AU. When Yagami Raito's family is murdered, the ten year old is thrown into a world of lies, where it is unsure of who he can trust and who is looking to finish the job. As he tries to solve the murder, he is thrown from home to home. Where can he go now? Future LxLight.

Mistimed Misfortune: Chapter One:

Yagami Raito was a precocious child. He was well above average at the age of ten. He spent most of his time in the library, reading books that most college students had difficulty understanding, and because of this, he was often bullied.

He was getting to the point where he was very much considering never going to the library again. But it was these excursions (so full of beatings) that saved his life.

"Goodbye, Mother! Goodbye, Father!" Raito called as he stepped out of the door with a bookbag full of books. "Oh, and goodbye to you too, Sayu!"

"Make sure you're home soon, Raito," Yagami Sachiko responded with a smile. "I love you!"

"Yes, Mother!" Raito responded.

"Onii-chan! Bring me a book too, okay?" Sayu whined, peering at him through her eyelashes.

The boy could not deny his sister when she pouted like that. "Alright!"

"Goodbye, Raito! Make sure you don't get into any fights. We don't want you hurt again," Chief Director Yagami commanded, affection seeping into his voice.

"Yes, Father," Raito waved as he began his walk.

Young Raito had no idea how much his life would change that day.

A storm was coming, and he was caught right in the middle of it.


Raito kept his head down as he neared the library. He flinched as a can flew off the back of his head, but said nothing, preferring to keep his tight-lipped silence.

"Hey, Tsuki-chan! Where're ya going now?" A voice called rudely.

Raito frowned at the feminine nickname with which he had just been dubbed, but did not respond. He only sped up slightly. Once he got to the library he'd be safe, and that was his goal. If he waited long enough inside, they'd all leave, and he could go home without bruises. Probably. The chances were high.

Another can bounced off his head as he threw open the door to the library. He ignored it. He had books to get.


Raito had a sick feeling in his stomach as he neared his home. The door was open, and immediately he knew something was wrong. He slowly entered his home, fear filling his stomach as he saw blood spattered on the couch. He slowly walked in and glanced behind the couch.

Hands covered his mouth as he tried to choke back his sorrowful sob. "Sayu!" He gasped. The six-year old girl's corpse was mutilated almost beyond recognition. A pained sob slipped from the chocolate-eyed boy's lips.

Loud pounding footsteps sounded from the stairs. Raito sincerely hoped that it was one of his parents, but he was quite certain it was not. Raito was 93% certain his parents were dead and that their murderer was the one coming down the stairs, but he couldn't bring himself to run and leave Sayu behind, despite her being dead. He approached the door, and the killer's face came into view.

A man with black, messy hair and dark eyes that seemed to flash red was half-way down the stairs, his lips twisted in a gruesome smirk. His white shirt and baggy jeans were blood covered, and his hand clutched a knife soaked in blood. Raito broke into a run, dashing away from the house. The man followed, and Raito contemplated going to someone's house for help. If I knock on a door and no one's home, I'm good as dead. If I get in a home, the killer could get in too, kill everyone, and I'd still end up dying, only with blood on my hands. He reflected.

"No. I shall get away on my own." Raito mumbled.

He could hear the echoes of footsteps behind him, but he daren't look back. Raito's and the murderer's heavy breaths echoed around them as Raito took a turn down an alleyway he knew would cut minutes off his run to the police station. Just make it to town, and you should be okay. Surely this man wouldn't kill in town. Raito shook his head. The crazy look in his eyes told him he would, and he'd get away, too. Police Station. Just get there, and you'll be safe. He can't get you with the police there.

"Hah, hah," Raito huffed. Just a little further, Raito thought, as he was now in very public streets. People stared at the young boy running from a man covered in blood with a knife. Why isn't anyone doing anything? Raito thought angrily. Someone should be doing something! Raito was beginning to lose steam. He panted more now. So close! He knew the murderer was getting close now; he could smell the blood. The building Raito was running towards was now within sight. Not even half a block!

Suddenly, Raito felt a sharp pain in his left arm. The raven-haired man had stabbed at him, and Raito looked down at arm, almost unconcerned. His family was dead; what would it matter if he…? No, I must bring him to justice! He saw the blood run down his arm, ruining his dress shirt. "Nyng!" Raito hissed as the man struck out again, connecting with his arm once more.

Ten more meters! Raito was too out of breath to call out, and more than a little dizzy. Seven and a half! The man seemed to realize how close he was to the police station, because when Raito risked a glance over his shoulder, he was gone. Raito didn't stop running.

His face was wet with tears and sweat, he realized absently as he ran into the headquarters. He hadn't even realized he'd been crying. His back felt heavy, and that's when the boy remembered his books. He hadn't even thought to drop them.

"Raito-kun!" One of the receptionists shouted. Raito recognized the voice.

"Mat-Matsuda-san…" Raito mumbled. "Th-they're all d-d-dead…"

He swayed as he began to sink towards the floor. "Ide-san!" Matsuda Touta cried, diving to catch the boy. "Dispatch someone to the Yagami household now!"

Matsuda barely managed to catch the boy in his arms. Raito mumbled, "Y-your eyes are m-much… n-nicer than… than his."

"Raito-kun, what are you talking about?" Matsuda demanded.

"I th…ink I'm going t-t-to sl-sleep… o-okay?" Raito murmured as he passed out.

Matsuda called to Ide once more. "Call an ambulance, too!" His voice dropped to whisper, "oh… Raito-kun, what happened?"


I'm sure you think you know where this is going. But I promise this is NOT going to be one of those stories where Raito's parents die and then he goes to Whammy's House, meets L, and they fall in love; YAY! No, that would be too simple for me to write. I like to confuse myself and make you guys think to figure the next move ;D