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Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (Karma’s Gonna Come Collect Her Debt)

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"Beware, beware, be skeptical

Of their smiles, their smiles of plated gold

Deceit so natural

But a wolf in sheep's clothing is more than a warning"

Marinette normally doesn't listen to music like this. It's usually a bit too angry for her tastes but then again, she has been feeling unusually angry lately. Ever since Lila "returned" to Paris Marinette has been feeling stereotypical teenage anger and angst like never before. She found that listening to music like this, music that put her feelings into song was actually very cathartic and is probably the only reason why she hadn't been akumatized yet. It's was Luka's idea and while Tikki was unsure about it at first, she couldn't argue with the results.

"Bla-bla-black sheep, have you any soul?

No sir, by the way, what the hell are morals?

Jack, be nimble, Jack, be quick

Jill's a little whore and her alibis are dirty tricks"

Lila was certainly living up to her promise. Quietly nudging their classmates away from Marinette, making sure she got invited to hang out less and less. Telling Alya of cruel comments that Marinette "said" despite them rarely interacting much less conversing. Making up more and more fake stories to make sure all attention was on her so that no one would question where their "Everyday Ladybug" was. Unless she wanted them to question it. Marinette has already been pulled aside multiplied times by friends concerned about her harsh treatment of poor sweet Lila, how Lila wants them to be friends and if Marinette would just get over herself, she would see how great Lila was.

"So could you

Tell me how you're sleeping easy

How you're only thinking of yourself

Show me how you justify

Telling all your lies like second nature

Listen, mark my words, one day

You will pay, you will pay

Karma's gonna come collect your debt"

Marinette finally looked up from the dress she was working on to stretch in her chair. Tikki flew over from her plate of cookies. "While I don't agree with some of the lyrics, I can see why listening to music like this can be freeing for you. As long as you don't go to overboard with it."

The teenager smiled. "I know Tikki, but since I can't express my anger at Lila or anyone else really, this is the next best thing."

"Are you sure you don't want to talk to Adrien about what Lila's doing? That way you can get your feelings out with someone who knows what she's like!"

Marinette shook her head, "He isn't someone I feel comfortable talking to about these types of things. I can barely talk to him on a normal day but with an issue like this……"

"Aware, aware, you stalk your prey

With criminal mentality

You sink your teeth into the people you depend on

Infecting everyone, you're quite the problem

Fee-fi-fo-fum, you better run and hide

I smell the blood of a petty little coward

Jack, be lethal, Jack, be slick

Jill will leave you lonely dying in a filthy ditch"

And Adrien…. While he technically wasn't wrong, he wasn't technically right either. The stories Lila told, the lies were too grandiose and too easily disproven to hold up for long. While she was a good manipulator, she wasn't very subtle. One day she'll say the wrong thing to the wrong person, make a mistake or make one promise to many without delivering and her entire empire will come crashing down. It was only a matter of time. But having that knowledge doesn't make watching what Lila is doing to her friends any easier.

Maybe letting things take their natural course will be the better option in the end. After all, Lila can't blame Marinette or anyone else when her lies come back to haunt her if no one exposes her. Maybe this way she'll learn her lesson since she'll have no one to blame but herself. And maybe she'll finally become a decent person.

"Maybe you'll change

Abandon all your wicked ways

Make amends and start anew again

Maybe you'll see

All the wrongs you did to me

And start all over, start all over again

Who am I kidding

Now, let's not get overzealous here

You've always been a huge piece of shit

If I could kill you I would

But it's frowned upon in all fifty states

Having said that, burn in hell"

But then again Lila's had a quite few chances to try to be a better person and yet she continually chooses lies and deceit. It might take a while but sooner or later she's going to get what's coming to her. Marinette smiled to herself before turning back to her sewing machine, letting the last verse of the song wash over her.

"Karma's gonna come collect her debt

Karma's gonna come collect her debt"