Just Like Her Mother
It wasn’t unusual for him to feel the way he did and Inuyasha hated himself for it. He couldn’t shake the hurt that laced his heart, causing the appendages upon his head to pin back in shame. The group of wolf demons playing by the large jungle gym were still pointing and mocking the poor half-demon for being just that, a halfling.
Another wave of tears surface and the four year old couldn’t stop them from falling. Tucking his chin to his chest, Inuyasha shielded his golden orbs from site with a mass of short, silver hair.
Inuyasha was startled when a tiny hand came to rest upon his right shoulder. “Are you okay?”
Jerking his head up, red-rimmed eyes clashed with a set of worried russet orbs. The little girl had a head of thick, black hair that fell to her mid-back and she was sporting a set of emerald overalls with a white tee shirt underneath. Shrugging her hand off, he snapped at her. “I’m fine! LEAVE ME ALONE!” Inuyasha meant for it to sound like a harsh order, but it came out broken and raw.
The three year old jerked her hand back and looked shocked for a moment as she noticed the tears that fell from the corner of his beautiful eyes. Kagome crawled up next to him on the brown, metal bench. Smiling she touched his cheek. “You can talk to me. I’m a nice girl! That’s what my papa always says!“
Inuyasha glanced between her eyes and the tiny hand on his face as he eyed her suspiciously. The half-demon growled before he shoved his hands between his knees and mumbled, "They called me a bad dog.”
Kagome gasped dramatically as she stood on the bench and forced his head to her chest, hugging him close. She soothed his hair down around his ears and glared angrily over the playground. “WHO called you a bad dog? I will END them!”
Inuyasha’s golden eyes widened as the remaining tears that were gathered in his lashes fell. He went stock still as Kagome murmured death threats at the wolf demons making their way to the sandbox.
How did this tiny girl affect him so quickly? Risking her life against a band of toddler demons, for his sake?
Wiping a hand over his nose, he barked. “I don’t need no protection from a girl!” Inuyasha jerked his head from her grasp causing Kagome to stumbled back a step.
“I’m not just a girl. I’m your friend. I’m your girlfriend!” She beamed happily at him.
How many times today is she gonna amaze me?
Inuyasha glanced in the direction of the offending toddlers then back at Kagome. She smiled so wide, he could see all of her teeth. Jumping from the bench with a battle cry, and a stick, Kagome charged her way into battle where the wolf demons played happily in the sandbox.
It was in that exact moment four year old Inuyasha swore he fell in love with a tiny three year old girl on a playground, in the middle of recess, as she defended his honor.
Inuyasha finally had a friend. His mother would have be so proud.
Twenty-two years later, Inuyasha found himself on that exact bench watching his three year old running around with a fox demon, and to his utter disappointment, a wolf demon.
The velvet, black head of hair turned to him in that moment and a small hand waved enthusiastically at him. Inuyasha smiled at his daughter, a smile only reserved for her and her mother, as he waved back. Her bright, chocolate eyes, speckled with golden flakes, shone with happiness and love.
He was so absorbed in how much Izzy amazed him, that he failed to detect another approaching. Inuyasha was only slightly surprised to find his wife sitting beside him. Like a moth to a flame, his clawed hand sought hers, pulling it to his lips for a kiss. “She has a heart pure just like you.” He mumbled. “I forget how much alike you two are.”
Kagome smiled, resting her head against his shoulder. “Izzy is a lot like you in ways too you know.” He scoffed at that. “She is! She’s brave, she’s strong and she selfless.”
“Qualities she also acquired from you.” Like your heart that loves a little too much. But he chose not to speak so fondly out loud.
Kagome squeezed his hand. “Do you remember the first time we met?”
I was just walking down memory lane. Inuyasha nodded. “Right here at this very spot.”
His wife giggled. “Yes.”
“If I recall, you rushed in like a warrior with a battle cry so fierce, I thought Kouga was going to piss himself!” Inuyasha grinned at the thought of Kouga cowering behind Ginta and Hakkaku when she stormed over with a stick no longer than her arm, and blessed them out in no other way than a three year old could.
Kagome blushed. “No one calls you a bad dog and gets away with it.”
“That was also the day you declared yourself my girlfriend, even though we didn’t really understand what it meant.”
"Well, it all turned out for the best.” Kagome didn’t even blink when Inuyasha tilted her chin up, whispered it sure did, then kiss her with every ounce of love he had for her. When he pulled back, Inuyasha studied the way her cheeks flushed and her lips looked slightly swollen. Proud of himself for still having that effect on her, he was caught off guard by what she said next. “Kouga eventually became your best friend.”
Her husband cocked a brow at her and snorted. “Miroku is like a best friend. Kouga is my frenemy.”
“Whatever you have to tell yourself. Hey, isn’t that Ayame and Kouga’s little boy, Renji, playing with her?”
Inuyasha nodded, a scowl on his face. “Yeah, the little twerp had followed her everywhere since I came by.”
“They are adorable!” No longer had the words left her mouth, did Inuyasha hear the words You’re my woman! escape Renji’s lips. Kagome squeaked when the warm body that she had been leaning on was jerked away. “Inuyasha?”
“Hell no. Izayoi is not ended up with that wolf shit’s offspring!” He barked over his shoulder. “Get away from my daughter!”
Kagome sighed, but stood to follow her outraged husband.
Now who’s rushing in like a warrior with a fierce battle cry?
Kagome had to increase her speed in order to catch up with her half-demon. “Inuyasha! Put Renji down!”
Inuyasha dropped the kid back on his feet as he scooped up Izzy. “Don’t listen to him Izzy. You are NOT his woman.” He growled.
"She is too!” Renji squawked from the ground.
"Pipe down runt- son of a bit-!” Inuyasha stepped back as the wolf brat reared back and kicked him in the shin. “Bad boy!”
Izzy gasped as she pushed herself from Inuyasha’s grip. “Daddy! NO! He is not a bad boy! Take that back!” She cried as she wrapped her arms around Renji’s left one.
Kagome hid a giggle behind her hand as she witnessed the whole ordeal. Inuyasha was baffled, to say the least, as he turned wide eyes to his daughter. “Excuse me?”
"Renji is a good boy, daddy. Take back what you said or I’ll never speak to you again!”
When tears sprang into her beautiful, doe like eyes, Inuyasha melted like a popsicle on the fourth of July. "Okay, okay. Geeze. I take it back Izzy. Daddy’s sorry.” He knelt down and opened his arms. Izayoi ran into them and hugged his neck.
“I love you, daddy.” His little girl sniffled into his shoulder before bouncing back and smiling. “Come on Renji! Lets go play with Shippou.” Her tiny fingers wrapped around Renji’s slightly larger hand and tugged gin away.
Inuyasha stood. “Well fuck. Like mother, like daughter.”
Kagome laughed fully then. “Can you blame her for standing up for him?”
He turned to her, wrapping her in his arms as he watched his daughter play. “No. I can’t. I still don’t understand why you did it in the first place.”
"Because I could see that deep down, beneath the rugged exterior, you were worth it.” She grinned up at him. “Don’t get me wrong, your physical appearance is a turn on.” Her whisper was breathy and teasing.
He nipped her ear, conveying his feelings about her statment clearly as he pulled her flush against him.
“Oh stop it.” She giggled. They turned their attention back to their daughter as she played happily with her friends. “Your mother would be proud of you Inuyasha. You’re an amazing father, fantastic husband and a great man.”
Inuyasha smiled. Yeah. He thought. My mother would definitely be proud. He kissed Kagome on the crown of her raven covered head as he waved at his beautiful daughter. Izayoi waved back, her smile so wide, he could see all her teeth. Inuyasha grinned.
Yup. Just like her mother.