Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs - References
by MRS Jeevas

"You've got NiQuitin in your hand luggage. I've got emergency NiQuitin in mine. You're going to have nicotine." Mello spoke in his reasonable-in-the-face-of-the-idiot voice. "Please get on this plane with me."
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 1

NiQuitin is a nicotine replacement lozenge. It is designed to help people stop smoking.


Also, tell them to check their calendars, because it does match if they go back to the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian.
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 3: The MayDay Line

The Julian calendar was devised by Julius Caesar and was in use throughout Europe and Africa until 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII created a new one.

The problem with the Julian calendar was that it gained 11 minutes every year. This meant that left to its own devices, a whole day appeared every 134 years. By the time Pope Gregory was designing his calendar, the Julian calendar had already gained 12.14 days from when it came into force in 45 BCE. The Gregorian calendar corrected this by realigning the months and keeping a 'leap year' every four years to stop it becoming out of line again.

The Gregorian calendar has slowly been adopted across the world, though the Orthodox Church and North African farmers still use the Julian calendar to this day.


"Yeah. As long as you stop with the fucking Polly-Anna cheerfulness and pass my cigarettes."
Matt, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 3: The MayDay Line

The Pollyanna series began in 1913, written by Eleanor H Porter, and continued throughout the century in sequels penned by Elizabeth Borton, Harriet Lummis Smith and Colleen L Reece.

Pollyanna is a young orphan noted for her sunny outlook and propensity to find the good in everything.


There was a faint trace of humour in Roger's voice, "Thus speaks his master's voice."
Roger, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 4: Parent Figure

The acronym HMV, as in the record label and the chain store, stands for 'His Master's Voice'. It's also a painting by Mark Barraud, which shows a dog, Nipper, listening to a cylinder phonograph, which is broadcasting his owner's voice.


"Officially Consigliere, but Rod did what I told him, so unofficially Capo Crimine. I got called Capo Bastone once without anyone losing their head."
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 4: Parent Figure

The consigliere, in a Mafia family, is the person who advises the don and settles disputes within the ranks. Capo Crimine is the supervisor of all the various sub-groups within the family. The implication here is that Rod Ross had a boss himself, though this family wasn't Sicilian and therefore may have used Capo Crimine as an alternative title for the Don.

Capo Bastone is the underboss or second in command to the Capo Crimine.


You go from pretty, little girl to big, tough-guy, Rambo, psychopath, erm... I probably didn't phrase that very well.
Matt, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 4: Parent Figure

The series of 'Rambo' action films are based on the book, by David Morrell, entitled 'First Blood'. The eponymous character is a veteran of the war between his native America and Viet Nam. He is known for ultra-macho violence and action.


"Great, Friends Reunited for the dispossessed geniuses. I think I'll help you pluck your nose-hairs."
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 5: Alumni

Friends Reunited is a UK based website seeking to put people in touch with old schoolfriends and work colleagues.


Matt spoke calmly, "Morta alla Francia, Italia anela. You really are too stupid to live, Jonny, but you're too far below him for him to bother."
Matt, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 5: Alumni

'Morta alla Francia, Italia anela' is better known as its acronym: Mafia. The Mafia reputedly has its origins in a war between Italy and France. The soldiers' battlecry translates as 'death to France, this is Italy's cry'.


"You'll just have to fix that with a Rizla or something tomorrow. "
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 8: Bruised

Rizla is a brand name for a cigarette paper.


"Ok, don't go all Scarlett O'Hara on me. I'll buy you flowers."
Matt, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 9: A Pattern Forming

Scarlett O'Hara was the heroine of 'Gone With the Wind' by Margaret Mitchell. A bit of a livewire, Scarlett is known for dramatic tantrums.


His mobile 'phone started playing 'Tubular Bells', which was his Wammy's House ring-tone.
Matt, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 9: A Pattern Forming

'Tubular Bells' by Mike Oldfield relates to the bells of Winchester Cathedral, which were heard loudly within Wammy's House as Matt was growing up.

The song was also the theme song to the film 'The Exorcist' about a possessed child. It's Matt's private little joke.


Besides, 'I cannot live without my life, I cannot live without my soul.'"
Matt, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 10: Chocolate and Cigarettes

Matt's gaining brownie points by quoting one of Mello's favourite books. It's Heathcliff from 'Wuthering Heights'.

"Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living! You said I killed you — haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe — I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always — take any form — drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!"


'The white lights mean you're coming home', he thought, misquoting the Arcade Fire song in his head. "Your headlights like diamonds, Mail."
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 12: Deductions

Mello is misquoting 'Headlights Look Like Diamonds' by Arcade Fire. The real lyrics are:

'The red lights mean you're leaving
The white one's mean returning
Tell me how this story ends
And I'll keep them fires burning'


Matt smirked, taking his lover's hand and walking with him to the bathroom. "Polly?" At Mello's quizzical look, he elaborated. "Pretty Polly." Mello's expression said it all. "Ok, give me time. I'll get there." He ran the water. "Peach?"
Matt, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 13: Making Love

Pretty Polly is a brand name for stockings and tights. Princess Peach Toadstool is the 'damsel in distress' from the Mario games by Nintendo.


They fell silent again, but Mello wasn't in the mood for quiet reflection. "'Then, in my childhood, in the dawn of a most stormy life, was drawn from all the depths of good and ill, the mystery that binds me still...'" He sucked on a square of chocolate and heard Matt reach for his cigarettes. "'The thunder and the storm and the cloud that took the form, when the rest of the Heaven was blue, of a demon in my view.'"... "'I could not bring my passions from the common spring, and all I loved, I loved alone.'"
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 14: Pathetic Fallacy

Mello is reciting 'Alone' by Edgar Allen Poe.


Mello had nicknamed her the Bride of Dracula
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 15: Hollow

Mello was referring to the 1960 film, 'The Brides of Dracula'. He is being extremely unkind to Hollow.


She was Cathy, newly dug from the grave by Heathcliff. She was Tess of the D'Ubervilles, recovered from Stonehenge.
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 16: Gothic

In 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte, chapter 29, Heathcliff told Nelly Dean that, after Cathy died, he went to the graveyard and dug her up. Heathcliff couldn't stand the thought that only a few feet of soil separated himself from her. He had to hug her and he would pretend to himself that her coldness was the effect of the wind on her face.

In 'Tess of the D'Ubervilles' by Thomas Hardy, chapter 57, Angel and Tess are on the run. Utterly exhausted, they arrive at Stonehenge, where they spent the night. Tess lies asleep and ill on one of the fallen stones. Contrary to Mello's implication that she died there, she doesn't physically do so. Metaphorically, symbolically and all the rest, yes, but she's still breathing as she's arrested the next day. Then gets executed in prison.


Near didn't respond. He twirled his hair between finger and thumb, then moved the Ten of Wands a few inches to the right... He faintly smiled and moved the Devil card to the outskirts of the pack.
Near, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 17: A Motley Crew of Freaks

Near is recreating the atmosphere and power dynamics in the room with his Tarot card spread. The ten of wands might be summed up as strong communication or, in this context, a lead. Near moves it when Mello finds Matt's car. This is also the first time after their congregating that their collective resources have moved the case on.

As Mello correctly discerned, Near was using the Devil card to signify Mello. It's moved to 'the outskirts of the pack' an instant after Mello alienates himself by snapping at the others. Near was being nasty here. He was using the card to wind Mello up, as the meaning of that card doesn't really describe Mello at all. Its meaning within Christianity though would have been uncomfortable for Catholic Mello.


Near played with his hair, his gaze resolutely turned away. After a moment, he stood and padded over to a cupboard, bringing out a box of finger-puppets. These were up-ended in the middle of the ordinary cards he had been engaged with.
Near, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 18: De Profundis

Near was still using cards to recreate the atmosphere and power dynamics in the room. Ordinary playing cards are simply the minor arcana of a Tarot pack. He probably got bored because no-one realised/commented on it, hence he moved on to fingerpuppets.


"Death." Linda responded. "'Til death do us part'... or divorce, obviously."
Linda, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 18: De Profundis

''Til death us do part' is a line from the Christian wedding rite.


The pale Celt quietly handed her a list. "These were significant in the '48. Can you see how many of them survive now please?"
Century, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 20: Brainstorm

The Young Irelander Rebellion happened on July 29th, 1848, in Tipperary, Eire. Many of its members went on to join the Fenian Movement. It's not stated why Century might think that Fenian might be in those locations, particularly since the latter should be expected to be at his work along the continental drift seam. However, Century was right.


He began, before realising that it was the Memorae that he was speaking and tears came instead.
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 21: Garden

'Remember, O gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of Virgins and my Mother; to thee I come, before thee I kneel, sinful and sorrowful;

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me.

Amen'

The Memorae is a prayer that would be spoken for those in danger.


"Just one question, then you can go back to sleep. What's omerta?" "I can't tell you." Mello smiled faintly, but the humour didn't reach his eyes.
Hal and Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 21: Garden

Omerta is the Mafia code of silence.


"Mello, what are you going to do with a big baseball bat?"

"Pretend I'm Neapolitan."

... He held out his hand and an enormous baseball bat was placed into it. "You traitor! You betrayer! You Judas! You thought we wouldn't find out? You thought our friends wouldn't call in the one person who could get past Near's security? You thought we would forgive disloyalty?"
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 21: Garden

This whole segment recalls an incident with Al Capone. As a Neapolitan, he struggled to join the Mafia, as membership depended upon being Sicilian. (Similarly, as a Slav, Mello could not have joined the proper Mafia.)

Al Capone once invited three people to a meal. His victims were wined and dined, before Al Capone suddenly changed on them. He used the exact words that Mello uses in this scene. Neuron, as obsessed with the Mafia as he was, would have recognised this infamous recalling. He would have expected, if the scene played out, to have been killed.


"I wonder," he asked slowly, savouring each word, "are you a man of honour?"... "You told me he was our friend." He blinked at the teenager. "Neuron, are you our friend?"... "I think I will ask the questions. Button? Do you even know about our thing?"
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 21: Garden

'A man of honour' means a Mafia member, as does 'our friend'. A button is someone who has been 'made', ie the lowest ranking member of the Mafia, also called a soldier. The Mafia don't call themselves the Mafia, they refer to business as 'Cosa Nostra', which translates as 'our thing'.


"The code of silence isn't amongst friends, Neuron. What is the eighth rule?" There was a stare-off, then Mello rose. "You're boring me, child. You talk in public too much. You break rules two, three and seven, now you're breaking rule eight. Your capo will thank me."
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 21: Garden

1. No-one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it.

2. Never look at the wives of friends.

3. Never be seen with cops.

4. Don't go to pubs and clubs.

5. Always being available for Cosa Nostra is a duty - even if your wife's about to give birth.

6. Appointments must absolutely be respected.

7. Wives must be treated with respect.

8. When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth.

9. Money cannot be appropriated if it belongs to others or to other families.

10. People who can't be part of Cosa Nostra: anyone who has a close relative in the police, anyone with a two-timing relative in the family, anyone who behaves badly and doesn't hold to moral values.

Mello is claiming that, if Neuron is a Mafia member, then he has to tell Mello everything under rule eight. If Neuron remains silent then his capo (boss) will not blame Mello for killing Neuron. Mello is also stating that Matt, as Mello's spouse, is out of bounds under rules two and seven.


"What the fuck have you done to your face?" Fenian glared back. "And who's the mini-me?"
Fenian, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 22: Fianna

Mini-Me is a character from the 'Austin Powers' films. He is identical, in every respect, to Dr Evil, except that Mini-me is only an eighth of his clone's size.


"Ask me how I felt when you quoted 'She Walks in Beauty' to me, the day you started having your tattoo done."
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 28: Moment of Truth

'She Walks in Beauty' is a poem by Lord Byron.


"'Don't you know, you always followed me?'"
Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 30: Mihael

Yet another 'Wuthering Heights' quotation. Cathy is being misquoted here, from chapter 12:

She paused, and resumed with a strange smile. 'He's considering - he'd rather I'd come to him! Find a way, then! not through that kirkyard. You are slow! Be content, you always followed me!'

Mello shouldn't be misquoting Cathy. Matt tends to, but Mello never does, because he's eaten, breathed and lived this story. I've made a mistake. It's been years since I read Wuthering Heights, but I watched the 1992 film not long ago. I'm partially deaf and therefore I misheard what she said. Here is the scene that I was remembering.


Matt pointed dramatically, "'Achtung, baby! Today we play it my way!'"

Mello's eyes narrowed. "I need to know why before I do anything."

Matt smirked. "Just a character from a game."

"Who?"

"Klavier Gavin."
Matt and Mello, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 31: Epilogue

Klavier Gavin

Klavier Gavin is a character from the 'Apollo Justice' games by Nintendo. 'Achtung, baby! Today we play it my way' is one of his catchphrases.


"Klavier, like 'The Well-Tempered Clavier', isn't 'Ave Maria' based on that?"
Matt, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 31: Epilogue

Johann Sebastian Bach composed 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'. The first prelude of 'Book One' was used by Charles Gounod as the basis of his 'Ave Maria'.


The really traditional oubliettes (as opposed to the one with spikes in it at Leap Castle, where it took three wheelbarrow loads to clear out the human bones) had steep sides and access to the waters below.
Matt, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 32: TYVM for 1000 Hits

Leap Castle is in County Offaly, Ireland. Its oubliette is unique in that it also contains spikes at the bottom of its shaft. The hapless prisoners were thrown into the oubliette and forgotten about. If they survived the fall onto spikes, they would starve to death amongst the corpses, unless their injuries killed them first.


IQ tests; MI tests; categorisations into the seven subsections of genius.
Matt, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 32: TYVM for 1000 Hits

Intelligence Quotient tests and Multiple Intelligences tests are two ways to identify genius.


Mello had been amarillo, like Big Bird.
Matt, Watari Pt 1: L's Heirs, chapter 32: TYVM for 1000 Hits

'Big Bird' in 'Sesame Street' was yellow. The Spanish for 'yellow' is 'amarillo'. Matt is referring to Mello's blond hair.