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Walking over to the counter, Peridot's attention was brought to the various items on display. She made note of the little price tags on each item and her mind wandered on what the function of each trinket did. She was brought back to reality with Lapis' question and she looked at the ribbon of tickets she held, eyes analyzing the count of her tickets. "Fifty-five." she replied before looking up at the items again. Assuming that the numbers by each trinket was the number of tickets the human desired for trade, she concluded that her options were rather limited. She tapped a finger against her chin and thought for a moment. "What are the most time efficient methods of getting tickets here?" she asked to Lapis and Ruby, looking between them.
"Well, the most efficient method would be to go find Para." She said matter-of-factly, but the small smile she made afterwards may have been an indication of this probably being a joke. "But otherwise, I don't know. I haven't tried all of the machines here—just the ones we've used today. I think we just have to keep trying them all to find the one that'd give us the most tickets." She looks down at her own tickets, then back up to the prizes. "But with your 55 tickets, it looks like you can get a lot of those things-" She said in reference to the candy and minor plastic toys behind the glass counter. "And with 100 more tickets, you could get an elephant. 450 more tickets could get you one of those animals-" She gestured towards the medium-sized animals. "And... well, we're still a long way away from the biggest animals." She squinted. "And I don't know what any of those machine prizes are, but they look like they cost up to... 5000 tickets." She said in reference to the electronics and game consoles. It's clear that Lapis' focus is mainly on those stuffed animals and not the electronics. She looked back at Peridot and Ruby. "But you two can split my eight tickets. I just had fun with the machine. I'll probably get something at another human store with money later on."
Ruby once again offered her remaining (340) tickets to Peridot. "I already have everything I want here - I have a lot of elephants, I mean. And I'm sure we could just go talk to Para if we wanted more tickets, or we could spend more time here. And like Lapis said, we have a lot more normal human currency that could be traded for other, different things. And you don't have anything like those, do you ma'am?" Ruby questioned Peridot, looking up at the stuffed animals. "They're really nice - i-in my honest opinion, Peridot - ma'am. I think it might just be because of their texture, but there's also something about the way they look... I can't really figure out what." She said, frown a little bit and looking at the stuffed animals.
Tapping a digit against her chin, Peridot thought for moment before accepting the tickets from Ruby. "Excellent! This totals to 403 tickets. But... the stuffed animals you speak of are 450 tickets. I must find another trial to best. The first one should be sufficient to get enough tickets to trade..." she said as she walked off, heading over to the skee ball machine. She stopped mid-stride as a particular machine caught her eye. This arcade game had "Lightcatcher: Test your speed!" and had a circle of small lightbulbs. The top light was blue, the ones to its flanks were green and the rest were red. Inspecting the machine closer, Peridot read "Catch the blue light! Each successive capture doubles the ticket payout. A red light nets zero tickets, green will payout score, blue doubles current payout. Three complete laps ends the game. Press the button to catch the light! $1.00 to play." With this, Peridot checked the coins she was holding onto and inserted one into the machine. "I suppose there's a correlation between greater trials of skill and greater reward of tickets with these devices. I question if this one might payout even more." She thought aloud. The machine read that she had one of four credits inserted and she quirked an eyebrow before inserting another coin. The machines tallied up another credit and she inserted two more after realizing what it wanted. The machine gave a ding and the bottom red light shone, going clockwise up the circle before it shone green, then blue, then green again before it went red and continued on slowly to make a full lap. Placing a finger gently on the button, Peridot waited for the light to turn blue again before pushing it. The machine dinged and the light sped up, completing the next circle with greater speed. She caught the light again with little issue and the ticker called "payout" read four. Timing her button presses with a programmed reaction, Peridot hit the blue light every time it came on. The ticket counted up quickly and the light reached speeds that would require timing that some people would argue required more luck than skill. Doubling each time, the payout counter reached 2048 before the light stopped on a green light. Peridot leaned away from the machine with a look of annoyance. "I timed that last light with only three-hundred-thousand nanoseconds margin for error. Primitive human tech simply can't--" she began to complain but was interrupted by the machine dinging and spitting out a reel of tickets. The counter began to tick down from over two-thousand as the tickets spewed forth in a long ribbon. Peridot collected these and finally turned to Ruby. "Which stuffed animal would you recommend based on textile preference?" she asked, coiling the ribbons up into a reel.
Ruby once again stared as Peridot smashed this machine's challenge, mouth slowly widening in surprise. When she asked Ruby what stuffed animal to trade in for, she actually jumped a little bit. "Oh - I uh - oh!" She jogged over to the ticket counter once she realized what she was meant to be doing. "Well, I haven't actually touched any of those, other than my elephants and Lapis' giraffe. Oh-" She blushed ever so slightly. "By the way, Lapis, I touched your giraffe when you were out. It looked sort of soft so I wanted to... uh... anyway-" She pointed to the big panda. "All of them seem to be made out of basically the same stuff. But my guess is that the ones that require more tickets are probably made of a more quality construction."
Once again, Lapis was also amazed at Peridot's arcade abilities. If she were a more selfish person she might have considered keeping Peridot around in order to get whatever she wanted from the arcade. But she wasn't selfish. So she only thought of it briefly.
Snapping out of her thoughts and watching the exchange between Peridot and Ruby, she blinked in surprise at Ruby. "Oh, uh, that's okay really. You can touch my giraffe since it is really soft, and I wouldn't want to keep all the soft to myself. Sometimes I touch your elephants too when you're not home. Did you know you could stack them on top of each other to build things?"
In a completely un-seamless transition, Lapis jerked her attention to Peridot as if that exchange hadn't happened. "Anyway, if by textile preference you mean how they feel, I think the one Ruby pointed out looks pretty soft. And it's big too, which is, um, a preferable quality." She said in an attempt to replicate Peridot's analytical style.
Standing before the counter of the ticket exchange Peridot eyed the giant panda that Ruby had pointed out. Ruby's opinion was reinforced by Lapis' input and it seemed that her choice was clear. "There likely is a relation between ticket trade value and quality of construction. So... clearly the most expensive variant would be more worth the trade of tickets." she agreed. Turning to the human behind the counter, she held out her reel of tickets in one hand and pointed to the giant panda with the other. "Human, trade me two thousand tickets for the object labeled two thousand tickets." she stated. The human quirked an eyebrow at the strange sight, but accepted the tickets and stuck them in a machine that counted them. Ripping off the last 48 tickets, the boy got the giant panda and handed both the oversized stuffed animal and remaining tickets to Peridot. Accepting these objects, Peridot hugged the panda as she attempted to hold it, finding that she had some difficulty wrapping her arms around it. She felt it brush against her face and paused for a moment. "It... is soft." she said quietly with some astoundment.
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Ruby nodded, walking over to look at the panda. She seemed to be very careful as to not actually touch it. "It looks soft! It might even be softer than Lapis' giraffe - it looks like the material might be a little bit different." She took a step back and looked over to Lapis for confirmation, but then looked at Peridot. Her expression seemed to shift, seeing Peridot hugging the huge stuffed panda. Truth be told, she had been emanating a little bit of sadness and jealousy though this whole ordeal; watching Peridot hug the panda seemed to change her expression a little bit. A smile turned up at the corner of her mouth, and she seemed like she might be a little more open. (( Don't worry about it! You're fine. ))
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Lapis blinked, then huffed under her breath. "Well... I don't know, my giraffe is pretty soft..." She averted her eyes momentarily as she battled with her first instance of jealousy, but it fell away when she noticed Ruby smiling. This in turn caused Lapis to smile. She knew something was wrong with Ruby this entire time, but she couldn't exactly figure out what the problem was. So she was happy to see that it had probably resolved itself.
Watching Peridot (unintentionally) hug the panda, she laughed a little. As an expert on stuffed animals herself, she pointed out "You know, you need a covered place to keep your earth animal. The rain can ruin the softness of it. Do you have any ideas?"
Peridot had to turn sideways to see both Lapis and Ruby correctly. The question from Lapis made her ponder for a moment but quickly came to the conclusion that she'd just keep the panda with her tools. "I've an idea for that..." she remarked as she stepped out of the arcade. Walking to the nearest patch of sand, she shifted to hold the panda with her tractor beam and summoned a screen. She tapped a few buttons and like magic her Roaming Eye ship slammed down before her and opened its ramp. She was unfazed by the ship's sudden appearance and nonchalantly tossed her panda inside. Turning away from her ship, she tapped another button and the ship closed its ramp and zipped off into the upper atmosphere like it was never there, aside from the looks of astonished humans and settling dust cloud. "That should work for now. What other interesting activities are there to do in the settlement of Beach City?" she asked, a small, eager smile showing on her face.
Ruby would have followed Peridot out and onto the sand, the little smile still on her face, seeming interested in whatever Peridot was going to do. However, unlike Peridot, she was not unfazed by the Roaming Eye showing up suddenly, Peridot throwing her stuffed animal in, and just as suddenly as it had appeared, vanishing upwards. When Peridot had turned to them, asking what interesting activities there were still to do, Ruby was staring directly at her, eyes wide in horror. She had apparently dug her feet into a defensive position in the sand, but her expression was less violent and more terrified. There was something else there too, something that was causing the tiniest of tears to form at the corners of Ruby's eyes. She didn't speak, and instead, she seemed to grit her teeth.
Contrary to Ruby's reaction, Lapis was decidedly more unfazed by the appearance of the ship. She followed the two of them out onto the sand and watched Peridot beep the boops necessary to summon the ship. The only thing that had startled her was the suddenness of it, and she jump slightly at it slamming into the ground. "I guess not all gems are as stranded here as I thought..." She mused quietly.
She was about to offer some suggestions, when she noticed Ruby's change in posture and demeanor. Her passive expression dropped. Without saying anything—probably without needing to say anything—she walked over to stand by Ruby. She put an arm across Ruby's shoulders and held the shoulder opposite her, while looking down at her to wait for a response.
When Lapis put her arm across her shoulders, Ruby sort of jumped, letting a quick intake of breath that was almost gasp-like. She took her eyes off Peridot to look up at Lapis, then looked down at herself, reaching up to rid herself of the tear that had formed in her left eye, looking down at her hand a little bit. Now she looked shocked, embarrassed, and mad - probably at herself. She had trouble wrenching her gaze away from Peridot and the crater the Roaming Eye would have left after it disembarked, but the more embarrassed she got, the more she forced herself to just look at the sand off to Peridot's right. She said nothing still, rubbing the tear from her other eye.
There was a moment before Peridot looked up from her screen, keeping her eyes trained on some status indicator. A blip confirmed that her ship was now safely sitting just above the clouds and had managed to not hit anything on the way. The screen disappeared as she turned her smile towards Lapis, only now noticing the most recent interaction between her and Ruby. While she hadn't seen any tears, she did witness the noticeably uncomfortable look on Ruby's face. Lapis didn't visibly share this uneasiness and Peridot stood there with a confused expression, attempting to logically discern what the issue might be. "Un... less you wish to do something else?" she asked and nervously looked around, feeling increasingly awkward with each passing second.
The mixture of both concern and confusion Lapis' expression seemed to convey to Peridot suggested she wasn't entirely sure what was wrong either, but her arm around Ruby's shoulders quite obviously showed that a reason wasn't needed to try comforting her. Still, the silence between them bothered her enough to eventually nudge Ruby gently and ask "Ruby?" hoping that it would be enough encouragement for her to speak.
All the while, she tried her best to determine for herself what could have happened. Unfortunately she found that her usual introspective prowess—that inner place reserved for deep rumination she could easily slip in and out of at any time—was effectively inaccessible at the moment. The present seemed to have priority here.
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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