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
Friendship, Romance, School Life, Slice of LifeWarnings:
February 18, 2015 Updated:
April 02, 2015
A Walk in the Woods by ebonizy
These characters do not belong to me, but the story does!
Source of Magic
A Walk in the Woods
It was during a commercial break that Sess brought up the subject. "Inuyasha and I are going to go on a trip this weekend," he said carefully.
"Oh? Where are you going?" She reached for her drink and looked at him curiously.
"A few hours northwest of here. It's above a town called Jackman." His eyes examined his socks. Hm, he'd better retire this pair. It was getting threadbare.
He cleared his throat. "Actually, Inuyasha's going to ask Kagome and I wanted to know if you wanted to come along. It's a three hour drive and we'll stay at a cabin on Saturday night. There's a few shops around there we could look at."
Rin frowned. "As far as I know, Jackman is pretty far out. There's a cabin and a few stores? Are you going to be communing with nature?"
Sesshoumaru smiled. "Yes. That's the other reason I wanted to invite you. You know that I have another form?"
She nodded. "Four stories tall if I remember correctly," she said cheerfully.
"There aren't many people around where we're going. I can use that form there if I set up a particular spell that will render me invisible to anyone who might see me. It's similar to the spell that the familiars use. And insubstantial to things like snowmobilers." He smiled at her. "I want you to see."
Rin blinked. "Okay. Have you got this idea in your head that I won't like you anymore just because I see you as a dog?" Sesshoumaru didn't answer and Rin began to laugh. "You're Sess. You'll still be you even if you're a really big dog."
After a three hour car ride, they finally arrived at Sally Mountain Cabins. Sesshoumaru paid for the night and drove to the cabin they had rented. While the girls took turns using the bathroom, Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru looked at the cabin. They'd need a few groceries since the town was sparse. They could get a pizza at the local store and he'd packed enough sandwiches for them to have lunch. They could drive down the road to look for a restaurant to have breakfast.
The guys took their turns and the girls found where they'd be sleeping. Kagome snickered. "A choice between bunk beds and big beds. Hm..."
"Well, you could always share with Inuyasha," Rin teased.
Kagome shrugged. "Might. If I can convince him that I'm not going to ravish him in the middle of the night."
Rin rolled her eyes. "I think I'll stick to the bunk beds if it's all the same."
Sesshoumaru finished laying down the complicated spell. He had to let three other people see him, but not anyone else. The same thing happened with not letting anyone else be able to touch him, either. There was always the possibility of someone driving a snowmobile coming along and hitting one of his legs.
"Ready?" he said.
Inuyasha sighed. "I've already seen it. Lots of times."
"You're just jealous."
"That I don't transform into a dog? I've already got the ears, I don't need the fleas."
"I have never had fleas in my entire life!" Sesshoumaru said haughtily. He began walking away.
Rin took a step forward to go after him, but Inuyasha shook his head. "He needs the room," he explained.
She nodded and watched as his form began to melt and elongate. His white hair flowed out behind him and became something else. Rin watched the whole transformation from man to dog and she stared at the finished product.
Sesshoumaru turned his head in their direction. Considering them for a few moments, he sat down and then laid his front paws on the snow. He rested his head on his paws and waited.
Rin took a hesitant step forward and then another when he didn't move. She walked to him with confidence and reached out a hand. She jerked it back and winced. Geez, Rin, that's rude. Just touch the guy because he's a dog?
"Sess? Is it all right?" she said softly.
The dog looked at Inuyasha. He sighed. "He can't talk right now, Rin. He doesn't have the vocal cords for human speech." Inuyasha grinned. "But we both speak youkai, so you've got a translator."
"Can I touch him?" Rin asked.
Inuyasha shrugged. "That's what we're out here for."
Rin reached out a hand and stroked the soft fur that was Sesshoumaru's paw. "Oh, wow," she said. "I wonder how fast you can go. Is your anatomy like a normal dog's or is it improved because you're a youkai?"
Sesshoumaru made a sound and Rin jerked her hand back. "What? What did I do?" she said, looking back and forth between Inuyasha and his brother.
Inuyasha smirked. "That... is the sound of a dog laughing."
Rin glared at Sesshoumaru. "So I'm curious. That is nothing to laugh about."
Sess whuffed and Inuyasha sighed. He started forward and said, "Kagome, don't get jealous about this. It's his idea, not mine."
"Wha-?" That was all Rin had time to say before Inuyasha had grabbed her, jumped into the air, and landed on Sesshoumaru's back.
"Hold onto the fur. Grab as hard as you want because he'd rather have that than you falling off," Inuyasha advised. He jumped down and Rin stared at the ground.
Sess stood up carefully and Rin grabbed for his back. "No," she said, shaking her head. "You lay back down right now."
He didn't pay any attention to her, but began to walk softly around in a circle. When they passed Inuyasha again, he yelled up to Rin. "Look around! He doesn't give rides to everyone!"
With that advice, she lifted her head. She hadn't fallen off so far and... The trees were almost level with her head. She could see for a long distance and the snow sparkled.
"Hey, wait a minute," she said to herself. "What about the footprints?" She twisted in place and saw that they weren't leaving any tracks.
Sesshoumaru laid back down again and Rin moved. "Uh-uh," Inuyasha said. "You're supposed to stay up there." Inuyasha grinned at Kagome.
"Oh, no," she said, holding up her hands in defense. "No way are you-" He picked her up and she screeched. "Inuyasha, you put me down or I'll tip you into the Bog of Eternal Stench!"
"Last I checked, you weren't the Goblin King," he told her and leapt onto Sesshoumaru's back. He got her situated and Sess began to walk off.
They ordered pizza for dinner and when they had finished, Kagome announced that she was going out for a walk. Inuyasha shrugged. "I'll come with you. You never know what's out there."
"Like what?" Kagome said.
Sesshoumaru smiled. "The last time we were here, I went down to the pond one morning. There was a bear not twenty feet from me. Inuyasha's enough to scare anything away."
Kagome glanced at the door and swallowed hard. "The things I do to give you some privacy," she muttered. She and Inuyasha walked out the door.
Rin looked at Sesshoumaru. "Well? I didn't freak out. I've seen you in your dog form."
He nodded. "And now is the time to talk."
"We've been dating for six months," Sesshoumaru began. "I'm very much in love with you. I wanted to ask about your plans for the future."
"To graduate college," she said immediately. "We've talked about this."
"We've spoken of college, far future plans of an advanced degree, a house, children..." He smiled and said, "We haven't talked about marriage."
Rin nodded slowly. "I don't think we've touched on that subject."
"Would you like to think about it?"
"What is there to think about?" she said puzzled. "We're in a relationship, I love you, and we're talking about it. What do you want me to think about specifically?"
Rin stopped breathing for a moment. "You want me to think about marrying you?"
"No." This time Sesshoumaru stopped. "I don't have to think about it," she continued. "I'd love to marry you. We just have to figure out when."
He blinked a few times. "Did you just agree to marry me?"
"Ah. That's what I thought. Well." He reached for his soda. "Hm."
"Do you need to think about it?" Rin said, enjoying herself.
"No, I don't think so."
"Then we'd better talk about the details."
Inuyasha winced as Kagome stepped on a branch. "So what did you want to give them privacy for?" he asked.
"To talk. This is a big step for them." She looked up. "Isn't that a great moon?"
"Half over then."
"Hm?" she said, glancing at him.
"Last secret. My human night is on the new moon."
She grinned. "Sess shows Rin his other form, you're telling me one of your biggest weaknesses. Are you two working toward something?"
He coughed. "Is it that obvious?"
"Not really." Kagome continued walking. "Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City. To take back the child that you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours and my kingdom is as great."
"Just fear me, love me, do as I say, and I will be your slave," Inuyasha said hoarsely.
Kagome turned toward him, a triumphant look in her eyes. "You have no power over me." She grinned. "Do you think he was really offering her something?"
"If you look at it the right way, he had already said he had lived up to her expectations of him. It was already known that he was in love with her." Inuyasha swallowed. "That last line... He was kind of asking her to be his."
Kagome nodded. "It's sad that they didn't." She sighed and looked up at the moon.
Inuyasha came closer and reached for her. Their lips meant in a gentle kiss and he whispered, "You don't know what I'm asking you."
She frowned. "What are you asking?"
"I'm asking you to marry me."
Kagome's frown fell and she stared at him. "What?"
He looked away. "Sorry. I shouldn't have said anything." He looked back in the direction of the cabin. "Did you want to go back?"
"Oh, no, you don't. You're not going to wiggle out of this one. You just asked me to..." She stopped. "Why?"
"Why did you ask?"
Inuyasha threw his hands into the air. "Because I love you. We're going to graduate soon. I wanted to say that I want to make a life with you instead of letting you leave."
"So this is just an offer because you don't want to let me go."
"Do you want to go?" He stared at her. "Kagome, if you weren't happy with me, why didn't you say something?"
She held up a hand. "This has the potential to get really sticky." He laughed. "Let's sort this out. You want to marry me because you love me. It's not because of graduation; it's because you truly want us to be together. It wouldn't matter if graduation were another year away?"
"Of course it would matter! But we're graduating now. You won't be back next year. I don't want this to be a 'college years' romance, I want forever!" he said loudly.
Kagome grinned. "Yes."
"What?" he said dumbfounded.
"I love you and I'll marry you because I want to." She frowned. "Though, I think you could've proposed in a way a little clearer than that. I love the line, but it's somewhat obscured."
They went back to the cabin and Rin bounced over to Kagome. "Guess what? I'm engaged!"
Kagome stared. "Me, too."
Rin stopped bouncing and looked at Kagome. "You mean... They both asked us at the same time?"
Kagome raised an eyebrow at Inuyasha. "Did you synchronize your watches?"
"Nope," he said. "I was going to ask you the next time I got you alone."
"The same," Sesshoumaru said. "But I think we're two lucky gentlemen."
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