"Sango, what do you think they're plotting and whispering about?"
"I don't know, Kagome, but they look very excited about it, do they not?"
Both girls eyed the small group of men suspiciously.
Without warning the huddle broke. Shippou approached Kagome and Sango while Miroku and InuYasha hung back.
"Kagome, would you like to see my new tricks? I've been practicing them a lot with the village children so I could get them just right to show you."
Kagome agreed and for the next 30 minutes Shippou kept the girls busy with card tricks he had taught himself. It was all the time Miroku and InuYasha needed to sneak off and place a surprise in Kagome and InuYasha's hut. They had just gotten back as Shippou was finishing his last trick.
"InuYasha, where have you been? You missed all of Shippou's card tricks he worked so hard to learn."
"Kagome, InuYasha and I had to attend to the business of men. As some things are knowledge only for women, there are things that men only know, as well."
Kagome knew this statement to be true in the era she now lived in and also knew there was no use in fighting to get an answer. She reached her arms out to InuYasha to help her up and with that the small group was headed back to the village. They said their goodbyes in front of InuYasha and Kagome's hut, allowing the couple to go inside while Miroku and Sango went to get their children. Upon entering the hut Kagome gasped. Their futon was already unrolled and under it was another futon, much thicker than the one above it. Kagome turned to InuYasha.
"You had said your back was hurting you so I had another futon made to go with our original one so you would be more comfortable."
Kagome was touched InuYasha would go to so much trouble for her. She couldn't help but hug him as close as her swollen belly allowed.
"The business of men, huh?" Kagome questioned, looking up at InuYasha.
"Keh. It is the business of men to take care of their one and only mates," InuYasha reached down to rest his hand over her belly, "and their pups."
"Well then, let this mate reward her one and only mate with a bath," Kagome said as she waddled toward their bath house, dropping bits of her clothes along the way.
InuYasha grinned as he rushed up behind her to sweep her off her feet and take care of his one in a million.