Chapter 2~A "Normal" School Day
U.A (Cafeteria), 11:30 am
After a pretty standard class, Mr. Aizawa dismissed the class to go to lunch. "Alright class, go to lunch and be back to class on time. That includes you, Ms. Ko." Aizawa stared soullessly at the young girl, making sure she'll understand. The class dispersed and headed out in droves towards the cafeteria. Todoroki and Desdemona were last to leave the class but weren't in a hurry to get to lunch either. "So Shoto, how's the school treating you so far?" Desdemona asked the silent boy. He stared straight as they walked to the cafeteria. He finally spoke up after awhile. "The school's fine. It's just certain people you have to look out for." Todoroki stated simply, his voice seemed to carry a hint of irritation. Desdemona looked at him with a weird smile and chuckled. "What do you mean? Everyone seems pretty nice. Even that little weirdo Mineta is ok, to say the least." She stared back at the crowd in front of her to catch a brief glimpse of Bakugo socializing with Kirishima. Desdemona then looked back at Todoroki. "Shoto, do you mean Katsuki?" She asked him. But he didn't answer, his mouth staying the grim line it's always been. They finally make it to the gargantuan sized cafeteria filled with the smells of delicious food and the constant chatter of the school's preteen students. Many of the students were sitting in groups and ate their lunches. Desdemona brought her own lunch from home. She expected the food to be as bad as the lunch at her old school. But boy was she wrong.
Desdemona looked around the cafeteria for a seat. She also tried looking for Todoroki to guide her. She didn't know how, but they got separated. "Geez, it looks like he couldn't wait to get away from me." Desdemona walked over to an empty booth for four. "I guess I'll just sit here for today." She sits down at the booth and takes out a large galaxy styled glass container. Inside it was a plastic container filled with corned beef and rice, a can of cola flavored soda, and a banana nut muffin. Picking up a plastic spork, Desdemona began to eat her lunch and opened the soda. "Mm, so good." She was enamored with the food her mother made for her. She'd try some of the school food, it did look good, but she didn't know what to choose! But for now, Desdemona will eat her normal lunch alone, or so she thought.
A spiky red headed boy came up to the booth where Desdemona was sitting and greeted her. "Oh hey! Mind if I sit here?" The young man asked her. Desdemona looked up and noticed the boy. She nodded her head and the boy sat down. He smiled at her and started to eat his ramen. "So, how're you liking the school so far?" The boy asked her between slurping his noodles and then drinking a glass of water. Desdemona thought for a while. She liked the school so far, but still felt a bit lonely and underdeveloped compared to everyone else. "I don't know Eijiro, I'm just trying to make friends at least." Desdemona responded. The redhead laughed out loudly. "Hey, it's totally understandable! Going to a new school is really difficult, especially when it means leaving old friends and family behind!" He chuckled and scratched his head. "I'm sure you'll be fine! At least you got the naming thing down, to some degree." Desdemona got red with embarrassment. "Sorry, I didn't mean to call you by your first name! I read that it could be disrespectful in Japan, but it keeps coming out due to living in the U.S." Desdemona explained, taking another spoonful of corned beef and rice and devouring it. Kirishima laughed a bit. "Hey, don't worry about it Desdemona. You can just call me-" His words were cut off by a booming voice from across the room. "KIRISHIMA!" It was Bakugo, and he was fuming with annoyance.
The short ash haired blonde carried a tray of spicy Yakisoba, a can of soda, and a side-dish of mixed steamed vegetables. He sauntered up to the spiky redhead and gave him a death glare, ignoring Desdemona in the process. "What is she doing here?" He questioned Kirishima with a snarl. Kirishima nervously chuckled and held his arms up in defense. "I just wanted to eat with the new girl...there's nothing wrong with that Bakugo! If you want, you could join us man! Desdemona's not that bad, she's pretty chill." He tried making the situation better. "So you just decided to just sit with some extra instead of ME? Who do you think you are!?" Bakugo questioned as he got closer to Kirishima and started bickering. Taking advantage of the situation, Desdemona used her Quirk and saw a multitude of problems. One of them included Katsuki grabbing and throwing her out of the booth. Grabbing her head and shaking it, Desdemona tried to calm herself from assuming the worst. Surely he wouldn't do that to her. He might be a bit hotheaded but he's not that rude. Right?
After a few minutes of arguing, Bakugo gave up on talking to Kirishima and turned his attention to Desdemona. She was staring at him in a sleep-like state. Her eyes glowed an almost ghostly shade of purple and the tips of her "antennae" glowed similarly. "What're you staring at 'Cat Eyes'?" Snapping out of her bad luck daze Desdemona looked up at Bakugo. "Excuse me?" "You heard me. You were staring at me with those stupid glowing purple eyes. Is that your Quirk?" He got closer to Desdemona and flashed a cocky smile. "Aizawa never told us your Quirk, but I'm guessing its as lame as it looks." Bakugo laughed and Desdemona stiffened up at this. "Move over" Bakugo ordered Kirishima, who quietly moved out of the way. Sitting next to Kirishima, Bakugo began chowing down on his Yakisoba. Often glancing at Desdemona as he ate. Quietly eating their lunch, Kirishima tried to ease the tension. "Hey Desdemona, what're you eating? Not to sound rude or anything but it looks kinda well...different." "Oh, well its just some corned beef and rice! Nothing too special." She replied bashfully. "Hmm, do you think I could try some? If not, then that's fine!" Kirishima told her as he began chuckling a bit. Desdemona chuckled alongside him. "Sure! I don't mind at all!" She slid the glass container towards him. "It's called corned beef and rice. My mom made it for me!" She explained. Kirishima smiled hungrily and took a forkful of the food and then ate it. "Mm, this is pretty good. Hey Bakugo, you should try this!" Kirishima held up another forkful of the food and motioned it towards the angry teen. "I. Don't. Want. Any." Kirishima frowned and tried again. "C'mon man, it's not that bad. Who knows you might like it!" He motioned the fork towards Bakugo again, who in turn, grabbed the fork and threw it across the table. "I SAID I DON'T WANT ANY YOU IDIOT!" In a fit of rage Bakugo then used his Quirk and caused a mini explosion aimed towards Desdemona's glass container. Leaving it completely destroyed.
Many of the students in the cafeteria turned their attention from their lunches and to the commotion that Bakugo started. Desdemona couldn't believe what just happened. He used his Quirk to destroy her belonging. She stood up from the booth and looked at the burnt spot on the table. "Why...would you do this?" She quietly asked him. Bakugo was silent. He looked like he didn't even care and it upset her. Looking up at him with anger filled eyes Desdemona asked him again. "Why did you do this? Huh? Did you really have to blow up my container?" Bakugo didn't answer her and walked away. "Bakugo! Come back!" Kirishima called out. Kirishima sighed and looked back at Desdemona. "Sorry about that Desdemona..." With that, Kirishima runs off after Bakugo. Desdemona took in a deep breath and groaned. She had had enough and wanted to leave. Desdemona quickly ran out of the cafeteria. She didn't know where she was going but tried finding her way back to the classroom at least.
Todoroki walked the hallways in total silence. He had finished eating a little early and decided to look for Desdemona. He couldn't find her during lunch and when he asked other students in the cafeteria, they told him what happened. Coming around the corner Todoroki spotted Desdemona running in the opposite direction from him. "Desdemona...what're you doing out here?" "I wanted to head back to class but I got lost." "K-katsuki...he destroyed my container. I know it seems silly to get mad or even sad about it. But how am I supposed to feel when he just outright destroys something of mine. Imagine how you'd feel if I destroyed your stuff." She huffed out as her cheeks turned a shade of red from embarrassment. Todoroki walked up to her and placed a hand on her shoulder. "I'm sorry about all this Desdemona. If anything, it should be my fault. I should've kept an eye on you, it was my responsibility." He looked her straight in the face. Although it didn't look like it, he had a look of sincerity. "Lets get back to class." He placed his hand on the center of her back and led her to the gigantic door of Class 1-A.
In the classroom Kirishima was doing his best to scold Bakugo. "Bakugo that was uncalled for! You can't just destroy people's things. A-are you even listening to me?" Bakugo leaned back in his chair with his feet upon the table in front of him. "Quit whining Shark-Bite, it's just some dumb box. If she wants to make it in this school then she's got bigger things to worry about." "What does that mea-" Kirishima was cut off by the sound of the classroom door opening. Todoroki walked in with Desdemona, his hand still on her back as he leads her to their seats. Bakugo stared at the pair. His eyes narrowed at Todoroki especially. He watched them talk for awhile before grunting and turning his attention to the front of the class. He'll deal with Desdemona later.
After a few more minutes, the rest of Class 1-A spilled into the room along with Mr. Aizawa and Midnight. "Ok students, we'll be going over partners in the Hero business." Aizawa announced. Iida raised his hand swiftly into the air. "Sir, do you mean the classic Hero Sidekick roles?" He asked with a stern look. Aizawa sighed in reply and looked to Midnight. "Why don't you tell them, I'm sure you can explain it better than I can. Plus I don't care..." He got behind his desk and laid in his sleeping bag. Midnight cleared her throat and began to explain. "Well yes Iida you're not wrong. But there is another form of partnership when it comes to Heroes. Some Heroes don't need or require a Sidekick as they're entirely capable of working by themselves. But sometimes, Heroes need to learn how to work with one another. Even if their Quirks are completely incompatible, they could each play to their strengths to either defeat a Villain, Rescue civilians, or Escape from a complicated situation." She giggled. "For the project, you'll be tasked with learning about your sweet little partner's Quirk like the back of your hand. Then, you'll be working together to escape a maze that yours truly and All Might have created to go with each and every one of the Quirk's of you little cuties! You'll have one week to get a fair understanding of your partner!" Midnight was clearly having fun. "So, with that I'll be picking your teammates for this project." She wiggled with excitement and looked around the class.
Some of the students began murmuring about the project. "It's kinda like that one test we did when we fought against the teachers, don't ya think?" Mina asked Midnight. She winked at Mina. "Aren't you perceptive! As you might have noticed, the project is quite similar to that test. But, there are noticeable differences as you'll be facing off against the environment around you! Remember, Villains aren't the only thing to worry about as a Hero. You also need to be aware of everyone and everything. With your partner it should be easy enough, right?" The students seemed to be a bit confused but accepted the task at hand. "Who do you think you'll get?" Kaminari asked Mineta in a hush whisper. "I don't know man, but I hope I get the new girl! She's so cute and exotic! I mean, a foreign exchange student! She's the whole package!" Mineta swooned over Desdemona. Kaminari gave a sly smirk. "Heh, you're not wrong Mineta! She is pretty cute!" As the students conversed with one another Midnight studied them and then began picking students in her head. She noticed most of the students got along with one another from past experiences but the new girl was a problem. She didn't have a good understanding of her personality and Quirk. Her eyes widened when she saw Desdemona chatting it up with Todoroki. 'Hmm, so she seems like a friendly girl. If she can talk to someone as introverted as Endeavor's son then maybe she'd go best with...' She thought to herself and then clapped her hands together.
The students noticed this and looked at Midnight attentively. "Okay, settle down now students! Since there are now 21 of you, there'll be groups of three! Now! For Group A: Aoyama, Koda, and Sato! Group B: Tsuyu, Mina, and Hagakure! Group C: Mineta, Kaminari, and Iida! Group D: Midoriya, Kirishima, and Yaoyorozu! Group E: Shoji, Jiro, and Ojiro! Group F: Sero, Tokoyami, and Uraraka! Last but not least, Group G: Desdemona, Todoroki, and Bakugo! Now go and meet your partners and talk about how you'll do the project. Remember, you'll have a week!" With that Midnight leaves the room. "NO FAIR! I WANTED THE NEW FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUUUUDEEENT!" Mineta cried out as he banged his fists against the desk. Kaminari did the same and shook his head in disbelief. "Not only did we not get paired up with her. But she got paired up with Bakugo!" Bakugo heard this and grabbed Kaminari by the neck. "What's that supposed to mean you nerd? You think I wanted to be paired up with those two?" He screamed out as he pointed towards Todoroki and Desdemona. "Ugh, at least it's not Deku." He groaned in annoyance. Todoroki looked at Desdemona and sighed. "This will end poorly." He stated with an annoyed look on his face.
Bakugo walked up to the two of them and crossed his arms. "Our group better win, especially against Deku's!" "This isn't about winning Katsuki! We need to work together as Heroes!" Desdemona told him sternly. Bakugo ignored her, but took notice of her calling him by his first name before turning his attention to Todoroki. "Half-and-Half, you better not screw this up for me." Todoroki didn't respond but instead started to exchange numbers with Desdemona. Desdemona looked at Bakugo and began to ask him for his number. "Uhm, Katsuki could you put your number in my pho-" He snatched the phone away from her and angrily typed his number in. Tossing the phone to her Bakugo left the two of his partners. Aizawa dismissed the class. Todoroki walked Desdemona out to the school gates. "So Shoto, maybe you and I could hang out at your house and talk about our Quirks! I figured we could have a one on one session since Katsuki seems to be a bit more...reserved." She explained with a nervous chuckle. Todoroki gave her a blank stare and thought about it. 'I've never had anyone besides family over to my house.' He looked up at her and replied. "I'll think about it." Todoroki heads off home and Desdemona does the same. As he walked home, Todoroki thought about how he'll tell his father. Something told him his old man wouldn't be too happy about Desdemona coming over.