Sessoumaru comes for Tetsaiga.
"What are you doing here, Sessoumaru?" InuYasha bellowed, jumping from the entrance of the cave to land nearer to his brother.
"The wolf said you were near my lands so I came to see for myself. Lucky he was correct because now I can take the Tetsaiga from you. Prepare yourself, InuYasha." Sessoumaru growled as he swung his poison whip at his younger brother. InuYasha jumped, blocking the whip with Tetsaiga.
"Sessoumaru! You better leave or I'll shoot this arrow straight through your heart!" Kagome yelled at the daiyoukai, pointed her drawn arrow directly at his heart.
"You dare threaten me, girl! I take orders from no one!" With that Sessoumaru deserted his attack on InuYasha and leapt at Kagome, poison claws drawn.
"Kagome!" InuYasha yelled to her, "Move outta the way!" With that he hurled himself after his brother, throwing his body into Sessoumaru's side, knocking him off course.
Shippou jumped up on Kagome's shoulder, rapping lightly on her head with his tiny fist: knock, knock, knock.
"Kagome, is anybody home? If Sessoumaru attacks us here the opening of the cave could fall in and we would be trapped inside!" Shippou whined, a look of genuine concern on his small face.
"Gosh, Shippou, you're right! But we need to lead Sessoumaru away from InuYasha!" Kagome's mind worked frantically for a way to separate the brothers. "I've got it! I'll run to the right and shoot an arrow at Sessoumaru. That should draw his attention away from InuYasha and maybe he'll follow me. You guys stay here in case something goes wrong." With that Kagome ran into the rain and to the right of the opening of the cave, headed toward the road they had walked down the day before. As she got near the road she turned and shot an arrow at Sessoumaru. He turned from InuYasha just in time to dodge the arrow and flip his poison whip at Kagome, aiming for her head.
"Kagome!" InuYasha bellowed at her, forgetting about the battle with his brother and heading for her to snatch her out of the way before it was too late.
"InuYasha!" Kagome screamed back, afraid he would get hit under Sessoumaru's attack instead. At the last moment he slammed into her, snatching her off the ground and not breaking his stride. He continued to run with her until she was safely out of Sessoumaru's line of attack and sitting in a tree on the other side of the road.
"Kagome, are you ok?" InuYasha asked, looking over her quickly while he still held her to his chest.
"InuYasha, I'm fine. Are you ok?" Kagome asked him, grasping the shoulder of his haori, concern on her face for the hanyou.
"Keh. Let me finish him. I'll be back." InuYasha bounded out of the tree and back to the battle.
Once Kagome was out of harm's way Kouga left his position among the trees near the cave and attacked Sessoumaru. "I told you I did not want her harmed!" the wolf prince yelled at the daiyoukai, readying his fist to land a punch to Sessoumaru's face.
"She is none of my concern, wolf. I came for the Tetsaiga." Sessoumaru dismissed the wolf by turning away to face his brother again.
"Move it, you mangy wolf!" InuYasha yelled, knocking Kouga out of the way and receiving the punch to the face meant for Sessoumaru.
"No way, dog-breath!" Kouga countered, drawing his fist back for another blow.
Kagome watched from her perch as Kouga and InuYasha slammed into each other, InuYasha dropping Tetsaiga on the ground with the first punch from Kouga.
"InuYasha! Your sword!" Kagome screamed as Sessoumaru walked toward the discarded Tetsaiga and reached for it. Just as he was about to pick it up a barrier glowed around Tetsaiga, causing Sessoumaru to draw back with a painful hiss.
"InuYasha. It seems Tetsaiga does not wish to come with me today. I shall leave it in your care for now." With that Sessoumaru turned his back on his brother and left.
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