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A Charmed Life by reaperlight / plannedbyreaperlight (also available on deviantart, livejournal, and the DN-Kink meme) is a Death Note Ryuk/Light Slash Fic in which Light decides he needs to get closer to Ryuk so that the Shinigami doesn't become bored and kill him. He becomes closer to Ryuk than anticipated when he discovers that Ryuk has a crush on him.

A Charmed Life provides examples of:

  • Anti-Villain: Both Light and Ryuk. Light really does want to make the worlds a better place and while Ryuk's sense of fun can have rather disastrous results Light concludes it's not done out of any purposeful malice but just because he doesn't know any better.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Light is quite fond of Ryuk's voice.
  • Asshole Victim: for the most part Light sticks to killing murderers and rapists.
  • Attention Whore: Light comes to realize he might just have this problem.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Light decides he doesn't want to use Ryuk in his schemes anymore and Ryuk helps Light through his psychotic breakdowns.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Light does this when under extreme stress. It's very Godly.
  • Eternal Love: Ryuk and Light are soul-bonded together for eternity.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Light and Ryuk come to genuinely care about each other.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sidoh is freaked out by Light and some other Shinigami complain about Kira's kill count, telling him to "Save some for the rest of us!"
  • Laughing Mad: Light when Ryuk reveals that Light is pregnant with Ryuk's spawn.
  • Lighter and Softer: An "Everybody Lives" AU.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Ryuk becomes this for Light.
  • Lost Superweapon: after having a bit of a row, Ryuk gives one to Light as a make up present.
  • Love Epiphany: Light has one in one of his overly dramatic inner monologues:
    Dammit, I can't deny this! I don’t want to! I'm in love!
    I am in love.
    Shit. I am in fucking love with Ryuk.
    Fuck my life.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Light thinks so.
  • Love Letter Lunacy: An "Eraldo Coil" wrote an article in Icha-Icha magazine about "Power Bottoms," how Kira is probably one of them, and why that's nothing to be ashamed of. Ryuk reads it to Light in order to successfully seduce him. Light never finds out that Eraldo Coil is L.
  • Love Martyr: Ryuk and Light for each other.
  • Love Redeems: sort of. Light will never stop being Kira but after he shacks up with Ryuk he calms down a bit and decides to leave the petty criminals for the police.
  • Lunacy: Lampshaded when Light notes how more violent crimes happen during a full moon.
  • Slumber Party: Sayu is conveniently staying over at a friend's house meaning the house is empty.
  • So Long, Suckers!: before leaving Light sends L a final taunt in his "death note."
  • Stalker with a Crush: Ryuk, L, Misa, and several kids at school for Light.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Light does this to Sidoh.
  • Stepford Smiler: Light. Ryuk and L are the only ones to ever figure out what's Beneath the Mask and Ryuk is the only one to never judge him for it.
  • The Stoic: Light views feeling emotions as a weakness and is very emotionally repressed.
    • Not So Stoic: Light when he realizes he has feelings for Ryuk.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Light is generally very cold with most people with only a few exceptions but he is more open, honest, and even playful with Ryuk.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Light insists he doesn't miss L at all and then sending him taunting e-mails and postcards.
  • Tears of Joy: Light, much to his humiliation. He's utterly amazed that he's feeling anything at all.
  • Tempting Fate: "L would sooner eat vegetables, he was sure."
  • Terraform: Light's project for the Shinigami realm.
  • Think Unsexy Thoughts: Light tries to do this but he can't think of anything much more "unsexy" than Ryuk and thinking of him didn't help at all.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ryuk with his apples of course. Apples from Earth are considered a delicacy in the Shinigami realm and the Shinigami King is willing to give out new Death Notes in exchange for them. Also Midora likes bananas and Calikarcha likes blueberries
  • Transparent Closet: Light. He just assumed he hadn't found the right girl yet and never considered that he might be gay.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Light (stuffy) with Ryuk (wild).
  • When She Smiles: Ryuk really appreciates it when Light smiles at him.
  • Villains Out Shopping: after Kira disappears L is all worked up trying to find him, wondering what nefarious game he could possibly be playing with him now. Light in fact has taken up apple farming.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Light has one when he discovers he's actually attracted to Ryuk. He has another one when he learns he's going to be the mother of Ryuk's spawn.
  • Villainous BSoD: Light upon realizing he has feelings for Ryuk.
  • Villain Protagonist: Light and Ryuk of course.