Death Note 3rd Arc

BY : K_Danuve
Category: Death Note > General
Dragon prints: 1411
Disclaimer: I do not own Death Note. I do not own Death Note Another Note. I do not own any of the characters. I do not make any money from this work.

Chapter 11: Déjà vu


SOMEWHERE IN JAPAN

The sun light shines through a window, spilling into the room. This room has a desk in the middle of it, shaped in the shape of a C. A woman sits behind the desk, typing at the computer. Behind her, on the wall, is a large cabinet with many bottles of different shapes and sizes.

The woman, whose brown hair is tied back in a ponytail, rests back in her chair. She removes her glasses and rubs her eyes. Then opening her blue eyes again, she replaces the glasses. She glances over at the clock on the wall and realizes that it’s time. She gets up from the desk and walks over to the cabinet and opens the door.

A door opens down the hallway and a man enters the hallway. His dirty blonde hair is messy, but his hazel eyes are wide open. He turns and walks toward the main room. Upon entering the room, he walks over to a small counter and pours himself a cup of coffee. “That one is asking a lot of questions,” he says.

“Did you tell him anything,” she asks. She looks over at him and raises an eyebrow. “George?”

“Nope,” George replies. “I don’t know anything.” He takes a sip of his coffee and says, “So, Nurse Betty how’s our patient today.”

The woman, Betty who is acting as a nurse, turns around with a bottle in her hands and says, “He seems to be doing fine. It’s amazing that with the injuries he sustained, none of his major organs were damaged.”

“I have to agree. I thought we were going to lose him, from loss of blood. I wonder how K knew,” he says.

“No idea. K placed us in the right place at the right time. If we had been even 5 minutes late, he would have died,” Nurse Betty says.

“Speaking of K,” says George, “Have we heard anything?”

“Yes, K was in contact this morning,” says Nurse Betty, “and asked how the patient and the other one were doing. I told K everything we knew.”

George nods his head. Both he and Betty were from Whammy’s house and entered the medical field after leaving. Both of them knew K, seeing as they are about K’s age. “I knew it would only be a matter of time before K took over the Kira case, but I wonder why it took so long.”

Betty takes two pills out of the bottle and places them into a little plastic cup. She replaces the cap and returns the bottle to the cabinet. “I gave up trying to figure out how they think a long time ago.”

A smile crosses George’s face. “I know what you mean,” he says. “Why don’t you go and get some sleep. You’ve been up all night, making sure the patient is okay, and you look like hell.”

“Flattery will get you nowhere,” Betty coolly replies.

“Can’t blame me for trying,” says George, twirling his hand. “Really, you should get some sleep, Betty.”

“I will in a little bit. Right now I need to give the patient some pain meds, and then I’m going to make both of them something to eat,” Betty says. “We both know you can’t cook.”

“That’s true,” George says, “I’m sure they will appreciate your cooking over mine.”

“Well, that’s an understatement,” Betty says, laughing.

“Hey,” laughs George, “now that’s just plain mean.”

Betty continues to laugh and says, “You could always try taking some cooking classes.”

George gives her a look and watches as she heads down the hallway. “I suppose I could get some work done,” he says, sitting down at the desk.

Betty walks down the hallway and pauses outside the second door on the right. She takes her hand and knocks on the door.

“Come in,” says the voice inside.

Betty opens the door and walks in. “So how are you feeling today?”

“Like I got shot a hundred times by a bunch of stupid bodyguards that were hell bent on killing me,” says the patient. “I could use a cigarette, too.”

“I have some pain meds for you,” says Betty. “You should take them, and then I’ll be back with some breakfast for you.”

“I could use a cigarette more,” he says.

Betty looks at the patient, and puts the pills down on the nightstand. “Cigarettes are not good for your health, Matt.”

“Well, neither is being pumped full of lead,” Matt says.

“It’s a miracle that you’re even alive,” Betty says.

“Yea, yea,” Matt says. “Did it bring down Kira?”

Betty looks at Matt, and is at a loss for words. Matt looks at her and can tell that something must have gone wrong. “Where’s Mello,” he asks, trying to get up from the bed.

“Lie back down,” Betty says walking over to Matt and gently pushing him back into the bed. “You’ll tear you bandages like that.”

“Tell me what happened,” Matt demands.


TASKFORCE HEADQUARTERS

Light returns to Task Force headquarters. The other members seem to be working at the computers, and Matsuda is the first to notice that Light has returned.

“Hey, Light,” Matsuda says. “How are you feeling?”

“Better,” Light says. “That walk really helped to clear my head. I didn’t get much sleep last night and a lot has happened since yesterday.”

“I know what you mean,” Matsuda says. “Sometimes taking a walk and getting some fresh air is all a person needs to think clearly again.”

“So, Light,” says Aizawa, “what are we going to do now?”

“Well,” says Light, taking a seat in front of his computer, “there’s not much we can do. K said he had a plan, and that we will know soon enough. I guess the only thing to do is wait.”

Light activates his computer and begins to type. Ryuk takes a seat on the couch and watches everyone work.

“How long do you think it will take K to do something,” Matsuda asks.

“Probably not that long,” Light says. “He all ready said that he will be doing something today. We just have to wait and see what happens. Then we’ll wait until K contacts us again.”

“Well,” says Aizawa, “I’m not sure I like that. I mean it just like L. He calls us up and says that he will be willing to work with us. That he’ll share information with us, but doesn’t tell us anything. Near was more straight forward then this.”

“Yea,” says Matsuda, “I know what you mean, but you can’t really blame him. I mean L, Near and Mello all lost their lives trying to catch Kira.”

“There were more people who lost their lives, too,” Aizawa says. “We lost members of our Task Force. Chief Yagami died and we lost Ukita too, but you don’t see us hiding our information, or our identities.”

“I see what you mean,” says Matsuda.

“I think there’s more to it,” Light says. “I mean Kira apparently knows who we are, but he might not know this K. If K would walk in here right now, or meet one of us in public, it would be like announcing to Kira that there is another person looking for him. More to the point it would give Kira information that we wouldn’t want him to have. If we die, then K might be the only one who can bring Kira down.”

The members of the Task Force look at Light. Each seems to be thinking about what Light just said and thinking about what Kira said back at the Wharf.

“I guess that makes sense,” Matsuda says, “But what do we do now?”

“We wait on K,” Light says.


DOWNTOWN

“How ‘bout we get something to eat,” asks Misa.

Madie looks at Misa and smiles, “Sounds like a plan but where?”

“Oh, there’s this great little place right up here,” Misa says, pointing a bit up the way.

The girls have been shopping in the downtown area, and each is carrying two bags. Misa almost skips beside Madie and grabs Madie’s hand, hurrying her along. They arrive at the place, and Misa opens the door. “This place has the greatest salads,” Misa says. “Let’s get a seat.”

Madie follows Misa to a booth that has greenery surrounding it. Both throw their bags into the booth, and take a seat opposite of each other. A waiter comes over to take their order.

“What would you ladies like,” asks the waiter.

“Um,” says Misa, “I’ll have a salad and a diet soda.”

“I’ll have a salad, with water,” says Madie.

The waiter walks away from the table with their orders. “I’m having so much fun,” says Misa. “It’s been a long time since I went shopping or just hung out.”

“I’m having fun too,” says Madie. “Just us girls.”

“And a Shinigami,” says Ryuu, who stands in front of the table.

Madie smiles at the statement, but Misa thinks that Madie is smiling at her. “I know,” says Misa, “and we got a lot of shopping done today.”

“Sure we did,” says Madie, opening one of the bags up. “I got this cute little blue top with a pleated white skirt.”

“That doesn’t seem like something you would normally buy,” says Ryuu. Madie ignores him.

“And I got this,” says Misa, opening one of the bags and pulling this lacy, sheer little number out of it. “Light should like for Valentine’s Day, don’t you think.”

Madie laughs and says, “I don’t think any man could not like that.”

The girls put their outfits back into the bags, as the waiter comes with their order. He places the meals in front of them, and leaves.

“I can’t believe it’s only a couple weeks away,” says Misa, “So, you have anything planned for Valentine’s Day.” Misa gives Madie a knowing look.

“What do you mean,” Madie asks.

“You know what I mean,” Misa says, pointing her fork at Madie.

Madie looks at Misa and says, “No, I don’t have any plans.”

“Well, I’m sure I can think of something,” says Misa, with a mischievous look in her eye.

“Misa,” says Madie, “don’t even think about it.”

“What do you mean,” asks Misa, surprised. “You know, I’m sure I could get Matsu to ask you out.” Madie just looks at Misa.

“You and Matsuda, I could see it,” says Ryuu, who now sits in the table across from the girls, his knees drawn up. He looks at Madie thoughtfully.

“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” says Madie, putting her fork down on her empty plate.
“Awe,” pouts Misa, “why not?”

Madie gets a sad look in her eyes and says, “Let’s just say I lost someone I cared about very much, and I’m just not ready yet.”

“I’m so sorry,” says Misa. “I didn’t know. Do you want to talk about it?”

Madie just looks at Misa, but there seems to be something hidden in her eyes. “No,” she says. “Let’s just drop it.”

“O.K.,” says Misa. “I am sorry. I know what it’s like to lose someone.”

Madie forces a smile and says, “Don’t worry about it. There’s no way you could have known. How about we get out of here?”

“Yea,” says Misa. “I’ll just go pay the bill.” Misa gets up from the table and leaves Madie sitting there all by herself.

Ryuu looks at Madie and says, “I don’t know. You and Matsuda really could be cute together.”

“Shut up,” Madie whispers. She turns her head and looks at Ryuu. “Matsuda’s sweet and all, but not my type. He’s too gullible and he acts before he thinks. I prefer someone who actually thinks before he acts; of course, that doesn’t mean he’ll always do what is necessary.”

Misa returns to the table and says, “Ready.” Misa grabs her bags, while Madie grabs her bags and gets up from the table.

“Yea, let’s go,” Madie says.

The girls walk out of the eatery and head downtown. Just when they get to the corner, they see a huge crowd gathered.

“I wonder what’s happening,” asks Misa, as they turn the corner.

There on the huge television, in the middle of the square, is a huge letter K. “What’s that,” asks Misa.

“Hello,” says a distorted voice through the television, “I am K. I have a message for Kira.”

“A message for Kira,” says one of the female bystanders.

“Who does this guy think he is,” says a male bystander.

“Kira, you have held the world hostage. Those who speak out against you are met with hostility, even death. The people of the world live in fear of you, as do the leaders of their countries. They believe that it is easier to follow your instructions, than face your wrath. In essence, you have become a dictator of this world,” says K.

“A dictator,” says one of the bystanders.

“No,” shouts another, “Kira is a God.”

“As with any dictator, you oppress those around you. The people shake with fear, afraid that they will be next targeted. You claim to kill only those that are evil, but you have killed those whose only guilt was trying to bring you to justice, as well. You have killed many who were only following the orders of their superiors, doing their jobs. With no warning, these individuals lost their lives, and their families were left in sorrow,” says K.

“They never should have tried to stop Kira,” comes many voices from the crowd.

“That’s right,” says more voices.

“Those who believe in your cause, feel there is nothing to fear. I ask you why. Why should these people not fear you? Is it because they live righteous lives? But who decides if they are righteous enough? You do, Kira. You have killed some of the worst criminals in society, but you have killed those whose only crime was doing their jobs. Shouldn’t hard work be rewarded? What are the laws of this world,” says K.

“Who does this guy think he is,” says a voice from the crowd, “L.”

Madie and Misa look around at everyone. Most of the people seem angry at this statement, while a few seem to cower. Everyone keeps looking around them, as if trying to find the source of the voice.

“What is worse, most of the world doesn’t view you as dictator. They view you as a God. You have the righteous hand and you smite those who are evil. As such, the world bows to your will, and no one should bow to anyone’s will by force, but this is what you do. You force people to follow you, even if they disagree. This is a bigger evil, larger than the evil you stand against. As such, this means that you are evil,” says K.

“Did you just call Kira evil,” shouts voices from the crowd.

“You’re the one that’s evil,” says even more voices.

“You are an evil God. You remind me of the gods of old, those that ruled through fear. Forcing obedience and sacrifice, these gods held the people in their grasp. I view you as an evil god, and there is only one way to slay a god. But that’s the trick isn’t Kira? You’re not a god, even you know this. You have a god like complex, and it is this complex that I must stop. I will stop you Kira, and when I do, the world you view you as a false god. They will view you as nothing more than a mortal, with mortal weakness, and Kira will be no more,” says K.

The transmission cuts out. The crowd starts to leave, slowly, talking about what they just witnessed. Misa turns to Madie. “Who was that?”

“I think that was K,” Madie says, “and I think war has just been declared on Kira.”


TASKFORCE HEADQUARTERS

The members of the Task Force stand around headquarters, watching K’s message. On a separate television, they watch the reactions of the crowd. They can hear how the crowd is in support of Kira, and how they denounce K’s words.

“Wow,” says Matsuda. “This is like Déjà vu. It has the feel of when L openly challenged Kira.”

“No,” says Aizawa, with Mogi standing beside him. “There are differences. K isn’t using a criminal to sit in for him, and the public is more open about showing their support of Kira.” Aizawa seems disgusted by this display, both K’s and the public’s.

“Yea,” says Matsuda. “But it’s been over six years since Kira appeared. You wouldn’t expect K to do the same thing. After all, he must know some of L’s and Near’s findings.”

“True,” says Ide.

“What I would like to know,” says Aizawa, “is what was this supposed to accomplish?”

Light sits down in his chair, thinking. He asks, “Isn’t it obvious?”

Aizawa, Mogi, Ide, and Matsuda look at Light. “What do you mean,” asks Matsuda.

“This was a challenge to Kira,” says Light. “One, K didn’t mention L. By not mentioning L, K has told Kira that he is aware of L’s death. I doubt that the public will even notice that, but it means that K is aware that pursuing Kira could cost him his life, and he has accepted that.”

“You’re right,” says Matsuda, “K didn’t mention L at all.”

“Two,” Light continues, “the fact that K didn’t use another criminal means that he knows how Kira kills…”

“But we all ready know how Kira kills, and so does most of the public,” says Matsuda, cutting Light off. “Did that really prove anything?”

Light looks directly at Matsuda, and says, “Yes it did. If K had used another criminal, done exactly what L had done, he would have given power to Kira.”

“Given power to Kira,” says Aizawa.

“How,” asks Matsuda.

“It’s simple really,” explains Light. “If K had used a criminal, Kira would have been left with two options. The first is Kira could have killed the criminal. However, I doubt he would have done that.”

‘Really,’ thinks Ryuk. ‘You doubt he would have done that,’ Ryuk chuckles to himself.

“Why,” asks Matsuda.

“Because it would appear as if K got one over on Kira,” says Light.

“How,” says Matsuda. Aizawa and Mogi take seats and listen to Light.

“Because, then Kira would have fallen for the same trick twice. By killing the criminal, Kira is stating that he didn’t know that that person wasn’t K. K could use that to his advantage, by belittling Kira further. By building on what K has all ready said, K would have told the public that a true God would have realized that the criminal wasn’t K, thereby denouncing Kira as a God in an attempt to place more doubt into the public’s mind. Because of that, Kira would not have killed the criminal.”

“I see,” says Matsuda.

“You said there were two reasons,” says Aizawa.

“Yea,” says Matsuda. “What’s the other reason?”

“The second is that if Kira didn’t kill a criminal, it would be like telling the world that Kira is smarter and more powerful than K.,” explains Light. “By allowing the criminal to live, K would have to acknowledge that Kira saw through the ruse, and explain that to the public. If he didn’t, he would not have been able to get his real message across. This would have told the public that Kira is better than K, and given Kira more power. The public would have rooted for Kira to win, making K’s true objective much harder to prove.”

“K’s true objective,” asks Matsuda.

“To prove that Kira isn’t a God,” says Light, “to prove that Kira isn’t all powerful.”

“But,” says Aizawa, “if K had used a criminal, and even if the criminal didn’t die, couldn’t K just have the criminal deliver the message?”

“Yea,” says Matsuda. “Then K could still get his message across.”

“He could have,” says Light, “but K didn’t want too. He wanted to confront Kira directly. By using a criminal, K would have remained hidden. K wanted to confront Kira head on, and not using a criminal would be the only way to do that.”

“But does that really make a difference,” asks Ide.

“It makes all the difference,” says Light. “By coming out into the open, even if K remained hidden from view, K let Kira know that he isn’t afraid of him and he isn’t foolish. K knows how Kira kills, so he won’t make it easy for him. That was the point of not using a criminal. K was telling Kira that he will catch Kira on his own terms, not Kira’s.”

“Oh,” says Matsuda.

“That’s not all,” says Light. “By not using a criminal, and not having to deal with the aftermath of that, K has allowed his words to sink into the minds of the public. With no criminal to distract them, the public only has what K said to think on. The public will only have K’s words to think about, and in some of the minds, K is hoping that they will question whether or not Kira is really a God.”

“I hadn’t thought of that,” says Matsuda.

‘Of course you didn’t’ thinks Light. “There is another reason,” says Light.

“What’s that,” asks Matsuda.

“K’s put the ball into Kira’s court,” says Light.

“How’s that,” asks Aizawa.

“It’s simple,” says Light. “Kira will have to think about whether or not he will respond to K’s message. If he doesn’t, Kira will only allow the public to think more on K’s words. By allowing that, Kira will give some measure of control to K, by allowing K to dictate their communications. If Kira does respond, he will shift the focus from K to him. Additionally, what Kira’s says can give K insight into how Kira thinks.”

“So,” says Matsuda, “do you think that Kira will respond?”

Light clasps his hands and rests his chin on them. ‘Damn K,’ Light thinks. ‘He’s backed me into a corner. I have to respond. If I don’t it will look suspicious, and K may start to suspect me again. Though with how Madie handled the scene at the Yellow Box, I doubt anyone here will be willing to suspect me again, but if K takes Near’s approach, he might not care about that. I have to keep K’s suspicion of me down, so he continues to focus on another suspect. However, if I don’t respond, and K does come to suspect me more, these idiots will be less willing to work with him, and I have to know what he’s up to, so I can defeat him. This feels like something L would have done.’

Light looks at the members of the Task Force and says, “Yes, I think Kira will respond. Kira has to respond. After years of the public’s support, Kira cannot afford to lose them. Especially with someone else trying to catch him. Not only that, but by not replying, the public might wonder why. Kira wouldn’t want the public to lose faith in him. He has to renounce what K said.”

At that moment, the screen in front of Light’s desk comes to life, with a giant letter K. All the members of the Task Force turn their attention to it.

“So,” says K, “what did you think of my message?”

“I thought it was brilliant,” says Matsuda. “Light just explained what it meant to us.”

“I see,” says K.

“So are we expected to just wait for Kira to respond,” says Aizawa.

“Yes,” says K. “That is the main point of the message, besides placing doubt into the minds of the public. I am very curious about how Kira will respond. It will say a lot about his mind set, as well as how he views himself now.”

“Do you really think Kira will give you much information,” asks Aizawa.

“No,” says K. “I expect Kira to not give me anything.”

“Then what the hell was the whole point of this,” demands Aizawa.

“The point,” replies K. “The point is to see if I can force Kira to respond to me. The point is that even if I am not expecting Kira to give me anything, there is always the chance that he might slip up, though I doubt he will.”

“If you doubt he will slip,” says Light, “then this is nothing more than an attempt to force Kira to respond?”

“Yes,” says K, “that is mainly the point. However, as slight as it might be, I would like Kira to slip up. If he does, that will give me even more insight into his train of thought.”

“How,” asks Matsuda.

“Because,” says K, “if Kira slips up, it will mean that he doesn’t fear me. No, to put it more accurately, it will mean that Kira believes that he can’t be caught. It will mean that Kira views himself more above that law, than when L was trying to catch him. More criminals have been caught do to their pride than anything else.”

“So,” says Mogi, “we just wait for Kira.”

“Yes, we wait for Kira,” says K. “Once Kira responds; we will be able to decide on how to go about catching him.”

“How long do you think it will take,” asks Matsuda.

“That is up to Kira,” K says. “I don’t expect him to respond right away, after all that would mean that he views me as a threat. He will respond though, because the longer it takes him to, the longer the public will think about what I said. Today is January, 29, so I give him about a week or two. That will show the public that he believes in them and allow him to refute what I said, before my message completely seeps in. After all, Kira has had many years to place his views into the mind of the world; I only gave five minutes. I’d say before Valentine’s Day, we will hear from Kira.”

“So, what do we do until then,” asks Aizawa.

“Nothing,” says K.

“Nothing,” says Aizawa. “We’re just supposed to sit on our asses until then.”

“I should have made my expectations clearer,” says K. “We will review everything we know about Kira, and we might come across something we over looked. After all, we need a new suspect, now that Light has been eliminated.”

“Will you be working with us as we review the Kira case,” asks Light.

“No,” says K. “I see no point in that. I will review the material I have while you review the material you have. After Kira makes his announcement, then we will share our information. This will help us to see each other’s information with new eyes.”

“Oh,” says Matsuda.

“Until then,” says K, and with that the transmission cuts out.

The members of the Task Force look at the screen. “It’s like I said,” says Aizawa, “K reminds me of L.”

Light sits and thinks, ‘An announcement from Kira. Oh, I give you an announcement, and you won’t be able to get anything out of it.’


MELLO’S HIDEOUT

Mello hits the disconnect key and leans back in the chair. He opens a chocolate bar and takes a bite.

‘So,’ he thinks, ‘that’s it. Now we wait until Kira responds.’

NEXT CHAPTER: PATIENCE

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Libra de los Muertos

Since 5 other Death Note users must be killed to become a God of Death, the lifespans of other Death Note users cannot be seen, even though one has traded for the eyes of a God of Death and can see their names.

There is no limit on the number of Death Note users in the human world that one can kill, only that 5 must be killed for a human to become a God of Death.


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