BECAUSE THIS STUPID THOUGHT WON’T LEAVE ME ALONE AND I KEEP LISTENING TO YUUKEI YESTERDAY.
Suppose Marinette just happened to be prepared one rainy day. Suppose Adrien never got the chance to apologize to Marinette because she already had her umbrella and was well on her way home.
Suppose Adrien’s awkward little self worried over and over his apology for days, letting Marinette’s first impression of him settle into something more concrete.
Suppose that by the time he actually decides to do something about the misunderstanding, Marinette likes him just about as much as she likes Chloe.
And then, we’ve got Marinette purposefully avoiding Adrien. Trying not to let him “get” to her, even though he’s always smiling and saying hi, he’s never apologized.
It doesn’t help that she spends every minute trying to not talk to him, going so far as to borrow Nino’s headphones during break and pretend to be busy.
(Poor Adrien doesn’t know how to broach the subject after weeks of awkward silences)
And Marinette is a proud girl, despite all her stumbling. Suppose she turns her dislike into competition and now we’ve got this amazingly heated competition between the two. Each trying to outdo the other in class.
Suppose Nino and Alya are caught in between, trying to navigate the tension of two people they know would get along if they gave each other the chance.
Suppose that because she was never love with Adrien, Marinette is head over heels for her partner.
And Adrien. Adrien cares for his lady very much, but there’s something intensely interesting about the girl in his class who he’s in a casual competition with and who seems genuinely like a wonderful person when she’s laughing with the rest of the class.
Marinette intrigues him because she’s kept him at an unfortunate distance, and that grabs his attention more thoroughly than he ever thought possible.
Don’t know where to go with this, but yep.
Just imagine the shenanigans that ensue.