I knew there was a reason I didn't like detective work, Kaito thought wryly, his expression mirroring his sentiments. Too much paperwork.
He was sure some of the people groaned about Tantei-kun for getting off on the paperwork part, considering he was only a "child" but Kaito knew better. Maybe one day he'd do something about that.
The weather's a little chilly but not crisp, which would have cleared his head, but is a little humid-- why had he not bothered to put on a jacket this morning? Oh yeah, because he hadn't expected some of his classmates to drag him off all around town. A guy could have used a little warning but this was what made life so fun.
He inserts his key and opens the door, ("I'M HOME!") slipping his feet into his slippers and sliding his shoes into the appropriate space when he noticed a new pair- Tennis shoes? They were a bit too big to be Yukiko-san's and they weren't Aoko's-
"Yukiko-san?" Kaito called out, assuming her to be there as she always was. "Do we have a guest?"
No answer, which meant that even Okiya-san was out. No one had come out to see who he was, too. It wasn't a thief, unless it was common house thief etiquette to take off your shoes and put them on the shelf- or what did he know (he wasn't a THAT kind of thief), it could just have been force of habit. In which some random teenage detective would have pointed that out and deduced who was actually the culprit based on that one small detail. ("THERE ARE SHOEPRINTS ON THE SHELF AND THE ONLY ONE WHO PUTS IT ON THE SHELF ON THAT ANGLE AND BOTHERS TO EVEN IN EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES SINCE IT IS INGRAINED INTO YOU DUE TO A TRAUMATIC EVENT IN YOUR CHILDHOOD IS...(dramtic pause here)... YOU, CULPRIT-SAN!")
In which, the only answer was a new house guest!
Kaito's mouth split into a wide grin, skipping up the stairs and pausing only to throw his bag on his bed and wondering who it could be- judging by the shoes, it was most likely a male, teenage or adult, mannered upbringing, and trustworthy enough to be left alone in the house. He wondered if this stay was planned, but then Yukiko-san would have told him about it, so it wasn't, and considering they hadn't come down when he had said he was home so the visitor was either
五) He had missed the symbolic equivalent of number 3, (the letter c?) or
6. Some other activity or trait that started with the letter S.
And in the case of iv), there was a possibility he would be staying for a while, which was great, because he needed someone other than Aoko in the house, the atmosphere had been so heavy.
He finally opened and shut enough doors to stumble across the actual room the guest stayed in- And oh god yes it was HIM--
He sat next to the sleeping beauty on the bed and snickering as he leaned over, he shouted:
"HATTORI HEIJI, YOU WAKE UP RIGHT NOW!"