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Chapter Twelve

Moving Forward

“That was AMAZING!” He shouted as he held my hand up in a victory celebration. I couldn’t help but laugh at him, for what we had just been through in the last few hours he sure was happy. “You moved him! You did that!”

“Yes, but I still don’t know how. I was trying to move the chair and instead…”

“I have some theories, but I’d like to get your Mom’s opinion, too. Are we still meeting up with them?”

“Yes, shit, I’ll call her now.” I dialed and she picked up, saying dinner was almost ready and to head over right away. They waited for us. We picked up the pace a bit and arrived in a few minutes, Rick sitting on the porch. Family dinner time.

“Hey, Rick. Come to eat Mom’s cooking, I see.”

“Yea, and it’s late thanks to you two. Go on inside, Sis. Bakugo and I need to chat.”

“Rick, I told you…”

“It’s fine. Go ahead, we will be right there.” Katsuki said softly, nodding at me as I headed for the door.

“Don’t do anything stupid.” I hissed as I walked past my big brother. I appreciated his concern, but it was unwarranted. I walked in and both Mom and Rita were waiting.

“Listen, Rick, I know what you are thinking…”

“No, you really don’t. I wanted to kill you last night, until I saw my sister’s response. She was so brave, and cunning and just like herself, I knew she was ok. She doesn’t handle herself with that kind of witty responses if she were truly hurting. That’s how I know.”

“Know what?”

“Just because you are soulmates doesn’t mean you will last. It doesn’t mean you won’t fall away from each other. It is a constant battle. I know you two haven’t been together for a long time, I just wanted to give you my advice. Temptation will happen. Mistakes happen. But you two are strong, stronger than Rita and I ever were. I’m envious you had a life before you found her. I didn’t get that…”

“But you love her, right?”

“I do. I always have. But it gets hard, I’ve known her since we were five. We have always been together, always. I love being with her but…”

“I messed around my whole life. I’ve been with countless chicks. It isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. No one has ever made me feel like Anna does, ever. That chick in the video? I was only with her a handful of times, and she never even met my friends. None of them ever meant anything to me. Anna means everything.”

“Thanks, man. I didn’t know how I felt when I first found out you were Anna’s soulmate. I was afraid you would destroy her, but now I know there isn’t a chance of that happening. How did you explain the video?”

“Thank god the dumbass shot it from that angle. It was pre-scar.” I pointed to my face and he laughed.

“Fierce battle?”

“With a wakeboard.” I chuckled as he burst into laughter.

“Seriously, you guys. Everything is fine.”

“But the video!” Rita squeaked. Oh no, had she seen it?

“It’s from years ago…”

“How do you know that?”

“He doesn’t have his scar…”

“Are you shitting me? I thought you got that in some fierce battle!”

“Wakeboards aren’t something to fuck around with, and I learned the hard way. Kirishima still has the bloody video. Never plan on doing that again by the way.” Katsuki laughed and grabbed his chin over the scar as he and Rick made their way inside. Good, nothing blew up.

“Oh good, dinner is ready, come on everyone.” Mom chirped. She was satisfied with my answer. Rita was still a bit reserved, I wondered what was going on with her. Dad joined us, and we ate and laughed, no one ever questioning why we were here in the first place, which I was glad for. I may tell Mom about it, but I wasn’t telling Dad or Rick. They would freak out. But if I didn’t, how would we tell them about my new found power?

“So, I have a question for Tempest.” Katsuki said as he put his drink down.

“Please, Bakugo, Melody. Go ahead, ask away.”

“Well, I have been thinking about Anna’s new abilities. She was able to use her power to throw that tree, but she was trying to move something else. When you use your power, do you concentrate on it, or let it flow through you?” She tipped her head to the side.

“I guess it depends. In battle I hardly ever concentrate, I let my instincts take over.”

“Right. She knew the tree needed to go, but didn’t think she could so she tried the fence. But subconsciously, she knew it wouldn’t work, so her mind took over… it’s hard to explain.”

“In situations of need, like saving a friend’s life, strange things can happen. I couldn’t move people until I was older…” Wait, I never knew that?

“Mom, what? Really?”

“Yes…it triggered when your father was almost hit by an out of control car. I tried lifting the car, but instead I lifted him. Like my mind kicked into full gear and I knew I had to save him. He was pretty shocked, hovering in midair in the street.” She laughed as I glanced at Katsuki. He shook his head. What, did he not want me to tell them?

“So, when we are training, she should focus more on instinct than battle plans.”

“We are training?” I laughed as he sighed.

“Yes, we are. You have to get used to the full ability of your quirk. I have already talked to Endeavor, and we can use the training facility any time we want.”

“Instinct plays a big role. Before, you walked into an environment and assessed any metal you could use. Now, you need to look at everything. Anything and everything is at your fingertips. I don’t know why, or how your quirk manifested. When is the last time you even tried to move something other than metal?” I shrugged at her.

“I don’t know. I was so conditioned that I couldn’t…” Could I have had this ability longer than I thought?

“In any case, that doesn’t matter now. You can, and now you have to work at it.”

“Thanks, Mom. I know. We should get going, we are going back tonight.”

“That’s silly, stay…”

“No, thank you. I just want to get home and spend all day tomorrow doing nothing.”

“Ok sweetheart. Have a safe trip back.”

“Hey Bakugo, we never decided on when our rematch would be.” Rick laughed as I eyed him.

“You set the time and place, and I will be there with bells on.” Oh boy.

“I’ll be in touch. Take care of my little sister, ok?”

“Always.” He said as I hugged Dad. He had been quiet, I was sure he wanted to lay into him about all that had happened, but he didn’t. Mom had that effect on him. I snuggled into him on the train on the way back, happy that we had made it through our first real trial as a couple. I was still confused why he didn’t tell Mom about earlier, probably to save me the embarrassment. I didn’t remember getting off the train, and the next thing I knew Katsuki was laying me in my bed. Our bed. “I love you so much, Anna. Get some sleep.”

The sun was streaming through the curtains when I woke up. It must have been mid-afternoon by now, but we had gotten home late last night. I tried to move and couldn’t, looking down to find Katsuki, still sound asleep on my chest. He was curled around me, like he was afraid I may disappear in the middle of the night. I flashed back to the look on his face when I opened my door after I first saw the video. He was broken, horrified, and traumatized, all because he thought he had lost me. I started humming a song as I weaved my hands through his hair as his head moved with my breathing.

Mmmm, so warm. Is she…humming? Her fingers in my hair feel so good. I never wanted anyone to touch me like this before. Wait, am I…I fell asleep on her chest? She’s really not holding it against me. I thought it wouldn’t matter, I thought I lost her. She’s so strong. She’ll be such a great Mom…

 He started to stir, cheek nuzzling my shirt as I wrapped my arms around his back. He was softly purring as his grip tightened around me, nudging my tank top to the side a bit so he could lay soft kisses on a breast. I whimpered a bit as my hands flew to his hair, encouraging him to continue. His head lifted and his beautiful, crimson eyes were clouded with lust. His lips landed on my neck and carved a path to my jaw, nipping lightly as he finally made it to my lips. They met with such passion, him nipping gently at them before his tongue invaded, wrestling mine as our hands tugged at our clothes. When we were both naked and he was hovering above me was when I noticed. He had tears in his eyes.

“Baby? What’s wrong?” I whispered as I sat up, laying my hands on his shoulders as a tear fell down his cheek. Suddenly I was filled with so much happiness I almost burst.

“There’s nothing wrong, everything is perfect. I was afraid we would be…different after…”

“This is…this is how you feel? You are so happy. I really make you that happy?” His mouth crashed to mine, sending us falling back to the mattress. His mouth was devouring me as his hands traced every inch of my body. My hands ran up and down his back, feeling his muscles ripple under my touch.

“Let me show you how happy you make me.” He whispered as he gently slid himself inside, lingering before slowly beginning to pump. He suckled my breasts as he found a nice, slow rhythm, feeling every movement before making the next. He had never been this controlled, and intimate. It was like he was treating me as a piece of art not to be damaged. My hips were rocking into his, this new, slow movement doing insane things to me. He started a torrid assault on my neck with his teeth and lips, nibbling and kissing until he found my mouth again. After a few minutes of this new bliss, my core filled with fire. He was pushing new buttons and I needed him deeper, and faster. I moaned into his mouth and pulled away; eyes filled with need.

“Katsu! More! Give me more!” I squealed as I threw my legs around his torso. His eyes got frenzied and he sat up, grabbing my thighs from underneath and began to thrust quick, and deep. “Yes! Yes Katsu!!” He was going at full speed now, slamming into me as I squealed and writhed below him. I could feel the bliss coming, it was closer than I thought. “So deep! Oh, Katsu! Oh baby, I’m cumming!” I shouted as my walls collapsed, spasms shooting through my legs as a wash of pleasure overtook me. “I love you, Katsu!”

“I love you, Anna.” He whispered in my ear as he came, warming me with his seed and shouting my name. “Anna! Oh, fuck yes! Anna!” Wow, that was kind of loud. I chuckled as he collapsed on my chest, embracing him tightly and rocking him against me.

“Katsu? This kind of shit will only make us stronger; you know?” I said as my hands ran through his hair. He pulled out and rolled over, gazing at me as he took my hand.

“I know, and I’m not afraid anymore. I have never known anyone as strong as you. Nothing is going to ruin us. You said the only thing was cheating, and I don’t ever want anyone but you, so it looks like you are stuck with me.”

“I’m happy to be stuck with you.”

Mina’s Porch

“You guys, I’m telling you, they are just fine.” Toru laughed as the others just stared at her.

“I mean, she seemed fine the other day, but then they disappeared yesterday when I thought they were coming over and didn’t even call.” Mina shrugged.

“Maybe they are dealing with things.” Kirishima thought out loud.

“They sounded like they had everything patched up just fine this afternoon. I was reading on the porch and their window was open, if you know what I mean.” She elbowed Mina and giggled as the rest looked a bit horrified. “They love each other very much, at least that’s what they were screaming.”

“Toru!” The group shouted in unison as she shrugged.

“Hey, if I had to hear it, at least you have to think about it.”

 

A month went by and slowly everything went back to normal. The woman who posted the video was banned from the platform permanently for posting something that was against their terms of service. As far as we knew, it hadn’t been posted elsewhere, at least not yet. I had gained a massive number of followers, and allies. Almost everyone agreed what she had done was horrible, and she even lost almost all of her followers on her video channel. I couldn’t feel bad; she should never have done what she did. It was for attention, but she didn’t get what she wanted. Katsuki and I moved on like nothing had happened, never mentioning what happened to me to anyone. I asked him why he didn’t want me to tell anyone about my new ability to move people, and he said it was best to work on it and display it in battle, when it was needed as a surprise, and I couldn’t help but agree. It certainly would be a shock to an unsuspecting villain. We trained a few times a week at Endeavors place, and he had recently started to watch us battle. He had been quite impressed when he saw me actually use my quirk to move Katsuki around. We had been practicing all sorts of things, but moving him was our main focus. He would charge and I would try to hold him in place, or he would be still and I would try to throw him to the side. When I started, I could barely move him a few meters, but now I could practically move him or stop him from anywhere. Today, Endeavor had a surprise.

“Anna, would you indulge me with something?”

“Sure, Endeavor, Sir. What is it?”

“I want to see how far you can move me.”

“Um, ok. Let’s see.” He was standing above us in the grandstands, so I put all my energy into lifting him up. He wasn’t as surprised as I thought he would be when his feet left the ground, rising over the rail and descending down to the arena floor. He started to fight back as he got closer, releasing his flames as he tried to take control of his body. I stopped him mid-air and let him hover above us, feet freely kicking as he tried to escape.

“Can you move him while he is flailing like that?” Katsuki yelled and I tried, waving my hand and making him fly off to the right and almost into the guardrail. I stopped him at the last second and he was roaring with laughter.

“You really are your mother’s daughter. That was fantastic. Thank you for indulging me.” He said as I sat him down gently in front of us. Katsuki was beaming at me and I blushed as Endeavor waved and walked away.

“That was amazing! He is one of the most powerful men in the world, and he was totally at your mercy! You know, I think it’s time to see if you can move more than one at a time. Maybe we should get some others involved for training purposes?”

“That could be fun. Maybe Rick could come, then you guys could have your rematch. Maybe at the stadium?”

“Oh, I bet we could arrange that. That way everyone will be out of harm’s way and we don’t have to worry about collateral damage like we did here.”

“I’m going to shower and change, meet you back here in twenty?”

“You bet; we can grab some sushi on the way home. I’m totally craving tekkamaki.” He grinned as he kissed my cheek. I headed off to get ready, already craving salmon.

“Bakugo. Give me a minute, ok?”

“Sure, what’s up?” I was heading to change and Enji stopped me in the hallway.

“I know this is a strange request, but do you think there is any way Anna would consider coming to work here? I made a huge mistake not at least looking at her. I never saw potential; I just saw a low-tier hero.”

“I don’t know, Enji. She really likes working with Ochaco. I’m sure she would love to be my partner but…well, if the opportunity presents itself, then maybe I will bring it up.”

“There will always be an opening here for her, whenever that may be. You know, Katsuki, I am really happy for you. You still have the same drive as before, but now the heart is there as well. It will only make you a better hero in the end, having love, that is. When you were in school you reminded me a lot of myself, and that wasn’t a good thing. I hired you here because I knew you had potential, I just never realized you may actually achieve your goal. I think now, you just may.” He turned and walked away and I couldn’t believe what I had just heard. He told me to start calling him Enji a few months back, and I knew it was a sign he respected me. He’s changed almost as much as I have.

I was just finishing changing when my phone rang.

“Hi Mom, how are you?”

“Great sweetheart! How are you doing?”

“Everything is good. Katsuki and I just finished a training session.”

“That’s wonderful. I am so happy he is helping you get stronger.” Man, I wished I could tell her how I floated Endeavor all over the arena. “Anyway, I am calling for two reasons. First, make sure you hold the third weekend in November to come to the island. It is EWQ’s tenth anniversary, and we are holding a huge party!”

“Oh, that sounds like so much fun! We will be there for sure. What else?”

“I’m coming to the city tomorrow last minute and thought we could grab lunch. I have a few hours after I arrive before I have my meeting.”

“Oh, that would be great…hey, Mom? Would you mind if I brought someone along?”

“Who did you have in mind?”

“Katsuki’s Mom, Mitsuki. She said she was a fan of your work and I thought…”

“Oh my god, yes! I would love to meet her! Please bring her along.”

“Ok, I will text you the address of a fabulous sushi bar not far from the train. Love you, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

“Bye, hun. Love you.”

Katsuki was ready when I arrived back from changing and we headed off. Tonight, I would have tekkamaki, I would save the salmon rolls for tomorrow.

“Hey, Katsu? You think your Mom would want to go to lunch with me and my Mom tomorrow?” His eyes grew wide.

“Yes! I think she would probably scream.” I pulled out my phone and called her, and she did scream. We had had a few chats and met for lunch once last month, but when I told her Mom was joining us, she freaked out. I told her where to meet and we headed off to grab dinner. We spent a lazy evening snuggling in bed, watching some dumb comedy show. Honestly, it didn’t matter what I was doing as long as we were together.

Mom was waiting at the sushi bar when I arrived. It’s a good thing too, it was starting to fill up with the lunch rush. I gave her a hug and as I was sitting down, Mitsuki walked in.

“Hi Anna! Hello Tempest! It’s an honor to meet you.”

“Melody, please! We are practically family. Your son really is special.”

“As is your daughter, I can’t wait for our grandkids.”

“Me either!” Mom squealed as I rolled my eyes. Not her, too. Who was I kidding? She was asking for them when I was single.

“All right, just so you two know, I won’t be getting pregnant until I stop taking the pill, so just calm down. We have talked about it, and it’s in the future plans, but not yet. I want to do a lot of things before kids are running under foot. We are only twenty-five, for fucks sake!” I laughed and they both nodded.

“Ok, ok, you are right. You just got your new power; you deserve to become a top hero before you settle down. That’s what I did, and you can certainly do both. Just let me know when you are ready, I will smother the baby with love.” Mom chuckled as I rolled my eyes.

“I have a feeling we will need all the help we can get with our spawn. I hope you can handle them.”

“Seriously, Katsuki was a handful. If they get his quirk, we are in trouble.” Mitsuki laughed as the waiter came and took our orders. I had been craving this salmon since last night, and I couldn’t wait. The food was incredible, and we had a nice conversation, Mitsuki sharing how she was on the island two years ago for one of the seminars, and that led to Mom having a great idea.

“Mitsuki, you and your husband should come to the tenth anniversary party this November.”

“I would be honored! Thank you so much, it sounds like a lovely time.”

“You will love it, Mom has the best caterers for her parties, they go all out. I bet this one will be twice the size of the fifth! Hey, is Tabitha coming here for it?”

“Yes, she is. Tabitha is my partner; she heads up the American office of EWQ. She hasn’t been to Japan in ten years, I am so excited to see her.”

“We will all have a blast. Now, I’m going home to sleep off this food coma.” I groaned as we got up to leave. They exchanged phone numbers and I left feeling really good. I knew they would get along, but there was always that fear in the back of my mind. Also, so much for being productive on my off day. All I wanted to do now was go home and sleep. Their rice was so damn good. I came back to an empty house, he was still at work so I laid down on the couch and took a nap, waiting for my love to come home.