The Quirk of Life
The said brunet turned his head slightly, arms propped over his knees as he sat down next to the younger. The adult's tattered fedora shadowed his brown eyes as he gazed at the child.
"Mm? What is it, Izuku-kun?"
The green-haired child rubbed at his puffy eyes feverishly, looking up with teary irises, his lower lip trembling.
"Do you...d-do you think...that I can become a hero?"
Rene looked surprised for a second before his expression became neutral. Brown gazed into green eyes thoughtfully. Rene hummed before sighing.
Midoriya felt crushed and he ducked his head down, trying to smile.
Suddenly, the child felt fingers wrap around his shoulder and he was brought into a one-armed hug. Rene flipped his fedora off of his head with his free hand before stuffing it onto Izuku's head, smiling gently.
"Because I know you'll be something even greater."
Izuku felt his eyes flood with tears as he tilted the fedora out of his line of sight to look up at Rene.
"Y-You...really think so?"
Rene chuckled, his usually dull eyes lit with genuine joy.
"I know so." He replied softly.