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
"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.
"So, when was the last time you've been here?"
"Uh, two summers ago with my parents. We can't always go on vacation because of the bakery but, we try to stick close to home. I don't remember this slide though. I guess they've built it since the last time I was here."
"Yeah, I heard it's a pretty wild ride from what people have b
"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
"Bonne Anniversaire, Tikki!"
"And to you, too," she smiled.
"Today is going to be a good day! I can feel it!"
Back at the Agreste Mansion, Adrien struggled to get up despite Plagg's constant bemoaning for cheese.
"Hurry up! I'm wasting away over here!"
"Oh put a sock in it," groaned Adrien.
"I much prefer cheese, thank you very much!"
"Today is not gonna be good, I can feel it," whined Adrien.
Marinette quickly finished getting ready and took extra care to be sure her anniversary gift was ready once it was time to patrol.
"Do you think he'll like it Tikki?"
"I'm sure he will love it. You know how much Chat loves getting things from you."
"I know, I just wanted it be special."
"He'll appreciate anything you give him.
"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
"I am Mood Swinger! Give me your miraculous'!"
Ladybug was still trying to figure out where the akuma was while dodging its attacks.
"Be careful Chat! We don't know what will happen if we get hit so let's not find out!"
"You got it My Lady! What's the plan?"
"Keep it distracted! I'm still not sure where the akuma is, but I have an idea!"
"You got it LB!" Chat sprang forward. "Hey! Chill out, no need to get all red in the face!"
"RAGH, shut it you dumb cat!"
It began to fire beams from the remote in its hands and Cha
"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?
"What," she cried.
"It makes the most sense to me. My house has the room for it and you need a place to live if you can't go back to the bakery. Plus, you wouldn't be alone," he said. "Neither of us would be," he thought to himself.
"That's kind of you but what about your dad?"
"You let me worry about him. If I explain the situation carefully I'm sure he wouldn't be able to refuse giving shelter to someone who he sees as a great designer."
She smiled at the compliment and nuzzled him as her thanks. Marinette didn't want to go back to school yet so Adrien offered to skip with her. A quick message to the principal explaining to situation offered Adrien a viable excuse in case his father was upset he missed school. The two of them just sat in the park listening to the sounds. Marinette stayed curled up in his lap and Adrien had no problem comforting her that way. The moment was interrupted by Adrien's phone.
"Adrien, where are you?"
"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
"Dude, I can't believe Mari's leaving," said a surprised Nino.
"She's not leaving. She just hasn't decided yet."
"So what are you going to do?"
"I told her I'd support her so that's what I'm going to do."
"Do you want her to stay?"
Both Nino and Adrien were surprised by how quickly Adrien answered.
"Do you love her," asked Nino.
Adrien went quiet. Did he feel that way about her? Sure he treated her differently than he would any other girl, but did that mean he loved her?
"I just want her to be happy."
Nino didn't seem satisfied but he let it go.
Jun Cheng was growing impatient. She needed to get back to China soon but she had to make sure if Marinette was coming or not. She arrived at the Agreste mansion and demanded to see Marinette. Nathalie said she would have to come back later since the girl wasn't home from school. When the woman left, Nathalie informed Mr. Agreste immediately.
"I'd hate to force Marinette'
“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,”
Adrien's voice surprised the man and he bumped his head, letting out a hiss of pain.
"Oh, are you ok?"
"Adrien? Is that you?" Tom, covered in grease and dirt, turned to see Adrien standing before him. "Adrien, my boy! Good to see you! You're just in time!"
"In time for?"
"I could really use your help. My hands can't fit into these tight spaces and your hands are the perfect size. I normally ask Marinette but she's out with her mother and she doesn't like getting grease under her nails."
Adrien smiled. A chance to get to know Marinette's dad and learn a skill, what a great day.
"Sure! I'd love to help, Mr. Dupain!"
"Just Tom, my boy. Anyway, before you do; throw these on." Tom tossed Adrien a pair of blue coveralls and red bandana. "Hate to see your designer clothes and hair get all messed up," said Tom with a smile.
Adrien quickly put the coveralls on and tied the red ba
"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