded when she saw the expression on
Inuyasha's face. He looked like he was about to be sick, his skin was
paler than ever and he had a very distant, painful look in his eyes. She frowned
in concern, "Are you ok, Inuyasha? What's wrong with you?"
Inuyasha gulped, "No...please finish..."
Riquo shook her head in disbelief, her eyes wide with
concern. What is with him? He looks like he's about to be sick. Maybe I
should just tell him all at once, I just don't understand what the big deal is.
"Ok...well, at first Sesshomaru didn't want to touch
me, calling me a filthy hanyou or something like that. But my mother, being the
powerful demon that she was, threatened him into touching the tattoo. So, he
did, and...," Riquo frowned in thought, poor Inuyasha nearly sick with
anticipation, "I guess the best way to describe it would be that it rejected his
touch. I think it burned his hand, I don't remember what my mother said
happened. But she said he said that there is another like him that may be
Inuyasha swallowed hard again, "Who?"
Riquo shrugged, "I don't know. He left us at that."
Inuyasha decided that he should tell her. If he wanted to be with her, if the
slightest possibility was there, he had to tell her.
"Sesshomaru is my brother."
Riquo's face dropped. His...brother? But how could
that be possible? I can't imagine Sesshomaru being associated with anyone lower
than a demon rank.
"My father, was Sesshomaru's father, and he fell in
love with a human woman. Which resulted in me and Sesshomaru's hatred for me and
Riquo nodded. She looked down at her navel tattoo,
circling it with her claw. Looking back up into Inuyasha's eyes she finally
understood what was wrong, or so she thought. So...he was afraid. Afraid that
Sesshomaru was predetermined to be my mate.
She smiled at him and threw herself around him, hugging
him tightly, "Thank you for your concern Inuyasha. Sesshomaru is a monster, and
I can understand why you'd be upset."
Inuyasha snorted, "You and you're silly ideas, woman."
Riquo giggled and lightly kissed his lips. When she
started to pull back Inuyasha captured her lips hungrily and claimed her mouth
with his. Riquo parted her lips for him-
Riquo and Inuyasha simultaneously
jumped away from each other, looking to where the shouts came from. Kouga's
trade mark twister came
bursting through the darkness of the trees with Kagome in his arms. Inuyasha
looked up through the trees to see Miroku and Sango on Kilala's back, beginning to descend
to the ground. Riquo grabbed her chest where her heart was, her eyes bulging,
Kami help me. Kagome jumped down
from Kouga's grasp and ran towards Riquo, hugging her with tears streaking down
"Oh Riquo! I was so worried about
you! Why didn't you tell any of us you were going off?" tears dripped off
Kagome's face as she tightened her hold on Riquo's body. Riquo patted her back
and then looked over Kagome's shoulder at Kouga, winking a thank you. Kouga nodded in
response. Kagome broke her hug with Riquo in a huff, and stomped towards
"And you! What are you doing?! You could have told someone where you were going
too!" Inuyasha backed away from her cautiously, silently praying that
Kagome forgot about the rosary beads around his neck.
Riquo casually linked the back of Kagome's
arms with hers just in case she decided to take a swing at Inuyasha's face.
Kagome tugged on her arms, panting from the exertion she put on her throat.
"Kagome calm down!" Riquo laughed,
"me and Inuyasha just came out here to talk. We didn't want to fight anymore so
we just talked it out and now we're ok. Nothing to get THIS excited about!"
Kagome relaxed, "I know, I know, it's
just that I'm worried something's going to happen to you again! It would tear me
apart if something happened to you again and we never got to catch up or do all
the fun things we used to do or…or," Kagome didn't get to finish her sentence as
she burst in to tears again. Riquo smiled and patted her friend's back.
"You underestimate me girly. I am a
hanyou, and a powerful one at that, not to be conceited or anything," she paused
as Kagome started to giggle, " don't think that just because you saw me get hurt
twice that I'm totally defenseless, I can still kick ass," she giggled with
Kagome and punched knuckles with her saying, "Loko?"
Kagome smiled and wiped her tears
with her other hand, "Loko."
Miroku walked up to them, confused
along with everyone else, "Might I ask what this, 'loko' word is?"
Kagome smiled at Riquo, "When we were
in my time, we came up with that word somehow, and now it's just kind of a
greeting thing between us," she laughed out loud, "Riquo used to beat the crap
out of anybody who tried to copy us."
The two friends laughed together,
mentally reminiscing on their time together in the future. Kagome was laughing when suddenly she went briefly catatonic. Riquo stopped laughing
when saw this and grabbed her hand, "What the shit...Kagome? Kagome are you
Inuyasha put his hand on her
shoulder before she could say anything else, "It's ok she senses a shard."
Riquo's lips formed a small 'o' and
she waited as Kagome's face contorted into a mixture of facial expressions.
Sango walked up to her and stood by her side, "She's trying to pinpoint where
the shard is. When we first started searching for them, Kagome could only tell where the
general direction of the shard was until she got within a hundred feet of it.
But as she's gotten stronger in her miko powers she can almost pinpoint its location exactly."
Kagome face reverted back to normal
and sighed as she relaxed, "I
found it," she said to everyone around her, "it's north of here near a village. It's kind of far so we might want
to get going."
They all nodded, and headed in that
direction. Sango and Miroku rode Kilala, Sango's Hiraikotsu blocking Miroku's
reach of her butt.
Kouga had heard Kagome and Sango
mention Riquo wanting to race him, and since they were going a long distance, he
thought now would be the perfect time, "Hey Riquo! Wana race to the shard?"
Riquo snorted, "I don't know Kouga,
I'd hate to blemish that ego of yours if I managed to kick your ass."
Kouga laughed heartily at her, "Yea,
if you manage!"
Kagome and Inuyasha decided to ride on Kilala as well so they
could see Kouga and Riquo race at their full speed. Kilala flew into the air
Kouga and Riquo knelt before an imaginary line in the clearing of the forest. Kagome yelled from up top,
"Ready, set, GO!"
Riquo and Kouga both shot off at
incredible speed, Kouga in his usual twister form but Riquo looking like a long
blur. Kilala sped off into the air as well so they could see they could see the
race. Riquo and Kouga were neck and neck until Kouga kicked it into high gear
and practically flew ahead. Riquo sped up with all her might but was still behind
Riquo saw the village ahead and sped up more but to no avail. Kouga skidded to a stop at the edge
of the forest, turning around
and waiting for the others, a devilish smirk on his face. Riquo showed up seconds later, bending over with
hands on her knees panting.
Kouga grinned, "What's the matter
Riquo? Did you slip and fall back there?"
Before Riquo could snarl a response at
him, Kilala landed next to them in a fiery blaze. Inuyasha hopped off the fire
cats back and landed next to the panting Riquo. Kagome slid off as well and ran
over to Kouga while Sango and Miroku followed suit.
"Wow, Kouga! I've never seen you run
that fast before!" Kagome said excitedly.
Kouga smiled at her but didn't expand
on her compliment, "Never mind that. I've never seen a demon not built for speed
run that fast. Nice going Riquo."
Riquo panted some more, "Oh well
::pant:: I'll get you ::pant:: one day ::pant::"
They were about to walk into the
village when Inuyasha, Kouga and Riquo stopped and sniffed the air. The only
sign that they were listening for something was Inuyasha and Riquo's ears
twitching back and forth. Kagome, Sango and Miroku looked around for whatever
their demon friends might be sensing, when Kagome felt the shard coming up from
"It's underground!" she yelled. The
ground started to shake violently. Kouga swirled around and quickly snatched Kagome
as the ground beneath her began to crack.
"Kilala!" hearing her name, the
transformed fire cat flew low past Sango and Miroku, allowing them to grab onto
her back while she flew away. Riquo stumbled as a crack split the ground in
between her legs. Jumping backwards, she and Inuyasha both got away just as the ground exploded,
flinging chunks of dirt through the air.
Out from the ground came an large
brown snout. Then the snout was pushed out of the ground further to reveal an
enormous mole demon. As it
stood to its full height, Kagome narrowed her eyes as she scanned its body. When
her eyes finally fixated on the shard, she snapped her fingers
triumphantly, found it.
She yelled at Inuyasha, "The
shard is in the middle of its spine!"
Inuyasha nodded and turned to Sango
and Miroku, "What do you say we let Riquo get this one? This is her chance to
prove herself as a fighter," Sango and Miroku shrugged and walked with Kouga and
Kagome to sit far away.
Inuyasha turned to Riquo smirking,
"You think you can handle this one? I mean he is pretty big."
Riquo snorted, "Pssh, this is nothing. Sit down and
enjoy the show." Inuyasha laughed and went to join the others.
Riquo cracked her knuckles, "Alrighty
big boy, show me what you-"
The mole roared and swung its little arm at
her. She dodged it running to her left.
"Well shit," Riquo ran
around the demon as fast as she could in an attempt to distract it while she
thought. Damnit it all...I don't know if I remember any of my island
magic...mother never taught me anything! Although her mother never taught
her anything, Riquo was aware of what she was capable of doing.
Skidding to a halt, Riquo grabbed the
black band on her arm and slid it off, gripping it in between both of her palms.
Unfortunately, Riquo underestimated the mole demon's speed versus her own, and
the mole demon swiped at her feet with his large paw.
"Riquo look out!" Inuyasha shouted.
At the last minute, Riquo did a back
flip away from the swiping paw, barely escaping the giant claws of the mole
demon. When she landed, she used her claws as an anchor to the ground as her
momentum dragged her a few feet back. Growling in frustration, Riquo stood
upright, planting her feet firmly in the ground with her legs spread apart.
The mole demon was charging at her,
and at a speed Riquo didn't know mole demons had. Sweat and dirt matting her
brown hair to her face, Riquo squeezed her eyes shut and thrust the band out in
front of her. Don't let me down mom.
"Riquo! NO!" Inuyasha tried to leap
towards her but Kouga and Miroku held him back with all their strength, "Let her
do this Inuyasha, she'll be fine!"
Shooting her eyes open, Riquo gripped
the band tighter and shouted, "EXPAND!" and threw the band at the charging mole.
As the black band flew towards the
grew larger and larger until it was the size of the mole demon. The mole demon
raised an arm to swat the band away but it was too late. The band slipped over
the mole demons upper body, trapping its arms in place. The mole demon roared
angrily and hunched over, its body beginning to vibrate creating a massive
earthquake that shook the ground. The dirt beneath Riquo's feet shifted but
Riquo didn't budge. With her face emotionless and her arms still extended, she
brought her palms together slowly.
"RETRACT!" she shouted. The black
band around the mole glowed once and then began to move in sync with her palms
as she brought them together. The mole threw its head back and roared in agony
as its middle began to unnaturally shrink. Losing her patience, Riquo screamed
and clapped her palms together quickly.
The mole demon roared one last time
before it exploded into pieces, dirt and dust encircling the battle scene. Riquo
stayed still, hoping above all things that she wouldn't get hit. When the dirt
and dust died down. Everything surrounding Riquo was covering in mole pieces.
The band had retracted to its normal size and fell to the ground.
Riquo sighed and relaxed her muscles,
causing her to slouch where she stood. Inuyasha gaped at the scene before him.
I have never seen anything like that before. He wrenched himself away
from Kouga and Miroku's grip and walked up to where Riquo was panting.
He placed his hand on her back,
rubbing gently, "Hey...you ok?" Riquo nodded. Inuyasha chuckled, "Heh, that was
pretty amazing, I've never seen magic like that before," Riquo nodded again,
trying to catch her breath. She had definitely over-exerted herself, since she'd
never used her magic before. Definitely gona have to start training with that
more often. Although it might have been easier if I had my bangle too. Stupid
Kikyo, shooting my damn bracelet...
Kagome timidly walked up behind
Inuyasha and Riquo, Kouga right behind her, "Inuyasha, is she ok?"
Inuyasha nodded, "She'll be fine. I
think that was her first time ever using that kind of magic. How about you go
find the shard so we can get out of here and let her rest." Kagome nodded and
automatically walked in a random direction towards where she sensed the shard,
Kouga trailing her all the way.
Back where Miroku and Sango were
standing with Kilala, the monk raised a hand in prayer to bless the battle
scene. Sango's eyes roamed over what lay before her, "Miroku, what do you make
of all this?"
Miroku finished his prayer, "I think
with some practice and maybe a little research of her ancestors magic, Riquo
could be a valuable asset to our group," Sango nodded in agreement.
"Do you need me to carry you Riquo?"
Inuyasha whispered in her ear. Riquo grinned, turning her head to purr in his,
"Only if there's a naughty result."
Inuyasha snorted at her and she
giggled. Riquo righted herself, popping her back as she did so. She looked
around at what she had done with a critical eye, "I'll definitely have to learn
how to make this a lot less messy." Inuyasha snorted at her again as she walked
towards where her band had dropped. She squatted down to pick it up and examined
it, Inuyasha walking up behind her. He squatted down next to her and looked at
her band. Not a scratch or blemish could be seen on it, it was perfect.
Kagome and Kouga met back up with
Inuyasha and Riquo, Kagome placing the purified jewel shard into a small vial
and then placing it back into her shirt. Riquo and Inuyasha stood up together, Riquo
sliding the band back onto her arm.
"So...that's pretty much how it goes,
huh? Find the demon with the shard, kill the demon with the shard, get the shard
out of the disgusting, oozing body parts of the dead demon. Just like that?"
Kagome giggled with Riquo, "Yea,
pretty much. It's starting to become a normal everyday routine."
Miroku and Sango walked over to join
them, "Very nice work, Riquo. That was some display of power back there," Miroku
said to her.
Riquo grinned, "Thank you. I didn't
know I could...what the hell is that?" she took a defensive step back into
Inuyasha as villagers began to run towards them from their huts.
"Look! The strangers have defeated
"Praise Kami! We have been saved!"
Out of the masses one villager, apparently they're
leader, stepped forward and shouted, "Halt! My name is Hakuno. Tell us your
names, strangers, so that we may remember your act of bravery for years to
come." He was dressed like a king, which was weird considering the village
didn't look very wealthy, except for maybe his house.
When they all introduced themselves,
one villager stepped forward towards Riquo, "Riquo? Riquo the island gypsy dancer?"
Riquo stumbled backwards to get away
from the villagers that began to move towards her, "Um, I-I don't go by that name
Inuyasha glanced angrily at Riquo.
She was scared. He'd never seen her scared before but he could tell by her scent
that she wasn't welcoming the name they called her by.
"It is her! Look at how her
black tail wraps around her leg and her black ears atop her head move. It has to
be her!" the crowd of people
started talking all at once about their good fortune and such.
Hakuno shouted for silence. He turned
and set his sights on Riquo, stalking towards her like a lion to its prey.
Riquo's tail had indeed wrapped itself around her leg in a comforting gesture.
Inuyasha growled next to her at the approaching leader. He didn't know what the
hell was going on but that human was walking towards his woman. Inuyasha
grinned, that's right...she's mine.
Kagome leaned in and whispered to
Riquo, "Hey! Why the heck are they calling you an "island gypsy?" what does that
Sango shifted her Hiraikotsu
defensively. The villagers kept moving closer and she was getting uncomfortable
as well, "I've heard that a gypsy is some kind of cheap, thieving dancer. Why
would they be calling you this, Riquo?" Sango asked. Kilala growled in one
direction and Sango glanced over to see Miroku asking a random village girl to
bear his children. Sango seethed, Damnit Miroku, and started towards the
pervert monk, gripping the boomerang in preparation and completely forgetting
When Hakuno was directly in front of
the terrified Riquo he looked her over and smiled, "Indeed she is Riquo the
island gypsy dancer."
Riquo continued to back up, Inuyasha
having moved out of the way long ago, "No, no you don't understand-"
"Come!" Hakuno said raising
his jeweled hand into the air to obtain everyone's attention, "we shall hold a
feast at my palace in your honor. Everyone to my palace! We must prepare for
tonight! There shall be drinking, dancing and women for everyone!" The men of the village shouted and
began walking towards the palace with Hakuno leading them.
Once all of the villagers had their
backs to them and were out of earshot, Inuyasha spun Riquo around, grasping her
arms tightly, "What do they mean island gypsy dancer, since when are you a
whore?! Or is that just one more thing about you we get to find out about you at
the last minute?!" He was furious. He thought he had her figured out, thought
he'd found someone he could possibly relate to and bond with, and then one more
mystery about her is revealed.
Riquo stared at him at him, hurt
filling her eyes in the form of black tears. Then her pride got the best of her and she narrowed her
eyes, wrenching herself away from him, "Don't you dare call me a whore! I don't know
what part of Japan you've been through, Inuyasha, but where I come from there is
a big difference between a dancer and a whore! I was born a dancer and that's
not something you can just give up so easily!"
"Well then what did you mean when you
said you didn't go by Riquo the island gypsy dancer anymore?" Sango asked
dragging an abused Miroku behind her.
Riquo sighed in frustration, "That was
just a name villagers started
giving me whenever I would dance in the streets. I wander, so whenever I went to
a village I would dance for the villagers and get free room and food out of it."
Kagome walked in the middle of
everything, walked straight up to Riquo and hugged her, "Riquo, dancing does not
make you a whore, and neither does the name gypsy,"
she started walking with her and the others leaving Inuyasha behind, "Don't mind
him Riquo," she whispered, " he doesn't understand the heart of a dancer like I do."
Riquo smiled at her and then craned
her neck to look back at Inuyasha. She gave him a hurt, sorrowful look and he really
regretted what he had said. He dropped his head down, his white bangs covering
his eyes so he could resist the urge to run up to her and hold her forever.
Riquo walked silently with Sango and
Kagome towards the palace, Kouga coolly placing his arm around Kagome's
shoulders. Riquo didn't want to think about anything at the moment but her
senses kept seeking out Inuyasha's familiar aura. She longed to jump into his
arms, but she had to be more stubborn than that. She wasn't going to let him say
shit like that to her and get away with it.
Miroku saw Riquo's distress from the
way her tail moved erratically and slowed his pace til he was walking with
Inuyasha, "You know Inuyasha, you really should try to be nicer to Lady Riquo.
After all, she is a friendly, FEMALE hanyou and you two could hit it off and
A large knot formed on top of Miroku's head,
"Spare me, monk, I am in no mood for your antics."
Miroku sighed, shrugging his
shoulders at the hopelessness of his hanyou friend, "Whatever you say Inuyasha, just
making a suggestion."
Inuyasha and Miroku walked in
silence the rest of the way. Inuyasha looked up at the darkening sky and swore under his breath. He
could feel himself getting weaker. Miroku glanced over at Inuyasha, "You might
want to try and relax tonight, Inuyasha. You'll be in your human form anyway so
you might as well have a little fun."
Inuyasha narrowed his eyes at the
monk, "Let me guess, you're looking forward to the 'women' part of this party,
Miroku gave him that patented
perverted smile and Inuyasha groaned. This was going to be a long night.
When everyone arrived at the palace,
they were each shown to their individual rooms. Much to her dismay, Riquo was
led away from the group up a staircase by some servant women.
Still a little neurotic from her
battle and the oncoming villagers, Riquo dismissed her option of staying
stubborn and looked behind her as she was dragged up the stairs.
"Inuyasha," she whispered.
Hearing his name, Inuyasha turned
around to see Riquo looking at him as the servants dragged her up the stairs.
She had the same, sorrowful look painted on her features, but she was also
pleading for help.
Inuyasha took a step toward her but
was intervened by a servant, "This way to your room sir," Inuyasha obeyed the
man, not wanting to cause a scene and opting to talk to Riquo later.
Kagome was led to her room, which was
modestly furnished. Kagome shrugged and plopped down onto the bed, it has a
nice bed, and that's better than the bare ground. There was a knock at her
door and a servant poked her head through.
"Excuse me miss, we were asked to
bring these to you for the party," following the meek servant girl were three
other girls, each carrying three beautiful kimonos each. They each bowed to her
after laying the kimonos out on the bed next to and quietly retreated her room.
Hopping off the bed, Kagome fingered the satin fabric of a royal blue kimono.
She grinned, I'm going to have to thank Riquo for this one. We wouldn't be in
here if it wasn't for her. She began going through the several kimonos that
she had to choose from for the party. Suddenly her door opened and then slammed
shut. Kagome whirled around only to run into Kouga's chest.
"Kouga! You scared me to death!" he
chuckled and hugged her close to him. They stayed like that for awhile, Kagome
breathing in the musky scent of his armor. He smelled of forest pine and fresh
air. She always loved his scent.
"So, what are you doing in here,
hmm?" She squeezed her arms around him in a loving gesture.
Kouga chuckled again and squeezed her
back, "Came in here to see you, what else?" Kagome smiled at him and then
turned around in his arms to look at the kimonos on her bed.
"So which one do you think would look
good on me?"
"I don't know. How about you try them
on and I'll tell you which one looks best," Kouga said, giving her his best
Kagome gulped, "Try-try them on? In
front of you?"
Kouga outright laughed at that and
kissed her nose. He whispered in her ear, "What's the matter? Afraid I might like what I
Kagome smiled, "No I'm afraid you
might get horny and make us late for the party. I haven't seen Riquo dance in
years and I am not going to miss this! So there," She gave him a quick kiss on
the lips, grabbed the royal blue kimono and went behind the changing curtain. Kouga
smiled shaking his head and sat down on her bed.
Inuyasha paced back and forth in his
room. His hair was oil black, his fangs and nails gone along with his ears and his temper skyrocketing
every minute. He needed Riquo really bad on this night. To hold her and kiss her
and to apologize to her. He stopped in the middle of the floor. I
need to tell her. He was about to start pacing again when there was a loud
knock on his door.
Sango walked in wearing a green kimono
with black flowers silhouetted across it. She stood in the open door with
concern written on her face, "Are you alright Inuyasha? I can hear you pacing in
Inuyasha sighed, "I'm just irritated
Inuyasha winced, Am I
that obvious? "Sort of, plus..." Inuyasha pointed to his hair.
Sango nodded, "I see."
Miroku popped his head in behind her,
wearing his usual attire,
"The party is starting downstairs, you two," he turned to Sango, "Sango you look
beautiful. Will you allow me to escort you?"
Sango leered at Miroku as he offered
her his hands, "As long as you keep your hands away
from my ass, sure why not."
"You have no faith in me Lady Sango,"
she took his hand and he pulled her through the door into the massive hallway.
"No, you just have a bad reputation."
"Touché, my dear."
Inuyasha walked in silence behind
them, fidgeting. He was anxious tonight, but the new moon had absolutely nothing to do with