Greetings, fellow RWBY fans! I didn't know where else to post this idea of mine, so I decided to make a whole new thread. Anyhow, I wanted to discuss something from Volume 3 that undoubtedly has left many RWBY fans like myself confused & upset: Blake running away. I know it seems like a bad move on Blake's part, especially after what happened to Yang. However, I will give her the benefit of the doubt since she probably left not only out of shame & guilt, but also to protect her loved ones. What bothers me is that she seemingly left without even saying goodbye to anyone, especially to Yang. This brings me to the point of my topic: what if she didn't leave without leaving something important behind for her closest friend? Here's my theory:
I like to believe that sometime after Ruby leaves for Mistral but before the time skip, Blake leaves at the doorstep of the Rose-Xiao Long household a single yellow package tied with a familiar black ribbon usually found wrapped around Blake's arms. On this package is one name: Yang. Taiyang finds this package at his doorstep & gives it to his daughter, who is still lying in bed feeling sad & depressed. Yang opens the package &, to her astonishment, finds two items: her missing gauntlet from her severed arm & a letter from Blake. It reads as follows:
I'm writing this letter to you in the hopes that you will understand why I left. I wanted to talk to you in person, but I know by now that you never want to see me ever again. I know you can never forgive me for the pain I've caused you, because I can't forgive myself. Just know that I am sorry for what happened to you. You were the best friend I ever had. The days I spent with you & all our friends at Beacon were the happiest I had ever known. For the first time in my life, I had finally found somewhere I belonged. For the first time, I was home. Then, in one night, everything fell apart. A demon from my past came back to haunt me. He vowed he would make me suffer by killing everyone I loved, & he started with you. He hurt you, & I couldn't stop him. Now your life is ruined, & it's all my fault. I can't change the past, but I can give you two things:
1. I can give you your gauntlet back. Please take it as a token of the friendship we once had.
2. I give you my word that I will keep fighting in your place. I will make sure the monster that hurt you never hurts anyone else ever again. I will make him pay for what he did to you, even if it costs me my life.
This is all I can do for you. I wish I could do more. I know that I don't deserve it anymore, but I want to thank you for the kindness you have shown me. You, Ruby, & Weiss mean more to me than anything else in the world. Now & forever, I love you all.
Naturally, after reading this letter, Yang becomes overwhelmed with grief & anger. She lets out a furious yell & proceeds to smash everything in her room. The bed, the dresser, the closet door: anything within reach of Yang's arm & legs is destroyed. Then, after venting all her rage, she drops to her knees & lets out one final furious yell before falling to her side & begins to cry. She knows now that her closest friend didn't abandon her; she left to protect her. This is where Yang Xiao Long hits her lowest point. This is where she hits rock bottom. Thankfully, when you hit rock bottom, there's only one place to go from there: straight up.
Anyway, that's my theory on Blake's fond farewell to Yang. Do you like it? Hate it? Wish it were shorter? Let me know what you think. Once again, let the discussions begin!