1. Chapter 1 by Ayamegusa
The characters of Inuyasha (manga and anime) belong to Takahashi Rumiko
Inuyasha stood at the edge of a cliff, the chilly breeze signifying the early days of winter, blew gently against his skin and hair. The cliff overlooked the forest, which bordered fields of rice paddies and a medium sized village. He could see the tiny figures of villagers tending the fields and others getting on with their daily lives.
He watched them for a while, his eyes glazing over of some distant memory long ago.
This was a place he knew well: the forest, the village, and the tree, Goshinboku. Though he could not see the tree, he knew where it was. It was near the well, the Bone Eater’s well, that strange place that allowed him to travel to an even stranger world.
To her world, which now seemed so far away, like she was, unreachable.
Thoughts of the girl slowly turned into a faint image, and he saw glimpses of her face, and her warm smile, and her soft blue-grey eyes looking back at him.
And he began to remember.
“Inuyasha, what are you thinking about?” she asked, leaning onto his shoulder.
“How deep,” she said, with a roll of her eyes.
“Keh. It’s just some stupid stuff, like the future and all that. You know, what’s going to happen once the jewel is complete, and after we defeat Naraku.”
“You sound so sure. What if it doesn’t happen that way?”
The hanyou huffed, turning his head away from her, muttering, “It will happen that way. I just thought... if we do survive, what would happen to us?” And with a glance, he gently captured her hand, feeling her warmth with his fingers.
Kagome blushed at his closeness and her eyes shone with emotion. What she had wanted to say was lost when she stared into his deep amber eyes.
“I...,” he started, continuing before he lost his nerve. “We- what if we could live together?”
There was a slight frown on her face, her silence more harsh than any sit she had given him in the past. He cursed at his stupidity, and was about to open his mouth, when she spoke, interrupting him.
“Live together. You and I?” she asked, shyly.
Her face lit up into a smile, the happiest he had ever seen, and that was all the answer he needed. The heaviness in his heart that he kept for so long – the many years of rejection, loneliness, and sadness – were lifted, erased away by this girl... this woman.
Freeing his hand, he reached up to touch her blushing cheek. But, to his horror, before he could say anything, Kagome disappeared into a haze of black smoke, never to be seen again.
Now the air around him felt cold, just like his heart.
“Inuyasha,” a voice said from behind him, breaking his daydream. “Does that village interest you?”
Inuyasha turned around to face Sesshoumaru, though he did not speak.
“What were you thinking about?”
The hanyou’s gaze lowered to the ground, and for a brief moment, the older brother saw the pain in his dull-coloured eyes.
“Nothing,” he finally replied, walking away from the sight of the village and its inhabitants.
He did not know why he had come here, to remember that place where his nightmare had begun. Yet he did from time to time, observing the life of the people going about with their normal lives, without him. Perhaps it was for the best. No one needed him; he had learnt that long ago. Even Kagome, who was probably a grown woman by now, had found a man to settle down with, someone better...
It was for the best, he supposed.
For the best...
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