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18 July 2007 @ 10:34 am
To Keep You Safe (30 Ways: Shinichi/Ran)  
Title: To Keep You Safe
Fandom: Detective Conan
Characters: Kudo Shinichi/Mouri Ran
Theme: #15—I’ll protect you
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I do not own Detective Conan. All characters are the property of Gosho Aoyama. I simply threaten to make them watch old Barney tapes unless they obey me. Trust me, they listen.
Summary: I just wanted to see you before everything goes down tonight.



When the phone call came, Ran was stunned; she couldn’t believe her ears. Shinichi had been gone for so long, but suddenly he was asking her to come and meet him outside the park near her home. She wanted desperately to start asking the usual questions (along with a few new ones, given his abrupt request), but there was something about the tone of his voice that told her now wasn’t the time for such things.

It really wasn’t a decision at all. He asked her to meet him, and she told him that she would be there in five minutes and hung up. She stared at the receiver for a few seconds, wondering what in the world had just happened and what was going on. But she recovered her wits quickly and went to grab her shoes.

Still, she paused to grab one more thing before she headed out the door to the appointed meeting place. It was dark out; the streets were relatively empty. She ran all the way there.

Shinichi was already there and waiting. She briefly wondered if he had actually called from the park and then just stayed there to wait for her; either way…he was there. She stopped a few feet away from him, trying desperately to catch her breath while she just looked at him. After so long, he was there, he was actually there. She could only hope that it was real.

He turned at her rushed approach and smiled as she skidded to a stop. “Hey,” she said amiably, his voice at odds with the certain tension in his posture. “Sorry to call you out here like this on such short notice.”

Ran managed a smile of her own between gasps for air. “No problem!” Like she really minded—he was here and she could see him! She would have gladly gone through fire for this moment. She straightened and looked at him eagerly. “What’s up?” What’s up? Oh, brilliant…

He walked towards her, stopping an arm’s length away. Now he looked a little bit uneasy. “I wanted to see you…before everything goes down tonight.”

Ran’s smile faltered. “What do you mean?

He fidgeted slightly. “You know how I’ve been working on this really tough case? Well, tonight we’re making our move. It’s either going to make or break this case.”

Something about his tone gave her pause. “Shinichi, is this going to be dangerous?” she asked quietly.

Shinichi was silent long enough for her to know the answer before he verbally affirmed it. “Yes. It is.”

“Then why are you involved?” she asked, voice rising in alarm. “You’re in high school—you’re seventeen! Solving murders for the police is one thing, but you shouldn’t be doing something dangerous like that! Let the police handle it! What if you get hurt, or…”

“I can’t,” he said simply. He rubbed at the back of his neck in a classic gesture that spoke volumes of nervousness. “Ran, I would love to hand this off and forget about it, but I just can’t. I’m in way too deep for that. But hopefully after tonight, it’ll be over, and…” he trailed off.

“…and you’ll come home?” she finished in a whisper.

“I hope so.”

They stood and just looked at each other for a long, long moment.

“I should probably go,” Shinichi finally sighed. “I just wanted to see you before this all happened…” Somehow, there was an unspoken ‘just in case’ hanging heavily in the air between them.

Ran nodded mutely, not really wanting to say goodbye. He lingered a moment, as if hoping she would say something; when she didn’t speak, he turned to walk away. She watched his retreating back for a few steps before she remembered the tiny item stowed away in her pocket, and called out to him. “Wait!”

He turned around quickly. “Yes?”

She hesitated, then hurried towards him as she withdrew something small from her pocket. “I got this idea from Kazuha-chan. I know you don’t believe in this kind of thing, but…I made this, and I want you to take it with you.”

Shinichi looked down at what she was holding. “An omamori?”

“It’s for protection,” she explained. “To keep you safe.” As she spoke, she reached up to hang the charm around his neck and arrange it to her satisfaction, slipping it under the collar of his shirt. She privately felt better knowing it was hanging near his heart. “There.” But she did let her fingers linger at his chest for a moment longer than was necessary before stepping back.

He lifted a hand and pressed it to his shirt, right where the omamori hung. “Ran…thank you.” He didn’t seem at all put-off by the idea of any ‘hocus-pocus’ or any such thing. If anything, he seemed genuinely touched at the gesture.

But as he started to walk away again, she was taken by a sudden urge. And she called after him again, “Shinichi!” He stopped and turned back to her. Again, she hesitated for just a second before she said, “I’m just lending it to you.” At his confused look, she added, “You’re borrowing it. So…you have to return to me—I mean, return it to me.” She felt herself go red at her accidental slip of the tongue.

Shinichi stood motionless, staring at her as comprehension dawned. Then he crossed the distance between them. He reached out and cupped her face in both hands and kissed her. It didn’t seem like it was anything he had planned on doing, and it certainly wasn’t expert by any means, but…

It was the sweetest moment of Ran’s life.

And it was over far too soon. He drew back, lingering for one extra second and letting his fingers run through the length of her hair before he pulled back entirely and let her go. “I have to go. I really do,” he whispered, taking another step away. But I’ll bring this back—I’ll come back to you, Ran. No matter what—even if I die…I’ll find a way back to you.”

“I know…” she whispered as he finally left her. He ran this time, and didn’t look back. Perhaps he was afraid that if he did, he wouldn’t be able to go. She waved nonetheless, knowing that he couldn’t see it. “I know…” A little charm—a little piece of herself to stay with him and keep him safe when she couldn’t do it herself. She hoped it would be enough…that her feelings would protect him and bring him back.

“I know…”



PS. I rather liked this plunnie. And I humbly offer this up as a birthday present to ran_mouri82, who is TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OLD today!! Ironically, last night she commented that she wanted Shinichi/Ran kissy romance, completely unaware that I had actually written exactly that for her :3 Funny how things work out, ne? So happy birthday, hon!

Thanks for reading, all! Much love!


 
 
 
Fylifyliwionvilyaer on July 18th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
WAAAAAAAAAI SO SWEET WAH WAH CUTE ^^

ADORABLE!

*squees*

So sweet ^_^
Candyland: DC03 [Ran: How do I...]candyfics on July 21st, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm late on replying, but thank you! *glomps*
girlquinn: Harry and Luna- OotP moviegirlquinn on July 18th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
You know, for a second, I thought it was Kaito dressed as Shinichi... only because I was wondering if he had turned back already. But then after the kissy-face, NO! It can't be Kaito!!

Either way, this was oh-so-very sweet!
Candyland: DC01 [Kid: Mouthless Wonder]candyfics on July 21st, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
...I must say, that thought never even crossed my mind o.o Although now I'm chuckling because I mentally reversed it, and had it be Kaito/Kid instead of Ran...I'm a bad girl :3

Thanks, hon! *snuggle*
Cherelle_Holmes: 100% Innocent! Kazuhacherelle_holmes on July 18th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Awwwwww~ ultimate cuteness attack! >////<
I can really imagine Shinichi doin' something like that! *___*
And this kiss... *fangirl squee* SOOOO FU**IN SWEET!!!
Candyland: DC21 [Shin/Ran: Memories]candyfics on July 21st, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! :D :D :D

You have no idea how long I debated over whether or not to put that kiss in there. I was going back and forth about it right up until the minute I posted it and couldn't take it back. It was sort of a "He could either do it right now and have zero regrets, or promise it for when he gets done and comes back so it's an added incentive for his return..."

In the end, went for the gusto ^.~ LOVES!
Samihasamiha on July 25th, 2007 11:40 am (UTC)
So cute ~ !
Hi !! I love your fic about Ran and Shinichi, it so cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute ( I'm a Ran X Shinichi addict xD). And the kiss .. ^///^ , I hop he will come back to Ran *\O/*.

Candyland: DC24 [Shinichi]candyfics on July 25th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Re: So cute ~ !
Thank you! :D :D :D Shin/Ran was my first real OTP for this series, so they have a special place in my cold little heart as well :3 *glomps* ^________^
M.O.N.A.: First Love - Cran_mouri82 on August 12th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
Re: So cute ~ !
Um, okay, did I ever comment on this? Like, did I at least comment on FF.net?! PLEASE say I did!!!

In the horrifying possibility that I didn't, I want to thank you for such lurvely sweetness for a birthday prezzie. The idea that Shin'ichi would go out of his way to try and meet Ran before heading into danger is very tender. And that Ran's response would prompt him to go and kiss her! Waiii! <3-age to the max, girl!

Again, thankyouthankyouthankyou! (And your icon is love. May I steal?)
Candyland: DC28 [Conan: Let's play]candyfics on August 12th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Re: So cute ~ !
o.o Hon...you left me a comment on ff-dot-net. And it made me full of squeefulness and joy!

And again, you're quite welcome, and I'm doubly--triply glad that you liked it!! 8D *giggle* I was torn right up until the moment I posted it as to whether or not I should have that kiss in there. It was sort of a matter of "Do I put the kiss in there, or should it be a 'promise' thing for when he comes back, or...GAH!" In hindsight, I'm glad I went with this :3

*glomples* LOVES!! And absolutely--credit to kep_trefler. MWAH~!!
M.O.N.A.: Cute Mug-Cran_mouri82 on August 12th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
Re: So cute ~ !
Whew! Thought I did . . . now don't I feel sheepish?

Btw, this icon looks evil. Not Evil, but close!
Candyland: DC04 [Gin--Blonde Hair of EVIL]candyfics on August 13th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
Re: So cute ~ !
*patpat* It actually makes me feel better to know that I'm not the only who forgets what I have and haven't commented on... ^^;; I kinda suck at that.

Conan is a different brand of evil. It can't be helped =D

...I want to write a new Shin/Ran. Problem is that I have three plunnies...and two of them are sort of sappy/angsty. I WANT HAPPY FICS!!! D:
M.O.N.A.: Ran Meez!ran_mouri82 on August 14th, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
Re: So cute ~ !
Well, I know it's not the same as having the plunnie and writing it yourself, but my next, delayed Kiss should be brief, but cute, funny, and definitely happy. (If that's the kind you mean?)