Aizawa and the others ran after Light. I looked at Ryuk.
"Hey Ryuk." he looked at me and I pulled out an apple. "Old habits die hard."
I tossed it over to him and he gobbled it up.
I looked down.
"I suppose this is good bye then old friend."
"It's sad, I won't get anymore apples."
I smiled a bit.
"I brought another."
I tossed it to him and he looked like he might actually hug me. When he was done he looked me in the eyes.
"Leave Yagami Light to me…. I know you want to die…don't. You have a purpose in this world and you're not done yet. Live your life, you'll be rewarded at the end, people like you usually are."
And with those words he disappeared. I fell to my knees and Near came up to me.
"He's right. And L wouldn't want you to give up on life. I'm sure he'd want you to live it to the fullest."
I looked at him with tears in my eyes.
"There's more to life than this. You taught me that. If you want to work with me I'd be happy to have you. But I want you to live your life. And L's still with you, you can feel him."
I nodded and dried my eyes. I could feel him with me now.
"Promise me you'll live your life. Promise me."
I looked at him again.
He nodded and I put my hand on his shoulder.
"I'll work with you. This is where I belong."
He gave me his boyish smile and I couldn't help but smile back.
"You'll start by taking a vacation."
I laughed a bit.
"Alright, but it won't be very long."
He grinned and nodded. I stayed at a hotel and then the next morning I went to see L. I stood in front of L's grave.
"I got him L. Near, Mello and I got him."
I knelt down and touched the cold stone.
"I wanted to die. I want to be with you again. But I know I still have things to do here. And I know your shadow will always be with me. You always did keep your promises. I love you so much and I always will. I know Mello is with you. I miss him too, and Matt. Eating chocolate will never be the same. Oh L….I'm so sorry I failed you, but I won't fail Near, I promise. I'll see you again, but not yet…not yet."
I kissed my fingers and then touched the grave.
"I love you."
I stood up and when I turned I found Ide, Mogi, Aizawa and Matsuda there. I sighed and smirked.
"How long have you been there?"
"Almost the whole time."
"Nyamo-san….you wanted to die?" Matsuda asked.
"I did. I wanted to be with L, but he's still here. His shadow is always with me. I can still feel his love, and Near was right, I still have much to do in this world. I won't be going anywhere yet."
They smiled and I felt their relief.
"Matsuda thank you for saving my life. I'm in your debt."
He smiled and shook his head.
"No you're not. I would've done the same for anyone here. We're family. We've worked together all these years, we protect one another."
I smiled and hugged him. Tears were in my eyes and I nodded.
"You're right. I just wish L, Ukita and the chief were still with us."
"They are. Because of you we all know that. We know the ones we've loved and lost are never far. And whenever you need us, we'll never be far." Aizawa said.
I smiled at them.
"You're all true friends. And Ide-san, I look forward to getting to know you better."
He smiled and nodded his head.
"And I you. I've heard a lot about you…Mrs. Lawliet."
I smiled. It was the first time anyone had called me that.
"I like the way that sounds. It's catchy." Mogi said.
We all shared a laugh and I felt L next to me. Kira was gone and L was avenged. My friends were still with me and so was L. We'd done what we first set out to do. I took a deep breath and closed my eyes as the wind blew.
"One day we'll all see him again. Though it may have been we who finished him, in the end it was L who killed him. He left us two successors. I only wish Mello hadn't died. Yes he did terrible things, but he was a good boy."
"Well none of them will be forgotten. And we honored them all with Kira's death." said Ide.
I smiled and nodded. I felt L's arms around me and I closed my eyes.
"He's here with us now. I can feel his gratitude." I said.
"You can see the shadows of the dead?" Matsuda asked.
"Sometimes. But I've only ever seen his. And he is grateful to you all, and proud."
They all smiled and I looked at L.
"It's time for you to go. As hard as it is for me to say, it's time. Your time in this world is over, but I know your love for me has no time limit. It's time for you to move on and be at peace. I'll be alright I promise. You'll see me again, you'll see all of us again. But for now, we have to say good-bye. A day won't go by where I don't think of you. Good-bye L, I love you. Always and forever."
I could see him. I could see his face as if he were still alive. He reached out and put his hand on my cheek. I put my hand over his and a few tears rolled down my cheek.
"Good-bye L, it was an honor to have worked with you." Aizawa said.
"Nyamo will be safe. You can count on us." said Matsuda.
I smiled and he leaned forward. I closed his eyes and I could just barely feel his lips on mine. When he pulled away I saw his lips move, but no sound came. He said 'I love you.' He turned to the others and spoke again.
"He's saying good bye."
He turned back to me and I held up my hand. He held up his and held it against mine.
"Until we're together again. I love you L Lawliet."
We smiled at each other and then he faded away.
"He's gone. He's at peace now." I whispered.
They nodded and I smiled.
"Well it looks like it really is over. I hope we'll still see you every now and then Nyamo." Aizawa said.
I smiled at them.
"Oh you can't get rid of me that easily. I'll be moving into my parents old house, it's mine now. I'll be inviting you all over for a celebratory dinner, and of course your families are invited. We will honor the ones who have fallen and toast to their victory and ours."
They all smiled and agreed. Even though L was gone from my sight he was still with me. I still had my friends and Near.
I went on to work with Near for the next fifty two years. When I retired I went home to Japan. I'd taken my parents old house. I didn't die until I was eighty years old. When I closed my eyes for the last time I saw darkness. When they opened once more I was not old. I was young and just like I was before L died.
There they all were. Ukita, Mello, Matt, Yagami-san, Mogi, Aizawa, Naomi and Raye….and standing behind them all was L. He smiled at me and I slowly walked to him. I reached out to him and he took me in his arms. He was real! I was finally with him.
"I missed you." he whispered.
I smiled and tears rolled down my cheeks.
"Oh L I've missed you too!" I cried.
He gave me a squeeze before pulling back and smiling at me. He kissed my lips and I sighed. I finally had L back and we had eternity together. He pulled back and stroked my cheek.
"I'm home." I said.
He smiled and I hugged him.