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Keeping Your Friends Close: Epilogue
The school bell rang as everyone began walking into school to start another day. The sun had not quite risen fully yet, and so there was a warm orange glow cast over the schoolyard.
Marinette and Alya were walking to school, laughing and joking together as they always had. Their friendship was stronger than it had ever been, especially now that Marinette could more openly talk about her entire day with Alya.
"-and I could still taste those eggs in my mouth the whole rest of the day. And that's why I'm probably not ever going to let any male fans kiss me on the lips again."
"Guess I should cancel that charity reward I promised on the Ladyblog then," Alya chuckled.
"Ha-ha." "Unless… Wait, Adrien's rich, isn't he? Do you think if you set one of those up, he would want to donate enough money to win!?"
"Marinette, I was joking."
Behind them, a limousine pulled up to the front of the school.
"Oh, look! There he is!" Marinette called. "Do you think it'd be ok to let him see me? I
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Keeping Your Friends Close CH12: No More Secrets
Chat Noir swooped into the empty alleyway overlooking the harbor. After a swift look to make sure no one else was around, he removed the Miraculous ring from his finger. With a flash of green, he transformed back to Adrien Agreste.
"Alright. Now to just chill here while I wait for Nin-"
Adrien yelped with a jump, as Nino suddenly appeared from behind a pallet of shipping containers.
"Nino!? But, how- You were just- Why…?"
"What's the matter, bro? Cat got your tongue?"
But ultimately, all Adrien could do was huff grumpily.
"How long have you known?"
"Ehhh… only for a day or so," Nino fibbed, emerging from his hiding spot. "I, uh… mmm. You know what it was, actually? I saw your 'kwami' thing at that dinner party the other day."
"Plagg!" Adrien shouted.
Plagg flew out in a panic.
"Ahh! I didn't do anything, I swear! She's lying! You can't prove I sold my soul out to Aly-" Then he caught sight of Nino. "Oh. Ummm… I am a harmless toy?" he sheepishly stated,
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Keeping Your Friends Close CH11: With Love
Steam followed a towel-clad Marinette into her room. She unsheathed the towel wrapped around her head and took a great big sigh.
Humming to herself, she got herself dressed and immediately plopped down onto her bed, not having even bothered to tie her hair up yet.
Tikki flew over to her, having patiently waited until Marinette was fully clothed before emerging from her spot.
"Wow, Marinette. That's gotta be your fifth shower today," she noted.
"And I still don't think I got all the cheese out of my hair…" Marinette groaned, running her fingers through her silky, blue hair. "Why did Hawkmoth have to choose something so goopy for an akuma?"
She reached her arm over to pick up her phone from the nightstand, and checked her texts.
"Still nothing back from Alya," Marinette sighed. "I wish I could find out what's up with her. I bumped into her yesterday, and she seemed fine? And then I saw her and Nino at the diner while Chat and I were fighting the akuma, and she looked happy there to
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Keeping Your Friends Close CH10: Cut to the Chase
Alya didn't know where she was running to. All she knew was that running helped her try to organize her thoughts.
"Chat Noir… Adrien… Ladybug… Marinette… Can't be, can't be!"
As she sprinted down the street, she pulled two photos from her pocket: a rather bad shot of Marinette shielding her face from the flash of Alya's camera, taken shortly after she had designed the banner for Alix and Kim's race, and a candid picture of Ladybug during the Horrificator's attack.
Using a pair of scissors, she cut out the top pieces of both photos, and then held them up to compare. No matter which way Alya tried to look at it… it was the same cute, blue pigtails in both photos.
"Blue hair with pigtails… This can't be real…" She was saying to herself. "I would've known if Ladybug was sitting right next to me in class for a whole year, and slept over at my house…!"
As she tried to examine the photos more closely, a sudden bump caused them to fly right out o
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Keeping Your Friends Close CH9: Beneath the Masks
"If you- if you get this message, can you please call me back? I just want to talk. … Thanks, Alya. Bye."
Marinette pressed the button to hang up and let her phone drop out of her hand onto the table. She then threw her head down in disappointment. Luckily, there was no one else inside the Dupain-Cheng's bakery to witness her emotional troubles.
"I have no idea what happened, but I feel like it's all my fault."
"Don't say that, Marinette," Tikki flew out to say. "You didn't do anything wrong."
"It sure feels like it."
Tikki heard a noise and slipped back into Marinette's pouch, just as Tom Dupain emerged from the kitchen with a freshly-baked loaf of bread in his mitts.
"Hey, kiddo!" he said when he saw Marinette. "Your mom and I missed you last night. How did your little date go?"
"It was fine," Marinette replied, not lifting her head up.
Tom frowned. "Kiddo," he said, pulling up a chair next to her. "Come on. Let me see that face."
Hesitantly, Marinette lifted her face and turne
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Keeping Your Friends Close CH8: Replay
Alya awoke to a large white blur. She tried to focus her vision to determine what she was looking at… only to realize she wasn't wearing her glasses. Feeling around, she found them on a coffee table next to her and finally realized she was staring at her living room ceiling.
"Ugghh… home?" She sat up on the couch. "How did… how did I get here? Did Nino bring me home?"
"Mm-hmm," answered her mother, walking in from another room. "He said you fell asleep while you were both on the bus, so he took you in himself and laid you down."
"You're lucky to have him, Alya," Marlena Césaire chuckled. "He's very good to you, and he cares a whole lot about you. You should hold on to him and never let go. So, how was the date?"
"It was… fine, I guess," Alya answered, still groggy. "Is Nino still here?"
Marlena nodded, fashioning her chef outfit on as she prepared to leave for her job.
"He was going to go back home, but I guess he was still worried about you because
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Keeping Your Friends Close CH7: Our Missteps
The fork trembled as Nino struggled to hold it steady. The olive was hanging on for dear life.
"You just gotta hold it steady, Nino," Adrien instructed. "Balance it firmly, and then just swing it upwards, don't even think about it…"
Nino flung the olive high in the air. However, Alya rushed through the room at that point, and Nino was so distracted, the olive hit him in the eye instead.
"Ow! Alya?"
Marinette ran back to the table, desperately out of breath.
"What's wrong with Alya?" asked Nino.
"I don't… I don't know… She just panicked all of a sudden and ran out…"
"Ohh, man!" Nino exclaimed.
"Should we go out there and see if she's okay?" asked Adrien.
"I'll go," said Nino.
He got up from his seat and ran off after Alya. Marinette, not sure what else to do, decided to sit at the table in their place.
"I hope Alya's alright," Marinette worried. "I've never seen her act this way before."
"Yeah," Adrien agreed. A brief silence ensued between them, before he turned
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Keeping Your Friends Close CH6: Impossible Date
Adrien was the first to arrive.
A golden light washed over him, emanating from the windows of the grand hall where the Agreste party was to take place. Though a few party guests were filing in here and there, a couple of them taking a brief moment to greet Adrien before heading in, the place was not terribly busy as the festivities had not yet begun.
Adrien was pacing back and forth in front of the hall entrance, waiting desperately for his friends to arrive. For his final suit choice, he was wearing a mostly black ensemble, complete with a dark vest and an olive tie over a white-button shirt. A sheer green lining coated the inside of his dinner jacket, and soft green lines ran down his trousers.
"I hope this isn't too gaudy," he worried out loud.
"Don't worry, you look fantastic," Plagg assured him, popping up from his inside pocket. "Besides, it says it's a Gabriel original, so you're wearing your dad's best work."
"That's a funny way of putting it," Adrien mused. "I bet you all the
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Keeping Your Friends Close CH5: All Dressed Up
"Another akuma was stopped yesterday, thanks to our noble heroes Ladybug and Chat Noir," Nadja Chamack reported. "Thankfully, the duo were able to incapacitate the monster before any casualties were suffered as a result of the attack. Details are still fuzzy on the exact identity of the unfortunate akumatized person, but their anger seems to have stemmed from a bizarre incident with an elephant, a bicycle pump, a screwdriver, and seven tons of duck tape being used in a categorically elaborate prank…"
The television broadcast continued in Nino's bedroom, but Nino was certainly paying no attention to Ms. Chamack's accord of the events.
Nino rolled his chair back, examining the large elaborate chart he had drawn up on his wall. It resembled something a crazily-focused FBI planner would have concocted. Different push pins and pieces of string held up various pictures of Marinette, her alter ego Ladybug, Ladybug's superhero partner Chat Noir, her best friend and Nino's girlfriend Alya
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Keeping Your Friends Close CH4: Alya's Interview
Some time ago, Nino Lahiffe was reading a comic book at the school library. He was humming a tune to himself; a song on the radio he had heard earlier that day.
Just as he began to subconsciously beatbox, his best friend Adrien walked up to him.
"Hey-hey, if it isn't the man of the hour!" Nino said smugly.
"Where is it?" Adrien demanded, not even flinching.
"Where's… what?" Nino replied back, feigning obliviousness.
"Come on, Nino! I saw it in your hand just a few minutes ago. Stop being a jerk and give it!"
Nino, chuckling, reached into his bookbag and pulled out a small notebook. Adrien immediately swiped it.
"I'm really sorry, dude," he giggled. "I was gonna give it back right away, honest."
"Uh-huh." He noticed Nino giggling. "You saw, didn't you?"
"Maybe…" Nino accentuated.
Adrien's face scrunched up, and his cheeks flushed a deep red.
"So, you want to tell me what's going on there or what?" Nino pried.
Adrien sheepishly looked off to the side for a minute, before he f
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Keeping Your Friends Close CH3: Photo Evidence
"And I'm guessing that promise is… no more secrets?"
"No more secrets between us."
"You got it, Alya. No more secrets."
The next day, Paris was in a rather relaxed state following the chaotic events that had unfolded yesterday. Life had returned to normal, and everyone was back to their usual business.
For fashion superstar Adrien Agreste, this meant yet another long and grueling modeling shoot at the local park.
"Now face towards me…" the photographer instructed. "And… let's try the rebel pose again!"
Adrien shrugged, but acquiesced and did a lean against the water fountain, crossing his arms and giving a scowl at the camera.
"Chin up, Adrien, chin up! And perk up your cheekbones a little bit more! That's it, and… good! Now let's try another Misty Wind expression for good measure."
As usual, a small crowd of fans and swooning teens were gathered around to watch the photoshoot unfold. Gabriel Agreste's assistant Nathalie was off to the side,
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Keeping Your Friends Close CH2: The Wrong Place
As vehicles flew above their heads, a couple tried to run across the street to safety. However, the woman tripped in the middle of the road, and her husband had to stop to help her up. Unfortunately for them, they were right in Mecha-Spectre's path.
"Well, if it isn't foolish old Jerry, who blamed me for his tires blowing out!" she ghoulishly bellowed. "You didn't heed my warning, Jerry. You didn't take the snow tires. Now, you will suffer for all eternity under a blanket of snow… six feet underground!"
She possessed a nearby monster truck, which then proceeded to rev up and start veering right for the unlucky couple.
They both screamed in terror.
But just as they were about to meet an untimely demise, a black figure swooped in and blocked its advance with his trusty baton.
The couple shouted a quick "Thank you, Chat Noir!" and ran off. Mecha-Spectre was so flustered inside the truck that she flew out of it, dizzy as could be.
"Sorry, boys and ghouls," Chat Noir boasted, "but thi
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Keeping Your Friends Close CH1: The Promise
It all started with caged emotions. … Well, and us being locked inside of an actual cage.
Alya cautiously reached out, and grabbed Nino's hand in hers.
"Yeah, okay," she said. "…I'm in."
Nino smiled back at her, and the warmth circulated between them.
"Okay. Then I guess, we are now officially a couple."
Alya and Nino continued to sit and wait, having cemented their love but their minds still filled with worry.
"How long are they going to spend fighting that weird shapeshifter dude, anyway?" Alya wondered. "I'm just worried about Marinette…"
"Yeah, and Adrien too."
Alya raised an eyebrow. "Y'know… I still can't believe you had Adrien in on that whole thing. You were playing Marinette like a fiddle back there, Nino."
"Well, what do you want me to say?" Nino rebutted. "He was the one who offered to help me win Marinette over! Why are you being so bitter about it, anyway? He was just trying to be a good friend!"
"Good friends don't-" Alya stopped and took a
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Falling Leaves
Just go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine. Goodbye, Susan. Goodbye, my dear.
His shoulder jerked violently. He could almost see her sad face looking up at the departing shape of his TARDIS… and it pained him.
Don’t forget me.
Oh, Sarah Jane… don’t you forget me.
He winced deeply as he tried not to concentrate on their faces.
Goodbye, Doctor.
I’ll miss you. You were the noblest Romana of them all!
“They’re off doing better things now…” He could be heard muttering. “What do they need an old fogey like me for?”
And I suppose, if it's one last chance to say it, Rose Tyler…
“Oh no, not that one!” He was almost shouting now. He struggled to keep his eyes closed, thankful at least that he wasn’t seeing any of the ones
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Cherry Bomb CH1: Blessed are the Cherrymakers
It was a dark and stormy night in Ponyville.
Well… actually, it was a fairly light storm. It was barely raining. In fact, there wasn’t even a cloud in the sky. It was rather sunny out. Okay, I guess it was daytime.
But deep in the darkest of kitchens, a master was at work. They say that a true artist suffers for their work, and that whatever comes out of such a long, laborious process is the glorious result of blood, sweat, and tears. Never has that been more true than in this very kitchen, for now, this artist is about to produce her greatest masterpiece.
This is her finest hour.
“Need more eggs in this mix, STAT!”
The kitchen was her laboratory, and the utensils her equipment. The equipment to create a new entity, a monster. Nay… a new state of mind.
“Roger that, Sargent Pinkie! More eggs on the double!”
The imagination can be a dangerous thing.
Not even Celestia knows what goes on in a pony’s mind from time to time. Many brilliant idea
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Cherry Bomb CH2: The Hour of the Cherry :iconxaldel:Xaldel 0 0

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