Usagi's family is killed and she ends up staying with the Higurashi family, but weird things keep happening, this strange guy with silver hair and golden eyes kidnaps her and demands she give him the Shikon no Tama. But what is it?

Rating: M Genre(s): Romance, Adventure Series: Sailor Moon/Inuyasha Character(s): Usagi Tsukino, Inuyasha Author(s): Pokahydee Last Updated: 10/15/2011 Published: 06/14/2003 Type: Chaptered Chapters: 21 Status: Incomplete
  • Word Count: 7054

Chapter 10 – Bickering and Uneasiness

Usagi's eyes fluttered open and she groaned painfully at the dull pain that thudded through her shoulder. She felt something warm sitting or perhaps lying on her chest that was rhythmically licking her face with an occasional quiet mew. Usagi stared up into a pair of slitted eyes for several moments before she was able to place such a strange looking pair of eyes. Furry cheeks, slitted golden eyes, black markings, and two pointed, fuzzy ears.

"Kirara?" She questioned as the new name rolled off her tongue. The cat was sitting on her chest and seemed to be trying to catch Usagi's attention or something along those lines. "What's wrong, Kirara?" Usagi asked as the cat mewed a little more loudly and jumped onto her nightstand. Usagi sat up slowly, wincing as shots of pain were sent down her arm. Her gaze fell on her nightstand and the ticking object sitting in front of Kirara. The cat mewed once more and put her paw on top of the alarm clock and it buzzed loudly since the cat had hit the alarm button on the top. "Ahh!! Why didn't anyone wake me up?!" Her shriek sounded over the obnoxious beeping throughout the house and echoing through the relative quiet of the house.

"What's wrong, onna?!" A voice growled from the doorway. Usagi's head spun around in the direction of the voice and another loud scream pierced the quiet.

"Osuwari!! You pervert!!! Osuwari!!!" She shrieked as she reached for the discarded purple kimono from the back of the chair. She wrapped it around herself and pulled it tightly to her body. The 'osuwaris' were puntuated by two loud crashes and a string of rather colorful curses. "How dare you coming into a girl's room without knocking!! Hentai!! Ecchi!!"

"You seem to be feeling better today, wench." Inuyasha said dryly as he picked up his head from the floor and leaned it against his arm.

"You peeping tome!! How dare you?!?" The rant continued unbroken by his sarcastic remark.

"Why the hell would I want to peep on you, human?!?" Inuyasha growled as he stood up and slowly advanced on her. Her voice was making his headache start to come back at an alarming rate. Not to mention the 'sit' command she had used moments before.

"Osuwari!" Usagi yelled at the top of her lungs as she saw him headed toward her. Inuyasha crashed to the ground again and very slowly pulled his face out of the carpet. He appeared to have carpet burn on his face from the three 'sit' commands. "I'm already so late! Get out so I can get ready!!" She ordered as she pointed to the door.

"Would you shuttup for one minute so I can talk?!?" Inuyasha roared above the sound of her voice. "Your mother went to the store, she said for you to miss that skool thing." Inuyasha growled before he turned his back to her and crossed his arms over his chest. He smirked to himself in triumph because he had finally gotten the noisy female to stop her incessant yelling. He glanced back a few moments later when she didn't make a sound and instantly knew his mistake. Her cheeks had turned exceptionally red and her eyes were rimmed with water.

"You didn't have to yell at me." Usagi said quietly as her lower lip quivered and the tears threatened to spill down her cheeks at any moment.

"I - I didn't mean to!" Inuyasha said as he held his hands in front of him defensively. "Stop crying!!" He growled in annoyance as the dam broke and her wails reached a new record in the decibals.


"Eh? What's this weird box thing?" Inuyasha asked as Usagi flopped down on the couch with a bowl of popcorn. Usagi smiled and grabbed the remote off the coffee table before she clicked the power button. Inuyasha jumped back with a growl in the back of his throat. He slowly approached the 'box' again and gingerly touched the screen with one finger. He pulled his hand back quickly as a small spark leapt from the screen and shocked his finger. "Oi, how did those people get in there?" Inuyasha questioned as he reached out to touch the screen again.

"That's a television," Usagi explained as a small smirk crossed her lips and a plan formed in her head. She was going to get him back for barging into her room when she was changing earlier. "Those poor people…" Usagi said slowly and shook her head slowly. Inuyasha raised an eyebrow in her direction.

"How'd they get in that phelefisin?" Inuyasha asked as his confused looked slowly turned nervous.

"Well…" She paused for effect before continuing slowly. "Those people were captured in that box because they broke the lay or because they were perverts." Usagi said with as much seriousness as she could muster. Inuyasha raised his eyebrows doubtfully. If that were really true, that priest would have been pulled in a long time ago. "It's true, Inuyasha." Usagi said as she flipped to a different channel. "Look." She said as she pointed to the new picture on the screen where uniformed men were putting metal bracelets on rather unkempt people.

"Bad boy, bad boys. Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you? Bad boys, bad boys.." The music blared in the background as the officers wrestled a heavy-set man to the ground with great difficulty.

"You're a really bad liar." Inuyasha said dryly and frowned at the telelvision.

"I'll guess you'll just have to find out the hard way." Usagi said with an exasperated sigh. She reached into her bowl of popcorn and tossed a few pieces into her mouth. "Anyway, I'm going to get a bath. I still have blood all over me." She said as she wrinkled her nose. She stood up and set the bowl on the coffee table and headed down the hallway toward the stairs. She paused and turned back to Inuyasha. "And if you peep on me, I'll sit you so hard that you won't be able to walk around for a month!" Usagi growled as she glared back at Inuyasha. All she could see from where she stood was his arms flaring around as he tried to stand back up. 'Huh? I guess the command works even if I'm just telling him to sit down…' Usagi thought as a thoughtful look crossed her face.

"Keh!" Was the response she got and a low groan that she wasn't meant to hear before she headed upstairs to take her bath. It was very seldom that Kagome's mom let her, Kagome, or Souta miss school, but to let her sleep right through it! That was something completely new to her.


"Why couldn't I stay home too?" Moaned Kagome as she dropped her head onto her desk. "I can't concentrate on this stuff right now." She whined.

"You need to keep up with your studies, Kagome-sama." Miroku said from his seat behind her. It was almost halfway through the day and it seemed to just drag on and on. At least when lunch came they could go outside and possibly rid themselves of some of their nervousness. Oh boy had they been nervous… For starters, they had the Shikon no Tama in a public high school that any youkai could attack and annihilate with extraordinary ease. They had left Usagi, Kagome's mom, and Kagome's grandfather with a dangerous demon that had kidnapped Usagi, threatened to kill her, taken her to his boss, and also nearly killed a famous idol in the middle of a concert! Even with Shippo and Kirara there, it was a big chance to take, although since the demon's thought Inuyasha was dead, he probably wasn't ready to give away his cover by leaving the barrier that surrounded the shrine.

"Try not to let it get to you, Kagome-chan." Sango said reassuringly from the seat to Kagome's right. Usagi normally sat to the left of Kagome with Seiya behind her, but both seats were empty that day. Undoubtedly, Seiya was still in the hospital for the wound Inuyasha had given him at the concert. "Usagi-chan will be able to keep Inuyasha under control. She has that 'sit' command, remember? Besides, no matter who he is, I don't think he'd hurt your mom. I mean, she's treated him like a treasured guest." Sango said as a small sweatdrop slid down her face. Kagome nodded and a small smile touched her lips.

"Arigato, Sango-chan." Kagome said as her smile grew and some of the butterflies in her stomach escaped. She still felt nervous and a little light-headed, but one of her worries had been lifted by that simple comment from Sango. 'I'm glad I met Sango-chan. She's a very good friend.' Kagome thought to herself as she picked her head up from her desk and turned to the front. Luckily they had a small self-study period before lunch so they wouldn't get in trouble for talking to each other.

RING! The bell for lunch rang and the whole class cleared out in a matter of seconds. Kagome, Sango, and Miroku were, of course, the last ones out of the room. They didn't want to be run over by the people running to buy their lunch. Besides, they didn't need to, Kagome's mother had made them all their own lunch and her food was always good.

"Yatta! It's lunch time!!" Kagome cried as she jumped up and headed for the door. "Come on, we have to hurry if we want to find a place in the shade!" Kagome cried as she took off out the door with Sango and Miroku following. Kagome and company exited the school and headed for the same tree they had sat under a few days prior. In actuality, it had only been two days since they had sat under this tree with Seiya and Usagi. That had been the day Inuyasha and that wolf demon, Kouga, had attacked them. That had also been the day that they had gone to the concert.

"This is really good, Kagome-chan. Your mom is a really good cook." Sango said as she ate from the dish her lunch was in. Kagome's mom knew now why Sango and Miroku were staying with them since they had been forced to tell her what was happening the night before. Grandpa had been a little upset to hear that Miroku hadn't come to help out with the shrine, but Miroku still helped him here and there when he wasn't protecting Kagome. Luckily those scrolls Kaede had given Kagome were so strong or the youkai would be attacking them day and night.

"Ne, what did you guys think of Kouga?" Kagome asked as she munched on her lunch thoughtfully. She glanced over at them and neither of them was eating; they were just staring at her.

"He's a youkai, Kagome-sama." Miroku said slowly as a frown crossed his face. "You reallly shouldn't take him seriously, it's in his nature to kill humans."

"Demo, he saved me from Kagura yesterday." Kagome said slowly as she set her chopsticks in her dish.

"Love isn't something that demons feel the same as humans, Kagome-chan." Sango said as she set her empty dish on the ground. "Even if he says one thing, his instincts are to kill."

"I think you guys are wrong." Kagome said as a small smile touched her lips. "While I was with him, he seemed almost nice. When he wasn't being a big jerk, that is." She added as she frowned in annoyance.

"Aww, that's so sweet you feel that way about me, Kagome." An arrogant voice broke through the air. Kagome turned to see they pony-tailed wolf demon walking casually across the grass. There was two other wolf demons with him that she recognized as Hakkai and Ginta.

"Hello, oneesan!" Hakkai called as he waved to Kagome.

"Don't come any closer, demon!" Sango growled as she jumped in front of Kagome protectively.

"Don't worry, taijiya. I'm not here for the Shikon no Tama. I'm here for my mate." Kouga said nonchalantly as he stepped past Sango and headed toward Kagome. A light blush touched Kagome's cheeks when he called her his mate, but quickly turned to anger as she realized what he was saying.

"Baka! I don't know what I saw in you!! You're just an arrogant jerk." Kagome said as she narrowed her eyes on him angrily. "I'm not your mate! Leave me alone, I want to eat my lunch with my friends." Kagome said as she turned her back on him and crossed her arms over her chest.

"Kagome," Kouga said as he walked in front of her and grasped both of her hands in his bigger ones. "Come with me, I'll make you the happiest bride ever."

"Eh? C.. ch… chotte matte!" Kagome said as she tried to pull her hands from his. She blushed as she saw the serious look on his face. "For starters I'm only fifteen years old and for another thing, I don't even know you!" Kagome said as she pulled her hands from his. "Besides, your friends have been trying to kill Usagi-chan!"

"Heh! That mutt?! My friend? That's a good one, hime." Kouga said with a smirk. "His scent makes me sick to my stomach! Speaking of which, why do you reek of dog?!" Kouga demanded as his easy-going expression turned to one of disgust.

"Eh? Ah, that is…" Kagome said as she laughed nervously.

"Kagura said he was died, fell into a barrier that purified his ass." Kouga said with a slight smirk.

"Aa, he did fall through a barrier." Kagome said slowly as a sweatdrop slid down her face. She didn't tell him that he was still alive and was a human at her house, though.

"Hmm…" Kouga seemed to be thinking to himself about something. "I'll come get you later, then. Ja na!" He called behind him as he and his two buddies ran and jumped out over the school's fence.

"Bai, oneesan!" Ginta called over his shoulder.


"Is this the place, Sesshoumaru-sama?" Jyaken asked as they approached some broken down rocks that had a few seals placed on them. Jyaken took a few steps forward as he clutched the staff of heads in his right hand.

"Aa, hurry up." Sesshoumaru ordered as his eyes narrowed slightly. 'Fang… I want the Fang.' He thought to himself. "If I have the Fang, I can transform myself to be a stronger self." While he spoke, Jyaken was scurrying up on some of the stones to check and see if it was truly Sesshoumaru's father's grave.

"Why can I not feel satisfied with my own strength…?" He mused aloud as he heard a low growl from within the stones. He glanced up and saw a pack of wolves emerging from within the stones. His eyes narrowed instantly as he called forth the whip from his poison claw. "…how childish of me." He cracked the whip menacingly as the wolves surrounded him, snarling and snapping angrily. Sesshoumaru raised the whip and struck the nearest wolf, sending him flying ten feet in the air. "I don't have time for you weaklings." He growled as he began to spin around. His whip flew around with him and seemed to surround his body, sending any wolf who drew too close flying across the field and fleeing for their life.

"I'll take care of them, Sesshoumaru-sama!" Jyaken called as he turned back toward the wolves and drove the end of the staff into the stone. The old man's mouth opened and fire poured out and bathed the wolves in its orange glow. After this introduction of fire, the wolves turned tail and ran from the place they stood.

"Is it just my anxiety?" Sesshoumaru asked himself as he watched the wolves run. "No, this is simply my endless desire… The blind hunger for more…" He stopped and narrowed his eyes slightly. He hated feeling inadequate. He wasn't weak, but why did he feel that he wasn't strong enough? "…more power. The Fang, I want the Fang!" He continued as a small smirk spread across his face. "Jyaken! Get on with it!" He ordered as he turned his attention back to the green demon.

"Hai, Sesshoumaru-sama!" Jyaken yelped as he turned back to the stones and brought the end of the staff down against the cold stone. He waited for a moment to see what would happen. If the old man laughed, this was the grave… but if the woman screamed…

Ahh!! The shrill scream of the woman's head ripped through the quiet of the valley. Jyaken stumbled backward with a look of shock on his face. Sesshoumaru would be angry that he had failed again. 'I won't fail again, Sesshoumaru-sama!' Jyaken thought to himself as he hopped down from the stone grave. "Ah, ah Sesshoumaru-sama! The staff is pointing to the south! Your father's grave seems to be moving!" Jyaken said as the staff pulled from his hands and floated above the ground a few feet away.

"Hmm… If you fail me again, Jyaken. I'll kill you." Sesshoumaru said as he looked down at the green demon who followed him everywhere he went.

"Aah, dangerous, dangerous. Who were they really?" An old voice mused as the wolves ran from their post around the grave. "Hurry up! We have to deliver this incident as soon as possible…" The voice said as it urged the wolves to pick up the pace. "… to Inuyasha-sama!"


"Did you find any leads on the princess?" A girl with raven-black haired asked. There was no one else in the room except for an ordinary black cat. The only defining feature about the cat was a bald spot on her forehead in the shape of a crescent moon, and there was a look of deep intelligence in the cat's eyes. The girl stared at this odd cat as if she were expecting an answer.

"I'm sorry, Rei-chan. We still have no leads on the princess we're searching for." A small voice came as the cat opened her mouth and hung her head. If anyone else had heard the animal speak, they would have undoubtedly earned their own room complete with padded walls. Rei was used to the feline, though. The cat, Luna, had been with her for over two years as it were. In the time they had been together, they had been through many hardships. There were others, of course. The famous Sailor Senshi knew of the cat's unique gift and were at Rei's side at all times. After all, Rei was a Sailor Senshi as well. Sailor Mars to be precise. Even after all of the enemies and monsters they had faced, they were no closer to finding their princess than they had been when the cat first appeared and the Senshi started to gather to one location.

"What about those monsters that keep popping up? Do you know a way to defeat them?" Rei asked as her gaze fell once again onto the feline. "Our attacks don't seem to have much affect on them." She continued as a small smile graced her lips. Those who were close to her would have noticed the injuries she had been receiving over the years. Normally she would place the blame on her judo classes, but because of the strength of this new enemy she and the rest of the Senshi were turning up with more wounds than usual. Not only that, but the wounds were much more severe than they had received yet before.

"It's hard to be certain," Luna said as a frown crossed her furry face. "They seem to be demons out of legend. There doesn't seem to be a common species, motive, or any link between them."

"Hmm…" Rei was deep in thought about the tactics of these enemies when a loud yell broke the silence of the room.

"I'm here, Rei-chan!" The bouncing blonde bound into the room followed by a brunette holding what appeared to be a cook book, and a sensible-looking blue-haired girl carrying a book that read 'Advanced Quantum Physics'.

"Sorry we're late," Ami said as a slightly blush touched her cheeks. "Minako-chan insisted that we go play that new Sailor V game at the Crown Arcade."

"You can play any of the Senshi with this game!" Minako piped up as a huge smile crossed her lips. "Naturally I used Sailor V anyway, though."

"Don't you have anything better to do, Minako-chan?" Rei asked as an irritated look crossed her face. "You're supposed to be out leader, shouldn't you be trying to find out princess?"

"Hai, hai. I'm working on that Rei-chan." Minako said nonchalantly as she waved her hand in Rei's direction. "This game is so much better than the other Sailor V games though! You can even call the rest of the senshi and do joint attacks!"

"Minako-chan… you're hopeless…" A male voice said as a white cat walked through the open door and hung his head in shame. His charge hadn't seemed to change in the whole time she had been a senshi. She was still the bubbly, video game loving, idol wanna-be out there. Even though she had to fight as a senshi, she still hadn't given up on her dream of being a famous idol and singing in front of millions of people. She even had an audition the following month to become a real idol. Artemis walked into the room and sat down next to Luna while he shook his head from side to side. In all the years, she was still the same old Minako.

"What about those people that were fighting that monster a few days ago? Do you think they would know anything about the demons?" Makoto said as she sat down at the table next to Rei. "I mean, two of them seemed to have some fighting skills. And what about that blond girl, she healed Higurashi-san. Do you think maybe she has the Ginzuishou?"

"That may be possible, she had a distinct silver glow around her when she healed her friend." Ami said as she started to input some data into her hand-held computer.

"Does that mean that she's our princess?" Minako questioned as she helped herself to the cookies Makoto had pulled out of her bag and set it on the table.

"Yeah right." Rei said as she crossed her arms over her chest. "That girl is such a cry baby. There's no way she's the princess we're looking for."

"But what about the evidence?" Ami said as she pushed a few more buttons and hit the enter button. "She was able to heal Higurashi-san's wounds. Then there's the fact that those demons seem to be after her for some reason. Don't forget that she was the one that was kidnapped from the Three Lights concert by that silver-haired boy we saw a few days ago."

"It has to be a coincidence. There's no way that girl is a princess." Rei said adamantly as she frowned deeply. She had seen that girl several times before and each time she had been whining about something or crying about something. It was easy to tell who that girl was because of that obnoxious scream of hers and that childish hairstyle she always wore. And we failed to save her family… Rei thought vaguely as her eyes softened. They were killed because we couldn't protect them… They were the only ones we've failed so far… Them and our princess who remains lost to us…Rei's eyes grew sad as she remembered seeing the broken girl crying and screaming over her family. She had arrived five minutes too late…

"What's wrong, Rei-chan?" Makoto asked as she put a comforting hand on the shrine miko's shoulder. Rei snapped out of her musing instantly and looked up at her friend with a small smile.

"I was just… thinking…" Rei trailed off as her eyes took on that same sad, forlorn look.

"It's going to take a while for this information to process. Maybe we should do some studying until it's done." Ami said as her soft voice broke through the quiet of the room. They could tell from the look on Rei's face that she was remembering what had happened to that girl's family. The memory was all too vivid in their minds as well… It had been a year since that fateful day when they had failed to protect innocent lives. That girl's tear-filled eyes had stuck in their minds and no one had been able to get that soul-shattering sob that had erupted from that girl's mouth from their minds.

"Those two people that were fighting are going to our school now," Minako started as she nibbled on one of the cookies dully. "They're always with Higurashi-san these days. They say that they're exchange students but I'm not too sure. That guy is too old to be in high school… and he's always groping the girls that sit close to him." Minako finished as a sweatdrop slid down her face.

"He… gropes people?" Rei asked slowly as her eye twitched. She knew that he asked the girls to bear his child, but she hadn't heard the part about him groping people. 'I wish I were in a different class than that pervert…' She thought to herself as her eyebrow continued to twitch.


"Why the hell did you need me to go with you, wench?" Inuyasha demanded as he crossed his arms over his chest. He was wearing a baseball cap to cover his fuzzy ears and looked more pissed off than usual.

" Mou... how many times to I have to tell you my name is Usagi! What if that miko sends more youkai after me?" Usagi asked as she pouted slightly. She was more afraid of that Naraku than she had ever been afraid of Inuyasha. Besides, Inuyasha seemed to be a lot different now that they knew he was a hanyou. Not only that, he was a cutie.

"Keh! Like I'm going to protect your weak ass." Inuyasha growled as he crossed his arms over his chest in annoyance.

"You're so mean, Inuyasha-kun..." Usagi whined as she pouted to herself.

"kun?" He questioned as he raised an eyebrow in her direction. If she knew how old he was, there was no way that she'd be calling him 'kun'. "I'm not some little kid, baka..."

"Is that all you ever do?" Usagi questioned as an angry look crossed her face. "Why do you always have to call me names?"

"Don't question me, human." Inuyasha barked as he narrowed his eyes on her.

"I seem to remember someone else was a human earlier today, baka!" Usagi barked right back as she glared at the taller boy. Inuyasha didn't say anything to this. He glared darkly at her and had the sudden urge to strangle her. How dare she mention the fact that he was a hanyou! That had been a really low blow to him. Then again, he had been asking for it with all of the nasty things he had been saying to her. "Now... let's see... Where is the hospital Seiya-kun is at?"

"Why do you want to go see that loser anyway?" Inuyasha asked in a gruff tone. For some reason he didn't like the dark-haired idol as much as he didn't like that wimpy wolf. It was grating on his nerves that this human wanted to go see the idol in the hospital.

"He's hurt because of you. The least you can do is apologize to him." Usagi said as she gripped the card in her hand tighter. "Before we do that, I want to stop and get some flowers as a get well present."

"You really expect me to apologize to that jerk?" Inuyasha demanded angrily. "Screw that!" Inuyasha growled low in his throat and jumped into the air and over the tall, stone wall they had been walking next to.

"Inuyasha!" Usagi called loudly as he disappeared behind the wall. "Geez... he's such a jerk!" She frowned and turned back to her path along the sidewalk and fumed in anger.

"Watch it, odango atama!" A masculine voice said as Usagi ran into something hard. She fell backward onto the ground and looked up to see a dark-haired man wearing a green blazer and the biggest sunglasses she'd ever seen.

"Gomen nasai!" Usagi said as she quickly stood and bowed. "I didn't see you." She continued politely.

"You know you're supposed to look forward when you walk. I don't think your head needs to be scrambled anymore than it already has." He said rudely as he walked away. Usagi's face turned red with anger and she turned around and stuck her tongue out at his back.

"What is it with these people," Usagi thought to herself as she crossed her good arm over her chest and quietly fumed. "Am I destined to meet every jerk in Tokyo in one day?" Her wound still hadn't healed, but it didn't seem to hurt as badly as it had the previous day. When Kagome's mom came home from the store, she re-dressed the wound and put some Neosporin on it so it was feeling much better. Of course she still wore her right arm in a sling to reduce the amount of pain when she moved her shoulder and arm.

"You're coming with me, human." A deep voice said close to her ear. Usagi spun around quickly and cried out in surprise as she saw a set of glowing golden eyes. They resembled Inuyasha's except they were cold and uncaring.

"Nani?! Who are you?! What do you want?!" Usagi demanded as she took a step back from the strangely dressed man. She recognized him as the man that had nearly killed Kagome a few days earlier and immediately fear began to course through her veins.

"Where is Inuyasha?" He asked slowly as he narrowed his golden eyes on her.

"Eh? I don't know. He left a few minutes ago." Usagi explained as she took a few more steps back from the tall youkai. She could feel a great amount of power radiate off of him and it sent chills down her spine.

"Hmm..." He seemed to be thinking to himself as he watched the girl's every move. In the blink of an eye he grabbed Usagi and flung her over his shoulder.

"Let me go!!" Usagi shrieked, as she felt something soft and fluffy surround her. She was drowning in what appeared to be fur and wasn't even able to speak. When she did try to speak, it was muffled in the furry thing that was surrounding her and pinning her arms to her sides.

"Come on, Jyaken." His cold voice said as he turned to the green youkai standing beside him.

"Hai, Sesshoumaru-sama!" Jyaken said as he stepped over toward the tall youkai. A cloud started to form around the Lord of the West and lifted him and the green toad-like youkai off the ground.

"Come on Kirara..." A voice whispered as the dog youkai floated up into the air and disappeared above the clouds. In a puff of pink smoke, the nearest bush turned into the young kitsune and a two-tailed cat stepped out from behind him and transformed in a flurry of fire. "This is bad news! That was Sesshoumaru! I can't take him on alone. We're going to have to find the others fast." Kirara nodded and growled low in her throat before she bent low to let Shippo climb on.


Usagi was suffocating in fur... it was a strange situation... she never knew that she'd die inside of a large fuzzy jacket. From what she could tell, the 'fur' was a light gray color and was actually very soft, but from the position she was in, she couldn't really enjoy that now. She just wished she was as far away from it as possible. She knew that it only wrapped around her face and arms because she was freezing from the waist down. It also felt as if she were in water or something because she felt something sloshing around in her shoes.

"Lmmmee gooo!" She cried as loud as she could into the stifling warmth that surrounded her. She pushed with her arms with all her might but they just sunk into the squishy substance. When she least expected it, the furry muffler released her. When a sickening splash, she landed on her rear in a pool full of water. It came up to her shoulders from her sitting position on the floor and she shivered involuntarily at the frigid cold of the water. That wasn't the only thing; the smell of the dark water was making her feel sick to her stomach. "Eww! What did you do that for, you jerk?!" Usagi demanded as she stood up and tried to wring the water out of her shirt. The water was above her knees and sloshing around slightly from her movements. 'Eh? Why is this guy wearing white in a place like this?' She silently wondered as she looked up at him. "You know you probably just ruined your outfit, don't you?" Usagi asked in slight surprise at her own boldness.

"Don't speak to Sesshoumaru-sama with so little respect, human!" Another voice croaked. From the sound of the voice and the area it was coming from, Usagi concluded that it wasn't the tall youkai.

"Nande? Is someone there?" She questioned as she started to look for the source of the other voice. The tall youkai still hadn't said a word to her, he just stood there glaring at her as if he were trying to figure something out about her.

"I'm right here! Are you blind, human?!" Jyaken demanded as he jumped up and down in front of the human girl. Her eyes slowly fell on him and she took a step back in surprise.

"Eh?" She questioned in slight surprise as she saw a little green man standing in front of her. "Are you a Martian?" She asked as she took a step forward and pinched his cheek. "Not a very cute Martian. I thought they'd be taller with big eyes."

"I'm not a Martian! I'm a youkai!" He growled as he jumped up and down.

"You don't look like the other youkai I've seen." Usagi said as she reached down and poked the green guy's face lightly.

"I am not a Martian!!" Jyaken yelled in anger as he brought down his staff on her head like a club. At this sudden pain in her head, Usagi broke into full-blown wails as she held her head. She was once again up to her shoulders in water as she sobbed and held her head with one hand.

"That was mean!" She sobbed as she held onto her head.

"Stop crying, human." A deep voice said. Usagi glanced up to see Sesshoumaru standing above her. He seemed amused by something as he grabbed her by the arm and pulled her roughly to her feet. "Itai! That hurt, baka!" She said as she pulled her arm from his grip.

"I would advise you to speak to me with a little more respect, human." He growled as he grabbed her right arm and wrenched it behind her back. Usagi cried out in pain and winced as her wound was brought painfully back to her attention. She had all but forgotten about it until he had done that.

"Maybe I'll do that if you treat me the same, Sesshoumaru-sama." Usagi said dramatically as she tried to free herself from his grip. It was no easy feat, though because he felt no need to release her.

"I'll ask you one more time. Where is Inuyasha?" Sesshoumaru asked as he released Usagi and spun her around to face him. He had a hand on either of her shoulders and was squeezing them painfully. He could smell her blood and glanced down at his left hand. He knew he hadn't been squeezing her hard enough to break the skin so why was his hand stained? The scent of the blood caught him by surprise. She didn't smell like a human at all... he wasn't sure what she smelled like, but it was unlike anything he'd come across before. He narrowed his eyes and turned from his hand to stare her in the face. "What the hell are you?" He growled in annoyance. He had never before come across something as strange as this. She didn't smell like a human, but she didn't smell like a youkai either... Hell, she didn't even smell like that worthless hanyou, Inuyasha.

"What are you talking about? You've been calling me human since you kidnapped me, jerk!" Usagi cried as she tried to twist her good shoulder from his grip. This guy seemed really weird... He had seemed cold and collective one minute amused another, and now his eyes had gone steely cold but slightly wild. 'Is he really as emotionless as he's trying to show me?' Usagi silently wondered as she stared straight back into those wild eyes. He looked like a beast as he demanded an answer from her. That was the only thing that reminded her that he was a monstrous demon that was probably going to kill her the first chance he had.

"You don't have the scent of a mere human. What are you?!" He demanded more forcefully this time. She winced as his claws dug into her flesh and forced her tears not to fall.

"I don't know what you're talking about!" Usagi cried out as tears began to collect in her eyes. As strong as she wanted to be, she couldn't hold the tears back much longer. She was in pain, but not only that, she hated when people yelled at her. She was a very emotional person and because of that she had earned the nickname of 'cry baby' in school. Sesshoumaru glared at her darkly as he seemed to be thinking something to himself.

"…." His eyes burned darkly into hers as he tried to decide if she was being truthful or it if she was acting. From the pained expression he saw in her eyes he assumed that she was really clueless to why she didn't smell like a human. The weird part about it, though, was that she smelled like a normal human until he caught the scent of her blood. "Hmm…" She was something strange. 'I'm going to have to keep an eye on her until I can figure out what she is…' He thought as he stared straight into her eyes. She seemed uneasy as she shifted from foot to foot and tried to get loose from his firm grip. "Very well, I'll attend to you later. After I kill Inuyasha and find the Fang." Sesshoumaru said to her even though the second part was more to himself than to her.


"Where do you think Usagi is?" Kagome asked as they stood outside of Seiya's door. "She said that Inuyasha was going to walk her here. Do you think he's still out to kill her?"

"Don't worry, Kagome-sama. You said yourself that Usagi-sama could use the power she has over him if she wanted to." Miroku said simply as he frowned. He didn't like seeing this many girls outside the door of a pop star. 'Why don't this many girls come to see me when I'm hurt?' He wondered inwardly as he frowned slightly. It seemed he had gained himself a reputation because whenever he came near, the girls would step back and talk amongst themselves just loud enough for him the hear the words 'pervert' and 'old guy'.

"That's true." Kagome said as she sighed and tried to push past a group of girls that were completely blocking off the hallway. "Excuse me!" Kagome said loudly to get their attention. They glared back at her then turned back to their conversation as if they had not been interrupted at all. "If I would have known so many people were going to visit Seiya, I wouldn't have come here. I would have just seen him when he came back to school."

"I don't think we're going to find Usagi-chan in this mess." Sango said as she craned her neck over the heads of the girls to look for the blond odangos the girl had been wearing recently. "I don't see her anywhere." Sango said when she saw no sign of the golden blonde.

"What are you people doing here?" A voice asked slowly. Sango, Miroku, and Kagome turned around to see two young men, one with long brown hair and the other with long blondish-white hair. "You're the reason Seiya-kun is in this state. Why don't you just leave?" Taiki continued as his eyes narrowed on the group of three.

"Huh?" Kagome said as her eyes widened in shock.

"Don't think we didn't recognize you," Yaten said as he pointed to Sango and narrowed his eyes. "And also that blonde girl Seiya was hanging around the other day."

"How can you blame this on Sango-chan?" Kagome asked in outrage as she frowned deeply. "Sango was trying to save Usagi-chan from that monster! It's not her fault Seiya-san tried to protect Usagi-chan!"

"It's their fault that Seiya was put in that position!" Yaten nearly yelled back. The other girls in the hallway had quieted down and were all listening intently to the accusations Yaten and Taiki were thrusting again the trio.

"Usagi-sama didn't ask that idol to pull her up on stage." Miroku said as he took a step in front of Kagome. He wasn't about to let these jerks mess with the two girls that were with him. They seemed to be the only ones that didn't run away or whisper when he drew close to them.

"Just stay away from Seiya." Taiki ordered as he snatched the flowers from Sango's hands and flung them to the ground. He brought his heel down on the white blossoms and ground them into the floor. "He doesn't need to be involved with those things."


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