The Sounds of Being by SakuraRyuu
Summary: Written for the At First Tweak Sound AFX challenge.
Categories: Fairy Tales Characters: InuYasha, Kagome, Kirara, Kouga, Miroku, Sango, Shippou
Genres: Angst, Divergence, Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Suspense
Warnings: Language
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Completed: Yes Word count: 6261 Read: 36173 Published: April 08, 2010 Updated: April 08, 2010
Intervention by SakuraRyuu
Author's Notes:
Prompt: SFX Challenge - Paa! (sparkle)

Kouga takes in his surroundings.

Kagome spent the night in her sleeping bag with Shippou snuggled to her middle. She, Miroku and Sango were sleeping feet to head around the camp fire while Kouga kept watch at the door of the cave and InuYasha kept watch over his companions from the dark corner he had chosen for himself. The rest of the evening had been tense to say the very least. InuYasha wouldn't come near Kagome and only talked to her if necessary. She, in return, had stayed away from him as well, and tried to not talk to him at all. Her feelings were hurt, she didn't understand his reaction to her and why he was acting so severely cold toward her. She lay awake long after everyone else had fallen asleep and she knew he was awake as well, but she didn't dare approach him. He could tell by her breathing she hadn't fallen asleep but still wanted nothing to do with her. The farther away he was from her the better.

Kouga eyed the two suspiciously. As much as he wanted Kagome for himself and was certainly not about to give up trying to claim her as his mate, he was not pleased that she was so upset and Dog-breath was to blame. He knew what InuYasha's problem was but was not about to approach either of them about it. He knew they both were awake and no matter what he chose to say to whom, the other would hear. And the rest of the group was there as well, leaving even less privacy, if that were possible in this cave.

As he surveyed their surroundings outside the cave Kouga formed a plan. There was a spring nearby and he knew InuYasha usually watched over the area while Kagome bathed although he didn't think that would be the case now. He would offer to accompany her to the spring when the rain broke so she could bathe and get into fresh clothes before the next bought of rain fell and they were confined to the cave again. Along the way to the spring he would approach her about what had caused InuYasha to pull away from her so harshly. If he could make her understand her mistake he knew she would try to fix things and ease the tension everyone felt.

Once he got back with Kagome, Kouga would approach InuYasha and offer to help him hunt for the group. He knew if he didn't try to loosen the hanyou up about what Kagome had done, he would never allow her to get close enough to try and fix anything. Thinking about InuYasha's past he was surprised Kagome didn't seem to understand her mistake or the repercussions she was experiencing now. Kouga shook his head. How could they both be so emotionally constipated? He knew she was so much smarter than this, although he wasn't so sure about Dog-breath.

The slight shadow of a tree outside the cave caught his eye and Kouga realized the sun was trying to rise. Sometime during his scheming the rain had stopped and the wind had settled down. It was still very gray outside but the little bit of sunlight that was getting through was making the water hanging around the cave entrance sparkle. It was a lovely site. He knew the weather was going to keep them in the cave another day at least so he had to act fast before the rain came again. He got up and walked toward Kagome, ready to wake her for her bath.

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