Chapter 12: This is Halloween
As the Sun set in the horizon, bringing that day to an end, Paris prepared itself for a night that many would say belonged to creatures that were not of this world. In fact, if there was someone whom the night belonged to was Hecate, the Greek goddess of magic, sorcery, witchcraft, necromancy, ghosts, death, fire, light, crossroads, childbirth, wilderness, night, and the Moon. But, on that particular night, many associated Samhain, the spirt of Halloween to it, so Hecate was temporarily relegated into the background. Halloween belonged to Samhain.
As the stores closed, and people raced homes to be with their families and friends on that spooky night, already were lots of kids on the streets, dressed up as their favourite characters to go trick or treating, always accompanied either by their parents, their grandparents or by an aunt or an uncle, and in some cases, an older brother or sister. The kids mission was to have fun on that night and collect as much candy as they could, so it would last them until Christmas at least. As the kids roamed the streets, the chilly wind made both the trees shake, and the fallen leaves to dance in whirlwinds, as if they had a mind of their own. There was not a single street in the centre of Paris that did not have at least one Jack O'Lantern lit in each building's doorstep, keeping up the tradition for both decorative reasons, as well as a more spiritual reason, for according to tradition, it was costuming to create those lanterns to signal the evil spirits that roamed the land on that night, that they were not welcomed there. This only contributed to give the whole night of Halloween an even spookier and more mystical feeling.
And, just like every other family who celebrated Halloween, the Dupain-Chengs had also spruced up their home, both inside and out. Tom Dupain And Sabine Cheng had already decorated the bakery earlier that week, but only on the 31st did they decorated the outside of the bakery, as well as the doorstep of their house. Later that night they would be handing candy to every little boy and girl that came ringing at their door. But first, they both had to take little Manon trick or treating. And while the two of them put on their costumes for the night, Marinette helped Manon put on her costume.
It had taken her a little longer than she initially thought to sew her old costume to fit Manon, but in the end, it came out even better than she had expected. Giggles and laughs filled Marinette's room, as the blue-haired girl helped Manon with her costume.
"Try to stand still, Manon." -Marinette told her. –"You want to look pretty and scary, don't you?"
"Yes." -Manon answered her.
"There, it's done." -Marinette took a step back to admire her own work, and to also see if Manon looked okay in the costume. –"I'm not one to brag, but I think you look perfect, Manon." -she giggled. –"All we need now is to put you the wig. But first, let's put some make-up on you."
"Make-up, yeah!" -Manon exclaimed, as Marinette went to get the inks she needed.
With a steady hand, and a little help from Tikki, who kept Manon calm by telling her a story, so she would stand still for Marinette, the blue-haired girl, gave the little girl a paintjob that would put to shame some make-up artists. The black mask over grey skin was a nice touch and gave the little girl a rather unique and quite stunning look. As she placed the black wig on her head, Marinette looked at Manon and told herself that she looked unrecognizable.
"Alright, it's one. You're all set." -Marinette said, smiling with pride, as Manon went to look herself in the mirror. Upon seeing herself, the little girl jumped for joy.
"Thank you, Marinette, thank you!" -Manon kept jumping, while also giggling. Marinette had to ask her not to jump very much, so the wig would not come off.
"You look amazing, Manon." -Tikki chirped, as she hovered in front of the little girl.
"Thank you, Tikki." -Manon said.
"Okay, then turn around so I can take a picture of you in your costume. That way you can show it to your mom when she arrives tomorrow night." -Marinette said, as she grabbed her camera. It had been a present from her parents from her last birthday Although she relied more on her cell phone to take pictures, when the occasion called for it, she would use her camera instead, and right then, the occasion called for it. –"Alright, now, give me a big smile for the camera, Manon."
Pointing the camera at the little girl, Marinette snapped a couple of photos, asking Manon to make either funny faces, or, giving her costume, an evil and wicked face. The little girl asked the blue-haired girl to snap a couple of photos with Tikki, but the little kwmi reminded her that neither or any of the other kwamis appears on photographs or any kind of video footage. This was found by Max, who had used his kwami, Ari, for a couple of experiments, to try to find more about what exactly the kwamis were in scientific terms, and when photographing and recording Ari, discovered that he did not appear on any of the footage had had either taped or photographed.
"I'm sorry, Manon, but you know that she doesn't appear on film." -Marinette
"I know…" -Manon sighed.
"Come on, no sad faces. This is Halloween, you should be smiling. Come on, smile a little more, so I can snap a couple of more pictures of yours." -Marinette insisted, trying to make her smile.
Making her smile, Marinette snapped a couple of more photos, and then, asked Manon to come and sit by her side on the chaise-longue, where she showed them to her, who was happy with the result. To her, there was nothing Marinette could not do perfectly, and it was not just because she was secretly a super-heroine. It was because she was a great babysitter and a great friend to her. Unlike all the other babysitters she had had, who were either too bossy, not fun enough or just treated her like a kid, while not trying to understand her, Marinette treated her as if she was her own age, she was not bossy, and she was incredibly fun. In sum, she was the kind of person, Manon would always want to spend time with.
"So, did you like the photos?" -Marinette asked her, as she flipped through the photos. –"Oh, look, you look really evil on this one!"
"I liked that one, where I'm winking to the camera." -Manon giggled.
"Oh, that's a really good one." -Marinette said, as she flipped back to the one Manon was talking about. –"Tomorrow, I'll print this one, so your mom can put in her wallet." -she smiled.
"For when she misses me, she can see me, right?" -Manon asked her, with her usual innocent voice.
"That's right." -Marinette
"Speaking of time, you should also get ready, Marinette." -Tikki told her, as she looked at the clock. –"It's almost time to go."
"We still got time, Tikki." -Marinette told her. She was only going to transform a little later. –"Besides, you still haven't eaten all the candy and sweets I bought you." -she pointed to the plate filled with liquorice strings, candy corn, gummy bears and bonbons that was on the desk. –"I don't want you to get sad about not having any candy tonight, because of me going as Ladybug to the party."
Tikki had already eaten a few of the sweets in the plate, but she felt that Marinette had gone a little overboard with the amount of sweets she served her. Still, she did not say anything, especially because she liked the candy. She was going to eat all that candy, just not right then.
"But I want to see you transform!" -Manon said. Ever since she found out Marinette's secret, she would try and ask Marinette to transform in front of her, just so she could see it happening. For the little girl, when the blue-haired girl went from plain old Marinette to Paris very own superheroine Ladybug, that was a moment when she knew that magic existed. -Please, Marinette, please!" -she begged her, using her baby-doll eyes.
"Oh, alright. I can't resist those eyes of yours." -Marinette smiled. No matter how much she tried, there was just no way she could resist whenever she used that trick. She could take down an Akuma, without having to think about it, but she could not resist the charms of a little girl. –"Fine, but you better step back a little, sweetie. I'm going to need a little bit of space for this." -she said, as Tikki approached her. –"Alright then, ready, Tikki?"
"You betcha!" -Tikki winked at her.
"Tikki, transforme moi!" -Marinette exclaimed, as the little kwami was sucked into the miraculous earrings.
Once again, by saying those words, Marinette's clothes were replaced by her Ladybug outfit. Watching her transform, Manon applauded. She never got tired of watching that happen. As she put it, it was magical, in every sense of the word. Smiling, the blue-haired heroine looked at Manon, who kept staring at her. Feeling in a mood for a little roleplay, Ladybug wasted no time in trying to have some fun with Manon, while waiting for her mom to come and pick her up.
"Well, then, what do we have here? Are you a new akuma?" -Ladybug asked her.
"Yes! I'm the Puppeteer!" -Manon giggle evilly. She and Marinette had come up with the idea of her dressing up as an akuma, complete with powers and even a silly catchphrase.
"The Puppeteer, you say?!" -Ladybug exclaimed, between giggles. –"You don't scare me! I, Ladybug will defeat you!" -she said, as she placed herself in her usual fighting stance.
"You wish!" -Manon laughed evilly, as she grabbed two puppets that were near her, and pretended that she was controlling them. –"My minions will stop you!"
During those five minutes, both girls played and laughed to their heart's content. One of the good things about Manon knowing Marinette's secret identity, was that when she transformed and began to show off her skills, she did not have to pretend to be someone else for the little girl. When they finished playing, Manon kept laughing, as Marinette grabbed her and held her in her arms. Her body still ached from her fight against Hawk Moth, the night before, but she did not say a word. She did not want Manon to get worried about it.
"That was fun! Especially when you jumped over me like that." -Manon said, referring to when the heroine somersaulted over her head, landing gracefully in front of her.
"Well, I only did that because you were trying to turn me into shreds." -Ladybug giggled, making her also giggle. –"You know what, Manon? I hope you never get akumatized by Hawk Moth. You'd be one tough cookie to defeat."
"You mean it?" -Manon asked her innocently.
"I do." -Ladybug smiled. Just thinking about such a thing, made the girl tremble. Hawk Moth akumatizing Manon or anyone else she cared about, was a terrible thought-. She would have a hard time fighting someone she cared deeply about. But, thinking about it, the chances of any person she cared about being akumatized were very slim, because Hawk Moth and his goons tended to choose people who got mad or furious quite easily. –"But that will never happen, as long as I'm around."
She had just finished saying that, when there was knocking at the door. Ladybug did not have to guess who it was, since she was already expecting it. Wasting no time, she placed Manon on the ground and told her mom to come in.
"I came to see if Manon was ready… whoa, you both look amazing!" -Sabine said, as she entered the room and saw both Manon and Marinette
"Look, who's talking, mom." -Ladybug said, as she looked at her mom's costume. She had chosen to dress up as the Bride of Frankenstein, while Tom had chosen to become Frankenstein on that evening. Sabine looked incredibly beautiful in her costume, though spooky at the same time. The only thing she did not like about her costume was the wig, which she felt was a little too big, and it made her difficult to move her head at will. Still, it was worth it to look like the character. –"You look amazing too."
"Oh, thanks, Marinette. But, I didn't know you were going as Ladybug." -Sabine said, as she approached her daughter. –"Did you make the outfit yourself?"
"No, I bought it. I wanted to make one myself, but fixing this little devil's costume took me longer than I expected." -she told her mother. –"So, I had to go with plan B."
"Well, it's still a very pretty one. You look just like her. Even the mask looks like the one she wears." -Sabine said, as she looked at her daughter, examining the outfit. –"Still, I hope you're not going outside wearing only that. It's cold, so be sure to take a jacket with you." -she told her.
"Don't worry, mom, I'll take one." -Ladybug smiled. If her mother knew that that outfit was magical and acted almost like a second skin, preventing her from feeling any cold, she would not have told her that. Deep down, she was a bit surprised her mother not realizing that her outfit was the real deal, and not a cheap copy that could be bought in every costume store in town. –"Are you going out already?" -she asked her.
"Yes. Your dad is just finishing putting his make-up on. After he's done, we'll be going with Manon trick-or-treating." -Sabine answered her. –"What about you? What time are you going to the party?" -she asked.
"I'll be going in about half an hour or so." -Ladybug told her.
"Well, then remember. I don't want you to stay out all night. Be back, just before midnight, understand?" -Sabine told her.
"Understood, mom. I promise I'll be home a little before midnight." -Ladybug smiled, as she went to the desk and grabbed a piece of candy corn from the plate she had laid for Tikki. She was sure she would not mind if she took one.
"Alright, and before we go, you know that we need to do our usual Halloween tradition." -Sabine said, as she grabbed Manon by the hand.
"You got it."
"Oh, right, honey. I forgot that you don't know about this. But, here at home we usually take a family photo with our costumes on, every year." -Sabine said.
"Can I be in it too?" -Manon asked her.
"Of, course you can, silly." -Ladybug said, as she grabbed her camera. –"Let's do it."
After taking the photo, her parents went out with Manon. As for Ladybug, she waited a little bit longer to go. While waiting, she asked herself if she should use her powers to get to school using the rooftops and her yo-yo, to get there faster, or just walked to it like everyone else? In the end, she decided to walk. That was likely the only night in the year where she could walk on the street in her outfit, without people coming to her for a photograph or an autograph. Walking through the street, she took her time to appreciate the unique sense of freedom. On that night, she was both visible and invisible at the same time, and she did not know how to feel about that.
"This feels a little weird." -Ladybug thought to herself. –"I'm so used to having people coming towards me, when I'm wearing this suit, that it feels strange to have people ignoring me." -she told herself. –"Still, I like it."
As she walked down the streets, she saw several police officers and police vehicles patrolling the streets. That reminded her of the announcement that was made earlier that morning, stating that due to Hawk Moth's attack, to prevent another one, the entire police force, as well as a small army detachment would be providing surveillance to ensure the safety of everyone on the streets. She understood why this was being done. Hawk Moth had managed to scare everyone in Paris the previous night, so it was normal that people would be scared to go out trick or treating with their children, or allowing them to go alone. By having the police and the army patrolling and ensuring everyone's safety, was the right thing to do, so that Halloween night would go without a hitch. When passing by one, she smiled at them, in appreciation for their work.
She passed by several groups of kids, all dressed up in costumes, trick or treating. They were all wearing every conceivable costume there was. Classics like vampires, werewolves, ghosts, mummies, clowns, zombies, among many others. And, of course, newer costumes like Transformers, Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Sailor Moon, Wonder Woman, Pinkie Pie, among many others. And of course, there were also lots of kids wearing costumes from the Miraculous Team. In a matter of minutes, she lost count of how many Ladybugs, Rena Rouges, Grizzly Bears, Chattes Noir, among others, went by her. She smiled, thinking that even though they were always fighting bad guys and monsters, they had somehow managed to become a good influence on the kids and the rest of the people in that city.
She had just crossed the street, when a group of kids exited a building, and among them was a little girl dressed as Ladybug. She must have been 11 years or so, not much younger than herself. Running to get to the next building, the group passed by her, when the little Ladybug fell and dropped her candy. Seeing this, the heroine wasted no time in helping her get up.
"You know, you have to be a little more careful, Ladybug. You don't want to lose your candy, do you?" -Ladybug told the little girl.
"Thank you." -the little girl said, as the heroine handed her bag with candy. –"Hey, are you the real Ladybug?" -she asked her.
"Why do you ask?" -Ladybug asked her.
"Because you look like her." -she told her.
Hearing her say that, the scarlet heroine smiled. Still, not wanting to tell her that she was the real one, she decided to play her a little Halloween prank.
"Nope, I'm not the real one. The real one must be around, also celebrating Halloween." -Ladybug answered her, when she heard the little girl's friends calling her. –"And I think you too should go and celebrate it too. Watch your step, okay?"
"Okay. Thanks, and Happy Halloween!"
"Happy Halloween, little Ladybug." -Ladybug waved at her.
She had just finished waving at her, when she heard a horn. Turning around, she saw a black limousine with its lights on, approaching her. She recognized it as being the limo Adrien usually came, when his bodyguard/driver brought him to school. As the limo parked in front of her, she saw the backseat window coming down, only to reveal a certain black feline smiling at her.
"Need a ride, milady?" -Chat Noir asked her, always grinning at her.
"Ch… Adrien!" -Ladybug exclaimed. For a second there, she almost called him Chat. –"Well, if you're offering, I won't say no." -she said, as he opened the door for her. Upon entering, she saw that he was not alone. Carapace was with him.
"Hey there, Marinette!" -Carapace waved at her.
"Hey, Nino!" -Ladybug said, as she sat next to Chat. It was the first time she entered in his limousine, and she was quite surprised by it. The inside was just like the inside of every limo she had seen in movies. For a second there, she left like she herself had somehow slipped into one of those movies.
"Okay, we can go." -Chat told his bodyguard, after which he closed the divider window, giving the three of them a little privacy, and turned his attention to the heroine. –"Didn't expect to bump into you."
"I could say the same thing for you." -Ladybug told him. –"How did you recognize me? I can't be the only Ladybug on the streets tonight."
"Let's just say that Adrien over there, would recognize you among hundreds of Ladybugs." -Carapace joked. –"As soon as he saw you, he knew it was you." -he told her.
"Really?" -Ladybug giggled. She knew Carapace was just joking, but it felt good to hear those words. Plus, a small part of her hoped that what he said was true and that her crush would actually be able to recognize her among hundreds of other Ladybugs.
"Actually, I recognized you because of your yo-yo." -Chat whispered to her ear. –"So far, you're the only Ladybug who's wearing it the right way." -he whispered at her.
"Really?" -she whispered at him. –"Didn't even notice it."
"Huh, guys? You know I'm not the kind of guy who's always ready to know every little bit of gossip there is, but come on, don't keep me in the dark here." -Carapace joked.
"Oh, he was just telling me that he recognized me because of the way I wear my yo-yo." -Ladybug said.
"That means he's a good a great eye." -Carapace joked, embarrassing Chat a little.
"Come on, Nino, stop that!" -Chat chuckled.
"Hey, I'm just being honest, okay?" -Carapace told him.
"Anyways, are you two ready for the party?" -Ladybug asked them, trying to change the subject. –"I know we were the ones who planned the whole thing, but, I don't know what to expect when we get there."
"We sure are." -Carapace answered her. –"And believe me, whatever happens, with me on the job, you'll at least know that you'll have the right beat to dance." -he told her. He was just itching to get to the party, so he could go and do what he liked doing the most, being a DJ.
"Amen to that. After what happened to me about an hour ago, I got enough adrenaline in me, to dance all night long." -Chat sighed.
"What happened to you?" -Ladybug asked him, curious.
"Oh, yeah, you still haven't told her." -Carapace laughed. –"Oh, believe me, Marinette, you're going to crack yourself up with what happened to Adrien."
"It was no big deal… I mean, it was a big deal, but at the same time it was not." -Chat told her. –"Let me start from the beginning. It started right after I put on this outfit..."
Adrien had just said the magic words, and his clothes were replaced by his Chat Noir outfit. As he checked himself in the mirror, in his head, he could still hear Plagg's voice telling him that he had plans that night, and that those plans did not include spending the night inside the miraculous ring, while Adrien had all the fun.
"Sorry, Plagg, but after last night, I need to relax and have some fun… ouch, but just a little bit, ouch!" -Chat said. Though he had recovered, his body still ached a little bit, especially when he stretched out his arms. –"Okay, note to self, try not to move my arms tonight."
Checking the time, he saw it was time for him to go and get Nino before heading to the party. He had already called Nathalie to tell his bodyguard to have the limo ready for him, so all he had to do was go downstairs and go. But first, he had to go and tell his dad that he was going to the party. Smirking, Chat was wondering how his dad allowed him to go to the party in the first place? Usually he would not allow him to go anywhere. But recently, he had begun to give him a little more freedom, something he never did.
"Maybe he's just giving me some space, so I can have a normal teenage life." -Chat thought to himself. –"That's what mom would want me to have." -he said, once more remembering just how much missed her. But, that was not the time for him to be said. He was going out to celebrate Halloween that night, and with some luck, impress Marinette with some of the dance moves Nino had taught him. –"I just hope she doesn't think I'm a square or anything, when I ask her to dance with me… Oh, come on, you're Chat Noir, man! You got this! It's time to party."
Checking himself once again in the mirror, to see if his hair was right, he was ready to go. Heading towards his bedroom door, he was about to open it, when the handle turned, and the door opened, revealing the last person in the world Chat would ever think he would see there. Standing in front of him was a man wearing a purple suit, black shoes and a silver mask around his head, while holding a cane in his hands, and that man was none other than… Hawk Moth.
"Aaahh! What are you doing here?!" -Chat exclaimed, as he leaped into a fighting stance.
"Adrien?" -Hawk Moth asked him. But the voice did not belong to the villain. It belonged to someone else. It belonged to his…
"D-Dad?!" –Chat asked, realizing that it was his dad, and not Hawk Moth, who was standing in front of him. When he realized what had just happened, he felt like in his mind a panic button had just been pressed, blocking his rational thought.
"What are you doing?!" -Gabriel Agreste asked his son.
"M-Me?! What are you doing in that outfit?" -Chat asked his dad- It was the first thing it came to his mind to ask.
"What kind of a question is that? I told you yesterday, this is the outfit I'll be taking to the Halloween party Mayor Bourgeois has invited me to." -Gabriel told him in a neutral voice.
"Y-You're going as Hawk Moth?" -Chat asked him, still not believing or remembering that he had told him he was going as his mortal enemy the night before."
"I know, I know, it's not the best choice given what happened yesterday, but it was not my choice." -Gabriel told him. –"This is what happens when I ask another of my assistants to do a chore, instead of asking Nathalie to do it in the first place. Next year, I'm asking her to choose my Halloween costume instead." -he thought to himself. –"And you… I didn't know you were going as Chat Noir."
"Y-Yeah, well… it was a late decision. I couldn't find an outfit that I liked, and well, when I saw it, I told myself that I wouldn't look half-bad wearing it." -Chat told his father.
"I see." -Gabriel smiled. When he smiled, Chat felt a shiver up his spine. He was not used to see his dad smile, and the fact that he was wearing a Hawk Moth's costume, the whole combination just creeped him out. –"Well, I hope you don't plan on coming home too late."
"Uh, no. I know that you told me to come home until 11 p.m., but… well, you see, my friends and I, we were the one who came up with the theme for the party this year, and well, I was wondering… if it would be alright for me to come back home a little later? Let's say, midnight?"
Gabriel Agreste was a man who was not used to being contradicted or otherwise challenged. Furthermore, he was a man who once had decided something, would not go back on his word, no matter the context or the situation. And that usually went for his son. Still, lately he had started to be a lot more comprehensive when it came to Adrien. Without realizing it, he had begun to treat him more like his son, and not like he was a robot who had to obey his every command. And that felt good. It felt good to allow him to be himself, and to be with his friends as much as he could, instead of forcing him to stay home like he was a prisoner. Smiling, he answered:
"Oh, alright, I guess an extra hour won't do any harm, especially since you don't have school tomorrow." -he said.
"Thanks, dad." -Chat said, smiling at him.
(End of flashback)
Upon hearing him tell her the story, Ladybug wondered if what he had told her was not just an episode from the Twilight Zone.
"Your dad… dressed as Hawk Moth…" -Ladybug said. –"Okay, I'm pretty much speechless."
"And after that, we did our Halloween tradition. We took a photo with our costumes on. It's sort of a tradition that was started by when my mom was still alive." -Chat said, trying not to sound nostalgic.
Though calm on the outside, on the inside, when she heard Chat say that, Ladybug almost exploded with joy. She could not believe that he and her shared a tradition, and that just made her feel, even more than before, that he and her were made for each other.
"You don't say?" -Ladybug said, trying to act casually. –"So… that means, that now there's a photo of you alongside Hawk Moth?" -she giggled.
"He won't show it to me." -Carapace declared. –"Maybe you'll get lucky and he'll show it to you."
"Not going to happen." -Chat said. –"It was already surreal enough for me to see my dad wearing that outfit once. I don't think I'll ever be able to look at that photo again, without thinking that I thought for a few seconds that Hawk Moth had found out my real identity and had come to get me."
The mere thought of Hawk Moth finding out their true identities was more than enough to cause them nightmares. If the villain, or any of his stooges ever found out who was behind the masks, that would mean disaster for both the heroes, as well as everyone they knew and cared for. But, with some luck, that would never happen, as long as they were careful.
"Well, if you don't want to talk about it, or show it to us, that's okay with me." -Ladybug told him. –"Oh, look, we're arriving!" -she said.
Outside, there were already several people standing in front of the school's entrance, all dressed in their costumes, ready to enter. Looking through the limo's tinted glass window, Ladybug quickly recognized her best friend Alya in her Rena Rouge outfit, as well as Mylene in her Forest Doe outfit, standing in front of the school's stone ladder. They had all agreed to meet at the school's entrance, and that was what they were doing, waiting for the rest of the gang to show up.
"Alya and Mylene are already here." -Ladybug declared.
"Then, let's join them." -Chat said.
"It's party time, people!" -Carapace exclaimed, as he got ready to exit the limo.
On the streets, everything was calm. Apart from the cries of happiness from the kids who were trick or treating, there was nothing else to report. After his heroic deed the night before, Lt. Raincomprix had been commended by Mayor Bourgeois, as well as given a raise. On top of all, he and been given Halloween night off, as a reward. Although he had thanked him for the commendation and the raise, he told the mayor that he could not take the night off, knowing that his brothers in arms, even those who had previously been given the night off and were ordered to come to work instead, would be spending that night patrolling the city and making sure that if Hawk Moth dared to show his face, they would be ready to intervene. If his daughter was younger and he had to take care trick or treating, like he did in the past, he would have gladly accepted the night off to go with her. But his little girl was not that young anymore. Sabrina was already old enough not to go trick or treating, and instead, was going to a Halloween party by herself, with her friends. So, there was no real reason for him to take the night off. He would much rather be on patrol, ensuring that everything went alright for everyone, including Sabrina, who would be having fun at the party.
Sitting in the car, he had been assigned a temporary partner, given that his usual partner was at home, sick with a flu. This new partner was a rookie, who had come out of the academy just a few months ago, and he was still green around the gills. His name was Émilien Dufort. So, to help him gain some experience, Roger Raincomprix decided to let him drive the car that night. It had been silent, since they got out of the station. They had just passed by the Palais du Luxembourg, when he decided to break the ice with some friendly conversation.
"First night on the job?"
"No. But it's the first time a senior officer let's me drive the car, sir." -the rookie answered him.
"Please, don't call me that. Just call me by my first name, alright? At least, when it's just the two of us." -Lt. Raincomprix told him.
"Alright, if you insist." -Émilien agreed. –"Oh, and, would you mind if I…"
"Go on, I know that you want to ask me something from the first moment you saw me." -Lt. Raincomprix said.
"Well… then, how… how was it facing that terrorist last night, all by yourself?" -Émilien asked him.
"How was it? I don't know. To be honest, I don't even know how I should feel." -he answered humbly. –"I mean, I just did what I had to do. I'm sure any other police officer who was in my shoes would have fired against him." -he said. –"I don't know if you were expecting something else from me, but… well, that's that."
"Permission to speak freely, lieutenant?"
"Permission granted, although this is not the army and I told you to call me Roger, okay?"
"I just feel that, well, when facing a man like Hawk Moth… I don't think I would've been able to even point my gun at him, let alone shoot him, without, you know, thinking about what he could do to me."
"Of course, you could. And you know why? Because you're a police officer, rookie. You're on the right side of the law, and he isn't. That's what make you, me and every cop in this city better than him. While he wants to destroy and cause pain and suffering, we want to make sure that he doesn't get his way, you know?" -Lt. Raincomprix told him.
"W-What were you thinking when you shot him?" -Émilien asked him.
"What was I thinking? Well, I was thinking about my wife… but mostly, I was thinking about my daughter and how much I love her." -Lt. Raincomprix told him. Seeing as they were about to stop at a red light, he decided to show the rookie a photo of Sabrina he always carried in his wallet. –"This is her, my little Sabrina."
The photo he had on his wallet was one that it had been taken around that time the year before. It showed Sabrina along with Chloé, when the heiress took Sabrina to help her choose a gift for Adrien. Sabrina felt that she had looked so cute in it that she gave it to her dad, so he could put it on his wallet.
"She's cute… and, is that the mayor's daughter?"
"Yes, it is. Sabrina and she are best friends, and they even attend the same class and all." -Lt. Rainscomprix said. –"I… hey, what was that?!" -he asked, as he pointed
A few seconds before, what looked like a post box passed in front of the car, flying through the air. This turned out to be true, when this one landed on top of a parked vehicle, triggering its alarm. Almost after that, something in even more incredible happened. Several skeletons, each one scarier than the one before, and all brandishing weapons that went from pipes to bats and even swords, ran past them, destroying everything they found in their path. The whole thing looked like something out of a horror movie.
"And here I thought this was going to be a quiet night." -Lt. Raincomprix thought to himself, as he exited the car.
"What is that?!" -Émilien asked, not believing his own eyes.
"Trouble, that's what it is! Call dispatch and tell them to send reinforcements to our location!" -Lt. Raincomprix exclaimed. –"Looks like Hawk Moth doesn't know when to give up." -he thought to himself, knowing that was going to be a long night.