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Winter Wonderland
Even Angels Fall
Holiday Theme Drabble 
20th-Feb-2008 11:39 am
Goodbye
Title: Lighting The Way
Author: Priestess Skye
Genre: Reflective, slice of time
Word Count: 250
Rating: PG
Canon/AU – Canon

The beat of the taiko drums echoed throughout the night as they watched the local residents participate in the bon odori dances, their colourful yukatas flying left and fans flying right. Her own fan was currently tucked into the silvery blue fabric of the obi wrapped around her own yukata. The river before them was brightly lit with the tea lights in paper lanterns as they were set to sail by those who wished their ancestors a safe voyage home.

For some, Obon was simply another holiday, but for the first time, Kagome could understand its true meaning as she held her lanterns close to her. Two of them.

Sesshoumaru held the third and fourth.

The drums beat louder as she took her place on the water’s edge and set her lanterns down, the kanji on the side simply stating their names.

Sango and Miroku.

Rin and Inuyasha.

The names, though written simply, meant so much more and it broke her heart to think that they were unable to make the journey with her and meet her in this time. Watching Sesshoumaru light his lanterns, she lowered her eyes to her own before accepting the long match from him. How ironic it was that the man who had once tried to kill her was now standing next to her honouring their past.

Her friends.

His ward and brother.

Gently pushing the lanterns into the water, they watched silently as they joined the others floating down stream. Without a word, Sesshoumaru placed her hand in his, holding it tightly.

“Safe passage,” she whispered. “Until we meet again.”
Comments 
20th-Feb-2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Wow. Beautiful.

Great job! =)
20th-Feb-2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
thank you :)
20th-Feb-2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, this was powerful.
20th-Feb-2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) I just wanted something that focused on Japanese tradition. I was torn between Obon and the Doll Festival lol.
21st-Feb-2008 01:32 am (UTC)
Wow... that's beautiful. So poignant.
24th-Feb-2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Thank you so much :) I was hoping to go quirky, but somehow I ended up writing on Obon lol. the places our muses take us to
21st-Feb-2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Interesting how shared loss seems to bring even common enemies together.
24th-Feb-2008 12:24 am (UTC)
it seems to help to put things in perspective at times. btw, read yours on the Doll Festival. I very nearly wrote about that. started it even but ended up focusing on Obon instead :)
22nd-Feb-2008 12:44 am (UTC)
*sniffle* One of your reviewers said it best. Poignant. It was beautiful.
22nd-Feb-2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
23rd-Feb-2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Lovely work, and you used such vivid imagery to bring it to life. Touching.
24th-Feb-2008 12:25 am (UTC)
thanks :) I figured if i was going to use a japanese holiday, i may as well go all the way with it. and to think, initially i wanted quirky. but i'm very pleased with this one.
23rd-Feb-2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Excellent treatment of Obon. It shows that you have really done your research about the holiday. It is nice Kagome understands her own religious heritage
now that it has been personal for her by the deaths of her friends. Before she
went down the well she was so disrespectful and dismissive of her grandfather and his religion. It is good that Sesshoumaru is there to share the holiday with her since he feels the sense of loss for Inuyasha and Rin.
24th-Feb-2008 12:30 am (UTC)
thanks, i was torn between holidays though i wanted to do something traditional. the more i researched though, the more I liked Obon. It has a quiet serenity to it, a peace. the lights floating on the water, the steady beat of a drum, etc. i come from a culture that mourns death and i'm expected to wear black for weeks (though I don't), so it's nice to see something like this.
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