"Mommy! Daddy! Where are you?" yelled the small child. The young girl ran throughout her village. Bandits had attacked her home and while running for her life she was separated from her family. The child ran in the direction of her hut, only stopping to hide behind other huts or in bushes to stay out of the bandits' sight.
The young girl made it back to her hut. When the small house seemed untouched she had high hopes that her family had come back to hide. She silently prayed that the bandits had over looked their house, but the young girl wasn't that lucky. As soon as she walked inside the coppery scent of blood assaulted her nose. The red liquid stained the ground and the walls. Objects in the hut were strewn across the floor.
The small girl walked throughout the house searching for any sign of life. "Mommy? Daddy? Souta?" When the child finally slid the shoji door to her parents’ room open, her world collapsed. There in the middle of the room tied up were what was left of her parents and little brother. She walked to the mangled bodies of her loved ones and dropped to her knees. Tears slid down her young face, washing the blood from her families' faces.
"Was this your family little girl?" Came a voice from the shadows. The young girl shot to her feet and took a step back, trying to distance herself from the intruder.
"Who are you? Did you do this them?" she asked in a small voice.
"What if I did? Would you like to join them?" he said stepping closer to her. She continued to inch away from the man until her back touched the wall. Tears welled up in her brown eyes as she saw the man's katana glint in the moonlight. Only his crimson eyes could be seen in the blackness of the room, and those eyes promised to do things that would make her wish for an end that would never come.
"Please, don't do this." she pleaded.
"Are you afraid?" he came closer still. She could feel the cool metal of his katana against the smooth flesh of her neck. He leaned forward until his mouth was next to her ear. His rancid breath burning her skin. "What's your name little one?"
She shut her eyes and gulped loudly. When the blade pressed harder into her neck she whimpered.
"I asked you a question. I will not asked again." his voice so evil it sent a chill down her spine.
"K-Kagome." The man chuckled and leaned back enough so they were nose to nose, the blade still firmly pressed on her neck.
"I am Naraku. You are a very pretty girl Kagome." Naraku slid his other hand down her arm and back up until he was cupping her face. "One day I will come back for you, and you'll be mine."
"Please just let me go." His touch made her skin crawl and his words made her want to retch.
His hand wondering around her back toying with the obi that kept her yukata closed. He relished in the flow of fresh tears that slid down her cheeks and collected on her chin.
"Never forget little Kagome, I have claimed you as my own, you are mine now." He removed the blade from her neck and began to walk towards the door. "No one else may have you, or there'll be hell to pay. For everyone." With one last evil smirk he left the room. Only when Kagome heard the front shoji door close did she slide to the floor and begin to sob.
Kagome bolted upright in her futon, wiping her sweaty brow and taking a deep breath. She hadn't had nightmares of that night in years. It’d been almost eight years since that monster slew her family. Her village had been left in shambles. No one abled bodied enough flee had stayed and everyone else was either dead or dying. She had no choice but to leave. She wondered the forest for awhile, living off berries and plants until she stumbled upon another village where she met Sango.
Kagome looked over to her right to see that Sango had already awoken and left for the morning. Kagome washed herself and dressed in a plain yukata. As she made her way to kitchen she felt kind of lonely. Inuyasha had left sometime yesterday evening to return to his own castle. His family hadn't even stayed for dinner. Throughout the day they had bumped into each other and chatted. She smiled as she remembered their walk in the secret gardens that afternoon.
Inuyasha and Kagome walked down the hall. Inuyasha had run into Kagome after lunch and decided to spend some time with her.
"So how has your day been?" Kagome asked Inuyasha
"Um good, boring. Yours?"
"Same, hey Inuyasha I wanna show you something." Kagome grabbed his hand and pulled him into another hallway. They both chose to ignore the warmth that spread through their fingers at the simple contact.
"Okay you ready?" Kagome asked excitedly, letting go of his hand.
"Keh let's just go already." he said crossing his arms over his chest. Kagome opened the door and they entered what seemed to be a garden. There were colorful flowers and plants everywhere. It was simply beautiful.
"Why did you bring me here?" Inuyasha asked while examining the plants.
"Well I like to come here and think sometimes. When I first got here I was wondering around the castle and got lost. When I found this place there weren't very many flowers and so I began to tend to them and plant new ones." Kagome said.
"You did a really good job." Inuyasha said with a small smile as Kagome grabbed his hand again and began pulling him in a new direction.
She pulled him along until they came to a row of small blue flowers. Kagome bend down to gingerly pick some from the ground. When she had a small bouquet of them Kagome held them out to him. He looked at her confused by her actions and waiting on an explanation.
"What are these?" Inuyasha said taking the flowers from her hand.
"They're Blue Periwinkles, they represent new friendship." she said with a small blush "After everything with the strange dreams and then you saving me, multiple times, I feel like we’ve gotten to know each other better. It’s been nice hanging out with you, and I was just hoping that maybe we could stay friends, even after you leave." She looked at her feet sheepishly, slightly embarrassed by her small speech.
"Sure, I’d like that." Kagome looked up at him and it was first time she ever saw him genuinely smile.
Kagome let her thoughts wonder on the dark haired man a little longer. She couldn’t remember the last time she was this content with her life. A sudden chill crawled its way up her spine, taking her mind of the young prince and back to time that she’d much rather forget. She spun around as the feeling of someone standing behind her reached her senses, only to meet deep crimson eyes.
"Did you miss me little one?" It was voice that she was all too familiar with, a tone that haunted her nightmares. Her breath caught, her heart stopped, and her world came crashing down around her.
"How could you guys leave me in a strange castle by myself?" Inuyasha yelled as he traveled with his mother and cousin back to their home.
"Well you were taking so long, you couldn't have expected us to wait." Lady Izyaoi explained.
"Then why didn't you stay with me? Or at the very least Miroku could have stayed." Inuyasha continued to grumble.
"I'm sorry, you're right, I should have had Miroku stay. At least I gave you some time to get to know Princess Kikyou, ne?" Lady Izyaoi said with a sly smile
"Mother..." Inuyasha whined out.
"Don't worry man once your married off she won't be able to bother you anymore." said Miroku, with a reassuring clap on his cousin’s shoulder.
"What? I am NOT marrying Princess Kikyou!" Inuyasha yelled.
"And why not? She's beautiful and very kind. Her family is welcoming and she has a good head on her shoulders, there's nothing wrong with her." said the lady of the Takahashi clan.
"I didn't say there was anything wrong with her, I just don't like her like that." Inuyasha said with a small blush.
"That’s what not Lady Ayako relayed to me. In fact she said you two were quite cozy during breakfast."
"It's called being polite mother, I mean how many times have you told me that my attitude could use some ‘refining’."
"Well if you ask me I think Inuyasha has already found someone he wishes to give his heart to." Miroku said, a smirk evident in his tone.
"Do not!" came Inuyasha's childish reply.
"Who could you possibly like? The only recent suitor you’ve been introduced to is Princess Kikyou." Izyaoi questioned.
"Well you see-"
"Shut it lech!" Inuyasha said with a glare effectively silencing Miroku’s big mouth. Not up to having anymore conversation Inuyasha spent the rest of the ride looking out the drapes on the carriage door daydreaming and letting his thoughts wonder back to the afternoon he’d spent with a certain raven haired servant, and before he knew he had fallen asleep.
"W-What are you doing here?" Kagome asked, the shakiness in her limbs matching the shakiness of her voice.
"I'm glad to see you remember me Kagome." Naraku grinned down at her, taking pleasure in her obvious fear. "Did you think I forgot about you? How could I," a sadistic chuckle escaping him," I told you...you're mine."
"No, no I was just a little girl, you aren't real. I must be dreaming again." She said more to herself than the man in front of her.
"Did you really think there was anywhere you could go that would be out of my reach? I’m not in habit of making empty promises my dear, I always mean what I say.” Naraku took another step forward, forcing Kagome to take an involuntary step back. What was she going to do? The hallway was deserted and Inuyasha had gone home. Who was going to save her now?
She felt her back hit the wall, and the sudden realization that she had nowhere left to run was enough to force the air from her lungs. He was closing in on her and in that moment she became the same little girl who could do nothing but cry, because she knew there was no way she’d be able to save herself.
He lifted his hand to caress her cheek and she flinched away. He gripped her face making so she’d be unable to look away.
"I've been watching you my little one. I've seen you trotting around with that little prince and I'm not pleased." Naraku spit out his name like it was poison on his tongue. "Has he ever touched you Kagome?" His other came up to caress her thigh, and she whimpered.
"Are you his whore? His dirty little secret? Huh? Answer me!" he backhanded her, and the force of his blow knocked her to the ground, blood dripped from the reopened wound on her lip, the tears she tried hard to restrain raining down her face.
"Now look at what you made me do. I've messed up your pretty face." Naraku leaned down gingerly wiped the blood from her chin. Kagome only cried harder. "If you continue to entertain this thought that by some miracle you and the prince can live happily ever after, I'll kill him...do you understand?" She nodded acquiescence.
"Good girl. I'll be back Kagome and if you care for that prince in any type of way you'll stay away from him. It would truly upset to have to kill you." He tucked a lock of midnight hair behind her ear and took his leave, seemingly vanishing into the shadows. Kagome curled into a ball on the floor and began to sob.
Inuyasha found himself in the middle of a burning village. There were people running and screaming for their lives, what looked like bandits chasing them and murdering them in cold blood. The bandits pillaged homes and small shops. Inuyasha turned at the sound of a little girl screaming.
"Mommy! Daddy! Where are you?" she yelled. She was a cute little girl with pale skin and dark hair. He watched as the child ducked into a bush, waiting for some bandits to pass. Only when she poked her head around the shrub did Inuyasha recognize her.
"Kagome?" he stood there confused. She couldn't have been more than 9 years old. He followed her until she stopped at a small hut towards the back of the village. She walked in and once again called out for her family.
"Mommy? Daddy? Souta?" She walked throughout the house checking rooms for her loved ones. Finally she reached the last room in the back of the house and cautiously opened the shoji doors, the sight that greeted him nearly made him sick. In the middle of the room bound and gagged, bloody and mangled could only be the bodies of Kagome's family. Of the three bodies two of them were clearly adult, but the sight that really made his stomach churn was the smallest of them all, the body of a little boy who couldn’t have been any older five or six.
While Kagome mourned her family Inuyasha turned at the sound of a fourth party entering the room. When he went to face the intruder he was met with piercing red eyes and the scene before him faded to black.
When Inuyasha came to again he was back at Aomori castle. Confused he walked and wondered through the grounds until he came to a familiar hallway. He continued down the hallway till he found a familiar looking door and opened it. Just as he was suspecting he found the secret garden Kagome had shown him.
He wondered through the flowers careful not to step on them when his steps brought him closer to two yelling voices.
"I can’t let you do this, it’s too dangerous. I won't let you be hurt because of me!" yelled a female. Her face obscured by the person in front of her.
"I'll never let you fall into Naraku's hands again. Let me protect you!" the male voice yelled back
'Who is Naraku?' Inuyasha silently wondered.
"You can't protect me all the time and I don't expect you too. I just...I love you so much. I couldn't bare to see you hurt or worse." The girl turned away from the boy, and he embraced her from behind. His words were soft and sincere, Inuyasha had to strain to hear them.
"I-I love you too, and that's why I need to keep you safe. You're important to me, you're my something to protect." The girl turned in his arms and they embraced once more.
Inuyasha's breath caught in his throat. Where had he heard that before? Before he could ponder for too long the door to the garden burst open and guards came flooding in. The couple in the middle were torn away from each other and carried away. And the girl reached out for her lover’s hand.
"Inuyasha!" Inuyasha woke up with a start, placing a hand on his chest to calm his frazzled nerves.
"Are you alright man?" he looked up to see a worried Miroku staring down at him.
"Yeah I'm fine. What's going on?"
"We're home. You fell asleep and then you started mumbling in your sleep." Miroku said giving him a look that asked ‘what the hell is going on with you?’
"What did I say?" Inuyasha asked.
"I don't know, something about Naraku and things to protect." Inuyasha's eyes widened and his heart began to race. “Are you sure you're okay?"
"No, I have to go back. I have to get back to Aomori castle and find her!" Inuyasha leaped out the carriage and began to pace. Too many thoughts were running through his head and he wasn’t sure what he needed to do next, but he knew that something needed to done.
"I don’t understand, we just came from the castle, why would you need to go back?"
"Because if don’t something bad will happen to her! She’s in danger Miroku I can feel it." Inuyasha said with a sigh.
"Who’s in danger?"
"You’re not making any sense Inuyasha. Why don't we go inside and you can explain everything to me okay?" Miroku said slowly, trying to placate his agitated friend.
"Keh, don't patronize me. I’m not some lunatic ready to jump off a bridge."
"You’re right, let’s head back to the castle tomorrow. We can check on Kagome and hopefully seeing her well will calm your nerves."
"Fine." Inuyasha agreed. As Miroku continued into the castle Inuyasha stayed to watch the sunset. Silently he prayed that Kagome would still be safe in the morning.