People wanted part two, so here is a part two! While the first one was more Marichat based for Marichat May, this one is Ladrien for Ladrien June! So, it would only make sense to end this with some Ladynoir for Ladynoir July. Will I, won't I? I don't know, only if you want me to...
Btw, I didn't really do Adrienette April so that's thrown everywhere in these two chapters wherever I felt like it to make up for that. :)
He was panicking, for sure.
But was else was he supposed to do? The Akuma was annoying as it was, but then he just had to use his Cataclysm early, when Ladybug hadn't even arrived yet. And then when he finally got rid of Marinette so he could feed Plagg, he was out of Camembert! In these kind of situations, Plagg wasn't very picky and would literally eat anything, but he didn't have any food on him whatsoever.
Thank goodness Marinette was there. She even gave him Camembert of all the things she could have had on her!
She must have known from when she gave him Camembert when he was passed out at her house. She knew his secret since then and maybe even longer than that, yet she didn't say a thing, not even to him. He was glad she was a loyal friend, but he definitely had to talk to her about this. There had to be rules and he didn't want her to be near a fight in case she wanted to help him. Just this once he would let it go.
When he came back outside after his transformation, Ladybug was struggling, having wound her yoyo around an object, he couldn't make out what it was, but it had to be her Lucky Charm. The Lucky Charm was wrapped around the Akuma and holding him in place while she held it with all of her strength, yoyo string taut and drawn over her shoulder while she stretched one leg behind her, the other bend by the knee as if she was walking and carrying a heavy truck. This Akuma was big indeed, so he could only imagine how heavy it must be for her, even with their amplified strength in their suits.
When he was near her, she gritted out, "Belt. Akuma. Cataclysm," and he was off. He didn't want her to suffer any longer.
Things went by in a blur after that. The man returned to his original size after a yell of 'Miraculous Ladybug' and was sitting on the street, obviously dazed and confused. With a pat on the shoulder and some consoling words by the heroes, the man got picked up by his family and Chat Noir's ring gave its second beep. He cursed himself for having missed the first one, but he at least still had some time. Ladybug had already left the area and was nowhere to be seen. He gave the lingering people a wave before disappearing himself, heading for the school grounds and planning on changing back in the boys' restroom.
When he opened the door to the hallways, Adrien's eyes were searching. Students and teachers were slowly heading back to the classrooms, but he didn't want to wait until after class, he had to speak to her now.
That was when he saw her, gathered near their classroom with his other classmates. She was nervously looking around and when her eyes found his, she smiled softly, a tinge of pink on her cheeks. She waved at him then gestured for him to join them. He shook his head in return and beckoned her to follow him before turning around. He waited for her in an empty classroom. He wasn't sure if she followed him at all or if she had seen where he had gone. He opened the door to check if she was in the adjacent hallway, which was when she bumped into his chest. She rubbed her nose and looked at him, then started to giggle.
"I'm so sorry!" He apologized quickly, fumbling with his hands in the air, not sure what to do with them. She walked with him inside the classroom and he closed the door behind them.
"I'm fine," she assured him, scrunching her nose a few times. "You wanted to talk?"
"Yeah…" She obviously seemed less nervous than he was, which was normal in the situation they were in, but less normal with how she had always seemed to act around him. It maybe had to do with the fact she has known since the beginning of summer. She had time to let things sink in and maybe it made her more relaxed around him, knowing that she was talking to Chat Noir. It made less sense in his opinion though. Shouldn't knowing that you're talking to a superhero make you more on edge with them?
He hadn't realized he was silent all this time. He scraped his throat. "You, uhm, know who I am."
She nodded. "I do."
"And you are going to keep that secret?"
"I will, don't worry."
"And you're not going do to anything stupid like jumping into action and taking hits, just because you know it's me?"
She scoffed to his surprise. "That's coming from you?"
He tilted his head to the side, puzzled. "Pardon?"
She noticed her mistake and her eyes went wide. "I-I mean, that's what you always do with Ladybug, right? Jumping in front of her to take hits and stuff? Seems kind of hypocritical to tell me to not do that if you're not really such a role model yourself with that."
"Yeah, but I have a magic suit that can protect me. I just don't want you to get hurt, okay? Please?"
"Fine," she breathed out. She stared at the floor before meeting his gaze again, her eyes having an emotion in them he couldn't quite read. "But Ladybug has a protective suit herself then, right? Why would you do all that dangerous stuff if she could handle it just as much as you can?"
He smiled a sad smile. "Just because we don't feel that much pain doesn't mean certain hits don't have any effect on us. She is the important one, she can bring everything back to normal. It's my job to make sure she's able to do that."
Her gaze lowered again. "Right, right…"
"Besides," he perked up, "I care about her. I would do anything for her just to make sure she doesn't have to go through all the stuff I go through."
"But you're important too!" She argued, stepping closer. "And I'm sure Ladybug feels the same way. She probably feels terrible every time something like that happens. Haven't you thought of that?"
The anger she suddenly showed reminded him of someone, but he put it to the back of his mind. "She understands."
"Marinette," he interrupted, not necessarily in a mad way, but he did show it was end of discussion. "It's okay. This is not the reason I wanted to talk to you. I just wanted to make sure everything is sorted out and that we're cool. Are we cool?"
She nodded instantly. "Of course we are."
"Good." He rested a hand on her shoulder, making her look up at him. "I know we have class, so if you have any questions, I could talk to you… tonight?"
"You want to call me tonight?" She asked.
"I meant more like… face to face."
She frowned before realization dawned on her. "Oh! Yes, sure! Tonight. Good. You're going to be in my room tonight. With me. That's okay. Cool. Totally awesome."
"If you're uncomfortable with that we could-"
"No! It's okay. Let's head back to class. I'll see you tonight. In my room. Tonight."
Adrien chuckled and shook his head, amused.
"Plagg, what time is it?" Adrien called from the shower, rubbing the last remnants of shampoo from his hair.
"Almost twelve," he answered, not moving from his spot on Adrien's pillow on his bed, all curled up and resting before his Chosen had to leave for his date that was certainly not a date, according to Adrien.
A few minutes later, steam erupted from the bathroom when the door was opened, showing Adrien with a towel around his waist. He wordlessly headed for his phone that was on his desk. He checked the message he sent Marinette almost one and a half hour ago, but it was still left read but unanswered. Maybe she was busy, but if she was busy he couldn't visit her. He specifically asked her in the text if she was still cool with him coming over, because he wouldn't leave the house without her consent. He didn't want to creep her out or make her scared of him by suddenly appearing in her room. He had to know if she was there.
"She hasn't responded yet," Adrien thought out loud, Plagg groaning because this was the third time he'd said that since he sent the text.
"She already said she was okay with it at school. Just go already."
"But what if she isn't home?"
"She would have told you so. She probably hasn't responded because she doesn't want to repeat herself. So stop whining, get dressed and transform before I change my mind. It's getting late, you shouldn't be out past midnight."
Adrien grinned. "Ahw, you care about me a lot, don't you?"
"Shut up," he grumbled, getting up and stretching like and actual cat before flying in front of his face. "Now, let's go. I'm too tired as it is."
"But I'm not even dressed," Adrien chuckled.
Plagg yawned, stretching once more. "Then get dressed. I'm not the one promising to go on dates with girls."
Adrien rolled his eyes, moving towards his closet. "It's not a date, Plagg."
He shrugged. "Sure it's not. You only planned this out, are really eager to go and-"
Adrien looked up from where he was staring at the contents of his closet when Plagg didn't finish his sentence. He spotted a glimpse of him hiding in the bathroom and he cocked an eyebrow. Why did he stop talking and suddenly fly away?
A forced cough made his head turn to the row of windows, Ladybug perched on the edge of one open one with her legs crossed.
"You shouldn't leave your window open. I know this place is heavily guarded, but you never know. And you're pretty vulnerable…" She took him in from head to toe, her cheeks turning a dark pink. She shook her head and rubbed her hands on her thighs in a nervous gesture.
"Why are you here?" As far she knew, they didn't know each other (except from a few Akumas). There was no reason for her to be here right now.
"I think you know." She stepped in the room looking around, more as a distraction and to make sure she was not looking at him.
When she looked at him and her gaze lingered with a sad smile, something clicked.
She was taken aback for a second but then nodded. "This wasn't really my plan, but since you already know-"
He let out a deep sigh. "Marinette told you, didn't she?"
It took her some time to respond. "What?"
"I don't know how, but she told you! And she promised to not tell anyone! Dang it!" He flopped down on his bed with his hands covering his face and he groaned.
"I guess she thought we knew of each other, can't really blame her for that, but still! She broke our promise, and it has barely been a day!" He remained on his bed, arms spread behind him and him staring at the ceiling. He didn't notice the knot of the towel was starting to slip.
Whatever she had to say to him now, he was not in the mood. He had to have a word with Marinette first.
He felt the bed dip next to him and then hands covered with a material he could never quite place were fumbling near his hip. She was blindly retying his towel, her face red and turned away from him. "Need to have some decency," she muttered.
"Thank you," he whispered, getting up in a sitting position when she was done. "Look, I know you want to talk things through, and I really understand that, but not now, if you don't mind? I just… I'm pretty much ticked off right now and I don't want to let it out on you."
"And you do want to let it out on Marinette?" She questioned softly.
He sighed. "Of course not, but she was the one that I trusted. And then she told you anyway. I don't want to be angry with her, but she broke her promise and I just want to let her know that I'm not happy with it, even if she meant well."
"I never said she broke her promise," she spoke softly.
He turned to her. "Excuse me?"
"I never said Marinette told me. You assumed but never let me explain. Not very nice, Kitty," she joked, lightly shoving his shoulder.
"But I thought-"
"Like I said, you assumed." She folded her hands, then got up and started to pace. "So, uhm, you asked why I'm here? Well, I know how you feel about me. And I liked you too, but not like that, because I liked someone else. I told you and you were okay with that, but you didn't really… stop with your advances. And I should have minded that, but I didn't. I really liked it, but I shouldn't because I liked someone else."
"Then you came into my room, you said all these things and then- then I knew! I knew and I didn't know what to do with it. Two people became one and it gave me mixed feelings. I didn't tell anyone because of course I wouldn't, I understand what you're going through. No one must know and that's what we agreed on since the beginning, but I did know and I felt like you deserved to know as well. I always imagined us showing ourselves after we defeated Hawk Moth, but it's taking us longer than I thought. The days are passing and I realized it might take a while. And even though I'm the one most hung up on the thought of not knowing who we are, I can't deny that I was a little curious."
"I don't even know what I'm doing here. You were supposed to come to me, I re-read your text a million times. I couldn't bring myself to answer because it would make things real and… even though it's been a while for me, I still don't know what to do with this unless we talk it out, but we can't unless you know about me. I-I got a little excited and couldn't wait for you so I went myself and now I'm here ready to show you who I really am and to confess everything, because I have nothing left to lose-"
She stopped her word vomit at his exclamation. She stared at him, wide-eyed.
He smiled softly. "What about you de-transform and we have a little chat?"
"What, really?" Marinette giggled, rolling onto her side so she could hide her face in his neck.
"Yup. It took me a lot of effort to close that door, I wanted to rip it open right then and there. But I promised you, so I left. I had been kicking myself for weeks, but eventually I let myself think it was for the best. Being loyal to you was more important to me."
She smiled and crawled closer to him, nuzzling his shoulder. "Have you always been this sweet?"
He smiled in return and continued his ministrations of slowly dragging his hand up and down her arm, which he had been doing for the past time since they laid down on his bed. They were talking for a while now. Adrien glanced at the clock on his bedside table, it showed 1:54 a.m. It was really time for them to get to bed, they had school tomorrow.
As if on cue, Marinette yawned and stretched before draping herself over him again, content to stay where she was.
"Marinette, I think you should go home. It's really late."
"No," she whined, holding him tighter. "I'm not sleepy. You're sleepy." Her words were slurred and followed by another yawn she tried to repress.
He laughed. "You obviously are. Come one, my Lady, we can continue tomorrow. Or actually today now, but you know what I mean."
She gasped and leaned up on her elbows, staring down on him.
"…What? Was it something I said?"
Her eyes glazed over and he wasn't sure if she was about to cry or not. "Am I still your Lady?"
He frowned at her words before smiling and cupping her cheek. "Of course, Marinette. You'll always be my Lady." He pulled her on top of him, encircled her with his arms and pressed his nose in her hair. "As much as I'd like you to stay, it's really time to go. If Nathalie finds you here tomorrow I'll be a dead cat."
Marinette giggled, then reluctantly agreed. She crawled off of him and called for Tikki who had been sleeping with Plagg. The Kwami was barely awake, so Marinette whispered her words to call upon her transformation. It was different from his; both were flashy and glittery, though hers had a certain softness to it that he lacked, but he liked it. It was very her.
Transforming cleared up her mind a bit and Marinette was able to walk to the window while only wobbling once. Adrien's brows furrowed though upon seeing that, even though he wasn't walking in a straight line himself.
"Are you sure you are able to get home like that? You seem very tired."
Marinette eyed him. "First you want me to leave, then you're worried about me leaving, make up your mind, Kitty."
He chuckled, going in for a hug and she happily complied, throwing her arms around his torso. "I never said I wanted you to leave, I just think it's the responsible thing to do. We should do this again sometimes, just, you know, not past midnight."
She leaned away from him so she could look him in the eyes. "You want do this again?"
"Sure I do! I mean, if you want to."
"Y-Yeah, I would like that."
"Cool. Any maybe we could, I don't know… call it a date too?" He gave her hopeful eyes and a tiny smile.
She considered his words before breaking out in a big smile. "I think I would like that too."
He pulled her closer again for one final parting hug. He took in her scent, her softness, her breathing and hopefully it would get him through the night until he could see her again.
"See you in a few hours," she joked, pulling away, but not completely since he was still holding onto her.
"Yeah, see you in a few hours."
They stood there in silence, Ladybug patiently waiting for him to let go.
"I need to go."
"Like, right now."
"Just a minute."
She smiled and leaned against his chest for another hug. "You're incorrigible."
"You love me," he laughed in return.
She stared up at him with her chin on his chest, a soft smile evident on her face. "I do."
He looked down in surprise, not expecting the answer and definitely not how she held that cute smile while her gaze flickered from the lower part of his face to his eyes. He unconsciously leaned down and before he knew it, his eyes had closed and he could only feel pure softness.