Another Tododeku ficlet
(This one takes place in an au where todoroki and midoriya grew up as next door neighbors)
Shouto always enjoyed visiting his best friend and neighbor izuku when he was little. Since niether he nor Izu had developed quirks yet shoutos dad allowed them to play together, sometimes even being talked into showing them how to fight like a hero like him. Shouto enjoyed this time alot, spending time with his family and best friend, not a care in the world.
Then it all changed.
As soon as his power showed shouto was put into more rigorous training, much less time to play, and less time to spend with Izu. When they learned Izu was quirkless it got worse. Shouto was forbidden to see him while his father was around, but luckily his mother enjoyed visiting mrs. Midoriya and would take him with her while his father was away. They would watch all might videos and collect his cards from candy bags. The older shouto got though, the more strict his father was. When his mother got sent away for burning him, it was the last straw. Izu watched helplessly as his best friend pulled into his shell. He hated that he couldn’t help. “If only i had a quirk” “if only i were strong enough”. Whenever these thoughts entered his head Izu thought about his dream to become a hero. Everytime he would grit his teeth and FIND a way to comfort Shouto, whether it was sneaking into his room at night or mailing him all might merch.
As time went on and the boys grew Izuku never stopped trying to cheer his friend up, even when he had burns and bruises from a run in with kacchan, even when he got caught and literally thrown out of the house by endeavor. He even squeezed in time during his 10 month training to cheer him up at nights. Shouto would force himself to smile for Izu, but sometime the boy made him truely happy. During their ua exams they didn’t talk or see eachother, so when Izu walks in and Shouto sees him, it takes all his power not to beam at his seemingly quirkless friend. Izu on the other hand rushes over to him and hugs him, more than happy that they both got into class A.