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
Family by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!
Source of Magic
Sango met Kagome in the foyer of her dorm and together they began walking downtown. It was a gorgeous Wednesday in late September. The leaves on the trees were just starting to tinge and herald that fall was coming. The girls were comfortable without jackets to ward off the nonexistent chill in the air.
They had plans to duck into their favorite shops and browse. If something caught their eye, that was fine.
"So..." Kagome glanced at Sango. "How are your classes going?"
"Ecology's fascinating. The teacher, Tokiya Mikagami, though." Sango shuddered. "He's like a block of ice."
She snapped her fingers. "I'm taking element class, right? Earth with Domon? My teacher walks the class into the woods and points out a huge boulder partly blocking the hiking path by the river."
Kagome nodded. "I've walked up that way."
Sango snorted. "Don't count on that rock being there anymore. He said that the college had asked him to move it. He moved it all right. He just touched it and it shattered into pebbles." Kagome's eyes widened. "That's what I did. I couldn't believe it."
"You know about manga class since we've got that one together. German. Trowa's good at teaching, but he's so quiet. You're working on one of the worksheets and a finger comes into view pointing out a wrong word. He sneaks up behind you. I swear, the guy has the feet of a cat."
Sango sighed. "Wufei's great. Stern, but he knows what he's talking about. What about your classes?"
Kagome shrugged. "Dorothy's a little strange, but I'm learning the material. I now believe all the stories you told about Mihoshi."
Sango giggled. "I told you!"
The conversation had carried them down the block, across the street, and now they were at the entrance of Muted Twilight. They walked in and admired the jewelry on the left wall, the rice paper books, and the boxes of charms, beads, and trinkets. They sighed over the colorful clothing.
Sango dawdled around the windchimes, but found Kagome by the tapestries. She pointed up. "What do you think about that one?"
"You've already got curtains," Sango objected.
"I know, but I had those up all last year. If I get another one, I can take the old one home for my room." Kagome paused. "That's a good idea. I've got lots of windows at home."
Sango looked up dubiously. "It's up too high."
"Can I help?"
Kagome looked at the young man standing there. "Do you work here?"
He shrugged. "No. But I've got long arms. Which one was it?" Kagome pointed and he got it down for her.
She stroked a hand across the washed purple fabric. "Definitely this one. Thank you."
"You're welcome. Can I ask a favor?"
Kagome's shoulders slumped and she looked at him with a put-upon expression. "You can ask."
He frowned. "It's a really simple question. Do you go to the college?" Kagome nodded. "Do you know someone named Shippo?"
Kagome brightened. "That wasn't the question I expected. Yes, I know him."
"I went by his dorm room and he wasn't there."
Sango shook her head. "He has class from twelve thirty to three on Wednesday." She checked her watch. "It's only 1:15."
He sighed. "Then I'll find somewhere to eat and wait for him. Thank you."
"Hey!" Kagome said as he turned to leave. "The Special's a good restaurant."
He looked vaguely interested. "Can you give me directions?"
"We can do better. We'll walk you there," Sango told him. Kagome went up front to pay for her tapestry and they walked down the block.
"Why are you looking for Shippo?" Sango asked.
Kagome giggled. Sango looked at her. "He's a kitsune," she explained. "They're probably family."
"That's right. Shippo's my little brother. I'm making a trip further north and I stopped by to see how he was doing. Mom would kill me if I didn't bring back news. My name is Baiko."
Kagome nodded to him. "Nice to meet you, Baiko. I'm Kagome and this is Sango."
He smiled with recognition. "Shippo's written home about you. The Source of Magic and his friend who works at the Special. Now I know why I'm being directed to that restaurant."
He leaned closer. "So how is he doing?" Kagome and Sango began to fill him in on Shippo's first year.
Kagome walked Baiko to Shippo's dorm room and watched the two men hug and slap each other on the back. Family was a good thing.
"Now, I want to thank this Inuyasha guy," Baiko told his brother sternly. "You didn't tell us. Mom's going to have your hide."
Shippo slumped and looked at Kagome. She held up her hands. "I didn't know that you hadn't told them. All I said was something about how you met Inuyasha. Your brother's persuasive at getting stories."
"Yeah, I know," Shippo said mournfully. "We can walk by his house. He might be home."
Inuyasha answered the door and gestured them all in. Shippo made the introductions and Baiko thanked him for hauling his little brother out of trouble.
"Sure," Inuyasha said, grinning. "Want me to point those two out?"
"That would be appreciated," Baiko said with a dangerous glint in his eyes.
Kagome rolled her eyes. "Males."
Baiko gave her a speculative glance. "So what did you expect me to ask?"
She sighed. "For a date. That's what most guys do." He looked at the other two guys in the room and Kagome shook her head. "Nope. They've never asked." She gave a sigh of relief. "You wouldn't believe the amount of trash I throw away."
Baiko chuckled. "Have you tried returning their letters?"
Kagome shook her head. "I'd have to open the letters to get their names and then spend two hours sending them back."
"You get that many?"
"I fill up at least one trash bag every two days."
He blinked. "That's not good."
"Flowers, candy, presents, letters, notes..." Kagome shrugged. "Part of my life."
"Anyone home?" Sesshoumaru called. "Oh, we have company." He was introduced to Shippo's older brother and offered dinner. They all accepted except for Kagome. She pleaded homework and went back to her dorm.
Kagome had just gotten back from class on Thursday when someone knocked on the door. Shippo and Baiko came in when she answered. They talked for a few minutes and Baiko finally said, "I'm leaving soon, but Shippo's been telling me about some of the things to appear in your room."
He looked around. "Do you have something I can put a spell on? A figurine or a book? Something that hasn't been touched by magic."
Kagome offered him a paperback book and he laid a spell on it. "It won't keep illusions out," he said apologetically. "What it will do is get rid of them once you activate it. For example, if you woke up with that heart again, you would touch the book and focus your mind on the illusion. The spell would take that as a direction to get rid of the heart."
"Thank you," Kagome said. She placed the book beside the dragon statue. "I've got wards up, but I can't get rid of illusions."
Baiko smiled. "It's okay. It's just a problem that I could solve." He turned to Shippo. "Ready to get some lunch?" His little brother nodded and they walked down the hall after Kagome had thanked him again.
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