Of course, quiet mornings were always nice, but that just wasn't Nino's style. He preferred to walk to school with music blasting loud enough to burst his eardrums. Needless to say, that meant he could never tell when someone was trying to get his attention. Like now.
"Nino? Buddy? Bro? I'm standing right behind you?" Every morning was like this. Adrien would wait by the stairs for him, and he'd walk right past. His gait was pretty quick, too, so Adrien would always have to speed up to catch him. "Nino. Ninooooooo. Don't make me do this." Adrien sighed and leaned forward, plucking one of Nino's headphones off of his ear and letting it snap back against his head. He jumped, whirling around. "AH—oh. Hey dude." He hastily pulled off his headphones and gave an awkward wave. "What's goin' on. What's the word."
"The word?" Adrien slumped forward, "Uh, the word is—"
"The word is that Ladybug is definitely like, thirty years old." Entering the main hall behind them were Max and Kim, arguing. Kim nodded at the two of them in greeting. Nino opened his mouth to speak, but Max cut him off. …He hadn't even looked in their direction yet. "No, no, no. If you compare her height and waist measurements to that of a thirty year old woman, you can very easily see that Ladybug does not have the developed stature you'd see in the latter figure!"
Kim snorted and gave some snarky comment, but Adrien didn't hear it over the sound of the air in his ears as he whipped his head around at maximum speed to face Max. "Excuse? How did you find Ladybug's waist measurements?" Nino placed a hand on Adrien's shoulder, concerned. "Whoa dude, you almost broke your neck."
"Yeah, Max, how did you find that out?" Kim laughed and rose his eyebrows at Max, who shook his head. "Extrapolation, primarily. What does it matter? With the given information, it's obvious that Ladybug can't be much older than us."
Nino was already pulling out his phone as Kim prepared his next argument. By this point, the four of them were walking down the school hallway together, with Max striding purposefully in the lead, and the others trailing behind him. "Yeah, but do you honestly think someone our age could go around fighting evil all the time like that? There's no way they'd be able to fight like that, and, uh, wouldn't they also miss a lot of class? Wouldn't they go to school?"
Nino tilted his head, scrolling through a page on his phone. "You miss a lot of school, Adrien. That's a funny coincidence."
"Huh? Oh yeah, a coincidence." Sure, but Adrien was too focused on what Kim was saying. Was he right?! Man, I can't believe I'm attracted to older women, Adrien thought, scratching his chin. That would be embarrassing. And weird. Adrien cast his thoughts back to the last time he saw Ladybug. Did she look like an older woman? Adrien couldn't tell,
which was no surprise considering the fact that he couldn't even place the reason why her pigtails were familiar even though the person they reminded him of was LITERALLY IN HIS CLASS AND SAT RIGHT ACROSS FROM HIM so any age was fair game. What Kim was saying made sense, though. Ladybug was almost always immediately on the scene whenever someone was akumatized, so she probably didn't have to worry about missing classes. God, what if she really was thirty?!
Max scoffed, turning back to Kim. "These arguments sound like they're coming from someone else. Who confided to you this speculation?"
Kim hesitated, then averted his eyes. "…Alya. She was joking, but it makes sense to me, man! You know how she always said Ladybug was an old soul."
Max rolled his eyes and opened his mouth to retort, but Nino suddenly gave a loud exhale through his nose and held up his phone. "Ha, found it! Cease your squabbling, my dudes. I have uncovered the evidence needed to end this argument!"
"Nice Max impersonation, dude," Kim slowed as Nino leaned against a wall and beckoned for the rest of them to look at his phone. "A recent interview with the lady in question on Alya's Ladyblog. Observe!"
The three of them crowded around his phone as he pressed play. Alya was asking a question from behind the camera, and Ladybug was smiling at the lens in all her glory, a hand on one hip. She punctuated her answer to Alya's question with a lame joke, one a lot of teenagers were making nowadays. She giggled at herself, though Nino, Kim, and Max showed no reaction. Adrien gave a half-hearted laugh. Nino looked back up at Kim and Max. "See? No thirty year old would make that joke. Ladybug's definitely a teenager."
Max crossed his arms triumphantly while Kim slumped forward. "Yeah, I guess that makes sense. Along with all the other stuff you said."
Adrien gave a sigh of relief. Thank goodness, he wasn't into older women. Suddenly, Ladybug's voice was cut off by a McDonald's ad displaying trays of burgers. "Oh, I forgot to pause the video," Nino said, continuing to leave the video unpaused, "I hate that ads play in the middle of videos now."
"Yeah, me too," Adrien said, watching the ad.
"Stupid American ads," Max said, watching the ad.
"Yeah, me too," Kim said, watching the ad.
Little did they know that, subconsciously, they were all waiting for the same thing. As the commercial listed the prices for each of McDonald's new meals, they each pretended not to notice that they were all watching. The end of the ad approached, and they were still watching. Finally, the moment they'd all been waiting for happened.
"Bah duh bah bah baaah~!"
As if none of them realized it had happened, they all sang along without thinking. And that was when it happened. Suddenly, they realized other students in the hall were stopping in their tracks, staring openly as they harmonized perfectly. How did they make a commercial jingle sound so beautiful? They froze, staring back and forth at each other in bewilderment.
"Bro, did you…?"
Kim pushed himself off the wall and turned around to face the other three. "Dudes, did you hear that? We sounded like a barbershop quartet just now!"
"Uh, how often do you guys sing along to that commercial?" Max asked, ignoring the fact that he had also listened to it many times.
"Yo, what if we like…" Nino brushed a thumb under his chin, slowly leaning off of the wall. "What if we actually did that?"
"Did what?" Max asked.
"Started a barbershop group?" Adrien straightened, a small smile forming on his face. "That'd be so cool!"
Max furrowed his brow, tweaking his glasses. "Really? We sang one jingle. How can—?"
"We should do that! We could start a YouTube channel!" Nino opened the app on his phone and started typing.
Max slapped a hand against his forehead. "That's not—"
"Nino. Lahomie. That's genius." Kim started walking backwards, pointing finger guns at him. "We should do that after school."
"I bet I could find recording equipment somewhere in my house," Nino said, aiming finger guns back as they walked to class, "It'll be sick!"