That Sinister Spider
"Kagome! I'm so glad you're back!" Katsumi said as she hugged her.
"Katsumi-chan!" Kagome said. "I'm really back!"
Both girls froze when the heard an angry growl come from behind them.
"!" Inuyasha said when he caught Kagome's scent on the wind. "Kagome's here!" Inuyasha yelled.
"Eh…Kagome's back!?" Shippo asked hopefully.
"It's definitely her!" Inuyasha said. "But why is she…"
"I won't let you get away!" Rouyakan growled as he swiped at Inuyasha.
"Ugh. Shut up!" Inuyasha yelled as he struck Rouyakan with tessaiga. Rouyakan roared in pain as he fell to the ground hard.
"Oh…!" Kaede said in surprise.
"He suddenly became strong…" Miroku said, but then Rouyakan started to pick himself up, and Inuyasha was already running away. "Hey, you! At least finish him off before you go!" Miroku shouted after him.
"I'll clean up later!" Inuyasha yelled, not stopping. 'Kagome… Why did you come back!?'
'He really is quick when it's Kagome…' Shippo thought. "I'm coming too, Inuyasha!" Shippo yelled. 'Please be safe, kagome!'
The wolves were circling the well above the two girls, trying to claw their way to them past the tree Inuyasha had jammed in it.
'Well at least that tree is good for something… Thy can't seem to squeeze through the gap like I could.' Katsumi thought.
"What on earth… is going on…!?" Kagome asked.
"Kagome, Inuyasha's wounds still aren't completely healed yet, so I took the Shikon shard away to distract the youkai that attacked us. I beat all the wolves he sent after me, but it looks like he sent more." Katsumi explained.
"Eh!" Kagome said. 'I was right… He really was in danger!' Kagome thought worriedly.
"Let's go, Katsumi-chan!" Kagome said determinedly as she stood up to climb out of the well. The wolf that had been trying to get at them snapped at Kagome and lunged at her. "Kyaaah!" Kagome screamed when she thought it would get her, but Katsumi punched it in the nose and knocked it out.
"Stay back, Kagome! I'll get us—!" Katsumi said, but she stopped mid-sentence when she realized the tree, wolf and all, was being ripped from the well. "… Nevermind, then…" Katsumi knew that the person who just removed the tree was probably the one who had put it there in the first place… Inuyasha.
"Ugh." Inuyasha grunted as he pulled the tree from the well. He saw that there was an unconscious wolf caught in the branches, but he didn't have any time to think about it because Rouyakan crashed into the clearing after him. The youkai was getting ready to vomit more wolves, so Inuyasha did the first thing that popped into his head. WHAM! He shoved the tree into Rouyakan's open mouth. The big youkai was out cold. Inuyasha whipped his head back around to see Katsumi leaping out of the well, holding Kagome. Once Katsumi set Kagome down, she took off running to Inuyasha.
"Inuyasha!" Kagome cried in relief.
"You…! You damn fool! Why did you come back he—!?" Inuyasha yelled, but he was cut off when Kagome glomped him.
"Thank goodness!" Kagome cried. "I was afraid you might've died… when you didn't come back for me..." Inuyasha's eyes widened.
"You damn fool… Don't come again… I told you, didn't I!?" Inuyasha said as he held Kagome. 'I doesn't matter where… I just wanted Kagome to be safe…' Inuyasha thought. "In spite of that, why—"
"Because!" Kagome said. "I couldn't help it! I just wanted to see you again!" Kagome said earnestly.
"You… wanted to see…me…?" Inuyasha asked. Katsumi could tell he was starting to feel a little guilty.
"What's with that face? I've been worried the whole time…and now you're…! I was finally able to come back here! Didn't you want to see me at all!?" Kagome cried in frustration. Tears were starting to form in her eyes.
"Wha…" Inuyasha said, flinching at the sight. He looked like a deer caught in the headlights. Katsumi decided to help him out for Kagome's sake.
"Say-some-thing-!" Katsumi mouthed silently to him from behind Kagome. At this moment, Shippo and the others caught up to them.
"Idio—It's not like that! Don't cry!" Inuyasha yelled gruffly, trying to cover up his shyness.
"Aah, they're fighting again." Shippo said, sighing.
"They're getting on fine." Miroku said. Katsumi nodded.
"Yeah, now if only Inuyasha didn't feel the need to cover his shyness with rudeness…" Katsumi said.
"Who's shy!?" Inuyasha yelled indignantly at Katsumi.
"Miroku, don't you think it's strange?" Katsumi said, ignoring Inuyasha.
"Yes?" Miroku asked.
"All the poisonous insects from that swarm have disappeared." Katsumi said.
"Now that you mention it…" Miroku said as he scanned the clearing with his eyes. He didn't see any trace of them anymore.
Naraku watched, hidden at the edge of the clearing, as he held the saimyosho hive in his hand. A girl that resembled Kikyo had joined their group. Naraku knew it couldn't be the real Kikyo, but unlike the others… he couldn't see through her powers.
'She's the only one I cannot see through…' Naraku thought as he watched Kagome. Suddenly Kagome looked right at him.
"There's somebody there! They have a Shikon shard!" Kagome yelled, catching everyone's attention.
"Che." Naraku said as he tried to escape, only to be cut off by Inuyasha.
"I knew you'd be close by. You're that bastard Naraku, aren't you." Inuyasha said as he glared at the baboon-cloaked youkai.
"Heh…" Naraku laughed. He looked over his shoulder when he heard Miroku come up behind him, followed by Katsumi.
'This guy…' Miroku thought.
"Before I kill you, there's something I need to ask… Just what kind of grudge… do you have against me, bastard?" Inuyasha asked.
Katsumi was walking around the village with Kagome and Shippo. She sighed.
'A lot of troublesome things happened in the past few days… but at least Miroku and Inuyasha have more info on Naraku now…' Katsumi thought. After confronting Naraku he had told them the whole story, or at least as much of it as he was willing to tell. Like they had suspected, Naraku had manipulated Inuyasha and Kikyo into betraying eachother so that he could get the jewel, but his plan failed when Kikyo burned the jewel with her body. Inuyasha and Miroku almost had the bastard, until he used his miasma against them. Inuyasha had managed to get a blow in before Naraku took off, despite the strong miasma, and they now knew Naraku had a burn mark in the shape of a spider on his back. Katsumi shuddered at the memory. She hated spiders—they just plain freaked her out! After Naraku had run off, they realized Rouyakan was still alive, and being the kind soul Kagome is, she removed the jewel shard from his head and saved him from becoming plant fertilizer.
"Oh, that's right!" Kagome said suddenly, snapping Katsumi out of her thoughts. "I ran into your mother on my way back to the shrine and she asked me to give you this." Kagome held the package out to her.
"Thanks, Kagome." Katsumi said as she took the package and started opening it. Katsumi noticed Kagome was staring at Inuyasha. "Go ahead, I'll just be over here minding my own business." Katsumi said. She knew Kagome wanted to talk to Inuyasha.
"It's okay. I think he's probably still bothered about Kikyo… for now, I think I should go back… just to let my family know I'm okay. I left in a hurry after all." Kagome said.
"Alright, see you later then." Katsumi said as she smiled and waved goodbye to her friend.
"Come back soon, Kagome!" Shippo said, waving too. Katsumi went back to opening the package. It was a small hiking backpack, and it was filled with all the supplies she would need to hike nonstop for a week. There was also a letter. Katsumi sweat dropped when she read it. It said:
To My Dearest Katsumi,I know you are just recovering from your first encounter with Naraku, but there is something you must do. I know you dislike being ordered about, but if you do not listen to me, a universe-collapsing-time-paradox could occur—i.e. you might not be born. So do as your mother tells you and go to the location I have marked on the map in your bag with an 'x'. There, you will meet someone who can help you learn how to master your youkai powers. That person will also take you to a place where you can get a new sword, one that won't break from just one good whack. Oh, and most importantly—GO ALONE. This is something you must do by yourself, and your friends have their own destiny they must pursue. Don't worry, you will meet with them again, but it is time for you to start down the path for your own happiness.
Lots of Love,
P.S. Your father says to tell you 'hi'.
Katsumi shook her head. That was so like her mother. She was the 'Queen of the household.' She sighed.
"Is something wrong, Katsumi?" Shippo asked. She sighed and smiled softly at the kit.
"No, not really… I just wish I didn't have to say goodbye so soon…" Katsumi answered honestly.