Hiro has always known he had enemies; it was part of who he was. But when a certain enemy with particularly vile intentions threatens Tadashi, Hiro will have to become something he's not to protect his brother.
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Ten Thousand Feet contains examples of:
- Big Brother Instinct: Tadashi natch. Age-inverted with Hiro; Jerry uses this to get Hiro to do what he wants.
- Break the Cutie: The whole story is one for Hiro and it seems to have been completed as of Chapter 7.
- Dead Fic: The author and fic have completely disappeared off the Internet.
- Everyone Knows Morse: Zig-zagged. Hiro and Tadashi are both fluent enough to have a conversation in Morse but Jerry doesn't seem to know it.
- Gone Horribly Right: Perdu, the invention Jerry wants Hiro to build him. It was supposed to disrupt a human's brainwaves just long enough to knock them out but ended up doing it long enough to be lethal; Hiro was horrified.
- Gratuitous Japanese: A rare justified example with the author even going back and doing edits when a reviewer corrected the phrasing. Tadashi needed to pass along the information that there was a tracker in Hiro's shoes, which he didn't want Jerry to know and both of the brothers speak Japanese while Jerry doesn't.
- Hope Spot: Tadashi has a tracker in Hiro's shoes that normally would help the team find them. Unfortunately the truck they're prisoners in blacks out the signal.
- While at the mall, Hiro manages to sign help to an elderly woman who suspected that Jerry was abusing the boy. Unfortunately Jerry caught the sign and creates a disturbance to slip out unnoticed.
- Mama Bear: April, Jerry's female accomplice, is an In-Universe aversion, appearing to be perfectly okay with Jerry's mistreatment of Hiro. Out-of-Universe, while the reviewers' genders are hard to pinpoint, at least one is confirmed to be female and all of them want horrible things to happen to both April and Jerry.
- "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Jerry claims this but Tadashi isn't buying it and neither are the readers. It doesn't help Jerry's case that Hiro, his victim, is only 15 and therefore still inexperienced in the sexual arena so his body reacts positively while his mind and spirit are deeply damaged.
- Rape as Drama: Averted. Not only is Hiro's reaction to the rape realistic (if a little over-dramatic), it's treated as deeply damaging. The author even admitted to crying when they wrote the chapter where it's revealed.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Tadashi was angry with Jerry for the way he's been treating Hiro from chapter 1 but when he finds out Jerry raped his little brother, he's pissed.
- Rock Bottom: Chapter 8. Hiro's completely broken by the events of the story and The Reveal that he's agreed to let Jerry have his way with him and the brothers' last hope of being found, the tracker in Hiro's shoes, has been thrown out the window. And it's entirely possible the author isn't done yet.
- Would Hurt a Child: Jerry. He shot Hiro, carved his initials into the teen's chest, broke Hiro to the extent that Hiro claimed to belong to the guy in Chapter 7 and in Chapter 8, it's revealed that he raped Hiro off-screen and that their agreement was about Hiro submitting sexually to Jerry in addition to building Perdu.