When everything was set up, Hayami made the call to Yoshida Eiko, sounding contrite and apologetic. He made an appointment for them to meet in an hour then hung up. He coughed and stuck out his tongue, rubbing it with his fingers.
“Having to say words like that to that bitch should have set my mouth on fire,” he said making a face.
“Really? I would think you would be so used to uttering falsehoods to get what you wanted that this would be easy.” L commented as he finished setting up the feed to Hayami’s computer.
“Please Ryuzaki…” Light pleaded while Matsuda tried to stifle a chuckle.
“I don’t have to lie to get what I want Mr. Ryuzaki,” he answered, “With very few exceptions,” he looked at Light, “What I want usually comes willingly.” L started to open his mouth and Light shot him a look that told him there would be trouble if he did. He stopped and smiled at Light instead.
“Yes, with some exceptions,” he said then tested the connection on Hayami’s computer, “It’s live. Everything going on in that next room will be shown here, and on my computer; everything going on in here will be shown on Light's.”
“Excellent, now everyone knows what the plan is, do we have to go over it again?” Light asked and everyone agreed that they knew. “Fine, now everyone to their places, Mr. Hayami, do whatever you would normally do before receiving a possible client. Matsuda, Ryuzaki, go to your places I’ll join you in a few minutes.”
L and Matsuda both nodded and went into the room designated for their hiding place while Light turned to Hayami. “We’re going to be just a few seconds away but don’t take any extra chances. Greet them, tell them your story and take Yoshida into the other room for a private discussion. Before doing that, make sure you cozy up to her, make advances, take your time. I saw a look in that boy's eyes when she was fawning over him that didn't look quite right during our interview and I think we can exploit that. ” He grinned when he saw Hayami make a face, “You don’t have to go through with it, just get her interested and then we’ll see where it goes. “ the buzzer to the front door went off and Light nodded at him and sprinted to join L and Matsuda. L was sitting cross-legged on the floor with his laptop in front of him and watching the living room, the other computer at his side. He looked up as Light came in and nodded. Light and Matsuda stood on either side of him and watched.
Hayami went to the door, a smile of welcome on his face. “Yoshida and Shumei, welcome to my home, please come in.” he said opening the door wide so they could come in.
“So, it appears you have finally come to your senses,” Yoshida said with a sneer, “I’m glad, you will find out just how profitable my boy will be for you. Too bad your partner didn’t realize it.” Hayami closed the door behind them and ushered them into the room, offering them a seat.
“Yes, well, I apologize for that over sight. But truth be told I actually fought for your son, but he was completely against it. Rather than lose a friendship and/or business partner at the time I thought it was best to go along. However, now that he's gone, there's nothing in the way. ” he walked over to the bar and pulled a bottle from the small fridge. I suggest we toast our new partnership with champagne.” He said wrapping a small towel around the top of the bottle. “I think on such a special occasion even Shumei should have a glass.”
Yoshida frowned at first and then smiled. “Yes, I think that would be agreeable, a small glass for Shumei if you don’t mind.” She smiled at the boy who nodded with a small smile. “This is quite the living space,” she added looking around, “I’m sure everything in here is quite expensive.”
“Indeed,” Hayami answered, “And as I entertain quite often and one can never be sure of one’s friends, I have surveillance cameras in every room…just in case someone decides they wish to be light handed,” he concentrated on opening the bottle. “Everyone makes such a fuss about the popping of the cork, when all they’re doing is losing precious bubbles,” he said pushing the cork under the towel until there was a muffled popping sound and he held onto it for another moment before slowly removing the towel and the cork. He then poured the three glasses and passed them around.
“A toast to our new merger, may it be as profitable for all of us as I suspect it will be,” he toasted and they all sipped at it, Shumei making a face and putting the glass down after one sip.
“This is quite good Mr. Hayami,” Yoshida said after her sip, “I hope the offer you plan to make me is just as good.” He chuckled as he swallowed his champagne.
“I am sure you are a very shrewd businesswoman Yoshida,” Hayami said with a smile, “And I have thought about it quite a bit,” he finished his champagne and poured himself another, then refilled her glass, “Strange that I don't remember you being such a handsome woman. I don't remember, is there a lucky man in your life?"
The woman stared at him for a moment before answering. "There is not. Shumei's father died many years ago and since then he has been the only man in my life, isn't that right Shumei." The boy blushed and nodded, looking directly at Hayami. Hayami nodded and smiled as he poured more champagne and sat next to her.
"Well then, perhaps there is the possibility of more than simply a business arrangement?" he said seductively and Yoshida snorted.
"Absolutely not, I was under the impression that you were...THAT type!" she said and Hayami chuckled.
"While it is true that I believe in savoring all of life's little pleasures, I am helpless when faced with a beautiful woman."
L nearly groaned out loud as he listened to the conversation except he knew they couldn't make any noise; instead he looked at Light and dramatically rolled his eyes. Light pointedly ignored him and focused on the screen watching the boy who was becoming slightly agitated as he watched Hayami talk to his mother. He obviously was not comfortable with the conversation and began to fidget nervously as it continued.
Hayami got up to get another bottle of champagne and noticed Shumei moving to sit next to his mother once he had moved. Hayami smiled to himself, obviously the detective had been correct in the way he read their relationship. He decided now was the time for the next step. He pulled the bottle and then went back over to where they sat. He opened the new bottle and smiled at the woman as he poured.
"Why don’t you and I go into my office and draw up the paper work and discuss any final ideas or questions you might have,” he looked at the boy, “Shumei this will be boring to you, so why don’t you stay out here and amuse yourself with the television or my laptop, we shouldn’t be long." This time Shumei looked positively alarmed and shook his head at his mother.
"I should go too, in case I have any question," he suggested, but his mother shook her head.
"No dear, you know mommy always handles the paperwork and business," she swallowed down the contents of the glass and held it out to be refilled, "You stay here and do as Mr. Hayami suggested, I'm sure we won't be long." she smiled at him and fluffed his hair. Hayami held out his hand and she took it, standing up from the couch, picking up her purse as she followed Hayami to his office.
Shumei watched them go in alarm which only got worse when they closed the door behind them. He stood up and began to pace; it was obvious he was extremely upset with being left behind. He walked towards the door following them when the laptop on the table caught his eye. On the screen was his mother and Hayami; obviously one of the security cameras he had mentioned was on in the office. He stopped and watched, his upset still obvious and growing.
L smiled with satisfaction, he was taking the bait. He looked over at Light's laptop that he had also hooked the feed from the office to so they could see what was happening in there as well
Hayami walked to the desk and opened up the first drawer, pulling out what appeared to be contract papers. He then lay them on top and smiled at the woman, moving closer to her as he spoke. “Now even though I believe your son has quite a bit of talent, I do have other reasons for wanting to represent him…and you.” He said in almost a soft purr.
“Really? What would those reasons be?” Yoshida asked trying to see the papers on the desk. She reached into her purse and pulled out a folder piece of paper. "I have written out a few of the demands that I expect in this contract, including the clause that I have final say in all decisions." Hayami took the paper from her then reached out and pulled her to him.
“You are indeed a handsome woman,” he said looking her over, “And I was hoping perhaps during this business arrangement, perhaps we could get to know one another better.”
Shumei made a noise that started as a whine and worked it's way into a growl. His hands balled into fists as he watched Hayami grab his mother.
“That’s disgusting, I’ll have nothing to do with that,” she nearly spat, pushing him away, “I’m only dealing with you for my son’s benefit, and it will stop at business. Now I need to see the papers that you have drawn up...”
“In time dear lady, in time. How long as it been since you’ve been properly entertained by a man? Something tells me it’s probably been quite a while.” Hayami said moving closer to her again.
L and Light both watched the boy's anger and upset rise and realized he was going to blow soon. Light stood up and nodded at Matsuda who reached for his gun.
Shumei’s anger overtook him and he screamed as he watched Hayami put his arms around his mother, who again pushed him away. In a flash he had run to the door of the office, pushing it open with such force that both Hayami and his mother turned and stared in frightened surprise.
“You get away from her!” he seethed knocking Hayami away from her, “No one touches my mother, and especially not someone like you!” Hayami backed away and Yoshida turned to reason with him.
“Shumei!! You know there’s no one else in my life except you, you and I are a team, you know that,” she said moving towards him, "Mommy wasn't listening to what he was saying."
“He’s just like that other one isn’t he? The one you snuck out from the party to go see? I knew that’s why you sent me home early, you wanted to go see him! And now you want this one too!"
“You’re right, I wanted to ask him one last time to take you under his management, but that’s all Shumei, there was nothing else!," she looked at Hayami with disgust, "There's no way I'd be interested in this man!"
“I don’t believe you,” he said and turned back on Hayami, “You can't have her, she's my mother, no one else can have her!” He reached into his back pocket and pulled out a switchblade, opening it quickly and pointing it at Hayami. "It's okay mother, I'll take care of this one too." He started to move and Hayami screamed just as Light and Masuda ran into the room, guns drawn.
“Stop Shumei, police!” Matsuda shouted startling the boy but he kept a tight grip on the knife.
“Don’t do it,” Light warned moving towards him, “Don’t make us hurt you, we don’t want to hurt you.”
“Mr. Hayami, you need to go into another room,” Matsuda told the frightened manager who quickly moved around them and went out of the door, running past L who stood at the door watching. Matsuda then moved forward and reached for the knife.
"Shumei, give me the knife, it's over now." the boy shook his head, tossing the knife from hand to hand as he looked as both Light and Matsuda.
"No...not until he's dead!" he yelled and started to run to where Hayami had gone and where L was now standing. The detective casually stuck his leg out as the boy tried to run, making him pitch forward, the knife flying out of his hand as he hit the ground. He then placed his foot over the knife so it couldn't be retrieved. He then placed a foot on the boy's back holding him down.
Matsuda put his gun away and pulled the boy off the ground, getting his handcuffs. The boy howled and fought, L helping hold him as Matsuda got them on.
"Thanks Ryuzaki," he said and L nodded at him, "Shumei I'm placing you under arrest for the attempted murder of Mr. Hayami and suspicion of the murder of his partner," he said as he locked them into place.
“No…you can’t do that,” Yoshida cried running to her son and wrapping her arms around him from behind, “This is his fault,” she accused pointing at Hayami, “He must have set this all up, to frame my son!”
“I understand,” Light told her patiently, “But we still have to take him in, I’m sorry. You need to come with us too, we have some questions for you as well." he gently pulled her away from her son. "Ryuzaki, please call for a unit to meet us downstairs. They'll need to come up and get the weapons." L nodded and pulled his phone from his pocket and then everything happened very quickly.
“Mother don’t let them take me away, you promised you’d take care of me, you promised!” Shumei cried, “He was going to take her away from me, he was going to take her away from me!” he struggled to get away from Matsuda. Light had Yoshida by her elbow and was gently moving her towards the door, as Hayami moved towards the bar to pour a much needed drink. As L made the call, Yoshida quickly pulled away from Light, quickly reaching into her purse and pulling out a gun as she ran back towards Hayami.
"This is all your fault!" she screamed at Hayami and began to fire. "Hayami get down!" L shouted dropping the phone and lunging for Hayami to knock him out of the way as the bullets flew. Light tackled her from behind and dropped her to the floor, the gun flying out of her hands and skittering across the floor. Matsuda had pushed the boy to the floor and covered him with his body as he reached for his gun.
Just as suddenly as it had happened it was over. Light pulled the woman up off the floor as he got up, handcuffing her hands behind her back. "Hayami...Ryuzaki..are you alright?" he called as he snapped the cuffs into place.
"I'm fine detective," Hayami answered getting up, "But I fear Ryuzaki has been hit..." Light pushed Yoshida back down to the floor and ran to where L lay. L was trying to sit up with Hayami's help, blood pouring down his left arm.
"Matsuda call for an ambulance," Light yelled trying to look at how bad the wound was.
"Light, I'm fine calm yourself," Ryuzaki told him with a pained smile, "It went through the bottom part of my arm, I'm sure it's fine."
"Didn't I tell you to stay out of the way?" Light told him, "Hayami get me a towel!" and the man ran for the bathroom, returning quickly and handing him the towel.
"I was trying to get out of the way," L answered with a grimace as Light wrapped the towel around the wound, "The bullet moved faster than I did."
"I have to thank you," Hayami said, "Obviously that was meant for me."
"Believe me, if you weren't Light's responsibility I would have let it hit you," L said as the sound of sirens came nearer. Matsuda sat both the boy and his mother against the wall next to each other and ran to where Light was, relieved when he saw L was okay.
"Can you stand?" Light asked as he helped L to his feet.
"It was my arm Light, not my leg," L said with a chuckle, "And yes I can stand." he looked into Light's worried face and smiled. "I'm fine Light, flesh wound only. Go be a detective, I can deal with the ambulance."
"I'm calling Wammy to meet you at the hospital," Light said grabbing his phone, "And I will be there as soon as I get these two sorted out."
"The least I can do is help him get into the ambulance," Hayami said as the uniformed police started arriving.
"Thank you, I appreciate it," Light told him with a smile as he turned to meet the officers, pointing out where the weapons were on the carpet as Matsuda handed the mother and son over to them. Within moments the ambulance arrived, quickly putting L onto the stretcher.
Light took L's hand as they began to wheel him out of the apartment. "I'll be there as soon as I can." he promised him, "I love you." and L nodded with a small smile, the pain beginning to get to him.
"Matsuda, I'm going to grab my and L's computer. You go ahead with them and get the interrogation started, I'll meet you there." Matsuda nodded and went out behind the other officers as Light went back into the other room and got their laptops. He wasn't so concerned about his, but L's was another matter. He got them both and ran to the car.