They had started out confused and doubtful about what the relationship would lead to a year ago when they had met in that New York bar. Now as she sat next to him in her mother's house and watched him eat dinner with her family she knew that they were in for the long-haul.
"Kagome?" She blushed at having been caught staring at him and tuned back into the conversation.
"I'm sorry. What were you talking about again?" Souta scoffed but sighed as he answered his sister's question. She was always zoning out, he supposed that he should have accepted it by now.
"Tomorrow's New Year's Eve. Grandpa was asking Sesshomaru if he could help him ring the shrine bells tomorrow morning."
That's right- it had been so long since she'd come to visit and her vacation was going to be over in a few days. A hand gently reached one of hers and she looked up to find her mother comforting her with that simple touch.
"Are you going to help?" Kagome asked pleasantly turning towards where Sesshomaru was sitting.
"Yes, unless you needed me for something?" She shook her head quickly helping her mother pick up the dishes to wash. She was probably going to be busy anyway so she didn't mind that he was helping her grandfather, it would keep him busy.
"I'm probably helping with the other stuff around the shrine- the charms and things so it's fine."
The next day as Kagome sold charms she clutched the scarf she was wearing tighter. She was cold but that didn't matter. A sight to her right caught her attention and she smiled at Sesshomaru as he walked towards her.
"Thanks for helping grandfather Sesshomaru." He merely smiled at her and stood by her side. She could tell that there was something else going on. She knew that Sesshomaru had to be back soon because Grandpa liked to ring the bells at sunrise too.
His hands suddenly grabbed hers and her mother who stood next to her merely smiled as she shooed the young couple away. Moments later the bells rang once again and she felt something slide onto one of her fingers. Looking down she noticed a small ring adorning her ring finger and she looked up at Sesshomaru.
"Yes." She answered knowing he was a man of a few words and gave him a quick kiss. "Now go help Grandpa!"