Thorns of Death by Aerial Sky
- Watari Death Note Fan-Fiction
But Watari hadn't spoken in hours. Ever since he had brought A from the coffee shop to the hotel, he had been silent. Did he know something? Had he known this would happen?
"Watari. Why won't she wake up? Is she dying?" L had an excellent poker face, but it was so tempting to let it fall. But he hadn't cried in years. Not since he was younger... He had built walls to protect himself.
The elder man sighed audibly, causing L to glance at him curiously. "She will be okay for now."
L paused, waiting for him to say something else. But he didn't. "For now? So she is dying?"
Watari's face was grave. "I was anonymously informed of this event beforehand. I thought it was some practical joke, but now I see he was being truthful."
"What are you talking about? Who called you?" L had never yelled at his father before. Not once. But it was hard not to. He had known that A would collapse like this, and he had done nothing to stop it from happening. "Who called you, Watari?" L's voice rose.
Watari had never seen this side of L before. It was hard not to be intimidated. He seemed... different. Evil. Capable of anything. "I could tell it was a man, but the number was untraceable, and I couldn't tell who it was."
"When did he call? What did he say?!" L was getting desperate.
"He simply said that A would be delivered to us in a few days time. He said her mind wasn't in the right place, and she wouldn't get better. He said she had the Thorns of Death."
"Thorns of Death?" L asked questioningly. What in the world was that?
"He said she was not who she seemed, and she was dangerous."
Dangerous. A. Dangerous. Those two words didn't go together. A would not even hurt a fly. "You're wrong. She's still the same. Just a bit more anxious and paranoid. Watari you didn't talk to her. She's still the same."
"Ryuzaki, she needs rest. Whatever this is that's hurting her, we need to leave her be for now."
"I'm staying with her. I'm not losing her again."
And Watari didn't argue, for as much as L tried to hide it, he saw that streak on his cheek. He knew L was serious. He never cried, so this had to be important.
"Tell me when she wakes up. I will do some research."
Aerial Sky's Tips on Writing Wammy in Death Note Fan-Fiction
Do you/have you written fan-fiction about Wammy now or in the past?
Sort of - I'm working on one right now
If yes, any anecdotes/background info about your experiences as a Mr Wammy fan-fiction writer?
I have included his character to build the story and suspense, but I am mainly wanting to make Watari as close to the manga and anime. I want him to be as accurate as possible, to avoid confusion and plot gaps later in the story.
Regardless of whether you have done this, how would you go about writing Mr Wammy fan-fiction?
Depending on whether it is a serious, dramatic, or comedic story, I'd say think about how you imagine Watari acting. He is normally a polite butler/father figure for L, but he has another side to him that is dangerous. For suspenseful or dramatic stories I would like to see his dangerous side.
What attributes, scenarios and/or characteristics are essential for bringing Watari to life in story-form?
His personality is interesting. Usually he does what L wants him to, and he protects L to make sure he is safe. In that sense, I take scenarios from the actual manga and anime and put it into the story to fit it.
How do you go about teasing out the fine detail in characterising Wammy, so to seem realistic to readers?
I take how he acted in the manga and anime and use that information to imagine him as accurately as possible.
I try to detail almost everything in the story, so that later the reader doesn't ask themselves "Where did that come from?"
In your experience, what are the common mistakes made by fan authors writing about Watari?
I think they make Watari out of character, which is something I try hard to avoid. When he does something that I don't see him doing, it's hard for me to see that scene play out in my head.
Any last tips for anyone reading, who wishes to start writing fan-fiction about Mr Wammy?
Always write things that interest you. If you aren't interested and care about it, then the reader won't either. Just be yourself, and express your feelings in your words.
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