Katsuki was already fucking sick of these extras, and it hadn’t even been a full day yet.
Their weird-ass teacher had let them show off their quirks, and the rest of the class had started bitching about the threatened expulsion. It didn’t fucking matter - Katsuki was going to beat them all anyway. If someone got expelled, they weren’t strong enough to be at UA in the first place, simple as that.
Turns out that the teacher didn’t even expel anyone anyway, even the little fucker who had come in last. And more importantly, Katsuki didn't come in first. Creation girl and the half and half bastard had beaten him. Next time, though, he'd kick their asses.
“Hey Sensei,” one of the girls asked, “why do we only have 19 students in our class anyway? I heard the other hero class has 20.”
“We do have 20,” Sensei told them. Some of the idiots started looking around like the missing student was hiding in the corner. “He should be here soon.”
“He’s running late?” Private School yelled, chopping his hands through the air. “Is that allowed at a prestigious institution like UA?”
Sensei sighed, rubbing at the bridge of his nose. “Not that it’s any of your business, but no. He can explain more later if he wants.”
Almost if summoned, the door burst open, and an unfortunately familiar head of green hair tumbled in.
What the hell. “What the hell?” Katsuki demanded. “What the fuck are you doing here, fucking Deku?”
Deku turned to face him, and Katsuki twitched in surprise. Two thick scars ran diagonally down his cheeks, just under the line of his cheekbones on either side of his face. They started under the outside corner of his eyes and ran almost to his nose, the left one a little longer than the other. The nerd’s hair was as messy as ever, and he still had prominent bags under his eyes, but he was paler than Katsuki remembered. Not that he thought about the nerd much. But, those scars…. I’m in the hospital... that’s what Deku had told him months ago. He hadn’t really considered what that meant. What had even happened to the nerd? Not that Katsuki actually cared.
“Kacchan,” Deku replied evenly. What the fuck was this? Deku should be cowering away, like the useless quirkless coward he was. Not staring at him like…. “Fancy seeing you here,” Deku continued. “I didn't know -”
Sensei snorted, cutting Deku off. “If you didn't get a copy of the class list already, I'll eat my hat.” Deku ducked his head and muttered something about spending too much time and a centipede. “Sit down - you're already causing problems.”
“You can interrogate Midoriya on your own time,” Sensei told the class as Deku sheepishly sat at the sole empty desk. And what was this? Sensei seemed to know Deku well enough to know both his name and his fucking weird habit of squirrelling away stupid, meaningless bits of information. How did shitty Deku know a Pro Hero? “I'm not paid enough to deal with this.”
Oh, he'd certainly interrogate Deku, Katsuki resolved, glaring at the back of that mess of hair. He’d get the fucking answers he wanted, one way or another. And if reminding shitty Deku of his place was a side effect of that, so much the better.
From: All Might <email@example.com>
To: Sir Nighteye <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Quirk Control
You’ll be glad to hear that Mirio’s control of One for All is progressing well! His experience with Permeation is serving him well. Between that and Midoriya-kun’s constant and creative advice, he’s improving faster than I ever thought possible.
The broken leg incident was a combination of him trying to use Permeation and One for All simultaneously. In the future, I think this will be a very effective strategy (just ask Midoriya-kun for his notes if you don’t believe that - I think he’s already filled half a notebook while watching Mirio-kun’s training). However, he’s now aware that this technique isn’t possible at his current level of skill, and hopefully this won’t happen again.
I have eaten twice today.
From: Sir Nighteye <email@example.com>
To: All Might <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Quirk Control
I know I yelled at you on the phone after I took Mirio-kun to the hospital, and I’m sorry about that. I’m fully aware that the fault lies with Mirio and Midoriya - Mirio-kun generally has good judgement, but Midoriya-kun’s insanity can often be very persuasive. Honestly, Toshi, now that I’ve calmed down, I’m just very, very glad that you didn’t give it to Midoriya-kun - do you know how many broken bones we’d be dealing with at this point?
That’s encouraging news. My caseload has eased somewhat, so let me know if I can do anything to assist in Mirio-kun’s training (besides forcing Midoriya-kun out of the office at a reasonable time).
Also, I hear that you’re scheduled to teach Midoriya-kun’s class tomorrow. Let me know how that goes.
“Ah, Midoriya-kun!” Nedzu greeted him. “Come in, come in! Have you enjoyed your first day of school so far?”
Izuku thought about the weird stares he'd gotten in every class thus far, the strange behavior of the teachers (he only knew Aizawa - he didn’t know why the rest of them were acting so twitchy around him), and the lunch period that he’d spent dodging Kacchan’s attempts to corner him. “Yep,” he lied brightly.
Nedzu hummed in response. Izuku suspected that he didn’t buy it, but he mercifully didn’t call Izuku out on it.
“Well, good, good,” Nedzu continued. “Would you like some tea?” Izuku declined, but Nedzu didn’t seem put off. “Okay, down to business then - Midoriya-kun, what do you expect out of these sessions?”
“I… I don’t quite know what you mean,” Izuku admitted. “I assumed that these would be… I don’t know, a grab-bag of advanced subjects that would be useful? I'm not sure why you scheduled them, to be honest.”
Nedzu shook his head. “No, I can see why you would think that, Midoriya-kun, especially when we consider the structure of education in Japan. You're used to teachers dictating facts to you, telling you what is and is not true - but you've seen the wider world, Midoriya-kun. Tell me, how helpful have the facts been?”
Izuku shrugged, unsure what to make of this conversation. “Unexpectedly helpful, sometimes, but on the whole….”
Nedzu nodded enthusiastically. “Yes, yes! The facts alone do not an education make! The point of education is not to teach students the truth, but how to distinguish between truth and fiction - that is, how to think. I’m aware that you already approach problems from unconventional angles - I’ve read your intelligence briefs - but I think that together we can expand on the foundation that you’ve built.”
Izuku nodded slowly. “Okay… I understand that. How are we going to go about that, then? Are we going to review my past cases?”
“No, no, I don’t believe that concentrating on the past would be beneficial!” Nedzu chirped. “That sort of reflection has its time and place, but now is the time for advancement!”
Izuku bit his lip thoughtfully. “Okay… considering all of that… teaching me to think, I mean… I think that I want to focus on being more proactive, if that makes sense? It’s easy for me to reconstruct something from evidence - like how or why a crime happened - but I’m not… good at predicting what a villain would do.”
Nedzu clapped his paws together and sprung to his feet, landing on the table. “Yes! Yes, exactly, Midoriya-kun! I knew that it would be a pleasure to teach you. That’s precisely what I’d noticed in my review of your cases. To that end, I feel it best to start with a sort of evaluation - so I can see how you approach this kind of prediction.”
“What sort of evaluation?”
Nedzu gave him a bright smile, and Izuku felt the stirrings of dread in his stomach. “I thought we’d start ‘close to home’ as it were. Midoriya-kun, by the end of the week, I want you to infiltrate UA.”
Izuku blinked at him, frozen in surprise. “What?”
Nedzu chuckled. “Not actually, of course. You do have permission and you’re not an enemy agent. But I want you to find the flaws in our security. That includes the physical building, our computer networks, our surveillance systems, and of course, our personnel. You’ll need to be able to predict how people and systems will react to your investigations and how to preempt these responses. For this assignment, you’ll have the advantage of already being in the school, but that’s it. Anything goes, Midoriya-kun, as long as you don’t actually compromise our security.”
“Anything?” Izuku repeated.
“Anything.” Nedzu nodded firmly. “Recruit your classmates, hack our systems, engage in psychological warfare - do your best. I look forward to seeing the results of your efforts, Midoriya-kun.”
Excerpt from “A Discussion of Quirk Factor: Why we Need a Scientific Revolution” by Kitamura Gaku, written in 2132:
It has become clear from 100 years of quirk genetic research and pedigree studies that we can conceptualize the inheritance of quirks on two axes. First and foremost, there is the “quirk gene” that is located on chromosome 20 and is linked to the phenotype of the missing toe joint. Only the allele inherited from the father matters in this case - if the child inherits the quirkless allele of the quirk gene, they are quirkless, and if they inherit the quirked allele, they are quirked. The copy of the gene from the mother is silenced, and thus does not matter in determining the presence or absence of a quirk. If the child does inherit the quirked allele from their father, then the second axis of quirk inheritance comes into play - the nature of the quirk. This is inherited from both the mother and father and is usually similar to one or the other, or, more rarely, a combination of both. Quirks that resemble neither parents’ are vanishingly rare. It is difficult to predict what specific quirk a child will inherit, although it is very easy to predict if they will be quirked or quirkless, at least if genetic information is available.
The implication of this, of course, is that there exists a common “quirk pathway” that leads to the development of all quirks. For all the phenotypic diversity of quirks, there is a unified biological pathway that accounts for the existence of all of them. Quirk scientists in the 2040s capitalized on this fact and determined that there were a set of small molecules that could be detected in the blood that were a result of quirk use. The balance and relative abundance of each of these small molecules were affected by the type of quirk and the long-term and short-term use of it, as well as the usual suspects - age, sex, and general physical health.
In the absence of genetic methods to investigate quirks, quirk scientists fixated on this quirk factor blood test. It has been an accepted diagnostic test and research assay since the early 2080s, and it would be difficult to find a paper in the last 50 years that doesn’t reference the method. However, metabolomics has never been a precise science, and without a genetic basis for their conclusions, scientists and quirk counsellors have been relying far too much on this limited panel of small molecules to tell us about the nature and function of quirks. The time has come to consider how to expand our diagnostic methods and to create a new standard of quirk testing and measurement that is based on a more complete biological understanding of quirks.
Izuku's notes, scrawled in the margins: Quirk factor is still a vague term and unhelpful. Seems like outdated term and scientists can't use genetics to update.
Police Case #081-2008-711, Chiba Prefecture, Funabashi
Time: July 11, 2008 9:01pm
Victims: Yamaguchi Shou, Yamaguchi Hiro, Asanuma Nagao, Ito Shouyo, Takahashi Kyou
Perpetrator: Unknown Assailant (M, teenager), possible unidentified others
Situation: Reported as a domestic disturbance, officers arrived at the Yamaguchis’ apartment at 9:12pm, eleven minutes after the emergency call was received. All five men were found dead on arrival. Coroner reports indicate that they all died from blood loss. Their bodies were riddled with wounds that looked like someone had cut perfect spheres of flesh out of them many, many times. All were missing their eyes. They were not found in the apartment.
According to neighbors, the Yamaguchis and their associates had spent an abnormal amount of time during the past two months inside their apartment. They were “twitchy”. “I swear that Yamaguchi-san’s friend almost punched me when I came up behind him on the stairway one time”, said Miyagi Miku, the neighbor who called the police. She also reported seeing a young boy exit the Yamaguchi apartment after the screaming began and she opened her door to investigate the noise.
There had been yelling before the screaming had started, she also reported, though she couldn’t make out any of the words.
Excerpt from “UA: the Rise of a Giant” by Taguchi Shou:
Nedzu’s decision to become a hero created legal ripples throughout Japan, but his actual schooling and licensing went remarkably smoothly. His provisional exam was of especial note - despite his stature and his lack of physical strength, he obtained a perfect score. At the time, it was written off as a fluke, and in hindsight, this was likely exactly what Nedzu wanted the public to believe.
Nedzu never competed in any of UA’s sports festivals or other public events. He graduated with honors and then quietly disappeared into the world of Intelligence and Covert Ops. Attempting to trace his history during this time is utterly impossible, as every mission that he could have possibly participated in is classified. Did he stay in Japan, working as an underground hero? Did he go abroad? Nedzu has never answered these questions, and it’s likely that he never will.
He reemerged fifteen years later, in 2150, to become a teacher at UA, and then, three years later, the principal of the school. His appointment generated an outcry in certain sectors, but opposition disappeared remarkably quickly. Most of that can be attributed to the intense publicity regime that Nedzu began that ultimately boosted UA’s reputation while simultaneously obscuring the “man behind the curtain.” Throughout Nedzu’s career, this pattern - achievement followed by an intense obscurity - repeats over and over, and it has been highly effective.
Incident Report - April 6, 2179
Student: Bakugou Katsuki
Supervising Teacher: All-Might
Homeroom Teacher: Eraserhead
Summation of Incident:
During a practical Foundational Heroics class, Bakugou Katsuki displayed belligerent and antagonistic behavior toward one of his classmates, Midoriya Izuku. For this exercise, I sorted the students into pairs and randomly assigned them to either protect or capture a fake bomb. For most pairs this was a straightforward exercise, but considering Midoriya's focus on Intelligence and Covert Ops, I decided that Midoriya would direct his other teammate (Uraraka Ochaco) through the simulation, and to make it fair, I allowed them an additional 15 minutes to set up defenses around the bomb.
Midoriya and Uraraka's plan was ingenious and included an array of traps and a final dilemma that forced Bakugou to choose to attack Uraraka and in effect to set off the bomb, or allow her to escape the building with the bomb. He chose to attack and thus lost the exercise.
Bakugou was visibly enraged, but ignored both Uraraka and his own teammate. He stormed into the simulation room and confronted Midoriya. He threatened Midoriya with his quirk and Uraraka intervened. Uraraka will not be subject to any disciplinary actions. For Bakugou, I recommend detention, and if this occurs again, suspension.
Homeroom teacher's notes:
Once again, I must reiterate, leaving All-Might, who does not have a teaching degree or any sort of experience with children, in charge of a bunch of rowdy teenagers with dangerous quirks is the height of folly. You can see it even here. His description of the situation only contains cold hard facts and he does not show an understanding of the deeper issues of any of the children involved.
It has become clear that Bakugou and Midoriya have a history, and that this history is not a good one. I was not aware of this, and I feel like I should have been, considering that Midoriya knew since at least yesterday that Bakugou is in this class. If Midoriya did not know that this sort of situation was imminent, then either he has a blind spot concerning Bakugou, or we have been gravely overestimating his intelligence all this time. I think it far more likely that he decided not to tell us, and this speaks to the amount of work we still have to do concerning his need for self-destruction. Did All-Might notice this? Apparently not.
Bakugou's anger problems are troubling. That he was provoked to this level of rage not only because of losing, but because of losing to a specific person, would already be a red-flag for me. The fact that this specific person displays skills and behaviors that are often linked to abuse or childhood bullying is even more of a concerning detail. A responsible adult should always be supervising when Bakugou and Midoriya are together, at least until we get a clearer picture of the situation.
It is also worth noting that, on the second day of classes, lines are already being drawn in the sand. A severely fractured class is rarely a successful one. While it is heartening that Midoriya already has a friend in Class 1-A who is willing to leap to his defense, Bakugou is still at risk for ostracization due to this incident. Let me be clear - I do not condone his behavior, and think that the punishment assigned by All-Might is sufficient. I am also worried for Midoriya's continued health around this student. But I think he has potential, if the situation is handled carefully. I do not trust All-Might to be careful with anything.
From: Centipeder <email@example.com>
To: Sir Nighteye <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Midoriya Izuku <email@example.com>
Subject: Financial Analysis, Nakahara Case
Sir and Midoriya-kun,
Attached is my financial analysis of Miku’s Construction, the shell company that ostensibly owns the ruin of the Funabashi bank. During the Midoriya Rescue Operation we already found the connection to Chishiki, and I need far more than 9 months to get anywhere with that mess of a company (especially considering our recent workload). Maybe Midoriya-kun can pitch that to his management class as a final project.
However, I didn’t turn up that much more about Miku’s other source of income, Hisakazu. The name is written with the kanji for “long life” and “one”. That’s the only name that was given on the donation records - and it is a donation. It’s within the limits for legal donations and the amount is low enough and dispersed frequently enough that it didn’t draw any government attention.
The bank accounts used for the donations are impossible to track, mainly because they were opened at the branches of banks that would be hit by Gorou's band of robbers after the accounts were opened. The banks only retain the information that the accounts were opened, but somehow lost all other info about them. Each account was closed six months after the bank was robbed. The last donation and the last account termination occurred 6 months after the Funabashi heist. I assume most of the donations were used to buy the bank ruin, and the funds from Chishiki were used for upkeep of the shell company.
I'm sorry that I can't find more about this “Hisakazu” fellow.
-- Ask me if I'm a penguin.
From: Midoriya Izuku <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Sir Nighteye <email@example.com>, Centipeder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Financial Analysis, Nakahara Case
Thanks for this and thanks for the advice about my management final project! I like the idea!
It's only been two days of school and I already miss seeing you guys at the office every day. Bubble Girl's been sending me pictures of you all wearing the hats I gave you, though, so that's helped. I'm glad the antennae holes have been working out well!
-- Are you a penguin?
From: Sir Nighteye <email@example.com>
To: Centipeder <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Midoriya Izuku <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Re: Financial Analysis, Nakahara Case
Centipeder and Midoriya-kun,
First, Centipeder, thank you for your work on Hisakazu. I know it doesn't seem like you've uncovered much information, but I think it might be unexpectedly helpful someday. We'll see.
Second, don't give Midoriya-kun ideas about his final projects already. By the time final projects actually come around, he'll have researched and developed them until they're so huge that he won't have time to sleep for months.
And Midoriya-kun - you'd think that I'd banished you from the office for a year, not six days. I just want to make sure that you have a week to adjust to school. Also, thank you again for the hat - it's very soft.
-- Don't ask him if he's a penguin. Centipeder, please find a new joke.
From: Sir Nighteye <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Tsukauchi Naomasa <email@example.com>
Subject: Fwd: Financial Analysis, Nakahara Case
Midoriya-kun's theory about the Nakahara brothers’ connections has gotten even more support. Centipeder's financial analysis of a man known as “Hisakazu” is attached.
STAR TREK: TO BOLDLY GO
James T. Kirk returns to the Starship Enterprise, but this time, with a quirk! Return to the nostalgia of the Star Trek universe, but updated for the modern age.
James T. Kirk is living in Iowa, a genius kid with an unhelpful and unwieldy propulsion quirk. His dad, he’s been told, had a flight quirk, but he’s never known either of his parents. When a Starfleet recruiter comes to town, Kirk realizes that he’s belonged to the stars all along...
COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU!
Excerpt from The Newbie Officer's Guide, an unofficial document archived on police servers, written circa 2150 and updated every year:
Chapter 7: Collaboration with heroes
Collaboration is the fancy term for it, and it's what your CO will call it - “This case will be investigated in collaboration with Ingenium's office”, or “We're collaborating with Endeavor's Hosu branch.” What they mean is that you'll be doing the grunt work, and the heroes will get the pay and the prestige.
But there are agencies that officers will fight to collaborate with, and agencies that experienced officers won't touch with a 10-foot pole. Here's your quick who's who of police collaborators.
Agencies that you want to work with:
IACUC - Even if you didn't want to work with them, you'd have to. Underground heroes collaborate with us all the time, to the point that we're all pretty much the same division. We have a mutual understanding with them, and most officers have at least a couple of underground heroes that they go out with for a drink occasionally. However, DO NOT DATE ANY OF THEM. There's a reason they chose to be underground heroes, and whatever it is, I can promise you that it's not conducive to a healthy relationship.
Nighteye Agency - The best of the independent agencies. Sir Nighteye was once a sidekick in Mighty Agency, which was a headache to work with mostly because of the media circus that you'd have deal with. But even then, he was a fair man who ran a tight ship. When you work with Nighteye Agency, you know that Sir and his team give your words and ideas as much weight as they give contributions from licensed heroes, sometimes more. He's exactingly fair. If you do a good job and go above and beyond, he'll report that and make sure you get the compensation you deserve. If you fuck up, he will also make sure that you're given what you deserve - he's not skimpy on the official reprimands. He also doesn't care about age, sex, or quirk. A true merit-based agency. (Note: Nighteye Agency is primarily composed of the Intelligence infrastructure of Mighty Agency that broke off to follow Sir Nighteye when the two split. This includes the investigative contracts that the police department had with Mighty Agency. Thus, we don't work with Mighty as much as we did.)
Gunhead Hero Office - One of our favorite criminal management offices. Gunhead is skilled and polite. He and his office respect the police force and do their job with a minimum of fuss. Anyone who’s worked or interned in his office is also likely morally upright and hardworking - he has a good sense for that sort of thing.
Fat Gum Hero Office - Fat Gum is a long term collaborator, and he’s always professional, yet cheerful. Like Sir Nighteye, he is very fair and egalitarian. His interns and sidekicks are always… interesting, since he just seems to attract colorful personalities. But they’re always fun, and this agency is one of the most entertaining to work with.
Agencies that you don’t want to work with:
Endeavor Agency: RUN FAR AWAY. Endeavor doesn’t like the police, and we don’t like him. His singular focus is villain apprehension, and he doesn’t care about collateral damage. He won’t take anything you say into account, even when your advice would save lives. He might listen to his fellow pro heroes, but that’s a long shot. Your best bet is to just clear the area quickly and keep an eye on the surrounding infrastructure in case you have to evacuate a burning building or two. And don’t expect that you’ll earn anything more than the base compensation - no police officers have ever been mentioned in any of Endeavor Agency’s official briefs. Several police officers have tried to “burn our bridges” with this agency, so to speak, but Endeavor dispenses so much bullshit that it seems that he’s immune. It’s hard to insult someone who doesn’t even know you exist.
Hawks Hero Office: Hawks is a nice guy, and he’ll at least listen to you, so that’s a plus. However, his hero office is a mess. The PR department is solid, but his financial and analytical departments are disorganized and they squabble over everything. Honestly, it’s even odds that he’s even aware of the problem. Also, there’s something particularly grating about coming off a 12 hour shift and hearing a Pro Hero talk about his dream of having no work. Don’t expect to be mentioned in any official briefs in this office, but that’s because the intra-office politics overshadow everything else.
Miruko Hero Office: Any hero that doesn’t believe in cooperation is going to be a pain to work with, but Miruko is worse than most. Ask the older officers if you want details on The Clusterfuck that went down with her office. The only upside to that incident is that now Miruko Hero Office avoids working with us whenever possible, which is fine with us.
Hatsume Mei was bored. Bored, bored, bored, bored. Power Loader refused to let any of the support students into the workshop yet, and Mei needed a project or she’d go INSANE! She’d tried to break into the workshop three separate times, and was just waiting for the numbness in her hands to go away before she made a fourth attempt. Power Loader was fond of trapping the locks with electricity, but that would be his downfall!! Somehow!! Mei had a couple of ideas! Maybe one. Maybe none. But she needed to get into that workshop!
She was preparing to make another raid on a janitor closet when she ran across - almost literally - a floating boy and his friend.
The girl that Mei ran into jumped and yelped, and with a short scream, the boy pulmetted to the floor. They were all a pile of limbs for a moment, but they eventually managed to sorry themselves out.
“Sorry!” Mei chirped. “I didn't mean to interrupt!”
“No, it's fine!” The green-haired boy shook his head frantically. “It was our fault!”
“What were you doing up there, anyway?” Mei asked. “Was that your quirk? Can you fly?”
“Nope.” Green shook his head. “That was Uraraka-chan's quirk!”
A quirk that could make people float! That was even better than a flying quirk! “What's your weight limit?” Mei wanted to know. “How much concentration does it take? Can you lift multiple items at once? Could you use your quirk and operate tech at the same time?”
“Umm,” Gravity Girl stuttered. She was pretty cute, Mei noticed. “We don't really have time right now, but I could tell you about my quirk later?”
Oh right, what these kids were up to! She'd forgotten about that! “Yeah, what were you guys doing?”
Green and Gravity Girl shared a long look. Mei waited patiently.
Finally, Green nodded firmly to Gravity Girl and held out his hand to Mei. Nestled in the center of his palm was a tiny camera. It wasn't very interesting. You could easily buy the same model at any old store. “I'm trying to set up my own surveillance system of UA,” Green told her. “It's for an assignment, although you have no reason to believe me.” He paused. “You can help, if you want. You… you don't have to, though,” he stammered, waving his hands urgently. “You could even report us, if you wanted to-”
“Midoriya-kun!” Gravity Girl hissed, but Mei wasn't really paying attention. A project! The chance to build some babies! She'd make Spy Kid as many tiny cameras as he needed, and they'd be so cool! Heat vision, motion sensors, night vision… and legs, for independent movement. But why stop there? Wings! A self-defense system! Lasers!
“Uh… Miss? Miss?” Spy Kid seemed to be trying to get her attention.
“Yes?” She replied, her head still swimming with camera plans.
“So you'll help us?”
She grabbed Spy Kid's hand in hers and shook it vigorously. “Get me into the workshop and I'll make you the best cameras you've ever seen!”
“Not quite the help we were expecting, but okay,” Gravity Girl muttered.
“And there are some people you should meet!” Mei continued. She wasn't good at names or people in general, but she was good at remembering potential collaborators! There was that one guy in her class that was into security… cyber security, but it was the same thing really. And another that was into face and voice recognition software… oh, this was so interesting!
Hatsume Mei certainly wasn't bored now.