Time Traveler Katsumi

It's A Flashbackapalooza

Kouga, Hakkaku, and Ginta were walking around, looking for Kagome. They had run ahead once Inuyasha broke the barrier with his Akai Tessaiga.

"Hey, Kouga. This is the main base of those cats, right? Isn't it dangerous for us to act alone?" Hakkaku asked.

"So, what would you do?" Kouga said.

"Why not join up with Inuyasha and the others." Ginta suggested.

"What did you say!?" Kouga yelled. "You expect me to ask that mutt for help!?"

"No, Kouga, we mean you can offer them your help." Hakkaku said, nervously.

"You think I'm that helpless?" Kouga huffed.

"No… no! We just think it'll be easier to rescue Kagome-nee-san that way." Hakkaku said. Ginta nodded in agreement.

"Yeah, yeah… it's for Nee-san's sake." Ginta said.

"So you're Kouga of the Ookami-youkai Tribe." A gruff voice said. Ginta and Hakkaku flinched and held each other in fear of the new comer.

"He doesn't smell like those cats." Koga observed. The owner of the voice, Rouyakan stepped into view.

"You're Rouyakan?" Koga said.

"Eh? You mean Rouyakan, keeper of the forest?" Ginta asked.

"The demon from hell who gobbles up anyone who gets lost." Hakkaku said.

"So, why're you here?" Kouga asked.

"That's what I'd like to ask of you. You're not accompanying Sesshoumaru-sama, are you?" Rouyakan asked.

"Sesshoumaru? Who's that?" Kouga asked.

"You don't know?" Rouyakan asked.

"Nope." Kouga said, crossing his arms.

Sesshoumaru, Katsumi and Jaken had been surrounded by panther-demons.

"You ordered me to come, and you won't let me see your so-called Oyakata-sama?" Sesshoumaru said.

"You're not very good hosts, are you?" Katsumi said.

"Well, we're just not ready for that yet. So, will my company do?" Toran said.

"Leave this to me, Sesshoumaru-sama. I'll show you the power of the Nintoujou! " Jaken said as he stepped forward, brandishing his staff, with a determined expression on his face.

Fire shot from the staff, heading straight for Toran, but she held her hand out in front of her, and sent a blast of icy air back at Jaken, overpowering the flames from his Nintoujou and throwing the imp backwards. The icy air condensed into dangerously sharp ice shards. Jaken glanced up to see the deadly things heading his way, but before they could get close to any of them, Sesshoumaru swept them all aside with a swing of Tokijin. Toran laughed. And formed a double-ended ice spear in her hand.

"You sure have a dangerous weapon there." Toran said. Katsumi sweat dropped.

'I don't want to hear that from you of all people…' Katsumi thought. Toran let out a war cry and attacked. Sesshoumaru stepped forward to meet her, blocking her blow with Tokijin. There were sparks of energy flying as the weapons collided.

"This sure brings back memories… of when we last fought." Toran said. "It ended up in a draw then, but not this time."

"A draw, you say? You just retreated." Sesshoumaru said.

"So, many of your men also died." Toran said. Sesshoumaru pushed her back and fired a blast of youki from his sword, demolishing a hut. Toran had dodged at the last minute.

"Besides, back then, I wasn't that determined." Toran said as she landed on her feet gracefully. "We have our Oyakata-sama." The lesser panther demons, that had been standing behind Toran this whole time, hissed and pounced at them. Sesshoumaru swung Tokijin, releasing a huge ball of blue energy that obliterated them all, leaving behind only destroyed buildings and rubble. "It's different now." Toran said. They could hear her voice, but she was long gone.

"Is it really? It just seems like she's good at running away to me…" Katsumi said. She hadn't even had to draw her sword. 'Are they stalling for time for something…?' Katsumi wondered.

'Back then…' Sesshoumaru thought, remembering the battle fifty years ago. "Katsumi… would you like to know what happened?" He asked. Katsumi nodded.

"If you wouldn't mind." Katsumi said. The more info she knew about the enemy, the better.

Flashback to fifty years ago—

'The Panther Tribe whom Chichi-ue battled.' Sesshoumaru thought, as he stood alone, staring down at the massive army of panther-demons below him. Sesshoumaru glanced behind him. A group of youkai had gathered behind him on their own.

"Sesshoumaru-dono! We have come to assist you!" Rouyakan declared.

"A battle! A battle!" A red youkai said excitedly.

"We'll teach those cats a lesson!" Another youkai shouted. Sesshoumaru turned around to fully face them.

"What do you all want?" Sesshoumaru demanded. He had more important things to worry about than these fools.

"We are beholden to your father from the last war. This time, we shall assist you, Sesshoumaru-dono." Rouyakan said.

"I can't wait!" A youkai said.

"It's been so long since we last fought those cats!" Another youkai said excitedly. Sesshoumaru was not amused. These fools were taking the enemy too lightly.

"Sesshoumaru-sama!" Jaken yelled as the imp ran to him. "Terrible news!"

End Flashback—

"Whaddaya mean 'slowed him down'?" Hakkaku asked Rouyakan as he told them about the last time he fought the panther-demons with Sesshoumaru. "And what was a 'rout'?"

"We failed Sesshoumaru-dono. We told him we'd protect the battlefront. Sesshoumaru-dono himself was battling in fine form, but…" Rouyakan said.

Flashback Continued—

It was a scene of utter chaos and destruction amongst the battling youkai. Flames, scorched earth, and dead bodies everywhere. Karan let out a war cry as she shot more fireballs from her hands, and felled two more youkai.

"Sesshoumaru-sama…!" A youkai cried as Toran stabbed him with her ice spear.

"Please, save us!" Another cried as Shunran slashed him with her claws, and Shuran electrocuted him.

"Fall back! Retreat! Join up with Sesshoumaru-dono!" Rouyakan cried as they retreated

End Flashback—

"So, they lost." Ginta whispered to Hakkaku.

"They ran away!" Hakkaku said in disbelief.

"I fought with all my might! Those cats were cowards!" Rouyakan yelled. Ginta and Hakkaku flinched, covering their ears.

"Shaddup!" Koga said. "Who cares about such talk from the past? Just how deep does this forest go, anyway?"

"… Without my permission, Jaken had gone to ask Inuyasha to fight with us, but Inuyasha had already been sealed to a tree by a mortal woman." Sesshoumaru said, finishing his flashback.

'I see… no wonder he decided to only bring Jaken and me with him. He didn't want a repeat of last time... and despite saying that he didn't want Inuyasha's help, it sounds like he's bitter over the fact that Inuyasha wasn't able to fight last time because of his situation with Kikyo… I bet Tessaiga would've given them a huge advantage…' Katsumi thought. "I understand. Don't worry, I won't runaway." Katsumi said, determined to see this through.

"I know." Sesshoumaru said without even having to look at her. Katsumi smiled.

"…Um…Sesshoumaru-sama, where's Jaken…?" Katsumi asked when she realized the imp wasn't there anymore. "Did he get lost…?"

"…" Sesshoumaru said.

"Where did he go?" Jaken wondered out loud as he walked, searching for Sesshoumaru. "Sesshoumaru-sama, where are you!? Sesshoumaru-sama!" Jaken whisper-yelled. Jaken heard hissing. "Huh?" He turned around to see that he was faced with several panther-demons. "!" Jaken gasped in surprise. "Hey! Don't come any closer!" Jaken said nervously as he backed away, only to realize that he had been surrounded on both sides. "Gyaaah! Don't… come!" Jaken yelled as he ran away, the panther-demons in hot pursuit. Jaken stopped, slamming the Nintoujou into the ground, and shooting flames at the youkai. They leaped into the air, dodging it. "Aiya!" Jaken said as they pounced.

"Sankon-tessou!" Inuyasha yelled as he slashed them with his claws. Inuyasha landed in front of Jaken, facing the remaining youkai. Inuyasha growled at them, and they turned tail and ran for it. Inuyasha turned around to see that Jaken was running away too.

"R-Run!" Jaken yelled to himself as he nervously ran away from Inuyasha. Inuyasha jumped in front of Jaken, cutting off his escape. "!" Jaken said in surprise. Jaken tried to inch away, but Inuyasha grabbed the imp and picked him up by the collar of his kimono.

"Hey, seen any of my friends?" Inuyasha asked.

"No! And do you know where Sesshoumaru-sama is?" Jaken said.

"No way! Besides, why's he here? It's none of his business!" Inuyasha said.

"How could you say that! You unfilial son!" Jaken shouted.

"Saying that again…! Why?" Inuyasha asked.

"Your father waged war against the Panther-Demon Tribe long ago." Jaken said.

"Oh, that… I heard from Myouga-jijii, but Sesshoumaru wasn't part of that battle." Inuyasha said.

"The Panther-Demon Tribe reappeared again fifty years ago, hell-bent on revenge. Your father had passed on… but they came to ravage the countryside and kill your father's people. Yet, at that time, you…!" Jaken yelled.

"Hmm?" Inuyasha said, not sure where Jaken was going with this.

Jaken's flashback—

{Before the start of the battle}

"Sesshoumaru-sama!" Jaken yelled as the imp ran to him. "Terrible news!" Jaken fell onto his knees before Sesshoumaru in apology.

"What is it?" Sesshoumaru asked.

"I acted on my own, and went to get Inuyasha. He may be a hanyou, but he is still your father's son, after all." Jaken said.

"And?" Sesshoumaru said. "Where is he? Is he too cowardly to show himself? Or did he refuse to come to the aid of his brother?" Sesshoumaru wouldn't have been surprised if that were the case. They had only met once, and Sesshoumaru had not made any effort to hide his disdain for the hanyou.

"That Inuyasha is under a seal!" Jaken said.

"What?" Sesshoumaru said.

"Well… he lost his heart to a mortal priestess and was caught off guard." Jaken explained.

"That fool!" Sesshoumaru said. He couldn't believe Inuyasha had made the same mistake as their father, and with a miko of all people.

"Yes, a total fool." Jaken agreed. "But what is all that?" Jaken asked when he noticed the other youkai that had gathered.

"Chichi-ue saved them in the first battle." Sesshoumaru said.

"Then they are allies! How wonderful!" Jaken said with relief. "I was concerned, but now that your father's allies have come, you can go into battle with confidence, Sesshoumaru-sama—Geh!" Sesshoumaru stepped on Jaken.

End Flashback—

"… Sesshoumaru-sama never expected your help!" Jaken huffed, crossing his arms as he finished telling Inuyasha about the previous battle. "But if we had Tessaiga, victory would have been so easy."

"Sesshoumaru can't wield Tessaiga." Inuyasha reminded him.

"That's not the point, you ungrateful son!" Jaken yelled.

"Can you stop harping on and on about the past?" Inuyasha said.

"What!?" Jaken said incredulously. Inuyasha jumped into the air, leaving Jaken behind. "Hey, wait! Don't leave me!"

"I see, so this all happened while I was sealed to the tree." Inuyasha said.

Toran stood in front of the altar she was preparing for the ceremony that would revive their Oyakata-sama. The altar had been set up in front of the Oyakata-sama's massive corpse, and was safe behind the gate protecting the inner castle's walls. Toran placed a wooden Shinto-offering tray, which held the Shikon shards they had taken from Kagome on it, onto the altar.

"It's almost time, Oyakata-sama. Soon, you will be resurrected." Toran said as she gazed up at the Oyakata-sama's huge corpse. It was so old, it had become nothing more than a hideous mummy in samurai armor.

Sesshoumaru and Katsumi could see the gate of the castle now. They had run into a couple of small fry on the way, but it was no big deal. Karan was waiting for them at the entrance. Sesshoumaru and Katsumi drew their swords. Katsumi didn't really think Sesshoumaru would need help with Karan, but they were in the heart of the enemy territory now, and she didn't want to be caught off-guard.

"Heh… It's the older brother." Karan said. She had only really fought with Inuyasha so far.

"Go home, wolf! We have no business with you!" Shuran yelled at Kouga and company as energy crackled in his hands. He shot lightning at the Ookami-youkai and Rouyakan. The Ookami-youkai dodged it, but Rouyakan was hit. Kouga charged.

"Shut up! I do have business with you!" Kouga yelled.

"Jaken-sama is here…" Jaken proclaimed as he and Inuyasha came to the gate guarded by Shunran.

"They've come!" Shunran said giggling.

"Where's Kagome!?" Inuyasha demanded, drawing Tessaiga.

Author's note:

I made up that part about Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha only meeting once. The truth is, I don't know how well they knew each other, but it's apparent from their first meeting in the manga that they had definitely met before. I can't see Sesshoumaru or his mother raising Inuyasha, though, and his father died too soon to have taken baby Inuyasha to his castle, or wherever he might have lived, so I've always assumed Izayoi raised him on her own in her family's mansion (judging from the flash back of Inuyasha trying to play a game with the noblemen in the courtyard). I figured Sesshoumaru probably got curious about Inuyasha at some point, and paid him a visit just to see what he was like, and as with most siblings, it turned into WWIII when sibling rivalry set in. Wow… Sorry about that long winded explanation… ^_^;

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