Luka, bearer of the Snake Miraculous and sole protector of Paris, has fought akuma for over a year. The worst of them, a mysterious boy known as Chat Blanc, has almost beaten him several times. Luka needs a partner...and when Master Fu gives him the Mouse Miraculous, he knows just who to give it to: Marinette Dupain-Cheng, proven Heroic Bystander and Luka's crush.
Now if only that weirdo Adrien would stop hanging around her, they could get down to figuring out who Chat Blanc is...
This fic includes the following tropes:
- Adaptational Villainy: In canon, Gabriel Agreste was not physically abusive, though that was pretty much the only good thing that could be said about him.
- Forced into Evil: Adrien is brainwashed all the time, and sometimes literally beaten into obedience. He retains just enough sense of self to not target people with Cataclysm, and keep his Love Interest at arm's length.
- For Want of a Nail: In several ways.
- Master Fu decided the Ladybug Miraculous was too powerful to risk its loss, and gave out one Miraculous- the Snake- instead.
- The Miraculous Hawkmoth found was the Cat's, not the Peacock.
- Luka and Marinette meet much earlier than in canon.
- The Man Behind the Man: No one even knows that Hawkmoth exists.