Secrets Behind the Chapter Titles - Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs
by MRS Jeevas

Why 'Watari Part 1: L's Heirs'?

'Watari Pt 1' and 'Watari Pt 2' should really be read as one very long story. Watari, in this sense, is the Watari Network as a whole rather than Quillsh Wammy, Roger Ruvie, who whomever holds the named position. It's about the orphanage; its current children and its alumni; the communication network and the cases; the infrastructure and policies; and the over-arcing influence that it has in the lives of those raised at Wammy's House.

Part one focuses on the human side of the Watari Network, in particular the people raised to potentially become L's successor.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 00 - Prologue

This is self-explanatory.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 01 - Home

Mello has spent his life thinking of Yugoslavia ultimately as home. Now he's in Croatia, he can only think of the house in the New Forest, England, as home.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 02 - Sympathetic Character

This chapter is named after the Alanis Morrisette song, 'Sympathetic Character', which, on some levels can sum up Matt's feelings for Mello.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 03 - The MayDay Line

The MayDay Line is the database of cases, submitted for the attention of L, by disparate people globally. All communication goes to an unspecified administration with the high profile ones going straight to Near. The rest are listed for whichever member of the alumni wants to tackle them.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 04 - Parent Figure

The parent figure of the title is Roger Ruvie.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 05 - Alumni

The specific alumni are those participating in the forum for Wammy's House people and also attending Linda's art exhibition launch. They are all 4th generation, ie the same as Near, Mello and Matt. The alumni introduced here are Linda, Nathalie, Luigi, Jonny, Lamond and Deontic.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 06 - The Fourth Generation

This title refers to the 4th generation of children raised at Wammy's House. The fifteen of them were: Near, Mello, Matt, Deontic, Nathalie, Jonny, Hollow, Luigi, Fenian, Linda, Salvo, Century, Chrissie, Lamond and Mairoo.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 07 - Torture and Heat

It's a very hot night, made hotter by having sex, and Mello is talking a lot about torture.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 08 - Bruised

Matt is bruised. I'm sorry, I was very literal in naming chapters at this point, wasn't I?

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 09 - A Pattern Forming

There are two patterns forming. The first is the sleeve tattoo on Matt's arm, which is outlined in this chapter; the second is the case, which Roger calls Mello about.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 10 - Chocolate and Cigarettes

The clues that Mello and Matt are unravelling involve chocolate and cigarettes. Some might say that they are experts on these sorts of clues.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 11 - The Race is On

The race, to be the first to solve the case, is between Near and Mello. The rest of the alumni might think that they are in the running too, but Near and Mello know differently.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 12 - Deductions

The alumni have their clues and so they must deduce leads from them.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 13 - Making Love

Mello and Matt make love.

I'm sorry. The obviousness and simplicity of these chapter titles is making me blush in retrospect.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 14 - Pathetic Fallacy

Pathetic fallacy describes a devise, used in literature, where the weather matches the emotional mood of the character.

In this chapter, it is raining heavily and all of the characters are sad.

Is it too late to rename all the chapters in this book?

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 15 - Hollow

Hollow is one of the 4th generation alumni. She makes her first proper appearance in this chapter.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 16 - Gothic

Hollow is a Goth and she's in this chapter. The setting is Gothic, in a literary sense, as are sections of the plotline.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 17 - A Motley Crew of Freaks

'Deontic shook her head. "Hal, you might not want to be here." She commented softly. "You are about to see the most bizarre motley crew of freaks ever to grace this earth. It could get ugly."'

The people thus described are Deontic's peers, members of the 4th generation alumni.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 18 - De Profundis

The 'De Profundis' prayer is spoken for the dead. Mello's getting a lot of opportunities to say it.

De profúndis clamávi ad te, Dómine: Dómine, exáudi vocem meam.
Fiant aures tuae intendéntes: in vocem deprecationes meae.
Si iniquitátes observaveris, Dómine: Dómine, quis sustinébit.
Quia apud te propitiátio est: et propter legem tuam sustinui te, Dómine.
Sustinuit ánima mea in verbo ejus: sperávit ánima mea in Dómino.
A custodia matutina usque ad noctem: specret Israel in Dómino.
Quia apud Dóminum misericordia: et copiósa apud eum redémptio.
Et ipse redimet Israel, ex ómnibus iniquitátibus ejus.

Except that Mello is saying it in Serbo-Croatian.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 19 - Dominoes

Near's dominoes are significant in this chapter. Chrissie notices, though thankfully Mello doesn't, that Near's dominoes signify that he already knows precisely how the conversation will end. He didn't get the fine detail. He and Mello bouncing ideas off each other do that, but he did reach the conclusion that he wanted without any bloodshed.

On a more personal note, 'Dominoes' is also my favourite Syd Barrett song. Like most Barrett songs, it's got an element of a collapsing mind behind it. Mello's barely concealed panic and emotional stress fit very nicely into the song. He might wish for a 'life that comes to no harm', but he's not going to get it today.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 20 - Brainstorm

The alumni brainstorm where they are, thus far, in solving the case.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 21 - Garden

The garden is the one that Matt scratched on the wall.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 22 - Fianna

'In early Ireland, fianna (singular fian) were small, semi-independent warrior bands who lived apart from society in the forests as mercenaries, bandits and hunters, but could be called upon by kings in times of war. They appear in Irish mythology, most notably in the stories of the Fenian Cycle, where they are led by Fionn mac Cumhaill.' Wikipedia

Or, in our context, Fenian just turned up.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 23 - Pray for Us Sinners

The 'Ave Maria' (Hail Mary) Catholic prayer, in English, is:

'Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.

The two Catholics, Mello and Fenian, are both praying in this chapter.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 24 - Secrets and Regrets

In this chapter, some secrets are revealed and some regrets are felt. Yes, very uninspired. -.-

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 25 - Morning

This chapter takes place the morning after the previous chapter.

I'm blushing so hard here.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 26 - Belong

This chapter was named after the artwork, created by Spoiled Kitten, based on the violent sex that Mello and Matt have within it. She had read the chapter and titled her picture weeks before I ever came to name my chapter.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 27 - Olives

The conversation about olives within this chapter was the inspiration for this title.

'Mello was just watching him with infinite amusement. "You have such a fixation on olives. You act like they are threatening you in some way."

"No. It stands to reason." Matt frowned, as if it was self-evident. "If we're grabbing something to eat, you always migrate towards the sort of place that has olives. If you look through the glass and there's olives, then you know damn well that the menu is not going to have anything edible on it. It's going to be cous-cous and twenty different names for something that boils down to different coloured leaves with a bit of oil dribbled on the top. I'll give you halloumi cheese, that was nice, but you're never doing lentil quiche to me again. Simper all you want, Mello, there are good reasons that I do the grocery order."

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 28 - A Question of Lust

This chapter is named after the Depeche Mode song of the same name. I couldn't find an official video. I did find an accoustic version that I just adore! If you want to hear the original, go look for it, I'm adding this one (if only so I can find it again). Absolute pwnage.

Oh yes, the plot. I see it as Mello singing it to Matt. I know that the 'I would not willingly do you harm' sounds laughable in these circumstances, but you have to evaluate the harm.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 29 - Eternally Pwnt

This was the first chapter that was co-written with someone else. Miyamashi and I passed it back and forth for ages. It was RPed, then written up, then I added depth to Matt's bits, then she added depth to Mello's bits, then we'd both go over it again.

The name of the file that we passed between each other came from an OOC conversation, after we'd both cracked up at Matt suggesting that the ritual was performed in 1337. Or, as Miyamashi wrote: '1, M14@3L, take M@1L J33v@s, to PWN him for eternity'. The first place it was uploaded was DeviantART and they don't allow titles that are that long, so I shortened it to 'Eternally Pwnt'.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 30 - Mihael

Mihael is Mello's real first name, but it's also the nickname that Matt has for Mello's gentler side. It is the latter sense in which it was used in this title.

Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs: Chapter 31 - Epilogue

This chapter title is self-explanatory.