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Not long after Lapis left Ruby and Para in Jersey, she returned to the apartment she shared in Beach City with Ruby—the former Ruby. Lapis still hadn't gotten over that. Once getting inside the apartment, she dropped down against the wall and cried for a while. She only stopped when she realized in that state it was difficult to keep herself from letting her mind slip into memory projection, and she wanted nothing less than to relive any memories at the moment. She pushed herself up and decided it would be best to occupy her mind with thoughts of moving forward from here. She took the mesh net-bag she used to gather mollusks and began filling it with her belongings. Her single stuffed elephant, a dictionary, shells, various knick-knacks she had collected during her time in Beach City were gathered with a solemn reverence and stuffed into the bag. She gathered everything that belonged to her into this bag except for the giant stuffed giraffe. That would have to be carried separately. Then she took everything that didn't belong to her and put it in a single pile in the center of the floor. If Ruby—the former Ruby—were to come back to the apartment, she wouldn't have to spend a lot of time gathering her things. Alternatively, the landlord wouldn't have to spend a lot of time removing her stuff. Either way, Lapis wasn't going to stick around. She let time get away from her when she packed, however, and so she hadn't finished yet.
The apartment was, of course, the first place Para and Ruby would have checked for Lapis on their way back from Beach City. Ruby spent the entire time mentally preparing, nearly talking to herself at points as they approached the building. As they reached the stairwell, however, she'd become uncomfortably quiet, staring at each step individually as they made their way up. "Okay... this is it." Ruby said, arriving a few feet away from the closed door to their apartment.
"OK... like you said, I... have to be vulnerable. It's not an argument. It's not an argument, because it's me apologizing for... for what - for not being... more receptive? For not letting her be mad?" Ruby said, looking up at Para. Though she also gestured to the door, the indication being that after this short bit of advice, she was welcome to knock.
Post by Forge Master Para on Jan 29, 2018 19:19:03 GMT
For most of the trip to the apartment Para was silent, trying to not let her own nerves about the situation show. The last thing Ruby needed was her added unease about what was likely about to transpire, though once they had actually reached their destination she stopped and turned to her. She placed a hand on her shoulder to try calm her nerves, "It is an apology for hurting her. It is not your fault, but that does not mean Lapis was not hurt by what happened." A small smile grew, "I know you've got this."
Turning to the door she hesitated for just a moment, taking in a deep breath before knocking on the door a few times, "Lapis dear, are you home? Could we talk please?"
Lapis froze in place at the sound of Para's voice. She was quiet for a moment as she considered whether she should answer, but guessed it was probably just Para at the door. "I'm sorry for leaving." She says as she heads for the door. "I don't know if you know what happened or anything, but it's not what we thought." She opened the door and started, not expecting to see Ruby. She tensed up, wanting to leave, but couldn't bring herself to do it. Instead she spoke uncharacteristically calm and resolute towards Ruby, cutting her off if she were preparing to say anything. "I'm going to Scotland. I have a friend and his mate there who offered me a place to stay if I ever needed it." She paused. "...I don't know why I'm telling you this, since I won't be staying there for long either."
Ruby was halfway between thinking that she was going to say something at the beginning and actually saying something, so she was actually relieved when Lapis spoke first, though the relief was only slight. She had to steady herself before she started. "Lapis, I - I talked with Para, and I wanted to apologize. I'm not trying to hunt you down, and even though I was struggling with, well, the truth, and how much I know about myself now, it wasn't right for me to act the way I did - I was rash and angry and confused, and I'm sorry." She said, fast and all at once, probably talking right over Lapis if she tried to cut in the middle of it. It was like she wanted to make sure she got something out, if Lapis was about to jump out the window and away from her. Then she looked up at Para, giving her a little nod - something that meant 'if you want to leave this to us that's fine, but I'll see you later no matter what happens.'
Post by Forge Master Para on Jan 31, 2018 19:50:56 GMT
Para was going to start saying something but froze upon the door opening, sensing the tension in the air rising. Then just as she had almost recovered Lapis was quick to address Ruby, leaving Para to simply take a couple steps back so she was not between the two of them.
She was happy to note Ruby didn't leave a chance for Lapis to run off, although it almost seemed like she wasn't intent on going without some form of closure. When it came to Ruby's subtle gesture that she could leave Para hesitated for just a moment before nodding and quietly removing herself from the situation. There was nothing more she could do, nor was it her place to interrupt. So instead she stepped back down the stairwell and waited at the bottom floor. On the terrible chance that Lapis did reject Ruby's apology, she wanted to be there for her in the aftermath.
Lapis sighed. "I'm... still having trouble believing you, Captain Ruby. I don't see how someone could be so upset that they forgot who they were, without having their gem damaged or anything. I want to trust you after all the time we've spent together-" She paused. "...but apparently it wasn't you I was spending time with. I was spending time with Facet-1A3G, Cut-3RG." She felt cold, and she hugged her own arms. "How can I believe you? How do I know you're not just here to pick up your crew." She stepped back, revealing all of the bubbled gems Ruby had sent back. "Because if you're here for them, please just take them. Or let me go now, and you can keep the apartment for them."
"The only thing I want to do with my crew is figure out how to cure them of their corruption - eventually, and with you." Ruby started, addressing her last concern first, before continuing. "And if you really want to know how someone can be that upset... I'll try to do my best to explain that too. At least, I'll explain as much as I can remember now. You deserve to know the whole truth."
"On the day of the voyage to Earth, I was sat down by an Agate - ...or it might have been a Quartz with orders from an Agate. They gave me my orders, to find you with the help of my crew. We were going to just head straight to your Kindergarten from Jersey, not that I had informed my squad about that yet. Information was on a strictly need-to-know basis, and all they knew was what you saw in the logs - that we were looking for you."
"I knew something was off that day. 1A3G had been quiet the whole day once she found out we were headed to Earth, and I wasn't sure why. On one hand, I... I'm proud of her for seeing past Homeworld's plans for us, and for you, and that she did what she did. On the other hand, she put the crew in danger, and nearly sentenced the crew to shattering with her heavy-handed actions."
"In any case, I was already nervous, and yes, just like you said... I felt enormous guilt when I was the only survivor of my crew. At the time of the crash, it was impossible for me to think through what was happening. I was furious at 1A3G for what she had done, and at the same time torn apart that I couldn't fix the controls in time to save my crew. 1A3G didn't deserve what happened. She probably deserved that emergency bubble more than I did. I don't know if I thought that at the time, but I know that after some time at the crash site, I began to lie to myself."
"The first lie was that this wasn't my fault. And I said it over and over, but I couldn't believe it - because it was certainly my fault. I was the one with the bad attitude towards Earth and the Rebels. I was the one who never questioned Homeworld's orders. I was the one who was so blind to my crew's concerns that it cost them their lives. Their captain." Ruby said, avoiding Lapis' gaze. Her eyes reflected anguish, remorse, and regret. Clearly recounting this scene was emotionally difficult for her.
"So I lied again, this second lie so severe that it forced me to forget who I was. I told myself that I wasn't the captain, I was a crew member. I forsook remembering my mission and crew for the safe haven of pretending to be an emotionally stable, innocent gem. Innocent. She had done nothing, known nothing, felt nothing.
"The longer I told myself I was this new Ruby, the better I felt, and the less I remembered. The less I had to think about my crew, or my mission, or how badly everything hurt. Living the lie was easier than living the truth." Ruby said, closing her eyes, before opening them and looking under her arm and around her, as her gem was situated on her back. "You're right. My gem never cracked." She looked up at Lapis. "But your gem's integrity mostly affects your physical form. On the outside, I was pristine. Inside... I was practically shattered."
Lapis is quiet for a while, not able to look at Ruby herself. "So... what happens now? You'll come back and we focus on figuring out how to cure the corruption. Then what? Do you still remember everything you used to do? Does any of that mean something to you now, or are you back to being loyal to the Diamonds? Because I meant what I said. I'm not leaving Earth; not if it means letting Earth become destroyed. I won't go even if the Diamonds ordered me to—even if I become friends with this... new you." She said firmly, then faltered. "I don't know how much of that is important to you anymore. You look the same but I still feel like I lost someone really special to me."
"Well, like I told you, I remember everything that happened. It may not have truly been me, but I could still see and hear and feel everything. I thought everything she thought, and said everything she said. It was only once I found the truth that I began to realize that what I was saying wasn't truly me speaking. But to be clear, just because I wasn't saying these things as myself, does not mean that I feel differently, at least, in most respects." Ruby explains, trying her best to maintain her composure. Something about Lapis' demeanor made her uncomfortable.
"I care about curing corruption, both because it's effect on my crew and because of how it affects any and all gems. It's not a Homeworld versus Rebel issue, it's just an issue."
"I care about Earth, and the beauty it has to offer. Maybe some of that care is in memory of 1A3G, and maybe some of that is what I've experienced, but I really do find it beautiful."
"And I care about you. And that feeling hinges a lot of what I feel right now, because - well, because the Diamonds sent me on this voyage to Earth to get you and probably bring you to some horrible fate, and they would have never accepted how bright you were, or how kind you were to others, or how naturally beautiful the Earth is. You taught me more, about Earth or otherwise, than that Agate or Quartz or - or whoever - ever could. You accepted me without knowing what my mission was. No one on Homeworld would ever do that. You trusted me without question and the both of us learned about Earth together, with each new discovery only broadening and diversifying my opinions on the planet and its inhabitants. And thanks to you, all my opinions were amazingly positive. And they still are." "I'm never returning to Homeworld. Worst case scenario, I'd be shattered. Best case scenario, I might be put in charge of a new squad of Rubies, but I could never do that. Not after what happened. I'd never be able to work on fixing corruption, and I'll always think of the countless other 'defective' gems that are being targeted for who knows what here on Earth, despite their potential for good. And worst of all, I'd have to live with knowing that there was always a possibility that one day, I might have to return to Earth and see you. And I never want to see you as an enemy. Only as a friend. Not because I'm afraid of you, though you are a force to be reckoned with." Ruby manages the smallest of sad smiles.
"But because I think I would be 1A3G all over again. And I don't want to initiate a control lockout - have to crash my ship to go against my Homeworld crew. I don't want to put other gems in danger. I'm done hurting, myself, or others. I... I want to heal." Ruby said, with an air of almost pleading, and she looked right back up at Lapis again.
Lapis kept her arms crossed and her eyes averted as Ruby began to speak. She had never been this stalwart—so closed off—from anything in her entire life. She didn't show it, but it was beginning to make her feel sick. Her posture and expression softened over the course of the speech. Ruby was finally getting through to her. When Ruby finished, Lapis slowly looked up at her, studying her. Then she gave a sad smile and threw her arms around her, squeezing her tight. "I thought I was going to be alone again," She muttered, cheek rested against Ruby's poofy hair, happy tears finally starting to well up. "So many of my memories—almost every single one has you in it. I don't know how different things are going to be between us. I hope they aren't too different, but now I know I don't have to start all over again. I don't have to ignore everything I've done since I regenerated in the ocean. Knowing you're still the same person inside, that's all I ever wanted." She didn't let go.
Ruby was surprised to see Lapis spring to her so quickly, and reacted with only a half second of delay to hug her back. Her eyes creased with emotion and she shut them with a bigger smile. "I don't want you to be alone, because... I know how that feels. I'm going to try my best to make sure that never happens, I promise. And we won't have to restart everything. Like I said, I saw those decisions she made, and they were good ones. Like deciding to get this apartment and get a job, and deciding to seek out allies in the Crystal Gems, and even finding something fun to do, like going to the arcade." Ruby said, smiling as she remembered that interaction.
Lapis pulled away from Ruby after that, beaming down after her and wiping away her tears. Then she blinked in realization. "We have so much to do!" She wiggled out of Ruby's grasp and headed back into the apartment. She threw her netted backpack down and began unpacking all of her belongings. "You have to go to the fry shop and make sure you still have a job! I learned that humans won't shatter you, but they can take away your job if you don't show up! Also, we have to figure out a better place to keep your crew!" She stopped unpacking and hurried to a few floating gems, gently pushing them into a tighter group. "If one of us accidentally pops a bubble without noticing, we might have a corrupted gem loose in the apartment, and Mr. Donjonnio won't like that! Oh, and I think we should also tell Para that everything's—" She paused, grinning as she repeated herself. "—everything's back to normal."
"I think we'll have bigger problems than Mr. Donjonnio if one of these bubbles pop." Ruby says, with a quiet chuckle, but she smiled at the rest of Lapis' statement. "Right. As normal as normal gets, anyway. And that's true, I've been away from my job for a little bit... I guess I just expected them to know where I went, but to be fair I was only really thinking about finding my ship when we left. Okay, uh," She said, opening the front door and glancing down the hall. "I think she said she'd be downstairs, here-" And she likely led Lapis downstairs in an attempt at finding where Para had been waiting/hiding out while this conversation happened.
Post by Forge Master Para on Feb 2, 2018 21:51:37 GMT
Para had excused herself and walked back down the stairs to the bottom level, but even there she could hear murmurings of the conversation. Feeling awkward even just hearing bits and pieces she went even further, still in sight from the bottom of the stairs but now on the edge of the nearby road.
For the time that the two small gems above were talking Para was pacing back and forth in a nervous trance, one of her arms supporting the other as it rapidly tapped the side of her face. She was stuck thinking about the aftermath, trying to plan for the worst case scenario. What would she do? Would Ruby need a place to stay? Could she even comfort Ruby at that point? She was far from a sociable gem, this sort of emotional stuff was far beyond her. Sure she could see things logically and try to fix a problem, but just comforting someone sad was outside her skill range.
So when the gems would happen upon her Para would likely not notice them immediately, too deep in thought to take in her surroundings.
This Roleplay is a prequel to Steven Universe to an extent with some slight retconing and its own progression to the story that will turn out differently to how stuff plays out in the show.Thanks to the message by Rose Quartz several gems are rising up to protect Earth and have labelled themselves as the Crystal Gems. Others on earth are remaining aligned to Homeworld though despite the isolation of Earth from Homeworld
All gems on earth are still stranded, the communication hub is still offline and all the space warps are shattered, it has now been revealed that this is the work of Rose Quartz and her small group known as the Crystal gems. They have rebelled against Homeworld and have chosen to protect the Earth (Trapping themselves on Homeworld to keep the warps down).
Now both sides are fighting among themselves along with fighting against the 'Corruption' a virus is infecting many gems turning most of them into mindless monsters, but those with a stronger will seem to becoming something more sinister.
The Game has changed now. The question has finally been posed, are you against Homeworld or allied with them. Or do you have your own agenda that may or may not been assisted by the ‘Corruption’. Regardless the seeds have been placed down and although it is only the beginning the fight for or against Earth and the corruption has begun. The choice is yours for how it is shaped on the Original Steven Universe Roleplay Site.
Orginal Opening Plot Here Thread That Changed Everything
Differances Between the Roleplay and the Show
*Thanks to Rose Quartz' message the Gems on Earth are entirely aware that the Homeworld Gems intend to wipe out the human race.
*The "corruption" is being treated like a virus due to lack of info about it on the show.
*Garnet, Pearl and Rose are assumed capture on Homeworld
*Garnet,Pearl and Rose broke the space warps to delay Homeworld
*Thanks to Roses Message gems now know what the Kindergarten was used for