Chapter 15: I Can’t Stay With You
Inu-yasha was able to get Kagome back in the gang, and promises that he will find how to change her back but for how long...
The group was up and ready to leave. When Kagome had awakened her head was throbbing hard. She had kept it to herself just so that Inu-yasha or anyone else wouldn’t have to worry about such a minor issue, but this was Inu-yasha we were talking about. “Kagome, are you okay?” He asked walking up to her. Kagome looked up at him. “Yeah, I’m fine really.” Inu-yasha watched her as she continued walking away to where Sango was. “Thinking about last night, just what did you two do?” Miroku spoke beside him. Inu-yasha glared at him. “Nothing, must you always bother me?” And walked away. “Touchy.” Miroku mumbled Shippo nodded in agreement.
They all left the inn and were on their way, once again to find another piece of a Shikon shard that Kagome sensed. Thankfully, she could still sense them.
“It’s this way, I’m sure of it.” Kagome directed. Kagome had her sunglasses on to protect her eyes from the light, but she was still feeling pretty nauseous. Kagome wasn’t totally paying attention and slightly stumbled on a rock, luckily Inu-yasha who was watching her the whole time caught her. “You sure, you’re okay?” He re-asked. “Yes I told you I’ll be fine.” She replied getting a little irritated. “I’ll believe that, but right now you’re not.” Kagome turned around and was about to yell at him when she suddenly felt him grab her by the wrist and put her on his back. “Hey, I can walk perfectly fine by myself.” “Oh be quiet, will ya?” He snorted and continued walking. Kagome just sighed and let him do what he wanted.
Sango raised an eyebrow and whispered over to Miroku. “What do you think is wrong with Kagome, she usually doesn’t mind hanging around on Inu-yasha’s back?” Miroku shrugged. “Who knows, she’s probably feeling like she shouldn’t be around us because of what happened last night.” Sango felt sorry for Kagome. “It’s true, Kagome must truly be hurting inside; she probably feels well sad.”
Kagome was indeed a little depressed but she didn’t want her feelings to get caught up with their main problems. Kagome sighed again and laid her head on Inu-yasha’s back, it was so warm. She would never dream she would still be able to ride on his back.
Then out of the blue the valley began to shake; everyone braced theirselves. “Inu-yasha, it’s the jewel it’s coming for us.”
“Well it seems it will be much easier to get the jewel when the enemy is coming straight for us.” Inu-yasha smirked. Inu-yasha’s right ear twitched to the sound, it was coming closer. “The aura’s very strong; everyone get ready.” Sango announced. Kagome gripped Inu-yasha’s shoulder firmly hoping the shaking would finally stop.
Abruptly the large demon crashed through the scene and looked around at the little people under him. Kagome was nearly on the verge of screaming at its large size. The demon bent down at them and smirked. “My, my what puny little animals we have here.” “Animals!” Kagome repeated angrily. She climbed off Inu-yasha’s back and aimed at the large demon. “I see the jewel shard and I will take it from you.” “Stay back Kagome, this is too dangerous; he’s no ordinary demon.” Inu-yasha warned, unsheathing his sword. “He’s right, you know, I don’t live off by the Shikon shard, I hardly even use it; all of this is all me.” Sango frowned. “Then why do you intend to keep it; hand it over quietly or we’ll have to slay you.”
“Hahaha,” the demon laughed making the wind from his mouth push the others back. “Well thankfully you don’t have bad breath.” Shippo commented. “I’m sick of this arrogant demon; I’ll destroy it in one shot.” Inu-yasha thought he raised his sword and shouted. “Wind Scar!” It hit the demon straight on but it only made a scratch on his arm. “Damn.” “Now do you see, the only reason why I keep the shard is because I use it as a healing power, observe.” The scratch on the demon’s arm healed in a matter of seconds. “I’ll take care of this, HIRAIKOTSU!” Sango shouted. Her boomerang flew toward the demon’s arm and cleanly severed it off.
The demon wailed at the pain; he bent down and grabbed his severed arm and placed back together. “Just kidding, now what should I do with you?” The demon chuckled as he knocked Inu-yasha away and grabbed Kagome. “Ahh!” She screamed as she was lifted up high into the air. “Yes, there’s plenty of rumours going around that the girl with the bow and arrows possess most of the shards.” The demon stated. “Now hand them over.” He demanded shaking her around. “Kagome-chan!” Sango shouted, Kirara took her up but the demon knocked her away with his free hand like a fly. “Sango!” Miroku called. Kirara got back to her senses and caught her before they could even graze the ground. “Great catch Kirara!” Shippo cheered.
“Like hell I would.” Kagome growled, she soon summoned up a gust of wind surrounding her. “What’s this?” Kagome yelled. “Take this, YAAAA!” Her wind crashed against the demon and the demon immediately dropped her. “Oops, didn’t think about that, ahhh!” she screamed falling to the ground. Inu-yasha caught her. “Are you alright?” “Yeah I’m fine and guess what?” Kagome grinned. “What?” Kagome reached into her shirt and showed the jewel shard she somehow took from the demon. “Now you can beat him.” Inu-yasha nodded and put her down. “We’ll do it together.” Kagome was shocked then nodded; she grabbed her bow and arrow and aimed it at the demon.
“Do you think you've won?” The demon chuckled. “Why does every enemy we face have to say that?” Inu-yasha groaned. The demon started to do some sort of meditation and punched both of his large fists into the ground. The forest shook and the ground started to part then the demon finished off by making himself explode. “You will all die, just like I, see you all in hell.” Thus sent everyone flying. “Ahh!” Everyone yelled.
“Ah!” Sango screamed, Kirara was with her and caught her again. “Where are we?” she wondered as they both looked around. “Whatever, we just have to find the others; can you take us up Kirara?” Kirara transformed back into her kitten form. “Kirara!” Sango picked her up and inspected her and found a slash at the side of her body. “Was this when…” Sango thought back when the demon knocked her. “I guess we’ll have to walk.” Then she began her journey cuddling Kirara in her arms.
Miroku was with Shippo who had transformed into his pink bubble form and protected themselves but it wasn’t enough. Shippo had knocked his back into the tree and caused some damage. They soon woke up and found themselves on a soft bush. “Are you alright, Shippo?” Miroku spoke. “Yeah, just a little bump on the head, I wonder where everyone else is.” Miroku agreed. “Suggest we go look for them; it’s not wise to be leaving them by themselves.” “Right, let’s go.” Miroku got up but his body shook in pain. “I’ll guess I’ll take a little rest first.” Shippo shook his head.
Kagome as lucky as she was, was still with Inu-yasha. Inu-yasha had grabbed her before the blast, but he was bruised by the thorns that he protected her from landing in. Kagome was plucking each one out and ignoring each of Inu-yasha’s yelp after each one. “Stop your whining.” She said. “I’d like to see you get them pulled out.” He scoffed wincing again.
The sun had already gone to the other side of the trees which indicated it was becoming a late afternoon. Kagome had finished and got up. “I suggest we find the others.” Inu-yasha agreed, he took a step forward and winced at the pain in his leg. “Inu-yasha what’s wrong?” “Nothing,” He answered. Kagome frowned and reached for his pant and lifted it up to find another injury under and it was bleeding. “Inu-yasha, you’re hurt.” Kagome pointed. “I told you it’s nothing.” Kagome stood up straight. “Yeah but I’m telling you it needs to be treated quickly before it gets infected,” she looked back at his leg. “Wait right here.”
Kagome suddenly felt very thirsty, she reached into her pack and took out the water bottle. She was about to put it to her lips when she suddenly felt a zap run through her body. “You don’t want to drink that, Kagome.” A voice spoke. “Who said that?” she wondered. “You know who it is,” Kagome flinched. “Kura…not again; no you’re not going to let me kill someone again.”
“Oh my sweet Kagome, did you miss me?” He asked. “No,” she answered coldly. “Oh come now, here I am trying to make your life better and you still show me dis-loyalty.” Kagome snorted. “As If, you put my life in total misery, so leave me be; I have nothing to do with you anymore.” She shouted in her head. The voice was quiet for a moment. “You’re hungry are you not?” Kagome was hungry, hungry for what; she ate before she left. “Look a head of you Kagome.” Kagome did and only saw Inu-yasha and she was gazing at him for a good while. “Yes, you know you want to, Kagome; your body is burning for his blood.” Kagome’s eyes began to flash from white to red and was leaning forward but stopped. “No; I won’t.” She declined. “I’m not going to hurt Inu-yasha, just forget it.”
Kura’s voice slightly growled at her stubbornness then he got an idea. “Kagome I can make you totally forget your feelings for your human friends and this Inu-yasha; you already know they’re backing away from you; Kagome they’re afraid of you, afraid that you’ll kill them, they don’t trust you anymore.” Kagome nudged at his words. “You know it’s true.” Kagome looked up at Inu-yasha. “Inu-yasha hasn’t looked at me straight in the eyes since last night no since the night after I got attacked; not only him but so are the others.” Kagome thought. “Now do you see, so what are you going to do?” Kura wondered. Kagome eyes turned red completely. “They’re afraid of me, they don’t trust me anymore.”
Kagome got up and walked over to Inu-yasha without the first aid kit and sat down beside him. “Kagome, did you forget something?” Inu-yasha wondered. Kura had taken over her again and began to speak. “Inu-yasha,” Kagome spoke jumping into his arms; Inu-yasha blushed from this sudden movement. “What’s the matter with you Kagome?”
Kagome smiled. “Nothing, I just want to thank you again.” Inu-yasha was a little confused. “For letting me stay with you.” She finished. Inu-yasha realised she was talking about last night and hugged her back. “Back to that discussion again, huh.” Kagome extended her fangs and was just about to bite into his neck when he continued. “Kagome, you must be truly hurting inside and I’m sorry for it.”
Kagome snapped back to herself after that, but Sango came in the scene and shouted. “Inu-yasha! Watch it Kagome’s…” Sango had seen her almost dig into his neck, her long fangs were still extended and Inu-yasha pulled her away. “Kagome, you almost…” Kagome jumped up to her feet and stood back. “No I wasn’t-- I was trying to control myself; it wasn’t me.” Kagome was feeling tears sting.
Sango came over, but wasn’t standing too close. “Kagome-chan,” Kagome’s heart felt like it was going to fall into pieces and she repeated. “Please believe me, I wasn’t going to-- I was trying to control-- there was a voice in my--” Kagome stopped talking and backed away somemore and was ready to run away again; she turned around and crashed into Miroku. “Miroku, please get out of my way; I need to go.” She said quietly, she was going around him when Miroku held her. Kagome tried to shake him off. “Let go of me; I can’t hurt my friends anymore, I thought I could control myself but I…” Kagome stopped again and used part of her strength and pushed him to the side. “Sorry Miroku but I got to go.”
“You’re giving up again, Kagome?” Inu-yasha spoke. Kagome halted but didn’t turn to him. “You’re going to do the samething; is running away really going to help you?” Kagome clenched her fist. “No it’s not going to help me; it’s going to help you.” Then she ran off then shouted, “Someday I’ll come back to you all; free from this spell until then I can’t stay with you, goodbye.”
“Kagome!” Inu-yasha shouted after her, but Miroku held him. “What are you doing, do you want Kagome to leave?” Inu-yasha asked. “Of course not, but maybe Kagome might get it solved on her own; you just got to trust Lady Kagome on this.” Miroku stated. “Somehow Miroku, I think you’re right; she’s like a male lion; he’ll leave the tribe for sometime and return to take his rightful place in his kingdom.” Sango nodded. Inu-yasha settled down and looked down the path Kagome ran off to. “Kagome…”
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