Chapter 2

L Avenged

My son was born in England, and as he grew he looked just like his father. In a way it was like Lawliet was still with me. Near had succeeded L and he promised me he would catch Kira. I told him my suspicions on Yagami Light. He seemed to be thinking hard as he twirled a lock of his hair. Near was still very young, only thirteen years old.

"Be careful." was what I said to him.

"We'll get him. And I'll let you know. I know you want to be there when we do."

I smiled at him gratefully and bowed.

"Thank you Near. I'll eagerly await your call."

That was the last time I would see Near for five years. And it was Aizawa who called me.

"Mariko-san."

"Aizawa-san!?"

"Yes it's me. Near asked me to call you. Come back to Japan. We found him. Near has already paid for your ticket and hotel."

"Tell me…..who is it?"

"Yagami Light."

I sighed.

"I knew it was. I told him before I would not pursue him and I wouldn't say anything. Please understand I was doing it for my son."

"I understand. I would have done the same. Your flight leaves tomorrow. Near has also purchased a ticket for your son."

I smiled and stroked my sleeping son's head.

"We will be there tomorrow."

He hung up and I lifted L into my arms. I gently put him to bed and kissed his forehead.

"I love you son." I whispered.

I packed his bags and mine as well. We wouldn't be coming back here. I promised myself when Light was caught I would come back to Japan. L told me he always wanted to go to Japan. He wouldn't be with me when I went to the meeting. He would be safe with Aizawa's wife and daughter. L woke up and walked out into the room.

"Okasan?"

I looked at him and smiled.

"Are we going somewhere?"

I nodded and picked him up.

"We're going to Japan."

He smiled and there was so much excitement in his eyes.

"Do we….do we get to visit otosan?" He asked.

I smiled and nodded.

"Yes of course we do. But first okasan has something she has to do. You'll be going to okasan's friend's house to play for a little while."

He nodded. L had always been so well behaved. He was brave, talented and smart just like his father.

We flew to Japan only a few hours later. It was a long flight and L was a little frustrated and tired of sitting for so long. Eventually he fell asleep and I looked out the window.

I'm coming home….L….Lawliet…..my love.

When we landed I took L to Aizawa's home. I remembered his wife only a little. She smiled and welcomed me.

"Lawliet-san. I have heard much about you. And this must be L."

L smiled and I smiled down at him. Aizawa came to the door then.

"M. It is good to see you again. Please come inside."

I nodded and L took my hand. We sat down and his wife brought out tea. I thanked her and L stared at Aizawa. I smiled picked him up.

"So this is L. He looks just like his father."

I smiled and my boy studied Aizawa from behind his dark locks.

"He's five right?"

"Almost."

He nodded and I looked at L.

"L, this is my friend Aizawa-san. He knew otosan too. We all worked together once."

L smiled and waved. Aizawa smiled. L walked over and stared up at him.

"Okasan, was otosan this tall?" He asked.

I laughed and shook my head.

"Not quite."

A smile came to his face and my own fell.

"L no…."

He jumped on the sofa and climbed onto Aizawa's shoulders.

"L…"

"It's alright. My daughter used to do this. I think its because I'm so tall."

I sighed and smiled.

"You've raised him well. Ryuuzaki would be proud of him."

"That means a lot to me. Thank you. And as for you mister, it's time for you to go to sleep."

Aizawa's wife took him to bed and I looked back at him.

"How is everyone?"

"Matsuda is still the same and Mogi is well."

"And the chief?"

He looked down and my eyes went wide.

"No…."

"We were infiltrating a mob hideout in Los Angeles. He was shot trying to kill someone named Mello."

My eyes went wide.

"Mello!?"

He looked at me curiously.

"You know him?"

"He was another boy at the orphanage. Along with Near, he was working to be L's successor. He killed the chief?"

"No. He was shot by another mob member. Mello blew up the entire building. We were lucky to make it out alive. The chief died in the hospital not too long after he got there. He died peacefully. Believing he son was not Kira."

I closed my eyes and covered my face with my hands.

"But he was. Surely he must know that now. What did he die for Aizawa-san?"

"He died trying to stop Kira. Just like Ryuuzaki did. They both died for something greater than themselves. They died trying to make the world a better and safer place. I know Ryuuzaki was trying to do this for you, and for your son. I could see….." He took a deep breath. "I could see how much he loved you. And I know he would've loved his son. He probably can see him from wherever he is and loves him more than anything."

I smiled a bit and looked at him.

"Then we have to make sure they didn't die in vain. Do the others know I'm back?" I said.

He shook his head.

"I'm the only one."

I nodded and he took me to Near.

"Light doesn't know you're here. I think we should keep it that way until the right time." He said.

I nodded and got out of the car. Two agents were there to meet me.

"I'll see you tomorrow…..please take care of my son, Aizawa-san."

"You can trust me. He will be safe."

I nodded and then went with the agents. I found Near sitting on the floor of the room.

"Near. It's been a long time."

"M. We've found him and you were right. Now Mello too will be avenged."

My eyes went wide.

"Mello!? He…."

Near just nodded and I fell to my knees. How many more people would Light kill before he got his way?

"Thanks to him we know for certain Yagami Light is Kira. And a false L."

I looked up and walked over to him.

"False L?"

He nodded.

"He took on L's name in his place."

I clenched my fists and shook with rage. I felt Near put his hand on my arm.

"L will be avenged. And you will be there when he is put to death."

I just nodded but that didn't rid me of anger. Near wanted me to be hidden until he told me to come out. He wanted me to be safe.

"L doesn't need to be an orphan like we were."

I smiled at him. He was about sixteen now, he'd grown up a lot.

"L would be proud of you Near. And Watari as well. You're a worthy successor." I said.

He gave me his boyish smile and I chuckled.

"I'm ready." I said.

"Are you sure?"

I nodded.

"I've been waiting five years for this. I want to see Lawliet avenged." I whispered.

He just nodded and we got into the car. Near wanted to get there early so he could hide me. The sky was dark from rain and I was easily able to conceal myself in the shadows. It was the longest wait of my life. When finally I did hear the door open, I looked through the beams. There they were. Aizawa-san, Matsuda-san, Light and another agent I didn't recognize. Near told me there would be another man outside the door, which was why he'd given me a mask. I put it on and took a deep breath. It was a long time before anything was spoken. After nearly thirty minutes Near turned and looked at me. I nodded and slowly walked out. Aizawa nodded and so did I.

"You didn't say you were bringing an extra person!"

I did not recognize this officer.

"I'm of no threat to you. I can assure you of that. I'm only here because Near told me they'd finally caught Kira. I only want to see Kira dead."

This didn't seem to make him feel better. I bowed my head and stepped back.

"Then why is she still wearing a mask?" Matsuda asked.

"Because she has a child waiting for her with no father." Near answered.

Near told us not to pay any attention to the man outside the door. It was very difficult but I did my best. The other began to shout in fear but Near promised them they wouldn't die.

"If you don't trust him then trust me!" I said.

Aizawa looked at me.

"Trust her then!"

Matsuda and the other officer looked at him. I remembered L saying that after forty seconds of having their name written, that person would die. IT was the longest forty seconds of my life. And just before it ended, Light looked at Near.

"Near, it's my win."

I narrowed my eyes and started to go forward, but Geovanni stopped me.

"It won't help. Trust Near."

If there I trusted anyone it was Near. I nodded and kept my eyes on Light. I could see him starting to get agitated and I smirked.

How does it feel Yagami Light?

Nothing happened. Everyone remained alive. Matsuda took his hands off his head and looked around.

"We're alive!"

I chuckled and shook my head. Matsuda would always be Matsuda.

"So it's safe for her to take off that mask." Light said.

"I won't be taking it off." I said flatly.

He narrowed his eyes.

"I'll tell you my name. Lawliet. My name is Lawliet."

"That's enough." Aizawa said.

"I agree." said Near.

I nodded and looked back to Light. It turned out that Near had managed to switch the real notebook with a fake one. Near was brilliant. I watched Light begin to fall apart. I couldn't help but smile.

"Yagami Light, you are Kira." Near said.

No one moved and no one said anything. Aizawa finally walked forward.

"It's over Light. And I heard you say 'Near it's my win'. That's as good as a confession." He said.

One of the agents walked forward and tried to cuff him.

"NO! Get those away from me!"

Light was backed against a wall. It was now that I took my mask off.

"Mariko-san!" Matsuda said.

I smiled at him and then turned to Light.

"I told you I would be here when you fell. It's time to answer for what you did to the man I love. And to everyone else. It's over Yagami Light." I said.

He full out glared at me.

He ran at me and Aizawa grabbed me. I heard a gun go off and looked back. Of all the people I thought would shoot Light, Matsuda was never one of them. My eyes were wide and Light stood there with a bloody hand.

"Matsuda! What the fuck!? You idiot!"

"How could you do this!? What about your father!?

"Father? Oh, Yagami Souichiro!"

Matsuda shot him several times and I ran forward.

"Matsuda-san! No!"

He fired once more and it hit the ground next to Light's face. I pulled him back and I walked over to Near.

"Please let me see that note."

He held it up and I touched it. I opened my eyes and saw another death god there. I looked at it and bowed.

"I am Mariko Lawliet." I said.

"Ryuk! Heiya!"

I smiled a bit. Though the situation was far from funny. I slowly walked back over to Light. I couldn't help but pity him. I looked down at him and could not bring myself to want to kill him myself. Once I had dreamed of killing him with my own hands, but now…..as I looked at this pitiful man on the ground, I couldn't bring myself to do it. He was lying there with bullet wounds, breathing hard and lying in a puddle.

"You took everything from me, from my son. Yet I can't bring myself to want to kill you. I hate you yes, but I believe you should suffer for what you did. You betrayed your father and you betrayed us all. Was it all worth it in the end Light? Did you get everything you wanted?"

I knelt down.

"You will die alone. And the only way people will remember you is as a pitiful man who wanted glory. You're nothing anymore." I said.

He spit in my face and I calmly wiped it away. I stood up and backed away. Tears filled my eyes and I turned away from him. Aizawa put his hand on my back and walked me away. Suddenly we heard a shout. Mikami had stabbed himself. In the confusion, Light escaped. Aizawa-san ran after him.

"Mr. Aizawa! There's no need to go after him. With those wounds he won't get far."

"Near…..I won't listen to you."

Near looked surprised but then looked away.

"I understand."

He, Matsuda and the other agent left. I looked at Ryuk.

"You were the one present at L's funeral were you not?"

"Yeah. I was there. I heard what you said."

I looked away and took a deep breath.

"Can you do it?"

"I was planning on it. This is good-bye then Lawliet."

"Oh before you go…."

I pulled an apple from my pocket and smiled a bit.

"A gift. When you write his name down…..you will be doing me a great kindness. I know you're not doing it for me, but I want you to have this anyway. Farewell Ryuk."

He smiled and ate the apple, core and all.

"Thanks."

That was all he said before he disappeared.

"It's over." Near said.

I nodded but I didn't look at him.

"Yes…..L has been avenged. Kira is gone forever. My son is safe and so is the rest of the world. This….this is what he wanted from the start." I said.

Near nodded.

"Now his wife and son are safe. The rest is up to you, to give L everything he needs. And I don't think his father is really gone. I think he's still here with us. Helping us through each day. I believe…..he'll always be with you and L. I don't think he'll ever leave you." said Near.

I knelt down in front of him.

"Thank you Near. For everything you've done. As I said before, I know L is proud of you. I know you will be a great detective just like him. And if you ever need my help you need only ask."

He grinned.

"For now just go home to your son. He needs you more than I ever will."

I smiled and nodded. He held out his hand and I took it.

"Good-bye for now my friend."

"We'll see each other again." he said.

With one last nod I stood up and left. I had a promise to keep. I went back to my son and took him to the graveyard.

I held L's hand as we walked to his father's grave.

"Okasan? Why are we here?"

We stopped at L's grave and I looked at my son.

"You know we can never truly see otosan again for a long time right?"

He nodded and I touched his little cheek.

"This is where your otosan was buried. This is where you can talk to him. He will always hear you."

He smiled a bit and touched the stone.

"Otosan….I miss you." He said in a small voice.

I smiled and knelt down.

"Lawliet….this is your son. His name is L, just like you."

"I have the same name as otosan?" he asked.

I chuckled and nodded.

"Yes you do. And everyday you look more and more like him. He would be so proud of you." I told him.

He smiled and turned back to the grave.

"Okasan named me after you! I'm going to be just like you otosan! I'll be a hero too!"

I smiled and stroked his hair.

"And a true hero he was."

I turned and saw Aizawa, Mogi and Matsuda there. I smiled at them. They'd brought flowers and a piece of cake to put on the grave. They came forward and L hid behind me.

"So this is L?" Matsuda asked.

I nodded and put my hand on his head.

"He looks like his father doesn't he?" Aizawa said.

"Exact image of him." Mogi agreed.

L smiled shyly and then moved behind Aizawa.

"He's a bit shy sometimes."

I picked him up and he hugged me.

"L this is Matsuda-san and Mogi-san. They were friends of otosan's, they're friends of mine."

He smiled at them and waved his little hand. Matsuda smiled and laughed.

"He'll be a great man like his father. He'll be brilliant like his mother." Mogi said.

They all nodded and L smiled.

"I'll be like otosan!"

I nodded.

"I know you will. And otosan is very proud of you, he loves you very much."

"He does!?"

I nodded.

"Yes he does."

I set him down and he knelt down in front of the grave.

"It's all over. Kira is gone and the notebooks are gone. Near had them destroyed."

"That's good. No one should have that sort of power except a death god."

"Yeah but I wish I never knew they actually existed." Matsuda said.

I nodded.

"But its over now. Our lives can be peaceful again. And I can finally come home."

"You're staying in Japan?" Mogi asked.

"Yes. L speaks the language and he needs to be as close to his father as possible…..and so do I. I only left to keep my son safe. Japan is my home and it always will be. And besides, my friends are here."

They smiled and nodded.

"I'm glad so many of us are still here. We lost Lawliet, Watari and the chief….but they've been avenged and they didn't die in vain. Our lives can go back to normal. But we must never forget the ones we've lost. They are the true heroes." I said.

Aizawa put his hand on my shoulder.

"Truer words were never spoken. And you're right. We must always remember those who gave their lives for the rest of us. For our children."

We all looked at L. He was still talking to his father's grave. He was telling him all the things he loved and wanted in life. My eyes widened and I gasped.

"Mariko-san?"

I turned and looked at the setting sun.

"Are you alright?"

I smiled and closed my eyes. I could feel L's arms around me.

"I love you. And L."

I knew his voice. I smiled and nodded. When I could no longer feel him I knew he was gone.

"I'm alright."

Good-by for now my love. I promise to raise our son as best I can. He will always know of your bravery and brilliance. And then one day I will be with you again. I love you.

We all stood there, the four of us and my son.

"Mariko-san, I found this when we were cleaning out the old headquarters."

I turned to Matsuda.

"I never saw that." said Aizawa.

He smiled a bit.

"I kept it hidden. I would've mailed it to you but I didn't know where you were. I knew you'd be back someday so I held onto it for you."

I smiled and slowly took the letter. It was L's handwriting.

"Where was this?" I asked.

"In his room, the one he never used. I wanted to make sure nothing was overlooked. It was on the table next to these."

He held up silver wedding bands. My eyes went wide and my hand flew to my mouth. He put them in my hand with a smile and closed my fingers around them.

"You may not have been married legally but you're still Ryuuzaki's wife. And I know he loved you." Matsuda said.

I smiled and threw my arms around him.

"Thank you Matsuda-san! Thank you!"

He hugged me and then I stepped back. I put the ring on my finger and opened the letter. I read it aloud,

Mariko,

I'm writing this because I know my time is coming. I wish it wasn't because I wanted to spend a lifetime with you. You are the most important thing in the world to me. And if I live long enough our child will be too. I know you're pregnant, and I'm so sorry. If I die before it is born then I'll have made you a single mother. Raising a child is hard enough but to do it alone….I'm so sorry. I know because I asked that death god about the condition she mentioned. She told me she saw two life spans when she looked at you. I knew you would want to be the one to tell me so I stayed quiet. I was…happy. So happy to find out I would be a father. Knowing it was you having my child only increased my happiness. I know our child will be as beautiful and talented as you. I hope you won't think I'm a failure, and don't you dare think its your fault! I knew what I was getting into when I took on this case. I'm doing everything in my power to protect you and the baby.

I know Matsuda will be the one to find this. He always did like to poke around. I hope he does, I know he'll make sure you get it. And I know he'll deliver it directly to you. He always was good in that way.

I love you Mariko. I love you so much! Tell our child that I love them more than anything and I always will. No matter where I am I'll always love them. If I'm gone then know I wish I was there with you, and in a way I always will be. I know you're right about Light. But there is nothing I can do without the proper evidence. I chose Near as my successor. I know he will catch Light and bring him to justice. I would have asked you to help him but now that I know you're pregnant I want you to leave Japan. Go somewhere safe where Light wouldn't think to look. I know you will want to be there when he's caught and I know Near and the team will protect you. This isn't good-bye, this is only the beginning. I will see you again, after you have lived your life. I want you to be happy, I want the baby to be happy, even though I'm not there. Remember me with love and happiness. Live a full and happy life. That's all I ask of you.

I love you Mariko. And we will be together again. Until then all I can say is I love you and you were the only light in my life. You gave me hope and the strength to do anything. Do that for the baby. I know you'll be a wonderful mother. And though we weren't legally married you were an amazing wife. You supported me in everything I did and you weren't shy and would put me in my place when needed. You made me the happiest man in the world. I'm thankful I was able to spend the time that I did with you.

Until next we meet. I love you!

L Lawliet

"So that was his real name." Mogi said.

I nodded with tears in my eyes.

"I hate to admit it but he's right. I did like to poke around."

"And I'm glad you did. I really am." I said.

They all smiled.

"You're welcome to stay with one of us until you can find your own place."

"If Matsuda-san doesn't mind I'll stay with him. I know you have a family and Mogi you have a girlfriend."

"You can stay as long as you want." Matsuda said.

I smiled and bowed.

"Thank you."

And Matsuda really did take care of us. L became attached to him. He saw him as a father figure. We ended staying with Matsuda permanently. L had refused to leave when I tried to find a house. Matsuda was always there for us, though nothing romantic ever happened between us. He knew that Lawliet was the only man I would ever love. He helped me put L through school and was always there to help him.

I could always feel Lawliet with me. His wedding band was always on a chain around my neck. He visited me in my dreams and I knew I would never truly lose him.