headcanon where the only other time garnet ever split back into ruby and sapphire was when rose gave birth to steven and gave up her physical form. ruby and sapphire mourning, ruby pacing around her room and raging, while sapphire sings softly alone and wailing on the hill at night. a week passes, and ruby and sapphire meet at the conjunction of their rooms, silent for a few minutes before tears roll down ruby’s cheeks and sapphire gathers her up in her arms. sapphire stroking ruby’s head as she buries her face into sapphire’s shoulder, crying as softly as possible. they sit there like that, quietly, together. when ruby stops, they both vow to always protect steven, to always look out for him, no matter what. laying their hands together and touching foreheads, they fuse, and garnet stands. she promises to be there for steven universe, a human. a crystal gem. always for him. for rose.