Luck of My Life
So I finally had the time to make it… Here’s chapter 1 of the childhood friends AU idea I had before- just in time for day 12 of adrinette month! <3 These kiddos are 9 in this chapter.
Adrien couldn’t stop crying as he stared at the remains of his toy in his shaking hands. This was the third time this week. He so badly wanted to scream, but he was worried that it would attract more attention. He may be allowed to cry, but he drew the line at wailing. He was an Agreste, he could stay strong. No one needed to know what he could do.
His sniffling sounds brought over his mother though.
“Oh kitty,” she said soothingly. “Don’t cry. I’ll buy you a new one. You can control it next time.”
He gave her a sad look that displayed all the longing he had to be normal. “But mama, I can’t! I’ll just destroy it again. I’m a monster.”
His mother gently shook him from his despair. “You’re not a monster, sunshine. Life may have given you this power, but it doesn’t make you a monster. You have a kind heart, and don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.”
She cupped her hands over his, and took away the toy’s remains. “Now, let me take this. I’ll go buy you a new one. Thankfully no one saw you destroy that- they might not understand.”
She kissed his forehead and guided him to the playground swings. “I’ll be back. I love you.”
“I love you too, mama.” Adrien gave her a small lopsided smile while wiping away his tears. “Thank you.”
He sighed as he watched his mother leave. He was alone again. It wasn’t crowded in the park today- only 3 other children were there. None seem to be paying him much attention. One kid was off at the sand box building some sort of castle as he hummed under his breath. Another kid was hiding behind a tree, writing something down on a notepad she carried along while watching the boy in the sand box.
The last child was holding a cat stuff toy on one hand as she swung across the monkey bars. Adrien flinched when he realized that her gaze was on him.
Did she see him destroy the toy?
Fear suddenly gripped his heart. This was what his parents warned him about, people will finally look at him differently. He was going to be Paris’ monster. The child that destroys everything he touches. The child that brings bad luck.
He braced himself for the inevitable scream from the girl, but instead she gave him a toothy grin. He stared at her for a few seconds before giving her a small, confused yet questioning smile.
It must have looked weird because she giggled and dropped herself off from the monkey bars with a graceful flourish.
She approached him enthusiastically, not showing any signs of fear. Adrien relaxed, she couldn’t have seen him destroy the toy. But as she came closer, she had a glint of excitement in her eyes that showed that she knew something.
“I saw you.” She said simply.
Adrien’s heart dropped. He gripped the chains on the swing and readied himself to run away. The young girl realized what he was about to do and consoled him.
“Oh no, no, no. Don’t go! I won’t tell anyone.” She said frantically. “I-I just wanted to say that- that, you have a gift!”
He stared at her smiling face sadly, and almost regretfully, he told her. “It’s not a gift.”
“But it is!” the girl insisted fervently. “That’s what my parents tell me.”
“You don’t understand!” he said bitterly, new tears now streaming down his face. He embarrassedly hid his face in hands.
“But I do!” she said patiently. “I have a gift too.”
He raised his head and looked into her eyes- her bright bluebell eyes. “You do?”
She sat down on the ground in front of him and smiled. “I do.”
Adrien gaped at her. “I’m not alone?”
“You’re not alone.” She repeated.
Adrien just stared at the girl in front of him, taking in her midnight dark hair, her gorgeous eyes, and her pretty freckles. This girl was just like him. And for a moment, everything was okay.
“Why are you sitting on the ground?” Adrien questioned after long moments of silence. “Aren’t you worried you’ll get dirty?”
“Well, there is not other seats around, and I didn’t want to leave you alone when you are sad.” She said, tucking a strand of hair behind her ear.
Almost at once, Adrien shot up from the swing and said, “Then sit here! You shouldn’t get your pretty dress dirty.”
“No, no, it’s alright!” she waved away his offer. “You were there first, it wouldn’t be fair.”
“N-no, I insist.” Adrien gave her a solemn look. “My daddy said that that’s what a gentleman would do.”
The girl contemplated it, “No, it’s alright. I’m fine on the ground.” She said firmly.
Adrien hesitated, but upon seeing her steely eyes, he gave in. “Alright, if you won’t take it, I’ll just sit down here with you.”
Adrien plopped down on the ground and gave her a friendly bump on the shoulder. “I’m Adrien. Ca-can we be friends?”
“Mari.” She responded, returning the bump with a wide beam. “And of course!”
They stayed there for a while, just talking about anything. Before today, Adrien didn’t allow himself to believe that he could ever make a friend. His first real friend.
It would be about half an hour before Mari’s parents would come by, and Adrien tried to make the most of it by joining her in the playground.
“I have to go,” Mari said as she saw her parents approaching. “But before I do, I want to give you something.”
She pulled him into the playground castle. It was a closed place, hiding them away from the rest of the slowly gathering crowd.
“Promise you won’t tell anyone?” she said nervously as she stared at him through her bangs.
He gave her the sincerest look he could possibly muster. “I promise.”
“Okay.” She said softly.
She stared at her hands, slowly opening and closing it as she shook ever so slightly.
“Uh, Mari?” Adrien asked questioningly.
“Shhh.” She said, giggling quietly. “I’m trying to focus.”
A bright red glow covered her hands. “Now, what’s your favorite color?”
“Black and green.”
She grinned and the red glow grew. All of the sudden, a stuff toy dropped out of nowhere onto her awaiting hands.
Adrien stared at it. It was a medium sized black cat stuff toy. The ears were long and pointy and the electric green eyes were a little too comical to be realistic. A mischievous quality was almost visible and familiar to him, grinning at him in a liberating way.
“It’s for you.” Mari said shyly.
Adrien withdrew the hands that he didn’t even notice was reaching out to touch it. “I couldn’t.”
Mari’s face fell. “Oh, I understand. It’s alright.”
“No!” Adrien said anxiously. “It’s- it’s just that I’m worried it will get destroyed.”
“It won’t.” Mari said surely. “It’s my gift.”
Adrien tentatively stretched out to touch it. The moment his fingers hit the soft furry toy, he instinctively pulled back his hands as if he was afraid the toy would burn. When it didn’t, he let out a gasp and he took it slowly from Mari, cuddling it close to him.
“Your power is beautiful.” Adrien said gently.
“You’re beautiful.” Mari murmured.
Adrien felt a warm feeling spread itself across his chest. This girl didn’t see him as a monster. The most beautiful girl in the world thought he was beautiful. Adrien felt lighter than he’s ever been.
“Thank you.” Adrien tried to put a much emotion as he could in those two words.
She only smiled tenderly in response.
When Mari’s parents arrived, Adrien almost couldn’t bear to say goodbye. But after assuring him that she would be there the next day, he beamed and shyly gave her a gentlemanly kiss on her hand.
“Goodbye, my lady.” He said to her retreating back. “See you tomorrow.”
Only, he didn’t. The next day, his family boarded themselves on a flight to China to find a healer- someone who can cure him of his gift. He came back 2 years later, without a cure, and without his mother.
He wouldn’t see his lady for another 10 years. By then, he didn’t even remember her face or her name.
He only remembered her eyes, her smile, her power and her kindness.
He remembered so little, but without a doubt in his mind, he knew he found her that fateful day he decided to use his powers for good.
He found her- his lady.
Ladybug, whoever you are behind that mask, I love you.