Mood Stripes 182: Unified

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

Chapter 182: Unified

While Kagome sloshed about, Sesshoumaru sat drying before the fire. She’d provided a blanket, and he drew it up around his shoulders.

Kohaku quietly asked, “Drool?”

He offered a halfhearted, “Hnn.”

Gesturing to Shishi, Kohaku conveyed, “Drool and dogs go together.”

So Sesshoumaru delineated his theory.

Kohaku heard him out, and he didn’t contradict. Only said, “If so, then the Shikon-no-Tama underestimated you both.”


Distracted, Sesshoumaru leaned over to sniff Kohaku’s hair. Did everything smell like her?

The boy’s quizzical expression cleared. “Shishi says Kagome-sama has unified our scents.”


“Are you displeased?” Kohaku pressed.

Oddly enough, he wasn’t.

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Original Posting Date: August 19, 2020
Prompt: Halfhearted, suggested by Jelena Lee
Words: 100

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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.


8 thoughts on “Mood Stripes 182: Unified

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  2. I came across your stories because of Ilona Andrews recommendations. That was two years ago. I have now devoured everything that you have published, both officially and fanfic and stalk your blog for updates religiously. I am enamored with the way you weave stories and wish there was some way to get more.

    While I’m here I have a confession to make…. I came late to the anime scene and have never watched Inuyasha….
    There, I said it.

    I only found out about the story from reading your fanfics and for me they’re the “real” Kagome and crew. Now, while in lockdown and desperately waiting for your next installment to come out, I would like to ask for suggestions on whether or not I should venture out and watch the original Inuyasha anime. It looks quite long and I’m not in a place to start something that’s going to go pear shape down the line.

    So, would you recommend the Inuyasha anime to someone who holds your writing as the absolute standard for all things Kagome and Co.?

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    • I am also a latecomer to anime. My daughter sent me to watch Inuyasha and a few others (I think I was 55 at the time). I loved the series but I love the fanfic more. Have fun exploring this world.

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    • Ooooh, wow. Loaded question. As an introduction to anime, I wouldn’t turn you loose on an epic-length series that is kinda old (animation style) and written for kids (so much gag & filler), yet surprisingly dark at times (so different than Western cartoons). And especially if you’re looking for (my) Sesshoumaru, you’ll probably be confused by the epic scarcity.

      Like kshadeslady said, I agree that (my) fanfiction is often “better.” More room for character development, more room to explore possibilities (alt. ships). I may be biased.

      If you’re curious, give it a whirl! Nothing wrong with that. But if it’s not your thing, there’s nothing wrong with being satisfied with a small sample. You don’t have to commit to the WHOLE series, second series, and attendant movies. (I won’t even go into the subs/dubs debate.)

      As for other anime that I *would* recommend, we’d need to sit down and chat about genres. There are so many, and tastes vary widely. ::twinkle::

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  3. I didn’t even comment on this chapter. This is so Kagome to bring everyone together. I love that her scent is on all of them. These chapters always make me smile.

    I tried to answer that discussion you had on what anime we watch. But my phone and the website were not loving each other and I was too lazy to type it all again. I tend to lean towards art and story. The art has to be good. I’m afraid I can’t watch any of the current American animations. They look like a two year old drew them (apologies to small children…who are delightfully creative but I g do not want to watch an animated version of that). One of the reasons I love Studio Ghibli (sp?) so much.

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