The Red String of Fate
Pairing: Shinichi/Ran, Shinichi/Ai
Length: 15 chapters & Epilogue (a few chapters are extremely short while other chapters are really long although most chapters are middle-sized)
Summary: Like beads of various materials, colours, and sizes, our impressions and beliefs are strung together by the invisible thread of destiny… (A Shinichi/Ran & Shinichi/Ai story and a possible prequel to "Encounter in Venice" & "Ghost at Twilight" in my DC/BSSM crossover universe)
(The chapters of different sizes are strung together like strings of beads or gems, which are attached to the same necklace or bracelet (or anklets) by the initials of the chapter titles.)
The plunny visited me while I was writing "Ghost at Twilight" and was astonishingly resilient despite my efforts to suppress it. The events in "The Red String of Fate" take place in the universe of "Encounter in Venice" and "Ghost at Twilight" before Hattori, Shinichi, and Ai (in "Encounter in Venice") or Shiho (in "Ghost at Twilight") leave for Paris to meet up with fencing teacher who knew where to find the files of the Organization. It's a short multi-chapter which might as well be a long one-shot consisting of fifteen chapters (whose lengths range from extremely short to really long).
Usually, I don't write Shinichi/Ran since I clearly prefer Shinichi/Ai in Aoyama's canon DC universe, but this time, I had to write the pairing because Shinichi is still in love with Ran at this stage. I don't mind since I'm accustomed to writing any pairing which fits into the storyline. I'm more interested in the flowers and the "soul mate vs red string" plot and Shinichi's attempt to follow and challenge fate in the setting of a mystery.
As always, I had a hard time choosing the genre. It can be called a mystery although it's not a regular whodunnit, and the fic is all about the Ran/Shinichi/Ai love triangle at a time when Shinichi was still in love with Ran while he began to develop feelings for Ai, which is why I've chosen Romance/Mystery on FFNet although I'm not comfortable with it. The "romance" tag implies fluff, which can be misleading, but I didn't want to choose "General" since it can mean anything. Tragedy would be too much of a stretch, and the characters don't have many dramatic scenes either although I could have tagged it as a drama as well.
I wondered for a moment whether I should post the fic in the crossover section. But since there aren't any magical girls like in EiV and GaT and I posted the other WIPs into the DC section (at a time when FFNet didn't have any separate crossover section), I posted Red String into the DC section as well.