“Hold it right there!” Maka ordered.
The red hooded girl stood silent for a moment. Then, with a flip of her hood revealing a young face with dark hair and red highlights, she bursts to life. “Wow! Your scythe is so cool!” she says excitedly in a high cheery voice.
Maka and Soul, from within his scythe form, look at the girl awkwardly.
“It’s a classic weapon and it has that old-world look,” she says. “You know what they say, ‘old things are becoming new again.’”
“Now wait just a damn minute!” Soul snapped at the girl.
“Soul!” Maka said. She attempted to calm him down, but Soul’s temper gets the better of him and he changes into his human form.
“How the hell are you callin’ old?!” Soul said annoyed.
“EEP! It turned into a boy!” the red hooded girl squeaked and jumped back. Then, her face brightens with a brimming smile. “That is awesome!” she squeals excitedly. The red hooded girl rushes over to Soul and goes about examining him while rapidly firing her curiosity at him. “Do you turn into anything else?! A gun maybe?! Or maybe a gunblade?! Do blades come out of your arms or anywhere else?!”
“Get the hell of me!” Soul growled, transforming his right into a scythe blade and swinging it at the girl.
The red hooded girl avoids the strike, but this does nothing to quell her excitement. Only fuel it. “Ohh, your arm does turn into a scythe,” the red hooded girl gasped in awe.
“Man, this girl is cracked,” Soul commented. “Maybe those experiments got to her.”
“We can’t assume anything yet. We don’t know who she is or what’s going on,” Maka says to Soul quietly. “Let’s take her back to DWMA. Now that we have a peace treaty with the witches, someone could tell us more about her.”
Soul sighs heavily and agrees. “Fine.”
Maka smiles, knowing that is the best agreement she is going to get out of her partner. “Excuse me,” she says, getting the girl’s attention.
“Oh, it’s a little girl,” replies the red hooded girl.
Though it annoyed her, Maka allows the comment to slide. “I’m Scythe Meister Maka Albarn from Death Weapon Meister Academy. I would like you to return with us so we can ask you about the incident in this area.”
“Death Weapon Meister Academy?” the red hooded girl replied, cocking her head to the side. After a momentary thought, she says, “Oh, you’re a student. Well, I’m Ruby Rose, a Huntress from Beacon Academy.”
“Huh, Beacon Academy?” Soul said, raising an eyebrow.
“A Huntress?” Maka says. “So, you’re not a witch?”
“A witch? No, just your average Huntress in training,” replied Ruby Rose.
Maka considers her options. She has been issued orders by Death the Kid, the new Shinigami following the death of his father, the previous Lord Shinigami, to bring in any suspected witch for questioning. Though the red hooded girl named Ruby Rose stated she is not a witch, Maka has her orders. “Even so, I still must ask that you accompany us back to DWMA. There have been reports of rogue witches in the area and we cannot leave any of them unchecked. We suspect you to be a witch until proven otherwise.”
“But I’m not a witch. I just want to find my friends and sister,” Ruby said.
“Ugh, look, we don’t have time for this. You’re coming back with us whether you like it or not. We’ll make you if we have to,” Soul says firmly.
“I’m sorry. I have no idea what’s going on. But please understand, I’m not a witch,” pleaded Ruby. “But I will offer help if you need it.”
“Then tell us about the experiments that are being conducted here,” Maka said.
“I don’t know anything about any experiments.”
“Then what were those black creatures?”
“They’re called Grimm. My friends and I were hunting them when we were suddenly transported to here,” Ruby tells Maka. “Please, if you let me find my friends, we can explain everything.”
Ruby’s plea is sincere. For a moment, Maka considered letting the girl go and help find her friends. However, she recalls what Kid said about the rogue witches using any means necessary to continue their unsanctioned experiments, especially lying. Kid also ordered, in agreement with Maba the Head Witch, that any witches found are to be brought before her for questioning. To find them, Maba gave certain students charms that allowed them to identify the rogue witches. The one Maka is holding has been reacting to Ruby the whole time. “I’m sorry, Ruby. I can’t let you do that,” she says. Then Maka points to the charm around her neck. She tells Ruby that the charm allows her to identify witches and that it has been reacting to her presence the whole time. “We can’t let you go. I’ll say one last time. Return with us to DWMA,” Maka pauses and holds out her left hand. Soul transforms into his scythe form. “We ask that you do not make this difficult,” Maka finished.
Ruby Rose stands firm. She sees that she cannot move Maka no matter how much she pleas. Taking up her weapon, Crescent Rose, the young Huntress readies herself. “I’m sorry, Maka, was it? I can’t go back with you. And I don’t want to do this. But if I have to, I will defend myself.” Desperate, she makes one last plea. “Please, I just want to find my teammates. That’s all.”
“Like I said, I can’t let you do that,” Maka said again. With a quick flourish, she drops Soul and herself into an attack stance.
With hope for an alternative solution now evaporating, Ruby clutches Crescent Rose tightly. She cannot convince the young Meister to allow her to search for her teammates. Back in their world, a portal suddenly opened up while they were fighting a group of Grimm alongside the remaining members of Team JNPR. Ruby Rose awoke to find herself in this strange land. However, she discovered that her teammates – Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long – were nowhere to be found. She wondered the forest in search of them when she is quickly surrounded by the Beowulf Grimm. Ruby fears that her friends may be in the same predicament. She has to find them. The only way to do that is to subdue this blonde girl wielding the large scythe that is also a human boy.