Time Traveler Katsumi

Dogfight

Previously:

'He isn't using his full strength! He's just playing with me!' Katsumi realized. "If I let my guard down now, you'll just cut me down." Katsumi pointed out. Sesshoumaru smirked at her, and she had to fight down her blush. 'He's the enemy, remember?' She mentally scolded herself. She heard a loud snapping sound.


Her eyes widened in horror when she realized the blade of her katana was now completely snapped in half, but before Sesshoumaru could finish her off, Inuyasha came out of nowhere and swiped at him with his claws. Sesshoumaru dodged.

"I've had just about… enough!" Sesshoumaru said coldly as he attacked Inuyasha.

"Yaaaah!" Inuyasha yelled as he blocked tessaiga with its own sheath. Energy crackled between the sword and sheath, neither giving an inch.

'He's resisting tessaiga!' Sesshoumaru thought, surprised. Unlike with the previous blow, Sesshoumaru had struck Inuyasha with his full strength; so anything used to block tessaiga should have been obliterated. 'That's the sheath of the tessaiga!'

"Heh, heh! Thanks a lot, Katsumi. Watching you gave me a good idea!" Inuyasha said cockily.

'Oh, so he went to get the sheath.' Katsumi thought. She sighed in relief. 'For a moment there, I thought I was a goner…'

{Just a short distance away…}

Jaken gasped for air when he popped up out of the oni debris.

"I was just about to be killed by Sesshoumaru-sama!" Jaken said, paling slightly. "Even more than the monk's heavenly power… Sesshoumaru-sama's disregard for ally or foe when he kills… is a hundred times more frightening. Oh, dear… I fear for the future—Heeeee!?" Jaken squeaked in surprise when he felt Miroku's hand grab his head. Shippo coughed as he pulled himself out of the rubble too. "You…!" Jaken said.

"Something really bothers me." Miroku said. "We have never met, yet it's as though you had those insects just to trap me. What's going on!?" He demanded.

"Huh!? Well… err… actually…" Jaken stuttered as he reached behind him to grab his staff. Shippo saw.

"Miroku!" Shippo shouted in warning as Jaken raised the staff and fired. Literally.

"Wha—!" Miroku cried in surprise as he fell backwards trying to avoid the flames. He tumbled down the slope of oni remains and landed hard at the bottom.

"Miroku!" Shippo cried as he hopped down after the already injured monk. Jaken laughed.

"A weak monk and a puny Kitsune child… I, Jaken, can handle you alone!" Jaken said mockingly as Miroku and Shippo glared at him.

{Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru…}

"You hope to resist me with the sheath, huh?" Sesshoumaru said as he pushed a little harder and Inuyasha slid backwards a bit. Katsumi stayed behind Inuyasha, watching his back in case things took a turn for the worse. Katsumi wasn't sure how much help she would be now that her katana was useless though… She wasn't as good at fighting using her claws.

"Well, this is no ordinary sheath!" Inuyasha retorted. "You'll see soon… when I crack open that head of yours!" Katsumi heard Shippo yelling in distress.

"Inuyasha, it sounds like the others need help! I'm useless here, so I'm gonna go have a look! Yell if you're in trouble!" Katsumi said as she dashed off.

"Keh! As if I'd yell for help!" Inuyasha scoffed.

{With Miroku and others…}

"Take this, Kitsune Yojutsu!" Shippo yelled as he threw everything in his little bag of tricks at Jaken.

"Stupid things!" Jaken said irritably as he swatted them aside.

"Illusory top!" Shippo yelled as he unleashed he biggest attack.

"Fool!" Jaken yelled as he swatted it away too.

"Dang it! My power isn't enough…" Shippo said in dismay.

"Go, Shippo! Never mind me!" Miroku said.

"Miroku!" Shippo said.

"Look out!" Katsumi yelled as she tackled the guys out of the way of another blast of flames from Jaken's staff.

"Whoa!" Shippo yelped as they scurried away from Jaken's magical flame-thrower.

"Give me that!" Katsumi yelled, tossing a rock at Jaken's head. It hit him right between the eyes, and while he was disorientated, She took the staff from him. "Hold onto this for me, Shippo."

{With Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru…}

"The sheath, huh? What sheath!?" Sesshoumaru said, furrowing his brow. He swung tessaiga at Inuyasha again, forcing him to jump back. Sesshoumaru pounced, delivering blow after blow. Inuyasha was desperately trying to block them all, but the last blow sent the sheath flying from his hands.

"One swing… just one more swing." Sesshoumaru taunted as he gazed coldly down at Inuyasha.

Inuyasha growled as Sesshoumaru raised Tessaiga to strike again. A glowing, pink arrow struck tessaiga's blade. "Huh!?" Shippo and Jaken said as they and Katsumi and Miroku realized what had just happened over by the inu-brothers.

The blade crackled with the purifying energy of the sacred arrow as Sesshoumaru watched the blade's transformation reverse in his own hands. The huge sword now looked like a rusty old blade again.

'The tessaiga's transformation has been cancelled!' Inuyasha thought, stunned. The arrow landed tip first into the ground a few feet away from them.

"Sesshoumaru!" Kagome yelled.

"Huh?" Inuyasha said in confusion as everyone turned to look at her. Kagome was standing in an archer's stance upon a huge boulder that was by the path leading to the mansion. She had already drawn another arrow, holding it in place as she spoke.

"The next one is aimed at your heart!" Kagome said boldly.

"Kagome!" Inuyasha yelled. Katsumi wanted to face-palm. While it was true she had saved Inuyasha, Kagome had just put herself in danger. It's true her archery skills had improved lately, but she would need a lot of luck to actually hit her next declared target. Sesshoumaru wasn't going to just stand still for her…

"Inuyasha… Make your escape! Hurry!" Kagome said as she drew the bow tauter. Katsumi glanced at Sesshoumaru. Although there was barely any noticeable change in his 'ice prince' façade, Katsumi could tell he was not pleased.

'That young woman's arrow reverses the tessaiga's transformation.' Sesshoumaru thought.

'Could Kagome really be the reincarnation of the priestess?' Miroku wondered in amazement.

"Sesshoumaru, next it's your arm. I'll shot your left arm off!" Kagome threatened him. Katsumi's eyes widened in realization.

"Left arm!?" Inuyasha said. Sesshoumaru glanced down at his arm.

'…Of course!' Katsumi thought. 'Why didn't I realize it sooner? If the barrier works against demons, then that has to be a human arm! A normal human arm would rot away unless it was enhanced by something…!'

"I can see it… The Sacred jewel shard!" Kagome yelled, releasing the arrow. Sesshoumaru dodged it easily and leaped at her.

"Kagome!" Katsumi yelled, jumping up and running to aid her friend.

"Huh!?" Kagome said in surprise.

"Stop! I'm the one who'll fight you!" Inuyasha yelled as he leaped at Sesshoumaru and swiped at him with his claws. Sesshoumaru dodged, but this time Inuyasha had managed to leave a scratch on his face. Inuyasha landed in font of Kagome in a protective stance.

"You act pretty swiftly… when it comes to that girl." Sesshoumaru observed.

'Oh, crap! He looks pissed!' Katsumi thought stopping short. She had instinctively tried to run to Kagome when she was in trouble, but Sesshoumaru was in between them, so she couldn't go to Kagome without getting past him. 'Note to self, don't touch his face.'

"Inuyasha! There's a sacred jewel shard in his left arm!" Kagome said. "If I aim for that…"

"Enough, Kagome! Sesshoumaru's not one to be easily beaten." Inuyasha said. "You take care of Miroku. Medicine from your time may save him!"

"Uh-huh! I got it!' Kagome said, dashing off to aid Miroku.

"Kagome!" Inuyasha shouted.

"Yes?" Kagome asked, pausing.

"Thanks… your arrow halted tessaiga's transformation." Inuyasha said. "I can at least fight now."

'Uh-oh… I've got a bad feeling about what he just said…' Katsumi thought.

'Inuyasha thanked me…?' Kagome thought, confused as she ran to Shippo and Miroku. 'A sign of weakness?'

"The transformation was stopped by a mere mortal's arrow." Sesshoumaru said wryly. "I guess the tessaiga won't take to me."

{Mirouk-tachi…}

"T-There's blood on Sesshoumaru-sama's face—Gah!?" Jaken said as Miroku hit him over the head. Miroku looked 'mad' in more than one sense of the word. The pain was driving him over the edge, no more 'Mr. Nice Monk.' "Oooow… Well… you're looking a bit different from earlier…" Jaken said nervously. He tried to scramble away, but Miroku grabbed the imp roughly by the head.

"Don't try to get out of this, you!" Miroku said darkly.

"Well… Er…" Jaken stuttered.

"Is Miroku a delinquent monk, after all!?" Shippo said, dropping Jaken's staff. Miroku slammed Jaken into the ground and began shaking him.

"Now confess! Where did you get the poisonous insects?" Miroku demanded.

"I don't know who he was… but he wore a baboon hide to conceal himself." Jaken said.

"And his name!?" Miroku demanded, shaking Jaken again.

"His name… he said his name was Naraku!" Jaken said.

'Naraku?' Miroku thought.

"Isn't Naraku the one you're after?" Shippo said.

"Where is Naraku? Tell me!" Miroku yelled.

"I don't know." Jaken said. "Besides, it's too late to know now."

"What?" Miroku said.

"Your body is full of poison, and you will soon be dead!" Jaken said wickedly. Miroku winced in pain.

"Ah! Are you in pain, Miroku?" Shippo asked worriedly.

"It mortifies me… but I am, after all, just a weak mortal." Miroku said, groaning in pain.

"Heh! Serves you right!" Jaken said. Miroku glared at Jaken. Shippo flinched as Miroku put the hurt on Jaken.

"D-Don't take it out me…" Jaken moaned after Miroku finished beating him. The imp was now sporting several lumps on his green head. Miroku groaned in pain as he lay down.

"Miroku…!" Shippo yelled as he ran over to the monk.

"I need to rest." Miroku said wearily. 'Damn! I'm having trouble breathing.' He thought.

"Shippo-chan! Are you okay?" Kagome asked as she ran up to them, toting her yellow backpack.

"Kagome, Miroku is…" Shippo said.

"Just a sec!" Kagome said, digging through her backpack. 'I have to give him the antidote quickly.' She found the antidote, and a can of orange soda for him to take it with. "Hang on, Miroku. Can you swallow this?"

"If possible… can you give it to me mouth to mouth?" Miroku said.

"I understand." Kagome said seriously.

"Huh?" Shippo said.

Miroku lay there with his eyes closed, waiting for Kagome to 'medicate' him. He heard the click of the can being opened and opened his eyes.

"Okay, here I go, Miroku!" Shippo said, looming over him and puckering his lips. Miroku turned his head away, twitching slightly.

"Never mind. I can manage by myself." Miroku said.

'He still has the energy to joke.' Kagome thought in relief as she looked down at them from the rock she was perched on and hiding behind. 'But if Inuyasha and Katsumi's battle lasts much longer… He may be in danger.'

"I've figured it out, Sesshoumaru." Inuyasha said. "Why a demon like you is able to wield the tessaiga."

"About time." Katsumi said. While Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha were having their little stare down, Katsumi had moved closer to Inuyasha's side.

"What? You mean you just figured it out too?" Inuyasha asked, surprised.

"No, I figured it out as soon as Kagome said she was targeting his arm. I suspected his left arm was human, but I didn't think he'd use a jewel shard to stick it on." Katsumi explained.

'Hmm? That hanyou girl is pretty sharp.' Sesshoumaru observed.

"Why didn't you say something sooner!?" Inuyasha demanded.

"I was kinda busy trying not to die!" Katsumi pointed out.

"Keh! Whatever!" Inuyasha said, turning to Sesshoumaru. "If I lop off that arm, you won't even be able to touch tessaiga!" Sesshoumaru smirked. "On top of that… I'll be able to get another jewel shard!" Inuyasha said, charging. "Two birds with one stone!"

"Wait! Don't just recklessly charge in!" Katsumi shouted. Sesshoumaru dashed forward, a blur of speed. Katsumi almost face-palmed. The way he was ignoring her gave her the impression he thought she wasn't much of threat… well, he was right in a way. She normally wouldn't stand a chance against an opponent like him without her sword.

"Hmph. You should listen to that girl, but if you think you can touch my left arm, go ahead and try!" Sesshoumaru said. He dodged Inuyasha's attack and grazed Inuyasha's face with his own poison claws. Then he leaped into the air and began lashing at Inuyasha with his energy whip. Inuyasha dodged Sesshoumaru's attacks, but he almost got him. He leaped at Sesshoumaru, attacking.

"Sankon-tessou!" Inuyasha yelled as he slashed his claws at Sesshoumaru.

"Duck!" Katsumi yelled as Sesshoumaru clenched his hand into a fist and punched Inuyasha.

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