Meeting The Family
In every relationship there are tests. Humps, hurdles, and loops one must jump through in order to progress into the next stage of intimacy. Some obstacles are easy requiring little to no thought or preparation, but unfortunately meeting your girlfriend's family is not one of those easy obstacles.
The closer they drove to Kagome's chilhood home the more nervous Inuyasha became. Inuyasha had never considered himself a people person. He had a foul temper, no filter, and an attitude that took a special kind of person to put up with. He'd been a loner most of his life until he'd met Miroku and even his relationship with Kagome had a rocky start due to his lack of finesse when it came to interacting in social situations.
His palms didn't begin to sweat until they finally pulled into the small driveway of the modest home. As they walked closer and closer to the door Inuyasha wondered why he was so damn hot when it was a crisp fall afternoon, and as Kagome knocked on the door and waited for someone to answer he wondered how long it was gonna take for him to pass out from lack of oxygen getting to his brain.
"Inuyasha don't be so nervous, I'm sure my family will love you as much as I do." Kagome said with a sincere smile. Inuyasha tried to let her soothing words comfort him, but when an older woman with Kagome's face opened the door he quickly reverted back into a sweaty nervous wreck.
"Kagome! It's so good to see you!" The older woman smiled brightly as she enveloped her daughter in a tight hug. Releasing her daughter the woman flashed the same bright smile at Inuyasha and he too was brought into her tight embrace. "And you must be Inuyasha, I've heard a lot about you from Kagome. It's nice to finally meet you." She said sweetly.
Still reeling from the unexpected hug Inuyasha was struck by how comfortable Kagome's mother seemed to be with his presence. She was so warm and inviting and it reminded him a lot of his own mother.
"Well let's head inside. Dinner is almost ready and I've got tea if you'd like some." Kagome's mother lead the pair into the kitchen where Inuyasha soon found himself being assaulted by a small prune of a man.
"Begone from my home demon!" Said the old man as he slapped a useless ofuda on Inuyasha's forehead.
"What the hell? I'm no demon!" Inuyasha yelled snatching the ofuda from his face and ripping it in two.
"Grandpa! I thought we had an agreement, no ofudas or purifying salts!" Kagome said shaking her head at her grandfather's antics.
"Really sis? This is the guy you're boning? His hair is longer than yours!" A teenaged boy walked into the kitchen smirking at his sisters gaping mouth.
Inuyasha had already met Kagome's mother, the only sane one in the family apparently, was assaulted by her senile grandfather, so that only left her little brother Souta.
"Keh, you gotta alotta mouth for someone so scrawny." Inuyasha said looking the lanky teenager up and down.
"Bet I could still take you, I'm captain of the judo team at my highschool!" He said proudly.
"Souta stop trying to fight our guest and set the table, dinner's ready everyone!" Kagome's mother fixed a traditional japanese meal for dinner and she chuckled at Inuyasha's childlike excitement when she placed a steaming bowl of ramen in front of him.
After Inuyasha had finished two rounds of dinner, three rounds of dessert, and sufficiently kicked Souta's ass in ultimate street fighter it was time for the couple to say their goodbyes.
"It was nice meeting you Inuyasha, feel free to stop by for dinner anytime." Kagome's mom beamed.
"Thank you Ms. Higurashi." Inuyasha replied politely. Inuyasha turned and bowed respectfully to Kagome's grandfather as the old man still eyed him skeptically, and mumbled under his breath about purifying salts.
Lastly he turned to Souta executing the handshake they created during dinner perfectly.
"Don't hurt my sister or I'll kick your ass." Both boys chuckled at the shocked gasps of Kagome and her mother as they both scolded the teenager for his language.
"Wouldn't dream of it kid." Inuyasha said sincerely and with that he and Kagome finally took their leave.
"See I told you it wouldn't be so bad." Kagome said as she opened the door to Inuyasha's apartment.
"Yeah I guess you're right, the geezer's kinda nuts though." He said jokingly.
"He's only trying to protect his granddaughter's honor from bad boys like you, who want to defile me and steal my innocence." Kagome giggled as she wrapped her arms around her boyfriend of almost 8 months neck, and kissed him sweetly on the lips.
Her giggles soon turned into full blown laughter as Inuyasha lifted her up bridal style into his arms and carried her to his bedroom. Depositing her on the bed Inuyasha leaned over her small frame and cupped her cheek gently in his hand.
"I love you wench." He said softly suddenly feeling so incredibly lucky for having a girl as smart, caring, and beautiful as Kagome in his life.
"I love you more Inuyasha."
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