They stood there in the darkness.
InuYasha ran a finger over her cheekbone, finally having escaped everybody’s well wishes and curiosity. They were alone underneath the trees. Faint lights came from the village below.
The hanyou could feel her breath on his cheek from where she stood. Her scent was like fine sake, stirring things in his mind and his heart and his body. “Kagome,” he said. “I...” His tongue seemed to cleave to the roof of his mouth.
She brushed her fingers over his lips. “I missed you, InuYasha,” she said.
He caught her hand, and rested his cheek in it. “Every day, Kagome,” he replied.
“I’m here now,” she said.
“Yeah.” His arms wrapped around her, and her arms circled his waist.
“Tell me you want me to stay,” she said.
His hold tightened around her. On hand cupped the back of her head. “I want you to,” he replied. “Forever. Always.” His cheek rested on the top of her head. He sighed, deeply, contentedly.
“Don’t leave me again, even if it’s for my own good” she said. “I’ll always come back.” She tilted her face to look up at him.
“Never,” he replied. “I don’t think I could ever do that again.”
“Good,” she said. “So where were you going to take me?”
Tugging on her hand, he began to lead her a little further down the path. “Home,” he said.