It never came.
Ladybug opened one eye, and gasped as she saw Adrien kneeling in front of her, both hands gripping the handle just below the hammer, which rested a mere inch above her head.
She gaped at him, unable to believe his strength in stopping the downward force Exterminoir was exerting on the hammer. It had driven him to his knees and his face was scrunched up in concentration, but he had done it. He had saved Ladybug, and victorious adrenalin coursed through him. With a yell, he threw the hammer back up at the startled Exterminoir and stood between her and Ladybug.
"Go Adrikins, show me what you can do!" Chloe crooned from behind Sabrina. He ignored her, instead glancing over his shoulder at Ladybug. She was watching him with those bright bluebell eyes, and he quickly looked away and shook his head. The last thing he needed was to get distracted.
Exterminoir was now angrily advancing on him again. He kicked out, catching her behind the knee while pushing her hammer backwards, and she toppled over with a howl.
Adrien bent and picked up a book, tossing it at Exterminoir's head lightly. While she was momentarily stunned with pain as the sharp corner struck her chin, he took the opportunity to finish untying Ladybug. As he was helping her to her feet, he sensed Exterminoir behind him and dropped Ladybug, turning to grab her nose and force her backwards again, and she growled at him, madly swinging her hammer but unable to get it close enough to herself to reach him. She let go of it with one hand to grab him, but he was quicker and used her freed arm to toss her sideways, slamming her into a wall. He turned just in time to see Ladybug fall to the floor.
"Pins and needles," she explained as he rushed over.
"Use your power Ladybug," he urged her as he picked her up from under her arms and draped one over his shoulder while she regained feeling in her legs. "I can't take this woman without my sti... without you."
"Lucky charm!!" She exclaimed, hoping it would work despite the fact that she was clinging to Adrien just to stand up. There was a flash and she felt something in her hands. She bit her lip as she looked down at it... how on earth was this going to help?!
Adrien's jaw dropped as he saw the item that Ladybug was staring at with a bemused expression on her face. She looked up into his eyes with a furrowed brow, seemingly looking for an answer, and Adrien found that he had none to give. Exterminoir was once again creeping towards them in a cautious predatory stance, and Adrien pulled his arm tighter around Ladybug's torso, drawing her closer to him as she looked wildly around the room, trying to figure out how she was going to use the item she'd been given...
WHAT IS THE ITEM? YOU TELL ME! Give me an item to work with! 😄 Apologies for the short chapter, next one will come soon.