Mood Stripes 047: Returned

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

Chapter 47: Returned

That afternoon, they reached Sango’s and Kohaku’s childhood home. The taijiya village remained empty, except for the rows of low mounds in an inner field. Graves. Kagome could remember when they were fresh-dug and flower strewn. Sango still bore the scars from the day her little brother—under Naraku’s thrall—had killed all their family and friends.

The siblings stood together before their father’s grave.

Brokenhearted avengers.

Kagome wanted to believe that Naraku’s demise would restore her friends to happier days. All of them.

She was worried for Sesshoumaru, whose gaze had turned inward and whose stripes darkened to black.

Original Posting Date: August 3, 2018
Prompt: Restore, suggested by tea_notcoffee_lady
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 047: Returned

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  2. I usually love your stories but this piece meanders all over the place. The pace is glacial as well.

    Are we ever going to find out what the wish or non wish was? Why did Tenseiga not save Sesshoumaru when he got hit by Tessaiga? Was Tenseiga not with him?

    Why is he not healing quickly enough when he is a full-blooded demon and a daiyoukai, to boot?

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    • All of her stories move slowly, don’t they?

      The wish isn’t as important as the results of the wish. Those are what are worth exploring and examining. What good will knowing the wish do for you if you don’t care for how the characters are adjusting?

      Instant gratification is never a good thing.


  3. Ok, taking a wild guess here but maybe half the wish, Kagome’s half, was to understand Sesshoumaru a little better, hence the mood stripes revealing his feelings only to her.

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    • If two complimentary wishes were made, then Kagome wanted to understand Sesshoumaru and Sesshoumaru wanted her to understand him without needing to express himself. Like Jaken and Rin would have understood.

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      • That’s an interesting line of thought. Normally he wouldn’t care but his moods are all over the place. Perhaps he needs her to to understand him and isn’t happy with that need.

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        • It is interesting indeed. Though, I find it hard to believe Shesshoumaru would wish that. He wants respect and fear out of humans, not understanding since that may show weakness. He already feels humiliated from losing his legs. I doubt he’s willing to swallow his pride so early on.

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  5. He didn’t need/want Kagome, specifically, to understand, but she asks a lot of questions and is constantly worrying about him and asking him questions about how he is *feeling*(shudder).

    CH 32: Bitter
    “Did she actually think that would please him? Jaken would have understood. Rin had always known. “I do not want my legs back.””

    Sesshoumaru surrounded himself with beings who intuitively understood and cared for him. He made Jaken and Rin part of his pack even though they weren’t very strong. He doesn’t want his legs back because his companions are gone. He failed them as an alpha. Kagome won’t let you blame yourself for long Sessh!


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