(Okay, here's another story. This is a joint fic with Demon Brat 2000. We hope you enjoy this.)
Summary: Jimmy Kudo is regarded as the best detective in the East, but when Rachel ends up solving cases before him, Jimmy starts to question his talent. Will his questioning lead him to hang up his hat or anything worse? Read to find out.
(From Demon Brat 2000)
"And that's how she got up this building and murdered him." Rachel explained.
"Ah, you done it again, Rachel!" Inspector Meguire said.
"It's quite easy since she left so many clues."
"I see. Cops! Take her away!" The Inspector said, pointing to a woman in the crowd.
"You're getting very good at being a detective, Rachel. Maybe like Jimmy himself." Inspector Meguire commented.
She can't be better than me, I have solved more cases than her... Jimmy thought.
"Come on Jimmy, let's go home." Rachel called out.
Maybe I'm thinking too much. I mean, Rachel is my best friend, I'll solve the next one. He thought.
The two headed on home. Rachel kept talking about the case while Jimmy was busy thinking about what he would do in the next couple of cases.
"Remember Jimmy? When she put the watch up there?" Rachel asked.
"Um... Jimmy? Are you listening to me?"
Jimmy snapped out of his train of thought.
"Huh? What? Oh, yeah. I remember."
"Jimmy, you are really not listening to me huh?"
"No, I'm listening, go on."
"Ok... remember when he tried to jump out the building and--" She continued.
I can't believe it... I just can't believe that Rachel is catching up to me... She couldn't be catching up to me, right? He thought.
"Jimmy! Jimmy!" Rachel cried.
"What?" Jimmy said.
"You just passed your house!" She called out.
Jimmy looked around. Then he saw his house right behind him.
"Oh. Sorry..." He said good bye to Rachel and entered his house.
I couldn't believe what I just saw earlier today. For once, I was at the scene of the crime, but the one who solved the case was Rachel, not me. I pulled out my cell phone and called up another friend of Rachel's, Mathew.
"Wha-at? Rachel solved the case, not you?" Mathew said, shocked to me.
"Yeah, that's what happened," I said.
"This I gotta see," Mathew said.
"Just let it go, Jimmy, and maybe we'll all go to your pool together."
"Alright," I said.
"I'll call Rachel and Angela to see if they want to go, too."
After we hung up, I dialed Rachel's and Angela's cell numbers, and they both accepted a day at my house by my pool.
"Jimmy, why'd you decide to invite us to your pool after I whooped you on the last case?" Rachel asked me after the three of them arrived at my house by my pool.
"I just want to find some way to let it go, and don't remind me of that last case," I said.
I was wearing my blue swimshorts, Mathew was in his blue and black swimshorts, Rachel was in her one-piece red swimsuit, and Angela wore a one-piece light blue one.
After sitting around in the sun for about 10 minutes, I decided to cool off in the water. Mathew joined me, and so did Angela. Jimmy stayed put.
"Come on in, Jimmy," I called.
"Yeah, let the last case go and come on in," Angela agreed.
(From Demon Brat 2000)
Jimmy sighed and got in the water.
"What's with you? Come on! We're best friends!" I said.
"Yeah, I guess so," Jimmy said.
"Great job... I guess."
"Well why don't we just enjoy swimming and congratulate Rachel for solving the last case?" Mathew asked Jimmy.
"Yup," Angela said.
I chuckled a bit.
"Guess I'm being a bit childish, huh?" I said to myself.
I decided to just enjoy the day. I tried to shake the feeling that Rachel is getting better at me away, but it was kind of hard.
"Hey Jimmy, why not we all go hang out next week?" Angela suggested.
"Sure, I'll go, how about you guys?" I asked Rachel and Mathew.
"I'll go!" Rachel said.
"How about you Mathew? It'll be fun."
"Where should we go?" Angela asked.
I thought for a while.
"Hmmm... Maybe bowling would be good?" I suggested.
"Ok, we'll meet each other at your place and we all go together? Or should we just go their ourselves and meet each other there?" Rachel asked.
"We can meet each other there." I said.
The week passed by quickly. I got dressed quickly and headed out the door.
"Hey, Rachel, where are you going?" My dad asked.
"I'm going to go bowling with Mathew, Angela, and Jimmy," I told him.
"Hey, can you get dinner along the way home?" Dad asked me.
"Maybe, I'll call if we decide to do something different from the original plans," I said.
"See ya dad!"
I made my way to the bowling alley. Since it was not far, I decided to walk.
Suddenly, my phone rang, it was Angela.
"Hey, Angela, what's wrong?" I asked after answering it.
"We were just wondering if you were there yet. We've been waiting for half an hour, Rachel!" She said over the phone.
I checked my watch, it was 12 o' clock already.
"Whoops, sorry! I'll get there soon enough. You can all start without me."
"Ok, see you there, Rach." Angela said, and hung up.
It took me an extra ten minutes to get to the bowling alley because I decided to get some drinks for us.
"Hey, guys, sorry I was late!" I cried.
"It's ok. Hey, it's Jimmy's turn," Mathew said.
I saw Jimmy getting ready to bowl. He threw the ball and got a strike.
"That was good, Jimmy," Mathew told him.
"Thanks," Jimmy simply responded.
"Hey, Jimmy! Sorry I was late," I said.
"No problem. It's Angela's turn anyways. You go after her," He responded.
I held up the bag of drinks.
"I brought some drinks, so if you're thristy, take some from this bag." I said to the group.
Jimmy looked into the bag.
"Coffee, milk, water. That's all you brought?" He asked me.
"It was the first thing I could think of! At least I went through all the trouble to get drinks!" I said to him.
"Sheesh! I was kidding, you don't have to get mad!" Jimmy replied.
I sighed. Jimmy always has to get me mad before he says it's a joke.
"Hey Rachel! It's your turn." Angela said.
"Ok! If you want drinks, it's in this bag." I said, handing the bag to her.
Why did Rachel have to get so mad? All I did was make a small joke! I decided to opened a can of coffee. It wasn't bad. Rachel was bowling and she got a strike also. She's not bad at bowling either.
"Hey Jimmy, you look so spaced out, you ok?" Mathew asked.
"Huh? Oh, yeah. I'm fine." I responded.
"Hey Jimmy! I got a strike!" Rachel cried.
I took a sip of the coffee. Rachel frowned.
"Jimmy! Are you listening to me? You seem so spaced out." She said to me.
"I'm fine!" I said.
"You don't look like it," Rachel said to me.
"Rachel, things are just hunky dory, okay?" I snapped.
"Alright, alright," Rachel finally said, ending this thing before we started arguing and fighting with each other.
"Guys, what's going on?" Angela asked me and Rachel.
"Jimmy's been acting really different since the last case," Rachel answered.
"Do you think he's jealous that you solved it and not him?" Mathew asked.
"That's what I'm starting to think," Rachel answered.
"Can we not talk about this anymore?" I asked the others.
I stood on my feet and walked outside.
I ran outside of the bowling alley after him. Mathew had beat me by two points in our game, Angela was 3rd, and Jimmy was last.
"Jimmy, stop!!" I screamed.
I finally caught him after running for about a couple minutes.
"Jimmy, why the hell are you acting like this?" I asked him.
"You've been acting like a total jerk ever since the last case; I'm starting to think that that's why you're acting so angry-like."
"It's not that!!" Jimmy snapped back.
To my biggest surprise, he slapped me in the face, knocking me to the ground.
"I need some time alone, Rachel," Jimmy said, starting to walk away from me.
"Does that mean you're not letting us come back to your place to swim again tomorrow?" I asked.
"You guys can come," Jimmy responded.
"Just leave me alone -- don't ask me if I wanna swim with you guys though."
(From Demon Brat 2000)
"But Jimmy..." I said.
"I said leave me alone!"
"Listen Rachel. If we ever get a case, I'm going to take it and solve it. So back off." Jimmy said to me.
I couldn't believe it. Jimmy, my best friend, hates me now just because I solved more cases than him. He even slapped me. I can't believe him!
I can't believe I slapped Rachel... but I got so mad. I decided to walk home. Maybe it'll take my mind off of Rachel.
Suddenly, my cell phone rang. I answered.
"Jimmy, I can't believe you!" I heard Angela shout over the phone.
"Mathew and I saw the whole thing!!"
"I told you to leave me alone!" I shouted back and hung up.
"Sheesh, why can't people just leave me alone..." I said to myself. I turned my phone off.
When I arrived home, I decided to lay on my bed, thinking about what I did today. The more I thought, the more angrier I got.
"My head hurts..." I said.
Once I arrived home, I saw dad drooling all over the desk. I sighed and I put a blanket over him. I went upstairs, took my shower, changed into my nightclothes and went to bed. I couldn't really sleep since I was thinking too much about why Jimmy would slap me. I touched the part where he had hit me. It still hurt a bit.
"Stupid Jimmy... Why's he's so mad because of some stupid case that I solved?" I muttered.
I rolled around the bed. After a while, I checked the digital clock that was at my bed stand. The green numbers showed eleven - fourty five.
"It's almost midnight... Maybe a drink of water would help," I said as I left for the kitchen.
When I had finished my drink, I was about to go back to my room, but the phone rang.
"Hello, Moore Detective Agency?" I said over the line.
"Sorry to call you this late, Rachel." I heard Mathew said.
"But do you want Jimmy to go swim with us anyways? Maybe we can get him to understand that he doesn't have to get mad about you."
"I don't know... He said he didn't want to swim. We can try to convince him, but he probably wouldn't hear my calls..." I responded.
"Maybe Angela and I can convince him. I'll tell you when we call him, ok?"
"Ok," Mathew said back to me.
"See you later, Rachel," Mathew said.
"Ok, bye," I said.
I hung up the phone and went to my room. I checked it out and it was a minute till midnight.
"I better go to bed..." I said.
I closed my eyes and I fell asleep. Maybe Jimmy might come tomorrow... Who knows?