Mood Stripes 039: Stung

Disclaimer: I do hereby disclaim all rights and responsibilities for the characters in this audacious adventure… especially for uncomfortable one. A nod of recognition is bent towards Rumiko Takahashi for her creative prowess.

Chapter 39: Stung

Sesshoumaru recoiled inwardly. Fully dressed, this was more closeness than he liked.

“Take it slow.” Inuyasha eased into the water first. “New skin’ll probably hurt like hell.”

It did.

Breath hissed between clenched teeth as he lurched back against Kohaku, who was pretending his only job was keeping Sesshoumaru’s hair off the ground. Not holding him up.

“Give it a chance.” His brother scooped water over ragged skin. Patient as a parent. Resembling theirs.

That stung.

“You know, I used to have nightmares about making the wrong wish.” Inuyasha’s gaze lifted, locked. “This is better. I’m glad it was you.”

Original Posting Date: July 6, 2018
Prompt: Chance, suggested by Shaliken
Words: 100

Summary: In the aftermath of the Final Battle, the victors lick their wounds and look ahead. However, a misspent wish on the Shikon-no-Tama changes minds, hearts, fates… and colors. SK. Canon Divergence. [Hurt/Comfort, Romance] Begins here. To scroll through archived chapters, use the Mood Stripes tag. And you’re always welcome to suggest a prompt.


13 thoughts on “Mood Stripes 039: Stung

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  2. What? I thought that Sesshomaru was Quiring Kagome if she had mentally made a wish, and not that he had “t mentally inadvertently made a wish. I’m so confused, but apparently Inuyasha isn’t.

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  3. You know, one of the things I love about your writing is that is subtle and clever and cryptic. You hint and give just enough clues to understand what’s going on or what they are feeling or thinking. I love it yet sometimes it does throw me off a little. Idk if I’m just occasionally slow or you make things harder to decipher with each story you post, hahaha. Either way, I like the challenge. I would love to hear some tips from you since I don’t think I’m a bad author but everytime I try to write, my mind goes blank. I imagine a scene or picture an idea that I’d love to share but words just won’t come out right when I need them to. Teach us, great Forthright!

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    • Am I being cryptic? Huh!

      Maybe it’s the format. I can only do so much with each drabble, so they have to work together, leading the reader along as events (and the characters’ understanding of them) unfold.


  4. Maybe I’m just slow on the uptake and I have to reread the other snippets but I’m pretty confused here. New skin… over his legs? Skin over the stump of his legs? Actually I’ve been lost since the Jewel disappeared. By Inuyasha’s last sentence, was it Kagome or Sesshomaru who made the wish?

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    • Since you’re getting these snippets over the course of weeks, it’s no surprise that readers can lose a thread here and there. I recommend 1) re-reads and 2) patience, since more will surely come to light. ::twinkle::


  5. Back into a muddle for me too. New skin over growing legs or old wounds? And that wish?? So cryptic…and Kigali without a weapon handy. Interesting. Wonderful update. Cheers!

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  6. I love that you guys are trying to wrest meaning out of every little thing. Unfolding a story at 100-word intervals means those little things do matter. Re-reads will help. Patience is a must.

    That said…

    Nothing strange here (except perhaps the slooow rate at which Sesshoumaru’s healing). By “new skin,” I’m referring to that forming as his assorted wounds knit and close. I suppose I could have said “scar tissue,” but that didn’t sound right coming from Inuyasha. Either way, some parts are tender … and sensitive to heat.

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