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Ruby Rose stared at Beacon Academy with eyes filled with hope and wonder. It had been two years earlier than she wanted, but she still was happy. She was especially excited to see the new weapons.
Her sister, Yang, had already left to hang out with her friends, leaving her alone and confused. She backed up a little and crashed into someone, who in turn fell onto a dolly, knocking the cases off of it.
"What are you two doing?" A new voice asked annoyed. Ruby looked up to a girl with white hair and a scar over her eye.
"Sorry." Ruby said back.
"Sorry?" The girl asked back. "Do you two have any idea of the..." She stopped talking when she looked at the second person.
It was a man, but you wouldn't be able to tell looking at his spiky pink hair. He had sharp canines and green reptilian like eyes. He was wearing a gold trimmed black jacket over a red shirt with a dragon skull styled in black ink, and baggy white pants, held up by a belt. Wrapping around his neck was a white scarf with a scale pattern, and his feet were covered by sandals.
Speaking of his feet, they weren't exactly human. Claws gripped the footwear, and his skin there was replaced by red scales. His hands were clawed and razor sharp. Sticking out of the back of his pants was a long, red tail that reached the ground with short, black spikes going down it.
"Look, we're sorry." The Faunus said as he stood up. "Here." He grabbed one of the cases and handed to her, only to have it snatched away by the white haired girl.
"Gimme that!" She opened the case, revaling vials of Dust. "This is Dust! Mined and purified from the Schnee quarry!"
"Uh..." Ruby just stared at the girl, as did the boy.
"What are you two, brain dead?" The girl asked as she took out a vial. "Dust! Fire! Water! Lighting! Energy!" As she shook the vial around, different elemental Dust particles made the man's nose twitch. "Are you two even getting any of this!?"
"I am." Ruby defended herself to the girl. "What about you?"
"ACHOO!" The boy sneezed, creating an explosion of fire, ice, and lighting, charring the two girls next to him, as well as sending the vial flying.
The vial rolled on the ground until it was picked up by a girl with her head in a book. The girl looked at the vial before looking towards the group.
"You idiot!" The white haired girl shouted at the man. "Do you have any idea how much damage that could have caused!?"
"He said he was sorry." Ruby spoke up to defend the boy.
"And who are you, his baby sitter?" The girl asked back. "Aren't you two a bit young to be at Beacon?"
"Well..." Both Ruby and the man mumbled.
"This isn't some basic survival school." The white haired girl explained. "This isn't just sparing against holograms. We're here to fight monsters." She looked over to the boy. "I don't even see a weapon on you. Were you hoping to steal my Dust and make one?"
"How many times does he have to say sorry to you, Princess?" Ruby asked annoyed at the girl.
"Heiress, actually." A new voice spoke up, making the group turn to a black haired girl with a bow in her hair. "Weiss Schnee, heiress to the Schnee Dust Company. One of the largest Dust distributors in the world."
"I thought you looked familiar." The boy declared. "I saw you perform in Atlas a few months ago."
"You saw that?" Weiss asked. Truth be told, the only reason she did the performance was because her father wanted to sway her from being a huntress. Even though she enjoyed it, she still wanted to be huntress. "I guess you're more cultured than I thought."
"To be honest, I didn't go by choice." He confessed. "The only reason I went was because my mom dragged me along." He missed the anger in Weiss' eyes.
"And the Schnee Dust Company is infamous for its controversial work force and its questionable business investors." The bow wearing girl continued, angering Weiss even more.
"How dare you!" Weiss shouted as the boy and Ruby laughed.
"Sooo, my name's Ruby." Ruby introduced herself.
"Names Natsu." The boy said back. "Natsu G-" He stopped talking when he noticed ice growing on his feet. "I take it your upset."
"You're correct!" Weiss huffed as she walked away.
"I promise I'll make it up to you!" Ruby shouted.
"Here, let me help." The bow wearing girl said as she tried to pry Natsu's feet out of the ice.
"It's okay. I got this." Natsu said as the ice quickly melted off his feet.
'Must be his Semblance.' The girl thought.
"Huh. Looks like I'm not the only one having a bad first day." Ruby huffed. "So, what's your-" She started to asked the black haired girl, only to see her back as she walked away. "So, Natsu, you were saying?" She turned the other way, only to find empty air. "Where did he go?" She huffed in disappointment as she fell to the ground and looked at the sky. "Welcome to Beacon..."
"Hey,..." She looked up and saw a blonde in armor holding out his hand. "I'm Jaune."
"Ruby." She said as she took his hand. "Aren't you the guy who threw up on the ship?"
Beside the School
"How many times do I have to tell you to be careful!?" Glynda said, waving her wand.
"I'm sorry, okay." Natsu said back. "Besides, you're the one who told me to go out and make some friends."
"I did, but not like that." She said. "Look, Natsu, not everyone understands your 'gifts', but that's why you're here. To learn to control them, to make new friends, and to make yourself proud."
Natsu looked at her and nodded. "I will, mom."
"Good." She said as she ruffled his hair. "Now get inside. You have a big day tomorrow." Natsu nodded and ran inside the main building hall. 'He's a good kid.' She thought to herself as she followed behind.
"All I'm saying is that motion sickness is a lot more common problem than people think." Jaune said to Ruby.
"Look, I'm sorry, but Vomit-Boy was the first thing I could think of." She said back.
"Oh yeah?" He asked back. "Well, what if I called you Crater-Face?"
"Hey, that wasn't me, that was Natsu." Ruby defended herself.
"Who's that?" Jaune asked.
"You didn't see him?" Ruby asked. "He was the guy with the pink hair, scaly scarf, and a tail. Kinda hard to miss."
"Well, my name is Jaune Arc." He said back. "Short, sweet, and it rolls off the tongue. Ladies love it."
"Do they?" Ruby asked suspicious.
"They will!" Jaune said back. "Well, I hope they will. My mom always said... Never mind."
Ruby chuckled before glancing away. "So... I got this thing." She pressed a button and Cresent Rose unfolded into its scythe form.
"Whoa!" Jaune jumped in shock. "Is that a scythe?"
"Yep." Ruby nodded. "It's also a high impact, customizable sniper rifle."
"Huh?" Jaune had no idea what that meant.
"It's also a really big gun." Ruby simplified it as she cocked the gun.
"Oh. That's cool." Jaune said impressed.
"So what do you got?" Ruby asked.
"Well, I got this sword." Jaune said as he unsheathed his blade.
"Oooohhhh." Ruby's eyes moved up and down the blade.
"I got this shield, too." Jaune said as he took it out of his pocket.
"So, what do they do?" Ruby asked as she poked the shield, causing it to bounce off Jaune's arm. He fumbled around before it fell to the ground.
"The shield gets smaller." He said as he picked it up and shrunk it back into his pocket. "So when I get tired, I can just put it away."
"But, wouldn't it weigh the same?" Ruby asked, making Jaune confess that it does. "Well, I'm kinda a dork on weapons. I guess I went overboard designing it."
"You made that?" Jaune asked impressed.
"Yep." Ruby nodded. "All students at Signal forge their own weapons. Didn't you do the same?"
"No." Jaune said a little disappointed. "It was my great-great-grandfathers. He used it in the Great War."
"Well, I like it." Ruby said, trying to cheer him up. "Not may people have respect for the classics these days."
"Yeah..." Jaune mumbled as Ruby refolded her weapon. "The classics..."
"So, why did you help me out back there?" Ruby asked as she resumed walking.
"Eh, why not?" Jaune said back as he caught up to her. "My mom always said 'strangers are just friend you haven't made yet.'."
"So, where are we going?" Ruby asked as she looked around at the empty space around them.
"Oh, I was following you." Jaune confessed. "Do you think there is a directory?"
"Seems like everyone is going in there." Ruby pointed to the people walking into a nearby building. "Come on, let's go." The two walked into the hall, filled with new student to Beacon like them.
"Ruby!" Yang called out. "Over her! I saved a spot for you!"
"Hey, I gotta go." Ruby told Jaune. "I'll see you afterwards."
"Hey, wait!" Jaune called out. "Great, where am I gonna find another quirky girl to talked to?" He walked away, unaware of the girl behind him.
"How's the first day so far, sis?" Yang asked.
"You mean ever since you ditched me in front of the school and I almost blew up?" Ruby asked back annoyed.
"Meltdown already?" Yang asked curious.
"No." Ruby answered back. "I mean I almost literally blew up. I bumped into a kid and he bumped into a cart owned by some crabby girl. She yelled at us and he exploded and now there's a hole in the courtyard. All she would do is yell and I just wanted her to stop treating us like that."
"You!" Ruby jumped into Yang's arms as Weiss shouted from behind.
"Oh god, not again." Ruby complained.
"You're lucky your scaly friend didn't blow us off the cliff!" Weiss said.
"Oh my god, you really did get blown up." Yang realized.
"It wasn't me." Ruby defended. "It was Natsu. He said he was sorry."
"Whatever." Weiss said she held up a pamphlet up to her face. "If you see that Faunus again, give him this."
"What is it?" Ruby asked. Weiss went on some tangent about how her company wasn't to blame for the explosion. "Uhhh..."
"If you really wanna make it up to me, then read this, give it to that boy, and then the two of you are to never speak to me again." Weiss ordered as Ruby took the document.
"Look, I don't know what went on out there, but it sounds like you two got off on the wrong foot." Yang interrupted. "Now that this Natsu guy isn't here, maybe you two could try again. You know, start over and become friends?"
"Great idea, sis." Ruby extended her hand towards the heiress. "Hello, Weiss. I'm Ruby. Wanna hang out? Maybe go shopping for school supplies?"
"Yeah, and we can do our nails, and try on clothes, and talk about boys like tall, blonde, and scraggly over there." Weiss said, mocking Ruby.
"Oh, wow, really?" Ruby asked with hope.
"No." Weiss said back.
"Ahem." Everyone looked forward as professor Ozpin took to the stage, with Glynda by his side. "I'll keep this brief. You've all come here for knowledge, to hone your craft and acquire new skills, and once finished, you plan to dedicate yourself to the protection of the people. But as I look out, all I see is wasted energy, in need of purpose."
Everyone one was confused at Ozpin's words as he continued. "You assume knowledge will free you of this, but your time at this academy will prove that knowledge alone can only carry you so far. It is up to you to take the first step."
He stepped away, allowing Glynda to speak into the mic. "You will gather in the ballroom tonight. Tomorrow, your initiation begins. Be ready. You are dismissed."
"He seemed kind... off." Yang told Ruby and Weiss who shared concerned looks.
"I'm a natural blonde, you know?" Jaune said, making Weiss shake her head.
Ballroom 8:45 pm
"It's like a big slumber party." Yang said as she landed next to her sister in her sleeping bag.
"I don't think that dad would like all of the boys here." Ruby said, taking her eyes off her letter.
"I do." Yang said back, eyeing the topless boys before Jaune, in a onesie strode by. "Whatcha doing?"
"Writing a letter to the gang back at Signal." Ruby said. "I promised to tell them all about Beacon."
"Awww, how cute." Yang said, only to have a pillow thrown in her face.
"Shut it." Ruby said. "I didn't get to take my friends to Beacon with me. It's weird being the odd girl out."
"What about Jaune?" Yang asked. "Or this Natsu you mentioned? That's two friends right there. A two hundred percent increase."
"I'm pretty sure Weiss counts as a negative friend." Ruby rolled onto her back. "And I haven't seen Natsu since this morning, so I might have just imagined him. Back to zero."
"There is no such thing as a negative friend." Yang tried to cheer Ruby up. "You just made two friends and one enemy."
"Not helping." Ruby said.
"Look, it's only been one day." Yang said. "Trust me, you've got friends all around you. You just haven't met them yet."
The girls looked up at the sound of a match being lit. Sitting in the corner was the girl from this morning, reading a book. "That girl..." Ruby mumbled.
"Know her?" Yang asked.
"Not exactly." Ruby answered. "She saw what happened to me and Natsu this morning, but left before I could say anything to her."
"Well, no time like the present." Yang grabbed her sister's arm and dragged her over. The girl looked up from her book as the two sisters approached her. "I believe you two know each other." Yang said as Ruby broke free.
"Aren't you the girl that blew up?" The bow girl asked.
"That wasn't me!" Ruby said in defense. "That was Natsu! You saw him, right?"
"Yeah." The girl said. "I saw him."
"Oh, good." Ruby sighed. "So I'm not going crazy. Anyway, I'm Ruby."
"Okay." The girl raised an eyebrow.
"What are you doing?" Yang whispered.
"I have no idea." Ruby whispered back. "Help me."
"So, what's your name?" Yang asked.
"Blake." The girl answered.
"Well, I'm Yang, Ruby's older sister." Yang introduced herself. "I like your bow. It goes great with your... pajamas."
"Thanks." Blake said, not looking away from her book.
"Nice night, don't you think?" Yang asked, trying to salvage the conversation.
"Yeah, it is." Blake said. "Almost as nice as this book, which I will continue to read once this conversation has ended and you two leave."
"Okay, this girl's a lost cause." Yang said.
"What's it about?" Ruby asked, confusing the other girls. "Your book, what's it called? Does it have a name?"
"Well, it's about a man who has two souls, both fighting for control over the body." Blake explained.
"That sounds... romantic." Yang said.
"I love books." Ruby said as she walked closer to Blake. "Yang used to read to me every night before bed. Stories of heroes and monsters... It's part of the reason I want to be a huntress."
"Why?" Blake chuckled. "Hoping to live happily ever after?"
"I'm hoping we all will." Ruby answered. "As a girl, I wanted to be just like the heroes in the books. Someone who fought for what was right and stood up for those who can't."
"That's really ambitious for a child." Blake said. "Unfortunately, the real world doesn't work like those fairytales."
"Well, that's why we're here, to make it better." Ruby said back.
"I'm so proud of you." Yang said, hugging Ruby, sparking a sister fight.
"Well, Ruby, Yang. It's a pleasure to-" Blake started.
"What is going on over here!?" Weiss marched over. "Some of us are trying to sleep." She looked over at Ruby and double taked.
"Not you again!" Both her and Yang shouted.
"Shh! Guys, she's right. People are trying to sleep." Ruby said, trying to play peacekeeper.
"Oh, so now you're on my side!?" Weiss asked as Blake rolled her eyes.
"What is your problem?" Yang asked as Blake picked up her candelabra. "She's only trying to be nice!"
"She and that Faunus are a hazard to my health!" Weiss said as Blake blew out the candles.
"Are you sure this is a good idea?" Glynda asked, concern in her voice.
"Yes." Ozpin answered. "I believe that he is ready for this."
"But, he's still just a kid." Glynda said back.
"Glynda, I gave the responsibility of taking care of him to you because I know you can make tough decisions." Ozpin said. "If he doesn't do this, he'll regret it for the rest of his life. Do you truly want that for him?"
"No." Glynda answered.
"Trust me." Ozpin said. "He'll be fine."
Well, this is my first crossover story, so please go easy on me. This idea came from Natsu is Awesome and his many drabbles. For those curious, Natsu is a Faunus and Glynda's adoptive son. He will have his own team, made up of members from two of my favorite game series and one from one of my favorite anime series.
Please enjoy this story.
Beta read by digemsmack.