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Sat, Feb. 26th, 2005, 10:24 pm
lacunarity: IX: Note Blue

IX: Note Blue

The door to the nightclub was opened by a man dressed in white. His skin was pale and his one visible eye was a sort of topaz, but there was something disconcerting about the texture of his hair and the thickness of his lips.... I realized a moment later that the man was an African albino—the whitest black man I have ever seen. The open and contemptuous way he stared at us confirmed my suspicion that, for most people, he passed for white.

“We’re closed,” he said, as soft as paper. His voice was a surprisingly pleasant alto tone.

Matsuda put on a painfully big smile. He was clearly intimidated. “Hello, Rem, sorry to bother you.” He turned to us. “Gentlemen, this is Rem, owner of the Note Blue Club.” He turned to Rem. “Rem, this is Light Yagami and L...” He trailed off, looking at me.

“Just L,” I clarified.

“L,” he repeated to Rem. “They’d like to ask Misamisa a few questions, if that’s all right?” His painful grin widened.

Rem’s one eye passed over Light and myself, evaluating us. Light drew back slightly. “Reporters?” Rem asked.

“L is a detective, actually. They’d just like to speak with Misamisa about Kira, hear her say the same things she told me?” It was phrased like a statement and said like a question. I noticed that Matsuda was sweating a bit.

Rem’s dark gaze turned to me, and then to Light again. “I don’t like Misa being involved in this.”

I stepped forward. “Ms. Amane is already involved in this. How difficult her involvement will be depends on how willing she is to cooperate.”

Rem’s heavy stare leaned its full weight on me alone this time. “Come in,” he said quietly, at last.

The interior of the Note Blue club was unremarkable. It was dressed in muted shades of blue, with cabaret-style tables and a modest orchestra pit by the stage.

On the stage, dressed in red and black lace, was Misa Amane. She sang as if she were truly in love, an older, upbeat nonsense song about a paper moon. The orchestra was empty save for a lanky man accompanying her on the piano.

I glanced over at Matsuda, who had a ridiculous smile on his face, and Light, who looked unimpressed but polite. He obviously hadn’t been much of a fan. “I thought Xeras was the only one Ms. Amane allowed to accompany her,” I remarked, more to myself than anyone else.

“Zealous,” Rem said, using the musician’s nickname, then paused. “Zealous died four months ago.”

My first thought was ‘another part of that era, gone.’ My second thought I voiced. “How?”

Rem kept his eye trained on Misa, an odd expression on his face. “You’re the detective.” He laughed to himself, a simple exhalation of breath. “You may speak with Misa while she takes a break.” He winced. “With the way Freddi’s playing, it shouldn’t be long.”

Sure enough, less than a minute later Misa had stopped singing and started yelling. “I told you to follow me. Follow me. Not fall behind me! Honestly!” The pianist cringed. In a flurry of red and black lace, she strode backstage. Matsuda quickly chased after her, calling her name.

Light and I shared a look. He was obviously amused. We followed the departed pair, with Rem walking close behind us.

Next Chapter

Sun, Feb. 27th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)

First comment! Yay!

I've read through this AU in one sitting, and cannot say how much I enjoy it; instead, I only wish there was more of it. Everything's perfect, especially L's characterization and Misa's. (And Watari as a cat! So, so cute.)

I've friended this comm, I hope you don't mind.

Sun, Feb. 27th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)

I'm really enjoying the story so far. Absolutely wonderful. And Misa? I can so see her yell at someone who is incompetent in her eyes. XD

Wonderful story so far.

And... I want to make some predictions (though, of course, you won't agree or disagree with any :P) on your story:

I predict that the reason Raito went to L in the first place was because he knew his father, Chief Yagami, was going to ask L for help. Knowing that L was a freakin' good detective, Raito decides to hire L before his father asked him back. If he had not done so, Raito would have been completely cut off from any info that L might cook up. If Raito is Kira, then he is also able to keep an eye on L to see if he has any suspicions. It is so that he can make sure of L's progress and also to make sure if L is getting too close to the truth.

And that's the end of my prediction!

Continue writing, please!

Sun, Feb. 27th, 2005 05:17 am (UTC)

Oooh, an African albino. I saw a picture of someone like that for the first time just last week. I'm amused by how nicely this falls in place. XP

Awesome work~. I love how you make Misa act, heh. Please write more soon!

Sun, Feb. 27th, 2005 08:10 am (UTC)

=3 I liked the characterization of Rem and Misa. It's very close to the manga- .. in fact you keep most of the storyline relativley close to the manga; which is cool. =D

Sun, Feb. 27th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)

Ahaha, an African Albino transvestite if we'rte keeping to the gender given in the manga. You did she he/she was an alto. It must be terrible to have people constantly mixing up you race and your gender.

Also, YOU ARE THE BEST. *settles in to wait for the next installment with baited breath. baited!*

(Cute way to work in Zealous, by the way.)

Tue, Mar. 1st, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)

Misa the lounge singer! A perfect transition from a Japanese idol. Waah, one thing I noticed was that you changed Rem's gender. I wonder if this was an arbitrary or planned decision. Maybe because it was more difficult for women to own a bar back then or because you think of Rem as male (I always thought so before they mentioned it in the manga)? Or better yet, just because you can? Lol.

Another great installment.

Sat, Mar. 5th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)

The story was planned when DN was up to chapter 42, which was before Rem's gender revelation. The characters and revelations that happen past that point are in my "may or may not squeeze in" category, but the plot's pretty tight to fit in everything we learn.

Thanks for reading and for the compliments.

Fri, Mar. 4th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)

**chanting** write more! write more!! write more!!

It's just so gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!

all the characters just fit!! It brings tears to my eyes at how well written!!!