I was playing around with different Hogwarts house sortings for Tadashi, Hiro and the Nerd Crew when I slipped and fell into thoughts of an AU where Hiro is a squib. Consider:
Hiro and Tadashi are the children of two half-bloods, who died in some sort of magical accident
They move in with Aunt Cass, the non-magical half-sister of their father, who runs a cafe that caters to both magical and non-magical customers
San Fransokyo itself has a fairly high magical population for such a technologically advanced city, and even has a few schools for graduates of the primary magical schools of the United States interested in furthering their education
Tadashi shows signs of magic very, very early.
At first his parents think he might be a metamorphmagus, because he keeps accidentally altering the size of his ears (by the time he settles down, they aren’t sure if his ears had always been that big?)
Mostly he does charming things like turn leaves into butterflies and heal minor injuries
It takes ages before they break him of the habit of doing intentional, small pieces of magic in front of his non-magical classmates
When Hiro is born, there is no instant magic like Tadashi had shown, no literal blowing bubbles, or animating his stuffed toys. It’s actually a relief
They die before his continued lack of magic would have become suspicious.
By the time Tadashi is set to start school, Hiro is seven and they’re all sort of tip-toeing around the issue.
Tadashi still talks about how he can’t wait until they’re attending the same school, and Aunt Cass assures him that plenty of extraordinary witches and wizards were late bloomers. Hiro pretends he believes them.
His lack of magic makes him that much more eager to pour all his effort into what he is good at–math, science, robotics.
By the time Tadashi is in his third year, Cass doesn’t know what to do. It’s increasingly obvious that that magical accident they’d all been waiting for isn’t going to happen. She stops bringing up late bloomers and starts to tell him how proud she is of his accomplishments. How many ten years olds are freshmen in high school?
For his part, Hiro is bitter, because he’s scrawny and ten and would give anything to be able to turn himself invisible to escape from bullies, or have his brother beside him to heal his bruises like he used to when they were younger and he was still living at home
Hiro still thinks magic is cool, and he is still impressed with how much Tadashi can do and is learning, but he’s a genius. He knows that he’s not going to be part of that world and he hates it.
When he turns eleven, it’s summer break, so Tadashi is right there with him, waiting for an invitation they both know isn’t coming
Tadashi tries one last ditch attempt at comfort, some excuse that even messages in the magical world can get lost, and Hiro explodes. Nothing shatters into shards of glass. It’s all yelling and tears and clenched fists and accusations of abandonment and shame until Tadashi can coax him into his arms and tell him that it doesn’t matter, that Tadashi loves him all the same, and he’ll never leave him behind, not for all the magic in the world
(That doesn’t stop Hiro from deciding then and there that he’s going to be the first person to crack the science behind magic)
“Crystal and I, we have a lot in common. What kind of clothes we like, what kind of movies we like, how we see the world.. we have a very honest relationship with eachother, which is what I appreciate”- Holland Roden
okay but honestly at this point it’s like YES, YES PEOPLE, I UNDERSTAND THAT THAT ACTOR IS OVER SIXTY YEARS OLD, NO I AM NOT WATCHING THE MOVIE THEY ARE IN BECAUSE I THINK THEY’RE ATTRACTIVE EVEN IF THEY MAY HAVE BEEN ONCE MANY YEARS AGO, I’M WATCHING THIS FOR SENTIMENTAL VALUE AND EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT TO CHILDHOOD MEMORIES AND BECAUSE I THINK THEY’RE GREAT OVERALL, THANK YOU