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Light was furious. Beyond furious. Hell, Light didn’t think there was even a word for his level of anger. Not in any of the four languages he was already fluent in, and he was fairly sure Italian (which he was currently studying) wouldn’t yield any results either.
No, there was simply no word in existence that could describe just how angry he was right now.
L had chained him to the fucking bed post.
Now, Light was not one who normally resorted to the fouler aspects of the English language, in fact he was a firm believer that only those with little or no imagination used the crude vocabulary.
He was also fairly sure that this case warranted the use of every single foul word he knew.
Sure, L had attached his end of the handcuffs to various stationary objects before, indeed, the very same bedpost had seen the gruelling grasp of the metal seal before. But in every single one of those cases before now L had made certain to wake Light and warn him about what he was going to do. After all, it was not only common courtesy, but both L and Light were quietly aware of the second, slightly more complex reason.
Light had become… accustomed to having L in easy reach.
He groaned and bent his head into the pillow, intent on smothering himself before thinking of the… sticky… reasons for that. Since L did not appear to be anywhere nearby right now, Light didn’t really want to get himself into the position where he may… ah, “require” him.
Back to the problem, Light growled with frustration, sliding his chin forward to free one eye to glare at the current source of his woes. He pulled half-heartedly at the cuff, knowing that however hard he tried, the steel simply would not break under his will.
So he was more than a little shocked when the metal simply slid open.
Swiftly sitting up in disbelief, Light watched with complete amazement as the other handcuff simply lay on the pillow, innocently staring straight back up at him.
Well… now what was he supposed to do? It wasn’t like L to simply let him go; the black-haired man did, after all, believe he was, or had been, Kira. He would never let go of his main suspect in such a way.
Was it a test? Light’s mind was racing, fumbling for an answer that, in all honesty, just didn’t seem to compute in any way, shape or form. He knew L, and neither carelessness, or even a test of Light’s character didn’t explain why the handcuff had never been locked. Light’s mind only came up with one scenario for that occasion, and he was fairly sure he’d know if L had been murdered and cut away from the metal chain right next to him.
Even then, his mind pointed out that the murderer would be unlikely to take the time to place the other handcuff around the bedpost like that.
So there was only one explanation for why the cuff was dangling from the other end of the chain as Light held it up to examine it.
L had chosen to leave him unchained.
Light flung his legs over the edge of the bed, sliding swiftly off the soft sheets. He raced over to the bathroom, ramming the door open with one letter on the very tip of his tongue.
It died in his throat as he swallowed at the empty room. There was no evidence that L had been in there recently; no dirty towel lying clumsily on the floor, waiting for Light to scoop it up and tell L off for leaving the cloth there to fester with bacteria.
L never changed the habit, only smiled fondly as he reminded Light that he would never allow that anyway, so why should he have to worry?
Light’s fingers dug into the framing of the door, then tore themselves away as he whirled round to face the only other exit from the room. It was a door he’d never walked through without L leading the way, chain raised as he fiddled with his lower lip, informing Light of whatever new thing he’d discovered while Light was sleeping (occasionally to do with the case, more often concerning some previously unnoticed sleeping habit or blemish of Light’s).
He swallowed, not quite sure what would happen when he left through it on his own. Were alarms going to blare? Would Watari be down the other end of the hall, a gun carefully aimed at the exact spot where Light’s head would appear?
His fingers trembled slightly as he touched the handle, uncertain of his fate.
He needn’t have worried. The door opened, as usual, onto an empty corridor that bent to the right after about fifteen paces.
Completely confused and, though he would never admit it, extremely anxious, Light hurried down the silently longer than normal hallway and shot nervously round the bend.
To be faced with, of all things, a rose.
Light stopped shock still, stumped at the appearance of the thorny flower. His anxiety evaporated in moments, leaving only a deep-seated and total blankness as Light failed to comprehend exactly what had just happened.
Well, that certainly hadn’t been what he’d expected to see.
Bending down, the chain and cuff held gently in his other hand, Light reached for the red flower lying prettily on the carpeted (L liked the feeling of the fibres between his toes) floor. Picking it up, the leaves falling to touch his fingers gently, Light stared at it, not understanding what was going on at all. He sniffed it timidly, then rose to his feet again, staring at the hallway ahead. There was a fork, just ten feet away, and lying in the opening of the left branch… was a sweet. Specifically, one of the few Light was actually fond of. A small, but oh so delicate tasting, Turkish delight.
Light had revealed to L that, of all the sweets in the world, this was the only one that he would actively seek out and eat voluntarily. It had been a calm conversation, held early in the morning, while the pair were lying contentedly in bed, discussing whatever various things came to mind. Light could remember it, the feel of L’s fingers woven lightly into his hair, his lazy voice describing one of his favourite subjects; cake.
Light had chuckled, stroking his fingertips across the bare expanse of L’s chest, pressing his lips to the side of L’s neck. He had whimsically told L that he wished the man had a greater love for the strawberry Turkish delight he ordered in every so often.
He was not entirely surprised that L had remembered, but he was impressed that L had not only bought the exact brand that he liked, but had managed to somehow work out that his favourite flavour was blueberry. When L had found that one out Light had no idea. He certainly hadn’t told the black-eyed detective.
Picking the box up, Light turned into the left passage, pacing slowly down it, anticipation unfurling in his chest. Although he still wasn’t sure what was going on, the prize-filled treasure hunt filled him with intrigue. There was only one person who could have done this, could have known the little details to place along the way. Light was admittedly not a terribly romantic person on most occasions, but he did appreciate it when a person showed how much they cared by doing small but loving acts such as this.
There was another bend, then a second fork, with three routes leading away from it. The middle one contained the next surprise, and Light frowned slightly as he realised that this path would shortly lead to the private kitchen on this level.
Almost disappointed at how quickly the hunt would end, Light’s steps slowed as he approached his third gift. How L had managed to procure all these items he would never know. Being around the wiry man twenty-four/seven should have made it difficult for L, but Light had, quite honestly, not had a clue about any of this.
It was at the end of this thought that he realised what his third (final?) gift was. Wonder in his eyes, he bent to pick up the small slips of paper, shock and amazement coursing through him. Holding the two slips close to his chest, he stumbled forwards, breaking into a run as he turned the last corner to enter into the large cooking area.
L stood there, a small grin on his lips as Light padded his way into the room, feet bringing him to a halt just a foot away from the slightly taller man, staring into his eyes with a searching gaze.
“What does this mean?” He whispered, the papers crumpled in his desperate grasp.
L laughed, bringing one hand up to curl around the nape of Light’s neck, gently pulling him forwards as he pressed his lips so softly to Light’s head. “I’m sure you already know,” L murmured, pulling back to place his forehead against Light’s, his calm eyes holding Light’s wondering hazel.
Light’s fists released instantly, the gifts - rose, sweet and two thin, delicate slips of paper falling to the ground - as his arms flung themselves around L’s neck, fingers slipping through the black mane of hair that tickled his cheek as he hungrily devoured L’s mouth, tongues mapping out the territory of the other.
He knew it had been calculated. He knew L had given him nothing, even as he had given him everything. The truth was simple; nothing in their relationship could be uncomplicated, just because of who they were and what they could be.
But the intent was still there. The showing of trust and hope was still there.
The two slips of innocent paper, creased beneath the stumbling feet as L pushed Light into the wall, held only words. The first was unimportant, the words meaning barely anything alone, reading “Light loves”.
It was the second slip of paper that meant the world to Light, even though only one word was written on it. One word in bold, stylised black capital letters. Even later, as the two men watched the two slips burn into only ash and soot, the firelight rippling over their bare skin, Light saw that one word emblazoned on the paper and felt some foreign emotion flood through him.
He would never repeat it.
I'm not happy with it, but I wanted to get at least one entry in on time for LxLight club's competition. Wish me luck!

If you don't know the word, you either haven't read the series or need to just think for a moment. I can give you a clue, it was NEVER mentioned in the 12 volume manga for a very significant reason! If you're still not sure, feel free to ask and I'll tell you.

I felt it was more significant to the last sentence used if I did NOT tell you what the word is. This is, after all, Light's story.

Apologies for the OOCness! *sheepish grin* These boys are surprisingly hard to get into a nice loving story. *blinks* They're a tad too randy and clever for that! (And whiny, but don't tell them I said that!)

:iconlxlight: have my full permission to include this in their club as my entry for the valentines day competition!

Yes, it's two men. Don't like, don't read and don't bother me with any rude comments.
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randomuffin Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lets all try figure out that word like NOW. HERE.
MaxGrey17 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
More than likely, the word was 'Lawliet'
SrgtMarshmallow Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Lovey1970 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student General Artist
i re watched the whole anime and i cant for the life of me figure it out, for the love of god please tell me!Cry forever 
Nikkiegirl9087 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student General Artist
yumeriku Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that story was really cute! also i think i know the word. *giggles*
felenciano-vargas Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Piggehluver Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
littlemisscutie101 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
what was the word?????
Starfox111 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
what was the word ?
EJwhiskers Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, it's so adorable! I think I know the word :D
Kagome305 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
awww!!!!! soo cute!!!
LovelyDarlPearl Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Well... Hummm... I LOVED IT!!!! That was amazing!!! It was L's real name wasn't it?
AkiraSuzuki15 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I love it so good and well thought out. So the word was L's real name right?
MadokaMagicaRocks Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
This Is AdorabLe. :iconjapanpastaplz: Can You Please TeLL Me The Word? I Can't Figure It Out For The Life Of Me...
AdamandTommy55 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Dat wiggle though, Kiku.....
sebbychick1259 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
i got lost and confuse when exactly did he see light cuz i was reading about turkish delights and all of a sudden light and L are doing something just wondering ?.........
Lunarsunrise101 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
teehee! This is adorable and the way you wrote it... It's romantic and pure awesomeness. Great job!
elieli123 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
i get it
shroude Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
L? Was that the word?... but it's a letter... Idk
scarlet666 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Oooohhhhhh I wanna know what the one word was!!! Lol loved the story very cute!
Xanness Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
I am a horrible detective. I couldn't even figure out what was on the second sheet of paper! * sniffs* L will be so ashamed!
Geny789 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That was really good! I figured out what the word was. :)
Zay588 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
what was the word? I never read the series, I only watched the anime...
CosmoandTails Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
im about 90% sure i know what the word was :) :D but im not telling :) :D
MustBeSymmetrical Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Artist
WOOOT!!!! R.I.P MustBeSymmetrical has died of loss of blood. :iconnosebleedplz: Loved it!!!! Was the word L?
xDancexWaterxDancex Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Maybe the word was Kira? :)
Rokatsu Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the story! What is the word? I don't get it. >_<
MyHeartBleedsLust Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
:DDD! i love it!!
lucylu56 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
love love love it!!! XD
LightImagay4Lawliet Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Something about this is refreshing. It's also extremely adorable.
cheezeizmehluver Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
i luff it:3
LapizSolarflare Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
oh i get it! awww thats so sweet :heart: ^^
kyttichan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010   Photographer
Even though I'm more of a mattxmello fan, I really loved this! :D Great job ^...^
Bablet16 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
ever tried reading lxlight whilst listening to cobbelstoned waltz? i say its a deathnote song
LxLight-Fan-Group Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009

As you can probably tell, we're an LxLight fan group. What we do is collect and post great LxLight work in our collection gallery to show the world, giving full credit to the artist/author.

And we really like this!

We're wondering if you'd give us permission to post this in our gallery? Of course, full credit will go to you. Your name, Profile link and picture link will be posted in the "Artist's comments" section", were viewers will be directed to if they wish to favourite.

By the way, I hope you won, this is great!

Thank you, hope to hear from you soon!

-L Lawliet
Poky-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
AAWWW!!! So the reason L untied them was cuz he finally trusted Light with his name!!! That's sweet! ^_^
fullmetaldeathnote Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
i think i know what the word was :D love the story
DragonMoon47 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
:omfg: this was a fantastic mystery/suspense/love story!

But I've never thought L was really the romantic type either ^^;
Any way great job on this dude! I really like it! :D
firestormS14 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
very well done!

i never thought of L being romantic though^^;.
magicmag813 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWWWWWWESOME!! definite fave!! urgh only on 6th deathnote book!!
TheartloverGP Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
aww! this is really good!
passwordsavior Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
did the last part say l lawliet?
lugialover Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
I love this! So the word was Lawliet? That's his name, right? I've never seen any of the anime or manga (I have no access to either) so I have to go by Wikipedia. So a lot of it I don't understand.
RavensAwritingdesk Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Try it has every episode of the anime in English (: That's where I watched it. Can't help you with the manga, though. \:
kenzie22 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
McFluffball Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Oh, that was so cute!
I love it :D <3
5tarfishLawlietLover Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This is gorgeous. I'm quite embarressed to say that it brought me to tears! But only because it's so wonderfully put and so adorable. Thank you so much for this. It rules!
Dei-Saso43va Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
haha half sleepy...sorry wt was thee word? the secnd one?
hellhoundwolf Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
Awww that was so adorable. I don't even like the couple that much but that was to cute for words. Good job hope you won.
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