This story is Co-written with my buddy I love Lawliet

Warning: L is going to be intentionally OOC for the first couple of chapters. This story will pick up on his life after the BB murder cases. Please understand that he was a very different man, before the Kira case. But don't worry, he will gradually develop into the L we're all used to.

Author's note: Hey everybody. Wow this story took forever to finally get moving but fear not it's finally on a roll. I'd like to thank my amazing partner I love Lawliet who is patiently co-writing this story with me, you're the best. And I'd also like to thank my beta midnight clear for all of her professional support, you rock. Of course I'd also like to thank you guys who so patiently kept checking my profile for updates on this fic, thank you so much, enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chapter 1

'It's finally over…' L thought as he leaned back in his chair, resting the back of his head on his hands. He grinned with victory as he looked at the screen of the computer sitting on the desk through which he saw the proud grin of Naomi Misora.

"We did it, L!" she said, "It's finally over!"

"Yes…" L responded, hardly able to believe that the case was finally closed and that Beyond Birthday was finally behind bars, "Thank you for all of your cooperation. I couldn't have done it without you" he said, and grinned.

"I couldn't have possibly solved it alone, either" she replied

"Thank you," he said again, watching her up and leave the room, thinking he would never see Naomi Misora again and if he did, she would never know it was him. He smiled at the irony of how after getting to know her so well, she wouldn't even recognize him on the street.

He pulled out his cell phone and pressed the speed-dial button. It rang shortly before someone answered.

"Hello?" asked the voice.

"Hey, Tanabe, it's me," he said, leaning back in his chair again.

"Oh, hey, what's going on?" she asked, "Aren't you still at work?"

"Just finished," he said with a grin, "So what are you up to?" he asked.

"Just…" she said absently, he could hear her typing quickly on the other side of the line, "finishing a few things up here" she said.

"Sounds interesting." he said sarcastically in a monotonous voice that made her laugh.

"You sound so weird when you talk like that, Lawliet" she said.

He laughed at how easily amused she was. "Anyway," he said, after she had calmed down, "What do you say we go out tonight to celebrate my amazing accomplishment?" he said dramatically.

"Sounds fun," she said, a smile playing in her voice.

"It's a date, then." He said, hanging up his cell phone before she could protest.

"Lawliet, you drive me insane!" Suiri murmured as she placed her cell phone back in her purse before picking up her 'work phone' as she referred to it, and hitting the speed dial button.

"Eden, it's me." She said.

"Oh, hey Suiri. Uh, now's really not a good time for chatting for me..."

"Yeah, I know you're busy, but I can't make it to our meeting." Suiri replied

"Really? But we had this all planed out! This really makes things a lot more difficult for me; you know you have the easy job, right?" Eden replied, frustrated by Suiri's bail.

"Yeah, yeah," Suiri said, rolling her eyes, "I'm sorry. I'll talk to you later."

Eden murmured something inaudible before the line went dead.

"Sorry, but it's gonna have to wait." Suiri said, though she knew no one was listening.

"So, what brought all this on?" Suiri asked as she sat at the table of one of the most expensive restaurants in the city.

"What do you mean?" L asked, playing dumb.

"Well, for one, we're eating at the most expensive restaurants in the area and as much as I like showing you off, all of the looks those rich girls are giving you are starting to irritate me."

"But this could just be because I finished the case" he said, ignoring her comment about his admirers. If there was anything in the world that L hated, it was people who drooled over him without even knowing his name, which he didn't give out easily. It took Suiri two years to learn his real identity since he usually just gave an alias.

"You never go all out like this for a case, this has to be important." Suiri insisted.

"It was a really difficult case." He shrugged.

"All of your cases are difficult." She said, rolling her eyes.

"So maybe there is a special reason behind this. But since you're being so difficult, I don't think I'll tell you!" he said, crossing his arms like an immature child.

"Hardly! You wouldn't go through all of the trouble of reserving dinner just to decide that you aren't going to tell me something important! You would have just taken me to Mc Donald's or something if it weren't something important to both of us!" she said.

"You never let me have any fun!" L pouted, realizing she was right, "Why do you have to be so smart?" he whined.

"Because you can't be the only smart one." she smiled.

"I like your dress." He said, admiring her black dress which complemented her red hair which was up in a bun.

"Quit changing the subject." She said, waving her hand, a slight blush appearing on her face. "So what is it you were going to tell me?" she asked.

He sighed, "Well, since you can't seem to handle any sort of suspense, I suppose I might as well tell you…" he droned on.

"Lawliet!" she scolded him for making her wait.

"Well, this case has really gotten me thinking, I've put my life on the line for this job far to many times…"

"Agreed." She added.

"And I was thinking about taking… sort of a break from it." He said, carefully reading her reaction.

"What sort of 'break' are we talking about?" she asked, suspiciously.

"Well, sort of a … permanent one?" he asked, hoping she wouldn't be angry.

"Are you serious?! I can't believe I'm hearing this!" she exclaimed.

"If you don't want me to quit, I won't!" he added quickly.

"It's not that, it's just that that's probably the last thing I thought you were going to say!" she said.

"What did you think I was going to say?" L asked, suspiciously.

"I don't know." Suiri said, turning her head away, trying to hide her blush.

"Well, whatever it was, it must be pretty embarrassing for you to turn red like that" he enquired with a laugh.

"Well it's nothing" She said with subtle finality as she turned back to him "So why the sudden quit? Aren't you going to miss fighting for justice?" She said playfully mocking him.

"Well it's not as challenging as it used to be" He replied wistfully. He would never tell her the real reason for his sudden leave, at least not yet.

"Well I'm glad, because now I can have you all to myself." She replied coyly.

"Is that so…" He asked smiling as he rose and stepped over to her side. He offered her a hand as she stood up by his side, hand in hand they walked out of the restaurant, the jealous eyes of L's admirers followed the couple all the way out the restaurant.

Outside of the restaurant L noticed that Suiri shivered slightly, he stopped to drape his jacket over her shoulders, warm and grateful she leaned in to kiss him gently on the cheek. With his arm around her shoulder they resumed their walk.