This was bad. Of all the things that could happen, just when the tables were beginning to turn in his favor and he could possibly get out of this whole mess on a clean slate, Ryuuku had to return him the Death Note because he was lonely. Maybe he fed that guy one too many apples. No, no need to think about that now. If Raito wanted to get out of this he had to keep his guard up and his mind focussed. There was no way he could hide the Death Note well enough for no one to find it in this secluded area, especially while chained to Ryuuzaki. It was a miracle Ryuuku managed to sneak it in at night while the two were sleeping without him getting caught.
Now they were back to their habbits, sitting at movable chairs and staring at the television screen trying to make heads or tails of the situation. He, on the other hand... well, he was just trying to desperately come up with a way to get himself released. The only way L would let him go was if they caught Kira, and he himself had been determined to hold that promise. If he said anything against it now, suspicions would be raised even more, and he would be yet again backed up against the wall. Maybe if there was some way to diverge them...
His prayers were suddenly answered, even though he was by no means a religious guy. "Hey, you've gotta see this!" "Hmm?" The channel was changed, and there across the screen was a famliar name put in familiar, yet slightly worsened font. "Hello people of the world! I am Kira."
L and the others were now practically shoving their heads up at the screen, and even Raito didn't need to act to move closer for a better look himself.
"Killing criminals is a waste of time, I realize that now. Instead, justice can be served through me, by me..."
What was this guy? Some pathetic attempt at a philosopher? Just who did Remu give the notebook to anyway?
"... I want all leaders of the world to surrender control to me. There will be a new justice and a new God, and his name will be Kira! If I do not recieve confirmation of your acceptance of that condition in just one hour... I will kill every leader of the state, and every branch of government and below. The choice is yours... so you had better act quick."
Suddenly, Raito's dream turned into his worst nightmare. And strangely enough, that voice sounded so familiar... but where had he heard it? Where...
"This... this is inconcievable!" Yagami-san called, and his voice seemed to carry in unicin with the other in the room. "One hour..."
One hour... the conversation enveloping around Raito were dead whispers to him. He didn't hear a single word of it. That voice, he knew that voice! Visions plagued his mind, and over and over he searched old memories, old sounds. One after another, nothing familiar matched up... until one face.
"Hey, you must be Yagami Raito."
"Yeah, that's me."
"I'm Kitazawa Akira. I'm in your science class. Did lecture cancel today?"
"Oh, thanks. Bye."
It was so simple it was infuriating. Why was it that all of the other owners of the Death Note were so careless? He heard that this guy, Kitazawa, moved away some months later, but to where he was unsure. He supposed they could scower all of Japan, but that would be no good. It would take them just an hour to figure out a plan of action even if they happened to find him.
"You could kill him now, Raito." Ryuuku's voice hung in the background, and Raito's eyes shot open and narrowed. Kill him? He could... it would be so easy. But there would be no way he could do it chained to L like this. It was beyond impossible. Perhaps if it were someone more idiotic... but no. It had to be this guy. It had to be Ryuuzaki... L... whatever his name was. But what would happen if he just let things play out?
"...if I do not recieve confirmation of your acceptance of that condition in just one hour... I will kill every leader of the state, and every branch of government and below. The choice is yours... so you had better act quick."
If this happened, Kira would immediately become an enemy. Not only that, but would the other countries retaliate? If they believed Kira was here, and they did, would they feel it better to be just safe and sorry by destroying everyone who lived in Japan, just to save the rest of the world? Yes... that was a possibility. No, more than that. People could do unthinkable things at times, even the so-pronouned USA if they felt the need to protect their people. This was no longer about the lives of criminals. This was was about the lives of millions of innocent people. 'I meant to make the world a better place... but how can I help people if they're all dead?'
He had no other choice. He had to play L's game.
"This doesn't sound like Kira at all." Raito spoke up suddenly, and immediately attention was drawn to him. "I mean, he wants to better the world, right? He wouldn't kill off leaders of all the countires of the world. He should know that will cause even more problems. Worse... if Kira pisses off other countires..."
"... it's possible they won't hesitate to strike us just to be rid of Kira," L finished. "I agree completely with Raito-kun."
"Maybe it's time we use drastic measures," Raito continued. "What if, just for now, we were to make a truce with Kira? If he can kill someone just by knowing their face," 'and name which I just happen to know...' "then he could kill this imposter."
"Even if that ridiculous notion would work... how would we contact him? Do we even have time to make a response? And then won't the other Kira hear about it and strike back? He may very well kill off the leaders and more only earlier!" Yagami-san pointed in.
You won, L... but only for right now. The game isn't completely over, not yet.
"My proposal," Raito spoke up. "You have to let me go, do not have me followed. If you comply to this, then I will kill the man personally."
The shock in that room was enough to make a building collapse. He had expected this... he knew what they were all thinking now. "Son... what are you saying?"
"I'm saying, Dad," Raito responded, "that I am Kira."