Disclaimer: Because I don't own Death Note or any of the characters... meh

Title: After Effects

A/N: A series of Death Note drabbles. Not necessarily in chronological order, and not related to each other. Set after the end of the anime.

I. The Unknown

He would have liked to share the last joke with Light, but it was prohibited; anyway, he doubted Light would have found it that funny – humans were particularly touchy when it came to their life span, even Light who (and Ryuuk couldn't have thought of a higher compliment) had a sense of humour benefiting a Death God.

Still, Ryuuk thought it was pretty funny that really it wouldn't have made much difference whether Near had caught him or not. After all, he had only one year, seven months and three days more to live.