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The Inuyasha Fanfic Contest
Week 160 - "Power" 
September 26, 2008 - 12:25 AM

Title: The Loyal Servant
Author: Langus
Rating: K
Genre: General (I really don't know how else to define it...)
Word Count: 572 (MS Word)
Characters: It's a surprise...

If you think you understand my relationship with Sesshomaru, I can tell you that you are mistaken. I regret to inform you that you’ve been operating under a gross misapprehension for quite some time now.

It’s nothing to feel embarrassed over. Please, let me reassure you when I say that you are not alone. Like Sesshomaru himself, you probably assume that he is the one in control. Sesshomaru makes the decisions. Sesshomaru chooses our path. Sesshomaru has the power to restore life and bring death. It’s almost laughable. Were I not so loyal a servant I would have abandoned His Royal Arrogance decades ago. But I am loyal, hence I have stayed, and I will explain why.

It hasn’t been easy, I will admit. The presumptuous I put up with daily is nauseating. My task, however, is an important one, and well worth putting up with such things. It was bestowed upon me long before I ever met Sesshomaru and for that reason alone it is my burden to carry. Such is what it means to be loyal and I am the most loyal of servants.

But please, don’t feel sorry for me. I have no need for your pity, nor do I want it. I am reassured by the knowledge that between the two of us, I am the one who holds the power. I am the one who controls our future and I am the one who has shaped him into the man he has become.

It was I who taught Sesshomaru how to care for someone other than himself. It was I who educated the fearsome Lord of the West on trivialities like love and compassion. I am the one who gave him the strength he needed to find his own path. I am the one who saved him from himself. It is because of me that he will succeed. Me.

But no one thinks of that when they think of us together do they? They think of me as nothing more than one of his possessions. I am nothing but a tool to be utilized on his path of conquest. I am just another thing he keeps at his side. But that’s okay. Honestly, I don’t mind, because at the end of the day I know that I am the one who made him what he is.

I am the one who gave him the power you ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over. I am the one who gave him the compassionate heart that makes you sigh and tremble. How did I do it you ask? It was simple really. I forced him to save the life of one ningen girl. Who’d have thought changing a man could be so simple? Certainly not I. Certainly not anyone who knew Sesshomaru before that day. Just ask his brother. I’m sure he can tell you the extent of my master’s cold hearted, ruthless nature in vivid detail. He wasn’t named ‘The Killing Perfection’ for nothing. But on that day, much against his will, I forced him to save that girl’s life and it changed him forever.

There is no need to thank me. I don’t expect any praise or words of adoration. I humbly ask that when you think of us and the relationship we share, Sesshomaru and I, you remember which of us is strongest and you never once, not even for a moment, forget that I, Tenseiga, hold the power.

September 26, 2008 - 8:00 AM (UTC)
I love this almost as much as I love Guelph. Its a great little stop on the 401e... I go to TO a lot...

September 26, 2008 - 4:57 PM (UTC)
Hahaha thank you so much ;) Guelph really is a nice place. Good for grad school if I do say so myself.
September 26, 2008 - 5:31 PM (UTC)
Great insight into Tenseiga's power. It is very misunderstood sword. RT said it was the sword of the underworld (contradicting Movie 3's sword of heaven appellation.) I loved what Sesshoumaru said to Totosai when Totosai asked him if he was going to pick up Tenseiga after it fell out of the Meidou. " Why would I want to go around saving people." Luckily for him,Rin went and picked it up.
September 26, 2008 - 5:44 PM (UTC)
I agree! It's most definitely under-appreciated. After all, it was Tenseiga who changed the course of Sesshomaru's life. Sure he thought it was useless at first, but even he eventually came to depend on it during that rather touching arc where his little Rin was brought to Hell. I think a lot of people accredit Rin with the change we saw in Sesshomaru over the course of the manga. And while I don't really disagree, since she certainly played her part, I think people sometimes forget that without Tenseiga's will demanding that Sesshomaru revive her she would still be a dead body laying in a forest somewhere... (geez... that's morbid...) Thanks for the review ;)
September 26, 2008 - 9:36 PM (UTC)
Wow. That was brilliant.
September 27, 2008 - 12:12 AM (UTC)
Thanks so much ;) Glad you liked it!
September 29, 2008 - 11:16 PM (UTC)
Wow! Definitely a fresh take on their 'relationship', as it were. We do tend to think of the swords as inanimate objects, tools of destruction (or life force, as it were), don't we?

Very interesting! I really like this piece!
October 2, 2008 - 11:03 PM (UTC)
Thank you :) Tenseiga needed its moment in the spotlight.
October 2, 2008 - 6:36 AM (UTC)
Wonderful adaptation of Tenseiga's POV. You have my kudos to such a surprise and my admiration for keeping it low profile but draws readers in. It's amazing. :D
October 2, 2008 - 11:03 PM (UTC)
Thank you :) I'm happy I was able to reel you in and keep your interest. Thanks for the comment.
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