Wow. Fourteen chapters (well, 13 and an epilogue) and nearly 25,000 words later, and we have reached the end of Half-Breed. I have to say, I'm not sure I ever saw it coming this way when I first started it (I certainly never expected Kira to be related to Light!) but I'm certainly happy with the way that it ended. I hope that all of you enjoyed this as much as I did, and I hope that you enjoy the final chapter!
Thank you for reading, and thank you to all of you who reviewed; without you guys, I don't think I would continue to write as I do. I owe you all so much!
Light smiled slightly, his fingers threading through the black strands that flowed over his lap. L shifted in his sleep, his body curling a little closer to Light as the vampire Lord gently pet his mate's hair.
It had been a few days since the final battle that had destroyed the Made that had threatened their existence. No doubt there were still a few colonies hiding out there, but without Kira they were scattered and divided. It wouldn't be long before the Pureblood hunted them down and exterminated them.
The vampire Lord leaned down, kissing L's cheek gently and smoothing his hair away from his face. L breathed in deeply, shifting against his mate again.
L had passed out not long after the end of the battle. At first Light had been scared, clutching his mate close and trying to wake him, but Sayu had come to his side, smiling and telling him reassuringly that L was only drained, and his body was attempting to replenish its energy reserves.
After hearing that Light had carried L back to the home that the elders had provided them with, cradling him close and opening their link to give L full access to his reserves of power. He was drained as well, but with the energy flowing freely between the two, they had a better chance of healing faster.
Light slept for a while, waking fully energized and feeling much better. L, however, had been sleeping for two days. Light wasn't worried, he could feel L's presence in his mind, and knew that the halfling was just fine, and would probably wake fairly soon.
L shifted in his lap, breathing in deeply and snuggling closer into Light's embrace. The vampire smiled, petting the black hair gently, his fingers tracing along the line of L's pale jaw. L's eyelashes fluttered, and then dark eyes opened slowly to meet the chestnut ones of his mate.
A smile came onto L's face, his eyes shimmering faintly. "Hey."
Light returned the smile, his fingers ghosting across the line of L's brow. "Hey, love. How are you feeling?"
"Still a little tired." L murmured, pushing himself up into a sitting position. "But I'm fine. How long was I out?"
"Two days." Light responded. "Long enough for everything to get cleaned up and moved out. The elders are still here, waiting for you to wake so they can thank you for your help, I suppose." The smile on his face softened a bit. "I'm so proud of you, Lawliet. You ended the war, you stopped something that the Purebloods have been trying to halt for centuries." Light leaned forward, nuzzling L's cheek gently. "I am so happy to be your mate."
L kissed his mate's cheek, a smile in his eyes. "I'm glad to have met you. If you had never found me, I would never had discovered who I am, or found the family that I have."
Light returned the smile as he pushed himself to his feet, holding out a hand to L. "Come, everyone is wondering how you're doing."
They walked from the room hand in hand, meeting the others in their small family out in the living room of the home that they were in. Sayu let out a happy cry as she saw the halfling, leaping from her place on the couch and tackling him. L laughed out loud as he wrapped his arms around the female vampire, the young girl that he had now gained as a sister.
"I'm so glad you're okay!" Sayu said, her brown eyes shining with happiness and she squeezed L tightly.
A second later L was knocked off his feet as he was tackled by a second body, Misa joining the hug that had been started by Sayu. The blonde was smiling happily, her blue eyes shimmering. "You were so awesome, Lawliet! I'm never seen anything like it!"
L grinned, lying on the floor as the two sat up from their positions on top of him. "Thanks Misa. But we couldn't have done much without your help, both of you."
They both returned his grin with ones of their own, but a moment later they were dragged off by Light. "Hey now, get off my mate!"
Sayu stuck out her tongue at her brother, but it was playful and full of happiness. "As you wish, onii-sama."
At that moment L looked around Light to see Watari coming towards them, a smile that was barely hidden by his moustache on his face. He opened his arms to the halfling, and L stepped into his embrace with a smile.
Watari held the young vampire to him gently. "I am so proud of you, my son. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help and bravery. Without it, we might have been in this war for so much longer."
L smiled. "I was glad to be of help."
Light shuffled his feet slightly as the two separated, and then Watari turned to him, concern on his elderly face. "I suppose you have some questions for me, Light."
The vampire nodded, bowing his head slightly. "Yes, Lord Watari. What Kira said about me… Was that true?"
"That the two of you are distant relatives is true." Watari confirmed. "However, although Kira is a Made, that does not make you one yourself. You are a true Pureblood vampire; Kira's blood had dimmed over centuries of mating between Purebloods. The only things that you inherited from him are your looks and your fire. In the end, I believe Fate was playing its hand; you were meant to be his descendent, just as Lawliet was meant to be your mate."
Light sighed, looking down. "I see…"
Watari smiled, putting a hand on the young vampire's shoulder. "Don't worry, Light. It doesn't make you any less of a good person. You cannot help your ancestry; it is not your fault. Simply be happy with the way that things are now, and go on with life."
The vampire bowed. "Thank you, Lord Watari."
The elder shook his head. "No, Light. Thank you."
A smile came to the younger's face, and he reached out to gently tangle his fingers with L's as the halfling came up to stand beside him. He met L's glimmering eyes with love in his eyes. "It was a pleasure, Lord Watari."
Together the two vampires turned, going to the window to look out at the sun as it sank in the distance. "Lawliet?"
L turned his head, his dark eyes meeting Light's. "Yes?"
Light grinned. "Come. The night is waiting for us."
A smile spread over L's face in response. "Of course."
And as the moon rose over the world, the two ran through the night, the silver light playing over their bodies as they moved, free at last from the threat of the Made, free to love and live in the connection that they had found in each other.