A/N: I'm not dead! Sorry, I know it's been a while since the last update. I've been working on animation nonstop recently. I just haven't been able to find the time for this lately. I write where I can but it's slow going. Don't worry, this story will continue! Also, I realize some things in this story are different apart from my obvious changes. I am taking a couple liberties with the source material, partly to help with consistency with these new changes, and partly because I'm writing most of this from memory. I don't exactly have time to go back and read the early chapters of the manga or watch the first season of the anime again. If you notice something that contradicts the source material, I'm sorry, it's just going to stay like that. Anyway, back to your irregularly scheduled programing!
Midoriya's knees felt like jelly as he fell to the ground. A horn blared, signaling the end of the exam. Still, as exhausted as he was, he was equally excited. 'I used One For All,' he thought. He felt Uraraka's arm wrap around his shoulder. He looked over to see her kneeling on the ground with him. "Are you alright," he asked with a tired smile.
She nodded. "My leg hurts a little, but I'm fine."
"Alright, make way," someone said from behind the crowd of students.
Midoriya recognized that voice. "Recovery Girl!" he called excitedly.
The mass of students finally parted, allowing her to pass through. "Well you're talking, so that's a good sign," she said as she approached him and Uraraka. She gave them a quick once over before handing Uraraka a candy. "Here you go dear. This should help that leg of yours feel better." She went back into the crowd of students looking for more injuries.
The students made their way out of the testing area and back to the main school. There was still the final speech to be given by the principal. As they walked the halls, Uraraka talked animatedly with him about his boost in strength. "I can't wait to tell Mei," she remarked. They were so lost in conversation that they didn't notice the one person going against the crowd until Midoriya bumped right into them. There was a yelp and a thud as they fell to the ground.
Midoriya looked down in surprise at the girl he had just run into. "I'm sorry," he said. "I wasn't watching where I was going." He leaned down to offer her his hand which she took gratefully. As she stood, Midoirya was able to get a good look at her. She was tall, taking him by an inch or two. Her raven black hair was pulled back into a wild ponytail, and her grey eyes showed great intelligence. What really surprised him was the uniform she was wearing. It was from Minamori Middle School, a school for high class rich kids.
"No, it's alright. I wasn't paying attention either," she said as she dusted herself off. She finally looked up at him and offered him a smile. "Allow me to introduce myself," she said. "I'm Momo Yaoyorozu. I actually took my entrance exam last week. I was one of a few offered a place based on recommendation." Midoriya and Uraraka smiled awkwardly at that. Of course she was, just look at the uniform! "The teachers offered us to come back to watch the other tests," she said.
Midoriya scratched the back of his head nervously. "It's nice to meet you, miss Yaoyorozu. I'm Izuku Midoriya. And this is my friend, Ochako Uraraka," he said gesturing to his right.
"Midoriya, huh. You were the one that took out the zero pointer in B. That was very impressive," she said. She had to suppress a laugh at how red he turned at that. Looking around at the sea of people shifting past them, she started feeling anxious. "Come on. We should probably get going," she said as she turned around, falling into step with her new companions. "You know, Midoriya, you were all the teachers talked about after that little show of yours."
He went to rub the back of his neck. "Oh really? Guess I made a good impression." After a while of walking, he had to ask the obvious question. "So, miss Yaoyorozu, why were you going the other way from everyone else," he asked. They walked right past the door to the main auditorium where everyone was gathered.
She glanced at him and Uraraka over her shoulder. "You can just drop the miss. No need for formalities," she said with a smile. "Actually, I was looking for you, Midoriya," she said.
Uraraka perked up at that. "For Izuku? Why?"
They stopped outside a door. "I was asked by the principal to bring you to him. He didn't want to cause a big fuss using the P.A. system or sending one of the teachers for you," she explained.
Midoriya audibly gulped. "The principal... wants to see me?" A sense of dread filled him when she nodded. Her serious eyes suddenly widened in surprise and he heard Uraraka gasp from his side. "What? What is it," he asked.
"Izuku?" Uraraka was staring at him in shock. "What just happened," she asked.
"What? What do you mean?" He was starting to panic now.
"You mean you've never done this before," asked Yaoyorozu.
"Done what? Will someone tell me what's going on?!" There were a couple moments of silence following his outburst.
"Izuku, you just turned invisible," Uraraka said.
"Invisible?" His own eyes widened in surprise as he looked down at himself. He wasn't there. "A new power? I didn't know I could do this," he said as he relaxed, fading back into reality. It seemed as though it was tied to his emotions. While he stood, lost in thought, he didn't hear footsteps coming up on him from behind.
"Thank you for bringing this boy, Miss Yaoyorozu. You're excused," the person said. Midoriya and Uraraka turned around but saw no one there. "Oh, I'm terribly sorry. I'm down here." They looked down and saw a... dog..? Bear...? An animal of some kind.
While they stared, dumbfounded, Yaoyorozu gave a bow to the principal and left. "You're principal Nezu right? I remember seeing you on the news before," Midoriya said.
Nezu nodded then turned his attention to Uraraka. "Miss Uraraka, right? I'm afraid I'll have to ask you to wait out here," he said. Turning back to Midoriya, he said, "Young man, if you would be so kind as to open the door for me."
Midoriya opened the door and stepped back to allow the principal to go through. He smiled at Uraraka as he followed him in, closing the door behind him. Nezu climbed into one of two couches available in the room. There was no desk, it probably made it too difficult to get up and down. Instead, the coffee table sitting between the couches appeared to act as his desk, covered in paperwork.
"Please have a seat," he said. Midoriya sat on the opposite couch nervously. "Don't worry, mister Midoriya, you're not in any trouble. In fact, I'm quite looking forward to what you'll accomplish here."
Midoriya's eyes lit up. "Then does that mean-?"
Nezu smiled. "That you passed? With flying colors." He allowed the boy a moment to celebrate. "However," he said, and Midoriya's focus was on him again. "I'm sure you're aware of the law against using your quirk without a license. We have you on record for one, in the sludge villain incident." He shuffled through papers, looking for something. "But we also have this." He set a picture down on the table facing Midoriya. The boy froze. It was a picture of him from the news clip.
He swallowed the lump building in his throat nervously. "Principal Nezu, I-"
"You are exactly what this school needs," he said, cutting him off. "As I said before, you're not in any trouble. In fact, I've already smoothed this whole thing over with the police." Midoriya stared at him incredulously. "I just want us to have an understanding. I can't have my students going around using their quirks without the proper training. I don't want any more instances like this until you earn your license. Or I will have no choice but to expel you."
Midoriya dropped his gaze. "I understand," he said.
"Then you're free to go," Nezu replied.
Midoriya stood and made his way to the door. He stopped, hand on the handle, and said, "Principal Nezu?"
"Thank you," he said.
The sound of his phone buzzing brought Midoriya out of that sweet transitioning state between sleep and wakefulness. The early morning sun peeked through his curtains, illuminating the room with a soft yellow glow. With a groan, he groggily reached around for his phone, eventually finding it under his pillow. He checked the name and bolted upright, suddenly wide awake.
Within the hour he found himself at the warehouse district again, decked out in his spider suit. "Young Midoriya!" All Might exclaimed as he jumped in out of nowhere.
"All Might!" He tore his mask off. "I came as soon as I got your message." He ran up closer to his mentor. "What did you want to talk about?"
Even as All Might deflated into his true form, the smile never left his face. "Midoriya, my boy, you did great! You tapped into One For All!" He placed his hands on Midoriya's upper arms, feeling the muscle underneath the suit. "No change in muscle mass. Odd." He removed his hands. "But how did it feel? All that power surging through you?"
"It felt incredible! Like I could do anything!"
"Good. Now we just need to work on controlling it. We can't have you punching real people at a hundred percent like that."
Midoriya nodded. "That's why you called me here," he said.
"Exactly," All Might replied. "And to see how One For All boosts your other powers."
"Oh, that reminds me! Yesterday, after the exam, I turned invisible,"
All Might blinked at that. "Invisible? You could never do that before right?"
Midoriya shook his head. "No. It was really weird. I'm not even rally sure how I did it."
All Might cupped his chin, deep in thought. "I'd never heard of One For All giving people new powers." He thought for a minute more. "You know what? Training can wait 'til later."
All Might had refused to tell them where they were going the whole trip there. They landed on the rooftop of one of the taller buildings in Musutafu. It was bare save for the access door.
"Young Midoriya, we're here to see an old friend of mine. He doesn't know about One For All, but I'm sure he can figure out what's happening with your powers." All Might strode confidently up to the door. He turned and urged Midoriya along as he disappeared inside.
They took staircase after staircase until All Might finally chose a floor. He led them down the darkened hallway to a door at the far end and opened it, gesturing for Midoriya to enter first. It was dark inside, but light from computer monitors and small habitats lit up the room enough to navigate. One screen in particular caught his interest and he stopped to read what was on it.
He sensed something shift behind him. In a flash, he had turned and dropped into a crouch, ready to jump into action if necessary. The eyes of his suit narrowed as he noticed someone approaching. The first thing he saw was a lab coat and then-
"Dave!" The lights came on just as All Might shouted that name. Midoriya was rooted to the floor.
"Toshi!" Dave greeted back. "It's been too long," he said as All Might enveloped the smaller man in a bear hug.
All Might set the man down and turned back to Midoriya. "Young Midoriya, meet David Shield, my old college buddy!"
"I know you! Your a super famous scientist who studies quirks! Your gear is worn by some of the most famous pro heroes in the world!" He stopped when he noticed both sets of eyes looking at him with surprise. "Sorry, I'm a quirk nerd myself so..." he trailed off nervously.
"Hey, I take offense to being called a nerd," Dave said before his face softened into a smile. "I prefer the term geek myself." He stepped up to the young man, hand outstretched. "Nice to meet you. You must be that Midoriya boy Toshi told me about." Midoriya took his hand excitedly, squeezing just a little too hard due to his excitement. "Woah. Hell of a grip there," Dave commented as they let go.
Midoriya turned back to the computer screen. "Is this your new project," he asked. "This is really advanced stuff, gene splicing and all that."
Dave came up beside him. "Actually, this was sent to me by a colleague of mine in New York. Dr. Curtis Connors, you might know him." He waited while Midoriya nodded energetically. "He's working on a way for amputees to grow back their limbs using lizard DNA. He sent me this to fact check everything." He turned back to All Might. "So to what do I owe this pleasure," he asked.
"Actually, Dave, we're here on business," All Might replied. "Midoriya's been experiencing some abnormalities with his quirk. I was hoping you could take a look at him."
Dave nodded in understanding. "Sure, I can run some tests." He turned his attention to Midoriya. "I'll need a blood sample."
Midoriya lay in the bed of a machine much like an MRI scanner. He wore nothing but a pair of shorts they had provided him with. "Normal clothes would mess up the readings," Dave had said. A yellow line kept traveling the length of his body. Beside him, Dave was looking through his blood samples.
"Remarkable," Dave said. "Your blood cells are traveling and multiplying at an extraordinary rate. The oxygen levels are also off the charts. Midoriya, you're creating stem cells," he said incredulously. "The only explanation I can draw is this green electricity moving between the cells." The monitor across from the bed beeped, letting them know the scan was complete.
Midoriya stood up, wanting to put his suit back on for some form of modesty. But Dave had asked him to leave it off in case they needed to run more tests. Dave looked through the results. "Midoriya, I have a feeling there's something you're not telling me," he said.
Midoriya looked at him nervously. "What do you mean," he asked.
"About how you got your powers," Dave replied cooly. Midoriya felt a shiver run through him at the icy stare. "All quirks, mutation based or not, leave the base genetic code for a human intact. But half of your genetic mainframe is unrecognizable." His eyes narrowed. "Which means these powers of yours don't come from a quirk."
Midoriya let out the breath he hadn't realized he'd been holding. "About a year ago, I was bitten by this spider at the Tokyo Research Lab. They were running tests on these spiders, I guess. Anyway, after it bit me, I had all these amazing powers that l couldn't explain," he said. 'That was nerve wracking. I thought he'd found out about One For All,' he thought.
Dave regarded him one more time. "Right," he said. "Anyway, going off of this data, it looks like some of the dormant spider genes are being activated, presumably by that green electricity." He turned back to Midoriya. "Put simply, your powers are still evolving."
The door suddenly burst open. "Papa! How come you didn't tell me Uncle Might was here," a girl called. Midoriya stood rooted to the spot. In the doorway was a girl. Her blond hair flowed smoothly down her back. Her bright blue eyes widened in surprise as they took in the sight before her.
Dave chuckled nervously. "Um, Melissa, this is Izuku Midoriya. Midoriya, this is my daughter Melissa."
Melissa's cheeks burned a red bright enough to rival the shirt she wore, the blush spreading as far as her ears. "I- I- I-" she stuttered. "I'm very sorry!" She slammed the door quickly.
The door opened again slowly and All Might poked his head through. "Sorry. I tried to stop her."
Now dressed in his spider suit and looking semi modest, Midoriya was brought out to have a proper introduction with Melissa. She seemed to have gotten over her embarrassment rather quickly. That or she was just that good at hiding it.
"Okay, let's try this again," Dave said as he came out with them. "Melissa, I'd like you to meet Izuku Midoriya. He's All Might's first pupil."
Melissa looked at him incredulously. "Wow, you're Uncle Might's student? You must have learned a lot of cool stuff about how to use your quirk!" She took his wrist and examined his arm, making Midoriya's face do it's impression of a tomato. "This suit is amazing. It's really strong but also flexible at the same time. Who made this," she asked excitedly.
"Um, a friend of mine," he answered. "She's entering the support course at UA."
"That's amazing. She's not even in high school yet and she can make equipment like this?" She turned his arm over to get a look at his web shooters. "I'm a support student too, so stuff like this always fascinates me," she said.
"Well it looks like you kids are getting along now. Play nice while I have a chat with Toshi," Dave said, dragging All Might out of the room. Midoriya just about blew steam out if his ears as his mentor gave him a thumbs up as he left.
"Okay, papa," Melissa replied. They stood in silence for a while, Midoriya just letting her examine his web shooters.
Eventually, he couldn't take the silence anymore. "So uh, I guess it's pretty obvious what my quirk is," he said, gesturing to the spider symbol on his chest. "So what's yours," he asked.
Her hands stopped moving and she looked away. "Actually, I don't have a quirk." She raised her eyes to meet his. "That's why I make gadgets, so I can still be doing something important even without a quirk." She saw him about to say something but cut him off. "It's alright. It doesn't bother me. Anymore at least."
Midoriya shook his head. "No, no. I get it. I'm what you could call a late bloomer. Until about a year ago, I was quirkless too, so I know how it feels," he said.
There was silence again, but this time it wasn't uncomfortable. Eventually, Melissa gave up pretending to examine his equipment and let go of his arm. She smiled at him softly. "Thanks, it means a lot," she said.
Midoriya and All Might bowed in appreciation as they left. They made their way back down the hallway. "So what did you learn from Dave," All Might asked.
"That my DNA is half spider," Midoriya started. "And that this green electricity is activating my dormant genes. One For All is actually evolving my powers."
"Interesting," All Might replied. "I wondered how One For All would react with a non quirk based power. That would explain why that invisibility power of yours never appeared until you unlocked One For All."
Once on the roof, Midoriya had to ask a question that had been nagging him since that morning. "Hey, All Might," he asked.
"Yes, young Midoriya."
"How did you know I used One For All anyway? I hadn't told you yet."
All Might's smile widened. "Because I watched it with the teachers of course," he said as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.
"Why would you be..." Midoriya started before trailing off.
The smile on All Might's face just kept getting bigger. "Because, young Midoriya," he started. "You're looking at the newest member of UA's teaching staff," he exclaimed before leaping into the air.
A/N: Again, sorry for the late update. Took me a while to figure out all the pseudo science in this. I'd say expect the next one out sooner, but we all know that's not how this works.