I am currently working on a couple of commissions already and with my work getting busier, I am creating a little queue (how British of me..) so when one commission is done, the next will start. If you are happy with that, send me a message if you want a place on the list! :)
((//sneaks on here real quick before I get back to work like a good person:
I won’t go into the details of it, but… guess who may or may not have just sent in an ask requesting for 3 of her muses to be signed for the upcoming event? I couldn’t make my poor Vasco baby suffer anxiety, so he’ll be studying at home. I’ll do my best to make sure the Geripeta’s are somewhat contained and behaving. I’m sorry in advance to whomever gets the Geripeta’s. I felt the need to do this– for reasons.))
First, a preface: I do not believe Garnet with break up. The name is just a not to previous theories when I say “break up” I mean “spend time apart”. Breaking up implies a rough end. Spending time apart implies a soft pause.
Recently, Steven Universe had it’s annual panel and San Diego Comic Con, and alongside fun pictures of gems in suits we were treated a sneak peek (or rather, sneak peep) at an upcoming song written and sung by Rebecca Sugar herself
Take a moment to think of just Flexibility love and trust Take a moment to think of just Flexibility love and trust Here comes a thought, That might alarm you What someone said, and how it harmed you Something you did, failed to be charming Things that I said, suddenly swarming And oh, I’m losing sight, I’m losing touch All these little things seem to matter so much That they confuse you, that I might lose you Take a moment to remind yourself Take a moment and find yourself Take a moment and ask yourself if this is how we fall apart But i'ts not but it’s not but it’s not but it’s not but it’s not It’s okay it’s okay it’s okay it’s okay it’s okay I got nothing got nothing got nothing got nothing to fear I’m here I’m here I’m here And it was just a thought just a thought just a thought just a thought just a thought It’s okay it’s okay it’s okay it’s okay it’s okay We can watch we can watch we can watch we can watch them go by From here from here from here Take a moment to think of just Flexibility love and trust Take a moment to think of just Flexibility love and trust
Okay, onto lyrical analysis.
Take a moment to think of just Flexibility love and trust
From the second line alone we know immediately what kind of themes we’re dealing with here. Love is the subject here, but there are a number of directions this could go: Ruby and Sapphire, Steven and Connie, Rose and Greg, Rose and Pearl. let’s dig deeper
Here comes a thought, That might alarm you What someone said, and how it harmed you
And it was just a thought just a thought just a thought just a thought just a thought
All these little things seem to matter so much That they confuse you, that I might lose you
Thought here is a key word. It’s in the title of the song and it’s a major theme of the one wedge we see between Ruby and Sapphire more than any other pair of characters. Ruby is rather simple and feels more than she thinks, whereas Sapphire is was made to think for someone else. It’s their attitudes on thought and feeling that caused them to split up in Keystone Hotel, and if you follow my other theories you probably know I believe it’s the reason Garnet has three eyes instead of two. This combined with the fact that Garnet is the only living explicit couple in the show leads me to believe that this is about her and them.
Take a moment and find yourself Take a moment and ask yourself if this is how we fall apart But it’s not but it’s not but it’s not but it’s not but it’s not
Now this a loaded line if I’ve ever seen one. These themes: finding yourself, fear of falling apart, an indefinite end, these are all the things I discussed and pleaded my case about in my Why Garnet Should [Not] Split Up posts!
I believe this song is a duet between Ruby and Sapphire: two gems who’ve been lovingly entangled so long that they’re beginning to lose individual aspects of their personalities along the way. They are a couple so perfect for each other that they can’t function apart, and are trying to cope with the frightening idea that they might need to pause their relationship for a greater good.
Here comes a thought, That might alarm you What someone said, and how it harmed you Something you did, failed to be charming Things that I said, suddenly swarming
Now, some of you careful readers or listeners might be fixating on this line, the suggestion of a fight between two lovers and what it might mean for this guess. To that I should remind you to pay attention to the pronouns being used here: You, I and Someone. That someone is important because in the presence of the I in the you-and-I context tells us that this was a third party, not an interpersonal fight.
Ruby and Sapphire rarely fight on their own. These are two individuals who are deeply attached to each other, they don’t see their relationships from an outside context. Even after their flirting sabotaged the mission in Hit The Diamond Garnet herself didn’t express shame or embarrassment that things had gone awry, she just accepted it as if it were bound to happen. She doesn’t even apologize to Peridot for risking her safety!
Ruby and Sapphire have needed to split apart to do their job before, and if the Ruby squad comes back in the future (you know they will) they may need to do so again. Do I think Rubies are dumb enough to fall for that trick twice? Maybe, but not thrice. If they fuck up again the way they did before it would fall on the rest of their team to call them out on it. Who that someone is I can’t say, (amethyst maybe?) but the context seems feasible enough to me that I can guess this sort of thing is going to happen.
Take a moment to think of just Flexibility love and trust
Flexibility and trust. The flexibility to pull apart, knowing that you’ll snap back together in the end. The trust that your friends can see a problem that you don’t, and that they can function without you as their rock.
This will be an ordeal for them, and an ordeal for all of us that love Garnet just the way she is, but I know they can do it.
This scene is so adorable. It reminded me of Teuchi’s chapter from Konoha Hiden.
“Heyo, lad. Do you wanna come over and eat something?”
Teuchi had called out with a smile on his face, but the young boy jolted with a start, his whole body shaking.
It had just passed dinner time, so the shop was empty. Teuchi had noticed the child constantly sneaking glances towards Ichiraku’s as he wandered aimlessly on the streets.
He hadn’t just seen the boy today, either. The kid been wandering around here a lot the past few days, and Teuchi had gotten used to the sight of him. He would always walk hesitantly towards the shop, and then walk away, back and forth without ever actually coming in.
Sooner or later, Teuchi had found himself getting curious about the young boy always wondering around his field of vision.
It was because every time Teuchi saw him, the child was all alone.
Today as well, the boy was hunching his shoulders against the cold weather, sneaking quick peeps inside the store every few minutes. There weren’t any other customers around to deal with anyway, so Teuchi just instinctively called out to him.
The child approached him slowly, trembling with nerves. But Teuchi slid out a bowl of ramen towards the boy, and that tiny, frightened face instantly lit up.