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22 November 2007 @ 03:05 pm
After the Fact (30 Friends: Shinichi-Heiji)  
Title: After the Fact
Author: Candyland
Fandom: Detective Conan
Friends: Kudo Shinichi/Edogawa Conan and Hattori Heiji
Theme: #24—True friends stab you in the front.
Rating: PG
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: Is it better to be stabbed in the back or the front?

“Kudo, I—“

That was as far as Heiji got before Shinichi glared at him. Having frozen Heiji with a look, he turned and walked away, storming through a nearby door and out into a vacant corridor. They were at the headquarters of the Tokyo Metro Police Department to make statements about what had just happened.

But more than that, Heiji was having a hell of a time even getting Kudo to talk to him.

It wasn’t like previous times, where one of them had gotten irritated with the other over something small, there had been a little bit of bickering, and then things had returned to normal. This was full-out anger. And somehow, he didn’t think things would be back to normal tomorrow. As of right now, Kudo would barely even look at him, let alone invite a conversation.

Heiji followed him. “Dammit, Kudo, would you stop?”

Amazingly enough, Shinichi did. “What do you want? Haven’t you done enough?”

“Kudo, I’m sor—“

“You’re sorry. So very happy for you. That makes everything perfect, doesn’t it?” Shinichi said mockingly, finally turning around. His blue eyes were flaring with anger. “Anything else?”

“I thought it would help,” Heiji said.

“That doesn’t change the facts. You told,” Kudo said accusingly, sounding every bit like a petulant child.

“At least I was honest with you about what I did and why I did it,” Heiji returned, already hating himself for the next words that were going to come out of his mouth, “unlike some people around here. Isn’t it better to be stabbed in the front than the back?”

That visibly struck a nerve—Kudo flinched. If there was one thing about this whole situation that bothered Kudo, it was the fact that he had to lie to the people most important to him. He believed so desperately in the truth, only to find himself a hypocrite by circumstance. ““I trusted you. I knew that was a mistake, you son of a—“

“Oh, come off it!” Heiji said. “Do you think they were never going to find out? Ever? Newsflash—most secrets tend to come out into the open sooner or later. I’ve kept my mouth shut this whole time because it’s what you wanted, not because I thought it was the right thing to do!”

“It wasn’t your secret to tell, and you know it.”

“I just…” Heiji’s shoulders slumped in defeat. “…I just wanted to help.”

“Well, you didn’t,” Shinichi spat. With one last angry look, he walked away.

Heiji stood in the middle of the hallway, staring at his friend’s retreating back. “…I’m sorry.”

PS. It’s a sad fact, but sometimes friendship isn’t always happy. And sometimes friendships can fall apart. For the record, I don’t know if Shinichi and Heiji patch things up—the plunnies didn’t tell me that far along. But I’d like to think that Shinichi cooled down and things worked out. But I’ll leave that to your own mental canons.

Thanks for reading, all! Much love!

magic_truth: Shinichi and Conanmagic_truth on November 22nd, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
He had better have cooled off! Heiji is the only guy friend he has! The little loner! Heiji is like a brother...and brothers sometimes make mistakes. I think someone...maybe Kazuha should totally come over and read Shinichi the riot act and name all the times Heiji has helped him. There is a looong list Mr. Kudo. Looooong.

That said, I still love you Shinichi.

And as always...this fic rocked, hon! New territory. Maybe there should be a reverse fic? Where Heiji is furious with Shinichi? I have a feeling Heiji's anger would be more...fiery. *laugh*
Candyland: DC24 [Shinichi]candyfics on November 23rd, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
Shinichi is a loner, but he also seems fairly private (in spite of his celebrity status), especially with the Conan thing. So for Heiji to spill that, even in the sense of trying to help, is a cardinal sin. I'm sure Shinichi will calm down eventually, but it might be a while.

I realized that most of these have been all hunky-dory in terms of their friendship. But friendships do have rocky moments, and those are as important to friendships as the good times. It had to be done.

*glooooomp~* Thanks, hon! Glad you enjoyed!
Caity Jbell_lyra on November 22nd, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
Interesting . . .
I think it would be really interesting to see cool and collected Shinichi deal with an infuriated Heiji. Explosions abound!

Excellent job with the latest chapters. I am extremely sad that this is almost over.
Candyland: DC02 [Heiji: Girlfriend]candyfics on November 23rd, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Interesting . . .
Perhaps I can do some such thing in fanfic100...

Thank you! Glad you liked it! \o/
M.O.N.A.: Ten Things - Cran_mouri82 on November 24th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
*glomps* This was great! No fluff, no wibbles, no angst, just pissed-offness! Let the verbal fists fly, I say! This was also remarkably realistic, in that we could appreciate both characters' motivations, yet see where they both fall short. (Though I do hope they make up.) Great job!
Candyland: DC24 [Shinichi]candyfics on November 24th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! *snuggles* While I think Shinichi's pride is going to make him stay angry for a while, my intuition tells me that eventually they make back up. Whether they do it on their own or the girls have to step in, I don't know. Although that would be funny...

Ran: Shinichi, just make up. This isn't worth destroying such a good friendship over.
Shinichi: *fume fume fume*
Ran: *kisses him* I'll make it worth your while~
Shinichi: *tears around looking for his cell phone to make the call*
Cherelle_Holmes: Smile! >Dcherelle_holmes on December 26th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
Every good friendship has its bad moments, but what makes it a Real friendship is the part where you work things out again so...

I thing Heijis and Shinichis relation is strong! >__< hell they are almost like brothers, so i do believe that after some time to cool down, a little push from Kazuha + Ran and a loooong talk everything will be fine again~

...well at least i hope so XD - As always expected from da Candy, nice fic! <3
Candyland: DC: Shinichi-Heiji (Young and aggressivecandyfics on January 4th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
*nod* I agree. The plunnies just...didn't give me anything beyond this scene. I assume at some point they'll work it out. And the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that Shinichi's more angry at the circumstances than at Heiji. But Heiji's a convenient target, and so he bears the brunt of it. So I do suspect that at some point they'll work it out ^_~

Thank you! ^______^