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Live Your Life (IzuJirou)

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Beginnings:

It was a joyous occasion for the Midoriya family.
Their little green haired angel Izuku was born.
It wasn't all plain sailing as the child was born with a heart valve disorder causing congenital arrhythmia.
A condition inherited from the mother.
It was a battle to keep this shining life alive.
But Izuku was a fighter, she knew it from his first cry.
Inko knew her son will always fight the odds.
Holding little Izuku in her arms, surrounded by her family and friends she knew, that no matter what life through at the beautiful angel in her arms, he will always fight the status quo and rise up.

Age: 1

Izuku has been making progress.
,There were problems with his breathing due to his condition, but he was still a happy energetic child.
There were many hospital trips for check ups on little Izuku's heart.
But seeing him play with his pseudo-sibilings Mei, Momo and Katsuki showed that Izuku had nothing to worry about whatsoever.
Even if her heart condition takes her away from him, he will never be alone in this world.
That was the thought that kept her up at night.
She wasn't sure if she was ready to leave her family behind.

Age: 4

This period was the most turbulent for young Izuku.
It began with him being diagnosed as quirkless, then it all just went downhill.
It started with his father denouncing his own son and berating the fact that he was cursed with a useless sickly burden.
His father left the following week.
Majority of Inko's so called "friends" cut contact with her after the diagnosis as they didn't want to be associate with someone who bore a "diseased" child.

"Good Riddance"
She thought.
She would pick her son over those Fairweather friends always.

It wasn't all bad though.
Despite everything the Yaoyorozu-Hatsume family stayed by her side.
The Bakugou's also stayed.

No one dared to even glance in Izuku's direction in school because of the presence of Katsuki, Momo and Mei.
They were all like primed attack dogs when it came to Izuku.
Even the polite proper Momo Yaoyorozu had a mean streak within her when anyone dares to harm to boy she has now come to see as her brother in everything except blood.

So as much as things went downhill, it wasn't all too bad for the Midoriya's.

Age: 10

A few things have happened to the Midoriya's over the past 6 years.

Firstly, the Midoriya's, Bakugou's and Yaoyorozu-Hatsume's have grown closer, they were now practically a large living extended family to Inko and Izuku.

Izuku was found to have well above average intelligence that allowed him to graduate high school and take college level course at only 10 years old.
Meanwhile Izuku's pseudo-sibilings have been progressing well and have started quirk training early so they have the best chance of getting into U.A.
With Izuku's in-depth analysis of their respective quirks, another skill that Izuku was found to have, they were not going to fail.

However one of the children picked a different interest and that was support gear.
Mei was always fascinated with her parents line of work and had decided to follow in their footsteps and once she graduates she will take their place as the CEO of YaoyoSume Industries.

It looked like life was looking up for the Midoriya's, but that was when tragedy struck.
It was a typical normal Wednesday afternoon.
Izuku and Katsuki were enjoying their time at the local park while the rest were at the Midoriya apartment.

Izuku and Katsuki were relaxing in the tranquility of the park when a ringtone from Katsuki's phone broke the peace.

Izuku didn't hear what was said, all he knew now was that he was being dragged with his best friend towards the hospital.
All the while wondering what happened.

At the hospital he was met with the tear stained faces of his extended psuedo-family.
That was when a doctor came in.

"We did all that we could... Sorry we couldn't revive her..."

Izuku wondered who could she have meant, then he realised his mother wasn't there with them.

"No... Nononononono"

He fell to his knees as Yui wrapped him in a hug.

"I'm sorry Izu... She's gone..."
She said trying to keep her composure.

"Nononononono, she-she can't be!"
He struggled to get out of her grip.

"LET GO!! MOM ISN'T GONE... SHE'S OKAY... LET ME GO... PLEASE... MOM! PLEASE MOM I NEED YOU... PLEA-PLEASE... plea-please..."

He started to cry even harder as his pseudo-sibilings also wrapped him in a comforting hug.
There wasn't a dry eye in the waiting room at that point...






The funeral of Inko Midoriya was a quiet affair.
It was only allowed to be attended by close family and friends of Inko Midoriya.
Izuku was silent and looked dead on his feet, but who could blame him.
Sure the Yaoyorozu-Hatsume's adopted him as their own but he lost his only loving biological parent.
He learnt that it was from the stress and hidden drug abuse she partook in to deal with her depression that she was hiding from her family...

A few weeks went by with Izuku more or less barricading himself in his room at the Yaoyorozu-Hatsume manor house.
He would only leave to relieve himself and for food.
One day he did decide to wonder the manor and found himself in his adoptive parents room.
He curiously look around the large room and his eyes were drawn to a large collection of CD's.

He grabbed one of the CDs.

It had an image of a city skyline.

Eminem - Beautiful

 

He put the CD into the player and sat on the bed to listen to it.

 

[Intro]
Lately I've been hard to reach
I've been too long on my own
Everybody has a private world
Where they can be alone
Are you calling me?
Are you trying to get through?
Are you reaching out for me?
Then I'm reaching out for you

 

His eyes widen at the words this person sang out...
He thinks back to the past weeks where he just locked himself in his room.
Every time his family came to try to talk to him he shut them out.
They were reaching out to him, to help him and he shunned them.
For the first time since the horrific day at the hospital, tears began to leak from his eyes.

 

[Verse 1]
I'm just so fuckin' depressed
I just can't seem to get out this slump
If I could just get over this hump
But I need somethin' to pull me out this dump
I took my bruises, took my lumps
Fell down and I got right back up
But I need that spark to get psyched back up
In order for me to pick the mic back up
I don't know how or why or when
I ended up in this position I'm in
I'm starting to feel distant again
So I decided just to pick this pen
Up and try to make an attempt to vent
But I just can't admit
Or come to grips with the fact that I may be done with rap
I need a new outlet
And I know some shit's so hard to swallow
But I just can't sit back and wallow
In my own sorrow, but I know one fact:
I'll be one tough act to follow
One tough act to follow, I'll be one tough act to follow
Here today, gone tomorrow
But you'd have to walk a thousand miles—

 

As the song continued the lyrics began to resonate with him even more, he remembers his childhood.
His father abandoning him.
His "friends" doing the same.
He took the bruises to his heart and mind.
He got up physically, but he realised that emotionally he'd always remained on the ground.
The lyric "I can't sit back and wallow in my own sorrow"
Really struck a chord with him, he realised all he was doing was wallowing in self-pity, his new family were grieving as well and he left them alone...

 

[Pre-Chorus]
In my shoes, just to see
What it's like to be me
I'll be you, let's trade shoes
Just to see what it'd be like to
Feel your pain, you feel mine
Go inside each other's minds
Just to see what we find
Look at shit through each other's eyes

 

"No one knows what it's like being me but that's because I didn't let them in..."
He thought sadly, he needed to fix this.

 

[Chorus]
But don't let 'em say you ain't beautiful
They can all get fucked, just stay true to you
Don't let 'em say you ain't beautiful
They can all get fucked, just stay true to you

 

A memory flashes through his mind of his mother comforting him after people starting turning against him after his quirkless diagnosis.
He remembers his mother's words clearly.
'It doesn't matter what they say Izuku, you will always be my beautiful baby boy'

 

[Verse 2]
I think I'm starting to lose my sense of humor
Everything's so tense and gloom
I almost feel like I gotta check the temperature
Of the room, just as soon as
I walk in, it's like all eyes on me
So I try to avoid any eye contact
‘Cause if I do that, then it opens a door
For conversation like I want that
I'm not lookin' for extra attention
I just wanna be just like you
Blend in with the rest of the room
Maybe just point me to the closest restroom
I don't need no fuckin' man servant
Tryna follow me around and wipe my ass
Laugh at every single joke I crack
And half of 'em ain't even funny, like, "Ha!
Marshall, you're so funny, man
You should be a comedian, goddamn!"
Unfortunately I am
I just hide behind the tears of a clown
So why don't you all sit down?
Listen to the tale I'm about to tell
Hell, we don't gotta trade our shoes
And you ain't gotta walk no thousand miles—

 

He let out a sad chuckle, the past couple of weeks have just been doom and gloom in Izuku's eyes.
He didn't want to talk to anyone and just be alone.
He didn't even take into consideration that his adoptive parents knew his mother from before he was even born...

 

[Pre-Chorus]
In my shoes, just to see
What it's like to be me
I'll be you, let's trade shoes
Just to see what it'd be like to
Feel your pain, you feel mine
Go inside each other's minds
Just to see what we find
Look at shit through each other's eyes

 

[Chorus]
But don't let 'em say you ain't beautiful
They can all get fucked, just stay true to you
Don't let 'em say you ain't beautiful
They can all get fucked, just stay true to you

 

[Verse 3]
Nobody asked for life to deal us
With these bullshit hands we're dealt
We gotta take these cards ourselves
And flip 'em, don't expect no help
Now, I could've either just sat on my ass and pissed and moaned
Or take this situation in which I'm placed in
And get up and get my own
I was never the type of kid to wait by the door and pack his bags
And sat on the porch and hoped and prayed
For a dad to show up who never did
I just wanted to fit in in every single place, every school I went
I dreamed of being that cool kid
Even if it meant acting stupid
Aunt Edna always told me:
"Keep making that face, it'll get stuck like that."
Meanwhile, I'm just standin' there
Holdin' my tongue, tryin' to talk like this
'Til I stuck my tongue on that frozen stop sign pole at 8 years old
I learned my lesson then
‘Cause I wasn't tryin' to impress my friends no mo'
But I already told you my whole life story
Not just based on my description
‘Cause where you see it from where you're sittin'
It's probably 110% different
I guess we would have to walk a mile in each other's shoes at least
What size you wear? I wear 10's
Let's see if you can fit your feet—

 

His eyes widen as my more tears escaped...
The lyrics made it clear...
He was letting grief take over his life... Letting it control his life...
Life gives you these cards, it doesn't mean that you can't make the most out of them and get a new hand.
In order to be understood for his mental state, he needs to let them know what he's going through.

 

[Pre-Chorus]
In my shoes, just to see
What it's like to be me
I'll be you, let's trade shoes
Just to see what it'd be like to
Feel your pain, you feel mine
Go inside each other's minds
Just to see what we find
Look at shit through each other's eyes

 

[Chorus]
But don't let 'em say you ain't beautiful
They can all get fucked, just stay true to you
Don't let 'em say you ain't beautiful
They can all get fucked, just stay true to you

 

[Bridge]
Lately I've been hard to reach
I've been too long on my own
Everybody has a private world
Where they can be alone
Are you calling me?
Are you trying to get through?
Are you reaching out for me?
Then I'm reaching out for you

 

[Outro]
Yeah, to my babies: stay strong
Daddy'll be home soon
And to the rest of the world: God gave you them shoes to fit you
So put 'em on and wear 'em, be yourself, man
Be proud of who you are, even if it sounds corny
Never let no one tell you you ain't beautiful

 

He cried even more and that's how his mother Yui found him.
He was wrapped into a comforting hug by her as he spilt his heart to her.
He apologised for the way he's been acting and he now wants to be more open with those he loves.
Another thing that happened was the finding of his new dream.
He released the reach that music has and how musicians are heroes in their own right.
This ignited a passion in him and soon he found himself learning music production and how to play instruments.
He got new journals, half for his quirk analysis and the other half for his lyrics.

Life was looking up for Izuku.
With his new dream in hand and the backing of his family he was gonna be a hero, just in another way.

Age: 18

The last 8 years of Izuku's life has been a rollercoaster to say the least.
At 16 he finally decided to overcome his fear and release his first song.
He decided that he would go by the stage name of 'Green Valley'.
Not his most creative thought but all his creativity was put into his music.
And that was how the song "Borderline" came into existence.

The following weeks were full of his new YouTube account blowing up as many people resonated with his lyrics and for the first time in his life he felt like a hero.

At 16 was the first time he found someone to love, a young strawberry blonde girl.

Life was on the up, he was helping tutor her alongside his siblings in practice for the upcoming college mock exams that will give them a predicated grade that will be sent to their respective university choices alongside their applications.

Well it was all going good before he discovered her cheating on him, it turned out that she only dated him for the money and gifts.
The Yaoyorozu-Hatsume name carries a lot of perks that she wanted in with.
She was quickly blocked by Izuku and every time she tried to speak with him was met by threats from his two protective sisters.

It was then for the next year or two that Izuku took a sabbatical from his studies and joined his father travelling the world.
He decided he needed this to open his mind and find what he was truly going to do with his life.
He also took a break from music in that period, after a year of consistently releasing music he just stopped.
No explanation he just did.
He stepped away from social media and while volunteering at an animal shelter he found what he wanted to do.

He realised how many people would shun animals and just ignore them, cats especially.
He related to that, he related to being shunned by society but then he found a family that helped him.
Maybe he could be a loving home for these cats.

His plan was set in motion, with backing from his family he opened up the Midoriya Cat Café and Rescue.
All profits he made from the café would be donated to the local animal shelters.
He managed to negotiate a deal with a local animal shelter that allowed Izuku to adopt a multitude of cats that would roam his café comforting anyone who wondered in.

Named in memory of his biological mother, a mother that always did her best for the sake of Izuku and he wanted to honour that for her.

So now the 18 year old Izuku prepared for his first day of his future as a type of hero he wanted to be.
As his siblings got ready for the first field trip of the U.A curriculum.
A field trip that would set in motion events that would change their lives...

"Maybe I should start making music again, use the money to fund music initiatives for underprivileged students and children..."
He thought as he pulled out some freshly baked muffins from the oven.

 

TBC

 

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