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16 June 2008 @ 10:06 pm
Kokosai Academy  
Title: Kokosai Academy
Fandom: InuYasha
Rating: PG-13 for language
Pairings or Characters: Inu/Kag
Summary: AU, Romance. Kagome is a new teacher at Kokosai Academy. Her principal is temperamental and controlling. Can she tame him where so many others have failed?
Word Count: 1495
AN: Written for the "Management" one-shot challenge at firsttweak

Kokosai Academy

Kagome hadn't been teaching at Kokosai Academy for more than ten minutes before she had formed her opinion of the principal. She'd heard the rumors, but they were fragmented and mixed with a love story, making her believe that they were rumors told by a jilted lover. Standing face-to-face with her growling, golden-eyed boss, though, she no longer questioned how the rumors had started, but rather, how anyone would have been romantically involved with such a brute in the first place. He seemed unable to ask anyone to do anything without yelling or cursing or calling the person a name. Kagome might have taken offense at his words if she hadn't seen that he spoke to everyone that way and she was clearly no exception.

---

The parent's eyebrows slanted over her blank eyes set too far apart. Skin like porcelain and a nose as sharp as cut bone made her an imposing figure, and quite beautiful, but when she spoke her voice was raspy and cold. "Where is it?"

"What?"

"Give it to me."

"I don't know what--"

"Insolent pest. I want to see my son's essay. You gave him a miserable grade."

"Well I am sorry Mrs. Mukade, but he earned--"

"Girl! Don't tell me what he earned! I saw the work he put in--"

"Keh, is there a problem here?" Kagome and Mrs. Mukade both turned to the silver-haired figure glaring at them from the doorway. Kagome had never been so happy to see her temperamental principal.

"What is it to you?" spit Mrs. Mukade. Kagome winced, feeling what was coming down on Mrs. Mukade before it came.

And indeed, in a storm of swearing and bravado, Mrs. Mukade had soon found herself kicked out of the building. The principal-- InuYasha-- turned flaming eyes on Kagome as if she would be next and stormed off.

---

"And then he just-- threw her out!" Kagome was in the teacher's lounge, leaning close to the only other staff member she had made friends with so far, a plump woman with bottle-top glasses named Kaede. Kaede was the school nurse.

"Yes, that is InuYasha alright. He has got quite a temper. That is why he has not been allowed to speak to parents for some time now."

"Not been allowed to speak--"

"Yes, when he was seeing my sister, he had a run in with one of her student's parents which resulted in her dismissal. Since then, the superintendent has forbade him from meeting with parents."

"Seeing your sister?"

"Have you not heard the rumors of InuYasha's former fiance? I thought those rumors had reached every corner of Tokyo."

Kagome felt her face go slack. "Y-Y-Your sister is the woman who almost married InuYasha?"

Kaede nodded. "You now have the means to control him."

"I do?"

"Yes. You know that he broke the superintendent's ruling. If he ever gets out of hand, you remind him of that." She stood and left the room. Kagome stared after her.

---

"You're an ugly, stupid bitch! Three of your students failed. I regret ever hiring you. I would fire you right now if I could find a fucking replacement teacher!"

Kagome sat entirely undisturbed by this behavior. She cleared her throat demurely.

"What do you have to say for yourself?" her boss lashed out at her.

"Mrs. Mukade." It was nearly a whisper.

"Mrs... what?"

"Mrs. Mukade, that parent of mine you threw out of the school."

She watched his face as it blanched. "Have you been talking to that fat hag--"

Kagome cleared her throat again. "Kaede is my friend."

InuYasha's mouth opened and closed as if he couldn't think of a thing to say without insulting Kaede and perhaps endangering his own career. Maybe it was true.

"Well?" Kagome prodded. "Are you going to finish giving me my performance review meeting, sir?"

"Uuuh... Um. I mean. You're alright. Just... get out of here." She'd clearly taken him entirely off-guard. She rose and bowed, ducking out the door with a smile.

---

Weeks passed, and InuYasha watched his step around her very carefully, but he also seemed to be spending more time lurking around the edges of her classroom or watching her in the halls. Finally, she couldn't pretend not to notice anymore. She was walking from the teacher's lounge while he pretended to not be following her from just a few dozen paces behind when she whirled on him.

"Why are you following me?!"

"Huh. I'm... I'm not."

"Yeah right. Why?"

"I'm waiting for you to rat me out. Or to figure out what you want. You must have some reason for holding this over my head!"

"R-Reason? I'm not planning to rat you out, you know."

"You aren't?"

"No. I just want you to stop calling people names and treating us like we aren't working our hardest. We really are. You've got to help us, not yell at us."

He looked at her like she was speaking a foreign language. She turned on her heels and stalked away.

---

Surprisingly, he seemed to be trying. She got new textbooks. Kouga, the gym teacher, got new equipment as well. Sango was talking excitedly these days about how the principal was letting her have more leeway over her own course content. The kind but lecherous history teacher, Miroku, was simply happy that InuYasha was no longer attacking him in the hallways. None of them could understand what had affected this change.

Kagome knew what had caused the change. She still did not know why, though.

---

"InuYasha?" Her voice was quiet, and she added a knock for good measure. She was still afraid to approach him too closely or too quickly due to his temper, even though he hadn't lashed out in nearly two months.

"Yeah?" He was reading some papers, but he was, surprisingly, sitting cross-legged on his desk while he did. He didn't even stop to look up at her.

"Could I ask you something?"

"Sure, go ahead." Still he kept reading.

"Why are you being so nice all of a sudden?"

Now he glanced up. "You said I should be like this."

"InuYasha, I'm not going to rat you out."

"Keh." He turned back to his papers.

"You don't believe me?"

He looked up again. "Why do you say that?"

"Well, you're doing what I asked you to do."

"Yeah, so?" he snapped.

"So... you don't have to."

"Is it working?"

"What?"

"Working. You know. Are the teachers teaching better?"

"Yeah, they are."

He shrugged and turned back to the papers clutched in his hand.

"Wait," Kagome stepped further into the office. "Are you saying you actually care about how much the students learn?"

"Idiot," he muttered.

"What was that?"

"I called you an idiot," his head shot up. "Of course I care about the students. This is my school, isn't it?"

Kagome found herself at a loss for words.

"If it's working than what's the big deal?" InuYasha asked.

"You... you aren't doing this because I threatened you?"

"Keh, like I'm afraid of the superintendent."

"You... you just want the students to learn more?"

"It's why they're here, isn't it?"

Kagome nodded. She felt her legs wobble, her eyes fill with water. Had InuYasha all along just been trying to do what he thought was best for the students?

---

"A date?" Ayame's eyes were wide with disbelief.

"He really is very sweet."

"I don't know," Sango sighed.

"No, he is. Trust me, I'll be fine."

"If you say so," Sango frowned.

"I do." Kagome grabbed her purse and coat, a thrill of excitement coursing through her at the idea of the Friday night ahead.

---

"Kagome," Kaede's voice was quiet, poking into her classroom.

"Yeah?"

"Could you please explain to InuYasha that I really do need a defibrillator."

"Uh, ok. I can try."

"Thank you. You're the only one he will listen to."

Kagome laughed nervously.

"How was the honeymoon?"

"Lovely," Kagome smiled, blushing.

"That's nice. I'll see you at lunch."

Kagome watched her go, wondering for the first time in a long time about Kaede's sister. Did she know that InuYasha had gotten married? Why did Kagome care? She shook the thoughts out of her head and started planning the last lesson of the school year. She had trouble believing she'd only been at the school one year. So much had changed.

A frog leaped out of her desk drawer as she slipped it open, kindly reminding her that some things never would change. Some things she didn't want to change.

"Kagome!" He sounded angry and she could hear his footsteps hammering down the hall towards her classroom. "Why the hell does she need to give electric shocks to students?"

Kagome sighed and propped her head on her arms, elbows banging the desk hard. All in all, as far as morning unpleasantness went, she thought she probably preferred the frog.
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