The Deadly Siren by JazaraRose
Summary: The legend of The Deadly Siren tells the story of a warrior born from the ashes of her decimated kingdom. Her duty is to bring peace to a world that knows only of chaos and destruction. Her beauty and power are unrivaled, and never has she failed to bring down an enemy. But when the world needs her most will she be brought to her knees by one man?
Categories: Legends Characters: InuYasha, Kagome, Miroku
Genres: Angst, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Warnings: Character Death, Language
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 10 Completed: No Word count: 21627 Read: 3516 Published: September 12, 2014 Updated: May 23, 2017
Chapter 2 by JazaraRose

Chapter 2


A dark haired woman stood in the middle of a vacant field. She looked on calm and poised as the scent of death wafted to her nose. She stared into the thundering sky letting the rain hit her face. Cleansing her, purifying her, washing away the blood of her slain enemies.

This was her life. Her duty.

The countless bodies of demons littered the ground. Ugly disgusting things. But one body was not demon. It stood out among the disturbing site. The woman couldn't help it. She walked over to the body of an innocent. Someone whose life shouldn't have ended this way. Never this way.

The young warrior fell to her knees. Her tears mixing with the rain and her mouth opened in a silent scream. She wiped furiously at her face. She was a warrior and warriors don't cry. They didn't have emotions. But as she kneeled there beside that body the only question on her mind was why?

Why must everything she held dear be taken away? Why couldn't she have a normal life?

Because her life was no longer her own. Everything she did was for the good of the world. The day she was born she became a means to an end.

She couldn't hold it in any longer and she choked on a sob.

"Why? Why can't I be like everyone else?" she questioned out loud.

Too caught up in her pain she never noticed the set of calculating eyes that watched her from the shadows.

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"Kagome-chan you're late."

"I'm sorry Midoriko-sama. I lost track of time."

"Kagome.." her mentor sighed.

" I know. I know. It won't happen again. I promise." Kagome said. The last thing she wanted was to be lectured on her tardiness and how it could affect her training.

"Well since you just came back home I figured we'd do something easy today. I set up the targets behind the castle so you can work on your archery."

"Yes Midoriko-sama."

"Kagome?" Turning Midoriko saw the bags under her young eyes. She saw how pale her skin looked and how lifeless and dull her hair was becoming. Kagome seemed to look older and older everyday. As if her youth was being drained from her. It broke Midoriko's heart, but there was nothing she could do, which in turn shattered her heart into many more pieces.

"Nevermind." She said with a smile watching Kagome leave.

'I understand Kagome. I know you're tired and I know you wish to be something you are not. I don't know how to make things better for you. I don't know how to help you. For that I am sorry.'

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Kagome shot arrow after arrow. Hitting the center every time. She was getting pretty good if she did say so herself.

Her face was contorted in concentration when a small scream broke her focus. Turning her eyes away from the target the arrow she launched when flying into a near by tree. Another scream was heard as the intruder came close to being impaled right between the eyes.

"Oh my god! Hojo I'm so sorry! I almost killed you!" Rushing over to him Kagome continued to fuss over the boy. Checking him from head to toe making sure he was free of injury.

"Don't worry I'm fine." He said with a smile.

"Are you sure? I'm really sorry."

"Truly. Really I'm okay. Thank you for your concern Kagome-san."

"Hojo-kun we're the same age. You don't have to address me so formally."

"I know but there's no way I could disrespect you by calling you anything less than Kagome-san."

"If you insist Hojo. Was there something you needed? You know before I almost shot your head off." The two laughed as Kagome helped the young delivery boy to his feet.

"Actually there is. A letter came in from the east for Lady Midoriko." Reaching into his bag Hojo pulled out the delicately folded letter and handed it to Kagome.

"Thank you Hojo-kun I'll make sure she gets it." Smiling Kagome headed off to find her teacher when Hojo's voice stopped her.

"K-Kagome-san? Can I uh ask you s-s-something?"

"Yeah sure."

"I know it's kind of improper but would you be willing to go on a walk with me tomorrow afternoon? I-I-I mean that's if you want! Of course you don't have to, but it would really make me happy if you said yes. I mean you know I uh, er..."

Smiling Kagome couldn't help but laugh at his antics. The blush on his cheeks had to be the cutest thing she'd ever seen.

"I'd love to Hojo-kun. I'll see you tomorrow." Walking back to find her mentor Kagome couldn't hold in her giggle at the exclamation of joy she heard Hojo let out.

'Finally! A chance to be normal!'

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"Midoriko-sama. Hojo-kun brought in a letter for you."

"Oh really? From whom?" The powerful priestess sat in her study. She sat on the floor with her feet tucked underneath her as she studied an old scroll.

"I'm not sure. All he said was that it came from the East."

"Hmm? Well that's very strange." Taking the letter from Kagome's hands Midoriko unraveled it beginning to look at its contents. Turning around she noticed her pupil standing in the corner and staring at her.

"Is there something else you needed dear?"

"Oh! Um well I was just wondering...if uh...we could start my training session tomorrow a little early?"

"And why would we do that?"

"No reason in particular." Midoriko could smell her lie from a mile away.

"Okay how about you tell me the real reason for wanting to start your training earlier tomorrow?"

"I hear that it's going to be a nice day tomorrow and I'd like to take advantage of it. Maybe go for a walk or something?"

Midoriko eyed her suspiciously. Kagome only hoped that she bought it.

"Fine. We'll start at dawn." Kagome hung her head. She really hated getting up so early.

"Yes Midoriko-sama."

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"Hi Hojo-kun!" Kagome said running up to meet Hojo. Dressed in a simple yukata, her hair was pulled away from her face and held in place by a white ribbon.

"Hello Kagome-san. You look really nice."

"Thank you. Are you ready?"

"Of course." The two young people walked comfortably side by side. The conversation was light and pleasant. Kagome couldn't remember the last time she'd been able to be around someone her own age like this. It was refreshing. Hojo was sweet and polite. He was easy to talk to. Kagome valued his friendship as well as the time they spent together. Soon their walks became a regular occurrence.

Kagome knew that Midoriko-sama had been becoming increasingly more suspicious of her. Though she couldn't find the energy to care. They continued to have early morning training so that her afternoons were open for Hojo.

Walking into her room that evening she stripped out of her day clothes and put on her sleeping yukata. That night she couldn't get her mind let her sleep. Her thoughts were full of Hojo and the beautiful garden they has ventured to this afternoon.

Picking up the red rose Kagome gave it a gentle sniff. It smelled delightful. Lying the flower next to her pillow Kagome drifted off to sleep with a small smile on her face, and one last thought on her mind.

'I'm not sure what this feeling is. Intense like? Love? Whatever it is I can only hope Hojo feels it too."

Caught up in the wings of normalcy Kagome never noticed the haunting eyes that watched their every move.

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"Damn! I'm late!" Running as fast as her legs could carry her Kagome rushed towards the normal meeting for her and Hojo.

"Hojo-kun! Sorry I'm late. Midoriko-sama wanted me to..." trailing off the young girl realized her companion was missing. "That's weird." she said to herself.

Sitting on a large boulder Kagome decided to wait. Maybe he was running late too. She waited and waited and no one came. At sunset when the young man still failed to show her heart sank. Having no choice Kagome walked back to the castle. Negative thoughts tugged at her. Why didn't he show up?

'Was it something I did? Something I said?" Shaking her head the thought didn't even seem plausible.

'What if he found someone else? Someone better than me? A normal girl. Someone who I could never compete with?"

She willed the tears away. She was a warrior priestess and warriors don't cry, but the pain in her heart seemed to say otherwise. Finally reaching the castle she hoped she could avoid Midoriko. Running straight to her room Kagome lit a few candles and incense. Hoping the soft glow and scents would lull her to sleep but Kagome continued to lay in bed. Her thoughts were constantly running around in circles in her mind.

Only when she heard a light tapping on her window did they stop. Walking over cautiously Kagome slowly opened her window and peered out.

"Hojo-kun?"

"I'm sorry to wake you Kagome-san, but I was busy this afternoon and missed our walk. I-I wanted to see you."

Even in the dark Kagome could see his blush and it made her smile.

"I thought you forgot about me." She said sadly.

"No! Never! I could never forget about you Kagome-san." She smiled. "Would like to go on our walk now? I know it's late but there's something I'd like to show you."

Her smile wavered slightly. It was late and if they got caught Midoriko-sama would kill her.

"I promise you won't get caught. Those guards are sleeping and we'll be really quiet."

Knowing she was going against her better judgement Kagome relectantly said, "okay." Turning and getting dressed Kagome told him she'd be right down.

"Just come out the window." He said.

"Are you sure?" Kagome said giving him a strange look. She sure wasn't how far down it was but falling would definitely hurt. No broken bones but a lot of pain.

"Yes. I promise to catch you. Just jump." Slowly climbing out the window Kagome looked down at Hojo. Gulping loudly she closed her eyes and let go of the wall. She expected to hit the ground. For pain to wrack through her, but when nothing came she open one eye only to see she was safely in Hojo's arms.

"See. I told you Kagome-san." He smiled at her and the uneasiness in her belly grew. Hojo was not by any means weak or out of shape. From what she had witnessed Hojo had the average strength of any man his age, but there was no way possible he should have been able to catch her with such ease.

Soon they started walking, the conversation light and pleasant like usual. After what seemed like 10 minutes the pair continued to walk, and it seemed there was really no true destination.

"Hojo-kun where are we going?"

"Don't worry Kagome we'll be there soon." She stopped dead in her tracks. He called her Kagome. Hojo never called her Kagome.

"Hojo-kun we're the same age. You don't have to address me so formally."

"I know but there's no way I could disrespect you by calling you anything less than Kagome-san."

"Kagome-san?"

"Who are you and what did you do to Hojo?" Her voice was harsh. The thing impersonating Hojo sneered at her and she almost lost her patience.

"I was wondering when you were going to notice? Don't worry Kagome your Hojo is still in here. Though if you want him back alive you're going to have to come with me."

"Don't do it Kagome-san! Run away!" Hojo's body struggled. He grabbed his head and fell to his knees.

"Damn kid! Just doesn't know when to give up does he?" Looking up Hojo's eyes had turned red. Almost as red as the rose he'd picked for her the previous day.

"Release him!" Kagome screamed.

"Come with me and I will."

"Never!"

"Then you and him both shall die." The demon in Hojo's body charged at her. Rolling out of the way she evaded his claws, but he came at her again. Realizing that she was weapon-less Kagome was backed into a corner. How could she fight with no arrows? How could she fight without hurting Hojo?

"You can't evade my attacks forever. I can see the indecisiveness etched on your face. Are you really willing to be killed to save this one boy? Humans are foolish creatures. Your emotions cloud your judgement. Your love for this boy will be the end of you."

"Shut up!" Holding out her hands Kagome let out a wave purified energy. The demon moved but not fast enough. His arm was singed.

"Bitch!" He cried. Coming at her again she took him on full force. Flipping over him she elbowed him in the neck and kicked his feet out from under him. With his quick reflexes the demon caught himself and brandished a sword Kagome didn't know he had.

Charging him Kagome grabbed his wrists sending her spiritual power throughout his body. He howled in pain and in turn dropped the sword. Quickly putting up a barrier Kagome focused her energy on the blade, trying to dissipate the demonic aura.

Dropping the barrier Kagome lifted the sword waiting for her enemy to charge her. Anticipating his attack the demon did just that. Lifting the sword above her head Kagome prepared to defend herself when he stopped his attack. Shocked Kagome still held her ground, but when his head lifted and she saw Hojo's brown eyes she crumpled.

"Hojo-kun?" She whispered.

"Kagome-san I'm so sorry. Please you have to kill me."

"No! Hojo-kun I can save you! I know I can!"

"I know you can too but I want you to do this. You're tired. Please just end it."

"I won't!" Looking at him Kagome could see his eyes shifting between his natural brown the demon's red. How could she do it? How could she kill him? After everything.

"Kagome-san please. I can't fight him much longer."

Walking over to him Kagome stood before him. Raising her sword Hojo gave her a sad smile.

"I'm sorry we couldn't spend more time together."

"I'm sorry too. So so sorry." The tears welled up in her eyes and she fought to hold them back.

"I love you Kagome." His voice was so clear and so soft. The sincerity in his words broke the dam and the tears fell hard and fast. He'd dropped the san and just called her Kagome.

"I love you too Hojo." Stepping even closer Kagome placed her lips on his. The kiss was sweet full of innocent adolescent love.

Taking the sword she placed it right in his heart releasing him from the demon's hold. His lips went slack and his body fell to the ground. Following him unto the ground Kagome touched his face now going cold with death. She closed his eyes and prayed for his soul.

The heavens opened up and the rain started to fall. It seemed that even the Kami wept for her. The spike of demonic energy would surely bring in the lesser demons. The would try to feed on Hojo's body and she would be damned before she let that happen.

Sensing the demons coming Kagome prepared herself. Wiping away her tears she let the rain wash over her.

This was her life. Her duty.


End Notes:

Sorry if the battle scene seems a little rushed and crappy, action isn't really my forte.

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