Todoroki made the first move. You countered and retaliated.
You relaxed into your technique focusing on his movements. You noticed his strikes with his left arm were slightly stiffer than with his right. Activating your quirk you saw his left Serratus Anterior was tight and shortened.
“Ahh that’s why.”
Deactivating; you continued sparring a little longer then jumped forward with a finishing move. Rendering Todoroki immobile.
He conceded and bowed out. You returned the bow and you both walked back into the rows of students as they applauded softly.
At the end of the lesson everyone packed their things and left one by one. Strangely though, Todoroki was hanging back. Usually he would be one of the first to leave.
He waited till you had bid the other students goodbye then casually walked towards you.
“Y/N” he called.
“THE GODS HAVE ANSWERED MY PRAYERS!”
“Yes Todoroki?” You replied as casually as you could muster.
“What is your quirk?”
“HAAAAH?! So direct!”
“Umm why?” You replied, slightly shocked at his straightforwardness.
“Because I want to know, that’s why.” He replied, standing in front of you looking down at you. His eyes holding yours. He was so close you could feel his breath on your forehead.
“Umm, it’s umm.” You looked away, a little flustered at how close he was standing and how effortlessly he could stare into your eyes.
“It’s uh sonography.” You said a little sheepishly.
“Did you use it on me during the sparring session before?” He asked calmly yet sternly.
“Umm yeah… I did… BUT I DIDN’T USE IT TO TRY AND BEAT YOU!” You yelled defensively.
“I see.” He replied, taking a step back. “See you at school tomorrow.”
“Umm sure! Yep! See you then.” You mentally face-palmed yourself at how eager you sounded.
“Oh hey umm Todoroki, you Umm… your umm….This muscle.” You pointed to your left ribcage. “Is tight.” You looked away slightly embarrassed. “If you stretch it out you’ll have better reach on that side next time you strike.”
Todoroki didn’t say anything and you avoided eye contact.
“Thank you Y/N.” He finally said. You let out a sigh of relief.
“At least he doesn’t sound mad??”[Next day at school]
You made your way into the classroom and took your seat, flicking idly through your exercise book, cheek resting in the palm of your hand. Todoroki hadn’t arrived yet.
“Good morning Y/N.” A familiar voice greeted you. Your head snapped around to see Todoroki standing next to your desk.
“Oh hey Todoroki! How are you? Did you sleep well?” You cringed at your awkwardly odd questions.
Todoroki cracked a small smile and sat down without answering your questions.
“Oh my goosepimpled aunt from Calabasas DID HE JUST SMILE?! OMG DONT HYPERVENTILATE DON’T HYPERVENTILATE!!”
The rest of the day went smoothly and Todoroki made small attempts at talking to you which you over enthusiastically returned. Much to your own internal embarrassment.
After parting ways with Ochaco on your walk home you were about to plug your earbuds in but a voice behind you stopped you dead in your tracks.
You turned as he strolled up beside you, stopping almost on top of you again.
“Does he not know what personal space is??? Not that I mind tho…”
“Y/N could you please explain your quirk to me, you said sonography but there are so many applications of sound. How does yours work exactly?” Todoroki asked curiously.
“Wow… so direct.. again”
“Umm sure.” You turned and continued the walk home with Todoroki falling in step beside you, listening intently to your explanations.
“…so that’s why I need to finish a fight within 20 seconds if I’m using my quirk.” you continued. “Can’t afford to be blacking out during a fight y’know.” You laughed embarrassedly.
“Sorry if I talked too much, I kinda got carried away.” You apologized, rubbing the back of your head. 1
“No, not at all, I’m intrigued.” Said Todoroki. “You’re an interesting person Y/N.”
Your heart nearly stopped then started beating wildly. You blushed and looked away.
“singing Isss this the reeeal life? Or is this fantasyyy.”
“Oh thanks.” You mumbled shyly. “I think you’re really interesting too … but I don’t really know much about your quirk.”
Todoroki’s eyes widened and he smiled slightly. “Ah well maybe that’s the topic for tomorrow’s walk home?”
The next few weeks continued much the same. Ochaco and you would walk home together until the crossroads then Todoroki would catch up with you or he would already be waiting at the crossroads until you got there and you would walk the rest of the way home with him.
“Y/N do you like Todoroki?” Ochaco asked out of the blue one day.
“HUUUH?!?! Ochaco that’s so direct! I-I-I think he’s an interesting p-p-person and I do enjoy h-his company.” You stammered
“Relax.” She said with a chuckle. “I think he might like you too.” She said with a wink.
“Wait but I didn’t say that I liked him like that!” You waved your arms in embarrassment.
“Y/N I know love when I see it.” Ochaco nudged you with her elbow. “Don’t worry your secret is safe with me.”
“Well since we’re on the topic of crushes, you like Midoriya don’t you?” You asked, point blank range.
Ochaco went bright red and started to float away. You grabbed onto her leg and pulled her back down laughing hysterically.
“Calm down, calm down I’m not going to tell anyone.” You wiped tears of laughter from your eyes.
It took a little for Ochaco to recover from her embarrassment then she lifted her head and smirked as she looked straight ahead. “Ahh right on time.” She mused.
You followed her gaze and saw Todoroki standing against the wall, eyes closed, one knee bent with his foot resting on the bricks. Your breath caught as you took in the sight.
“He’s too gorgeous.”
“See you tomorrow Y/N.” Ochaco’s cheerful voice bought you back to reality. You turned to reply but stopped when you saw the look on her face. She had a devilish smile. You blushed heavily.
“Oh Y/N.” Todoroki’s smooth voice only added to your blush.
Not knowing where to look you covered your face to hide the redness. Ochaco giggled softly, nudged you, then ran for home waving back at you.