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6 Chapter 6: Aoi Higarashi

    After my shower, I blow dried my tangled tresses. Scooping it up into a high ponytail. For the first time in a while I was able to wear a strapped T, with a pair of shorts. For the first time in a while I felt normal. For the first time in a while I felt... happy.

    "Kagome!"

    "Coming!" I slipped on some flip flops, and ran down the steps trying not to slip.

    "Ready?"

    "Yeah, let's go."

    I followed him out to the car. The drive was going smoothly till we hit traffic on the expressway. The silence was really awkward.

    "Kagome I... I need to know something."

    "What is it?"

    "Why didn't you come with when I asked you to, all those years ago."

    I grabbed his hand. "I was just a kid, I couldn't just pack up and move all that way to America. I would've felt like a fish out of water."

    "I see."

    "Besides, I'm not the girl you're supposed to fall for Sesshomaru, you should be with some bimbo that's so pretty she doesn't need to be smart. I have to much baggage. I'm not smart enough, or pretty enough for you Sesshomaru. You being with me, would be you settling for less when you clearly could have better."

    We finally made it out of traffic. He instantly swerved to the side of the road.

    He grabbed me by the shoulders. "Kagome stop it! Stop selling yourself so god damn short. You are the most beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes on. You're smart, you graduated number one in your class. You are more than enough for me. You are more than I will ever need. Now, I don't want to hear you talk about yourself like that ever again."

    I blinked the tears away. "H-How did you know that? How did you know that I graduated top of my class?"

    "Just because I moved away Kagome, doesn't mean i that I stopped caring about you. I was there for your high school and college graduation. I'd never miss out on something so important. Especially if it's about you."

    "Why?" I asked, my voice barely audible.

    He turned to me, looking me straight in the eyes. "Because, Kagome Higarashi. I've been in love with you for as long as I can remember."

    I was speechless. The words were right there on the tip of my tongue, I could feel them, aching to come out. I wanted to scream I that I loved him back... but I couldn't.

    He looked away, driving back onto the road. "It's alright. You don't have to say it back. I understand, you aren't ready yet."

    The rest of the drive to my mother's house was spent in complete awkward silence. I couldn't blame him, he told me he loved me again and then some. But I just sat there like an idiot. We had finally reached the shrine. We climbed the shrine steps, halting at the front door. I couldn't bring myself to knock. It had been years since I had last been here. Minutes passed and Sesshomaru knocked on the door, I guess he got tired of waiting.

    I heard a voice yell "Coming!" from inside.

    The door swung open and my mother stood there, she stared at me in utter disbelief.

    "K-kagome... is that you?"

    "It's me. It's me mama."

    She scooped me up in her arms, hugging me as tightly as she could while she stroked my hair. She looked at me, longing shone in her eyes.

    She wiped them away. "Oh my, how rude of me. Please come in."

    We followed her into the sitting room.

    "It's nice to see you again Sesshomaru, how long has it been?"

    "It's been to long Ms. Higarashi."

    She stroked my cheek. "I've missed you love."

    "I've missed you too mama. How have you been?"

    "No need for the small talk dear. I think I know why you're here and the answer is yes. He did stop by looking for you."

    "Did he hurt you?"

    "No, no. He came by asking a few questions, about you Sango, the boys."

    "Souta and Shippo? What why?"

    "He wanted to know if you had seen the twins. Of course I told him no, they're off at boarding school. "

    "Oh thank god."

    "You left him Kagome? How could you, he's your husband."

    "Mama.. he hits me. All the time, just because he can."

    "Sometimes you shouldn't upset him. You know, don't anger him."

    I notice out of the corner of my eyes Sesshomaru was scowling. "Excuse me?"

    "Just don't provoke him and maybe he'll lighten up. You can be quite vexing sometimes dear."

    I cleared my throat, whilst standing up. "It's been nice seeing you mama. I'm sorry but I have to leave."

    She stood. "Well drop by more often. I miss you."

    I rushed out the door slamming it behind me. I stepped out into the rain, letting it wash over me. Sesshomaru held me from behind, telling me its okay.

    I sniffled. "It's not her fault that she's so messed up you know. Before my father ran off with some twenty something year old. He used to beat my mother senseless. He tried to hit my siblings and me, but my mother would take the beatings for us. I guess she's so stuck in the mindset of a victim, that it's affecting her even now. She did all of it to protect us. To protect her family." I laughed a bitter laugh. "I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

    He held me tighter. I'm glad he didn't speak. I'm afraid if he did, I would've broke down and cried like the big baby I really am. So I'm glad, I'm glad that he stayed silent and gave me the chance to enjoy the sound of the rain going pitter patter. I could stay in this moment with him forever. Being held like this, it kept me from falling apart. He is my glue, that holds all my broken pieces together.

    I turned to him, gazing into eyes. I pressed my lips to his. Nibbling and suckling on his bottom lip. Begging him to let me in. He parted his lips allowing me entrance, our tongues swirled in a heated dance of passion. We parted, staring into each others eyes.

    "I love you too Sesshomaru."

    "Well well well, what do we have here."

    My head snapped around to see  what the voice belonged to. "Kouga!"
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