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"Gah!" Inuyasha grunted in pain as he was knocked back hard from the force of the blow.

"Inuyasha!" Katsumi cried as she ran to try and catch him.

She managed to break his fall, but she got a little scraped up herself. Sesshoumaru smirked in satisfaction at the damaged he had inflicted on Inuyasha, but that changed when a sacred arrow hit the shoulder part of his armor. Now he just looked pissed. Katsumi whipped her head around to see where the arrow had come from. Sure enough, there was Kagome, peeking out from behind a rock, with another arrow already prepared to fire.

"Amazing, Kagome! You smashed his armor!" Shippo cheered, bouncing up and down.

"I was actually aiming for his left arm," Kagome admitted.

"Get up, Inuyasha! Kagome's just painted a huge bull's-eye on herself!" Katsumi said anxiously, hauling him to his feet as best she could.

"Kagome...?" Inuyasha said, immediately snapping out of it. Sesshoumaru tilted his head to the side and furrowed his brow slightly in irritation.

"Inuyasha... Make her stop," Sesshoumaru told him sternly. "Even as a hanyou, the blood of a youkai flows through your veins. This hanyou girl is one thing, but don't stoop to accepting human aid when you're on the verge of death."

"Don't try anything, Kagome! Sesshoumaru is ruthless!" Inuyasha yelled, concerned for her safety.

"Don't worry! This time I'll hit my target!" Kagome shouted back.

"It's not a question of aiming!" Katsumi said warily. "He's too fast—!" Kagome let the arrow fly. Her aim was straight and true, but something worried Katsumi. Sesshoumaru wasn't even trying to dodge it. Instead, Sesshoumaru caught it between his fingers and melted the arrow with his poison. Katsumi actually did face-palm this time.

"Really, really!?" Katsumi said in exasperation. "Is there anything he can't do?"

"The arrow... melted!" Kagome said, shocked. Tessaiga glowed in Sesshoumaru's hand.

"Do you not understand... how to stop!" Sesshoumaru growled as he swung Tessaiga, unleashing another devastating attack.

"Dammit!" Inuyasha yelled, sprinting to Kagome, trying to outrun the blast of energy.

"Run, Kagome!" Katsumi yelled, moving to follow Inuyasha. She felt someone grab her wrist tightly. Katsumi froze. Her eyes widened slightly in fear. Only one person could have done that.

"Where do you think you're going?" Sesshoumaru said coolly as he stared down at her. Katsumi gulped, but stared back up at him defiantly.

'Sometimes, I wish I wasn't only five feet tall...' she thought nervously as a bead of cold sweat slid down the side of her face. 'Defiant glares don't work so well when you're a midget...' She broke eye contact when she heard Inuyasha yell in pain. He had thrown himself at Kagome, tackling her and pushing her out the way, while shielding her at the same time. The blast threw them a fair distance away.

"Inuyasha! Kagome!" Shippo yelled.

"Kagome!" Inuyasha said as he sat up. Kagome was lying under him on the ground and unconscious. He leaned down and held her face gently in his hand. She stirred a bit, but didn't wake up. "Sesshoumaru... You...!" Inuyasha growled. "How dare you hurt Kagome...!"

Katsumi stared at the now transformed Tessaiga, wide-eyed. It wasn't as big as it usually was, but Sesshoumaru had still managed to make the sword recover from Kagome's arrow. Katsumi realized Sesshoumaru was still holding her wrist... She wrenched it out of his grip before he decided to burn her with his poison, like he did to Inuyasha.

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