“Well that’s a bit shit then, isn’t it?” you thought to yourself as the ball was handed to Oikawa.
The way he smirked at you, and the way Iwazumi was just casually standing side on the the net, had you all kinds of worried.
And when Oikawa hit that ball… that’s when you understood what Dabi had said.
“How the fuck?!…” you thought as the ball left Oikawa’s hand and in the same moment slammed down on the court beside you, almost flattening the whole sphere out before it ricocheted off the ground and flew to the back wall.
Slowly you looked back over your shoulder to follow the ball’s path with your eyes, suddenly meeting Dabi’s defeated eyes in the process.
“No… no, we can’t give up! Not now!” Your distraught scream echoed in your brain.
The gym was completely silent as you slowly turned to face Dabi, shaking your head a little and willing him to pick his courage bag back up and place it on his shoulder.
You couldn’t bear to turn around and look at the opposite team. You already knew what kind of smug look both of them would be wearing on their faces and it pissed you off even though you hadn’t even looked at them yet.
Dabi turned and caught the ball that was thrown to him by one of the onlookers and then he tossed it over the net back to Oikawa.
“Let’s go,” you suddenly called loudly, throwing your head in the air and giving Dabi a stern look before turning back to face the opposite team and crouch in readiness again.
Oikawa calmly rolled the ball in between his hands then, when the whistle blew, he threw it up and took a few running steps to gather the momentum that he would later turn into a swing – to mash the ball into the ground on the opposite side of the court.
This time, you moved in the right direction but your body refused to jump in front of that ball for fear you would break every single bone in your body if you did so, so you missed saving the ball again.
“Holy fuck, that’s a fast ball,” you thought with horror as the ball careered off court and thwacked into the back wall.
Dabi, again, hadn’t even moved, and that dispair in your gut gathered the smaller droplets of despondency, and pulled them in to make the feeling even stronger.
“Dabi,” you suddenly snapped at him, “look at me.”
He did and you scowled.
“Balls. Steel balls,” you said in the most serious voice you could muster.
You weren’t really sure if the message you were trying to get across to him, actually got across to him… but you felt a slight shift in his energy and his eyes hooded a little and a small smirk pulled at the corners of his lips.
Hoping that he understood, you nodded, then reset for the next ball.
Oikawa was serving once again and you braced.
Up the ball went and as you figured out his trajectory, you moved, closing your eyes and jumping right into the path of the incoming ball.
Through your years of being the libero, your body moved on instinct and even though you had your eyes closed, you could feel where the ball was going to go and so tilted your arms to receive it.
The next thing you felt was similar to the feeling of being shot in the forearm, and a stinging pain suddenly shot through you.
Your eyes flew open, just in time to see the ball you had received, fly up into the nets that divided the two sides of the court, and then you looked at your arm.
That was definitely going to bruise.
The whistle blew and the game ended with you and Dabi on stone motherless zero. And Oikawa and Iwazumi on three whole points… almost all ace points.
Interestingly though, you felt like you had won. You had managed to receive Oikawa’s ball, so that was a good start, and as you stood there with one limp arm, Dabi came up behind you and placed a hand on your shoulder.
“Yeah… that was definitely a steel balls move,” he said softly while squeezing your shoulder.
“But we lost,” you said sadly.
“We lost at championship level,” he added, “we beat all these other fuckers to get to this point.”
You looked around at the spectators clapping and then smiled back at Dabi.
“Yeah, I guess you’re right,” you said with a resigned sigh.
Suddenly the announcer took the microphone and called the attention of the crowd.
“Excuse me, if I may have the attention of the crowd. Firstly we would like to congratulate Oikawa Toru and Iwazumi Hajime on being the technical winners of today’s matches…”
“Technical?” you asked to no one in particular.
“Unfortunately,” the announcer continued, “Iwazumi is not an attendant of this college and so cannot accept the first prize or money, and therefore Oikawa will not receive these either…”
There was a lot of sudden chatter among everyone there, and you looked at Dabi and he looked at you.
“So if you could please put your hands together for our second place winners…”
“Wait?! WHAT?!” you screeched with excitement, your jaw falling open as your head whipped from side to side, looking and Dabi and looking at the announcer.
“Dabi Todoroki and Gee Spotbanger…”
“You did not put that down as my last name,” you deadpanned at Dabi as he fell apart laughing, “I’m going to kill you. I will, I’ll murder you right now, you asshole.”
“It’s the perfect last name,” he cackled, side stepping away from you so that you couldn’t punch him.
“So if our two runner up winners could come to the stands?” The announcer beamed with pride as you both walked over.
“I can’t believe it!” you said with excitement as you approached him, still trying to half hit Dabi.
By the time you got your medals and cheque for the prize money, Oikawa and Iwazumi were nowhere to be seen, and after following the formalities, you and Dabi excused yourself to go home.
You waited until you got into the car before bursting into laugher and ripping your shirt off to take the binder off, then hollering with joy that you had successfully won, as you slipped the shirt back on.
“I don’t care that we went against the rules, girls are just as good as guys! I proved that today,” you said proudly as you rolled your sleeve up to check your arm.
There was already a bruise starting to form.