Title: Chasing Methuselah Author: Sandra E.
Original Source: Inuyasha Character(s): Kagome & Miruko
Rating: M Genre(s): Romance
Chapter(s): 13 Status: Complete
Author’s Synopsis: NA
Welcome Readers, I am your reviewing host, Idunwanaprofile, reviewing the good, the bad, and those that should never exist in fan fiction. What I have for my dear Readers this time is a treasure that I had discovered years ago. I’ll kind of date myself but I found this story back when Fanfiction.net still had the rating NC-17 and before they said “nay-nay” to stories containing descriptive sex scenes. I know that stories with sex scenes still get posted but this story I found before the whole drama with the ratings and content.
As anyone can see with the URL I provided, I didn’t link this to FFN. I couldn’t. This story has been removed from FFN despite the fact that the scenes weren’t posted on FFN but on a different site. That’s neither here nor there. The important thing is that I did find a place where this story still exists and the link above is still good as of August 18, 2017.
As for what drew me to the story, it is a Miroku x Kagome fan fic and when I first found it I was relatively new the world of fan fiction and didn’t realize that fans mixed and matched character romances. That concept blew my mind at the time! So when I found this story and it was NOT Inuyasha x Kagome I was pleasantly surprised. This story was my gateway into exploring non-canon couples.
Enough of my relationship with the story, on to the actual content!
In this story Kagome discovers Miroku’s reincarnation in the form of a transfer student in her class and he has memories from his past life. In an effort to try and glean as much information as possible about the future from him, Kagome spends more time with the reincarnated Miroku in modern Japan. However, she ends up spending more time with the actual Miroku in Feudal Japan, setting in motion a series of events and situations that open the characters up to romance.
There are several things that this story does right (and thus set the bar kind of high for other stories), but it does have its flaws. Flaws that while I overlook while I am reading still need to be addressed. Unlike A Dangerous Game (see my first review ever), this fic is not the type where I had loved it growing up and now that I have reread it, I find that it doesn’t live up to my fond memories. Nope! I am grateful for not having another repeat of that disaster. Nah, this story still meets my expectations even though I do pick up on aspects of the story that need work.
I guess I’ll start with some of the things the story does right. There’s so many so I’m going to limit myself a bit otherwise we’ll be here all day. So I’ll focus on: the romance, the characters, and balance of the story. Those three areas will be plenty.
Anyone who has read my previous reviews of romance fics have probably figured out that I’m very particular when it comes to romances. Read some of my previous reviews, I get up on my soapbox quite often – I haven’t lately but I will soon. The romance between Miroku and Kagome is the type of romance that I can really get behind and believe to work out despite any dysfunction. It takes its time to shift the relationship between the characters from companions/friends to lovers and when the shift happens it’s not sudden; instead it comes softly.
What the story does NOT do, is make Miroku the rebound guy turned romance. Nope, Kagome is gradually recovering after Inuyasha has chosen Kikyou and is not on the hunt for her next crush. Nor does the romance start as some scheme of Miroku’s to get into Kagome’s pants…er, um her skirt. Nope, because for the better part of the story Kagome is under the distinct impression (like most fans) that Miroku likes Sango.
The romance is a slow build up and is a bit complicated. I’m trying to think of a way to describe the romance without spoiling the story. …It’s a romance that buds from an accident. Remember the synopsis and Kagome discovering Miroku’s reincarnation with memories intact? Yeah, it all starts because of him! Kagome realizes that the only way there can be a reincarnation of Miroku is if Miroku died and since the reincarnation nonverbally communicates that he dies sometime before they defeat Naraku, Kagome makes it her personal mission to try and prevent his death.
So, it’s not that Kagome instantly realizes she loves Miroku (in fact she doesn’t realize that until chapter 8 or 9) and Miroku isn’t instantly in love with Kagome; he goes from being curious about Kagome’s sudden attention to his personal health to curious about her life in modern Japan (particularly about this “he” she keeps referring to) to jealous over having to share her with another time and an invisible romance rival. It’s a slow yet seamless build. I love it!
Kagome and Miroku (original and reincarnated) make this story. All of the other characters are great in building out this world and bringing depth to the two worlds Kagome interacts in, but the leads absolutely steal this story.
Kagome is a bit different from the anime / manga; she truly asks as a girl out of time as she brings up science and facts that she would know from the future. There is a point where she literally explains out a math problem to Shippo while she’s studying – you’ll never see that in the anime. There’s another point where she uses her knowledge of science and biology to form a plan to take out Naraku; I’m pretty sure the anime doesn’t bother with science in Naraku’s downfall. Then in her time, she’s brings up knowledge that she only gained from her time in the Feudal Era. I appreciate this change because Kagome’s knowledge should be slipping into the two worlds.
There’s some other OOC (out of character) quirks and traits that make Kagome different from her anime / manga counterparts, but the essence of Kagome is still there. She wants to help her friends, collect the shards, defeat Naraku, have everyone find their “happily ever after,” etc. The core of Kagome is there with a few embellishments.
Miroku (original) is amazing. The changes to his character are in reaction to changes in Kagome’s behavior. Like her increased interest and concern in his health causes him to start hanging out with her a bit more. This in turn makes him unfazed when Sango is engaged to another man. Instead, he becomes jealous about the unknown suitor from the modern time who has Kagome all to himself. I don’t normally like the jealous characters but Miroku pulls it off well in this story; he subtly stirs the conversation away from Kagome’s time and to more immediate topics in the Feudal Era.
Just like with Kagome, the core of Miroku is there but now it’s enhanced due to the interactions with Kagome. The two characters play off each other easily.
Miroku (reincarnated) holds his own in this story. It would so easy to make this character as someone who just sets things in motion but doesn’t truly make an impact until the end. That is not this character! No… This reincarnated version of Miroku actively inserts himself into Kagome’s life when she’s home and pursues her (romantically). He’s not necessarily aggressive with his romantic advances but he certainly makes it obvious to onlookers that he has feelings for Kagome. He lets Kagome know enough to set in motion key events while not sharing everything until she finally reaches critical points.
For example, the bath tub scene. I’m not going to spoil the entire scene but I will say that this scene really shows how much reincarnated Miroku was holding back – emotionally. Realizing that the past has finally reached point X, he “finally” acts on his emotions.
The reincarnated Miroku is very much his own character. There is enough that ties him to the original but his past and upbringing is different and it shows in his character. It’s refreshing and it causes confliction in Kagome as she tries not to think of the reincarnation as the original yet can’t help but feel attached to him like she does to the original. It’s a great addition and allows for further depth to Kagome and the romances.
Finally, this story has balance! It’s not purely romance, action, slice of life, etc. It is a combination! There are times when Kagome is in the Feudal Era and romance is developing, the gang is attacked, there’s questions about what comes after Naraku’s death, etc. The romance reigns supreme but there’s plenty of time devoted to action scenes and the characters – particularly Kagome – figuring out what to do after the adventure is over. Then in the modern era, there’s a balance between school, romance, and more action. Nothing feels like it’s encroaching on each other, it all weaves into this story.
There’s a bit of everything for everyone.
I mentioned flaws in the story and indeed there are flaws. I will address the elephant first, the very end. What the fuck? It’s not a bad ending but the logic behind defeating Naraku is both genius and questionable. I don’t want to spoil it but let’s just say that on the one hand the logic seems feasible but on execution is questionable. It’s the difference between hypothesis and results. The hypothesis can make sense and seem solid, but the results make you question “how is this possible?” That’s the final fight with Naraku. Then there’s the ending after the final fight which makes sense and doesn’t. Like, it makes sense because why wouldn’t there be demons in modern day, but how they all get there makes zero sense.
It’s a flaw but it doesn’t deter me from reading this story and recommending it to others. Oh and I recommend this story; I recommend it so hard! Regardless of the end, the journey is amazing and the characters are such a joy to read. The romance is wonderful and it’s one of those things that when it finally comes together you just want to cheer. Oh yeah, this story is great and worth reading.
Go check out Chasing Methuselah, it’s worth the read.
Stars: 9.5 / 10