LGBT policemen and fbi agents walking hand in hand with their partners and spouses.
a cute girl running out of the parade to give @stormsdameron her number
cops openly embracing people in the street
a man who had been attending LA pride since 1976. he shook my hand and said “when I first came to pride back then there were 25 people here. look at us now.”
elderly LGBT people blowing kisses from a float. holding hands.
a woman approaching us and saying “you are so beautiful, all of you, take care of each other”
elementary school trans children in gender ambiguous clothes. smiling and laughing. blowing bubbles.
when an anti-lgbt church began protesting and walking along side the parade with a loudspeaker, the entire brigade of Dykes on Bikes revved their motor cycles to drown out the hate speech. no one could hear them
a man who gave us all a handful of condoms and said “take care of each other. be strong. your voices are so important”
women holding hands with other women. men holding hands with other men.
trans women and trans men laughing and dancing.
danny devito in a rainbow shirt pointing and waving at us
dennis from It’s Always Sunny wearing a shirt that says “You Can Pee Next to Me”
dozens of last minute signs and tributes to orlando. outcries of “we love you orlando”
confetti. dancing in the streets.
people supporting each other in every aspect. high fives. hugs. kisses on cheeks. affirmations.
Let me just say, I sincerely hope this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship- AND that we get to see the side of Pearl we never had a chance to see before.
You never saw me in action! Breaking every rule, taking on the authorities so I could indulge in the joys of life on Earth!
And think about it, we haven’t really seen her in action. At least not without the context of being a maternal figure to Steven. We’re talking about the Terrifying Renegade Pearl, beyond the impressive abilities we’ve already seen. The Pearl who had the courage to not only learn how to use a sword, but actually use it to fight for her freedom. The Pearl who took a stand. The Pearl who proudly declared that she belonged to no one.
Looking at her day to day life now, it’s almost easy to forget. Almost. But Pearl hasn’t.
Instead we drove to loud music, chased a mysterious woman into the night, and broke the law. I’ve lost my edge. I should have stayed home with the puzzle.
What are all of these things to someone with her history? She had one goal: Mingle with the humans in their strange human way. Wear the pants, drink the juice, bump into them without hurting them. To be COOL. And if we know anything about Pearl, it’s that she always has a plan. Even when she says she doesn’t. So when things don’t go according to plan, it bothers her. A lot. And despite her rebel spirit, at the end of the day she just wants to be liked by the people she cares about. She doesn’t just want to be cool, she needs to be cool.
The thing about Pearl? She’s cool by virtue of just being herself. And sometimes she even realizes it. After all:
I’ve been a criminal for 6,000 years.
She’s still got that rebel spirit whether she realizes it or not. And when she realizes it? Nothing can stop her. She wants Mystery Girl?
She gets Mystery Girl. And how does she get Mystery Girl?
I asked her about her hair, and then she asked how I colored mine, I told her my appearance is just a conscious manifestation of light. And she said ‘I know how that is’. Although, I highly doubt it. Oh! And then I added ‘By the way I saved your planet and your species and you’re welcome.’
By being her adorably nerdy self. Which IS cool. This is the Pearl that is starting to come into her own in her new life without Rose Quartz. The Pearl that is starting to achieve everything Rose ever wanted for her but never could while she was so devoted to her. The Pearl that is finally and truly being forced to become to own Gem.
Don’t get me wrong, Pearl clearly has a type. But this Mystery Woman is NOT Rose. She has no expectations, no preconceived notions of what a Pearl ‘should’ be. She was just some cute girl with cute hair who went on about being a conscious manifestation of light and maybe she’s an alien? Either way she’s someone she wants to talk to again.
It’s pretty safe to say that previous chapter of her life IS over. It shaped her, it made her everything she was until now, but starting tonight, she’s moving on. She may have lost Rose 14 years ago, but tonight marked the end of an era. Before tonight she never would have dared to have acted the way she did. With a HUMAN no less. And in the end, what got her what she wanted? By plucking up the courage to be fearlessly herself.
I think we’re about to learn a LOT about Pearl, and see her grow more than we ever thought possible. And I sincerely look forward to it.