The truth is I don't intend to pick between the two of you. I never did. Once Watari pressured me to get more involved, to avoid the problems with A and B, I had decided that I would comply, but for my own reasons. The world doesn't need another L. That was his mistake. I hardly care for the world, but in all honesty even I admit, as I have thought about my death many times, I do not wish to be forgotten, and I do not wish to leave nothing behind. It is selfish, I admit, but it will also be good for the world so I suppose this one my selfishness can be allowed without too much of a harsh look, yes? Now, to continue: Mello, I know you feel you are inferior to Near, and I want it made very clear that is not, was never, the case. I picked both of you and I stand behind the logic of that decision. You let your emotions lead and while that can be a dangerous thing it is necessary in some cases. Cold logic is important, but it is not the only way to solve a case, or to live. And isn't that the point? I lived as I wanted and I want the same for the both of you. You passionately want to be L, unlike Near, and that is a crucial point. You are compassionate, even if sometimes your anger does get in the way. Roger has told me how you watch over the newer kids, how you do your best to prevent bullying, and how even if you seem to hate him powerfully, you have never laid hands on Near, or used words that would cut him. You give of yourself in a way I could never understand, and yes if I must admit, admire. You show yourself honestly and that is something I could never do.
It scares me that because of this, and your reckless impetuous nature, that you likely will not live very long. I hope you do not mind I have been so blunt, it is merely the truth as I see it, but I believe if you were to work with Near he would curb that and you would be a person he could trust implicitly, and that is something that will be necessary. Very simply put the two would compliment each other well, and therefore would be able to surpass me.
Also, I must mention that I told you of my past, because I felt if there was any time to share something of myself that was it. I knew the Kira case could lead to my death and I didn't want to leave certain things unsaid. And I knew you would appreciate the significance as much as the information.
Act as my heart, Mihael, because I am not completely sure I have one left and this way I know, that maybe, it doesn't matter.