Disclaimer: Don't own and never will.
Marinette sat down in the cheap plastic chair and leaned her, the hall slowly filled as families took their seats.
Beside her, Adrien sat down and put his hand in hers.
"Don't worry Bugaboo. I'm sure she'll do fine," he said quietly and Marinette smiled.
"She's really been looking forward to this for months. What if she suddenly freezes or panics or-"
"I am sure your daughter will perform more than adequately," a somewhat cold voice said sharply from her side. "My daughter speaks most highly of her teammates."
The woman sat down.
"Who's your daughter?" Adrien asked politely before suddenly gasping. "Kagami!"
Marinette whipped her head sharply around and clicked her neck. Behind her, she could see her other children (Emma, Louis and Hugo) looking forward with interest.
Kagami frowned for a moment before a look of recognition crossed her face.
"Adrien. And Marinette," she said with a slight nod. "It has been a long time since I saw either of you last."
"It's been too long!" Adrien said with a smile. He pointed to a young girl with her long blue-black hair tied into a ponytail and green eyes. "That's my daughter Dot over there and these three" he waved his hand at Emma, Louis and Hugo "Are my other children, Emma, Louis and Hugo."
Emma, Louis and Hugo all gave Kagami small waves. Marinette finally spoke.
"Hello Kagami," Marinette finally said in an almost distant voice. "I didn't know you were back in Paris."
"We only recently returned to this country," Kagami said with a dismissive wave of her hand. "And I welcome the opportunity to return to Paris. It has many happy memories for me," she gave a grim chuckle. "My daughter however only has eyes for her training. She is as single minded as my mother."
"She sounds like Dot," Hugo said and Marinette rolled her eyes. Adrien just grinned. That pun never got old. Even though Marinette seemed to disagree. She was not as keen on the idea of naming her daughter after a pun for some reason. A smirk tugged at Kagami's lips.
"It is something else we share in common," she said solemnly, although her eyes glinted with amusement. "Our children channel their grandparents."
A whistle was blown and a pair of fencers stepped onto the two fencers tapped one another and the tournament began.
"That's my daughter Miya," Kagami whispered approximately halfway through the tournament, pointing to the girl who was now walking onto the mat.
The girl in question was short, with an athletic body and long black hair tied into a ponytail. Her opponent was at least a head taller and for a moment it looked as though Miya didn't stand a chance.
Then the match began.
Miya was fast, aggressive and, it turned out, a far better fencer than her opponent. Time and again, she closed the gap between her and her opponent. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, the match was over and victory was hers.
"She's good," Adrien said admiringly and Kagami nodded.
"Thank you," she said with a slight nod. "Our family has always prided itself on producing the greatest of warriors."
"I bet Dot could give her a run for her money," Emma said as Dorothy entered the ring. Kagami nodded.
"Possibly. My daughter does speak most highly of her teammates," Kagami said with a slight smile. "But I would trust my daughter to win."
"I wouldn't bet against Dorothy," Marinette said with a slight hint of defensiveness. "That's her right there," she continued, gesturing towards her daughter and Kagami bowed her head.
"I am sorry Marinette, I did not intend to cast doubt on your daughter's ability or skill," Kagami said and Marinette sighed.
"I'm sorry too," she said, looking down.
"Maybe they'll be friends?" Adrien suggested.
"That is a possibility," Kagami said with a nod as the two fencers tapped one another.
Unlike the previous fight, Dorothy Agreste was measured and controlled. Simple, almost gentle movements where she turned attack after attack against her opponent and attacked with the grace of a diver hitting the water. It was more like a ballet than a fight, but the end results were the same. Dorothy, like her predecessor, won without taking a hit.
"She is very good," Kagami said with a slight hint of approval. "I see why Miya talks so highly of her teammates."
"She is," Adrien said with a smile.
The rest of the matches were more evenly matched and less energetic, with victories on both sides and soon the victors were announced. Walking onto the stage at the back of the hall, the announcer began to talk.
"Can we have a warm round of applause for-"
There was a sudden click and behind him a pair of stage curtains opened to reveal a couple passionately kissing one another. A couple of girls kissing one another. One was short, athletic Japanese girl with her hair tied back into a ponytail and the other was a tall girl with short black hair. Adrien and Marinette recognised the taller girl immediately, but the hall remained silent.
After a few minutes, the girls broke apart, staring into one another's eyes and for a moment, they were oblivious to their surroundings. Then someone in the crowd whistled.
"Dot doesn't get to complain about me and Andrew again," Emma said quietly, but before Marinette could say anything, Kagami spoke up.
"They appear to be more than just friends," she said with some amusement as the two teens fled the stage.
AN: Yes I DID steal that scene from the film Love Actually. It wasn't strictly intentional.