So… This is pretty familiar, isn't it?
Here I am with yet another idea… Again…
Is it still a problem if you acknowledge it could be a problem?
Meh, question to be answered another day. Enjoy the first chapter!
Disclaimer: I own nothing
Blonding with Interest
Chapter One: Welcome to Beacon
"Oh, I can't believe my baby sister is going to Beacon with me!" happily cheered a young blonde woman who was seen hugging the life out of a younger woman with black-red hair.
She was sporting a pair of lilac eyes and hair that reached just below her waistline. For clothes, she wore a tan jacket that bared her midriff, with golden brown piping and short, puffy sleeves with black cuffs that featured two gold buttons. Underneath this, she donned a low-cut yellow crop top with her emblem on the left breast; a heart made of black flames. She also wore a brown belt covered by a pleated brown piece of material reaching from hip to hip around the back of her waist, with her emblem emblazoned on the right-most pleat in gold. Underneath this was a long, white, asymmetrical piece of material reaching to her knee on the right side, as well as a pair of tight black spandex compression shorts that reach her upper thighs. Her feet were covered by a pair of brown, knee-high boots and orange over-the-knee socks, with the right sock pushed down just below the knee. A gray bandanna is tied around her left knee with a purple bandanna also around the same knee. An orange infinity scarf and black fingerless gloves completed her outfit.
This was Yang Xiao Long, one of many student hopefuls on her way to her first day at Vale's prestigious Beacon Academy. The girl currently being held in a death hug was her younger sister, Ruby Rose.
For those wondering, the two shared a father but had different mothers; though they would both swear on Ruby's mother being both of theirs. But that's a story for a future date.
"This is the best day ever!" Yang finished her excited cheer.
"Please, stop," groaned out Ruby, both in pain from the hug and embarrassment at the attention her sister was garnering.
Letting her sister down, the buxom blonde raised a brow and replied, "But I'm so proud of you!"
Ruby held an uncomfortable look on her face at her sister's insistence on praising her. "Really Sis, it was nothing," she tried to wave off.
Yang was having none of it. "What do you mean? It was incredible! Everyone at Beacon is going to think you're the bee's knees."
"I don't want to be the bee's knees, okay? I don't want to be any kind of knees!" the young woman exclaimed before composing herself. Muttering the rest, Yang barely heard her say, "I just want to be a normal girl with normal knees…"
Sighing softly, she tried to think of a way to help ruby out of her funk before feeling a hand on her shoulder. Turning slightly, she was greeted to the sight of a young man who looked to be highlighted by golden fire. He was partially transparent, allowing her to vaguely see what was directly behind him through his body.
He was blonde like her, but his hair was much shorter than hers and much wilder, spiking out everywhere and only kept out of his bangs by the headband he wore. His eyes were a deep cerulean, and more than once she compared them to the ocean while also calling his whisker markings adorable; much to his chagrin and her amusement.
For clothing, he wore something slightly resembling her outfit with black pants, an orange top with a red swirl symbol over his heart and a dark brown leather jacket with the sleeves rolled and buttoned in place just above his elbows. The headband was more of a durable elastic band with a metal plate on the front bearing a stylized leaf symbol that had been carved into the metal. Finishing his look were a pair of black sandals and a necklace made of a singular green gem held by a durable cord.
"Give her a second to take it in, Firecracker," he spoke to her. "No doubt she's still trying to come to grips with everything that's happened over the past few days."
Sighing again, Yang nodded and replied softly, "Yeah, I get it, Naruto…"
Having heard her sister, Ruby looked up to her and saw that Yang was standing alone; just as she always was whenever she spoke to Naruto.
"Talking to your imaginary friend again, Sis?" she asked, her tone partly teasing and partly concerned.
It was something that she and their father had accepted as normal concerning Yang, with the blonde having spoken about and to Naruto since she was younger. Taiyang, their father, had taken Yang in to see a psychiatrist at the time, worried that a recent traumatic event had caused her to turn to an imaginary friend for some semblance of emotional and mental coping.
But, the psychiatrist had found Yang to be perfectly healthy; even with medical scans of her brain looking for possible issues. In the doctor's professional opinion, Yang was just fine, and Naruto's existence was possibly connected to her Semblance.
But when Yang showed that her Semblance was something far different, concerns grew once more. However, both Taiyang and Ruby had decided to accept that Yang would keep talking to Naruto and acknowledging his existence until she finally decided to "move on" from her imaginary friend.
"Yang, I love your sister," Naruto began with a sigh, "but it gets pretty annoying whenever she and your old man keep calling me your imaginary friend."
"I've tried telling her, Foxy. She and Dad just won't accept reality," she replied aloud, earning a dull look from Ruby.
'You're talking to someone nobody else can see, and we won't accept reality?' she thought, slightly incredulous.
"Welcome to Beacon Academy!" the trio heard, prompting them to turn and see an older blonde woman with bright green eyes on the monitor in the bullhead.
"Who's that?" Yang asked, scratching the back of her head in confusion.
"My name is Glynda Goodwitch."
"Zip it, Foxy," she cut off when Naruto looked ready to say something smart. It didn't stop him from giving her a teasing grin.
"You are among a privileged few who have received the honor of being selected to attend this prestigious academy! Our world is experiencing an incredible time of peace, and as future Huntsmen and Huntresses, 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."
With the message given, her image disappeared from the screen and Yang gave Ruby a grin.
"Nearly there, Sis."
"Yep," Ruby replied lowly before something caught her attention and she moved over to the windows of the bullhead. "Hey, we can see Signal from up here! Looks like home isn't too far, after all…"
"Beacon's our new home, Sis," Yang told her gently, hoping to sound reassuring as she rested an arm across Ruby's shoulders.
"Airsickness, 8 o'clock," Naruto spoke up, prompting Yang to move both herself and Ruby closer to the window as yet another blonde, this one a young man with some pieces of armor, rushed past them and emptied his stomach in the waste bin. "Don't take any immediate steps back. He didn't make it in time."
"Gross…" Yang groaned, already trying to deal with the smell.
"What's gro-? UGH! What's that smell?" Ruby asked, sounding disgusted.
"Vomit Boy, over there," she answered, nudging her head to the young man still dealing with an upset stomach. "Naruto?"
"Both of you step to the left about a couple feet, then you can step back," he answered, earning a grateful nod from her as she led Ruby to their left a bit before pulling her away from the windows.
"Phew! Thanks, Foxy!"
"I know how you get when you step in something gross. Didn't want Little Red to get even more embarrassed," he teased.
"Hey! I'm not that bad when I step in stuff like that!"
"Yes, you are," Ruby stated with a dull expression.
"Name one time!" Yang demanded, turning her attention to Ruby.
"I can name several/I can name several," both she and Naruto deadpanned, somehow in synch with one another.
Pouting, Yang crossed her arms and turned away with an annoyed huff. "Betrayed by my own sister and my best friend… The world is so cruel to me…"
Chuckling, Naruto turned to Ruby and said, "She'll snap out of it when the bullhead lands."
And, like all times past, Ruby didn't react to him speaking to her, instead shaking her head with a smile at Yang's actions.
"Sometimes, I really hate not being seen by others. At least you can possess one of my Shadow Clones whenever you're in my world, Firecracker! Your world's rules suck!"
Yang dropped her fake pouting for a gentle smile aimed at him. "I know," she replied softly, having lived with being the only person able to see her friend for many years now. "Sorry, Foxy…"
Taking a breath, he nodded and replied just as softly, "I know… Just frustrated is all…"
He felt her take his hand in hers, and he gave her his full attention just in time to see her smile grow a bit brighter. His own smile lifted at that, and he squeezed her hand a bit to show his gratitude.
To Ruby, she was only seeing Yang gripping nothing and smiling at nobody. However, part of her wondered if her eyes were playing tricks on her when she thought she saw the skin on Yang's hand compress faintly, as if someone were grabbing her hand.
Shaking off such thoughts, she instead turned her attention to the view of Beacon Academy. Yang, having let go of Naruto's hand and stepped up beside her, shared her sister's look of amazement.
"Wow…" both sisters gasped out.
Whistling appreciatively, Naruto stepped up to Yang's other side and noted, "Nice place. Bet you two will learn plenty here."
"We'd better," Yang grumbled. "I'm not planning on wasting these next few years if this place can't teach me anything worthwhile."
Ruby was about to comment, but something caught her eye. Something dangerous and something else sharp, pointy, and covered in fire.
"Ohmygosh, sis! That kid has got a collapsible staff! And she's got a fire sword!" she exclaimed in pure excitement as her eyes went starry.
"There she goes again," Naruto chuckled. "Y'know, she and Tenten would get along great."
"Yep. Too bad your weapons nut and my weapons nut are from different worlds," Yang shot down in amusement.
"Maybe next time you're in my world and we see her, we can talk to Tenten about exchanging ideas with Ruby and offer to be the messenger birds between them?" Naruto suggested.
"Maybe…" she agreed before pulling her sister back down to Earth before she took off.
To Naruto's amusement, Ruby was going full-on chibi before Yang brought her back to reality.
"Easy there, little sister. They're just weapons, y'know."
"Oi! Don't be stealing my line, y'know!"
Ruby looked almost horrified at Yang's dismissal. "Just weapons?! They're an extension of ourselves! They're a part of us! Oh, they're so cool!"
"Well, why can't you swoon over your own weapon? Aren't you happy with it?"
Pulling out her weapon from its holster on her waist and transforming it into its scythe form, Ruby took a moment to hug and caress her tool of destruction. "Of course, I'm happy with Crescent Rose! I just really like seeing new ones. It's like meeting new people, but better…"
"Oh, Little Red… If only you could see me too…" Naruto lamented with a soft sight.
Yang gave him a quick smile before she playfully pushed her sister's hood down over her face. "Ruby, come on, why don't you go try and make some friends of your own?"
Taking off her hood, the younger woman asked suspiciously, "But... why would I need friends if I have you?"
"You can't cling to me or what you know forever, Rubes. Someday, I won't be there beside you, and you'll need to stand on your own."
"I'm not saying right away, Sis. I'm saying someday. Truthfully, I was thinking of going off on my own as soon as we landed, but Naruto talked me out of it."
Despite still believing that he was a figment of Yang's imagination, Ruby still turned to what she believed was Naruto's general direction with a relieved expression. "Oh, thank you!"
"Hehe…" he chuckled, impressed that she guessed correctly where he was standing. "Told you she would freak out if you left her alone, Firecracker."
"Yeah, yeah… No one likes a showoff, Foxy."
Cheered up by the notion that Yang wasn't going to ditch her, Ruby strolled forward without looking where she was going. "Alright, let's get go-! WHOA!"
"You dolt!" another girl's voice was heard beratingly as Ruby accidentally knocked over her luggage that had been resting on a trolley.
"Uh oh… My 'spoiled brat' senses are tingling," Naruto grumbled, having dealt with his fair share of spoiled and entitled people in his career.
"What are you doing?!"
Ruby got back up on her feet and attempted to apologize while the blonde duo watched on. "Uh, sorry!"
The girl dressed in predominantly white clothing scowled at her and ranted, "Sorry?! Do you have any idea of the damage you could have caused because you weren't paying attention?!"
"Uuhhh…" Ruby tried to say as she picked up the case closest to her.
"Give me that!" The girl in white snatched the luggage from Ruby and opens it to reveal its contents.
Feeling curious, and knowing only Yang could see him, Naruto stepped forward and looked inside, only to whistle in surprise. Turning back, he spoke to Yang, "Looks like she's got a bunch of that Dust stuff. Different colors and plenty of it. She's gotta be some bigwig's kid or something."
"This is Dust; mined and purified from the Schnee quarry!" she continued.
"Schnee… Isn't that the name of that Dust company or something?"
Recognizing what Naruto was alluding to, Yang stepped up beside Ruby and spoke aloud, "Listen, princess, my sister bumped into your luggage by accident. Nobody got hurt and it looks like your stuff is fine. Can't we just drop the issue?"
Ruby perked up and nodded in agreement. "Please forgive me. It was an accident!"
"She's an heiress, actually," another girl spoke up.
"Okay…" Naruto drawled out, looking amused. "We got another theme going on here. Ruby Red, lady in White, Black beauty, and Yellow Firecracker."
"Stuff it, Foxy," Yang muttered under her breath, unaware that the girl in black heard her and saw her looking off to the side.
While both confused and interested, she continued, "Weiss Schnee, heiress to the Schnee Dust Company. It's one of the largest producers of energy propellant in the world."
The newly revealed heiress looked smug and boasted, "Finally! Some recognition!"
"Wait for it," Naruto spoke with a smirk.
The girl in black continued, "The same company infamous for its controversial labor forces and questionable business partners."
Weiss's smug look of superiority was shattered for an appalled look.
"There it is!" the Uzumaki laughed out, his smirk becoming a full-blown grin.
The daughters of Taiyang snickered as Weiss regained her composure and turned her ire towards the initial target. "Ignoring the slander against my family name," she began before getting in Ruby's face and waving the vial of Dust angrily in front of her, "don't you understand the damage you almost instigated? This is Dust! You know? Fire! Water! Lightning! Energy?!"
Some of the Fire Dust from the vial started to puff out, and Ruby reacted by coughing slightly in discomfort.
"Are you even listening to me? Is any of this sinking in? What do you have to say for yourself?!" the heiress finished her rant, but kept shaking the vial in her rage.
"Okay, that's it! One side, Firecracker!" Naruto growled out. "I'll teach her not to mess with Little Red!"
Yang almost asked him what he meant before she gave out a gasp and felt her consciousness take a backseat. 'Uh-oh…'
"Oi, fussy britches!" Naruto spoke through Yang's body, having taken temporary control. "Where do you get off yelling at my little sis like that, huh?! Yes, she knocked over your luggage but that is no excuse to be such a stuck-up little bitch about it! It was just an accident, y'know?!"
Weiss was thrown off by the sudden anger fired right back at her. So used to her presence intimidating others to silence, she wasn't used to having someone other than her father or sister get in her face like this. "H-How dare-?!"
Yang spoke to Naruto mentally, "I'll take it from here, Foxy."
Relinquishing control back to her, he popped back into existence next to her with a scowl aimed at Weiss. He'd been connected to Yang for years and shared the young woman's fierce protectiveness for Ruby, so Yang understood why he reacted like that. Truthfully, she loved seeing that side of him and how it touched her heart.
Continuing where he left off, Yang poked Weiss in the chest and raged, "And for someone who's supposedly so worried about Dust accidents, maybe you should pay attention to your own actions too!" Swiping the Dust vial in Wiess's grasp, she tilted it over her open hand to show the leaking Dust before finishing, "Because you were two steps from blowing all our asses up, Schnee."
Weiss was stunned to silence as Yang tightened the lid on the vial and shoved it back in her grasp.
"Now if you'll excuse us, we have places to be and less bitchy people to meet. Let's go, Ruby."
And with that, Yang dragged Ruby off and left the stunned heiress standing in place while the girl in black smirked at the dressing down she had just witnessed. It was very cathartic.
'Where's the popcorn when you need it?' she mused.
Ruby looked back to Weiss as she was pulled away and called out, "I'm really sorry! I hope we can move past this!"
The four wouldn't know that this meeting would be the first of many interactions and moments shared between them.
"I'll keep this brief," began a man the students all recognized as Professor Ozpin, the Headmaster of Beacon Academy. "You have traveled here today in search of knowledge, to hone your craft and acquire new skills, and when you have finished, you plan to dedicate your life to the protection of the people. But I look amongst you, and all I see is wasted energy, in need of purpose. Direction."
The students were heard whispering and murmuring among themselves at his critique.
"You assume knowledge will free you of this, but your time at this school will prove that knowledge can only carry you so far. It is up to you to take the first step."
With that, he turned to leave as Glynda stepped up to address the students. "You will gather in the ballroom tonight. Tomorrow, your initiation begins, so be ready. You are dismissed."
With the golden duo and their cherry on top, they watched her leave and listened to the students speaking louder without the presence of authority figures.
Yang awkwardly commented, "He seemed kind of…off."
Ruby nodded in agreement and added, "It's almost like he wasn't even there."
"I swear that guy locked eyes with me a couple of times. I think he might be able to sense my presence…"
"Seriously? That's good, right?"
She turned to him with a smile, only to see him frowning towards the direction Ozpin left. "I'm not sure…"
Later that evening, Yang plopped down beside her sister's sleeping bag with both of them dressed in pajamas for the night. As she went to change, she had teased Naruto about not sneaking any peeks on her, but he ignored the teasing and simply smiled as he waited outside.
While she appreciated how Naruto never pulled off anything majorly perverted, Sexy Jutsu excluded, part of her wished she would catch him peeking on her. She wouldn't be upset, believing he found her attractive enough to risk getting caught.
She definitely peeked on him more than once. Despite knowing him for so long and treating him like family, Yang would be lying if she said she wasn't attracted to her friend; and not just physically. His character, his faults, and his "never say die" attitude won her heart a while ago.
It was when she witnessed his epic clash against that Uchiha punk at that valley and his reluctance to kill the punk that she was at her lowest point. Naruto had almost died multiple times during the clash, and that day showed her that losing him would be like losing part of herself.
As cliché as it sounded, her fellow blonde completed her. And on that day, she knew she had fallen for him.
Back to the present, Yang announced cheerfully, "It's like a big slumber party!
Ruby, who was writing something as she laid atop her sleeping bag, replied with looking up, "I don't think Dad would approve of all the boys, though."
Yang hummed in agreement. There was a time she would've enjoyed the free eye candy, but she already had a preferred "flavor" that the guys here couldn't match. Instead, she focused her attention on the paper her sister was writing on. "What's that?"
"A letter to the gang back at Signal. I promised to tell them all about Beacon and how things are going."
"Not surprising she's doing that. She did get bumped up two years and left them behind," Naruto mused, sitting cross-legged beside Yang.
Yang grinned at her younger sibling and gushed teasingly, "Aw, that's so cute!" She was promptly knocked back as a pillow was launched at her face.
An embarrassed Ruby was the culprit, and she cried out, "Shut up! I didn't get to take my friends with me to school! It's weird not knowing anyone here!"
"Well, you know me. And you know Naruto."
"I know of Naruto. I don't know him personally."
"She's got a point."
"Besides, I'm sure that Weiss girl hates me. So now, I'm on a negative friend count."
"Do friend counters even have negative scores?" Naruto questioned in amusement.
Yang agreed with him, though, and she fired back, "There's no such things as negative friends! You just made one enemy! There's a difference!" Her comment earned her a hit with another pillow – this time looking like a dog – to the face. Ignoring the plush attack, she continued, "Look, it's only been one day. Trust me; you've got friends all around you! You just haven't met them yet!"
"She's right, Little Red. And one day, I'll be your friend too!"
"Even Naruto agrees with me, Rubes! And he says he can't wait to meet you."
"Yang… I'd love to meet him too, but…"
"Don't go saying he ain't real, Sis. You and the old man will be eating those words one day."
"I could always possess a random person to talk to her…?" Naruto offered.
"No possessing people, Foxy," Yang admonished with a roll of her eyes. "It was already weird enough having you control my body those few times."
Ruby blinked once, slightly stunned. "Wait… Naruto's possessed your body before?"
Yang nodded with an easygoing smile. "Yeah, Foxy can overshadow my body sometimes. Earlier with that Ice Queen? Naruto was the one who had me start yelling at her. He didn't like how she was getting in your face for an accident."
Despite still believing he was Yang's imaginary friend, Ruby felt touched that Naruto was so protective of her. He was almost like a big brother from how Yang was making him sound.
"Yo, Firecracker," he cut in. "I'm gonna wake up now. See you in a bit."
"Oh, alright. See you in a sec, Foxy," she bid, waving to him as he faded out of existence. "Better get some sleep. He's supposed to be heading home today with his teacher."
"You mean that guy you told me talks to toads?" Ruby asked, having heard Yang's storied about Naruto's "homeworld" over the years.
"Yep. Y'know, I caught him trying to peep on some girls at an outdoor bath once. Naruto and I had fun getting him caught. Anyway, we better get some sleep."
"Yeah…" she agreed as she laid herself down to stare at the ceiling of the ballroom, her head resting atop her hands. "Hey, Yang…?"
"Yeah, Rubes?" Yang called back.
"It's not that I don't believe you whenever you talk about him, but it's hard to think he's anything but imaginary when I can't see or hear him… I know he's important to you, but…"
"Sis," Yang cut in. "Trust me, I get it. I know how crazy I sound sometimes." She turned onto her side, prompting Ruby to do the same so that she could look her sister in the face. "But believe me when I say that he is real. Everything about this seems crazy, but all the shit I've seen him go through and do have more than proven to me that he's real. I just wish I could prove it to you, too."
Ruby saw the genuine desire in Yang's face, pleading to her through expression alone. Taking a breath, she nodded and gave her older sibling a smile.
"Okay… I believe you, Yang."
Relief, pure and obvious, was seen on Yang's face at Ruby's acceptance. Smiling back, she said, "Thanks, Sis…"
The two sisters laid back down and relaxed themselves so that they could fall asleep. Before finally turning in, Ruby had one last thing to say.
"Tell him I want to know the types of weapons his world has."
Snorting, Yang replied, "I'll cut to the chase the moment I see him."
Groaning at the lame pun, Ruby decided to just stay quiet and get some sleep.
Yawning awake inside of his tent, Naruto sat up atop his bedroll and scratched beneath his chin while smacking his lips. Taking some time to stretch, he soon got out of his tent and took note of the vast trees that surrounded his and Jiraiya's campsite.
"Nearly home," he murmured to himself, remembering his teacher saying that they would be returning to the Hidden Leaf Village today.
He walked over to the man's tent and poked his head in to see that the Toad Sage was still dead asleep. Chuckling softly, he moved away from the tent and made his signature cross seal, surging his chakra briefly and summoning forth a single Shadow Clone that immediately used the Transformation Jutsu to take the image of Yang.
He had the clone sit near the extinguished campfire and wait as he set to work restarting the flames to cook breakfast. By the time that the fire was hot enough for cooking, he noted his transformed clone jerk in place before Yang's voice was heard groaning and popping some joints.
"Still feels weird stepping into a copy of my own body, Foxy," she grumbled, earning a chuckle from him.
"You always say that, but we both know you've gotten used to it over the years, Firecracker."
"Maybe," she relented as he sat beside her and started digging through his pack for the scroll containing his food. "What's on the menu?"
"Eggs and some bacon. Pretty basic, but we gotta get on the road soon, y'know."
"Makes sense. Been awhile since we've seen the village. You getting anxious?"
"Not about seeing the place, but about getting going. I'm excited to see everyone again, especially Granny and Shizune."
Snorting, she nudged him with her shoulder and asked, "Remember when she personally scanned our brains to see if you were going crazy?"
The two chuckled at that as Naruto started cooking the eggs. "I'm just glad that she registered you in case you ever somehow get stuck here permanently. You ever figure out how to use Aura in the body you're using?"
"Nope," she answered, popping the "p" at the end. "Gotta say though, Foxy, using chakra is a rush. Especially when I'm augmenting my punches." She snickered and added, "Pretty sure the Neji guy felt it during our match with him."
He barked out a laugh at that, remembering how he and Yang ended the fight with a combined punch to the prodigal asshole's face; his left hook complemented by her right. Thankfully, the Hyuuga had dropped his Fate Complex and became more mellowed out after the fight. He assumed talking with Hinata helped.
Looking up at the slowly rising sun, he smiled softly towards the general direction of the Hidden Leaf and enjoyed the moment with his closest and best friend. It would soon be their homecoming.
The village better be prepared.
Pain: So, this is something new I've decided to try out with the help of my dear friend, Curious Kitsune654! He really was a major contributor in getting this planned out!
Naruto and Yang are connected somehow in this story. How deep is the connection? How did it start? How long has it lasted? And what will this mean in the future?
For this story, Naruto will be paired with three RWBY series girls. Yang is obvious, but the other two are both petite and have a liking for specific sweets! Have fun guessing who they will be!
CK: *from other office* Hey Pain! Can you keep an eye on my computer? I need to run an errand real quick?
Pain: Sure thing, bro! *starts to leave* I'll see you guys next time! And keep a lookout for me on Curious Kitsune's channel! (Hint! Hint!)
Until next time!
Stay safe, healthy, and positive!
Dreaming of the Future,