Chapter 20: Happy Reunion?
Kikyo had made her appearance in front of Kagome and had sent an important message to her. Kagome was going to go back and reunite with her friends. Before that Kagome was attacked by the hunter and is now wondering around with an arrow in her back. She finally meets with Sango while Inu-yasha and Miroku are away looking around for more signs of Kagome. Sango is so overjoyed with her friend’s return that she just might have forgotten what she is.
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 up. “Yeah, and I’m guessing they figured out 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 out of breath, barely.
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.
Kohaku had managed to reason with the hunter’s wife and the rest of the villagers about Kagome. He had promised them she will return to her normal self and will not attack anyone no more. Kohaku is now running trying to catch up to where Kagome ran off to. “Kagome-san: that wound in her back. It looked very bad; hopefully it doesn’t get any worse.” He prayed. It wasn’t hard for him to find her trail; bushes and some smaller tress were tossed aside like water. She was indeed physically strong, maybe her wound would heal since she had part vampire blood.
Kohaku swung from tree to tree, it was better to find things from a bird’s eye view than on the ground. He had always enjoyed hopping from tree to tree, not every human could do it as graceful as he could, and that also includes some demon slayers. That thought went back to his older sister, who he hadn’t seen in a while. “Ane-ue, I fully remember everything, but I still can’t seem to summon up the courage to come and see you.” Kohaku had thought that, but he had no idea he would be meeting with her much sooner than he thought.
At the creek…
Sango was carefully taking care of Kagome’s wound, but to her surprise the wound had seemed to be already healing. It was certain her vampire powers were helping with that. Kagome was soundly asleep against Kirara’s transformed form, while Sango went to wash her hands. “I’m so glad Kagome is back!” Shippo beamed. “I know me too, won’t it be a surprise when Inu-yasha and Miroku get back.” Sango agreed happily. She finished cleaning her hands and went over to Kagome’s side.
Sango found her panting and soon sweat started to form on her forehead. “Oh boy, it seems Kagome-chan is in a lot of pain, I wonder how much she had to endure through all that torture. It still seems that her heart is still beating at full capacity.” Sango inspected. It was actually a little too normal even with Kura taking over her. That must be very frustrating to Kura. Kagome was always strong even if it’s a demon taking her over. Sango wanted to laugh at Kura’s foolishness. He could try if he wanted to, but Kagome would try even harder, he really chose the best victim for himself. She had thought sarcastically, fighting the urge to laugh again.
Sango had damped a cloth and placed it against Kagome’s warm forehead. This action made Kagome stir and she slowly opened her eyes to the blinding afternoon sun. “Kagome-chan?” Sango spoke. Kagome blinked a few more times and strived to sit up, but made it. “Are you feeling ready to get up?” Sango asked supporting her back. “Sango-chan?” Kagome managed to respond looking around. “Shippo and Kirara too?” The others looked at her with happy faces. “So it isn’t a dream?” Kagome began to smile, but noticed a couple more faces missing. The one she was longing to see and the other one who was with him. “Where’s Inu-yasha and…Miroku?” She wondered, with a wince. She rubbed her head. “Inu-yasha and Miroku went out to look for a…” Sango paused in her sentence. She couldn’t say they went out to look for a person she had killed. “They just went out to look for something to eat.”
Kagome’s eyes widened in horror. “Oh my, have you all been starving to death after my disappearance? Are you guys all alright?” Sango simply smiled. She was definitely their Kagome always more worried about her friend’s health than her own. “No. We’re just fine. The others should be back soon. They will be very happy to see you here, especially Inu-yasha.” Sango reassured rubbing her best friend’s shoulder. “I’m very sorry to have left you all, really, I finally realised that my best place is with you all.” Kagome felt her body being pulled toward Sango’s embrace. “Kagome-chan, we just knew you would come back. I’m just so glad. Not only that you’re still yourself.” Sango sniffled lightly. Kagome sensed Sango was crying with joy. She had also felt Shippo jump up into her arms. “Kagome promise you won’t leave us anymore.” He begged with earnest. She hadn’t realised she had hurt them so bad. She had also embraced Shippo and nodded. She would not run anymore, she promised to always stay by her friends' side no matter what.
Kagome breathed, but she breathed in a very mouth watering breath. Kagome knew this feeling all too well. “Oh no, I’m thirsty.” Kagome was intoxicated by Sango’s hot human blood. Her monster side yearned for the blood. Kagome soon came to a realisation that it was this scent of human blood that she had smelt. Her vampire side was searching for it last night, but instead settled with that other human. Kagome’s heart began to race and she could feel her monster side ripping through. “Yes Kagome, yes you do want it.” Kagome jolted. That voice. “Kagome-chan? What’s wrong?” Sango asked. Kagome couldn’t really hear her, but the voice in her head, Kura. “No…I will not attack my friend.” Kagome contradicted, but the scent radiating from Sango was filling her lungs. “But you do, you’re body’s dying for it.” Kagome shook her head. “I’d rather kill my body than to attack Sango.” Kagome pressed her lips together. “How can you refuse to drink blood? This is most frustrating, especially by now, when you’ve already killed and drank.”
Kagome wanted to laugh, but the burning in her throat stopped her from doing so. Kagome knew she was always different from everyone else. Naraku was never able to manipulate her, by using Tsubaki, the dark priestess, Akago, his infant and himself. She was weak yet strong and she was proud. Kagome would have laughed, but she felt her heart skip a beat and gasped. “Kagome!” both Shippo and Sango called with worry. Sango shook her lightly. “Hang in there Kagome.” Kagome began to pant heavily again, her heart was speeding up like she was going to transform into her monster form. Indeed she was transforming, but how? She wasn’t tempting herself to feed. Then she came to a conclusion that Kura was forcing the transformation. “No…stop.” Kagome begged for her body to cooperate. “It’s so much easier to control your body since you drank plenty of human blood. Your mind may still be yours, but your body is now part of me, remember?” Kagome winced, she never dreamt to feel this pain again, but it was happening. At least her teeth and claws grew in already which took less of the pain, but she realised it was her heart that was the most painful.
Sango was able to feel Kagome’s pulse getting stronger and faster, actually she began to hear it with her human ears. “Kagome…what’s--” Suddenly Kagome’s eyes widened as she felt her heart give a strong last thump and finally it all stopped. Sango didn’t like where this was going. She checked for a pulse and felt none. “Oh no, it can’t be…” She looked over to a shaken Shippo and called him over. She wanted to make sure her pulse was there just soft that she couldn’t feel it. “Shippo, can you hear Kagome’s heart beat, anything at all?” She begged that Shippo’s demon ears could detect some sign of life. Shippo whimpered away and began to cry. “I don’t hear anything at all!!” Sango felt tears fall down her cheeks as well. “Kagome-chan, KAGOME-CHAN!!” What was she supposed to tell Inu-yasha; that Kagome reappeared looking for him, but couldn’t hang around enough until he made it back? How could she face him and tell him she was the last face she was able to see before her death?
Kagome’s fingers twitched and Kirara noticed them. “Mew.” Sango looked down. “Huh? Kagome-chan?” Kagome heard her name and jumped out of her arms in a crouch position, facing her. “Kagome?” Kagome glared, baring her fangs at her. “I don’t get it, how can she still be moving without a heart beat?” Sango wondered. Shippo and Kirara didn’t sense something good, they felt a strange presence. Kagome stood up with graceful movements that didn’t belong to her. “What’s wrong Sango? Aren’t you not surprised to see me standing?” Kagome spoke with bell sounding voice. Her voice was too beautiful; this also didn’t belong to her. “Kagome, what’s wrong with you?” Sango asked softly, tears still around the rim of her eyes. “Nothing’s wrong, I feel 100 percent better now.” Kagome replied with a smirk, she began to silently move closer to Sango, but Sango unsure of her friend’s actions, backed away. “What’s the matter, why are you backing away? Am I scaring you?” Shippo was hidden behind Sango’s leg and Sango whispered down to him. “Shippo, take Kirara and find Inu-yasha now, I know something’s wrong with Kagome maybe he can do something.” Shippo looked up at her. “But I can’t leave you by yourself, Kirara and I feel something strange coming from Kagome.” Sango nodded. “I know, that’s why I’m sending you two to get Inu-yasha and Miroku, I’ll be fine.”
Shippo and Kirara looked at each other and finally accepted their mission. “Okay, we’ll be back as soon as we can.” Shippo promised. Sango gave a smile and watched both of them run off. Soon she could hear Kirara transform and take off into the sky. Sango turned back to her friend and realised how quickly she got closer to her. “Kagome-chan, hang on, Inu-yasha and Miroku will be here soon.” Kagome cringed. “What reason would I have for them coming here?” Sango frowned. “No, Kagome this definitely not you. Kagome-chan wake--” But Sango heard something very faint coming from Kagome. “Sango…get…out…of…here…” Sango gasped, hand in front of her mouth. “Kagome you’re…” Soon she heard a growl rip through her throat and snapped. “Shut up!” Sango heard her demand, but it seemed she directed it to herself. “Leave…what…are…you…waiting…for?” Sango straightened herself. Kagome was fighting against herself. “Kagome, I know you can do it.”
Kagome grimaced at her, and then gave a smirk. “Kagome, isn’t here. Sango do you remember how I became a vampire?” Sango shook her head. She remembered all too well why Kagome became what she is. “No…stop!” Sango bellowed. “Yes, you do remember; good.” Sango eyes became to get foggy with newly fresh tears. She hadn’t noticed Kagome’s continuous motion toward her not until her breath brushed against her throat. Kagome’s throat burned with new flames at the scent. Sango jumped back in alarm. Kagome simply followed her hop and stood in front of her again. “Yes, after that battle with the demon, you got injured if I remember correctly and I bandaged up your wound.” Kagome grabbed her wrist and folded up her sleeve, revealing the mark. “I bet you were the only one who knew, you knew that my transformation had started with just a taste of your blood.” Sango had a guilty look then frowned. She roughly grabbed her arm away. “Kagome, listen to yourself.” Kagome ignored her and continued. “But still out of all the victims I took down I could not find blood as tasty as yours.” Sango backed away as far as she could. She knew what that demon was planning. “Sango, I know you’re not a stupid person, but still I bet you don’t know how much trouble you’re in.” Kagome smirked stretching her arm out to her.
Miroku was following Inu-yasha’s lead. He had detected a new faint trace of Kagome’s scent and he didn’t waste anytime to find it. They made it to a clearing where the scent was strongest. They didn’t find anything. “Hey what gives Inu-yasha; I thought you said it was here.” Miroku spoke. Inu-yasha growled. “Shut up, will yeah! I know something was here especially her.” He shouted. “She was before and what you smell were two deaths. Kagome had killed them both.” A voice spoke. The two men looked around for the person. "Although, Kagome did not kill the second intentionally; she did it to protect me.” Inu-yasha sniffed and recognised the person’s scent. “It’s…” The young boy walked out revealing himself. “Kohaku.” Both Inu-yasha and Miroku named.
Kohaku walked up to them. “Yes, Kagome-san was here, I was to go back to the village and explain a few things and then I run into you guys. Kagome was on her way to meet you now.” Kohaku mentioned. “What? Kagome’s…” Inu-yasha started, but Kohaku nodded. “Yes, she was headed in the direction you came from.” Inu-yasha and Miroku glanced at each other quickly and then looked down. “Dammit, we just missed her. If only her scent was detectable we could have caught her by now.” Inu-yasha grumbled. Kohaku looked around for someone. “Where’s lady Sango?” He knew she was his sister, but he liked to inform her classically in front of others. “She was feeling dizzy so we left her back at the…” Miroku started and snapped his fingers. “Of course, hey Inu-yasha, since we left Sango and the others back at the pond. Kagome should be there by now.” Inu-yasha studied it for a moment and realised it himself. “Well geez, why didn’t you think of that earlier?”
“Inu-yasha! Miroku!” A voice called. “Huh?” They recognised the voice and watched Kirara land with Shippo on her back. “What’s wrong Shippo, why did you two leave Sango behind?” Miroku wondered. Shippo was out of breath, calling their names repeatedly. “Sango sent us to tell you that Kagome showed up.” There was relief shown in Inu-yasha’s eyes. “What really?” Shippo nodded. “Yeah, but there’s something strange about--” Shippo was trying to add, but Inu-yasha had already began to run back leaving them behind. “Hey, I wasn’t done!” Shippo shouted after him, but they all followed after Inu-yasha.
At the pond…
Sango could feel her heart begin to pound harder and Kagome shuddered with joy by the sound. “The sound of your beating heart is music to my ears. I wonder how much blood is able to create such a sound.” Kagome could feel the venom forming in her mouth and she knew her throat could not stand for its meal to be sitting in front of her for much longer. Kagome’s fangs which were already jutting out were directing the best place for its entry. Kagome swiftly glided toward her. “Kagome, stop it!” Sango cried. “You don’t want to do this. I know you don’t, come on please you have to fight it,” as she began to dodge her lunges. “This is not what Inu-yasha would want!” Kagome stopped dead in her tracks when the sound of Inu-yasha’s name was said. “Inu-yasha?” Sango had some relief she was getting through. “Yes, Inu-yasha’s coming to see you. Would you want him to show up with you looking like this?”
Kagome’s eyes were now red and her fangs were dripping with venom. She closed her mouth and held her head. “Inu-yasha…” Kura was furious, why was such an untrustful half-breed so important to her. It was his fault in the first place, for leaving her to see Kikyo. Kura snapped and used his powers through Kagome. “Shut up, you wench!!” And a hard gust of wind pressure sent Sango flying back into a tree trunk. “Ugh!” She gasped in pain, her head falling limp. She effortly lifted her head and looked up at Kagome her eyes struggling to keep open. “Kagome-chan… please…” Sango pleaded quietly, but she felt Kagome grabbing at her. Kagome didn’t even need to force Sango’s head back for she was already weak, but Sango was trying anyway. “F-fight…it…Kagome-chan…” Kagome was trying all in vain to make her body listen to her commands. “No…” Kagome’s fangs were inches from her neck. Kagome playfully licked Sango throat; the exact place where her teeth would sink through. She felt the shock of the heat from her blood and moaned. “As a friend of Kagome’s I really do send an apology for the pain you’ll have to stand for in a second. “NO!!”
Sango trembled. “Kagome-cha--” Sango screamed in total pain and the shock from her body raised her chest up and back down. “Ahh!!” Kagome had dug her fangs into her friend’s throat and began to drink away her life. Sango placed her hands on Kagome’s chest trying to push her off, but when she tried her back pulsed in pain from the tree she hit earlier and her arms went limp once again. Kagome’s tears fell down her eyes and on to her friend’s cheek. It wasn’t too long that Sango’s eye lids felt heavy, she knew she was drifting off into unconsciousness. “Kagome…chan…” Were her last words and she was silent. Kagome couldn’t stop herself she thought at least she could stop sucking, but nothing. Her whole body was totally under Kura’s control and she began to cry some more. “Sango-chan, please forgive me.” Kagome begged, feeling her friend’s body starting to turn cold. Her mouth at her throat.
Not too far…
Inu-yasha was way too excited about Kagome’s return that the scent of Sango’s blood didn’t even faze him. “Kagome, wait right there I’m coming.” Even though Inu-yasha knew Kagome was there he still could not sniff her out, but it didn’t bother him he was right there anyway.
Inu-yasha ran a few more steps and halted at the exact spot where he left Sango. He pushed away a bush stepped out and froze. He walked right into a sight he would never dream of. Kagome was there hovering over Sango’s body and feeding off of her. The others finally caught up and wondered about his froze steps. “Hey Inu-yasha what’s--” Miroku started, but stopped when he followed Inu-yasha’s gaze to the exact scene that he saw. “S-Sango…” Miroku trembled with shock.
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