Chapter 12: Another Nightmare and Miroku’s Mistake
Kagome has had a nightmare of herself attacking a young woman, she didn’t want to express her dream and kept it to herself. She then woke up early next morning when Inu-yasha and Miroku found the same exact murdered woman in Kagome’s dream. Miroku recognises the similar bite marks on the woman’s neck. Sango remembers that Kura said he was the only vampire in this region. Miroku mentions that the fact was true but now he’s having a slight suspicion. Kagome notices her friends eying her suspiciously and feels that it was her fault this woman was dead.
Kagome had ran off to catch some water in doing so Miroku began to talk about the late attack, Inu-yasha who seemed to read his mind immediately disagreed and swears he was with her the whole night. But the question is was he really with her the whole night?
The Inu-yasha group had finally reached a relaxing setting for the night. Kagome and Sango were setting up camp as the guys collected firewood. Everyone exhaustingly slumped down around the fire. “Mou…what a day; we walked so much I didn’t even sense a hint of a jewel shard.” Kagome sighed. “Well it’s fine for now we collected many shards lately.” Sango mentioned. Kagome pulled out the bottle with the shards inside from her shirt. “You’re right, there’s plenty.” “Plenty, but we still have to find Naraku’s jewel shards, since we defeated him it seems he had hid the rest of jewels somewhere.” Inu-yasha spoke. “Yeah, we have that then another problem; there’s still three shards we have to find.” Kagome said sadly. “Kouga’s shards that’s two but…I can’t seem to figure the third one you’re talking about.” Inu-yasha pondered. Sango sure knew what she meant. Kagome slightly looked over at the cheerless demon slayer.
Kagome looked at the many shards in the bottle and sighed silently. “I wonder how long it will take me to find them, and once we do complete it then what, what would happen to me? Will I have a reason for staying here? More importantly what will Inu-yasha plan to do with the jewel does still want to become a full demon? Do I take it home with me or should I give it to Lady Kaede?” She thought, then re-hid them in her shirt and rested her chin on her knees. “So many questions to be answered,”
It was soon after the group were in bed fast asleep. As for Kagome she didn’t really feel tired, actually she felt like she was ready to continue on their journey. It was strange because she swore she was feeling very sleepy during the day. She shrugged it off and closed her eyes hopefully sleep will soon fall. Inu-yasha was up in the tree looking down at her then he stared at the moon. “Kagome…I don’t know what I got you into…”
Later that night…
Kagome once again shifted about and felt her body once again running through the dark forest silently. She could feel her blood boiling. “No…” She moaned inside her head.
A fairly young man was on his way back to his poorly village up the path when he sensed someone behind him. “Who’s there?” He demanded finding an empty spot. The man frowned. “Listen you pesky demons; you had better stay away from my village.” The man pulled out a regular bow and arrow. He could still sense the presence around him. “If you don’t leave I have no choice but to dispose of you.” He turned around quickly to where he just heard the sound. “There!” He shot an arrow in the dark spot. “Heh, come out and face me you coward!” He yelled. Then again he faced the spot where the bushes stirred. “There you are,” He stopped when he noticed it was a young female. “What’s a young woman like you doing out in the dark like this, you should know that it’s very dangerous for young women to be lounging about out here? Come, I’ll escort you to my village.” He said to the young woman, putting down his weapon and was leading the way.
The woman chuckled. “You know it’s not safe for any human to be out late at night period.” “Huh?” He turned back to the girl whose eyes where blood red and fangs extending from her mouth. “W-wha, you’re…” the man reached for his weapon again but the young woman flicked it away making the man stumble on his behind. (she likes doing that to people, doesn't she?) “Foolish toys.” She chuckled again. “You’re mine now.” She grabbed his shoulders roughly and forced her fangs into his skin. “Ahhh!”
Kagome jumped up in shock again and looked around franticly. Instead the light pierced her eyes and she covered them with shade beside her. “Again, another nightmare, what is it, I don’t get it. Is it a warning?” “Kagome?” Someone spoke. Kagome looked up to see the hanyou’s eyes staring into hers. “I’m fine, I just had another nightmare is all.” “Another, was it the same one as last night?” He asked. “I think so, I should write down my dreams as soon as I wake up.” Kagome laughed awkwardly, wiping the sweat from her brow. “It’s strange though, every time I have this nightmare I feel refreshed like I washed my face so discreetly.” She thought. “Oh okay.” He replied.
Kagome looked over at her friends who were up and waiting. Kagome got up and stretched. “I’ll be back.” “Where are you going?” He asked. “Not far.” She answered. Inu-yasha watched her leave still not pleased with her answer. Inu-yasha's nose just detected something. “I smell death.” He got up hastily and was about to leave. “So Inu-yasha you sense it too?” Miroku randomly spoke. “Yeah, let’s go.” Inu-yasha declared. Kagome continued walking when she tripped over something. She cussed herself for being so careless yet out of curiosity she wanted to see what tripped her. She turned and gasped.
There, on the ground, the thing that made her trip was the young man’s body she clearly remembered in her nightmare. Kagome then screamed in fright. Inu-yasha appeared immediately by the sound of Kagome’s scream. “What's the matter, Kagome?” Inu-yasha followed her gaze and noticed the man’s body. “What’s going on?” Kagome wondered. Miroku arrived along with the others and inspected the circumstance of his death. “Strange, there`s the similar mark that was on every other victim.“
Inu-yasha peered over. “How’s it any different?” “It’s not, but I mean, this time it’s not a woman.” Miroku answered. “You’re right, Kura had mentioned he usually goes after young women, but this time it’s a male.” Sango agreed. “This means it’s definitely not Kura’s doing.” Miroku finished off. “Let’s go find the village he’s from.” Kagome spoke quietly. “There’s no need to…” Inu-yasha announced. “Huh?” They all looked up at them.
He pointed his chin up the path, the others followed his direction. There was a little boy standing up on the hill in tears. He had seem to be about 10-11ish. “P-papa!” He wailed running toward him. When he reached him he was on his father’s chest in tears. “Iie, you can’t die, who’s going to protect the village with you gone?” “Eh, do you mean you’re father was the village headman of some sort?” Sango wondered. The boy looked up at them and nodded sadly. “Yeah, and I’m the one to replace him when I was ready, but-" he starts, puffing. “He wasn’t done teaching me yet, there’s no way I can take his place now if he’s dead.” Then he began to cry some more.
Shippo patted on his shoulder. “There’s nothing to worry about, I’m sure you’ll make an excellent leader one day.” Kagome bent down next to him. “That’s right; I know your father will be very proud of you.” “But how will I explain this to villagers, our village is very poor and he was the only one who was getting us through it, they were really counting on him; they’re not going to count on a little kid like me.” “Well you’ll just have to prove it to them or they’ll never respect you.” Shippo encouraged. “I already know that, I had thought it over and at least I had some training with my grandfather on how to kill demons and such; now that I have that chance, I will personally one day kill the beast who did this to him with my own hands.”
Kagome stood up sternly as her bangs covered her eyes. Everyone gazed at her. “So you’re actually willing to take on such a horrible task?” Kagome spoke. “Of course no matter what it takes, I will bring it down.” He frowned in determination. “Oh.” Kagome looked up at the sky facing away from the others. “I have a bad feeling, why is this always happening are they premonitions?” Kagome could feel her heart pumping harder and her blood boiling. “What’s happening to me?” “Kagome,” Inu-yasha spoke interrupting her thoughts. “Is something wrong?” Kagome looked away slightly. “No.”
Sango watched the sad little boy and put her hand on his shoulder. The boy looked up at her. “Come on, let’s go.” He nodded slowly. “Thank you Miss.” Sango smiled.
When they got there they were all greeted by the boy’s two older sisters. When the boy announced their father’s death they were in tears. One of them jolted when she felt her hand in someone else’s. “Huh?” “Now, now, there’s no need to worry you could always allow myself to stay by your side.” “Uh…” “Would you allow me to bear you a son?” Miroku requested. “Ano…” Miroku turned to the other one. “How about you my dear?” Sango bopped him on the head turning red. “Houshi-sama!” Miroku turned to her holding his throbbing head. “I can’t believe you, can't you see they're upset as it is?”
Sometime during the day…
Miroku stopped walking suddenly making Inu-yasha crash into him. “Why did you stop like that?” He frowned rubbing his nose. “What’s wrong Miroku?” Sango asked. “We have to stop it.” He spoke. “Huh?” Shippo hopped on his shoulder. “Stop what?” “We have to track it tonight and stop it.” Miroku said. “You mean the vampire that’s been attacking everyone?” Shippo wondered. “Yeah, tonight will be the night; another village isn’t too far from here.” Miroku noted. “You recognize this area?” Sango asked. “Yeah, I’ve once visited this village in my earlier years.” He answered.
Kagome looked up at the sky again. Darker clouds were enclosing. “Looks like a storm’s coming in, it’s a good thing there’s a village close by.” Everyone nodded in agreement and continued on. It was soon they reached the village and rested till the sunset fell. Inu-yasha was out scouting around for any sign of the vampire.
Kagome sat down outside of the hut and looked up at the sky. “Night’s coming I wonder if my dream will be solved tonight…” “Kagome-chan?” Sango called. Kagome turned around. “Yeah?” “Is something wrong?” “No,” Kagome replied. Sango sat down beside her. “You know if you really are bothered by something you can always tell me.” Kagome sighed. “I can’t hide anything from Sango.” “So…” “Sango I’ve been-” Kagome was cut off by her heart and blood pumping fast. “What’s going on?” “Kagome-chan, what’s the matter?” Sango asked, worriedly. Kagome exhaled gently. “I’m okay, it was just a cramp.” She lied. “Well let’s go in its gotten dark.” Kagome nodded. “It might be safer inside.”
They both got in and were staring at Miroku. He was once again on one knee and asking one of his past female friend, Naru. “Naru-chan, would you do me the honor of bearing me a son?” Miroku asked. Naru gave a fake smile. “I’m sure I heard this before.” “So what will your answer be?” “Ano…I already have a...” Miroku could suddenly feel a strong aura that only belonged to one person, Sango. “Miroku!” Sango growled. “U-uh, Sango…”
Sango slapped Miroku across the face much harder than usual. “You…I had finally had enough, from now on I’m not talking to you anymore!” Then she ran from the hut. “Sango-chan!” Kagome called after. “Miroku this is your entire fault!” Kagome grimaced and ran after her. Miroku stood at the door in shock. “Sango…” “Well, aren’t you going after her?” Shippo wondered. "..." Miroku then left the hut leaving Shippo and Kirara sitting at the fire shaking their heads.
It was very dark as Miroku and Kagome were searching for Sango. “Let’s split up.” Kagome suggested. Miroku agreed and did right away. Kagome's heart pounded harder and she fell to her knees holding her chest. “Not again... what’s happening to me?” She could suddenly feel her body changing, she tried to hold it but was slowly losing it.
It was soon that Miroku met up with Inu-yasha.
“What are you doing out here, Miroku?” Inu-yasha asked. “Sango left.” He answered silently. “Huh? Let me guess you were hitting on that girl.” Inu-yasha guessed. Miroku froze. “Hm…” “Thought so; so what happened?” “Kagome and I are searching for her, will you help?” Miroku asked. “Kagome?” Inu-yasha repeated. “You split up with Kagome?” “Yes, she suggested we do.”
“You idiot! You know how late it is; now both Kagome and Sango are--” The sound of thunder crashed interrupting Inu-yasha making him silent. “What is it, Inu-yasha?” “Let’s find them now, Miroku, the rain's going to start any minute.” Inu-yasha spoke. Miroku then realised he would lose his sense of smell if the rain hit and immediately agreed and ran with him. “If Sango or Kagome gets attacked tonight, it will be my fault.”
End of chapter.