A/N: Here's the first chapter of a little side project of mine.
Hello there. I uh, bet you're wondering who I am, so let me introduce myself.
My name is Jaune Arc. I'm growing up in a village near the kingdom of Vale with my family. There's my father, Nicholas, and my mother, Juniper, and my seven sisters.
I have two older sisters, Jessica and Jemima, a twin named Joan, my younger sisters Jenny, June, and the twins Jade and Jane. It gets really hectic and sometimes and makes me want to pull my hair out, but I love them all dearly.
My father is a huntsman, and a damn good one at that. The Arcs hailed from a lineage of heroes for generations. I was always fascinated by the tales from my father and late grandfather. I wanted to be a hero like them. Be someone who was respected. Someone who people look up to.
My parents were obviously against the idea. I could understand why, they wanted to keep me safe. But I honestly couldn't take it anymore. Being the only son got me babies by everyone to no end. I wanted to prove that I could make it on my own. But I was always put back down.
But then one day, Grimm snuck past the towns outer guard. Some made it to our house… we were lucky dad was home that day. After that, dad decided that maybe me being a huntsman wasn't that bad of an idea.
And so my father unlocked my aura. It was an odd experience, felt kind of tingly. He then decided to test it by sparring with me. I won't go into details, but experienced warrior vs someone who just had their aura unlocked… well let's just say that thanks to aura I was only sore for a few hours instead of a few weeks.
And I swear he cheated. I'm not sure how and I don't have evidence. But I'm positive that he cheated.
Anyway, over time as the training went on, I got better. I can now last almost two minutes against my dad in 1v1 combat. That honestly doesn't sound like much, but against a veteran huntsman, it's a lot and was a sign that I was improving, which motivated me even more.
But eventually, something happened. We're not sure how or why it happened, we're still not sure if it's semblance or aura related or not. But we all (at least I) have come to this conclusion.
How? I turn into a monster. A terrifying beast of evil.
Needless to say, my transformation warranted some panicked responses from my family. Mom cried the biggest crocodile tears while dad tried to calm her. My sisters were hysterical and tried to figure out what happened and how to change me back. But Jade and Jane thought I was the cutest thing ever and wanted to pet me.
They were weird like that.
But thankfully after almost twelve agonizing hours later, I suddenly turned back to normal. Everyone's happy cheers died seconds later when we realized that my clothes didn't transform with me and I was standing in the living room naked in front of my entire family.
Yeah, that wasn't a fun memory, I still get teased for it. But I was back to normal and everything was fine.
But then when next week rolled around, it happened again. And the week after that. And the week after that one, and it continued on. We all realized that it wasn't going to stop. Me transforming like this was the new normal.
We never really found an explanation for what causes it, even over a year down the line. All we know is that it's at least once a week, and whether my clothes transforms with me or not is random. It's weird, but we slowly learned to deal with it.
And well, that's my story. I'm the only son in the Arc family cursed to randomly turn into a horrifying monster whenever life finds it amusing.
"Jaune, are you in here?"
Wait, Jessica? I thought you weren't coming home until tomorrow.
"Surprise! I managed to get home a day earl-... oh, I see you turned into a little puppy again."
I'm not a small dog! I'm… just a younger beast.
"Why are you sitting on the dresser looking out the wind- were you going to howl at the moon?!"
What, no! I was just monol- I was doing nothing… stop laughing!
"Ha ha ha ha ha, I'm sorry, but that's just too cute! Come here."
Cute?! I'm not cute! I am a descendant of a wolf! A fearsome beast and predat- hey put me down!
"I'm sorry, you're just so adorable right now."
Dang it Jessica, get your hands off of my head. I'm warning you. Alright, you just lost your finger privileges! Ragh!
"Jaune, that tickles! Stop biting me!"
Never! I shall devour your fingers for my hungry belly!
"How about a trade? I scratch the back of your ears and you let me go?"
Wha? No, I will not be tempte- temp- tem…. oh yeah, that's the spot. Yes, yes, a little to the left. Yes, right there.
"While I want to do this all day, I did come here for a reason. Mom said dinner was going to be ready soon. Since I didn't see you yet I volunteered to come get you."
Wait… food? Food! I like food!
"Alright alright, calm down. Your tail is gonna kill me. Now comes the bad news."
"Mom made soup and potato bread, which I know you struggle to eat as a dog..."
...why would you do this? Why would you promise me food that I can't eat?
"No Jaune… Jaune please put those eyes away. You're gonna kill me. I have another idea. I saw mom make an overabundance of chicken nuggets for Jade and Jane, I'm sure they'll be willing to share them with you. And they're Grimm shaped."
Grimm shaped chicken nuggets? Yes! Oh my gosh yes! Jessica, I love you!
"Easy boy, don't slobber me!"
"Alrighty then, come one, I'll carry you down."
Yes, carry me like the prince I am.
So yeah, this is my story. I am Jaune Arc, and I am a fearsome terrifying puppy... yeah that sounded better in my head.
A/N: And there we have it.
So, what is this and why does it exist?
A while ago I was talking with Austin Ga Kill when he mentioned something about an anime where people turn into animals (I forget the name). So then this idea came to mind and I thought this would be a fun little side project.
And big thanks to KegiSpringfield for making the coverart for this.
I hope you enjoyed it. have a good day :)