I really gotta do this now, because I am screwing up a classic story here.

Disclaimer: I do not own The Little Mermaid, Disney version or original, or Death Note. I'm kinda just screwing with it here.

"What do you mean?" Roger asked calmly, pressing his fingers together at the tips as he stared at Mello over them. Mello flushed lightly.

"I don't know, but if I can help..." Mello trailed off. Matt leaned onto his best friend.

"I'm with Mels on this." He said. "I back him up completely." Roger glared at Matt as Mello gave him a grateful smile.

"I don't care what you two think of this." Roger said, standing up. "There is no way that anything is changing."

"But if I can help---" Mello tried, but Roger cut across him, slamming his hands down on the table, making Mello and Matt jump.

"No, I said!" He snapped. "We cannot have this happening. For all we know, this whole thing is a lie!"

"Roger, Near---" Roger cut across Matt as well.

"We will find Near, but we aren't that desperate."

"Mello is!" Matt argued. Roger sat down again, shuffling the papers on his desk.

"I said no." He looked at them both. "And that's final."

Misa swam nervously into shallow water, biting her lip. When she broke the surface, two males were on the beach---a red-head with the name 'Mail Jeevas' over his head and the blonde's reading 'Mihael Keehl'. The one she was looking for. She lingered in the water nervously.

"It's all right, Misa." Mihael reassured. "Matt's not gonna do anything to you." Frowning slightly, she went forward as Mihael crouched down.

"What's going on, Mihael?" Misa asked softly. "Can you do something?" Mihael sighed heavily.

"Misa..." He whispered brokenly. Misa's eyes widened when he leaned forward.

"What is Mi---" She froze as he whispered something in her ear. Suddenly, her breathing sped up. "What?"

"I'm sorry, Misa." Mihael shook his head. Tears welled up in Misa's eyes.

"But...but Mihael said---!" She put her hands over her mouth. Tears starting rolling down her face. Mihael looked around, before leaning forward again. She looked at him with panic in her eyes.

"Go on, Misa." He whispered after a few seconds, pushing her back into deeper water.

"How did it go?" Kira asked worriedly. Misa took one look at him and wailed.

"They can't do it!" She cried, burying her face in her hands. Sighing heavily, Kira wrapped her in his arms.

"We'll figure out a way." He soothed her. "Even if they had agreed right away, it would've taken a year to get enough power stored up to bring Nate back."

"Was that wise, Mello?" Matt asked, watching his friend stare at the water blankly.

"It was." He said softly, stepping back. "It was the smartest thing to do, in a case like this."

"If what she said was true, then that was our only chance to get Near back." Matt protested. "And you threw it away."

"I know." Mello said softly. "Come on, Roger is going to be looking for us." Matt watched Mello turn and walk back.

"Know what you're doing, Mello." He said softly. "Please." Glancing back once more at the water, Matt turned and followed Mello.

All right, chapter 16. XD

So the story draws to a close! this is my shortest chapter. shocking. XD well, i don't think anyone was expecting this ending. Mello said no! *le gasp!*

thanks to everyone who favorited, story alerted, or reviewed this story. XD and thank you for sticking with me to the bitter end of "Along the Sea Floor."