They looked up at the tall tree and both said nothing for a while. “Inuyasha, is this the place?” Kagome asked. “Yeah” he simply answered. She turned around to face him, and he her. “Sure you don’t want to go back to the warm hut? I understand if that’s what you want. It’s very tall too, and if you’re afraid of heights I’d also understand” he said carefully. Kagome raised her eyebrows and looked a bit confused. She searched his eyes as she said: “Inuyasha, do you think I would have let you carry me if I was afraid of heights? I’ve never been afraid of heights, and you know that.” She looked for a minute a little disappointed, and then she forcefully said: “Is it just that you didn't want me to come along?” He saw how hurt she was and immediately regretted his use of words. Just because he didn’t know what to do when she was near him, he shouldn’t let it affect her. He bent his head down a little bit to get eye contact with her, as she was looking down, and looked at her serious. “If you want to sleep beside me, then it's okay, but only if that’s what you really want” he said. She looked at him to see if there was any trace of him lying, but when she found none she smiled and said: “I do”.
Carefully he slipped his arm around her timid waist and held her close. She caught her breath and hugged his neck. Then he leaped up into the branches. Afraid of falling, she held on for her dear life and she didn’t let go until she heard his voice say: “Kagome, it's okay. You can loosen your hold on me now, but don’t let go. She opened her eyes and found his mesmerizing eyes studying her. In a hoarse voice he asked her to hold tightly around his neck, and she did. Then surprisingly he lifted up her legs and held her bridal style. Carefully he sat down with her, and shifted her in his lap. Kagome couldn’t help, but feel like she was being dulled with like a porcelain doll, but at the moment, secure in his arms, she didn’t mind one bit. While she was occupied with her own thoughts he had laid her between his legs. He cautious looked down at her and asked: “Is this position alright with you?” She was well aware of the fact that they were sitting in a very intimate position, and in one way she wanted to get back to the hut, but in another way she had been separated from him for 3 years, and she really didn’t have much to lose, so she gave him a shy smile and carefully relaxed against his chest.
Inuyasha was caught a little off guard by her acceptance, but he decided to enjoy it. Because it wouldn’t last, would it? No, he decided not to think about it, right now all he had to think about was making her comfortable. “Ermm..Kagome? Can you lean forward a little bit?” he asked. She wondered why he wanted her to do that, but she did as she was asked to do. She felt him move a little bit, and that because she was in between his legs. She blushed at the thoughts that appeared in her mind. “You can lean back if you want to” he said. She closed her eyes and leaned back into his warmth. Then she suddenly felt something being laid over her body, and she opened her eyes to see Inuyasha lending her his hakama. He was so kind; maybe, only maybe, he had feelings for her after all…
A few minutes after, Kagome had snuggled closer into Inuyasha. And Inuyasha was trying to relax, but something was preventing him from doing so completely. And the reason was Kagome. She was so near him, he could inhale the smell of her hair, and feel her soft cheek against his chest. It was making his heart beat like crazy, and he was afraid that she could hear it too. He was surprised to feel Kagome lifting her head up from his chest to look at him. She just sighed and said: “Inuyasha….” By the way she was looking at him, it seemed like she was waiting for him to say something. “Kagome, I….I’ve really missed you.” Her delicate lips formed a gentle smile, a smile that was only for him he suddenly realized.
His face suddenly lightened up in a bright smile. “Come Kagome, I have to show you something!” he said. But then he pulled her up so fast on her feet that she lost her balance and fell, him with her. She screamed, but as if it was no big deal he caught her bridal style in the air and landed on the ground with her. Safe and sound he thought. Kagome was breathing hard, and she felt shaky. “You’re still as reckless as ever, huh, Kagome?” Inuyasha said while trying not to laugh. Of course, as fiery as Kagome was, yelled at him. “It was you who pulled me up so fast that I lost my balance you know! Don’t you dare to blame it on me baka!” Inuyasha was just about to argue with her when he remembered what he was going to show her. So for once in his life he swallowed his pride and just said: “keh!”
He hadn’t been running with her for long till she caught a grin on his face. He stopped a little further than the well and set her down on her feet. “What’s going on Inuyasha?” she asked while raising her eyebrows. “Do you trust me?” he asked. “Well, yes, but…” she started before Inuyasha cut her off. “Then, close your eyes.” Kagome decided not to argue with him, and closed her eyes. She felt his hands in hers and him guiding her to wherever they were heading. She shivered when Inuyasha whispered dangerously close to her ear: “Open.” She opened her eyes, and the sight that met her was unbelievable.
In front of her, a couple of meters stood the most beautiful cherry blossom tree she had ever laid her eyes on. “I got one branch from Jineji 2 years ago when I visited him. He asked me if I could tell you if you ever came back, that it was a gift from both him…, and from me.” Kagome walked amusedly to the tree. It was glowing, almost like it was magical. If the tree was magic, she didn’t know, but it wouldn’t surprise her if it was; because it was truly magic in the air. She turned to face Inuyasha and walked with quick steps to him. She placed her hands on his chest and looked up with eyes shining like a thousand stars. Wow, Inuyasha thought; she was beautiful. Kagome’s eyes softened and her lips curved in a smile. Inuyasha watched Kagome’s hands slide upwards till they were on his shoulders. She continued to smile, and slid her arms around his neck. What was she doing he thought. Then he felt Kagome bring both of them closer. She closed her eyes and suddenly she kissed him.
He was paralyzed, unable to move an inch. He couldn’t believe that she was really kissing him of all people. Not Hobo (okay, Hojo) and not Kouga, but him! He felt her uncertainty, and as light as a butterfly’s touch he kissed her back. After a few heavenly seconds they pulled away from each other for air. Both blushing, they shyly smiled at each other.They stood in front of the tree again, and tried to take in what had just happened. Except from Kaguya’s castle, they’d kissed for the first time. After all of these years they had finally taken another step closer to confessing their feelings to each other. It had been terrible to be without him for 3 years without telling him that she loved him, and now was not really the time to be shy. She gazed up at Inuyasha ready to tell him her feelings, but when she saw his eyes she stayed silent. His eyes were entirely focused on the starry sky, and it seemed like not one thing could move his gaze. Kagome just stood there, looking at him, wondering what was on his mind. Was he thinking about the future, the past, Kikyo or maybe her and the kiss they had just shared? She didn’t know, but somehow she still hoped for him to tell her what was on his mind, and thereby finally letting her inside his heart.