div class="userstuff module" style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; position: relative; width: 1088.62px; float: none; word-wrap: break-word; color: #2a2a2a;"
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p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5;"span style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"A tense silence filled the room, the students' irritation and disdain unspoken, but not noticeable. Meanwhile, the teachers exchanged looks in a silent discussion. While they had an inkling that there was some sort of hostile past between both boys, they never expected it to have lasted for so long, over something that could have been so trivial. Perhaps they should take the student suggestion they had gotten a while ago, to have a councilor of some sort. It would benefit not only students in the eyes of the parents and media but also greatly help a student in passing their fears or other worries that plagued them, as it would certainly help Bakugou get over his ego, anger management would be another candidate as well, considering his attitude. Midoriya may have to go as well if his reaction from earlier was anything to go by. While unnoticeable from afar for most, they had been trained as heroes to notice far away details in case of an emergency./span /p
p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5;"span style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"Toshinori felt a bundle of worry inside him. Had this been an isolated incident, or had this been a continuous assault? And why had the boy not told him? Sighing, he answered his own question. /spanspan style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: oblique; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"span style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"He wants to be strong, but being bullied doesn't make him weak, it makes him a survivor, someone who knows what it's like to be at the bottom and helps those he sees in need/span /spanspan style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;". It wasn't a good thing, but it did help make his heart just a little stronger, more resilient to the words of others. But if it's worse than a few words on the playground…. Well, that would be another matter he would have to speak with young Midoriya about. span style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: oblique; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"What else has he been hiding?/span Well, that's why they were here in the first place, he might as well keep watching, though that didn't stop him from sending a worried glance in the boy's direction./span/p
p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5;"span style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"All the while, Midoriya showed no response other than tiredness./span/p
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p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5;"span style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"The angry blonde in question glowered. They didn't know, they didn't understand, he had to win, he had to be the best, it made everything- easier. He berated himself. Not safer, easier. He wasn't afraid, he had no reason to be./span/p
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p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5;"span style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"Kirishima frowned, "Does that happen a lot?" he asked, looking irritated when Midoriya nodded his head. "Tell us if that ever happens again, okay?"/span/p
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p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5;"strongThe screen changed as the bell rung, the middle schoolers leaving for home and afterschool activities. We see Midoriya stand and begin to put his notebook into his book bag, when Bakugou swipes it out if his hands./strong/p
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p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5;"span style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"Aizawa sighed, the boy would learn one day, maybe during this whole ordeal. Treating someone with such malicious intent was not becoming of a hero, nor a decent human being./span/p
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p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5;"span style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;""This is how you expect to be a hero? Going through life, hurting others needlessly? What did they ever do to deserve that kind of treatment? What did Midoriya do?" receiving no answer, as Bakugou was still reeling, he strode over and picked him up by his shirt, slamming him against the wall. "Answer me!" he bellowed, "What the hell did he ever do!? Why him!? WHAT IF HE ACTUALLY DID IT?"/span/p
p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5;"span style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"Through this whole ordeal, he kept his disapproval to himself. While he feared his own secrets, his vulnerable side, being shown to not only his class, but his teachers as well. Still, he kept silent and watched, letting Todoroki take care of their friend, letting the rest of his classmates glare at Bakugou, letting the teachers worry and contemplate his suggestion- he could tell from their eyes, the topic was obvious- and still, he sat silent. Yet now, knowing that he would go to such lengths to make his friend miserable, he couldn't hold himself back./span/p
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p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5;"span style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;""We will discuss your behavior later. As of right now, you are forbidden from using your quirk, if not you'll face suspension and the treaty of expulsion. Consider yourself on probation until further notice." he said cooly, de-activating his quirk. See the fuming teen making no move to retaliate, he turned towards Iida./span/p
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p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5;"span style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"While the students struggled to regain their sense of calmness, Midoriya kept himself in tiredness; though, he did show some surprise at Iida and Aizawa's actions, which the perpetually sleepy man took notice to almost immediately. When questioned, the green haired boy replied with a quick but very revealing statement./span/p
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p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5;"span style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"After he had calmed down enough to stop crying, Midoriya had turned red. Trying- and failing- to make up excuses for pretty much cuddling his mentor, he was stopped by a hand on his shoulder. He looked back to see Kaminari standing over him, a strange look on his face. He opened and closed his mouth for a few seconds, seemingly at a loss for words./span/p
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