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: 20992 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Ice by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic

Chapter 22

Ice

Inuyasha walked down the hallway, carrying a heavy plate in his right hand. "Can't do his own errands," he muttered. He came to the correct door and knocked on the doorframe. "Everybody decent?"

"If we weren't, why would we have the door open?" Melly said from inside.

He peeked inside. "You never know."

Melly grinned at him and saved her document. Kagome clicked the send button on her computer and looked at Inuyasha. "What's that?" she said, pointing.

He walked the few steps to her desk and plunked the plate down on top of a stack of textbooks. "Sesshoumaru wanted me to bring those by."

Kagome began unwrapping the tinfoil around the bottom of the plate. Melly leaned over to see what was going on and ooh'd enthusiastically when it was uncovered. She rolled the chair over and snitched a cookie. Biting into it she said, "Definitely thank your brother for me."

Inuyasha shrugged. "Sure. He said that he made too much this afternoon. There's a few things on there." He nodded toward the plate. "Chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter, a few pieces of fudge..."

"Fudge!" Melly squeaked and looked eagerly at the plate. Kagome waved a piece at her and swallowed it. "That better not have been the last one or you are in so much trouble." Kagome handed her a piece of fudge and Melly smiled. "You are forgiven."

"Thank you. And thank Sesshoumaru for me," Kagome said politely.

"No problem."

Kagome looked at the clock and began looking for her backpack. It was almost time to go to the Special for their Friday study session.

She found it, shouldered it, and looked back at Melly. "Some of that had better be here when I get back."

"I'll save you a cookie."

"Four."

Melly looked outraged. "Two and a half."

"Two cookies of each kind and two pieces of fudge."

"Deal."

Kagome nodded and started toward the door. She shrugged into her coat, sneakers, and gloves. Inuyasha just shook his head and followed. "Try not to fall down, Kagome," Melly warned.

"I can try," she said with a heavy sigh.

The pair walked down the hall and Inuyasha ventured, "Fall?"

"Yeah. All this ice isn't really great. I almost fell yesterday. If I hadn't had a good grip on the rail, I would have gone down." Kagome began walking down the steps. "I'm not used to walking on ice."

Inuyasha eyed her shoes. "Get out of the sneakers and into some boots."

"I keep meaning to." The steps ended and they stepped out into the main hallway. Kagome paused before she opened the door and sighed. She held onto the rail as she walked down the stairs.

A third of the way down the walk to the main sidewalk, Kagome slipped. She managed not to fall, but her arms windmilled. "Okay?" Inuyasha asked. She nodded and continued walking.

He cast a wary eye at the sidewalk. The university maintenance people were great about scattering salt so that the ice melted, but at this time of night it began to form again. The snow was piled up in the yards with a thick layer of ice on top from the freezing rain they'd had a couple days ago. The winter sun just didn't melt it.

The sidewalk began to slope down toward the corner. Around the corner was the Special. Kagome stepped down and both feet went out from under her.

"Can you even see the ice?" Inuyasha asked, holding her up.

"No," she said sulkily. He set her back on her feet and took his hands out from under her arms.

He held out a hand. "I can. Follow me and I'll steer you around them." She shrugged and took his hand. There were a few moments where she felt a toe slip, but his steady grip held her upright.

She stepped through the door of the Special gratefully. They were ten minutes later than they should be. It usually only took five minutes and now it had taken fifteen. Kagome tromped upstairs and snagged the only available table left. It was out in the middle of the floor when they usually had a booth on the edges. Inuyasha launched into a one-sided conversation concerning Kagome getting herself a pair of boots.

Fifteen minutes later, Sango found them and winced at the noise level. "Going to be hard studying in this," she said, sliding into a chair.

Inuyasha snorted. "Impossible." He pointed at Kagome. "It's her fault. There's ice, she kept falling, and she doesn't have proper footwear."

"I swear, I'll go get a pair of boots tomorrow," Kagome said sarcastically. "If only you'll stop talking about it!"

He looked over at Sango. "What hours do you work on weekends?"

"Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, both days. Nine to one and then five to seven. I'm off from one to five," Sango answered promptly.

"Then why don't you and Kagome come over to my house at one and we'll study there." Someone squealed and Inuyasha winced. "A lot quieter."

Sango shrugged and looked at Kagome. "What do you think?"

"I think it's great." Kagome gave Inuyasha a sly look. "Will your brother be home?"

"Why? Got a crush on him?"

"No!" Kagome said indignantly. "I just know that he'll feed me. Or I'll have to sneak more cookies."

"Yeah, he'll probably be there and making sandwiches." It was agreed that they'd adjourn and meet at Inuyasha's the next day.

Sango got up from the table smiling. "I'm going to go home and go to sleep," she said happily.

Inuyasha jerked his head toward Kagome. "I've got to walk her home before I hit the sack."

"I can go home myself."

"Yeah, and break something," he muttered. Kagome snorted and grabbed her pack.

Inuyasha followed her out the door and watched as she slipped the first time. She got a few more feet before she slipped again. She managed to right herself and continue.

The third time her foot went out from under her and she fell with a muffled shriek. Inuyasha stepped close to her and looked down. "Anything broken?" he asked.

Kagome shook her head. "No," she whispered. Tears pricked her eyes. There was a big hill, it was dark, and she couldn't see the ice.

"Tilt your knees."

She stared at him. "What?"

"Put your feet flat on the ground." When she didn't comply, he reached down and pushed her feet. He put one hand on her left ankle and got her knee to point up in the air. He repeated this with her right. "Grab your bookbag."

Kagome reached for the strap and held it close to her chest. Leaning over, he put one arm under her knees and lifted. "Thank you," Kagome said softly.

"Hmph. I've done it before. You're getting boots tomorrow."

Knock, knock!

Kagome opened one eye and stared at the door. "Who is it?" she called.

"Me."

"Oh, that's informative," Kagome grumbled. She twisted around to look at the clock. "It's nine o'clock!"

"Yeah. And?"

She groaned and sank back into bed. "It's early."

"Kagome... While I don't mind you dating and all, would you mind making your dates for later in the day?" Melly asked from her bed.

"It's not a date!" she insisted. "I have no idea why he's here!" She frowned. "Speaking of which, why are you pounding on my door at this hour of the morning?"

"Get dressed."

Kagome rolled her eyes and began to get out of bed. "You won't leave until I do, will you?"

"Nope. I'm on a mission."

She shucked off her flannel pajamas and went to the bureau for underthings. Once she was warmly dressed, she unlocked the door and slipped out into the hallway. "What?" she asked.

Inuyasha pointed down at her feet. "Boots."

She gaped at him. "I got to sleep after midnight last night. I've had maybe seven and a half hours of sleep. You came all the way from your house to this dorm, in the cold weather, just to badger me about buying a pair of boots?"

He grinned. "Yup."

Kagome let her head slump forward and stared at the ground. "Why me?"

"Because if you fall down and break something, I'm going to get stuck with another partner for energy channeling. Can't do that class while you're healing from something probably." Her head didn't come up. "You're not from around here. I am. I know how to pick out a pair of boots."

She tilted her head back up. "You're coming with me?" He nodded. "Oh, wonderful," she groaned.

"Here's how the day is going to go. You're going to go get your purse or whatever that thing is that women carry around that weighs a couple hundred pounds. Bundle up because it's cold outside. I'll drive you down the road and treat you to breakfast at the Special or McDonald's. Then we'll go to where I buy my boots. If we manage to shop around until Sango gets off of work, we'll pick her up in my car and go study at my house." He finished and looked at her. "What do you think?"

She pursed her lips. "McDonald's," she said solemnly. Turning, she opened the door and went inside. Her backpack was stuffed with studying materials and her purse, when she stepped back outside bundled up in her coat and gloves.

As promised, he took her to breakfast and then a twenty minute drive to the next town over for boots. Kagome got out of the car and looked at the log cabin store. "Here?" she asked dubiously.

"Yeah. We'll look at the ladies section first."

She turned to look at his back. "First?" He didn't answer. She sighed and followed him into the store. He examined the bottom of all of the ladies boots and shook his head. He walked out of that section and to the back right corner of the room. Kagome raised an eyebrow. She hadn't seen this when she walked in.

Inuyasha walked down the steps and began looking around. After a few minutes, Kagome sighed. "It would help if I knew what I was looking for," she said pointedly.

He held up a boot. "You want a good tread on the bottom. Half of the ladies boots upstairs have those tiny little grooves. Your sneakers are better to walk in than those things. You want a deep tread."

Kagome looked at the boot's bottom. It had at least half inch tread on the bottom. She made a face. "It's brown."

He put it back. "Yeah. I thought so."

"Thought what?"

"Got to find a balance between looks and tread," he muttered.

"So I don't want ugly boots."

"You want to fall down?"

"No. I just want a pair of boots that the ice isn't going to run away from."

Inuyasha kept browsing. Kagome got tired of following him so she sat down. He examined most of the boots they had and nodded.

He walked back to the bench she had gotten comfortable on and sat beside her. "Do you know what size you have to have?"

She made a face at him. "No. I've never had guy shoes before. I'm a nine and a half in women's."

Inuyasha shrugged. "Figure it out somehow. You didn't like that honey brown. How about deep brown or black?"

"Whatever."

He scowled and got up. Prowling around the aisles until he found what he was looking for, he stood in front of the row of boxes. "Nine and a half," he mumbled. "Try an eight, first." He pulled the appropriate box out of the stack and stuck it under his arm.

Back at the bench, Inuyasha pulled the top off and laced up the right boot. "See how that fits."

Kagome smiled at the color. "Blue?" she said. Inuyasha nodded. She pulled on the blue boot with deep brown edging. Stepping down, she frowned. "It's too big."

She took it off and Inuyasha went to get her a size smaller. He returned with a seven and a half and a plain seven. The seven was the one that fit and Kagome happily had a pair of boots.

"They've got good tread and they're insulated," he told her. "Waterproof, too." Kagome just paid for the boots and then pulled them on in the store.

Kagome decided that having Inuyasha as a packmule was fun. She had shopped for a few things and bugged Inuyasha into carrying them for her.

Soon it was almost one o'clock and they picked up Sango. The next four hours were spent hashing out homework, eating Sesshoumaru's sandwiches, and deciphering the mysteries of aliens in the universe.
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