Fandom: Detective Conan
Characters: Kaito/Aoko (General series)
Word Count: 681 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: Am I so unfortunate-looking that you just can’t bring yourself to kiss me?
When Sensei announced that their class would be doing a special project, everyone was intrigued. When she told them that the aforementioned special project was to put on a play for Parents’ Night, everyone was actually kind of excited about it. They dove into rehearsals and all the necessary planning to get ready.
Casting was a cinch. Kuroba Kaito was a natural choice for the leading man. He was handsome, well-spoken, and very much at home on the stage. Though many in the class knew him better as a magician than anything else, he was a surprisingly good actor, and so the leading role was his.
A few of the more vocal members of the class did gossip a bit, though, about the fact that Nakamori Aoko landed the female lead. Said vocal class members (all of them female, by the way) were incredibly suspicious. Had she rigged it somehow so she could star opposite her best friend and reputed love interest?
Of course, they all overlooked the truth, which should have been the most obvious thing: Kaito himself had played his hand carefully to ensure things were as he wanted them. This wasn’t just for Aoko’s sake, of course. The play had a very nice romance scene, and…well, if he absolutely had to kiss a girl on stage in front of lots and lots of people, it was going to be the girl of his choice. But of course, no one needed to know that.
And so it was that the cast list was decided and rehearsals got underway.
But when they got to the romance scene, however, they hit an unexpected snag: cold feet.
The entire class was incredibly anxious to see that particular scene. Kuroba and Nakamori were practically married (or so thought most of the class), so getting to see them actually kiss was a long-awaited even for some of their classmates…and grounds for justifiable homicide for a few of the girls. Even if it was merely in the script.
But both of the stars seemed to freeze at the idea of having to kiss each other, much less kiss each other in front of other people. This did lead to a few rather humorous moments of improvisation—handshakes, big sweeping hugs, and one especially amusing interpretive dance number. But the kiss itself remained elusive.
One day, they were in the auditorium where the performance would take place. Kaito was sitting up in the front row, studying his script. Aoko approached him and stood in front of him, waiting until he noticed her presence and looked up. “Hey, what’s up?”
She leaned down and put her hands on the armrests of his auditorium seat—one hand on each side of him—and gave him a Look. “Is there something wrong with me?” she asked angrily.
He looked blank. “Huh?”
“Am I deformed or something?” she went on. He realized what she was asking, and was about to reply, but she barreled on ahead with, “I realize that I am not God’s gift to men, but am I really so unfortunate-looking that you just cannot bring yourself to kiss me and pretend that you like it?”
“I mean, it’s not even like it’s a real kiss.”
“You’re just acting. You’re a good actor, remember?”
“So can we please just get this over with and then get on with ignoring the teasing?”
Kaito dropped his script, reached up with both hands, grabbed the sides of her face, and rose out of his seat a little bit, enough to press his lips against hers in a very quick kiss. Then he let go and sat back down with a thump. He waited a moment for her to react; she seemed to have frozen. Finally, he waved a hand in front of her eyes. “Aoko? Yoo-hoo? Anyone home?”
Aoko straightened up, her face a brilliant crimson color. “I…err…I mean…you die.”
Kaito grinned shamelessly. “You’re pretty when you’re trying to decide whether or not I get to keep breathing!”
She swatted him on the head. “BAKA!”
PS. A slightly different take on Kaito and Aoko’s first kiss. None of that pansy romance stuff! Hee! Hope you liked the random silly. Thanks for reading, all! Much love!