Persona 5 AU
!May contain spoilers!
Where Akechi is not the black mask and honestly working as a high school detective. Sees everything in almost black and white and believes that justice must be served to the phantom thieves.
“You know, I don’t think the phantom thieves are doing the good thing, but their victims are probably worse. And i have to admit, they did a better job than i could do on my own.” Akechi to Akira while sulking on leblanc coffee.
Akechi and Akira have this deduction game on their “dates” like “Alright Akira, what does the woman with that red skirt do as their job?”. And “hypothetically speaking” on stuff that ranges from the most silliest to the most serious one like “hypothetically speaking, what comes first, the egg or the chicken”.
Akechi couldn’t hear Morgana’s voice and the first time he saw Mona on the cafe (accidentally), he starts petting him.
He’d brought snacks (tuna cans) for Morgana at times.
Some of the other times he just sit there, orders a coffee, stares at it for a long time. Then after a long silence, he asked Akira “Hypotethically speaking, if a father abandons his child and his child starts looking for him, and then that child found out that the father was a bad man, what should the child do?”
At which Akira answers “Kick his ass”. And Akechi starts laughing.
Akechi would talk about his past starting with “hypothetically speaking”.
One day he asked “Hypotethically speaking, if you’re a man of justice but you’re best friends with a criminal, what will you do?”
Morgana was breaking sweats, so did Akira but he tried to play it coolly. “A friend’s a friend, no matter what they are.”
Akechi only smiles, seemingly content. And talked nothing else.
Until the day Haru’s dad dies, and the phantom thieves were blamed for it. Akechi stood for them for the first time.
“I doubt this. I still think they’re criminals, but their method never lead to death. Someone else must be behind it.” And it caused the fall to his reputation as well. Though he didn’t care too much about it.
But he came to leblanc, face more grim than usual, then braced himself to ask to Akira once nobody else is around. “Hypothetically speaking, Akira. If your best friend is a murderer, what will you do?”
“My friends don’t kill people.” Akira answered. Knowing for sure that Akechi is doubting him.
Akechi sighs in relief. But smiles sadly. “Akira… Are you the phantom thief?”
“…Hypothetically speaking, if i am, what will you do?”
“I see. I guess, as the ace detective, I will have to arrest you.” Akechi said, but sips on his coffee cup. “But the Akechi in this leblanc is just Goro Akechi, your best friend who believes in you.”
Then Akechi starts helping the PT in discovering Haru’s true murderer. Which in Akechi’s hypothesis, must be one of Shido’s men. Akechi shares his findings with Futaba, and talks about Ishiki Wakaba’s research.
When Sae is being pushed to deliver the verdict against the phantom thieves, Akechi then asked the PT to save her. Unfortunately for them, Akechi was being followed and the PT almost got caught for falling into Shido’s trap. Akechi who followed the police into the metaverse stood up against the police. Awakens his persona, Sherlock Holmes. Have a brand new outfit to match his persona, then made the SIU have a change of heart.
Akechi confessed that Shido is his father and that everything is probably Shido’s doing. And that he had been trying to put Shido behind the bar himself, but he was far too powerless against him. Akechi officially joined the PT, then they agreed to take down Shido together.