Demon Nature

BY : Shardetector
Category: InuYasha > Het - Male/Female > InuYasha/Kagome
Dragon prints: 7469
Disclaimer: I own nothing of InuYasha. No money/profit is being made from this story. This story was purely written to entertain InuYasha crazed fans and myself.

There were screams all around, but all he could focus on was the jewel in his hands.  With a menacing look taking over his features, he smiled, “So there!” After all the bull shit he had been through, all for this jewel, he finally had it.  He should have stuck with his original plan from the start.  His eyes narrowed, dodging yet another weapon thrown his way.  Quick and sure on his feet he glanced down at the pink gem once more.  His smile widened, his voice deepened, “A way for me to become full demon at last!”

“INUYASHA!!”

Hot white pain burned through his chest as his forward momentum came to a sudden halt.  His body was pinned to the tree behind him with a thud from the arrow running him through.  His eyes never left the jewel as it fell forward, out of his grasp. His face was a mixture of shock and pain as he watched the pink orb falling so slowly to the ground.  He was so close.

The thick metallic smell of blood hit his nose, causing his eyes to look past his prize.  He caught sight of a woman standing there, still poised from firing her arrow.  This both enraged him and concerned him.  Enraged by her betrayal, by how foolish he had been for having trusted her.  Concerned from the affection he once felt for her.  However, the black hard stare coming from her cold brown eyes rid him of any lingering concern and caused his own eyes to flash red.

“Kikyo!”

His mind raced, trying to put all the pieces together.  Betrayed, deceived, dishonored, the longer he looked into those cold eyes the more hatred consumed him. “How could you?!”, his demon screamed.  His eyes softened for a moment, “I thought…”, his human begged to understand.

Her eyes never wavered their cold hate filled stare, causing his to flare with red once more.  As his mind slowly sank into the heavy darkness, his demon roared with anger at the cage he had been placed in.  As his eyes began to quickly fall closed, they pulsed between red and gold, his demon full of rage.

 

*****

 

Kagome could not have imagined her birthday taking such a turn.  As cold hands turned her face the last thing she saw, before a strange blue light engulfed her, was her brother crumbled on the floor looking so small and terrified.  Kagome gasped as she took in the sight of the monstrous creature before her eyes, taking in its…her?…appearance.  The only way she knew how to describe the creature was to say it looked as if someone had taken the top half of a naked woman and gave her the body of a centipede.  A demon straight from hell.

Her skin crawled as it spoke, its voice undeniably female but sounding almost ghost like, “Already my flesh returns to me! You have it then don’t you?” 

Kagome looked at the creature’s face, the words on her lips fading out after seeing the inhuman mouth on the centipede woman especially her large fangs.

“Wha..t?”, even Kagome knew how small and frightened she sounded.

“GIVE IT TO ME!” The monster’s voice deepened and its numerous hands on her gripped tighter, Kagome’s stomach dropped.  The raspy hiss of its voice resembled a snake, and Kagome shut her eyes as she began to struggle against the hands holding her with a nervous bravery starting to come to the surface.  

“I don’t have anything!” 

Feeling herself being pulled closer to the monster, her eyes flew open to find the creature’s mouth getting closer and opening wider.  Saliva stretched from its fangs as she hissed darkly once more, “GIVE IT TO ME!”, it’s slimy tongue ran up the side of her face.  Kagome was able to jerk her right arm free from its grasp and pushed her palm against its face hoping to create distance.

Yelling out with all she had and as forcefully as she could, the only thing on her mind was getting this creature to release her.  Kagome demand that it stop! Her eyes widened in fascination as felt and saw a powerful force shoot from her hand, the energy glowing a light blue.

Kagome looked past the glow of her hand when the centipede woman cried out in pain, instantly releasing Kagome from her grasp. “I must have the Sacred Jewel!”, she cried out before disappearing from Kagome’s sight.

Her blue grey eyes wide swimming with confusion, Kagome whispered to herself, “Sacred… Jewel..?” as she slowly floated down to the ground.  Once she was safely on her hands and knees, she panted heavily to regain her breath, her eyes jerked around trying to make sense of it all.

“Maybe I bumped my head or…”, she reasoned before seeing the severed arm of the centipede monster, her eyes widened, “Or maybe not!”

Standing up slowly to get her bearings, she called up from the well for her brother to go retrieve their grandfather so she could get out of this creepy old well!  Her eyes drifted back towards the severed arm, amazed that it wasn’t gushing blood, she noticed it did look as if the flesh had been seared.

After hearing no reply from her brother, and not being able to stand the thought of being so close to even part of the creature that attacked her.  Kagome decided he must have ran off from fright and began to slowly climb the walls of the well.

The closer to the top she climbed she noticed how much brighter it seemed to be, too bright to be inside the well-house.  As if on que, a small yellow butterfly floated down to lit softy on her shoulder before taking flight once more.

Kagome quickly reached the lip of the well her eyes widen and her breathe caught.  The sight before her was beautiful; green everywhere, from the trees to the grass, a pure blue sky, birds chirping and other animals scurrying about in the woods could be heard all around.  It was like a fairytale.

‘I could be wrong, but Toto… I don’t think we’re in Tokyo anymore.’

She slowly started to walk around, her humor starting to fade as she saw no sign of her family or the shrine.  Kagome called out for her family hoping for some miracle, to find someone, anyone to save her from this weird dream.

“It’s like the family shrine isn’t even…”, she gasped as she looked up to see the Sacred Tree looming over all the rest, a beacon of hope in her eyes.  A smile spread across her face as she took off in the direction of the tree she knew so well.  ‘The Sacred Tree! That means I’m practically home!’       

Pushing her way past some shrubbery, she looked up to the tree only to have her smile falter.

There, pinned to the large and noble tree…was a boy… with an arrow piercing his heart.  He appeared only to be asleep, with his features so at peace.  He enchanted her, his long white silver hair catching on the small breeze that passed through.  His bright red outfit seeming to be the only thing protecting him from the world.

Something about him called her closer, childish curiosity or something more, she wasn’t sure.  Kagome just felt as if his soul was crying out to her. 

As she started to climb up the root that was wrapped around him she softly called out to him, not wishing to startle him in case he was just merely sleeping, “Hey there… whacha doing?”

Kagome paused as she was now close enough to him to make out his strange ears.  Two white furry triangles sat atop his head, curved slightly in with the insides a light pink flesh color.  They reminded her of something, they almost looked like, ‘Like dog ears… I think I want to, touch ‘em!’ 

Slowly her hands inched forward until both gently took hold of a small triangle. Like soft velvet under her fingers, Kagome smiled as she gave them each a few tweaks.  This simple yet strange act calming her some, helping her to forget about the nightmare she had just been through. 

Her happiness was short lived, however, when arrows came flying at her from the forest.  Deep voices shouted at her, telling her not to move.  Kagome flung herself over the sleeping boy, tucking herself up tightly to him as if he could somehow protect her.

She turned her head slightly to see three men cautiously approaching her.  They were muttering between themselves, and what she caught being repeated several times was ‘she looks like Kikyo-sama’ and ‘dark priestess’.

Soon the very strangely dressed men, had all advanced on her and had her surrounded.  Demanding that she get down they began reaching up grabbing at her wherever they could reach when she refused.  They were acting like savages!

‘I mean c’mon what is this? The Japan mid-evil times?!’ She inwardly squeaked.

Batting and kicking at their hands, it wasn’t long before one of them managed to get a firm grip on her leg.  Next thing Kagome knew, they were forcefully dragging her from atop the root she was standing on and to the ground. 

Kagome had no problem fighting back with a bunch of human men, she had seen and apparently fought off much worse.  Her angered fueled her as she kicked, elbowed, and jerked away at them.  Unfortunately, she was outnumbered and they soon had her flat on her stomach tying her hands behind her back.

A hot panic set over her, causing sweat to coat her face.  What were these dirty men planning on doing to her?  She couldn’t let this happen!  She struggled even harder, panic starting to consume her, only receiving scrapes and scratches for her efforts. 

She heard one of the men mutter something about a dark priestess again.  Another pointing out the odd way she was dressed.  The final voice saying they should take her to the village and let Lady Kaede determine what the strange girl was.

With that Kagome felt her body being lifted to her feet and being pushed forward, a stern command to walk spoken from one of the men.  Her initial fear gone with the panic simmering down, she no longer feared she was about to be ganged raped, she stiffened her entire body and stared hard straight forward at nothing. She refused to be pushed around, with orders being barked at her!

With another hard shove to her shoulder, the same man who had previously ordered her to walk spoke again his voice low not liking being defied by what he thought was a dark miko, “I said walk.”

Kagome turned her head just enough to catch sight of the man, her jaw set and eyes hard.  The man humpf’ed before her vision went black, pain searing across her face as she fell to the ground.  Unable to catch herself, more pain shot from her chin as she landed squarely on it.  Eyes squeezed shut, willing herself not to cry and appear any weaker in front of the men, a small whine escaped her.

“You don’t wanna walk? Fine then I’ll drag your ass to the village.”  The man didn’t shout in anger, he just stated it as fact.  Like he saw nothing wrong with his treatment of the girl, she was after all a dark miko.

As the man reached down and grabbed her by the back of her shirt collar, Kagome vaguely heard one of the other men give small protest, “What if she wasn’t a dark priestess?”

She blocked their voices out as she was dragged, her ass and legs getting cut even more by the many sticks and stones in the forest.  She just kept her eyes squeezed shut praying she would wake up from this nightmare soon.

It wasn’t long before the temperature felt cooler and Kagome could hear the faint commotion of a large group of people and thunder in the distance.  One of the men walking alongside the man who was currently dragging her commented about the village being close. Another agreed, stating, “It is best we hurry, we don’t want to be caught in the rain nor out after dark so close to InuYasha’s Forest.”

No sooner had the man spoke, a thundering sound shook the earth causing the man who had been dragging Kagome to drop her.  Raising up the best she could, she opened her eyes to find the monstrous centipede woman towering over them from the forest edge. 

She starred unable to move, but oddly put at ease with how frightened the men seemed to be of the monster. ‘Serves them right.’

“DEMON!”

All the men shouted and shakily drew their weapons.  Arrows flying at the demon woman, none hitting her as she spun her entire body deflecting them.  Her eerie screech made Kagome’s blood run cold. “The JEWEL! The Sacred Jewel! I must have it!”

The demon advanced towards them, crawling much quicker than one would think a centipede be able to.  The men ran in the direction they had been walking, screaming at one of them to run to the village to get more men. 

Kagome, unable to get up in order to run, watched in horror as the demon woman came right towards her.  Eyes wide watching the centipede grow closer, the distance between her and the monster was far too close.  She was startled as calloused hands from behind her quickly lift her up.  She felt a small pain as the rope tying her hands together was cut free, nicking her wrist in the process.

Kagome recognized the voice of the man who had faintly protested her mistreatment from earlier yelling at her to run.

The demon centipede slammed into the earth near where they stood, throwing them all to the side and to the ground.  Hearing the man who had dragged her yelling at the man who had freed her, the centipede woman turned her attention to the men, “Why would you release the dark priestess?! Don’t you realize this is all her doing?!”

Kagome seized her opportunity.  Legs springing forward, her muscles screamed as she ran as hard and as fast as she could.  She ran absentmindedly into the forest, not daring to look back for fear of losing her speed.  Closing her eyes as her foot caught on a root causing her to footing faltered, her breathe panted out of her as she regained her balance and continued to run.

Praying to be saved, wanting so much for this all to be over, to be rescued from this nightmare. Kagome called out in desperation from the depths of her soul, “Whoever you are! PLEASE HELP ME!”

 

*****

 

His scenes came to life all at once.  It wasn’t a slow climb from sleep, as everything came into focus.  Nor his body being sluggish as it regained function.

No, he was jolted awake.  Body screaming with energy, senses alive and ready.  His demons rage fueling him; his claws flexed as his nose picked up a familiar metallic scent, his eyes flashed red, “I smell it, the blood of the woman who killed me.”

With a fanged smile, he reached for the arrow pinning him in place, his voice deep, “And it’s coming this way.”

As his clawed hand reached to grip the arrow, it began to glow a bright blue singeing the flesh of his palm.  Grunting he jerked his hand away and glared at the arrow.  Annoyed at still being cage, his rage grew.

His ear twitched at the sound of a loud crash, turning his eyes and attention to the girl emerging from the darkness of the forest as she was thrown forward. InuYasha smiled darkly.

“Hello… Kikyo.”

Panting for breath on her hands and knees, Kagome was startled to hear a voice. A very smooth voice that almost instantly put her at ease.  Looking up towards the direction of the voice, she was surprised to see the once peacefully sleeping boy now starring at her, with such hate in his beautiful golden eyes. 

She gasped softly as she thought she saw the whites of his eyes flash red for a moment. 

Captivated by his eyes, she almost missed when he started to taunt her.  Asking her in that voice of his, why was she taking so long to kill it?  Kill it?  Kill it?!  She was barely succeeding at running from it!  Let alone killing it!

Confused as to how he thought she should kill the large monster that had been after her all day, she almost missed him spitting out his next sentence with venom in his tone, “Just do her like you did me, Kikyo.”

Like she did him?  Who is Kikyo?  And why was this handsome man spitting that name at her with such hate?

Before she could speak the man’s eyes left hers only to stare behind her into the darkness.  Stating simply, ‘she’s here’, as if to warn Kagome and give her a fair chance to defend herself.  She didn’t have time to act before the demon appeared from the darkness advancing towards her. 

Trying to gather her feet under her to run, Kagome slipped forward on the wet grass, her muscles giving out with all the exertion and no recovery time.  She squeezed her eyes shut as she waited for the pain that was sure to come.

But there was only a sickening thud, the kind of sound only made by a weapon piercing flesh.  Kagome’s head jerked up to see some of the village men pulling at the demon with ropes tied to spears embedded in her flesh.

Her voice small and uncertain, Kagome whispered out more to herself than to anyone, “So I was saved...?”

A disgusted grunt was her answer as the golden eyed man glared down at her, his eyes definitely flashing red.  His voice was dark and somehow stinging her with his words, “You’re pathetic Kikyo.”    

Growing tired of being accused of being someone she wasn’t and things she wasn’t today, Kagome let out an annoyed growl of a sound as she pushed herself to her feet.  Squaring her shoulders, blue greys locked onto golden red, she moved forward towards the man pinned to the tree.  Fist clenched as she climbed the root.  Making her way to him, but never taking her eyes off his.

“That does it! Kikyo! Kikyo! I’m not her! Whoever her is!” 

There was fire in Kagome as she defended herself of these accusations.  The silver haired man only snarled and leaned towards her, arguing that she had to be her because there was no way she could smell so much like her otherwise.

Smell?!  What about her smell?!  She’d been dragged across a forest for crying out loud!  She was just about to lay into the man over the smell comment when the sight of his nose twitching caught her attention.

She watched as his eyes became confused, the red slowly starting to bleed away, as he leaned even closer towards her taking two deep purposeful sniffs.  He stated simply, “You’re not her.”

A sigh of relief left Kagome as she exclaimed, “That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you! My name is Kagome! Ka-Go-Me!”

Her relief was cut short, however, when the silver haired man turned his eyes from her and sighed softly.  At first it seemed he was agreeing with her as he started off with saying, “You’re right.”  The smallest of smiles almost reached Kagome’s lips, until what he said next reached her ears.

“Kikyo was much cuter.”

InuYasha smirk inwardly as he watched the girls face fall, poor thing looked as if she’d been through hell and back.  Her strange clothes were torn, her chin was split, and she had various cuts and nicks all over her body.  He couldn’t explain why he felt the need to tease her but with her so close to him, her scent consuming his every breathe, his rage was starting to dissipate.  That perplexed him.

As Kagome was about to shout at the man for insulting her, and after the day she had had, she needed a good yell.  Though her words of rage never came.  She suddenly felt the familiar sensation of cold hands grabbing her from behind.

Having momentarily forgotten about the demon in pursuit of her, she had let her guard down.  Her hands now shot out grabbing onto the first thing she could find in a desperate attempt to keep herself out of the clutches of the monstrous centipede.  Crying out for the centipede to let go of her, Kagome then noticed just what she had grabbed hold of as the man’s voice cried out, “Ow! Ow! Ow! You let go!”

Panicking, Kagome released her grip on one of his silver forelocks and turned towards the demon.  Swinging her hand out to push it away she yelled out in terror, “STOP IT!”

For the second time that day, Kagome watch as a powerful blue energy escaped her hand only to dismember more of the centipede’s arms. 

With the arms of the centipede no longer holding her up, Kagome fell to the ground and landed with a hard thud.  Trying to wrap her mind around what had happened, she reacted too slowly as the demon shouted at her and charged, “Give me the Sacred Jewel!”

InuYasha could only watch as the young woman emitted a spiritual power at the demon, a powerful blast too.  Although the raven haired youth seemed shocked that it had happened.  He watched her intently as she landed hard on the ground.

Eyes, ears, and nose all alert searching for signs that she was injured.  His ear twitched as he heard some of the men cowering and discussing on if they should just run.  ‘Useless vermin, leave a helpless girl out here alone?’

InuYasha realized she wasn’t completely defenseless, but she was extremely frightened.  The smell of her fear was coming off her in waves now tainting her scent from before.  While she may possess spiritual capabilities, he had the feeling she didn’t know how to use them and she was definitely out of place here.  One look at her outfit told him that much.

Just as he was fixing to shout at the girl to tell her to snap out of whatever trance she was in, the demon’s words stopped him dead. ‘The Jewel?’  With his hesitation, he watched as the girl was slung violently into the air.  Her eyes wide in horror as her body could do nothing.  Then the sound of her flesh ripping caught his ears. He winced as the smell of the girl’s blood grew stronger in the area.

To her credit though she didn’t cry out, Kagome just watch mesmerized by the small pink orb that was jerked from inside her body. ‘It came from inside me…’ A little delirious from blood loss, she didn’t even notice when she had landed her body taking another hard hit.  Her eyes never left the pink gem, softly glowing, keeping her attention.

She sat up slowly with a hand holding on to her side, she thought she heard the beautiful man demanding her to give the jewel to him.  Was this the jewel?  The Sacred Jewel…

Before she could come to her senses Kagome was being forcefully pushed into the man and the tree by the body of the centipede.  A sharp pain shot up her from her side, she clenched her fists onto the mans red robes, screaming out, “It’s crushing me!” 

Panic was starting to take over her mind once more, she thought she heard the man cursing at the demon.  All she could focus on was the pain shooting across her body, when the man’s voice so calmly called her back to herself.

“Hey… can you pull out this arrow?”

InuYasha’s eyes stared straight ahead starring hard at the demon as she taunted the both of them.  He could sense the girls dismay and knew she was probably getting close to her limit.

Funny how he had hated the sight of her when she had first fallen at his feet. Thinking she was that damn priestess, he would have been rejoicing in the pain she felt, wishing her to suffer for all the pain she had caused him. 

Except this wasn’t the bitch who had caused him so much pain, this young woman was innocent and terrified.  His hatred started morphing.  If he didn’t do something she was probably going to die.

With that thought on his mind he barked out at her once more, hearing her small murmur of “what?” as she slowly came back to reality.  “Can you pull out this arrow or not!?”  His voice was probably rougher than he meant for it to be, although his demon was surprisingly kept under control given his rage.

He heard her speak hesitantly, “I don’t know…” before the demon centipede laughed wickedly and started taunting them again.

“I had heard some half-demon spawn was after the jewel.”  She spat out the word half-demon as if it was vile on her tongue and stared down at him, her face appearing from between her breast.

His hackles rose, this lowly demon bitch demeans him and then has the audacity to stare down at him as if he were beneath her?!  A low growl made its way from his chest as he retorted, “Half’s all I need to kick your scaly ass.”

Kagome being pressed into the man was clinging to his robes trying to hold on to something solid as she tried to ground herself.  Her mind was racing and she was staring at the arrow sticking out from his chest, building up the energy and resolve to reach for it, when she heard the demons comment.  ‘Half-demon? What is he?’

She looked up his body to his face; strong with pride, his eyes hard challenging the demon, and then she noticed his ears once more.  What was he?

Catching the end of what he spat back at the demon, a small ray of hope building in her, Kagome sucked air into her lungs in order to speak loudly enough to catch his attention, “Hey! You talk big, but can you back it up?!”

His amber eyes only glanced down at her for a moment before he cast them back onto the demon centipede, watching her every move.  Kagome and InuYasha both heard the immediate protest of the village men over the demon’s taunts.  They begged her not to remove the arrow sealing the demon InuYasha. 

The demon centipede only laughed as she lowered herself closer to the jewel, ignoring the half-demons’ barks as she swallowed it whole.  Almost immediately her power grew and her flesh ripped off, replaced with a horrid red and black skin like armor.  She laughed as her body shook, her voice a ghoulish sound. 

InuYasha yelled out to the men as they cowered in fear whimpering, “At least with me you have a chance! Whereas that thing is going to eat you!”  Turning his head to look down to the girl so intimately pressed into him, he lowered his voice just slightly and asked her sincerely, “And you…are you ready to die yet?”

Kagome’s eyes widened as she watched the transformation of the demon, hearing InuYasha’s words she closed her eyes blocking out the pleas of the village men as they cried out to her. ‘I don’t know what I should do… but…’ 

Taking a large gulp of air into her lungs readying herself for the coming pain, Kagome pushed herself upward and reached for the arrow.  The pain went running throughout her body, from the centipede continuing to crush her, to her torn open side.  She screamed out as she pulled back on the arrow with all her might, “I choose to…LIVE!”

InuYasha watched in amazement as the arrow began to shine brightly, almost as if it had an inner fire igniting within it.  With all of her might, she pulled back on the arrow but it wasn’t moving, but she sure as hell was ridding him of the damn thing!

He could feel the power she was emitting from inside his chest where the arrow pierced him through.  An odd sensation; as it did not burn him, but sent tingles down his spine and set his soul aflame.  Freedom so close, his demon impatiently awaited his release.

Kagome put all she had into getting rid of that arrow.  Her eyes shut tight, she paid no mind to the world around her.  The village men screaming at her to stop her black magic, the horrid screeching of the demon centipede while it discarded its own flesh as it grew in power, the pain that consumed her entire body, the sound of the rolling thunder as it grew closer…Kagome ignored it all. 

Focusing instead on the warmth of the man she was so intimately pressed into, she felt he was the only one she could trust.  Kagome called on all the energy she could find.  If this InuYasha could put an end to all this, then she would free this man, and he would be her savior, all she had to do was remove an arrow.  She wanted to go home, she wanted the nightmare to disappear, she wanted to LIVE!  

Time had seemed to have slowed down and a small magical explosion set it racing forward once more.  All eyes looking toward the flash of spiritual light, all seeking out the tiny arrow which held such a large enchantment.  As the light from the blast faded all could is it was gone, vanished, disappeared as if it were never there. 

InuYasha’s demon soared, his wild soul unleashed.  Ducking his head, his body began to shake, unable to contain the dark laughter ripping up out of him.  They would all pay; he couldn’t wait to tear his claws into their flesh! 

Every last one of them would suffer as he unleashed decades of built up rage on their miserable souls!  He felt as the demon bitch moved her insect body in a quick attempt to crush him.  He smiled as he sensed the desperation in the force in which she used captured him.  

His mind was running rapid with ways to torture the creepy crawly bitch when a small whimper caught his ear.  Though he couldn’t see her, with the centipedes’ body wrapped all around him, he was reminded of the young woman.

He felt her being crushed into him at what was for him a small inconvenient pressure, but as he heard the air being squeezed from her lungs he knew it was much worse on her small delicate human body.  His anger morphed into a carnal protective rage.

His course of action changed. The storm inside him came bursting out with a demonic roar and the flex of his iron claws.  InuYasha tore free from the demon whore’s flesh ripping it into pieces.  Blood, arrows, and cold wet drops began to rain from the sky as the looming storm finally found them. 

InuYasha paid no mind to the arrows, they couldn’t pierce his demonic flesh, as his claws began to sink into the centipede woman.  He began tearing piece by piece away looking for the jewel he knew was hidden inside somewhere. 

Blood splatted up onto his face, his smile never leaving, as he searched tearing the demon apart not allowing its flesh the time it needed to regenerate.  A small cry of pain broke through to him, his ears twitching in its direction, taking his attention away he looked to see the girl Kagome slumped against a tree with an arrow sticking up out of her leg.  The scent of her blood hit his nose once again, causing his eyes to bleed red.

His demon swore he would kill every last one of the humans for harming that girl. He didn’t understand why he felt the need to protect her like he did, all he knew was that her scent had calmed him and she had set him free.  He owed her that much.  Hearing the comments from one man in particular, angered his demon that much more.  He could smell that piece of filth all over the woman. 

Having hesitated just long enough for the jewel possessed demons flesh to begin to regrow and giving the bitch time to retaliate, he snarled as he felt the demon attack.  With some distance between himself and the wench; her blood thick in his nose, and so close to the jewel his demon was finally granted its wish as it took over with deafening roar.

Kagome had watched the scene unfolding in front of her eyes amazed from her spot on the forest floor.  Sitting up in the mud, from the place where she had landed when her silver haired savior had broken them both free of the demon’s death grip, her eyes followed his every move. 

She should be frightened by his ferocity, the way in which he tore apart that vile creatures’ flesh, he truly appeared to be the demon the village men claimed him to be.  She only found herself praying for him to succeed.

As she was finally able to catch her breath some, a hard task to do when the frigid rain kept pounding down on her stealing it right back, she began to shakily rise to her feet.  Kagome knew being out in the open with a battle raging on mere feet in front of her was dangerous.

There were arrows flying everywhere, not to mention blood and flesh as her demon knight tore away at that awful centipede, and Kagome really didn’t want to add to her list of injuries.

Right arm tucked around her gapping side, her left pushed against a tree holding herself steady, Kagome began to turn herself around and move away from the battle on trembling legs.

She was concentrating hard on not slipping and falling back into the wet earth, when a sharp hot pain spread out from her inner right thigh. She cried out as she slumped against the tree.  She tried her best to keep her injured leg straight hoping not to cause more damage by moving the arrow that was currently jutting out around too much.

An inhuman, animal like roar caused Kagome to jerk and had her whipping her head back around to the battle.  Her eyes locked with the blood red stare of a true demon.  Her eyes wide as she took in his features; mouth opened wide in a snarl, his fangs extended, the whites of his eyes now crimson.  His once warm golden irises replaced with a light blue, and dark purple markings running across his cheek bones.

Her stomach dropped and for a split second, Kagome feared him.  She saw his nostrils flare as if he was scenting something, then shouts from the village men caught both of their attention.  The demon man seemed more enraged at the sound of the men’s voices, as his attacks grew in speed. 

Kagome could barely make out their words over the scuffling taking place, between both the two demons and two men, but she heard enough to know the man who shot her was the same one who was determined that she was a dark miko. 

Fearing that the man would retrieve his bow from the one who had defended her earlier, Kagome focused her attention on her leg.  She couldn’t walk with an arrow poking out of her leg, least of all run, and she wanted nothing more than to run home.

Resolve set, she grit her teeth as she broke the longest part of the arrow in half on the back side of her thigh, grunting as she did so through clenched jaws.  She still herself as she prepared for what came next.

Gripping the remaining half of the arrow on the front side of her thigh, right below the sharp point, Kagome’s breath left her in a hiss as she yanked the broken weapon from her tender flesh. 

Without delay, she ripped the bottom part of her already torn shirt off and quickly tied it tightly around her bleeding thigh.  Not stopping for fear of letting the pain set in, she pushed herself to her feet once more.  Her body screamed at her as she pushed forward, falling from tree into tree unable to keep her balance. 

She vaguely realized the sounds of battle were further away than before as her feet kept trudging forward.  She wanted as much distance from that nightmare as possible.

Night truly set in, as the darkness and the pouring rain made it even harder for her to find her way to her destination.  Home.  She had to find her way home.

She staggered, leaning against a tree as hope filled her and gave her new strength.  There in the open field, barely able to be made out in the dark and rain, was the well.  Her ticket home.  Surely if she came here that way, it was the way home.

Kagome put all her remaining strength into pushing herself off the tree and running the best she could to that well.  Who would have ever thought she would be so happy to see that creepy well?

Running into the side of the old wood, her hands out to catch herself, Kagome didn’t hesitate as she slung her legs over the wet wooden rim.  In the not too far distance she heard screams crying out, both human and non, and she thought of her savior.

She hoped he was alright, and she truly wished she could thank him.  As an image of his demonic face entered her mind, she shuttered.

Still she whispered a small thank you into the night, she only hoped somehow he knew how grateful she was.  Ready to leave this place, Kagome pushed herself from the lip of the well and rejoiced in the weightlessness that she felt as she fell towards the bottom.  Expecting any moment to see the soft blue light engulf her once more, disappointment hit her hard as she landed at the bottom with a wet thunk.

Laid over on her side, face in the mud and her ankle now hurting as well, Kagome began to cry as she slowly realized the magic of the well didn’t take her home.

All her strength faded away as she felt hopelessness consume her. ‘Some birthday this had turned out to be.’  She couldn’t help as a pitiful laugh broke through the sobs for a moment.  Her last thought, as exhaustion took over her body and pulled her down into darkness, was, ‘Maybe I just bumped my head…’  

 

*****

 

InuYasha stood snarling over the corpses of a centipede bitch and a human scum. He had allowed the others to live simply because he didn’t smell any trace of the girl on them.  His red eyes starred transfixed to the glowing pink jewel he held between his bloody claws.  ‘At last… it’s mine.’  His fanged smile grew as he felt the pulse of power leaving the jewel to enter him.

His ears swiveled around at the faint sound of soft words reaching him, slightly pulling him out of his battle won euphoria.  He tucked the jewel safely into the inner pocket of his kimono as his keen ears heard the soft ‘thank you’ of the woman child that had set him free.  Glancing around he saw her muddy tracks where she had wondered off during the battle.  Eyes squinted as he starred out into the darkness in the direction her foot prints lead, an image of her bloody and beaten body shot across his minds’ eye.

That wench would get herself killed roaming the demon filled forest at night.  He supposed he understood her wishing to put distance between her and the fighting, but she had unknowingly put herself at even more risk by separating herself from him.  How could he protect the weak little wench if she wouldn’t stay put?

Lightning fast on his feet, he followed the smell of her blood to an old rundown well with little effort.  Curious at how his demon both receded and flared to life the closer he got to the woman child.  He wondered if it was her spiritual nature that calmed his beast?  Taming him so that his mind may think more clearly, yet his demon stayed just below the surface allowing his strength and enhanced senses to stay.

Red eyes peered over and down into the dark well, spotting the fainted wench crumbled at the bottom, and he wondered why she would jump into a dry well.

Growling softy and watching as she didn’t so much as flinch, he effortlessly leapt down into the well.  Feeling his demon receding even more as he came closer to her, perhaps her powers weren’t just working on him but the jewel as well?

Landing softly beside her, he leaned down over her assessing her state of being with now golden irises with red encasing them.

InuYasha knew the wench had taken a lot of damage and had lost a lot of blood, her body had reached its limit.  He was oddly proud at how hard and long she had fought though. She had lasted a lot longer than he expected her too.  She had a fire in her he would love to see burn.  Gently he scooped the battered woman into his arms, pausing to wipe the mud from her cheek with his sleeve. 

As the rain slowed, he watched as droplets washed away blood and dirt from her bruised face.  Despite his earlier remark she was truly beautiful; wet raven hair clinging to her heart shaped face, her lips slightly parted.  Noticing the bluish purple color starting to take residence on her lips, InuYasha stood. 

He spoke low and gently, although his voice was gruff with his demon still so close to the surface, “You saved me wench, now I’ll repay the favor.”

With that, his muscles bunched in his legs as he sprung up and out of the well, a red blur in the night as he made his way through the forest to his destination.  His precious cargo held safely to his chest, as he raced to save her with his demonic speed.



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