Original Imagine: hi! I love your writing! it’s absolutely amazing! I was wondering if I could have a one shot request where the reader gets critically injured bc Barry wasn’t fast enough to save her. super angsty and sad? thank you! @zbvbble (Sorry it took so long Sweetie! hope you enjoy, cuz it almost killed me!)
Reader Gender: Female
Word Count: 2,000
Warnings: ANGST. SO MUCH ANGST. UH. OH MY GOD. I’M SO SORRY.
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If I didn’t believe in you.
The words cut deep into your head, the first thought of the day and recalling fights hurt. This isn’t the first time you’ve heard those words, though. Of course the first time wasn’t nearly as depressing.
The first time it was warm. A fuzzy kinda warm that slowly seeps its way into your bones almost as if its igniting your entire body in a tantalizingly slow burn. The early morning sunshine, the whole world cascaded in a pink tint, as it fell lazily over the small bedroom in your even smaller studio apartment that you currently shared with your full time boyfriend part time superhero, Barry Allen.
Ok, so the 6th Steven Bomb leaked on the Cartoon Network website (I won’t make Mellow Frames for them until they are officially aired though). It was a week long story arc like the Week of Sardonyx, but way more satisfying. It looks like Season 4 is picking up again. Here are just some random thoughts about each episode.
Looks like they’re going to follow up on the Palequin shown in Buddy’s Book.
Steven is having plot relevant dreams again. Steven must be crying tears of joy because we finally have a story arc again.
The gems don’t want to tell Steven shit, and Steven is actually arguing with them. Honestly, I do like Steven standing up to the Gems leaving stuff out, especially since (as it was pointed out) they told him they were not going to keep any more secrets.
Hey! Andy existing actually added to the plot. Gem Harvest still sucks, but at least it had a point.
It’s Blue Diamond! We see her face and everything (well not everything, but you know what I mean). That’s not the shocking part, the shocking part is that she’s surprisingly sympathetic. She was portrayed as really cold in the answer, but here she actually does come off a decent gem.
Greg got kidnapped! What’s this!? Stakes! This show finally has stakes again!
Ok, so Garnet’s future vision foresaw that if she was there, it would’ve been bad, but her future vision didn’t foresee Greg getting captured. Garnet’s future vision has to be one of the most plot hole creating powers in fiction history.
Hey Peridot! Nice for you to help out the gems! Now fuck off!
There was a slight writing botch. I understand the idea of what they were trying to do here. Peridot was suppose to tell them to make adjust the settings of the ship, but they rush on the ship before she could tell them, but they mess this up a little. They have some of them get in the ship before she could tell them, but Garnet tells both of them to protect Beach city and they set off. Peridot doesn’t insist on telling them, or try to stop them from leaving so what happens later doesn’t happen. What I’m saying is that I know what they were trying to do, but it was poorly executed.
Hey! It’s the Rubies! They even lampshade how the gems haven’t done anything to find them. Now fuck off! Actually, Garnet does say that they will pick them up on the way back, but how much do you want to bet they won’t do that?
Poor gems, now you’re chibbi!
I like how they write Pearl in this arc. She’s kind of comes off as a bit hot headed especially when she blames Peridot for what happened. “This is why we don’t listen to her!”
Were they trying to make Amethysts messed up form look like a banana, but… It looks like something else.
Wait, if this ship’s controls could make the gems as big as the diamonds, then why don’t the crystal gems become the size of diamonds and kick some butt? Why don’t the rubies make themselves bigger to kicks some ass? Maybe the size changing only works in the ship.
This went from goofy to serious pretty quickly. Though we do get a happy ending for now.
There’s a couple of tall Amethysts guarding the door! Surprisingly little angst from Amethyst. That’s character development.
We get a new gem named Blue Agate. She’s kind of generic personality wise with weird hair.
Hey look! A plot where Ruby and Sapphire need to separate to fool someone and it actually makes sense! (Yes I’m implicitly insulting you Hit the Diamond, I love you and all, but the plot didn’t hold up)
Here’s a funny thing about this episode. Blue Agate is constantly praising Blue Diamond for being wonderful while Ruby is holding her anger. Now usually this would happen with the bad guy having a messed up sense of morality praising the villain while the heroes have to hold back their justified anger, but here’s the thing. I see both interpretations of Blue Diamond as accurate. I understand Ruby’s feelings, but Agate’s praises don’t come off as inaccurate. As stated earlier, Blue Diamond comes off as really sympathetic (Yellow Diamond seems to be the evil one) and she is shown as doing a lot of noble things throughout the arc like keeping the Rose Quartz, humans, and quartz soldiers alive. Her reasons for kidnapping Greg are even pretty ethical. Is it possible she could’ve developed a better set of ethics since The Answer?
Ok, now here’s the point where the ruse doesn’t make sense anymore. They are at a door that leads to the human zoo, but they decide to create a distraction for Blue Agate so they can get in. The problem is that like in Hit the Diamond, violence was actually the answer. Instead of creating a big distraction for Blue Agate why didn’t they just poof her, bubble her, open the door to free Greg, and just walk out like nothing happened (the Amethysts clearly didn’t care). There are actually multiple times in the arc where jumping and poofing Blue Agate was the obvious solution, but they don’t do it.
So Steven is on a conveyer belt and is getting undressed/ dressed. The whole time watching this scene I was thinking “Use your shield Steven! Use your bubble shield! Use your regular Shield! Do Something!”
Greg’s alive in the human zoo, the resident’s are your typical residents away from a human society. Childlike, ignorant, and blissful.
I honestly thought they were going to have it where Greg actually wanted to stay in the zoo, but they didn’t (maybe I’ll use that angle for the Mellow Frames).
Usually this zoo would be a satire relating to our own society, for some reason, I don’t think that’s the case here.
Bathing with clothes on. That’s how you know it’s a family appropriate show.
I’m so glad they didn’t have it where Greg hit Steven. That would have been really uncomfortable.
Surprisingly, Homeworld is way more cool with interracial relationships than way too many white people (or even some black people, look at the crap Mike Coulter got for being married to a white woman from Black women ) in the US.
Everyone wants to marry Greg! But Greg won’t have it. Breaking a lot of innocent people’s hearts is what they needed to escape. Also love how the Amethyst’s treat the humans.
That Will Be All
Ok Amethyst. That was a good prank. You actually fooled me.
I really like the Quartz Soldiers. Though it does highlight how the more we learn about Homeworld, the less intimidating they become. Though there are definitely upsides to “humanizing” Homeworld gems.
Yellow Diamond has a song and it’s… not my cup of tea. Maybe it’s because I prefer the more electro or folk songs from Steven Universe instead of the Broadway sounding ones. This song also sounds like a very generic villain song, might tie Strong in the Real Way for most generic song in the show. I also don’t like how most of revolves around a lame pun, that’s not even lame in the fun way.
Blue Diamond is keeping a room full of Rose Quartzes to commemorate Pink Diamond. I’m actually surprised Yellow Diamond didn’t shatter one at the end of the song. It would’ve done good to make her more intimidating.
They almost make it to their ship when Blue Agate sees Greg and Steven, but Ruby and Sapphire fuse. Oh yeah! Now let’s get a fight scene!… It’s already over? They beat Blue Agate in a few seconds… Season 4, what’s your aversion to fight scenes?
[songs for the girl contending with gods, chewed up and spat back out, trying to claw her way out]
a paloma gutierrez mix
i saw a light - bat for lashes // things that scare me - neko case // holy holy - wye oak // spellwork - austra // flesh - the indelicates // little white things - cake bake betty // the brothel - susanne sundfør // porcelain - phildel // piece of it - emily wells // the lion’s roar - first aid kit // black silk - emily jane white // hold me down - halsey // the wolf - fever ray