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anonymous asked:

How honest do you think Rose was to Greg and the Crystal Gems about what exactly giving birth to Steven would entail?

1. Rose wanted Greg to know 

For one, I think Greg was fully involved in the process. He would have had what could amount to “perfect information” on this. 

Because Greg broke down Rose’s walls; that’s narratively significant. That he got Rose to talk about her past, even the ugly parts, that she wouldn’t tell the gems, speaks volumes. No doubt Rose kept secrets from Greg, but she wouldn’t have been able to lie about Steven. 

Steven says, “I’m actually half-gem. The other half is my dad.” And that sounds about right. Greg didn’t just donate his DNA and leave the rest to Rose. They weren’t preparing a product; they were preparing for their son. And that dynamic is clear as day when we watch Lion 3: Straight to Video. It was Rose’s idea to film the video. Rose’s idea to include Greg in the process. Because Rose loved Greg. And she wanted him to be a part of it as much as she was.

Source: SU Wiki

Given that, I said before (and maybe I’ll discuss this in a longer post) about how Rose was experimenting with organic-gem hybrids long before the arrival of Steven. And given some of the things we’ve seen in Greg’s storage locker, he was involved in this process as well (see: cat carrier). 

There’s a lot of significance in Greg’s having consented to Steven. And consent should be informed. I’d like to emphasise that it’s not just a matter of using some of Greg’s genetic material. Everything about Steven is going to become Greg’s responsibility too. Everything that happens to Rose, that’s going to be something Greg has to face. You wouldn’t subject people you love to all of that uncertainty. And we’ve shown that Greg is one of those people.

2. Greg would have tried his best to understand

There’s also this question: How capable is Greg of understanding this process? As much as the information is available, it doesn’t speak of its level of being understood. And I’m not saying Greg is an idiot or is incapable of grasping concepts. Rather, I’m saying that because all of this is theoretical (Steven is the first of his kind), the way abstract concepts are understood and internalised are different for everyone. 

Rose would have explained. She would have demonstrated a little with her other hybrid attempts, like the gem-moss and Lion. She would have probably talked about what processes would occur within her own body. 

But again, the science of it isn’t even confirmed within-canon right now. It’s clearly a complicated process and I’m rather certain, as with all pregnancies, there was a huge amount of risk involved. Risk that she could miscarry, risk that things wouldn’t turn out as planned. How compatible are organic compounds and light? Can you get this matrix to stabilise and stay together? What would your connective tissue between them be like? 

All of these things, from the intracellular components, to Steven’s outward-manifested form, would have to at least been attempted to take into account. Because Rose wouldn’t have wanted to waste a life. Greg doesn’t want to waste a life. 

For some parents who miscarry, the trauma is sometimes insurmountable (think of the movie Up), because in womb, you bond with your child. And they clearly wanted the process to succeed. 

That Greg is no expert in gem technology also adds to his deficiencies in recall. And that’s okay. No one expects him to turn into an expert who has thousands of years of experience behind him the way Rose did. 

The point is that both parties tried to understand this process, and tried to let the other understand it from their point of view. 

3. The Crystal Gems

Considering Rose’s sometimes lengthy bouts of unexplained absence, like in Buddy’s Book, I wouldn’t think it too much a leap that Rose told the gems when things were already more concrete. Of course, after expressing her desire for Steven, she would have to make plans and assess whether theoretically, it were even possible to have him.

But when the ball started rolling, she would have told the gems. Because she loved them as well, and they would be a big part of Steven’s life. It’s why close to the end of the video, Rose says, “Take care of them, Steven.” 

Source: SU Wiki

That she put this video, which she definitely intended Steven to find, in Lion’s pocket dimension, with other gem paraphernalia, with her sword, with Bismuth, is a huge sign that she wasn’t going to leave the gems out of Steven’s life in any way.

And very important is the idea that Rose knew she wouldn’t survive this. She knew that her loss would hurt the gems. She would have told them because having someone find out about your passing in a shocking and sudden manner doesn’t prepare you at all for the pain that you’re going to feel. That preparation is important, because Rose has always been portrayed as the healer. She wanted them to heal and go on with their lives and live it to the fullest.

We know Rose wasn’t the greatest at talking to people, but that’s also why Greg was there. The entire time, helping her stay strong. Because as much as Rose wanted Steven, she also wanted Greg and the gems. She knew she wasn’t going to make it, and that her time with her loved ones would end at one point. All the while she had to actively prepare for Steven’s coming. It’s sometimes disheartening. As much as Rose is presented as a completely benevolent goddess (though less now), she must have had these motives in mind. She must have wondered at times if she should take the selfish route. 

And then she’d look at all of these people, readying themselves to create a wonderful world for Steven and remember the why she was doing this. That’s why it was important she told other people. 

a-j-aria  asked:

I was staring at the clock eagerly oh goodness! Can I request a hurt/comfort fic with the MC getting injured and Zen or Jumin going full-on worry and being a doting bf??

A bunch of small drabbles compiled together;; stop getting hurt, gosh darn it! -z

Zen had always been a monster when it came to healing. He’d known that it was abnormal; his endurance, his health, but it had never really concerned him until he met you. Yes, you were… fragile. He would have to protect you, shielding you from all types of danger, so that you would never be hurt. That was his job, wasn’t it? As your lover. Your prince.

Honestly, being that clumsy had to be a talent!

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