Memories

Light had triumphed. All he had to do was to write down Higuchi's name on the piece of Death Note hidden in his watch, and victory would be his. The feeling of success washed through his body. Grinning manically, he reached for the needle…

Suddenly the Death Note was snatched out of his hands. His memories disappeared like water in a desert. Blinking, Light looked to his side to see L turn the pages of the Death Note. If he didn't slow his pace, he would surely rip it to pieces. Light stroke his hair back, frowning. He had a feeling there was something he had forgotten. Something important. But since it was forgotten, he naturally couldn't remember what it was. He tried to concentrate. What…

Without warning, the Death Note was suddenly thrown at him again. L had apparently found what he looked for. Light gasped as the memories came flooding back. He was Kira! And now he had won. He reached again for the needle…

And then Matsuda ripped the Death Note from him, commanding to know what all the fuss was about. Light sighed annoyed and ignored the frightened wail. For one moment there he'd almost had it, but then his thought process was interrupted and it had slipped from him. So annoying! Perhaps…

Matsuda squealed like a girl and thrust the Death Note at Light. No, not Light! Kira! He was Kira! Light grabbed the needle. Time to die, scum, he thought and laughed manically in his head. The laughter stopped abruptly as his father demanded to get a closer look at the Death Note. This was starting to get annoying. He almost thought he remembered, and then it slipped from him. He needed to concentrate, to get some peace, and perhaps then he could remember… and now his father wanted to talk to Higuchi, so he gave the Death Note to Light for safekeeping. Safekeeping! You idiot, you just gave the most powerful weapon in history to Kira! You're all dead, dead, DEAD…

"May I see too?" Watari asked from behind and grabbed the Note before Light got a chance to answer. Confusion hit him again with full force. Why was he laughing manically and ranting triumphantly in his head? He didn't have time for stuff like that, he needed to concentrate on the arrest… and couldn't just people give him some peace, now Watari was finished with the Note and wanted to give it to Light again…

Memories flooded back. Yes, yes, the world was his! Or would be his, if he could just get time to write. Just a minute, a small lousy minute to write down the name, was it so much to ask for? Apparently it was, because now L was approaching him again, he was stretching his hand out against the Death Note…

"NO!" Light roared and drew his hand out of reach. "Leave it alone! For heavens sake, I only need half a lousy minute to write down the name of this scum," he pointed to Higuchi, "and then the world will be mine! Mine! MINE! BOW BEFORE KIRA, YOU PATHETIC SUBJECTS! MOHAHAHAHAAAAA!" And he laughed his manic laugh again.

When L had gotten over the worst of the shock, he snapped the Death Note away from Light, who stopped laughing abruptly as his memories disappeared. "L!" he screamed. "I don't know what happened! Of course I'm not Kira! You know that, right? You would never…" L had a curious look in his eyes. Before Light really knew what happened, he reached forward and touched Light's cheek lightly with the Note. Light remembered. "RATS! SCUM!" he screamed. "Bow to your master, the lord of the world, your God! I'm…" L drew back his hand with the Death Note in. Light's eyes widened in shock.

"L! You know that isn't true! Kira is manipulating me, L! Please make him… GOD, I AM GOD! I'll kill you all! I'll write down all your names and kill you! You're at my mercy, all of you! I will not… Noooo! What is happening to me? I… AM KIRA! You've lost! Lost! Lo… He's manipulating me! You've got to understand… BOW BEFORE YOUR MAS… You know I'd never… I'M… manip… KILL, KI… L, please… ETERNAL, I AM ET… I don't…"

As they took a cursing and screaming Light away, L desperately tried to control his laughter. He hadn't had so fun in years.