Mer!Deku and half-Mer!Todo from the most recent chapter of my mermaid AU fic ; v ;
(In his mer form, Izuku’s hair becomes a pastel green rather than its normal dark green ;;; also merfolk in my AU have specific markings. Shouto has red and white koi spots, Izuku has spots on his ears and stripes. His freckles also glow in the dark…)
(( Funny story, when I was researching knives for this, my mum walked in and just gave me that look like “Why are you researching knives?” ))
When Dark had invited Anti to come round on Valentine’s Day,
Anti had been expecting it to just be a normal day, for the two of them to just
hang out alone since Mark and Jack were doing something nice for Amy and Signe.
What he wasn’t expecting was Dark to be cooking dinner for the two of them, for
the table to set with candles and a single rose, and for Dark to greet him with
what looked like a box of chocolates.
The grey ego seemed completely composed, but there was a
slight glitch to his aura that betrayed to Anti he was nervous. Anti paid no
mind to the strange set up, sitting on the couch and getting comfortable while
Dark finished up in the kitchen. The box of chocolates sat on the coffee table
in front of Anti, a red ribbon wrapped around it and a card tucked neatly into
the ribbon. He had to resist opening it while Dark was in the room, and it was
even harder to resist shoving them back at him and stating that he didn’t care
about Valentine’s Day.
He hadn’t expected Dark to either, but then, he was always
trying to appear human, so it was understandable to Anti that he would attempt
to integrate with human holidays. It was…sweet in a sense. It had been obvious
to Anti for ages that Dark had some sort of infatuation for him, even if he
also hated the green haired glitch, and it didn’t bother Anti in the slightest.
Attention of any type was good for him, he craved it, and Dark was the one ego
that understood him more than most. Anti wouldn’t say he loved him – hell, he
wouldn’t even say that Dark loved him either – but there was something between them.
Trust Dark to use Valentine’s to bring it to the surface.
And trust him not to reveal anything of the plan to Anti, so
he turned up expecting a normal night with nothing to give in return. It left
an unpleasant feeling in Anti’s gut, and he was going to make sure Dark knew
Dark entered the room after a moment, minus his suit-jacket
and tie but otherwise perfectly presentable. He sat on the couch as well,
keeping a little distance between them. Anti had to bite back a laugh, his mind
automatically going to “two guys sitting five feet apart because they’re not
gay”, which he knew Dark would both misunderstand and not find funny.
“Thank you for coming over, Anti.” Dark murmured, “I know it
can be boring for you when Jack leaves.”
Anti shrugged, “Yeah I guess. Do you ever get bored here?”
Shaking his head, Dark replied, “No. Not with all the other’s.”
“Where are they?” Anti asked, “It’s pretty quiet.”
“They’re all out doing their own things.” Dark supplied, “This
is just any other day for them, and since Mark is distracted doing things for
Amy, they can get away with a lot more.”
“So…what’s with the chocolates then?” Anti eventually inquired
when silence stretched between them.
Dark’s eyes flicked to them, and he shifted slightly, the
only indication he was embarrassed with his decision.
Anti smirked and reached for the box. “Are you going soft on
Scoffing, Dark folded his arms, “Of course not.”
“But you’re giving me presents for Valentine’s Day? And
making sure you are the only who can bring something?” Anti continued slyly, “Almost
like you need to have the upper hand, or you’re just testing the waters.”
“Just shut up and open it.” Dark spat, his cheeks flushing a
deeper grey, the way they did when he blushed.
Amused by the effect of his words on the ego, and partially
surprised that Dark was actually embarrassed, Anti undid the ribbon and grabbed
difficult moments was written on there in Dark’s cursive writing,
perfectly looped and written in ink and Anti frowned. If this was a box of
chocolates, as he assumed it was from the weight and the shape, why would he
save them for difficult moments? Chocolates didn’t really last that long,
especially with him, since he was partial to a sweet thing every now and then.
Glancing at Dark to try and get some sort of indication on
what the card meant, Anti was met with a neutral expression, so he pulled the
His breath caught in his throat.
Inside the box, nestled perfectly in black silk, were three
knives. Silver blades, black handles, and with a silver inscription on all the
handles of Antisepticeye. A small
card attached to each knife with string told Anti what each knife was, and what
they were best for.
knife, sharp and flexible for getting right to the bone.
knife, powerful yet precise, perfect for slicing.
knife, multi-functional, smooth and clean cuts.
Each knife was perfectly balanced when Anti handled them all,
and the handles were an exact fit for his hand. Running a finger along each of
the blades, they were all precision sharpened and perfect.
Anti was speechless when he turned to Dark, mouth open. The grey
ego was smiling as he watched Anti handle the knives, his eyes sparkling as he
clearly knew that the box had tricked Anti completely.
“These are amazing.” Anti finally managed to whisper, “Thank
“I knew you wouldn’t want anything traditional.” Dark
chuckled, “But I wanted to get you something, even if you don’t like Valentine’s
Day. Come on, food should be ready now.”
He almost didn’t want to give up the knives, but when Dark
took the box from him with gentle hands, replaced the lid and then set it
carefully on the table, Anti allowed him to. Taking Dark’s offered hand, Anti
stood and followed him to the table.
The food was exquisite. Anti hadn’t even known Dark could cook,
but the food he produced was absolutely perfect, and there was a good flow of
conversation between them the entire night. They laughed more than either
normally did, the topics ranging from their hosts, to literature, to serial
killers across the world and what they did wrong when they were caught.
When the night was finally over, Anti was reluctant to leave,
but he knew he had to get back before Jack and Signe did in case they worried
about where he had gone. Dark kissed him softly on the cheek at the door and
watched as he glitched out of existence there, back to Brighton easily, the
knife box clutched tightly under one arm.
A week later, the postman knocked on Mark’s door with a
delivery marked For Darkiplier. When
Dark opened it, he found a collection of expensive silk ties, including a deep
red one with white spots that he immediately took a liking too. Dark smiled as
he pulled out the little card, Anti’s scrawled writing standing out against the
name of the company the ties had come from.
i was sorta inspired by this post, haha. the idea of Shiina as the white rabbit and Hana as Alice was just too cute and i had to draw it!! plus, i really wanted to draw some lineless art again b/c it’s been a long time since i’ve done any
the mushrooms and the blue flowers represent Shiina and Hana respectively, haha. i realized that those white spotted red mushrooms looked really similar to Shiina’s scarf and just had to include them, and then i realized i could add blue flowers to represent Hana as well (b/c her name means blue flower)