"Well, that was a pretty big six days."
Steven and Connie sat on the steps of the Beach House, the sun slowly rising. The Diamonds had just left, and if he was honest, Steven still hadn't quite compartmentalized everything that'd happened. It was still a blur, and he imagined he'd be having nightmares about grey, smiling gems for a while.
"You think they're actually good now?" asked Connie.
"I guess we'll have to wait and see," he said, "I... I don't know, Connie. Everything's so different now."
Connie smiled, taking Steven's hand.
"Well," she said, "Maybe not everything..."
So that episode, huh?
Like, that bit where Connie's carrying Human Steven over to Pink Steven, and then they fuse and Steven just says "I'm me, I've always been me." I was basically emotionally a mess throughout it.
Chapter 2: Melancholy
Amethyst feels weirdly down.
Amethyst couldn't help but feel a weird sense of melancholy.
Everything was different now. Sure, the house was about the same - a little bigger, to make room for Bismuth, Peridot and Lapis - but everything was changing at breakneck speed. Pearl and Garnet were out helping their old friends readjust, her old Kindergarten had become a refugee camp for old Homeworld soldiers, and she was just...
She knew it was selfish to miss the days when it was just them and the corrupted gems, but a dark part of her did.
She just... didn't know what to do with this.
This is one of those 'I'm just gonna project my feelings onto a gem moments', and not just about the new status quo at the end of CYM.
It's just... there's a lot of change going on for me, you know?
Chapter 3: No Capes
Didn't Lars even watch The Incredibles?!
"He's got a cape!" snapped Ronaldo, "He went and got a cape!"
"Yeah, you told me, Ronaldo," replied Peedee, "Fifty-six times."
"Why's he got a cape?" demanded Ronaldo, "He's a space pirate, Peedee! What if it gets caught in a airlock? What if somebody uses it to trip him up? What if it..."
"Ronaldo," asked Peedee wearily, "Is this long-winded conversation leading towards you claiming that you'd be a better space pirate than he would?"
"It is? Cool, thanks," replied Peedee, "So unless you wanna buy a tater tot, please leave my van."
Ronaldo frowned and walked dejectedly away.
Chapter 4: No Strings
The strings are gone, but the scars remain.
Pink Pearl doesn't remember too much - that's probably for the best - but occasionally there are flashes.
She fidgets, because standing still is wrong to her. She has to speak, to express herself, because in the back of her mind is the constant feeling of annihilated agency, of being caged in her own body...
But it doesn't matter now, she tells herself. She's free. So why does it still hurt?
"Heck, it creeps me out," Amethyst tells her, "And I was only under for, what, ten minutes?"
She puts a hand on her shoulder.
"It's okay to still hurt about it."
I hope we see more of Pink Pearl. I'd love to see what she's like.
Chapter 5: New Look
Amethyst and Peridot compliment their new looks.
Here is it! Definitely didn't accidentally post this on Marooned Together, no sir!
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
"Check it, Amethyst!" Peridot strolled into the Beach House, pointing down at her outfit, "Three stars!"
Amethyst chuckled, sitting up on the couch.
"Surprised you didn't go for the star hair, 'Dot," she said.
"I considered it, but I like the symmetry of my hairstyle," replied Peridot, "I also like the... jorts that you've picked out."
Amethyst kicked up her leg.
"You like, huh? Took a little cue from Stev-o, reckon they look pretty rad..."
"Hey, wait a minute!"
They looked up. Steven was sitting up on his bed, looking confused.
"Why don't I get a new look?" he asked.
That's a good point! Get this kid a new jacket or something!
Chapter 6: Peedee's New Friend
Peedee has a new friend.
Peedee's New Friend
"Morning Peedee... who's that?"
"Hey Jeff! That's my new friend, Padparadscha. Say hi, Paddy!"
"Oh my! I predict a sweet new boy named Jeff will introduce himself to me!"
"Aw, that's sweet... why's she talk like that?"
"She can predict the past."
"...cool. Anyway, I heard Steven and Connie were back, so I was wondering if you wanted to go check in with him? I..."
"I've just had a wondrous vision! I predict that Jeff is going to ask Peedee on... gasp! A date! How romantic!"
"Uh... I-I, well, I didn't mean... aw, heck, you wanna go out?"
And yes, Padparadscha did literally say 'gasp.'
Next week is Positive Pearls Week. All Pearls, all happiness, all week. Because dang it, they deserve it.
Chapter 7: Renegade Once More
There's still a need for a Renegade Pearl.
Renegade Once More
What is she now, Pearl wonders. Is there any more need for a Terrifying Renegade Pearl?
Peace has come, but change is slow. The Diamonds and all their high-society gems have retained their pearls, even in the face of Steven's refusal to accept the situation. They tell him he doesn't understand - déjà vu, Pearl thinks.
Well, if Steven can't get through to them, maybe she can. Maybe she needs to go behind their backs. Maybe it's time to draw the spear one last time.
After all, it's not like a planet's worth of pearls are going to free themselves.
If I'm honest, this is the sort of conflict I want to see going forward. Steven may have the Diamonds' ears, but there's still a whole society that needs changing.
Chapter 8: Sketches
Blue Pearl gets a gallery.
Greg had bought her a little warehouse just outside Beach City to act as a gallery. Blue had been confused at first - Pearls didn't get these things - but she soon got used to it.
Slowly, she filled the room up with sketches of everything she could think of - some of it, eventually, was even coloured. She drew Steven and Connie. She drew the Boardwalk. She drew Yellow. She drew 'vent art' of her former Diamond's unpleasant side.
But her favourite was a simple one - four Pearls, hanging out together. Just her, Yellow, Pink and White, on the beach.
Chapter 9: Modelling
Pink wants to spend time with Yellow.
"I thought we could have something to do together," said Pink, pressing her fingers together, "And Steven said you liked modelling, so... I bought this."
"Pink, I'm... flattered," replied Yellow, "But..."
She looked over the box - the label read '00 Scale Train Set - Flying Scotsman.'
"...this isn't the kind of modelling he had in mind."
"I-I mean I guess I could try it," added Yellow, "I-i-if you want me too. It... it could be fun."
"I'd like that."
Suddenly, the door burst open. Doug Maheswaran, covered in sweat, raced inside.
"Did somebody say model trains?!"
He ran three miles because he sensed model trains.
Chapter 10: The Beach
Pink lays on the beach.
Pink Pearl lay on the beach, staring up at the fluffy white clouds. She closed her eye for a moment, breathing in - it was a beautiful moment, and it was all hers.
Pink opened her eye. Pearl, Blue and Yellow were standing over her, the former smiling gently.
"Is there room for three more?" she asked.
Pink smiled back.
"Yes," she replied, "There is."
Pearl grinned and lay down next to Pink, Blue and Yellow laying down either side of them. Pink put her arms around Pearl and Blue and sighed contentedly.
"I like this planet," she muttered.
No reason for this, just wanted some fluff.
Chapter 11: Scars
Pink still has pains, sometimes.
Sometimes Pink's arms hurt. It's not excruciating but it's a sort of ache, as if they've been stuck in one place for a long time. A phantom pain, Dr. Maheswaran calls it.
It's something the other pearls don't understand, though they try their hardest to. Garnet doesn't either. Support, in the end, comes from a surprising place.
"I get what you mean," Amethyst says, "I... 'kay, don't tell the others this, but I kinda have nightmares about the whole thing."
Pink nods. "About how everything you are is..."
"Stolen." Amethyst frowns. "Violated."
"You wanna talk, Pink, I'm here."
My headcanon is that since Amethyst most visibly struggled against White's control, she also retains the most memory of it? Most awareness while controlled? I don't know what the right term is. Anyway, it creates good story concepts, so I'm running with that.
Plus it's a good excuse for Ames and Pink to bond!
Chapter 12: Giant Woman
The pearls have fused.
The Pearl is tall - taller than the house, so thank the stars they fused outside. She stands on the house, vaguely hearing Steven's excitement about her existence.
Part of her is shocked, terrified - this is not on on Homeworld. But a larger part of her is exhilarated, excited, amazed at being her and defying those norms.
Slowly, a smile forms on her face, and they kneel down.
"Hello, Steven," she says.
"Hi, Giant Pearl!" exclaims Steven, "Or are you just Pearl? Mega Pearl?"
The Pearl grins, letting Steven onto her hand and lifting him to eye level.
"I'm Rainbow Pearl."
Chapter 13: The Outfit
Yellow models an outfit.
Yellow looked in the mirror and grinned, experimentally twirling to show off the outfit. She then turned to Steven, Connie and Blue, who stood at the bathroom door.
"What do you think?"
Steven gave a thumbs up, and Connie nodded.
"Gotta say," said Connie, "I didn't expect you to pick out a suit - but it really works!"
"Yeah!" added Steven, "You look dapper!"
Yellow's grin widened as she tightened the tie of the pale yellow suit.
"What about you, Blue?"
Blue visibly blushed and drew her holographic pad.
"I... can I draw it?" she asked.
"Blue, I insist."
Chapter 14: Nightmares
Amethyst and Steven are both having trouble sleeping.
"So I can't sleep anymore."
Steven nodded as Amethyst spoke up, sprawled against the back of his bed.
"Nightmares?" he asked.
"Yeah," replied Amethyst, "About everything I am just being... sucked out. And then I'm there, but... I'm empty, you know? What's me is just..."
"What about you?"
"It's always White," Steven replied, "Her fingers are around my gem - you're all puppets, but so are Lapis, Peridot and Bismuth... Connie's screaming and then... darkness."
"You think we need therapy or something, dude?" asked Amethyst humourlessly.
"We can talk to each other," he replied, "That's a start."
Give these two all the hugs.
And Connie, too, because she can't be sleeping well either.
"I can't forgive them," said Bismuth, "I know they helped us, and yeah, sure, that's great, but I can't forgive them."
Pearl nodded as they sat in the forge.
"I know," she replied, "I... I try to for Steven, but..."
"To them," Bismuth muttered darkly, "You were an object."
"Yes," sighed Pearl, "I was."
She pursed her lips.
"And what Steven tells me," she added, "About White Diamond... controlling us... it doesn't affect me, but the thought..."
"It's wrong," she agreed.
She put an arm around Pearl.
"But it's over now," she said, "Hopefully, they're never coming back..."
It's absolutely fine to forgive the Diamonds, but... I guess I just don't.
Chapter 16: E-Sports
The internet is upset again.
Connie struggled not to laugh as she read the Freddit thread. Every post, every user spat vitriol on the page, screaming in rage at this upstart team that dared to challenge their dominance of the e-sports scene.
"How's this funny?" asked Steven, confused, "Aren't they just being mean?"
"Steven, look at 'em," replied Connie, "Gunnergunman64. Manly Man Manson. NoGirlsAllowed. Robbie Valenti... okay, that's just a normal name. But they think women aren't allowed to play video games."
"But that's silly."
"Yeah," nodded Connie, "But the funny thing is? All their teams got beaten."
"Beaten by the Pearl Squad."
Chapter 17: The Letter
Greg recieves a letter.
Greg looked over the letter in his hands - the return address read 'DeMayo residence,' and the handwriting was clearly that of his mother.
They generally sent a letter once every few years, a sneering message about his 'failed musical career', how he'd never amounted to anything, and how he should've just done as his parents had told him. But this was different - the tone was civil, and it asked if he'd come around and show them his 'little boy.'
He shook his head and dumped the letter in the trash can. Steven had a caring family - he didn't need theirs.
"...ugh... just a little... finally!"
Blue Zircon emerged into White Diamond's chamber, Yellow Zircon right behind. It had been a long and dangerous trek, but finally they were here, ready to back up Steven in his...
...wait, where was Steven?
Blue Zircon spied a Topaz nonchalantly sweeping the floor and called out to her.
"Uh... where's the Crystal Gems?" she called, "And White Diamond?"
"Oh, they sorted things out weeks ago," replied the Topaz, "They're cool now."
Blue Zircon blinked.
She turned to Yellow Zircon.
"So what do we do now?"
"We could always just make out."
This is very late and I apologise.
Chapter 19: Ghost Train
Connie sees a ghost.
The old railroad had been gone for years - ripped up in the early 1950s - but some of Connie's classmates swore a ghost train passed through.
She didn't believe it - not until now.
She'd just been following this kid down a dirt track - she'd slipped, tumbled down an embankment, blacked out - now he was leaning over her, and behind him was a steam locomotive, hissing steam.
"What happened?" she muttered.
"You fell," the boy said simply.
"Oh... well, thanks for catching me, uh..."
"Steven." The boy frowned. "And I didn't."
"I'm a ghost," he said, "And so are you."
It's a tad late over here, so I'll answer comments in the morning. :)
Chapter 20: Outfits
Why do the Crystal Gems always wear the same thing?
"Why do the Gems wear the same clothes all the time?"
Peedee's question was simple but it caught Steven off guard.
"Well," he replied, "They... they, uh... um..."
"You know what?" he replied, "I don't know. I guess it just never occurs to them that..."
Lapis strolled past the Tater Tot truck, wearing a blue hoodie, skirt and wellington boots.
"Lapis?" asked Steven, "Why're you dressed like that?"
"I dunno, felt like it. Wanna come for a walk?"
Steven pondered for a moment. Then he shrugged - Lapis could wear what she liked, he guessed.
Next week is Family Week - thought that'd be a nice theme.
Chapter 21: A Normal Life
Would Greg want a normal life?
A Normal Life
Greg lay on his back in the back of the van, listening to the rain and rifling through an old photo album.
He'd been asked once if he wished Steven's life was normal - if it was just them and Rose and a white picket fence somewhere, a perfect nuclear family like the Maheswarans.
Perhaps it would be safer, Greg thought, and easier on his heart and hair, but a Steven who hadn't grown up with the Crystal Gems, with magic and adventure? He just wouldn't be the Steven he loved, would he?
So no, Greg wouldn't change a single thing.
Chapter 22: A Small Family
Greg only has a small family.
A Small Family
"I don't have a big family," Greg shrugged as he looked at his cards.
Barb raised an eyebrow.
"...you're jokin', right?" she asked at last.
"What?" replied Greg, "I've got Steven and Andy - I don't really talk to anyone else."
Now it was Vidalia's turn to raise an eyebrow.
"Garnet," she said, "Amethyst, Pearl, Peridot, Lapis, Bismuth. And heck, Garnet's actually Ruby and Sapphire, so she counts as two..."
"Plus Connie," Barb continued, "Which means Doug and Priyanka too."
"I... yeah, but..."
Greg bit his lip.
"Geez," he muttered, "I think I've accidentally got a new family..."
"Oh, ya think?"
Chapter 23: Famethyst on Earth
The Famethyst come to Earth.
Famethyst on Earth
Apparently they were part of Steven's court now - which meant Steven was able to get them sent away from the Zoo to Earth. Suddenly, Beach City was full of quartzes.
The Amethysts loved their new home - 'the Bits' soon proved quite popular, and one could find many of them hanging around Peedee's truck - Vidalia often hung around and painted them. Meanwhile, Skinny and Carnelian got into music, and became regulars at Sadie's concerts.
Some people came up to Amethyst at times - "Are they your family?" she'd ask.
Amethyst would grin and put an arm over Steven's shoulders.
"They're our family."
Chapter 24: Mom
Steven's never accidentally called anyone mom.
Steven had never accidentally called anyone 'mom'. Mothers, after all, were things other people had - his was long gone, and his feelings about her were more than a little complicated.
He'd never accidentally called anyone 'mom' - until now.
He sat in the van, face red as they drove away from the Maheswaran house.
"I can't believe it," he muttered at last, "I called Doctor Maheswaran mom."
"It make sense," shrugged Greg, "You probably picked it up from Connie."
"B-but she probably thinks I'm a big..."
"Steven," Greg chuckled, "Don't worry about it! Honestly..."
He ruffled his hair.
"...she's probably flattered."
She is, btw.
Chapter 25: Phoning Home
Andy calls family and immediately regrets it.
"...Andy, I know what marriage is, and that ain't marriage."
Andy swallowed as he listened to his uncle's voice on the other end of the line. He already regretted telling him about the wedding - but he'd been asked what he'd been up to, and Andy DeMayo was no liar.
"Look, I... times have changed, and you-"
"Greg's boy," his uncle interrupted, "He was there?"
"He, uh... he officiated," replied Andy, "'Cause, uh, they were sort of mother..."
"Right, I see," his uncle replied, "Tell Greg we're coming."
"He can't raise a boy right - so we'll have to do it."
This is sort of a 'throw ideas at the wall and see what sticks' thing. I've said before I want to do a story about Greg's parents, and one idea was them trying to take Steven and give him a 'proper' upbringing.
The big problem with that, of course, is - well, good luck taking him from the gems. Still, maybe I could work something, I dunno.
Chapter 26: Our Next Caller
Dewey calls a music radio station.
Our Next Caller
When Bill Dewey called into Delmarva FM and spent half an hour gushing about how much he liked Sadie Killer and the Suspects, everybody had a good laugh.
After all, the man was completely incapable of identifying what genre of music it was, or indeed what a genre was in the first place. His other favourite bands were all forty years old, he was hopelessly bewildered by the concept of the Charts, and was about as hip as disco.
So why did he love this new, edgy band?
"My son's in it," he replied earnestly, "That's why it's my favourite."
(Buck, his heart warmed and his face perfectly stoic, weeps a single tear.)
Chapter 27: Pink's Family
Pink didn't leave her family.
"Do you ever think it's weird that the Rebellion started over a family feud?" asked Amethyst, lounging against the end of Steven's bed.
"I don't really think it was," replied Steven, pausing his game.
"Mom didn't leave her family," explained Steven, "Because she found Pearl, Garnet and Bismuth. She found you, she found Dad. In the end, she chose her own family."
"From the people who gave a crud about what she wanted," nodded Amethyst, "But ain't family supposed to be, like, blood or something?"
Steven shook his head.
"I think that's the only thing family isn't," he replied.
Family is who you love, not who you're related to.
Chapter 28: The More Things Change...
...the more they stay the same.
The More Things Change...
"You know," said Steven, "I've been thinking."
"Yeah?" asked Connie.
"We've been through so much lately," Steven continued wistfully, "There was the Zoo, and then I gave myself up to Homeworld, Lapis left, Sadie and the Cool Kids formed a band, we went to the Jungle Moon, I found out Mom was Pink Diamond, Garnet got married, the Diamonds attacked, Lapis came back, we went to Homeworld again, I got the Diamonds to heal the corrupted gems... so much has happened."
"So much has changed," nodded Connie.
"And yet," added Steven, "And yet... Crying Breakfast Friends is still on hiatus."
I know the feel Steven.
No Man's Land
The Private hides in a shell crater as the German machine guns fire over him. He knows the only escape is nightfall, and if the artillery starts again-
The world turns pink, and the sound is dulled. He looks up, clutching his rifle - he sees a woman in a dress, a fierce expression on her face.
"Where is their headquarters?" she demands, "Ludendorff... has my friend."
"I... thirty miles behind their lines, north west," the Private replies, "Is... is you an angel?"
The woman smiles.
When the Private gets back to Hackney, that's what he'll name his daughter.
"Eh, you stole Ludendorff from Wonder Wom-"
HE WAS A REAL PERSON. LOOK HIM UP.
Chapter 30: Pictures
Garnet sends pictures from her honeymoon.
"Connie, look! Garnet's sent pictures from her honeymoon!"
Connie looked at the pictures in Steven's hands. There stood Garnet, posing in front of the Clock Tower in London. He turned to the next - Garnet in front of the Eiffel Tower. Garnet on the Rialto Bridge. Garnet and the TGV. Garnet... just Garnet, actually. It seemed she was the focus of most of the pictures.
"A lot of photos of herself," she noted.
"Ruby and Sapphire love each other, so she loves herself," he replied.
There was a moment's silence.
Suddenly, Stevonnie was there, preparing to take a selfie.
Chapter 31: The Thoughts of a Recently Pink Sadie
Sadie's pink now.
The Thoughts of a Recently Pink Sadie
She doesn't mind living forever.
Certainly it promises to be painful. Her mother won't live forever, after all, nor will her friends. She stands to lose so very much, so very much indeed. Heck, she might even lose the Earth - even it might not last as long as her.
But she doesn't mind living forever, because she won't be alone.
Yeah, the gems will stick around, and so will Steven, but more than that, she'll have Lars. Beautiful, dorky, occasionally frustrating Lars, always by her side whatever happens. That's a pretty good deal.
She doesn't mind living with Lars forever.
Christ, I'm a hopeless romantic.
Chapter 32: Style
Spess has thought about getting a visor.
Hey, Spess is back!
Spess doesn't have a visor. She thought about getting one - maybe a gold one? - but she's decided against it.
Why? Well, it's quite simple. She likes her friends to be able to see her eyes. See, she gets a little uncomfortable sometimes when she can't decipher expressions, and she doesn't want her friends to have that problem. And seeing someone's eyes helps with that, she's heard.
So no visor for her. But that's fine, it's not her style.
She does get a pink scarf from Kiki, though, which she wears sometimes. That? That's a gift, so very much her style.
Chapter 33: The Little Things
Greg sits on the deck.
The Little Things
It's the little things that make life worthwhile.
Greg sits on the steps up to the deck one sunny morning, his son only recently returned from Homeworld. Steven dozes, leaning against his arm, and he quietly tunes his guitar and takes in the warm sun.
These moments are his favourite - for a while, he was afraid he'd never have them again; that his son would be lost forever on Homeworld.
But it's okay. They made it. He's not going anywhere. He's safe.
Greg looks up at the fluffy white clouds and smiles.
It's the little things that make life wonderful.
It's been a while since we've done an Amethyst Week, so we'll do that next week!
Chapter 34: Cryptids
Okay, so with my sleeping patterns being so bad, I think I've managed to lose a day. To make up for that, there'll be another fic later today, and Amethyst Week will have eight shots.
Sorry about that.
"Okay," said Connie, "So you were the Loch Ness Monster, you were Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, the Mothman..."
"Don't forget the Bunyip!" added Amethyst, "People forget that one 'cause its Australian, but that was fun!"
"Yeah," nodded Connie, "Are there any cryptids that weren't just you messing with people?"
"There's a place in Oregon that has a lot of weird stuff that wasn't me," shrugged Amethyst, "Apart from that... Baba Yaga was Garnet, I think?"
"Master of comedy," replied Amethyst, "Oh, and I'm not the chupacabra, the Grafton Monster or Roy Cohn."
"But yeah, I have fun."
Chapter 35: High School
Amethyst wishes she could have gone to high school...
Starring one of my favourite unlikely pairs. :B
"Man, I wish I got to go to high school."
Sadie scoffed at Amethyst's words, shaking her head.
"You don't," she replied, "High school is hell, Amethyst. Especially if you don't fit in."
"Yeah, but I'm a gem, so I can beat up all the jerks," said Amethyst.
"And get expelled?" Sadie raised an eyebrow.
"Nah, you're lucky," Sadie continued, "You never have to go there... never have to be called short or fat or..."
Amethyst put a hand on her shoulder.
"Aw, c'mon, Donut Girl," she said kindly, "Ignore the jerks! You're great the way you are..."
Chapter 36: College
Amethyst hates college.
Amethyst has been in college for two days, and she's already considering quitting, running off to Nepal and living as a goat.
She's convinced, completely convinced, that there is nothing that can make any of this worth-
"There is insufficient seating, so I'm sitting next to you."
The short, bespectacled girl plants herself onto the seat next to her, pulls out her tablet, and starts playing a Camp Pining Hearts tie-in app.
Amethyst stares, blinking blandly. The girl glances over.
"What?" she asks irritably.
She mutters - "Clod." - and returns to her tablet.
Shoot, thinks Amethyst, I'm in love.
Chapter 37: Antimony
Amethyst and Bismuth talk to themself.
So today I put up a little 30 Minute Ficlet. It included an Amethyst-Bismuth fusion, an she seems to be popular, so I wrote her today.
Fic is here.
Antimony, the fusion of Amethyst and Bismuth, was talking to herself with her two mouths.
"So I said to 'Dot, Geez Louise, girl! You gotta loosen up 'bout this shippin' biz..."
"Oh yeah, she did not like that."
"She blew a fuse! Like watchin' a firework go off! Although the little doll's adorable when she's mad."
"No wonder Amethyst's sweet on her."
"And Bismuth ain't?"
Steven and Garnet glanced at each other.
"Is this normal for fusions?" asked Steven, scratching his hair.
There was a long silence.
"Yes," said Garnet at last, "Except usually I do it in my head."
Chapter 38: Worn
Amethyst is tired.
Amethyst lay face down on the coach, occasionally groaning and muttering to herself.
"Are you okay?" asked Pearl, kneeling down next to her.
Amethyst grunted something that sounded vaguely similar to a swear - Pearl made herself pretend it wasn't.
Amethyst looked up.
"Spent the day with the fam," she replied, "They're awesome, but they play rough. I'm beat."
Her head slammed back down on the couch. Pearl massaged her back sympathetically.
"You just rest," she said kindly.
"I don't wanna be social for, like, a billion weeks," she muttered wearily.
"Yeah," said Lapis, strolling by, "That's a mood."
Chapter 39: Sad
Peridot is sad.
"Amethyst?" Peridot's voice was uncharacteristically flat.
"Everything okay, Peridot?" asked Amethyst.
"Is it normal to feel sad for no reason?"
Amethyst thought back as memories ran through her - memories of being alone at the Kindergarten, of being the 'baby' of the Crystal Gems, of being inadequate, of being small. Memories of the slightest reminder of those things setting her into a funk. Long hours in her room, on her back, staring at nothing.
She pulled Peridot into a hug.
"Aw, c'mere Peri," she said, "It's totally normal."
"Really?" Peridot croaked.
"Yeah, really," replied Amethyst kindly, "I'm here for you, 'Dot."
Chapter 40: Are We There Yet?
Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
Are We There Yet?
Amethyst sat in the back of the Dondai - Steven and Pearl were in the front, Connie was next to her. They were going to a con - Pearl had decided to try a road trip.
As Amethyst leaned forward, Pearl realised this may have been a bad idea.
"Hey P," asked Amethyst, "Question for ya. We there yet?"
"Amethyst, you have asked that fifteen times," replied Pearl, her voice dangerously calm.
"Yeah, cool, but are we there-"
"NO!" bellowed Pearl, "WE'LL NEVER BE THERE! THIS CAR IS NOW OUR HOME!"
A long silence.
"Cool, I've never lived in a car before..."
Guess we're not there yet.
Chapter 41: Bully
Amethyst encounters a bully.
Kevin turned around. Amethyst stood behind his bar stool, a deep, dangerous scowl on her face. Her whip was out - Kevin looked disdainfully at the weapon.
"This ain't that kind of club, shortie."
"Did you," said Amethyst very calmly, "Make fun. Of Pink's Eye?"
She pointed to Pink Pearl, who was sitting in a booth looking very sad.
"Yeah," replied Kevin, "The heck are you gonna d- AAAAH!"
Amethyst bound him with her whip, swinging him up and then rapidly back down onto his head.
"Just asking," she spat.
She walked back to Pink, dusting off her hands.
And that is it for Amethyst Week!
Chapter 42: The Funeral
Rose Quartz is finally laid to rest.
It had taken them fourteen years to get around to it, but finally they buried Rose Quartz.
Well, not literally - there was no body - but a funeral was held. It was sparsely attended; White didn't leave Homeworld and Bismuth couldn't face going. It was just Steven, Greg, the original Crystal Gems, Yellow and Blue.
When it ended, Yellow left first, as Steven expected - her grief was private. In the end, only he, Greg and Blue remained at the headstone.
"Think it'll ever stop hurting?" sighed Greg.
"No," replied Blue, "Never."
"Good. That's how we know we loved her."
Chapter 43: The Rally
My boy, we are pilgrims in an unholy land.
Pearl stood in the crowd, frowning at the deafening cries and shouts all around. Above her, on the podium, she could see him - she knew she'd get just one shot.
The man stop talking - or perhaps screaming - and the crowd erupted, hands shooting up into the air. Pearl nodded. This was it.
She began to run, effortlessly pushing through the crowd, before leaping over the guards. Up she went, higher than any human, until she was above the podium.
"My name is Pearl!" she bellowed, "And this is for you!"
She soared gracefully down, her fist slamming into Hitler's nose.
Chapter 44: Language
Jeff asks a question.
Peedee and Jeff lay on the grass, staring up at the fluffy white clouds.
"Hey Peedee?" said Jeff.
"If the gems are space aliens, and they have their own written language and alphabet, why do they speak English?" asked Jeff.
"Sci-fi translation science or something?" he replied, "Magic? I dunno. Does it matter?"
"Yeah, true," nodded Jeff, "Maybe I'm just nitpicking, and I should really just shrug and let it go. Maybe they speak English because... they do."
There was a long silence.
"We'd be the worst scientists," said Jeff.
"Oh heck yeah," said Peedee.
Chapter 45: Tetris
Peridot finds a new game.
Peridot stared at the screen, her eyes red and dark-rimmed.
"She's been playing that game for three days," said Pearl, looking worriedly at the green gem on the laptop.
"Yeah, she's beating the crud out of it!" replied Amethyst, "I can't even see the blocks anymore, but she's still going! It's awesome!"
"But is it healthy?" asked Pearl.
The Temple door opened, and Lapis stepped out. She waved towards Peridot.
"How's it going, Peridot?" she asked.
"I can see time," said Peridot, her voice a dull monotone.
"Sure, cool," nodded Lapis, "Talk to you sometime next year, then?"
i am the man who arranges the blocks
that descend upon me from up above
Chapter 46: Replicator Wand
Amethyst and Peridot get a replicator wand.
"You let Amethyst and Peridot borrow a replicator wand?!" exclaimed Pearl, clutching her head, "Do you have any idea of what they could do with it?!"
"Eh," Lapis shrugged, "If it gets out of hand, we just break the wand. What's the worst that could happen?"
Lars strolled down the street. How he loved these normal days.
"Hey Lars!" said Sadie as she passed him.
"Hey Lars!" said Sadie as she passed him.
"Hey Lars!" said Sadie as she passed him.
"He- wait, what?"
He watched the parade of Sadies pass him.
"...yep, alcohol it is!"
And that's how Lars discovered beer.
Chapter 47: The Forbidden Song
Priyanka gives Steven a warning.
The Forbidden Song
"Before you come on the family road trip," said Priyanka, handing Steven a sheet of paper, "You need to know - the songs on that list are banned."
"Banned?" quizzed Steven, "But what's wrong with... They Might Be Giants?"
"Have you ever listened to Doug and Connie sing Particle Man?"
"Do you want to hear them sing it over and over again for four hours?"
"Exactly," said Priyanka, "For your sanity and mine, it's banned."
Not far away, Doug was sweeping the floor. He looked left and right, before lifting the mat and quietly taking the 'Particle Man' tape...
Chapter 48: Ame's Anatomy
Vidalia teaches Amethyst art.
"What'cha doin'?" asked Amethyst, strolling into Vidalia's garage.
"I'm practicing anatomy," replied Vidalia, looking up from her easel.
Amethyst tilted her head.
"Looks like you're just drawing naked people, dude," she said.
"Yeah," replied Vidalia, "It helps you understand how the human body works - what bodies are shaped like, how they move, all that stuff. It's actually really helpful."
"Can you teach me how to do that?" she asked.
"Sure!" replied Vidalia, "It'd be my pleasure, Amethyst."
"AMETHYST?! WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU DOING?!" Pearl screamed, looking at the giant painting of Peridot.
"Practicing anatomy," shrugged Amethyst.
Next week is gonna be... hmm... Rupphire Week!
Chapter 49: The Dust Bowl
It's the 1930s, and Ruby is forced west.
The Dust Bowl
Ruby walked west, the sun beating over her. Every part of her felt like it was caked in dirt - she had been forced out by the Dust Bowl.
There was a cloud of dust, and a car pulled up next to her. The window rolled down.
"Howdy ma'am," nodded Ruby,
The woman, eyes covered by bangs, smiled.
"Need a lift?"
"I don't reckon a rich woman such as yourself..."
The woman smiled.
"Sapphire," she said, "And it's no problem. Where are you headed?"
"Anywhere but here."
"How about Los Angeles?"
"Miss, that sounds like a might fine idea..."
Chapter 50: Broken Seer
Sapphire once knew the future.
Sapphires generally believed that their destiny, and the destiny of all things, was preordained. All beings had their place, their purpose, and all Sapphires could see that place and purpose. They were infallible seers, and their predictions were almost never wrong.
Then one Sapphire met a Ruby.
Now fate - not just for her, but for all things - was elastic. It shifted and turned, certainties shattered by decisions and actions that were unguided by the rigid order of Homeworld,
The chains of fate, of destiny, were forever broken.
In more ways then she could know, her Ruby had set Sapphire free.
Chapter 51: British Expeditionary Force
A soldier meets a woman.
British Expeditionary Force
She met Sapphire in a little French border town in the winter of '39.
It was quiet back then - in America they called it the Phony War. That left Private Ruby plenty of time to get to know her new acquaintance. Soon they were friends. Soon they were inseparable. Soon they were more.
But war waits for no-one. In May, the BEF rolled to meet the Germans. Before long, they rolled right back again, towards Dunkirk.
Ruby saw Sapphire once more as Rommel closed in - she promised to come back.
She did, in '44, but there was no Sapphire waiting.
I left this one deliberately open - so whatever ending you want to take from this is as valid as mine.
Chapter 52: A Tale of Greece and Rome
Two women flee a Rome in turmoil.
A Tale of Greece and Rome
Two thousand years ago, there lived two women in Rome called Rubia and Sapphira, and they were in love.
These were not the best times to be in love, mind. Julius Caesar lay dead, and the country was divided between the supporters of Octavian and the supporters of Brutus. And then there was Mark Antony, Octavian's ally, who believed Sapphira to be an Oracle.
And so Rubia and Sapphira fled the Roman capital, and they traveled to Greece to find someone who would hide them from Antony's wrath.
And therein they found shelter with a daughter of a god - Rose.
I'm writing a lot of historical drabbles this week.
Chapter 53: Broken Trust
Ruby can't forgive this.
"Ruby!" exclaimed Sapphire, reaching for the door, "I'm sorry! Please, come back!"
Ruby looked back, a look of utmost betrayal on her face.
"I'm sorry, Sapphire," she replied, "But I can never forgive this. Goodbye."
She turned, walking out the door and slamming it behind her. Sapphire wailed, falling onto her hands and knees. Five thousand years, and it all ended like this.
At this point, Pearl emerged. Her eyes widened at the sight - she looked to Amethyst in horror.
Amethyst held up a small object - a box labelled New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe.
"It's evil, man."
Ruby came back in like five minutes and cried a bunch, then they hugged.
Chapter 54: Yin and Yang
One is hot, one is cold.
Yin and Yang
One is fire, one is ice. One is hot, one is cold.
Ruby hums as she takes Sapphires hand, and they slowly begin to dance in the small clearing.
One's a soldier, one's a noble. One is passion, one is stoicism.
Sapphire hims now, her voice joining in harmony with the nervous red gem in front of her. She closes her eye and smiles.
One is now, one is tomorrow.
They begin to spin, and bright light fills the darkness.
One is red, one is blue.
Their forms merge, and the three-eyed fusion looks down at herself.
They are purple.
Chapter 55: Warmth
Finally, Stevonnie understands.
It took permafusing themself for Stevonnie to finally, truly understand Ruby and Sapphire.
Whenever they existed there was a constant warmth - one they'd never been able to put their finger on. Now they knew what Ruby and Sapphire had known for eons - that was love. The love between Steven and Connie that made them them, just as the love between Ruby and Sapphire made Garnet Garnet.
Love, of course, worked differently for everyone - Pearl and Bismuth, for example, were happy unfused - but for those two, they wanted to embrace that warmth forever.
And that was what made Garnet so amazing.
And that's another themed week done!
Chapter 56: Banned
The Diamonds have to ban a few things.
NOTICE TO ALL GEMS
The Great Diamond Authority appreciates the increasing liberalisation of society by the lower orders. That said, the following human works are banned;
Les Miserables: for promotion of sedition and civic unrest.
Independence Day: xenophobic against non human life forms. (Yes, we know we're hypocritical here but that's not the point.)
Guns, Germs and Steel: deeply flawed anthropology and historiography (and also boring friend to Pink Diamond Connie Maheswaran.)
It: clowns are also banned.
Footloose: dangerous message to kindergarteners - gems should not be 'cut loose'. They should be cut to exacting standards.
Atlas Shrugged: it's Atlas Shrugged.
Chapter 57: Waiting
Peridot has posted some fanfiction.
For the eighteenth time in ten minutes, Peridot refreshed the page on the fanfiction site.
"Yo, what's wrong, 'Dot?" asked Amethyst, strolling casually into the room.
"Ugh, these clods don't understand my magnum opus," snorted Peridot, "It's been up for ten whole minutes and I haven't got a single 'kudos', favourite or comment!"
Amethyst glanced at the title - Percy and Pierre's Intimate Interaction.
"My research indicated that this 'citrus fruit' fan fiction would be popular," grumbled Peridot.
"Give it time, Peridot," she replied, "People are gonna love it!"
"Of course they will," Peridot snapped haughtily, "I wrote it!"
Chapter 58: Ten Thousand Years
It's been ten thousand years.
Ten Thousand Years
Ten thousand years later, and there's only two gems left at the Temple - Stevonnie and Lapis Lazuli.
(Steven and Connie? They're words that mean everything to Stevonnie, yet they havn't said them in a few centuries.)
The mission of the Crystal Gems is completed. One by one, each has drifted away - it just so happened that Lapis drifted back. They still see their family all the time - they're only ever a warp pad away.
There's no war, no corrupted gems, no threats. They are, in a sense, retired.
They're alone. They're together. At long last, they have their happy ending.
(me, clinging to the PermaStevonnie mast) ARR, YE'LL TAKE THIS HEADCANON FROM ME COLD DEAD HANDS
Chapter 59: Internet Shaming
Peridot gets called out.
I'm gonna try and go through my comment backlog tomorrow. I'm not ignoring you guys, life was just a bit hectic this week. :B
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
Peridot sat hunched over the counter, forlornly tracing her finger on the surface. Amethyst sat next to her, hand on her back. Her tablet sat next to her, still open to the post.
"Am I really a bad person?" she asked quietly.
"You're not, Peri," replied Amethyst firmly, "They're just a douche."
The door opened - Stevonnie and Lapis walked in.
"Peridot?" asked Stevonnie, "What's wrong?"
"Some troll made a callout post 'bout her," replied Amethyst.
Lapis glanced at the tablet.
"Jerk," she muttered.
"It's okay, Peridot," they said, "We know you're a good person - we've got your back."
Full disclosure, this is inspired by my real life. I don't want to go too deep into detail here because I want to move past it, but I felt transparency was a good idea here.
Chapter 60: Songs
Lars has trouble introducing his new friends to music.
"It's kind of hard introducing the Off-Colors to new music," said Lars.
"What do you mean?" asked Sadie.
"Well, they take things too literally," replied Lars, "Like..."
"This poor human!" exclaimed Rhodonite, "He doesn't know what love is!"
"Yeah, and he wants us to show him," added Left-Rutile.
"Will that be hard?" asked Right-Rutile.
"Weeee'lllllll juuuuuusssst hhhaaaaaavvvvveeee tooooo fiiiiiiiind hiiiiiiiiim," said Flourite, "Theeeeen IIIIIIIIII caaaaaan shooooooow hiiiiiim..."
"I predict he won't know what love is," said Padparadscha.
"I had to explain that he didn't mean them specifically."
"Still better than 'Light My Fire.' That was a complete disaster..."
Chapter 61: A Long Sleep
Stevonnie isn't sent to a cell...
Sorry this is late, but have some lovely canon divergence!
The Long Sleep
Yellow didn't take Stevonnie to a cell - White Diamond intervened part of the way through.
"Perhaps," she said, "It would be best to let Pink rest until this is all settled, hmm?"
So they were put into stasis, sleeping peacefully in a little chamber. The other Crystal Gems were managed - the Ruby sent to a new squad, the Sapphire back to Blue's court, the Amethyst to the Zoo. The Pearl was quietly reset.
Colonisation of Earth was resumed under Yellow's command.
And eventually, when all was calm again, Stevonnie awoke.
"How long was I out?"
"Only 7000 years."
Chapter 62: Jury Duty
Amethyst gets called up.
"I didn't even know Gems could get called for jury duty," mused Greg, looking over the official-looking letter.
"It's a new law," replied Garnet.
"But... but they can't put Amethyst on a jury!" exclaimed Pearl, "Who knows what might happen!"
ONE WEEK LATER, AT THE BEACH CITY COUNTY COURT HOUSE
"So he drove his car into a grocery store, stole all the mentos and the Diet Coke, led police on a chase to Ocean Town, and then blew up the town square with a mentos-cola bomb," said Kofi, "What's out verdict?"
"Uh, totally not guilty, 'cause that's freaking hilarious."
Chapter 63: Ruby and Sapphire 1848
In 1848, France deposed a king...
So here's a bit of a left-field idea. We're doing a historical AU week, but it's entirely focused on one of the most fascinating years in history - 1848. I hope it works out!
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
Ruby and Sapphire 1848
Sapphire meets the young firebrand in those explosive February days, waving the tricolour on a Parisian barricade.
Her name is Ruby. She grew up on stories of the storming of the Bastille and the First Republic, and her enthusiasm for democracy is matched by a disdain for the Napoleons and Louises of the world.
They hit it off immediately, a whirlwind romance lived in the heady days of the fall of King Louis-Philippe. They promise to fight, to make the world a place worthy of their love.
One day, their path will lead them to a man named John Brown...
John Brown of Harper's Ferry fame, of course. Of you're not aware of him, I definitely recommend looking him up.
Chapter 64: Pearl 1848
The silence is deafening.
Pearl sits in her cell at Port Arthur and thinks about how she got here. She wears a hood, and there is to be no sound - save for the boots of the bored redcoat guard.
In the darkness, she remembers home. She was a Chartist; an activist for suffrage (although she demanded suffrage for women as well as men.) She'd been arrested for agitation, escaped twice, and was consequently sent to Van Dieman's Land for 'the rest of her natural life.'
The silence is unbearable. It's supposed to help her reflect.
All she knows is that she misses Bismuth.
Chapter 65: Amethyst and Peridot 1848
Venice is free.
Amethyst and Peridot 1848
It's a beautiful night, and the fireworks light the sky. For tonight, Venice is free.
Amethyst and Peridot are out on a gondola on the Grand Canal, and they laugh and hug with jubilation, for they dare to believe the Austrians are gone forever, and the Most Serene Republic might be restored.
Peridot deflates momentarily, and she wonders aloud how long this can last. Austria has field armies and cannon aplenty, and what does Venice have? But Amethyst reinvigorates her with a deep kiss, and she decides these grim political possibilities can wait until tomorrow.
For tonight, Venice is free.
In the end, Venice's freedom didn't last, but it eventually became a part of what would become Italy in 1866.
Chapter 66: Bismuth 1848
A new book is published.
In London, Bismuth sits in a coffee shop and thinks. She misses Pearl, transported to Van Dieman's Land. As soon as she can, she is resolved to follow.
But for now, she reads this fascinating book.
She sips her coffee, deep in thought. Nearby, she hears worried men discussing the recent rebellion in Prague. She can't help but smile - the poor, repressive Hapsburg Empire, humbled by the people at last.
She glances at her book and grins. A new inspiration runs through her soul as she reads.
Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!
Chapter 67: Jasper 1848
Meet the new boss.
Meet the new boss - in this case, Zachary Taylor. Same as the old boss, Jasper thinks.
Will he stop those damned kidnappers, catching freedmen in the north and selling them in the south? Will he stop the big plantation owners from expanding into California and New Mexico and Kansas? Will he stand up to them, fight for common decency, for the ideals this nation is supposedly founded on?
Will he heck.
The sun beats down, and for a moment Jasper thinks of all them revolutions in Europe. Nothing for her, it seems.
Life on the plantation continues unabated.
Chapter 68: Sadie and Lars 1848
War is never clean.
Sadie and Lars 1848
There's a flag flying over the barricade - it's red, yellow and black. The Prussian Army fires, but the flag flies true.
Sadie doesn't want to fight. She doesn't want to handle a gun. But times like these force her hand, for it's stand or perish for the Berlin revolutionaries. She's just finished reloading when a Prussian soldier scales the barricade - startled, she fires.
She recognises the face. He was a schoolmate, a lover, once a fiancé.
Now, Lars falls lifelessly from the barricade, and Sadie stares in horror at the smoking gun in her hands.
Still, the flag flies true.
Chapter 69: Lapis and Stevonnie 1848
Not much happens on St. Helena.
Lapis and Stevonnie 1848
The island of St. Helena is a world away from the great changes of 1848 - but it too has it's fair share of excitement at times...
"...a sea serpent," said Lapis skeptically.
"I swear!" Stevonnie replies, throwing their arms out," It was huge, and it swam around us for twenty minutes! Ask Captain McQuhae, he saw it too!"
"Right," nods Lapis, "Are you sure you hadn't all just gone collectively stir-crazy? It's a long voyage to here from the Cape, after all..."
"It's true! We saw it!"
Lapis chuckles, crosses her arms.
She supposes this is a slow news day.
HMS Daedalus, it is claimed, did in fact encounter what the captain and crew swore was a sea serpent en route to St. Helena in 1848. True or not, it's a nice bit of levity to end the week on, don't you think?
Chapter 70: Onion In His Own Words
A sad, poignant and surprisingly hopeful tale from Beach City's quietest resident.
Onion In His Own Words
Muh muh muh muh. Muh muh muh. Muh muh muh muh muh.
Muh muh? Muh muh, muh muh muh muh muh. Muh muh muh. Muh muh. Muh muh muh!
Muh muh muh, muh, muh muh muh muh muh. Muh muh muh, muh.
Muh muh muh muh, muh muh muh muh muh muh muh. Muh muh, muh muh, muh, muh.
Muh muh muh muh muh muh, muh muh muh muh muh muh muh muh, muh muh. Muh muh!
Muh. Muh. Muh.
Muh muh muh muh, muh muh. Muh muh muh muh, muh muh muh. Muh.
Muh. Muh. Muh. Muh. Muh.
I cried writing this. It's just so powerful.
Chapter 71: Just Like Pink
Pink Pearl watches Amethyst.
Just Like Pink
Pink Pearl giggled as she watched Amethyst shove an entire hot dog into her mouth - she turned as she heard Pearl huff.
"Really, Amethyst, that's very immature," she grunted.
"I like it!" said Pink, "It reminds me of Pink Diamond!"
"Pink Diamond?" Pearl wrinkled her nose, "Pink, Rose was refined and elegant and... and she'd never... she'd really never make a scene..."
Amethyst swallowed hard, burped loudly and grinned at them, mouth covered in ketchup and mustard as she began to laugh. Pink laughed too - Pearl's face fell.
"Oh my stars," she muttered, "You... you're exactly like Pink Diamond was."
let's be real pearl she wasn't exactly the picture of refinement
Chapter 72: How Not To End A Series
Jeff is annoyed.
How Not To End A Series
Jeff was fuming.
"Eight hundred issues!" he exclaimed, waving the comic in his hands, "Fifty years of lore, and that's how they end it? He was in a coma the whole time?! None of it actually happened?!"
Peedee nodded wearily, taking a bite of his sandwich - he'd been hearing about this all day.
"I think the writer's trying to be profound," mused Connie, "If he makes the whole thing a dream, everyone thinks it's all symbolic. He can pretend he's deep."
"But... but he threw everything out! Dozens of writers, dozens of arcs and..."
"Faux deep, Jeff - that's what sells."
Far be it from me to tell people what they should write, but 'it's all a dream' theories are the worst.
Chapter 73: Bullying
Amethyst tells Bismuth of an old 'friend.'
"Hey Amethyst! Where's Bismuth?" asked Steven.
"Well, she asked me what 'school' was," she replied, "And I said I only knew what Connie told me, and then she asked what a teacher was, I told her about Mr. Vought, and then she had to go for some reason."
"Huh," mused Steven, "I wonder what her..."
He trailed off.
"Oh... oh no!"
"You like bullying people, do you?" snapped Bismuth, "Well how 'bout I bully you?!"
She had attached Mr. Vought to a flagpole by the underpants, and slowly began to winch him up.
Behind her, Jeff saluted.
For those unaware, Mr. Vought comes from my oneshot 'The Teacher.'
Chapter 74: Movement
Amethyst keeps fidgeting.
Ever since they got home, Peridot had noticed that Amethyst had trouble keeping still.
She was rarely still at the best of times, but now she seemed to be moving something at all times - twirling a finger in her hair, rocking back and forth, blinking. It was almost distracting.
"You keep vibrating," she finally said.
"You never stay still anymore," Peridot added.
"Oh, right, yeah," nodded Amethyst, "I dunno, guess I've felt fidgety lately, 'cause, y'know... everytime I stay still, I remember..."
Her voice cracked, ever so slightly.
"Why don't Garnet and Pearl, anyway?" she muttered, "Why just me?"
I don't know why I like the headcanon that Amethyst can remember being controlled by WD. Maybe I just like hurting my faves.
Steven awoke with a start as Peridot jumped on his bed, clutching her head in sheer terror.
"Peridot? What... what's happening?" he asked sleepily.
"Steven, I've travelled back in time!" Peridot exclaimed, "I have to get back to the present before I cause an irreversible paradox! oh my stars, every second I'm here I risk destroying all of existence! I've doomed us all!"
Steven glanced at his clock.
"Uh, Peridot? How long did you travel back in time?"
"One hour," replied Peridot, "But why does that-"
"Peridot, it's just Daylight Savings ending."
"You... can save daylight?"
Chapter 76: Tiny Trains
Pink Pearl meets Doug.
"So I introduced Pink Pearl to Doug," said Pearl, "I'm starting to think that might've been a mistake."
"Why's that, Pearl?" asked Connie.
"Well, he took her into the basement to show her his-"
Connie nearly choked.
Pink watched, her eyes shining, as the tiny trains rolled around in front of her. Doug was explaining what each one of them was, but she was barely listening - she was mystified by the tiny world.
"Can... can I build one?" she asked.
"Sure," he replied, "Anybody can!"
And that was how the Temple was filled with trains.
Oh dear. XD
Next week's gonna be Family Week. All Gems, all being family.
Chapter 77: Tax Returns
Greg does his taxes.
Greg tapped his pen against the table as he looked as his tax return papers.
"Hmm... dependents," he muttered, "Well, there's Steven, so... hmm, I do pay the bill for the Gems, how do I declare that?"
He looked around at the gems.
"Uh..." He glanced at Amethyst and Peridot. "Two children, uh... I guess Lapis, Pearl and Bismuth could be 'adult relatives', uh... do I count Garnet as a couple or a single person..."
He sighed, deciding to come back to it later and moving his pen down the page.
"How many LGBT tenants?"
He began to write.
Chapter 78: Proper Families
Greg's parents have come.
"Come on, Greg, really," sniffed Mrs. DeMayo, clutching Steven's arm, "The boy needs both a mother and a father - you might be barely adequate, but you can't substitute a proper family for... this! I..."
Pearl stepped forward, her face red.
"I'm his mother," she snarled.
"And so am I," added Garnet.
"And I'm his sis!" shouted Amethyst.
Lion stood up and growled.
"What do you know about families?" demanded Mr. DeMayo.
"Families care about each other," replied Steven, "Families love each other!"
Greg stepped up, slapping Mrs. DeMayo's hand away.
"But then," he asked, "What do you know about families?"
local bad parents admitted to burn ward
Chapter 79: New Pet
Pearl and Bismuth get their own pet.
"So Bismuth and I decided we wanted someone to care for," said Pearl, "Like Pumpkin or Cat Steven. So..."
"...we got our own pet!" declared Bismuth.
She held up a beautiful baby girl.
"Uh... Bismuth?" asked Greg, "Where did you get that?"
"At the baby shelter," replied Bismuth.
"Although they called it an orphanage," added Pearl, "Anyway, I figured since we did okay with Steven, why not have another baby?"
"I..." Greg blinked. "Okay, I guess I can't stop you..."
"She's also going to be called Steven," added Pearl.
"...except that," said Greg, "I can definitely stop you doing that."
Chapter 80: Temp Moms
Dr. Maheswaran can't make it to the school's mother's day event...
"So," Mr. Vought sneered as he looked down at Connie, "Mother too busy to come in for Mother's Day, Maheswaran?"
"It's okay," replied Connie sweetly, "I brought some subs."
"Some... I-I beg your pardon-"
The door flew open and Bismuth barrelled in, Pearl and Garnet on her shoulders.
"What's up?" she cried, "We're temp moms!"
"Priyanka's at a conference, so we're taking over for today," added Pearl.
"Our career is in day-saving," said Garnet stoically.
There was a long silence.
"Holy crud, Connie's temp moms are so cool!" a kid exclaimed.
"I... uh..." Mr. Vought sighed. "No, not questioning this..."
He's starting to learn.
He's still gonna get himself thrown out a window at some point but he's starting to learn.
Chapter 81: Amy and Pierrcy
Amethyst and Peridot's gemlings meet their aunt and auncle.
Amy and Pierrcy
Stevonnie held the tiny, long-haired, green gemling in their arms, grinning as they rustled her hair. Next to them, Lapis somewhat awkwardly held the short-haired purple one.
"Amy's really something, huh?" chuckled Stevonnie, bouncing the gemling.
"She sure is," nodded Amethyst, sipping her mug of antifreeze.
"And, uh, Pierrcy is, uh... also a thing," added Lapis uncomfortably.
"Yeah," nodded Peridot, "She loves her Aunt Lapis already, don't you Pierrcy?"
The purple gemling reached up at Lapis' nose.
"I..." She chuckled. "I guess I see the appeal."
"But yeah, she can see Auncle 'Vonnie now."
I don't normally go for gemlings, but I think I'm coming round to the idea. :)
Chapter 82: I Don't Need You To Love Me...
Steven lays on the beach and thinks.
I Don't Need You To Love Me...
Steven lay on the beach, looking up at the stars - Connie lay next to him, holding his hand. It had been a good birthday, all things considered, but he still felt contemplative.
"Sometimes I wish the Diamonds would come," he mused.
"To your birthday?" asked Connie.
"I know I'm not Pink," he said, "But I guess..."
"...but then I think, so what? If they don't want to be family, fine! I've already got one. Does that make me a bad person?"
"Of course not - if they won't make the effort, they don't deserve you..."
Sometimes Change Your Mind gets stuck in my head for no reason, but that's okay.
Chapter 83: Thicker Than Water
The DeMayo parents are arrested.
Thicker Than Water
"Family is blood," sniffed Mr. DeMayo as the cop pushed him into the back of his car, "You can't change that, boy."
Greg and Steven glanced at each other, then at the small crowd around them. Connie, fire in her eyes, clung to Steven's hand, sword in her other. Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl, Peridot, Lapis and Bismuth gathered around, weapons drawn. Lion growled, huddled over Pumpkin and Cat Steven, and Priyanka, Doug and Andy conversed icily about the arrested grandparents.
"Well," said Steven, "I hope you change your mind. You could have such a nice family..."
"Just like mine."
Apparently most people use that proverb wrong. What it actually means is that the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb. Basically, the precise opposite of what everyone thinks it means.
Chapter 84: Shopping
Jasper buys some groceries.
Sorry this is late, I got caught up in the Notre Dame news.
The clerk swallowed as Jasper stormed up to the counter, slamming the box on the polished surface. A comically small bag was draped over her arm.
"Pin- Steven needs these corned flakes," she growled, "Give them to me."
"W-w-will you be p-paying with cash or card?" the clerk asked nervously.
Jasper whipped out a credit card labelled 'Greg Universe.'
"Card," she snarled.
With a trembling hand, the clerk tapped the card. As soon as he did, Jasper snatched it back.
The clerk looked down. Steven was peeking out behind her.
"What do we say?"
"Ugh..." Jasper scowled. "Thank you."
Chapter 85: Snooze
Amethyst and Lapis compare sleeping habits.
"So, you think you're good at sleepin', huh Lapis?" asked Amethyst, sitting next to her with her arms crossed.
"I can sleep through anything Peridot does, so yeah," nodded Lapis.
"What's the longest you've slept?" said Amethyst, eyebrow raised.
"A hundred-" Lapis spluttered. "When?!"
"I got bored in a mission and lay down on this rock," replied Amethyst, "Decided to see how long I could do it to annoy Pearl. They made a fairytale about it!"
"Wait, you're sleeping beauty?!" Connie spluttered from across the room.
"More like sleeping hotness, am I right?"
She high-fived Lapis.
Chapter 86: The Farce Awakens
The Farce Awakens
"Of course," sniffed Ronaldo, pacing outside the movie theatre, "Episode VIII completely missed the point of Star Wars, as any real fan would know."
"Ronaldo, we're not even here to watch Star Wars," said Peedee wearily, "Can you..."
"Connie!" Ronaldo waved as Steven and Connie approached. "Surely you can help me convince the public that the sequel trilogy is a travesty of..."
"...actually Rey's my favourite character," said Connie flatly, "And I really liked Last Jedi."
"We wrote a ten thousand word PoeFinn fic!" Steven added brightly.
"Not a word, Ronaldo," Peedee warned, "Not a word..."
Sequel trilogy fans, represent!
Chapter 87: Hearing Things
Pearl hears something alarming.
Sorry, I fell asleep before posting last night.
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"Oh yeah," Amethyst grunted, "Lift that right up for me, Peridot."
Pearl looked up from the newspaper she was reading in her room, going pale.
"Oooh, it's prodigiously firm, Amethyst," replied Peridot, "Hold on, is it okay if I sample a taste?"
"Go right ahead, 'Dot."
Pearl jumped to her feet, racing to the door. She burst out into the house.
"YOU CAN'T DO THAT IN STEVEN'S-"
Peridot was licking a metal leg that was supporting a newly built table.
"What, P?" asked Amethyst.
"I don't know why I let you two live here," sighed Pearl.
If I'm honest, I was in two minds about going with this, but the idea was too funny.
Chapter 88: Sleepy
The gang sleeps.
Steven lay in his bed, snuggled up to Connie.
At the end of their bed, Lion slumbered, keeping watch at his Steven's feet. Amethyst lay against him, using him as a pillow - she held Peridot in her arms, snoring softly,
Peri's extended hand gripped a sleeping Bismuth, who herself was curled up next to Pearl, who sleepily held Garnet's hand. Garnet rested her head against Greg's shoulders - the sleeping father rested a forgotten bagel in his hand, against Garnet's shoulder.
"Guys," said Lapis, looking up from the paper, "C'mon, it's 10am."
The only reply was a sleepy chorus of snores.
Chapter 89: Attraction
Pink Pearl has a crush.
Pink Pearl watched the woman on stage, spellbound as she listened to the music. She felt something within her flutter at the sound of her instrument, the shape of her face...
Amethyst grinned, taking her hand.
"We can meet her when she's done," she said, 'If you want."
"Would... would that be okay?" asked Pink, blushing.
"Sure, Pink!" replied Amethyst, "Sadie will be thrilled to meet a new..."
"Oh, it's... it's not the singer," explained Pink, "It's... it's the human with the... bass? Is that right?"
Amethyst's grin widened.
"Heh, you got taste, P-P," she said, "You got taste..."
Chapter 90: In Another World
In another world...
In Another World
In another world, Pearl and Garnet had glanced at each other, and then at a hand in the sky; they'd nodded, turned to Amethyst, and told her to go. Steven needed her.
In another world, Steven and Amethyst arrived back on Lion to find a leveled house and not much else. Garnet was separated; Pearl was repurposed. Those on Earth thought them shattered.
In another world, Amethyst took Connie under her wing, training both kids to fight.
In another world, Lapis returned, ragged, desperate to find Steven - babbling about a 'Cluster.'
In another world, these four were the only hope...
At the suggestion of realfakedoors, next week is Australia Week!
Chapter 91: Majestic Creatures
The gems arrive in Australia
"Ah," said Pearl, breathing in the crisp Canberra air, "Here we are in Australia! Just think of all the majestic creatures we'll find! Kangaroos, wombats, possums, emus..."
Behind her, a strange object wafted over the hill, gently bobbing over them. Amethyst looked up at it and started to chuckle.
"...the dingo, the... Amethyst, really, what's so fun-"
Her jaw dropped.
Flying above them was a gigantic whale, small and squat and orange and black in colour. It had a goofy, squashed face, a tiny tail, and eight sagging...
"Oh my stars!" exclaimed Pearl, "What on earth is that?!"
Chapter 92: The Big Marino
The gang visits a monument.
The Big Marino
Pearl stood outside the petrol station, looking up at the giant sheep statue that towered over the side of the road into Goulburn.
"Well," she said, "that skywhale thing was terribly inappropriate, but I do like this giant sheep - even if I can't imagine why they built it, it has a certain majesty to it..."
Lapis smirked, whispering to Amethyst - "She hasn't been 'round back, has she?"
"Don't tell her," replied Amethyst. "I want her to find out on her own."
"Look at all the detail," Pearl walked towards the back, "It's mag- WHY WOULD THEY SCULPT THAT?!"
Look, I'll just link an article (here) and if you really want to know what the problem is, you're free to look it up yourself. :P
Chapter 93: Submarine
Bismuth and Steven visit a submarine.
Bismuth paced along the length of the submarine, pursing her lips. She looked up, eyes following the conning tower and up towards the blue sky.
"So," she said, "It goes underwater."
"Yep," replied Steven, "It's a bit like a spaceship, except instead of being way up in space, it's way down at the bottom of the ocean."
"Right," said Bismuth, "So, one question."
Bismuth held out her arms as she looked at the flat, dry grass that stretched for miles and miles around.
"Why'd they stick it four hundred kilometers from the sea?"
"It's a mystery," Steven shrugged.
HMAS Otway is plinthed in the middle of Holbrook in country New South Wales. This is about 401km from the coast at Eden.
Odd place for a submarine, for sure.
Chapter 94: The Border
Connie and Peridot visit the river.
"Okay, so they built the railway up to the river here," said Connie, waving her arm towards the Murray River, "And decided they'd connect it with the railway in the next state over..."
"Victoria, yes," said the tour guide.
"But then when they actually did they realised they'd built all the track in different gauges," continued Connie, "They didn't fix it for eighty years? Why?"
"Well the answer is quite simple," replied the guide.
He turned to face the river and Victoria beyond, promptly extending both middle fingers.
"Oh," nodded Peridot, "You hate each other!"
"That makes sense," sighed Connie.
Chapter 95: Small
Steven and Connie stargaze.
Steven and Connie lay in their sleeping bags, gazing up at the stars. A cool wind blew around them, swirling around the old tree marked 'DIG 3FT NW.'
"How long have people lived here?" asked Steven.
"60,000 years," replied Connie, "A real long time..."
"And a heck of a lot of stars," added Steven.
He looked over to his friend.
"Does it ever make you feel really small?" he asked.
"Kinda," she replied, "But then I just think, well, how impossible it is that we exist at all. We're just... uh..."
"Yeah. A big cosmic miracle."
Chapter 96: The Big Banana
Peridot looks at a banana and has an existential crisis.
The Big Banana
Peridot, Amethyst, Lapis and Garnet looked up at the Big Banana.
"So it's, uh, it's a big banana," said Amethyst, redundantly.
"It is," said Garnet.
There was a long silence.
"Why did we come here?" asked Peridot, "What is the point of visiting the Big Banana? What are we doing with our lives? Is this a metaphor for the pointlessness of existence? We could be doing so many things, but here we are, staring at the Big Banana. Is it all a joke?"
"There's also a water slide here," said Garnet.
"I wanna go there," said Lapis.
"Yeah, me too..."
Chapter 97: Big
The gang visit another Big Thing.
Pearl gazed up at the enormous statue of Captain James Cook, it's paint cracked and peeling. It gazed into the distance with frighteningly unsettling blue eyes, it's face so pale it resembled some kind of ghoul. One arm clutched a sword at his hip; the other was extended upwards and forwards, a somewhat unfortunate choice of pose.
"Okay," Amethyst looked up from the guidebook, "Next we're gonna see the Big Lobster, and then there's the Big Mango, the Big Scout Hat, the Big Shoe..."
"Greg," said Pearl.
"Yes Pearl?" said Greg.
"We're never coming back to this country," said Pearl.
Other Australian attractions that time did not permit to be visited;
- The Belconnen Penis Owl
- The Big Avocado
- The Big Soldier
- The World's Biggest Sundial
- The Big Scotsman
- The Big Dead Fish
- The Big Game of Musical Chairs (also known as the Prime Minister's Office)
Chapter 98: A New Home
The Famethyst find a new home.
A New Home
The Zoo was finally empty, and the Famethyst found themselves standing alone in the fake paradise once occupied by the humans. Holly Blue was gone. Their whole purpose was gone.
"So," said 8XJ, scratching the back of her head, "What now?"
"Well," said Skinny, "This place is a lot nicer than our cubbies..."
"And there's nobody living here either," added Sharky, crossing her arms, "What's say we move in?"
"I call the waterfall!" exclaimed Carnelian, racing for the rushing water.
It would take time for it to be built up, but for now, they had themselves a lovely little home.
Okay, now for a serious announcement.
I'm going to Europe from the 16th of June until late July, which naturally presents a bit of a problem with 100 Words A Day. I'm thinking I'm going to put it on hiatus until I get back - is this okay with you guys?
Chapter 99: The Grey World
White Diamond has won.
The Grey World
Connie hides in a world of grey, the only flashes of colour being her sword and the pink gem she carries in her hand.
White Diamond has won - all beings on Homeworld now bend to her will, individuality erased. She can only hope Bismuth, Lapis and Peridot escaped. She can only hope Steven is still alive.
The food in her backpack has long run out. She needs to do something, anything, if she's going to live.
She glances at the gem.
It's worth a shot.
She closes her eyes and plunges it into her navel, and is blinded by light...
"But E3, how can a gem just randomly fuse with Con-"
It works because it's a diamond and it can do what it wants.
Chapter 100: What She'd Think
What would Rose think?
What She'd Think
It doesn't matter anymore what Rose Quartz would think; Steven is what's important now. But sometimes, Greg gets to wondering - would she be happy with the way they've raised him?
Then he sees him - smiling and laughing with Connie, helping Sadie and the band with their practice, coaxing a reluctant smile out of Lars, helping Amethyst show Peridot the joys of Earth - and he doesn't worry anymore. Because he knows in his heart, if Rose could see this boy, and his capacity for love and joy and empathy, she would be proud beyond words.
After all, that's how he feels.
Chapter 101: Fusion
Amethyst and Peridot discuss fusion.
"Can you imagine if we could fuse?"
Peridot raised her eyebrow and glanced at Amethyst.
"Hmm? Oh, yes, that'd be fascinating," she said, "Certainly our fusion would be the optimal fusion - I think she'd be incredibly intelligent..."
"...and buff as heck!" added Amethyst excitedly, "She could lift one of them Diamond ships!"
"She'd be bigger than Obsideon!" added Peridot.
"Yeah!" Amethyst grinned, "And she could... shoot hotdogs out of her eyes!"
"She could travel through time!"
"She could fart the alphabet!"
"Yeah! Wait, what?"
"I got something better than a fusion though," she said, smiling, "I've got you."
Did I just use 100 Words to do an Amedot Week prompt? Darn straight I did.
Chapter 102: Caught In The Act
Garnet interrupts some private time.
I'm gonna try to reply to comments tomorrow morning, please bare with me.
Caught In The Act
Amethyst froze, looking up at the Temple door. Her body shimmered from sweat, and her hands were still on Peridot's shoulders - both of them were disheveled, Peridot's visor half falling off her face.
At the door stood Garnet, her face expressionless, a steaming mug in her hand.
"Garnet!" exclaimed Peridot, "It's not what it looks like! A-A-Amethyst was merely... g-giving me a foot massage, yes!"
"Y-yeah," replied Amethyst, "Getting right under those shoulder blades, y'know."
"Steven's making dinner in an hour," she said, "Until then... you two have fun."
She walked away, leaving the two small gems flustered.
Chapter 103: May the Fourth
Steven, Connie and Greg go to a con.
May the Fourth
Greg glanced at Steven and Connie in the back of the Dondai, dressed as Luke Skywalker and Rey respectively.
"You kids are lucky," he said. "When I was a kid, we never had Star Wars conventions. I had to talk to myself about my theories!"
"Hando, man - I still believe..."
"It's nice!" nodded Steven. "It feels like people can express themselves more openly now!"
"Well, mostly," admitted Connie. "The Internet is still... well, the Internet."
"Well, we're not gonna be on the internet," assured Greg, "Were gonna be in a galaxy far, far away! ...also known as Atlanta."
Chapter 104: Incarcerated
Stevonnie awaits release.
Sorry about the delay, I basically passed out early last night. XD
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
The darkness was cavernous, all-consuming and unfathomable, a place where time didn't exist and eternity was meaningless. Stevonnie sat there, alone with their thoughts, waiting for someone, anyone to come for them.
They fell in and out of conciousness, although whether that was from sleep or lack of energy they couldn't say. They were cold, and every joint ached - they didn't dare unfuse, lest Connie starve. Connie... did that name mean anything anymore? Had that just been a dream? Had it always been darkness? They couldn't say.
Outside, Blue Diamond decided to let them sit for another five short years.
Next week is What If? week!
Chapter 105: Roommate Gem
What if Lapis had stayed at the end of Ocean Gem?
They still stare at her when she leaves the house. Lapis doesn't blame them - she did steal the ocean after all.
Steven's optimistic. "Give them time," he says, "They'll see how cool you are!"
She sleeps on Steven's couch - none of the Crystal Gems are comfortable with letting her in the Temple yet. Greg tries to be friendly, but he still remembers his broken leg. Only Steven and Connie are really comfortable around her - younger humans are naturally trusting, she supposes.
But she's out of the mirror. She has a home now.
It's not much, but it's a good start.
Chapter 106: Ruby Adoption
What if the drill failed?
Doc blinked as she looked at the girl by the wall, sleeping against the exhausted pink mammal. The moon base was quiet, save for the pitter-patter of the scampering Rubies, and she hadn't expected to find a human of all things.
"What do we do?" asked Navy.
"Throw her into space," replied Army, "Nobody needs her."
"We can't do that!" exclaimed Leggy, "She's too cute! We should adopt her!"
Eyeball pursed her lips. "Maybe she knows about that drill machine we found..."
"Okay," she said, "We'll take her with us!"
Far below, the fragments of Earth drifted by...
My idea is that Lion grabbed Connie before the Earth cracked like an egg.
Also that Peridot shielded the drill very well.
Chapter 107: Sadie of the Stars
What if Sadie went with Steven to Homeworld instead of Lars?
Sadie of the Stars
"Twins, evasive manuever!"
"Aye aye, captain."
Sadie clutched her chair as the Rutile Twins dived the Sun Incinerator into the asteroid belt, Emerald's ship close behind.
"Captain!" exclaimed Rhodonite, "She... she's gaining on us!"
"I see her," Sadie nodded, "Prepare to warp as soon as we clear the asteroid field!"
In front of her, the communications screen appeared. Emerald glowered at her, her lips twisted into a predatory sneer.
"You're finished, you filthy Off Colors!" she boomed, "I have you cornered!"
"You've never caught Sadie Killer before," she replied boldly, "And you won't catch her today..."
Chapter 108: Happy Ending
What if Aquamarine had escaped with her captives?
Sorry this is late - very busy day yesterday.
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
The mission had proceeded like clockwork, and Aquamarine could give herself a hearty congratulations.
The Zoo had made every precaution this time - the humans were processed with a new memory flushing technique to prevent escape and to keep them docile, and if that wasn't enough they were given a new pen under Blue Diamond's personal supervision.
They seemed content. The Connie (henceforth C0-NE) and the My Dad (henceforth MD-VN) had shown the most resistance, but once flushed they were perfectly happy in their new home. And why wouldn't they? It was completely ideal.
And they all lived happily ever after.
Chapter 109: Bubbles
What if the Gems had bubbled the Diamonds in Reunited?
Lapis roflstomped them.
I still think YD poofing her was bull. :B
Steven's throat felt dry as he looked at the enormous bubbles that contained the Diamonds. Behind him, he could hear Lapis and Amethyst in somewhat heated conversation. Pearl paced the burning room. Garnet and Bismuth conversed in hushed tones.
"She'll come," said Pearl at last, "You know she'll..."
"Yes," said Garnet, "I do."
Steven felt a hand in his shoulder.
"Are you okay?" asked Connie.
Steven shook his head,
"I'm scared," he admitted, "What happens when Homeworld comes to pick them up?"
"We'll face it together, Steven," replied Connie, "Whatever happens."
Steven closed his eyes and nodded.
He wasn't convinced.
Chapter 110: Jailed
What if the Gems had captured Jasper after Super Watermelon Island?
"We need somebody to talk to her," said Steven, "Somebody she doesn't know."
Amethyst glanced towards the cage Peridot had built, inside of which stood Jasper, pounding against the walls.
"Yeah," she said, "That rules out everyone, dude."
"Oh, there's one person who's sure to get through to her..."
Greg swallowed, scratching the back of his head as he sat against the cell.
"Let's start hobbies," he said, "I like music. What do you like?"
"When I get out of here," snarled Jasper, "I'm gonna crush Rose Quartz into sand."
"O-kaaaay... How about you take up crochet?"
The twist is she becomes really freaking great at crochet.
Chapter 111: Never Born
What if Steven had never been born?
"What if you were never born?"
Amethyst pursed her lips as Steven nodded.
"Dude, I don't even wanna think about that," she said, "A world without you... yeah, nah. It'd suck, dude."
"Maybe it'd be easier," sighed Steven, "I mean, you guys and the Diamonds would have mom back, and... and you'd be happier, and-"
He was cut off as Amethyst pulled him into a tight hug.
"No," she said, her voice breaking. "Don't you ever say that, Steven. You're my best friend, and..."
Steven swallowed hard.
"...I just feel so... so..."
"Yeah, Steven." Amethyst sighed. "I know the feel."
Never question why you are here. Never tell yourself it'd be better if you weren't. For you are a miracle of nature, and your existence is a gift.
Chapter 112: Fate
Ruby asks her wife a question.
Ruby lay in the warm bed, cuddled up against Sapphire. The blue gem smiled as she felt her wife's warm body against hers, and she closed her eye contentedly.
Sapphire opened her eye again.
"I've been thinking," said Ruby, "When we first met, you noticed me before Rose and Pearl attacked. Why not some other ruby?"
"It was fate, Ruby," she replied, "I was drawn to you from the moment I laid eye on you. You were... special."
"Not as special as you, Sapphy."
"Oh Ruby, you are such a flatterer..."
Chapter 113: Burn Baby Burn
Connie and Jeff are left shocked by a TV show.
I hear there's been some naughtiness in Peter Dinklage land.
Burn Baby Burn
Connie and Jeff sat in dead silence as the credits rolled. Slowly, ever so slowly, Connie picked up the remote and switched off the TV.
"Uh... oof," said Jeff, "That was... oof."
"Very oof," agreed Connie.
Again, they sat in silence.
"She's Steven's favourite character too, isn't she?" said Jeff.
"Yeah," said Connie, "He can never see that. It'd scar him for life."
"Let's make a pact," declared Jeff, "To keep him from ever watching this episode."
"Isn't Lars watching this today?"
"Oh... oh no!"
Not far away, Lars grinned wickedly as he sent Steven the episode link.
Chapter 114: When You Look Into Her Eyes
She's your world.
When You Look Into Her Eyes
You can't explain it, but when you see the sun in her hair and the smile on her face, something inside you just flutters.
When she takes your hand in hers and holds you close, and you feel her white dress brush against your legs, you feel complete, and you wish this moment will never end.
When you listen to her laugh, it feels like the whole galaxy is singing.
When you look into your eyes, you know you'd be lost without her, because she is your whole world.
And you know she'll never feel the same way about you.
"Steven, you... cough!... you don't have to be here. I mean, you could catch this..."
Steven smiled as he laid the warm soup on Connie's bedside table. His friend had a nasty bout of the flu, and he'd immediately volunteered to help look after her. Priyanka, who was largely stuck at the hospital, reluctantly agreed.
"It's okay," he said, "I've been through worse."
"Yeah, but the flu still -hack!- sucks, Steven," replied Connie, "And didn't you say your spit doesn't..."
"...work on sick people," nodded Steven, "It's weird."
He grabbed her hand.
"Guess you'll just need Vitamin Friendship!" he declared.
We don't deserve this child.
Chapter 116: Philosophical
Buck asks a deep question.
"Sometimes I get really paranoid that we're actually fictional," said Buck.
Jenny tilted her head as she and Sour Cream glanced at him.
"You mean, like, we're in a TV show?" she asked.
"Yeah," nodded Buck, "What if everything's just a cartoon? What if we're all just animated and voiced to some kind of script?"
Sour Cream's face fell.
"Uh, Buck?" he said, "Did you eat those brownies mom left out?"
"Yes. They were brownilicious."
"...right, okay," said Sour Cream, "That's... that's not good."
"You tasting colours, Buck?" asked Jenny.
"The whole world tastes like ink."
"That's real nice, Buck."
"I can't believe we lost... all of the polling said we'd win! They were trailing us by four points!"
Pearl shook her head as she watched the report - Greg's run for governor had been thwarted in a shock defeat, his opponent smugly proclaiming victory on the TV.
"Geez, this sucks," said Amethyst, "So the other guy gets to pave the lighthouse for condos?"
"That's his plan," sighed Greg, "Gosh, everyone in Beach City was counting on me..."
"This wasn't your fault, Greg," said Garnet, "We're all very proud of you."
"Whatever happens next," added Steven, "We're gonna face it together."
It's been a rough night.
Chapter 118: Cool Cars
Kevin's car is the coolest.
Kevin walked out of his parents' palatial estate, whistling as he headed over to his expensive sports car. He'd actually been asked out - his parents were having lunch with the Northwest family - which gave him bountiful time to hang around the boardwalk making a nuisance of himself.
He jumped into his car, content that it was the coolest in town, and drove up his driveway...
...and skidded to a halt at the road.
Pearl was driving the other way in an immaculate, silver-white 1930s Rolls-Royce. She waved as she passed by.
Kevin sighed. His car was no longer the coolest.
Next week is University Week, because write what you know, right?
Chapter 119: The Student Life
Connie is now in university.
The Student Life
Connie stared blankly at the screen, trying and failing to will herself to put words to paper. The essay was due in two days, and she had nothing.
"Come on, Connie," she muttered. "It can't be this hard to write an essay on... Peterloo? What was that again? Arrgh, this isn't working!"
She buried her head in her hands.
"Sleep," she decided. "I'll sleep on it. It'll come to me in the morning, I'm sure."
She switched off her laptop, crawled under the covers and turned off the light.
She stared at the roof.
"Shoot, I can't sleep," she grunted.
Chapter 120: Pressure
Amethyst could be best friends with anyone - so why Peridot?
Ah, the rare E350 Human AU.
(See the end of the chapter for more notes.)
Amethyst was always popular - everyone loved her and she got on with everyone. Yet she always had the most time for Peridot, shy, nerdy Peridot, and nobody could ever work out why.
"You could have any best friend," asked Peridot one night, "Why me?"
Amethyst sighed, sitting back on the beanbag in her dorm room.
"Dude, you're the only person I can be me around," she replied, "Everyone else expects me to be fun and happy all the time, and with you..."
"...you're allowed to be... not perfect?" quizzed Peridot.
"Babe, you basically read my mind," she replied.
I feel like, if people see you as having a sort of image in uni, there's a lot of pressure to maintain it. And that's hard.
Chapter 121: The Deadline
Sadie gets an unwelcome surprise.
"I was worried for a bit there," said Sadie, "But I got it in at 4.50 - right on time!"
"4.50 today?" asked Jenny on the other end of the line.
"Yeah," replied Sadie, "just ten minutes before the deadline. I wrote 2,000 words in a day, can you believe it?"
There was a long, long, long silence.
"It was due today, right?" asked Sadie nervously.
"The essay was due yesterday, Sadie," replied Jenny.
"Awesome," she said flatly, "Great. I'm gonna go walk into the wilderness and scream a bunch. See you tonight."
She hung up and walked away.
Chapter 122: Hectic
Student life is a blur.
For Rhodonite, everything had started to meld together.
Wake up brush your teeth eat breakfast out door to your first lecture second lecture lunch third lecture noodles homework sleep
At first it was easy, of hectic - but now things were getting muddied.
Oversleep wake up forget breakfast out door shoot forgot bag first lecture second lecture work through lunch third lecture no dinner homework sleep
She supposed it was her lot, really.
Oversleep wake up out door go to wrong lecture miss it second lecture pass out in library miss third lecture go home cry sleep
Just the student life.
Chapter 123: I Spy
Pearl sees something in the rain.
Pearl sat in the library, reading a book - not because she was studying; she had a bit of time to herself. She sat next to the window where she could watch the rain - she felt utterly relaxed.
She finished her chapter and set down her book, looking out the window once more. Down below, she spied a muscular woman, dreadlocks dyed rainbow, chaining up a bike. Despite the rain, she wore no protection, her skin glistening in the downpour. For a moment she looked up - Pearl could have sworn she'd winked at her.
Blushing, she quickly returned to her book.
Figured I should do something that isn't venting at uni being hard.
Chapter 124: Group Work
Lapis regrets her group.
Sorry about the update schedule this week, I've been incredibly busy. :B Two today to make up for it!
Why did Lapis had to end up in this study group?
It wasn't like they didn't work hard, far from it? Nor was it like they were unpleasant, they were anything but! They were smart, solidly dependable and friendly to boot. So why was she annoyed at working with them?
"You have such pretty eyes," said Sapphire, smiling and blushing.
"All the better to look at you with, Sapphy," replied Ruby.
"I love you," sighed Sapphire, leaning onto Ruby's shoulder.
"I love you too!" Ruby ruffled her girlfriend's hair.
Why, Lapis wondered, did they have to be so sickeningly lovey-dovey?
Chapter 125: Graduation
Connie is done.
Connie took a deep breath as she walked up towards the chancellor - despite the robe, she felt horribly naked.
The chancellor smiled a grin that felt slightly too big as he handed her her degree - with honours, no less. He offered his hand, and, her own trembling, she shook it.
It had all felt so hard, but now she was out the road ahead seemed harder still. Was this life? Everything getting harder and harder until she died?
No. This was opportunity. This was challenge. This was what made life worth it.
She steeled herself for the challenges to come.