do you think adrien will tell nino his identity?
See, that’s an understandable prediction people have been making given how much miraculous is really into parallels. However, the creators like to use parallels to highlight the differences between marinette and adrien. This is consistent with the whole yin/yang theme with ladybug and chat noir.
So, if we apply this logic to Adrien’s case, which is meant to be an opposite parallel to Marinette’s, then I actually think he won’t reveal his identity to anyone. He doesn’t really have a reason to do so. He has much more anonymity and freedom when he’s Chat Noir, why would he jeopardize that by revealing his identity to someone? Yes, he does really want to reveal his identity to Ladybug, but that’s because he wants to get closer to ladybug, not because he’s cracking under the pressure from being Chat Noir.
Additionally, I think Marinette telling Alya and Adrien not telling anyone may set up a potential ladynoir conflict in the near future, thus prompting a possible lovesquare reversal.
Like, think back to all of the times Chat Noir has begged Ladybug to let them reveal their identities to each other, and how Ladybug adamantly told him that absolutely under no circumstances will they ever do so. What’s Chat going to do if he finds out that Ladybug told someone her identity after she’s refused to tell him all this time? Who is going to turn to?
Perhaps his very good friend™ Marinette? 👀
if marinette was rena rouge *mine*
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It’s Adrien’s first day of school at Francois DuPont and he’s pumped to prove himself, which is easier said than done. As a quirkless individual, how will he stand next to his peers, especially with Chloe around to glare daggers at him, along with the rumor that the least excelling student in the class’s upcoming Physical Apprehension Test will be expelled?
TLDR: Adrien gets mobbed by fan girls, is adopted by Nino, and gets pumped.
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look people, I did this on Chrome Canvas you’ll have to work with you’ve got
Anyway, here is my next gen fic based off of this post but ~digital~
Still dedicated to @thesquipproject and @unreliable-trash because why not
And yes, Mari’s outfit is inspired by @jjuuppiter ‘s outfit for her
There’s actually words that go with this so...
Emma had never been to a funeral before although she was always rather interested in them, but when she imagined going to one, this wasn’t what she had in mind.
The pianist that had come seemed to pour their heart out into each and every song like they had personally known her mom.
She had a lovely name, people would say, and she had beautiful eyes. They looked like bluebells, Emma remembered, that’s what her dad said.
Her hand tightened on her older brother’s wrist as she stared at the casket. It was closed, and not because Adrien didn’t feel like opening it; there was no body. She had been missing for a while. About a year. Emma couldn’t recall the last time her mother tucked her in for bed, or sang her a lullaby, or made her cupcakes.
In fact, she could barely remember her face, and that made her feel even worse.
Emma was five, her brother Hugo was 8, and her younger brother Louis was about to turn a year old. Adrien held him in his arms as he slept. He wouldn’t be able to remember the day, Emma wouldn’t either, only Hugo would.
The pianist played their last song, a final speech was said, and the casket was taken away. The family seemed to move on auto-pilot, following the bustle of the crowd, and then there they were, in the parking lot.
A woman with auburn hair hugged them, a man with thick glasses smiled weakly at Adrien.
The drive home was quiet, no one spoke really, a few jokes (though the laughs were half-hearted) and the occasional bathroom break, but conversation was light.
By the time they had arrived, Louis was asleep, and Hugo was just barely holding on so that he wake Emma up. Adrien looked back at the three, their tired eyes, their formal wear, and messy hair. Sighing, he got out from his seat and unbuckled Louis. Hugo yawned and pushed on Emma’s shoulder making her stir.
The following days, the kids looked less sad. They laughed and joked, occasionally attempted to murder each other, complained about Louis’ obsessive crying etc.
Adrien put up a front, he smiled and played and hung out with his friends, but anyone old enough to grasp the situation knew that he wasn’t fine. He needed his time to grieve and Alya and Nino were more than okay to babysit the kids since Kasey, their kid, behaved a little better with Emma.
But they grew up, they remembered, but they moved on. Louis didn’t know his mom, but Hugo and Adrien were happy to tell him stories of her, and Emma?
Well she had a different connection with her, even if she didn’t know.
“Hey,” Ace greeted, turning around as he heard the familiar sound or Ladybug’s yo-yo.
He smiled, his black hair whipping around in the late night wind, “What are you doing here?”
“Patrol ended a while ago,” she said, walking over to the edge of the Eiffel Tower, “And… I’m really bored. Nothing exciting happened today,”
“Wouldn’t that be a break?”
“Yeah… but I’d rather be a super-heroine than do my physics homework,”
Ace laughed and reached his hand out toward her, “Care to go on a run?”
She smiled, taking it in her hand, “I’d love to,”
The two superheroes of Paris, the new Ladybug and Cat Noir, were seen running around the rooftops laughing at lame jokes and showing off their powers.
It was a nice time.
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POV: Adrien tries sending you a picture of Plagg but forgot kwamis can’t be seen in photos
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Miraculers while waiting for Marinette to confess her feelings for Adrien:
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Dark Horse by Katy Perry, but it's Marinette as Princess Justice
and then the Juicy J part is Chat Blanc
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am i surprised that the thing that drew me back to tumblr is miraculous ladybug? absolutely not i literally cannot stop thinking about the last episode IT’S SO GOOD THIS SEASON IS ALREADY SO AMAZING
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does anybody have that link or picture or literally anything that relates to the theory of Adrien being a sentimonster?
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(So picture this)
Ladybug is upfront to Chat noir that she told someone her identity.
She explains that she just felt so much pressure and it was killing her internally. But she couldn't just hide the fact she told someone from him. It would be cruel and unfair to him. So she wanted to be upfront.
Chat noir is sad that he couldn't be the one she trusted, BUT he tells her that he understands. And he appreciates her honesty.
Ladybug tells him that if he feels the pressure of his superhero life, he can tell one person he trusts with his identity. It isn't right that she is the only one that gets to bend the rules.
"It just can't be me." Ladybug tells him. "It would be too dangerous if I knew. Also you can't tell me who it is. Just let me know if you do."
Chat noir WANTED her to be the one to know, but he says he understands. He will think about it.
So Adrien is talking with Plagg about who he should tell.
"Why not tell Kagami? It could help patch up that relationship?" Plagg points out.
"With how things ended... maybe that wouldn't be a good idea." Adrien answered. He still felt guilty and she was recently akumatized.
Plagg suggests Nino.
"He is your best friend, and he does seem trust worthy."
"That is true, he is loyal and he would totally have my back."
Adrien felt confident telling him, but then doubt.
"But... His girlfriend is the Ladyblogger. Even if he didn't tell her, she could probably figure it out from him. Ladybug would likely have her as one of the LAST people that should know, with her blog and all."
(Cue alya sneeze)
Adrien likely thinking even harder on this.
"Ladybug must have chosen someone she trusts immensely, someone she knows would not be a risk to her identity."
"I need someone I can trust, who hasn't been akumatized, and I know is capable should something go wrong."
Adrien get it.
"Of course! I know the perfect person!"
The next day Adrien asked Marinette if he ask her about something after school.
Marinette was a bit flustered, asking if he could talk with someone else. (she is still struggling to get over him. Also thinking its more dating advice for Kagami) But Adrien explains it has to be her.
Marinette agrees because, they are friends and she should help him. Marinette steadies herself.
Adrien in a private room tells her that she is someone that he trusts deeply.
"If I told you a secret, would you tell anyone?"
"Anyone? How big is this secret?"
Adrien looks around.
"Its a secret I haven't told anyone, my father doesn't know, not even Nino knows."
Marinette felt her pulse quicken, what was this MASSIVE secret.
"And you're trusting me with this?"
"If you promise not to tell anyone. And I mean anyone. No other person can ever hear this secret."
Marinette was thinking of saying no, she has enough secrets in her life. But she looked into his eyes and he just sees this bottomless well of admiration and trust. Adrien really wants to tell her. She couldn't have the heart to say no.
"Okay. I promise not to tell another person. What is your secret?"
Adrien took a deep breathe.
It took him a second to build up the nerve.
"I am Chat noir."
"Like in the movie right? Thats not a secret."
"No, I mean yes I am Voice Chat noir in that. But I mean I am actually chat noir."
"Like in the music video." Marinette's mind was trying to navigate away from this. Trying to give herself a mental escape.
"Like the actual super hero that fights akuma."
Marinette took a step back. She was in hard denial.
"Adrien, this is a little hard to believe."
"I guess the glamour effect of the miraculous really is potent. Plagg Claws out."
Marinette saw Adrien transform into Chat noir.
There were no mental gymnastics in the world that could help her navigate around that.
"Do you believe me meow?"
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Marinette: ...I'm Ladybug.
Alya: I know.
Marinette: What do you mean you know?!
Alya: Girl. I literally saw you detransform earlier today. Remember? You were on your bed and I was coming up to the loft?
Marinette: You saw that?
Alya: How could I miss it? You were glowing pink!
Marinette: Then why were you akumatized?!?!
Alya: I dunno.
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Childhood Friends AU: Marikim part 4
In which two dumbasses fall in love
AN: You don't have to read the previous parts to understand this one, but it might add a little context. parts 1-3 are only headcanons about their friendship though, there's nothing romantic included unlike in this part.
Read them here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
-Kim catches feelings first
-he doesn’t realize it at first, but ever since Lila accused him of having feelings for Mari he started wondering what dating her would be like
-they would be doing something mundane like homework, or walking to school together, and he would start to wonder how different it would be if they were dating.
-he assumes they would hold hands, maybe give each other quick kisses when no was looking
-and he starts to think that he wouldn’t mind holding hands with Marinette or kissing her
-just as friends tho, because he totally does not have a crush on her
-but then, Ondine confesses to him
-and his first thought is ‘but I like Marinette’
-he says that out loud though
-“oh shit, I’m sorry Ondine. I didn’t mean to say that. I don’t know why I said that, because I totally don’t have a crush on Marinette…”
-Kim is in denial
-Ondine is a little sad, but she’s also a total bro
-meaning if she can’t be with her crush then she’ll make sure her crush is at least happy
-Kim doesn’t make it easy though, because he’s also a bro
-once he accepts that he genuinely likes Marinette, he doesn’t even consider the possibility of them dating
-because Marinette likes Adrien
-Kim’s heart aches a little when he remembers that
-so there’s only one thing for him to do
-get Marinette and Adrien together
-Ondine agrees to help, but secretly has an ulterior motive
-which is: get Marinette to fall for Kim while Kim is trying to get her and Adrien to date
-it’s a mess
-but together they make a rough plan
-the first step is to get Marinette to actually hold a normal conversation with Adrian
-they’ll have her practice on Kim to start
-kim wanted to team up with Alya initially, but Ondine convinces him that it’s best if they work separately
-bc Ondine doesn’t want Marinette and Adrien to actually get together. Alya would take the planning seriously, while Ondine is not
-they rush over to Marinette’s house after swim practice
-Kim has a key to Marinette’s house so he doesn’t even knock
-he just pops into the bakery to hug Sabine, wave at Tom, and grab some snacks
-Ondine marvels at how close they have to be for Kim to be this comfortable with Marinette’s family
-they run up to Mari’s room
-again, Kim doesn’t knock, he just walks in and flops on her couch
-Ondine awkwardly walks in with a wave bc she doesn’t really know Marinette and doesn’t want to seem rude
-Marinette had been expecting Kim but is surprised to see Ondine
-her shipper brain starts wondering if she should help them get together?
- “We’re going to help you get together with Adrien!” Kim announces.
-Marinette collapses back in her chair with a groan
- “Ugh, not you too! Maybe I’m happy just watching him from afar.”
“No offence Mari, but that makes you sound like a creepy stalker,” Kim argues.
“I can’t even talk to Adrien properly! Much less get the courage to ask him out!”
“That’s what we’re going to help you with!” Ondine interjects. “With our help, you’ll be able to talk to Adrien without a problem!”
-Marinette’s curiosity is piqued
-Marinette reluctantly agrees with practice on Kim, not convinced that it’ll actually work
-they sit on the floor facing each other, with Ondine in the middle like a referee
-they tape a picture of Adrien to Kim’s face
-Kim does bad impressions of Adrien’s voice and Marinette can’t collect herself well enough to hold a conversation
-not because she’s nervous but bc she keeps laughing at Kim’s impressions
-Ondine is in serious coach mode tho
-she pretends to blow a whistle every time they mess up
“Come on team! I know you can get this right!”
-eye holes are cut in the picture of Adrien so that Kim can see
-but that just makes Marinette laugh harder
-a mouth hole is added so Kim can eat some snacks
-Kim tries to impersonate Adrien while eating
-does a dramatic hair flip and chokes on a cookie
-Marinette is sobbing from laughter and Ondine has given up on whistling
-eventually (after they run out of snacks) they calm down
-Ondine throws away the picture of Adrien
-Things are serious now
-Kim takes Marinette’s hands and gives her a gentle smile while leaning forward slightly
“Hey Marinette,” he says in a low voice
-and Marinette’s heart skips a beat. Just once.
-but there were no thoughts of Adrien in her head
-once she does think of Adrien doing this, then she turns beat red
“uh, h-hey A-A-Adrien! How’s you do? I-I mean, h-how do you? How are you!”
-Kim is starting to blush now because Marinette is just so cute
-He wants to bop her on the nose
-so he does
-Marinette blushes even harder, but it ruins the roleplay
“KIM! Adrien isn’t going to randomly bop me on the nose!
“He might! I’m trying to prepare you for all possible events!” Kim argues to save his ass
-Ondine lowkey feels like she’s third wheeling
-but on the upsides, the longer she watches Marinette and Kim interact, the more she ships them and the smaller her crush grows
-soon she’ll be a full-time Marikim shipper
-after that first instance, Marinette can’t imagine Kim as Adrien
-Kim insists that she just needs to “focus on the blonde part of his hair”
-but it doesn’t work
-their conversations turn into inside jokes about each other
-eventually hunger drives them downstairs for dinner
-Ondine is invited to stay and the conversation turns to swim practice
-eventually Ondine stops feeling like a third wheel
-the next step is to have Marinette interact with Adrien in a group setting
-so another study group is scheduled
-in the days leading up to the study group, Kim starts lowkey hyping Marinette up to Adrien
-when Marinette gets an A on a test Kim is holding it up to show Adrien how smart Marinette is
-when Marinette stumbles through a few lines in another language Kim shouts to Adrien, “Dude, did you hear that? Marinette is BILINGUAL”
-when Marinette makes it to class just before the bell rings, Kim nudges Adrien and goes, “Isn’t Marinette cute when she’s running late?”
-whenever someone compliments Kim on something he goes, “Psh, Marinette is twice as good as me. DID YOU KNOW THAT ADRIEN?”
-Adrien assumes this is Kim’s weird way on trying to become friends, by talking up one of their mutual friends
-so, he starts talking up Marinette to Kim
- “did you know Marinette is so talented that Jagged Stone asked her to design his album cover?!”
-this leads to full-blown conversations about Marinette in the hallway
-which actually leads to them becoming friends?
-through talking about Marinette, they realize they have a lot in common
-both like sports, video games, jagged stone, and Marinette
-Ondine overhears Kim hyping Marinette up to Adrien in the hallway and decides to copy him
-She starts coming over every day after practice under the guise of ‘helping Marinette learn to talk to Adrien’
-really it just devolves into the three of them joking around after an hour
-but during these ‘sessions’ she starts hyping Kim up
- “Kim nearly broke a world record at practice today! I swear he’s going to the Olympics!”
-Kim always returns the compliment tho
- “If I’m going to the Olympics then so are you! You’re just as good!”
-which further convinces Marinette that they like each other
-Finally, that Saturday is the study group
-its Max, Nino, Chloe, Adrien, Kim, and the newest addition of Ondine
-(if you want to know how the study group started read part 3)
-Marinette spends the morning nervously cooking snacks
-Kim and Ondine come over early to ‘help’
-Kim knows how to cook, but he spends most of the time stealing bits of batter
-Ondine doesn’t know how to cook, so Marinette shows her the ropes
-This helps Marinette calm down too
-Marinette is more nervous than the last time their study group met because this time she has the ulterior motive of trying to get closer to Adrien while last time she was focused on studying
-the study group gathers in the living room of Marinette’s house
-Kim and Adrien are next to each other and Marinette is strategically placed across from them
-this way if Marinette gets too nervous to look at Adrien, she can look at Kim instead and pretend she’s talking to him
-the first couple minutes of the study group are filled with laughter and snacks as everyone piles into the living room
-but eventually they quiet down to do some independent studying
-Adrien is great at science so Marinette figures she’ll ask him to explain one of the concepts listed on their science study guide
“Hey Adrien,” Marinette starts confidently, however, almost as soon as the words are out of her mouth she starts to get cold feet. She glances at Kim who gives her a subtle thumbs up and a wink. Marinette swears the blush that starts to cover her face is just from being nervous about talking to Adrien.
Adrien glances up from his book, “What’s up, Marinette?”
Marinette glances back and forth between Kim and Adrien before settling her gaze on Adrien.
“C-could you explain how the potato is used as an example of osmosis? I don’t understand it.”
-Adrien is happy to help, and launches into an explanation
-Marinette so is high of the rush of dopamine from successfully asking Adrien a question that she’s able to ask two follow up questions after Adrien is done speaking
-Nino pinches Max to keep him from intervening
-Kim is proud of Marinette, but he can’t help but also be a little sad because she’s never been that excited to simply talk to him
-however, what he doesn’t know is that after Marinette successfully talks to Adrien, she finds her thoughts not centered around Adrien, but around Kim
-She knows science isn’t Kim’s best subject and her thoughts keep drifting from questions to ask Adrien to how Kim is doing.
-she doesn’t realize it yet, but her feelings for Adrien have shrunken a little which is partly why she found it easier to talk to him
-the other reason is that she’s just become more confident in herself due to the ‘practice sessions’
-when the study group ends Kim and Ondine stay behind to help clean up
-Kim is hiding the fact that he’s bummed about Marinette and Adrien and Ondine realizes this so she tries to distract him
-she sticks two pretzel sticks in her mouth
“Guess what I am?”
“Uh, a walrus, duh.”
“No! I’m the giant spider from Harry Potter.”
Kim chokes on a laugh from surprise, “What the hell? How was I supposed to guess that?”
-Marinette watches them mess around and becomes certain that they like each other
-but now she feels…off about it.
-together the three clean up quickly
-the weekly Dupain cheng/Le family dinner is tonight, so Kim isn’t leaving after study group, but Ondine gets ready to leave
-Marinette invites her to stay for dinner though
-even though she feels weird about Ondine and Kim getting together she’s still gonna do what she can to help their relationship
-bc she’s also a bro
-also, Ondine has been around so much the past month that she’s practically a permanent fixture in Marinette’s life
-she also doesn’t knock anymore when entering Mari’s room and is on a first name basis with her parents
-Ondine is honestly glad to have become such good friends with Marinette
-After the success of the first study group, more are planned
-it becomes a biweekly event
-Ondine is worried at first that this might backfire and Marinette and Adrien will actually get together
-but she notices that while Marinette talks to Adrien more she also blushes less
-in their practice sessions Marinette has also stopped gushing over Adrien
-what convinced Ondine for sure that Marinette’s crush on Adrien was gone though was when a new exclusive photoshoot of Adrien came out and the first thing Marinette commented was the design of his outfit
-how did things get to this point?
-well, interacting as friends and focusing on becoming friends made Marinette see Adrien in a platonic light
-Marinette just doesn’t realize her crush is gone bc it was so ingrained in her that it became a facet of her identity
-she has black hair, blue eyes, and a crush on Adrien
-it’s when Marinette has zoned out while staring at Kim that Ondine decides they’re ready to move to the next step
-it’s time for Marinette and Kim to go on a fake date
-the official reason is so that Marinette gets practice before asking Adrien out
-the unofficial reason is that Ondine is 90% sure that Marinette is also crushing on Kim now, and she thinks that if they’re in a romantic setting then she’ll realize the reality of her feelings
-and so, after school, instead of going home like usual, Marinette and Kim go to the movies instead to see the newest romantic comedy
-Ondine secretly trails after them with binoculars, just to make sure everything goes well
-Kim pays and refuses to split the price, much to Marinette’s dismay
-as the trailers play, they get into a mini popcorn fight and waste half their popcorn
-a bunch of it ends up stuck in Marinette’s hair
-Kim, heart pounding, holds Marinette’s chin to keep her head still as he gently pulls popcorn out of her hair
-The darkness of the theater is the only thing hiding Marinette’s blush.
-Kim leans closer, focusing on getting all the little pieces of popcorn
-Marinette’s gaze is locked on Kim though. Their faces are only inches apart.
-Suddenly, Kim looks down and realizes the position they’re in
-He’s frozen, unsure of what to do.
-He wants to lean in and kiss her, but he thinks she still likes Adrien
-Adrien, however, is the last thing on Marinette’s mind. The only thing she can focus on at the moment is the warmth of Kim’s breath on her face.
-The moment is ruined however, by a group of people jostling past them to get to their seats
-The movie begins shortly after, but both teens are distracted by other thoughts
-They head for the park afterwards
-They’re hearts stopping each time their hands bump into each other.
-Ondine finally gets fed up and texts Kim to hold hands with Marinette
-Kim looks around in confusion, unsure where Ondine was watching them from
-But he does what she says
-Marinette looks up in surprise
-“We’re on a date, so we should hold hands, yeah?” Kim says with a blush.
“O-oh! Right, yes!”
-Both of them look away and blush
-Their conversation on the way to the park is a little awkward as neither of them are sure what to say until Kim blurts out, “By the way, I think Ondine is stalking us.”
-This launches them into a game of “spot Ondine without her noticing.”
-They fail miserably, completely unable to find her
-But they have an amazing time guessing where or who she might be
-Each time their guesses get more and more ridiculous
-Which has them laughing uproariously in the middle of the park
-This garners the attention of several people, in particular a blonde model who is in the middle of a photoshoot.
-Kim walks Marinette home, and, unable to stop himself, kisses her on the cheek before leaving
-Marinette can only stare at Kim’s back as he leaves
-Half an hour later, her mom opens the door to take out the trash, and scares Marinette out of her reverie
-Marinette is supposed to confess to Adrien the next day, but when she goes to bed the only person she can think of it Kim
-(she dreams about him too)
-The next day, Marinette asks Adrien to stay behind after class so she can ask him something
-Kim and Ondine wait anxiously outside the classroom
-Kim is torn between excitement for Marinette and heartbreak for himself
-in the classroom, Adrien gazes at Marinette expectantly
-He’s not sure what she needs from him, but he’s ready to help
-Marinette breathes in deeply, mentally preparing herself utter the three simple words.
-But they don’t come out.
-They can’t come out, and Marinette realizes with shock that it’s not because she’s nervous.
-In fact, she doesn’t feel anything at all except a sense of wrongness
-For some reason, the only person she can imagine confessing to is Kim
-her eyes widen as the realization sets in
-She doesn’t like Adrien anymore
-She likes Kim
AN: There we go! The long awaited Part 4 is finally up a year later. Don't worry, part 5 won't take as long. Though, it probably won't be up until after I finish finals and move home.
I didn't intend for Ondine to have such a big role, someone mentioned that I forgot about Ondine in the last part, and I slapped myself for forgetting her, so I made sure to start with her and then it just snowballed until she was part of the crew lol.
Also, I discontinued the taglist because it got too big and I got overwhelmed.
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WHat If they DonT enD Up TogEther ?
My heart will be broken into a thousand tiny pieces
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Betrayal (Or Not)
pairing: Marinette Dupain-Cheng x Damian Wayne
Set during Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
“I’ll make you suffer for this, boy,” Slade snarls. “Next time.” He motions to the helicopter and ascends to the sky. Damian glares.
"Did you get the girl?" Slade asks Ubu, putting on a headset. Ubu nodded.
"Yes, she is currently in one of the other copters, completely immobilized." Slade smirked.
Marinette was immobilized, gagged, and completely pissed.
“What do you want?” she spat as Slade walked into her cell, mask pulled over his head, and removed the gag. He raised an eyebrow.
“Now, is that any way to talk to your superior?” he asked, pulling a chair to sit in front of her. Marinette glared.
“Where? Because you sure as hell aren’t my superior.” Slade smacked her across her face. She scoffed. “Resorting to violence already?” she crooned, smirking at the assassin. “You haven’t even told me why I’m here.” Slade leaned closer, analyzing her.
“How rude of me.” Marinette rolled her eyes. “You’re here because I killed Ra’s and his grandson.” Her eyes widened and she immediately stilled. Did he really . . . ?
“What does that have to do with me?” She tried to act uncaring, but Slade knew better. Or, at least, he thought he did.
“I want you to help me rebuild the League of Assassins. In return, I’ll give you a family.” Marinette internally scoffed, but kept her outward appearance neutral. She made sure to widen her eyes at the prospect, letting hope shine.
“How do I know you’re telling the truth? How do I know that you’ll really do that for me?” she asked, for appearance’s sake. Internally, she was calculating every possible action. She was positive that Damian wasn’t dead. If he died, she would be dead too. However, she didn’t know where Talia would have taken him. Even if she did manage to escape, she had no idea where to start looking. In the long run, staying with Slade was the best option. Because Damian was still alive, Slade would want to either make sure he wouldn’t get in the way of his plans or to kill him. Staying with Slade would lead her right to him.
Slade smiled, believing he had her. After all, she was only a little girl, she couldn’t possibly do anything.
“I would never lie, little one.” Marinette internally gagged, completely grossed out. However, she let out a tiny, hopeful smile, acting just as he expected her to.
“Then . . .” She hesitated, glancing at her chains and then to Slade. She made tears well up into her eyes as she smiled. “I will help you rebuild the League of Assassins.” Slade stood, unlocking the chains and ropes that bound her. She smiled, knowing that she had him fooled, that he completely underestimated her.
She was going to get back to Damian, and no one was going to stop her.
TWO YEARS LATER
Marinette flipped a dagger, completely bored. She was packed, never having unpacked, Slade was off doing who-knows-what and Terra was in deep cover or something, so she had no one to entertain her. Not that she would go to Terra anyway. She hated traitors and Terra’s infatuation with Slade honestly creeped her out to no end.
So she was bored. And alone.
Marinette smirked, catching her dagger and putting it in the sheath. If she was alone, then no one could stop her from going into the areas Slade forbade her from. She never planned to listen, but someone was always around, so she never really had the opportunity to explore. Now she did.
Grabbing her bag with a change of clothes and her favorite weapons, Marinette creeped out of the room, keeping her senses on high alert as she roamed. She heard chanting, too muffled to make out what it says. Curious, she crept closer.
“HAIL BROTHER BLOOD!” Marinette silently walked through an opening, staying close to the wall as she walked farther into the room. Staying in the shadows, she observed the cult members. From what she could tell, there was no one on the stands in the half of the room she was in, all of them congregating to see the holographic screen of who she presumed to be their leader.
She crept closer, keeping her footsteps silent as she eyed the middle of the platform where there was a barely visible circle.
She rolled her eyes as the leader guy called himself a god. He knows nothing of true gods, she thought, silently laughing at the thought. You can’t replicate their power.
She tuned out whatever the man was saying, analyzing the occupants. She wasn’t a fan of the hardcore cult thing, but she had the feeling that she needed to stay in the room. Her gut feelings were rarely ever wrong.
She was starting to debate leaving despite the feeling when the circle in the middle opened, a platform with a large structure rising from the depths, rose petals falling in its wake. She crept closer, knowing that she had to, that there was something, someone, important there. Once she was about twenty feet away, she understood why.
“He’s here,” she whispered, unable to keep the words silent. Luckily, one of her other half’s teammates spoke, drowning out her words.
Marinette silently climbed up the contraption, making sure no one was able to stop her. Once she was at the top, she moved right behind Damian. She tried not to laugh as she heard, “No God is going to save you, Deathstroke.” She smiled.
“No,” she whispered, for his ears only. “We’re going to end them.” Damian hid his smirk, waiting for her command.
Hearing Deathstroke warn Brother Blood to do whatever he was going to do quickly, she moved.
“How rude of you to not invite me,” Marinette lamented, leaning on the side by where Damian was held. All eyes were on her, including the confused Titans.
“And who, exactly, are you?” Brother Blood asked, ignoring Slade glaring at the girl.
“I told you to not come near here!” he yelled, stepping forward. Marinette scoffed, rolling her eyes.
“As if I would ever listen to you,” she spat, standing upright. "Other than the fact that I despise you, I'm twelve. I don't do what I'm told." Brother Blood stared at her.
“Deathstroke, who is she?” he demanded. Deathstroke didn’t take his eyes off of her.
“Supposedly, I’m his apprentice, going by Scarlet Shadow,” she answered, shrugging. “In reality, I’m the person who’s played him like the cheap kazoo he is.” Beast Boy and Blue Beetle tried to hide their laughs. Damian just smirked.
“I would say more of a kazoo found in the garbage,” he said. Marinette giggled.
“You are absolutely right,” she agreed, tilting her head. “Is it really pathetic that he believed I was on his side.” Damian nodded.
“You insolent brats!” Brother Blood yelled, sick of the insults. “Who do you think you are?” Marinette and Damian both grinned.
“The real question is who do you think you are?” All humor faded from her face as she stared him down. “You called yourself a god, but you know nothing of gods or god-given power.” All of the cult followers protested, yelling insults at her. She rolled her eyes.
“And how would you know any better?” Brother Blood seethed, glaring at the girl. She smirked, dark and deadly.
“Because we are the reincarnations of gods,” she said, Damian immediately disintegrating the metal holding him down. Both of their eyes and auras flared, red for Marinette and green for Damian. Everyone’s eyes were wide, including the Titans. Deathstroke cursed.
“It’s been a long time, daesuqa, wouldn’t you agree?” Ladybug. Marinette grinned at her cat.
“I must agree, qat’aswad,” Marinette sighed, creating a dagger. Black cat. “Far too long.” Deathstroke cursed louder.
“It seems he figured it out,” Damian noted, studying Slade with an evil grin. He stepped back.
Just as they were about to insult Slade some more, Nightwing jumped down and started attacking the cult members, not giving them a chance to turn on the machine. The two ex-assassins jumped right in, Damian making sure to release the bonds holding his teammates as Marinette went after Slade first with Damian at her side. Keeping his eyes on the two, he immediately stepped back. They grinned.
“What, are you scared?” Damian taunted, swinging his magical staff in front of him. Slade took another step. “We are just children, after all.”
“He should be,” Marinette noted, twirling her daggers. “After all, you can kill him with a thought and I can make him wish he were dead.” Slade scoffed.
“Batman doesn’t kill,” he snarked, finally holding his ground. Both teens grinned evilly.
“We don’t have to kill you,” Damian purred, sending a shiver down Slade’s spine. “We can hurt you so badly that you will crave the sweet release of death, but we will not give it to you. We will hurt you in every way possible until you go completely insane, and then we’ll hurt you more. It will only end once you become a shell of a man, unable to do anything and no longer living in a way that matters.” Slade took another step back in fear as they stepped forwards.
“Don’t you see, Slade?” Marinette continued. “We don’t need to kill you. We can be much, much worse.” They both let their eyes glow as Nightwing stepped forward.
“Save some of the fun for me,” he said, momentarily ignoring everything that happened with Damian. He can unpack that later.
“Hey, Papa, here’s your pipe!” Damian said, immediately hitting him with his staff, Slade unable to dodge in time. Marinette snorted, immediately lunging for his legs.
The two worked in perfect harmony, instinctively knowing where the other was. They almost seamlessly added Nightwing into the mix, refraining from using their powers. They both knew that Terra was going to be the one to kill him.
"We're getting rusty," Marinette mentioned offhandedly, sounding as if she wasn't in the middle of a fight. Nightwing scoffed.
"That's you two being rusty?" he incredulously asked. Damian smirked.
"You should see us in peak condition."
The other Titans were focused on Brother Blood, his minions distracting them.
Marinette and Damian paused, sensing Terra awakening. Slade lunged, but was intercepted by Nightwing. They could faintly hear Terra screaming and felt the shift from her using her powers.
The two stepped back, pulling Nightwing back as well, as Terra yelled, "Slade! I'm gonna kill you!" She forced two large boulders to the ground, Slade moving just in time. Terra fell to the ground, glaring.
"I was being studied, like all the rest, wasn't I?" she asked, not giving him time to respond. "You planned this, right from the start!"
"I literally told you that," Marinette muttered, rolling her eyes. "You didn't listen to me."
"Calm down," Slade tried to placate, ignoring Marinette's scoff. "This is all a big misunderstanding, love." He took off his mask, showing his face. Marinette pretended to gag, Damian laughed in response.
"Terra, no!" Nightwing stepped forward, Robin on his right and Marinette on his left.
Ignoring him, Terra made a rock barrier, separating them from her and Slade. Marinette shrugged, watching as dust and rock particles flew above the barrier.
"Well, he deserves whatever she's doing to him," she stated, turning around. She rolled her eyes as she heard Brother Blood calling the Titans demon filth.
"They're not demons," she heard Raven state. "Let me show you one. Azarath, Metrione, Zynthose!" Marinette glanced at Damian.
"I think I like her," she mentioned, walking closer to see a giant raven. "Oh, I definitely like her." Damian smirked.
"I figured you would." Marinette giggled, nudging his side. He nudged her back, smiling. Nightwing stared.
"I'm so confused, but we can figure this out later. Right now, we need to leave." They nodded, meeting the rest of the Titans as they evacuated.
They watched the building crumble, Beast Boy screaming for Terra, and Marinette staring at the ground.
"You can't save someone who doesn't want to be saved," she whispered, resting a hand on Beast Boy's shoulder. He looked up, tears in his eyes.
"Who even are you?" he asked, shrugging her hand off. “And how do you know Robin?” Marinette and Damian exchanged a look.
"That's something we shouldn't discuss out in the open.”
"Alright," Nightwing stated, setting down the last cup of hot chocolate. "Let's start with introductions. I'm Dick Grayson."
"Garfield Logan." Beast Boy was quiet, somber. Marinette didn't blame him.
"Jaime Reyes," Blue Beetle stated, smiling at her. "Nice to meet you." She smiled back.
"Koriand'r, but you may call me Kori."
"You already know me," Damian stated, bumping his shoulder against her. She rolled her eyes playfully.
"I'm Marinette Dupain-Cheng. It's a pleasure to meet you all." She smiled, nodding to all of them.
"It's nice to meet you as well, Marinette," Kori said, eyes gleaming. "However, we do have some questions that we would like you to answer." Marinette nodded.
"Understandable. I'm willing to answer whatever you ask me." Dick leaned forward, resting his elbows on his knees.
"How do you two know each other?" he asked, looking from Marinette to Damian. Damian answered before she could.
"We grew up together," he stated, crossing his arms. Gar's eyes grew wide.
"Wait, so you're an assassin, too?" he asked, perking up. Marinette shrugged.
"Well, kind of. I've never actually killed anyone before, but I was raised as an assassin by assassins.” Dick raised an eyebrow.
“How’d you end up never killing anyone?” he asked. Damian and Marinette shrugged.
“We always had missions together, so I would be the one to end their life,” Damian explained. “Marinette was the best at interrogation, torture, and manipulation.” Jaime and Gar scooted away from her.
“That’s what I did with Slade. Information gathering.” Damian tilted his head.
“Why were you working for Deathstroke?” Raven asked, all eyes turning to Marinette. She sighed, leaning against Damian.
“When Slade staged a coup to kill Ra’s al Ghul, another assassin, Ubu, sent fifteen men to kidnap me.” Damian hissed, pupils slitting, as the others raised their eyebrows.
“It took fifteen men to kidnap you?” Jaime asked, completely incredulous. Marinette shrugged.
“It wouldn’t have been a problem, but Damian was on the other side of the compound and neither of us are sure of the limits of our capabilities, so we prefer to not use them when we are not together. But after Ubu and Slade kidnapped me, they held me in an interrogation cell for two days before Slade decided to grace me with his presence.” She rolled her eyes. “He told me that he killed Ra’s and Damian then explained how he wanted me to help him rebuild the League of Assassins.” Now Damian raised an eyebrow.
“Did he really think you would believe that?” he asked, scoffing at the very idea. Marinette laughed.
“He did. After that, it was easy to play him. He underestimated me, and believed my first priority was the League. With him believing that I was loyal to him, it was only a matter of time until he led me to Damian.” Everyone nodded.
“What did you mean by your capabilities?” Dick asked, staring mainly at Damian. They shared a look, hesitant.
“It is not something that should be taken lightly,” Damian started, staring at his older brother. “As it is also not something that is easily understood.”
“Marinette said that you were the reincarnations of gods. What did you mean by that?” Marinette shrugged.
“Exactly that. Well,” she paused, “kind of.” Damian sighed.
“How about we start at the beginning, with Tikki and Plagg.” Marinette nodded.
“Before there was anything, there was Tikki, the Kwami of creation. A Kwami is a divine being, kind of like gods, born of abstract concepts that come into existence in the universe. Tikki is one example of a Kwami, another is Plagg, Kwami of destruction,” Marinette took a breath, Damian picking up where she left off.
“Tikki and Plagg are counterparts, representing the ideal of yin and yang. Where there is one, there must be the other. They balance each other, and the universe requires balance.”
“What does this have to do with you two?” Gar wondered. Damian glared at him.
“We’re getting there.” Marinette nudged him, taking over.
“Before they were bound to jewels, the Miraculous, Kwami were intangible entities, unable to interact directly with humans. So when a mage offered to bind them to jewels, able to share their abilities with whoever held it, they agreed. But, to be bound to a jewel, they first had to bind themselves to a soul that resonates with them completely. These souls became known as Kanduits, being reincarnated in every other life cycle.”
“Marinette is the Kanduit of creation, as I am the Kanduit of destruction.” The Titans stared, none of them expecting that. “As Kanduits, we are able to channel their powers without the use of a Miraculous, which is why I was able to destroy the binds holding us.”
“Kwamis do not work the same way metas or any other powers do,” Marinette explained. “The only thing that can stop pure destructive energy is pure creative energy, hence why I was there.” Kori tilted her head.
“Why did you not break out sooner?” she asked, confused. Damian shook his head.
“Without Marinette nearby, I may end up going overboard. I could have collapsed the entire building or disintegrated everyone. Neither of us have full control of our abilities yet.” Gar and Jaime gaped as Raven raised an eyebrow. “Also, it’s difficult to tell where exactly destruction ends and creation begins.” Gar scoffs.
“Can’t be that hard,” he said, crossing his arms and leaning back. “They’re, like, complete opposites.” Damian rolled his eyes.
“Are they really?” Marinette asked, quirking an eyebrow. “What of atomic bombs then? They were created, but only with the sole intent of destroying everything. Torture devices? The destruction of slavery and harmful groups? Even volcanoes fall under that gray area.” The room was silent, thinking over her words. “There are a lot of things that we don’t know if we can do, even more that we don’t know if it classifies as creation or destruction. That’s why we try to not use our powers without the other nearby. That, and it could create an imbalance in the universe if one of us progresses too much faster than the other.”
“What happens with an imbalance?” Jaime asked, crossing his arms. Marinette frowned.
“It depends.” Damian shrugged nonchalantly. “The fall of Atlantis is one example.” Marinette rolled her eyes, Titans shell shocked.
“No, that was Plagg being mistreated by the King. Because the people were innocent, Tikki saved them. You’re thinking of the fall of Themyscira,” she amended. Damian tilted his head, eyes squinting.
“Are you sure? Because I thought that was the extinction of dinosaurs.” Marinette sighed.
“No, that was Plagg too. What was not Plagg, ironically, was the Black Plague. That was the result of the imbalance.” Damian cackled.
“What the heck?” Jaime whispered, staring at the two in horror.
“The one time Plagg doesn’t do something is the one time it gets named after him.” Marinette giggles, shaking her head.
“Plagg is a mess.” Damian nodded in agreement.
“Wasn’t he also the reason for the Leaning Tower of Pisa?” Marinette gave a long suffering sigh.
“He and Trixx were playing tag and ran into it.” Damian nodded solemnly.
“Somehow, I’m not surprised.”
“Who’s Trixx?” Gar asked, leaning forward curiously. Marinette smiled.
“Another Kwami. Trixx is the Kwami of illusion.”
“That’s so cool!” Gar exclaimed. “So you two are able to use the Kwami’s powers, right? Does that mean you can create anything you want? Or that Damian can destroy anything?” The two nodded.
“We think so. We haven’t explored the limits of our power, and it’s a bit more complicated than that, but simply put, I guess so.” Gar nodded, eyes still shining with metaphorical stars. Jaime shook his head fondly.
“Calm down there, hermano, we’re not done yet.” Gar pouted, but leaned back in his seat. Kori giggled.
“Are you two able to communicate telepathically?” Raven asked, picking up on the various emotions swirling between the two. They shook their heads.
“We were raised and trained together since we were born, including on how to read body language. I know her as well as I know myself,” Damian explained, shrugging nonchalantly. “I don’t need to read her mind to know what she’s thinking.”
“Why didn’t you tell us any of this before?” Dick asked, trying to hide his hurt. They both looked down.
“It’s not exactly something that you can easily bring up,” Marinette said, scooting closer to Damian. “Plus, it wasn’t the right time.”
“Why wouldn’t it be the right time?” Gar asked, tilting his head like a dog. Damian sighed.
“To have told you before would be to directly challenge Fate. Fate has a time and place for everything. Going against that never ends well.” They were all silent for a moment.
“You know,” Dick started, staring at his little brother with mischief in his eyes, “we’re gonna have to tell B and the others about this.” Damian immediately groaned, burying his head in Marinette’s neck.
“Kill me now.”
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Just a friend.
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Adventure to the Heart Chapter 20: Passionfruit
Its a not great day, but Adrien knows just what might make it better. Of course, what he finds is much better than even he expected...
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Adrien loved sunny days. The bright light seemed to make everything clearer, the warmth felt like a loving embrace, and the pale blue skies reminded him of his lady. There was plenty to love about those kinds of days.
But it wasn’t sunny. He wasn’t sure if the sun had managed to break through the dark grey clouds even once today. The rain had been erratic and cold, with the wind making a mockery of any attempts to hide under an umbrella. He knew patrol would be cancelled, especially since Hawkmoth had been unusually quiet as of late. This only made his heart long to see the blue sky today, if only to be reminded of her eyes.
Poor weather had only been the icing on his terrible day. With the spring fashion line growing ever closer, his father had been working him ragged just to get all the advertisements shot in time. Adrien would be honestly surprised if his father had time for anything else right now, and he was passing that burden onto Adrien as well. Being so tired had earned him a poor grade on Ms Mendeleev’s pop quiz. Between that and the exhaustion looming over everything, was it any wonder why he got absolutely beat up in fencing today?
Standing on the front step of the school, bruised, exhausted, and slowly getting drenched despite his umbrella, Adrien wondered if he should even bother going to dungeons and dragons today. No one would blame him if he didn’t - his awful day had hardly been a secret. They would all understand that he just wanted to go home and collapse on his bed. And besides, he didn’t want to bring down the mood with his own poor attitude.
Adrien breathed a long sigh before crossing the street to go to Marinette’s house. Maybe this was a bad idea, maybe it wasn’t. But he’d at least rather be bummed with friends than alone in his room. And besides, he couldn’t bring himself to break his perfect attendance streak. It might be silly and he wouldn’t say it out loud to avoid being teased, but it had almost become something sacred to him. A tradition that always ended up being the highlight of the week.
Opening the door to the bakery, Adrien closed his eyes and sighed contently as he felt the warm air wash over him. It was enough to push away at least some of the sorrows of the day. And that was before he caught the delicious smells on the air. Bread, of course, and cookies and macaroons and…
He opened his eyes to see Marinette coming out of the kitchen in the back, apron dirtied with some last minute cooking and a platter of the most delicious croissants he had ever seen in his life. His jaw dropped as he realized that they were where the passionfruit smell was coming from. Marinette came to a stop in front of him, shifting her weight from one foot to the other.
“I heard you were having a rough day, so… um…” Her eyes briefly met his and she jerkily thrusted the platter toward him. “Here you go?”
Adrien hesitantly took the platter, still in awe. He could feel his eyes watering ever so slightly and he quickly blinked them away.
It wasn’t just the treats that were getting to him. Everything about it reminded him just how well Marinette knew him, and that she always had his back. Who else would have remembered his favorite flavor? And who else would have rushed home to quickly make him a batch of croissants? Fencing took a while, but not that long.
He looked back up from the croissants, into her bright blue eyes and was surprised when his heart skipped a beat.
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So I’m watching MLB.
And it’s the episode Timetagger, where Chris comes from the future.
WHY IS MY BOY WEARING A MASK?!
(realistically I know it’s because he’s a “tagger” and the masks help with the spray-paint.)
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Nino: What's going on with them?
Nino: *gestures to Adrien and Marinette*
Alya: They had a fight
Nino: Then why are they holding hands?
Alya: They hate fighting
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