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
The End of Year Three by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!
Source of Magic
The End of Year Three
"So how'd the concert go?" Kagome asked as Rin walked into the dorm room that night.
"Oh, it was great." Rin sat down on the edge of her bed and grinned. "You'll never guess who was there."
"Sesshoumaru! I walked in and he was sitting in the fourth row. So I went over and asked if I could sit beside him."
Kagome gave her a speculative look. "Hm... You play chess every chance you get, you make it a point to watch the current Stargate episode, and you both analyze it within an inch of its life... Could it be that you're-?"
Rin frowned at her. "Of course not! He's..." Kagome looked at her attentively. Rin paused. "Old."
Kagome nodded. "Yes. Nine years and a month difference. Of course, you're mature for twenty and I don't think there would be too much talk."
"Like you and Inuyasha?"
She shook her head. "No, there would be a lot of talk if I started dating anyone."
"When we went to the capital for his birthday, you were checking him out while I was in the craft store." Kagome's jaw dropped and Rin laughed delightedly. "I knew it! You do like him!"
"No, some other girl was looking at him in the window and I was seeing if he had a sign on his back or something."
Rin nodded. "Keep telling yourself that."
"Of course this would be difficult. It couldn't get easier at this point now could it?"
Shippo walked around the corner to investigate. The girl had her back to him, so he asked, "Can I help?"
She turned and smiled at him. "Yes, please! I'm trying to find a book, but I'm used to the Dewey Decimal system and this library runs on Library of Congress."
Shippo grinned. "It gets everyone when they move on campus." He held out a hand for the slip of paper and headed off for the right area of the stacks.
While he was scanning the shelves, he remembered something. "Is your name Thea?"
She blinked. "Yes. I was here on a tour and you and Kagome showed me around."
He nodded. "That's where I know you from. It's strange being on campus because you keep walking into people that you know vaguely from one class or the other." He pulled out the book she needed. "Here you go."
"Thank you!" She cradled the book to her. "I needed this for my senior paper, but my school didn't have it."
"You're welcome." Shippo went to find the books he had originally came for and Thea walked away.
Ten minutes later, Shippo was looking for an individual room to use. On the bottom floor of the library, they had a few rooms that had a door and a table inside for groups to use. He peeked in one and found Thea.
He opened the door and asked, "Do you mind if I study here?" She shook her head and he came inside the room. Spreading out his books on the large table, he began flipping through them and making notes in his notebook.
An hour passed and Shippo closed his last book. He placed all of them on a bookcart and came back for his backpack. Thea was finished with her book and looked at him questioningly. "We don't put the books back on the shelves," he explained. "The library has bookcarts everywhere for you to return them to. It cuts down on books being shelved wrong." She nodded and found a bookcart.
"Thank you so much for helping me," Thea said again.
"It really wasn't a big deal," Shippo told her. He adjusted his backpack on his shoulder. "So... Have you thought about which college you're going to yet?"
They started up the stairs. "It's between this one and two others. Depends on which one accepts me first."
"What major do you think you'll go for?" Shippo asked.
She shook her head. "I don't know. I like some of the ones here, but I can't decide. I thought I'd register as an undecided and then see what I enjoyed the most."
"Sounds like a good idea."
"What's your major?" she asked politely.
Shippo's eyes widened. He couldn't tell her his major was Illusion and Deceptive Tactics! "Undecided, too."
"And you're a freshman?" He nodded. "Don't they allow you to be undecided for a year?"
"Yes. I'll have to decide soon."
"Hi," someone said.
Shippo turned and smiled gratefully at Kagome. "Hi, Kagome. Do you remember Thea?"
"Of course," Kagome said, smiling at her. "Back on campus again?"
"I needed a book for class."
Kagome glanced between the both of them. "All done? I was going to go get some lunch if anyone wanted to tag along." She rolled her eyes. "Every semester it's the same. My parents order the same meal plan for me and I end up with too many by the end of the year. I've got at least a couple hundred dollars in points left and I'm supposed to eat twenty-one times a week. I go to the Special at least twice and eat at Inuyasha's on Saturday."
Shippo shrugged. "Fine with me."
Thea bit her lip. "If you're sure you don't mind."
"Of course not," Kagome told her. "Plus we can introduce you to Kenshin. Once you've tasted his cooking, you'll never go home."
Kagome approached the door quietly and knocked. "Come in." She opened it and walked inside to find only one person sitting at his desk.
"Kagome," Duo said, turning around. "Good afternoon."
She smiled at him. "You said anyone who wanted to take a practical exam should come to see you."
Duo smiled at her. "Are you sure?"
"Yes," she said.
She paused. This was not part of the plan.
"Why do you want to raise someone instead of doing the paper?" Duo asked again in a softer voice.
"Because it's interesting."
"How so?" Duo settled back in his chair.
"It's not something I want to do all the time, but if I was in a situation where I needed some help, it would be good to know. It's an interesting idea to be able to talk to the dead. I don't think I'm going to raise my grandmother and talk, because that would be weird. I'm a low-level mage and I want to know how to do everything that I'm capable of doing."
She stopped. "Because it doesn't seem evil or wrong to me. It's just talking to someone."
Duo smiled and nodded. "All right then. Pick a time and we'll go out to talk."
"When is okay for you?"
He shrugged. "Right now if it suits you." Kagome nodded quickly and out the door they went.
Kagome stood beside the tombstone and put her right hand on the top. "Her name is Mary Alice. She'll talk your ear off about gardening if you let her." Duo gave her a reassuring smile. "She's a very nice woman who likes to talk."
Kagome nodded. "I like gardening, too." She looked down at the grave. "Mary Alice, could you please come to talk with me?"
She looked at Duo and he nodded. "That's fine."
The earth split like someone had pulled a zipper apart and a pleasant looking woman in her sixties climbed out of the hole. "Hello, dear," she said smiling. "Good afternoon, Duo."
"Nice to see you again, ma'am."
She giggled. "So formal. And who are you, young lady?"
"Kagome Higurashi. It's nice to meet you."
"The same to you. My, but you two are so polite. Why weren't people this polite when I was alive is what I want to know." She shook her head. "I'm assuming this is for your final?"
Kagome nodded. "Yes. Am I doing all right so far?" She glanced back at Duo.
"You've got a A so far."
Kagome grinned at the woman. "Duo said you know about gardening. What kind? Flowers or vegetables?"
"A bit of both actually."
"Well, my mom has a hydrangea bush and she never gets the right color blooms as the store says. In the store, they're pink, but they come up green the next year."
"Ah, that's because..." And the woman went on to tell her about soil.
"You found another one?" Inuyasha asked incredulously.
Kagome nodded. "Yup. The guy must've thought I read my books more often or something."
"Well, read it."
Kagome cleared her throat and began.
She Walks In Beauty
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
Inuyasha shook his head. "That guy really likes his poetry." He continued with the curtains.
Kagome packed up the read of her books and turned to dismantle her closet. She emptied the drawers of her bureau one by one into a big purple plastic box. "Have I said that I'm really grateful for the help?"
"Have I said that you don't need to thank me? Not for bringing you stuff when you're sick, not for helping with your homework, not for packing up your room with you..."
She rolled her eyes. "But I don't want you to think I'm some ungrateful wretch."
"How about a too grateful wench?" he teased.
"Oh, you," she grumbled. "I am not being called a wench."
"Good. I just found you a new nickname."
"You want to haul this heavy computer downstairs by yourself?"
"I can do it!"
He snorted. "You're not straining yourself. I can see myself trying to explain to everyone why you broke your neck."
Kagome bundled up her empty hangers and tossed them into a miscellaneous box. She glanced at the clock. "Sango said she'd be here a few minutes ago to help." She looked at Rin's empty side of the room. She'd finished her finals two days ago and was home by now.
Inuyasha lifted the monitor from her desk to put it into a box. The cord trailed from the ground, up the wall, and got stuck between the desk and the wall. Inuyasha tugged on it, but the monitor was too awkward for him to free a hand.
"I've got it," Kagome said and crawled under the desk. She wiggled the plug a little until there was enough space. Inuyasha pulled on it again and it moved.
He turned and put the monitor down inside its traveling box. Kagome crawled out from under the desk, intent on going back to her work with the closet. Inuyasha turned just as she straightened.
They were almost touching. The computer chair had been moved to Rin's side of the room to give them space to work. The box was at the end of the bookshelf. There wasn't anything there, but Inuyasha with his back to the bookshelf and Kagome facing him.
Instead of laughing it off like they usually did or behaving as if it didn't matter that they were far inside each other's personal space, Kagome's eyes were confused. Inuyasha's eyes asked an unspoken question and Kagome's lips parted.
He didn't know if she meant to say something, but he was kissing her.
It was just a slight brush of the lips, more like a very light caress. Something neither of them had asked for.
They were still standing there, inches apart, just been kissed look on their faces when Inuyasha heard something. Moments later, Kagome heard footsteps. She darted away from Inuyasha and began taking clothes from their hangers. Inuyasha lifted the computer tower into another box.
"Hi, guys," Sango said cheerfully. "What can I help with?"
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