The First Date
Kagome ran around her small one bedroom apartment, like a chicken with its head cut off. Her hair was still a mess, her makeup still wasn't done, and she still had no idea what she was going to wear. Her head turned towards the knock on her door and she went to answer it. Her best friend Sango stood in the hall with a smirk on her face, taking in her friend's disheveled appearance.
"Sango? What are you doing here?" Before the girl could even fix her lips to answer Kagome was pulling her inside and talking a mile a minute.
"Nevermind, it doesn't matter why you're here I need your help!" Dragging her un-suspecting friend into her room Sango was slightly disturbed by the amount of clothes that'd been thrown haphazardly around the room.
"How about we do your hair and makeup and worry about clothes later, huh?"
Inuyasha sat in his car trying in to reign in his nerves. He wiped his sweaty palms on his slacks and took a deep breath. He stepped out his car and let the cool night air relax him. He was bloody nervous and it was showing.
'Come on Inuyasha you made it this far no turning back now.'
He knocked on the door to Kagome's apartment and was surprised when Sango answered the door. The brown haired girl gave him a knowing smile as she looked him up and down to take in his appearance. His black slacks were crisp, the two buttons left undone on his white shirt strategically brought her eyes to his toned chest, and the sleeves of his shirt were rolled up to his elbows making it seem like he hadn't tried as hard as he did to pull together his ensemble.
"Kagome! Your date is here you lucky, lucky girl." Sango said with a wink.
Inuyasha lowered his head using his bangs to cover his flushed face.
"Are you ready Inuyasha?" Looking up at the soft voice Inuyasha was enthralled by the beauty before him. He took in the soft wave of Kagome's raven locks as they spilled gently over her shoulders and down her back. Her makeup was light and her navy blue dress extenuated her cerulean eyes.
Kagome gave him a shy smile as she took his arm and let him lead her from her apartment.
"Oh wow this restaurant is beautiful! How did you find it?" Kagome said excitedly as they walked through the beautifully decorated establishment. The restaurant looked like a scene from the feudal era. Traditional Japanese art and beautiful, ancient looking kimonos hung from the walls. A tall tree stood in the middle of the building with a small fountain adding to the tranquility of the scene.
"Well when you told me you're mother was Japanese I did a little digging."
"Good evening sir, do you have reservations?" Said the young hostess.
"Yes, for Inuyasha Taisho." Nodding the young woman diligently began typing away on the computer in front of her to find a table for the couple, but after a few minutes of waiting Inuyasha's patience began to wear thin.
"Is there a problem?" He said courtly.
"It seems that there's no reservation in our system for 'Inuyasha Taisho.' I'm sorry sir, but we don't have any unreserved tables at this time."
Inuyasha's brow twitched in annoyance. They'd been out for less than ten minutes and already things were turning to shit.
"Fine we'll wait then, how long will it take?"
"Two fucking hours?!" Inuyasha let out a groan of frustration as he and Kagome exited the restaurant.
"Inuyasha it's okay there are other restaurants in the city." She said trying to pacify him. She smiled at him to let him know she wasn't upset. Inuyasha visibly relaxed as he ran a shaky hand through his hair. The restaurant was a bust, but maybe if he tried hard enough he could still salvage the night.
"WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING TO MY CAR?" Inuyasha exclaimed as he watched the tow truck lift his baby onto its back.
"Look at the sign, this is a no parking zone after 9." The greasy truck driver said.
"Give me a break it's only 9:30! Come on, I'm tryin' to have a date here."
"Sorry man just doin' my job. Better luck next time." Tipping his hat the greasy man pulled away with Inuyasha's car in tow.
Inuyasha and Kagome sat in a small park on a cold marble bench. After walking a mile and a half back towards Kagome's apartment, her feet were in dire need of a break. 3 inch heels weren't exactly the ideal pair of walking shoes.
"Inuyasha don't beat yourself up. Things happen." She said gently. So the date didn't go perfectly, he'd tried and that's all the mattered to her.
"I've been making an ass of myself this entire night. I'd understand if you never want to see me again."
"Now why would I want to do that? Just because things didn't go according to plan doesn't mean we can't enjoy the rest of our night."
Inuyasha watched as Kagome walked away from him and to a small patch of grass. The clearing provided a breathtaking view of the stars. Laying on her back Kagome relished in the feel of the slick grass between her toes. She turned to smile at Inuyasha when she heard him settle down beside her.
"Aren't the stars so pretty here? It's hard to see them with all the city lights." Kagome whispered.
"Yeah I guess they're pretty nice. I never really took the time to look at them before." A hot blush found its way to Inuyasha's face, when Kagome's small hand found refuge in his larger one. He gave her hand a gentle squeeze as she laced their fingers together.
Inuyasha turned his head to look at her, a tender smile tugging at his lips.
'I guess things didn't turn out so bad after all.'
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