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: 20998 Published: February 18, 2015 Updated: April 02, 2015
Christmas by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!

Source of Magic
Chapter 79
Christmas

"So how does this work?" Thea asked.

"It's very simple," Kagome said. "We all go to Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru's house to decorate the tree. Then we decide on presents."

"Presents?"

Kagome nodded. "We put in as much as we can afford, but not more than forty dollars from one person. The first year we were here, we only had..." She frowned. "Me, Sess, Inuyasha, and Sango. Oh, and my roommate, Melly."

"The second year we added Rin and Shippo. The third year, Miroku came over. Now we've got eight people. If we bought presents for everyone, it wouldn't work."

"Is it like Secret Santa?"

Kagome shook her head. "Not really. Each person gets one present from all of us. If you see something on your own that you want to buy for someone, go ahead. We bought little things for each other last year and one big present. Movie sets, games, stuff like that."

"We send the person out of the room and figure out what to buy them. Someone volunteers to go get the present and the volunteer gets the money. It's not anything to worry about." Kagome stood up. "Speaking of which, we'd better get going or we'll be late."

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They arrived and Thea got her first taste of what Christmas was like in the Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha household.

Sesshoumaru ran back and forth between the kitchen and the living room. Kagome and Sango lent a hand with the cookies. Inuyasha and Miroku manhandled the tree while Shippo laughed and untangled the lights. Rin carefully unwrapped the ornaments from the boxes while Thea helped.

Once the tree was up and lit, they began talking about presents. People were sent out of the room and, in some occasions, down the block. The secrecy finally ended and they settled down with a Christmas cartoon special and Sesshoumaru's cookies.

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Kagome sat down on the couch with a heavy thump. "At least finals are over," she said gratefully.

"Not mine," Sango told her.

"Our Wards final was the only one she had," Inuyasha said.

"And two papers. Can't forget those," Kagome said with a sigh. "I am definitely in the mood for presents."

"Once everyone gets here," Sesshoumaru called from the kitchen. "Dinner first."

Sango was working at the restaurant so she wasn't present when they ate. Rin, Thea, and Kagome were going home tomorrow, so tonight was the night.

Dinner was cleaned up and the leftovers were put in the refrigerator by the time Sango arrived. Sesshoumaru handed the presents to Inuyasha and he gave them to the recipients. He dusted off the knees of his jeans as he got out from under the tree and went to sit in his chair.

Rin sat next to Sess in what used to be Shippo's chair. Shippo had taken over the loveseat with Thea, while Miroku and Sango sat on the couch. Inuyasha and Kagome spread a blanket on the floor and waited.

"Who's first?" Sesshoumaru asked.

"You are," Inuyasha said smugly. He unwrapped his present and raised an eyebrow. "And you said they couldn't be found."

"Where?"

Inuyasha shrugged. "Some really out of the way internet site had those. Do you know how much packing material I had to throw away to get those old LPs?" (A/N: LPs are vinyl records. You know, the really wide flat black discs?)

Rin held up her main present and jiggled it a little. "Is it breakable?"

Kagome shook her head. "No."

She began to unwrap the box and lifted the lid. She saw the cover and her eyes widened. "Oh! Thank you!" She pulled out the first coloring book and began flipping through it.

"We got all kinds. One of them has ladies and knights, fantastic beasts..." Sango let her voice trail off as Miroku began opening his package.

The paper came off and he saw the two movies packed together. "Some favorites I don't have. Thank you, everyone."

Sango slid the lid off of the pink rose and butterfly material covered box she had and peeked inside. Kagome cleared her throat. "We couldn't think of a really big present you wanted, so we got you a few small ones."

"I love them," Sango assured her. She pulled the lid off the candle and sighed. "Strawberry Cheesecake candle." Also in the box was a little tin box of notecards and some fudge.

Inuyasha tore into his package and grinned at the new music. "We've both got music," he said, grinning at Sesshoumaru.

"Hmph. You call that music?"

Kagome unwrapped her present while they argued. It was a big box and she was hoping that someone hadn't gone overboard. Inuyasha stopped the argument to look at Kagome. She opened the top of the box and looked at it in shock. She couldn't see that much, but what she did see...

Inuyasha rolled his eyes. "Are you going to let everyone see or just sit there?" Kagome reached in and pulled out the throw. It was a winter scene with two red cardinals chatting to each other on tree branches.

He shrugged. "You've been looking at it and you're always cold anyway."

"Thank you," she said softly and brushed the material against her cheek.

The moment was broken by Shippo opening his Christmas present. "Wow!"

Thea smirked. "Newest game that I'm going to beat you at."

"Right," Shippo said. "Is that a challenge?"

"It is."

"Aren't you going to open yours, Thea?" Kagome asked.

She nodded and unwrapped the present. She looked at the picture on the front and undid the tape. "I saw that collection you have," Kagome said. "I thought you might like this one."

She pulled it out of the styrofoam and examined it. It was a perfect little English house with roses and a green lawn. A small clock face was set into the side. "It's great. Thank you!"

Everyone had a second present beside them in addition to the tins of cookies and candy that Sesshoumaru had made for them to take home. Thea had an entire bag of miniature Reese's. Kagome had a soft package that she unwrapped. It was filled with three skeins of yarn. Inuyasha had a pound of jelly beans. Sesshoumaru and Miroku got books. Sango had a necklace to unwrap from Miroku. Shippo had a bag of Snickers and Rin unwrapped a new package of markers.

It got late and everyone went home. Inuyasha and Shippo walked the girls back to their dorms. Shippo continued upstairs after Thea while Inuyasha walked Rin and Kagome to their room. "I'm leaving really early," Thea said.

She pushed open the door to her floor. "I know," Shippo said. "So I'll see you in January." Thea nodded.

They reached her door and Shippo hesitated. "Um, Thea?"

She looked at him and she guessed what he was going to say. "Yeah." She closed her eyes as he came nearer.

The kiss was over too quickly and he was blushing. "Uh..."

"That was nice," Thea said, a little dazed. "Vacation's only three weeks long, right?"

Shippo nodded. "Three weeks and three days."

"Good. It might take me a little while to get over this." She smiled hesitantly. "Night, Shippo."

"Night, Thea," he said and began to walk down the hall. She closed the door behind her and shook her head. Wow.

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Rin took off for the shower, leaving Inuyasha and Kagome alone. "You're leaving tomorrow morning?"

"With Thea and Rin. We're taking a taxi to the airport." They dithered for a bit. "Inuyasha, if you don't kiss me now, Rin will be back soon and you won't have the chance." He grinned and they moved toward each other.
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