"Are you scared?" The question had come softly. It came in caring tones from a pair of lips that used to spit venom and spite. It sounded so much un-like Light Yagami, that at first L had thought it was someone else. Surely it was the caring husband behind them, speaking to his lovely wife. Or perhaps the big brother in front of them, speaking to his little brother. But no. The question had sprouted from Light.
L turned his gaze away from the tiny, oval shaped, plane window. It was five minutes before take-off. Most all of the passengers were settled. An infant cried from one of the rows farther back, but for the most part it was quiet. People were hushed and either involved with soft small talk, or reading. L had been doing neither as he stared out the lighted oval. Now, he had a question to contemplate.
"Why do you ask that Raito-kun?"
"Easy. You're biting your thumb." L blinked, looking down to the digit indicated. The tip of it was a bright, raw, red color.
"It looks as if I was." Light waited to see if L would actually answer him. But he didn't. So he took the initiative.
"You're scared. You've never been anywhere without Watari before. And you've never done anything other then detective work before. Plus, you're going to a totally new strange place."
"That's not bothersome in the slightest. You forget Raito-kun, I've been traveling all over the world for most of my life."
"Ah, yes, how silly of me. So then you're not scared at all. Oh good. I thought you staring out the window with such a pensive look was all for fun anyway. Looks like I was right."
"There's no need for sarcasm Raito-kun." Light huffed, and L's eyes narrowed. But very quickly, L's face broke into a small smile. This was exactly what he had wanted. Light saw it and blinked in confusion.
"What're you so happy about?" L was quiet for sometime. He wasn't sure how to express himself in words when it came to things like feelings. Especially happy feelings. It was part of the newness that was so exciting.
"I…enjoy bickering with you…as the new people we have become." Light understood then. Anything L did as Lawliet made him happy. Probably for the simple reason that he chose to do it and had no other reason for it. Light smiled mischievously.
"Is that so? Would you like to fight some more? How about if I called you fat? Would that brighten your day?" L snorted. Fat. That was a good one.
"Thank you Raito-kun. You're so insightful." He said with a returning sarcasm. Light could have thought of a retort. But he was more distracted with the little airshafts just above their seats. He twisted one of them, making it blow out more air then it had been before. L snickered. It was clear that this was Light's first time flying. Both were quiet for sometime as Light fiddled with the buttons, exploring. L watched him quietly for sometime, his smile slowly fading.
"Raito-kun…" he said softly.
"Hmm?" Light didn't move his gaze from what he was doing.
"Thank you…for comforting me before I drank the tea." It was then that Light stopped. He glanced over to L who had suddenly looked away and back toward the window. Light's expression softened. He remembered that quite clearly. In the investigation room, even in the midst of all of their acting, there were a few lines that had rung true. L had hung onto his tea for the longest time. He hung onto it even after the point of time when he was supposed to drink it. Light knew something was wrong. He couldn't have asked directly, but…he managed to get his point across by giving L's shoulders a squeeze.
At that point, L admitted, while still in character, then he was scared.
Light understood. The drug would make you nearly dead. And although L had shown no fear of death in the past, it was something different when you knew you had a new and bright future ahead of you. They had plans for freedom. In the past, all L had were more plans for more plans. That had been all. Of course he'd been scared to take a drug that had a small possibility of killing him. So Light had done what he thought was right, he comforted him.
"Hey…I've said it before. It'll all be all right." L glanced at Light then.
"I didn't need the reassurance now Raito-kun. I was thanking you for giving it before I drank my tea." Light smiled, knowing the truth. L was scared now too. He simply wouldn't have admitted it.
"Yeah, I know." Light would play along. Thinking the conversation was over; Light grabbed the magazine from the seat pocket in front of him. It was a long flight; maybe there was a crossword puzzle in it or something. Light flipped through the pages to search.
"God what?" He snapped. It was starting to get annoying. I mean, come on!
"…uh…" L seemed almost like he had been choked again. His voice would not come after such a snip. Light looked over to him, his annoyance clearly evident on his face.
"Spit it out! What? You want the aisle seat?" L sighed heavily, seemingly disappointed.
"Nothing." He turned away and faced the window yet again. Light let out a frustrated growl, then preceded to attack his magazine with a new found fury. Lord help that crossword puzzle when he found it because it had no hope!
There it was on page 24. Light then discovered that he had nothing to write with.
"URG!" He jammed the stewardess button above him. Then he snapped the magazine in front of him, trying to get its pages to unfold a bit more.
The stewardess came by a few moments later and was able to locate a pen. When Light got it he thought he'd feel a little better. But he didn't. He shook his head and started to work on his puzzle. But he hardly got through the first word when he felt that familiar tick in his brain. Yeah. It was all L's fault. He couldn't concentrate. He was way too curious. L must have done it on purpose. It was a plot to bug him all flight long.
The planes engines roared to life. Light thought he might try to ignore it a bit longer. But as the plane began to roll onto the runway, he couldn't help himself. He could hear L's annoying voice in his head. If he were to get any of his stupid puzzle done at all, then he'd be forced to ask.
"Ok! God! You win! What? What is it? What did you want to say?" L, as cool as ever, turned slowly away from his window, a look of obviously fake surprise on his face. Light glared. L knew he'd ask.
"What? You're still thinking about that Raito-kun?"
"Don't play with me! Just spit it out!" L tsked. Actually tsked at him!
"Such a temper. I don't think I want to tell you anymore." Light's face contorted, a vein making itself known on his forehead.
"Tell me L or so help me…"
"It's Lawliet. Now more then ever." Light paused in their argument at that. Yes. He would have to be much more careful. Even though no one knew L's face, they knew his name. Light had to say Lawliet now, or it would put him at risk.
"Yeah…" He said, most of his anger gone in that very second. "Lawliet…what were you going to say?" Lawliet hesitated again, as he had the first time. It only sparked Light's interest more. Slowly, a small, almost mischievous grin found it's way to Lawliet's face.
"Just that…not everything I did in the investigation room was an act."
The plane had gotten to the end of its runway and the engines began to whirr much more violently. The plane rocketed to life and began racing down the runway at top speed. Both L and Light held on to their armrests in preparation for take off.
It only lasted a moment or two, and then the wheels left the ground. They were airborne and on their way to America. The plane climbed in altitude until it became little more then a tiny spec in the sky to someone who might have been watching from the ground. Then, with only seconds more, the plane had disappeared entirely into the clouds.
Well, I hate it almost as much as you do, if not more. But the Friend or Foe is indeed over. That is the end. I realize that I kinda left a door open there at the end for another fan fiction to occur once they're in America. But I will tell all you wonderful readers out there that this second fan fiction will not be happening for a long time, perhaps not at all depending on where I'm going in life. Right now I want to concentrate on a fantasy book I'm writing. I really really would like to get it published once it's finished. If I do get it published, you will all be the first to know. Until then, I need to steer clear of fan fictions and work on my original creations instead.
There is hope however, for the fans. If you're into Zelda at all, I have a completed fan fiction sitting on my jump drive at my house. I plan to get it and upload it within the week. So if you're interested at all, you can read that. It will be titled "Gerudo Rebellions." Or you can check my profile to see if I have it up yet. Be patient, I have a lot going on in my life right now.
I also wanted to give special thanks to the following people:
Guardian Angel of Wolves, death by storm, IvoryCrayon, allaboutcontests, 30Kyu, Rem10124, vashsunglasses, inu-youkai 911, immortalhaldir, SMALLwhitelies, skogen, thenightwanderer, Peanuckle, SnufflesWillRise, Misao2003, millerthebubbles, hittocerebattosai, ElectricCamel, Sky Falls, DeathGodGirl, MeghanthePagan, MemoryLoss is now Sugarave, Xenia Marvolo and of course my sister, Diane for reading along with me.
Thank you all so much for reading my work. It means so much to me that something I created has influenced others, even if it was just in a small way. I hope it did something positive for you and I hope you will all always keep on reading!