Kid grins widely, laughing even, as he flies away from another successful heist. Kid thinks back to the look on Tantei-san's face just before he left. The guy had really worded the demand for the prize perfectly for him. How else should he respond to a demand for a diamond ring to be given to him?
"I am flattered but if I were to give a ring of this type to anyone, it would be of the female persuasion."
He can not help but snicker once more at the expression on Tantei-san's face as he bid him Merry Christmas and took off. He has to land soon because of the freezing temperature tonight but at least the cops were following his false trail and there weren't any fans to spot him and point him out. The only good part about lying to Aoko about a cold to get this done... and he may still come down with one.
Kid is about to land on one of the buildings when he hears what is the equivalence of an explosion. He looks over his shoulder at the source of the sound and banks sharply, his heart beating faster. The warehouse next to the one his target had been in has smoke and dust rising from it.
Nakamori shakes his head, coughing as he pushes himself off the ground and looks at the building they had just been in. He had been so sure Kid had used it to hide and the flying one was a dummy, being too blasted cold out for even Kid to use the sky to get away tonight. His men were starting to get up so he heads over to check on them, waiting for the cocky voice to give him the uppity version of 'I told you so' and give him another reason to find an outlet to vent on. It never comes.
Kid lands across the street and listens as the men start talking and calling out that they are fine. He does a quick count, long ago having memorized every member of 'his' task force. He breaths a sigh of relief when he finds every officer accounted for and listens to Nakamori-keibu swearing at Kid and... Hakuba-kun? Kaito wonders what the detective pain-in-his-butt did to get on the inspector's bad side. He swings down, wrapping his black cloak around himself to hide the white and looks for the inspector and the source of his wrath. He is very surprised to find him ordering his men to start to dig back into the rubble of the warehouse. Did Hakuba-kun actually think he had gone in there? He mingles with the others to find out what happened but doesn't even reach the pile that is blocking the entrance when someone shifts something and causes more to fall, raising yet another cloud of dust.
Saguru groans and coughs weakly when the sound of crashing rouses him and he is surrounded by dust. He attempts to get up and find a way out, or at least reach his handkerchief to cover his face, when his blood runs cold. He can not move to reach into his pocket and his left arm is trapped under his body by something heavy across his back and waist. He tries to take a few breaths and calm himself but needs to cover his nose and mouth with his sleeve when he starts coughing once more.
Once he manages to clear his lungs to some extent, Saguru does his best to focus on what he can do and, after a quick check, verifies that his back is not broken as he can feel and move both legs. He can not, however, move his body in any way and the restricting weight is making it difficult to breath properly, compounded by the dust in the air and on the ground. He attempts to call out but each attempt sounds feeble to his ears and he knows it is not carrying far enough to reach anyone.
He recalls following a few of the officers in here when they said they spotted Kid. He had thought the door had been opened but he highly doubted it was Kid himself, more likely it had been a newspaper camera man or an overly obsessed fan trying to get pictures. He had split off and...there was something else. Once he was free, he would sort out the rest. He sighs and works harder to get out from under the rubble but, after a while, buries his face in his arm once more to breath easier, exhausted, cold and light headed. He closes his eyes, ready to try again once he catches his breath.
Kaito's blood runs cold as he hears the yells and confusion, wincing when Nakamori-keibu shouts and gets their attention. He sends them around to the sides to find a clear way in and Kaito blends with them, moving around quickly with the group that goes to the left but he knows it will be useless. He had checked this place from the outside and knows that the front is the main entrance and unless they could force open the small door on this side, the next best thing would be the roof. Kaito slips away, intent on finding his own way into the building.
Nakamori growls low but he has never lost a man before and as much as he gripes about the teen, he was one of them... is, is one of them. He calls in a buddy of his that's a kenchikushi and explains what happened. The response upset him further when he was told he was on his way and not to touch anything. Nakamori almost hung up when he heard him tell him not to and repeats the order.
"Men! Look and yell in, get a fix on him, but don't try to move anything, understand!"
The uncertain answers makes it harder but he glares and they continue on. Why the hell didn't they just pull the stuff out of the doorway? It can't be that much.
Kaito curses a few times under his breath, needing to climb the fire escape of the next building and running over to the one that the other officers were convinced Hakuba-kun was in. He is hoping and praying the detective actually followed or was getting ahead of him and would come back to the site, confused about everyone's reaction. A chuck of the roof is missing, collapsed into the building itself and giving him an easy entrance. He drops in slowly, wrapping a cloth around his nose and mouth at the dust and smoke still in here.
"Hakuba-kun. Hakuba-kun, respond."
He moves through the debris carefully, listening and hearing nothing but occasional groans and creaks from the building and the muffled yells from outside. Nothing human from inside.
"Hakuba-kun, if you are not in here..."
Kaito honestly isn't sure how he would feel. The fear and worry he feels now, hearing nothing, is hard enough. If the other teen wasn't in there, he'd be relieved but also a bit PO'd that he'd had to come in here for no reason.
He loses track of time as he starts circling, finding stuff that looks like it was recent but Hakuba-kun was still nowhere in sight. He is starting to freeze and his police radio is still reporting that there is no way in and requests for construction vehicles and the need to brace the building or send in a robot because of the chance of collapse, no one else can risk going in if there is no proof of life. Proof of life. Kaito would give them 'proof of life'. If Nakamori-keibu and the rest of the task force was this sure the teen was in here, Kaito was not leaving.
Nakamori blinks in the flashing lights as some construction guys finally show up.
"You're sure this is needed?"
Hanasuke shakes his head and finishes directing the men to shore up the doorway and surrounding area before turning toward the irate inspector.
"Yes. I would not have allowed anyone in there. The building became structurally unsound after that quake two weeks ago. I only refrained from taping it off completely and demolishing it because the guy begged time to move the contents. Tons of boxes and right before Christmas, I took pity on him and gave him the time."
"YOU DIDN'T THINK TO PUT A SIGN UP AT LEAST! OF ALL THE... "
Hanasuke crossed his arms as the man vented, knowing from experience he could not shout over him.
"I did not see a reason to have signs up since the 'private property' would be enforced by you, not disregarded by a wanna be detective with an ego."
Nakamori is frozen between anger and shock. He'd said that about the teen detective so many times but hearing it from someone else, he is ready to hang being a hypocrite and tell the guy off when his radio comes to life and the words he hears shocks him even more.
Kaito's breath caught when he saw a piece of familiar cloth but he groans when he grabs it and sees that it is just the coat. He pulls it out from under a desk that had been tipped on its side by the explosion and tucks it away safely. He has proof Hakuba-kun was in here, now he had to find the teen himself. Kaito leaves the area, looking around once more and there, off to the side under a fallen beam, he sees a pair of legs.
Kaito runs over, getting to the other side and suddenly afraid to look closely. The blond hair has a layer of dust and the teen's hat is gone. His left arm is under the bod- under his chest and his right arm is curled across his face. If not for the dirt and beams and everything, Kaito would laugh that Hakuba-kun had fallen asleep on the floor and try to take credit for knocking him out. Now, it looks too much like he was dea-.
"Tantei-san. Tantei-san! You need to wake up. Talk to me."
Kaito drops to his knees beside his and reaches out, moving the hand and reaching to check for a pulse as he repeatedly attempted to rouse Hakuba-kun. He exhales a relieved sigh when a pulse is there but something is off and he removes the glove, touching his cheek and cursing. No wonder it felt a little slow, Hakuba-kun was freezing. Kaito pulls the coat out and tries to get it around the body while he checks for injuries, using his left hand to get the police radio out and report in.
"Nakamori-keibu, I found Tantei-san. He's alive but pinned and unconscious. You need to get medical in here now."
Nakamori sees the look on the faces of the men around him, all of them having heard the voice, recognizing it as well as knowing the term since it had been used that night already by one person.
"You heard him men, MOVE!"
"What? You can't. You said no one was in there, how do you know you can trust that voice?"
"I know it because I know who said it and in this situation, I believe him. If you don't believe me, fine, but we're going in."
"No, I can't allow it. There is no way anyone can get in."
"We'll find a way."
Hanasuke stares as the inspector starts yelling new orders and talking on the radio a bit before looking at the roof. They couldn't be serious. This entire thing was insane. He knew a teen was in there but both he and maybe whoever Nakamori-keibu was talking to, went in on their own. He would not even risk his own men in there since it could completely collapse at any moment.
Kaito told the inspector everything he could and continued to try to coax the detective to wake up as his breath became even more shallow. He could not let this happen. He was Kaitou Kid. The thief that could steal anything from anyone. He looks up and around at the fallen support beam, the thing pinning Hakuba-kun to the cold floor, and he felt something within him click. He always loved trying new things, making the impossible possible. Now, instead of his usual pattern, he was going to steal someone from something.
"Gomen, Keibu, but you need to know I am going to steal Hakuba Saguru from the shinigami."
He sets the radio down, hearing the yells and swears directing at him and others outside but ignoring them as he starts to set up the most dangerous stunt he had ever attempted. Kaitou Kid wrapped some of his spare wires around the beam on Tantei-san's back before he fires the ends toward a cross beam that was still sturdy when he had checked it before. He stands and after a few more wires, a balance and counterbalances are in place, he moves a large pallet up behind Hakuba-kun to take his place.
"It is a shame you are not awake for this Tantei-san. I do not think you would fail to appreciate this trick."
He is about to set the carefully constructed chain reaction into motion when he hears a helicopter overhead and sees the light as it sweeps through the hole, just missing them.
"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! ROUND TWO!"
Nakamori watches the monitor that shows his what the infrared sees. One figure standing next to what has to be another but smaller and nowhere near as red as the first. His head snaps up automatically when Kid's voice rings out loud and clear before he focuses on the screen again. They were lowering a rescue worker down but groaning and scrapping made the copter lift up a little, moving the angle. Nakamori's eyes go wide when he realizes that Kid was making sure no one saw and he couldn't know that they could.
"What's that damn Kid thinking?"
The standing figure hunches down, grabbing the other through the scrapes and groans and dust starts rising from the building's roof again but he's eyes are on Kid as the thief pulls the figure, exposing more of the too light color, even wrapping his arms around it as they are suddenly moved back a couple lengths away. It's crazy, in his head, to think that he would not have seen it if he had been standing in there but this let him watch as the warmer figure curls around the colder one, moving hands along the length of the body, warming it up slowly.
"Do you believe me now?"
Hanasuki shakes his head and looks at the inspector, who hadn't bothered to look at him when he asked that question.
"I think he's as crazy as some say but fine, he's got a bit of a heart, for a criminal."
Kaito checked Hakuba-kun over thoroughly before he lets out the breath he had been holding. Once he was sure there were no severe injuries he begins to rub the detective's arms and legs quickly to warm him up.
"Come on Hakuba-kun, you need to wake up. I'm not failing this one because you want to be a stubborn detective and prevent me from succeeding. You are going to be OK now. Wake. Up."
Kaito hears more voices and glances over at where someone was already coming down through the hole on a flat board. Kid's grin takes over when he had an audience and he releases the detective a little, firing a line over to catch the board and pull it toward them.
"I apologize for the change in direction but you can't land there."
Nakamori and his men all watch as the rescue worker is drawn to where the others are at an impossible angle. The worker drops down and starts checking over the cold figure as the warmer one stands to the side and Nakamori swears that he backs up after they load the other and motions to them before the worker and the cold figure start upward and over at the same angle, leaving the warmer one with a hand up as though sending them himself. He hears a fellow officer mutter something about 'how could they expect to stop him if he can do that' to which he shakes his head.
Kaito waited, removing everything he had and set up as well as grabbing what appears to be Hakuba-kun's phone before climbing out himself. He moves to blend with the shadows once more, eavesdropping on Nakamori-keibu to learn what he could about what happened.
Aoko woke up on the couch in surprise when the Christmas music she had been listening to became a new report. She wipes her eyes and yawns, deciding dad wasn't making it home. She had even set up paper snowflakes and colored lights to surprise him. Stupid Kid. Baka, baka, baka. Why did he take him away Christmas Eve?
"Kaitou Kid, the Grinch that stole Christmas."
She looks up when she hears the reporter mention Kid.
"-shock to some but many Kaitou Kid fans were surprised to find out about the heist after the fact. Police video show him inside the collapsed building rescuing the unnamed victim but many rumors are that it was a member of the Task Force itself that he went in after. The rescue chopper reportedly flew straight to Beika General and there is no word at this time as to the condition of the victim. The building in question is to be torn down entirely tomorrow, December twenty-sixth, but until then, the police and, it seems, even Kaitou Kid himself, warns about the dangers of going there and there is a police presence to ensure that no civilians get too close to it. In other new-"
Aoko grabs her phone and dials her dad's number, tears stinging her eyes as she prays for him to answer only for it to go to voice mail.
"Otousan, please call me back, I just saw the news, please be OK... Otousan!."
Kaito had just dropped on his bed when the phone rang. He moans and reaches over, not bothering looking as he hits the button.
"Kaito. It's dad. I think something happened last night. He's not answering his phone and I saw the news that said something happened at a Kid heist. A Task Force member was caught in a collapsed building and I think it was dad."
Kaito sits up, wide awake now as Aoko's broken voice, choked with sobs and desperation, comes through the line.
"Aoko, slow down. Why do you think your dad's hurt?"
"A building collapsed. The news said they didn't know who it was but that they were taken to the hospital and I called dad but he's not answering. I know you were sick last night but I'm scared."
"It's OK. I can come over and if you're that worried, we can go to the hospital ourselves and check."
"Oh Kaito, thank you."
"Stop crying though, I don't want your looking all sad when you see your dad. He'll look better than you."
He smiles as she starts yelling at him before hanging up. He sighs and hides Hakuba-kun's phone in Kid's room before leaving a note for his mom and heading out again as the snow starts to fall. He should have thought to check the news but at least now he has a reason to know some of what happened. Aoko comes running to his arms when he reaches her house, smelling of cookies and mint, but the tear stains were still there.
"Oi, oi. Easy. No luck getting a hold of the old man yet?"
Aoko shakes her head against his shoulder, still with the phone in one hand and takes a deep breath.
"The station said he was at the hospital if I want to talk to him."
Kaito sighs but grins and pulls out a rose he had brought.
"I told you to stop crying. Besides, just because he's at the hospital doesn't mean he was the one hurt. You know your dad, if any of his men were hurt, he'd be there and the nurses might have made him turn it off. Come on, we can make it there in no time."
Kaito smiles as Aoko looks up at him and takes the flower. The walk to the hospital is quiet as Aoko keeps dialing and redialing the phone. When they reach the hospital, Kaito reaches over and takes the phone away, pointing to the waiting room where five or six of the men from the Task Force are standing around. A quick scan later and they both see the familiar man near the doorway, only he is the one being yelled at by a nurse.
"You are not family so you can't be allowed in, let alone be giving any information unless he or a family member clears you."
Aoko runs forward, elbowing one of the men that did not move fast enough, and throws herself at her dad.
"Aoko, what are you doing here? Why aren't you at home?"
"I woke up to the news and it didn't say who was hurt. I called you over and over and you never picked up."
Nakamori winces and glares at the nurse who looks like she wanted to be a little sorry for making the girl worry but shakes her head, mentally telling herself it was her job and he should have just stepped away instead of dialing and yelling in the waiting room, not that he had stopped yelling until she yelled back.
"She took my phone. Sorry I missed your calls."
"I told you that was why he weren't answering."
Aoko smiled behind her as Kaito came up to them.
"I know, I know."
Kaito looks between them before realizing he had to ask, even if he already knew. Aoko had been concerned for her dad and since he was OK, she didn't seem to care who it was yet. He shoves his hands in his pockets and shifts.
"So, with all of you here, who are you waiting for that was hurt?"
Nakamori exhales and looks down at his daughter. It really hurt knowing that the teen is alone is a room going through whatever the doctors and nurses were putting him through alone. He's a teenager in high school, same as Aoko or Kaito-kun. If it had been either of them, he'd want someone with them.
"Hakuba-kun. No one's telling me anything but-"
Nakamori is cut off by Aoko's gasp and a string of what had to be questions but they were so choked and rapid that he couldn't understand a single thing she said.
"Easy, slow down. I'm sure he's fine but none of us are being let in-"
"Whatabouthisdad? He's apoliceofficer. He should've been here before me."
"He's at a function in Sapporo-"
"Then you called him and he's on his way... right? Otousan, you didn't call his dad yet? How could you?"
Kaito rests a hand on Aoko's shoulder and pats it. He hadn't known that Hakuba-kun was going to be without his dad at Christmas. He knew the British side of him had to see Christmas as even more of a special family holiday then they did.
"What about his housekeeper? I'm surprised she wouldn't have come at least."
Aoko huffs and crosses her arms, still mad at Hakuba-kun's dad for leaving but now she turns some of that anger at Kaito when he had told them both, sort of, on the way back from the store the other day when Kaito had asked about getting a ride.
"Hakuba-kun told us she had gone to Osaka because a niece was having a baby. She's with her family out there until the New Year." Aoko turns to the nurse. "What if it was your son in there and you weren't around? Wouldn't you want friends at least to be there for him? Why can't we go in and support him?"
"I'm sorry Miss, but only family and/or medical proxies are allowed in at the moment. If, when he wakes up, he says you can visit, that won't be a problem. Until he does, you all may as well go home and make room for patients that need looking after."
The nurse glares around at the crowd as a few of them shift and look at the Inspector she had been arguing with. She turns on him and points at the doorway, meeting his defiant stare with her own. She blinks when a flower appears between them, at a total lose as to what just happened.
"We understand. Most of the officers here take the 'brothers' part of the group to heart and Aoko here loves every one of her friends as though they were family. You must not blame them for fear and concern. You continue your work and we will clear out but I am sure a promise of calls to each of us the second he wakes up would put all of us at ease. It is Christmas and with a family member in all but blood in the hospital, it would be nice to know that a message will be passed quickly."
Kaito would not normally do this but he could charm any woman as Kid, except Aoko, and even without the outfit, he had a flower and a silver tongue, not that he would brag about that. The nurse sways a little and looks at him, seeing the concern, worry and honesty he poured into his features, finishing it off with a smile.
"I... I guess I can promise that. If you all leave now and I will call the inspector as soon as the young man wakes up."
She's taken aback by the relief and rounds of 'yes' that follows her statement. She finds several business cards shoved in her hand as they head out, taking about going to eat across the street while they wait.
The room is dimly lit, most of the light from the hallway through the door while the rest is from the screens beside the bed showing heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels. The nurse checks the IV leading to the teen's arm, warming his system from the inside while the heated blanket does the same from the outside.
"You're a very lucky young man, not only to survive but to have so many people caring about you."
She makes sure the O2 being provided by the mask is flowing at the correct rate before she leaves. She couldn't tell the others that the teen had been very close to dead from the mixture of hypothermia and asphyxiation but she was also thankful she could tell them he was still alive.
"If the news is true, Kaitou Kid is your guardian angel."
A/N: This one shot jumped in my head and, being the hurt/comfort junkie I am, I had to write it.
OK, might not be a one shot. Something developed and, if you want, I will post the rest, making it a two shot. Sorry, I REALLY didn't mean for the added thing but it sort of happened. Let me know if you see the possible thread and review, see if you are right before I post part 2.
I started this in... February but with that RP fic that I really hope we finish soon so I can get back to The Stranger and a handful of other stories in my head, I haven't had time to finish any of my Chapters In Progress. Case in point, this was meant for Saguru's birthday but never got around to refining it or sending it to my beta. I decided five minutes ago, it was Christmas, story took place Christmas Eve to Christmas, so I'd post it today and promise to fix any spotted errors later. Can you all forgive me for leaving you hanging? I'm beyond sorry and I hope this holds you over.