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Winner Takes All

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It was Bakugou Katsuki’s fifth year as a pro hero. Since his graduation from UA, he and Todoroki Shouto have been in a constant battle for number one. Mirio Togata has been called the new Symbol of Peace. But this is the story of a boy who never got the chance to become a hero, we’ll talk about him later though.

Bakugou is currently in his hero agency office writing a letter. He finds it helps him stay calm, and it becomes a sort of monthly tradition. He would write a letter to his parents, and to Auntie Inko. He would talk about the hero world, and about the jobs, he had been on.

You see Bakugou could care less about titles such as the Symbol of Peace. His only goal as a hero was to stay number one and save as many lives as possible. To make up for his past mistakes and sins. To make up for being unable to save him.

He still has his explosive tendency to shout and swear, but he can’t really do that in letters. Even though he still yells a lot, it isn’t as bad as in middle school. After middle school, he couldn’t really muster up the anger to yell as much. As Bakugou is finishing his letter, he gets a call.

“Hey, Suki we need you for a raid.” It was his husband calling for support.

“Be right there. Also, you know you can address me as a babe on duty right? No one cares.”

“I know but the boss is watching, and I don’t want to get in trouble. Now hurry over here. I love you, babe.”

“I love you.” They hung up and Katsuki got ready to go. He grabbed his gauntlets, less in size then they used to be. He also grabbed the letters and handed them to the secretary on his way out. Soon he was at the meeting point that his husband had sent him.

“Bakugou! I didn’t realize that we would be working together.” Katsuki inwardly groaned and turned around.

“Hello, Icy-Hot.”

“Wow, not even a growl for me?” Katsuki was always sick of Todoroki’s teasing.

“Ei is working with us today. I’m in a better mood, then if I was left alone with you.” Speaking of the devil.

“Suki!” Eijiro wrapped Katsuki into a tight hug, and a quick kiss on the cheek.

“Hello, babe.”

“Yep, you two are hopeless romantics.” Todoroki was smiling smugly, and trying not to laugh.

“Shut up Icy-Hot! I’m allowed to kiss my husband!” And just to prove his point Katsuki did just that. In front of everyone. Middle finger up in the air to everyone watching.

“Babe…” Eijiro covered his face and took a step back. Bakugou just stood there, smiling like an idiot.

“Now what is this job we were called here to do?” Right on cue, the Chief of Police walked in.

“Okay everyone quite down. Here are the details for today’s raid.” He laid some papers on the desk and continued talking. “There have been some reports of a small villain alliance growing in the area. We aren’t sure of the identity of the leader, but we believe we have found their HQ. So the goal for today is to gather information, and arrest anyone who might be involved.”

All the heroes in attendance nodded their heads and got ready to head to the location, they were given. On the way over they went over some of the evidence files. The only evidence to this alliance was some murders, that seemed to be no one of importance, except for a few noticeable drug dealers.

But there was something else that caught Katsuki's attention. At each scene in what seemed like blood, there was something scribbled. It wasn’t in any of the evidence files as to what the translate to, but that's probably because the police are idiots. But the blood seemed to be morse code.

.. .----. -- / -... .- -.-. -.- / -.- .- -.-. -.-. .... .- -.

Katsuki knows what it says, but he refuses to believe it. It can’t be. He’s dead, he’s dead and it's all his fault. It must be that the villains had someone from his middle school days on their side. But not him. He’s dead.

“Babe are you alright?” Sh*t. Eijiro must have realized his panic. He pulled on his husband’s costume to walk a bit farther away from Todoroki.

“No, I’m not. Ei someone is f*cking with me.” He explained the morse code, and Eijiro understood immediately. Eijiro was the only person he ever told about his last year of middle school. Besides his parents and Auntie Inko obviously. Eijiro was pissed, to say the least.

“Suki are you sure you can do the job?” It’s been years since Katsuki’s last panic attack, but it seemed like one might trigger any second.

“You two okay over there?” Todoroki can’t hear the two from the other side of the street, and he was starting to get worried.

“Yeah, we are Todoroki. Just going over some evidence.” Todoroki didn’t believe Eijiro for a second but stayed quite anyway. Katsuki was trying to stay calm, but it was hard.

“What kind of f*cker would use this? Why would someone want to bring these memories back?” Katsuki was doing all he could to stay composed in front of Todoroki.

“I don’t know babe, but it seems like they might have known that you’d be called in for a job sooner or later. It looks like they want to rile you up so they have a better chance of winning. It isn’t very manly.” Eijiro was discreetly rubbing Katsuki’s back, so Todoroki wouldn’t see.

As they kept walking Katsuki began to calm down a bit. It took them about an hour to get to the marked location. It was an old hotel, and it’s signs were flashing that rooms were open. The hotel didn’t seem like a very secure location for a villain hideout, but looks can be deceiving.

“We are in position.” Todoroki radioed the police headquarters, and let them know that they were good to go. They waited for another half hour for the rest of the heroes to get into position. At this point, Katsuki had calmed down enough to be in his hero mindset. Gather information, arrest anyone possibly involved, and save anyone who might be in trouble.

When they finally got the go-ahead the sun had already started sinking on the horizon. Katsuki hated night jobs, but it was looking like this one would end up being one. Todoroki, Eijiro, and Katsuki would go through the front doors, and try to act like they were on a nightly patrol. So Eijiro went in front and opened the door.

“Guys we shouldn’t go in there.” Eijiro was physically shaking and had hardened himself in the doorway.

“Bakugou get out of the way!” Todoroki was trying to push Eijiro out of the way, so he could get inside.

“Icy-Hot enough.” Todoroki stopped trying to shove Eijiro, and Katsuki walked up to him.

“Ei what's wrong?”

“Suki it's horrible in there. Whoever did this… whoever did this is sick. Babe, we should just radio back, and tell them this is the place. We don’t need to take another step further in there.”

“Babe our job is to gather information. No matter how bad it is, we have to go in.” Katsuki gave Eijiro a little nudge, and he finally gave in. The place looked like a scene from a horror movie. It almost made Katsuki want to walk out of there.

In the lobby alone there were three bodies. The whole room smelled metallic, and like there was bad fish. The bodies were fresh, they could tell that they hadn’t been here long. The damn villains knew they were coming.

As Katskui glanced around he saw more blood on the walls. He went to make a move to turn on more lights, but Todoroki stopped him. He silently shook his head no and made a fireball in his hand. Katsuki wished he hadn’t.

.-- . .-.. -.-. --- -- . / -.- .- -.-. -.-. .... .- -.

Katsuki froze in his tracks. Why did he have to learn morse code? What kind of demon possessed him to learn it? Well, whatever it was it can go f*ck itself.

The three searched around the lobby for any information, then moved onto the rest of the first floor. There were two more bodies in the dining area about halfway through the first floor. There was another message.

...-- / - --- / ..--- / -.- .- -.-. -.-. .... .- -.

What kind of sick game was this f*cker playing? They were using bodies as messages? That's it! Katsuki was staying close to Eijiro because he couldn’t shake this bad feeling.

“Hey, I’m going to go check out the pool area. You guys keep going ahead.” The fact that this place had a pool was insane. It seemed so old.

“Radio if you find anything Todoroki.”

“Will do.” So they were down to two. They kept walking through the hotel nearing what must be the back. The heroes on the first floor hadn’t heard anything from the other reinforcements, and it was worrying.

So far they have found nothing. Nothing but the bodies at least, and the Morse code... What worried Katsuki the most though, was the fact that they knew they were coming.

Why else would the bodies be so fresh other than to taunt them? And the messages? What was going on in this godforsaken place? But they had a job to do, so they kept moving.

“Suki I want to get out of here.”

“I know Ei, but we have to sweep the whole floor, and look for anybody.” Katsuki didn’t like this at all. There seemed to be no end to the rooms, and hallways. Maybe that was why the other groups hadn’t radioed. That must be the reason right?

Katsuki didn’t even know how long they had been searching for at this point. He believed they finally reached the back wall though, so they kept walking along with it.

Everything about this place felt off, but he kept walking. He kept walking for the innocents who might need help.

“Hey, guys.” Both Katsuki and Eijiro jumped at the sound, but it was Todoroki on the radio. Katsuki grabbed for the radio at his belt.

“Yeah what is it Icy-Hot?”

“I think I found something. It looks like an indent in the floor, but it doesn’t seem like there is any way to get in.”

“Freeze it open or something!”

“It might damage whatever is under there.” Katsuki looked at Eijiro for any help.

“I can go get it, open babe.” He grabbed the radio from Katsuki. “I’m on my way to help Todoroki.”

“Roger that Bakugou.” With that, Eijiro walked back the way they came. Katsuki did not like being alone. He felt his hair standing on their ends, and he felt like something was about to go wrong.

Instead of letting his instincts get to him, he kept walking. More rooms, and just more walking. Soon he came upon the last room in the hall. It was different from the others. The door was closed.

When he opened the door it took everything in him not to throw up. In the middle of the room was a young boy. He was covered in bruises and cuts all over his arms. What made it worse was that the boy looked almost exactly like him.

The boy didn’t move at the sound of Katsuki opening the door, but he appeared to be breathing. Katsuki swallowed down his bile and walked toward the kid. He waved his hand in front of the boy’s face, but he still didn’t move. The boy’s green eyes were cloudy and distance, his breathing was also very shallow.

Katsuki wanted to cry at the sight of this boy. He looked exactly like him. He fought against all his instincts to run and moved to pick up the boy. His skin was ice cold, and it seemed like he had stopped breathing. Katsuki panicked thinking that he had lost the boy.

Then his brain felt like it was getting split down the middle. He dropped the boy to grab onto his head, willing the pain to go away. His knees almost buckled under him, but then it stopped. The pain stopped. He didn’t know how long it had lasted, but it felt like forever.

He went to reach for the radio to report the boy, but then his eyes trailed down. That was not the boy he had been holding. The boy now on the floor had black hair, horns, a tail, and pointy teeth. What was worse was the way he had died. His throat had been slit.

Katsuki didn’t want to look up, because he had a feeling what would be there when he looked. He looked anyway, like the idiot he is. On the wall was another message.

..--- / - --- / .---- / .- .-. . / -.-- --- ..- / .-. . .- -.. -.-- / - --- / .--. .-.. .- -.-- / .- / --. .- -- . ..--..

No, no, No, nO, NO! He was tired of these mind games. He grabbed the radio, but before he said anything he noticed something else. It was an indent in the floor. There didn’t seem to be a way into it.

“Su-k—i. S—uk-i!” It was Kirishima calling from the radio. Katsuki shook his head and answered his husband.

“Yeah Ei? What happened?”

“We couldn’t get whatever that thing was open so we are on our way to you.”

“I’m going to meet you halfway. There’s nothing else this way.” Katsuki didn’t like lying to Eijiro, but he also didn’t want him to see the boy that looked a little like a younger him. He couldn’t shake the last message and wanted them to get out of there as soon as possible.

The three meet up a bit later and went over everything they’d seen. Katsuki again didn’t say anything about the boy. He would report him later when Eijiro wasn’t around. The men headed back the way they came, but something was off. It was taking too long.

There were rooms that hadn’t been there before, and Katsuki could’ve sworn that Todoroki was walking funny. Katsuki also was seeing more messages in blood. Those hadn’t been there before right? Or did he miss them as they were searching?

“Oi! Ice-Hot! Are you sure we are going the right way?”

“This is the way we came to find you.” Todoroki stopped in his tracks and turned to face Katsuki.

“Suki, do you feel alright?” Eijiro had also stopped and was watching Katsuki closely.

“I’m fine. I’m fine, it's just that the hallway looks different.” Todoroki was staring at Katsuki like he was crazy.

“Bakugou there is nothing different about the hallway. Are you sure you’re alright?” Todoroki and Eijiro were both looking at Katsuki with worry. Then it came again. The pounding in his head that made him want to die. This time his knees buckled under him, and he fell to the floor.

Katsuki wasn’t sure if he passed out or not. All he knew was the pain, but he wouldn’t die. No matter how much it hurt he couldn’t die. Katsuki wasn’t sure how long until it stopped, but it did.

When Katsuki opened his eyes everything was different. The hallway was completely lit, instead of Todoroki’s fire lighting the way. When he looked around the walls were peeling and covered in cracks. But the biggest thing was that Todoroki and Eijiro were missing.