Keep Your Head Above the Water
21 Oct 2019
Trigger Warning: This story contains mentions/act of suicide.
This would be his life now. Another cog in the machine. Another tool to be used and abused.
Perhaps there had been a time when Izuku had been happy: all smiles and glowing innocence. Blurred memories of sitting on a couch with a woman he can't even remember. Laughing, and smiling at a TV with a far too small screen and scratchy speakers. Swinging his feet at the edge of the couch as he bounced up and down excitedly chattering about something. Each of those vignettes slips away like sand.
But maybe it's better this way. To become numb-minded, and ignorant of his humanity. After all, the longer he clings to his humanity the longer it takes for the water to drown him: and drowning?
Drowning is the worst way to go.
AKA: Izuku gets kidnapped and gets turned into a villain much to his chagrin.
- Part 1 of Keep Your Head Above the Water
25 Jun 2019
When he thinks she's not looking, he cracks. The pieces of him clattering to the ground like a broken vase. The glass shards of him scattering everywhere as the boy attempts to hold it together with nothing but the sheer force of his will. They're a lot alike in that way. The both of them struggling to hold themselves together with nothing but a patchwork of barely combined parts.
Izuku thinks when Eri's asleep she's not listening to him. But she is.
One of the earlier drafts of chapter 6 that I ended really liking but didn't go with. It's mostly unpolished/unexpanded but I thought it would be nice to at least keep it. It's told entirely through Eri's perspective. "Submerged" is not required to read this but it is recommended.
AKA: I've been sitting on this draft forever and I don't want it to disappear into the void :(
- Part 2 of Keep Your Head Above the Water