he called her connie oh my god

Connie trying to explain to her mother what fusion is...

“Um, Mom, Steven and I have been, er… fusing.“

“Fusing!?” (Is that what the kids are calling sex nowadays!? My god, she’s only twelve! Wait, no, I should ask more questions!)

“Wait, by fusion, what exactly do you mean?”

“Well, how do I explain it? We dance around a bit, he holds me close, and I feel tingly all over until we finally become one…”

“Oh god…”

“That first time was amazing! I didn’t know where he ended and I began!”

“Wait… FIRST time?”

“Yeah, we’ve done it more and more since then. We did it all the time last summer. And just last month, Garnet got involved to show us how to-”

“THAT’S IT! NO MORE STEVEN UNIVERSE!”

“But MOM!? I-”

“In fact, no boys until college!“

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Starco vs Stevonnie

Starco is right now, in the show at least, 90% platonic. The other 10% is blood moon ball. Let’s focus in on one moment in blood moon ball: when Marco grabbed Stars hand and they ended up in prime dancing position. Let’s argue that was an accident (which is unlikely, as there was never a “whoops we accidentally landed in a romantic position after we fell” cliche moment before this) he still chose to dance with Star. And then there’s the whole soul binding stuff, etc.

But Stevonnie has danced, and it’s not hugely rare. Like in the famed “alone together”, where they underwent a process called fusion which is the epitome of gem affection. It’s like gem sex. (Oh my god ruby and sapphire are having sex 24/7 ok I’ll stop being inappropriate now) Lets not forget about the episode Indirect Kiss, where they not only indirectly kissed, but were like 5 centimeters away from actually kissing. And there’s the blushing. Steven the little fucking nerd has been blushing because of Connie practically since he met her. In cartoons, that’s pretty much universally (haha pun) a sign for “dey be crushin”

In response, we see none of this with Starco. The only time Marco blushed was in the photo booth with Pony head and Star. Star, to my knowledge…doesn’t really blush. Yet. Heh. Anywho, if someone says Starco is as canon as Stevonnie they are both wrong and right. Because neither is fully, officially canon, and because Stevonnie is partially canon, like Nalu being listed as “Semi-Canon” (officially, on the wiki).

LET'S TALK FUSIONS

chokingonfeelings submitted:

Okay so usually gem fusion is made by two gems, no? But in the case of Stevonnie it’s made by one human and a ½ human/gem hybrid. His hybrid status already gives Steven some leeway– he can withstand that defusing weapon (while showing some signs of cracking), needs to eat and sleep, etc. Gems (in their original state) probably aren’t used to being connected to human, living flesh and bone either, which makes me very curious about HOW IN THE FUCK did the insemination even happen bUT ANYWAYS

Rose’s gem is used to dealing with human flesh, to the point that while Steven is able to do stuff like invoking energy shields or healing with his spit it’s very probable that when he dies his human body will stay like that, dead. Because he’s basically a human body whose life essence comes from a sentient rock (this is all wild speculation and might not be true, but work with me). So in a very basic way, Rose’s gem is already working in a way that’s very different from usual gems’ m.o. (which opens a world of possibilities about Rose spending months, maybe even years, experimenting with keeping a human fetus attached to her gem WHILE being in her own physical projection and working on keeping up a fake uterus on the sidelines).

So the thing is that Rose’s gem currently isn’t really working like a normal gem’s would, Steven’s gem is much more synchronized with flesh and bone and all that other stuff living things are made of in Earth than your average gem would be. So fusing with another living creature while keeping the harmony and not, idk, accidentally cannibalizing that being’s life force or fucking the fusion up in some other way, shouldn’t be that hard, right? And in the end atoms are atoms, so if Steven’s gem can adapt to dealing with human flesh instead of a Gem Projection™ then it’s possible it can also vibrate hard enough/do whatever the fuck a gem does to unlock fusion and trigger said phenomena. Conclusion? Two children fuse into a 2 parts human/1 part gem non-binary deity of hotness.

(But then again, this is all wild theorizing my brain slapped me with after reading your tags and seeing you wonder how in the shit Steven and Connie fused when Connie is (supposedly) 100% human born and raised)

TL;DR: Steve/Rose’s gem is doing weird shit just for Steve to exist, said weird shit might enable a higher compatibility with humans and that makes human/gem-hybrid fusion possible (which gives us in a non-binary deity as a result).

((……and now that I think about it, I’m really curious to know what Steve’s and Stevonnie’s DNA tests would look like. After all, Steve technically doesn’t have his mom’s DNA since she, ya know, doesn’t fucking have DNA…))

Oh my GOD you’re right, I was thinking about it entirely wrong. When I was calling Stevonnie into question I was thinking about when Garnet was telling Greg he needed a body that could turn to light in order to fuse, which Connie really shouldn’t have either. I was trying to figure out if something weird was happening with her. [Insert Yellow Diamond theory joke here.]

But you’re absolutely correct, Steven’s gem is used to dealing with biological (as opposed to geological) life all the time. And so it CAN do gem stuff, but it struggles a little since it has his body to deal with too.

I’m specifically thinking of shape-shifting. The other gems flash and turn white and you can see their bodies reform into something that’s still entirely them, that’s definitely their light-bodies in action. But as we saw in Cat Fingers, Steven just gets the fingers. His cells shifted and reformed into that new form, but the new form was formed with a more biological method and thusly became a new life

And in the OTHER totally horrifying gem shape-shifting mishap episode, So Many Birthdays, we see more of his gem trying to cope with actual cells. When someone poofs back into their gem, they usually have a chance to stop and consider what they want their next body to look like, as a better reflection of themselves. Steven’s gem can’t ever do that though, it already has a body with cells and it’s going to LIKE IT

But it’s still a gem so it still tries. And so when when you have a kid suddenly realizing the gravity of what aging is, that they’re getting older and have to start leaving the things that they love behind, the gem is going to try to reflect that change of identity for him in the only way it can: making his body and cells biologically older. He doesn’t turn white (to light) when doing so, he just glows a bit on the edges and his cells visibly change.

And he’s still a kid during that! Suddenly he’s a kid actually in an adult’s body and he feels EXPONENTIALLY older and his gem keeps trying to reflect that and he almost dies from it. (That episode makes it REALLY obvious that gems aren’t exactly made for the whole “mortal cells” thing.) 

That’s why he probably doesn’t look exactly like Greg, though, since you’re also right in that Greg is the only parent who gave Steven any DNA. He’s genetically a clone of Greg, but he’s still his own person, and so his gem makes his appearance reflect that.

Bringing it back to Stevonnie, Connie doesn’t have a gem, so all the work of fusion would need to be done by Steven’s gem alone. A la the conservation of matter, what his gem probably does is grab Connie’s cells and throw them into the mess of Steven’s cells that it already knows how to deal with. Stevonnie is just a REALLY BIG half-gem half-human with 2 minds tucked inside. The wikia page for Stevonnie points out that Stevonnie is mostly Connie’s mind, and that’s probably because Steven IS half-gem. His gem(/mind) is trying to blend their consciousnesses together, but her human mind isn’t capable of that sort of thing, and so she bleeds through significantly stronger than Steven does.

Normal gemstones wouldn’t have the slightest clue what to do with real flesh. It’s outside of their ability, which is why they CAN’T fuse with humans. Rose Quartz as an individual had to DIE in order for her gem to change drastically enough to do that, for her gem to make a meaningful bond with a collection of living cells. 

tl;dr: Steven’s biology as a gem is really hardcore.

Tourmaline: chapter 13

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Steven lay flat on the couch, singular arm slung over the edge. He stared at the slatted ceiling, which had bled to a dark projection of desaturated stripes now that the sun had gone down. He glanced to the screen door; darkness swallowed up anything past the radius of the porch light. It led to only a vast nothingness, formlessness which he couldn’t make out. There was only the lapping and crashing of the distant ocean, like falling rain. The air was damp with lingering rain water, and cold.

He blinked. He stared up again. He held his breath. He shut his eyes.

This body didn’t sleep.

Steven pressed his eyes closed, harder now, until stars sparked in his vision. It did nothing. He couldn’t feel the scattered, thoughtless pull of drowsiness in his mind. He was tired though. Mentally, physically exhausted. Just now, he was permanently conscious too. Steven groaned, rolled, and set his feet to the floor.

He wanted desperately to get the Gems. He wanted to sit side-by-side with Amethyst and lose himself to fits of laughter over her goofy jokes about his body. He wanted to listen, silently, to Pearl’s stories about how his mom handled the Homeworld invasions, to feel that strange cocktail of pride and admiration and fear whenever Pearl let details of the war slip. He wanted to press himself into Garnet’s sturdy arms and forget anything else existed.

Now more than ever, though, he knew they needed their space. There’d been a steady, dense, stickiness in the air when the Gems were around. Like oatmeal on a hot day, soggy and topped with too much cinnamon: it was a discomfort, a queasy fullness, when they had to look at him as he…was, in this body, trapped in this form. It taxed them; it exhausted them to deal with what he’d created.

So he sat in the growing darkness now, “asleep”, trying to sort out which of his memories had been the Gems’ spoken words and which had been their private thoughts. The “We love you”s and the “We’re sorry”s had been out loud. He knew that. And he knew they were sincere. But that didn’t help; Steven took no comfort in their regret, especially not now. He’d hated feeling it, and he hadn’t been able to say anything to lighten it. The Gems had laughed at the jokes he’d cracked: about his arm, about his dance, about his all-around stupid behavior. But each modest chuckle had come with a stinging new twang of guilt in the air. It was like a physical weight on his chest, feeling that responsibility for their pain.

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