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To find A Father

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Rambunctious music played in the headman’s house as the village celebrated the vanquishing of the demon that had been plaguing them for months. The sounds of merrymaking could be heard from afar, but one jovial laugh was audible above it all, shortly followed by a grudging rumble. Inuyasha and Miroku had been coerced into staying the night as thanks for their services. Well, Inuyasha had to be persuaded, Miroku was more than happy to accept the hospitality.

“We are truly indebted to you good monk,” The headman gushed “Please, you and your friend enjoy yourselves while you stay, it’s the least we can do to repay your kindness.” The headman smiled to the two companions.

“No no, it was no trouble at all, we were simply doing the Buddhas work.” Miroku said with a slight bow of his head. Inuyasha “Tch-ed” from his spot against the wall. Inuyasha knew he was really just taking the opportunity to have a break from the kids, those little hellions were near impossible and only Sango could really handle them.

“Even so, the villagers would like to express their thanks.” the elderly headman said, and almost as if a dam broke, Miroku and Inuyasha were surrounded by thankful farmers and housewives. All of them clamoring to express their gratitude, loudly. Inuyasha rolled his eyes and prepared himself for a long night as tittering women approached him with mischief in their gazes.


The early morning sun shone on the two travelers as they said their farewells to the village headman. A small crowd had gathered to see the two men off, and Inuyasha idly scanned their faces, allowing Miroku to do the talking.

“Once more, my friend and I would like to thank you for your hospitality, but we must be on our-”

“WAIT!” A voice called from their right. Everyone turned to watch as a middle-aged man jogged up to the stranger of the two travelers and bowed before standing upright again. “I would like to personally thank you for saving my oxen yesterday. Without it, my family and I would have been much worse off this winter!” The man said jovially, his brown eyes crinkling at the corners in a very familiar way.

Inuyasha stood momentarily speechless, uncomfortable with the attention, before turning his side to the man while crossing his arms. “Yeah, well, it’s not like I could just sit around and do nothing.” Inuyasha gave an indignant sniff. Then he sniffed again, once more facing the farmer. Leaning in close to the mans face, Inuyasha’s nose worked furiously for several seconds as the farmer shifted from foot to foot.

“You smell like someone I know.” Inuyasha declaired, finally leaving the mans space and examining him from afar.

“Oh?”

“Yeah, kinda look like her too. Oi, monk, don’t he kinda look like Kagome?”

Miroku walked over to get a better look, leaning in much as his companion had. “OOH, you’re right. The resemblance is uncanny!”

“Excuse me, but did you say Kagome?” The man interjected.

“Huh, oh yeah, that’s my wife’s name.” Inuyasha said flippantly.

“Where is she from?” The farmer queried.

“She comes from somewhere far away from here.” Inuyasha replied, somewhat wary.

The crowd could almost see the wheels spinning in the farmers head. The man began shifting from side to side, a small, hopeful smile on his face. “Do you-would you mind if- I accompanied you back to your village?”

The mans request set Inuyasha completely on edge, and as he opened his mouth to speak Miroku cut him off by stepping in front of him and bowing slightly. “Of course, it would be a pleasure to have you join us in our village!” He said smoothly before rounding on his companion and pulling him into a conspirational huddle with their backs to the man. “My friend, before you try to run this man off try to think logically. He has probably heard tell of an exceptional young priestess by the name of Kagome who hails from a distant land. The man most likely has some problem he wishes to discuss with her, or he simply wants to satisfy his curiosity.”

Inuyasha grumbles for a few moments before seeming to grasp onto something to convince Miroku to leave the man behind. “Yeah, well why does he look and smell like her? That’s just down right creepy that a stranger looks and smells like Kagome, how do we know he isn’t some shape shifting demon or something?”

Miroku ponders this for a few moments before a sly grin lights up his face. “Inuyasha, it’s entirely possible that this man is one of Kagomes ancestors. Does that not explain his appearance and scent? And just imagine how excited your wife would be to meet someone that she is possibly related to in this era. She would more than likely want to thank whomever brought him.” Miroku finished suggestively.

Inuyashas cheeks pinked at the implications behind the monks words, sputtering slightly before straightening and turning to leave with a huff, leaving behind a very confused crowd and a very amused Miroku. Several meters down the dirt road Inuyasha calls over his shoulder. “You two coming or not?”

Miroku grins at the bewildered farmer and gestures for him to follow, a similar grin lightening the mans features.

“ We never did inquire as to your name good sir.” Miroku prompts the farmer.

“My name is Reiji. Higurashi Reiji.”

The sun was nearing the western horizon when the three crested the final hill before they reached the village. Turning to his companions Inuyasha gruffly ordered them to “Wait here.” Before bounding off in the direction of his wife’s scent. The hanyo found Kagome with Sango and the children, kneeling on the ground next to the stream as they washed their linens and kimono.

Kagome turned and smiled brightly, abandoning her wash in favor of hugging her husband. “Inuyasha! I’m so glad that you’re back, I missed you.”

“Keh, wench I was only gone for two days.” Inuyasha said with his usual smirk firmly in place, even as his eyes gave him away.

Sango stood, wiping her hands dry on her apron, her young son asleep in his carrier on her back. She glanced at the twins who were slashing in the water a little ways downstream before asking “Where’s Miroku? He should be with you.”

Kagome looked over Inuyasha’s shoulder, searching for the absent monk. “Yeah, where is Miroku-sama? Did something happen?”

Inuyasha’s smirk widened. “You could say that. C'mon, there’s something you need to see.” He said, taking her hand into his and drawing her along behind him.

Sango called to the girls and followed behind Inuyasha and Kagome, the latter now peppering the former with questions. One of her daughters tugged on her sleeve. “Papa home now? Papa bring us p'eznts?” Sango only smiled in response.

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“Inuyasha, why won’t you just tell me what it is?”

“You’ll see when we get there wench.”

“Yes, but what is it?” Kagome exclaimed just before the hilltop came into view.

“Close your eyes.”

“What?”

“Just cover your eyes Kagome, I don’t want you to spoil your surprise.”

“Okay…” Kagome says as she grudgingly raises her hands to cover her eyes. Inuyasha takes her shoulder and gently guides her forward. “You better not let me trip Inuyasha or you’ll be eating dirt right along with me!” She threatens. Her husband just chuckles in response.

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Two figures rested in the shade of a tree that was conveniently located just to the side of the road. The more familiar of the two noticed the approach of his friends and family and rose to his feet to greet the two little girls that came surging toward his embrace, scooping them into his arms with practiced ease.

Reiji climbs more slowly to his feet, anticipation and apprehension thick in the air around him. He watches intently as the hanyo leads a young priestess towards him, chuckling at something she said. Soon the distance closes between the farmer and the young couple, Inuyasha positioning his wife directly in front of the now nervous man, her hands still obscuring most of her face. Reiji dry swallows.

“Alright Kagome, you can open your eyes now.” Inuyasha says.

Her hands reluctantly leave their place, no longer hiding her features, though her eyes remained closed. Reiji sucked in a breath of air, and Kagome opened her eyes at the sound. Shock was written on every one of her features as she gazed at the man, their eyes locking. Time slowed to a sluggish crawl. Her mouth gaped as she struggled to form words, before finally she managed to find her voice.

“D-daddy?”

The world stopped as that single whispered word left her lips. For what seemed like an eternity, the two gazed at each other, not even birdsong breaking the silence.

Eons could have passed as father and daughter stood on that hilltop. The quiet surrounding the two seemed to wrap them in a cocoon, isolating them from the rest of the world. And then the peace was broken by a sobbing Kagome launching herself into her fathers waiting arms.

“I thought I would never see you again!” He whispers against her hair, tears streaming down his face as he presses a kiss on the top of her head.

“We didn’t know what happened to you, you just suddenly disappeared one day! Mama was so worried, and gramps refused to leave the house in case you came home. After a year, the police told us that you were probably dead. I didn’t believe them, I knew you were still alive somewhere!” Kagome says, rambling somewhat. She clutched his clothes and buried her face against his chest, inhaling the almost forgotten scent of her father.

“That’s my little girl, always believing in things that everyone thinks are impossible. I just can’t believe you’re here. How’s your mother? What about gramps? Did your mom have a boy or a girl, and what’s their name?” Reiji says between sniffles.

“Mama is fine, the last time I saw gramps he was fine too. I have a little brother, his name is Sota, though, he’s not so little any more, he’s in middle school now.”

“Gods… I can’t believe it.” Reiji says, sounding astounded, joyful, and miserable all at once.  “ I wish I could meet him,” pulling away slightly so that he could get a better look at Kagome, he seemed to brighten as he looked at his daughter “I - You’re so grown up, and just as beautiful as your mother. But Kagome, I have to ask, how in the world did you get here?”

Kagome chuckles as she rubs her nose with the back of her hand. “It’s kind of a long story daddy, but I kinda got pulled through the old dry well by a centipede monster on my fifteenth birthday.” Her father blanches at that and she simply turns to smile at her dumbstruck husband “But a certain brave, strong, wonderful person rescued me,” She says with a wink, “and has been taking care of me ever since.”

Reiji calms, and shoots the half demon a grateful look before looking back at Kagome. “So you went through that old well too eh?” he smiles in a self-depreciating manner  “I wish my story was as exciting as yours but it’s not. I just heard strange noises coming from the well house as I was heading out for work and I was worried something or someone had broken in or gotten trapped in there. I went in to check it out but I tripped on the stairs and smashed through the boards covering the well.”

Two snickers come from the side of the pair followed by Inuyasha whispering not-so-quietly “Well now we know where she got her clumsiness from.” His wife shoots him a half hearted glare, and he chuckles once more before going silent.

Reiji clears his throat quietly before he begins speaking again. “When I woke up I was At the bottom of the well in this time.” He shakes his head, re-living the disbelief he had at that moment. “I managed to haul myself out, but I was totally lost; I wandered in the forest for days…” the older man trails off as he remembers how he came to be in the Feudal Era. He shakes himself out of his thoughts and resumes his story. “Thankfully I had my utility knife with me or I would have never made it as long as I did. After about a week I was found by a woodcutter on his way back to his village. I must have looked quite the sight with how all the villagers stared at me, though to be fair I was dressed in my work clothes, I was filthy and I hadn’t shaved.”

Kagome laughs quietly and looks up at her father. “I can’t believe you’ve been here all this time! Theres so much to tell you.” she says, a large smile on her face.

“I have a lot to to tell you too! But where to start?” Reiji says happily.

One of the twins, who had thus far been silent, piped up then. “Papa! Hungry. When dinner?”

Kagome tore her eyes away from her father and looked to her new family. “I think it would be best if we caught up while filling our bellies!” Spining giddily, Kagome takes her fathers hand in her left, and loops her right arm through Inuyashas, and they all make their way down the hill for a hot meal, and a long night.

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