We start on the next day, at the bakery. Marinette and the girls are up in her room, talking about the interview yesterday.
Marinette: Can you believe that story?
Alya: No, but's hard to not to.
Rose: A meeting by chance which led them on a journey... just like a fairytale.
Myléne: Sure sounds like we could learn a lot from them.
Julela: But the only one who can is Marinette.
Myléne: Yeah, so how did you get picked?
Rose: Didn't Mr. Stérn say something about "recommendatiom"?
Alya: Does it matter? The contest is already over. Besides, we'rr here to plan for tomorrow.
Marinette's phone vibrates. She picks it up and acesses it.
Alya: Who is it?
Marinette: It's a video... from Mr. Stérn!!!
Juleka: Are you going to watch it?
Marinette: Yes, just let me do it on my computer.
Marinette gets on the computer, plugs in ber phone and plays the video.
Cooper (video): Is it on? Okay... (clears throat) Hello Marinette. I have sent this video because i have bad news.
Marinette: (pauses the video) Uh... i don't think i want to watch the rest of this.
Alya: Then we'll watch.
Alya grabs the mouse and resumes the video.
Cooper (video): I feel i should get this out of the way. As you know, you along with 2 other contestants were the winners of our contest. Unfortunately, those two typed false information and a fake photo. They attempted to change themselves after submitting their forms. We quickly found out and called them on it. Long story short, Those two were disqualified, and are banned from the party and show. However, it is too late to find replacements.
Marinette: (pauses the video, sighs) Oh, thank goodness, i thought it was about me.
All the girls: PLAY THE REST!!!
Marinette resumes the video
Cooper (video): The good news is that your still onboard. But, you will have to work twice as hard. I hope this isn't asking to much of you. Of course, you'll still work with Adrien Agreste. I have to go now, i'll be seeing you tomorrow night.
The video ends, Marinette unplugs her phone and gets up.
Alya: Can you imagine someone trying to change themselves? Especially just to win a contest.
Myléne: It's just not right.
Juleka: Not even i would do that.
Rose: Sometimes, change is good, but not for this.
Marinette: Everyone has their own style and personality. I mean look at us. We wouldn't change ourselves right?
Alya: You know me.
Rose: Why would i?
Myléne: I like myself the just the way i am.
Juleka: I wouldn't, even if it means i get attention.
Alya: Now thats over, Congrats Marinette.
Marinette: For what?
Myléne: Didn't you listen to Mr. Stérn?
Juleka: Your the only person that gets to model with Adrien.
Rose: A tragedy where two people, a girl and her crush now work together... another fairytale.
Alya: Alright, let's get back on topic.
Marinette: Right, i'll be right back.
Marinette gets out of the room and walks down to the stairs. Tikki comes through an open window and into the kitchen.
Tikki: Is something wrong, Marinette?
Marinette: (whispering) Tikki, try to keep quiet. And yeah, something is still bothering me.
Tikki: (whispering) Is is about Loup and Renard?
Marinette: (whispering) Yeah, it's been quiet for a few days. I wonder when they will pop up again.
Tikki: (whispering) Marinette, i think its time i tell you about them.
Marinette: (whispering) Its about time, but not now, maybe tomorrow?
Tikki: (whispering) Okay then.
Alya: Marinette? Where are you?
Marinette: Hang on, i'm coming back up.
Marinette heads back to her room.
Meanwhile, at the school. Adrien is practicing his fencing with his teacher, Armand D'Argencourt, with the other students spectating, observing there moves.
Adrien is attempting to disengage Armand, but fails as he attempts to lunge at him. Adrien dodges and parries his attacks, he then lands a hit by "right of way". They take off there helmets.
Armand: Very good, Adrien. I have expected nothing less from you.
Adrien: Thank you, sir.
Armand: Clearly, that is why you are the best here.
???: If he is the "best"...
The students get out of the way, revealing Jaune (wearing a black fencing suit with white stripes), walking towards Adrien and Armand.
Jaune: ...then you don't mind a duel?
Armand: Who his this man and why is he here?
Adrien: Mr. Argencourt, this is Mr. Stérn's brother, Jaune.
Jaune:.. And i came because here i was interested in your teachings. I wanted to see how your best student will fair against me. And that student so happens to be the son of my brother's business partner.
Adrien: Sure, Mr....
Jaune: You can just call me Jaune, if it bothers you.
Adrien: Okay, Jaune.
Jaune: i'll take this (Jaune takes Armand's rapier).
Then two then puts on their helmets and gets into position.
Armand: Prêt? Allez!
Jaune: En garde!
Jaune makes the first move with extension. Adrien retreats then counter-attacks, but Jaune does counter-time. They both miss their marks, but Jaune managed to recover and uses a disengage to disarm Adrien and land a hit.
Adrien and Jaune take off their helmets.
Adrien: Woah, your are amazing sir.
Armand: You have practiced, haven't you?
Jaune: My brother and i used to practice fencing, but we grew rather bored of it. We decided to do something more exciting. We practice the art of sword play. Which is what will be doing next. I'll be right back.
Jaune runs out the door.
Armand: I hope all of you were watching because that man has the skills.
Adrien: I wonder what he's planning.
Jaune runs back in with a long, rolled up piece of cloth.
Jaune: We'rr going to need four mats for this.
Armand: Of course. (turns to his students) Get the mats over here.
The students lay down the mats, all lined up.
Jaune: Perfect. Now...
Jaune rolls out the cloth, revealing wooden swords of various types.
Armand: What is this?
Jaune: Wooden swords, made by my brother and i, down to the best detail. I'm here to see if anyone of you are able to use your knowledge of fencing in the true art of swordsmanship.
Armand: Very well, but allow me to be your first opponent.
Jaune: Good, now choose your weapon.
Armand examines the various types, he then reaches and grabs the one resembling a rapier.
Jaune: Ah, the rapier, a classic choice.
Jaune reaches and grabs the one resembling a saber.
Jaune: Now, lets get into position.
They walk and stand on opposite ends of the mats.
Jaune: The rules are simple:
You can win only if you opponent yields or by a ring out.
No punching or kicking, just sweeping. You can grab your opponent but only the arms, and don't grab to hard.
If your weapon breaks, then you automatically yield.
Armand: I see, Adrien, start us off!
Adrien: Yes sir. Prêt? Allez!
I hoped you like it. See how this match goes down as well as other things in Chapter 8: En Garde, Coming Wednesday.