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Hey Reader,

I hope everyone is keeping cool in this horrible heat. It's almost unbearable here. Anyways, I know I had promised that I wouldn't let another month lapse between updates, but sorry! It's at least a day earlier than I had said it would be, right? For those of you who haven't been following my journal, part of the reason this chapter didn't come out as quickly as I would have liked is because I have a new job. It's a full time, 40 hours per week type job, so it does take a lot of time away from writing. However, because it's so boring, I do get to think of other ideas for the story, so hopefully I'll be able to work on a new chapter that much faster. It would also help if it would cool down, even a little.

We have reached another milestone with this latest chapter. I have now 800 pages exactly for this story. I was suprised when I added this chapter to the manuscript. Yay. 800 pages! It makes me wonder how many pages we'll end up with by the time it is over, that's for sure.

The nominations period at the Inuyasha Fanguild are coming to a close tonight. This story has received too nominations, one for Best Drama, and the other for Best Serial. The seconding period begins on July 23 and runs through the 29th. After that, thirding will take place on July 31-August 6, and finally voting on August 13-26. I am excted to be nominated, and I must thank doggieearlover for the nominations I have received. They mean a lot to me. There are a lot of good stories nominated this quarter, so do check them out.

Now for the individual responses:


chanda: I'm glad you liked the battle scene details. Those took a lot of work and I struggled to get them exactly the way I liked them. I'm glad it turned out.

lil_merc_girl: I enjoyed Sesshomaru's time with Rin in that tent, too. It was a nice relaxing moment after all the frantic activity of the past couple chapters prior to that. I think they'll need as much rest as they can get for the future! As for Inuyasha's unknown friend, you'll have to see! We'll find out who that is in good time!

adea neri: I hope this chapter was worth the wait for you! I know I had a lot of fun putting it together, for the most part, anyways.

New Fan: I think Koga will have a lot of trouble on his hands as we go along. That being said, I think he'll find a way to redeem himself. I don't know if Rin will ever really trust him, or really like him all that much, but we shall see what happens with events i in the story as we go along. Anything is possible!

SP777: Glad to see you're still with the story. It's good to see more readers come back after all of AFF's problems. As for the chapter not fully loading, I'm not sure what is going on there. I checked it an it looked fine to me!

Anime Spiral:

inu_obsessed: Yes, Koga's here. But I'm afraid we'll have to wait on just who that voice is in Inuyasha's head!

Media MIner:

Gothic Cotton: Glad you liked the chapter!

doggieearlover: I know a lot of people wanted that explanation as to why Sesshomaru hadn't taken action sooner, so I had to include that. I hope it tuned out alright. As for Koga, I think we know who scared him the most, at least this time. I don't think he'll be stupid enough to challenge again, that's for sure. I do think it'll be interesting when Inuyasha has to face up about the Voice, and hopefully find out who it is, and when Sesshomaru has to explain his power to raise the dead, but we'll see how that all works out.

YukiNoMiko: I'm glad this fic is one of your favorites. I know I enjoy writing it. As for Inuyasha's harsh treatment of Shippo, I find it to be justified. He had let Shippo get away with whining, complaining, and acting like a brat pretty much until that point. Then on top of it, Shippo did shout that he hated Inuyasha and Rin for taking up Kagome's time. That was inconsiderate and rude for him to do, not to mention disrespectful to a man who had taken him in and had taken care of him ever since. If anything, Inuyasha finally stepped up as a father and put his foot down so Shippo could grow up and learn to be a responsible, honorable man some day. If Sesshomaru had been there, Shippo might have lost a bit off his tail or more. Inuyasha was fairly easy on him. As for the swearing, particularly in the last couple chapters with Inuyasha, he was NOT a happy guy and I've noticed in the translated manga(NOT done by Viz), Inu swears A LOT, especially around Koga. It's just something he does when he's upset, vulnerable, and doesn't want anyone to realize he's feeling those things.

Inu-Hanyou Nikkie: I am so glad you have started to read this story. I love your reviews a lot! I'm thrilled that you liked how I started the story, and how Polgara managed to make our dear Demon Lord realize he might not be top dog(No pun intended). I think Ce'Nedra, in the beginning of her apperances in the novels, can be irritating, but I find I like her character as she got older and wiser. She had her flighty moments, but at least she started to realize the world was not all about her. And yeah, isn't Beldin a treat for two dog demons with super smelling? I'm glad you liked my torment of Jaken. I couldn't resist. I wouldn't want to eat him either. The spacing issues, I haven't had that problem, but perhaps when I reuploaded the entire story, MediaMiner screwed it a little. I had it right before. Hmmm. I'm glad you think I'm keeping everyone in character. I strive to figure out how to do that, and sometimes switching POVs can take some time. I liked having them meet Aldur, too. It was a fun scene to write. Yes, I was cruel to Inuyasha to put him up on that horse, wasn't I? Oh well. He'll just have to get used to it. The dress took some time for me to come up with, but I figured green is more of Kagome's color. That, and we had to really give Inu something to stare at, that's for sure. And as for Sesshomaru's curiousity about the card game, I couldn't help it. He's very curious, more than anything, sometimes.

OpinoVana: I'm glad you love the story a lot. I love writing Sesshomaru and Rin's interactions sometimes the most, because they are so tender  with one another. As for Inuyasha and Sesshomaru acting like brothers, yes, they are getting closer to that, but I think they still have a lot of work to do! You're right about that bird following Rin. It is not a nice bird, but it isn't necessarily Rin's fault that she hasn't done anything about the bird. You'll see. Yes, she can use her telepathic abilities that come from her sorcery across long distances. So far, she's only talked to Poledra and Sesshomaru this way, when they were with her right there, but she can talk to anyone this way over great distances. It is possible. And don't worry about the questions. I like to hear them!

I hope everyone is finding some relief in this heat. I know it's terrible. Anyways, I hope you will enjoy the chapter!

AFF    MediaMiner   Anime Spiral

Until next time,

Far Away Eyes

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You updated Yiiiippppeeee!!!

You updated. Yiiippppeee!!! Poor Kouga... he is finally finding out that Kagome was never his. To bad for him. Now I
would like to see how important he will be to the group. Update really soon.You updated. Yiiippppeee!!! Poor Kouga... he is finally finding out that Kagome was never his. To bad for him. Now I
would like to see how important he will be to the group. Update really soon.

Re: You updated Yiiiippppeeee!!!

Yes, poor Koga. He sure didn't expect what he found when he showed up that's for sure. You'll have to see what important things he has to do.

Another review of more chapters

I had finished reading chapters 7, 8 and 9 and I left a review... I think it was one of my longest ones.. I had about a hundred spaces left.. I loved those chapters!! I think I won't be waiting a couple of days before I absorb the next three and just might read them on Sunday!! I love it!! As I wrote in my latest review... You really Honour Daid Eddings and Rumiko Takahashi with your story and protrayal of their characters!! Awesome work!! Awesome Writing!!

Response to your review!

Thanks for counting me in the grouping of your Literary Goddesses. It's an honor. Yes, Inuyasha was concerned about transforming for a bit there at the end of chapter nine. It's a good thing his fears didn't come true. As for Sesshomaru's apologies and desire to become more of a brother with Inuyasha, they do have a LONG WAY to go in that department, trust me. You'll see. I wouldn't have them ever skipping around singing happy songs and picking flowers, tht's for sure. Closest they'll ever come to doing that is if Rin insists that they BOTH help her pick flowers, and then they'll only do it grudgingly. And yeah, I had to let Polgara have her fun when she batted Kagura's attacks down. After all, she can do much more with weather than just play with the wind. I'm glad you liked Sesshomaru getting batted away by Tetsusagia when Inuyasha didn't want his brother's help anymore. As for the ear rubbing, I couldn't resist. As for the Orb, I am not entirely certain that Kagome could touch it, or should. The Orb picked Riva as its guardian, and therefore his descendents. Eriond can touch it because he was innocent, yes, but the problem with the Orb isn't so much the purity thing, it's the fact that the Orb will attach itself to people and they'll be stuck with it for a very long time. It's probably best in Garion's hands. And would Naraku want it? Of course he does. It can crack the world, it could probably make the Sacred Jewel look like child's play for the power it could give him. I'd just hope he'd take heed of what happened to Torak, a God, for missusing it. After all, he may beable to regenerate that body of his, but I don't think he could repair the Orb's scorching. Yes, Inuyasha said the big bad Mate. I think things will never be the same for those two after that, huh? A water fight between the Inu Brothers? Hmmm. You'll have to see if those two ever get into some type of childish mischief or not. I'm not telling. Yes, Polgara can finally provide the exact type of influence on Kagome needed for Inuyasha and Kagome to get together. She is, after all, the best match maker in the world. Rin does have a lot of energy to use up, doesn't she? It's too bad that Sesshomaru isn't more playful. Good thing Inuyasha makes up for it! Yeah, I'm sure Beldin's manners could be better, but will tell him and make him adhere to them? Poor Inuyasha will just have to suffer. Yes, Barak is over protective over that ship, isn't he? As for Kagome falling for the flowery talk, it is quite charming. Of course we know Mandorallen would have no interest in Kagome. No problem on making Inuyasha smart and intelligent. He doesn't always get everything around him, but he's certainly not stupid, either. He may appear to be out of it, but he couldn't have lived this long, fought as many battles as he has, and be as intact as he is. As for Sesshomaru defending Inuyasha, he had to. He's the only one who can call Inuyasha names and get away with it, after all! Glad you liked the kiss. I do look forward to your reviews!! They can make my day.

Another outstanding chapter! This story just keeps getting better.

And how could I not nominate it? It's one of my very favorites. I guess it won't be long before the nominations are over, and then we have to wait a week to start seconding. I don't have that many to read this time with all of the Sesshomaru/Kagome pairings that got nominated. I just don't go there 99% of the time.

I have been going through the nominations, okay, well so far only the Yaoi/Yuri category thus far. If something doesn't grab me in the first couple chapters, I'm done with it. I figure if I can't survive the first chapter or two, then I'm not going to second/third/vote for it anyways.

Not argueing with you about that! And now, it's time for bed.

I just think it's common sense. If I'm not into the first couple chapters, I'd be wasting my time, and theirs.

Hi Fae,
You're right about the heat, it's terrible! Combine that with high humidity and its absolutly oppressive! I was doing some work out in my yard on Sunday and after a half hour I looked like I had gone swimming, clothes and all! At least we have fans in the house and AC's in the bedrooms. Hope you're weathering things OK. Sitting in a puddle of your own sweat is really not a happy place to be! I've been there, I know. It looks like our scruffy wolf chief is also catching a lot of heat he never bargained for. This makes it official, Koga is now the "King of Clueless"! Maybe this slap in the face will finally make him realize that all the confidence in the world still can't bend reality. Kagome never loved him, and he can't defeat Naraku alone. One day he'll realize that he doesn't need the jewel shards, that real strength comes from the love that friends and family share, and the commitment to protect them with everything you've got. And you don't find love, it finds you. And when love comes knockin' it uses a sledgehammer!
Until next time, think of ice cream and stay cool!


Today was hot around here, but it was not nearly as bad as the poast couple days, thankfully. I just wish the humidity would die down some. That's sometimes worse than the awful heat. Yes, Koga is certainly terribly clueless, isn't he? I bet he never thought he'd show up to find Kagome and Inuyasha together, kissing, that's for sure. I do think that Koga has a lot of things to think about. I agree with you, Koga will find out one day that he is possibly more powerful without the jewel shards. After all, look at Inuyasha. He's extremely powerful without the jewel, even if he thinks he needs it or wants it, or did feel that way. It'll be interesting to see what I make our wolf-prince go through next, huh? And yes, I have been eating a lot of ice cream at work!

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