A sad, rough, spur of the moment ukulele song about Pearl and her feelings about Rose. Set around Rose’s Scabbard. <3 Download at Soundcloud.
worth, it’s something you can earn it’s something like belonging but nothing like belonging to and love is wanting to protect to fight until you’re wrecked coming back reformed, reborn, and stronger too
and it’s not easy it hasn’t been easy it’s not getting easier to go on without you
hate, and guilt and grief and rage I tried but couldn’t save you from what you were searching for those things I couldn’t understand you smiled and held my hand and that’s the touch I’m hurting for
and it’s not easy it’s hasn’t been easy nothing’s been easy and I’m full of doubt too
and it’s not for me this world you adored I am trapped on theses shores without you
why, I would have followed where you lead if I could bleed I would have bled if I could give myself instead if I could you what he gave you anything to save you anything to keep your curiosity at bay anything to have you and to hold you if I could I would have told you anything, anyone but him
and it’s no surprise I love him, how couldn’t I and I see you in his eyes, in his wisdom and his kindness and the way he’s always right and it’s not easy to realize it’s getting harder all the time harder to miss you
and it’s not easy it’s true but nothing was ever easy with you
So in Same Old World Lapis explains via flashback that she was trapped in the middle of the Gem War and mistaken for an enemy of Homeworld, leading to her getting poofed and sealed in the mirror that would be her prison for the next several thousand years.
At the end of the flashback, however there is an odd little something that could be one of many things: the flash of light as the Homeworld Gems leave.
I read a theory that suggested that this was a sort of “Gem Bomb” designed by Homeworld to kill off any gems exposed to it’s effects. This may very well be true. Context clues are very important here for discerning the nature of this flash. Take Lapis’ quote:
“It soon became clear that there was no hope in stopping the rebellion. All of the Homeworld Gems fled … in all the panic of escaping earth, I was left behind.”
Lapis describes the “fleeing” of the planet as a “panic”, suggesting that everyone was getting off-world as quickly as possible to avoid something, possibly the Gem Bomb that Yellow Diamond had decreed be unleashed on the earth.
Flash forward several thousand years, and there are only a handful of non-corrupted gems on earth, Garnet, Pearl, Amethyst, Lapis, and Steven. Now take Greg’s quote in The Return when he describes the Gem War’s conclusion:
“In the end, your mother could only save a handful of her closest friends. If it weren’t for her shield, man, I don’t know.”
The Gem Bomb, probably meant to completely kill gems, had an unforeseen alternate effect; Gem Corruption. The bomb released an epic shockwave that traveled across the planet, ripping through every gem it touched, corrupting them to their very core. The only gems that were exempt from the effects were those closest to Rose Quartz, both socially and physically.
Rose’s shield blocked a concentrated blast from the Hand Ship in The Return, meaning it could probably protect those behind it from a planet-wide blast that would be much less concentrated. The shield protected Garnet, Pearl, and Rose herself, while every other gem on the planet, save for Amethyst and Lapis, succumbed to the bomb. The remaining Crystal Gems began to sweep the planet, poofing and bubbling their friends, storing them in the temple until they could find a cure for the bomb’s effects.
Then, on a visit to the Kindergarten, a wild Amethyst appears! Having stayed underground too long, she didn’t emerge until the Gem Bomb’s effects had dissipated. The Crystal Gems then take her in, as surely there can’t be any other non-corrupted gems on earth.
Lapis was exempt from the blast too. Why though?
Her mirror, designed to keep her imprisoned, acted as a shield of it’s own and protected Lapis from the bomb. What she saw as a curse was actually the only reason she remained uncorrupted. Which makes me wonder… is the Desert Glass from Steven’s Lion the same? How many other gems were spared due to Homeworld imprisonment? Only time will tell.