"Am I ever going to escape you?"
The figure disappears. A new one appears. "Nate River exists only in your mind here."
Mello glares, and then, it hits him.
He wakes gasping.
He just won the game. He just won.
There's a slip of the Death Note he had removed from the notebook when it was still in his possession. He's guarded it with the determination not to use it until absolutely necessary.
He won't use it against Near (Nate River), but he could. He's won; he has power over the other.
Except, Near knows his name.
A draw, then.