Adult themes and trigger warnings. Please do not read if you are under 18. This story is for a mature audience!!!! This is the first story of fiction I ever posted; it is within the Japanese universe of "Inuyasha". As the story goes along it gets further away from the manga into original characters.
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Chronicles of the Moon Series: I am the Moon: Prologue (Chapter 1)
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[ X - Adult: No readers under 18. Contains Graphic Adult Themes/Extreme violence. ]
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By: Rood Bennett
There is always more to the story. Arrogance knows no bounds when one so young learns that there are prices to pay.
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Disclaimer: The characters of Inuyasha are not mine; they are property of Rumiko Takahashi, Shogakukan, Yomiuri TV, Sunrise, and Viz. I make no monies from the writing of this fan fiction.
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In the Beginning…
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The silver light of night filtered through the trees and highlighted my figure. I stood alone in a clearing at the forest's edge. My long mane of pale silver hair; that matched the moonlight, blew in a soft wind. I stood alone observing that which belonged to those of my house. Everywhere I observed, that I beheld was mine somewhere in the future. My eyes landed on a lone doe nibbling on the succulent, sweet grass of a new spring. Flashes of a bloody end for the doe passed through my mind as my beast struggled against my restraints. I would not shed its blood this night I told myself firmly.
I yearned for the healing waters of a nearby hot spring more. I very slowly backed away from the doe and her meal. I turned on my heel and walked toward the heat of the nearby pool. As I reached the water's edge, I had already started to remove my katana and obi. I only wore two layers of kimono and shed my outermost one. The second layer was one of the lightest silk and clung to my every curve. I opened it and it slid to the ground.
I had found that too many layers were far too cumbersome in battle and I was a warrior. I pulled my mane from my back and slid it over my left shoulder. My hair covered my torso and I slid into the water. A soft sigh escaped my lips as the warmth spread through my sore limbs. My mouth was lax as I soaked and I knew I had a pouty look on my face. I had my great and terrible father's coloring but my mother's full and sensual lips.I was built tall and lithe like my father but I was full breasted with gently curved hips. I was somewhere akin to an elfin creature but of a much fiercer nature.
I ran my clawed hands over my breasts down the flat plane of my stomach to the apex of my thighs. I exhaled slowly and brought my right hand back to my right breast and ran the pad of my thumb over my nipple. I released a very low moan that was barely audible. I flicked my thumb over my nipple several times till my hips jerked. I sighed as I continued to pleasure myself. I brought my left hand to my clitoris and rolled it between my clawed fingers. My breathing became heavier as I dipped a finger into my center.
The water was a catalyst in my self pleasuring. A tightly wound coil began to unravel in my nether regions and I started to rub my clitoris in a circular motion. I attempted to keep myself fairly under control but it had been far too long since I had done this. The coil snapped and my body shook with its release as my finger slipped from my center and I cried out karuson. My clit throbbed at the strength of my orgasm. My porcelain skin was flushed and I managed a low growl. I lifted my hand and stared at it. I realized that I really needed to find a suitable rutting partner. I refused to mate at such a young age. I was only one hundred and three summers.
I was the daughter of the mighty Sesshomaru, Lord of the West and his mate Augusta Orlovich. My mother was a foreign youkai and had won my father's devotion after a long and difficult period in both of their lives and nations. Mother was as fair as Father but had midnight black tresses whereas my father had pale silver. My father's eyes were a golden citrine; my mother's were the color of sable. My own eyes had taken on both of their characteristics and resembled the stone cat’s eye. I bore the markings of my father's house; a crescent moon adorned my forehead and stripes upon my cheeks.
Although my mother was not an inu-youkai, I did inherit some of her abilities. First and foremost, I was inu. I had my true form, that of a great ethereal dog. I had inherited ALL of my father's abilities. I was named his heir above my twin brother because I shared so much of my sire's power. I was first born and had been trained to carry a great mantle that had been started by the great Inu no Taisho. It was a tremendous thing and a tremendous honor; I was the heir to the Western Lands and I was known as the Moon.
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I had my head laid back against a flat rock when I felt a powerful aura approaching. I gently lifted my nose and scented the air and cursed under my breath. Some creature was masking their scent. I quickly jumped out of the spring and had managed to put on my innermost kimono. I grabbed my katana and whirled around into me to meet my unwanted guest. He was raven haired with unnaturally dark green eyes. His skin was as pale as mine. He had similar markings to my own except they were blue. His hair fell loosely to the middle of his back. He was a youkai and he was powerful.
“How dare you intrude?” I hissed.
“I dare what I choose bitch!” he replied smoothly.
“Who are you that you wander these lands?” I growled.
“I do not answer to you or anyone. Cease your threats bitch.”
I knew that my eyes were bleeding crimson. No one dared to speak to the heir of the West in such a disgraceful manner. All feared the Western Lord and his progeny.
“I suggest you leave now if you wish to keep breathing.” I sneered.
My Dakkasou was slowly seeping to the tips of my claws as I bared my fangs.
“My, my you are a feisty little bitch.” He replied in a rich voice.
I moved quickly and had my claws wrapped around his throat. He threw me off himself with ease. I managed to swipe his perfect left cheek and drew copious amounts of blood. He snarled and grabbed my hair and slammed me into a large tree. I took my blade and actually cut through my mane to release myself. His own eyes had bled scarlet and he was snarling back at me. He appeared unarmed as far as any weapons but I knew better. He was a powerful youkai and his abilities were yet to be discovered.
I proceeded to rush him and managed to knock him back a bit. I managed to get my poison to the surface of my claws and I shredded his upper right arm. I gouged as I deep as I could. He threw me back in a rage. I flipped so that I landed on my feet. The unnamed youkai rushed me and managed to pin me to the same tree. His left claw was illuminated a blue color that he pressed to my throat. My skin felt like it was on fire and I shrieked in rage and pain.
“I would hate to continue to mar your beautiful flesh but I will if you do not submit!” he whispered into my ear.
My chest was heaving and I spat in his face. He bit my ear to chastise me like an errant pup. I brought my knee up and actually made contact with his groin. He howled in pain and I smirked at his discomfiture. He grabbed my throat and threw me to the ground. He made to straddle me but I jumped to my feet. I willed my katana to me and grabbed it by its hilt and stabbed the intruder in the leg. Both of us were bleeding and battered but I refused to give up.
“You are a powerful little bitch. I shall enjoy burning your flesh from your bones!” he snapped as he stood shakily.
“You can try!” I retorted.
“You arrogant whore!” he seethed back.
“You trespass on my lands. You are a dishonorable cur!” I said haughtily.
“Your lands? Well, since when can a youkai not pass through this territory?” he asked narrowing his eyes.
“It has been that way since my grand sire's time. Who in the Kami's do you think you are?” I asked him.
“I am Katashi. Who is the bitch that dares speak to me?” He condescended.
“Enough speech! Leave or I will finish what was started!!” I stated vehemently.
“You can try.” He stated mocking me.
His eyes flashed and he came at me again. He was not masking his scent any longer and I made out that he was inu. His markings were similar but not the same as mine so I knew he was not of our clan. Inu were not all that plentiful on the islands because of our territorial and dangerous natures. We were some of the most powerful youkai known in existence, my sire and grandsire being two examples.
“Ah but you are a beautiful bitch. It is too bad you will have to die. I did rather enjoy the show I saw.” He said coolly.
My blood lust was reaching a fever pitch; I had to physically stop myself from changing into my true form.
“You have no idea, to whom you speak, do you?” I snapped.
“Should I care?” He remarked in a bored tone.
“I am Asuna. Daughter to the Lord of the West and you just signed your death sentence.” I remarked in anger.
“Well my LADY. I am going to have to reschedule my death. I would very much like to face you in an open forum where your demise will be advertised to all!” He said bowing.
My anger got the best of me and I threw some of my toxin in my claw and threw it at the cur name Katashi. He was gone in a blur and that same nearby tree received a hole from my wrath.
I stormed into the Western Palace in a tirade. I was on a mission to track down and destroy Katashi. Disgust filled me as I recalled his touching my person. I imagined devouring him whole in my true form. A devilish smirk played upon my lips that sent a neko-youkai scrambling. Smiling in this clan usually meant imminent death. I entered my quarters and started to discard my bloodied kimono. My mother knocked on the shoji screen door to ask for admittance.
“Come.” I called out.
The Western Lady, my mother entered. My mother was a Russian youkai known as an uppyr. She was a vampire like creature that could walk in the sun. She fed from any source of blood but youkai were her favorite. Her eyes were a light sable-brown. Her hair went past her hips and was as black as midnight. Her eyes were large and surprisingly gentle. Her nose was small and very straight and a full sensuous mouth. She was tall, almost five feet eight inches. Still my sire stood a head taller.
“Why are you battered?” she asked.
“There was an inu of unknown origin just wandering our lands.” I answered.
“Was he powerful?” she asked concerned.
“Yes, but I managed to do some damage to him.” I said smiling wickedly.
“Asuna! You are the heir. Your father would not approve of you tackling a powerful youkai without his aid.” She chided me.
“Mother, I was not going to stand around while he insulted my honor and my House!” I fumed.
“Daughter, you are not your uncle Inuyasha. You must not run around without thinking through your moves.” Mother spat out.
“I am thinking. I am thinking that as soon as I can track him down I will destroy him. Father would condone that.”
“Let us ask him then.” She said forcefully.
“Alright. I need to change to be presentable.” I growled quietly.
“I will be in your Father's study.” She said sliding open the shoji door.
“I shall be there shortly.” I snapped.
She left without making a sound and I grew irritated. My mother was a powerful youkai in her own right but she adhered to decorum and tradition more than my esteemed Father did. I went to my black lacquered armoire and threw open the door. Inside were many formal kimonos and informal battle haori and hakama. I slipped into a simple black haori with gold embroidery on the sleeves of sakura blossoms. I pulled on a plain black pair of hakama. I tied a dark yellow-gold obi around my waist that I slipped my katana into. I slipped into a pair of plain wooden clogs and braided my long silver hair. I threw my bloodied kimono into the corner knowing that a servant would clean it up. I slid open the shoji door and head to my father's study.
It took me ten minutes to reach the study and I knocked on the screen.
“Enter.” Replied the baritone of my father.
I entered and bowed at the waist to my lord and sire.
“You are injured.” He stated.
“Hai my lord.” I replied.
“Your mother has told me of the intruder. You will tell me your account.” He commanded.
I took in a deep breath and composed my countenance. My father was a fearsome creature. He could have been a Kami the way he looked. His face hardly ever betrayed his emotions. His name meant 'aristocratic assassin' and he lived up to his name.
“I was bathing in the nearby spring when I sensed a powerful aura. I told the intruder to leave and he refused. I attempted to make him leave.” I stated unemotionally.
“Did you injure him?” He asked arching a silver brow.
“Hai!” I said smirking.
“You intend to go after him?” My sire inquired in a bored tone.
“That was my intention my Lord.” I answered.
“Hn.” Was all he said as he leaned back against silk pillows.
I waited patiently for his decision and stared at the tapestry behind his head.
“I will accompany you till the border.” He stated.
“I thank you my Lord.” I said as I bowed again.
I saw my mother's eyes flash red. I knew she was going to argue with my father and I decided to vacate the ensuing battle. My mother protected her pups like a wild animal. Even though we were grown, it did not seem to matter and she had killed to protect us before. Our immediate family was very close but we were extremely formal. My mother had passed on the ability of telepathy to her pups and my brothers and I usually communicated that way.
-I will chap your hide later Daughter!- She snarled in my head.
-Till later then Mother!- I thought back.
She snarled again in anger and I shut her out. I was perfectly capable of hunting down the bastard, Katashi. My father had trained me every day in his dojo from the time I was five summers. I was more than equal to the task and I intended to make the cur bleed! Several hours passed and I met my father at the gate to the outer palace grounds. I bowed and he barely nodded and we left the Palace of the Moon.
We traveled for several days heading toward the border. Most of the time was spent in silence or sparring. We ended the second day in a particularly brutal match.
“You are not controlling your emotions Asuna!” he chided me.
“I am trying father!” I growled.
“I can anticipate your next action by the look in your eyes daughter.” He instructed me.
Lord Sesshomaru had beaten me squarely and I was angered. I wanted to best my sire in a spar but had not yet mastered the ability. My mother was right in saying that I was hotheaded like my hanyou uncle. I adored my Uncle Inuyasha whereas my father barely tolerated him. I did find that my father was rather stoic, but I knew he loved his pups. I just wished to best him once, never mind he was centuries older than me. I went and sat beneath a sakura tree and looked off into the distance.
“Who do you think this Katashi is my Lord?” I asked him.
“Hn. It may be that he is from the continent.” He remarked sitting himself across from me.
“He is inu and quite powerful. His yoki was quite suffocating.” I stated.
“The continent then.” He commented.
“Why do you think he is in Japan?”
“Power.” Was his answer.
“Our clan's power?” My question came out as a shudder.
“He would not be so unintelligent as to face this Sesshomaru.”
“Hn.” Was my response.
I closed my eyes to rest, as tomorrow we would be reaching the border and I would be on my own. I relished the patrols that I ventured out on. I normally changed into my true form and was free. When I was at court, I was expected to be the next Lady; in the wilds, I was myself.
“Tomorrow, Katashi filth. I will find you!” I whispered succumbing to sleep.
My father had left me at the border to return to the palace. He understood that I needed to prove that I could take down an enemy. If and when I took my place as the ruler of the West, then I had to be strong. I had no doubt in my abilities but I also knew that either my father or one of his trusted generals would be close at hand to defeat any perceived threat against Lord Sesshomaru's heir.
I made my way further to the east and easily picked up Katashi scent. The scent was barely detectable which meant that he had passed this way a few days ago. I pondered his possible reasons for being on the islands. I imagined that he either intended to raise an army or make an alliance either through treaty or mating.
The West was the undisputed power in all of Japan and my father the most powerful taiyoukai. I toyed with the idea of heading to Edo to visit with my Uncle as I hardly ever got to see him. He and father had a very uneasy truce that my mother had been responsible for. Inuyasha had mated to the Miko Kagome and seemed very happy. I had three cousins that were quarter demon. The longer I thought on the idea; I intended to see it come to fruition.
I changed my direction a little more to the north to Edo. I could travel with a yoki cloud but preferred to traverse the land on foot. I traveled stealthily for three more days until I reached the edge of Inuyasha's Forest. I made sure to allow my aura to be felt so as not to alarm my Uncle. From a distance, I smelled very much like my father. I was not made to wait long when I saw a red streak come to a halt in front of me.
“Oi, wench!” he greeted me.
“Uncle!” I replied enthusiastically.
“Where is the asshole brother of mine?” He asked conversationally.
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“Asuna!” He said making a face.
“Hn.” Was my response.
“Come on then. Kagome will want to see you.” He commanded.
“How is your mate Uncle?” I asked.
“Bitchy as usual.” Inuyasha smarted off.
“Uncle Yahsa, could you not insult everyone and everything?” I asked
“Keh, I s'pose so.” the hanyou snorted.
I blew out a warm breath in irritation. My father was right in that he really was inelegant and foulmouthed. I looked at him while we walked. He still wore the robes of the fire rat. He looked so much like father that it was startling. His ears were cute, which I imagined irritated the hanyou to no end. I started brooding about Katashi again when I was brought back to reality by my uncle waving his hands in front of my face.
“I apologize. I was contemplating my enemy's whereabouts.” I said.
“Enemy? What's going on?” he asked in concern.
“Have you heard of a rogue inu wandering about?”
“Not really. Is this youkai dangerous?” he asked
“I consider him so. He was trespassing in the West.” I answered.
“You want to take him out because he set foot in Lord Icicle's territory?” he asked in disbelief.
“Uncle Yasha it is a matter of honor. He was powerful but if he was honorable, he would have come to palace and presented himself before the court.” I sighed heavily.
“Keh. Whatever!” he said dismissing the subject.
“How are my cousins?” I asked changing the subject.
“Akemi is going to be married to a samurai and the twins have moved to another village to be slayers.” Inuyasha answered with pride.
“Slayers? As in kill youkai?” I asked incredulously.
“Yes. I mean my tachi used to track and kill youkai for the Shikon shards. What is the difference hunting down killers?” he asked surprised.
“The days of the Shikon no Tama are long past Uncle. Are there really that many dangerous youkai?” I chided my relation.
“You are hunting one. What is the difference?” he asked annoyed.
“Touché' Uncle” I answered.
“Akemi is still in Edo if you wish to see her.” He stated.
“I shall like to see her.”
“Shall I do some checking on this inu for you?” he asked raising a brow.
“Yes, maybe I will be able to pick up his trail from here.” I contemplated.
The rest of the way into Edo was in silence and that suited me. My uncle led me to his and Kagome's home. It could not be called a hut but obviously was not a palace. It was a two story dwelling that had housed their entire family. Kagome looked up from her writing and a wide smile spread on her face.
“Hello Aunt Kagome.” I said with a half smile.
“Asuna, sweetie!” She said getting up and hugging him.
I was stiff and unused to too much physical contact but I allowed it nonetheless. Uncle Inuyasha was smirking at my discomfiture.
“Does my uncle treat you well?” I inquired.
“Yes, of course he does. You know I can still 'it' him if necessary.” She said warmly.
My eyes held amusement and a little jealously at their openly affectionate relationship. I was not sure if it was because she was ningen or if it was because they chose not to live as nobility. I sat myself at the low table and she poured me some tea.
“Gome, I am gonna go check on something for the niece here.” He said as he was backing out of the door.
“See you soon then Yasha. Try and not disembowel anything ok?” she replied with a smile.
“Keh! Whatever wench.” He said leaving.
My aunt was a very beautiful onna. She had long raven hair and unusual blue eyes. She was slight, barely over five feet and slender. You could not tell she had birthed three pups. Her lifespan had extended to that of my uncle due to their mating.
“As delighted as I am to see you, what brings you to Edo?”
“I am tracking down a strange inu youkai. I know almost the inu on the islands and he is not one of them. He arrogantly trespassed into the West and I am going to hunt him down.” I stated vehemently.
“Asuna, he must have done more than trespass.” She remarked.
“We engaged in battle. I was injured but not severely so. I will not be bested. It is bad enough that I am not strong enough to bring my father to at least one knee but to have a youkai from the continent even try to take me on! I will take his hair shove it down his throat so he will choke on it!” Came out my snarl.
“Dear he must have left quite an impression.” She said in a hushed tone.
“I want to kill him is all.” I said in shock.
“Are you sure?” she asked smirking.
“Aunt, he would be the last demon I would ever consider even being drawn to. He is a first rate bastard!” I growled.
Ok, ok. I am just saying.” She replied.
“Hn.” I murmured.
“If there is information to be had then your uncle will get it.” She assured me.
“I know he will. Where is Akemi? Uncle said she is marrying a ningen?”
“Asuna you realize that you are related to ningen. Your uncle is half ningen.” She replied tersely.
“I am more than aware Aunt. Akemi is also part youkai. She will out live her mate and I know she does have some yoki.” I stated annoyed.
“She is upstairs and he is a perfectly lovely young man. He is also here. Would you care to meet him?” she asked pensive.
“I would be happy to meet her mate to be.” I answered. 8964 copyright protection290ＰＥＮＡＮＡkiJosyQza7 維尼
I followed my aunt up the steps to the second level and saw my cousin and her soon to be mate. Akemi was slight just like Kagome but had Inuyasha's hair. Her eyes were a grayish-blue. Her moon light colored hair came to her bottom. Overall she was a beautiful creature. The young man was tall for a mortal. His hair was shorter as was the fashion of a samurai, with a top knot. His eyes were large and brown. He had a calm demeanor and truly was quite striking.
“Asuna!!” Akemi shouted my name in excitement.
“Cousin.” I said inclining my head.
“You look well. Your hair is shorter.” She said with mirth.
“There is a story behind it that I well tell you later. Introduce me Akemi.” I commanded.
“Still the lordly Lady.” She said smiling.
I managed a small smile for her benefit and inclined my head to her intended.
“I am Asuna.” I stated simply.
“I am Naoki my lady.” He said bowing.
I approved of the ningen for his common sense and addressing me properly.
“Sit cousin; tell me of your travels!” Akemi commanded jovially.
Kagome nodded and returned to the lower level. I sat with my back ram rod straight and stared at my cousin.
“Asuna is the heir to the West, Naoki. She is also a warrior.” She announced enthusiastically.
I felt the ningen's eyes on me and saw them widen a little. He was holding his composure well being in the same vicinity of a youkai. I imagined he handled it well because of his devotion to my cousin.
“How is my uncle and aunt cousin?” she asked.
“My father is well. My mother is well; Mother is not very happy with me right now but it is of no consequence.” I answered.
“Asuna's family acts as if they have no emotion my love. They act as if all are beneath them. In reality they are a wonderful and proud family. My uncle is a taiyoukai and the most influential in the land.” Akemi explained.
“Akemi, I believe you are scaring your intended. He will wonder what he is marrying into. Come let us speak of other things.” I admonished her.
She eyed me with no malice but with mischief. She was the sister I never had and I truly envied her in her informality.
“So then, what brings you to Edo?” she inquired.
“A youkai.” I stated.
“Youkai?” she asked in astonishment.
“Hai, he is inu. I was hoping that Inuyasha could help me gather information.” I said.
“My lady! I have heard of this inu youkai!” Naoki spoke.
“Where??” I demanded as I stood.
“My fellow samurai have spoken of a black haired inu heading to the north.” He said.
“Cousin, send the invitation to the palace of your upcoming nuptials. I will make sure we attend. I must continue tracking the cur down.” I said quickly.
“Alright. I suppose good luck.” She called after me.
I rushed down the steps and made it to the door.
“I thank you Aunt for your kindness. Tell my uncle I appreciate his efforts but the ningen has told me the information I seek.” I called back to my Aunt Kagome.
Before she could reply, I was out the door and heading north. I used my yoki and created a cloud.
I have you now Katashi, I thought!
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