1 Work by laquearia in Horizon: Zero Dawn (Video Game)
24 Feb 2019
Todoroki Shouto is seven years old when he holds a bow for the first time, the solid length of pliant wood and metal weave pressed into the palm of his hand like a blessing rather than a curse. He can’t pull the bowstring all the way back yet or shoot straight to save his life, but that doesn’t stop his father from drilling Shouto until tears prick his eyes and his hands blister and bleed, skin unable to form calluses quickly enough.
“Again,” his father snaps, tossing several more harvest arrows at his son’s feet with disgust etched into every crevice of his expression.
Shouto doesn’t know any better. He simply does as he is told.
(In which Todoroki Shouto is taught to do nothing more than hunt the feral machines that walk the Earth beside humankind, and Midoriya Izuku has a slightly different perspective about what makes life valuable. A dystopian tribal AU based on the video game Horizon Zero Dawn. Knowledge of the video game is not necessarily required to read this.)