kindness, kindness, kindness 🌹
that would be one hell of a twist for sure.
i do find it interesting that, unlike other silver eyed warriors who were hunted down and killed, summer did the opposite. she didn’t even give salem a chance to hunt her down with her minions (or if she did, those minions did not succeed), she basically hunted salem down on her own. like, how did she find out where salem is? is that information easy to come by, did she have help, did she find out from salem’s followers, or is it information she had beforehand?
so many questions, so few answers. and the best crack theories are exactly the type that you can’t quite prove but can’t really disprove either, and i love them so much.
Welcome back to Separated Union! We’ve arrived at the end of Separated Union. Here, Team RWBY and associates reunite and discuss what to do next. This takes place a couple days after Side Red III.
As usual, please give constructive criticism and enjoy.
Disclaimer: Still own nothing.
(12: 48 PM)
It was a little after noon when the virtual meeting was finally set up. Though this was NOT what anybody had imagined. “What the hell did you get into!?” Weiss shouted as Willow attempted to calm her down. Yang grinned, “Aw, she cares about your well-being.” Ruby made a similar grin, before putting her hands up in defense, “In my defense, I had no control of the situation.” “None of us did.” Summer said. “By the way, yes. I did tell her about me.”
Blake, Weiss, and Willow took note of the change of Summer’s eyes. However, they decided not to comment on them for now. That could wait until they saw each other in-person.
Weiss and Blake sighed, with the latter saying, “Thank gods, because hiding that was hard as hell.” “Ditto.” Her significant other replied, groaning. “Anyway, who’s all with you besides the moms? Ember’s washing up right now.” The faunus teenager nodded, “Gambol’s getting dressed at the moment.” “We got Uncle Qrow with us, as well as three other guests.” Ruby said. “Oscar Pine and his mom are here. His mom is my doctor and will be here soon.” The three teenagers and Willow nodded.
“The young leader then cleared her throat awkwardly, “We also got another…guest.” With that, Summer motioned her hand and Evergreen appeared in the picture. “The fuck!?” Yang shouted. “How are you…!?” “Language, Yang.” The former STRQ leader said, before sighing. “He made himself a Weapon Spirit, basically.” “You’re a crazy little shit.” Willow said, queuing the former headmaster to nod. “Yes, I know. And I’m sorry for not telling any of you.” He said.
“Why are you in a hospital?” Blake asked suddenly, her voice filled with worry as she noticed her leader’s gown. Weiss’s face also had a worried expression as her eyes widened at the sight of her partner.
Both Yang and Ruby paled. They completely forgot to tell their partners about the young leader’s condition. Judging by Willow’s sighs, the two could assume that Summer had told her…and given by the former STRQ leader’s unamused expression, she was NOT surprised that her daughters forgot in the slightest. Blake assumed that Gambol probably knew as well from Ember. “Right…” Yang started with a regretful sigh. “We….really should’ve explained what happened to Ruby to you two…”
Clearing her throat, the young leader said, “You know that Vampier chick that harmed Pyrrha? Well, she attacked us when we were trying to go to an inn.” Nodding slowly, the heiress asked, “And the kid you mentioned?” “Met him when we first arrived in Mistral.” Ruby explained. “He’s like a little brother.” “I see…” Weiss nodded. “You said that Pyrrha came back, right?” Smiling, the young leader nodded, “Yeah. She came back a couple nights ago and is still in the process of catching up with her team.”
Ruby then lifted her hospital gown to show her abdomen, revealing the bandages for the stitches, “The bullets passed right through, so all I needed was stitches, thankfully.” “Thank gods…” Weiss sighed. Blake nodded in agreement, a sigh of relief emerging from her lips. “Probably not appropriate, but nice abs…” She said, before blushing as Yang and Ruby laughed. “Thank you~.” The young leader grinned. “Weiss agrees.” Willow said, smirking as the group laughed at the heiress’s embarrassed pleas.
It was around that time that Ember and Gambol showed up, with the former saying, “Hey, kid-… Damn, you really did get fucked up…” Ruby nodded, sighing. “How are the wounds holding up, hun?” Gambol asked. The youngest of the group gave a small smile, “Sore, but it’s getting there.” “They’ll be sore for a while.” Blake said. “Just try not to force yourself to your abdominal muscles.” Her leader nodded, “So no carrying stuff or bending down, huh.” “Not alone, at least.” Willow added.
The group then heard the door to the hospital room open, before Anna appeared on the screen. “This is Anna Pine.” Summer smiled. “By the way, Willow. This is who I was talking about regarding my acquaintance.” “This is Weiss, Willow, Gambol, Blake, Ember, and Yang.” Ruby chuckled. Nodding, the doctor gave the group a warm wave, before checking Ruby’s stitches.
“Good to know that the names match the faces.” She smiled. “I do believe the former heiress has a private question, correct?” Willow blushed, before clearing her throat, “Yes.” The doctor nodded, checking Ruby’s heartbeat and breathing as she said, “Gotcha. I’ll call you after your virtual meeting is finished.” The former heiress nodded, “Thank you, Dr. Pine.” “So, have you and your mom made a decision?” Ruby asked.
Weiss sighed. She KNEW this was going to come up sooner or later. “Yes.” Willow said. “Right now…we’ve decided to wait until Jacques has left.” Summer raised an eyebrow, “You’re planning on leaving?” The heiress nodded, “Klein and Mom are getting things prepared. This place…isn’t safe anymore.” The silence following that sentence was deafening…and frightening. Not because anyone had an issue with The Schnees’ decision though.
Rather, it was because of the truth surrounding the events at their manor… Though, given what Willow said about Jacques before, Summer wasn’t too surprised. “You may want to leave sooner than planned.” Blake said. “If it’s getting that bad, then you might get out of there as soon as you can.” Gambol nodded, “Agreed. You might want to set a destination now, since we’re all here.” “You could meet up with us in Mistral.” Ruby suggested. “Or head to Vale and stay with Dad, Yang, and Ember for now.”
“I was going to suggest coming to see us.” Blake said. “But…I’m not sure if you’ll be welcomed… Some people here are not pleased with your father’s decisions.” Weiss groaned, “Don’t remind me…” She then looked to the side and nodded, “Winter’s here.” Winter appeared on the screen, her hair down as she smirked, “I see you kids are doing well…more or less.” “To some extent, yeah.” Ruby said. “This is my sister: Yang, Blake, Ember, and Gambol. This is my doctor, Anna Pine from Mistral International Clinic.”
Anna looked at Winter with a recognizing nod, only to meet Summer’s stern glance. “Be kind and say hi.” The former STRQ leader said. “I get you hate the Atlesian Military, but be nice to at least SOMEONE from there.” The eldest Schnee sibling winced, “Your mom is kind of scary at times.” “Only when the time calls for it.” Ruby smiled. “Though scary is not the accurate term, I think.” After a few moments, Anna ultimately gave in to Summer’s gaze, before turning to Winter and waving, “Hello, Ms. Schnee.”
“Dr. Pine.” The elder Schnee sister nodded politely. “I…don’t blame you for despising the Atlesian Military.” She didn’t budge from Anna’s stare as she said, “Actually, I empathize with you.” The group shivered as the tension between the two women began rising. “Could we PLEASE focus on what to do when we all regroup in Mistral?” Willow asked, noticing the tension and attempting to prevent an argument from starting. Winter and Anna looked at the former heiress, before sighing and looking down.
“Sorry, Mom…” Winter said. The doctor replied to Willow, “I apologize for my behavior, Mrs. Schnee.” Willow noticed Summer mouthing “Thank you” at her, before nodding with a smile, “Good. Now then, any suggestions?” Gambol sat back, saying, “Well, since Ruby, Summer, and their group are in Mistral and we’re already in Kuo Kuana, you might as well meet up here. This‘ll also give you the opportunity to get to know our parents.”
The former STRQ leader smiled, “How are they doing anyway?” Blake nodded, “Good. They’ll be happy to know that you remember them.” Summer chuckled, “I’m sure your mother will. That woman was like a sister.” “As were you to her.” The faunus teenager said. “She misses your baking.” The tallest woman nodded with a chuckle, “I’m sure she does. I’ll try to bake some cookies for you all when we meet up. And we can try her cooking again as well.” The two faunus nodded, both smiling.
“Looks like we’re gonna have to leave soon.” Gambol said, looking at the time. “I was….really hoping our parents would be able to finally meet some of you… One of you for the second time.” Summer smiled, “We’ll see them when we get to your place.” Willow nodded, “Seconded. Plus, we should leave soon too. Before Jacques finds out.” The group nodded, as Ruby said, “You take care of yourselves now. Alright?” Blake chuckled, “We will. Recover well, okay? Both of you.”
“We will.” Yang smiled. “Let us know if things need to be changed.” She then looked at the Schnees, “Especially you three.” Weiss nodded with a tired smile, “We will. Hopefully, it won’t come to that, but still.” Ember chuckled, “We know. Stay safe.” The former heiress nodded, “We’ll try. You kids do the same.” “Tell your parents Willow and I said hi, Blake.” Summer smiled. The faunus teenager smiled and nodded, “I will. And I’ll let them know that you’re looking forward to seeing them again.”
After Blake, Gambol, Weiss, Winter, and Willow said their goodbyes, the virtual chat room remained open as Ruby asked, “So, you wanted to talk privately, sis?” Her half-sister nodded, sighing. “So…. I’m…thinking about searching for my mother soon…” Yang said. There was silence for a good few moments, before Summer asked, “Have you spoken with your father?” Ember shook her head, “She’s been trying. Tai won’t talk about it though. Yang’s been worried about invading his privacy.”
“Not surprising… I can’t really blame him either.” Qrow sighed. The former STRQ leader combed Ruby’s hair, saying, “I’m proud that you’re taking his feelings into consideration.” “However, I do think you should bring it up with him again.” She explained. “He’s going to have to tell you about her from his point of view sooner or later.” The tanned woman nodded in agreement, “He will. Even though he doesn’t want to.” The younger blonde grunted, “I guess…”
Yang curled up her legs up to her chest, “I just feel like if I do ask him, then he’s going to have an emotional shutdown…” She then turned to her bedroom door as she heard footsteps walking away. She paled, “I think he heard us… And he was doing well too.” Summer groaned as she put her face in her hands, “Fuck…” Qrow sighed as he rubbed his eyes. This was the worst case scenario; having Taiyang find out about what Yang’s plans were…and what she was going to ask him.
“Well, what time is it there?” The former bandit asked. Ember looked at a clock, saying, “It’s getting late, so it’ll have to wait until tomorrow.” Qrow nodded, “Well, you might as well rip off the bandage as soon as possible.” “Otherwise, he’ll not want to talk to you.” He explained. “Tai’s surprisingly stubborn sometimes. You know that.” The tanned woman hummed, “Of course, I know. I was with him for several years, Qrow.” “I also know that his stubbornness, thankfully, has limits.” She explained.
“He’ll talk.” Ember smiled. “And I hope it’ll be mostly civil.”
“We also need to chat about you.” Yang said to her stepmom, Ruby nodding in agreement. The taller woman sighed, “Had a feeling Tai told you about my issues. Yes, I do remember them.” “Sorry, but we were trying to help you…and still are. In case you need it.” Her youngest daughter explained. The blonde teenager nodded, giving a reassuring smile, “All we want is for you to be happy.” “I know. I know.” The sisters’ mom said, before giving a smile. “Trust me though. I’m fine.”
After a few moments of silence, Qrow nodded, “Alright then. But just remember that if you aren’t….” “I know.” Summer nodded. “You all will be there for me.” The former bandit REALLY wished that his former leader wasn’t so stubborn as well. However, unlike Taiyang, Summer WAS more willing to talk about her personal problems…as long as it was a one-on-one or two-on-one conversation. She was less likely to have an emotional breakdown in those scenarios as well.
“You two take care of your dad now. Please.” The former STRQ leader said. The blondes nodded, with Yang giving a small smile, “We will…I hope.” After the siblings, Ember, Summer ,and Qrow said their farewells, the taller woman sighed. “So, does anyone want something to drink.” She asked. “No, Qrow. You’re not getting alcohol.” The younger Branwen twin sighed, “Fine, I’ll have coffee.” “Same.” Ruby nodded in agreement.
Nodding, the taller woman walked out of the room. As she did, Ruby asked, “What was that about?” “Much like Tai, Summer doesn’t do well with speaking about her issues.” Qrow explained. “Though, unlike your dad, she’s willing to talk about it with, at most, two other people.” The young leader nodded, thinking, ‘Ah… So it’s a problem with her being able to explain to multiple people at once. That makes sense.’ “So…one of us should talk to her later…?” She asked.
Her uncle nodded, “That would be wise.” ‘Well, looks like she and I will have another late night talk, huh.‘ Ruby thought. She really hoped THAT would be a civil conversation.
Then again, after knowing what her mother’s behavior would be like from her father, who knew what that would be like at this point?
And that’s it for Separated Uni-!
Hold on a minute, my connection is-…
Salem: Did you honestly think that this is the end? You still have yet to hear what I’m up to, insects.
i’ve thought more about the possibility that summer had a similar semblance to that of ruby’s, and well… it sorta turned kinda angsty.
it’s not that i think that the rose family has secret hereditary semblance no one knows about (or no one has bothered to tell ruby, at least). it’s that ruby’s semblance is evolving to be more like summer’s, because she looks up to her mother, and has set herself expectations to be like her. and it’s an impossible standard to reach and is, quite literally, tearing her apart.
I think that it’s safe to say that all of you remember the end of Volume 5 where Raven used her portal to Taiyang to leave Haven Academy and go to Patch after her fateful discussion with her daughter Yang in the Vault of the Spring Maiden where Yang utterly tore her mother’s facade and justifications for her actions apart by forcing her to face the coward and self-centered short-sighted woman she has become and by pointing out the flaws in her plan to steal the Relic of Knowledge and offering to take the Relic in her stead so she would become the one that Salem would confront later.
There have been two reasons that have been speculated and talked about for Raven going to Patch by using Taiyang’s portal:
-The first was of course because she wanted to return to Taiyang in order to talk with him, because he may have been the only person left that she may try to find comfort or forgiveness in after having alienated Qrow and Yang and lost her lieutnant Vernal at Haven, and possibly to try finally revaluate her life and change her ways. Of course the flaw in that theory is that while she used her portal and left a feather behind her that signaled her presence to Taiyang she didn’t stop to meet and talk to him, besides it’s not unreasonnable at all that she let the feather by accident like many birds do. Besides it’s far from unreasonnable to say that Raven hasn’t found the courage to confront her past and ex-husband yet.
-The second one is that she actually used Tai’s portal to escape Haven Academy and return to her tribe. This theory makes sense for those who believe that Raven’s cowardice is too much for her to try revaluate her path and try to find back her courage and eventually rejoin the war against Salem again. This theory however hasn’t looked too good to me and that’s for several reasons:
- The first being of course the very long distance between Patch and the Branwen Tribe camp on Anima. Even if Raven did want to escape Haven it looks like a far too long detour and path to return to her tribe.
- Some said that she needed that portal to escape but I do not find this argument valid because Raven had been planning to escape with Vernal which was the only known member of the tribe with who she had bonded. I doubted that she planned to use Taiyang’s portal to escape with Vernal, and I think that she may have wanted to bond with more than just one member of her tribe so she could still join them quickly in case Vernal died, or that she was planning to escape Haven even without a portal.
- Another argument often brought-up is that Qrow and the others were still upstairs to prevent her from leaving Haven. But that argument has always looked fragile to me because Qrow and the others were busy fighting Salem’s other minions, something she was planning to use to escape with Vernal before Cinder’s doublecross. Also as the Spring Maiden and still with plently of health in her it’s very unlikely that anyone upstairs could have posed a challenge to her and prevented her from escaping.
- Finally after having been forced to confront her cowardice and how her life choices had led her to sacrifce everything for nothing but to end lonely and miserable, including her relationships with her daughter and teammates and chances of a better life, I don’t think that Raven really had the heart to return to her tribe as if nothing had happened and that she didn’t need to change things in her life.
This is what led me to think that she may have went elsewhere than to Taiyang and to her tribe, but what the other possible destinations she could have went ? Then I remembered that there was another person with who Raven was implied to have a complicated and important relationship, other than with her daughter, brother and ex-husband, one that she hadn’t badmouthed directly but towards who she still had projected the same facade of coldness and disdain that she put towards her family. One that is implied to be the source of many issues for Raven and yet to have left a deep impact on her as shown with her reaction to Ruby sounding like her, especially when she said “we had each other”.
That person is of course Summer Rose who had been Raven’s teammate and leader while she was a member of team STRQ, the one with who Taiyang had a second and happier romance after Raven’s departure and who had done an excellent job at becoming a mom to Yang in her biological mother’s absence, and who had given a second daughter and sister to the people that Raven left behind. Everything points out towards Raven having had a complicated relation with Summer since they had of course completely opposite personnalities, that Summer took the place she left vacant and became a better wife and mother that she certainely hoped she could have been to Taiyang and Yang respectively. And yet it looks that beneath her armor and apparent ressentment towards Summer Raven may have a soft spot for her former leader as she wouldn’t have had that brief but very visible emotionnal moment when Ruby sounded like her mother.
And while many things about team STRQ and their relations remain a mystery, Raven’s reaction to Ruby’s speech and to Yang asking her if she killed the Raven of who Taiyang talked about imply that she once strongly cared for and loved her teammates like a family despite her initially wanting to just follow the mission that was given to her and Qrow, and that despite her departure and attitude towards them after she may still care about them but be in denial about it. That and Amity Arena’s bio of her about her having been a sister, wife and friend make me think that while she may have had a frosty start in her relationship with Summer that she came to truly respect and see Summer as a friend, perhaps even her best friend, similar to Ruby with Weiss in Volume 1 though not without resolving all the issues between them obviously.
In addition of that while we don’t know many things about Summer and her personnality everything points out to her having been a very kind, strong and forgiving like her daughter Ruby, which implies that she may have possibly been more willing to forgive or at least listen to Raven than Qrow and Taiyang. And Raven may also want to talk to someone who she deeply cared for, who she would be less afraid of talking to due to her being dead, and who wouldn’t judge her even if it may be because she is dead and so wouldn’t talk back and criticize her.
All of these reasons are why I believe that after Volume 5 Raven actually used her portal to go to Summer’s grave in order to talk to her ex-leader and potential former best friend so she could say what she truly has on the heart such as admitting her guilt about her actions towards her family and friends, and the Spring Maiden, her real feelings and thoughts about her and her other family members and possibly ask her help and guidance even in death as she may not know what to do anymore after Haven. Of course this is only speculation on my part so I could be wrong and maybe Raven wasn’t so close to Summer once, and did go elsewhere or truly went to meet Tai or return to her tribe.
Sorry for the long reading, I hope that it wasn’t too convoluted for you. Feel free to comment or discuss this.
“Why are we here?” Raven wondered.
“Apparently golf helps with team building?” Summer replied, uncertain.
“What’s a handicap?” Qrow asked, flipping through a brochure that was supposed to tell them how to play.
“Some kind of glove?” Tai asked, reading over his shoulder.
This was not going to end well.
Raven sighed as she futilely tried to create a portal to Summer. It had been years since she had last seen her… lover. No, that wasnt quite the right word anymore. She lost the right to call Summer that when she left. Distant friend would fit better now. Maybe ex. She sighed and placed her sword down next to her cot. “I… cant believe I lost that tie already. I thought we could work things out.”
“And maybe we can.”
Raven hesitated as she heard a family voice run through her mind. “Great. Now I’m going insane.”
“You arent going insane, Rae.” The voice seemed to roll around Raven’s mind, so familiar yet so… foreign. “We have plenty of time to catch up now that we are together.”
“I… I dont understand. Who are you?”
“You cant tell me you’ve forgotten me already.”
Raven froze as a realization struck. “S-Summer…”
“Yes, its me, Summer.”
A tear rolled down Raven’s cheek. “I… I’m sorry Summer. I should’ve been there to protect you.”
“It’s fine. We’re together again, just like I said we would be. But now, you need to help me protect our little girls.”
“I cant go back. I left for a reason.”
“I know. But Rae, you need to go back to them. If not to Tai, then watch over them the best way you can. Please.”
Raven sighed and stood up, grabbing her sword and creating a portal to Tai. “I better not regret this.” She walked through, shutting the portal behind herself.
A couple of sketches while I work on more OPM stuff. Had this idea for Bandit Qrow/Summer, and I haven’t sketched anything in a while. I mostly just wanted to redesign them a bit, and came up with the prompt.
That Qrow ended up looking a lot like Jecht, but I don’t mind.
Welcome back to Separated Union! Here’s Side Yellow III and here, Yang FINALLY gets her new arm with Ruby and Summer’s help. The arm is very different from the show. Also, the sisters and Tai discuss Summer’s changes.
As Ruby is actively talking, this takes place the day after Side Red III and the day before the meeting/next chapter: The 2-part finale.
Sorry if Ember is not really relevant here. This is mainly about Yang, Ruby, and Tai this time.
As usual, please give constructive criticism and enjoy.
Disclaimer: Still own nothing.
“So, how does it look?” Yang asked, showing Summer and Ruby her prosthetic arm from her scroll. The white cloaked woman nodded, “Looking good, though it’s…a little plain. Sorry.” Taiyang looked at his former leader with a fake offended expression, gasping, “Ah! You wound me.” The taller woman smirked, “Sure I do, lion.” The older blonde groaned at the nickname, “Gods, I forgot you called me that shit.” “She still calls you it.” Ember grinned from the corner. “Hell, I do too.”
“Have you added the mods I suggested?” Ruby asked. Her older sister nodded, before pressing a button, causing an armblade to fold out from the forearm, before the blade began radiating with heat. “Nice.” Summer smiled. “Pressing the button twice will cause the blade to pop out, but not activate the heating.” The blonde teenager explained. After retracting the blade, she pressed a different button, causing the forearm to change into what seemed like a shotgun.
Ruby whistled with a grin, “I like… Are you using the same ammo meant for your gauntlet?” “Yep.” Yang grinned. “Got real lucky with finding it.” Her step-mom nodded, before asking, “Have you tested it out yet?” The blonde teenager nodded, “The blade, yeah. Still have yet to find out about the shotgun’s rate of fire and damage output.” “You got some targets up?” Summer asked. “Getting some out.” Taiyang said, muffled as he attempted to find some usable targets in the shed.
He then finally got out a couple new targets, before going into the field and putting them up. The blonde man gave a thumbs up, “You’re all set.” before heading back to the shed. Nodding, Yang stood several yards away from the targets, before putting the arm on and aiming the barrel at one of them. She then fired three shots, before turning to the other target and firing another three shots.
Reverting her arm back to normal, the three blondes went up to the targets, while Ember brought the scroll over for Ruby and Summer. The rounds each struck very close to the targets’ center, causing the former STRQ leader to whistle, “Nice shots, kid.” “Damn…they almost went right through.” Ruby said, noticing how deep the holes were. “Looks like we got a keeper, huh?” The blonde teenager asked. The two Roses nodded in agreement, with Ruby smiling, “Most certainly.”
Summer smirked at her younger daughter, “Don’t you have some more news to share?” Ruby nodded, before smiling, “So, good news. Pyrrha’s awake and has her memories.” Yang sighed, “Hallelujah.” putting a hand over her heart. Ember sighed with relief, “Thank the makers. For how long?” “Since yesterday during lunch.” The taller woman answered. The former STRQ leader then explained, “There was…no real good time to put it out there.” Taiyang nodded, “I can only imagine.”
Ruby then looked to her side, before asking her sister, “Can you let Weiss and Blake know for me please? Got another check up going on now.” The blonde teenager nodded, grinning, “You got it. Don’t give your doctor too much trouble.” “She rarely does.” Summer smirked. The younger teenager then made a fake gasp, “I am not that bad.” The group of four, plus her uncle and doctor looked at her unamused, knowing damn well she WAS that bad.
Ruby then sighed, before saying, “I’m improving, at least.” “There you go.” The elder Rose smiled, before turning to face the screen. “Talk to you later, okay?” The blondes nodded, before waving goodbye as Summer closed the call. Yang then pulled out her scroll, saying, “I’ll be right back to help clean up. Hopefully, these calls won’t take long.” before she began calling Weiss and Blake.
“Those kids sure have some good friends.” Taiyang chuckled. “As do you, ‘sis’.” Ember hummed in agreement with a smile.
After dinner, Yang and Taiyang began talking with Ruby over a virtual call. She had wanted to speak about Summer, but figured after dinner would be the ideal time for it. Obviously, she let her sister and father know beforehand.
“Mom’s in the shower right now, so it’s probably the best time for this.” Ruby explained. The teenagers’ dad nodded, Zwei laying in his lap, “Same with Ember. So, you wanted to talk about your mom?” The young leader nodded, before sending a picture, “Mom’s right eye changed yesterday. You know, the…Grimm one. She has her silver iris again, but her sclera is red now.” Yang took a look at the picture, “Huh… That’s new… Have you spoken to your doctor about it?”
The younger teenager nodded, “Yeah. Mom talked about it, but so far, nothing seems wrong. No pain or vision changes.” “Keep an eye on it for now.” Taiyang said. “Might change in the future.” He was greeted by two unamused looks, before he raised his hands, “I wasn’t trying to make a pun, I swear! Qrow is not rubbing off on me!” Qrow’s muffled laughter could be heard as Ruby sighed, “She’s having dreams again.” Yang raised an eyebrow, “Nightmares?”
Ruby shook her head, “No, it’s actually memories.” “Based on what she’s been saying, they’re probably from her childhood.” She explained. The blondes nodded, with Yang saying, “Good. “That’s…not as good as you think it is.” Their father said. As his daughters each raised an eyebrow, he said, “From what Summer told us, she….had an unhappy childhood. Her mothers and uncle, from what she said, were amazing and great.” “But…she lost her mothers at a young age.” The blonde man explained.
He didn’t specify how. Hell, he seemed frightened to even do it…and with good reason.
“She might end up going through the same emotional struggles she had back then once more.” He sighed. “It literally took almost 7 years, her uncle, and all of us to help her get to a happier state again. And I don’t know if we’d be able to pull that off again.” His daughters looked at him, both wide eyed. They were aware that Summer had personal struggles, as that was a topic the former STRQ leader had become more willing to share. But this was the first time they’ve heard about her childhood.
To say they were both shocked…and saddened by this new information was an understatement.
“So…what do we do?” Yang asked. Taiyang tapped his chin, “For now, look out for any signs that show that Summer’s going into the deep end again.” “Basically anger, frustration, emotionlessness, depression, anxiety, guilt, and closing herself off. And possibly panicking and apologizing for simple mistakes or accidents.” He explained. His daughters nodded, both thankful that a few of those signs were familiar to them and thus, easy to identify. Ruby then bit her lip in worry, “What about…violent?”
Her dad shook his head, “She was rarely violent, so you shouldn’t have to worry.” “Then again…I don’t know if her resurrection has changed her personality.” He said. “I can warn you her anger CAN boil over, but she desperately tries to control it. But there are limits. Just be aware.” Yang raised an eyebrow, “I assume she will shout and swear…?” Taiyang nodded, “Pretty much. She sometimes uses it as a way of venting, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it.”
He then sighed, “Though if she is angry ABOUT someone, it’s best to hear her out first. Learned THAT the hard way.” Ruby raised an eyebrow, “Is she usually right?” Her dad shrugged, “Mostly, but she tends to second-guess herself and apologize often, as she knows her anger can cloud her judgement.” “And if it’s us? From what Rubes said, she got pretty upset with Uncle Qrow.” Yang asked. “When he visited Beacon, I mean.”
The two sisters looked at their father in anxious silence, before Taiyang sighed, “As someone else who’s been in that position before…hear her out…” “And don’t think she hates you.” He explained. “She certainly won’t yell or lash out, as she knows better. But she WILL be stern. She’s usually disappointed, but very forgiving with friends and family.” The blonde man rubbed his eyes in thought, “She’s, and I use this word loosely, only ‘angry’ when you’ve done something that you know better than to do.”
Ruby nodded, before thinking to herself, ‘So THAT’S why she acted that way to Uncle Qrow during his and Winter’s first meeting.’ She and Yang felt something inside them that could possibly relate to Summer’s mindset and personality.
In fact, it made them feel closer to her even more.
That’s when they all jumped when said woman, in a couple towels, appeared on the screen, asking with a smirk, “You talking shit about me?” “Your daughters would never do that.” Taiyang said, before pausing. He then sighed, realizing what his former leader meant by “you”, “You suck sometimes.”
Summer gave a grin, before chuckling, “I’m kidding, I didn’t actually hear anything.” She then sat on the edge of Ruby’s hospital bed, “So, what’s going on?” “Just chatting about your health.” Ruby said. The taller woman smiled, “I’m glad that you all care about my well-being as much as I care about yours, but trust me. I’m doing fine.” She then went to get two cups of tea for both her and the younger Rose. “That’s ALSO a sign of bad things. Her lying and saying she’s fine.” Taiyang explained.
“In that exact way?” The sisters asked. Their dad nodded, “Basically. So be aware of that too.” The two teenagers slowly nodded, now more concerned as it was entirely possible for Summer to say that she was fine when she really wasn’t…and yet, get everyone to believe her. “Don’t worry about it tonight though.” The blonde man said. “You have bigger things to discuss tomorrow. Right?”
Ruby and Yang nodded, but ultimately knew that they’d have to bring it up with Summer at SOME point.
This was a far worse issue than either of them could’ve expected….and they needed to help the taller woman with this. Somehow.
And that’s it for Side Yellow. This one I was really looking forward to and I hope it came out well!
Yes, I’m aware some of this may seem rushed. And I apologize for that. I also apologize if this seems like one of the weaker chapters. I was struggling with anxiety and stress, sadly.
Next will be the 2-parter finale, Side RWBY and Side Salem.
original post here.
I am 100% here for Qrow/Summer and Qrow/Clover.
I just wish one of them were endgame,
“If you get a new lease on life, does that mean you have to return it at some point?” Tai asked as STRQ relaxed in their room.
“You have to buy the next self-help book,” Qrow drawled, smirking. Raven snorted.
Summer frowned for a moment. “That… actually makes sense.”
Teacher: Your daughter Yang got into a fight.
Tai: What?! Is she okay???
Summer: What happened???
Raven: Did she win?
Love my angsty wives 🥺 I’m honestly hoping that they were close because I believe Summer’s death was the reason Raven refuses to come back and is stuck in a cycle of grief
[Raven wakes up , hearing the vague sound of music out of her room. She walks to the window and opens it, the sound of the music coming in clearer as she spots Summer Rose standing in the courtyard, holding up her scroll]
Summer’s Scroll - Boom boom boom boom
I wanna go boom boom
Let’s spend the night together
Together in my room
Raven - [frowns and closes her hand into a fist to summon her maiden powers, freezing the scroll] No
Summer - [calling out] You owe me a new scroll Raven
[Raven closes the window]
Writing Requests are open
Sienna: *awkwardly walking into Summer’s home* S-so… how is our daughter?
Summer: *smiling and clearing a place for Sienna to sit* She’s doing well. Actually she’s going to be attending Beacon to become a huntress.
Sienna: Isnt she a bit young to be going?
Summer: That’s what I thought. But Ozpin gave her the opportunity and she decided to go.
Ruby: *rushing down the stairs* Mother! You’re here!
Sienna: *pulling Ruby into a hug* There you are my daughter.
Ruby: *ears twitching a bit* When can I come visit you?
Sienna: When you’re older and can take care of yourself better. Besides, if you’re going to be a huntress, you wont have much time to visit me until you graduate.
Ruby: *nodding* And then I can help you with the White Fang-
Summer: Absolutely not.
Sienna: Summer…. It’ll be her choice if she wants to.
Summer: I just dont want her to feel like she has to fight all the time.
Ruby: *sighing and ears starting to drop* Right…
Sienna: Dont worry kitten, by the time you graduate as a real huntress, everything will be better. And then you and I can do what we need to.
Summer: You should finish getting ready for Beacon though. Dont want to be missing anything.
Ruby: I’m all packed and ready to go.
Sienna: Then I wont keep you-
Ruby: Will you please stay? At least until I have to go?
Sienna: *smiling* I cant say no to you.
Here we go!
I am so sorry that this took so long @leaderofallgays 🥺🥺🥺