A gust of wind swept through the empty halls of U.A. High as a black-clad figure snuck through the abandoned building. When he reached the door of his old classroom, he reached out and knocked once, twice, three times. The noise reverberated eerily throughout the building. It was dangerous to sneak and meet up with his former classmates, but Izuku Midoriya knew the risks.
“Midoriya? Is that you?” he heard one of his friends call out from the shadows. From the sound of the voice, it was Eijiro Kirishima. “We haven’t seen you since that day. How have you been?”
“I’ve been good,” Izuku answered. He walked over to where Kirishima was sitting in the dark room. “I’ve been in hiding with my mom and some of our neighbors.”
“Have you heard from Bakugo?” Kirishima asked him.
Izuku shook his head. “He and his parents were some of the first to go into hiding after that day.”
“Oh yeah? I’m not in hiding now,” came a voice from the doorway. Izuku and Kirishima stood up and saw Bakugo standing in the doorway. He walked over and joined them on the floor. “So what did you call us here for, you damn nerd?”
“I sent messages to a few other people,” Izuku said, looking toward the door.
“They probably don’t want to risk being caught,” Kirishima said. “It is after dark, after all.”
“Yeah, you’re right,” Izuku said, looking down at the floor.
“Again, what did you call us here for?” Bakugo repeated. “I’m not going to wait around here all night for you to explain yourself, Deku.”
Izuku paused. Since everything came crashing down on them that day, he couldn’t think straight. He called his friends here for a meeting knowing that if they were caught, they’d be thrown in jail. “Honestly, I didn’t think ahead.”
“Shh,” Kirishima said. “Did you guys hear that?”
Izuku and Bakugo slid further down where they were seated, and looked over towards the door. They could see a long shadow coming up the hall, and they were unsure whether it was friend or foe. Bakugo glared at Izuku.
“Who all did you invite, you fucking nerd?” he asked him, grabbing him by the collar.
“Just our old classmates, that’s it!” Izuku managed to get out. Bakugo let him go.
“You do know that they’re monitoring our phone calls and texts?” Bakugo hissed at him. “They could have followed us in here without us even knowing.”
Shit, Izuku thought. He didn’t even think about that. Guess that’s what I get for not planning ahead, I guess.
“It’s just us,” came a familiar voice. “I was sent here to scope this place out which worked perfectly for meeting up with you guys.”
“T-Tokoyami?” Izuku could barely make him out, but there was no mistaking Dark Shadow behind him.
“Hey, you guys!” Dark Shadow said, throwing up a peace sign. “What’s shaking?”
“Midoriya, you sent out a text with just coordinates an hour ago. What is it?” Tokoyami asked him.
Before Izuku could speak, however, Dark Shadow spoke up: “We also found a few folks hiding downstairs. They said that they couldn’t come upstairs because a few villains were walking around outside the windows and they would have seen them.”
“Well, where are they?” Izuku asked.
Tokoyami looked outside the door. “Come on in guys; it’s safe.”
Suddenly the whole of Class 1-A came into the room, and Izuku smiled to himself. They were all safe. The sudden evacuation and everyone going into hiding had made it difficult for Izuku to make sure that everyone was safe.
“So we’re all here,” Bakugo said. “Do you have a plan?”
“Yeah, actually I do,” Izuku said. “I gave it a lot of thought, and if you don’t want to help out, you don’t have to. But… I think I came up with a way to take back our city from the villains.”
There was silence. Izuku gulped. I shouldn’t have said anything , he thought to himself. He looked down at his sneakers, black tonight instead of his traditional red, and closed his eyes.
“Let’s hear it,” Denki Kaminari said. “I want our city to go back to the way it was before.”
“Me too!” Ochaco Uraraka said.
“Well, I thought that we could — ”
Suddenly Tokoyami interrupted Izuku. “The villains are on their way here! Everybody hurry, get out of here!”
“Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki should go first!” Uraraka said.
“Yes, good thinking!” Iida said. “They are the top three most wanted by the villains, after all!”
Izuku turned back to look at them. “Will you guys be okay?”
“Of course!” Iida assured them.
Izuku hesitated before leaving. He followed Bakugo out of the room, and they soon caught up with Todoroki. They ran down the staircases of U.A. before reaching the central doorway. He had thought over multiple scenarios in case this had happened, and he decided to put one into action.
“I have an idea,” he whispered, just loud enough for them to hear. “Maybe we can hide from the villains, you know, until they’re gone.”
“And how do you suppose we do that?” Todoroki asked him.
Izuku nodded to the empty Heights Alliance dorms. “We hide in there.”
Bakugo huffed. “I hate to admit it, but this is a good idea, you damn nerd.”
Izuku stood to try and get a glimpse out of the front doors of U.A., doors which once filled young up-and-coming heroes with hope and now were plastered with wanted posters of various pro-and semi-pro heroes and well-known students in the hero course, Izuku, Todoroki, and Bakugo among them. A shadowy figure had begun to grow larger, and Izuku gulped.
“We need to get out of here,” Todoroki said.
Bakugo jerked his thumb over his shoulder. “We can go down this back hallway here. I think it comes out near the cafeteria.”
Izuku nodded. “There's an exit to the outside of the school near there. We can use it to get to the dorms.”
They ran down the hall, racing each other. Izuku kept watch out of the windows for any more villains and stopped running when he saw a familiar face.
“Hey you guys, come look!”
Bakugo stomped over to him. “Dammit Deku, you better have a good reason!”
“Bakugo, look,” Todoroki said. “Maybe we wouldn't have had to run away after all.”
“And why the hell not?”
“That shadowy figure we saw… I think it was Mr. Aizawa.”
Izuku looked around the dark commons area, the same as it was the day they left. Papers had been strewn about due to the wind, but it still felt familiar.
“I’m going up to my old room, and I’m taking a nap,” Todoroki said.
“Yeah, same for me,” Bakugo said.
“I guess that leaves me to keep watch,” Izuku said.
Todoroki sighed before turning. “Do you think our friends made it out okay?”
“Of course,” Bakugo said.
“Tokoyami knows every way in and out of the school now. He’d make sure that they made it out safely,” Izuku said.
“What do you think would happen to us if we were caught?” Todoroki said suddenly.
“Prison,” Izuku said.
“Death,” Bakugo suggested.
“Very comforting guys.”
“Well I know some pros are working with the villains,” Izuku said.
“Of course you’d know that, you fucking nerd. You know anything there is to do with heroes,” Bakugo said.
“Think about it. There was never a wanted poster for Mr. Aizawa. And Gang Orca, there was never a wanted poster issued for him either,” Izuku pointed out. “Plus, some of our classmates with Quirks more suited to villains, like Shinso, Monoma, and Hagakure are also working with the villains.”
Bakugo narrowed his eyes at Izuku. “How do you know all of this?”
Izuku held up his phone. “I managed to get into the villains’ news network on the first day we all went into hiding. Anyway, anything they share with their fellow villains, I know too.”
“That’s crazy,” Todoroki said. “What does it say now?”
“Nothing. So I guess everyone got out of the school okay.”
Bakugo walked over to him. “Listen up, you damn nerd. You’re going to hack into that news app for me and Icy Hot here before we each go back to our families. And everyone in class 1-A and even class 1-B, got it?”
“What’s gotten into you all of a sudden?” Todoroki asked Bakugo. “You’re usually not wanting to help others so willingly.”
“Just think about it. If he does this, we can keep track of each other. We’ll know of who all the villains have gotten.”
Izuku thought it over. “I could always make an app for people like us to keep track of villains.”
Bakugo ran his hands through his hair. “Focus on one thing at a time, you fucking nerd!”
“Right. Got it. Hand me your phones.”
Todoroki and Bakugo handed Izuku their phones. He looked at them and sighed. “I don’t know if the hacking will be successful, but it’s worth a try. They may have changed their software around.”
“Whatever. I’m going to lay down,” Bakugo said.
“I’m staying to keep guard while he does this,” Todoroki said.
Izuku watched as Bakugo hit the elevator button, and soon it became clear that there was no power in the dorm building. Bakugo kicked the doors to the elevators and came back to sit with Todoroki and Izuku.
“Let’s try and find stuff to make a light for Midoriya to see by,” Todoroki suggested.
Bakugo grabbed some of the loose papers off of the floor. “Light these up.”
“They won’t stay lit for long.”
Izuku had a sudden idea. “If either of you has a light that runs on batteries in your rooms still, we can put that behind a jug of water.”
“That’s a good idea,” Todoroki said. “Bakugo, let’s go search real quick for a light.”
“We can’t get upstairs, you dumb half-and-half bastard!” Bakugo pointed out.
Todoroki pointed over to the door leading to the staircase. “There's a staircase right there.”
Bakugo growled. He stomped over to the door and opened it, proceeding to head upstairs.
“Is there anything you need besides the lights?” Todoroki asked Izuku.
“No, not that I know of,” he answered. “But thanks for asking.”
Todoroki nodded before leaving to join a rampaging Bakugo. Izuku could hear him going up the stairwell with his Quirk.
“We're going to be found out,” Izuku said weakly.
It's not Bakugo's fault. The villains have been after him since the U.A. Sports Festival, wanting him to join them. But Bakugo idolized All Might too much. And as for Todoroki, his father was Endeavor , for fuck's sake. He's had run-ins with both villains and pros since he was young. But what made Izuku so unique that, out of all the pros, semi-pros, and students wanted by the villains, he was their number one target?
The voice of his former homeroom teacher brought him out of his thoughts. Aizawa was dressed in his usual hero uniform and was wearing his goggles. Beside him was a purple-haired boy with a mask on, but Izuku knew who he was. He jumped up and readied himself for a fight.
“Mr. Aizawa? Shinso? What are you guys doing here?”
“Relax, we’re not here to fight you, Midoriya. We’re here to make sure you leave before the villains get here,” Shinso said.
“Aren’t you two villains?” Izuku asked them.
“This is not a time to be sarcastic, Midoriya,” Aizawa said. “Where are Bakugo and Todoroki?”
“Shinso, go upstairs and get them, quickly. Remember, the elevator doesn’t work.”
Shinso nodded and disappeared up the stairwell. Aizawa clutched his scarf and walked over to the doors of the dorm building. He looked out over the dark campus, and even though he wasn’t saying anything, Izuku knew he was keeping an eye out for villains.
“Mr. Aizawa, why are you doing this?” Izuku asked.
“Because I’m your teacher. And a teacher always looks out for his students, right?”
“But what will you do if the League of Villains finds out you helped us escape?”
Aizawa sighed. “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”
Shinso came back downstairs with a brainwashed Todoroki and Bakugo. “They tried to attack me, so I had no choice but to use my Quirk.”
“Undo it, please, this is important,” Aizawa said, lowering his goggles.
As Shinso undid the brainwashing on both Todoroki and Bakugo, Aizawa grabbed them both with his capture weapon. His Quirk was activated, and he suddenly looked very serious. Izuku, Todoroki, and Bakugo all stayed quiet as Aizawa began to speak.
“You three need to run away from here as soon as you can,” he told them. “Shinso and I were out this way when we heard it come through that there were three wanted heroes-in-training hiding in the U.A. dorms. I had just helped everyone else evacuate earlier. But Iida and Uraraka were worried about you three getting away, so I just assumed that you had gotten away through one of the underground passageways that had been constructed since All Might—”
“Mr. Aizawa, do you know which League of Villains members is after us?” Todoroki asked.
“Dabi, Toga, Compress, and Twice.”
“They were all with the Vanguard Action Squad!” Izuku said, recalling when the League of VIllains attacked their summer training camp and kidnapped Bakugo.
“Those damn bastards! I’ll make them pay for kidnapping me!” Bakugo yelled.
“Sit down and shut up,” Aizawa said. “You will do no such thing. They have specific orders to bring you three back and put you in prison.”
“So how do we avoid that?” Todoroki asked.
“Go home and lay low for a week. I’ll send someone to get you then.” Aizawa turned and went to leave, and Shinso followed him.
Izuku ran after him. “How are we supposed to go home and avoid the villains at the same time?”
“You’re a smart kid. Use that brain to your advantage.” Aizawa and Shinso walked out of the doors.
Izuku immediately put his brain into overdrive. “We can use the underground passageways.”
“But those only lead out into the middle of the city, and then we’d have to blend in with the surroundings until we get back to our families,” Todoroki said.
“That won’t be too hard,” Bakugo said. He was surprisingly calm. He walked over to the door and looked out. “Do you guys know where the closest underground passageway is?”
“Yeah, it’s at the back of U.A., hidden by a clump of bushes,” Izuku said.
“Okay then let's go,” said Todoroki. “We can't afford to stay here much longer and get caught by the villains.”
“Yeah and if we run into any villains, we’ll just fight them,” Bakugo said. “I meant it when I said I was going to get revenge on them for kidnapping me.”
Izuku sighed. They weren't wanted by the League of Villains for nothing after all. He handed Todoroki and Bakugo back their phones. “Let's go. If Mr. Aizawa is right, then they should be here any minute.”
After checking to make sure the coast was clear, they left the dorms and began running to the underground passageway. The sun had started to make its slow ascent over the horizon, and they were losing their advantage of the night. Halfway to the passageway, a figure intercepted them, and each one of them prepared themselves for a fight. Izuku noticed that the way he stood looked oddly familiar to him, but he couldn’t remember from where.
“My, my, Izuku,” the man said. It was a voice that triggered a deep, fuzzy memory in Izuku’s mind. “You’ve grown.”
“Who are you?” Todoroki asked, taking control.
“I go by the name of Spitfire. That wasn’t my hero name, of course,” he said. “Izuku, you don’t remember me?”
“Listen up, you fucking asshole, you better fucking move before I make you move!” Bakugo said.
The man turned to look at him. “Katsuki, you’ve grown as well. You’re just like your mother.”
Bakugo’s eye twitched. Izuku couldn’t place this man in his memories, at all. He watched as Todoroki’s right foot rotated slightly to the left. He was anxious to run, as was Izuku. And even though he wouldn’t admit it, Bakugo was too.
The man turned to face Izuku, and he finally recognized him, if only for a fleeting second. “Now Izuku, come give your dear old dad a hug.”
“We got to go !” Todoroki yelled, grabbing Izuku.
They ran toward the door to the underground passageway, with Izuku’s dad hot on their trail. Behind him, the four people from the League of Villains that were sent after them was gaining on them. After Izuku and Bakugo managed to make it into the passageway, Todoroki used his flames to weld the iron door shut.
Bakugo turned to look at Izuku and grabbed him by the collar of his hoodie. “Hey, Deku! Who the hell was that?”
“I, uh… I think it was my dad,” Izuku stammered.