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08 June 2008 @ 02:52 pm
When Losing is an Option - Non-JRock, Death Note, Mello/Near  
Title: When Losing is an Option
Author: Kagome
Warnings: Sexual content (including a mention of breathplay), language.
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Mello/Near
Disclaimer: Standard disclaimer applies.
Summary: Mello doesn’t know how to lose… or does he?
Comments: I should be working on J-Rock fic, but I can’t. I should be studying, but I couldn’t get this out of my head. So I wrote it. ^_^ Enjoy!

When Losing is an Option

He hates Near’s lack of emotion. He hates Near’s constant lack of expression. He hates the way Near slouches (similar to the way L used to slouch). He hates the almost-robotic qualities that the fair-haired boy possesses. He hates that Near makes a far better successor of L than he himself does (though he’d never admit that out loud).

Mello and Near are very similar in some aspects, but in others, they are vastly different. Whereas Near has never had any problem being anything other than cold and calculating, Mello has always had trouble with controlling his emotions.

When they were younger, it had been easy to convince himself that because he hated Near’s idiosyncrasies, he automatically hated Near as a whole – as a person (if he could even be called that) – as well.

Mello would have never blamed it on jealousy—would have never admitted that he felt such a thing towards Near (whether he did or not), and so he had told himself that the only emotion he felt for Near was hatred.

When it came to the Kira investigation, Mello had repeated to himself over and over again that he and Near were adversaries who happened to be walking the same path, not allies who were meant to help each other (despite the fact that that had probably been L’s true intention).

They aren’t as young as they used to be, and it’s becoming more and more difficult for Mello to hold onto the childish declaration of “I’m better than you are!” because lately, he’s beginning to think that maybe he isn’t.

Mello’s had the opportunity to kill Near more than once since he’s left the orphanage – since the two of them have begun the search for Kira (separately) – but he hasn’t killed him. Near has also had more than one chance to kill Mello, but he hasn’t used any of the chances presented to him.

Mello could kill Near right now; they are alone and the fingers of his right hand are wrapped tightly around Near’s throat. He hates that Near doesn’t look afraid or even mildly surprised.

Mello won’t kill Near, though, and he knows that Near won’t kill him. Maybe the two of them have too much of their predecessor in them for that, but Mello doesn’t believe that that’s the real reason.

He doesn’t hate the way Near presses closer to him when he kisses him. He doesn’t hate the way Near hisses in pleasure (and pain) when he bites at the juncture of his neck and shoulder. He doesn’t hate the way Near says his name—like it is a prayer or curse or maybe both. He doesn’t hate the way Near looks at him, lashes lowered, lips wet and half-parted (and bee-stung, now). He doesn’t hate the way Near feels beneath him (around him)—hot and tight and demanding, shoving his hips up each time Mello thrusts downwards.

Lately, it has become increasingly difficult for Mello to tell himself that he hates Near—more than likely because it’s never really been about hatred to begin with. He’s never really hated the pallid boy.

He’s discovered something interesting, as well: This is no longer a game about which of them is the best one to fill L’s shoes. This is no longer a race to see who can capture Kira first.

This is a game of an entirely different nature altogether, and it’s one that Mello is certain he is going to lose. He doesn’t like to lose—he doesn’t know how to lose gracefully. He’s never conceded defeat before.

But as Near whimpers his name again (Yeah, just like that—not so expressionless now, are you, Near?), Mello thinks that maybe this is a loss he can live with. Maybe it’s okay to lose.

Just this once.

Now that that’s out of the way, maybe I can get some actual work done? XD; I’ve been wanting to write Mello x Near for a while now…. I just wasn’t inspired until a couple of days ago, and then this idea wouldn’t leave my head. -_-

Loveless and Death Note are going to kill me. Or, at least, the muses will.
Current Mood: tiredtired
nami_assasin on June 8th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed it very much! ^^

Edited at 2008-06-08 07:00 pm (UTC)
Kagome_newworld on June 8th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you~! I'm glad you did. ^_^
fish manxxdahlia on June 8th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Anything with Mello kills me, and this was very nice <3
Kagome_newworld on June 8th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you. ^__^ Glad you liked it~!
Alice (Akane)kurosaki_akane on June 8th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Wow... This is amazing. I love this story so much, I think that Mello's thoughts and feelings are very accurate and perfect! Playing emotional games is not convenient for someone emotional and obsessive as he is-- he's definitely bound to lose, albeit I think that the loss will be mutual.

As a Mello x Near fan, this story makes me very happy (*-*) *Adds it to memories*
Kagome_newworld on June 8th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
*blushblush* Thank you! I'm so happy that you liked it so much. ^_____^ And yeah, I too, figured that he would lose at this "game". XD Near is also losing, though he might not want to admit it. *giggles*

I love Mello x Near as well. XD <333
Yurameki: Tough Loveyurameki_tenshi on June 8th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Hehe, loved it <3
Kagome_newworld on June 8th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! <3 Glad you did. ^_^
Miharu Frenchface: MN hearts :3naermint on June 10th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
I loved it *A*
Kagome_newworld on June 10th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you! ^_^
compos_dementis: Mellocompos_dementis on June 10th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
OMG I love Mello so much I think I may die.

And... this was beautiful and heartbreaking. Good work.

Kagome_newworld on June 10th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
*cuddles you* Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed reading. ^_^
Ariel: cute Lhappymediocrity on June 12th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
that was one of the best DN fics I've read so far.
Kagome_newworld on June 12th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)

*more blushing*

Thank you so very much!!!!!! <3333 I'm glad that you enjoyed reading it as much as you did. ^_____^
Athenaalice_fairbrook on June 22nd, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
I love this story. Have you considered making another chapter of it?
Kagome_newworld on June 23rd, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
*blush* Thank you so much! And hee~. I might, if I actually develop an idea for continuing it. ^^
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Kagome_newworld on July 17th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
*blushes* <3333 Thank you so much! I would be very happy to provide more, if I had any ideas! *LOL*

There is one more Mello x Near I've written, and it's a companion fic to this one. XD

I thought the idea for this fic was so very Mello, and so I wrote. ^_^