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: 28222 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Studying by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic
Chapter 18
Studying

It was the end of the second week since they'd been back at college. Aoshi halted the lesson halfway through the class that Friday. "You've improved to the point where you can be assigned partners," he announced. "Your first assignment will be due a week from now."

He looked around the room and nodded. "Gather your things together, please." The majority of the students shrugged and put their stuff away. A few did it immediately and another few dawdled.

Kagome put her textbook and notebook into her backpack. She slid the pencil she'd been writing with into the front flap and then faced forward.

"If you would stand, we can pair you together," Aoshi explained. He called six pairs before he announced, "Inuyasha and Kagome."

The two glanced at each other and walked up to the desk. He handed them each a few papers and gestured back to their seats. "Since you sit together, you may return back to your seats."

When everyone was partnered, he continued. "You have been paired because of your energy signatures. Each pair is similar in the amount of energy and magic level they possess." He held up the assignments. "These are two fold. One is a list of questions to answer. The other is a small experiment. Your energy has a color and this experiment will show it. If you have any questions, you have my contact information."

He dismissed them and most of the pairs made arrangements to meet with each other or exchanged contact information.

Inuyasha glanced at Kagome. "Hey," he said, "did you want to work on this together?"

She nodded at him. "Tonight okay with you?" He shrugged. "The Special around six thirty?"

"Sure," he said. Shouldering his backpack, he left the room. Kagome followed after fishing her drink out of her bookbag and taking a long drink.

Kagome finished her communications homework and made a significant dent in her computing homework before she left her dorm room to go to the cafeteria. She picked up a thick slice of cake with candy sprinkles, a sandwich, and small fountain soda. Finishing her dinner, she ran off for The Special.

She walked up the stairs to the second floor with five minutes to spare. She scanned the room, looking for Inuyasha. Grinning, Kagome walked to one of the curtained booths and slid into the booth opposite him. "Finally," he growled.

She frowned at him. "I've still got five minutes." Reaching into her backpack, she hauled out her textbook and her folder for energy channeling class. She got a pencil and found the correct chapter. Inuyasha was already set up and tapping his pencil impatiently on the table. "I'm ready when you are," she said sweetly.

They quickly settled into their homework. Writing utensils flew across the two page worksheet. Once in a while, someone would get stuck on a problem and the other would respond with a page number where the answer could be found.

When Inuyasha was about halfway through with his worksheet and Kagome had plowed through almost three-quarters of hers, Sango appeared at the end of the booth. She cleared her throat and both of them looked up. She smiled sheepishly at Kagome. "Hi. Did you want something to drink?"

Kagome nodded. "My usual."

Inuyasha grasped his glass and held it out to Sango. "Could you please refill this?"

"Sure. Sprite?" Sango inquired. He nodded and she went off to get their drinks. When she came back, she glanced at Kagome's book. "Kagome, did you finish your artifact homework yet?"

"Last night. Why?"

"I had a problem with some of them," Sango confessed.

Kagome glanced back at her book. "I'm almost finished. When are you off for the night?"

"As of five minutes ago."

Kagome looked across the table at Inuyasha. "Do you mind if she joins us?"

"No," Inuyasha said absentmindedly. He turned a page in his textbook and frowned thoughtfully.

She looked back at Sango. "Go get your book and we'll work on it." Sango nodded and ran off.

Kagome finished the last of her energy channeling homework and pulled out the right books for artifact identification. Sango appeared a few minutes after that with her books in hand. She slid into the booth beside Kagome and they covered what had confused Sango.

They puzzled over a sword until Inuyasha snorted. "That's one of the swords of Ruumeki. It's an artifact because it's only been found three times since he made it."

"Huh?" Sango said, raising an eyebrow.

"Yeah, it's one of the Wandering Swords. They appear when someone really needs one. Strange guy made them." He returned to the last problem of his channeling homework.

Sango wrote the last description down and smiled at Kagome. "Thank you so much," she said gratefully. She looked at Inuyasha and told him thanks as well. He nodded and packed up his bag.

"So, when are we doing the other half?" Inuyasha asked before he left.

"Well, since I arranged this, why don't you suggest something?" Kagome told him. She frowned at the textbook. "Go in there!" She shoved hard and the book slid into the backpack.

"Tomorrow?" he said uncertainly. "Can't do that part here, though."

"Yeah," Kagome said slowly looking around. "Your house or my dorm room?"

"House," Inuyasha said promptly. "Dorms aren't really private. Sesshoumaru'll probably be around, too."

Kagome shrugged and scooted to the end of the booth. "Sure. What time?"

"One okay?"

"Yeah." She stood up and said, "See you at one, then."

Kagome stood hesitantly on the porch and knocked. "Coming!" someone called. She felt the vibrations of footsteps through the floor and looked up as the door opened. "Come in, Kagome," Sesshoumaru said, gesturing for her to enter.

She stepped inside and accepted his offer of a drink. She walked into the kitchen with nothing but her backpack.

She gave Inuyasha a dirty look when she walked through the doorway into his room. "Your brother is master of the kitchen," she accused.

Inuyasha looked over at her, abandoning the homework on his desk. His eyes lit and he pointed at his bed. "Set it down."

"Yeah, yeah," she grumbled. "Nothing but a maid."

The serving tray balanced a plate of cookies, three tuna sandwiches, and two ice cold sodas. Inuyasha immediately snatched a sandwich and a cookie. One bite and he rolled his eyes. "I love living with him," he said happily.

"Just for the food," Kagome said with a sigh. "You'll have to be careful. Whichever girl is the best cook is the one you'll marry."

"Nah," Inuyasha said, shaking his head. He swallowed the large mouthful of tuna, salad dressing, and bread. "The one who doesn't care how much ramen I eat."

"You like ramen?"

"No," he corrected. "I love ramen." He bit into the cookie and sighed.

Kagome picked the second sandwich up and nibbled at it. Who would have thought I'd be sitting on a guy's bed? It doesn't even phase me now. This summer it would have. The early part of fall it would have. But once you've seen guys walking around in nothing but a towel and flipflops... Inuyasha's never been anything but nice, either.

Inuyasha polished off the first sandwich and went after the third. He paused and glanced at Kagome. "Did you want half?" he asked.

She shook her head. "No, you take it. I don't want more than one sandwich and a couple of cookies."

He took the sandwich and raised an eyebrow. "One of those girl things? Oh, I'm on a diet?"

Kagome grinned. "How about I'm not a guy?" She gave the sandwich a very pointed look. "That's definitely a guy thing. Oh, I have to eat my own weight every two hours?"

Inuyasha snorted. "So have you looked over the homework?"

She pushed the last bite of her sandwich into her mouth and reached for her backpack. "Yeah, I did. Does it seem overly simple to you?"

"Mm-hm," Inuyasha agreed with his mouth full.

Kagome re-read the instructions. Stretch out your hand, concentrate, and you'll see a flash of light. That is your energy color.

It's got to be more complicated, she thought furiously. She picked up another chocolate chip cookie and munched on that while she read the instructions again.

Inuyasha finished his second sandwich and a couple cookies. "Did you want to go first?" he asked.

"Why do I have to go first?"

"You're a lady, that's why." She continued to look at him and he shrugged. "I'll go first. Just remember that I tried to be a gentleman."

He stretched out a hand so that it was surrounded by the blue of his wall. It wouldn't have been really great to put his hand in another direction, look at it, and mistake the desk's color for his energy color.

Inuyasha meditated and slowed his breathing. He stared at his hand for a few long minutes. He had just gotten bored and was considering calling Aoshi when he started. "What?" Kagome asked.

He brought his hand close and stared at it. "Huh." Inuyasha glanced at her. "It was red."

"Just red?" she asked.

"I didn't get a really long look," he admitted. "You try."

Kagome eagerly did what Inuyasha had done. Several minutes went by and she took her hand down. "I don't think I get it."

"Try it again," he urged.

She reluctantly repeated the actions with the same result. "No good," she said.

Inuyasha looked at the wall speculatively. "Come on," he said mysteriously and hopped off the bed. "Let's go into another room."

He led her out of his room and into the room to his right. "This is really messy," he warned. "But it might be better for this."

Pushing the door open, he walked inside. Kagome winced. "Yeah, I know," he said. "This is where we put everything that didn't fit anywhere else. Bookshelves, chairs, odds and ends..."

"But," he said, "it has white walls. Go ahead."

With a heavy sigh, Kagome repeated the meditation and looked at her hand. Her eyes widened and she smirked. "Whose idea was it to look at a blue energy color in a blue room?"

"I thought that was it," Inuyasha said arrogantly.
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