Fox Emperor Chapter 5

 

All in this fic belongs to the creator of Inuyasha. Shuro, Yuko, Shara, and Nara belongs to me.

Notes: This mind talk

(translations)

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Shippo looked to Shuro and Yuko.

It’s all right. You can show your selfs. Hesaid.

Shuroreleasedtheinvisibilityspell.ShippolookedbackdownthewelltoseeKagomelookingaround.Shelookedupathim.

Helooksfamiliar,shethought.

Doyouneedahandtogetoutofthere?Shippoasked.

Kagomenodded.SheclimbedupandgrabbedShippo’soutreachedhand.Hepulledherout.Shethennoticedtwosmallheadspokingoutfrombehindhim.

Hello,shesaidtothem.

Comeonout,Shippotoldthem,she’sfriendly.

Theystepoutofhiding.Kagomestudythem.Thetalleronealmostlookliketheman.TheshorteronelookslikeaminiversionofInuyashaexceptwithatailandacrescentmoonmarkontheforehead.Speakingoftailsshenownoticedtheothertwohadthemtwo.

Theirtaillooksafox’s,shethought,wait!

Shippo?sheaskedtheman.

Hesmiledandnodded.Shehuggedhim.

You’vegrown,shesaid,andhandsometoo.

Shippoblushed.ShuroandYukolaughed.Shippoclearedhisthroat.

Um,KagomethisismysonShuro,saidShippo.

Shurobowedtoher.

Icanseetheresemblances,shesaidwithasmile.

AndthisisInuyasha’ssonYuko,saidShippo.

Yukobowedtoher.Shesmiledsadlyathim.

I’mhappyhefoundsomeoneotherthenwaitingaroundformetocomeback,shesaid.

It’sagoodthingyouarehere,saidShippo.

Kagomelookedathimpuzzled.

Whatdoyoumean?sheasked.

Nirokuisback,heanswered.

Kagomegasped.

How?Kagomeasked,Ithoughtwekilledhim.

That’swhatwewerewondering,saidShippo,come,theotherswouldlovetoseeyou.Shuro,Yukoyoutwocomealongaswell.

Theyallfollowedhimbacktothevillage.

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InuyashahadfinallyconvinceSesshomaruthathisplanwasbetterbeforeSangopointedoutthatShippowasnolongerwiththem.Inuyashasaidthathemusthavegonetotheboys,becausesomethingcameup.Aftereveryoneinsistedtowaitforhim.Inuyashasighedatthis.Hisearstwitched.

Thatscent,hethought,there’snowayshecouldcomeback…isthere?

TheragsoverthedoorwaymovedovertoshowShippo.Hestepasidetoletsomeonethrough.Everyonegasped.InsteppedKagome.Shelookedaroundateveryoneandsmiled.

Kagome,isthatreallyyou?Inuyashaaskedindisbelief.

Ifshewasn’tIwouldn’thavebeenabletopullheroutofthewell,statedShippo.

Inuyashasmiledathimandpulledherintoahug.

I’msogladtoseeyoutoo,Kagomeagreed.

Thisisabadomen,SesshomaruwhisperedtoShippoashewatchedKagomehuggingtheothers.

Ithoughtthesame,Shippowhisperedback.

HeandInuyashagetalongquitwellnow,theyherdSangoanswer one of Kagome’squestion.

It’sabouttime,commentedKagome.

Sesshomarunarrowedhiseyesather.Shippoburstoutlaughing.HegrowledatShippo.Afterafewminuetshavepassedeveryonewastalkingamongstthemselves.Sango,Rin,andMirokuwastalkingaboutfoodthattastedawful.

Tomehumanfleshtastesawful,Shipposaid.

Youatehumanflesh!?exclaimRin.

Whenwewereenslavedtheywouldonlyfeedusthecorpsesiftheirdead,saidShippo.

Ew,saidRin.

Andtheywonderwhytheywerenearlywipedout,commentedMiroku.

Shippo’shandtwitchedalittle.

Ittastedbettercooked,saidSesshomaru.

Youtoo?Rinasked.

Demon,Rin,Demon,wasallSesshomarusaid.

Neverhadit,saidShippo.

Actuallyyoudid,Shuropippedin.

Shippolookedathissonwithaconfusedlook.

Mothermadeitonce,saidShuro,shetoldustonevertellyouwhatittrulywas,becauseshewasafraidyou’llbedisgustedwithher.

Iwouldn’thave,saidShippo,ShemadeittastelikechickensoIwasgood.ThoughIwonderwhyshemadethatinstead.

Shehuntedinthepermittedarea,butcouldn’tfindanything,Shurosaid,Soourownergaveherhebodyoftheirrecentlydeadgrandfather.

Hm,saidShippo.

OkayI’mchangingthesubjectbeforeIgetevenmoregrossedout,saidRin.

Thesubjectwaschanged.KagomelendovertoInuyasha.

WhydidShippo’shandtwitchedwhenMirokusaidwipedout?shewhispered.

Somethinghappen,butIhavenorighttotellyou,whisperedInuyasha,butIcantellyouthathehadanotherson.

Really?whisperedKagome,whereisheat?

He…whispered,Diedduringthewar.

KagomecoveredhermouthandlookedoveratShippowithasadexpression.ShepicturedShippoweepingoverthelimpbodyofhissonwhilethewarwentonaroundthem.ShipposawKagomestarringathimwithasadlook.

What’swrong,mother?Heasked.

Kagomejumped.

What?Inuyashaaskedworried.

It’snothing,answeredKagome.

Iwasjusttoldaboutyourotherson.I’msorry.Shesaid

Shipposmiledathersadly.Inuyashanoddedunderstandingly.Hehadherdthatsomefoxdemonscanspeaktopeoplethroughtheirminds.

It’sallright.I’manadultnow,soI’llgetoverit.Shipposaid.

Ohhowareyoudoingthisbytheway?Kagomeasked.

Shippogaveaproudlook.Inuyashastartedtowonderwhatshesaid.

Ilearnitduringmyshamantraining.Shippoanswered.

Ohwow!Ilearnabouttheminmyera.They’rereallypowerful.I’mproudofyou!Kagomesaid.

Shippobeamed.Inuyashawashappytoseehiminhigherspirits.

Onemorequestion.WhydidyourhandtwitchedwhenMirokusaidwipedout?Inuyashaknows,buthesaidhedidn’thavetherighttosay.AskedKagome.

Shippofrownedandhiseyebrowsmet.Inuyashastartedtopanic.

Don’ttellmeshejustaskedhimaboutthetwitch,Inuyashathought.

ShippolookedatShuro,whowasplayingwithYukoonthefloor.KagomelookedbackupatInuyashawithawhatdidIdowronglook.

Shurohilunicmdiltrexatalingratdatinbalitewot?(Shurohowmuchdidyoutellgrandpaaboutthewar?)heaskedangrily.

Evontalino,(Everything)Shuroanswered.

Shippogrowledathim.Shuroflinched.

Shippo-startedInuyasha.

Shipposnappedhisheadtowardhim.Inuyashastartedtobereaveheavily.Shippo’seyeswere slighted andwasredasblood.

Youstayoutofthis!heshouted.

Datin!(father)Shuroshouted.

ShippoIdidn’tmean-Kagomestartedaswell.

Youtoo!heshoutedather.

Everyonebackedawayfromhim.ShippograbbedShuro’sarmandpulledhimup.

We’releavingnow,hesaidsternlywhilepullingShurooutofthehunt.

KagomelookedatInuyashaandranoutside.

Kagomeno!Inuyashayelledrunningafterher.

Whentheygotoutside,ShippoandShurowasgone.Kagomelookedtothesky.

WhathaveIdone?Sheaskedherself.

Theybothwentbackinside.Everyonewassilentforawhile.

IcanunderstandwhyShippoactedlikethat,saidSesshomaru,HeprobablytrustedhissonwithallhissecretsandthefactthatShurotoldanothersoulbrokeit.HellevenIwouldhaveactedlikethatifoneofmydaughters,SharaandNara,didthesame.

Everyonenoddedinagreement.

IstillfeellikeIshouldapologize,saidKagome.

IfyouwishtodothatthenI’llcomewithyou,saidInuyasha.

Idon’tthinkthat’swise,saidSesshomaru,IfShipposeeshercomewithsomeoneelsethenhe’llknowshedoesn’tmeanit.It’sbestifshegoesalone.

CouldshetakeKirarawithher?Sangoasked,justasawaytotravel.It’salongwalktoMt.Fuji.

“I think it’ll be all right if she does that,” answered Sesshomaru, “Though I would give him today to cool off.”

Everyone nodded. First thing tomorrow morning Kagome will visit Shippo.

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Shippo and Shuro made it back to the entrance of Solarira without saying a word to each other. No one bother them for they could tell on their emperor’s face that he was in a bad mod. He’s eyes had long since turn back to the beautiful emerald. When they got to the palace Shuro marched himself up the stairs to their room. Shippo watched him. After a moment he sighed and followed his son. When he was in the room he found Shuro at the window seal that was facing the guard’s quarters. Shippo sat on his son’s bed watching his back.

I’msorry,Shurosaidafteramomentofsilence,Ishouldn’thavetoldgrandpaInuaboutthatmoment.

Shippo’shandtwitchedatthememoryofit.

Ishouldbetheoneapologizing,saidShippo.

Shurolookedathisfatherinsurprised.

Why?heasked.

Icagedyouinheresoallyouhadtotalktowasthoselikeus,answeredShippo,SowhenInuyashacamehereyouwereexcitedtohavesomeonenewtotalkto.Beenhewasmyfatheryouprobablythoughtheshouldknowwhathashappeninhisson’slife.AmIright?

Shuronoddedhesitantly.

ThereforthIapologizeforbeingahorriblefather,saidShippolookingdownatthefloor.

Shuro’seyeswiden.Hewentover,gotonhisknees,heldhisfather’shands,andlookedupathisface.Hegasped.Tearsweremakingtheirwasdownhischeeks.Shippohadnevercriedsincehisoldestson’sdeath.Shurohuggedhimtightly.

You’renotahorriblefather,hecomfort,youjustaconcernone.OneIloveandwillloveevenwhenwearewiththemistressofthesun.

Shippohuggedhimtightly.Thenamostrarestthinghappen.Shipposmiledarealsmile.

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itwaslatemorningwhenKagomemadeittoSolarira.ShehadtoldKiraratolandalittlewaysawayfromtheentrance.Thetwotailwasnowonhershoulderrestingwhilesheclimbthestairs.Kagomemadesureshedidn’tcomearmedwithanything,becausesherememberedthehistoryofthefoxdemonsshelearnedinhistoryclass.Atthisdayofagetheywereverywearyofhumans.Whenshegotonthelaststepshesawtheentrance.Ithaddoorsmadeofblackstonewithglowingonesinsunshape pattern onboth.Itlookliketheyslidetogethertocloseupthedoorway.Shethennoticedtwoguardsstandingwatch.Theystoppedheratthedoors.

Halt,saidtheoneontheleft,whatbusinessdoyouhaveherehuman?

IcomewishingtoseeEmperorShippo,sheanswered.

Hewillseenoone,saidtherightone,especiallyalowlyhuman.

Nowthathitanerve.Kagome’seyesnarrowed.

IamKagomeHigurashi,shesaid,hismotherandIwillseemyson.

theguards’eyeswidenandknelledbeforeher.

Forgiveusgreatpriestessoftime,saidtherightone,wedidnotknowitwasyou.

Kagomebackedupalittlebit.Shedidn’tlearnaboutthisinclass.

Um,shesaid,youareforgiven.

Theguardsstood.

Iwillleadyoutothepalace,saidtheleftone.

Whentheroundedthecorner,shegaped.Thecityasbidandhadthestrangeglowingstones,thatwasonthedoors,wereontheroof.

Thisisjustthefirstlevel,theguardsaid.

There’smore!?Kagomeexclaimed.

Yes,answeredtheguard,includingtheforgeandmines,thereisfour.Thisoneisthesmallestcomparetothefourthlevel.

Ohwow,wasallKagomecouldsay.

Thosethattheypassedbowedinrespecttoher.

Okay,whatexactlydidShippotellthemaboutme?Shethought.

Theymadeittothepalace.Theguardbowedandheadedtobackhispost.Shewalkedinandspottedafemalefoxdemon.SheturnandsawKagome.Shethenbowtoher.

Youhonoruswithyourpercentspriestessoftime,sheshesaid,IamShalemeoneoftwoadviserstoEmperorShippo.Whatisityouseek?

Iwishtoseemyson,Kagomeanswered.

Shalemebowandleadhertothethroneroom.ThereshespottedShippotalkingtohissonandamalefoxdemonattherightsideoftheroom.Themaleglancedatherandwentbacktotheirconversation.He’seyeswidenandlookedbackather.ShurothenpeekedbehindShippoandgaveabigsmile.

GrandmaKagome,hecalledherbythetitlesherequested.

Shippoquicklylookedbehindhim.Hegaveheroneofhisrarerealsmiles.

Wellisn’tthisasurprise,hesaid,KalohuthisismyamazingmotherItoldyouabout.

Hebowedtoher.

It’sanhonortomeetyou,priestessoftime,hesaid.

Um,youtoo,shesaidstillgettingusetothetitle.

Whatbringsyouhere?Shippoasked.

Iwantedtoapologize,sheanswered,Ishouldn’thaveasked.

No,saidShippo,Itwasallright.Ishouldn’thaveyelledatyou.

No,saidKagome,Youwerefine.I’musetoitfromInuyasha,remember?

Shipponodded.Ahurriedsoundofpawssoundedonthestonefloor.Thethroneroomdoorsopenwideandafoxdemoninfoxformwiththreetailscamerunningin.hequicklychangedtohumanformandbowed.

Emperor,hesaid,Icamefromtheeasterndesert.Thetemplethereisbeingattackedbywhatlooklikeacrossbetweenahumanandaspider.

Soundslikethey’reNaraku’s,saidKagome.

Kalohu,Shalemegathersomeofthetroops,Shippoordered.

KiT’rra!(yessire)theysaid.

Shuro,Shippocalledtohisson.

Iknow,guardthethrone,Shurosaid.

Thatwasn’twhatIwasgoingtoask,saidShippo.

Shurogavehisfatheraconfusedlook.

Howwellisyourhealingskills?Shippoasked.

Icanhealmajorwounds,Shuroanswered,butnotasgoodasyou.Whyyouask?

Shipposmirked.

Howwouldyouliketoseesomeaction?Shippoaskedsimply.

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Thisisalongchapter.About8fullpagesO_O

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