Inuyasha stood with his bare feet deep in the snow, watching as his friends and their three children enjoyed the first snowfall of the season. Snowballs flew through the air as the children teamed up against their parents.
There had been a time in his life where watching Miroku and Sango's children, his twin nieces and their little brother, was the only small ray of sunshine in his otherwise dull life. Watching their family grow, he knew there was hope for the future. He had watched and waited. Years had passed, but he never despaired. He never doubted that there was a red thread that bound their fates together. That invisible bond would bring Kagome back to him.
There was once a time when the happiness of his friends had brought the only light into his life. But now he had so much more.
He smiled as Kagome finally emerged from the hut they shared as husband and wife. She was bundled up against the cold, but her skin was still chilly as she grabbed his hand and began towing him over toward Miroku and his family. Kagome immediately joined in on the fun, but it wasn’t until a clump of snow caught Inuyasha in the shoulder that he joined in.
Inuyasha threw a snowball at Miroku in retaliation, and soon the two men declared a snow war on each other.
Inuyasha was balling up a fresh piece of snow when a flash of cold hit him in back of the head. He turned around to find Kagome giggling at him, already balling another handful of snow.
Kagome barely saw him coming. Before she knew it, he had lifted her into his arms and spun her around. The snowball fell from her hand as he kissed her, and she barely noticed the children running circles and giggling around them.