New Ruler of the Southern Lands

The Truth Behind Music

Be sincere, be brief; be seated.


After about half a week, the healers finally allowed Kagome to leave the H.E.R., finding no wounds or mental instability, which Kagome was silently thankful for since she was starting to think the boogeyman was coming out of the water and giving her mega wedgies. So right now Kagome was in her studies signing some unfinished papers that, sadly, no one did for her since she didn't fully trust anyone in the kingdom to do them. She had locked herself within the confines of her study for about four hours.

'Finally,' she thought with relief as she signed the last scroll that was sent to her by the General in the Southeast Village. Putting down her feather quill, yes, she uses feather quills instead of ink brushes since she finds that quite annoying to use as she was not really use to it. She has done kanji on a whole scroll of paper with an ink brush before but never for writing in general.

Knock, knock…

Looking up from her work, Kagome looked over at the door to see dark figures on the other side of the shoji screen paper.

"Enter," she answered in a normal calm voice that had a hint of tiredness in it.

The shoji screen door opened revealing the group of pain in the ass students that the five hell shadow demons had made her teach. She inwardly groaned in despair, 'I should have stood in the H.E.R.,' she thought herself wishing something would just come out and cut her head off or something. The demon students bowed low once in show of respect before sitting in front of her desk. Kagome stared at them, not saying a word, and they stared back at her also not saying a word.

The room was drowned in complete silence that you could almost hear the chefs downstairs on the very first floor bustling around trying to get everything ready for dinner tonight.

A couple more minutes of silence and staring at each other, Kagome finally spoke.

"Yes?" the demons jumped a bit when she spoke the silence unexpectedly then bowed their heads, "we're glad to see you are fairing well milady" one demon said quietly.

The boy looked to around his teen years, he was a tiger demon with orange hair that was spiky and wild-like which reached to his mid-back and also had the eyes to match. He wore a red kimono that appeared to be similar to Inuyasha's though it didn't have an inner haori that was white, instead it was orange. He was about a 5'1", had a tan complexion, not like Jinenji's or Shiori's though a bit lighter than that. Kagome saw that he had his tail wrapped around his hip like a belt.

She gave the boy a curt nod, "thank you for your concerns, now may I ask why all of you are here and not taking your daily lessons as you are suppose to." The little group looked around the room trying to not look at Kagome as though fearing they will blurt out their hidden secret.

She shook her head then stood up and walked around her desk in front of the group of demon students. She leaned against her desk and crossed her arms, glancing over to a dark corner she saw a dark figure of one of the hell shadow demons and shook her head telling it that she was all set. The figure nodded then turned around went back into the shadows and Kagome looked back at the demons then narrowed her eyes.

"I'm not going to ask again because if I do, then I will have all of you be taken back to your classes by one of the hell shadow demon," she threatened.

That's all it took before the demons started blurting many things at once until they came to one that they said all together "could we hear you sing!"

Kagome blinked once, then twice, then a third time before closing her eyes holding back a giggle until it came out as a full blown laugh. The demons looked at her with confused and half scared expressions and they looked at one another to see if they knew why Kagome was laughing.

After a few more seconds Kagome finally calmed down and looked at the students, "man, is that all you wanted?" she asked and one last giggle escape her lips before she could stop it. The demon, still a bit confused and scared, nodded his head.

She giggled again, "then you just should have said so before I had to threaten on letting the shadow demons take you," she had to stop to laugh once more. "Come on then," she waved for them to follow her, "we'll go the music room," she pushed herself off her desk and walked around the demons towards the still opened doorway.


"God damn demons think they're so superior to half-demons, feh!" spat Inuyasha as he sat near the doorwat looking out through the door mat that was made up layers of bamboo. Kaede looked over at the grumbling Inuyasha then at the others to see Sango staring at the fire with a faraway look on her face then over at Miroku and Shippo to see them sitting against the wall with their eyes closed as though they were sleeping.

She let out a silent sigh then poked the flame, 'nothing has been the same since Kagome left,' she thought to herself with a bit of pang of sadness in her heart. She always thought of Kagome as a granddaughter she never had since she was not allow by Miko Law to have an intimate relationship with an male species and have children. However, it was sacrifice she made to ensure keep the village safe.

But now that she's gone, she was starting to wonder why she even made the sacrifice and not have children to see them grow up and then go off and marry some strong wonderful man or a kindhearted woman.

"Lady Kaede, are you alright?" came Miroku's voice, Kaede looked at him and gave him a small smile, "hai, I am okay," that was when she felt something slide down her face. She blinked in confusion and reached her hand up to touch her face then pulled it away to see a tear drop on her old wrinkled fingertips. Her eyes squinted as the salt of tears started to gather in her eyes then fall down upon her face, 'why? Why did I ever want to become a miko? The village would have been okay by itself,' she thought to herself as she covered her face with her hands and started to cry.

"Kaede!" both Shippo and Miroku exclaimed with equal worry laced in their voices. They watched at the old miko with concern before getting up from their spots and walking over to her and asked her what was the matter.

Over in the opposite corner in the back of the hut was Kikyo who was just watching her old sister's emotions flow within her brown eyes. They were now slightly dulled with old age and knowledge, of wisdom of living through fifty-six years fighting to protect the village from demons. Taking on the responsibilities she was supposed to have if she hadn't been killed.

She didn't know what Kaede must feel by living through all that and she honestly didn't care for her sister at all since she saw her as a traitor. A traitor for protecting Inuyasha in the beginning when she was first resurrected by the old witch, Urasue. She looked away from her crying sister and at the flames that Sango was still staring at for the last couple hours.


"Oh wow," the demons gasped as the lights in the music room was turned on.

The room was big, almost the size of two classrooms put together, and had many weird looking instruments they had never seen before around the room. They were neatly placed on either the walls or a shelf.

Kagome was beside them and smiling at the awed children gazing at the instruments that she managed to get while still in the modern era. She watched as the demons ran into the room and started looking at the weird instruments up close but not touching them. 'Good, at least they know what not to do,' she thought as she walked into the room, making sure to close the door behind her.

The students noticed Kagome's approach and quickly gathered in the middle of the room where Kagome stopped and looked at them.

"So, what do want me to sing?" she asked with a smile.

The students thought for a minutes then discussed it among each other before looking back at her with smiles on their faces as they came to agreement. This caused one brow to raise up, "we want you to sing something like last time, but a bit sadder."

Kagome stared at them for a while with a blank expression before looking to the side as though there was someone there then looking back at the still smiling students. She sighed then let out a light whistle and a few seconds the five shadow demons appeared. The demons gulped and started to get nervous, Kagome saw this and put on a smile, "don't worry, they're not here for you" she said reassuringly, the students nodded and slowly began to relaxed.

Turning to the five shadow demons, she put on a serious face, "do you all know how to read a music sheet?" she asked.

The five demons nodded in response, "okay, now who knows how to play the piano?" the demon with icy blue hair stepped up.

"Who know how to play the drums?" the demon with black hair stepped up.

"Who knows how to play the electric guitar since I can't play it while trying to sing and think," the one with crimson hair stepped up.

"Alright-y then, who wants to sing as back up with me?" she asked happily.

The ones with reddish orange hair and the other one with silver whitish hair stepped up with smiles on their faces causing Kagome to clap joyously.

"Yay! Now go to the instruments that you are assigned to," she waved them away.

The shadow demons went in different direction to get the instruments that they are suppose to play and the demon students just watched them go get the strange looking instruments.

As the demons came back with their instruments, Kagome was finished discussing the whole thing to the two demons that would be her backup singers.

She turned to the other three demons, "ready?" she asked.

The demons nodded their heads as well as the demon students; Kagome gave a nod then closed her eyes and chanted something real quick. A black light started to glow around her body.

Her raven black hair straighten out to be pin straight, her eye shape became narrow and her iris became sharp and small, kind of like Sesshomaru's eyes. All her female features and curves went away and her chest became flat as her kimono turned to black low leather pants that had chains around them and a sleeveless, which looked like it was torn off, zip up shirt that only reached to the top of her bellybutton.

Jaws dropped and eyes were ready to pop out as everyone gazed upon the now male Kagome. She, or now he, opened his eyes and looked at everyone and chuckled lowly as he saw their expressions.

"What, you thought I couldn't do that?" everyone shook their heads.

Kagome laughed which sounded a lot more lower than her normally light feminine voice, "well how do you think I go around to get stuff?"

"A cloak" the crimson haired demon said.

Kagome rolled his eyes, "that thing sometimes get annoying and makes people suspicious. Anyways, lets get this music started shall we?" he said before a mic appeared in front of him as well as the two other demons.

They all shut their jaws and nodded, the lights started to dim as the icy blue haired demon started to play song on the piano. Kagome closed his eyes, remembering the lyrics to song that always made him think of his past sufferings, the others started to pitch in with the piano.

From underneath the trees, we watch the sky
Confusing stars with satellites
I never dreamed that you'd be mine
But here we are we're here tonight

The other instruments stopped playing leaving on the piano to play and Kagome by themselves on a solo line.

Singing A-Amen, I, I'm alive (I'm alive)
Singing A-Amen, I, I'm alive

The others instruments soon started playing again all together again.

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day…

The other instruments stopped playing leaving only the guitar strings to hum an echo.

When nobody died

The other instruments played together except the piano as it waited to play its part again.

And I'm singing A, Amen I, Amen I, I'm alive
Amen I, Amen I, Amen I, I'm alive

The instruments stopped for a second before playing again and the piano pitched in once more.

And in the air the fireflies
Our only light in paradise
Would show the world they were wrong
And teach them all to sing along

The piano played by itself, as the other instruments stopped playing again.

Singing A-Amen, I, I'm alive (I'm alive)
Singing A-Amen, I, I'm alive

All the instruments joined in together, but the piano stopped at the next lyric verse.

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day, when nobody died

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day, when nobody die
ahha, ahha, ahhh, ahd...

When nobody die ahha, ahha, ahhh, ahd...

The other instruments stopped playing letting the piano play by itself one more in a solo line.

And as we lie beneath the stars
We realize how small we are
If they could love like you and me
Imagine what the world could be

All together, the instruments played as one once again.

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day, when nobody died

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day, when nobody die
ahha, ahha, ahhh, ahd...

We'd see the day, we'd see the day
When nobody die ahha, ahha, ahhhh, ahd...
We'd see the day, we'd see the day,
When nobody die ahha, ahha, ahhhh, ahd...
We'd see the day (died) when nobody died.

The demon students watched in amazement at how much passion Kagome put into her singing as though she was going through a whole past suffering, unknown to them that she was. The shadow demons were impressed as well with Kagome's singing as they played along in the song she told them to play.

When the music ended, the music echoed all around the room, though everyone was oblivious that the music was heard all through Japan.

At villages people were standing around looking about trying to see where the music was coming from mumbling things to each other as though seeing if anyone knew where it was probably coming from. Though the village in the South were just smiling and looking up at the sky imaging the message behind the song itself and they were all inspired by it, the children just laughed and giggled while dancing around with joy. Though, the male children just stood there with frowns upon their faces, as though deep in thought. One of the male children looked up at their parents and asked "Pop, what did that song mean?" the child's father looked down at its child then smiled and picked up onto his shoulder raising him where the child saw a faint outlining on something.

"That song, my dear boy, is song that hold past suffering and truth meaning to it of what has been going for many years" "what has been going on for many years?" the man looked up at his son, his smile slowly went away from his face. "A war with no specific meaning to it or cause" the clouds moved away allowing the moon to shine, the child's eyes widened when he saw the Southern Kingdom slowly reveal itself from the shadows.


If Everyone Cared by Nickelback
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