okay, so, you know how chat is just so over-the-top with his flirting? i was thinking about this and what if — and i know this has been disproved by the webisodes but shhhh — what if ladybug honestly didn’t realize chat was serious?
like, at all? like, she honestly thought he was 100% joking in all his lines?
now consider: an inverse marichat scenario
ladybug, in her well-meaning wish to bond with her partner, asks chat who he likes
he, thinking she’s joking (because honestly how could she miss it), responds that ‘it’s her,’ kind of lightly, kind of jokingly, etc etc etc of course she knows it’s her
except maybe she doesn’t, because she laughs, girly-giggly-bright, and bumps his shoulder, saying, “No, really, I mean it! Who do you like?”
he tries to set her straight, but the damage is already done: “C’mon, Chat. I know you’re a huge flirt but there’s gotta be somebody who’s captured your heart~ I won’t tell anyone, I promise!”
the boy, quite reasonably, is crushed
after a bit more pressing, a much sadder cat confesses (a bit pointedly lbr) that there’s this amazing, amazing girl who hung the stars in the sky, who he doesn’t know nearly as well as he’d like, who’s incredibly brave, (etc etc etc) and who doesn’t take him seriously at all
ladybug is h o r r i f i e d
she knows her partner is a silly dork but how dare this girl! didn’t she see what she had? didn’t she see what she could have?
ladybug is going to have Words
or, better yet, she’s going to help chat get the girl of his dreams
first, she just needs to figure out who that girl is
Ladybug’s Thought Process: dismiss all superlatives > ‘chat doesn’t know her that well’ (”not true,” chat would insist if he could hear that. “just not as well as I want to!”) + ‘doesn’t take him seriously’ = ??? > does she know anyone like that…? > …oh shit > oh shit
does he like marinette?
“Chat… that girl you like… is she Marinette?”
chat’s jaw drops
HOW DID YOU GET MARINETTE FROM T H A T ? he wants to scream.
he’s spoken with her like three times! (as chat)
((he’s spoken with her three times while flirting like the wind and making a giant fool of himself, just fyi))
((it’s not that big of a leap))
Ladybug Finds Herself in a Quandary, headlines at six
1) it’s her! she’s the girl who dared to not know what she had!
2) chat likes marinette, whom he’s spoken with three times, but not ladybug, whom he talks to every few days at least? (she doesn’t blame him for that — he knows full well how bullheaded, cocky, and thoughtless ladybug can get — but it’s a little saddening, nonetheless)
3) she’d sworn to herself she’d help out, but helping chat get together with herself?
“Women’s intuition,” she says, brushing it off. “She’s cute! You should ask her out!”
Ladybug’s Logic™: chat likes marinette > chat doesn’t like ladybug > ladybug is marinette > marinette is ladybug > if she spends enough time with chat as marinette, he’ll see just how bullheaded, cocky, and thoughtless she is (how much like ladybug she is) and fall out of love with her > this will free him up to like someone who isn’t her > a strangely sad thought, but better than him pining over someone he doesn’t truly know… right?
it takes a bit more pressing, but eventually, an oddly depressed chat agrees to let her set up a date between the two
ladybug’s Got This
do you see where this is going?
FAST-FORWARD ONE WEEK
with a drooping tail and a hundred apologies on his tongue, chat shows up at the bakery
“I’m so sorry you got dragged this,” he tries to apologize when Marinette opens the door. “Ladybug forgets to listen sometimes, and—”
marinette grabs him by the arm and just about takes off running
it is the first date of many
and, the thing is, it works
ladybug’s plan works
chat sees exactly how bullheaded, cocky, and thoughtless marinette is
that is, he sees exactly how much like ladybug she is
shit, thinks chat “so stubborn and so irresistible” noir, watching marinette scramble up to the top of some very high place on her wit alone and grin down at him in the evening light
shit, thinks chat “she’s crazy awesome” noir, watching marinette come up with a plan to get them both out of trouble in mere minutes and relay it to him with a mischievous giggle that would make anyone’s heart trip
s h i t, thinks adrien “whoever she is, I love that girl” agreste, watching as marinette wraps their whole class around her finger with a speech, animated and fearless and powerful, promises of stars in her eyes and the gravity of supernovas in her voice
(“I think I have a type,” Adrien ‘I did not ask for this boner’ Agreste confesses to his close friend, Nino, after that particular spectacle.
Nino pats his shoulder in pure empathy.
From somewhere behind them, Alya sighs, “Don’t we all.”)
imagine an inverse ‘imma help my best friend out with their crush’ au
so I watched Big hero six again with my sis today and I kept gushing about Tadashi and she claimed that the only reason I was so infatuated with him now was because he kinda looked like Nino….and I honestly never felt so attacked but you know if miraculous was that kind of show Nino would proabaly share the same fate as Tadashi