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: 28225 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Pictures by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic

Chapter 17

Pictures

Kagome arrived in the dorm room well before Melly. She was in the process of plugging everything back in when two heavy thuds hit the floor. Kagome turned to find her roommate grinning at her. "Welcome back," Melly said. She walked over and gave Kagome a hug. "How was your Christmas?"

She shrugged. "It was great seeing everyone. I got tons of presents." She turned and pointed to the closet. "Lots of warm clothes, a big pack of CD-Rs, computer paper, jewelry..."

Melly nodded. "Well, I got to check in with my whole family. Not too many clothes this year, but..." She held out her necklace and Kagome oohed. It was a sapphire and diamond heart necklace with a flower in the middle. Melly got her stuff and began putting it away.

"And my brother had to do his newest magic lesson," Kagome huffed. "I am so jealous."

"Yeah? What'd he do?"

"He's into his defensive and offensive magics class. So he put up a ward around the remote."

Melly cupped a hand over her mouth and tried not to laugh. "He did?"

Kagome nodded. "He did. But that is one area that I'm better at. Wards, defensive stuff..."

Melly snorted. "Just because you're a low level doesn't mean you can't do a lot with it. I'm on the high end of the mid-range. I'm still getting a computer science degree."

"I know. It's just..." Kagome let the sentence trail off. "He can already do so much and I can't."

"You'll learn," Melly said wisely. She opened the refrigerator door and sighed. "Definitely have to go to the grocery store and get a few sodas."

Melly stormed into the cafeteria the next morning. She marched up to the counter and slammed her hands down on it. Kenshin smiled at her and said, "Good morning, Miss Melly."

"Kenshin," she said in a low voice, "you've got them."

"I have what?"

"Don't play cute with me," Melly said, waving a finger at him. "You've got them, I want to see, so lay 'em out." Kenshin continued to look confused so she took pity on him. "Baby pictures, Kenshin."

A light went on and Kenshin reached for his wallet. "Pictures of Kenji? Of course I have a few." The next few minutes were spent looking at the pictures. Eventually Kagome said he was cute and wandered off to get her own breakfast.

Kagome entered her first class and sat down at one of the computer terminals. She was twenty-five minutes early thanks to Melly wanting to see Kenji's baby pictures. Shaking her head, she thought, I hope babies magically become cute when I have one.

The rest of the class eventually arrived and they all waited for their teacher. She showed up five minutes before class started and smiled at them. Going directly to the front of the room and a long table, she put her leather briefcase on it. Her blue-black hair formed long bangs on one side of her face and she was dressed in a ladies suit. She didn't wear any jewelry except the wedding band on her left hand.

When the minute hand moved to nine o'clock, she smiled at the class. "Welcome to Intro. to Computing. My name is Lucrezia Noin." A few of the students' jaws dropped. "It's a mouthful. Most of your teachers want you to call them by their first names, but in my case it's better not to. Noin is just fine."

She began passing out the basic first day sheets and Kagome accepted hers and passed it to the girl on her right. After the first half hour of going over all the information, Noin had them turn on the computers and take a quick look around in the programs list. They were dismissed at nine-fifty on the dot.

Kagome walked into her second class of the day and grinned when she saw someone she recognized. Taking the seat next to his, she grinned and asked, "Have a good Christmas?"

Inuyasha glanced at her and relaxed. "Yeah. The whole mess of it."

She nodded. "Whole mess?" she repeated.

"Yeah. My mom and dad came here this year because they wanted to see Sesshoumaru's new house and look over the university. It hasn't changed much since they came here." He turned slightly in his chair. "Well, they dragged us out to buy a live tree and forgot that Sess is allergic to pine trees."

Kagome's eyes widened. "Then how can he live here?"

"Unless he's living in the same house with it, it doesn't bother him. So we had to take the tree back and get a plastic one." Inuyasha shrugged. "I liked both."

"We shopped for new ornaments and Mom found that little store downtown. We lugged them all home and found out there were too many to put on the tree at once. Dad put his foot down at buying a bigger tree."

Kagome giggled and Inuyasha grinned at her. "Then Mom and Sesshoumaru got into an argument over who was cooking Christmas dinner. Mom won, but Sess and I got her back. We woke them up at four in the morning to open presents."

Inuyasha leaned back in the chair. "It was a good Christmas. How was yours?"

She shrugged her shoulders. "I saw a lot of old friends, got warm clothes, and ate way too much." Kagome glanced toward the front of the room. "Isn't it strange that Aoshi's teaching Energy Channeling?"

"Nah, not really. He's taught us how to relax and conserve our energy. Now he's going to teach us what to do with it."

"I guess it makes sense," Kagome agreed.

They made small talk for a while until the rest of the class and Aoshi filtered in. The first thing Aoshi did was hand out papers and give them a lecture.

"The rules are as follows," he said in a deep voice. "Do not attempt to do this without a partner. We will be working for the first few weeks in class practicing. After that time, you will be partnered with someone for the rest of the semester. There won't be any assignments requiring you to channel energy without my supervision or without your partner except the final. Follow that rule and you'll be fine."

"The reason for this rule is basic. You are learning to channel energy. You will learn to transfer energy to an inanimate object and another person. Control is the most important thing. If you do not learn how to control yourself, you will channel too much energy out of yourself and become tired."

He paused. "I've been teaching this class for a few years and in every class someone has fainted in the first lesson."

"The other rule is to take care of yourselves before this class. Rest and eat before. If you've pulled an all-nighter, do not come into class. If you are excessively tired, hungry, drunk, sick, or otherwise unhealthy, do not come to class. You will be allowed to make it up. If you come to class like that and I have to throw you out, you will not be happy."

He scanned the class. "That's all. You're dismissed early."

Kagome's last class on that Monday was Public Speaking. The teacher was calming and while Kagome was still upset about talking in front of people, she wasn't as scared as before.

Her second day of classes she ran into two very...odd ladies.

The first class of the day was Magical Artifact Identification. She met Sango inside and they talked about their Christmas before class. And they both stared when their teacher came into the room.

An ancient woman, so old she must have stirred the biological soup, bounced into the classroom and sat on the edge of the desk. She was only a foot high and carried a large walking stick. "Hi, kiddies," she said. "I'm Cologne. This is Magical Artifact Identification class. We're going to start with the same sheets of paper everyone else has given to you. The only thing that changes on those things is the professor's name and where they can be reached."

She hauled out a pile of papers from a drawer and gave them to a student to pass out. "The next thing is your books. The text is required and you'll be reading all of it. I don't require that you know everything because I'm going to tell you exactly what will be on your tests. There will be slideshows in this class of the artifacts. Those slides are your test. Write it down, memorize it, you pass. Doze off like Ranma, you fail." She cackled and bounced out of the class.

Tuesday's second class was Intro. to Biology. A tall red-haired woman dominated the class and instructed them matter-of-factly what they were supposed to be doing. The odd part came in when she asked to be called 'Little Washu'.
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