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Return to The Sengoku Era

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The story took place years after Kagome decided to stay with Inuyasha in the Sengoku Era. After her final time traveling, the Bone-Eater's Well no longer worked and thus the connection between the two time period seized to exist. Time had moved at a different pace. In the modern world, the Higurashi moved on, living life everyday, wishing for Kagome's happiness and keeping her in their hearts though they did not know when they would be able to see her again. It all began when Kagome's younger brother, Souta was on his senior year of high school. As he was walking home, he noticed the Sacred Tree was glowing and he, being used to the supernatural found it not so hard to believe. He stood before it and right in front of his eyes, a maiden emerged from the tree. She was beautiful and he fell in love at first sight. It turned out the maiden was a shinto goddess in the Sengoku Era. Instantly, he knew something must be wrong. However, deeply in love with one another, they got married and formed a family of their own. Two sons and a daughter. On the day of their daughter's third birthday, what Souta feared the most happened. His wife, Yukari was taken back to her own time through the Sacred Tree and they were separated.

Eleven years later, Souta and Yukari's children grew up to be fine in their own way. They had a happy family. They lived having their mother cherished in their memories. Though everything went out smoothly, Souta could not help but feeling worried thinking about his youngest child, his daughter. Before Yukari disappeared, she had told him she had a bad feeling and asked him to keep an eye on their daughter. Should she possess any supernatural abilities, he ought to keep her away from both the Sacred Tree and Bone-Eater's Well. He had done his best and was relieved noticing his daughter was a normal high schooler. This though, would change as fate had another twist. Unknown to him, his daughter's destiny was already sealed. A destiny that would bring suffering, happiness and possibly greater than that of her aunt, Kagome Higurashi. See as the wheel of fate continued to spin, bringing each closer to what they were destined to be.

...This would be my first fanfic so I apologize for any flaws. Sorry for the short introduction or synopsis but I want to let you explore the story yourself. Do comment and critic since I strive to be better. The idea came from a dream, believe it or not and my adoration for Sesshomaru. Yup, good guess. This time, he would be the hero. Gomen, Inuyasha! Of course, it is inspired by Rumiko Takahashi's manga, Inuyasha so the credits and copyright goes to her. Personally, I like her work. Especially Inuyasha and Ranma 1/2. Currently into Rin-ne as well. Be sure to support the mangaka!...
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Chapter One: An Unexpected Meeting
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THE faint smell of roses made her open her eyes. She found herself at a place so unfamiliar. Covered by bushes of colorful roses, white, red, pink, and yellow, she realized she was lying at a spacey ground inside a forest. The ray of sunshine shone gloriously through the trees, making it felt like she was inside a fairy tale. The young girl stood up and was surprised to see a flock of her hair touching her shoulders. Her eyebrows raised. As far as she knew, she had a short hair only yesterday, so how could her hair grew long overnight? Like a magnetic force, she felt a need to turn around. Before her was a magnificent tree, it seemed to stood out amongst the others. Her eyes was wide open as she recognized the tree. Her body moved closer to the tree, her right hand touching a marking on the tree. The same marking she had seen since childhood. She looked to her left and right, trying to figure out where she was.

The girl flinched as she heard footsteps coming towards her from behind. Quickly, she turned around. The rays of light was so bright it blinded her for a while and the man which stood in front of her seemed blurry. What she was certain of, was the hand reaching for her. Instinctively she reached for it. She did not know what came over her, trusting a stranger to such extent. Deep in her heart, she knew she would be safe if she took his hand. The black haired girl noticed a pair of beautiful golden eyes looking straight at her. She tried to speak to ask for his name but suddenly everything seemed to crumble, covered with a white light so bright she had to close her eyes.

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RINGING sounds from her alarm clock woke her up. Tiny drops of perspiration breaking on her brows. A dream. It had been a while since she had the dream. Such a weird dream. A small smile broke on her lips as she cuddled her teddy bear close. An unusual dream, yet it was such a beautiful one as well. For a short moment, she was in a daze until her round, red colored analogue alarm clock, placed on a drawer beside her bed began to scream once more. She turned to look at the clock. It was already a quarter to seven and she had planned on meeting up with her friends early for the first day of school. Without further delays, she rose from her bed, took her towel, hung behind the door and rushed out to the bathroom. Her azure blue colored eyes was wide seeing her second brother, five years older than her closed the bathroom door with an arrogant smirk. She sighed. Luckily her eldest brother, Masashi was already in college so the competition for the bathroom lessened. She leaned onto the wall opposite the bathroom door, waiting for her brother, Mamoru to come out.

She finished getting dressed half an hour later. The girl smiled looking at her reflection inside the mirror. Her uniform, a white shirt with blue skirt, accompanied with different colored bow, representing each year. This year she would be wearing one colored red, as a sign she was in her second year of junior high. The uniform came with a blazer of the same color of the skirt. Her hands playing with her silky black hair, short, like a boy's, chest long flock on both sides, her bangs slightly covered her brows. Since her hair was short, she need not to bother much, which was why she tend to cut her hair each time. It was much more convenient. After putting on her watch, she grabbed her school bag, colored brown and another, containing her wooden blade for her kenjutsu lesson after school. Instead of using a bamboo blade, she preferred to use a wooden blade since it was heavier, giving her more balance. She was lucky there was still someone who could teach her the ancient art of kenjutsu living nearby her home. For some reasons, she had always been fascinated with martial arts, especially swordsmanship and archery.

As soon as she stepped into the kitchen, her whole family seemed to alight with response. Especially her two obnoxious older brothers. Loud chattering could be heard, teasing and mockery ever so often. It made her grandmother smiled as she prepared two bento for her grandchildren. Everyone was at the table, except for her father. On three sides were frames with photographs of her great grandfather, mother and aunt.

"Obaa-chan, where's papa?" She asked, finishing the last bite of her breakfast, before drinking a glass of milk.

"He's at the usual place Megumi-chan. You should hurry or you'll be late," her grandmother, a woman in her sixties, yet looking youthful said to her gently. Megumi nodded. Grabbing her bags and bento, she kissed her grandmother's cheek, gave her brothers a hug before walking out. Despite their constant bickering, they do care about each other greatly.

Megumi shook her head, smiling seeing his father, Souta Higurashi staring at a tree, the tree in her dreams affectionately. Her family, from her grandfather's side owned a shrine. Their home was inside the shrine grounds, on a hill. The shrine was famous for two things, a well which became the burial ground for demons in the past, the Bone-Eater's Well and a timeless tree, the Sacred Tree. The Sacred Tree held a strong bond with her family. Especially since that was where her parents met. She walked towards her father and hugged him. She giggled seeing her father flinched. Before her father could start lecturing her, she had ran off, saying goodbye. Souta let out a heavy sighed before smiling at his daughter's cheerfulness. He held out his hand and touched the tree. His heart whispering his wife's name, Yukari lovingly, missing her. His face suddenly fell as he remembered his wife's last words.

"Souta-san, please, look after Megumi. Don't let her go near anything related to the past if she has what I have. Please, I couldn't bear to see her facing any danger. Remember, I will always love you and our children."

Those last words made his eyes teary. He looked up when he felt someone patting his shoulder. It was his youngest son, Mamoru. It seemed he was also ready to go to school. He nodded, understanding Mamoru was bidding goodbye. Unlike Megumi, his two sons seldomly showed their spoilt self to him, which was normal for a high schooler and college sophomore. Souta took a glimpse of his watch. He ought to be going to work as well. He went inside, to get his briefcase and bid farewell to his mother. Along his walk to the train station, he could not help praying his children would always remain safe and happy.
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Megumi let out a sigh of relief seeing her friends still patiently waiting in front of the main gate. The twins, Mayu and Miyu quickly ran towards her and hugged her tightly, making Natsumi, their cool beauty sighing and her childhood friend Fuyuki shaking his head. She bowed her head a couple of times, bringing her hands together in front of her face as a gesture of apology. With her teary face, it did not take much for her beloved friends to forgive her. Grabbing Megumi by the shoulders, ushering her inside school grounds. This school used to be where Megumi's aunt studied though the uniforms were changed the past ten years from a green seifuku to blazers. Along the way, she continued smiling, even when there were no one passing by them. At times, she seemed to be communicating with someone, with such small body language. This piqued the pony-tailed brunette, Natsumi's interest yet again.

"Megumi, what are you doing? You look like you're talking to someone when no one's there," Natsumi asked innocently. That single question made the girl being asked broke into anxious sweats. This had not been the first time that single question was asked but the impact still remained similar.

"It-it's nothing Natsumi! I just like talking to myself when nervous. I wonder if we'll be in the same class again this year," she said, hoping she got her tone right-not sounding too nervous, lying nervous.

"I haven't thought about that! What if we got separated from Micchan, Miyu?" Mayu inquired, panicked. Her twin, Miyu looked rather pale after, making them much more similar. "I don't want that to happen, Mayu! Micchan, don't leave our sides!" She exclaimed, holding Megumi's right arm tightly, triggered Mayu to take the same action to her left arm. The look on Megumi's face, in midst of bittersweet feelings made Natsumi yanked the twins' collars, giving her best friend some space. Despite their whines, Megumi managed to pass a thank you smile.

The girls' everyday comic routine was cut off shirt as Fuyuki's voice greeted them from a direction. The school notice board-where they placed all important memos, reminders, examination results and most definitely the new class arrangements. In the blink of an eye, Ntsumi, Mayu and Miyu were already by Fuyuki's sight, making the short-haired brunette wondered if her friends normal humans. Such irony. Her thinking what would happen if her friends turned out to be inhuman when the one who was not as normal as it seemed looked back at her everytime she glanced into a mirror. Much to her dismay of not wanting her father being worried, she could not deny her gifts, her heritage from Yukari. It was so very long since she was able to see things like others do. So long it probably never happened. Her gift-also her curse; being able to see everything other than humans. Not being able to tell anyone about it, including a cat ghost sitting on top of Natsumi's head, seemingly it liked her friend's smell. Megumi had experience dealing with this creatures. A nurtured self-exploration. As she moved towards Natsumi, she inhaled the fresh morning breeze, her eyes closed. Swiftly, gently, barely touching the spirit, she opened her eyes, a little light shone where her fingers touched, the cat's head. In that fleeting touch, the spirit disappeared with rays of light. This was another ability of hers. Healing, touching, inflicting on things other than humans.

"Looks like we're not in the same class, Higurashi-san. I'm with the twins," said Fuyuki, bringing Megumi back into the real world. For a moment, she just stared at her four friends blankly, before her face turned sober as she finally able to grasp what was going on. "Ah, it's really a shame, Motomiya-kun. But I'm sure you won't get lonely being with Mayu-chan and Miyu-chan."

After that remark, megumi found herself being cuddled by the twins once more. Since she saved them from bullies eight years ago, the two blonde haired twins became attached to her. She did not hate it either, having no female siblings in her household. It felt like everything only happened yesterday, the day the five of them met.

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