Team seven, had just finished eating ramen at Ichiraku. Sakura said her goodbyes and went back at the hospital while Naruto and Sasuke returned to the place where they were staying. In the meantime, the principal had ended the main speech to his students and was a about to send them back to their rooms before he and the teachers decided what to do next.
“... And that’s all the new rules. I hope they’re all clear to you,” said the principal. He paused and looked around to make eye contact. “Before you all go up again, does anyone have a question?”
“Actually, sir, I actually have a fact that I had observed, rather than a question,” said Max.
“And what would that be, young man?”
“Well, since we arrived to this new reality sir, I had been observing and noting any similarities and differences between our reality and this one. And one of the facts that I had noticed is that all writing is Japanese with French underneath...” started Max
“Oh yeah, I noticed that as well,” interrupted Alya. “The cartels are, like, translating by themselves.”
“That’s what I was about to say, Alya,” Max continued. “Also-”
“Oh, whatever. Who cares what languages are written where on what? None of this whole ‘blablabla’ explains what the hell happened to Daddy's money!” said Chloe.
“What do you mean? We don’t have access to our money yet,” said Max. “All our money is secure with the principal...”
“That’s right, young man, I still have the money that your parents gave me to keep for you.”
“Do you really think that Daddy would leave me without any money at all and just a few bucks in an envelope??” said Chloe.
“Alright, Miss Bourgeois, what is wrong with your money?” asked the principal annoyed.
“Look at it!” exclaimed Chloe while showing some ryō from her hand bag. “These aren’t euros; these are… actually, I don’t know what these are.” With that, she put her money back in her bag.
“I also saw those, and they look like money. But it’s not even Japanese currency,” commented Sabrina.
“Mmm… theoretically speaking, everything around us that belonged to us has changed or been affected thanks to the akuma in the plane. I believe that’s what could have happened to our money. Tell me, Chloe, how much of that new currency do you have compared with the original amount?” asked Max.
“Like I would tell you that.” replied Chloe.
“It actually looks like a euro now... it’s more than 1200. Almost 1300 even, whatever these are called. Approximately... I’m not sure… ” said Sabrina. She looked like she was still calculating from what she had seen earlier in Chloe’s room.
“Mmm… that’s interesting...” said Max.
“Alright, everyone, enough of this,” Mr. Damocles interrupted. “I will give you back your respective envelopes, and with them each of you should return to your rooms. And this time please stay inside, and don’t go wandering off or to other students’ rooms.” He turned to look at Miss Bustier.
“Alright class, I’ll call each of you, and then Mrs. Mendeleiev or Mr. D'Argencourt will give you, your envelope,” said Miss Bustier. She grabbed a list and started to call all the students.
Just like that, each student received an envelope that was sealed with their names written on it. Said envelopes looked bigger than how they were before, when they had received them from their parents, guardians or assistants. Mrs. Mendeleiev and Mr. D'Argencourt were stood next to Miss Bustier as they were gave their students the envelopes that were in two boxes. All teachers made sure that each student had their money to be put in a safe place in their rooms.
After the students got their money, some of them started counting the new amount with very confused faces. It was in that moment in the middle of the confusion that Naruto and Sasuke arrived.
“Alright, students, please calm down. There will be another moment to count and calculate your money,” Miss Bustier said, trying to calm down the students.
“Alright! enough!!” yelled Mr. Damocles. “It’s late already, and I won’t accept any more of this behavior.”
“Hey, old man,” said Naruto from behind him.
The teachers turned around with a small jump while all students stopped chatting to see what was happening
“Hey, aren’t they Naruto and Sasuke from before?” Alya whispered to Marinette who nodded in return.
“And who are you, young man? And why you are calling me ‘old man’?” asked the principal.
“Sorry if I scared you,” replied Naruto with a small smile.
“Usuratonkachi,” Sasuke whispered as he observed the situation from a short distance.
“Well, you are an old man… and well… is everything alright?”
“... I don’t think you could help us, young man, and please don’t call me ‘old man.’ I don’t even know you,” said Mr. Damocles. “Also, how did he stand behind us with us noticing” he thought.
“Oh, right. I’m Naruto Uzumaki! Believe it!”
“Excuse me, Sir,” said Miss Bustier, “but it’s late. Maybe we should really leave it for tomorrow, right?”
“Oh, right, right,” he said as he looked to the students. “I think all of you should just go back upstairs to your rooms. We will call you early morning like we agreed before. We will see where to have breakfast.”
“Ohhhhh, that’s easy,” said Naruto. “You all could easily go to ‘Yakiniku Q’. Or the ‘Dango shop’ if you were looking for something sweet.” He smiled. “And of course, if you are looking for the best ramen in the world, you just need to go to ‘Ichiraku’.”
“Oh… thank you, Mr Uzumaki. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to be sure all the students are back to their rooms.” He turned back toward the students who had been observing how Naruto managed to walk behind the principal and now was suggesting different places to eat.
“Excuse me, sir but I have a question for Mr. Uzumaki if I could.” said Max.
“And what would that be?” asked the principal.
“Well, I was wondering why everything is written in Japanese when everyone who lives here are also speaking French.” said Max.
“French? what’s that?” asked Naruto as Sasuke took the opportunity to get closer.
“The language that you are speaking, Mr. Uzumaki,” Max explained.
“What?” Naruto asked very confused. He turned to Sasuke “hey, teme, do you know what they mean? And what’s with the Mr. Uzumaki? I’m Naruto Uzumaki.”
“Dobe… that’s a polite way of referring to you. Don’t be such an usuratonkachi.”
“Temeeee…. don’t call me that. But do you know what that French thing that they are talking about is?”
“You.” said Sasuke pointing to Max. “The one who is asking. What do you mean with ‘everything is written in Japanese?’”
“Well, like I said before you two arrived, everything here seems to be written in Japanese, and underneath is French,” Max said while walking closer to Sasuke
“There is nothing underneath any writing. And your people don’t have any kind of special eye power? Or do you?”
“Eye power? No,” he adjusted his glasses. “Well, I’ve had a theory for a while now, but it seems that everything is being auto-translated into French for us. And even our money has been affected and taken the form of yours currently. See?” Max showed them a Ryō paper.
“That’s 2000 Ryō.”
“Ryō. So that’s your currency here,” said Max as he put his money back in the envelope. “Well, as I was saying, our money now are Ryōs. It seems that we are also speaking in Japanese, I would say, as everything is written in that language, and as how he said from their perspective, everything is just in Japanese.”
“But, Max you are not making any sense,” said Kim. “Well, you normally don’t, but...”
“Well, Kim it’s just a theory, and it seems that it is confirmed. I mean we all know that an akuma attacked us in the plane, right?”
Many students murmured their confirmation.
“Alright then, it’s simple. We had seen it before in Paris.”
“What’s Paris, and what’s going on? I don’t understand. Do you, teme?” asked Naruto in general but mainly to Sasuke.
“Paris is the place where we are from. You see we are actually speaking in French. I don’t know how to explain it, but it seems that we all had been affected by the magic of the akuma. Apparently now we all are able to understand each other even though we don’t have any knowledge of Japanese, or you don’t have any knowledge of French, if I must assume. If I’m correct, that would also explain why we have your ryos rather than euros.”
“That’s too confusing,” said Naruto.
“Hn,” said Sasuke.
“Actually I think Max is right,” commented Alya. “I said that I also noticed that auto-translating before, and we have seen more weird stuff happening back home, right?”
“Then that confirms it,” said Max.
“Alright, students,” said Miss Bustier, “we should now go back upstairs.” She clapped. “C’mon, off we go.”
All the students started getting up and chatting.
“Thank you two for your help,” she said to Naruto and Sasuke.
“No problem,” said Naruto, smiling
“Hn,” replied Sasuke.
“Oh, what a day,” said Mrs. Mendeleiev as she sighed. “Mr. Damocles, we still need to discuss what were are going to do instead of going to the previously agreed places.”
“Indeed,” agreed Mr. D'Argencourt.
“Oh, yes, yes, indeed,” said Mr. Damocles. “I suppose now that the students are back in their rooms, we could still use this hall to decide that.”
With that, the three teachers and the principal started considering that maybe one of the first things that they needed to do was to get a map of the area and explore a bit to see only if those places were secure for the students and themselves.
Sasuke started to go up to his room as well. This made Naruto to go after him.
Once again, the students all were upstairs in their rooms. Each student found a place where to put their new money. Chloe called Sabrina once again to her room to ask her how much money she had now. Max was explaining to Kim about the money as well. Only Max had managed to calculate fast enough the currency exchange. Other students were still calculating it in their rooms with their friends. On the top level, Marinette was also saving her money and talking to Tikki. On the other side on that level, Adrien was doing the same, talking with his kwami.
“Alright, Tikki, let’s see if I got all this mess right,” said Marinette in her room.
“What do you have in mind, Marinette?” Tikki asked.
“Well, first is that weird akuma in the plane...” started Marinette.
“... And now we are here, Plagg, trapped,” said Adrien in his room.
“Yeah, I know that bit, kid,” replied Plagg while biting a piece of cheese.
“I know, but we are trapped. we shouldn’t be... we should go...”
“... And investigate, Tikki. I think that should be the next, but I don’t even know where to start,” said Marinette
“Calm down, Marinette. We will, but for now shouldn’t you put all that new currency in the safe?”
“Oh, yeah, and that’s the other part: how’s it even possible that...”
“... we are talking Japanese as well, right Plagg?”
“Mmm… I don’t know kid, it all sounds French to me”
“Then it’s like Max said: everything is being auto-translated.”
“Mmm… maybe. How should I know, kid?”
“So, in conclusion, all this mess is all thanks to the magic, right?”
“That’s what it looks like, Marinette.”
“In that case, to return home I should go and find that akuma, right? I mean I had that in mind before...”
“... So, as soon as we have an opportunity, we should go and investigate”
“Do we have to? Don’t you like it here?”
“... Plagg, you know as well as I do, that’s not correct. Even though I don’t know how I’m going to do it without Ladybug. Do you think she is also here?”
“I don’t know, Marinette. You and Chat knew that both of you had your final school trip. He could also be here, but we won’t know for sure”
“Tikki, I wish I knew what to do.”
“Oh, Marinette, you know what you have to do. Trust yourself.”
“I know, Tikki. I just wish I knew for sure if he was here, too.”
“... we are crime-fighting partners, after all, and we trust each other with our lives.”
“Yeah, I know that kid.”
“Alright, Tikki, if we are going to investigate I think we should wait until it’s darker. Night time even.”
“That’s a good idea, Marinette.”
“Then it’s decided, Plagg. I’ll go as Chat and investigate. I should stop the akuma in one way or another, even if she is not here. Maybe she is even fighting it in the real world and….”
“... I don’t even know that, and won’t know it until I find it and stop it. But I have to believe that he is alright and everything will back to normal.”
“Well said Marinette. That’s the attitude.”
Just like that, both heroes without knowing, had the same plan for later on that night.
In the next room, Alya was thinking. “Mmm… this is so boring” she said to herself. “I should go and see Mari. After all even with mobile phones and technology working, it’s not the same without internet access. I can’t even know if anyone in our reality knows about the akuma...or that we are here.”
At the same time, Nino was thinking in his room as well. “Mmm… Alya was right with all the technology working,” he said to himself. “Sadly, I don’t have much for entertainment. Maybe I should go see Adrien to see how he is coping.”
Just like that, Alya and Nino found themselves getting out of their rooms and walking to their respective best friends’ rooms, but just as soon as they came out they saw each other.
“Hey, Alya, where are you going?” asked Nino.
“Just to Mari. What were you planning, Nino?” asked Alya.
“Nothing. I could ask you the same, babe,” Nino said, smiling.
“Very funny, Nino. I’m just going to see how Mari’s doing.”
“Same here. Well, I was going to see Adrien instead.”
“Yeah, I figured that… Hey, I just got an idea,” said Alya with a smile.
“This isn’t going to bring trouble, right?”
“Oh, c’mon, not everything is going to be like that. I just thought… why not... just for today... we all sleep together?”
“What?” Nino asked incredulously. “Didn’t Mr. Damocles said that we should all spend the night in our own rooms?”
“Yeah, but it’s not like you would tell him. Or would you?”
“Of course not… Then… what’s the plan?”
“Well, how about just a simple sleepover?”
“I don’t know yet. Let’s ask them first.”
“Marinette and Adrien?”
Nino shrugged. “It’s not like I could read you mind, or can I?”
“Haha, that’s right. I know! I’ll go to Mari’s, and you go and ask sunshine boy. We should decide where, here in the hall.”
“Alright, then I’ll bring him out.”
“Thanks, I’ll bring her.”
They both laughed, and then Alya went to Marinette’s while Nino went to Adrien’s. They knocked on their friends’ doors and opened them.
“Oh, hey, man,” Adrien greeted Nino.
“Hey,” Nino said as he bumped fists with his friend. “Alya has an idea.”
“Oh, hey, Alya,” Marinette greeted.
“I got an idea,” said Alya.
“Oh… We’re not going to get in any trouble, right?” asked Adrien.
“Haha, that’s the same thing I told her,” said Nino.
“Hey! it’s a good idea. Why do all of you think that I will think of something stupid or something to get us in trouble or something like that?” Alya asked.
“Really? What’s your idea?” Marinette asked incredulously.
“Oh c’mon. Just come outside.”
With that, they walked to Adrien’s room.
“What’s the idea?” asked Adrien.
“I think, you could ask her.” Nino said, noticing Alya and Marinette getting closer.
“Ohhh, I see.”
“Hey, dudes,” Nino said once the ladies were at Adrien’s door
“Hey, Alya, Mari” said Adrien. “Hey, where are my manners? Do you all want to come inside?” He looked inside for a second to be sure Plagg was out if view “for a while. Alya, Nino said that you have an idea?”
“Oh yeah! Let’s do a sleepover!!” said Alya. She went inside followed by Marinette and Nino, with Adrien closing the door.
“A sleepover?” asked Marinette “Seriously? That’s your idea?”
“Ohhh, wait, tonight?” asked Adrien. “I need to investigate as Chat,” he thought.
“Well, yeah, duh! Don’t you think it’s a great idea?”
“I don’t know, Alya,” said Marinette. “That would ruin my plan to investigate as Ladybug,” she thought.
“Why not?” asked Alya.
“Well, I thought that this day couldn’t be weirder than it already is,” Marinette said, “not that a sleepover sounds weird or anything… It’s just that...”
“... This is a new reality,” Adrien continued, “and for the time being, I think we should just sleep in our rooms, at least for tonight, right?”
“Bruh, you are not fun. What happened sunshine boy?” asked Alya.
“Ah, nothing. Just tired, I guess,” said Adrien. “Also, you all heard Mr. Damocles. They are planning on getting us early in the morning, right? Wouldn't that cause us some trouble? Maybe today we were lucky… or its all just part of the mess, you know the akuma and everything, but I don’t think that-”
“Mmm, I see your point,” Alya said. “You are right, guys. Then how about tomorrow?”
“I don’t see why not,” said Nino.
“Maybe if we learn what’s going to be scheduled for later… I don’t think why not either,” said Marinette.
“Yeah, Mari is right. As soon as we know that the day after tomorrow in the morning is free, I would also say why not?” replied Adrien.
“Then it’s decided: we will plan our sleepover tomorrow. And if you don't mind it, could be here,” said Alya.
“Here?” asked Adrien. “I don’t think Plagg would like that much… or maybe he would,” he thought while looking around, trying to see where his Kwami had hidden
“Yeah, here,” said Alya. “It’s the tidiest room.”
“Hey!” Nino and Marinette said at the same time.
“What?” Alya exclaimed. “Mine is full of computer cables and such; Mari has her designs all over her place; and Nino has all his music stuff and such.”
They blinked while they considered a reply for that.
“Alright,” Adrien said after thinking about what his friend was saying. “I guess you are right. No, I don’t mind”
“Then, that’s it. We will see you tomorrow,” said Alya, “and then we’ll plan it all out.” With that she started pushing Nino and Marinette to the door.
“Bye, dude,” said Nino.
“B-bye,” said Marinette.
“See ya,” Adrien said once his friends were outside and Alya had closed his door. He decide to go to his bed. “Well, that was a bit weird.”
“I don’t know, kid,” said Plagg, leaving his hiding place. “She is always enthusiastic, right?”
“Yeah, I think you are right. I should lock up for the night and prepare to do a kind of patrol. We still have an akuma to stop.”
Meanwhile, just outside Adrien’s room, Alya said her goodbyes and went to her room. Nino went to his, and Marinette to hers.
“Well, Tikki, I’m sorry, we kinda need to leave like that”
“It’s alright. I know how Alya normally has ideas and pulls you out. That’s why I hide in your pocket.”
“Right. Well then, it’s also good that I managed to change her mind.”
“hihi, that’s right,” replied Tikki. “So are you ready to plan and go?”
“Yeah, Tikki, it’s time. It’s night time, and I just locked up; I’ll transform and go”
Just like that, Marinette made sure her door was locked for the night, left everything ready for the night, and went toward the window.
At the same time, Adrien did the same in his room.
“Alright, Tikki…” said Marinette in her room.
“...I'm ready. I can’t see any rooms from this window, and…” said Adrien in his room.
“...we are on the top floor. That's a plus…” said Marinette.
“...Transform me” said both teens in their rooms.
Like that, Ladybug and Chat Noir are standing where Marinette and Adrien once were in their two different rooms. Ladybug used her yo-yo to reach the roof while Chat used his baton to also reach the roof. Just as the two heroes reached the roof they managed to knock each other out. Immediately, they helped each other to stand back up.
“Ladybug?”/ “Chat?” asked Chat and Ladybug respectively at the same time
“What are you-"
“Hehe… sorry…” They kept talking at the same time while apologizing.
There was a small silence between the heroes. Before either of them could notice the AMBUs or speak, the AMBUs broke the silence.
“Who are you? And how could you get so far undetected?” an AMBU asked.
“What?” Ladybug asked, noticing their presence.
“Who are you?” the same AMBU asked again while pointing a kunai at them.
“Wha-" Ladybug said while raising her hands as symbol of surrender. “We are NOT enemies,” she said. “Not that I can think about that” she whispered fast.
“M‘lady, I don't think is time for that,” Chat said in the same way while also raising his hands.
“Yeah, right… Wait… Who are you?” Ladybug asked confused.
“I think that they are just like the others standing in this area” said Sai who appeared in just that moment in front of our heroes.
“Yeah, we don’t even know each others’ identities,” said Ladybug.
“So, that explains the weird masks and outfits,” said Sai.
“Mmm… that also explains why we can’t detect any trace of chakra,” said the AMBU
“Yeah...” Ladybug said, a bit unsurely. “I’m Ladybug and this is my crime-fighting partner Chat Noir.”
“Hi,” said Chat.
“I see,” said Sai. “You are the heroes mentioned before, right?”
With that, the other AMBUs put down their kunais, and all their attention went from Ladybug to Chat Noir while said heroes finally put down their hands.
“I suppose...” started Ladybug.
“I didn’t even know that he/she was also here,” said both teens at the same time.
“You didn’t know?” said Sai.
“No.” Ladybug and Chat shook their heads as ‘no’.
“Like I said before,” explained Ladybug, “we don’t know who is who under the masks.”
“No, that we don’t want that,” Chat looked to Ladybug who gave him a warning glance, as ‘you know why’. “But it’s for our own safety as well...”
“... as anyone around us… Anyway, we… well...I don’t know about you Chat, but I was planning on… well...” she saw the Hokage tower in the distance.
“Oh… I was planning the same,” Chat Noir continued. “I mean, I was going over there to see if they knew something about the plane or have...”
“... any news about the akuma?” asked Ladybug.
Chat nodded in affirmation.
“I see,” commented Sai.
“In that case, we should escort you there,” said the same AMBU.
“Yeah, that would be appreciated. Thank you,” said Ladybug.
“Yeah, thank you,” said Chat Noir.
Just like that, a few AMBUs with Sai escorted Ladybug and Chat Noir to the Hokage tower. There Kakashi asked the AMBUs to leave, all except Sai.
“Alright, let’s see if I got it all right.” said Kakashi. “You two were also on the ‘plane.’” He said plane like he didn't believe that was the name of the thing, but he wasn't going to question it. “But with different… clothes? are those even clothes?” He looked over the confused teens who were just nodding in silence and slow motion. “Alright… but now that you are in those, you are actually heroes from the other reality, and normally you two stop ‘akumas’-” he said akumas like he had said plane “-to avoid any of this happening.” He took a deep breath and exhaled. “And now you just discovered that both of you are also trapped here in this reality. You are expecting to know what we know about the whole situation and how to help. Am I right?”
Both heroes shared a glance while processing that the information shared was correct. Then they nodded.
“Alright, as you may know by now, I got the information that what you call an ‘akuma’ is a villain that is also innocent, controlled by a real villain.”
Both teens nodded.
“But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need to be stopped. On the contrary, the more it’s prolonged the worse it is, right?”
“That’s how it normally works” said Ladybug.
“Well, there is another small team guarding the ‘plane’ and the area where all you arrived to this reality.” Kakashi noticed that the heroes were about to ask about the team. “No need to worry, the old Team 8 is the best in tracking, and they haven’t reported anything yet.”
“Can we go and ask then in person, anyway?” asked Ladybug.
“Good idea, LB. I mean none of you seems to actually know that we’re here… not without actually seeing us...” said Chat.
“That’s right, when we first met here… well… that group that was here before asked how we could be so far without-” said Ladybug.
“Being detected. I know,” said Kakashi. “Mmmm…. Sai, guide them back to that place. Maybe they would notice something from their world that our team wouldn’t.”
“Understood,” replied Sai. “Please follow me.”
With that, Ladybug and Chat Noir were guided back to the plane where they were to meet Team 8: two guys, a girl and a dog.
“Here we are,” said Sai.
“Thanks,” said Ladybug.
“Hey, Sai, who are those?” asked Kiba.
“These are… Ladybug,” Sai pointed to her, “and Chat Noir.” pointed to Chat.
“Hello,” the heroes said as they waved their hands.
“Chat and I are heroes in our reality and thought that now that we are here, we should try to find everything that we can to help...” said Ladybug.
“... and go back to our reality,” finished Chat.
“So… that explains the weird smell. Right Akamaru?” Kiba asked the dog who barked back.
“It understands you?” asked Ladybug.
“Of course, he does. He is Akamaru after all, my dog,” said Kiba.
“Alright… anyway…. we went to talk with-” Ladybug started doubtfully.
“-Kakashi-sama,” Sai said. “I found them on a roof in the area… and lead them back there,”
“Ahhhh,” said Kiba.
“Yeah, and then he told us about you being the best team as well, but-” said Ladybug.
“Hey, let’s just try to know what else we can find out. Right, M’lady?” said Chat.
“Chaton… not now,” she sighed. “Anyway-”
“I get it,” said Hinata a bit timid “We weren’t able to actually get much from the people from your world.”
“What? How’s that nothing”? Kiba asked. “They all have a weird smell.”
“But sometimes you need more than a smell to track someone,” said Shino.
“Hey, it’s not my fault that they don’t have any chakra to track,” said Kiba.
“Mmm… they don’t even have any trace visible by my Byakugan,” said Hinata.
“Bya- what?” asked Ladybug.
“I think, Bug, she said ‘Byakugan,’” said Chat.
“Yeah, and that made it easy….” Ladybug said incredulously.
“Hey, I don’t give names,” said Chat.
“Sorry, Chaton,” said Ladybug.
“It’s alright,” he smiled. “Well, that’s why we are here. Look… wait… what are your names?” asked Chat. “I know they are Kiba, Shino and Hinata, but I shouldn’t know, and this is cool” he thought.
“Nice to officially meet you,” said Ladybug.
“Well, as I was saying, Kiba, you may have a good…. sense of smell…. or whatever it is to track someone by their smell, but I also have good abilities to track,” said Chat.
“You just look like a giant black cat, now that I’m thinking about it,” said a bored Kiba.
“Well, I am the Black Cat Miraculous holder.” He showed his ring “and well, my lady here-”
“I’m not your lady, Chat.”
“We will get back to that in a moment,” he grinned “She is the Ladybug Miraculous holder.”
Ladybug showed her earrings.
“And what’s with those?” asked Kiba.
“Well, these jewels, to say so, are what give us our powers… and that’s all that we can share.”
“Boring,” said Kiba.
“That’s because you don’t know what we can do,” said Chat.
Ladybug sighed. “This is getting ridiculous. Chat has the power of destruction, and I have the power of creation.”
“The perfect balance,” commented Shino.
“We should really go and investigate and see if we can find something else before it’s too late. Chat, I don’t know about you, but I have to wake up early tomorrow and then… well I will find a way to transform again and well...” said Ladybug.
“Stop the akuma as soon as it appears again?” said Chat.
“Yeah… yes, it’s going to be difficult during the day. I can’t simply excuse myself for the whole day, you know,” said Ladybug.
“Me, neither. Also, LB, can I talk with you after this, please?” asked Chat.
“Oh, sure thing, Kitty.” she smiled “I have to talk with him anyway… I will probably be even busier tomorrow night if that sleepover is a go,” she thought.
“Alright then, show us how you two investigate,” said Kiba.
“Alright...” said Ladybug.
“First, did you guys find anything unusual… more than normal… so far?” asked Chat.
“No,” said Hinata.
“My insects didn’t find anything else,” said Shino.
“Insects? Ugh… weird,” thought Ladybug.
“Just the weird smell in all the area of the...” Kiba said trying to remember the name of the structure they were guarding.
“Plane, it’s call a plane,” Chat said in a bored tone.
“Whatever,” said Kiba.
With that, team 8, Ladybug, Chat and Sai went to do an another inspection of the plane,without new results.
“Well, that was a waste of time. Thanks for nothing,” Kiba said half jokingly.
“Kiba,” Hinata said, a bit shyly.
“Sorry,” said Kiba.
“No, it’s alright,” Ladybug apologized. “You are right after all; we didn’t find any new clues on how to stop the akuma or anything else that could help us.” She sighed. “Thank you for your help anyway.”
“Hey, it’s alright LB. We will find it and stop it. In the meantime… we adapt?” said Chat.
“Yeah, you are right Chat. Thank you.” she smiled at him.
“Chaton-” Ladybug stopped herself as she realized she was still standing in front of Team 8. She turned to them. “Well, we won’t take more of your time. Thanks again for everything so far.”
“Mmm…” Sai said. “In that case, I should guide you back where I first found you.”
“Actually…. sorry, what was your name?” asked Ladybug.
“Sai,” he smiled
“Alright, Sai, could you possibly guide us to a high place?” Ladybug asked.
“Yes, like a high tower… or some place where we can see the whole place,” Ladybug said. “Look, back home we used to patrol around-”
“Oh I see; I understand.”
“You do?” Ladybug asked.
“Yes, I know a place like that. Follow me,” said Sai.
“Thank you,” said a happy Ladybug.
Like that, Sai guided them to the top of Hokage Monument.
“Wow! This place is amazing!” Ladybug said. “Thank you very much, but where are we?”
“This is Hokage Monument, It shows our past and present Hokage. As you can see, right now we are on top of Kakashi-sama’s head,” explained Sai.
“Wow! It’s impressive,” said Ladybug. “They even added his mask,” she thought.
“Yeah, M’lady is right. This place is amazing. We can see everything, even where… well, where I’m staying temporally,” said Chat.
“Yeah, me too,” Ladybug said.
Sai noticed the teen heroes watching the place in the distance. “Do you need to go back now?”
“What?” said Ladybug “No, no, no…. Actually…. do you mind if…. well… but can we have a moment alone? Just the two of us? We promise... we will go back right afterwards.”
“Alright,” Sai said,and with a smile in his face he disappeared.
“What a weird guy...” Ladybug thought aloud.
“Haha… good thing I don’t think he heard you,” said Chat.
“I said that aloud, didn't I?”
“Yeah, but don’t worry my lady. He was already gone, and also, you didn’t say it that loud.”
“Oh… thank goodness. Anyway… well, Chat you go first. You were the one that wanted talk. Remember?” she sat down.
“Oh yeah… ” he followed her lead and sat as well, “But first, let me enjoy the view.”
“Haha... I know what you mean. It’s amazing.”
Just like that, they sat in a comfortable silence for a while, while thinking about how to break the news that they would probably be busy without revealing too much. Because, this reality or their reality, they weren’t about to reveal any personal or identity-related information soon enough. They had to think of the best way to deliver that news and plan their next actions until they found a way to stop the chaos that they were both trapped in, for now.
To be continued…