''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4979561/1/The_Art_of_Drowning The Art of Drowning]]'' by Quiet is a ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] in which Light isn't actually a Yagami, he was born a Layfield whose parents were murdered in some sort of conspiracy, he got put in an orphanage with his best friend, who dies. Years later he realizes said friend hasn't stayed dead. Too bad the [[spoiler: L/Light]] reunion gets cut off by a very old conspiracy.

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!! ''The Art of Drowning'' provides examples of:
* AffablyEvil: Light and the OriginalCharacter ProfessionalKiller.
* AlternateUniverseFic: [[spoiler: in this fic Light and L grew up together and are the same age.]]
* AncientConspiracy
* {{Angst}}
* BackStory: For Light and L.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Roger Ruvie]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: [[spoiler: between Light and L]].
* DeathFakedForYou: [[spoiler: L never knew that his trainers had told all his old friends that he was dead. Later Light conspires with the hitman he's befriended to convince Roger that he accidentally murdered L.]]
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Light. Upon learning that Lawliet is L, to L's utter disbelief Light suddenly confesses to being Kira and begs L to execute him.]]
* DeadFic: Hasn't been updated in 3 years.
* FandomSpecificPlot The Yotsuba arc
* ForgottenFriendNewFoe: [[spoiler: Light to L.]]
* FreudianExcuse
* {{Irony}}: Light becomes Kira because he wants to avenge his best friend [[spoiler: Lawliet.]]
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler: Lawliet]] to Light.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Light when he learns that Lawliet is L.]]
* OriginalCharacter: members of the Layfield family and Light's new friend, a [[ProfessionalKiller killer for hire.]]
* PapaWolf: [[spoiler: Chief Yagami]]
* ProfessionalKiller: an OriginalCharacter.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: Chief Yagami]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Light as Kira.
* SlashFic: It's meant to be eventual L x Light
* SpySpeak:
-->'''L:''' I would rather avoid Watari all together, but if there is a chance that he is not in league with [[spoiler: Roger]], then I would prefer him by my side. I'm just not looking forward to the interrogation.
-->'''Light:''' Well, at least he'll bring tea and scones.
-->'''L:''' What?
-->'''Light:''' Erm, I told the boys to tell him to bring tea and scones? [[TrustPassword So he'd know it was really you? Because you tell him that a lot?]]
-->'''L:''' You told him to come armed to the teeth and prepared to kill.
-->'''Light:''' I what? I did?
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Light is {{ret con}}ned into being one--he becomes Kira because he wants to avenge his long lost childhood friend.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Kira himself is a murderer and Light discovers that many members of his biological family are criminals.
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