That night Midoriya went home with All Might. The man believed every word of his, and was more than willing to house him for the time being.
The man was admittedly a little weirded out by the whole situation but accepting.
Midoriya was glad for him.
All Might took that night to get things sorted.
They now had an interview with Tsukauchi in the morning.
Midoriya made sure to make it clear to All Might that he could not tell Tsukauchi yet. He was planning to eventually, but not just yet.
All Might was reluctant but agreed.
Midoriya got settled in what All Might insisted was his new room.
That next morning Tsukauchi drove to the house with officer Sansa. In these moments Midoriya was glad he had his voice changer.
The man greeted All Might with a hug and pat on the back. Sansa just shook his hand and smile in his feline way.
Sansa had to be his favorite officer (Tsukauchi was a detective, but if he was an officer, he would be first) if, not for the reason he was kind but that he was a cat man.
Midoriya loved cats.
Artemis hopped on his lap as the three men sat on the second couch in front of him.
She meowed at him reassuringly and butted his head. Midoriya smiled softly, but the bags under his eyes clearly showed that he was tired and stressed.
“Good morning kiddo.” Tsukauchi smiled kindly, “Is there any name you would prefer me to call you?”
Midoriya blinked in shock.
No one had asked him that since… since a long time ago.
“Uh…” Midoriya mumbled, “Uh… just Izuku.”
Tsukauchi nodded and continued smiling kindly.
“Alright Izuku, Toshinori has briefed me on some of the situation. But it seems that he only knows part of the story. I’ll ask questions and you can answer them. By law I have to tell you that I will be recording this for evidence and that my quirk is called Lie Detector. It is always active and will allow me to tell between your truths and lies. I am going to start recording now, may I proceed?”
They started the questioning.
It started with his name. Which he responded to truthfully.
Then it was his birthdate.
Then it was his age…
“Fourteen…” Midoriya sighed.
He expected Tsukauchi to catch a lie.
He did not, just writing it down.
Oh… he was fourteen now.
He really believed that he was fourteen.
Artemis knew what he was thinking and gave him a proud rumble. Midoriya smiled and carded through her fur.
The questions soon changed from mundane to… personal.
“Izuku, is your mother abusive?” Tsukauchi asked out of the blue. Midoriya flinched a bit.
“No… I don’t know what’s wrong with her.” Midoriya whispered sadly, “She was so supportive and loving until she… wasn’t? She just started changing all of a sudden.” The three men all frowned at once.
“When did these changes start?”
“A few weeks ago.” Midoriya replied.
“Did something instigate this change?”
Midoriya was silent. He looked down a little guiltily and curled his knees to his chest, forcing Artemis to curl around his neck instead of his lap.
He did not notice, but this greatly concerned the adults.
“I didn’t want to take meds.” Midoriya muttered.
“What?” Tsukauchi strained to hear.
“I didn’t want to take meds.” Midoriya said a little louder.
Tsukauchi’s frown deepened.
“I don’t know. It’s for my… mental problems.”
“I’m sorry but I have to ask what these problems are.”
“Depression, Acute Stress Disorder, PTSD, Anxiety, Insomnia.”
“Oh kid…” Sansa sighed, looking at Midoriya sadly.
Midoriya curled up a bit more.
“I’m going to therapy, or at least I was. Artemis here is my support animal. She has an intelligence quirk among… other things.”
To demonstrated Artemis hopped off his shoulders and turned into her panther form. Tsukauchi and Sansa both jumped but All Might just chuckled.
Artemis let out an amused rumble and settled down on the couch.
“Yeah, that.” Midoriya smiled a bit, “She’s the best. I don’t know what I would do without her.”
“Where you forced into therapy, or did you agree?” Tsukauchi asked once he got over that shock.
“I agreed. At first, I didn’t think I needed it, but wasn’t against it. But it’s really helping and well… I kind of do need it.”
“I’m glad you understand that. I go to therapy once in a while. Usually after a hard case.”
“I guess a lot of people could do with some therapy.” Midoriya chuckled weakly.
“Sadly, that is the case.” Tsukauchi smiled softly, “That just goes to show that therapy does not make you weak. It just makes you stronger.”
Midoriya looked to All Might and smiled.
“So, I’ve been told.” He said wryly. All Might smiled and gave him a thumbs up.
They went back to the questioning.
“So Izuku, why do you not want to take medication?”
Midoriya swallowed thickly.
“I… I’ve had…” He took a deep breath as Artemis gently purred, “They… I’ve had people… use those to drug me before. In the past. Making me… see things. Hallucinate. Deteriorate my mental state further. And it was directly issued by a hospital. The… the same one I am getting therapy at.”
They were silent.
“If you got it from a different hospital, would you take it?”
“I don’t think so… I don’t like that stuff. They make my head all cottony and slow. Makes me feel way too much or way too little.”
“Izuku… that doesn’t sound right. Not at all.” Tsukauchi worried, “Those meds are supposed to help you a bit, but never has anyone said that they felt like that when taking anti-depressants or anxiety meds. Not in the long run at least. I don’t think you were given the right medication. Be that purposefully or accidentally. Not to mention someone drugging you with a harmful psychedelic drug… if you could give a statement on that-”
“N-No…” Midoriya whimpered, feeing pitiful, “P-Please no…”
“Hey, hey, it’s fine. You don’t have to. Just give us the name of the place and we will look into it. Okay? No need for anything else from you unless you want to.” Tsukauchi reassured him. Midoriya sighed in relief and nodded.
Midoriya told them the name of the hospital and it was written down.
“Alright, Midoriya, do you think you are doing well without the medication?”
“Yes and no.” Midoriya admitted, “I’ve gotten better yes, it’s just more slow-going. And then… sometimes things come up and I get knocked back a bit. But that’s completely natural. I have been trying to have a healthier lifestyle. Artemis really helps. I take some melatonin gummies for my insomnia and keep a consistent sleep schedule if I can. I’m active and get out a lot. I have hobbies that I use to relieve stress and anxiety. I try to eat regularly and healthily. Sometimes I meditate. All that jazz.”
“Would you say that you are at a mentally stable place at the moment?”
“In terms on whether or not I am going to snap and murder people, yes.”
“That’s good. Are these lifestyles helping you?”
“Yes. In fact, I have been using natural anti-depressants. And they help a little too.”
The adults look at him weirdly.
“Yeah, like certain plants and herbs or vitamins.”
“Oh, I had no idea they could do that.”
“Neither did I until I did a whole lot of research.”
“Huh. Anyways, lets go to your mother.”
Tsukauchi asked him to recount everything.
So, he did.
By the end of it all three adults were quite angry.
“Alright Midoriya. Toshinori here is a hero. So, he can use that to his advantage. You know who he is. He can temporarily foster you while we investigate.” Tsukauchi finally concluded. Midoriya was exhausted.
“Thank god.” Midoriya muttered, “Are you going to investigate the hospital?”
“Good. I have some information I willing to give.”
The shy and anxious demeanor Midoriya had turned cold and calculating.
He reached under the couch cushions and grabbed a thick tan file he had smuggled there.
All three sets of eyes widened.
Midoriya opened it and leafed through he pages, checking that everything was there. He spoke while he did so.
“It is not common knowledge but the wife of Todoroki Enji, or Endeavor, is currently residing in the hospital mI was going to. One of the reasons I allowed myself to get therapy from this hospital was to gather evidence against them. I can say with confidence that it is likely run by villains or at least some underground crime organization. Most of the doctors are in fact villains. But there is still a good number of doctors who are unaware of who they are working for.”
Midoriya got up and started pacing, still leafing through the file.
“If you look at their records, you will never know how I have access to them, you will see that a lot of villains sent their way mysteriously ‘die’. But their bodies are never found. And if their fund records said anything, people were paid to stay silent. You can see the correspondence between these ‘deaths’ and large deposits of money to unknown people and organizations. As well as a large intake of money in certain cases. Though only the cases involving caught villains in gangs and the yakuza.”
He picked up a page and squinted at it.
“Dammit, I need reading glasses. Whatever. Anyways, I have also found correspondences between taking certain patients in and money intake. Meaning they are being paid hefty amounts to keep people in the ward. Many of these patients being reported by witnesses as completely normal people. But many having relatives to heroes and villains. The largest to date happening to be the payment from Endeavor himself many years ago. In fact, he is still paying them to stay quiet.”
Midoriya snapped the file closed and handed it to the shocked detective.
“I am also compiling a file of all of Endeavor’s crimes. But I’m taking care of that, so you don’t have to worry. It’s all legal as well. And anonymous. So safe. If you can prove that the hospital is being run by villains and take them down, you will find that Todoroki Rei is completely healthy mentally and physically. I would like for her to gain custody of her children as she has been mentally sound for most of her forced stay.”
Midoriya nodded at them firmly.
“I will be expecting some action and to be updated on the situation whenever possible. If not, I will not hesitate to take things into my own hands.” Midoriya smiled sharply, making every adult shiver, “And you will never find any evidence. None that holds in court at least.”
Midoriya let the scary smile drop and let a pleasant one grace his face instead.
“Thank you for your time. Please inform me what will be happening to my mother when you decide. Good day.”
Midoriya bowed to them and padded upstairs to his current room.