Hand-Me Down

BY : Miralith
Category: InuYasha > Het - Male/Female > Sessh?maru/Kagome > Sessh?maru/Kagome
Dragon prints: 9873
Disclaimer: I do not own any part of the song �Hand Me Down� by Matchbox 20. I do not own Inu-Yasha, nor the characters from it. I do not make any money from the writing of this story.

Hand Me Down

 

 

Disclaimer – I do not own any part of the song “Hand Me Down” by Matchbox 20, or “Iris” By the Goo Goo Dolls. Characters are based off of Rumiko Takahashi's Inu-Yasha :-)

 

 

 

Chapter 4

 

 

From what I've seen,
You're just one more hand-me down.
Cause no one's tried to give you what you need,
So lay all your troubles down.
I am with you now.

 

 

 

‘Sleep while you have the chance to. Because you will all face my wrath soon enough. You took the one thing that I cared for in this world; my father.’

 

~*~

 Kagome tossed and turned as she slumbered, her dreams took her into the tormented realms of watching her ex-lover caress the woman she was reincarnated to be. She could see his clawed hands running over her clay makeshift body. She watched helplessly as his lips crashed against hers, a simple, yet carnal display of their affections for one another. As his dog-eared head pulled away from the animated clay form before him, she heard them whisper quiet notions of love to one another.

 Her eyes shot open as she heard Inu-Yasha’s voice whisper ‘I love you’ to the dead priestess once more. ‘How is it that I could have been so blindly devoted to someone who wouldn’t even give me the time of day, to just acknowledge the fact that I constantly went out of my way to make that mutt happy?’ She thought to herself, looking out of the cave and towards the sky.  

 She shook her mind and cleared her thoughts; closing her eyes once more, she attempted to catch a few more hours of sleep before they were to take off again. ‘I still can’t get that image out of my head.’ She thought to herself as the scene of the romantic duo played over again behind her closed lids. ‘Why can’t you just leave me be now, Inu-Yasha!’ Kagome screamed in her head, wishing the pain in her heart would go away.

 She sat up and opened her eyes; ‘I’m just going to go sit at the entrance of the cave so I don’t bother Sesshomaru.’ She thought as she quietly stood and walked to the mouth of the rock formation. She sat down on the grassy edge of the cavern, and looked up to the sky. She could see parts of the Orion and Lepus constellation, but the one that was completely visible through the tree-rimmed sky was the Giant Dog constellation.

The Canis Major was clearly visible in her visual path. ‘Figures.’ She thought, looking over at the sleeping Daiyokai.  ‘I wonder who that constellation is in reference to.’ She thought, remembering the tales her grandfather told her about the ‘giant dog protector’ in the sky.

 “The Canis Major was named after the Giant Dog who protected humans back in the feudal era. He was a mighty protector, hailing from the Western lands. He tried so desperately to be the peace keeper between humans and demons once he found the love of his life.”

 “The only ‘Great Dog’ that I know in this era is Lord Sesshomaru. There’s no way that he tried to keep the peace between humans and demons.” Kagome giggled at the thought of the ‘Great and Mighty Lord Sesshomaru’ taking a human for a wife. “It has to be one of Sesshomaru’s sons, Inu-Yasha is incapable of transforming into a dog form.”

 “Love has a strange effect on people, Kagome.”

 “Yeah but there’s no way possible for that constellation to be named after Lord Sesshomaru. We’ve nicknamed him ‘The Ice Prince’ for his lack of sympathy and understanding of human nature.”

 She giggled lightly at the memory, and then wondered who would become the ‘giant dog protector’. Her eyes traced the pattern of the constellation. She always thought that the protector in the sky could have been Inu-Yasha even though he was unable to transform; now she wasn’t so sure. 

 ‘Damn hanyou.’ She thought miserably. ‘If I could only keep you out of my head.’  She stood up and took a few steps out side of the protected walls of the cavern, there was a rock, just a little ways ahead, close enough for Sesshomaru to see her, but far enough away that if she hummed to herself, she wouldn’t disturb the sleeping Lord.

  ‘Just a song or two, then I’ll go back to bed.’ She thought as she quietly made her way to the rock that seemed to be waiting on her.

 

~*~

 

Sesshomaru woke to the sound of a soft mumble of a sound he wasn’t quite familiar with. Curiosity getting to the better of him, he opened his eyes and found that Kagome was missing. ‘Maybe she is relieving herself.’ He thought as he stood up. The closer he walked to the edge of the cave, the more audible the soft sounds became.

He looked in the direction of where the sound was coming from, and found the missing Miko sitting on a rock outside of the rocky cavern. ‘What is that Ningen up to?’ He asked himself as he found himself staring at her moonlit form from the edge of the cave. Her slender silhouetted form seemed to glow in the silver moonlight; her black hair glowed with a bluish hue giving her a nearly angelic appearance.

 

 “…Give you what you need, so lay all your troubles down...on me.” Her voice sounded as if the gods themselves gave it to her. It left him nearly speechless. He stood there silent, almost wishing she would start again, and just so he could hear her. Sure, he had seen countless performers, but nothing compared to the light angelic tones that she produced.

 

And I'd give up forever to touch you 'Cause I know that you feel me somehow. You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be, And I don't want to go home right now. And all I can taste is this moment; and all I can breathe is your life. And sooner or later it's over, I just don't wanna miss you tonight.”

 

 He could feel the sadness radiating off of her being. Never had Sesshomaru ever felt the compelling need to hug anyone, Ningen or Yokai, as he did in that moment for the Miko sitting across the clearing from him.

 

“ And I don't want the world to see me 'Cause I don't think that they'd understand. When everything's meant to be broken; I just want you to know who I am.”  He heard her voice hitch in the form of a small hiccup. In that moment he realized she was crying. Furiously, the salty scent of her tears assaulted his senses.  “And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming, or the moment of truth in your lies. When everything feels like the movies, yeah you bleed just to know you're alive.”

 

 He took a step forward, but then stopped. He had never felt so unsure of himself in his life. She is hurting.” His best whimpered, before releasing an inward howl of pain. “We need to comfort her.” He whimpered, trying to urge the Daiyokai to move forward. ‘We cannot get attached.’ Sesshomaru told himself more than his beast.

 

“And I don't want the world to see me, 'Cause I don't think that they'd understand. When everything's meant to be broken, I just want you to know who I am.” He took another step forward, as if her song was one of a siren, he couldn’t resist taking another step forward.

 

“And I don't want the world to see me, 'Cause I don't think that they'd understand. When everything's meant to be broken, I just want you to know who I am.” Further down the rabbit hole he fell as he took another silent step forward.

“And I don't want the world to see me, 'Cause I don't think that they'd understand. When everything's meant to be broken, I just want you to know who I am.”  He was just a few feet from her now, her voice still calling him in.  “I just want you to know who I am.”  He took another step forward; his heart beat loud against his ears. ‘Who is she?’ He thought to himself, as he thought about clearing the few feet left between them to hold her in his arms.
 

“I just want you to know who I am.” The assaulting scent of salt burned his nose; he pushed past the scent, thinking about how he just needed to comfort her tonight. Her illuminated hair gently fluttered in the breeze, allowing her to see just enough of her to face. His beast nearly growled at the grief that was written all over her face. “We need to hold her.” Another single step forward, he could touch her if he wanted to he was so close. ‘How has she not noticed my presence?’ His slender fingers quivered as he reached forward to touch her shoulder. ‘What is this feeling?’ He hated the fact that he lacked the ability to put a name to the emotion that welled though his chest.

“I just want you to know who I am.”  He watched her head turn toward the sky. “Who is the ‘Giant Dog’ in the sky, what would he protect so fiercely?” He was puzzled by her words. ‘This human is probably the most complex creature I have ever crossed.’ He shook himself from his ridiculous thoughts. ‘I will not think of her in any positive light.’ He told himself. ‘I shall grant her this Sesshomaru’s comfort for this one evening, but that is all.’

  Kagome felt the hairs on the back of her neck raise as a shiver ran up her spine. She could feel a set of eyes on her, and she had a sinking feeling that her night was about to get a lot more intense than just her own internal struggle of coming to terms with Kikyou and Inu-Yasha being together.

 Before she could release a pulse of Reiki to identify the location of the sleuth that had eyes on her, a hand gently grasped her shoulder. Her body tensed under the sudden intrusion of her own personal space. She was about to react violently, when his voice snaked into her ears.

 “Calm yourself Miko.” His even baritone voice soothed.  He dropped his hand from her shoulder as he sat behind her, his back flush against hers.

Her chocolate orbs widened at the sudden warmth of his body against hers. ‘I don’t know what I am shocked about more; the fact that Sesshomaru’s touching me, or the fact that his voice has some form of emotion to it!’ Kagome sat quietly, waiting for whatever it is he needed to say to her. She could almost hear his words of scorn toward her behavior. And in a moment, the thoughts of her being berated for her carelessness, the thought of her singing openly washed through her mind.

  Her face instantly paled and nervousness washed over her petite form. ‘How long was he standing there? What did he hear? Oh no, he’s going to loose it. Inu-Yasha always hated it when I sang. Oh Kami, what have I done?’

 ‘Why is she so nervous? Why is she scared of us?’ The thoughts of his beast filled his mind as he felt her sudden mood shift from sad to nervous and afraid. ‘Make her feel better!’ The beast barked at Sesshomaru. Growling internally, he calmly asked the terrified girl “What troubles you?”

 Confusion flooded her mind. ‘Is he concerned?’ “Nothing, Sesshomaru. It’s petty human issues. They are below someone such as yourself to be concerned with.” She nearly trembled. ‘How long will he remain silent? I wonder if he is going to say anything about my singing.’ She thought as she felt a vulnerability forming as she sat next to the mighty Daiyokai of the West. ‘Why do I care about his opinion?’ She asked herself as her body relaxed against his.

 “Hn.” He pondered her words for a moment. “Miko.” He paused momentarily as he felt her heartbeat quicken against his back. “You sound appealing.”

 “What?” Her eyes shot open as shock coursed though her body.

 “I have been to many Operas, not one of the Yokai singers had even begun to compare to your voice.” He stated flatly.

 Her heart fluttered for a moment. “Thank you, Sesshomaru-Sama.” She whispered, a smile plastered on her face.

 “Hn.” He drew in a deep breath, inhaling her scent. The unique mixture of thunderstorms and honeysuckle had become comforting to him. ‘She isn’t horrible.’ He admitted to himself.

 “Sesshomaru, can I ask you something?” Her soft voice caressed at his ears.

 “Hn.”

 “Why are you helping me?” She innocently asked. “I mean, I appreciate you assisting me back to the well. Considering the fact that, I have no sense of direction; as you have kindly pointed out. It probably would have taken me weeks to get to the well.” She nervously rubbed her arm.

 “Well, when Raitoningu landed in my lands, you were in his possession. You were unconscious.” He added, almost as an afterthought. “He said that Inu-Yasha had asked him to take you to his castle to read scrolls he had.” Sesshomaru stood and looked to the sky as he recalled the events.

 “As if!” Kagome scoffed. “I would have had him deliver the scrolls to me if that were the case.”

 “Hn. I figured as such.” Sesshomaru looked to the miko. She now had spun herself to face him; the moon’s light was becoming of her skin, the gentle caress of the tendrils of light gave her an ethereal glow. “I insisted that he were to stay at my castle with you until I could speak with you myself and he bolted.”

 Sesshomaru tore his gaze away from the Miko before him, returning it to the stars. “I went to Inu-Yasha, to find answers. Sango informed me of the letter you wrote them and the events that had conspired between the mutt and dead miko.”

 His monotone voice tore a hole in her heart. She left them behind without much of an explanation, she only hoped that they would understand why eventually.

 “Sango and Miroku both insisted that I retrieve you from Raitoningu, they said that you had been harmed enough from the hanyou.” He gazed into her soft brown orbs.

 She felt like crying, they two understood without an explanation! ‘They knew. They understand. I can stop worrying about that now.’ Unable to speak, she nodded in acknowledgment of his words so he would continue.

 “This Sesshomaru is also curious of where you hail from.”

 Her eyes widened. “I don’t know if that is possible.” She replied quickly, trying to figure out a way to explain why. She looked into his molten golden eyes, as if she were going to find the answer there.

 “Explain.” His placid, emotionless face portrayed no emotion, but his eyes were full of curiosity. “This Sesshomaru can go where he pleases.”

 “I don’t know if the well will allow you to come to my time.” She replied honestly. “There’s only been a few demons to pass though the well with me, but not all can.” She sighed, turning away from his curious filled eyes. “Inu-Yasha can, but we could never figure out exactly why he could. We came to the conclusion that it is more than likely because of the subjugation beads that Keade placed around his neck. They bind him to me because I control the beads.” She explained.

 “Hn. We will attempt to traverse through the well.” Sesshomaru concluded. “I wish to know of this place you call home.”

 “You may not like it there Sesshomaru.” She cautioned. “It bothered Inu-Yasha a great deal when he went through the well the first time.” She recalled how he reacted over the intense noise of the traffic, the smells were overwhelming to his sensitive nose. ‘I can only imagine how Sesshomaru would feel about the intensity of the future, his senses are more than half of what Inu-Yasha has.’ Her quiet thoughts were interrupted when Sesshomaru spoke up.

 “Why is that Miko?” He arched his brow at her words.

 “According to Inu-Yasha, it’s very loud and the scents burned his nose. He said the air hurt his eyes too.”

 “I think I can manage.”

 Kagome stared at him, blankly. She would have to explain a lot of things on the way there, but bits at a time. ‘If I just lay everything on him now, he will probably think that I’m insane! Not that it will matter once we get there. He’d feel like a fool for doubting me.’ Kagome involuntarily stretched her now aching muscles as a yawn burst from her lungs.

 “You must sleep.” He said, grabbing her arm as she slid off of the rock.

 “Yes.” She admitted. “I will try to take you to my home, but there’s a lot that I must explain to you before you go into that well.” She sighed. “But, there’s one condition.” She said.

 ‘Of course, a treaty must be made.’ He thought dryly. “What are your terms?”  

 “You have to take everything I say seriously, and you have to agree to the rules, or I will not allow you to pass though the well.” She said, threatening the Daiyokai. ‘At least I’ll have some form of control over him.’ She thought as she watched him consider his options in the terms she had just laid out for him. His head nodded in approval, and a smile etched its way onto her face. “I’m glad.” She said. Her voice held audible relief.

~*~

Behind the trees, violet eyes glowed. Kumonosu listened intently to the conversation between the two in the clearing. ‘The well? She lives in the well?’ He closed his eyes and chuckled to himself. ‘This is going to be entirely too easy.’ He reopened his eyes, and followed their path back to the cavern they made their camp in. ‘I will kill them both as they go into the well.’ Knowing where their path would lead them, he decided to leave the two to their delirious ramblings of smells and sounds.

 His mission would be far from over once the Miko and the Western Lord were dead. He needed to know of the others plans. He needed to study them to find their weaknesses. His father was killed by a group of Ningens, a hanyou, and one yokai. Naraku would have united these lands. His mother told him that. He only wished to bring peace to this world, yet they took that from him, all because they were selfish, greedy and power hungry.

 Kumonosu hissed inwardly, it would be a long night of travel to locate where they were. ‘I will have to keep an eye out for Mother.’ He sighed as he sped though the forest towards the Musashi Province, he would find their village and see if anyone could point him in their direction.

 ‘How do I wish to kill the first Ningen and that pathetic Daiyokai?’ He grinned as he contemplated their demise. ‘This will be too easy.’



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