Though this fic series was recommended to me for the TeruMob, the Shou and Ritsu scene sold me. The first image is from Kindling and the second is from We All Get Burned, both by @terwho I look forward to see where it all goes! I enjoy me some slow burn.
So, now that we’ve experienced the thoroughly explosive new Stevenbomb, there’s a
burning question that we all want the answer to:
What happens next?!
Steven’s now willing en-route to Homeworld in order to keep
his friends safe from harm, the Crystal Gems powerless to stop this
heartbreaking scenario from playing out right in front of their eyes.
They’ll need a plan, and fast. But the glaring issue here is that their only
space craft has been stolen reunited with its rightful owner again. The upshot of this, of course, is that the
Crystal Gems now have no way of reaching space.
Or, do they…?
Upon being freed from the mirror – and subsequently healed –
by Steven, Lapis couldn’t get off the Earth fast enough. In a relatively short amount of time, she was
able to fly herself all the way back to Homeworld without the aid of a vehicle.
We know that, Peridot aside, Steven is the one person who
Lapis cares for the most. She’s already
effectively sacrificed herself to save him in the past (this being her logic,
no matter how questionable it might have been, when forming Malachite in order
to stop Jasper from hurting Steven) – so she’s going to jump at the chance to
save him again.
I daresay that the Crystal Gems will be well aware of this
and will want/need to enlist her help, along with Peridot’s. Peridot is, of course, the most “modern” Gem
of the group and is the only one with prior experience of the current-day
However, another issue could arise here because (in a manner
of speaking) Aquamarine and Topaz were sent to Earth because of Peridot. If she hadn’t
filed that report all the way back in Marble
Madness, things might have played out very differently indeed.
I’ve theorised in the past that Peridot is internalising a
lot of the guilt that she undoubtedly feels for her past actions (trying to
kill Steven, the fusion experiments, almost leaving the Earth to be torn apart
by the Cluster, etc) and that, eventually, something
would cause all of this guilt to come spilling out. I have to wonder if she’s going to blame
herself for Steven’s capture and that, ultimately, this is going to be the
thing that tips her guilt over the edge.
Peridot has recently been showing an awful lot of compassion
to one individual in particular, continually putting this individual’s happiness
and comfort first…
Could it now be Lapis’ turn to be there for Peridot, just as
Peridot has been for her?
When Lapis and Peridot find out what happened to Steven,
there’s going to be a lot of upset
from everyone. Sometimes upset can turn
to anger, and blame might start being attributed all around. Perhaps the Crystal Gems themselves will begin blaming Peridot for what happened.
I can’t stop thinking about Peridot feeling guilty and
getting very upset about the whole thing, prompting Lapis to say “It’s not your
fault, Peridot…” before glaring at
the Crystal Gems and adding something like “You’re not the one who let them take him!”
I feel like Lapis might be harbouring some resentment for
the Crystal Gems and that she’s going to see Steven’s capture as being another reason
not to trust them. As I mentioned
earlier, Lapis considers that she actually sacrificed herself to save Steven –
so this line of logic could lead her to thinking that the Crystal Gems could
have done more to prevent him from being taken.
Is it fair to apportion blame like this? No – but that’s what can happen when
something this distressing and
Regardless of whether or not the “blame game” comes to
fruition, everyone will have to calm down from their upset eventually and
figure out what to do. They’ll have to
set aside any differences/disagreements that they may have and come together in
order to rescue the one person who ultimately binds them all together – Steven.
And this is where
things could get very interesting indeed.
Lapis can travel through space, but it’s unlikely that she would have the physical strength to
carry multiple Gems with her.
However…what if she’s not just Lapis
at this point?
I think a fusion between Lapis, Peridot and the Crystal Gems
(effectively creating another Alexandrite-esque Gem) is highly unlikely, for a
number of reasons.
Alexandrite is an incredibly powerful Gem – and so was Malachite,
Lapis’ only other fusion to date. If one
were to combine these forces, the resulting Gem would be unstoppable. This would be ideal,
of course; but, from a storytelling point of view, it offers a solution that’s
too simple. A “get out of jail free”
card, if you like.
There’s also the aforementioned issue of Lapis perhaps not
fully trusting the other Crystal Gems yet, as well as a huge question mark
hanging over the stability of a fusion involving six Gems. Lapis has also
been left traumatised by her experience as Malachite, so I feel like she’d only
fuse again with someone who she was very close to – with a dire emergency like this
one being the catalyst to get her to try fusing with someone again out of
Luckily, there is someone
who Lapis fully trusts, who she spends almost all her time alongside, and who
she’s living a very harmonious relationship with…
…and so this might be where we finally see our Lapidot fusion!
To me, it makes absolute perfect sense. Lapis can fly through space at an alarming
rate, Peridot knows all about modern Homeworld – and, if necessary, their
fusion might actually be able to carry the other Crystal Gems along with them!
Imagine a scene where Steven is in a room on Homeworld (or,
alternatively, still on-board Aquamarine and Topaz’s ship). Suddenly, a new Gem – the Lapidot fusion –
comes bursting through the door, the Crystal Gems in her arms/clinging onto her
back. That would be an amazing scenario.
Of course, the nature of the show is such that we see
everything from Steven’s perspective. I
wonder if the show will break this convention soon in order to show what’s
happening on Earth ahead of Steven’s inevitable rescue. We obviously know he’s going to get rescued somehow, but the tension and build-up
would be somewhat watered-down if we see the Crystal Gems’ plan play out in the
form of a The New Crystal Gems style
flashback episode. That’s still a
distinct possibility, of course, but I must admit that it’d be nice to see the
show’s formula get slightly shaken up in the next episodes.
female writers + beautiful quotes (based on their actual sign)
*IN HONOR OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY*
ARIES: Maya Angelou (Pisces Mercury in the 8th House)
“You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise!”
TAURUS: Charlotte Brontë (Aries Mercury in the 8th House)
“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”
GEMINI: Gwendolyn Brooks (Taurus Mercury in the 9th House)
“It is lonesome, yes. For we are the last of the loud. Nevertheless, live. Conduct your blooming in the noise and whip of the whirlwind.”
CANCER: Anna Akhmatova (Gemini Mercury)
“The whole time I was hoping my silence would fit yours and exclamation marks would gently float across time and space so that boundaries would be crossed; the whole time I was praying you would read my eyes and understand what I was never able to understand. See, we were never about butterflies. We’ve always been about burning stars. All about us is unearthly and radiant.”
LEO: J.K. Rowling (Virgo Mercury in the 7th House)
“The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.”
VIRGO: Dorothy Parker (Leo Mercury in the 4th House)
“If I didn’t care for fun and such, I’d probably amount to much. But I shall stay the way I am, because I do not give a damn.”
LIBRA: Marina Tsvetaeva (Libra Mercury)
“I want to sleep with you, fall asleep and sleep. That magnificent folk word, how deep, how true, how unequivocal, how exactly what it says. Just – sleep. And nothing more. No, another thing: and know right into the deepest sleep that it is you. And more: how your heart sounds. And – kiss your heart.”
SCORPIO: Anne Sexton (Libra Mercury)
“Give me your skin as sheer as a cobweb. Let me open it up and listen in and scoop out the dark.”
SAGITTARIUS: Jane Austen (Sagittarius Mercury in the 3rd House)
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
CAPRICORN: Simone de Beauvoir (Capricorn Mercury in the 2nd House)
“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.”
AQUARIUS: Virginia Woolf (Aquarius Mercury in the 10th House)
“Better was it to go unknown and leave behind you an arch, then to burn like a meteor and leave no dust.”
PISCES: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Pisces Mercury in the 6th House)
“What we call Life is a condition of the soul. And the soul must improve in happiness and wisdom, except by its own fault. These tears in our eyes, these faintings of the flesh, will not hinder such improvement.”
so i saw this quote in some angsty gif set earlier
“this is great
just the three of us.
and this brick wall that you built between us.”
and when i read it i thought that was the deepest shit ever. i related to this quote so much. how many times did i feel like this when a relationship ended? how many times have i seen a wall built between two people who were once close? experienced the wrenching pain of separation after times of being so close? I was completely moved by it. it was something straight out of charles dickens. i’m completely floored. then i realized. its spongebob. its from a fucking spongebob episode. when he ate the pie bomb and was supposed to explode at sunset.and squidward built an actual fucking brick wall to protect himself from the explosion. i hate this website. i am. deleting. we all deserve to. burn
there is nothing at all you can say to a person to change their mind on a belief if they do not wish to change their mind themselves. the only thing that works, is your behaviour, the way you interact with them, your akhlaaq. their fitrat will want to connect with you if it senses humanity. become a decent human being first, then worry about doing inviting others to the right path.
Me: The Lego movies teach people to be inclusive to people who are different than them, accepting people for who and what they are.
My dad: “It’s also teaching and influencing the young people in this country to engage in activities they were not born into (being gay). Now when the children play with legos, they might think…do not try to teach our young children that it’s okay…”
-“obviously taking great amusement in the fact that Viktor had not only been caught looking but that Yuuri had so unexpectedly flirted back, sly and teasing”
Oh Viktor. Oh, honey. No. this poor man so desperately wants The Love of His Life to notice him that he literally took a long-planned, thought out insult and turned it into a flirtatious gesture.
-“There was absolutely no other way to look at the comment”
A R E Y O U S U R E A B O U T T H A T S W E E T Y
-Viktor writing an literal novel about his arm around Yuuri’s shoulder, while Yuuri was just there like “why do we have to get off the podiums. get ur arm off me scrub”
-CHRIS BEING WINGMAN OF THE YEAR
-Viktor taking paragraphs to describe Yuuri’s nearly-naked body and then seeing christophe and being like “lol yeah and chris is also naked. now back to yuuri.”
-“”You have…pretty eyes.” Viktor nearly tripped over the bed in surprise.”
Viktor ‘Extra’ Nikiforov just watched this guy pole dance naked in front of an entire room of people and got his hair pulled, yet he can’t handle Yuuri complimenting his eyes.
- “finally, after years of wanting, he finally had something in return. Not everything, not the closeness in every sense of the word that he had been dreaming of but the first small fraction, the rest hopefully eventually following in its wake.”
This dude is planning l o n g t e r m. He didn’t even hesitate to throw himself into this HEADFIRST with EVERY FIBER OF HIS BEING. Viktor’s philosophy in this story is “either yuuri and i will get married or i will die sad and alone.” There’s no middle ground.
-”It almost seemed like no time had passed when the doors finally slid open again, Viktor far too caught up in kissing Yuuri to notice almost anything else.”
could you imagine if there had been. like. an ISU employee waiting to get on the elevator just then. neither of them would have even noticed that they were basically having sex in the hallway in front of a horrified person who probably decided to quit their job the next day.
-”He would give Yuuri the whole wardrobe if he asked for it.”
No comment. This boy is so far gone, I dont even think it needs to be explained.
-”he had also enjoyed the playful way that Yuuri had flipped them over, taking control of the encounter”
i distinctly remember that in UMFB&MHA yuuri thought it was a huge power struggle between them. he so desperately wanted to be on top to show that he was more powerful than viktor.. and then viktor’s thoughts were something along the lines of “omg this cute lil boy look how playful he’s being, flipping me over. my turn to flip him over!!! look at all the fun we have together.”