“Shit!” Katsuki grabbed the bags, which wasn’t an easy feat since he was left with all of them but the prospect of Todoroki being left alone with his family for any period of time without him there to run damage control was enough motivation to accomplish it. He kicked the door open and scanned the large foyer for Todoroki or his mysterious assailant. The front room was large with a grand staircase, decorated with garland and strings of soft lights, that lead up to the many bedrooms in the house. There was no sign of Todoroki around so without hesitation Katsuki hurled the bags across the room towards the stairs and ran down one of the many halls. “Todo- fuck ! Shouto!”
He paused and gave himself a moment of silence to try to hear some kind of response. He was only met with silence and was about to take off again in a different direction when he heard it.
“Hey everyone, look who we found!”
He recognized the boisterous voice of his cousin Mai and it was hard to miss the resulting commotion of his family from her words. He took off like a bat out of hell through the veritable labyrinth of a house in the direction of the sound, making his way to the living room. What he found was his three older cousins, Riku, Mai, and Airi, presenting Todoroki like he was some kind of prize they just won. Airi had her arm slung around the boy’s shoulders while Mai and Riku stood on either side of him. The rest of his family were gathered around to ask questions and meet Katsuki’s ‘boyfriend’. Todoroki’s eyes were wide and his expression could easily have been compared to that of a cat ready to bolt. Those mismatched eyes met his and Katsuki could see a small amount of relief flash through them. A new jolt of annoyance directed at his family sparked in him.
“You’re all scaring him. Give the boy some room.” His grandfather spoke up from his chair.
“Yeah, back off.” Katsuki growled, pushing through his family to get to Todoroki. “God, you people are a bunch of animals.” Spotting an unoccupied couch, he grabbed Airi by the arm she had slung across Todoroki's shoulders and just above her knees, scooping her into a brief bridal-carry before unceremoniously tossing her to the cushions. When she'd settled she stuck her tongue out at him, to which he replied with a raised eyebrow and a middle finger.
“Aw, come on. We just were excited to meet him. We’re already friends, right?” Riku said as he looked to Todoroki for confirmation with a grin that could only spell trouble. For a moment, Katsuki contemplated throwing him as well.
“Let me get a good look at him!” His Aunt Mineko interrupted Todoroki, placing her glass of wine on the fireplace mantle, her heels clacking on the hardwood floor as she walked up to him. She grabbed Todoroki by the jaw and turned his head back and forth as though she was performing an in depth inspection. “Strong jawline...beautiful eyes... very couture hair...and-” She forcibly opened his mouth, looked inside, and gasped turning to Katsuki without releasing Todoroki from her hold. “Perfect teeth! He could be a model, Katsuki, I’m impressed. You did a good job!”
She turned back to the other boy, who looked very uncomfortable, and finally let go of his mouth only to rest her hands on his shoulders. Leaning in she said, “You’re that boy from UA right? Let me know if this whole hero thing doesn’t work out and I’ll have a job for you in a heartbeat. I own one of the best modeling agencies-”
“Get your cougar paws off him!” Katsuki slapped her hands away and pulled Todoroki back towards him with a little too much force causing him to stumble into him a bit. On instinct the blond wrapped a protective arm around his waist, resting a hand on his hip. As he glared at his family he could feel the other boy relax under his hold and for a moment it felt like his brain needed a jumpstart, unsure of how exactly to process the other’s reaction.
Apparently, that show of weakness was just long enough for his Aunt Akasuki to yank Todoroki out of his grip and into a crushing hug causing him to immediately tense up again. “It’s so amazing to meet you! We were all so surprised to hear someone actually caught Katsuki’s eye. He was so adamantly against dating before, you really must be something special!”
“Here, let me get your coat for you!” His Aunt Hisa popped up behind Todoroki as Aunt Akasuki let go of him. Before he could even respond Aunt Hisa took his jacket off him revealing a black turtleneck sweater he was wearing underneath. It was a sweater Katsuki had noticed him wear many times before, with how the dark color brought out the shades of his eyes and the way the fabric clung to him perfectly. Unfortunately, how the sweater looked on him didn’t seem to go unnoticed by other members of his family as well.
“Do you have an older brother and how much does he look like you?" Mai asked linking her arm with Todoroki’s.
“He already has a-”
“So you do have an older brother.”
“You know, if you and Katsuki don’t work out you can just call me!” Airi added, hopping up from the couch and linking their arms on his other side. Of his cousins Airi was the closest to Katsuki in age and was only a few years older than him.
“I’m very g-”
“I thought I told you all to back off!” Katsuki yelled as his family members kept pushing him back so they could get at Todoroki.
“You’re from Katsuki’s class aren’t you? We all watch him in the sports festival every year. Your quirk is amazing!” His Uncle Naoko ignored Katsuki as he enthusiastically shook Todoroki’s hand and pulled him away from his cousins before he had the chance to speak.
“Oh, you’re right!” His Aunt Rin, Naoko’s wife, joined him to look at Todoroki closer as though she could hardly believe he was there. “I’m shocked Katsuki was able to keep you hidden from us.”
“There’s no need to explain, sweetie. We know how he can be when it comes to his privacy.” Aunt Akasuki smiled and waved off any explanation he had.
“Don’t fucking talk about me like I’m not here!” He was about to try to get between them and Todoroki when his Aunt Hisa pulled him back by the collar of his coat. Katsuki made a strangled noise in annoyance as she took the coat off of him as well before hurrying away to put them on the coat rack. Most people in his family worked in the fashion industry so he actually made an effort to dress somewhat nicer than he usually did. He was wearing a deep red v-neck sweater and a pair of dark jeans that weren’t quite as baggy as ones he would normally wear. It was simple but effective enough that his family would be off his back about his fashion choices.
Katsuki could see that Todoroki was getting quietly overwhelmed by the amount of people touching him and talking to him. At the moment, his Uncle Taiki was taking his clothing measurements while Riku’s wife, Jin, asked him about his personal style. He opened his mouth about to snap but the sound of pots banging together interrupted him.
“All of you calm the hell down!” His mother yelled putting the two pots she had been holding down on a table. “You haven’t even let him finish a damn sentence!”
The room quieted yet no one looked ashamed, which wasn’t surprising. Finally they had given Todoroki some room and Kasuki was able to make his way to his side, shooting glares at anyone who even looked like they were going to attempt getting close.
Todoroki broke the silence with his first complete sentence since he was dragged into the mansion. “You must be Katsuki’s mother.”
“What gave it away? The old hag’s cloven hooves or the smell of sulfur?” He hissed under his breath as his mom approached.
“I heard that, brat! Don’t be fucking rude! Especially when you show up late ! How long did you expect for us to wait for your ass?” His mother rebuked and was about to slap Katsuki in the back of the head but the hit never came. Todoroki held her by the wrist to stop the blow and she faced him in surprise. He seemed to also realize what he had done and released his grip.
“Sorry, I was acting on instinct.” Nothing about his tone actually supported his apology but he did seem a bit surprised by what he did. There was a tense moment where she just stared at him but Todoroki’s gaze didn’t falter as he held his ground. Katsuki knew her glare could level buildings just as efficiently as his quirk, and for a moment he thought she was going to use it, but instead her face broke into a smile.
“I like him!” Katsuki couldn’t find the words to respond to his mom saying that. Mostly due to the shock that Todoroki had somehow actually won her respect in barely two minutes. He wasn’t even sure that was something he had earned himself yet. “Don’t apologize for protecting my son. If you two are going into the hero business together I’d hope you’d look after him like that.”
“I don’t need any damn protection!”
“Yeah well you needed it when you got kidnapped in your first year!” She yelled, turning her attention back to her son.
“Would you get over that already! Stop bringing that shit up, it was years ago!” He hated how much his mom used that against him and could feel his blood pressure rising. He had done more than enough since then to prove he can take care of his damn self.
“Yeah, well, you’re lucky your friends-” Realization dawned on his mom’s face before she whipped back around to Todoroki pointing an accusatory finger at him. “You’re the ice boy aren’t you? You were one of the students on the news that helped him that day.”
“I really didn’t do that much compared to-” He was cut off by a hug again but this time by Katsuki’s mother.
“Thank you.” She said softly. Todoroki made no move to hug her back but she didn’t seem to care. Then her tone turned back to normal when she said, “I’m sorry you have to put up with his bullshit.”
This earned a loud laugh from his Grandpa and Katsuki wondered how he ever expected to live through this week.
“Embarrassing Katsuki already?” His father’s voice came from the other side of the room where he had just walked in from the kitchen. He was still wearing an apron from cooking dinner which was no surprise, his dad was the one he learned to cook from.
“It’s my right as a mother to embarrass him.” She countered but released the boy from the hug anyway. His dad made his way to his wife’s side and held out a hand for Todoroki to shake with a polite smile on his face. His father always managed to be a refuge from the chaos of the rest of his family and Katsuki was secretly grateful for that.
“I’m Masaru Bakugou, Katsuki’s father.” Todoroki shook the offered hand and almost looked relieved that he wasn’t forced into yet another hug.
“Oh my god! Where the hell are my manners. I’m Mitsuki Bakugou and please call everyone by their first names or things are going to get very confusing. Alright people, it’s time for roll call!” She clapped her hands together twice to get everyone’s attention, beginning the long task of introducing everyone in the family.
His Grandpa was the first to respond as he slowly got up from his chair. “Hatsu Bakugou. I’m Masaru’s father.” He gave Todoroki a pat on the arm in greeting. “I have to admit I didn’t know what to expect when I heard Katsuki was bringing someone. You seem like a level headed young man.” The blond let out a scoff when he said that making the old man smile. “Or maybe not.”
“Why the hell does that matter?” There was a lack of force behind his words that came with talking to his Grandpa. He was one of the only people he actually respected around this place.
“Because you need someone that is able to keep up with you. Now where is my hug from my only grandchild.” He held his arms open and Katsuki rolled his eyes but obliged. He leaned in and even gently hugged back as Todoroki watched with the expression of someone trying to solve a 500 piece puzzle. He didn’t have a lot of time to work out whatever he was thinking before more of Katsuki’s family began to introduce themselves.
“I’m Mitsuki’s oldest sister, Akasuki Nakano and this is my husband Taiki!” She gestured to his uncle beside her who was writing down the measurements he just took of Todoroki. “Our kids are Riku, Mai, Airi, and Satomi. Satomi is looking after the children right now...wherever they have run off to.”
“And this is my wife, Jin.” Riku wrapped an arm around Jin who smiled up at him and then to Todoroki. “We have a two year old daughter named Yuki.”
“Mineko Suzuki. I’m also one of Mitsuki’s sisters.” His aunt held out her hand to Todoroki and when he took it she pulled him closer to say, “My job offer from before still stands.”
“I’ll...keep that in mind.” He said and Aunt Mineko nodded, pleased with that response, and let him go.
“I’m their only brother, Naoko Suzuki.” His uncle went to rustle Aunt Mineko’s hair but she stomped on his foot with her heel before he could. He let out a pained noise while she tucked a strand of her long blonde hair behind her ear.
“I’m Rin! Let me know if you ever need help with names, I know it’s all a lot to take in. At Naoko and I’s wedding I actually kept a cheat sheet under the table.” She smiled at him as her husband tried to regain his composure. “Oh, I can’t wait for you to meet our twins, Chiho and Daiki.”
Katsuki shot Todoroki a look hoping that he had remembered his warning about the twins and saw recognition in the boy’s eyes. Good, those two nine year olds were devious and it was only made worse by their quirk. When they held hands the chemical reaction would cause a fog around them they would use as cover to create general chaos.
“I’m the youngest of Mitsuki’s siblings. My name is Hisa Suzuki and I have a son named Masato.” Aunt Hisa was the most mild mannered of his aunts, but that didn’t mean much when the rest were basically human hurricanes.
As his family spoke Todoroki listened to them with more focus than Katsuki had seen him use in class and he realized he was actually trying to remember all their names. “It’s nice to meet you all. I’m Shouto Todoroki-”
“Ohhh, can we call you Shouto!?” Airi asked much too enthusiastically for Katsuki’s liking.
“No you can’t, he’s Todoroki to all you assholes!” He stepped in before the other boy could even respond. Especially since he looked like he was actually about to agree .
Everyone was silent for all of two seconds before Mai piped up and said, “So, Shouto, what was that again about an older brother?”
Katsuki slapped a hand to his own forehead and let out a frustrated groan, then placed his other hand on the taller boy’s back to forcibly guide him out of the room. “We’re fucking leaving!”
“Where are we going?” Todoroki asked him quietly.
“Outside. Or, fuck, I dunno, somewhere that’s not here .” He hissed out.
“Ok, well, dinner should be ready soon so don’t take too long.” His dad replied calmly, used to him acting like this. For a moment he had a flashback to when he threatened to run away as a child and his father said nearly the same thing as Katsuki filled a bag with legos to prepare for his ‘journey’. Before he could get them both out of the room Aunt Hisa stopped them.
“You should introduce him to the kids.” She suggested. “Masato has been waiting for you to show up. He was so excited in the car it was all he could talk about. He’s been working on his quirk and wants you to see.”
Todoroki shot Katsuki a perplexed look, probably confused by the idea that any child would actually be thrilled to see him. After what they went through with the extra course to get their preliminary licenses Katsuki couldn't blame him. Masato wasn’t just any five year old though, he was a future badass in training. Katsuki felt Todoroki shift and he suddenly became very aware he still had his hand on his lower back. He cursed internally and quickly removed it as though the soft fabric under his hand had burned him.
“Where are the monsters?” He asked and she smiled at his question.
“They’re in the backyard with Satomi.”
Katsuki made a grunt of acknowledgement and started to walk off, gesturing with a wave of his hand for Todoroki to follow him. They walked through the halls in silence and he could feel the other boy’s eyes boring into his back. Something about Todoroki’s gaze always left him feeling nervous and he absolutely hated how it got to him this way.
“What is it?” He snapped when he was unable to take the stare any longer.
“I thought you hated kids.”
“I do.” Katsuki opened the large door to the backyard and gave Todoroki a sour look when their ears were assaulted by the sound of screaming children. “But I wouldn’t consider these things kids.”
“Katsuki!” A small voice cried out and a weight crashed into his side. He looked down and saw Masato clinging to his leg, smiling up at him.
“Hey, brat.” He ruffled the kid’s fluffy red hair, kicking the door closed behind him. He would never admit it out loud but he did have a soft spot for the little amber eyed boy that considered himself to be Ground Zero’s biggest fan.
“I have so much to tell you! I came up with so many ideas for my hero name and costume! I’ve also been-” The child suddenly went silent and his smile morphed to an expression of shock when he set his gaze on the boy behind Katsuki, who was watching them curiously. Panic flashed through Todoroki’s eyes momentarily as though he thought he had messed up in some way.
“Hello.” The greeting was awkward, but Masato’s eyes widened when he addressed him. Katsuki sighed, knowing exactly what was about to happen.
“You’re the ice guy! The fire guy! I’ve watched your fight with Katsuki like a billion times!” The kid gasped and Katsuki could almost see the light bulb turn on above his head when he looked at him. “Did you bring him here to fight him?”
“Not this time, kid.” If that were the case everything would be a lot simpler for him.
Todoroki raised an eyebrow at that and looked right at him as he said, “I’m Katsuki’s boyfriend.”
He felt an unknown and unwelcome emotion flash through him, a tightening in his chest he felt every time Todoroki said shit like that. He felt his palms begin to sweat despite the fact he was out in the winter weather with no jacket. All it did was make him feel frustrated, nearly setting off some kind of fight or flight instinct in him. There was no way he would ever get used to it, this week was going to be hell.
“Oh...so you are going to fight crime together!” The little boy finally let go of his leg and jumped in place absolutely delighted by the idea. “That’s the coolest team up ever!”
“You think so?” Todoroki’s tone and face were serious as though he was having a conversation with an adult rather than a small child. He knelt down to Masato’s level when the kid approached him.
“Heck yes! You could freeze the villains right in place and BOOM! Katsuki could make them explode!”
“That’s a pretty good strategy.”
“Yeah, I know. I just came up with it.”
“Do you have any more ideas?”
Masato beamed, obviously overjoyed by someone taking interest in what he has to say. “I’ll come up with a bunch more, don’t worry!”
“Let me know when you do.” Todoroki stood up again dusting the snow off of his pants.
“Of course.” The kid nodded as if he had been given an extremely important task. He then lightly tugged on Todoroki’s sleeve. “Come on, I want to show you to my cousins.”
Masato reached out for Todoroki’s left hand touching it tentatively at first, like he was checking it’s temperature, before taking it to pull him away to go meet the other kids. Katsuki walked alongside them and finally took in the scene in front of him. Satomi was doing her best to pull a sled along the ground that Yuki was sitting on. The minuscule amount of snow on the ground made this a difficult task and the toddler giggled every time the sled moved the slightest. Meanwhile, the twins were working on creating some kind of snow pile. Daiki was focused on their little project but Chiho was easily distracted, picking up some snow and shoving it into Satomi’s jacket. The teen yelled from the sudden cold and fell to the ground making Yuki laugh even harder. As she turned to glare at Chiho her choppy short hair turned red with anger. Satomi’s quirk was her hair essentially being a mood ring, changing colors depending on her emotion.
“Guys! Katsuki brought Shouto Tododoki!” Masato announced, dragging said person behind him with alarming strength for a five year old. Katsuki let out a short but loud laugh at his mispronunciation of his name.
“You know my name?” He didn’t seem to care about Masato’s mistake and gave Katsuki a curious look.
“Yeah, I like you.” Was Masato’s simple reply.
“He watches recordings of the sports festivals constantly. He probably knows the names of half the people in our class. Don’t flatter yourself.”
“But Tododoki is one of my favorites!” Katsuki looked to the child in shock and then to Todoroki. He felt a horrible surge of annoyance and briefly considered fighting him like Masato had suggested.
“Calm down, Katsuki. You know you’re his favorite hero, you don’t have to be jealous of your own boyfriend.” Satomi said deadpan as she stopped Yuki from falling off the sled. The girl was dressed like some kind of extra from a My Chemical Romance video and Katsuki nearly cringed at her shakely applied eyeliner. This was all a new development but everyone had to go through some kind of phase at age 13. He knows he did.
“I’m not fucking jealous!” He hissed at her quietly so the kids wouldn’t hear. It wasn’t that he was worried about the kids hearing curse words, it was that the twins were snitches.
Satomi rolled her eyes looking unconvinced. “Sure.”
Masato let go of the hand he was holding and Todoroki watched as the little boy made his way over to Katsuki to hold his hand instead. “Yeah, you’re going to be the best hero. That’s why I’m going to be your sidekick.”
“Oh! We can play heroes and villains! Daiki! Chiho! Do you want to play the villains again?” Masato let go of Kastuki’s hand and ran over to the twins excitedly.
“Hey, you already know your mom said you can’t play that until you get your quirk more under control.” Satomi reprimanded without much force. She could probably care less what the kids did at this point.
“I am getting better, though.” The 5 year old pouted, disappointed by his idea being rejected.
“Aw come on! Katsuki’s here so it should be fine!” Chiho complained.
“Focus, Chiho! We have to get this hill done before it gets dark out. We can play heroes and villains tomorrow.” Daiki chided while he added another small snowball to their creation.
“What’s this hill for?” Todoroki asked the two and Katsuki slapped a hand to his forehead. Apparently, his warnings about the twins were going ignored.
“Sledding. Duh.” Chiho said as though it was obvious and then started attempting to get more snow from the ground.
“I could help you out with that if you want.” Todoroki suggested and Masato gasped in excitement knowing exactly what was about to happen.
Chiho gave him an unconvinced look but Daiki readily agreed. “Sure, grab all the snow you can.”
“Back up.” Todoroki instructed the twins but they didn’t actually move until he held up his right hand which was already covered in frost. Wicked grins grew on their faces and the two kids gave him the room he needed. The children all watched Todoroki kneel down and place his hand on the small mound of snow. Ice shot out from the point of contact creating a large ice ramp reminding Katsuki of the one he made during ‘the kidnapping incident’. Between this and his mother bringing it up earlier Katsuki was done with thinking about that moment.
Masato let out a loud squeal and was the first to run over to admire Todoroki’s work. In his haste the little boy slipped and fell in the snow but quickly sprung back up again to touch the ice to make sure it was real. The twins went absolutely wild, grabbing their sleds and rushing to go play. Even Satomi looked at Todoroki impressed before picking Yuki up and heading over to the ramp to make sure the little demons didn’t hurt themselves.
“If the license training taught me anything it’s that kids love sliding on ice.” Todoroki said as he rejoined Katsuki and watched the twins race down the ice on their sleds. He was close enough that he could feel the heat radiating off of Todoroki’s side meaning he must have activated his quirk to keep warm.
He resisted the momentary urge to step closer and instead shot him an annoyed sideways look, “I thought I told you to be careful around the twins.”
“They just wanted to sled. That seems harmless.”
“Harmless my ass! Now they know they can get you to do shit for them. You just made this week that much worse for yourself.”
Todoroki was silent for a moment before turning to him with an expression Katsuki couldn’t quite understand.“Are you...worried about me?”
“What? No! I’m just worried about my own sanity.” Who was he kidding? His sanity was gone the moment they got here. Especially now that he couldn’t get that face Todoroki made out of his head.
Todoroki looked like he wanted to respond but didn’t have the chance to. Masato ran over to Todoroki basically vibrating in happiness and tugged on his sleeve to get his attention.
“That was awesome! Can you use ice and fire at the same time?” He asked enthusiastically, still holding on to Todoroki’s sweater sleeve.
“I can but it slows me down. I have to stay still since it takes concentration.”
“You could just lay down and destroy everyone with ice and fire!”
“Hmm, I guess I could, but wouldn’t that leave me open to be attacked?”
“Oh…yeah you’re right. Maybe just drink an energy drink so you don’t get tired and can move fast.”
“I haven’t thought of that.” Todoroki actually looked like he was mulling the idea over.
The conversation continued on with Masato babbling on with questions and suggestions while Todoroki replied to them all seriously. The little boy seemed perfectly content to spend his time chattering away instead of playing like the rest of his cousins. He hasn’t realized he was watching this interaction so closely until the twins pulled his attention away.
“Katsuki! Launch us down the hill!” Daiki shouted to him from the top of the ice. He debated for a moment if he should give into the children's demands. He did want to see how fast he could get one of those sleds to go…
“Fine. Give me a second to warm up my hands.” He rubbed his hands together and started to warm them with his breath. Todoroki looked at him with a tilt to his head.
“What happened to not doing what the twins tell you?” He pointed out. Masato stared in wonder as he conjured fire in his left hand and held it out to Katsuki. He looked at the hand suspiciously but accepted the offer and warmed his hands over the fire.
“They already know what they are going to get out of me. You’re a shiny new toy to them and they will test your limits.”
“I can handle two kids.”
“They ain’t just any kids. They’re worse than me when I was young.” Katsuki didn’t bother waiting for a response before turning on his heels to go climb up the ice ramp. The twins cheered when he joined them and excitedly climbed onto the same sled. Katsuki took a quick glance at Todoroki and saw that he was watching him, ignoring Masato who was hanging off his arm asking to see the fire again.
“Alright, gremlins. Just don’t tell your parents about this.” The two looked at him and smiled as they mimed locking their lips sealed at the same time.
“We won’t say anything!” Chiho confirmed and Katsuki nodded.
“Hey, Linkin Park! Cover the small one’s ears!” Satomi rolled her eyes at the nickname but did as she was told when Katsuki placed his hands on the back of the sled.
“Hold on tight.” The kids cheered and gripped the sides of the sled and Katsuki started running while pushing them. Once they got to the beginning of the slope he sent out a controlled burst from his palms effectively shooting the twins across the ice at what had to be close to 70 miles an hour. The people below watched with mild horror when at the end of the hill the sled hit the solid ground sending the kids tumbling into the air. Katsuki almost raced down the ice himself to check on them but soon enough the kids were laughing as they laid in the wet grass staving off his momentary panic.
“Again!” Chiho giggled. “We have to do that again! That was totally awesome!”
“Can we do it again?!” Daiki asked, hopeful.
“...Fine, but only one more time.”
One more time easily turned into three more with Todoroki extending the ice path on the ground so the twins’ sled had time to slow down. Eventually, Aunt Akasuki popped her head out to tell them that dinner was ready and for the kids to come inside. The twins complained loudly and Satomi ignored them as she pulled Chiho away by the jacket while carrying Yuki with the other arm. Daiki followed close behind since one of the main weaknesses the twins had was they were inseparable. Katsuki slid down the ice, since it was the easiest way to get down, and ignored a hand offered to him by Todoroki when he made it to the bottom. Todoroki didn’t seem surprised by his refusal of help.
“I should take care of this before we go inside.” He said looking at the hill behind Katsuki.
“I got it covered.” After a day like today he was pent up and itching to take it out on something so this provided the perfect opportunity. He cracked his knuckles ready to make something blow up but as he approached the ice ramp a large explosion came off of it right in front of him.
A shrill laugh came from behind him and he turned around to see a proud looking Masato. He was pointing at the ramp with his jacket off and All Might shirt pulled up to expose a red button where his belly button should be. The little boy pressed the button again and another explosion went off behind Katsuki where he was pointing, knocking away more chunks of ice and the five year old looked to him for approval. Todoroki stared at the him in shock and Katsuki smirked, enjoying the look on his face.
“The kid has a remote detonation quirk.” His smile turned to one more feral when he looked back to Masato. “Alright, brat, let’s fuck this shit up!”
“Yeah! Tododoki make more ice!”
Masato saying his new nickname snapped Todoroki out of whatever state he was in and he complied with a wave of his hand. Multiple ice towers shot out of the ground creating more targets for the two of them to demolish. Masato let out an excited cheer at the show of Todoroki’s quirk that turned into a battle cry when he and Katsuki began to set off explosions all over the backyard. His remote detonation quirk worked by the little boy pressing the button on his stomach, but he hadn’t learned how to control where the distant explosions would occur until recently. By pointing out where he wanted them to go he found it easier to will the explosions where he needed it. The only weakness the boy had, besides that, was he had to have a full stomach for his quirk to work and after using it excessively he’d be left extremely hungry. Aunt Hisa usually carried around a box of cheerios for him because of this and Masato always called the snack his ‘bomb energy fuel’.
Masato’s quirk had manifested itself only a year and a half ago and the child had been overjoyed to have a quirk so similar to his favorite cousin’s. Katsuki, however, had felt a bit more trepidacious. It wasn’t that he felt threatened by someone else with a powerful quirk in the family, it was surprisingly the opposite. He didn’t want Masato to go through the same things he had because, as much as he hated to admit, it he did care about the kid. With Masato following him around like a duckling at every family event since he learned to walk Katsuki hadn’t had much of a choice in that matter. The thing about having a huge family was that he had a lot of people he could disappoint. For years Katsuki has had to live with the built up expectations of them all and the pressure to live up to that. That last thing he wanted was for the child to feel that same kind of overwhelming pressure as he grew up. If that meant personally taking Masato under his wing then so be it.
He was pulled from his thoughts when he saw his explosions were not coming out as large as he would like them to be. Between his lack of jacket and the fact that the temperature was steadily dropping as it got darker it was becoming harder for him to maintain his body temperature. His eyes fell on Todoroki, who was still watching them like he just had some kind of epiphany. Hyped up on adrenaline he didn’t even think before what he said next.
“Tod- Shouto!” God, it was going to be hard for him to get used to that. Todoroki almost looked startled hearing his name come from him. Which wasn’t surprising to him considering Katsuki’s usual preference for insulting nicknames. “Do that shit with your quirk again.”
"If you're getting too cold you should probably head inside." He commented as Katsuki approached him.
“Fuck you, I could do this all damn night.” A cold gust of wind came through just as he said this causing Katsuki to shiver involuntarily and Todoroki gave him an unconvinced look. He opened his mouth to ask him what the hell that look was for when something unexpected happened.
Todoroki wrapped his arms around his shoulders and pulled him into a hug.
It was very warm due to his quirk, but not uncomfortably so. To his own horror he found himself actually wanting to sink further into it and Katsuki’s arms fell around Todoroki’s waist of their own accord. He was also made very aware of the cologne the other boy was wearing that he’d somehow missed while they were in the car together. The scent was warm and pleasant, somewhere between spicy and smoky but faint enough that Katsuki found himself fighting the impulse to bury his nose into the fabric of Todoroki's turtleneck to get a better smell. For a moment he was speechless, left with only the feeling of Todoroki’s chest as he breathed and the sounds of Masato laughing as he continued to blow things up behind him.
“What the hell do you think you are doing?” Katsuki finally managed to say. He realized he had some of Todoroki’s sweater gripped tightly in his fist and he quickly let go.
“Your family is watching from the windows,” the taller boy whispered into his ear, the sensation of warm air across his skin making the hair at the nape of Katsuki's neck rise and a shudder to wrack his body. Frowning intensely Katsuki blamed the shiver on the cold, something he and Todoroki must've agreed on as the other boy's left side heated up further. “I...thought this might be convincing for them.”
Sure enough, when he looked towards the windows he saw at least half of his family watching them with different expressions of surprise and glee. Riku even went as far as shooting him a thumbs up with a cheesy grin once he saw he was looking. He could feel heat rise up to his face.
“What are you assholes looking at?!” He shouted loudly so those idiots could hear him but it just made them laugh and caused Todoroki to wince since it was right in his ear. The hug quickly turned into Todoroki holding Katsuki back from grabbing a chunk of ice to throw through a window. The only thing that succeeded in doing was making his older cousins laugh even harder. His Aunt Hisa shot him an apologetic look and started to shoo people away to give them ‘privacy’. Todoroki let go of him, now that he wasn’t about to break things, and Katsuki found himself feeling even colder than he had been before at the loss of contact. They both stood there for a moment, staring at each other, not knowing what to say until Katsuki couldn’t take it anymore.
“Can you just- would you quit staring all the time?” It sounded weak, lacking the usual force behind his words which was strange to him. Still, Todoroki shifted his gaze as requested and something behind Katsuki caught his attention.
“Is Masato alright?” His voice was tinged with worry and Katsuki turned around so quickly he almost slipped on the icy ground. Masato was still setting off explosions but between each one he was tightly gripping his stomach.
“Shit!” He cursed under his breath without hesitating to run to the kid and he could hear Todoroki following close behind. It was obvious the amount he used his quirk was getting to him but the little boy continued to act like nothing was wrong since he was still having fun. “Come on, brat, playtime’s over. You gotta eat.”
Masato immediately started to whine. “But I want to keep playing! I’m not hungry!”
“Bullshit.” There was no way he was going to just stand there and argue with a kid. Katsuki easily threw the small child over his shoulder in a fireman’s carry and ignored Masato’s protests as he started carrying him to the house. “You’re gonna overdo it.”
“Tododoki! Help me!” The kid wiggled to try to get out of his grasp and reached for Todoroki who was walking beside them.
“You should listen to your cousin.” At that Masato was about to start complaining again but Todoroki cut him off. “You want to be strong like him, right? Take his advice.”
Katsuki wanted to say something but he couldn’t find the words, it was as though his mind had gone offline. He wasn’t sure what to make of what Todoroki had just said and he found himself wishing he actually paid more attention to what was said in the other boy’s conversations with Masato. It felt strange to be inadvertently complemented by Todoroki but he couldn’t help feeling oddly satisfied by it.
“I guess that’s true…” Masato reluctantly agreed and calmed down enough that, once inside, Katsuki was able to put the kid down without the threat of him trying to make a run for it.
“Of course it’s true, now listen to me and go fucking eat something already!” Masato was once again unfazed by the cursing and nodded to him with a determined look in his eyes like he was just given a mission. The little boy then ran off to the dining room where everyone must have already started to eat.
Todoroki watched in thought as the boy ran off and there was a moment of silence before he said, “The way he talks about heroes...doesn’t he remind you of Izuku?”
Katsuki saw red.
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The dining room, like the rest of the house, was decorated for Christmas in a simple and tasteful manner. A soft glow came from the strings of garland tangled with lights around the room as well as from the lit candles on the table. Poinsettia flowers were also strategically placed about, along with a few small knick knacks here and there. If it weren’t for the people the place would actually have a very calming atmosphere. In the middle of the room was large mahogany table long enough to accommodate whole the family and everyone was already seated at it, eating and chatting away. Katsuki’s older cousins started wildly gesturing for the two of them to sit in the seats they saved near them when he entered the room with Todoroki. He guessed that must be his punishment for being the last to the table.
Luckily, everyone seemed already too engrossed in their own conversations to pay much attention to their arrival. Except for his mother, of course, who had more than enough time on her hands to chastise him for taking so long while somehow doting on Todoroki at the same time. Others followed suit, turning their attention to the dual haired boy. It took less than thirty seconds for Todoroki’s plate to be full with the amount Katsuki’s family kept shoving different foods in front of him excitedly telling him to give it a try.
Katsuki noticed his father subtly keep a close eye on Todoroki as he lifted his fork up to try his first bite of the dinner he made. A smile came to his dad’s face as Todoroki’s eyes widened and he involuntarily let out a soft happy noise before going in for a second bite. When the boy actually voiced a compliment about the food Katsuki’s mom nearly swooned as she went on and on about how well mannered he was and how she couldn’t believe her son managed to snag someone like that launching Katsuki into yet another vicious fight with his mother. The twins used that as a distraction to dump any vegetables they had onto Masato’s plate and the kid gleefully ate them up as he shoveled food into his mouth to deal with the result of overusing his quirk.
Things took a turn for the worst when Mai decided to get nosy.
“So, how did you two meet?” The question was a simple one but everyone at the table went silent to listen in. A sudden spike of anxiety shot its way through him since they had never discussed how they were going to respond to questions like that.
“It’s none of your damn business!” Katsuki snapped ready to put an end to the conversation but Todoroki spoke up.
“We met in class. He caught me staring at him and the first thing he ever said to me was ‘What the fuck are you looking at, pretty boy?’ and walked away.”
The response was very matter of fact yet various members of his family cooed as though that was an adorable thing they had ever heard while others made comments about how ‘that sounds just like Katsuki’. The worst part of it was the fact that what Todoroki said was true and for some reason his family thought it was the height of romance, which Katsuki did not understand in the slightest. It was supposed to be an insult damn it.
Todoroki’s honest answer opened the floodgates for everyone to start asking their own questions about his life and their ‘relationship’. Questions were thrown at him left and right about things ranging from how long they have been dating to what his plans after graduation were. Any questions about himself Tororoki answered fairly easily, although he did avoid any questions that got too personal about his homelife or his childhood. Katsuki was taken aback by how much he realized he already knew about his ‘fake boyfriend’. He shocked himself even more when he went as far as to step in and answer his Uncle Naoko that Todoroki’s favorite food was cold soba. Even the boy himself looked surprised but was quick to hide it.
Todoroki dodged the questions about the two of them for the most part by giving short and simple answers. This only served to make his family, especially his older cousins, determined to get even more information out of him. The incessant need to get into his business began grating on Katsuki’s last nerve and he could gradually feel himself start to boil over at the sheer number of questions, even with Todoroki taking the brunt of most of it. As his Aunt Rin asked about how they got together he felt himself finally snap and he slammed his palms down on the table, chair screeching against the hardwood as he sprung to his feet ready to go off on his family about their incessant questioning. He was stopped short, however, by Todoroki throwing him a stern look.
“Katsuki.” All Todoroki had said was his name but anything Katsuki was about to say died in his throat. The annoyance he felt dissipated, replaced by that feeling he had every time Todoroki used his first name. His expression went from one of anger to a look of wide-eyed confusion as he slowly returned to his seat, gaze locked on Todoroki and entirely missing the incredulous looks and dropped jaws around the table. During the interrogation a couple of his family members, such as his Grandpa, Aunt Mineko, and Airi, had given some suspicious looks at Todoroki’s answers but any doubts they had seemed to be officially squashed. His mom looked absolutely floored, yet delighted, and it was easy to tell from her expression that she was ready to fully accept Todoroki into her family.
It was silent as everyone digested what just happened until Riku smirked and made a whipping noise directed at Katsuki. The rage he had felt came back with a vengeance but before he could do anything, like throw his plate at Riku’s throat like a frisbee, frost shot its way across the table effectively freezing Riku’s glass of eggnog to the table. While his cousin looked at him in shock, Todoroki simply took a sip out of his own glass while shooting Riku a glare. His grandfather burst out into a fit of booming laughter at this and it didn’t take long for others to join him.
“I can see why you like him, Creme-suki!” His Grandpa said loudly as his laughter began to subside. The nickname was something Katsuki was used to from him but he felt his heart drop to his stomach as soon as he heard it because Todoroki immediately turned to his grandfather with obvious interest.
“Creme-suki?” There was a hint of a smile on his lips and his Grandpa matched it with his own grin.
“Shut up.” Katsuki gritted out through his teeth, but both of them were unfazed.
“I’m sure by now you’ve noticed by now that my grandson tends to smell like creme brulee. I’ve been calling him that since he was a kid.”
“What was he like when he was young?” His grandfather perked up at the question and looked more than happy to begin telling stories about him as a child.
“Aw come on let’s talk about something more interesting! We can embarrass Katsuki anytime, I want to hear about Shouto’s childhood.” Airi piped up. “You’re Endeavor’s son, right? What’s it like growing up with the number one hero?”
The question was meant to be innocent enough and his cousin was genuinely curious but that didn’t stop the boy next to him from immediately tensing up upon hearing it. Katsuki watched as the small smile on Todoroki’s face quickly disappeared replaced by an almost hauntingly blank expression. Katsuki caught the barest flicker of heterochromatic eyes towards the doorway to the kitchen. Escape route his mind supplied, and if looks could kill the force of his glare would have turned Airi into dust as Todoroki sat there frozen, looking for something to say. His father looked at him in concern and then turned to Katsuki in silent communication knowing something was wrong and wondering if there is something he could do. At Todoroki’s silence Airi looked like she was about to say something else but Masato beat her to it.
“Endeavor sucks!” The little boy declared through a mouthful of food.
“Masato!” Aunt Hisa looked horrified and was quick to scold her son. “You can’t just say things like that, it’s rude!”
“But I’m right!”
“Apologize right now to-”
She, along with the rest of the family, fell silent as a soft laugh rang through the room. The laughter only grew and Katsuki swore he felt his heart stop when he looked to the source. After three years the most he has heard from Todoroki was a light chuckle and the amount he had heard that he could probably count on just one hand. He had never seen the boy quite like this, with his shoulders shaking as he tried to cover his smile with his hand while candlelight danced in his eyes. Katsuki was stunned and it seemed like most of his family was caught under the same spell.
“Yeah.” Todoroki said softly as his laughter died down, his gaze cast downwards at the food in front of him. “He does suck.”
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For the most part, things went smoothly for the rest of dinner. The topic of Todoroki’s father was left abandoned as soon as Katsuki’s family became completely distracted by fawning over his laugh. His parents still made sure to send Katsuki a concerned look and he knew his mom would end up bringing this up with him later. He wasn’t looking forward to when that happened but knew there would be no escaping it. The rest of the time was spent with Todoroki quietly chatting with his grandfather while Katsuki bickered loudly with his cousins causing Yuki to giggle from her highchair every time he raised his voice. By the end of dinner, the little toddler was fast asleep with her head of wild blonde curls resting against her tray. Her mother, Jin, picked her up taking care to not wake her as she carried Yuki off to bed while Riku watched with a soft smile on his face. Masato was also fast asleep curled into Aunt Hisa’s side and she was trying to figure out a good way to pick him up from this position. She was saved by his Uncle Naoko who was about to lead the sleepy twins off to bed anyway.
Airi turned to Katsuki with a devilish glint in her eyes, “Hey, Kat! Isn’t it past your bedtime, too?”
His eyebrow twitched in annoyance and he threw a dinner roll at her as she laughed. He couldn’t deny though that he actually was pretty tired.
“I wouldn’t mind going to bed if you’re tired.” Todoroki spoke up as though reading his thoughts. “I didn’t get much sleep last night.”
Riku, Mai, and Airi turned to Katsuki with similar mocking shocked and scandalized looks trying to hold back grins. With horror Katsuki realized exactly what they were thinking.
“Not letting him sleep, huh?” Riku teased with an eyebrow wiggle directed at him.
“Guess that turtleneck isn’t just a fashion statement!” Mai commented with a laugh as Todoroki’s eyebrows furrowed a bit in confusion.
“Would you three shut the fuck up already before I make you!” Katsuki threatened with small explosions popping off in his hand for emphasis. This only made them laugh harder since apparently his older cousins feared neither god nor death.
“Quiet down already before you wake up the kids!” Aunt Mineko downed her last sip of wine and stood up gesturing for them to follow her. “Come on, I’ll show you both where you’ll be sleeping this year.”
She threw Katsuki a wink and he raised a suspicious eyebrow in response concerned by what that could mean. She led them away back to the grand staircase in the foyer, rattling on and on about things Katsuki didn’t care enough to listen to. Seriously, why the hell did he need to know about the vegan muffins someone gave her at work for her birthday? She continued talking about her work as though she was trying to paint some glorious picture of it, obviously in an attempt to get Todoroki’s interest in working for her. He didn’t show any care at all though, choosing instead to look around curiously at the Christmas decorations throughout the house with a kind of wonder Katsuki didn’t expect to see from him. The staircase lead them to the second story where the numerous bedrooms in the house were. A floral scent wafted off his Aunt Mineko from her quirk as she lead them down a long hallway. Her quirk allowed her to secrete various essential oils of her choosing from her skin, which she used to her advantage to get people to enjoy her presence. Finally she stopped in front of a particular door and turned to them.
“And here it is! I made sure to save one of the larger bedrooms for the two of you. Has its own bathroom and everything. I wanted to impress after all, since this is Shouto’s first Christmas with us.” She said tossing them a smile while she opened the door.
“Wait.” Katsuki said confused as she pushed them into the room. He chose to shove down any feelings about the implication that Todoroki would be spending more Christmases with his family and instead focused on a more immediate problem. “What the hell do you mean by the two of us?”
“Oh yeah, I convinced Mitsuki to let you room together. You’re welcome for that, by the way.” She explained with an amused smile. The shock on Katsuki’s face could have been suspicious but luckily she seemed to take it as just surprise that she could actually get his mother to change her mind. “Tomorrow we’re going to pick out this year’s family christmas tree and you know how the fights about that can be so make sure to get your beauty rest in!”
With that she closed the door leaving the two of them awkwardly standing alone together. The room was large as promised and was just as nice as the rest of this aunt’s home, decorated in various cream and light blue tones with golden touches all around, giving off an air of comfort and luxury. Aunt Mineko must not have been lying about wanting to impress Todoroki since this had to be one of the nicest guest rooms here. The most prominent thing that stood out, of course, was the large canopy bed in the center of the room.
The singular bed.
God he was so fucked.
If Todoroki was fazed at all by the situation he didn’t show it as he walked past him to root through their bags in search of his. At some point one of his family members must have carried the bags up for them since the last time he had seen them he had panickedly thrown them in the foyer. Todoroki made a small satisfied noise and pulled his bag out of the pile.
When he turned around he must have seen something in Katsuki’s expression because he asked, “What’s wrong?”
“What’s-” Katsuki almost repeated the question back but cut himself off with an aggravated groan hardly able to believe Todoroki couldn’t see the problem at hand. “I’m not sleeping on the fucking floor!”
Todoroki arched a stupidly perfect eyebrow at him as he walked over to the bed and threw his bag onto the side he had chosen for himself. “I never said you had to.”
“What are you saying? We should share the damn thing?!”
“Yes.” He replied simply as he began to unpack his bag and Katsuki was stunned to silence enough for him to continue. “The bed is big enough and your family would probably find it suspicious if I asked for another room.”
He hated when he was right. Instead of saying anything he gave Todoroki a skeptical look before getting to work unpacking his things as well. They fell into a strangely comfortable silence, both thoroughly socially drained from the chaotic evening. Katsuki was about to put away his clothes in a drawer when he caught sight of something on top of the dresser. It was a pair of deep blue silk pajamas decorated with a pattern of little white snowflakes and just by lightly running his fingers over it he could feel it was expensive. Placed on top was a small note written on the back of one of Aunt Mineko’s business cards that read ‘For Katsuki’s Mystery Man!’. His aunt really was pulling out all the stops trying to get Todoroki to join her modeling agency. Katsuki crushed the note and shoved it in his pocket before picking up the pajamas and turning around to throw them right at the taller boy.
They hit him square in the face yet somehow he still managed to not seem surprised at all as he pulled them off to inspect. “What is this?”
“My Aunt Mineko left them for you.”
Todoroki stared at them perplexed for a moment and then looked up at him. “How did she know my size?”
“The devil works fast but she works faster.” He said while he finished unpacking. “She probably got your measurements after my Uncle Taiki took them.”
Todoroki still looked a bit puzzled but didn’t say anything else while he put the silk pajamas away with the rest of his clothes.
The two of them took turns using the bathroom to get ready for the night. Normally, even in the winter, Katsuki would sleep in his boxers and a tank top but in this situation thought it would be best if he changed into some sweatpants as well. Todoroki wore a simple white t-shirt and grey plaid pajama pants and stifled a yawn as he climbed into bed to get settled. The sight made Katsuki fight back a yawn of his own, and the fact that it irritated him must have been obvious since he caught a small smirk from the other boy in his periphery. When he looked to level a glare at Todoroki he was caught almost off guard by how soft the other looked, face blank as always but strangely unguarded with his dual toned hair splayed across the pillow and the barest circles of exhaustion tinting the skin under his eyes. He realized he'd been standing there for probably too long when Todoroki blinked, freeing him from the strange train of thought. Clearing his throat, Katsuki plugged in his phone to charge and tucked it beneath his pillow before moving to get in bed himself
“If you touch me I'm blowing your fucking hands off.” He warned as he begrudgingly got under the covers.
“Noted.” Once again Todoroki was unperturbed by his threats and reached over to the lamp next to him to switch it off.
In the darkness, laying with his back to Todoroki, Katsuki thought for sure that he would be tense and unable to sleep but he found that wasn’t the case. Strangely, even though he was hyperaware of his presence, Todoroki’s steady and even breathing eased him in a way that he didn’t think was possible. He felt himself relax and for a moment the thought he would actually be able to fall asleep relatively quickly. At least that was until Todoroki broke the silence.
Without hesitation Katsuki whipped around and smacked Todoroki with his pillow right in the face. He considered smothering him but a muffled chuckle came from under the pillow and Katsuki felt his heart constrict at the sound.
Flopping aggressively onto his side, heart still racing, Katsuki began to doubt he was going to survive the night - let alone the week.