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Observing (verb)
To become aware of, especially through careful directed attention.

That’s what you were doing, you were observing. Let no man/woman tell you otherwise, you were observing! At least that’s what you told yourself as you snuck around the library each lunch, or the study hall, or any other room that the subject of your observations just so happened to be.

After about two months of this consistent ‘observing’ you have deduced the following things about the subject. 1) He really loved his toys, 2) he chooses to be antisocial so he can have time with his toys, and 3) he was a very habitual person. Unfortunately, these observations had been made prior to your two months of sneaking around. So basically, two months of observations had brought you nothing.

A large bang resounded throughout the classroom in which you currently resided. While it startled the other students, you remained unperturbed; mainly because the source of the bang was your head making contact with your desk.

Note to self. Frustration= self harm. Self harm= hurts like crap. Hurts like crap= more frustrations. Thus the viscous cycle ensues.

You stopped your constant head-desking at the mention of your name. The speaker came from in front of you and sounded mildly frustrated. Looking up, you realized that it was the teacher who was addressing you and the entire class was staring at you. By entire class, that also meant him, the subject of observation.

You flushed in embarrassment while the teacher continued to address you.

“Are done?”

You nodded.

“Well then, would you mind explaining to the class Locard’s principle?”

The teacher adorned a sadistic smirk. It was obvious he was trying to embarrass you, to bring you down into the depths of despair; but you would never let him bring you down, oh no! Rather, a sadistic smirk of your own formed.

“Locard’s principle states that when you make contact with another person, place or thing, it results in an exchange of physical materials. It also states that when a crime is committed, the perpetrator will without a doubt leave evidence behind, as well as take evidence with him.”

The teacher only nodded in response before continuing to give out a boring and grievous lecture. On the inside you started crying because, you know, you wanted more praise for being super duper clever! Although… that’s what you get when you’re in a school full of super duper cleverness; that and you’re only rated fourth in the school while your subject of observation was considered numero uno. Although being fourth was a feat in itself since you were only thirteen. But the subject was also the same age as you.

Time flies when you’re bored, and before you know it class is over. It’s the last class of the day so in other words it’s time to head back to your room… or do more observationing!(that’s not even a word, is it?)

Today he was heading to the library. That meant he would be using the dice. The library was good because you could hide behind the shelves, desks, chairs etc.

You went with the shelf option. Being all ninja in amongst books, that would make for an awesome manga.

Unfortunately, it seemed that your awesome ninja skills weren’t so great after all, because someone found you staring through cracks in the books.

“Are you stalking him again?”

You jumped at the new voice. Quickly spinning around you became face to face with… orange. Wait; nope it’s just Matt’s goggles. In other words Matt found you.

“I’m not stalking him! I’m observing him!” You defended feebly.

“Right… how many times have you told yourself that?”

You wanted to punch him oh so badly. But, you know, Matt was your best friend and everything.

“Look Matt, unless you actually have something useful to say could you please go away? I promise I’ll co-op with you tomorrow.”
“Actually, I do have something useful to say. Just go talk to him.” You looked at him confused. “You’ve been stalking him for 2 months now? How about you actually talk to him? You haven’t actually found out anything about him have you?”

You hung your head. “Other than the obvious, no… I haven’t.” Your voice grew quiet. “Matt… I have tried to talk to him before. But… I don’t know what it is, but it’s like the very thought frightens the hell out of me.”

There was a pregnant silence. You pretty much just left yourself open. But Matt was your first and only friend in Whammy’s. If you couldn’t trust him, who could you trust? But then you felt his hand on your arm, and you knew it would be alright.

“You’re a wuss, did you know that?”

You couldn’t help but crack up. Matt’s sense of humor would probably end up getting him killed one day. But he didn’t stop speaking.

“It’s because you like him,” Your head shot up in surprise. “You can be such an idiot sometimes.”
“What!? No I don’t! That’s impossible! I’ve barely even-”
“Stop denying it. I’ve known you for nine years; I think I’d know when you like someone.”

You thought about it for a while. Could it be true? Maybe you did like him; all the criteria boxes had been ticked. He made you feel funny; he was constantly on your mind and all that stuff. Maybe you really did like him.

“You know… I think you’re right. Maybe I should talk to him.” You smiled up at the brunette.

He placed his hand on your head and ruffled your hair. “That’s my girl.” He said before walking out. Probably to the lounge, Whammy’s recently bought a really awesome game by Disney and Square Enix and Matt has been completely hooked.

But back to problem at hand; by now Near had turned most of the dice into a miniature town. It appeared to be Winchester, you could even see Whammy’s amongst the buildings. As you took those few steps around the shelf towards him, you felt your heart increasing speed. If it weren’t for the fact that you knew it was technically impossible you could have sworn that it was going to fly out of your chest.

Come on, it’s not that a big a deal. Just go talk to the guy!

You nodded to yourself in determination before taking the last few necessary steps so as to be directly behind him. You took a deep breath, this was it.

“N-Near? May I please join you?” You almost jumped for joy at your achievement.

He didn’t turn around to face you. But he still answered.

“Of course you can,” He replied monotonously, “I was wondering when you would actually come and speak to me.”

You flushed in embarrassment for the second time that day. Sitting down next to him, you began to nervously place a die in the correct place.

“S-so you noticed huh?”
“Well it’s kind of hard not to notice. There aren’t many people in Whammy’s after all.” He paused for a moment. “Although the question remains, why have you chosen to stalk me?”

A vein popped up on your forehead. “I wasn’t stalking! I was observing.” You huffed.

Near paused to look at you, and you likewise looked at him.

“You didn’t answer my question.”
You paused, trying to find the right words. “I guess, it’s because I find you interesting.”
“That’s funny,” he began twirling his hair, “I find you to be interesting also.”
“Wait, really?”
“Yes of course. You’re emotional and yet antisocial. This behavior is, while undesirable for some, to be commended. You take the time to understand people while not getting too caught up in their lives.”

You stopped to think. Was he complementing you? It was true, yes, that you excelled mostly in your psychology class, but he was still that little notch ahead of you. He didn’t have to complement you on anything. However, he wasn’t done speaking.

“I’m sure you’re aware, that I too lead a mostly anti-social life. But while you do have Matt, I have no one,” Where was he going with this? “I believe the appropriate question is would you like to be my friend?”

You almost chocked. Was this for real? Was this really happening?

“N-Near, I would really like that.”

A smile adorned his face, the kind o smile that only appeared when he was completely immersed with his toys. He then leaned over and you felt his lips brush your cheek. Of course, this made you blush even more seriously than before.

But Near only looked at you and said, “that’s the right thing to do is it not?”

Stalking (verb)
To follow or observe (a person) persistently, especially out of obsession or derangement.
A request from :iconchals099: with the explicit instruction for it not to be as depressing as "So Long As You Need Protecting"

So if your still upset about that one, this is the Oneshot that says, don't you cry no more :iconsupertighthugplz: (in my. Head, that was a total Kansas moment)

I think Near was just that little bit OOC at the end. Originally I was just going to make him ask to be Ria-tan's friend then say "And maybe one day I 'll view you the same way you view me" but then it wouldn't be NearXReader so much as Slight!NearxReader. Although this is sitting on a very fine line next to the slight.

I don't own Death Note, you, or any awesomeness that is referenced here ;)
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daniepines Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
so cute~ 
Shawneigh Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! You gave me an idea, Author-san! ^_^ I will never stalk... Thus I will observe! Great job! :D
JaneTheHedgie001 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
aww this is a very cute story!! <3 i like it c:
My1poodle Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Tanks for the grammar lesson! :3
I wuved the stowy!
SoraRiver Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Matt's playing Kingdom Hearts <3 :D
MelodyLutezTH Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Loved this and the SPN icon double points xDDD
TheScorpionQueen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gyaaaah!!! >u<
Elfen-Lied-Lover-357 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
qubrtz12 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
"Matt’s sense of humor would probably end up getting him killed one day."
Nah son, he only got shot by like, a million cops at once because of his sense of humor.
He's not dead.
He's just sleeping
ValerieVillacorta Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student Artist
Same thing I was thinking
phantomdeathwifey12 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I aDUMBLEdore your story! !!!!
xXOneHellOfAGamerXx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's Not Called Stalking! I Was Observing!!!

Of Course You Were Reader-Chan. Observing Takes Two Months Of Continuous Watching. 
kawaiischoolgirl914 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Oh, I didn't notice you there! Hehe, I guess I must be observant too~*sweat drop*
its a cute ending, Durralyn! 
FlashKittyStudios Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Shadow Run
-catches you-
Luffy and Hancock (Hug) [V1] 
Durralyn Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Writer
the feelz?
Itzcc Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Okay I'm sorry I have to say this.... I'm listening to music while reading this and your profile picture is tapping the beat to it...
FlashKittyStudios Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yes da feelz
whatever556677 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I was wandering how long it would take him to realize I was ''observing" him
Durralyn Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Writer
i think he knew the entire time, only he doesn't care so he doesn't say anything.
my head canon had near actually secretly observing rea-tan while they "observed" him
whatever556677 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ya I know what I ment was that's what I was expecting and then I read that and laughed but anyways it was a cute story
Jen2408 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Durralyn Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Writer
XD thank you so much :icontuzkiblushplz:
narutoEATsasuke Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I  thot  I  was  about  to b e  put  in  the  friendzone,  then  he  kissed  me. YAY!!!
Durralyn Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Writer
well that was the original idea, but that might just totally ruin the potential feels
narutoEATsasuke Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
and  konata  wouldn't  approve  if  that  happened  XD
CandyCaneSwirl Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student Artist
I love this story it's so cute. It's made me want to go and be a book ninja and "observe" people
Durralyn Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Writer
Yes... "observed" people.
Just don't get caught ;P
CandyCaneSwirl Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Artist
I won't cause I'll activate me sweet ninja moves
lol-no-533 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
UnicornDash Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
KYAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!~~~ :iconblushplz: Near~ :heart:

This is SO ;alksdf;sldkfk AWESOME desu!! >w< This fan fic is filled with AWESOMENESSS :iconiloveitplz:
Durralyn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Writer
 :icontuzkiblushplz: Thank you!!
rainbowisnotaflower Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
I made this wierd sqeak/snort/laugh noise and my mom looks at me from across the couch and I swear to Hussie she asked "you're reading a Near fic, arn't you?"
I think I need help. ;n;
Sachiko-hayley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Your mom is Awsome if she watches death note :)  
Durralyn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Writer
What are you talking about?! This is therapy!! If there were no Near, or Sherlock, or any fics at all were would we be? Probably locked in an asylum crying over all the feels that could have been and WE'D NEVER BE ABLE TO READ!! So you keep on squeaking/snorting/laughing because without these our life would be chaos!

...that was a bit too much wasn't it?
rainbowisnotaflower Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
No it was perf :'D thank you for that
deathnoterockz Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This story is AWESOME!
5NinjaCat Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Is that a Kingdom Hearts reference I see? :D
This was also really good! I loved it ^^
Durralyn Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Writer
Haha yeah, I try and feature some sort of reference in ny stuff. Kingdom Hearts is my favorite game so... ^^;

But Thankyou~ :D
5NinjaCat Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
That's awesome xD I love KH, too.

And you're welcome~! :D
glambert99ash Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You You should make a prt two even if this one is pure pefection
Durralyn Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Writer
Awww Thankyou :aww: I have an idea for a part two but I'm not sure if I should write it or not.
But it's comments like yours that give me confidence. So c'mere you! :iconsupertighthugplz:
glambert99ash Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yay hugs! Btw your welcome I love your writing
tinyfashioncat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! I loved this! Fan-freaking-tastic!
Durralyn Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Writer
:XD: hahaha I'm glad you like
XAdventuretimeLoverX Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
when i was almost at the end i was liek im friendzoneeed ahahah D: i m friend.zoooooneeeed T^T
im frien-wait he kissed me?on the cheek?! waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?"!?! XD awh man y u no make kiss meh ene
Durralyn Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Writer
I take it that you like it then :?
XAdventuretimeLoverX Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yush yush i did c:
chals099 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I loved it thanks so much it means a lot and your a really good wtiter! =D
Durralyn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student Writer
Oh c'mere you! :iconletmehugyouplz:
That means so much to me! More than you'll ever know!!
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