The video was uploaded sometime after midnight early
As was usually the case after an akuma attack, Alya Cesaire
had been running on a caffeine rush and adrenaline high that made sleep
impossible. The dedicated blogger would
not see the back of her eyes until her copy was written, her files rendered,
and her newest masterpiece was live for the entire world to see.
Or at least the majority of Paris. She was young yet.
Fortunately for the aspiring journalist, the Ladyblog’s wide
and devoted readership ensured that the hits would rack up quickly regardless
of the time of posting.
What no one could have anticipated, however, was just how
It started with the local news.
Nadja Chamack’s bright-eyed good morning Paris grin
punctuated the more somber news of floods, akumas, and politics with the
light-hearted clip. The segment usually
reserved for heartwarming fluff pieces about eye-seeing dogs and neighborhood
bake sales was instead taken over by the city’s most reliable ratings machine.
Ladybug and Chat Noir were television gold.
From there the clip hit the major news networks and was
being broadcast to the whole of France.
Then came the talk shows, the copycat blogs, the online articles,
Buzzfeed, and more. When the video hit
the front page of Reddit there was no stopping the infection.
By the time Monday morning rolled around, less than three
days after the akuma attack and the video going live, Chat Noir had become the
laughing stock of Paris, the Internet, and the world.
And Marinette Dupain-Cheng was absolutely furious.
Day 2: prompt “with a kiss you can strip me defenseless.”
It’s been two years since Lucas picked Maya.
Maya came over one night crying her blue eyes out. I’ve
never seen her cry so much. She feared that Lucas was going to pick me instead
of her, and I knew he was because that same night he confessed his love to me
and I did the same. My heart exploded with fireworks, but all of the bliss I
felt disappeared when I saw devastation written all over Maya’s face. She didn’t
need to be rejected by another guy in her life. First her father, then my uncle
Josh, if I could prevent it. I wasn’t going to let there be a third time. So
two years ago, I told Lucas he needed to choose her over me.
It’s been painful to watch them together. A small piece of
my heart shatters away every time I watch as they shared a moment, but the
piece would repair when Lucas and I would blindly share a moment. Within those
two years, I kept the as much distance as I could. I needed to if I wanted to
fall out of love with Lucas Friar. I stopped going with them to Topanga’s after
school to do homework. I stop going to movies or dinner with any of them. I
stopped seeing any of them outside of school.
So, when my dad
discussed the idea of us possibly getting a foreign exchange student I thought
maybe I could get into a foreign exchange program. I took majority of my summer
to convince both of my parents it was a good idea. It proved to be difficult
since I chose to spend my summer hours away in Philadelphia. So I mailed letters,
emailed power points to them and whenever we video chatted it was almost as if
it was a video conference. I needed this to work out, I needed time away from
everyone to heal.
When summer was finally coming to an end, I had given up any
hope of going. My parents are some tough nuts to crack. When there is only a
week left of summer, I knew it was time to go back to New York. I was dreading
it. I hadn’t seen or talked to anyone. I was running away from them, so I
thought it was right to keep to myself. I took the train back home and my
parents were there waiting, both of them wearing huge grins. They said they had
The whole way home I can feel the anticipation growing. I
know what I’m hoping the surprise would be, but I don’t want to get too excited
just yet. When my dad finally pulls into the parking garage, I was sure I was
going to lose it. They wear the same grins as we get out and walk into the
building and to our apartment.
When we get inside, there are new purple suitcases with a
big bow on them. This was their way of telling me I was going to be sending my
first semester of junior year in England. They made all the arrangements
already. I can’t help but bounce up and down with excitement.
It’s been two days since I’ve been back, and the only person
who has come to see me since I’ve been gone is Farkle. I didn’t want to tell
anyone about me going England, but eagerness I felt didn’t let me keep in a secret.
I told me, and he begged me not to go. I thought if anyone was going support me
it would be him, but I was wrong. I made him promise me not to tell anyone,
before I told him to leave.
A few more days go by. I maneuver around my room trying to
do all of the last minute packing I have to do when a soft knock on my window
stops me from moving across my room. When I look over, I see Farkle standing
there with sad eyes. I stay frozen in my spot staring back at him. I know why
he I here. He’s the only one that knows I leave tomorrow.
“Please unlock the window Riley,” his voice is muffled by
the think piece of glass separating the two of us. I drag my feet across my
cold floor to the bay window and hover my hand over the lock. “Please,” he says
I stare into his eyes, and I can see them pleading me to
open up. If I do, he’ll just convince me not to leave but it’s something I need
to do. So instead of unlocking the window, I draw the curtains shutting him
out. I don’t want to see anyone in the group right now.
I continue to move about grabbing my belongings and placing
them into my suitcases. I’m excited to leave. I still haven’t told anyone I’m
going to England for the semester. Not ten minutes after I pushed Farkle away,
I hear another knock at my window. This time the knock it more impatient.
“I thought you’d get the hint I needed to be alone Farkle,”
I say as I saunter to my covered window. I pull the curtains back and my eyes
go wide. I met by green eyes that have always made me weak in the knees.
“Please let me in.” I don’t hesitate to reach for the lock.
I have no self-control when it comes to him. He’s almost like a drug and whenever
I can have a taste. I’m going to. “I needed to see you,” he says pulling
himself through the window. “You’ve been gone all summer, and I knew you’d have
to be here since school starts tomorrow.” He looks around my room and his eyes
land on my bed, “Where are you going?”
“Away,” I say under my breath. “Wh-what,” I swallow the lump
in my throat, “what are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be with Maya?”
He stares at me trying to lock eyes with me, but I keep my
eyes locked down on my hands. “Maya and I aren’t together anymore. We ended
everything at the beginning of summer. You would have known if you were around.”
“I needed to get away, especially after-“
“After I kissed you on the last day of school,” he cuts me
off and I nod my head.
“You shouldn’t have done that,” I whisper still not lifting
“Look at me please,” he put his two fingers under my chin
puling my head up. “I can see it in your eyes how hurt you are.”
Tears start to fill my eyes as a menacing laugh escapes my
lips, “Of course I’m hurt Lucas! You picked Maya over me!”
“You told me to!” he shouted.
His tone sends a shiver down my body, “And you listened.” I whisper.
“You didn’t object the idea once.” A single tear falls down my cheek, “I wanted
you to fight for me, but instead you didn’t. I watched as you and Maya shared
kisses, laughs, everything that you were supposed to be sharing with me.” More
tears escape, “I thought you would fight for me, but you didn’t.”
“I didn’t know I had a choice. I didn’t want to hurt you Riley.”
I brush the tears away, “And how did that work out for you.”
“I love you, Riley,” he says so softly and sincere.
Silence fills the air before I finally speak up, “I think
you need to go Lucas. I have to finish up here.”
“I’m guessing I won’t see you tomorrow,” I nod for
confirmation. “Will I see you soon?” I shake my head, “Where are you going?”
“I’m going to England.” His eyes go wide. “I need this.”
He wastes no time in embracing me into a hug. I don’t fight,
I sink into his hug and I wish I could stay here forever. He pulls away a
little and his green eyes meet my brown ones. His face is so close to mine,
that I can feel his breath on my lips. It’s taking everything inside of me not
to close the gap between us, but he tries to.
“I can’t,” I whisper before his lips can touch mine.
“Please, just once last kiss.”
I pull away shaking my head. “I can’t Lucas. You don’t
understand what your kisses do to me. With
a kiss you can strip me defenseless, and with you I already have none. I’m
scared If I let you kiss me, you’ll ask me to stay and I will.”
His eyes are still locked on mine, “How long will you be
“Until I feel like my heart is safe from you.”
“If you give me a chance, I can prove to you that I’m worth
it. That your heart doesn’t need protecting from me,” his eyes are pleading with me.
“I think you really should leave,” I say lightly pushing him
towards to window.
He starts to climb out, and once he finally is he sticks his
head in, “I’m going to wait for you Riley Matthews. I made the mistake once of
not fighting for you I won’t do it again.”
I try my best to hide small smirk my lips form. “Bye Lucas.”
Once he pulls his head through, I close the window and close
the curtains. I know it’s now safe to let my Smiley Riley smile loose. That’s
all I ever wanted him to do was fight for me, and it feels good to know that he
will even with me being so far way.
Aizawa Shouta was a regular at the Cats Eye Cat Café. He’d stop by a few times a week, always alone, and never ordering anything to eat. He’d become the topic of speculation among the girls who worked there. They’d tried to engage him in conversation, but he always gave vague one-word answers.
That was until they implemented Stamp Cards: get ten stamps and receive a free hour with the cats! Receive a stamp on every visit, plus a bonus stamp for bringing a friend!
The next day, Shouta wasn’t alone. He’d brought along a very talkative blonde boy.