Stormpilot, FinnRey, Reylo, Darkpilot, all ships that I don’t know the name of but are still awesome, where are you jaeger teams? What are your jaegers named? Why are we fighting when we could be having a Star Wars fandom Pacific Rim event?
if you’re struggling for AU ideas take a look-see at this list i wrote for my friend who dubbed it “better than the 10 commandments"
1) Coffee shop AU
Barista and person who has a ridiculous coffee
I’m worried about your coffee dependency
you accidentally poured boiling hot coffee over
me so you’re responsible for taking me to A&E
you give me a different fake name every time you
come into starbucks and I just want to know your real name bc ur cute but here
I am scrawling “batman” onto your stupid cappuccino
Flower shop AU
You buy a weird amount of flowers and I’m
concerned as to why
I’m allergic to flowers but I work in a flower
shop – you’re a customer who’s very confused as to why I’d do that
(this is also a good way to incorporate flower
meanings eg, buying certain colours/types for person to represent feelings etc.)
You’re overdue on this book and I want it so I’m
tracking u the fuck down
I work in the library and I’m a little concerned
for your health bc you never stop studying
The library’s pretty empty save for you and me
and OH that couple making out loudly in the shelves somewhere
Awful first time meeting
I accidentally punched you in the face when I
was too overexcited about something
I thought you were my friend who’s just done
something awful to me (read: cut my hair while I slept, dyed all of my clothes
pink, etc. etc.) because you look similar from behind so I stormed up to you
and shoved you from behind while calling you an asshole
You get the gist to this one
Oooh when you told me your name I thought you
were joking because it’s fucking awful and I made a joke about it and things
got awkward real fucking fast (perfect for a Hannibal au just saying)
Weird places to meet/awkward meetings in general
We live in the same block of flats but haven’t
ever talked and Sunday morning we were both doing the walk of shame and had to
stand in the lift together
“okay I know that being in the woods at 2am is a
weird thing to be doing but my friend called me and- wait, why are you in the woods at 2am, fuck I’m going
to die aren’t I?”
A personal favourite of mine – first day at a
new job and oh fuck my boss is the person I drunkenly hooked up with last
We keep accidentally running into each other I’m
not a stalker I swear
You live across from me in our apartments and we
smile when we see each other but we don’t really know each other and oh you’re
the stripper at my friend’s stag do/hen night fuck this is really uncomfortable
“My shower’s broken but I’ve got a date tonight
could I possibly use your shower please?” “Oh sure (neighbour that I’ve been crushing on for the past six months) of course you can use my shower to get ready for your date (fuck fuck fuck)”
Friends to romance – pining and all that
You’ve got a date tonight and you asked for
advice on what to wear but I’m so in love with you and damn you look good in the outfit I picked out for you
I really like you but you’re my best friend’s ex
You’ve liked me for ages and were really obvious
about it and I didn’t like all the attention but now you’re over me I really
miss it and fuck I think I like you too?
Somewhere along the way of getting into bar
fights together, staying up all night with movie marathons, other friendship
things, I’ve fallen in love with you but oh my god this could ruin EVERYTHING
Friends with benefits oh wait I like you
FAKE DATING HOLY SHIT I LIVE FOR THIS
It’s my highschool reunion and I need a hot date
so I can rub it in the faces of the people who hated me
My homophobic parents are coming to visit will
you pretend to date me as an extra “fuck you”?
There’s a person who won’t stop bugging me will
you pretend to be my partner so that they’ll fuck off?
I told my sister I have a boyfriend so she’d
stop trying to set me up with people but now she’s coming to visit and I’m in
too deep I need a fake boyf ASAP
The first words your true love(s) will say to
you are tattooed on you and why the fuck are their first words something really
ridiculous like ‘I’ll pay you a tenner to punch me in the face’ or ‘quick
what’s your favourite animal’ or ‘fucking shit hell holy fuck wow oh my god
jesus h Christ fuck me’ etc. or even worse a really ridiculous song lyric like the opening lines of uptown funk or a high
school musical song or smthing did you have to serenade me the first time you
saw me asshole?
You get an ‘impression’ of your soulmate when
you turn 18 or something but all I got was a strong smell of bananas or an
overwhelming feeling that Thatcher was a good prime minister or an image in my
mind of a fucking unicorn
The more ridiculous the better actually
Something like whenever your soulmate sings a
duet you can’t help but join in and my fucking soulmate is in a goddamn band
but I can’t sing for shit
Or maybe something like soulmates always sneeze
at the same time and I cant be sure but me and this kid in my French class just
sneezed at the same time are we soulmates or was it a coincidence (proceed w
character trying to make themselves sneeze around said person to see what’s
Alternate universes for real
Siren and asexual pirate who doesn’t understand
why all his crew are losing their shit that person has a nice voice sure but
what the fuck is happening
We live in a world where the greek gods are real
and you went and got yourself cursed and now I have to go on a fucking quest to
sort this shit out why do I love you again?
Pacific rim au (either they’re drift compatible
or one of them is a ranger and the other stresses constantly bc what if they
die yes I have read a fic like this no I didn’t come up with this one but it’s
fucking good) (also if you haven’t seen that film go watch it now)
Literally any movie or book universe you like
tbh just go for it
Other aus that I like
I wanted to go on the ferris wheel but there has
to be two people to a cart come on random person let’s go oh wait are we stuck
at the top? Fuck
We work in the same office and you have a
goddamn squeaky chair and you wONT FUCKING STOP SQUEAKING IT BECAUSE YOU KNOW
IT ANNOYS ME
Our mutual friend set us up on a blind date and
I thought I’d hate it but you’re actually… kind of funny? But because I expected to hate it in no way am I going to let you change my mind just because you’re gorgeous and funny and intelligent oh no my friend is not winning this
It started to snow and I’m the only one of our
friends who would go outside with you – I soon found out why none of the others
would go out in the snow with you (this works best if they’re new friends who
don’t know each other all that well) when you shoved a handful of snow down my
back and declared snow war
It’s nowhere near Christmas it’s literally still
November would you calm down about Christmas wait no why are you getting the
tree out no stop please stop (if you do this pre-relationship you can have the
grouchy one secretly finding the other’s excitement endearing and falling in
love with them actually that works for established relationship too)
Current partner got a new job in America (or
other country far away) and we’re getting by on skype calls and emails but it’s
not easy and then I met someone new (can be poly or can be finding the OTP person)
You want us both to get in shape and I hate
working out/running but your ass looks really good in shorts oh the things I do
for my friends and their nice asses
on from 10.vii. you’ve caught me checking you out in what I thought was a
subtle way too many times and now you’re calling me out on it what do I do???
You’re an actor/other famous person that I
really admire and I just saw you in the street and as I was debating whether or
not to say hi you came up to me and
started flirting what do I do??
You were waving at your friend behind me but I
got confused and waved back at you and now I’m dying of embarrassment but you
think it’s cute
I sat down in the wrong class and I’m panicking
but don’t want to get up and leave because the class has started and you think
it’s hilarious and shut up you dumb fuck you don’t know me aahhh
I’m a waiter at this wedding and you’re a drunk
guest who will not stop hitting on me please I’m trying to work no I can’t
dance with you omg let me find you some water
best friends are that awful ‘cute’ couple that make-out in public and call each
other “sweetie” and “sugar” and “babe” and god they’re awful let’s talk about
how awful they are – develops into “shit we’re the awful couple now”
pissed me off in class so I threw a book at your head and now I’m in detention
and jesus fuck I hate you so much and the teacher made me apologise and wait
you’re cuter up close and the way you talk is kind of nice actually oh fuck no
Okay I could go on forever but this is over 1,500 words of
auing already I have too many ideas christ
I’m not the only one in on this - there’s a whole discord server dedicated to this AU haha, but basically it’s a mixture of Pacific Rim with the characters from Overwatch. And the main people we focus on is Gabriel/Reaper and Jack/Solder76.
They pilot a Jaeger together and during a battle they have an argument that breaks the bridge of the drift and they fall into the ocean. Jack resurfaces and Gabe falls into the Kaiju’s freshly dead body - getting super contaminated and deformed.
This is the reunion after Gabe finally comes back up and wrecks his way through the coast in search of Jack ;w;
Here’s more PacificWatch AU stuff! This is after Gabe has been with Jack for a while and he undergoes extensive rehabilitation to get his voice and his mind back. After a while he gets rid of the large carapace on his back too and he’s finally able to stand up correctly. Lots of healing needs to be done but he’s at least able to think for himself and walk properly after some physical therapy.
I’m joining the Stucky Pacific Rim AU fest ! Because let’s be real, those two are so friggin’ drift compatible !
So Steve and Bucky are the two pilots of the jaeger First Avenger, nicknamed “Captain America” by the other pilots. Steve stops being a pilot after losing Bucky in a fight against the kaiju “Hydra”, but comes back a couple of years later to pilot Cap again with Sam. And of course Bucky is not really dead …
Today… At the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other. Today there is not a man nor woman in here that shall stand alone. Not today. Today we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them! Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse!
So I watched the movie again…and this happened…yeahhhh Jaeger names are actually so hard to come up with and unfortunately I couldn’t make sets for all the characters ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ My ask box is open if anyone cares for the hcs I have for this.
They wrote an amazing (AH MAZ ING) Zimbits Pacific Rim AU, which you absolutely must read now if you haven’t already. Jack + Bitty + Giant Robots + Saving The World. What more could you want than that???
PS: I have to also give thanks because both @douchenuts and @boxesfullofthoughts were unfailingly kind and encouraging to me while I was dealing with one of the busiest and craziest months of my life. I still feel so, so lucky that I got the chance to work with them and I don’t think I’ll ever thank them enough!
Finally had some time to make this! I fell in love with the description of Ani in ‘Horizon Light’ by @glare-gryphon so this is my own personal interpretation. I’m actually not sure if there has been a description of his hair yet, but I just went with the mohawk haircut that I sometimes see in pictures of Hayden as I felt it fit well into this AU!
Not from any particular moment from the fic, just a general illustration. Also please note my hashed-together mech arm design, which is a bastardisation combination of Anakin’s actual mech arm from RoTS and the jaeger arm design of Gipsy Danger in Pacific Rim. 👍
Category Five; dragon-like; long, serpentine body; six eyes, heterochromia;
spines and vents down back, spines trailing down to make a heavily spiked tail,
note crown of horns and white shoulder spikes; red sheen over black scales
half-hot; can expel magma from mouth and propel ice from shoulder spikes; can
change temperature of hide at will
Category Three; lion-like; smaller but strong feline build; thick, curling
mane; green sheen over black scales and mane; beaked face, thick hide, dull
spikes, massive claws on heavy paws
QUIRK: “one for
all”; incredible physical strength
MARCH 17, 2035 8:32 HOURS
Mission Control, Musutafu Base, Japan
hides a yawn behind her clipboard and doesn’t notice the person sneaking up
good look on you,” Aizawa says, coming to a stop beside her.
squeaks and blushes, peeking out from behind her clipboard and glaring at
Aizawa. “Sensei!” she exclaims. “You shouldn’t sneak up on a lady like that!”
of Aizawa’s mouth twitches. “How are they?”
lowers the clipboard and turns to the holographic screens displaying a herd of
thousand-ton monsters running, swatting at each other, leaping, and all in
all…playing around. On screen, Mina bites Kirishima’s tail and he yelps.
Uraraka smiles. Then, straightening her back, she delivers her report.
pack seems to be in top-tier condition,” she says. “The test run a couple days
ago showed no sign of shifting pack structure—Bakugou is still clearly the
point of the pack. Ojiro and Shouji aren’t showing signs of discontent as rear
guards, and Tokoyami is as usual, submissive to Bakugou. Any worries we had
about Kirishima vying for Bakugou’s position are null. All our results suggest
that his insubordinate acts help Bakugou blow off steam. He’s acting as the
regulator for the pack.”
Aizawa says. “I’m still worried he’s a powder keg on the brink of exploding,
need him. Uraraka
nods. She gets it. “Apollo pack is due for a test run soon, but I don’t have
any worries about shifting pack structure. As a rule, they tend to be steadier
than Artemis pack anyway. That kaiju takedown illustrates just how functional
they are as a pack. My only concern would be that they rely on Todoroki a
little much, but all his psych analyses come back with negligible worries. He’s
a machine when it comes to leading; I’ll never understand how you managed to
pry him from Todoroki-sensei’s hands.”
at a high cost,” Aizawa says. “Sometimes I wonder if I have yet to realize all
I gave up for him.” He frowns.
Iida briefed you on the results of Alpha Strain’s routine check?” Uraraka says.
nods. “Yes, and I did look over the test run results briefly when they came out.
What I really need to know from you is how the officers themselves are doing.”
rolls her eyes. “Well, Artemis pack is doing as well as their kaiju
counterparts. They’re not…close…like Apollo pack is, but they have an
understanding. They work together when they’re needed and their ties are
strong. I think Ojiro feels inferior,” she says, frowning. “Tokoyami and Shouji
balance and rely on each other. Kirishima and Bakugou balance and rely on each
other. But Ojiro has no one. I want to look into that.”
family,” Uraraka says proudly. “Midoriya and Tsuyu might as well be siblings.
Mina gets along with everyone, and Kouda is protected and looked after by his
pack. Todoroki is respected and loved.” Her smile fades a little. “Midoriya
told me he’s been having those nightmares again. He had one so bad it woke up
his packmates, the morning before the double event.”
“Is it a
problem?” Aizawa asks.
researcher, it’s not my place to say,” Uraraka says. “It’s Todoroki’s
responsibility to get Midoriya in to a psychiatrist if he thinks the nightmares
are affecting Midoriya adversely. I trust his judgment. He’s logical and
clear-headed, and if he thought Midoriya was dragging his pack down, he’d do
anything to fix it. But Midoriya performed well during the battle, so it can’t
be affecting him that much. As a researcher, I think it’s okay to let it go.”
“But as a
friend…” Aizawa trails off.
sighs. “As a friend, I don’t like to see him suffer. I worry Todoroki is being
too cold, but I’m not in their heads. I don’t feel what they feel. I don’t know
if Midoriya can handle it, even if he thinks he can.”
you, Uraraka,” Aizawa says. “For now, I’ll advise the Marshal to withdraw
Apollo pack from any encounters with return kaiju until we can get Midoriya
analyzed properly. No special treatment aside from that; if he thinks he can
handle it, I’ll let him try. But I’m not throwing one of my best officers into
a situation where a trauma-induced moment of hesitation could kill him if I can
because he’s a good officer, or because he’s Alpha Strain?” Uraraka asks
quietly. Not quietly enough, though, because Aizawa gives her a sharp look.
want to talk favoritism and human rights with me—”
I’m sorry,” Uraraka says. “It just slipped out. I understand even if I don’t
Aizawa says. “We don’t look it, but we’re skating on thin ice here. The last
thing I need is one of my closest to start doubting our cause.”
doubt us,” Uraraka says. “But they are my friends, too.”
know better than any of us why we can’t have anyone too nosy poking their head
into what we do,” Aizawa says.
jerks his head towards the door. “I’m going to check in at R&D. Make sure
our officers don’t kill each other, won’t you.” He turns away sharply.
sighs and collapses into a chair, rubbing her temples. Ah, she had ruined her
good mood. Why couldn’t she keep her mouth shut?
up at the kaiju moving millions of gallons of water like it was nothing as they
pounce on each other and roll and snarl, jaws parted in what might as well be
smiles. Aizawa-sensei was right that they were soldiers who lived to fight, but
they were also human underneath the mass of scales and claws and teeth and fur.
They were human and they needed to be treated as such. Aizawa-sensei couldn’t
separate their human and kaiju selves, couldn’t help but see the whole picture;
it was only logical, but also terribly heartless.
Iida were here. Iida always knew how to phrase his concerns logically. He was
always on the same wavelength as Aizawa-sensei, but Iida had a heart. He
cared for their friends as much as she did. He knew that Aizawa-sensei’s ways
weren’t fair and he would find a way to word it so that Aizawa-sensei would
agree. Uraraka thinks about calling him, just to hear his steady voice and have
him talk her down but no, she had taken this shift to allow him to sleep in for
once. She wouldn’t wake him up even if the sound of his voice, heavy with
sleep, brought peace to her mind.
she loved this part of her job. She loved the kaiju. That’s why she was here and
why she put up with the ethical dilemmas of their work. And to think Uraraka
Ochako, a woman fresh out of graduate school, could befriend the groundbreaking
hybrids and work alongside the legendary Aizawa-sensei to keep them all safe—
frowns, and then swears softly. Speaking of safe…
the com. “LOCCENT to HYCOM, what the hell are you guys doing? They’re going to
kill each other! Get on it, officers!”
MARCH 17, 2035 8:15 HOURS
Training Bay, Musutafu Base, Japan
days, Midoriya thinks, are awesome.
had told him why enrichment was an important part of keeping their kaiju
healthy and their mental health stable, but Midoriya couldn’t really fathom all
that science-y mumbo jumbo. All he knew is that his hundred-foot long lungs
were heaving and he hadn’t felt this alive in days.
ear frills lift and then lower, a taunt. He’s poised and ready to leap, rear in
the air and spayed out in front of him, a reptilian dog ready to play. Midoriya
tenses his own haunches and leaps out and to the side, ready to pounce on
Ojiro’s unprotected flank. Ojiro tears away from him, long blue tongue hanging
out of his mouth as he pants. Midoriya chases him, hind legs bunching as he
picks up speed.
around the group of kaiju in an outer circle, so fast Midoriya can feel the
wind whistle past his ears. Ojiro makes for the relative safety of Shouji’s
tentacles. He’s right—Midoriya won’t run under Shouji’s body because he doesn’t
have a death wish. Shouji eyes him with what Midoriya guesses is amusement.
Tokoyami, draped across the slope of his back like a black, feathery ridge,
ruffles his wings in irritation at the disturbance. Midoriya huffs. He bats at
one of Shouji’s tentacles and gets another two slithering out after him.
Midoriya jumps away. Shouji makes a sound that is definitely amusement.
Tokoyami, decidedly woken from his dozing atop Shouji’s back sits up and glares
at Midoriya for a moment before beginning to clean Shouji’s scales with his
beak and claws. Shouji makes an appreciative noise and lowers himself into the
water. Ojiro, realizing his protection is about to crush him, scurries out and
right into Midoriya’s waiting paws.
body slams him, knocking them into a wrestling match in the water, jaws parted
and snarling, the flats of their paws batting at each other. They’re careful to
avoid each other’s spines. Ojiro gets to his feet and starts to run again, but
Midoriya grabs onto his hind leg and drags him down, pushing him onto his back
and holding him down with a heavy paw. Ojiro huffs.
hivemind is alive with emotions and thoughts and impressions from all the
hybrids but Midoriya can pick out Ojiro’s voice easily, warm and amused, just a
little disappointed. This is why Midoriya was a flank and he was rear guard,
though. It was only a natural result.
lets Ojiro get to his feet and bumps shoulders with him affectionately,
brushing their hides together from shoulder blade to hip. Midoriya feels a
spike of pain and hears Ojiro exhale sharply and he pulls back, alarmed.
Shoulderouchpulled, Ojiro projects and Midoriya can
feel the faint throbbing as if it were his own pain. He sniffs at the sore spot
on Ojiro’s shoulder, projecting his own worryconcernwasitme?
shakes his head; he had landed funny on his leg when running from under Shouji.
Midoriya laps at the sore spot anyway, as if he could take the pain away just
from cleaning it. Ojiro pushes at Midoriya with his nose, appreciating the
sentiment. He pads off to see Bakugou probably, who will look at his injury,
snort, and say well, what do you want me to do about it?
likely he’ll point out that it’ll heal when they shift back so Ojiro should
just deal with it, but Midoriya doesn’t want to give Bakugou that much credit. Ever.
Hey, when one of your own kind nearly shreds you for trying to play fight with
him, it sticks with you.
partner gone, Midoriya turns back to find a new bloodmate to brawl with. Mina
has taken to leaping up in the air and swatting at Tokoyami on Shouji’s back,
who screeches at her and claws back. Shouji doesn’t seem too perturbed by
Tokoyami’s distress. Their section of the hivemind is an almost sibling-like
squabble, easily dismissed as not real fighting.
Bakugou are together. Kirishima is dodging Tsuyu’s attempts to smack him with
her tongue, and underestimating her speed if that yip is anything to go by. Todoroki,
predictably, isn’t engaging in the fun and instead sits off to the side, still
managing to look elegant with the long column of his neck extended and the sun
glinting off the sharpness of his facial features. Kouda sits beside him, the
only kaiju bigger than Todoroki, head on his paws and eyes closed, taking in
the sunlight on his rock-like hide.
approaches Todoroki, bobbing his head. It’s a causal invitation to play. Kouda
looks up, senses Midoriya’s intention, and moves off towards Shouji with a
passing good luck offered to Midoriya. Todoroki blinks slowly.
Midoriya with passing interest, showing no intention of getting up from where
he’s comfortably splayed in one hundred feet of water.
tries again. Runchasejumpcatch? He suggests. Bitepawgrowlplay?
replies. You go.
whines. Not pack without you.
is here, Todoroki
points out. Bother them.
Midoriya doesn’t want to bother them. He wants to see Todoroki get up and do
something, enjoy himself for once. Todoroki’s always so stone-faced and
business-minded; he never got a break. This is their break. Their
scheduled time off to play like the puppies at heart they all were.
not-so-delicately swipes a paw through the water and splashes Todoroki in the
to his credit, doesn’t react as angrily as he could have. His shoulders tense,
but other than that he doesn’t move, dripping with water. His scales glitter
and then he’s covered in steam, burning away the salt water. He exhales loudly
once, expelling salt from his nostrils. He’s not amused.
however, is. He runs in a circle around Todoroki, continuing to splash him while
Todoroki burns away all the water. He paws at and chews on Todoroki’s tail
until Todoroki shifts and growls at him. He actually gets Todoroki to whip his
head around and shift towards him. Midoriya leaps back, but Todoroki doesn’t
follow. He’s almost got him, though. Midoriya pads back towards him and
headbutts his shoulder affectionately, rubbing against him like a cat.
growls again and Midoriya does it again. He can feel the tension in Todoroki’s
body and his mind, irritated by Midoriya’s pushiness. As always, his mind is
impenetrable, but Midoriya can tell it’s a swirling mess right now. He probably
shouldn’t taunt Todoroki too much—he was much stronger than Midoriya,
and bigger, too.
flicks his tail across Todoroki’s nose almost flirtatiously and Todoroki snaps.
He gets to his feet faster than Midoriya expected and swipes at him. Midoriya’s
fast enough to get away with only a few scales off his hide, but Todoroki can
doesn’t last long. Midoriya knows to run hard when he’s irritated Todoroki this
much, but Todoroki has speed, length, and power and Midoriya’s only purpose in
agitating him was to get him up and running anyway. Todoroki swipes Midoriya’s
legs out from under him and Midoriya goes down, rolling onto his back.
is on him in a second, hovering above Midoriya and prodding at him with one paw
while Midoriya flattens his ears and growls, his muzzle crinkled into a snarl.
Todoroki prods at his cheek and Midoriya hisses, swatting at his paw. Todoroki
jabs at him again and again, Midoriya on defense but still belly-up,
Todoroki lets out a low, rumbling growl and parts his jaws, making a clicking
noise. His paws are on either side of Midoriya’s shoulders and he dominates the
hivemind, pushing against Midoriya’s consciousness and subduing him.
growl peters out and his muzzle flattens. He makes a small, chuffing noise and
lowers his paws, allowing Todoroki to nose along his neck, nipping at the soft
skin he finds there. He’s completely limp under Todoroki’s ministrations and
when Todoroki nips at his chin, Midoriya dares to lick his chin. Todoroki
growls softly, pleased. He parts his jaws and wraps them around Midoriya’s
mouth. Midoriya goes still and allows Todoroki to shake him a little and press
a paw over his heart, claws kneading Midoriya’s vulnerable underbelly.
releases him a moment later and steps off him, eyeing Midoriya one last time.
The hivemind is grudging fondness from Todoroki and a sense of satisfaction
from his kaiju specifically at Midoriya’s submission. The rest of Apollo pack
are pings against Midoriya’s mind, vying for Todoroki’s attention next.
Todoroki steps away from Midoriya, but not before the tip of his tail brushes
against Midoriya’s nose.
heart sings with so much pleasure, he knows it reaches the rest of his
bloodmates through the hivemind. Mina snorts, but she’s Todoroki’s next target,
rolling on her back easily and grabbing at his face to lap at his chin,
playfully submitting to her point.
inspired by Midoriya’s display, bumps Bakugou. Unlike Todoroki, though, Bakugou
doesn’t tolerate any kind of playfulness. Her turns on Kirishima in an instant,
snarling. Kirishima barks back, pawing at Bakugou, playing with fire. Bakugou
charges him and Kirishima hops back swatting at his face. Bakugou knocks him
off balance immediately. Kirishima falls onto his belly and Bakugou climbs over
him, grabbing him by the scruff of his neck.
goes from Kirishima’s body immediately and he lets Bakugou give him a few rough
shakes, snapping his head back and forth. Midoriya winces in sympathy. It looks
like it hurts, but when Bakugou releases Kirishima, there are no teeth marks in
his neck. Kirishima sinks bonelessly into the water, turning over curling his
paws over his chest, whining.
places a paw against Bakugou’s muzzle and Bakugou’s lips pull away from his
gums with the force of his growl. Don’t touch me.
Aw, Bakugou…Kirishima plays cute harder, this
time wagging his tail.
snorts. I hate you, he says.
doesn’t say ‘I adore you’ in so many words, but his love for Bakugou isn’t
exactly subtle across the hivemind. Even Midoriya can feel the force of it.
This time, when Kirishima presses a paw to Bakugou’s muzzle, Bakugou knocks it
aside so he can lean down and nip at Kirishima’s chin. Kirishima’s tail goes
steps off him and Midoriya huffs at Kirishima. Gross, he says.
might as well grin at him, tongue lolling out of his mouth. He flips onto his
stomach and growls gently at Midoriya. Midoriya growls back, tensing to leap on
throws himself between them, jaws parted as wide as he can spread them, and roars.
not Midoriya’s point. But he is a dominant member of a pack and Midoriya, a
lower rank than him, cowers back, tail tucking between his legs and ears
folding back. He shrinks into a ball, unable to run as his muscles lock.
doesn’t have a chance to make a move. Todoroki is at Midoriya’s side and in
front of him with an ear-splitting roar of his own.
points square off, roaring at each other and posturing. The rest of their packs
slink away save for Midoriya and Kirishima, frozen with fear and confusion that
innocent playing had instigated a point-versus-point battle.
jaw frills extend and shake, brilliant red-orange sunbursts against the pure
white of his scales. He’s intimidatingly large and fierce, but Todoroki is not
shaken. He flares his own spines and ear frills, and the vents running down his
back hiss and spit steam. Their heads starts low but slowly rise in tandem with
each other until Todoroki’s height beats Bakugou’s.
strikes first. He swipes at Todoroki’s neck, but it isn’t with the flat of his
paw as he had swatted at Kirishima—this was with claws extended, hoping to tear
Todoroki’s throat open. Todoroki bats him away, but then Bakugou is throwing himself
at Todoroki, standing on his hind legs to use both paws to punch at Todoroki’s
face. Todoroki mirrors him and they fight like tigers, dueling with their front
paws and then dropping to all fours so they can try to ram each other with
their bodies before standing back up again.
should be faster than Bakugou, but Bakugou is angrier. He manages to sink his
claws in the flesh of Todoroki’s hind leg and hold on as Todoroki snarls and
tries to throw him off. Bakugou locks his entire body onto that haunch and
tears at Todoroki’s leg with his back legs, trying to cripple him, but Todoroki
doesn’t let him. The steam that spews from his vents grows hotter, as do his
scales, and in one burst, he forces super-boiled steam into Bakugou’s right
three eyes and burns the skin off the pads of the paws hooked onto him.
howls in pain and lets him go. When they stand face-to-face again, Bakugou is
blind in three eyes and his scales are ashen and flaking off where Todoroki
burned him. Todoroki is limping, his back left leg shredded. They circle each
other and Midoriya feels for the first time, the seriousness of this fight.
OFFICERS BAKUGOU AND TODOROKI STAND DOWN, IMMEDIATELY, Yaoyorozu shouts over the
hivemind, using HYCOM’s controls to amplify the volume of her voice so that it
drowns out the rest of the thoughts and voices of the hivemind. Bakugou,
Todoroki, and the rest of the hybrids wince at the loudness. Kouda tries to
cover his ears with his paws.
you are to return to base for a debrief at once, Yaoyorozu commands. You are
not to engage each other on the way to base or I will personally see you
turned off from the Hybrid Strike Corps.
can help himself, Bakugou thinks, Sure you will. There are so many
places for a kaiju hybrid to go.
would be my absolute pleasure to turn you off and watch the Jaeger teams tear
Yaoyorozu says heatedly.
them try, Bakugou
says, bearing his teeth.
Bakugou, Mina speaks up before anyone else
can. That’s enough.
wanna hear that from you,
Bakugou says, but the fight is gone from his mind and his limbs. He and
Todoroki limp back to their exit bays, tension still humming across the
hivemind. Their packs follow, subdued. The mood of contentment and relaxation
fizzles out like steam in open air.