Fandom: Detective Conan
Characters: Kaito, Aoko (General series)
Word Count: 430 words
Author's Notes: I do not own Detective Conan. It all belongs to Gosho Aoyama. I simply borrow the characters, tie them up, and dance them around like life-sized puppets. I do wish they’d stop complaining.
Summary: Grocery shopping with the family leads to a little panic…
For all that he could be an annoying, teasing, goofy pain in the ass, Aoko knew full well that she had been very blessed to have Kaito in her life—first as a friend, then as a best friend, then as a boyfriend, and finally as a husband. And, she had to add, he was also perfectly suited to what was potentially his favorite title: father.
At the moment, they were at the grocery store. Aoko was leading the way, armed with a grocery list and a debit card. Kaito was walking behind her, pushing the cart and cheerfully chattering to Aya-chan, sitting comfortably in the cart’s baby seat. The little girl was giggling and clapping her hands in delight at her silly Daddy. Aoko smiled at them both—they were a truly happy family.
They wandered the store, finding what they needed, food and non-food alike, before heading to the check-out line. While Aoko handled the cashier, Kaito kept Aya-chan occupied with a game of Patty Cake. They headed out to the car, where he dutifully transferred the groceries from the cart to the trunk while the little girl watched in fascination.
They were parked right next to the cart corral; once the groceries were unloaded, Kaito tossed her the keys, grabbed the cart (with Aya still in it) and moved to push it into its place. Aoko flipped through the keys with intent to unlock the car, but dropped them when she heard her daughter scream. She whipped around to see a very startled Kaito looking down at a sobbing toddler.
“Daddy!” Aya cried. “Don’t leave me!”
…it took her a moment to realize what had happened. Kaito had pushed the cart into the corral, undoubtedly with intent to take Aya with him when he came back to the car. Aya-chan, however, hadn’t realized that, and had screamed in terror at the thought that Daddy was going to leave her there.
In the time it took her to process all of that, Kaito already had the crying little girl out of the cart and was holding her tightly and rocking her back and forth. “Aya-chan, I would never leave you!” he said, walking back towards the car. “It’s okay, s’okay—Daddy’s not going to leave you…”
It took a few minutes to get her calmed down and in her car-seat. But as the two parents got into the car, Kaito threw his wife a sad, guilt-ridden look and whispered, “I feel like the worst father in the world.”
Aoko patted his arm. “You’re fine. And so is she.”
PS. Y halo thar, PWP fic! (PWP means “Plot? What plot?”) I saw almost this exact scene in the parking lot at Wal-Mart—except I think it was a dad with his son. And we actually heard the dad say “I would never leave you!” And I thought it was really sort of adorable. So it became a fic with a non-existent plot (and a crappy summary…but I kinda like the title…)
Thanks for reading, all! Much love!