.:Welcome To The League:.
((Author’s Note: Heyo! So, I’ve been in a depressive slump and have spent most of my time sleeping. But I don’t want to just be sleeping all day and crying all night. Not anymore, I guess. I wanna do something, so… here I am, writing once more. Hope y’all are up for more Ekitai x Dabi shit. In this, Ekitai’s career is left in tatters. Which leads them to making a drastic decision…
WARNING: This fanfic contains curse words and violence, especially in the recap. If this makes you uncomfortable in any way then please check something else out. Thanks. If you decide to stick around then I hope you enjoy!))
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ((IN THE MEANTIME…/ RECAP!)) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Several U.A. students sat around in the common area of the dorms, mulling over the school day. It was early evening, so some of the kids were arguing in the kitchens, others were running up and down to different floors, and some were just chilling on the couches. One kid in particular was flipping through the channels on the TV. When it landed on the news again, he was about to click away. But what was being broadcasted made the boy with spiky, ash blonde hair pause in shock. A major villain was spotted fighting an unknown water bender in a shopping district. And it was a villain he recognized from the Yokohama Incident.
At this point, everyone who was downstairs in the common room heard of what was on the television. Hearing of a villain attack is commonplace, but its unusual to watch a live fight between 2 villains. Especially when one of the criminals happened to be from the League of Villains. Several students huddled around to watch the fight as new details emerged. “Dude, my money is on the water bender!” another blonde exclaimed in excitement. This one had a black lightning streak in his hair. “Whoa, wait dude, what if the lady is also a villain?,” a redheaded male spoke up. “Well, what if she isn’t? She’s fighting Dabi, man!” the lightning boy argued back. “Dumbass, the news already covered that she attacked him first! That makes the water bender a villain too!” The ash blonde boy yelled, getting his composure back. His outburst shut down the talk between the electric boy and redheaded dude. The lightning blonde slumped in disappointment, expressing it with an “Oh…”. A freckled boy with a head of green curls began to mutter as he watched the fight. That caused the angry blonde to yell at the freckled kid. Everyone continued to watch as the shopping district around the criminals burned on TV. The group, consisting of an invisible girl, a frog girl, a pink girl with horns on her head, a red and white haired boy, lightning boy, angry blonde boy, green haired freckle boy, and the redheaded boy, tensed up when a massive firewall came for Dabi’s opponent. The firewall was about as high as some of the taller buildings in the district. The heat was so intense however, that it started to affect the quality of the video, making the helicopter fly higher in the air. That made everyone miss the water bender’s counter. “Well, I don’t think the water girl made it.” The invisible girl spoke, turning away. The group began to disperse, thinking that was the end of the exciting fight. But they were wrong.
“Could it be…? THE WATER BENDER HAS SURVIVED THE FIRE ATTACK! THE FIGHT BETWEEN THE LEAGUE OF VILLAINS MEMBER DABI AND THE VILLAIN KNOWN AS EKITAI CONTINUES!” the female reporter yelled in surprise. The dispersing group had collective whiplash over the revelation. How did the water villain survive?! The students quickly gathered around the television once more. Everyone watched with baited breath as Ekitai dodged the fiery assault with cartwheels and rolls. Then things came to a standstill… Literally. The 2 villains stood for a few minutes before Dabi released one final fire attack. Ekitai jumped into a store to dodge the attack. The cameras then fixed onto Dabi running away from the fight. “YEAH! YOU BETTER RUN!” The electric blonde boy cheered.
… Meanwhile, at the center of the disastrous altercation, Dabi noticed the news helicopter tailing his location. He needed them to back off if his escape was going to be successful. So he shot a fiery attack up at the plane. The live feed from inside the copter was cut as the plane swerved, narrowly dodging the blue flames. The distraction was good enough. He escaped the reporter’s sights, ending the show as he slipped back into the shadows…
Everyone who was watching the TV was shocked as the newsfeed went from blue to suddenly cutting, with the newscaster stating there were technical difficulties. The group stayed around for a few minutes to see if anything would come back on. When the “technical difficulties” persisted, the students decided to turn the TV off and go to bed. It was late, and they’d find out more about the fight tomorrow anyways…
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ (TIMESKIP! ALMOST 2 WEEKS LATER…) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
The infamous “water bender" known as Ekitai sat in an abandoned building. Pro-Heroes and the police were patrolling the streets day in, day out, so it wasn’t safe to go out anymore. Ever since the fight they had with Dabi, their life had gone down the drain. Their vigilante-ish career of stealing for society’s outcasts was over. Dabi just had to see to that. The thought of that burnt bastard left a sour taste in their mouth. “Fucking prick…” Ekitai muttered in defeated rage. They slammed their head back against a wall, irritated at everything. The room Ekitai was in was meant for storage. The large crates that were scattered around the room hadn’t been touched in months, allowing a fine layer of dust to accumulate. And it was in one of those boxes, at the bottom of the stacked crates, that they hid. All that Ekitai had with them was a bag with their measly belongings, and a cellphone in hand. They were waiting on a call from a man who could give them answers, as well as new opportunities.
An underground broker known as Giran was supposed to call them back. Ekitai had called him first, asking for help a few days after the fight. They needed a place to hide, and they also wanted to meet the League of Villains. Ekitai’s reasoning for wanting to join such a dangerous criminal group was that, no matter what they did, they were still considered a villain. And if they were gonna be a villain, why not align with others for protection and support? Giran understood that well enough, and he promised to call them in a few days’ time. That was over a week ago. And Ekitai was starting to get impatient.
Suddenly, their phone lit up and began to buzz. Ekitai looked down to see that the broker finally picked up. Clicking accept, they put their phone up to their ear as they answered. “Took you long enough. What news do you have?” A chuckle was heard on the other side of the line. “Well, the League has finally contacted me about your request. It took some consideration, but Shigaraki’s agreed to meet you tonight. I’ll be stopping by to pick you up and bring you to the rendezvous point.” Ekitai smiled at the news. “When?” “In a couple of hours. Why? You impatient already?” Giran responded lightheartedly. Ekitai scoffed at that. “Hardly. I’ll see you then.” And with that, they hung up on the broker. They had a few hours to kill, might as well put their talents to good use and grab some better clothes.
To put it lightly, Ekitai looked like a mess. Their braid was coming apart, allowing their straight red hair to cascade down their back. the redhead had dark circles under their eyes from the countless nights they spent keeping watch. They had to run from the cops since they were 16 years old, so sleeping wasn’t something they could afford. Not to mention the nightmares they’d get if they slept at night. Ekitai’s clothes were the most damaged, however. The puffy, light blue jacket? Half of it was burnt to a crisp. The black tank top? Had a large hole on the side that Dabi burned with his Quirk. Their dark blue shorts? Half of it was still wearable, while the other side was in tatters. The black knee-high socks were the only clothes they had that was salvageable. The light blue sneakers they owned? One shoe was black and falling apart. The other was losing its sole. Its clear that Ekitai needed to get a makeover. They crawled out of the box they
were hiding in, grabbed their bag, and slipped out of the open window in the room…
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ (TIMESKIP! NIGHTTIME) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
A group of Villains sat around, waiting for the potential recruit and the broker to stop by. A young man with white hair and an embalmed hand covering his face was absentmindedly scratching at his neck. A young schoolgirl with crazy blonde buns and piercing yellow eyes sat on top a pile of boxes in the warehouse, messing with a knife in her hand. A masked entertainer sat on the box next to the one the blonde sat on. He twirled marbles between his fingers in boredom. A gecko man sat on the floor, leaning against the containers as he snored. A big woman with a muscular build sat on a box apart from the pile. She blew bubbles from the bubblegum she chewed. A man in a grey and black bodysuit sat next to the big woman. And the villain only known by his alias, Dabi, stood against a wall, brooding.
The door opened and Giran stepped through. “Long time no see, Shigaraki. I brought the recruit. Meet the formidable thieving boss, Ekitai.” Ekitai stepped in with that introduction. Their red hair was styled back into the usual high braid. Black paint covered the upper half of their face again. They wore a sleek, dark blue vest, unbuttoned and exposing the black tank top underneath. The vest almost blended into the light blue shorts they stole a few hours ago. Light blue wristbands poked out from the shorts pockets from where their hands hid. Dark blue socks were pulled to their knees and their black sneakers walked soundlessly across the floor. Everyone stared at the short criminal as Shigaraki asked, “Ekitai is just an alias, right?” Ekitai frowned. It was a bit obvious, but they answered with “Yes.” The white-haired man grunted before asking “What’s your real name?”
“… Kawaguchi. Minato Kawaguchi.” Ekitati answered, crossing their arms. Shigaraki turned to Dabi. “At least they gave me their real name.” he said in a snarky tone, pointing to the short redhead. Dabi only huffed in annoyance. The blonde giggled at the interaction, and Ekitai arched a brow in confusion. ‘Did Dabi never tell Shigaraki his name?’ Before they could ponder on that, the man with the hand obscuring his face spoke up once more. “What brought you here?” “I’m pretty sure you’ve seen the news of what happened a couple weeks ago.” Ekitai responded. It was a pretty vague answer, but the white haired hand man nodded. “Well, one of your members ruined my career. And while I would normally go for some sort of payback, that is not what I’m here for.” The man in the grey and black bodysuit questioned them. “What are you here for? GET OUT OF HERE ALREADY!” “Hmph. I’m here because I need support. And protection. If you haven’t seen the news, I’m now one of the most wanted criminals in Japan. Even if everything I’ve done was for good, it doesn’t matter-“ “A thief’s a thief.” The masked entertainer interrupted Ekitai. They turned to the showman. “I’ve heard of your work. And while your work leaned towards vigilante-ism, murder of not only your enemies but your allies puts you squarely in the villain box.” Ekitai glared, noting the condescension in his tone. They pulled out a small canister, flicking the cap off. A clear liquid shot out in the form of a hand, stopping just in front of the masked mans’s face as they answered. “You’ve done your research. But you should also remember I was working with other criminals. Murder was the only way to control them. Keep the other thieves in line and make sure that I wouldn’t be on the chopping block.”
The big, muscular woman grabbed a large, cloth-covered object when Ekitai shot the liquid at the masked man. The masked entertainer laughed, misreading the situation. And how much danger he was actually in. “Water won’t do much against me, dear.” Minato grinned at that. “That isn’t water. The liquid in front of your face is sulfuric acid. I can easily bet that your mask isn’t acid-proof, so you better watch yourself, or you could lose more than just a mask!” Everyone was shocked at that. The muscular woman, the split-personality man in the black bodysuit, the blonde schoolgirl, and the gecko got into a defensive pose. All of them were ready to fight. Shigaraki stayed silent as Giran chuckled. “I told you they were formidable.” he stated, grabbing a gun to light the cigarette hanging out of his mouth. “… I thought you could only manipulate water…?” Shigaraki half stated, half asked. This was an interesting surprise.
Kawaguchi manipulated the sulfuric acid away from the showman, pulling it back to the flask before closing it. “My Quirk is called Liquid Manipulation. I can manipulate any liquid, so long as I ingest it first.” they stated. The young blonde girl squealed in delight at that fun fact. “Ooooh! That’s similar to my Quirk! My Quirk is Transformation! I can turn into anyone whose blood I ingest!,” The blonde then turned to the leader, “Hey Tomura, can Ekitai join us?? Please? Oh, it’d be great to have another female member on board! And their Quirk could be useful!” Dabi groaned at the schoolgirl’s ruckus. It was clear he not only found her annoying, but a risk. “Shut up. Do you want us to get caught?” Dabi growled. Before the short blonde could respond, Tomura raised his hand, defusing the tension in the room.
“I normally would’ve rejected you, but we need more members… Welcome to the League.” Shigaraki stated to Ekitai. “You say that with everyone, yet you recruited all of us!” The blonde girl exclaimed, waving to everyone else in the room. Tomura didn’t comment, instead turning to leave. The pretty blonde girl bounced over to the short newcomer. “I’m Toga! Himiko Toga! Can I call you Minato? Or would you prefer Kawaguchi? Or just Ekitai?” Ekitai dismissively answered with “Whatever you want. I don’t care.” Himiko grinned, flashing her fangs. “Minato it is! Now, lemme introduce you to everyone!-,” Before Toga could continue however, Dabi backed out. “Nope. No way. I’m leaving… Oh. And Ekitai?” Minato turned, glaring at the smug bastard. “I want a rematch sometime.” The short redhead turned away in an arrogant manner, replying with “In your dreams.” Giran smirked at the group. “Well, my job here is done. So I’m gonna leave before I get hit in the crossfire. You two-,” Giran pointed to Ekitai and Dabi, “have some unresolved issues. The tension is palpable.” Ekitai rolled their eyes at that statement. 'Well, no shit, sherlock!’ they thought. Dabi had a cocky grin on his face as he riled them up once more. “You still haven’t proven yourself to be worthy.”
Ekitai scowled at that comment. In a flash, the acid shot out of the canister and wrapped a ring around Dabi’s neck. It was wide enough to not touch his scars but it definitely made Dabi stop as Ekitai reminded him. “You said that maybe I was worthy. Whatever you mean by that-” Dabi then turned back, seemingly unfazed. “Yeah, maybe. Doesn’t mean that you are.” Toga crossed her arms, looking bored at the interaction. She was about to speak when Ekitai pulled the acidic ring away from the burnt man. “Then I accept your request. When shall we fight?” Dabi smirked at their answer. “I’ll find you.” he answered before walking away from the newest LoV member. Leaving Ekitai frustrated at the burnt asshole and Himiko Toga excited at the prospect of fighting and bloodshed…