(Here's another story -- this time my first "Detective Conan" joint fic. Hope you all will enjoy this. It's from me and Umi Sagara.)

(From Umi Sagara)

Disclaimer: We only own our own characters, Umi and Mathew. :3 I, for one, find myself wishing I owned DC at times. Oh, and this seems to take place somewhere between Mathew first meeting up with Ran and Shinichi turning back into an adult. Maybe it's one of those behind-the-scenes happenings..?

(Shinichi/Jimmy's point of view)

I looked up at Kogoro inspecting the scene of a car. Ignorant as he was, he was actually getting some of the clues. I already had most of them, though. I looked back up at Ran.

I'm gonna get a crick in my neck at this rate, I thought to myself.

I hated being in Conan's body. Ran looked down at me and smiled.

"What do you think, Conan?" She asked.

Without thinking, I looked back at the ground.

"Uncle missed a few clues, but I found that the person is left handed, but has a habit of doing everything with his right. Except for writing and throwing, stuff like that. The suspect is a male, about Uncle's size, and has dyed his hair..."

I caught what I was saying and bit my tongue.

"Or at least, that's what I think, but what does a kid like me know? Hahahaha..."

I could tell Ran didn't believe me. That's why I couldn't shoot that old man yet. Damn it. As trusting as Ran is, she kept suspecting him! I sighed and then looked up at the sound of a car door slamming followed by colorful words that probably wouldn't even make it to an R-rated fic or movie. I looked back at Ran and she looked at the newcomer as well. The newcomer was a girl with long, brown hair tied back in a loose, messy ponytail. She was wearing jeans and a black-and-white horizontal striped jacket. She looked up and jogged over. She held out her hand to Ran.

"Hey," she said.

"I'm Umi Sagara, incoming private detective from southern America. Just got a client asking to solve this case."

She then looked at me and rumpled my hair.

"Hey squirt."

(Umi's point of view)

After shooting off some rainbow-colored language, I had come over to introduce myself to the girl.. Apparently, her name was Ran Mouri. Okay... I looked back down at the kid.

He looks kind of like my little brother, I thought to myself, kind of shocked.

I crouched down and tilted my head. After a moment, I held out my hand.

"Hey," I said.

"who're you?"

He took my hand, but I think it was only out of politeness. I got the feeling he didn't like me much.

"Conan Edogawa," he replied.

I smiled.

"You play soccer," I said.

"or rather, you used to. It's very faint, but where the shin guards cut off and below is a bit lighter than the skin above, and that's hard to get rid of unless you either wear pants or shorts all the time."

I smiled at his suprised look.

"I only know because I used to play soccer, and sister and the younger of my two little brothers still play it."

I stood back up and looked at Ran.

"So, as I'm assuming you're not the detective, is it the guy who just stubbed his toe," I asked, pointing to an oldish man holding his foot and swearing.

Then again, I thought.

assuming makes an ass out of you and me.

If there was one thing I learned, it was that.

(Ran's point of view)

"Dad," I said as he walked over to us.

"are you okay?"

He nodded. Dad really needed some help with the case, and even though Umi might be good, I decided to try calling another friend of mine. He said he was really good and I believe him.

"I'm going to call Mathew," I said taking out my cell phone and waving to my dad, Conan, and Umi.

I walked over away from the group and dialed Mathew's cell phone. He answered on the third ring.

"Hello," I heard him say on the other phone.

"Hi," I said.

Before I could even say that it was me, I heard Mathew say, "Oh, Ran! What's up?"

"Ah, not much. Um.. My dad is on a case and someone just showed up," I said.

"Do you think you can help them out? Dad might need help," I finished.

There was a moment's pause on the other line. I was hoping Mathew would say okay.

"Alright, where are you?" I heard him ask.

"You know about the carjacking heist?" I asked.

(Mathew's point of view)

Ran asked me about the carjacking heist. I had some newspapers, but I didn't actually read them through that much. I glanced over at some more recent newspapers.

"Mathew..?" I heard Ran ask on the other line.

"Oh, right, um.. I think so," I said, seeing the article on yesterday's newspaper.

"Well, this morning the car was found abandoned a little bit into the forest that's close to Tropical Land," she said.

"That's where we are."

"I see," I said, nodding.

"Okay, Ran, I'll be right over."

I heard her say "Thanks" on the other line and hang up. I got what I would probably need and headed out the door.

(From Mat49324)

When I got there, I noticed Conan, Kogoro, Ran and another girl.

"You're that person Ran told me about over the phone no doubt," I said.

"Yep," The girl said to me.

"Name's Umi... Umi Sagara; like you, I'm a detective from the states as well -- the southern part."

"And I'm from the far West," I said.

"Plus I'm Mathew."

"Cool name," Umi commented.

"Thanks," I said.

"Now, what's the scoop, guys?"

(Go now. It's all you now. Hope you approve. Sorry if it's short. I'm going out to dinner tonight.)