Backed In An Emotional Corner
She had had enough. Kagome watched helplessly as Kikyo and Inuyasha embraced.
"I'll protect you. You don't have to fight anymore."
"And what about Kagome?"
"She can handle herself. Nothing matters now but you."
Tears ran down Kagome's face. 'Why,' she thought, 'why is he doing this to me.' Kagome was sitting in the tree above them. She was there before Kikyo showed up...before InuYasha found her. Kagome scooted further down the branch, not noticing how the branch was about to break under her weight.
"Inuyasha?" Kikyo asked him.
But what Kikyo wanted to know, Kagome would never find out because the tree branch snapped and she came crashing down. Kagome hit the ground hard, knocking the wind out of her. Her wrist snapped, and hurt like no tomorrow. When Kagome opened her eyes, she saw InuYasha looking down on her with genuine fear on his face. "Kagome..I,"
"I don't want to hear it. I'm through with you. Burn in hell, InuYasha!"
Kagome got up and ran off, she knew InuYasha was following her, but she just couldn't look back. By the time she got to the well, InuYasha had caught up to her.
Kagome took her chance and hopped down the well. Not thinking she took her bow and arrow that she had left by the well before she left and sealed off the well so InuYasha couldn't get through. 'I'm glad I didn't take my things this time,' Kagome thought, 'I was only going to tell InuYasha I'd be gone for a couple more days...but who knows how long I'll be gone now.' Kagome went into the house, unsure of what her family would say. Her mom was sitting at the table, reading the newspaper, unaware of Kagome.
"It says that that Little Slugger is on the prowl again, and that he comes for those who are backed in an emotional corner. You know, I remember this happening a few months ago, I thought it was over, but apparently not."
Sota was at the TV playing video games, "That was scary. I hope they find the guy again."
"You know, Sota, that case was very strange, it was actually a figment of imagination, but very hard to explain. The really Lil Slugger was just a boy in high school, but he only attacked two of the victims. When they brought him in for interrogation, he was murdered by the other one. The policemen lost their jobs, but I don't know what happened to them. The first victim, Tsukiko Sagi, was actually the creator. A very strange story.. " She held up the paper to show a young boy with a red baseball cap on, gold roller skates, and a golden metal bat bent like a dog's leg.
"Hey, Mom, I'm back." said Kagome, not thinking that Lil Slugger could have anything to do with her.
"Hey, sis...did anything exciting happen while you were there?"
"No," Kagome lied. "But I think I'll be staying here from now on."
"What? Why? What about Inuyasha?"
"What about him?" and with that, Kagome went up to her room.
So this Lil Slugger comes for those who are in an emotional corner, he surely wouldn't come for me. I mean...I can't stay away from InuYasha forever...but I heard him...he said I didn't matter. I wonder is he's thinking about me. Kagome got into bed, thinking over everything that had happened. It wasn't fair, what does Kikyo have that I don't? How could he like her more than me? Does he even miss me? I bet he doesn't.
She didn't know how wrong she was.
The next night, Kagome went out for a walk to clear her head. School that day was miserable. She couldn't focus on anything. Everything reminded her of InuYasha, and Hojo wasn't any help either. It killed her to say that she was over her sickness and that she and her boyfriend were over. Kagome had turned on the radio when she had gotten home, and the songs tore her up inside:
Kagome turned a corner. The road was empty, which was very strange. Kagome checked her watch, 11:59 P.M. It was about time she got back to her house. But suddenly , she heard a familiar sound, it was the sound of roller skates on the pavement. Slowly, Kagome turned. There was a flash of gold and Kagome fell to the ground, blood pouring out from her head where the bat had made contact. Perfect timing, literally.. Kagome's watch turned 12:00 midnight, the second day away from Inuyasha.
Swallow me then spit me out For hating you I blame myself Seeing you it kills me now No I don't cry on the outside anymore *Kelly Clarkson, Behind these Hazel Eyes* Listen to your heart when he's calling for you. Listen to your heart, there's nothing else you can do I don't know where you going and I don't know why But listen to your heart, before you tell him good bye *D.H.T, Listen To Your heart*Finally, Kagome had to just turn it off.
Kagome woke up in the hospital. A far too familiar face hanging above her. "Inuyasha..what--" "Shh, don't talk. That was smart sealing off the well that way, but I had to see you again, and no stupid seal was gonna keep me away."
Kagome felt her head. It was bandaged heavily. "What happened?"
"It was Lil Slugger, whoever he is. I saw it happen. Your mom told me all about it. Anyway, I'm so sorry, Kagome. Can you ever forgive me?"
Kagome took a deep look at him. He truly did seem sorry. She nodded. Inuyasha smiled. And at that moment, nothing else mattered, not Kikyo, not Naraku, not the jewel shards, not Lil Slugger, not even their other friends. And for the first time, Kagome and Inuyasha kissed.
"I love you," Kagome told him after that magical moment.
"I love you, too, Kagome."