4. Hope for All
A little teamwork will go a long way and so will people who hate quirkest actions
Shinsou let out a large sigh as he snuck into the teachers lounge. Aizawa was already in there doing some finishing work for the day along with a few other teachers.
“Long day little listener?” Hizashi asked.
“No it wasn’t bad Uncle Zashi but we started whatever the Rat lord had been planning today.”
“Rat lord.” Aizawa asked with a raised brow.
“Uh Takashi, in your homeroom called Nedzu that. She and Nedzu’s personal student, Midoriya, are in my group along with Monoma from 1B.” Shinsou said.
“I like that problem child more each day.” Aizawa said fondly.
“Excuse me you like someone other than your son?” Nemuri asked exasperatedly.
“She’s the one that figured out the attack was happening at the USJ.” The bandaged hero said turning his whole body towards Shinsou. “Though she had a small panic attack over it because whatever was going on with her at that moment hadn’t happened to her before.”
“She can sense vibrations right? Those kids crowding your classroom probably made her headache today worse.” Ectoplasm chimed in.
“Yes she can. Pretty sure she’s trained it so she can recognise vibrations too.” Aizawa added.
“Holy shit so she’s got a strong ass quirk yeah?” Shinsou asked.
“Language young man!” Toshinori Yagi tutted.
“Strong yes I would say so.” Ectoplasm said. “Though I do believe she’s faced discrimination for it considering snakes aren’t a very well liked animal and she’s stated to me at least that people really don’t like that she can essentially take someone out with a bite.”
“From the sounds of it everyone in my group has faced quirk discrimination.” Shinsou said. “Well I don’t know about Monoma really but he said people haven’t said nice things about his quirk. With what you said about Takashi and Midoriya being quirkless it’s safe to say we are all a little screwed up.”
“There’s a quirkless student at UA?” Toshinori asked seemingly off put by it.
“Yes Yagi there is.” Nedzu’s voice echoed in the room.
“Is that not dangerous?”
“He isn’t in the hero course.”
“What’s so wrong with me being a student here?” Green eyes seemed to darken as they stared at All Might’s deflated form. “You made sure I wouldn’t be a hero after telling me to be realistic All Might.”
Shinsou’s eyes snapped from Midoriya to Toshinori.
“So he’s the asshole that left you on a rooftop?”
“Yep… oh hey Shinsou how was the rest of your day?”
The terrifying aura Midoriya had been leaking vanished with the friendly and tired aura from earlier returning. However the former aura however seemed to shift to Nedzu.
“Pretty good. You?”
“Yes Nedzu’s a great teacher… speaking of-“ The principal gave a forced cheery grin at his name.
“Ah yes everyone I wanted to officially introduce my personal student Izuku Midoriya and I wanted to have a quick meeting with all the teachers Izuku, Hitoshi would it be alright if you stepped outside. Mizuko is outside anyway just waiting for Izuku.”
“Uh sure.” Hitoshi said shooting his dad a glance- if the hero could shrug he would.
“Excellent as it seems I now need to find out why my personal student was left on a rooftop after being attacked by a villain.”
All Might visibly paled as the rooms atmosphere darkened.
Once the students were outside everyone turned to face All Might.
“… how do you know about the villain attack?”
“Mizuko was kind enough to fill me in on Izuku’s life before UA since he was uncomfortable telling me himself- he asked her she didn’t just tell me. Neither of us however were aware of him being left on a rooftop after the sludge villain incident especially since that same day- according to Mizuko- another student had told him to jump from one… I understand you wouldn’t know that but still All Might why did you not take him to the hospital to be checked?” The intelligent creature asked.
“I was in a hurry I needed to take the villain to the police.”
“And?” Aizawa chimed in. “Still that doesn’t mean you can’t take him to the hospital or better yet to the station to get a statement.”
“We can discuss this another time however we do need to talk about the Sports festival both Mizuko and Izuku brought it up to me.” Nedzu said now ignoring the deflated hero.
Outside the trio stood quietly. Mizuko leaning on Izuku as she scrolled through her phone.
“Ugh Mum’s home and won’t stop asking where I am…” Mizuko grunted once she answered the text.
“What did you tell her?” The greenette asked.
“At school with you talking to Aizawa about a project.” The snake girl shrugged.
“What’s wrong with your mum being home?” Shinsou asked.
“She’s a helicopter parent and a negligent one you never know which one you’ll get. Dad is anxious as fuck unless he’s mad but he’s usually pretty chill.” Mizuko said resting her head on Izuku’s shoulder. “I’m cold Zu.”
“You can use my jacket if you want.” Shinsou said passing the UA jacket to Mizuko. “I assume it’s the cold blood thing yeah?”
“Yeah cold blooded. It’s a vibe.” Mizuko said tiredly while making the surfer hand gesture. “The thing is though I think some of it is to do with the toxins and stuff. I’m immune to them, at least the ones I make, but I think it makes me at least a bit sleepy, I mean it’s not even actually cold I’m just always cold.”
“Wait so all things snake like… can you unhinge your jaw?” Shinsou said.
Mizuko and Izuku shared a look before the greenette burst out laughing.
“We tested that once. She now gets lockjaw if she stretches her human jaw to much.”
“You exposed my weakness how could you!” She said dramatically making the tired purple haired boy snicker. “Izuku is allergic to dust mites.”
“Hey! It’s not that bad!”
“He has hay fever like every five minutes.” Mizuko snickers before moving to lean against Shinsou. Raising her arm she begins, “Every morning he comes to my home and practically yells where are the drugs I need my antihistamines stat we are out at home oh Mizuko please I can’t breathe give me a tissue.”
Shinsou snorts at her deadpan - near robotic - voice as she tells her tale while leaning against him, muttering something about him being warm under her breath.
“Says the girl who gave herself lockjaw by seeing if she could unhinge her jaw.” Izuku prodded.
“Hey part of that was your fault broccoli head. You asked, we tested.”
“I mean it’s a fair enough question… how did you unlock your jaw?” Shinsou asked.
“Ended up getting dad’s help, he has snake attributes too- mum has all the poisons and things- because dad was home and apparently did the same thing so I didn’t need to go to the hospitals. Warm compress and slow movements do the trick at least for me they do.”
“Oh yeah I remember that. Mr Takashi found it really funny and made fun of you for a week.”
“Shut up Zu.” She huffed pressing herself further into Shinsou, her eyes drooping a tiny bit.
“Miz do you want to lean on me again you see to be getting tired.” Izuku offered.
“But Shin is so warm.” She whined. “Oh sorry you might be uncomfortable.”
Mizuku did not move even after she stated that fact. Shinsou was a little uncomfortable but more in the sense that his bi panic siren was ringing loudly in his brain. (I mean what’s a boy to do when you are with two attractive people and one of which you have already seen partially shirtless.)
“It’s okay Takashi.” Shinsou said giving a small smile. Something flashed across the purple haired boy’s face, a question. He remembers Mizuko mentioning she would be a hypocrite if she thought his quirk was villainous and right now he can’t remember if she ever said why she would be just that people found her quirk a bit gross- at least the shifting part.
Opening his mouth he goes to ask about it when the teachers lounge opens up with Nedzu trotting out happily.
“I see you three are getting along well. Mizuko has already claimed you Hitoshi.” Nedzu grinned.
“He’s warm sir Rat Overlord.”
“I suppose that makes sense Miss Snake Charmer.” Nedzu nodded, not at all phased by the poked tongue in his direction. Silvery eyes met bright blue ones making a snarl form of the hero in trainings face.
“Oh he’s still here.” She muttered before turning back to Izuku.
“Yes I will be dealing with Yagi when we can no worries he will become a much better teacher by the time I’m done. It won’t erase harsh words but we’ll start by getting him a proper license.” Nedzu gleamed. “Oh Mizuko have we done today’s riddle?”
“Riddle?” Shinsou asked leaning towards Mizuko and Izuku. Mizuko however had lent forward to gleam at Nedzu so Izuku leaned over the girl to Shinsou.
“Nedzu and Mizuko do a riddle a day. Mizuko always gets them right because she loves riddles and Nedzu likes to challenge her. I have a feeling if I wasn’t here she’d be the personal student.” Izuku shudders before laugh.
“A word I know, six letters it contains, removes one letter, and twelve remains. What am I?” Nedzu asks. It’s obvious from the staff room teachers are watching on carefully, Aizawa too seems to be awaiting an answer.
“Dozens.” She answers with glee. Nedzu’s smile seems to widen as she gets the riddle right.
“Dozens?” Midnight asks.
“Well twelve is a dozen, dozens is more than twelve and it has six letters so when you remove the s you have a dozen instead.” Mizuko says as she passes Shinsou back his jacket.
“I do enjoy our riddle a day.” Nedzu says. “Now you may head home you two I’m sure you have much to discuss with your group now.”
“Sure sir. See you tomorrow everyone, Shinsou.” Izuku bows before tugging Mizuko down the hall.
“Bye Shinsou, bye Mr Aizawa, bye Nedzu and others! Shinsou tell your cats hello from mine yeah!” The snake quirk girl calls out with a laugh, Izuku following in suit. Shinsou feels a faint heat in his cheeks at the sound.
“Ooh does Toshi here have a crush already?” Midnight asks, brows wiggling at him as he re-enters the staff room.
“What? No…” he huffs. “Don’t say weird things Auntie.”
Midnight grins before raising her hands. “I concede for now.”
Silence settled in the room for a minute before Hitoshi turned towards his adoptive father.
“Hey dad did you know about her scar?”
“What scar?” Aizawa asks seemingly alarmed. “The one on her arm is from a training session in All Might’s class if that’s what you mean.”
“No the one from the USJ… Monoma, my other group mate remember- he’s in 1B, was trying to provoke her about your class being attention seeking and she showed us.” The purple haired boy said as he picked at his fingers.
“I wasn’t aware she got a scar at the USJ..” Aizawa said slowly. “Did she say how she got it? I know she got grabbed by Shigaraki at one point but that why by her hair-“
“IS THAT WHY SHE CUT IT!” Hizashi yelled, his quirk not being cut off in time before he continued at a non-deafening volume. “I thought the long hair looked cool on her but short hair looks cool too, especially with those two green streaks framing her face.”
“Oh yeah she said something about a Naruto character and how they did something similar.” Shinsou shrugged as his ears turned pink. “But no it was on her chest from about her diaphragm- lower rib cage to uh.. a bit higher.”
“Oh girls showing off the goods already she likes you Toshi.” Midnight winked before Aizawa let out a grunt of disdain.
“I wasn’t aware of a scar on her chest, Recovery Girl?”
“Yes it’s in the shape of a hand.” The old woman said solemnly. “I assume that villain leader caught her off guard because that’s the only injury she had.”
“Why wasn’t I made aware of it? With her panic attack at the beginning of the attack to getting a scar I feel I should be in the know.”
“She seems fine now young Aizawa.” Small Might said brightly earning a grunt from both Shota and Hitoshi.
“I have an appointment with her next Tuesday I shall ask her about it then.” Hound Dog said. “I would also like to bring up- Nedzu has a personal student are we not terrified or has it not kicked in yet?”
Oh, yes. Hitoshi finally lets it click that the rat demon overlord or whatever he is has a personal student. Hitoshi has lived with Shota long enough to know, that that’s not necessarily a good thing. Midoriya must be terrifyingly smart.
“He’s just a quirkless boy I’m sure he’ll just do to his limit and move on.” Vlad King says, All Might seems to nod too, agreeing (hypocritically) with the 1B homeroom teacher.
“I’ve known Midoriya for a few hours but even I can tell he’s a genius and strong willed.” Shinsou said crossing his arms.
“Protective already I can’t tell who the crush will be on.” Midnight snickered. Hitoshi cast her a pout. “Okay okay I’m sorry I’ll stop it’s just funny alright. Also Vlad that comment was unnecessary.”
“I apologise I didn’t mean it in a quirkist way.”
“Then you didn’t need to call out that he’s quirkless.” Aizawa grunted.
“Anyway dad do you know what Nedzu’s thing is meant to be about? Midoriya and Takashi kind of explained it but I don’t know if they know or can tell us everything.”
“No I know nothing except that it was being planned. What team did you four get?”
“Vigilante’s. Are we allowed to get help?”
“Oh nice Aizawa could give you guys hints since that’s pretty much what Underground heroes do.”
“I’ll check with Nedzu.. later- we however are going home now because it’s nearly Bastard, Biscuit and Butternut’s dinner time.” Aizawa yawned out as he tried to get up slowly, the bandages making it more difficult than normal.
“Oh yes we have to say hello to them for Takashi’s cat.”
“She has a cat! I need pictures now!” Midnight squealed. Aizawa hummed in acknowledgement.
“What’s their name Toshi?” Mic asked.
“Meowskerteer. She said her dad named her and that she’s a demon who climbs ceilings. She’d be friends with out cats.”
“Become friends with Mizuko PLEASE!” Midnight and Mic call out with a laugh. Shinsou laughed too as he waved the teachers goodbye.
Overall a weird and interesting day for Shinsou. And maybe the start of a friendship or three… and maybe an in into the hero course if he plays his cards right.