Ghost of a Man

Comfort and Plans

Thanks to "roosterteethfanatic" for reviewing. Nice to know that I have a decent story, hope I don't screw this up.

Kyle woke up early the next morning with slight discomfort from sleeping in a chair for two nights. He remembers his dream and reaches inside his coat. He pulls out a familiar photograph that was taken long ago. The picture showed Kyle when he was younger and before he started wearing a hood, next to him a cat eared Faunus smiling with him.

'This girl, could she be the same Blake on my team?' Kyle thought.

He turned his chair around and saw that RWBY was still asleep, well everyone except Blake who was not in the room. Kyle put the picture back in his inside coat pocket and stretched his arms. He stood up and quietly left the room, heading for the roof to get some fresh air. Kyle walked up the stairs and reached the door leading outside. He walked through and noticed that he was not alone. Sitting on the edge of the roof was Blake wearing her yukata like pajamas and her usual bow on her head. She sat while hugging her legs and resting her chin on her knees, looking off in the foggy distance. Kyle walked up and stood next to her. Blake heard him approach and looked at him; she gave a small wave acknowledging his presence and went back to staring off at the distance.

"A bit chilly to be out in your PJ's, don't you think?" Kyle asked.

"I just need some air." Blake said.

"Are you okay?" Kyle asked concerned for his teammate.

"Yeah. I just had a bad dream was all." Blake said.

"You want to talk about it?" Kyle asked as he knelt down next to her.

Blake seemed a bit hesitant to talk.

"You don't have to if it's uncomfortable to talk now." Kyle said.

Blake shook her head, "No, it will probably be better if I tell someone now."

Kyle sat down with his legs crossed so they lay on top of each other, he gave Blake a nod.

"Okay…" she took a deep breath, "As I said before, I was once a member of the White Fang. I was around for a time when the new leader stepped in and things turned violent. One night we raided a dust mine to capture some dust for our soldiers. The foreman of the mine was reluctant to let us get any of course; he tried to fight back, but he was quickly held down by the other soldiers. They ordered me to kill him, but I couldn't. His family was there watching the whole thing. They killed him anyway and dragged me off. They beat me; called me worthless, a disgrace to my race. They kept going and I… I…"

Blake put her hands over her eyes and started crying. Kyle reached over and held her in a one armed hug while rubbing her shoulder. She looked up at him.

"What did I do wrong?" Blake said with tears in her eyes.

"You did nothing wrong." Kyle said.

"But I felt like I should have done something." Blake said.

"The only other decisions you could have made was killing the man, or fighting everyone and risk getting yourself killed." Kyle said.

Blake continued crying. It had been a while since she cried; the last time being was when she revealed that she was a Faunus and an ex-member of the White Fang. She started to calm down as Kyle held her.

"I'm sorry. I should be stronger than this, but…" Blake said.

"It's okay. Everyone has their emotions that flow out at times." Kyle said.

"You look like you don't have any emotions, no offense." Blake said.

"My hood conceals most of my face. I learned that you can sometimes read your opponents movements based on their facial expression. If you can't see my face, then you can't tell what I'm going to try." Kyle said.

"Hmm… Interesting." Blake said.

Kyle sat and thought for a bit, "Would you feel better if I told you about my dream?" he asked.

"If you want to." Blake said.

"I was at a Faunus protest with my grandfather. We saw some humans wanting to fight the Faunus, so we jumped in and kept them back. No Faunus got seriously hurt." Kyle told her.

"I see." Blake said.

"And I have a picture from that day." Kyle pulled the picture out and handed it to Blake.

She looked over the picture and her eyes widened in shock.

"I remember this! That's me in this picture!" Blake said in surprise.

She continued to look and realized something, "Wait, if I was there and you say that you and your grandfather were there, and then took this picture then that means… This boy…" She looked at Kyle.

What Blake saw was Kyle with his hood off, revealing his dark brown hair and blue eyes. Blake looked back at the picture of the boy and back to Kyle; he looked the same as the boy only older.

"It's you." Blake said.

"Been a long time hasn't it, Blake." Kyle said.

"It has." Blake smiled.

"Quite a coincidence that we met years later." Kyle said.

"Yes, quite." Blake said.

Meanwhile at RWBY dorm room

It was one of those rare mornings when Yang woke up early. She pushed the golden hair out of her face and looked down on the bottom bunk. Yang saw that Blake was not in bed; she looked over in the corner and saw that Kyle was missing too.

'Hmm… I don't know where he went, but Blake usually goes outside when she gets up early.' Yang thought.

Yang jumped down from her bunk and landed on her feet with a thud. The sound she made woke up a very crabby Weiss.

"What are you doing?" Weiss asked with a slightly slurred voice.

"I'm up, so I'm going to find Blake and hang with her a bit." Yang said.

"Well keep it down." Weiss said and pulled her blanket over her head.

Yang left the dorm and head up to the roof where Blake usually was when she woke up early. Yang went up the stairs and passed through the door to the roof. What Yang saw was very unfamiliar to her. She saw Blake sitting next to a boy with short dark brown hair. Yang didn't see the boy's face but she recognized the white coat with blue surrounding his lower torso.

"Hey! What the heck!" Yang yelled.

Blake turned around while Kyle put his hood back on. Blake got up and met Yang in the middle of the rooftop. Kyle soon joined them.

"Okay, one what were you doing?" Yang asked Blake, "And two, what were you doing with your hood off?" she asked Kyle

"We were just talking." Blake said.

"Yeah, I found out that we actually met each other years ago." Kyle said.

"Okay, but that doesn't explain why your hood was off Mister Dark Brunette." Yang said.

"To show to Blake that I was a familiar face." Kyle said.

"He had a picture from when we were children." Blake said.

"Huh? Picture? Let me see, please!" Yang said to Blake.

"I don't have it. It belongs to him." Blake nodded in Kyle's direction.

"At least tell me what he looks like." Yang begged Blake.

Blake looked at Kyle, who shook his head.

"Can't." Blake said.

"Aww, come on! Please!" Yang begged again.

"I'm not breaking a promise to a friend, even to another friend." Blake said.

"Grrr! That is so unfair!" Yang complained, "Gimme that!" she yelled as she lunged at Kyle.

Kyle stepped out of the way and let Yang drop to the ground. She glared at the hooded boy and slowly got up from the ground.

"Sorry, Yang. I can't reveal myself to you yet." Kyle said.

Yang took a deep breath, "It's okay. I'll forget about it." She said.

Blake knew that Yang was trying to fool the boy, so she mouthed the word "Run" to Kyle. Kyle saw this and ran to the door.

"Come back here you little!" Yang chased after him.

Kyle jumped down some of the steps as he made his way back to the dorm room. Instead of opening the door like a normal person, he decided to kick it down. The door slammed to the ground and Kyle yelled out to the rest of the team.

"Wake up!" He yelled.

Ruby jolted awake and fell out of her bed, landing face first on the ground.

"Oww!" she said with her voice muffled by the floor.

Weiss sat up from her bed even more crabby, "What is wrong with this morning!?"

Kyle ran over to Ruby and helped her up. "Sorry about this, Ruby." He then held her like a human shield.

"What's going on here?" Ruby asked.

"You'll see in a second." Kyle said.

Yang was now in the doorway seeing Kyle holding Ruby in front of him. Yang began cracking her knuckles.

"What now, Yang?" Ruby asked.

"First I'm going to rip that hood off that guys face, and then I'm going to pound him for touching you." Yang said while pounding her fist into her palm.

"Yang, his hands are on my shoulders. I don't think that's weird, friends do it all the time. Also you should give up trying to see through his hood, he's not going to show you." Ruby said.

"He showed Blake." Yang said annoyed.

"Huh?" Ruby looked confused, she looked at Kyle, "Did you really show Blake?"

"Yeah, but there is a good reason for that." Kyle said.

"I got you!" Yang charged at Kyle.

Kyle moved himself and Ruby out of Yang's path and she went crashing through the window.

"Oh, crap!" Kyle ran to the broken window.

He looked for Yang outside and found her face down in the dirt. She waved her hand and pulled herself out of the body print she made.

"I'm okay!" Yang yelled.

Kyle stepped away from the window, "Well, I'm surprised."

"It's because of all the hair and breast she has. They absorbed most of the impact." Weiss said, "And as for you…" she added and then slapped Kyle in the back of the head.

"OW!" Kyle yelled out.

"That's for making this a very irritable morning and you are going to fix that door before this day is over!" Weiss said while poking Kyle's chest.

Jaune made his way from across the hall and poked his head in the doorway.

"What happened in here?" Jaune asked.

"Ask them." Weiss said and made her way past Jaune, "I need some fricking coffee."

Jaune looked at the heiress confused and then turned to look at his neighbors, "What's this about?"

"You want the long version or the short?" Kyle asked him.

"Umm…." Jaune scratched his cheek.

Kyle sighed, "Yang went nutsoid and jumped through the window."

"Oh." Jaune said and walked back to his room, "Weird." He mumbled to himself.

Blake finally returned to see the door was on the floor and the window was destroyed. She sighed.

"Yang went through the window?" Blake asked in her monotone voice.

Kyle and Ruby nodded at her.

"That's the third window she has broken." Blake stated.

"Well, were up now. Let's go get breakfast." Ruby said.

"As long as Yang stops trying to kill me." Kyle said.

"She'll get over it." Ruby said.

Ruby was right. Yang joined her team and JNPR at the cafeteria for breakfast; she seemed to give up on Kyle for now. The two teams chatted and finished their breakfast. They went on with the rest of their day like they usually do. Blake went to the library saying that she needed books for a report as well as normal books for when she got bored. Yang went to the gym to exercise and train with practice dummies and the new practice bots. Weiss wanted to study and tried to get Ruby to study as well. Ruby used her puppy dog eyes and convinced Weiss to go on without her. Ruby began walking towards the shop room where the workbenches were made available to students and teachers. Kyle walked next to Ruby heading in the same direction.

"Hey, Ruby." Kyle said.

"Hi." Ruby said.

She felt a bit comfortable that he was a teammate, but she was still a bit shy because she did not know much about the boy. She knew that he was a skilled fighter, his grandfather was someone famous or infamous, and he liked video games. Anything else was well hidden, like his blades or his face in his hood. The two walked in an awkward silence until Ruby decided to break it.

"So…. What is the deal with the hood?" Ruby asked.

Kyle looked at her.

"Sorry. I didn't mean…" Ruby tried to apologize.

Kyle put his hand up to stop her, "It's okay, Ruby. It's a normal question to ask if your friend hides themselves."

"Sorry. I kind of freaked because I thought you were mad at me." Ruby said.

"I'm not mad." Kyle said.

"How can I tell if I can't see your face?" Ruby asked.

"You can't." Kyle said, "To answer your question, I have the hood to conceal my identity. To hide from certain people."

"Like a superhero." Ruby said with a somewhat quiet voice, like she was in awe.

Kyle chuckled and smiled, "I'm no hero, Ruby. If I was then everything in this world would be less hectic than it is."

"I'm sure you would make a great hero." Ruby said.

"Thanks Ruby." Kyle smiled at her again, "I promised myself that I would continue to hide until I find a certain someone."

"You mean a girlfriend who will be your wife?" Ruby asked.

"No." Kyle said, "Have you seen the news about the leader of that human radical group?"

"Oh, him?" Ruby thought for a bit, "Oh! You're going to find him and then you going to pound him into the dust!"

Kyle smiled and placed his hand on the door knob to the workroom. He turned and saw Ruby making karate sounds and moves.

"Hoo! Haa! Whoah! Cha! Pow!" Ruby finished her karate impression, "You're going to beat him and leave him for the cops!"

Kyle frowned, "No."

"Huh?" Ruby asked confused.

"I'm going to find him and kill him." Kyle said.

Ruby only stood in shock from Kyle's words, as if she could feel the hatred coming from his words.

"And to do that, I need to fix my blades." Kyle said and went inside the workroom.

He sat himself at a workbench and pulled out the parts he bought. He sat his wrist blades on the bench and began to carefully disassemble the weapons. Kyle worked replacing the springs and blades. As he worked, Ruby came inside. She stood behind him and watched him work Kyle noticed the young leader and smiled.

"Quite interesting isn't it?" Kyle spoke to Ruby.

Ruby said nothing.

"You must like weapons a lot if you watch someone build their weapon. I'm sure you love Crescent Rose just as much as any other weapon." Kyle said.

Ruby said nothing.

"Are you okay?" Kyle asked.

"Were you serious?" Ruby finally spoke.

"About what?" Kyle asked.

"About killing." Ruby said.

Kyle sighed, "Ruby…"

"You can't solve every problem by killing someone." Ruby said.

"It is something that I have to do." Kyle said.

"Why?" Ruby asked.

"Because that man killed my family." Kyle said with his anger rising.

"So you want revenge?" Ruby asked.

"One person sees revenge, while another sees justice." Kyle said.

"Justice is putting that guy in prison." Ruby said.

"So he could get out and continue the suffering? No, I will end him the next time I see him." Kyle said.

"Kyle…" Ruby tried explaining.

"Enough! Leave me alone!" Kyle yelled out.

Kyle returned to his weapons ignoring Ruby. She went to a separate workbench and gave her scythe a tune up. The two worked in silence for minutes. Ruby wanted to talk to Kyle and to apologize, but she didn't want to anger him further. Yang walked in the work room covered in sweat from her workout. She walked to Ruby's bench.

"Hey there, little sis!" Yang said with her bright smile.

"Hey Yang." Ruby said with a downed voice.

"What's wrong?" Yang asked.

"Well…." Ruby started.

Kyle stood up from the bench and placed his hidden blades on his wrist. He started walking to the door. Yang noticed him.

"Hey there! How's it going?" Yang said to him.

Kyle said nothing and continued walking.

"Did you get your things fixed?" Yang asked.

Kyle flicked his right wrist making the blade shoot out.

"Well that's…" Kyle walked out the door and closed it behind him, "…good." Yang finished, "What's with him? Is he sick or something?"

"We had an argument." Ruby told her.

"What!? Really?" Yang asked.

"Yeah. Talking with him, I found out that he was going to do something stupid and probably hurt himself. I tried to change his mind, but he wouldn't listen." Ruby said.

"I'm going to talk some sense into him." Yang said angrily and headed for the door.

"Wait Yang, just leave him alone." Ruby said.

"Oh no, no one upsets my sister and gets away with it." Yang said and went after Kyle.

Ruby sighed and took Crescent Rose from the bench. She walked out of the room thinking about what trouble she could be in, or what trouble she put Kyle in. She walked in the hallway until someone spoke to her.

"Hello Miss Rose."

Ruby turned and saw Ozpin walking with his cane.

"Oh, hello Professor." Ruby greeted him.

"You seem down. Care to tell me why?" Ozpin asked.

"Well…." Ruby began.

Yang found Kyle in another hallway and called out to him.

"Hey you!" She yelled.

Kyle turned and saw her, "Yang, I'm not in the mood for talking right now."

"You'll listen and listen good! What the hell did you say to Ruby!?" Yang yelled.

"I have my mission planned, no one is going to change my mind!" Kyle yelled back.

"You jerk! She's trying to be a friend and keep you from killing yourself!" Yang yelled.

"I'm sure he understands your concern, but he doesn't want to involve you so you won't get hurt." Ozpin said.

"But we're a team. How can I get him to see that?" Ruby said.

"We all care about you! Anything you can do, we can do together!" Yang yelled.

"Get this through your blonde head! I will not have anyone die on my account!" Kyle yelled.

"Yeah!? Well tough cookies! That's the price of being in a team!" Yang yelled.

"What am I supposed to do?" Ruby asked.

"Try talking with him. If you can't get him to reconsider, then try to make a compromise to make both of you happy." Ozpin said.

"Hmm…" Ruby thought.

"Well what are we supposed to do!?" Yang yelled.

"I don't know!" Kyle yelled.

The two huffed after their intense screaming match. Kyle took a deep breath.

"Look Yang, I've had enough now. I need to calm down." He turned his back to her, "Tell Ruby that I will apologize once I have a clear mind."

Kyle walked off leaving Yang alone.

That night

Kyle stood on the roof of the dorm building thinking to himself. He knew that he was a bit hard on Ruby and needed to apologize soon. He heard someone come through the door behind him and turned to see who it was. It was Ruby who was wearing her PJ's and her red cloak.

"Ruby, I need to talk to you." Kyle said.

"Me too." Ruby said.

Kyle walked to her and started, "Look, about what happened earlier today. I'm very sorry about yelling at you."

"It's okay. I can't really change your mind can't I?" Ruby asked.

"No." Kyle said.

"Then let us help you." Ruby said.

"I've had this discussion with Yang, I don't want any of you getting hurt or killed." Kyle said.

"Then we'll train. We can make sure that you don't get hurt and we will be fine." Ruby said.


"Please?" Ruby pleaded.

Kyle thought about it for a bit, "Okay, but we need to be prepared for anything and everything."

"Got it." Ruby said.

"Then we will do this as a team." Kyle said.

Ruby put on her hood and imitated Kyle, "Right."

Kyle held out his hand to shake with Ruby, instead she pulled him into a hug with a smile on her face. Kyle smiled and returned the hug glad that his friendship was not broken and glad that his friends were cared deeply for him.

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