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: 28228 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Message in Frost by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic
Chapter 76
Message in Frost

Inuyasha glanced up from his book. "Those for Rin," he asked casually.

Sesshoumaru nodded and removed the tape from the VCR. "Yes."

"So... Interested?"

The older brother glanced at him. "In what?"

Inuyasha put his book down. "You. Interested. Rin."

Sesshoumaru looked affronted. "Of course not."

He shrugged. "I don't know. You tape episodes of Stargate for her."

"So we can watch them later."

Inuyasha grinned. "Yeah. You watch Stargate together, you play chess more than I've ever seen, and you're constantly making her things to take home."

Sesshoumaru snorted. "She enjoys the show, she's a better player than you, and I make things for everyone."

Inuyasha sniffed. "I don't see anyone else getting sugar cookies with pink icing and those little sprinkles." He dropped the non-serious attitude and said, "You do like her, don't you?"

Sesshoumaru sat down with a sigh. "I am almost thirty years old, Inuyasha. She's twenty."

"She'll be twenty-one in February," Inuyasha said immediately.

"Nine years of age difference. I'm an old man next to her."

Inuyasha frowned. "That's it? Just the age difference?"

Sesshoumaru gave him a look. "She's beautiful, intelligent, we share a lot of likes and dislikes, and if she were closer to my age, I would've asked her out already."

"But she's not."

"No," Sess said, "she isn't."

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Kagome woke up and climbed out of bed. She toddled the few steps to her computer and started it up for the day. Glancing out the window, she sighed.

"Something wrong?" Rin asked. She had been up for a while already and was typing an email to a friend.

"There's a message on my window."

"Really?" Rin said, getting up. She looked at it and grinned. "So there is."

The message was a typical 'I love you, date me' message. Kagome glared at it. "Rin, you're a water. I don't suppose you could get rid of it?"

Rin touched the glass and the water slowly evaporated. "There." She sighed. "I wish someone would-" Her eyes widened and she dove back towards her computer.

Kagome laughed. "No, you are not stopping right there. You wish what?"

"Nothing," she squeaked.

"Come on," Kagome coaxed. "Is it someone on our floor? In one of your classes?"

"Promise you won't tell!"

Kagome crossed her heart. "I promise. Unless it's for your own good."

Rin glared at her. "That's not a good promise."

"Best one I can give."

She sighed. "I suppose. Do you think nine years is too much?"

Kagome blinked. "Uh... Who are we talking about?" Rin frowned. "Well, some guys are too mature and some guys aren't mature enough. It depends on the guy."

"Sesshoumaru," Rin muttered.

"Him?" Kagome said loudly.

"Hush! So what if it is him?"

Kagome nodded slowly. "Okay. Is this a crush or...?"

Rin swallowed hard. "I thought it was a crush last winter when we came back from January break. Then I thought about him all summer and when we got back to school..." She shrugged. "Don't know. It hasn't gone away."

Kagome hissed in sympathy. "Well, if it hasn't budged in that long, you're probably in love with him."

Rin looked miserable. "Great. Just great. In love with a guy almost a decade my senior who wouldn't look at me if I wore a neon green muumuu."

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Kagome answered the phone shortly after Rin had left for class. "Hello?"

"Hi, Kagome."

"Hi," she said.

"I don't know if our colleges run on the same schedule, but have you picked up your paperwork for graduation yet?"

She frowned. "Nope. I should go find out, though."

"You don't have to be to class before one, right?"

"Yeah."

"Could you come over for a few minutes?"

"Sure. I'll see about the paperwork first. Bye, Inuyasha."

"Bye, Kagome. See you soon."

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Kagome picked up the application for graduation paperwork and headed to Inuyasha's. Once she arrived, they sat down in the living room. "Sess is at work. I've got a question."

"Okay," Kagome said. "What is it?"

He frowned. "This is a strange question, but do you think Rin has a problem with age difference?"

Kagome stared at him. "What kind of difference?"

He shrugged. "Oh, I don't know. Like going out with someone who's older than she is."

She grinned. "I think that Rin would love to go out with someone that age."

"Do you know something I don't know?" he asked.

"Maybe."

"Sess..."

"And Rin..."

They stared at each other. "You mean, that the both of them..." Inuyasha said slowly.

Kagome shook her head. "I just found out this morning."

"I got it out of Sess last night."

Inuyasha held up a hand. "Just so we're on the same page, Sesshoumaru and Rin like each other?" Kagome nodded. "As far as I can tell, Sess's been mooning over her for months."

"Almost a year," Kagome said triumphantly.

Inuyasha sighed. "Kagome, it is our sworn duty to make sure they know. We would be relapse as friends if we didn't."

"How are we going to do it?" Kagome asked.

"We'll just have to think of something."

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"Shoot," Kagome said, rummaging through a pile of papers. "Rin, have you seen my graduation application?"

Rin looked at her and shook her head. "No, I haven't. Where'd you have it last?"

"Inuyasha's. Want to walk there with me?"

Rin shrugged. "Sure. I've got to pick one up, too."

Kagome put on her coat and frowned. "You've got another year left."

"No, I don't," Rin disagreed. "I made up my extra year in summer classes. I'm going to graduate this year."

"Huh. Thanks for letting me know."

Rin grinned at her. "I wanted it to be a surprise."

Kagome waited for Rin to get her coat and shoes on. Surprise. Yeah, it's going to be a surprise for you.

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Inuyasha opened the door for them and nodded to Kagome's question about her papers. "I think they're in the kitchen." The two girls followed Inuyasha.

Kagome found her papers on the table and said hello to Sesshoumaru. "Good afternoon," he said politely. "Did you want to stay for dinner? I haven't started fixing it yet, but I was thinking of steak, mashed potatoes, maybe some string beans."

Inuyasha shook his head. "Actually, we've got something to tell the two of you."

Kagome nodded. "Yes, we do."

"See, Kagome came over today and we had a talk about something," Inuyasha began.

"Two people had told us the same thing," Kagome added.

"I had a talk with Sess about Rin."

"And Rin spoke to me about Sesshoumaru."

Inuyasha and Kagome talked to each other and left the other two people in the room out of it. "They're both concerned about the age difference."

"Only in reverse," Kagome added. "One's too old, one's too young."

"But they both feel the same way."

"Yes. They're both intelligent, mature, and interested."

"I don't see why not, really." Inuyasha shrugged. "It isn't like anyone's going to talk."

Kagome snorted. "Not with both of them being on two different campuses. And the whole professor/student thing doesn't come in. Now the college employee/student thing does."

"But Rin's not being treated on the mage university campus, so it doesn't apply."

Inuyasha and Kagome looked at Rin and Sesshoumaru. "Sorry for intruding," Inuyasha told Sesshoumaru.

Kagome smiled at Rin. "But we both had information that you didn't."

"Kagome and I are going to the normal university cafeteria to have some dinner," Inuyasha said. "We'll be back in an hour or so."

"Meanwhile, Rin said she was hungry," Kagome added. They both hurried out of the house.

Sesshoumaru stood in the kitchen staring at the entranceway. Rin glanced at him. "They were right?"

He nodded. "Yes, I think they were."

"Good. I think so, too."

Sesshoumaru sighed. "Kagome hinted, broadly, that you wouldn't mind dinner?"

Rin shook her head. "That sounds fine to me."

"Would you like to go to the Special or should I cook?"

"Whichever you'd prefer."

"They're going to be back in an hour, so why don't we go out?"

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Inuyasha and Kagome made lots of noise coming up the porch and peeked inside. Rin was on the loveseat and Sess was in his chair. They were both staring with avid fascination at the television.

He groaned. "Don't tell me that after all that work, you two just stayed in and watched Stargate?"

They hit a commercial break and Sess told him calmly, "No. We went to dinner and came back."

Kagome looked at Rin. "Well?"

Rin blinked innocently. "What?"

She shook her head and leaned over to whisper in Inuyasha's ear. "You find out what happened when we leave. I'll do the same."

"Whispering in this house isn't very good, Kagome," Sesshoumaru said. "Excellent hearing. We had dinner and wanted to watch Stargate. We're also going out Friday evening to the movies, if that's what you wish to know."

"You're dating?" Kagome asked eagerly.

"I think so," Rin said.

"Yes," Sesshoumaru said firmly.
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