When asked, Abe Takaya would launch into a passionate defense about why he preferred Hero Support class over Hero class and why anyone with half a brain would realize that Hero Support was by far the better choice.
He was usually not asked, though. He usually launched into said passionate defense with only the slightest provocation, because people were stupid and he was so tired of having to correct them all the time but since someone clearly needed to set them straight, Abe was going to be that person.
“But, like, Hero Support is for sidekicks,” Hanai said on their first day of Nishiura Hero Preparatory Academy. “It’s for people who, you know, can’t actually make it as heroes because they don’t have superpowers.”
Hanai, who had sneered at their Hero coach for being a woman, was clearly an idiot and needed to be educated. Abe tried to count to ten, because he’d been informed that people didn’t always listen to him when he shouted at them, but then he ended up shouting anyway.
“Without Hero Support there would be no heroes!” he yelled, causing quite a few startled looks his way. “Do you know what the city destruction rate was before Hero Support was an organization? Nearly 68%,” he didn’t wait for Hanai to reply, because most people didn’t know about the statistics, “That means over half of the nearby environment was destroyed just to stop a single villain. Great, woo hoo, a bad guy is in jail, but that’s not exactly a consolation to the people whose homes are destroyed, now is it?”
And because once he started, he had a very hard time stopping, he continued on with his well-established lecture, despite the fact that Hanai was currently edging away from him. “Not to mention all the people who were hospitalized because of falling debris. A Hero is only good as a weapon, it’s Hero Support that does all the strategizing and coordination involved so that a villain is not only stopped, but stopped intelligently, with very little collateral damage. Hero Support is on the ground helping out civilians and minimalizing the damage. Hero Support are the people who see the big picture and tell Heroes where they need to go and what they need to do in order to bring the bad guys down. Without Hero Support there is no order and there’s certainly not a rescue. Hero Support are the real heroes. The people in capes are just—fire trucks. Guns, shields. Things you point in the right direction to stop the bad guys.”
At this point, Hanai, (and most everyone else around), was resolutely pretending he didn’t know Abe, so Abe stopped ranting. It never failed to make him angry. Heroes were flashy. They were good for a big bang, so people adored them and aspired to be like them.
But Abe, he wanted to make a difference. He actually wanted to help people. And Hero Support was the best possible route to actually get things done.
Mind you, he did recognize that he needed a Hero. All the best Hero Support started by forming a partnership with a Hero-in-training. The only way to attract the notice of Hero Support companies for internships and possible careers after graduation was to make sure he attached himself to the number one hero during high school.
After his disastrous partnership in middle school, Abe had very strict guidelines for what he was looking for in a Hero partner now.
Number one, he needed someone who would listen to him. He hated Heroes who tried to call the shots (they were always, always the ones who caused the most collateral damage. Heroes who didn’t listen to Hero Support got people killed. End of story.)
Number two, he wanted someone in control of their powers. While the flashy destruction powers were great for calling attention, Abe couldn’t stand people who couldn’t use their abilities properly. What was the point of even having superpowers if you couldn’t control them properly?
And finally, his number three priority was to find someone who could be the best. If Abe was to be recruited by the best Hero Support companies after graduation, then his Hero (and, by extension, Abe) would have to be number one while they were high school. Abe was fairly certain that as long as he found a person who fulfilled criteria one and two, he could make that person be the best, no matter what. But he acknowledged it would help in the long run if the potential was already there.
It was a fairly tall
order. He knew that. (Aaaaaand he was even willing to admit, privately, that he
was most likely not the easiest person to work with. On account of the yelling.
He’d been told that most Hero Support aspirants maintained a soothing, calming
sort of personality, to better keep a clear head in crisis and manage their
Heroes. Abe had tried that for all of five minutes before realizing it would be
much easier to find a Hero who was used to being yelled at).
He was prepared to wait a few months, maybe even his entire first year (although he’d hate to lose that much time) before he could properly vet out a Hero who would be able to meet his exacting criteria. He was prepared for the wait; the right Hero to be his partner would be worth waiting for, as long as they met his criteria.
His dad had told him that such a Hero didn’t exist—that Abe was going to have to bend and adapt because the ideal partner didn’t exist anymore than the ideal spouse. If you went into any kind of partnership with certain idealizations, Abe Takashi had said, then you were only bound for disappointment. And anyway, Takashi had continued on to say, there was no way he could respect a Hero who did everything he wanted.
Abe had replied that he didn’t need to respect his Hero, they didn’t need to be partners, nothing mattered so long as the Hero listened to Abe.
Then he met Mihashi Ren, who would end up proving both of them wrong on all accounts.
A/N: This is for @mrs-luigi-vargas who also won a runner-up prize for the Will You Ever Write Giveaway and requested AbeMiha Superhero AU! Sorry it ended up being mostly set up instead of the actual AbeMiha, I had this idea and ran with it and now seriously, it might need to be a longer thing because I really liked the concept. I’m going to file this away as another thing to return to after finishing other projects =D