Hey guys, probably didn't think you'd get another update so soon, right? Well, I decided to tweak the order in which I update stories, so from now on I'll be updating this story twice before I work on any of my other fics! As stated before, this chapter will pick up where the last one left off and will show Izuku training with One for All, as well as introducing several girls that will end up being in the harem! The story will really start rolling with this chapter. So, I hope you're all looking forward to that! Well, that's all I wanted to say, so let's get to the fic!
P.S. Here is my new update order for my stories: Pokemon (Betrayal Brings out the Best in x1 chapter), Fairy Tail (Natsu Dragneel the Dual Dragon Slayer x2 chapters), Batman (It's Still Possible to Turn Your Life Around x1 chapter), Akame ga Kill (Killing Your Dark Future x2 chapters), Spider-man (Spider-man: Love Across Dimensions x1 chapter), and My Hero Academia (What it Takes to be a Hero x2 chapters). Then the order will reset and we'll start from the beginning again.
P.P.S. Once again, this chapter is going to have a lot of time skips again, but that's because Izuku is going to run into several familiar faces.
Disclaimer: I don't own My Hero Academia or any of its characters.
(Three Weeks Later: Highway Leading Out of Musutafu)
"Where exactly are we going, All Might?" Izuku asked as he stared out the car's window, watching as other cars and buildings whizzed passed. "You sounded pretty nervous when you talked with my mom earlier...actually now that I think about it...I don't think I've ever really seen you nervous before. I can't imagine what could possibly get you so worked up."
"Well, I've been training you on how to properly use One for All..." All Might said, before gesturing towards Izuku's left arm, which was covered in bandages. "But I can't have you break bones every time you use your quirk. You're lucky that Recovery Girl has been nice enough to heal you, or else your training would have grounded to a halt by now."
"Do you know someone who can help with my training?" Izuku asked as he stared down at his lap, gently rubbing a hand over his bandages. "I want to master this quirk and make it my own."
"I do know somebody...but the person we're going to see actually reached out to me." All Might explained, his grip on the steering wheel tightening slightly, which caused Izuku to quirk an eyebrow. "With all the hero research you've been doing, I'm sure you've heard of Gran Torino."
"Sure, I've read some articles and reports about him, he's an old school hero. But if I remember correctly, he's been retired for years now." Izuku muttered as he began to stroke his chin, eyes narrowing in thought. Suddenly his head snapped up and he turned to face All Might. "Is that who we're going to see!?"
"Yes, Gran Torino actually taught at U.A. a long time ago, but it was only for about a year. He ended up being one of my teachers." All Might said, releasing a light sigh and glancing over at Izuku, he almost wanted to chuckle when he saw the young boy staring at him with wide eyes. "He knows all about One for All too, so you don't have to worry about that. I'm sure that's why he wanted to meet you because he knows I chose you as my successor."
"Amazing! I don't believe it!" Izuku exclaimed with a smile as he began to literally bounce in his seat, his entire body trembling in excitement. "So there are other people who know about One for All, and it's one of All Might's teachers! I can't wait to meet him!"
"I wouldn't get so excited if I were you, young Midoriya..." All Might thought, opting to keep his mouth shut and not ruin his successor's excitement. "Gran Torino was actually a close friend of my predecessor...the previous holder of One for All...it's been so long since Gran Torino retired, I can barely remember him as a hero." Suddenly All Might grit his teeth and his body began to shake slightly. "Why did he suddenly want to train you though? Did he think my skills as a teacher were lacking?"
"Man, something must have happened between them for All Might to get this worked up." Izuku thought as he watched All Might anxiously drum his fingers on the steering wheel. "I wonder if Gran Torino is actually a scary person? Well, it doesn't matter, he must be amazing either way!"
(2 Hours Later)
"We're here." All Might said, stopping the car outside what appeared to be a dingy, rundown looking apartment building. "This is where Gran Torino is currently living."
"Are you absolutely sure this the right address?" Izuku asked in a skeptical tone as he looked the building over, not believing that someone could actually live there. "This place looks like it's about to be demolished."
"Yes, I'm positive this is the right place." All Might said, before reaching out and pressing a button next to the steering wheel, which popped open the trunk. "Now, you should grab your things, we don't want to keep Gran Torino waiting."
"Sure thing..." Izuku said with a light sigh as opened the door and stepped out of the car. Walking around the car, Izuku grabbed his suitcase and backpack out of the trunk. However, after grabbing his belongings, Izuku noticed that somethings appeared to be missing. "Hey...where are All Might's bags?" Closing the trunk, Izuku began to walk back towards the passenger seat. "Did he leave them in the back-" Izuku was cut off when the car suddenly peeled away, speeding down the street. "H-HEY! ALL MIGHT! WAIT!"
"See you in a week, young Midoriya!" All Might shouted out the window, waving back to his successor. "Train hard and use your time wisely!"
"Are you kidding me..." Izuku groaned as he slumped his shoulders in defeat, watching as All Might sped away. Not knowing what else to do, Izuku grabbed his bags and sat down on the steps of the rundown apartment building. Izuku waited on the steps for several minutes, trying to figure out what to do next. He wanted to call All Might and ask him to come back, but he knew that probably wouldn't work. Izuku next thought to call his mom, but he knew that she'd likely be at work right now and he didn't want to bother her. Turning around, Izuku looked up at the depressing looking building behind him. Releasing a heavy sigh, Izuku grabbed his bags and walked up the stairs. "I guess I'll just have to take my chances."
Stopping outside the door, Izuku reached out and knocked several times. After not receiving a reply for almost a full minute, Izuku tried knocking again. Still hearing no response, Izuku tried the door and was surprised to find out it was unlocked. With a low creaking sound, the door slowly swung open. Izuku saw that the lights were on and finally decided to enter the building. Walking into a lobby-like area, Izuku put down his bags and set out to find someone who might know where Gran Torino was.
"H-Hello! I'm Izuku Midoriya...and I'm here to see Gran Torino!" Izuku called out, slowly making his way around the building, the old floorboards groaning with each step he took. "Excuse me, but can someone-" Izuku stopped mid-sentence when he walked into what appeared to be a sitting room, his eyes wide in utter shock when he spotted a small man lying face-first on the ground, surrounded by broken glass and red liquid. "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! Oh god, i-is he dead!?" Quickly whipping out his cellphone, Izuku began to dial emergency services. "I need to get help right away!"
"I'm alive, don't worry kiddo! The name's Gran Torino by the way, I think I heard ya shouting for me!" Gran Torino gasped as he suddenly raised his head, startling Izuku. Heart still pounding in his chest, Izuku watched as the elderly man stood up and dusted himself off. Gran Torino was an extremely short, elderly man with heavy wrinkles and a scrawny built. He had a light complexion and yellow eyes. His hair was gray and spikey, styled short with some bangs hanging forward and a trimmed beard. He appeared to be wearing his hero costume and it consisted of a full-body monochrome suit along with a yellow cape, a belt with the letter "G" on it, very thick yellow gloves and boots, and a dark domino mask which resembled two diamonds. Grumbling underneath his breath, Gran Torino used a walking stick to steady himself. "Sonuvabitch! I was carrying a jar of strawberry jam, but then I tripped and spilled it everywhere! Now, who the heck are you, kid?!"
"U-Uh, I'm Izuku Midoriya...you called-"
"Huh!?" Gran Torino exclaimed in an annoyed tone, holding a hand up to his ear. "Stop mumbling and speak up!"
"I'm...I'm..." Izuku stumbled over his words for a moment, before he took a moment to calm himself. Tightly balling his fists, Izuku's emerald eyes filled with fiery determination. "I'm All Might's successor! I was chosen by him to inherit One for All! I've come here so that you can help train me, Gran Torino!"
"Hooo...well said brat..." Gran Torino said with a sly smirk, stroking his beard. Stepping closer and scanning Izuku from head-to-toe, Gran Torino's brow began to furrow. "So you're the one Toshinori picked...you're exactly as he described over the phone."
"I don't know whether that's good or bad..." Izuku said with a nervous chuckle as he rubbed the back of his head. "I'm sure All-"
"Well, what are you waiting for." Gran Torino cut Izuku off once again, slamming the bottom of his walking stick onto the floor. "Come at me with One for All! I want to see how well you can handle it!"
"I-I don't know about that, sir..." Izuku said as he stared down at his bandaged arm. "I don't want to-"
"Quit your dawdling!" Gran Torino exclaimed, moments before jets of air seemed to burst out of the bottom of his feet. Izuku watched in utter shock as Gran Torino bounced around the room several times, his incredible speed making it hard to keep track of him. Gran Torino suddenly slammed to a stop on the wall above Izuku, grinning down at him. "Now you heard me earlier, get your butt over here and come at me! The way Toshinori described how you've been using your quirk, he hasn't been teaching you properly!"
"So, he was faking being a frail old man at first..." Izuku thought as he stared at Gran Torino with wide eyes. "He even talks kinda like All Might...there's no doubt, he really was All Might's teacher!" Tearing his gaze away, Izuku took a deep breath and look down at his clenched fist. "Okay, I want you to teach me...but is it really okay for me to use my quirk? You heard from All Might that I can't control my power properly. So, shouldn't we be doing this outdoors somewhere? Also, if I accidentally hit you with 100% of my power...I don't know what would happen to your body, Gran Torino."
"I thought I told you to quit dawdling..." Gran Torino said, releasing a light sigh before he completely disappeared from Izuku's view in the blink of an eye. Startled by the elderly hero's sudden movement, Izuku began to frantically spin around and search for him. Izuku felt his body stiffen when he heard Gran Torino speak up from behind him. "I'm eager to move, so I'm not wasting any time!" Izuku grunted in pain when Gran Torino hit him with a solid kick to the back. Stumbling forward, Izuku quickly regained his balance and whipped around to glare at Gran Torino. With a crash, Gran Torino landed on a nearby microwave, completely destroying it. "What's wrong kid!? You just saw my true strength, so are you going to fight back?!"
"So you wanted to spar instead of just taking a hit from me..." Izuku said as he slid into a fighting stance, tightly balling his fists. "If I end up hurting you, don't say I didn't warn you."
"Tch, all wrong..." Gran Torino scoffed, quickly analyzing Izuku's sloppy and awkward fighting stance. "Everything you're doing right now is wrong! To think the ninth inheritor would be such an utter mess! Even to the very end, All Might is an utter novice!"
"Don't..." Izuku growled as his unbandaged arm began to glow and crackle with One for All's power, the veins in his arm pulsing with bright red energy. "Remember...the image of the egg in the microwave...it won't break! Lower my power!" Gritting his teeth, Izuku swung his fist towards Gran Torino. "Badmouth All Might!"
Gran Torino leaped out of the way of Izuku's attack at the last moment, barely dodging the explosive shockwave Izuku's attack sent out. Despite trying to lower the attack's power, the shockwave demolished the wall behind where Gran Torino had been standing, blowing a hole clear into the next room. Hissing through his teeth, Izuku hunched over and clutched his arm as white-hot pain flowed through it. Luckily, his arm wasn't broken like usual, but his muscles felt like they were on fire.
"Hot damn! Now that was powerful!" Gran Torino said with a low whistle, staring at the new hole in his wall. Whipping back around, Gran Torino smirked at Izuku. "But there are no brakes in a fight!" Launching off the ground once again, Gran Torino began to rapidly bounce around the room once again, doing his best to disorient Izuku. Exhaling through his nose, Izuku did his best to try and keep track of Gran Torino's movements. "Come on boy, fight back!"
"If I remember correctly, his quirk is called 'Jet' but I never imagined he'd be this fast!" Izuku thought as he whipped around to face Gran Torino before he began to leap to several other surfaces. "I can't worry about that now, I have to stop him in his tracks!" Izuku's arm once again began to glow with immense power, balling his fist tightly to fight the intense pain he was still feeling. "Let's try to again...just like last time, he'll probably try to attack from..." Quickly spinning on his heels, Izuku wasn't surprised to see Gran Torino barreling towards him. "Behind!"
"Ah, I see you predicted my movements, impressive." Gran Torino said with a confident smirk before he suddenly shifted direction mid-air. Grabbing ahold of Izuku's arm, Gran Torino pinned it to the ground, now standing directly on the young boy's chest. "But...you're so damn stiff...and your awareness is all over the place!" Chuckling to himself, Gran Torino flicked Izuku in the forehead. "That's why you ended up like this!"
"Damn...I thought I had you for sure..." Izuku groaned in frustration as he reached up and rubbed his forehead. "You're amazing Gran Torino..."
"All Might sent me several videos he took of your quirk training sessions...and from what I've seen in them, I can only come to one conclusion..." Gran Torino said, his eyes narrowing slightly as he dug his foot into Izuku's chest a little harder. "Your idolizing and feelings of responsibility to All Might...they've become shackles for you."
"W-What are you talking about?" Izuku asked as he unconsciously balled his fists, feeling a small amount of anger starting to build in the pit of his stomach. "I...I don't...my admiration for All Might hasn't..." For several moments, Izuku struggled to find the right thing to say, but deep down he knew that there was some truth to what Gran Torino had said. Releasing a light sigh, Izuku unclenched his fists. "Okay...how can I fix my problem?"
"You wanted to get stronger and control your quirk, right?" Gran Torino asked, before hopping off of Izuku's chest. "I hate to break it to you kid, but in the real world, neither time nor villains will just sit around and wait for you to get stronger." Grunting softly, Gran Torino reached down and grabbed his walking stick. "Your problem is that keep thinking of One for All as some special power that you need to use to finish a fight in one shot."
"So what should I do to fix that?" Izuku asked in a frustrated tone as he got back onto his feet. "I understand what you're saying...but I don't know how to solve my problem."
"All Might said that you're a really smart kid, I believe you can think of an answer yourself." Gran Torino answered with a smirk, before opening the building's front door. "I'm heading out for a bit to get something to eat, I'll check back in a bit." However, before he left, Gran Torino stopped in the doorway. "Oh, and while you're brainstorming, clean this place up a bit."
"Are you serious!?" Izuku exclaimed in exasperation as he spun around to look at the trashed room behind him. Whipping back around, Izuku was about to refuse, but Gran Torino had already left. Groaning in frustration, Izuku bent down and began to clean up the partially destroyed lobby, dwelling on what Gran Torino had told him. "My admiration for All Might...is holding me back? Gran Torino said that I thought of One for All as a special power...and he said that my movements were stiff..." Stopping his cleaning, Izuku began to stroke his chin, the gears in his head starting to turn. "What could be causing me to be so stiff...how do I become more flexible..." Just then, Izuku's eyes slowly widened as realization struck him, another thing Gran Torino had said echoing in his mind. Without a second thought, Izuku dashed over towards his backpack and grabbed his hero notebook and a pen. "That's it! Gran Torino is absolutely right! I've always thought of One for All as an ultimate attack to take opponents out in one hit! But a quirk is really just an extension of your body! I just need to think of things more flatly! The answer was right in my face the whole time, how did never see it!?"
"I knew you'd figure it out in no time...you're smart as hell and your thought process is really flexible..." Gran Torino thought with a small smile, staying hidden just beside the doorway, listening to Izuku continue to ramble off theories and ways to better control his quirk. "Looks like you did find yourself a great successor, Toshinori."
(Several Hours Later)
"Alright, it's time to train..." Izuku whispered as he quietly slipped out of his bed and snuck passed Gran Torino, who was fast asleep. Stopping mid-step, Izuku took a moment to admire the truly odd way Gran Torino was snoring, almost like a wild animal. "H-He's actually asleep...right?" Not wanting to risk waking up Gran Torino, Izuku continued silently stepping out of the room. After quietly creeping down the stairs, Izuku made his way into a fenced-off alley behind the building. "Gran Torino really only watched over me today, we didn't do much practical training." Izuku soon reached the center of the alley, staring up at the towering wall in front of him. "I need to stop thinking about 'using' my quirk, it has to be something I can do as naturally as breathing. If I can do that with just 5% of my power, then I should be able to manage that. I need to get my body used to that! For now, I'll use 5% of my power and try to leap from wall to wall." Crouching down, Izuku's legs began to glow and pulse with One for All's power. "Remember the egg in the microwave! Do not let it burst! Just hold that image!"
Taking one last deep breath, Izuku launched up into the air, slightly surprised by the height he managed to reach with only 5% of his power. However, Izuku failed to take into account how fast he would be going after he took off the ground. Before he could even react, Izuku slammed directly into the wall. Izuku stuck to the wall for a few moments, before he fell to the ground, landing in a pile of trash bags.
"I should have guessed something like that might happen..." Izuku groaned in pain, digging himself out of the trash and rubbing his sore nose. "I need to focus my strength into my legs, but also add cushioning for my arms..." Going over the scenario again in his head, Izuku tried to figure out a way to properly distribute his power. "I'll need to add more power into my arms and legs for the second jump...but if I'm not careful, I could end up breaking my bones..." Before Izuku could dig himself out of the garbage, he was stopped when his phone began to ring. Fishing out his phone, Izuku smiled when he saw who was calling. Pressing the screen to answer the call, Izuku placed the phone against his ear. "You're up pretty late, Ochaco."
"Heh heh, I could say the same for you, Deku."
"What's up, Ochaco?" Izuku asked as he perked up a bit, happy to hear his best friend's voice. "Did you want anything?"
"Not really, I just wanted to talk to you...ever since we started high school, I haven't been able to see you as much...and I kinda missed you..."
"I missed you too Ochaco..." Izuku said, his face flushing slightly. "It's weird not seeing you every day."
"I know! Anyway, what are you up to!? You're supposed to be out of town, right?!"
"Yeah, I was having some trouble with my training, so All Might found someone who can help me." Izuku replied as he turned around to stare at the rundown building he was staying in with Gran Torino. "If everything goes well, I should hopefully be able to control my quirk."
"That's so weird though! You didn't have a quirk for years, then you just get one out of nowhere! And on top of that, you're always dodging the question whenever I ask about where your quirk came from! What's up with that?!"
"I told you Ochaco, I...I just can't tell you...at least not yet..." Izuku replied, releasing a light sigh. He hated lying to Ochaco, but he just couldn't tell her his secret, All Might said that it could possibly put her in danger. "I promise Ochaco, I will tell you someday...just please be patient."
"Okay...I won't press the issue anymore, you'll tell me when you're ready...well, I really should be getting to bed, like you said it is pretty late. Good night Izuku."
"Good night Ochaco, I'll call you tomorrow afternoon." Izuku said in a cheerful tone, trying to lighten the mood a bit before he hung up the phone. "Alright!" Finally stumbling out of the garbage pile, Izuku dusted himself off, a grin spreading across his face as he stared at the wall once again. "Let's go again! I'll figure this out in no time!"
(The Following Morning)
"Morning, kiddo!" Gran Tornio exclaimed as he slowly walked into the kitchen, cracking the kinks out of his back. "How are-" Gran Torino stopped mid-sentence when he saw Izuku sitting at the kitchen table. The green-haired boy looked like a complete and utter mess, his eyes were sleep-deprived and his body was covered in minor scrapes and bruises. "What the hell happened to you?!"
"Heh heh..." Izuku chuckled, rubbing the back of his head. "I got a little carried with my self-training last night. I was thinking about what you told me, sir...and I tried to putting it into practice...but...looks like I still have a lot of work ahead of me."
"Well of course! You're taking your first steps on this journey, you're going to stumble a bit!" Gran Torino explained in an encouraging tone as walked up and patted Izuku's lower back. "There's no way around it. This entire concept would have taken forever for All Might to figure out. He handled One for All like it was nothing from the very start, that's why his way of teaching you wasn't working. His body was the only thing he had going for him."
"Wow, All Might hasn't told me much about his past..." Izuku said in an excited tone, his eyes lighting up slightly. "I definitely want to know more!"
"During our practical training, I would beat him until he bled and was puking his guts out." Gran Torino said as he released a light chuckle. "I didn't go easy on him."
"That's must have been why All Might was so worked up on the drive over here." Izuku thought, chuckling softly as he remembered how shaken and nervous his mentor looked. "Gran Torino must have really whipped All Might into shape."
"I was hard on him because he couldn't handle that power half-heartedly..." Gran Torino mused as he stroked his beard, staring down at the floor. "He was entrusted the power of One for All by a late friend."
"All Might's predecessor...are they...dead..." Izuku asked in a somewhat saddened tone, lightly clenching his fists.
"Toshinori hasn't-" Gran Torino was cut off when the doorbell suddenly rang. "Oh, my delivery is here already!"
"I'll go get it!" Izuku said with a grin, before jogging over and opening the door. Hoisting the decent-sized box up, Izuku carried into the kitchen and opened it up. He couldn't help but chuckle when he set a brand new microwave down onto the counter. "Heh, you got this pretty fast."
"The one I had broke for some unknown reason yesterday!" Gran Torino said with a smile as he hopped up onto a chair and began to rapidly pat the top of his new microwave. "So, I ordered this baby on Amazon and got express next day delivery!"
"He's really gonna pretend like he totally didn't smash his old one..." Izuku thought with a sweatdrop, before sighing lightly and putting the cardboard box away. "Whatever, there's no use arguing with him."
"Okay, I've decided, kiddo!" Gran Torino said in an excited tone as he sat down in his seat at the table. "Let's heat up some of the taiyaki I bought yesterday! I'm ready to go!"
"Taiyaki for breakfast!?" Izuku said in a surprised tone, plugging in the microwave and grabbing the box of taiyaki from the nearby freezer. Putting several of the fish-shaped sweets onto a plate, Izuku put them in the microwave and set them to defrost. "That's an...interesting choice..."
"I have a sweet tooth!" Gran Torino exclaimed as he rapidly tapped his hands on the table, almost looking like a little kid anticipating treats from their parents. "There's nothing wrong with having something different for breakfast."
"I guess you're right..." Izuku said with a shrug of his shoulders, before turning around and staring at the microwave, his mind wandering back towards his training. "I need to treat using One for All like I'm breathing...if I think about it rationally, that means I have to catch up with everyone else who's been cultivating their quirks since they were kids. I have some time before I apply for U.A. but I don't have as much time as I'd like...if I want to eventually draw out more than just 5% of my power...it could potentially take months, just like when I was building up my body before I received One for All...maybe I can-" Izuku was pulled from his thoughts when the microwave suddenly started beeping, letting him know the taiyaki was finished. "Whatever, I'll think about it more later, right now I'm starving."
"Yahoo! That's what I'm talking about!" Gran Torino proclaimed as he clapped his hands together, licking his lips as Izuku set the plate down onto the table. "Nice and hot!"
"I really need to relax, there's no need to rush things..." Izuku muttered to himself, pulling out a chair and taking a seat.
"Would you stop yer damn muttering and looking so gloomy." Gran Torino said in a mildly annoyed tone as he grabbed a piece of taiyaki. "For now, just shut up and eat some nice hot taiy-" Gran Torino stopped mid-sentence when his teeth bit down into his taiyaki, finding out that it was still partially frozen on the inside. "Ah! This is still cold!"
"Huh!? Are you sure!?" Izuku asked in a surprised tone, reaching out and touching one of the other pieces of taiyaki, noticing that the outside felt hot to the touch. "I set it to defrost and microwave dinged and everything!"
"You dolt! Ugh..." Gran Torino grumbled as he hopped off his chair and walked over towards the microwave. Groaning in frustration, Gran Torino reached up and opened the microwave, aggressively pointing towards the tray in the center of it. "You can't just shove a big plate in here! If you just force something into this microwave, then the damn tray can't turn! If the tray doesn't turn, then only part of whatever is in there will get hot! Come on kid, it's like you've never used a damn microwave before!"
"Oh jeez, sorry about that...my microwave at home doesn't actually rotate..." Izuku apologized, standing up from his seat and slowly shaking his head. However, Izuku stopped dead in his tracks when he was hit by a sudden flash of inspiration, his eyes slowly widening as the gears in his head began to turn. Gasping in surprise, Izuku slammed his hands onto the table. "I-I got it! Mr. Torino, I think I've got it!" Reaching out, Izuku excitedly grabbed one of the pieces of taiyaki and held it up. "This taiyaki...it's like me!"
"Uh, the hell are you saying kid?" Gran Torino asked in a confused tone as he scratched his head. "Did you hit your head or something last night when you were training?"
"Yeah I did...a lot...but that's not the point! I really do get it now, let me explain!" Izuku said in an excited tone, setting the taiyaki down and tightly balling his fists. "Up until now, I've been fixated on the thought of 'using' One for All when and where I needed to! It was sort of like I was flipping a switch...and that caused me to have a few second delay whenever I wanted to 'use' it. Instead of flipping one switch at a time, I should just flip them all at once from the very start!" Gran Torino's eyes slowly widened as he watched vibrant green electricity begin to crackle around Izuku's body, his veins and skin glowing as the power of One for All flowed through them. "It wasn't just the heat spreading through the taiyaki that helped me realize this! Out of nowhere, it hit me that whenever All Might uses One for All to enter his muscular form, he does it across his entire body, not just individual parts! I need to hold that image of sending power to one part of my body and spread it out uniformly!"
"I thought he'd figure it out quick, but this is insane..." Gran Torino thought with a smirk as the electricity surrounding Izuku increased in intensity, forcing him to shield his eyes. "This kid is something else!"
"Across my whole body..." Izuku said through grit teeth, feeling One for All slowly filling every inch of his body. "Steadily...all the time...the 5% that my body can handle right now!"
"So taiyaki in a microwave and All Might buffing up helped you realize this?" Gran Torino said with a chuckle as he stamped his cane onto the floor. "That's some special type of boring, kid. But will it be enough?"
"Boring's my specialty..." Izuku said with a grin, tightly balling his fists as he did his best to concentrate on maintaining One for All. "And it has All Might's stamp of approval!"
"Can you move like that..." Gran Torino asked as he tossed away his cane and rolled his shoulders.
"I...don't know...maybe?" Izuku replied, starting to feel like he was finally getting partial control over his quirk.
"Then, shall I try testing you?" Gran Torino asked with a smirk as he cracked his knuckles. "Because I'm getting a little excited to see what you can do, kid."
"Bring it on!" Izuku exclaimed in an excited tone, feeling a newfound sense of confidence flow through him.
"Okay, how about this kid..." Gran Torino said as he rifled through his pockets, eventually pulling out a stopwatch. "For now, let's spar for three minutes."
"Three minutes..." Izuku said, quirking an eyebrow. "I should be able to hold it for that long, so let's go!"
"Don't go getting cocky on me..." Gran Torino said with a grin before he activated his quirk and suddenly took off, appearing on the wall behind Izuku in a split second. "Just try to land one blow on me!"
"Still so fast!" Izuku thought with a grunt, using his arm to block a kick from Gran Torino. His eyes slowly widened in surprise when he realized that he actually managed to block an attack. "But now I'm fast too!"
"Oho! Looks like your reaction time has improved!" Gran Torino complimented as he began to rapidly dart around the room, randomly launching attacks at Izuku. However, Izuku managed to barely keep up with Gran Torino, blocking most of his strikes. "You can't be on the defensive the entire time, kiddo! You need to attack too!"
"He's right!" Izuku thought, gritting his teeth as he deflected another kick aimed at his back. "I need to buy myself a little time to find an opening!" Quickly scanning around the room, Izuku got a flash of inspiration when he spotted a couch across the room. "That's it!" After blocking another attack, Izuku dashing towards the couch, sliding behind it. "Take the bait!"
"Trying to hide and buy some time! How predictable!" Gran Torino taunted as he zipped towards the back of the couch. "It won't work, kiddo!"
"He took the bait!" Izuku thought with a grin, before reaching out and grabbing one of the couch's legs. Even with only 5% of his power, Izuku easily lifted the couch with one arm, causing Gran Torino's eyes to shoot open in shock. "SMASH!" Doing a quick spin to gain momentum, Izuku hurled the couch at a still-stunned Gran Torino. Just like Izuku had predicated, Gran Torino quickly darted away to avoid the flung couch and he used that moment to strike. "One for All: Full Cowling!" Izuku launched himself towards Gran Torino, his fist cocked back. "I've got you now!"
"Nice try kid." Gran Torino said in a calm tone as he slightly moved his head, Izuku's fist only missing by an inch, practically brushing against the hairs of his beard. In a split second, Gran Torino was behind Izuku once again. "But not good enough."
"I'm not done yet!" Izuku exclaimed, coming to a skidding stop and whipping around to face Gran Torino once again. The green electricity surrounding Izuku increased in intensity as he rocketed towards Gran Torino. "I've still got time!"
"Your movements are too predictable, kiddo." Gran Torino thought as he readied to dodge another punch from Izuku. "You keep using the same attacks whenever I get behind you."
"He'll be expecting another punch, but I've got something else up my sleeve!" Izuku thought, raising his arm and aiming it at Gran Torino. "Even at 5%, this should be pretty strong!" Flicking his finger, Izuku fired a small, but powerful shockwave of air at Gran Torino. Caught off guard by the sudden change up, Gran Torino was hit by the blast of air and was sent tumbling backward. "Now's my chance!" Crouching down, Izuku launched towards Gran Torino at an incredible speed. "I've got you-"
Izuku suddenly slammed on the brakes and fell flat on his face when a loud ringing sound suddenly filled the room. With both of them panting heavily, Izuku watched as Gran Torino pulled the stopwatch out of his pocket. Looking down at his arm, Izuku saw that his hand was barely an inch away from Gran Torino, practically brushing against him. Groaning in frustration, Izuku sat back upright and ran his hands through his disheveled hair.
"And that's three minutes..." Gran Torino said with a light sigh as he slipped the stopwatch back into his pocket. "This kid...he almost had me at the end."
"Damn it!" Izuku exclaimed, tightly balling his fists. "It was so tough just keeping Full Cowling active...at this rate...I'm nowhere..."
"Stop being so damn hard yourself!" Gran Torino yelled as he slapped Izuku's shoulder. "Your judgment using analysis and predictions...attacking when my guard was broken...switching up your tactics to catch me off guard...you're the type of kid who thinks things through on a regular basis. Just keep at it and you'll get it down in no time." Gran Torino suddenly turned his back to Izuku, hiding the large grin on his face. "That kid made me go all out, haven't had to do that in a long time! He's going to transform into an amazing hero!"
(One Week Later)
"I'll see you later, Gran Torino! Thanks for all your help!" Izuku exclaimed with a massive smile, waving back towards his temporary teacher, before leaping down the stairs and dashing towards All Might's cars. After putting his bags into the trunk, Izuku hopped into the passenger seat. "Hey, All Might! How have you been?!"
"Well someone is excited..." All Might said as he observed Izuku, noticing his successor's increased energy. "I'm guessing your training with Gran Torino went well."
"It sure did!" Izuku said, buckling his seatbelt and giving All Might a thumbs up. "I can't wait to get back and start training with you again! I want to show you how much I've improved!"
"That's great, I'm excited to see how you've improved as well..." All Might said as he began to pull away from Gran Torino's building. "But listen young Midoriya...I spoke with your mother a few days ago...and it seems like we might have to ease up on our training just a bit."
"WHAT?!" Izuku exclaimed in shock, whipping around in his seat to face All Might. "What are you talking about!?"
"Your mother has been gracious enough to let me personally train you...but she doesn't want you spending all your free time training." All Might explained which caused Izuku to deflate and slump down in his seat. "She was hoping that you would pick up a hobby."
"Like what?" Izuku asked in a defeated tone, knowing it was futile to argue. "Studying and training has always kinda been my hobbies..."
"Well, what else interests you?" All Might asked as he glanced over at Izuku, seeing his face scrunch slightly as he thought about the question. "There has to be something."
"I like listening to music when I study..." Izuku suggested, shrugging his shoulders. "I guess I could try learning an instrument."
"There you go!" All Might said with a smile as he reached over and patted Izuku on the shoulder. "It'll still be pretty early when we get back home, so why don't we head to a music store? Maybe we'll find something that catches your eye."
"Okay! That sounds like fun!" Izuku said, perking back up a bit. "I'm kinda excited now!"
(Three Hours Later: Musutafu Music World)
"Wow! This place is huge!" Izuku exclaimed as he stepped into Musutafu's largest music store, marveling at the walls and aisles lined with instruments and musical equipment. Despite the store's impressive size, there weren't very many customers, likely because it was a Monday afternoon. "Where should I even start?"
"Well, how about we split up and look around?" All Might suggested, gesturing towards the countless possibilities Izuku had to choose from. "If you find anything you like, I'll buy it for you."
"Are you sure?" Izuku asked as he glanced at some of the nearby price tags. "Some of this stuff is really expensive."
"Of course. I'm not exactly strapped for cash." All Might said with a hearty laugh, before patting Izuku on the head. "And consider a gift after you've worked so hard."
"Thanks! I'll take you up on that then!" Izuku exclaimed as he darted towards the store's front desk. "I'll see if I can someone to help me out!" Eventually finding the desk, Izuku spotted a girl around his age sitting behind the counter, chewing some gum and looking rather bored. The girl was petite and fair-skinned with a slender build. She had triangular, lazy-looking onyx eyes with notably long lower eyelashes and rather small eyebrows. Her hair was short, only reaching down to her chin, and was dark purple in color with an asymmetrical fringe, and two reflections shaped like heartbeat monitor waves on either side of her head. Her most prominent features however were the flexible, plug-like earphone jacks hanging from each of her earlobes at the end of two thin cords. The girl was wearing a simple black T-shirt with the logo for a band Izuku didn't recognize, with a red skirt and fishnet stockings. She also wore black leather combat boots, a choker around her neck, and several bracelets around her wrists. Izuku watched in fascination as the girl seemed to be able to control her earphone jacks at will, using them to flip the pages of a magazine she was reading. "That must be her quirk."
"How can I help you, sir?" The girl asked in a bored tone, blowing a decent sized bubble and popping it. "We currently have a sale on CDs if you're interested."
"Uh, hello there..." Izuku trailed off as he leaned in a bit closer to read the girl's nametag. "Kyoka! Oh, and I'm Izuku by the way! I'm new to all this and I was kinda hoping you could help me pick out an instrument."
"You're interested in playing music?" Kyoka asked in a skeptical tone, looking Izuku from head-to-toe. After a few moments, Kyoka released a light sigh and closed her magazine. "Okay, sure thing, Izuku. For starters, do you have any experience with musical instruments?"
"No, not really...I do really like to listen to music though..." Izuku admitted sheepishly as he chuckled and rubbed the back of his head. "Do you have any suggestions?"
"Hmmm..." Kyoka hummed, strolling past Izuku and staring at a wall lined with electric guitars. "Normally, I'd start you off with something pretty basic, but you seem like you're really eager to learn..." Stroking her chin, Kyoka appeared to be searching for a specific guitar. After a few moments, Kyoka grabbed a dark green guitar with vibrant electric decals. "How about this one? I think it's a perfect fit."
"A little on the nose..." Izuku thought with a chuckle as he took the guitar, slinging the strap over his shoulder. "This actually feels great. It's not too heavy and is easy to hold."
"That's great! Now you're gonna need an amp as well, but since you're a novice I think we can hook you up with a basic one, you don't need anything too fancy." Kyoka said with a smile, leading Izuku back towards the front counter. "You're probably gonna need some lessons too, right? We've got plenty of teachers we can hook you up with."
"Actually...what about you, Kyoka?" Izuku asked which caused her to quirk an eyebrow. "Do you know how to play? It'd be pretty cool if you could teach me!"
"Eh...sure, I could teach you..." Kyoka said in a surprised tone, her face flushing slightly as she tapped her earphone jacks together, suddenly feeling a little self-conscious. "Are you sure you want me to teach you though? There's plenty of other people who work here who would probably be a better teacher."
"I don't really care about that, I'd still want to learn from you." Izuku said as he flashed Kyoka a bright smile. "You seem really nice Kyoka, and I'd rather have someone around my age teach me."
"Well, if you insist, Izuku." Kyoka said, twirling an earphone jack around her finger. "I'm free after work around 5:30, so if you ever want some lessons we can do it around then." Kyoka grabbed a piece of paper, quickly jotting something down on it and handing it to Izuku. "This is my cell number, just call me whenever you'd like to arrange a lesson."
"Great!" Izuku exclaimed as he quickly added Kyoka's number into his contacts, right under Ochaco's. "If it's okay with you, I'd like to start tomorrow!"
"Wow, someone's excited." Kyoka said with a grin, crossing her arms over her chest. "But yeah, that works. Just swing by here after 5:30 like I said and we can start your first lesson."
"Awesome, I can't wait to get started." Izuku said as he unslung the guitar and placed it on the counter. "I gotta ask you something though, Kyoka."
"Huh? What's up?" Kyoka asked, going back behind the counter and sitting down. "Did you need anything else?"
"No, nothing like that..." Izuku replied as he rubbed the back of his head. "I was just wondering...do you actually like working here? You looked pretty bored when I walked in."
"Working here is fine, I guess..." Kyoka said, before releasing a light sigh and resting her head on her hand. "But you are right though...I was bored to tears before you came in. It's been a really slow day and I still have half my shift left." Tapping her finger on the counter, Kyoka appeared to be in deep thought for a few moments. "I just...I don't really know what I want to do with my life. Both my parents are musicians...and I really do love music...but I also want to be a hero, I plan to apply to U.A. University in a few years. I just don't know what to do, man." When Kyoka looked back at Izuku, her face flushed slightly when she saw him staring at her in surprise. "Oh gosh! I'm sorry about that! I didn't mean to drop all that on you, it's my problem, not yours!"
"No, it's fine..." Izuku said with a smile before he began to stroke his chin. "I know we just met, Kyoka...and I hope you don't mind me saying this...but I feel like you should do whatever you love. Think about what your work can do for others, whether that be as a musician or hero. Hell, who says you can't be both? Become a hero and still pursue your love of music. You could be Japan's first hero rock star!"
"Huh...I never thought of it like that..." Kyoka muttered, before flashing Izuku a bright smile. "Thanks Izuku, that helped a lot! You're right! I should just do whatever I love to do!"
"Heh, your kindness is truly remarkable, young Midoriya..." All Might thought as he watched the whole exchange from behind a nearby display, his face full of pride.
(Four Months Later: Central Musutafu)
"Do you guys want to go do some karaoke!?" Ochaco asked in her usual bubbly tone, walking right next to Izuku, she had to resist the urge to hug his arm. "I'm whipped from my test today and I need to unwind!"
"I'm down for that." Kyoka said with a grin as she stopped for a moment and pretended to sing into a microphone. "There's a new song I've been dying to try singing!"
"Sounds like fun to me." Izuku said, looking up from his notebook. "We can swing by my place afterward and hang out. I've been practicing those cords you taught me Kyoka, but I can't quite get the hang of them."
"No problem, I can run through them again." Kyoka said as she shrugged her shoulders. "You've been learning at a pretty impressive pace, so I have no doubt you'll get this down in no time."
"Oh, you'll have to teach me how to play something too, Kyoka!" Ochaco exclaimed enthusiastically, before darting around Izuku and wrapping an arm around Kyoka's shoulders. "I've always wanted to learn how to play drums!"
"Sure thing Ochaco, I have a set at home if you ever want to come by and practice." Kyoka said as she gave the energetic brunette a thumbs up. "I'll have you playing like a pro in no time!"
"Yay! I'm so -" Ochaco stopped mid-sentence when she noticed a shadow slowly creeping over her. Looking up, Ochaco gasped in shock when she saw someone falling towards her. Whoever they were, they appeared to have fallen from the bridge above them. "Oh my god!" Pressing her fingertips together, Ochaco prepared to use her quirk to save the person. "I'll stop-"
Before Ochaco even had a chance to activate her quirk, Izuku sprinted past her and Kyoka at an incredible speed, green electricity crackling off his body. In the blink of an eye, Izuku crouched down and leaped into the air. He caught the falling person mid-air in a bridal carry, his momentum carrying both of them back up onto the bridge. Breathing a sigh of relief, Izuku set the person back down, finally getting a good look at them. It was a girl who appeared to be around his age. She was of medium height, with healthy thighs and long legs. Her skin was a light shade of pink, and she had rather square eyes, with black sclera and light yellow irises, and notably long eyelashes below and around the sides. Her face was framed by short hair, fluffy and unruly, which was also a pleasant pink color, slightly darker than that of her skin. She also had two thin, pale yellow horns protruding from her head, hooked squarely and leaning diagonally to opposite sides, which seemed to be slightly flexible, appearing to bend a little to each side. She was wearing a fairly standard high school uniform, with a white button-down shirt, with the top two buttons undone. To go with the shirt, she also had on a navy blue tie, which hung fairly loosely around her neck. Next, she had on a dark blue skirt that barely covered her thighs. Lastly, she wore a pair of white tennis shoes and black tights.
"Are you okay?" Izuku asked in a gentle tone, placing a comforting hand on the girl's shoulder. "Are you hurt anywhere?"
"N-No...I'm...I'm fine..." The girl said as she panted lightly, clutching a hand over her racing heart. "T-Thank you for saving me."
"It's no problem." Izuku said with a warm smile, stepping back to give the girl a little more space to breathe. "What the heck happened though? How did you fall off the bridge?"
"T-That's kinda my fault..." The girl admitted sheepishly as she ran a hand through her unruly pink hair. Suddenly the girl held out her right hand and Izuku was surprised to see an almost clear slimy substance form in it. "My quirk allows me to produce a corrosive acid from my body." To demonstrate, the girl dropped the acid from her hand onto the sidewalk below, causing it to partially eat through the concrete. "Well, I was walking on the bridge's railing and reading one of my manga..."
"That sounds incredibly dangerous..." Izuku said in a deadpanned tone, pinching the bridge of his nose. "Why would you do something like that?"
"I've done it a hundred times before though!" The girl exclaimed as she stomped her foot on the ground, clearly becoming quite flustered. "Ugh, but I guess this time I got distracted while I was reading..." Looking down, Izuku saw that the girl's tights and shoes were partially destroyed. "And I unconsciously started secreting some of my acids...it must have eaten through the part of the railing I was standing on."
"Well, you're lucky I was here this time, or else you might have gotten seriously hurt...or worse..." Izuku said with a heavy sigh, causing the girl to cringe slightly at the implications. Glancing down, Izuku spotted a small book on the ground. Picking it up, he handed it to the pink-skinned girl. "Here, I think this is yours."
"T-Thanks..." The girl said as she took back her manga, clutching it against her chest. "I didn't catch your name..."
"Oh, it's Izuku Midoriya." Izuku said with a smile, extending his hands towards the girl. "It's a pleasure to meet you."
"I'm Mina Ashido." Mina said as she shook Izuku's hand, a faint blush barely noticeable on her pink cheeks. "Again, thanks for saving me."
"Don't mention it! I've gotta go, but I'll see you around Mina! Oh! But if you wanna hang out, my friends and I are going to do some karaoke! Come join us if you want!" Izuku said with a quick wave before green electricity began to spark off his body. Flashing Mina one last smile, Izuku hopped off the bridge and landed in between Kyoka and Ochaco, startling both girls. Deactivating One for All, Izuku clapped his hands together. "Sorry about that girls, now let's go do some karaoke!"
"Izuku Midoriya..." Mina muttered as she leaned against the bridge's railing, watching as Izuku walked away with two other girls. Pulling out her manga, Mina flipped through the pages, looking for one in particular. She smiled softly when she found the image she was looking for. It was a scene of a noble and courageous prince, rescuing the princess from a group of murderous bandits, whisking her away in a bridal carry. Her heart fluttered a little when she remembered Izuku rescuing her, holding her in his strong arms. Releasing a whistful sigh, Mina put the manga back into her bag and gazed at Izuku once again. "I wonder if I just found my prince?"
(One Year Later: Musutafu Shopping District)
"Alright, I've finished all the grocery shopping..." Izuku muttered, gazing down at the shopping list his mother had given him. "Now, I just need to head home and call Mina to let her know I can hang out this weekend." Tucking the list into one of the shopping bags, Izuku prepared to head towards the train station. However, he stopped when a glimmer on the ground caught his eye. Crouching down, Izuku was surprised to see a coin lying on the ground. "Oh! A ¥500 coin! It's my lucky day!" Izuku grinned as he picked up the coin. But before he slipped the coin into his pocket, something inscribed on it caught his eye. "Hold on a second..." Getting a closer look, Izuku saw that it wasn't actually a ¥500 coin, the markings on it were completely wrong and it had a strange inscription. Reading the inscription, Izuku quirked an eyebrow in confusion. "Follow the trail of coins." Looking up, he was surprised to see that there was a trail of similar-looking coins leading into a nearby alley. Flipping the coin over, Izuku's eyes widened in shock when he read the inscription on the back. "Please help me."
Without a second thought, Izuku set down the groceries he was carrying and followed the trail of coins into the alleyway. After following the trail deeper into the alley, Izuku began to hear voices. Pressing himself up against the wall, Izuku slowly crept towards a bend in the alley. Reaching the corner, Izuku poked his head out, instantly spotting something very wrong. Less than fifty feet away, two men were dragging what appeared to be a teenage girl towards a nearby car. The girl's head was covered by a bag and Izuku could hear her muffled cries, meaning she was likely gagged as well. Her wrists and legs were also bound, meaning she could only thrash around to try and free herself from her kidnappers.
"Gah! Would this bitch stop moving around!"
"I know it's a pain in the ass man, but it'll all be worth it! This bitch's family is fucking loaded! They'll pay a fortune to get her back!"
"Haha! I can practically feel that money lining my pockets now!"
"Now, let's hurry up and get her back to the boss!"
"Oh shit!" Izuku cursed as he ducked back behind the corner, heart thundering in his chest. Digging into his pocket, Izuku pulled out his cellphone. "I should call All Might or the police...if I just jump in there, that girl could get seriously hurt." However, as Izuku went to dial All Might's number, he stopped when heard the girl's muffled cries once again. From the sounds of it, she was definitely crying as the thugs tried to force her into the car. Tightly gripping his cellphone, Izuku made up his mind. "To hell with it...All Might can lecture me later." Setting down his backpack, Izuku began to dig through it, eventually pulling out a green face wrap. Putting on the face covering, Izuku stepped out from around the corner, green electricity sparking off his body as he activated his Full Cowling. Swallowing his nervousness, Izuku forced a grin onto his face behind the face wrap, as he tried to channel Kacchan's aggressive confidence and energy. "Hey, you bastards! What do you thinking you're doing!?"
"Who the hell is that!?"
"Who cares! Waste this kid quick, he's seen our faces!"
Both thugs reached into their suit pockets, pulling out small daggers. Izuku flinched for a moment when he saw the weapons, but he knew he couldn't back out now. He was committed to saving this girl. Letting out fierce yells, both thugs charged towards Izuku, blades ready to cut him down. Closing his eyes and taking a deep breath, Izuku tightly clenched his fists. Suddenly emerald eyes snapped open, blazing with determination. One of the thugs was only a few feet away now, lunging at Izuku with his knife. Dashing forward, Izuku ducked underneath the thug's knife, hitting him in the stomach with a devastating uppercut. The thug gasped in pain as Izuku's fist dug into his stomach. Even at only 5% power, the impact of Izuku's punch lifted the thug several feet off the ground, before he crashed back down hard onto the pavement. The second thug stopped dead in his tracks, staring at his buddy who was knocked out cold in an instant. Taking a few steps back, the second thug dropped his knife and began to sprint out of the alley.
"F-Fuck this! I didn't think a hero would show up!"
However, the second thug didn't make it ten feet before Izuku caught up with him. In the blink of an eye, Izuku had tackled the thug, slamming his head into the ground. With both kidnappers now incapacitated, Izuku turned his attention to the girl they were trying to take. She was currently leaning against the car, still crying and trembling slightly. Walking over, Izuku reached out to untie the girl, but she flinched when he touched her.
"Don't worry, I took care of those guys who were trying to kidnap you..." Izuku said in a soothing voice, doing his best to not scare her anymore. "I'm gonna take this bag off your head, okay?" After a moment of hesitation, the girl nodded her head. Reaching up, Izuku pulled off the bag, revealing the girl's face. She was a fairly tall teenage girl with a rather mature physique, considering she looked to be about Izuku's age. She had long black hair that was tied into a spiky ponytail with a large strand hanging on the right side of her face and onyx eyes that point slightly inwards, which seemed to resemble a cat. She wore a caramel-colored blouse, that was frilled around the collar. Below that, she wore a red skirt with a fancy looking black belt wrapped around her waist. Lastly, she had a pair of fairly expensive-looking brown designer boots that went up to the top of her calves, with black tights covering her legs. Taking a moment to admire how beautiful the girl was, Izuku pulled the gag out of her mouth as well. "There, better now?"
"T-Thank you..." The girl struggled to say as tears formed in her eyes once again. Choking back a sob, the girl slowly nodded her head. "Thank you so very much."
"It's fine, I'm just glad I found that trail of coins you left..." Izuku said with a smile, reaching down and untying the ropes binding the girl's wrists and legs. "That was you, right?"
"Yeah, I left those coins, praying someone would find them..." The girl said as she rubbed her wrists, hissing as they ached slightly. "My quirk gives me the ability to create any non-living material or object from my exposed skin by transforming the molecular structure of my fat cells. But in order to create something, I need to understand the molecular structure of what the object is made of. I also need to eat quite a lot so I have more uh...material...to work with. I was lucky those two grabbed me after I ate lunch, or else I might not have been to create as many coins."
"Are you hurt anywhere?" Izuku asked in a concerned tone, spotting the red marks on the girl's wrists. "Should I call an ambulance or something?"
"No...no...I'm fine...I...I just want to head home..." The girl said in a slightly shaky tone as she stepped towards Izuku, tucking on his sleeve. "C-Can you stay with me until someone comes to pick me up...I...I don't want to be alone right now."
"Sure thing. Follow me towards the other end of the alley, I left my groceries over there." Izuku said with a warm smile, gently taking the girl's hand. "Oh, my name's Izuku Midoriya by the way."
"Momo Yaoyorozu...it's a pleasure to meet you Izuku..." Momo said as her cheeks flushed slightly, feeling an overwhelming sense of comfort and security from holding Izuku's hand. "This boy...something about him feels...special."
A few minutes after Izuku and Momo had left the alley, someone else arrived, hopping off a nearby rooftop. Seeing the two tied-up and unconscious criminals, the newcomer growled in frustration. The newcomer was a woman who had an athletic build with muscular arms and legs. She had tanned skin, red eyes which were tilted slightly inwards, long eyelashes, and straight white hair that reached down past her waist. On her head, she had a pair of long white rabbit ears pointing upwards with a slight crook. Along with these, she also had a round white tail, which made her resemblance an albino rabbit. She also wore a costume that consisted of a sleeveless white leotard with dark purple trim around her shoulders and waist, a wide, yellow crescent moon design over her large bust, and two thick metal plates on her midriff. She wore purple thigh-high boots to compliment her leotard, with more plating around the heel and toe areas, making her feet look like those of a rabbit. She also had a pair of thick white gloves on her hands with long cuffs, sporting small triangular protrusions around their edges. The newcomer was none other than the Rabbit Hero: Mirko, aka Rumi Usagiyama.
"God damn it!" Rumi growled as she slammed her foot into the nearby wall, causing it to crack and crumble. "I've been hunting these bastards down for days! Some little punk poached my bad guys!"
And done! Man, this chapter was a long one! Well, Izuku has gotten partial control of One for All and has run into several familiar faces! I tried to come up with scenarios for Izuku to meet Kendo and Tsuyu as well, but nothing I came up with really worked out well. So we'll save their introductions for the next chapter! There will be one last time skip next chapter and after that, we'll officially be starting the cannon story! I'll be working on my Pokemon story next, so the next chapters won't be out for a while. But please just be patient and a new chapter will be out eventually. Remember to follow/favorite if you enjoyed, PLEASE REVIEW (I NEED YOUR FEEDBACK), check out my profile and other stories if you haven't already, and PM me any ideas you might have for my stories. So until next time, I'm outta here!