Luka tries to uncover Hawkmoth’s identity…
Chapter Nine: The Collector (2/2)
“So I heard you got kidnapped by an akuma?” Kagami asked as Adrien sighed and looked at his phone. He was on video chat with her but she was the only one he was allowed to contact. Since Lila had stolen his father’s book then proceed to lost it, he had been grounded and wasn’t allowed back to school at all. He sighed sadly as he already missed his friends but he was allowed to talk to Kagami, giving that she was hand picked out by his father but she had surprised him. He never thought he would have liked her but they just clicked and he agreed to go out with her. This had pleased his father but Adrien was surprisingly happy with the arrangement too. Especially when they both got miraculous. Their kwamis had told them not to tell anyone but they told each other out of trust and excitement.
“It was Lila and she thought that she had a chance with me. She was angry that Anatis had called her out on her lies and ‘ruined’ her chances with me,” He sighed. “I hope you don’t mind but I told her we were dating to put her off… not that I think it worked,”
“She’s still obsessed with you?”
“Yeah… the thing is I don’t even like her… not in that way and I certainly don’t like her now. She lies through her teeth and she stole my father’s book and now because of her, I’m trapped here again,”
“This Lila does seem to be a problem,” Kagami muttered. “But you shouldn’t lie either,”
“I know and I’m sorry but she just doesn’t know the meaning of no… I’m sorry…. but she is a problem. I didn’t know but she was the one behind Marinette been akumatized! Urg And I gave her such awful advice, Kagami,” He sighed. “Anatis was right. Lies really do destroy lives… hey do you think we did the right thing?”
“Giving up our miraculous?” She asked. He nodded and her eyes soften a little. “I… don’t know anymore. I think maybe we judged him a little too much. He seems to be doing a good job and is trying his best and… we…”
“Got jealous of him….”
“I’m afraid so… and I do miss Longg so much,”
“I miss Sass,” He admitted but the sound of a scream made him jump. He frowned as he realized it was Nathalie then another sound like something been hit against the wall.
“Adrien, what’s going on?!” Kagami gasped as Adrien grabbed the phone and rushed over to the window as someone knocked on the door. He looked over, frowning.
“Adrien… I have a new collection I want to show you,” His father stated before kicking down the door. Adrien lowered himself down and jumped to the ground before he ran out as fast as he could out the gate.
“Adrien?!” Kagami gasped.
“My father has been akumatized and I need to get somewhere safe!” He gasped, hanging up. He took a left and kept running as fast as he could.
Luka took a deep breathe as he followed Tikki up to Master Fu’s apartment. He felt nervous though he couldn’t pinpoint why. Maybe it was because he hadn’t actually talked with Fu since Aspik and Ryuko gave up their miraculous. He took a deep breath and knocked on the door.
“Come in,” Master Fu’s voice echoed. Luka opened the door and entered. “Ah, Luka. It’s been a while. Care for some tea?”
“Yes please, Master Fu,” He replied, closing the door. Wazz popped out and flew over to Luka, holding out his hand. Luka and him did their secret handshake before he took off his guitar bag and opened it before he walked over and knelt down, placing the book next to him. Master Fu brought over the tea and knelt down too. He poured a cup out for Luka and then one of himself before giving two small cups to Wazz and Tikki. Luka took a sip and instantly felt calmer. “I saw your latest battle with Volpina. Excellent job with the chocolate Popsicle. It gave me quite the chuckle,”
“I nearly failed. If Lady Noir hadn’t been there, I would have lost for sure,” Luka admitted.
“Which is why you have her,” He replied. “You and Lady Noir are two parts of a whole. Your fates are intertwined together. Always have been, always will be but that is not why you are here, is it?”
“No, Master,” He replied, putting his cup down and picking up the book. “Tikki helped me find this. She said it’s important,”
Master Fu took it and opened it.
“The miraculous spellbook…. you found it?”
“It was lost?”
“Yes,” He replied, placing it down in front of him and getting up. “I think it’s time I told you about the order of guardians,”
“Master Fu is the last known member of the guardians, Luka,” Tikki informed as Master Fu pressed some buttons on his gramophone, which opened up to reveal a secret compartment. He took out a hexagon shaped box that had the same symbol on it as the book had on it’s cover. He walked back over and sat down as Luka watched with interest.
“We guardians are responsible for protecting and distributing the miraculous for the good of humanity,” He replied, flipping open the lid, which allowed 12 other compartments to pop out. Luka looked at them with amazement in his eyes. “We are chosen in childhood and trained for many years, specially for this mission. When we were much, much, much younger, we… I made a mistake… the guardian’s temple was destroyed all because of me. Two of the miraculous was lost that day…”
He pointed to the purple compartment.
“The butterfly,” He muttered before pointing to the blue compartment. “And the peacock… also gone forever was the ancient spellbook,”
Luka looked at him and frowned as Master Fu opened the pages.
“But all they are drawings of superheroes and odd symbols,” He mumbled before looking at Master Fu. “Can you read that?”
“I never got the chance to see it when I was younger but I was taught enough to partially decipher the code,” Master Fu nodded. “So yes, a lot of it makes sense to me,”
“…. can you teach me how to read it?…” Luka asked but shook his head when Master Fu looked at him with surprise. “N-nevermind… it’s guardian stuff anyway… and I’m not a guardian so just ignore I asked…”
“As you wish,” Master Fu nodded as causing Luka to nod as well. “But if you ever chance your mind, I’d be happy to teach you,”
“Really?!” Luka gasped, excited but rubbed the back of his neck. “Sorry…”
“Don’t apologize for been excited but I will warn you now. It is very boring,” Master Fu laughed as Wazz and Tikki chased each other around. “So let’s not worry about that right now ok?”
“Right,” Luka smiled as Master Fu flipped through pages.
“I have always believed that whoever had this spellbook must also have the butterfly and the peacock miraculous,” He mumbled, making Luka frown.
“So the owner… could be Hawkmoth?”
“Possibly,” Master Fu nodded. “How did you discover this book?”
“Well, technically it wasn’t me who discovered it. It was actually Lady Noir’s kwami… um… Plagg is it?” Luka mumbled as he thought. “Anyway, he discovered that it belonged to Adrien Agreste but Lila Rossi… Volpina… stole it from him and got the idea of been the descendant of a miraculous holder from that book… she dumped it in the trash so me and Tikki rescued it and then I confronted her and Adrien about her lies and how damaging they are. Adrien tried to argue until I pointed out that she had stole his book. He looked for it and got panicked because the book actually belongs to his dad,”
“This book belongs to Gabriel Agreste?” Master Fu asked. “What do you know about Mr Agreste?”
“Hardly anything but Adrien seemed scared of him,” He replied, sipping his tea. “He was sure his father would ground him for life if he didn’t get that book back,”
“This is very interesting…” Master Fu mumbled. “But we need solid proof…”
“So the book isn’t enough?”
“Not on it’s own. After all, the Agreste are a rich family and the rich like to collect the rare. For all we know, Mr Agreste may have simply found this and doesn’t realize it’s true power,” Master Fu pointed out before sighed. “Luka, I need you to investigate this farther… find out what you can about Mr Agreste and see if there is any reason for him to be Hawkmoth… to be a villain, one must have a motive,”
“Unless you’re the Joker,”
“Even the Joker has a motive, Luka,” Master Fu smiled. “Now go but please be careful and don’t investigate as Anatis… if he is Hawkmoth and word reaches him that a superhero is asking questions…”
“I get it, Master,” Luka nodded. “And I’ll be extra careful,”
He got up and left the apartment before grabbing his bike.
“So where do we start our investigation?”
“There’s only one person I know who can give me info on Mr Agreste other then Adrien or Agreste himself,”
“Marinette. She’s got her foot in the fashion world,”
“Good plan but let’s not put her in danger,”
“We won’t,” He smiled. “As far as she’ll know, I’m looking to get a new dress for Juleka and want to know who’s the best designer to go to,”
“But how will that get us the info?”
“Marinette gets excited about her passions and when she does, she talks… hopefully, she’ll tell us everything she knows about Mr Agreste,”
“That is brilliant,”