Character: Tenko Shimura/Tomura Shigaraki-centric
Warnings: Blood, gore, spoilers for post Overhaul/My Villain Academia, ghosts, past demons, angst
Word Count: 4612
A shiver echoes up Tenko’s spine.
It feels like someone is dragging a cold finger down his back. Startled, he gasps and turns, his eyes scanning the darkness. His heart is pounding in his chest. He doesn’t like the sensation. It makes him feel lightheaded.
There’s nothing there. It’s just the blank white wall that greets his frantic gaze.
Not that walls stopped them. No, they weren’t confined to the usual, physical boundaries anymore. They often came to him when he slept. Once, he’d felt their hands against his mouth, cold, wraith-like fingers trying to smother him from existence.
He didn’t blame them.
Notes: Welcome to angst city. I went for a different writing style in this fic. It’s a little unconventional with dialogue and narrators. This is my first real offering for Halloween 2020, so lemme know what you think! Not beta edited, so any and all mistakes are mine, and mine alone.
an apparition or specter.
Tenko wakes to a dark room.
He’s forgotten to leave his side lamp on again. There are no windows in the part of the compound that he now calls home. There’s hardly any windows at all, save the two frosted panels that flank the front entrance. Small hands reach out into the inky blackness. He’s about to flip the switch of his light when he realizes that his gloves aren’t covering his fingers. Instinctively, he flinches back, his fingertips curling into his palms.
He’s accidentally destroyed three lamps in the last 18 months. Sensei always says it doesn’t matter. Focus on honing your skills Tomura, he’d say, everything else is just excess. Mindless noise that doesn’t matter.
It still sounds strange to Tenko. He can’t get used to it. Sensei had told him that it meant, “to mourn.” It was used at funerals or when you were remembering the dead. It made him shiver. He didn’t like it.
No, it’s not that.
He was scared of it. It felt more like an omen than a name. But, whenever he remembered…no…think about something else, Tenko.