"You and Haibara seem to be a lot closer than you used to be." Hattori commented. His tone may have been mild, but there was a fierce look in his eye. "Anything 'Neechan should be worried about?"

Conan gave the taller boy a sidelong glance. While he was grateful to the Osaka-jin for adopting Ran as a protector in his absence but that didn't stop him from getting annoyed at Hattori's attitude occasionally. "We're each other's hope." He explained bluntly.

"Hope?"

"I'm her hope of making through this alive." He shrugged. "She's my hope of returning to normal."

"Ah."

-fin-