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: 25036 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Kagome's Birthday by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic

Chapter 39

Kagome's Birthday

Something had been nagging at him all day. He'd checked his assignment folder and all of his syllabi to figure out if it was homework, but everything was checked off. It wasn't the new moon either.

Shaking his head, he went downstairs. "Hey, Sess?"

His older brother looked at him from his chair. "Yes?"

"Have I forgotten something you wanted me to do?"

Sesshoumaru thought for a minute. "I took the trash out and you drove your car into the car wash last week when we had that warm day. No, I can't think of anything."

Inuyasha sighed and sat down on the couch. "I know there's something I'm forgetting," he muttered.

"Speaking of forgetting, what do you want for your birthday? It's almost the middle of February. I've only got two months if you want something special."

Inuyasha's head came up and his eyes widened. "Birthday!"

"Yes... The day you were born?" Sesshoumaru said sarcastically. "I'm sure you don't remember it, but Mom does."

Inuyasha rolled his eyes. "No. Kagome's birthday is today." He stood up. "What kind of cake does she like?"

Sesshoumaru stared at him. "You're going to make her a cake?" He pressed a hand to his heart. "Oh, my poor kitchen."

Inuyasha snorted as he walked to the phone. "Very funny." He dialed Kagome and Rin's room number and waited.

"Hello?"

Inuyasha relaxed. "Hi, Rin. Is Kagome there?"

"You just missed her." Rin glanced over at Kagome's empty side of the room. "She went down to the vending machine for a soda."

"Okay. It is her birthday today, right?"

"Right."

Inuyasha looked at the clock. "Can you keep her in her room around eight thirty, maybe nine o'clock?"

"Sure. Why?"

"It's a surprise."

Rin smiled. "Okay. Kagome doesn't go out of the room."

"Thank you."

"You're welcome."

They both hung up their phones and Inuyasha went into the kitchen. Pans, cake mix, other ingredients... His mind ran like a very small hamster on a large metal wheel.

Despite what Sess said, Inuyasha was a decent cook. But with a brother like Sesshoumaru who actually loved cooking, who was he to cook for himself?

While the cake was in the oven, Inuyasha called Sango. "I already wished her happy birthday," Sango told him. "What do you have planned?"

"I'm baking a cake. It should be done in about forty minutes. Another half hour to cool and put icing on it... I could be over to Kagome's dorm around 9:10?"

Sango nodded. "Okay. I'll be in the lobby."

The next call was to Shippo. He was overjoyed at the thought of cake and promised to be there.

By the time those two phone calls were through and Inuyasha had cleaned up the bowl, the cake was done. He found the icing and Sesshoumaru watched as he tipped the first cake out of the pan. After the icing was applied, the second cake was placed right on top of the first without a crack.

Sess kindly found him a tupperware container for it and helped him shift the cake into it. As Inuyasha ran off with the treat, Sesshoumaru shook his head. "I cannot figure out if they're to be together or not. My brother actually ventured into the kitchen..." He shrugged and went back to his chair. "They're friends now at least."

Sango stood up as Inuyasha walked in. "Finally," she said. "How'd the cake turn out?"

"I baked it so it's perfect," he said haughtily. "What's that?"

She glanced down at the bag. "I didn't have time to wrap anything, but it's a gift certificate for Walmart."

Shippo held up his prize. "And the lady at the gift shop downtown said she'd probably like this."

"What is it?" Inuyasha asked.

Sango rolled her eyes. "It's hand lotion. What kind, Shippo?"

He shrugged and looked at the label. "It says rose. Smells all right."

Inuyasha nodded and they went up the stairs. Shippo knocked on the door and they waited for it to open.

"I swear, if this is another insincere present from a guy who wants a date with the Source I will hex them into the next century," Kagome warned from the other side of the door.

"How about three friends with sincere presents?" Sango asked.

Kagome opened the door and stood aside. "Those are always welcome. Please enter."

Rin was sitting at her computer desk and pointed at her bed when Inuyasha looked around for a place to sit the cake. Kagome thanked everyone for their presents and looked greedily at the cake. Rin laughed and Inuyasha began carving slices for everyone.

Kagome put the first bite in her mouth and chewed. She swallowed the morsel and stared at Inuyasha. "If you bake this well, why do you let Sess cook all the time?"

"One, that's a cake mix. Two, he loves cooking. Three, I hate cleaning up the kitchen."

"Good points," Kagome conceded. She ate her slice of cake and sighed. "The one bad point about my birthday is that it's so close to Valentine's Day."

"What's wrong with Valentine's Day?" Rin asked immediately.

"Don't touch anything that comes into this room especially on that day," Sango warned.

Kagome nodded. "Maybe I should hide out at your house." Rin looked confused so Kagome explained. "There will be dozens of roses, mixed bouquets, candy, cookies, gifts, love notes, beautiful cards, etc. on Monday. Don't accept anything anyone tries to hand you. Don't be afraid to say no to anyone who wants you to bring me something. It could be just a present, but it there could be love potions in the candy. Scents to do weird things to my brain in the roses. Enchantments on practically everything."

She threw up her hands. "I'm going to be wearing my stone all day just so it's safe to eat anything."

Kagome sounded so disgusted. Rin grimaced. "That bad?"

"I don't know," she said softly. "Last year I filled up... two trash bags before dinner."

Inuyasha laughed. "Remember what you found in your bed last year?" he said pointedly.

Kagome groaned. "How could I forget? I'm trying not to scare her."

Sango nearly choked on her cake. "I forgot that!"

"What?" Shippo and Rin said at the same time.

"Inuyasha walked me home from the Special. I got up here and found someone in my bed."

Sango raised an eyebrow. "Tell them the whole story."

Kagome grabbed a pillow and hid her face in it. "But it's embarrassing!" she wailed.

"All right." Inuyasha looked at the two of them. "Know what an incubus is? A male sex demon? Someone sent Kagome one last year."

Shippo burst out laughing and Rin wrinkled her nose. "Eww."

"Tell me about it. I didn't even know what one was! Melly had to banish it. Who am I supposed to ask now?"

"Go find Miroku," Inuyasha advised. "He's pretty cool about that sort of thing."

"Good idea," Kagome said. "I'll go see if I can find him on Monday."

He had early morning hours so Kagome stopped by then. "Hello, Kagome," he greeted.

She nodded. "Hi. Can I come in?" He gestured and she sat down. "I've got a problem, but it isn't with class."

"Go on," he said, picking up his coffee cup.

She paused. "It's Valentine's Day. I can handle the cards and flowers and things, but... Last year..." Kagome blushed. "This is embarrassing. I, um, had someone send me an incubus."

Miroku coughed, but managed not to spill his coffee. "Ah," he said delicately.

"I have something keeping out malicious stuff, but my last roommate told me that the incubus wasn't malicious. I don't know how to get rid of one on my own yet."

He shook his head. "You shouldn't. Well. I could put a ward on your room for today screening out most things of that nature. If you'd like, I could come up to your dorm and check for anything out of the ordinary before I leave for home today."

Kagome sighed. "That would be wonderful."

Rin met Kagome in the cafeteria at four. "So what did he say?" she asked as they picked up their trays.

"He put a ward on the room and he's going to come check it tonight." Kagome picked up a sandwich to put on her tray.

"Okay. Have you been back to the room?"

Kagome shook her head. "I went with him so he could put a ward on it, then grabbed my backpack. I've been in the library for most of the day." She shrugged. "Studying different spells, making progress on the crocheting, stuff."

Rin dished up some of the macaroni salad for her dinner and they both found a few other things. "So we'll go back to the room and see if there's anything there."

"Oh, there will be."

Rin stared at Kagome's bed and at the floor. "How did you walk last year?"

Kagome picked her way through the various vases and bouquets on the floor. "Very carefully." She found her gloves and the trash bags. The flowers all went inside and she began scooping the notes in as well.

"How does the bag hold that much?" Rin asked curiously. "I mean, you're dumping the whole thing in, vase and all."

"Magic trash bags. These hold practically anything I want them to and they won't contaminate the other trash. I could put a small elephant in here and it wouldn't make any difference." Kagome paused as she looked at one of the cards. "Pretty picture." Shrugging, she tossed it in with the rest.

"Kagome?" Miroku knocked on the door. "I'm going home now." His eyes widened at the stuff that was on her bed. "Is that all?" he asked shocked.

She pointed wordlessly to the full trash bag. "That one has the flowers in it." She shook out another trash bag and piled the rest of the cards inside. Kagome turned to the pile of candy boxes.

"This isn't right," Miroku said, scowling.

Another three rose bouquets popped into place and ten more letters fluttered down. Kagome sighed and put them in the trash, too. "They're not malicious." Rin sat on her bed and stared at it all.

"No student should have this much to deal with."

"Can you fix it?" Kagome asked. "It's their choice to ask me out and send me stuff."

"But you just throw it away."

"They don't understand that. Everyone seems to think I'm playing hard to get or something." Kagome sighed. "So I go through about a bag of trash every two to three days. It's only this bad on Valentine's Day."

Rin raised her voice. "Your birthday isn't too good, either."

Kagome nodded. "And when I leave to go home in May. I'll get tons of presents then. Of course, they all go to Goodwill. Christmas, too."

Miroku sighed. "There isn't anything in here, Kagome, and I'll be watching the ward. If anyone attempts to send you anything like last year, I'll wake up immediately. Good night." He nodded to them and left the room, muttering about ungracious students.
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