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Dark, Dark, Ocean Dark is a humanized Steven Universe fanfic by bogfable on Archive of Our Own.

The plot is loosely based on Malachite being trapped underwater for months on end. Lapis has kidnapped her ex-girlfriend Jasper. Jasper is stuck in a basement somewhere near an ocean, with no way of escaping.

The story is told through short chapters. As of October 2018, it's still unfinished.


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  • Adaptation Species Change: All the gems are turned into humans.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Yellow Diamond is renamed "Yelena".
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's unknown why Lapis has kidnapped Jasper. She seems to dislike seeing Jasper in her current state, but refuses to let her free.
  • Bound and Gagged: Lapis usually keeps Jasper's hands bound together with zip-ties. When she takes Jasper outside the room, she covers her face with a bag,
  • Dark Fic: Lapis has kidnapped Jasper and keeps her imprisoned in a basement.
  • Domestic Abuse: It's implied that Jasper and Lapis are exes. Lapis has since kidnapped Jasper, keeping her in the bare minimum conditions.
  • Inspired by...: The plot was inspired by Berlin Syndrome, a film where a woman is kidnapped by a man in Berlin.
  • Missing Mom: Jasper's mother died when she was eight.
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  • Related in the Adaptation: It's implied that Rose Quartz is Jasper's mother.
  • Title Drop: The title comes from the first chapter of the story: "She threw your meal at you when she returned later. It smashed on the wall besides your head. Food and broken plate all knotted in your hair. You ran for her. Her eyes met yours as she closed the door. Dark, dark, ocean dark. The door locked."
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