Adrien was sitting on a bench at Place des Vosges. He was waiting for someone. However, they didn’t seem to show up. He looked around, curious as to why this person was late. He was there for ten minutes. Fifteen. Twenty. Finally, after half an hour of waiting, he got up.
He wasn’t disappointed. Rather, he looked determined. Like he was going to solve this problem. He walked into the Tom and Sabine Boulangerie Patisserie. “Hello dear” Sabine said, greeting him.
“Hi Mrs. Cheng” Adrien said. “Um, Marinette was supposed to meet me outside, but she never showed.”
“Oh” said Sabine. “Well, she was just so tired from last night. We didn’t know she had anywhere to be, so we just set her down on the couch.”
Adrien smiled. “It’s OK. Do you mind if I wait for her?”
“Go ahead,” Sabine said.
“Thanks Mr. Cheng.” Adrien headed upstairs. Once he made his way into the apartment, he noticed a box on the kitchen counter. That piqued his curiosity. He walked over to it to check it out. It was a heart-shaped box with a card on it. Adrien smiled. “Classic Marinette.” He then looked at the sink to see that there were some dishes in there that were used to make something “I wonder who these are for” Adrien asked.
Plagg flew out. “Um, you?” he said.
“What? Plagg, that’s crazy” Adrien said.
“She wanted to meet you today, didn’t she?” Plagg pointed out.
“But…” Adrien said. He didn’t have a response. “Well, let’s just see what the card has to say.” He opened it up and read it. “‘Adrien, I love you. Will you go with me to the Valentine’s dance? -Marinette’?!”
“Told ya” Plagg said. Adrien’s face was beet red.
At that moment, Marinette woke up. She checked her phone. “OH NO! I’m late to meet with Adrien in the park!” She got up and ran to the counter to grab the box. However, she bumped into Adrien. “Sorry Adrien. ADRIEN?!” she shouted.
“Uh….hi?” Adrien said.
Marinette froze. “THIS IS A DISASTER!” she screamed. “I can’t do this anymore! I’m sorry, but we need to meet at another time.” She tried running off.
Adrien regained his cool. “Wait!” he said. Marinette turned around. He then started blushing. “Um, I read the card.” Marinette groaned. “Is this why you wanted to meet?” Marinette nodded.
“Told ya” Plagg whispered
“Not now” Adrien whispered back, but it was loud enough for Marinette to hear it.
“Of course” Marinette said. Adrien turned back to her. “You’re probably too busy to maintain an actual relationship. I don’t know what I was thinking.”
“WAIT!” Adrien said again. “I wasn’t talking to you.”
Marinette was confused. “Then who were you talking to?”
“Well, uh…” Adrien was in a corner. He couldn’t tell the truth. But then again, Marinette was going to confess to him. He didn’t want her to think something that wasn’t true. He knew that honesty is the best policy when it came to love, especially if it meant rejecting her. “She’s gonna kill me. Plagg, why’d you have to go and say something now?”
Plagg floated up. “Because I was right.”
“Yeah, but now’s not the time!” Adrien said.
“Um, what’s going on?” Marinette asked.
Adrien sighed. “Marinette, I have to be honest. I’m absolutely flattered. But I can’t accept. This is Plagg. He’s my kwami. The truth is, I’m Cat Noir, and I’m in love with Ladybug. That’s why I’m saying no to you. I hope you can understand.”
Marinette had a hard time processing this. She fainted. Adrien caught her. “MARINETTE!” he screamed. “Look what you did, Plagg!”
“Well, at least you were honest with her” Plagg said.
Adien was dumbfounded. “That’s not the point right now. I just hope she can forgive me.” Plagg noticed something being thrown at him, but he dodged it and it hit Adrien. “Hey! What was that for?”
“Don’t look at me” Plagg said.
Adrien scanned the area. “Well then who was it?”
Plagg sighed. “Come on out.” No answer. “Are you still trying to keep this secret?” Still nothing. “Aren’t you as frustrated as I am at this point?”
“Who are you talking to?” Adrien asked.
“Just some uptight fool” Plagg answered. Something else got thrown at Plagg, but it hit Adrien again. “You know, if you want to hit me, you’ll have a better chance if you’re not hiding.”
Marinette woke up. Adrien turned his attention to her. “Marinette. Are you alright? I’m sorry.”
Mareintte stood up. “No. It’s fine. It’s actually kind of funny.” She giggled.
Adrien was confused. “What is?”
Marinette sighed. “‘Trust your instincts.’ Come on out.” Tikki flew out. “The truth is, I’m Ladybug.”
“You’re Ladybug?” Adrien said.
“Plagg, why did you do that?!” Tikki said, kicking him. “I’m not the fool here.”
“Ow. Well, partially because it’s fun,” Plagg said, “but also because someone needed to break this cycle.”
“I can’t believe it,” Adrien said. “I guess it is kind of funny. Heh heh.”
“I can’t believe this is how we found out” Marinette said.
“Well, look at the bright side” Adrien said. “At least no one else is around.” Marinette looked disappointed. “What’s wrong?”
“It’s just. I’ve been rejecting you for you. All this time. I feel so foolish” Marinette said.
Adrien smiled. “Don’t worry. I’ve been ignoring you for you as well. We’re both equally foolish.”
“That doesn’t make me feel much better” Marinette said.
“No, but this will” Adrien said. He leaned in and gave Marinette a kiss. He was shocked, but then gave in and embraced it. One they finished, Adrien said “Sweet as candy.”
“Oh! Speaking of,” Marinette said, “you didn’t happen to open the box, did you?” Adrien shook his head. Marinette went and got it. She opened it to reveal a bunch of homemade candy. “I was up all night making this. That’s why I was asleep and missed the meeting.”
Adrien was amazed. He chuckled. “You never cease to amaze me” he said.
Marinette blushed. “I guess you knowing that Ladybug is just little ol’ me makes her less impressive.”
Adrien grabbed Marinette’s hand. “Ever since I first laid eyes on you, I’ve wanted to know this side of you, and now I have it. I’ve always had it. Just imagine. If everything had gone off perfectly, and you had met me in the park, none of this would have happened. Your imperfections are what make you endearing. I could never hate that.”
Mainette blushed some more. “Thanks Adrien.”
“You’re welcome” Plagg said. Tikki slapped him.
Adrien smiled. “So, why don’t we go to the couch and discuss what to do about Valentine’s Day over this candy?”
Marinette smiled. “I’d like that.” The two walked over and sat on the couch. They talked about everything. Their lives as superheroes. School. Even the Valentine’s Day dance. They then snuggled up together and gave each other another kiss.