There's More Than One Way To Skin A Cat
"Kagome, can you see where the jewel shards are?" Katsumi asked.
"Let me see…Ah! There, in his throat!" Kagome said. She and Katsumi ran to Inuyasha. "Inuyasha! The Shikon jewel shards are in his throat."
"Gotcha!" Inuyasha said. "Hey, Katsumi, get Kagome out of here."
"I'm not leaving you!" Kagome yelled at Inuyasha.
"Kagome, they want to use you and the other humans as a sacrifice, remember? We have to get the others out of here so that Oyakata-sama can't do that. Inuyasha's not completely helpless, and he won't be alone, so go help the villagers." Katsumi said.
"Okay. Be careful." Kagome said and ran off to help get the villagers to safety. "Everyone, stay together and run! This way! Hurry!"
"You guys… don't let the prisoners escape!" Toran ordered. The lesser panther-demons ran in front of the villagers, cutting off their escape route.
"It's useless!" A villager yelled.
"There's no escape!" Another yelled. Kagome and Katsumi ran in front of the villagers.
"What are you doing, you idiots!" Katsumi yelled at the panther-demons.
"Aren't we important sacrificial lambs?" Kagome yelled.
"You're not supposed to kill them! Now, move!" Katsumi said as she and Kagome pushed the panther-demons out of their way.
"Way to go, Nee-san!" Ginta cheered.
"That's our gal!" Hakkaku said.
"All right! Don't just stand there, protect Kagome!" Kouga ordered. The Ookami-youkai started kicking panther-demon butt.
"Kagome, you'll be alright with these guys protecting you, right?" Katsumi asked.
"Yeah, Thanks. We'll be fine. Go help the others." Kagome said. Katsumi nodded and ran back.
"Are you awake now, Houshi-sama?" Sango asked Miroku.
"Hn? Sango?" Miroku said as he regained consciousness. Sango's Hiraikotsu and Miroku's staff landed in front of them they looked up to see Hachi and Shippo riding on Kirara.
"Miroku-danna!" Hachi yelled.
"Sango!" Shippo yelled.
"You have my gratitude!" Miroku said.
"Let's go, Houshi-sama!" Sango said, and the two of them joined the fight.
"Take this!" Inuyasha yelled. He struck Oyakata-sama on the head with Tessaiga. It didn't actually break the skin, but it knocked the big guy on his back.
"Oyakata-sama!" The panther-demons cried.
"Give me blood… a soul…" Oyakata-sama cried.
"Please, wait just a little longer… I will present you with the head of our despised enemy's son!" Toran said. She turned to Inuyasha.
"I don't care who he is… You can't use human flesh and blood to resurrect him!" Inuyasha said.
"Well, you're going to be the first!" Toran said, drawing her sword.
"Come at me! And you'll become fodder for Tessaiga!" Inuyasha said.
"Oi, Inuyasha, don't hog all the fun!" Katsumi said as she came to his side and drew her sword. As Sesshoumaru watched them he remembered the battle from fifty years ago.
"Ohh!" Jaken said as he and Sesshoumaru surveyed the damage on the battlefield. "You're the one and only, Sesshoumaru-sama. There is nothing like victory in war!"
"What victory? We let them go." Sesshoumaru said coldly. He looked at Tenseiga as he held it in his hand. "I cannot use this sword. Tenseiga is a sword of healing. I cannot kill my enemies with it, but the other sword that Chichi-ue left… Tessaiga…"
Inuyasha jumped back as Toran flung her ice spear at him. Katsumi dodged as Shuran shot lightning at her, and countered with her Shisho_ichijin.
"Kaze no Kizu!" Inuyasha yelled as he swung the sword and unleashed the attack.
'And to think… that I cannot wield that sword, Tessaiga...' Sesshoumaru thought. Shunran giggled as she sent a wave of her special flower petals at Inuyasha and Katsumi. Karan left out a triumphant cry when she was finally able to shoot fire at them again, and Toran shot them with a whirl of her ice too. Inuyasha and Katsumi tried to shield themselves when they were caught in the vortex of their powers.
"Gotcha!" Shuran yelled when he pinned Katsumi and Inuyasha to the ground. "You can't swing your swords when you're pinned down like this, can you?" Shuran taunted. He smirked at Katsumi. "You know, now that I've had a good look at you, you don't look half bad, for a dog. It's a real shame we're gonna have to kill you."
"Ha! Not even in your dreams!" Katsumi growled. Shuran glared at her and channeled lighting into the hand he was holding her with.
"Aaah!" Katsumi cried in pain.
"Katsumi!" Inuyasha yelled as he tried to break free. Sesshoumaru stepped forward. He'd been idle long enough. The panther-demons gasped as he drew Tokijin and fired a blast of energy at them. The dust cleared, and the panther-demons were lying on the ground… so were Inuyasha and Katsumi.
"Wh-What!?" Inuyasha said incredulously. "What do you think you're doing!? Isn't Katsumi your comrade now? You could've hit her too!" Katsumi groaned as she sat up.
"Chill, Inuyasha… We're still alive, aren't we?" Katsumi said.
"Stay down, Inuyasha. They are my prey." Sesshoumaru said.
"Should I stay down too, then?" Katsumi asked. Sesshoumaru didn't look like he was in the best of moods, and she didn't want to be in the way if he lost his temper.
"No way! You stay out of this!" Inuyasha yelled at Sesshoumaru.
"Enough!" Sesshoumaru said. He swung Tokijin and Inuyasha just barley managed to block it. Their swords crackled with energy when the blades collided.
'Not again…' Katsumi thought, chagrined.
"Why, you…!" Inuyasha yelled.
"Ohh! Why can't they join forces at a time like this!?" Jaken said.
"Because they're both stubborn, something's bothering Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha just doesn't get it, and that would make far too much sense, Jaken." Katsumi said as she walked over to stand beside the imp who was at a much safer distance away from the two than she had been.
"Why don't you do something about it?" Jaken asked. Katsumi stared at Jaken incredulously.
"Are you kidding? I'd rather wrestle a hungry alligator while wearing a streak strapped around my neck than try to breakup a fight between those two. It's safer." Katsumi said. They watched as the two brothers continued to cross swords with each other. Sesshoumaru struck at Inuyasha, but he managed to block it again.
"I don't need any help." Sesshoumaru said.
"Shaddup!" Inuyasha growled. He jumped back. They two brothers were now fighting right in front of Oyakata-sama. The panther-demons were stunned by their behavior.
"They're so reckless!" Karan said.
"Are they really siblings?" Shunran asked.
"What are they thinking anyway?" Shunran said.
"If they're in disarray, we must stay united." Toran said. "We'll combine our powers all at once!"
"Yes, let's!" Shunran agreed, giggling.
"Okay!" Karan said.
"Alright!" Shuran said. The panther-demons began charging up their energy, and combining there powers.
"Uh, guys… You might want to cut it out now!" Katsumi warned the Inu-brothers. "Haven't either of you ever heard the saying 'the enemy of my enemy, is my friend'?"
"Hmm?" Oyakata-sama said when he felt the energy flowing from the panther-demon siblings. "Give me life!" He demanded.
"Oyakata-sama, we shall offer you their lives in but a moment!" Toran said. Oyakata-sama's empty eye sockets glowed green.
"I want it now!" Oyakata-sama growled, swiping at them with his claws. Toran ducked, but he hit Karan.
"Aaaah!" Karan screamed as she was struck and her power was sucked out of her. Oyakata-sama continued to do the same to Shunran and Shuran.
"O-Oyakata-sama…!?" Toran asked, mortified at what was happening to her siblings.
"He's devouring his own comrades…!" Katsumi gasped. Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha had finally stopped fighting. The two brothers watched as Oyakata-sama devoured the souls of his own people to save himself. Oyakata-sama was enveloped in an unearthly glow as his mummified corpse grew muscles and sprouted fur. The horns on his shoulders, neck and forehead regained their luster, and his empty eyes sockets were now housing yellow, slit-pupil eyes. Oyakata-sama roared.
"He… He devoured his own kin to revive himself!" Inuyasha said in disgust.
"You there… the two sons of Inu no Taisho. It's your turn next!" Oyakata-sama said. Toran was kneeling beside the bodies of her fallen siblings.
"… Shunran! … Karan! … Shuran!" Toran said in disbelief. Her body was shaking from grief and shock. "… He can't have…!"
"Dogs! You will now feel my wrath!" Oyakata-sama declared.
"Heh. You're still mumbling in you're sleep! I'll wake you up!" Inuyasha said. Oyakata-sama stabbed at Inuyasha with his claws, but Inuyasha jumped out of the way and dodged it. Sesshoumaru leapt into the air and swung Tokijin, hitting Oyakata-sama with a huge blast of energy.
"Yeah…!" Katsumi cheered, but her cheer died when she saw that it didn't seem to have any affect on him. "What is this guy made out of!?"
"Kaze no kizu!" Inuyasha yelled as he unleashed his signature attack. The wave of energy from the attack hit him full force. "I got him!" Inuyasha said triumphantly, but the blinding light of the attack faded to reveal a completely unharmed Oyakata-sama.
"… We're going to need a bigger boat…" Katsumi said.
"What are you babbling about?" Jaken asked her. Katsumi sighed wearily.
"It's nothing, just a cultural reference from my country." Katsumi said. "I really want to try to help, but I feel like this is something those two need to on their own."
"What would that accomplish?" Jaken asked.
"… Sibling bonding?" Katsumi said. Jaken face-faulted.
"You got the strength to fight my old man, I'll give you that." Inuyasha told Oyakata-sama. "But I—"
"Don't get cocky, Inuyasha! Don't compare him to Ryukotsusei, whom you defeated!" Jaken yelled. "He has the power of the Shikon jewel shards now!" Oyakata-sama raised his hand and ejected his claws off the tips of his fingers at Inuyasha, like sharp, pointy cannon balls or missiles. The claws grew back and he fired beams of lightning at Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru. They dodged, and Sesshoumaru knocked away the claw-missiles as he charged towards Oyakata-sama. Sesshoumaru leapt into the air.
"Die!" Sesshoumaru said. Oyakata-sama turned his head and slammed his horn into Sesshoumaru, knocking him back.
"Ah!" Katsumi cried.
"Sesshoumaru-sama!" Jaken cried.
Sesshoumaru grunted as he fell backwards through the air, but he recovered and did a flip so that he landed on his feet. Sesshoumaru slid backwards on the ground for a few feet from the force of the momentum.
"Sesshoumaru-sama!" Katsumi yelled as she ran to him.
"Hahaha! You can become a part of me too!" Oyakata-sama sneered. He fired more claw-missiles at them, but Katsumi deflected them all as she stood in front of Sesshoumaru. She knew he wouldn't appreciate being protected like that, but too bad. Oyakata-sama laughed and fired another round of lightning.
"Oh, it's on now!" Katsumi growled. "Hyo_kogamo!" Katsumi yelled as she swung Taifu_Kocho. Inuyasha watched in amazement as a wave of shards of crystallized youki flew from Katsumi's blade. The youki crystals seemed to suck in the lightning and neutralize it as it passed through the lightning beams and hit Oyakata-sama. Oyakata-sama growled in annoyance. While it was effective in stopping the lightning, her attack didn't do anymore damage than Inuyasha or Sesshoumaru's had. Inuyasha let out a war cry as he charged Oyakata-sama. Inuyasha leapt into the air and began slashing at Oyakata over and over again with Tessaiga. It didn't seem to be doing any real damage, but it kept Oyakata-sama too busy to launch any of his own attacks.
"Sorry, I interfered in your fight…" Katsumi said.
"Sesshoumaru-sama!" Jaken yelled as he ran over to Sesshoumaru and Katsumi. "Sesshoumaru-sama…?" Sesshoumaru was showing an expression Jaken had never seen on his lord's face before. Sesshoumaru's brow was creased in frustration, but his frustration quickly transformed into anger at Oyakata-sama.
"Why, that…!" Sesshoumaru growled dangerously. The whites of his eyes were turning red.
'Oh man, shit's about to hit the fan…' Katsumi thought, though she could understand why Sesshoumaru was frustrated. Not only did he get pushed back by the enemy, but it seemed all of his attacks had been ineffective, and while Inuyasha wasn't really any better off, Inuyasha at least had Tessaiga, the sword Sesshoumaru wants, but could never have or use. Katsumi had come to realize that Sesshoumaru had put Inu-Papa up on an empire state building size of a pedestal, and it frustrated Sesshoumaru that he could not surpass his own expectations. Sesshoumaru put Tokijin away, and started to transform into his true-form, but then he felt a pulse of energy at his side. It was Tenseiga.
'Eh…? What was that just now…?' Katsumi thought. She had felt it too.
"Tenseiga?" Sesshoumaru said, slightly surprised. Tenseiga pulsed again. It seemed to calm Sesshoumaru slightly because he stopped trying to transform, and the red faded from his eyes. "…You want me to draw you?" Sesshoumaru asked. He glanced up to see Inuyasha being thrown back by Oyakata-sama. 'Chichi-ue, why did you leave me the Tenseiga? I still do not know.' Sesshoumaru thought. 'However…' Sesshoumaru began walking towards Oyakata-sama who was advancing on Inuyasha. Sesshoumaru leapt into the air and drew Tenseiga. Toran looked up to see the blade shining with a pure and gentle blue light as Sesshoumaru struck.
"That's…!" Inuyasha yelled in surprise. Jaken stared in shock and awe. Sesshoumaru landed gracefully and sheathed Tenseiga.
"It's over." Katsumi thought out loud. Once she saw Tenseiga in Sesshoumaru's hands, she just knew everything would be all right.
"What's that sword? It won't work, kid! The blade is too dull." Oyakata-sama said, laughing.
'It's your head that's dull. You're already dead, you just don't know it yet.' Katsumi thought. Oyakata-sama reached for Sesshoumaru.
"Die!" Oyakata-sama said. Suddenly a blue light erupted from within Oyakata-sama and began flowing out of him. "W-What? M-My… I'm losing… I'm losing my power!" Oyakata-sama cried as he fell to his knees. Sesshoumaru began walking away from the pathetic creature. "B-Bastard, what did you do!?" They watched as Oyakata-sama's transformation was reversed and he turned back into a shriveled up mummy.
"The rest is up to you and Tessaiga." Sesshoumaru said as he passed Inuyasha. Inuyasha turned back to face Oyakata-sama, grasping Tessaiga firmly in his hands. Katsumi smiled proudly. They were finally working together.
"No… give me… give me my soul!" Oyakata-sama cried as he lunged at Inuyasha.
"Kaze no kizu!" Inuyasha yelled as he swung Tessaiga. This time, it hit Oyakata-sama, full blast, and knocked him flat on his back.
"…Give me…life…" Oyakata-sama groaned as he lay on the ground. Inuyasha ran over to Oyakata-sama's neck, and sliced it with Tessaiga. The Shikon shards flew out of his neck, and Inuyasha caught them.
"I'm taking these back, now!" Inuyasha yelled to Toran. Toran glared at the Inu-brothers for what they had done to Oyakata-sama, but then to her surprise, she heard Shuran stir. Shuran opened his eyes and blinked.
"Aneki…" Shuran said. Shunran and Karan soon opened their eyes too.
"Y-You three…!" Toran said, shocked.
"What happened to us?" Karan asked.
"I thought Oyakata-sama had killed us…" Shuran said.
"But why…?" Shunran said.
"It's because of Sesshoumaru-sama's power!" Jaken said. The panther-demons gasped in surprise and disbelief.
"Your Oyakata-sama took your lives, and Sesshoumaru-sama used Tenseiga to restore them." Katsumi explained before walking off to stand beside Sesshoumaru.
"Sesshoumaru!?" Toran said.
"That guy…!" Karan said angrily.
"Hey, you should be grateful!" Jaken scolded them. "Right, Sesshoumaru-sama? Huh? Sesshoumaru-sama? Ah, and that brat's gone too! Oh, don't leave me!" Jaken cried and ran after them.
"So, whaddaya want? Shall we continue our fight?" Inuyasha said from where he was sitting on top of Oyakata-sama. Toran relaxed and smiled.
"No, we'll return to the west." Toran said.
"Nee-san…!" Karan said as the siblings all looked at Toran sadly.
"It's over. There's no reason to seek vengeance anymore. Tell that to Sesshoumaru." Toran said.
"We're not that close. You should know that." Inuyasha said as he sheathed Tessaiga and left.
"Well, when you feel like talking to him." Toran said.
"Whatever." Inuyasha said as he walked away.
"In the mountains~! In the forest~! In the wind~! In my dreams~!" Rin sang as she waited for the others to return in a grassy meadow with Ah-Un. Sesshoumaru-sama, where are you~? With Beautiful Katsumi-nee by your side~! And faithful Jaken-sama at your heels~!
"Rin." Sesshoumaru said from behind her.
"Oh! Sesshoumaru-sama! Katsumi-nee!" Rin said happily.
"We're back, Rin." Katsumi said cheerfully, smiling.
"Let's go." Sesshoumaru said.
"C'mon." Jaken said as the two turned to leave and started walking away
"Okay!" Rin said she jumped off of the rock she had been sitting on and picked up Ah-Un's reigns while Katsumi waited for her. As Rin, Katsumi, and Ah-Un followed after Sesshoumaru and Jaken, Rin began to sing again.
"I will wait all alone~! For Sesshoumaru-sama's return~!"