The Proposal Scene Rewritten!
Because my shipper heart needs a break. Don’t worry I’m keeping the intent of what Connie said originally. I’m just going to explain it more and add something extra.
Also I write this around 2 am so like if things don’t add up, that’s the fatigue taking hold. Lolz……
“We’ve got plenty of time, don’t worry.”
“I’m not worried I’m just happy to be with you that’s all.”
“I’m happy to be with you too. It’s just that-“ her phone buzzed and she let go of his hands to turn it off quickly. “Oh no my alarm! Forget studying right now it doesn’t matter!”
“Yes it does, it’s important to you.”
“YOU’RE important to me!” She turned to see him smile…the fake kind she could spot a mile away.
“I’m fine. We’ll talk about it later, Lion’s waiting for you.” He gestured to where the large pink cat like a animal stood.
“Steven, a-are you sure?”
That fake smile couldn’t be any clearer. No it wasn’t fine. This all turned out wrong. And the guilt couldn’t be helped when it tightened her gut more and more. Almost making it impossible to even breathe.
She took a couple of steps away, then paused. Gripping onto herself tightly. The choice she made was for the better. But her heart aches knowing leaving it like this wasn’t right. So she took in a deep breath. Gave Lion a look she taught him for when she needed him to leave, to which he complied, and closed her eyes.
“Connie, what are you doing?” Without warning Connie turned and ran towards the boy she liked deeply for, embracing him tightly. So much so the suddenness was impactful and he fell backwards on the sad. By instinct he held onto her, not expecting any of this, and prepared for the fall. Laying on the sand, stared by what was going on.
“Steven Quartz Cutie Pie DeMayo Diamond Universe, I’m not leaving until you hear what I have to say. Call it being selfish or petty I don’t care. As long as you listen.” She then got up until she was hovering over him. A very confused Steven stared back.
“O-Okay…” he nodded, awaiting to see what she had to say. She gulped before resolve flashed in her eyes and began to speak.
“Steven I want to say yes. Fudge Steven in my heart it is already that! A yes! However it wouldn’t be fair to either of us if we got married now. Wanting to be my own person means figuring out who I am. If I don’t know who I am as I grow, how can I give you the best of me when we’re married? I am Connie Maheswaran, a girl whose good with a sword, loves to study and read. Not to mention wanting to go to college. But is that all I am?”
“No of course not, you’re so much more.” He spoke while she paused for his reply.
“Exactly, and I want to figure out who she is before I give myself, my half of Stevonnie, to you. I love being Stevonnie with you… but I’m not sure how comfortable I would be if we were all the time them.”
Connie felt the tears fall from her eyes but she didn’t care. “I want the two of us uniting in marriage to be unique and special. We have so much logistically to talk about too. Oh Steven I want this. I truly do. I want to be with you. But I’m-….” she sat up and wiped away the tears from her face.
Looking away from his gaze. “I’m scared of loosing you… and if we don’t wait until the right moment… when we aren’t fully ready to commit, no matter how much we think we are, then we could loose one another and I-…I know I wouldn’t be able to take it…”
Steven held onto every word. Realizing that what she said made sense. If two people don’t know who they are and aren’t ready to commit, then yes things will go bad. Embarrassment rushed over him as he realized there was more to this than any fairy tale.
And while Ruby and Sapphire had good intentions. In a way they already worked through everything and chose to stay Garnet. But he needed to remember to do this the human way too. Sitting up he reached out and wiped away her tears. Taking her hands in his.
“I’m sorry I know this is making things worse but I just… I can’t leave without us talking about it. And-“
“I’m glad you spoke up.” Steven spoke softly as Connie finally looked at him, again.
“R-really?” She spoke trying to steady her breathing.
“Yes. Connie you are helping me understand the more human approach to things. I guess being with gems all the time, little home world/school, I have lost a touch of my humanity.” He scratched their back of his head and neck slightly before continuing.
“Connie it makes me so happy you want to say yes…but I’m starting to understand why it’s better for us to say…later.” He smiled as she did the same with a giggle. “I-I don’t want to hold you back.”
“Steven, I’m worried I’m holding you back.”
“Yes, from quitting running Little Homeschool, the cactus incident you told me about, and with what happened with Peridot, I know you’re going through trying to find yourself. And I don’t want you to be in my shadow while I’m at college. It’s not fair for you.” She then took the glowing red bracelet in her hand, smiling.
“You know, I do want to say yes in some way. Can this be our promise bracelet?” Explaining the concept of a promise ring, though in bracelet form. Steven smiled, agreeing to it as he slipped it on his girlfriends wrist. “Now you know that our promise is to be together forever. To wait till we’re both ready.”
“I promise the same.” He replied as they both smiled. Connie soon had to leave for her studies, but they promised to talk about it more the next day. She whistled for Lion then hugged her boyfriend tight as he did the same.
“I’ll call you tomorrow at lunchtime.” Connie explained before both kissed each other softly. Steven walked her to Lion and watched as she got on.
“Good luck studying!” He called as she giggled and waved goodbye through the portal.
Once he was alone, Steven looked over the ocean. Thinking about their conversation. How much of humanity he’s been disconnected from. The huge mistake he almost made with her. The guilt, disconnect and fear from not knowing much, and worried for the future, made him turn pink as he fell down backwards again. A burst of energy coming forth and putting him in a sand hole.
Garnet soon came around to help him. Also help him clean up the now messy picnic area. Steven was mostly quiet the entire time. For right now, he needed to collect his thoughts. But it was sort of nice having her there. Even if they didn’t speak…yet.
“You’re soulmate is your compliment. Not your missing piece. Ruby and Sapphire love being together, but they each have their own individual lives.” ~ Garnet, SUF 13 ‘Together Forever’