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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.


Absolutes by Niia L (translated from Spanish)

  • Recommended by sauronlulz
  • Status:
  • Synopsis: "60 miserable seconds, and it would be his birthday. But no, it couldn't be. It couldn't be a birthday without him." Near mourns for Mello. Genfic.


The Adventures of Sayu Yagami by AllegedDeity

  • Recommended by Yoyoddd, feral
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Light/Misa, mild Sayu/Light
  • Synopsis: Sayu learns of the existence of the Death Note, and discovers Light's identity as Kira. She then must figure out how to use this knowledge to help (or hinder) Light.
  • Tags: Family Drama, Depression, Jealousy, Drug use


Am I Being Punished by theonlyone101


The Art of Drowning by Quiet


AI: Alternate Incarceration by FFYP-det-Yagami

  • Recommended by Marlee Cross
  • Status:
  • Synopsis: Misa gets some handcuffs. Light is unhappy about the situation at large. AU - contains ridiculous revenge, awkward situations, swearing, vague nudity, a love test, L in a suit, Misa, and the dreaded Ame-chan.


CoffinSide by Ruin Takada

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: None specified, slight platonic Ryuk/Light
  • Synopsis: Light dies and a funeral is held, yet Sayu cannot cry. However, when Ryuk grows bored yet again, the result is the screwing of the rules, in true Lazarean style.
  • Additional Info: This is a competition fic, in which readers are invited to write a continuation/sequel of the fic to earn the title 'Official continuation'. This fic also comes with Death Note-style rules on Ruin Takada's profile page. The competition is considered still open.
  • Additional Additional Info: Now has its own page
  • Tags: Continuation Fic, Back from the Dead, horror, Family Drama


Days and Nights by Monniemoo (incomplete, crack, Mello/Matt hints)

  • Recommended by sauronlulz
  • Synopsis: Matt quits his job at Gamestop and hitchhikes, not knowing the strange people he will meet on the way. AU crackfics with ensemble cast.


Death Note: Crossroads by river-moonlight

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Post-series mayhem. (Spoilers for the entire series). Ryuk drops another notebook and it's picked up... by Matsuda.
  • Tags: Continuation Fic, Angst, Not So Different, Dark!Matsuda


Death Note: Game Over by Ridler

  • Recommended by Timetraveller
  • Status:
  • Sypnosis: A normal guy with a normal life finds the Death Note two months before Light Yagami is caught and killed. At first unwilling to use it, he slowly realizes he has to if he wants to maintain the peaceful world he'd lived in since Kira appeared.


Death Row by Leesy Metallium

  • Recommended by Dawnwing
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopis: A one-shot from Lind L. Tailor's point of view. The day before L confronts Kira on television, Tailor is condemned to die, but L has a proposition for him...


Evangelos by Bialy.

  • Recommended by Thinks Too Much
  • Status:
  • Synopsis: Seven semi-happy moments in Mello's life. In the author's words, "Mello in seven kisses".


Fragmentary Blue by The Carnivorous Muffin

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: past Light/Misa
  • Synopsis: There is a shinigami in Misa's home, one she believes may have once been Light, and so she waits for him to come back. Sometimes she has doubts.
  • Tags: Angst, Continuation Fic, Shinigami, Het


Fright by Underwater Owl

  • Recommended by KA
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: None; implied Gevanni/Lidner
  • Synopsis: "The year following Light Yagami's death, things begin to go wrong. Is it the house? Is it Near? Is it ever going to stop?" Seven chapters of psychological thriller detailing a haunted house, a descent into madness, the confusion as to which is which, and you don't truly know what's going on until the end.


The Golden Son, Light by Serria


Hindight by Elizabeth Culmer

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "No man creates himself in isolation, and no mother intends her child to be a monster. A story of the Yagami family."
  • Tags: Backstory, Angst, Family Drama


Inhuman Resurrection by Lawliet Is Justice

  • Recommended by whatshisface
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: L is returned as a Virtual Ghost 200 years after his death.


It Rains on the Living by Serria

  • Recommended by orpheus-izanagi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sachiko finds out that Light is dead.
  • Tags: Angst, Family Drama


Kira Is Justice by chihuahua0

  • Recommended by Chihuahua 0, feral
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: In the year 2014, a Shinigami named Landras drops a Death Note on Chicago, and it is picked up by a shy high schooler name Justin. History repeats itself, until more people get involved...
  • Tags: Continuation Fic, Original Character, déjà vu, intrigue


L's Road Trip by Jackel Scribe


Life After Death Note by Cameron Kennedy

  • Recommended by Chihuahua 0
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: (Spoilers) Light killed L on November 5, 2004. But then, 6 years later, L wakes up in a hospital bed. He quickly learns that Kira is dead, but as he knows from experience, dead things don't always stay that way...


Little Sister by Monniemoo

  • Recommended by sauronlulz
  • Status:
  • Synopsis: In the midst of her loneliness waiting for Light, Misa discovers a little sister.


One Small Detail by Wilwarin


Phantom's Play by Maximus1

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A tale of suspense set in between the first and second seasons, a new threat to Kira's world arises—a terrorist is killing innocents and tarnishing Kira's "good name." Light's running low on pawns and the stakes have never been higher.
  • Tags: Gen Fic, action-adventure, spy, intrigue


Playing the Adult by Lord Onisyr

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): L x nameless escort
  • Synopsis: After accidentally getting more of a view into L's private life than he would have liked, Watari recognizes his teenage ward is no longer a child.
  • Tags: strange things, Slash Fic, oneshot

Pure White by Aiden Dahlin

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "After everything, despite his quirks, she was lucky to have such a brilliant child. He was any mothers dream, an angel-Light closed his eyes, trying to block out some of the sound."
  • Tags: Backstory, Angst, insanity, Creepy Child, Family Drama

Remorse by Trismegistus


Revenge by PurpleMoon3

  • Recommended by Lustheron
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ryuk's point of view from when Light dies.
  • Comments: An interesting glimpse into Ryuk's mind. Contains a highly unexpected ending.


Ryuk Returns by Michaelmyersfangirl

  • Recommended by Chihuahua 0
  • Status:
  • Synopsis: Five years after Death Note, Ryuk makes a bet with a Shinigami to give the Death Note to another person to see of that person will turn out better than Light. A Candaian girl named Scout Hemmings finds it. "hilarity and horrifics insue", as the review said.


Salt by Alien ABC's


Second Chances by Spades 44

  • Recommended by emilyperson
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: "Crime doesn't stop just because you're dead." L solves mysteries and faces his own humanity in the afterlife. Contains background Raye/Naomi, Matt/Mello, and "L/someone familiar."


Sins of the Father and Under One Roof by Sarapsys

  • Recommended by Lady Lucy
  • Status:
  • Synopsis: Sins of the Father, in the author's own words, depicts the House and L's successors, from the perspective of the man who raised them. "You can't protect your children from everything, especially when they don't want your protection." This story is followed by "Under One Roof", again in the author's own words, Wammy's House, in 60 patchworked ficlets from the perspectives of students and staff. Interquel of Sins of the Father.


The Story of L by animeperson798

  • Recommended by bloodyangelwings
  • Status: Ongoing at over thirty chapters, and not even close to being done.
  • Synopsis: As the name implies, this story is about L. It mainly focuses on his childhood, and his relationship with Watari. Other Wammy's House children have also made appearances. Does have minor (one-sided) B Bx L.

Up In Smoke by Argella

  • Recommended by sauronlulz
  • Status:
  • Synopsis: Near would rather forget the last charred fragments of his childhood. Short oneshot.


We Fat Ourselves For Maggots by visszater

  • Recommended by aimsme, feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Minor Sachiko/Soichiro
  • Synopsis: Ryuk watches over his family.
  • Tags: Family Drama, Shinigami


Welcome to Wammy by Mikanis

  • Recommended by Cassius
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It is about Mello's life pre-DN continuity.