chapter title: Ball Gowns and Fist Fights words: 3.5k story summary: Ladybug and Chat Noir independently discover each others’ civilian
identities, and start doing their own night patrols to secretly learn
more about one another. In the process, they find themselves falling
even harder for each other—but when they fight together, both feel
compelled to pretend that they don’t know the truth. (lots of Marichat, lots of Ladrien, slow burn Ladynoir)
a/n: This chapter was so much fun to write! It might be the most action packed thing I’ve ever written, and it was all inspired by this amazing fanart by @moeskine ! I remember seeing it ages ago and really wanting to write something for it, and the scenario fit perfectly into this fic, so this is partially dedicated to you!
On Tuesday, Marinette spends all of first period sketching furiously in her notebook. It’s not an unusual sight; she’s often most creative in the morning, and Alya is used to watching her churn out multiple dress designs and sketches in a matter of minutes. But when she looks over to see what Marinette has drawn today, she’s baffled by what she sees.
All of the sketches consist of a figure that looks oddly like Ladybug entering a fancy mansion through a window in various unusual ways.
“What is that? When did you start drawing comics instead of fashion designs?” she asks, bemused.
“Oh, I’m, uh, working on a collaboration with Nathanael!” responds Marinette quickly. It’s the first thing she can think of.
“Since yesterday. He, uh, just asked me to think of some ideas for his new comic, so that’s what I’ve been working on.”
“Oh, well, I guess that explains why you’re so distracted,” says Alya, though she isn’t completely convinced. But she decides not to press the issue after she sees the veiled look in Marinette’s eyes.