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: 20994 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Halloween by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic

Chapter 34

Halloween

"Are they straight?" Rin asked.

Kagome glanced at her. "Nope," she replied. She walked over to her roommate and made an effort to straighten the huge round ears.

There was a knock on the door and both girls called, "It's open!"

Sango walked in and smirked. "So how do I look?" She twirled around and Kagome's jaw dropped.

"It's great!" Rin said, admiring the full skirt and the poofed up sleeves. Sango was dressed as a countess. The full-length dress fell to her ankles and had dangling sleeves in black with red undersleeves.

"Thank you. Mom went to a Renaissance fair a few years ago and we're really close in size."

Kagome tugged at her sleeves. "Up or down?" she asked.

Sango considered it. "If your sleeves are down, you're going to get comments."

"Up then," Kagome said immediately. She looked at herself in the full length mirror. This year she was going as a gypsy. She had on a full skirt with a lace shawl wrapped sideways around it and a peasant blouse. She'd tied her hair back with a colorful piece of cloth, too.

Rin had decided on Minnie Mouse. She'd tied a bow in her hair, put on big fuzzy black ears, and had found dress shoes. The character had so many outfits, she had just found a blouse and a skirt.

"So how long are we going to spend at the normal university's party this year?" Sango said, grinning.

Kagome snorted. "Long enough to admire costumes and devour Kenshin's cookies."

Rin blinked. "Um..." Both girls turned to look at her. "Where are we going?"

"To the normal university's party and then the mage university's," Kagome said happily. "In spite of the demon, I enjoyed the mage party better." Rin's eyes went wide and Kagome hastened to reassure her. "No, no, it was only after me! And the teachers took care of it."

Sango rolled her eyes. "Oh, that's reassuring. Rin, most of the teachers are going to keep an eye on Kagome this time. We won't go anywhere alone. Inuyasha and Shippo are going to meet us there, too. We'll be perfectly safe as long as Kagome's admirers don't decide to do anything this year." Rin nodded bravely and the three set off.

"Miss Kagome?"

She smiled at the 'Miss' and turned around. "Hi, Kenshin."

"Would you please tell Miss Melly that I sent her cookies to her? I mailed them this morning overnight express."

Kagome looked puzzled. Kenshin smiled and said, "Last year she said, "Kenshin, when I graduate, will you please send me cookies? I don't think I could survive the withdrawal." So I sent her cookies."

She shook her head. "I'll email her when I get home and tell her to expect them."

After admiring the decorations of pumpkins and witches, the costumes, and munching eagerly on Kenshin's cookies, the girls followed Kagome to the mage university. Sango accidentally stepped on something that triggered an illusionary flame. Rin and Sango both screeched. Kagome looked back at them. "What?"

Sango looked around. "It wasn't real?"

"What wasn't real?"

"Fire just went over our heads," Rin said shakily.

Kagome frowned. "Did it burn? Was it hot?" They shook their heads. "Maybe it was an illusion." They hurried to the university buildings.

"What do you think?" Kagome asked.

"It's spooky," Rin said honestly.

The room was draped in black. Kagome wasn't certain whether they had used black cloth or if someone had cast an illusion. The shadows moved and thin pale white ghosts fluttered around the ceiling.

Kasumi was at the refreshments table again this year. Kagome discreetly cast her spells on what she had before she ate it.

"Hi," Inuyasha said, walking up to her.

Kagome raised an eyebrow at his costume. "Old mage?" she asked.

"Gandalf," Inuyasha corrected. "Shippo's around here somewhere as a fox."

Kagome giggled. "Of course."

Sango whispered to Kagome that she and Rin were going to go find the bathroom. Kagome nodded and continued her conversation with Inuyasha.

"Hold still," he told her and she froze. He flicked at something on her shoulder and frowned as his finger went right through. "Someone's casting illusions?"

Kagome glanced at her shoulder. "What is it?"

"I thought I saw a spider."

Kagome glanced around for it and shuddered. "I hate those things." Her eyes caught a white streamer and the room changed for a moment. White streamers, a tall cake with two people standing at the top, a heart-shaped stage...

She closed her eyes and shook her head. When she opened her eyes again, the Halloween party was again in full swing.

"What?" Inuyasha asked.

She swallowed hard. "I just saw my wedding reception," she said softly.

Inuyasha looked around. "Someone's got to be casting illusions," he told her.

Sango and Rin came back into the auditorium. They had run into Shippo on the way. "I'm going to go get another couple cookies," Sango told them. "Want anything?" Rin shook her head and Shippo made a request for cookies. Sango went to get them.

Rin shivered. "Cold?" Shippo asked.

"No." She glanced around. "I just keep seeing... It's silly. There are eye sockets floating around. Just a dark face without eyes. And black faces with glowing red eyes and white teeth."

Shippo looked around. "Where?" Rin pointed at one in front of her. Shippo softly spoke a few words and it disappeared.

Rin blinked. "What was it?"

"Just an illusion. There was an illusion of my aunt around here somewhere." He shrugged. "It isn't real."

"Your aunt?" Rin questioned.

"She likes to pinch my cheeks." Shippo shuddered.

Sango had two napkins full of cookies when she looked up into the face of a clown. She dropped the napkins to the table and stared at it. It grinned at her in its clown make-up. "Want a balloon?" it asked. She froze in terror.

"It's not there," a soothing voice said. "The only clowns here are friendly ones. You do not need to be afraid of the illusion."

Sango swallowed hard and blinked. The face went away and she turned to the voice. A short blond man smiled at her. "See? It's gone."

"What was that?" she asked.

"Just an illusion. The theme of the party this year is illusions. Your mind will create whatever you're mildly afraid of."

"Clowns do not fall into that category," Sango said shakily.

He smiled. "I imagine you could find a few things you're more scared of than clowns." He nodded to her. "My name is Quatre Raberba Winner."
"Sango. Thank you for getting rid of it."

"I didn't. All you have to do is close your eyes and when you open them, the illusion will be gone."

"Quatre?"

Sango's eyes shut and opened. It didn't work. She swallowed. "Um..."

Quatre winced. "Bad choice of a costume, Trowa. She's scared of clowns."

"No, no, it's all right," Sango said.

Trowa removed the half of his face and swept the hat off his head. "Better?" he asked. Sango nodded. "I wonder if clowns are ever afraid of people without make-up?" he wondered aloud. Quatre began giggling and Sango smiled tentatively.

A few minutes later, the five of them were in a group. Sango told about her experience with the clown and Inuyasha said triumphantly that he knew it had to be illusions. "I hope that's as spooky as it gets," Kagome said.

Inuyasha groaned and tapped Kagome on the shoulder. "Never say that. As soon as you do, something worse happens," he scolded.

"He's right."

Kagome looked in the direction of the voice and jumped. She closed her eyes and sighed when he was still there. "Now you are someone I wish was an illusion."

"What?" Kouga asked. "You don't like the costume?" He spun in a circle and grinned at Kagome. "Want to be little red riding hood?"

"No, she don't, Mr. Big Bad Wolf," Sango retorted.

"Ah, Kagome," Miroku said, walking up to her. "Have you been having any problems this Halloween?"

"Nothing except for a few illusions." She gave Kouga a pointed look and he winked at her before he left.

"Ah, something'll happen," a new voice said. "I've heard that she's a trouble magnet." He grinned at her. "You also don't encourage it. Bravo."

"Kagome, I'd like to introduce Duo Maxwell," Miroku said, waving a hand at the cloaked figure.

Duo switched his scythe to his left hand so he could shake hands with Kagome. "This silent character here is Heero Yuy. He decided not to dress up."

"I didn't decide not to. I had no intentions in the first place," Heero corrected.

Duo rolled his eyes. "Sure. Kagome, most of the teachers around here are keeping an eye on you. We're not having another demon summoned. No matter how much Ranma likes being the center of attention."

A glowing light lit the auditorium and Duo spun towards it. "That's not on the schedule. Someone afraid of a huge lightbulb?"

Miroku frowned. "I don't know."

White shapes began to float around the room and Kagome stiffened. "Spirits," she said softly.

Miroku shot a glance at her and then at the floating person in front of him. "Ah."

"You've met her," the woman said. "Don't mess it up and remember what I told you."

"Yes, Mom," Miroku said automatically. The woman nodded and drifted away.

"What's that?" Inuyasha asked.

"Someone seems to have released a lot of ghosts or spirits into the room," Heero said calmly. "We'll investigate the light." He strode off.

"Can't take him anywhere," Duo muttered and ran after him. Miroku stayed with the group and waited.

A petite woman pushed her way through the crowd. "Oh, drat," she said, looking at the scene.

There was a table with four girls around it. The problem was an Ouija board. It was in the center, their hands were joined, and spirits were flowing through it.

"So what's the plan?" Duo asked.

She glanced at him. "Oh, it's you. Well, we can't separate them. We've got to shut the board down first."

"After you," Duo said gallantly.

"So kind." She snickered a bit and then began preparations.

Duo and Heero made their way back to Miroku after it was over. The spirits had drifted all over and had to be pulled back through the board first.

"What happened?" Miroku asked.

"Four girls. Ouija board. Spirits floating through the board because someone wasn't happy with their answers and decided to summon a spirit to talk to them directly. Tokio shut down the board and got the girls home." Duo summed it up neatly.

"For once, it wasn't after you," Inuyasha teased Kagome.

She sighed deeply. "And believe me, it is so nice to know that."
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