Sometimes, Ran didn’t know what to think. This was a time that she couldn’t understand anything at all. It didn’t make sense, it was even more ridiculous than the theory she once had that Conan-kun was actually Shinichi! Such a thing couldn’t be possible though, even if she had thought, for the longest time, that Professor Agasa might have made something for him to hide when he got into trouble during a case. It was silly to think that people could shrink, but it wouldn’t be hard for Shinichi to mess up his hair and change his name.
Her hands tightened into the fists she always formed during Karate tournaments. She could feel her eyes sting, until she bit her lip to shake away the urge to cry. Why did Shinichi have to do something like this? Did he find this cruel prank to be fun? Was this his idea of a joke? Or did he dislike her so much that he’d go this far just to avoid it.
It couldn’t be--could it? Could he be annoyed at me ranting to him all the time?
Ran knew that it was probably something that she had done that caused him to start this charade, but he didn’t have to go that far, did he?
Did she matter so little to him that he’d run off, disappear off for months without anything more than a few phone calls, then return as someone with a different name? Ran blinked at the moisture forming in her eyes. Did he disappear off for so long just to scheme this horrible prank?
She continued to watch the door from behind the fence of the Kudo household, not caring if people thought she was a thief or stalker.
Ran’s eyes hardened as she watched Shinichi--or Kuroba Kaito if that was what he wanted to call himself now--leave the house. It had to be Shinichi for sure. No two people could look so alike without being related and no one but Shinichi would be living in the Kudo household. If he hadn’t gone and announced the place he stayed at in front of the whole class, Ran would have considered the place he stayed as to be proof of his identity.
That’s smart of you, Shinichi. But don’t think that I’m fooled.
He couldn’t be anyone but Shinichi. If he wasn’t, he would have no reason to do something as suspicious as skipping school. He must have done that to avoid her.
Placing both hands on her hips, Ran marched up to Shinichi. “So, you finally decided to show yourself, huh, Shinichi?”
“I don’t understand. Why do you have to do something like this? Isn’t it enough for you to disappear off and tell me nothing other than you being on a case?” Ran’s voice rose as she spoke. Her vision blurred as her anger peaked.
“How can you do something like this like it’s completely normal? I can understand that you’re a stupid deduction maniac who can’t stop himself from solving a case, but this! What wait for me? What case after case? Cases my foot!”
“Don’t you know how worried I was, Shinichi? I didn’t know where you went, and you only called every now and then! I thought you might have gotten into some trouble on a case, but all this time you were just planning this sick joke?”