Musing

Chapter 3

Disclaimer: I do not own any Inuyasha characters.

Hey man, here's my plan

I'm gonna break it

Hey you, don't be sad

Here's your chance so take it

The group trudged along the dirt path quietly, save for Shippo's excited chatter. Kagome smiles fondly at the kit on her shoulder not interrupting him in his story. She basked in his childish delight before glancing up at the setting sun knowing they would have to break for camp soon. Feeling the ever present tug on her soul Kagome glances forward at the silver haired hanyou marching ahead of the group.

If you slap my face

If you don't call

Honestly, I don't care at all

Kikyo was nearby, no doubt Inuyasha would run off to see her as soon as he was able. She couldn't blame him anymore, time was running out and he deserved some happiness. Truth be told, she'd be a hypocrite if she did begrudge him, she had her own love to cling to.

Glancing behind her, Kagome's eyes catch Miroku's gaze, noting then it had been glued to her rear, and the girl lets loose a giggle as he offers her a lecherous wink. Looking ahead once more Kagome purposely puts a bit more bounce into her step ignoring Shippo's chuckles.

Maybe I'm a bit complicated

All I know is

I don't cry for pain

I don't cry from fear

You know that

I don't cry in the rain

No not a tear

You know that

"Keh! We're stopping for the night!" Inuyasha calls gruffly, throwing the humans behind him a scowl as he veers off the road toward a meadow.

Before you leave, when you go

I think you ought to know

I don't cry for pain

I only cry for love

Everyone had settled into the camp easily, automatically going about their rolls. Kagome gathered the water canteens and headed for the stream nearby ignoring the tugging of her soul. Kneeling beside the fresh water Kagome spared her incarnation a brief nod before gathering the water.

"You are different." Kikyo comments slowly, watching the girl from her perch in the oak tree. "More…" Trailing off the undead miko examines Kagome, seeing more from their shared soul.

Her task complete Kagome rises from the stream. "Content." She finishes offering a small smile as Kikyo elegantly slides off the tree branch. "I've found someone who sees me, fully."

Hey now, dry them tears

You know we'd never make it

Cause you caught my eye, not my heart

And play it safe, no I'm not that smart

"The monk." Kikyo says finally making no move to join her reincarnation.

"Yes, Miroku- he completes me somehow. I've finally admitted to myself that Inuyasha was and always will be yours." Kagome pauses suddenly, chewing on her bottom lip. "That doesn't mean I'm just going to abandon him though. Inuyasha is my friend, and I will try to do what's best for him. So- don't hurt him."

I never meant to be this complicated

All I know is

I don't cry for pain

I don't cry from fear

You know that

I don't cry in the rain

No not a tear

You know that

"Hn." Turning her head away from the girl Kikyo lays a hand on one of her soul stealers. "These times are coming to an end, the final battle will be soon. If you are smart, reincarnation, you will not participate, the battlefield is no place for someone in your condition."

Like many times before when dealing with Kikyo, Kagome felt confusion at the elder woman's words. "Condition?" She repeats slowly, tilting her head to the side curiously.

Kikyo finally glances to the girl once more. Realizing she didn't understand the undead miko felt a smirk cross her face. "You have lain with the monk." It was not a question, both women knew it was true and Kikyo watches in amusement as the meaning of her words sink in.

"What!" The familiar gruff voice cut through the quiet of the evening but Kagome paid Inuyasha no attention as she stared at Kikyo in shock.

I need something

Making me defensless

I don't want another

Waste of time

You can't hurt me so

I'm sure this can't be right

The younger girl feels her eyes start to tear up with joy as she realizes just what Kikyo meant. She was pregnant, if they survived then Miroku would have his heir. "Thank you." She whispers quietly, turning as Kikyo nods and making her way back to camp.

Inuyasha moves to stop the girl and demand answers but freezes when Kikyo calls him.

"Leave her be Inuyasha, our choice is made."

Inuyasha looks between the two women, Kagome offers him a soft smile before disappearing amongst the trees. Feeling as though something much larger had just taken place the boy finally gives all of his attention to his first love.

I don't cry for pain

I don't cry from fear

You know that

I don't cry in the rain

No not a tear

You know that

Entering the camp once more Kagome hands the water off to Sango since it was her night to cook. Seeing Miroku and Shippo rejoin them Kagome lays a hand on her stomach feeling the monk's eyes roam her body. Unable to control herself any longer Kagome launches herself at Miroku, letting out a laugh as he drops his firewood and stumbles under her sudden attack before the holy pair falls to the ground.

End

A/N The song is Don't Cry for Pain, by Anna Johnsson. It's basically Kagome saying a final goodbye to her and Inuyasha's relationship. So, should I write more? Let me know what you think.

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