Final chapter, once more from Ren's perspective. Set approximately ten years after Jaune and Blake started dating.
One Day They'll Understand
Lie Ren finally got it.
He finally understood why Jaune and Blake Arc had started a relationship that had eventually led to a happy marriage with children.
It had only taken him ten years to do it, but later was better than never. Actually, it was a little embarrassing for him to admit but he was probably the last one in a long line of people to understand.
Yang Xiao Long had surprisingly been the first one to get it, several months into the relationship. Blake had gone to confess that she might have been falling in love with Jaune and Yang finally realized that the whole thing wasn't some elaborate prank meant to trip them all up. Although the very notion that Jaune and Blake would play such a prank was absolutely ridiculous to begin with so in a way it was amazing it took Yang that long to come around at all.
Ruby Rose had been next, which this time Ren supposed made sense. After all, her big sister had been first so it was only natural that she wasn't far behind. It also certainly helped that of everyone she was the one closest to both of them. Everyone else had really only been able to see it from one side because they had never bothered to truly get to know the other as well as Ruby had.
Nora, of all people, was the next one to figure it out. She possibly could've been the first if she had even bothered to acknowledge it right away. She hadn't tried to though because she believed it impossible to work from the very beginning, just like she had thought of their own chances of having a relationship. It was because she had come to understand Jaune and Blake's relationship that she ever confessed to Ren in the first place and now the two of them were happily married with a child of their own.
Weiss Schnee, someone no one ever expected to get it, came to understand after she saw how happy the two of them were at the idea of starting a family. Her acceptance had been particularly surprising because she had never expressed any interest in knowing until after that happened. Apparently it was too dramatic a shift in the relationship for even her to ignore.
Pyrrha Nikos was the latest one to finally accept their marriage. Ren believed she might have never come around and for awhile it seemed like she wouldn't. Slowly and over time though, their children wormed their way into her heart and now she loved those three as if they were own. It was thanks to them that Pyrrha had finally managed to be happy for Jaune and his wife and let go of her past feelings. Like a true best friend she took time, but she remained by him all those years until she was finally able to come to this conclusion.
Even ignoring just them, countless others that had been absolutely baffled by their relationship had over time came to understand and accept their relationship, including Sun, Cardin, Velvet, and even their ever strict teacher, Glynda Goodwitch. With so many others having come to get it, Ren wondered why he hadn't ever bothered to really try himself. He supposed he had never attempted to understand it because he didn't ever really think it was important. So long as Jaune was happy, Ren would support him no matter what. Reasons weren't important. So he just allowed their relationship to continue all these years without ever trying to further understand it.
Now though, standing on the edge of the porch in Jaune's backyard and watching his child run around playing a game of tag with their children, he could finally say he got it. It was all so simple. He heard a click behind him and turned to see Jaune holding up his scroll in front of his face. He sat on a swinging bench that he had constructed himself, his wife next to him, her head leaning on his shoulder as they rocked gently back and forth, simply enjoyed the beautiful weather. A small book sat in Blake's lap that he hadn't noticed before.
"What was that?" Ren tilted his head curiously as Jaune grinned stupidly at his scroll. Ren had come to pick up his daughter and take her home after she had spent the night but the kids were still having so much fun he didn't want to break it up just yet. Besides, he didn't mind spending some quality time with his old leader and his wife.
"Wanna see?" Jaune asked as he spun the scroll around and Ren took a couple steps closer to look at it. It was a picture Jaune had taken, which explained the loud click his scroll had made; a photo of the children as they ran around and played tag with one another.
"That's nice." Ren nodded in appreciation. "What are you going to do with it?"
"We'll add it to the rest, of course." Blake patted the book in her lap and Ren quirked his eyebrow at it so she handed it up to him. "Here. Take a look." He accepted it and flipped the book open.
His eyes widened immediately at the sight. Nearly half the book was already filled to the brim with pictures of Amber, Blaine, and Kuro. They ranged from when the three of them were just born to things he knew must've happened last week judging by the timestamps at the bottom of the photos. It was an album of all the times the three of them had together, plus the occasional image of their happy parents mixed in. This book...it brought up a familiar scene from the library at Beacon, a scene that had happened ten years ago. One he had forgotten until now. Ren couldn't help it, he let out a small laugh as he looked at it.
Jaune and Blake glanced at one another because of his uncharacteristic reaction before Jaune looked back up at him. "What's so funny? Did I mess something up?"
Ren took a couple seconds to regain his composure as he waved Jaune's worries off with a dismissive hand. "No, no. It's just...this reminds me of something that happened a long time ago. Back when the two of you had just started dating." Yes, back then and even now the answer to why Jaune and Blake Arc had started dating and later married were all too obvious.
Remnant was an extraordinary place. So extraordinary that most people got swept up in it and ran forward, constantly in search of great adventure and accomplishing amazing feats. In the midst of doing all this though, Jaune and Blake had found comfort in a simple relationship which had led to simple lives. They took great joy in looking through something that others might find mundane, such as a photo album. It was for this reason that Blake had likely never gotten together with Sun and Jaune with Pyrrha. Blake and Sun's relationship had been built on the White Fang conspiracy. Jaune and Pyrrha's had been built on making him into a powerful Huntsmen. However, Jaune and Blake's relationship began when they met in a bookstore. Nothing more than that. Just something simple in a world of the extraordinary.
It may have taken him a decade, but today was the day he could confidently say now he understood.
AN: And I suppose that's that.
This story took quite the journey that I had never anticipated when I started it not even two full months ago. I just kind of posted a funny idea for a one-shot and left it open to add more in case more ideas ever struck that could be used in the same place. It wasn't until after I started writing the fourth that the idea for Weiss' chapter came to mind and that set it down this path that caused this story to mature in ways I couldn't imagine.
Still, it felt right to begin and end this story with Ren's perspectives so I'm really pleased with the way this whole thing turned out and I really hope y'all are too. Certainly there are a lot of missed opportunities, and perspectives that I could have done, but I think I reached the natural stopping point for the route this story took and I don't want to force in other perspectives unnecessarily just to fill a quota, partially because at that point I wouldn't really be into it and that wouldn't be fair to you or myself.
On that note, thank you to everyone for giving me so much support for such a simple story. I appreciate it immensely and I doubt I would've been able to take this story this far without all the excellent feedback I received from you all. These chapters jumped around a lot in tone and genre as they went but hopefully for the most part this story gave you some amusement. I know I got some writing it at least, so I guess we'll call that a win.