“Hey Jaune, you said you wanted to talk?”
The blonde teen turned around from the sunset view of Mistral he had been admiring to find Oscar there, looking a little nervous.
And the former farm boy had good reason to be. His obvious attraction to Ruby had not gone unnoticed by the rest of their group. Qrow had been giving him drunken death glares at every opportunity, Nora had been trying to play matchmaker with leaving the two alone with each other quite a bit, Ren mostly just went along with Nora.
But not Jaune. Jaune had just watched the two, quietly observing their interactions. The seriousness of it all greatly contrasted with Ozpin’s memories of the blonde teen and while he was pretty sure that this wasn’t going to lead into a fight, that didn’t mean he wasn’t nervous.
Jaune nodded, his expression serious as he turned his head back to the sunset. “Yeah, come on over.”
Oscar did as he asked as he soon stood by the young fighter, the two just silent for a few moments.
Then Jaune spoke. “Ruby was the first person I really met at Beacon. I still remember that first day, man that was an explosion. Anyway, she was just as awkward as I was though for very different reasons. She was really worried about being pushed ahead two years. As for me….I won’t go into all the details, but let’s just say I didn’t have much confidence in myself that first semester.”
Oscar nodded, not telling him he knew all about the forged transcripts (‘Why did you let him in anyway?’….Reasons.)
“I did a lot of stupid things and Ruby was the first one to help me snap out of it. She’s first friend I made at school and she’s like a little sister to me.”
Okay, good. Oscar let out a metaphorical sigh of relief. He hadn’t been entirely sure of how Jaune viewed her, but it was clear that outside of Qrow, Jaune was the one Ruby felt the most comfortable around. It had made him a LITTLE jealous. (A little? 'Shut up, you.’)
“So, I just have to say this to you: don’t hurt her.”
Oscar turned his head, finding that Jaune’s gaze had turned from the sunset to him.
The blonde Huntsman to be went on. “You weren’t there, so you don’t know what happened at Beacon. She’s been through a lot, we all have. But Ruby’s lost more: Pyrrha, Penny, her team, and that’s not even counting what’s going on with her family. Despite all that, she keeps on going. The difference between us is she’ll never talk about it. I think part of the reason she’s so focused on this quest is so she doesn’t have time to think about it. Back when we thought Qrow might not make it, she took it pretty hard. Either way….she’s not the same girl I met that first day.”
A memory flashed in Oscar’s mind; one of a slightly younger Ruby in a different outfit with her signature red hood, but with a smile that was a tad more genuine than some of the smiles he’d seen from her. He understood immediately, the former headmaster in his mind quiet with regret.
Finally, he spoke. “I get it.”
Jaune waited as Oscar explained. “You’re right, I wasn’t there when Beacon fell, but I do understand what it feels like to have your life thrown about and when you come down, its not the place you used to be in. Besides, I don’t plan on hurting her.”
Jaune smiled at that. “Good. I like you Oscar, I’d rather not see either of you get hurt.”
Oscar smiled as well. “Yeah, no offense Jaune, but Qrow’s been pretty straightforward on what would happen and he’s a lot more intimidating than you.”
Then Jaune’s expression turned back to serious as he put a hand on Oscar’s shoulder. “Oscar….neither I nor Qrow is the person you need to be afraid of.”
That made the farm boy confused. “Huh?”
“Let’s just put it this way, if it’s your fault that Ruby gets hurt, nothing in the world will be able to save you from that person’s wrath.”
That didn’t answer anything for Oscar. “Who are you talking about? Her dad?”
Jaune shook his head. “Nope!”
“Well then, who is it?” (Ozpin’s laughter in his head was not a good sign.)
Yang was just about to down her well awaited Strawberry Sunrise in a bar not too far away from the city of Mistral when she suddenly felt something go off in her mind. She placed her glass down slowly.
Somewhere, somehow; someone is thinking of my baby sister in ways above a PG rating.
The bartender noticed her actions. “Hey blondie, aren’t you going to drink that?”
She got up from the bar with her unsipped drink still on the table, she turned walked towards the door. “Change of plans. I need to get Mistral, FAST.”
Plot bunny of mine. I ship Rose Garden so hard and I also think Jaune and Oscar will have some likeable chemistry with each other
Headcanon: Anyone who has ever thought about asking Ruby out at Signal has had to face Yang Xiao Long. The result being total annihilation.
If anyone wants to do something visual based on this, go head. Just make sure to send it to me first.