Weiss sat in Team RWBY's dorm looking out of the window at the campus of Beacon academy. It was the middle of winter, so the school grounds were bleak, the trees all devoid of leaves, and piles of snow and ice pushed to the side of the paths that criss crossed the campus. Weiss sat on her bed and cleaned Myrenaster, making sure the blade was spotless and that not a single fleck of dirt or grime remained. It was during times like these, when Weiss was alone in the dorm doing a task that did not require her full attention that she would look back on her time at the prestigious school and how remarkably different it was from what she expected.
Four years ago, when Weiss had been entering the academy she had expected it to be all work. She did not have time, nor did she want friends. She had come to escape the suffocating future her father had set out for her, even if she was replacing it with the danger of a life that was always hanging by a thread. Her life had been put in danger the moment she had stepped foot into the academy when she had been confronted by the red cloaked girl who would go on to become her team leader, and be the girl who had nearly blown a giant crater in the school grounds when she had set off some of Weiss' dust. Weiss had certainly been angry at that moment, and had been even more furious when Ruby had become her partner in the initiation, but after seeing Ruby fight and how she could lead Weiss began to grudgingly accept the young girl.
Slowly overtime Weiss began to realize she had gone from just accepting Ruby, to actually liking the younger girl. It had been a slow transition, one she had noticed in their second year at Beacon. It was near the end of that same year that Weiss had realized that she not only liked Ruby as a friend, but that she also had other feelings for Ruby. Weiss struggled with these feelings for months until their third year when she had mustered up the courage to ask Ruby out. Or, maybe that wasn't the way to put it. Weiss had stammered red faced in front of the cloaked girl until she had been silenced by the other girl's lips on her own. From that moment on the two girls had been a couple, not to the surprise of Yang or Blake, who had been betting on when the two girls would get together and who would ask who. Yang had won the bet saying that it would be Weiss who asked Ruby out.
Weiss sighed contentedly as she looked up from her shining weapon to look at a picture that sat on her dresser. It was a picture of her and Ruby on a date. Weiss looked at the picture and felt her heart beat a little faster. No, when she had entered Beacon academy she had not wanted friends, but now not only did she have friends, but she also had a lover, someone she cared about with her entire heart. A heart that she had frozen so it couldn't be hurt. The same frozen heart which had been thawed by a young rose who had made Weiss realize that she did not have to wall off her heart and that she could let other people in.
As if she could sense that she was being thought about, the door opened and Ruby casually strolled into the room. Weiss looked up at her and as she always was when she looked at Ruby she was amazed by how much Ruby had grown up in the years since they had met. The younger girl had grown several inches and now was taller than Weiss, even when the white haired girl wore heels. Ruby's hair had grown out and now reached to her shoulders, and she was Yang's sister as Weiss could tell by the other way her girlfriend's figure had filled out. Weiss had not changed much over the years, she had already been 17 when they had met.
"Hello, Ruby," Weiss called out to the other girl as she set Myrenaster to the side. Ruby looked at Weiss, but she didn't have a her normal smile on her face. Her face was was thoughtful and her eyes seemed to look past Weiss.
"Hey," was her simple response as she sat next to Weiss.
"Hey, is everything alright?" Weiss asked with concern. Ruby took a few seconds to answer
"Yeah… yeah I'm fine," she answered with a lack of conviction in her voice. Weiss looked at Ruby for a moment before pulling her into a hug.
"Hey, you know you can tell me anything, right?" Weiss said as she held the other girl in her arms. Ruby looked up at Weiss, her silver eyes meeting Weiss. She looked as if she was about to say something before the door opened again, this time Yang and Blake both entering the room.
"Hey you two, keep your hands where I can see them," Yang said jokingly before she was elbowed in the ribs by Blake.
"Yang, leave them alone," Blake chided as they sat down on their respective beds.
Now that the four girls were in their last year at Beacon they had been upgraded to a dorm room large enough for four separate beds instead of the haphazard bunk beds that they had made during their first year.
"Hey Blake," Ruby said, looking over at the two girls.
"Hello Ruby," Blake replied with a small smile.
"Hey what about me? What am I chopped liver?" Yang called out in indignation as she flopped onto her bed.
"Blake doesn't make lame jokes like you," Ruby replied to her sister.
It may have been in Weiss' imagination, but Ruby seemed to have perked up when Blake entered the room. Weiss shook this thought off, as she was just looking for reasons to explain Ruby's behaviour as of late.
"So, what were you two up to?" Weiss asked after she had gotten her focus off of Ruby's behavoiur.
"I was in the library," Blake answered, not surprising any of the occupants of the room.
"I was in the gym training," Yang called out as she sat up on her bed. Again, no one was surprised by this. "You know, since we're on Winter break I think we should do something fun!" she exclaimed. The other three girls looked amongst each other before all eyes settled on the blonde.
"What did you have in mind, sis?"
"I was thinking a party!" she shouted, jumping from her bed for emphasis.
"No," Blake and Weiss answered in unison, deflating Yang.
"Fine, what do you want to do Princess?" Yang asked. Weiss looked down at the ground in thought as she wondered what she wanted to do. "I want to be alone with Ruby," she thought.
"How about we go out to eat somewhere nice?" she asked aloud.
"I like that idea," Yang was the first to reply.
Blake nodded her head. "As do I. What about you, Ruby?" Blake asked, turning her head to look at their team leader.
"Sounds good to me," Ruby answered.
There it was again; Ruby seemed to brighten up slightly when she was talking to their Faunus teammate. Weiss shook this though off again, she was just being paranoid due to the fact that Ruby was being distant. "I need to do something special for Ruby," Weiss decided as she gave Ruby a quick peck on the cheek.
"I'm going to go get some dinner, would you like to come Ruby?"
"Nah, I already ate dinner. I'm just going to hang around the room," Ruby replied, not even looking at Weiss.
"Okay," Weiss answered dejectedly as she walked to the door.
"Hold up Princess, I'll walk with you. I got to go down and grab my laundry anyway," Yang said as she walked past Weiss out of the dorm. Despite the rooms having personal bathrooms they did not have washing machines.
"Alright," Weiss huffed. It was not that she hated Yang, far from it, but the other girl had a way of irritating the shorter heiress.
The two girls left the dorm and started walking down the hall, the first year dorms were higher up in the building and each year was below them, so the fourth year students occupied the ground floor of the dormitory building. Yang and Weiss walked in a comfortable silence as they left the dormitory building and walked out into the cold winter air. Neither girl wore a jacket to ward off the cold, as Yang was a walking fire and Weiss was a girl who had become accustomed to the chill.
"Hey Yang, can I ask you a question?" Weiss broke the silence hesitantly.
"Sure Weiss, I'm always happy to help," Yang replied cheerfully as she put her arm around Weiss.
"Has Ruby seemed a bit distant to you?" Weiss asked.
Yang thought about it for a minute. "Now that you mention it she has seemed preoccupied recently."
"Do you think something is wrong?"
"Nah, I think Ruby just has a lot on her mind right now. We are graduating soon after all. Don't worry about it too much Weiss. I'm sure it will be fine," Yang said reassuringly.
"Yeah… you are right. I'm worrying too much. Thanks Yang, I appreciate the help."
"No problem, always happy to help out Team RWBY's royalty."
"Oh stop it Yang," Weiss said with a pout, not liking her nickname of Princess, and the other variations Yang has created.
"Whatever Your Highness commands," Yang jokingly said with an over exaggerated bow, earning her a light thump on the head from Weiss.
"You dolt, go grab your laundry." Weiss said with a small pout. The cafeteria and laundry room were in opposite directions
"As mi'lady commands," Yang said as she dodged out of the way of another swing from Weiss.
"Yang!" Weiss yelled as Yang darted off to the left in the direction of the laundry room, leaving Weiss to pout as she turned right and walked to the cafeteria.
Ruby sat on Weiss' bed just staring at the door, even though it had been minutes since it had closed and Weiss and Yang had left. The longer she stared at the door the worse Ruby felt. The coil of anxiety in her stomach only wound tighter as she tore her eyes away from the door and put her head in her hands. "I can't keep lying to Weiss," she thought not for the first time. How long had she been lying to her girlfriend now? Even Ruby had lost track of the time.
"What's wrong, Ruby?" the only other occupant of the room asked with concern. At the sound of Blake's voice Ruby felt conflicted, on one hand she felt happy, but on the other hand the coil of tension only tightened.
"Yeah, something is wrong Blake… I can't keep this up," Ruby said quietly as she looked up at the Faunus in the room, her silver eyes shimmering with unshed tears.
"I know Ruby, it's killing me too," Blake replied after a moment of silence.
"I want to tell Weiss, but I can't…. I don't want to hurt her, but I can't keep lying it's tearing me apart." Ruby started crying, the coil of tension somewhat alleviated, as if her crying relieved the pressure of the coil. Blake looked at Ruby for a moment before standing up and walking over to the crying girl and sat down next to her and put an arm around her and pulled her close.
"It's okay Ruby, you won't have to do it alone. I'm here for you. We'll tell Weiss together," Blake said reassuringly.
"Thank you Blake, I can always count on you," Ruby sniffled, stopping her tears as she smiled up at Blake.
"Now why don't you get ready for bed. You had a long day and we will talk about this more tomorrow, okay?" Blake said as she gave Ruby a reassuring squeeze.
"Okay, thank you again, Blake," Ruby replied, even if it was only for a moment the knot of anxiety in her gut was not so tight and Ruby felt better thanks to Blake. "Blake..." The thought of her Faunus teammate inspired conflicting emotions in Ruby. "I'm sorry, Weiss." Ruby tried to shake these thoughts as she started changing, feeling incredibly tired now that she was give a moment to relax with her thoughts. As Ruby laid down on her own bed she rested her head against the soft pillow and looked at the quiet Faunus in the room who had dived back into whichever world her novel opened up to her. Ruby looked at Blake and felt her lips curve into a smile before the thought of Weiss dashed that smile from her face. Ruby turned her back to Blake and descended into a fitful sleep.