He dug into his pocket, retrieving a slim box and handing it to her.
“This is for you.”
Marinette blinked at the box, taken aback.
“What’s this for?”
Adrien merely shrugged.
“Just thought it was something you could use,” he said mysteriously.
piqued, Marinette accepted the box. Despite herself, her excitement
grew as she slipped the top of the box off, revealing…
The disappointment was obvious in her tone. She immediately felt bad,
because it was a pretty nice pen: fountain-type, in her favorite shade
of pink. In black letters on the cap, words were scrawled: PROPERTY OF
MARINETTE DUPAIN-CHENG.Marinette blinked, squinting at the pen. Her name was written in her own handwriting.
cool, huh?” Adrien asked, looking amused as Marinette looked up at him
in awe. “I put out the poor man I commissioned this pen from, wanting a
custom color and custom writing and making it a rush job, but I wanted to get it to you as soon as I could.”
you,” she said, still startled by the unexpected gift. She carefully
replaced the top of the box, trying to regain herself. “Something I
“Yeah. It’ll be handy for when you sign your name on things other than clothes.”
tugged at something at his throat. Marinette could just make out a blue
knot tied closed under his track jacket. She glanced up to his face…and
his eyes were knowing.
“Like a card, maybe,” he suggested with
the most delicate inflection in his tone, raising an eyebrow.
crosswalk light they waited at turned green, and Adrien jogged ahead of
her, leaving Marinette staring after him for a moment. Stunned, she
glanced down at the box, where her brand new, custom-made pen was now
Did Adrien Agreste rush the making of this pen…just to chide her for never admitting that she had made the scarf he still wore to this day? Of all the cheeky things to do—
“Back To Us” – Chapter 7
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Sketchbook drawing colored in Photoshop (I wanted to play around with a new watercolor brush)