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: 25051 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Valentine's Day by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic
Chapter 61
Valentine's Day

"The poetry's nice, but it's beginning to scare me."

Rin nodded as she picked up her tray from the stack. "Where was it this morning?"

Kagome selected a danish and added it to her tray. "It was propped up on my bureau. Hang on a minute." She wrestled her backpack around and pulled the front zipper open. She withdrew the paper and handed it to Rin.

Sonnet CXVI
by William Shakespeare
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love,
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
Oh, no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests.. and is never shaken.
It is the star to every wandering bark
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love is not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come.
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out.. even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Rin nodded and held it out to her. "Good poetry."

"Yeah. Can't go wrong with Shakespeare," Kagome muttered. "It's just that they show up everywhere! How is he doing it? Who is he? Why won't he leave me alone?"

Rin shrugged. "Why won't every guy on campus leave you alone?"

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Rin answered the door that evening to find Sango, Miroku, Shippo, and Inuyasha outside. She gave them a puzzled look and Inuyasha grinned. He held up a large tupperware container. "I come bearing gifts." She smiled and moved out of the way.

Rin walked to her computer chair while Sango and Miroku sat down on her bed. Kagome was standing by her closet when they came in and Shippo quickly claimed her chair. "Are we too late?" Shippo said eagerly.

"Too late for what?" Kagome asked, putting her coat away.

"The Valentine's Day madness."

Kagome's brow wrinkled and she opened her mouth to ask what he meant when a dozen red roses appeared on the bureau. Her eyes narrowed. She picked it up firmly by the base and dumped it into a trash bag.

"That madness," Shippo said pointedly.

She threw up her hands. "I've gone through one trash bag today and that one's half filled. There will be more."

Inuyasha glanced at her bed. "And your bed's not cleaned off."

She took a deep breath and said calmly, "I know. I'm trying." She took another handful off the bed and pushed it into the trashbag.

When a corner finally appeared, Inuyasha sat down. "Any bets on how many of these are sincere?" he asked dubiously.

Kagome rolled her eyes. "Doesn't matter." He looked at her. "Oh..." She sat down on the floor with a huff. "Some of them might want to get to know me. But when a girl honestly says no and keeps saying no, it's hard to be nice to any of them. I've been here two and a half years. I've never given them encouragement. I've never been out on a date. I'm getting tired of hauling trash bags downstairs." She resumed stuffing papers into the bag.

She sat down on her bed and looked around. "Sorry I'm in such a bad mood."

"I think we can forgive you," Miroku said dryly.

Inuyasha handed her the container that he had behind his back. "Maybe this'll cheer you up."

Kagome pried the lid open with her fingertips and looked inside. Heart-shaped cookies, covered in light pink icing and dusted with red sugar greeted her eyes. "Sesshoumaru?" she asked.

He shook his head. "Kenshin baked them. I think I brought enough for everyone."

She withdrew one slim cookie and bit into it. Closing her eyes, she sighed in adoration. "I absolutely love his cookies." Kagome took two more from the container and passed it around.

Once it left Inuyasha's hands to go to Shippo, she leaned sideways and hugged Inuyasha quickly. "Thank you. I'm cheered up now." She let him go and munched on another cookie.

A mixed bouquet appeared on the floor and two heart-shaped boxes popped into existence on her bed. Kagome scowled at them. "You know one of the really bad points about this whole thing?"

"You're spending all your money to buy more trashbags?" Shippo asked cheekily.

"That, too. But the point I was thinking of is... I like chocolate. These are fancily wrapped chocolate boxes and I can't have any of it because they might be filled with love potions or something." Kagome looked mournfully at the chocolates. "Besides, I'd rather have candy bars. Whenever I actually get one of the mixed assortments, I throw at least half of the box out."

Rin nodded. "Chocolate-covered nuts that you don't eat."

"Or coconut," Sango said, making an awful face.

"Those little chocolate-covered cherries," Inuyasha added.

"Toffee chips." They all looked at Shippo. "So? They stick to my teeth."

Miroku shrugged. "I like all of it."

The whole group stuck around for five more bouquets, eight candy boxes, miscellaneous stuffed animals, and a large number of notes. Miroku and Sango went to their own Valentine's Day dinner. Shippo had an online chat he was supposed to be at. Inuyasha gave the ever-present homework as a reason.

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Rin started reading her email after they left and ignoring the thumps as more things were added to the trashbag. Kagome was trying to read a chapter in her textbook for tomorrow's class, but she had to pause every so often to throw something else away.

She was two pages from the end when there was a knock at the door. Rin was in the shower, so Kagome got up and went to the door. She opened it to see Inuyasha standing there. "Forget something?" she asked.
He shook his head. "No." She moved away from the door and he came inside. "Uh... Here." He held out a paper bag and she caught it.

She gave him an inquiringly look, but he only said, "Open it."

With a shrug, Kagome unwrapped the folded over top and peeked inside. It was a little dark, but she thought she saw letters. She turned to her bed and dumped the contents out. Candy bars spilled out over her blanket.

"You were kind of unhappy, so I thought..." Inuyasha rubbed the back of his neck. "It was stupid."

Butterfinger Crunch, Kit-Kat, Reese's cups, and Sky Bars. Kagome smiled and looked at him. "No. It wasn't stupid." She reached for the Reese's cups and unwrapped one of the packages.

"You can check it if you want. I mean... You know. I checked all of them before I came up."

She snorted and took off the black wrapping paper. "I trust you." She looked into his eyes as she said it and bit down on the peanut butter treat.

When her mouth was empty, she put the candy down and walked the few steps to where he stood. She reached out and hugged him again. After a few seconds, his arms came around her and gently squeezed back. "Thank you," she said softly.

"You're welcome." They stayed like that for a short while. Inuyasha let her go suddenly and backed away. Kagome gave him a puzzled look, but Rin walked in the room a few moments later. "Hi, Inuyasha," she said.

"Hi, Rin." He looked at Kagome. "I'd better be getting home. I told Sess I'd be back half an hour ago." Kagome nodded and Inuyasha left the room.

"Hey." Rin noticed the candy on her bed. "Who's the candy from?"

"Inuyasha."

Rin raised one eyebrow. "Inuyasha bought you candy on Valentine's Day and you still say there isn't anything going on?"

"There isn't."

Rin snickered. "Whatever you say."
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