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: 21133 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Homesick by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic

Chapter 3

Homesick

"Kagome, are you okay?" Sango asked.

She turned her head a little sluggishly to look at Sango. "Why do you ask?"

"Class has been over for a few minutes and you're still writing down notes," Sango said dryly. She raised her head a little and grinned. "Pardon. You're doodling little skull and crossbones."

Kagome chuckled and began packing her stuff up. "Thanks for letting me know. Now I've really got to run to art history class." She rolled her eyes. "Hiko will think it a great catastrophe if I'm not there when class starts. He'll go on about me missing out on his magnificent lecture."

Sango laughed and slung her backpack on her shoulder. "Okay. I'll see you on Monday?"

Kagome nodded. "Or I'll come down to The Special." Sango waved to Kagome on her way out of the classroom.

"Miss?"

Kagome lifted her head from the table and blinked. What had happened?

"Miss?"

She looked at the owner of the voice. "Yes?"

"This is not the best place for a nap, that it is not."

Kagome's eyes widened. "I fell asleep?" Her eyes darted to her watch. "I'm supposed to be across campus in half an hour!" She began packing her things. "Thank you...?"

"Kenshin Himura."

"Kagome Higurashi." She held out her hand and he shook it. "Thank you so much for waking me up."

"You're welcome. Now I've got to get back to cooking and you have a class to catch. Don't worry about your tray. I'll take care of it." Kenshin went back to the kitchen and Kagome hurried out of the cafeteria.

Inuyasha glanced at the black-haired girl. Aoshi was still leading breathing exercises at the front of the class. He hid a grin. Meditation was supposed to be relaxing, but it wasn't supposed to send you to sleep!

"Hey," he whispered. There wasn't a response from the girl. What was her name again? "Kagome..."

Her head jerked up and she looked at him. She raised an eyebrow. He grinned. "Don't fall asleep."

She sighed and rolled her eyes at him. Softening it with a small smile, she went back to listening to Aoshi's deep voice.

Kagome stared in amazement at the one hundred at the top of her math test. She had done it! She had succeeded in conquering the evilness that was math!

"Hey."

What was that? Kagome turned to look at a fellow student. Congratulations for her? Why, thank you!

"Hey! Wake up."

"What?" Kagome said blearily. She looked up into yellow eyes.

Inuyasha shook her again for good measure. "Class is over. Go somewhere and get some sleep. I'm getting tired of waking you up." He shifted the strap on his shoulder into a new position and stomped toward the door.

Kagome covered her mouth with her hand as she yawned again. Reaching into her pocket, she withdrew the key and opened her door. She automatically looked to Melly's side of the room, but the other girl was out. She yawned again. Good thing, too.

She let her backpack drop to the floor and stumbled toward the bed. A nap sounded really good. She pulled up the covers, climbed into bed, and snuggled in. She fluffed the pillow and closed her eyes.

Someone slammed a door down the hall and her eyes flew open. Her heartbeat raced for a few seconds and then calmed down again. She shut her eyes tighter than before.

"Hey, Tommy! You going to The Special tonight?"

"Yeah!"

Kagome squinched her eyes shut.

All was quiet for a few minutes. Her right foot found that it was uncomfortable in its current position. In trying to find a better one, she ended up with her shirt pinned under her, making it hard to breath normally. She adjusted this.

Her eyes flew open. Did I remember to hand in my homework for math class, she thought. She scrambled out of bed and dove for her backpack. She found her math folder with the blue dolphins on it and flipped it open. Sighing with relief, she discovered that her math homework was missing. She must have handed it in.

She looked back at her bed and sighed. This just wasn't working. Every time she got settled, something woke her up. Even in the middle of the night, there was some odd noise.

Kagome glanced at her backpack. She had enough homework to do. She sighed again. I might as well be doing something constructive if I can't sleep.

Shouldering her backpack, Kagome found her shoes and walked out the door. I wonder if one of the curtained booths to The Special is open...

Inuyasha grumbled as he walked up the stairs again. "Idiot," he muttered. He'd gotten dragged out with his roommate to socialize up here and forgotten his backpack. "Why he thought I needed 'socializing' is beyond me. At least it's Friday night and they're still open."

He reached the top of the stairs and entered the second floor. Practically no one was up here at ten thirty at night. Two girls were in the corner talking, their forgotten textbooks in front of them. A boy was sitting alone with a book in one hand and a cheeseburger in the other.

There it was. Inuyasha navigated the tables and found some industrious person had stuffed his backpack under a chair. He knelt and checked the contents. Everything seemed to be there.

One ear swiveled back at an unexpected sound and he turned. One of the curtained booths was...snoring? Cautiously, he left his backpack and parted the curtain. His eyes narrowed at what he saw.

Kagome's right cheek was down on top of her textbook. Her eyes were closed and she was the one snoring.

I thought I told her to go somewhere and take a nap. I meant her dorm room or somewhere with a bed! Inuyasha shook his head in frustration. He yanked the curtain back to where it was and turned toward his backpack.

The two girls packed up their things and were leaving. Inuyasha darted a glance back at the booth. That would leave her alone up here with a guy. She was asleep and it was almost closing time. What if no one saw her and she spent the night up here?

He snorted. With the way she was sleeping, she wouldn't notice.

He growled and slung his backpack over his shoulder. Turning back to the booth, he pushed back the curtain. Gently, he slid the textbook out from under her head and stuffed it into the waiting backpack by her side. Her passcard for her dorm and dorm key for her door was on a springy rubber chain attached to the front pocket. He took that off and checked where it was.

Geez, he thought as he added her backpack to his shoulder, what does she have in there? Bricks?

He put one knee on the booth and grasped her shoulders. She was limp as a ragdoll and moved easily toward him. Once she was on the edge of the seat, he picked her up and carried her through the room.

The stairs were tricky to navigate with two backpacks and the dead weight of a sleeping girl in his arms, but he managed. Most of the patrons were gone and Kirara looked at him questioningly as he approached the main door.

"She fell asleep upstairs," he said softly. "I'm going to take her back to her dorm."

He jangled the key a little and she smiled. "All right, Inuyasha. Be careful." She opened the door for him and he stepped through.

He walked up the sidewalk and up to the front door of her dorm. The passcard slid easily through the slot and the door unlocked. He pushed against it with his back and maneuvered Kagome inside.

Why am I taking the trouble for this silly girl, he thought. I could have told Kirara that she was upstairs. She would have gotten her home.

He shook his head and began moving up the stairs. You're getting soft.

Inuyasha nudged the door open with his back again and stepped out onto the second floor. Glancing at door numbers, he found the one that matched the key. He looked down. A passcard was one thing. Getting a key into the lock and then freeing a hand to turn it?

Grimacing, he kicked the door softly with his foot. His ears detected movement and he kicked it again. He heard footsteps on the floor and saw the doorknob turn. The door opened and a girl with tousled brown hair looked at him. "Kagome?" she said. "What happened?" she asked.

"Could you move so I can put her down?" Inuyasha said.

Melly moved out of the way and Inuyasha entered the room to stand beside Kagome's bed. Melly moved the blankets so he could set her down and then tucked them around the sleeping girl. "Okay, what happened?" she asked.

Inuyasha shrugged. "I went to The Special to find my backpack and found her asleep. The place was almost deserted so instead of letting her sleep on her textbook, I thought I'd bring her back here."

Melly smiled. "Thanks." She began sketching a few symbols over Kagome's sleeping form and nodded when none of them lit the air. "Good. No spells on her."

His eyes widened. "I just brought her here. I didn't do anything!"

"I didn't say you did. What if someone else had, though?" Melly said practically. "I wonder why she fell asleep there."

Inuyasha shrugged. "She fell asleep twice today in meditation."

She nodded. "I'll try to let her sleep in tomorrow." Inuyasha stepped toward the door and she didn't stop him. Once he was out of the room, she grinned. "I'll also let her know who brought her home."

Ring! Ring!

A long fingered hand reached for the telephone and curled around it. Hitting the button, he said, "Hello?"

"Hi, Sess."

Sesshoumaru rolled his eyes and focused on the clock. "It is six thirty in the morning, little brother. You'd better be bleeding."

"I've got a favor to ask."

"As long as it isn't faking another allergy..."

"Hey!" Inuyasha objected. "I did have an allergy to baseballs."

Sesshoumaru chuckled. "Of course you did. What is it?" Inuyasha was silent. "You're not going to tell me?"

"It's hard to explain."

"Ah. Would you like to meet me for breakfast?"

Inuyasha's ears perked up. "Pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream?"

"If you leave me alone for the next half hour so I can get ready for the day."

"See you in half an hour. Bye." Inuyasha hung up the phone.

Sesshoumaru put the phone back on the cradle and got up from his bed. "Shower," he muttered to himself.

Inuyasha stuffed the first bite into his mouth and 'mm'd with pleasure. "There are disadvantages to not living with you," he said around the food in his mouth.

Sesshoumaru raised an eyebrow. "I was in an apartment until this past summer. I wouldn't have had room for you. You are welcome to move in now that I have room."

The fork stopped on the way to Inuyasha's mouth. "Really?"

"I believe this semester is paid for, but spring semester isn't."

Inuyasha's fork continued its journey to his mouth. "Huh. I thought you wanted your privacy."

Sesshoumaru shrugged. "I do. But I don't have a problem sharing my house with you. You'll only be here four years." He swallowed his orange juice and asked, "Now what was the problem you couldn't explain over the phone?" Inuyasha mumbled something. "Pardon?"

"There's this girl."

"Ah. My brother is having girl problems."

"No!" Inuyasha said loudly. "I said this was hard to explain."

"Plainly."
"There's this girl in my meditation class. Kagome Higurashi."

Sesshoumaru held up a hand. "The Source of Magic?"

"I don't know," Inuyasha said shrugging his shoulders.

"There can't be two Kagome Higurashi's just entering this year." Sesshoumaru gestured for Inuyasha to carry on.

"She fell asleep twice last class. I forgot my backpack in The Special yesterday and when I went to get it, I found her asleep in one of the booths. I found her passcard and took her back to her dorm." Inuyasha looked at his brother expectantly.

Sesshoumaru thought for a moment. "She's falling asleep where she shouldn't. Is she merely tired or under a spell?"

"Her roommate checked for spells and didn't find anything."

"Let me guess. You want me to see the girl."

Inuyasha nodded. "Yeah."

Sesshoumaru shrugged. "All right. Finish your breakfast and then tell me which dorm and room number."

Kagome opened her eyes and wondered what the noise was. Something had woken her up. What was it?

Her eyes moved toward the door as someone knocked again. She threw back the covers and walked to the door. Twisting the knob open, she peeked out.

"Kagome Higurashi?" the man said politely. She nodded. "I'm Sesshoumaru. I'd like to speak with you." He eyed what he could see through the door. "I think it would be better if you dressed first, though."

She glanced down and blushed. "Just a minute." She shut the door and began looking for clean clothes. She pulled a pair of jeans, and a blue flowered t-shirt out of the closet. She pulled open the top drawer of the bureau open and got her underthings out. Tossing them on the bed, she looked at the clock. Nine, she thought. Nine? I slept this late?!

After her clothes were on, Kagome hesitantly opened the door again. The man was resting against the opposite wall. He pushed away when he saw her. "Would you like to talk in the public room?" he asked, gesturing left.

She nodded and they entered the floor's public room. Sesshoumaru sat down at one of the four tables and Kagome sat opposite him. He smiled at her. "I'm the mage university's doctor."

Kagome frowned and glanced at the other person in the room. The boy's attention was focused on the television. "Are we supposed to say that?"

Sesshoumaru nodded. "Yes. It gets filtered out as a pause when someone who doesn't know overhears it. If you do any," he wiggled his fingers to symbolize magic, "they will notice. If they explain it away, fine. If they don't, you'll need to explain the mage university to them or have one of the professors do it. If they take it well, they can keep the memory. If they don't, we'll remove the memory and replace it with a memory of doing homework or something. Just be careful."

He laced his hands together and rested his chin on them. "Do you remember how you got home last night?"

Kagome frowned. "No."

He nodded. "You were at The Special when my brother found you asleep. Inuyasha," he said to clear up the mystery. "He carried you from there to your dorm room. He also told me this morning that you fell asleep twice in class. So why aren't you sleeping, Kagome?"

She shrugged. "There are noises that I don't know. People slamming doors, music... I worry about homework that I haven't done. Stuff like that." She smiled. "I miss my cat. He used to sleep with me."

"I can't do anything about your cat," Sesshoumaru said. "Dorms usually don't allow animals. I do have a suggestion about the homework. Why not get an assignment planner and keep track of it? Make a star by it when it's done and cross it off when you've handed it in."

He smiled. "The noises I can do something about. There's a very simple spell I can teach you that will let you sleep. It won't block the noises so you will wake up when you have to. The noises will be heard, but they won't wake you unless there's something wrong such as someone trying to get into your dorm room or the alarm clock waking you up." Kagome looked at him hopefully. He stood. "For that lesson, we'd better go somewhere more private." They walked back to her dorm room and he taught her the spell.

That night, Kagome slept fine. Sunday night she slept well and woke with a clear head. She walked into her meditation class and smiled at Inuyasha. "Thank you."

He shrugged. "Forget it."

She rolled her eyes. Macho guys. Can't even accept a thank you... Kagome settled down on her puzzle piece and grinned. She might not have a cat to curl up with at night, but she did have a dog demon watching over her.
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