Today was the day.
Today he was going to graduate from Ultimate Academy and go on to being a professional, fulltime hero.
Grinning to himself, Eijiro Kirishima straightened out the tie around his throat, giving himself a full once over in the mirror in his dorm room. Satisfied that it seemed like it was on straight, Eijiro turned to give the room a final glance. Most of his stuff had already been moved over to the apartment he and his friends would be sharing the moment they stepped over the threshold that had started their journey to their friendship three years ago.
A tear threatened to well up in his eye, but he managed to fight it back by convincing himself that it wouldn’t be manly of him to cry before the ceremony. His hand absently rested on the wall his bed used to be against, the faint plaster scar of semi-new plaster still sticking out fresh against it.
He couldn’t remember much about how it had started, but he and a couple of his classmates had been hanging out in his room when his best friend, Katsuki Bakugo, and Katsuki’s ex-best friend, Izuku Midoriya, decided that they were going to have a final test of strength. He himself had been all for it, but their class representative, Tenya Iida had calmed them down into testing their strength through an arm wrestling contest instead.
Katsuki had done pretty well getting through their classmates in terms of physical strength until he and Izuku went up against each other. The moment Katsuki made Izuku promise to not hold back, they should have tried to stop them, but by then Izuku had already broken the table in half with Katsuki earning a trip to Recovery Girl’s office at three in the morning. Needless to say, they had all gotten an earful about the whole ordeal, but luckily they were excused due to their teacher promising to scold them about using their quirks without permission.
When they had returned, Eijiro hadn’t been able to stop himself from asking Izuku to see which of their quirks would hold out the best against each other. Tenya was still out in the hall with Katsuki, apologising for the late disturbance, so they thought to get away with it.
Eijiro had made his hand and arm hard enough to withstand pretty much anything Izuku could throw at him, except he hadn’t counted on Izuku using as much strength as he did. One moment their elbows were resting on their thighs from their perch on the bed, and the next moment Eijiro found his fist firmly planted in the wall, so much so that it almost broke clean through.
The two of them had freaked out, but Shoto Todoroki, the class’s richest kid, had calmed them down by promising to take care of it. When they all awoke that same afternoon, the wall had indeed been plastered and cleaned up. It turned out Shoto had used his father’s contacts to seal the wall. They might have gotten away with it too if Shoto’s father hadn’t sent the bill back to the school, earning them another lecture from their teacher.
In the end, everyone that was present at the sleepover were made to clean the school grounds for a whole month. He still found it amusing that Katsuki was the one that worked the hardest at it despite all the ‘damn Deku’ and ‘shitty hair’ comments he and Izuku received.
Now all those memories were nothing more than memories, but still memories that he knew he would cherish forever, even if he wouldn’t be able to see his former classmates as much anymore.
Letting out a sigh, Eijiro opened the door, smiling at the sight he saw before him as Katsuki, Mina Ashido, Hanta Sero and Denki Kaminari waited on him, each smiling brighter than the other as he stepped out to join them.
Published by Fang Wolfsbane