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Jasper was getting very tired of waiting to get off this miserable planet. Despite the huge leak of repressed emotion when it turned out Peridot was okay, she was convinced that she did not belong here, that she hated this place. Everything on Earth was awful, everything on Earth was disgusting. All the organic life made her gag. This place could have been the crown jewel (no pun intended) of Homeworld's empire. This could have been something she could have been proud of, be able to boast that, yes, she was from the Earth colony. But that was not what happened, and it was all because of Rose Quartz.
The traitorous Gem was just goofing off in front of some holo-screen device. If she cared to recall, it was called a TV. But she did not care to recall. It made her angry that Rose thought she could hide in the form of a human and pretend she did not remember every awful thing she had done against Homeworld in the name of her dumb humans. The mere fact that Rose chose to be a human made the slight all that much worse. Her eyes shot daggers at Steven just loafing around. Jasper herself was not doing anything, but that was because she refused to do anything for these Crystal Gems, except if it meant that Peridot came that much closer to finishing the communicator that would free her.
"Despicable," she muttered as she observed Steven, standing stock-still with her arms crossed. In addition to refusing to do anything, she also refused to sit ot not stand in the middle of the room, blocking the path for anyone trying to get by. "You betrayed your Homeworld for this."
It was hard to get anything done(not that he was doing anything particularly productive) when he could just feel Jasper's eyes digging into him everywhere he went. He was trying to be patient, and he was doing a good job, because he always did, because he was Steven and Steven didn't get fed up or annoyed with people or gems, but this was trying, and he was getting sick of her little jabs and remarks at him, still wholly convinced that he was Rose and that he had any idea what she was talking about when she threw these accusations at him.
He cringed visibly and let out a soft breath before getting to his feet and approaching the behemoth of a gem, looking up at her, "Jasper?" His eyes were more serious than they had been in a while, it wasn't very often that he leveled out like this, but something needed to be said, "can we go somewhere and talk?" He gave her a pointed look, "just the two of us, with me completely defenseless?" He hoped maybe the opportunity to attack him if she really wanted to would be enough to coax her to follow him, he wouldn't fight back against her and he was fairly sure she knew that.
He didn't wait for an answer, he knew he wouldn't likely get one, before he pushed open the door and stepped outside, glancing behind him, he needed to figure out a way to explain this so she would get it, getting called Rose constantly was getting heavy, and he was getting sick of being accused of things he didn't do.
Jasper followed Steven with her gaze until he was directly beneath her, staring up at her. Admittedly, it felt nice to be looked up to (albeit physically). It made her feel strong. He addressed her by her casual name, which was either done for friends or for superiors (she took it as the latter, being a bit egotistical herself). Apparently, he wanted to talk, alone and outside. Where he would be completely defenseless. She wasn't a fan of talking about things with other people, but the prospect of being able to shatter the gem of Rose Quartz where no other would be able to step in and stop her. "Hmph," she replied seemingly with indifference. Oh, but she was jumping at the bit internally. She could practically feel Rose shattered in her hands already.
So, she followed the small semi-human outside. It was a sunny day outside, almost blinding to look around in. It didn't bother Jasper one bit. She dealt with worse being stationed at the Beta Kindergarten during the war. The warmth, however, was nice. Space and Homeworld were cold, as Gems did not need heat to survive like humans did.
"What is it?" she asked once she was next to him. Her tone was sharp, but not entirely rude. Steven had proven multiple times to be fully capable of defeating her, even if in those times he'd had the power of fusion, thus he was begrudgingly given respect. However, it still put her off that he was a human fleshsack, whose skull could easily be crushed with just one of the Quartz's hands.
He wasn't afraid, at least not entirely afraid, of course he didn't exactly want it to come to a fight, and if she attacked him, he wouldn't fight back, he would just defend himself. Jasper didn't need more people trying to beat her down and silence her, and she deserved to have her anger and her rage just as much as any other person did, he certainly wouldn't take that from her on top of everything else that had been taken from her.
He was glad for the sunny day, it made for a nice contrast to the heavy and foreboding moment that was crackling between himself and the much larger gem, "Jasper..." He started, then stopped, struggling with the words that he needed to say, the words that might make this make more sense to her, "why do you hate Rose so much?" He looked up at her with a serious expression, but there was genuine curiosity there. He knew the things that others told him about her, but no one really seemed interested in what she had to say, whether her words were true or not, they still deserved to be heard.
"Everyone always tells me all kinds of things, but like you have no reason to want to lie to me." He stopped walking when they were a fairly decent distance from the temple, looking up at her, "so I want to hear you speak, I want to hear what you have to say about Rose." Maybe figuring this out would help, or maybe it would just make him feel awful, either way it was something he felt he needed to know.
At first, she seemed offended that Steven (Rose, to her) referred to 'himself' in the third person, but the way he sounded so... confused about it made it begin to feel genuine that, perhaps, this really wasn't who she thought this was. This wasn't the Gem she wanted to shatter. Her yellow eyes blazed with anger, but the hissing rain of sorrow put it out. "She took everything away from me. My planet, my colony, and... my Diamond. She shattered her!" Jasper cried, caught up in the emotion. "I... I couldn't save her... because I was busy fighting you stupid Crystal Gems in Rose's stupid war!" she growled.
She stomped on a seashell as if it was the gem of Rose Quartz herself, or any other Crystal Gem. It was pulverized beneath the force of her foot coming down. "But it didn't end there. Earth was deemed a failure, and the few of us grown here that survived were deemed failures with it," she explained. "I only got out of that awful human zoo and away from that horrible Agate..." she trailed off, clenching her fist. "Was because I was perfect. Yellow Diamond said it would be a waste to have a flawless Jasper like me watching a bunch of organics that would never escape. Except, it was merely a door to a world of ridicule and shaming that I had to work through because I came from Earth. Because they thought I would either prove to be as troublesome as the Rose Quartz who shattered Pink Diamond, or I would prove to be as useless as an Amethyst. Like every other situation, I did the only thing I knew how to: I fought. When a Peridot reported there were Gems on Earth, Crystal Gems, I... I was happy. I could finally take back a little something that was stolen from me."
At this point, tears were threatening to well up in her eyes. How had she been able to sum all of her pain and years of abuse into a neat little package like that?
Steven wanted to do something, anything to comfort the behemoth gem, because he could see the hurt, and not being able to do anything to heal that kind of hurt was awful. He held back though, not stupid enough to even try and get closer to her, though his expression went from serious and grave, to sad and remorseful. He sighed after a moment, forgetting his apprehension for a moment as he stepped closer and rested a gentle hand against her leg, which was about all he could reach given her height, "Jasper...I'm sorry..."
He looked down and chewed at his lip, apologies were incredibly empty when in the face of everything he lost, but he had a feeling no one else but him felt she was owed one, "I'm sorry for what they all did to you...That...That your Diamond was shattered." He looked like he was struggling, "I know it's empty words coming from me but...Well you deserve an apology..." He didn't understand so much of this, he wished he could offer more.
"I'm glad you fought your way through all that...Even though you hate me and you probably want to kill me...I'm glad I can stand here and have this conversation with you." He removed his hand and shuffled a little, unsure how to word what he was saying, "I'm sorry you never got a chance to...To confront Rose...But she's gone, and now it's just me." He looked up at her, "Steven wouldn't have shattered your Diamond though, I wouldn't have done that..." He looked genuinely sad hearing her story, it hurt, but he was glad to have asked, "no one deserves to be hurt like you were..." He trailed off and went quiet, unsure of what else to say.
Jasper felt Steven hugging her leg, staying silent as it began to sink in how truly miserable she was. She did not really enjoy serving Homeworld as a pawn, able to be abused and beaten whenever the ones using her - the upper crusts - pleased. The only person she was willing to die for was gone. She had no friends. Her family was separated from her. Worst of all, she drove everyone away in her agony. She thought Steven had already gone through every possible surprise he could present her with when he said it. A single word that she had never expected to hear. It was then that she knew this was not Rose Quartz, the Gem that had ruined her life. This was Steven, the human only trying to make things better.
"... Thank you," she said after a long pause. It was rare that she ever said that. Had she even ever said it before? She did not know, or at least, did not remember. "I wanted to get even, but... it wouldn't be fair to hurt you. You didn't do it. I don't think you would. You let me live even though I tried to shatter you."
There was a reminiscing smile on her face. "I don't know how anyone could have done something like that to her... she was like you. Kind."
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