Moshi moshi! Sapphire Nightshade here! If anyone reading this is also reading "Trouble in Danville", then I apologize for not updating. School has started and I have Writer's Block for that story. Gomen'nasai. However, this is a completely different story, and the only reason why I didn't put the Black Organization's capture in here is because I have no idea how they would be captured.
Warning: there ARE undefined Japanese words in this story. You might want to look them up if you don't know them, because I don't feel like typing out the translation of every single Japanese word I use.
Anyway, this is the first chapter of "Conan Suspected", written because I haven't seen Ran suspect Conan in a long time.
"Taku," Hattori Heiji – Highschool Detective of the West – said in an exasperated tone. "Just tell her already."
"I told you," Edogawa Conan, shrunken Kudo Shinichi – Highschool Detective of the East – replied, "I've tried, but I can't seem to get the words out."
Ran had gotten free tickets to a movie and invited Heiji and Kazuha to come over and watch with them. Heiji agreed immediately, knowing that he would be seeing the first-grade-highschooler again. Kazuha came along with him.
Now it was the night before the movie and Ran, Kazuha and Sonoko – who Ran also invited – were in Ran's room, while Detective Mouri had left to play Mahjong with his friends. Conan and Heiji were hanging out in his office.
"Well, what's preventing you?" Heiji asked.
"Despite Ran now being safe whether I tell her or not, I just can't seem to tell her," Conan replied. "And when I see her looking sad, I begin to tell her, but then something interrupts. Like that poor excuse for a detective bursting in the door all drunk.
"Naruhodo," Heiji said, thinking with his head resting upon his hand. "Well, you'd have to explain all of those times when you used fake alibis to 'prove' that you're not Kudo."
"Exactly, and the only reason we're not bankrupt and in debt is because of Sleeping Kogoro. Without that act, who knows what would happen to them."
"I see the situation you're in."
"What situation?" a voice asked. Conan and Heiji turned around.
"R-Ran-nee-chan," Conan said.
"Ah, he was just telling me about a science project for school," Heiji said quickly, "and how he doesn't know what to do for it."
"Oh, well I'm sure you'll figure it out, Conan-kun," Ran encouraged. "After all, you're very smart for you're age."
"Heh heh," Conan said, rubbing the back of his head, keeping up his act. It's more like I'm very small for my age, he thought.
"I'm hungry!" Heiji said suddenly.
"Eh?" Conan and Ran asked.
"W-Well, I didn't have any dinner . . ." Heiji explained.
"Oh, well then do you want me to cook something for you?" Ran asked.
"Ooo, can I help?" Kazuha asked, overhearing the conversation. Sonoko followed her to Ran.
"Of course!" Ran replied.
" Then let's make . . ." Sonoko said as the trio of girls walked into the kitchen.
Conan and Heiji let out a sigh of relief.
"There, I saved you again," Heiji said.
"I thought you would tell her," Conan said.
"I-it was habit! Habit!" Heiji said, not knowing why he was defending himself.
"Why don't you boys go for a walk or something while we cook?" Kazuha called.
"Hai, hai," Heiji said, walking out the door with Conan trailing behind.
"Hey, Ran-chan," Sonoko said, bringing out the flour and sugar and placing them on the counter.
"There's a festival tomorrow. Maybe we could go before the movie. I heard the fortunes there are very accurate."
"Sonoko, fortunes again?" Ran asked.
"You never know when your luck might change," she replied.
"So what do you plan on doing?" Heiji asked the detective.
"I don't know," Conan replied, "What would you do?"
"Considering the fact that I don't know what I'd do if I was the one poisoned instead of you in the first place, then I have no idea. Just tell her already. Get up the courage somehow."
Conan just shook his head and continued walking down the sidewalk as the sun set with an orange glow. Suddenly, his phone started to ring.
"Dinner's ready!" Ran's voice rang out from the cell when Conan answered it.
"Okay!" Conan replied. "We're heading back now!"
As the two detectives walked into the entrance of the Mouri Detective Agency, the delicious smell of Ran's cooking wafted over them.
"Tadaima!" Conan said.
"Okaeri!" Ran replied.
"That smells delicious!" Heiji exclaimed.
"Of course," Sonoko replied, "It's Ran's cooking, along with ours."
"What did you guys make?" Conan asked.
"Well," Ran said as they walked into the kitchen, "Due to a certain someone, we ran out of ingredients and the only thing I could think of to make at the time was Omurice and Onigiri."
Conan ran over to the table and sat down, saying, "Itadakimasu!"
Everyone followed him and, after sitting down, echoed, "Itadakimasu!"
Conan took a bite and said, "Oishii, Ran!" with a childish grin.
Ran laughed and said, "Arigatou, Conan-kun."
After eating, Heiji located the remote and turned on the TV.
"Hey, isn't this the prequel to the movie we're watching?" Kazuha asked when she saw what had come on.
"Really?" Heiji asked, "What movie are we watching again?"
"You forgot? How could you forget?!"
Heiji rubbed the back of his head in embarrassment. "Well, I guess I was just so excited at seeing Kuuu-onan," he quickly covered up. That was close. "that I'm not sure I even heard it in the first place."
"Taku!" Kazuha sighed.
"It's the Guardian of the Secret Chamber," Ran said.
"Eh? Isn't that one having to do with a murder mystery?" Heiji asked.
"Yeah, and no spoiling it for the rest of us if you solve it," Kazuha warned.
"Hai, hai." Heiji said. Then a thought struck him. "Why do you want to watch a creepy murder mystery anyway?"
"W-Well," Ran said.
"Oh, I remember the culprit in this!" Conan exclaimed. "Well, more liked I re-discovered," he corrected. Phew, Ran thought, Saved by Conan-kun.
"Shhhhhhh!" Sonoko and Kazuha shushed.
"We haven't seen it in a while so we forgot," Kazuha said.
"So don't spoil it!" Sonoko added.
"Hai, hai," Conan sighed.
They watched the rest of the movie, and Conan almost spoiled it for them again until Sonoko threatened to tape his mouth shut with duct tape.
When the movie ended, Sonoko said, "Hey, Ran."
"Huh? Nani?" Ran replied.
"Don't you think Conan is a lot like Shinichi?"
"O-of course. Why do you ask?"
"Well, the way he notices things, how he knows so much, how smart he is . . . He even solved a case in front of you before!"
Many, Conan corrected in thought, Except those were as Sleeping Kogoro.
"Heiji mistakenly calls Conan by Kudo . . . He even looks like Kudo Shinichi for goodness sake!"
Ran pulled Sonoko off to the side.
This isn't good, Conan thought, hiding around a corner so he could listen in on their conversation.
"What are you trying to get at?" Ran asked.
"I'm saying," Sonoko replied, "that that kid is a little too much like that detective geek."
"Well, he is the son of one of Shinichi's distant relatives . . ."
"But for a distant relative, wouldn't that be too much?"
"What are you saying?"
"Maybe . . . Maybe Conan is saying he's someone he isn't."
Yikes! Conan thought. Does Sonoko suspect me . . . ?
"I'm not saying he's Shinichi or anything, that would be impossible-"
"-but maybe he's not really Edogawa Conan."
Ran decided to play along for now. "But then who would he be?"
"Don't ask me," Sonoko said. "Just not who he says he is."
To make sure this secret conversation didn't go any farther, Conan suddenly jumped out and said in his child voice, "What are you guys talking about, Ran-neesan?"
Mentally, Sonoko noted that where the kid had popped out wasn't in the direction of Detective Mouri's office, where they had been watching TV.
But before Sonoko could question the detective about this, Ran replied, "Oh, it was nothing important. But now you should go to bed, Conan-kun. You'll have to wake up early tomorrow so we can get to the movie theater on time." Then she said to Sonoko, "We're not going to the festival. There won't be enough time."
"Aw," Sonoko replied.
"Huh? It's that early?" Conan asked.
"That said," Heiji added as he walked in with Kazuha, overhearing the short conversation and ignoring Conan's question, "we should all go to bed."
"Hai!" Sonoko, Ran, Conan and Kazuha agreed.
First chapter. Updates will be spontaneous and chapter lengths will probably vary because of school. Ja ne!