One moment. Really, that was all it took. You blink your eyes, or even keep them wide open, for that one moment... And the whole world can go to complete and utter hell around you. It doesn't matter how aware you are, how much training you've gone through, or even how strong or smart you are - no, the world doesn't give a damn about that crap. It'll do whatever the heck it wants, with the help of a group of people with intentions and will. Even if they were bad ones. Winter Schnee had learned this the hard way. Nothing had been the same since Vale was attacked. Nothing. Ozpin was still missing, the beast frozen atop Beacon Tower remained, Grimm kept coming nonstop no matter how many they killed or drove off... And even Qrow, himself- the one who had stood up to take Ozpin's place until he was back -, was nowhere to be found. All of it was enough to have everyone more than a little panicked, and even Winter suffered concern and anxiety over the matter. She had insisted on helping in Qrow and Ozpin's place, doing extra work, and even just being permitted to go out and search for both of the missing males - but each time, her requests were denied, leaving her increasingly aggravated and frustrated. So, there she was - stuck tending to maintaining safety and a common patrol in Vale to assure that any Grimm that managed to get in were quickly dispelled. Often, meetings were called in secret as they had been before, namely consisting of Glynda, Ironwood, and herself. Now, the main matter of discussion was where to search for the two missing males, how to prepare for whatever was being planned by the dastards that had attacked Vale in the first place. And, finally, how to split up their resources. There was always a sense of underlying gloom and darkness in the air of such meetings, now. Not that there hadn't been, before - but it was much more prominent, now. Like they all knew it was almost impossible for things to get any worse. Even the schooling of students had been forced to come to a stop, leaving them with no new Huntsman or Huntresses being trained. Truly, Vale had never been this low. These were all things that came to the mind of Winter as she stood with Ironwood and Glynda behind closed doors, with the two of them discussing where to extend their search to next. It was almost frustrating to hear, at this point - if they would just send her out, she'd be able to find the two in a heartbeat, she was sure. ...Probably.