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The Worst Things (get better)

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“Yesterday brought up an opportunity for some valuable lessons.” Aizawa stood in front of his class, scanning their faces. Everyone showed up at least. He was a little surprised by that. After the ordeal they went through the day before, he would’ve expected at least a few of them to have wanted to stay in the dorms, not face everyone. Then again, from what Midoriya had told him that morning, they had all talked things out the night before. The fact that they all felt comfortable coming to class together striked a bit of pride in Aizawa knowing that they had formed that bond of trust together as a team and with him as their teacher. “For a lot of you, your worst memories revolve around some of the events of this year. That’s understandable. This class has gone through more trauma than most. After what happened yesterday, I talked to Nedzu. We’ll be requiring all of you to go through a psych evaluation before we can continue lessons.” The class groaned in complaint.  “It’s important that all heroes remain psychologically healthy,” Aizawa continued over their muttering. “After I’m done talking, each of you will meet with Hound Dog for the evaluation. Not passing does not mean immediate expulsion from the hero course. Rather, you’ll be required to attend regular therapy sessions and your provisional license will be suspended until you’re deemed mentally fit.” He paused as he contemplated what he was about to say next. “You all saw All Might and my worst memories. Can anyone tell me what they had in common?”

After a second, Asui raised her hand. Aizawa nodded for her to answer. 

“The loss of a friend, kero.”

Aizawa nodded. “What else?”

This time Yaoyorozu raised her hand. 

“In the field. They were both killed while on duty as heroes.”

“That’s right. Shimura Nana was All Might’s mentor. She died during a fight against the villain All for One, the same villain who later forced All Might into retirement. Shirakumo Oboro, hero name: Loud Cloud, was my best friend. He died during our internship in our second year at U.A.. In the events of this year, we’ve gotten remarkably lucky. So far, none of you have experienced any casualties in the field. That will change. Pro hero work is one of the most dangerous professions. You’re here to learn how to decrease the likelihood of being killed but bad things happen. Even the best heroes lose. It’s likely that in the next ten years a number of you will have been killed. There’s also the risk of your loved ones being targeted by villains if your civilian identities get out. That’s why it’s important to keep your civilian identities under wraps.

“Because of all the risk involved, there’s really only one reason anyone should become a hero: To help people. If you’re only here for the fame and the glory of being a daylight hero, you can leave right now. When you go out there, you can’t only be thinking about yourself. That’ll cause the fear to overwhelm your senses and fear means hesitation. Hesitation means people could die. It’s okay to feel fear in dangerous situations, all heroes do. But your reason for being out there needs to overpower any of those feelings of fear you might have.” He paused for a second to let his words sink in. He glanced at Iida who was staring blankly at his desk, and Bakugou whose head rested on his fist as he stared out the window to his left.

Hound Dog entered the room, giving Aizawa a nod of acknowledgement and Aizawa continued. 

“You won’t be attending any classes today. Hound Dog will be seeing each of you individually for 20 minute evaluations. These will just be to gauge your current mental health and let us know what needs to be done to better help you on your way to becoming heroes. Don’t try to fight it and don’t try to hide anything. You’ll find that if you do, it’ll only end up working against you.”

Hound Dog then stepped forward to talk about how they’d be doing things. He left a list of the order people would be going in and the times they’d need to be there. After each person went, they could go back to the dorms for the rest of the day. 

At 17:00, 10 minutes after Yaoyorozu–the last student–left, Inui emerged from his office with eye bags to rival Aizawa’s. 

“Coffee?” Aizawa offered, holding out a steaming cup of the dark liquid, having known in advance the counselor would need it with the day he’d had.

Inui took the cup gratefully before sitting down across from Aizawa in the teacher’s lounge, setting the stack of files on the table between them. 

After taking a sip of his coffee, Inui started, “They’re good kids. Most of them are fine. They’ve experienced trauma and dealt with it in a normal, healthy manner. I’d recommend therapy for all of them, but there are a few I pointed out who need it more than others. Of those, only one failed to pass the evaluation.”

Aizawa nodded, expecting that not all of his students would have passed. 

Inui pulled out a file from the stack, setting it to face Aizawa. 

Bakugou. 

Aizawa couldn’t say he was surprised. There was a reason he was one of the last ones to get his provisional license and it wasn’t due to lack of skill or strength. 

“Bakugou needs to work on his anger management, though I suppose that you already knew. He also has a dangerous superiority complex, though it looks like it’s gotten better in his time at U.A., if only slightly. 

“As for those I would still recommend therapy to, there are seven.” He laid out the seven files so that Aizawa could look over them. “The psychological concerns I have for them don’t seem to be bad enough to negatively affect how they work as heroes, but they’re still worth noting.”

Aizawa wasn’t too surprised by these either. The students whose files lie in front of him now included Yaoyorozu, Midoriya, Todoroki, Tokoyami, Kirishima, Iida, and Ashido. He supposed he’d be speaking to all of them over the next several days.