starry eyes sparking up my darkest night
Summary: When Ladybug and Chat Noir discover that Shadowmoth is Gabriel Agreste, Ladybug’s expecting them to finally gain the upper-hand in the fight. Instead, her partner completely disappears.
Unexpectedly, he comes to find Marinette instead.
Notes: part 2 of come in with the rain, part 1 here. based on @carpisuns’ comic!
Adrien flinches so hard he nearly tips out of his chair. It’s as if someone has breathed sheer terror into every bone, muscle, nerve and sinew of his body and for a moment all he can think of is what if Father found out?
Then he looks towards the source of the sound—it’s from his window. There’s barely any light, but he’s familiar enough with Ladybug to recognize her even under darker conditions.
Adrien’s heart stutters, stills, stops.
He was planning to talk to her, but not like this. Not as Adrien Agreste. Now, she hangs off her yo-yo, dangling in front of his window, too soon. He’s not ready. Adrien’s breath catches in his throat, and a different sort of fear settles in.
But he can’t leave Ladybug outside in the rain, even if the prospect of talking to her scares him. Feeling a bit numb, Adrien rounds his desk and heads towards his window so he can let Ladybug inside.
He unlocks the hatch. It clicks. She steps carefully into his room. Adrien tries to remember how to breathe.
She’s staring at him, blue eyes wide but indiscernable. Adrien does not know how to break the silence. He doesn’t know what to say to her. In fact, he doesn’t even know why she’s here. To tell him that his father is Shadowmoth? On a rainy, miserable midnight? It doesn’t make sense.
“Adrien,” Ladybug finally says quietly. The silence, ever delicate, yields but does not shatter under her voice; it’s soft and gentle, like she’s trying to fit an essay’s worth of compassion into one single word.
At her tone, all his reserves threaten to splinter. Adrien fights the urge to ask for forgiveness—for not showing up to patrol, for ignoring her, for not telling her—because he can’t. He’s not her partner right now, just Shadowmoth’s son.
“Ladybug,” he greets, surprised to find his voice coming out steady. “Did something happen?”
She doesn’t look angry, or disgusted, or anything. Maybe a bit sad, or maybe that’s because water drips down from her drenched hair and traces down her cheeks to form the illusion of tears.
God, he had missed her so much.
“Adrien,” Ladybug repeats. “I-I have to tell you someth—”
“My father is Shadowmoth.” The words bubble past his lips before he can stop himself.
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