Freezerburn Week 2020
Day Five - Video Games
Weiss didn’t know what she was reading anymore. It began with the founding of Vacuo, then it all just came crashing down in her mind. She’d been reading one word over and over again, yet she somehow didn’t comprehend anything. What jumble of letters was this, even?
’Though,’ she read. She repeated it out loud, but she couldn’t move past it.
What did this even mean? Was this a word anymore? People still use this?
She dug her fingernail into her fingertip; one of her little tics. Not being able to focus distracted her even more. And it was all because of these cursed, godforsaken noises.
Weiss smacked her head against the wall, a growl growing in her throat.
“Yang. Xiao. Long.”
Though it was slightly under her breath, Yang heard it. Now that the game was over, at least. Peppy, electronic music filled the air as the game switched back to the ‘Choose your Character’ screen. She turned over to her teammate, eyebrows raised.
Weiss stiffly turned around in her chair, jabbing her finger at the screen.
“Could you please stop playing that.. Thing?”
Yang gave her a questioning look.
“Because I’m trying to study.”
“Can’t you just.. Go to the library?”
“The library isn’t a suitable focus space for me.”
“And here is?”
“Precisely. My silent dorm room is.”
“Our dorm,” Yang corrected. “Just because Ruby isn’t here, doesn’t make you the leader, you know.”
Weiss huffed indignantly, crossing her arms.
“What’s that supposed to mean? I honestly don’t see how that game of yours is in any way more important studies!”
This piqued Yang’s interest. She cocked up an eyebrow, leaning back against the foot of her bed.
“I can.. Show you.”
Yang moved herself to the side, grabbing another controller from under her bed.
“Come play with me.”
Weiss glanced between Yang and the screen skeptically.
“Come on, Ice Queen,” Yang grinned, trying to prompt her by using the dreaded nickname.
“Pleeeease? If you don’t play, I’m turning up the sound effects.”
Weiss rolled her eyes, sighing. She pushed her back against the wall and went to sit in front of the TV.
Yang instructed her through the prepping phase, like choosing a character, buttons, and basic playthrough. And Weiss had to admit, maybe it was just the hyped tone of Yang’s voice, but she was enjoying herself. Even if she did keep losing to Yang.
While Weiss remained focused on the game, Yang couldn’t help but sneak glances at her.
Since they became teammates, Yang had always loved noticing little things about Weiss. Especially her habitual pouting. It came out a lot when she studied. Thus, you could say she was in concentration mode. And now it popped up here as they played together.
It was stupid, but Yang took pride in the fact that Weiss considered her game something worth focusing on.
She noticed Weiss’s pale eyebrows knit together, and her glare stuck to the screen. The game reflected in her eyes; big and round like icy mirrors. Yang didn’t really think about just how blue they were.
Well, until now that is.
Yang dropped her controller, her eyes growing wide.
Weiss jumped to her feet, waving her controller in the air. Her other hand pointed at Yang.
But Yang couldn’t focus on her defeat though. She kept looking at her eyes. And she couldn’t help but smile.
“Take that, Xiao Long!” Weiss exclaimed. “After 52 defeats, I’ve finally come out victorious!”
Yang rolled her eyes, grinning.
“Yang, I don’t like that look in your eye—”
“I guess you could say video games are pretty.. Weiss, after all?”
bc everyone knows ending a chapter with a yangtastic pun is the way to go
thanks for reading, folks,
i am so tired