LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS TIME

by mew-tsubaki

Note: This is my first Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne fanfic, so no throttling me. I have yet to see the anime or the end of the manga, so I don't know how it ends, and if it's like the ending, then I sincerely apologize to Jeanne's author, Arina Tanemura-sensei. That reminds me: these characters belong to their creator and are not mine; it's the story line that's mine, okay? By the way, this is also a MaronChiaki, MiyakoMinazuki, & FinAccess fanfic. Also, Shikaido Hijiri still has his demon powers, but he's on the good side now (Maron's team). When you're done reading, please submit a review! I can't count how many times I've asked that of my readers, but the constructive criticism helps. Also, send me your ideas and I'll try to write them up as best I can. If you email me your idea, I'll give you credit and dedicate the fanfic to you, as well. Anyway, please enjoy!

Chapter One: I Can't Be With You (Cranberries)

"We're done patrolling for tonight," the blonde thief stated as her friends came into view. Before her stood two angels, one good, the other a dark angel, neither a full-fledged angel; a blue-haired thief who had won her heart; and a demon knight, who had switched sides and seemingly wasn't interested in the blonde kaito. "Did you guys find anything?"

"My area was empty," the demon knight replied.

The dark angel's face was exasperated as he turned to point to the other angel. "We got nothing."

The blonde kaito faced the blue-haired kaito. "What about you, Sinbad?"

"Nothing. Jeanne, remind me again why we're patrolling for demons when you know we already took care of the problem," Sinbad said, heaving a great sigh at the end of his sentence.

"I know we won that battle, but…I sense something else is still out there, waiting to make its move." Jeanne looked up to the beautiful night sky as her mind lingered on the thought of another great battle heading their way.

"Well, the three of us have school tomorrow, so I suggest we head home about now," the demon knight offered.

"Shikaido's right," Sinbad agreed, reverting to his civilian form. "Maron, come on."

Jeanne gazed at Sinbad and faintly smiled. "You're right, Chiaki," she said, reverting to her civilian form. Brushing her hair back, she turned towards the angels. "Should we let you guys stay out a little while longer?" she teased.

The green-haired angel fumed. "I do not want to stay near this barbarian's side any longer than I already have too!"

"Come on, Fin!" the dark angel pleaded. "You don't have to enjoy it. You just have to be with me!"

"No angel in her right mind would want to be with you, Access!"

Maron motioned to Chiaki. "You take care of this. I'm tired and I'm going home." She gave him a little peck on the cheek and started walking on ahead. "Come home soon!"

Lying in my bed again,
And I cry 'cause you're not here.
Crying in my head again,
And I know that it's not clear.

"I guess I'll walk her home," Shikaido stated, changing back into his human form. Chiaki shot a glare in his direction. "What? I'm just going to make sure she's okay. She's yours for the taking, Nagoya-kun." And with that wry smile of his, Shikaido turned and hurried after Maron. But what Chiaki didn't see was the smirk of a competitor.

Put your hands, put your hands,
Inside my face and see that it's just you.
But it's bad and it's mad and it's making me sad,
Because I can't be with you.

"I still don't trust that guy," Chiaki muttered under his breath. He turned back to the quarreling angels and sighed. "I hate getting stuck with this job… Maron's gonna be sacked with a tickle-raid when I get home."

"Why do you insist on following me everywhere?" Maron asked her teacher as she glared at him out of the corner of her eye.

"Is it so wrong to make sure my student gets home sound and safe?" Shikaido asked mischievously.

"When it's me, yes!" she exclaimed.

"What? Do you think I'm gonna try and take you away from Chiaki?" he pried.

"Not exactly, but I think you're likely to try something on me."

"Like what?"

Maron blushed. "You-you know what I'm implying! You don't have to make me say it, but I don't want you trying any of it!"

Shikaido stopped, pinned her to the nearby wall gently, and lifted her chin to make her eyes meet his. "But if you don't tell me, I may not know what not to do," he teased. Maron's heart pounded faster than she ever imagined, even…even with Chiaki! she thought. Shikaido's lips hovered over hers as she fought to say something, but no sound was coming out of her voice. "Do you mean something like this…?" He was too strong; the brunette just couldn't fight him off. There, against her will (but maybe not against her wishes), Shikaido did the forbidden and silently kissed Maron. Quickly, Maron gathered every ounce of strength she had and shoved Shikaido off of her.

Be with you. X 4
Be with you, be with you, baby, I can't be with you.

"What the hell do you think you're doing!" she shouted at him, cracking a slap across his face and busting his lip.

Thinking back on how things were,
And on how we loved so well.
I wanted to be the mother of your child,
And now it's just farewell.

Touching his busting lip, he smiled. "My, you are quite the feisty one, aren't you? But there's no need for that. I see Prince Charming has arrived." Shikaido glanced over his shoulder in Chiaki's direction.

Put your hands in my hands,
And come with me, we'll find another end.
And my head, and my head on anyone's shoulder,
'Cause I can't be with you.

"I knew we couldn't trust you!" Chiaki angrily stated. "Get away from her, you shit!"

Be with you. X 4
Be with you, be with you, baby, I can't be with you.

"Chiaki-!" Maron interjected, but the blue-haired teen gave her no time to finish. Chiaki grasped her arm and pulled her away from Shikaido.

"You could lose your job over this, you know," he pointed out. "Kissing a student is quite the serious offense."

'Cause you're not here, you're not here,
Baby, I can't be with you.
'Cause you're not here, you're not here,
Baby, still in love with you.

"Who cares?" Shikaido said, sticking his tongue out in a care-free manner. "Like you said, there aren't any more demons around here anymore. I just wanted to liven up the party a bit, that's all. See you two lovebirds at school tomorrow." Their sensei smiled and walked off in the direction of his apartment.

Chiaki turned back to Maron, who hugged herself against him. "Maron, he didn't do anything else to you, did he?" he asked.

"No…" Maron was crying now, but not because she was scared. She had felt the loneliness that Shikaido held in his heart when he had kissed her, and she wondered what was really going on in his life to make him so lonely, but she didn't dare bring any of this up in front of Chiaki.

Still in love with you. X 6

"Yo! What's up?" Miyako asked her best friend the next morning. "You okay? You look like you've seen a ghost or something."

Maron half-heartedly smiled. "Y-yeah, I'm okay…" The brunette's gaze fell to the floor. No, she thought. I'm not okay. I'm far from it. But I have no one to talk to about this situation!

"Hey, is Maron okay?"

Maron looked up. Minazuki had joined her and Miyako just then and had been talking with Miyako while she was lost in her thoughts. "Hey, Minazuki-kun," she said. The other two stopped talking and just looked at Maron. "What?" she asked, shifting uncomfortably under two pairs of eyes. "Is there something on my face?"

Miyako looked perturbed. Here was her friend, who usually had spunk in the morning, but this morning…that spunk wasn't there. At all. "Your face is just as ugly as always," Miyako said, hoping some sarcasm would do Maron some good.

"Let's hope that's the case…" Maron muttered to herself, a forlorn expression painted on her face.

"What's got her so down?" Minazuki whispered in Miyako's ear.

"Beats me," Miyako replied, whispering as well. "Maron moron," she said in a regular Miyako tone, "where's Chiaki-kun?"

The brunette shook her head. "Let's not wait for him. I have a feeling he won't be coming down soon, so if we wait any longer, we'll be late for school. Come on, guys!" Maron forced a smile that was obviously fake and ran outside to escape the pressure.

"I don't like the looks of this. Something big must've happened between them," Miyako stated.

Minazuki looked at Miyako. "Todaiji-san, don't tell me you plan on fixing this thing," he mumbled exasperatedly.

"Of course I am! Someone has to make sure Chiaki's okay!" she snobbishly stated, walking briskly ahead to catch up with Maron.

"Somehow, I don't think that's the real story for her," Minazuki muttered to himself, but he shook that thought off and ran after Maron, too.

"Ohayo, Kusakabe-san," Hijiri-sensei said as he passed Maron in the hall for the first time that day. "I see you are well."

Maron glared at him. "I am not well, Shikaido-san!" she shrilly whispered. "I've just about had it with you and your shenanigans! I don't know what your problem is, but you better find yourself another girl, and fast before I decide to rip off any appendages on you that all males hold close to their hearts!"

Shikaido nervously held his grin. "That 'sticks & stones' saying sure isn't correct in this matter…"

"Listen to me!" Maron spoke sharply to him, but still kept her voice at a whisper level. "If you pull any more of your crap then I'll let Chiaki know where you are, every moment of every day! And believe me, he'll want to know!" And with that, Maron stomped off, a little bit more life in her then compared to that morning.

"For a minute there, I was almost scared of her…"

"Scared of whom?" a voice came from behind Shikaido and made him jump.

"Oh, it's just you, Pakkyaramao-sensei."

"Indeed. Are you having problems with Maron-san?" she asked.

"No, no. She's a good kid," he said, carefully picking his words before he said them.

"She is. My best student, in fact. I'll see that she does not bother you any further, but she usually has good reason when she confronts someone, so I would watch out if I were you." Ms. P smiled and walked back to her classroom.

Shikaido sighed and mumbled to himself, "I thought Fin as a mother hen was enough…"

"Can I talk to you for a minute?"

Maron turned around to find Chiaki standing behind her. "Okay… What's wrong?"

"It's about Shikaido."

The brunette just about froze to the ground where she was standing. "Why don't we step in here for a quick moment?" Maron motioned to the empty classroom right beside them and Chiaki went in, doing a kind of shrug/nod. "Chiaki, you're really quiet. Please tell me what's on your mind."

Chiaki faced Maron with those piercing blue eyes of his, sending shivers down Maron's spine. "You probably aren't going to want to here this, but…"

Oh, god! Maron thought. I hope he doesn't think that I want to be with Shikaido. He's our sensei, for crying out loud! Maron did her best to try and hide her fear, but she felt that Chiaki could read her eyes, which she felt were about to grow moist.

"I don't like him," Chiaki said, looking out the window. "But I'm also not sure if you do like him." He noticed that Maron was about to protest, but he held a hand up to halt her. "Look, until I figure out how we can boot Shikaido from the picture, and until I can figure out how exactly you feel about me, I think it'd be best to take a cooling period." Chiaki looked back at the love of his life, expecting her to hit him or cry, but she did nothing. "Maron…?"

She kept it all inside. "Sure! You just work on kicking Shikaido's butt and I'll prove to you that you're the one I treasure most!"

Chiaki half-heartedly smiled. "Maron…" He shook his head as if to shake off a nagging thought and exited the room as quietly as he had come in.

Once sure that Chiaki was out of hearing, Maron fell to her knees, the fake smile she had given Chiaki still painted on her face. Steady streams of tears flowed over that smile and broke it. There, alone and hurt, Maron cried, not knowing what to do next.

"Maron! Maron! Crud! She's been gone for the whole period!" Miyako exclaimed to Minazuki. "Where do you think she could've gotten to?" she asked of him as they absentmindedly passed Chiaki in the hall, neither stopping to ask him.

Should I really have done that to Maron? Chiaki asked himself. When he caught a glimpse of Shikaido further down the hall, alone, Chiaki decided that it was worth it so he could clear up this mess and get Maron all to himself. As Chiaki rushed one way, Miyako and the student council rep rushed the way Chiaki came, the direction which led to Maron.

"Todaiji-san!" Minazuki piped. "Slow down!"

"No! It's not my fault that you're so slow!" Miyako stopped.

"She called me slow again…"

"Will you be quiet for a second!" Miyako cupped a hand around her ear. "Does that sound like someone crying to you?"

"It sounds like…Maron-san!" Minazuki exchanged worried glances with Miyako and they hurried to the next classroom. By now, all the classrooms were empty since it had been last period just a few minutes ago. And, unbeknownst to Minazuki and Miyako, it was just a few minutes ago that Chiaki had told Maron he wanted to halt their relationship.

The two paused outside of an empty classroom to confirm it as Maron's voice, and to confirm that she was in that room. "I'm going in," Miyako whispered to Minazuki. "I don't know what you want to do, but you can't stop me from going in there." To her surprise, Minazuki gave her a smile.

"I'm fine, but she may want Chiaki, so I think I'll go get him for her. You go ahead and take care of Maron-san." Minazuki turned on his heel and left Miyako by herself outside of the classroom, kind of speechless that Minazuki had thought that far ahead into the game by getting Chiaki. Let's just hope Chiaki isn't the cause of this catastrophe…, Miyako thought to herself as she turned the doorknob to the room.

"Chiaki-kun! Wait!"

Chiaki glanced over his shoulder and saw Minazuki running towards him. As the class rep neared, Chiaki turned on his heel and almost greeted him with a kiss. "Oh, my dear class representative, how I've longed to be this close to you!" he teased.

"GET THE HELL AWAY FROM ME!" Minazuki screeched, swatting Chiaki away.

"Aw, that's so mean…," Chiaki said, feigning sadness and tears as if he was really crushed about Minazuki's attitude towards him.

"Will you please stop fooling around!" Once sure that he had caught the blue-haired teen's attention, he continued, "Maron-san's crying right now and probably needs you!"

Chiaki turned serious. "I'm sorry, but I can't go help Maron right now…," Chiaki mumbled.

Minazuki gritted his teeth. "Why not!"

"Because," Chiaki said, his voice stern after not being allowed to finish his previous sentence, "I'm the reason why she's crying!"

"Then fix it!" Minazuki retorted, literally putting his foot down.

Taken aback by Minazuki's forthrightness, Chiaki smiled to himself. "And why are you so angry about it? Don't you want to try and comfort her right now?"

"No, because you're the only one who can do that!"

Chiaki sighed. "Look, I can't be with her right now because there's something I have to take care of before we're back together, all right?"

"Back together?" Minazuki echoed.

"Yes, so I'll see you tomorrow, okay?" And with that, the civilian form of Kaito Sinbad walked off, troubled with the nagging thought that maybe this cool-off period for him and Maron may turn out to be a real break-up.

I can't help Maron-san, Minazuki thought to himself, because there's someone else I want to help first…

"Maron?" Miyako stepped inside the room and, as she did, the crying stopped. "Maron, that's you, isn't it?" Miyako heard a shuffling noise and a sniffle, but no reply came. She walked in farther and saw the top of Maron's head by the front of the classroom over a desk. "Maron…," she exhaled.

"It's okay, Miyako. I'm fine. Really." Maron did her best to sound okay, but, from years of experience in handling Maron, Miyako knew that everything was not okay.

"Well then, I guess if everything's fine, then I'll just go say hi to Chiaki by myself," Miyako snidely said, hoping some sarcasm would cheer her friend up.

"Please, don't say that right now."

Miyako was puzzled. Usually, Maron was punching her in the arm by now, cheerful once again, but Maron had taken it seriously this time. "Maron, you do know that I was joking just now right?"

"How can I know what a joke is and what's not now…?" Maron asked, obviously posing a rhetorical question.

"What happened?" Miyako inquired.

"Chiaki, I think…I think he broke up with me!"