Kouga goes for some help.
"But Kouga, it's pouring down rain! Can't you wait for a break in the storm?" Kagome's concerned eyes fell on Kouga's smiling face.
"Why, Kagome, I didn't know you cared so much!" He teased, causing Kagome to blush. "I have to go see if I can find Hakaku and Ginta. Knowing those two they're probably sitting under a tree in the rain instead of finding real shelter. I'll be back as soon as I can." With that Kouga spun out of the cave into the rain.
In truth Kouga had left to find Sessoumaru. He wasn't sure yet how he would goad the daiyoukai into following him close enough to the cave for InuYasha and Kagome to sense him, but something would come to him, he was sure. He had to be found first. When Kouga had run into InuYasha's small group the night before he had come close to running into Sessoumaru's group first. However, a whiff of Kagome was on the wind and Kouga went in her direction instead. The wolf prince hoped the storm had held up the Inu lord enough that he was still in the same area as he had been the night before.
As Kouga approached the small camp site he had found Kagome at he veered west toward where he had sensed Sessoumaru. There was only one other cave in the area that could be used for shelter and that is where he was headed. As he drew closer to the second cave he saw Ah and Uhn curled up in the opening and he knew he had the right place.
Kouga stopped about 50 feet from the opening to Sessoumaru's cave, looking for the Inu lord.
"What do you want, wolf?" came a reply from behind Kouga, causing him to spin in the mud. "What are you doing in The Western Lands?"
"Last night I came upon InuYasha and his group and led them to a cave nearby for shelter. Before I saw them I noticed you were nearby, as well. Although he is not in your territory I wanted to investigate how close the two of you actually were to each other. Kagome is in his company and I want no harm to come to her." Kouga replied, looking Sessoumaru in the eye.
"You will take me to my brother's cave. I will investigate this situation further." came Sessoumaru's curt reply as he stepped back to allow the wolf to guide him further.
Upon reaching InuYasha's cave Sessoumaru stood just out of the way of the entrance.
"InuYasha," Sessoumaru called simply. "Come out and face me."
InuYasha and his group appeared in the entrance of the cave, staring at Sessoumaru standing in the rain.
"Sessoumaru!" InuYasha bellowed. As was his way, he immediately drew Tetsaiga and yelled, "Wind scar!" slinging the attack at Sessoumaru.
Sessoumaru easily dodged Tetsaiga's attack, letting if fall onto the tree behind him.
The tree immediately splintered, falling to the ground.
Kouga, who had been standing off to the side of the cave watched the exchange between the brothers. This was going to go just as he had hoped.
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