I NEED AN ADRINETTE CUDDLE REVEAL OKAY
so just hear me out okay
Adrien and Marinette get closer as friends (thanks in part by wingpeople Nino and Alya, though rather than dating… They become super awesome platonic buddies). They get really close, getting to know each other a lot, and Marinette is just all the more in love with Adrien but perfectly happy with him as a friend.
And Adrien is slowly having this revelation of “oh crap I like-like her…!”
But he doesn’t wanna give up on Ladybug, of course.
But like, both of them are really touchy-feely, and they’re cuddly, and it’s like. All the platonic cuddles. It’s cold? They’ll be cuddling somewhere. One of them had a bad day? They’re cuddling. Bored? They’ll just curl up somewhere and cuddle because they just are. Ridiculously cuddly.
Sometimes they manage to drag Nino and Alya in and they have group cuddles and it’s v therapeutic for them all and it’s a good time.
And this sort of bleeds over into their hero behavior–the Ladyblog is blowing up with ladynoir cuddle pictures even though both insist that it’s strictly platonic “c’mon, can’t a pair of best friends just cuddle when it’s cold and they have to watch out to make sure somebody doesn’t turn into a monster for stubbing their toe? Can’t we just have this?”
And Chat is slowly feeling more platonic towards Ladybug as his feelings for Marinette grow, meanwhile Mari is starting to find her crush on Adrien is shifting towards Chat.
And it gets slowly harder to separate their hero and civilian lives when they’re sleepy and cuddling because it’s just so familiar and without even realizing it one time Marinette is just scritching Adrien’s head where she usually scritches Chat’s and is like “Love you, minou.”
And he sleepily nuzzles her and mumbles “love you too, princess.”
And neither of them actually realize it at first.
Because they’re both half asleep and the cuddles as civilians and heroes blur together so neither of them realizes they’re not transformed and forget about it when they wake up.
Until one time they’re curled up together after a patrol under a blanket and cuddling and have hot chocolate LB brought and some sweets from her bakery and Chat just sleepily mumbles “Your parents make the best cookies, Mari.”
And she just sleepily responds “You always say that, Adrien…”
And that’s when it clicks.
And… Instead of freaking out, they’re both like “Oh. Okay. Yeah. Yeah that makes sense. I’m glad it’s you.” And go back to cuddling and they’re even more cuddly later.
(And Nino and Alya are like “We KNEW it wasn’t platonic!” when they end up kissing a few days later during group cuddles)