She beamed with pride and when Dabi came to get her a few minutes later and proudly announced to him that she was ‘fossussed’ and ‘hitted’ the ball well.
He was most excited to hear this and happily picked her up and swung her up onto his shoulders so that he could take her home for her nap.
“See you later,” he called to you as he left, and you waved them off before cleaning up and getting ready for the next lot.
Mrs Totoru was napping in the morning sun so you sat down to rest in the silence beside her.
Mr Totoru had disappeared, but you didn’t think much of it. He often went to tend his garden and would up and walk off at random times.
So after that days work, you went home to start preparing for the sale of the corner store but before you had a chance to do anything you got a missed call from your boss.
Curiously, you rang him back.
“Hello, Y/N,” he greeted you, “I got a call today from a private buyer who said he was interested in the corner store…”
“Oh? What? How did the buyer know the store is for sale? I haven’t put anything up yet? Did you tell people?”
“No… it wasn’t me. The buyer said he knows you well and he wanted to buy the store because he could guarantee that it would be well looked after and that you had told him my story…”
“What?” you asked with surprise, “who is it?”
“A Mr Totoru?” your boss said.
“Oh!” you said with surprise, “he did?! That’s… wow… how much did he offer you?”
“Far more than I ever expected,” your boss said with a chuckle, “he seems very nice.”
“He is very nice, he’s the landlord of the court I train the kids at but what does he want it for, I wonder?”
“I have no clue, but I’m inclined to sell it to him. I can retire happily with the amount he is offering,” your boss said.
Another weight lifted from your shoulders and you smiled into the receiver.
“Then you sell it to him. I’ll thank him tomorrow and organize the change over with him,” you said.
“Thank you,” your boss said gratefully, “I’ll get the papers together on this end and have them to you by tomorrow.”
You chatted a little more and then hung up and called out for Dabi who was bathing Koemi.
“Hey,” you said as you walked into the bathroom.
Koemi had a mass of bubbles on her head, that towered well above her, and Dabi had a bubble beard, that she was gently packing onto is face and you stopped for a second as they both looked over at you.
“What’s going on here?” you asked with a chuckle.
“Bubbles!” Koko announced with glee, the tip of her bubble hat wobbling with her head movements.
“The bubble beard looks good on you, daddy,” you said to him.
“Yeah, thanks, I thought I’d change my look up a little.”
“Bubble eyebrownz,” Koemi then announced and started placing the bubbles over Dabi’s eyes, one by one, while you giggled with amusement.
“This is very avant…” Dabi said from under the copious amount of bubbles that had suddenly found their way onto his face.
“Daddy funny!” Koemi giggled, screeching with laughter as he poked his bottom lip out and blew air up so that it would dissipate the bubbles from his eyes and blow them everywhere.
Little K found this very entertaining and giggled her head off, that carefree child’s laughter bouncing off the tiled bathroom walls and echoing in your heart.
You stood and enjoyed the moment they were having before interrupting to tell Dabi the good news about Mr Totoru buying the store.
“Legend,” Dabi said with a grin, “always liked him. He’s a good man.”
It was time to get Koemi out of the bath then so you helped Dabi pick her out and dry her up, then you took her to her room to read stories and then go to bed.
She had such a big day and was asleep before you could get out of the room.
“She’s growing so fast,” you said to Dabi, telling him the story of how she had gotten a little jealous about you and Mr Totoru praising Emi and not her, and how she had really knuckled down to prove that she too, could be ‘fossussed’
“She’s got pride like her old man,” Dabi said with a proud smile, “she’s a Todoroki after all, and we don’t back down for nothing.”
“Evidently…” you mused, “she also bitch slapped the twins to get them into line,” you added.
“She what?!” Dabi laughed, “yeah, that’s my girl.”
“She’s a tough little nugget,” you said with a smile as you drapped your arms over his neck, “now let’s go and chill because I’m exhausted.”
The next day you went to Mr Totoru’s place extra early to talk to him about the sale of the store. You wanted to know why he had bought it, as he was old too, and obviously not able bodied enough to run the place.
“Mr Totoru?” you called as you entered the place, “are you here?”
“Good morning, Y/N,” he called out from the garden and you stopped to see where he was.
“I got a call from my boss yesterday,” you said to him as his broad brimmed hat popped up over the cucumber hedge and he smiled.
“Yes. I would like to purchase the shop.”
“That’s really nice of you, but I have so many questions,” you said with a small chuckle, “are you buying it for yourself?”
“My son has fallen on hard times,” he admitted, “and he is a good man but needs to work somewhere that’s less… busy…”
“I see?” you said.
“Yes. So I figured a corner store would do well and if it means that I can also help your boss out by paying his retirement, then that’s extra incentive for me. After all… if you hadn’t started working here then you would still be at the store correct?”
“I guess so?” you replied.
“Then I owe him, for taking you away,” he said.
“You don’t need to feel responsible,” you said to him, “it’s not on you to pay him back for that reason.”
“No. But karma has a way of finding you if you don’t show gratitude for everything you have and I have told you before what a blessing your presence is, along with the children, so this is a selfish act on my behalf to prevent Karma from kicking me later on.” He held up a finger in warning and you conceded.