“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” Rose Kennedy.
Had this prompt in mind for a while. Time for action!
Steven was sitting on his bed watching Crying Breakfast Friends with Garnet when he heard it. He heard the most pained and terrified scream he’d ever witnessed. He fell from his bed in shock as Garnet stood up quickly.
Steven recover from his fall and the two rushed outside. They were greeted with the scream again, but this time in the direction of the barn Steven’s friends Lapis and Peridot resided in.
“It’s coming from the barn!” Steen screamed. Garnet scooped him up and jumped over to the barn, where the screams were growing much louder. They ran over to the side of the red building and was greeted by something that made Steven get chills up his spine.
Peridot was on her side, mouth opened in a scream and eyes screwed shut, tears streaming down her face. Beside her layed a blue teardrop-shaped gemstone, cracked down the middle, almost all the way through the gem. It was Lapis. A broken TV was located a few feet away.
Steven gasped and rushed to Lapis and Peridot. He scooped up the broken gemstone gently and put a hand on the sceaming gem’s arm.
Peridot’s eyes shot open and her eyes met Steven’s. She looked in his hands and a choked cry escaped her, followed by her faintly pawing his hands. She hiccuped in and snatched her hands away.
“IT’S ALL MY FAULT!” She cried and she bunched up to the ground, hands hitting the dirt with a strong pat. A pained sob came from her again.
“I COULD OF SAVED HER!” Peridot screamed and felt hands on her back. She turned and saw Garnet, visor off, looking at her with kind eyes.
“What happened?” She spoke and stole a glance at Steven. His back was turned to Peridot but she saw him lick his palm and cover the wet hand over Lapis’ gem. Her eyes focused on Peridot as the green gem spoke.
“We were-” She broke off with a hiccup. “-trying to move the TV. I had it with my powers but it suddenly fell.” Another hiccup interrupted her and the tears ran harder as we stood up. “I COULD OF STOPPED IT FROM LANDING ON HER. BREAKING HER. I SAW HER FACE BEFORE SHE RETREATED INTO HER CRACKED GEM. SHE’S DEAD NOW AND IT’S ALL MY FAULT!” She shrieked and collapsed into crying. A witness could practically feel the pain piercing Peridot.
Garnet picked her up and held her, shushing her.
“She’s not dead. She’s going to be okay.” She cooed and glanced at Steven again. He was cradling an unscathed blue gemstone, with a relieved face. She crouched down and sat Peridot down. Peridot hadn’t calmed down, but was instead was in a fetal position muttering something under her breath, over and over, with her face still streamed with her tears and eyes screwed shut.
Steven stepped over to Peridot and took her palm. She tried whimpering but a sob interrupted her. Steven gently placed Lapis’ gem in her hand and closed it.
“She’s healed. Look Peridot. She’s okay.” He muttered and rubbed the grieving gem’s back.
Peridot slowly sat up and brought her hand to her face. She opened her eyes and hand, seeing a healed gemstone in her palm.
A choked gasp came from her as she cradled the gemstone to her chest and panted. A relieved cry emitted from Peridot and her body shook.
“How?!” She managed to choke out and took deep breaths, trying to calm herself. The gemstone was still to her chest.
“I have healing powers Peridot. I thought you knew.” Steven said.
Peridot’s eyes widened.
“YOU NEVER TOLD ME THIS YOU CLOD! I THOUGHT SHE WAS DEAD!” Peridot screamed in rage. Steven took a step back in shock and Garnet moved over to Steven and placed a solid hand on his shoulder.
“She was very hurt Steven.” She started. “ She doesn’t mean it.” Garnet rubbed his shoulder for a moment and looked up at Peridot. She was staring at the gemstone in her hands but she had mostly stopped crying. She brought the gem to her forehead and rested it there, muttering something that was barely heard.
“I thought I lost you. Please come back soon. I hurt.”
Steven looked at Garnet with sympathetic eyes and back to Peridot.
“Want to stay at my house with Lapis until she reforms?” He asked kindly and shuffled over to her. Peridot slowly nodded with her eyes glued to the gemstone in from of her front of her face before standing up. “Okay.” She said softly.
It had been a week since Lapis poofed. Steven had placed her on a soft blanket on the couch. The gemstone rarely was even on the blanket though, for Peridot usually had the gem held to her chest protectively while curled at the end of the pink couch.
Once Pearl tried to touch it while it was on the blanket. Everyone realized it was a mistake when a screech came from Pearl’s left and a hand slapped Pearl away. It was a very angry Peridot, who then scooped up the gemstone and hissed at Pearl.
The only one she let touch Lapis was Steven, who would sometimes check on the gemstone for any cracks.
It was one afternoon when the original three Crystal gems left for a mission and Steven was watching over Peridot when Lapis reformed.
Peridot had noticed a faint blue glow from the gemstone as she moved it away from her body and went into hesterics.
“Steven!” She called and sat the glowing gem on the blanket. Steven ran beside her and gasped happily at the gemstone. They watched as it raised and glowed more brightly and a silhouette formed. The glow faded as Lapis fully formed and slumped into the couch with her eyes closed.
Her eyes opened and scanned the room before loud incoherent noises were expelled from Peridot along with a cry as she flung herself at the blue gem.
Lapis caught her in a tough embrace as Peridot wailed into her chest. Lapis patted her back as she heard the crying gem speak.
“I’M SO SORRY!” Peridot wailed. “I DIDN’T MEAN FOR IT TO FALL ON YOU! I’M SO SOOOOORYYYYyyyyy!” Lapis sat her head on Peridot’s and shushed her.
“It was an accident.” She started. “I should of told you about Steven’s healing ability so you wouldn’t had to be put through that pain.” Lapis continued comforting Peridot until she stopped crying. Steven smiled brightly at Lapis and Peridot.
“We missed you Lapis!” Steven said and hugged her. Lapis smiled and looked down at the green gem. “You guys sure have.”
Peridot looked up at the blue gem. “I was in so much pain when it happened. I thought you were gone.” She said softly.
Lapis squeezed her tightly. “I know. I felt the hurt when you held me.” She buried her face beside Peridot and spoke softly.
“I love you, you know that?”
Peridot smiled. She closed her eyes and replied.
“Yes. I love you too.”
The two continued a tight embrace as Steven had his back turned, red-faced and squatting, a trying not to giddily scream.
Your heart will fix itself.
It’s your mind you need to worry about. Your mind where you locked the memories, your mind where you have kept pieces of the ones that hurt you, that still cut through you like shards of glass. Your mind will keep you up at night, make you cry, destroy you over and over again. You need to convince your mind that it has to let go… because your heart already knows how to heal.
Too often, we put limitations on ourselves based on what we think we can and cannot possibly achieve. Although, what we perceive to be our own limit falls short of what we are actually capable of. Push passed your end point. Break records. You have so much potential.