|Fall of the Moon
Author: yukuro PM
After finally completing his life's mission, Kuroba Kaito, otherwise known as Kaitou KID, finds himself under Shinichi's scrutinizing care. With his goal accomplished, is it finally time to consider a career change? Kaito x ShinichiRated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Drama - Kaito K. & Shinichi K./Conan E. - Chapters: 2 - Words: 11,095 - Reviews: 66 - Favs: 341 - Follows: 54 - Updated: 12-06-06 - Published: 11-21-06 - Status: Complete - id: 3255753
|A+ A- Full 3/4 1/2 Expand Tighten|
Disclaimer: Disclaim'd. D:
Pairing: Kuroba Kaito x Kudou Shinichi
Fall of the Moon
Dark Side: Kaito
"…and the only culprit who could have managed all that can only be…"
"Murakawa-san the janitor who knows the layout of the house, of course," Kaito finished Shinichi's deduction with a hint of a smirk as the accused man sputtered wildly in blazing anger. The man was glaring daggers at them both, and before the police could react, he pulled out a pocketknife and charged in blind anger towards the calmly standing Shinichi. Kaito could only tsk. "Don't even try it please."
With the first snap of Kaito's fingers, handcuffs appeared on the man's wrists, forcing him to stumble backwards in shock. Shinichi felt a trace of a grin crawl onto his lips. Kaito was beginning his little magic show again.
The second snap caused the man's ankles to be shackled. The suspect was so shocked that the knife clattered noisily to the ground. But Kaito was far from finished. The third snap caused the lights to go out with a single spotlight on the accused. He was also completely naked, save some brightly striped underpants. The clothes instantly appeared in a neat pile in the nearest police officer's arms, thoroughly confusing said officer. The women in room quickly averted their eyes from the suspect while several of the policemen could not help but snicker. The humiliated man sank down to his knees in complete and utter defeat.
After the man was properly arrested and put away into the police cars, the police officers one by one clapped a hand on Kaito's shoulder to compliment him on his show. Kaito simply grinned and took a generous bow. Seeing Shinichi standing off to the side alone surveying the scene quietly, Kaito waved briefly at the policemen before dashing off to join the other teen.
"So tell me, my dear," Kaito began in a dramatic tone, producing a rose for Shinichi, "were you impressed? I'm good enough to be acknowledged by you now, right?"
As usual, Shinichi took the rose and tossed it over his shoulder, where it instantly reappeared in Kaito's hand after disappearing in midair with a snap of his fingers. Shinichi rolled his eyes a bit, but could not conceal the small smile that was tugging at his lips. "Amusing, Kaito, but don't you think that may have been a little too much? I feel kind of bad for him."
Kaito quickly waved it off carelessly. "Don't worry about him. He'll be able to mull it over in prison," he said with a drifting tone. Turning, he winked suggestively while leaning in closer. "That's a little trick I'd like to try on you. The classic disappearing clothes."
"Why don't you save that for someone who's interested?" Shinichi shot back dryly, pushing the other boy's face back with an open palm. He hoped his embarrassment was not too clearly shown on his face. Clearing his throat as he removed his palm from Kaito's face, he admitted quietly, "You did do well though. I was…impressed. Just a little."
"Are going to make tonight lucky for me?" Kaito asked with a playful grin as he looped his arm around Shinichi's shoulders.
"No," Shinichi replied flatly, stomping forward while pushing Kaito's arm off his shoulders. Laughing all the while, Kaito trailed after him.
"Kudou-kun! Kuroba-kun! Excellent work tonight!"
The two instantly paused in their tracks and turned to face the familiar inspector who called out to them. Shinichi offered a slight bow of the head as Megure approached them, but Kaito simply grinned widely, slapping his arm back around Shinichi's shoulders. He purposely failed to acknowledge the glare Shinichi was shooting at him and chirped at the inspector, "Haha, it was nothing."
"You were particularly surprising," the stout inspector complimented with a pleased expression. "I must admit, I first had my doubts, but after Kudou-kun's reassurance and your performance today, my worries have been completely dispelled!"
"That's just because Shinichi and I are such an excellent team, no?" Kaito laughed, pulling the other teen closer and letting his hand drop down for a quick mischievous grope. Winking, he asked, "You agree, don't you, my dear?"
Before Shinichi could form angry words from his open mouth, Megure cut in with a chortle, "Of course he does!"
Shinichi simply stared in disbelief. Apparently, Megure had missed out on Kaito's wording and suggestive actions.
"Well, call it a day, boys," the man said cheerfully, patting both teens heartily on the back. Blinking suddenly as if remembering something, he paused for a moment. "Oh, that's right. I don't know if you'll be interested, but something big is happening in the middle of the city tonight."
"What is it?" Shinichi asked, slightly intrigued.
"Fan-funeral for Kaitou Kid," Kaito declared in awkwardly resonating cheer, a strange smile adorning his face. Shinichi found everything about his expression to be terribly fake. Of course, Kaito was aware of that—Shinichi was frowning pointedly at him—but he simply continued to keep his smiling mask in place as he continued, "There were countless witnesses who saw him shot out of the sky after all."
"True, that was quite a pity," Megure sighed, surprising Kaito. "I heard from Nakamori he was classified to be just a boy. He may have been a thief, but to lose his life like that is just too harsh."
Shinichi felt his insides twist up and clench horribly. When Kaito's grip on his shoulders tightened slightly, he glanced over in concern. Kaito's head was ducked and low, but that heartbreaking smile was still trapped on his lips. Shinichi could only bite his lip and slowly lift his hand to lightly touch Kaito's clasped one on his shoulder.
"It's getting late. We should really be going," Shinichi apologized to the inspector with a bow to excuse themselves. Once the man nodded in recognition, Shinichi, hand still over Kaito's, pulled his friend forward slowly so they could get away from the crime scene and back home. Hand squeezing slightly, Shinichi whispered softly, "Let's get you home."
"Wait, Shinichi," Kaito breathed suddenly, halting in his step. Slowly, he lifted his head to reveal a partially pained, partially bitter smile on his lips with broken look in his eyes to match. "I want to go there. Please."
"Kaito…" Shinichi began doubtfully, brows knitting upward in concern.
"It is my funeral, after all," Kaito said with a forced laugh. His laugh died on his lips when Shinichi pulled him down for a quick kiss. Surprised, Kaito stared questioningly at him. Shinichi rarely did things like that, Kaito regretfully had to admit.
"Don't force yourself to smile," Shinichi mumbled in embarrassment, turning to direct them towards the city. "It's painful to look at."
"But if I do, you'll kiss me again, right?" Kaito asked with a hint of a real smile. The detective simply scowled from before him. At that, Kaito paused and jerked on Shinichi's arm to pull him back into a tight embrace from behind. Burying his face in Shinichi's shoulder, he whispered quietly, "Thank you."
Silence consumed them for a moment, as Shinichi obediently let Kaito hold him. Once Kaito pulled back with a sheepish smile, Shinichi closed his eyes and let out a soft sigh. Then, without another word, the two continued to where Kaito would see his fans mourning for his death.
They stayed away from the bulk of the crowd and on higher ground to observe the others. Kaito was surprised to find Aoko standing timidly in the crowd with her tragedy-stricken friends at her side. Hakuba was not there—he really believed Kaito was Kid and there was no reason to go to a funeral for a living person. Kaito had to smile at that.
The crowd seemed endless with several familiar faces scattered about. A few were surprises to Kaito and Shinichi, as Nakamori himself was there, while others were to be expected—Sonoko was visible with her boyfriend. Shinichi noted that Ran, wearing a truly sorrowful expression, was just a few feet behind Sonoko. Everywhere, fans were crying and lamenting. It was so much that Kaito had to avert his gaze to the glittering night sky. And before the ceremony even began, Kaito faintly tugged on Shinichi's sleeve and they slipped away again.
It was a silent walk back to Shinichi's house. Kaito was usually the one to laugh and make jokes as they went, but today he was completely silent. His hands were stuffed in his pockets and his gaze was glued to the ground. Here and there he would kick a pebble in his path, but that was the only sound that was made between them. Shinichi knew he could have said something, but there was simply nothing to say for both of them.
So they were silent.
They were silent when they slipped into the dark house and silent when they closed the door behind them. They were silent when the went upstairs and silent when they paused at Shinichi's bedroom door. That was when Shinichi finally find himself speaking again.
"I'm sorry, Kaito."
"It was bound to happen sooner or later," Kaito replied in a croaked voice with a fake smile and an attempt at a careless shrug. "I know better than anyone that I can't be Kid forever."
Shinichi could only watch him shake in silence. When Kaito stepped forward and rested his forehead on his shoulder again, he simply closed his eyes in submission.
"Shinichi, just for tonight, let me hold you."
He instantly tensed and froze when Kaito's strong blue gaze lifted to stare hopelessly at him. Shinichi knew he was at the point in which Kaito could have done anything to him and he would have allowed it. But before he could respond, Kaito intercepted with a smile.
"Don't worry. I really don't plan on doing anything to you. Just let me stay with you in your room."
Shinichi could only nod mutely in surprise.
"Of course I wouldn't do anything to you when you're just pitying me," Kaito explained, smile still adorning his face. "Although it is very tempting."
Managing a soft scowl, Shinichi turned and pushed his door open. In the darkness of his room, he let a tiny smile cross his lips. Kaito was still the same, and for now, he could pretend everything would be fine.
But that was only for now.
Kaito came from behind and hugged him tightly again.
Then Shinichi found himself silently wishing "now" could last just a little bit longer.
Two weeks after the fateful first night of the extended slumber party, the two found themselves groggily woken up by the sound of Kaito's cell phone noisily announcing a call. It was already nearing seven in the morning, but they had gotten home late from work and ended up collapsing into bed at four. If anything, they both wanted to ignore the call, but the caller was persistent and the phone continued to ring.
"Answer it already, Kaito," Shinichi mumbled sleepily, swatting blindly at the arm that was wrapped around his waist. "And actually wear a shirt to sleep."
Kaito cracked his eyes open with much difficulty. He was usually good about waking up in the morning, but holding onto Shinichi was so comfortable, the last thing he wanted to do was get up and answer the phone. As he reached his arm out to the nightstand to fumble around for his phone, he commented with a yawn, "On the contrary, if you didn't wear a shirt or pajamas all together, I think I'd be much happier."
Just as his hand closed around on his phone, Kaito felt a pillow smack his face squarely, courtesy of the sleepy and irritated Shinichi. He managed a laugh before flipping his phone open and pulling it to his ear. "Hello?"
"Kaito!" urgently came Aoko's teary-sounding voice.
Eyes snapping completely open, Kaito sat up straight, making Shinichi rub his eyes and gaze up questioningly up at him. Now fully awake, Kaito demanded with more urgency than the girl, "Aoko? What's wrong?"
"It's Hakuba-kun! He…He's been shot!"
Shinichi instantly bolted up when Kaito's hand began shaking violently and his eyes widened in an instant. Aoko was still sobbing on the other line, but Kaito made no sound at all. Gently, Shinichi took the phone from the other boy's hand and spoke quickly to the girl, soothing her while collecting information at the same time. Kaito was in too much shock to even realize he was no longer holding the phone.
"I got the hospital information," Shinichi said gently after hanging up the phone. He rested a hand lightly on Kaito's shaking fist. "Kaito, he'll be fine. Get dressed and we'll go see him."
Kaito could only clench his teeth and squeeze his eyes shut, managing a swift nod before tossing the sheets off his legs. Over the course of time, Hakuba had become a friend. A good friend. Despite their rivalry and frequent teasing, Kaito knew Hakuba saw him as a friend as well. With news like this, there was no way he would not worry. That was when he paused in his step as a bitter smile slowly curved over his lips. So this is the agony Hakuba had felt when he heard the news of Kaitou Kid's death.
Neither Shinichi or Kaito spoke until they reached the hospital. Aoko and her father were already seated in the waiting room, and the moment Kaito set foot into waiting room, Aoko rose to her feet and dashed into his arms. While Kaito silently held her sobbing form, Shinichi sidestepped them and made his way towards Nakamori.
"I'm a bit surprised to see you here," Nakamori commented, folding his arms.
"The same goes for you," Shinichi replied rather dryly. He sighed when he felt Kaito's gaze on the back of his head. Down to business. "How is he?"
"He's fine. The doctors are just running some tests," the man explained, rising from his seat. "It was close though. Another inch over and the bullet would've been too close to his heart to be saved. He's a smart kid, rotating his body just enough for him to survive."
Shinichi glanced over his shoulder at Kaito, whose gaze had turned serious and was directed sharply at Nakamori. Then, before Shinichi could even open his mouth to ask, Kaito demanded icily, "Who did it?"
The man sighed in an irate fashion and closed his eyes. "The two escapees from Kid's last heist were trying to recreate their organization. On the way home, Hakuba here noticed one of them and followed him. He almost tailed the perpetrator all the way to his hideout, but he got discovered and…well, the police found him bleeding and unconscious about two hours ago."
He could tell without looking that Kaito was furious. Shinichi closed his eyes for a second to process all the information and instinctively turned to catch Kaito's arm before he could charge out of the hospital in blind fury. Aoko was still sniffling at their sides, and Kaito's head was ducked low. Shinichi could only imagine how he felt. His enemies had hurt his friend. Quietly, he began, "Kaito…"
"I won't forgive them, Shinichi," Kaito snarled, his body shaking under Shinichi's grasp. Before he could get another word out, a nurse stepped in and softly announced that they could see the patient. Kaito hardly wasted a second. Shinichi had to jog to keep his grip on the other boy's arm intact.
Kicking the door open, Kaito stormed in angrily and marched over to the bed. Shinichi was left stunned at the door while Kaito furiously exclaimed his friend's name. "Hakuba!"
"Why so noisy in the morning?" Hakuba asked dully, lifting his arm to stick a finger in his ear. "Can't you keep it down in front of an injured person, Kuroba?"
"You bastard, I was worried!" Kaito exclaimed in bold irritation, wanting nothing more than to toss something at the wall. "You should know better than to be so…so stupid!"
"I'll admit I was careless, but I won't forget about your recent little stunt as well," Hakuba replied coldly, gaze fixed at the other boy. "I spent a two weeks thinking you were dead."
"I told you I'm not Kid," Kaito growled in frustration. "And that's beside the point here! Hakuba, you…! Damn it!"
Before Kaito could go on a rampage through the hospital, Shinichi stepped into the room and grabbed the other teen by the shoulders to gently direct him towards a chair. Kaito scowled and attempted to contain himself since Shinichi was shooting him that commanding look again. Hakuba was watching with slight amusement on his face. His expression only changed when Shinichi turned to him and folded his arms to begin his inquiry.
"Did you make it to the hideout?"
"No," Hakuba sighed, leaning back on his pillow. "But I most definitely remember the area. I'm going to conduct a search immediately, but I doubt they'll be stupid enough to stay there after I followed them so far."
"You're not going anywhere, Hakuba-kun!" Aoko called firmly from the doorway as she stomped in determinedly. As if announcing it as fact, she went on, "Hakuba-kun is going to stay here until he's healed!"
Hakuba instantly protested with a frown, "Don't be ridiculous, I couldn't possibly just sit here and st—"
"Oh yes, you are," Kaito cut in irritably from where he was sitting. "We'll take care of the search. You just stay here and try not to die."
"You look down on me, Kuroba," came the reply with a matching smirk.
"Talk to me after you're healed," Kaito snapped, earning himself another reprimanding glare from Shinichi. Unable to bear the atmosphere any more, he ran a hand roughly through his hair and rose to his feet. With Shinichi at his heels, he made his way towards the door.
"They're still after Kaitou Kid," Hakuba called from the bed, a serious expression on his face. "Their logic is that if there's no body, then Kid is still alive. Be careful, Kuroba. They'll stop at nothing to get what they want."
While Aoko stared at his back, puzzled, Kaito could only close his eyes and comment stonily, "I already told you I'm not Kid."
With that, Kaito stepped out of the room with his hands shoved into his pockets. Shinichi lingered for a moment at the doorway to explain, "I'm sure you already know, but he's just frustrated. He was such a panic when he heard what happened to you. He seems angry, but he's just glad you're ok."
"I definitely know that," Hakuba replied simply, sighing slightly. "For someone as open as Kuroba, it's surprising that he can't express himself very well. Look after him, Kudou. Keep him from doing anything overly idiotic."
"I just hope I can," Shinichi mumbled to himself as he excused himself from the room.
Although Kaito only had a few seconds worth of a head start, Shinichi still had to jog vigorously to catch up with him. He could tell Kaito was extremely angry. When he got like that, he tended to use long strides, and Kaito's long strides were definitely hard to keep up with. Kaito hadn't been called a phantom thief for nothing, Shinichi reminded himself.
"Kaito," Shinichi called when he finally caught up with the other teen. Kaito slowed his paced considerably for Shinichi to walk comfortably beside him to catch his breath. Glancing at the still sulking other boy out of the corner of his eye, Shinichi sighed slightly. "Why are you doing this?"
"Because there's nothing else I can do," he mumbled in response, eyes shaded by his drooping bangs. "There's nothing else I can do, Shinichi. I can't stand it."
Suddenly, as if finally realizing what he had done, Shinichi felt a wave of guilt. It was a distinct stinging in his chest, a painful sensation he had already grown used to from constant lies to Ran when he was Conan, but it felt sharper than usual for some reason. Pausing in his steps, he reached over and grasped the edge of the other boy's sleeve. Slightly angry and irritated with himself, he asked in a shaky voice, "Is it wrong to selfishly protect someone from what makes them happy? Even when that person's life is at stake?"
Kaito then turned and smiled lightly, stating silently that he understood even when Shinichi was confused. "Silly," he laughed lightly, ruffling the teen's hair. "The two of us, we do that every day."
"But you're unhappy," Shinichi stated pointedly, eyes sharpening a bit as he became more serious. "I'm just being…childish."
"I'm not completely unhappy, and everyone makes sacrifices at some point," Kaito replied, turning back around. "I'm sure you realize that. Besides, I've said so before. I couldn't possibly be Kaitou Kid forever."
"That's where you're wrong."
Kaito halted immediately, hair hanging darkly over his eyes.
"You'll always be Kid. Even now, you're still Kid."
At that, Kaito let out a soft laugh as he stuffed his hands into his pockets. "Funny how that works out, doesn't it, Shinichi?"
Most of the time, Kaito made an extremely valiant attempt to act as if he were perfectly fine and unaffected, especially when Hakuba was released from the hospital. He had most others fooled, but Shinichi knew better. It was the way Kaito stared longingly out the window at the night sky when they ate dinner, the way he would pull Shinichi close to him for an embrace at increasingly more times, or the way his laughter sounded fake sometimes and his eyes would glimmer as if the jewel he longed for was just barely out of his reach. Just with those clues, Shinichi knew and he dreaded. He hardly needed to be a detective to understand what Kaito was distantly thinking of all the time.
"I feel like spoiling you today," Kaito declared aloud as he leaned forward to rest his arms on the edge of the bathtub. The far too long sleeves of his knit sweater hung just millimeters above the translucent water, and when Kaito leaned forward to rest his head on the place where his arms crossed, the knit dipped into the water and rapidly became dark with absorption. As if caused by a chain reaction, the low v-neck of his sweater shifted, revealing gratuitous amounts of his collarbone as it did so, and allowed more of his sleeve to dip into the water.
Shinichi sighed as he watched Kaito's sleeves slowly collect water and sank down a bit lower into the water. The first time Kaito had cheerfully invaded his bath time, Shinichi had hurled a bar of soap at his head in utter humiliation and shock. Kaito had attempted to catch it, but ended up slipping on the rug instead and falling gracelessly into the tub on top of the other boy. Kaito had burst out laughing at that, while Shinichi simply frowned at how his towel was now thoroughly soaked. After that, Kaito decided it would be better to sit in the corner and read (while occasionally making small talk) while Shinichi bathed. When Shinichi thought about it, he realized it was a rather strange they did, but he had more or less grown used to it. Letting out a sigh, he reached over and lifted the ends of Kaito's sleeves out of the water and wrung them out the best he could with wet hands and Kaito's hands dangling from them. Dryly, he commented, "You had better hope this thing doesn't shrink."
"Hey," Kaito began with a pout, pulling his sleeves free. "I was the one who said I wanted to spoil you. Not the other way around."
"Can't be helped if you're so childish," Shinichi replied with a faint grin on his face as he lay back more comfortably again. He had just closed his eyes, but after hearing the vague sound of shuffling, he cracked on eye open again. Kaito was lifting his sweater over his head to remove it, effectively exposing his bare chest. Shinichi quickly turned away when he felt his face heat up. "J-Just what do you think you're doing?"
"What? I'm taking my sweater off," the other teen replied with a cheeky grin. "It is wet. Would you rather I keep it on? I didn't know you had a wet clothes fetish."
Sputtering in embarrassment, Shinichi swiftly turned around and splashed some more water at the other boy in retaliation. Kaito laughed in response even while he was efficiently drenched. Water dripping from his bangs, he grinned and made a gesture towards his blotched pants. "How naughty, Shinichi! Targeting my pants so I would take them off…not that I mind of course." Leaning forward with a predatory smirk, he whispered, "I love it when you're naughty. It makes you incredibly sexy."
"And it makes you incredibly perverted," Shinichi snapped back in response, face set aflame by Kaito's close proximity. He could swear that if Kaito came about a centimeter closer, his lips would be on his ear.
"Again, your fault," Kaito replied cheerfully, pulling back a bit, much to Shinichi's relief. He rose to his feet and stretched his arms out. When Shinichi turned faintly to glance at him out of the corner of his eye, Kaito grinned crookedly and squatted back down again. Lips still curved upward, he muttered, "Move over."
At that, Shinichi blinked rapidly in confusion. Upon realizing that Kaito was unbuckling his pants, his face instantly flushed red again. "W-What are you doing?"
"Relax, I'm not going to do anything to you," Kaito laughed. "I just want to get in with you."
"That's not doing something?" Shinichi asked with sarcasm dripping from his voice. Despite his embarrassment, he actually complied and scrunched forward a bit, allowing Kaito to slink in behind him. He was sure his face was beyond red by now, so he refused to lean back. Instead, he pulled his knees up to his chin and put his arms around his legs.
Behind him, Kaito was smirking at the other boy's painfully obvious embarrassment. Shinichi was never very good at being subtle about that kind of thing. It was always up to Kaito to take the initiative. Which he did. With excellent precision at that. Slowly, he leaned forward and let his fingers trace the teen detective's back, making him stiffen. Chuckling a bit at the reaction, Kaito continued to inch forward until he could comfortably allow his lips to trace over the back of Shinichi's neck.
"You're a tease and I hate you," Shinichi grumbled, practically dunking his head into t he water when Kaito's lips strayed to his ear.
"It's incredibly ironic that you're the one saying that," Kaito laughed, finally working his arms around Shinichi's waist. He pulled the other boy back flush against his body and laughed again when Shinichi hunched over in pure mortification. "You're way too cute, Shinichi."
It took a bit more coaxing to finally get Shinichi to properly relax again. Eventually, he slouched down and allowed his head to lean back gently on the other boy's shoulder. The offending blush was still presently visible on his face though, Kaito noticed with an amused grin. They sat in the bathtub for a bit longer until Kaito judged that Shinichi was practically asleep. Once out, Kaito admired Shinichi's dripping wet body unabashedly with the same smirk on his face while Shinichi hardly had the courage to even look the other boy in the eye.
Much to Shinichi's relief, they changed into their pajamas back to back. Or rather, Shinichi changed into his pajamas, and Kaito put on the pants (simply pants hardly qualified as pajamas in Shinichi's opinion) he wore to sleep. As they were putting Kaito's wet and abandoned clothes away, Shinichi paused and draped a towel over the other boy's head without warning and began to rub vigorously. "Stupid Kaito," he muttered as he did so. "You'll catch a cold if you sleep with wet hair."
As Shinichi's rubbing motions slowed, Kaito reached up and caught one of his wrists while peeking out from under the towel with a mischievous grin that slowly faded into a genuine smile. He yanked gently until Shinichi was close and pressed his lips tentatively to the other teen's. He tasted the same as always, but still somehow sweeter. Shinichi rarely protested to his advances anymore, and Kaito felt significantly encouraged.
"What's the occasion?" Shinichi asked a bit breathlessly once Kaito gently broke away. Brows furrowed suspiciously, he went on slowly, "You're being a bit too sweet to be your usual self."
Kaito laughed at that comment and tossed the wet towel, which had still been draped over his head, into the hamper. "What ever do you mean, Shin-chan?" he asked with a fake sugary tone while batting his lashes expertly. "I should know by now I'm always a charmer."
Rolling his eyes, Shinichi turned on his heel and headed towards his bed. However, before he could take more than two steps, Kaito's arms encircled his waist suddenly and the weight of his forehead rested on Shinichi's shoulder. Slowly, Shinichi brought his hand up to lightly touch the top of Kaito's head even though his gaze never lingered from where it rested ahead. There were knots in his stomach, and that was enough to explain everything to him. Quietly, he muttered, "Do you have to do it?"
"I can't just sit around like this anymore," Kaito whispered in reply, voice slightly muffled in Shinichi's shoulder. "They're after me. I can't stand to think other people will be getting hurt for that reason."
"What about if you get hurt?" Shinichi asked rather dejectedly as Kaito's grip on his waist tightened lightly. "Don't make me find you all injured again. I'll kill you myself if I do."
At that, Kaito laughed softly and lifted his head from Shinichi's shoulder. "Well, I see some things never change. Shinichi will always be violent."
"Shut up," the detective grumbled with a flushed face.
"Nah, I like you that way," Kaito declared with a grin, spinning Shinichi around so that they faced each other. Smile turning vaguely bitter and sad, Kaito muttered, "If I wasn't Kid, I would have gladly spent eternity like how it's been recently."
"No," Shinichi interjected with a faint smirk. "If you weren't Kid, you just wouldn't be you anymore. I like you this way. You'll always be Kid, even if he doesn't roam the skies anymore. You're going to be Kid until you die—even I can see that."
Without a second thought, Kaito snatched the other boy forward and kissed him deeply. His eyes were squeezed so tightly shut, he was almost afraid he would be unable to open them again. When Kaito finally allowed Shinichi to breathe again, their eyes became locked. Even Shinichi's embarrassment would not allow him to turn away. Finally, Kaito smiled faintly and reached out to pull the other boy into a tight embrace.
"I'll still stay here," he promised almost frantically as Shinichi's arms slowly came up to his back. "And we'll still eat together and go to school together. You can still hit me in the face in the mornings with your pillow, and I'll still be here to laugh. I promise. I'll never come back to you injured, but I'll always come back. Shinichi…!"
"It's still so like you to be immature and childish," Shinichi murmured fondly with a faint laugh. Very slowly, he let his hands trail down Kaito's back while he buried his own face in his chest. As Kaito noticeably stiffened at the surprise contact, Shinichi muttered embarrassedly, "Still as spoiled as ever."
"S-Shinichi," Kaito hissed through clenched teeth and one eye squeezed shut. His face had heated up considerably, and his hold on the other teen had tightened yet again. Letting his head droop forward, he croaked out labouredly, "I-If you keep touching me like that, I…"
"It doesn't matter," Shinichi muttered, voice muffled by Kaito's chest. "The moon's falling tonight."
"That's because it got burned by the sun," Kaito replied heartily in agreement, reaching over to gently pull Shinichi's hands away from his lower waist. Soft smile on his face, he said with a faint laugh, "That's why there's no moon in the sky some nights."
"It never fails to rise again though."
Kaito laughed as he pulled Shinichi close again and let them both fall lightly on top of the bouncy mattress of Shinichi's bed. "I'm sorry that can't be helped."
Blushing as Kaito carefully leaned forward again, Shinichi muttered with a faint laugh, "…spoiled brat."
Every newspaper in the country seemed to have his picture plastered over the front page, which joyously weeping fans and irritated police officers alike clutched between their fingers. Shinichi had gone out that night to watched the show. He had promised Kaito he would, and not as a detective for once. It was breathtaking, white doves and falling stars burned into his memory, but Shinichi never told him that. He simply returned home with a faint smile on his lips and waited for Kaito to return home so he could chastise him about coming in from the door instead of the window.
"Kuroba's been more lively lately," Hakuba commented musingly, a trace of a smirk visible on his lips. Casting Shinichi a side-glance, he chuckled, "I would never be able to guess why."
Shinichi smiled faintly in response and commented with a shrug, "The moon simply can't stay fallen after all."
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