“I look a ratatouille cosplay gone wrong,” you wailed, “I can’t wear this!?”
“No, no, O/N. I really do think it’s cute. Look at those ears on the top of the hoodie—” he pointed to them— “and look! You have a tail! I can grow a tail too, in real life, if I eat something with a tail.” His gaze fell bashfully. “I like it because it’s like… you’re wearing my quirk?” He looked down quickly. “Sorry, that was weird.”
“NO! It’s adorable! I can see what you’re trying to say. Ok, I’ll wear it, it’s actually pretty comfy to be honest but I swear to god if I get teased in it, I’M OUT!” you warned.
He nodded and walked over to you, placing a hand gently on your head and rubbing it slightly between the rat’s ears.
His face went red and he had to turn away.
“What? What is it?” you asked.
“It’s so… cute!” he replied with a strained voice, his body still turned slightly away from you.
“Ok, ok, maybe I should take this off. You’re getting a little too excited there Butterfli3,” you laughed.
He hunched his shoulders and put his face in his hands. “I’m so embarrassed,” he mumbled.
“It’s ok,” you laughed, “your reaction is super cute.”
“Umm, O/N, do you want to grind a bit more this afternoon? We’ll be leaving next week so it’s best to get as much EXP as possible before we move on to harder levels,” he said, hesitantly glancing back at you.
“Yes, please,” you replied, “I’ll test out my rat onesie in public too, see what people think.”
Later, as planned, you both headed out to the fields to farm some monsters. People gave you some odd looks when you passed them in the rat onesie but no one actually said anything. You were more interested in Butterfli3 though, who seemed to be absolutely smitten with you in an animal costume.
You defeated a few more rats and the odd grass snake here and there, you even caught a few rabbits which would do nicely for dinner- then decided to head back home.
On the way back you came across a giant toad.
“What the fuck is that?!” you yelped as the toad jumped directly into your path, “Argh?! Oh my god! Gross! A huge toad, kill it Butterfli3!” you screeched.
“It’s ok, O/N, they’re easy to defeat,” Butterfli3 replied calmly, “you can do it.”
“Eww!! I don’t want to touch it!” you wailed, “It will get my dagger dirty!”
“Ok, what if I hold it still and you kick it?” he offered, “you need to overcome this because giant toads are everywhere on level 2 and 3 so you need to get used to them. It’s odd that one would be down here on level 1, though…”
“Ok, if you promise to hold it still,” you said with a hesitant grimace on your face.
He nodded and turned his attention to the giant toad that was still sitting in the middle of the track- like an idiot- just looking at you.
He slid a foot back and launched towards the toad, disappearing at lightening speed and reappearing behind it and grabbing a hold of it. The toad struggled to get free but Butterfli3 held it fast.
“Now, O/N!” he encouraged.
You just stood there and screamed.
“No, no, don’t scream, just kick it!” he called.
“Yes, you can! You can do anything you put your mind to!” he called back.
“This pep talk would be so much cooler if it wasn’t over the kicking of a toad!” you yelled.
“Kick, O/N!” he called, urgently, “hurry!”
You balled your fists up and took a few running steps towards Butterfli3 and the toad- still screaming as you prepared to attack.
Throwing yourself forward, you jumped and did a flying kick, straight through the toad- that exploded and evaporated easily- and into Butterfli3’s crotch, your foot connecting heavily in between his legs.
He went down backwards, like a tonne of bricks, collapsing in a heap as you stood motionless over the top of him, too mortified to do or say anything at that point.
“Is that a rat?” you heard a voice say from nearby and you looked.
Two travelers were headed towards Dawn City and had just seen you take down Butterfli3 by the balls.
“Yeah, I think it is? Wait…was that the top player – Butterfli3 – that just got kicked in the balls by a rat?”
“Yep. Man that rat is OP, keep away from rats on this level, hey? Fuck.”
You looked back down at Butterfli3 who was still cradling his jewels and you burst into a barrage of apologies.
“I’m so sorry! Are you ok? That was terrible! I’m a horrible person. Please don’t hate me, do you hate me? I didn’t know the toad was going to evaporate that quickly, forgive me!”
Butterfli3 grunted and tried to sit up and you stood back and offered him your hand before helping him to his feet and grabbing him into a hug.
“Are you ok? Those people think that I’m a rat, and that I defeated you. I’m so sorry! I’ve tarnished your name!” you cried.
“It’s ok, O/N, it’s ok.,” he wheezed, still hunched a little, “I’ll be fine.”
He gingerly returned your hug, nuzzling into your neck and raising a hand to caress your rat ears.
“Is that guy hugging a giant rat?” you heard yet another passerby asking.
“Oh, for fucks sake! I’m taking this stupid onesie off!” you growled.
“No. Please, O/N, I like it.” Butterfli3 mumbled into you.
“Ok, fine. For you I’ll keep it on.” you said, letting him pat your head and stroke your ears.
The fated day finally came and you were loading the last of the things into the wagon for your departure- still in your rat onesie- and while you put something in the back of the tray movement out of the corner of your eye caught your attention and you looked to see what it was.
“OH! It’s you, O/N,” one of your regular customers said with relief.
“Why? Who did you think it was?” you asked, confused.
“I had no idea! All I saw was a giant rat putting stuff in a wagon and I got curious.”
“This rat onesie is going to be the death of me.” you wailed, “I’m only keeping it on because Butterfli3 likes it and it’s comfy but WHY did it have to be a rat?!”
“Well…you did give the tailor rats fur, right?” the customer said with a chuckle.
“Ok, I’m gonna farm foxes or something next and get an upgrade to a fox onesie as soon as I can,” you replied with determination.