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: 25030 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Christmas by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic

Chapter 58

Christmas

Shippo knocked hesitantly on Bonnie's door. They'd been dating for a month and a half now. The crush he had enjoyed had slowly begun turning to something deeper.

She opened the door and smiled at him. "Come in," she said, moving out of the way. "I've got your present."

Shippo silently held out a prettily wrapped box and she accepted it happily. Bonnie didn't know it, but inside was a small box covered in a blue lilies material. Nestled snugly inside was a pair of earrings from Muted Twilight.

"Merry Christmas," she said, presenting him with a small flat box. It had a bow on the top and a card attached by two pieces of tape. "Don't open it until later, okay?"

Shippo nodded. "All right. I'll see you after vacation?" She smiled at him. She glanced at the huge pile of notebooks and textbooks and Shippo took the hint. He walked out of her room with his present in hand. I'll open it tonight at Inuyasha's, he thought.

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"The concert was so much fun!" Rin told Sesshoumaru.

He nodded and stirred the gravy. "I would have gone this year, but I had a meeting." Rin continued to tell him about the music, while Inuyasha and Kagome searched the shelves for the dvd of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

"Merry Christmas!" Sango and Miroku said in unison as they came inside the house.

"Oh, good! Reinforcements." Kagome gestured to the shelves. "Somehow the two guys have lost a dvd."

Inuyasha rolled his eyes. "We found the Peanuts one, the Garfield one, Frosty the Snowman..."

"But not Rudolph," Kagome told him.

With four people looking, the search ended quickly. "No Rudolph," Kagome said mournfully. Inuyasha held up a dvd and she cheered up. "That'll do. The Grinch will do."

"The animated or the live action?" Sango inquired.

"Animated."

Miroku sniffed the air. "Something smells good."

Inuyasha grinned. "Ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, macaroni and cheese, corn, biscuits, cookies..."

Kagome closed her eyes. "Sounds great."

"It's almost ready," Sesshoumaru called out to the living room. "The biscuits have got another few minutes to bake and someone's got to carve some of the ham off."

Miroku pressed a hand to his heart. "If someone must wield a knife..."

Sango rolled her eyes. "Oh, just go. I'd love some ham."

He blinked. "I must be a comedian?" Sango laughed and pushed him gently toward the kitchen.

Shippo walked inside to see them standing together. He smiled and walked to the tree to add Bonnie's present to him underneath it.

"More presents? If that tree gets any more under it, it's going to be a prima donna tree."

Kagome snorted. "That would be kind of hard to do, Inuyasha. I can't believe you've misplaced that movie."

He shrugged. "It could be upstairs somewhere."

"Dinner is ready!" Sesshoumaru said loudly. The people in the living room came into the kitchen and found their seats ready for them. Everything was on the table except for the individual drinks. There were a few minutes of glasses being filled with milk, juice, and soda before they sat down.

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After everyone had eaten their fill, they went out to the living room to open their presents. Everyone had gotten a large present, but there had been small additions under the tree. Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru handed out the presents and large tin buckets of cookies and candies.

Instead of everyone unwrapping their presents at once, they went in a circle this time. Sango was first and she immediately turned to Miroku so he could put the necklace on. While he was doing that, she unwrapped the second package. "Oh," she breathed.

"Like it?" Miroku asked calmly.

"I love it," Sango said, twisting the barrette this way and that. It had a large green butterfly in the center with a green stone at the butterfly's middle. Two smaller butterflies were on the sides. She took her hair out of its ponytail and fastened her hair at the back of her neck with his gift.

Miroku followed after Sango and grinned at her after he opened his spell book. "Thank you," he told everyone. He opened his second package and smiled wryly. "Am I that transparent?"

Sango nodded. "Yup."

"What is it?" Shippo asked.

He held up a package of socks. "I've been complaining about socks for the past month." He kissed Sango on the cheek. "My toes thank you for preventing frostbite."

Sesshoumaru opened his packages next. He nodded approvingly over the calligraphy supplies and his eyes widened when he saw what was in the second package.

"I know you said something about those," Inuyasha said casually. "Did I get it right?"

He lifted the gloves out of the box and tried them on. "Perfect," he said. "Thank you, little brother."

Kagome hid a smirk. She had gone with Inuyasha and knew that those weren't just gloves. They were fitted especially to Sesshoumaru's hand, would never get wet, and wouldn't tear or wear out for at least ten years.

Inuyasha opened his box next. His eyes flew to Shippo and he raised his glass to Inuyasha. "Now you can play your own game," he said cheerfully.

The second package he opened, he looked at Kagome. She shrugged. "You like puzzles." Inuyasha rolled his eyes, but thanked her for the book on mazes and labyrinths.

Kagome hauled the large box onto her lap. "Careful," Inuyasha cautioned. "It's breakable." She glanced at him. "I've had it out of the box to make sure it wasn't broken."

She unwrapped the box and gasped. "I've never seen one before."

"Me, neither," he told her. "I thought you might enjoy it."

She nodded. "Thank you very much!" She put the box down and hugged him. Since they were both sitting on the floor, that was an awkward maneuver, but she managed it. "I should probably leave it in the box until I get home..."

"Then let us see the box," Sango coaxed. Kagome turned the front picture toward them. It was a library. Inuyasha had found her a ceramic lighted library, like the kind that goes in holiday villages.

Kagome opened her second present and found a large bag of gumdrops from Rin.

Rin went next and shrieked when she opened Stargate SG-1: Season One. Kagome's second present to her was a box of pretty notecards she'd seen in the Plaid Patch.

Shippo sighed dramatically. "I guess I'm last." He had three presents near him. He thanked everyone for the movie set and clutched the huge bag of M&M's maniacally.

"This one is from Bonnie," he said. He put the card aside and opened the package. He kept his face from falling, but only just.

"What is it?" Kagome asked. He held up a tie. "Huh. Why'd she pack that in such a big box?"

Shippo shook his head and opened the Christmas card. On the other side of the card, he read:

Shippo,

Merry Christmas! I hope you're opening this later. I don't really know how to tell you this, but I do want you to know that I've had a lot of fun on our dates. You're cute and funny and if I didn't...

Dang this is hard. When I got accepted to college, my boyfriend and I made an agreement that we could date on campus, but that we'd still be together. I've had a great time being with you, but I'm going home to my boyfriend this break. I hope you understand.

Bonnie

Shippo sat there for a few seconds. Then he got up and walked into the kitchen. Rin glanced at the card beside her, but refused the temptation to read it.

He dialed her number and waited until she answered. "Bonnie, this is Shippo. No, I don't understand."

On the other end of the line, she winced. "Um... Shippo, I'm going home to be with my boyfriend. I'm breaking up with you."

Shippo closed his eyes and took a deep breath. "Why?"

"It's not anything you've done-"

"No! Why date me when..."

She squirmed. "Because I really liked you and enjoyed being with you, but I love him."

Shippo shook his head. "All right."

"Are you okay?" she asked worriedly.

"No," he said and hung up. He stood there by the phone, staring at the wall.

Inuyasha got up from the floor and walked out to the kitchen. He leaned against the doorway beside the phone. "Something wrong?" he asked quietly.

Shippo nodded and swallowed hard. "Bonnie," he whispered.

He didn't say anything for a few moments and Inuyasha finally asked, "Did you want to go home?" Shippo shook his head. "Are you going to tell me what's wrong?"

"Read the card," he croaked and turned toward the bathroom.

Inuyasha let him escape and went back to the living room. He grabbed the card and read it silently. He snorted when he reached the end.

"What is it?" Kagome asked.

"Bonnie's been dating Shippo, but she had a boyfriend at home that she's gone back to," Inuyasha ground out.

Kagome gasped. "She did what?" She looked out into the kitchen. "Poor Shippo..."

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When he returned to the living room, no one said anything about the dark circles around his eyes. They gave him worrying looks, but didn't broach the topic. They watched The Grinch and Inuyasha finally found Rudolph. They ate tons of cookies and more than one trip was made to the kitchen for leftovers.

Miroku drove Sango back to her house and Inuyasha did the same with Kagome and Rin. They both told Shippo that he'd be all right before they left. When only Inuyasha and Shippo were in the car, he asked suddenly, "Did you want me to hex her?"

Shippo laughed and shook his head. "All right," Inuyasha said amiably. "Just asking."
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