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  1. Thank you, KaizenKitty!
    Oh, God, the joke scene. Definitely not safe for work. I was reading the chapter furtively on my mobile, and couldn't help laughing out loud :) Not because of the joke itself, but rather because of how the scene is set, with L thinking so (too) hard about it.
    Also, I kept waiting for L to say innocently: "Oh, so you want to be a police officer? But who are you gonna catch? By the time you graduate, Kira will have finished all the criminals, and this job will have become obsolete." Which is actually the ambitios goal Light (as Kira) should probably have and study something else instead. Kallighraphy, perhaps :)
    Except L probably won't ever say that, because this L is not nearly half as confident as he was in the show. Which makes sense in this scenario. I love how he was constantly second-guessing himself and trembling in fear of the monster - having seen the entire series, it's hard to remember that one would be scared of Ryuk so much, but you've done it brilliantly.
    But why does L think that Light is only using the note to keep a tally of his victims? (by the way, Light, you should really burn all those incriminating, filled-in pages - it's not like it's possible to write names on top of names, or is it?). Or at least that's how I understood " L's eyes went wide ― that's where his Kira notebook lay, proof, the scoreboard where Light kept track of all the people he killed. 1,943 People to date." He sees the monster, so he knows there's something supernatural involved, and he's read the rules.

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    1. ;-) Hey Margosha! Glad you liked it. ^^" Sorry you had to read that at work.

      Interesting point, about the police becoming obsolete because of Kira. Wouldn't that make the legal system obsolete too? ...a lot of jobs would vanish just like that.

      L is definitely playing a role here, pretending to be someone he's not. He doesn't like kowtowing to Light, but he kinda has to. =]

      L's original canon reaction to Shinigami in both the manga and the anime (when he first realized they might exist) was to fall out of his chair and tremble in fear, staring wide-eyed at the evidence... that reaction didn't made much sense to me (L hadn't even seen Ryuk yet). And upon meeting the huge 6'7" feet tall Shinigami in canon, somehow L quite easily got over his fear. Or was it supposed to be initial shock discovering supernatural notebooks can kill people? :-) Gave me a headache imagining how you would go about legally prosecuting someone for using a supernatural paper notebook that murders people whose names are written in it...

      Names on top of names could work! Would be a smart strategy. I think it's Light's pride that doesn't let him just tear out the notebook pages one page at a time, when he's done writing on them. There was another fanfic where Light did exactly that, he got rid of the evidence against him.

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      1. Dear KaizenKitty, thank you for responding.
        Well I didn't have to read it work :) I just really really wanted to see what happened, asap.

        Another interesting point in this last chapter is that Light might have begun suspecting L. I mean, I definitely haven't thought so before, but L's paranoia was pretty convincing. And since we're reading this from L's POV, we have no way of knowing whether it's true or not.

        If Kira became the absolute law enforcer and there were no criminals left, then the police would definitely become obsolete. As well as the military, probably. A lot of lawyers would lose their jobs, though legal jobs per se are unlikely to disappear completely because there would still be contracts (like marriage preen-ups and mergers and acquisitions). But since I doubt that Kira would have offed all the white-collar criminals, the court system would probably remain pretty much the same, except less busy.
        I assume that gun manufacturers will suffer heavy losses, as well all the private security companies (e.g. those installing anti-burglar alarm systems).
        On the other hand: there'd be no drug dealers or slave traders left, and I imagine emergency care at the hospitals would have a lot less patients too. Make of that what you will :)

        Regarding Light not destroying pages, he probably thinks that his hiding place is foolproof, and the evidence will be destroyed if anyone stumbles upon it accidentally. Still, a rookie mistake.
        But why oh why doesn’t L just take the notebook away? Doesn’t he realize that this is Kira’s weapon? Or does he think that Ryuk will attack him then? But in such a case, he’s screwed even if he ‘outs’ Light in some other way.
        And yeah, while I also think that prosecuting Light would be a legal nightmare, L could simply destroy the notebook and imprison or even kill Light. He certainly had no moral qualms about torturing Misa in-canon, and this was definitely very illegal, so it’s like he always follows the law.
        There’s a beautiful story about Light’s execution (very sad), but it doesn’t deal with the actual trials. Called This Is How I Disappear, don’t know if you’ve read it…

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