Steven/Rose theory. 1.) Steven has every capability a gem has, as which has so far been proven. 2.) Because he should never have to "poof" Rose likely never thought about what might happen because A.) she is still inside the gem, her body is gone, but her conscious mind is there and B.) there has been no exposure to Gem/Humans ever. thus 3.) When Steven poofs, Rose will temporarily be back til Steven heals, to protect his Gem while he recovers. When it is time for him to return, she says bye.
Moderate continuation of previous ask. I feel that if I were writing the story, that is what I would do to bring back Rose, because it would be wonderfully bittersweet, and bring up a thousand and one complications to the relationship between Steven and the CGems, as well as his father. AND it would allow further complications to his identity to Homeworld. I would love a scene between Rose and Connie where Rose learns so much about Connie, and her love bleeds though to Steven. It would be cute.
See that kind of bittersweet complication I think is perhaps the ONLY way I’d enjoy seeing Rose introduced in such a way. Knowing that fighting for Steven was kind of her last fight, and still Steven never meeting his mother, that’s raw. I oddly enough enjoy that twist, even if it defeats my “WELL THAT WASN’T HER PLAN” because really how can you plan for what comes after death, or what the Gem equivalent is.
I’d accept that, but having Steven die and Rose returning is just to me reverse Bruce Wayne style angst that I don’t desire.