The battle raged through rice fields and forests. At the sight of the demonic horde, Inuyasha had drawn an improbably large sword out of a relatively small sheath, and blasted energy towards the multitude. While the 'kaze no kizu' had ripped a path through the demons, the enemy was simply to widespread to easily eliminate the threat. A young man dressed as a monk had joined them early on. He pulled a set of prayer beads off of his hand, pointing at the demons, but quickly covered up again at the sight of a cloud of wasps. Now, he battled individual demons with his staff, a young ninja woman at his side. Together, they were making moderate progress, but the demons kept coming. Kagome stood off to the side with Lady Kaede. Together, they rained arrows on the demons above.
Meanwhile, Xander was busy defending the villagers from any demons that made it through the line. He drew Morgif, knowing that he needed to make his first shot count. After that, the sword would need extra time to recharge. The woman floating on the feather seemed to be the greatest threat; eliminating her might be enough to stop the onslaught. “Morgif!” he cried. “Incinerate!”
A wall of flame rushed towards the woman, and, for a while, Xander thought it might be enough. His hopes were soon dashed, as a wave of demons surged in front of her, taking the attack upon themselves. The remaining fire was deflected by a gust of wind that surrounded the demon woman's body.
“Well, now. Aren't you full of surprises?” the woman commented. “Not bad for a mortal, wielding a demon sword. This will make it even more satisfying when I rip off your head!” She raised a painted fan. “Dance of the blades!”
Crescent-shaped energy blades shot out towards Xander, who was hard-pressed to avoid them. Quickly, he summoned water, a typhoon that swirled around his body, lifting him into the air. If he was going to have any hope of defeating her, he needed to meet her on a level playing field.
As the water swirled around him, Xander started to glow. His eyes changed to cat-pupils, and his hair began to float and wave in the current of his power. He rose higher in the air, coming face-to-face with the startled demoness. “Nice tricks, lady, but I'm not going to let you kill all these people.”
“Well, well, well, not so human after all, are you?” she asked. “I wouldn't normally bother with these people, but my master,” and here her lips twisted disdainfully, “has given me orders. The pathetic little human sheep down there are just a bonus, but I must bring back Inuyasha's head. If you stand in my way, I'll be more than happy to take yours as well.” Once more, she lifted her fan. “Dance of the blades!”
Swiftly parrying with a wall of water, Xander struck back with a wave of holy water, which did little more than get his opponent wet. Back and forth they went, until both were exhausted. Finally, Xander managed to slip through her defenses, and knock her off her feather. Before she could retaliate, he was holding Morgif to her throat. Dimly he could register the sound of Inuyasha and his gang approaching, but he ignored them. “So, demon, tell me who you're working for, and why you attacked. Give me enough information, and I'll make your end quick.”
She looked up at him, startled that one so innocent looking had managed to overpower her. “I am Kagura, the wind sorceress. I work for the half demon,” again with a sneer, “Naraku, who has been a thorn in my side for my entire existence. I would rather not follow him, but he holds my heart in his hand, and would crush it at the first sign of betrayal.” She sighed.
Looking thoughtful, Xander considered. “If you had the opportunity to be free, would you use that freedom to attack innocents?”
Kagura glared up at him. “I enjoy a good fight, but attacking peasants is not my idea of a good time. I am the wind; I should be above such things. If I had the chance, I would end Naraku. Innocents don't concern me. But what other choice do I have? I cannot strike back at Naraku, and he will never allow me my freedom.”
Xander looked at Inuyasha and his friends, who had circled around and were glaring disapprovingly at the fallen demoness. “If I free her and she agrees to help destroy this Naraku person, will you give her a second chance?”
The others debated that for a few minutes. Then, Inuyasha responded. “Yeah, but I'll sleep with one eye open as long as she's with us. Second chances are one thing, blind stupidity is another. And one other thing: she gets to wear a necklace like mine.” He crossed his arms, glaring.
Kagura lay quietly in stunned disbelief. Her enemies were showing her far more mercy than she ever would have. She wondered if it could actually be possible for her to be free.
Xander half-turned to Inuyasha. “Be ready, at the first sign of betrayal, strike.” He turned back to address Kagura. “This will hurt, and I can't guarantee success, but if it does work, you will be free.” He smirked. “I don't think Naraku will be too happy with you after that, so this'll give you another reason not to betray us.” At her nod, Xander sheathed his sword. Kneeling at her side, he placed his hands over where her heart should be, and reached deep within himself. His hands began to glow, and he felt a drain far greater even than when he healed Kendra. The last thing to register as the world grew dark around him was Kagura's cry of pain and triumph.