CHAPTER I: THE BEGINNING
The sun is shining brightly and the blue sky perfectly complements its brightness. You can clearly tell that it's summer.
A young girl, seventeen years of age, is currently walking on a straight road, holding a map. She seemed to be looking for something, when she turned to the right she finally saw what she was looking for. And a glint of exasperation appeared in the girl's beautiful pair of green eyes after seeing the stairs in front of her. It's really long; you can't even guess where it will lead to.
"What the-" was the only words that she can utter.
She sighed and just decided to climb the long stairs. When she reached the top, it felt as though all of her energy was sucked from her.
"Crap… why the heck are temple stairs so hard to climb?" she said in exhaustion.
She removed the yellow cap she got from one of her friend and let her purple hair down. She took a deep breath and inhaled the fresh air surrounding her. A cunning smile appeared on her lips.
"Well, I guess I'm really here, huh."
The girl's name was Kirisawa Fuuko. She came from Tokyo and she went there in the province to visit her grandfather. It was the start of summer vacation when her mother just decided to come to this place but something came up so she had no choice but to go in place of her mom. But, honestly, she really needed this vacation, to unwind and heal her shattered heart.
That's right, she's heartbroken. Before the end of the first semester, she decided to confess her feelings to the guy that she's been in love with for quite some time now. But, as expected, he just coldly rejected her. She then really proved that that guy is really not capable of having feelings. For the past year, she thought that he already changed, being together with them, laughing with them, but she guessed wrong. It seems that the hatred inside his heart was something that can't be easily mend.
"Maybe if I'm a little like Yanagi-chan…then maybe I can erase his sadness…" she just brushed the thought and stretched her hands as if reaching at the sky, "What the heck am I thinking? There's no use crying over spilt milk."
She just sighed and decided to enter the temple grounds. While walking, something caught her attention. It was a very big tree located not very far from her direction. She did not know why but it felt like the tree was asking her to go near it. And that's exactly what she did.
She put her right hand on it and again she felt something really weird. It's like the tree was connecting her to something… or rather to someone.
"You know, that tree is very special." A voice of a girl said.
She turned around and saw a girl standing not so far from her. She has long blue-black hair and a pair of beautifully shaped brown eyes. She also has a very warm smile on her face. By just looking at her, she can't help but remember her friend Yanagi.
Then she just remembered something.
"Wait- I know this girl!" she thought and it felt like a light bulb suddenly turned on inside her head, the girl's name went straight out of her mouth, "Kagome-chan!"
The girl suddenly looked surprised because she just blurted out her name.
"Don't you remember? It's me Fuuko." She said pointing one of her finger at her face.
Slowly, the girl's face lightened and said, "Fuuko-neechan?"
In just a split of second, Kagome threw herself at her and hugged her tightly, "It's been so long."
"Yeah." She said returning her hug.
This girl is Higurashi Kagome, their mothers are sisters so basically that makes the two of them cousins. She and her brother were also the reason why she wanted to come here. It has been seven years since she last saw them and she really do miss them.
Kagome withdrew herself from her and said smiling, "I really missed you Neechan."
She too smiled and said, "Same here."
"Come, let's go inside the house I'm sure you wanted to eat something after your long journey." Kagome said.
They went inside the house located near the back of the temple. Inside, Kagome immediately prepared a satisfying snack for Fuuko. When she's done, Fuuko ate the food that her cousin prepared. And she finished it right away.
"Wow… that's really good." She said, "Domo Kagome."
"I'm glad you liked it Neechan." She stared at her as if there was something wrong with her face.
"What's wrong?" she asked.
Kagome just shook her head and said, "Nothing, I just thought that you became really beautiful Neechan. Back when we were kids you always wanted your hair to be short, you said it was just a hassle making them grow. But now…" she looked at her again, "That long hair really suits you better Neechan."
That's right; her used-to-be short hair was now shoulder length long. After their battle against the Tedou Jigoku, she decided to make it longer. It's all because of that guy's stupid little comment. She can still remember the exact things he said to her back then;
"Who would take you as a girl? You're violent, you eat like a pig and your hair looks like a bird's nest." He said coldly. "Grow up monkey. Unless you fixed yourself, nobody will look at you as a girl. Well, except for that gorilla I guess." Then he smiled, his usual cold smile, "But then I think animals of the same family really do stick for each other."
She just smiled wryly, it made her remember something really annoying, "Well, at least my hair doesn't look like a bird's nest anymore."
"What's the matter Neechan?"
"Nothing. By the way, where's jii-jii and obasan? And also Souta?" she said changing the topic.
"Ojiisan and Okasan went to the hospital, it's Ojiisan's monthly check-up you see. Souta is staying over at his friend's house today"
"Oh… I see. Then that means I can't see Souta today. I really missed that little guy."
"Don't worry Neechan. There are plenty of times to see him." Kagome said smiling, "So, Neechan, how long are you going to stay here?"
"Um… I guess until summer break ends."
"Really? I'm so happy to hear that. You can teach me a lot about high school while you're here. You know like the things you're studying."
Fuuko sweatdropped, and thought, "I really doubt that."
"You see, I'm going to be in high school next year and I'm really nervous about it. I'm afraid that I can't go to the school of my choice." She said with a sad expression on her face.
"Don't worry too much. I'm sure you'll pass. You're only fifteen, you should not worry about things like that."
"Well, a lot of things really happened to me these past months, things that put me into a lot of trouble and sadness. But… I'm really glad it happened." Kagome said and she let out a very refreshing smile, a smile that almost looked like a smile of a girl in love.
"Kagome-chan, are you in love?" she can't help but asked.
Kagome suddenly blushed and said, "Haha… what are you saying Neechan? Why don't we stop talking about this and just go to my room, okay?"
Before she can answer, Kagome immediately clung to her arm and pulled her upstairs.
She saw a tidy room that is not so big, whenever she looked it seems that everything was in place. Compare to her room, her cousin's room was way much better.
"Is it okay with you if we share the same room?" her cousin asked.
She put her body bag down Kagome's bed and sat beside it, "Of course it's fine with me silly."
"I'm so glad." She said and she sat beside her.
"Ne Kagome, you're in love right?" she said, bringing the topic up again.
Kagome blushed again and just sighed, "You won't stop until you know the answer, huh Neechan?"
Kagome gave a little giggle and said, "There's really no helping you Neechan. Well… you're absolutely right, I'm in love."
"I thought so. So, what kind of guy is he?"
"Hmm… he has a rash nature, he's short tempered and stupid at times, but…" she paused and smiled, "He can also be sweet when he wants to and I know that he will protect me with his life, something like that."
Seeing her cousin with that kind of smile on her face, Fuuko suddenly felt a tinge of jealousy. Maybe because Kagome has something that she can never have, the love of the boy that you've always yearned for. Her heart aches just thinking about it.
Then the phone rang.
"Oh! Maybe it's Okaasan." Kagome said and she stood up, "I'll go get it. Just rest here, okay Neechan?"
Then her cousin went downstairs to answer the phone.
She opened her body bag and took something out. It was Fuujin, her Madougu. The psychic device looked different than how it was before. It has so many scratches all over it that it felt like it would break if you just tap it a little. The central crystal also has tiny cracks on it. After her fight with Raiha she never tried to remove the central crystal, she was afraid that she might break it. She never really cared if she can't use Fuujin's power anymore because all she wanted was for it to stay by her side. It's her partner after all.
Slowly, she put it on her right arm and looked at it, "How are you, Fuujin?"
Then the window in that room suddenly opened, letting the summer breeze in. Through the open window, a guy with long silver hair, wearing a weird red kimono and has a pair of dog ears on top of his head just entered the room.
Kagome was just finished talking to her mom, she was just asking if her Fuuko-neechan got there safely, when suddenly she heard noises upstairs, particularly in her room.
"Did something happen?" she thought.
She immediately went upstairs, when she opened the door she saw a very familiar face standing in front of Fuuko and was preparing to attack her cousin.
"Inu yasha…. Osuwari!" she yelled with all her might.
Then the silver haired hanyou fell straight to the floor, "What the heck are you doing Kagome?"
She walked past her cousin and went near him, "Inu yasha no baka! Why are you attacking Neechan?"
"HUH?" Inu yasha exclaimed, dumbfounded, "Are you blind? It's the opposite baka, look at my face!" he said pointing at his left cheek, "That baka onna punched me you know!"
She looked at his cheek and saw that it was really swollen.
Then Fuuko finally spoke and said, "It's a normal reaction. You just came through the window, what do you expect me to do, you pervert?"
Kagome sweatdropped and thought, "It's not normal Neechan. The normal thing to do would be to scream."
"Who the heck is this weird looking guy anyway, Kagome?" she asked.
"Don't call me weird, baka onna!" he said in exchange.
"I only see one stupid person here, baka hentai!"
Kagome was starting to get really annoyed by how the two were acting, and then the final string of patience in her head just broke.
"STOP!" she bellowed, pushing the two away from each other, "Both of you stop! Cool your head and sit away from each other!"
The two, obviously surprised by her reaction, moved and sat away from each other.
She calmed herself first before saying anything, "Listen, the two of you don't need to fight okay? Now, can you please make up already?"
Inu yasha snorted and said, " Tch! Fine! Sorry for scaring you."
Fuuko just sighed and said, "I guess I have no choice but to apologize for punching you."
"That's better. Now, let me introduce both of you to one another." She looked first at her cousin, "Fuuko-neechan, this is Inu yasha…" then to Inu yasha, "Inu yasha, this is my cousin, Fuuko-neechan."
"Yoroshiku." Fuuko said.
"Yorushiku." Inu yasha said lamely.
Then Fuuko suddenly stood up and went near Inu yasha.
"What?" Inu yasha asked puzzled.
She, too, was confused why her cousin suddenly went near Inu yasha.
"I really wanted to do this ever since I saw you, I'm just really curious…" Fuuko said then she pulled one of Inu yasha's dog ears.
Surprised, Inu yasha brushed Fuuko's hand and pushed her, "What do you think you're doing, baka onna?"
Kagome was also surprised by what her cousin did and then Fuuko asked something that she's not sure if she can answer.
"Whoa. Those felt like real dog ears…" Fuuko said to herself then looked at Kagome, "Is he human?"
"Ano… eto…" she said, unsure if she can answer her cousin's question.
"That's right. I'm not human, so what?" Inu yasha blurted as if it was nothing.
Kagome looked at him with frustration and said, "Why did you just tell that to Neechan? What if she gets scared of you? And you guys just made up-"
She did not finish what she was saying because Fuuko just said something really weird.
"That's so cool!" Fuuko said in excitement, "If you're not human, then what are you, an alien or something?"
Kagome sweatdropped and looked at her cousin, dumbfounded. "Neechan, now I can tell that you really are not normal."
"Well, it looks like she's not afraid of me." Inu yasha said to her.
"Yeah I can see that."
"Ne Kagome, tell me what he is." Fuuko said.
"Well I guess it's alright if I tell her everything now." She sighed and answered, "He's a hanyou."
"Hanyou? You mean a half demon?"
"Kako-ii! I can't believe those things still exist." Fuuko said, amused.
"Neechan, if you like, can you listen to my story." She said and continued, "It's about how Inu yasha and I met."
"Sure! That would be interesting." Fuuko said excitedly.
Then Kagome started telling a very long tale of love, adventure and friendship.
Fuuko was really amazed when she heard her cousin's story. If she did not experience the Urabutou satsujin and the fight with the Tendou jigoku, maybe she would not believe all the things that Kagome said. To others it may sound absurd but to her, Kagome was telling her the truth, and the only thing she can think of is that her cousin had her own share of adventures too and that adventure led her to his one true love. And that one true love is this stupid looking hanyou.
She just smiled to herself and said, "Wow… that was one heck of a story."
"You believe me Neechan?"
"Of course! Why shouldn't I?"
"Yogatta…" Kagome said, looking so relieved.
Fuuko turned to Inu yasha and said, "So, baka inu, if you ever make Kagome cry, I'll rip you to pieces and don't think that I'm joking because I will really do that."
"Hah! As if that will happen baka onna." He said, "Aside from the fact that you can't hurt me, I already made a promise long ago that I will never make Kagome cry again."
"Well that's good, but I don't agree on the part that I can't hurt you, because I really can. Do you want me to prove that now?"
Kagome, feeling that a fight might happen, immediately stopped her Neechan. "Neechan, do you want to see the shikon no tama? It's temporarily at the temple right now."
Fuuko looked at her, "Huh? Well, yeah that would be great."
On their way to the shrine, Inu yasha was looking at Fuuko suspiciously. When he entered Kagome's room earlier, he was really surprised when she attacked him. Normally, he would be able to dodge an attack like that but what happened earlier really caught him by surprised. She's fast and she knows how to fight, that's for sure. And he can feel that she's strong, that's why earlier he was really tempted to fight her.
When Kagome opened the door to the shrine, Fuuko suddenly felt a burning sensation on her right arm. It's as if Fuujin was on fire and was reacting to something.
"What's wrong, Fuujin?" she thought while looking at it.
"We're here Neechan." Kagome said and she pulled her near a (dambana?).
There she saw a very beautiful pearl like jewel, it was shining elegantly. Then the burning sensation on her right arm intensified and the jewel in front of her began to emit light.
"What's happening?" Kagome said, confused.
"Is the jewel reacting with Fuujin?" she thought, she can feel that something dangerous will happen, "I have to get out of here."
But before she can move, the jewel suddenly floated and entered the central crystal of Fuujin.
Kagome and Inu yasha were both surprised by what happened.
Fuuko felt like something was tearing her right arm apart. "Ahh!"
"Don't come close!" she exclaimed. "This is not good, something is happening to me. I must get out of here before I destroy this place and endanger Kagome." Then she remembered the well that Kagome and Inu yasha use to travel from here to the past and vice versa. "Baka inu! Take Kagome away from here, NOW!"
Inu yasha, who can also feel the seriousness of the situation, immediately took Kagome.
"No Inu yasha! We must help Neechan!"
"The shikon is doing something to your cousin and she knows that it will be dangerous for you if you stay here. Don't worry I'll help her once I take you to a safe place."
When Fuuko saw that Kagome and Inu yasha are no longer there, she forced herself to stand up and walk. She knew that sooner or later she can no longer tolerate the pain on her right arm, she might lose consciousness and something will happen, something bad. But before that happens, she must get away from here, she must find the bone eater's well. She opened the next door and continued to walk. When she saw another door, she opened it and the thing that she was looking for.
"T-the well… I- I must g-get… away from here."
She went near the well and with all the strength left in her body, she jumped through it. She felt that she entered a zero gravity field and that she was being sucked somewhere. Her mind was slowly becoming blank but before she completely loss her consciousness, an image of a familiar person entered her mind. His gray hair was flowing with the wind and his icy blue eyes were staring at her coldly.
To be continued…
A/N: Well, we all know that Kagome lives in Tokyo, I really don't know where Fuuko came from but for the sake of the story, I made Fuuko the one who lives in Tokyo and Kagome the one living in the province. Hope you understand.
I also made Kagome's hair blue-black and Tokiya's hair gray, 'coz that's the way I see it. Hope you won't be mad at me because of that.
This is my very first cross-over fic I really would like to know if I did a good job, so please press the button below and review my story. Arigatou minna-san.