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Detective Conan: Stand In My Place

First up from the Fandom Surprise Drabble Requests is this fic. Not much else to say.

Title: Stand In My Place
Word Count: 285
Rating: G
Disclaimer Post
Summary: It's more than I'll ever deserve, but I need you to justify me.
Notes: luxken27 claimed the prompt "justify me" for fandom 7, otherwise known as Detective Conan. The prompt and the line in the summary are from the song "Justify Me" by Nate James, which I really recommend listening to. I borrowed a phrase commonly associated with one of my other favorite characters for this. ("Commonly associated" because I don't know if he actually said it in canon.) Bonus points if you know which one.

While he could still answer to his own name, Kudo Shinichi was not overly likely to visit graveyards on a whim. Afterwards, Edogawa Conan had a nine o’clock bedtime. There was no real reason why Beika’s smallest and fiercest protector should have been standing before a headstone at three o’clock in the morning.

He hadn’t known the deceased personally, under either of his identities. She was a young woman, a wife and mother of three, if the news had it right. She wasn’t a criminal of any sort, hadn’t been pushed to desperate measures by unbearable circumstances. She was just a normal woman on her way to the store.

Just an innocent bystander who happened to be standing where a murderer on the run from the police—on the run from Conan—was shooting.

He fell to his knees before the victim of his crime, even though no one would call her that where he could hear, even though he was far too late to ask for absolution. “I’m sorry,” he whispered brokenly. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t see you. I didn’t have time to—I should’ve—“

The unforgiving stone swallowed his words and gave nothing back. The silence of the graveyard tried to swallow him, but Conan did not, could not give in.

“Inaction equals murder,” he said, because he had to say something and because he was absolutely firm on this. He couldn’t be forgiven for this mistake, he knew that. But he could atone. He could justify continuing the fight that took this woman’s life because he needed it to save what lives he could.

“Inaction equals murder,” Conan repeated, “and I will not let them make me a murderer again.”


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
*wails and hugs Conan tight* You overworking little--

*sighs* But that's why we love him.
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
*laughs* Very true. I'm glad you liked it.
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
aww, this was lovely! so in character... *snugglesconan* poor guy this made me so sad for him!
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
Ah, I know, I'm so horrible to my favorites. *laughs* Really, thank you and I'm glad you liked it.
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