Bonds of Hope @kelseyalicia
Secrets Revealed Part 3

Two weeks later, the teens got a break from school. Due to a violent storm, all the educational institutions in Tokyo were closed for the next two weeks while they were repaired.

That didn't stop the schools from giving the students loads of schoolwork. They're expected to have them completed when they return in two weeks. As luck would have it? Inuyasha and his friends had already completed their homework. Therefore, they had plenty of free time until the schools reopened.

Currently, they're at the local burger places eating cheeseburgers and fries, laughing, and having a good time. Then Inuyasha noticed out of the corner of his right eye something strange.

He found it strange that the homeless shelter manager who shared his brother's name was here. Not only that, but his mother's boyfriend was with him. It still really wasn't any of his business. So he tried to get his mind focused back on the conversation about a funny movie they'd all seen over the weekend. Still, his sensitive ears couldn't block out entirely the discussion of those two, catching bits and pieces of it.

"I didn't travel this far to see you, my son. I'm more then happy you've finally found someone to protect..." his mother's boyfriend said when this Sesshomaru cut in.

"I didn't ask to see you. Nor did I ask for this so-called 'favor' you did for me. I'm not a child anymore, Father. I didn't ask to be taken from my home because you felt the need..."

"I did what I did to protect my family! You're still my firstborn, and I thought you'd be grateful for a second chance! From what I've seen, you've made a much better life for yourself..."

"Again, I didn't ask for your 'gift,' Father. If you wish me to use the words happy, I'll allow myself to say. I'm delighted with my wife. However, I didn't ask to be ripped away from my old one either. You did that without warning, and I can't help but feel your intentions aren't as good as you claim them to be."

"Everything I did fifteen years ago was for my family. A family I love more then life itself. I've not been waiting this long for things to be undone now..."

Inuyasha didn't hear the rest of this odd conversation. His friends paid their bill then left, heading towards a nearby park. The park had recently expanded to make room for a new rose garden, which they all wanted to see.

They spent a few hours admiring the roses and reading all the facts connected to them, posted on a bulletin board in the center of the garden. Then, an hour and a half before sunset, the teens started walking home. Typically they stop at the shrine first to drop off Kagome, then precede the six blocks it took to get to their apartment complex.

However, this evening things didn't go as planned. Two blocks away from the shrine, they ran into Naraku. He'd been bullying the kids in the area for as long as they could remember. He'd been the bully from when they'd gone to the playground as children. The gang had dealt with him and the rest of his prep school cronies for years.

So far, nothing serious had been done to him. However, they still did their best to avoid him. Or, if they encountered him and his buddies, walk away as fast as possible.

From the looks of things tonight? It appeared he'd been doing some underage drinking. Because you could smell the liquor from a mile away, also, he distinctly acted intoxicated.

"Great, just what we need tonight," hissed Sango, their bad luck. She glanced at Kagome and nodded. Naraku wasn't just a bully. He also liked to get handsy with the ladies. How he wasn't arrested on sexual harassment charges, they didn't know. He'd a long rap sheet that should've gotten him arrested a million times. Instead, they could only conclude money talks.

Either way? An intoxicated teenager who is a bully and sexually harasses every girl who crosses his path? This wasn't a good thing. So Miroku and Inuyasha steeled themselves to protect their girlfriends if things went south. They're crossing the street to avoid him when Naraku made a beeline for them. Slur words came out of his slurring voice before quickly getting physical with them.

Miroku was knocked out instantly, while Inuyasha did his best to protect the others. However, the worst thing that could happen finally happened. Naraku managed to get a hold of Inuyasha's necklace.

He gave it a good yank, and the magical necklace broke. Everyone in the area let out a shriek of shock when they saw Inuyasha's true form. Inuyasha didn't care when the world saw him as his true self.

Instead, he grabbed the charm of his father's sword off the ground. His birthright transformed into a real sword. He narrowed his golden eyes. "You give humans a bad name how vile and disgusting that you emulate the worst parts of humanity. Yet they're as much a part of me as my demon blood.

However, I've people I need to protect. Like my father before me? I'd willingly sacrifice everything, including my life, for a single moment with someone I love. So let's dance, you bastard!" as the fight starts again. If people were worried that Naraku couldn't defend himself against a guy with a sword, you'd be mistaken.

This dude never went anywhere without a large dagger and possibly a concealed firearm. So Naraku, by no means, was incapable of defending himself. The fight quickly escalated further while the crowd of onlookers got even larger. Unknowingly to the teens, their parents had shown up. Furthermore, unknowingly to Inuyasha, more family then he expected came.

Naraku, who fought dishonorably, managed to knock Inuyasha's sword out of his hand. Then pointed a gun at the abomination in front of him. Suddenly Naraku was attacked from behind. Two people who also had long white hair showed up. One stood in front of Inuyasha, and the other was doing his best to defend both of them.

Finally, Naraku was down, and the handsome white-haired man held a sword to his neck. "If you ever try to harm my family again, I shall grant you no mercy. Now get!" he commanded.

Naraku and his buddies didn't need to be told twice. The man ignored the onlookers as he turned to face Inuyasha and who'd been protecting. Inuyasha felt some vague feeling of familiarity gazing upon this man. Finally, the man spoke, "Thank you, Sesshomaru, for protecting your brother. And, Inuyasha, you fought valiantly. I'm proud of both of you."

"Well, you did say you brought me forth in time to learn compassion for humans. And to hopefully make me a better brother to my young brother. So I'm grateful I've finally done you proud, Father," as the demon Sesshomaru sheathed his sword.

Then to add to the confusion, Izayoi rushed forward, "Toga! Darling! Don't ever scare me like that again! And you, Inuyasha! That goes for you! Never scare me like that again!" the princess reprimanded her husband and son.

"I'm sorry, my beloved. But let us take care of this," Toga gestured to the crowd of shocked onlookers. He reached into his shirt and pulled out a piece of parchment. He then recited the spell inscribed upon it. After that, everyone in the city, aside from Inuyasha's friends, fell into a deep slumber.

"They shall wake in the morning, and this will be nothing more then a dream to them. Now we should get inside before things get worse. Everyone in shock could only hurry back to Inuyasha's apartment to find out what the hell this was about.

"Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear." —Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen." —Brené Brown

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." —Maya Angelou

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." —Muhammad Ali

"You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor." —Aristotle

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear." —Nelson Mandela

"He is a man of courage who does not run away but remains at his post and fights against the enemy." —Socrates

Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is much higher and truer courage." —Wendell Phillips

It's not the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog." —Mark Twain

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