Title: Final Farewell Part 2
Fandom: MelloxNear (implied)
AN: The second half of Final Farewell. Enjoy!
Near awoke the next morning, with a minor headache. As he opened his eyes, he saw Mello next to him, and was ready to get extremely confused, before he remembered what had happened yesterday. He turned slightly pink at the though of that, though simply pushed that to the side. Since the blonde's arms were wrapped around him, it would be impossible to move without waking him up, though he would need to get dressed soon. The members of the SPK would naturally be coming to him for orders, after all.
Mello woke to his arms being moved slightly. He opened his eyes and saw Near looking at him. "Morning, Near..." he breathed with a small on his face. Near smiled as well, "good morning Mello." He said simply, relieved that he wouldn't have to wake him up. He didn't want to get up yet, but he knew that he would have to in the next few minutes, just the thought made him tired again.
Mello sat up and stroked Near's hair lightly. "Did you sleep well, Nia-chan?" He reached into his pocket with his other hand and pulled out a bar of chocolate. Mello broke it in half and offered it to Near.
"Yes, actually." Usually Near didn't sleep all that well, and the times when he did were few and far between. Not to mention he often had nightmares and other such things which easily disrupted him. "You're pretty comfortable," he said fighting back from laughing. He took the chocolate Mello gave him, and ate a small square. He'd never had much chocolate before, but didn't mind how it tasted, though it seemed kind of odd to have it so early in the morning.
"I know I am..." Mello chuckled and took a bite out of the chocolate. "Sorry I didn't have anything else on me for you to eat." He looked around for the other's clothes. They were thrown away in the heat of the moment. "Do you want me to hide when the other's arrive?"
"That's fine," Near muttered sitting up. "But there's no need for you to hide, in fact I don't want you to." It really didn't matter, because he knew that no one would question why Mello was here. He took another bite of the chocolate, hearing it snap quite loudly.
The blonde nodded and reached for the small pile of fabric that laid a few feet away. "Found your pants. I didn't think you'd still be wearing rubber ducky boxers, Near," he said with a small laugh. Near flushed and took his clothes from Mello, "it's not like I buy them." He muttered putting his clothes back on.
Mello snickered a bit and found his shirt laying on top of one of Near's robots. As he reached for it, he heard something that made him freeze.
'Sir, Halle signing in. I'm on my way up.'
Near took his shirt from Mello and hastily buttoned it up, he hoped to god that there weren't any obvious marks on his neck. He didn't disable the security, because he knew that he had Halle's information on file. Halle, being an overachiever, just had to be the first one to show up.
"Crap..." Mello said under his breathe, standing up, "Why did she have the be the one to get here first?" He offered Near his hand. "Does she even have a life outside the SPK?"
Meanwhile, Halle walked through the door and made her way to the elevator. As she pressed the button, she saw Mello's gun near the door. Why would Mello's gun be there if - - The woman quickly headed for the stair, getting her own gun ready.
Near took Mello's hand and stood up, letting go quickly. "She just likes to show off her dedication a little bit," he said smirking lightly. "It's annoying." Mello sighed, "So then. I'll just stay here then. Halle won't do anything to me since I don't have my gun on me, right?" He looked towards the door and saw Halle running up to them with her gun drawn.
"Slowly back away from Near, Mello," she said, keeping her eyes on Mello.
Near nodded turning to Halle, "Put down your weapon. Mello is not here to kill me or anyone else. I am giving Mello some of our information since he can act where we can not." It was a good explanation and it wasn't entirely false.
Halle nodded and put her gun away. "I see. Sorry for jumping to conclusions, Sir," she said, bowing. Mello scoffed, "Maybe if you used that head of yours, you would have known I don't have my gun on me at all... but then again, you can't help being a dumb blonde woman." Halle looked up at Mello, "So, what does that make you, Mello: a dumb blonde man or a dumb blonde woman?"
"Mello, even if you didn't have a gun you can still kill someone. And both of you, don't even start acting like children. If anything is going to get done, it won't happen if we are having childish spats." Near muttered, completely unconcerned.
Gevvani walked into the room without announcing himself and it was obvious he had just been awoken. "Eh, what's going on?" He asked, looking from Halle who was obviously upset and Mello.
Mello scoffed. "I rather not get my hands dirty killing someone without my gun," he said. He hurt him a little to say that to Near but he had to keep a front around the others. Halle sighed. "Yes, sir." She turned her attention to Gevvani. "It's nothing, Gevvani."
Near nodded, understanding more than what was simply said. "Gevvani," he said unconcerned. "Did you observe anything unusual in Mikami's routine?" Gevvanni came back to reality, and instantly seemed very awake. "Yes actually, he went to the bank, his safe deposit box. He has never done that except on Wednesdays. I followed him, and found something very interesting. The notebook Mikami is carrying around is a fake, the real one is in his safe deposit box."
Hearing that, Mello made his way towards the door. "I've heard all I need to hear." He stopped momentarily and looked back at Near. "Thanks for everything, Near." The thank you came out as soft as a whisper and he knew Near would have heard it. He walked into the darkness of the hallway and disappeared.
Halle looked on with a confused look on her face, but decided not to question it. Near didn't quite understand, but he couldn't do anything about it. "Thank you Mello," he said quietly to himself. He hoped that Mello wouldn't get himself into any more danger, especially seeing that the case would soon be finished. "Gevvani I want you to replace the pages in both the real notebook and the fake notebook, and make sure no one can tell that's what you have done."
Gevvanni simply gave a curt nod, showing that he'd understood. "It'll take about a day or two," he muttered, knowing it wasn't of great importance but felt like stating it anyway.
Mello made his way to the elevator and sighed. It was best that he go on about his business and tried to forget that little moment with Near. The doors opened and walked inside, leaning against the wall.
"Sir, do you want me to continue guarding Takada?" Halle asked once Mello was in the elevator. "Yes, I want you to do so for a little while longer. It might be a problem for Takada to be alive by the time of our meeting with Kira, but as long as we keep her away it should be fine. She should not be a problem." Near stated this all very quickly, as though he wanted to get it out of the way. "I understand. I'll head over there now." Halle bowed and left.
In the elevator, Mello looked up at the ceiling. Don't think about him... he repeated to himself. Just thinking about Near in his weakest state, calling out his name made it more difficult for Mello to leave. He had a mission to do and he couldn't be daydreaming about Near.
Near nodded, both Halle and Gevvanni had left to do what they needed to, thus leaving Near completely alone. Rester was not here yet, and Mello was long gone. There was not much to do concerning this case, at least not until the meeting. He had to admit that he was terrified about meeting Kira face to face, because it was possible that he could die, at least he could die only if Gevvani failed to replace the pages in the notebook.
Walking outside, Mello stopped in front of one of the security cameras and looked into it. He had to tell Near the one thing that was on his chest. Near had to know.
"Near, are you alone?"
Near wasn't expecting that, but was certainly glad. He pressed the button, and talked into the microphone, "yes."
"There's something I need to tell you that is only for you to know. Once I tell you, erase this part of the security tape and some old footage of me leaving." Mello looked down for a second then back at the camera. "My real name is Miheal Keehl..." Near was temporarily stunned, he couldn't believe that Mello was telling him something so personal... "Mello... My name is Nate River." He muttered, knowing that he could trust Mello with it, especially since Mello trusted him with his name...
Mello nodded. "This is the last time we'll see each other. I believe that my next assignment will be my last. Goodbye... Nate." With that, he turned from the camera and leaved. He put on his sunglasses and headed towards his motorcycle. He couldn't let Near see him crying. Near had a feeling that Mello would say something like that. He held onto the button for a minute, "I love you, Mello." He muttered, knowing that Mello probably couldn't hear him, but it still felt like he was telling him anyway. He felt very cold and bit his lip, not wanting to get upset but not being able to stop it.
Mello stopped before getting on. He heard Near's words and the tears began to fall more. He got on his bike and started it. "I don't know if you can hear me, Near... but I love you too..." he said softly before driving off. Near, having had good hearing, was able to catch what Mello had said. This was enough to make him loose it. The tears he had been fighting back, refused to be held there any longer and flowed freely.
Continuing down the road, Mello noticed that it was beginning to snow a little. He picked up a walkie-talkie. "Matt, it's time."
Near's chest was hurting badly, he wanted to be able to do something, anything. Though, he knew that he couldn't, there was nothing he could do to stop what had already begun.
Mello raced to the meeting point, the pain in his heart growing more. Matt competently drove up to the point where Mello had told him to go. He was completely confused as to why Mello wanted for him to do this, and could see no point in capturing Takada now. What kind of information did he expect to get? Either way, he would just do as he was told, he was getting paid to do this after all. He rolled down the window as he approached and smirked as he fired a smoke bomb into the crowd. Create a distraction, that was all he would have to do. He quickly drove off, adrenaline flowing through him as he realized he was being chased.
Takada coughed and clung to Halle, her bodyguard always protected her in these situations. With Halle here, Takada felt completely safe, even more safe than the times she was with Light. Halle was a completely different kind of person, someone Takada really loved, no matter if it was returned or not. She wasn't even scared at all that the smoke bomb had gone off.
Mello heard the shots and raced up to Halle and Takada. "Get on," he said under his helmet, the tint hiding his face perfectly. Matt did a great job. After this, he was getting that game he wanted.
Matt was doing a good job of avoiding the cops for a while, though he knew he couldn't keep it going forever. He wasn't worried, however, for he knew that the cops wouldn't kill him, they weren't allowed to.
Takada gave a look to Halle, but her bodyguard seemed to agree that the best thing for her to do was to go with the motorcycle. It would be the quickest way out, she hastily walked over to the man and got on the motorcycle behind him. As soon as she was on, he began to drive. He began to focus on getting out of Tokyo and getting what he wanted from Takada.
Takada had no choice now, she knew that she had probably made a bad decision. This person could be a psychopath for all she knew, or at least an obsessive fan. She needed to see his face to be able to tell for sure. "Don't worry. I'll make sure you're safe..." he said. He needed to get her to the check point up ahead without anymore distractions.
Matt stopped the car as best as he could, with a great deal of screeching. He was completely surrounded, he had no choice. He stepped out of the car with his hands up, smiling almost confidently.
Takada didn't believe him, but unless she wanted to sustain serious injury or even death she would have to listen to him. Mello drove into the back of an open delivery truck and closed it behind them. He shoved Takada to the floor and pointed his gun at her. "Take off all your clothes." His voice was cold and emotionless. "If you want, you can wrap yourself with this blanket when you're done."
Near couldn't take doing nothing, if he couldn't interfere. He needed to at least watch, he turned on the TV and in an instant he saw Matt's car. And Matt's bloody body, he panicked instantly. It was possible that Matt could still be alive, and he couldn't call 911 from this number, so he quickly dialed the phone to call Halle. She was the closest person.
Takada look warily at the gun, "you really want me to get naked right here?" She asked incredulously, "what point will that serve," she wanted to add 'other than your sick fetishes' though she knew such a sentence could get her killed.
Halle quickly picked up her phone. "Yes sir?" She had followed the other cars in pursuit and was finally closing in on them.
"Yes, and be quick about it." Mello said, "I want to make sure you don't have anyone on you that may connect you to Kira. And don't worry yourself; I've seen women sexier than you."
"I need you to call 911 for me, the police have just shot Matt at the intersection of King, 56, and Broad there's a possibility he could still be alive." Near knew he didn't have to explain to her why he couldn't call anyone from this phone, and just hoped she caught on quickly.
Takada glared at Mello for a minute. "Fine, can I at least have the blanket before I take off my underwear?" She turned and took off her shirt and skirt with little effort, as though she was very practiced. She knew that the blonde might give her the blanket just to make her go faster, and that would be her victory. She had a piece of the Death Note hidden in her bra, she could slip it out when he wasn't looking and take advantage of it to kill him. "You can get it after all of your clothing is off." Mello said sharply, "Just put everything in that box next to you." For a brief moment, he felt a sharp pain in his heart and thought about Matt; he couldn't sense his presence.
"Of course. I can see some of the others leaving. I'm on it." She hung up then called 911, hoping for a miracle. Near hung up as well, knowing that Halle would get the job done. The cameras had moved off of Matt and were searching for Takada's kidnapper, Mello. He knew that it would be disgraceful to look away, he needed to watch. There was nothing more he could do at the moment, than keep watch, no matter how untruthful he knew the news to be.
Takada frowned, this screwed up her plans completely. She couldn't have the piece of the death Note, so she would have to rely on Light to save her. There was nothing else she could do. She took off her underwear and threw it haughtily into the box. "Are you satisfied? Can I have the towel now?"
"Not really, Takada. Didn't know you were so fat under all those clothes," he said hotly, tossing her the blanket. He opened the door and stepped out. "Stay quiet and I won't kill you." He slammed it shut and got into the cabin. Mello turned the engine and drove away.
Takada couldn't have been any angrier at that statement. She was not fat! If she had been, she wouldn't have gotten her job! The media was only interested in pretty girls after all.... "You bastard," she muttered angrily, "Miheal Keehl, you won't live through this you know. Someone will come and save me!"
As continued driving, Mello turned on the small television and instantly saw Matt's car full of bullet holes. He felt... guilt for sending Matt out like that. "Matt.... I'm so sorry..." he whispered to himself, pulling into an abandoned church. Takada wasn't talking so he had to kill her soon. He sighed, starting to hear bells ringing in his head. Near would have tracked him by satellite if he wanted.
Near continued to watch, though it seemed no one could find Mello. Ever since the SPK had lost its funding, there was no way that Near could track Mello down. There was only one option, and that was very limited. He could redial the phone, for the last person he had talked to was Mello.. There was no guarantee he would answer but still it was worth a shot... Merely to find out where he was, so that Near could prove him wrong. He had to do the best he could, and this was hardly best in any book. He hit redial, and knew that there was a good chance that it wouldn't get picked up or that someone else had used the phone since.
Mello's cell phone began to ring, but he couldn't pick it up. In the back of the truck, Takada clung to the blanket and her piece of the Death Note with Mello's name on it, shivering. Broken glass laid beside her feet and she had the emergency phone that was in the truck. She knew that there was only person she should call at that moment. She was slightly startled by the ringing of Mello's phone but shook it off. He got what he deserved.
Near didn't have to be told to know what had happened. He didn't need to go through the stages to get to acceptance, for he could simply feel that it had happened. It was an odd thing, really. But somehow, he already knew. There was no point in looking anymore. He pressed a few buttons to call Halle, and he didn't wait for her to say anything before he gave orders. "Mello is dead, and Takada probably is as well, I need you to go see if you can retrieve the bodies or not. In all likelihood they'll be burned, knowing how Kira works... But it'd be best to at least try."
Halle was leaving the hospital when she received the call. "Yes, sir..." She said softly, hanging up. Mello was gone. She sighed sadly for a moment before taking off.
Matt laid on a hospital bed, in a deep sleep. While there, he began to dream: the first time to met Mello, all the games they used to play, the times he had to separate Mello and Near... the last thing he saw was the last time he saw Mello and his last words to him. 'See you soon, Matt...'
Near had left the SPK headquarters and had decided to see if Matt had made it out of critical condition yet. He silently stalked into the room, and sat on the floor, simply watching Matt as he slept. Matt groaned a bit and opened his eyes. Am I really alive...? he thought, looking up at the ceiling. How the hell did he survive that hail of bullets? The vest... Mello's bulletproof vest. His body felt like lead, his arms and legs burned. He looked around a bit. "...Is... a-anyone here...?"
"I'm here, Matt." Near answered, he probably wasn't the person that Matt wanted to see but no doubt there was no one else to come here for him.
His eyes widened slightly and he turned his head. "N-near...? It's been a while..." He smiled a bit. "You've grown since the orphanage..." Matt tried to sit up but fell back in pain, "Ow..." Near gave a small sad smile, he didn't really want to tell Matt about Mello, and was hoping he could avoid the conversation for as long as possible. Matt just seemed to nice and to happy to tell. He would be crushed, it was his best friend after all. And Near knew he wasn't a consultation for Matt... At least he didn't think he was. "It's best that you don't move much, try to avoid using your muscles. You nearly died back there."
"Maybe talking to the police wasn't the smartest thing..." he chuckled, "At least when I get out of here, Mello's going to get me that new game I've been asking for. He said if the mission succeeded, he would." Matt took a deep breath. "Mello's bulletproof vest saved me, I guess. I really owe him." Near lowered his head slightly. "...Mello died..." He muttered, knowing that Matt would be able to hear him. "Takada killed him, and Kira killed Takada..."
Matt closed his eyes for a moment and fell silent. "I see..." he said softly, fighting back tears, "He told me that he had a feeling that either one or both of us will die today... I guess it wasn't my time." Two tears still fell down his face, "I guess I won't get to see L again for a while..." Near bit his lip, "it was my fault, you know. He died because of me...."
"Hmm? Whaddya mean 'it's your fault'?" Matt sat up a bit to look at Near better. "What happened between you and him yesterday?" Near deliberately ignored the second question and simply answered the first. "He died because he was trying to save me." He said biting his lip more ferociously. "Near, you didn't answer my second question. What happened between you and Mello?" Matt asked quietly, "I know that much already. That was the whole point of the mission."
Near didn't want to have to spell it out for Matt, nor did he want to talk about it at all. "Matt, think about it... Mello has claimed to hate me for about fourteen years, and then he suddenly wants to save me. I'm pretty sure you can figure out what happened." Also he didn't understand... If Matt knew that was the point of the mission, then why did he go through with it?
"I know... It was weird at first when he told me," Matt sighed laying back down and tried to imitate Mello. "This is our final mission, Matt: we're going to save Near. Someway, Takada got a hold of an image of him and is going to give it to Kira. We're going to kidnap her and get that picture back or kill her, whichever comes first." Near nodded curtly, "you knew that, and you still went along with it? You don't care about what happens to me, so why did you do it?"
Matt smiled and closed his eyes, "You could say I'm a loyal dog to Mello; I don't question an order, I just do them. And for your information, I do care about what happens to you. You kept Mello... happy and interested in the Kira case." Near hid his face behind his leg. He didn't want to be seen crying. "How long did you know?" Was Mello really that obvious about what he thought?
"From day one of the case..." Matt said, crying a bit. "He told me one night, half asleep. He really did love you, Near, but he was afraid of your reaction." Near curled up, holding his legs close to himself. "I'm so sorry, Matt."
"It's alright, Near... the best thing to do now is finish the case and avenge him and L." Matt wiped his eyes on his pillow and saw his goggles on the table. He reached over for them and smiled. Near nodded, hastily wiping the tears off his eyes. "That was the plan. If Mello hadn't done this, then I would've lost to Kira. There's no way I'm letting him win."
Matt sat up and placed the goggles on Near's head. "You can keep them, Near." Near gave Matt a confused look, as he took the goggles off his head to examine them. "Why are you giving this to me?" Matt had, had these as long as Near could recall, always the same ones. It seemed odd for him to give them up like they were nothing. "Just think of those as a security blanket for when you meet Light... It looks like I won't be able to go along with you." Matt said softly, laying back down, "Besides, as often I go through those, I have a few more back at the hideout."
Near smiled, "Thank you, Matt."
"I couldn't have done this without Mello." He picked up the blonde's fingerpuppet before placing it on his finger next to his own puppet. "Maybe it was because I lacked the action and he lacked the calm, but I always knew I'd never surpass L. Even if he never beat me like he wanted to, even if he never...." He trailed off for a minute before continuing. "When we work together we can surpass L..." He said it confidently as he watched Light. "Talk your way out of this one." When he saw that Light could say nothing he couldn't help but feel triumph. I did it, Mello.