Chapter 16: Learning To Control
Inu-yasha and the crew were in another battle, tougher than usual; the demon decided to use self destruction trying to kill everyone with him but instead sent them flying in separate directions. Kagome was alone with Inu-yasha and she was being tempted by Kura to feed, Kagome broke through the trance on the nick of time but Sango came in at the wrong time and quickly jumped to conclusions that Kagome was going to kill Inu-yasha. Kagome had tried to explain but she didn’t even bother because no matter what she said it wouldn’t change the fact she really did almost kill him. The broken hearted Kagome had made a final decision that she was going to leave them for a while and find a way to break the spell before she really hurts someone she loves. Everyone soon accepts Kagome’s decision, but what does Inu-yasha really think of this; will he really let Kagome go off on her own?
In the Forest…
The sun was still up and Kagome ran through the forest at speed she didn’t know she had, she wasn’t as fast as Inu-yasha but she was still pretty quick. That’s when it clicked in her mind; she had these strange new powers from Kura and she doesn’t know anything about them. Since she already had them she should at least learn how to control them and she was on her own for a while without Inu-yasha or the others to help her. So she should learn her powers for self defense of course not the way Kura used them to feed on his victims. “I’m not like him; I won’t hurt another living soul; not even if it kills me.”
Inu-yasha walked back and forth passing his friends who were sitting on the ground trying to ignore his fidgeting thoughts. Inu-yasha snarled slightly and faced them. “What are you guys doing sitting around for; are we going to leave or what!” Inu-yasha shouted with anger. “Where do you plan to take us; we don’t have Kagome to sense the jewel shards and you’re not in the right mind to go into battle, so if I were you I would not go and take out anger out on your friends.” Miroku spoke. “We all understand it’s difficult with Kagome-chan gone, but try to restrain your self please.” Sango added. Inu-yasha turned away and grumbled under his breath. “If it’s so difficult why did you guys agree Kagome should go off on her own? I can’t believe you guys gave up on her.”
Sango frowned, shot up from her spot and slapped him across his left cheek. “Inu-yasha this might be the first time yelling this at you but shut up!” Sango yelled making everyone quiet down and back away. “How dare you said I gave up on her, I’m one of her closet friends and as a friend I respected her decision, yes it was hard for me and…everybody else.” Sango cried.
“Yeah, what makes you so special?” Shippo mentioned. Sango had tears at the edge of her eyes and her voice turned rocky because of it. “You have no idea how hard it was for me to accept her decision especially when everyone else-” Sango paused thinking of Kohaku her father and fellow villagers not with her anymore; Kohaku was still alive but was now wondering around Japan with no memories of her or anything. “Is not with me anymore, so don’t you dare go and say we gave up on her, understand you jerk?” She ended with a silent sob; she turned away from him and everyone else so they couldn’t see her crying silently, though it didn’t help. Miroku went to comfort her by rubbing her shoulder.
Inu-yasha felt horrible inside that he made her cry over his frustration as he was rubbing his cheek. It sure snapped him out of it. He didn’t really mean to say that, he was just so angry and wasn’t paying attention to what he was saying anymore and he knew that it was really hard on Sango losing her family and now Kagome. “Sango, listen, I didn’t mean to…I admit I was frustrated about the new development, but Kagome did say she was going to come back, you also even said that, so I guess we’ll wait till then.” He spoke. “And as for Kohaku, we’ll find him.”
Sango sniffled and nodded. “Was he trying to cheer me up?” she wondered. “Sorry for slapping you, I kind of got carried away myself.” She said turning back to face him. “It’s okay, I guess I needed that.” He admitted, rubbing his cheek again. Sango giggled at that. “Good job Inu-yasha, not bad for a first timer.” Miroku thought. “I guess everything’s back to normal now.” Shippo said to Kirara. Kirara nodded.
Kagome decided to sit down next to a tree. She was tired of walking with no direction. It was getting late already and she was feeling lonely. Well there was no surprise. She kicked a pebble close to her into the pond a few feet away. “What am I suppose to do now?” A sudden surge crossed through her body again. She was sensing something coming her way. She stood up and tried to detect it. The thing was coming closer, it wasn’t human and she wasn’t sure if it was a demon but she was ready to fight. Her body started to pulse; she grasped her chest and began to pant. “W-What’s going on?” She fell to her knees in exhaustion but was feeling worried the thing that was on her way to her was getting closer. “Don’t worry I’ll help you…” someone whispered. She looked around. “Who said-”
Suddenly her opponent arrived and it grinned at the sight. As she predicted it was no human, but a weird demon looking at her in a strange way. The demon appeared to be a shadowy figure, it had no face but its body was solid and he still had blood coursing through its veins. “What a pretty woman.” It hissed. “I will have you.” Kagome got back up to her feet trying to ignore the pain in her chest. “Great, the first demon I’m going against has to be a pervert.” She grunted. She stood in a position ready to attack. “Oh, you’re going to challenge me, fine then I like women like that anyway, but you’ll be mine win or lose, just to let you know.” The demon snickered. “Oh believe me this isn’t a small challenge, I’m going to kill you.” She reassured. The demon sighed. “Why is that every woman’s thought?” he wondered aloud. “One good reason.”
The demon ran toward her and stopped. “Wait a minute, how could I be so rude, ladies first.” He offered. “Bad move.” Kagome then suddenly felt the pulse in her body again and it hit harder. It was Kura he was trying to transform her into that beast. “No, you won’t make me, leave me alone, Kura.” Kagome ordered. “Why, I’m trying to help you with that so called demon you got there.” He replied. “I’ll deal with it on my own.” Kagome responded then released a good amount of wind from her body and hit the demon straight on, sending him back. “Fine but don’t forget, those are my powers you’re using.” He snorted and went quiet leaving Kagome with a expression.
The fallen demon stood up quickly and was shocked from such a gentle looking girl was able to emit such force, such power to send him flying back, then he smirked. “My, my, my, what a woman you’re going to be as all other females I absorb into my body, you’ll definitely make a difference." The demon’s arms transformed into tentacles, he wasn’t even solid anymore. He lashed out a tentacle at her. “You’ll be part of me, I’ll make sure of that.”
Kagome dodged the tentacle with ease, the demon continued to lash more and more at her, but she was effortlessly dodging them all. Her new abilities were a great help, when she landed back on the ground she made another move toward the demon; without touching him, afraid of being swallowed by touching his less solidly body, she created another blast and swiped one or more tentacles. The demon howled at the pain. Kagome landed back and began to pant again. “I’m not doing that bad, am I?”
Suddenly Kagome was left off guard and the demon had another pair of tentacles, they quickly enclosed around her neck and another catching her wrist, snaking up her arm, breaching all of her defenses. The demon grinned and immediately began to pull her toward its shadowy body. “Ugh!” Kagome grunted, taking her free arm and grasping the one at her neck. She kept her footing as best as she could but was still being dragged toward his body. “I guess I spoke a little too soon…” She winced. Kura once again appeared in her head. “Don’t you think you need help now?” Kagome shook her head. “I’ll do it, I know I can.” Kagome replied with a cough, the tentacle around her neck tightened making her gasp for air. "Inu...yasha..." She called. No, she couldn't rely on him. She had to fight on her own, but did it have to be so hard?
“You will be mine,” as another pair of tentacles lashed out to ensnare her ankles to completely lift her off the ground and suck her into his body. “But don’t worry; I’ll take very good care of you.” He finished. This got Kagome angry and her body began to boil. “I’m sick of everyone claiming me as theirs, I’ve had enough of it from Kura and I certainly don’t need it from you.” Kagome’s eyes turned bloodshot red even without her knowledge. “The only person for me is…Inu-yasha!” She shouted.
With the other group…
Inu-yasha had a shock run through him and out. “What was that?” Shippo appeared on his shoulder. “What is it Inu-yasha?” Inu-yasha sighed. “Nothing, I just had a feeling I was just talked about.”
“Who would want to waste their time to talk about you?” Shippo teased. Inu-yasha growled and began to chase him. “Say that to my face again, get back here!” Shippo stuck out his tongue. “Not unless you can catch me you big oaf.”
Sango and Miroku sighed. “Sometimes he really acts like a kid.” Kirara nodded.
Back to Kagome…
The demon observed her transformations. “This girl is…” Kagome completely transformed into her vampire self and easily shredded the tentacles that bound her moments before. She hissed at its sight and circled around her enemy. “You’re not the same woman anymore; you’ve been morphed with a demon haven’t you?” This didn’t cease Kagome’s anger, sure she was in Kura’s state of mind now, but she was still able to hear people’s words. “How dare you verbalize such words, you’ll regret that?” Kagome’s fangs extended and she jumped the demon with a clawed hand. Her claws weren’t long but were sharp. “I’m going to rip you into shreds, you vermin.”
The demon backed up but she swiped at him with her hand and severed his body in half. “Die!” She yelled. The demon gasped and it slowly fell into two pieces, it reverted back into its solid form and a pool of blood started to form around it. Kagome who was still in vampire form didn’t really have much control and pierced her fangs into his neck and began to drink in deep content. The demon was still partially alive and said its final words. “Y-you’re nor demon nor human; you’re not meant to live amongst us…but you’re still my favorite from all the others…” and he died down as Kagome continued to feed.
Kagome’s mind heard his words before the last comment and had tears coming down her cheeks. The blood was delicious and it was more and more difficult for her to quit, almost like nicotine it was much like that. She wanted to kill herself at that very moment she was enjoying the blood, demon blood, she had sliding down her throat; she had enjoyed winning against the demon with Kura’s power she didn’t even use any spiritual power. Now that she thought about it, did she even have spiritual power left? What about the jewel shards she still had in her possession, she should have given them to Inu-yasha; she wasn’t pure enough to obtain them. She was probably defiling each shard every time she killed and drank. She was no different from Naraku now. She didn’t even want to look at the defiled pieces she couldn’t bare to.
“Kagome I had already mentioned never drink the last drop…” Kura repeated. Kagome un-nipped her fangs from the demon’s throat and sat down watching the dead demon she had just bare handily killed in front of her. She slowly lapsed back into herself. “Didn’t you want me to feed till my heart contented,” Not saying she wanted to, “so why are you always reminding me not to drink the last drop?”
“There are reasons for it; I can’t explain them at this moment.” He replied. “Hm.” Kagome got up and crossed her arms and continued her walk. Maybe she could use the jewel shards to get her out of this curse. I mean doesn’t it grant your wishes and this wish isn’t greedy, she’s using to help her and others. She could you know. Kagome reached into her shirt where the bottle contained the almost full sphere. There were still three shards missing. Two were with Kouga and one was with Kohaku, they don’t even know where he’s gotten to anyway, ever since Naraku died he hasn’t appeared to Sango. Shouldn’t his memories return? Anyway back to this problem Kagome dropped the nearly completed jewel from the bottle into her hand. She was surprised that the shards weren’t black, there had to be a reason.
Kagome only stared at them, she knew how to take out the jewel or shards, but she never thought of how to absorb it into her body, like all the other demons do. Should I swallow it but I usually hate swallowing whole pills, how can I do this? Even if I do swallow it how do you make it grant your wish to what you want to do with it? How was Inu-yasha planning to use it to transform into a full demon or a human, can you choose what you want? I mean other demons haven’t used the jewel in any good way. This was a thought she needed to figure out and fast.
Faraway up in the trees someone was watching Kagome the entire time. The battle, the death to the part she drank and left. “That’s one of Sango’s friends she’s been possessed by one of them, I got to do something, I’ll hang with her for a while and help her through this.”
Finally back with the other friends…
The group decided to walk; to where? They had no clue; they just wanted somewhere new for a change. The night soon began to cover and that’s when they thought about Kagome again. “It’s almost dark; do you think Kagome can control herself?” Miroku wondered. “I sure hope so; I can’t bear to see Kagome-chan like that again.” Sango moped. “All you guys need is some faith in her that’s all.” Miroku raised an eyebrow. “My Inu-yasha I’m surprised you using faith.” Sango giggled. “I guess when it comes to Kagome, Inu-yasha could believe in anything.” Inu-yasha’s cheek and nose turned pink and he scratched it. “Keh.”
“Look he’s blushing.” Shippo pointed out. Inu-yasha frowned at him and knocked him on the head. Shippo cried. “Kagome, Inu-yasha’s being mean to me…Huh?” Shippo halted his whining when he noticed he just called out for Kagome. Actually, that’s when everyone stopped in what they were doing. Shippo cringed when he felt the sudden silence; he slightly looked up at Inu-yasha. Inu-yasha’s mixed embarrassed and angered face turned into a softer and concerned look. Shippo felt sort of bad that he turned a happy or not so happy for him moment into complete silence and he slumped. “Feh, let’s go.” Inu-yasha announced and walked away. The rest nodded and followed.
Sango noticed someone was missing, she looked back and realized Shippo was still sitting in the same spot. “Shippo, come on we’re all leaving now.” Shippo faced them but didn’t move. “What’s wrong Shippo?” This caused the others to stop, Miroku and Kirara turned around, but Inu-yasha didn’t.
Shippo didn’t want to answer, but the others knew the reason for his action. “Shippo, we aren’t mad at you if that’s what you’re thinking, you actually…” Shippo cut her off. “Yeah, but I wasn’t thinking of what I just said and now everyone is…” Inu-yasha grunted. “Shippo, Kagome’s not going to so stop raiding me if she knew I left you behind, so stop acting like a baby and just follow.” Shippo stared at him. “Inu-yasha…” his pout turned into a very faint grin. He got up and jumped up on Miroku’s shoulder. “So what made you change your mind?” Shippo shrugged. “I don’t know, I guess some fool made me change my mind.” Miroku and Sango snickered.
Dark had finally taken over the light and Kagome could already feel her heart beating fast. She gasped and fell to her knees. “Oh no, it’s happening again…I- can’t breathe…” she panted, she tried in vain to catch her breathe again. Her vampire side was calling out; it’s trying to take over her again. “No…I won’t…not now…not ev…ev…” Kagome panted trying to finish off her promise until…
“Keiske? Where are you, where’d you disappear to?” A young girl called out in the dark forest a little shaken. Not too long ago she was with her fiancée trying to find their way back to their home in the dark, but somehow they got separated and she is now in search for him. “Kagome…” The voice called out again. Kagome gasped at the forceful shock in her heart and blood. Kagome coughed and strived for some air but she was losing consciousness and fast. “Keiske, why on earth did you leave me in the dark by myself you know I’m afraid of the dark and none the less you left me in the forest.” She trembled glancing upon the trees and owls that hung above her.
Kagome clenched one eye shut and looked forward just beyond the bushes and trees, wishing and hoping the girl would run away from here. She attempted to warn her, but she had no breath in her to speak. “Come on Kagome, you’re going to miss your prey, she’s just there.” Kagome wrapped her arms around her chest. “No I have to control it, I can’t let it take over me again; the whole reason why I ran away from the others was to find a way to change back and if I give in right now… I’ll fail.”
“Keiske?” The young woman shouted out she then tripped over a tree root and fell to the floor. That’s what made Kagome crack. “Now’s your chance, Kagome, you’ve got her rapped, go forth and drink to your content.” Kagome’s eyes widened and suddenly her rapid heart beat stopped. “Run away; Inu-yasha…forgive me…” and thus she collapsed to the ground temporarily dead.
The girl got up and dusted away the dirt on her lap and chest. “Keiske…” When she heard a twig snap behind her she quickly turned around and faced Kagome with a frightened look. “Who are you?” Kagome kindly giggled. “Don’t be afraid, did you get lost? I heard you repeatedly call for someone named Keiske so I came over to check things out.” The young woman nodded. “Yes, you see we got separated after the night took over and we’ve been searching for each other since, well he had better be looking for me.”
“Would you like my help, I’m on my way to the village myself I don’t mind helping you out.” Kagome smiled sweetly. The young woman smiled. “Yes, thank you, thank you very much; what’s your name?” Kagome smiled. “It’s Kagome and yours?” “It’s Yuna.” She answered. “That’s a nice name.” Kagome commented. “Thanks and you have know idea how much I hate the dark it’s great to have someone with me, you never know what could be lurking beside you all the time.”
“No, you have no idea.” Kagome grinned evilly behind her back as her fangs extended and followed closely behind her.
End of chapter