Fandom: Detective Conan
Characters: Ran, Kazuha (General series)
Word Count: 671 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: Ran stopped and looked up at the sky, the rain falling on her face. A friendship fic.
When they came out of the store, it was pouring. It had merely been cloudy when they’d gone in to get groceries, but now they had two options: stay there and hope that it passed over quickly, or venture out into it and make a break for the Mouri Detective Agency.
They waited for a few minutes, but when it didn’t seem to be letting up, they decided to brave the torrent. They stepped out into it and were immediately soaked. The groceries were more or less protected in their bags; the colorless plastic was fairly waterproof.
“I’m sorry, Kazuha-chan,” Ran said apologetically as they trudged through the rain. “Maybe I shouldn’t have asked you to come with me.”
“Nah, it’s okay,” Kazuha waved it off; water droplets sprayed off the tips of her fingers as she did so. “Just think of it as having an adventure!” She did a little spin to accent her point, sending water flying from the end of her ponytail. “And the boys are missing out!”
Ran laughed; then her expression grew thoughtful. Her steps gradually slowed until she came to a stop.
Kazuha danced ahead a couple of meters before she noticed that she was suddenly alone. She also came to a halt and looked back at her friend. “Ran-chan? What’s wrong?”
But Ran didn’t seem to hear her name or the question. Her eyes were focused upwards, towards the sky; the rain fell directly on her face. “I wonder if Shinichi’s out in this weather,” she murmured, barely loud enough for Kazuha to hear it. “I hope he’s okay, wherever he is…”
Kazuha stared at her friend for a long moment. Ran looked so lost right then, and so lonely…it was almost infuriating, really. How could Kudo-kun just run off and leave a sweet, wonderful girl like Ran to sit around and wait for him like this? If he knew how much she was pining away for him, what would he do? Would he come running back? Or would he just keep doing what he was doing?
…and how did he feel about Ran, anyway? Kazuha didn’t know the boy terribly well (though Heiji seemed to), but she had to believe that there was a reason for that boy’s absence. There just had to be. It there wasn’t, then he didn’t deserve Ran, as far as Kazuha was concerned. If that Kudo guy really didn’t know how Ran felt about him, then he was probably more clueless than Heiji.
And that was saying something.
Kazuha walked up to Ran-chan. She watched silently for a moment as her friend stared up at the rain. Then she reached out and took Ran’s free hand in both of her own.
That seemed to surprise Ran out of her momentary stupor, and she looked down at Kazuha with wide eyes. And for a moment, she really wondered if Ran was crying. It was impossible to tell in the Rain. “W-what?”
But Kazuha smiled gently and gave Ran’s hand a squeeze. “He’ll come back. I know it. He will come back to you sooner or later. I mean, how could he not?”
Ran stared at her for a few seconds before she smiled back and nodded. “I know,” she said softly. One hand moved to rub at her eyes, giving credence to Kazuha’s earlier notion that Ran had been crying. “Sorry…”
“It’s okay. But when he does get back…” Kazuha added brusquely, “I’m giving him a piece of my mind! How could he just leave you behind like this? Stupid boy…”
She was rewarded when Ran laughed—a small, light sound. “I can’t wait to see that!”
“Come on,” Kazuha pulled gently on Ran’s hand. “We’d better get back before my walking black hole of a best friend starts eating your furniture out of desperation and hunger. God, why are both of our boys such idiots?”
This time, Ran laughed out loud, and they started walking again towards home, where their stupid boys were eagerly waiting to be fed.
PS. Wow, two rain fics in a row! How did that happen? But anyway, this goes out with luff to the awesomely amazing hakaisha, who requested the Ran/Kazuha friendship fic with a prompt of “in the rain without an umbrella.” Hope you liked it, hon! Thanks for reading, all! Much love!