“We should make some plans now while Condor and Seismic Kana are on their way,” Soshi said, clicking into student hero mode, “do something to start the ball rolling with capturing this thief.”
“Yeah ok,” Chi said, “Soshi, you go and use your ice to cool the vents down and keep him distracted, then Jinny- you glue the vents closed.”
“But I can’t detach the glue from my fingers?” she replied with a worried look on her face, “how am I going to close off all of the vents?”
“You’re gonna have to reach far then and just glue as many closed as you can,” he replied.
“And what will you do, while we’re doing that?” Soshi asked him.
“I’m going to get people out of the shop. We can’t have civilians getting hurt.”
Jinny looked at Chi in surprise.
“I’ve never heard him say anything like that before?” she thought, glancing over his side profile, “he’s usually the one who wants to go after the villain first.”
“Ok then, sounds like a plan, let’s go and do our things,” Soshi said, “Condor and Seismic Kana will be here soon so we just need to keep this thief busy for a moment then they’ll step in.”
“And if they don’t, you can both rely on me to kick his ass,” Chi said with a determined growl in his voice.
“Ah. There he is,” Jinny thought with a giggle.
The students all nodded at each other then went back to to their respective duties- heads held high with a new determination.
Soshi quickly made his way to one of the vents near the back of the building and made himself an ice ladder to use so that he could reach up and grab the vent latch to open it.
Gingerly cracking it open, he looked up into it, making sure the coast was clear before placing both hands up into the opening and blasting ice as far down the piping as possible.
“That should keep you busy, thief,” he smirked internally as he went hard to pump as much ice cold air out as possible.
Meanwhile, Jinny had run to the manager’s office and knocked quickly on his door.
“Ah! Rana, please come in,” the manager said, getting up from his desk and walking around to her.
“Sir,” she whispered softly, looking up at the vent overhead, “we have reason to believe the thief is here. Please can I have a blueprint of the store so that I can close off the vents with my quirk?”
The manager nodded and ran back to his desk then handed her the blueprint.
“I have tried to call Condor and Seismic Kana but have been unable to make contact,” he said in an apologetic tone, “I will keep trying though.”
She nodded and took the blueprint from him.
“Ok. We’ll hold the guy off until they get here,” she said with a smile before turning and running from the room while unfurling the blueprints in hand.
As she got half way down the back hall, she stopped and found the vent above her then lay the prints out on the floor and quickly detailed where they all were.
Pressing her fingers to the ground, she exuded as much of her quirk as possible, sliding the glue up the walls and locking down as many vents as she could reach.
“Take that!” she thought proudly as her glue swiftly slid along to the furtherest vent.
Due to the nature of Jinny’s quirk, she had to hold the glue in a solid state and thus remained on the ground with the glue splayed out from her fingers- her body starting to tremble slightly with the fatigue of holding such a vast amount out at once.
As the two classmates worked to keep the thief in the vents, Chi calmly sauntered back out into the main area and made his way back to Osana’s side, noticing that she hadn’t said anything when he walked up.
He looked at her.
She kept her head down.
“Hey,” he said in a low voice, “what’s wrong?”
“N-Nothing,” she whispered fearfully, clutching her hands together in front of her body.
Chi eyed her body language then looked up overhead to a vent that was right above her.
Sidling up closer, he craned his head next to her ear so he could talk to her without being heard by anyone else.
“Did you just put some jewels in your pockets or something?” he whispered lowly.
Her head shot up and she quickly looked at him, her face mere inches from his as her petrified eyes stared into his calm red ones.
“H-H-How did you know?” she whispered in horror, “I swear I didn’t mean to. I felt like I was forced t—,”
“It’s ok, keep your cool,” he whispered, “do you have money hardships?”
“I-I’m working 3 jobs to help my mum. She is really sick and can’t work b-but I didn’t steal for that, I promise! Please believe me. I want to put it back but every time I try to my hand won’t let me. It just makes me put it in my pocket again!”
“Shhh,” Chi hushed her gently, seeing that she was getting worked up, “it’s ok,” he added as he looked up and around the shop, “my name isn’t Genji. It’s Chisuki Bakugou. I’m a hero in training on an undercover mission.”
Her eyes widened and relief washed over her face at his sudden announcement.
“We know there’s a thief that has just turned up today, but don’t worry I’m gonna take the bastard down.”
“I knew you were a hero. I could feel it!” she said softly with delight, “please save me.”
“I’m gonna save everyone here,” he said, “but first I gotta get you all out of the store so that I can do some damage and not hurt anyone. Is there anyone else here who could possibly be a victim aside from you? Anyone else who has money hardships?”
“Yes,” Osana replied, “the guy who was with your classmate. Jinko. His wife just had a baby but it needs surgery so he’s been working overtime to make more money so he can pay for the treatment.”
Chi nodded and looked over at Jinko.
The man had his head down, looking very sorrowful.
“Stay here and act as normal as possible,” Chi said to Osana, “I’m going to talk to Jinko.”
Calmly he walked around Osana, over to where the older man was on the ring display and approached him from the side.
“Hey,” he greeted in a low voice.
Jinko looked at him and gave him a small nod.
“Did you just get forced to put something in your pocket?” Chi asked softly.
Jinko’s eyes teared up and he nodded sadly.
“I’m not trying to steal,” he said in a completely broken voice, “I felt forced to put some rings in a small bag and put them under the bench here.”