It's How You Play the Game
Disclaimer: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid belongs to Toei and RWBY is the creation of Monty Oum.
As Kazi looked out the window of the airship that was taking him and many other students to Beacon Academy, he couldn't help but reflect that he never actually saw himself becoming a Huntsman when he first received his Gashats and the Gamer Driver.
"It's interesting the paths life takes us on," he mused as he pulled out his Mighty Action X Gashat.
Suddenly, he heard a commotion behind him and when he turned, he saw the Red-haired girl from the Dust store robbery being hugged by a busty blond that was closer to his age.
Deciding to approach them her walked over and smiled, "I should've known I'd see you here, Miss Rose."
Ruby Rose was having mixed feelings about being admitted to Beacon Academy. While she was happy that she could attend with her sister and become a Huntress, she felt out of place as the youngest student in their year. Her sister Yang however, had different feelings entirely.
"Ooh, I'm so excited that my little sister is coming to Beacon!" Yang Xiao Long exclaimed as she pulled Ruby into a tight bear hug.
"Can't…breathe…" gasped out Ruby, causing her sister to put her down.
"I'm so proud of you," said Yang, "aren't you excited to become a Huntress?"
"I guess," shrugged Ruby, "I just don't want people to think I'm special or something."
Yang was about to answer but she saw a teen wearing a black fedora walk up and looked at him curiously.
"I should've known I'd see you here Miss Rose," said the teen, causing Ruby to turn around.
"Oh," said Ruby, "you're Kazi, right? They guy that can transform into that superhero form?"
"That's me," chuckled Kazi, "and I'm called Ex-Aid in that form, Miss Rose."
"Right," chuckled Ruby, "and it's Ruby."
"So what are you, some kind of transforming super hero?" asked Yang.
Kazi glanced at her, "I don't believe we've been introduced ma'am."
"Oh right," said Yang, "I'm Yang Xiao Long, Ruby's sister."
"Ah," said Kazi, "I see. And as for your question, I guess you could call me that."
Kazi chuckled but his attention was called to a video screen that turned on with a picture of Glynda Goodwitch that began to speak.
"Hello, and welcome to Beacon," said Glynda.
"Who's that?" asked Yang.
As if she had heard the blonde's question, the video spoke, "My name is Glynda Goodwitch."
"Oh," said Yang as she was caught a bit off guard.
"You are among a privileged few who have received the honor of being selected to attend this prestigious academy!" said the video, "Our world is experiencing an incredible time of peace, and as future Huntsmen and Huntresses, and it is your duty to uphold it. You have demonstrated the courage needed for such a task, and now it is our turn to provide you with the knowledge and the training to protect our world."
Having said its part, the video shut off and the students all rushed to the window to admire the view of Vale as the airship flew over it.
"Wow," said Ruby, "I can see Signal from here!"
"You went to Signal Academy right? What was it like?" said Kazi.
"It was fun," said Ruby, "I went there for several years. You never attended a combat school, right?"
"You never went to a combat school?" asked Yang, "How'd you get accepted into Beacon then?"
"The same way as Ruby here, I'd imagine," said Kazi as he looked out the window.
"How'd you get your gear?" asked Ruby, "Did you build it yourself?"
"Nah," said Kazi, "My father sent them to me."
"Oh yeah," said Ruby, "your father owns Hyperion, right?"
"That's right," said Kazi.
"Wait," said Yang, "your father is Aloquin Carter, the genius game creator?"
"You caught me," said Kazi, "but don't spread that around. I'd rather be my own person than be always thought of only as my father's son."
"Hey no prob," said Yang, "I'm game for that."
He chuckled while Ruby groaned at the pun as the airship landed and the group disembarked. As he walked off, he noticed
Later, Kazi was walking through the school courtyard when he heard a loud explosion. Rushing over he saw a white haired girl wearing an equally white outfit standing over Ruby, berating her as the redhead sat dazed in a small crater on the ground.
"What's going on?" asked Kazi as he walked up.
"What's going on is this blockhead just detonated several ounces of Dust!" growled the white girl, "I mean seriously, doesn't anyone read Dust handling and safety brochures?"
"You mean the ones that say that Dust must always be transported in sealed containers and never jostled about in a manner that could let particles leak out and mix lest there be explosive results?" asked Kazi with a raised eyebrow as he picked up one of the bottles of Dust on the ground and tightened the seals.
The girl in white blushed and sputtered a bit before glaring at Kazi, "Who are you? Aren't you two a bit young to be attending Beacon?"
"You're Kazi Carter," said a calm voice as a black haired girl walked up, "son of Aloquin Carter and key developer in several of Hyperion's newer games, including Bang Bang Shooting and Taddle Quest."
Seeing that Kazi had a questioning look on his face, the girl elaborated, "Your name and picture is in your father's biography detailing your relationship and your hand in developing the concepts of the games."
"Wait, what?" exclaimed Weiss as she glanced between the girl and Kazi.
"And you're Weiss Schnee, heiress to the Schnee Dust Company, one of the largest producers of Dust in the world," added the girl as she glanced at Weiss.
"Also," she added as the girl seemed to get puffed up, "the same company is infamous for its controversial labor forces and questionable business partners."
"Why you…ARGH!" growled the now named Weiss before she stormed off with her luggage.
"So…I'm Ruby," said Ruby to the black haired girl, but she didn't answer and simply turned and walked away, "okay then."
"You okay, Ruby?" asked Kazi as he helped the girl up.
"Yeah," said Ruby, "I guess I'm not having a good first day."
"First days can be like that," said Kazi.
"But you never said you helped develop games!" exclaimed Ruby, changing the subject abruptly.
Kazi simply chuckled and the two of them continued to talk as they made their way toward the auditorium where they would have their Orientation as new students of Beacon.
"Hey Ruby!" Yang called out as she spotted her sister, "I saved you a seat. How's your first day going Little Sis?"
"Terrible," said Ruby, "after you went and ditched me, I EXPLODED!"
"Yikes," said Yang, "had a meltdown already?"
"No," said Kazi, "from what I saw, she got caught in a minor Dust explosion due to an accident."
"Yeah," said Ruby, "if Kazi hadn't been there, then who knows what would have happened."
"Oh?" smirked Yang as he looked over the teen Rider, "You wouldn't be trying to hit on my little sister, are you?"
Both Ruby and Kazi's faces blushed as red as the girl's trademark hood.
"It's not like that!" protested Ruby.
"Yeah," said Kazi as he glanced away embarrassed, "I just thought she could use help."
"You two are too easy," laughed Yang before the room went quiet as Ozpin walked onto the stage.
"I'll be brief," said Ozpin, "as I look out at all of you, I see children that plan to dedicate their time and energy to learning new skills to better protect the people in our world, yet that energy is wasted and lacks a true direction and understanding. Knowledge is not free, and nor shall it grant you the power to defeat the Grimm. This school will help you by teaching you to channel that knowledge and direct its flow, allowing you to achieve your fullest potential. If you so wish this to come to pass, you must simply choose to take the first step."
At this, Glynda stepped forward and curtly addressed the crowd, "You will all gather in the ballroom tonight and tomorrow you will begin your initiation. Be ready, for it will not be easy. You are dismissed."
And that's it for that chapter. Next up, we'll be covering the initiation and you'll find out which team Ex-Aid will be joining. There will also be a classical literature reference hidden in there so kudos if you spot it.
See you next game.