"Being abandoned and being in a Quirk Marriage are both awful things," Mrs. Pinku says, crading little Mitsuka Akishima. "It's a miracle I found her."
"Must be tough living in the streets alone," Soga commented. Honestly, after hearing from what happened to Mitsuka, he's already ready to adopt her to give her as much love as possible. Dabi may have been thinking the same thing, from the way his eyes darted towards Mitsuka. Shoto must have shared the idea as well.
"I'll show you the rest of the children, see which are the best candidates for adoption and then you're good to go," Mrs. Pinku said, standing up with a bright smile, as if to lighten the mood for the guests and the small child.
"Sure, if the children aren't too scared of a few strangers, especially funny looking ones," Dabi said jokingly, standing up as well.
The group started walking towards a room, and when the pink-haired woman opened the door, Soga saw how big the room really was. There was tons of bunk beds and cribs, along with colorful cabinets of supplies and chests of toys, and a few shelves containing books.
Soga also noticed a lot of children roaming around the room, ranging from a dinosaur headed boy to a girl with brown-ish pink tendrils. Out of all of them, a tall woman stood out from them, a woman with white skin and hair tied in a high curly ponytail and small tendrils sticking out from her hairline. She wore a black shirt tucked into ripped jeans and striped sleeves underneath the shirt, and a handbag with a long strap was wrapped around her shoulder.
She looked up, took a good look on Mrs. Pinku, and looked away immediately, almost in embarrassment, from what Soga could deduce.
"Kichigo," she said, standing up. She turned to look at Soga, Dabi, and Shoto, and then asked, "Who are they?"
"Yorugao-chan! Come meet our guests, who'll adopt two children here!" Mrs. Pinku exclaimed excitedly, some petals falling as she slightly jumped. Shoto was suddenly approached by a few girls, who seemed fascinated by his attractiveness. Dabi snorted as he watched his brother look at the girls in confusion.
"Erm, hello, I'm Yorugao Takagetsu, I guess," the woman named Yorugao replied weakly, shaking the guests' hands.
"Soga Todoroki, and this is my husband Toya," Soga introduced, "and that's Toya's brother Shoto."
"I've seen you two on live TV before, Sports Festival and Todoroki Family fiasco, as everyone calls it nowadays," Yorugao casually pointed out. "Being in the spotlight doesn't seem at all fun."
"Let's be friends," Dabi said quickly, much to Soga and Shoto's amusement.
"Aww, you both are getting along! But let's not waste time now, the kids are waiting," Mrs. Pinku chuckled, putting down Mitsuka. She then clapped her hands together as a signal, "Alright, children, time to line up! Two of you are getting adopted today!"
The kids seem to have gone quiet for a bit when they took a good look on the couple, then a second later cheered. The trio looked at each other, puzzled at the reactions.
Maybe they were sort of scared of what we looked like, was the first thing they thought.
"Oh my, I think we forgot Tatari!" Mrs. Pinku gasped, and rushed out of the room. From the mention of that name, some of the children scoffed. Dabi looked on in confusion.
"The children don't like Tatari, but we try to get her included so they'd stop making fun of her for her, quote unquote, 'villainous' Quirk," Yorugao quietly explained, although loud enough for the trio to hear.
Like me, Soga realized, surprised.
"A classmate of mine has the same problem, but everyone stopped making fun of him after he joined my class," Shoto commented.
Yorugao nodded shyly. "She's faced discrimination, and her parents didn't want a 'cursed child', as they said. So they tried to kill her multiple times before they were arrested and Tatari was put into foster care. She's heavily traumatized from her experiences, so she doesn't try to make it obvious what her Quirk is."
Soga's heart practically broke. Tatari was probably a child like the foster children here, and she's faced much more than Soga did.
To be continued...
(A/N: New characters introduced! Tatari Mirushiki (who's name I thought got lost into the internet lol). And Yorugao, who I am already in love with lol)