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Oneshot: Sudden Realization

A small InuYasha - Miroku genfic.  Takes place 1572 in my timeline - they've known each other about 19 years at the time of the story. 



Sudden Realization


“Kaze no Kizu!”

InuYasha’s  voice was harsh, almost a scream as he slammed the huge sword to the ground and five fingers of light raced towards the monster moving towards him.  The oni, red and horned, but not too bright, blinked, and in the last second before the light wrapped around him, decided to throw his club at his attacker.  Suddenly, he was engulfed, and with a dreadful moan, burst into an explosion of light followed by a rain of red and fleshy fragments.

InuYasha, after slamming his sword down, totally ignored the oni’s end, fixing his eyes on the club as it flew though the air.  Moving in a red and silver blur, he jumped up and hit the club with the flat of his sword, knocking it off track, where it landed with a loud thwack, crushing the unfortunate shrub it landed on. Branches scattered all around it.

He flexed his knees as he landed from his jump, resting the huge blade of his sword over his shoulder and turned to his companion.  The monk, having been knocked off his feet and pelted with leaves and branches, stood up, brushing  the vegetation off his purple and black robes.

“You all right?” InuYasha asked.

Miroku stared at the remains of the bush beside him.  A piece of wood from the shrub had hit him on the cheek and a small line of blood began to ooze where it had scratched him.  Another piece had caught in his hair.  Still staring, he reached up and pulled it off.

"That," the monk said, "was a bit too close for my comfort."  Wiping his face with the back of his hand, he noticed the blood for the first time, and reached inside of his sleeve for a handkerchief.

“Keh,” InuYasha said, letting the Tessaiga transform into the battered old blade it looked like when not in use, and then sheathed it.  "I don't remember you ever taking that long to get out of the line of fire."

"Eh," said the monk.  "I'm not so used to targets coming out of the blue anymore, I guess."  He stood up.  "And, perhaps, I don't move as quickly as I did once,"  he said, giving the hanyou a wry smile.  "Time does that."

InuYasha looked at his friend closely for the first time in a long while.  It had been nearly twenty years since he had met a young and conniving monk who almost sucked him into oblivion.  Smile lines now creased the corner of his friend's eyes and mouth, and a few gray hairs, nearly as silver as his own,  marked his hair.  It was just last month that the first of his daughters, Noriko, got married at the ripe age of 17.  Time had bound them together through combat and shared experience and mutual respect, but now, InuYasha realized for the first time, time was taking its toll as well.  He swallowed hard, suddenly realizing that just like his mother and Kaede and others he had known and loved, Miroku too was bound by time.

A chill ran through him like a knife.  He swallowed.

Miroku looked at his friend who still looked nearly as young as the day they first met, and saw in that moment something like fear touch his friend's eyes, then the hanyou’s jaw tensed and the mask he wore when troubled snapped firmly into place.

Not understanding, he touched the hanyou’s arm.  InuYasha clasped it, then leaned down, grabbed the monk’s staff and handed it to him.

"Well at least I won't have to be having to bring Sango any bad news today,” InuYasha said.  “Let's get out of here."

Miroku nodded. 

The walk home was quiet and uneventful.  Still, the monk wondered why his friend looked at him more thoughtfully than usual all the way back.





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kiramaru7
Dec. 31st, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Awe... how bittersweet! Poor Inuyasha... It's like he's suspended in time, while it's moving for everyone else. I can see him greeting Kagome as searching her face for signs of aging. *sighs*
knittingknots
Dec. 31st, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
I am pretty sure that's exactly what he'll do when he gets home. This is one reason, I suspect, why long-lived supernatural beings really don't want to make close friends with humans...we flame out too soon...

kiramaru7
Dec. 31st, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
*nods* I can picture the moment between them and afterward. *sighs* Are you going to write it? *makes HUGE pleading puppy eyes at you*

*nods* yeah... it is kind of sad... I think Inupapa got lucky in that he didn't live to see Izayoi pass on.
knittingknots
Dec. 31st, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
Kagome's fate isn't quite normal...chapter 2 of Granted Wish gives us the first clue...although Inu and Kagome have no idea what's going on while the kami play behind their backs.

But they don't know what's going on, and InuYasha will be very angstfilled...I will have to write what happens when he gets home. But probably not tonight. I have to see it first.
kiramaru7
Jan. 1st, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
*nods* It'll be fun when they find out. :D

Yes!! I, for one, will be looking forward to reading it! *nods* take your time; I can wait. :D
neisha00
Dec. 31st, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
It would be hard to watch those you love the most, age and die without you. Harder still to see it coming, and to realize that eventually, you'll once again be alone.

I loved this though- wonderfully written and vivid! I'm sitting here trying to dredge up some motivation to write, and instead have found myself searching the internet for something to read...

But I suppose it isn't all bad, lol. I've found a few great pieces to entertain me, and managed to come up with a plot for a new story...

Now, to find the motivation to write it, lol. Thank you for sharing this-- tis wonderful!
knittingknots
Dec. 31st, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
You'd be amazed how often I write with a browser window open to MM or FF...and I read a bit, then go knock off another 200-300 words...then I read a bit more...And one of the fics I'm likely to read has to do with a dream spirit...LOL.

Motivation is the hard part. I'm trying to teach myself how to write when not particularly motivated...I'm making progress, but I suspect those days will never be easy...

Thanks for the kudos! I appreciate it!
neisha00
Dec. 31st, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! It was nice to find something so wonderful to read!

A dream spirit, huh, lol. I did one of those, but it is in serious need of revision, lol. The grammer and punctuation in it were terrible!! But I was new, and it was fun, lol. One day I'll have to re-do the whole darn thing.

The motivation factor-- yes, this is something I, too, need to figure out, lol. I want to write... the ideas are there... but they're all ideas for new stories, when what I really *need* to do is focus on works in progress.

knittingknots
Dec. 31st, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
Yes you did, and although you write better now, I still like it!

One thing you can do when the plot bunnies get too busy is just make notes of what they're telling you to get them out of the way...that can help. And if it's a one shot plot bunny, you can give in to it...sometimes doing that frees up the psyche to get back to a work that's stalled.
neisha00
Dec. 31st, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
Ahh, thank you! I am surprised you actually made it through, though. I re-read some older pieces, this one included, and was horrified, lol.

I have a folder full of ideas, too. I keep adding to them, but this new story has bugged me for months. I sit to write for one thing and end up plotting ways to make the *new* one work instead, lol.

The prompts at lj help to clear my head though, and I seem to find myself making more time for those since shorter pieces are easier to start... and finish, lol.
knittingknots
Dec. 31st, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
Oh, I know it's not writerly perfect, but it's the story that counts..it would be interesting to see how you rewrite it at this point in your writing, but that's ok.

Yeah, the little stories really help to refresh, I find. And to finish! Maybe that's why I've written so many of them! LOL.
neisha00
Dec. 31st, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
I think I've read most of them. I've been reading your work since I first found this site, lol. I love your poetry! All so wonderful and so well written, though I am ashamed to admit that I haven't reviewed nearly as often as I should have- not because I didn't want to- but because more often than not I was reading when I was supposed to be working, lol.

One day I'll get the stories re-done, either that or find an awesome beta, lol.
knittingknots
Dec. 31st, 2010 06:21 am (UTC)
I've been reading your fic since before First Tweak was born...LOL. I was really happy when you joined that comm!
neisha00
Dec. 31st, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
No way--- really? Even the terrible stuff, lol? I'd wanted to join FirstTweak for a long time, but wasn't sure if I could pull off drabbles, lol. I'm glad I joined, though. I've enjoyed it immensely!

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knittingknots
Dec. 31st, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
Why thank you ma'am...yeah, life isn't always sweet. Poor Inu...
psyco_chick32
Dec. 31st, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
:( Poor InuYasha. I really loved this, though!! This fandom needs more friendship!fic, even if it's bittersweet.
knittingknots
Dec. 31st, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
You know how I love writing I-M friendship fic. I agree. There are some good friendship fics out there, but not nearly enough.
landofthekwt
Dec. 31st, 2010 08:47 am (UTC)
Love the interaction between Miroku and Inuyasha . Miroku is probably as confused as Inuyasha because IY never tells him why he is upset.
ryupioupiou
Dec. 31st, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
it's always hard seeng someone aging before your eyes. Inu, having a looong time to live, will have to face this more than once...
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