1. Saturate by Patchcat
Disclaimer: These characters are not mine. They are the property of Rumiko Takahashi and anyone else she has sold legal rights to. I just like to play with them a little.
A/N: This was written for iyfic_contest's "color" theme over on Live Journal. It was originally posted to that community on April 30, 2007. It was also honored with a third place banner.
Kagome leaned against the rough wood of the well and remembered when her world was merely black and white. She got up, she went to school, hung out with friends, and then went home to her family and her studies. Life was simple, straightforward, and there wasn't any need to confuse things with deeper shades of gray. Her sunny yellow world was unmarred by uncertainty and lies.
All that changed when she was pulled across time. Then her world took on colors she never would have expected and, as the black and white swirled around her, the gray became almost overwhelming. When the red broke through, it was vibrant, willful, and courageous; and she found herself longing to be wrapped in his protection and willing to follow him anywhere.
Her world brightened with greens and blues. Always there with a joke or a smile, he helped her regain her footing when things looked bleakest. The innocence of a child could dispel the blackest of days.
The purples and pinks of her two dearest friends swirled together; a gentle joy tempered by sadness. Even the deepest blues of a tragic past couldn't dampen the bright colors of their friendship and love.
Kagome sighed as she contemplated the black depths of the well. A hand on her shoulder turned her around, and she found herself swept up in red and drowning in gold. This was where she belonged, lost in vibrant color, never again shrouded in the bleakness of black and white.
Word count: 250
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