The Other Woman Who Loved Sesshoumaru I
"What?" Jaken said, bored.
"Here I go! Red Jaken, blue Jaken, Gold Jaken!" Rin said quickly.
"Red Jaken, blue Jaken, Gold Jaken." Jaken said quickly.
"Jaken-sama, you're pretty good!" Rin said, sounding slightly surprised.
"Yeah." Jaken said.
"One more time!" Rin said excitedly. "Red Jaken, blue Jaken, Gold Jaken."
"Forget it." Jaken said, already tired of the game.
"Why!? Come on, say it!" Rin said in disbelief. She couldn't understand why Jaken didn't want to play such a fun game.
"I'll play with you Rin." Katsumi said.
"Okay!" Rin said excitedly. 'Rin should have asked Katsumi-nee from the start!' Rin thought, happy she could still play her game. In truth, Katsumi was just as bored as Rin, and desperate to find something to keep herself from dying of boredom.
'Ah… Sesshoumaru-sama continues his search for Naraku, but we have yet to find him. How long must we continue like this!?' Jaken thought wearily as the girls continued the game.
Katsumi sniffed the air there was a strange new scent approaching them. Sesshoumaru, who had been silently leading them, like always, stopped and stared ahead at whatever was approaching them. Jaken was too deep in thought to notice, and bumped into Sesshoumaru, causing the imp to fall backwards and onto the ground.
"Huh?" Jaken said, confused.
" What's the matter, Sesshoumaru-sama?" Rin asked curiously.
"Does it have something to do with whatever's approaching us?" Katsumi asked. Sesshoumaru looked kind of… annoyed…? The sound of a hauntingly beautiful wooden flute was heard as the woman playing it emerged from the fog. She looked human, but she was the source of the mysterious scent that Sesshoumaru and Katsumi had picked up on.
'Why do I get the feeling there's something off about her…' Katsumi wondered. The woman stopped playing and knelt before Sesshoumaru.
"It has been quite some time, Sesshoumaru-sama." The woman said. She was quite beautiful, and dressed in high quality silk kimonos.
'Eh…? Who is she? I didn't know Sesshoumaru had such a pretty acquaintance…' Katsumi thought. '… at least, I hope she's just an acquaintance…'
"Who are you? An acquaintance of Sesshoumaru-sama?" Jaken asked, sounding a little rude.
"I am Sara." The woman said, gazing up at Sesshoumaru. Sesshoumaru's expression remained unchanged.
"Huh? W-Who?" Jaken said.
"Have you forgotten about that time at Asano Castle?" Sara asked, a little upset. Katsumi's eye twitched.
'That time…?' Katsumi thought. She was starting to feel a little jealous. Katsumi could tell that the woman was in love with Sesshoumaru because of the longing gaze she was giving him, and though Sesshoumaru hadn't looked particularly pleased to see her, it still irritated Katsumi since he also hadn't turned her away yet.
"Asano Castle…?" Sesshoumaru said.
"Huh?" Jaken said, his eyes lighting up in recognition. 'That was the place I found Sesshoumaru-sama resting at after he fought Inuyasha at his father's grave…' Jaken thought.
"The first time I saw you, Sesshoumaru-sama, was at Asano Castle during those turbulent times…" Sara began to explain as she started her flashback.
The bodies of soldiers of Asano Castle littered the battlefield outside of the castle.
"Oyakata-sama, it seems the enemy is planning to end things tonight." A soldier said as he knelt down before the lord of Asano Castle and delivered the news.
"Hmm… It has been one month since they laid siege on our castle." The lord said, standing up. "Provisions have run out and morale is low among the troops. There is no choice but to accept death and make this our grave. Everyone, listen well! We will set fire to the castle and open the gates!" The soldiers all bowed out of respect for their lord.
"That is so regrettable! Can we not preserve our dignity at least!" One soldier asked.
"No! Do not attempt to fight them. Do whatever you must to survive." The lord ordered.
An enemy soldier cried out in pain as he was lashed by a glowing energy whip. A figure, clothed in white, stepped forward and felled another enemy soldier as they tried to block his path.
"Oyakata-sama! Oyakata-sama!" A soldier yelled as he ran through the castle.
"What is it? What's happening!" The lord asked.
"Something seems to have attacked the enemy camp!" The soldier said, bowing.
"What!" The lord said in amazement, stunned.
"J-Just what are you!" An enemy soldier stammered as he cowered away from their attacker. Sesshoumaru threw aside the soldier he had just killed.
"Move!" Sesshoumaru ordered. Though he looked calm, the soldier could feel murderous intent radiating off of the daiyoukai.
"Stop kidding around!" The soldier yelled as he charged at Sesshoumaru. If he ran away on his own, he might have to commit seppuku if anyone found out. Sesshoumaru lashed the man with his energy whip, killing him and breaking his sword in the process. Now that the ones obstructing his way had been taken care of, Sesshoumaru continued on his way.
"Is this a miracle! Could it be help sent from heaven!" The lord asked as he watched from one of the second-story windows.
"Chichi-ue!" Sara said.
"Oh, Sara! Look at that fellow! He single-handedly broke through enemy lines, and he's slaughtering them all!" The lord said as they watched Sesshoumaru take out more soldiers with his energy whip. Sara was in awe. He fought with such strength and grace. Sesshoumaru glanced up at the castle, and Sara gasped. She felt as though their eyes had met for a moment.
"… Sesshoumaru-sama…" Sara said, as she finished her story.
"…" Katsumi said. She didn't know what to say to that. 'That doesn't sound like something he would do at all… going out of his way to save strangers… Does she have the right daiyoukai…?' Katsumi thought skeptically.
"I don't know you." Sesshoumaru said bluntly and walked past her, not even sparring her a second glance. Katsumi winced slightly. She felt a little sorry for Sara, despite her jealousy. Katsumi knew how it felt to be rejected like that, and she couldn't blame to woman for falling for Sesshoumaru… that lady-killer…
"Please, wait." Sara pleaded as she stood. "I want to help you make your wish come true, Sesshoumaru-sama." Sesshoumaru stopped. Katsumi raised her eyebrows in surprise.
'Wish…what wish?' Katsumi wondered.
"Wish… you say?" Sesshoumaru said.
"Yes. And when your wish comes true, please accept these feelings I have for you." Sara said. Katsumi almost bit her tongue. She gaped at Sara incredulously. Any feelings of sympathy Katsumi had for her had just flown out of the window.
'What!? The nerve of this woman! I might be overreacting because I'm jealous, but you can't just barter for love like that! Sesshoumaru has a right to choose! You can't just force your feelings onto him for your own convenience!' Katsumi thought, seething.
"Will you stop this nonsense!?" Jaken shouted incredulously. Katsumi glanced at the imp. Jaken was now officially her new favorite person… after Sesshoumaru and Rin, of course.
"There's no way someone like you could fulfill Sesshoumaru-sama's wishes—!" Jaken shouted. Jaken would never admit it, but he would actually prefer it if Sesshoumaru picked Katsu—the brat, rather than someone like Sara.
"Jaken!" Sesshoumaru said sternly.
"Huh?" Jaken said.
"Stand back." Sesshoumaru ordered. Katsumi stared at Sesshoumaru.
'…He's defending her…?' Katsumi thought, stunned.
"I understand." Jaken said, humbled by Sesshoumaru's sharp stare.
'I don't!' Katsumi screamed in her mind. '… Is this why he turned me down? He said he doesn't remember her, but…' Sara smiled. Katsumi's eye twitched.
"I will fulfill your wish, no matter what." Sara said.
"Hmph… As you please." Sesshoumaru said. Katsumi had turned slightly blue from shock, and was giving Sesshoumaru a blank stare.
'Who are you, and what have you done with Sesshoumaru…!?' Katsumi thought.
"Yes." Sara said and started walking in the direction they had just come from.
'Huh? What's she…?' Jaken wondered as Sara passed him by.
"Are you alright, Katsumi-nee?" Rin asked as she tugged on the sleeve of Katsumi's haori to get her attention. Katsumi snapped out of her little thousand-yard stare.
"Huh? Oh, yeah… I'm fine, Rin. Thanks for asking." Katsumi said, putting on a brave face and smiling for Rin. She looked up as Sara passed and the two women's eyes met. Sara narrowed her eyes into a death glare.
'!' Katsumi thought, taken aback by such an open display of hostility. Katsumi had at least kept her animosity to herself…
"Just who is she?" Jaken asked as Sara disappeared into the fog. "Sesshoumaru-sama, who is that woman anyway?"
"She sure was pretty." Rin said.
"Hah! That's only make-up. Just make-up." Jaken huffed. "Even this brat could look elegant with a little face powder." Jaken said, jabbing his finger at Katsumi. A vein mark popped on Katsumi's head.
"Sorry for being so average! Should I buy some make-up then, eh?" Katsumi said tartly as she bonked Jaken on the head.
"Eh? But you're plenty pretty enough already Katsumi-nee!" Rin said, blinking in confusion. Katsumi, with her golden hair and hazel eyes, was considered an exotic beauty in a country where the native humans all had dark hair and dark eyes.
"Thanks, Rin, but where I come from, my looks are only average. Here my looks are considered exotic, but back home, I'm not really anything special." Katsumi said. "I have to rely on my sparkling personality to guys interested in me." Katsumi winked playfully at Rin, who giggled.
"No wonder you're still single." Jaken huffed. Katsumi turned and smiled a menacing shit-eating grin at Jaken.
"I'm sorry, did you say something?" Katsumi asked coldly. Jaken sweat dropped and shook his head. "That's what I thought." Katsumi said, crossing her arms.
"But geez! What can a mere human do?" Jaken said, glancing in the direction Sara had gone.
"Are you blind?" Katsumi asked. There was no way Sara was human.
"Huh?" Jaken said.
"That was no human." Sesshoumaru said, narrowing his eyes slightly, and continued to walk, though the others couldn't see because he had his back to them.
"!" Rin gasped in surprise.
"Huh!? No way!" Jaken said, shocked.
"A Youkai, no, perhaps it was originally human… but one who never quite became a full youkai." Sesshoumaru said.
"What!?" Jaken said.
"…Hmm… Just like Naraku then…" Katsumi said, thinking out loud.
"What…?" Sesshoumaru asked.
"Eh… Didn't I mention that before, when I told you about Naraku?" Katsumi said.
"No, you did not!" Jaken shouted indignantly. Katsumi sweat dropped and rubbed the back of her neck bashfully.
"Oh… well, now you know, right?" Katsumi said, laughing nervously. "Naraku was created when a wicked human bandit, named Onigumo, offered his body to a hoard of youkai so that he could make Kikyo, that undead miko Naraku tried so hard to kill, his own. Kikyo had taken pity on the man because he had been burned so badly by a fire, that he became completely paralyzed. His impure desire for Kikyo was what drove him to become the youkai, Naraku, fifty years ago."
"…" Sesshoumaru said. 'I see… that would explain why Naraku's true form was such a miss-mash of youkai…' He thought. Sesshoumaru could tell they were getting close to a human settlement now from all the scents ahead. Among the scent of humans, there was also one extremely irritating one… Inuyasha... and also that woman. The woman had circled back to the human settlement that was just ahead. Sesshoumaru glanced at Katsumi, who had come to walk beside him. He could tell she had been jealous, and for some reason, that pleased him a little. But now, Katsumi looked uneasy, despite the smile on her face… It didn't suit her. Sesshoumaru would rather not get involved, but he had a feeling it be even more of a headache later if he didn't. '… And just what 'wish' was that Sara woman talking about…?' Sesshoumaru wondered. It might be better if he kept an eye on things…
"Stay here." Sesshoumaru said and started walking away. Sesshoumaru hadn't been the only one to pick up on all the scents ahead of them.
"We'll be back later, Rin." Katsumi said as she gave a quick hug to Rin and ran after Sesshoumaru.
"… Where do you think you're going?" Sesshoumaru asked her. Katsumi raised an eyebrow at him.
"What? Is it bad if I come along?" Katsumi asked. She was giving him one of her dangerously brilliant shit-eating grins that meant she was actually feeling particularly angry or upset. She was daring him to contradict her.
"… You're doing this because you're jealous." Sesshoumaru said.
"So what if I am? You think I want to feel so uneasy? It's because I love you, so I can't help but worry if another woman sets her eyes on you." Katsumi said honestly. She knew Sesshoumaru could tell when she was lying, and it would just make her feel worse if he called her on it. So, honesty was the best policy for her right now. Sesshoumaru glanced at Katsumi out the corner of his eye.
"… Your fears are completely unfounded." Sesshoumaru said.
"Maybe they are, but love isn't exactly a rational emotion, Sesshoumaru-sama. It makes people do things that defy common sense." Katsumi said.
"That certainly explains a lot about you." Sesshoumaru said, stepping ahead of her, hiding the slight smirk that graced his face. Sesshoumaru, over time, had realized he rather enjoyed teasing Katsumi. Her reactions were amusing. Katsumi paused, mid-step.
"What!?" Katsumi shouted. Sesshoumaru stared back at her, coolly. "Did you just imply what I think you did? I'm not that weird!" Katsumi said. Her checks were flushed pink from indignation.
"I never said it was a bad thing." Sesshoumaru said, smirking slightly at her. Katsumi quickly looked away, trying to hide her blush but totally failing. Katsumi's cheeks were pink for an entirely different reason now.
Someone also told me that the Japanese call English 'eigo'. I just want to say thank you, but I had English in bold on purpose, because I don't think many Japanese people of the time would be that familiar with English yet, and English is Katsumi's first language, so she calls it by its original name, and the others just copied her. Let me know what you think. I know that in the manga, Sesshoumaru doesn't have an energy whip, but I wasn't sure how to write it out of this episode, so I just kept it in since I messed up and wrote it in a previous chapter already. I hope this wasn't too OOC. ^_^;