I wanted to finish these two after a really fun drawpile session with Bambi and Jen! You can check all of our doodles herewatch out for spoilers! I made the rubies courting Sapphires made by bambi (top) and Jen (bottom)! Love you both ❤️
Hope you make some fan art of aquamarine and topaz I would love to see them in universe falls
I don’t know if this was a request or not, but I decided to use it as an excuse to draw these two nonetheless and they were really fun to do! Topaz is the big beef lego while Aquamarine is an absolute little shit and a delight to draw. I can’t wait to write them both into UF’s sequel!
I’d like to thank the wonderful @jen-iii from the bottom of my heart for creating the art you see above!
While we’re on the topic of thanks, thank you all for reading this blog for the past year and being consistently kind, supportive, and hilarious. I don’t have future vision like Garnet, but I hope that for the entire duration of my online career I never take for granted how lucky I am. Here’s to another great year!
Today, April 30th, marks Pili’s 29th anniversary (More specifically since Susu debuted. There was other Pili stuff before this but involved characters that are now in the JinGuang series. Too complicated to explain in this post XD.). So Susu and his friends gather together to celebrate. This also includes his son,
素續緣/Sù Xù-Yuán, which got me excited since he rarely appears these days. And then I got emotional when Susu’s wife got mentioned.
okay so this is just some mindless fluff I wrote after ‘the new lars’ because I absolutely adore the fact that the Cool Kids are a dance crew (idk why I waited so long to post it, but the new eps motivated me to finally finish it so here we are). so please read on and enjoy some poly cool kid fluff, and remember that comments are loved and appreciated! :)
also, click here to read it on FFN and here to read it on A03 - Aqua
of love and dancing
“Alright, let’s go again from the chorus.”
Buck hit play and cranked up the volume, nodding in time with the beat before throwing himself into the dance.
Even as he lost himself in the music, he was hyper-aware of Jenny and Sour Cream beside him, anticipating their movements as if they were his own. They moved together, breathing on the same beats as everything faded away and they focused only on each other and the dance.
They were rehearsing at the warehouse, a warm breeze drifting in and out of the open building. The evening sky cast a soft pink glow into the area, muting the harsh fluorescent lighting. Jenny had brought one of her dad’s old stereos, and Sour Cream had set up the music, one of his original tracks he’d converted to CD. The floor hummed beneath their feet, pulsing with the heavy bass of the music.
Admittedly, it was a little unconventional. Most of the dance crews they competed with had their own studio or rehearsal space that wasn’t a crumbling ruin on the outskirts of town. But Beach City wasn’t exactly dance central, and the city itself was a bit unconventional; it wouldn’t make sense if their dance crew was anything but.
Garnet and Steven’s relationship is a metaphor for coming out of the closet.
the first season, Garnet is doing her best to take the place of
leader among the Crystal Gems, and, like Rose before her, has begun
to live a life of secrets. She keeps up a constant facade of
composure and wisdom, and refuses to let herself appear anything less
than capable. Pearl and Amethyst needed someone to steady them in
their grief, and when Garnet became that person, by shoving her own
emotions and needs to the side, they began to see her as flawless.
True, they were letting their pain rule their common sense – G
can’t be perfect, she’s got her own problems, and of course they know
that, deep down – but at least, having fought through the war and
grown up with her, Pearl and Amethyst know Garnet’s history.
we aren’t yet clear on the whole story, we have to assume Rose was
Garnet’s ticket to free expression on Earth. Garnet could be who and
what she was without fear because Rose – and the other gems –
would protect her. Earth is not Homeworld; Rose is not like the other
Diamonds. But Rose dies, Pearl and Amethyst are overwhelmed, and
suddenly Garnet is very exposed. She dons both a mask of leadership
and of fearlessness, because she cannot rely on the other Gems to
cater to her when they are so obviously hurting.
Steven, and a new stressor sits atop Garnet’s pile of concerns. Not
only does she have to help the newest Crystal Gem discover his
abilites and guard his life, but also teach him about their culture.
Steven has never reacted with anything but enthusiasm, but there is
always the chance that he’ll hear a snippet of their lore and react
badly. What if the concept of fusion disgusts him? What if he agrees
with Homeworld, and thinks it should be avoided? What if he simply
doesn’t understand the want for fusion outside of battle? The concept
is awfully intimate for humans, after all.
adores Opal, and fuses with Connie. He reacts (mostly) well to both.
But anxiety still nags at Garnet about explaining herself – what if
she reveals Ruby and Sapphire, and Steven sees her differently? What
if he feels like she’s been lying to him his whole life? What if he
no longer views her as a person, but as an action? What if he no
longer trusts her, or demands she unfuse?
tightens her mask, and hesitantly plans to show him. When he’s older,
she thinks. On his birthday. Later, later. Then we’ll show him who we
are. Who I am. A little longer, and he might understand.
invasion by the Homeworld gems blatently exposes Ruby and Sapphire,
and when Garnet becomes herself once again, her first words are, “I’m
sorry.” Her visor is gone, and her eyes wide. She stutters. I’m
sorry that I am what I am, I’m sorry I didn’t tell you, I’m sorry if
you can’t trust me, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I was afraid you wouldn’t
from that moment on, Steven is starry-eyed and enamoured. Not only
does he accept that Garnet is a fusion, but he’s absolutely thrilled
about the idea. He asks her about it at every opportunity. What is it
like? What are they like? Can I meet them? Do they each rule over
different parts of you? He asks, and he digs for answers – even
when she says, “You’ve fused, you know what it’s like,” he
insists that no, he doesn’t, because Garnet is different, Garnet is
unique, and he wants to know every detail of what it’s like for her.
When Connie asks how Garnet is already in a
relationship, Steven proudly tells her that Garnet is a fusion, and
she’s perfect as she is. He validates her.
and Amethyst are used to the idea of Garnet being a fusion, and they
never bother to bring it up. It’s old news, to them. But Garnet has
been, since the moment Steven came into her life, worrying. What if
he doesn’t trust me? What if he doesn’t understand me? What if he
hates me? She took every anxiety about her identity and hid it under
the same mask that she was using to lead. Garnet is fearless. Garnet
has no flaws. Garnet is strong and has future vision to tell her that
everything’s going to be okay. She comes off as immensely stoic in
the first season, because she’s trying so desperately to keep up that
image, for the sake of the Gems and Steven. But during Jailbreak,
Steven gains insight to Garnet – she has fears; she was scared when
Ruby and Sapphire were apart. She has flaws; fusion is seen as dirty.
She has moments of weakness and future vision isn’t reliable. Steven
understands that Garnet isn’t infallable, something Pearl and
Amethyst haven’t been able to do.
season two, Garnet is quite obviously a very different gem. She’s so,
so smiley, and confesses when she’s worried, and offers Steven
information she would have hesitated about before. She trusts him to
watch her back and absolutely gushes when he asks about Ruby and
Sapphire. She’s happy. Not perfect, not healed, not flawless. But her
secret is out, and she feels safe. Steven, like Rose before him, is
willing to learn about and support her.
this draws a striking parallel to the lives of many people in the
LGBTQ+ spectrum. Whether for lesbians, asexuals, trans folk,
aromantics, or whatever else, it’s easy to see Garnet’s life as a
representation of the experience and fear of coming out. For the majority of her life, Garnet has pretended to be something she’s not. She doesn’t willingly introduce herself as a fusion. Steven
didn’t know what Garnet was before he met, and created his own
opinions of her as he grew up – Garnet was terrified that if she
revealed her true self, he wouldn’t be able to let go of those
opinions, and would use them against her.
just never pictured you marrying a woman.”; “You’re just
confused.”; “Society says it’s wrong, and I agree.”; “Wouldn’t
you rather be normal?”; “You’re going through a phase, and you’ll
look back on this and be so ashamed.”; “What if you change your
mind?”; “It’s not right.”)
when Steven get excited and quizzes Garnet on her life, he identifies
himself as someone who isn’t going to judge or try to change her. Not
only does he acknowledge her decision, as Pearl and Amethyst have,
but asks her to detail it to him. She has an outlet, finally, for
When in the presence of others, Garnet - and we who are not cis/het - keeps up a persona: I am the leader, I am what you think I am, I have no fears and no flaws. You can trust me, I am not different. But how often, on this website, and in queer-safe
spaces offline, have folks laughed, “I’m so gay,” or “Yes, look at me, blending with the heterosexuals.”? When LGBTQ+ people feel like
they’re around others who understand, they can go on about their
differences endlessly, with vigor and humor. No one wants to hear
transphobic or gay-bashing jokes, but when you’re queer and you’re
with people that are also queer or at least accepting of it, you
tease. You gush. You get excited, because I am, and you are, and
there is nothing wrong with us.