Fandom: Detective Conan/Magic Kaitou
Theme: #25—release of the evils
Pairing: Kuroba Kaito/Nakamori Aoko
Disclaimer: All characters are the property of Gosho Aoyama. I do not own them. I merely borrow them, drop them in a blender, hit puree, and watch them dance. Yes, dance, my pretties…ahem.
Summary: Aoko happened to glance down at the carpet…and saw IT.
It was a relatively normal evening at Aoko’s house. Well, as normal as an evening with Kaito could be, but you get the idea. They were even going about a normal teenager-type activity: studying. Studying for a looming biology test, even.
Unfortunately, as we all know, things never stay normal around Kaito and Aoko for long.
Aoko had been perched comfortably on her bed with the appropriate study materials in a circle around her; she swung her legs over the edge onto the floor with the simple intent of going across the room to grab a different pen from her desk. As she moved to stand up, she happened to glance down at the carpet…and saw IT.
Aoko looked at IT.
IT looked at Aoko. With all seventy-five or so of its eyes.
And Aoko reacted as anyone surprised to see such a creature on one’s bedroom floor would react.
First, she screamed. Then she jumped a full meter into the air to land back on her bed. Then she just pointed. Kaito, sprawled on his stomach on the floor, glanced up from his own biology textbook to see what all the fuss was about…and realized that he was now face-to-face with IT.
IT appeared to be some sort of very large insect—except they’d just been studying such things, and insects didn’t usually have…well, the bug on Aoko’s floor seemed to have about two hundred legs, instead of the usual six, or even the eight that would classify it as some sort of arachnid. Furthermore, the long, white and brown body and extremely long antennae didn’t look like any spider either of them had ever seen. As it defied immediate identification, it was mentally labeled as IT.
Kaito was usually a very cool-headed customer. But even he could be startled if caught off-guard, and lifting his head to realize that he was staring at a very large, very nasty-looking bug was one way to do it. He jumped to his feet and stepped back. “What the hell is that?”
“KILLIT!” Aoko yelped.
“Just do it!”
“Fine…” Kaito grabbed a nearby shoe and gave chase. He was further startled to find that it was capable of moving at Mach-2 when threatened. It was off across the floor before he could blink.
“KILLIT!” Aoko crowed from her perch on the bed. “KILLIT!” Kaito rolled his eyes, but obligingly chased the fast little bug around the room. IT really could move, too. The thing was scurrying at top speed, taking an erratic path all over the place.
“Geez, what is that thing?” he muttered, missing again. Some sort of evil bug-spy had infiltrated Aoko’s room! And poor Aoko, not a huge fan of bugs, just stood on the bed, demanding its execution.
After a couple minutes of this strange pursuit, it suddenly took a hard right and…
Kaito stopped at the doorway, and glanced back at her. “It got away…”
Sure enough, IT had made a clean getaway out into the hallway. Out of sight, out of mind, right? With a sweatshirt stuffed under the door for good measure and added protection, of course. Now out of breath and definitely more awake, both returned to their spots on the floor and the bed. Back to studying—after all, tests wait for no one.
Biology, Aoko decided, was best left on a textbook page.
PS. A really random scene based on something that actually happened to me about two nights ago, when I turned on my light at one-thirty AM to go get a drink of water, and saw this really big, really ugly bug crawling around on my carpet, as described here. Not pleasant, especially at that hour. A little play on the theme, I guess. Thanks for reading, all. Much love!
Ten minutes later, the two teenagers were still hard at work, laboring over their biology notes in continued preparation for the big test. The strange bug that had led them on such a chase around Aoko’s bedroom was all but forgotten, save for the occasional paranoid glances around the floor, just in case IT had any brothers, sisters, or other relatives who would see fit to put in an appearance.
Nothing appeared, and so the schoolwork resumed peacefully.
“WHAT THE HELL?”
Both Kaito and Aoko looked up at the closed door, then at each other.
Aoko realized what had happened first. “…I think Daddy just found the bug.”