Chapter 3: The Good and the Bad

"Kagome the telephone is for you!" Souta yelled up the stairs about an hour later.

Groaning she picked up the phone in her room.

"Hello?" she asked.

"Hey Kagome, it's Sango."

Kagome's mood instantly brightened, "Hey Sango, what's up?"

"I just wanted to call to make sure that you are ok. You seemed pretty upset when you left," Sango said.

Kagome sighed, "I'm ok not that I've had time to calm down. He just pushes my buttons that's all."

Sango laughed, "So you made the archery team? That's great! Its really hard to get on that team. As far as I know its just you, Kikyo and a few tenth graders."

It didn't surprise Kagome at all that Kikyo made the team. She was amazing…

"So how do you like Tomeda High so far?" Sango asked.

"I like it a lot," Kagome said, "I think I'll stick around."

Sango laughed again, "Do you want to do something with us after school tomorrow?"

"I can't I have archery practice tomorrow and Fridays. Maybe on Wednesday though?" she asked.

"Yeah that would work out best I guess. I just remembered that Inuyasha has combat practice tomorrow and Friday," she said.

"Inuyasha is in combat? What is that?" Kagome asked.

"It's new to the school system. Very cool though. It's a mixture of hand-to-hand combat and sword fighting."

"Who in their right mind would even consider giving Inuyasha a sword?" Kagome sighed.

Sango laughed, "He's really good, you should watch him some time. Me and Miroku are in the martial arts club, but we only practice on Thursdays," Sango said.

This time it was Kagome's turn to laugh, "I can only imagine how much you would enjoy being allowed to kick Miroku's ass."

"You bet! That's why I joined in the first place, but I guess I kind of got into it," she said.

Kagome smiled.

"Sis!" Souta yelled from outside her room, "Dinner is ready!"

"Sorry Sango, I have to go, supper time," she said.

"See you tomorrow Kagome!"

"Bye."

After she hung up she went downstairs and sat across from her mom. She had made roast beef and mashed potatoes.

"Looks delicious mom!" Souta said.

"Who was that on the phone dear?" he mom asked.

"My friend Sango from school?" Kagome said.

"A friend? Oh that's wonderful Kagome, you will have to invite her over some time so I can meet her. Did you make any other friends?" she asked.

"Well Sango is a demon slayer I found out. And I also met a boy named Miroku, he's training as a monk, although eh doesn't act like one much. And then there's…" Kagome paused.

Could she even consider him a friend?

"And then there's who dear?" her mom smiled at her.

"Well, there is Inuyasha. He's a half demon, but we don't exactly get along very well," Kagome sighed.

"I'm sure he's a nice boy once you get to know him."

Doubt it…

"Oh yeah, and I made the archery team at school too. There are two other priestesses at the school too," Kagome said.

Just then Kagome's grandfather walked in and he sat down beside Kagome.

"The archery team you say? I knew my training would help you!" he smiled.

Kagome nodded.

"There were two other priestesses you said dear? That's quite rare," he mom said.

"Yes, one of them is my gym teacher, Ms. Kaede. The other one is in two of my classes, her name is Kikyo Hamasaki. She's really quiet though…"

Her mom nodded.

After dinner Kagome went back up to her room. She had finished her homework so she changed into a pair of blue cotton shorts with a matching shirt.

She looked at her clock, "Only ten thirty and I'm already tired."

Crawling under the cover Kagome closed her eyes and let the darkness take her…

….THE NEXT DAY…

Kagome's alarm clock woke her up again at seven. After taking a quick shower she decided to put her hair up in a sloppy bun. A few strand fell from the bun and framed her face nicely.

Going into her closet she pulled out a white vintage skirt that went a little past her finger tips when she put her arms to her side. She chose a pink top with white and silver sequins all over it. Putting on a simple pair of silver hoop earrings and two necklaces, one had pink beads while the other had blue. And of course, to finish it off she put on a pair of pink socks that reached her knees and her black and pink converse shoes.

Grabbing her book bag she went down the stairs.

"I'm going now mom!" she yelled.

"What about breakfast honey?" her mom asked.

"I'm going to stop at a coffee shop that I saw on the way home last night. I feel like a frapachino," she said.

"Alright then."

Driving back toward the school she turned left just before the school and pulled up into the coffee shop parking lot.

When she entered she was overwhelmed with the scent of fresh pastries and hot coffee. It was a rather cute shop. It was dimly lit and there was lounge chairs all over the place with tables. It was cozy.

She approached the front counter.

"Can I have a frapachino and a blueberry muffin please?" she asked.

The cashier smiled and nodded, "Five dollars and fifty cents please."

Kagome gave her the money and when she got her food she went back out to her car.

"Oh shit, I'm gonna be late again!" she said as she looked at the radio clock.

Finishing off her muffin quickly she put her frapachino in the cup holder and took off toward the school. She pulled into the parking lot just as the bell rang.

Knocking on her History class door she waited.

"Miss. Higurashi this is the second time you have been late. If it happens one more time I will have to give you detention," Mr. Myoga said.

"Sorry," she said and hastily went to sit next to Sango.

She ignored Inuyasha's stare as he watched her walk down the ails of desks.

"How come you are late again?" Sango whispered as she sat down.

"I went to that little coffee shop a few blocks away and I guess I lost track of time," Kagome answered.

Sango nodded and turned back to Mr. Myoga who was lecturing on the legend on the famous Shikon no Tama.

The rest of the morning seemed to fly by. Kagome got six pages of math homework, and they had started water color painting in art. When the lunch bell went Kagome and Sango went to the cafeteria to meet up with Miroku and Inuyasha.

Kagome and Inuyasha didn't talk throughout the entire lunch hour. They didn't even look at each other.

Kagome went to go and throw out the wrapper from her sandwich and on the way she ran into someone.

"Sorry I-" she froze when he turned to face her.

Shiver went down her spine when his red eyes came into contact with her brown ones. He smiled wickedly at her and held onto her arm to keep her from falling over. He had long black hair and was wearing black jeans with a black shirt that had the word 'death' written across it in death. Kagome almost choked on his demonic aura. He was an extremely powerful demon, and not a good one.

He instantly let go of her when his hand came into contact with her bare flesh, almost as if she had burned him. Kagome stumbled back.

"Priestess," the boy hisses at her and he took a threatening step toward her.

He had a hungry look in his eyes that terrified Kagome and she continued to back up until she was against a wall. The boy continued to step toward her.

Suddenly there was a flash of red and silver and Inuyasha was standing in front of her, glaring at the boy.

"Back off Naraku," Inuyasha growled.

Naraku laughed, "Inuyasha, what business is it of yours whom I associate with? I was merely…talking…with the girl."

Inuyasha clenched his fists, "I'm warning you Naraku."

"Are you threatening me half-breed?" Naraku hissed, "Are you sure that's wise?"

"Fuck you," Inuyasha spat at him.

Naraku looked at Kagome one last time and then gave a short bow before turning and walking away.

When he was gone Inuyasha turned back to Kagome.

"Are you ok?" he asked, not making eye contact with her.

Kagome nodded softly, "Who was that?"

"His name is Naraku Kamashi and he's in grade twelve. He's bad news so I suggest you stay away from him," Inuyasha said.

Kagome nodded, "Thank you Inuyasha."

"Feh."

Then he and Kagome went back to the table where Miroku and Sango were looking at them with worried expressions.

"Are you ok Kagome?" Sango asked when she sat back down.

"Yeah, I'm okay," she forced out a small smile, "His aura is so powerful…"

"I know, I can't stand it when I walk by him," Miroku said, overhearing what Kagome had said, "He thinks he owns this school. He and his group of friends are always causing trouble. They'll do anything to prove that they are the best, remember that Kagome."

She nodded.

When the bell rang she was glad to get out of the cafeteria and get her mind back on school.

Drama was pretty basic, they read over the book "Romeo and Juliet" and then students split up to practice lines. Biology was boring as usual and gym was uneventful.

After school was out Kagome went to Ms. Kaede's office.

"Hello Kagome," she smiled at her.

Kagome smiled back, "I was wondering if I needed anything for practice."

"No, just your gym uniform. For competitions we have a separate uniform," she pointed to a picture of a woman holding a bow. She wore a tradition red and white kimono.

"It's beautiful," Kagome said.

"We like to be traditional."

Walking back out into the gym she noticed that the archery team was very small. There was only five girls and one boy.

She recognized Kikyo standing away from the group by herself, looking as cold as ever.

Kagome walked up to the group and one girl looked up at her and smiled.

"You must be Kagome!" the girl smiled, "I heard that you are really good."

The girl looked like she was probably in grade nine. Her layered black hair framed her face and she had the biggest brown eyes Kagome had ever seen.

"I'm Rin," she smiled, "And that's Saki, Megera and Kira."

She was pointing to three other girls. The one who she had said was Saki had short red hair and big rimed glasses, she looked like she was in Rin's grade. Megera had long brown curly hair and bright green eyes, she was probably in grade ten. She was whispering with the girl who Kagome assumed to be Kira. Kira had shoulder length brown hair and blue eyes.

And boy who Kagome had never met before walked up to her and smiled.

"My name is Hojo Karasuma," he smiled.

"Hi Hojo, I'm Kagome."

Before he could say anything else Ms. Kaede cleared her throat and handed out bows.

Then they began…

Practice lasted for an hour and a half and by the time it was over Kagome's shoulder was a little sore.

After she had changed and gotten her things, Kagome was walking to her car when she heard some noise.

Following the noise she walked down some stairs into what she assumed to be the basement. The noise was coming from behind a large door. She opened it a bit and looked inside.

Standing on a mat was Inuyasha and another boy Kagome had never seen before. He looked rather similar to Inuyasha, but older. His long silver hair fell almost to his feet and he had golden eyes just like Inuyasha. On his forehead was a purple crescent moon. He was a demon as well.

Both of them had their shirts off and were wearing loose shorts that went to the knee. Kagome could barley tear her eyes off of Inuyasha's well built body…

Inuyasha charged at the boy with a sword in his hand and they fought.

Kagome was mesmerized by it. The two of them had totally different fighting styles. The demon boy never showed any emotion on his face and was cunningly quick. Inuyasha was really impressive. He put so much emotion into each swing that Kagome had to hold back a gasp.

Inuyasha's sword was huge and Kagome wondered how he could even raise it. The other boy's looked more practical.

"Alright Inuyasha, Sesshomaru, you can stop now," a tall muscular man yelled at the pair.

They stopped and gave each other a quick bow.

When Inuyasha turned to get off the mat, his eyes came into contact with Kagome's and he froze. For a moment they just stared at each other and then Kagome closed the door, blushing furiously.

Running out of the basement and to her car she started it, adrenaline pumping.

Just as she pulled out of the parking lot, someone jumped in front of her car.

"Inuyasha!" she yelled, slamming on the breaks.

He smiled awkwardly, "Can I get a ride? Mine already left."

Kagome sighed and nodded, unlocking the car.

Inuyasha got in and turned on the air-conditioning full blast.. Kagome noticed that he had put his shirt back on…for some reason she felt disappointed.

They drove in silence, except when Inuyasha told her to turn somewhere.

"I saw you watching," he said after a while.

Kagome blushed again, "Sorry, I heard some noise and I went to see what it was. You're really good."

He smiled a bit, "Thanks, you're pretty good at archery."

Inuyasha blushed a bit when eh realized what he said. Kagome smiled and arched her eyebrow.

"You were watching me?"

"No! I just happened to see you when I was walking to practice!" he defended himself.

Kagome turned onto a wide street that was lined with large houses. Inuyasha pointed to the largest one at the end of the street. It was beautiful. It was huge with white pillars and whitewash windows. A silver SUV pulled into the driveway ahead of them and the boy who Inuyasha had been fighting got out.

"Hey, that's the guy you were fighting!" Kagome said as she pulled up behind the SUV.

"Yeah, that's Sesshomaru, my older brother. He's in grade twelve," he said.

"You never told me you had a brother," Kagome looked at him.

"Yeah, well, we aren't exactly what you would call close," Inuyasha mumbled.

Kagome would have pushed it further to figure out why, but she already knew that Inuyasha didn't like her much.

Just as he was getting out of the car, Inuyasha stopped and looked back at Kagome. His amber eyes fusing with her brown ones.

"Listen, Kagome," eh said softly, "about yesterday…after school…I'm…I'm sorry…I shouldn't have said that."

Before she could say anything he jumped out of the car and closed the door, racing through his front door.

"Inuyasha…" Kagome said softly as a small smile appeared on her lips.

Maybe he's not that bad after all…