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"W-woah!" Protest wouldn't really be the right word for it. It threw Ruby for a loop certainly, and it caused her to sort of freeze up as she was merely carried off and over to the balcony. Under her breath, she emitted a long "uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" as she was flown up into the air, staring over at Lapis and wiggling her booties a little bit as they were no longer on solid ground. Otherwise, she didn't struggle or say anything, though her nervousness was obvious enough as she froze up again, not daring to move an inch for one reason or another. Her cheeks were a deeper red color than normal, and after a couple pleading seconds staring at Lapis, she looked all over to try to find something else to look at.
Lapis hadn't noticed it at first. She began to fly with Peridot, beaming and giggling to herself that she actually had someone to fly with now. After a minute or so she turned her attention to Ruby and her face fell. Her face flushed a darker blue of embarassment as she realized she hadn't considered the fact that Ruby might not be okay with this. She took a second to sink deeper into thought in order to come up with the easiest solution to this. However, her lapse in concentration nearly caused the water to fall away from her arms, and she flailed her feet and flapped harder in order to keep control. This likely stopped them, but at least this gave her an excuse she figured she could use. "We should... walk the rest of the way!" She called out to Peridot. "I'm... uh... holding this money and it's... making it difficult to keep the water on my arms!" She tried, with the darker color in her cheeks returning.
As Peridot held Ruby in the air she was quietly grateful that her cargo had not squirmed. In fact she was stiff as could be, which made balance much easier to handle. At Lapis' suggestion, Peridot nodded. "Yes, there's no need to risk injury over speed, if you're having trouble." she replied and descended. She'd keep an eye on where Lapis touched down and land gently next to her, setting Ruby down with little thought to it. In her blissful mind, nothing was wrong with their airborne escapades. Following Lapis, Peridot's mind wandered about what strange tests of skill the humans would have set up for the exchange of currency. She felt confident that there was no test she couldn't overcome by human standards.
Ruby looked initially relieved to hear that she would be let down, as she had pretty much decided to close her eyes the whole way otherwise. She looked disoriented as she hit the ground, being let down to slide to an unceremonious stop by Peridot, and Ruby stood shakily while Peridot was still in range. "T-t-thank you for the lift, ma'am." Her voice was thick with forced compliance, as a soldier might agree with a commanding officer, when they don't really agree. As Peridot walked away, or at least couldn't see her, Ruby made eye contact with Lapis if she could. Then her legs wobbled and she toppled over onto her front, groaning with discomfort as her face met the sidewalk.
Lapis dropped towards the ground and fluttered to a stop, allowing the water on her arms to simply fall off and splatter onto the ground. She watched Ruby thank Peridot, and briefly wondered why she did that if she wasn't comfortable with fl—oh. she wasn't grateful. "U—thanks." She said to Peridot. She met Ruby's eyes and watched her with a worried and confused expression after that. She began to ask if Ruby were alright, when Peridot had likely turned her attention away for a moment and Ruby. This is when Ruby probably fell.
((I guess there needed to be some clarification since Ruby fell when Peridot wasn't in the area, but Peridot had been following Lapis))
Lapis gasped and exclaimed "Ruby!" She immediately hunkered over her to check on her.
After another groan, Ruby flipped herself over onto her back and squinted up at Lapis. "I'm... I'm ok." Ruby said, a little bit gruffly, pushing to a stand. She was trying to speak quietly enough so Peridot couldn't hear. "I just - wasn't really ready to get picked up and flown into the air without my permission. Especially by someone I'm trying to make a good impression on." Ruby gave a strained smile to Lapis, brushing herself off and giving a short gulp as she glanced over at Peridot. "I've never been really used to flying either. As a Ruby, I'm better off with my feet planted firmly on the ground. I mean... you heard how well that went with my ship." Ruby attempted to make her misfortune into a joke with a tiny, strained smile.
Peridot gave a simple "Mhm~." response to Ruby's thanks, barely paying attention to her as she walked off to Lapis. Of course, she stopped when Lapis called out to Ruby. Peridot looked back with a confused expression, approaching slowly. A passing thought wondered if walking was truly a preferable option when Ruby couldn't seem to take two steps without falling over. She only came to a more accurate conclusion of what happened when she she could hear what was being said. "Ah... I had failed to consider that your unfamiliarity with flight might have a... negative effect. I'll not repeat such a miscalculation." she stated matter-of-factly though with a hint of nervousness in her own tone at admitting fault. Clearly she should have known better. She stood around and waited to follow either Lapis or Ruby.
Ruby's joke didn't really sit well with Lapis. She frowned uncomfortably at that and stepped away when Ruby got steady on her feet. "Uhm, c'mon, it's not much farther..." She said when she turned back to Peridot, and started off again. She kept closer to Ruby this time.
They made it to the boardwalk with Lapis keeping relatively quiet. However, upon spotting the arcade her face lit up a little and some of that sullen reflection was washed away. "Here it is!" She broke away from the other two and hurried over to the skee ball machine. She stood in front of it, beaming, before suddenly realizing nothing was happening. She tilted her head curiously, then realized what was wrong. "Oh... Para inserted something into this to get it to work, didn't she?"
Ruby's face fell when she noticed Lapis' frown, but she followed alongside Lapis and kept up appearances for the two other gems. Her expression picked up with a smile when Lapis became excited at spotting the arcade, and she followed her (and likely Peridot) in and over to the skee ball machine. At the question of what to do once they were there, Ruby crouched down, swung off her bag, and dug through it. "Hm... no... no no no... Aha!" She pulled out a fistful of quarters. "Para gave us a bunch of these when we were first here, and since most of these machines only need one coin to operate, I never really run out." She turned to Peridot first and offered her handful of coins.
"Maybe you should try first, ma'am. To start, you take one of these coins and put it in the slot down there." She gestured to the coin-slot on the skee ball machine.
Following Lapis' lead, Peridot continued on to the arcade. Arriving at the skee ball machine she examined it quizzically along with the other machines nearby. Flashing lights and strange noises made her wonder if the equipment was functioning correctly or attempting to warn her of power overloads. Her attention was brought back to Ruby when she spoke of using the coins to operate the machines. "Very well, a single coin... perhaps in this slot." she thought aloud, taking a coin from ruby and putting it into a slot of appropriate size. The machine activated, playing a short jingle and opening a tunnel from which the skee balls rolled out of. An electronic display began counting down her time and displayed a score of zero. She stared at the device, curious what it was supposed to do now. "Roll the ball into the hole!" the machine called out. Looking at the skee balls and the machine itself, she spotted the holes that were appropriately sized.
Picking up a ball she tossed it so it would roll up the ramp, watching as the final lip launched the ball up and into a ring labeled 300. The score counter ticked up to 300 and she took another ball, repeating her motion. Seeing the counter tick up to 600 she paused for a moment, looking at the other holes and numbers beside them. Rolling a ball into the 100 and 200 holes she found that the number ticked up according the hole. Finally she spotted another ticket stating that her target was 3000. Taking but a moment to examine the game she spotted the holes in the corners, marked as 500. "Ah, this is a test of mathematical addition involving counters and hitting targets beyond reach." she stated. Aiming her gauntlet at the skee balls before her she fired a tractor beam and levitated them. They aligned themselves and Peridot pointed them to her target, being the 500 hole. One after the other the skee balls flew from the green field enveloping them and into the hole and firing the final two into the 300 and 100 holes, making the score a flat 3000. Her time was up and the machine chimed, dispensing some tickets. "Oh, these are the currency specific to this place. What a strange test." she commented, plucking the tickets.
Lapis stared at Peridot after her performance, completely dumbfounded. "I had no idea you were so good at this already!" She stated, jaw partially dropped. She stepped forward to inspect the tickets. It probably wasn't many with the ticket prices of many arcade things, but it was still more than Lapis had expected. "...And I had no idea you could use your... arms like that! Or that it could work! It makes me want to try something, actually..." She inserted a quarter of her own and received bawls. She took a skee ball and closed her eyes to concentrate. She coaxed water into flowing out onto her arm, and then had it envelop the ball as well. The water around the ball froze, but the rest of the water on her hand stayed liquid. Now it looked like she was putting in a lot of effort to keep this maintained. Slowly, she pushed the frozen ball through the air on an extended limb of water based from her arm. It almost looked like Lapis was trying to recreate Peridot's tractor beam in her own way.
The ball made it about halfway down the lane, before the ice lost its solidity and became liquid like the rest of this watery extension. The ball fell through and dropped to the lane. Lapis vacantly watched it sloooooowly roll back down the lane towards her. When it tapped against her leg, she turned to Ruby. "...Ruby do you want to help me skee the rest of these balls?"
Ruby watched as Peridot used her tractor beam, and Ruby backed up to watch with wide eyes. As she absolutely crushed the game's score, Ruby let a little tiny frown. Then, Lapis used her water to move the ball down the ramp a distance, which made Ruby's expression darken slightly; not angrily, more disappointed. When Lapis turned to Ruby and spoke to get her attention, she attempted to change her expression so that Lapis wouldn't see the frown. That being said, she backed up slightly. "Oh - no no - I'm probably not going to get as good as good a score as Peridot." She said quickly, appending her expression to have the best smile she could muster. She seemed to sweat slightly, giving a single gulp as she looked into Lapis' eyes.
Her gaze dodged to her bag and she said, "Y-you guys can go on, I'm gonna just check and see how many tickets I have left." And with that, she quickly busied herself with looking for her left-over tickets in her bag, keeping her face and expression away from Lapis.
The use of ice and water to place the skee ball in the hole was an interesting concept. Peridot crossed her arms and tapped rhythmically on her gauntlet as she observed Lapis attempt to use her powers in a similar fashion as Peridot had used her limb enhancers. Though it failed, it did give Peridot a few ideas. After Ruby stated that she was going to check her tickets, presumably near the place where they were spent, she nodded. 'Accountability is important.' she told herself, returning her attention to Lapis. 'Lapis Lazulis do not need limb enhancers and her capabilities and mine are not similar, thus she must not use a similar approach to the problem.' she reasoned, tapping her chin.
"Lapis, I have a suggestion. This test was accomplished by me by using a function of my limb enhancers. You do not have limb enhancers, but you have a different ability which could accomplish this test. If you made a track of ice towards the target hole for the ball and sent the ball up that track then the outcome would be the same as what you attempted." she explained, summoning a screen to show what she was suggesting. A quick blueprint of a lattice supporting two rails for the ball to roll on, aimed at one of the 500 holes was shown before the screen dissipated and returned to being her fingers.
Lapis tilted her head a little at Ruby's response. "Are you sure? You did really well last time." A pause, then "Well... okay..." she said, looking between her and Peridot. She turned her attention back to Peridot to hear out her master plan. She stared at the blueprint in front of her, briefly wondering how Peridot was able to create it that fast, before it disappeared again. She looked down at her hands and cocked her mouth to one side. "I'll try it." The water slowly extended out from her outstretched arm again, but this time a little shaky. It nearly collapsed, so Lapis withdrew it and huffed. "Ergh, hold on." She drew back her arm and whipped it forward at the holes. It slapped against the back holes and held briefly, creating a bridge of water between Lapis' arm and the end of the skee ball ramp."Okay... now I just have to shape it into... two..." She bit her lower lip and concentrated, while the thick bridge of water began to divot down the middle to form two rails.
Holding water out at that length for this long seemed to require an exorbitant amount of effort from this Lapis, and she hadn't even finished making the rails yet, let alone began freezing them. Eye twitching, outstretched arm getting shaky, the watery bridge between her arm and the skee ramp rippling and trembling, it all suddenly dropped out of the air and off Lapis' arm as if whatever invisible supports/adhesive keeping it up had suddenly given way. The skee ramp was splashed with a good coating of water, but by some miracle the machine hadn't shorted out. Lapis let out a breath, dropped her arm, and the other went up to cover her face.
Ruby heard the splash and dug her face out of the bag, looking over at Lapis, who was covering her face likely still. She walked over next to her to view the small water-slide that was the skee ball ramp, which likely spilled a little bit onto her booties.
"Hey... L-Lapis, it's ok!" Ruby said, with a smile. "Look - I mean, you got the ball all the way down there that first time and you didn't even have to move! I don't have anything like that, all I can do is make things hotter and - uh - yeah!" She said, gesturing to the water. "You've got your own way of doing things, and you're so talented, and - and-" Ruby said quickly, gesturing wildly with her hands, before bringing her arms down to her side and looking up at Lapis.
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Feb 23, 2020 11:08:33 GMT
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