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A Cure For Love by halfpromise is a Death Note L/Light fanfic which begins when Light and L fall in love during the Yotsuba arc and Light's master plan is derailed when an assassin steals the Death Note. The threat of Kira is dwarfed when Kira's powers seem to have fallen into the hands of a terrorist organization known as Astraea and Light and L are united to find the culprit-but for how long...


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  • Corner of Woe: L returns to HQ to find Light sitting in the dark (see Evil Is Not Well-Lit below). It's the result of L and Light having a nastier fight than usual; culminating in L giving Light his own psych file to read.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Light (especially Kira!Light) towards L. During his Memory Gambit he was sweet but when he's Kira Light is very possessive, obsesseive, and controlling. He sees L talking with Mello and assumes he's cheating on him.
  • Crossword Puzzle: Light and L do one together in the deleted scenes:
    Light: OK, 5 across. Dunderhead, 7 letters...
    L: Matsuda.
    Light: Ha. Not funny. I think it's...Ryuzaki...no, sorry, my mistake, it must be halfwit.
    L: The answer is always the obvious one, Light-kun. I think you're making a mistake.
    Light: Right and down...
    L: Is that an offer or are you asking? This is a ridiculous crossword. Have we two, apparently the greatest minds of our age, really been reduced to doing a quick crossword?
    Light: It's the best we have. Stop being a child.
    L: Do you like the crossword more than me?
    Light: It talks less.
    L: And afterwards you can wipe your arse with it.
    Light: You're speaking in English again.
    L: I thought that you liked it when I talked.
    Light: No, that's a misunderstanding on your part.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Light curbstomps the leaders of Astraea with a sudden and inevitable betrayal and then assumes control of their organization.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When the rebles storm Kira's base Mikami would have killed Light (had he not been blown up by the rebel's bombs.)
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Light after he survives a chemical attack and the taskforce babies him.
  • Heroic Blue Screen of Death: L after Light has Watari killed. It's later revealed that this reaction is helped along by Light drugging him.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: L and Light are at an impasse. They could both easily destroy each other but they don't. It's gotten to the point where the minions/underlings on both sides are beginning to wonder what's going on.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Light and L. Honestly neither of them was particularly nice to begin with but they really bring out the worst in each other.
  • Love Martyr: Both Light and L. Let's just say they have a really twisted relationship. Also Misa's unrequited love towards Light.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: V is revealed to be Mello's mother.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: Kira has kept himself so secluded that many people are beginning to doubt that he actually exists as an individual and that everything is being done by the Kira supporters and Astraea.
  • Meaningful Name: Astraea, the Greek Goddess of Justice. Also, quite possibly V-she has a Vendetta.
  • Medal of Dishonor: When Matsuda isn't too keen on dying for the cause Mello snarks
    Mello: You'll go down in the books, Matsuda. In the chapter called "Fucking Idiot Cowards of History", you'll be right at the top of the page. And L will be in second place after Liza Minnelli in the 'I Have Really Shit Taste in Men' awards.
  • Metaphorically True: L tells Sayu that Kira betrayed and murdered her brother.
  • Slash Fic: L x Light, Matt x Mello
  • Sleight of Tongue: Misa attempts to do this, trying to restore Light's Kira memories with a scrap of the Death Note she has hidden under her tongue, but Light pushes her away.
  • Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male: played straight when Misa gives Light a Forceful Kiss and everyone laughs. Averted earlier when L warns Light just how dangerous Misa's "crush" is:
    L: It must have quite distressing to come home and find your family murdered only to watch the perpetrator evade justice... However, considering that psychological trauma, she is most definitely and unsurprisingly unbalanced. She exhibits signs of erotomania in relation to you, Light-kun.
    Light: I wouldn't go that far... It's a crush. I can handle it.
    L: Yes, by avoidance. I dealt with a case where the victim handled it in the same way as you're doing. Didn't end well.
    Light: They died?
    L: No, but 56 other people did when their stalker decided that their deaths would be an appropriate tribute.
    Light: Oh, that's comforting.
  • Sterility Plague: Kira's ultimate scheme in order to obtain total control of the human race. L just has to put his foot down on that one.
  • Transparent Closet:
    Light: I'm not gay.
    L: Oh, my apologies, I forgot that you're the sexual scourge of womankind. You obviously only have sex with me because you roll over in your sleep and misjudge the distance. Maybe you're sleepwalking... or maybe the term, 'sleepfucking', would be more appropriate. Maybe you're completely unaware of what you're doing.
    Light: It happens.
  • Trash of the Titans: L resorts to just throwing off the huge stacks of paperwork, trash, and finger puppets from the hotel's (taskforce HQ's) coffee table in order to find his lollipop.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Mello. Light/Kira killed his mother and his boyfriend. Also L Misa is dead, Watari is dead, and they were killed by his boyfriend.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": L points out to Light that his subordinates have opened death camps. Light denies he has anything to do with it (after all, why would he need to? His means of mass murder is so much more efficient).
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Light, he makes V shoot him in the arm so that he will look innocent to the investigators.
  • Written by the Winners: Light upon meeting Matt and realizing, to his horror, that once he's secured his new world this would go down as the first meeting of Kira and Astraea-this is going to be in the history books!
  • Yandere: Misa towards Light and after Light regains his Kira memories he becomes both possessive and obsessive of L. He begins making up excuses to himself why he isn't going to kill him now like "it's not a good time," or "I want to break him first" (suggesting he really does love him underneath the psychosis. Light becomes very angry and upset when someone else tries to kill L.) Light arranges things so that Misa kills Watari, and then he kills her because he felt threatened that Watari was going to make L break-up with him and that Misa (a Yandere herself would try and kill L so that she and Light could be together). Light keeps L drugged up for weeks afterwards and spends so much time with him that his infatuation becomes rather obvious to everyone at which point Light even considers killing his own father because he's against their relationship. Later he does use his father's death to further his schemes.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: 1) Just when Mikami is thinking he's going to get to rule as Kira now he gets blown up. 2) Light and L are just thinking about settling down in a nice cottage in Scotland when Ryuk finds them again.
  • Yaoi Guys: Light and L, Matt and Mello
  • Yes-Man: Mikami. Light notes that his vocabulary is limited to "Yes, Kami."
    Matt: He's always prissy, sitting at his desk like, 'I'm the king of you' to everyone and then Kira prances in and ol' Miki's literally throwing himself on the ground all, 'Take me up the arse, oh mighty one.' Bloody eejit.

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