“I seriously need a nap after this” Izuku says lazily as he eyes the clock.
He watches as the last customer leaves the store. This night was the same as all the others so Izuku never expected much to happen. Same customers, same work routine, same quick glances towards the clock. He applied for a job at Might’s convenience off the corner of a quiet street just a couple weeks ago. Working the night shift was not his ideal choice, but hey he still made some money right? Even if it was still crap money.
“Let’s get this over with”. He begins the night shift cleanup process by going around the store and picking up or placing items into their rightful places. Working at the store wasn’t too hard but being an 18-year-old male Omega made working the night shift a bit tedious. For starters, male omegas are not rare, but they’re certainly not common so Izuku was used to Alpha’s throwing themselves at him from time to time. He mostly handled it by either ignoring them or putting a front and gloating about his amazing powerful Quirk in the hopes that they’ll get the message and leave him alone. It never really worked, and Alpha’s usually got a kick out of it, saying it was cute.
But see here’s the real kicker: Izuku was born Quirkless. The word alone always hit a little too deep, so he tried to busy himself or dive into different thoughts. At the age of 5 his dreams of becoming a hero had come to an end so instead on focusing on what he couldn’t have, he focused on studying quirks and their relation to society today. This led him to continue through his education and is currently attending UA University, the most prestigious university in Japan. Even if he can’t be a real hero, he can be a hero behind the scenes which was okay with him.
Once he finished with product inventory, he sat at the counter and began to write inventory records in a binder for the morning shift staff to review the next day. That day just happened to be the day the AC broke, so it was beginning to feel hot and since no customers were coming in Izuku decided to pop open a few buttons of his shirt.
Just as he places the binder on a shelf behind the counter he hears the entrance bell ring, signaling a customer has entered. He looks up at the clock.
‘Are you kidding me!?’ he thought to himself as he sighed once again. If there’s one thing he hated more than recording inventory, it was stragglers. Stragglers were those customers who barged into a store or restaurant just minutes before closing time. It was just annoying. Putting on his “friendly” customer smile Izuku begins to turn towards the front to greet the customer.
“Welco-” he begins to say but immediately stops midway. It feels as if his body stopped on its own as if there is something holding him in place. His mind is going a million miles an hour, yet his body is as stiff as a board.
Scent. He breathes in lowly. This scent. His inner Omega is leaping in joy trying to decipher the smell that’s attacked his senses. It’s a mixture of heavy spice laced with strings of sweet honey underneath. It’s sorta like…
Caramel apple spice.
This isn’t any regular scent no; this is the scent of an Alpha. A strong one at that.
‘I bet he’s handsome’ Izuku giggled. ‘He seems like a strong alpha. Is he looking for a mate? I wonder what he looks like-’
‘Get a grip Midoriya!’ he says to himself as he shakes his head from side to side and focuses again. It’s times like this that he truly does hate his inner Omega. Or just being an Omega in general.
He stands up straight and turns toward the front, just a little curious as he scans the store for the caramel spice source. Though he is scared beyond his wits, his eyes land on a figure a couple aisles away. From what he can tell, this Alpha is tall with light blonde spiky hair sticking out in different directions. He is unable to see the Alpha’s face but just the thought of having to face this particular Alpha sets him on edge. It has been a while since someone’s scent affected him in such a way and it scared him. He didn’t want unnecessary attention from this unknown Alpha, especially since he’s working the shift alone.
In the world they live in, your secondary gender truly determines your worth and strength. Though it is common for Alphas and Betas to court the Omegas they like, it is also common for Omegas to be mated by force. Chivalry is dead and if an Alpha wants you then they’ll take you. Easy as that. No matter whether the Omega consented or not since they are essentially at the bottom on the societal chain.
Izuku wasn’t ready to be mated much less to an unknown aggressive Alpha who took him just for looks or scent without learning a damn single thing about him. Izuku knows he is decent looking, despite the amount of praises and compliments he receives. He doesn’t see what others see in himself but what matters is the unwanted attention he garners from others. So keeps his guard up every single second of the day, much like now.
As he discreetly watches from afar, he notices the Alpha quietly walk through the candy aisle and grab something. Noticing him making his way to the front, Izuku internally panics and drops the store keys he had been holding before that blonde walked into the store.
‘Dammit!’ Izuku internally yells to himself ‘one Alpha comes into the store and now you’re drooling over his scent’.
Can he really blame himself if the smell is too delicious? He may be weary of Alphas in general but he’s not scent blind either. He bends down to pick up the keys with such worry that he failed to realize the growing scent of cinnamon spice lingering in the air. He places his keys in his pocket and nearly jumps out of skin when he hears something being harshly slammed on the counter. ‘Alpha’.
He takes a deep breath and faces the Alpha and what he sees has him feeling excited and scared at the same time. The Alpha was dressed in a tight black sleeved sweater with orange stitching that hinted some muscle underneath along with an even darker shade of black ripped jeans. He was also wearing a black face mask which covered most of his face, but he had to be handsome, nonetheless.
All in all, just by looking at the Alpha he reeked of dominance which had Izuku fighting his instinct to submit. Despite that, the most prominent aspect that had Izuku nearly fall to his knees was the Alphas ruby red eyes. The moment their eyes met, Izuku felt his eyes tingle a bit and watched in surprise as the Alphas eyes shined from a deep red color to a light golden color.
‘Nope. No. No. Noo. That did not just happen and I’m imagining things. That’s all! Nothing happened!’ Is what Izuku told himself to comfort himself and refrain from releasing a destressed scent.
It is an old tale told to children and written in fictional books that if an Alpha and Omega meet and feel an immediate connection that they are bound to be soulmates. This was presented in the form of a quick eye color change that signaled the connection: Alphas is gold while Omegas is blue. It is very rare for this phenomenon to happen so much so that people consider it a myth. There’s no way that just happened plus this Alpha hasn’t made a single move or looked surprised in general so its safe to say Izuku was just imagining things at this point.
“H-Hello” Izuku greets the other though he had a faint idea that he wouldn’t be receiving an answer back.
Just as fast as he looked into the Alphas eyes did Izuku quickly avoid his gaze. He could feel the heat rise to his cheeks. He slowly grabbed the boxed candy the Alpha placed on the counter and began to scan it all the while feeling the intense gaze being given by the other. He looked at the candy, Hot Heads. Izuku involuntarily wrinkled his nose ‘Eww, these candies are overly spicy and so gross’
“Ohh!” Izuku is zapped right out of his thoughts as he hears a deep grunt.
“Umm, t-that’ll be $1.29!” Izuku says quickly as he finally looks up at the mysterious boy in front of him. He’s surprised to find the Alpha focused on the exposed skin of his chest. He watches the Alpha quickly remove his eyes from his chest and reach into his pocket.
As Izuku reached out to take the money he could have swore the Alpha moved closer as he felt warm skin meeting his. He shivered a bit and felt himself overly blushing as his heart beats a little faster. Taking his eyes off the Alpha, Izuku fumbles to put the money into the cash register and extends his hands out to give the boxed candy back. He once again felt the shivers run down his body as he feels the rough yet gentle touch coming from the latter. When he notices that the boxed candy hasn’t left his hands he realizes the other hasn’t pushed away, keeping their touch just a little longer than usual. Izuku then forces himself to look up into those fiery red eyes and feels his heart beating even faster.
It looks as though those same ruby red eyes might’ve.. dilated? Before Izuku could even entertain that idea, the mysterious Alpha cocks his head to the side and looks at Izuku from head to toe before finally pulling away.
‘Wait. Did he just smile?’ Izuku could have sworn the Alpha had smiled just briefly but maybe this was also his imagination. What was there to even smile about anyway?
He looks at the Alpha walking away and his human brain is finally calming down after such an intense meeting, but his Omega brain is pleading with Izuku to run after this same Alpha. Feeding into his whiny inner Omega just this once Izuku musters enough courage within him.
“B-Bye” Izuku says in such a low voice that even he could barely hear himself, so he doubts the Alpha heard him. Much to his surprise, he watches the Alpha freeze for just a moment and look over his shoulder at him. Izuku feels his breath hitch for just a second before slowly breathing out again as he watches the other look forward again and walk right out the store.
‘What was that?’ Izuku asks himself as he clutches his beating heart. It was almost scary how captivated he was with an unknown Alpha. That Alpha could be a killer for all he knows! There was no way Izuku would let his guard down. For anybody. But he can’t help but feel this sense of loneliness for a quick moment especially after meeting such a handsome Alpha that smelled like absolute heaven.
‘Okay Izuku, it’s not like someone like him would have any interest in someone like you. Someone Quirkless like you.’ He chuckled to himself. That’s a truth he learned to accept a long time ago.
His night went into shambles in a matter of 10 minutes. Izuku rolls his eyes and picks up his backpack to leave. He shuts off all the lights and walks outside to lock the doors.
He can’t say he feels safe being alone at night, so he rushes home even though he had a weird sense that someone has been watching him for a couple weeks now. He detours just a little so in case he is right, this other person won’t be able to follow him to school. He reaches his dorm and practically flies to the second floor where his room is located.
So first a hot Alpha manages to (involuntarily?) mess with his senses and now he might’ve had someone just follow him home? A double whammy in one night and Izuku would rather curl up in his nest and sleep so he does just that. The moment his head hits his soft pillows, he feels himself forgetting the incidents and sleep overcoming him.
“Such beautiful red eyes”. He says quietly to himself before he drifts off.
At least this was a once in a lifetime meet and he’ll never have to see that Alpha again… right?