The Little cabin was already glowing with the golden light of the fire when the newlyweds arrived. Sango and Rin had been kind enough to get everything ready for them, they had put flowers around the house, especially the bedroom, and set the fire on the hearth so they would find it warm and cozy when Kagome and InuInuyasha a arrived. They had also carried all the present the couple had received from the party, as most of it was edible, they would be glad to have it stocked up for later.
The feast had dragged on for too long for InuInuyasha´s liking. He had wanted to leave early but to his surprise, some of the villagers had wanted to congratulate them and many had given them small gifts, like vegetables, fruits, buckets, baskets, bowls and even pieces of cloth.
He had not expected these people to be so welcoming of a hanyo, much less accepting his wedding to their future miko. It was a pleasant surprise, especially for his bride.
Kagome had been radiant with joy throughout the ceremony and the celebrations that took place afterwards. He, on the other hand, had been too nervous to fully enjoy their special day. He had been dreading it for a while, imagining that some of their neighbors would oppose to their union, or that they might even try to sabotage it, or worse, that he and Kagome would be chased out of the village. It turned out he needn´t have worried about any of these happening, probably thanks to his lovely wife. She had tended and cared for many of these people thus earning their trust and love.
It was true, everybody loved Kagome, and she had chosen him over any other man here and in her own time. How could he ever return such devotion? He wasn´t sure, but he had vowed to make her happy and so far, he thought he had succeeded. He had gotten everything she had mentioned she wanted in a wedding: the dress, the ring, the feast. And now after all had ended and they were standing at their front door, he stopped her before she could open it. He wanted to carry her bridal style, as he had seen once on T.V. while he was at her time, apparently, it was a tradition in modern day weddings.
Inuyasha grabbed her elbow and turned her to face him. Kagome looked at him with big eyes, confusion written in her face. She had been floating on a cloud during the last couple of hours and now that she finally was alone with her husband he was stalling her right in their front door. She had noticed he had been nervous in the temple, but felt him relax later, so why didn´t he want to enter the house now? Was he having second thoughts? Or he would still insist on sleeping outside?
No, she wouldn´t let him. He said he had wanted to save her honor by marrying her, now there was no reason to leave her during their wedding night, was it? She would not allow him to walk out on her. Not with all they had been through, after overcoming time itself. They were married now, for Kami´s sake, she would put her foot down, no more separations.
She was so deep in her musing that she didn´t notice when her husband’s arms slid around her shoulders and knees until she was literally swept off her feet. She was still frowning when she looked into the intense golden glare of his eyes, their lips only inches away as Inuyasha very slowly closed the distance between them. She sighed into his mouth when their lips made contact, her hands clutching at his strong shoulders.
Kagome surrendered to the kiss opening her mouth to grant his tongue access while one of her hands cupped the back of his head and the other gently rubbed one of his furry ears. The taste of sake still lingered in his mouth and Kagome found the flavor even more intoxicating than the liquor itself. She felt his fangs grazing her lips and his tongue leaving her mouth before she felt the cool air if the night against her heated face.
“Slide the door” Inuyasha spoke in a husky low voice, very close to her ear.
Kagome looked at him trying to make sense of his words.
“What?” Her voice shaky and insecure.
“I have my hands full right now, I can´t open the door”
“Oh” She couldn´t form a complete sentence, still subdued by the spell of their kiss.
She turned her head towards the door and use one hand to slide it open.
The soft fragrance of flowers floated around them when Inuyasha crossed the threshold of their home with his bride in his arms. He had asked Sango to set the flowers around the house. He had picked them with special care so that he wouldn´t spend the night sneezing due to some strong smell. Kagome seemed to be delighted by the way she closed her eyes and inhaled deeply to take in the sweet fragrance.
He turned them around so she could close the door, but he didn´t let her down after that. He started trailing small kisses on her face and neck as he made his way to the bedroom. Kagome giggled happily and returned his kisses one by one.
“One more time” Inuyasha whispered as he stopped in front of the shoji door to their bedroom.
Kagome gladly obliged and they crossed one more threshold.
He finally set her on her feet by their bed, but he still didn´t let her go. His hands sliding over the softness of her silk kimono until they found their way to her waist.
Now that they were finally alone in the privacy of their bedroom, Kagome started to feel a little nervous. She wasn´t scared, she knew what to expect; in fact, she couldn´t wait to get there. But that didn´t mean she was an expert and that was the source of her anxiety.
Inuyasha felt her small frame tremble slightly against his body and decided to take things slowly.
“Are you happy?” he asked her and placed a soft kiss on her temple.
“Of course I am. Why?” She asked innocently
“It´s just that I looked at you during the ceremony and you looked like you were about to cry.” He stopped to think what to say next, afraid she was already regretting their union. “You didn´t like it?” he asked in an almost inaudible voice.
“I did! Kaede oba-chan did an excellent job, the ceremony was perfect, very touching… It´s just that…” she sighed and looked down for a few seconds as if looking for a way to tell him something before looking up again into her husband´s pleading eyes.
“I missed my family today” She felt Inuyasha hands rubbing gentle circles in her back encouraging her to go on.
The hurt in Inuyasha eyes was plain for Kagome to see. He knew how much she had left behind just to be with him and it made him feel miserable about the bargain, he had so little to give her and she deserved far more than he could ever offer.
“So, you wanna go back?” He didn’t even try to hide the anguish in his voice, all his former pride was gone. He was standing in front of her wearing his heart on his sleeve, the bright future he had dreamed for them suddenly turning to ashes as he waited for her answer.
“No, baka” she answered playfully trying to lighten the mood. “My life is here, with you. I just wished my family could have taken part in our joy.”
She felt his arms tighten around her waist as he crushed her to his chest while releasing a loud sigh.
“So, not everything you ever dreamed of?” he teased her, feeling his muscles relax after her candid statement.
“Almost everything.” She lifted her face from his chest to look him in the eyes. “You were there, and that was my dream, so that part was perfect.”
She looked down again feeling lightheaded and at a loss for words. Being so close to him always made her dizzy.
“There´s one more thing” she said looking up again. “Inuyasha, would you dance with me?”
Inuyasha looked puzzled. His handsome features telling her he didn´t have a clue of what she was talking about.
“Dance? As in Kagura´s Dance of the blades?”
Kagome couldn´t help but laugh when the image of them trying to dance to the rhythm of Kagura´s fan was conjured in her mind´s eye.
“No, it´s nothing like that.” She said smiling brightly at him. “It´s a tradition in modern day weddings, the bride and groom share their first dance as a married couple in front of their families and friends. I know we are all alone now, but still, would you like to dance with me?”
He felt his cheeks warm as a dark shade of pink stole across them.
“I don´t know how to dance.” He managed to speak even as embarrassed as he felt.
“I´ll show you, it´s not that difficult”
Kagome´s voice sounded hopeful and joyous. He knew how couldn´t deny her anything, but he tried anyway.
“I´ll feel awkward, I don´t like it” He looked away from her, avoiding the warmth of her eyes.
“Oh please, will you do it just for me?” she begged him. “Nobody can see us. Please??”
He looked her in the eyes again, scowl back in place before answering.
“Keh, just don´t complain if I step on you”
“Yey!!! Ok, now come to the center of the room. You need to put your left hand in front of you and the other hold it like these” She lift her own hand to show him what to do.
Inuyasha sighed, feeling very silly at the moment but happy to indulge his wife´s wishes, he did as he was told.
“Like this?” He asked her.
“Yes, that´s right, Now, look at me and try to do what I do”
Kagome turned around and copied his posture.
“Now, put your left foot forward a few inches and move your right foot to meet the left. Then you take your right foot back a few inches and the left foot follows. Got it?”
“Doesn´t sound difficult” He said.
After the deeds she had witnessed him doing it would be ridiculous to see the mighty hanyo defeated by the waltz.
She turned around again, smile spreading across her face.
“Now all we need is music.”
“Uh?” He frowned in confusion.
He was still trying to decipher her words when he felt her small hand grabbing his left one and position it in her lower back while the other took his right one and held to it.
“Ready?” She asked him still smiling
“Keh” Was all he answered, trying to hide his pleasure. Holding her close to him and making her smile had this effect on him.
“Now, let´s try it together. When I start counting you try to do what we just did. And 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3”
He tried to repeat the movements he did before, focusing in not crushing her dainty toes with his much bigger ones. Eyes looking down, ears trained on her counting, Inuyasha moved his feet to follow the pattern his wife traced on the floor.
“Yes!!! You´re doing great. Now it´s time for the music.”
He frowned again, thinking how she would produce music when he heard her humming a sweet melody.
Kagome kept on humming while she smiled and closed her eyes, enjoying the feeling of swaying in her husband´s arms. He wasn´t a bad dancer at all, a little stiff at the beginning, but he loosened up after a little while.
Suddenly she opened her eyes and the stopped on her tracks. Inuyasha looked at her startled.
“What?” He said looking down to check her feet for injuries.
Kagome took a step back and let go of his hands to cover her mouth in an attempt to suppress the giggles escaping her lips.
“I told you I couldn´t dance wench, now you wanna make fun of me?”
“Oh, no. It´s not that. Actually, you did a pretty decent job.” She said with a huge grin plastered on her face.
“Then why do you look like you´re about to burst laughing?”
Kagome considered telling him, even though she was sure he wouldn´t find it funny.
“It´s the music I was humming” She started and hesitated again. “It´s from one of my favorites movies.” Should she go on and risk letting his bad mood ruin their wedding night?
She stepped forward and got both his hands in hers, placing one in her waist and the other in her shoulder for a closer embrace.
In that moment, surrounded by his strong arms and feeling his heart beating at the same rhythm as hers, she decided to keep it from him, it will be her little secret. After all, this was her happy ending and she would make everything in her power to have the best wedding night ever.
With that resolution in mind, she shuffled her feet and resumed the dance, this time singing:
Emma, when we met, there was just one thing that mattered to me: getting my revenge. And you did something that no one else ever could, you showed me that a heart full of love was the most precious treasure of all, and one that I don’t intend to lose. They say that a captain’s heart belongs to his ship, but with this ring, it now belongs to you.
Killian, I spent so much of my life on my own, and then, Henry found me, and brought me to Storybrooke, and helped me find the rest of my family. But just because you learn that you come from true love, doesn’t mean you believe that you will never find it. But thanks to you, now I have.