Fandom: Detective Conan
Characters: Kaito, Snake (General series)
Word Count: 673 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: Kaito was aware that he was being followed. But he hadn’t planned on this.
It had occurred to Kaito long ago that at some point, Snake would piece together who Kaitou Kid really was. The trigger-happy idiot had been calling him Toichi for quite some time, but it stood to reason that sooner or later it would become clear that he was, in fact, NOT Toichi.
Still, he hadn't really anticipated that Snake would be so glaringly obvious as to follow Kaito out in public like this. Particularly on a class field trip to a local zoo, when Kaito was surrounded by his friends and classmates. Aoko was on one side of him, Hakuba was on the other, and Koizumi was behind him...but he wasn't going to think too closely about what she was doing or looking at.
It could be hazardous.
He did his best to keep up the animated conversation with Aoko and light banter with Hakuba while keeping an eye on the black-clothed form in the tacky hat who kept following them from exhibit to exhibit. It was tiring, really. He just wanted to enjoy himself--while avoiding the aquarium at all costs. But if he was alone, he was an open target. But if Snake made a move while the others were with him...
This was not good. Not good at ALL.
His opportunity to shake their stalker came sooner than he'd anticipated, though. They were wandering through the area where the reptiles and amphibians were housed. He paused at the alligator enclosure, looking down into the pit where the big lizards were housed. But he paused just long enough for his friends to move on, out of sight. And there was no one else around.
When Snake moved, he was ready for it.
Kaito's intention had really been to simply disarm the man, since he was sure to have a weapon of some sort. But something went terribly, terribly wrong in the execution of that plan.
And Snake wound up flipping over the railing...and into the pit.
To be honest, Kaito hadn't known a human being could move that fast. The man was on his feet and up the tree in the middle of the enclosure in record time, staring down at the alligators. The alligators stared back; somehow, Kaito suspected that they saw lunch.
For a moment, Kaito and Snake stared at each other.
Then Kaito frowned. "I don't know who you are, but stop following us!" he said firmly, throwing in more of a pout than Kaitou Kid would have EVER shown. "It's annoying."
"I know who you are--" Snake began.
"...well, you're obviously crazy, so I think I'll just leave now--"
The look on Snake's face was absolutely priceless as he realized that if Kaito walked away, he was stuck there until someone else happened upon him. And the crowds were thinning.
"...if I get someone to get you out of there, will you PLEASE leave us alone?" he asked, glaring with all the force of a teenaged pout. Not that he would have left Snake in there, per se. They might have been enemies, but Kaito certainly didn’t want the man to be killed.
Snake glowered at him.
"Kaito? What happen--OH MY GOD!" Aoko's call quickly changed into a cry of shock as she realized that Kaito was staring at a man stuck in the alligator pit. "We need to get help!"
"He's been following us for an hour now," Kaito replied. "I want him to go away."
"YOU'RE KAITOU KID!" Snake finally snapped.
Aoko stared at him, then looked at Kaito (who shrugged and looked genuinely bewildered), then back at Snake. "That's impossible. Kaito was on the other side of town with me during that one Kid heist. It's a proven fact. Now..." she took a step back and grabbed Kaito's arm, "...we'll go get help. You just...wait there." She pulled gently on his arm and murmured, “Crazy man…”
It took everything Kaito had to keep from bursting out laughing at the priceless look on the assassin's face. It made it all worth it.
PS. For nezure with a request of Kaito and Snake, and a prompt of “Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty." This was the result. Partially inspired by a scene in a movie that I saw a really long time ago and can’t remember the name of. Thanks for reading, all! Much love!