Nino. He wasn't paid enough for this.
“I don’t get paid enough for this.”
“I dont pay you anything.”
“That just makes it worse!”
“Nino PLEASE,” Adrien pleaded, frustration building but he was trying to be understanding. He was asking a massive favor here and he knew Nino would be hesitant but- he suppressed a groan as Nino just shook his head, quietly starting to mutter ‘No no nope no.’
Adrien used his free hand to massage his temple, his right still dedicated to holding out the dormant silver ring in the HOPES that-
“What are you whining so much about?!” Plaggs sharp voice cut in, zipping out into Ninos face and making the boy flinch. “Seriously! Never hear someone complain so much about superpowers before.”
“Plagg lay off,” Adrien sighed, but Plagg waved his arms.
“You said you wanted it to be him and i agreed but how can i work with this!?”
Adrien glared him down, the kwami swallowing his next set of complaints and turning to pout at the wall.
In the following silence adrien looked again to his friend, and he felt that same sympathetic hesitance he had when he FIRST started asking almost an hour ago.
He had made no progress.
“Its only temporary-” he tried to remind him, but Nino crossed his arms and cut him off.
“Any amount of time is enough to screw this up why are you asking ME!?”
“Because i TRUST YOU!” Adrien shouted back and Ninos mouth pressed into a single tight line. “Because you can do it and i cant leave it with anyone else. You’re the only person i trust enough to be there for LB while im gone, does that not mean anything!?”
“I-w- of COURSE it means something but i cant dude i CANT”
“Please Nino, i need you to be Cat Noir while im gone. Theres no one else i trust with this.” Adrien paused, and once again he held out the ring, and he could see the torn look of fear in his friends eyes, but he meant it. He knew who Nino could be, and he knew he was asking alot.
Nino stared at the small silver ring sitting safely in his friends hand. And he wondered how adrien thought it could possibly look the same with him. But after a long, stretching moment… He sighed.
“I should really really be paid for this…”
“I’ll buy you something when i get home buddy, just do this first.”