Truth: Adrien doesn't generally try to impress people.

But he finds himself wanting to impress Marinette, just for a second. So when he finds out her birthday's coming up, he searches everywhere for a good present, to make her happy. Plagg laughs at him as he steps into a diamond shop.

"Thought you didn't like showing off?"

"It's Marinette. And I can afford it. And she deserves something special."

He looks through the jewelry, waiting to see the perfect present… and then he spots them.

A pair of beautiful pink diamonds, shaped into little rosettes.

Earrings.

Truth: Ladybug is responsible, and would never do something as stupid as take out her Miraculous.

But when Adrien gives her real diamonds, what's she supposed to do other than put them in? He beams, clearly ecstatic that she likes them enough to take the ones she always wears out.

She feels guilty, knowing that she's not being very responsible, but Adrien makes her lose sight of what's most important.

Anyway, it's just for, like, ten minutes. Just until he's gone. What are the chances of an akuma attack in the next ten minutes?

Well, a blast tells her exactly the chances.

100%.

And as her purse is knocked up, flying away, she realizes with a panic that she should never have taken out her earrings, even for a moment.

Truth: Ladybug and Chat Noir trust each other.

But in the moment, Chat's watching as Marinette stumbles over her words, clearly trying to tell him something about the akuma, and he shakes his head, smirking.

"Hey, let's get you out of here, Princess. My Lady and I will take care of it," he tells her.

"No, you don't understand, it's not what you think, Ladybug's not coming-"

"Of course she is," he snaps, lifting Marinette up. "She always comes."

But she doesn't, not until long after he's lost, and he realizes slowly that he should have avoided all of this, if he'd trusted Marinette a bit more… and Ladybug a bit less.

But she does, eventually, show up, and save the day. He was right in the end. And any bruises he's gotten because he expected her to show up are just part of the job.

Truth: Adrien would never intentionally make someone feel bad, especially his Lady.

But it only takes a second to say something wrong, to lash out, and when he looks up at the girl who left him for dead for the better part of the fight, he can't help but ask.

"Where wereyou? What was more important than this job? Than keeping the city safe?"

She flinches at the questions. "I… I tried to get there, but my earrings-"

"What? You lost them? They stopped working? That's not even possible, the Miraculous-"

"I took them out, okay?"

"I'm sorry, you WHAT?"

She frowns, crossing her arms defensively. "A guy in my class got me earrings. So I thought I'd take the Miraculous out for ten minutes to show him I liked them."

He frowns. Does everyone give girls earrings today?

Wait.

Truth: Adrien Agreste is completely oblivious.

But it just takes a moment for an idea to set in. Just an idea. Nothing that really proves anything.

But the oblivion is fading.

And this moment won't be as fleeting.