Marichat Day 28: Kiss It Better
Marinette pulled the blanket tighter around her as the tapping continued. She could outlast him, that she was sure of.
“Marinette, please let me in,” Chat Noir pleaded, continuing the steady tap of his claws against the skylight.
“Go away, Chat,” she replied in a muffled growl. “I don’t want to see anyone right now.”
Marinette sat up at that and glared at him through the glass. Chat Noir stared right back at her. She huffed and crawled to the edge of the bed, flipping the lock. He quickly slid the skylight open and dropped down onto her bed. “Hi.”
“What do you want, Chat Noir?” Marinette asked, voice tired.
He frowned. “I wanted to check on you, make sure you’re okay.”
“Well, I’m not okay,” she grumbled.
“I’m sorry,” he said quickly. “I know it would be hard…if everyone knew who I am, it would mess things up too.”
“I just feel so stupid, you know? We’ve been doing this two years now and I haven’t told anyone, like, not even my best friend or my parents or…or you! And then suddenly everybody in Paris knows Ladybug is Marinette Dupain-Cheng all because I wasn’t fast enough.”
“Oh, Marinette,” Tikki sighed, floating up to the bed. “This is all my fault.”
“I don’t blame you, Tikki. I knew my time was limited but I wanted to follow that stupid butterfly. I just didn’t realize who was following me.”
“I wish you had told me what you were doing,” Chat Noir interjected. “You know I would’ve helped you.”
“It was spur of the moment. A really bad mistake.” She looked at him then. “Does it bother you to know who I am now? I mean…do you see me differently?”
“Oh.” Marinette looked down, blinking away the sting of tears that had been dwelling right below the surface since her reveal.
Chat Noir shook his head. “I didn’t…grrr, what I meant…” He stopped and took a deep breath. “Yes, I see you differently, but not in a bad way. I know you as Marinette and I know you as Ladybug.”
“Well, yeah, that’s not news, kitty.”
“Let me finish,” he said, narrowing his eyes. “I mean, civilian me knows you. We’re friends. So yeah, I had this picture of you in my head that has shifted a bit, but that isn’t a bad thing.” He smiled at her then. “Actually, I’ve had a crush on you for a while now so it’s really only doubled.”
Marinette felt her cheeks warm. “Crush…me?”
“Come on, Bugaboo, you know I’m head over heels for you. That’s not a secret.” He shifted. “Actually I had this big plan to come here today and confess my feelings to you and then kiss you while I was transforming and then we would live happily ever after as Cat and Bug.”
Marinette couldn’t stop the laugh that forced its way out. “You are so incredibly dramatic.”
Chat Noir’s ears drooped. “So is that a no on the kiss?”
It had been a bad couple of days. Marinette had failed in her plan to follow a cleansed akuma back to Hawk Moth. Her Miraculous had worn out and her identity had been revealed to not one, but three of the reporters following her. She hadn’t been back to school for fear of how everyone would treat her. And here was her sweet Chat Noir, her loyal partner, who was asking if he could kiss her now that he knew she was Ladybug and Marinette.
“Kiss me, Chaton. Make it all better.”