(Alright, here's the final chapter of "Unexpected Fears". I better get more reviews from other people than just two a chapter. Thanks to Umi Sagara and The Time Traveler for reviewing. Now, just sit back, relax, and enjoy this final chapter of just some fun.)
Right after we left Richard's agency, Rachel and I walked together to Jimmy's place. I looked over at the girl right beside me whom I loved like a sister.
"So, let me ask you this, Rachel," I said to her.
She looked at me.
"How many times have you been to Jimmy's place?"
"A lot," Rachel responded.
"Too numerous to mention?" I asked.
"Yeah," Rachel replied, smiling at me.
"We've been to each other's houses a lot over our lives since we were childhood friends -- until Jimmy went missing; each time that Jimmy came over was when my dad and my mom were still together. Each time I went to his house, his parents were there."
"Are his parents still there?" I asked.
"Nope, he lives by himself in his big mansion," Rachel responded.
"His parents are overseas, so he gets the mansion all to himself."
"Wha- Mansion?" I said, shocked.
"Yeah, I've seen it and been there myself," Rachel said, looking puzzled at my reaction.
I was shocked -- a 17-year old, widely regarded high school detective living in a mansion by himself? That lucky dog!!
"Don't you have any friends back home that live alone like Jimmy?" Rachel asked me.
"Yeah, actually I do," I responded.
"Why do you ask?"
"Well, I just thought to myself 'there must be some of his friends that live alone like Jimmy'," Rachel answered.
"Oh," I responded.
"Say, Rachel, if you've met his parents, do you know what they do?"
"I have met his parents, and I know what they do," I responded to Mathew's question.
"His mother, Vivian Kudo is an actress; his father, Booker Kudo is a mystery writer who writes those Knight--"
My sentence was cut short when Mathew cut in.
"The Booker Kudo?" Mathew asked me.
"The dude who writes those Knight Baron novels?"
"Yeah, how'd you know?" I asked.
"I got a glimpse of one of his novels before," Mathew responded.
"You did?" I asked.
"Yeah, in a small bookstore," Mathew responded.
"Conan, my dad and I were invited on a Knight Baron Mystery Tour at a hotel resort on St. Anne Island, you know," I told him.
"Really?" Mathew asked me.
"Yeah, it was originally for Dr. Agasa -- Jimmy's neighbor and another friend of his," I explained to him.
"Anyway, it was originally for Dr. Agasa and another friend of his, but something happened and he opted to stay behind with his friend; then when he called us up, he let us know about it, and I was ecstatic, and it was just too good to pass up; but there was a small problem: Dad found out that our fee was only half-paid."
"That's strange. Why?" Mathew asked.
"I don't know," I said, shrugging my shoulders.
"By the way," I said, trying to recall something Mathew said.
"Did you just say 'dude' when you found out that Jimmy's dad writes those Knight Baron books?" I asked him.
"Yeah, why?" Mathew said.
"I call most of my friends back home 'dude' -- well, most of my guy friends."
"What do you call your friends that are girls back home?" I asked.
"Mostly by their own names, or I call them 'pal', sometimes 'girlfriend'," Mathew answered.
"Did you ever have a real girlfriend before you met Serena?" I asked.
"No, l never really had any luck with girls in high school because most of the girls in my high school were either taken, or just not my type," Mathew answered.
"You know something?" I asked him.
"What's that?" Mathew asked me.
"I don't think that my dad has ever heard the word 'dude' in a long time; not even his friends when he got together with them at Benkei Inn," I explained.
We reached Jimmy's mansion and I rang the doorbell.
I was waiting patiently for Rachel and Mathew to show up. That's when I heard the doorbell ring.
That's them, I thought as I went downstairs to answer the door.
I opened the door and sure enough, I was right -- Rachel and Mathew were at the door. I graciously let them in and they began to eat some breakfast.
"So, your dad is back to normal, Rachel?" I asked.
"Yeah," Rachel simply responded while she ate.
"She wanted to check on him and when she took a little long, I went in to check it out and he was back to normal when I talked with him," Mathew added.
Minutes later, I saw Rachel and Mathew finish their food. I was trying to keep myself occupied with something when Rachel spoke up.
"Jimmy, if you're so anxious to swim, why don't you jump in the water right now?" Rachel said to me.
"I don't wanna start any fun without you guys," I responded.
"Especially you, Rach."
She hugged me tightly and I pulled her close to my body. I put my fingers to the bottom of her T-shirt and looked at her.
"I'm wearing my bathing suit underneath," Rachel softly said, just to let me know.
"Can I?" I asked.
"Yes, you can," Rachel softly said again.
We released our embrace and she lifted up her arms. I moved Rachel's T-shirt up her torso and took it off with ease, revealing her red swimsuit underneath. She swished her hair briefly and we hugged each other again.
"Jimmy," Rachel said to me.
"Why don't we jump in?"
She tilted her head at the pool.
"Okay," I said.
"Ready to swim, Mathew?" Rachel called out to Mathew.
"Yeah," Mathew said, sitting up.
The three of us walked to one of the pool edges. We looked at each other and then jumped in all at once. We began to play around with each other -- we splashed each other with water, dunked each other, and Rachel and I even had a friendly and playful water fight.
(Okay, that's going to wrap up this story. I hope you all liked it. Be sure to review my other stories, too. I worked hard to get this story finished, so leave a lot of reviews.)