22 for Toshinko, if you want?😄
22. two miserable people meeting at a wedding au for toshinko (omg this one was actually hard because I have such a hard time thinking of either of these two being miserable at a wedding. I hope it worked out)
Inko is a bridesmaid because that’s what friends do but she can’t help but feel like something about this wedding seems off. Maybe it’s the way that every time Yuki’s husband speaks Yuki goes stiff or the way that they were barely dating before getting engaged or the way that the entire engagement has seemed rushed. She gets the impression that if Todoroki could have gotten away with it he and Yuki would have eloped and signed the paperwork with no fuss only a few weeks after their first date. Inko tries not to judge other people’s relationship, she’ll never know what goes on when they’re alone together, but the entire thing seems very sinister.
Even so, Inko smiles and plays the part that’s been asked of her, if only for Yuki’s sake. Everyone around her seems to be genuinely having fun and it makes Inko feel terrible for being so suspicious.
The only other person who’s not having fun is a blond man Inko has seen across the room a few times. She doesn’t recognize him so he’s probably from Todoroki’s side. His smile is clearly forced and Inko immediately feels a sense of camaraderie with him, the only two people faking their wedding cheer. A few times she feels the urge to talk to him, to talk to someone who can see that something’s wrong, but every time she starts to head his way he disappears into the crowd.
It takes an hour and a slowly building sense of urgency for her to finally speak to the blond man.
“Excuse me,” she says and he turns to look at her. He smiles and this one is more real than the ones she saw across the room, though it’s strained. He looks expectant and Inko realizes that she isn’t sure what to say. She should probably ease into it, not starting a conversation with accusations
“Uh, hi,” Inko says after a moment.
“Hello,” he says and he seems to relax with the word. She can’t help but wonder what he thought she was going to say.
“I’m, uh, Midoriya Inko. I’m a bridesmaid.”
His head tilts slightly to the side. “I can see that.”
Inko looks down at herself in her bridesmaid’s dress and feels an embarrassed blush rise to her cheeks. “Oh, yeah. I suppose so.”
“I’m Yagi Toshinori. I’m…” Yagi trails off, seemingly incapable of describing himself and his relationship to the wedding. At last he says, “A scapegoat, I guess.”
Inko’s eyebrows lift. “A scapegoat? For what?”
Yagi sighs. “Everything wrong with this wedding.”
Inko looks around. “Everyone seems pretty happy,” she says cautiously, not completely sure what kind of conversation they’re having.
When she looks back at him Yagi looks her dead in the eye. “Not everyone,” he says and then his gaze slides over her shoulder. Inko follows his eyes to Yuki where she’s standing at Todoroki’s side looking at her feet while Todoroki laughs with her father.
Inko looks back to Yagi and by the strained smile on his face she knows that he knows something, that she’s not crazy for being suspicious, that they have to do something.
“Don’t you think,” she says slowly, trying not to say anything that will spook Yagi, “that we should try to do something about that?”
Yagi’s shoulders sag. “Honestly, my dear, I would like that very much.”
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