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A Hellish Encounter

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You are walking down the street with Zaheer, patrolling has become natural for the both of you. Your hero work has become difficult after the fight with AFO. Citizens were not happy finding out that a hero was created by the worst villain. However, it has worked in your favor a little; criminals no longer want to be anywhere near you and just cower in fear when you arrive. It still is disheartening to see anyone instantly fearful of you both but if it means less villains are on the streets, it’s better than nothing. The day is close to ending as you turn a corner down an alley you have never walked down before. Something is off when you sense a dark presence.

“Stay close…”  

“I know….” Your eyes begin to glow as you try to sense around but nothing is coming up. “Show yourself!” You yell up trying to pinpoint the villain.

“If you insist.” You here from the shadows. A flash of light appears from a blade and cuts you. Some blood is dripping from your arm. Zaheer forms his blade and puts his back to you. It isn’t long till a human form starts to walk from the darkness towards you.

“Stain…. The hero killer.”

“Ah, so you heard of me. Then you know why I am here.” He takes his long tongue to his blade and laps up the blood from its edge. He laughs after he swallows but it’s short lived as he sees your still standing. “What?” Is all that comes from him.

“Hmm, I guess your quirk can’t control my body either.”

“HOW ARE YOU AVOIDING MY CONTROL?!” The villain demands.

“I’m fully papalized, I am using my quirk to move.”

“That’s impossible!”

You just shrug as a response. Zaheer stands next to you and looks down at you. “What should we do?” 

“Well, we should take him in….”

“ONLY ALL MIGHT CAN DO THAT!!”

“That is what you always say. Why?”

“Huh?” The villain says looking confused.

“Why don’t you just tell me about why you are like you are. I’m curious.”

“Really?”

I am too. We could easily take you in but we can hold it off if you talk.”

“All other heroes are in it for fame or money. You married one of the worst!”

“Endeavor? I mean I used to be able to see that but not anymore. What about us? What do you see?”

“You are a fake hero! You only do it to cover up for who you really are.”

You sigh and sit down on the dirty ground. You look up at Stain who looks back in confusion. “That’s not the truth at all. Sit down. I’m not going to attack you and this isn’t a trick.”

“Why should I trust you?!”

I could have easily taken you out in a second or 2 yet we are still standing here. Just listen.”

“W-why are you a hero?”

“I just think it’s the right thing to do.”

“But you are demon?!”

“I am a demon; however, I don’t want to hurt people.”

“That doesn’t make sense.”

Take it as you will, this is the truth.”

 “So, you want to be a hero just to help people?”

“That’s what we are trying to say. Is there anything wrong with that?”

“Just like All Might?”

“I guess? I never thought about it that way. I just want to help people. I have all of this power inside of me and I feel like it would go to waste not using it for good.”

We both agreed a long time ago to help those in need. Even on the run, we would help where we could.”

“But you are married to Endeavor!”

“I see…. In the past he was always trying just to be better than All Might but now he could care less about that. All he wants to do is help those in danger and be there for his family. Have you not seen him change over the past years since I came around?”

“What about the crossing event?”

“Yes. I was still on the run then yet I still went to help. I knew I was going to be arrested but doing nothing was wrong.”

“What about Endeavor? He was the one who took you in.”

“After Endeavor met me, I was there to help him. He knew everything he did in his past was wrong. He wanted to change but he didn’t know how.”

“B…but…”

I know this is a shock for a hero to actually want to help others without anything in return, it’s just who we are. AFO put us together but it’s because of who we are together that we do what we do.”

“You killed thousands of people!”

“I know. I hate myself for that. I lost control and killed the scientists who performed tests on me. I can control the power now but it still hurts me know what I did.”

“You regret what you did?”

He still has nightmares. They are less frequent now as we are coming to peace with what happened but they still come back sometimes.”

“Can you just believe me?”

“I don’t know what to say.”

“Can I ask you something?”

“I guess?”

“Would you be willing to turn yourself in?”

“What?!”

“You would only let All Might arrest you, but what about if you turn yourself in. That way I don’t take the credit but the right thing happens. If you want, I can just teleport you to the jail entrance.”

“Why should I do that?”

You can’t win against the both of us. We are giving you an option.”

“You would give a villain a choice that makes them happy?”

“You are human too. It’s only fair.”

Stain looks down at his hands, one has a knife in it. It twists it back and forth, looking as the metal gleam in the dim light. He stands there a moment. “I will accept your offer under one condition.”

“What would that be?”

“Keep doing what you’re doing. Protect those in need and take down villains.”

“We can do that, right?” You say looking up at Zaheer.

Of course.”

“Are you ready?” You hold a hand out towards the hero killer.

“Ready as I’ll ever be.” He takes hold of your hand and closes his eyes. In a blue flash, he is gone and it’s just the two of you again. You decide to just teleport back to the agency after everything and make your way home. Entering the home was quiet as usual. Enji was sitting in his chair in the living room as you enter. You see on the TV that Stain has been formally arrested and is cooperating with the police.

“Looks like Stain turned himself him.” Enji says getting up and kissing you.

“He may have had a little help.”

“What do you mean?”

We met him and talked with him today.”

“What?!”

“He couldn’t affect me with his quirk so we talked for a while. He wanted to know more about me and I wanted to know about him.”

“Then you let him go?!”

We gave him an option. Either we take him in or he could turn himself in. We just teleported him to the jail and he did the rest.”

“But…why?”

“He said only All Might could arrest him and I wanted to respect that. He is in jail on his own terms and it made the streets safer because of it.”

“You didn’t have to use your powers on him?”

Not one bit.”

Don’t tell anyone this. I want to keep my end of the bargain.”

“Of course. I’m just happy you are ok and a villain is put away. Did you want to do anything to celebrate?”

“Can we invite All might over for dinner with the kids?”

“Really? If that’s what you want.”

“I want to tell All Might what happened. And I want to thank him for being there for me.”

“I’ll call him right away.” He pulls you in closer for another kiss.