Chapter 22: Set me Free
Kagome was able to break free of Kura’s strong hold, thanks to Inu-yasha, but it took a lot out of Inu-yasha. She walks over to Sango and asks her for forgiveness. Sango backed away from her hand afraid she would attack her again. Kagome who understood stood up and walked over to Inu-yasha and asked him a huge favour. Sango who has already figured it out before she asked tried to get her out of it but Kagome went on and begged Inu-yasha to take her life away. Everyone is in total of course, but will Inu-yasha accept her decision and do it?
“Kill me…Kill me Inu-yasha!” Kagome cried. She was able to hear Kura growling but she ignored it. “W-what?!” He stuttered with disbelief. “Please, if you do, you’ll be able to get rid of Kura.” She explained. “But-- I…how do you expect me to do that, especially when I told you you’re the most important thing to me?” Inu-yasha posed. Kagome looked down from his eyes. “I know you can.” “Kagome…”
Miroku turned back down to Sango. “Sango, how did you know Kagome was going to ask for this?” Sango looked over to her brother. “It’s the same situation… if you remember a long time ago when Naraku was controlling Kohaku, I didn’t want to take Inu-yasha’s word that Kohaku was being used. And in the end, when we all got split up, Kohaku had attacked Kagome. I was relieved to see Kagome alive but was horrified of what pain I’ve put her through. So I ran off after my brother and was willing to kill him in order to free him from Naraku.” Kohaku cringed slightly remembering that. “I was close to doing it until Inu-yasha came in and stopped me then he made me realise if I killed Kohaku I would make Naraku happy. So in the end I didn’t but now with Kagome she’s choosing the same idea, begging for the one she loves to set her free from Kura.” Sango elucidated.
The rest heard this including Kagome and she stood stiff. “So now do you get it? It would be doing me a great favour.” Inu-yasha turned back to her. “No, there must be another way. I won’t kill you.” Then something clicked in his mind.
“As soon as Kagome’s lip touches blood, she will crave for more and more until she is destroyed. You should have let me finish her off so she wouldn’t live such a miserable life.”
Inu-yasha remembered those exact words. “No.” He whispered. Kagome as if she read his mind nodded. “You see, you have to kill me.” “No Kagome, I told you I won’t. I love you too much to do that.” He declared. Kagome zipped back into his eyes. “What?” Inu-yasha grasped her hand. “You heard me, I love you and we will find another way out of this, trust me.” Kagome’s eyes softened but she pulled her hands back. “I do too Inu-yasha, but if you love me you will do what I ask. I trust you to set me free.” She carried on. Inu-yasha trembled once more. She really wanted him to kill her.
“Kagome-chan, please don’t throw your life away!” Sango pleaded. Kagome faced her. “It’s nice to hear that from you Sango, but I don’t want to risk hurting you or anyone else again. So please accept my decision as well.” She smiled. “Kagome-sama, you do realise you will be hurting us if we killed you with our own hands on top of that.” Miroku mentioned. Kagome’s eyes widened. “You’re taking the easy way out, lets search deeper and find another way, it may not be easy, but we will discover it.” Kohaku reassured. “I—don’t want to risk it that long I might hurt someone, do you know how much it hurts me to kill someone with my bear hands. I’m guessing you guys didn’t see the child I attacked.”
Miroku and Inu-yasha jerked when she said it, they saw the boy alright. They knew Kagome wouldn’t even dare to hurt a child. “Now my best guess is that you did find him. Oh! That’s where you two were, you went to investigate right?” Kagome nodded. They kept tight-lipped. “That answers that, so can you expect me to wait, what if I attack another of my friends? That was the worse thing I could ever do and I don’t want to risk doing it again!” She stared at Inu-yasha wounds again. “And also I have hurt you, Inu-yasha.” Kagome added, stroking around his swollen cheek so she wouldn’t irritate it. “Even if we do find a way I won’t be able to erase those horrifying memories from my mind.” She whimpered. “Kagome…”
Kagome’s body jolted with shock and she grasped her chest in pain. “Kagome, what is it?” Inu-yasha asked worriedly. “It’s Kura; he’s trying to take over me again… He’s probably afraid I will destroy him…” She panted and groaned in pain. “She’s going to transform.” Kohaku warned. “No, Kagome don’t give in to him.” Inu-yasha encouraged. “Don’t worry I—” she gasped in pain as her heart began to accelerate. “Uh!” And she fell to her knees. “Kagome!” Everyone shouted. “He’s mad…that’s all…” She assured. Inu-yasha couldn’t bare watching Kagome struggle in pain, he was torturing her and he couldn’t do anything.
Kagome looked back up at Inu-yasha feeling his edginess. “This will happen quite often… do you want me to endure this pain until we find a new way out?” She wondered. Inu-yasha shut his eyes looking away for a moment. Of course he didn’t want her to undergo this pain until he found another way but he didn’t want to kill her either. “Ah, Inu-yasha!” She cried out in pain and Inu-yasha opened his eyes and looked down to her. “Hurry, do it now! He’s going to over power me again!” She demanded. “Kago—” “Kill me now, I beg of you, please as much as you love me...set me FREE!” She begged.
Inu-yasha’s own tears wanted to erupt but he held them back. “Alright.” He gripped on the hilt of his sword with a shudder. “What? Inu-yasha, you can’t be really…” Miroku started. “I know, but I have no choice, Kagome’s suffering under Kura’s hands and I feel so helpless at least if I accept her decision I might feel more useful.” He stated. Sango didn’t care about what Inu-yasha was saying Sango wanted to fight her way and stop him. “I won’t let you kill her.” She wavered. Miroku held her still. “This is between Inu-yasha and Kagome-sama, if he’s willing to do it; we have to accept his own choice.” “I don’t care! What about how I feel? I won’t let him do it. Let me go!” She ordered but Miroku refused.
Inu-yasha tried to block out the cries from Sango and now even Shippo. He pulled out his sword which automatically transformed into the great fang and he lifted it over his head and hesitated. “You can do it, Inu-yasha, I will always…ah!” Kura zipped through her system again and she fought back. “Do it quickly, I’m holding him as strong as I can.” She gazed up into his eyes effortly and smiled. A single tear escaped from Inu-yasha’s eye and he whispered loudly. “Goodbye Kagome…I love you.” And he swung his sword downward clenching his eyes shut and Kagome hid her face waiting for the favour to be fulfilled. “No!!” Sango, Kohaku and Shippo cried. Miroku held his face down not baring to look as so did the others. Flashes of Kagome’s life zoomed passed her mind. When she was born, first day of school, first crush, being the older sister, hearing her father’s last words and finally laying eyes on Inu-yasha for the first time. Tears fell down her cheeks as she remembered how much they’ve been through together. "Inu-yasha..."
The sound of the sword struck the ground but no cry of pain, no whimper, nothing. Kagome herself was surprised not to feel pain maybe it went so fast that she wouldn’t even have time to feel it. Something else felt strange though she was still able to breathe and she could feel cool air brush pass her. She opened her eyes and looked over to her side. Inu-yasha’s sword was crated in the ground next to her. She hardened and looked back up at Inu-yasha with tears still falling down. “I can’t do it.” He whispered. “Idiot! Why didn’t you do it, why didn’t you—”
Kagome’s words were cut off by Inu-yasha falling down to his knees and pulling her into a hug. “I can’t kill you Kagome!” He cried as well as Kagome. “But…you have—” She was cut off again by Inu-yasha’s lips taking hers. Everyone watched as this was going on and quieted down. Inu-yasha’s face was streaked with tears and he broke away. “I won’t I told you, forgive me for my weakness but I won’t kill you, ever.” He declared. “I love you too much.” And she was pulled into another hug. Kagome’s eyes which were filled with tears, softened and they quivered hearing his words clearly. “Inu-yasha…” She breathed but her nose twitched by the scent of his blood coursing through his bare neck.
Kura was still reaching out to her remember? And he commanded her to bite. He was pissed off at this Inu-yasha and didn’t care if she was fully transformed or not he just wanted him dead. “Inu…yasha…” Kagome’s fangs pierced his throat and he gasped in pain. “Ah!” The rest of the crew shouted after him as well. “Oh no, Kura got through her. Inu-yasha, get away from her now! If she’s able to attack you now it means that Kura has too much power over her!” Miroku demanded.
Kagome cradled his neck and moaned continuing on drinking, his blood was delicious and she couldn't help herself. Her eyes were closed in content but new tears fell down Kagome’s eyes as she felt Inu-yasha’s blood slip down her throat. “I’m sorry, Inu-yasha, I can’t stop myself.” She whispered. Inu-yasha didn’t move and held her tighter. “Kagome, you have every right to kill me. It should be me who should suffer not you. I’m the one who put you through this. I should have never left your side that night. I betrayed you to see Kikyo and this is what happened. I’m the one who should be sorry.” He clarified. “Inu-yasha…” Sango shuddered.
Inu-yasha was able to feel his energy decreasing and he ignored the pain that ran through him but couldn't ignore the fact he was getting weaker and coughed. “Kagome…” He whispered again. Kagome's eyebrows hardened then stopped sucking but her fangs were still planted inside. “Huh?” Kagome pulled back silently and gazed into his eyes. “Inu-yasha… I won’t and can’t kill you either.” She smiled. Miroku blinked in surprise and thought, she was able to stop herself. “Kagome-chan,” Sango sighed with relief. “What? You overpowered Kura again?” Inu-yasha asked. She shook her head. “I don’t think it’s that, I don’t feel or hear his thoughts anymore.” She replied.
Inu-yasha blinked when he noticed changes were happening to Kagome. “Hey, you’re…” Kagome tilted her head. “What’s wrong” “You’re fangs, they’re changing back.” He answered. “What?” Kagome felt her fangs forming back slowly to her regular teeth. “No way.” She looked up at him again. “Inu-yasha let me smell your blood.” Inu-yasha made a small cut on his finger tip and Kagome bent over to smell it. Nothing; usually when she smelt blood she was able to feel her stomach churn and yearn for it but she didn’t react at all instead she was repulsed. “Could it be?” She got up followed by Inu-yasha.
She faced a tree and put out her hands commanding for her wind power to come but not even a puff came. She then punched the tree wondering if it would break in two. “Ouch!” Inu-yasha moved over to her. “Are you crazing why are punching a tree?” Kagome shook her pulsing hand and held it. “Don’t you guys get it?” Miroku snapped in realisation. “I see Kura’s power is diminishing. I can sense it.” Inu-yasha felt for it too but there was nothing. “You’re right. Kagome, you’re turning back to a full human.” He announced. “For real?” He nodded. “Yes I can smell your beautiful human scent increasing.” Kagome smiled with excitement. “But how what happened? Why did I suddenly change?”
“Why are you worrying about that, be glad you’re able to surpass Kura.” Inu-yasha chuckled. Kagome looked down at her palms still in wonder. “Yes of course I’m glad but I would still like to know how and why I’m suddenly able to win against him? I mean I usually just come to but never able to transform back into a human.” Sango sat up. “It is strange, it suddenly happened after you drank some of Inu-yasha’s blood.” Kagome nodded. “Yeah.” Kohaku tilted his head in question trying to think of an answer.
Kagome sat down and Inu-yasha held her close to him, stroking her arm. Miroku watched them and thought some more. “That’s it!” He shouted. Everyone turned to him waiting for his theory. “I think I know why, Kagome when you were attacked by Kura that night, Inu-yasha was able to defeat him,” Inu-yasha raised an eyebrow. “So, what’s your point?” Miroku rested his fingers on his chin. “What if Inu-yasha’s blood was too strong for him to handle?” The others thought about his assumption. “Maybe your blood is fighting with him inside and you’re winning.”
Inu-yasha blinked in wonder. “But how could I control my own blood to fight with him?” “Maybe it wasn’t just your blood you sent through. Your plan is to protect Lady Kagome with your life.” “And that means Inu-yasha’s blood is willing to protect her.” Sango finished. Kagome glanced back down at her palms. “Inu-yasha’s fighting Kura inside of me.” It did seem logical and she felt happy about it. “If that’s the answer then…” she jumped into arms and hugged him. “Thank you, Inu-yasha, you saved me, again.” She cried happily. Inu-yasha closed the hug and rested his cheek on her head. “I always will.”
Kagome and Inu-yasha looked each other in the eyes and she blushed taking her eyes off for a moment but felt Inu-yasha’s hand guide her cheek back to him and he pulled her into an eagar kiss. Kagome was stunned for a moment but relaxed and Inu-yasha took the time to deepen their kiss. They pulled back for much needed air and he said, “You are my life and I will do anything to keep you safe. So you don’t ever need to thank me or worry.” Kagome’s heart began to race not because of Kura but because of Inu-yasha. “Inu-yasha…” She said softly and she was ready for another kiss but a loud shriek came from Sango.
Everyone faced her and watched how she was squirming in Miroku’s lap. “Miroku, what’s wrong with Sango?” Kagome asked. Miroku didn’t look up but answered. “I…don’t know.” He quivered. “Sango, what’s the matter?” He asked trying to hold her still. “My body’s…burning up…ugh!” She responded in agony. Kagome got up and ran over to her friend. “Sango-chan!” She felt her forehead and she pulled back fast. Her head was boiling. “She is burning up.”
Sango wriggled some more fighting against the pain. Her chest was rising up and down quickly and Kagome realised this motion. “It can’t be…” She started. “What is it, Kagome?” Inu-yasha asked. Kohaku had come over to help Miroku calm her down. Kagome thought it over some more. When she was bitten by Kura he transferred the venom into her and she was changing slowly into a vampire and in theory when someone is attacked by a vampire they turn into a vampire themselves. “I know what’s wrong. Sango’s going to evolve into a vampire.” She stated. “What?!” They all chorused.
“Do you guys know the legend of vampires? Once people are bitten and the venom runs through their blood they transform. I was bitten and haven’t I transformed?” Kagome explained. “So since you bit Sango, she’s going to change as well?” Shippo shivered. Kagome sadly nodded. “If that’s the case.” Miroku looked back down at the struggling girl in his grasp. “Is there any way to stop the transformation? We can’t have the cycle start over.” Kagome grabbed her friend’s hand and rubbed it. “I don’t know, it’s my fault if I was just able to control myself this wouldn’t have happened. I’m most likely cured but now Sango has to suffer. Now I’m going to have the burden of guilt forever.” She began to tremble in sadness. “I’m sorry, Miroku, I’m so sorry.” She cried not looking up at him.
Inu-yasha held on to Kagome’s shoulder and tried to comfort her but he knew it wouldn’t work she was suffering yet again. “Maybe, it doesn’t have to come to that.” Kohaku started. Everyone looked to him. “I’ve been studying your movements Kagome-san. When you attacked someone they died on the spot and they didn’t transform. What if it’s Kura who chooses who he wants.” He pondered. “I think I’m catching on, Kura, has attacked many females before Kagome-sama and not one of them changed, except for Kagome, because he wanted her.” Miroku spoke. “It’s the venom that changes them. Kura has chosen Sango now or maybe even Kagome-san has decided to choose her since they're close friends.” Kohaku finished. “So what about it? We figured out why it’s happening but we haven’t figured out how to stop it.” Inu-yasha snorted.
Kohaku turned to Kagome. “The answers already there.” “Huh?” Kagome titled her head wondering what he could be thinking. “Kagome-san, if you still have a portion of vampire power you’re able to stop the transformation yourself.” He pointed out. “Me?” Another loud cry came from Sango and she cringed. “Of course, if it was your choice to change her you can take it back can’t you?” Kagome turned back to him. “Yeah, but how, how can I stop it?” She asked desperately. “The same way you sent the venom except do it in reverse by sucking out the poison.” He answered. “Wha?” “Do you need me to repeat it?” “No, no I heard you, but to place my fangs back into Sango’s throat, how can I do that? What if Kura comes back and I can’t stop myself again?” She wondered.
“You’re just going to have to trust yourself.” Miroku replied. “Miroku-sama, you sure, you’ll let me try it?” Kagome asked. “If it means breaking Sango out of it then yes.” Kagome stiffened. “You can do it Kagome, you’re much stronger than you think. Your fangs haven’t completely disappeared.” Inu-yasha cheered. “Inu-yasha…alright.” She faced her friend once more who was still screeching in agony. “Sango…you’ll have to let me do it again.” Kagome spoke softly moving closer to her. Sango heard her words between her cries and nodded. “I believe in you… Kagome-chan…you can do it.” She encouraged painfully. Kagome shook anxiously. “It may hurt again.” She cautioned. Sango chuckled lightly. “Not as much as it hurts now I bet.” Kagome couldn’t help but laugh quietly as well.
Miroku made room for the two; Kagome bent over and opened her mouth, her small fangs guiding over to her throat. “Forgive me, Sango.” She said lastly. “I already have.” She smiled forcefully. She cleared her neck where the two punctured holes were bubbling with venom. Kagome swallowed and closed her eyes as did Sango who was waiting for her fangs to once again dig inside her. “Kagome-san, you don’t have much time.” Kagome nodded. “If I don’t stop myself in time pull me back.” She added, the others agreed. “Kami-sama, I beg of you let some of Kura’s power work on Sango and give me the strength to stop myself.” She prayed and then her fangs fit exactly in the spot they last rested and she began to suck out the poison mixed with her blood.
Sango winced but ignored it, she was still working on making the other pain stop. Kagome’s heart thumped hard against her chest when the taste of Sango’s blood tickled her taste buds. The others watched not knowing when the right time to stop her not until Miroku felt Sango’s rapid heart rate slow down. “It’s working, Kagome, you can stop now.” He proclaimed. Kagome’s fangs were still inside and it didn’t look like she listened. “Oh no, Inu-yasha, she’s not stopping.” “Quickly pull her away; she’s going to suck her dry!” Kohaku shouted. Inu-yasha shifted to her quickly and began to pull her off of Sango but she was fighting. Her strength wasn’t as strong now but it was still not human strength. “Kagome, stop! Don’t do this.” He supported. Kagome didn’t make any movement and was resting against Sango’s throat. “Inu-yasha, hurry, Kagome’s not listening Kura’s getting through to her again!” Miroku declared. “Kagome!” Inu-yasha began to pull her back again.
Sango couldn’t hold it in anymore. “Hey, Kagome-chan, I think you better listen, they’re getting too serious.” Inu-yasha halted and everyone turned down to them. Kagome un-hooked her fangs from her throat and burst out laughing. “Huh?” The boys were all confused. “Silly, you actually think I’ll kill my best friend, I was actually disgusted by the taste of the blood; Inu-yasha you should have more faith in me.” She teased as she spat the rest. “Are you serious, are you really okay?” Miroku asked. Sango nodded with a smile. “I feel much better now.” Inu-yasha’s face darkened and he turned away from them. “What’s wrong with him?” Sango wondered. “Oh this is Inu-yasha, he doesn’t like being fooled.” Kagome snickered; she stood up and tapped his shoulder. “Oh come on Inu-yasha, can’t you take a joke?”
Inu-yasha was still silent and didn’t make a move. “Inu-yasha?” She repeated. “You don’t how much you scared me; I thought you were really out of my reach.” He spoke finally. “Oh, sorry I scared you.” She bowed. Inu-yasha faced her curtsy position and sighed. He brought her up straight and looked into her eyes. He was able to look into her own soft, warm and bright brown eyes. It was even more beautiful when he gazed deeper. “Kagome…” He stroked her cheek and Kagome’s eyes quivered. “Are you absolutely sure, Kura’s hold against you disappeared?” Kagome nodded. “Yes, it’s thanks to you.” She smiled. Inu-yasha’s own lips curled up and leaned down against hers. “At least your grateful this time.” He teased. Kagome giggled and kissed him back. Inu-yasha held her waist and deepened it.
Miroku looked down at Sango and smiled and she folded her arms. “Let me guess you’re going to—” “Can you stand up Sango?” He asked cutting her off. Sango raised an eyebrow she wasn’t expecting that. “I think so.” She lifted off his lap with his help and stood up. “Yup, I’m fine now.” She assured, still a little wobbly. “Good, I’m glad.” He nodded and dusted off his robe. Sango looked at him and folded her arms once more. “And?” Miroku blinked at her. “And what?” “Aren’t you going to…oh never mind.” She replied turning a fraction away from him.
Miroku smirked and walked over to her. “Sango…” Sango didn’t realise how close he got and blushed. “I was waiting for you to do that.” She huffed. “Oh! So you knew you had something on your sleeve?” He mentioned. “Huh?” Sango followed where his hand moved and certainly something was there and he dusted it off. She frowned confused usually he would pull a perverted stunt, but nothing. “Okay, Miroku what are you planning?” Miroku looked back to her face. “What do you mean?” He wondered shrugging in confusion. “You’re not fooling me.” She stated. “Fooling you, why would I be fooling you?” He continued. “Oh will you quit it with that?” Sango demanded. “Quit what?” “Stop doing that!” She ordered.
Miroku turned around and began to walk away. “I don’t know what you’re talking about, Sango.” Sango groaned and ran up to him she spun him around. “Stop teasing me and kiss me already!” She said gripping him by his robes roughly and pulling him into an urgent kiss. Miroku grinned deepening the kiss and then pulled away. “Sango, you’re taking after me already?” He kidded and stroked her bottom. Sango’s face reddened by the action he gave her. “Miroku!” She slapped. A laugh erupted from everyone watching them.
“Everyone hooked up pretty fast after this disaster.” Kohaku snickered. “Yeah and guess who has to sit and watch them everyday.” Shippo replied scratching his head in displeasure. Kirara wagged her tail and smiled. “Mew.”