Bare With Me - Chp 3
Adrien couldn’t decide if he should be pacing or casually drape himself over Marinette’s lawn chair. Past experience indicated that both had the potential to appeal visually, but what would Ladybug prefer?
He was still pacing when the distinctive zip of her yo-yo announced her arrival. He looked up just as her feet touched down, and he made a point to use the wide-eyed expression his photographers wanted when they were aiming for a sweet and innocent look.
He smiled, delighted to see her cheeks darken slightly. "Welcome back,“ he said, throwing her a little finger wave. "Everything go all right?”
Ladybug nodded. "Yep. Chat and I got it all taken care of. It’s safe to bring you home.“
"Great. Uhm… so why was I in particular danger?” Having helped fight the Re-Modeler, he knew. But Adrien Agreste had been stranded with no cell phone, radio access, or clothes, and had no way to know what was going on. "I didn’t cause the akuma, did I?“ He aimed for a horrified reaction, because, seriously, if he had caused it, he’d feel terrible.
"No, no, no.” Her hand settled on his shoulder, as she rushed to soothe him. Damn she was sweet. "It wasn’t your fault the photographer and designer preferred you.“
Actually, it was totally his father’s fault. The man was a colossal dick, and that was to people he liked. "Oh. Was it Johann, then?” He sighed. "I would’ve been more than happy to give up today’s shitty shoot for him.“
"He probably would have been fine if he hadn’t run into Chloe while he was getting over his frustration,” Ladybug pointed out.
“Ugh.” His reaction didn’t have to be feigned at all. "That girl needs to take akuma prevention sensitivity training.“
Ladybug giggled. "So are you ready to go home? I’m sure your… family is concerned about you.”
He snorted. "My handlers, you mean.“ Her hesitation had suggested she knew more about his home life than the average Parisian. He didn’t really want her to drop him off and head on her way. Not yet. "Nathalie is probably completely freaked out.”
“Ah!” Ladybug said in bright discovery. She held out her yo-yo and opened it in communicator mode. "I can call her and explain. Do you think that would help?“
Adrien nodded eagerly. It would certainly minimize the urgency of the situation. When she offered the device to him to dial, he pretended to misunderstand and just reached over her to enter the number.
"Hello, this is Nathalie Sa…” His father’s assistant hesitated. She’d answered in video phone. "Ladybug. I see you have located Adrien. His father will be most grateful.“
"It’s no problem at all,” Ladybug said, her professional hero mode in full force. "As soon as I realized the Re-Modeler was targeting him, I moved Adrien to a secure location. I’m sorry. I didn’t even give him time to grab his phone.“
"I understand.” Nathalie turned her focus to him. "Adrien… are you naked?“