(Well guys, here we go; the final chapter of Silver Lake! How will Inuyasha prove his vow now? What's he gonna do? Find out in the last chapter of Silver Lake!…Oh, by the way, I'm changing my disclaimer for If Today Was Your Last Day to I'd Come For You…still by Nickleback)
Chapter 14: Far Longer Than Forever
"Kagome!" Inuyasha yelled and ran to the swan and collapsed on his knees. Slowly, the hanyo reached out and held the swan close to his chest as tears slowly fell down his face.
"I'm sorry," he whispered. "I'm so sorry. I couldn't defeat Rothbart in time; I couldn't break your spell.
Inuyasha buried his face in the swan's side and let the tears fall, feeling like the whole world around him was ending.
"To break the spell, Inuyasha must make a vow of everlasting love and prove it to the world."
Shippo's words echoed through Inuyasha's mind over and over again, and he shook his head to rid of the voice.
"Prove it to the world," the hanyo gazed at the swan in his arms. "But, why can't I prove it to you when you are my world?"
Suddenly, a bright light appeared from behind Inuyasha and he turned his head, only to jerk back as Silver Lake blazed in the moonlight. The hanyo stared at the lake, looked back and Kagome, and something stirred in his mind.
"Take her to the lake."
Slowly, as if someone else was controlling him, Inuyasha stood up and still holding Kagome in his arms, walked into the lake. Once he was deep enough, the hanyo lowered Kagome's body into the water, making sure she was in the moonlight. Inuyasha looked around the lake, then back to Kagome and took a deep breath.
"Kagome," his voice shook with her name, but he swallowed and continued "by now, you know that wherever you are, I'd come for you. I'd fight for you, no matter what is in my way, as long as there's life in me. I'd search the world for you, because-" Inuyasha broke off, biting his lip and lifted his head to look at the moon, then returned his gaze to the swan in his arms. "Because I love you. I've always loved you and I forever will. My love for you will last far longer than forever. You're my world. Not Japan, not the human world, or the spirit world, but you. Now here, I make a vow of everlasting love to you, Kagome, and to no one else."
The hanyo looked around the lake, expecting the water to glow or rise, or whatever it did to transform Kagome, but nothing happened. "It didn't work," he whispered, fighting back the pain that was dangerously close to surfacing.
Just as he was about to let go of his control, the water around him brightened with a silver light so intense, it was almost blinding. Inuyasha nearly jumped in surprise as the water slowly rose and snaked around both his body and Kagome's. Gold light gathered around the swan's body as water swirled around her body. The blood that was seeping from her chest crept back into the gash as it slowly closed. Inuyasha had no choice but to close his eyes and the light grew brighter and brighter, until it was like the moon itself was before him. Feeling a stinging sensation on his wounds, Inuyasha realized that the water was somehow healing his own body from the battle.
Finally, the blazing light dimmed and Inuyasha opened his eyes to watch the water fall back into place, revealing Kagome's human form lying in his arms. His arms. "Kagome," Inuyasha whispered and held the miko close to his chest, as if he was afraid that she would be snatched away.
The hanyo buried his nose in the crook of her neck, taking in her scent. "Kagome, you're back."
"I…Inuyasha?" a voice whispered in his ear.
Inuyasha pulled back as Kagome slowly lifted her head from his shoulder.
Without even realizing what he was doing, Inuyasha suddenly found his lips pressed against Kagome's and her arms wrapped around his neck. The two could have remained there forever, but they pulled apart for air and blushed.
Kagome blinked at the hanyo, rubbed her head, and looked around. "What…what just happened?"
Inuyasha's mind was blank. "I-uh-I defeated Rothbart." His eyes never left the miko's face. "You sacrificed yourself to save me."
Kagome groaned, rubbed her head and stopped. "Wha-I'm not a swan?" she stared wide-eyed at her arms.
The hanyo couldn't help but grin. "You're spell is broken. I made the vow."
Kagome looked back at the hanyo. "You-you did what?"
Inuyasha turned a bright red. "I-uh-well…"
"He made a vow of everlasting love to you!" Shippo yelled from the lake's edge. "And kissed you!" He made a face and crossed his arms. "It was disgusting!"
Inuyasha and Kagome both turned ten shades of red as Miroku and Sango appeared out of the forest, grinning.
"What all did you hear, or see?" Kagome asked, looking anywhere but at Inuyasha.
Miroku covered his smile with a hand. "Enough,"
"Inuyasha and Kagome, sittin' in a tree!" Shippo sang. "K-I-S-S-I-N"
"Don't even think of finishing that, runt!" Inuyasha yelled, bringing a fist up as if to smack the kitsune on the head from the lake. In the process, he dumped Kagome in the water.
"Inuyasha!" Kagome stood up, dripping water and glaring dangerously at the intimidated hanyo.
"Ooh," Shippo winced. "Well, at least we get to take him back clean."
"And what the hell is that supposed to mean?" Inuyasha roared, bolting out of the lake. His amber eyes glared flames-of-death at the spectators. "I'm gonna give you three five second ta run!"
Sango yelped, jumping onto Kirara. "Wait, wait!"
"We couldn't help but watch!" Miroku cried, trying in vain to reach the retreating nekomata.
"It was kinda unavoidable!" Shippo squeaked, racing up a tree.
Kagome shook her head as she watched Inuyasha chase after the three, shouting, threatening, and swearing as he went.
"Not exactly what I pictured," she muttered, walking out of the lake. "But at least its over."
The moment the miko left the water, the lake shimmered with an intense light and then faded away. When Kagome looked back, she saw that the water no longer had the silver glow it held before. It was a lake, but it did not hold the same feel as Silver Lake.
Kagome blinked, shrugged, and headed towards Kaede's hut. The miko fought back a smile as she watched Inuyasha jump and grab for Shippo's large pink form, only to miss entirely and land on his face.
"He'll never learn…" she muttered and walked through the door of Kaede's hut, letting the door flap close behind her.
(Thus ends the fan fic Silver Lake! Wow, it took me a little over a year to finish this…is that good or bad? Don't answer! Any who, I hope you guys enjoyed it and I look forward to your reviews. Sorry if the ending was cheesy, but sadly, that was the catch to breaking the spell…yeah…Time to thank all those who helped me keep this story going:
Fluffy Muffin Queen, thank you so much for getting me hooked on Fan Fiction in the first place! And being my betareader and personal editor, of course!
Peaceful Dragon Rose
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Thanks guys for keeping it going and I hope you will enjoy my future stories! See ya later!)