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Explosive Touch [Bakugo Katsuki x OC] – Book 3

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"How'd you even fall asleep anyway? The bus is uncomfortable as hell." Once again, the boy's words stopped Atsuhi's train of thought before it could tragically derail away, leading her into a conversation she hoped she wouldn't overthink.

I mean, not mentioning how comfortable your shoulder is... Which is something I'm never going to live down...

"Umm... it's kinda my fault?"

"Yeah, no shit."

"That was just uncalled for."

"Go on."

"Well, let's just say I have a habit of packing late. Like, very late..."

"Care to elaborate?"

"We left at 10. I began packing at 1. In the morning."

"You should've been asleep by then, you know."

"I don't want Mr. I-go-to-bed-at-10-pm-like-some-grandpa's opinion."

"Okay, listen here-"

"Anyway, by the time I could finally go to bed it was like, past three."

No need to mention that I stayed awake an hour after that, just stressing about that while trying to fall asleep.

No one said confessing was gonna be easy. But I never thought I would be anxious so early.

"Jeez, you're hopeless."

"Thank you, Bakugo-kun, but I think I've heard this from you enough times already."

"Someone had to say it." Bakugo stopped, leaning back in his seat as if satisfied, knowing the girl had nothing to retort back. Just like usual. "Well anyway, Aizawa-sensei said we're gonna stop for a while. Should be any moment now so no point falling back asleep."

 

Chapter 1 – Surely Change the World (out on July 16th)

 

Now, onto some rambling from me... again. (Also, if you read the Author's Note at the end of Book Two and are now swinging by for more – you rock!!)

 

First of all, let me fangirl over my own story for a little because this is the book that I started writing because of. It should contain some of my absolute favorite chapters (though I haven't written them yet...) and the sweetest Katsuhi moments you will ever see. All in all, I don't wanna hype things up too much just in case, but I can tell you it's gonna be exciting.

I'm also thinking of upping my writing game. Like, what I mean is just don't rush things. Because I think it might've been kinda obvious that I do rush my chapters every once in a while (more often than not because of procrastination and my absolute inability to stick to my plans).

Good news is, summer break starts next week. It will be my first time posting a story throughout the summer but I'm crossing my fingers I can start writing a little more frequently so I can sneak in some writing of the story I'm planning to post later too (and by that I mean, a couple of months from now at the very earliest so more on that another time). To sum up, expect better phrasing in future chapters (hopefully)!

Speaking of free time, remember when I promised I'd go back and edit the first few chapters of Book ONE a few months ago? Yeah... I never got around to that. In fact, that would be one of my top priorities over the next couple of weeks. Just, completely rewriting the first four or so chapters and editing as many as I can. There are other things I wanna update – rewrite Book One's summary, throw in a few more illustrations here and there. Lots of cosmetic changes, but all for the greater good.

Okay, two things left. First is, I mentioned this last week, but plans still stand so I wanna say it again – I plan to release a pretty detailed bio/information/character page for Atsuhi alongside the first chapter of this book, so you can look forward to that! I plan for that to be something I periodically update as changes happen in the story and more and more information is revealed. Hopefully it would be something fun for you guys to read through and who knows, it might even attract a few new readers?

And the last thing is something I worry some of you might be a little sad to hear but it has to be said. At least for now, this might be the last book in the 'Explosive Touch' series. There are a few reasons. One, obviously both readers and writers get bored of stories that go on for far too long. As such, it had to come to an end somewhere. Also, it gives... well, not really a conclusion but it is definitely a good point to call it an end. The last reason is a little dumb but I simply don't have much good content planned for a potential Book Four... This is subject to change, but that's how things stand for now.

However!! I do have good news!!! The big, multi-chapter series coming to an end wouldn't necessarily mean Atsuhi's story is over quite yet! I have plenty of ideas, ranging from random daily mishaps, events happening in their second or third year at UA, even stuff about their children (I know what they look like, their names, Quirks, and personalities. They are literally the cutest. Though I will refrain from talking about them for now as I haven't yet decided where I want to 'introduce' them, so to speak).

In other words, I have a lot left to tell. So if there's interest, I can make a book dedicated to some oneshots about all these stories that happen. Because I know they do. I just don't know anything that transpires in-between them. And, I mean, if you're craving Atsuhi content, you can follow me on Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter where I post my drawings, often featuring said girl herself. (I go by Iya5RT just about everywhere so if you see the name, chances are, it's me!)

Buuut, that doesn't mean I'm giving up on long stories either. I'm in the early planning stages (as in, fleshing out the plot) of a Bakugo x Reader AU (let's just say Royalty AU for now and I might elaborate later down the line). If all goes well and I don't end up hating the idea a few months from now, this will be my next big project. That, and a potential story from a different fandom. The only thing is, my interests only last so long before I move onto a different fandom so those other non-BNHA stories might end up being oneshots to gauge interest first?

Anyway though, that's all too far into the future. We still have a full book ahead of us!! And possibly the longest and best one so far!!

If you somehow read through all of that – you are literally the most amazing person ever, like, I rambled for a thousand words straight, oops.

Anyway, I’ll proceed to shut up now – again, thank you for sticking with me through all those tangents, and I'll see you again on July 16th!

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The hazy silhouettes blurred together, coming in and out of focus, as all objects in the room wandered between a mess of shapes and colors, and misshapen look-alikes of their real form. Every once in a while, albeit briefly, the blur would become just distinguishable enough to make out a rough outline of the dark room.

It was a small space, and the part of it within the girl's sight appeared empty. Apart from the figures moving about it. Some closer, some farther away. Walking in and out of view.

All sound was muffled. There were voices. Conversing among each other somewhere in the distance. But within a room as small as this one, was there any distance to be had?

The dull thuds echoing in sync with one of the hazy figures’ movement confirmed that it was not distance that distorted the sound.

Slowly but surely, her senses, as incomplete as they may have been, were returning to the girl. And each new one added its own splotch of color to the incomplete painting that were her thoughts.

Where was she? What had happened? Who were those people? Whose were those voices?

Questions piling up one after another yet no answers ever came to them.

Following her sight and hearing, it was now in order for her sense of smell to make its way back home. In an instant, the stale smell of old wood and the faint stench of alcohol attacked her thrid sense.

This time, however, the girl's next sense followed almost in an instant.

And it hurt.

Very literally.

As she could now discern she was sprawled on her side, lifelessly lying on the cold rough floor, she felt every nerve in her body was on edge as her mind screamed for her to make the pain stop.

And yet, everything hurt like hell.

She didn't know. Did all of her body really ache? Or was the pain too great for her to even find its source?

With every passing second, she felt she had a clearer image. But her memories were still fuzzier than any of the blurring shapes she tried to make out.

The pain didn't stop. But the room might've become darker.

She couldn't really tell anymore.

And as one of the hazy figures leisurely closed in on her, as if it knew there was no use rushing, the girl's eyes focused upon something covered in a bright red hue.

 

It was her own-


 

As her mind nudged her awake, Saeki Atsuhi was left no choice but to begrudgingly force her eyes open. Hard as she tried, only one of her eyelids moved and she was left waiting for her one open eye to adjust to the sudden brightness, slowly revealing the scenery around her.

She blinked a few times, shaking off the last lingering notes of sleepiness from her eyes, and any memories of the scary dream she'd had along with them.

While the inside of the school bus came into view, a soft and warming sensation on the girl's squished cheek made its presence known. Atsuhi grumbled softly, rubbing against what she could only assume was a small pillow there just for her, as she breathed in the pleasant smell it carried and only wished to indulge in this peaceful feeling for a little longer.

It was in this absolute peace she stopped to consider where she had left off before drifting to dreamland.

That's right... Training Camp, a bus, traveling...

Mhm, that's it...

Glad I packed such a cozy pillow. Must've washed it with something nice too...

Atsuhi was just about ready to succumb to the sleep she'd been denied earlier again.

...Pillow?

I... don't think I packed any...?

Then what am I...

"Kyaaah!" A brief shriek escaped her throat, as she jumped up, her warm cheeks now tinted a bright red. Her sharp movements, however, also served to startle her 'pillow'.

"About time you woke up... I thought you were seriously going to sleep the entire time."

Ah yes. Her 'pillow'.

Or, as sane people typically referred to him, Bakugo Katsuki.

A dear classmate, friend, and unfortunately for the present situation, her crush.

Such a cliche scene in any romantic movie. A truly adorable instance of one resting their head on the other's shoulders as they tried to 'catch some z's'.

But between two people who have never even come close to confessing to each other, it only made things awkward.

But no, that wasn't right.

Because while Atsuhi was desperately cupping her face so as to hide her flaming cheeks, Bakugo acted as if nothing had ever happened.

And it's moments like these that I really start to wonder – is he... doing this for me...?

"How'd you even fall asleep anyway? The bus is uncomfortable as hell." Once again, the boy's words stopped Atsuhi's train of thought before it could tragically derail away, leading her into a conversation she hoped she wouldn't overthink.

I mean, not mentioning how comfortable your shoulder is... Which is something I'm never going to live down...

"Umm... it's kinda my fault?"

"Yeah, no shit."

"Well, that was just uncalled for."

"Go on."

"Well, let's just say I have a habit of packing late. Like, very late..."

"Care to elaborate?"

"We left at 10. I began packing at 1. In the morning."

"You should've been asleep by then, you know."

"I don't want Mr. I-go-to-bed-at-10-pm-like-some-grandpa's opinion."

"Okay, listen here-"

"Anyway, by the time I could finally go to bed it was like, past three."

No need to mention that I stayed awake an hour after that, just stressing about that while trying to fall asleep.

No one said confessing was gonna be easy. But I never thought I would be anxious so early.

"Jeez, you're hopeless."

"Thank you, Bakugo-kun, but I think I've heard this from you enough times already."

"Someone had to say it." Bakugo stopped, leaning back in his seat as if satisfied, knowing the girl had nothing to retort back. Just like always. "Well anyway, Aizawa-sensei said we're gonna stop for a while. Should be any moment now so no point falling back asleep."

"Sure." As the two remained silent, comfortably enjoying the rest of this trip just like that, Atsuhi couldn't help but mumble one last thing. "You could've woken me up though..."

Especially if I feel asleep on you!!


 

Atsuhi walked down the two narrow steps, finally leaving the stuffy air of the school bus behind. She stretched, legs sore from sitting for so long, and yawned, brushing off the last bit of tiredness from her face.

She glanced at Bakugo, who had walked off to the side ahead of her (since Atsuhi had been the once sitting beside the window and was thus left behind due the surging wave of students all just as eager to feel the breeze outside). Before she could call out to him, a hand landed on her back, patting it a few times, before its snickering owner came into view.

"Good job, Atsuhi-chan-" The redhead was forced to pause as his laughing refused to cease. From behind him, a second figure, one of a blond boy with an unnatural black streak in his hair, emerged. He too looked to be facing trouble keeping his giggles at bay.

"Okay, look – Kirishima-kun, Kaminari-kun – I don't know what's so funny but-"

Wait.

I know what's so funny.

Oh no.

"Oh, you remember now?" Kaminari laughed, as Atsuhi was stuck looking back and forth between the meaningful smiles the boys were exchanging. "I have to admit it – I turned around to ask Bakugo for something and wasn't prepared for what I saw. But like, you two were really-"

"That's enough, Kaminari-kun, please stop!!" However, the cry slipping from Atsuhi's lips turned out to be a little louder than intended, as Bakugo must've heard it too, turning to look at the three with a suspicious look.

At a loss for what to do, Atsuhi could only wave back nervously, waiting for him to look away again, only to shoot the two a glare in response. Of course, coming from her timid and blushing face, said glare was anything but scary.

"'Kay, 'kay, we get it! Sorry!!"

"That did not sound very sincere, Kirishima-kun..."

In the end, the girl sighed, knowing this was only the beginning.

They've been on my case for a while now... What was it, since I-Expo I think?

...

I don't wanna give them the satisfaction of being right...

But if all goes well, they should learn in just a few days.

'If all goes well'... What is that even supposed to mean?

If Bakugo-kun says he... feels the same? That's... definitely a success.

But is everything else really failure?

What if this freaks him out a little but he just says he can't reciprocate my feelings and we remain friends? You know, pretend none of it ever happened?

Now that I think about it, I can't help but admit I'd be heartbroken. How can I not be...?

But, in reality, if that's what happens, then nothing should change, right? As long as things remain the way they are now, that shouldn't be a problem... right?

After all, I can't go into this with unrealistic expectations.

"So... can we get somethin' to eat around here?" Kirishima mumbled, looking around suspiciously.

What's up with people breaking me out of my thoughts today!?

"Yeah, come to think of it, I don't see anything around, let alone food and bathroom... Why'd we even stop here?" Kaminari chimed in too, every new question feeding into the new sinking feeling in Atsuhi's stomach.

"Huh... Yeah, you're right. That's... pretty unusual." The girl gulped. "Aizawa-sensei?" she called, hoping that if there was anyone that could clear up what was hopefully but a misunderstanding on her part, it was their teacher.

"Well, of course, we didn't stop here for no reason." As he answered to the call, however, the sinking feeling only grew.

Aizawa-sensei, please don't act so mysterious. It's scaring me.

Somewhere behind the girl, two women, dressed in cat-inspired costumes – no doubt heroes, entered the scene in a manner too flashy in contrast to the grumpy pro class 1A had for a teacher. One of the 'Wild, Wild Pussycats' as they called themselves – the one with short brown hair, smiled brightly and pointed at the general direction of the mountain which spread as far as the eye could see.

"You'll be staying at the base of that mountain over there," she said, tail twirling in the air behind her. A few, Atsuhi included, cautiously stepped back, soon realizing where all of this was headed. As the hero's smile turned a bit more sinister, the students were just about ready to dash off. "Kitties that don't make it by 12:30 won't get any lunch."

Those final words were all it took. In the blink of an eye, something akin to a wave of shrieking teens made a run for the nearby bus, panic overflowing in the air.

And yet, none made it. As the ground beneath them came alive, surging withing the air and bending into flowing shapes, all of them were thrown up into the air and across the steep cliff, twenty or so bodies hurdling towards the ground at an alarming speed.

And as she fell, plummeting downwards beside her friends, Atsuhi thought.

Gimme a break already!!

It's too early for this stuff!!

But nonetheless, her prayers went unheard.

Surprise, surprise – training camp had already begun.


 

It was a small dark room. One which remained mostly empty if not for the bar-like furniture along one of its walls. The small space smelled of old wood and, if you focused hard enough, you might sense the faint stench of alcohol as well.

In it were only two figures. One stood behind a counter, dressed much like the appropriate position. The other sat in a small stool, dressed in pure black, apart from his bright red shoes, which stood out among the dark and dingy atmosphere of what could only be described as a stereotypical villain hideout.

"Foul-proof, you say?"

"That's right. You can't go into a game blind. You study your enemies. And you find ways to break them. It's basic strategy. You always need insurance. Just in case. Isn't that right?"

"You are correct so far."

"We need 'insurance' more than anything. And as long as we have it, he surely can't oppose us. If everything goes as planned... He can get rid of it himself."

"The League trusts in your plans, Shigaraki Tomura. Now that we know the location of the students' training camp, it's up to you to decide when we strike."

"This time, for sure. The League of Villains isn't going to fail again."

The small dark room has not changed. It has been this way for a long time now. It has been a witness to many plans, strategies, tactics.

Some had failed.

Some had almost succeeded.

One was bound to make it.

It had been the home of alliances.

Some too short to make an impact.

Some that had never happened.

One that was going to prove itself very soon.

And so, it was with one leader's cruel plan, that everything began.

A plan that was soon to be set in motion.

A plan that, true to its intent, would surely change the world.

 

3 days remaining•


(Edit: Here's the updated bio I talk about in the next chapter! The other one's still up, but this one's just nicer~)

 

(Before I end this chapter – here’s the link to the Atsuhi Character Bio I promised. Have you ever wondered what the details of her Quirk are, what her Reference Sheet, Shifuku or UA File would look like, what her parents’ Quirks are (this one’s been asked a couple of times actually!), some random trivia about her, or even what her theme songs are? Well, all of this and more – in this lengthy 6000-word bio! Please take a second to check it out because I put a ton of effort into it! Thank you♥)

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Ah yes, summer. Some like it. Some don't.

One thing, however, is undeniable. Summer brings about a ton of exciting activities. In particular, the much-anticipated summer camps. The time when classmates gather at the same place during a period devoid of the boring activities typical for a regular school day and have fun together.

During summer camp, just about anything goes. Truth or dare? A necessary night-time game. Tests of courage? Bring on all the screams. Late-night crush talk? Slightly less desirable by some but still a viable option nonetheless.

To put it simply – summer camp was a time when everyone could just do all sorts of fun activities together, without a care in the world.

Atsuhi had an even more particular affinity towards summer camps. After all, her birthday often just so happened to fall right in the middle of said camps. Perhaps a downside for some (if the short conversation she'd had with Bakugo on his birthday was anything to go by).

But Atsuhi absolutely loved it. What was better than celebrating her birthday during summer camp? Simple – celebrating it with the whole bunch of awesome and fun people that were her classmates. Better yet – she loved proposing the idea of making a giant birthday cake together (under her strict guidance, of course, as were she to leave everyone else to do so by themselves, she wasn't sure they were even going to produce something edible in the end).

She had so many fond memories of similar celebrations.

And now, as her sixteenth birthday was nearing close, she was even more excited than usual. Let's just say that, while she had been over the moon to finally be accepted in UA, she had never expected she'd meet the whole class of incredible people she was now proud to call her friends.

As such, she had no doubt this year was going to be even more special than the ones before it.

Except, there is a little something that UA loved to do.

After all, nothing was ever quite the same there.

Sure, it wasn't even called 'summer camp' anymore, rather having a not-so-neat 'training' slapped in between. It was only now Atsuhi realized this 'training' part was no joke.

Because who in their right mind stopped their students hours away from their actual destination and forced them to make their way through a dense forest full of roaming creatures out to attack them!? Before they've even had lunch, mind you!

I'm still beat. And we already ate too...

Not to mention that this is still the first day. It feels like the Internships all over again. Let's just hope day three doesn't go as wrong as those did...

I know it's gonna be super brutal. But that's quite fine with me – if at the end of it my Quirk and body are stronger than ever before, it'll all be worth it! But chances are, I'll keep telling myself this until the end of Training Camp.

Hehe, well, if we're lucky about one thing, it's those awesome hot springs!!

Seriously, for a place where we're going to be training to death, it sure is surprising there is something as relaxing as hot springs.

That's right. It had been mere hours since the impromptu beginning of Summer Training Camp. Even so, it had been quite the eventful day already. And Atsuhi was ready for a nice and long (or, if we took into consideration the ungodly hour Aizawa had told them they had to be awake by, perhaps not so long) rest. And what better place to relax than some hot springs, after all?

I got it. The rest of today is gonna be all about relaxation. I'm gonna take it easy, not do anything in particular. Tomorrow the real thing begins. So it's fine if I take today off, no?

Atsuhi let herself be submerged deeper into the warm and pleasant waters, crouching down until only her nose stuck out above the surface, closing her eyes and savoring the enjoyable moment. She wasn't going to get very many of those these next few days.

However, it seems like she wasn't meant to savor in her peace for long. Soon enough, a pair of arms was flung around her neck, someone's body pressing up tightly against her back, as the person's head shuffled beside hers, fluffy hair tickling the girl's cheeks.

Due to the weight that had been pressed up against her all of a sudden, Atsuhi lost her balance, tumbling a few steps forward, and splashing along the water with her arms a few times until she finally steadied herself, turning to face her 'attacker', who had never once let her go throughout the whole thing. Of course, she long knew who that was.

"Mina, come on, I could've drowned, you know!?" the blonde exclaimed with a false hurt expression.

"Nice try, but no!!" Mina retorted back, not the slightest bit guilty. "Couldn't have you drowning before you've told us anything..." she whispered, tightening her 'hug'.Of course, even if Atsuhi had wanted to keep this conversation to as few people as possible, that was now impossible, the earlier scene having caught the attention of all the other girls too, who were now looking on with curious eyes, waiting for the information Mina was inevitably going to get out of the poor blonde, one way or another.

"Told you about what...?" And thus, Atsuhi decided to play dumb. She knew it was easy to infer what Mina was referring to. But the fewer people who actually figured it out, the better. After all, she'd much rather avoid such conversations on her self-appointed relaxation day.

"Aw, come ooon, Atsuhi-chan! Summer Camp's the time girls talk about their crushes and all that!" Mina whined, making both Atsuhi and a certain other brunette blush in response.

Can't they just get off my case already... I know, alright!? I'm going to do something about it, I promise!

But if I just go ahead and say this, I'm never going to hear the end of it.

So, Atsuhi remained silent for a couple of seconds, engaging in an unexpected staring contest with the pink-haired girl, brows furrowed and expression conflicted, as she was trying to decide what was going to have her hear the smallest amount of teasing. In the end, she sighed, giving in.

"Okay, look – please just give me a few days! I'll... answer any questions I'm sure you all have soon enough, I promise! I just... need a little bit more time to sort out some stuff..."

Perhaps the girls had expected her to freak out and go along with their teasing. Or to shrink back in a blushing red mess. Their surprised faces, however, seemed to indicate that they didn't think she was actually going to give them a serious answer.

"Oh... my..." Mina was the first to break the silence.

And a mere moment later, they were all exclaiming. Very loudly.

"I can't believe this!! Atsuhi is actually going to talk to Ba-"

"Mina, please, no!" Atsuhi panicked, shouting even louder than the rest, jumping to put a hand on Mina's mouth before anything else slipped past in that not-so-discrete volume of hers. At the confused expression the pink-haired girl shot back, Atsuhi scrunched up her eyebrows in a mix of embarrassment and concern, lowering her voice back to a normal volume. "The boys are literally on the other side of this wall. Bakugo-kun's there too. Please stop before he hears and I decide it's best I go crawl in a hole and die."

Mina's eyes widened in realization and as the hand was cautiously removed from her mouth, she grinned, rubbing her neck.

"Oops, sorry, haha. Didn't think about that." And then, just as Atsuhi had feared, that apologetic grin turned more sinister. "But, you know, I'm pretty sure they heard you-"

That evening, Atsuhi returned to the girl's shared room with face tinted an almost concerning shade of red.


 

Here I was, thinking that if I threw them a bone, they were really going to leave me alone for a little bit. Instead, they bombarded me with more questions even after we returned to our room.

I swear, I probably got like, 4 hours of sleep total. What with my mind racing as I was trying to sleep and all. Ugh, I really hope things won't be like that every day here.

It was now the morning of the second day of Summer Training Camp. Not a single soul was ready. And it was moments like these that yawns being contagious sucked.

Twenty students were gathered together. The moment one yawned (and there was always somebody yawning), it was time for a wave of similar actions to begin and gradually make its way though every person present.

Atsuhi was in the middle of her third or fourth yawn for just the past few minutes, this time rubbing her eyes as well, trying her hardest to chase away at least some of the sleepy that made her fear she was going to drift off to dreamland any time she even so much as blinked. Yeah, it was that bad.

So, she thought she'd play a game. She randomly picked someone to look at, focusing on them until she felt the urge to blink, then moving onto the next person. (And hoping no one was too creeped out in the process. Not that they were awake enough to even notice what she was doing anyway.)

She paused when her eyes landed on a certain blond that had (unfortunately for her) been the subject of conversation all evening the previous day.

Wow, Bakugo-kun looks pretty much as awake as always. Did he go to bed early again today or something...?

You know, I feel like if I don't talk to someone I'm just going to fall asleep so-

Atsuhi walked off, only to come to a stop when she heard the quiet giggles behind her. Turning around, she noticed the two prime suspects and main sources of anxiety for her the past couple of days – Kirishima and Mina, both snickering beside each other, making strange hand signals to her, the boy holding out a big thumbs up, while the girl made a heart shape with her hands.

I swear, those two...

Atsuhi shook her head though, deciding that perhaps ignoring them might be best for her sanity, and made a futile attempt to forget about their teasing. Instead, she walked up to Bakugo, who turned around to look at her when he heard her approaching footsteps.

"Good morning, Bakugo-kun," muttered Atsuhi, though still smiling, lack of energy showing quite clearly.

"Morning..." spoke back Bakugo, words much slower and drawn-out than usual.

Ah, so that's how his lack of energy shows! Hehe, and here I thought he was actually a morning person.

Next, the two sat in silence for a while, Atsuhi's plan to talk to someone to stop her heavy eyelids from closing shut by themselves now backfiring. Instead, she even yawned. Again. Soon enough, she might as well stop keeping track of the number. This, however, made Bakugo turn to her, looking a little surprised.

"You tired?" he asked, a hint of a smirk playing on his face.

"Don't act like you aren't."

"I ain't the one who can't fight off sleep right now."

"Yes, please. All I needed was another person to tease me."

"Oh? The hell does that mean?"

"Nevermind. You know how girls are."

"Not sure if you're joking or not."

"Yeah, you're right, my bad. Trust me, you don't need to know."

And then, more silence.

I swear, by this point I just want Aizawa-sensei to come here so we can start already.

"So. You alright?"

H-huh?

"What do you mean?"

"You know, after yesterday?" Bakugo spoke more quietly, looking off to the side, as if too shy to look the girl in the eyes, likely due to the uncharacteristic nature of his question.

Aw, Bakugo-kun, that's so sweet!

...

I'll never say something like this out loud though.

"Mostly fine, I think. I was really beat yesterday but nothing hurts anymore! Almost as if that fight with the Forest Beasts never actually happened! All ready for Training Camp, hehe!" Atsuhi even went as far as to accentuate her movements, grinning wide as she took a battle stance. Meanwhile Bakugo only looked at her with an unreadable face.

"..."

"Bakugo-kun....? Did I... say something stupid...?" Atsuhi was now blushing, hopefully not as noticeably as she thought.

Way to go, me. Ugh.

"I..." Bakugo began, his own face twisting in an expression Atsuhi wasn't quite sure she'd ever seen him make before. And once again, he looked off to the side. "I meant after what happened at the Hot Springs...."

At the Hot Springs!? No, no, no! There is no way he actually heard everything – no, I can't possibly live this do-

"Oh," she suddenly realized. "You mean Mineta-kun?" Bakugo finally looked back at her, nodding his head before he looked away again. The girl only giggled. And then again. In the end, she had to bend down laughing, leaving (a flustered...?) Bakugo to sharply turn to her.

"The hell's so funny!?" he called out. And between her giggles, Atsuhi finally managed to slip out.

"Ah, there's the Bakugo-kun I know!" (And love...) She paused, wiping away the tears that had somehow managed to form at the corners of her eyes already. "It's just... Ahaha, never thought you'd be worried about something like this, haha-"

Atsuhi had this habit of pushing Bakugo's limits when it came to how much of her crap he was willing to take (something which also applied the other way around as well). Up until this very moment, she had been treading a pretty thin line. With this though, she had officially crossed the point of no return. In fact, the boy was just about to snap.

It was Aizawa who saved the situation, leaving Atsuhi to continue giggling quietly while Bakugo had to settle for shooting her a few glares here and there.

"Today, Training Camp begins for real," Aizawa began, proceeding to explain how the students had to gain the skills necessary to obtain their provisional licenses in order to face off against an upcoming evil force lurking in the shadows. "To start – here, Bakugo. Throw this."

Eh, isn't that the ball from that test of Quirks from the first day...?

Atsuhi shivered just at the thought.

That had caused me so much anxiety, it's unbelievable... Then again, that was the first time Bakugo-kun willingly approached me to talk to me. So perhaps it wasn't all that bad.

Atsuhi smiled to herself, while the boy walked up to the teacher to take the ball, and proceeded to throw it, a grin even wider than the first time he'd done so months ago adorning his face.

Bakugo-kun was strong. And he's only gotten stronger these past few months. This might just be epic!

Beep, beep!

As the device in Aizawa's hand sounded though, Atsuhi's face fell.

You're kidding. There’s… barely any difference!?

"Yes, you've all grown recently. Your Quirks, however, haven't kept up with the pace. Starting today, you'll improve on them."

So... that's what Training Camp's all about... I am... now officially terrified.

Training my Quirk. Which relies on stamina. And distance.

On no. No. No. No, no, no. Something's telling me I have a lot of running in store.

Suddenly... Summer Training Camp was not so exciting anymore.

Even still, it really was time to begin. To begin what was, without a doubt, going to feel like the longest week in Atsuhi's life.

Though, for reasons much too different from what she thought.

•2 days remaining•

Chapter Text

Run, run, run!

Then touch!

And then back! As far as you can, c'mon!

And when my Quirk deactivates... running again!

To say Atsuhi had been right in assuming training her Quirk was going to involve a lot of running would've been an understatement. Because she had been spot-on.

Not long after Aizawa's initial speech, he had put an official start to the day's training, giving out instructions to each student individually, as all had to practice in a way that would improve their Quirks for such a short period of time.

And, just as Atsuhi had predicted, a Quirk which relied heavily on stamina, endurance, and running, couldn't be improved any other way to begin with. Of course, that didn't mean she enjoyed that fact.

She was stuck with a simple exercise, at least in theory. She had been pointed to a big rocky structure that she had to touch, activating the effects of her Quirk on it. Next, she had to run in the opposite direction (and Aizawa had been very adamant on saying she should be running, at least for the first couple of hours – so, no walking) and go as far as she possibly could, while still using her Quirk on the rocks.

This was supposedly meant to increase the maximum distance Atsuhi could go before she had to touch an object again, in order to use her Quirk on it once more. As of right now, that number was approximately 50 meters. In other words, to put it more simply, her training consisted of running back and forth a fifty meter distance (because she had to return to touch the rock again once she moved too far away), with her Quirk activated half that time.

And the 'best' part? This distance, if all went well, was only going to increase.

It had only been a few hours since the start. But Atsuhi could see she wasn't the only person wishing to just put an end to it already. And it was only day one...

For the first hour or so, she had been quietly giggling every time Ida would run past, shouting like a madman, or whenever she'd hear Bakugo scream when firing off an explosion with this overly-dramatic feeling surrounding him. She had once turned around to witness him with his hands submerged in a barrel and an intense expression on his face, and had been sent in a laughing fit. Which had soon been interrupted by Aizawa calling out for her to focus.

If there was one thing she was glad about, however, it was that her teacher seemed to have at least some compassion for his students. Even though he had made her run like crazy for hours on end after having her wake up much too early for her liking, he'd told her she could finally take a break.

Well, I wouldn't say 'break' is the right word for it...? I mean, I'm not running anymore but...

True enough, after running without a doubt at least a few kilometers, Atsuhi could finally sit and rest. Well, sit. At least.

Aizawa hadn't given her a break. He had given her a different exercise. For Atsuhi now sat in front of the same big rocky structure (which she had already decided was her sworn enemy that she had to defeat by the end of the week), and continued training.

She would use her Quirk on it, trying to push its temperature to as high as she possibly could, then sharply lessen it as far as possible. This was meant to improve a different aspect of her Quirk – the kinds of temperatures she could reach.

Aizawa had instructed her to alternate between high and low, though he had mentioned she could focus on the lower end of the spectrum if she wanted to, as that was the one she struggled with more and had more room to improve upon.

I have to be able to do this. If my Quirk is a combination of my parents', then I could surely do the same things they could.

Not to mention, they improved their Quirks with continuous training like this, no? Granted, it probably wasn't under such extreme circumstances. But surely it was similar enough.

As Atsuhi leaned back, catching her breath and wiping at the sweat forming on the side of her head, she sighed, furrowing her brows at the rock in front of her.

I gotta do it! Be all Plus Ultra, go beyond my limits!

...

She looked to the side, eyes landing on the blond occupying her thoughts a little too often lately.

Go beyond my limits, huh...?

In more ways that one, I guess...

He's already so strong – stronger than I could ever dream of being... Of course, if he heard me say this, he'd go into a fit and explain how I too am strong and how I shouldn't put myself down like this... He might not show it to others all that often, but he can be really sweet!

Atsuhi giggled to herself, embracing that, at the end of the day, she really was a high-school girl with a crush on a boy.

And yet, Bakugo-kun's still working as hard as ever.

I really hope that, when the time comes, I can be as strong as him.

The clock's ticking. There's what? Two days left now?

The moment will be here before I know it...


 

"Atsuhi-chan!! Can you help with the fire here real quick!"

"Sure thing!"

"Ah, Atsuhi, can you come tell us if this looks right once you're done there?"

"Yep, just gimme a second!"

The girl walked over to one of the fireplaces where she'd been called by Mina and Ochaco, laying a hand on the piece of wood inside, and using her Quirk to heat it up enough for it to catch fire, leaving the two girls to marvel at it for some reason.

Next, she went over to check up on Kirishima and Kaminari, who were standing with questionable expressions adorning their features in front of a pot full of ingredients. She slipped in between the two of them, eyeing up the contents of said pot.

"Does that look good?" Kirishima asked, confirming if the quantities were sufficient.

"I usually eyeball it but it looks good to me! You can go ahead and add the rest." The girl smiled, watching as Kaminari added in the final ingredients.

"Well, I mean, you told us how much of everything to put in. So I doubt there was much room for error to begin with..." said boy mumbled as he began mixing everything together. Suddenly, Kirishima's face lit up, as if he only just remembered something.

"Oh yeah – by the way, sorry for constantly calling you here or there like this, Atsuhi-chan! It's just – not a lot of people 'round here are good with cooking, so we kinda need someone to help every once in a while..." He made an apologetic smile, but the girl in question simply waved him off.

"Nah, it's fine. I mean, I'm pretty sure you can make something at least edible without any help anyway! Plus, I like cooking. And I like showing other people how it's done! So I don't mind at all – as long as everyone else is having fun!" she smiled, looking around to find each student working on something or other, for once combining all their efforts to make the best dinner ever.

I almost feel like this was an attempt to make this feel more like actual Summer Camp, rather than training. Have the two classes together like this, all doing the same thing. It's nice. I like it!

Atsuhi took a step back, realizing that everyone seemed to have been doing fine, especially after she'd spend the first half an hour or so listing off what needed to be done and instructing people of the individual steps of the process. She almost felt herself take on the teacher's role for that short while.

And now, seeing her 'students' managing all by themselves, she smiled with pride, walking off to the one person she noticed sulking away from the crowd. As she approached him, she made a small wave and smiled, sitting down beside him, back facing the picnic table.

"You still mad you can't light a fire with explosions?" she asked, giggling to herself, much like she had done that same morning. Bakugo didn't even have to look at her, already knowing just about the only person who'd approach him like this. Instead, he huffed, acting nonchalant about it.

"Tch. As if I care."

"Come on – that's just how Quirks are. If you take a second to look around, you'd notice you are only one of many who can't do that." At this, he glanced at the girl for a brief second, though he quickly looked away, uncrossing his arms and leaning back as his brows furrowed further.

"I can’t let that half-'n-half bastard get ahead of me..."

Atsuhi hummed in agreement, knowing there was no point trying to change his mind about that. Though it was ridiculous how Bakugo could link making dinner to his rivalry with said boy.

Once again, the two were engulfed by a comfortable silence. One that had befallen them many times since they'd arrived at Training Camp, but one Atsuhi didn't mind either way.

I wonder if it's obvious? I feel like I've been approaching Bakugo-kun more and more these past few days. Yet he hasn't said anything about it...

I can't believe how nervous I was around him when I first realized this whole crush thing. I kinda get it and I still get shy occasionally but... I can't fathom how I was depriving myself of such nice and peaceful moments with him like these.

I wonder how many people get to spend time with him in peace like this...?

"So-" Bakugo cleared his throat, making Atsuhi look at him with a raised brow. "You cook." The girl stared at him for a few seconds, resisting the urge to laugh at him again before she responded.

"That I do."

Was that his awkward way of starting a conversation?

Did Bakugo-kun really just push himself to talk to me!?

Awww!

"Is it cause you live alone?"

"Yep! If I wanna eat something other than expensive restaurant dishes or dirt cheap fast food I kinda have to make it myself." she spoke, words spilling out effortlessly, as if she knew she could say anything to him. But perhaps that wasn't all that far off from the truth.

"Huh. It better be good then."


 

"Atsuhi-chan – this is amazing!!" Mina, one of the few who weren't stuffing their mouths to the point where they wouldn't have been able to speak even if they had wanted to, exclaimed quickly before continuing to munch on the delicious food.

"Yeah! I mean, we made it so it's not like restaurant-quality food or anything but it's so good!" was Kirishima's response.

"What are you talking about – this is delicious!" chimed in Ochaco as well.

"Aw, come on guys, we all made this together! No need to thank me. That's all your hard work too!" Atsuhi retorted, smiling as she too enjoyed her food. Perhaps it was because they were all so tired, but this really was some of the best curry she'd ever had.

Just before having yet another mouthful of food however, Atsuhi suddenly remembered something, turning to Bakugo with a victorious smile, only to find him devouring his own portion just as hungrily as everyone else.

Noticing somebody's gaze on him, the blond looked up at Atsuhi, pausing before giving in and nodding. He was too hungry to try and actually say anything after all.

Haha! I got him! He is enjoying the food!

The girl continued eating, that same victorious smile still plastered on her face.

Told you I can cook!

...

Huh, I'm really just getting so worked up because Bakugo-kun said (actually, he never actually said it) he liked the food that I literally just explained wasn't made by me specifically...

Is this... also a part of it? I wonder... Everyone else is saying it's good and all and yet it's only when he confirmed it that I truly felt good about it. Is is because that's just how he's like?

What am I saying... Of course it's because it's Bakugo-kun. If I didn't get excited when the person I... I like complimented me, then when am I ever going to get excited about anything?

Speaking of that...

There's only two days left... Scratch that, today is practically over. And once tomorrow ends, it will really be time.

Of course, it's not just me confessing that will happen in two days. It's my birthday, I wanna celebrate, at least a little. With some cake or something? Ah, that sounds nice...

Yeah, I gotta ask everyone what they're up for tomorrow after training.

I can't believe it. We're getting there. We're really getting there.

It's almost time.

Ah, I'm about to get all nervous!

2 days remaining•

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Author’s Note 1.0: Okay, okay, this is important so please take a minute to read through it! Book One of the series hit three hundred hearts on Quotev (one of the three websites I’m posting it on!) on Monday and Atsuhi’s birthday’s coming up in real time as well (August 14th). In order to celebrate I decided to do a special chapter – an In-character and Author Q&A!!

Sound interesting? Here’s how it works – I need you guys to ask the questions and me, Bakugo, and Atsuhi are going to answer them! The Q&A will be separated into two sections – an In-character Q&A which will be answered exclusively by Bakugo and Atsuhi, and an Author Q&A, which will include me answering any questions y’all might have!

I ask all of you to at least consider sending in a question since I will need at least a few to actually make the chapter … And I’m gonna make your job a little easier – if you’re too shy, here’s a little template you can use! (You don’t have to use it – it’s just for those who are worried they might not put it correctly – I’ve been there too, I get you.)

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To: Bakugo and Atsuhi / Iya5RT (here, you just have to pick who you are addressing your question to)

Question: Who’s your favorite ‘My Hero Academia’ character? (this is only an example question cause I’m assuming the answer is pretty obvious. If you want to ask something but have trouble coming up with a question you can simply Google ‘fanfic ask meme’ or ‘otp questions’ to get some ideas! Also, don’t worry even if your question seems pretty cliché and simple – trust me, it would still be immensely appreciated!)

Optional: Do not show my username (this is something you can include if you don’t want me to mention you as the person who asked the question in the actual chapter. Of course, if you’re still worried, you can always comment as a guest!)

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Yup, it’s pretty simple, I would say! Again, you don’t need to send in a question but I would REALLY appreciate it and hey, the more questions, the more content you’ll get, am I right?

A few last things to mention! You can send in multiple questions (in fact, that would be awesome!), and I will include all questions asked as well. You will be allowed to submit your questions until August 13th and the chapter will be out on August 14th cause that’s Atsuhi’s birthday.

Lastly, if you’re one of the (just as lovely as everyone else) folks who read this story without an account – you too can submit your questions – either through commenting as a guest on here or on my Tumblr  where you can submit anonymously (I go by Iya5RT on there as well!)

Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read this and again – please consider asking a question or two. Also, I love you all! Now, onto the actual Author’s Note!

Chapter Text

It was kinda scary how quickly the days could fly by. It felt like the End of Term Exams were only yesterday, yet more than a month had already gone by.

Needless to say, Atsuhi knew she was going to start panicking any moment now.

It was the last day before her birthday and, according to the little promise she had made to herself, also the last day before her confession. In the morning, she had been delighted to discover that even a single day of training later, she could already use her Quirk a meter or two farther than before. It wasn't much but it was worth all the running from the previous day.

Time continued ticking by and while she wasn't freaking out quite yet, she knew it was only a matter of time. Was it going to be during dinner? The test of courage they were supposed to have later that day? Or perhaps only once all was set and done and it was time to go to bed was she actually going to be consumed by all these anxieties?

Whenever it were to happen, Atsuhi knew that this crashing wave of worries and restlessness was going to leave her wishing she could just get it over with as soon as possible. She'd already made up her mind to ask the girls what they thought about organizing some fun activities for her birthday before they went to sleep that night too.

It was kinda funny – she was getting worried about when she was going to start getting worried. A little paradoxical, no?

Any time these thoughts found their way to the front of her mind again, she just shook her head and continued on, refusing to let herself be overcome by them so early. After all, when surrounded by so many people, it was easy enough to find someone to distract her long enough.

Which brings us to her current activity.

"Wow, Bakugo – you're like some pro with that knife!" Ochaco exclaimed, capturing the blonde girl's attention as she turned around to witness her classmate mercilessly chopping that poor carrot into pieces. Granted, chopping the carrot was what he was supposed to be doing.

But it looks so brutal...

Even still, she smiled.

"It was time for that side of him that’s good at everything to finally show up," she called back to the brunette, giggling at the glare sent her way by Bakugo himself. In the end though, she wasn't complaining – she'd forgotten what a perfectionist he was. Seeing him be surprisingly good at something much unlike the impression he often left was without fail a funny sight to behold.

Everything is so calm and peaceful... I'm sure that, if I had the courage, I could ask him to come over with me for a second and confess right here and now.

I know I can do it but... I...

It's no use... I'm already starting to get worried. I don't think I'd be able to properly put my thoughts into words yet anyway. I'll just screw everything up and never live it down.

I kinda doubt I'll get much sleep tonight anyway so might as well take that time to figure out what I'm even gonna say, huh? See, I never thought that’s something I’ll need to do until now.

...

Well, one thing's for certain – I don't care how worried I'm going to be – I will do it tomorrow.

Oh God, it's tomorrow.

Oh no.

That’s… too soon...


 

Some more cooking, the consumption of the world's greatest stew, and a little bit of dish-washing later, it was time for the first actually fun activity of Summer Camp (though you could argue that to be the Hot Springs, as long as you ignored Mineta's attempt to peep in on the girls...)

That's right – a test of courage!

Atsuhi waved the Remedial Group goodbye with a pitiful smile, well aware that those five might just have been the most enthusiastic bunch about this activity. Too bad they hadn’t even been allowed to participate, being dragged away to their Remedial Lessons instead.

Once Aizawa had finally taken all of them away, the girl turned to the blonde cat-inspired pro hero, who began explaining all the rules.

All in all, it sounded pretty simple – class B were scattered around the forest to scare first, class A was separated into groups of two, a new group going in every three minutes. The objective was for everyone to get their name cards and come out the other end.

There were also some technical points, like no touching on class B's side and Quirks allowed, but that was standard fare anyway.

"Atsuhi-chan!" exclaimed Toru, running up to Atsuhi and grabbing onto her arm as she began jumping up and down in her excitement. Which was the only real indication of what she was feeling beside her chipper voice, as she was kind of literally invisible. "Ah, I'm gonna feel so much safer with you here with me!" Atsuhi smiled back, though she was just about to argue that she didn't do all that well with horror either. Before she could though, she was interrupted.

"Atsuhi! Switch with half-'n-half," grumbled Bakugo from somewhere nearby, making Atsuhi turn to him only for her to realize he had been paired with the very person he couldn't stand.

Well... admittedly, there were a lot of people he couldn't stand. But Todoroki was quite high up on that list. In reality though, Atsuhi wasn't sure which one to pity more – one had to deal with a person he hated, and the other had to deal with a person that hated him. Tough situation.

"Come on, Bakugo-kun..." she began, hands up as if she were nearing a wild animal. Because Bakugo happened to act a lot like one sometimes. But if he were to be compared to a wild animal, then Atsuhi was surely that one and only human whom said animal trusted with its life. Ah, how cheesy. "We drew lots – you know we can't switch. But you'll just make it outta there in no time ad be done! If it helps, me and Toru-chan and going in right after you!"

Actually, if anything, Atsuhi hoped that Bakugo and Todoroki would somehow be able to scare the people trying to scare them, maybe giving Atsuhi an easier time walking through the dark and unfortunately not-so-empty forest. Of course, this all just wishful thinking on her part.

Wait, does Bakugo-kun even get scared at all!?

I'll... have to ask Todoroki-kun about it later, hehe!

Although it had taken some convincing, in the end no changes had been made to any of the groups (or poor Midoriya who had been left all by himself due to the odd number of students present) and one by one, the pairs proceeded into the forest.

Unfortunately for the two, Atsuhi and Toru were the first pair of girls to walk in, right after Shoji and Tokoyami, and Bakugo and Todoroki. The boys didn’t have a tendency to vocalize their fear all that much. Which meant they’d have no clue what to expect.

Well, I guess we'll give those after us a heads up on what's coming... Though at the cost of our own screams.

Before they knew it, six minutes had gone by and it was the two girls' turn to begin upon the dreaded route. Atsuhi quickly realized what a mistake this all was.

The two were trembling, looking around like crazy, jumping at the smallest noise or movement. It was kinda funny how easily scared they were, considering that they were heroes who had fought off villains more than once. Yet their biggest enemy yet was just a big dark forest.

"Kyaaaaaaaaahh!" Scare number one. And scream number one. Great.

G-gotta admit though, that girl from class B – I don't even know what her Quirk was, but that was terrifying! I didn't expect someone was going to pop up from the ground like that!!

I don't do well with horror! Why was I ever excited about this Test of Courage thing!?

"Hey, Atsuhi-chan…?"

"Yeah...?"

"You think if we listen closely and look around… we'd be able to notice them before they scare us...?"
"God, I hope so. Good plan, Toru-chan. Let's try it out…"

And so, Atsuhi went quiet, eyes nervously darting back and forth, scanning every shadow, focusing on every tree, squinting at every leaf that swayed in the wind. She sharpened her hearing too, trying to listen for any suspicious sounds that were not their own footsteps. It didn't help that everything was dark and the girl's mind was playing tricks on her, making her believe every tree was a villain out to get her.

Training her Quirk? Screw that, she had to train to not get so damn scared all of the time!

They said we should be able to make the course within a few minutes... But we've been walking for a while and we aren't even at the halfway point yet. I guess we're just moving so slow because we're paranoid. We should try to speed it up a li-

...

....huh? Is it just me or... does the air seem kinda… wierd around here?

"Hey, Toru-chan, do you smell something burning...?" Atsuhi muttered, eyebrows furrowed in suspicion as her eyes scanned around once more, in search of any obvious signs of fire or smoke.

There were none though. No smoke, no fire and, most notably – no response.

"Toru-chan...?" Now Atsuhi was just straight-up panicking. She turned around, frantically looking for the girl she could swear had been right beside her just a second ago.

"Crap... Toru-chan!! Where are you!?" she called out, voice raising more and more with every following call, a sense of dread overcoming her as her heartbeat that echoed in her ears soon became as loud as her own voice.

"Come on, Toru-chan – where ar- brgh-" This time her desperate calls were cut short when a sharp burning feeling spread across her throat, causing her to let out multiple painful coughs, tears forming in the corners of her eyes at the stinging sensation that barely let her breathe. Only then did she notice the colored gas quickly spreading all around her.

Crap, what is this... It hurts...

If she had learned anything about weird gases those past few months, it was not to breathe them in at any cost. Atsuhi put a hand up in front of her mouth and nose, already knowing where the stinging sensation had come from. She was ready to book it. To go. To run. But-

I still don't know where Toru-chan is! If she's somewhere here, if she's already been affected by the gas- I can't just leave her here! What about everyone else!? Are they okay? I can't just-

It was then she got the push she needed. As her vision sharply blurred, the gas becoming thicker by the second, the girl knew she couldn't stay. She wanted to find everybody else. But she knew that if she did, she'd be the one who'd need finding when she inevitably blacked out no more than a minute later.

Instead, she grit her teeth, praying they would be okay.

I'm sorry.

I'm so, so, so sorry...

I... can't save anyone if I don't save myself here first...

God, I'm so sorry...

Toru-chan, everyone else – please be okay!!

With that, Atsuhi ran ahead. She didn't look back, not even once.

She knew that she had to get out of there as soon as possible. She didn't want to imagine what might happen otherwise.

Right now, there was no time to think about the questions. Why, when, who, and what.

Right now, there was only time to get away. And who knew if that time was even going to be enough.

She knew she might not make it. With every step she took, Atsuhi knew she had to take a breath any moment now.

But the gas just never ended. She might've been hallucinating, but she thought it was becoming thinner. Though that was not enough.

She'd been running for a while now, yet she was terrified upon realizing she hadn't run into anybody yet. Those three minutes between her and the two boys who'd gone before her? She was sure she must've made up for them long ago. Yet where were they!?

I... can't do this anymore...

Atsuhi didn't even feel her legs becoming jelly, movement slowing down, her "running" now akin to the speed of walking. Even worse, her hand had slipped away, her mind too oxygen-deprived to think before she soon began inhaling small and ragged breaths.

Soon enough, the stinging in her throat returned, alongside all the painful coughing and she knew she'd crumble to the ground any moment now. Yet even though she was so tired, ready to succumb to sleep, something quickly woke her up.

Before she could give up completely, a different hand took it upon itself to cover over her mouth and nose, and then an arm was placed around her waist, gripping her body tightly as its owner lifted her up in the air, never uttering a single word. Then again, perhaps that was because that person too was trying to hold in their breath, unlike the girl herself.

Upon realizing what was happening, Atsuhi began to struggle, waving her legs around, though they never actually connected with her captor's body. Instead the grip around her only tightened.

Can't... breathe-

She needed to inhale. She needed to so bad. It hurt. She knew she might just lose consciousness any second now. Was that the person's goal? Why didn't they just leave her to the gas then...?

With her last remaining energy and consciousness, she raised a hand towards her face, desperately moving to remove the one covering her mouth. She heard a grumble, yet her attempts all remained futile, as the person didn’t budge and kept dragging her away.

It's... too late... Any second now and I'll...

But then...

The gas cleared.

Sure, it wasn’t completely gone. Even through her blurring vision, Atsuhi could still make out some of it hovering around. But she was sure she could breathe now. If only she had made it this far by herself, then maybe she could’ve-

Huh…?

As if on cue, the hand clamped tightly on her face was lifted, the person holding the girl quickly kneeling to the ground with her.

"Ah-" was all she could exclaim, her surprise soon forgotten as she dropped onto her knees and elbows, coughing hoarsely, regaining all the air that she'd needed. Beside her, her former captor took in a few deep breaths as well.

"It's clearer here. Still – try not to breathe in too much," the person spoke, as Atsuhi's eyes widened.

Wait, that's-

Taking in a few more deep breaths until her lungs stopped aching and the dark spots in her vision finally cleared, Atsuhi sat up again, looking to the side, only to confirm her realization.

"B-Bakugo-kun...!?" She looked at him wide-eyed. The boy only sighed, motioning for her to cover up her mouth again. As Atsuhi noticed Todoroki standing nearby as well, though he was carrying a boy from class B on his back, the ash blond spoke again.
"Sorry for scaring you like that, but God knows what would've happened if you'd breathed in any more of that shit. You already looked about ready to pass out." Atsuhi only nodded.

"Yeah... T-thank you. And… you're right – I almost did..." Then, upon recalling something else, she lowered her voice, hands clutching into fists atop her knees. "I... I also left Toru-chan behind. She just... disappeared at some point... I hope she's alright-"

"Look," Bakugo interrupted, placing a hand on the girl's shoulder. "We found you. Someone will probably find her too. Don't fret about it now." He gripped her arm, helping Atsuhi stand up until her shaky legs got used to it again, after which he let her go. The girl sighed, agreeing with the blond. Just as she was going to ask them what they were supposed to do now however, Mandalay's voice sounded in her head.

Everyone!

Huh? Is that her Telepathy Quirk…?

A quick glance at the two boys seemed to confirm, as they too furrowed their brows waiting for any further instructions.

We're under attack by two villains! There might be more out there! All those who can make it back to camp, go there immediately! If you encounter an enemy, do not engage! I repeat – do not engage, and retreat instead!

H-huh...

Atsuhi couldn't process what she was hearing

Attack...? Enemies...? Retreat?

...

V...villains...!?

Her shoulders slumped, eyes wide as the realization hit her, heart pounding loudly in her ears.

No...

Please, no...

No way. This is... impossible. We... we should have been safe here.

This was supposed to be summer training camp.

It was supposed to be fun.

They shouldn't have been able to find us...

Not...not like this.

This wasn't how this was supposed to go.

None of this... Not so wrong...

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"So, we going back to camp then?" Atsuhi muttered, sound muffled by the hand still covering her mouth in order to avoid a repetition of her earlier mistake by breathing in more of the no doubt dangerous gas still covering the surrounding area just as persistently.

"I'm worried about the others too... but we passed by Ragdoll at the halfway point before the gas appeared, so she should be able to handle that area. Plus, Mandalay said so in her message," responded Todoroki, walking in the lead, as he carried an unconscious Tsuburaba from class B on his back and regained his cool-headed nature even in such dire circumstances.

"They're just orderin' us around, goddammit," grumbled Bakugo, a hand put in front of his mouth too. He stood beside Atsuhi, the two walking at an even pace as his furrowed brows gave way to the minimal worry he felt, no matter how firmly he refused to express it verbally.

The three's footsteps were the only sound beside the light breeze picking up stray leaves to echo around the trees they were surrounded by. As such, it was no less than jarring to hear the pairs of footsteps suddenly decrease from three to two.

Startled from the unexpected change, Atsuhi glanced up at Todoroki, only to find him frozen still, and though it was only his back she could see, she assumed that he was staring at something up ahead. As the girl shifted her eyes to look on in the same direction, the other two pairs of footsteps went completely silent too.

"W-what is this…!?" Atsuhi breathed out, wide eyes fixated on the hunched figure up ahead. She first took note of the person's appearance.
They wore clad in only black, which covered their entire body. Here and there, something akin to restraints seemed to have been wrapped around them, restricting their arms and legs. The person moved sharply and with a twitch, muttering something about flesh and job underneath their breath.

"Oi, which pair went ahead of us...?" Bakugo asked cautiously, moving a step or two in front of Atsuhi.

"Tokoyami-kun and..." The girl glanced at the chunk of flesh beside the person's foot. "Shoji-kun..." She felt her heartbeat quicken at the sight of the bloody disembodied hand beside what she had now officially deemed to be a villain.

"Do not engage, huh..."

All three stood frozen still, as the villain slowly turned to face them, revealing a mostly covered face except for the sight of his disgusting mouth, held open by force via metal pieces attached to the black suit that looked much like that of a prisoner.

"Atsuhi... is this guy familiar at all?" Todoroki broke the silence, albeit with a quiet question, as if that was going to save them when the enemy already knew that they were there.

I might have heard about a lot of villains from my parents... but...

"Never seen him in my life..." she managed to squeak out through gritted teeth, as she gripped her fists in anticipation of his next move. This was not how this night was supposed to go.

The villain moved, turning in a speed so painstakingly slow, it only made the girl's heart beat faster.

And suddenly, her eyes widened.

"Bakugo-kun!!" she cried, turning towards the boy who only looked at her in surprise, as she pushed him away, the two tumbling down together.

Grunting when her elbows scraped the ground as she fell on her side beside the ash blond, it was only after a sudden ring from somewhere nearby that Atsuhi opened her tightly-shut eyes. Looking back towards the villain, she could now see the dozens of sharp blades sprouting from his mouth. And, more importantly, the single blade which had lodged itself within the ground a little ways beside her leg, where Bakugo had been standing moments prior, just until she'd pushed him out of the way of the momentary attack.

She looked at the boy, who returned a stare just as wide-eyed as hers, and the two then quickly pushed themselves back up, shaken by the first display of their opponent's Quirk.

Everyone from classes A and B!

Atsuhi jumped at the sudden sound, quickly realizing it was coming from her own head.

It's Mandalay's Telepathy again!

The pro hero Eraser Head says that you are now allowed... to fight back!!

And then, the voice of the pro, communicating to them through her Quirk, disappeared again.

"W-we can... fight back now..." Repeating the new information was all Atsuhi could do, the reality that they really were under attack and would have to once again fight for their lives finally setting in for real now.

Nonetheless, it wasn't until a shuffling sounded from the villain once more, that the three found it in themselves to move. Before the blades even had a chance to extend again, Todoroki created a thick wall of ice as protection – a solution that might've only been a temporary one, as the ice quickly began to crack when a blade or two struck it. It was but a matter of time before it was completely broken through.

Upon hearing Bakugo grumble something quietly under his breath, Atsuhi glanced at him to see him gripping his arm to prepare for an attack of his own. But-

"Bakugo-kun, don't!" she called, gripping his arm to stop him, before he could produce even a single explosion from his hands.

"Hah!? What the hell!?" The boy looked at her, tearing his arm away from her grip.

"You can't make any explosions. We can't risk starting another fire here!" she explained calmly, watching Bakugo's face fall in recognition. He turned to the side and grunted, but continued arguing.

"Half-'n-half can just stop it with his ice!" he said, though obviously displeased to have to rely on Todoroki for help.

"No good," Todoroki countered. "An explosion's going to reduce our visibility. What if it doesn't finish him off?"

Bakugo glared at him but sighed and gave in, smart enough to realize the two were right.

"Great..." he sighed, still assuming a battle stance, even when he knew his Quirk was useless.

Not just his either... I don't have my grenades with me. Which means that I can't do anything unless I touch that guy.

But with these blades... That's impossible…!

In the end, we're practically useless, only having Todoroki-kun's ice to rely on... But we still need to get out of this somehow, since who knows if there even is someone who can actually help us with this...

The three stood huddled close together and unable to move in fear of the villain's blades, all ready to stab through them at just a single wrong step. Instead, they cowered in fear behind the ice wall Todoroki renewed every now and then to keep it from crumbling completely.

But with the ice already covering his feet and the rims of his pants, who knew how long he would be able to keep it up too...

Think, Atsuhi! There's gotta be a way. A hero doesn't give up so easily – we just so happen to be facing off against a slightly tougher opponent. But that's to be expected, isn't it...

...

Okay, let's see. He's making great use of the terrain and his Quirk. The weird gas that's probably poisonous is right behind us. In other words, we're in some kind of trap here, aren't we?

Not to mention, I doubt we're the only ones struggling right now. So no help's to be expected – we have to somehow deal with this all by ourselves.

We have identified one of the villains' targets!

Mandalay's Telepathy again!? Wait... 'target'...?

It's the student known as Kacchan!!

Kach- Bakugo-kun!?

No… There’s no way...

Kacchan needs to avoid fighting at all costs! Do not make any moves alone either!!

You have to be kidding me...

Atsuhi stood motionless in shock, only daring to turn to see how Bakugo was reacting to the news. And judging by his frustrated face in comparison to Atsuhi's fearful one, you'd think she was the one named 'Kacchan'.

Kacchan, huh...? I guess it was Midoriya-kun who found it out then? No one else would default to using that name otherwise. Wonder if he's doing alright. What did he have to go through to find out this much...?

But Atsuhi shook her head.

No – now's not the time for this!

Bakugo-kun's always the one saving me, wherever we go, whoever we fight. I can't just stand here. I have to return the favor.

I need to tell him everything. In just a few hours, we all have to be alive and alright so I can tell him all that I've been keeping to myself ever since the End of Term Exams.

So, now it's my turn to be the one to protect him, and not the other way around!

The loud crack of the ice as a single blade broke through, snapped the girl out of her thoughts, only now making her realize that if she planned to act, it was now or never.

"Todoroki-kun!!" Taking a cautious step forward, she called out to the boy, making him turn to wonder what's gotten into her all of a sudden. "On my signal – fire off that giant ice structure from the Sports Festival!!"

Though hesitating briefly, Todoroki nodded in the end, ready to go along with whatever she had planned, if it meant they had the slightest chance. Satisfied, Atsuhi nodded back and set off, running around the now cracked ice wall and towards the villain, quickly closing the already small distance between them. The entire time, she payed close attention to him, carefully following his movements, until the moment he turned to her and a few blades headed her way.

Though her heart rate suddenly skyrocketed at the sight and the thought of what might happen if she were to make a wrong move now, the girl gritted her teeth and sharply changed directions, moving to go around the villain.

"Oi, what the hell, get back here, you-!!!"Bakugo cried out from somewhere now far behind her, the desperation on his voice making Atsuhi's heart squeeze.

I'm so sorry, Bakugo-kun. But please don't worry – I plan on making it out of this alive too.

For now, I apologize, Todoroki-kun, but I'm counting on you to hold him back...

But of course that's exactly what he must've been doing, considering that the ash blond hadn't come running after the girl quite yet.

She looked at the villain again, furrowed brows taking note of the positioning of his blades.

Still not there...

Said blades were spread out all around him, surrounding him in all directions. One by one however, he was slowly moving more and more of them, as he was gradually turning to chase after Atsuhi instead. It was only a matter of time before all his weapons were turned away and it was only his back that faced the two boys.

I just have to make Todoroki-kun freeze him over when he has nothing to protect himself with. But in order to do that, I need to make sure all his blades are facing this wa-

Atsuhi's thought were cut short when she sharply stepped to the side, only to avoid one of those very same blades by a hair, left only with a small shallow cut on her cheek. If it weren't for the adrenaline rushing through her body, she was sure her knees would've long become jelly by now.

Crap, that was too close. I can't let this drag on for too long or I'm gonna be done for.

And I am not dying right before turning sixteen!
A quick glance back showed her that there were only two blades left in the opposite direction. She also caught a brief glimpse of Bakugo's face, but shook the sight off before she could let herself start feeling bad about it. Another narrow dodge later (which might or might not have cut a few strands of her hair), Atsuhi couldn't help the single morbid thought.

And I guess if all else fails... Bakugo-kun would still be able to escape...

Ah, not like this, Atsuhi!! You are coming out of this alive!!

Noticing herself approaching the frozen-over ground from Todoroki's earlier attempts at immobilizing their opponent, Atsuhi scurried to a stop to check that there was only one blade left. But in the process, her feet slid across the slippery surface and she lost her balance, falling on her back on top of the thin layer of ice. That's when the last blade moved.

There it is-

"Todoroki-kun – now!!!" Atsuhi cried out so loud, her throat was sure to hurt afterwards, as she crossed her fingers, praying for success. Though Todoroki hesitated upon noticing her on the ground, he was still quick to follow through, producing his big ice attack and aiming it towards the villain.

The enemy noticed, though a tad too late, and the girl smirked upon realizing that he really was now immobilized. A small bead of sweat ran down the side of her forehead when she felt the ice slowly creep up her elbows and feet that were still touching said ground, as she soon realized she was literally frozen in place and couldn't even get up by herself.

But now that it's safe, Todoroki-kun or Bakugo-kun can just come here and help me up. So it's alright.

She breathed out a sigh of relief. Relief that was perhaps a tad too premature.

Because the moment she did so, the villain they'd somehow managed to immobilize was suddenly crushed underneath a gigantic shadowy hand right before her eyes, her heart almost jumping out of her chest that very moment. As the hand moved to grip the villain and throw him through the forest’s trees, no doubt leaving him more than just immobilized, Atsuhi's eyes finally lit up with recognition.

Isn't that... Dark Shadow? Then- Tokoyami-kun!?

What should've only been another cause for celebration.

But the sentient Quirk never once uttered one of its signature witty remarks.

Instead, the shadow creature turned back, its eyes larger than she'd ever seen them before, and now focusing on her frame. Its claw-like hand lifted, moving to swing again.

It was only then Atsuhi put everything together, realizing something was very off.

Very dangerous too.

She panicked, moving to frantically tear herself away from the ice, only to further realize she was completely stuck, unable to even move her hands close enough to melt the ice with her Quirk.

Unlike in all the cliches she'd heard and even lived through a couple of times however, her life didn't flash before her eyes. She hadn't even closed her eyes in anticipation of the impact.

Instead, something black quickly blocked her vision, soon followed by a strong and sudden light from very nearby, finally making her turn her eyes away to shield them from the brightness.

Wait, wasn't this the sound of... an explosion!!
She looked ahead again, only now realizing Bakugo stood in front of her protectively, with Todoroki a little to the side, while Dark Shadow was nowhere in sight anymore and, more importantly, in its place Tokoyami knelt on the ground as he took heavy breaths.

"Oi, you okay!?" Bakugo's sudden calls interrupted Atsuhi's empty staring at the scene before her, as the boy moved to crouch beside her and used a few small explosions to crack the ice around her elbow enough to help her pull it up (making sure not to actually hurt Atsuhi in the process), while discreetly stealing a glance at the small cut on her cheek too. With one hand now free, the girl melted the rest of the ice covering her body, a pair of strong arms gripping her waist and lifting her up on her feet the moment she was done.

Quickly shaking away this brief and uncharacteristic moment of worry however, the ash blond then turned to Tokoyami and Todoroki, shouting at them in his more typical angry way, while Atsuhi brushed off the dust and dirt from her clothes, putting a hand on her scraped elbows as if that was going to stop the small stinging coming from them.

"The fuck were you two thinking, huh!? You know that could've easily killed her, right!? RIGHT!?" Bakugo growled, though his threats felt rather empty after everyone had shaken off the brief shock which had come from hearing him say something so caring, yet masked to sound like his regular insulting speech.

Tokoyami seemed to be most affected by the angry words of the ash blond, as he lowered his head and apologized to Shoji, Midoriya and Atsuhi, who only now walked up to everyone else, no trace of the ice left around her body.

And though he continued speaking and muttering apologies, Atsuhi was forced to tune him out when Bakugo turned towards her next, his accusatory eyes glaring at her for a few slow and silent seconds, until Atsuhi looked back at him with a guilty smile, the boy sighing as he rubbed his temples.

"That goddamn plan of yours was so absolutely stupid and reckless, I... can't even-" He seemed to be at a loss for words.

"Well..." Atsuhi couldn't help but sigh in agreement too, already aware of that fact. "At least it all ended well, I guess. And thank you for saving me. Again."

Here I was thinking I was gonna be the one doing the saving this time. Who was I even fooling with this. Ugh.

But of course, Bakugo didn't stop muttering small curses under his breath. He probably swore to himself to never ever let Atsuhi come up with plans by herself anymore.

"So," Atsuhi cleared her throat to get the other boys’ attention, cutting their string of apologies short a little early. Once all eyes were on her, she continued. "Are we going?" she asked, aware under any other circumstances she might've come off as too impatient. Of course, 'under attack by villains' tended to be an exception from most rules.

"It would be best if we went to camp, like Mandalay said." Shoji was the first to respond.

"Agreed. But the Pussycats are probably still fighting in the clearing," Midoriya added, no doubt having already passed by there, if only to deliver the message about the villain's target.

"Right. Then we should probably cut through the forest instead," Atsuhi’s suggestion earned a few nods in return.

"But we have to keep in mind that a villain might pop up anytime," added Todoroki, still carrying the unconscious Tsuburaba on his back.

"No worries – me and Shoji-kun can keep an eye on our surroundings. I'll take the ground and Shoji-kun can listen for any movement around the trees and from the air. Is that alright with you, Shoji-kun?" Atsuhi proposed, earning a hum of agreement from said boy, as she gladly bent down to touch the ground once, activating her Quirk on it.

"Kinda crazy. If we count in Todoroki-kun and Tokoyami-kun too... With a line-up like this," Midoriya began, a hint of optimism lacing his voice. "...we might even give someone like All Might a hard time!"

"Oi, oi." Only then were they reminded of the presence of the ash blond they were actually supposed to be protecting. "You orderin' me around or something!?"

"You walk in the middle."

"We should probably go."

Even still, he was left ignored, likely since his classmates had long gotten used to his constant grumbles of annoyance and complaints, all of that now easily tuned out by them.

Atsuhi for one though, felt bad. She was worried. Almost as if she had a hunch something bad was going to happen. Then again, perhaps this was normal amidst the mess they'd found themselves in. So she shrugged it off.

Pacing her steps to match those of the ash blond, she now walked beside him, and looked at his pouting face.

"What? You here to tell me what to do too now?" he asked, obviously annoyed, yet Atsuhi couldn't help but smile.

Really, Bakugo-kun...? We're in the middle of some super messed up stuff and you're still making me smile like a high-school girl in love...

"Relax, Bakugo-kun," she assured him, keeping her voice down so as not to disturb the others walking in front of and behind them. "Even if it had been someone else they were after, we would've still done the same."

She paused to take a breath and then grinned, trying to lighten up the atmosphere under the guise that it was all for Bakugo's sake. Of course, it there was anyone who needed reassuring here, it was definitely her.

"Though those villains must be quite the stupid bunch! To even think they can split class 1A up like this!" She smiled, lifting a fist up in the air, as if she were about to punch some oblivious villain in the face.

Bakugo however, only glanced at her in confusion, making her blush a light shade of red, before she cleared her throat and sharply changed the subject.

"Anyway, so, umm...." Atsuhi began, a hint of awkwardness in her voice. Nonetheless, she needed to mention this. "There is something really, really important that I have to tell you tomorrow. Like, it's crazy important, haha..." She rubbed the back of her neck, looking away to hide the red on her cheeks, which only became brighter with each following word. "But... you have to promise me that you aren't going anywhere tonight, okay?"

It was her dumb way of reassuring herself. If Bakugo promised her, then she was sure he was going to keep his word and stay with her. It was really oh-so stupid...

A small pat to the head brought Atsuhi out of her little world. It was then followed by a small sigh and the girl turned to look at Bakugo, who only stared ahead, a gentle smile on his lips.

"Sure, sure," he muttered nonchalantly. He never realized how important that was for the blonde beside him.

The walk (or rather, short escort mission) then continued in silence. Atsuhi kept her ears sharpened to listen for any suspicious sounds around, though she knew that was a task reserved for Shoji.

Instead, she focused on the ground. She hadn't done this since the Battle Trials with All Might at the start of the school year – a time which now seemed so far in the past.

By touching something, she could not only use her Quirk on it to alter its temperature, but also discern its current temperature and any changes in it as well – an ability meant to let her know what temperature she should change it to, but also one that came in handy in situations like this.

Even if only by a little, the temperature of the ground did change every time someone stepped on it. It wasn't a change she would typically notice easily. But, if she were to focus enough on it, she could pinpoint any sudden footsteps appearing.

Putting her mind to it, Atsuhi took to analyzing what she could. One by one, she located each member of 'Bakugo's Bodyguard Brigade'.

First, Shoji and Todoroki at the front. She also knew they were carrying Midoriya and Tsuburaba respectively, though she couldn't tell just by using her Quirk, as the two's feet weren't actually touching the ground.

Next, a little ways behind them and in the middle of the formation, Bakugo and she, walking side by side.

And finally, at the very back, Tokoyami, guarding the rear with the very Quirk that had gone out of control minutes prior.

Unfortunately, nowhere within her fifty-something-meter radius could she sense the camp building, meaning they still had at least a few minutes’ worth of walking until they could hope to say they were finally safe.

It's worrying, yes. But I mean, Midoriya-kun was right – though some of us are wounded and Bakugo-kun's not permitted to fight, we can surely take on a villain even if by ourselves right now.

Of course, feeling optimistic was probably the last thing she should've been doing.

Because good things tended to come to an end right when you became a little too cocky.

Suddenly, there was a new presence.

Only for a brief second touching the ground.

But it was close.

So close.

Too close.

BAKUGO-KUN-

She would've screamed out loud.

She would've pushed him out of the way of whatever it may have been.

She only had time to look at him in panic, the words never leaving her mind.

Not before the world morphed before her eyes.

And just like that, there was black.

Just like that, there was silence.

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Hey, hey – as promised, I’m back with the long-awaited special chapter celebrating two amazing things! For one, today marks two years since Atsuhi was created (I promise to get into some more sappy talk at the end of the special), but it’s also a way for me to celebrate all the love and support this story has received! As I’ve said many times before – you guys are literally the best and I appreciate everything you do!

A super quick thing before we start! The drawing at the beginning! That’s pretty much it lol It’s a cute drawing because I wanted something super fluffy to celebrate!

Also, if I somehow left something out (even though I triple-checked) – it was NOT on purpose, I swear!

Now here’s the good stuff! (And prepare for my longest single chapter yet! Oof)


 

Section One – Ask Katsuhi!

Atsuhi’s speech is presented in regular text, Bakugo’s speech is presented in italics.

(This takes place a few months/a year or so after the current chapters of the series! As such, the two are already a couple and Atsuhi refers to Bakugo as Katsuki-kun! Lastly, please do keep in mind that the two’s opinions do not necessarily reflect my own!)


Rebecca Rivera on Quotev asks:

Atsuhi, what was the first thing you loved about Bakugo besides looks?

Huh… Go ahead.

Hm, let's see... He was obviously really strong, so there's that! But that's not necessarily something that makes me fall in love at first sight. So... I think it's his more compassionate side. Like, how he might not look like it, but in his mind he always thinks about saving others! And always has the best interest of those close to him in mind, despite how tough he acts! I think that's what made me fall in love to begin with!

...

Eh? Katsuki-kun!? Are you okay!? Your face is-

Oh.

Don't.

Oh my God, are you-

Shut up!!

(He's blushing!!)


Kirasms on Wattpad asks:

Bakugo, describe your feeling towards Atsuhi in 5 words.

Awww!

No.

Katsuki-kun! Pleeaaase!

Annoyance, but five times.

Oh.

Is that so.

Wait, shit, what're you doing?

I guess that's what you really-

Okay, okay, chill.

And don't ever mention this to me ever again.

Here goes nothing.

Respect. Comfort.

...

Go on...?

Adoration...? Protectiveness. And...

And...?

You know what the last one is, goddamn it.

I wanna hear it~

For fuck's sake... love.

Happy? Next question!

No, wait-

Next question!!


Rebecca Rivera on Quotev asks:

What would you say is your best personality trait and what is your worst and why?

Can I answer this one for you?

Eh? You sure?

Yeah, cause you're too damn dense to notice it sometimes.

Um, okay then?

It's actually the same one.

What?

Both your worst and best trait – pretending to be fine.

On one hand, it's not healthy at all and you need to turn to others for help.

Look who's talking.

I'm going to ignore what you just said.

But it's also your best one. Because it's really difficult to smile through the pain and shit. You shouldn't. But the fact that you can, means you're incredibly strong. Of course, I've already said that before.

Aww, you're so sweet.

Don't repeat that sentence, please.

Okay, can I go now?

Sure.

Your best trait is that you’re so… determined. You don’t back down and you always aim to win, as if you know you will. It’s really admirable. And it’s inspiring to those around you too!

And your worst one should be kinda obvious. You have literally the shortest fuse ever.

What the hell, Atsuhi-

See!? Told ya.

Touche.

Just kidding though.

What!?

It’s actually the fact that you bottle everything up.

That was yours.

No, but like, you do it too. It’s just a little different.

I say I’m fine. You don’t. And it’s obvious you’re not. We try to talk to you but you don’t want to. It’s really difficult to help you sometimes, even if we wanted to.

Though I’m really proud of you because you’ve been talking about what’s been bothering you more and more lately!

What’s bothering me is the fact that you’re still talking about this – next question!


FtfanDessarai (guest) on AO3 asks:

Bakugo, what do you like most about Atsuhi and why? And how would you feel if something bad happened to her?

You already said what my best trait was, didn’t you?

Yeah. That’s obviously something I like. And simultaneously hate. But we already discussed that.

So is there something you like even more?

You’re really… ugh, I have no clue how to put it but like… really goddamn kind. Sometimes too kind but let’s not get into that.

Can you elaborate…?

What I mean is… You say that I’m always there comforting you or some shit like that. But your presence is enough to comfort others, or at least I feel like it is.

You know, you’re constantly smiling and always making sure those around you feel good and are happy, even if you may not be. In a way, it’s a perfect quality for a hero to have.

Now, if you laugh I swear I’ll kill you but… it’s much easier for me not to lose my temper when you’re around.

And what about the other question?

Well, aside from the fact that something bad has already happened to you a few times… It’d be awful. Like, end of the world kind of awful, you know?

First, I’d probably wanna kill the fucking bastard responsible. I’d even gladly spend the rest of my days hunting them down but then I’d probably remember you wouldn’t want that so I’d stop.

Then, I’d wanna be by your side as much as possible. Make sure you’re alright, cheer you up so you don’t have to feel bad. That kinda stuff.

The last thing is… I would feel like shit. For ever letting something bad happen to you in the first place. I’d probably beat myself up over it, wonder how weak I have to be to let you get hurt like that…

Why did you go all quiet like that…?

Ah?! Well… you were… incredibly honest and sentimental just now… Just outta respect for that, I guess.

Huh. Just to get things straight by the way, I ain’t letting you get hurt again, you hear me?

Sure, sure.


Gigi on Quotev asks:

Would you sacrifice yourself for the other?

...

...

Um, here's the thing...

The answer's absolutely 'yes'. From both of us.

But when both of us want to, neither can. Like, if Katsuki-kun were to do something like that, I'd want to stop him. Same if I do it.

But if it ever came down to it – yes.

Without hesitation.


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

Have you ever been interested in anyone romantically before?

Pfft.

What are you laughing about now?

Well, okay, here's a story-

Back in Elementary School – you know, when kids fall for anyone who doesn't have a snot hanging off their nose- there was one instance!

Name?

Oh, I'm not telling you that, I know you're gonna do something dumb.

But there was this one boy – all girls liked him. Every single girl from our class had had a crush on him at some point. For a child, he was pretty, I guess?

Me and my best friend at the time, Tomo-chan, liked him for a while too. But then he wasn't in the same middle school as us anymore, so we kinda forgot.

Well, when we started High School, I talked to Tomo-chan, and she said he's in the same school as her! I pumped her up to go ask him out on a date or something cause she said he was even hotter now! And you know what he told her?

...What?

He was into boys! Pfft, haha! Poor Tomo-chan! Honestly, that's the only thing I can think of. And I was like, 10.

Good.

What?

I said – good.


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

What would be your ideal date?

FtfanDessarai (guest) on AO3 asks:

Atsuhi, w hat would your ideal date with Bakugo be like?

Oh. My. God. Katsuki-kun – take notes here!

Shut up.

I am…

So, when I was little, I used to go to lots of places with my parents and just have fun all day. I’d love to spend a day like that with you!

The alternative is something that kind of already happened. Though I doubt either of us would’ve called it a date back then.

Huh?

I’m talking about the Ennichi Festival. I don’t know about you, but it was really fun for me – just going around the booths, eating some weird food, playing those random games. And the fireworks at the end – oh, the fireworks! It was magical.

That was a while back so we didn’t know anything back then. Plus, we only had about an hour or so and you looked pretty tired.

But I would love, love, love to do that again someday!

Is that so…

What about you, Katsuki-kun?

I don't know, going to climb a mountain together or something.

My body can't take that.

I know, that's why I've never asked you to that before.

Wait, seriously? No, no! I'm gonna try! I promise!

I wanna try your hobby too!

You sure about that…?


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

Bakugo, w hat would you do/think if you saw Atsuhi on a date with another guy?

Kill them.

That’s too harsh though...

Okay but like, why would you even go out with him in the first place!?

Okay, okay, imagine we weren't actually together though! Then what? You can't just say 'That's my girlfriend, back off!', no?

If that was the only difference... I'll be jealous for sure-

You say that as if you don't get jealous now-

Moving on.

I... might scare him a little bit. You know... so he doesn't do it anymore.

So if I weren't dating you, all the boys would've been avoiding me like the plague because of reasons I would've been unable to understand?

Well, when you put it like that...

...

Okay, I guess if he wasn't a bad person, and if you were happy... I'd just sulk from afar.

...

Well, good thing that's a hypothetical situation then, hm?

Yeah. I'm glad it is.

Aw, Katsuki-kun!


pokelover on Quotev asks:

Bakugo, d o you see a future between you and Atsuhi as anything from romantic partners to just close friends who do hero work together?

What’re you looking at me like that for?

I’m just… trying not to say something too crazy.

Aw, it’s fine, Katsuki-kun. I’ve told you what I want already, haven’t I?

I guess. We’ve actually talked about it once or twice. It’s still a few years away but…

It sounds stupid.

You don’t wanna say it?

Well-

It’s fine – I will. Katsuki-kun wants us to stay together. I do too. You know, get married, live together.

We can… probably open a hero agency. Like the one that Hiyamiku and Lava Floor had. It’d be the best goddamn agency in Japan!

Mhm! It would be a dream come true!

I know Katsuki-kun won’t say it but the point is, all I want from our future is to be together. I think he feels the same!

Stop saying embarrassing shit like that…


FtfanDessarai (guest) on AO3 asks:

What are you hoping to achieve after graduating from UA?

Rebecca Rivera on Quotev asks:

Bakugo, w hen you become the Number 1 Hero, what would be your next plans/dreams/goals? Can you list a few?

Well, honestly, I would, as we already said, love to stay with Katsuki-kun for as long as possible. You know, have a good life together but also become heroes who save lots and lots of people?

Of course, placing high on the top heroes list wouldn’t hurt either, haha~

And you, Katsuki-kun? Anything more specific?

Step number one – stay the number one hero for as long as I'm alive. That's pretty much it.

Really?

...

Well... I guess it'd be nice to get some real cool place to live. As far away from my parents as possible.

Anything else?

Aside from rubbing it into Deku's face, you mean?

...

I've been thinking... How much is it to renovate an agency and all that, you know?

Eh, why's that?

Well… it'd do your old man a favor, right? Like, fix it up a little, buy some new equipment, maybe attract some new sidekicks as well...

Katsuki-kun, you...

Oi, the hell!? Are you crying!? I'm trying to say something nice, for fuck's sake!!

No, no, I'm okay... Just... Wow, thank you...

Uh... um, yeah, you're... you're welcome, I guess.

Let's just move on.


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

Do you want to have children in the future?

U-um, well, you know... uh, I-I wouldn't really... I wouldn't mind- but I mean, only if you want to, Katsuki-kun!! Like, I'm okay with it if you're okay with it, you know?
Y-yeah, sure. Agreed...

(Iya chiming in here!! Excuse the poor children. Both are still virgins at the time, haha~ The answer is yes !)


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

What do you do in your free time?

Well, sometimes we hang out.

It's called a date, Katsuki-kun.

Right. Whatever. When we aren't though, I mostly chill in my room.

He goes to bed really early.

Like a normal person.

Like a normal person's grandpa.

Shut up, you-

I, on the other hand... Hm, I watch movies when I feel lonely sometimes.

Pro tip – if it's a horror movie, you'll stop feeling lonely pretty soon.

Katsuki-kun!


Raegan on Quotev asks:

What's something you've tried, and will never try again?

You go first. Because I know exactly what you are going to say.

You damn well do, cause it was your fault. Kirishima, Dunce Face, and Bug Eyes once challenged me not to swear for an entire day. Of course I wasn't gonna accept. But then they went and fucking told Atsuhi about it too. So then she pestered me to do it for two days straight – probably the worst two days of my life.

But it worked!

Yes. Unfortunately.

Wanna say how long you managed to last?

...An hour.

It was Saturday and we were talking at around 1AM. Katsuki-kun stubbed his toe and swore so hard.

Cool story, no need for details. What's yours?

Well, you were actually with me. You know how Katsuki-kun loves spicy food, and once he was like 'Hey, wanna come to this restaurant with some real spicy stuff?' And being the good girlfriend I was, I didn't have to make him pester me for two days to agree.

Shut up.

I got something a little spicy. Like, lowest level of spice on the menu. That day, I almost cried.

It was memorable.

You can be such a jerk.

Thank you.

In other words, yeah – I'm never going back there.


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

Do you wish you had siblings? If yes, then older or younger and of what gender?

Why would I need someone else to annoy or pester me. That old hag's enough.

Don't talk about your mother like that – she's awesome!

Wha- Ah, shit. Sorry.

Nah, it's cool. She feels like my own by this point!

So I guess Katsuki-kun's answer is 'no'...

I've always wondered if it would have been better to have a sibling?

If it's a younger brother or sister, it would be really fun to watch them grow up and everything! But with Mom gone and Dad away, it would've been difficult to take care of them.

So perhaps, someone older to keep me company after I moved away from our old place to study at UA. It would be really nice to go home and know that you won't be alone for the rest of the evening!

Of course, Katsuki-kun sometimes swings by or at least makes sure to talk over the phone so I'm fine now!

And for gender – I wouldn't mind either way! But it would be funny to see how Katsuki-kun would've reacted if I had an overprotective older brother, haha!
I'm suddenly infinitely grateful you don't…


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

If you could choose your Quirk, what will it be?

pokelover on Quotev asks:

Atsuhi, w ere you happy upon discovering your odd Quirk, and do you ever wish for a different one (if a specific one, then please detail what kinda Quirk if it's a non-existent one in the BNHA verse)?

Oh, you know, I haven’t thought about this all that much! I’ve always loved my Quirk cause it was like a crazy match-up of Mom and Dad’s! I sometimes complain about it, but in reality it’s pretty versatile and super useful in some day-to-day activities.

I’ve literally seen her use it to curl people’s hair.

Exactly! And about having a different Quirk… I talked about how Todoroki-kun’s is a lot stronger than mine, but then Katsuki-kun totally cut me off on that one.

Yeah, because both have their strengths and weaknesses.

Right. So that’s out of the question. The only thing I kinda wish were different would be that I don’t really have a lot of long-range attacks… And that sucks.

So I guess I’d love to be able to retain my current Quirk but also be able to shoot fire and ice like Todoroki-kun, you know? Still fits in with the theme, only it becomes stronger.

Atsuhi, that’s straight-up unstoppable.

Yeah! Could be called ‘Heat Wave’ or something like that!

And what about you, Katsuki-kun?

Honestly? I like mine as is. It’s fucking awesome. Would’ve been real neat if I could make even bigger explosions?

Or perhaps just detonate them at will, without needing to use my sweat for it.

I am incredibly glad your Quirk isn’t that overpowered. You’re much more tame in winter because of this!

I am what-

Moving on~


riceball-girl on Quotev asks:

If you were to swap your Quirk for any of your classmates (or 1-B's students), which one would you pick and why?

Oh, this one's about swapping specifically! I have a few in mind so why don't you go first, Katsuki-kun?

It's gotta be something badass. Nothing's better than mine.

But you have to pick.

Right. I don't know – Hardening or Electrification.

Oh – those do sound kinda like you!

What about you?

Well, I've always wondered what it would've been like to have your Explosion!

God forbid.

Yeah, I knew you'd say something like that. But! Ochaco-chan and Momo have really awesome Quirks! Of course, I hate being nauseous and I'm not smart like Momo, so...

I guess the one best for me might be Copy!

Copy?

Yeah! I don't have a very good first impression of class B's Monoma-kun. But he does have a very useful and interesting Quirk. Plus, I prefer working in a team anyway so it'd be no problem for me!


Raegan on Quotev asks:

How would you feel if I came up to you, and said I was gonna eat your kneecaps?

What the actual fuck-

Yeah, um, don't do that in front of Katsuki-kun. He'll probably break yours.

What? You won't!?
Well, I mean, I'll probably just laugh nervously and have the memory haunt me for the next few hours. Or weeks. Depends on how serious the threat was.


PheonixBird06 on Quotev asks:

What would you do if a random person walked up to you and asked you for your phone number?

That's the same as the previous person!

What!? You'll still beat them up!?

Well yeah – that's just weird!

Yeah but like – if you plan to be the number one, you are bound to have a bunch of fans! Some girls might even want your phone number!

Eh? That's weird!

Not as weird as you think. I'd say I'd just decline politely. Maybe ask them what they want?

Still beat 'em up.

Katsuki-kun, you can't do that-


Gigi on Quotev asks:

What are your spirit animals?

Okay but like, can I answer this one for you, Katsuki-kun?

The hell?

I know you'll say something like a lion or whatever but hear me out-

You know chihuahuas?

Atsuhi, what the fuck-

No, no, hear me out!
They bark a lot and try to look scary and they probably think they can scare you a lot-

Don't.

But in reality they're just soooo tiny. Like little mice! Harmless!

I swear to God-

Or – I guess you can also be a cat?

...Do I wanna hear why?

I don't know, you just look like a grumpy cat.

Okay, that's enough-

Wanna know mine?

What?

Cause I once took a quiz!

And apparently I'm a butterfly!

The hell?

It symbolizes something related to change and transformation, but also finding joy in life!

Huh...

Right? It's pretty accurate. Especially that last part!

(Iya speaking here: I took a quiz, answering as if I were Atsuhi and those were the results!)


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

If you were an animal, which one would you be?

Pft, well, Katsuki-kun-

Shut up. Fucking chihuahua, you serious!?

I meant a cat this time but whatever.

You'd probably be some golden retriever who constantly sticks her nose in the cat's business then!

Oh, that's a good one!

What!? No, it's not-

What's wrong with you!?


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

Do you want a pet? If yes, then what animal?

I'd love to get a dog! Like one of those small fluffy ones! Or even a golden retriever! I'll just have to find one that will get along well with Katsuki-kun!

I don't need another thing to take care of. Atsuhi's plenty.

I can't tell if that was meant to be sweet or an insult.

The latter.

Actually, it was kinda kinky too.

...

Katsuki-kun...? You okay?

I can't believe the stuff you say sometimes.


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

What kind of movie genre do you like?

Hollywood blockbusters. Action. Guts are fine too. The more explosions, the better.

Figured.

Why, what do you like?

Hmm... Cheesy romance movies are always great! But!

When I was younger, my parents used to take me to see all the superhero movies! You know – the American ones? Even a few Japanese ones here and there! They were all sooo good!!

Your favorite moves are literally superhero movies...?

I guess, yeah... Oops, haha!


Gigi on Quotev asks:

Out of the two of you, who is most likely to plan an all-nighter and be the first one to fall asleep?

Atsuhi did it once.

Shut up.

She planned it with Kirishima, Dunce Face, and Bug Eyes.

Meaning Kirishima-kun, Kaminari-kun, and Mina.

Whatever.

'Come with us,' they said. 'We'll have fun,' they said.

Literally less than an hour later I had to go carry Atsuhi to her room.

Wait, you did what!?

Wah- you thought you just magically teleported to your bed or something?

I just... never thought about it...

Dumbass.


Raegan on Quotev asks:

Would you rather look like a potato, or feel like a potato?

What the hell kinda-

Okay, okay, Katsuki-kun, enough, please. Guess I'm going first on this one.

Hmph.

Let's see now... I mean, I love potatoes but in this context... I guess it's much better to look like one because then you at least feel good about yourself? Though... I'm guilty of kinda feeling like a potato every once in a while...

...

What is it, Katsuki-kun...?

You don't... look like a potato...

...

...

Ahaha, oh my God, Katsuki-kun, that's so adorab-

Don't say it, you-

I won't if you answer!

Hmph. Fine. Feel.

Huh? Why!?

I answered the damn question, let's just move on!!


Rebecca Rivera on Quotev asks:

Bakugo, what would you eat that is extremely spicy? Chicken, Pork, or Fish?

Pork. But like, extra spicy.

You are insane, are you aware of that?

Then you've fallen for an insane person.

I hate it when you're right.

And you're always right.


PheonixBird06 on Quotev asks:

How would you feel and what would you do if Kirishima, Mina, Kaminari, and Sero dumped multiple cans of canned pineapple on your head?

Kill them.

That’s like, the third time today, Katsuki-kun. Chill out a little, will you!?

We're just condoning violence here by this point.

The hell do you want me to do?

Well, sure, that's betrayal on their part.

But-

Don't smile all creepily like that.

You just gotta get it back at them. You know, make them think you don't mind. Then surprise them with it like three weeks later.

Point taken – do not give Atsuhi a reason to hold a grudge.


Raegan on Quotev asks:

What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say cabbage?

Okay, how about we say this one together? On three?

Sure.

Right. One. Two. Three

Your eyes.../Midoriya-kun!!

Ah.

Eh?

Aw, crap.

The hell do you mean Deku!?

W-well, his hair's... you know... it's green. Like a cabbage...?

And here I was, actually saying something nice.

I don't know, Katsuki-kun. Comparing eyes to cabbage isn't the most romantic thing ever.

I'm so done with you. For the record, they're a much closer color than fucking Deku's hair!


Gigi on Quotev asks:

Which of you would be the first to die in a zombie apocalypse?

Me./Atsuhi.

...

I love how we're both just immediately writing me off.

Although-

Yeah, yeah, you're not that weak and stuff. If you're with me, you might even make it through.

I'm kinda scared of zombies though... Especially after that training exercise with those Isami High students...

...

Actually... I kinda hate saying this...

But there's a chance Katsuki-kun might... sacrifice himself if it were for me... So...

Ah, shit.

By the way, just in case there is a zombie apocalypse one day!! You are not permitted to do that!!

Atsuhi, what the hell, do you seriously believe this stuff-

Its not impossible, okay!?


 

Section One – End + A Small Break!

Ever wanted to see some Katsuhi textposts? Well boy, do I have just the thing for you!

(These are all quotes from different shows and whatnot just floating around Tumblr and other social media! I’ve simply changed the character names! With that in mind though – enjoy!)


 

Mitsuki (Bakugo’s Mom): Atsuhi-chan, will you do me the honor of becoming my daughter-in-law?

Bakugo: Did you just propose to Atsuhi for me?

Mitsuki: SOMEONE HAD TO, KATSUKI.


 

Atsuhi: I like my men like I like my coffee: hot as hell and stronger than I am.


 

Kaminari: What's up with Bakugo? He's been lying on the ground for like fifteen minutes.

Kirishima: He's just a little overwhelmed.

Kaminari: Why?

Kirishima: Atsuhi giggled.


 

Atsuhi: Is it okay if I swear?

Bakugo: Yes, Atsuhi, you can fucking swear.

Atsuhi: F

Bakugo: Yes, go on.

Atsuhi: I'm nervous.


Atsuhi: Oh c'mon, I didn't drink that much last night!

Mina: You were flirting with Bakugo.

Atsuhi: So what? He's my boyfriend.

Mina: You asked if he was single...

Kirishima: Then cried when he said he wasn't.


Ochaco: Hey, Atsuhi-chan, can you give me some dating advice?

Atsuhi: Just because I'm with Katsuki-kun doesn't mean I know how I did it.


(Psst, there will be some more at the end of Section Two!!)


 

Section Two – Ask Iya!

And – it’s now my turn! There are some really long answers mixed in towards the end so please do keep that in mind! Thank you!


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

What kind of movie genre do you like?

Okay, there might be some weirdly specific details in here but here goes-

I love, love, love mysteries! Horror is great but I don't handle live-action gore too well (whereas I don't mind animated/written depictions of gore) so I guess I prefer something leaning more into thriller territory?

I obviously like romance too and the more fantastical and whimsical a love story is, the more I'll like it. However, if it’s something very down-to-earth but super cheesy? Probably not my cup of tea...

Basically, I prefer movies which aren't dead-set on realism but instead explore a bit of a 'what-if' concept with some mysteries and a good romance!


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

If you were an animal, which one would you be?

Probably a cat, to be honest. First of all – yes, I am a cat person and cats are literally the cutest things. So – I love sleeping and lazying around, but also sometimes want attention, and then I can get very annoying when I'm looking for said attention. Also, I get scared easily. And mood swings. Oh, mood swings.

Actually, I might or might not be three cats sitting on top of each other in a large trench coat to disguise as a human. The world may never know...


Raegan on Quotev asks:

What is the stupidest thing you've done on your own free will?

I wanted to come up with something really funny and irresponsible but then I realized that I'm that one sober friend that makes sure everyone else doesn't do something too stupid. So the story I have is actually from when I was about 6 or 7 – about a few months to a year after my sister was born.

Up until then, I had been an only child and got all the attention I could wish for. Suddenly, there's this small red creature that cries all the time at home with me (I loved her since the moment she was born but that doesn't change the facts). And the worst part was – she took all the attention away from lil’ ol' me, which didn't bode well apparently.

So I thought – what would make them pay more attention to me? You know what I came up with? Taking a pair of scissors and cutting my own bangs myself – very unevenly, mind you! I got attention, I think (I don't really remember, to be honest...) Yeah, I was emo when I was like, seven.

(Getting into competitive maths is probably a close second. This is only partially a joke.)


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

What would be your ideal date?

First and most important – not a place with too many people and not some fancy restaurant either because I'm too anxious for that. Those cliche bookstore dates sound cool except, get this – art/office supply store dates. We go around and look through a bunch of pencils, and pens, and notebooks, and erasers, and sharpeners, and then we get a handful and it's great!

Also, not as specific, but finding a common interest and doing something geeky related to that together would be neat – i.e. found a game both enjoy, read the same series, watch the same show, etc.


Raegan on Quotev asks:

What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say cabbage?

Short answer – Zeref from Fairy Tail.

I swear the long answer makes some semblance of sense.

Basically, Fairy Tail was one of the first anime I ever watched. So one day, I was watching an episode and my sister was in the room with me and I was talking something about Zeref. So she suddenly went 'Zeref is cabbage'. Which makes zero sense. In English.

In my native language on the other hand, the word 'cabbage' is 'zele' (pronounced like the 'Zere' part of Zeref, except with an L instead of an R). We laughed a lot (that was years ago, don't worry – I'm kinda sane now). So yeah.

For some ridiculous reason, that was the first thing that came to mind (if you exclude a mental image of what cabbage actually looks like lol)!


Aurora Lilac on Quotev asks:

If you could choose your Quirk, what will it be?

I mean, there are so many possibilities here!! There would be very obvious ones like flying, teleporting, etc.

There was this character that was introduced in the manga recently whose Quirk is literally powered by stress and I... lowkey want something similar...?

Like, the more stressed out I am, the more motivated I feel to do something lol

(If I have to pick one strictly from canon though? I think it'll be a tie between Kurogiri's, Ochaco's, and Monoma's! Because teleporting sounds awesome, levitating objects is cool, and Monoma’s is because you can essentially have any Quirk in existence!)


Gigi on Quotev asks:

What My Hero Academia character do you relate to the most?

Ah yes, time for me to overshare...

Well, aside from obvious picks like Aizawa or Shinso, weirdly enough, it's probably Momo. I didn't care much for her at the beginning (though I admit, she's gorgeous) but ever since making this connection recently, I feel a little closer to her.

Her struggle during the End of Term Exams Arc was very familiar, though I didn't realize it until recently. She's this prodigy who suddenly loses a fight she should've been able to win if she really is as good as everyone says. She's smart but insecure.

I can't say all that for myself. But I was a "gifted" child (in quotation marks because as I came to realize, once you get to High School, it wasn't "gift" that made a difference, it was hard work). I mentioned competitive maths as a joke earlier. Yeah, I used to do those until a month or two ago.

I had been doing so well for a few years, and everyone had placed pretty high expectations on me (especially my math teacher who has a really wrong way of going about things but doesn't realize she's only doing harm and the entire class collectively hates her both as a teacher and a person but that's a whole other can of worms). Which weren't that difficult to live up to. Until recently.

It was quickly becoming a harder and harder extra-curricular activity, while I was also losing interest in it. Suddenly, it wasn't so easy anymore. Suddenly, there were people better than me. Suddenly, I wasn't that gifted anymore.

I've been meaning to pursue art as a career so it was a matter of time to give up competitive maths. And after a few breakdowns at the most random of times, I did. And I’m glad. The school year hasn't started yet but I'm trying to make it a good one!

(Also, since it kinda fit the question – there are only two quotes from fiction that have ever moved me. And one is All Might's If you compare someone at Level 1 to someone at Level 50, then the pace at which they grow is completely different!” /End of Term Exams/ – I've told myself that, I've said it to other people, and it has actually helped me get through some insecure periods of my life!)


FtfanDessarai (guest) on AO3 asks:

Favorite ships and their moments?

Not sure if you meant HeroAca ships only or just in general so I'll take it as the latter!

From BNHA, I actually don't have a ship that I go out of my way to look for content for and that I ship like crazy but I like just about anything that's popular (and don't mind most other ships too!)

My favorites, in no particular order, are: IzuOcha (OG for sure, loved the scenes they had in the Provisional License Exam! Also, the last school arc in the manga had that one great moment too!); TodoDeku (because come on, those two are so cute any time they're on screen together); KiriBaku (literally wouldn't mind if it became canon lol; 'It has to be you, Kirishima!’ and the following hand grabbing was golden); KamiJiro (again, any time they appear together really, since I love their casual interactions!); Kacchako (blame Tumblr for this one. Their interactions! Adorkable! There's some NEAT fanart for those two as well!! I once thought one of them was actually from the anime! It wasn’t!!) Last one's kinda random but – Kamui Woods and Mt. Lady – they need more screen time together for me to be able to choose a scene though...

In terms of other series, I'll try to keep it brief but-

The first thing I ever really shipped was Allen x Lenalee from D.Gray-man! I've read dozens of fanfcitions for them – actually, it was through that ship that I even discovered fanfiction to begin with! Fave moment is definitely Chapter 205. Like. Yes. So much yes.

This next one's a recent fave – Toru and Kyo from the Fruits Basket Remake! I haven't seen the original adaptation, nor read the manga but that scene where *spoilers for Episode 14* he was feeling all guilty and stuff and then he bent down while she was still asleep – don't you DARE play with my heartstrings like that!! Agh!!!

Yato and Hiyori from Noragami too! Again, OG but! Fave moment is the Capybara Land chapter/OVA! Too. Darn. Cute. Or the end of Season 2 – that was really good too!!

Ymir and Historia from Attack on Titan!! I just- they're the best ship ever!! I can't even. Fave moment? The entire second season, to be honest. Especially when Ymir revealed that something, something to everyone (avoiding spoilers here)...

There’s a few more but since I don’t wanna bore you any further, I’ll just throw in two more: Yumeko and Suzui from Kakegurui, and Mutsuki and Urie from Tokyo Ghoul:re!

Thank you for reading through that madness that were my very strong and passionate feelings about a whole bunch of ships, hehe...


Kirasms on Wattpad asks:

Is it hard to keep up with a consistent update schedule? And do you have a designated time for writing?

Well, as the great Todoroki once said – 'It depends!' (Referring to Kota and what Midoriya should do to help him. I don't know, it was just funny.)

On one hand, having to physically sit down and write something every week does create some frustration. There are weeks when I have zero motivation and it shows. Then there are weeks when I am full of motivation. And it shows. Of course, whenever I need motivation, I scroll through all you guys' kind comments and sometimes when I post a new chapter, I'm absolutely overwhelmed by your support so thank you so, so much

On the other hand, I know that if I weren't posting with a consistent schedule, I'd barely get anything done. I'd only write when I have motivation, but then I'd feel guilty not writing if I have free time. All in all, this is the best option for me, for sure.

And yes – I do have a specific time! I typically write on weekends. Usually, I start outlining (aka planning what's gonna happen in a chapter in a little notebook where I write a brief outline of it) my next chapter on Friday or Saturday, and then write it either on Saturday or Sunday. Sometimes I get lazy and put it off for Monday or Tuesday but I still manage. (By the way, I always write one week ahead so you guys can get a preview – that's the only reason why my deadline to write the chapter is always Tuesday!)

Of course, now that it's summer break, I'm a little more loose with this schedule. I sometimes start earlier, but more often than not, write on Monday because I know I don't have school so I should have enough time.


Pokelover on Quotev asks:

Do you regret any scene with Atsuhi and other characters or any of her backstory?

Hehe, well, if you look closely, there are a few little slip-ups here and there – Atsuhi freezing the melted ice cubes in Chapter 1 of Book 2 when she supposedly can't use her Quirk on liquids is one such example. There's another one or two that I know are there but can’t list off the top of my head. That's stuff I regret but it happens to everyone so I haven't gone back to fix it.

In terms of other scenes, hmmm... This is not exactly a scene, but the sheer amount of time I spent on the Midoriya vs. Shinso and Uraraka vs. Bakugo fights in the Sports Festival bugs me, because I should've just skimmed over them.

Overall – yeah, small regrets here and there but nothing major so far. Also, I absolutely LOVE Atsuhi's backstory (that sounds bad considering its nature) so absolutely none there!


pokelover on Quotev asks:

What was your inspiration for Atsuhi and the story?

FtfanDessarai (guest) on AO3 asks:

What inspired you to create Atsuhi?

PheonixBird06 on Quotev asks :

Was there anything that inspired you to write these books, and if so what was it?

Oh boy – here’s the first ridiculously long one!

First of all, she was my seventh OC and the fourth to be shipped with a canon character (though the others were all from different fandoms). I just had/still have a habit of creating characters for the series I really like and more often than not, shipping them with my favorite character in said series!

That's why, when I was presented with HeroAca, a series that I enjoyed immensely (I watched it while the second season was about 3/4ths done, and the week I finally caught up, the anime was on break so I caved in and read the manga in the one week before the anime returned. It was wild), which just so happened to have a very open world with so many possibilities! I couldn't NOT make a character.

That's how that began. But back then, I still wasn't sure who my favorite character was (I thought it was going to be Todoroki! Cause, you know – he was a super gorgeous Zuko but voiced by Yuki Kaji!! Yuki Kaji, you guys!! So I held off on the idea.

When I was reading the Training Camp and Kamino Arcs though, Bakugo officially became my fave for sure. Also, aside from very loose ideas about the Sports Festival, those were the first arcs where I really thought how to include her! So the stuff you're seeing in this arc are actually about two years old now! And that's how Atsuhi was born! (And apparently her name was going to be Hikari at some point?)

The inspiration for her story on the other hand, was pretty weird. So! I've always wanted to try writing! The first time I seriously thought about it, was when I was obsessed with my Attack on Titan OC (shipped with Levi, go figure)! I tried writing (in my first language) – I wrote the first 6 chapters of her story, though they were about 1000 words each, so a lot shorter than these here. And then I must've lost interest because I stopped.

A year or so later, Atsuhi was created. About half a year after I first thought of her, I was still obsessed with HeroAca so I thought – you know, maybe I'll be into this for a while (sike, it's been 2 years already – I was right!)

This part's kinda cool now. As I said, I'd figured out this current arc here before any other ones. And towards the end of it, there's this really beautiful scene/pretty much whole chapter between Bakugo and Atsuhi. It was my favorite thing I had come up with for her. One day, I thought – why don't I... try writing it?

Though it took a few sittings over a couple of weeks, I did write it in the end! It was about 5000-6000 words and I was so proud of it, I made it into a little physical book(let) to flip through. It was in my first language and I can't read it without cringing anymore but I'm really looking forward to rewriting that in a few weeks!

Anyway, shortly after that, I decided to write Atsuhi's whole story and um... here we are, I guess?

An alternative reason is that there weren't many Bakugo xOC or xReader stories out there that ever reached up to these arcs to begin with, so you know what they say – write what you want to read! (Or – if you want it done right, do it yourself lol)


Gigi asks:

What author (on Quotev or irl) is your biggest role model?

Oooh, yeah, about that – I haven't been reading all that much since I started writing this story for some reason (only reading for new fandoms I get into, when I rediscover my love for a different series, or occasionally rereading an old fave)... But – the two authors that have probably inspired me most are-

LadysDaze (on Wattpad, Quotev, and AO3) – if you haven't read her stuff yet, I totally recommend you do it asap! She writes a few other characters too, but is primarily a Bakugo author as well! Love the way she writes characters and her worldbuilding for her AUs is delightful too! (I totally recommend you check out Blood Bond, by the way – it's my favorite work of hers!)

And CrowsBeforeHoes/Marisandre (only on Quotev) – now, her stuff might not appeal to all of you as she writes Levi x Reader’s. And even though I don't read Levi stories anymore, I'd gladly read anything new she posts (yeah, she’s on a bit of a hiatus at the moment, I guess?) cause it's just that good! Awesome characterisation, super believable dialogue and freaking jaw-dropping AUs. Like, I love them! ('Queenie' is my personal favorite! But ‘Wendigo’ is super intriguing thus far too!)

(There’s a ton of other stories I adore out there but these are the only two authors that I actually look up to a lot! In terms of non-fanfiction type of stuff, I can’t really say as I… am ashamed to admit I barely read anything else… And I definitely haven’t read enough to choose favorites...)


Jennypenny on Quotev asks:

How do you make a good OC that isn't super overpowered or too weak? I want to make sure mine are at least fit for any anime/show I watch.

Strap in, because I can ramble about this for ages. Of course, I'm no expert but I have created a handful of OCs so I'd say I've somehow got the hang of it by now (not to brag, but there's 18 of them. I'm literally not bragging, I need help. That's too many.)

Naturally, your best friend is canon, even though you're trying to create something of your own. Once you've got a good grasp on how that works, I actually recommend reading some fanfiction!

It's not something you'll always feel like doing but I've lost count how many times reading someone else's story has given me inspiration to add a fun concept to a character (I once read a Fullmetal Alchemist story where the main character's name was Elizabeth but everyone called her Liz. I loved the name and later gave it to my Attack on Titan OC!) Of course, you have to make doubly sure you're just taking inspiration and not straight-up ripping off another person's idea! But that’s probably a concern for later!

Reading fanficion is also a good way to gauge what works and what doesn't, at least in your opinion. Did you feel the character seemed overpowered in that one story? Try to compare them to the character of that other story where you felt the character's abilities where extremely well-balanced and find the difference. Is it their number of special moves? Is it their ability (or lack there of) to defeat a certain opponent? It's a good way to see what seems fitting and what's very out of place.

My next piece of advice would be to then also compare it to canon. Duh.

Take the main character. Most of the time, the main character will not be the strongest in their own story – as HeroAca is right now, you could argue that both Todoroki and Bakugo are stronger than Midoriya. But more often than not, there's a reason these characters are stronger. Todoroki is the son of the number two hero, trained under extreme circumstances from a very young age. Bakugo was a natural-born genius who just so happened to get lucky and get a crazy strong Quirk he has continuously trained for years.

Is your character just a timid school girl who claims she's not very good with her Quirk yet can easily beat Midoriya or even Bakugo in a fight? Then something might be fishy here.

Even more important than that though, is how they fare against their opponents. I'd say that's the deciding factor in whether a character is well-balanced or not.

Let's go back to HeroAca for another example.

Nomus are generally pretty strong. But let's focus on the black one from USJ. Your character should not, under any circumstances, be able to defeat that thing at the time of the USJ Arc. Why, you may wonder?

It took All Might 300 punches. Sure, he was weakened. But that was still All Might. (The only other student who even came close was Todoroki, and even then the Nomu regenerated its lost limbs pretty quickly. Heck, it almost killed Bakugo!)

Let's move on to a different villain – Stain. Can your OC defeat him in a 1v1 with no outside help and just the use of their abilities and Quirk? If yes, then that’s probably a red flag too.

While all injured to different extents, it still took the combined efforts of Midoriya, Todoroki, and Ida to immobilize him. A single character being able to defeat them sounds a little too OP.

But let's take a look at the other end of the spectrum – a character that's too weak.

Your character still needs to be able to stand their ground in a fight. By the time they enter UA, they need to be able to defeat the robots from the Entrance Exam (Gimmick could or could not be included in that count – that’s your call). They need to be able to defeat some random small villains who showed up at USJ with Shigaraki and co. as well.

Basically, the point that I'm taking way too long to make is – choose how strong your character is relative to the canon characters. Here's a quick, one-sentence example for Atsuhi:

She's weaker than Bakugo and Todoroki, close in abilities to Midoriya though perhaps a little weaker (especially at the start of the series), and stronger than, say, Aoyama. This could also be visualised like this: Bakugo=Todoroki>Midoriya>=Atsuhi>Aoyama.

And here’s what all of this means! Atsuhi would lose a 1v1 against Todoroki. Meaning, if Todoroki cannot defeat Stain, neither can she. On the other hand, a fight between her and Midoriya would be a close call. So most opponents he can win against, should be a plausible win for her too! Of course, that also means that she should be able to defeat just about anyone Aoyama can as well!

Lastly, in terms of Quirk and other specific abilities!

First of all, come up with a basic concept for them! (Or if you're not making a HeroAca character, this can be their magic, their fantasy weapon, or even their brand of hand-to-hand combat – Atsuhi aside, I've got an OC with magic based on colors, and even one who lives in a regular world with few fantasy elements about it so her 'unique ability' is her nack for swift movements and using a switch-blade whenever she needs an actual weapon.)

Next up – you have to realize that initial concepts are just that – initial concepts! Atsuhi's initial concept means she can set anything on fire and do all sorts of crazy stuff with liquids and gases. They have no apparent weaknesses! Color magic girl can use the power of any (basic) color which essentially grants her more than 10 different kinds of magic. The other girl's so good at dodging, she can easily defeat any opponent as long as she avoids their attacks while closing in on them like the badass that she is.

Third- now break their legs! Or, to sound more humane – give them drawbacks! This is the trickiest part.

On one hand, you have to give them enough drawbacks to prevent them from being able to achieve things which they shouldn't be able to do in the first place. But on the other, you have to make sure they can still fight and don't need someone to save their butt every time.

Atsuhi suddenly has limiters on the temperatures she can achieve and can only control those of solid objects. But she can still use her Quirk on people and the temperatures she can reach are such that she hardly ever needs anything more extreme. Now she has a drawback yes, but it’s a drawback that doesn’t make her abilities completely useless!

Color magic girl suddenly realizes she has to study long and hard about each type of color magic before she can use it. But there are some real easy beginner colors, plus she loves reading about that stuff!

Badass switch-blade girl has some trauma and freezes on the spot if she sees a gun pointed at her. But even then, her self-preservation kicks in, and she can book it if things are looking too bad for her, gun be damned.

To sum this up as best I can – your best bet is to observe what works in both canon and fanon! You essentially have to learn from the masters. In this case however, the masters are simply the people whose work you enjoy most!

All in all, character creation is a tricky subject. The more characters you create, the more you realize they'll vary. Some will turn out very weak and need constant help to get by. Others will be up among some of the strongest characters even among the ones from canon. Few will hit the spot just right.

And that's okay. We make characters to enjoy ourselves. If you wanna write a total badass that kicks butt with their bare hands – go ahead and do it, I'm sure there is a way to make it work.

Then again, I totally understand the struggle of wanting a well-balanced character too... I already gave some pretty generic advice here. But I love talking about this kind of stuff (even if I have a hard time putting my thoughts down properly and end up rambling and constantly jumping to different topics)!

So, if any of you have any further questions about creating characters and whatnot – feel absolutely welcome to drop me a message on any site you're comfortable with (again, I'm Iya5RT literally everywhere except for Instagram) and I'll gladly share any info or opinions I have!


 

Section Two – End + Another Small Break!

Atsuhi: How's the most handsome hero in the world doing?

Bakugo: *without looking up from the table* I don't know, how are you?

Atsuhi: *voice cracking* I'm fine.


 

Atsuhi, thinking: I just need someone to be my friend. Maybe send me an angel. The nicest angel you have.

*cut to Bakugo cackling like a demon in the middle of an explosion he created*


 

Bakugo: What are you doing?

Atsuhi: [standing on a chair]: I live here, you know. I can stand wherever I want, thank you very much.

Bakugo:

Bakugo: Where's the spider?

Atsuhi: It's under the table. Please get it for me, please-


 

Atsuhi: *trips on air*

Bakugo: haha you are so clumsy

[later when Atsuhi is not around]

Bakugo, punching the air: Who do you think you are, who THE FUCK DO YOU THINK-


 

Section Three – Iya Gets All Sappy. Again

Honestly, I was gonna keep this special short. But screw that. I know some probably didn’t make it all the way here (or didn’t read absolutely everything anyway) – and that’s totally okay! Honestly, the fact that you guys are even here in the first place is so crazy to me!

I’m actually being smart for once, and writing everything a few days before posting it so the reality of it all hasn’t really dawned on me yet. I’ve already thanked you all numerous times for the support, whether it be just by reading the story, or going the extra mile to leave a comment and everything – it’s all meaningful, trust me

But it is… well, crazy. I’ll probably use this word a lot today.

Two years ago, I watched this one show that I liked quite a lot. Soon enough, I was obsessed with it.

One year ago, I was celebrating Atsuhi’s first birthday. I drew this really cool thing in my sketchbook.

BAM – Here it is!

Then I took a sheet of paper from some notebook I found, and I wrote the sappiest thing ever, where I freaked out over how important Atsuhi had ended up being for me.

At the time, I was nearing the end of all my preparations to post ‘Explosive Touch’ - to post my writing for the first time ever! I never realized what an important part of my life that would prove to be! I’m going to write an updated version of that sappy message in my sketchbook today, just for me to read back and reminisce over.

But yeah – seriously crazy. I know few authors go as far and get as wordy with their sappiness so perhaps that’s something I should stop doing too? For now though – here’s 10 000 words purely celebrating my OC’s birthday. Damn. Wild.

Also, I wanted to thank you all one last time – obviously for everything, but specifically for submitting all your questions too! They were a blast to answer, and I’m so honored to know people actually want to learn more about Atsuhi, Katsuhi, or even me! I know some might be shorter than you hoped, I apologize but the chapter’s already long enough as is – I promise, it wasn’t out of spite or anything! Seriously, I wish you guys all the best, please stay awesome, and one last time – thank you!

(See you all next Tuesday for a pretty climactic and dramatic chapter – hope you’re excited!♥♥♥)

Chapter Text

"Where is Bakugo then?"

Those had been Uraraka's dreadful words that had sent the small group in a fit of panic, upon the untimely realization that the person they were supposed to be protecting was, in fact, now gone.

Gone and taken by a peculiar villain clad in a long orange coat, as black gloves covered his hands, and a mask obscured his face, his whole appearance reminiscent of that of a performer at a low-earning traveling circus.

More important than his attire however, were the three small spheres he held in his hands, twirling them between his fingers, his voice giving the impression he was smirking, even when his mouth was anything but visible.

"You kids have all your values chosen for you... All we want to do is to show him that there are other ways..." the villain spoke, all while dodging Todoroki's ice blast with ease. Meanwhile, Izuku could only stare at him, unable to utter a word through the shock he felt, nor move his body into action due to his numerous wounds.

"It's not just Bakugo... Tokoyami and Saeki are both gone too!" Shoji made the next scary realization, perhaps giving a clue as to what the three spheres in the villain's hand might have been.

"Those three were at the rear... And he took them without a sound," Todoroki mused, a cold bead of sweat running down the side of his head.

The ones at the back...?

No, why would they do that? If they were only after Kacchan...

Tokoyami-kun... and even Atsuhi-san – what do they want with those two!?

"Ah, I apologize but it's a bad habit of mine," the villain spoke again, earning himself five shocked glares. "I'm an entertainer at heart, you see."

He landed on a tree branch further away from the group, twirling the spheres between his gloved fingers a few more times, before hiding them in his closed fist.

"It is true that capturing Bakugo was our priority. Tokoyami on the other hand? That was just improvisation on my part. For him to take down Moonfish – you know, the old 'blade-tooth', a death row inmate, with such ease – that's one impressive Quirk! Ah, and that Saeki girl – just an added bonus! 'Try to capture her too, if you can' – those were Shigaraki's instructions. Among calling her an annoying brat for apparently burning his wrists."

Izuku's eyes were wider than they'd ever been before. No way what he was saying was true... No way they were going to lose them so quickly.

"We’re just taking her to, you know, make 'negotiations' a little easier on our side." Those were the last of the villain’s words Izuku could take before he snapped.

They're taking Atsuhi-san because of Kacchan-

"We won't let you have them!!!" he screamed, as if he could actually do something with his shattered arms and beat up body.

Another ice attack followed, the villain avoiding it yet again. He moved a hand to his ear and spoke in what must've been a communication device, announcing to the rest of the 'Vanguard Action Squad' ,as he had called it, that its mission had been accomplished.

No!

No, no, no!!

There's no way...

There's no way we'll let these jerks get away!!

We're going to save them!!


 

But alas, fate had other plans.

Not letting them get away? Saving their friends?

As if.

Midoriya was the first of the three to fall, his injuries getting the better of him in the worst of times.

Now it was only Todoroki and Shoji reaching out to the three captured students.

Shoji was the first of the two to succeed, his strong hand grasping the sphere closest to him, as he too fell to the ground soon after. Now the captured were down to two.

Next was Todoroki, his goal a mere stretch of his hand away.

Yet, it was as if the two slipped right past his fingertips, instead snatched away by the black-haired and covered in burns Dabi, who smirked victoriously back at the boy.

Moments after this, Atsuhi's senses and awareness began returning at last.

First, she felt the nothingness beneath her feet, as her body materialized in the air, the ground left a little ways below.

Next, she saw the horrified faces looking towards her, eyes full of fear and regret, yet bodies unable to move. Soon enough, she felt a few presences beside and behind her, while her peripheral vision saw nothing but a swirling black mass, ready to swallow her whole.

This all happened in a single short second, which moved in slow motion, along with her wild thoughts, quickly helping her piece together the identity of the presences around her – the villains who'd attacked them, and the black mass that surrounded her, more accurately described as the same teleportation Quirk they'd first witnessed during the incident at USJ.

The very same short second continued with a hard push connecting with her side, as her body moved from the force, now falling not backwards, but towards the ground instead – away from the portal opened behind her.

And then, the slow motion was suddenly cut short.

Instead, everything returned to real time, when a hand locked its tight grip upon her upper arm, long before she could fall.

"Not so fast," the black-haired villain smirked, his smooth voice oozing the satisfaction of victory. The grip around Atsuhi's arm tightened and he pulled her up, holding her with one hand, while his other hand had taken hold of a certain ash blond's throat.

A certain ash blond by the name of Bakugo, who might have sported the most regretful eyes of the entire bunch, and whose arm was raised with his elbow out, as if he'd just tried shoving somebody away. As if he'd just tried shoving Atsuhi away.

Soon enough, the world faded once again, this time enveloped by an ever-encompassing black, as Atsuhi's mind finally managed to form even a single coherent thought.

We... lost?

Yet this time, the dark only lasted for a short while, first shaken away by a dull pain and a thud that echoed around a small and stuffy room.

Wah-

Atsuhi's body hit the ground, her back pressing up against something warm and soft, the gears in her mind quickly turning and making her conclude she had tumbled down beside Bakugo from the portal up above.

Blinking a few times, she noticed the villains landing in the small room (a lot more gracefully than she had), and moving to surround the two. Her head turned, eyes shooting to look at Bakugo, whose crimson orbs had turned towards her too, their gazes meeting as they nodded at each other.

I think I know what's happening right now...

Why am I here too though...? I... honestly wish I could know.

For now however, this is the best option – if Bakugo-kun isn't by himself, there might be a chance for escape...

I couldn't protect him while we were still in the forest.. I have to make it up to him somehow now!

In the blink of an eye, the two were up on their feet and standing back to back, battle poses at the ready, as the villains looked at them cautiously, though they too remained unmoving.

The small noises of explosions, coming from somewhere behind her, were all Atsuhi needed to know Bakugo was already long prepared to use his Quirk, her own hands rising as she prepared to activate her own ability too.

"What do you think you're doing...?" Those were the first words spoken to break the silence which had befallen the villain's hideout. Their blue-haired leader – Shigaraki Tomura, stood still, his face once again covered by a hand, unlike the last time Atsuhi had had the misfortune of encountering him at the shopping mall.

Only now did she realize the words he had said back then – 'We'll see each other very soon.’ were meant more literally than she'd ever wanted to believe.

"I don't know what the hell it is you want," Bakugo began, his voice making it sound like he was grinning through his nervousness, though Atsuhi knew he must've been just as afraid as she was. "But you can be damn sure you ain't gonna get it!!" he raised his voice – an action more than enough to act as the signal the girl had been waiting for.

Even in a situation like this... I still trust Bakugo-kun's calls, huh...?

As if in sync, the two moved in to attack, Atsuhi's ears soon tuning out the sound of the constant explosions behind her. She made a swift dash towards the two opponents in her field of view, ducking to confuse them, before grabbing the arm of the green-skinned, lizard-like masked villain, and using her Quirk on him until he began squirming.

She shoved his body (much bigger than her own) to the side with all the strength she could muster, just in time to duck and avoid the blade thrust her away by the fellow blonde high-school girl with messy buns and a big grin on her face.

When the villain moved to retrieve her knife, Atsuhi hopped back up and gripped her wrist, keeping both it and the knife away, while her other arm went to grab her shoulder and push her opponent back before she could do any real damage.

She would've used her Quirk on her too, if it weren't for the deranged girl jumping back and keeping her distance upon realizing she didn't want to meet the same fate as her fellow villain, still lying on the ground and only barely lifting up an arm to push himself upright again.

Now's my chance – Bakugo-kun!!

She took her attention off the two villains for only a second, eyes frantically scanning for the ash blond whose explosions still resounded across the room.

While those two are down – I need to help him on his side too! At this rate, we might even be able to really esca-

Thomp.

A situation all too familiar.

Wha-

Atsuhi's heart began beating faster and faster, her mind running wild, yet no thoughts really forming.

She stood frozen still, a single hand placed upon the top of her head, soon followed by another hand finding its place on her trembling shoulder.

Bakugo must have noticed the sudden lack of movement in his peripheral vision, as his attacks also ceased. His body mirrored that of Atsuhi by freezing in place at first, though only taking a second or so to compose himself and hide his panicked expression.

No, no, no…!!

I... got caught so easily...

I'm... I'm so...

"That's right," Shigaraki spoke, interrupting the silence that had once again settled in, once Bakugo's explosions had come to an end. "It's the end of the tutorial level – now the real game begins."

Atsuhi was sure she would've long crumbled to the ground, her shaking legs refusing to support her body any longer. Yet the adrenaline running through her body gave her the strength she needed to listen to her self-preservation instincts and stay right where she was, in fear that the smallest of movements might cause her captor to harm her in the blink of an eye. An action she knew he was all too capable of.

An action she knew he had every reason to take, if the burn marks in the shape of slender fingers wrapped around his right wrist were anything to go by.

"Now, lower your hands," Shigaraki commanded, and though Bakugo glared at him, he knew he had no choice but to comply, balling his hands into fists by his sides. Shigaraki seemed to smirk in satisfaction, despite the disembodied hand still obscuring his whole expression.

"Ah, looks like we were right," he muttered, as his grip around Atsuhi's shoulder tightened, yet one finger still remained up in the air.

Right... about what?

Does he mean that Bakugo-kun listened to him...?

"Just like that," he began again. "You keep listening to me."

The boy's glare only hardened, yet he made no move to oppose the villain, shooting a brief glance at Atsuhi, as both stood face to face, yet unable to move even to the door just a small leap away from them.

The girl gulped, gritting her teeth, as her brows furrowed in frustration, and she spoke in a small voice.

"Bakugo-kun... I'm... I'm so sorry-"

"Now, now!" Yet the voice beside her started up again, startling her and cutting her words off far too quickly. "You two are our honorable guests!"

He moved a single step forward, his tight grip forcing Atsuhi to move with him, as her heart almost leaped out of her chest any time one of Shigaraki's lifted fingers even so much as barely brushed against her hair or shoulder.

"We have to make sure you settle in accordingly..."


 

"It seems we can assume the villains occupy more than a single hideout," the black-haired police officer, Tsukauchi, announced in front of the multitude of impressive pro heroes gathered all around him. "That being said, we'll be sending the bulk of our personnel to the location of the abducted students. Retrieving the hostages is our top priority!"

Ryuu Saeki took deep breaths to calm his racing heart, as his dark green eyes scanned around the room and spent a brief second on the face of each and every high-ranked hero and member of the police force that surrounded him.

Why was his heart beating so fast though?

Under any other circumstances, he was absolutely sure it would've been an obvious answer – he was standing in the presence of many heroes he'd admired even through his own career, now breathing the same air as him, and, even more so – about to work on the same operation with him.

Yet today, that was no cause for celebration. Today was not the day that he had dreamed of.

It was a day he never realized might come. A day he wasn't yet prepared for.

Today, his heart beat out of nothing but concern.

A set of heavy footsteps soon approached him, the looming frame of All Might coming into view. Ryuu wanted to do something – to express his gratitude, his admiration, even squeal like a little child meeting its life-long idol. But of course, he couldn't bring himself to do it.

All Might cleared his throat and spoke, his voice much lower and more serious than normal, a dire face concealing his iconic smile.

"Lava Floor, as a fellow hero, I want to thank you – for your understanding and for your decision to take part in this rescue operation," he began, Ryuu's eyes widening in their lack of ability to comprehend that he had just received words of gratitude from the number one hero. "I also want to apologize – from my own name, but from that of Eraser Head and UA, too. What happened is unforgivable. Yet I hope you find it in you to forgive us."

Wait, he's-

All Might straightened his muscular arms by his side, bending his body down in a deep bow, earning himself and Ryuu the shocked stares of a handful witnesses, yet attracting many more that looked on at his actions in sympathy.

"Thank you, I..." Ryuu began, unsure of what to say. "But… there really is no need to bow, nor tp apologize..." At that, All Might finally lifted up his head, which was then followed by the rest of his torso, as he now towered above Lava Floor once more.

"This is something I would've done regardless if you'd asked me to or not. I simply cannot stay still. It's my daughter and her friend we're talking about here!" Ryuu spoke, a tired smile on his face, one that still expressed the worry he felt, while also giving light to the gleam of hope still shining in his heart. All Might gave a weary chuckle too, putting a hand on the brown-haired man's shoulder.

"Just like Young Saeki, you also smile and try to assure others too! It's good to see where she's picked up that habit from! Like father, like daughter," All Might's voice boomed, lifting up the heavy atmosphere, if only by a little.

They exchanged a few more words, geared closer towards strategy this time, and All Might was once again on his way, moving to talk to a short elderly hero in the room, unknown even to Lava Floor himself, yet enlisted to help with the rescue operation nonetheless.

Then again, I doubt many in this room know who I am either...

They're sending all their top forces here, and somehow I'm a part of it all too.

Ryuu lowered his head, closing his eyes and furrowing his brows, hoping to stop the wild and heart-wrenching scenarios from running through his mind.

Agh, that's just unbearable.

I feel so hopeless.

If it were my call, I'd storm this place right this instant and run to get her and give her a big tight hug right now!

...

But... I can't do that. I can't do it as things are right now, let alone if I were by myself.

Please... I pray to anyone who'd listen – I would give everything, everything I have!

Just...

Just make sure Atsuhi is safe and sound...

That's all I ask for.

Return my daughter to me alive.

Please... I beg of you!

And Atsuhi – I'm so, so sorry.

I wish that there was something I could've done. But in the end, there wasn't.

All I can promise right now, is that I'm not going to lose you too.

I couldn't save your mother. Please, at least allow me to save you.

I cannot live if I lose you as well.


 

The girl's eyes watched Bakugo, who sat in a big and undoubtedly very uncomfortable chair he was strapped to with all kinds of different restraints. His head hung low, that spiky ash blond hair of his obscuring the view of his face.

But even still, Atsuhi could tell he had his eyes pointed at the floor, glaring at the surface beneath his feet, knowing he was helpless.

And Bakugo Katsuki hated feeling helpless.

Every once in a while, he'd lift his head, either to point his glare at one of the villains all around him, or to take a second to check up on Atsuhi herself. It was in one of those brief moments that the girl caught a proper glimpse of his crimson eyes, only to again take notice that no matter how he tried to give himself the tough appearance and bear it all in silence, he too was afraid.

Of course, that's only normal...

It was supposed to be just Training Camp, some fun, a Test of Courage and whatnot.

How did we end up here in the first place...?

...

I... I was going to do it today...

I was going to tell him everything...

I don't even know what time it is anymore.

It feels like we've been here for hours, so it surely must be the next day already.

Which means it's... it's my...

...

No, no, no! Not like that, Atsuhi!

It's fine! You said you were gonna do it and you will!

But not here, not like this. We're both making it out of here as soon as possible.

The moment we're safe, the moment we're out of harm's way – that's when I'll do it.

It... has to be today...

She shook her head, shutting her eyes tight to shake off any more unpleasant thoughts.

Her heart was thumping and her hands were shaking.

So far, it seems like they want to convince Bakugo-kun to join them... But there's no way I'm here for the same reason.

Atsuhi knew something wasn't right. Not only was she never even mentioned as one of the villains' targets, but, unlike Bakugo, she got a slightly different treatment.

She sat on the floor, legs up against her body, as her back leaned on the bar, facing the ash blond himself, with just a few short meters of distance between them.

Her legs were free, but her hands were tied up tightly, her binds sure to leave bruise marks if she ever took them off at all. And though restrained, she was sure that she could use her Quirk if she ever wanted to.

That's when the fellow high-school girl leaning up against her came in. Toga, as Atsuhi had heard the rest referring to her as, hung on the strawberry blonde's back, arms draping around her shoulders, as if she were merely giving her a hug.

Of course, that's not what she's doing.

She's here to make sure that I don't escape or use my Quirk on anyone again.

Even though I can still use my Quirk on two of them, I... I can't....

Because unlike Bakugo-kun, I don't really think they need me alive.

Unlike him, they'll probably kill me if I tried something funny.

I... I have no choice but to comply...

It's so... so frustrating...

"Now that you're all settled in, it's time to get down to business," Shigaraki began, only earning himself a sharp glare from Bakugo. Of course, the villain merely shrugged it off and continued his speech from the bar stool where he sat right between the two abducted students. "Bakugo Katsuki – wanna join me?"

A heavy silence fell upon the room, only broken by the muffled sound of traffic somewhere far outside. Both students knew what it was the villains wanted. And now that it all was out in the open, Bakugo smirked, yet unable to hide the bead of sweat running down the side of his head.

"You can shove that offer up your ass, and go to hell!"

B-Bakugo-kun!?

Atsuhi wanted to ask him what he was even thinking saying something like this, she wanted to talk to him, maybe tell him to be cautious, maybe encourage him to mind his words. But the less attention she drew to herself, the better. Instead, she remained sitting on the ground with her concerns unvoiced.

This time around, the room was engulfed in silence very briefly (though the lack of movement or response from Shigaraki was certainly unnerving), before the sound of squeaking from the only occupied bar stool resounded, followed by the dauntingly slow footsteps of the League of Villain's leader.

Bakugo's eyes suddenly widened in concern, following Shigaraki's movements, as he turned his back to him and walked towards the ash blond's fellow classmate. Only now did Atsuhi realize things weren't looking good.

"Oi, oi, oi – what the hell do you think you're-"

"Ah, so now you start to pay attention?" Shigaraki interrupted Bakugo's frustrated words, turning to supposedly look at him (only a single bright red eye peeking through the fingers of the hand covering his face), before motioning for Toga to move out the way, the girl complying with a sour pout.

By this point, Atsuhi's heart had begun beating so loud, it drowned out any other sound around her, and she knew that if she were to try and speak, her racing worries wouldn't let her form a single word.

Shigaraki moved at an agonizingly slow rate, or at least that's how it felt like to the two students trembling in fear of his next move – an effect he seemed to be all too pleased to have on them. He knelt beside Atsuhi, making her head spin in worry when he moved his hands and slowly reached for her restraints.

Bakugo looked ready to jump up and the drag the chair he had been strapped to with him, if only to stop Shigaraki before he made another move. However, he probably knew that was perhaps more dangerous than simply observing his actions – for all he knew, Shigaraki wasn't planning on doing the girl any harm just yet. An intention that might just change as soon as the ash blond tried to make a move. Instead, Bakugo bared his teeth and made an almost inaudible growling noise. He could only hope it was the former.

Atsuhi, on the other hand, was frozen still, wide eyes tracing every movement of the villain's hands. She watched him grasp the rope tightly wrapped and tied around her wrists, closing his grip on it one finger at a time.

"The least you could've done is hear me out," he mumbled, his tone carrying a faked hint of hurt, but also ringing with the authority of someone who knew they'd get what they wanted one way or another. Finally, when all five of Shigaraki's fingers were wrapped around the rope, a quiet cackle sound resounded from it, and it crumbled to dust on the floor.

He... he decayed the rope...?

Why...

Atsuhi's heart had quieted down and now she felt much more aware of her surroundings. Though her hands were free, she didn't dare to move them yet, the villain's hand still lingering barely above her own. Instead, she gulped, and sat obediently still.

Is this it?

Was this all he wanted to do?

"I knew it would probably come to this." And with that, the girl's question had received its answer. Shigaraki moved again, four fingers wrapping around Atsuhi's trembling hand. Thus, the girl's frantic heartbeat accelerated once again.

"Oi, you bastard, stop-"

"Good thing we didn't bring you here alone," Shigaraki interrupted once again. Bakugo, on the other hand, didn't sit still anymore, pulling at his own restraints with all his might, though his attempts remained as futile as his calls.

The room wasn't silent anymore. And everything was moving way too quickly for Atsuhi’s mind to process.

Tightening the grip he had on her hand, Shigaraki pulled on it, making the girl raise her hand on his unspoken command, while the villain's other hand had moved to wrap itself around the girl's right wrist too.

Atsuhi could tell that there were tears forming at the corners of her eyes, watching on in ever-increasing horror, as the villain moved his fingers further down her hands, now touching not her wrists, but her palms instead.

Four fingers.

Suddenly, the fifth one made a move as well.

The girl had no time to think at all.

Because the moment she had seen his final finger move, it was already far too late.

A second later, he still held her hands, fingers laying on her palms.

"STOP-" But Bakugo had been too late as well.

Five fingers.

A piercing scream echoed through the small room.

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