Chapter 19: Reach the Limit
Kagome ran into a hunter which will seek her life if she should do anything to the village people. Can Kagome make it back to Inu-yasha? Will Kohaku be able to protect her fully as he promises?
Kagome was under Kohaku’s protection for now. He knew he had to do absolutely anything to help Kagome get back to her original form. He chased after her, but he ended up losing her as she ran at inhuman speed into the forest. The sun had already begun to set and he was worried. He knew that her body was weaker when night fell and she could kill anyone at this stage. “Kagome-san!” He called.
Kagome eyes were red and she was chuckling that she had finally got away from that brat following her, who seemed like a threat to her. She kept on running until her nose caught an extraordinary scent. The scent wrapped around her nostrils and she was feeling hungry. It was a scent of human blood, but this blood smelt different and much more delicious than the others. Where was it coming from though? She had to find it or she would go nuts. Where was this type of blood hiding all her life so far? Her eyes flashed red and her fangs extended. Soon she was off again to follow that surprising scent of human blood.
“Hey, Inu-yasha have you caught the scent of Kagome yet?” Shippo bugged. “If I had will I still be lounging about around you people?” He snorted. Shippo couldn’t fight with that. “But don’t you find it odd that not even a trace of Kagome-sama’s scent has passed your nose?” Miroku pondered aloud. “Yeah, you’re right…” Sango agreed. “Not exactly.” Inu-yasha spoke. “What?” They responded together. “Take a look at this.” Inu-yasha informed bending down by a half decayed corpse of a demon.
“What on earth happened here?” Miroku questioned. “The demon was split in two.” Shippo noted. “I wonder what type of demon did this.” Sango wondered. “Kagome…” Inu-yasha said softly. “What?” He looked up at them. “It was Kagome who did this.” There was no mistake some of her scent it was around this demon. Miroku inspected the demon and came to a conclusion that Inu-yasha was right. “There are two bite marks in the demon’s throat.” Sango looked down in shame. “So she’s even attacking demons now?” The others didn’t want to say anymore. Then Inu-yasha got up. “Let’s go, this means Kagome can’t be too far. The corpse is still fresh.” The others agreed and followed after. “I wonder if Kagome is actually having more trouble controlling herself than she did with us.” Shippo thought.
In a village not far from Inu-yasha…
“Yuna, where are you going?” Keiske asked. “I told you, I’m going to help Kagome-chan out of that demon’s grip.” Yuna replied with determination in her eyes. She had a carrying bag with some food and water and anything else necessary. “It’s getting late now, you might get attacked by something else. And better yet you aren’t completely recovered.” He protested. Since Kagome had managed to get some blood out of her she was feeling weak in the knees. “That’s why you’re coming with me.” Keiske blinked. “I am?”
“Do you want me to go on my own and didn’t you promise me that you would help me free her?” Yuna glared. Keiske nodded as he remembered the promise. “Fine, I’ll come with you, but please don’t be too determined.” Yuna looked at him surprised. “Why? I thought that’s what you liked about me.” Keiske gave her an encouraging smile. Yes it was true, he loved the way she was not afraid of anything and when her mind was set on a goal nothing would stop her. “You’re right. Lets journey together.” He got up and was leaped on by her. She pressed her soft lips on his and broke free to smile back at him. “Thank you.” Keiske hugged her in return. “Let’s finish up.” Yuna nodded and continued to pack as well as her fiancée.
In the forest…
Yes it was dark and somehow Kagome got herself another victim and was feeding on her. Kagome was enjoying it, and she needed more. “So Kagome has become a vampire.” A calm voice spoke. Kagome had recognized the voice, but it wasn’t a voice you heard often. She un-nipped her fangs from the dead woman’s neck and turned to face the voice.
It was Kikyo and she was sitting up on a tree watching her take the woman’s life. “Kikyo.” Kagome spoke. “Yes. I figured the new attacks had come from you. I remember Inu-yasha saying you were in trouble. I didn’t know it was this bad.” She spoke. “What are doing here?” Kagome growled. “I came to find the cause of the attacks and finally I ran into you.” Kikyo replied. “So you came here to kill me?” Kikyo jumped down from the tree and landed a few feet away. “Kill is a harsh word. I came to set you free.” Kikyo was able to see that Kagome’s soul was locked in Kura’s hold. “There’s no way I will be killed by your hands Kikyo.” She growled more loudly. “You better get lost. I don’t think you want to get hurt.”
“You can’t hurt me even if you wanted to.” She began to walk toward her. “What I can’t understand is why Inu-yasha loves you so much. You’re not so strong and you always put him danger because of your weak power.” Kagome cringed and her heart began to pulse. “Damn.” Her vampire side grabbed at her chest. “You’ve even turned into a more powerful enemy and you’re still not even strong enough to control yourself.” She chuckled lightly. Kagome took a step back. Kagome has thought of that for a long time. She always drags Inu-yasha into a lot of danger for her sake. “Inu-yasha doesn’t care.” Kagome spoke softly breaking through a little. Kura did not like this; this Kikyo person was truly helping Kagome escape his grip. Kikyo looked at her closely. “What?”
Kagome looked up at her. “I said Inu-yasha doesn’t care. Sure he gets hurt a lot by protecting someone as weak as me, but it was his choice. He decided to do that, I never asked him. He could have told me to go home, I’m so weak that I can’t take care of myself, but he didn’t and he had made a promise to protect me even if it cost him his life. Of course I’m worried, every time I go into battle and he is protecting me with each blow, it worries me a lot I’m very scared that he will kill himself by just protecting someone like me.” Kagome was breaking through and she could feel it. It was herself that was talking it through to Kikyo. “But Inu-yasha is a very strong person and I must keep my faith in and so do you Kikyo.” Kagome declared. Kikyo gazed at her, hearing every word that slipped through. “So if it worries you so much, why do you plan to stay with him?” Kagome looked down and back to her. “Because I love him and i've promised to stay by his side even if it meant he still loves you, Kikyo.”
Kikyo’s eyes widened; she stayed by his side even though Inu-yasha still loved her. “How can Kagome be so loyal to him?” Kikyo huffed and spoke again. “Well it seems to me that you ran from him now. Do you not wish to return to him? I thought you planned to stay with him no matter what happened to you or him. You stuck by his side whenever he turned into a demon. What does that make any difference if you turn into a vampire? Do you think he’s not strong enough to deal with you? Well I guess you don’t have that much faith as you say.” Kagome heart skipped a beat; she was right. “Is it fair that you stick by his side through his troubles and you don’t let him do the same?” Kikyo added. Kagome held a hand to her lips. “Kikyo’s absolutely right, I have to return to Inu-yasha now.”
Kikyo began to lift into the air. “A promise is a big word. If you weren’t able to keep it, how can you tell me to do the same?” Then she disappeared with her soul collectors. Kagome stared back up at the sky where Kikyo had just been. “Did Kikyo come to help me?” Kagome nodded with a smile. “Thank you Kikyo, even if that wasn’t your true intention.” Kagome continued to look up at the night sky, but heard a stir in the bushes close to her.
“You again.” Another voice spoke. Kagome tensed and remembered what had just happened. She had just finished feeding off on another victim and the hunter came out and stood there with a bow and arrow ready to fire. “You killed someone else. I had warned you to never show up near this village and you did and on top of which you killed one of our villagers. I cannot allow you to linger around this world anymore. I will kill that demon that binds you.” The hunter stated. Kagome’s eyes widened. “No! Please forgive me. It’s me now. I’m able to control myself now.” Kagome pleaded, but the hunter shook his head. “Even so, I can’t risk letting you live. You can lose yourself again. Don’t forget I’m a hunter I know how these demons work. A kind girl like you should not be tormented by that thing. I will help you.” Kagome shuddered. He was going to kill her.
Kagome turned around ready to run, but felt a sharp object pierce through her back close to her left shoulder. “Ahh!” She screamed in pain and fell to the ground holding her shoulder. The hunter had shot an arrow in her back. “I won’t let you leave. Please let me get rid of that demon.” He pulled out his spear to end her suffering right away. Kagome turned to him in horror. He ran toward her with such determination and then a sickle had collided with the hunter’s spear, not breaking it, but just knocking away. Kohaku jumped down in front of Kagome and faced the hunter. “I told not to kill her.” The hunter frowned. “Move boy, I had told you that girl is possessed and needs to be freed. I know it is hard to accept that, even if she’s your friend, but you must think what’s best for her.” Kohaku still stood where he was. “It’s not just that, Kagome-sama is a very important girl and she is also strong, she can break from it on her own. I mean look at her.” His head turned to her. He could tell she was back to herself because her eyes were calmer. “She’s coming back to herself all on her own. She can do it, you must believe in her.” Kohaku begged.
Kagome looked up at Kohaku and was trembling with joy. “Kohaku…” Kohaku winked at her and faced the hunter again. The hunter didn’t seem to notice or even care for that matter. “Look I’m sorry boy, but I can’t risk another death by her hands. There will be more losses if I let her run free. One kill to save others.” Kohaku grimaced. “I bet you only care to get her head more than saving people. You probably think it’s a game to catch the top beast of the forest. That’s your true intention isn’t it? You would probably kill even if it was a murderous human roaming about killing people.” The hunter growled and pulled out another arrow from his shaft. “I’m warning you boy, I’m going to kill you too if you keep on protecting that monster.”
Kagome gasped at what he called her and was afraid that Kohaku would get killed because he was protecting her. “Just as I said, you don’t care if there’s a human in there you just want to make yourself into a better hunter.” Kohaku said with disgust. Kagome remembered that the hunter mentioned that he wanted to be the greatest hunter of Japan. The hunter pulled on the bow string ready to release. “I gave you 2 warnings and now I will allow you 5 seconds to back away and leave this demon to me.” Kagome blinked in shock. He was willing to kill Kohaku if he didn’t leave her side. She had to do something. “5.” The hunter began. Kohaku kept his stand in front of Kagome not moving an inch. “4.” Kagome’s heart began to race. “3.” The hunter held on to the string hard not letting it down. He really was going to kill him. “2.” Kagome cried. “Kohaku-kun!” The arrow on her back made her wince when she shouted his name. “1.” The hunter released the arrow and it flew toward him.
Everything was moving in slow motion. Kagome had gotten up and summoned up a huge amount of wind and the arrow turned the opposite way and headed back for the hunter. The hunter gasped in shock as the arrow pierced through his chest. He flew back into the tree and landed on his butt. He raised his head up effortly to look back at the girl and coughed. Kagome was in shock and so was Kohaku. “Heh, even though you have your human heart. You still managed to kill another human. How do you expect to live with yourself like that?” The hunter wondered slowly dying. Kagome panted and the arrow in her back pulsed making her breathe even harder. “You’re really going to regret not leaving this world like I am now…good luck…priestess…” Then his head dropped. Kagome could sense that his heart had stopped and he was no longer alive. “A priestess.” Kagome repeated. “He knew who I was.”
Kohaku faced her completely now and noticed the arrow in her back. “That wound looks pretty bad.” Kagome ignored that comment. “Kohaku, why didn’t you run away? Why do you plan to stay with me? I might hurt you too.” Kohaku smiled. “Because I believe in you Kagome-sama and you have friends that would be missing you.” Kagome smiled in return. “Thank you.” Soon a cry from someone disturbed the moment. “Iie!!”
It was a woman and she found two people dead around her. She looked to her left where the girl Kagome fed on and then to her right where the hunter was. She glared back up at Kagome. “You, you killed my husband and my friend!” Kagome winced she did kill two people in one night. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to.” But the woman shut her up. “You’re killing everyone, I should kill you and the boy that continues to protect you and see how you like it.” She cried. Kohaku went over to console her. “Please, don’t blame Kagome-sama for her actions.” She did not take that. “Don’t blame-- don’t blame her? She has every right to be blamed for. She killed all those people. How can she deserve forgiveness?” She bellowed. Kagome backed away. “I’ll kill you for still roaming free.” She was ready to run to her, but Kohaku held her still. “Go, Kagome-sama I’ll try to explain things to her.” Kagome nodded and ran off into the forest. Her destination now was Inu-yasha. She just had to get back to him. Kohaku stood with the woman and she tried to struggle from his grip. “Damn you, she should die.” And she cried more.
Kagome had continued to run ignoring the pain from the arrow. She couldn’t pull it out even of she could she might die from blood loss. She still had the jewel shards in her possession, maybe it was that, that kept her from turning into something even worse. She ran with excitement she was going to see Inu-yasha. “I just hope Kohaku will be alright.”
-The next day-
It was a new day and the Inu-yasha crew had continued their march in search for Kagome. It wasn’t long till Inu-yasha picked the scent of a dead body. “I smell another one.” Miroku frowned. “Another what?” “You know what.” The others looked at him tensely. “Do we go?” Shippo spoke. Inu-yasha turned around and continued to walk. “Mew.” Shippo turned back to Kirara who was by Sango. “What’s wrong Sango?” Everyone looked back to Sango who was holding her head. “I’m fine. I got a little headache is all.” She reassured. “Alright, Shippo, Kirara stay here with Sango. We’ll be back.” Inu-yasha said. “ Miroku, you coming?” Miroku nodded and followed.
When the guys left, Sango sat down by a tree. “Are you really feeling alright Sango?” Shippo asked. “Yeah, just very tired and dizzy.” She replied. “Maybe it’s with all the walking, Inu-yasha forgets that you’re just human.” Shippo mentioned. Sango just smiled. “No he's just really concerned for Kagome, we all are. Kagome’s more important now than this. It will go away soon enough.” Shippo nodded and relaxed beside her as well as Kirara.
Inu-yasha and Miroku walked a little more until they reached where Inu-yasha just whiffed. “I found it.” He announced. Miroku nodded and bent down to the ground. He removed some grass and twigs and he gasped in shock. “It’s a kid.” Inu-yasha looked over him. “It wasn’t a demon I’m guessing.” Miroku turned to his neck and spotted the holes. “No, another attack from Kagome.” Inu-yasha shook his head. He couldn’t believe it, but Kagome’s scent was all over him. “Kagome wouldn’t do this.” Miroku agreed. “This means that Kura is getting the better of her. You and I both know that Kagome-sama would never endanger a boy.” Inu-yasha nodded. “Dammit Kagome, why don’t you just come back?”
-Back at the tree-
Sango wasn’t really at the tree anymore, but by the creek washing her face along with Shippo and Kirara. “I wonder if they found the body yet.” Shippo brought. “Yeah, and I’m guessing they figured it was Kagome again. Inu-yasha won’t be able to endure it much longer.” Soon enough the stir of bushes rustled across from them. “They’re back already?” Shippo commented. The person came out of the bush gradually and completely out of breath
Sango and the others gasped. “Kagome-chan,” Sango named. Kagome had came out looking dead as ever. The arrow still in her back. Kagome squinted and noticed Sango was there. She began to smile and wobbled closer to her. “Sango-chan… I finally found you…” Then Kagome collapsed to the ground. “Kagome!” They all shouted and ran to her. “She came back.” Sango smiled.
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