I think I’ve seen that ship around before not sure if i personally ship it thou but i gotta admit after animan and origins i crack shipped nath/nino just cuz they both had official crushes on mari and probably sat together in the back and cuz whenever i drew them interacting it was always so much fun to doodle
She blinks at him, food still halfway to her lips. “Can I
finish my food first?”
“You can eat while you listen.”
Marinette pauses. He’s not exactly wrong, but…. She glances
at her food wistfully. Then up to Nino’s hopeful expression. His neck is
strangely bare as he curls his fingers around his beloved headphones. He
waggles his eyebrows at her. Slowly shakes the headphones to and fro, as if to
She heaves a sigh, smiling up at him and holds out her hand.
“Alright, alright. What have you got for me today?”
The grin that breaks across his face has her beaming back at
him out of instinct. His smiles are always so infectious. “You’ll love it. It’s
a remix of one of the songs on the radio.”
“Is it one of my favorites?”
“It will be.”
Marinette chuckles. She slips the headphones over her ears.
Almost instantly, she’s engulfed in silence. The sounds of the students around
her vanish. Even though she was sitting alone, a side effect of having a friend
who’s chasing down the next big school-wide story, she didn’t realize just how
noisy it was until it was quiet.
Out of the corner of her eye, she sees Nino smile and
dramatically press a button on his phone.
And as quickly as it came, the silence broke. A steady beat
erupted in her ears. A slow, but upbeat rhythm. It speeds up after the first
couple lyrics, taking her legs with it. Before she knows it, she’s nodding
along, food completely forgotten. He took an mediocre, overplayed song that she
had gotten tired of and made it into something she could listen to over and
Marinette flashes Nino a thumbs up, her lips spreading into
a wide grin. She can see his shoulders shake with his laugh as he nods back at
her. And then, she’s lost in the music again. Her eyes slip closed and her foot
begins tapping once again. She’s not much of a dancer, but that doesn’t stop
her from moving to the beat.
Nino settles in beside her, his knees brushing against her
thigh and back. She can almost imagine him straddling the bench, leaning
forward as he strains to hear his creation through the headphones. It happens
every time. Not that she ever minds. In fact, she leans towards him to allow
the sound to carry better.
But all too soon, the song slows and fades.
Marinette slides the headphones down around her neck.
“So? What did you think?”
She waits a long moment, building up the tension even though
they both know what her answer will be. “I didn’t think that song could ever be
She knocks her shoulder into his, chuckling. “I don’t know how
you do it Nino.”
He snaps his fingers and points at her. A wide smile winking
at her. “A little bit of music magic.”
“I don’t doubt it.” She has to resist the urge to glance at
Tikki. Magic is something she knows very well, but talent can be much, much
stronger. With a smile, she passes the headphones back to Nino, watching as he
slips them around his neck.
He holds up his phone. “Want to listen to some more music
while you eat?”
Marinette grins. “Let’s do it.” Then, motioning towards her
food as he begins the next song, “Want some?”
“Any time Nino.”
They share a smile as tinny music blasts from the stereos
around his neck. The rest of the lunch crowd disappears. It’s not often that
they get to hang out, just the two of them. But every now and then, Adrien has
to run off for a meeting and Alya is too busying typing up a story in the
journalism class to join them. So they get to sit back, relax, and enjoy the
The sounds of the students around them fade as they rock
their shoulders back and forth to the beat. Every so often, the bowl of food
will be passed over. And every so often, Marinette or Nino will burst out with
the next lyric.
Two friends with a music list a mile long and grins to last
them the entire day.