but no really the narrative is about to snap like an overstretched rubber band

    it’s not just that everything ruby has bottled up erupted at a really bad time it’s that she lashed out as viciously as she could at everybody—it’s that she said those things to hurt them, to claw at them the way they’ve been unknowingly inconsiderately picking at her wounds, and all of it landed. it’s that she spent this entire journey locked up inside her head, but once the pressure finally forced her out she knew exactly what to say to stab them where it would hurt the most. and it shocked all of them because they’re all so, so comfortable with thinking of ruby rose as this perfect ideal. the leader. the one who always knows what to do.

    she didn’t just fall off her pedestal, she ripped the pedestal out from under herself and smashed it up and hurled the pieces at the ones who put her there, and then she left.

    and these kids were taught to think in black and white, hero and monster, good and evil. the ever after defies simple binaries like that and their discomfort with that shines through in their reliance on the book to guide them and uneasiness with the increasingly obvious fact of the book’a fictionality; they’re not really emotionally equipped to handle a story where alyx is a person, neither a set of moral lessons nor a monster.

    ruby rose was the hero.

    then she experienced trauma flashbacks and froze during a fight, and she became a selfish girl who doesn’t care about saving the village and won’t even bother defending her friends.

    and then every hurt feeling she’s been smothering for years boiled over and she said all the meanest things she could think of because she’s in SO MUCH pain that the only thing she can do is reflect it back into the world, and when blake tried to console her she said shut up. don’t do that. and ran away.

    as far as any of them can see this happened literally out of fucking nowhere, completely unprovoked—sure jaune snapped at her first, but ruby exploded at everybody—at the cruelest possible time.

    how do they make sense of this? how do they resolve the chasm that just ripped itself open between the idea of ruby rose and the reality of ruby rose? jaune already planted the seed of vilification—do they cultivate that, grasping for an explanation and finding maybe that’s who she really has been all along, or do they uproot it, setting aside their own hurt feelings to say no, that’s not who she is, something is wrong and she needs our support right now?

    Thinking about how this entire volume Weiss, Blake and Yang have all been getting the cool, badass fight scenes while Ruby has been forced to the sidelines.

    And how this is ABSOLUTELY building to Ruby finally getting her big ‘she’s back’ fight where she likely gets to CUT FUCKING LOOSE.

    Probably on Neo and her army of Jabberwalkers.

    Oh boy I can’t wait for the hot takes on how Yang’s mild “Hey.” when Ruby was being deliberately cruel to her is proof that she only cares about Blake and hates her sister now. As we all know, siblings never fight or say anything hurtful to each other ever.

    insomniac-arrest

    The beef between night owls and early birds is so silly. We complete each other. Evolutionary-speaking, wouldn’t it be useful to have people naturally alert at dawn to watch for saber tooth tigers and people alert at midnight watching for like, wolves?? Keeping us safe with internal clocks set to random.

    All times of the day are beautiful.

    insomniac-arrest

    🥺 that's actually very sweet.

    theseerasures

    hey how much do you wanna bet that the Paper Pleasers only started wanting to build something pleasing but ALSO resilient because Jaune pointed out how delicate their world is and made them think differently

    professorspork

    okay so option one is that ruby is like "so i know we only just barely escaped getting beheaded and all but we have to go back to the castle because if i leave penny's sword behind the last fragile thread that's holding my psyche together is going to sever completely"

    option two is that they don't go back for it but somehow it keeps turning up

    following them where they go

    like a bad

    a bad p--

    a bad penny

    professorspork

    OPTION TWO LET'S GIVE IT UP FOR OPTION TWO EVERYONE

    professorspork

    anyone want to bet against Ruby finding Floating Array a third time next ep because I sure don't

    RWBY Volume 9 Episode 7: The Perils of Paper Houses Live Reaction

    Ohhhh, I am living in fear rn.

    OHHHH I AM LIVING IN EVEN MORE FEAR NOW

    - Fuck Rooster Teeth.

    - The door in the R looks like a hobbit hole door (gives me the same vibes as Sam’s home at the end of Return of the King), and is absolutely the door to Remnant.

    - And now we know the footsteps by Alyx must be Lewis, and I noticed that while the siblings’ footsteps go in the same direction, Lewis’ shift off towards the left while Alyx stays forward with some leaning to the right.

    - Ooh, is this a paper village? And a paper origami crane!

    (if you guess the reference, then you have impeccable taste.)

    - THE GIRLS ARE SLEEPING I REPEAT THE GIRLS ARE SLEEPING I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE THEM SLEEPING THANK GOD THEY GOT TO SLEEP THE WHOLE NIGHT IT IS A BALM ON MY SOUL

    NOW THEY JUST NEED TO GET SOME FOOD IN THEIR BELLIES, IF IT’S SAFE TO EAT, AND THEY’LL BE IN A MUCH BETTER STATE OF MIND

    - Yang is snorner confirmed XD

    - Jaune doesn’t even take off his armor while sleeping…

    - NOOOO THE BALM ON MY SOUL IS GONE DID RUBY NOT SLEEP AT ALL LAST NIGHT

    PLEASE LET HER HAVE GOTTEN SOME SLEEP AND JUST WOKE UP EARLY

    IT’S CANONICAL SHE’S AN EARLY RISER

    - Oh god and she’s looking at Crescent Rose. After reading theories that said Ruby would find Crescent Rose when she was healed, having her be given CR and her reaction to it fucking hurts.

    - THE FYCK WAS THAT

    - “I’m late!” FOR A VERY IMPORTANT DATE BUT WHAT IS THE DATE??

    - SOMEONE

    - THE MUSIC MIGHT BE LIGHT BUT THIS ONLY CAUSES ME ANXIETY “You can fix this you can always fix it-” FUUUUUUU

    - OH MY GOD

    - ALL OF YOU SHUT THE FUCK UP

    - “Who makes a town out of paper?!” Origami enthusiasts. Ever After.

    NGL, this is giving me the same vibes as the China Doll country from Wizard of Oz. Everyone was made out of china and were extremely fragile- one of the people there was a clown named Mr. Joker who constantly tried to stand on his head and was covered in cracks and imperfections.

    - “Hello!” Origami star with strange but polite resounding voice. “Can you tell us what you are so we may better serve you?” There we go again. Also, serve????

    - “We are quite safe. We have our hero!” Oh my goooooooood

    - “Hello water, how may I serve you?” Oh my god how are they still alive without Jaune??????

    - “Do fires happen… often?” “Oh, every day.” Jesus Christ.

    Also get the feeling that Jaune is subtly deflecting blame on RWBY for making him late and I do not fucking approve.

    New meme template dropped.

    - Paper Pleasers, huh? So were they made to be servants to others? But then who are they supposed to please?

    - “When Alyx left me to die-” FUCK “Juniper found help, and brought me to the Paper Pleasers who got me back on my feet.” So that’s how he survived! Good on Juniper!

    Also the Paper Pleasers are precious and must be protected at all costs.

    - I can see why Jaune would want to protect them so much: they help others, the land and try to make it better than when they found it.

    - Jaune is town mother and knight and it is precious <3

    - OH GOD HE NAMED THEM AFTER EVERYONE FUCK

    - “Hate. That!” FUCKING SAME YANG

    - “Sooo, quick brunch?”

    FUCKING SAME

    - Ey a map! Also pffff XD

    The map looks almost like honeycomb. The two that catch my eye are the places labeled “Swan Lake” and “Cakre”

    - “Do you have any leads, or any other plans?” “This… IS the plan.” OHHH I DO NOT LIKE THIS

    - “Or rather, you’ve got a tight schedule to keep.” Oh no.

    - Damn that is a long-ass schedule but

    PFFFFFFFF (I just noticed “keep Oscar away from ‘anything’)

    NOOOOO I HATE EVERYTHING QAQ

    - “Patience pays off!” OHHHH GOOOOOD “I know it! … I’m not crazy. I’m not crazy.” OH FUCK MEEEEEE QAQAQAQ

    - “Dammit Jaune, this isn’t a plan, it’s a to-do list.” Yeah it is TmT

    - “He’s obviously been through a lot.” YEAH. LIKE RUBY. SHE’S RIGHT THERE.

    - LET RUBY TALK DAMMIT

    - Oh nooo… by blocking ascension, Jaune keeps them helpless and weak… and yet it’s the only way he can keep being a good hero and save their day is by saving them… oh my god. He’s turned this into one big fantasy.

    - “You must understand: the tree does not kill, it resurrects and rebuilds.” But because of what he went through, Jaune doesn’t see it that way… and he forces his view onto others while saying it’s to protect them.

    And all those disasters are ways for them to get to the tree, but Jaune stops them everytime… oh my god.

    - “What makes you so sure?” “Nothing!” Has the same energy as “How do you know something bad isn’t going to happen?!” “I don’t!”

    - “But it might mean Jaune isn’t totally right about the tree!” YES GOOD BLAKE USING HER GOOD BRAIN

    - “But what happened to Lewis-” “Jaune wasn’t there. The cat wasn’t even there! None of us know the full story!” YES GOOD ON YANG USING HER BRAIN

    - “He’s clearly not all there. (gasp!)” Oh no. “Is that what you think?” OH NO

    - YES TELL HIM

    THE EVER-AFTANS KNOW THE TREE BEST THEY KNOW THEMSELVES BEST

    WHO IS JAUNE TO SAY THAT HE KNOWS BETTER

    THIS IS JUST LIKE THE BROTHER GODS AND HUMANITY 2.0, AND WHAT THEY PASSED ONTO OZMA AND SALEM

    - “Ever-Aftans are either too clever, too crazy or too stupid to trust!” … dude.

    But also this is absolutely the view of the God Brothers, and Salem+ Ozma’s POV. It reminds me of the first Dorok King from Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind, in Namulith’s words:

    “When he was young, he was a genuinely compassionate philosopher-king. There was nothing he wanted more than for the peasants to be at peace. That lasted about 20 years. When the peasants proved to be incorrigibly stupid, he grew to hate them.”

    It doesn’t even have to be hate, but frustration and anger at how people react to you protecting them- to what you believe is what they need, even when you don’t fully understand them or refuse to understand them.

    - “Then why do you care so much about this village?!” “BECAUSE I CAN ACTUALLY PROTECT THESE PEOPLE!” 

    - ?!

    - SHIT JABBERWALKERS!

    - Oh Ruby…

    - OOH A BOP

    - BUMBLEBY TEAMWORK

    - HOLY SHIT YANG IS SMOOTH

    - THEY’RE BOTH SMOOTH

    - DID JUNIPER JUST NEIGH OR WERE THOSE JACKALOPE NOISES

    - WHITEKNIGHT TEAM WORK

    - Oh no Ruby…

    - OH NO RUBY IS HALLUCINATING QAQ

    - OH FUCK IT’S GOT A MOUTH

    - OH THANK GOD WBYJ COMING IN CLUTCH

    - OH GOD IT’S LIKE THE YOUNGER BROTHER CONTORTING DO NOT WANT I DO NOT LIKE

    - HOLY SHIT IT’S NEO

    - OR RATHER IT’S A NEO CLONE That finger gun tho OmO;;;;;

    - “How did she get so powerful?” “Well she didn’t do it by standing around.” Jaune. Shut. The fuck. Up.

    - JAUNE KNOCK IT OFF oh god Ruby can’t even pick it up QmQ

    - YES IT BROKE GET OUT OF THERE LITTLE ONES

    - THEY’RE NOT DEAD Juniper thank you for comforting the bbygurl.

    - “Right Ruby?” “… why are you asking me?” oh shit

    oh my god

    I

    oh my god

    Something about Jaune settling down in a village that is constantly trying to commit mass suicide… right after he had to assist Penny with her suicide

    Something about him naming all these fragile paper people after his friends and literally preventing them from dying every day

    Something about him whispering to himself that he’s not crazy right after begging RWBY to believe that he can get them out

    Something about him staying here because he can actually protect the Paper Pleasers because he’s already failed to protect his actual friends

    Something about Jaune having to watch his friends die all over again

    The thing about when you repress something for a long time and you finally let it out is that it often comes out like this, angry and hurtful. It’s watching the world fall out of step with you more and more day by day because you’re hurting so much and yet everything is fine, nobody even notices, the world is on fire and you’re the only one that seems to see it. So you need to hurt the world and hurt your friends, just to prove to yourself it’s real. 

    Ruby was being cruel and selfish and that was the point of it. She wanted it to hurt because she’s spent so long minimizing and dismissing her own pain as not good enough, stay positive, no time to address that, gotta be the leader. She needed to make the pain and anger big enough to matter because it had never mattered before.