As he climbed out of the car, he remained behind Adrien's back. There were a lot of other kids walking around, talking and laughing.
Adrien glanced back at the car as it pulled off into the on-going traffic.
"Welcome to Collége Françoise Dupont." Adrien looked at Noir who blinked in confusion.
"That's a long name…" Noir mumbled. "Maybe this was a bad idea."
"Cat got your tongue?" Adrien laughed and looked forward as he fixed his bag on his shoulder.
"Hey dude!" A young dark-skinned male came running up to Adrien. His choice of clothing was a lot more enthusiastic in Noir's opinion.
"Hey, Nino." Adrien gave his friend a fist bump before standing aside, revealing Noir who was shuffling his feet along the ground.
Nino gasped, fixing his glasses. "Woah, Chat Noir! Outside of costume?"
"Hold on Nino!" Adrien waved his hand in panic but it was too late. Many other students had heard Nino and came rushing to the gates of the school.
Noir's tail spiked up in panic and he clutched to Adrien's arm, sinking his claws into the rich white fabric.
"Chat Noir? Here? Awesome!" someone shouted.
"It's not Chat Noir!" Adrien shouted which sent the group of kids silent, staring at Noir who felt like crawling into Adrien's shirt and staying there.
"Its, Chat Noir's brother." Adrien said, turning to his side and trying to pry Noir off of his arm.
"He has a brother?"
"They look exactly alike!"
"It's weird not seeing the mask and suit"
"How do you know him though?!"
"Are you best friends with Chat Noir?!"
Adrien stopped his efforts with Noir and looked to the crowd that began to grow louder.
"U-Um, no…well yes!" Adrien groaned, feeling like this was going to take quite awhile.
Noir let go of Adrien's arm and took a small breath.
"E-Everyone?" Noir felt his cheeks flush hot red as he heard his own voice crack.
Everyone blinked and looked at him, making the feline feel a lot more nervous.
"M-My, uh, brother trusts A-Adrien to look after me…I'm not like my b-brother."
Adrien gave Noir a small smile of praise, proud that Noir was trying to help him get through to the students.
Nino fixed his hat a bit. "Oh…so that's why you said you were so busy last night."
Adrien blinked and chuckled. "Uh, yea."
"He's so cute!" Rose squealed and came forward, grabbing Noir's cheeks.
Noir flinched, not ready for such close contact from a stranger.
"Um, alright, just give him some space please." Adrien waved his hand. Rose blinked and blushed.
"S-Sorry!" She giggled and stepped back.
"So is his name Chat Noir too?" Nino asked, feeling rather confused as he noticed that Noir's ears and tail were fully real.
"No, it's just Noir." Adrien corrected.
"Adrikins!" A loud female voice came thundering through the crowd.
Adrien felt his heart sink. Noir rubbed his ears from the high pitched squeal.
Chloe didn't need to ask for the students to move, they moved as they saw her coming.
Blonde hair, striking blue eyes, Noir would have thought of her as quite a pretty girl until she opened her mouth.
"Hey, Chloe." Adrien greeted politely with a small smile.
Chloe was about to hug Adrien but paused once she saw Noir looking at her.
"Adrien! Chat Noir is behind you!" She pointed, her nail almost touching Noir's nose.
Noir backed up and gave her a rather cold look. Adrien had spoken of a highly annoying girl named Chloe. He saw why Adrien disliked her so.
"No, Chloe, It's Chat Noir's brother. This is Noir." Adrien corrected her.
"Oh." Chloe blinked but then returned her attention quickly to Adrien. "Adrikins I-"
Noir grabbed Adrien's hand and dragged him past the crowd who looked on in surprise .
Chloe's jaw dropped open. "Hey! Wait!"
"N-Noir!" Adrien nearly stumbled as Noir dragged him towards the school building. Noir stopped and looked at Adrien.
"Sorry, I just couldn't stand it. You need to push her away!" Noir suddenly poked Adrien's chest.
Adrien flinched. "Watch the claws man. And I can't do that." Adrien pulled away from Noir. "She was the first person I knew; I can't just push her away."
Noir blinked before his eye twitched. "…Man, I really don't get you."
"Hey Adrien." Marinette walked by with Alya, giving a polite wave to the two boys.
"Hey." Adrien waved back to the two girls. Noir smiled small and waved at Marinette as well.
"I've already told Alya." Marinette mentioned as they walked into the building.
"Nice to meet you Noir." Alya walked past Noir, giving him a kind smile. "I'd like to have an interview with you later if you don't mind!"
"Um." Noir blinked, losing his words again as usual.
"He'll think about it." Adrien waved at Alya who soon disappeared in the building.
"I can't do an interview Adrien, I might say the wrong things." Noir quickly looked at the other.
"It's alright, for now I'll try and stop her from asking you questions until we get you a clear background story." Adrien patted Noir's head who soon smiled.
Miss Bustier smiled kindly at Noir who sat in between Adrien and Nino.
"It's nice to have you in my class Noir. I hope you'll enjoy your stay here."
"T-Thank you." Noir gave a bashful grin, glancing down to the desk awkwardly.
A few kids giggled at how shy Noir was, finding it quite odd that he was a polar opposite of his brother. Noir sunk down in the seat but was soon pulled back up by his shirt collar.
"It's ok, just ignore them." Adrien whispered to Noir who gave a weak smile at him.
For the time being, Noir wasn't going to be doing any work as he was not ready. His level of intelligence was that of a 5th grader. Adrien had been instructed to do homework with Noir to get him up to speed.
Noir glanced around the room during the lesson to take a good look at everyone. Chloe was mostly glaring at him. Noir wasn't too sure if he really liked the whole school thing. It was boring. He wanted to have some cheese and just go to sleep.
"Hey, keep yourself busy." Adrien whispered as he nudged Noir out of his daydreaming before giving the boy a piece of paper and a pencil.
Noir blinked, looking down at the desk. He picked up the pencil and sighed softly. He began to sketch a slice of Camembert, drawing hearts around it. He appreciated that Adrien was going through such a big effort to get him out into the world, but maybe he was just a typical stay-at-home cat.
And, now that he was revealed Noir had no choice but to do his best to behave. If he didn't behave, he'd put shame to Adrien and his father. Noir felt rather stressed about that.
Adrien glanced to the side, noticing that Noir had grown bored very quickly with the piece of paper and pencil. His eyes widened as he watched Noir pick up the pencil and begin to chew it.
"Hey, that's my pencil you're chewing." Adrien whispered angrily.
Noir blinked, pushing the back of the pencil against his fang, scratching it. He gave Adrien a glare.
"I'm hungry. I'm normally getting food by now." He whispered back.
"Well you're going to have to wait." Adrien muttered.
"You two, shush!" Marinette leaned over and smacked the two over the head.
Noir flinched and spat the pencil out. Adrien groaned in disappointment.
"Would you two like to say something?" Miss Bustier cleared her throat and walked to the front row of seats.
Nino scooted aside, not wanting to get in trouble as he was already serving 2 hours of detention.
Adrien and Noir looked at Miss Bustier innocently, giving her big smiles.
"Ah, no Miss I was just telling Noir to keep himself busy." Adrien rubbed his neck.
"Ugh, I thought we weren't allowed pets in school?" Chloe spoke up, getting rather irritated that all the attention was on Noir.
Noir glared at Chloe with Adrien.
"He's not a pet, Chloe." Adrien corrected her.
Noir folded his arms, sitting back as he looked away from Chloe.
Chloe huffed through her nose and folded her arms while shaking her head. "Miss Bustier, cant you see that by having Noir here he only causes distraction?"
Miss Bustier sighed. "Now, everyone deserves a chance." She gave the two boys a stern look. "Don't let me catch you two causing trouble again."
"Yes Miss, Sorry." Adrien apologized while Noir looked down with folded ears.
The lesson was silent for the next 40 minutes, Noir finally deciding on sleeping through the entire thing.
Once the bell rang everyone left the classroom at a steady pace to get to their next class.
Noir yawned and stretched his arms over his head; his tail stretching out was well.
"I'm going to be late for my next class if you don't hurry up." Adrien said, looking behind him as Noir shuffled his feet along the floor slowly.
"I'm hungry. I'm bored." Noir complained. Adrien blinked before sighing.
"Alright, here's some money." Adrien took his bag and dug for his wallet, pulling it out and quickly zipping it open.
Noir blinked as he was handed a few coins. He looked at them, feeling rather confused.
"The vending machine is just around the corner. That's enough to get you a coke and a bar of chocolate. Just, look at the pictures ok?" Adrien said, trying to move on.
"I can READ." Noir stuck his tongue out, feeling rather embarrassed that Adrien was treating him like an illiterate dumb child.
"Alright, sorry." Adrien gave Noir a small wave. "Wait for me outside alright? Don't go wandering!" Adrien then fully turned away from Noir and ran down the hallway to get to his class which he was currently late for.
Noir's ears folded down before he heaved a sigh.
He walked around the corner, his eyes catching the large glinting white machine. He stood in front of it, his eyes slowly hovering over the different snacks.
He looked at the coins in his palm and hesitantly slotted them into the machine. He pressed the buttons that co-ordinate with what he wanted and stood aside, staring down at the bottom of the machine where he knew his food was going to come rolling out.
He heard the thunk and bent down quickly, picking up the can of coke and small bar of Snickers. He stuck the chocolate into the front of his pocket before his nail popped the can open.
Noir took a quick sip of the coke, allowing himself to feel refreshed from the cool bubbles that fizzed against his tongue and throat as he swallowed.
"You've got to tell him."
Noir's ears perked up as he heard a familiar female voice drift closer. He looked around and quickly ran around the other corner, pressing his back up against the wall.
"I don't know… I mean, we both know that we like each other and it's pretty obvious we both want to make it official…but…" Marinette sighed, walking up to the vending machine and pushing a few coins in.
Alya smirked. "But? Come on girl…he's a catch, and the fact that he prefers you over Chloe says quite enough!"
Noir's eye's narrowed quickly while his ears perked up further, his stomach beginning to rise up into his chest.
"I know!" Marinette groaned, bending down and pulling a small packet of chips out. "I'm just not sure if…it's a good time."
"Why? Is it because he's suddenly got to babysit? That reminds me! I need to find Noir!" Alya quickly whipped her phone out to set herself a reminder.
Noir felt his fangs push down into his bottom lip. Babysit? It was nothing like that. He had to take in a deep breath to keep himself from lashing out. Between being shy and angry, Noir could become beyond vicious and mean.
"No." Marinette frowned at Alya. "I just think that Adrien and I need more time. We've hardly been on any dates. He's a busy man you know." Marinette giggled with a small blush, pulling her bag of chips open. "Now, stop asking me questions! Let's get to class."
Noir heard the footsteps patter off. When he could no longer hear them he came out of hiding. He had not noticed that he'd been so angry that he'd dug his nails right through the can.
His eyes widened and looked down. He quickly evaluated his situation. If he were to take his claws out, all of the liquid would come spurting out. If he were to keep them in, and quickly drink the coke, he'd be fine.
Noir sighed and walked over to the trash can that sat beside the vending machine. He pulled his nails out and quickly chucked the bursting coke into the can.
He saw no point in walking around with his claws stuck in a can. He quickly licked his nails clean before taking out the chocolate bar. It was best that he tried to forget about the conversation he had recently heard.
He took a stroll out of the building, towards the center where there was a large open area with a sparkling fountain. Noir smiled and placed himself down on the ledge of the fountain. The sound of running water always relaxed him, despite the fact that he was a cat.
He peeled the wrapper off of the chocolate and took a small bite, savoring the sweet milky taste that stuck to his taste buds. The clear blue sky with a few birds passing by eased his nerves. He felt content and at home. In no time he was left with only an empty wrapper which he stuffed back into his pocket. Noir closed his eyes and took in a deep breath.
Clean air, with a hint of the fresh water behind him and a dazzling aroma of daisies made his cheeks and nose warm up. He could have easily fallen asleep right there.
Everything was then suddenly wet. He felt his body temperature quickly decrease as his eyes snapped open. His vision was blurry, but he soon realized why. His head was under the fountain, the powerful stream was running over his face.
He quickly gasped and hurled himself out of it, clutching at the ledge, trying to haul himself up.
Noir felt his heart sink as he heard laughing. He managed to wipe the hair out of his eyes, being able to see the two girls in front of him.
Chloe smirked with her hands on her waist. "Sorry, when I see filthy things I always have an urge to dump them into water." She cackled, her friend joining in.
Noir's eyes trembled slightly, but he did his best to keep himself in control. He slowly stood up which made Chloe stop laughing and take a step back.
He put on a weak smirk, trying to handle this with the best of his abilities. Chloe raised her eyebrow, not expecting this of him. But her smirk soon came back as Noir's eyes widened.
"Oh my god." She burst out with a great wail of laughter, holding her stomach. Her friend did the same thing.
Noir felt his entire body burn red as he realized his jeans had dropped down to his ankles. The water had made them heavy, and the fact that he wasn't wearing a belt wasn't helpful. He quickly pushed himself back down into the water and slunk back into the pouring stream, wanting it to blur his vision again. He wanted it to cover his face. He didn't want them to see him crying. He wanted to go home.
He wanted Adrien to come fetch him.