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1. Treasures by ebonizy
"All I'm saying is that you should take some time!"
"So you don't want me!"
"I didn't say that, wench!"
Kagome and Inuyasha stood by the well, yelling at each other. Naraku was dead, the shards were gathered, and they were free to go about their separate ways.
Hah. Miroku and Sango had married immediately and were well on their way to having as many children as Sango wanted. Shippo considered himself a child of the village. He bounced between Kaede's hut, Sango and Miroku's, and wherever Inuyasha and Kagome were. Kohaku had been saved and lived with his sister. Kirara stayed with Sango.
Inuyasha and Kagome... Kikyo had died in the battle and Inuyasha had no further obligations where she was concerned. They had gotten their love for each other out in the open.
That was where the argument started.
Inuyasha wanted Kagome to go back to her time for a few weeks. She wanted to stay with him. He thought she should see what she'd be giving up, living in the feudal era.
Kagome took a deep breath. "What are you trying to say?"
Inuyasha took the effort of calming down. "I want you to decide which time we'll live in. Your time has so much and I don't want you to regret..."
Kagome smiled at him. "I wouldn't."
"You don't know that. I don't know that." He smiled crookedly at her. "I'm not saying I won't be there. Just spend a couple of weeks on your side and I'll visit you. Figure out what you want."
"I want you," she whispered.
"And we'll be together," Inuyasha promised. "Which time is your decision." They shared a long kiss and Kagome jumped down the well.
Two days later, Inuyasha had a problem. The well wouldn't let him through. He called Kaede and Miroku out to the well. They examined it carefully and pronounced that the well was dead.
"What?" he roared.
"It doesn't do any good to bellow," Miroku said calmly. "The well is fine for carcasses and such as it always has been. It just won't let you through."
Inuyasha stilled. "Did... Kagome...?"
"No," Kaede said firmly. "Kagome did nothing to the well. It is just you and she who cannot go through the well."
He stared at it. "Can it be fixed?" Kaede shook her head.
"You'll look after them, won't you?"
Inuyasha grasped the hand firmly. "I promise, Miroku." He smiled and tried not to feel how the skin was as thin as paper. "I always have, haven't I?"
Miroku smiled. "I look forward to seeing Sango again."
Inuyasha snorted. "Yeah. I bet she hits you with Hiraikotsu."
Miroku chuckled and it turned into coughing. "Between you and Shippo, my family will prosper. I'll miss them..."
He watched for a few seconds and then sighed. It was bad enough when Kaede died forty years earlier. Sango had died last year. Now Miroku. Everyone left him.
Shippo grinned as Inuyasha inspected the ship. "Well?" he asked. "What do you think?"
"I think this is a silly way to travel."
He rolled his eyes. "It won't take as long this way."
Shippo looked up at the sky and smiled. They'd been together for four hundred years. Miroku and Sango's family had indeed flourished. They made it a point to stop in for every child's birth and at least once during their life. The family had legends and tales of them now.
They'd been all over the world. Inuyasha hoarded treasures like a dragon. Shippo had lost track of the things Inuyasha had bought. At least the hanyou had places to put everything.
Kagome spent a week in her time and didn't hear from Inuyasha. After that, she had attempted to jump down the well. It wouldn't let her through even after she jumped again and again. She tried every day for a week at various times.
By the end of the third week, she had almost given up. Had Inuyasha destroyed the well? Why had it closed now? She'd been back and forth ever since Naraku had died and the jewel had been completed, so that couldn't be it.
She came home from school and kicked off her shoes. "Kagome? You've got a letter, dear." Her mother handed it to her with a smile and went back to preparing dinner.
Kagome sat down on the couch and flipped it open. Her eyes widened as she read.
Dear Ms. Higurashi,
I would consider it an honor if you would meet me at this address tomorrow morning. I have information about Inuyasha, who I believe you knew five hundred years ago.
The next morning, a taxi let Kagome out at the address she gave him. She blinked at the house. It was a two story house in gray/brown/white stone. It had a two car garage, a wrap-around porch, and large windows. She swallowed hard and approached the front door.
She only had time to knock once when a man appearing to be in his thirties answered the door. "Kagome," he said with a smile. "Come in."
He got her settled in the living room and asked if she'd like something to drink. She declined. "I guess I should tell you why I asked you here."
He took a deep breath. "Inuyasha made me promise to ask you a few questions. Did you seal the well on your side?"
"No!" she said firmly. "I wondered why he didn't come for me, so I tried to go back two weeks ago. I've tried every day since, but the well won't let me through. What happened?"
The man shook his head. "Inuyasha didn't know. He said he had Kaede and Miroku examine the well and it only blocked the two of you. Shippo tried to go through, but it wouldn't let him either."
He smiled. "The way you parted wasn't the best. You've had your couple of weeks in this time, though. He wanted you to make a decision between this time and the feudal era. Which would you choose?"
Kagome lowered her head to stare at her knees. "I don't care," she whispered. "I know he's dead. Five hundred years has gone by. He wanted me to make a decision. I had already made mine. I wanted to stay with him and I didn't care which time."
The man smiled. "Then I'll see you later, Kagome." He got up and walked out of the room, leaving behind the girl who was almost in tears.
He walked into the family room and leaned against the wall. "I'm going to take the Mustang and go for a ride. Would dinnertime be too soon to come back?"
Inuyasha grinned. "Nah. You know you're welcome."
Shippo shook his head. "I'm still going to listen for any...noises before I come in." He smiled. "You'd better get in there. She was almost crying when I left." Inuyasha flew out of the room and Shippo walked out of the room toward the garage.
He paused in the doorway and looked at the back of the girl he'd loved for over five hundred years. He walked silently to the couch and sat down beside her.
"I'm sorry," she said. "Did you have any messages from Inuyasha?"
"Yeah," he said softly. Kagome's head swung toward him and he smiled at her. "I love you."
She stared for a moment longer and then threw her arms around him. "It's you? It's really you?"
"Yeah, Kagome," he said, holding her tight. "It's really me."
When they had calmed down, he began to explain. Kaede had noticed something strange about him and investigated. From the moment they'd been separated, he hadn't aged a bit. Shippo had grown until he was in his mid-thirties, but Inuyasha was still in his teens.
He told her about Miroku, Sango, and their children. About how Shippo had grown up. Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha were tentatively friends now. How everything had changed except for their love.
He grinned. "You don't need to worry about paperwork now. I've gotten a few college degrees over the years. I make sure to get one every ten years or so. Got to keep them current." He wrinkled his nose. "Now I get to tutor you in math."
Kagome laughed. "I can't believe you're here."
Inuyasha hugged her again. "Me, neither. Now you don't have to make a decision about which time to live in." He pulled away and tugged her to her feet. "I've got things to show you."
She followed him, their hands grasping the other person's. Inuyasha pointed to paintings on the walls. "I own those houses," he said shyly. "If you don't like living here, we can move. Or we can build another house."
Kagome frowned. "Are you asking me to live with you?"
He chuckled. "Not yet. There are other things to show you first." He led her upstairs. "There are four bedrooms up here," he explained. Pointing to the left, he said, "That one's the master bedroom where I sleep." He jerked a thumb to the left. "This is the room I want to show you. The other two are for Shippo or any other guest when they stay here. My study's in the family room downstairs."
Inuyasha paused in front of a painting. "Do you know anything about paintings?" Kagome shook her head. "This one is by Rembrandt. He was a Baroque artist back in the 1600s. His paintings are... very sought after and famous." He paused. "I remembered that you liked Escher's work and I bought a few of his." He frowned. "I think they're in another house, though. When the time got close to you being here, I brought a few things into the house."
He opened the door to the bedroom and went to a huge cabinet. He opened the first drawer and pulled out a small pouch. Kagome accepted it from him and pulled the drawstrings. She reached in and withdrew a pearl.
"Shippo and I went diving off India," Inuyasha told her. "I've been almost everywhere in the world, Kagome. I know things that aren't in books. I can take you to see them." He turned around and removed a clump of something from a drawer.
He took the pearls and put them back. "We went to Alaska in the late 1800s. Other people had to take their chances, but between our two noses..." He dropped the heavy object into her hand.
Kagome gaped. "Is this what I think it is?"
He shrugged. "I cashed in the rest, but I thought you might like to have that." He turned again and pulled out a drawer. "Come see."
Still in shock from holding a piece of raw gold the size of her fist, she took the few steps required to see into the drawer. Her eyes widened.
"Shippo's been really great over the past five hundred years. Patient." Inuyasha chuckled. "Every time I found something, he'd roll his eyes. You haven't seen the rest, but there's antique furniture, clocks, jewelry, paintings... Every time I saw something I thought you'd like, I bought it."
"With what?" Kagome said absentmindedly.
"Gold. Gems. Worked for passage on ships. That sort of stuff." Inuyasha shrugged. "Well, what do you think? I kept the best ones for you and sold the others."
Kagome blinked. Every gemstone under the sun was in this case or so it seemed. "The black diamonds are from Australia. You should've seen Shippo the first time he saw a kangaroo! I found the violet sapphires in Brazil. The emeralds are from Russia. The cat's eye are from Brazil, my second trip. The rubies and sapphires are from everywhere, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Tanzania, Australia, Brazil, Pakistan. I wrote down where they were from and where I found them on the bottom of the boxes and in a book. I had to track a few of them down when some light-fingered creep lifted them from my pocket once."
Kagome stared at the gems. Inuyasha chuckled and wrapped his arms around her from the back. "They're all yours." She looked at him wide-eyed. He laughed. "What do I want with them? I got them for you, after all."
He turned her around. "I have a lot of houses, Kagome, and they're all filled with treasures for you." She opened her mouth to speak, but he placed one finger against her lips. "But they're nothing compared to you. You're the only treasure that I want."
She gave him a challenging look. "You bought all this for me and you still haven't said what I want to hear."
Inuyasha chuckled. "No, I haven't." He dipped his hand into his pocket and handed her a ring box. "It's empty," he warned. She looked up at him with a slight worry in her eyes. "I didn't know what setting you'd want or what stone. So I got all of them."
Kagome rolled her eyes. "Ask me."
"Kagome Higurashi, would you share my last name with me? Marry me? I've been waiting five hundred years and amassed a hoard that would please even the most finicky of dragons."
She handed him the box. "Yes. Now help me go through all these. I can't decide which one's prettier than the rest."
He grinned. "You don't want to look at the rest of the house?"
She shook her head. "No. For all I know, there's a diamond mine in the backyard."
He frowned. "No, there isn't." She sighed with relief. "Um, Kagome...?"
She closed her eyes. "I'm not going to like this, am I?"
"I have stock in a lot of companies. I also have oil fields, gold mines, diamond mines, and half a dozen other very profitable enterprises." He looked a little sheepish. "I kind of got an over-inflated view of what you were used to in this time. I wanted to be able to give you everything you expected.
"Inuyasha, with all this, I could bathe in champagne!" she said exasperated.
"You don't like it?"
She kissed his nose and gave his ears a rub. "I love you. I love the presents. I'm going to marry you. But if you tell me that I've got to dress up in clothes that cost more than my entire shrine, you're going to have a sore back from all the 's' commands."
Inuyasha flattened his ears back. "I want you to not have to think about how much the clothes you're wearing cost. Everything you want, you can have. You don't even have to ask me for it. The bank's waiting for your signature on my bank account."
She gave him a hug and a long kiss. "Silly Inuyasha. I just want you."
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