Close Kept Secrets Pt.5
Marinette and Adrien were beyond relieved to know about the other’s identity. It was a big weight lifted off their relationship, both on and off the battlefield. They learned to deal with and trust each other in battle, not worrying too much about the other’s capabilities. Even though they knew each other’s identities, they continued to keep Ladybug and Chat Noir as just partners, nothing more. Chat still swooped into Marinette’s bedroom at odd hours of the night and her and Adrien had gotten a lot closer in everyday life as well. They weren’t too obvious at school, but Adrien was almost one hundred percent sure that Nino knew about them. And if Nino knew, so did Alya. But they were all friends, so he wasn’t worried about it. Years had passed, all of them graduating high school and going into college. Marinette had started her own small business, making her designs and selling them online. She used a lot of social media to promote herself. It took a while, so long that she almost gave up due to lack of confidence. Alya had convinced her to continue, to push through and not give up. It had worked, because now her sales were up and trending.
Adrien had begun to take over his father’s work, mainly to get a good source of income. He had moved out of his father’s mansion and into his own apartment with Marinette as they continued their studies. Adrien honestly had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. He had always been stuck to his father’s hip as long as he could remember. It was a miracle he even let him get his own place. Even though he didn’t really know what he was doing, he supported Marinette as much as he could. He took her out when he knew she needed some fresh air from work and school. She taught him to cook in their free time, so he had tried to make her a meal here and there. He was getting much better, but still needed work. Planning dates was harder than most people would imagine. Even though he was still the suave and ever romantic Chat noir, he always wanted things to be perfect and that was rarely the case. Sometimes they would go weeks without going out, just spend a few hours binge watching their favorite shows before bed. Neither of them was upset about it, and they both enjoyed the company.
Adulting sucked, though. But, it was finally the best time of year. The time when everyone was a little kid and no one had to be at school. Christmas time. Adrien was beyond excited to decorate the house. He and Marinette had already planned a day and what they would do. From the moment Adrien opened his eyes that morning he was bouncing off the walls, making pancakes from the box and blasting Christmas music on Spotify. Marinette just laughed at him and ate her pancakes, wondering how she got so lucky. She had everything she ever wanted in life. A good career, great best friend, living with the love of her life, successful student and superhero. She was beyond content. After her meal she washed her dishes and pulled out the decorations they had stored away in a distant closet.
“So are we going with gold and red again this year?” Marinette asked, opening the plastic storage container.
“I always like it, but if you want something different we definitely can.” He smiled, looking at her as she thought. He loved her thinking face; it was funny. She looked like the thinking man statue.
“Maybe we should do…winter wonderland?” She pulled out the white and blue decorations.
“It better be white Christmas this year then,” Adrien laughed, pulling out similarly colored objects. Marinette was usually in charge of the decor, although Adrien definitely helped in the smaller decisions.
They jammed out to their Christmas music while propping up the ladder to begin placing the decorations on their tree. The tree in question was right next to their front window, across from the couch. It wasn’t so much in the way there, and it was harder for their cat to tip it over. Speaking of the devil, Croissant crawled underneath the ladder to look at the ornaments at the bottom of the tree.
“Don’t even think about it, you mangy cat.” Adrien glared at the overly fluffy tabby cat who innocently looked back at him.
“Don’t talk to him like that!” Marinette immediately went to the cat’s aid. “You’re a good boy, Croissant.” She gently scratched his back before moving him to one of the chairs beside the tree.
“He’s not innocent, he snatched my toothbrush the other day! I couldn’t find it for like twenty minutes. He is a thief,” he said matter-of-factly.
Marinette just laughed at him, the noise releasing the tension from his face. He may have saved that cat and agreed to keep it, but it was trying to steal his girlfriend. Adrien was the only one for her and no cat was getting in his way.
As they continued to decorate their small home Adrien began thinking of the future and what it might hold for them. He couldn’t help but wonder if they would be doing this with their own kids. He looked over at Marinette who was doing a little dance while breaking open her candy canes to put on the tree. “Hey, Princess.” She looked at him, her dance halting. “Do you want kids?”
Marinette’s face went completely red at the seriousness of his question. It’s not like she hadn’t thought of it plenty of times, with him as both Adrien and Chat noir. The thing was, they hadn’t brought it up after they discovered each other’s identities years ago. Now they were midway through their college careers. They weren’t even engaged! That thought also made her nervous and embarrassed.
“Yeah, eventually. It would be nice to have a family, you know?” She smiled, trying desperately not to make it too awkward.
Adrien nodded, looking downward for a second. Marinette wondered what was running through his head as he zoned out.
“I won’t be like my father.” He said, suddenly.
It shocked Marinette, truly. She knew he was nothing like his father and had thought he knew the same. “Of course not, Kitty. I know that. You’ll be a great father.” She put her arms around his, carefully. It was a delicate topic, one that had not been brought up for the longest time. And now it was more serious than ever.
He hugged her back, squeezing her as tightly as he could. At that moment he could almost imagine how it would feel to press against her pregnant belly. Almost immediately he started mentally freaking out and pushing the idea as far away as possible. Maybe in a few years.
Their day continued as happily as it started. They baked cookies, which quickly turned their small kitchen into its own winter wonderland of flour. They put up a tiny stocking for Croissant by the tree and turned on How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss on their TV. Snuggled up on the couch, they cherished the moments. They thought of how amazing this winter break was going to be and what other adventures they might go on as their alter egos. This was their new life together. And it was just as amazing as they thought it would be.