Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto or RWBY.

Reading: Veritas Aequitas

I: Beacon

Teams RWBY and JNPR, eight students of the illustrious Beacon Academy for Huntsmen and Huntresses, were gathered in a recreational room, having a whole month off from classes while recovering from the Grimm Breach. With the Vytal Festival, and consequently the tournament starting soon, Professor Ozpin, their headmaster, had pushed for focus on restoring the City of Vale, and, most importantly, relaxing before the Tournament.

The two teams were gathered on a large couch, snacks and blankets around while they wore casual clothes or, as in Ruby's case, pajamas. They'd been watching some show that Weiss had been enthralled with prior to coming to Beacon, but with school and just life in general, she'd been unable to find time to watch it.

"A-a-and I'm bored of Weiss' boy drama," Yang yawned, grabbing the remote. "Changing the channel!"

"Hey!" Weiss glared at her. "Who made you in charge? We should at least vote on this!"

"All in favor?" Ruby asked, a majority of hands going up, all but Weiss' of course. "The majority has it!"

The white themed girl just huffed while crossing her arms. "Well, I never."

"Huh, Veritas Aequitas..." Jaune read the title card as opening music came to a close with a guitar strum. The top word was written sharply in royal blue and white ink, almost professionally, whereas the bottom word looked like a street artist that was fond of orange and red colors went nuts. "Sounds interesting."

"Uhh...Guys? I can't get it to come off the pause screen." Yang pursed her lips. The screen shimmered for a moment before a series of white words scrawled across a black backdrop. With the words came a robotic voice.

"Hello Teams RWBY and JNPR. Consider yourselves honored as you are given a glimpse of an alternate universe."

"...Sounds neat!" Nora declared with a grin.

"Sounds ridiculous," Weiss said with a roll of her eyes. "This is obviously a prank."

"Not entirely, we live in a world where monsters without souls try to kill Humans and Faunus alike for just existing," Blake said. She crossed her arms and shrugged. "I've read countless books on multiverse theory. I believe it's possible."


"She's just mad that we changed it from her stories," Yang said with a roll of her eyes. She pointed the remote at the screen. "C'mon, let us watch the show already!"

The screen went back to the title card and then started to play.


"Longest. Flight. Ever." A young man groaned as he knocked his head against the metal interior of the airship he rode in. He crossed his arms over his chest and hung his head when he heard no reply. "I never should've stopped for that bowl...Figures those two jerks would run off without me."

The teen looked up as a blond boy that wore an interesting armored jacket similar to his own – without the awesome hood and with a different symbol, he noted – rushed past him to the back of the airship with his hands over his mouth.

Jaune groaned, palming his face while Ruby and Yang snickered.

The teen arched his own golden brow while his blue eyes twinkled in amusement.

"Then again, maybe I'm just not looking on the bright side of things," he said with a snicker. He slid down and crossed his legs in front of him, where they stuck out into the aisle, and interlaced his hands behind his head while he looked up at the ceiling. "Still though, I hope those two aren't trying to kill each other. After all, I need one for pranks and the other for homework."

"He speaks my language." Yang grinned wolfishly.

"I don't do your homework." Weiss sniffed.

"Agreed." Blake frowned.

"I know." Yang nodded and smirked. "I just copied you when you're asleep. It's much easier that way."

Weiss and Blake took the time to glare at the blonde.

Someone near him let out a small laugh and he looked over at the amused redhead with bronze and red armor that revealed her prime physique. He grinned at her and gave her a friendly wave. The girl seemed to freeze for a moment before she shyly waved back. Before he could invite her over or go over to make a new friend, a woman appeared as a hologram behind him.

"Goodwitch blocked, I hate when that happens." Yang snickered and elbowed Pyrrha who looked at tad flustered at the blond boy's possible actions.

She had light blonde hair pulled back in a bun, a white blouse and dark skirt. From her shoulders fell a cape that was purple and had almost devil-like tails coming off of it. Her green eyes were behind rectangular glasses that rested on her nose.

Overall, he gave her a seven out of ten on the scaling system. He wasn't into the librarian look.

"Hello and welcome to Beacon." The young man stood and interlocked his hands behind his head as he barely restrained himself from jumping with joy. Those words meant this stupid flight was almost over! "My name is Glynda Goodwitch. You are among the privileged few who have received the honor of attending this prestigious academy. Our world is experiencing an incredible time of peace –"

Weiss and Blake scoffed in sync at this.

"If only that were true..." The teen whispered sadly while his left hand reached up to grab hold of the item that hung from his neck. He tuned out the rest of Goodwitch's speech as he looked over his prized possession.

The necklace was not important, being a simple chord of orange wire, but the gold rings that hung from it were. They were the wedding bands that belonged to his parents, may they rest peacefully with Oum. He was not old enough to remember their faces when they died, but he was told that they were good people who lived to protect, and thus he lived for the same reason. The boy looked up as the hologram flickered away and tightened his grip on the rings.

He looked over his reflection and grinned widely at it, the whisker-like birth marks on his cheeks spread wide by his smile. His untamable mess of sunny blond hair was kept under a black hood that protruded from an orange and black jacket that was partially unzipped to reveal a mesh-like undershirt. The jacket had small bits of dark armor attached over the shoulders, chest and back, with a red and black spiral painted on the shoulders and back. His trusty Storm Breaker gauntlets were fitted around his arms and hands. From the waist down he wore orange pants that had hidden padding sewn into it. Finally, protecting his feet were his old academy's signature combat sandals, a variant of hunter boots that allowed for more kinesthetic impact.

"Huh, fashionable, functional, and breathy too? That's nice." Yang smiled.

"And when trenching through mud and slug?" Weiss commented, making the blonde blanch.

"Good point."

The blond teen let his rings fall back and rest against his chest before he zipped his jacket up and looked over the view below him.

"Well, Beacon...I hope you're ready for Naruto Uzumaki." His grin widened and his eyes flashed mischievously. "Then again, I kind of hope you're not."

"We got ourselves a bad boy~!" Nora sang, "I wonder what he's gonna do, gonna do when he comes for you, bad boy bad boy..."

"Hm...I do like the bad boys..." Yang mused playfully. "And he is studly..."

Weiss rolled her eyes. "Come on, Yang, he's a fictional character..."

"Uh-huh, and Doctor Mc-Dreamy wasn't the one you were drooling over in your Anatomy show?"

"...Shut up, Yang." Weiss mumbled with a light flush.

He looked up as the blond from before ran from his corner back towards the front. As the boy passed two girls, they started to freak out about some puke on one of their shoes. Naruto could only laugh.

"Oh yeah. This is going to be awesome!"

"It was not awesome, it was painful." Jaune slumped in his cushiony seat.

"My idiot senses are tingling." A young man mused from where he leaned against a light pole on the main walkway into Beacon. Wild burnt orange hair covered his head and bangs fell down over solid black sunglasses. He wore a dark red shirt and black pants, with combat sandals that were required at Kon Academy. Around his waist was an orange belt of fur that twitched occasionally. Rested against his left shoulder under his crossed arms was a black staff that had a ring at the top that had six small knives dangling from it. He looked over at the airship that came into the dock and smirked. "I think he finally arrived. Good for nothing, lazy hairless ape."

"Look who's talking, fox-boy," Another youth said lowly from where he was perched on the light pole, uncaring as the other growled at him for the name. The new speaker had an angular face and raven black hair. He wore a navy blue high collared and long sleeved mantle that parted just below his waist to reveal similarly dark pants and sandals that his companion wore. The youth sat up and revealed a red and white fan on his back, perched above his waist, around which was a belt where a solid black sword was clipped. He gripped the light pole's neck with gloved hands and swung down to land beside the red clad teen and looked at the sunglasses with black eyes.

"Hello! Hottie alert!" Yang said, gazing at the image of both with lidded eyes.

"We have a punk, a wild one, and the cool silent one. All we need now is an overly pretty boy." Blake said in a low voice.

"What?" Ruby asked.


"Is something wrong?" He asked the red wearing teenager.

The ginger haired youth let out a growl. "Don't call me 'Fox-Boy', Heir-less!"

The onyx eyed youth's eyes flashed. "Ah, that's right. You're not a 'boy' anymore. I forgot, you finally went through your... what was it again, heat?"

"Well, this is fun banter…I think." Pyrrha frowned a little in thought.

"I'm so tempted to drain you dry right now!"

"Oh come on, guys! Can't you wait at least a day before you try to rip each other apart?" The two looked away from one another as Naruto approached them with his duffle slung over his shoulder. Naruto grinned at his classmates and fellow Kon graduates. "I mean, I need to have more than one alias after I prank that Goodwitch chick. She's just asking for it dressing up like a librarian and all."

"I'd bet Heir-less wants to tap it. What with his fetish and all." The red clad teen mused. The two amused boys looked at their raven-haired companion while he scowled at them and his cheeks tinted.

"I do not have a fetish!" He hissed.

"Well, you can't blame him." Ren shrugged. He blinked when everyone gave him odd looks. "What? Goodwitch is hot."

"...That...Explains some things." Jaune mumbled. He had thought he heard Ren mumbling in his sleep.

"Sure you don't, Sasuke." Naruto leaned over to the red-clad teen and not-too-quietly whispered, "He's still in denial!"

"Screw you, Uzumaki!" Sasuke snapped.

"I'd quiet down if I were you, Sasuke. Isn't that how that rumor got started?" The red clad teen asked with a vulpine-like grin on his face. Both Sasuke and Naruto shuddered at the memory and then glared at the one who reminded them of it.

"If I remember correctly, that was because you started it, Kurama." Naruto grumbled.

Kurama, as he was named, let his grin widen. "I ain't denying it, unlike Mr. Librarian-fetish."

"Go chase a rabbit, Ōtsutsuki!" Sasuke scowled at Kurama.

"And here come the animal taunts." Blake frowned, figuring Kurama was a Faunus. His belt spoke it all.

"I think it's more friendly banter. Like you and tuna," Ruby said.

Blake turned pink and looked away. "If you guys would stop getting it all the time…"

"It's too funny." Weiss confessed with a small giggle. Blake would always go starry-eyed and start drooling whenever they gave her a dish with tuna in it.

"More like hilarious!" Yang corrected with a smirk.

Kurama's grin never wavered as his red aura began to leak out and he adjusted his grip on his staff. "Why don't you make me, Uchiha?"

Sasuke's black aura started to leak out as well and he grabbed onto the handle of his sword and began to draw it. "I'd be glad to-!"

They were stopped from fighting by an explosion that occurred somewhere down the walkway.

"Ooh, boom-boom! So big and beautiful, I wonder if someone got hurt. But that cloud...Let's go investigate!" The cheerful Naruto declared as he rushed off towards the source.

Ruby covered her eyes while Weiss shifted uncomfortably. They did not want to relieve this moment ever again.

Sasuke and Kurama exchanged a look before they chased after their excitable friend. It was never a dull day when one was a friend with Naruto Uzumaki.

"Aw, another Dust accident? No residue or destruction. So lame." Naruto pouted in disappointment as he came across the source of the explosion.

"Well, I'm sorry I didn't blow up enough for you!" Ruby crossed her arms and pouted. "These guys were proving to be real meanies already."

"Lighten up, Sis, they didn't even really meet you yet." Yang patted her younger sister on the head.

He continued to mope while the girl dressed in white yelled at the girl in the red cape. His two friends palmed their faces as they came across his discovery.

"Figures that's what you'd be disappointed about," Sasuke said with a sigh. He looked over at Kurama when a growl left the teen's throat. "What's your problem, Fox-boy?"

"Aside from that annoying nickname? Her." Kurama glared from behind his sunglasses at the white themed girl. He bared his teeth, revealing a sharper than average fang in place of a human's canine, and growled again. "She's a Schnee."

"Was it the snowflake that gave it away?"

"Hey!" Weiss frowned at the insult of her symbol by Blake. It was her family crest for a reason!

...One she didn't want to explain right now, but it was still a good reason!

"Oum bless you," Naruto said as he overcame his initial disappointment.

"…He did not just compare my name with a sneeze!" Weiss shouted in outrage while her friends giggled or chuckled.

"Oh yeah, he did!" Yang grinned.

Sasuke smacked him upside the head. "No, you idiot. The Schnee family is the family most well-known for Dust mining and the Faunus bias."

"It's damn near slavery!" Kurama snapped at the darkly themed teen.

"No you don't!" Yang said as her hand slapped over Blake's politically prone mouth. "No rants, just watch!"

Blake rolled her eyes. She wasn't going to rant, honestly...

"They get wages that equal the dangers, the fact it's less than human workers, who do not face such dangers but perform more mundane tasks in the office, is what's so controversial about it." Sasuke returned coolly as he rolled his eyes.

"That's what the media wants you to think!" Kurama snarled. He scoffed and looked away before the other boy could retort. "Stupid, arrogant asshole..."

"Pot, meet kettle, have you realized something? You're both black."

"And so are Blake's ears." Ruby said to herself as she looked at her teammate's head, waiting. Blake's bow twitched right on cue and the red-themed team leader grinned from where she was bundled up in her pajamas and cloak.

Naruto drawled as he stared at the two. He sighed and rubbed the back of his head. "Man, what am I going to do with you guys?"

"Could you excuse me?" A calm voice asked. Naruto turned and looked down at the girl with hair as dark as his friend's. She was dressed in black clothes with a revealed midriff and had a large bow on her head.

Naruto cracked a grin and looked at Sasuke. "Hey, I found your dream girl. She's practically a female you."

"…I'm not pleased." Blake had a frown on her face.

"Welcome to my world." Weiss huffed.

"Funny, idiot. Maybe you should follow our example and get out of her way," Sasuke said as he stepped to the side.

Naruto chuckled sheepishly and did as he was asked. "Yeah...Sorry Ms.-?"

The girl walked away without much of another word. She did stiffen slightly as she walked by Kurama, who merely arched a brow in return.

"Wow, rude much?" Naruto asked with a small frown.

"Kind of." Yang agreed with her fellow blond, which made her partner frown further. Yang grinned at her. "Don't worry, you'll be a social butterfly in no time thanks to Professor Yang!"

"Hide your children," Ruby warned everyone.

"Ouch, sis, ouch."

Then again, he hadn't helped matters with his comment.

"She's a Faunus." Kurama's observation was softly spoken. He crossed his arms and let his weapon rest against his shoulder. "Probably irked from being near Schnee."

Blake looked away from Weiss' pointed gaze. She had nothing to say about that.

But actions always speak louder than words.

"The idiot's comment probably didn't help."

"For once, we agree."

Naruto slumped to the ground and began to draw circles on the sidewalk. "My friends are so mean to me..."

"I also agree with the idiot's observation." Kurama added with a grin. "That was definitely the female, Faunus version of you, Uchiha."

While Sasuke dryly glared at him, Naruto perked up and threw an arm around Kurama's shoulders. "I knew my right hand man wouldn't leave me hanging!"

"Of course not. I want to see you drown in your precious noodles." Kurama smirked as Naruto squawked.

"Is that a friend, or someone just hanging out with you to see how you're offed?" Jaune asked Ren.

"...That was pretty dark, Jaune."

"Well, it just feels that way to me."


Sasuke shook his head and looked up at the largest hall that was in front of them. "Come on, I think there's supposed to be a speech or something. We hurry before we miss it."

"And how do you know that?" Naruto asked his friend.

Sasuke smirked back at him before he started to walk away with a smirking Kurama behind him. "Because, idiot, this is still a school."

"...Ah, crap, I hate it when he's right." Naruto sulked for a moment he followed his two friends. "Oi! Oi! Wait up, you jerks!"

A young man walked around the campus of Beacon, smiling gently as he did. He was dressed oddly, even for most hunters, wearing a russet pinstripe outfit underneath a green haori with white trimmings. Around his waist was a brown sash that had a simple, if bulky, metal bar clipped to the back of it. Only wooden sandals with straps the same color of his haori protected his feet. His bangs were long enough to reach the top of his torso, the hair a silky black, though most of it was pulled back into a white bun holder.

When one added his androgynous features, it was hard to tell if he were a boy, which he was. He despised it so, but it was a fact of life and he had come to accept it. That he accepted it didn't mean he'd have to like it, though.

Blake's cheeks were a bit pink at the new character's face. "Well, I called that one."

"...Are we sure that's a boy?" Nora asked with furrowed brows.

"Yes, Nora."

"But Ren, they could be lying!"




Nora pouted and Ren sighed.

Great, now they were fighting for the next however long Nora wants to be mad at him minutes.

With a soft complacent sigh, the feminine boy let his hands rest behind his back and continued his stroll towards the auditorium for the inevitable opening speech. As he rounded a bend, he was nearly bowled over by a young couple, both of which looked to be in a panic. The saving grace? The girl had spotted him and stopped both herself and her companion before they ran smack into him.

"Ah, sorry!" The girl, a short thing she was for a seventeen year old, apologized to him. He took a moment to quickly assess her build – what? He was a healthy teenage male! He could look if he so wished.

Ruby covered herself on reflex and turned bright red. "Stranger danger!"

"No, it's good a hot guy is checking you out, lil sis." Yang educated her sister.

"Since when!?"

"Always, Ruby. Besides, if he tries anything, I'm sure I'll kick his ass." Yang smiled at her sister.

She was a petite girl, dressed in black clothes that were accented by red to match the red cape she wore. Her weapon was in the compacted form, much like his own, and hung from her waist. Her skin, again like his, was a pale white and her eyes were an interesting silver. Her hair was short, dark and, like her clothes, had red highlights.

"It's no problem." He answered after he finished his quick moment of appreciating her modest bust – again, healthy teenage male.

"More stranger! Even more danger!" Ruby turned red, covering her apparent 'modest' bust.

"...Correction, I know I'll kick his ass." Yang frowned. A once over was fine, but staring at her little sister's chest was not okay.

The androgynous male looked at her companion when he asked his next question. "Why are you two in such a hurry?"

The blond teen, built far differently from himself, was an inch or so taller than he was with broad shoulders and a good physique. His armored clothes looked rather hastily thrown together, a mess of colors that would do well to conceal him, but it was the weapon that drew his attention. The sword and sheath were infamous and easily recognizable. They belonged to an Arc.

"…I thought you were a farmer?" Weiss recalled to Jaune.

"My family, yeah."

"...Then why is your shield and sword infamous?"

Jaune shrugged. "I dunno."

"Wow, you're a load of useful information," Weiss said with a huff.


"We're trying to figure out where the auditorium is," the boy said. He sounded rather young. A hand was thrust from the blond and a small grin was on his face. "Jaune Arc, nice to meet you."

"And I'm Ruby Rose!" The cute girl in red added her own hand.

He took the Arc's hand with a smile and after he shook it, took Ruby's in a gentler, but firm shake. "The pleasure is mine. I am Haku Yuki."

"So, uh, you wouldn't happen to know if we're supposed to be anywhere, do you?" Jaune asked awkwardly.

Haku supposed the boy was trying to determine whether he was a male or female.

Jaune nodded, "I very much would do that. I honestly wouldn't have been able to tell unless he told me."

"I don't think anyone would." Pyrrha admitted.

"I probably wouldn't care." Yang said shamelessly.

Haku had to admit, this was the one boon that came with being androgynous. Well, that and all the female admirers. Girls were strange, but he wasn't complaining.

Taking pity on the two, Haku smiled gently. "Yes. There's bound to be an opening ceremony or speech of some sort in the auditorium. I was just about to head over that way, would you like to join me?"

"Please!" "Yes!"

Haku smiled and let his hands fall behind his back. "Wonderful! I always enjoy making new friends. This way."

"Follow me to your deaths please."

Everyone looked at Nora.

"Too dark?" the hammer girl asked with a finger placed on the side of her head.

"Just a bit." Ren told her.

"Ah...Still not talking to you, Ren."

Ren frowned slightly.

"I smell maybe one or two other Faunus here aside from the Fem-Sasuke," Kurama said lowly from his place on the wall in the back of the auditorium. He ignored the glare from his dark haired companion and sighed softly. "So much for being a Faunus friendly school."

"It's just the first years gathered." Blake rolled her eyes. She thought the same, but when the grades started to mingle, she realized how wrong she was.

"Ah, don't worry about it, buddy. You still got me and Sasuke, and as long as we stick together, nothing can stop us!" Naruto grinned as he let his hands interlock behind his head.

Sasuke dropped his glare and stared at the blond member of their trio dryly. "What did you do?"

Naruto looked hurt at the question and placed his hands over his chest. "Sasuke, my friend, how could you be so cruel? To suggest that I would step out of line and perform some sort of-of delinquent act of mischief! I'm hurt."

Sasuke merely stared at him for another minute before he looked at Kurama. "So what'd he do?"


Kurama ignored Naruto's outrage and let a small grin cross his face. "Well, I promised I wouldn't tell..."

"Tell us!" Everyone demanded, eagerly awaiting the reason.

"I didn't even do anything yet!" Naruto protested.

Sasuke, like Kurama, ignored the blond. "What should I prepare for? The Rubber Chicken Incident or something along the lines of The Eraser Scheme?"

"You guys aren't even listening to me, are you!?"

"Now, I just want know what else he's done. Stupid inside jokes..." Yang pouted, crossing her arms under her bust.

"Meh, more like the Lunchroom War of Class E."

"That bad, huh?"

Naruto crossed his arms over his chest and pouted. "You guys are literally the worst friends imaginable."

"Why don't you go try to make better friends then?" Sasuke asked.

"Well maybe I will!" Naruto shot back.

Kurama snorted. "You're way too stupid to make new friends."

"See, Ruby? You're not alone!"

"Shut up, Yang!"

Naruto opened his mouth to retort, but went quiet as the lights dimmed and a gentle clearing of the throat came through the microphone. The three turned to the stage to see Glynda Goodwitch and a grey haired man that was easily three or so inches taller than her. He was dressed sharply, with a green scarf around his neck and had a cane in his left hand as he addressed the students.

"I'd like to make this...brief."

"And boy does he," Jaune whistled.

Naruto slouched against the wall with a sigh. "And by that he means he's going to prattle on and on about his school's prosperity, dignity and the rules."

"I dunno, he seems to be a bit distracted," Sasuke said as he listened to the apparent headmaster speak.

"What he needs to do is back away from the microphone." Kurama muttered as he dug in his right ear with his pinky. "The feedback is killing me."

"And he's done."

"What? Seriously?" Naruto snapped his eyes open and gaped as he saw the man walk away while Goodwitch stepped forward. "Damn, why couldn't our school assemblies be that quick?"

"They always drag things out…" Ruby groaned, leaning her head against Yang's shoulder. Her sister patted her head in comfort.

"I know, thankfully Professor Ozpin didn't."

Ruby nodded in agreement.

"Gather in the ballroom tonight, tomorrow your initiation begins."

"Initiation? What is this, a cult?" Kurama asked lowly with a hint of amusement.

"D-Did he do something to the cookies?" Ruby asked with utmost seriousness.

"No." The rest of Team RWBY told their leader quickly.

"Oh, good." The leader breathed out in relief, which was followed by Yang, Blake and Weiss' own relived sighs. A hyperventilating Ruby was not a fun Ruby.

Sasuke shook his head and stepped away from the wall towards the auditorium doors. "I wouldn't be surprised. Come on. Let's go find the ballroom so we can claim a place to sleep."

"Right behind you," Naruto said as he followed his two friends. He turned and caught sight of the same girl from his airship. She noticed him and gave a quick wave that he reciprocated with his usual grin plastered on his face. Naruto turned back to his friends as the sea of people obscured her from his view.

Shame, too, it was a nice view.

Pyrrha just turned slightly red at this and found her gloved fingers very interesting.

"Segregated sides? Where's the fun in that?" Naruto asked with a frown as he walked over to the far side of the ball room with his pack and sleeping bag.

Yang tossed her arms in the air with a frustrated groan. "I know! All that potential! Wasted!"

"Yes, for you." Weiss scoffed, Pyrrha nodding in agreement. Neither of them wanted to encounter a wondering hand at night.

He dropped his stuff on the ground and began to prepare for bed, which, for him was rather easy. Remove all clothes, save for the unmentionables, and throw on a pair of shorts.

With no shame at all, Naruto stripped. It was hard to feel shame when one was raised mostly by themselves or was influenced by certain 'unique' classes offered at Kon Academy. After all, hunters and huntresses had to be able to adapt to any situation at any time. It didn't hurt that Naruto noticed a few girls had paused to admire his build.

That was just a coincidental bonus.

"Hello, dreamboat!" Yang wolf-whistled while most of the girls averted their eyes. The blonde bombshell paused the television and roamed over the image.

"I wouldn't mind that snuggled up against me, would you?" She asked Weiss and Pyrrha, both of which were blushing bright red.

"Yang!" Ruby protested.

"Don't deny it, Rubes, you'd like it, too!"

Jaune and Ren just rolled their eyes. Nora shook her head.

"Girls, am I right, fellas?" She asked Ren with a grin.

"...Are we talking now?"

"Duh, we're best friends."

Ren smiled. All was right in the world.

"Whoa, Uzumaki. Am I gonna have to get some lien out for that show?" Kurama asked with a smirk as he walked up to the blond. He'd changed from his clothes into red pajama pants and a white tank top. His sunglasses had been replaced with a black sleep mask that had a red fox on the front. The fuzzy 'belt' was still wrapped around his waist.

Naruto smirked back at his friend and played with the hem of his running shorts. "Well, I'm not opposed to making a bit on the side."

"So shameless." Weiss said with a wrinkle of her nose.

"You know you'd love it if your studly doctor did it." Yang teased.

Weiss' pale flesh turned glowing red. "N-No!"

"Denial~!" Yang sang at the stuttering retort.

"We should have never let you go to that club with the Toad Sage." Sasuke grunted as he dropped his stuff on the blond's other side. He had changed from his armor into a modest yakuta with red and white fans decorating the material. A plastic green card smacked him in the face and Sasuke glared at the snickering Kurama.

"Shut up and take my money!" Yang said and tossed some lien at the screen.

"Dude!" Naruto frowned in mock annoyance. He gestured to his well-developed torso. "I'm the eye candy here, give me some of that!"

"Ah, but he's the one they all want to strip." Kurama countered as he pointed at the girls who had glued their eyes to Sasuke.

"It always the dark boys, like that time Ren-blah, brah wah mar." Nora continued to talk despite Ren's hand covering her mouth.

"Please ignore her." The green themed boy said pointedly.

The raven-haired boy grunted in annoyance and tossed the lien hard at Naruto, who yelped as the currency smacked against his right pectoral. Sasuke turned and began to walk away, a small bag in his hands. "If you peons will excuse me, I need to go prepare for bed."

"Of course, oh glorious one!" The two chimed back boisterously and obnoxiously. A sole finger was raised back at them without any other to accompany it and the two troublemakers burst into laughter.

"Uh, what's so funny?" The voice made the two look up...and promptly burst into more laughter.

"He's – Oum help me!" Naruto fell to his knees while he held his gut and laughed at the boy who had been emptying his stomach onto the airship floor. He was dressed in a set of light blue footie pajamas.

"They. Are. Warm!" Jaune heatedly argued. "And downright comfy!"

"Look stupid though."

"Hey!" Jaune glared at Yang, who shrugged in return.

"Wow, man, and I thought you looked stupid when you went to bed back in the day." Kurama agreed as he overcame his laughter. He faced the confused blond with a wide grin on his face. "What are you wearing?"

"Pajamas, duh."

The response made Naruto laugh harder.

Kurama however shook his head and grabbed his bag. "No you're not. Come on, man, even I'm not cruel enough to let you stay in those."

"See, Jaune? You made another friend." Pyrrha beamed.

"Huh, yeah." Jaune smiled lightly.

The boy frowned. "What's wrong with my pajamas? ...How can you even see me?"

"Tricks of the trade, PJ."

"Oh, that'd better not stick…" Jaune's smile fell into a grimace.

Kurama grabbed the blond's shoulder despite the protest and dragged him towards the bathroom. "Back in a bit, Uzumaki. Don't do anything stupid!"

Naruto couldn't retort because he was still in the midst of dying from laughter.

"Excuse me." Sasuke stopped as he walked away from the bathroom back towards his chosen bed. His brain shorted out as his eyes fell on possibly the most beautiful girl smiled at him. She was dressed in a sleeveless pink yakuta that covered her modesty with a black choker around her neck. The girl's smile was gentle, much like her features, and she nodded her head slightly.

"Isn't that the girly boy?" Yang pointed out.

Blake smirked, "Yep."

"And he doesn't know…" Weiss trailed off, a devious look on her face.

"Nope." Ruby said, not seeing what her team was getting at.

"Sorry, but I was just on my way to bed when someone handed me this bag. I believe it was yours, as well..." She trailed off as her eyes went to the fan on his bag and then the fans that decorated Sasuke's yakuta.

Dammit, Sasuke, do something! Say something! Anything! Sasuke mentally reprimanded himself. If he had full control over his body, he would've promptly palmed his face when all that came out of his mouth was a smart and witty "Uhh..."

"So romantic." Nora sighed.

"He knows exactly how to set a mood." Blake mumbled dryly with a small smirk on her face.

Sasuke, you're a damn failure.

"Yes you are. That's a huge turn off," Yang declared, her thumbs downward.

She let out a soft laugh that sounded like tinkling bells before she set the bag in his hand and bowed slightly to him. "Good luck tomorrow and have pleasant dreams tonight."

Sasuke could only stare as she walked away, unable to trust himself to say anything other than something stupid despite the fact he so dearly wished to know her name. He was stuck like that for some time, silently berating himself for acting like Naruto, making a fool out of himself in front of probably the most beautiful woman he'd ever laid eyes on.

"Good night!"

The sudden jarring from his stupor nearly gave Sasuke a heart attack. The cause of said near heart attack was a girl that only came up to his chin in height. Unlike the goddess he'd just seen, this girl leaned more towards the cute side. Her hair was orange, like a certain annoyance he knew (elsewhere, Kurama sneezed), and she wore a pink pair of shorts with clouds and lightning on them along with a grey shirt that had the word 'BOOP' in pink across her chest. It was rather distractive really.

"It's me! Nora!" Nora sang with a beaming smile. "I'm Queen of the Castle~!"

"No forts in the Rec Room, Nora." Pyrrha smiled at the energetic girl.

"Uh...yeah, night...I'm sorry, why are you standing on my feet?" Sasuke asked dryly.

The girl beamed a grin at him. "So I can do this!" She poked him on the nose, as she was prepared to do. "Boop!"

"He's been marked." Ren whispered to himself.

"What was that Ren?" Ren remained quiet while Nora gave him a funny look.

"...Right...Well, it was a pleasure meeting you-"

"Nora Valkyrie!"

"Nora, but I really should get going and-"

"Hey Ren! Come here and check out this guy I found! Think he makes good pancakes?"

"You ask that about everyone. Why?" Ruby asked.

"It's an important fact." Nora said, her tone dead serious. "Pancakes are life."

Sasuke started at the strange – and very loud – question that was directed at the young man that approached him. He had hair similar to Sasuke's own, but had a lone strand that was a hot pink. He seemed to give Sasuke an apologetic look before he directed his gaze to the eccentric Nora.

"Nora...Come on, it's time for bed."

"Aw, but I was just getting to know duck butt!"

Sasuke's eye twitched. No. He would not let that name start again.

"Huh, it really is a duck butt." Ruby said, tilting her head.

"Think he lays eggs?" Jaune joked.

"Wouldn't they fall out the back of his head?"

"My name is Uchiha Sasuke."

Nora looked at him with wide eyes before she stepped back from him and put a finger on her lips as she looked him over.

"Fancy...You must have access to the best maple syrup."

Sasuke groaned as the girl began to prattle on about syrup of all things, and she seemed to cut him off whenever he tried to walk away.

What fresh Hell has he doomed himself to?

"You get used to it." Ren shrugged.

"...Must, resist, stupidity impulse!" Naruto mumbled to himself as he played with a paddle-ball he'd brought for such an occasion where he'd be left to his lonesome with the strict orders of not doing anything 'stupid' from Kurama. His gaze went over to his bag, where a rubber chicken's leg was visible from the zipper. Sweat poured down the right side of his face as he looked back at the paddle-ball that was now a blur. "Not resisting well!"

"Accept your urges and act on them. Release the beast, show us the carnage within!"

"Yang, stop that creepy voice." Ruby shoved her sister a bit.

"Meh," the blonde stuck out her tongue, "Spoilsport."

He needed to prank something. Someone. Anyone. He needed to make someone laugh even at the cost of his own social standing!

"Oh not you again!" two voices called out in annoyance from the girls' side.

"It's jerky Weiss! Flee!" Ruby screamed in mock horror.

"Ha. Ha." Weiss gritted out through her perfectly white teeth.

Naruto stopped his paddle-ball and beamed. "Thank you, Oum, you great and powerful bastard you."

He vacated his seat and quickly made his way over toward the source of the noise.

"What's your problem with my sister? She's only trying to be nice!"

"She's a hazard to my health!"

Naruto moved silently through the dimmed lighting to stand behind the loud girl dressed in white. He pulled out his trusty never fail orange duct tape and prepared a strip that was long enough to go over a person's face twice. Before the girl in white knew what happened, Naruto had taped her mouth shut.

"…He. Must. Die." Weiss glared hard at the image. Her visage was that of a vengeful angel from Heaven itself.

What? A prank didn't have to be elegantly planned out all the time. It just had to be a surprise!

Ruby and Yang apparently agreed, since they were laughing at the image while holding their sides. Team JNPR was in a similar state, but not laughing as hard or loud as the two sisters.

"Stop laughing you hooligans!" Weiss glowered at her supposed friends. At least Blake was behaving.

The Faunus in question was biting down on her cheek to keep from laughing.

The girl, Sneeze or something along those lines, let out a muffled shriek while the other three stared at the scene for a moment. The buxom blonde, who Naruto did look over twice because hormones, and the younger looking girl both burst into laughter while the Fem-Sasuke let out an aggravated sigh.

"Well, I think we can all learn something from this." Naruto grinned as the buxom girl let out a snort of agreement. He put a hand on the Sneeze's shoulder and gave her a grin. "Don't worry, it'll wear off in about an hour or so and it won't leave a rash...I think."

"Revenge!" Weiss snarled.

The girl's eyes went wide and she dashed off towards the bathroom. Naruto turned back to the amused duo and the slightly amused Fem-Sasuke. He gave them a small grin and whispered to them conspiratorially. "It won't leave a rash, but there might be a permanent lipstick for a few days."

"That's so evil...I love it!" The buxom blonde grinned at him. "I like you, Whisker-boy. Name's Yang Xiao-Long, this is my little sister Ruby."

"Mm, I do like." Yang smirked in agreement of her other. She stroked her chin. "Now, how to snag him here..."

"Thankfully, he does not exist here." Weiss huffed. Her words made Yang pout heavily.

"Darn...and he's practically perfect..." She mumbled.

"Well, actual..." Blake trailed off when the heiress glared at her, daring her to argue it.

"Ruby Rose." The younger girl, Ruby, corrected. She gestured to the disguised Faunus that seemed to be annoyed with them. "And that's-"

"Fem-Sasuke. We've met." Naruto grinned at the girl while she stared at him blankly before she shook her head.

"Blake Belladonna."

"...I'm still gonna call you Fem-Sasuke." Naruto grinned as her cat-like yellow eyes narrowed.

"On second thought, I don't like him either." Blake frowned, she and Weiss high-fiving behind the frowning Yang's head.

To annoy the stoic was one of his many reasons for living. He held his hands up defensively. "Kidding, kidding. Geez, no need to be so mean, Bell."


"Same difference." Naruto shrugged and intertwined his hands behind his head, completely forgetting that he was still shirtless. He was reminded of the fact when Ruby's face gained some color and Yang gave him an approving once over. His grin still on his face, Naruto dropped his arms and slipped between the two sisters. "So...You wanna end this day with a Yang? Because I know I do."

"And he's punny, it just gets sweeter...and hotter." Yang grinned. She frowned. "Why is he not real?"

"It's a television show." Blake reminded.

"Wait, why aren't you telling him down? He made a pun!" Weiss pointed to the screen heatedly.

"Because his was good and he's got a nice body."

"...I have a nice body." Weiss glared at the girl.

"Eh, seven out of ten. He's a real catch though. Did you see dem abs?" Yang exaggeratedly sucked on her bottom lip. "Bet you could grate cheese on dem."

"...They looked like Sun's..." Blake admitted.

"That's who he reminds me of!" Jaune dropped his fist into his hand. "Man, it's been bugging me for a while now..."

Yang smirked back at him and playfully wrapped her arms around the back of his neck.

Elsewhere, Kurama, who had just finished helping his new acquaintance Jaune Arc, froze and paled. "Oh no...I had always hoped that the possibility was too high!"

Likewise, Sasuke, who'd somehow managed to get Nora to shut up about pancakes for five seconds so her friend could properly introduce himself, did the same. "Dear Oum help us...my worst fear has been realized."

Unknown to the two, they spoke their next words at the same time, in the same amount of horror. "There's two of him."

"And I officially ship Yanguto. Or maybe Nang is better…" Yang said to herself in thought, tapping her chin. She shrugged and leered at the whiskered blond. "Either way I know what I want for my birthday. He's the Yin to my Yang."

"No." Blake admonished her friend with a bop on the head.

"Aw, c'mon, it was good!"

"T-Two Yangs? The horror." Ruby shuddered. One was all she could handle!

"I'm up to breaking a few rules if you are, Whiskers. First you gotta tell me, do the carpets match the drapes?" Yang's breathy question made Naruto's grin widen.

"Depends...do yours?"

"He's a bold one!" Yang whistled while Ruby looked ready to pass out, Pyrrha was red in the face while Weiss was stuttering.

"How shameless can you two be?! And in public no less!"

Yang shrugged. "What? Don't hate the player. Hate the game."

Yang's grin widened as she leaned in and not so softly 'whispered', "Let's find out. Together."

"Ew! Yang! Gross!" Ruby couldn't take it any more after she'd turned into a prime example of a tomato. A glance at Blake showed that she fared no better with her faint blush across her nose.

That drew some eyes to the stoic Faunus.

"…I like cheesy romance, sue me." Blake huffed at the judging eyes.

"...Cheesy?" Yang frowned.

Both Naruto and Yang broke into wide grins and then laughed loudly as they pulled away from one another. Yang smirked at her younger sister once she'd recovered from her laughter.

"What's wrong, Ruby? Jealous?" Yang's smile widened even more as Ruby's face turned a shade darker.

"Oh man, their faces, too good!" Naruto snickered out. He held his hand out towards Yang. "That was awesome. You're a natural prankster, Yang. Sorry I never introduced myself earlier, I'm Naruto Uzumaki."

"And I still don't like him," the pink faced Weiss huffed.

"We know, but I do!" Yang grinned. "I've been waiting for a guy like that for Xiao-Long..."


Well, in honor of season 3 starting, I thought I'd do something nice for you people. I'm awesome like that. Just don't expect fast updates, got a new job and all.

With that, you know what to do.