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: 23166 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
The First Day of Third Year by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic

Chapter 44

The First Day of the Third Year

Kagome and her parents unloaded all of her stuff and helped her put it away. Having done this a few times, her parents made sure she was settled into her room, reminded her about her pocket money and bank account, and said they would see her that Thanksgiving.

Once they were gone, Kagome grinned. Another whole year to myself, she thought happily. Let's see... Unpacking is done. Rin will be here at four. We'll probably manage to get all of her stuff unpacked by five and spend the next couple hours catching up.

But before that happens...

Kagome hit the 'call' button on her phone and sighed with relief when she heard the dial tone. She dialed the number and waited.



"You're back."

Kagome snorted. "Don't sound so enthused. I can't take it."

"I think I can work with that. When do you want your refrigerator?"

Kagome smiled. "How did you know I was going to ask?"

"Heh. I've developed my psychic powers over the summer. They're also telling me that you want a ride to the grocery store."

"Wow! I'm impressed."

"I'll forego the prediction of what color underwear you've got on."

Kagome shook her head. "Now you're just being a pervert."

"Nah. I'll leave that to the other guys on campus. Are you unpacked?"

"Yup. Unpacked and ready for my refrigerator. There's a lot of people around, though. You might have a problem getting it up the stairs. It's heavy and people will be in the way. Did you want to wait?"

Inuyasha snorted. "Kagome, I can juggle that size refrigerator. Hauling it up the stairs and pausing to wait for people isn't a big deal. I can bring it over now and then drive you to the store."

Kagome chuckled. "If you keep bragging about your strength like that, I'll ask you to carry the groceries, too."

"My pleasure, damsel in distress. See you in a few minutes."

Inuyasha had three plastic bags over his left arm and a twelve-pack of Sunkist in his right hand. Kagome was carrying a twelve-pack of Pepsi and another bag of groceries. "Are you sure-" Kagome began.

He hmphed at her. "I can carry it," he told her again.

They eventually got to her room through the swarm of people and deposited everything on the floor. Kagome took the sodas over to the refrigerator at the end of the bookshelf divider and began stacking them inside. Inuyasha unloaded the snacks on her bed. "Where do you want these?"

"Top shelf, if you don't mind," Kagome told him. Inuyasha nodded and put the boxes away. Graham crackers, snack cakes, food for midnight munchies.

When they were done with that, Inuyasha and Kagome went over to Sesshoumaru's because she'd been missing his food all summer. After lunch, they settled in to watch a movie and talk about the summer.

Kagome was back by the time Rin arrived and helped her unpack. They talked about what had happened since they met last.

Eventually the time got to be short and they went to bed.

Rin had a class the next morning at ten o'clock, so she was up early. Kagome got up when she felt like it and checked out the schedules of her friends. Rin had Anthropology at ten and she'd be back after twelve thirty. Inuyasha could go to a Battle Magic class today, but that was up to him. Shippo had a class called Experiences from twelve thirty to three.

Kagome got dressed and went for a walk. She didn't have any classes today. In fact, she had one class on Monday, one on Thursday, and one on Tuesday. That was it this semester.

So she wandered downtown to browse in 'A Book in Bloom."

Sango knocked on Kagome's door that afternoon. Kagome pulled the door open, waving a miniature chocolate doughnut. "Come in!" Upon seeing each other for the first time in months, they did the classic girl thing and hugged.

"I have a problem," Sango began after they separated.

"Chocolate doughnuts can fix most things," Kagome proclaimed. "Math homework vs. chocolate donuts. Math begone! Even some demons will retreat at the sight of chocolate donuts, I think..."

"Miroku and I have been dating this summer while you were gone. He's a professor, I'm a student, and our relationship is forbidden by the university."

Kagome sat down on her bed with a thump. "And there are a few things chocolate donuts can't fix," she pronounced solemnly. "Sit down and tell me all about it."

Sango sat on the end of Kagome's bed. "He asked me out the week after you left. We've dated the whole summer."

She shifted uncomfortably. "It's not really forbidden, but heavily discouraged. How do you know that the professor isn't forcing the student to date them? Everyone will question your grades. That sort of thing."

"So... How do you feel about him?" Kagome asked.

Sango looked up at her. "I think I'm in love with him. But this whole problem is producing so much guilt...!"

Kagome nodded. "Let me see if I've got this. You and Miroku have a relationship. You're guilty over this relationship."


"What are you going to do?"

Sango sighed. "I don't know. I want to keep dating him, but he'll have to declare it to the university soon. Everyone will know and I'm so upset about the whole thing."

"What does Miroku say?"

"Him?" Sango snorted. "Don't worry about it, Sango. It'll be fine, Sango."

Kagome wrinkled her nose. "Doesn't sound like he's taking it seriously." She munched on another doughnut. "You want the relationship to go on, but you feel really guilty and upset about it."

"I should break up with him."

Kagome blinked at her. "Uh... Sure, if that's what you want."

"What else can I do? I can't get over what I feel and that will poison the whole relationship. I can't quit college and neither can he." Sango sagged. "Hand me a few of those doughnuts, Kagome. They do get rid of broken hearts, right?"

"Hey, you said you thought you were in love with him!"
"Chocolate is good in any circumstance."

"That's true."

Miroku entered the restaurant promptly at eight o'clock. They had a standing date where Sango would take a half hour off and eat a snack with him.

Tonight was different. She saw him and led him out in back of the restaurant. "Miroku," she began slowly. "I can't be with you anymore."

Miroku froze. "Any specific reason?"

Sango swallowed hard. "You and I aren't supposed to be together."

"This is referring to the fact that you're a student and I'm a professor?"

Sango nodded. "I'm sorry, but I'm really upset over the whole thing and-"

Miroku held up a hand. "You're breaking up with me because our roles are conflicting? Nothing else?"

She shook her head. "No. Everything else has been great."

Miroku smiled. "Then I have something to tell you. When I started teaching here, I only had a Master's degree. So one of the conditions of my being hired was that I would get a doctorate within 5-10 years. I had to start it within five and finish within ten."

"One of the professors was on a trip all summer and he only got back today. I needed the last signature on my form." He looked at her expectantly.

Sango blinked. "What does that mean? What form?"

"My application form." Miroku took pity on her and explained. "I had to have my form signed so I could start taking classes for my doctorate. I'll be attending full-time so I can finish in two years."

"So..." he said. "You're a student and I'm a student. We're fine, right?"

Sango processed this. Yes, the only reason she'd wanted to break up with him was the guilt over having a professor/student relationship. "How long has your application been in?" she asked quietly.

"Since the last week in May."

Sango cleared her throat. "May?" Miroku nodded. "We'd have been dating for maybe two and a half weeks. You let me worry for all of June, July, and August."

"I wanted to surprise you."

Sango laughed and shook her head. "Miroku," she said, looking into his eyes, "we are fine. Our relationship is fine. But if I see you before tomorrow morning, your skull is going to have an accelerated meeting with a frying pan!"

Miroku frowned. "Does this mean I don't get a good night kiss?"


He ran off laughing.

He showed up at her house bright and early the next morning at seven o'clock. He rattled the paper bag as she opened the door. "Peace offering?"

"I have a class at eight."

"That's why I'm early enough for you to have these for breakfast." Sango stepped aside and allowed Miroku to walk in.

She opened the bag and found blueberry bagels. "Am I forgiven?" Miroku asked.

"No," she said shortly. "Did you want butter or cream cheese?"

"Cheese, please."
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