Marichat Day 14: Aged-Up Chat Noir
“Marinette, stay behind me,” Chat Noir warned, keeping one arm thrown back behind him in her direction.
Older Chat leaned against the balcony railing, arms crossed and an amused expression on his face. “This really isn’t necessary. I’m literally you.”
Marinette peeked around Chat Noir’s back to study the older man. “Why are you here?”
“To see you, of course, Princess,” he winked. Chat Noir growled and the older man laughed, waving a hand. “Paon is learning how to use his powers of time travel. I’m the guinea pig. Don’t worry, my Lady will have me back in her arms within an hour or so.”
“How do you know?” Marinette bypassed Chat Noir’s outstretched arm to his exasperated huff.
Older Chat smiled at her. “Because it’s already happened for me.” He tilted his head in his younger version’s direction. “I remember it.”
Chat Noir furrowed his brow. “Why come here though? Why visit Marinette?”
“She knows why.” Older Chat gave her a knowing look.
Marinette’s eyes widened and she blushed. Chat Noir looked at her incredulously. “What does that mean?!”
She put a hand on his shoulder. “Hey, I think it’s okay. Do you mind if I talk to him alone?”
“What?!” he sputtered. “No. Absolutely not!”
“He’s you, kitty. There’s no one I trust more.” She cupped his cheek and smiled. “You can sit on my bed so you can still see us through the skylight.”
Chat Noir pushed out his bottom lip. “Fine, but I’m coming back up in five minutes no matter what.” He glared at his future self before dropping down through the skylight.
“I forgot how stubborn I could be,” Older Chat remarked, giving himself a finger wave.
“You know who I am,” Marinette said softly, stepping closer to him.
“You’re my Lady,” he whispered back. “I couldn’t help myself. I wanted to see you like this again.”
“I don’t understand,” she confessed.
“I wouldn’t expect you to. Just know it does me good to see you like this…to see you with him.”
“Do I tell you…him…” she shook her head. “Am I the one who tells Chat who I am first?”
Older Chat pursed his lips. “I really shouldn’t say anything. You warned me not mess anything up when I came back…”
“Can’t you give me one itty bitty hint, kitty?” she begged with a pleading smile.
Older Chat put a hand to his heart. “Low blow, my Lady. You know I can’t say no to you.”
“My Lady? D-did you just call her…” Marinette spun to see Chat Noir’s head poking out of the skylight. “Marinette?”
Marinette looked at Older Chat in terror. He winked. “You bast–”
A glowing blue light erupted from behind Older Chat, cutting off Marinette. “Come on, love. It’s time to come back home,” a familar voice said as a slender arm reached through the blue light.
Older Chat kissed the hand reaching for him and turned back to the young pair. “See you in a few years, my Lady,” he said with a grin to Marinette. “Enjoy tonight, Adrien,” he finished with a wink before disappearing into the blue light.
Marinette spun on Chat Noir. “Adrien?!”