Author's Note: Previously, I've been drawing a fan comic of Detective Conan. It's on the return of Kudo Shinichi---returning temporarily, of course, hehe. There is no set date here---after all, it's a fan fic :P But here, I'm writing about a day after his return. Just so you're clear of what will happen, here's a short summary of the previous story as the prologue. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I do not own most characters namely Kudo Shinichi, Mouri Ran, Haibara Ai and many others, they are all coprighted © to Gosho Aoyama-san. This is merely a fan-based fic.

Prologue

"Professor! It's me, Professor, open up! Profes---H-Haibara?" Kudo Shinichi could not help staring at the girl in front of him. He had never seen her before, yet he knew her so well...

"Just to let you know, I'm not interested in you," said Haibara Ai, or Miyano Shiho in her true form, as she turned.

Shinichi turned red. "I-idiot! Who's interested in you?"

"Oh, so why did you turn red then?" asked Haibara with her mysterious smile.

"I-I did not!"

"Ah, Shinichi! You've become yourself again!" Dr. Agasa exclaimed happily, coming up.

"Professor!" Shinichi lit up. "It's a miracle, Professor! The drug must have worn off---"

"My drug is not that weak, Kudo," said Haibara. "Something else turned us back to our original form---like the gas we inhaled while we were in the chamber last night. It must have triggered our system in some way, like how it did when you drank the wine. Professor told me already," she added when Shinichi was about to ask how she knew. "But I don't guarantee we'll stay this way forever, we're bound to turn back to a child again soon, but I don't know when. You'll just have to prepare for it."

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"KUDO..."

"...SHINICHI!"

The whole class was on their feet as they stared at Shinichi, who was panting at the doorway. Mouri Ran's eyes were wide with disbelief---and almost filled with tears. She started to scream. "Where were you, idiot?! You know how worried I am?! Always popping up and disappearing..."

"Hey, Ran," Shinichi said with a smile as he walked over to her. "I'm sorry. But I'm back...I won't leave again, I promise."

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"Shinichi, Conan is gone!" Ran shrieked into the phone. "He didn't come home last night, and the school said he didn't even go to school yesterday! I'm worried! I want to call the police, but...what should I do, Shinichi...?"

Shinichi winced. He had forgotten all about Conan after turning back into his old self. He had to come up with an excuse---fast. Then he spotted his trusty red bowtie on Dr. Agasa's table. "Er, hang on a minute, Ran."

He snatched up the bowtie and quickly adjusted it. Then he held it to his mouth and the phone. "Hi, Ran-neechan!" he exclaimed cheerfully in Conan's voice.

Ran paused for a minute, her eyes widened. She quickly rubbed her tears away. "Conan-kun! What are you doing there? You got me worried sick!"

"Gomen nasai, Ran-neechan! Okaa-san came to pick me up this morning. She's going to take me on holiday! Kogoro oji-san was sleeping and we didn't want to wake him up. We were going to call you to tell you not to worry!"

"Oh...well, I hope you have fun," Ran said with a smile. "Don't get into any mischief. But...I will miss you, Conan-kun."

Shinichi paused. His eyes softened. Ran sounded as if it was going to be hard not to forget Conan---just like how hard it was to forget Shinichi. "Ran-neechan...I will miss you too...but I'll be back!" he found himself saying. "I love you, Ran-neechan."

Ran chuckled, a tear rolling down her cheek. "I love you too, Conan-kun..."

Shinichi lowered the gadget. He glanced towards the pile of the rest of his old gadgets, including a pair of spectacles that used to be his father's. Then he heard a sniffle in the phone. "R-Ran?" he asked.

"I'm sorry, Shinichi...Conan-kun was part of my family for so long...I'm so stupid." She laughed, wiping her tears away. "Anyway, I have to go now. Bye, Shinichi." And she hung up.

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"Anyone will do anything for love, even murder," Shinichi said, still panting hard. "But as long as...the truth is there...they can't...they can't..." He fell onto the floor, almost passing out.

"Shinichi!" Ran shrieked, dropping to her knees and shaking him. "Shinichi, what's wrong? Shinichi!"

M-my heart...my body...is burning up...he thought painfully. This can't be happening...am I going to turn into Edogawa Conan again? Right in front of Ran?

Then in the blurry vision, he saw Haibara running up from nowhere. She---she isn't... He passed out.

---

"I did not turned into a child?" Shinichi said in surprise, looking at his hands and body.

"Of course not, but if you get too excited, you'll definitely turn back," Haibara said as-a-matter-of-factly. "If you don't want to go back being Edogawa Conan, I suggest you keep calm. It's not like the drug is completely out of your body. "

Shinichi heaved a sigh of relief. "Er, arigatou, Haibara..."

"You don't have anything to thank me for." Haibara got up and left. Shinichi smiled as he watched her. I think I do.