Hattori shut up, but not after getting in one more chuckle at Shinichi's expense.

"Ummm…" Mitsuhiko turned bright red. "Really?" he asked.

"No," Shinichi said in a dark voice. "It did not happen that way. Hattori is just being a moron."

"I never get to tease you out in the open like this," Heiji laughed. "You know how awkward it is to get away with making fun of a six year old?"

"You do it amazingly well quite often," Shinichi told him dryly.

"When we're alone," Heiji shrugged. "Then again, it's kind of hard to admit to others that one of my best friends appears to be six."

"Gee, thanks," Shinichi told Heiji sarcastically. He stepped up to a tree and looked up. "Well, here we are," he sighed.

"Ayumi-chan?" Genta called up into the tree.

After no reply for a few minutes Shinichi decided to give it a go. "Hey, Ayumi-chan, you up there?" he called.

"No, go away!" a small sob came down from the upper branches.

Shinichi sighed and handed the glasses to Heiji. "You should come down from there. You're too high up," he called. "If you fall you'll get really hurt."

"I don't care. Go away," Ayumi said again.

"She's really hurt," Heiji said with a frown. "She really liked you, Kudou."

Shinichi sighed. "She liked Conan. Conan doesn't exist. Still," he frowned. "She's going to get hurt if she stays up there like that.

"What are you going to do?" Genta asked.

Shinichi grabbed the lowest branch and swung himself, cat-like, into it. "Get her," he answered, "before she hurts herself."

"Careful, Kudou," Heiji said warningly. "Some of those branches look a little worn."

Shinichi nodded and climbed up the tree. He found Ayumi sitting on a branch near the top, her back facing him. He smiled and rested his arms on the branch she was sitting on, while standing on a branch a good ways below that one. "Genta and Mitsuhiko are worried about you," he said softly. "You should go down."

Ayumi rubbed her eyes on the back of her hand and sniffled. "I don't care. Leave me alone."

"So you did see me and Ran earlier today," Shinichi said with a frown. "Look, I don't know how to say this… but…"

Ayumi cut him off. "You love her," she sniffed. "And she loves you back. That's how it works, isn't it?"

"Well… kind of," Shinichi agreed. "We're also childhood friends. We've been through lots of things together and it's something that's taken years to develop."

"Haven't we been through things too?" Ayumi asked and turned around suddenly. "Aren't we friends? Conan-kun…" she looked at Shinichi's older face and shook her head. "Conan-kun."

Shinichi gave her a small smile for her benefit. "Yeah, we're friends. Don't worry, I'm still here and I'm still the same person. And if it makes you feel any better you're going to have to call me Conan-kun once I'm little again. I can't let anyone else know I'm Shinichi."

Ayumi gave Shinichi a watery smile for his efforts. She nodded, "I know. I won't let anyone know, I promise."

"Good," Shinichi said, trying not to talk down to her. "Now, will you please come out of this tree?"

Ayumi nodded. "Okay," she said. "But you have to get out first. You're standing on the branch I used to get up here."

"All right," Shinichi said and climbed out of the tree and landed softly on his feet on the ground below. "Okay, come on!" he called back up into the tree.

Ayumi followed her path back down the tree but somewhere along the way her foot slipped and with a small yelp she felt herself loose her grip and fall out of the tree. She shut her eyes tightly and waited for impact with the ground but instead she felt herself fall into a pair of strong arms. When she opened her eyes she saw Shinichi looking down at her with a frown. "See?" he asked. "That's why I wanted you to come out. What would have happened if I wasn't here?"

"Then I would have caught her," Genta said proudly.

"Oh, right," Shinichi muttered, the sarcastic subtext missed by everyone but Heiji who laughed quietly.

Shinichi set Ayumi gently onto the ground and straightened up. "Well, here I am. What do you want to do?"

Ayumi quickly dried any remaining tears. "Let's go get ice-cream!" she said happily.

"Okay," Shinichi agreed.

He and Heji led the kids over to a small open café and sat down around a large circular table. Ayumi quickly jumped into the seat next to Shinichi and Hattori took the chair on his other side. Mitsuhiko and Genta both sat down in the remaining chairs and picked up the colorful menus.

"What is this place?" Heiji asked as he scanned the dessert section. "It's really nice."

Shinichi grinned. "Ran discovered this place when we were in 6th grade. I remember she dragged me here after a soccer game as a celebration. We've come here a lot since. She always gets a parfait," Shinichi said while rolling his eyes. "Always."

Heji burst out laughing. "Yeah, Kazuha gets them too. Especially the ones with the bananas," he explained, holding his hand above the table to emphasize how big it was.

"Yeah the whole ones?" Shinichi asked. "With the sauce?"

Heiji nodded. "I wonder how they can eat them," he muttered, shaking his head.

"And then you get a hamburger and they complain about how they'll get fat," Shinichi added as he put down the menu, having made his decision even before he picked it up.

"Yes!" Heiji agreed loudly. "I know! They eat those huge ice cream things but when we want actual food they are all health conscious."

Shinichi sighed and shook his head. "I never understood it."

"Tell me about it," Heiji added sulkily.

The three 1st graders stared at the two ranting boys silently. They had absolutely no idea what to make of the rant or even what they were ranting about. Ayumi was a little upset about it because she knew that Shinichi was talking about Ran. She was still upset about having her crush crushed but she didn't want anyone else to know.

"Umm…" Mitsuhiko said slowly and pointed to the menu. "I think I know what I want."

Shinichi and Hattori exchanged glances and burst out laughing. "Sorry," Heiji said while waving his hand dismissively. "We're just ranting about older kid stuff. You'll understand when you're in high school."

Shinichi shook his head. "7th grade tops," he challenged.

Heiji looked thoughtful then nodded. "Yeah, he's right. 7th grade sounds about right."

Just then a waiter came over and held out a note pad. "Have you decided what you want?" she asked.

"Chocolate milkshake," Shinichi and Heiji both said together. They caught one another's eye and announced, "Large."

Ayumi shook her head, amused. "Does everything have to be a contest?" she asked.

Both boys looked blankly at her then at each other. Ayumi decided not to pursue it and pointed to a pretty looking caramel sundae on the page. "Can I have this?" she asked.

The waiter looked at it and nodded. "Do you want it small?" she asked.

Ayumi looked at Shinichi who nodded. Ayumi followed suit and nodded to the waiter. "Yes, small please!" she said happily.

"I would like a strawberry sundae with chocolate ice cream, please," Mitsuhiko said politely.

"I want a big brownie blast!" Genta announced. "And I want it normal sized."

Everyone at the table looked a little awkward as the larger child placed his order. Then again it was up to him what he ate.

A few minutes later, their treats were brought out and Shinichi and Hattori promptly began to drink their milkshakes, having some stupid contest to see who could finish it off the fastest.

Ayumi scooted a little closer to Mitsuhiko and glanced at the two high school students. "I don't understand…" she said softly.

"They're having fun, I think," Mitsuhiko answered in a whisper. "Think about it. They're best friends but they never actually get to hang out like this because Shinichi-nii-chan is always little like us. Maybe this is just their way of having fun together."

"Oh," Ayumi said softly. "I still don't get it."

Later that evening the two older boys walked the little kids home then returned to Shinichi's house. They walked upstairs and pulled out a chess game.

"So," Hattori said finally after three moves.

"So," Shinichi replied, moving his knight up one and over two spaces to be in front of his Queen.

"You're going to turn back soon," Hattori stated as he countered by moving his own knight into the same exact spot.

"Hmm…" Shinichi murmured as he pretended to think about his next move.

"Kudou," Hattori said slowly. "What next?"

"I don't know, I'm thinking," Shinichi told Heiji pointedly.

"Not the game you moron, your life. What next?" Heiji asked.

Shinichi didn't take his eyes off the game and simply made his move. Heiji sighed and made his own move, wondering if he pushed his friend too far. They were silent for a long while as they played the game. After about two hours Shinichi opened his mouth to talk. "I'm going to move ahead," he said simply. "Everyone knows, so there's no point in keeping it a secret anymore. I'm going to go after the Black Organization and take them down."

Heiji looked up at Shinichi, mouth open. "You sure, Kudou?" he asked.

Shinichi nodded and used his bishop and placed it one square diagonally from Heiji's king. He grinned and nodded. "I'm tired of hiding, and I'm tired of staying in the background and waiting for clues. I'm going to do things a little differently and take them down."

"Bold words," Heiji murmured.

Shinichi shrugged, "It's time," he said simply. "And checkmate."

Heiji grinned and shook his head. "You got me," he said simply. "Now what?"

Shinichi stood up and stretched, "Well, I'm a bit tired…" he started before grabbing his chest and falling onto one knee.

"Kudou?" Heiji asked.

"It's…starting…" Shinichi said thickly. He gritted his teeth and fell forward so that his head was on the carpet. "Damn…" he murmured before he passed out.

"Kudou!" he heard Heiji gasp before everything went black.

Shinichi groaned and opened his eyes slowly. He felt someone stroking his hair and looked up to see his mom smiling down at him. "Hn?" he asked.

"You're little again," his mom told him simply as she gave him a sad smile.

"You okay?" Heiji asked.

Shinichi sat up and saw that he was in his pajamas. He guessed that his mom had changed him. "I'm fine," he sighed.

Heiji nodded, obviously relieved. "So, you serious about what you said?"

Shinichi nodded. "Yeah."

"Good luck then," Heiji said. "We're gonna need it."

I know I haven't updated this in forever. Sorry.

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