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One Day More

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Todoroki Shoto’s alarm clock was basically screaming “wake up motherfucker, it’s 12:15!” in his face. He groaned and slapped the top of the alarm clock to finally shut it up. Shoto felt around the space to his right and grabbed his phone. A reminder had popped up that said ‘Meet up with Yaomomo at the park’. 

His eyes widened. 

“Shit, I’m late,” the boy mumbled to himself. He hastily pulled a clean shirt over his head along with an unzipped sweatshirt and cargo shorts he randomly pulled out of his drawer. Once Shoto finished getting dressed, he ran downstairs. 

“Where are you going? Didn’t you just wake up? Because it sure looks like it,” Fuyumi asked, arms crossed.

“I’m going to meet up with Yaoyorozu at the park,” Shoto responded, though he was halfway out the door when he did. 

“Alright, go have fun with your little girlfriend.” She laughed. Shoto frowned as Fuyumi teased him. He never thought that he and Momo would ever become more than just friends. He never even wanted to become more. If he had someone in mind he would want to get closer to, it would be that green haired boy with freckles dotting his face he saw the other day. He was pretty cute...

Once Shoto arrived at the park, it was pretty easy to find Momo. They always met up at the swings. Shoto checked the time on his phone.

12:28 PM. 

He sighed. Momo had most likely already been here for at least five minutes. Shoto jogged over to the empty swing next to her. 

“Hello, Todoroki,” Momo called, smiling and waving. She cradled at cat in her arms. She wore a black dress with spaghetti straps and a white short-sleeve shirt under the dress. Her hair was tied up in a high ponytail, as usual.

“Say hi, Anri!” The cat purred.

“Hey, Yaomomo.” Shoto bent down and stroked the cat’s fur. “Hello, Anri.” He returned the greeting. Anri was Momo’s cat she adopted two years ago. Anri had a black patch of fur surrounding her left eye. It almost resembled Shoto’s scar. When Shoto asked her about it, she just said, “I like it. I just thought it looked nice. Todoroki, you’d be a good cat.”

After their greeting, they sat and chatted for a little about their families: 

“They said that they want you to marry me when we’re older. I don’t want to get married to you! No offense, by the way. I like you better as a friend.”

“No offense taken, Yaoyorozu. I prefer you as a friend as well.”

About their relationships:

“The other day I was on a date with Kyoka. It was so nice to just be with her without having to worry about anyone or anything else. Todoroki, do you like anyone?”

“Well, a couple days ago I saw a boy who had wild green hair with freckles all over his face. You could say I’ve officially been confirmed homosexual.”

And about their opinions:

“Well, y’know, I kinda hate the summertime.”

Shoto looked at Momo and quirked an eyebrow. She softly pet Anri behind her ears. 

“Where did that come from?”

“It’s always really humid and sti-Anri! Come back!”

Anri leaped out of Momo’s arms and ran towards the street. 

“I’ll get her,” Shoto said, calmly. 

“No, it’s okay, Todoroki,” Momo smiled. “I can get her.”

Momo ran after Anri. Shoto looked away for just a couple seconds then looked back to the street. He walked to the sidewalk to watch Momo. The light across the way turned yellow. 

“Yaoyorozu, you should come back now,” Shoto said from across the street. 

“Hold on, I’ll be there in a moment,” she responded, smiling at Shoto. 

The light turned a sunshine yellow to a blaring red.


The girl ignored his yell as she watched Anri cross the street to the other side. Suddenly, a truck started to speed forward as Shoto called out and reached forwards to Momo. 


Momo looked behind her at the panicked boy and in the corner of her eye, an object moved.


She turned her head to the right and...

...The truck slammed into Momo, blood splatting all over the street. Shoto covered his mouth with both hands as he watched his best and only friend get hit by a truck. Hot tears fell from his eyes as he stood there, paralyzed with fear and shock. In the moment, a figure appeared from the heat. It laughed. 

“This is real life! What you see is exactly what you’re gonna get!”

Shoto stood still, tears still slowly coming from his eyes, staring at the figure. He frowned at it. The figure smirked as it disappeared just as quickly and quietly as it appeared.


And like a cricket’s song being interrupted, the light blue of the summer day disappeared as the world turned dark around Shoto.