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: 28223 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Does Cookout by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic

Chapter 32

Dorm Cookout

Inuyasha stepped into his house and sniffed the air. "Sess?" he called.

"Nope!" Kagome's cheerful voice rang out.

He followed his nose into the kitchen where Rin and Kagome were both wearing aprons. "What's going on?" he asked, smiling at the sight.

"Well, the dorm cookout is at four," Kagome explained, stirring a mixture in a bowl. "The college is taking care of most of it, but a few of us wanted something else. The kitchenette on our floor is so crowded an ant couldn't squeeze in."

"So she called Sesshoumaru," Rin said, peeking in the oven. "He said we could use his kitchen as long as we cleaned up."

"And bought the groceries, which we had already," Kagome finished.

Inuyasha shrugged. "What are you making?"

"Two batches of cupcakes. We're going to leave one downstairs for everyone and take the other upstairs for us." Kagome explained. "The potato salad is almost cooled off enough to add the salad dressing to it and stick it in the refrigerator. Do you think Sess will mind if we borrow two cookie sheets to carry the cupcakes on? We can bring them back tomorrow..."

"Sure," Inuyasha agreed. "Anything else?"

"Well, by the time we get this batch," Kagome gestured to the bowl in her arms, "baked and frosted, there won't be time for anything else."

"We can bring a guest," Rin said, winking at Kagome. "And we'll need help to carry everything."

Kagome smiled at Inuyasha. "Want to come?" He nodded.

A little after four o'clock, the three of them arrived. "Huh," Rin said skeptically. "I didn't think there would be this many people."

Kagome glanced around at the upcoming lawn. "That's strange," she said slowly. "I don't recognize a lot of these people." She shrugged. "Maybe they're guests."

They found a place to set down their things and Kagome went upstairs with the cupcakes.

Natasha stopped her in the hall. "Kagome, how many people did you invite?"

She blinked. "Just Inuyasha. Why?"

"There are about twenty people downstairs who all brought stuff and said that they were your guest. Not that I've got a problem with extra guests because it's entirely likely half the campus is going to show up." She grimaced. "I thought you might want to know."

Kagome nodded. "Thanks for telling me. But I really didn't invite anyone except Inuyasha and he's both Rin and my guest."

Natasha smiled at her. "They were all guys, too." Kagome groaned. Natasha snickered. "Guy problems?"

"They never stop," Kagome muttered. "I'm going to go down. See you later."

Kagome headed down the stairs and out the door. She scanned the area for either Rin or Inuyasha, but before she found them, a deep voice said, "Hello, Kagome."

She stifled the groan. "Hi. I don't suppose you've seen Rin around?"

Kouga stepped in front of her. "The only one I'm concerned about is you."

"Oh? Why would you be concerned about me?" Kagome said, her eyes darting back and forth for a friendly face.

He smirked. "Because I'm your date for this thing. Did you want something to drink?"

"No, thank you," she said politely.

He reached out for her and she yanked her arm out of reach. "I'm looking for my friends," she reminded him.

"I can be a very good friend," he said charmingly.

"There you are!" Rin dashed to Kagome's side. "I've been looking for you."

Kagome sighed with relief. "Rin, I'd like to introduce you to..." She looked at him questioningly.

"Kouga," he said, smiling. He held out a hand to Rin and Kagome shook her head.

"Uh-uh," she said, stepping between them. "Rin, where's Inuyasha?"

"You're still hanging around that fleabag?" Kouga said rudely.

Kagome sniffed. "Yes."

Kouga's eyes narrowed. "You're dating him?"

"No, she ain't," Inuyasha said, walking up to Rin and Kagome. He handed them a soda each and glared at the wolf. "Kagome, you've got a lot of people out here looking for you."

She sighed. "I guessed as much."

"They can all go home because I'm your date," Kouga proclaimed.

Kagome blinked her eyes in amazement. "No," she said clearly, "You're not. I don't have a date for this cookout. I don't want a date. Get a clue." She stalked away from him and the two friends followed her.

Kouga glanced around, decided that no one had noticed, and shrugged. There'll be a better time, he thought.

They sat down at one of the small picnic tables and Kagome stared into the distance. Inuyasha pointed at her soda. "Aren't you going to drink that?"

"How can I?" she asked miserably. "With this many mage students here, someone could have done something to the food. I can't exactly work magic with all these people around to see if it's all right."

He shook his head. "I pulled those out of the cooler myself. No one was looking, so I checked them."

Kagome smiled gratefully. "Thank you," she said fervently and opened the can.

"So is Kouga a good guy or a bad guy?" Rin asked.

"Bad guy," Inuyasha and Kagome said at the same time.

They talked for a few minutes and watched the crowd. People were just beginning to get hamburgers and hot dogs when Kenshin and Kaoru showed up with two huge platters of cookies. They laid them down on a table and Kagome caught Kenshin's eye. He whispered a few words to his wife and they walked over.

"Hello, Mr. Inuyasha, Miss Rin, and Miss Kagome," Kenshin said with a smile.

Kaoru inhaled deeply. "Having fun?" she asked.

Kagome slumped. "Not really."

"Problems," Rin said sympathetically.

Kaoru frowned. "Anything we can help with?"

"A bunch of mage students showed up and now she's afraid to eat anything," Inuyasha said bluntly.

Kagome glared at him. "What?" he said. "It's the truth!"

Kaoru nodded slowly. "Love potions, potions to make you more receptive to what they're saying... I can see your point." She shrugged. "Easily fixed. Come on, you three."

She walked over to the tables with food on them and gestured for them to fill their plates. Kagome hesitantly picked up two hot dogs, a handful of Kenshin's cookies, some potato salad, and added a dollop of macaroni salad, too.

When they got back to the table, Kaoru looked at Kenshin. He withdrew a necklace from beneath his shirt and looked into it for a moment. He whispered something and smiled. "It's safe," he said. Kagome breathed a sigh of relief and began eating.

After that, the cookout was a success. As long as Kenshin and Kaoru were sitting with Kagome, no other students came near. Kagome thanked them both and they told her that it wasn't any trouble.

As the couple was walking away, Kaoru asked, "So what was magicked?"

"Everything except the cookies," Kenshin said with a sigh. "But the stone nulled it."

"Maybe we should find a way to get one to her for Christmas," Kaoru thought out loud.

Rin woke up at one thirty in the morning and stumbled off to the bathroom. When she came back, she heard Kagome sniffling. Rin went to the side of her bed and looked down. "Kagome?" she whispered. "Are you all right?"

"No," she said in a miserable tone.

"Are you sick?"

"No." Kagome rolled over. "Why can't they leave me alone? It was just a cookout! Kouga had to make a fuss about me being his, I couldn't eat anything until Kenshin and Kaoru got there..."

She sniffled again and Rin saw a tear trickle down her cheek. "I don't know," she said helpless. Rin sat down on the edge of the bed and opened her arms. Kagome hesitantly hugged her friend and felt sad.
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