It had been over a week since Shoji asked about me. I could tell he didn't believe me, but I couldn't tell him anything yet.
During the week, Shouto and I had started to hang out in school. He joined our lunch table and would interject a comment when he wanted. I and the rest of the class knew that he was even more closed off than me. It wasn't because he wanted to hide anything like me. That was how he'd always been.
Today, however, brought something new. We made our way to the gates and saw a flood of news reporters. They kept asking about All Might as a teacher. I was trying to make my way through the crowd but was bombarded by questions. I felt a hand grab my arm and pull me through the gates.
"We do not want to answer any questions. Please, leave your questions and news coverage to something else. There is nothing we have to say." Shouto finished and walked toward the building pulling me along.
"Sho- Todoroki, you didn't need to be so harsh to them."
"No, but they don't need to be so intrusive on the lives of the students. This is our school. We're training to be heroes. There should be no difference because of who our teacher is."
We all gathered in our desks when Aizawa talked to the Midoriya and Bakugo about combat training. "Now let's get down to homeroom business. Sorry about the late notice, but today, I'll have you... decide on a class representative." At the announcement, everyone started shouting for people to vote for them.
Iida broke up the clamor and seemed passionate about holding an election. It was clear that he wanted to be the representative. I looked around the classroom and pondered the options. I am not going to vote for myself because I didn't want the position, and I wasn't going to vote for Shouto because I knew he didn't want the position either. I decided to vote for Iida. He wanted the position more than anyone, and I thought he would have been best for the job. He was constantly helping me and others succeed.
Iida tallied all of the results. Midoriya earned three votes, and Momo received two. I was shocked at the results. I felt bad when I saw that Iida only got one vote. I didn't understand why Bakugo had been so angry. It's not like anyone else would have voted for him.
"It looks like our representative is Midoriya, and our deputy is Yaoyorozu," Iida spoke disappointedly. Aizawa moved on from the election, and we continued our day with regular class activities.
I made my way to my table at lunch. Ojiro and I were talking about some of the classwork we had from yesterday when an alarm went off. "There has been a Level 3 security breach. All students please evacuate outdoors promptly."
"What's going on?"
"Someone is trespassing on school grounds. You should make your way out, too."
The rest of the table tried to make our way out of the school, but the rest of the school was doing the same thing. All of the students were crammed into the corridor that led to one of the exits. Shouto grabbed my arm to make sure we weren't separated. I looked around, and the rest of my friends were gone. We were stuck, but we weren't moving.
It was when I saw someone in the air that I tried to figure out what was going on. That's when I heard Iida's voice shout, "Everyone, everything's fine! It's just the media! There is nothing to panic about. Everything is fine! This is UA. Let us act in a way befitting the best of the best."
I knew the media were trying to get information out of the students, but trespassing on school grounds seemed a little extreme. The police showed up not long after. Iida's behavior was the reason I voted for him. If others thought about it for a minute, they would've seen what I saw.
Midoriya must have thought the same thing. Once we got back to class, he announced that he was giving his position as class representative to Iida. I did feel a little bad for Momo because she had more votes, but the class wasn't going to fight with Midoriya's word. After the event, Aizawa continued class.
"For today's hero basic training, it's turned into a class with three instructors, All Might and me, and one other person."
"Excuse me! What will we be doing?"
"Disasters, shipwrecks, and everything in between. Rescue training." We grabbed our suits and made our way to the bus. Iida came up with a seating arrangement but was disheartened to see that the floor plan was more open. Shoji and I took seats next to each other. Shouto sat alone which was okay because he immediately fell asleep.
I zoned out from whatever the class was talking about and started thinking about nothing. I looked over to Shouto and his peaceful sleep. We had been training relentlessly for the last few weeks because we knew the Sports Festival was coming up. It messed with his sleeping more than me, but it was still rough. That's when Shoji leaned over and whispered in my ear, "I'm sorry for intruding, but I think I know what it is."
"What are you talking about?"
"Whenever we're done with the rescue training, can we talk?"
"Sure." I didn't want to think that he'd figured it out. I didn't think I'd been obvious about my feelings. Maybe I was oblivious to my behavior. I also could be overthinking the situation. I was taken out of my thoughts when we made it to the building.
Once we made it to the building, we were introduced to Thirteen. They discussed the importance of training your quirk to its strengths. As we were about to go through the training, there were other people in the USJ after the lights had cut out.
Aizawa screamed, "Gather together and don't move. Thirteen protect the students." I was completely lost in the situation, and Aizawa continued, "those are villains."
"There's no way they could get into a hero school!"
"Teacher, what about the trespasser sensors?"
"Did they only appear here, or around the whole school? Either way, if the sensors are not responding, that means they have someone with a Quirk that can do that."
We have no idea why they are here. All we knew was that this was some surprise attack. Kaminari attempted contact when Aizawa moved his goggles. He ran forward to attack the villains. As much as I was scared, I couldn't help but admire the way Mr. Aizawa attacked the villains. It was a reminder of how far we had to go before we could be considered pros.
I had to turn and run with the class. We had to make it to a safe location, but that attempt was stopped when a black form appeared in front of us. In one move, Kirishima and Bakugo tried to attack the figure to no avail. After their failure, the shadow wrapped around us and separated all of us. I could only assume that other students were thrown around to different zones.
I looked around and saw that Shoji was with me. I knew that we would have to work together against the villains. I didn't see anyone else, but I figured we were in the landslide zone.
"Kina, are you okay?"
"I'm fine. I think everyone's been separated. We don't know why they're here, but we need to find out."
"Knowing you, we'll find out why quickly.
"I don't even want to know what you mean by that."
"Don't take offense. You're just determined to find out the truth, and I agree that we need to find out their purpose."
We looked around and saw a group of villains. I didn't know what happened to Shouto. I was concerned, but I couldn't think about that now. I had to focus on their reason for attacking, and I had to make sure I was safe until the heroes showed up.
"Shoji, do you know how many are coming to attack us?"
"I can sense fourteen in the surrounding area."
"You and I are more adept in close combat. We need to make sure we keep it that way. I don't want to drain my quirk when I don't need to." It would be better if we had someone with long-ranged attacks. I know Shoji can create duplicates of his limbs, but it won't help much as more than a diversion. My bites would only work for so long, and I don't have much control over the potency. I would have to rely on sleep inducement and close combat. If it weren't for Shoji and my strength, there would be a small chance of fighting off this many people.
"I think you have a coherent plan. Let's not worry about anything other than our safety and the others," Shoji comforted.
It had been about five minutes since everyone was separated. Shoji and I had taken care of the villains in the area that were attacking us. I made my way to one of the villains that were still conscious.
"Why are you guys here?"
"I'll never tell you anything."
"Listen, bud. I have a move that could easily kill you. Fortunately for you, I want to become a hero. I will spare you if you tell us your motives."
"I don't know much. All I know is that there is a weapon called a Nomu. It's said to be on the same power level as All Might. Shigaraki wants to defeat All Might. I swear that's all I know. Please, don't kill me."
I took his hand and bit down on it to make sure he fell asleep. I looked back at Shoji. "I can only assume the one named Shigaraki is the one with hands covering his face and body," he said.
"I think it would be in our best interest to find someone else."
"I agree. The building is large, but we're bound to find someone near us." As Shoji finished his sentence, we see an ice attack over the rocks in the area.
"I guess we know at least one person near us," I say humorlessly.
We made our way over to the ice, and we saw the dozens of villains trapped in Shouto's ice. Shoji helped me towards Shouto.
"Todoroki." He turned and almost attacked both of us after Shoji called for him.
"Dude, chill, it's only Shoji and I. You don't need to attack. I can see that you don't need any help with the villains."
"I got some intel about these people and why they're here. They seem to want to attack All Might, and they mentioned something about some Nomu," he explained.
"We got the same intel. These villains are nothing more than low-level thugs. They almost seem as though they joined because they had nothing better to do."
"Are either of you hurt?" Todoroki asked me and Shoji, but he seemed only focused on me.
"No, we were able to deal with the thugs ourselves," I answered.
"We should get back to an area with more of our classmates. If we don't they could be in danger. We also need to tell Thirteen or Mr. Aizawa what we know," Shoji suggested.
The three of us made our way back to the entrance where we thought most of the students would have been. Once we made our way back, we saw All Might come through the door. I was used to seeing his iconic smile, but when we saw him, his smile was gone. We saw Midoriya, Asui, and Mineta carrying a wounded Aizawa. What happened to him? As much as we wanted to help All Might, we were scared to interfere.
"Kina, can you get us close to All Might?" Shoji asked.
"I can only take one of you. I'll use too much energy otherwise. I don't even know if I have the power to take us that close."
"Shoji, you should go to the rest of the class. Kina, I need you to take me toward All Might."
Without even thinking, I grabbed Shouto and started flying before yelling back to Shoji, "don't worry about us. Everything will be okay. Help Mr. Aizawa and the rest of the students that are around the building."
As he was fighting, the warp gate grabbed him and Nomu. The guy with the hands I assumed was monologuing. The Nomu pushed into All Might's right side.
I saw Midoriya running straight for All Might. He would've been caught had it not been for Bakugo immediately exploding the guy with the warp gates. I looked toward the entrance where the rest of the students were.
In an instant, Shouto and I were on the ground. He used his ice to stop the Nomu and allow an escape for All Might. I looked in horror as the monster escaped Shouto's ice and started regenerating. I was scared as to what would happen next. Before I could think, Shigaraki called for Nomu to attack. I used my wings once again to grab Midoriya and Kirishima from the area and flew back. Shouto fell back with us.
Midoriya and Kirishima looked back before the former screamed "Kacchan!" We looked back and saw he was behind us. I went to stand up but immediately fell to my side where Kirishima caught my fall.
"Hey, Kina, are you okay?"
Shit. I steadied myself and wrapped my arm around Kirishima's shoulder. "I"ve overexerted myself already. I won't be of any use to you guys. Any more energy used, and I'll pass out. I can barely stay awake right now."
The guys wanted to help All Might. I wanted to help All Might. We didn't know what we could do. It was All Might who stood up to Nomu and started fighting. We watched as he threw punch after punch. If I knew any better, I knew something seemed off. It seemed as though our Symbol of Peace was struggling. It didn't matter in the end, as he threw one final blow and sent the monster flying through the USJ.
"In my prime, that would have taken me five hits. To stop that thing, it took me more than 300." I listened in shock. That's what it means to be a pro. And this is coming from the number 1 hero.
"I think it's best if we get Kina and the others to safety," Shouto suggested. The rest of them nodded and followed.
Shigaraki kept monologuing something that a villain would ramble about. In his rage, he charged at All Might. The next thing we knew, Midoriya had already leaped to save All Might. At that point, there was nothing anyone could do to save Midoriya.
In an instant, a shot was fired, and a bullet went through Shigaraki's hand. We looked where the entrance was and saw the rest of the teachers with Iida.
"I, Tenya Iida, class 1-A representative, have now returned!" I faintly smiled before feeling dizzy. I was tired but relieved that the pros were here. I felt myself be lifted off my feet before falling into a light slumber. Not before hearing, "don't worry, Hazumi. You'll be alright." Damnit, Shouto, this is embarrassing. Someone is bound to speculate our relationship if you keep pulling stunts like this.
I could be upset for now, but ultimately, I knew he cared and for that, I was thankful. That's when I lost consciousness.