She sighed as she finished up with the paperwork and what not that he wanted done before the end of the day. She glanced up to see him seated at his own desk, working hard as he always did on lord knows what, and shook her head as she put the last of the filing away before knocking on the door frame to his office. He looked up at her curiously as she smiled and bowed a little.
"All of the paperwork is put away, the numbers are entered for the day," she informed him as he nodded and listened. She wondered if that mask of his, the emotionless and almost bored look that always graced those amazing features, ever broke.
"Alright, Nikki," he replied, nothing giving away from his golden depths, "I guess you're free to go. We'll be closed tomorrow, no sense in working when everyone would rather be home with their families and significant others." She smiled and nodded in agreement.
"Agreed, I hope you have a good day tomorrow," she hoped cheerfully, "are you going to your fathers?"
"Yeah," he answered as he leaned back in his seat and seemed to be thinking about something as he glanced at the computer screen before him. "He wants to do dinner tomorrow; he keeps hinting he'd like Inuyasha and me to bring home girlfriends." Nikki laughed a little as he shook his head, though he still looked bored.
"Mr. Kosenjou has invited me to his clan's dinner," she replied as he looked at her, she knew she piqued his curiosity with it despite it not showing. "I haven't decided if I'm going to go yet."
"You should," he advised as she looked at him curiously, "it wouldn't hurt to learn about where you came from." She sighed and nodded in agreement. "It's all still shock, isn't it?"
"It's definitely a world changer," she agreed as she nodded. "I never thought that what I knew would be a lie." Sesshomaru nodded as he glanced at the computer and thought, he was grateful she didn't come around and look at the screen as she sometimes does.
"Well, I think you should take the afternoon, go buy yourself a new dress and head over there for the dinner. What's the worst that can happen at this point?" he asked her as she sighed and seemed to genuinely think about the answer. He'd laugh at her facial expressions if he did that sort of thing. In the office he always made sure to be as cold and callous as possible, though when it came to her it seemed to test his skills immensely. She smiled and nodded as she turned to close up her desk. He finished what he was doing and quickly shut everything down before she returned and bowed before saying goodbye and leaving for the day.
"Ready to go?" Inuyasha asked him about an hour later. He sighed and nodded in agreement. "I have to stop at the jewelry store before heading home, what are you up to today?"
"Same," he replied as Inuyasha looked at him surprised. "What?"
"I'm buying mother a necklace for tomorrow; what are you buying? You never get her anything!" he said surprised.
"Oh, I'm not buying Izayoi anything," Sesshomaru answered with a shrug. "I'm getting a piece of jewelry for Nikki; I'm going to surprise her." Inuyasha sighed and nodded as he thought about it. "I'm surprised you're not getting anything for Kagome."
"What would I get her?" Inuyasha grumbled. "I can barely talk to her, which is weird since she's my secretary." Sesshomaru nodded in agreement as they headed down the elevator. "What are you getting Nikki?"
"I purchased a necklace for her with matching earrings," Sesshomaru answered confidently. "I will explain things to her before heading over to fathers for brunch, bringing her with me." Inuyasha shook his head as he thought about it.
"Sounds dangerous to me," Inuyasha commented as Sesshomaru just looked at him. "What if she's had so much happen this year that she just refuses for the sake of no more stress? What if she has decided she doesn't want a relationship now?" Sesshomaru thought about it, he had not anticipated these issues.
"She won't," Sango answered as she and Kouga entered the elevator as it stopped on their floor. Inuyasha looked at her surprised as Kouga chuckled and wrapped his arms around his mate. "I know for a fact, if Sesshomaru asked her to be his mate she'd comply. She recognizes the scents and feels safest with him." Inuyasha sighed as he thought about that. "Just like I know that if you asked Kagome out on a date, she wouldn't bite your head off but blush furiously but smile and nod in agreement." Inuyasha flushed as Kouga laughed a little.
"My mate is in the know," he bragged as Sesshomaru shook his head and Sango just smiled proudly.
"I love that you acknowledge that," she teased him as he grinned at her and nodded. "So, you boys off to buy presents?"
"I purchased a necklace and earring set for Nikki," Sesshomaru told her as he pulled it up on his phone and showed her. Sango nodded with a grin approvingly as Kouga nodded.
"No," Inuyasha grumbled as she sighed and nodded.
"Here," Sango sighed as she pulled a small box out of her purse and handed it to him, "go visit her in the morning and give her this and ask her on a date." Kouga laughed as even Sesshomaru smirked at them as Inuyasha looked at her bewildered. "I happen to know that this will make her exceptionally happy and she'd die if it came from you."
"I don't want to kill her!" he protested and shook his head as Kouga and Sesshomaru shook their heads.
"Just give it to her, block head!" Sango snapped and shoved the gift into his hands. Inuyasha sighed and nodded as he backed away from the human woman a bit. She could be terrifying when she was angry. "At least I don't have to worry about Sesshomaru."
"Yes, our boys are growing up, aren't they?" Kouga taunted as Sango chuckled and nodded in agreement.
"You're very funny;" Sesshomaru replied dryly, "tell me, did you pick up Sango's gift yet?"
"But of course," Kouga said with a cool smile, "it's waiting for her where her gift is always waiting for her at Christmas." Sango smiled and nodded in agreement. "It's been driving her crazy for three weeks now."
"Three weeks?" Inuyasha demanded stressed as Kouga shrugged and nodded.
"Well, yeah," he replied as if it were no big deal, "I always buy her gift early to make sure I get what I want for her. Nothing is too good for my mate." Sango kissed him on the cheek as the elevator opened in the garage. "I'm surprised Sesshomaru waited so long to order Nikki's."
"I was uncertain what to get her, honestly," Sesshomaru admitted as Inuyasha sighed and shook his head as Sango nodded. "We have only known each other two months."
"Well, what you picked out is perfect," Sango informed him as Sesshomaru nodded. "Those emeralds are as bright as her eyes and rose gold is very popular right now."
"I didn't get the rose gold, I got the platinum," he said softly as Sango shrugged and nodded.
"Still beautiful," Sango agreed as Sesshomaru nodded. "Alright boys, we will talk to you tomorrow."
"Are you off to the clan tomorrow?" Inuyasha asked curiously.
"Yeah, we're doing an early dinner tomorrow," Kouga answered as he sighed and thought about it. "Just to warn you, mate, Mother is highly anticipating the announcement of a pending grand-cub." Sango sighed and shook her head as Inuyasha smirked and Sesshomaru just watched them. He knew his and Inuyasha's parents were also hoping for the same thing soon.
"Sorry to say, she'll be waiting another year," Sango replied as he sighed and nodded in agreement. "See you boys on Monday; thank you for the three day weekend." The two nodded as they waved and headed off to their own car as Inuyasha shook his head as Sesshomaru turned to head to his own.
Sesshomaru arrived at the jewelry store and gave one of the clerks his name as he wandered and looked around curiously. He hadn't bought a present for Izayoi or his father in a long time, long before he and Inuyasha took over the company from their father. He noticed a pocket watch he knew his father would love and as the clerk came over with the necklace and earrings for his approval he pointed it out as well.
"How does this look?" she asked as she handed him the jewelry.
"Yes, it's perfect," he replied as he looked around some. "I'll also take the pocket watch, how long would it take to engrave?"
"It shouldn't take more than an hour, what would you like it to say?" she asked surprised as she noticed the watch he pointed it out. Sesshomaru thought about that answer as he continued to look around curiously. He had never really found anything to call to him for his father and step-mother; he was surprised he was now.
"Just Merry Christmas and the year," he replied as she nodded and took the watch over to have it engraved while he continued to shop. "Do you do gift wrapping?" he asked her as she returned.
"Yes, each one individually?" she asked as he nodded. She took the necklace and earrings to wrap as he continued to wander. He knew Nikki actually had two sets of piercings on each ear, the necklace came with studs. He found another set of longer earrings with emeralds in it and pointed them out to the girl when she returned and handed him the first package wrapped and in a bag. She pulled them out, added them to the bill and had them wrapped.
"Would you like the pocket watch wrapped?" she asked him as she placed the next package in the bag.
"Yes, but use a different paper please, these are for three different people," he answered as she smiled and nodded, wandering off to do that as well. He found a bracelet that he knew Izayoi would love and when she returned with his father's watch wrapped and in the bag he picked it out and had her wrap it in the third paper. The girl rang everything up and he paid for the last of it on his credit card, the necklace and earring set already being purchased offline, before he took the bag and left the store with his purchases.