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Theme: Fork in the Road

Kurama had taken what could be considered an unhealthy obsession with Kagome Higurashi since that day in class. True to her word, she was not interested in him, at all. He should've been grateful that he had one less stalker to deal with, but the Youko in him has seen this as a challenge.

So when their history teacher asked them to get into partners for their final projects, he immediately asked her, ignoring the requests from various other classmates.

She didn't instantly agree like any other girl would have, but she did agree. (He took it as a victory nonetheless.) Together they walked to the library, disregarding the death threats he heard Kagome receiving. He had to give her points there, not many were able to coolly overlook his stalkers. Even Botan and Keiko didn't dare walk besides him when one was within distance.

"So, what legend do you think we should research," Kagome asked.

"How about the famous bandit, Youko Kurama," he suggested, expecting her to agree. What better way to impress her than exciting stories of his past and how much he knew.

Surprisingly she scrunched up her nose in disgust and replied, "How about not Minamino-san." She had heard of the notorious bandit from Sango, who had met him once during her earlier years of training, and it had taken her a good two hours to calm the demon slayer down before she was able to get the whole story out. Apparently this Youko Kurama was a bigger pervert than Miroku.

"I was thinking more along the lines of the great Inu Taiyouki and his famous sons."

Dogs. She preferred overhyped mutts over him. This time it was Kurama making a face. "I'm not too familiar with the subject, how about we do the project over the ice maidens or mazoku."

"They're not as interesting," she said, waving off his suggestions. "Besides, this will give you a chance to learn something new."

"I'm still not too sure Higurashi. I prefer my idea of Youko Kurama. I'm very well versed on his tale. And that way we can get a good grade for sure. I don't know about you, but I like being number one," he spoke, saying the last part more to impress her than anything else.

He was caught off guard when she started to glare at him.

"I am not an idiot Minamino; I know what I'm talking about. And if you think I'm going to drag down your precious number one spot you can find another partner."

His face dropped. This was not going at all like he planned.

"No, no I didn't mean it like that Higurashi-san."

She continued to eye him critically, and Kurama felt like he was being dissected by her piercing gaze. He let out a small sigh not really wanting to use the topic of dog demons, but agreed in the end. It wasn't often that he lost at well, anything. This was going to be more challenging that he thought.