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    “Not all soldiers see the front lines,” Mum says, a touch uselessly. “Not all State Alchemists even serve in the field.”

    Ed shakes his head. “It’s war in Ishval, Mum,” he says. “It’s only a matter of time.”

    Mum does not live long enough to see the truth in Edward’s words. She doesn’t live long enough to see him throw away his principles, either, though, so there’s that.

    (AKA, an AU where Ed was born several years earlier than in canon, finds himself in the military under a different set of circumstances, and discovers, aged 15, just how much war changes things.)

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    11 Aug 2018

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    "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

    Or, you're raised a villain, rebel when you're nine, and fight against the odds to become a hero anyway.

    That's how it is in Izuku's case.

    Now with a TV Tropes page!

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    10 Aug 2018

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    Izuku Midoriya used to want to be a hero. It seems a distant dream, now, after everything that he's done—after everything that he's been made to do. But it's still there. It's a dim, flickering flame, burning lower by the day.

    He doesn't have time to concern himself with that though, these days he's too focused on staying alive to think too much about what he can never have.

    Then All Might takes a job teaching at UA, and the universe says hey you know what would be fun? What if we fucked Izuku over even more than we already have? and thus, Izuku ends up in the General Education class of UA with strict instructions to report everything he can, because, thank fucking no one, he just can't catch a goddamn break.

    AKA Hisashi Midoriya is a member of one of the most notorious underground supervillain organizations, and Izuku is being forced to help them (even though, trust him, he'd really rather not). Too bad that they don't predict that Izuku's going to get adopted by half the faculty when they send him to spy on the prestigious hero academy.

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    08 Aug 2018

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    “If someone takes your name, they have complete control of you, and you are powerless to resist. It is why we guard our True Names so carefully.”
    Izuku stares at her, suddenly terrified. “I- You’re not a human, and… I gave you my True Name.”
    “That’s the thing, Midoriya-kun,” Manami says, staring at him with an expression he can’t decipher. “You didn’t.”
    Izuku stares. “But you said-”
    “I know what I said,” Manami says quietly. “You gave me your first and last name, but it wasn’t your True Name.”
    “Then… What is my True Name?” Izuku asks.
    “Midoriya-kun…” Manami whispers. “You don’t have one.”

    In which Izuku is something that should not exist, an impossibility in a word that he's never truly known.

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    07 Aug 2018

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    Izuku's only truly used his quirk once. He was four years old.
    He took thirty-two lives that day.
    Now, he's sworn never to let that power possess him again. Hiding the true nature of his quirk from everyone, he hides behind the thin facade of a useless, showy quirk, refusing any and all connection to the mysterious creature recognized in a few sparse news reports as the Leviathan.
    Lies don't last forever, however, and one day or another, his world will have to come crashing down.

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    07 Aug 2018