Fandom: Detective Conan
Characters: Shinichi/Ran (General series)
Word Count: 704 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: By day, he was the same as he had always been. But when the darkness came… Shinichi/Ran
When Shinichi came back to her, Ran was ecstatic. He was back at home, back at her side, and after a particularly difficult, emotional conversation, he was safely in her arms. She was hesitant to let him out of her sight for fear that he would vanish again, but he seemed perfectly content to stick to her and stay well within her view. That certainly made things easier for the both of them.
He was the same as he had always been in so many ways. He was brilliant, and well aware of it, and his deductions at a crime scene were still unmatched. He teased her and poked her and prodded reactions from her, and laughed and apologized when she got angry. But now the apologies were tempered with kisses, and the teasing was a bit more suggestive: that she not stray, that he better not leave her alone because some guy might walk by and she’d be idiot enough to follow, and the like.
And she never got tired of seeing the little possessive glimmer in his eyes that said she was his and no one else’s. She was sure that he saw the same look in her eyes, because she certainly wasn’t going to let go of him any time soon.
That was by day.
But by night…
When the sun went down, he changed.
It was not a physical change, per se. But the way he acted was different. He was skittish, glancing nervously towards the windows he had to pass, and outright avoiding windows whenever possible. He jumped at small noises, and he did not like to go outside after nightfall. The dark frightened him.
It became even more clear to her the first time she spent the night in his home.
There was something decidedly sweet about being close to him like this, she thought happily. Snuggled happily into his arms, surrounded by warmth and his scent and the feeling that this was exactly where she belonged…it was enough to chase away the memories of the loneliness she had lived with during his absence. It was perfect.
Shinichi was already asleep. He had tried to stay awake longer, but the events of the day were against him. She had smiled and kissed his forehead and told him to sleep, and he had murmured a thank you and a goodnight and dropped off almost immediately. But she was happy to be near him with the freedom to just look at him.
She was just falling asleep herself when he moved. A glance at his face proved that he was still asleep. But the whimpers quickly grew to moans and full-out cries as he started to thrash around, never opening his eyes and never waking up.
Frightened and unsure of what to do, Ran merely curled around him and held him as the nightmare ran its course. After a time that seemed far too long to her mind, he calmed again, settling back against the bed and falling silent as the lines of fear melted from his face. And he slept again, this time in peace.
She lay awake beside him for a time after that to see if anything else would happen before the sound of his breathing and the feel of his heart beating under her hand lulled her to sleep as well.
It was not an isolated incident, though. She saw it happen every time he slept in her presence. The reactions ranged from merely whimpering in his sleep to actually calling out in fear. The sound of it terrified her. Shinichi had always been so strong, so adamant that she not see his weaknesses. Yet now they were laid bare before her during the only time that he could not stop them from becoming evident.
And when those nightmares came, she was helpless. She was powerless to protect him from a terror that lay within his memories, his mind and his heart. When the nightmares struck and Shinichi cried out in the darkness, all Ran could do was stay close to him and hold his hand and hope to every deity in the heavens that she could chase be strong enough for the both of them.
PS. Yeah. I have no idea. Although I do know that I have done a shockingly SMALL amount of Shinichi and Ran for this challenge. Must try and remedy that a bit in the last few fics of this challenge. Thanks for reading, all! Much love!