Kagome was taking a break from working. She had started feeling a little woozy in the close confines of the house, so she headed outside for fresh air. She had tried to slip out quietly so no one knew. Kagome just really wanted some alone time to think things through. Sitting on the porch with a cup of iced tea seemed like a good place to mull things over.
She had been sitting for only a few minutes before she spotted movement at the fringe of the forest. Kagome watched carefully. The small girl who had arrived with Inu Yasha’s brother hid behind a tree.
“Hey,” Kagome called softly. “What are you doing?”
“Oh,” Rin laughed slightly, stepping out from behind the tree. “I was just…looking for someone to play with. Sesshomaru-kun wanted some time alone, so I was bored.”
“I don’t think any of the demons out there will play nicely with you. Why don’t you come here?”
“Yay!” Rin ran forward and sat quickly on the step next to Kagome.
Kagome smiled. The young girl reminded her of Shippou, so energetic and carefree.
“Hey, what’s your name?” Rin asked.
“Oh, that’s right! My name’s Rin. But…I guess you already knew that, didn’t you?”
“That’s ok. We’re formally acquainted now.”
“All right. Whatever that means… So, you have a demon too, right?”
“Yeah, sort of.”
“Sesshomaru-kun’s brother, right? But…Sesshomaru said he was a…a…a hanyou, that’s what it was. That means he’s half of a demon, and half of a human. That's how Sesshomaru-kun said it.”
“Yes, but that’s not all.”
“Oh, that’s right. That other demon who followed us here! Sesshomaru-kun kept talking about him. Well, not really, but he was considered in the plans, I think. He mentioned him a couple times before we left, any ways.”
“I also have a little kitsune. I think you two would get along well together.”
“Yeah. But I think he’s helping fix the house right now.”
“What happened to it?”
“You know that one demon, Kagura? She did it the first time she came here.”
“I knew it! I knew that one ate houses.”
“She didn’t eat it. She destroyed it.”
“And I am sure she sends her apologies about that,” Sesshomaru stated as he walked out of the forest’s shadows. “But…orders are orders. A demon’s job is to obey them.”
“Sesshomaru-kun!” Rin shouted. She stood up and waved. Sesshomaru started walking slowly over. Rin hurried to meet him and pulled him into a faster pace to where Kagome was sitting. “Sesshomaru-kun, this is Kagome. Kagome, this is Sesshomaru-kun, my demon. There, now you two are also formidably acquitted.”
Sesshomaru raised his eyebrows slightly, looking at Rin, who had taken a standing position at Kagome’s side.
“Formally acquainted,” Kagome corrected quietly.
Sesshomaru nodded once.
“Ne, Kagome, what happened to your neck?” Rin asked.
“Oh,” Kagome blushed and put her hand over the mark Rin had noticed. “It was nothing really.”
“She is a demon’s mate. That is what that mark symbolizes,” Sesshomaru stated.
“Oh,” Rin paused. “What’s a mate?”
“A couple. Husband and wife.”
“Oh.” Again, Rin paused, looking down, thinking deeply. She looked to her demon suddenly. “Why can’t we be like that?”
Kagome started. She knew it was a childhood dream to get married, but…well, maybe it only seemed weird after dealing with the true meaning to things.
“Is that what you want, Rin?” Sesshomaru asked.
“I don’t know. Kagome, is it something I should want?” Rin turned to face Kagome directly.
“It’s something you should wait for, I think. Until you’re older.”
“I’m twenty. Isn’t that old enough?”
“Twenty?” Kagome mouthed.
“We’ll talk later, Rin,” Sesshomaru stated. “Please, go back to our spot. I’ll be there in a minute.”
“Oh, that’s right. You had some things you wanted to talk to Kagome about. I remember now. Kay. I’ll see you soon, Sesshomaru-kun!” Rin ran off to the forest.
“She’s older than me?” Kagome mused quietly.
“She has a disease that limited her growth. She hasn’t grown to the fullest extent of her years.”
“Oh. I see. So, you wanted something?”
“Yes. I wanted to know what the plan was.”
“Yes. A plan. Something we can follow.”
“Oh, well, I haven’t really thought of that. I didn’t think that was my job. I thought…well, maybe I was just here, like everyone else.”
“You started a movement, Kagome. You are now responsible.”
“What did I do? I don’t understand how anything could have been started.”
“You left Youkaibo. You ruined the structure of the company, sent a ripple of change all the way to the top. Naraku can’t stand change like this. He thought his little company was perfect, flawless. You proved him wrong. He sent demons after you, and they rebelled against him. Naraku is furious. And you did nothing?”
“Wow. I guess I never thought about it. Everything I did, I was doing for selfish reasons. But…all that really happened because of me.”
“Demons do not attack for without reason.”
Kagome laughed blandly. “I guess they don’t.”
“So, what is your plan?”
“You’ll have to wait for that. I don’t know how to do this. I need to talk to Inu Yasha about this. And Sango and Miroku. They’ll probably be better equipped for things like this.”
“May I make a suggestion?”
“Yeah, go ahead. I might have to ask you for help too, if you don’t mind.”
“Send out a few for surveillance. Keep a look out posted so we know where to expect attacks.”
“That’s a good idea. How do I do that?”
“Call Kagura. She got most of them out here, so she can probably tell them what to do better than any of us, besides you. She will also know their strong points, seeing as she worked the network.”
“Wow, Naraku had demons in high positions,” Kagome muttered. And I was just a librarian.
“That was all I came to find out. Again, if you have need, call.” Sesshomaru turned and walked back to the forest.
“Wait,” Kagome called.
“Rin’s a cute girl. Take care of her.”
“I’ve never done otherwise.” Sesshomaru left.
Kagome opened her mouth to yell for the Wind Sorceress, but she decided she didn’t feel like yelling. She closed her mouth and went inside to find Inu Yasha. If there was anyone who yelled a lot, Inu Yasha was one.
In a few minutes time, the three humans, Inu Yasha and Shippou were back outside.
“Hey, Kagura! Get over here!” Inu Yasha shouted.
“Inu Yasha, be more polite, would you?” Kagome hissed.
“That was polite. Look, I’m just doing what you asked me to.”
“Be nicer next time.”
There was a rustle in the trees, then Kagura stood in front of them. “What is it?” she snapped.
“We were hoping that you could get some demons to patrol the perimeters, keep a look out for any thing Naraku wants to throw at us.”
“That’s easy. I could get all of them on it.”
“Just the best ones for the job.”
“I know just the ones.”
“I believe it.”
“Is that all you need?”
Kagura nodded once and disappeared again.
“She sure comes and goes,” Sango muttered.
“Well, she is a wind demon,” Miroku replied.
“Does that really mean anything?” Kagome asked.
“I don’t know. It sounded good, though.”