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: 21003 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Shippo and Thea by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic
Chapter 78
Shippo and Thea

"You sure you don't want me to walk you home," Kagome asked for the fourth time.

Thea sighed. "Yes. Shippo's going to escort me back to my dorm room."

Shippo nodded, zipping up his coat. "Why not? I'm going back to my room. It isn't far out of the way."

"Stop being such a mother hen, Kagome," Inuyasha said, laughing.

Kagome smiled at Thea. "All right." She turned around to Inuyasha. "You had better start running."

"Oh, I'm so scared," he said.

"You'd better be. I'm going to find some nice healthy celery in the refrigerator and shove it in your mouth," she threatened.

"No, you're not."

"Why not?" she said, her hands on her hips.

"Because Sess used all the celery last night." He frowned thoughtfully. "I think there's some squash if you want to use that."

Thea chuckled and went out the door, calling, "See you later!" Shippo followed her.

They walked down the sidewalk side by side. "Sango and Miroku," Shippo said. "Sesshoumaru and Rin. Even Kagome and Inuyasha act like they're dating sometimes."

"Don't you have a girlfriend?" Thea asked.

He shook his head. "No. Around this time last year, I was dating a girl named Bonnie." He sighed. "She broke up with me right before Christmas."

"Why?" Thea asked. "If it's not too personal."

"She had a boyfriend at home." Thea's eyes widened. "She had fun dating me, but she loved him. They had an agreement to date at college, but still be together. So she went home over break, he broke up with her, and she came back asking if we could be together. I told her no."

He shrugged. "It didn't mess my head up, but I'm not really looking."

Thea nodded. "I don't have a boyfriend at home. Or here, either." They walked for a few more minutes before Thea asked, "But if I wanted to get someone's attention, what would I have to do?"

"Hm. I don't know. It's not really getting the attention, it's being interesting enough to attract his attention." He grimaced. "That sounded really..."

"Male," she filled in. "What kind of interesting?"

"I think it varies from guy to guy. I'd look for someone who..." Shippo thought for a second. "Who had the same interests, someone I could talk to, even if they didn't know what I was talking about."

"Like when you were talking about your illusions homework last Saturday and I didn't have a clue?"

Shippo nodded. "Like that. Same interests like video games."

Thea snorted. "You might want to back away slowly from that one." He gave her a curious look. "You and I? Playing Tekken 5 last week?"

"That was luck!" Shippo insisted.

Thea waved a hand dismissing his comment. "Go on."

"Not mind about the stuff I do."

"Explain."

"Like studying on Saturday and wanting to play games. I don't want to have to be around the girl all the time for her to be happy."

"Who would want to be? Sure, you might like each other a lot or be in love, but you've got to have time to yourself. She'll have things she'll want to do, too."

They crossed the street and Shippo sighed. "Someone I can talk to, same interests, not mind if I'm not with her all the time... I'm not really the whole romantic type. She might expect dinner every night and presents and stuff."

"Not every girl's a romantic. I'd be happy with talking in the cafeteria. Presents are overrated anyway."

Shippo nodded. "Finding a girl like that is hard."

"Yeah. Putting up with you rambling about something she doesn't know about, playing games, spending time with you, but having some time to herself." Thea shook her head. "I don't know where you're going to find one of those."

They were quiet while Shippo thought this out. He stopped and glanced at Thea. "Am I being herded toward a particular thought?"

She paused and looked back at him. "Maybe."

He frowned. She's not dating anyone, but she wanted to know how to get someone's attention. She paid attention through all of that rambling that I didn't know what I was talking about...

"Um..." Shippo's brain tried to regroup from what it had just figured out.

Thea smiled at him. "Yes?"

"...did you have to back to your dorm room right now?" She shook her head. "Then, you might, maybe want to come to the mage university's cafeteria with me?"

"Based on the conversation we just had and the way you're asking, is this a date?" she said bluntly. He nodded slightly. "Then I accept. On the assurance that what happened on Halloween isn't a usual occurrence."

He laughed. "No. Just normal food and chatter." She smiled and they changed their course.

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Kagome watched them go out the door and down the sidewalk. "Celery," she muttered. "Sess just had to be out of celery."

"You wouldn't have caught me anyway," Inuyasha boasted.

"I've got an idea," Kagome said. Inuyasha looked at her warily from the kitchen entry way. "Why don't we kiss?"

Inuyasha's eyes went wide and his jaw almost hit the floor. "What?"

She shrugged. "We're dating. We've done it before. It's been almost two months since we started going out and eight months since we kissed the first time. Is something wrong?"

"No!" She gave him a look as if to say 'then what is it'. He frowned. "We just haven't been... The time..."

Kagome raised an eyebrow and went to sit on the couch. She patted the cushion next to her. "Then let's fix it. Unless you don't want to?"

Inuyasha walked slowly to the couch. "That's not it."

"So... You want to kiss me, but you don't."

He nodded. "Yeah."

"Why not?"

"Why haven't you kissed me?" he asked. "I kissed you first. It's your turn."

She shook her head. "I want to think about this first. You kissed me and then we didn't talk about it for six months. Why?"

He looked at anything but her. "Do we have to talk about this?"

"Were you scared?" she asked softly.

"No!"

"Did you think that just because you kissed me that I wouldn't like you anymore? That if we talked about it, we'd stop being friends?" She touched his arm and he turned to look at her. "We're friends, Inuyasha. Just because you kissed me doesn't mean that we're not. If you want to stop dating, it's okay."

He waited a few seconds. "It was like taking advantage," he whispered. "You didn't say anything, so I thought you were just trying to forget it. We could still be friends as long as we didn't bring it up."

Kagome smiled. "Well, we are friends. We're dating even if no one knows about it. Was it a bad kiss?"

"I don't know. I haven't kissed much."

"Really?"

He shrugged. "There was a girl in high school that I dated for a month. Not much happened, but we did kiss twice."

"What do you think is going to happen if we kiss?"

Inuyasha rolled his eyes. "Kagome, you're analyzing this too much." He leaned forward and pressed his lips to hers. "See?" he said, when they'd backed away from each other. "That's it."

Kagome shrugged. "There must be more to it than that. Otherwise it wouldn't be hyped so much in our society."

He groaned. "You've been listening to Rin talking about her psychology classes again." Kagome got closer to him and tried kissing him a little longer. Instead of staying stationary, their lips began to move against each other.

A few minutes later, Kagome sat down on her side of the couch again. "I think," she said quietly, "that is what people were talking about."

He nodded. "Yeah... Try that again?" Kagome grinned and waited for him to take his turn this time.
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