A Moment of Reflection

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Fanfiction
Title: A Moment of Reflection
Author(s): Nightshade_Blaize
Date(s): December 4, 2020
Length: 5215 words
Genre: het
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
External Links: Fanfic archived
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Art by Creativitydeficient

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A Moment of Reflection is a GabeNath fanfiction written for the GabeNath Reverse Bang by Nightshade_Blaize. It is rated T for Teen (rating). The fic was beta-read by MaybeMayura.

The premise for the fic is based on artwork created by Creativitydeficient. [1]

Fic Info

Gabriel sits inside the Agreste Mansion. Nathalie stands next to him, cupping his jaw tenderly.
This art piece by Creativitydeficient served as the inspiration for A Moment of Reflection.

Summary

After a particularly upsetting defeat, Gabriel is feeling like it might be time to throw in the butterfly brooch and move on. Nathalie tries to encourage him to continue but even she has some reservations about the idea. The two have a heart to heart over some brandy and learn things about each other.

Additional Tags

Slow Build, Questioning, Brief mentions of Akumatized Max Kante, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, post-canon sort of, Alcohol, brief mentions of Emilie Agreste - Freeform, friends to lovers but slow, Brief appearance by Adrien Agreste, GabeNath Reverse Bang 2020, GabeNath Reverse Bang

Reception

Beautiful. A truly exceptional job!

I loved how you handled the topics, starting from something light-hearted, full of joy and laughter, to a more serious topic with a bittersweet tone, seasoned with a hint of bitterness and melancholy.

"Any man would be fortunate to have such a selfless partner." Mhmhmh... Gabe! 😏❤️😂 (haha sorry, but I couldn't avoid it!)

I loved the (famous) quotes from the episodes, they were very effective.

But what I liked most was the irony! At first, when they were drinking together, I couldn't stop laughing because of the teasing they made at each other (and the beautiful digs they threw! 😂❤️🏹)

Great job! 💙Anonim_Girl05, Dec 4, 2020 [2]

Beautiful story! I love how you started with Gabriel’s self-criticism on his akumatizing tendencies; it perfectly set the tone of the first half of the story. The witty banter between them was so well done! It really compliments their long-standing friendship.

Gabriel’s admission of both his feelings and his incapability to give up on Emilie was a work of art and the open ending fits his dilemma perfectly.Ketenn, Dec 5, 2020 [3]
Ahhh, yes, everything I love in a fanfiction on one page. Thank you, Scarlet. Thank youxx-Katastrophe, Dec 4, 2020 [4]

adrien leaving the room like “‘just my assistant’ ya right” 🤣🤣🤣 wow the dialogue in this was so good! they really layed everything out on the table didnt they? i have to agree with nathalie tho, a little angry with gabriel for continuing but at least he was honest in his inability to give up at that moment.

i definitely got a bit of a chuckle at the “we could bring her back and get seperated so u and i can be together” part 🤣🤣hopesartcastle, Dec 5, 2020 [5]

References

  1. ^ Tumblr masterpost, GabeNath Reverse Bang, Dec 4, 2020
  2. ^ [1], Anonim_Girl05's comment, Dec 4, 2020
  3. ^ [2], Ketenn's comment, Dec 5, 2020
  4. ^ [3], xx-Katastrophe's comment, Dec 4, 2020
  5. ^ [4], hopesartcastle's comment, Dec 5, 2020