The world is a storm. It’s a cacophony of noise and complaints, an endless sea of voices, of words that want to be heard.
It’s hard to compete when you’re used to silence, when you’ve been trained to sew your own mouth shut, but Adrien tries. He tries, because it’s what she deserves. He’s already late, but it’s better to be late than to fail her completely.
He left her on her own. It only makes sense that he should fix this alone.
It’s hard, because no one wants to listen. Because they’re wrapped up in Lila’s words, listening with enthusiasm as she weaves tales of nonsense, as she mystifies them with the wonders she’s never seen, of the great things she’s never done, of the accomplishments she never achieved. She lures them in with empty words, and they lean in to her call without a care.
It’s hard, because leaving the high road is difficult. Sure, Adrien knows that Nino and Alya know better (although he doesn’t know what tipped them off), but they’re bitter. They’re upset because Adrien never spoke up. They can catch him, but they want to see him fall, first. They want him to suffer like Marinette suffered.
It’s hard, because she’s gone. It’s hard, because Marinette is off at another school, and she only just left but it feels like ages since he’s seen her smile in the halls, heard her voice as she whispered to Alya in class, felt the happiness that radiated off of her with a sincerity so strong it could knock him off of his feet.
But he tries. He tries for her. Because she was his first friend, his dearest friend, and he can’t give up on helping her. Even if she isn’t there to help. Even if she doesn’t care, doesn’t want him to try…he will, because she deserves more than he’s given.
He starts with Nathaniel. Nathaniel, in the back, who had a crush on Marinette. Nathaniel knew how great Marinette was, how kind and sweet and empathetic she was. Nathaniel knows how she was so good to everyone, even those who never deserved it.
Nathaniel starts to doubt Lila, when Adrien brings up Marinette’s character. Nathaniel knows Marinette, knows that she only acts out when there’s a reason to. He starts to listen, starts to really pay attention to the liar’s words.
Adrien watches, and he sees progress. Nathaniel shows confusion. He turns to his phone. He types something in.
Nathaniel turns to Alix. He speaks to her, only a whisper.
It’s hard to be heard in the storm, but Adrien knows that whispers can add up.
He spreads his whispers at lunch. To Max in the locker room, a little question. How could a napkin hurt Max’s eye if he was wearing glasses? What are the odds?
Max whispers figures and statistics with Markov. He turns to Kim.
Whispers turn to voices as Kim speaks to Alix. They fuse together, two speakers in a world of shouts and whispers. They tell Juleka and Rose.
Whispers turn to whimpers, as Rose texts Prince Ali and sobs into Juleka’s side. Juleka murmurs, and Ivan overhears.
Whispers turn to notes, as Ivan passes the news to his girlfriend. Adrien watches her unfold the note, and the truth does, too.
It takes a week, but whispers turn to shouting. Whispers turn to his class banding together, filled with disdain as Lila speaks. Whispers turn to questions and accusations. Whispers become wonders, wondering where proof is.
The world turns to whispers and wonders, and it overpowers the storm. Lila tries to speak up, to shout over them, but whispers persist throughout the storm.
Whispers turn to voices, which turn to shouts. Shouts fill the class, and Adrien watches as the storm continues, but the wind has changed. The wind blows against Lila, not him, and the world is on his side.
But the skies don’t clear, and when the shouting dies down, there’s no sweet voice to calm them down.
Adrien succeeded, but it wasn’t enough…
Chat Noir finds his way to Marinette’s balcony, searching for the ray of sunshine. He finds her, beaming as she works on another design. She smiles, and his day brightens. Life is good, the voices die down and the two speak softly as they stargaze.
It’s perfect, and Chat Noir feels like everything is alright in the moment.
He asks her about her school, her friends. He wants to know, wants to be a part of her happiness.
She loves it. She has new friends, she has great teachers and is excelling in her classes. Her life is perfect, a clear sky compared to the storm of her old class.
He asks her if she misses them.
She does. Every single day, she regrets having to leave them. But she knows it wasn’t good for her to be there, to keep her hopes up.
What if they changed?
She hopes that they will, but won’t wait around for the day. She only wants the best in life for them, and hopes they can learn the truth as time passes.
She’s calm and serene, a steady voice. She holds no ill will towards Adrien, that much is clear. That’s the only thing that matters.
Chat Noir goes home. And when the morning arrives, Adrien speaks to his father.
“I want to transfer schools.”
His class is empty without Marinette’s company. He’d trade the whole lot of them to see her at school.
So he does exactly that.
And the voices die away, left to fix themselves.
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I got this idea from a dream, and thought it was an interesting turn to the story!
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