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FBI agent in disguise

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Why on earth had he agreed to this plan?

Shuichi Akai sighed as he sank onto the bed that was supposed to be his for the coming months. It was simpler than the one in his flat, but given that for all intents and purposes he was a university student now it had to be simple. Just like the stupid car outside. But even if his beloved Chevrolet hadn’t gone up in flames there was no way he could drive it now.

Well, he’d always known it wouldn’t be easy to take down the organisation. He’d just hoped he could do it without another stunt at pretending to be another person.

Last time, however, he didn’t need to use a disguise. But now it took him ages to turn into his alias. The wig was annoying as it was, but masking his face was torture. Not to mention he had to squint his eyes together constantly. But this time, at least, his life wasn’t in immediate danger. Sure, if the syndicate found out he was still alive that would change, but until then he was safe. And there’d be no horrible tasks like the ones he had to carry out during his time as Rye.

Unlike last time though, he had insisted on being kept up to date on the FBI investigations. That was why he was now going over the files James had sent him. There was the obvious one about Kir, and one indicating his disappearance, although the FBI were officially missing proof for that yet. Looking through the files a name caught his eye.

Jodie Starling.

Why was her name in yet another case file?
He quickly scanned the report. Apparently Camel had gotten himself into a predicament at the hotel he was staying at. That man really had some bad luck. Luckily, Conan was able to reach Jodie who was able to help him out by - pretending to be his girlfriend?!

What... The... Fuck! That definitely wasn’t supposed to happen! Jodie wasn’t supposed to - He needed to calm down! Now... As much as he wished it were different, Jodie wasn’t his girlfriend anymore. Hell, she wasn’t even aware he was still alive. Jodie could date whoever she wanted. Especially if it’s only pretend, he tried to remind himself. Of course she had to help her colleague out. He just wished it was possible without any implication of a relationship between Jodie and anyone that wasn’t him...

Shuichi sighed again. He couldn’t wait for his disguise to be over.
Who was he kidding? This was going to be a long undercover stunt.

And why on earth had he agreed to this damn plan?!