Connie’s at Steven’s when she gets her first period, and everyone is ridiculously supportive.
Connie knows what’s happening, of course. Her mother explained everything years ago with picture books and more recently with detailed, precise diagrams. Menstruation is nothing to be ashamed of, but – it’s still weird, and it’s still happening to her body, and knowing what it is doesn’t mean she knows exactly what to do or how to feel.
Pearl asks if there’s anything she can get for Connie – books on human maturation, tea, pie, pillows? Connie takes the tea, peppermint with two sugars. Pearl hovers helpfully, but lets her be when Connie asks for a little space with a warm “Thanks, ma’am.”
When Connie explains shyly to Amethyst what menstruation is, Amethyst fist pumps. “That’s disgusting and awesome! You got this, C!” Amethyst is almost disappointed when Connie mentions her mother has made her pack pads for the last few months, so she won’t be bleeding on things after all. “Still awesome though,” says Amethyst, munching nonchalantly on a pizza box.
Garnet sits quietly with Connie and just listens. Connie’s excited – she’s growing up! – and sad – she’s growing up – and a little scared, too, but Garnet’s calm smile reassures her. “Change can be frightening,” says Garnet. “But I know you’re very brave.” She lowers her visor, her three eyes kind.
Steven’s read some things about puberty, boy and girl stuff both, but it’s not the same as living it. He’s fascinated and asks as many questions as Connie feels like answering, but makes sure not to pester. When he thinks to ask “Does it hurt?” Connie grimaces and nods, curling around the gnawing ache in her gut.
Steven looks determined. “I know it doesn’t always work,” he says, “but –” He kisses her on the cheek, blushing furiously.
Her cramps fade away, then disappear entirely. “It worked!” She grins at Steven. He’s still blushing. Is she blushing too? Maybe. That’s okay, though.
She is Connie Maheswaran, one step closer to growing up, and she reminds herself, I got this.
So everyone remembers this guy, right? The one that was so powerful he could do magic without a wand, one of the hardest feats to accomplish, which takes years of practice, and he’s doing it so casually, like it’s easy.
Well, he’s reading a Brief History of Time by Steven Hawking. What actor just stared in The Theory of Everything and The Danish Girl? Eddie Redmayne. What new movie is he staring in?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The new Harry Potter movie.
Conclusion: this powerful wizard is actually Newt Scamander, the main character in the new movie.
YOI: looks like we've got this sports anime trophy in the bag until season two. Good job everyone *a cup of water starts shaking on the table* "No" "It can't be" "God dammit Stevens you said they were done!" "I-I looked into everything five times and all I got was birthday fruit!" "Dear god it's here!!!!" The inhabitants of the office building scream in terror as a tidal wave washes over the city. Those buried under ruble can still hear the faint singing "Make us free na splash kasaneta...."
I love you
But alas, we never truly left, did we We are always free Always