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happy birthday, Steph!

Hiro's Heroes

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happy birthday, Steph!

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Steph,

I don't know where I can begin. You are awesome. You are like almost right up there with Ben Affleck in my book. And despite the fact that you're a Patrick Swayze fangirl, you always make me laugh, listen to me bitch, and understand the appeal of laziness and procrastination. You're my best online bud, a fabulous beta, and the Rory to my Lorelai. I'm so glad we're friends.

Love you lots. Happy Birthday, darling.

And now...

You started this with my birthday story involving Sam and Dean...so I had to up the ante a little.

Oh, larah33 did a read-through for me at the last minute, but as you're my kick-ass beta, I figured it would just go up this way.



Special Steph


It started simple enough.

“Save the teacher, save the world.”

All Hiro had to do was save the teacher, and with the help of Isaac’s paintings and the flying man’s (though he wanted to be called “Nathan”) connections, he was pretty sure he knew which teacher needed saving. He was finally going to save the damsel in distress and become a true hero like he was supposed to. It was his destiny to save the world.

Of course, things didn’t go exactly as he and Ando had planned.

He arrived at the playground, ready to save his damsel, only to discover that the beautiful brown-haired girl (who was supposed to be the damsel) had the assailant on the ground and she and a group of toddlers were kicking him despite his screams for mercy.

“I totally went Alias on you, jerk,” the girl said as she kicked the guy on the ground once again. She smiled at her students and said, “This is why you want be good, boys and girls. Because sometimes bad people get kicked.”

The kids giggled and continued kicking at the grown man in the fetal position, crying out for the police to come.

Hiro started to walk toward the girl to make sure she was okay, silently cursing Isaac’s terrible vision. How could he save the girl if she saved herself? He got about halfway over when a man in a long overcoat with dark hair, leaning against what looked like a phone booth, stopped him. Hiro glanced at the gentleman curiously and tried to figure out why a phone booth would be located in a playground. He figured it was yet another American custom he didn’t understand.

“I wouldn’t do that if I were you, mate. She’s hopped up on adrenaline and the likes. She might accidentally kill you,” the man said.

“Who are you?” Hiro leaned in conspiratorially and asked, “You one of us?”

“I was passing through and decided to stick around for the show,” the man said, watching as the police finally showed up – laughing as they were – and tried to pull the perpetrator out of the chaos. The man chuckled and said, “Fantastic! Bloody fantastic!”

“Excuse me?” Hiro asked. He pointed to where the girl was talking to the police quite animatedly and said, “It is my mission to save her. Save the teacher, save the world.”

“I don’t think she needed saving this time. A little birdy already warned her about this fool,” the man said. He extended his arm for a handshake, which Hiro obliged, and said, “I’m the Doctor.”

“I am Hiro and I am here to save the teacher.”

“Yes, I doubt her troubles are over yet.”

“You are special,” Hiro said excitedly.

“I guess you could say that. Now that you’re here, I can leave the teacher in your good hands. My work is done for the day,” the Doctor said. He smiled in the girl’s direction and said, “Tell Stephanie that our breakfast this morning was most enchanting and that I hope to meet up with her again at some point.”

Hiro nodded and watched as the man hopped into the phone booth. Hiro scratched his head, unable to decide if the man was nuts or special like he was. Just as he reached the teacher, a weird noise emanated through the playground and when Hiro turned around the phone booth was gone. Most people in that situation would think they were crazy, but Hiro simply smiled. He had seen too much, learned too much about his own abilities, to even question these things.

The teacher was safe because another hero had gotten there. Sure, it would’ve been nice to save the day, but it was a great feeling to know that he wasn’t alone, simply part of a huge team of people out to save the world.

“Don’t tell me you’re one of those crazies who finds crime scenes funny. Like I need to deal with another creepy person today,” Stephanie muttered, nodding in his direction.

Hiro shook his head and said, “I am here to save you.”

“Uh…what?”

“To save you. Save the teacher, save the world.”

“Okay, what’s going on? Is this joke on Steph day, or something? First, a really hot guy who tells me to call him ‘the doctor’ tells me I’m in grave peril and to be on guard. Then a creepy freak named Sylar shows up while I’m reading Cat and the Hat to the kids and tries to...I don’t know what...but I’m sure it wasn’t going to be pleasant...” the teacher paused and rubbed her fingers over her temples before going on. “...And now there’s you.”

“I keep you safe.”

“A little late for that. Bad guy is in police custody.”

“He’ll be back.”

“You really know how to cheer a girl up, don’t you?”

“What?”

Steph waved him off. “Nevermind.”

“We must go somewhere safer than here,” he said, reaching out to grab her arm.

Steph pulled back and said, “Yeah, like I’m going anywhere with a guy who’s wearing a toy sword across his chest.”

“It’s only until I can get the real one.”

“Yeah, that makes it so much better,” Steph replied, crossing her arms. She stepped closer to him and said, “I’ve seen enough CSI to know how something like this ends. I’m not falling for it.”

“But…”

Steph raised her hand to cut him off. “Not falling for it.”

“I don’t want you to fall for anything,” Hiro said, not sure what she was talking about. He needed to take a different approach to this. He stepped back and bowed before saying, “I am Hiro Nakamura. I will keep you safe, no falling.”

Steph stared at him for a minute and then said, “I’m Stephanie, but you can call me Steph as long as you get rid of the toy sword.”

“I need the real sword. It will help me with my powers.”

“Your powers?”

“Yes, you must have powers too. I was told that if I save you, I save the world. You are special.”

“No pressure there.”

“Excuse me?”

“My sarcasm is lost on you, isn’t it?” Steph replied. She sighed and said, “I don’t have any powers, unless being able to clean a diaper in a single bound is especially heroic.”

Hiro shook his head and replied, “You are important.” He moved closer and said, “Don’t worry. I will keep you safe.”

Steph nodded and after a few seconds asked, “Are you sure this isn’t some sort of joke?”

“I do not have time for jokes.” Hiro grabbed her hand and pulled her out of the playground. He paid no attention to her muttering about her students or work, only stopping when he reached the rental car where Ando was waiting.

“You saved the teacher?” Ando said, almost as though he didn’t expect it.

“No time to talk. We must get away from here.”

Steph stared at the two of them, so Hiro smiled at her and nudged Ando to do the same. She rolled her eyes and muttered, “I really hope I don’t regret this” before she slid into the backseat of the car.

Once they were on the road, Hiro turned to face her with a bright smile. He pointed to Ando and said, “He is Ando. He’s unspecial, but my friend. We will keep you safe.”

“I’m still not sure what’s going on.”

“You are special, like me.”

“I haven’t figured out how you mean ‘special’ quite yet, what with the toy sword and all,” Steph replied.

Hiro wasn’t sure what she was talking about, so he turned to Ando, who simply said, “She thinks you’re crazy.”

“Not just him. I’m beginning to think I’m on a downward spiral to crazytown,” Steph countered.

Hiro shook his head fervently. “Not crazy. You must have an ability and that’s why that man is after you.”

“Again, I’m not sure what you’re talking about....” Steph paused and then looked up to meet Hiro’s eyes. She gulped and said, “...unless...”

Hiro stared at her and said, “Unless?”

“I’ve always been a bit obsessed with TV and movies, but lately I can do things, weird things just from watching a show that features it. Like the way I kicked that creepy guy’s ass. I saw that on Alias. That’s all. Never had any training. Then, a few days ago, after watching the food network, I whipped up a seven course meal without any recipes, and not to toot my own horn, but it was fabulous. And I won't even tell you what happened after I watched Dirty Dancing.”

Hiro stared at her and Steph blushed and replied, "That's right. I'm a Patrick Swayze fan. I even own Roadhouse. Good thing I didn't watch that, huh, or I'd have started a bar room brawl."

Hiro suddenly understood what she meant. She did have her own unique powers. He gave her a thumbs up and said, “Yes, of course, that is your power. You are special girl, Steph.”

“What a stupid special ability.”

“No, not stupid, important.”

“Dude, unless someone shows me how to disarm a nuclear reactor on a television show, I’m not sure how special I am...though thanks to Supernatural, I’m pretty sure I could kick demon ass.”

“What?”

Steph shrugged. “Nothing. Nevermind.”

“I will keep you safe, special Steph.”

Steph nodded slowly and said, “Thanks.” Off the smile on Hiro’s face, she smiled and said, “And now that I think about it, thanks to a few episodes of 24, I probably could disarm a nuclear bomb.”

Hiro couldn’t help it. He threw his arms up in victory. Obviously, saving Steph was the necessary step to keeping New York City from blowing up. He would keep her safe, and with the help of the others they would find the bomb, and Steph would disarm it. “Woo-hoo!”

Steph giggled and said, “Not the reaction I expected.”

“You are the key! We can stop big explosion in New York City.”

“Dude, I was just kidding. I can’t disarm a nuclear bomb.”

“Yes, you can. You said you saw it and that’s your power. Once we get my real sword, I will be able to control my powers again. I will stop time for us and you will stop the explosion that’s coming in New York.”

“I think I liked the other guy’s plan to kill me a bit better, Hiro.”

“We are a team. Like Justice League or X-Men!” Hiro replied. He grinned at Steph, who smiled back at him.

She shrugged and said, “Okay, why not? I’m pretty sure I’m fired from the school district anyway.”

Hiro’s grin grew bigger and he turned back to sit in his seat. “Save the teacher, save the world” had been his mission. And while it hadn’t gone exactly as he expected, he realized, once again, that things were happening for a reason. With the help of the others, he and Steph might be able to save the world after all.

The End…for now…




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Anyway, happy birthday, darling!
  • Ok, so you already know that I think this is pretty much the greatest thing ever, but I figured I'd elaborate. First of all, if you knew my kiddos at all, you'd know that your description of them all kicking Sylar is scarily possible. I love that you randomly threw the Doctor in there (and you know why two people eat BREAKFAST together, don't you...?)

    Hiro was so sweetly Hiro-like. I can't wait for the sequel when Steph and Hiro become total BFFs and save the world together and then watch sci-fi and talk about boys. Hee!

    Also, I love that you worked my "powers" into the plot of the show. Of course I could diffuse a nuclear bomb, what a coincidence!

    Thank you so much! I love you lots!
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