Grace has grown up in Wammy's House, always in the shadow of L. When L returns back home after his latest case, he makes it his mission to get to know her better, despite it being the last thing she wants. Set before the Kira case.
Grace is a 22-23-year-old and one of the oldest students in Wammy's House among recognizable characters such as Mello, Near, and Matt, along with many OCs ranging from her similarly aged best friend and exceptionally talented artist Anne to the scary telepathic new kid named Jude.
As one of the oldest students in the orphanage, it is her, mostly self-appointed, job to maintain some semblance of order in the home for the gifted orphans.
However, Grace isn't content to be a stay at home 'mom' for the many orphans in the school and wants to travel the world. Causing much friction with the famous detective, and fellow member of Wammy's first group of children, L.
That is until L decides he wants to get to know her better.
It's up to Grace to figure out why, and even more importantly why she wants to as well.
Not to be confused with any of these other works also titled "Home".
Home provides examples of:
- Age-Appropriate Angst: Ella has a little bit of this thanks to Jude.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Jude's backstory
- Always Second Best: Grace, though that's not why she doesn't like L, and of course Mello.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Surprisingly averted. Grace gets irritated with them sometimes, but usually, it's for reasons other than the kids. Fritz is probably the closest, and maybe Near. L may have thought this way, pre-story if he considered any of them family.
- Berserk Button: L punches out a police officer because he insults GraceWammy/Watari: We would like to know why our car has been impounded and my son has been arrested if you'd be so kind.
Clem: Your son, my dear sir, assaulted a police officer with no provocation. So he was brought into custody.
Grace: No provocation, my foot! Why don't you tell the truth?
Anne: There had to be a reason. Did you say anything rude to Grace? That usually does it.
- Book Dumb: Grace claims this is why Fritz planes tend to crash.
- Born Detective: L's successors are this, especially Grace.
- The Caretaker: Wammy is this for L.
- Childhood Friends: Everyone at Wammy's house. Jude finds this out the hard way. Even Near has his moments.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Averted with Grace and L. They hated each other as children. Fritz and Jinya are this though, and Mello and Matt are implied to be this, though it's made a little vague if it's actually romance.
- Children Are Innocent: Jude making Ella cry makes everyone around angry.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: L has shades of this when it comes to his cases.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Fritz, most definitely. Though L is this way as well.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Pretty much everyone due to being set in an orphanage, though Grace's and Jude's are the most developed.
- Determined Defeatist: L at the beginning of the story.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: L
- Embarrassing Nickname: L is not fond of his new nickname: Louie
- Establishing Character Moment: When Liam is introduced Mello hits him with a pretend sword, everyone waits for a reaction and he plays dead. Cementing him as an awesome character.
- Everyone Can See It: See Shipper on Deck below.
- False Friend: Every once in a while BB is mentioned, Grace thought of him as a friend.
- First Girl Wins: Grace is the first girl Wammy adopted, thus more than likely the first girl L ever met.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Only one evil person has ever come out of Wammy's house for the gifted.
- G-Rated Drug: An older tourist asks L where to get the "good stuff" L assumes he's talking about illegal drugs, but nah, he's just on a no sugar diet and needs chocolate.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Ella gets a special mention. Though most of them get their moments
- Hilarity Ensues: It's set in an orphanage of genius children who are all Childhood Friends: it's bound to get hilarious. Special mention goes to any scene with Ella and Jude together, or just about anything with Mello.
- He's not my Boyfriend: Grace does this on her date with Caleb claiming they're just hanging out as friends, no one believes her, and Caleb completely intends to make them right.
- I Am Not Pretty: L doesn't consider himself attractive at all, most people agree with him.
- I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Gender-inverted. L feels this way due to most people writing him off as a freak at first glance.
- Insecure Love Interest: L thinks this way, but never really acts on it.
- Insufferable Genius: In an orphanage for geniuses there's bound to be some of this going on.
- Just Friends: Grace and L both try different versions of this. At first, they decide to be at least friends, as they hated each other previously, with they were in the process of that L was hiding his six years long unrequited love for her and eventually Grace hides her love for him being unable to come to terms with the rapid change in her feelings.
- Knight in Sour Armor: L pre-story, with it popping up again at different times in the story.
- Like Brother and Sister: L and Anne develop this kind of relationship.
- Living Lie-Detector: Jude, considering he knows the truth before you even have a chance to lie. Ella seems to be able to do this too.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Winston was this for L as a child. When he died L didn't even try to have friends anymore. Wammy probably is too.
- Magical Eye: Jude says that his eyes are what helps him see people's thoughts.
- The Matchmaker: Both L and Grace have one in Wammy and Anne. Anne is more forceful though.
- Messy Hair: Only one time is it mentioned that L brushed his hair... and it isn't for his wedding
- Mouthy Kid: Jude, at first. It doesn't last long.
- Mysterious Past: L. It's implied that even he doesn't know where he comes from.
- Oblivious to Love: L and Grace's first date is this on L's part despite him already loving her. Taking L to see a movie set in a chocolate factory is not the best way to get romantic attention from him.
- The Omniscient: Jude tends to get this way sometimes, due to his ability to read minds.
- One of the Kids: Fritz is, as Grace and L, one of Wammy's first group of orphans, and is considered a young man, but you really can't tell that he's any more mature than, say, Mello.
- Only Sane Man: Grace seems to be this at times.
- Opposed Mentors: L and Grace pre-story, and a little at the beginning to the rest of the kids.
- Orphanage of Fear: Jude was raised in an abbey where all but one person hated or feared him
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Believe it or not Mello and even Near are overshadowed but Jude.
- Patient Childhood Love Interest: L attempts this for a while but after crushing on her for six years and meeting some potential threats his patience wears out.
- Parental Substitute: Most of the kids to Grace. Though Jude may see L this way, or at least as a big brother.
- Picky Eater: L doesn't like anything but sweets, and Jude doesn't like sweets.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Mello takes this role a lot.
- Satellite Character: Averted very well most of the time but Jinya and Matt are this way.
- Secret-Keeper: Jude knows a lot about Grace that she doesn't want to be told to anyone, and even L admits that Jude knows him better than he knows himself. He rarely tells without permission even when doing so would make life much easier for him.
- Shipper on Deck: Ella and Jude are huge on this to Grace and L. Wammy and Anne are as well, though they're more subtle. Ella, Wammy, and Alice because they know it would make them happy, and Jude because he's sick of hearing their thoughts as they try to hide how they feel. It isn't very long before the entire school is shipping them also.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Grace has very few requirements in a man, and one of those is that he's kind.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: This happens at least once
- Sole Survivor: Grace is the only one of her family her father didn't kill.
- The Strategist: Mello during the snowball fight.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Grace's dad was insane after he was in prison for murdering his wife he was going to use his phone call to call said wife. Thus proving Kira to be evil
- Tattoo as Character Type: L has a tattoo of Grace's letter on his chest
- The Team Normal: Mello, Matt, Fritz, Anne, and a few other lesser characters seem like this compared to people like L, Grace, Jude, and Ella, though they could hardly be considered normal.
- Teen Genius: Every teenager in the story in one area or another. That's what Wammy looks for in his children.
- Teens Are Monsters: Jude starts out this way, but it doesn't last long.
- Troubled Fetal Position: L's preferred sitting pose.
- Ultimate Job Security: The World's Greatest Detective L, but really, any of these kids are likely going to end up this way.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: If Mello has his way Linda will be this to Matt.
- Unsatisfiable Customer: Caleb has one of these at his stall when Grace arrives.
- Useless Boyfriend: Andrew was this, though he was the only one who considered him Grace's boyfriend.
- Very Punchable Man: The cop most definitely. Andrew also really.
- The Vicar: Ella makes Jude dress up as one for their tea party/mock wedding.
- Wild Hair: L states that he has to throw away his brush every time he uses it.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Grace has one of these. Leading to some problems, and an interesting text conversation.
- What Does She See in Him?: Grace's would-be suitors feel this way about L. Especially Andrew.
- Woman Scorned: L gets on the girls' bad sides a lot.
- Your Makeup Is Running: Makeup is mentioned quite a bit, most of the girls don't wear it on a regular basis.