Here’s the other one! It’s a little more out of character than the last. Sapphire has significantly less chill than she should. I think she does a lot of internal worrying anyway, so… yeah.
Sapphire woke up alone. She was never alone. She was never Sapphire. Where is Ruby? Where did she—oh. She remembers, remembers being forcibly split apart by some new technology, by some terrifying new Gem called Jasper, remembers being forced back into her gem without seeing Ruby, remembers Steven’s face—
She has to find Ruby. Where did they take her?
No. No, she can’t panic, can’t worry herself into a fit. She needs to keep a level head. She’s the calm one. She’s the one who comes up with the rational plans, the one who sits on the sidelines thinking of battle strategy when she should be battling—
She needs to sing. If she sings, Ruby will find her. Ruby could, and would, follow her voice anywhere, which scared her a bit. …irrelevant now. She needs to sing, Ruby will find her, she’ll be saved… again.
Once her singing moved to her mental ‘autopilot’, she found herself worrying in the worst way. She hates being the damsel in distress, the one who always needs saving, the one who couldn’t save a metaphorical cat from an even more metaphorical tree unless it was just a sapling with her feeble height, in which case the cat wouldn’t need saving. Ruby could. She could climb the tree, already carrying the blue gem’s weight, and climb down also holding the feline, all with ease. Sapphire is the weaker half when they aren’t fused, when she can’t use her calmness to stop Ruby’s outbursts before they happen (when she could, if only she thought to check). She’s weak on her own. Incomplete. She’s—
She’s being watched. She stops singing and turns to where she had felt eyes pierce her self-made bubble of mental isolation.
“Hello,” Steven says from beyond her cell, looking as cheerful as always even with his injuries. He’s got a dark, purpling eye, somewhat swollen. It looks incredibly bad, but humans were hard to judge to her own standards. Wounds showed up more severely on their fleshy bodies. “I liked your song. Did you get captured, too?”
She’s staring rudely, even if he can’t see under her bangs, gaping at the poor child. How did he get out? “Of course, you saw—“ she starts finally, only to cut herself off with realization. Of course he wouldn’t recognize her. He only knows her as Garnet. (So much for his birthday, her mind’s eye seems to tease, not allowing her to look farther than the few measly moments she used to cherish. It was like seeing only ten feet in front of her, and she shuddered to think of poor Ruby walking entirely blind.) “Yes,” she says instead. “How did you get out?”
“Hm? Oh!” he says, looking mildly surprised. “I kind of just…” He reached for the cage wall.
“No!” she says, throwing out a useless hand to try and stop him, but his hand slips through unhindered, stopping the very flow of energy. “How…?” (Flesh, her mind’s eye reminds her, helpfully for once. Organic.) “Of course.”
“Yeah! Come on through!” He holds up his arms to let Sapphire pass through safely. “I’m Steven. What’s your name?”
“Sapphire. I need to find Ruby.” She looks around but sees nothing. Well, nothing important. Nothing but green, great big artificial walls she would have welcomed before joining Rose.
“Ruby? Is she your friend? Did she get captured, too? I’m looking for my friends. We could look together!”
“…you could say that, yes.” She looks again, following the river farther forward. If she can just push to a few minutes rather than seconds, she can see… there. Certain capture, certain death, dead end… Ruby. “Come on, this way.” She grabs his arm and pulls him along, running at full speed. Green walls fly past her. She looks straight ahead. She needs to find her.
“Wow, you’re fast! …wait, stop!”
She stops, not because she obeys Steven unquestioningly but because the request shocks her into stopping. He’s human, never experienced this speed before, is it like the teacups all over again? “What? Why?”
He doesn’t answer her. Not on purpose, anyway. “Lapis!”
“Steven?” the water gem asks from her own cell, looking utterly defeated.
Sapphire senses she’s unwanted. Lapis never liked Garnet, never liked any of the Crystal Gems. She wouldn’t want Sapphire here. “I’ll guard the doorway,” she says quietly, quickly flipping through timelines. More good than bad would come of her being on guard duty, as far as she could tell. It’s the safest option.
She stands in the hallway and tries desperately not to eavesdrop. She does anyway. She couldn’t help being curious. Still, she tries to act surprised when Steven comes out of the room alone. “What’s wrong? Was Lapis’s cage stronger?”
“No, she didn’t want help,” he says morosely. He perks up a moment later, back to his usual cheery self. “We’ll come back later. Let’s go find your friend Ruby, and my friends!”
Sapphire feels a pang of guilt at the mention of her ‘friend.’ Of course, Ruby is a friend, but she’s so much more. What if Steven was offended at them lying to him for so long? Garnet is who they are, but Steven is half human and raised as such. He only knows Fusion as a battle strategy, an interesting quirk of Gems, a fun experience every once in a while… even after Stevonnie, she was worried the young gem won’t understand. Walking slower, she attempts to explain tactfully. Tact was never her strong point. “Steven, you see, Ruby isn’t just a friend. She’s my other half. She’s—we’re—Ruby!”
Everything else becomes irrelevant the second the red gem comes into view. Sapphire runs to the cage, leaving a bewildered Steven far behind her. Ruby is curled up, panicking against the wall. She’s worried. Sapphire is used to worrying, but Ruby had always been in a position to do something about it. She was never stuck, always the knight and never the princess. Sapphire felt even worse now that she realized what happens when their roles are reversed.
“Sapphire?” Ruby squeaks, face lighting up as she stands. She forgets about the wall and tries to put her hands on it, only to pull back in a flurry of angry grumbling. “Ow… How are you out?”
“Steven,” the blue gem replies gently, and they each understand that it’s the only response necessary.
As if on cue, the mentioned gem catches up, grin wide. “Hey! Are you Ruby? Come on out!” he holds his arms up to let Ruby out the same way he had Sapphire, and out Ruby runs, directly to Sapphire for an embrace of pure relief.
“Did they hurt you?” Sapphire asks urgently, arms around her partner’s shoulders protectively.
“Who cares?” Ruby asks in disbelief, tears pricking in the corners of her eyes. “Did they hurt you?”
“I care!” Sapphire says, kissing the tears as they fall. “I was so worried!”
“I’m fine,” Ruby says finally, smiling as she cries.
“I am, too.”
Ruby grins wider and lifts Sapphire up, spinning her around and giggling childishly. Their voices change pitch and meld together, and suddenly she becomes herself again.
Garnet lands on the ground in a crouch and grins. “Steven! Thank you!”
I remember having so much fun writing these and you might find a few more later i have ideas and i blame you and the rest of the rupphire squad ty ilu all