The Unexpected (and Unwanted) Houseguest
A loud knock on her apartment door woke Kagome from her mid afternoon nap. Groaning, Inuyasha rolled away from her determined to get back to sleep. It was the day after their anniversary and the couple had spent most of the day in bed, after staying up half the night creating new ways to thank each other for a wonderful anniversary.
Another knock sounded as Kagome found her robe and securely tied it around her waist. "I'm coming!" Opening the door, before she could even register what was happening, Kagome found in herself engulfed in a tight hug.
"Oh Kagome, it's so good to see you! I've missed you so much." Stepping away from the intruder the young girl took in the sight of the woman before her. She had skin paler than hers, straight dark hair that fell at her waist, and chocolate eyes that Kagome could never forget.
"Kikyou? W-what are you doing here?" The girl was pulled into another hug, as the two females squealed happily. Kagome hadn't seen her cousin since she graduated high school, 3 years ago. After breaking away from the iron rule of her parents, Kikyou had decided that she wanted to travel the world. Last she heard, Kikyou was in Grecce living it up with a man who gave Adonis a run for his money.
"Kagome? What's going on?" Inuyasha said coming down the hall, tugging a t-shirt over his head. Having been roused by all the noise Inuyasha took in the presence of their new guest, who oddly looked a lot like his girlfriend.
"Oh, Inuyasha this is my cousin Kikyou! Kikyou this is my boyfriend Inuyasha."
Inuyasha stepped forward to shake her hand all the while thinking he'd seen her somewhere before. Kikyou?' He thought to himself, as the girl walked into Kagome's apartment and made herself comfortable. For some reason that name sounded very familiar to him, but he shrugged it off deciding not to dwell on it. Having been lost in this own head, Inuyasha had missed most of the conversation the two girls on the couch were having. He walked over and took a seat next to Kagome.
"-place to stay. I was wondering if I could crash here for a few days? I won't be here longer than a week I promise! I wouldn't want to be a burden to you or Inuyasha."
"Of course you can! You're never a burden." Kagome said happily. "Inuyasha's here pretty much everyday, but we don't live together." Inuyasha arched a brow at his girlfriend's tone. He glanced her direction to try and read her face, but she was just smiling at her cousin.
"Thank you so much Kagome! You don't know how much I appreciate this."
"Really it's no trouble," Kagome said gently, "hey why don't I invite Sango and Miroku over for dinner? We haven't seen them in awhile and it'll give them a chance to meet Kikyou." Excitingly Kagome bounded to her room, looking for her cell to call Sango.
That left Inuyasha and Kikyou to sit awkwardly in silence. They both glanced around the room, trying to avoid making eye contact. Inuyasha thought about speaking, but in the end he didn't know what to say.
"So Inuyasha, you Kagome attend the same university? How did you meet?"
"Uh, well...we first meet at a small cafe on campus. She kinda hated me." Inuyasha said rubbing the back of his neck meekly. He then went into the tale of how they'd meet each other a second time at the club, and as they say the rest is history.
"That's so cute! You guys seem good for each other."
"Thanks." The silence was beginning to set in again and Inuyasha still couldn't shake the feeling that he'd met Kikyou somewhere before. He was about to ask her when, Kagome entered the room saying that Sango and Miroku would be over in a few hours for dinner. Kagome dragged Kikyou with her to the grocery store, and Inuyasha stayed back to get dressed. He didn't understand why Kikyou's presence was bothering him so much, but if he didn't remember it couldn't be that important right?
A knock sounded on the door, pulling Kagome away from the stove. She quickly wiped her hands on her apron and answered the door to let her friends inside.
"Kikyou, Sango and Miroku are here!" Smiling at her friends she motioned for them to get comfortable on the couch. Kikyou soon came down the hallway to greet her cousin's friends, but it seemed she was already well acquainted with one of them.
"Miroku? Miroku Ito?" Turning at the sound of his name, his eyes bulged as the landed on a familiar form.
"Kikyou? Takeda right?" The two laughed and shared a warm embrace before parting to take each other in. "I haven't seen you in years! I can't believe you're Kagome's cousin, what a small world!"
Sango, Kagome, and Inuyasha looked on at the interaction positively confused.
"I'm sorry, how do you two know each other?" Sango asked finally cutting into Miroku and Kikyou's conversation.
"Well we met in Cabo a few years ago. It was senior year spring break, and Kikyou here was nice enough to show Inuyasha and I a good time. Remember Inuyasha?" Miroku said turning to his friend for back up. Inuyasha continued to stare at the pair, about to adamantly deny that he knew Kikyou until realization struck him cold and hard in the face. His eyes widened to comical proportions and the only thing he could say in that moment was: