AN: Hey there, thanks for checking out my latest story which just so happens to also be another (Jaune x Blake) story. What can I say, it's my OTP. Even if it is a bit of a crack ship. Actually, it being a crack ship is the whole reason I'm even writing this. If you look at it only from the actual Canon of RWBY, the two of them have as far as I can recall zero interaction. So the point of this story is to kind of pick on that and have Jaune and Blake already dating much to the complete and utter bafflement of the rest of the cast. New chapters will always be from someone new's perspective. Ren is the lucky one starting them off though.
Anyways, this is set several weeks after the episode Dance, Dance, Infiltration and diverges from there. This is just meant to be fun so I'm hoping you get some amusement out of it, even if just a little. I'll consider it a win if you do. So having said all that, let's get this show on the road!
One Day They'll Understand
Jaune and Blake were currently dating.
To reiterate that: Jaune Arc, one of the most awkward guys in the entirety of Beacon was currently dating Blake Belladonna, one of the most reclusive girls in the academy.
Or so Jaune claimed anyways. Blake had never affirmed this but the fact was she never denied it either, which to everyone else might as well be an affirmation in and of itself.
Everyone not Lie Ren that is.
Ren...he simply didn't get it. No matter how hard he tried or how many times he looked at it he just couldn't possibly conceive the very notion of it.
It wasn't that he believed Jaune was lying about going out with Blake. No, as far as he was concerned Jaune full-heartedly believed that he and Blake were currently dating right now and was going about his life without the slightest bit of doubt. He could be kind of naive like that. That wasn't to say Ren thought Blake was stringing Jaune along either though. She hardly seemed the type to do something so inherently cruel to another, especially when one considered how highly she valued equality above all else.
However, it just didn't make any sense to think a girl like Blake would ever be interested in a guy like Jaune. The only way Ren could possibly rationalise what had happened was Jaune had somehow mistaken some kind words or actions from Blake as romantic interest and had decided to pursue a relationship. Either Blake had been too shy to turn him down or hadn't wished to hurt his feelings by rejecting him as bluntly as Weiss usually had no trouble doing. In the end though this could only end worse for Jaune than outright rejecting him would. He tended to bounce back pretty quickly every time Weiss had rejected him after all. This was just giving him false hope and nothing hurt more than having your hope brutally dashed.
In short, he was very worried about Jaune. He didn't say it aloud but he truly did consider him to be the brother he never had and he looked up to Jaune as a leader and a reliable friend. So it was only natural that he would be wary of something he thought might hurt his friend, unintentional or otherwise. At the current moment, he just didn't see how this relationship could end in any way other than Jaune getting hurt as he looked across the library at the very two people he was currently thinking about.
Jaune and Blake sat side by side which shouldn't have been odd seeing as they were supposedly going out with one another. The problem was with how they were spending their time. Jaune was talking exaggeratedly while waving his arms animatedly to emphasise whatever tale it was he was currently weaving for his less than enthused girlfriend.
Blake on the other hand didn't appear to be paying attention as her eyes darted back and forth across whatever book she was reading. At one point she even flipped the page! She seriously wasn't paying any attention to him at all! He had to calm down. If Ren thought about it analytically he was angry at Blake for reading a book in a library. It was a cold day in Hell, indeed.
In all seriousness though, shouldn't she be...he didn't know, actively engaging Jaune in conversation? She could at least look like she was trying to pay attention to him. She didn't have to act like she was enjoying it but anything would have been better than just outright ignoring him.
Maybe he should say something to them? At least to Jaune? He didn't want to see his friend get hurt but maybe it would be better to let him down gently now instead of letting the hard truth that Blake just really wasn't into him crush his soul at a later date. He let out a tired sigh and flipped his own unread book closed as he resolved himself to do just that. As he began to rise from his chair though, an unexpected shout caused him to turn towards the door.
"There you are Jauney boy!" Yang called as she strolled purposefully into the library, her younger sister, Ruby, trailing just behind her. "Oh, even Blake's with you. Purrfect!" She stopped just next to the table Jaune and Blake were seated at before placing her hands on it and leaning forward.
"What's up, Yang? Heya Ruby!" Jaune leaned back in his chair as he smiled at the sisters. Blake only glanced up from her book for a minute to give a nod of acknowledgment before going right back to reading.
"Really, that's all the greeting you have for your partner and leader? We're hurt!" Yang clutched her chest in mock pain as she let out an exaggerated groan of distress. After only a moment of this she quit when Blake gave no outward reaction. "Bah, you're no fun. So anyways- Jauney boy!" She turned back to him and gave a dramatic point.
"Still here, Yang." He gave her a goofy thumbs up along with his signature cheesy smile to show that he was still waiting to find out why she had come looking for him.
"Rubes and I are heading into town to do some shopping. It would really help to have a big, strong man such as yourself accompany us." She winked at him suggestively and leaned her body over the table to accentuate her figure.
The old Jaune would've blushed such a deep shade of red he likely could've been compared to Pyrrha's hair and he without a doubt wouldn't have been capable of forming a coherent response to such blatant flirtation. The Jaune that was dating Blake however merely offered an apologetic smile without the slightest change in his complexion. "Sorry, I wish I could help you out but Blake and I are on a date right now." He inclined his head slightly towards Blake who didn't give any reaction at all as she continued to read the book.
"Date?" Yang asked incredulously while conspicuously checking their surroundings. "You're in a library." She deadpanned.
Jaune merely shrugged. "It was Blake's turn to choose."
Ren quirked his eyebrow just as Yang did the same. He hadn't thought this was supposed to be a date between them either. When he had come in they had already been here so he'd just taken a spot a few tables away so as not to disturb them. Yet the whole time he had been here they hadn't done anything at all for him to assume this was a date. In fact, he was pretty sure Blake hadn't once said anything since he'd come in.
"Come on, Yang." Ruby tugged on her sister's elbow as she pleaded quietly with her. "We shouldn't be interrupting them."
Yang glanced back at her sister who was desperately struggling to pull her away before giving Jaune and Blake one last unconvinced looked. At least Ren knew he wasn't the only one that had doubts about their whole relationship. "Alright, I look forward to hearing all about the rest of your date later tonight, Blake." Yang grinned teasingly at her partner but once more got no reaction before she decided to finally let Ruby drag her off.
The moment they had walked out of the library Ren got the rest of the way out of his chair and began to amble over towards his leader. He felt a little bad seeing as he was about to interrupt them for the second time consecutively but he felt the need to talk to Jaune even more urgently now than ever. Blake almost clearly didn't view this as a date and just wanted to enjoy the day reading. Apparently her selective hearing was just strong enough to tune out Jaune as she did that.
He circled around their table and just as he was no less than fives paces away from them he went to clear his throat when Blake finally began to say something. "...If you wanted, you could've gone with them." She spoke quietly and if Ren hadn't been as close as he was he wouldn't have been able to hear her at all. What's more, she sounded slightly dejected as she said those words which only added to his surprise. "I know this must not be the most exciting way to spend your day off."
Jaune gave an amused snort and Blake lifted her head away from the book for the first time to look at Jaune. As she did though, the contents of the book became visible to Ren as well and his eyes widened in shock. He had read that book before, rather...Jaune had shown him some pages of it once. It was an Arc family album that was brimming with pictures of a younger Jaune and his seven sisters.
She hadn't been reading...she had been looking at pictures from his childhood. That meant those stories Jaune had been telling weren't wild tales for her to ignore, they had been about the exploits behind some of those pictures and she had almost without a doubt been listening intently as he filled her in on all the memorable times he had while growing up.
"I really like flipping through this book." Jaune spoke slowly as he let himself get swept away in nostalgia. "I...really miss all of them, my sisters. When I look through the pages though and remember all the silly things we used to do they just feel...closer, you know?" Jaune turned his head and Ren knew his blue eyes made contact with Blake's yellow ones. "It made me really happy when you said that you wanted to know more about them. There honestly isn't any other way I would rather spend my day than telling you about this book." He patted the pages fondly as he continued to give a soft smile.
"Jaune…" Blake mumbled quietly before quickly glancing left and right. Ren must have just been outside the range of her vision because once she thought the coast was clear she leaned forward and quickly pecked Jaune on the lips before turning back to the book and pointing at another picture. "Tell me about that one."
"Sure." Jaune gave a small smirk but appeared to decide against remarking on her flushed face as he launched into yet another one of his long-winded stories.
As quietly as he could, Ren backed away from the two of them. He would hate to interrupt now and he felt absolutely horrible for having doubted either of them. He didn't understand how, why, when, or what had caused Jaune Arc and Blake Belladonna to start going out but if he was being honest he really didn't care.
Jaune clearly liked Blake.
Blake for some reason or another was enamoured with Jaune.
Maybe one day he would understand what had sparked this unusual relationship.
For now though, he wasn't really going to worry about it and just let them enjoy their date.