“FIRST OFF, WE HAVE THE EMERALD GREEN DRAGON THAT HAS BEEN REMAINING AT THE TOP FOR THE WHOLE TOURNAMENT! IZUKU MIDORIYA!”
The crowd went crazy.
“That’s my baby!” Inko shouted on the couch, her eyes tearing up in happiness.
A gentle, yet firm hand was placed on the Midoriya matriarch’s shoulder. Looking over with teary eyes, she saw Toshinori fixing her a gentle smile.
“Easy. Don’t want to pass out from dehydration again.” Toshinori said with a chuckle.
“Sorry, I’m just so happy for him.” Inko said.
“I know,” Toshinori said, lightly rubbing her shoulder. “I am, too.”
“AGAINST THIS JADE GIANT IS THE BRAINWASHING BRAINIAC, HITOSHI SHINSOU!”
Izuku gave Shinsou a wide smile, nodding at him. Shinsou nodded in return.
“Midnight, we have a request.”
“AND IZUKU COMES IN WITH ANOTHER REQUEST! WHAT IS IN STORE THIS TIME?” Present Mic announced.
“What’s the request?”
“We have this match quirkless.” Izuku said.
“Why is that?”
“We just don’t want people to think that we’re just our quirks. We can handle ourselves without quirks just as well. More so in Shinsou’s case.” Izuku explained.
“And you are alright with this, Shinsou?” Midnight asked.
Shinsou nodded, flashing Izuku a competitive smile.
“Then I will allow it! This match will be fought quirkless!” Midnight announced.
“DID YOU HEAR THAT EVERYBODY?! WE’RE GOING TO WITNESS OUR FIRST QUIRKLESS FIGHT!”
The crowd was loving it.
Hydris returned to her office in time for the next match. Hearing what was decided, she couldn’t help but smile.
“You’re a pretty interesting fellow.” She said, watching the screen as it displayed Izuku fixing Shinsou with a competitive smile.
Shinsou liked to think he was at least experienced in hand to hand fighting, thanks to Aizawa giving him one on one instruction. But when he heard Midnight say start and he went for Izuku, he didn’t expect to be on the ground in the next second.
“The hell, you have a speed quirk, too?” Shinsou joked, earning a chuckle from Izuku.
Shinsou got up and regained his bearings. Izuku kept from attacking him until he was ready.
“Alright, now I’m really ready.” Shinsou said.
Izuku dropped into a fighting stance once Shinsou spoke.
“Good. Now let’s actually get started.”
Now prepared, Shinsou blocked Izuku’s strike, adjusting his posture to hit Izuku where he was open. Izuku saw through Shinsou’s movement, blocking just before Shinsou let loose a punch.
Izuku grabbed Shinsou’s fist and flipped him over his body. As Shinsou hit the ground, he threw a punch aimed at Shinsou’s chest to knock the breath out of him.
Shinsou rolled away, having Izuku hit the ground where his chest previously was. As Izuku winced in pain at hitting solid ground, Shinsou swept his feet out from under him. The green haired boy landed on the ground with a thump.
Recovering quickly, Izuku rolled to his feet to avoid a swift kick Shinsou sent his way. The pair paused where they stood, standing in fighting stances for a moment. That moment passed and the two resumed their fight.
Izuku led with a right roundhouse kick, an attack which Shinsou blocked and attempted to use to knock him down. Izuku jumped and kicked Shinsou’s chest, staggering him while Izuku recovered.
Shinsou closed in on Izuku, letting loose a flurry of punches, all of which were blocked or dodged by Izuku. Izuku let loose his own punches, which Shinsou blocked and dodged. The two jumped backwards to catch their breath. They were slowly losing steam.
Ryuko was metaphorically at the edge of her seat while sitting in her bed. She watched the TV unblinkingly, silently rooting for her mate.
“You seem extremely focused in this fight.” a voice said, snapping her out of her trance.
Ryuko turned to see Ibara was awake. She was watching the 1-A student with curiosity.
“Yeah, I guess I am.”
“May I ask why?” Ibara asked curiously.
Ryuko gained a fond smile as she spoke.
“You see that green haired boy?”
“I remember his quirk transforms into a dragon. Am I correct?”
“What about him?”
“He’s my boyfriend.” Ryuko said with a smile.
“Oh, I didn’t know. May the Lord smile upon your relationship.” Ibara said with a friendly smile. “So that’s why you’re focused on it? You want him to win?”
“It is strange, though. Why aren’t they using their quirks?” Shiozaki asked curiously.
“Well, Shinsou’s quirk is a mental quirk. It allows him to take control of his target’s body upon a verbal response to something he says. Izuku knows that and the two of them made a deal to fight quirkless. If Izuku were to use his quirk, the battle would be over. We’re here to get noticed by heroes as much as we are here to compete.” Ryuko explained.
“That is a very honorable thing to do.” Ibara said, nodding.
Meanwhile, Izuku and Shinsou stood facing one another after another round of attacks, their postures drooping slightly. Neither held back in the previous assault against one another. Bruises were visible on both their bodies and their mouths were open, trying to suck in air.
“You’re pretty good.” Izuku said, forming a tired smile.
“Same to you.” Shinsou replied.
The two sluggishly charged at each other again, meeting in the middle and resuming their fight. Izuku avoided Shinsou’s punch and gave a palm strike to Shinsou’s chest, staggering him. Izuku kept up the assault, another palm strike directed towards Shinsou’s chest. The lilac haired boy recuperated enough to block Izuku’s strike.
Izuku dropped low and swept Shinsou’s legs out from under him. Izuku decided to not let up, grabbing Shinsou’s legs and spinning Shinsou. He went through two rotations before releasing Shinsou, causing him to soar out of the ring.
“Oof!” Shinsou let out as soon as his back made contact with the grass.
“Hitoshi Shinsou is out of bounds! The winner is Izuku Midoriya!”
The crowd cheered. Meanwhile, Izuku stepped out of the ring and went to help Shinsou up.
“Nice job. That was a good fight.” Izuku said with a smile.
“I still lost, though.”
“Winning isn’t everything. Now, you’ll have more heroes offering you an internship.” Izuku said, reaching out and grasping Shinsou’s hand. He then pulled him to his feet.
Both Izuku and Shinsou groaned a bit at the effort.
“Rest in the infirmary?” Shinsou asked.
“Glad I wasn’t the only one with that thought.” Izuku said.
The pair walked off the field. The cheers of crowds were heard even inside the stadium.
“You two sure did a number on yourselves.” Recovery Girl said with a disappointed sigh.
“Sorry, we didn’t really want to hold back.”
Recovery Girl simply shook her head before kissing the two, her quirk healing the two students’ injuries. Izuku, feeling tired, went over to the chair beside Ryuko.
“You did a good job.” Ryuko said with a loving smile.
“And I didn’t?” Shinsou asked with a tired smirk.
“Oh shut up. I was getting to you.” Ryuko said, returning Shinsou’s smirk.
“Mhm. Sure. I get it. You gotta support your boyfriend.” Shinsou said.
“And don’t you forget it.” Ryuko gave Shinsou a joking smile.
Shinsou chuckled. His chuckle turned into a yawn.
“Alright. I’m going to take a nap. Wake me when Izuku comes on.” Shinsou said, laying down in a medical bed.
“I’ll make sure to throw something at you.” Ryuko said.
“My favorite way to wake up.” Shinsou said before drifting into dreamland.
“I’m going to try and nap as well, Ryu. Can you wake me when the next match is over?” Izuku asked.
Ryuko moved over on her bed and patted next to her.
“C’mon. I’m not letting you sleep on that uncomfortable chair.” Ryuko said.
Izuku smiled, taking Ryuko’s offer. He climbed into the bed, resting his head on one of the pillows. He wasn’t awake for long, the fatigue of the day getting to him. Ryuko watched as he fell asleep next to her.
Ibara was just silently watching the exchange. She wasn’t used to seeing people so comfortable with each other that they fall asleep next to one another in the same bed, let alone talk to in such an impolite manner like Ryuko did with Shinsou.
Ryuko noticed Ibara’s expression.
“What?” Ryuko asked curiously.
“It’s strange.” Ibara said.
“The way you talk with your friend. And how you’re so comfortable with your boyfriend sleeping in the same bed.”
“It’s not really strange for a boyfriend and girlfriend to sleep in the same bed. And the way I talk with Shinsou? We both know we aren’t serious.” Ryuko said.
“I’m not used to this sort of activity. Forgive me.”
“It’s not a problem.” Ryuko said with a kind smile.
“WE HAVE OUR FINAL MATCH FOR ROUND THREE! WE HAVE THE EVERYTHING GIRL, MOMO YAOYOROZU!” Present Mic’s voice brought the two girls’ attention back to the TV.
Momo walked into the ring with an anxious expression. So far, Todoroki was winning by a landslide. In only one move, he won the previous bouts. How was she going to combat that?
“AND AGAINST HER IS THE FROZEN HEAT KNOWN AS SHOUTO TODOROKI!”
The crowd cheered as Shouto walked into the ring.
She had to counter the ice. He never used his flames. Time to capitalize on that reluctance.
Momo instantly created a high powered flamethrower. She managed to start the fire as soon as the first ice wave hit. She handled it perfectly, the ice melting upon contact with the flame. She created a few incendiary grenades and tossed them around Shouto.
She smiled as she felt that she was going to win the match. Shouto kept throwing ice waves at her, the ice melting before reaching her. She could see him getting annoyed. Even so, she kept pressing on, slowly walking towards Shouto and backing him into a corner.
She saw the light at the end of the tunnel. She almost won. But it wasn’t meant to be.
Shouto, deciding to go all out with his ice, froze Momo’s legs. She jumped in surprise, looking down and momentarily stopping her flames. Instantly, she realized what she did and cursed. She didn’t mean to turn off the flames.
A moment was all Todoroki needed to freeze Momo, leaving only her head out of the ice. It was a more tame ice attack than he did against Iida and Tokoyami.
“Momo Yaoyorozu is immobilized! Shouto Todoroki wins!”
Shouto walked up and thawed Momo out before leaving.
“NOW ONTO THE FINALS! TO ALLOW YOU LISTENERS TO HAVE THE BEST FINALS MATCH EVER, WE’RE ALLOWING A BRIEF INTERMISSION FOR OUR FINALISTS TO REST AND PREPARE FOR THE MATCH AHEAD! AND THIS MATCH WILL BE ONE THAT WILL LEAVE EVERYONE ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEATS!” Present Mic announced.
Ryuko gently nudged Izuku awake.
“Izu.” Ryuko whispered.
“Hmm…” Izuku pulled Ryuko into a cuddle, resting his head against her stomach.
Ryuko giggled quietly. Ibara found Izuku’s response amusing, if a bit strange.
“Izu, c’mon. You gotta get ready for your match.”
“So comfy… Wake me in five minutes…” He said, his voice slurring slightly.
Ryuko sighed, shaking her head. She nudged Izuku a little harder, making him groan. His eyes finally open and look up at his mate.
“Good morning…” Izuku mumbled.
“Hello, sleepy head.” Ryuko said with a giggle.
Ryuko’s giggle was like music to his ears. He smiled softly at her, moving up and kissing her lips lovingly. She returned the kiss. Pulling back, she spoke.
“You gotta get ready for your fight with Todoroki.” Ryuko said softly.
“Oh, so Todoroki won?” Izuku asked.
“Yep. Go show him he can’t beat a dragon.” Ryuko encouraged with a soft smile.
“Right. Wish me luck.” Izuku said, kissing her one last time before getting up and moving to the door.
“Good luck, Izuku.” Ibara said.
Izuku smiled at Ibara and Ryuko before leaving the room.
Izuku walked down the hall towards his ready room. As he nears it, he sees a familiar man in a blue jumpsuit. Flames were trailing off of the suit as well as the man’s hair. He turned around and faced Izuku.
Izuku recognized the man as the Number Two Hero Endeavor. The flaming haired hero gave him a smile that sent a chill down his spine. He didn’t show his unease as he looked into the eyes of the man.
“You’re an interesting one, Izuku Midoriya. Not many would look me in the eye.” Endeavor said.
“I’m not really afraid of a Pro Hero. Do you need something? I really need to get ready for my match against your son.”
“I wish to talk to you for a moment.”
“Could it be quick?”
“Okay. What do you want to talk about?”