"Be strong enough to stand alone, be yourself enough to stand apart, but be wise enough to stand together when the time comes." – Mark Amend
Chapter 3: Assembled
No one can rewrite the stars
How can you say you'll be mine?
Everything keeps us apart
And I'm not the one you were meant to find
It's not up to you
It's not up to me
When everyone tells us what we can be
How can we rewrite the stars?
Say that the world can be ours
Pyrrha Nikos frowned slightly as she stared up at the statue in her image. It was an incredibly good likeness, but she hated being put on a pedestal, being the image of the Battle of Beacon when so many others fell far more nobly than she.
"Look on the bright side, Pyr," Janet van Dyne better known as the Wasp said with a small smile from Pyrrha's left, "Least you're not remembered as an idiot who ran off into an unneeded suicide mission showing off for a guy…"
"That was uncalled for, Janet," Steve Rogers chastised from Pyrrha's right, before turning to Pyrrha and placing a hand on the younger girl's shoulder, "It's a very nice statue, Pyrrha."
"T-thank you very much, Steve," Pyrrha flushed at the compliment. Before a voice spoke behind them.
"Pyrrha?" Pyrrha turned slightly to see an older woman who looked a great deal like her but slightly shorter and with glasses.
"Mom?" Pyrrha asked, before she was tackled in a hug.
"I don't know how you're alive but I am so happy, thank the gods!" her mother cried out hugging her daughter for all she was worth.
Steve and Janet shared a smile at the happy reunion, as the two redheads cried in each other's arms.
"Oh, honey if you had only come back a week sooner…" her mother wiped a tear from her eyes.
"What?" Pyrrha asked, pulling away from her mother.
"Your friends were here," her mother smiled, "They were just as you described them, the crazy little redhead, the ninja, and the handsome knight. He really was quite handsome, and he was wearing your shash…"
"Jaune was here? Is he still here? Did he say where he was going if he is not?" Pyrrha asked excitedly.
"I spoke to Jaune a little, but snuck away when his friends arrived," Her mother said, "I followed them to meet with four other girls, one was that snobby Schnee girl, a faunus, a tall blond and a girl in a red hood, and with another boy and a couple of adults. I think they said they were going to Atlas…" her mother glanced away, "It was attacked by Grimm this morning, a lot of military here were called back to help… I hope they're safe… I hear it's a very bad attack."
Pyrrha glanced to the two older Avengers who nodded. "Mom, I promise, I'll be back soon. I'll explain everything. But I …"
"Go. Help your friends," her mother smiled, "Be the huntress you always dreamed of being."
"I'm not a huntress, I'm… something better." Pyrrha smiled, "Let's go to work." She said as the three started to walk off.
"Be careful, Pyrrha," Her mother called after her. "All of you come home safe."
"We will, mom," Pyrrah smiled back at her mother, then turned back forward. "Hold on Jaune… we're coming… I'm coming…"
Vital Tower was meant to be hope. It was meant to reconnect the kingdoms. Tonight, it was burning.
"Ironwood's down!" Yang Xiao Long called out, throwing a punch into a Beowolf through the skull with her damaged mechanical arm.
Her half-sister, Ruby Rose fired off her Sniper-Scythe at a few more flying Beringels Glanced to see the commander of the Atlas forces fall with his cybernetic arm and side severely damaged. "Can anyone help him?" Ruby asked, glancing around at her struggling friends.
This was very bad, Winter, Weiss, Yang, Blake, Penny, Jaune, Nora, Ren, Oscar, Uncle Qrow, Maria and the struggling General Ironwood were being overwhelmed. The Grimm were too strong. At rate they were going Vital Tower and Atlas would fall very soon.
"No one can help him, Ruby Rose," a horrifying voice spoke from directly behind Ruby, "Just as no one can help you."
Ruby swung her scythe but the demonic Salem batted it away with one hand and grabbed Ruby by the throat, lifting her off her feet.
"Ruby!" Weiss called out as Ruby's friends tried to help, but even more Grimm appeared, including Nuckelavees, Goliaths, and Sphinx, as well as Hazel, Mercury, Emerald, and Tyrian, tying them up in combat, forcing them to watch helplessly.
"You've caused me quite a bit of trouble, young one," Salem said, her glowing red eyes glaring into Ruby's silver eyes. "The last pair of silver eyes finally within my hands. It's a shame you won't get to see what I am going to do to this world."
"You'll never win…" Ruby growled out through her clinched throat.
"And who's going to stop me?" Salem smiled.
The next thing happened faster than Ruby or Salem could react. Ruby found herself falling to the ground, and Salem found herself pushed into a spin by a fist slamming into her jaw.
Salem in rage at who would dare strike her in such away spun around to face who attacked her and found a pair of cold blue eyes staring right back at her behind a blue masked helmet. The man was dressed in blue armor with a silver star on his chest and A on his forehead. A red 'A' was on both shoulders, and red and white stripes ran up and down his abdomen, and on his arm was a circular red white and blue shield. But what alarmed Salem the most was the absolute lack of fear radiating from this Sentinel.
"Who do you…" Salem began but was cut off by another punch below the ribs then a massive strike with his shield sending her flying backwards. Once she was away, Captain America turned to Ruby and held out his hand and gave her a kind smile.
"It's a pleasure to finally meet you, Ruby," Captain America said, as Ruby cautiously took his hand.
"Who… who are you?" She asked as he helped her to her feet, then picked up her sniper scythe and handed it back to her.
"I'm a friend of a friend," Captain America replied, "And we're here to help."
"We?" Ruby asked as all eyes were on the two.
Captain America glanced around the battlefield, at the monsters and humans, good and bad, and then lifted his shield high into the air, and with a bold powerful voice he exclaimed loudly…
Yang Blake and Penny blinked as Iron Man landed before them. "Evening, Ladies," Iron Man said, nodding to the three, he focused on Yang's arm for a minute, "That's a nice arm. Check mine out." He said turning toward the large group of Grimm as mini missiles rose from his forearms and fired on the monsters.
A moment later Spider-Man swing around and attacked a Beowolf. "Awe! Look at the puppy!" Spider-Man said facing off with the beast, "Who's a good puppy? Is it you? Is it you?" The Beowolf lunged at him and he leapt out of the way, wrapping it up with webbing, "That's a nope."
Ren was trying to shield the exhausted Nora with his body when Thor landed between them and three Nuckelavees. "Ye, foul beast dare to attack innocents?" Thor demanded, swinging his hammer, "Now, instead face the Mighty Thor! God of Thunder!" He swung the hammer toward them, striking them all with lightening, "Meet thy god…"
Oscar Maria and Qrow struggled with Mercury and Emerald before Ant-Man and The Wasp grew to full side, "Mind if we join the fun?" Wasp asked, as they began to shrink and grow to increase the power of their blows as they attacked the villains.
"I'm going to have to finish you quickly, young lady, I am sorry about that…" Hazel said, moving toward Weiss.
"Listen, big guy…" the thin and seemingly defenseless Bruce Banner stepped between the two. "You sound like a respectable guy, but you don't need to be attacking a girl." He narrowed his eyes at him, "It makes me angry. You won't like me when I'm angry…"
Hazel punched Bruce hard in the stomach and he doubled over. "Shouldn't… have… done… that…" He said looking back up at him, his blue eyes now green and he began to physically grow, and his complexion turned green.
Hazel watched as the man grew bigger than even himself. "What… are you?" Hazel asked.
"HULK… SMASH!" The Incredible Hulk screamed as he punched Hazel in the face, sending him falling backwards.
Jaune could see these reinforcements had arrived, but he was busy with the Grimm himself. He was so focused he never saw Tyrian's metal stinger coming straight toward his back. He turned quickly and saw it floating not even a foot from him. "What?" Tyrian and Jaune both asked.
"I've got your back, Jaune," Jaune's eyes widened at the familiar voice. He turned to see Pyrrha drawing her sword. She ran to his side. "Have you kept up your practicing? Let's finish this guy." She said smiling stupidly at him, before they both turned to Tyrian and went back to work.
Ruby and Captain America stood back to back, she fired her gun scythe and Cap used his shield to protect her.
"This is so cool!" Yang said, "HUNTRESS AND HUNTERS GET TOGETHER!"
"You're gonna have to work on that one, Yang," Blake smiled and shook her head.
Salem growled as she looked at her forces falling. They effortlessly blinded in with the Huntsmen and Huntresses and were making short work of her Grimm and henchmen. She knew she had to call retreat, but she wouldn't leave without a minor victory. She sent orders telepathically to a Griffon, and it shot toward Ruby and Captain America.
"Look out!" Yang called, but it was too late, the Griffon grabbed Ruby and tossed her over the side of the Vital Tower's edge.
"RETREAT!" Salem reluctantly called.
"RUBY!" Weiss and Yang screamed in terror.
"NO!" Weiss and Yang would have jumped after her it wasn't for the others grabbing her.
They didn't notice a red and blue streak jump over the edge after her.
"Get 'er, Underoos." Iron Man glanced that way.
Ruby's life was flashing before her eyes as she fell backwards through the air toward the ground under Atlas. There was nothing she could do but wait for the end. There was so much she still wanted to do, so much she had to say. She glanced up hoping for one last look at her friends, instead she saw herself reflected in a pair of white eyes of a mask.
Spider-Man shot toward her. He started to use a web line to catch her, but as he dropped, for a moment he saw a blond-haired girl in a plaid skirt dropping instead of Ruby with her dark red hair and hood. He folded himself inward and allowed himself to speed up, finally catching her, wrapping her up in his arms. "Hold on to me," Spider-Man said, and Ruby wrapped her arms around his neck. He turned them in midair and fired a web line toward the bottom of the Vital Fortress. Ruby's stomach dropped as the line tensed and they swung back toward the top of the fortress and tower. The Avengers and the Hunters watched as Spider-Man swung toward them landing beside Yang Blake and Weiss.
Mentally he was saying not to say it, do not say it.
"Thanks for dropping in," Spider-Man said as he sat Ruby down. "Catch you next fall!" he mentally groaned.
"Are you ok?" Cap asked Ruby, and she nodded still trying to steady herself. "Strick with me while we polish this up." He said as the gathered heroes went back to work.
One of the last Grimm roared as Jaune stabbed it with his sword.
All I want is to fly with you…
Jaune looked up to see Pyrrha decapitate another Grimm and it turned to dust around her.
Their eyes met.
All I want is to fall with you…
Two hearts sped up instantly. Jaune began to physically tremble.
So just give me all of you
"P-Pyrrha?" Jaune's voice broke as he spoke her name and dropped his sword and shield. Everyone looked up to witness what was happening. Captain America smiled brightly at his friend.
It feels impossible
Pyrrha and Jaune broke into a run toward each other
It's not impossible
Tears broke from their eyes as they dove for one another.
Is it impossible?
Two bodies that have longed for one another for too long collided at last.
Tell me it's possible!
"Hello again," Jaune said through his tears as he touched her pretty face.
"Jaune…" Pyrrha said, as the two grabbed each other in a passionate kiss, as desperate as their first.
How do you we rewrite the stars
Say you were made to be mine
Yang smiled happily as she watched them embrace, she gave Blake a smile as she took her hand in her own.
Nothing can keep us apart
'cause you're the one I was meant to find
Nora sobbed into her hands and smiled as she watched her best girl friend return from the dead. Ren also teared up, and placed an arm around his girlfriend's shoulders, partly for comfort, partly for allowing Jaune and Pyrrha to have their moment before Nora flying tackles her.
It's up to you
And it's up to me
No one can say what we get to be
"I still don't know how, or why I ended up in another world, or how they were able to get me home or…" Pyrrha rambled between kisses.
"I don't care… you're home." Jaune smiled into her lips.
"I'm… I'm home." Pyrrha repeated.
Why don't we rewrite the stars?
"I'm home." She repeated, cupping his face and kissing him soundly again.
Change the world to be ours tonight…
to be Continued…
Note: Now… things get interesting… I tried to adjust make it Vol. 7 compliant. Somethings will keep canon going. Somethings might be brushed over. We'll see. This is its own animal.
Song Credit: Rewrite the Stars from the Greatest Showman