So i’ve got my best friend’s cat staying over with me for a few weeks and whenever she wants to be cuddled, she literally throws herself on the floor and lies on her back for me to rub her belly, she’s so CUTE AND WONDERFULLY WEIRD!
Even after Izuku convinces Todoroki that his left side is not the manifestation of evil, Todoroki is still hesitant to use it, even for small things. ESPECIALLY for small things. Izuku notices this, because he notices everything and Cares For His FriendsTM. So, he is the first one to convince Todoroki to use his left half to warm a cold room and heat up the leftovers because the communal microwave is (mysteriously) broken and bake cookies on his bare hand because that’s just really really cool, okay? And Todoroki goes along with it because it’s Izuku and of course he’s gonna go along with whatever that green haired puppy asks him to, they’re friends and that’s important to him. And, slowly, he becomes freer with the use of his left side.
But Izuku isn’t done yet. He mobilizes his forces. At first, it’s just Uraraka asking Todoroki for a quick favor with his quirk, and he complies mostly out of surprise and confusion. Next, Iida marches up requesting fire-quirk assistance, and he’s all stiff and hand waving and in The Class Pres ModeTM, so Todoroki does the thing because it’s just a really odd interaction and those hands are making very strange movements and it’ll make Iida go away. Then, it’s everyone. Kirishima has a bet he needs Todoroki to use his left side to help him win. Tokoyami wants him to help him practice utilizing Dark Shadow while faced with fire. Bakugou marches up with a bag of popcorn to pop because someone keeps short-circuiting the microwave and “it’d be a waste of my abilities to do it myself that’s why.” All Might himself shows up with a cold cup of noodles and a grateful smile. Even Aizawa comes to him once, thrusting a cat he had mysteriously attained into Todoroki’s left arm with a short, “she likes the warmth.” It’s always stupid, trivial stuff – the kind of stuff everyone else is so free to use their quirk for. And then, one day, Todoroki realizes he doesn’t think of his father when he thinks of his left half anymore. Instead, he thinks of half-baked cookies and warming soup and saving his friends from the Hero Killer, because both the trivial uses and the critical uses are good and important to him now.
And then Endeavor gets launched into the sun. Because I hate him and that’s important too.