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Insufferable (Higurashi Kagome (Inuyasha)/Hiei (Yu Yu Hakusho) #18) 
12th-Oct-2008 11:47 pm
Fandom: InuYasha/Yu Yu Hakusho
Title: Insufferable
Author/Artist: yume_mori
Theme: 018. Listen to the music at night.
Pairing/Characters: Kagome/Hiei
Rating: T
Disclaimer: I claim no ownership of Sengoku Otogizoushi - InuYasha or Yu Yu Hakusho. InuYasha belongs to Takahashi Rumiko, Shogakukan, Viz Media, ShoPro Entertainment, and Shounen; while Yu Yu Hakusho belongs to Togashi Yoshihiro, Shueisha, Viz Media, and Shounen. No profit or money of any kind is made from this fan-created crossover.
Summary: Making up was always the best part of fighting.
Cross-posted to: fanfiction.net; mediaminer.org

As night fell once again upon the world, Kagome found herself sitting next to the back steps of the main house. She couldn’t let go of what he had said to her when he denied being jealous. While she covered up her pain with anger, his words had cut deep into her own self-doubts. They brought back so many painful memories of being the third wheel in the relationship Inuyasha and Kikyou had once had.

And he was just… just… so infuriating! She was so angry with him that she was close to pulling at her hair in frustration since the little chicken had run off before they finished their argument! Even now, a few days since their first fight, she still couldn’t get over her anger at him.

She knew she was worrying her family with her curt attitude as it had been quite a while since she had last acted in the way she was. And then, it had been Inuyasha’s fault. They all probably suspected there was another boy in her life, and she guessed she should tell them soon about her little demon stalker.

Of course, Kagome would never call him that to his face. She liked being able to keep her ability to talk, and her life, too. Heaving a heavy sigh, she shook her head in attempt to clear it of thoughts of him. Even when she was angry with him, she couldn’t get him off of her mind. It was so strange -- she didn’t think about Inuyasha as much as she did Hiei.

“What’s wrong with me?” she voiced her thoughts out loud without realizing it. She was supposed to be in love with Inuyasha, not falling for some strange, cold, strong, captivating demon… She shook her head again, trying to keep it on track instead of thinking about all the reasons why she couldn’t get Hiei off her mind. Even her thoughts were starting to betray her and what was supposed to happen.

Then again, she was completely cut off from the past. It wasn’t like Inuyasha would be reappearing in her life anytime soon, and she wouldn't be surprised if he had found someone. Someone who didn’t remind him of Kikyou.

“Gah!” she suddenly shouted as she stood up. “I don’t need to be thinking like this!”

Staying at the shrine was appearing to be a very bad idea tonight. It held far too many memories with Inuyasha, and now she was even making memories with Hiei on top of those older ones. And she didn’t want to think about either of them tonight. Not the one whose friendship she dearly missed, and not the other who she wanted to slap before kissing.

She made a small noise of frustration in the back of her throat as her thoughts once again strayed. Why couldn’t they let her stay mad at him, darn it!

As she walked past the Goshinboku, she paused and glared into its branches and dying leaves. Kagome knew the object of her anger wasn’t perched in it like most other nights, but it didn’t stop her. Who knew, maybe her glare would cause him to appear and then she could give him a piece of her mind.

When he didn’t appear after a brief moment, she huffed, “Insufferable jerk.” With her mouth set into a frown, she stormed off the shrine grounds and onto the quiet streets of Tokyo.

She didn’t realize where she was headed until it was too late and the refreshing scent of nature filled her nose. It seemed like she would be finding no escape from her thoughts and the few memories she had of him tonight. Despite her frustration and anger and hurt, she sat down on the same bench she had all those nights ago when she first saw him.

As the cicadas filled the night air with their songs, she took a deep breath in an effort to calm down. Only on rare occasions had Inuyasha managed to get her so worked up that she could barely clear her mind. Releasing the breath, she leaned back and stared up at the night sky. It seemed to be the one thing that tried to be on her side and didn’t distract her with thoughts of men.

She could only see one star in the sky, the false lights of the city and the haze of pollution hid all the others from her view. Not even the moon could be seen through the haze, and it was saddening. Was the beauty of the night sky truly worth giving up for the comforts of this modern age?

Yet, that one star still twinkled through the synthetic clouds, trying to light the way for its companions. Kagome smiled softly and whispered, “You know… When I wished for more excitement, I didn’t mean for it to come in the form of him.”

The stars had never responded before, and she was not expecting any. So when she heard his masculine voice, she nearly jumped out of her skin. “Don’t you remember what happened the last time you did that?”

Still panting from the fright he had given her, she turned to look at the tree he had been in the first night they met. Her earlier anger reappeared at seeing his carmine eyes, she said, “Of course I do. It gave me a dark angel that tries to be the high-and-mighty demon he thinks he is.”

She smirked in triumph, not caring that it was something she picked up from him, at seeing his eyes narrow. He was just too much fun to tease.

“Tch, I should’ve just let that demon kill you.”

“But we both know it wouldn’t have,” she replied, her voice carrying a sing-song quality. By just being able to talk to him, her anger was fast being dispelled and replaced with an almost-happiness. Perhaps she had just been angry over not being able to talk to him.

“Unfortunately,” was his dry reply.

Her soft laugh was just barely audible over the music of the night that surrounded them. After a moment, she snuggled deeper into the bench with a contented sigh, the cold air finally starting to get to her. But she didn’t mind and her smile teased up at him, “So, are you over your jealousy?”

Kagome’s smile grew as she watched him glare at her and as the distinct sound of wood cracking reached her ears.

“As I said before, you’re delusional to think that I could ever be jealous over someone like you.”

“…-That you could ever be jealous over someone like me,” she said in unison with him. As his glare intensified over her teasing of him, she laughed louder this time. They both knew if he was bothered by it, he would do something more drastic than glare at her.

As her laughter faded into chuckles, she said, “I’m sorry for teasing you so much… You just make it so easy! And you do deserve it for the other day. It‘s perfectly natural to feel things like jealousy, you know. Despite what you may think, emotions only make you weak if you view them in that way.”

She could feel his disinterest and shook her head. He had, most likely, been alive much longer than her, so it wasn’t like he needed the lecture on feelings and emotions. But he made it so easy to launch into the explanation on why emotions were a strength with how much it seemed he kept inside.

“Anyways,” she continued, “you don’t have anything to worry about from Hojo… He’s just a friend and nothing more.”

She heard the leaves shift during the pregnant silence. A knowing smile played upon her lips as his words reached her ears.

“As if I care about your relations to that annoying human.”

Words like that made it hard to keep from teasing and provoking him more. If he didn’t care, then the last few days wouldn’t have gone as they did. And it made her hope and think that maybe, just maybe, he was becoming fond of her. He was a deep demon, one with more layers and pain than Inuyasha, and he kept so much buried inside that it made it so hard for her to figure out just what he was feeling at times.

But it didn’t keep her from hoping.

“Whatever you say, Hiei-san.”

She heard the leaves shift again, and thought he left. Outside of the shrine and its holy aura, she had difficulties finding his aura that blended in so well with the darkness of the city. As much as she wished she could sense him at all times, she didn’t want a single thing to change about him. He wouldn’t be the Hiei she knew if he acted any other way.

Kagome leaned back to view the night sky again, letting the cicadas and the rustling leaves fill up the night with their noise. The wind, though cold and cutting, had thinned out the haze enough for the crescent moon to join the solitary star. She chuckled softly at seeing that her star wasn’t as lonely as before and that its light was all the brighter.

‘Though,’ she thought, ’you didn’t give me what I had in mind… I’m very thankful for it.’

“If you fall asleep out here, I’m not carrying you back to your shrine.”

Hiei’s voice had her eyes snapping open as they tried to close and carry her off to sleep. She thought he had left already. Kagome sat upright again, and smiled over at the tree she had a feeling he was still in. “Glad to know you care so much… I’ll see you tomorrow night then, I guess?”

“And be prepared to continue your meditation. Your lack of skill in sensing auras is appalling.”

Her shoulders slumped forward at hearing that. She didn’t know how long she would be able to last being so close to him after tonight.

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