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: 20927 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
End of the First Year by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic

Chapter 24

End of the First Year

Kagome sat back in her computer chair and stared at the screen. She had an exam on Wednesday and one on Friday. Two exams out of five classes. Public Speaking's final had been a speech last week. Energy Channeling's final had been to bring in an inanimate object that had some of their energy inside it. Intro. to Computing's final had been a take home exam.

The only two left were Intro. to Biology and Magical Artifact Identification. She was going to be studying with Sango for both of them. They had the I.D. class together and Sango was a Biology major.

It's only Monday and I'm going home Friday afternoon. It's been a whole year, she realized.

Melly strode through the door and smiled at Kagome. "Well, what do you think? Your first year and you survived."

Kagome nodded. "I was just thinking that."

She walked into the room and sat down on her bed. "I'm graduating this Saturday. You're welcome to come if you want." Melly winked. "See me all dressed up in a black mage robe."

Kagome's eyes widened and Melly winced. "Ah... No. Illusion mage, remember? The black robe is just for the normal university. The mage one I'll be in a blue one."

Kagome frowned. "How do they handle that? You're graduating with two degrees, right?"

Melly nodded. "Sure am. Normal university's graduation ceremony is in the morning; the mage university's is in the afternoon. We have plenty of time."

"But I have to be out of the dorm on Friday..." Kagome thought for a minute. "I could ask Sango if I could stay with her for the extra day. I can ask my parents to pick me up a day later."

"If you've got a minute," Melly said carefully, "there are a few things I'd like to discuss with you." Kagome sat up and paid attention. "I'm not going to be here next year and there are a few things you need to know."

"Do you have a way to tell if someone has put something in your drink or enchanted it?" she said bluntly.

Kagome shook her head. "But I have Dispel class next semester."

Melly nodded. "That's good. I'm going to teach you a few spells this week that you need to know. One is how to tell if anyone has tampered with your dorm room magically. One is the drink one. They're both really simple, but you need to know what's in back of them for it to work."

She got up from the bed and picked up a figurine of a dragon. "I want you to take this home with you," she said firmly.

"Why?"

"The spell will let you know if anyone has tampered with the room. This little guy keeps them from doing anything. For example, if someone tries to do something malicious, such as put poison in your drink, this guy doesn't let it happen. The incubus wasn't malicious. The notes aren't harmful."

Melly looked around. "You've got the thing that'll keep an incubus out... One for the room..."

She shrugged. "I'll probably think of something else later. I'll teach you the protective ones and-" Melly looked at Kagome. "Don't get all worried about it. It's just common sense."

"Okay," Kagome said softly.

Melly sat back down on her bed. "So we'll make sure that you're not ingesting something you're not supposed to and that your room is safe to sleep in. This isn't just about your kind of problems with the whole Source of Magic thing. I used it to keep practical jokers out."

"Now," she said, leaning back, "I'm also going to be giving you my refrigerator because I won't be needing it in my apartment. The microwave you'll have to replace for your own dorm."

"I can't."

"They're simple to find," Melly protested. "They sell them every day."

"No, the refrigerator. You're giving me a protective spell and you're going to teach me all these other things. I can at least give you a twenty for the fridge," Kagome said firmly.

Melly shrugged. "All right. If it means that much to you."

"So I have a refrigerator and she's going to teach me more things to protect myself," Kagome said happily.

Sango nodded. "Great. Are you going to take it home with you?"

"Take what home?" They walked up the steps to Inuyasha's house and knocked.

"The refrigerator."

"Come in!" Inuyasha called.

Kagome's jaw dropped. "I hadn't thought of that. And my parents are only coming with the car to pick up my stuff. How am I going to haul it home with me?"

"Haul what home?" Inuyasha asked, coming out of the kitchen.

Kagome quickly told him about the refrigerator. Inuyasha swallowed the cookie in his mouth and shrugged. "We've got a big garage. I bet Sess'll let you put it in there for a couple of months."

"Really?"

"Sure."

Kagome breathed a sigh of relief. "Could you ask him for me?" Inuyasha nodded and they went upstairs to study.

On the way home, Kagome asked Sango if she could stay with her if her parents could put off the trip for a day or two. She readily agreed and said she'd speak to her mom about it. Kagome climbed the stairs and walked down to her dorm room. She stopped in the doorway.

Melly pointed the end of a pencil at her bed. "Some guy dropped it off. What do you want to do with it?"

Kagome dropped her backpack on the floor. She stared at the giant pink teddy bear. "You know," she said slowly, "if any of the guys actually took the time to get to know me, they would know that I don't like pink."

Melly giggled. "I guess that's a plea for 'hold the other side of the trash bag while I stuff this thing in there'." She got up from her bed as Kagome put her hand on the box.

The presents got worse by the day. Kagome and Sango would usually go to study at Inuyasha's house for a few hours. Whenever Kagome returned, a new gift would be waiting for her.

Sango walked up with her on Thursday. "What is it this time?" she asked eagerly.

Kagome poked the bag with her gloves. "I haven't opened it yet," she confessed. She undid the ties and picked at the tissue paper. She made an awful face at it. "Pink tissue paper," she grumbled.

Sango agreed. "Pink is good in moderation."

She pulled the present out of the bag and her eyes softened. "Wow..." She turned it this way and that to catch the sparkles.

It was a small glass dragon with blue sapphires for eyes. Its wings were tucked close to its body and it was lying down as if for a nap.

"That's pretty," Sango agreed.

Kagome reluctantly put it back in the bag. "I can't keep it."

Sango blinked. "What have you gotten so far?"

"A huge pink teddy bear, a couple of waterglobes, jewelry, all types of candy, notes, flowers, a box of live butterflies, a hand-carved music box, a fancy purple quilt..."

"What have you done with all of it?"

Kagome blinked. "I asked Melly to check it for spells and then donated it to the local Goodwill. I can't keep any of it. Can you imagine what would happen if I did? The lucky guy would present himself as my boyfriend, fiance, or worse!"

Sango sighed and looked at the bag. "It's a shame, though. That was really pretty."

"The guy doesn't know me. I don't have a clue who he is."

"Is there a note?" Sango asked.

Kagome glanced at the bag. "Maybe." She dug around in the bag for a little while and pulled out a card. "I can't read this."

Sango held out a hand. "Let me see."

She kept it away from her. "No. I mean, I can't read it because it might have a spell on it."

"I can fix that."

The girls looked at Melly. She walked into the room. "Remember that spell we've been practicing for seeing if you're ingesting something you shouldn't? Insert the card for the drink and it works just the same."

Kagome worked the spell and read the card. It was the same old flowery nonsense she got in high school. She dumped the card and then turned the gift over to Melly. "Nice," she admired. "Expensive, though."

She looked up at Kagome. "Instead of giving this to Goodwill, why don't you take it downtown to the business and tell them that you don't want the gift and could they please give it back to the person who bought it? The guy who runs it is really nice and he'll be fine with it."

Kagome agreed to do that. She walked there with Sango and they made plans for Kagome's stay. Her parents would be by on Sunday morning to pick her up.

Her Friday exam came and went. Saturday morning's ceremony was boring and Kagome told Melly so. The other girl just laughed and said to wait for the mage one.

The normal university had a small luncheon set out for parents, graduates, and friends. Kagome absconded a few cookies, but that was it. She went to the Special for lunch and came back to the mage university for Melly's second graduation.

This one was much different. For one thing, a lot more of the teachers were there. When the degree was handed over, the person's major was declared by an illusion symbol in midair. The food was much better and more plentiful. It was like a giant party rather than a boring procession.

Melly found Kagome sitting at one of the tables. "So," she said, sliding into a chair, "what do you think?

"That I'm going to be bored to death during my own ceremony, but I'm going to crash Inuyasha's," Kagome said promptly. Melly laughed and her family wandered over to meet Kagome.

"There are so many teachers here," Kagome whispered to her friend.

Melly nodded. "Sure are. And not all from the mage university. Kenshin helped Kasumi cook this feast. The normal university has it catered."

She pointed. "See that guy with the long braid? He's one of the professors at the normal university. And the guy with the tattoos of Japanese kanji on his arms? Him, too." She scanned the immediate area. "You've seen Ranma and Akane."

"So, do I get your address or not?" Kagome asked.

"Just waiting for you to ask," Melly said, handing her a piece of paper. Kagome ripped off the bottom half and wrote her address down. "That's my home number and address. I'll be there for the next couple months and I'll send you a letter from my new apartment when I move in."

She got up. "I've got to go home, but I'll write, okay?" Kagome rose as well and they hugged good-bye.

The same scene played between Sango and Kagome, exchanging addresses. Inuyasha didn't show up on Sunday morning, but Kagome introduced her mom and dad to Sango. They stayed for a late breakfast and then drove home.
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