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Waxing Gibbous

 

The melody the ocean produces fills the air as a male junior student named Shoto Todoroki walks along the shore leaving footprints in the sand behind him. The moon is out, it's a few days until a full moon he notes, and he can't help but feel tranquil. His problems and insecurities roll over his shoulders as he slowly forgets the fight he had with his dad Enji Todoroki. For after the quarrel he stormed out of the house got into his car and began driving until he found a nearby beach, he was grateful for the steamed argument they had if not he wouldn't have found such a peaceful place. After a while of walking along the shore shoto finds someone sitting on a blanket in the sand. Their eyes closed, they seemed to be in their own zone because they hardly notice Shoto creeping up on them.

"Um.. Hey." Shoto isn't sure whether he regrets speaking or not. He stands there in the most awkward silence ever, until he hears a soft reply.

"Hi..." The boy looks up, It's dark but the light reflected from the moon makes him visible. The boy has curly green hair and shimmering eyes the color of emeralds. He wears an oversized white tee shirt that makes him look like he isn't wearing any pants, and white below knee socks with blue stars on them. Shoto watches as he shifts his eyes toward the gibbous moon.

Shoto then follows the boy's gaze, "stunning, isn't it?" The moon seems to do a phenomenal job of making the night sky more bewitching.

"...Yeah.."

The boy seems to be a bit reserved "I'm Todoroki Shoto by the way."

"Midoriya Izuku..."

"May I sit?" Questioned Shoto. Izuku turns to him for a moment examining his features, then nods a reply but as he is about to move over to give the other some space, Shoto plops down next to him only half on the blanket. The two sit there unsure of what to say, then about 7 seven minutes later Izuku looks right at Shoto with an enigmatic reaction.

"W-Who are you!?" Izuku interrogates before getting off the blanket.

Shoto stares in the most utmost confusion "Uhm, Midoriya... It's Shoto.... R-Remember?" He searches for any sort of realization in the others anxious expression. "Is this some sort of ... game..?" Izuku looks down his face softens as he drops down on the sand across from Shoto.

The green-haired looks up at what he knows he'll never stop looking at, then lets out a sigh. "We've met before, haven't we." He averts his eyes to Shoto.

"I... don't follow.."

Izuku fidgets with his hands visibly uncomfortable as clouds cover up the moon, "I.. I have amnesia, retrograde amnesia..." Izuku picks up sand letting it fall in between his fingers "How long ago did we meet?"

Amnesia..? Shoto doesn't know what to think, what do you even say to someone like this? 'Oh, I'm so sorry' or 'guess it has its perks' NO! All he can do it sit there across from the ambrosial but melancholy boy and smile, "Not long ago, only a few minutes."

Shoto's smile is so genuine, what a weird reaction... In all of Izuku’s forgetful life no one had reacted in such a nice manner. "Why are you looking at me like that!" Izuku prays his flushed face is hidden in the dark.

Instead of an apologie Shoto begins to giggle fully aware of Izuku’s blush, how vibrantly cute he thought. "So.. do you come to the beach often Midoriya?" He asks after his giggling fit.

"Yeah." He looks up, the clouds away from the moon, he smiles. "I have amnesia, but I can't forget that I have amnesia." He brings his hand to his chest, " The moon makes me forget my amnesia."

"The moon? Why?"

"When I was younger, I struggled a lot with my amnesia. Forgetting people, places, and things makes life difficult, especially as a child. When I went to a public school people avoided me, they believed I would just forget them." Izuku pauses for a moment, he's unsure why he's telling his story, why he tells someone who he just met... Or who he thinks he just met. "And well ya know, having no friends growing up, it gets lonely."

"...That made you turn to the moon?"

Izuku hums in reject. "No. My Mother ... She used to take me out for night walks, I always felt at ease under the moonlight. My mother departed a year ago..."

A teardrop falls down Izuku's cheek and just before it falls on the sand, shoto catches the tear letting it drop on his palm. "You didn't have anyone? Only your mother?"

Izuku thinks for a moment trying to gather his memories, then sighs. "I had a friend back in elementary school, he was nice to me but only when we were alone, if not he would bully me. He ended up moving schools, I can't seem to remember why... I mean i'm sure he didn't move houses or anything, just schools."

"Do you remember his name?"

"Umm...." What was his name again? It's on the tip of Izuku’s tongue, "Oh, Katsuki!…. Uhm Ba..Bakugou?"

Shoto sits there, a weird feeling welling up inside the pit of his stomach, he feels uneasy and maybe a bit of irritation. He's also almost 99.9% sure he goes to school with a Katsuki Bakugou, but why would?. .Wait. "He bullied you!? Why?"

"I can't remember."

Then I'll definitely get answers from Bakugou. Shoto begins to speak but is interrupted by his ringtone, he groans in annoyance taking out his cellphone. "Dammit" He murmurs, his father is calling. Shoto's father tends to do this a lot, argue with his son then moments later call him for a plastic apology and telling him to come home.

Izuku reads the others facial expression, "What's wrong?"

"It's my dad." He answered his tone unamused. Shoto really wants to stay, but if he came home late he'd be 10 feet under. "I have to go" He gets up extending his hand out to Izuku.

Izuku takes Shoto's hand brushing off sand on his clothes, "I think I should go home too." Izuku glances at the moon then continues to brush off the sand on his shirt.

"Where do you live? I'll take you home."

"Oh, no need I live only a few blocks away."

Shoto looks around, it's quiet but who knows what would be lurking in the dark. "I insist, I'll just tell my father I got lost on my way home."

Izuku agrees, they both begin to walk and Shoto doesn't mind having to walk back just to get into his car to drive home.

It's just the two of them on Izuku’s street, and they feel as if they're the only ones in the entire world laughing, talking and walking under the astonishingly gleaming moonlight.

"So this is your home, Is your uh..dad here?" Shoto asks afraid to even touch the property.

"My dad is overseas right now." Izuku gets out his keys unlocking the door. He opens the door, letting his hand rest on the knob. "Goodnight Todoroki-kun"

Shoto smiles, "Night Midoriya."

Shoto leaves and he walks back unsure of how to feel, what if Izuku forgets Shoto? It's possible, but he wouldn't let it happen. Shoto feels captivated towards izuku, something about the angelic boy makes him feel crisp. So he starts to make plans to talk with Bakugou tomorrow, to get some insight or a sort of explanation. And yes, he will definitely be coming here tomorrow to be with Izuku under the moon.