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
Empathy by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!
Source of Magic
"You go first."
"No, I insist."
Sango rolled her eyes. "Kagome, you go first."
"Oh, fine," she said with a huff. "Library Management sucks. We're presented with a situation and told that there isn't a totally wrong answer. Then we have to discuss it. The class also has tons of reading material. Summoning a Familiar is great. Shakespeare is very lively. Kuno, the teacher, really gets into it. Aoshi's teaching Wards and I'm learning a lot."
Sango drew in a deep breath. "Animal Behavior is lots of reading and the teacher, Ryo-ohki is good. Though," she said frowning, "sometimes I can't understand what she's trying to say. History is like storytelling time because Howard says it's the best way to learn. I absolutely love that he said we weren't going to remember specific dates and battles. Music is with Quatre, who is this very small blond man. Very cute."
She glanced at Miroku. "In a small furry animal sort of way, dear. Ranma's teaching Martial Arts and I'm going through Mythological Creatures II with Mihoshi."
"I've met Quatre," Miroku said, nodding to her. "He's very nice. Quiet, too."
"Two Psych. classes with Duo, Shakespeare with Kuno, Japanese History I with Heero, and Summoning a Familiar with Wufei," Rin said. "In Shakespeare and Summoning, I agree with Kagome."
"Two Battle Magic classes and History of European Magic with Trowa." Inuyasha paused. "Didn't he teach your German class, Sango?"
Nodding, she said, "Yes."
"He's quiet." Inuyasha shrugged and went on. "Kagome already said what I was going to say about Aoshi and Hiko is just as arrogant as you said."
"Two Illusion and Deceptive Tactics, Religion, Dispel, and Political Science." Shippo finished the ritual of 'tell what class and teacher you have and share the results'.
"On a totally different topic," Kagome began. "Rin and I ran into Thea in the laundry room."
"How is that noteworthy?" Inuyasha asked.
"She was hauling her laundry around in her backpack and a pillowcase. Then she couldn't figure out how to get the machines to run." Kagome shook her head. "I don't know what her roommate is doing, but she isn't helping much."
"Some roommates are like that," Inuyasha said sagely.
"We got her straightened out," Rin told them. "She's going to go get a laundry bag from Walmart and a roll of quarters from the bank."
Shippo sighed. "She looks tired in class."
Sango turned to look at him. "You, too?"
"Me too, what?"
"You've got her in one of your classes?"
Shippo nodded. "Political Science."
"She's in my U.S. History class," Sango said. "I met her when Kagome and Rin came into the Special a few nights ago. I didn't even know she was in my class." She frowned. "She did look tired on Wednesday."
"She went home with a headache and I took her notes to her this morning," Shippo said. "She said she'd had a headache all week. I asked if she'd taken anything for it or been to the doctor, but she said she'd only taken some aspirin. She didn't want to bother the doctor for only a headache."
Sesshoumaru snorted. "That's what we're there for, after all." He sighed. "If she's had a headache for that long it might be something serious." He put his book down. "I don't usually make house calls, but..."
"Come in," Thea called quietly.
The door opened and Kagome walked in. "Hi. I heard you were sick."
Thea shook her head. "I'm not sick. I just have a headache."
"And that's what I'm here about," Sesshoumaru said, walking into the room. Shippo followed him. He nodded to her. "I'm Sesshoumaru, one of the doctors on campus."
Kagome hid a smile. Note, he didn't say which campus...
"I'd like to ask you a few questions," he continued. "Kagome, Shippo, would you mind standing out in the hall? Doctor-patient privacy, please."
Once they had gone, Sesshoumaru sat down on her roommate's bed. "So how long have you had this headache?"
Thea shrugged. "Since Monday."
"Five days. On a scale of one to ten, how bad is it?"
"Well, it was just a nagging thing, but..." She glanced at the drawn curtains. "It's about to split my head open."
"What have you taken for it?"
"Aspirin, but it hasn't been doing any good."
"Have you had these headaches before? Or has anyone in your family complained of them?" Thea shook her head. Sesshoumaru stood. "I'd like to call in someone else. I've got an idea of what the problem might be, but I'd like his input on this." He smiled. "It's nothing to worry about. May I use your phone?" She waved a hand in its direction and he dialed a number.
"Yes. Headaches." He waited. "The address? Hold on a moment." He turned to Thea and repeated what she said. "Ten minutes? That's fine."
He turned back to Thea after hanging up the phone. "Would you like me to call Shippo and Kagome back in?" She nodded and they were allowed back inside the room.
About twelve minutes later, there was a knock on the door. "Come in," Thea said.
A blond man walked inside and smiled at everyone. "Hello, Sesshoumaru, Kagome." "Hi, Quatre," Kagome said with a smile.
"Good morning, Quatre. I'm afraid it's out again, you two." The two students walked outside while Quatre and Seshoumaru stayed.
"Headaches for five days, getting increasingly worse, with no history." Sesshoumaru summed up what he had learned.
Quatre nodded and closed his eyes for a few seconds. When he opened them, he smiled and nodded to Sesshoumaru. He rose and said, "Quatre will explain the cause of your headaches, Thea. I'll just wait outside."
"Thank you," Thea said and turned her attention to the blond.
"We haven't been properly introduced. My name is Quatre Winner."
"It's nice to meet you, Thea. Now what I have to tell you will be a little strange. What do you know of empathy?"
Thea looked at him blankly. "Um, nothing."
"Telepathy?" He got the same answer. "Then I'll explain both. Telepathy is sending and/or receiving other people's thoughts. Empathy is the same thing, only with emotions."
"Now an empath has mental shields that prevent them from feeling others emotions all the time. They're a matter of practice. Every empath has some natural shields or else they'd probably go mad."
He smiled. "You're an empath. I can tell because I'm one also."
She stared at him. "Um..."
He chuckled. "I don't expect you to believe me. But you've had this headache for five days and I can explain why. Now I want you to promise that when I take that headache away, you'll believe that you're an empath." He held up a hand. "I'm going to do this without touching you or approaching in any way. Your head's been hurting for five days. Aspiring doesn't do any good. I'm sitting across the room and your headache will vanish." He waited expectantly.
"Okay, I promise." This is nuts, she thought. He'll never do this.
He looked at her for a few seconds and Thea felt blessed relief. She shook her head experimentally and didn't feel a twinge.
"You don't feel any pain because I've just strengthened your shields with my own. We'll spend the next hour fixing those so you can handle it by yourself. It's quite simple. You just calm down and concentrate on a really thick wall."
She blinked. "I'm a what?"
"An empath," he said patiently.
"Could you explain everything again? I wasn't really listening." She gave him a sheepish smile.
"Understandable." He repeated what he had said and then went on to tell her why her natural shields had failed. "You were going to school and then coming home to your own space. You were accustomed to the mental rhythms of your family. Now you're on campus or in your dorm room. There isn't anywhere for you to go to get away from everyone's emotions. Luckily, you don't have to, though it would be a good idea to find somewhere quiet. Go to the library for a while."
They practiced the meditation and only stopped when Quatre felt her shields were at an appropriate level. "Do you have an address book?" he asked.
She fetched one from her desk and a pen when he asked. Writing his number down under W, he said, "If you have another bad headache, call me. It doesn't matter what time it is. I live with four other professors and students keep strange hours. We're all used to calls at three in the morning."
He handed the book back to her and smiled reassuringly. "It's not something you'll have to worry about daily. Just check your shields, make sure they're working. Come to my office sometime next week and we'll make an appointment to work on your shields further." He handed her a card out of his wallet and watched as she put it on a corkboard.
"Have you had enough?" he asked quietly. She frowned. "You've learned that you're an empath. How much more do you want to know?"
"How much is there?"
Quatre grinned. "Quite a bit. There's more than just empaths in this town. Have you reached your limit for today?"
She looked slightly uncomfortable, but nodded anyway. "That's fine. If you want to know more, you can come to my office."
He glanced toward the door. "Or you could see any of those three out in the hall." He rose from his seat and opened the door. "Thank you for waiting. She's just fine now."
Kagome ducked inside and looked at Thea. "Are you okay?"
Thea nodded. "Yes."
"Did she get 'the speech'?" Kagome asked Quatre.
"No. But if she wants to know, she can ask you, right?"
"Sure!" Kagome looked at Thea. "You can ask me, Shippo, Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha, Rin, Sango, Miroku..."
Sesshoumaru laughed. "Kagome, does Thea know half of those people?"
"No, but she will," Kagome said stubbornly. "We're all friends and she'll meet everyone sooner or later."
Quatre sighed and herded them all out of the room. "Thea would probably like some time to digest what she's learned," he said gently.
When they had gone, Thea sat down with a thump. "Empath," she said. "This is beginning to be a strange year..."
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