Adrien doesn’t want to like Luka.
He came out of nowhere, and he’s very quickly winning over everyone Adrien had slowly been cultivating friendships with. Nino thinks he’s cool because he plays guitar, Alya likes him because he’s apparently ‘really chill’ and easy to hang out with, even Chloe seems interested in gaining the slightly older boy’s attention. But that wasn’t the worst of it…
“That’s so cool Marinette, I feel like you can do anything.” Adrien pursed his lips.
“No way! I’ve lived in a bakery my whole life and macarons are pretty much the only thing I’m good at making!” The girl in question was flushed pink with pleasure at being praised.
It wasn’t like he had an issue with Marinette getting the recognition she deserved, but surely Luka was laying it on a bit thick.
It wasn’t until Adrien and Marinette had somehow ended up alone with Luka on the houseboat (Adrien was totally crashing their date) that he started to think that maybe Luka was just… oddly friendly. They were all cooking dinner together, or trying anyway. Adrien had never done anything in the kitchen before, unless requesting something from his chef counted.
So there he was, trying his best to ‘dice’ the carrots, when he felt warmth behind him and a pair or larger hands covering his own.
“Careful,” Luka murmured a little too close to Adrien’s ear. “Like this. Make a cat’s paw with your left hand to protect your fingers, we wouldn’t want you to get hurt.”
“Um, like this?” Adrien was pretty sure his voice had gone up an octave. Was this normal? He knew he’d grown up without a lot of skinship with friends but… it was a little much.
“Yeah, that’s it. And here, use a bit further down the blade towards the base. It’ll be easier. Yeah there you go, you’re doing great.” Luka’s calm voice guided his movements and Adrien couldn’t help but follow the directions. Eventually, the older boy pulled back and returned to his own task.
Adrien looked over towards Marinette to see if that’s how she was also using the knife when he realised that she’d been watching the interaction. Her pupils looked blown and her cheeks were dusted with pink. The girl squeaked when they made eye contact and returned to her task of dicing the celery, looking determinedly down at the vegetable and avoiding looking at either of the boys.
Adrien didn’t want to like Luka…
“No way! I would never have thought you were mad at the photographer, you look so carefree in the photo. I could never manage to hide it so well, you must be an amazing model Adrien.”
…but damn it. It was hard when he kept praising Adrien like this and just being a really nice guy in general. And really was a cool guy, and really chill, and just fun to hang out with.
They’d played guitar and piano together a few times, and now Luka was teaching both Adrien and Marinette how to play the guitar.
“You’re off again. Here, like this.” He was almost curled around Marinette as he sat behind her on the bed and reached around to correct her fingers. The blonde would be suspicious if he hadn’t been in Marinette’s exact position just a few minutes ago.
“Maybe you’re having so much trouble because you have such small hands.”
“I do not-“ the girl in question cut herself off as Luka lined her hand up with his, the disparity in size instantly obvious. Her hand was totally dwarfed. “Well, maybe you just have big hands!” she huffed.
Adrien found himself being tugged closer to the pair, his hand being placed palm-to-palm with Marinette’s. “Wow, he’s right. You do have tiny hands Marinette. I mean, it’s not a bad thing! It’s cute!” he tried to reassure her as she shot him a playful glare.
“Yeah? Well…” She huffed again and turned the tables by pressing Adrien’s hand against Luka’s.
The dark haired boy smirked. “Don’t worry, it’s cute.” He echoed Adrien as they both noticed the size difference.
Marinette was the first to start giggling, but the other two quickly joined in.
Then there’s an incredibly awkward bit where Adrien starts freaking out about his sexuality, before Luka is like “why not both?” and they end up happily in the OT3.
Marinette discovers she has a thing for watching B)