Kagome cleaned what was left in the kitchen from supper, slightly excited that her last year of high school in America would be starting tomorrow. She knew it was a ploy her mother was playing at to keep her here, in the present, and Kagome could easily admit to herself that she felt that it was working.
She already spent the last three months with her Aunt and Cousin, on the other side of the big puddle called the Pacific, and she was happy. A happy that she hadn't been in a while. Any thoughts she did have on the past and the others no longer depressed her. Although, she guessed that could be normal, she did spend all of her Jr. High years time-hopping, befriending all sorts of beings, fighting evils, and learning ancient miko ways.
After she and the others came out victorious, Jewel gone as well as all that once hunted it for it's power, she barely passed the entry exams to get into High School. The first two years were the most depressing, where she kept reminding herself of the promise she made herself and the others, on both sides of the well, once she was done with her education, she'd go back and return to the past. For good. And if not that, she pretty much drowned herself into her school work. Her grades rose, along with the amount of school work she got, but her social life dropped to pretty much none existent.
So here she was, living with relatives in America, and it was the first day of school was tomorrow. Oh, she was glad that school uniforms weren't all that big here! The school board for her Jr. High must have been made up by a bunch of perverted old men. She was sure of it.
Just as she placed the last dish away, she could sense her cousin's best friend sneaking about. This was just one of the many abilities she fine tuned after Magatsui's seal on her had been broken. No more sitting around on the side lines for her when trouble rose up.
Creaks and groans from outside echoed throughout the house, Kagome had to roll her eyes. He made a poor ass ninja, or whatever it was he was trying to do. She chuckled lightly when she heard the two shout out. And they called themselves men!
"...answer your phone! And why do you have a bat?"
Raising a brow, Kagome exited the kitchen and came around the corner to see the situation. Her cousin was wielding a bat like a weapon while his best friend hung upside down from the over hanging roof over the porch.
"I thought you were a predator."
"A preda... Look, I know it's late, but you gotta hear this." his arms flailed about a bit, still hanging upside-down.
"I saw my dad leave about 20 minutes ago. Dispatch called, they're bringing in every officer from the Beacon department and even State Police."
How such news could make the boy giddy, still somewhat left her in a state of being... dumb-struck.
"Two drunkies found a body in the woods!" with that said, he curled up, most likely to free his feet, and while he did she made her move.
Stepping lightly and soundlessly, she moved so she was leaning against the wall directly behind her cousin, allowing the shadows to swallow her completely. She was impressed with the flip and landing her cousin's friend pulled off, though they were somewhat sloppy, as she got comfortable.
"A dead body?" her cousin leaned over the porch railing, neither of them noticing her at all.
"No, a body of water. Yes, you dumb ass! A dead body!"
Her cousin moved to the side to allow his friend room to climb up and stand next to him on the porch as well, and still, neither of them noticed her at all.
"A murder?" great, now her cousin was getting excited as well. Then again, it was a small town, so any news was bound to bring some form of excitement.
"Nobody knows yet. Just that it was a girl, probably in her twenties."
"Wait, hold on. If they found the body, what are they looking for?"
As if her cousin said the magic words, his best friend seemed to flip a switch. Once again, he was all excited and began talking animatedly.
"That's the best part! They only found half..."
Her brows furrowed, lips thinned and eyes narrowed. Such death was nothing to get excited about, not their kind of excitement at least. She had seen death and such bodies, entire villages of them, of all ages and species and she even helped bury them.
That was just one of the things she had to learn and deal with, during her travels.
"We're going." and that was when she struck.
"Going where?" she watched as both jumped to face her, crying out while doing so. She also had to duck the bat as it swung at her.
"Try and kill me, why don't ya." she smirked when her cousin realized it was, just, her.
"How do you do that?" she wondered if he meant the sneaking up on them or her quick reflexes, she answered either way.
Holding a finger up to her lips, she whispered out her answer, "It's a secret."
After a few moments of silence, Kagome rolled her eyes. Placing a hand on her hip, she used the other to comb through her hair, she looked over to Stiles in the eye. All playfulness leaving her in a single moment.
"So, you plan on going in the woods to find the missing half of a dead girl's body, not really knowing where to look, while the killer may still be out there and on the loose. And you want to drag my cousin into this with you?"
"Well... yeah." he didn't look at all put out.
"Kami give me patience!" her head dropped back as she quickly and mentally asked for help to restrain herself from shaking him till he suffered brain damage. Or perhaps, till it fixed whatever was wrong with his brain to begin with.
"Don't you see what's wrong with that picture?" her head snapped back up to look him in the eye. She was really beginning to question his sanity.
"...no?" his eyes darted from looking between herself and her cousin, silently asking what he seemed to be missing.
"The woods, at night. Plus a possible killer on the loose." when her words didn't seem to break through, she threw her hands up into the air while trying to hold back a cry of frustration.
"Whatever! Look, since I know you're gonna go, despite it being a rather dumb thing to do, just make sure my cousin comes back home in one piece. And alive." her fingers were already ahead of her in trying to rub soothing circles over her temples. Was she doomed to be surrounded around boys that couldn't act their age?
"Please, just, be quiet when you come back. Unless you really need something, due to Mr. Genius here not being able to keep his promise." she ignored Stiles' protest and turned to her cousin. "Just come home safe. I really, don't want to explain to Aunt Melissa what happened to her only child because of one teenage boy's morbid curiosity."
"Can't really promise anything when Stiles is involved."
Both cousins shared a quick smirk when Stiles huffed and began muttering to himself about leaving a so called friend out in the woods with a potential killer still wandering out there.
"Do that Stiles, and I'll give you something to really fear." she threw him a dark smirk, and saw as he imagination started to wonder.
Shaking her head, she turned about after affectionately ruffling her cousin's hair wishing both a goodnight, headed her way back into the house and up to her room.
She was far too tired to pay much attention to that little nagging feeling that started in the pit of her stomach. Reaching her room, she changed into a pair of old retro sport shorts, and an old loose tank-top before crawling into bed. Her last thoughts before sleep claimed her, was on the safety of her cousin, and hoping that math was a whole lot easier here.
The next morning was a little hard for her. Scott came back home, later than she had expected, drenched and patched up after he made a quick stop at his part-time job. So, after pulling teeth from her cousin, she got the truth out of him. And oh, was Stiles going to get it the next time she saw him.
If she made it there, that is. Still after all this time, she still had a habit to wake up at dawn, damn slave driving dog. So keeping with the ingrained habit, she woke up after only getting five hours of sleep, she has had less that were more restful, after Scott came back, she was in a slight daze. It wasn't the lack of sleep per-say, more so the troubled feeling she was suffering from Scott's altered aura.
So, it could stand to be said, she wasn't really paying all that much attention while ridding her bike next to the cause of her reason of worry. Said cause of her worry even reached over a few times to keep her steady as well as keep her going in the right direction.
A tired and relieved sigh flowed past her lips when they finally reached the school parking lot. She waved a lazy greeting to a few others that she met in the previous three months, as they slowed down while heading towards the bike stands.
Her moves were sluggish, and she became somewhat upset when she saw that Scott wasn't at all effected from whatever he experienced the night before. But from what she could read from his aura, he was fully healthy, no signs of the asthma that she had been slowly helping with. Without his knowing though. But she still questioned the new twist that was now mixed into it. If she didn't know any better, it reminded her of the wolves she had interacted with in the past.
It wasn't possible though, then again, she didn't know much on Western myths, legends and their non-human beings. All she knew, and was certain about, was that there were no demons in or near town. So it left her to wonder, what exactly could have caused the change? Pausing in her actions, she wondered if she should look up anything that involved wolves and myths and legends.
Sounds of a familiar car driving up to the parking spot directly beside her cousin brought her out of her musings, and made her roll her eyes. Scott couldn't help but shake his head with a slight smirk on his face at her reactions. It still surprised him at how she interacted with the teams captain.
Said person parked exceptionally close to the bike stand, thus Scott, and hit Scott while opening the door to get out. Both watched as Jackson got out and stood between his car the the bike stand.
"Dude. Watch the paint job." the comment came out more as a snide command than anything else. Scott's brow furrowed, while Kagome went back to locking up her bike. Boys trying to play alpha got boring for her, fast.
She also ignored his lingering gaze, yeah she was new and that meant something exotic and better to many people, but she was not going to get involved with someone who was already, involved. She learned real quick that she would most likely end up with the shit end of that stick, and it was never worth the trouble. Besides, from the few times she met Lydia, she wasn't all that bad.
After they both watched Jackson left, being called by one of the other players most likely, Kagome turned to Scott.
"Listen, I'll see ya later. The Principal wanted to see me about something before classes started."
"'Kay. Try not to get lost on the way there."
"Shut up!" she smirked, giving her cousin a playful shove before making her way to where she was needed.
Making her way down the halls, greeting others every now and then. She was happy that she wasn't going to know only her cousin and Stiles while attending the school, and they weren't even in the same grade. It sucked being the odd man out, no matter the situation.
Reaching the office, she greeted the secretary and explained her reason for being there instead of already in class.
"Ah, go right ahead. He's in his office." she smiled her thanks and did just that.
Upon reaching the door that had a shield with the word, Principal, written on it, she moved to knock. Only, she paused when she heard a man speaking. It was obviously a conversation happening on the phone, as no one was answering him, that, and she felt only one aura through the door could only mean he was on the phone. She quickly knocked on the door.
"Please, come in."
Kagome smiled politely as she entered and closed the door behind her, finding that the man was indeed on the phone.
"Ah, Kagome Higurashi. Please have a seat, I'll be with you in a moment."
Removing her book-bag, she placed it in her lap after sitting in one of the two chairs in front of the mans desk and decided to take in the office while she waited. It was a modest room. The wall behind the man was mostly made up of shelves, filled with books, pictures of and around the school and degrees of some sorts. The desk was long, papers and files spread out before the Principal, hers was among them she noticed.
"So, Kagome. I asked you here to discuss some things."
Nodding her head, Kagome had a pretty good idea as to what one of those things could be.
"I am, unaware, of the exacts when it comes to the education systems of Japan, and I want you to tell me or any of the teaching staff, should any problems occur. What I'm more interested in, however, are your records from your Jr. High." he leaned forward, placing his elbows in the edge of his desk so he could weave his fingers together.
"And my lack of attendance, I take it." she let out a sigh at his nod. She figured as much. It was the same with her high school back in Tokyo.
"Like you said, there are some major differences between America and Japan. Not just between the education systems however. The one that effected those three years for me, was a mix of traditions, family matters and religion." she took a deep breath, remembering the words she used on the last Principal. It wasn't the whole truth, but she wouldn't be lying either.
"See, my family owns and runs a Shrine back in Tokyo, have for generations. As such, someone in the immediate family is required to run it, either as head Priest or head Priestess. My Grandfather is getting on in his years, my father died shortly after my brother was born, and my brother was to young at the time. So I decided to take on the roll to become the next Head Priestess. But that requires the training necessary, and the closest Priestess that would train me lived in a small village really, so it required I be away from school." she shifted lightly, seeing how the man was taking it all in so far. All he did was nod, seeming to be interested in actually hearing what she had to say, which was a good sign and meant things were working in her favor.
"My mother made arrangements with my school. While I was away, I would be sort of home schooled in a sense. At the beginning of every week, I was given the notes, hand outs and everything pertaining to what went on in my classes. I was to hand in any and all assignments and homework the following Mondays, and also be present for every quiz, test, exam, project and any school event. I would also be in school for two weeks after every two months."
"I see. I also read all the notes your teachers wrote about you that were also in your files. They think very highly of you, and seem to understand where you were coming from. That you worked so hard away from school, yet manage to keep your grades slightly above average is nothing short then commendable. I just needed to make sure." Kagome nodded her head in understanding.
"Know though, if you do such without a valid reason while attending my school, and you'll find yourself expelled. Is that understood?"
"Good. Now, you said religion. Is there anything that myself and the other teachers should be made aware of?"
"Not really. There aren't any holidays or events that I'll be partaking in while here."
"Alright then. If you could follow me, there's another student that just started today as well, and then I'll be escorting the both of you to your respected classes."
Before they left however, he handed her some papers she needed. A few forms to sign, seeing as she was already 18, and a list of her classes, among other things.
Kagome was just glad that went over so well. And while it wasn't completely true, she had worded it in such a way that could be acceptable to fit with the modern times. She did take up training with Miroku and Kaede after the seal on her powers was broken, whom by the way, both lived in a small village, 500 years in the past, while teaching her. She wasn't about to say that though. They would most likely ask to get her head examined.
She followed him out the front door to a set of benches that lined the walkway, where a girl around her age was sitting. She had long, earthly brown hair that tumbled just past her shoulder blades in curling waves. A deep teal colored scarf was wrapped loosely around her neck, making her brown eyes warmer. Her jacket looked to be made of a soft leather that was in a soft pale olive tan color. Dark jeans tucked into a pair of brown leather boots that stopped just an inch below her knees with a matching bag completed her outfit.
"Sorry to keep you waiting. Was just welcoming our other newest student." the Principal and girl shook hands, then shook hands with Kagome as well after getting up off the bench.
"So, your records say San Francisco is where you grew up."
"Not really. We lived there for more than a year, which is unusual for my family."
"Well, hopefully Beacon Hills will be your last stop for a while. Kagome if you could wait here for a moment." it wasn't a question, but Kagome nodded her head in agreement all the same.
Both of them watched as he opened the door to a classroom, without knocking, and interrupting it.
"Class, this is one of our newest students, Allison Argent. Please feel free to do your best to make her feel welcome." Kagome watched as, Allison, moved into the room, and how her cousin's eyes followed every move with an awed and goofy grin on his face. It seemed he finally discovered the opposite sex, or at least, one member of the opposite sex that seemed to catch his interest. About time!
"Kagome, if you could follow me, I'll lead you to your own class." nodding her head, she kept the pace with his long strides. Damn, didn't she feel short here.
"I saw you go over your schedule, you'll notice we put you in mostly advanced classes. Meaning you'll be learning college entry level material." he chuckled lightly at the look on her face. An interesting mix of shock, horror and disgust.
"Don't worry about it. If it's too much for you, you can transfer to other classes. But after the first month."
She let out a relieved sigh before they continued down the hall till they reached her own classroom. While she didn't know that at the time, most of what she saw in her schedule looked like some of the stuff she had learned at the end of her last year of high school back in Tokyo. Were they really that far behind in America?
The Principal walked into her first class, introducing her very much in the same way he did for Allison. Entering the class, the teacher handed her a few sheets that held plans for the first semester, and what to expect but what was also expected from the students, then let her take a seat.
Most, actually, all of the classes were very much the same. Basic introductions for the teachers, what they would be teaching and what they expected from them in return. So when the day finally came to an end, she made her way merrily to the field where Scott and Stiles would be practicing. The fresh air felt great against her face, gave her that little extra something to keep her awake. She had almost fallen asleep in two of her classes due to the monotone of the entire day, and she had forgotten her wallet and lunch at home... so she pretty much suffered through that.
Blue eyes snapped up as she scanned the few faces that were already out there and sitting on the bleachers. She gave a small wave when she saw Lydia sitting with Allison, both waiting for practice to start. Picking up her pace slightly, she quickly made her way over to them.
"Hey Kagome, did you meet Allison yet?"
"Yeah, we met this morning" she extended her hand to the other girl, doing a proper introduction this time. "Hi, I'm Kagome Higurashi by the way."
"Allison Argent. So you're the other new student, I take it."
"Yup. And before you ask... I'm from Tokyo, Japan. And yes, my eyes are naturally blue." she chuckled lightly as Allison seemed slightly speechless.
"Lydia and a few others have already asked the questions. I just memorized the answers."
"Yeah, yeah, yeah. What I want to know is... Kagome, are you going to the party this Friday?"
"Uh... sure I guess. Can always look for a job Saturday instead..."
"Perfect!" the girl chirped out, a light clap of her hands ended that conversation before all turned to watch the boys setting up to practice.
Like Kagome had thought earlier, Lydia wasn't all that bad, just liked to have things run in her favor and be the more dominant one in any sort of relationship. Meaning she tended to push others so the situation was something she was happy with.
Kagome had dealt with far more pushier, take her three friends back home for instance. They tended to push in every aspect of her life. Be it school, family or love life... she should honesty say lack there of, but they did do their best and hardest when it came to helping her with her school. So yes, Lydia wasn't all that bad.
"Who's that over there?" Allison's questioning voice brought her back to reality. Following her gaze, she smirked when it landed on her cousin, who stood in front of a net and was watching them in return. With how his head was slightly tilted, it was as if he could hear what they were actually saying.
"He's my cousin. Scott McCall. Why?"
"He's in my English class. How well does he play?"
"Not sure... Kagome?"
"Don't ask me. This is the first time I'm actually seeing this sport." Kagome leaned back so her elbows rested on the bench behind her. Her brows furrowed and eyes narrowed at Scott's reaction to the whistle being blown, and in his daze after, he received a hit in the face.
The fact that the others, minus Allison, Stiles, Lydia and herself, laughed made her grit her teeth. How childish, even the coach was laughing. She watched as he shook it off, stand back up and get ready for the next player up to take a shot at the net.
This one neither hit him anywhere, nor did it make it past him. Instead, he moved at the very last second and caught the small white ball. She knew that her cousin did everything he could to stay as fit and healthy as he could, as far as his asthma had allowed him. But what she just saw, exceeded those limits, beyond. Everyone else seemed to be pretty much stunned, that he was able to catch it as well.
This continued for five more players, him catching the ball at the very last second, and he seemed to soak in the applause he got for each and every catch, she herself along with the others. That is, until Jackson seemed to think to prove himself still alpha of the team. He pushed his way to the front, so he could be next and then took a running start towards the net. She watched as he gave a good amount of power to his own shot, most likely hoping to give it that extra edge and get it either in the net or strike Scott somewhere.
The ball flew faster than the others, also curving. But as with all the others, Scott caught it at the very last second. Everyone cheered, save for Jackson that is, and then they went wild as Scott passed the ball from behind his back and over his shoulder, making sure that it landed in the assistants coach lacrosse stick net. Even Lydia stood up to cheer for Scott after that move. The fact that he could make such quick catches and well aimed moves, without any pain from the wound he received the night before, made her question what exactly it was that bit him to cause such a change.
Shaking her head to get rid of such thoughts, Kagome stayed and watched the rest of practice, even waited till the boys were done changing. She still needed to have that little chat with Stiles about the night before.
"Stiles." said boy froze at the way the voice called his name. Chills ran up and down his spine, and he woodenly turned to the owner of said voice, only to see Kagome leaning back against a tree.
"Yes, Kagome?" his voice didn't just pitch in slight fear just now. Nope, not his. And not in fear.
"Didn't I say that you were to watch out for Scott while you took him on your little scavenger hunt last night?" she glanced up at him before turning her gaze to her nails. Internally, she was laughing while her face was an emotionless mask that would make Sesshoumaru proud.
"Did I mention what would happen to you, should something happen to Scott?"
"Uh... actually, no. No, you didn't." it was then Stiles became a little nervous around the girl. A slow smile grew on her face as her eyes closed. She looked like a picture of sweet innocence.
She moved forward till she stood before him, causing him to lean back a bit. What happened next was quick, and after it happened, they both questioned for a second if it truly did just happen.
"What was that for?" Stiles cried out as his hands flew up to try and sooth where he had been struck by Kagome herself.
"You ditched Scott, that's what happened! Not only that but, in the woods at night with a potential killer on the loose, alone! Where he stumbles across the other half of the victim, nearly gets trampled to death by a herd of deer, then bitten by a wolf. After being bitten, he walks to his work place to do a quick patch up job and then home. In the rain. And you're complaining about a smack upside the back of the head?"
The two of them looked at the older girl, Stiles in shock that she knew everything where Scott was a little more sheepish. It was odd for someone other than his mother to jump so quickly to his defense. And so willing as well.
"He told you?" Stile turned to his best friend, shock still very much evident on his face. "You told her?"
"I was his cousin long before you were his best friend."
Stiles stilled, then nodded his head. He really couldn't argue with that truth.
"Whatever." her exhaustion was finally getting to her, and she was pretty sure that if she rode her bike back home, she wouldn't make there awake or in one piece.
"Stiles, you think I can get a ride home from you? I'm beyond exhausted, and running on empty at the moment." she rubbed at her eyes, hoping to keep them from shutting while she was standing there.
"Yeah... sure. You can put your bike in the back."
"Thanks." turning to her cousin, she affectionately tussled his hair. "There's leftovers in the fridge and some dinner for Aunt Melissa. And if anything should happen, anything, you can tell me. Trust me, it's not good to bottle it all up." she weaved an arm with Stiles and they began making their way towards the parking lot.
"Be careful tonight Scott, it supposed to rain." was the last thing Scott heard from Kagome as she pushed her bike towards Stiles' jeep, but not without said boy shouting back that they would meet up later and go back to the woods.
Scott shook his head at the look Stiles gave him, pleased and ecstatic that Kagome was leaning up against him. Though he knew his friend still had something for Lydia, there was just something about his cousin that drew everyone in. It was funny when she would become flustered because of it, but it could also get annoying. Like with how Jackson and some of the others sometimes acted towards and around her.
Shrugging his shoulders, he unlocked his bike and started his way to his part time job. He was glad Kagome had moved in with them, she helped around the house, making things easier for his mom, actually, she made almost everything easier. He could still remember the summer holidays her family would visit, that is, until her father died. But it was good that she was back. He was sure things were going to be exciting, that was sure.