Disclaimer: I wish I did own Inuyasha but sadly I don't. I don't own 'Big Girls Don't Cry' by Fergie

Crowded's Sequel: Making Amends

'Thinking'

"Talking"

Summary: It has been three years since Kagome has returned to her time after completing the jewel and leaving her 'family' behind. Now it is her twenty-first birthday and she just completed college. She goes to a party that may result in her facing her past and returning there.

Part 2

Chapter 1: Big Girls Don't Cry

Kagome sighed for the thousand times that day. She was sitting at WacDonald's with her old high school friends. She still questioned whether she should ditch them or not. They were so naïve and still so hung tight. She tried to find more mature friends at college but that seemed futile. Everyone she met either work too much or on some type of drug or alcohol. She tried to have a normal life when she came back from the feudal era. Then she thought about it, she didn't want a normal life after fighting demons and searching for the jewel shards all over Japan for such a long time. She even tried dating that didn't work because she compared them all to Inuyasha. Her girlfriends were so immature compare to her demon slayer friend who she refers to as a sister she never had.

The miko glanced over at Ayumi whom seemed to be in her own little world while Eri and Yuka talked about their new boy toys. Okay so all her old friends weren't immature. Ayumi was the only one, other than herself, who seem to be bored out of her mind. Ayumi had mature to the point where she would barely even be bothered with the other two. Quite frankly Kagome knew why. Eri and Yuka were still hung over old issues. They even went so far to get Kagome to go out with Hojo even after the man married. That didn't blow over well when his wife, who was pregnant at time, cursed them both out. Kagome was so graceful she took her out to dinner that very night and explained that she was never interested in Hojo other than being friends. His wife, Kaiya, just smiled and proclaimed Kagome that god-mother of their child. Sudden? Yes but, those two were ever barely separated. Kaiya was the only new successful friends she made since returning. Now she was the god-mother of a beautiful six month little boy who she just adored.

Placing her head on the table she wished for the blabbing to stop. Was this the punishment of returning to the present? Ayumi had her head on the window. They both glanced at each other with the same kill me now expression. They smiled at each other. Ayumi held up three fingers while pointing to the others. She slowly counted down until she had no more fingers up. They both look up at the same time to see their friends' concern faces. They suppress the urge to laugh.

"Alright you two look bored out of your minds. So what have you two been up to? We haven't seen each other in ages." Eri said.

"We just saw each other just last week, Eri." Ayumi said.

"Oh but that is such a long time and you two are always at work."

It is true we tried our best to avoid anything to do with the Yuka-Eri party as much as we could.

"We've been busy."

"Kagome what are you doing for your birthday?" Yuka asked.

She groaned. Kagome didn't want to think about it. So far all her parties have been surprises and never plan by her. This year was no different. The president of the company she works for is throwing the party this year. All her female co-workers gushed over the idea. Apparently there was a rumor going around about how the president only did it for females he takes an interest in and that he was beyond gorgeous.

"The company is hosting my party this year. It will be at the shrine so everyone is invited."

"Shouldn't the president host it at one his many buildings?" Eri asked.

"He usually does, but word got around to him that I wanted it at the shrine and he called my mom to make the arrangements." Kagome explained.

"So when is the party?"

"In two days. Apparently he wants to attend my party, but there is a huge board meeting with Kaze Corp the day of my actual birthday."

"Such short notice. You should have told us before now." Yuka said.

Kagome inwardly smirk. She did inform Ayumi about it but Eri and Yuka got lostin her mind somewhere else. She listens as they began to talk about what they were going to wear. Ayumi looked as if she was going to laugh any moment over how childish they were acting. They didn't even know that there was a dress code for those who were coming. Those two would stand out like a sore thumb at a black and white party. Ayumi glance at Kagome who just winked. Kagome wanted them to be embarrassed. Maybe it would teach them to grow up just a little.

Ayumi stood and excused herself. "Sorry but I have a date I must get ready for. I'll talk to you guys later." She shot Kagome a look that stated that she would call her later that day.

"Ayumi seems irritated about something lately. Kagome do you know why?" Eri asked.

'Yes I do know why.' "No I don't know why she has been acting irritated lately." Kagome lied.

"Ok, well how have you been?"

"I been doing good but tired from all the hard work. I still trying to get over my past but I am hanging in." Kagome said laying her head back down on her arms.

"Forget that two timer. How about you come with us to the club tonight?" Yuka suggested

"I don't know about the club idea. I have work in the morning. My boss wants me there pretty early for a meeting."

"When does the meeting start?"

"It starts at eight but the briefing is at seven."

"Kagome you work way too hard for your own good." Kagome just stared at Yuka. "I am serious. Tell us when was the last time you actually went out to have fun."

Now that she think about it when was the last time that she had actually went out to have fun, just a night out not worrying about anything else, time to herself. Her boss said after the meeting that if she doesn't take a vacation that she would personally give her time off of work. She sighed and looked at her 'friends'. Shaking her head mentally she decided that maybe the vacation that her boss had suggested she should take and have time to just herself. A vacation in the Virgin Islands sounded good and it wasn't far from home.

"The last time I have had anytime to myself was about half a year ago. I am thinking of taking a vacation soon, so maybe then we can catch up. Until then I have to get home, my mom wants me to run some errands for her." Kagome said getting up to leave.

"Ok bye Kagome and see you this Saturday." They said in union.

Kagome P.O.V.

I waved to them at the same time thanking Kami for remembering that I had to run errands for mama. I walked out of the door of the fast food restaurant. The streets were as usual crowded with cars; the sidewalks were no different except with people. You would think someone would get tired of this every waking minute of the day. But not me, I have always found it funny that people would crowd together just to get from one place to another. I hated though that I was part of that crowd. Well the sidewalk crowd anyways because I refuse to get a car for all the traffic jams that happen in Tokyo every day.

As I join the crowd I take out my iPod. I smiled when I found one of my recently favorites from the states. I push play and mouth the words as I walk making sure I wasn't sing out loud.

Da Da Da Da
The smell of your skin lingers on me now
You're probably on your flight back to your home town
I need some shelter of my own protection baby
To be with myself and center, clarity
Peace, Serenity

I let my mind linger away from the real world. I thought about how Inuyasha was doing back in the feudal era. I sure that he probably went off with Kikyou by now, joining her in Hell. I let a tear fall from my eyes at that thought. I didn't really want him to join her in the pits of Hell.

I hope you know, I hope you know
That this has nothing to do with you
It's personal, myself and I
We've got some straightenin' out to do
And I'm gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket
But I've got to get a move on with my life
It's time to be a big girl now
And big girls don't cry
Don't cry
Don't cry
Don't cry

I whipped away the tear quickly. It wasn't my choice whether or not he goes and joins Kikyou. I made my choice when I came back home. Was this world really my home or am I still looking?

The path that I'm walking
I must go alone
I must take the baby steps 'til I'm full grown, full grown
Fairytales don't always have a happy ending, do they?
And I foresee the dark ahead if I stay

I stopped walking and looked to the sky. Big white clouds cover it. The sun was shining right through those fluffy clouds. One actually reminded me of a dog a little. My heart swelled a little but I remained calm.

I hope you know, I hope you know
That this has nothing to do with you
It's personal, myself and I
We've got some straightenin' out to do
And I'm gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket
But I've got to get a move on with my life
It's time to be a big girl now
And big girls don't cry
Don't cry
Don't cry
Don't cry

Hugging myself I smiled. I would usually begin to cry once I thought about Inuyasha. I realized just how much I have really grown. I also realized just how much this song kind of reminded me of myself.

Like the little school mate in the school yard
We'll play jacks and uno cards
I'll be your best friend and you'll be my Valentine
Yes you can hold my hand if you want to
'Cause I want to hold yours too
We'll be playmates and lovers and share our secret worlds
But it's time for me to go home
It's getting late, dark outside
I need to be with myself and center, clarity
Peace, Serenity

I notice that my life has really changed since I went to the feudal era. I used to be the scared petite middle schooler who didn't know anything about the hardships of life. I would run from anything that didn't look remotely human and argued about petty things. Now that I work for one of the world's top corporations, Tashio Corp. I know the hardship people who actually get down and dirty working and I avoid, if I can, all petty little arguments.

I hope you know, I hope you know
That this has nothing to do with you
It's personal, myself and I
We've got some straightenin' out to do
And I'm gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket
But I've got to get a move on with my life
It's time to be a big girl now
And big girls don't cry
Don't cry
Don't cry
Don't cry

I smiled at my accomplishments. The things that I have done I would have never thought that I would be about to do it. And I would do it over in a heartbeat.

La Da Da Da Da Da

Turning the corner I seen the shrine steps, just as the song ended.

End P.O.V.