In this order: Chloe x Sabrina, Alya x Nino, Juleka x Rose, Max x Kim, Nathanael x Lila, Ivan x Mylene, Alix x Herself, Chat Noir x Ladybug
Sabrina slid into her seat beside Chloe, an excited grin on her face.
Chloe looked her desk mate up and down suspiciously, and noticed that she was holding something behind her back.
“What’s gotten you in such a good mood?”
Sabrina giggled and bounced a little in her seat. Chloe tried to hold back her smile – gosh she was adorable.
“Chloe, don’t you know what day it is?” Sabrina asked, her blue eyes shining.
“Um, Tuesday?” Chloe replied, looking at her nails in apparent boredom as she tried not to think too much about what was behind Sabrina’s back.
“Well, yes, that’s true.” Sabrina said, adjusting her glasses with her free hand. “But it’s also Valentine’s Day!”
Chloe rolled her eyes and sunk down in her seat. “Hooray.” She said, crossing her arms.
Sabrina’s eyes widened. “Do you not like Valentine’s Day?”
Chloe flipped her hair over her shoulder and looked out the window. She watched as a couple strolled down the street, hand in hand.
“I just don’t understand the hype.” She admitted, refusing to look at Sabrina. She could feel her gaze on her and it made her heart beat a little faster.
“Aw, Chloe.” Sabrina said, coming up behind her desk mate and wrapping her arms around her neck. Chloe could feel her soft hair on her cheek as she kept her eyes trained on the window. “But Valentine’s Day is about love and romance and flowers! Who couldn’t be excited about that?”
Chloe fought back the rising blush in her cheeks and struggled to break free of Sabrina’s embrace. “Love is fickle.” She declared, turning her ice blue eyes on Sabrina. “People say that they love each other, convince themselves that they love each other, and then they leave like it didn’t even matter.” Chloe looked away, remembering the image of her Mom walking out of the house with a suitcase in her hand. Although it was eight years ago, she remembered it like it was yesterday. She would always remember it like it was yesterday. “People always leave, in the end.”
“I’ll never leave you, Chloe.” Sabrina said softly. Chloe snapped her gaze towards her.
“Don’t make promises you can’t keep, Sabrina.” Chloe said with a sigh.
Sabrina pouted. “I mean it!” She declared, furrowing her brow. Chloe’s mouth opened slightly in shock as she saw the intensity in her desk mate’s eyes.
“I made these.” Sabrina said, putting two objects on their desk. They were key chains – one was red with black polka dots and had the name “Chloe” on it, and the other was black with green paw prints and had the name “Sabrina” on it. Each one had a single plastic key.
“This one is for you.” Sabrina said nervously, handing over the black and green keychain. “And this one is for me.” She explained, taking the red and black one gently in her hand.
“What are the keys for? What do they unlock?” Chloe asked, looking down at the gift in her hand. She admired the graceful curves in Sabrina’s name. When she looked up she saw that Sabrina was blushing.
“That’s up to you.” She said, looking away as she moved a lock of hair behind her ear. Then she looked back at Chloe and clenched her fists. “Just know that I’m holding on to my key forever.”
Chloe looked at her with wide eyes, too shocked to even hide the blush on her cheeks.
“You couldn’t get rid of me if you tried.” Sabrina added, crossing her arms.
Chloe stared at her for a moment, then her gaze softened. She held the keychain tightly in her fist. “I don’t think I ever will. Besides, what’s a Ladybug without her Chat Noir?” She pointed out with a smirk.
She watched as Sabrina’s smile widened, and couldn’t help but get a little lost in the sparkles in her eyes. Then she looked down and saw the Ladybug keychain held tightly in Sabrina’s fist, making out the first three letters of her name. The key dangled from it, swaying slowly back and forth.
Chloe knew what that key meant to her. It her own heart, and Sabrina held it in her hand, always.
“Daddy gave me a box of chocolates this morning, but I’ll never be able to finish them. Would you want to share?” Chloe asked, rummaging through her school bag.
Sabrina squealed a little in excitement and Chloe’s heart warmed. “Of course!”
Chloe found the heart shape box and placed it on the desk between them. She heard Sabrina giggle in excitement once she opened the lid and saw all of the assorted candies underneath.
“You pick first.” Chloe said. She watched Sabrina’s wide eyes scan over the box before carefully picking up round ball of dark chocolate.
“These are my favorite.” Sabrina said between chews.
‘I know.’ Chloe thought to herself, smiling as she watched Sabrina take another. Then she put the tag in her bag without her desk mate noticing.
The tag said, in Chloe’s loopy handwriting: To Sabrina, With Love.