Chat Noir was perched on the railing of her balcony.
"Hello, Purr-incess. These look new; I never took you as a gardener."
"I do have a green thumb. I really like the way these looked and they actually have some health benefits. Plus, they are my project in biology."
"What is it," he asked approaching her.
"It's catnip. I can brew it in tea or cook with it to and it can help stomach with problems."
Chat Noir got down by the blooms and sniffed them.
"Hmmm", he thought. "That smells great!"
He sniffed it some more and a euphoric sensation invaded his brain. He felt really giddy and tense and yet relaxed. He sniffed it more and he just couldn't get enough of it.
"Oh gawd, this
"I'm so sorry Marinette, but an emergency came up and I have no one else to watch them!"
"But I," she began.
"Please, it's only for a few hours! I wouldn't ask you unless it was a last resort!"
The pleading look was all it took for Marinette to give in. She took the baby and the diaper bag and lead the six year old in.
"Can you feed them lunch? Also, try to get her to nap afterward."
"But mommy! I'm too old for naps," stomped the girl.
"I'll do my best. Anything else?"
"Yes, he has a rash and needs cr
"So, about what happened today," he started but not sure where to take it much less finish it. "I'm not offended, if that's what you're worried about."
"The whole, calling me 'daddy' thing. I'm not offended; I was surprised."
"It was a slip of the tongue. For whatever reason, I got to thinking about that and seeing you with the kids gave me a glimpse of something and
"What is it, Evangeline," he whispered.
"Can we play tea party now," she said in a normal voice.
"Shhhh, Mari and Remy are still sleeping," he shushed.
"But you promised," she whined quietly.
"I know, I know. We can't play in here; let's go to Mari's room ok?"
"Ok, the tea set is in the chest but it's down at the bottom."
"Let's just take it with us then."
Adrien gently eased his way off the couch and took the toy chest and Evangeline up to Marinette's room. A few minuets later, Marinette woke up and saw that she was alone in the living room with no Evangline or Adrien in sight. She noticed that Remy was awake, too.
"Well, hello Remy. Did you have a go
"Will you be alright my Lady?"
Chat was aware of Ladybug's aversion to spiders and wasn't sure if she was going to be able to handle this one.
"I'm fine Chat. I will admit I am creeped out a bit but we have a job a to do. Let's get to it!"
"So, the ladybug comes willingly into the spiders den. My children will dine on ladybug tonight!"
The akuma unleashed a horde of spiders at the duo. It was straight out of a horror movie. Chat grabbed his Lady and pole vaulted to the nearest roof.
"It's so pretty," cried Tikki.
"It is isn't it. That silly kitty."
"He seemed to have liked your gift."
"Yeah, he did. It was a lot of work but his face was worth it," she smiled.
"You should get some rest, Marinette."
"You're right, good night Tikki."
In Adrien's room, he and Plagg were looking over at the scrapbook Ladybug made.
"She must have worked day and night to get this done. And these drawings, they are incredible!"
"Yes, she can draw, where's my cheese?!"
"Shush Plagg; she's amazing."
He studied the drawings more closely and then it clicked. He knew this style, they were so similar. He grabbed a drawing Marinette did for him and compared it to the drawings Ladybug did. They looked the same. The style was uncanny. Maybe Marinette gave Ladybug some art lessons, people could draw similarly, could they?
"You do," Chat said wide eyed.
"Yes, it was an accident really. You were hit earlier today and when you came to school, the effects from Mood Swinger was used on you. First you cried uncontrollably and then you got really happy only to be angry and then you...started acting like you were in love with me. The me under the mask."
"What? What are you talking about? How did you know all that? I remember going to school and talking to Nino and feeling those feelings and..."
He seemed to have caught on; he remembered feeling love for Marinette and how easy it was, but he loved Ladybug. It still didn't explain how she knew what happened at school unless.
She nodded weakly as her transformation was willed off by Tikki.
"I'm sorry for rejecting you as Chat. I did it because I love Adrien and I felt guilty for liking Chat just a bit; Chat has grown on me but I was too scared to admit it. While it felt nice to have my
“Hey Mari, when was the last time we did this,” asked Alya.
“Two years ago; one of the reasons for my short hair,” answered Marinette.
“What happened,” asked Adrien.
“Mari’s bubble was so big it popped all over her face and her hair. It used to be in longer pigtails,” answered Nino. “We tried to get as much of the gum out of her hair but Mari’s mom had to cut it.”
“So you’ve never let grow out since then,” asked Adrien to Marinette.
“More or less,” she shrugged.
“I think you look great with longer hair,”
"What is it now?"
"Father, I want more control over my schedule. I want the chance to decide what I do with my time. I'm eighteen now, and I would like to be treated as an adult."
Adrien stared at his father after he said his piece. He felt relieved that he could finally say
"Everyone, may I have your attention please." When she had their attention, she continued. "How many of you here are or have been stressed?" Practically everyone raised their hands. "Let me give you a lesson on stress management." She picked up the glass of water; everyone expected her to ask the "half empty or half full" question. What she asked instead was surprising. "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Everyone took a moment to think and observe the glass of water.
"I deduce it to be about 8.5 ounces," stated Max.
"I'd say about 10 ounces," said Adrien.
"No, 20 ounces," said Kim, wanting to call a higher number than them.
"Get real meat h
"Oh, Mari! You could never be a bother to me," he said lovingly and nuzzled her.
This made everyone gasp in shock. Alya was beaming at her friend's good fortune; the boy finally realized what a great girl Marinette is. Marinette was on the verge of crying tears of happiness and of embarrassment. Chloe was fuming.
"Adrikins! Stop doing that!"
"What, I want to hold the girl I love," he said happily.
Marinette's heart exploded. Thankfully, the teacher walked in and asked everyone to return to their seats. Well, all but two did.
"Adrien, please release Marinette," said the teacher whe