Moroha is sick so Inuyasha goes out to collect the ingredients for his homemade medicine.
Kagome was worried. Moroha’s fever hadn’t broken yet and she had already spent a full day in bed. She was shivering, but the mild wet spots on the sheets suggested she hadn’t stopped sweating either.
She was only 6 years old! Seeing her bigs eyes squeeze shut in discomfort and her sweet voice groan in pain made Kagome feel so guilty. She knew she shouldn’t have let her play outside in the rain with Inuyasha for so long!
“Her hands were so cold when she came in, why didn’t you bring her inside sooner?” Kagome scolded Inuyasha, who sat by their daughter’s bedside.
“Keep your voice down, she said she had a bad headache!” Inuyasha snapped back in a hushed voice. “Look, she seemed perfectly fine to me. Besides, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little wet from time to time. Kids play in the rain!”
“Yeah, when it’s a little warmer out, they do! I’m surprised at your recklessness, Inuyasha.” Kagome switched the warm, damp cloth on Moroha’s forehead with a cooler one. “She needs to get some food in her system. It’s been a while since she last ate something.”
Inuyasha perked up, watching as Moroha twitched and grunted. Why couldn’t she just lay still? He hated seeing his little girl in so much pain.
“M-mommy…” she mumbled, gripping at her blanket.
“Hey there, Moroha. Could you possibly stomach some food?” Kagome stroked her daughter’s hair. Moroha leaned into the touch, slowly shaking her head. “How about something warm to drink, then?” Moroha then nodded, opening her eyes to see the concerned looks on both her parents faces.
“Alright then. Kagome, you stay here with Moroha. I’m gonna got out for a short while, okay?” Inuyasha squeezed Kagome’s shoulder on his way out of the house. Though he didn’t specify his reason for leaving, Kagome trusted he would come back with a solution for Moroha’s cold.
Inuyasha made a beeline to Lady Kaede, who was currently harvesting in the garden. “Hey Kaede, I’m looking for some specific herbs and roots-”
“Isn’t that Kagome’s job, Inuyasha? Why is it ye who comes here to ask?” She asked casually, focusing on her task.
“Because she’s taking care of Moroha and I’m the only one who knows how to make my mother’s medicine!” Inuyasha huffed. “I’m in a bit of a hurry, so I thought I’d ask you first before running out into the forest to look for them myself.”
“I’m surprised ye thought to ask instead of steal from our gardens!” Kaede noted, rising from the garden. She approached Inuyasha who stood at the edge of the garden’s fence. “Which ones are ye seeking?”
Inuyasha listed the ingredients to which Kaede hummed at. “I see. Unfortunately, some of the herbs ye listed can only be grown atop mountain peaks and the roots near hot springs. As for the animal livers, I suppose ye can take from our farmhouse. If they know ye taking them for the sake of young Moroha, they’ll comply.”
Inuyasha nodded once before taking off into the village. If the animal livers were the closest ingredients to find, he was going to collect them first.
The villagers, upon learning of Moroha’s cold, practically ushered Inuyasha to the farmhouse to collect the animals needed for the potion. Once he got the ones he needed, he then headed for the hills.
“Where’s daddy?” Moroha moaned, pulling the blanket up closer to her chin. Kagome sighed, gently rubbing the poor girl’s aching feet. Inuyasha was taking longer than usual and it was getting late. “Daddy...”
“Shhh, I know Moroha, I’m missing him too. He’ll be right back.” Kagome cooed, looking between Moroha and the exit.
It was very dark out and Kagome was worried that maybe Inuyasha had run into trouble while out in the forest. She was just about to leave Moroha’s bedside to check outside when she heard footsteps approaching the house.
“Sorry for taking so long!”
Inuyasha pushed back the curtain and entered. He was carrying a pink, metallic thermos, an item that Kagome had brought over from her era. Inuyasha never really appreciated it until now. “I brought you medicine, Moroha. Could you sit up for me?” He knelt by her bedside, opposite from Kagome, who was frowning. “What did I do now?” Inuyasha whined as he helped Moroha sit up.
“You worried me, that’s all.” Kagome muttered.
“I’m here now, aren’t I?” Inuyasha retorted, supporting Moroha’s head with one hand. Once she caught the smell of the hot potion, she gagged.
“Ugh, gross!” She scrunched up her nose, turning her face away from the thermos. “I don’t wanna!”
Kagome recognized that smell. Years ago, when she was still traveling with the gang to find shards of the Sacred Jewel, she caught a terrible cold and went home to recover. Inuyasha came to her with a cup of the same potion. It still smelled just as bad as she remembered.
Kagome never really found out what was in it, but it didn’t matter since it made her feel much better almost instantly. She immediately forgave Inuyasha for taking so long, knowing that his potion would cure Moroha of her nasty cold.
“I know it stinks, but it will make you better, dear.” Kagome encouraged, giving Inuyasha a knowing look. His face softened and he lifted the thermos to Moroha’s tightly closed lips. “If you don’t want to taste it, then hold your breath while you drink it. Okay?” Kagome offered.
Moroha considered it for a moment before she finally opened her mouth and let her father tip the thermos to her lips, letting the broth pour down her throat. Moroha held her breath as she gulped it down, her brow scrunched up as she tried to ignore the taste.
“There’s a good girl,” Inuyasha praised her once she finished the whole thing. He lay her down and pulled the blanket up to her chin before running his fingers through her hair. “You should feel better soon.”
Sure enough, Moroha’s shivering subsided, her muscles relaxed, and the redness on her cheeks and forehead began to fade. She let out a soft exhale and closed her eyes.
“Thank you,” she said before she drifted off, her mouth hanging open as she slept.
Once the two were sure she was asleep, Inuyasha and Kagome kissed her goodnight and left the room, happy to finally see Moroha resting peacefully.
“So, what took you so long?” Kagome asked, this time without the intention of antagonizing Inuyasha.
“Some of the ingredients needed for my mom’s medicine are harder to find than others. The livers were the easiest to collect, though-”
“L-liver?” Kagome paused, eyes wide. Inuyasha then realized what he had said. “You mean there’s liver in the broth?”
“I don’t see why it matters as long as it works!” Inuyasha argued. “So what if there’s boar liver, carp liver, and chicken liver? Liver’s the best thing for medicine!”
All of those livers were in the broth Moroha and I drank? Kagome thought to herself. No wonder it smelled so bad.
“Thank goodness Moroha didn’t ask what was in it or else she never would had drank it.” She said, looking back at the house. “By the way...” she tucked a strand of hair behind her ear, “I’m sorry for getting so upset. I was worried about Moroha and you were gone longer than I expected. I thought maybe something happened to you.”
Inuyasha snorted. “Heh, that’s silly, as if anything could get in my way!” He bragged, tossing the thermos from hand to hand. Normally, Kagome would scold Inuyasha for acting so arrogant, but after all the trouble he went through to make the potion, he didn’t need to hear it now. “Don’t worry, Kagome. Nothing can stop me from protecting Moroha or you.”
“I know.” Kagome took Inuyasha’s arm, leaning into his side.
Inuyasha placed his chin atop Kagome’s hair and inhaled her scent. She was finally calm which in turn made him relax. It was a long day for the three of them. “C’mon,” he then escorted her down the path, leading Kagome to the village, “let’s go thank Kaede and the villagers for their help.”
“That’s awfully nice of you, Inuyasha!” Kagome tilted her head, impressed with his manners.
“I’m not as brash as you think I am!” He defended, making Kagome giggle.
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Making Miroku Part 2: The Props
WARNING: VERY LONG POST AHEAD!
After I managed to get my Miroku doll sorted out, next was the hardest part besides the doll itself... That aforementioned staff. I went to several craft stores and bought all kinds of materials to make that staff. Key rings, round beads in various sizes, jump rings, wooden dowels/bamboo skewers, even any tiny earrings or charms of crescent moons I could find. I had to be able to conjure something up, right?
Well, as with most of my crafting projects, I buy materials, have ideas in my head, but then my perfectionism kicks in along with my impatience and butter fingers, and I wind up looking for something to buy. LOL
My husband couldn’t use his Glow Forge to make the staff because it would be flat and not 3D. That wouldn’t look right at all. But then I thought, hey, what about a 3D printer... I don’t own one, but surely someone on Etsy does, right? Yep, and there are several people on Etsy who take 3D print commissions! And I was even able to find a free 3D print file for Miroku’s staff! Granted, it was in life-size because it was meant for cosplay, but I took some measurements and gave them to an Etsy shop owner (3DDeluxe) and asked if he could scale the file down. And yes, he could! That was a big relief!
All I had to do was paint the staff and add jump rings to it! Or so I thought. The file for the staff didn’t include the top part for some reason:
Well, that looks like a simple enough design... enter Crayola Model Magic! Form the shape, let it dry for a few days (to make sure it’s completely hardened), and then glue to the staff and paint! YES!
Scratch that - NO! Looking closer at the staff in the photos, plus with figures I have, the top design seems to be more long/tall rather than wide. So I broke out some of the small crescent moon charms I’d purchased and stuck one of those on top of the staff. Before doing that, however, I had to remove the ring holding the jump ring in place that allowed the charm to be added to a bracelet or necklace. Using some side cutters took care of that, and my eyes glanced at the small half-hoop that came off the charm, and my brain saw tiny earrings! So I removed the earrings I’d previously had in the doll’s ears (and by “in” the ears, I mean glued on LOL) and, after much of the glue wound up in my fingers, I had earrings closer in scale to what they should be! Yay!
First earrings (4mm jump rings):
Current earrings (half-hoops from charms):
Now, back to that staff top. I’d purchased some porcelain air dry clay previously, so I broke that out and started sculpting with it. My counter was a complete mess with all sorts of attempts at creating what looks like a simple design... but all mine seemed to come out resembling the Assassin’s Creed symbol. So I tried a different approach and rolled little pieces separately until my counter looked like it was full of grains of rice. But doing that helped, because I was then able to take some clay that wasn’t yet dry and attach it to that said grain of rice to create the desired effect. I made several and finally picked a suitable candidate. Still may not be perfect, but I’m happy with it!
Oh, and those jump rings? I’d purchased a few different sizes so I could see which ones looked best in terms of scale, and finally settled on the 12mm ones. Of course, the only ones I could find were silver, not gold. But that’s okay, since I wanted to make sure they were the same color as the staff itself, so I just painted them. That was fun, let me tell you! LOL
Next up: Prayer beads! After making lots of mini necklaces of the sacred jewel (some with clasps, some without for photos, one based on what’s seen in the anime vs. the one you can actually buy, etc.), I was sure I could make some beads that didn’t even need a clasp.
Big surprise - it turned into a chore as well. I thought the beads consisted of a strand of beads held together by one larger bead. Well, no, there are smaller beads tailing that large bead with tassels on the ends. This meant I had to have three different bead sizes (and finding the perfect color was fun LOL, so many shades of blue/turquoise/light blue) in the same color (can’t always find the same brand/color in different sizes) plus make teeny tiny tassels.
I managed to find lots of miniature tassel charms, but even they were too large in comparison to the beads. So I tried some embroidery floss. It worked for making tassels, but looking closer, these tassels are mostly just the tails sticking out of the beads. So I didn’t need the top part. So I achieved that effect by tying a knot in a piece of embroidery floss and cutting off one end.
My first instinct was to try to push a needle through this tassel to secure it to the string holding the beads together. Well, that wouldn’t work because the tassel’s knot kept coming out and the white bead string was visible through the purple tassel. So I tried one final tactic - stringing the beads through the same embroidery floss as the tassel, then tying a knot after the beads to secure them in place, followed by tying a separate strand of embroidery floss around the knot securing the beads to create a tassel effect. That worked! At least, it did, until I went to wrap it around the doll’s arm and the knots came out, sending beads flying.
Apparently the string didn’t leave enough room to allow me to wrap the beads around the arm. I’d tried removing the doll’s hand and arm wrap, then putting the beads on the arm and draping them over the arm wrap, but no go. So I had to redo the entire thing... a few times because of knots and various other issues. Glad I have plenty of beads! I finally finished the strand, though! Fingers crossed that it doesn’t come undone LOL.
They’re a tad loose compared to what they should be, but that does allow me to help “shape” them and remove them if I want to without them getting snagged on the fingers.
I wasn’t going to give Miroku his ring because the tops of his fingers are primarily covered by his arm wrap (it’s just the design, can’t be helped). But then I decided to go ahead and do so because of the pictures I took of him using the Wind Tunnel. To make the ring, I looked up some tutorials on YouTube and they were all pretty consistent - use jewelry/bead wire, place it on a doll’s finger, and bend and cut. DONE! That was the easiest prop of the entire bunch, and yet the one I almost didn’t even make LOL
The ring was the final prop! Miroku is now complete! I’m very pleased with him overall. He definitely had less props than Kagome did - I may even make him some sacred soutras down the road if I can figure out what some of them say. Because, again, I’m nothing if not accurate! hehehehehe Stay tuned for my next custom doll - Sango!
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