She stood looking out over the city on this beautiful afternoon. Strong stance, red against the deep blue sky, confidence in motion. As always, the sight took his breath away. The view from on top of this three-storey office building wasn't too bad either... apart from the people below. The ones who were trapped in what looked like phone messenger or text screens.
"OK", she said, "you think the akuma's in his headphones, I think it's in that script he keeps reading from and won't let go of. Guess we see which one we can grab first."
"I can knock the headphones off with my baton." The company that owned this building – a major internet and computer provider – had put a small garden up here as part of Paris' green roofs program. They'd also put in a cubby house that the creche could use in nice weather. It gave Chat an idea.
"You aim for that then", she said, "and I'll try for the script. But where's The Paperclip gone? I thought he was right on our tails."
Chat's heart skipped a beat. Did she realise what she'd said? Probably not. But accidental puns coming from his Lady made her even more adorable. And that was two in a row! He peeked out from inside the cubby house, pushing one of the little windows open just a little to call through it. "Hey Ladybug, if I asked you to talk with me, would you open a chat window?"
There was a yell of rage, and one of Paperclip's text windows came flying straight for Ladybug. She dived out of the way, against the sheltering wall of the cubby house.
"NO, Kitty. "
The next text window knocked the cubbyhouse askew, and Chat dived out of it quickly before he was trapped. He looked straight at Paperclip and called out "Hey Paperclip. I've tried everything, but my flirtation just isn't working."
The villain froze, then turned to the script in its hand and read from it.
"Well have you tried turning it off and turning it on again?"
Ladybug and Chat Noir looked at each other, startled. Then Chat grinned. "Would that work?"
"Do it and then ask me", she said impatiently. "I haven't got all day here".
"YOU HAVEN"T GOT ALL DAY?" Paperclip raged, attention back on them suddenly. "I ONLY HAVE TWO MINUTES AND 45 SECONDS TO FINISH YOUR CALL!"
"OK", Chat Noir said, and leapt off to the side, baton in hand. It wasn't clear if he was replying to Ladybug or Paperclip, but the next two minutes and twenty seconds of battle were unusually lacking in comments from him, though of course not completely pun-free.
Two minutes, twenty five seconds and several close misses later: "Hey Paperclip, whenever I look up I get a blue screen". The villain froze, looked at the script and replied "Have you closed all other programs?"
A silver baton knocked off his headphones and Ladybug grabbed the script from his hands at the exact same moment. The headphones cracked against the ground as Ladybug ripped apart the script. A little purple akuma came spiralling up from the headphones. Ladybug dropped the paper from her hands and swung her yoyo. "No more evildoing for you, little Akuma".
Chat Noir stepped beside her to watch the white butterfly flutter away. "That's the second most beautiful thing I see each week", he said. "The first is you." Then he gave her a cheeky grin. "Did it work?"
"Did what work?"
"Turning it off and turning it on again."
She gave him a mock glare. "No. Not in the slightest."
"Meeowch!" He pretended to cower from her gaze, still grinning.
She waved a hand at him. "Love bytes."