“If he used the flames for too long his skin would melt, leaving behind horrific burns.” Hawks continued. “Our ‘in charge’ pushed him too far one day, making him activate his quirk over and over, yelling at him to keep going… the flames were getting bigger and bigger… Touya was screaming… it engulfed him.” Hawks said, revealing his friends name as he completely relived the horrors of watching his friend cremate himself.
His grip on you tightened.
“…He burned himself alive…”
You grimaced as Hawks continued his story, it sounded like the government were ruthless in their training programs.
“Although I am a product of them and still work for them I do have a mind of my own.” He said, “that’s why I refused to hand you over. Who knows what kind of shit they would have you doing.” His face darkened. “When I spoke to your dad he said they wanted you for spy work which is fair enough, you’re the perfect fit personality wise and quirk-wise but I know them and I know that they would stop at nothing to get what they want.”
“B-But I don’t understand?” You said in a perplexed voice, “what could be the worst case scenario?”
“Really?” Hawks asked, “you really want to know?”
You nodded hesitantly.
“Ok, just say the government official who is looking after you takes a fancy to you. You’re his spy right, you have to do his bidding.” Hawks said as he lifted your chin so he could look you in the eye. “What happens if he makes advances on you?”
“I-I’d tell him to stop…” you said as you looked Hawks in the eye.
Hawks let out a small huff.
“He’d just go ahead and have his way with you.” Hawks said frankly. “Then because of your disobedience in telling him no, he’d bring some of his subordinates in on it as well and demand you do unsavory acts for them too.”
“B-but he can’t do that?!”
“Oh yes he can, and he would, because he has that power.” Hawks said with a dead look in his eye, “most; if not all of them are corrupt, they’ll make you sleep with the enemy to get information then let you be tortured if you get caught because, well, you got caught- right? So they can’t use you again can they? They’d just leave you to rot somewhere without a second thought.” His arm tightened around you as he said his next line. “I will never let the government get their hands on you.” He vowed earnestly, “I’ve seen too much from the inside, I know how it works.”
“Thank you.” You whispered as a tear slipped down your cheek. You didn’t realize how bad it could have been had Hawks not saved you.
“You know about the silent registry yeah?” Hawks continued as he wiped your tear away.
“This registry is for government use only so not everyone knows about your quirk. There are a few other quirks that are on the silent registry too, like quirks used for weaponization, truth serum quirks, brainwashing quirks… I know there are people in the public that have these quirks but the government likes to use certain family lines and it’s usually because one of the family members is in the government and can control the quirk lines.” Hawks said, “but it appears that your great uncle, who was in government, saw the abuse happening and didn’t like it, so helped your great grandfather escape being registered so your line could live a happy life.”
“Oh, so that’s how it happened.” You said.
“But then your father got greedy and started using his quirk for gain, got found out, tried to run, got caught; and then used you as a bargaining chip for his freedom.”
Your jaw fell open.
“Yeah my guess was he was going to have you kidnapped, save you; then continue to manipulate you while pretending he was trying to save you but making you do things for the government in the process and I’m pretty sure I was right.” Hawks said, “but then when I exposed his plan they must have changed tactics and wanted to get your mum to use her to manipulate you into doing things for them.”
“W-what will they do now, now that you’ve exposed them and ruined their plans?” You asked fearfully.
“I’m not sure what their next move will be because I’ve immobilized all their pawns. They’re holding your father till they get you but they don’t know where your mum is and I’ve got her monitored so I’ll know if they try and come for her.” Hawks mused, talking out loud to himself more than to you at this point.
You listened quietly.
“It will become apparent soon that I’ve gotten married to a mysterious girl.” Hawks said with a smirk as he kissed your lips again, “that’s you, chicken.” He rubbed his nose against yours then lay back again.
“But your name is A/N on the marriage certificate so that’s all they have to go by, they don’t know that you’re Y/N. They can’t identify you as Y/N unless they get someone who knows you to properly to identify you for them. I’d put money on their next move being them sending your father or someone from your past to visit. So when you’re out, if you meet anyone from your past that would know you as Y/N, Do. Not. Talk. To. Them.” He said softly yet firmly. “But I’ve got an idea on how change your looks slightly anyway so don’t worry about that part of it. You’re a bit of a fugitive for now.”
“Uhh… ok, well that’s a relief because I don’t like to talk to people much anyway.” You replied sheepishly. “But what’s this changed looks thing, are you getting me a makeover?”
“You’ll see.” He said with a cheeky chuckle.
“Ok?” You replied suspiciously, “do you think the government people would come looking for me soon?”
“I’m pretty sure the president of PSC will send someone to do a bit of snooping because she’s already suspicious that I’ve taken you and your mum.” Hawks said with a laugh. “So the minute she hears I got married she’ll suspect that it could be you, but she won’t know.”
“B-but what about my profile?? Where you saw I was involved in an accident and my x-rays and stuff?” You asked, “isn’t my picture up there?”
“It was.” Hawks leered, “I have a few hacker friends who I did favours for and they owed me… let’s just say the girl in that picture with your Y/N name looks nothing like you.”
“I’ve covered all bases baby girl.” He said gently as he brushed your hair back from your face. “They’re not gonna get you, I’ll fight to the death to keep you by my side.”
Your heart burst with love and you kissed him again, grabbing his face and squishing his cheeks together so his lips would puff up against yours.
“It’s just like a puffer fish!” You exclaimed cheekily, doing the same thing that he did to you before.
He squirmed under you and rolled you off him so he could pin you to the bed, you shrieked playfully as he did so and giggled as he kissed you down your neck and chest.
“Let’s get some clothes on and snuggle.” He said happily.
“Ok.” You replied with a happy smile.
After putting your pajamas back on and him putting his pants back on Hawks kicked the blankets off the bed and stretched his wing over you, covering you both completely.
His brilliant red wing was so warm and soft and you fell asleep backed into him as he hugged you around the waist and snuggled his head in behind your neck.