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Raymond Fillingame
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I'm not too good at drawing, but I love art. I'm also on my way to starting a religion, so there's that...
As well, I've decided to start posting fanfics on here. And I'll also post random haiku. I take requests, haikus are free.
So, I'm going to start posting my brother's drawings on here. He's the better artist between the two of us. In general, unless specifically stated, all drawings are his, posted here with his permission.

((Yes, this was way too long coming, I'm so, so sorry about that, but I didn't know what to do. NONE OF YOU WILL SAY ANYTHING! For real, I don't know what to do or what anyone wants because no one ever gives me any feedback. So please, if you're interested in this and you want to see more of it, please, please, PLEASE, comment something. Lemme know that people are actually reading the bloody thing, that it's not a waste of my time.))


    Steven ran outside and leapt onto Lion’s back, riding towards the center of Beach City from which people were fleeing.  He was almost shocked to see not just one but three corrupted gems attacking the city.  He saw the Worm monster from the day he met and talked to Connie for the first time, the day he learned how to make his bubble.  It was devouring a box from the Big Donut filled with some sort of promotional glowing cup.  Meanwhile, the Big Bird from the day he met Opal was flying around and swooping on people, trying to eat them.  Lastly, he saw one of the old corrupted quartzes rummaging through an alley.

    He didn’t know if he was angry or proud to see Tim running out of the Big Donut, trident in hand, to fight off the Worm.  Around the same time, the quartz was thrown back, Rodney dashing into it.  The bird dove down at some people running, only for a spear to fly past its beak, forcing it to pull away.  Mary was on the ground, sighing, relieved she managed to ward it off.

    “Uncle Steven,” Beth said as she approached.  “My armor is ready, should I use it?”

    “Uh, save it for now.  Just stay here with Lion for now.”  She didn’t seem pleased, but he didn’t have time to worry.  Gabriel approached, gauntlets out.  “Good.  Looks like Mary could use some help with the Bird.”

    “I got it!”  Steven felt a shock of fear at that phrase as Eric came flying in as a parrot, Centipeetle on the ground and following.

    But as the Bird dove at the seemingly easy prey, Eric changed mid-flight into a porcupine.  The Bird snapped him up, but immediately started coughing, landing to retch and giving Centipeetle the chance it need to douse the creature’s legs in acid.  Mary gave the final strike, a spear through the back, taking care of the first threat.

    Steven ran up to bubble the gem, while Gabriel and Rodney manhandled the quartz into submission with ease between the pair, poofing it through sheer crushing power and bringing it over to their guardian to bubble it.  “Okay, that leaves…”  The oldest half-gem blanched as he saw Tim chase the Worm into the water.

    “Don’t worry, my suit has aquatic capabilities,” the young genius stated, pulling out a metal disk from her overalls.  She slapped it to her chest, and her black armor grew outward from there, the first time anyone but Mary had seen the process.

    “Beth!” Steven called out, causing the youngest to turn.  “…  Be safe, and take care of Eric.”

    “Of course.  He’s family.”

    In the clear waters off the coast, Tim found that the Worm could move as easily as him, and that he’d lost the advantage his flight gave him on the surface.  It took every bit of training he had to dodge and strike back against the corrupted gem, but he knew he couldn’t do this alone.  As he dodged another lunge, not even able to get off a counter attack this time, he could faintly hear a garbled voice.

    “Eric, I’m moving in.”  He didn’t think anyone else could fight underwater and was incredibly glad to be wrong as a green blast hit the Worm, knocking the angry gem off course and saving him.  Beth stood in her armor just at the top of the shelf above where he fought the Worm.  “I’m charging up primary blast, but I need it still.”

    “With pleasure.”  Tim gave a salute and threw his trident at the Worm to catch its attention before heading towards a small crack in the stone.  Like the mindless beast it was, the Worm followed with an angry roar.  Tim cheered a moment when he slipped inside the sea cave and his foe slammed into the wall, but that ended when he saw the crack widen and the first rocks fall.  “Beth?  It’s now or never!”

    The only answer he got was when an explosion rocked the sea bed, more rocks falling around him.  Luckily, the cave held, and outside there was naught but silence.  Swimming out revealed a crater in the wall and a gem resting in the sand.  When the swimmer looked up at the shelf, he saw Beth leaping down.

    “Woohoo!  Beth, that was—“

    He was shocked into silence as Beth hugged him, not hard enough to hurt but enough to show how worried she was, though that may have just been the suit’s strength enhancements.  Before he could address it, she pulled back and turned.  “…  Don’t tell anyone, okay?  I want them to take me seriously.”

    “Of course, Beth.”  He smiled, though, because that didn’t change the fact that she was worried about him.  “Come on, let’s take the gem to Uncle Steven.”

/0\

    To say she was worried was an understatement.  She’d almost stopped in the middle of her work when she heard the sounds, but she trusted Steven to take care of it.  Though that didn’t stop her from grabbing a sword and running after him once she’d finished up in the bathroom.  To her pleasant surprise, she found the battle over when she got there, all of the kids standing around her husband and talking excitedly about the battle.

    “Aunt Connie!” Eric was the one who noticed her, and they all ran up to hug her.  “Auntie, you should have seen Mary, she was incredible,” the young hoodlum praised, an interesting sight in the formal clothes he’d worn to see Yellowtail.

    “She finished off the Big Bird,” Steven explained, smiling.  The young girl blushed and stammered, but that didn’t hold off the adulation of her family.

    “And Rodney went toe-to-toe with that quartz,” Adam said, a hint of pride in his voice.  “He almost didn’t even need us.”  Eve tittered as the most hot-headed of the kids glared at each and proceeded to argue about who actually poofed the gem in question.

    “How about Tim soloing the Worm?” Beth mentioned, giving him an interesting look.  “I was very impressed, he did very well on his own.”

    When everyone went to congratulate him, he shook his head.  “I was handling it well at first, but in the water I lost my advantage.  I couldn’t have taken it down on my own.  Beth was the one who made the shot.  That armor of hers is amazing.”  She blushed heavily at the praise being directed at her, hiding a small smile.

    “I’m proud of all of you,” Connie said with a smile, impressed.

    “What about you, what was that about back there?”  The doctor/warrior groaned, looking back to the house at Steven’s question.

    “Well, that still has to be seen…”

    “Steven!”  There was a collective groan as Buck approached, worried about something worse happening.  Instead, the mayor was smiling.  “I have to say, I was worried about the kids, but I can see you’ve trained them well.  I mean, Mary stuck that bird like a holiday turkey.”

    “Tim, that was amazing!”  The tanned boy shouted out as his father ran up behind him to hug him.  “You saved the promotional cups!”  Everyone got a laugh out of that, and next seemed to be Ronaldo’s turn to approach.

    “Drat, I missed a chance to see your combat armor,” the fed said, adjusting his shades.

    “Apologies, father.  It takes three days for it to recharge.  Next time, I will inform you before I head into battle so that you may observe.”

    “Eric, little dude, you ran off, man.”  Sour Cream walked up and smiled.  “Pops said that next time, he wants to talk to you some.”  Eric rubbed the back of his head in embarrassment but nodded.

    Jamie was somewhere between terrified, livid, and overjoyed, eventually settling on hugging the twins close, much to one’s chagrin and the other’s pleasure.  Steven had watched all of this would a mixture of joy and sadness, before glancing over at Rodney on the edge.  Mr. Smiley was approaching, and the boy seemed like he was dreading what came next.

    “Boy…  Come on, dinner’s getting cold, and you need to wash that dust out of your hair before you get anywhere near my dinner table.”  This treatment seemed to throw the young warrior for a loop, but he didn’t resist as the elderly arcade owner led him home.

    That seemed to be the signal for everyone to scatter and go back to acting like regular humans, each waving goodbye to the rest and to their guardians.  Steven, Connie, and Lion started the walk back to the in-progress Universe home in silence.  Connie was pensive, Steven was thinking, and Lion was Lion.  Back home, she fled to the bathroom, delaying Steven’s questioning, but only until he knocked on the bathroom door.

    As the door opened, Steven saw his wife come walking out, tears in her eyes and a scared smile on her face…holding a pregnancy test with a small pink plus sign staring back at him.



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Hey.  You know, if you wanna see more of my SU-Z fic, you should, I don't know...
REVIEW IT?!  Seriously, how am I supposed to know what you people want if you won't tell me?!

((Yes, this was way too long coming, I'm so, so sorry about that, but I didn't know what to do. NONE OF YOU WILL SAY ANYTHING! For real, I don't know what to do or what anyone wants because no one ever gives me any feedback. So please, if you're interested in this and you want to see more of it, please, please, PLEASE, comment something. Lemme know that people are actually reading the bloody thing, that it's not a waste of my time.))


    Steven ran outside and leapt onto Lion’s back, riding towards the center of Beach City from which people were fleeing.  He was almost shocked to see not just one but three corrupted gems attacking the city.  He saw the Worm monster from the day he met and talked to Connie for the first time, the day he learned how to make his bubble.  It was devouring a box from the Big Donut filled with some sort of promotional glowing cup.  Meanwhile, the Big Bird from the day he met Opal was flying around and swooping on people, trying to eat them.  Lastly, he saw one of the old corrupted quartzes rummaging through an alley.

    He didn’t know if he was angry or proud to see Tim running out of the Big Donut, trident in hand, to fight off the Worm.  Around the same time, the quartz was thrown back, Rodney dashing into it.  The bird dove down at some people running, only for a spear to fly past its beak, forcing it to pull away.  Mary was on the ground, sighing, relieved she managed to ward it off.

    “Uncle Steven,” Beth said as she approached.  “My armor is ready, should I use it?”

    “Uh, save it for now.  Just stay here with Lion for now.”  She didn’t seem pleased, but he didn’t have time to worry.  Gabriel approached, gauntlets out.  “Good.  Looks like Mary could use some help with the Bird.”

    “I got it!”  Steven felt a shock of fear at that phrase as Eric came flying in as a parrot, Centipeetle on the ground and following.

    But as the Bird dove at the seemingly easy prey, Eric changed mid-flight into a porcupine.  The Bird snapped him up, but immediately started coughing, landing to retch and giving Centipeetle the chance it need to douse the creature’s legs in acid.  Mary gave the final strike, a spear through the back, taking care of the first threat.

    Steven ran up to bubble the gem, while Gabriel and Rodney manhandled the quartz into submission with ease between the pair, poofing it through sheer crushing power and bringing it over to their guardian to bubble it.  “Okay, that leaves…”  The oldest half-gem blanched as he saw Tim chase the Worm into the water.

    “Don’t worry, my suit has aquatic capabilities,” the young genius stated, pulling out a metal disk from her overalls.  She slapped it to her chest, and her black armor grew outward from there, the first time anyone but Mary had seen the process.

    “Beth!” Steven called out, causing the youngest to turn.  “…  Be safe, and take care of Eric.”

    “Of course.  He’s family.”

    In the clear waters off the coast, Tim found that the Worm could move as easily as him, and that he’d lost the advantage his flight gave him on the surface.  It took every bit of training he had to dodge and strike back against the corrupted gem, but he knew he couldn’t do this alone.  As he dodged another lunge, not even able to get off a counter attack this time, he could faintly hear a garbled voice.

    “Eric, I’m moving in.”  He didn’t think anyone else could fight underwater and was incredibly glad to be wrong as a green blast hit the Worm, knocking the angry gem off course and saving him.  Beth stood in her armor just at the top of the shelf above where he fought the Worm.  “I’m charging up primary blast, but I need it still.”

    “With pleasure.”  Tim gave a salute and threw his trident at the Worm to catch its attention before heading towards a small crack in the stone.  Like the mindless beast it was, the Worm followed with an angry roar.  Tim cheered a moment when he slipped inside the sea cave and his foe slammed into the wall, but that ended when he saw the crack widen and the first rocks fall.  “Beth?  It’s now or never!”

    The only answer he got was when an explosion rocked the sea bed, more rocks falling around him.  Luckily, the cave held, and outside there was naught but silence.  Swimming out revealed a crater in the wall and a gem resting in the sand.  When the swimmer looked up at the shelf, he saw Beth leaping down.

    “Woohoo!  Beth, that was—“

    He was shocked into silence as Beth hugged him, not hard enough to hurt but enough to show how worried she was, though that may have just been the suit’s strength enhancements.  Before he could address it, she pulled back and turned.  “…  Don’t tell anyone, okay?  I want them to take me seriously.”

    “Of course, Beth.”  He smiled, though, because that didn’t change the fact that she was worried about him.  “Come on, let’s take the gem to Uncle Steven.”

/0\

    To say she was worried was an understatement.  She’d almost stopped in the middle of her work when she heard the sounds, but she trusted Steven to take care of it.  Though that didn’t stop her from grabbing a sword and running after him once she’d finished up in the bathroom.  To her pleasant surprise, she found the battle over when she got there, all of the kids standing around her husband and talking excitedly about the battle.

    “Aunt Connie!” Eric was the one who noticed her, and they all ran up to hug her.  “Auntie, you should have seen Mary, she was incredible,” the young hoodlum praised, an interesting sight in the formal clothes he’d worn to see Yellowtail.

    “She finished off the Big Bird,” Steven explained, smiling.  The young girl blushed and stammered, but that didn’t hold off the adulation of her family.

    “And Rodney went toe-to-toe with that quartz,” Adam said, a hint of pride in his voice.  “He almost didn’t even need us.”  Eve tittered as the most hot-headed of the kids glared at each and proceeded to argue about who actually poofed the gem in question.

    “How about Tim soloing the Worm?” Beth mentioned, giving him an interesting look.  “I was very impressed, he did very well on his own.”

    When everyone went to congratulate him, he shook his head.  “I was handling it well at first, but in the water I lost my advantage.  I couldn’t have taken it down on my own.  Beth was the one who made the shot.  That armor of hers is amazing.”  She blushed heavily at the praise being directed at her, hiding a small smile.

    “I’m proud of all of you,” Connie said with a smile, impressed.

    “What about you, what was that about back there?”  The doctor/warrior groaned, looking back to the house at Steven’s question.

    “Well, that still has to be seen…”

    “Steven!”  There was a collective groan as Buck approached, worried about something worse happening.  Instead, the mayor was smiling.  “I have to say, I was worried about the kids, but I can see you’ve trained them well.  I mean, Mary stuck that bird like a holiday turkey.”

    “Tim, that was amazing!”  The tanned boy shouted out as his father ran up behind him to hug him.  “You saved the promotional cups!”  Everyone got a laugh out of that, and next seemed to be Ronaldo’s turn to approach.

    “Drat, I missed a chance to see your combat armor,” the fed said, adjusting his shades.

    “Apologies, father.  It takes three days for it to recharge.  Next time, I will inform you before I head into battle so that you may observe.”

    “Eric, little dude, you ran off, man.”  Sour Cream walked up and smiled.  “Pops said that next time, he wants to talk to you some.”  Eric rubbed the back of his head in embarrassment but nodded.

    Jamie was somewhere between terrified, livid, and overjoyed, eventually settling on hugging the twins close, much to one’s chagrin and the other’s pleasure.  Steven had watched all of this would a mixture of joy and sadness, before glancing over at Rodney on the edge.  Mr. Smiley was approaching, and the boy seemed like he was dreading what came next.

    “Boy…  Come on, dinner’s getting cold, and you need to wash that dust out of your hair before you get anywhere near my dinner table.”  This treatment seemed to throw the young warrior for a loop, but he didn’t resist as the elderly arcade owner led him home.

    That seemed to be the signal for everyone to scatter and go back to acting like regular humans, each waving goodbye to the rest and to their guardians.  Steven, Connie, and Lion started the walk back to the in-progress Universe home in silence.  Connie was pensive, Steven was thinking, and Lion was Lion.  Back home, she fled to the bathroom, delaying Steven’s questioning, but only until he knocked on the bathroom door.

    As the door opened, Steven saw his wife come walking out, tears in her eyes and a scared smile on her face…holding a pregnancy test with a small pink plus sign staring back at him.



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((I want to thank everyone for all of the support! I think this is perhaps my most popular fanfic so far. Alright, something I'm saying now. There are actually two endings written up for this. There's a regular happily-ever-after type, and then there's one to segue into a longer, more serious fic. They're going to be posted together. So, when that time comes, tell me what you think.))

Despite the difficultly, Adrien safely got her down and home, explaining to their friends that they'd gotten lost and that she'd fainted after running, probably still weak from her earlier fainting spell. They believed that without too much convincing, and after some begging agreed to leave him to watch over her alone.

A few minutes later she stirred, looking around. When she looked at Adrien with a question on her lips, he just nodded. She understood. He quickly checked the trapdoor, an awkward Nino and Alya waving back before slinking away. Back by Marinette's bed, Adrien sighed. "So…are you…disappointed?"

The heroine sighed and crossed her arms, turning away lightly. "I'm disappointed that you didn't tell me…but I'm not disappointed that it's you." He let out a sigh of relief and smiled, one that Marinette mirrored.

"So… Now what?" She shrugged, biting her lip gently. He nodded and stepped forward. "Um, I have an idea?" He didn't continue until she nodded. "Um… Well, I was… Would you have dinner with me at that restaurant down the street?" Marinette nodded vigorously, feeling as if her dreams were all coming true.

A week later and no one could deny the truth. Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste were the ultimate power couple. After shutting down Chloe's repeated attempts to ruin their relationship (not to mention purifying no less than three akuma caused by her), and after dealing with a few very jealous guys at school (of which only one became an akuma, thankfully), no one could deny them anymore. They were smitten and lost in each other, and they had trouble acting otherwise. This caused some issues as heroes, but they remained able to retain (most of) their professional attitude.

By far, those who most supported their relationship were their best friends…and Marinette's parents. After learning of the star-crossed lovers, Sabine went overboard trying to "help" in ways that just seemed to make them more uncomfortable, while Tom's solution was to unleash enough puns to make Chat Noir gag. But now, they had to deal with something worse than that.

They had been officially dating for one week, and now it was time to inform Gabriel Agreste. At dinner, one of the rare few in which he joined his son to eat, he was mildly surprised as, once again, his son spoke first, asking about something. And for once, he couldn't simply brush it off. "Father… I wanted to tell you I started dating a girl. I was wondering if I could bring her to dinner tomorrow. You know her. Marinette Dupain-Cheng?"

Adrien's father swallowed his bite roughly and looked across at his son. The boy seemed more confident than usual. No, less afraid. He had the face of a man who had made a decision and was waiting for either permission or an excuse. Gabriel was honestly impressed. He hadn't seen such confidence from his son since the boy's mother disappeared…

"That would be acceptable." And with that, the fashion mogul stood and left despite an almost full plate. Adrien was surprised at how easy that was but wasn't one to complain. A hurried text to his beloved sealed the deal.

Later that night during patrol, Chat mentioned it. "It was odd. No questions, no requirements, nothing. Just, 'acceptable' and he vanished."

"Well, maybe he's just happy you found someone?"

"Impossible. Since my mother disappeared, my feelings are the last thing on his mind."

"He's still your father."

"I suppose…" Ladybug turned to her partner and scratched his head, Chat easily relaxing under her ministrations.

"Adrien, he's still your father, and no matter what, he does care about you. Just watch."

"Alright, bugaboo… Come on, tonight's quiet, let's rest."

"You just don't want me to stop scratching." He just grinned and purred, and Marinette found she didn't have a problem with indulging him.

The next day, Marinette looked up from getting ready for her dinner at the Agreste mansion to see Alya. "Girl, you know there's a limo waiting for you." Marinette rushed to the window and squealed lightly. "It's a good thing you two finally got your stuff together."

Marinette just nodded and made her final adjustments. "How do I look?" She had let her hair down and curled it, and she was wearing a short red dress with puffy sleeves and lace trim. Her shoes were professional black, with just a little heel. She had a light dusting of makeup, and she was wearing a second pair of earrings.

"You look amazing, and Adrien might drool." They both laughed, remembering how he actually did drool when he saw her at their first date. "Now go, rock his world and show his dad who's boss."

Her parents met her by the front door for goodbyes and pictures. "Dad, it's not like it's prom or anything."

"I know, but you just look so beautiful." Her mother agreed, so Marinette reluctantly posed for a couple photos before leaving.

The ride was short and comfortable, the driver quiet and faintly reminiscent of a gorilla. At the Agreste residence, the secretary Nathalie led her into the dining room. Inside was a long table with two occupants, Adrien and Gabriel Agreste.

Adrien had a formal black suit with a forest green tie, his hair made up for the evening. Gabriel was as he always was, impeccable. Adrien looked up and gasped quietly before sporting a wide grin, awe-struck by her beauty. Gabriel raised an eyebrow, physically impressed by her appearance. Marinette blushed and made her way towards the end of the table by Adrien, sitting down at his side.

"Marinette, you look…amazing," her boyfriend gushed, still smiling like an idiot. His father coughed, and Adrien flinched visibly, smile fading. "Ahem, father, this is my girlfriend, Marinette Dupain-Cheng."

"H-hello, Mister Agreste. It's a pleasure to be here, thank you for having me."

"Charmed," he said slowly. "Tell me, where did you get that dress? I don't think I've seen it anywhere before."

"Oh, Marinette makes all this stuff herself," Adrien provided with pride. "Remember, she won that hat contest?" Marinette flushed as Gabriel raised an eyebrow for the second time that night.

"Interesting. You have a lot of skill for someone so young. Tell me, do you have more?" The man smiled softly, already planning, seizing an opportunity. Of course, the kids didn't know that, and so with some mild embarrassment, Marinette talked about her designs, and, for the first time in years, he participated in a human conversation with his father. By the end of the meal, Marinette's natural charm had the room, the entire house even, feeling more relaxed than it has been in years. Even Gabriel warmed up, smiling freely and talking. He even allowed Nathalie and Gorilla to sit down and join them. For one night, the Agreste mansion was warm, it was alive.

((Man, all of this support and feedback is amazing. Wish I could get this kind of response on my other stories. :/ Anyway, here's the next bit. Oh, and I've got another one in the works after this one is over, so keep an eye out. ;) Enjoy!))

Adrien fidgeted as he stood outside of the bakery the next morning. He was technically using the day of the week his father allowed him for tutoring Marinette, but he decided this counted as a special lesson. Nino, standing next to him and chuckling at his friend's discomfort, certainly wasn't helping. The plan was a day out to the park, where Nino and Alya would conveniently leave. Where Adrien was supposed to "trip" and fall into Marinette's lap, sparking a confession from one or the other.

Alya met them at the door with a conspiratorial wink shortly before Marinette joined them. As a group, they made their way to the park for a nice picnic among friends. They were all enjoying themselves, so much that three of them almost forgot the plan. Eventually, Alya signaled Nino and the two hurried off, leaving the lovebirds alone in a suddenly tense silence…and by leaving that meant they hid behind a tree to watch.

After a couple minutes, just as the matchmakers were getting ready to intervene, Adrien started laughing quietly, surprising Marinette. "A-Adrien?"

"Sorry, just… Alya had this entire plan set up, but now…I can't remember it!" He laughed harder, leaning back.

"Plan?" Marinette was deeply confused, and his actions only made it worse, his next in particular. He leaned forward very suddenly, putting their faces inches apart.

"Marinette, the truth is, Alya set this up just so that I could tell you that I like you, a lot." There was a deep silence, very quickly followed by a thud as Marinette fell backwards, unconscious.

An hour later, in the comfort of her own room, Marinette awoke with a squeal of mixed terror and joy before looking around in stark confusion. All four friends were alone in her room, her parents below bustling about the bakery. "W-w-w-w-w-?"

"Marinette, girl, calm down," Alya said, attempting to placate the frantic girl. "Seriously, that's how you react to Adrien revealing he likes you?"

Silence, then a smaller thud as she fell back against her bed, causing the other three to sigh in unison. "I knew this was a bad idea," Adrien started. "I should have stuck to my original plan. Wait until the next physics test and take her out to a restaurant to celebrate her passing."

"That actually does sound like a good idea," Nino commented before falling quiet at his own girlfriend's glare, but she sighed too.

"Maybe we shouldn't have tried such a ridiculous plan," she admitted.

"It wasn't ridiculous, just a little…" Nino fell off, stopping while he's ahead.

Adrien sighed and sat down on the chaise lounge. "Who thought it would be so difficult to admit a crush. I mean, you'd think it's not that hard. 'Marinette, I don't know how I didn't recognize this earlier, but I'm head over heels for you.'"

"Well, Marinette has had worse troubles than you in that department," Alya reminded the model. "She once sent you an embarrassing message where she forgot to hang up before ranting about her crush on you. She made it her mission to steal your phone, hack into it, and delete the message. And she did it, too."

Nino chuckled and Adrien smiled. "Really? Wow. … I guess I can't blame her. I was avoiding it myself until you told me she felt the same. I was terrified that she wouldn't feel the same. That, if she saw who I was outside of being the model Paris loves, that maybe she wouldn't like what she saw."

"Adrien…"

The three looked up in surprise as Marinette sat up, tears in her eyes. Alya moved immediately to usher Nino out and to give Adrien and Marinette some privacy.

Adrien swallowed hard and waited as Marinette stood before him. "So, you heard…"

"All of it," she answered, looking away. Adrien sighed and ran a hand through his hair. "So…did you really mean it?" He nodded in response, muttering a short "yes" when he realized she still wasn't looking at him. "So, you really…"

"Marinette Dupain-Cheng, I am in love with you, utterly and hopelessly." The two blushed in unison at his very blunt confession, but Adrien held his gaze on her, afraid of her answer, afraid to look away. Marinette swallowed hard, unable to meet his gaze at first. But after a deep breath she met his gaze solidly before speaking.

"Adrien, I—" She bit her lip, gaze starting to shift away, confidence suddenly lost. But he wouldn't let it end there, and he reached out to cup her cheek. She was startled into meeting his gaze, and what she saw seemed to help steady her. "Adrien…I- Iloveyoutoo!" she finally spewed out in a stream of sounds, but he heard her clear enough, as did the two shamelessly listening through the trapdoor.

His response startled her and himself, but as he yelled in victory, hands landing on her hips and raising her up to spin her around, everything seemed to be right. So, it made sense when the akuma attacked just then.

"I WILL DESTROY YOU, MARINETTE DUPAIN-CHENG!"

An hour later, an exhausted and annoyed Ladybug and Chat Noir left the scene, a crying, de-akumatized Chloe left to deal with her jealousy on her own. On a nearby building, Chat sighed, watching his lady prepare to leave, to head back to where their friends were waiting, thinking the pair got lost in the ensuing crowd.

"Ladybug," he called, stopping her from swinging away.

"Not now, Chat, time's almost up for us."

"It's too late. I…already know…" She frowned, but realized after a moment. "…Marinette." She gasped, frozen. "A little over a week ago, after facing off against that Akuma, I left like usual. I decided, since I hadn't used Cataclysm, that I would visit a friend. And that's when I saw you land and detransform. I'm sorry I didn't tell you earlier, I just… I didn't know what to do about it."

"Chat, you mean…you've known for that long, and didn't say anything?"

He nodded and sighed. "I decided since I couldn't just unsee it…the least I could do was ignore it, for you. Well, except for one thing." His miraculous beeped, revealing how close his reversion was, her own ready to come right after his. "My lady… I know you, and you know me. And I just… I hope you won't be too disappointed in me…"

"Wha-?" Right about then, their transformations fell apart, and Marinette stared in shock at Adrien Agreste…before fainting…again.

((Still got not ideas on SU-Z, so here's the next bit of this. If anyone's waiting on SU-Z stuff, sorry, but I just don't know what to do. It'd help if I could get a little feedback.))

The next day, shortly before noon, Adrien knocked on the door to the Dupain-Cheng family's bakery. It was closed today since the owners were out of town, but Marinette opened it quickly enough. "H-hi, Adrien," she greeted, blushing some. "I've got the books set up in my room."

An hour and some progress later and Marinette called for a break. "None of this stuff seems to make any sense."

"Well, I like to look at it like a puzzle," Adrien began. "Each piece has a shape and fits in with the others. Some pieces are given, the rest you have to figure out. Look for the piece that's missing, then look for the one that fits." She nodded slowly and smiled.

"Thanks, you know, for tutoring me." She had stopped stuttering on every fifth word about ten minutes before, and Adrien was glad.

"No problem. Besides, it's nice to just hang out with you." He smiled, and it widened when she blushed. Just too cute. "I mean, normally it ends up mainly being Alya and Nino doing the talking. Now, though, I can get to know more about you."

"O-oh, w-well, I mean, there's n-not much to know," she stuttered out, causing Adrien to sigh. She faltered, looking up at him. "Adrien?"

"Sorry, just… You were finally talking to me normally." She blushed. "I've noticed you don't seem to stutter around anyone else."

"W-w-well, um, that is—" She cut off suddenly as screams came from outside. They both rushed to the window to see a car flying through the air. Below, an akuma was wreaking havoc. "Um, study time's over, you should-?"

But he was already moving, cursing softly. He got outside and transformed, rather angry that things had been cut off. On the street, a man with large arms and a wide chest was throwing everything in sight. "Hey, beefy, what's the problem here?"

"The name is Titan, and I'm here to prove I'm the best. No one is stronger than me!" A short look over—amidst dodging cars and mailboxes—and Adrien determined it was probably Kim, angry over a lost bet.

"Well then, you came to the wrong place," Ladybug crowed from a nearby rooftop. "Everyone knows we always win." She jumped down and Chat watched, awestruck. "Happy to see me, chaton?"

"Always, m'lady." They jumped back before anything more could be said, dodging the lightpole being swung like a bat. "This might be tricky."

A half hour, three dozen cars, fourteen lights, two statues, and one rather annoyed goose later, and the akuma was purified. Miraculouses beeping, the heroes fled before the reporters got there. The awkward moment came as the teens ran into each other outside of the bakery—literally.

"A-Adrien?"

"Marinette? Are you okay?"

"Y-yeah. What are you doing out here?"

"Uh, I, uh, was helping people evacuate the area?"

"Oh. Um, me too." She laughed awkwardly, and Adrien relaxed some. "Well, I guess we should get back to studying?"

"Yeah." Back upstairs, the books came back out and the previous conversation was forgotten. An hour later, Adrien checked his phone and sighed. "Well, I should be getting home for dinner."

"O-oh," Marinette replied, saddened. "Well, um… You could eat here?" She blushed furiously at her own suggestion, which got worse at his answer.

"Really? I'd love to! Just let me tell Natalie." He pulled out his phone to make the call, overjoyed when he learned it was fine. "All's good." He gave her a thumbs up and a smile, and Marinette couldn't help the way her chest warmed at the sight. "So, what's for dinner, princess?"

She gave him a slight questioning glance at his choice of nickname before shrugging. "Wait here, I'll go toss something together." It was only after she left that Adrien berated himself.

"Stupid, that's Chat's thing, not yours." He sighed, but perked up when called down, the smell of a home-cooked meal like music to his nose.

A week later and Adrien was getting antsy. His plan was going well enough, but something seemed missing. They were talking regularly, had even exchanged numbers, and he learned more and more about her every day. But, he hadn't found the right way or the courage to bring up her feelings for him. Growing desperate, he called up his best friend to set up a meeting.

At the indicated restaurant, Adrien was mildly surprised to see Alya. "Nino. Hey, Alya, didn't know you'd be here," he said in greeting. "Though…you could probably answer my question faster than Nino."

"Adrien," Nino started, motioning the blond to sit down. "This is actually something of an intervention that has been a long time coming." All he got in response was a confused glance.

"What he means is, is that half the class at least has noticed the change in you. In particular, when it comes to one miss Marinette Dupain-Cheng." He blushed, unaware he'd been so obvious. "Uh huh, you're just lucky that neither her nor Chloe have realized it."

"W-what do you mean by that?" He was worried by that. Chloe makes sense, but why Marinette.

"I know you know why Chloe would freak but… Lemme lay it out for you. Our wonderful, awkward friend…has the biggest crush on you." Adrien stared at Alya dumbstruck, certain he misunderstood. "It's why she finds it so difficult to keep her cool around you. Also, you should understand this now, but if she learns I told you this, she will kill me for it, so be thankful."

"I am, I am," he assured her, leaning forward. "So you mean the reason she's always so shy around me is…"

"She has a bigger crush on you than you have on her," Nino finished, leaning back. Adrien just sat back, looking at his hands at this information.

"Now Adrien," Alya said as she leaned forward, snatching his attention. "You need to play this smoothly. Marinette is as oblivious to your feelings as you were to hers, so you'll need to try to ease her in. Sort of like you've been doing, but now you'll have my help."

"What do you have in mind?" The smirk he saw scared him deeply.

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