Author’s Note: Just a heads up, I will be skimming through the U.A. Sports Festival arc and maybe even the Stain Arc. Both don’t affect the story much so I might even skip them and do a small story recap. If I do, I will combine Season 2 and 3.
It had been 4 days since the incident at USJ and 2 days since Izuku and Toshinori had their fight. (Read the original Bio-Chip Quirk to know what’s going on) The teachers were all meeting and going over the incident and the finalized report of USJ. Everyone was worried about the leader of the attack who acted like a man-child with Nezu even commenting that, like their students, he still has room to grow. It upset Toshinori but, he had to admit that the actions of this Tomura were disturbing. Whoever was cultivating his malice knew exactly what he or she was doing.
After the meeting, Nezu asked Toshinori to talk with him. The two were on the roof of U.A., an old spot that Toshinori frequented in his youth at U.A. Toshinori sat on the bench he had brought up here when he was a teenager and sighed as he remembered the memories of just relaxing up here. Ahh, those were the days.
Nezu had been watching as Toshinori had unwinded on the roof. Nezu then brought out a cigarette from his pocket. “Do you mind?” Nezu asked motioning to the cigarette.
“Go ahead,” Toshinori replied.
Nezu lite his cigarette and took a puff of it as he watched the star lite sky with a bright moon in the center. When Toshinori thought Nezu was distracted enough, he checked his cell phone to see if Izuku had replied to his numerous text messages… No reply.
“Are you expecting a call, Toshinori?” Nezu’s voice startled him so much that he almost dropped his phone. He looked up to see Nezu hadn’t turned around to look at him. He was still standing there, smoking his cigarette and staring at the night sky.
“What makes you ask, Principal Nezu?”
Nezu took another puff of his cigarette before speaking. “During the meeting, you kept sneaking glances at your phone." Toshinori looked like he was a kid who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. "This doesn't have anything to do with Izuku, does it?"
Toshinori gripped his phone like it was a lifeline keeping him alive. "I hurt him," he said with a shaky voice. "I hurt him and… I may have lost him." Nezu turned to show Toshinori his face and that he was paying attention to him. “I told him I didn’t want him to be a hero anymore. He was so hurt by what I said, and I’m conflicted on what to do. I want to keep Izuku safe, but I want him to have his dream as well. What should I do?” Toshi said as if he was begging for his life.
“I don’t know.” Nezu said without hesitation. Toshinori looked shocked and disbelieving.
“But you—” Toshi tried to say but was cut off.
"—This is a problem you and Izuku have to deal with. Nothing I or anyone else can say will fix your conflicting problems. The best I can say is that you figure out what you want more and work towards that decision. Be forewarned, Izuku might not like what decision you make, and you might lose him just as you fear you might. Wait too long to make a decision, and you might lose your chance to get him back.” Nezu smoked his cigarette after his advice and turned back to the night sky. “I do hope you two find a way, Toshinori.”
Toshinori felt just as lost as before. Nezu's advice didn't help him make his decision, just warn him that he needed to make it quickly. Toshinori looked to the sky and also watched the stars and moon. I wish you were still with me, my Izuku.
Izuku was locked in his room watching his favorite video of All Might saving people. It was the same one that he had watched since he was four. Watching it had reminded him of many things. The three biggest were Toshi, the USJ attack, and how far his goal seemed to be now. Izuku knew that he and most of the students were slowing down Aizawa and Thirteen during the USJ attack.
Izuku picked up his weights and started doing some bicep curls. His mind kept drifting to Toshi. He wanted to make up with him, but, he couldn't just forgive or forget. He needed to know that Toshinori would support him or at the very least allow his dream. The numerous amounts of All Might toys, posters, figures, collectibles, etc., didn’t help the hurt Izuku felt either.
A knock on the door brought Izuku out of his thoughts. The door opened to reveal Izuku’s mom wearing her cooking apron. “The food’s ready.”
Izuku put his weight down safely on the floor. "Thank you. I'll be right out." Izuku had a smile on him, but it wasn't like his old one. Izuku wasn't trying to hide his pain, just overcome it. Inko wonders how bad it must have been before to consider this an improvement of her son’s maturity.
Izuku and Inko made it to the table, and Izuku saw his favorite food, Pork cullet. The two sat down and started eating with Inko watching. The standard and usually comfortable silence was anything but. Inko felt it was disturbing that Izuku wasn’t talking about what hurt him so. Eventually, she couldn’t hold it in. “How are you feeling?”
Izuku needed to finish a bite before speaking. “I’m… I… I don’t know.”
"You can talk to me about it. If you want.” Izuku stopped putting food in his mouth and looked to his mom.
“I… You see… I have…” a boyfriend. Or rather had. Maybe. I don’t know. Also, I’m gay. Just say it. Tell her.
Before Izuku could try to get out another word, he felt hands on his own. He turned to see that his mom had come around the table. “You don’t have to tell me anything.”
“But I want to,” Izuku replied.
His mom just shook her head. "But you're obviously not ready. I know you'll tell me one day but, until then, don't hide your feelings from me. If you need help, I'm here."
Izuku got the look of an annoyed elementary student who didn’t get ice cream. Inko thought it was so cute. “What kind of person isn’t ready to talk to their mom about stuff.”
“A lot of people actually. In fact, this is very normal, Izuku. Stop beating yourself up over it.”
Izuku still looked grumpy, but Inko knew he was better. One step at a time.
The next day, Izuku was allowed back on school grounds to begin his specialized training. Principal Nezu was waiting for him at the entrance. “Good Morning, Izuku.”
“Good Morning, Principal Nezu.”
“I hope this isn’t too inconvenient, meeting up on your final day off.” Nezu said as he opened the school gate.
“Not at all. I was reading the material you gave me, and I was wondering how it would all tie together with my quirk.
Nezu leads Izuku away from the main classroom building and too Gym Gamma. Waiting for them there was Vlad King, Class 1-B’s homeroom teacher. Izuku couldn't help but go into full-on fanboy mode.
“No way! You’re the Blood Hero: Vlad King!! You’re known for your amazing rescues and entrapment of villains in record time. I can't believe I'm meeting you in person. I knew you worked at U.A., but I had never seen you on campus." Izuku continued to prattle on about the hero, and Vlad couldn't help but smile.
This guy’s acting like a kid in a candy store. He’s such a fanboy. “Nice to meet you too, Izuku Midoriya.”
He knows my name! Izuku screamed in his head. It was then Izuku realized how close he was to the hero and backed up just a little. He also got a good look at Vlad King. No wonder, he’s on the top 10 sexiest hero’s list.
“I’ve heard a lot about you,” Vlad said, taking Izuku out of his mental thoughts before they could get dirty. “I look forward to helping you through your growth.”
Vlad held out his hand, and Izuku shook it. He’s so… teacherly. I can see why he’s so admired in the hero community. Izuku was pulled out of his thoughts by something that struck him as odd. He turned around to Principal Nezu to voice his question. “I thought we were supposed to keep my quirk a secret.” Izuku realized how rude that sounded and quickly turned back to Vlad King. “No offense to you, Vlad King sir, it’s just… um…”
Nezu interrupted before Izuku got even more nervous. “We are still keeping it a secret. I have only allowed a few teachers to know about it. The students believe you have a super strength quirk and I pulled some strings to change your quirk registration as well. The teachers that know about your quirk are me, Recovery Girl, Eraserhead, Ectoplasm, Vlad King, Power Loader, and, of course, All Might. I promise I won’t tell anyone else without your explicit permission.”
Seven teachers, Izuku thought. Including me, my mom, Kachan and his family, that leaves 12 people who know about my quirk… No wait. There’s one more. Mr. V. Izuku hadn’t heard from Mr. V in years. He didn’t even think about him for a while.
“Izuku.” Principal Nezu brought Izuku out of his thoughts.
“Y-Yes.” Izuku brought his full attention to his new tutor… Mentor? Izuku would figure it out later. Nezu pointed to Vlad and Izuku saw he had a knife in his hand. Without any warning, Vlad cut himself on the wrist, freaking out Izuku. "Wha—What?!"
Vlad was the one to speak up this time. "We need to see what you're made of. Your quirk holds exceptional power, but we need to see what we’re dealing with. First things first. Heal this cut.”
Vlad held out his hand, and Izuku scrambled to get ready, dropping his backpack on the floor. Izuku created a biochip and placed in the arm with the cut. Izuku flashed his powers into the chip, and Vlad felt the program start to spread through his arm. It took 40 minutes, but the cut was completely healed with no signs it ever existed. Vlad flexed wrist and was surprised with the results.
“How do you feel,” Nezu asked while sitting at a table making tea.
“Great. It took longer than Recovery Girl’s healing, but it wasn’t draining me of my strength.” Vlad threw a few jabs with the recovered arm and gave Izuku a thumbs up.
Nezu walked over to the two with cups of tea for them. Where did the table and tea come from? Izuku thought. Vlad gave him a look showing he was asking the same question as he was.
“That looked pretty easy for you, Izuku.” Izuku took the handed tea and answered the teddy bear looking Principal.
“I can repair real easily depending on the wound. It’s just not as fast as I wanted. Modifications also seem to take time.” Izuku took a sip of some of the tea, and it was just as good as the last time he had Nezu's tea.
“What’s the most you ever done with your quirk?” Vlad asked as he took a sip of his own tea. He also seemed to enjoy it if the closing of his eyes and smile on his face wasn’t a dead giveaway.
Izuku didn’t know if it was safe to talk about One for All. Just because he knew about his secret doesn’t mean he knew about Toshi’s secret. Nezu sensed this and gave Izuku the go ahead on the info but to leave out OFA and his relationship with All Might. “I regrew All Might’s missing organ and repaired all of the internal damage he suffered.”
Vlad had to cover his mouth to keep himself from doing a spit take. “But I’ve seen him naked! He still has the scar!”
Izuku got red and flustered, and Nezu had a disapproving look at Vlad. “Sekijiro, that isn’t something you should be yelling in front of a student.”
Sekijiro quickly doubled back, remembering Izuku’s age and what he just inferred. “No, I meant in the changing rooms for our hero suits. We were still in our underwear. We…” Izuku only got redder as he imagined Toshi and Sekijiro in their underwear with Toshi in his Hero Mode. “I’m only making it worse, aren’t I?”
Nezu nodded, and Izuku was just trying to take some unnoticeable deep breaths so he could calm himself down and keep his erection from being noticeable. Curse my dirty hormone-filled mind.
“All things aside, not even Recovery Girl's medical expertise combined with her quirk could fix All Might, and we searched for years for a body manipulation quirk capable of fixing him but, we never found anything.” Vlad looked at Izuku with a curious wonder in his eyes. “Seems as if the timing just wasn’t right.”
Izuku was a little nervous yet proud. He liked that people were starting to appreciate his quirk now. "It still has some drawbacks. For one thing, big mods and repairs take a long time, and I’ll need to do them in intervals. I’ve never been able to do them all at once. Also, it’s easier to mod myself than others.”
Sekijiro finished his tea and set the cup on the table. It was then Izuku noticed Nezu coming back from the entrance. What was he doing?
Before he could ask, Vlad asked him another question. “How much have you modified at one sitting?”
Izuku put his finished cup of tea down before answering. “Some sleep modifications, dry eye, and saliva production. My dad had a fire breathing quirk, so his mouth got dry easily when he used it.”
Vlad nodded, taking in the information. "Nezu, do you mind if he modifies me?”
“If Izuku is ok with it and if it’s for the benefit of his training.” Nezu had finished his tea and was pouring himself another cup.
Izuku could tell the hidden meaning behind Nezu’s words. ‘Don’t use my student.’ Izuku wanted to help the proheros in any way he could. “I don’t mind modifying you. I can also give you some beneficial mods to help you handle your prohero and teacher duties.”
Vlad put a hand on Izuku’s shoulder. "That's nice of you, but I want you to focus on pushing your limits when modifying me. Not how I can benefit.”
“I can do both. Just watch me.” Vlad saw the kid’s determination and was proud to see his fire.
"Alright, then. Just remember to push yourself."
“So what do you need from me?” Sekijiro said while putting his hands on his hips.
Izuku created another chip and gave it to Sekijiro. “Put this on your body. Skin to skin contact is best. Then I’ll take in the data on your body.”
Sekijiro put the chip in the middle of his chest between his pecs. Izuku regained the red in his cheeks for obvious reasons. “So, you gain info on a person’s body?”
“Only if put on willingly and it’s only temporary. Once the program starts or if the chip is removed, I can’t remember anything about what I learned." Vlad nodded, taking in the information. Izuku's eyes started to glow green, and he absorbed the information on Vlad. Izuku went to his bookbag and pulled out the notebook he got specifically for this training. He wrote down some information and showed it to Vlad. "So I think a Sleep Enhancer Mod is definite. It cuts your need for sleep in half. An Energy Stabilizer Mod will eliminate your need for waste production and allow you to process energy more efficiently. You also will need to worry less about how often you eat and what you eat, but healthy is still better. I still recommend 3 meals a day, so if your caught unawares and can't eat your body will still be processing the remaining energy of previous meals. Muscle Definer will enhance your muscles without affecting how they look, allowing you to be stronger. Finally, the Kinesthetic Enhancer will enhance your Kinesthetic sense. Is there anything you want to try and add?”
Sekijiro looked over Izuku's Modifications and his crude yet still detailed drawing of him and his enhancements. “Could you enhance my eyesight? I need glasses to read, and they're getting expensive to replace." Izuku nodded, and Vlad smiled while closing the notebook. "Thank you, Izuku."
Nezu grabbed the book from Vlad King, and he looked over the modifications. "How does the process work? Do you need to keep constant contact with Vlad?”
Izuku shook his head. “No. I’m basically transferring the programs and energy into the chip, and it manipulates the body. Most of the time I have to be specific in what I tell it to do but, there was one time where I was desperate or thought I was desperate, and my chip worked with a vague command.”
“When was this?” Nezu asked.
"Kachan broke his arm, and he yelled in pain for the first time. I freaked and told my chip to fix him. He gritted his teeth through the whole fix. I remember thinking he was so cool.”
As Izuku kept thinking about that day Vlad whispered to Nezu. “Is he talking about Katsuki Bakugo? The boy who burned him?”
“Yes. Izuku wishes to surpass him one day. He holds the boy in high regard.”
It was obvious from Sekijiro's face that he was against that. He saw the footage, and the boy nearly killed Izuku. He still didn’t know how the boy got off with just community service.
“Oh, but I haven’t been able to reproduce that effect.”
Vlad ruffled Izuku's hair while speaking. "That's fine. You should focus on what you can do and improve then relying on a miracle.” He took his hand off Izuku's hair, and Izuku nodded his head in affirmation. “Alright, let’s get started.”
"WAIT!" Izuku yelled, getting a confused look from Vlad and a curious one from Nezu. “There’s one more thing. Some side effects happen to people during the process.”
"Like what," Vlad asked, looking serious.
“It’s different from each person. I’m not sure what causes it. My dad got tickled by it and laughed during the process. He also mentioned a warmth in his heart. All Might got… sensitive to the point where touching things had a strong reaction.” Izuku was so glad that Vlad King didn’t seem to get what he meant by reaction and sensitive, but he was sure Nezu did. “I just want to give you a heads up before we started.”
“Has the reaction ever been negative?” Izuku shook his head no. “Then I think we can risk it. Ready?” Izuku nodded and gathered his strength. Izuku placed his hand on top of Vlad’s chest right over the biochip. Izuku’s glowing eyes faded and a glowing green light flashed over the chip.
Izuku slowly dropped his hand, but, he felt his strength was almost completely gone. Izuku couldn’t even stand anymore as his legs suddenly caved in on him. Vlad reacted quickly, catching his new pupil. “Izuku! Are youuuuu—"
Vlad wasn’t able to finish his sentence as Izuku modifications started to take place. Green lines started to spread across his body, and he felt like every cell in his body was shifting.
Nezu came forward and started dragging Izuku to the table and away from Vlad, who was feeling the effects of the modification taking process. Nezu helped Izuku sit in a chair as the modifications took effect. “It’s going to take… (Breath) a while for the process… (Breath) to finish.”
Nezu poured Izuku the last of the tea and handed him the cup. “That’s fine. I wish to see the modification process in action.”
Izuku to a big gulp from the tea, looking utterly exhausted while doing so. “It’s not exactly… (Breath) a spectacle without some… (Breath) exterior changes.”
Nezu took a sip of his tea as he kept watching Vlad’s reactions. "You can glean a lot about things if you sit back and watch with a critical eye. Even things other people overlooked. Please try to remember that, Izuku.” Nezu looked over to see Izuku about to drop his tea on himself. His eyes were struggling to stay open, and he was slumping even further into his chair. Nezu put his tea down and grabbed Izuku’s tea before he spilled it on himself. Izuku tried staying up to see the modification through but, he was too exhausted. Izuku fell asleep in his chair, and Nezu adjusted him so he wouldn’t fall. Afterward, he sat in his seat to watch the rest of the modification process.
Meanwhile, Vlad was going through the modification process. He didn’t know what he was going to feel when Izuku mentioned the side effect but, the process felt better than he expected. Every cell in his body felt tingly, and he felt a little hotter than he did before. It was an interesting feeling, and he didn't think anything of it until he felt a tightness in his pants. He looked down to see his crotch straining against his hero costume.
Vlad was one of the heroes that didn’t need a lot of crotch restriction. It wasn’t because he wasn’t a decent size. He was actually told he was above average. It was because his quirk allowed him to stop his erection before it could ever be seen. Control of your own blood was very useful. However, he couldn’t concentrate properly, and he couldn’t subside his erection. During the entire modification process, Vlad was forced to leave his erection alone. He was glad that Izuku was asleep and Nezu was the only witness. Things like this didn't bother the Principal, and he wasn't a gossiper, so the secret was safe. It didn’t help Vlad’s blush go down but, it was better than being seen.
After a while, the modification process started to die down. Vlad’s breathing became normal, and his temperature started to return to normal. His erection didn’t go down, so he used his quirk to make it subside before standing up.
“How do you feel?” Nezu asked the Blood King.
“Not really any different. Did it not work?" Vlad looked at his body, wondering if something went wrong. Nezu got an idea to test Vlad’s ability. He picked up Izuku's notebook and wrote in it. He gave the notebook to Vlad, and he read the passage. As he read it, he realized that Nezu wrote it small enough to where he would originally have needed his glasses to read. “It worked!”
“It would appear so,” Nezu said while nodding his head. “Tell me, what were you feeling during the modification process?”
Vlad put the notebook down before talking. “I had this tingly feeling overcome my body. It’s like the feeling I get when I see one of my students succeed but spread all over my body and not just my chest. I…” Vlad got a little blush on himself and hesitated a little before speaking about the embarrassing feelings he had during the modifications. “I also felt a twinge of arousal. It was also spread through the body.”
Nezu nodded as if nothing the man said had bothered him. It most likely wouldn’t so long as Vlad didn’t act on it. “I think I’m starting to get the full picture of Izuku’s quirk. I will need to confirm a bit more, but for now, we should try to feed our young student.”
Vlad nodded I agreement. “Lunch Rush isn’t here. I’ll just go pick something up. What would you—” Vlad was cut off from his question when he was Izuku shift in the chair and knock down one of the cups. Vlad moved quickly and with little thought. He grabbed the cup in midair and was able to keep the tea inside as well.
“Impressive,” Nezu said.
“I didn’t notice before,” Vlad said. “But my movements seem so much easier and require less thought for me to accomplish.”
“That would be the Kinesthetic Enhancer. You're more in tune with your body and it's movements now."
Vlad was seriously impressed with Izuku’s quirk and intelligence. The modifications were designed to make work easier for heroes and fully utilize the body’s abilities. If this is what he could do with what he’s learned on his own, what will he be capable of when Principal Nezu’s done with him?
After Vlad went to get food, Izuku awakened more than a little groggy. “Oh, my head.”
“Seems like pushing yourself comes with a few drawbacks,” Nezu said from his chair. Izuku only nodded in response. “I know you can’t do so now but, after you regain some of your strength, I want you to modify me. Is that alright?”
Izuku was shocked Nezu wanted a modification but, he wasn’t about to say no to the man… bear… person… Principal. Izuku decided to go with Principal. Nezu helped Izuku regain his energy during the break, and eventually, Vlad returned with food for the three to eat.
“How do you feel?” Izuku asked while they were eating.
"Almost the same, really. I know the modifications worked, but it feels like I was always this way,” Vlad answered while stretching his body.
As Vlad answered, Izuku couldn’t keep his eyes off the man. His costume was so form fitting that you could see his muscles ripple through his suit. I think I have a muscle fetish. As Vlad ended his stretching, Vlad's pecs tensed and Izuku was momentarily hypnotized. Definitely, have a muscle fetish. Although, I still find Toshi’s civilian form sexy. I wonder—
“Izuku.” The green haired teen was brought out of his thoughts by Principal Nezu. “Are you ready to get started?”
“Yes!” Izuku put his empty carton of food on the table and turned to the Principal. “What would you like me to modify?”
"I want you to change the color of my fur." The Principal opened his arms wide as if the request was a huge undertaking.
Izuku was a little shocked at the simple request. “Ok. Any other modifications?”
The Principal shook his head, confirming the simplicity of the mod. “Just change it to any color you want.”
Izuku didn't question it. He figured the Principal must have a reason. He created the chip and gave it to Nezu. Nezu placed it on his head, and Izuku flashed the program into the chip. The program started to run through Nezu just as it had done through Vlad, but the reaction was different. Nezu started to laugh. Vlad and Izuku were surprised by the reaction.
"Has this ever happened before?" Izuku quietly shook his head, and both continued to look at the odd yet somehow charming scene of Principal Nezu laughing.
The modification lasted longer than Izuku thought it would, but after thinking about it, it wasn’t that surprising considering that Nezu was covered in fur. Vlad had been interested in seeing Nezu change color, but the color Izuku choose got Vlad thinking of a certain video game character. Nezu now had yellow fur. Pikachu?
Nezu was breathing hard after the modifications, due to laughing throughout the entire process. He regained his breath, got up, and dusted himself off. “I think I’m starting to understand how your quirk operates.” Izuku and Vlad were all ears with the knowledge. “Izuku, your quirk reacts to how the person in question feels about you giving them the sensations that person feels about you. For me, I couldn’t stop laughing because I kept feeling the tingly feeling I get when I see my students progressing. Also, it was spread all over my body, making it even more prominent and very ticklish.” Nezu turned to Vlad and asked him, “Would your experience concur with my assessment?”
Vlad coughed and turned his head before Izuku could see his blush. He quickly used his blood control to erase his blush and turns back to Nezu. “Yes, I concur.” Vlad didn’t trust himself to talk about his reactions, and since Izuku didn't see it, he wouldn't have to talk about it.
Luckily for Vlad, the gears in Izuku’s head turned as everything started to make sense. “That explains why my dad and All Might had such different reactions. They both felt different about me and reacted differently.”
Nezu nodded and allowed Izuku to truly take in all the information before clasping his hands together and started walking towards the door. “Ok. I think I got the basic gist of where to start for your training Izuku. I will send you some extra training and study material after we drop you off at home.”
“Uh-um—” Nezu stopped walking towards the door and turned back to Izuku and Vlad who hadn’t taken a step. “We might wanna turn your fur back to normal, Principal Nezu.”
Nezu looked down at his hands and realized that he was still yellow. “Thank you, Izuku. I had forgotten about that.” Izuku turned Nezu’s fur back to his pristine white, and the three all walked out of the school.
Nezu stopped at the entrance to the school. “Vlad could you escort Izuku to the bus stop. I still have work that requires my attention here.”
“Of course,” Vlad replied with apt composure.
Izuku bowed his head to his principal/mentor in respect. “Thank you for teaching me. I look forward to our next session.”
“Of course. I do as well,” Nezu replied with a smile on his face. Izuku and Vlad left while Nezu waited at the entrance. “They are out of sight now. You can stop hiding.”
All Might came around the corner in his old civilian form. It was a lot easier not to be seen in this form. “I was not hiding. I was just—checking up on Izuku.” Toshinori had been following Izuku ever since he spotted him on the train. He didn't mean to start spying on him, and he knew it was wrong but, he just needed to see him, make sure he was ok. He also got a little jealous seeing Vlad’s erection from Izuku’s modifications. The recent knowledge of how Izuku’s quirk worked didn’t help the pro hero’s jealousy. If Nezu didn’t catch him earlier, he would have surely followed Izuku to the bus stop just to make sure nothing funny was going on.
Toshi had been keeping a pace behind Izuku and ducking behind anything that could hide him. After they made it to UA Nezu had led him to one of the training gyms, and they both went inside. Toshi shifted to all Might and jumped to one of the windows with a ledge. He peeked inside and saw Vlad with Izuku and Nezu. He was trying to listen in on what was being said. Toshi noticed that Nezu was walking towards the door and quickly hid on the small ledge, even deflating so he wouldn’t be seen.
Nezu walked out the gym, making sure the door was closed before he picked up a pebble and threw it a tree. It bounced off the tree and landed square on Toshi’s eye. The quick jolt he felt from the pain made him fall to the ground where Nezu was waiting.
“You shouldn’t take up stalking Izuku, Toshinori. It’s very amoral and also creepy.”
“I wasn’t stalking him!” Toshi sat up from the ground and covered his eye. “I was taking the train and spotted him on it. I wanted to talk to him, but he got off quickly after. I… followed him all the way here.”
Nezu giggled a little before replying. “For a man who goes headfirst into life-threatening situations with a smile, you're awfully nervous about talking to your boyfriend after a fight."
Toshi was more worried about whether or not they were still boyfriends after their argument. He didn't tell Nezu that as it didn't help or hurt the case, he was making.
“I won’t say anything about you being here but, I would advise you talk to Izuku before he leaves." Toshi didn't reply, and Nezu was already walking back inside. Toshi decided to watch from the window again and saw all the suggestive actions Vlad was taking. The number one hero knew it wasn’t on purpose. Vlad was kind of oblivious to when he does so but, that didn’t help Toshi fell any calmer on the subject.
Who would have thought the Symbol of Peace could be jealous?
Nezu shook his head in disappointment. “You could have used the opportunity to talk to him. Work things out with him.”
“I know. I know I could have but…” Toshinori’s whole body started to shake. “I’m scared… I’m scared of losing him.” Nezu wished he was more knowledgeable in relationships so he could help Toshinori and Izuku but, he wasn’t. Still, Nezu thought that maybe he could help in a logical way instead of being relationship doctor.
The next day, Class 1-A was back in school. Everyone seemed to have recovered from the attack with no issue as everyone was seemingly back to their usual beat. They were talking about the news and how the attack was covered while Toru Hagakure was upset because she couldn't stand out at all. Besides the one-time Bakugo yelled, everything was quiet until—
"Everyone! Homeroom is about to start! Enough talking and everyone in your seats!" Iida was at the front podium in a grand pose, but unfortunately, everyone was already in their seats but himself, something Hanata Sero, the tape boy, had no problem with saying. Iida angrily sat down in his seat, feeling like he failed and was shaking with anger. "Shoot!"
"Don't worry about it," Uraraka said so relaxedly.
Everyone was wondering who would be teaching homeroom today since Aizawa was still recovering in the hospital. Surprisingly, Aizawa came in and was saying good morning to everyone. No one really thought he was ok, as his body was covered in bandages. You could barely see his eyes, and it was evident that he was walking slower than usual. Everyone was asking questions about his wellbeing, but Aizawa brushed them off.
"We don't have time to slack off." Aizawa looked at his students in a way that emphasized his eyes. "The U.A. Sports Festival is almost here."
The students of Class 1-A were all perplexed at their homeroom teachers' statement. "That's so ordinary!!"
Aizawa calmed all the students down and told them the true purpose of the U.A. Sports Festival. How it showed off the students' abilities, had a lot of Pro Heroes watching, and how the event could open up their chances to become sidekicks to Pro Heroes. All the students were excited, and even Iida was uniquely expressing his excitement.
The student who surprised everyone with her enthusiasm was Ochaco. Her face looked like an anime hero out for vengeance. She pumped her fist up in the air and yelled, "I'm gonna do my best!" Class 1-A all raised fist into the air out of fear of what would happen if they didn't.
During lunchtime, Izuku couldn't get that image of his new best friend out of his head. It made him realize that he never asked Ochaco why she wanted to be a hero. Upon asking her, Uraraka answered nervously that she's doing it for the money. She didn't look too pleased with herself, with her hand brushing her head at fast speeds but, she proceeded to explain to Izuku and Iida why she needed the money. She went through her familial plight, explained how her family's construction company was on hard times, and how if she got licensed to use her quirk she could lower the cost of her family's construction. The downside was that her family wanted her to achieve her dream and pushed her to do what she really wanted to do. With determination in her eyes, she explained that she was going to become a pro hero so she could help her family.
Iida was so moved by the speech that he couldn't help but, clap with his hands above his head yelling ‘Bravo!' Uraraka got a blush on her as Iida applauded her in an Iida way but, Izuku was amazed and a little envious. She had already taken reality into consideration and knew where she wanted to be.
The three were interrupted by the presence of All Might who came to ask Izuku to have lunch with him. Izuku was a little surprised but agreed to it, not wanting to look suspicious in front of his friends.
Uraraka and Iida both were wondering why All Might had asked Izuku to eat lunch, and the two thought he might have taken an interest in Izuku because of his similar quirk and the heroics he showed during USJ event. The two were overheard by one of their classmates, Todoroki Shoji, who took an interest in the conversation.
Meanwhile, All Might and Izuku had finally gotten a chance to be alone.
"I'm sorry for asking you in front of your friends, but I didn't see you guys splitting up anytime soon." All Might had reverted to his old civilian form after they got to his office.
"It's fine." The air between the two was awkward and uncomfortable. They didn't know how to act around each other anymore.
"Um. Are you al—." All Might stopped himself from asking that question knowing the answer wasn't ok.
"I'm getting better." Toshi was surprised by Izuku answering his unfinished question. "I'm not good, but I'm getting better."
I caused that. How much pain did I cause him? All Might tightened his hand in a fist at the fact that he hurt Izuku.
"Um. Did you want to meet for a reason?"
"Yes!" Toshi answered quickly. "I wanted to check up on you, make sure you were recovering after USJ and… what happened to us."
Izuku looked down at the tea All Might made him. "I'm fine, mostly. The attack made me rethink somethings. It also made me realize where I currently am." Toshi saw the disappointment in Izuku's eyes. The disappointment wasn't for him. Izuku was disappointed in himself. "Are you ok?"
Toshi was caught off guard by the question. Izuku was worried about him? "…no. I hurt you, and you ran from me. I'm anything but ok right now."
Izuku wanted to comfort Toshi, but, he felt as though that would be giving in. They both wanted to help each other, but nothing had been resolved. "Do you still…" Izuku trailed off not wanting to finish the question.
"I won't lie. I still do. I want to keep you safe Izuku." Toshi didn't let his voice waiver to show how serious he was.
"I'm going to be a hero," Izuku replied with just as much seriousness.
"There are other ways to be a hero."
"And this is the path I have chosen." It was silent between the two. It was several minutes before Izuku's rumbling stomach interrupted their impromptu staring contest. Toshi handed Izuku a boxed lunch, leaving out the fact that it was his own and Izuku took it. "I'll transfer One for All to you when we get a chance," Izuku said while getting up.
"Izuku." Midoriya stopped just short of the door and turned to Toshi. "I'm not going to force you to transfer One for All. I trust you with it, no matter what." Toshi was happy to see the smallest of smiles come from Izuku, even if it was only for a second. "And Izuku, Good Luck at the Sports Festival."
Izuku closed the door to All Might's office and leaned against the door. Both he and Toshi want to get back together, and they could feel the love still there. What were they going to do? Izuku wished he had an answer.
Toshinori was also contemplating what to do. He was torn between making decisions for Izuku's safety and making decisions for Izuku to be his successor. One seemed to push him away, and the other seemed to pull him back to him.
I only have 15 minutes left for OFA. That means I only have so long before I can't be the hero Izuku admired. I need to make a decision and fast.
The time before the Sports Festival was used for training and Class 1-A was in full swing. Everyone was trying to improve their skills and quirks. Izuku was training in one of the cityscapes when Principal Nezu suddenly approached him.
"I hope I'm not interrupting your training."
"It's fine. I needed a break anyway." Izuku grabbed his water and started to take some big gulps.
After he was done, Nezu spoke. "I hope this goes without saying, but you must not use Bio-Ware during the festival."
Izuku nodded. "Of course. Bioware isn't really for combat or quick use anyhow so I wasn't planning on it."
Izuku sat down to fully take a rest, and Nezu sat down in front of him. "Good. With that out of the way, how have things been with All Might?" Izuku deflated a little from the question. "I know that things have been rough between you two."
Izuku took another swig of water before speaking. "We got into a fight on our first anniversary. He wants me to stop being a hero. I… I ran away. That was during the break, and we stopped speaking to each other. … No, I didn't speak to him. He texted and called me a lot. Yesterday, we talked. It was only for ten minutes but we talked. We didn't fix anything. Then, he wished me luck at the Sports Festival. I don't get it. He doesn't want me to become a hero, yet he wants me to keep OFA, and he wished me luck. I don't get it!"
Nezu let Izuku rant before finally replying himself. "Sounds like he's torn between wanting you to be happy and wanting you safe. That must be a tough decision."
"But shouldn't he support my dream as his mate?!" Izuku stood up as he asked the question in desperation.
Nezu thought for a moment before answering. "I've never been in a relationship before, so I'm not the best person to ask that question. However, in my opinion, I think that line of thought is a little selfish of you, Midoriya." Izuku was taken aback by Nezu's statement but, Nezu spoke before he could retort. "Toshinori has seen you come close to death three times in the course of 2 weeks. It might be easy to overlook with his smile, but, All Might does worry about the citizens when he rescues them. He worries that he might fail or not get to everyone in time. Now imagine the person he loves most in the world being attacked and not being there to protect him."
Izuku became deep in thought as he thought about all the times he felt helpless. It must be harder on him because he always succeeded in saving everyone.
"I know that it's still a tough decision but, I implore you to think of it from his side as well. He's not the same as the people who hurt you before."
Izuku knew that All Might wanted to make him happy but was he really willing to give up his dream to keep him happy? He wanted them to be happy together. After all, he still loved him.