Once upon a time there was a girl called Marinette. When she was born, it was as if God himself had sent an angel down from heaven. Even from outside the delivery room, you could clearly hear the sounds of the birds chirping and the stars dancing her arrival on Earth. For this truly was a very special child, with a destiny which would one day not only affect the entirety of Paris, but decide the fate of the world.
Want to know why? Well, I'll tell you, Mr/Miss/Mrs Impatient. She was earmarked to be the next Ladybug, the superheroine who would defend the planet against the wicked schemes of the nefarious Hawkmoth. Together with her beloved kwami Tikki, a wisecracking partner called Chat Noir and various other animal-related costumed freaks they would surely put an end to Hawky's reign of terror, and preserve the peace for all future generations.
So, we all have nothing to worry about, right?
You see, Marinette's parents, Sabine and Tom, caught wind of Master Fu's little scheme to distribute the Miraculous to their darling daughter whilst sitting near him on the local bus. At first they took his unintelligible mutterings to be the first signs of dementia, but then they realised that yes, he actually was talking to a floating turtle stashed inside his knapsack.
And were they happy with what they heard? Not a bit of it.
No wizened old geezer wearing an outdated Hawaiian shirt was going to coax their darling daughter into the perils of superheroism! Marinette Dupain-Cheng was going to grow up as a nice, normal boring girl who'd have a nice, normal, boring job as a baker one day. She'd take over the Boulangerie Patisserie and love it, too! No fooling around with yo-yo's or dangerous akumatised monsters for her!
But Master Fu won't give up. Despite her family's best efforts at shielding Marinette from the aged master, he'll pop up wherever she goes to try and assign her the sacred earrings. After all the fate of everything rests on it, and he'll be damned if he'll let a small thing like 'parental consent' get in the way!
So it begins: On one side, a 186-and-a-half year old dude desperate to carry out his given destiny, the other a mother and father determined to save their child from an exciting yet dangerous life as a spotted vigilante.
And in the middle of it all, a 14-year-old Parisian schoolgirl blissfully unaware of the war raging on around her, having enough to contend with crushes and Chloe to worry about some ancient prophecy from long ago.
The battlelines are drawn, the stage is set… who will come out on top?
Well, there's only one way to find out: keep on reading!
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Well, let's see how this goes. Updates should be quick, unless it proves to be unpopular… then I'll just quit! Let me know what you think, and hopefully I'll see you soon. ;)