Title: Know Thy Father
Word Count: 200
Inuyasha has three memories of his father.
He remembers a tall man who bends down and speaks to him in a low voice, while guiding his tiny hand to the hilt of a sword.
He remembers silver hair flashing in the moonlight when he and Mother wave goodbye.
These first two are so faint he isn't sure they are real. They might be lingering scraps of dreams or impressions of stories that got mixed up with the truth.
The last is more vivid. There is something horrible happening all around him. Fire and screams. A battle. Mother is frightened.
Then he sees something much more terrifying descending from the sky, tearing across the marauding army, leaving destruction in its wake. Death personified in the form of an enormous white dog. The sight makes him cry out and bury his face in Mother's robes.
"Inuyasha," she says, her voice strained, "don't be afraid. We are safe now. Your father has come." Slowly, he raises his head from her sleeve. He watches with wide eyes as his sire lays waste to the enemy.
This great and terrible beast. His father.
And, for the first time, Inuyasha understands why the others shun him