Rhodonite is in a pink hallway, running. Shuffling is heard on the floor. Rhodonite panics and runs into a room filled with drawings and dresses. A group of pebbles comes out and builds a desk for her to hide under. A short gem in a pink kimono with long hair comes in.
??????: I know you're under that desk.
She leans under the desk and sees Rhodonite. She trips as she backs away in fear.
??????: You don't have to hide. Look, I may be a high-class gem, but I'm not like the others. I... understand. But I can't keep doing this. I didn't want to do it the first time, and I didn't want to do it the tenth or the fifteenth or... I have to report you. I'm sorry... I wish there was a way around it, I really do, but I can't sacrifice my gem or anyone else's. I know you'll be able to hide though. Look for a worm-like fusion and a Rutile with two heads. You'll be safe with them.
Rhodonite hears something and turns around. She's now standing on the railing of a balcony. She hears two Citrines coming after her. She looks at the small gem's eyes.
??????: You have to go now!
Rhodonite shakes her head.
The gem looks behind her and sees the guards running their way. She pushes Rhodonite into the depths of the Homeworld Kindergarten. As Rhodonite falls, she thinks of how happy she could've been if she had obeyed the rules, but also knows she would never be as happy as she feels when her components are together. She wipes a tear from her eyes and...
Rhodonite awakens on the Sun Incenorator. She sees everyone except Lars is asleep. Steven and Garnet come through Lars' hair.
Steven: So! Here's the wrench you asked for.
Lars: Thanks Steven.
Rhodonite slouches in her chair and recollects. She realizes it was only a dream. Someone taps her shoulder.
Garnet: I know that look. Was it a dream about your owner?
Rhodonite: How did you know?
Garnet: It's the same look I had when I remembered the disgust on Blue Diamond's face. Sapphire could hardly bare the idea that her owner could be so cruel at heart to even the most precious sapphire.
Rhodonite: F-for me it's a morganite.
Steven comes to Rhodonite's side and hugs her.
Steven: Would it help to talk about what happened?
Rhodonite takes a deep breath and closes her eyes. She opens them and looks down. Rhodonite: It started the first time we ever crossed paths.
A tall and skinny pink pearl with a bob-cut and transparent shawl follows a short pink gem with a kimono on and long hair.
Rose Pearl: My Morganite, I'm very excited for my first task.
Morganite: I'm quite excited too. I may seem quite serious, but I've never been happier. My guard has been waiting for me for a while. I hope you two get along.
Rose Pearl and Morganite turn into a room with dresses and outfits, including some sketches and designs for ships, injectors, and new gem technology. A ruby is seen waiting in the corner.
Morganite: Ruby, meet Rose Pearl. She's your new associate. I won't be needing you two too often, so maybe you can socialize. I heard some of the quartzes talking about a dance in the west wing. Maybe you two can enjoy some time there while I finish this design for a new product known as the rejuvenator.
Ruby sees Rose Pearl's eyes and stares into them, blushing and slightly burning the floor. She rubs her feet on the floor to remove the burn marks and begins to walk with the pearl down the hallway to the west wing. The ruby grabs Rose Pearl's hand.
Rose Pearl: Wh-what? Wh-why are you doing that?
The ruby lets go.
Ruby: I'm sorry I just... You're quite pretty for a pearl. I mean I-I've never seen a pearl quite as beautiful as you.
Rose Pearl smiles and blushes at the ruby. She grabs her hand and walks with confidance. They reach the end of the hall and see various quartzes in the room.
Two amethysts see the ruby and drag her to the dance floor to dance. She shyly wobbles around, but doesn't know what to do. Rose Pearl goes in after her.
Ruby: I-I'm sorry I'm not having as much fun as I should.
Rose Pearl: Don't worry about it Ruby. Listen, I'll ask the Singing Stones to play something else.
Rose Pearl taps an amethyst on the shoulder and whispers to her. The amethyst goes to the Singing Stones. The tone of the music changes to a slower song.
Rose Pearl grabs Ruby's waist and Ruby grabs her's. Rose Pearl sways her back and forth. Everyone stops and stares at them. Ruby starts to get scared, but Rose Pearl goes in to hug her.
Rose Pearl: whispers I've got you.
They sway back and forth, hugging in front of everyone. Most of the quartzes find it quite cute, while one particular amethyst leaves the party and heads towards Morganite's chamber. The amethyst tells Morganite of what's going on and Morganite heads into the room. Rose Pearl and Ruby still oblivious to the situation, continue to sway. They sway until their movements become one, until their thoughts become one, until they are one. They open their eyes.
Rhodonite: W-why's everyone looking at us?
Morganite: disgusted Unfuse this instant! This is attrocious!
The amethyst that reported them smirks and leaves the room. Morganite looks behind her as Rose Pearl and Ruby unfuse and blush, completely embarrassed.
Rose Pearl: We're sorry my Morganite. I was just trying to comfort her and... we got carried away.
Morganite: It's alright. I was waiting for that clod of an amethyst to leave since she couldn't see what I could. You two have something special, but I have to ask you don't fuse because I can't risk my gem, your gems, or the gems of the quartzes here. Do you understand?
Rose Pearl and Ruby nod. Morganite dismisses the quartzes and leads Rose Pearl and Ruby back to her chamber.
Morganite: Now, I have a question.
Ruby and Rose Pearl shyly look up.
Morganite: What was her name? The fusion. I've heard about a Ruby and a Sapphire, but I've always wondered about the names of cross-gem fusions.
Ruby: quietly Rhodonite. Her name is Rhodonite.
Rhodonite stops talking and takes a deep breath.
Rhodonite: We couldn't stop ourselves from fusing. Especially not after naming her... naming me... naming... us. When we fused, we'd end up rejuvenated. Morganite kept it under-wraps by testing the rejuvenator on us, but we always remembered what happened once we saw each other's eyes. She was just trying to protect us, and herself, and all the other gems who witnessed us... me. Until...
Rhodonite closes her eyes and recalls the events that haunt her. The moment Morganite couldn't protect them anymore.
Morganite: You have to go! I can't keep protecting you, you have to jump. You'll be fine, just remember the gems I told you about. They go by the Off-Colors. They'll help you and teach you to hide.
Rhodonite: But what if we just show the diamonds how we feel. Show them what magic fusion really is. Show them love.
Morganite holds Rhodonite's cheek and wipes the tears from her own eyes. She smiles.
Morganite: I know you'll lose that hope down there, especially having to hide for as long as it takes, but I hope this Rhodonite will come back.
Morganite pushes Rhodonite off of the balcony as two citrine guards run down the hallway. Rhodonite cries as she falls, and curls into a ball, accepting her fate. She eventually lands on the ground of the Homeworld Kindergarten.
??????: Who.... is.... that.....?
??????: Is it another gem?
??????: Is it another fusion?
A giant worm like gem crawls from behind a giant pillar, along with a rutile with two torsos, each with a single arm and head attatched.