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: 21061 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
A Mysterious Course by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic

Chapter 55

A Mysterious Course

"I think they should just assign our basic courses to us and let us choose the electives," Kagome announced.

Sango looked at her from the couch. "Uh-huh. And what about our schedules? They assign me a class at eight o'clock in the morning when I have to be at work?"

Kagome grimaced. "You're right. But there ought to be a better way to do this." She examined her booklet again.

"Easier for us, though," Inuyasha commented. "Just figure in two courses a week for your major and choose the electives."

"Don't rub it in," Kagome told him.

"Of course, you've got at least two different teachers to choose from. Oh, and you've got to figure out whether to learn from a light mage or a dark mage. Or both. I guess you could do both..."

Shippo rolled his eyes. "Stop acting all philosophical. You're a light and so am I."

"How do you choose?" Rin asked.

Shippo glanced over at her from his chair. "Do you want to do good/neutral or bad/neutral is the main thing. It's not always clear."

"Now who's getting philosophical?" Inuyasha grumbled. "It's the difference between helping, not helping one or the other side more, or doing other stuff."

"Oh, that's helpful." Kagome sat up. "Rin, let me give you an example. Someone is sitting on a park bench. There's a pond right in front of them and a whole bag of bread. The light mage gives the bread to the ducks without expecting anything in return. The neutral can decide to feed the ducks or not. If they don't now, they probably will feed the ducks at some other time. The dark mage could starve the ducks. Or he could feed them with the purpose of eating a few of them. It's a point of view thing."

Kagome glanced at Inuyasha. "Remember that conversation we had about battle mages? A lot of them can't deal with the whole 'I'm doing this out of the good of my heart' thing. They expect to be recognized and rewarded. If they're not, they get...cranky."

Inuyasha snorted. "That's cutesy. Battle mages are some of the most temperamental people out there. They want to be known for what they can do. If they don't get it, they tend to blow stuff up."

"Not in this house," Sesshoumaru said calmly from his chair.

"Yeah, yeah. So you do the meditation stuff and go through some punching bags." Inuyasha looked back at his course schedule. "I think this year I'll do Latin II, Magic Identification, and Constructive Magic."

"Hey, I want to take that," Shippo said happily.

Inuyasha looked at him. "It's rated really high." Shippo shrugged.

"Rated?" Sango asked.

"It means that the course is difficult," Miroku told her. "Usually only fourth year students take it. Some of the third years try it in their last semester."

"But I'm good at this stuff," Shippo objected. "And... I'm not really a second year student. More like second and a half thanks to all the summer courses."

Shippo checked his list. "I'm going to try for Constructive Magic... Fill in my art requirement with Computer Graphics... Oh, and I've got to take Mythological Creatures because it's so entertaining." He grinned at Inuyasha.

"Three psychology classes," Rin began.

"Three?" Kagome screeched.

Rin nodded. "One of them is with Duo, one's with Dorothy, and someone named," Rin squinted at the word, "Sanosuke?"

"Then," she continued, "Experiences class-"

"Me, too," Sango agreed.

"-and Japanese II."

"I thought you hated that class," Kagome pointed out.

Rin shrugged. "He's not that scary. Duo says that he just doesn't show emotions that well. You have to look for them. What about everyone else's classes?"

Sango looked down at her list. "Organic Chemistry I, Evolutionary Biology, German II, Experiences, and Martial Arts. I'd like to add that Trowa doesn't do emotions, either. His German accent is good, though."

"Advanced Reference Services, Library Materials for Children, Magical Identification, and that's it for me."

"How do you get away with three classes?" Sango asked.

Kagome shrugged. "I take summer library courses."

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Kagome and Rin waited outside the Registrar's office early the next morning. It was possible to sign up for courses online and they'd already filled in their course schedules that way. But Kagome had a class added to her schedule and she wanted to know why.

"Next!"

Kagome slid into the chair and looked at the woman. "I'm already signed up for my three classes. But when I looked at the screen I had four."

"Social security number." Kagome gave it to her and she looked it up. "Unnamed class with a small footnote. It's a required course taught by Professor Duo Maxwell. If you want more information, you should go see him."

Kagome nodded to her. "Thank you. I'll go do that."

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"I absolutely hate this. Have I mentioned that lately?"

"You've said the same phrase nine times in the past 2.35 minutes."

"I swear, one of these days you're not going to give me a precise description and I'm going to faint from the shock." Duo sat down heavily in his chair. "I hate teaching this class."

"You have to."

"Yeah, yeah. I know."

"You are the only person on campus with this particular ability. If one of the others taught the students, the chances of them-"

Duo waved a hand. "I know already. If I don't teach them, they've got a better chance of going bad."

Knock, knock.

Duo looked up. "Hi, ladies. Do you have a problem for me to solve?"

Kagome smiled at him. "I was signed up for a course of yours next semester, but it didn't say what it was. What's it about?"

Duo sighed. "Now that problem I can't fix. I will tell you that it's required. There will only be...eight people in the classroom. It's a very specific subject."

"Does it have anything to do with me being the Source?" Kagome asked reluctantly.

Duo shook his head. "Nope. Nothing to do with that. Just you've got an ability and you've got to learn how to do it right. It's nothing to worry about."

Kagome thanked him and left the office with Rin. Duo looked at the ceiling and groaned. "When that news gets out, she's going to be in real trouble."
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