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As the water stretched out to form the bridge that would guide the skee ball towards its goal, Peridot stood there with an excited expression, almost oblivious to the strain that this task was putting on Lapis. She held her hands together before her, interlocking the cylinders that represented her fingers and was outright confused when it all came crashing down. She tapped her chin and then looked at Lapis with some concern. It was then that Ruby had arrived as Peridot could finally see what the issue was. With one hand on her hip and the other raising a finger, Peridot cleared her throat. "Ruby is correct, we all have our capabilities and limitations. I suspect these human tests have greater value in the training of our abilities than the outcome of... whatever these are." she stated, holding up her ribbon of tickets. "Looking around, it appears these tests vary in objectives. Perhaps there is one better suited for your skills?" she asked, her eyes darting to each machine in the arcade. As she failed to see what each machine was for she realized there were two gems that obviously knew the arcade better than she and her eyes landed on Ruby, as if hoping for an answer.
Ruby blinked, staring around at the different arcade machines. Her expression implied that she had no idea if there was a Lapis-related arcade machine that would help. She held up a finger as if to indicate 'one second,' before throwing her bag back on her shoulder, (mostly to keep it away from the slowly forming puddle of water,) and running off through the arcade in search of such a machine. Only about ten seconds later, Ruby ran back over with a wide smile. "There is a machine! Sort of! One that uses water!" Ruby announced proudly, pointing off further into the arcade.
The machine she was pointing at seemed to test two skills. The machine had a mounted water gun that let a small jet of water when the triggers were held down. Further down in the machine was a row of yellow plastic ducks with targets on them, slowly bobbing their way down a canal of water. It seemed like the objective was to strike the targets, knocking the ducks into the back of the machine, where they would conceivably be placed back on the canal and floated down again. The words 'SHOOT THE DUCKS' were plastered on the front of the machine.
Lapis lowered her hand when Ruby spoke, and began to admit that water didn't matter, but decided against it. Still looking a little sullen, she quietly followed them and just barely missed the distraught arcade worker that came to fret over the soaked skee ball machine. She initially looked a little sullen, but it passed even before they came to the next arcade game. She furled her brow in confusion upon seeing the little duck canal and the strange machines posted in front of it. She went over to one of the water guns and ran her hand over it, dipping her finger into the barrel and looking a little surprised to find it was wet. She looked up at the sign, and there was a sudden glint in her eye. "Wait... this is a machine that shoots water at birds?" She slowly turns to the two of them with deadpanned determination. "How do we start it."
Once Ruby had pointed out the machine requiring a skill of accuracy with water Peridot couldn't help but smile eagerly. It was a test tailored just for Lapis and would surely be a great demonstration of her powers. At Lapis' question Peridot held up a coin from the handful that Ruby had given her earlier. "Pattern analysis says--" she commented to herself before inserting the coin into the slot on the front of the machine. The machine whirred to life and a timer above the machine began to count down. Target ducks uprighted themselves and began to traverse horizontally. Music chimed on and lights put on a display behind the targets. The trigger on the water-gun clicked forward, ready for use.
Lapis watched the ducks slowly bob down the canal and began to panic internally. She forgot to figure out how the gun worked before they started. She hurried behind it and tapped it a few times before she realized that she had to squeeze the triggers. She did momentarily, and blinked at how fast the water had shot out. A grin then started to grow on Lapis' face—one that was adorably sadistic. She whipped the gun back and forth to the fullest extent of its limited range, giggling the whole time. She probably wasn't doing the best at actually knocking the backs into the canal like she should have, but that was because she couldn't focus on any one single duck. She was enjoying the water gun too much. However, by sheer volume of water she eventually managed to knock a few ducks back. She spun around to the two behind her once she had finished, exclaiming "That was amazing! It felt like how my powers should work! Maybe there really is something for everyone here. Who's next? Where are we going next? Or do you guys want to try this?" She asked as she practically bounced in place.
Ruby giggled and smiled along with Lapis. She looked like she was having just about as good a time as Lapis as the ducks were being shot down, though her mirth did seem directly related to Lapis'. She gave a little "Woo!" every time Lapis hit a duck down, and she smiled widely as Lapis spoke excitedly. Her expression faltered slightly when she said 'it felt like how my powers should work,' and caused her to sort of look down at the floor with a frown, but she got right back on the excited saddle and responded to Lapis' question.
"Well, I found a game that I'm good at!" She pointed over at the Whack-a-Mole game on the side of the room. "It tests my reaction and how hard I can smack these things called moles. Peridot, did you - I mean, uh, I'm sorry - Peridot, ma'am, did you want to try this game that Lapis tried?"
Watching Lapis soak the ducks with the water gun was a reward on its own and Peridot stood with a slight smile with her hands on her hips. It seemed to her that the lapis was more enthralled with the function of the water-gun than actually scoring well on the human test, but the end result appeared as confidence with her own powers. As the machine finished its game, Peridot scratched her chin and eyed the contraption suspiciously. Ruby's question snapped her out of a thought and she looked down with a surprised expression. Seeing the whack-a-mole game she gave a chuckle. "How fitting. A game of reaction, power and speed. Before we see that though, I'm curious..." she said, turning to look at Lapis. "This machine shoots water at the targets. Perhaps you can influence the water to strike the targets accurately?" she asked, holding out another coin for Lapis.
Lapis held out a hand to reject Peridot's offer of another coin. "Sorry, my powers don't work like that. As in, all of the powers I should have aren't there." She paused. "Well... actually... I have been feeling stronger lately. Maybe there's been a difference. Hold on." She spun around to the water canal the ducks had just bobbed by in. She closed her eyes and let out a breath to get herself focused.
As if caught by the wind—despite the fact that they're in an arcade so there's no wind—her hair, blouse, and ribbon began to blow in that invisible current. A little smile touched her face. This was it. She could feel everything had been building up to this one moment. At last, she could do it! She threw her hands up!
A tiny ripple spread across the water. Lapis' hair and clothing settled again and she turned back around to the two with a vacant, seemingly unfazed smile.
"...okay." Ruby said, quietly. She tried to make herself even smaller than she normally was as she led the two gems over to the Whack-a-Mole machine, gulping somewhat nervously. "So... uh, this one's pretty simple. There's this - oh, they got a new one." She reaches up to pull down a padded mallet with a shiny new metal handle, looking it over a little bit. "Basically, when you put in a coin, these little brown fake creatures will pop out, and you can hit them with the mallet. But they're going to try to escape, so hit them as fast as you can. I'm really good at it, so - maybe, you should go first, ma'am." Ruby reached up on her tiptoes to hand Peridot the mallet.
With the display that Lapis had put on, Peridot was nothing but hopeful. When the water simply rippled, Peridot's bright expression turned to one of concern and she wondered if this lapis simply needed more practice with her powers. Snapped back to reality by Ruby she proceeded to the machine she spoke of. The instructions were simple enough and she questioned just how challenging a trial such as this could be. "Very well, let's see this test of speed." she replied, inserting a coin and accepting the mallet from Ruby. She inspected the blunt weapon as the machine whirred to life and finally returned her sight to the holes before her, questioning what fake creatures were supposed to appear. Suddenly one of the plastic machinations leaped upwards at her and she bolted backwards. "NYAAAaaiiiii!!" she cried out as she almost fell backwards, saved by the tether of the mallet that held it to the machine. She straightened herself out and moved to stand before the holes once more, eyeing the mole with some frustration. She went to hit it with the mallet, only for it to retreat back into the hole, giggling at her. Peridot glared at the machine and another mole appeared and she went to strike at it, failing again to hit it in time. A third attempt proved futile and Peridot pulled the mallet back and put a finger to her chin. A few more moles appeared, each giggling at her as they retreated successfully when she did not strike at them. Reaching out she tapped each hole with the mallet and seemed to be testing something. Finally she held back for a moment, with half of the time left on the clock and zero points to her score. A mole popped up and she struck it with the mallet, returning the mallet to a ready position in a snap. The next mole suffered the same fate, conked on the head by a strike that was as fast Peridot's eyesight. This continued until the end of the timer, hitting most of the moles and failing when there were too many popping up at once. She had half a perfect score and she set looked at the machine, thinking of how she might best this trial. Offering the mallet to Ruby, she took a step back and looked at her with an eager smile. "Ruby, care to demonstrate your prowess at this trial?" she asked.
Lapis followed them over to the whack-a-mole machine. She looked at the mallet and frowned. Was the object of this game really about smacking animals that came out of holes? She briefly considered the fact that she just shot birds with a fake weapon, but decided that it was different because those were fake birds, so it's possible that they could have done something to deserve it. Satisfied with this justification, she turned back to watch Peridot.
She jumped at the same time Peridot did, but had jumped because Peridot jumped, not because of the animal. When Peridot began, Lapis watched her play with a curious expression, tilting her head to one side and then the other. She nearly forgot that the animals were supposed to be fake, and seemed confused when Peridot seemed to have stopped. She opened her mouth to ask if she had given up, but blinked at Peridot's sudden improved performance. When it was over, she looked to Ruby.
Ruby just watched as Peridot struck half a perfect score, smiling until she was finished, and then just merely blinking at the sudden improvement. In any case she blushed ever so slightly when Peridot said, 'demonstrate your prowess,' nodding a little bit. "Of course! Let's see..." She took the mallet and pulled over a little step stool so that she could easily reach the holes without having to reach. She bent down to slot in a coin and then narrowed her eyes as the machine began to whir. She had the mallet ready, gripped with both hands. The first mole fell hard, and the second, and the third. Ruby seemed to concentrate more on power than finesse, and her reaction time was surprisingly good - probably from being a soldier. That being said, as her score passed Peridot's, the metal handle seemed to be bending, almost imperceptive. Near the seams on the front of the mallet, any material touching the metal handle was starting to bend, buckle, and tear. This was all due to Ruby's intense slamming of the mallet into each and every mole - she was really exerting herself.
When the game was finally over, Ruby let out a final, "Rrrrrrrrrrrrrragh!" and slammed the last mole into the machine with a loud metal crunching noise that seemed to be coming from inside the machine itself. Also, the mallet head clipped the hole and flew off, smoking from the base. The interior of it had been entirely burnt out. This caused the score to glitch ever so slightly, but it flickered back to what she had gotten - very close to a to perfect score. Meanwhile, Ruby was now just holding a slightly bent, very hot, metal rod, and panting slightly.
Peridot stood akimbo as she watched Ruby utterly destroy the previous score, along with the machine itself. As Ruby's killing blow struck true on the final vermin a sense of admiration came over Peridot. She would always appreciate the strength of rubies and felt confident in their presence. "Excellent! That score should be impossible to best by any human standard. It seems though the machine might need some time to recover before next use." she commented, pointing at the machine. She tapped a finger to her chin and looked at the various machines surrounding them. There were many other trials they, as gems, could easily best but now she was curious what the ultimate goal was. "So what sort of things do we trade these for?" she asked, holding out her ribbon of tickets.
"You exchange them over at the prize counter. C'mon, I'll show you." She gestured for Peridot to follow. Assuming both her and Ruby do, they walk towards the prize counter with the miserable teenager that really seems like he doesn't want to be there. Behind the glass counter were various types of candies and minor toys going for the minimal amount of tickets. These toys included rubber balls, sticky hands, army men, and other cheap rubber band gadgets that would likely break by the next day. On top of the counter and behind the counter were the various stuffed animals. For example, Ruby's small stuffed elephants. There were also medium-sized stuffed octopuses, pandas, and bunnies at the moment. Suspended above the prize counter was another one of the giant stuffed Giraffes Lapis bought, for a whopping 2000 tickets. At the back wall of the prize corner were various electronics, and a giant stuffed panda also going for 2000 tickets.
Lapis looked down at the tickets she earned. "I've got... eight tickets right now." She looked down at Ruby. "What about you? And how many does Peridot have?"
Ruby reached down to count her tickets, swinging the bag off her shoulder to count the extra tickets she had brought with them from the previous excursion with Para. "Let's see... so, I personally got 40 tickets from the Whack-a-Mole machine, and then... uh... we had something like 300 tickets left over from Para. So I have 340 tickets!" Ruby said, smiling and looking at all the prizes. Her smile faded ever so slightly when she remembered that this place required a large number of currency in order to trade for items. "But um... how many tickets do you have Peridot, ma'am?" Ruby turned to look to Para with a couple of blinks, offering her the remaining tickets that she was holding.
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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