Source of Magic by Moonsilver by ebonizy
Summary: An AU, occurring in the modern world, following Kagome as she attends a mixed college -"magic" and "mundane"- where she meets new friends over the period of time she is there.
Categories: Legends Characters: InuYasha, Kaede, Kagome, Kirara, Kouga, Miroku, Mrs Higurashi, Myouga, Naraku, Other, Rin, Sango, Sesshomaru, Shippou, Souta
Genres: Friendship, Romance, School Life, Slice of Life
Warnings: None
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 90 Completed: Yes Word count: 135582 Read: 21113 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Dress Hunting and Homework by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic

Chapter 11

Dress Hunting and Homework

"This one?" Sango asked.

Kagome came over to look at the skirt and wrinkled her nose. "Not right," she decided.

Sango sighed. "You're being picky."

"I've got two weeks," she objected. "I can afford to be picky." Walking back over to her rack, she began thumbing through them again.

So far, Kagome had rejected everything. There were a few maybes, but not many. They had looked over the dresses first, but Kagome didn't like the multicolored shades. The skirts were more plentiful and hopefully there would be one she would like.

Kagome looked at skirt after skirt. There has to be one that isn't tie-dyed, striped, or in a weird pattern, she thought. Her next selection was a deep pink. She grimaced. Or a color that I don't want to wear.

The next skirt on the rack was a cross between a green and blue with a lot of grey thrown in. It looked marbled and had a black edge running around the bottom. The next black line pointed up in little waves with a circle over top the point.

She checked the size and went to find someone to open up one of the dressing rooms.

Melly raised her head from her textbook as Kagome's voice reached her ears. She grinned as Kagome came into the room holding a bag in her right hand and Sango was right behind her. "Find something?" she asked.

Kagome nodded happily and withdrew the skirt. "Isn't it beautiful? Now I've just got to find something to match it."

Melly winced and marked the textbook with her notebook. Putting it aside, she took in the color of the skirt. "Blue isn't going to work. Green isn't. Grey will look funny on you. White or black."

"I don't have anything white that doesn't have a pattern on it." She glanced at her closet. "I guess I could try to buy something."

"Wait a minute." Melly pushed the book aside and went to her closet. She reached into the back and tugged out a black shirt. It was extremely thin without being quite see-through. The neckline was rounded with seven ivory buttons. The long sleeves were slit and edged with the same embroidery that was around the collar. "Try this on. It should fit you."

Kagome pulled off her shirt and tugged the black one on. Sliding her jeans off as easily as she could, she shimmied into the skirt and did up the wooden buttons. Looking at herself experimentally in the mirror, she tucked the shirt in.

"Hm. Shirt in, it gives you a better figure. Shirt out, it'll be easier to move in." Melly shrugged. "Up to you."

Kagome pulled the shirt out. "I'd rather be able to move than have someone admiring my figure," she grinned.

"Me, too," Sango confessed.

"Given any thought to what wings you want?" she asked casually, going back to her bed.

Kagome shook her head. "Nope."

Sango sat down on Kagome's bed. "What are you going to be?"

"Since Kagome can't do a goddess costume, I thought it might be fun. I think I'd rather be a queen, though. Less responsibility." Melly winked. "I'll need something fanciful to wear, a crown, and a scepter. No problem."

"I'm going to be a cat," Sango announced. "I've got the glue for the whiskers and the ears. I tried the glue yesterday and it itched so much. I was scratching at it for hours."

The older girl considered Sango. "Did you want me to create an illusion of whiskers and cat ears? They'd stay on much better."

"Would you?" Sango asked plaintively.

"I can even make the ears move," Melly said mischievously. "I'll work on it and you can come over a few minutes before we leave. I'll do Kagome's wings at the same time."

Kagome glanced at the clock and sighed. "It's about time for me to get to doing my homework."

"What have you got this weekend?" Melly asked.

"Chapter for English and a paper due next Monday. Two pages of math. A chapter of Art History. Two chapters of magical diagrams and three worksheets of plotting out what magical source and sign goes where." Kagome made a face. "And an assignment in meditation. I have to meditate somewhere this weekend and hand in a page paper on Monday. I have to think of something I'd never be able to do on my own, be it financially, physically, or mentally."

Melly nodded. "I hated that assignment."

"What'd you end up doing?"

"I said that I could never touch a cloud," she said. "Of course, Aoshi had to come up with something like fog, but that's just him."

"And I've got to get back to The Special," Sango said, standing up. "Tsubame needed today off so I've got the lunch rush to handle. Bye!"

Sango went home, Melly went back to studying, and Kagome began to search out a quiet place to meditate.

She and her backpack ended up in the small field between the normal university and the mage university. Sticking the bag of chips into the backpack, she began her breathing exercises.

An hour later, Kagome was lying back on the grass that was turning brown. Her eyes were closed and she was breathing in deeply.

Darkness flooded her eyelids instead of the red that meant she was looking at the sun. She opened them to find Inuyasha standing over her. "Homework or trying the new look of grass in your hair?" he said smirking.

"Homework," she answered smartly. "You?"

"Same." He sat down on the grass a few feet away. "So what did you think of?"

Kagome leaned back and pointed at the clouds. "Those. They look like little marshmallows floating in a sea of blue cocoa." She looked at him to find him staring at her like she was just about to be hauled off to the loony bin. "Or were you talking about the homework?" He nodded.

"See those?" she said, pointing at the trees. "I've climbed trees before. But I've never been able to touch the leaves on the end of the branch. I can touch the low branches, but not the ones in the middle. That's something I'll never be able to do on my own unless I sprout wings or stand on something really tall."

She looked so wistful that Inuyasha sighed and stood up. "Come on."

"What?"

"If you want to so badly, I'll jump."

Kagome looked at him skeptically. "No one can jump that high."

"Did you want a piggyback ride or me to carry you? Or," he suggested slyly, "are you just afraid of losing your homework? It's still something you can never do on your own."

She snorted and said, "Pick me up, then. I'm not light."

Inuyasha raised an eyebrow and swung her up into his arms with one arm under her knees. She put her arms tentatively around his neck. "Just remember to reach out for the leaves," he admonished.

He jumped and Kagome reached out. The feeling of soft leaves brushing her fingers left her with a smile on her face. "Again?" she asked. "So I can pluck one of the leaves?"

Inuyasha grumbled but jumped again. She felt the exhilaration of leaving the earth, the brush of leaves, and she fumbled. "Drat," she said softly.

He rolled his eyes and put her down. He jumped easily, hung in space for a moment, and came back down with a leaf in hand. "Here," he said, holding it out. "Have fun?" She nodded. "Good. Now go away and let me do my homework."

Kagome shook her head, but left with the leaf and her backpack.
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