The Detective Prince
Everyone waited, chatting with those amongst themselves. It was another annual meeting. The crowd became silent as he made is way to the podium like he had so many times before. Flashes from the cameras went off as everyone settled in. He cleared his throat as he looked over the crowd who had come to see him.
"I'm glad you all were able to make it here tonight, and I appreciate each and everyones support." He began as a slight crack sound could be heard.
At that very second he flew backward as his head blasted apart. Everyone jumped up screaming, running in multiple directions. That was the day that marked the beginning, the new beginning.
The dawn brought a sky filled with dark clouds, a light rain slowly followed afterward. The sound of a foot steps can be heard clamping down the hall, his head tilted up, ever so slightly. Still half asleep he struggles to find his way out of bed over to the door. He steps back with a slight yawn as his door swings open.
"Come on kid, we have a case to attend to!" Kogoro said in an exciting tone.
"What about breakfast?" Conan asked.
"We'll grab something on the way there, so get dressed." He replied as he walked back down the hall.
Conan rolled his eyes at this. He got dressed as quickly as his energy allowed, then heading to the bathroom to brush his teeth. Ran was out for the past two days but was expected to be home later that day. Conan slowly made his way down stairs to be met by Kogoro once more.
"Come on, your slouching off this morning." He said as they made their way out of the building.
"This is not how I wanted to begin my Sunday." Conan sourly mumbled.
"I almost forgot, when Ran get's home be sure to inform her not to use the shower, it's a little screwy right now." Kogoro stated.
It wasn't long after they found themselves cruising down the road. Conan rolled his window up as a couple rain drops splashed on the side of his face. They stopped at a small stand and grabbed a couple hot dogs as they continued on the road. Ofcourse Conan wasn't to thrilled with the choice of food for that particular time. After nearly an hour of driving they came to a stop infront of a large city building.
"Don't think I've ever been here." Conan said as they walked up the stairs heading into the building which read 'Air Dome' on the emblem.
"Make sure you behave Conan." Kogoro informed as he caught sight of two beautiful women sitting in what appeared to be a lobby.
Kogoro stared over at them as Conan shook his head from side to side.
"And here we go." Conan thought to himself.
After a couple brief seconds of standing a police officer walked over to the two of them.
"Oh yes that would be me, just got caught up in the...um...furniture arrangement." Kogoro Mouri finally managed to say.
Conan giggled at this.
"Yes, it is rather unique if I may say myself."
"So where did the murder occur?" Kogoro asked.
"On floor fifty two, right this way." He directed.
They made their way up the elevator as Conan focused his attention on the flashing red and green lights on the ceiling. This entertained him up until they came to a stop. They made their way out of the elevator as they walked down a long hall. Conan observed the area just in case it might prove relevant to solving the case at hand. They entered a large room which was filled with many officers.
"So what exactly happened?" Kogoro asked as they came across a podium which was located dead center in the room.
"Mr. Sugo was giving his annual press speech when he was shot."
"Close range?" Kogoro asked.
"No, he was shot from afar."
"What was the weapon used?"
"A Sniper Rifle which held a .338 Lapua Magnum." The officer replied.
"A .338 Lapua Magnum, military maybe, then again someone with connections might be able to obtain that type." Conan thought to himself as he listened on.
"After being shot he fell point blank to the ground right there." The officer pointed.
Kogoro looked the area over then toward the window. He walked over as Conan and the officer followed. Kogoro put a hand over his eyes as he looked to the buildings which surrounded the area.
"What was the time of death?"
"Now all we need to do is figure out which building the killer might of camped out on."
"That's not possible Detective Mouri."
"What?" Kogoro questioned.
"He was shot point blank in the head, right inbetween his eyes sir." The officer informed.
Kogoro became wide eyed as he turned to see that no building outside in sniper range could have been used as the killers waiting place. Conan looked out as well. He then tugged the officer on his pants.
"Did you guy's at least check out all the buildings for anything the killer might of left behind?" Conan asked.
"Yes ofcourse, we found nothing that would spark suspicion."
"You're sure the shooter shot from long range?" Kogoro asked.
"I assure you it was long range."
"It wasn't just a clean shot, but a dead shot right through the head. The only question lingering now, how?" Conan thought to himself.
Kogoro walked over with the officer as they went over further scenario's. Conan on the other hand stood near the window as he looked on. He became lost in thought as the train in the far distance drove just up past his eye level. Conan began putting scenarios together in his head but in the end they all proved to be inconclusive. The train finally disappeared toward the right as he turned and walked over toward Kogoro Mouri who was standing up against the wall.
"This is a tough case kid, but I'll figure it out within time." Kogoro said confidently.
"Yea I bet." Conan thought to himself.
"Have you two heard about the shape?" The officer asked.
"You mean that criminal running around that no one has really got a good look at?" Kogoro asked.
"Yes, that one." The officer replied.
"I've heard about it to, the rumor started nearly a week ago." Conan thought to himself.
"Thought I'd just say be careful out there."
Kogoro nodded then directed his attention to Conan.
"I got all the facts down, let's head back to the house so I can further examine the evidence."
"Alright." Conan replied.
"Inspector Megure wasn't able to make it, but I'm sure we'll catch him later." Kogoro said as they exited the room.
They made their way home as Conan sat in his thoughts. There had to be some way the killer got a clear shot, gliding, parachuting maybe? It wasn't long as they made their way back. Conan walked to his room in a very dissapointed fashion. He laid on his bed as he stared up at the ceiling.
"Come on Shinichi you should be able to figure this one out." Conan thought to himself.
Conan closed his eyes, using his photographic memory to revisit the crime scene. He played it back over and over. His head began to hurt as it finally snapped. Conan lunged up as his eyes popped open.
"The killer must of been on the train and took a shot as he passed by. The train was over my eye level but even field with the podium." Conan thought to himself as he jumped to the ground.
Conan reached into his pocket as he pulled out his phone to check the time. It was about 2:00 P.M.
"I have to go and see Dr. Agasa." Conan said as he exited the room.
Not long after Conan found himself at the front door of Dr. Agasa's trying to catch his breath from running. He knocked two times as the door slid open.
"Conan to what do I owe the surprise?" Dr. Agasa greeted.
"I need help with a case."
"Come on in."
They walked down the hall as they took a seat.
"So what is it you need help with?"
"I need you to try and see if you can track some phone calls for me."
"I also need to know when and where the down town train was last night."
"Ok then, it will only take a few minutes."
They headed over to the computer as Conan looked on.
"Where's Haibara?" Conan asked.
"She headed out this morning, she should be back shortly." Dr Agasa replied.
Dr. Agasa pulled up the train schedule as Conan caught sight of a departing time of 8: 45.
"Bingo, that departure fits the time frame. It takes about fifteen minutes to get from there to where the shooting took place." Conan said.
"What are the phone calls you wanted me to look into?"
"See if there was someone who called the bus station to for a ticket, and might of also called Air Dome to find out when Mr. Sugo would be speaking." Conan said.
"This may take some time." Dr. Agasa replied.
"I'm in no rush." Conan replied with a slight laugh.
He paced back and forth as Dr. Agasa went to work. Conan looked down at his phone once more as he checked the time. It was nearing five O'clock. Time sure was going by. After a long wait Dr. Agasa called him over.
"Did you find any connection?"
"Yes the phone isn't registered to anyone, but it was used to call both the train station and Air Dome." Dr. Agasa confirmed.
"Now all we need is a motive." Conan said.
"Already ahead of you." Dr Agasa said as he flipped open another window.
Conan walked over as he took a look.
"Looks like he was in major debt, must of had enemies." Conan stated.
"He also traveled a lot, he had scheduled meetings for both Ghana Tamale and Gotham City this upcoming week." Dr Agasa added.
"Can we track where the phone is?" Conan asked.
Dr. Agasa went to work for about a minute or so as he stood up in his chair.
"I've got a signal, it's not to far from here." Dr. Agasa informed.
"Great, they must have their phone on."
They made their way to his car as they drove up town. Conan looked down at the scanner as they slowly homed in on it's signal. They came to a stop near a street corner as Conan reached for his door.
"We're here." Conan said.
"Be careful now, don't expose yourself." Dr. Agasa said.
Conan nodded as he exited the vehicle. He walked toward the side walk looking down following the target as he came within inches of it. Conan looked up only to see a trash bin. He walked over as he located the phone. Conan stuck on a latex glove he had in his pocket as he grabbed the phone. He then headed back to the car.
"First known fact about the culprit, he or she is no amateur." Conan said as he got back into the car.
"Find anything interesting?" Dr. Agasa asked.
"There are no finger prints, whoever shot Mr. Sugo is highly advanced not only as a schemer, but also as a marksmen." Conan stated.
"In other words?"
"We've reached a dead end...for now anyway." Conan said.
At this point it was dark out. The rain had come to a close a few hours prior but it was getting quite cool out. Conan reached for his phone to see it had gone out on him.
"Dr. Agasa would you happen to know what time it is?" Conan asked.
He looked down at his watch then back.
"It is 8:53 P.M."
Conan's eyes flared up as he literally bounced in his seat.
"Hurry and get me home, don't want to get in trouble for being out to late!" Conan exclaimed.
"Didn't you keep in contact with them throughout the day?"
"Ha ha, my phone kinda died awhile ago." Conan answered.
Dr. Agasa shook his head at this as he began to drive. It took them nearly thirty five minutes to make it back. Dr. Agasa dropped Conan off who slowly made it inside. Conan gulped as he made his way up the stairs. Once he came to the door he slowly turned the nod as he slightly pushed it open. To his pleasure all the lights were off.
"Yes." He whispered.
Conan slowly closed the door behind him as he tip toed across the room as the light shot on. He turned his head to see Ran sitting in the chair.
"Oops, oops is all you have to say?" Ran said standing up from the chair.
"I, I...how was your week end?" Conan asked with a laugh.
"Why is it that it's way after dark and you're now just coming in!" Ran said as she stormed over.
Conan slouches his shoulders downward as he gives her his puppy eyes impression. She slowly bends down as she hugs him.
"I'm sorry Conan I'm just looking out for your safety, with that 'shape' guy being out there and all."
"It's ok, I understand. It won't happen again." Conan assured.
"It better not." Ran said as she stood back up.
Conan couldn't help but give off a slight laugh.
"It's late but we'll talk in the morning, ok?"
" Yea, sure." Conan said in agreement.
Ran walked off as she headed to her room. Conan did the same.
"That went well, considering the circumstances." Conan said as he got into his night clothes and shut off the lights.
He stared up at the ceiling as the days events rolled through his mind. Conan's eyes shut as he fell asleep. Little did he know his life was about to take a twist, but for what?
The sun shined in. His eyes opened moments later. Conan reached for his glasses as he slid out of bed. He was dressed within the minute as he stashed his fully charged phone into his pocket. He made his way into the main room to see Ran making something. She quickly turned when she noticed he had awoken.
"You hungry Conan?"
He nodded as he took a seat at the table. Neither one of them said a word for the next minute or so.
"You still think I'm mad don't you?"
"Are you?" Conan asked knowing that wasn't the reason for his silent mood.
"Ofcourse not, just be sure to be in by 8:30." Ran replied placing his breakfast on the table.
Conan ate slowly, the case from yesterday was still clearly stuck in his head. Ran noticed this.
"Are you ok Conan?"
"Yea, just a little tired is all."
He finished eating as he jumped down from the chair. Ran washed both of their plates as Conan walked over and reached for his back pack.
"Have a good day in school." Ran said as she to got ready.
Conan made his way down the street as he looked up at the sun which shined especially bright today. This brought a slight smile to him as he approached Teitan Elementary. Conan made his way toward the front door as a man stepped infront of him.
"How are you doing today there son?"
"Genitor Logan, he started working here just about a month ago. We've been on great terms ever since."
"I'm doing good." Conan replied.
"How'd your exam go?" The genitor asked.
"I aced it."
"You sure are a bright one Conan, you're meant for greatness boy."
"Thanks Mr. Logan."
"You run along now, and try to stay out of trouble."
With that Conan made his way into the school. He walked down the hall as someone taps him from behind. He turns to see Mitsuhiko.
"Hey Conan, you seen the others yet?"
"Just got here, I'm sure they'll turn up soon." Conan said with assurance in his voice.
"I hope they are ok."
"What do you mean?" Conan asked with concern in his voice.
"Some children were abducted, the amount has increased since yesterday." Mitsuhiko informed.
"How many?" Conan asked
"Eight so far."
"Add that to the 'to do list'."Conan took note to himself.
Conan turned his head to see Ai Haibara walk right past the two of them. They quickly followed after her.
"I came by yesterday, where did you happen to run off to?" Conan asked
She glimpsed over at him then back forward.
"We better get to class before we're late." Ai replied.
"Someone defiantly woke up on the wrong side of the bed."
They enter the classroom shortly after as they are greeted by both Ayumi and Genta.
"Hey Conan you hear about the abductions?" Genta asked stepping forward.
"I already informed him about it." Mitsuhiko said.
"We should gather together after school, I think we can solve where the kidnaper might be." Ayumi suggested.
"Sounds good to me." Conan said in agreement.
The door to the classroom shut as Professor Gerald instructed everyone to head to their seats. The Professor left the room as everyone sat in silence.
"Psst... hey Conan."
Conan tuned in his seat to see Ayumi.
"You like my new necklace, my mother got it for me." She said showing it to him.
"It's really nice Yoshida." Conan replied as the Professor entered the room once again.
Conan looked over as he noticed a little girl next to him. She had on a uniform with the same color variation as his own. She had long dark brown hair. The Professor lead her to the front as a smile came to his face.
"Class this is Salekea Valdina, she has joined our class as of today." Professor Gerald said.
"Hello everyone." She waved as her face became red.
To Be Continued