Well, I've got about 9.5 pages done so far. Here's the first chunk:
The man with the crimson eyes sat bolt upright out of bed. His black hair- very short, as he had recently been burnt to a crisp- was just barely growing back. He had just had a nightmare- not something unusual for him, but this nightmare was new. This nightmare was recent. The flames licked against his skin, and no matter how hard he thrashed, they wouldn’t go away. The flames just wouldn’t disappear. No matter how hard he tried. They were burning him, and he was dying, but he didn’t care! He was going beyond! B WOULD SURPASS L! HE WOULD GO BEYOND THE LIMIT!
But he hadn’t. Beyond Birthday groaned, noting that he was two things: alive and in jail. He had once been told, in another life, that being dead wasn’t an unnatural state at all; for him, being alive was. Beyond had committed suicide, or, rather, attempted it. He wasn’t only trying to kill himself; he was trying to defeat L. He had been raised specifically to succeed L- no, he didn’t even have the privilege of saying that. He had been brought up in Wammy’s House, but he hadn’t been raised to succeed L.
He had been an experiment. B had been Backup; B had been in case A failed. When A did, eventually, fail (the overworked boy had killed himself), B was expected to step up to the plate. Except he wasn’t; he was told he was, but he never really was. B was designed to fail; designed to be a mistake. Well, B would show them all. For once, B would surpass L, and he would do so without killing himself. Although he couldn’t see his own death, he knew that it wasn’t two days ago. He felt confident that it wouldn’t be for a long while, and he felt certain that he could defeat L.
His goal. His objective. His only reason for living. L. He had only seen a single image of L- when the “First Generation” had first been introduced, they had been shown an image of L, and told how he acted, given a vague description of how he thought and who he was. They had been more mysterious with the “Second Generation”, and had left the third and fourth at a total loss as to how L acted or what he looked like. Barring the occasional conversation through a computer screen, of course.
He had carved the image into his chest. Which had been remarkably hard to do, considering he had only his fingernails and lacked a mirror, but he had managed. He had seen L’s name and life force, of course, but for the life of him, he couldn’t remember. Beyond actually decided that he could remember it, but neglected to. B could not accept that he had made a mistake and forgotten, and so he substituted an alternate reality; he had merely blocked the memory.
This has all been rambling; back to the matter at hand. B had received a skin graft; he assumed Misora had described his face to them, and the surgeons had done their best. Well, “their best” was amazing- now, he was L, for all intents and purposes. And, as L, he would defeat L. B, assuming his guise of L, would destroy his “goal”. But, that is beside the point.
B slowly stood up, hunching over and grimacing at his bright orange jumpsuit. He knew that he wouldn’t survive for more than a few days in prison like this; he’d have to secure his image as a psychotic murderer. Or, perhaps, he could ally with a big shot. His cellmate- also relatively small and terrified of B- had quickly given him the lay of the land. There was a man known as “Big Brother”, who was widely respected as the strongest man in the prison. B had begun laughing uncontrollably at the man’s initials- and his cellmate had cringed and retreated to his side of the room. Beyond was, apparently, in a maximum security prison with a very corrupt system.
After all, a man such as himself should be kept in solitary confinement. Perhaps a padded, white room. Rather, he was here; in the mid-security section, with a cellmate. He would use this to his advantage, obviously.
The writing is fairly casual; since I did it from the third person, focusing on Beyond Birthday, I had some leniency with the way I wrote. Any thoughts? I hope you lot like Beyond Birthday. I love the guy. This is an Alternate Universe, obviously.