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: 28228 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
The Trouble With Doors by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic

Chapter 29

The Trouble With Doors

Inuyasha's ears perked up as the door opened and shut. He put down his pencil and walked downstairs. Sesshoumaru was in the kitchen, opening a soda. The sides of the can were denting, so Inuyasha asked, "Rough day?"

Sesshoumaru snorted. "Last patient of the day. I quote, 'he walked into a door'." He took another drink from the can. "Black eye, split lip, bruised."

He grimaced. "Someone help him walk into that door?"

Sesshoumaru nodded. "I think so. But I can't do anything unless he tells me himself." He cast a speculating eye over his little brother. "He's a freshman, short, brown hair. And he's sixteen years old."

"Ain't that a little early?" Inuyasha asked.

"He's very intelligent. High school work wasn't a challenge for him any longer. He also goes to the mage college."

"Isn't this betraying the whole doctor/patient confidentiality thing?"

Sesshoumaru smirked. "You don't know his name, just a few things you could pick up from looking at him. Besides, if you happen to see him, you might walk him to class."

Inuyasha shrugged. "Sure. If I see the little runt."

On his way back from Element I class, Inuyasha decided to take a shortcut. Ducking down this wide alley would lead him out to the other side of the street. Sure, he could just walk across the courtyard, but-

He stopped at the entrance. Two older boys were in the process of beating someone. One was holding him and the other had just punched him in the stomach. Not good, Inuyasha thought. "Hey!" he said loudly, walking down the alley.

"Mind your own business," the one holding the boy said.

"Yes, do as my brother says," the thin one said haughtily.

The boy looked at him frightened. What was Inuyasha supposed to do after that? "Nah," Inuyasha said airily. "I object to uneven fights. But if you really want to fight two on one, I'll take his place."

The thin one backed away and said, "Manten, it looks like someone doesn't know the Thunder Brothers."

"It does look that way, doesn't it, Hiten?" He dropped the younger boy and walked with his brother toward Inuyasha.

The boy closed his eyes. This wasn't going to be pretty. He should run and get some help...

"Hey, I save your tail and you just close your eyes?"

He opened his eyes and looked into the golden eyes of the person who had interrupted. Peeking back, the two brothers were lying on the ground. "What did you do to them?" he asked.

Inuyasha sniffed. "They're freshmen."

"They're battle mages," he insisted.

"So'm I."

The boy's eyes widened. "Oh."

"Come on," Inuyasha said, walking a few steps. "Let's take you to the health center."

"Okay," he said hesitantly.

Sesshoumaru looked up as the boy walked in. "Not again," he said with a sigh. "Want to tell me who did it?"

"Some guys calling themselves the Thunder Brothers," Inuyasha said, walking in behind him. "Hiten and Manten?"

Sesshoumaru nodded. "Thank you."

Inuyasha shrugged. "I took the shortcut alley and found him. He the one you were telling me about?"

"Yes." Sesshoumaru looked at the boy. "Shippo, this is Inuyasha. Knowing him, he didn't introduce himself, did he?"

Shippo shook his head. "No. But he did get them away." He turned to Inuyasha. "Thank you."

"Next time, yell for help. Or call public safety," Inuyasha advised. "Battle mages aren't supposed to beat up students."

Sesshoumaru rolled his eyes. "No one's supposed to beat up anyone, Inuyasha." He took Shippo into the back room and healed his injuries.

He came back out and looked at Inuyasha. "I don't suppose you got hurt?"

"Nope," Inuyasha said smugly. "So how have they been getting ahold of you?"

Shippo shrugged. "Right after meditation."

"When's it end?"

"2:50, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday."

Sesshoumaru cleared his throat. "I think it would be a good idea for Inuyasha to walk you back to your dorm on those days. Just for a few days."

Shippo opened his mouth to object, but Inuyasha was already agreeing. He relaxed, thinking that maybe now college wouldn't be so bad.

They walked out of the health center. "You don't have to," Shippo started.

"It's not a big deal. I did this for another girl who was getting hounded last year." Inuyasha told him. "Next time, tell someone about it."

Shippo nodded. "So... You're a sophomore?"

"Yeah. My major is battle magic. Sess's my older brother." He shot the boy a glance. "He also told me last night about you. Just what you looked like so if I saw you..."

"Thank you again. My major is illusion and deceptive tactics," Shippo said. He pointed. "It's this way."

Shippo led them into a building and upstairs. Inuyasha was introduced to Jinenji and told about Shippo's trouble. The bigger youkai told Shippo that he'd be walking him to class for a while, too.

Inuyasha left shortly after that. Sess had better have some cookies or fudge or something, he grumbled. This damsel in distress business is spreading to kids now...
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