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Oneshot: Outside Influences

IK, but not so fluffy.  Takes place in 1561.  This is no doubt the start of a story arc

Outside Influences

It was not the news she wanted to hear, and InuYasha knew it.

Kagome held up her hand.  InuYasha  rested his fingers against hers, each finger so much longer and larger than hers, each tipped with a pointed claw.  Her palm was small, soft and delicate against his large calloused ones, roughened by work and sword and life.  He slipped his fingers between hers, engulfing her hand in the firm protection of his own, fingers and thumbs covering hers securely.

He looked away from her hand and into her eyes, blue-gray, glittering in the fire pit’s light.  There was worry in them, uncertainty. 

“Why now?” she asked.  “We’ve seen trouble before.”

“We’re not talking about bandits raiding the village, Koibito, or even youkai attacks.  This is war,” he said.  “You never saw much of it when we were chasing Naraku.  But it’s coming.   It was hard getting back from the east this time.  The Houjou and the Uesugi are marching now.”  He slipped his arm around her.  “The Uesugi are trying to take Odawara, and there’s fighting going on north of us, too.”

He brushed his fingers lightly against her cheek.  “I remember how bad it was when the Houjou began to take  power . . . I don’t want you to go through that.  You’ve  never seen just how vicious humans can be on that scale.” His voice drifted off as he slipped back into memory. He sighed a little, shook his head.  “Miroku and I had to dodge more than one patrol coming home this time, but I wouldn’t have wanted to face Sango if I hadn’t been able to drag his butt home.”

“I knew you had a rough time this trip.  But why do we have to go?” she asked, her bottom lip trembling slightly.  “There’s nothing here for them to fight for.”

“Where there’s war, there’s famine or sickness or worse. Men.  We’re too close to Edo.  When they start sending troops out, they’ll scour the village for food and supplies and men to turn into foot soldiers. You don’t know want to know what they’ll do with the women, especially the ones like Rin.  And when that happens, people will blame me being here for their bad luck.  Atae, too, just because of our youkai blood.   And maybe even you.  It’s happened to me before.  I can’t take that chance, Kagome.” 

He  pulled her close, the fabric of his sleeves draping across her as if to shield her from everything outside of the walls of their house.  “I saw my brother today, and that helped me make up my mind for me.  Sesshoumaru’s coming to get Rin out of harm’s way, and he’ll help us get somewhere safe.  You, Atae, Rin, Shippou . . . I don’t want anything happening to any of you.  Especially you and Atae.”

He kissed her forehead.  “Let me protect you, Kagome.”

As she lay her head against his shoulder, she thought back to one day, long ago, when he pushed her behind him, standing there with a sword he barely knew how to use, to face a foe he knew outclassed him, with almost the same words.  She could stand her ground and maybe watch him shed his blood trying to keep her safe or give in, as painful as it was.  No matter what, he would work to protect her with his last breath.

She looked up at him, gazed into his concerned, needy, hopeful eyes and sighed.  She knew her history.  It was going to be a rocky time ahead.  And there was her family to think about, too.  She thought for a moment about InuYasha’s childhood, and how hard it was.  If anything went wrong, that would be Atae’s future.  She thought about the villagers, and then her family. She couldn’t fight him on this one.  

Swallowing hard, Kagome wrapped her arms around him, and sighed. “Yes, InuYasha,” she said.    “You’re right.  We’ll go.”

Kagome felt her husband relax in her hold.

“Thank you, Koibito,” he said, kissing her forehead.  “Now,” he said, looking around the room, “Can you tell me where my son is?  And what’s for dinner?”

The young miko looked up at him wide eyed, almost in amazement, then softly at first, but growing louder with each moment, she began  laughing.  It went on for quite a while until InuYasha wondered if he was going to have to get Kaede to come help. 

It was a long time before she could explain to her husband just why that  happened.



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Feb. 7th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
Ah, you started the story arc you told me about the other day! I do like it so far! Love the way you juxtaposed the seriousness of the situation and the move against InuYashas quick switch to "Where's my kid and some grub?" and the way Kagome handled it. Classic...
Feb. 7th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Why thank you Ma'am...
Feb. 7th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Oooh, very powerful! I love the illusion to the beginning of the manga, right on the heels of the news that Sesshoumaru was arriving to get Rin. I'm glad you didn't make Kagome stubborn and stupid in this piece, fighting to stay by his side and work with him. I think she knows better than that now, especially since she has a son.

Also interesting that you didn't make the 'easy' choice to just have Sesshoumaru swoop in and rescue them all (unless I'm reading this wrong, since you said he's going to help them find safety instead of take them in).

I look forward to the rest of this arc! I always wondered how Kagome's history lessons would come into play now that she was living it. Nice work!
Feb. 7th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
I haven't worked out all the details out yet, but it's not a case of Sessh swooping down to take them to some magical Shiro or castle he's had hidden away where all the InuYoukai live...Sesshmom owns that piece of property...and I don't know if Sesshmom would allow this rag-tag collection through her front door...At least not at this point.
Feb. 7th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Ah, good, I was on the right track :) It seems in a lot of these sorts of pieces, Sess gets to play hero (reluctant or not), but it wouldn't be very fitting for them all to just scuttle along after him like contrite ducklings now would it? :D

LOL @ SessMom not allowing them on her property - I do believe you're right about that! Which reminds me...I still owe you a piece with her! Maybe she will deign me important enough to visit sometime quite soon :)
Feb. 7th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
So Kenshin the self-styled Lord of the Kanto is about to swoop down on the Houjo. Things got very unsettled around Edo and they do not really settle down until Tokugawa becomes shogun. I like the idea of them seeking safety with Sesshoumaru. The history you incorporate into your stories, the better I will like it.
Feb. 7th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yep, in '59 he started putting pressure on northern Musashi, but 61 is the year he besieged Odawara and couldn't take it, but burnt the castle down and they had some serious fighting in Musashi over Musashi-Matsuyama. This was also the year he took Kamakura and named himself Kanto Kanrei.

But I'm going to have to get some more history books. Ain't that a shame....
Feb. 7th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
But I'm going to have to get some more history books. Ain't that a shame....

I can feel your anguish from here, LOL :D
Feb. 7th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm sure you can...LOL...
Feb. 7th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Wonderfully done. I'm not a student of Japanese history, but your stories make me want to go check it out. Is there a website you recommend?
Feb. 7th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it!

Here's a good place to start:

Feb. 7th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
InuYasha is such a guy--"Okay, that's settled, now for the important stuff. Where's the kid and what's for dinner?"

Truly, you have captured a very important facet of his personality here; he never wanted to be an Epic Hero or go on an Epic Quest. He's neither Don Quixote nor Conan the Barbarian, but rather someone who wants his family/home or pack/den to be safe and is doing what he must to take care of them.
Feb. 7th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's pretty much how I see him. He doesn't want power, except when it's useful protecting and saving those near and dear to him. He wants family and acceptance and friends. He'll willingly die to save them, but let's be honest, he'd rather not have to. He'd rather live with them.
Feb. 7th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
On a totally different topic
I told you a while ago that I would send you links to some pictures of my kumihimo. I finally found them in the LJ archive, so here they are.


And here's me, hiding behind a Giant Mutant Citrus Fruit

Feb. 7th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: On a totally different topic
When I went to look, I didn't see any pics!

And I just realized I hadn't added you to my flist. I fixed that.

Oh my. I just went and ordered volume 3 of the Cambridge history of Japan...found a really good price, and I just couldn't resist...
Feb. 7th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Re: On a totally different topic
I feel your pain; history books and Asian textile/fiber arts books are never cheap! I just finished an interesting book, To the Ends of Japan: Premodern frontiers, Boundaries, and Interactions by Bruce L. Batten--he's a professor of Japanese history in Tokyo and the book was published by U. of Hawaii Press. Very interesting rebuttal of the idea of Japanese society developing in splendid, insular isolation.
Feb. 7th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: On a totally different topic
OK, gotta put the pics on my Picasa album and send links. I just tried to use the links and got a "URL not found." Damn.
Feb. 8th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
Oooh...a new arc! *squeals* I can't wait to see you explore this. Almost every work by you has the added bonus of being a fantastically written history lesson. :) I love it!!
Feb. 9th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'm waiting for a couple more books to come in before I take it much further...I need more details! LOL.
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
I found your LJ though LuxKen's and got to reading this one-shot. It's really beautiful. As a history buff myself I love how you were able to weave their little universe into the bigger picture and show how even they aren't immune to history's pull. I loved the characterization too. The scene was heartfelt and sentimental without being over the top - very well done ;)
Feb. 9th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Appreciate it! Thanks!
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