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Lifecycle of a Rose is a RWBY oneshot. It's written by Tinybit92 on Archive of Our Own.

The story is a character exploration of Summer Rose, starting from Yang's birth to Summer's death. It was published in 2018 and thus is speculative on Summer's nature.


Lifecycle of a Rose provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Alliteration is one reason why Taiyang opted to name Ruby "Ruby Rose" instead of "Ruby Xiao Long".
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  • Death Fic: The story ends with Summer's death.
  • Downer Ending: Summer dies alone on a mission at the end of the story.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted and referenced when Qrow questions Taiyang on naming his daughter "Yang".
  • Panicky Expectant Father: Taiyang was a nervous wreck during Yang's birth. He was also this way during Ruby's birth, but less so.
  • Pregnancy Test Plot: Summer gets nervous about telling Taiyang that she's pregnant. They're already taking care of the toddler-aged Yang, so Summer worries that Tai might not want a second baby. However, Taiyang takes the news happily.
  • Screaming Birth: Raven screamed a lot during Yang's birth.
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