GRAE Christmas “Are you two going to stay like that forever, or are we going to go unwrap presents?” Rusty asked. During the night, Greyson had rolled over to hug Azure from behind in his sleep, and the two lay there. Azure was awake, but Greyson still slept. In horror, Greyson retracted his arm and pulled it back to his own body. “I’m so sorry,” he said.” “Huh? No problem, I was comfortable like that,” Azure responded. Ember looked like she was about to be sick. Team GRAE walked together down to the lobby where all the presents sat under the giant Christmas tree. Just outside the door, Azure stopped Greyson by tugging lightly on his sleeve. “Mistletoe,” she noted, pointing up at the entryway. “I-- uh, it’s quite an interesting plant, isn’t it? It’s actually parasitic, commonly growing on apple trees,” Greyson stuttered. He felt Azure&
GRAE Christmas Eve[The following takes place between Volume 1 and Volume 2] Greyson watched calmly out the window as the snow drifted to the ground. Overnight, the entire campus of Beacon Academy received half a foot of snow, which covered everything in sight like a blanket of cotton. The day was young, the Sun only having been above the horizon for a few minutes. In silence, Greyson sat. To add to his mood, the day was one of his favorites; Christmas Eve. Later that morning, many students of Beacon Academy wandered about the campus, making snow angels, engaging in small snowball fights, and building snowmen. Raven had nearly completed her snow faunus, complete with cat ears and a fallen tree branch for a tail. Rusty built a slightly smaller snowman a few feet away. Ember smirked slightly while throwing snowballs at Rusty’s back while he was turned away, and began innocently drawing patterns in the snow with her glove as he turned to check who threw them. Meanwhile, Greys
GRAE V2 Ch.19, Skyefall Greyson sat on his bed, once again reading the note he had received. He folded it, and slowly slid it into his pocket. He stood up, and peered out the window onto Beacon's moonlit campus. He walked to Azure's bedside. Like Rusty and Ember, she was deep asleep. "Azure, everybody," Greyson quietly announced, careful not to wake them. "If I die tonight, know I did this for your sake, but do not fault yourself. In return, please keep fighting, for me." Greyson silently walked out the door. The night was dark, no stars visible. The Moon hung in the air protectively, a slim crescent, much like Azure’s symbol. Greyson remembered what he was doing, and why. After tonight, there would be no more nightmares. Whatever lay in the dimly lit alley was the last threat. Live or die, Greyson would save his friends. Greyson stepped into the alley, Blitz and Nimbus in hand. Upon entering, a familiar, arrogant laugh broke the silence. A laugh satur
GRAE V2 Ch.18, Hand to Hand Days passed since Team GRAE had met VRDE. Greyson had already become accustomed to Pierce’s brutal honesty, Dustyn’s complete and utter lack of filter, and Ezelia’s all-around eccentricity. Both teams sat around in Team GRAE’s dormitory, discussing among each other the new problems the Vytal Festival faced. “Pierce, you know how you used to train me in hand to hand fighting? We should do that again,” Ember suggested, changing subject after a slight pause in conversation. Pierce nodded. “I guess we could, whenever we have spare time.” “Greyson’s joining too,” Ember added pointedly. “Huh?” Greyson mumbled through his half of the blueberry muffin he was sharing with Azure. “I think I’m fine in combat for now.” “You’re great at fighting with weapons by your side, that much is established, but without B
GRAE V2 Ch. 17, Pierce VerdiThe following takes place in the Spring before the events of GRAE. Pierce sat in the near dark, the only light in the room birthed from the fireplace. Shadows danced under the influence of the large fire, throwing frightful shadows around the room, yet Pierce took no notice. He sat in what used to be his father’s chair, in what used to be his father’s first-floor city dwelling, in what used to be, in some sense, his father’s city. A knock at the door broke the silence. Pierce looked up from his book, set the bookmark, and stood up. Knocks on the door this time of evening were strange to Pierce. Cautiously, he slid his weapons, two UZI’s, which could revert to the form of bladed tonfas and short swords, into the holster on his belt. The three knocks came again. “Mr. Verdi, I know you’re in there,” an unfamiliar voice declared. Pierce decided the tone was not threatening, but not particularly friendly. Mo
GRAE V2 Ch.16, VRDE “Greyson Skye, Rusty Braun, Azure Ozeen, Ember Blackburn, and Raven Corvis. Please make your way down to Headmaster Ozpin’s office,” Glynda Goodwitch announced through the loudspeaker, cutting short Team GRAE’s post-classes-pre-homework relaxation. Together, they walked down to Ozpin’s office. A total of ten chairs were laid out in the room. Two behind Ozpin’s desk, and eight more, arranged in a semi circle formation facing the desk. The five teens sat down, filling in the chairs from the right side. “Welcome,” The Headmaster greeted. Greyson, Rusty, Azure, Ember and Raven all said hello in response. “In light of recent events, the administration has decided the best course of action to be to expel team DARK from Beacon Academy,” Ozpin announced. Team GRAE was happy, as was Raven. “Thank you, sir,” Rusty said, bowing slightly. “But, what w
GRAE V2 Ch.15, A Still Morning Greyson heard Ember shift slowly in her bed, breaking the silence Greyson had known for the past six hours. The sun was just beginning to rise, the sky still a deep, heavy purple, hanging overhead ominously. Greyson nearly bid her “good morning,” but decided it to be inappropriate, perhaps even a downright lie. “What time is it?” Asked the deep red lump of hair resting on her pillow. Greyson looked at the clock. “Six forty-eight,” He reported. “The infirmary opens to visitors in twelve minutes. I suppose I should be getting up now,” Ember replied, moving sleepily to a sitting position. She shivered slightly as her blankets tumbled down to just above her waist. “How long have you been awake?” She inquired. Greyson sighed. “I never slept. I never told Azure I loved her and it’s been eating at me all night,” he admitted. “Understandabl
GRAE V2 Ch.14, Illness A week passed since the completion of Team GRAE’s first mission. They had successfully reinforced the village walls, and defended against two more Grimm attacks. Nothing out of the ordinary had happened in the week since, besides more clashing with Team DARK,and Ember reporting the Deathstalker poison she had collected missing, along with a few other chemicals. The late Winter days were beginning to get longer as March rolled around. Birds sang again every morning, and the vibrant, young greens of Spring could be seen all over campus. Yet one day, everything turned. In the morning, Azure was her usual cheery self. Just after dinner, which Team GRAE had left for a few minutes to go to Oobleck’s class, she looked slightly pale, moving sluggishly. By ten that night, she could barely move, apart from the shudders which controlled her body periodically. The paleness had intensified to a ghostly look. “Azure, what’s going on?