A Cat, a Fox, and a Bee walk into a Bakery 25
@philosophy-and-coffee Happy Birthday!
Marinette blushed a little, still unused to public displays of affection as Alya threaded her fingers through her own. Marinette gently squeezed Alya’s hand, then glanced past her girlfriend to where Nino was leaning against Alya’s other shoulder, gently running his fingers through her hair. Out of the entire group, Alya had the thickest and softest hair, and it was an absolute delight to run your hands through it, as they all had discovered.
Not that Alya minded, and in fact she was letting out a warm, content hum at the soft affection. Marinette chuckled as she lifted Alya’s hand and pressed a soft kiss to her palm. She had to admit, there were worse ways to pass the time waiting for Adrien and Chloe than cuddling on a bench.
“Is Adrien here yet?” Marinette looked up and gave Chloe a welcoming smile as she approached, tailed by one of her ever-present bodyguards that she had to put up with outside of school and being suited up. One of her main complaints during ‘bitch night’ was how much of a pain it was to ditch them during akuma attacks.
“Not yet.” Marinette obligingly leaned up for a kiss, and Chloe flushed and glanced around before giving her a swift peck.
“Hey, now, you can do better than that,” Alya purred, reaching up and tugging Chloe down for her own kiss.
Marinette smiled at seeing Chloe melt into the kiss, then tensed up at an unknown voice behind her.
“How about you throw one of those over here, sweet cheeks?”
The four all turned at the same time to find a group of six guys a couple years older than them standing there. A couple looked uncomfortable, but the rest were smirking lewdly.
“I wouldn’t mind getting some kisses from all three of them,” Another said, a different voice from the one that had started the taunting, pale and gangly with greasy brown hair. He smirked and pointed at Nino. “Hey bro, do they all go at you at once? Lucky son of a bitch.”
Nino’s jaw dropped, too shocked to respond. Chloe, on the other hand, had no such problems. “Why don’t you come over here and say that to Alejandro?”
Marinette glanced over to see that Chloe’s bodyguard had moved closer to the bench and was talking softly into his phone. With the sunglasses she couldn’t see his eyes, but his face was angled directly at the group.
“What, need your big bad bodyguard to protect you?” The first voice again, this one from a guy even bigger than the second, light haired and heavier than his gangly friend. Marinette had to join Alya in grabbing onto Chloe as the blonde balled her fists and looked the exact same way that Queen Bee did right before an akuma was tossed through a building. Not into, through. “I wonder if he joins in. I bet he’s done all of you girls befo-“
“That. Is. Enough.” A low voice growled behind the group. Marinette had been so focused on the guys that she hadn’t been paying attention to what was going on behind them, and was nearly as shocked as they were to spot the Gorilla looming over them all, cracking his knuckles.
Marinette wasn’t sure she had ever heard him speak before, but she had gone up against akuma that were less terrifying.
“Now. You are going to apologize to the young gentleman and the young ladies, and then you are going to explain to the nice policeman why you felt the need to harass them,” he snarled, somehow managing to loom even more.
“Shit, run!” One of them shouted. Right then Marinette found out what Alejandro had been up to, as the guys made it perhaps ten meters before running right into a pair of police officers, one of them Sabrina’s father.
Adrien used the distraction to come and hug all of them. “Are you all okay? When Alain and I saw what was going on, we hurried up, but…”
“We’re fine.” Alya reassured him, pressing a kiss to his cheek. “Though Chloe was all ready to transform and fight all six of them.”
Chloe was still shaking, taking deep breaths and glaring at the group that was currently trying to protest against the two bodyguards and two police officers that it was all a misunderstanding. “If I ever see them being chased by an akuma, I’m not saving their asses.”
Adrien opened his mouth to argue, then thought better of it. “… Yeah, I don’t think I would, either.”
Marinette knew that she should probably argue that point, but right then she was a little too shaken up to feel up to it. “Let’s just give our report and catch our movie, okay guys?”
Giving all of their reports had taken longer than they thought it would, so they ended up missing the movie time they had planned. Since the next time wasn’t for over an hour, Nino led the way to a little mom-and-pop Moroccan diner he knew of, and they all crammed into a corner booth together to eat. Marinette was finally able to relax as she ended up between Adrien and Chloe on one side of the booth, Alya and Nino on the other as Nino coached Chloe through the pronunciation of the dishes and explained what was in each one. Still, it wasn’t until they were all safely in the movie theater, laughing at jokes and teaming up with Nino in trying to stop Adrien, Alya, and Chloe’s popcorn throwing contest that the last of the chill inside left.