1. Sorry by SilentTaiyoukai
I hate you, Inuyasha!
It was those ugly words that their argument had ended on. As soon as they left her mouth she wanted to reel them in and take them back, but she didn’t. She couldn’t bring herself to swallow her pride and say she was sorry, even with the hurt so clearly stamped across his face. The way his eyes went wide and his ears fell flat against his head…
She couldn’t look at him. She clapped her hand to her mouth and turned away. He approached her, but before he could reach her she had jumped through the well and left him standing dumbfounded on the other side.
That had been four days ago.
For four days she had sat through lectures with her mind constantly wandering. For four days she waited for him to come and take her back through the well, just like he always did.
She knew now that it would be different this time. It had to be, after the how deeply she had hurt him. Hate was a strong word, and it should have never left her lips. She could never hate him. Not after all he had done for her. Not while, deep down in her heart, her bones, her very soul, she felt this way about him…
Kagome stood up quickly, her chair toppling over with a loud clatter. She barely noticed that every eye in the room was upon her. She didn’t think, she didn’t even take any of her schoolbooks with her. She didn’t hear the teacher calling her name.
She just started running.
She ran through the hallways and down the stairs, nearly colliding with a few students on the way. She would run all the way home, every red light in the crosswalks be damned. She was going through the well and finding him. She was going to throw herself into his arms and maybe they could put it all behind them…
She got no further than the front of the school.
He was standing there, leaning up against the bicycle rack with his hands tucked into his sleeves. They stood looking at each other for a moment, neither of them saying a word. Kagome tried to read his expression, but his gaze was inscrutable. She approached him slowly, tentatively, and his quiet reserve began to fail him. His face relaxed, his arms falling limp at his sides.
“Inuyasha,” Kagome said softly.
“Kagome,” he said, and she couldn’t hold herself back anymore. She threw her arms around his neck and held him tight. She buried her face in his collar as his arms limply surrounded her.
“I’m so sorry!” she said, her voice muffled slightly. “I don’t hate you.”
“Keh,” he spat. “I know that.”
But she had seen the hurt in his eyes. She knew what he said wasn’t the truth, or at least it hadn’t been at first. Kagome unraveled herself from him and looked in his eyes. She tried her best not to cry, but failed. She sniffled and wiped her eyes on her sleeve.
“You’re not angry?” she asked.
“No,” he said, his tone resolute. His eyes then fell away from her. “Are you?” he asked tentatively.
“No,” Kagome smiled. She hugged him again. His arms wrapped more firmly around her waist. She would have stayed like that, secure in his arms, until the end of time itself, but he began to fidget in her arms and his voice called her out of her reverie.
“Uh, Kagome?” he asked. His voice sounded oddly subdued.
“Why are there so many people looking at us?”
Kagome went stiff in his grasp. She was suddenly terrified to turn around. In her joy at seeing him, she had forgotten that she was indeed still in front of her school. Slowly working her way out of his arms, Kagome turned and found all of her classmates hanging out of a number of second story windows. Some were pointing at her, others were making faces at them, and even more were having a good laugh at her expense.
Kagome turned and buried her face in Inuyasha’s suikan, her cheeks slowly turning an equal shade of red.
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