Fandom: Detective Conan
Characters: Yuusaku/Yukiko (General series)
Word Count: 659 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: She stole the umbrella and started running.
When Yuusaku suggested a walk, it seemed like a good idea. The weather was nice and cool, and though it was a bit cloudy, it was still otherwise fairly nice out. Still, just for safety’s sake, Yuusaku came to pick her up with an umbrella tucked under his arm.
They wandered the park for a while, pausing to watch the ducks on the lake. There were a few children out there feeding the birds with scraps of old bread and having a great time doing so. The couple laughed as one small boy started chasing a duck around the grass near the lake. The duck won that particular race.
And then the rain came.
It started with a few sprinkles, then picked up pace until it was more like a monsoon than anything else. The young couple took refuge under a tree, where they opened the umbrella and ducked under it to watch the rain pour down.
“Well, this was brilliant,” Yukiko quipped.
“You agreed to it,” he replied dryly. “And I didn’t think it would start coming down until later.”
“Oh well,” she shrugged. “So should we wait it out or head home?”
“Either. Or both.” She did spare a moment to wonder why he was asking in that particular tone, but decided that she wasn’t going to look at it too closely. It could burn her mind’s eye if she did.
“Let’s brave it,” he said after a moment. “We could be here a while if we wait for it to stop. At the very least, we could get to someplace dry to wait.”
“Sounds like a plan,” she cheered. She put on hand on his arm to stay close and thus stay under the safety of the umbrella. They started walking quickly through the storm.
“I do like the rain, though,” Yukiko commented after they had been walking for a little while. “It’s romantic!”
“If you consider getting soaked and winding up freezing romantic, then yes, it is,” Yuusaku replied flatly.
Yukiko frowned at him. Then her expression changed to a near-smirk. “Oh really? Maybe you just need some help seeing how romantic the rain can be?” He was about to reply when she snatched the umbrella out of his hand. And then he was getting soaked as he watched Yukiko sprint ahead. With the umbrella.
“Hey!” he shouted. She sped up in response, and he did the same; she glanced back over her shoulder, saw that he was gaining, and started running outright, laughing her head off. Recognizing the chase for what it was, he broke into a run as well.
The chase took them through much of the park. But finally, he caught up to her by the fountain. Or rather, she stopped running and spun around, swinging the umbrella in a wide arc around her before letting go of it; it splashed into a puddle on the ground.
Yuusaku dashed at her, slowing just before he collided with her. When he did run into her, he wrapped his arms around her waist and lifted her clean off her feet, spinning her around before putting her back on the ground.
By then, her arms were around his neck and pulling him down for a kiss. They were both completely drenched as the rain fell on and around them, but neither cared how wet or cold they were. All they really cared about at that moment was right in front of them. The umbrella lay in the puddle on the sidewalk, momentarily forgotten.
When they broke apart, Yukiko grinned up at him shamelessly. “Told you so.”
“When you’re right, you’re right,” he admitted.
They paused only long enough to pick up the slightly-messy umbrella, which was then folded and stuck back under Yuusaku’s arm; given their present state, it was worthless to have it open. Then, hand in hand, they began walking through the rain once again.
What a wonderful day it was.
PS. This was taken from one of my 40 Dates for Yuusaku and Yukiko. In that, in was a forty-word ficlet. But I liked the idea, so I expanded it into a full-length story. This is the result. There was one other fic in 40 Dates that’s going to be reworked as a full-length fic as well. A couple of ideas I just couldn’t ignore.
Thanks for reading, all! Much love!