I walked again to the park, hands in my jacket pockets and headphones blasting music in my ears. I took a deep breath of the cool night air and looked up at the beautiful stars.
Once again, I pulled myself up onto the lower tree branch of the cherry blossom tree and swung my crossed legs back and forth.
“Hey.” My head snapped around at the familiar voice and I was met with his hetero-colored eyes in return. “Hi,” I replied, awkwardly. He walked over and sat on the bench, the same one we always used to sit on. It brought back memories.
After a few minutes of silence, I finally spoke up. “Do you... really not remember me?” I cursed myself for my voice breaking some. He didn’t look at me, or even acknowledge me.
I thought that maybe he hadn’t heard me, but then he said, “You seem familiar but...no, I don’t.” He finally turned and looked at me. He had to look up a little since I was still sitting in the tree. “Who are you?” I pulled out my phone and scrolled through my pictures biting my lip and hoping I’d find it. I had to go pretty far back, but I finally found it.
She seemed so... familiar. I feel like I’ve known her my whole life, yet I just met her. But who is she? I don’t know. I don’t know why I care either. If we’ve ever met before, it was in the past. I need to make my top priority becoming a hero and number one, with no distractions. I didn’t come here to make friends. But for some reason, I just couldn’t get her familiar face out of my mind. She suddenly looked down at her phone after my question, and after a few moments, she held it up to face me, showing me the screen.
It was a picture of two young kids sitting on a bench under a cherry blossom tree. My eyes were glued to the image, I just couldn’t look away. The boy was me I assumed, but he looked so... happy. It was weird. The girl on the left had dark wavy hair with blonde tips that almost reached her shoulders, and an eye patch covering her left eye exactly like the one L/n was wearing now. And then the realization hit me. My eyes widened and I finally pulled my eyes away to look at her, sitting on the tree just like she always used to. Memories came flooding back to me all at once.
“Y/n?” I breathed, not breaking eye contact. A tear fell from her eye at me remembering it all.
I looked around and realized this was the same exact spot as in the picture. I also remembered that day a few months ago. That was Y/n that I saw coming back from the park and caught. So that must be why she always comes here, she remembers me.
“I told you I’d find you one day, didn’t I?” She said and gave me her famous sweet closed-eyed smile that made me feel like smiling myself, a feeling I haven’t felt in a very long time.
"Yeah... you did," I said, quietly. I couldn't look away from her. I saw her earlier today, but I wasn't paying much attention. But knowing it was her, I looked at her in a whole new way. She changed me all of those years ago. She gave me hope. I can't believe she's back. Her e/c eyes held the same sincerity it always did, reminding me that I wasn't alone and making me feel safe for once.
My eyebrows furrowed for a second. "You only used your light quirk during your fight with Bakugou today..." I recalled. She smiled, sending flutters into my stomach.
"Do you still not use your fire?" She asked. I nodded in response. "That's why." The moonlight shone in her e/c eyes as she looked at me. "I wasn't going to break my promise to you just because I wasn't with you," she said. I blinked at her, surprised. She's been using only half of her true power this entire time for... me?
A cherry blossom fell from the tree of our past and landed on her nose. She crinkled her nose cutely and shook it off, laughing. Watching her light-hearted laugh and sweet smile, I couldn't help but smile a little too at her beauty and innocence.
I really missed you, Y/n.
A ringing sound interrupted our moment and she looked down at her phone. She picked it up and held it to her ear.
She hung up the phone and looked at me. "I have to go. See you at school tomorrow?" I nodded, dimly. She smiled brightly in turn and jumped down from the tree branch she was sitting on. I just sat there, watching her figure disappear around the corner.
"Noodles and soy sauce, noodles and soy sauce, noodles... noodles...noodles... NOODLES!" I muttered to myself, my face lighting up when I found the noodles. "Wait, what was it?" I frowned, staring at the shelves of the small store as if it held the secrets to the universe.
"Noodles and... was it sugar? Noodles and sugar? Shit, my phone's dead." I scanned the shelves and once I found sugar I stared at it for a few minutes. "Was it noodles and sugar though?" My face was scrunched up and my eyebrows furrowed. I glared at the sugar as if it was the reason I couldn't remember if I was supposed to get sugar or not from the store.
"Noodles and soy sauce?" I heard a voice say. My face instantly lit up.
"Yeah! Soy sauce!" Then I realized it wasn't my mind that had said that. My head whipped around and I was faced with a tall man who looked to be a few years older than me with black hair sticking out of his hood. He was holding out a bottle of soy sauce, which I gladly accepted. "Thank you," I said, giving a close-eyed smile. "I would have ended up accidentally getting the wrong thing if it weren't for you." I chuckled, rubbing the back of my neck a little, awkwardly.
He smirked a little, "Sugar?" I nodded and laughed. My eyes then widened. "Wait, was I supposed to get rice too? Oh no," I said, panicked. He laughed and pulled something out of his bag, holding it out to me.
"I forgot my phone or else I would have let you use it. Do you want to borrow my portable phone charger to text and ask?" My eyes lit up and I smiled at him.
"Thank you so much! You're a lifesaver," I gladly took the charger from him, plugging it into my phone and tapping my foot impatiently, smiling at him politely every once in a while.
"Hey, I'll be right back. I'm going to go use the bathroom," he said. I nodded and replied, "Don't worry, I won't leave. I'll make sure to get your charger back to you!" He just chuckled and walked away.
A man with dark hair poking out from under the hood of his hoodie walked back into a market, pulling out a phone. "Hey, I have someone," he said in a low voice. "Yeah, same one. She'd make a great villain." He nodded after a moment, though the person on the other line couldn't see.
The line then went silent as he pocketed the phone and headed back out to meet the h/c girl.
"Hey! My phone is at 5%, so it's enough to make a call, here," I said, handing him the charger back. He smiled back, politely and took it. But before I could dial my dad's number, I felt a hand grab my wrist and pull me forward.
"Huh-" I was confused as to what was happening, but then I felt someone twist me around and grab both of my hands in one. A rough material, what I assumed to be a rope, was being tied around my wrists, holding them together.
"What the-" My voice was cut off by a cool, rough hand wrapping tightly around my mouth. I struggled and tried to break free, but the person was strong.
"Don't move unless you want to get hurt," I heard a ruff, low voice say. My eyes widened in realization. Never trust strangers. I felt myself being dragged and before I knew it, I was in a dark alleyway. I was alone, no one was expecting me so no one would look for me until tomorrow. We could be in another country before anyone realized I was gone. My dad would probably fall asleep waiting for me and not think much about it. My phone was almost dead and I think I dropped it somewhere while being dragged, along with the groceries. I'm all alone. I'm being kidnapped and I won't be able to be rescued.
I am going to die.