A/N: Woohoo! The finally chapter of this story. This will be the FIFTH story I've completed. So yeah, I'm excited. I'm glad I got so many reviews last chapter and thanks to those who voted in the poll. I also want to thank the reviewers badkidoh, Maniacal Muffins, Anonymous, GBAgentOtaku, Demon, Youkai Godess, and Selene from the last chapter. I hope this ending will satisfy everyone. Just to let you know, I purposely named this chapter after the final volume of Death Note. Anyway, enjoy this final posting.

BOOK OF EXISTENCE

CHAPTER 16

:Finis:

Thorn leaned against the dresser, staring at the notebook in her hands. For once, she was the pivoting point; for once, she had complete control of not only her life but others as well. The thought of destroying some of those lives was overwhelming though. She wished Light was here. He would have no problem doing the job. He wasn't attached to any of them in the slightest. He could easily discard them whenever. She now wondered if Light could do the same to her.

She heard Gevanni's voice but she couldn't answer him, not when she was thinking of doing the worst thing possible.

"What's taking you so long?" Ryuk asked, anxious to see the end of Light's greatest enemies.

Instead of answering, Thorn posed a question of her own. "If someone loves you, it's bad to hurt them as oppose to someone who doesn't, right?"

"Do you honestly think shinigami love, Thorn?"

She suddenly thought of Milos.

"Some do, Ryuk."

"Well, I'm not one of them," Ryuk replied. ". . . Do you love Light?"

"Why should that affect my decision?"

"Then why should your feelings for Gevanni affect your decision?"

Thorn sighed and walked over to her bed with the notebook. She could still hear the yelling on the other side of the door. She tried to tune it out with her own thoughts as she closed her dark eyes and lied on the bed. She lied down and stared blankly at the ceiling. Then, almost inaudibly, she sang:

"Careful what you do
Cause God is watching your every move
Hold my hand in the dark street
For if you do I know that I'll be safe . . ."

At that point her voice trailed off and she started to hum the rest of it, unable to remember the rest of the words. Eventually she became silent to think quietly to herself. Soon she sat up and reached for the notebook.

"I've stalled long enough," she announced as she flipped the Death Note to a fresh page.

Ryuk smirked. "Oh, that was what you were doing the last twenty minutes?"

"I'm doing this because I owe Light," Thorn said. "He didn't have to go through all that trouble to save me that night. Plus, I promised him that I would do this."

"You don't have to save Light; just kill all those who oppose you and you can be Kira."

Thorn quickly shook her. "I have to set him free. The world will need a Kira and after today, I won't stick around for the revolution. I can't live with myself once I kill them all."

All of them have some sort of family so I can't discard their bodies anywhere, she thought. Even when she had to dispose of people, she tried to cling onto some sort of humanity. It has to be somewhere where they could be found and the family would know.

Thorn thought about every scenario and tried to cover as many loopholes as possible. There was that "What if Near doesn't have the key to set Light free?" She didn't want to take any risk and screw up her one chance to save Light. Finally, after a minute of plotting, she pressed the pen toward the paper and started writing.

Shuichi Aizawa. If he has the key to get Light Yagami out of his cell, he will set Light free. If anyone stands in his way, he will gun them down. Whether he can or cannot do these things, he will definitely go home and enjoy the afternoon with his family after stopping by the Task Force HQ to destroy all documents pertaining to the Kira Case. On January 3, 2016, at 11 p.m. he will die of a heart attack.

Hideki Ide. If he has the key to get Light Yagami out of his cell, he will set Light free. If anyone stands in his way, he will gun them down. Definitely will go home January 3, 2016 and take an overdose of drugs at 11 p.m.. He will die from it.

Kanzo Mogi. If he has the key to get Light Yagami out of his cell, he set will Light free. If anyone stands in his way, he will gun them down. Goes home January 3, 2016 and have heart attack at 11 p.m.

Touta Matsuda. If he has the key to get Light Yagami out of his cell, he will set Light free. If anyone stands in his way, he will gun them down. Regardless, commits suicide on January 3, 2016 in his home at 11 p.m.

Shinsuke Yamamoto. If he has the key to Light Yagami's cell, he set will Light free. If anyone stands in his way, he will gun them down. Has heart attack on January 3, 2016 at 11 p.m.

Nate River. January 3, 2016, set Light Yagami free, handcuffs and sends the man on his way home. Then he will destroy all information pertaining to the Kira case. Takes the next plane back to his home and dies of a heart attack on January 4, 2016 at 9 a.m.

Thorn took a deep breath and glanced at the alarm clock on her nightstand. It was only three-twenty in the afternoon. She turned back toward the notebook.

Anthony Carter. On January 3, 2016, heads toward the hotel he's staying at 3:22 p.m. In the hotel lobby, he dies of a heart attack.

She bit her lip, knowing the final name she had to write down.


Light didn't reach the apartment until after six o'clock. He was surprised to find the door open. Then he realized that it was probably open because of Gevanni or Rester breaking into the place. He was sure that they were gone.

Like Near. He could still see those dead coal eyes as Near opened the cell and unlocked the handcuffs. Then Near saying he lose was the final touch that Thorn provided. Light decided he would give his kudos to the woman the moment he saw. Afterward, he would have to figure what do with her. He wasn't going to kill her; no, he couldn't. She might come in handy in the future. So far, she had proven how reliable of an asset she was.

The man walked inside and looked around for the woman. He didn't see her in the kitchen or in the living room. So he headed to her room, figuring that was where she would be. Though he found it odd that she wasn't out here waiting for him.

Light saw Ryuk in the hallway, munching greedily on an apple. At the base of the shinigami feet was a pile of apple cores.

"Where's Thorn?" Light asked.

Ryuk threw the core into the growing pile. "Probably dead."

"What?"

"She said she wanted to die. I haven't heard from her in the last hour or so."

Light opened her bedroom door and stopped there.

Thorn quickly looked up from her knees, her face streaked with tears and mascara. She seemed surprise to see him so soon. She glanced at the pills and the knife on her bed, thinking about hiding the items under the covers quickly. But then she saw Light was already eying the knife and pills, his mind working, and so she did not bother to hide the discriminating evidence.

"Kill me," she said, skipping all greetings and getting straight to the point. "I don't want live anymore but I can't take my own life. Since you know where the Book of Existence is, I want you to do it for me."

After a good moment, Light asked, "Why?"

Her dark eyes looked at the bare wall next to her. "I feel guilty."

"Why don't you just give up ownership of the notebook? You won't remember being responsible for their deaths."

"That would be lying to myself," she muttered. She looked at him. "This is the last favor I want. So please, just kill me."

Light stared at the floor, trying to keep calm. Thorn could not be serious. He needed her to be around for a few good reasons. One, she was still part of society while he was not. At least, not until he registered himself into the system under a new name. But until then, she was a necessary link to the world that acknowledged her existence. Second, the woman was as honest as they came and it wouldn't be easy to find some to replace her. If for some reason another L clone appeared, he needed someone he could trust without worrying about betrayal. And as a plus, Thorn knew what she had to do without him saying a word. She was thorough and careful. She was still valuable; therefore he still needed her.

Thorn got off the bed, walked over to the man, and grabbed his arm gently. Their eyes connected.

"Yagami, please," she pleaded.

"No," Light said. Feeling her nails digging through his shirt, he turned away and stared out into the hallway to collect his thoughts. "Let's put it this way," he said. "If you really did believe you should die, then you would have killed yourself by now. Saying that you do deserve to die would be lying, wouldn't it?"

"But-!"

Light stared into her eyes. "If it makes you feel any better, I want you around."

Thorn looked away, not sure what to say. She had been so certain that this was what she had wanted. Now, she only doubted that. She let go of his arm and walked over to her bed, where she lied down and brought the sheets up to her neck. Light came over and took the knife and pills. Apparently, he didn't trust her with them in the room. The two briefly looked at each other and Thorn rolled over to face the wall.

To say that she hated Light Yagami would be lying to herself as well.


Late July . . .

"It's been a year," Thorn said, absentmindedly.

Light raised an eyebrow. "What do you mean?"

"Since we first met."

Light looked at the calendar and saw today's date. To think that it was already a year. So much had happened in that short span of time. From the time he came back to life to the time they moved to northern Tokyo. The only reason Thorn got a new apartment was because Light suggested it; he figured a fresh start would help her out of her depression. Thorn had to get a new job and new friends; Light had gotten a new identity as 'Light Asahi' and a part-time job. With a part time job, he could dedicate some time to being Kira. Not like he needed to be Kira often.

The world's crime rate had dropped substantially over the last several months. Light only had to get rid of one or two criminals a day, just to remind the world that Kira was still around and wasn't going anywhere for a long time. So pretty much, he had a lot of free time to do whatever he wanted. Some times during that free time, he decided to hang out with Thorn.

"You want to go out to celebrate? Got out to the movies maybe?" Thorn asked.

Light nonchalantly shrugged. "Sure."

Thorn cracked a tiny smile. "I'll get ready then," she said and went to her room.

Ryuk appeared next to Light. "She seems happy."

"We're going out," the man explained.

Ryuk chuckled. "That's interesting. You and Thorn, now on good terms. Weren't you two trying to kill each other a year ago?"

"Things changed. I got what I wanted. She got what she wanted."

Ryuk snorted. "What's the movie?"

"You're not coming with us," Light said. "You're going to the shinigami realm."

"You want a sixth Death Note?"

"I don't need another Misa popping up anytime soon."

"Fine," Ryuk replied. "I was getting a little bored down here anywhere."

The shinigami took off and Light went to get ready.


Twenty minutes later, Light and Thorn were walking down the crowded sidewalk in silence, glancing around and examining the things they usually hurried past. Today, they were at ease and relaxed, not worried about the pain of work or the tiny little problems of the world. Light slowed down outside an electronic store. For the window showcase, large plasma televisions were displayed. All of them where tuned onto the Kira Network, the channel dedicated to all things Kira. The station had came out two months ago when it became that a majority of the world either feared or supported Kira. He had seen several segments where people name others who had done something, preferably criminals.

On all the screens was a middle-aged man wearing elaborate robes and talking into a microphone.

"Kira, I want to let you know I'm willing to be the messenger of your word! Choose this station to be your spokespeople! We . . ."

It's like they turned Kira into a religion, Light thought.

"You never did choose," Thorn said, her dark eyes on him.

Light continued watching the program, sighing. "I'll get to it eventually."

"You don't seem happy about the idea," she said, examining his expression. "I thought this is what you always wanted. Are you bored without Near?"

Light shook his head. "That's not it. This is what I wanted. No 'L' or Near to stand in my way. The world's not perfect yet but it will be soon." He looked at the woman, seeing that she was still staring at him. "Maybe I should get a queen soon," he added with a smirk.

"That's nothing to joke about," Thorn said.

Smirking, he looked back at the television screens. "You're right. It isn't."

He continued down the sidewalk, forgetting about the program. The channel, after all, was dedicated to Kira twenty-four-seven. If he really wanted to watch it, he could do that later. Thorn lingered in front of the electronic store before rushing to catch up to him. She slowed down once she reached his side. The man glanced at her, catching her gaze. Thorn looked away first and said:

"I'm glad you agree with me, Light."