Title: The Christmas Jewel
Theme: Day Twelve: Christmas Eve
Series: Magic Kaitou
Disclaimer:Magic Kaitou belongs to the great and wonderful Gosho Aoyama.
Anything else: Makes mentions to day 2 and 10 of this series.
"Kaito..." She murmured breathlessly.
"What is it Aoko?" Kaito asked.
"I said harder, damnit!"
Finding that he couldn't deny such a request, he obliged. Taking a deep breath and hoping no one got hurt- he shoved it into the opening.
He winced, finally braving the chances and looking up at her.
"You got pine needles all over the floor! Ah well, the Christmas tree's screwed in the base, we can set it upright now."
Nodding, he helped her lift the tree up into a standing position. Out of the corner of his eye, Kaito could see Aoko smiling.
Today was a day Kaito had to admit he always secretly enjoyed. Christmas just wasn't Christmas if he wasn't woken early on the morning of the 24th by Aoko's phone call demanding that he helped her set up for her party. And as always, though he was all complaints on the phone, he'd be there; groggily waiting for her to order him about.
But this Christmas Eve was looking to be slightly different than the last ones. Namely, due to two factors. First of all, there was no way anyone would be announcing a possible jewel incoming or outgoing of a gallery until after Christmas day was over. KID was on vacation until at least the 26th, and Kaito thanked the gods for that opportunity. That of course, brought him to his second issue.
Akako had always known too much for her own good. She'd even managed to predict him almost being captured one night and showed up just in the nick of time to save him. This of course meant that the jewel she'd given Aoko was definitely at least something her, her crystal ball, and her darkly summoned demons thought had a strong potential to be Pandora. Now, Kaito was faced with figuring out how to get a good look at it under the moonlight without Aoko drawing any connections between him and the infamous thief.
"Kaito, stop spacing out! You're getting the tinsel on crooked!" Aoko reprimanded.
Shaking himself back to the current, Kaito found his eyes absently glancing down at the jewel where it hung around Aoko's neck.
"Huh? What now?" He blinked innocently, glancing up at her.
"That's the fifth time today I've caught you gawking at my chest! What? You gonna tell me it's flat like a boys again?" She huffed, crossing her arms protectively over her feminine assets.
"No...I...er..." Risking another glance to try and cover his curiosity, he coughed lightly, "I was just wondering who gave you such a nice necklace?"
Looking down at it, Aoko frowned, "Kaito- I told you. Akako-chan gave it to me as an amulet for a Christmas wish. Why don't you believe me?"
"Well, it's just that..." He was about to go off on a tangent about how he didn't always trust Akako, but Aoko ended up thinking something else entirely.
"Wait a second- did you think I got this from a boy or something?"
Kaito blushed, "No! I just..."
Aoko fidgeted, quickly returning to hanging ornaments, "It's not, okay? It's just something to make sure that my Christmas isn't interrupted."
Nodding mutely, Kaito realized it would be easier said than done to get a good look at that necklace. So, much like a delicate heist, he began to plan...
By the time evening rolled around, the house was full of their classmates who'd been invited. The decorations- Kaito had to admit- were the best he and Aoko had done yet.
"You know, it might just disappear at midnight," The familiar voice whispered in Kaito's ear.
"Akako!" He jumped, turning to look at her, "What are you talking about?"
"Oh, just wondering why you haven't taken a look at Nakamori-san's necklace yet."
"I'm...waiting. For the right moment," He said firmly.
Akako smiled wistfully, "You really do love her, don't you Kuroba-kun?"
Turning bright red, he glanced around to make sure no one else heard.
"What? I mean- how did you... Akako what are you up to?"
She shrugged, "Just verifying my suspicions. You're lucky, you know..." Akako said sauntering away, "That I'm nice enough to let you go to the one you choose."
Shaking his head, Kaito sighed. Akako could be...rather intimidating when she wanted to be.
"What was that about?" Aoko's sharp voice cut in.
Kaito flailed, practically falling on the floor. "Hey, don't sneak up behind me like that!"
"You're the one hiding over here in the corner having some secret rendezvous with Akako-chan!"
Opening his mouth to retort, Kaito paused on realizing he'd just been given his opportunity. Grabbing Aoko by the arm, he quickly pulled her down the hall and out the front door.
"I see how your twisted mind works, Akako. Instead of thinking 'If I can't have him, no one can,' you care about me too much to destroy me. That's why you help me, both as KID and with..." He looked down at the girl he was pulling along with him.
"Kaito! Where are we going? It's cold outside!"
Finally coming to a stop in the middle of the front yard, Kaito smiled.
"Sorry, I didn't think you wanted your party ruined by us chasing each other around. Your mop might take out the tree."
Aoko blinked, "Kaito..."
"Akako was just telling me something about that necklace of yours," He covered quickly, "It looks like it worked, KID hasn't said a peep all day."
Nodding, Aoko shivered, "Yah."
With a 'pon' Kaito pulled a blanket from thin air and draped it around her.
"Can I see it?"
"Please? I'll give it right back," He pleaded, putting on the most pathetic looking wibbly eyes he could.
Aoko hesitated a moment, then blushed as she reached for the clasp.
"Okay, I guess I can take it off for you."
And between that and knowing what Akako had told her about the necklace, Kaito started blushing as well.
Wear this jewel on Christmas and only take it off if the man you love asks you to.
Gently, she handed it over to him and Kaito casually held it up to the moonlight.
"Ooh, it's really pretty Aoko..." He remarked, keeping his poker face in check as he realized that the jewel sadly wasn't Pandora, "But...I think blue is more your color- right?"
Holding out both of his hands, Aoko noticed her necklace in one and another necklace with a blue gem in the other.
"Kaito, is that..."
"Merry Christmas, Aoko," He said, reaching up to put the necklace on her.
Looking down at it, she smiled, "It's beautiful."
Absently scratching the side of his head, he replied, "I thought you might like it. But the best thing about it- is this!"
Walking behind her, he wrapped his arms around her and lifted the gemstone up to the light. It wasn't Pandora, but the way the blue stone shimmered when the moonlight hit it made it seem more beautiful than any stone of immortality could be.
"It's called 'Blue Passion' and my dad acquired when I was younger during an...overseas trade."
Kaito smirked, glad to know that someone had since found a replica of the jewel and had never noticed that KID still had the original. It made the perfect gift for Aoko.
Turning towards him, Aoko's words died on her lips when she noticed how close they were. Kaito blushed, but before he could nervously move back- he felt his head start to lean forward.
And before he knew it, his lips were pressed against Aoko's. After a few seconds, the abnormal force moving him seemed to lift and Kaito pulled back, blushing brightly.
Aoko seemed just as flustered, but also, extremely touched.
He nervously smiled at her, knowing that pleading that Akako was out there somewhere controlling him with a voodoo doll wasn't going to go over well.
"Oh um..." Aoko nervously fidgeted, "I haven't given you your gift yet...let me..."
A flash of smoke and the wrapped packaged appeared in Kaito's hand. He knew what it was already- thanks to a little help from his doves- but he was prepared to act surprised.
Aoko just shook her head, "Okay- go ahead and open it, you big kid."
Kaito grinned, inwardly laughing at her choice of words; but when he unwrapped it- he found more than just a scarf inside.
"Two tickets to Tropical Land. I know a few times we we've gone it was kinda crazy because my Dad had a KID heist the same day, so I thought it might be fun to go again," Then grinning as her impish streak came back, Aoko continued, "Plus- they've still got the ice skating rink up and I know how much you enjoy that."
Kaito sighed, "You really enjoy having me cling to you as I try not to fall that much?"
Aoko blushed, "Oh shut up! You're probably just faking it so you can look up my skirt. You pervert!"
Her half-hearted swing made Kaito laugh. After a moment though, they both fell quiet.
"... This has been some Christmas, hasn't it?" Kaito murmured.
"Sure has," Aoko replied, reaching into the box and pulling out Kaito's scarf. She wrapped it around his neck, "You're going to get cold."
"Maybe we should go back inside," He remarked, casually putting an arm around her. But as the two turned to head back in, they realized that they'd had an audience all along. Their entire class was pressed against the front windows looking out at them.
"Were they...watching us this whole time?"
Kaito gulped, "So they saw us..."
"Um Aoko, is your Dad perhaps a bit overprotective of you?"
"Why do you ask?"
Kaito grabbed her hand and started to run down the street, "Because he looks about as angry as he does on a KID heist and he's headed this way!"
And as the two ran down the street, ignoring Nakamori's shouts of "what did you do to my daughter?," they couldn't help but laugh.
"Looks like KID or not, I just can't go a Christmas without running away from Nakamori-keibu," Kaito thought to himself.
"Kaito," Aoko's voice cut into his thoughts.
She smiled, "Merry Christmas."
Grinning back, he lifted her into his arms and started to run towards his house.
"Merry Christmas indeed."