“Mummy!!! Can I go play at Sharky’s house?” Your adorably excited little voice pierced her morning coffee-less stupor.
“What time is it darling?” She asked in a croaky voice, only just having woken up herself.
“Umm twenty O’clock.” You replied with sincerity, a dead serious look on your face.
Poor mum had to look away to hide her smile. She glanced at her wrist watch. “Sweetpea is very early I don’t think Sharky would even be awake at this ti-.”
Tap tap tap
Your mum turned to the kitchen window to see a stick smacking against the window. The owner of the stick was too short to be seen but she had a fairly good idea of who it might be.
“That’s sharky!” You replied excitedly, bouncing up and down. “Mummy please, please can I go play?!?!” Your puppy dog eyes would have melted every heart within a 100 mile radius of the house.
“Yes darling you can go but please be home for lunch!” She called as you tore off down the hall.
Months had gone by and every waking moment was spent with your best friend Sharky. You loved playing with him and he, with you. The two of you would invent games to play and would chat about your favourite things and what you wanted to be when you grew up. Eijirou loved the hero named Crimson Riot and had a lot of his figurines. He wanted to become a hero one day too and would often ask to play ‘savings’ where you would pretend to be stuck somewhere or be held captive by a bad guy and he would come and save the day!
You loved how heroic he was and he was always very kind when he saved you. Eijirou often told you, you could be a hero too but you didn’t think so. “My quirk isn’t very good for saving but it’s good for fixing!” You would say.
Eijirou’s quirk was called ‘hardening’ he could make any part of his body as hard as a rock and it definitely came in handy if he activated it when he fell. He wouldn’t get hurt at all. You thought that was very cool.
One afternoon you and Sharky were having an afternoon tea picnic under the old elm tree when a pack of rogue dogs happened to pass by. The dogs, being drawn by the smell and sight of food, trotted over to take a better look. They weren’t mean dog but they were big and their desire for food made them target fixated. They galloped over and crashed your picnic, food flying everywhere.
Being only 4 years of age this sudden frenzy scared you silly and you jumped up and screamed, ready to run for home. As you started to run you tripped and fell, spreading your hands out to catch your fall. Because of the spike in adrenaline in your system your body activated your quirk subconsciously and a thick glue oozed from your fingertips, fastening you to the ground. This wasn’t the first time your quirk had manifested but being only new at having a quirk you didn’t have complete control over it yet and it was known to be set off at random times.
You screamed in terror when you realized you couldn’t get up and looked around wildly for Eijirou. You could see him still running ahead and screamed his name. His step faltered and he looked back, fear etched into his little face.
Because of your scream for help the dogs moved their attention to you, trotting over to see why this little human was making such a hideous noise. One dog found some crumbs and leftover jam on your cheeks and started licking you profusely. You screamed again and tried to get away but your glue held you fast.
From where Eijirou stood it looked like the dogs were mauling you and his stomach churned at what he deemed to be, a sickening sight. “She’s dead.” He thought. “I couldn’t save her, I was too scared.”
Tears flooded down his cheeks as he ran for home, your terrified screams echoing in his ears.
As he got closer to the house your mother came flying out the door, she had heard the screams and recognized them as her little girl’s. She took one look at the crying Eijirou and panicked, thinking the worst.
“HONEY GET YOUR MUM!” She yelled to him as she raced past him and off down the street. She rounded the corner and saw the pack of dogs pinning you to the ground and pulled one of her shoes off, pegging it at the pack of dogs and managing to nail one in the head. It yelped in pain and ran off, the other dogs following after it.
You were bawling and screaming and your mum quickly looked you over for any wounds. “Sweetheart, are you ok?! Are you hurt?!” She cried, trying to pick you up off the ground.
“Mummy my hands! My hands!” You screamed as she tried to lift you off the ground.
“What happened to your…..”
She saw the glue.
“Oh dear. Ok darling don’t worry we’ll get it unstuck.” She kissed your tear stained cheeks and kissed your forehead. “Are you hurt darling? Did the dogs bite you?”
“No mummy.” You sobbed. “They just jumped on me and I couldn’t get up.”
“Ok sweetheart, don’t worry Sharky has gone to get help from his mummy, she will be here soon.” She reassured you.
Slowly you calmed down. Sniffing every so often and blinking. Your mum sat beside you on the dirt and held you close.
Almost immediately after that Eijirou’s mum rounded the corner but no Eijirou was in sight. Together they got your hands free of the ground and your mum carried you home to wash the remaining clods of dirt off and dissolve the glue.
“Where did Sharky go?” You asked Eijirou’s mum.
“I’m not sure honey. I’ll get him to come and visit you once we get you cleaned up.”
But no Eijirou came.
The next morning you went and knocked on his door. Mrs Kirishima opened the door and welcomed you inside.
“Eijirou honey! Icky is here to see you!” She called up the stairs. Silence was the only reply. “That’s odd? He was just there a minute ago?” She said, tilting her head.
“Oh that’s ok Mrs Kirishima I’ll go up and see him.” You told her brightly and started heading up the stairs.