Continuing Tales

Secrets and Betrayals

A Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Story
by LilyTheNinjaGirl

Part 29 of 41

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"Sure! Buzza, stripes on!" Chloe called. Immediately, yellow light flashed around the room and she felt a strange sensation running through her body, starting from her head and stretching to her toes. When the light faded, she couldn't help but stare at herself in the mirror.

She was wearing a skin tight suit, similar to Ladybug's. Except this one was yellow with black stripes. She had black knee high boots and gloves, and a black mask covered her face. Her hair stayed in its usual ponytail, with the comb on top. Around her waist was a belt, attached to a sheath for a sword. She pulled out the long, thin sword and examined it.

"Your sword is similar to a bee's stinger," Buzza said inside of Chloe's head. Chloe nearly dropped her sword from shock. "If you hit somebody, it won't hurt them or draw blood. It will stun them and make them dizzy for a few minutes."

"Good to know," Chloe breathed out a sigh of relief. "I would never be able to carry around a real sword!"

"Of course not," Buzza promptly replied. "You know what else you can do? Put something inside of your pocket. Something big!" Chloe picked up a rather large bracelet. "No, even bigger. Like a shoe!"

"Buzza, there's no way I could fit one of my high heels into my pocket!" Chloe said, examining the slim pocket along the side of her left thigh.

"Try it!"

"You're crazy, but fine!" Chloe gave in. She picked up a red high heeled shoe and attempted to stuff it into her shoe. Magically, it was like the shoe shrunk, or the pocket grew. Before she knew it, she was no longer holding the shoe and the pocket looked exactly the same size as it was before. "What? Is this some kind of joke?" Chloe just then realized that this could all be some weird dream, or a horrible practical joke.

"Nope! The Bee miraculous typically works alongside another miraculous. That miraculous distracts the opponent, and that's when the bee moves in and stuns them. Then, she can take what she (or he) needs and slip it into her pocket! There are limits, though. I think you can't put anything larger than a car into your pocket. And nothing alive," Buzza explained.

"Wow.." Chloe said. She took in a deep breath and let it out. "I guess I'd better go find Ladybug and the others before I chicken out!"

"You won't chicken out!" Buzza said. "I have full confidence in you! After all, you're the new Queen Bee!"

"Is that my name? Queen Bee... Huh, I kinda like it!" Chloe smiled a bit.

"Yup! Now let's go find Ladybug! I know the way, so just follow my instructions!" Buzza said. Then she changed her voice to make herself sound like a GPS. "Take three steps to the window. Then, turn right. After jumping out of the window, fly right!"

"Hold up, I can fly?" Chloe asked nervously. She'd never admit it, but she was afraid of heights.

"Yes, but only a little. Not like other miraculous, like the butterfly. You can only hover and glide. And if you fall, you'd manage to save yourself before you hit the ground if you react soon enough."

"Oh, fabulous," Chloe said, gulping nervously. "Here goes nothing..."

She jumped out of the window and plummeted towards the ground.


"Well, now what?" Nathaneal said loudly, breaking Adrien and Marinette's gazes from each other. Marinette, despite the fact that she was mentally exhausted, went into Ladybug/Class President/Mother mode.

"Alya, please call my parents and tell them that we found Adrien. Also tell them that you, Adrien, and I will be staying at my house since it's getting dark right now. Nathan," she turned to the red head, "You're welcome to stay as well, if you want. You'll have to ask your parents. Same goes for you of course, Nino!"

"Let me call them, I'm sure they'll say yes," Nino said, pulling out his cell phone and walking into another room. Nathaneal weighed the pros and cons of the situation. It would definitely be awkward to be here. Everybody at school knew that Adrien, Nino, Marinette, and Alya were a little group. He would be the fifth wheel for sure.

The pros? He might be able to prevent Adrien and Marinette from having a serious make out session, which is what that kiss probably would have turned into if they had been alone. So he decided to stay. Maybe he could hang out some more with Marinette. He also excused himself and made a hasty phone call to his parents.

Meanwhile, Marinette pushed Adrien down on the couch with a strict order of, "Do NOT move!" She then proceeded to lecture him for fifteen minutes.

"And I was freaking out because what if I had lost you AGAIN? Because the first time it was all my fault and now you're hurt so you can't defend yourself easily and it's all my fault!" Marinette collapsed onto a recliner nearby.

"What do you mean, it's your fault?" Adrien asked.

"I wasn't even looking for you! As Chat Noir, I mean! After our fight.. And then Adrien disappeared... And I... I thought you had kidnapped him.."

"What?" Adrien said. "How could I kidnap mys- Oh right, you didn't know who I was..." He sat there for a moment, and then his eyes widened a bit. "Wait a second, you thought that Chat Noir would kidnap someone?"

Marinette cringed. There it was. "No! I mean, yes! I didn't know what to think! We got into that huge fight! And then Adrien disappeared and I couldn't find you anywhere! And I was so angry at you that I- I don't know, I wasn't thinking straight!"

"You really thought I would kidnap someone?"

The hurtful expression on his face was squeezing her heart so tightly she knew eventually it would burst from the pressure. He looked down at his feet. "Did you really think that less of me?" he whispered.

"Adrien, Chat, no! It was my fault! I was the selfish jerk! I kept complaining about my bad day, and how hard it was for me to be Ladybug. I wasn't thinking of anything but myself! And I pushed you away because I was blinded by who I wanted to love me! My crush... MY crush! And I never realized how much I really loved you.. The Chat you, I mean. Because I was selfish, and I thought I had my whole life planned out.." Marinette took a deep breath.

"So you love someone else, huh? Is that it? And now you've finally realized you love me? How do I know you're not going to run back to that boy as soon as all of this is over?" he said angrily. His voice sounded hollow.


Adrien sat there for a few minutes, completely quiet. Finally, he spoke. "This is getting confusing," he said quietly.

"Yeah..." Marinette breathed out. Adrien pulled his knees up to his hurt chest and wrapped his arms around his legs.

"I want Plagg back," the boy admitted in a whisper. Marinette started tearing up again.

"I know, Adrien," she said, sniffling. "And it's my fault he's gone. This whole thing was my fault! If I had stayed up to keep watch, or-"

"It's not your fault, Marinette. You were exhausted. And you're human! You make mistakes! Big mistakes! You're not perfect, and you had a lot of strain from being Ladybug. I... I understand how you could draw the conclusion that you did."

"You don't have to try to understand," Marinette said, burying her face in her hands. Adrien crossed the room and brought his hand underneath her chin, lifting her head to look at him.

"But I want to understand, m'lady," Adrien whispered. "And I forgive you."

And then he was leaning in, and she was leaning in and it was going to be a perfect moment because the two of them were finally alone and-

"Excuse me?" Nathaneal said quietly, interrupted them just before their lips could meet. The boy blushed as he realized what he had accidentally stopped. But in his head he was screaming "Yes!" He backed up a step.

"Sorry if I interrupted anything," he said quietly. "My parents said I could stay over..."

"Oh, of course!" Marinette fought to keep her voice from cracking. She hastily brushed away her tears as she stood. "I suppose now would be a good time to figure out where everyone is sleeping!"

Nino and Alya were chatting in the kitchen when Marinette walked in, followed by Adrien and Nathan. They both looked up. Alya shot Marinette a 'we are so talking about whatever just happened later' glance before taking a bite of her croissant.

"Okay, so everybody can stay, right?" Marinette asked. Nino nodded, and Marinette continued. "Well, I have a guest bedroom with a one person bed. Then my bed and the chaise longue, which can each fit two."

Alya snapped her fingers. "So, Nathan in the guest bedroom, you and I sleep on the chaise longue, and Adrien and Nino get your bed!"

"Why do we get the bed?" Nino asked.

"Because I want Adrien to be as comfortable as possible, that's why!" Alya planted her hands on her hips. "Speaking of which, I need to change your bandages! They probably worked themselves loose with all of that moving around! Don't blame me if you get an infection!" Adrien winced as Alya dragged him into the bathroom, grabbing a first aid kit from the cupboard on her way over.

"So, Alya is a professional doctor now?" Nooroo asked. Nino shrugged.

"So what else is new?" The boy and the kwami went to assist her, leaving Marinette and Nathaneal alone in the kitchen. They stood there awkwardly for a few minutes.



"You can go first!"

"No, ladies first. I-I insist," Nathan stuttered.

"I was about to say, 'Right, I should take you to the guest bedroom'!" Marinette said. "Follow me!" She led Nathaneal up the stairs and into the quaint little guest bedroom. "It's kinda small..." she said. Nathan smiled.

"It's perfect," he told her. She smiled a bit, but it was immediately replaced by a frown. "I should go check on Adrien. Are you comfortable sleeping in your clothes? I'm afraid all of my dad's stuff would be way too big..."

Nathaneal nodded. "Thanks Marinette." She nodded back in response and headed for the door. After she left, Nathan shut the door and locked it. Then he flopped down on the bed.

"There really is no stopping those two from getting together," he thought.

"But you loved her first!" a little voice in his head snapped. Nathan sighed.

"But did I really?" he asked himself. The voice remained silent. "I should just move on..." He got up and stared out the window at the moon. Then he turned back to the bed. To his surprise, there was a little lump on it. "That wasn't there before..."

He moved closer. It was a little brown jewelry box with orange trim. He picked it up curiously. He couldn't stop himself from opening it. He didn't see Wayzz phase through the door and head back to Nino.

When Nathan opened the box, there was a necklace. He squinted at it. "A necklace?" He picked it up and examined it. It looked kinda like a fox tail Of course, that was probably just his artistic mind seeing things, he reasoned.

For some reason (even though he was a guy)(hey, there are plenty of guys that wear necklaces) he slipped it on. A little orange blur popped out of it and flopped down on the bed. Nathaneal bit back a scream as he stumbled backwards. "W-What are y-you?"

The little orange thing looked up, and Nathaneal realized it was a tiny fox. It looked up. "Oh hello, you must be Nathaneal!" it introduced itself.

"How do you know my name?" Nathan asked. "Wait a second, are you a kwami? And is this... a miraculous?"

"Yes," the fox answered. "My name is Kitsu! The other miraculous wielders already explained how everything works, huh?" Nathan nodded.

"Why are you here?" he asked.

"Um, I'm your kwami now..." the fox said shyly, hiding behind its tail. Nathan stared incredulously.


"I'm your kwami!" Kitsu said, a little more boldly.

"You want me to be a super hero?" he asked again.

"Of course! You display everything we look for. You're kind and caring. Loyal. You always like to look out for others, even if you're awfully shy. You're extremely passionate too. And you're willing to give up Marinette because you know she'll be happier with Adrien! If that isn't miraculous worthy, then I don't know what is!" Kitsu explained.

"So I could help them out?" Nathaneal asked excitedly. "I could help save Paris?"

"There's the attitude I'm looking for!" cheered the kwami. Nathaneal's face fell.

"But you said it yourself, I'm not very brave... I couldn't handle the pressure. What if I mess up? What if I was a liability to them?"

"You'll be fine, Nathan. Is it okay if I call you Nathan?" the kwami asked shyly. Nathaneal nodded. "I'm not the bravest either. But don't worry, we'll get through it together! And you're a lot braver than you think!"

"If you're sure..." Nathan muttered. He smiled a bit. "You really think so?"

"I know so! Do you want to transform really quickly so you can get the hang of your powers before you tell the others?"

"I guess," Nathan agreed. "It won't hurt, will it?"

"Nope! Just say: Kitsu, tail out!"

"Okay, here goes nothing! Kitsu, tail out!"

Secrets and Betrayals

A Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Story
by LilyTheNinjaGirl

Part 29 of 41

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