(begging and turning his body to remain facing Salem) But-but hope is not lost! My tail, my stinger... I-I poisoned him, Qrow! He would not be a nuisance to you any longer, no... no longer! I've done that! Have I done well? Have I pleased you?
(moving into the shed) Well, despite asking him numerous times not to, I know that Qrow told you where your mother's been at these days. I know how much you wanna see her. I've stopped you in the past, but I won't anymore. And we both read the note. We know your sister's headed to Mistral. So, where are you going?
(whispering) Let's go.
Master Whitley! I...um... yes, of course. I'll be just a moment.
(whispering to Weiss) Head to the first floor library. I'll meet you there.
You need to control yourself!
You're talking to me about control? Do you even hear what you're saying?
I am basing everything on my report from your daughter.
A daughter you stole!
Oh, we are not getting into that again.
Oh, yes, we have far more pressing matters to discuss, starting with your apparent lunacy!
(sighing heavily) Winter is one of my best. If she's telling me there's a threat in Mistral then I am not going to take that news lightly. She's been there for weeks, people are mobilizing, sudden spikes in weapons and Dust trades. Someone is about to make a play and I do not trust Leo to stop them.
Shut up! Do you think I like being alone? Every day... every day I think about them! Ruby, Weiss, Yang... they were my friends! I loved them like I never thought I could love anybody. And I hope they hate me for leaving.
(raising himself up to reach out to her) You don't mean that.
(holding her hand to her head) Everyone thinks they can help me, but they can't. (sitting down) You saw Ilia last night and she's not even the worst! No. No more. They're better off without me. I made my choices and I'll deal with the consequences because they belong to me.
(sitting up fully, with effort) You can make your own choices, sure. But you don't get to make ours. When your friends fight for you, it's because we want to. So stop pushing us out! It hurts more than anything the bad guys could do to us.