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The Fox and Hounds

By Hebiaczek

Other / Adventure

The heist

Heiji was standing in the middle of a galery room with a bokken in his hands. Wearing comfortable and loose clothes with a jeweled necklace sewn in his shirt colar that was a target for tonights KID heist. His face was covered by a gas mask to prevent thief from using sleeping gas on him. He could clearly hear people outside cheering on their idol and drowned voices coming form an officers radio. To allow him to move freely only four officers were standing at the doors and all the decoration and stands where removed from the room leaving only a clock above entrance. Windows in the room where closed with iron blinds and as he was informed doors where closed shut with a metal bar from outside. To prevent blackout the place was lit with a few self-powered lamps. The nearly 4 meter high room felt very empty with it all. The corridor leading to the room was heavily guarded. Air vents in the entire building where too tight for and adult person to fit through. KID should not be able to even enter the room, right?

Nakamori-keibu was not happy with this plan. He still remembered fiasco with Makoto – the karate champion. This detective brat was by no means a champion of that caliber, but the owner of the jewel wanted it to be guarded with a sword - for heavens sakes! – and the boy was apparently the best to get in such a short notice. 'Damn American samurai fan…' keibu cursed in his mind. At least this time KID would not be able to trick his opponent by disguising himself as somebody familiar - to be sure he had a few officers guarding that Toyama Kazuha girl in another building. And of course he personaly pinched hard cheeks of each person that entered the room. Maybe actually they had a chance this time? Nakamori sight doubting.

Osakan detective had no idea how the elusive thief would enter but was eagerly waiting for his private meeting the infamous Kaitou KID. He'd get the opportunity to personaly beat the crap out of his friend's nemesis and afterwards he could get to rub it in Kudo's face. He let out a quiet chuckle when he remembered how Conan was banned from entering the room as he would only get in the way. Poor gradeschooler had to hope the thief would run away from Heiji with today's prize and catch him somewhere else. Like that would happen…

Officer at the door gave the detective a sign so he focused his eyes on the clock. Only one minute left for the heist to start. Teenage detective tightened his grip on his bokken and grinned. He is going to have so much fun bragging about his win after tonight.

Just a few more seconds – Heiji turned his gaze from the clock. Three, two, one… There was a puff of white smoke before him. Detective took a step back from the cloud and focused on any movement from it. A soft voice reached his ears.

"Ah! A dance partner? How lovely…" tones of slight disappointment could be heard in the voice as he continued speaking "Although I usually do prefer them more feminine and in nice dresses but… you'll have to do…" the smoke started clearing a bit and Heiji could see a figure with a top hat on his head bowing gracefully before him "I'm honored Tantei-han" as the smoke was disappearing fast detective noticed a mocking, crocodile grin shown on the thiefs face.

"You're going down" irritated Heiji jumped forward at his opponent attacking head-on as KID easily sidestepped the assult.

Room suddenly was filled with music and the kaitou was moving according to it while evading detectives attacks. They seemed to be dancing indeed with one and other. They where moving fast though the room nearly trampling and preventing present officers from moving in. All they could do was to comment through their radios on what was happening.

The bizzare dance-fight was going on for a few minutes now and detective was yet to land a full blow on his opponent. He did manage to graze him a few times and was leading him now to a corner. He grinned behind his gas-mask. Once there KID will have nowhere to run Heiji will win.

When the thief bumped his back against the wall a few things happened at the same time. As Heiji raised his bokken to land his blow he noticed a large grin that split KID's face. There was a loud brust above their heads and suddenly detective tripped and started ascending fast towards the ceiling. With a yelp he dropped his weapon and noticed a rope tangled at his ankle pulling him upwards. One of the iron blinds fell down next to the grinning thief with a loud thud. Officers gasped and made a move towards KID.

"Oi! Get me down you jerk!" Heiji shouted struggling near the ceiling.

KID chuckled and tipped his hat "As you wish… But watch out for your head!"

Then Heiji started falling as KID flown upwards. In the second they where passing each other detective felt a strong pull from around his neck. He let out a yelp covering his head with his forearms just before he suddenly stopped a few centimeters above ground. Thief was standing in an now opened window and waved towards him with the necklace in his hand. With a soft chuckle KID spoke.

"You are a fine dancer Tantei-han! See you next time!"

Then he turned outside illuminated by lights from choppers. Crowd gathered outside screamed their cheers even louder for their idol. Detective could barealy hear startled yelps from officers who where trying to get him down as the rope suddenly got covered in white smoke and disappeared and then with a soft thud he fell to the floor.

"KID just jumped out of the window! He's stolen the necklace! I repeat – he has the necklace!" reported one of the officers towards his radio.

"HK5 – I have a visual. KID is running upwards the building on the north wall with high speed! I repeat – he is running upwards… DAMN he's fast! I can see lights ascending at the same speed as him on building edges! He seems to be headed towards the roof" came a reply from the radio along with a few other replies from other choppers.

"We are in pursuit! Keep your visual and prevent him from using his hang glider at all costs! Team B get ready and catch him!" Heiji recognized Nakamori-keibus voice coming from communicator.

Detective was pouting heavily. He was mad at himself that he let himself get lured to a trap. He was so sure that he was leading KID on his own against his will. But he had to admit – that guy was damn good with his dodging… He pulled his mask off. Kudo is gonna have a blast later on… damn…

Meanwhile Kaito was running on the wall being pulled up with nearly transparent rope. He didn't expect Tantei-han to be so good with a sword and was breathing hard now. He nearly tripped as he had to sidestep again slightly and lost his footing. Note to self – next time he definitely should prepare a slower speed winch if he ever was to use a similar trick again.

Surprised shouts came from the radio as one officer helped Heiji get up from the floor. "This is HK2 – KID is not yet at the top but the roof got covered in white smoke. I don't have a visual anymore with Team B!" stated a shocked report

"Damn him! Team B – report! What is going on up there?!" growled Nakamoris voice

"There seems to be traps here keibu! Jagura-kun tripped on one as he stepped towards the edge. It's clearing but we can't see a thing at the moment"

"Be careful not to fall!"

"Yes keibu!"

Twenty stories run ended with a high jump. Smoke was nearly cleared but for those gathered on top it looked as if he jumped from above a cloud. As he ascended in the air lights on building sides ended as firework show that startled helicopters and made them move backwards. Midair KID noticed a few officers and his favorite detective staring at him, shielding their eyes from light. 'Sorry Taintei-kun, seems no chat-time for us this time' passed a fast thought through his mind as he grinned at the pint-sized boy. There was a strong burst of light as he started falling down to the roof and the white-cladded thief melded into it. When the light was gone so was the thief. Firework show ended soon after.

Later that night when all left the scene Heiji found the jewel along with a white rose and a 'thank you for a charming evening' card signed with a KID doddle on his pillow in the Mouri agency. Shinichi didn't even try to hide his laugh as his Osakan friend started cursing the absent Moonclad Magician.

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