Rory stood on the balcony, leaning against the railing, licking his metaphorical wounds. Earlier that day, Weiss defeated him in a duel. But it wasn't the fact that he got beat that had him so distraught. He's been beat up before, so that was nothing new to him. What got to him was what she said to him afterwards.
Kim appeared from doorway leading to the balcony. And here I thought this was my special place to sulk she thought to herself. "OK" she said, taking seat on the railing and lighting up a cigarette "what's eatin' ya?".
"Those will kill you one day, you know?" Rory said.
"Yeah, yeah. Don't change the subject. Something's got your undies in a wad. Tell me" she replied.
"Why would you care? We've done nothing but fight like cats and dogs ever since we met, and now you're worried about me?" Rory said.
"Ya know..." she paused, taking a puff on her cigarette and exhaling. "Right now, I'm about the only one who gives enough of a flying fuck about you to try and see if you're OK. So do us both a favour and not be a dickhole for a few minutes of your life. Now, for the last time... What's wrong?" She asked.
Rory let out a sigh. "Fuck it.... You know how I got beat by Weiss earlier?" He said.
"Yup. I didn't think that level of asswhipping was possible..." She said with a teasing laugh, earning an exasperated glare from Rory. "Sorry... So, what, you're mad 'cause ya got beat?" She added.
"No. She kinda opened my eyes to something, and the sudden realization was a lot to take in..." He said. "All my life, I've always been the guy that everyone looks down on. I grew up in the slums. I was always treated differently because of assholes thinking they were better than me because of bullshit social ranking. I always thought that only poor people like me were the only ones who had real problems, and that people with money didn't. Then Weiss told me about all the hell she went through, and pretty much destroyed every thought I had about her... And everyone else..." He added.
There was a brief moment of silence, but it was eventually broken by Kim's laughter, much to Rory's chagrin. "Sorry, sorry... But ... You're mad because someone basically explained to you why you're an asshole. That's hilarious!..." She said in a fit of giggles. Soon thereafter, she calmed down. "Look... This isn't something to beat yourself up over... " she said, hopping off rail and heading back inside and flicking her cigarette over the railing as she did so. "If you want my advice, sometimes we need a good kick in the ass to open our eyes to shit. Also, and this is up to you, but I'd probably go apologize to her if i were you... Be easier on ya in the long run, ya know? Well, I'm freezing my ass off out here, so catch ya later..." She said as she left.