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* YouCantFightFate: Sapphire's view before the events of the episode. She had plotted out the entire course of her life through future vision, and she was so passive in nature that it never occurred to her that she could change what she saw before Ruby pulled a ScrewDestiny

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* YouAreAlreadyDead: Pearl slashes two Homeworld Quartzes with her swords, who look down in confusion before poofing. Also, after Rose hits the Ruby fusion, there's a delay before they unfuse.
* YouCantFightFate: Sapphire's view before the events of the episode. She had plotted out the entire course of her life through future vision, and she was so passive in nature that it never occurred to her that she could change what she saw before Ruby pulled a ScrewDestinyScrewDestiny.

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* AbsenteeActor: Amethyst is completely absent from this episode, as most of it is a flashback which takes place before she was even created. The storybook adaptation of this episode also excludes Steven, only focusing on the flashback part.


* OddlySmallOrganization: The ferocious band of rebels that has been frustrating Homeworld attempts to colonize Earth is apparently made up entirely of Rose Quartz and her rogue Pearl. Possibly justified in that Steven is imagining what happened based on Garnet's story (Which is why Blue Diamond and the other Gems of her court speak in Garnet's voice: Steven wouldn't know what they sounded like in real life.) and the only Crystal Gems Steven knows of (besides Amethyst, who hadn't emerged from the Kindergarten yet) are Pearl and his mother Rose.

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* OddlySmallOrganization: The ferocious band of rebels that has been frustrating Homeworld attempts to colonize Earth is apparently made up entirely of Rose Quartz and her rogue Pearl. Possibly justified in that Steven is imagining what happened based on Garnet's story (Which (which is why Blue Diamond and the other Gems of her court speak in Garnet's voice: Steven wouldn't know what they sounded like in real life.) life) and the only other Crystal Gems Steven knows of (besides Amethyst, who hadn't emerged from the Kindergarten yet) are Pearl and his mother Rose.

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* RescueRomance: Both Ruby and Sapphire save each other when they first meet. Ruby saves Sapphire from being poofed by Pearl, and in the process accidentally fuses with her. Shortly after this, Sapphire saves Ruby when Blue Diamond orders her to be shattered for fusing with Sapphire, running off with her and escaping the Home World Gems. While the two of them rescuing each other was not when the two of them fell in love, they both appreciate what the other one did for them and it led to them beginning their relationship by remaining on Earth together.

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* YouCantFightFate: Sapphire's view before the events of the episode. She had plotted out the entire course of her life through future vision, and she was so passive in nature that it never occurred to her that she could change what she saw before Ruby pulled a ScrewDestiny


Flashing back, we see as Garnet describes it all, that Sapphire was sent to Earth for her powerful ability to see the future. Blue Diamond was her commander, and wanted to know if the rebellion's attack would impact Homeworld's plans for Earth. Three little Ruby gems, all alike but with their gems in different locations, were sent along to protect Sapphire and be her bodyguards. They bantered cheerfully back and forth about what they would do to any rebels who attempted to harm Sapphire. The first said she would punch them in their face. The second said she would punch them all over their bodies. The third said they would just fuse, become stronger, and destroy them utterly. She bumped into Sapphire in her energetic gesticulating, and fumbled an apology. Sapphire simply smiled, because she had known it would happen.

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Flashing back, we see as Garnet describes it all, that Sapphire was sent to Earth for her powerful ability to see the future. Blue Diamond was her commander, and wanted to know if the rebellion's attack would impact Homeworld's plans for Earth. Three little Ruby gems, all alike but with their gems in different locations, were sent along to protect Sapphire and be her bodyguards. They bantered cheerfully back and forth about what they would do to any rebels who attempted to harm Sapphire. The first said she would punch them in their face. The second said she would punch them all over their bodies. The third said they would just fuse, become stronger, and destroy them utterly. She then bumped into Sapphire in her energetic gesticulating, and fumbled an apology. Sapphire simply smiled, because she had known it would happen.



Right then, the rebels- Rose Quartz and Pearl- attacked. Pearl made short work of several Quartz gems, and the three Rubies fused into one giant Ruby in order to fight. [[CurbStompBattle They didn't last long against Rose Quartz]]. Two of the three Ruby gems were destroyed, their gems falling to the ground. The third Ruby, the one who had the earlier, awkward exchange with Sapphire, was the only one who had survived the battle. Sapphire was willing to accept her physical form being destroyed. But the third Ruby, out of a sense of duty (and perhaps more) was unwilling to leave it at that. As Pearl approached Sapphire and prepared to poof her, Ruby gave a mighty leap, sweeping Sapphire up into her arms. The two of them swung around once, and fused with the greatest of ease.

The reactions of all the homeworld gems were not positive. There were murmurs of shock, dismay, disgust, and horror. Rose, finding this fascinating, used the chaos to get away rather than press her advantage. The new, confused and bewildered fusion, separated back into Sapphire and Ruby. Sapphire was stunned. Things had not gone as her precognition had dictated. The future was not fated. Ruby had changed things. How? Not only that, but Ruby had prevented the destruction of her physical form -- saved her! Ruby, for her part, was all stumbling apology. She hadn't meant to fuse, or even known it was going to happen until it had happened.

Blue Diamond, however, was enraged, and raised a hand in furious declaration:

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Right then, the rebels- Rose Quartz and Pearl- attacked. Pearl made short work of several Quartz gems, and the three Rubies fused into one giant Ruby in order to fight. [[CurbStompBattle They didn't last long against Rose Quartz]]. Rubies One and Two of the three Ruby gems were destroyed, their gems falling to poofed outright, but the ground. The third Ruby, the one who had the earlier, awkward exchange with Sapphire, was managed to survive. Sapphire, being the only one who had survived the battle. Sapphire passive fatalist she was, was willing to accept her physical form being destroyed. poofed. But the third Ruby, out of a sense of duty (and perhaps more) was unwilling sole remaining Ruby refused to leave let it at end like that. As Pearl approached Sapphire and prepared to poof her, Ruby gave a mighty leap, sweeping Sapphire up into her arms. The As the two tumbled out of them swung around once, and fused with the greatest of ease.

way in each others' arms, they Fused.

The reactions of all the homeworld gems were not positive. There were murmurs of shock, dismay, disgust, positive, to say the least. Cross-gem fusion, even on accident (as Ruby and horror. Sapphire had just done), was incredibly taboo. Rose, finding this on the other hand, found it absolutely fascinating, and used the chaos distraction to get away rather than press her advantage.escape. The new, confused and bewildered fusion, separated back into Sapphire and Ruby. Sapphire was stunned. Things Her prediction, unlike all others before it, had not gone as her precognition had dictated. The future was not fated. been wrong. Ruby had changed things.the future. How? Not only that, but Ruby had prevented the destruction of her physical form -- saved her! Ruby, for her part, was all stumbling apology. She hadn't meant to fuse, or even known it was going to happen until it had happened.

Blue Diamond, however, on the other hand, was enraged, and raised a hand in furious declaration:



Ruby flew into an immediate panic, horrified that she had taken Sapphire from her court, away from her Diamond, let alone that she, Ruby, a lowly soldier, had dared to fuse with an elite gem such as Sapphire. Sapphire, however, was still reeling from the realization that Fate was not one locked future, immutable. She was frozen -- literally, with indecision. Ruby's fight or flight reaction could not permit fighting, so she picked up Sapphire and ran until she found a safe place for the two of them to shelter. Ruby worried and fretted that she'd caused Sapphire a terrible inconvenience by stranding her down on Earth rather than facing her fate, but Sapphire never complained.

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Ruby flew into an immediate panic, horrified that she had taken Sapphire from her court, away from her Diamond, let alone that she, Ruby, a lowly soldier, had dared to fuse with an elite gem noblegem such as Sapphire. Sapphire, however, Sapphire had no problem with her escape, but was still reeling from the realization that Fate was not one locked future, the future wasn't immutable. She was frozen -- literally, [[AnIcePerson literally]]-- with indecision. Ruby's fight or flight reaction could not permit fighting, so she picked up Sapphire and ran until she found a safe place for the two of them to shelter. Ruby worried and fretted that she'd caused Sapphire a terrible inconvenience by stranding her down on Earth rather than facing her fate, but Sapphire never complained.


* FantasticCasteSystem: As a rarely occurring Gem, Sapphire is an aristocrat and diplomat. Rubies, on the other hand, are so common, she gets three of them as bodyguards.


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* HiveCasteSystem: As a rarely occurring Gem, Sapphire is an aristocrat and diplomat. Rubies, on the other hand, are so common, she gets three of them as bodyguards.


** In a later episode, ''[[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E19NowWereOnlyFallingApart Now We're Only Falling Apart]]'', it turns out that at this point, Rose and Pearl were the only members of the Crystal Gems. It's only after seeing Garnet, and her joining them, that the rebellion grows.

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** In a later episode, ''[[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E19NowWereOnlyFallingApart Now We're Only Falling Apart]]'', it turns out that at this point, Rose and Pearl were the only members of the Crystal Gems. It's only after seeing Garnet, and her joining them, that the rebellion grows.


** [[spoiler: It really was just the two of them, Garnet was the first recruit.]]

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** [[spoiler: It really was just the two of them, Garnet was the first recruit.]]


* OddlySmallOrganization: The ferocious band of rebels that has been frustrating Homeworld attempts to colonize Earth is apparently made up entirely of Rose Quartz and her rogue Pearl. Possibly justified in that Steven is imagining what happened based on Garnet's story (Which is why Blue Diamond and the other Gems of her court speak in Garnet's voice: Steven wouldn't know what they sounded like in real life.) and the only Crystal Gems Steven knows of are Pearl and his mother Rose.

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* OddlySmallOrganization: The ferocious band of rebels that has been frustrating Homeworld attempts to colonize Earth is apparently made up entirely of Rose Quartz and her rogue Pearl. Possibly justified in that Steven is imagining what happened based on Garnet's story (Which is why Blue Diamond and the other Gems of her court speak in Garnet's voice: Steven wouldn't know what they sounded like in real life.) and the only Crystal Gems Steven knows of (besides Amethyst, who hadn't emerged from the Kindergarten yet) are Pearl and his mother Rose.


* TheCameo: Lapis Lazuli seems to make an appearance as a silhouette early on in the flashback.

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* TheCameo: Lapis Lazuli seems to make an appearance as a silhouette early on in the flashback. Given that gems of the same type seem to have similar appearances, though, it's possible that this is another Lapis.


** [[spoiler: “Now We’re Only Falling Apart” reveals that at the time it really was just the two of them, Garnet was their first recruit]].

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** [[spoiler: “Now We’re Only Falling Apart” reveals that at the time it really was just the two of them, Garnet was their first recruit]].

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