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: 25164 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Male Bonding by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic

Chapter 30

Male Bonding

"So what you're telling me is that you've been here for most of a month and you haven't made any friends except your roommates and those two bozos who wanted to use you as a punching bag?" Inuyasha said, pointing at Shippo with a french fry.

Shippo sighed. "Yeah. There are a few people I say hi to in class. But I'm sixteen and they're older." He took a bite of his cheeseburger and swallowed. "Ah, I'm used to it."

Inuyasha shook his head. "Used to what?"

"Being 'the smart one'," Shippo said a bit bitter. "Not having many people to talk to."

Inuyasha dunked a fry into his ketchup. "Maybe you just haven't been around the right kind of people." He considered something for a moment and decided to go ahead with it. "What are you doing around one tomorrow?"

"Nothing."

"A bunch of us are studying together at my house tomorrow. I'll come by your dorm room about twelve thirty since you don't know where I live."

Shippo blinked. "Studying?"

"Yeah. Kagome and I do our Dispel homework together. She and Sango are friends since last year. And Kagome's new roommate, Rin's been by the last two Saturdays."

"Are they all sophomores?"

"Rin's a freshman like you." Inuyasha glanced at him. "Don't freak her out. She just found out that magic exists two weeks ago."

"What about the other two?" Shippo asked.

"Sango's enrolled at the other university, but she's taking a few from this one. She found out last year. Kagome..." Inuyasha shrugged. "I'd think it was kind of hard not to know about magic when you're the Source."

Shippo's eyes almost popped out of his head. "The Source?"

"Yeah. You're a little young and she isn't interested in dating, no matter what the guys around here say about her playing hard to get."

"No, no. It's just that I didn't know she went here."

Inuyasha shrugged. "You'll meet her tomorrow."

Inuyasha walked back into the house with Shippo right behind him. "There are roast beef sandwiches in the fridge," Sess called.

The two boys went into the kitchen and Inuyasha waved. "Hi, Kagome. This is Shippo."

Kagome swallowed what she was eating and said, "Hello, Shippo. Want a sandwich?"

He nodded and Inuyasha pointed to the refrigerator. "Help yourself. Plates are in the cupboard."

Sess winked at Shippo. "Peanut butter cookies are in the oven. Save room."

Shippo helped himself to two thick sandwiches and looked at the microwave. "Can I heat them up?"

Inuyasha rolled his eyes. "Of course." He went to the cabinet and reached below it. He pulled out a can of mushroom gravy and paused. "Are you going to want gravy on your sandwich?" When Shippo nodded, Inuyasha pulled out another can. "Mushroom gravy, okay?"

"Sure."

Shippo heated up his sandwich and then Inuyasha used it to cook the gravy. He gave the bowl to Shippo while he got himself a plate.

"Where's Rin?" Inuyasha asked.

"We got halfway here and she remembered that she needed a file from her computer," Kagome explained.

They heard the door and a few seconds later, two girls walked into the kitchen. "Is that a roast beef sandwich?" Sango asked.

Kagome grinned. "Sure is. And it's mine, all mine." Inuyasha reached over and pulled it out of her reach. "Meanie! Give me back my sandwich." Inuyasha slid it back and she sniffed.

"I can't believe you call that a sandwich. It's nothing but bread, roast beef, and... Do you even have anything else on it?"

Kagome peeled back the top layer to reveal barbecue sauce. "I stand corrected. It's masquerading as a sandwich. Put some gravy on it and gain some weight."

Sango chuckled and went to find her own sandwich. "My compliments to the cook, as usual."

"And accepted, as usual," Sesshoumaru told her. "Shippo, the one with the cook compliments is Sango. The one who hasn't spoken yet is Rin."

"Hello," Shippo said shyly.

"Hi," Sango said. "Friend of Inuyasha's?" Shippo nodded. Rin waved and Shippo nodded to her.

Once they had all had their fill of sandwiches and been sent off with two platters of cookies, they spread out in the living room. Kagome opened up her assignment book and groaned.

Read Chapter 4 for Intro. to Computer Systems

Dispel has two worksheets, a chapter, and the questions at the back.

Element I has a 'review your notes' and worksheet experiment.

"Have I mentioned how much I love my Business teacher?" Kagome said.

Shippo's eyes widened, but Sango just laughed. "Interesting class, but still boring. Only three exams, so no homework."

"Yes," Kagome said. "Look at all this work!"

Inuyasha glanced at her. "Three exercises for Battle Magic, read a chapter for psychology, another exercise for Element I, and our Dispel homework."

Sango held up a hand. "Ah, but I have the worst. Washu... Pardon me. Little Washu," she said, emphasizing the 'little', "is teaching General Chemistry. And I just found out that my teacher for Genetics? Ryoko?" She looked around expectantly. "Ryoko is her daughter. Add into that the Psychology chapter, having my mind blown by the real fairy tales, and the Martial Arts class. Where, I might add, Ryoko just did a display."

Kagome frowned. "What do you do in that class?"

"We're learning some basic stuff, but we have presentations once a month where someone comes in and shows us what they can do."

Rin shook her head. "You win. A few problems for math, read a chapter for English and find a topic for my paper, read over my history notes, and two psychology classes."

"How's the psychology going?" Sango asked.

Rin smiled. "Great! Duo's really funny. We're doing the chapter on birth right now. He got a sweatshirt from someone in class, took his one liter bottle of soda, and illustrated how the birth process happens."

She frowned. "Of course, the first time he did it, it came out the arm instead of the neck. He was a little upset about that..."

She brightened. "And then we watched four women give birth on the projector screen. It illustrated the squatting method."

"Wait a minute," Inuyasha interrupted. "You watched four births? With all the pushing and stuff?"

Rin nodded. "It was a little...icky. Fluid went everywhere and-"

Inuyasha grabbed his stomach. "I don't want to know."

"Okay. But he said he didn't get the yuckiest ones. He said that his professors always tried to get those to see how many people had to run out of the room."

"Hey, Shippo? Want to share your homework stuff?" Inuyasha asked desperately.

He shrugged. "Meditation, Math, English, and my major's classes."

"What is your major?" Kagome asked.

"Illusion and Deceptive Tactics."

She blinked. "Oh. My first roommate had that major. She put wings on my back for Halloween."

He winced. "That's advanced. I can't do that yet."

Kagome smiled at him. "You're only a freshman yet. Plus most of it comes naturally, right?" He blinked and she laughed. "I have eyes, you know," Kagome teased gently.

Sango and Rin looked confused. "Oops," Kagome said softly.

Inuyasha snickered. "Good going."

"Well, they already know about magic, the mage university, and me," Kagome argued. "I just forgot that they didn't know everything!"

Sango closed her eyes and breathed for a minute. "Know what?" she asked faintly.

Kagome glanced at Rin. "Would you rather not know? It's a lot in two weeks."

Rin shrugged. "I'm doing okay so far."

"No one can see inside the house," Sesshoumaru said from the kitchen entryway. "Just remember that you've been around us for a while and we're not going to hurt you."

Kagome rolled her eyes. "Oh, that's going to inspire calm." She looked at her two friends. "Ignore them. It really isn't that big a deal."

Inuyasha sighed. "Me first." He took a deep breath and let it out. His dog ears appeared along with his fangs and claws.

Sango swallowed hard and Rin blinked a few times. "Um..." Sango said.

"He's a hanyou," Kagome filled in. "There are youkai and hanyou living on Earth. You just don't see them very often because they blend in." She smiled at Inuyasha. "He's a bit stronger than a human, can hear and smell better, but that's about it."

Sesshoumaru cleared his throat and they turned to look at him. His face was striped and a tail draped over his shoulder. "I'm a youkai," he said unnecessarily. "It means that I'm much stronger than a human and I can hear and smell better."

Shippo swallowed and let his illusion slip away. His tail curled into his lap and his ears became pointed. "I'm a kitsune."

"We're inus," Sesshoumaru said. He snapped his illusion into place and went into the kitchen to wash the dishes. Inuyasha let his go back into place and Shippo did, too.

"That's it," Kagome said. "Or at least, all I can think of."

Rin just shook her head a little bit. "Okay. Magic exists, there's a mage university in town, my roommate gets tons of flowers and stuff because she's the Source of Magic, and I'm studying in the same house with two youkai and a hanyou. No problem. Anyone understand fractions?"

Shippo raised a hand. "Me."

Rin waved at the book. "You've got math, too, right? I wonder if our teachers are doing the same stuff..." He shuffled over to her and began looking at the problems. Inuyasha and Kagome started their Dispel homework, while Sango started reading her Chemistry book.

Despite what she had said, Rin had a good think that night. Kagome was playing solitaire on her computer and Rin was trying to read her book. Her thoughts kept wandering back to what she had seen in the past two weeks.

Magic existed. There were at least two more races on the planet, maybe more.

She blinked. This had the potential to be so much fun! What other kinds of youkai were there? What could magic do? Were some of the mysteries explained such as the Yeti?

"Hey, Kagome?"

"Yeah?"

"Do you know which professors don't know about the mage university?"

Kagome turned around. "No. But I bet Sesshoumaru does. Want me to call him?" Rin nodded and the number was dialed.

She handed the phone to Rin. Rin asked her question and received an answer.

On Monday, Rin went to see her advisor. He had talked her through which courses to take, some aspects of college life, and had been really helpful so far.

She knocked on the door and walked in when she heard a cheerful voice welcome her. "Rin!" he said enthusiastically. "What's the problem today?"

She shut the door and plopped down in the seat. "Dr. Sesshoumaru said you knew about the other university," she said softly.

He nodded. "Sure do."

"Well... I found out about Kagome being the Source of Magic and the other university two weeks ago. Saturday, I got a crash course in youkai."

He winced. "Shocked?"

Rin nodded. "Sort of. How many species are there on the Earth?"

Duo blinked. "Uh..."

"Are there any books I can read? How many youkai races are there? What can magic do and not do? How much am I allowed to learn?"

Duo tried to contain his laughter and failed. "Oh, Rin," he said, wiping tears out of his eyes. "You are definitely one of a kind. You do know that most of the kids freak out for a while? Not develop a sudden curiosity?"

Rin smiled sheepishly. "I'm strange. I know that. I've got a doctorate in strange and I'm working on my thesis for weird."

He shook his head and got up. Pulling one book down from the shelf, he handed it to her. "This is a book on magic. The library here doesn't have much. Mostly, the students get passes from their teachers to go use the mage university's library."

He held up a hand before she could speak. "I'll write you a pass after we go see the librarian over there. If you're showing this much curiosity now, wait until you see all the information that's available. She'll be able to steer you in the right direction."

"Thank you," Rin said gratefully.

"You're welcome."
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