Chapter 11: Mistakes

He paused.

He froze.

Oh.

Crap.

He was screwed.

Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

"Matsuda-san," the boy started in a neutral tone. The officer felt his heart beating faster. It was all over now. "Is there something wrong?"

"No," the man quickly replied in defence. "Nothing… aha ha ha…"

Oh god. Dammit. Calm down, dammit. Fiddling with one of the more delicate action figures, he smiled nervously to himself pretending that nothing had happened. Why was it so hard for him to calm down? Oh, I don't know… Maybe because I'm Kira and he's L and oh—shit.

He heard footsteps headed his way.

He gulped.

I hope this works. Before Near got any closer, Matsuda snapped one of the parts of the figure without the boy, or the camera for that matter, witnessing it. It was worth a shot. Please work…

"What…" The younger one began—and then narrowed his eyes at what he saw.

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"Umm…" The man stuttered, unsure. He was grinning at him guiltily. "Sorry…?"

Without another word, Near instantly snatched his toy away from the agent's clumsy hands. He began studying the damage done—and from the look of things, it wasn't that bad, luckily. Perhaps a little customization would do the job, and then it would be as good as new. Better yet, he could always buy a new one.

However, that doesn't excuse him for what he did, Near thought darkly.

"Matsuda," he began, glancing back at the anxious man. He wasn't sure whether the detective was usually like this or not. From what he had seen before, there was a possibility. Nevertheless, this event warranted some close inspection. Having said that, he concluded that perhaps the best course of action would be to let the subject have his way, make it look like he hadn't noticed. Putting acid in his tone, the boy said, "Maybe you should start with another box, preferably one that does not contain any breakables."

Matsuda winced at that, but he agreed nevertheless. Making his way to the stack of boxes, he looked for one that didn't contain toys or any electronics.

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Did he buy it? The agent glanced at the pale haired young boy. Who am I kidding? It's Near. He probably knows by now, or at the very least, he suspects me by now.

"I hope that you're plotting some way of getting away from those kidnappers," Ryuk interrupted. "I'm serious. They're really out there waiting for the first chance to nab you."

Good point, the investigator thought tiredly as he opened a new box. But how the hell am I supposed to prepare for a kidnapping?

"Can't you tell one of them?" Ryuk went on. The shinigami was aware that he wasn't going to get an answer, but he wanted to at least let Matsuda think about it. "Maybe warn one of your friends that you're being stalked and tell them you have a bad feeling about today?"

I would… But what if the kidnappers do come for me and they get hurt? I will never forgive myself if that ever happened.

"Or maybe you can live here."

Hell no. Especially not with Near and the SPK. I think I'd rather get kidnapped. Besides, Near already said we shouldn't. It might alert the spy and all that.

"Ok, this is getting boring," The creature announced abruptly. "You know what? I think I'll go outside."

Make sure you don't just pop in the next time you get back.The man thought bitterly.

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A few hours later…

Beep, beep, beep.

Near paused what he was doing and reached for the intercom button.

"What is it, Gevanni?"

'We detected a group of people outside when we were inspecting the cameras.'

"Is that so?"

'Yes. They've been there for at least an hour now, or perhaps even longer.'

"Any clues as to what their motives might be?"

'Nothing clear as of yet.'

"Any suspicions?"

'Well, based on our observations, they're not just here for surveillance. However, they're probably not here for an attack either. They don't have enough men for that.'

"A kidnapping perhaps?" Near suggested, as he twirled his hair.

'Most probably.'

The boy thought for a moment. He gave Matsuda a quick side glance and then sighed. Reaching for the button once again, he responded, "Make sure that the NPA members remain inside, for now. Also, please contact everyone and tell them to meet me here."

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"Kidnappers?" Yamamoto asked, incredulous.

"Yes, it appears that one of you might be the target," L responded. "Think about it: someone's been spying on you for weeks. It should not come as a surprise if they finally decided to abduct one of you for information."

"Then, what do you want us to do?" Ide asked.

"Stay here, for now."

"But I thought that that would alert the spy?" Matsuda cut in.

"We don't really have a choice now, do we?" the boy countered. "I any case, I already called a team to apprehend these men. They're beginning the operation as we speak."

"Wow. That was fast…" Matsuda commented in astonishment. "Does that mean we won't have to stay here for long?"

"No. None of you are allowed outside until I say so," the white haired boy said as he twirled his hair. "Even if we capture everyone from this suspicious group, they may still send another team to abduct anyone of you."

"That makes sense." Ide nodded in agreement.

"Yeah, I guess so." Matsuda sighed.

"L," Aizawa suddenly said. "There's something I need to discuss with you—alone, if that's ok."

The boy looked at him curiously, and then nodded. He motioned the rest of the group to leave.

Silence.

"So, what is it that you wanted to talk about?"

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Matsuda seated himself in the lobby, waiting for Near and Aizawa to finish. He didn't really have anything else to do. He couldn't go outside—thankfully, and the only task that was given to him was to unpack the new L's belongings. So really, what else could he do but wait?

The rest had disappeared off to somewhere, but Lester remained, standing still across the room, just in case Near needed anything else. Matsuda tried to ignore the tall fellow, but he was starting to get anxious. Leaning onto the armrest of the sofa, the investigator pretended to yawn.

"Yeeesh, you better give me some apples later," Ryuk said, as he phased through the wall. Matsuda knew better now than to make any sort of suspicious movement, so closed his eyes, pretending to rest. He simply waited for the shinigami to continue. "Guess who got one of those kidnappers to trip in front of a camera?"

Thanks, Ryuk… I guess... The detective thought. Too bad I'm stuck here though… No apples for you.

RIIIIIIIIIING!!!!!

Instinctively, Matsuda reached for his pocket.

"All mobile phones are to be switched off," Lester reminded him.

"Yeah—I know, sorry," the younger man replied quickly, smiling apologetically. Before putting it away, he took a quick glance to see who the caller was…

Sayu…?

The doors to the meeting room suddenly opened, and out came Aizawa and Near.

"Matsuda-san, I apologise for the lack of an explanation, but may I please have your phone?"

The investigator stared at the young boy, perplexed. He looked at Aizawa, but his superior merely nodded. Reluctantly, Matsuda handed his mobile over. What's going on?

"Lester, please give this to Gevanni," The boy gestured at the phone. He'll know what to do."

"Yes, sir," the tall man replied, taking the object from Matsuda's hands. Without another word, he left the room.

"What's going on…?" The bewildered officer timidly asked.

"There's been a new development," Near quickly replied. "Everyone's mobile phones are to be monitored constantly from now on. The rest are being briefed about this as we speak."

"Huh? Wait, what?"

"Just do what he says." Aizawa urged seriously.

"L, Gevanni's done," Lester reported as he strode into the room. He handed back Matsuda's phone. "The whole thing is set."

"Eh? What's going on?"

"From now own, you will all have to answer every call that you receive. Gevanni and I will be constantly monitoring all the conversations." Near quickly explained.

"Oh… So we can have our phones turned on, even in this building now?"

"Yes."

Sayu…

"Can I call someone then?"

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"I've infiltrated the main building of The Daylight Corporation."

'Great job. Now, there should be a computer room there where they keep a list of their recent activities,' the voice in the phone informed. 'I'd like you to keep me updated on what they've been up to for the past few days, especially activities that could possibly be connected to us or Kira.'

"Yes ma'am," Adam replied. He shifted his hold on the weapon he'd stolen from a guard a while ago. "Is there anything else, Alexia?"

'No. That will be all for now.'

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RIIIIIIIIIING!!!!!

"Who is it?"

"It's him."

"Ha. Right on cue." The man looked at his colleague and then at the girl on the floor. Smirking, he took the girl's phone from the other guy and answered it. "Touta Matsuda, right? We have the girl. So, if I were you, I'd listen very closely."

To be continued…

Author's Note: Confusing? All I have to say is that there are more than two sides here. Also, you still remember Alexia and Adam, right? If not, think back to Chap 4. Anyways, I hope you guys aren't mad for the long hiatus. D: