Author's note: yeaa... i think the next chapter might be the last. i'm not sure, I need to decide exactly what should happen.


The task force was silent.

Matsuda spoke first. "What?"

"You killed him?" the man sitting at the table questioned.

"um… yeah," Mello confirmed.

"WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU DO THAT?" the guy with the afro shouted.

"He chose Near to be his successor and not me!" Mello shouted back.

"Yeah, I wonder why!" Everyone else looked on this argument with astonishment. "You're not exactly able to assess the situation calmly, are you!"

"Aizawa, Mello!" The chief cut in again. "Stop fighting!"

Aizawa and Mello stopped yelling, but stood there glaring at each other.

"If you guys were supposed to be L's successors, maybe you should help here," Light suggested.

"Are you insane? I can't work with this guy," Mello and Aizawa said in unison.

"Actually, I think it's a good idea," Matsuda said.

"As long as these two can get along," The man sitting at the table looked pointedly at Aizawa, who sighed.

"Fine. I'll do it," he said. "But this is probably not going to work."

Matt, Mello, and Near were being shown all the data the task force had collected. "Can you get a list of suspects for us?" Light asked.

Near nodded. "Yes." He got right to work, typing on the screen.

Mello sat at his own computer. "You do the same, and we'll compare your lists." Light's father, Soichiro Yagami had said.

Several hours later, both Mello and Near were done with their lists.

"So, who's on them?" Matsuda, always eager to know, asked.

Mello and Near looked at each other's lists. They had the same people in different orders, but at the top of both of their lists was the same name. Mello told them that.

"Who's at the top?" Light said, smiling.

"Um," Mello said, hesitant. Near looked at Mello, then at Light.

"You," he said.

Aizawa and Mogi looked at each other. Soichiro's eyes widened. "No… It can't be…" he rested his head on his hands. "He's right…"

Mello looked around at the task force. "Who's right?" he asked.

Light's stood up. "Look, that doesn't matter!" he said, "I'm not Kira!"

"All the evidence points to you," Near said. "You came to the task force to keep the investigation away from you. You had a connection to the police right when Kira used it. It was you that Raye Penber was following right before he died."

"I know it all looks bad! But I'm not Kira!"

"What use is one testimony against all evidence?" Mello asked.

"I'm not Kira!" Light yelled.

"Light," Soichiro looked up at the wall. "Both of L's successors decided you're Kira. That makes three people."

"Yeah, Light, three strikes, you're out," Matsuda sighed.

"There's no real proof that I'm Kira!" Light argued. "Do you know how he kills?"

"No, and that's the only reason you're not going back in confinement," Aizawa looked at Light. "I'm sorry, but you can't be part of this task force anymore."

Light was silent. He glared at Mello and Near, and grabbed a black bag. He turned around and left.


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