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
Friendship, Romance, School Life, Slice of LifeWarnings:
February 18, 2015 Updated:
April 02, 2015
Halloween by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!
Source of Magic
"There!" Melly said sounding satisfied. "Done."
Sango got up from the computer chair and walked to the closet mirror. She blinked and one hand raised unbidden to stroke the whiskers. "They feel real!" she said shocked.
Melly shrugged. "That's part of the illusion. You can feel it because you expect it. Just remember that they'll disappear by midnight or you'll have to get me to take them off."
She turned to Kagome who was sitting cross-legged on her bed. "Have you decided yet?"
Kagome shrugged. "I still don't have a clue."
"This is so cool," Sango whispered. Kagome giggled as she watched Sango make her cat ears move.
"How did you do that?" she asked, pointing at Sango.
"It's not hard. The whiskers won't move, but the ears react to her real ears. It's just a matter of connecting the two. Kagome, you've got to decide. We've got to leave in a few minutes."
Kagome bit her lip in frustration. "I don't know. I can't have leathery bat wings. Everyone will think I'm looking for a evil mage. I can't have white feathers because then I'll be looking for a good mage."
"Why not both?" Sango asked.
Melly tilted her head to one side. "How about I give you wings and then you tell me if you like them?" She closed her eyes and began to picture the image she wanted. She mentally attached the wings to Kagome and told them they were not tangible. She opened her eyes and looked at what she had gotten.
Kagome was examining the wings. She'd flipped one forward and looked delighted. "They're perfect," she said softly.
Her wings were not bat wings, but feathery angel wings. They were...patched. Black feathers and white feathers fluttered together as if stirred by an unseen wind.
"Well, if you like them we'd better get going," Melly told the two ladies and stood. She was dressed in a long green dress that fell to mid-calf. She had adjusted the short sleeves with an illusion to make them flutter. Her scepter was really a wooden stick, but to everyone else it was a long gold rod with a large ruby encased in a round golden cage at the end. Her crown glittered with rubies, but it wasn't really there either. It was built like Sango's cat ears. Melly had fixed the crown to her head with nothing but illusion. The scepter was attached to a physical object because Melly wanted to put it down. If it wasn't, it would disappear when it left her hand.
Sango stopped her preening in front of the mirror. She was dressed all in black. Black jeans and flouncy black blouse with silky black cat ears and whiskers. Kagome was dressed in the black shirt borrowed from Melly, her skirt, and the wings attached to her back.
"Are you sure you don't want me to make you a tail?" Melly asked. Sango shook her head. "Kagome, one last thing about those wings. They'll disappear about the same time Sango's ears do. Before that, they will pass through anyone. If you bump into a table, they'll go through the table."
Her eyes widened. "What do I tell anyone who asks?"
Melly shrugged. "I'm a computer science major. Tell them it's a hologram I fixed."
They entered the cafeteria and Melly grinned at the look on their faces. Black and orange streamers hung everywhere. There were cutouts of witches, pumpkins, and other creatures that went along with Halloween. The d.j. was playing great music and lots of people were dancing.
Melly met and spoke with a few of her friends, dragging Kagome and Sango along. "Great costumes," one of the girls said as they passed by.
"Thank you," Kagome murmured. "Yours, too."
After half an hour of being walked around by Melly, Sango and Kagome left the cafeteria to get a drink. The refreshments were set up outside in the halls.
"The music is loud, isn't it?" Sango said, rubbing an ear.
Kagome nodded. "Sure is. Having fun?"
She shrugged. "It's great to get the compliments on the costume, but... Not really." At Kagome's questioning look, she continued. "The music is too loud, you can't really talk over it, and I'm not really into dancing."
Kagome laughed. "Me, neither. But I wanted to come anyway. The costumes are worth it."
"Hello, Miss Kagome."
The voice dragged her attention back to the refreshments. "Hi, Kenshin," she said cheerfully. "This is Sango."
He nodded to her. "Would you like something to drink?" He gestured to the filled cups and they each took one.
"Kenshin, I heard that you made the best cookies for this," Kagome hinted. He smiled and pointed to another table.
The two girls walked over and picked up an orange napkin. They each chose a few cookies and sweets, then walked back to Kenshin. He was helping a woman to sit down into a chair beside his. "I'd like to introduce Miss Kagome and Miss Sango," he told the woman softly. "They're students. I believe Miss Sango works at The Special...?"
Sango nodded. "It's nice to meet you." Kagome nodded and smiled her acknowledgement.
"Pleasure," the woman grinned. "I'm Kaoru."
"My wife," Kenshin said, clearing up the relationship. "She usually works in the daycare center, but..."
Kaoru snorted. "But I seem to have caught munchkin disease." She laid a hand on her bulging stomach.
Kagome laughed. "When are you due?"
"Two months. Far too long to wait," she said mournfully.
"So this is where you went," Melly said, coming up behind them. She had a napkin piled high with cookies and bit into one. She sighed and closed her eyes. "Pure bliss. Kenshin, when I graduate, will you please send me cookies? I don't think I could survive the withdrawal."
Kenshin smiled. "Of course, Miss Melly."
She rolled her eyes. "I've been here six years, Kenshin. Drop the miss."
"He won't," Kaoru told her. "When he gave me my first kiss it was, 'may I kiss you, Miss Kaoru?'. When he proposed, he did the same thing with 'may I have your hand in marriage, Miss Kaoru?'." She mock-glared at her husband. "I said yes on one condition. That he stop calling me 'miss'."
"So that's what it takes," Melly mused. She shrugged and said, "Sorry, Kenshin. You're married and you're not my type." She popped the last of the cookie into her mouth.
She swallowed. "Plus, I think your wife would beat me over the head." Kaoru smiled. "If you've had enough of the party, I think we can visit the other one now. I know you won't have had enough of Kenshin's cookies, but there are usually a few left over."
"I'll bundle a few up for you and you can pick them up tomorrow." Kenshin promised. Melly thanked him and shooed the other two girls out the door.
They took the path through the park and listened carefully. There were a lot of people out tonight and some of them weren't too careful about spells.
Melly led them through the front door and the long maze of corridors. Sango couldn't keep her eyes from jumping around, looking at everything. Kagome hid a grin and concentrated on where they were going. She hadn't gotten to explore this school like the normal university. The guys at the mage university seemed to enjoy hunting her and she didn't want to wander around where she wasn't sure she could get out of.
The noise was audible, but the music wasn't really that loud. It was over the talking, but not by much. Kagome and Sango exchanged a look. Perhaps this dance wouldn't leave them calling around for a hearing aid.
They walked through the huge iron doors and into the auditorium. Yes, the same black and orange streamers fluttered, but they moved with a life of their own. They played with the lights and dangled down to ensnare anyone who got too close. The cutouts weren't flat and unmoving. The witches cackled as students walked by and the pumpkins grinned wider and in an evil manner.
Ghosts swooped down from the ceiling and Sango shivered. "Are those real?" she asked in a very small voice.
Melly glanced up. "Not sure. They're not exactly talkative." She looked at Sango. "Yes, there are ghosts. I don't know if those particular ones are real." Sango nodded and swallowed.
"Hi, Melly!" A tall guy waved to her from a few feet away.
She grinned. "That's Greg. He's pretty sweet." Melly took a step in his direction and paused when the other two didn't follow. "Coming?"
"I think I'm going to find the restroom," Kagome whispered to her. Sango nodded.
Melly shrugged. "Okay. Know where you're going?" Kagome nodded. "I'll be around here somewhere." The two girls turned around and walked out the door.
They ended up walking around the school for a bit. Those ghosts had rattled Sango a little more than she was letting on. Kagome was happy to look around the school while she was sure most of the mages were at the party.
Half an hour later, they wound up at the auditorium again and entered. All the walking had made them thirsty, so they found the punch table. A smiling woman held out cups to them and they dipped up something to soothe their throats. "Are you having fun?" she said in a soft tone of voice.
They nodded. "Yes," Kagome answered.
Kasumi smiled. "Help yourself to some of the cookies and candy."
With a napkin full of snacks, they searched through the room for Melly. Sango's elbow bumped into someone and she apologized swiftly. "Sango," the man said.
Sango's face cleared with recognition. "Professor Miroku," she said.
He held up a hand. "Just Miroku, if you wouldn't mind. I didn't think you were enrolled here. Or did you come with someone else?"
She turned and found that Kagome was missing. "Drat," she said stiffly. "I came with Kagome, but she's not here. I've got to go find her."
"I'll help you," he said smoothly and they began walking. "She can't have gotten too far."
They were right, but she was far enough away to get into trouble. She had gotten separated from Melly and Sango and didn't see anyone she recognized. Kagome nibbled on a cookie, thinking idly that Kenshin's were just a touch better.
Someone climbed onto the stage and spoke into the microphone. "As a special Halloween treat-"
His eyes flew around the auditorium and landed on Kagome. He pointed to her. "I am dedicating this to the Source of Magic." He began mumbling and twisting his hands.
Inside, Kagome groaned. Now what's going on?
Miroku's eyes narrowed. "That young idiot," he growled. He began pushing his way through the crowd.
Sango had seen the boy on stage point at Kagome and started in her direction.
There was a slow unfurling of smoke on the dance floor and people scattered away from it. It began spiraling and glowing green in the center of the black smoke. The smoke grew until it was over fifteen feet tall and seven feet tall.
Then the smoke dissipated and everyone wished it hadn't.
A green body stood where the smoke had been. Its arms and legs were like tree trunks and its eyes were black holes. Its fingernails were black daggers and the thing's toenails were gouging holes in the wooden floor. The demon's neck was too long for its body and its head seemed to sag on the end.
It looked around the room and focused on Kagome. She was now on the edge of the circle of people. In its eyes flickered a limited intelligence and it took a step toward her. "Source," it moaned. A long thread of drool began to sink toward the floor.
Kagome's eyes widened. Her mind began babbling to itself. That thing knows what I am. It was conjured out of smoke. What is it?
A black robed figure stood in front of her waving a priest's staff. "Back," he commanded in a strong voice.
"Source," it said and took another step forward. The drool splashed onto the wooden floor and its mouth moved in chewing motions. Kagome shivered. Does it want to eat me?
Miroku glanced at the boy on stage. "Didn't you put any limiters on it?" he shouted. The boy shook his head. Miroku's jaw dropped. How did a student get out of class knowing how to summon a demon but not how to put limiters on what it could do?
A new person ran into the open circle. He was dressed in Chinese clothes and he tossed his pigtail over his shoulder. "Hey!" he called. "Demon!"
It turned to look at him. "Source," it moaned and swung its head back at Kagome.
The demon stumbled as the boy landed a hit on its shoulder. "Yeah, yeah. Pay attention to me instead."
It turned and swung a long arm at the boy. He dodged easily and began looking it over. The demon tried to hit him again and again, but it didn't do any good. The boy was too fast. A bundle of orange and black streamers tried to entangle its arms and ghosts dived at it. The demon growled and tried to hit the annoyances.
He snorted in derision. "A low level." He sketched a symbol in the air and it glowed red. "I say begone." The symbol flashed and the demon disappeared.
He dusted his hands off and stalked toward the boy on stage. "You are in a lot of trouble," he told him. "Loosing a demon in a crowded area and giving them the focus of the Source of Magic. Man, is my wife going to-"
"Thank you, Ranma. I'll take it from here." Akane said, climbing onto the stage. "Mr. Izoi and I are going to have a little talk." She grabbed the student's ear and dragged him off the stage.
Miroku turned to Kagome. "Are you all right?"
"Do you need a shoulder?"
Kagome nodded to Miroku and glanced at who had spoken. She grimaced. "Kouga."
He smiled. "You remember me."
"It'd be hard to forget someone as arrogant as you." Kagome replied. Her eyes widened as she realized how rude she'd just been.
He laughed. "You've got a tongue on you." He leered. "I like that in a woman."
"You like all women," Inuyasha snorted. "Kagome, what are you doing here alone?"
"I'm not. I was with Melly and-"
"Me," Sango said, finally catching up. "This is one Halloween I'm not going to forget. Ghosts and demons."
"A demon," Miroku corrected.
"It's one too many," Sango told him.
"Yeah," Kagome agreed. "Let's find Melly. I think I want to go home now."
"You can't," Kouga objected. "We haven't had a dance yet."
Inuyasha rolled his eyes. "Oh, yes. That's really sensitive. She's the target of a demon one minute and a wolf youkai the next."
"Better than a half youkai," Kouga said grinning.
"Kagome, there you are," Melly said, a little out of breath.
Kagome breathed a sigh of relief. "I'm going to go back to the dorm," she said quietly.
Melly nodded. "Probably best. Did you want me to go with you?"
She shook her head. "No. You enjoy the party. I'll be fine."
Kagome nodded. "I'll be fine," she repeated. Melly shrugged and took the illusions off of Sango and Kagome.
"I'll come with you," Kouga said firmly.
"No," Kagome said, glaring at him.
"But you need my protection."
"I need protection from you," Kagome retorted.
Inuyasha snorted. "That's right. Come on, I'll walk you home. I've got more practice at it anyway."
Kagome shrugged. "If you're sure you don't want to stay."
"I'm going, too," Sango said.
Kouga growled a bit, but relented.
The three wandered to the door, being stopped occasionally by someone asking Kagome to dance. Inuyasha glared at them all and eventually they arrived at the door. Once there they quickly got out of the university.
They dropped Sango off at her house and continued to walk Kagome home. "It was definitely something I'll remember," Kagome said, rolling her eyes. "Mom will love to hear about this."
"Which one was the Source before you?" Inuyasha asked.
"Mom. That's why she won't freak out. Dad... Dad's a little more protective."
Inuyasha looked off to the side, away from Kagome. "Oh, yeah. I meant to tell you that the wings were pretty nice."
Kagome glanced at his outfit. "Thank you. You make a nice pirate."
"Thanks." They walked up the sidewalk to her dorm. "Did you want me to go up to the door?"
Kagome looked warily up at her floor. "I don't know what's up there."
"Well, as long as your not like my roommate. I swear his bologna sandwiches are going evolve and get even with the refrigerator."
Kagome giggled. "I meant, magically speaking." They walked upstairs together and looked at the perfectly ordinary dorm room. She turned and smiled. "Thank you for walking me home. We seem to make a habit of it."
Inuyasha shrugged and stuck his hands in his pockets. "You get into trouble a lot. G'night." He closed the door and walked off.
Kagome booted up her computer and began composing an email to her mother. "Dear Mom," she wrote, "It was a very interesting dance..."
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