It must of messed up L even the slightest to know Matt knew a lot more then he did. Matt smiled in a little bit of pride, he knew more and he didn’t have to work for this knowledge, that was always his problem.
“He’s just trying to get back into the move of things I’ll have to assume, I mean Near and Mello fight so much it’s ridiculous. You can’t even tell they’re fighting. I’m glad I dropped out of that.”
“Perhaps Mello is experiencing the result of an imbalance in estrogen levels?”
“Ah, there you are. This family reunion has been a success.”
So he wasn’t planning to return as L?
What else could he be?
Shaking his head softly, he suddenly flinched from a sting that went through his spine. He fell down to the ground, luckily the boy stretched his arms to prevent himself from falling face first. He pulled himself up together and sat down, one knee folded against his chest as he looked up towards L, who was looking back at him with a dull yet curious expression.
L must’ve been curious what was the cause of the sudden fall—but Near didn’t care. He merely shrug it off and he started to twirl strands of white hair through his index and thumb.
”I understand, L. It wasn’t polite of me by saying all these things, you are L, and I am merely a successor of you. But, that doesn’t mean I’ll be thrown aside, I am not plaything, L.”
“….” That worried L deeply. What had just happened to the boy? A small seizure? Had he possibly suffered some injury recently? Or perhaps this was something that happened normally—a medical condition that he isn’t aware of. Near does not seem concerned as well, so it must be something that is not serious.
Out of respect for the boy’s dignity, L deems it worth ignoring; if it’s something detrimental to his health, surely Wammy is aware of it, and goes to lengths to make it better? As he reasoned with and reassured him self, L crouches down where he is. To maintain eye contact with near.
“Naturally. You are your own man, Near.” Although I technically used both you and Mihael to finish the case. “Perhaps we should leave this altercation behind us, and have Wammy bring us a snack? It is about tea time, after all. I would like to speak of events that have happened during my absence. I have been very out of the loop, so to speak.”
Matt sighed. He should of realized L wouldn’t understand any of this, he did die before Light was brutally killed. “You should do more research L, you’re a little behind on the information that has been spread around.”
“Mello left to go eat a few minutes ago, he was here with me before then, saying something about hide and seek. He’s a little off as well.”
“….” L stares at Matt for a few seconds, unblinking. Had he heard that right? There was information he isn’t aware of? That discomfited L, but he couldn’t afford to spend time worrying rather than working. He would have to do more research, as Matt said.
“Thank you for telling me this. What is wrong with Mello?”
“…Yagami. Kira…whatever same thing.”
“That is a false assumption, Matt. Based on Yagami’s behaviour after imprisonment, I would deduce that he and Kira are not one and the same; rather, on is the product of the other. The notebook is a catalyst for destruction.”
“However; that, too, is unimportant. Are you not with Mello?”
How dares he.
At the moment he didn’t care at all about L being back, he didn’t care that he was about to lash out towards L, he never felt like this before; his stomach was stirring with an unknown emotion which Near couldn’t comprehend and he felt like he wanted to punch a wall. But why?
Perhaps L thought of like a mere toy. Only to be fulfilling his job once he’s gone, but since he simply returned, that Near wasn’t needed anymore. To be thrown away, like a mere plaything.
Never would the albino accept that, never in his whole life.
That expression…had he somehow upset Near? Perhaps the idea of being tossed aside like a doll had somehow gotten into his head. It could also be possible that his attachment to and obsession with being “L” had grown into something all-consuming, his life now revolving around it. Certainly, challenging—although L does more than simply challenge—his new status would certainly upset the boy.
Perhaps this is a matter that needs to be dealt with more delicately. The last thing he needs is a genius child to turn bad guy and wreak havoc on the world—one of those was more than enough.
“Nate. I needed you and Mello. Without your help, and my removal from the case, Kira very well may have remained at large. I do not intend to come back as L—or come back at all.”
“Just as with the Kira case, the world needs not just one person to look after it. Please try to understand.”