ETERNALLY DESTINED; SECRET SANTA 2011 by ED Staff
Past Featured StorySummary: Fanfiction gifts created for members of our Deviant Art group, Eternally Destined.
Categories: Fairy Tales, Fables Characters: InuYasha, Kagome
Genres: Alternate Universe, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fluff, Hentai, Romance, Slice of Life, WAFF
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Language
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 18 Completed: No Word count: 46901 Read: 21408 Published: December 25, 2011 Updated: December 28, 2011
FOR INUHANYOUNIKKIE: Holiday Spirits by ED Staff
Author's Notes:
Part 2 of 4
"What the fuck?" Inuyasha jumped and turned to his right, coming face to face with... his face. Well, his human face, anyway.

"Well, this is awkward," the human him muttered, reaching up to dry his Hanyou counterpart's cheeks with his haori.

Inuyasha sat stunned for a moment before he hastily brushed the human's hands away, "Get offa me!"

"I suppose you know why I'm here," the human started.

"I know exactly why you're here! I'm having concussion induced hallucinations because Kagome sat me, and then Miroku hit me harder than usual! Now if you'll excuse me, I hafta get checked out by Kaede!" Inuyasha tried to rudely brush passed his human self.

The human grabbed the Hanyou by the back of the collar and tugged him back, "Not gonna happen."

"Keh, says who?" Inuyasha shot back.

"Look, I'm one of three people that I know can match you for stubbornness; and one of 'em just went 500 years into the future. You're stuck with me."

"No I'm not!" Inuyasha snarled as he swung his fist at the annoying human. The human Inuyasha barely had time to duck out of the way of the haymaker.

"That's it," the human Inuyasha growled, "Osuwari!"

Inuyasha readied himself to meet the ground, but instead a brilliant blue flash engulfed the two men. His hair flew in front of him like he was being pulled backwards at a crazy high velocity.

"What the hell is going on?" He screamed at the human him, barely able to hear over the wind rushing passed his ears.

"We're taking a ride down memory lane," the human yelled back. "Get ready, we're stopping right about..."

Suddenly everything screeched to a halt, flinging Inuyasha backwards, making him roll into the wall of a hut.

"Now," the human finished lamely. "Don't worry, you'll get used to it."

Inuyasha blinked his eyes and let himself be helped up by the human. The human Inuyasha brushed the dust off the Hanyou's clothes.

"This place looks familiar," Inuyasha muttered to himself as he looked around the simple hut. He walked over to a tapestry that was hanging on the wall, "I remember this. This is-"

"That's right, our childhood home," the human finished for him. "You probably remember this night as well..."
"The worst night of our lives..." Inuyasha muttered.

----

A beautiful, regal woman strode into the room, trying to hush her crying child, "Shh, it's okay Inu. It's okay," she murmured, planting a kiss on the boy's forehead.

"But... but... they said..." the little boy tried to get out, only to be interrupted by his own crying.

"Never mind what they said. I'm here and I'm not going to let anything happen to you. You're the most important thing in the world to me. You know that, right?"

Inuyasha wiped his tears away with tiny hands and nodded.

"Now be a big, strong boy and remember, mommy will always love you," the woman said, stroking the small boy's ears.

Inuyasha's sniffles gradually slowed down.

"I love you too mommy."

----

"We don't have to watch this do we?" Inuyasha asked the human. "We both know what happens, there's no reason..."

The human Inuyasha closed his eyes and set his jaw determinedly.

"I'm sorry, we have to see this through. We were such a happy child; you have to understand how we turned so bitter."

"Keh, I know what happened! Life happened," Inuyasha protested. "What're you trying to prove by showing me this shit? You trying to break me or something?"

The human Inuyasha looked at the Hanyou sadly, "We're not trying to break you.... We're trying to stop you from breaking Kagome."

----

"Izayoi! That thing is a menace, get rid of it!" A man bellowed. Inuyasha's mother stood her ground, not flinching.

"That 'thing' is my son and your grandson, and you will acknowledge him as such!" Izayoi screamed back.

"You-you dare raise your voice at me? After I took you and that disgrace in?" the man snarled.

Inuyasha flinched at the sound of a slap echoing through the hut.

"Give him over to me, daughter," the man seemed to plead. "Once we're rid of it, we can just pretend it never happened, you can once again be the hime you're supposed to be."

"Never," Izayoi spat back, earning another slap.

"So be it," the man sneered. "I won't be responsible for what happens."

Inuyasha finally popped out from behind his mother's back, "Grandpa, you leave my mommy alone!"

The old man's eyes took on a demented glaze as he shoved the boy back, "Shut up you little abomination! You are no grandson of mine!"

----

"I think that's enough of this memory," the human Inuyasha said abruptly, pulling the Hanyou along. "We don't need to relive the mob coming later that night."

"What the hell was the point of that?" Inuyasha screamed at the human.

"The holiday Kagome mentioned is about family, remember how she mentioned that before you blew up at her? Whether you realized it or not, it brought you back to this moment; the first time our family rejected us," the human explained.

"Yeah well, who can blame me?" Inuyasha replied harshly, "how can I not think about it with the way she's always dangling her great family in front of everyone like that? Taunting the rest of us with her crazy grandfather, and her wonderful mother, and her loving little brother who- oh no!" Inuyasha stopped himself as his ranting made him realize what memory the human was about to show him.

----

Inuyasha shivered and plastered himself against the tree, hoping the monster he could hear walking around wouldn't find him. He glanced up at the black sky, cursing the moon for its absence. If it only hadn't been his human night, he could have found a decent place to hide!

The footsteps were getting louder, and the child tried to burrow even further into the wooden tree trunk. The footsteps stopped mere feet in front of him. He timidly looked up to see a pale face framed with silver hair staring disdainfully at him. He could feel the malice as the Youkai spoke to him with a low icy tone.

"Pathetic," the Youkai sniffed. He reached down and roughly plucked the human boy from his hiding spot, dangling him at arm's length.

"So this is what father gave his life to protect. The fool," the Youkai sneered, staring into the child's eyes.

Inuyasha was so terrified he barely registered what the Youkai was saying. He took in the flowing silver hair that was like his own, the golden eyes that were also like his own, the crescent moon on the Youkai's forehead... his mother had told him about this Youkai.

"S-Sesshoumaru? Are you my brother?" the boy stammered.

Sesshoumaru's eyes narrowed and he backhanded the boy across the face, watching impassively as blood trickled from the corner of the boy's mouth. The dirty blood. He dropped the boy roughly to the ground, and pinned him there with a heavy foot to the chest.

"You are nothing but the evidence of father's weakness, little brother. Don't presume to address this Sesshoumaru as kin. When the whim strikes, this Sesshoumaru will rid the world of one more regrettable half-breed."

----

"You know, we're not the only person in our group with no family. But Sango, Miroku, and Shippou don't seem to mind the 'taunting,' as you put it," the human lectured, before walking off. "Now let's go look at something a little more recent."

Inuyasha just stared in disbelief as his child human self simply laid there with a footprint across his chest and watched his older brother walk off.

"Come on, stand up! Don't let the bastard win!" he tried to encourage his past self, even though he knew it was useless. He remembered staying in that position until the dawn came.

"Move it now!" the human yelled at him, drawing his attention. He reluctantly turned away from the stunned child and ran to catch up with himself.

"What other fun memories are you going to dredge up?" Inuyasha asked sarcastically.

The human just gestured in front of him.

Inuyasha rolled his eyes, "Of course..."

----

"I'll make it simple. If you want to live, hand over the jewel," Inuyasha said menacingly, showing off his claws.

"Do you think I'm going to be gentle, little girl?" Inuyasha questioned, making his way over to Kagome. He lunged, "Not when you stink of the woman who killed me!"

Kagome shrieked and barely jumped out of the way in time. She breathed heavily as the Hanyou turned to make another pass.

"Next time I'll cut you in half," Inuyasha promised.

"Hey! You're really trying to hurt me!" Kagome cried indignantly.

"Keh, no shit," Inuyasha snarked at the earlier scene.

"Shut up," the human Inuyasha growled.

"Now.... Die!" Inuyasha screamed as he made another attempt at slicking Kagome in half. This time decimating the tree that was beside her.

Suddenly, beads appeared around the Hanyou's neck.

"Kagome! Utter a subduing spell!" Kaede called from the safety of the trees.

"You? Subdue me? Don't make me laugh!" Inuyasha replied haughtily.

"Osuwari!"

Thump.

----

"I can't believe you're showing me this to make me be nicer to the wench," Inuyasha griped, his pride stinging at the reminder of that day.

"I can't believe you tried to kill her; and all over artificial power. Tell me, was it worth it?" the human version spat back. "We'll likely be wearing these damned beads until the end of time because of it!"

"I get it, we started off on the wrong foot. I'm a bastard. Everything's my fault! It's not like I haven't heard it all before!"

"You get nothing," the human growled, "as this next scene shows."

----

Inuyasha's eyes widened in shock at the sad and lonely girl sitting on the edge of the well.

"Kagome..." he murmured wistfully.

The girl stood up and addressed her Hanyou friend, "While on the other side, I was thinking a lot. About you Inuyasha, and Kikyou, and about me... Because I understand your feelings, I thought I couldn't stay here anymore..."

"Kagome," Inuyasha interrupted, "until I met you, I couldn't trust anybody. But you cried for my sake; you were always by my side, for me. I enjoy it when you're here- I feel at ease. But... I can't laugh and enjoy things... Kikyou died following after me. I have to risk my life for Kikyou in return."

Kagome nodded sadly, "I know I can't compete with Kikyou, because I'm alive. I thought a lot about Kikyou too.... We're totally different, even though I'm Kikyou's reincarnation. But I'm not Kikyou, my heart is my heart. But there is one thing we have in common... We both want to see you again, Inuyasha. I want to be with you Inuyasha, there's no way I can forget about you. I just want one thing," Kagome said, turning a hopeful gaze to Inuyasha, "can I still be with you? Can I be here for you?"

"You... still want to be here for me?" Inuyasha stammered in amazement.

"Yes," Kagome replied, standing to grab Inuyasha's hand.

"Look at that," human Inuyasha said, wiping a stray tear, "even after we broke her heart she still wants nothing more than to be with us!"

"Keh," Inuyasha replied petulantly, crossing his arms.

"Ooh, let's listen in on her thoughts!" the human suggested excitedly as they watched the Hanyou and Miko walk away hand in hand.

'The bond between Inuyasha and Kikyou will never be cut; I understand that. But you know Inuyasha, It wasn't by chance that you and I met either. I want you to live. I want you to be happy.'

----

Human Inuyasha spun around to his Hanyou counterpart, "What the fuck's wrong with you?" he scolded. "The girl's crazy about us, and you keep throwing it back at her!"

'Shut up!" Inuyasha mumbled.

"Not yet," the human declared, "if that memory didn't make you feel like a complete worthless bastard, this one from earlier today should do the trick!"

----

"I said no, dammit!" Inuyasha snarled at the flinching girl. "We're too busy looking for shards for you to go fuck around because of some dumb holiday!"

"It's not 'some dumb holiday!'" Kagome protested. "It's Christmas!"

"Unless this Christmas is going to get us jewel shards that you spread all over the goddamn country, I don't want to hear about it!" Inuyasha screamed back.

Kagome's eyes started to tear up, "I'm going, and that's final!" she declared. "I don't get to see my family very often as it is! And you're crazy if you think I'm going to skip out on the one day a year that's all about celebrating with family!"

"Well you're crazy if you think I'm letting you laze around while Naraku's out there getting more powerful!" Inuyasha shot back.

"Please, Inuyasha. Grandpa won't be around forever, I'm missing out on Souta growing up, and I just know my mother is too worried about me to enjoy the holiday," Kagome pleaded, trying to appeal to Inuyasha's better nature. "I could die searching for these shards, don't stop me from spending what time I have left with my family."

"I care!" Inuyasha said sarcastically.

Kagome clenched her fist, but couldn't hold herself back.

Smack!

Inuyasha stared at Kagome, rubbing his reddened cheek and absolutely stunned that she'd slapped him.

"You bastard," Kagome choked out. "Osuwari!"

Kagome sadly walked away, her head hanging down, "And to think I wanted you to come along," she said quietly.

"Wait, Kagome!" Inuyasha called out, pushing against the rosary's spell. "I didn't say you could leave!"

Kagome turned around and glared at the Hanyou who was stomping his way toward her. She was beyond mad, wanting nothing more than to hurt the insensitive Hanyou as much as she was hurting right now.

"Oh you.... You.... You.... OSUWARI!" Kagome screamed, her face flushed bright red as she watched the Hanyou jerk face plant onto the frozen ground. "I can't believe you!"

----

"Wow. I'm a heartless killer, and even I thought that was harsh," a gruff voice said from behind Inuyasha.

"Huh?" The Hanyou turned his attention from his human self.

A fist came out of nowhere, smacking Inuyasha in the jaw. The Hanyou flew into the air, landing flat on his back. He shook the cobwebs out of his head as his gaze slowly climbed and took in the form of the man that had knocked him on his ass. It started at the bare feet, travelled up the familiar red hakama, and into the demented red eyes and purple stripes across the Youkai's face.

"This'll be fun," the Youkai Inuyasha grinned.
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