We all have a story of how we found our Quirk, some sadder than others and some even funny. For instance I overheard Beth telling her friend how one day she’d sneezed and her skin had turned purple.
Of course, at the time she hadn’t found it so funny. Understandably, she’d freaked out.
My experience had been comparatively dramatic.
But my Quirk was a self defence mechanism; the only way it was going to make its self-known was when I was in danger. Not that it would have done me a lot of good if I was falling off a bridge or something.
Leo ruffles my hair and I elbow him in annoyance.
“What was that for?” I grumble trying to rearrange my hair, not that it probably makes much difference. It looks like wild bed hair on the best of days.
“You zoned out again. Am I really such bad company?”
“I wouldn’t say you were bad company Leo.” Roan says. “You’re so self-orientated and arrogant you are your own company. You simply stand in the area around us.” He twitches his lip, showing he`s joking.
“I’m going to take that as sarcasm so it hurts less.” Leo grins, flexing the arm around my shoulder while I loop mine through Roan’s so Mr. Personal Space doesn’t feel left out.
As Outsiders, feared and avoided by the rest of the school, we’ve grown close to each other. But then what other choice to we have? Disowned by our family who can’t handle our abilities, we are each other’s family. It’s how it’s been since I joined.
I was the last of our trio to arrive and Roan was the first.
He’d been scouted back in primary school but, as this was a school for secondary education, they’d just kept a close eye on him.
I thought of my first day, a maths class of all things. A white blonde, purple eyed girl smiling as she came to sit down beside me.
“Hi, I’m Beth. Need a friend?”
I’d been so relieved to have made a potential friend so easily and we’d been getting on so great, I’d gradually started to relax. Then a boy in the class had been sent to the Head for something we’d missed while we’d been talking and giggling
He’d stormed out, brown hair turning black before my eyes, skin turning scarlet. I’d thought he was a demon.
I hadn’t really considered what gifts the other kids might have.
Beth had caught me gawking and laughed.
“You’ll get used to it. He’s a Shifter. Same as me. We can change our appearance You’ll learn all of this soon enough. I’ll tell you something now though, stay away from him.” She’d drawn an arrow in her book pointing to the right corner of the classroom.
Turning round I’d spotted a tall, but not lanky, boy with dark blonde hair and a detached demeanour
“Why? What’s wrong with him?”
“He’s an Outsider.” She’d whispered. “He can control your mind. His friend is almost worst. He can control your body. Between them, you’re nothing but a thing. It’s creepy.” She’d shuddered dramatically before smiling at me. “What’s your Quirk?”
So I’d told her and she’d given me the same look that she’d had when describing the Outsiders. She’d darted out of the classroom as soon as she’d been able to.
I’m ashamed to admit I’d started crying, it was my first day and already word had spread about me. I was getting looks from everyone as I ambled around the school, I ducked my head and tried to work out where I was going.
Where I should go?
Where I was even welcome?
“Hey, Rose is it?” I’d looked up to find the Outsider from maths looming over me, a boy, not quite as tall but still above average, stood behind him, giving me a cheeky smile. Brown hair curling slightly around his face and green eyes.
I’d nodded pathetically, waiting for the teasing, the taunting, a snide comment.
Instead he’d nodded behind him where students flooded in and warm, delicious smells floated out.
“Come sit with us. Forget those idiots.”
Leo had jumped up beside me, put his hands on my shoulders and steered me forwards through the gap their presence created to the empty sofa furthest from us, pushed to the back corner.
“What my serious, rather blunt, friend means is they’re only scared of you because you’re more powerful then all of them. But, on the bright side, you just found yourself two new friends. Congratulations, you’re now an Outsider.”
And with Roan shaking his head in exasperation, Leo sitting me down onto the sofa and turning a mischievous grin to the gawking school who quickly looked away, Outsider didn’t sound as lonely as it should.
And so we’d become the Terrible Trio.