Fandom: Detective Conan
Friends: Kudo Shinichi/Edogawa Conan and Hattori Heiji
Theme: #9—the third wheel
Disclaimer: I do not own Detective Conan—all the characters belong to Gosho Aoyama. I just kidnapped them and hid them in my closet to keep them safe from…I dunno, something awful, I’m sure. Don’t worry, I feed them. Sometimes.
Summary: I think they need a moment alone.
We’re going on a walk.
Oh well. Get to go outside, enjoy the weather, maybe heckle Kudo a little. Besides, I’ve never been to Karuizawa, and it could be fun to wander around and check the place out. So I let Kazuha and the others lead the way outside. Neechan said that she’s been here before—Kudo’s parents brought them here for a visit. So she sort of knows her way around. Guess she gets to lead the way.
As we’re walking along, she pipes up. “This street is called the Whispering Path.”
“Whispering Path?” Kazuha replies before turning to me. “Hey, Heiji—whisper something.”
Why does the ahou always have to pull stuff like this? Hey, maybe I can have some fun with it! “Okay—come here.” She looks sort of surprised, but leans her ear over. And I whisper, “You are…AN IDIOT!” She jerks back, looking annoyed. I think it’s hilarious.
Then we hear bells. A little further down the road, we see the church. Neechan says it’s called the Ryu-Karuizawa Church. There’s a wedding going on—that’s kind of cool. Congrats to them. But Kazuha goes all puppy-eyed and dreamy about how pretty and romantic it is. And so does Neechan, but she’s got a little bit more reason.
“Ne, Ran-chan,” Kazuha speaks up. This can’t possibly be good. Sure enough… “Were you just imagining doing that with Kudo-kun?” Oh yeah. Definitely not a good thing.
“What’re you talking about?” Neechan sputters. “I wasn’t imagining anything!”
“Oh really?” Kazuha keeps prodding. “Then what was up with that dreamy look on your face?”
Neechan looks sort of annoyed (not that I blame her), and then smirks. I think she picked that particular expression up from Kudo (a very bad habit) and says, “Oh, and what about you, Kazuha-chan?”
The look on Kazuha’s face is absolutely priceless. Bravo, Neechan. “What are you talking about? We don’t do that kind of thing!”
“Oh my,” Neechan leans in, looking very pleased with herself. I really like her. “What kind of thing don’t you do? And who is this ‘we’?”
Kazuha sputters and tells her to hush. And Kudo and I stand off to the side, watching. We are now completely united in our mutual lack of understanding of how the hell girls operate. There’s a mystery neither of us will ever solve.
We continue on our way, coming across a small lake. “This is Kumoba Pond,” Neechan says, leading us through the rope-lined pathway. “Shinichi and I rode our bikes here from their villa.”
Kazuha pipes up about how pretty it was, and I do have to agree—it is actually really nice here. Except now Neechan looks sort of sad. She’s talking about Kudo again.
My eyes drifted down towards my fellow detective to see what he thought of it all…and for a minute, I swear I saw Kudo kneeling there beside Neechan, staring out over the lake with this weird, distant look on his face.
I rubbed at my eyes, and when I looked again, he was back to his shorter self…and Kazuha was leaning into my line-of-sight, giving me a really concerned look and asking if I was all right.
Yeah. I’m fine.
Neechan says we should go check out something else now—Water Bird Island, she says it’s called—and starts walking. Shorty trails along beside her, automatically reaching up to take her hand. How cute. And so those two are off.
Kazuha starts following them, but I hang back. “Hey, Kazuha.”
She turns around. “What?”
“…let’s go back,” I say, heading back towards the gate.
“What? Why?” she asks.
“Doesn’t matter. Let’s just go.”
I can almost hear Kazuha thinking, trying to make up her mind. Then… “Heiji! Wait!” I slow down to wait, and she jogs to catch up to me. Just like I knew she would.
I don’t know why I saw Kudo there, but…maybe it’s best to just sneak off and let those two have a moment alone during their trip down Memory Lane. Something tells me that doesn’t happen very often.
…okay, so Kudo found me out.
How the hell does he do that? He just nailed me on the issue of the broken wine bottle.
Except…he’s being way too nice about it. And saying that he’s not going to tell. That’s sort of out of character for a guy who’s freakin’ catchphrase is all about the truth. But still… “I’m embarrassed. I owe you yet another favor.” I think he might have rights to my first-born by now.
“No,” he says, sticking his hands in his pockets and starting to walk off, “I’m just returning your favor from earlier.”
It takes me a second to figure out what he means. So he did appreciate getting a couple of minutes alone with Neechan. But something tells me he would keep that all behind his teeth even under torture.
…sometimes I think we might have the strangest friendship on the planet.
PS. Oh dear Lord…I started this one at least a YEAR ago, and never finished it. So I come back to it now…and I can’t remember exactly where I was going with it. But I was also too lazy to start over. So if it seems a little weird, that’s why xD
This is entirely based off the second Conan OVA, which takes place at Shiratori’s villa. It’s got some cute moments in it if you get the chance to watch it. Thanks for reading, all! Much love!