The walk back to the Yagami house had been awkward, to say the least.
Naomi had been on edge eyes trained on the siblings the entire time, and the siblings had kept exchanging looks that Naomi was having trouble deciphering, the two would occasionally look back at her with sheepish smiles open their mouths and then quickly close them clearly thinking better of starting a conversation.
Arriving back had been both a relief and put Naomi’s nerves even more on edge.
“So” the girl, Sayu her mind corrects, picks up a note from the table “looks like mum had to head out for a bit…that makes this easier I guess in case” she stopped herself looking worried “ok that sounded so less creppy and threatening in my head sorry”
Shere heard a slapping sound behind her and turning to see the elder Yagami, Light her mind corrects again dragging his hand down his face with a groan of “god Sayu” taking a deep breath before nodding upstairs “we should still…just in case mum comes back” stopping suddenly.
“Oh god this all sounds so creepy I am so sorry” Sayu groaned out looking horrified at Naomi.
She just took a deep breath, these 2…they, they knew way more than they should and fit so much of the Kira profile but…but something just didn’t fit the way they acted it just didn’t click with what she was sure Kira was, though they may just be good actors but…
But she needed to know.
How did they know what they knew about Kira?
How did they know her name?
She just nods stiffly and follows them upstairs into a room sitting on the desk chair never taking her eyes off the 2.
The pair were glancing at each other again.
“Should we…you know the whole note or” Sayu asked
“No way we can’t…we could use”
“do you still?”
“…yes” Light said after a moment looking at Sayu and then her steeling himself “I’ll go get it” cutting off whatever his sister was going to say with a look “it’s best that we keep where it is” he stops short and she see’s realisation light up the girls eyes as she nods.
Her brother leaves the room and the silence and tension is almost choking.
“Um thank you” Sayu says after a moment “for trusting us I’m sorry this is all…weird and creepy and yeah um but…just well just” she cringes as she blurts out “ just please try not to freak out!”
Before Naomi can question that Light walks back in holding…a piece of paper?
Light closed the door behind him standing in the hall as he looked down at his watch
“Ryuk” he says quietly looking back at the Shinigami standing behind him “this is super dumb right?”
The Shinigami snorts “kind of Lighto” before leaning down so they’re face to face “but I think it’s your only option right now…well aside from killing her to” he stops when Light sends him a tired glare.
“…I shouldn’t have said her name” Light grumbles looking down at his feet and Ryuk leans against his shoulder a comforting weight.
“Well then you’d probably be arrested she seemed pretty convinced you were Kira there for a hot second” the Shinigami says but there’s an edge under his humour “…I told you it for a reason you know”
Light nods, because it was the one thing they could think of to get her to listen and well now…this is all they can do.
“I REALLY hope this doesn’t fuck us” Light whispered to himself before taking a deep breath and fiddling with his watch to get the tray to open, he looked down at the paper inside.
It had been a safety measure, they’d come up with it years ago a just in case or worst case scenario guide, not to use of course, never to use it, but just in case they need to show someone or well in Sayu’s words scare someone off.
They’d taken measures with it, even if someone wanted to use the paper to write they couldn’t it was only a small strip to begin with and they’d dipping all but one tiny edge in ink darken the paper and making writing on it with normal means impossible.
Though…hopefully it would still work for what they needed it to.
Light did not want to get out the death note, it had been stored away for years now secure and hidden and he did not want to risk bringing it out in the open, didn’t want to risk exposing someone to that.
He glanced back up at Ryuk who gave an encouraging nod before entering the room and hoping this didn’t blow up in their faces.
Naomi stared at the piece of paper in confusion as Light approached her, not offering the paper but reaching towards her with it he paused before touching her with it “Just…please don’t panic” he says weakly and then touches the paper to her hand.
Naomi blinks…she doesn’t know what she was expecting and looks up patience at its end and ready to demand an explanation when.
She falls back out of the chair and lets out a cry of shock eyes flying open at the Giant winged creature standing behind Light.
“Please don’t freak out!” the 2 siblings chorus at the same time.
Naomi looks between all of them eyes wide heart pounding in her ears.
“Sooo you wanted an explanation right?” the creature says titling its head “you still want that or do you to keep panicking for a bit first?”
The 2 siblings send the creature long suffering looks as Naomi tries to slow her heart that feels like it about to break its way out of her chest “explanation” she manages to get out “now!”
Naomi is sitting on the desk chair again about an hour later eyes staring unseeing at the floor brain working triple time, death note, shinigmai, the tool of a god of death, the rules, 60 seconds, thrall, shinigami eyes, heart attack, cause of death, Kira.
It’s so much.
She…doesn’t honestly know what she was expecting from the Kira case…but it defiantly wasn’t this.
“are you ok?” a voice asks.
She looks up slowly seeing Sayu and Light looking at her faces concerned, behind them is the Shinigami.
That is going to take a bit to sink in.
She looks up at them and…Light’s still holding the piece of paper in his hands.
A piece of paper from the death note.
The tool that Kira uses.
The thing that killed Ray.
A note book.
That’s all it took to do all this damage.
Just…writing a name.
“Um…Miss Miasori?” she hears Light says and looks up the look on his face is strange and his hands are curled around the paper now.
“I…um do you want some tea or something?” he asks softly and she glances down again as she watches his hand holding the paper move into his pocket.
“Naomi” She blinks a few times and looks up again Sayu is standing next to her…when did she move there.
She shakes her head “no…I…could I have a moment please”
The siblings look at each other before nodding “of course, if you need anything just let us know” Light says and leaves hand still in his pocket, Sayu follows behind him the Shinigami watches her as they leave she meets his eyes and does not flinch away and he leaves floating back through the wall sending her another glance before he does.
She sits there looking at her hands and trying to wrap her head around everything she’d just found out.
She doesn’t know how long she sat there in silent stillness while her mind when a million miles a minute.
Until one thought crept in.
The notebook must be here right?
She blinked and looked around the room.
If she had it she could stop Kira.
Could make them pay.
Pay for Ray.
For the other agents.
It would be so easy.
She can’t remember when she stood up.
She could kill Kira with their own method.
Using the book she could find them, draw them out like they did to Ray.
This time Kira would be the fly not the spider.
She could do it.
All it would take is the notebook.
The notebook and a few stocks of the pen.
Then this would all be over.
Kira would die.
Everything would be over.
All it would take is the note book.
If she could just find that notebook.
“NAOMI!” she suddenly heard a cry right near her ear and a sharp tug on her shoulder.
It felt as if she’s just been doused in ice cold water and she let out a gasp.
Light and Sayu were standing over her eyes wide and…scared they were scared why were they…
Why was she on the ground?
When, when had she moved?
She blinked slowly again and looked around her, the room was a disaster zone, books were thrown off the selves, draws pulled out and tossed away wardrobe open boxes and clothes thrown everywhere.
What? What had happened here? Wha…
Naomi felt her hears sink and panic rise in her chest as she looked down at the books in her hands that she’s been wrenching from the selves as she was looking for…
The books clattered to the floor, as dropped them in horror moving away from them as if they’d burned her…it…she had done this because she’s been looking for…for
She covered her mouth with her hand tying to keep down the rising bile in her throat.
She’d been looking for the notebook.
But she doesn’t remember anything, just a blur of thoughts and…nothing else just a need, a compulsion, thoughts in her head that don’t even make sense…what was she hoping to achieve? What was she trying to do?
She was going to use the notebook.
It doesn’t hit her that she’s shaking until Light buts a hand on her shoulder looking at her softly.
“it’s ok” he says and he’s wrong she’d just she’d ben trying to…no none of this was ok.
“Ryuk…was, was that?” Sayu asks from somewhere far away, or maybe that’s just Naomi’s head.
“the thrall seems like it” the Shinigmai says calmly and the 3 look up at him.
“I haven’t really seen it’s affect on people before but that need to use it, that desire to try it at least once” he says and he’s looking her in her eyes as her blood turns to ice “that’s defiantly it…might have been worse for you because you saw me already you know it’s real”
Naomi looks down at the floor because her vision is starting to spin.
“but…she only touched a piece it wasn’t even” Sayu begins desperately.
“Apparently that doesn’t matter” the Shinigmai cuts in calmly “the thrall’s strong kids…you see why you 2 are so weird now”
There’s a long silence, or maybe they are talking and Naomi just can’t hear it over the sound of her heart in her ears
“Come on” she feels an arm around her shoulder as Light helps her stand.
The group sits in the Yagami living room in a tense silence, Naomi clutching a mug of tea so tightly Sayu thinks she may break the cup any second now.
Sayu kept glancing at Light who looked equally as lost.
They’d always known the thrall was a thing but to see what it could do…what even a piece of the notebook could do.
It just made everything more real.
And more terrifying.
They had to be the ones to find Kira.
They had to.
Looking at Light he was clearly having the same thoughts.
“ok” the 2 started at the sound of Naomi’s voice turning to the woman as she straightened her back taking a long breath “I don’t think I should be here anymore” she said firmly “ being in here knowing that…that it’s here…that probably isn’t a good idea”
Sayu felt her stomach drop, they’d made a mistake they shouldn’t have shown her the death note shouldn’t have had her touch it, shouldn’t have made her go through that.
She was about to apologise when Naomi continues “we should meet up at my hotel room next time and then go from there” Naomi clearly see’s the shocked expressions on their faces as her face morphs into a mask of determination “I’m not giving up I’m helping you 2 catch Kira”
Sayu can’t help the excited squeal that escapes her “YES” she spun around with a large smile “Kira doesn’t stand a chance now”
Light and Naomi both have small smiles on their faces when she looks at them.
“WE TOTALLY NEED A TEAM NAME!” She exclaimed.
Ryuk instantly started laughing.
“No we don’t” Light sighs still smiling fondly.
Naomi just smiles softly when the door opens.
“Kids I’m so sorry I had to leave but I got a call from…” their mother stopped dhort as she came into the living home “oh hello there”
Naomi stood upright looking awkward again as she politely bowed “oh hello Miss Yagami I’m sorry for the intrusion I’m Naomi Misorai I…” she stops short clearly racking her brain for how to proceed.
“she’s a friend” Light says quickly “we’re going to be helping her out with a project”
Mum raises an eyebrow just slightly and Sayu gets the feeling she knows there’s more going on but instead she just smiles “Nice to meet you Naomi my ame is Sachiko Yagami”
There’s an awkward moment before Naomi makes an excuse that she really should be going.
“I’ll walk you to the station” Light says quickly “it’s late after all” and pulls his coat on following Naomi out, Ryuk also following after Light send the Shinigami a look.
“Bye Naomi” Sayu calls out waving exuberantly smiling and drawing another small smile in return.
When the door closes she’s met with her mother looking at her with a small smirk.
“So I take it you like her” her mother says lightly and Sayu feels herself flush.
She avoids eye contact for a moment before “holy shit Mum I think she may be the coolest person ever!” she gushes.
Mum just smiles at her as she continues “she’s a totally badass and she’s so pretty and I’m pretty sure she could kick like everyone’s ass and just holy shit!”
There’s a small laugh and a hand ruffles her hair “I guessed as much you certainly have a type dear”
She stares up wide eyed “How did you”
Her mother gives her a look “Sayu sweetheart you watched that entire female action hero film series about 5 times and I know it wasn’t for the plot”
Sayu groans in embarrassment and is suddenly so glad Ryuk and Light aren’t ever as they would never let her live it down.
The silence between Naomi and Light are defiantly less awkward this time though Naomi keeps looking back at Ryuk clearly still not used to him, to be fair it took Light and Sayu a while to as well.
There had been more than a few moments of getting very strange looks from strangers for talking to what must have looked to them as thin air.
“You didn’t need to walk me to the station you know” Naomi says glancing back at him.
Light smiles “trust me I know…I’m pretty sure you could kill me or anyone else it like a minute probably less” that made Naomi smile a bit more “I offered because I wanted to tell you that you shouldn’t feel bad about…”
He stopped as Naomi spun around “of course I should…I I lost it I was totally ready to” she swallowed and looked away with a haunted look.
“yes” Light admitted “but Naomi anyone would”
“you wouldn’t” she said sharply still looking away.
“And we’re a fluke a total exception hell we don’t even know for sure how “Light insisted “But Naomi you were under the thrall but…you pulled yourself back” Naomi slowly looked back up “you managed to fight against the tool of gods of death and won, you were affected but you’re not now, you fought it and you won” Light smiled “that’s…that’s amazing”
Naomi was staring at him with tears building at the corner of her eyes as she blinked them away.
“He’s not lying you know” Ryuk said hovering between them “I don’t know if humans normally can do that no one’s ever tried as far as I know humans who come into a contact with a death note use it…except the brats of course.
“Thank you” Naomi says softly smiling as she wipes the remaining tears away “I’ll see you tomorrow”
Light just nodded smiling “right see you then”
She only took a few steps before stopping looking back at him “I…I was originally going to yell at you two after you told me everything, I thought you should have told the police handed everything over…I thought you were being dumb kids but after that” she smiled softly and more freely than she had since it had happened “now I think you two are the only ones I trust to stop Kira”
Light didn’t even have time to react to that before Naomi had turned on her heel and walked away.
“Well looks like you really do have another teammate” Ryuk said amused, Light just rolled his eyes at him “guess things are really going your way now Lighto”
L stared intently at the video screen in front of him watching the death of the agent Ray Penabr again, trying to ignore Aizawa’s exclamations after he pointed out about the envelope.
Trying to ignore the distractions he stared back at the screen.
Penbar was reaching for something in the train?
No, it also appeared he was saying something but he couldn’t read his lips due to the camera angel.
This death stood out against the others, all other agents died in offices or hotel rooms this is the only death in an open and unsecure area.
It wasn’t much, but it was defiantly more than the others.
Still the odds of Kira being in one of families Penbar had been investigating was around 4 to 5%...that’s more than the other’s.
It’s a starting place at least.
Penbar was assigned to the families of Deputy Kitamura and Chief Yagami.
He glances back at Yagami hmmm the man won’t be happy about that but needs must.
4% that’s all they have right now.
He’s not going to let Kira slip through the cracks, he will catch them.
Light rolled his eyes at Sayu’s gushing as the 2 of them walked back from school; it had been like this for the past week and a half since they’d met Naomi.
The 2 of them had been meeting at her hotel nearly every night talking about the case planning or just listening to Naomi tell them about her time as an FBI agent.
It was amazing!
She’d worked on the BB murders, she’s worked with L!
Sayu was almost near the level of hero worship with her and Light…might not be too far behind.
“Do you think she’s going to stop anytime soon” Ryuk grumbled glaring down at Sayu.
Light swallowed the laughter building in his throat, yeah that was another fallout of meeting Naomi Sayu’s utter adoration of the woman was making a certain Shinigami very jealous, and seemingly worried he was going to lose his spot as Syau’s favourite ‘person’. Light’s tried to tell him that’s ridiculous as Sayu adores him more than anything but whenever he tries it just results in Ryuk spitting on denials of having feelings getting flustered and at one point throwing an apple at Light…before picking it back up and eating it.
“What do you think?” Light responds with a smirk making Ryuk pout more.
What a truly fearsome and terrifying Shinigmai.
Opening the door Sayu spins in grinning as she calls out to mum glancing around “did she have anything on tonight?”
Light shrugged “I don’t think so” and turned to see Ryuk frozen head stuck through the floor as if he was trying to float up to Light’s room but something stopped him.
He moved back down daring around the room sticking his head everywhere Light was about to say something when the Shinigami hissed "act natural”
At those words Light felt his stomach drop.
He suddenly had an idea what was happening.
“Sayu come on go put your bag away” Light called prompting her to stop looking at Ryuk and head upstairs.
They were barley at the top of the stairs when they felt Ryuk come up behind them “there are cameras” Sayu almost missed the last step Light barley catching her as he cursed internally.
Yeah that seems about right.
“Everywhere” the Shinigami continued “defiantly some in Light’s room I haven’t checks Sayu’s let…recording stuff to I think”
Light swallowed thickly mind reeling before a lightbulb went off “Sayu what time did you tell Nao..we would be there” he cut the rest of Naomi’s name off quickly she’d worked with L before and he didn’t doubt the deceive would put 2 and 2 together.
Sayu caught on quickly “oh she said to come over when we were free why do you think we should head off early?”
“yeah I wanted to check something with her” Light nodded “just give me a second to change” he walked into his room and was about to shrug off his school jacket before he froze.
Instantly he pulled it back on and walked out of the room fighting back a blush “on second thoughts never mind” and shepherding Sayu out.
To her credit Sayu waited a whole 5 minutes into the walk to Naomi’s before bringing it up “…did you only just realise that L would have seen you changing”
Light fought back a blush “…we don’t know it’s L” he said petulantly.
He felt the pair of unimpressed looks drilling into the back of his head.
Sayu sighed loudly “…well at least we now know you and L are perfect for each you really are both crazy paranoid”
Light sent her a glare but said nothing…trying to figure out how the hell he was going to survive cameras being everywhere without spontaneously combusting from embarrassment.
“Cameras and wiretaps” Naomi clarified as they all sat in her hotel room, Ryuk currently trying to eat his body weight in apples after realising that he wouldn’t be able to when they got home.
Naomi frowned thoughtfully before nodding “well that sounds like L...during the BB case he was” she paused before continuing “very intent on solving the case by any means possible”
“and no personal or social boundaries” Sayu asks making Naomi snort slightly before sobering.
“He wouldn’t be doing something this excessive unless” she gave them a serious look “you were a suspect”
There was a long silence.
“I mean why?” Sayu asked confused “why would we…be”
Naomi gave her a look before glancing back at Light “I don’t think you would be suspect Sayu”
Light felt everyone look at him.
“…well you’ve clearly made a first impression at least” Sayu says in faux cheer as Light groans and slides down in his chair.
“I can’t think of why you would be suspected but just act normal” she glanced at Ryuk who made an offended noise while shoving another apple in his mouth “ and don’t draw any undue suspicion they most likely won’t be planning on keeping the cameras in for a long period of time”
“no worries” Sayu said confidently.
“We can do that” Light nods in agreement.
Ok…so in his defence what was he going to do it was obvious.
Sayu had been in front of the TV staring at Hideki Ryuuga with a confused expression as Mum and he finished setting the table.
“I’m just saying seriously at what point do you become so famous that you stop playing characters and just play yourself in every movie” she complained.
“You’re saying that like he ever actually played characters” Mum says jokingly and Light just shakes his head.
There’s a sudden noise on the TV and the group turns towards it Sayu frowns as she reads the message about more FBI agents being meet to Japan and…it’s so obviously a trap for Kira.
Just ridiculously obvious.
Light can’t quite help himself.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Kira sees right through this”
As soon as he’s said that he realises exactly what he’s said.
He feels the looks Ryuk and Sayu sends him without even looking up.
“Congratulations” Naomi says the next day giving him a very flat look “you are now most defiantly the prime suspect in the Kira investigation”
Light hits head on the table and releasing a pained groan.
This is not going to end well.