Kagome approached Inuyasha apprehensively. Eyeing him carefully as he relaxed in Goshinboku, her steps faltered. How was she going to broach such a delicate subject with him? Sighing heavily she moved forward, deciding direct was the best, quickest way to end her anxiety.
"Inuyasha? Please come down, I need to ask you something." She called up to him from the base of his tree, hoping he wouldn't give her a hard time.
"What now?" No such luck.
"I need to ask you about something and I don't want to have to yell it up into the tree for the village to hear. It's important. Please?" Kagome was trying especially hard to be nice.
It must really be something if she wants me down there bad enough to be so nice. With that thought Inuyasha jumped down to land in front of Kagome, waiting.
"Will you sit with me under Goshinboku? I promise this won't take long." Kagome sat in the shade of the tree, waiting for Inuyasha to join her. Sitting next to her, he waited.
"Well?" he prompted.
"What can you tell me about male pregnancy? I'd never heard of it until recently and there is nothing in my school books about youkai, much less male pregnancy, which seems to be a youkai trait. I imagine the occurrence is kinda like frogs, you know? When there are too many males and not enough females male frogs will change gender and become female so they can breed but I never thought it would happen to human creatures..."
Inuyasha stared at Kagome as she began to ramble on about frogs and breeding and he had lost track of what she was saying, not really knowing where she was going with this conversation to begin with. Irritated, Inuyasha cleared his throat.
"What are you talking about, wench?"
"Maybe it's better if I just show you. Shippo!" Kagome called loudly.
Cocking his head to one side, Inuyasha watched in amazement as the small kitsune waddled toward the couple under the tree, his belly protruding from his middle, one hand supporting the heavy load, the other resting on the small of his back.
"Kagome..." the kitsune whined, "How much longer is this going to last? I'm hungry all the time, I have to pee all the time, and I can barely walk! My fox magic isn't even working right!" Stopping in front of them, he held out the hand that was behind his back, and showed them how his foxfire barely flickered. Looking at Inuyasha, Shippo's mouth fell open as he saw the golden eyes roll up into the hanyou's head, and he fell back with a thunk in the grass.
Kagome gasped, turning to Inuyasha and shaking him. Shippo was laughing wildly as he pulled the pillow out from under his vest.
"Shippo!" Kagome scolded. "He wasn't supposed to pass out from shock! He's going to be furious that I was part of your little joke!"
"That baka! He should have known there is no such thing as boys being pregnant! Otherwise, they would be girls!" Shippo laughed again, dancing off into the sunset.