After leaving the restaurant, you and Dabi caught the bus again then hopped off at your stop and started to head for home, your arm still linked with his.
“Your parents gonna be mad if you’re home late?” You asked him.
“Nah.” He replied with a shrug, “Dad isn’t around any more and mum isn’t home a lot.”
“Oh.” You said, looking down at the ground. “Sorry.”
“I don’t care. It’s not as if I need people around.” He replied apathetically. “Relationships are useless. They always end up broken anyway.”
Your heart broke a little for him. He was obviously hurting from the break up of his parents but hadn’t acknowledged it.
You walked on together in silence for a bit.
You were about to say something else when you saw something small running towards you and Dabi.
“What is..?” You mumbled softly as you squinted into the darkness at the small running object, then you realized what it was. “Oh a cat!”
A white cat with striking blue eyes shot between you and Dabi and continued on down the road, meowing softly as it ran.
You and Dabi stopped and looked over your shoulders, watching as it disappeared down the street.
“Weirdly vocal cat?” Dabi commented.
“In a hurry too.” You mused.
“Must be in a rush to get back to its owner.” Dabi responded slyly, nudging your arm.
“I’m already with my o….” you started to say then stopped.
Dabi smirked and chuckled lowly. “That’s right, you are already with your owner.”
You blushed furiously and looked away.
After getting you back to the house you mumbled a thank you and quickly hobbled inside, closing the door and leaning your back up against it before letting out the breath you had inadvertently been holding.
“I think I may have a thing for Dabi??? But I like Shouto?! But there’s just something about Dabi that makes my heart pound… but then again Shouto makes my heart go doki doki too…”
You let out a groaning sigh before hobbling up to your room and falling into bed.
The next day you walked (hobbled) to school with Shouto, leaning on his arm. Shouto had always been there for you and there was just something comforting about his presence… well, as comforting as it could be considering that any form of contact had your heart racing.
You saw Dabi at the school gates again and immediately looked away. Your face flushing as soon as you saw him.
He didn’t try and interfere but there was an icy cold stare shared between the two boys as you and Shouto passed him.
Throughout all the classes you were keenly aware of Dabi’s presence. He was all you could think about and a few times when you looked at him you found he was already looking at you and you quickly looked away in embarrassment.
“Are we both in sync here or am I dreaming it?” you thought as you accidentally exchanged glances again.
Then came time for P.E.
“Y/N, you can sit this one out.” The P.E teacher said as he called everyone over for a game of basketball. “Sit on the bench over there.” He instructed, pointing to the wooden seat nearby.
You happily hobbled over and sat down.
When you looked up you realized both Shouto and Dabi were looked back at you over their shoulders and you blushed immediately.
“Eeeee oh my god they’re both looking at me!!” You screeched as you quickly dropped your gaze to your lap.
“Ok captains call your teams!” The teacher yelled.
You watched as your classmates were slowly chosen to join a side. ‘Blue’ team or ‘Red’ team.
Dabi ended up on blue team and, as luck would have it, Shouto ended up on red.
When it came time to line up and square off, your two boys happened to be facing off against each other and you could almost feel the tension from where you sat on the sidelines.
You knew that you liked both of them but what were their feelings for you??
The basketball game was intense and you enjoyed watching your boys as they moved, both throwing glances your way whenever they scored a point for their team, silently begging for your approval.
This put you in an odd position because you wanted to cheer for both of them but that would mean you would be cheering for both sides so you just sat quietly. Dying inside.
After P.E had finished you were at the bubblers getting a drink when a shadow fell across you. You looked up. It was Dabi.
“Need to talk to you.” He gritted out through a locked jaw, his jaw muscles flexing as he clenched and unclenched his teeth.
“Woah, what’s up your ass?” You shot back, his tense tone of voice getting your back up immediately.
“Nothing.” He snapped. “Come pet.”
You scowled but followed him as he led you up to the roof.
“Why are we up here? It’s so far away? You could have just talked to me down at the bubblers?” You rambled.
Suddenly you were kabedonned up against the wall and you shut up immediately.
“I need to talk to you where no one else can hear.” Dabi said lowly, his serious gaze making your heart flutter slightly.
He didn’t say anything for a bit as his turquoise eyes studied your face. Your heart immediately started racing.
“W-well?” You stammered hesitantly.
“I…” he paused. “I’m making this a permanent arrangement.” He said… almost darkly.
“HAH?!” You exploded. “WHAT DO YOU MEAN PERMANENTLY?! WHAT ARRANGEMENT?!”
“You and me” Dabi said.
“I think, the fuck, NOT!” You spat at him as you stared him down angrily. “Listen, I’ve played this little ‘pet’ game long enough, I’m telling Shouto. I’m done with this. All you want is someone you can order around. Well this ends NOW!” You shoved him firmly in the chest and stormed off.
Dabi sullenly watched you go. That talk hadn’t gone how he had planned. He actually wanted to confess that he had fallen for you and was going to asking you to be his girlfriend but it all came out wrong.
He scowled and slammed his fist into the wall angrily.
“Should have known better than to fall for someone, romance is a pain.”
From around the corner of the building two narrowed heterochromic eyes had seen the whole interaction, from where Shouto stood he couldn’t hear what had been said but he could feel Dabi’s intention.
He drew back and balled up his fists.
“He wants her. I know it. But I want her more.” He thought as he turned away and made his way to the stairwell at the other end of the building.