From Deep Within
An InuYasha fanfiction by Jacquelyn J.M. Fisher
Chapter 14: Confrontation in the Meadow
The early morning air was crisp, cool, and just a tad damp from the night's rain shower. Tora had always enjoyed the quiet pre-dawn hours when the world hung so peacefully between night and day, and not even the chatter of birds disturbed the silence. She felt strangely alive, and she reasoned that it was because the cool air carried sounds and smells much farther, even without a breeze, than during the heat of the day.
Though the forest would appear deathly still to a normal human, her sensitive ears caught the tinkling of a far-off brook, the whispers of the diayōkai's garments as he walked ahead of her, and the rustle of a branch falling from an old tree. All around her, the rich, wild scents of the ancient forest intermingled with one another, crisp a