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So... yeah. It's been a while. A long while. A few years long while.

If it's any consolation, I'm currently rewriting "Of Strings and Kevlar." (Does anybody need CPR?) So no, I haven't given up on it, and yes I will finish it, but until I do, I won't be posting any chapters. Because of this and my hectic schedule (toddlers take up a lot of time/energy/will to live), don't expect anything from that story anytime soon, but it is coming. At a snail's pace, but it is coming. UPDATE: I've begun reposting 'Of Strings and Kevlar' and plan to update weekly.

For what it's worth, I sincerely apologize for rooting myself up and disappearing on everyone. I'm still alive and well.

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Metamorphosis by King Baka Rated: Salacious starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 376]


"Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction." An unusual youkai attack transforms Kagome's very being. Can she come to terms with her new self, and can Inuyasha accept, perhaps even love, the new Kagome?

Categories: Legends
Characters: InuYasha, Kagome, Miroku, Sango
Genres: Action-Adventure, Angst, Hentai, Romance
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Graphic Violence, Language
Chapters: 64 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 387448 Read Count: 42727

[Report This] Published: October 27, 2008 Updated: December 02, 2010

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: April 01, 2009
Chapter number: 23
Title: Chapter 23: A Fresh Start

Boy, am I glad those two worked things out.  I love the back-and-forth of InuYasha's feelings in the beginning; perfect for the situation. 

In spite of my need to grumble about it a bit, it's perfectly reasonable - even called for - that InuYasha doesn't tell Kagome about his feelings yet.  His reasoning is sound, and yet I can't help but pout a little about it.  *pouts*  Hopefully soon....

(Sorry for the lame review - maybe I should have waited until tomorrow to leave it, but I just got through reading the chapter and now I'm running late!)

Great chapter, once again!!

Author's Response: Ah, that's ok.  You can't leave a long review every time.  And I can promise you I won't make you wait too long for Inuyasha to confess his feelings.  And we all know what will (probably) happen after that.  Will it be next chapter?  Hmmm...

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: April 11, 2009
Chapter number: 24
Title: Chapter 24: Frustration, Part 1

LOL - I love "divine coziness."  That was awesome. 

Dammit, dude, if you torture me with one more almost-kiss, I might be forced to hunt you down.  I seriously need them to have another moment like in the park that day when he picked her up from school, or I might go nuts.  For real.  Yes, I'm being greedy and impatient, but dammit, I wanna see some action!  LOL  Okay, okay....  *is more patient for KB's steamy plotlines*

This was actually a really sweet chapter, despite that huge tease factor.  ;)  As much as the almost-kiss frustrated me, it was actually pretty damn hot.  Gotta love it when those instincts kick in for InuYasha!  I know you don't like to overdo it, but what you did write in was awesome, at least for me. 

And it's true; all women really are at least a little insane.  There is just no other explanation for some of the things we do!  LOL  But most men are, as well, in different ways...they just hide it better, I think.  Well, sometimes, they hide it better.  *lmao*

It was good to see some clarity with the Miroku/Sango situation, but I'm wondering if Sango's ever going to establish some more confidence in him, the poor guy.  I'll have to go back and refresh my memory, but I'm pretty sure she knows nothing happened with him and the chick at the village, right?  I know, the damage was done already by the time he told her that, but I really feel for him - hopefully InuYasha will get to fill him in on his "trial" soon, eh?

Excellent chapter, sir, and you've got me aching for the next already!  On another note, this update came just in time - I needed something awesome to read, and you delivered, so thank you!  ^_^  

Author's Response:

LMAO!  This review nearly had me rolling.  Hey, the chapter was title "Frustration," and Inuyasha wasn't supposed to be the only one feeling that way.  The "action" is coming, but I won't say when.  Stay tuned. 

I do like it when Inuyasha's instincts come out, just not so much that they end up running his life.  I firmly believe that he would remain in control fo his instincts at all times except during full-youkai transformations.  It's not just women that are crazy.  *Everyone* is a little (or a lot) crazy in their own special way.  Sango does know that nothing happened between Miroku and that chick at the village, but she isn't willing to overlook more than a year's worth of lechery because of one instance of faithfulness.  In other words, Miroku showed some loyalty this time, but so what?  Sango isn't convinced he'll stay loyal in the future.  Miroku sort of knows he's "on trial."  At the very least, he knows he's on thin ice with Sango.  You can expect him to at least *try* to make good on his intention to reign in his lecherous habits.  Thanks for the review. 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: April 19, 2009
Chapter number: 25
Title: Chapter 25: Frustration, Part 2


You...I just...I can't....

*breaks down and cries pitifully*

I think I was almost as mad as InuYasha when Shippo broke up the party.  Of course, I couldn't get my hopes up too much; they were all up in the nekkidness together...I couldn't imagine you were going to let too much happen.  Still....

Would a kiss kill anybody??!!

Okay...I'm calming down a bit.  Yes, the last part of this chapter has given me some sliver of hope for relief in the next, but I just don't know if I can wait that long!  C'mon, dude!  Give a girl a break!  

*slinks off to write some fluff*

*figures that's not good enough and changes fluff scene to raunchy smex*

Okay...I'm all right now.  Anyway, killer chapter!  As far as Kagome's sword goes, I was wondering if you were going to include that by using InuYasha's fang, Kagome was depending on InuYasha, in a sense, in the way that InuYasha was depending on his father before Totosai used one of Inu's fangs to repair it...does that make sense, or am I just completely babbling here?  Hey, it's been a long day.  LOL  

I think I can speak for most women when I say that we know what generally happens when giving massages to our significant others.  So no need to feel embarrassed or anything (not that you do), because we're doing it on purpose.  ;)

Argh!  I missed the legal term!  I would go back and skim through the chapter again, but this one was pretty long....  I'll have to forego the virtual cookie, which makes me sad.  :(  I will say that nothing stood out to me, so maybe I just know the term and don't even realize it...?  I doubt it, but just a thought.  

Holy moly, I'm babbling like an insane woman.  Great chapter, sir!  *salutes you*  Can't wait to see what goes down between those three in the next!  Until then!  ^_^

Author's Response: Don't cry!  I think I might finally be done with the teasing for awhile (maybe...).  What you said about Kagome depending on her sword made perfect sense.  I implied that she was relying on Inuyasha, but didn't state it explicitly.  So far nobody's gotten a cookie from me.  There have been some guesses, not all of them good, but you'll have to wait until next chapter before I reveal where "Waldo" is hiding.  *returns salute*  Let's make a deal.  We both start now and keep writing until our next chapters are done. the end of that my sentences would look something like this: "Inuyasha loves Kagome.  Kagome loves Inuyasha.  They kiss.  Yay."  Either that or I'd pass out and wake up with half my keyboard indented in my cheek.  These long chapters are killing me; by the time I'm finished, I've forgotten what I wrote in the beginning.  Didn't I used to update every 5 days or so?  Those days are long gone, unfortunately.  I hope to get the next chapter out in a week or so, but we'll see what happens. 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signed
Date: April 19, 2009
Chapter number: 25
Title: Chapter 25: Frustration, Part 2

Oh, I forgot one thing....

Ball sweat.  >.>

Ass sweat.  <.<

Okay, as gross as that was, I was almost literally ROFL during that part.  Nasty...but hilarious.  XD

That's all.  

Author's Response: What can I say?  I'm a guy and bodily functions make me laugh.  You're all just lucky I haven't found occassion to add in some farting or burping.  I have a very interesting question they never answered on the show.  How does a modern girl, used to toilets and TP, clean herself up in the Feudal Era?  Leaves?  Nothing at all?  TP from her time stuck in zip-lock bags and brought back to her time for disposal?  To me, this mystery has one-shot potential.  But I'm trying to reach a certain point in Metamorphosis before I indulge in any of the other ideas swimming around inside this crazy head of mine. 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: April 26, 2009
Chapter number: 26
Title: Chapter 26: New Beginnings

O.O  <-- Me after reading that lemon. 

OMG.  Truly one of the best episodes of citrus I've read, no lie.  So detailed and realistic, which always does it for me.  Always.  I absolutely loved it.  In fact...I will be reading this again later, I'm sure.  0.~  

Awesome imagery: ...her body continued to simmer despite being taken off the burner.  Definitely one of my favorite lines!  I'm a sucker for good imagery; what can I say?  *bows down to you*   And it's not the last?  We'll get more?!!  *bites knuckles*  I'll be honest; I was worried this story would end shortly after the consumation, and oh, how happy I am to be wrong!  Yay!!  *hugs you*  You made my night! 

I love the little wager between Miroku and Sango; I was pretty sure after they made that that InuYasha and Kagome would probably hook up.  Even you wouldn't be so cruel as to deprive your readers a much-sought after opportunity to see a little kiss between Miroku and Sango.  Looking forward to Sango eating that humble pie, too!  

The swirling of the auras was very nice; I've seen that done before, but I like the way you wrote it.  I'm wondering if you're going to expand on that at all...?  If you wanted, you could just leave it as is and your readers would get the jist, but you know me; I love to see what you will do with things like that.  

I have to admit, I felt a little bad for Kouga...for about two seconds.  As soon as he started in what all of that denial garbage to which he's so prone, my sympathy for him quickly took a nosedive.  Man, why is that dude always so dense?  Why can't he take a hint and realize Kagome just isn't interested in him like that?

*eyes shift to OS&K outline*  Oh...oops....

With that being said, I loved InuYasha's reaction once he realized the ramifications of what he had just admitted to him in front of everybody.  "Holy crap; I gotta get the hell outta here!"  Cue cartoon smoke under his feet as he races off.  And Kagome's reaction to his admission was also quiet priceless, not to mention her walking over Miroku after dropping him on his ass.  LMAO!  And I loved how you portrayed her stepping on him as so nonchalant and unimportant; it added to the comedy of it while showing that it obviously wasn't the focus of the moment.  Very well done; actually one of my favorite parts of the chapter as far as actual writing goes (other than the super-hot smex, of course).  

I feel you on the exams; I think you said in your response to my last review that you used to update every week or so.  >.>  Do you have any idea how much I understand where you're coming from with that?  Hell, when I first started BLA, I was updating almost every day!  Now I'm lucky if I can get a chapter out in a week (which is rare, and only when I don't have other stuff going on).  It shows you're putting more thought into your writing now, which is definitely a good thing.  And the good ones are always worth waiting for, so no worries!  Update when you can, and good luck on your exams!  

Oh, and excuse me, but you promised to let us know what the legal term in the last chapter was!  Don't think I forgot!  *crosses arms and taps foot, glaring impatiently at you to reveal your secrets*  

Author's Response:

Thank you so much for the praise on the lemon; I spent a lot of time on it.  I was very proud of myself for the 'simmering on the burner line.'  I love good imagery as well, and I really tried to use a lot in the lemon and vary it too.  Some fire, some cooking, some storms, all that jazz.  The wager was one of those things that has been in the plan ever since I first started making one.  I will expand on the auras thing eventually, but not anytime soon.  I have a very interesting and unique (I hope) design for the whole mating thing.  But that's a ways down the road. 

As I was reading your part about Koga, and why he can't take a hint, I was thinking about OS&K.  So it was very funny to me when you "helpfully" mentioned it yourself.  I was a little worried about how people would react to Inuyasha running away, but so far nobody has criticized me for it.  He doesn't usually back down like that, but this was a completely new situation for him.  Sorry about the legal term.  I posted it on mediaminer, but I forgot to post it here.  I added the A/N at the start of the chapter, but the term was "docket," the schedule for the court.  So stop glaring at me!  It was an honest mistake!  Thanks for the long review. 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: June 23, 2009
Chapter number: 30
Title: Chapter 30: Protecting What's Yours


The LOL's were out of control when I saw that!  Your are way too funny!  That was totally unexpected, obviously.  XD

That being said, man!!  You certainly did go off on the male population, didn't you?  I don't even think I would have went that far!  Of course, I would probably be just as much of a female-basher.  That's a tomboy for ya!  

I love your look into Kagome's rationale concerning her allowing Koga and even Hojo to act the way they do toward her.  That's definitely one way to look at it, and it makes sense.  In fact, I daresay that is probably what RT had in mind!  Then again, she loves the humor....

Anyway, I just wanted to commend you on that.  Even the most confident teenage girl will seek out (though not necessarily actively) other males' affections if the one she wants is lacking in that department.  Very well done. 

That being said, I'm going to copy something you've said, too!  Though it will be for slightly different circumstances....

As excited as my perverted little mind was when it looked like they were going to do the deed again, I was also thinking (just a tiny bit) that perhaps it was a bit much.  After all, you're a master of action/adventure and comedy, and your drama isn't bad, either.  Don't get me wrong - I love your hentai.  *winks*  But with the last chapter being about two-thirds achingly hot smex, it just seemed a little soon for more.  Not for them, mind you, but for the story.  Know what I mean?  

But, of course, I never should have doubted you.  What was I thinking??!!  *headdesk*  

And yay for Kagome finally setting Koga straight.  I pumped my fist for real when she broke up that fight the way she did.  Can someone say charred ookami?

So obviously, you already know I loved this chapter.  Fantastic job, sir, and with all of my "yay for not too much sex" raving I just dished out, I'm looking forward to more steamy hanyou bedwork when they get back to her time. 

...Maybe.  Who knows what you'll do with them!  :D  Well done, KB!

Author's Response:

It was easy for me to make fun of the male gender because I don't see myself as typical of guys.  I don't have a big ego, and I'm pretty quiet and reserved most of the time.  I seem to have an easier time expressing feelings (at least in writing), probably because I'm in touch with my femenine side.  One reviewer even told me I "write like a woman!"  She didn't mean it as an insult, but I've had conflicting feelings about that for months now.  I'll spare you a long, ranting discussion of why.  Of course, maybe separating myself from most of my gender is just delusional...

Anyway, you are completely right about the potential for hentai-overload.  We need at least a handful of chapters before the next lemon, so don't expect much from their visit to Kagome's time.  I could maybe imply a few sexual encounters, but there won't be anything explicit for awhile.  I need a break; those things are hard to write, you know?  But there will be more eventually.  I even brainstormed something a little kinky a while back, but who knows if I will actually do it? 

Kagome's reasoning for leading on Hojo and Koga was a last minute thing, but sometimes those are the most insightful.  "Master of action/adventure and comedy," huh?  *whistles*  That's high praise coming from you, Mistress of Angst and Drama (and driving your readers insane!)  Just kidding...

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: July 13, 2009
Chapter number: 31
Title: Chapter 31: Study This!

Love the scene with InuYasha and the boys playing soccer.  My heart still clenches when I think of his childhood, so I like that you gave him a chance to be a kid again, so to speak, even if he was playing "adult" to them, as Kagome noticed (and got all child-wanting-googly-eyed over, as to be expected at this point in their relationship).

Your banter between InuYasha and Kagome is getting better and better, presumably because they're growing closer and closer as a couple.  Hey, it's a fact - happy couples get smart with each other!  LOL  All in good fun, and my goodness, thank you for giving those two (especially Kagome) some sense not to get so angry over quick remarks.  That gets old.  Fast.

The bedroom scene was awesome.  I was cracking up, rolling on the floor, and damn-near peeing on myself when InuYasha got shoved into the hallway!  Quite hilarious.  Quite.  But hey, at least he was able to catch a few games on the tube!  I had to laugh a little at the thought of InuYasha, typical cheeky man extraordinaire, kicking his feet up and watching the game.  

*types this in between updating her fantasy team roster*

"Kagome had exhausted herself studying, and he didn’t have the heart to ask her for sex now.  She would just have to owe him double tomorrow."

There you go, Inu.  How very sensitive of you.  *snickers*

Wow, what a moment there with Mama H.  I love the little back story you gave her and how it related to the situation with InuYasha and Kagome.  And I especially love the little bit of doubt you gave her and how she shared that with him before assuring him (and herself) that he was indeed the right man for her daughter.  The doubt made the story so much more real, which always does it for me.  You have to wonder about the woman who lets her daughter run around 500 years in the past with a half-human boy with no qualms whatsoever about any of it.  

So, yeah, that was a really, really strong part for me.  You made her sensitive (as she already was), you made her a good mother, and you made her real.  Awesome work.  If I know you at all, I bet you toiled over that scene....

And worry not - it may seem like a lull right now, but I think your readers will understand the importance of all of the things going on in these chapters, especially having to do with childhoods and so on.  And the growth you're giving them is really shining through.  

Okay, let me stop rambling.  An awesome chapter, sir!  And GO SOX!!

Author's Response:

Wow, what a review!  From what you wrote, it seems like everything I wanted to came through did, so thanks.  And yes, I did toil over Mrs. Higurashi's concerns and feelings for awhile.  She seems so happy-go-lucky in the anime/manga, but I think she just hides her worries extremely well.  The back story was a last minute addition, and I had some problems with it at first.  Like how would the name of the shrine be Higurashi if the husband's name was Higurashi?  Then I thought "duh!  Have him take her name!" 

You had me LOL-ing when you said you were typing this in between your fantasy rosters.  I played fantasy baseball a few years back but didn't like it.  I play fantasy football every year and have spanked my dad and little bro 3 years running.  *Gloats*  I didn't even think about that fact that Inu was acting like a typical man again, but I like it.  When in the modern world, do what modern humans do...

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: August 10, 2009
Chapter number: 32
Title: Chapter 32: Now Everybody Knows

Besides, since when did rationality have any place in their relationship?

Best. Line. Ever.  And oh, so accurate.  

I love Grandpa's confrontation; it was brief, but very well-written (those drabbles are paying off for you; wish they would for me).  And I'll admit to a tiny bit of fangirl squeeing when InuYasha said, "I will."  

*squees quietly in embarrassment*

And OMG, this:

"Nothing," Inuyasha interrupted sulkily. "I ate it all." Shippo’s expression morphed into one of pure horror....

BWAHAHAHA!!!  Genius!  I totally had a flashback of growing up and my big brother pulling some crazy shit like that, and I was definitely like Shippou: about to burst into a flood of tears (although I think it was a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in my instance).  What cruelty!  

Oh, man - so what was that that bit Kagome?  I know you won't tell, but man, I'm anxious to figure it out!  It's gotta be something bad if you're cliffhanging your readers for it!  Looking forward to your next update, sir, and good luck in Reno!  The Biggest Little City in the World!  :D

Author's Response:

Yes, I love the drabbles.  I already have my next one for ED ficlets written.  I am SO glad I listened to you!  Tell the other people in your life they should too! 

I'm glad you liked the Grandpa moment.  I didn't think a long, drawn out speech was appropriate like it was for Mrs. Higurashi.  In my youth, I was the big brother, though my sister was often the bully.  She used to bite me when we were both really little, and my parents said they were bad!  Those wenches, you have to start watching them when they're days old! 

I won't say anything about what attacked Kagome, but I will say that I laid a few foundations this chapter for plot later in the story.  The modern era may not be just a side show by the time all is said and done. 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: August 27, 2009
Chapter number: 33
Title: Chapter 33: Divide...

"And conquer!"  Gimme my cookie!!

Ooooh, you write a very good Kagura.  I love her introspection in this chapter, especially the ponderings on whether or not she has a soul, is alive, and so on.  Very philosophical, and that stuff gets me going.  Great stuff. 

I can't help but think, however, that that section seemed a bit abrupt, for lack of a better word.  I definitely wasn't expecting a Kagura section, which in and of itself definitely is not a bad thing, but my curiosity is getting the better of me.  I know she served the purpose of animating the dead villagemen, but beyond that, I was admittedly a little surprised by your inclusion of her death.  Anyway, it was beautifully written, as I would always expect from you.  

Now that I've gotten that off my chest, allow me to gush about this chapter.  


What an exciting scene at the end!  My desk is getting scratched up because I'm so excited about what you have in store in the next chapter!  Such an evil, evil little cliffie you left us on, but the action to follow will definitely be worth it.  And of course, I'm anxious to see how Miroku and Sango and their gang are holding up, or perhaps if they were just sent on a wild goose chase...?  

Man!  Action and excitement to boot!  Perfect end to my night!  :D  Awesome work, sir!

Author's Response:

It probably took you five secods or less to guess that.  I thought it was pretty obvious, but didn't want to say that and end up hurting somebody's feelings. 

I agree with you that the Kagura scene was a little abupt, but I couldn't think of anything else to say.  She and Sesshy have gotten so little treatment in this story so I didn't have much to go on.  Maybe I could have inserted a few more paragraphs, drawn things out a bit.  That's something I'll look at on rewrite, because I hate it when other authors go too fast.  I suppose writing is like sex in that regard: if every time is a quickie then nobody's happy! 

Kagura was always supposed to die, but it was only recently that I figured out how to work it into the story and have it not be pointless.  Sesshy will be making an appearance next chapter because of her guidance.  It'll be a big party! 


*Ding ding*

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: September 11, 2009
Chapter number: 34
Title: Chapter 34: ...And Conquer, Part 1

How friggin' awesome is it that Sesshomaru teamed up with Sango and Miroku (moreso Sango) to defeat Naraku?! That completely made my day.  Man, the action in this chapter was so exciting, I almost skipped kick-off last night to finish reading it!  But come on, I do have my priorities, LOL. 

I had a feeling Sesshomaru was going to bring Kohaku back.  More awesomeness from the inu youkai.  I dig.  And I'm glad Miroku and Sango both realized that everything wasn't going to just be hunky-dory with him now that he was alive without the jewel shard; he still has a lot to work through psychologically.  I'm not sure if you're going to dive into that at all in this story, but just the fact that you acknowledged it was pleasing.  

Killer 1/2 chapter.   Can't wait to get back to Naraku and Inu/Kag in the second half and see how everything went back there while the battle was going on in this one, and furthermore, to see what Naraku does with a possibly injured heart.  Can't wait!

Author's Response:

I thought it was awesome too!  I waited 30+ chapters before having Sesshy make an appearance, so I had to make it a good one.  I tried to show that he is a little more mature now without straying too far from his canon characterization.  Still, that cooperation was probably only possible because Inuyasha wasn't there.  Would Sesshoumaru have shown any weakness in front of his half-brother.  I don't think he would have even demanded Sango's help.  I had my priorities straight last night too.  I finished this chapter during commercials and halftime, even though I'm not a Steelers fan by any means.  I knew it was going to be a good game, and I wasn't dissapointed. 

You can count on seeing more of Kohaku's psychological struggles.  I keep saying that this story is far from over, and that's one of the plotlines I'm going to explore.  I'm excited to start writing next chapter, so hopefully it won't take too long. 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: October 07, 2009
Chapter number: 35
Title: Chapter 35: ...And Conquer, Part 2

First of all, let me apologize for not reviewing sooner.  No excuses.  Just lameness.  I know you weren't sweating it or anything, but still.  Sorry. 

Dude.  DUDE.  Picture a chick standing in front of a high-powered fan and her face is getting peeled off from the wind.  That's what I looked like throughout that epic fight scene.  Pure awesome.  Of course, I expected nothing less, but still.  

O.O  <-- This is me being blown away.  And mad jealous of your wicked action-writing skillz.

(There, see?  I even threw in one of those silly New England "wicked" you all like to say so much.  That's how impressed I was.)  

Hmm...I hope Kagome hasn't inflicted any permanent damage upon herself by using so much energy in her final attack.  You left it open at the end there for that to go either way.  You sneaky, sneaky man.  

And now I can't wait to see the reaction from the rest of the gang, as well as Kikyou.  Or have you done away with her for now?  I bet you still have something up your sleeve as far as that's concerned, but you never know with you.  

Only halfway through your outline?!  *faints*  You are seriously going for the gold!  I can't wait to see what happens next as they embark on Jewel Hunt, Part Deux (after healing and resting up, of course...or maybe not).  

*salutes*  Most impressive, sir!  Can't wait for more!

Author's Response:

That's ok.  I figured you just forgot or didn't have time to read the chapter.  I'm sure if you didn't like something you'd tell me.  I was actually a little uncomfortable with the fight scene. I liked how it came out, but it just didn't seem...I don't know, *epic* enough for the Naraku battle.  But everyone has enjoyed it, so maybe I was just being overly critical.  In fact, I'm sure I was.  Lemons and fight scenes are the things I tend to angst the most over.  And for the record, I never say "wicked."  Hmm, of words like that, I probably use "sweet" the most. 

Getting back on track, Kikyou will show up again, but I haven't decided when and where.  It could be any time, I suppose.  Yeah, this story has become a giant monster.  I keep feeding it because I'm afriad if I don't it will come after me!  Or maybe that's just the reviewers...  Anyway, it's been a hell of a ride so far, but I never thought it would take 35 chapters to get to this point.  I am happy about it though. 

I have about half of next chapter done, so maybe another week?  It would probably be sooner, but I'm still writing for 4 LJ communities (well 3 now that EDFiclets has shut down for the winter).  I really can't get enough of it.  After you left I found the stones to join IYHedonism.  Can you believe my first entry took 1st?  AND the pairing wasn't I/K?  Damn, I really wish I could post them here, but alas, will have to do.  Ah, now I'm rambling again.  All that's left to say is thanks for the *wicked* review! 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: October 19, 2009
Chapter number: 36
Title: Chapter 36: Healing

Thanks for updating - you have awesome timing.  I was just about to go crazy with all this school and work stuff going on, and then the King comes along and grants me a much-needed reprieve.  You saved me!

Great scene with Kohaku and Sango.  Their relationship is not written nearly enough as it should be, I think, so it's always nice to see some exploration there, especially in a divergence.  I enjoyed the nonverbal sibling communication you wrote between them; that can often be more powerful than words, and you portrayed it really well. 

And Kohaku himself has so many demons left to battle; thanks for giving this a very realistic take.  Not everything is going to be all sunshine and lollipops for him, and it won't be for a long time, if ever, but hopefully Sango, as well as Miroku and everyone else, can keep showing him that his life is one worth living.  

Ah, and then we have a very nice moment between Sesshomaru and InuYasha.  It must be sibling week!  My favorite line:

This Sesshoumaru does not get 'pissy.'

Well, that pretty much sums it up right there, eh?  LOL Great scene.  I was wondering if he was ever going to get filled in on Kagome's change.  And how awesome is he for keeping watch while Inu and Kagome sleep?  I'm telling you, Sesshy's scoring a lot of points in my book right now.  I'm glad that he and InuYasha have come to a sort of mutual understanding; I think it may be a tad too soon to assume they respect each other, but by the looks of it, that moment may be approaching as well.  

After suffering so much, if anyone deserved a happy ending, it was Sango. 

Amen to that!  Another highly overlooked segment, but you're doing it justice.

Oh, goodness.  InuYasha and Kagome decided it's time to get knocked up.  Hmmm...funny timing, but at least Naraku's dead now.  Plus, I'm eager to see your pregnant Kagome, especially since I know you're not going to go the cliche route.  *winks* 

And what's with her dream?  Now I'm digging through all of my mental notes, trying to think of what this could possibly mean while tossing out the most obvious answers that immediately come to mind.  No, you're doing something sneaky again, I know it.  Well, I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve this time!  Until then.... 

Author's Response:

Sneaky?  Me?  *blinks innocently*  You know I wouldn't write the dream if it didn't have some significance, but aside from that, no hints! 

Glad I could come to the rescue, lol.  Yep, that's exactly what I was thinking with Kohaku and Sango.  I have a feeling he won't be very talkative for awhile.  Yours was a pretty apt description of Inu and Sesshy's relationship too.  No cliche-pregnant Kagome.  She won't go crazy-moody and drive Inuyasha insane (well, maybe a little).  I may go light on the cravings and morning sickness too.  My mom was pretty well-grounded when she was pregnant with my little brother, and I think pregnancy "symptoms" are blown way out of proportion anyway.  Of course, there's always room for a little comedy on the side... 

I'm expecting a short chapter and a quick update, so stay tuned. 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: October 27, 2009
Chapter number: 37
Title: Chapter 37: Sangeki

Great chapter - action-packed and heart-breaking.  I will say that this is the one time I've wished for a warning of some sort, but that would have given it away....

I knew something was up as soon as I read this: 

She was confident that working together, they could handle anything.

Yep.  That's your signal for "shit is about to go down, and it ain't gonna be pretty."  LOL  

Author's Response: Sorry about that.  As you said, I was kind of stuck.  Hence the apologetic last paragraph of the A/N. 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: November 06, 2009
Chapter number: 38
Title: Chapter 38: Fault

Wow, look at me - I got to read the update the same day it was posted! 

Great stuff.  I love, love, love Mama H. in this chapter; like the one before when she was having that heart-to-heart with InuYasha, she acts so much more like a real mom than she ever did in the manga. 

...But don't let Takahashi-sama hear me saying that.  

And I'm glad you didn't stretch out Kagome's ignorance over InuYasha's feelings too long.  I definitely would have had to break out the cliche stamp for you then and clonk you on the forehead with it in bright red ink.  

Awesome work, sir.  :)

Author's Response:

Yes!  I avoided cliche-ism!  You weren't the only one worried about a long, miserable stay for Kagome in the present.  But that wouldn't make much sense, seeing as how they really have gotten a lot closer in this story.  Maybe not as close as they originally thought, but still closer.  And like I told that other reviewer, I prefer to mix action and angst rather than just bringing straight angst. 

Oh, let Takahashi-sama hear it.  Inuyasha is a great manga, but it's not perfect.  No work of literature ever is.  There are flaws, and I hope someone in Japan had the cojones to tell her that as she was writing it.  Glad you like my Mama H.  We'll hear more from her in the future! 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: December 12, 2009
Chapter number: 39
Title: Chapter 39: Searching

I love the bond that you're showing between them.  I know you're still not going to make this easy, but at least they have a chance to be together again now. 

And geez, I don't think I've ever liked canon Kikyou as much as you just made me like her.  It doesn't seem that he will listen to her much, but a verbal backhand of some good sense is exactly what he needs.   

Author's Response:

Yeah, I never liked canon Kikyou as much as I like her in this story, either.  Maybe I'm trying to make her into what I wish she would have been in canon?  Though Takahashi did bring her a long way from the her resurrection to her (final) death.  And yes, it was what he needed.  Inuyasha strikes me as the kind of guy who best responds to "tough love."  :)

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: December 12, 2009
Chapter number: 40
Title: Chapter 40: Finding (Trouble)

Ah, a reunion of sorts.  I can only imagine what was going through InuYasha's mind when he saw Kagome, as well as how it's going to be once they can freely speak to one another in private.  That...could get ugly.  Hopefully some of that good sense Kikyou laid into him in the last chapter will make itself known to him when Kagome says her piece. 

But in the meantime, I can't wait to see how this plays out - something tells me (probably just paranoia) that Kagome should be wary of completely trusting Ryuunosuke.  She seems to be slightly hesitant, though, so that's good. 

Great chapters, sir - looking forward to more.  ^_^

Author's Response:

Next chapter starts with Inuyasha's side of the story, so you'll find out what he was thinking.  You're the second person who's suspicious of Ryuunosuke.  Is there something there?  Perhaps. 

Good to hear from you again, madam.  :P

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: February 16, 2010
Chapter number: 41
Title: Chapter 41: A Hellish Reunion

Aaaahhh, I see now what you mean by "9500-word monster."  That was a beast!  I know how it feels to get one of those out, though, so congrats. 

Now that that's out of the way....

Oh, InuYasha.  InuYasha, InuYasha, InuYasha.  *shakes head*  I forgot that he'd given the jewel to Kikyou.  Damn, that's not good.  Kagome is already fretting over how he reacted to the miscarriage to begin with, and that's without even considering him returning to Kikyou, and that's without her knowing his offer to go to hell with Kikyou again.  Damn.  That's jacked.  But I'm hoping that she's still got some confidence left over from when things were still good, that she won't jump to *too* many conclusions.   

However, I am happy to see that I was wrong to be suspicious of Ryuunosuke.  And Noburu deserves to get reamed by Naraku in hell.  That's all I have to say about that.   

Stunning work, sir, and I apologize it's taken so long for me to get to it.  I'm slowly working through all of the updates I missed.  I'll take your advice and hold off on the next chapter, though, until I get the go-ahead.  :)  Until then....

Author's Response: Yeah, I think Inuyasha even forgot that he gave the jewel to Kikyou.  It was a rude awakening, that's for sure.  Don't apologize; you do what you can.  I'm hoping to get to your next installment of "The Infantryman" series today.  The edits for this story are all done, but I'm waiting until I post chapter 43 to put them up.  When I post chapter 43, you'll see a big fat A/N and then you'll know exactly what I think people should reread.  I think I'm about half done with the chapter, trying to work on it every night.  I'm happy with the changes and hopefully the readers will be too. 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: February 21, 2010
Chapter number: 43
Title: Chapter 43: More Reunions

Aww, I was a little sad when InuYasha and Kagome returned to the village and even Miroku was angry with InuYasha.  Hey, InuYasha definitely screwed up, but I was hopeful that Miroku would be quick to forgive, especially considering they had returned together.  I was surprised that it was instead Shippo who filled that role, but the logic fits. 

InuYasha is really showing some maturity here, though, and I'm glad for that.  The fact that he's not reacting in his normal brash and angry way is very telling, because you know that even knowing he was at fault, that's how his old self would have been.  It's nice to see that he has grown a lot over the course of this story, not just in his ability to express himself with Kagome and his friends, but also in his overall demeanor.  Not that he hasn't completely let go of his hot temper, mind you, but he is learning to interact a little better.  

"Why don't you go have a bath, dear?"  My reaction when I read that was an out-loud "Oooh," and a visible wince - that's how serious that was.  I knew it wasn't going to be pretty at that point.  Still, she was fair and reasonable, as InuYasha noticed.  Whew!

However, this line made me frown: "And if I do, you won’t have to worry about me coming back."  Hmm...isn't that what caused this whole problem to begin with?  Or am I misunderstanding what you/he meant there?  

Otherwise, great chapter.  It seems as though they are indeed going to be able to recover from this nicely, if not slowly.  The moment in the well (upon their return to the modern era) in particular was a hope-inspiring scene.  Nicely done, sir!  Until next time.  :)

Author's Response:

Thanks!  Maybe I could have explained that line better.  What I/he meant was that if he hurt Kagome like that again, he wouldn't come back and beg for forgiveness again, because no one would forgive him if he pulled a stunt like this a second time.  It was his way of accepting Mrs. Higurashi's last-chance ultimatum, the whole "do this again and I'll never let you see her" bit.  I also meant for the statement to make the reader wonder whether he was talking about suicide or merely leaving never to return. 

I'm glad you see Inuyasha's behavior for what it is, a sign of maturity.  I agree; none of it would have been possible without half a manga and a whole 40-something chapters of character growth.  He's still fighting with his brash self, but the fact that he's fighting and winning says a lot.  Thanks for the review. 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: March 04, 2010
Chapter number: 44
Title: Chapter 44: New Beginnings, Part 2

*gasps*  OMG!  King fluff!  *points*  I see it!  Right there at the end!  *faints*

What a great chapter.  I'm loving that InuYasha and Kagome seem to be coming along, albeit slowly; totally understandable.  I wonder, though - any significance to Kagome's egg cravings?  My first thought was that it was because of her pregnancy; for a period of time after a miscarriage, a woman's body still thinks it's carrying a baby, so things like cravings and morning sickness can still occur even after the passing.  But I wasn't sure if you would know that (no offense intended), so I wrote that off.  I do know that not everything written in fiction holds deeper meaning, so I'm certainly not trying to imply there should be any for the eggs.  I'm just curious.  >.>  Not that you'll tell me if there is.  Sneaky man.  (Wenches aren't the only sneaky ones - you've proven that for sure.)

LOVED the M/S lemon.  I think you did really well portraying both of their anxiety regarding not only the wedding, but the wedding night as well.  (And don't feel bad about skimping on the wedding details - it's been done to death.)  And you do love you some sex kitten, don't you?  :P  Sango's forwardness took me by surprise, but I liked it!  Plus it makes sense; it has to be relieving/arousing when the man she loves accepts all of her, even (or perhaps especially) what she considers to be her flaws.  And the sex itself?  Well played, sir.  

Oh, and I'm so happy Miroku has accepted InuYasha back into the brood.  He is clearly the most rational out of anyone in the group (other than Kaede), and I'm glad to see he recognizes InuYasha's actions for what they are: reparations.  Good for him, and I still say good for Yasha for being man enough to own up.  

Another great chapter, King!  And you're kind enough to your readers to not hook them too hard!  ;)  Though I secretly think you like being hooked.  How do I know?  Because it's my job to know.  *hands you a business card*  Next week I get my name badge!

Anyway, awesome stuff.  :)  Can't wait for more!

Author's Response:

Yes, yes, "Fluff" is my middle name.  It's in my blood, I swear.  :)

I had no idea women can get pregnancy "symptoms" after having a miscarriage.  So I wasn't going for anything like that.  Hmm...should I tell you?  Yeah, I guess I will.  There is absolutely no deeper meaning to the eggs.  She was just showing a little of her hanyou huger.  There are enough plot bunnies hiding in the bushes for this story already.  Perhaps some of them will start to poke their noses out soon? 

Weddings really have been done to death, haven't they?  I'm glad I didn't bother looking up the details.  If you noticed, I wasn't even specific on their clothes.  I just said that Miroku was wearing a formal kimono he borrowed, and Sango probably was too.  I'm glad you enjoyed the lemon.  I originally didn't intend for it to run nearly as long as it did, but it ran away with me as lemons often do.  Miroku's general attitude is more even keeled than Sango's, for example, so it made sense that he would be the first adult to accept Inuyasha back into the fold. 

"And you're kind enough to your readers to not hook them too hard!"  That's just because the opportunity hasn't really come along.  I make up for it by writing plenty of cliffhangers.  There will be a few more in this story before all is said and done.  *evil laugh*  And it's no secret that I like being hooked.  I like to think it takes an skilled author to fool me, but it probably doesn't.  Feel free to break out that fishing pole and cast away any time!  :) 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: March 16, 2010
Chapter number: 45
Title: Chapter 45: A Return to Normalcy

I was laughing so hard in the beginning when InuYasha was trying to open the bottle of polish.  Way too funny.  The subsequent battle of the grimy chest was also pretty amusing.  I also liked the graduation from "boy" to "young man" via Jii-chan, though he's still very in-character in regard to how he feels about InuYasha.  I suspect he's warming up a little, though....

It's ironic what Kagome thinks is her "simple" life now, isn't it?  Of course, simple and safe are two very different things, but still; I can't imagine her saying the Feudal Era was her simple life a year before now.  

"She was fairly certain it was nothing to be concerned about."  

*eyeroll*  Right.  Just keep telling yourself that.

Ah, but the run they shared was very good.  I'm glad you gave them something they can do together; that's really what is going to help them grow back together.  Well, that, and TALKING about it, for Pete's sake.  I'm looking forward to when they finally realize that.  

But for now, this was a cute little chapter full of (mostly) smiles.  They all deserve it, ne?  Nicely done, sir, as usual.  :)

Author's Response:

It's fitting that you gave my 300th review.  Inuyasha battling with modern tools is usually good for a chuckle or two.  Jii-chan is warming up, as is Sango and basically everyone else.  They do need to realize they have to talk to each other, but you know how thick-skinned they are.  It could take awhile for them to realize it.  Thanks for the review. 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: March 27, 2010
Chapter number: 46
Title: Chapter 46: The Days Go By

I LOL'd at the lady who scurried off to the store to buy Ramen after surmising that's how InuYasha became so strong.  The proposed ad campaign was pretty hilarious, too.  Next thing you know, InuYasha's going to be on a Wheaties box.  "Those small-fry youkai give me a lot of trouble unless I've had my Wheaties.  Breakfast of champions!"

Oooh, yeah.  (All hail my Bill Lumbergh impersonation.)  I can't be too surprised about the argument.  With things remaining in that awful, awkward state, everything was bound to come to a nasty head sooner or later.  Those were some pretty hurtful words she threw at him, but like I said, they weren't entirely unexpected.  They're both at such high levels of emotional stress right now, whether they realize it or not. 

"Maybe…talking about our problems?"

I literally smacked my forehead when I read this.  *points to red mark*  Yeah, I realize they're young, and that InuYasha isn't really much of a talker (in that way), but damn, that took a long time for them to figure out.  

And now I just read your author's note.  >.>  *blushes*  Well, I hope it was a good kind of inspiration, LOL.  That was more of me complaining about the naivete of young couples rather than what was really going on; perhaps some complaining about myself when I was stupid young like that?   But...yeah.  Let's not go there. 

Anyway, I am OMG FREAKING ECSTATIC to see things on the up-and-up with these two.  Now that you've proven that the King can also prepare angst, we can go ahead and just put that on the shelf for a while, right?  <.<  Right??  

Just kidding.  You do you, sir, since you're so damn good at it.  :P  Great work, as always. 

Author's Response:

You had me cracking up at your Wheaties ad.  I could just see Inuyasha standing there with a bowl of Wheaties in one hand, Tetsusaiga in the other, and a pile of dead youkai at his feet.  Oh, man, I just thought of an idea...mind if I steal that from you? 

It was the good kind of inspiration.  I knew they were going to fight, and I knew they were going to talk afterwards, but your comments really helped me figure out exactly what they were going to say and how that talk was going to go.  Your comments about stupid young couples fit perfectly, because that's exactly what they are, and that's why it took them so long to realize they had to talk about their problems. 

Yay, I can do angst!  I won't lie; it was tough.  I much prefer action and romance.  Am I done with the angst?  Maybe, maybe not.  We'll see! 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: May 24, 2010
Chapter number: 47
Title: Chapter 47: Like Old Times, Part 1

Ah, it's so nice to see InuYasha and Kagome so steadily working their way back to a fully open, healthy relationship.  Of course it will take time, but I'm so happy to see they're making good progress.  And they're so innocent again, which is always cute. 

Oh, man!  Crazy new youkai insanity, complete with a "Can't Kill" covenant, AND a possible romantic interest for Shippo!  This should be pretty interesting....

Author's Response:

I envisioned Inuyasha and Kagome almost starting at the beginning again, when they were shy and innocent around each other.  I think they almost had to start from scratch. 

It will be very interesting, I promise.  Nice to hear from you again. 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: May 24, 2010
Chapter number: 48
Title: Chapter 48: Like Old Times, Part 2

In my opinion, this is one of your best chapters to date (out of everything you've written [that I've read]).  Maybe it's just because I haven't read anything in so long, but your growth as a writer really shines in this chapter.  You did a wonderful job with the visual details that really put the reader in the story, and everything seemed to flow really well. 

Anyway, back to the chapter itself.  I like what you did with Kiku's tale.  The kidnapped children scene gave me a strange mental image of "Lord of the Flies," only, you know, without all of the governance problems.  

And yay for Shippou being the hero and figuring out what to do all on his own!  And double-yay for InuYasha letting him have the spotlight (most of it, anyway).  

I always figured Shippou's clothes disappear as part of the illusion, but now that I think about it, that doesn't make sense.  The trick is obviously more than an illusion because his enlarged body is tangible (since people can ride on him), so that does bring to question what happens to his clothes.  Honestly, I doubt R.T. expected anybody to give it that much thought, so who knows.  

Okay, just one more chapter until I'm all caught up!  I apologize for taking so long to get around to it (again).  It's been a crazy year so far.  >.<  But Kudos on the great chapters, and I'll read the next one as soon as I possibly can.  :D

Author's Response:

Wow, thank you.  I didn't think this chapter was anything special, which is probably why you liked it so much.  I didn't have to really try too hard with anything; it just flowed naturally.  I love action sequences. 

"Lord of the Flies" is a good analogy.  You're probably right that R.T. expected her fans to simply digest Shippou's transformation without disecting it.  Either that or she didn't care what some geeky American fanfiction writer would think.  :) 

Eh, don't worry about it.  Life gets in the way sometimes.  I'm out of school and back to work from the summer, and my next chapter will be late as a result.  I've also missed a few LJ prompts because my muse is tired and uninspired lately.  I'm not too worried; I think I'll feel better once I get chapter 50 out. 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: May 24, 2010
Chapter number: 49
Title: Chapter 49: The Plot Thickens

Awesome chapter.  I was expecting a bit more detail from Kikyou's final departure, but it was tastefully done. 

The attack near the library was pretty crazy!  I have a decent idea of who could be looking for Kagome, unless it's an OC, and I keep remembering the money that was mysteriously deposited into their account a while back, wondering if there is a connection with this, or if that's to come later.  I hints.  ;)  But I can still muse!  

And now the girls know the whole story.  Hopefully the little blabbermouths will keep their mouths shut and not say anything too loudly when they're all together.  Whether people believe them or not, Kagome and InuYasha certainly don't need that kind of attention!  

Great work, sir.  I hope your summer job (internship?) treats you well, and they don't work you too hard.  I remember a few stories you shared from last summer; I'm assuming you're at the same place.  Good luck, and I'll be looking toward to the next chapter.  Until then....

Author's Response:

I could have done more with Kikyou, I suppose, but at that point, I felt there really wasn't much to say.  Inuyasha/Kikyou goodbye scenes have been done to death, and I've done quite a bit with Kikyou in this story, so I decided to leave it out. 

Keep musing away!  Hehe, I don't think Kagome's friends will have a problem keeping quiet.  If they did let something spill, who would believe them?  I like my summer internship.  The last couple summers I've just been doing odd jobs for everyone, but this year the attorney's paralegal quit to stay home with her new baby, so I'm now officially his "assistant," but I'm doing most of the jobs his paralegal used to do.  It comes with a nice pay and hour bump, so I don't have to worry about working at that damn grocery store.  Yay! 

Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: June 19, 2010
Chapter number: 50
Title: Chapter 50: Completion

Well, this chapter was pretty exciting.  Kenji's character is interesting, and I'm excited to see the role he's going to play.  It's going to be vital, I'm sure, and a believable, essential OC is always nice for a change-up. 

And holy lemon!  That was a nice one.  Obviously, it's so nice to see them back where they need to be in just about every way now.  Something tells me the freaky-deaky will make a very strong come-back in their lives now, especially after so long going without it.  ;)

And ooh, we meet a new villain.  *rubs hands together*  And he sounds delicious!  I can't wait to see what you have in store for him.  

Congratulations on hitting your 50-chapter mark.  :D

Author's Response:

Thanks.  Over 300,000 words now too.  Whew! 

It had to be a nice lemon after all the angst.  You may be on to something there with your prediction, hehe.  And you don't have to wait long to find out; chapter 51 was posted yesterday.  I like to throw in the OCs every now and then.  It makes 51 chapters of the same story a lot more interesting.