Penname: Selina MacCloveror [Contact]
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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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"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: 42795

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


Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: October 28, 2008
Chapter number: 1
Title: Chapter 1: Rebirth

It's very good so far.  Good job keeping everyone in character - InuYasha's struggles with his emotions between Kikyou and Kagome are showing well.  Good battle scene, too!  Can't wait for another chapter!





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: October 28, 2008
Chapter number: 2
Title: Chapter 2: Illusions

Man, what a horrible nightmare!  Or vision...whatever it is that Kagome's experiencing right now.  Ugh - I seriously wanted to rip my hair out when she saw him with Kikyou!!!  My only consolation is that this really isn't happening.  But still....AAUUGGGHHH!!!  >:(

Update when you can - it's cool to get them so quickly, but I understand it's hard to do, especially with your high standards!  :)



Author's Response: Don't do that!  Most of us look better with something besides skin on our heads.  All will be explained next chapter...





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: November 04, 2008
Chapter number: 3
Title: Chapter 3: The Demon Within

"And it would have worked too, if that damn half-breed hadn’t interfered."  I had a Scooby-Doo flashback when I read that line.  LOL 

Everything makes sense, don't worry.  It's very impressive how much thought you put into your storylines; you obviously really think everything through very thoroughly.  Makes for great writing!  And we all love a little fluff every now and then...some more than others.  :)  

By the way, InuYasha is quite the "manly man," I would say, and he cried....  So you can't use that as an excuse anymore.  LOL  Great work - I know you're wicked busy (New England insert, just for you [lol]), so update when you can!  



Author's Response:

Yeah, I had a Scooby-Doo flashback when I wrote that line, too.  I briefly considered going with "...if it weren't for that meddling half-breed," but then I decided that would make the reference too obvious.  I really did put a lot of thought into this chapter.  I knew where I wanted to end up, but it was a challenge figuring out how to get there while having everything make sense.  I'm definately a fluff fan, but I'm going to make a conscious effort to put a little more angst into this story.  I guess you called me on the "manly man" thing, but it's different in Inuyasha's case.  If I loved somebody, and she was really hurt, I'd probably cry too.  Of course, Inuyasha doesn't know he's in love...  Thanks again for the comments; I really do look forward to recieving them. 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: November 11, 2008
Chapter number: 4
Title: Chapter 4: Cats and Dogs

Wow - this was a very sweet chapter.  Don't worry - you always do such a great job at keeping everyone in character, and this is no exception, so no explanation needed.  InuYasha was very understanding and sympathetic to Kagome's situation (a little too sympathetic as it turns out, apparently), and I like that he tried to help her cope as much as he could.  Still, he was very InuYasha-esque about it, which is always funny.  :)  Great chapter - I'm looking forward to how her friends react to her change!

Author's Response: Thanks for the compliment; I really am character-conscious.  Sometimes I think people will agree with my characterizations, but I still feel the need to offer an explanation anyway.  Also, writing author's notes allows me to reflect on everything that's gone on and make sure it makes sense.  So in that sense, I guess they're more for me than for for you guys.  Not that I don't want you to read them...





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: November 17, 2008
Chapter number: 5
Title: Chapter 5: Adjustments

Yay!!!  I was so excited when I saw that you updated this story.  And oh...my...GAWD.  I'm so relieved Kagome's friends aren't pushing Hojo down her throat.  That gets really old sometimes.... 

I understand what you mean about "appreciative" vs. "aroused;" it's refreshing that InuYasha and Kagome aren't battling their full-tilt, raging hormones like they are in so many stories (like mine!  lol).  And Hojo remains the innocent flower of a boy, never the one to think such degrading, erotic thoughts about little Kagome.  :)  Too funny; I had to laugh a little.  

...I was trying to figure out what commercial you were referencing, and then I literally laughed out loud when I read your author's note.  Beggin' Strips!  LMAO!!!  

Glad to hear you're writing for the new ED contest.  I probably will, too, although I have no ideas yet.  We'll see what happens.  :)  

Awesome chapter!  I can't wait to see what happens when they make it back to the feudal era.... Update when you can; I'll be waiting anxiously!  



Author's Response: Thank you for the comments; I look forward to them every morning after I post.  Yeah, having Inuyasha and Kagome "battling their ful-tilt, raging hormones" (great phrase) does get a little old after awhile.  The stories I like the best are the ones that take a little while to get there.  It's completely different for AU stories, though, which is why I don't mind what you did in Big League Affair at all.  I loved the way you describe Hojo!  He just seems like one of those wishy-washy guys that doesn't really show much in the way of negative emotion.  That Beggin' Strips commercial has to be my favorite of all time.  And yes, next chapter we're heading back to the Feudal Era, where I've got some interesting things in store.  Heh heh heh...





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: November 24, 2008
Chapter number: 6
Title: Chapter 6: Tests

Your author's notes are so funny...especially #2.  XD 

I think InuYasha actually handled himself pretty well with Kagome's friends, considering they are nosy and irrefutably evil sometimes.  That camera scene was pretty hilarious, by the way.  I've got to hand it to Inu for even having the courage to hold Kagome like that...and twice in one day!  I'm impressed!  :)

I have to admit, as soon as the shinidamachu showed up, I audibly groaned (which earned a few curious looks from some nearby students).  I don't even think I was as mad at Kikyou as I was at InuYasha, though, because I was expecting that scene to get a lot uglier than it thankfully did...something along the lines of Inu being confused AGAIN and somehow hurting Kagome AGAIN.  I'm glad he stood up for her; she deserves at least that much from him.  Oh, and hmmm...not too happy with InuYasha thinking he still loves Kikyou.  But you're keeping everyone in character in that way, so I understand why.  

Ugh...my reviews get longer and longer each time!  Shut up, Selina!  *Okay...*  XD  Can't wait for the next update!  



Author's Response:

Yeah, I try to make my A/N's a mixture of explanation and comedy.  Sometimes I think of amusing things that I just can't work into the story.  And at the moment, Inuyasha definitely still thinks he loves Kikyou.  I can't have him realize the totality of his feelings all at once, can I?  That wouldn't be any fun, though I've done it before (but those were "special circumstances").  Baby steps...that's the name of the game, especially with these two. 

And I'm glad you think everyone's in-character.  As the story goes on, and the romance gets farther and farther away from canon, that becomes a constant concern of mine.  But so far everyone seems to think I'm doing a good job of it.  And don't worry about the length of your reviews.  You'll never hear, or see, me telling you to shut up ;)





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: December 02, 2008
Chapter number: 7
Title: Chapter 7: A Nose for Trouble

Okay...first of all, the whole "smelling of blood" thing was a bit embarrassing...okay, really embarrassing.  AWKWARD!!  Second of all, I agree with you about the rosary.  I hate it, too, and I'm glad it will be removed in your stories.  :)

I'm sorry you got a flame, although I guess it's kind of like a hash mark; it only proves your experience.  The best ones get 'em!  I haven't received one yet, but I'm not looking forward to when I do, because I'm sure it'll happen at some point.  I'm one of the people who will get my feelings hurt, I think....  I totally agree with you about the anonymous reviews thing; it's partly why I'm thinking of not posting on MM anymore.  Honestly, I think it's full of a bunch of little kids getting on to read Penthouse Forum-type fanfics anyway.  XD  

Anyway, great job with this chapter!  That "near-kiss" was definitely a tease, but InuYasha is still being pretty sweet to Kagome.  For him, anyway.  :) 



Author's Response:

Yeah, it was embarrassing, but I had to do it.  With Inu's sensitive nose, and how he seems to smell human blood from miles away in the series, there was no getting around it.  It was especially awkward because Miroku seemed to figure out what was going on, despite Sango's evasion.  The awkwardness plays into why Kagome was so pissed at Inuyasha. 

The near-kiss was totally spur of the moment.  But I put it in there because the most satisfying lemons are the ones you have to "work for," if you know what I mean.  As for Inu being sweet to Kagome, you know all good things have to come to an end eventually...  Thanks





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: December 06, 2008
Chapter number: 8
Title: Chapter 8: Role Reversal

Sango: "I'll give him bitching...right upside the head!"  I was ROLLING when I read that!!!  And I loved it when Kagome used that sweet voice that she used in the episode with Koga; even before you pointed it out, I knew that's what you were talking about in the way you described it.  Classic.  :) 

I was giggling throughout the entire bed scene when Kagome kept waking him up from his near-sleep.  XD  But the way he realized what was keeping her up was...kinda sweet.  Geez, InuYasha and his sweet moments; they're coming more frequently!  And I like it!  You have me really spooked about what Sora and Takehiko may have up their sleeves....

Why didn't Kagome's family already know about InuYasha's human nights?  I thought they had seen him as a human before, but I could very well be mistaken.  It's been known to happen!  XD  This was a great chapter - I like that you explained how Sora, Takehiko, and Minoru were "related."  Can't wait for another upate!  Are you all done with your exams yet?



Author's Response: Sango and Inuyasha don't get enough interplay in fanfictions.  Perhaps I'll address that in a later chapter.  It seems like I'm doing a sweet moment every chapter, but eventually I plan to get back to action and adventure.  I couldn't think of an instance where Kagome's family saw or heard about Inuyasha in his human form.  If anyone is able to correct me I'll gladly go back and fix it.  And no, my exams are just beginning, but I don't like to study at night so I still have time to write.  As always, thanks for the review. 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: December 10, 2008
Chapter number: 9
Title: Chapter 9: A New Direction

This was an awesome chapter.  I almost fell out of my chair when InuYasha realized boxers were for protecting his "wang."  XD 

That kiss was...hot.  What else can be said?  

Nice work presenting a girl's name/number on InuYasha's hand as a (temporary) mark.  I always love it when the youkai instincts are incorporated into stories, especially when Kagome (unexpectedly) exhibits them.  Nicely done.  Can't wait for the next chapter!  



Author's Response:

Yeah, I was cracking myself up writing that whole section.  Glad you thought the kiss was hot; it just flowed naturally from my fingers.  Describing how Inuyasha looked in modern clothing was more difficult, probably because I had to do it twice in one chapter (for Mrs. Higurashi and Kagome) and I didn't want to repeat myself.  I wanted to have their first "real" kiss be memorable, and I think I've driven them past the point of a peck on the lips in this story. 

I like youkai instincts too, but it's a turn off when authors use them too much and basically have them run Inuyasha's life.  So I'm trying to maintain a balance.  As always, thanks for the comments and encouragement.





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: December 16, 2008
Chapter number: 10
Title: Chapter 10: Out in the Open

Excellent!  I'm SO glad they admitted their mutual attraction, if for no other reason than to build InuYasha's self esteen a little and do away with some of those damned embedded insecurities.  I hate it when he has those thoughts ("filthy hanyou" and so on) - I feel so bad for him.  It always reminds me of his memory playing ball with the kids when he was little (NOT playing ball with them, I should say).  Poor guy. 

And THANK YOU for not having Kagome flip out when InuYasha was bragging/teasing Miroku about the girls in her time.  I was sure she was going to 'osuwari' him for that!  *whew*  Thank goodness!  But that brings another thought to mind...is Kikyo going to be making another appearance soon?  I am NOT looking forward to that.  Self-righteous wench.  

This was a pretty quick update!  Or has time just gone way too fast for me lately...?  Ah, well - my exams are over!  I hope yours are going well.  :)



Author's Response: Yeah, Kagome has quite a job purging Inuyasha of his insecurities, but she's made steady progress since the day she came through the well.  I thought about having Kagome be mad at Inuyasha, but that didn't seem right to me considering everything that was said and done the previous chapter.  I'm planning a purely introspective appearance for Kikyou in the near future, but I don't think she'll be meeting up with the Inu-gang any time soon.  That could change, of course.  I've been changing my mind left and right with this story as it is.  I have one exam left, and then two weeks off.  And yes, I have been updating quickly because I have plenty of time to write with exams only every other two or three days.  They give you plenty of time to study for law exams, and you need every second of it.  My outline for this last one was twenty pages in Word!  (The exams are all open note/open book)  Enjoy your time off, and thanks for the comments. 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: December 24, 2008
Chapter number: 11
Title: Chapter 11: Introspectives

Damn...when InuYasha threatened to rip Koga's lungs out through his ass...yikes.  What an image!  And then his lips...sheesh, I almost feel bad for the wolf!  ...Not quite, though.  He certainly did show his true colors to Kagome, which whether or not they were painful for her to realize, they needed to be shown for her sake.  Now not only has she realized that Koga is not as harmless as she has supposedly always thought, but that in fact, he needs to be put in his place, which she promptly did.  Now if only he would listen to her!  *mutters about stubborn male youkai*

Let me just say that I am in awe of how in character you are keeping InuYasha, who is, in my opinion, one of the hardest characters to portray accurately due to the nature of most stories, including this one.  Obviously, a romance is developing much further than it ever did in the manga (until the very end, anyway), and that always has a tendency to throw a wrench in the author's attempt to keep him realistic.  But you're doing it beautifully so far; very well done.  

Jeez, Kikyo finally gets a clue.  It's always nice when that FINALLY happens, but I wonder what she's going to do about it?  Hmmm...so many possibilities.  You're not going to turn her into a martyr, are you?  I'll admit - I'm a bona fide Kikyo-hater (despite her role in Big League Affair), and sadly, I hope she bites it eventually.  Then again, I'm feeling particularly vengeful lately...I guess I need more Christmas spirit!  XD  Great chapter!



Author's Response:

Anime violence usually doesn't bother me, so creating images like that is no sweat.  I guess I've been watching too much Black Lagoon lately.  Anyway, thank you kindly for your assessment of my characterization of Inuyasha.  That is probably the most flattering comment you could have given me, because I worry so much about keeping him (especially) in character. 

I understand why people hate Kikyou, but I am definitely not a Kikyou-hater.  Depending on your definition of martyr, I may very well turn her into one.  But I don't put her on a pedestal.  She's a flawed character, just like everyone else, and her flaws run deeper than most.  Some of her past actions, like trying to drag Inuyasha to hell and giving Naraku the Shikon jewel, are just plain nexcusable.  But if Inuyasha's not going to hold them against her, how can I? 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: January 07, 2009
Chapter number: 12
Title: Chapter 12: Reminisces

Awesome chapter.  You've brought up some background here that is very interesting...I can't help but think Takehiko will eventually find out who InuYasha is, and I wonder what his reaction will be.  Hmmm...very interesting. 

I think my favorite line in this chapter was, "Go suck on Shippo."  XD  Classic.  

Very touching moment for InuYasha and Kagome here, when he is thinking of his mother.  I'm glad Kagome found her own, non-obtrusive way to console him; he seemed to appreciate it as well, obviously.  Very nice.  :)  Don't worry about your break - we all need them sometimes!  But I'm glad you're back, as I'm sure others are as well.  Great job, as always.  ^_^



Author's Response:

Thanks for glowing words!  The background was not part of my original plan, but I like it.  The Inuyasha/Myouga interaction is fascinating to me.  On the one hand you have Inuyasha, a fiercely independent hanyou who hates to rely on anyone and who never backs down from a challenge.  On the other hand, you have Myouga, who is by nature a bloodsucker, and flees at the first sign of danger.  Talk about unlikely allies.  But Myouga has the knowledge and the wisdom his impetuous master lacks, and they make the relationship work.  This won't be the last time in this story that Myouga reveals something important.  Just one of many oddball relationships that make the series so interesting, I suppose. 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: January 14, 2009
Chapter number: 13
Title: Chapter 13: Chasing Our Tails

This was a very nice chapter; InuYasha's character is maturing nicely without it being OOC...at least when it comes to his past.  Not so much concerning Kagome, but what fun would that be?  :)  Then again, he did show some affection for her in front of the others in Daichi's cave...that's one big inu step! 

OMG, you TOTALLY took me back, like twenty years with your TMNT reference.  I can still hear the song..."Turtles in a half shell!  Turtle Power!!"  

Ahem...now that I'm completely mortified....

Grrr, Naraku.... Why does he always have to step in and funk up the place?  As if the gang didn't already have enough on their shoulders!  I love that you didn't make Takehiko and Sora complete imbeciles, though; they know not to trust him.  But will they realize too late that they've probably already made the mistake of accepting his "gift" or "help," or am I drawing the wrong conclusions?  Probably, knowing you - I never know which way you're going to turn these guys!!  Gah!!  I can't wait to read more!  

...Oh, and I hope you know I was just teasing in my response to your review.  I know you update when you can, and it had only been less than a week by that point.  I'm not that hypocritical....



Author's Response:

Yeah, I realized you were just teasing me, and I took no offense.  And don't be mortified about liking TMNT.  It was a very cool show.  Yes, it was a big Inu step for Inuyasha to allow affection in front of the others, a sign of their growing relationship.  As for Naraku, he's just a bastard, plain and simple.  But I will say that he's extremely fun to write as a character.  I'm practically drooling at the prospect of some of the things I'm going to have him say later.  But that's a long way down the road.  In fact, I can't believe how much more stuff is in the works for this story.  It's a little daunting, seeming like it will never get finished, but I'll just keep on truckin' I guess.  In case you can't tell, I'm trying to make Takehiko and Sora sympathetic, though I won't say whether deathmvp is right in predicting that they will turn away from the "dark side" and become "good."  The answer to that question is also some ways down the road.  And I have just one more thing to say...  Cowabunga dude! 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signed
Date: June 11, 2009
Chapter number: 29
Title: Chapter 29: A Return to Action

Oh, and I forgot to say this: InuYasha, you cheeky, typical man!  The inevitable look of sheer egotistical explosion on a man's face after bringing a girl to orgasm orally for the first time is something I will never, ever forget.  I do understand the confidence boost, especially since "everything is so jumbled and exotic down there," (more words I'll never forget) but damn.  You'd think he was the king of the world for those few minutes!  Sheesh!  LMAO....

Author's Response: LOL!  That is a marvelous way to describe his face.  Yes, Inuyasha is a typical man (at least in my characterization of him).  And yes, many men are egotistical when it comes to pleasing women.  But try to understand the pressure we guys are under.  In our society, it's the man's "job" to satisfy the woman.  I mean, how many times on tv or other media to you hear talk about a man "not satisfying his woman," or having a woman be "unsatisfied?"  And you have to admit, it is easier for men to orgasm than it is for women.  Anyway, that's my take on why men feel like the "king of the world" for those few minutes after bringing a woman to orgasm orally.  In addition to our typically large egos, of course...  XD





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: June 11, 2009
Chapter number: 29
Title: Chapter 29: A Return to Action

That was one awesome fight, sir.  I had no idea I was craving action until I opened this chapter, but there I was, enthralled in the battle with my fingers gripping the side of my desk!  You write fantastic fight scenes; I think I'm going to have to study you....

His blood boiled, lust for the enemy’s death giving him new energy, the rush of his father’s youkai strength healing a large portion of his wounds immediately.

For some reason, I just love it when authors reference InuYasha's father directly when talking about his youkai blood.  I don't know why; it just does it for me.  Anyway, I loved this sentence.  < /squee >

InuYasha's flashback was very well done, and provided a lot of insight into his thoughts during the end of the battle and that amazingly hot sex scene.  I liked your interpretation of how he could communicate with his youkai side - now, anyway - and his cognisance of everything that was happening/his youkai was doing.  

That was definitely one hot series of lemons, but I do understand the importance of growth in sexual relationships, and I appreciate your realistic take on it, as always.  As you know, realism in fictions really does it for me (*cough* despite the lack of it in my lemons sometimes), and this was no exception.  And yes, in the end, you are writing for you, which is a nice change of pace from what I tend to see sometimes elsewhere.  Your satisfaction with your own writing will only make it better, and that's saying something since we are typically our own worst critics.  

Very nice work.  ^_^



Author's Response:

I love writing fight scenes, so I'm glad it shows.  It helps that I've seen my share of animes and action movies, but I guess I'm just good at visualizing battles and writing what I see.  More on Inuyasha's relationship with his youkai side later (and Kagome's as well...I haven't forgotten about her full-youkai transformations either).  Thanks for the realism comments on my lemons, as I concentrated on that after a reviewer told me my lemons in my previous stories were a little unrealistic (and I completely agree).  So I wanted both Inuyasha and Kagome to come off as very willing but unsure of themselves.  That is, once he turned back to a hanyou... 

The lemon was also supposed to be hot.  I took a big step out of my tiny lemon box here.  I like lemons to have some edge to them (like most of yours do).  I am most definitely my worst critic.  But I'm still writing the same way as before; I just have much less time now.  Thanks for the comments. 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: January 24, 2009
Chapter number: 14
Title: Chapter 14: The Demon Within, Part 2

Oh, man!  The stuff is really hitting the fan now!!  It's strange seeing InuYasha so vulnerable; definitely not something I'm used to, which makes it a bit refreshing, actually.  This chapter (and Kagome) kicked some major ass; I'm freaking out to know what happens next! 

...Oh, and your end notes are too goofy.  I'm telling you, you nail InuYasha's character every time.  Good luck with the awards!!  :)



Author's Response: Yeah, I definitely like to put Inuyasha in sticky situations.  I also like to have Kagome and Sango show off their fighting skills, as you may have noticed.  Is there anything sexier than a woman kicking ass (especially in a tight, form-fitting body suit)?  I know I'm a goofball with the end notes.  When I finish writing and proofreading a chapter, especially one that was difficult to write, there's a sense of accomplishment and I get a little giddy.  I'm trying not to keep you guys waiting too long for the next one; I did about 1,100 words today.  And good luck to you too.  You have more than a few nominations yourself, and deservedly so. 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: January 26, 2009
Chapter number: 15
Title: Chapter 15: Pulse

Honestly, I wasn't sure how you were going to get InuYasha and Sango out of that mess.  What you did works, though!  ^_^  Great job! 

I agree that evil guys are fun to write.  They're my opportunity to let all that pent-up nastiness and sarcasm fly!  XD  

I’m letting my budding lawyerly writing skills seep into my fanfiction!  Shame on you!  I believe your profile claims you wouldn't let that happen!  tsk tsk tsk....

Nice scene with InuYasha bandaging Sango.  Even if a guy isn't interested in a certain girl; who would honestly not be at least a little gratified to see her topless...if she looked good, anyway.  And we all know Sango's in pretty good shape....  He was honorable, though, of course.  Which reminds me; I love that Miroku did what he had to to make sure Kagome would not be propositioned.  And he was honorable, too.  (Notice the lack of "of course" on that one.)  Poor, Miroku....

Great update!  And fast!  *whew*  What was that, three days?  Man!  



Author's Response:

I know, I know!  Shame on me!  But as long as I don't start writing like the judges in some of the cases I have to read, I'll be happy.  I think I have an anime-crush on Sango.  Honestly, I must have a thing for strong anime girls (see Revy from Black Lagoon, Saber from Fate Stay Night, and Saya from Blood+, among others).  Your lack of an "of course" on Miroku's part is astute.  I wonder if you'll still be saying "Poor Miroku" next chapter.  That last line, where Kagome thought it was going to be a good day, was meant to make you stop and go "Uh oh!"  I don't think my next update will be 3 days.  I'm trying to vote in the Desined Awards, and that of course means a lot of reading.  I'll try not to wait too long though.  Thanks for the review, as always. 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: February 03, 2009
Chapter number: 16
Title: Chapter 16: Old Habits

AAAAHHHH!!!  Poor Shippo!  He always manages to get into trouble!  Geez, how are they going to get out of this one?!

The scene in which you described InuYasha as a boy looking for shelter in a hostile village nearly brought me to tears.  I can't stand those images, especially in the anime.  WAY too heart-wrenching....  I can't say I'm particiularly looking forward to more details on that.  :(

Just how long would the monk’s hands stay under her knees where Inuyasha’s were? Ten, maybe fifteen seconds? No thank you.  

That was awesome.  I had to stop reading for a while so I could get all the chuckles out.  XD

And when Kagome was talking to InuYasha on the roof, and he was only "half-listening," I grrr'd myself.  Sounds familiar!  (No offense....)  With that being said, Kagome was pretty delirious to think he would talk to Miroku...oh, wait!  He actually agreed!  Oh, man, I think somebody's getting whipped before he even knows what he's getting whipped with...then again, Kagome's always been able to get her way with him, one way or another.  

This chapter was so dramatic!  Poor Sango!  And just as I was feeling like she really should have more faith in Miroku....hmph.  See if I ever stick up for him again....  Please, I have to know what happened with Shippo!  Looking forward to hearing Miroku's and InuYasha's sides of the story.  Something tells me InuYasha heard more than he let on....

(Sorry for the rambling review.)



Author's Response:

Nope, I can tell you right now that Inuyasha didn't hear any of what Kagome said to Sango.  Earlier, I said that Kagome couldn't hear what Miroku said outside, so it stands to reason that Inuyasha couldn't hear what was being said inside.  And he really was trying to sleep.  Inuyasha is definitely whipped, but he has been from the moment Kaede stuck that cursed rosary around his neck.  But the bottom line is that he really does care about Sango and Miroku's happiness; he just needed a little "gentle prodding" to show it.  That said, you're right in thinking that he's not just going to sit the monk down and set him straight.  *holds self back from giving away plotlines*

Poor Sango, indeed.  Kagome certainly things (or thought) she was overreacting, but how would you feel if you fiance was constantly flirting with other women (or men)?  I think it's perfectly reasonable for her to feel that way, especially considering what Miroku is doing with that girl--or what Sango thinks he's doing.  Suffice it to say that Shippo wandered off and got himself into trouble.  More on that next chapter; I'm not going to leave the kit in that predicament for too long. 

I'm sorry you don't like Inuyasha's memories, but I love playing with his past.  How he's suffered, how he's survived; it's all part of who he's become.  And these memories are especially important in this story with his decision to change Kagome back into a human again.  I love your long reviews!  With the amount of stuff that went on this chapter, I was hoping for one, and I was not dissapointed!  Thanks, and as always, I'll try to updage more quickly on a cliffhangar chapter. 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: February 10, 2009
Chapter number: 17
Title: Chapter 17: Blood

Hypersensitive bitch zone.  Awesome.

Hopefully she would understand when he returned in a few minutes, and not hours.  *snorts*  Somebody's got a pretty high opinion of himself...I don't care what he says when he's talking to Chiyoko later.  Hours?  Seriously?  Including pre-coitus flirting, foreplay, the main act, and getting dressed, a few hours is still pretty impressive.  Maybe Miroku really is all that....

I enjoyed Miroku's side of the story.  I'll admit; after the last chapter, I was growling at him for leaving with the supposed skank, but I'm happy to have been wrong about him again.  His behavior in that scene is actually pretty accurate, given his character.  Sometimes I think he really is as misunderstood as he's always claiming to be.  ^_^

Yes, I was wondering if that "filthy hanyou" remark was going to go unsettled.  But of course, I shouldn't have doubted you.  :)  I'm anxious to see how they deal with that one....

Awesome update, sir!!  And a long one!  *whistles*  It seems I'm not the only busy one!  :)  I can't wait to see what happens in the village when Kagome (and InuYasha) return....



Author's Response:

Well, like I said, Miroku's been on a serious dry streak.  So a 10 minute romp under the covers wasn't going to cut it.  And just one romp wasn't going to cut it either...the main acts (plural).  But that was before he came to his senses.  Thanks for your comments about his character, because that's how I see Miroku.  It's his own fault he's misunderstood, but when you really get down to it, he's not a player.  He's loyal to Sango.  Though I do have a story idea dealing with that issue ricocheting around in my head...  Mabye I'll write it in two years when I finish Metamorphosis.  Well, hopefully it won't take that long, lol. 

You may have to wait a few chapters for the "filthy hanyou" remark to come back.  With everything that happened, both Inuyasha and Kagome have forgotten about it for now.  I wanted to update sooner, but there was so much to cover.  It was my longest chapter ever, but I anticipate my next one being back to my normal length.  Thanks for the review! 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: February 20, 2009
Chapter number: 18
Title: Chapter 18: Closure

Don't take this the wrong way, but I'm glad the guy died; Kagome needed that little bit of reality, I think...not that she deserves to be overly remorseful over what happened, but in the end, I think it's better for her to realize that she, too, is capable of taking a life in the fog of rage if those whom she loves are threatened.  And, of course, I'm glad InuYasha was able to console her again; he understands better than anybody what she's going through.  This entire section was very realistic, which I think always makes scenes better.  Well done.

Oooh, Miroku is in deep!  I see a lot of trouble brewing - or just a blunt cut-off of all plans - if he can't explain himself to Sango.  Poor guy...I actually feel a tad sorry for him, even if it is his own reputation that's partly to blame.  I have to say, I can't blame Sango here, given what she thinks she knows; I'd be ready to kick him to the curb.  Of course, I would have done it a long time ago...but that's me.  And she's so hopelessly in love with him... *sighs*.  Drama.  

I noticed you conveniently didn't include Kagome's opinion at the end here when InuYasha insists on changing Kagome back...don't think you're getting away with that!  xD  I know, I know...slow movings and all.  But still, it's making me anxious; is she already to the point that she doesn't want to change back?  Me thinks so, whether she realizes it or not.  And I know InuYasha just wants to protect her, but come on, dude!  You know you like her like that, too!!  

Awesome update!  A bit short, but meh.  It's better than waiting longer to post more!  I loved it.  And congratulations on winning first place in the characterization category!  I knew you would; your InuYasha is *so* on point.  And congrats on the other placements, too - very well-deserved!  ^_^  As always, I'm looking forward to the next update.  Write on!!  



Author's Response:

Ok, I read your review, and afterwards I thought "OMG, she's inside my head!"  The guy dying, Sango's feelings...I'm glad you're seeing exactly what I see when I write the story.  It means I'm doing my job.  I'm glad you liked the fact that the guy died.  From the moment I thought of it, I knew it had to be done.  As for Kagome changing back, I have an explanation as to why she never comments about it.  In a few chapters, this whole issue is going to come to a head, so just be patient with me.  And Inuyasha's desire to protect her is paramount in his reasoning.  He knows he likes Kagome as a hanyou, but in a few chapters I'm also going to shed some light on why he's so determined to change her to a human again. 

Congratulations on your awards too!  You did very well against some tough competition.  Thanks for the long review.  I look forward to them every time I post a chapter. 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: March 02, 2009
Chapter number: 19
Title: Chapter 19: Showdowns

Oh, you law types and your sneaky loopholes...  xD

That fight scene.  Bad ass.  What can I say?  You write a mean action, my friend.  I was honestly surprised that you killed Sora and Takehiko; I wasn't expecting that!  Then again, Takehiko didn't want to hear the truth, so what else can you do?  I was also wondering if there was going to be any more about his miff with InuYasha, but I guess you didn't want that to take up too much of the spotlight...?

O.O  Oh, InuYasha...I am not happy.  I know he's just being honest, but it's coming out a bit harsh, as usual for him.  Your last line of the chapter floored me and has me on the edge, praying for a quick update!  Not that I can talk.... *cough cough*

By the way, I meant to say this in my response to your review: When I was getting ready to post that story, I was thinking to myself, "Gee, I wonder if KB will see this plot twist coming, since he always seems to annoyingly know where I'm going with my stories!"  XD  I have to admit, I was a little pleased that you didn't expect it.  So yay.  ^_^

Anyway, this chapter was extra-intense!  Great job, as always, and please - don't leave us hanging too long with that doozy of a cliffhanger!  



Author's Response:

I know, I'm really bad with cliffhangers.  But they're so fun to write!  I take pleasure in the spasmodic twitching of the readers as they wait scroll down to the end of the page and yell "NOOOOOO!"  Ok, maybe that's taking it a little too far...

I'll try to update quickly this time.  I wasn't expecting to kill Takehiko and Sora either.  There was another direction I considered going with them, but I decided against it.  Kagome needed to finish them off.  I felt Inuyasha's battle with Sora would have just been extra clutter.  You're right; I really wanted this chapter to be about Kagome.  No, you completely took me by surprise in "TGHP."  I thought you were heading to a sappy conclusion, where just a little of Inuyasha's sadistic heart melts...  I like your ending better, even though a large part of me rebels at seeing a guy in that situation.  Thanks for the review! 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: March 07, 2009
Chapter number: 20
Title: Chapter 20: Shatter

Sango's reaction was PERFECT.  Couldn't have been better, really.  And I have to be honest; I was feeling awfully bad for InuYasha when they all ditched him.  Yes, he had just royally screwed up, but when the gang all walked away from him, I caught flashbacks of his loneliness and my heart broke a little for him.  And Miroku's confrontation later that night?  Again: PERFECT.  Seriously.

Oh, we knew InuYasha was just wanting to protect her, and for the most part, I understood why he said what he said.  It was just...a bit harsh, even for him.  But I do feel for him a little now; I see he really hadn't meant to hurt her that badly.  Sometimes it just seems that way, you know?  That whole "hurt her feelings to push her away" mentality that he takes on so annoyingly often.  But I do see now that he didn't mean it that badly and is regretting it.  Good thing Miroku was able to step up and lend an ear...as well as a few threats of his own.  ^_^

So now what?  Half of me was expecting the youkai to have absorbed some of Kagome's purifying powers when she attacked him, and the attack he hit her with was actually purifying her...?  But I guess it's just paralysis...?  Regardless, this is going to get messy when he comes...if he comes in time.   

I'm flipping out!  Yet another cliffhanger!  *shakes a finger at you*  EVIL!!!  I'm waiting with bated breath for you next update!!



Author's Response:

YES!  I love inspiring conflicting feelings!  You want to hate Inuyasha, but you feel bad for him at the same time!  Drama!  Ok, toning it down, thanks for the comments, on Sango and Miroku especially.  Sango is closest to Kagome, so she's royally pissed, and Miroku is a monk by profession, so he's able to take a step back and analyze the situation more or less objectively.  Sango never got really close to Inuyasha, so it's obvious where her individual loyalties lie. 

Yes, it was paralysis; nothing at all to do with miko powers.  I ended the chapter here for two reasons: 1) I wanted to leave you guys wondering what would happen, and going any further would give it away, and 2) I'm sadistic and love cliffhangers!  I'm not evil, I'm diabolical!  I can promise you that next chapter will not end in a cliffhanger.  (But do I have my fingers crossed?  Hmm...)





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: March 12, 2009
Chapter number: 21
Title: Chapter 21: Picking up the Pieces

Maybe I'm dense, but I'm not really sure what else InuYasha has to explain (except maybe his sudden leaving?).  He told her that he lied, he explained why, and he told her about his past.  Really, what else is there?  Am I missing something? 

I think you did a fantastic job with their interactions after the youkai was killed.  From the awkwardness of cleaning her up, to the silence as he gathered what he needed while carrying her home, to the additional awkwardness in the bathroom scene, to anger, and finally to understanding.  It was all played out really well - I was very happy.  ^_^  

The imagery of InuYasha as a tormented child - once again - really got to me.  It always does.  :(  But like you mentioned before, it was necessary, so I toughed through it.  LOL

Honestly, I was expecting a little more of a fight between InuYasha and the youkai than what happened.  Then again, I'm in an angsty mood, so that may explain that.  XD  

Excellent chapter - I can't wait to see what InuYasha has run off for!  I have my suspicions, but I'll keep them to myself for now.  :D  Can't wait for your next update!



Author's Response:

You know how sometimes when someone hurts you really badly, then apologizes?  You might understand and tell them it's ok, but deep down you're still hurting and you don't forgive them right away.  That's what Kagome is going through right now.  She understands why Inuyasha hurt her, but her heart hasn't recovered enough for her to completely forgive him.  And because she can't forgive him, she starts to doubt whether he really accepts her when he runs off in the middle of the night.  I hope that clears things up a bit. 

I'm glad you liked the post-battle interactions.  The Inu v. Youkai fight scene was short by necessity; Kagome was being digested alive in there, and even hanyou skin won't hold forever.  As to where Inu is going, I left some clues, and I don't think anyone will be truly surprised.  That said, only one person has publicly guessed it so far.  Thanks for the review!





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: June 02, 2009
Chapter number: 28
Title: Chapter 28: Scares and Chats

Good for Kagome to coming to her senses about the possible consequences of engaging in super-hot smex.  It won't be so hot when she's having hot flashes and going to the bathroom every ten minutes, LOL.  But I wonder what InuYasha really thinks about it....

Hmmm...is that a real bet between Miroku and InuYasha about the heir?  I'll have to keep my eyes open for more references to that.

I like your comparison of InuYasha to Sango; they really are quite alike, now that you mention it.   Good eye!  And Sango's thoughts after Kagome shared her experience with her were very telling; how she was thinking about the kiss and all that it meant and proved for her hopes of surviving their battle and having a future with the letch.  

Great semi-chapter!  A lot of contemplations and realizations in so few words; not a bad way to cap it off!  Looking forward to your next, whenever you get it out!



Author's Response: Well, I hadn't intended it as a "real bet" between Inuyasha and Miroku, but I guess it could become one.  Hmmm...I'll have to see where the story takes me.  Someone else mentioned to me that Inuyasha and Sango are similar, and that kind of got me going on that point.  This was supposed to be a short little wrapup to start next chapter, but it works fine on its own.  I didn't want to spend too much time on these discussions because it seems like I've done a lot of that in this story.  Next chapter we get back to some action! 





Reviewer: Selina MacCloveror Signedstarstarstarstarstar
Date: March 25, 2009
Chapter number: 22
Title: Chapter 22: Assumptions and Revelations

Ugh, I couldn't sleep so decided to check my e-mail.  And this must have been why; I was fiending hard for an update to Metamorphosis, and I must have sensed it in my sleep!  XD

I had a feeling Mama knew InuYasha had been there in the bathroom with Kagome.  ^_^  She continues to be one of the coolest parents ever!  lol

Okay, going to Daichi for clothes was not was I was expecting; you surprised me with that one!  I like it!  Plus, of course, it gave InuYasha the time (and encouragement) to finally sort out his feelings for Kagome and Kikyou, which is always good.  Well played, sir!

Oh, boy...as soon as he hugged Kikyou and subsequently kissed her, I knew there was going to be trouble.  With Kagome's nose, she would definitely be able to smell Kikyou on him now!  But it didn't even come to that....  Poor InuYasha.  I feel for him.  Finally, he figures out the obvious (and is the last person to do so, other than Kagome), and he gets slapped in the face again with accusations. 

I kept thinking back to the chapter title as I was reading this, and I thought, "Okay, so we have the revelations down, but what of the assumptions?"  And I was praying they wouldn't come in the form of another cliffie...ACK!!  You sure did do it again!  Well, I guess we can't be too hard on you; this was a mega-chapter, after all.  :o)  Awesome job - I can't wait for the next chapter, in which Kagome and the gang - minus Inu - will hopefully be forced to eat some humble pie.  XD  Until then!



Author's Response:

(diabolical laugh)  Yes, another cliffie!  But this one was partly by necessity; I was approaching the 10,000 word ED chapter limit, and didn't want to break it up.  Of course, that might just be a convenient excuse...

The assumptions are keying on a concept I remember seeing in the anime a couple times: Inuyasha goes to see Kikyou, and none of his friends seem to believe him when he tells them all he and Kikyou did was talk.  It ticked me off a little, and gave me the idea for this chapter.  Hmm...this sounds like a nice thought to work into next chapter!  That's the second idea I've gotten from a reviewer today, which is one reason why I love them.  Kagome smelling Kikyou on Inuyasha is another one, but it might not come into play.  I'm not sure yet, but I do have that humble pie in the oven.  But I'm a bad cook, so you never know how it might turn out!  Thanks.