Petal in the Wind by Knittingknots
Summary: InuYasha contemplates the nature of hope while separated from Kagome.  Takes place after Manga chapter 557.  Written for IYFicContest Delay challenge
Categories: Myths Characters: InuYasha, Kagome
Genres: Oneshot, Romance, Vignette
Warnings: None
Challenges: None
Series: After the Manga, Towards Tomorrow
Chapters: 1 Completed: No Word count: 249 Read: 731 Published: August 12, 2008 Updated: August 12, 2008
Story Notes:
I do not own InuYasha or any characters created by Rumiko Takahashi

1. Petal in the Wind by Knittingknots

Petal in the Wind by Knittingknots
Disclaimer: I do not own InuYasha or any of the characters created by Rumiko Takahashi

Petal in the Wind

The leaves shifted and fell, maple scarlet for the third time.  He twirled a leaf in clawed fingers, and thought about how she loved the autumn, dancing with leaves in her hair.

“You’re thinking of her, aren’t you?” Kaede asked, watching him from the corner of her eye as she gathered in the last of the fall herbs.  “Are you still waiting?”

“Keh,” he replied, as he turned away from the old miko, unwilling to see her look of sympathy.

He watched the children playing in the snow and thought about a snowball she threw once.  Making one, he placed it on the lip of the well, and watched how it melted in the late winter sun, so slowly.  It reminded him of his heart, his hope.

Sakura time came, and he watched the slow, lonely drift of a petal caught in the wind, drifting, delaying the inevitable, coming at last to rest on the ground, like the cold death of hope.  He smashed it into the ground, refusing to believe.

He thought about that petal as young hands tugged his ears, and how his heart was like a snowball.  Suddenly a whiff of scent and a touch of aura, and that snowball that trapped his heart melted immediately.

As his arms wrapped around the warm flesh of the one person who mattered most in the world, he knew that delay does not equal never, and he rejoiced.
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