Sango looked at the two teenage girls standing twenty feet away from them. A shudder ran down her spine to see the glazed look in her beloved daughters' eyes. As for Michiru, he placed his hand on his wife's shoulder seeing her tense up.
"Relax dear," Michiru calmly whispered, "You won't do our daughters any good by being tense."
"I know that Michiru." Sango answered. "It's just seeing the sight of Kohaku's glazed eyes in the eyes of the two girls I sired with you, it just hurts that's all."
"I know." Michiru replied. "I know. It hurts me too, but thankfully I don't think they've noticed us. And it's nighttime. We may have the element of surprise. If we can ambush Michigo and Sanru, maybe we can hold them until we find a way to extract the curse from them."
Sango looked at her husband and back to her children, she noticed Michiru had a point. Michigo and Sanru didn't seem to be aware of them so it seemed like this was as good a chance as any to take them and find a way to cure them. But at the same time, Sango knew perfectly well that Naraku was full of tricks. Therefore it was more than possible that Naraku was only making it seem like Michigo and Sanru were unaware of their presence just to lure them into a trap.
Michiru looked at Sango and sighed knowing what was running throught her head. He knew too that when it came to Naraku, things were hardly ever what they appeared to be. But at the same time he knew that opportunity was not something you passed up on in situations such as this.
"I know what you're thinking Sango." Michiru sighed. "I'm worried too. But we have to at least try to get in closer to see if we can capitalize on this opportunity."
"You're right Michiru." Sango agreed. "Let's see if we can sneak up to at least get within range and tell if we can get them without fighting them."
"I'm afraid it won't be that easy." A familiar, smug, feminine voice replied. Michru and Sango turned to see Kagura standing behind them with her infamous arrogant expression on her face.
"Kagura." Michiru gritted through his teeth. "Listen witch, I'll only ask this once. Let our daughters go!"
"I'm afraid not." Kagura sighed. "They're not mine to return to you. These girls now belong to Naraku."
"Kagura, watch what you say!" Michiru growled.
"Those are our daughters Kagura!" Sango called out with a sobbing voice. "Please, Kagura! Please, let them go!"
"I would!" Kagura snapped to the surprise of Michiru and Sango. "Believe me, if Naraku didn't have that hold on my life I'd return your children to you. Unfortunately Naraku still has my heart, still can decide to kill me, and still owns me. If I gave you back your daughters, Naraku would kill me!"
Michiru nodded sadly. He knew Kagura didn't have a choice but to obey Naraku, but at the same time Michigo and Sanru meant more to him than anything. Michiru didn't want to fight Kagura either for two reasons. The first being that even though Kagura wasn't his friend, Michiru still respected her. Secondly, Kagura was Kanna's sister and Kanna was Michiru and Sango's adoptive daughter, and even though Kanna had no memory of her big sister it still wasn't right that Michiru had to fight Kagura. So he decided to try one last time.
"Kagura, it doesn't have to be this way!" Michiru spoke out loud. "I don't want to fight you."
"Truthfully, neither do I for that matter." Kagura admitted as what appeared to be a small tear fell from her eye. "After all, I know my sister calls you 'Daddy' and loves you like a father Michiru after all these years of looking out for her." She then turned to Sango, "The same goes for you Woman of Demon Slayer. You've taken care of Kanna for years and I can't be prejudiced towards you for that."
"Then please let our daughters go Kagura." Sango begged. "Kanna loves Michigo and Sanru like her own sisters! She wants to wake up from her Shikigami slumber and see their faces."
"Shikigami slumber?" Kagura asked. "What do you mean?"
"I placed a spell on Kanna with a spell called Dream Dust." Michiru explained. "It puts whoever breathes it in into a deep sleep until another Shikigami spell called Rain of Revival is cast on her and wakes her up."
"I see," Kagura nodded. "But why did you do that?"
"To protect her and Kohaku from Naraku." Michiru answered. "Naraku can't influence Kanna and Kohaku if they're asleep this way, I also arranged for Kohaku and Kanna to be put in the care of my parents back in the present. And if I know my father, he and his friends are protecting them with their lives."
Kagura gasped at this declaration. She knew Michiru and Sango would protect Kanna, but she had no idea they would go to these lengths just to protect her and Kohaku. She looked at Michiru and then at Sango with a begging and pleading look in her eyes.
"Please Kagura," Sango begged once more. "We went through and arranged so much so that Kanna would be safe from Naraku. Please return our daughters to us, it's what your sister would want you to do."
Kagura froze at those words. She immediately realized that Sango was right. Kanna loved Michigo and Sanru like her own sisters and wanted to see them, and play with them, and have a normal sisterly life and bond with them. Kagura then saw Michiru and Sango in a light she herself never thought she'd see in anyone let alone any humans. Michiru and Sango, like Sango said, went through so much to see that Kanna was safe from Naraku. Kagura owed them for this. She then nodded.
"Alright." Kagura agreed. "For the Kanna's sake, and for all you've done for her, I'll return your precous daughters to..."
Just then a big flash of lightning split the air and dark clouds descended from the sky. Kagura then grabbed at her chest realizing that Naraku was making good on his threat to her for betraying him.
"Foolish Kagura!" Naraku's growling voice appeared out of nowhere. "You've gotten soft and weak! And all just because these two fools are taking care of that insignifigant Kanna?"
"Damn you to hell...Naraku!" Kagura cried out. "I hope Michiru and InuYasha rip you up into fish bait!"
"That will never happen Kagura!" Naraku's voice sneered as Kagura's lifeless body fell to the ground. "As long as I have these two girls, there's nothing that InuYasha and his friends can do to me. Even if they survive this battle, it won't matter."
"And why's that Naraku?" Michiru demanded.
"Because, puny little Shikigami Master, even if you somehow track me down and kill me," Naraku's voice began. "Just as I would die if Michigo and Sanru died, if you kill me Michigo and Sanru would die as well!"
Michiru then realized with that that the theory he and InuYasha had earlier was 100% accurate. Unless they found a loophole, if they killed Naraku, then Michigo and Sanru would die as well. Michiru then grasped his Shikiga. He didn't want to have to use its Tenseiga ability on his own flesh and blood, but now it seemed like their options weren't many.
Sango then looked at her husband holding Shikiga and remembered the argument they had not too long ago. She cried out, "No Michiru! Please don't do it! There's got to be another way!"
"There is no other way Demon Slayer." Naraku's voice taunted. "But there's nothing stopping you from killing them and putting me out of your misery now is there? After all, their Shikigami magic pales in comparison to yours Descendant of Utsugi. And they don't know anything of your Demon Slayer combat skllls Sango. This should be an easy kill for you!"
Michiru then glared at the cloud this voice was coming from. "Forget it Naraku! I won't kill my own daughters!"
"And neither will I!" Sango cried out.
"Heh! I thought you might say that!" Naraku's voice sneered. "Then I'll take great pleasure in watching your daughters kill their own parents in cold blood!"
"Don't bet on it Naraku!" InuYasha cried out from the distance.
"WHAT!" Naraku cried out in disbelief. "But...when...how...what...why?"
"Confused Naraku?" Kagoem sneered. "When Michiru and Sango took so long getting back, we figured they were in danger and needed our help!"
"So I sent one of my wind scouts out to survey the situation and lead us to my brother and sister-in-law!" Kaname declared in triumph.
"NO!" Naraku growled. "Curse you all! Don't think this is over! I'll be back!"
With that, a light appeared around Michigo and Sanru.
"Oh, no you don't!" Michiru declared as a brown Shikigami pentagram appeared at his feet. "Oh, great earthly blessings...let loose the sands that are infused with the desire of deep peaceful slumber. Dream Dust." He then let loose his Dream Dust intending to put his daughters to sleep while they were distracted.
"No! Hold your breaths you two!" Naraku cried out. But it was already half too late. For while the dust hadn't reached Michigo yet, Sanru had inhaled a very large dosage already and began to fall asleep.
"InuYasha!" Michiru cried out. "Quick! Grab Sanru and pull her out of that teleporter before it's too late!"
InuYasha then leapt out and grabbed Sanru just before the teleporter wore off. He then brought her to her parents, and Sango took Sanru from InuYasha's arms and held her like she would never let her go again.
"Sanru," Sango whispered. "Thank God we got you back!"
Michiru put his hand on Sango's shoulder, "Sorry Sango," He began. "Naraku caught on to what I was planning befor I could save Michigo."
"It's alright my love." Sango sobbed. "We'll get Michigo back!"
"But it won't be so easy." Miroku spoke. "Naraku will now train Michigo to be immune to Michiru's Dream Dust."
"You're right Miroku." Kagome nodded sadly. "But at least we got Sanru back. Now guys, let's go back to the Bone-Eater's well and bring Sanru to Michiru and Kaname's mother. She can easily rid Naraku's presence from Sanru's body just as she did with Kohaku."
"Right!" InuYasha nodded. "And while we're at it we can check on the progress of rebuilding Kaede's Village."
InuYasha then hoisted Sanru's sleeping body on his shoulders and the team headed back north to Kaede's Village. Michiru looked back at the field where everything took place.
"Hang in there Michigo." Michiru thought to himself. "I'll get you back too."