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
Friendship, Romance, School Life, Slice of LifeWarnings:
February 18, 2015 Updated:
April 02, 2015
And that is Why... by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!
Source of Magic
And That is Why...
"Bless you," Kagome said automatically.
Rin smiled at her. "Thank you. I guess I'm catching a cold."
Kagome opened her eyes on Tuesday morning. She crawled out of bed and dragged on her clothes. Rin must have given me her cold, she thought. I have such a headache and my throat's sore...
She glanced at the clock and saw that it was nine o'clock already. She sat in front of her computer and checked her email. That took a few minutes. She got up from the chair and went to find some medicine. Tylenol should work...
Rin woke up next and went about her day. I must have slept wrong, she thought idly. My back hurts. She coughed and trudged off to Shampoo's Appreciation of Early American Movies class.
On Wednesday morning, Rin was up and gone by the time Kagome woke up. She laid in bed for a few minutes, staring at the ceiling.
My back hurts. Scratch that, my whole body aches. Kagome coughed for a few seconds and then laid still again. I'm coughing, I ache, my headache is beginning to really bother me...
Kagome pushed the blankets back and walked to the bureau. By the time she got back into bed, she was shivering.
This is not normal, she thought. She hit the button on the thermometer and waited for it to beep. When it did, she glanced down at it. Her eyes widened. 101.4?
"Time to get dressed and go see the doctor," she said aloud.
Ten minutes later, she walked back up the stairs. She was holding a few papers. The top one was a checklist. Sore throat, headache, chills, fever, aches, and a loss of appetite.
Kagome groaned. I can't tell Melly I've got the flu! She'd never let me live it down. She sat down on her bed and covered up. "I love the prescription, though," Kagome said out loud. "Go back to bed, take Tylenol, and rest."
Rin walked back into their room shortly after ten thirty. Kagome waved at her from bed. Rin looked confused. "Didn't feel like getting up this morning?"
"Oh, I got up," Kagome said hoarsely. "Then the nice receptionist told me to go back to bed. Have you got a thermometer?" Rin nodded. "Go check your temperature."
Rin shrugged and fetched her thermometer. It beeped and she pulled it out of her mouth. "100.7?"
Kagome grinned at her. "Welcome to the club. I woke up with one over a hundred and one. The receptionist downstairs in the health center handed me that checklist." She pointed.
Rin picked it up. "Fever, yes. Aches, yes. Sore throat, headache, coughing, yes, yes, yes." She looked over at Kagome. "And I haven't felt like eating much for days."
"Congratulations, we've both got the flu," Kagome told her. "Take Tylenol and we'll break out the Nyquil Cold/Flu tonight. Oh, and we've got to drink fluids." She looked over at the refrigerator. "Once I get warm, I'll go buy some juice."
Rin sat down at her computer and booted it up. She did a few minutes of research on flu and what to do about it. "Rest, drink fluids, and eat chicken soup."
"Why chicken soup?"
"Something about sodium," Rin said with a shrug. "Who's had a flu shot?"
"Sango gets one and Inuyasha." Kagome grimaced. "I absolutely hate the things, but I'll have to get one next year."
"Me, too," Rin said with a sniffle. "At least I've only got one class tomorrow. Aoshi's meditation."
Kagome nodded. "Duo's class in the morning. I'll be back in bed right after that."
Thursday dawned. Kagome got up at seven and checked her temperature. 101.9. She looked out the window and shivered. There was snow on the ground and the wind was blowing. It was supposed to be really cold outside today.
She doubled over with a coughing fit. Shaking her head, she crawled back in bed. Missing one day would not hurt her.
Rin slept in until nine and made the same decision as Kagome.
Kagome opened her eyes slowly and looked at the door. "Come in," she called.
"I can't," Inuyasha said on the other side. "The door is locked."
Kagome groaned, but got out from under her warm covers and padded over to the door in her bare feet. She opened the door and stood there as Inuyasha looked her over. "You look like you just rose from the grave," he said bluntly.
"Thank you so much," she replied sarcasm dripping from every word.
"The open door is creating a draft," Rin said unhappily.
Inuyasha closed the door and Kagome went right back to bed. "What's wrong?"
"Flu," Rin said before a coughing fit attacked her.
"Oh," Inuyasha said, shoving his hands into his pockets. "Well... Do you need anything?"
Kagome thought for a minute. "We've been sick for... How many days, Rin?"
The other girl shrugged. "It's Thursday. I've been taking Nyquil and Tylenol since Monday."
"And I've been doing that since Tuesday." Kagome glanced at her computer desk which was where the medicines were. "I've got enough Tylenol, but I've only got three more doses of Nyquil left."
Between them, Rin and Kagome cobbled together a list including Dayquil, Nyquil, apple juice, orange juice, more tissues, and throat drops. Inuyasha took the money they offered and said he'd be back in a little while with the stuff.
He came back with more than that.
Inuyasha walked in with two bags of stuff for them. He was closely followed by Kirara. She looked down at both the sick girls and raised an eyebrow. "Temperatures?"
Kagome and Rin found their thermometers. It was only quarter to eleven and already their temperatures were up to 101. What would they be like at night?
Kirara accepted their replies of temperature and shook her head. "What classes do you have?"
Kagome shook her head. "I don't have another class until Tuesday."
"Two on Monday, one late on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, another on Thursday," Rin rattled off.
Kirara nodded. "That settles it. I've got two spare bedrooms."
"Oh, but-" Kagome started to object.
"Sango and I have both had our shots and I'm not leaving you in here." Kirara looked at the closets. She opened Kagome's and found her duffel bag at the bottom. "What do you want to take with you, Kagome?"
She surrendered to the inevitable and pointed out a few pairs of jeans and shirts. Rin did the same when it was her turn. On top of those clothes, Kirara packed their spare pajamas and the books they were reading.
Kirara shooed Inuyasha out while the girls were dressing and made sure they were bundled into their coats before leading them out to the car. Inuyasha hopped into the front passenger seat looking very smug.
They reached Kirara's house and she pointed them in the direction of the spare bedrooms. "Now go to sleep," she said softly. "If you feel like getting up, bundle yourselves into some blankets and sit on the couch."
She glanced at Inuyasha. "Drop those off in the living room and I'll take care of them later." He nodded and did as she said. "I've got to go back to work, but I'm sure someone will be over to check in on you."
She bustled out of the house and Inuyasha came back to check on them. He fetched them glasses of juice and left.
Kagome and Rin slept most of the day, but by four o'clock, they had had enough. Rin came to see if Kagome was awake. Finding that she was, they both went downstairs to find something to watch on television.
Sango came over at four thirty and found them laughing at the screen. "Well," she said. "You look like you're having fun. Did you want something to eat?"
Kagome raised her glass of apple juice. "I'm not hungry, but I'm drinking."
Sango shook her head, made sure they were comfortable, and left to work.
Inuyasha was in and out during the day, bringing things Sesshoumaru had made for them. Sango checked on them as often as she had a break from work and class. Sesshoumaru came in the evenings and diagnosed the same things, rest, fluids, and more rest. Kirara clucked over them like they were her own. Shippo even made a few appearances with movies that they'd requested.
On Sunday, Inuyasha's birthday party was held at Sango's house. They had cake and ice cream and lots of presents. Kagome skipped her Tuesday class and Rin struggled with the notion of missing her two Monday classes. She missed her movie class on Tuesday, but felt well enough to go to her early morning Mythological Creatures class on Wednesday. Kagome got out of bed on Thursday to go to her psychology class.
They were well enough by Friday to move back into the dorm. And Kagome's brain had finally cleared enough to ask Inuyasha a very important question.
"Why did you go get Kirara?" she asked.
He shrugged. "Because you looked like death warmed over." He put down his pencil. "Sess's house isn't big enough to take both you and Rin. So I told Kirara you both had the flu and she marched right over."
Kagome nodded. It had been nice. She and Rin hadn't really gotten out of their flannel pajamas the entire time. "Thank you."
Inuyasha grumbled, but Kagome was sure she had heard a "You're welcome," in there somewhere.
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