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: 21015 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
The Truth by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic
Chapter 73
The Truth

Okay, Thea told herself. It's been almost a week. I'm an empath. I can deal with this.

It had become glaringly obvious what she was after a few talks with Quatre. She could feel that ever present buzzing sound go out of her life. Those moments where she was just upset and she couldn't figure out why had gone away, too. Why couldn't I have met him years ago?

Now it was time to work on the other things that she didn't know. Quatre had said there was quite a bit about this town that she didn't know. She'd lived two towns over for her entire life. What was here?

And the person she wanted to find was Kagome.

Thea knocked on the door and walked in when someone called, "Come in." A black-haired girl looked at her from her computer desk. "Hi."

"Hello. Um, is Kagome around?"

Rin shook her head. "Nope. She went shopping downtown with Sango." Thea's shoulders fell just a little. "Can I help with something?"

Thea began to shake her head, but remembered something. Kagome had said that she could ask Rin about what was going on. "Maybe," Thea said. "Do you know about..." She paused. "This is really hard to ask because there's a good chance you're going to think I'm nuts."

Rin laughed. "Go ahead."

"I don't know what I'm really trying to find out," Thea confessed.

"Well, Kagome said you were an empath."

Thea blinked. "That would be a good start. Yes, I am."

"You didn't know you were and that you'd probably find Kagome or one of her friends to ask." Rin smiled. "So what do you want to know?"

Thea shrugged. "I don't know."

"Been there," Rin said sympathetically. "I came to school and got the whole speech, too."

"Why?"

"I saw something that was inevitable. I mean, I would have seen something like that sooner or later." Rin shook her head. "Never mind."

She took a deep breath. "Why don't you sit down for a few minutes and I'll start talking. Tell me when to stop." Thea sat and Rin began. "You're an empath, so this'll be easier for you than it was for me. Magic exists."

Rin waited and Thea stared at her. "There's good magic and bad magic. There's also a normal university, which is the one we go to, and there's a mage university in town. A person who practices magic is called a mage."

"Where's the other university?"

"It's that boarding school down the street."

Thea nodded slowly. "Magic. Okay."

"People who aren't mages, like me, can do certain kinds of magic. Elemental magic, small tricks, etc." Rin smiled. "Want to see? I'm a water." Thea nodded and Rin got a glass of water from the bathroom. She concentrated and created a picture out of water droplets. Thea watched with wide eyes as the water flowed out of the glass, drop by drop.

Rin set the glass aside. "There's magic, mages, and a mage university."

Thea swallowed. "I've got it. But I think my brain's going to explode."

"There's only really three major things you need to know. I've already covered one. Does that help?"

"Yes," Thea said thankfully. "I'm not trying to be rude, it's just a lot to..."

"Understand, take in, fully comprehend. Your brain's saying 'that doesn't exist' when you've already seen things that it could be explained by. Sango and I have already done this."

Thea looked puzzled. "You two didn't know?"

Rin shook her head. "Everyone else did."

Thea got up from the bed where she had been sitting. "Um... I've got class at ten. Thank you for talking to me."

Rin glanced at the clock. It read nine o'clock. "No problem. I'll tell Kagome you were here." Thea waved and walked out of the room.

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"Hey."

Thea turned to look at Shippo. He smiled at her. "You look a little out of sorts," he said. "Something wrong?"

She opened her notebook and wrote something quickly. Passing it to him, he took it and read. 'I just found out that there are mages, magic, and another university.'

He uncapped a pen and wrote under it. 'Sure are.'

'Do you know any?'

Shippo grinned. 'What, mages or magic?'

'Either.'

'I know both.'

'This is so... I don't know whether to say interesting or weird.'

'How about both?'

Thea grinned at him. 'Rin just did this thing with water droplets and I was torn between 'I wonder if I can do that or just sitting there with my mouth hanging open.'

'You can probably do that. You might not be a water, though.'

'Can you?'

'No. I'm an air.'

Thea frowned. 'What's an air?'

'It means the element I can work with. I can ask for a breeze, cause something to float on the air, etc.'

'Wow.'

'If you want to see that kind of stuff, why don't you come to Inuyasha's tomorrow?'

'Magic show?'

Shippo laughed. 'No. There's a bunch of us that go to his house to study. Part of that is magic. We usually get together around one in the afternoon.'

'Are you sure it would be all right?'

'I'll call him when class ends. I'll call you after him with the answer. I don't think he'll say anything.'

'Okay.' Class began and the notebook ceased to pass between them.

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"Kagome?" Rin said when she walked through the door.

"Yes?"

"Thea wanted to talk to you this morning. I told her I'd send you over." She paused. "I told her about magic, elements and such."

Kagome grimaced. "Okay. I've got to go return some books to the library and stop by the cafeteria for some lunch, but I'll go see her after that."

She collected her books and began the walk to the library. She dropped them off with barely a thought and went on her way to the cafeteria. She picked up a tin-foil wrapped sandwich and a bottle of juice. Yahiko took her card and Kagome walked out of the cafeteria, still planning on what to tell Thea.

Her head came out of the clouds long enough to notice a group of boys bearing down on her. Kouga approached from the other side of the courtyard. Kagome looked around for a friend or some cover, but couldn't find anything. She ducked back into the building, ran up the stairs, and out the side entrance.

Can't go back to the dorm room, she thought. That's what they'd expect. So what wouldn't they expect? Kagome grinned and ran across the courtyard. She'd go into the mage university.

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Once there, she wondered if that had been such a brilliant idea after all. Now she was on a whole campus of unfriendlies. Her sandwich was still in her pocket so she chose a seat outside of the cafeteria.

By the time she finished her sandwich, she was pretty relaxed. Then she caught a glimpse of Kouga. She almost groaned, but didn't. Any sound from her and he could probably home in on it. Glancing around, she didn't see anything to hide behind...

She caught the eye of a girl sitting at the next table over. The other lady raised an eyebrow and said, "Guy trouble?" Kagome nodded. "My name's Merula." She reached into her pocket and waved a fluttering handkerchief at her. "Take this."

Kagome accepted it and the girl whispered a few words. Kouga passed right by. Kagome frowned. "How...?"

The girl winked. "One of the great mysteries of my major. Written magic."

Kagome's eyes widened and she held out the handkerchief. "Thank you."

She snickered. "He can be a bother, can't he? He's hit on half the girls on campus."

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"Thea? Rin said you came to talk to me this morning." Kagome walked into her room at a wave of welcome.

"I did. I wanted to know what I didn't." Thea smiled. "Rin explained mages, magic, and the other university to me."

Kagome nodded. "Had enough for one day or did you want to know something else?"

"Sure."

Kagome sat down on Thea's bed and looked at her sitting at her desk. She told her the legend of the Source of Magic and explained that she was its current result.

Thea blinked. "That wasn't what I was expecting. Are you very important to the mage community? Do they have a community?"

"Yes to both questions," Kagome said. "I tote a huge trashbag full of notes, letters, cards, flowers, candy, and gifts down to the ground floor every other day. Somehow they think that sending me those things is endearing." She rolled her eyes. "It's my fourth year and they still haven't figured it out."

The phone rang and Thea rolled forward to answer it. "Hello?"

"Hi, Thea."

"Hi, Shippo," she said.

"Inuyasha's fine, so you now have an invitation."

Thea breathed a sigh of relief. "It's just a study thing?"

"Yeah. Notes, textbooks, pencils, that sort of thing. There's usually some kind of sandwich and cookies running around."

"It must be tiring trying to study and chasing down food," Thea teased lightly.

"Well, the cookies do try to hide in the oven."

Thea laughed. "Directions?"

"I could come get you or you could ask Kagome when she's going."

"She's right here. Hold on a minute." Thea turned to Kagome. "Shippo's invited me to a study thing. He says you could show me where it is."

Kagome nodded. "Yeah. You can walk there with me and Rin."

Thea relayed this to Shippo and they said good-bye. "So, I guess you're coming to the Saturday studying thing," Kagome said.

She shrugged. "I was talking about magic and he said if I wanted to see that, I should go to Inuyasha's house."

"I'll definitely be practicing my wards homework tomorrow."

Thea's eyes widened. "You're a mage."

Kagome chuckled. "A low to medium range mage. I really can't do that much. According to Rin, you've only got one more thing to know. The little things you can pick up later."

"What's a little thing?" Thea asked.

She shrugged. "Such as most of the normal university staff know about the mage university. Like Kenshin and... What teachers do you have?" Thea listed three of them and Kagome nodded. "They all know."

"This is a lot to get used to." Thea looked up at the ceiling.

"I agree," Kagome said. "It'll get easier. You don't have to take classes at the mage university if you don't want to. Magic usually isn't seen on the normal university. All you've got to worry about is your empathic senses."

Thea smirked. "Oh, is that all?"
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