Ghost of a Man

Remember the Past (Weiss)

Here is the second "Memory" chapter. One more to go.

12 years ago

Kyle was five years old at the time. He was in a theater with his grandfather watching a play at night. Kyle shifted in his seat while holding a stuffed turtle that was wearing a purple mask. The play the two were watching was called "The Ninja and the Assassin". The play was about an assassin that was trying to achieve peace by killing the tyrannical shogun, but a ninja of the shogun keeps getting in the assassins way. Kyle groaned in boredom.

"What is it, bambino?" Roberto asked.

"I'm bored Grandpa. Why are just talking and not fighting?" Kyle asked.

"They are developing the story. It wouldn't be interesting if all they did was fight." Roberto said.

"Yes it would." Kyle said.

Roberto chuckled, "You will understand more about culture when you're older."

"Why is it always, 'When I'm older' why not now?" Kyle asked.

"You learn things as you grow, that is why it is always, 'When you're older'." Roberto said.

Roberto continued watching the play as it now reached the scene where the assassin learned that the ninja that he fought was actually a kunoichi, a female ninja. He was reminded of the time he met his late wife, with her in the role of the ninja and him in the role of the assassin. Roberto sighed in depression.

'I'm sorry that I was not able to save you, Sabina. How I wish that I can change that so we can be a full family.' Roberto thought.

"Are you okay Grandpa?" Kyle asked.

Roberto smiled at the boy, "It's fine, bambino. There is nothing to worry about."

They continued to watch the play, until there was some sort of disturbance from back stage. Four men in mask came from back stage and one of them shot a pistol in to the air. The crowd began to panic and tried to move to the exit, but stopped when the armed man shot near the door.

"Everyone sit down, stay calm, and don't do anything stupid!" one of the men yelled.

In the top row where Kyle and Roberto were seated, the old man stood up and placed his hand on his grandson's head.

"This isn't part of the play, is it?" Kyle asked.

"Stay here." Roberto told the boy.

He made his way to the canopies in the theater while staying in the shadows. He jumped into one canopy and then jumped towards the next one. Roberto now stood above the intruders and remained undetected. The intruders were speaking to each other about finding some rich man and taking him for ransom. Roberto quietly pulled out a small throwing knife and threw it at the gunman. The knife whizzed to its target and stabbed the man in the hand, making him drop the gun. Roberto jumped from his position and landed on another intruder, he punched him in the head and knocked him out. The other intruders took notice.

"Get him you idiots!" the injured gunman said.

One of them picked up a weapon that was left onstage and ran to the old man. As he attempted to swing, Roberto caught the weapon and broke it with one hand. The attacker looked stunned.

"You do know that all of these weapons are just stage props?" Roberto asked and then kicked the man to the side.

"This isn't you old bastard!" one of the intruders said.

He pulled out a knife from his belt and ran after Roberto. Roberto caught the attackers arm just as he was about to bring it down. He guided the arm down, forcing the man to stab himself in the stomach. Roberto then punched the man in the face and sent him to the floor. He saw that the injured man whom he threw the knife at was trying to get his gun. Roberto walked up and took the gun for himself. He aimed at the man's head.

"No! Don't!" the man begged.

Roberto fired the gun hitting the floor behind the injured man. He kicked the man in the head, knocking him out as he hit the floor. Roberto walked up to the man he kicked to the side and brought him to his feet. He grabbed his shirt and began interrogating him.

"What was the purpose of all this!?" Roberto asked.

"H-h-hey! Ease off, man. We were just here to kidnap some rich dude." The man said.

"Who!?" Roberto asked.

"I don't know! Some bigwig from some dust company!" the man screamed.

Roberto brought him close to his face, "Next time, find another way to be a stronzo." (asshole) he head-butted the man and let him drop to the ground.

Roberto left the stage and returned to his grandson to take him home. The two left the theater room and reached the lobby. They reached the middle of the room when someone was calling out to Roberto.

"Excuse me? May I have a word with you, sir?" a man's voice said.

Roberto turned and saw a man with silver hair and blue eyes. The man wore a white business suit with a blue tie. The tie had a snowflake emblem near the end of it.

"Do you know who I am?" the man asked.

Roberto nodded, "Eis Schnee, the head of the Schnee Dust Company. To what do I owe the honor of your presence?"

"Those men that you stopped were after me and my daughter. I see you are quite skilled despite your age." Mr. Schnee said.

Roberto chuckled, "You should have seen me when I was young."

"The reason I wanted to talk to is because I have a proposition for you. I would like you to become a combat instructor to our security and be a bodyguard to my family. I will gladly compensate you and your family by…"

"No." Roberto interrupted.

"No?" Mr. Schnee asked with a raised eyebrow.

"I appreciate your offer, but I am an old man and grow tired every day. You would do much better by finding someone young and better qualified." Roberto said.

"I have heard of you, Roberto Lombardi. The stories I have heard about you are quite impressive and I have no doubt that you would be perfect." Mr. Schnee said.

"Stories greatly exaggerate the truth." Roberto said.

As the two men talked, Kyle's eyes wandered and noticed a girl about his age nearby. She had long white hair and blue eyes and wore a light blue dress that went past her knees; she held a stuffed great white shark in her arms. Kyle decided to walk up to her and talk with her since there were no other children around. The girl saw Kyle coming and turned her head with her nose in the air, ignoring him.

"Hi, I'm Kyle." He introduced himself.

She turned and looked at him with an annoyed expression, "Do I know you?"

"Yes. I just said my name." Kyle said.

"Humph! I didn't know that such commoners went to watch plays." She said.

"My grandfather brought me. He said that it bring me something called 'Culture'?" Kyle said.

"Why are you still talking to me? Do you know who I am?" she asked him.

"No." Kyle said.

"I am Weiss Schnee, my daddy owns the largest dust company in the world. You should thank him for providing you with dust." Weiss said.

Kyle ignored the last bit, "Hi, Weiss."

"It is Ms. Schnee to you!" Weiss said.

Kyle remained oblivious to her snootiness, "I like your shark."

"Tch! This is no shark! This is Bruce, the royal knight of the Weiss Kingdom." Weiss said.

"Hi, Bruce." Kyle said.

"It's Sir Bruce to you!" Weiss said.

Kyle ignored the uppity Weiss and continued talking normally, "I have a ninja turtle."

"A ninja… turtle?" Weiss raised an eyebrow.

"His name is Donnie." Kyle said while holding the turtle up for Weiss to see.

"Donnie? What a stupid name." Weiss said.

"It is not!" Kyle yelled.

"Yes it is!" Weiss yelled back.

"It's better than Bruce!" Kyle yelled.

"You take that back!" Weiss yelled and smacked Kyle with her shark.

Kyle retaliated by hitting Weiss with his turtle.

"How dare you!" Weiss yelled and hit him again with the shark.

Kyle used his turtle to kick Weiss in the face over and over again, making karate sounds while doing it. Weiss grew annoyed as the turtle's feet tickled her nose and cheeks. Kyle stopped and grinned at her. Weiss was going to hit him again, but Kyle held the turtle's arms out and began roaring. Weiss began to run away with Kyle chasing after her.

"Is there nothing that can change your mind?" Mr. Schnee asked.

"I'm afraid not." Roberto said.

Eis sighed, "I am disappointed, but I will respect your decision."

"Thank you, Mister Schnee." Roberto said.

"But there must be something that I can do for you to show my gratitude." Mr. Schnee said.

Roberto looked over the man's shoulder, "Perhaps we should tend to the children first."

Eis turned around to see his daughter sitting on top of Kyle while trying to shove her shark in his face.

"Bite him! Bite him, Bruce!" Weiss yelled.

Kyle kept smacking Weiss in the face with his turtle.

"Cut it out!" Weiss said as she tried to brush the turtle away.

Eis made his way to his daughter and picked her up off the boy.

"You and I are going to have some words young lady." Eis said.

"He started it!" Weiss pointed at Kyle.

Kyle stood up with his turtle raised in the air, "Turtle Power!"

Roberto picked up the boy and stopped him, "You can 'Turtle Power' all you want when we get home."

"I thank you for your time, Mister Lombardi." Mr. Schnee said.

"I hope you find what you are looking for, Mister Schnee." Roberto said.

Roberto turned to walk out of the building. Kyle saw Weiss in her father's arms as she blew raspberries at him. He held his turtle in the air and chanted.

"Turtle! Turtle! Turtle! Turtle!"

After this chapter, you can pretty much guess who is going to be in the next "Memory". If you like this story then follow, favorite, and review. Also check out my movie and game stories with RWBY and my OC. See you in the next chapter.

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