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13 October 2007 @ 10:59 am
Red and Black (30 Ways: Shinichi/Ran)  
Title: Red and Black
Fandom: Detective Conan
Characters: Kudo Shinichi/Mouri Ran
Theme: #11—game
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I do not own Detective Conan. All characters are the property of Gosho Aoyama. I simply threaten to make them watch old Barney tapes unless they obey me. Trust me, they listen.
Summary: It was one of those moments where he proved just how much he loved her.

“Your move,” Shinichi grinned across the game board at Ran.

She raised a brow. “Of all the ways you could think of to spend a rainy day indoors, you picked checkers?”

“Oh?” his grin grew a little more leer-ish. “Did you have another idea?” His grin vanished when she kicked him under the table. “Ow! Okay, okay, just kidding…I don’t know—I just haven’t played checkers in a long time, and I thought it might be kind of fun.”

Ran shook her head wryly. “I suppose it’s better than listening to you babble about Sherlock Holmes until the storm lets up.” When she saw him open his mouth, she quickly added, “And don’t feel the need to start now. Really, you don’t have to.” She reached out and slid one of her red pieces onto an adjacent square. He had been a gentleman and let her choose which color she wanted; red was her favorite color, after all. Hers and his, actually.

He studied the board for a moment; he grinned. “Aha!” He reached out and selected one of the black pieces and jumped one of her red pieces, taking it from the board. “Your move, Ran.” The grin on his face proved that he knew perfectly well that he was winning by a landslide.

Ran stared at the game board for a minute, then looked up at Shinichi, and then looked up at a point behind him, over his shoulder. Her eyes widened, and she pointed and yelped. “Oh my gosh, what’s that?”

Shinichi automatically turned around in his chair, concerned, and looked around the room behind him. He frowned. “What? I don’t see anything…” It was then that he realized what had just happened, and nearly slapped himself in the forehead. But he grinned and turned back around. “I didn’t see anything.”

“Oh…it must have been a moth,” Ran said airily. “Your move.”

Now, Shinichi was a detective. He had built his reputation (and someday he hoped that would carry him into a full-fledged career—which, all things considered, seemed quite plausible) by being able to notice every little detail about anything and everything, and then letting that evidence lead his deductions down the correct path. That was how he always arrived at the right conclusions. His philosophy was simple: he trusted the evidence of his eyes, and let that evidence speak for itself.

And right now, his eyes were telling him that something was seriously amiss on the game board.

Namely, several pieces seemed to have moved to different spots on the board. Funny, but the game now seemed to be strategically in Ran’s favor, whereas a moment ago he had been winning by a landslide.

And Ran was sitting across the table from him, her eyes sparkling with false innocence. It was like she was challenging him to call her on it. She had to know that there was no possible way he could have missed the changes. She knew exactly how observant he was.

After wavering for a moment, Shinichi reached down…and slid one of the black pieces to another square without comment. “Your move,” he said in dry tone that let her know that yes, he knew what she was up to and yes, true love meant that he was letting her cheat at checkers.

Ran laughed, and he grinned. After all, it was just a game.

PS. This was inspired by a line from The Wedding Singer (the Broadway musical), in the song “I Wanna Grow Old with You.” The line is, “And when we play checkers, I’ll let you cheat.” I just thought that to be such a sweet sentiment, and it reminded me of when I was little and my dad and I would play checkers almost every night. I’m pretty sure he let me win on a regular basis.

So we’ve reached number twenty. Ten more to go! YAY! Thanks for reading, all! Much love!

Cherelle_Holmes: 100% Innocent! Kazuhacherelle_holmes on October 13th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Shinichi is such a cutie :D

...wonderful fic to begin my evening :) *cherry walks around with a smile!!*
Candyland: DC24 [Shinichi]candyfics on October 14th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
Thank you! *pats him* Glad you liked it, hon! ~♥♥♥
girlquinn: Sokka is big pimpin'.girlquinn on October 13th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Do you have the song? I heard of it, but I wanted to see the lyrics... mostly because I loved the movie.

Anyway, very very sweet and cute! I'm now I'm distracted from metabolism class! Yay!
Candyland: DC14 [Conan/Ran: I miss you so]candyfics on October 14th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
The soundtrack is AWESOME :D Here is the song in question :) It's a little bit different from the movie version, and I love it ~♥♥♥

Thanks, hon! And I'm glad I could provide a distraction ^_~
girlquinn: Avatar.girlquinn on October 14th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
I think my computer is mental because every time I try to get the song, it says it's corrupt! ;__; .... thanks for the effort anyway.
ppr1883: Black Knightppr1883 on October 13th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
I loved your fic! It sure makes my day!
Candyland: DC23 [Shin/Ran: Bittersweet symphony]candyfics on October 14th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
Re: Wonderful!
Yay! Thank you very much! :D
marsdejahthorismarsdejahthoris on October 14th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
Aww... kawaii! This is so sweet. *hugs Shinichi and Ran* He can be sensitive, he just isn't, usually. :)

Candyland: DC24 [Shinichi]candyfics on October 15th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
He has his moments ^_~ Thank you!
shubbimama: Pink Sweater Moved Storyshubbimama on October 14th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
Such a sweet story !!! :D
You are such a fantastic writer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....!!!! I just gets so happy reading your fics !!!!
Candyland: DC14 [Conan/Ran: I miss you so]candyfics on October 15th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D And WAI! I GET HUGS! ~♥♥♥
magic_truth: Ran-chanmagic_truth on October 15th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
*laugh* My dad never let me win at checkers. He always kicked my butt. On the plus side, when I did win I gloated like crazy.

This is, however, very sweet of Shinichi. I love that he knows full well what is going on and lets it happen anyway. I wonder who won.
Candyland: DC10 [Kazuha]candyfics on October 15th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
When I was little, my dad would let me win sometimes, I'm sure :D But it was fun. And the plunnies won't tell me who won. Or if they actually finished the game. I hate my plunnies. Thank you! :D
halfling_rogue on December 6th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
"(Though that still didn't stop her from throwing her pieces at his head when he won anyway, laughing all the while.)"

There. Finished it for you. :D (Sorry, I just couldn't resist the mental image of Shinichi winning despite the handicap. Because you know he would. ...And then probably try and claim a prize, if he felt lucky enough. *eyebrow wag*)