Chapter 1: Pre series and episode 1
Light is barley 7 when he finds it, laying on the ground outside of his school, he’s apart from all of the other groups of children exactly talking about the weekend.
No one really talks to him, they give him a wide berth and talk about him but never to him.
He trails behind when the small blob of black catches his eye, he walks over and blinks down at a black notebook lying on the ground, he picks it up and is about to turn back and hand it in to school thinks one of his classmates must have dropped in.
But stops when he sees the English words on the front and stops, they’re barley learning English, he knows the most of it out of his class but can only read the second word on the cover NOTE, he opens the book and see’s more words in the front cover all English, he frowns and thinks about putting in back but.
The crack of thunder and dark clouds in the distance make him pause, he doesn’t want the book to get ruined, it seems very intricate the writing in the front cover even seems handwritten, so instead he slips it into his bag and starts to walk home.
He tries to read more of the words but can only make out the, days, time, and other simple words, on closer inspection he realises all the pages are blank and that it hasn’t been used and defiantly doesn’t belong to anyone at his school.
Apart of him wants to ask his mum or dad to read the rest of the words but, dad’s not here, he’s barley ever here and mum is busy at the moment, something about his grandmother but Light’s not sure she’s too busy to talk so it’s just him and Sayu.
“What’s that?” Sayu asks as she wonders up to him starting at the notebook and frowning dramatically at the words.
“a notebook” Light answers and Sayu frowns in a way that is far to dramatic for a 4 year old and Light laughs a little at his sister “the words are in English” he explains
Sayu nods and the plops down next to him “can we draw?”
Light doesn’t see a reason to argue now he’s pretty sure the notebook must have been abandoned so let’s her colour a few pages in with unicorns and birds and flowers.
It happens a few weeks later, Light’s mostly forgotten about the notebook laying in one of his desk draws, mum is out again at grandma’s she seemed worried and left quickly, Sayu and him are watching TV trying to ignore the heavy wind and rain outside when they hear it “so now where is my death note…what the”
The 2 of them turned to see a large hulking monster with big wings and a large toothy smile.
The 3 of them stare at each other for a moment which seems to last forever before he and Sayu scream and lock themselves in one of the cupboards.
They’re in that for about 3 hours, Sayu crying for a lot of it while the big monster, Shinigami it corrects eventually keeps talking “look brat I’ll go I just need my notebook back and for you relinquish ownership”
“Relinquish?” Light asks holding Sayu tightly her screaming has dissolved into small hiccupping sobs as she tries to hides into his chest.
“Ugh give up” the Shinigami groans “honestly how did a brat even pick it up, this is not what I wanted”
The monster keeps rambling and eventually explains about the notebook enough for Light understand what I does.
“I’m not giving it back” Light decides firmly and resolutely as he climbs out of the cupboard half carrying Sayu who has a death grip on him.
“WHAT?” The Shinigami yells and Light is half a second from running back and hiding but.
“That book can hurt people” Light states.
“Of course it’s a death note it kills people and you should just relinquish it now and then forget all about it and do whatever little humans do and I’ll be”
“Then I won’t give it back” Light cuts the monster off standing tall and glaring at the towering monster “I won’t let you hurt people”
The creature stares dumbfounded for a moment before screeching “I’M A SHINIGAMI YOU LITTLE”
They find out very quickly that only they can see the monster when Mum arrives home she just shakes her head dismisses them as watching a scary movie or having bad dreams and then sends them to bed.
Sayu won’t leave his side for a long time and they end up camped out in his room looking at the notebook and trying to decide what to do.
They try to ignore the Shinigami as he screeches at them for “using the tool of death gods as a colouring book!!”
They stop being scared of the Shinigami, Ryuk he tells them eventually, after only a week or so.
Turns out it’s quite hard to keep being scared of a Shinigami after watching him get excited for apples and videogames and become emotionally invested in some of the shows on TV.
Instead of avoiding him, or trying to at least and in one occasion attempting a home exorcism , which had ended up with Sayu pouring salt over the floor as it just passed through Ryuk, they eventually start talking to him.
It takes them a while to get down how to talk subtly to him, luckily mum and anyone else just dismiss it as them having an imaginary friend, they give up on trying to correct them quickly.
They don’t show anyone else the death note, they were planning on showing dad but…then Ryuk teels them about the thrall.
Well not so much tells them, he just comments on how it’s strange it didn’t work omn them, strange how they’ve never tried it and is wondering out loud if it’s because they’re kids or just because they didn’t know what the boom did.
When they get him to tell them more, every other humans tried a death note out soon after finding it there’s something that makes want to try it at least once, to test it…though it’s rarely ever just once’
They’re not sure why they don’t want to try it, honestly the idea of writing in it terries them but…they agree not to show dad or mum or anyone to not mention it to anyone else.
When Light gets a bit older his parents want to enrol him in cram school, everyone gets enrolled in cram school but…
He wouldn’t argue with them normally, but…
But he likes spending time with Sayu and Ryuk, they play together and have fun.
He and Sayu play more after what happened, she sought him out more to play and he did to her to, deciding what to do with the book, figuring out how all the rules worked and getting Ryuk to tell them more.
It’s changed things, they’re not just siblings they’re friends.
And…Light doesn’t really have other friends.
Neither does Sayu really, she’s extroverted and happy but…her tastes have changed after the death note and hearing about the Shinigami realm she became more interested in things like that.
She wears black now and other dark colours and draws dark winged creatures where she drew flowers and horses before, she’s still bright and smiley she’s just found the fun and beauty in places it’s not normally seen.
She adores Ryuk, the 2 of them joke all the time and play games and of course tease Light, because that’s their favourite thing to do.
She’d admitted to Light he’s her favourite ‘person’, Light’s ok with being a close second, she even drew him for a project in school, which very quickly made her that kid.
It’s ok though, they both have each other.
And of course Ryuk.
Ryuk always switches which one of them he follows around each day and when he’s around he’s a constant source of snarky comments and jokes…and also cheating if your Sayu Light’s pretty sure but neither will admit it and he can’t prove anything…yet.
So when he hears mum and dad talking about cram school he tells them no.
He argues that he’s already top of his class they’ll be teaching things he already knows, and if he's home he can watch Sayu so mum can do things and he can tutor Sayu to get her grades up.
His parents talk for a long time before agreeing but only as long as he keeps his spot at the top of his class.
He never has to go to cram school.
Sometimes he wishes he did when he has to try and teach Sayu math.
Mum gets to do the things she wants to as well, she's on the phone thanking her friend the invite but saying she can’t when light softly cuts in and points out he's fine to watch Sayu.
It takes a bit but they eventually convince mum to go out and enjoy herself.
After that it becomes more regular.
They like it because they can talk easily to Ryuk and don’t have to worry about people walking in on floating apples or game controllers.
It’s also nice because Mum becomes less focused on his grades, when he comes in she doesn’t automatically hold out her hands for the test he got back instead she asks how things are.
She teaches them to cook to, at first just how to heat up meals but then, they spend some weekends just cooking and talking.
Things are less rigid and stiff it feels much lighter and easy.
When he’s 17, he comes home after picking up Sayu and Ryuk from school, he knows they can get home themselves just fine but those 2 together are the ultimate agents of chaos and he knows that they’re responsible for how the majority of the teachers’ lounge ended up on the roof, he doesn’t know how they did it even with no one being able to see Ryuk they can see what he’s holding so how did he get the goddamn TV on the roof?
“I don’t know what you mean” Sayu protests as they’re making dinner while mum’s out finishing shopping “we had nothing to do with it”
Light gives her a flat look and Syu just beams at him as Ryuk chews on an apple with he lounges on the settee “we’re honestly hurt by these accusations” he says in the most guilty tone possible.
He rolls his eyes and shoos Sayu out, she sticks out her tongue and flops down on the settee next to Ryuk.
He’s only half paying attention when the news comes on, about a hostage situation and Light slowly walks in as the story plays frowning at the TV.
Sayu’s frowning to and glances at Ryuk “…is it going to end soon”
They know what she's asking, she started doing it since he told them about his eyes, Ryuk had done it himself first they'd been a police standoff and Syu had got scared Ryuk had motioned that it would be over soon…the suspect got shot by the police.
Ryuk just shakes his head biting the apple “not unless this stand off goes on for about a month”
Lights about to turn back when he hears Ryuk make a small noise and sat up frowning slightly as he looks at the guys mugshot still on screen.
“Ryu” Sayu begins but is cut off as they watch the hostages run out of the building.
Light states at the TV then Ryuk their all silent as they hear the reporter mention the cause of death.
Sayu and Light lock eyes, they know the rules they know all the rules even through they’ll never put pen to paper they know them and even all the rules not written down, they know.
“Guess some Shinigami needed years quickly” Ryuk says almost dismissively, Sayu bites her lip and nods but Light just frowns at the TV for a long moment.
The heart attacks start properly not long after.
Kira becomes a thing quickly after that.
He locks eyes with Ryuk and Sayu.
The police can’t catch Kira.
The death notes to powerful.
They also can’t let people find out about the death note.
Not with the thrall.
Anyone else getting the notebook could just make another Kira…maybe even worse.
They have to stop Kira.
They have to make sure no one else uses a death note.
They know what they have to do.
Investigation begins and so does a crush!
So sorry for the delay, things have been crazy will try to update more regularly from now on every week or every 2 weeks.
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“10 more prisoners were reported to have died yesterday, the cause of death in all cases have been ruled as heart attacks, these are only the most recent cases” the news broadcast was droned on from the living room.
Light glanced over his shoulder at the TV and Sayu, his sister was sitting on the settee staring at the screen her face grave and eyebrows furrowed she turned and caught his eye, a silent understanding passing between them.
The moment passed when a bubbling sound rose up and Light turned quickly to turn the heart down on the cooker, looking back up he saw his mother standing in the doorway also looking at the TV face creased in concern which gre even deeper as the news continued “we still do not have comment from the police if these are being treated as unrelated incidents or a criminal investigation, currently worldwide the death toll is estimated to be”
“We don’t have to watch this if you don’t want to” their mother said walking up behind Sayu snapping her out of her focused state.
“No…this it’s important” Sayu reassured her glancing back as more statistics were rattled off.
“it’s terrifying” their mother spoke up after a moment walking in to the kitchen and beginning to help Light with the food “it doesn’t even seem real how could someone be doing this?”
Light said nothing and instead turned back to Sayu who nodded to him in understanding.
“ok” Ryuk says slowly in a tone that was close to sheepish “maybe it is a death note”
“Maybe?” Sayu repeats incredulously from her spot on Light's bed as she glared up at him arms folded.
“ok it’s a death note” Ryuk concedes before grabbing an apple and sitting down next to her on Lights bed, while Light himself sat at his desk staring at the multiple windows he had open on his computer deep in thought.
“We have to do something!” Sayu declares standing up and starting to pace the room “what do we know”
“What?” Ryuk asks amused “what are you going to do you 2 are still just brats”
“Well we can’t do nothing” Sayu yells out as she continues pacing.
“ she’s right” Light says not looking away from the screen “ the police will never figure out about the death note…at least at this rate not before whoever has it has fulfilled their god complex”
“God complex?” Sayu and Ryuk ask simultaneously.
Light glanced up eyebrow raised “I mean whoever this is, is killing criminals or anyone accused of a crime it seems like a very black and white view of the world”
“Yeah but god complex?” Sayu asks leaning against his chair clearly unconvinced.
“they want people to know it’s them” Light explained “I mean why else only use heart attacks, it’s basically broadcasting that someone is doing this they could use accidents or suicide or anything and no one would ever know, they want people to know, they want”
“to be a god” Sayu finishes “grrreeeaaatt” she groans as she steps back "that's just what we need"
“Well either that or the Shinigami just didn’t add the rules on the book” Ryuk points out as he picks up yet another apple “it’s not like they come with instructions” he takes a bite before added "normally at least"
“Why would another Shinigami drop their book?” Light asks suddenly turning to look at the Shinigami “could they just be bored like you?” his brow was furrowed in thought
Ryuk pauses mid bite making a thoughtful sound “…maybe it’s very boring up there but…hmmm who knows" Light just groans and turns away shaking his head "it’ll be interesting to find out though”
“Your no help” Sayu pouted dramatically at him leaning against Light's desk.
“Hey I helped you with that math test right” Ryuk said teasing spark in his eye, making Sayu squeak in offence and look away trying to avoid Light’s annoyed and accusing look.
“Anyway back to whoever has the death note, what we know ”she said far to quickly “I mean other than that the police will never find it and even if they do…” She looked back at Ryuk “I’m pretty sure the whole existence of Shinigami won’t go over …well”
“That’s not even the main issue” Light said solemnly “the thrall is”
The room was deadly silent for a minute before “Shit” Sayu whispered paling “do you think they’d be y'know”
“Any human who finds it will be” Ryuk spoke up “only 2 humans have ever come into contact with a death note and no used it and that’s you 2” he trailed off “ probably because you were dumb brats who”
“we have to find it first” Light cut Ryuk off, before smiling at both of them “luckily we already have the advantage”
Sayu grinned back “because we know all the rules and all the tricks a Shinigami can pull”
Ryuk made an offended noise but was ignored the duo.
“We already know more them now” Light said turning back to the computer.
Sayu blinked looking at the files before laughing “did you hack into dad’s computer!?” she mock whispered.
“What were on a home network” Light defended smiling back face the picture of innocence making Sayu laugh more, “ anyway we defiantly know more than them”
Sayu grinned wider walking over and sitting down next to the also laughing Ryuk “well detective what have you got?”
He fondly rolled his eyes before glancing back at the screen “well for starters we know whoever it is has to be in Japan”
“Oh because of the first heart attack” Sayu said clapping her hands together “that was a lone case before they probably started so they won’t connect it at all”
Light nodded “right, I checked the areas it could have broadcast to and Kanto the largest area we have, but we know they’re here…also they don’t have the eye deal” he moved the monitor over and pointed at some pictures “criminals who his person should have killed with their mo but whose names were spelt wrong or pictures aren’t available for haven’t been killed”
“good catch” Ryuk admitted “but then most humans wouldn’t take the deal unless they had a good reason to, I don’t think this person will think about it for a while that is if they’re Shinigami even tells them about it” he chuckles.
“I guess not every Shinigami is a gossip like you” Sayu teased lightly.
Light shook his head at the pairs bickering “and lastly” the two turned back to him “I’m pretty sure whoever it is, is a student”
“A STUDENT!” Sayu exclaimed eyes wide “wait like our age?” Light justnodded solemnly pointing at the screen Sayu moved closer eyes widening as she looked at the time of death “that’s before and after school and…that gap there is”
“cram school” Light nodded “and then weekends nearly all day” he sighed.
“so…student, in Japan, no eye deal and god complex” Sayu listed off “well we needed to start somewhere right”
The 2 stared at the screen in silence.
“..we…we can do this right?” Sayu asked quietly.
Light’s face replaced into his own smile hugging her tightly “don’t worry we can do this”
The unspoken we have to hung over both their heads.
“Kira huh?” Sayu spoke up as he skimmed forums on her phone face contorted in disgust “why’d they give them a name like that?”
“It’s from the English word killer” Light clarifies “so at least it’s accurate” he says glancing at the TV as the news continued to show more and more reports of deaths.
“I think it sounds like a J-pop star name or something” Sayu mumbled.
Neither Light nor Ryuk could stop the loud laughter that bubbled up from their throats at that statement.
The 3 were still laughing when “we now take you live to the ICPO”
The laughter stopped and the 3 turned to look at the figure on the screen Lind L Tailor.
“Otherwise known as L” the man said.
Light sat up eyebrows furrowed “L?” he stood up staring at the screen eyes scrutinising the man on screen.
“Have you heard of him before?” Sayu asked as she continued to watch the screen.
“On some news reports from cases in LA and stuff I’ve seen from ICPO files on dad’s computer” he ignored the strange look Sayu shot him “he’s only ever motioned in the vaguest sense but apparently he’s the world’s greatest detective”
“what your doing is evil”
Sayu cringed “…for the world’s greatest detective he’s not that smart”
“Calling out Kira on live TV with his name and face on display” Ryuk laughed “no prizes for guessing how this ends”
Light didn’t say anything it was to sloppy, L surely had seen files he couldn’t have missed about the face and name and…it was to purposeful…it was like, his eyes widened and jaw dropped open as he whispered “no way”
Sayu blinked at him in confusion before the inevitably happened only then.
“I had to test this just in case but I never thought it would actually happen” it to “Kira it seems you can kill people without having to be there in person”
The 3 listened in stunned silence.
“Holy shit” Sayu whispered “ok never mind world’s greatest detective I can see it”
Ryuk chuckled “and Kira took the bait hook, line and sinker”
“Wow” She shook her head turning to look at Light “you were rig…ht” she trailed off.
The expression on her brother’s face was one she had never seen before his eyes were still fixed on the TV, shinning and wide and he almost looked like…wait NO WAY!
Sayu felt her own jaw drop open before smiling widely…oh this was going to be interesting.
Next up FBI agents, don't mess with Sayu and flustered Light.
Embarrassed Light, FBI agents and BAMF Sayu.
This chapter covers episode 3 of the series.
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“For the last time I do NOT have a crush!” Light protested face flushed as the two entered the house.
“Rrriiigghhht!” Sayu drawled smirking up at her brother who just threw his arms up in exasperation.
“I don’t have a crush” he protested again tone beginning to edge towards helpless.
“and the fact you get a dreamy look on your face every time a certain detective with a name between K and M means nothing” Sayu teased smirk growing as her brothers face turned crimson.
“She’s right Lighto” Ryuk called out thoroughly amused “you literal have heart eyes whenever he’s mentioned” Light shot him an irate glare that just made the Shinigami dissolved into laughter.
“I don’t” Light repeated again before taking a deep breath “L is the worlds greatest detective he’s a genius, I respect and admire him but I do not have a crush…it’s just professional respect for an amazing detective”
Sayu giggled smiled widing to the point she looked more like a Cheshire cat than a person “oh my god your pinning!” she squealed “you are so far gone”
“I’M NOT PINING” Light yelled loudly “I DO NOT HAVE A CRUSH!!”
“Who has a crush” Light paled turning to see his mother walk in.
“No one” Light answers far to quickly ignoring how Sayu and Ryuk point at him, even though mum can’t see the shinigami but it’s the principle of the thing.
His mother gives him a long look before walking past him and Light lets out a breath of relief before.
“So what’s his name?” she asks and Light splutters weakly while Sayu dissolves into hysterics.
“Your fathers coming home tonight” their mother says as the 2 of them are setting the table.
Sayu frowns slightly at that “great, the full you should be a young lady talk” she muttered to Light.
Mum had clearly overheard her as she shot a sympathetic look towards her.
Their father had not been a fan of Sayu’s new taste towards dark and gothic clothing, claiming it was not lady like.
“You should wear your leather jacket” Light muttered to her making her snort with laughter and relax into a smile.
“Oh by the way” Sayu said casually “saw on dad’s files that your boyfriend is looking into names and time of death”
Light’s face turned crimson again before mumbling something unintelligible before walking away.
Dad arrives back much earlier than normal, there’s no real conversation between them, he briefly talks to mum, but he seems on autopilot, the 4 of them sit down the atmosphere so different to when it’s the 3 of them.
When it’s just the 3 of them it’s easy and relaxed they joked and talk freely.
Now it feels tense and rigid.
It kind of reminds Light how things used to feel.
He hates it.
He knows that his dad isn’t bad per say he’s just…uninvolved, basically an absent parent and…he doesn’t know them.
He knows the ideas of what he wants them to be.
He probably knows there test scores more than he knows anything about them.
Light made peace with this a while ago, his father is stuck in his ways and he doesn't think he’ll get unstuck.
“So Light” he blinks up at his father “how did the practice tests go”
He see’s Sayu roll her eyes, because yeah of course that would be the only topic of conversation.
“I was number 1” Light says calmly glancing up at his father who just nods not meeting his gaze.
It becomes quite again.
“Are you enjoying the food” mom begins trying to start any type of conversation.
“Yes dear” dad says “you and Sayu did a wonderful job”
Light cringes, so do Sayu and mum.
Dad is really stuck in his ways.
“I helped to” he says and Dad looks up.
“You should be focusing more on exams Light” he says sternly.
Light has to physically bite his tongue, and he watches the very annoyed look his mum sends towards dad.
“Speaking of” this dad continuers as if a thought just crossed his mind “I don’t want you dating any girl until after the entrance exams”
Sayu next to him chokes on the piece of food she just swallowed, Ryuk lets out a laugh from where he’s been watching the awkwardness, his mother slowly turns her head giving his dad the most unimpressed look he’s ever seen on her face.
“Also Sayu” he turns to her giving her once over and frowning Sayu swallows and leans back meeting his gaze dead on “I think you should discuss with your mother about acting more…appropriately”
Light hears twin cracks of wood and watches as his moms chopsticks splinter.
He’s only 60% sure dinner won’t end in homicide.
In the end dad goes to bed early, stating about his case and that they’ll talk more later. Which means next time he’s home at a reasonable time which could be next month at the earliest.
He’ll be at work before any of them are awake tomorrow.
They’re father has zero concept of work life balance.
As soon as he’s gone mum turned to Sayu smiling “I believe it would be more appropriate for you to wear your hair up with that jacket you can’t see the logo on the back when you wear it down”
Sayu just grins back.
“Huh looks like Kira’s finally using more of the rules” Sayu says looking at the new reports off dad’s computer of the change of times of death.
Light frowned folding his arms deep in thought.
“…Kira has access to police information” Light says slowly.
Sayu looks up at him and Light continues “It’s a response, L and the police suspect it’s a student because of times”
“And the times change” Sayu finished “wow…Kira is super arrogant he just keeps showing his hand”
“Yeah…he’d be terrible at poker” Light teases back.
Sayu smiles back and glances slyly at her brother “how long do you think until your dear detective figures this out?”
Light blushes and doesn’t dignify that with a response.
Light is sitting in school, paying only the smallest bit of attention to the class instead thinking about the Kira case, the case and NOT L! Defiantly not thinking about the detective,nope, not all, that’s his story and he’s sticking to it.
He looks up at Ryuk whose smirking down at him knowingly and quickly looks away.
The end of day comes as a relief and Light moves as quickly as he can to gather all his things and head out.
He ignores the dark looks at his back.
He’s used to it. When you’re the number 1 student who doesn’t go to cram school or really interact people you get a reputation.
Light is ok with the silent weird genius loner reputation.
He doesn’t get bothered for it, they used to try but then bullies seemed to always trip or be pulled away or have strange things happen to them.
Same thing with Sayu.
Light smirks back at Ryuk who just flies behind him grumbling about not being able to eat apples in public as usual.
He heads straight to Sayu’s school seeing his sister slumped outside the gate waiting for him.
“you ok?” he asks as Sayu falls into step with him.
Sayu rolls her eyes “Just some annoying kids” she says and continues when she feels Ryuk and Light’s eyes on her “ugh it’s just cause there’s this new model or someone with a gothic look and apparently I’m copying her even though I’ve had this look for years” she sighed.
“I’ll be going with you tomorrow” Ryuk says lips curled in dark smile that Sayu mirrors.
Light shakes his head in fond exasperation giving Sayu a one armed hug.
The 2 walk home and it’s only when they’re halfway home Light realises Ryuk has been much quieter than usual basically silent for a long time.
He glances back but Ryuk shakes his head “don’t”
Light turns his head back and keeps walking Sayu looks up realising something’s up “I’m going to go check something” Ryuk says glancing back “I think a humans following you”
Light and Sayu both manage to suppress to hitch in their breaths at that and neither miss a step, Light just nods in understanding and walks towards home, hand reaching down and curling around Sayu’s hand as he does.
Neither relax until they get home.
As soon as they do close the door Light realises a shuddering breath, and the 2 head up to his room.
Ryuk phases in a minute later “your defiantly being followed he confirms and nods an alleyway glancing out the 2 see a figure male standing in the alleyway.
“…what is this?” Sayu asks nervously.
Light frowns deeply before his eyes widen “…I think I may have an idea”
“Ok Light if that’s true then your future boyfriend is a paranoid jerk!”
“I Sayu he’s not I’m not just UGH”
The 2 sit up late wondering what to do “do we just let them…you know survey us?” Sayu asks frowning.
Light shrugs “I don’t know what else we can do anything else would be awkward”
“…are sure he’s from an agency like CIA or FBI or M9 or whatever” Sayu asked “I mean he could just be a creeper”
Light nods at that looking uncomfortable “yeah...your right but I mean they’ll most likely be following me right Ryuk” the Shinigami nodded from his position by the window still watching the human outside with a death glare he glared at the window “if he was following you then yeah no he has to go”
Sayu nodded but stopped smirking “Hey Light” her brother turned to her seriously “I think I have an idea of the creep does follow me”
Light glanced at her warily but sighed smiling fondly “you’ll do it no matter what I say right?”
Sayu smiled brightly but “of course”
The next day Sayu and Light are walking home again when Ryuk pipes up “He’s following you again”
Neither miss a step “Light” Sayu says voice the picture of innocence sickly sweet and so obviously fake “Don’t you need to get some groceries for mum?”
Light gives her a long look before conceding “oh right” he says “do you want to come with?”
“Oh no” Sayu says still smiling “there’s something I want to check out, meet up with you in 10 minutes ok”
Light look up at Ryuk the shinigami holds up his hands “I’m staying with her” Light nods and turns towards the connivance store.
Sayu smiles and keeps walking forward “He still following” she whispers.
“Looking in the window at Lighto” Ryuk says "guess your plans not working"
Sayu curses under her breath, oh well plan B.
Ray Penber, is looking in the maybe suspect Light Yagami the boy is currently looking at random items in the store, he’s the main target but he chances a glance at the younger Yagami sibling and frowns, the girl is glancing around nervously and has her and in her school bag as if holding something.
A part of training instantly locks onto the behaviours and as the girl slips through the crowd he makes the call to follow just to check.
“He took the bait” Ryuk chuckles and Sayu fights back a grin, perfect.
She turns into an alleyway one that could be mistaken for a side street one that most people don’t notice is a dead-end right away and waits.
As soon as she hears footsteps she says out loud “Ah wrong turn I always forget” she turns quickly and makes herself freeze wide eyed as she sees the man standing in the alley blocking her way out. He looks just as shocked and Sayu doesn’t hesitate before she lets out the loudest scream she possibly can.
Next up- NAOMI MISORA!!
Aftermath of last chapter, FBI agents and Naomi joins the party.
Episodes 5,6 and 7 in this AU
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Sayu grins widely to herself as she walks back to light with a spring in her step; she hadn’t even stopped screaming before a group had rounded on the man causing him to run away, pursued of course by the group of people, she was pretty sure she’d heard people calling the police but hadn’t stuck around she’d slipped away with Ryuk’s help the instant she saw the man retreat.
Light’s standing outside the job watching the chaos in the distance with a raised eyebrow; he noticeable relaxes when he sees Sayu as she just brightly waves at her brother.
He glances back between her and the chaos in the distance “…do I want to know?”
She just gives him a Cheshire cat like grin.
Ray Penber doesn’t stop running until he enters the hotel leaning against the wall taking deep breaths and trying to compose himself.
That little brat.
He grins his teeth and tries to calm down, because of that brat there’s no way he can be around that area again not with that commotion, getting away had been hard but he couldn’t have risked getting caught after all he has no idea how to explain the FBI’s presence here.
Naomi smiles at him as he enters the room before her expression morphs into suspension and concern “what happened? Ray are you o”
“Nothing happened” he snaps at her cutting off her search and making her freeze mid step towards him “I’m fine”
“but” she begins but he doesn’t let her continue.
“You’re not an agent anymore it doesn’t concern you!” he said firmly and watched as she flinched back mouth closing and hands twitching.
He brushed past her and into the bathroom glaring at his reflection.
What was he going to do He couldn’t tell his Boss what happened! He couldn’t.
An idea hit him and he grabbed his phone dialling a fellow agent’s number.
“Ray hey why are you calling I thought we were meant to have radio silence” his fellow agent answered.
“Charles I need you to switch assignments with me” He says curtly.
The other is silent for a moment “what? Why?”
He grit his teeth “it doesn’t matter, look I just need you to take iver my surveillance details and I’ll take over yours” he paused before adding “off the record of course”
“Ray I don’t”
“You owe me one for New York Charles” he warned and heard the other mans breath stop for a moment “I covered for you do you really”
“FINE” the other snapped “…I’ll trade with you off the record the boss won’t find out” he agreed.
Ray breathed a sigh of relief “good”
No one would ever know.
“Ok send me your files and I’ll send you mine, which families do you have again?”
Everything would be fine.
“Geez Kira sucks at keeping a secret” Sayu commented with a raised eyebrow as they looked at the suicide notes displayed on screen.
Light smiled lightly “not really I mean Shinigmai love apples, I don’t think anyone will get that really” he paused glancing at the screen “L will probably just think he’s taunting him…and of course because they’re not Kira’s ego will just get another boost”
Ryuk scoffed from behind them “not like they need one” the kids nodded at that.
“Still mentioning Shinigami that’s pretty bold for someone who would want to keep the whole source of their powers thing secret” she complained.
“ Kira is defiantly over confident” Light agreed before smirking “ but that should mean they’re more likely to slip up”
Sayu didn’t respond instead looking at the pictures on screen “…what are they doing all this for though”
Light’s smile dropped and he looked seriously at the screen before answering “most likely…because their planning to do something about the FBI agents”
She turned back to her brother frowning while Ryuk laughed “ Please” the Shinigami said dismissively “even with using the death note creatively I don’t see how they could deal with all those agents” he shrugged at the twin looks he got “I’m a Shinigami and I don’t know how they’d do it so what hope does a human have”
About a week later when they read the report about the 12 FBI agents deaths Ryuk doesn’t make eye contact with either of them.
“What do you think your boyfriend will do now” Sayu asks that night as they read the reports “I don’t think anyone on the taskforce will be happy with him…I know I’m still not too happy with him” she adds “future brother in law or not”
Light blushes brightly “…Sayu can you not” she gives a flat look and Light groans in defeat before continuing “well…he’ll probably up security measures…I think a lot of police will quit after that”
Sayu shrugged “obviously I don’t blame them” she pauses before asking “do you think dad will y’know?” it’s Light’s turn to give her a flat look and she snorts out a laugh “right right dumb question”
The 2 aren’t that surprised when their dad’s home the next evening and calls a ‘family meting’, mum doesn’t look surprised either and just takes a drink of her tea as they all sit at the table.
“I feel like I should tell you all now, I’m sure you’ve heard of this Kira investigation” he has his eyes closed so he doesn’t notice the 3 humans and 1 shinigami all roll their eyes as he says that “well I’m currently in charage of it” their all silent and he continues on “and recently the FBI sent 12 agents to Japan to aid us in catching Kira” Light and Sayu give each other a long look and Ryuk laughs “and all of them died yesterday”
Light and Sayu see their mother’s eyebrows raise and she puts her cup down but doesn’t react outside of that.
“Kira will most likely try to kill anyone who comes after him, he’s crimes more ruthless than anything we’ve ever seen many detectives have already quit” he trails off and there’s no response.
Eventually he glances up looking at each of them as a silence drags on.
“um” he awkwardly clears his throat.
Their mother looks at him “what dear?”
“Well I mean I just…told you that…aren’t you” he fumbles looking very awkward and it’s the first time they’ve ever seen him fumble like this.
After taking another sip of tea their mother turns to him “dear we already knew you working the Kira case” their father gapes in a manner akin to a fish.
“H..How I never” he’s cut off as their mothers raises a hand continuing calmly.
“You said you working on a high profile case that you couldn’t discuss any details of due to the sensitive nature…deat we watch the news we know about Kira we know they’re in Japan in the Kanto region anf the police are investigating it wasn’t hard to figure out”
Light and Sayu are both fighting smiles as their father continues to do a wonderful impression of a fish.
“Also” Sayu adds in because she has never been able to help herself “I thought it was clear that Kira would already kill people investigating him, didn’t the Lind L Taylor incident prove that?” she asks with a fake sweet smile.
Light nods and follows his sisters lead, because he honestly can’t resist “right and it’s not like we’re going to tell you to quit or stop because it’s clear you’ve already made your mind up and will continue no matter what we say”
Their father just gapes looking at the 3 of them and when he meets his mothers eyes she sighs “If you want be to protest and go through the motions of asking you to quit then I will but dear I know you and how stubborn you are so I think we all know you won’t ever quit but if you want me to ask you to I will” she says and their father just mutters something that might have been words before continuing to stare at them in utter befuddlement.
Light and Sayu agree later that’s it’s a show of great restraint that neither of them burst out laughing at that point, especially since the pair could hear Ryuk already doing so right next to them through the entire thing.
“Hey” Sayu says a day or so later “you know how you said L may be tightening up security?”
“Yeah” Light answers suspiciously, he knows the tone Sayu’s using now, it usually ends in embarrassment…for him.
“welllll” she drawls out the word “ do you think that means he’s met them in person?” she asks and watches as Light freezes in place completely she smirks in satisfaction “ are you jeloussss?” she asks in a sing-song tone.
“Nope” Light says far to sharply and quickly for a convincing lie.
“Hey think of it this way at least dad’s getting to know his future son in law early”
“Sayu I swear to god!”
At the weekend the 2 are in Light’s room currently scanning more reports of deaths when they hear a knock on the door, the pair freeze and Light locks the computer while Sayu opens the door to see their mother.
“Hey we’re either of you planning on going out today?” she asked entering the room after receiving a nod from Light.
“Um maybe a little later” Sayu says “I was planning on looking at some new stuff in town, how come?”
Their mother holds out a bag “ since your father hasn’t been home in a few days I thought he should be brought a change of clothes” she rolls her eyes “honestly I should have packed him a suitcase last time he was home I knew this was going to happen”
Sayu cringes a bit and is about to answer when Light cuts in “I’ll do it!”
The occupants of the room turn to him as Light grabs the bag and moves to get his coat.
“…you don’t need to go now dear” their mother says slowly but is looking thoughtfully at him.
“No we should get it out of the way now” he says quickly “I’ll do this Sayu can check out what she needs to and then we can finish off what we need to do later no problem” he says smiling.
A sly smile slips over Sayu’s face “oooohhhhh” and Light sends her a sharp glare “yeah no worries mum we’ll go do this now, do you need anything else from town?”
Their mother gives a Light another long look before giving a smirk that is very similar to Sayu’s “oh no that’s fine you 2 have a nice time”
Ryuk gives Sayu a confused look she just smirks at him as she follows Light outside.
They walk in silence for a moment before.
“You do know I don’t think that L’s base of operations will be at the police station”.
Light’s face turns a deep crimson and Ryuk bursts out laughing.
“THAT’S WHY YOU WANTED TO GO?” the shinigami cried out and Light’s face darkened even further.
“…I hate you both”
They enter the police station Sayu and Ryuk either side of Light smirking knowingly at him.
“Please I need to speak to someone from the special investigation taskforce it’s urgent” they hear a woman saying as they enter the building.
“I’m sorry miss I can’t help you as I’ve already told you there is no one at taskforce headquarters right now” the receptionist answers.
Lights shoulders visibly sag and Sayu can’t quite resist the urge to say “told you so” and side steps the shoulder shove Light tries to give her
The 2 approach the desk as they hear the woman “I have information relating to the Kira investigation”
The 2 humans and Shinigami all still and glance over at the woman, Sayu feels a slight flush on her checks as she looks up at the tall dark haired woman who looks like she’s just been pulled out of an action movie, leather jacket and all “so cool” she breaths out the woman glances down at her and Sayu quickly looks away blushing brightly.
Light hands the bag over the receptionist who asks for ID, understandable the 2 of them rarely ever come here and no one really knows them, and gives Sayu a raised eyebrow, she firmly meets his gaze and the man looks away first, she smiles and glances back up at the woman as the man tells her he can’t contact the taskforce.
She looks utterly distraught and Sayu’s mouth is moving before she can think about what she’s saying.
“Um excuse me miss” the woman looks down at her “Hi um our dad’s on the taskforce we can try calling him and letting you talk to him if you want?” she offers smiling.
The woman looks shell-shocked and the man behind the desk stares “ now little girl you can’t just” he doesn’t finish that sentence as Ryuk pushes his cup of coffee directly onto his lap making the man fall of his seat with a cry of pain.
When the siblings and Shinigami leave the building the woman’s walks out alongside them.
The group of 3 walk in a tense silence for a minute or 2 before Sayu can’t take the awkwardness anymore
“So Kira” She says smiling widely and she can hear Light groan next to her.
The woman glances back at them looking rather perplexed before Light sighs and walks in to try to salvage the verbal train wreck Sayu is creating “What she means is Hi” he holds his hands out and smiles softly “I’m Light Yagami and this”
“I’m Sayu, Sayu Yagami his sister but you probably guessed that yeah” she smiled “Hi”
It took great self-control for Light not to face palm and Ryuk couldn’t help chuckling “And you said Light was awkward with his crush”
Sayu shot the shinigami a quick subtly glare, that she really hoped didn’t make her look crazy.
“It’s nice to meet you” the woman says politely “my name is Shoko Maki”
“Huh” it took years of practice for the 2 to not glance back at Ryuk the Shinigami leaning forward eyes fixed above the woman’s head “no it’s not” he says.
Light and Sayu manage to keep his features schooled at that, though just barley.
“Nice to meet you Miss Maki” Light says cordially “Like Sayu said before our fathers on the taskforce we can try calling him for you but I don’t know if he’ll pick up we can still leave a message if that’s ok”
“Yes thank you” she said bowing politely.
“What’s you information on Kira” Sayu asks suddenly, because all the subtly was apparently inherited by Light.
He shot her a sharp look and she shrugged helplessly.
She shifted slightly glancing around “I’d rather not” she trailed off glancing away sadly.
“Ah sorry I didn’t mean to upset you I” Sayu said panicked, the woman glanced at her and her face soften slightly.
“That’s alright just…” she trailed off for a moment glancing back at the 2 before taking a breath “I believe Kira can affect his victims actions but also…kill by means other than a heart attack”
Both Yagami siblings and Shinigami felt their jaws open in disbelief at that.
“Wow she’s good I didn’t think a human could figure it out themselves “Ryuk muttered flying around the woman looking at her considering “I don’t think he’d your boyfriends figured that out Lighto”
“That’s amazing” Sayu gasped startling the woman “How did you figurr” she cut herself off quickly” come to that conclusion I mean that’s a big theory right could totally affect the case” she leaned away with a forced smile.
Light glared at her from the corner of his holding his breath, really hoping that certain slip up wasn’t caught.
The woman started at Sayu and then Light only a for a moment but her eyes were sharp and assessing.
“Sorry Sayu’s just a bit excited” Light quickly cut in and Sayu sent him a thankful look “We’ve sort of been looking into Kira ourselves and well we sort of came to the same conclusion, I mean controlling his victims actions could have easily affected more right”
“Wow you’re a good liar” Ryuk commented and Light could feel his eye twitch slightly, his commentary was not helping.
“Right” The woman agrees looking between them an edge of suspicion still in her eyes “…I…wait how did you two realise that?”
Light is pretty sure both him and Sayu may look like deer’s caught in headlights but he just forces a smile and bullshits “Oh well I mean what’s really the difference between being able to make someone write a suicide note and make them walk into ongoing traffic right”
The woman gasps and walks forward “what do you mean ongoing traffic what do you” she paused when she took in Light’s panicked expression “Sorry I…it’s just my fiancé” she looked away solemnly “he was one of the 12 FBI agents who came to Japan, while working he was involved in a bus-jacking slightly before his death, the bus-jacker had robbed a bank 2 days earlier. During the incident he was put in a situation where he had to relive his identify to someone, the bus-jacker died right afterwards in an ‘accident’” she looked directly at Light “he was hit by a car” she kept their eyes locked “I believe the person he relived his identity to was Kira and that they set up the bus-jacking to bring him into contact with my fiancé so he could obtain information on the other FBI agents so he could get rid of them all”
Light and Sayu defiantly now looked like deer’s in the headlights, and Light wanted to go back and punch his past self for that one stupid random example.
“In fact” she narrowed her eyes “I believe that my Fiancé was investing families connected with the police and your father”
“HOLD UP” Sayu suddenly cried out holding out her arms out between them, eyes wide and panicked “My brother is not Kira!” she said before quickly adding “ I am not Kira either I promise”
“That is not convincing in any way you know” Light hissed at her.
“Yeah I know I…” she trailed off taking a deep breath “Light” the tone she used made Light’s eyes fly open.
“SAYU no we can’t” he cried out looking frantically between his sister and the woman who looked ready to go for the kill.
“We need to we can’t and she could help Light” she grabbed her bothers hand.
Light stared between the two conflicted before sighing in defeat “this could end so badly”
“to be fair that’s true with most our plans” Sayu offered weakly.
Naomi was one second away from bolting, this boy, her head ran through deductions.
He fit Kira’s profile, student, tied to police and that choice of words and he clearly knew more than he was letting on.
She grit her teeth, there were very good chances but…the way he acted maybe, no the evidence pointed to.
But then why hadn’t he killed her, she’d already let him know to much.
He knew she knew.
So if he was Kira why was she still alive.
The siblings hissed back and forth and Naomi let them only because she was trying to think back to her training think of the best course of action.
“Um Miss” The boy began holding his hands out in front of him in surrender “look…we” he glanced up at the sky and grumbled something that sounded like “ok that will just make things worse…I” he sighed again “I can’t believe I’m doing this” he met her eyes again “ Please don’t hit me and please don’t take this the wrong way we are not Kira neither of us…but we” he tensed a bit “ we do have something t show you…Miss Misora” he looked up awkwardly.
She felt her jaw drop open and her heart was beating so fast she thought she may be having a heart attack.
“How?” she stuttered out.
“We can show you” the boy said still holding his hands up eyes wide and sincere “I promise just…trust us please”
Her reasoning screams at her not to but her instincts…the ones that kept her alive during the BB case.
“Tell me everything!”
Next up, don't underestimate the thrall, L-POV and cameras
The thrall is dangerous, Naomi joins the party, the consequences of Ray's choice and Light does something dumb.
Episode 8 in this AU.
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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.
Next up talks, meetings and a 'date'.