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: 25023 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
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These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic
Chapter 74
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Kagome and Rin came to get Thea as they had promised. Together, they walked to Inuyasha's house on a fine Sunday morning. "It's hot," Rin said.

"Not too hot. It's only mid-fifties."

"But it's the middle of October," Rin protested.

Kagome sighed. "So you want it to be thirty outside and we freeze in our fall clothes before we go home for Thanksgiving to get warmer ones?"

"Good point."

Kagome pointed at the house. "There it is, Thea. The one with the porch."

They made up the distance in a moment and stepped on the porch. Kagome didn't knock, but walked right in. Thea followed Rin and looked around. Sango was on the living room couch with a man she didn't know.

"Hi, Thea!" Shippo said. He held up a plate. "Do you like roast beef sandwiches?" She nodded. "They're in the kitchen."

"Sesshoumaru's sandwiches are the best," Kagome said happily. She dashed into the kitchen, leaving Thea with Rin.

Inuyasha dodged to the side as Kagome ran through. "Geez, you'd think no one ever fed her," he muttered loudly.

"Hey! You get to eat your brother's cooking all the time." There was the telltale rattling of plates that signaled someone was getting something to eat.

"Inuyasha? This is Thea," Rin introduced.

He nodded in her direction and then took a closer look. He frowned. "Aren't you in Art History with Hiko? Thursday from nine to eleven thirty?" She nodded. "I'm in that class. Huh, I already know you." He glanced toward the kitchen. "Help yourself to the fridge." Rin took Thea off.

Kagome came back with a cut up roast beef sandwich. Gravy gooshed as she stabbed her fork into the sandwich. Once the sandwich was gone, she returned the dishes to the sink. Thea had found a place on the floor to spread out and Rin had joined her. Sango and Miroku were on the couch, Sesshoumaru was in his chair, and Shippo had claimed the other one.

Inuyasha looked up from his textbook and grinned at Kagome. "I almost forgot. There's something I've got to show you." He stood up and started towards the stairs. "Go out on the porch."

Kagome shrugged and did as he said. She was still waiting when the front door opened and Inuyasha stepped out. "So what-"

She closed her eyes and held up her hands in defense. Unfortunately, it didn't work. "Hah," Inuyasha said smugly, crossing his arms over his chest. "That was for the silly string incident last Christmas."

Kagome used her sleeve to try to wipe the excess water off. "You waited almost a year to hit me with a water balloon?"

"Well, it wasn't warm enough last May."

Kagome sighed. "And it's warm enough now?"

"Sure." Inuyasha walked inside and got her a towel. "Use that to dry off a little and we'll walk back to your dorm for some dry clothes."

Kagome took the towel and glared at him. "That was a 'we', right?" He nodded. "Great, now I've got to think up some revenge." Inuyasha grinned at her, but walked inside again to tell everyone where they were going.

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"Done yet?" Inuyasha asked from outside the dorm room.

"That balloon splashed everything I had on," Kagome called back. "So pardon me if you have to wait."

"It was worth it."

Kagome rolled her eyes. Yeah, yeah. Her getting soaked was... Now what was she going to do to him? Besides make him wait an eternity for her to get dressed.

She was still thinking about it on her way back to his house. Her inattention might have been the reason for her predicament.

It was fall. The leaves on the trees were dying. It would follow that the leaves would fall on the sidewalk. They fell everywhere else, why not the sidewalk? It was the leaves and their tendency to be slippery that put her in this position.

Kagome stepped down on a patch of leaves that had a pinecone underneath. Her foot rolled with the pinecone and she almost went down. She caught herself in time. But Inuyasha, with his damsel in distress complex, had reached out to steady her.

She looked up and they both realized at the same time that they had done this already. Kagome stepped away and said, ""We've been in this situation before."

Inuyasha looked at her cautiously. "Yeah."

"We didn't talk about it."

"No."

Kagome stifled her urge to sigh. "We're talking about it now."

"Yes."

She looked at the house across the street, deliberately not looking at him. "So... You kissed me."

Inuyasha didn't respond.

Hm, she thought. Where are we going with this? "Was that a 'because you were there' kiss or...something else?"

"Something else?" Inuyasha asked uncertainly. "What do you mean?"

"Like a 'more than friendly' kiss."

"We're friends," he said defensively.

"Yes, we're friends," she said patiently. "Do we want to be more than friends?"

Inuyasha paused. "Why?"

Kagome sighed heavily. "Because if it was just for the heck of it, we admit it, keep walking, and we're friends. If it's something else, something more than friendship, I guess we might consider dating." Kagome peeked over at him.

"Okay."

Kagome sighed. "Okay, what?"

Inuyasha shrugged. "I guess we're dating. If you don't mind."

Kagome shook her head. "Nah. It's okay." She looked at the sidewalk ahead of her and began walking again.

By the time they had almost reached his house, she noticed that he was walking stiffly. He wasn't looking at her, they weren't talking...

Kagome reached out and gave him a nudge with the side of her arm. He looked at her and said, "What?"

She snorted. "Don't get all weird on me." He raised an eyebrow at her. "You're tense," she explained. "Nothing's changed, you know."

"Really?" he said sarcastically.

"Nothing important," Kagome insisted. "We're still friends. We're going to go into that house, study, steal cookies from each other, and complain about our homework." She looked at him, expecting him to get it.

Inuyasha nodded after a few seconds. "Okay." He nudged back. "Fine with me." She grinned and they continued to his house.

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"What did we miss?" Kagome asked as soon as she walked in.

"Thea wants to know the third thing," Sango told her.

Kagome's mind went blank for a minute. "Oh! The third thing in 'The Guide to What Really Happens Around Campus'. I've got it."

She plunked herself down next to Thea. "Humans are not the only intelligent species on the planet."

Thea blinked a few times. "Okay."

Kagome glanced at Sesshoumaru. He nodded. "The other species is called youkai," he began. "Typically, they are human shaped with an animal side. There are youkai who are an animal/human mesh, such as a pig that stands upright. That is their one form. Or you can have a youkai that has an animal shape and a human shape. There are some that have a few animal characteristics and a completely animal side. It depends on the youkai."

"They are stronger than humans and generally have better senses. They are magical, but it varies how strong they are. Those are the differences."

Thea nodded her head. "Are there any in town?"

"Yes. A few hundred live here all year and there are more during the school year."

Thea took a deep breath. "Magic exists. There's another university that's filled with mages and mage students. Kagome is the Source. And now I find out that there's another species living on the planet. One that I've probably seen and not known it, right?"

"That is correct," Sesshoumaru said. "Most youkai have illusions in this time. It cuts down on the 'ah, a monster' screaming."

Thea smiled at him. "So... Kagome, you're a mage." She nodded. "And Rin can work elemental magic. I'm an empath." She shook her head. "This is so..."

"Out there. Strange. Weird. Cannot be happening," Kagome said. "You don't think about it all the time. Not everyone you meet is going to be something strange."

"What does a youkai look like?" Thea asked.

Kagome's eyes widened. "Um..."

"Thea," Sesshoumaru said softly. "A youkai under an illusion spell looks like I do." Thea watched him. He took the spell off. "This is what a youkai in human form looks like." He touched the stripes on his face. "I won't show you my animal form, but it is a white dog about four stories tall."

Inuyasha sighed. "The other side to the equation is what happens when a youkai and a human have a child." Thea moved her watching to him. "You have a hanyou." He took his illusion off and showed her the ears, the fangs, and the claws.

Thea swallowed. "Okay. Magic, mages, another university, Source of Magic, and youkai." She frowned. "Actually, with all of the previous knowledge, this doesn't seem so weird."

Kagome patted her on the arm. "Nah. They're just the same as humans, but with a few extras."

"Are there many more surprises?" Thea asked calmly.

"Hm... Source of Magic, low to medium level mage, library science major... Nothing on my end," Kagome said. "You're an undecided major with empathy."

Rin held up a hand. "Psychology major and I can work a little bit of elemental magic."

"Biology major, elemental magic, and my familiar, Tama," Sango said.

Kagome snapped her fingers. "I forgot about Kaie!" Glancing at Thea, she said, "There's a class in the mage university called Summoning a Familiar. Rin and I are taking it now and we've already summoned ours. They're not here today, but we'll introduce them later."

"What Kagome hasn't mentioned is that they're dragons," Rin told her.

"Dragons," Thea said flatly. Kagome nodded. "Okay."

Miroku smiled. "I used to be a professor at the mage university, but now I'm getting my doctorate. I mostly teach wards and protective magics."

"I'm a doctor at the mage university," Sesshoumaru said. "The youkai part you're already aware of."

"Battle magic major, hanyou," Inuyasha said shortly.

Shippo winced as his turn came around. "I lied," he told her. "That day when we were in the library and you asked what my major was? You didn't know about magic, so..."

Thea shrugged. "No problem."

"Illusions and Deceptive Tactics," he said. He turned off his illusion. "I'm a kitsune, too. It's a Japanese fox-spirit." He curled his tail around by his right leg.

Thea stared at his tail for a moment and then looked back up at him. "Then what are you doing taking Political Science?"

He twitched his tail. "I wanted something different."

"So I'm sitting in a room with mages and youkai." She digested this for a moment.

"Want to go home?" Kagome asked quietly.

Thea slowly shook her head. "I don't think so. This is just a little weird. I grew up around here and never knew."

"Most don't," Kagome told her.

Thea looked down at her homework. "Why did I stop working on this? Oh. Because I had a problem with question two." She looked at Shippo who climbed out of the chair to take a look at it.

Kagome shrugged and went back to studying with Inuyasha. Miroku hid a grin. Rin and Sango exchanged a glance. Sesshoumaru went back to his book.

She wrote down notes on a relevant part of the textbook when she saw something move. Kagome glanced up and saw Inuyasha's hand reaching across the textbook toward the cookies on her side. She looked at him and raised one eyebrow. He grinned at her and began eating the cookie. Yeah, everything was going to be all right.
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