New Moon Incident
The room was lit by lamplight. Kagome ran her hand along the skin of InuYasha’s thigh. InuYasha didn’t say anything, but his eyes followed her finger’s movements. She could feel the shape of the muscle as she traced along the warm flesh, hard strength beneath the soft and almost velvety feel of his skin. She pressed a bit harder, letting the muscles speak to her as she moved along the length of his leg towards his knee.
Suddenly he winced and breathed in sharply as she gently probed the area.
“Nothing’s broken, even if you’re pretty banged up,” she said, looking up into his grey-violet eyes, peaking out from under his now black bangs. “You must have pulled the muscle here when you fell. ”
“Keh,” he said. “Knew it wasn’t broken.” He placed a hand over hers. “I know what broken bones feel like. It hurt like hell to walk home, but nothing was broken.”
“It won’t get any easier to walk until sunrise, either,” Kagome said. “What happened?” She turned away to get a poultice to put over his leg.
“I was taking a shortcut home, down that rock face to the west of here,” he said.
“The one that’s almost straight up and down?” she said, putting herbs onto a cloth, then wetting it with water.
“Yeah,” InuYasha replied. “I didn’t realize how late it was. Sun went down before I finished my last jump. Didn’t land very well.”
Kagome sighed. “That place scares me to death even when it’s not near the new moon.” She placed the poultice over the sorest spot. “This will help some,” she said. “But you’ll need to stay in bed and not try to get up unless you really have to.”
She ran her fingers through his hair, tucking a strand behind his seldom seen human-type ears, then started to pull away when he gently took her hand.
“Funny,” he said, his face in a pout. “Just wanted to get home so we could spend some time in bed. Didn’t expect to do it this way though.”
“Good excuse to sleep in tomorrow morning,” she said, moving back to the fire pit to get him his dinner.
“Reasons like that I can live without.” Pulling the cover back over his bare legs, he collapsed back onto his pillow.