Original Idea by: Scraps
Collaboration work with: HikumiRin
Characters Created by: Rebecca Sugar
Chapter 6: Master and Commander
Author's note: This chapter takes place during Chapter 5 of "A Girl and Her Lion", through Chapter 10.
Beach City Containment Camp, Resident District Ruins, present day.
A portal opened at the door to the temple as Diamond stepped out of it, followed by Pearl and then Onyx. Diamond turned his attention to Beach City and saw the encampment before him. The camp had been destroyed, parts of Agates were scattered everywhere, it was apparent that there was a large battle here. As Onyx looked in shock, she turned to her master and saw his eyes fill with rage. She knew that Zirconia, the Gem assigned to watch Beach City, would be punished severely.
Diamond looked towards the entrance of the house and saw the parts of Agates that were scattered around the entrance. He then saw the corpses of three humans, noticing the rifles that were beside them. As he approached one, he bent down and examined his body, he recognized him as Sam, one of the G.E.R.M agents that he had confronted along with Nanafua. He then saw Jamie's body slumped on the stairway and Mavis's, which was bent over the deck fence. Diamond then stood up and turned to his servants.
"Vestibulum" Diamond said as he turned to Pearl, "Go and gather the Agates, then patrol the city for anything suspicious."
Pearl nodded as she sprung towards the city. Diamond then turned and began to walk up to the entrance of the temple, stopping as he approached the door.
"Onychinos, to me." He said as Onyx followed behind, Concerned as to what had happened.
"Father, what happened, where is everyone?" Onyx asked the Gemian before her.
Diamond then stopped in his tracks and quickly turned to his servant. As he did, Onyx felt the pain of a large fist backhanding her to the ground. As Onyx sat up, she looked to the towering Gem above her and felt a jolt of fear course through her body.
"You will address me as Master." Diamond hissed to Onyx, "If you call me otherwise, I will rip out your tongue and shove it down your throat! Now stand up!"
Onyx quickly stood up and began to follow her master; her mind was filled with confusion as to what had just happened. It seemed like only yesterday that he allowed her to call him father, and now he does not.
Diamond then turned back to the door and tried to open it. As he felt the door refuse to move, he gritted his teeth as he ripped the door off its hinges and toss it behind him. Diamond and Onyx heard a splash of the door falling into the ocean as Diamond saw the large table before him, which was used to prop the door shut.
"How could they have let this happen?" Diamond said as he shoved the table away. "They are Gems, no, Secundos! Gems created from the essence of Topaz and myself, and they were bested by humans."
"Well…to be fair Master, they had those G.E.R.M agents." Onyx repled, trying not to upset her Master. "But at least they are dead."
Diamond turned to Onyx and grabbed her hair, pulling her towards him.
"Yet they let the humans escape." Diamond hissed at Onyx, watching as the Obsidian rolled down her cheeks. At this sight, Diamond began to punch Onyx in the stomach, emphasizing his point with each hit.
Diamond then threw Onyx across the room. The Black Gem tumbled onto the floor before she vomited black bile onto the floor. As she stood back up, she saw Diamond standing over what remained of the warp pad, which was now broken into pieces and covered with soot. Diamond bent down and touched the damaged warp pad with his fingers, standing back up and examining the soot on his hand.
"They used fire salts…" Diamond said as he wiped his hand on his robe. "They used the salts as a makeshift bomb."
He then turned and saw something besides the damaged warp pad, in a small pile of rubble was a young human, his skin was burnt and his hair was singed, as he bent down to him, he looked into his glazed over eyes. He examined the cuts and dirt on his skin, knowing that he was left behind to detonate the bomb.
"I gave you the choice to save either the life of your love or the life of your people…" Diamond said as he closed the human's eyes. "…and you chose to save both of them, you gave yourself for them. Just as I did…"
"Master…?" Onyx asked as she approached Diamond. "Is everything all right?"
Diamond paused for a moment before he stood up and faced Onyx.
"Zirconia…" Diamond growled as he stormed into the knocked down Gem door and into the Crystal Heart chamber.
Crystal Temple Catacombs, burning room, present day
Diamond and Onyx walked the long halls of the temple until they reached the burning room. It was a large room with a pit of lava in the center. In front of that pit was Zirconia, muttering to herself as she was throwing paper into the pit. Both Gems could also see that Zirconia was missing an arm.
"…and if Master finds out, he will punish me, but what would he know, all he does is make us do his dirty work. Now thanks to that crazy Gem and those idiots, everything is fucked up. When I get my hands on those fucking inbred freaks, I'll-"
"I would think that would be the least of your concerns Zirconia" Diamond said bitterly as Zirconia spun around in shock at her Master's voice. There both Onyx and Diamond could see a large burn on the side of Zirconia's face and body. However, Diamond took no note of the wounds as he stormed forward and grabbed his servant by the throat and lifted her into the air.
"Master!" Zirconia gasped as she tried to break free, "Have mercy!"
"Mercy is an illusion that is granted to the less expendable, and it is only believed in by cowards and failures." Diamond growled as she brought Zirconia to his face. "Now, you will explain to me how a group mere humans we able to escape an army of Agates and three Secundos?"
Zirconia gasped as she looked to the floor, Diamond turned towards the floor as well and saw a piece of paper on the floor next to him. He then proceeded to throw Zirconia into the wall and then reach down to pick up the paper. On the paper was a crude drawing involving a Gem with black and grey hair killing Master Diamond with a large ax. Diamond furrowed his brow before reading the note on it.
"I'm gonna get you." –Howl
Diamond stood back up and examined the note before crumpling it up and throwing it in the lava pit. He then turned back to Zirconia and approached her.
"Why did you not inform me about Howlite's escape?" Diamond said as he towered over her.
"I…I did not think she would be that much of a threat until she attacked me." Zirconia said in defense, "I though Sunstone and Moonstone could handle it. It's there faults, not mine!"
Onyx watched as Diamond once again lifted his servant into the air. In a sense of pity for her sister and granddaughter, she tried to intervene.
"Master, what I-"
"SILENCE!" Diamond shouted, the whole temple shook from his voice, who had never seen her master so angry before, "If I want to hear your opinion, then I will beat it out of you!"
Onyx shuttered at the sound of Diamond's voice, his very voice echoed through her whole body. She knew that this time, there was no second chance for the Gem in his hands, she knew that this punishment would be the last.
"I have realized that I am the one at fault for this." Diamond said to his servants, "I have allowed myself to be corrupted by pointless ideals and become too lenient. Because of this, not only has Topaz escaped with the Furem, now Zirconia and the Secundo of Topaz have shown that a mere handful of primates could easily defeat us…"
Diamond then turned to Onyx, "As for you, I have allowed my own corruption fill you with a desire of love towards me. I realize now that the four of you have constantly failed as Secundos and as my servants, this means that the only remaining use you will have to me is to be sacrifices for Obsidian."
Onyx froze, remembering what had happened at the crash site, all the things Diamond said and did. The very though caused tears to fall from her eyes as she stared at her master with a look of disbelief.
"But…what you said…you said I was…you're…"
"Daughter?" Diamond hissed as he dropped Zirconia to the ground before walking up to his black-haired servant, "I remember what I said, and yet, I care not. Let me remind you Onychinos, that you are an extension of Obsidian and myself for the purpose of following my orders! Your purpose is to do what I say, when I say it, without question, objection, or remorse, which you have done one too many times. You were created as a tool, and now you will die as one. I have carry no love for you then and now, nor will I ever!"
He then turned his attention back to Zirconia and forced her up against the wall. "Nor do I carry mercy. For too long, I have allowed your failures to proceed without true consequence. Many times you have failed to obtain the Furem's Vitae. That, among this, is unacceptable and I act upon my promise to you..."
Diamond then bent down to Zirconia so he could whisper his choice into her ear.
"Because you allowed the humans to escape, and hindered my plans tenfold, I must kill you."
Zirconia quickly broke down onto the floor in a mix of gibbering cries to pleas of mercy. Diamond simply looked down with an expression of malice.
"Get up." Diamond commanded his servant, who stood up without hesitation.
"Look at me." Diamond said as she proceeded to do so.
"Who am I?" Diamond asked as he placed his hands on her shoulders.
Zirconia looked at Diamond's hands before looking back to her master, her eyes poured with Obsidian tears.
"You are my master…" Zirconia said with a whimper.
"Are you afraid of me?" Diamond asked.
"Yes…" Zirconia replied with a nod.
"Are you prepared to die?" Diamond asked the Gem before him.
"No…" Zirconia choked, she could feel her body shake with fear.
"Why?" Diamond asked.
Zirconia hesitated before looking to her Master with a tearful smile.
"Because I don't want to die!"
"Now…you are learning." replied Diamond, jaw split open down the middle, opening up and revealing a set of tentacles, barbed sets of fangs and a large barbed tube-like tongue. He then plunged into Zirconia's neck. Onyx watched in horror as Diamond drained the Vitae from her screaming grandchild. As he finished he ripped himself loose from Zirconia's neck. As he did, a chuck of flesh from her neck was torn off with his tongue, causing the Gem to scream and choke as she held the gushing throat and dropped to the floor. As Zirconia tried to stop the bleeding, her attention was then drawn to Diamond, who retracted his jaw as he stood over her with his mace over his head.
All Zirconia was able to do was scream a loud "NO!" as Diamond brought his mace down upon her. With no hesitation or remorse, he did not stop for even a minute as he beat the Gem's head and body into the earth below. Zirconia's screams and gurgles mixed together as he broke her bones, smashed her body, and splattered her blood all over the floors and walls around them. Onyx could feel the vibrations of each impact with the mace through her body, the room, and perhaps, the entirety of the temple.
After what felt like hours of Diamond crushing the Gem below him, the Old King finally stopped, his robes and mace soaked with grey blood as he stood over the crater of mush that was once a Gem. He then reached into the pile of remains and removed a white gem from the pile. Diamond then drained the Vitae from it before casting it into the pit of lava. As Onyx watched the Gem melt in the pool, she was drawn back to Diamond, who was now standing before her.
"Now it is your turn." Diamond said blankly as he cast away his mace. Onyx backed away slightly before she tripped and fell onto the floor. She then felt as the ground locked around her ankles and heels. Immobilizing her as Diamond disrobed.
"Did you really think you had gained a place to my heart?" Diamond hissed as he stood above his prey. "No…I don't think so."
"Master, no-" Onyx's pleas were stopped by Diamond's hand clasping around her mouth. All she could do was make muffled scream as Diamond tore off her robes. She cried in pain as he stuck himself into her, his hand then found themselves around her neck, squeezing tighter with each thrust.
Onyx tried to break free, but it was no use. She could feel herself fading in and out of conscious as Diamond choked the life out of her.
"May this be a remind Onychinos that I am always in control…" Diamond exclaimed, as he slammed into her harder. "…and that your life was always in my grasp."
All Onyx could do was look into Master Diamond's molten red eyes before everything turn to darkness. Even though she could still feel him, she found the darkness safe.
For the first time in her life since she first breathed life, she felt safe…
Rose's Hill, Topside, several hours later
Diamond teleported onto the top of the Crystal Temple, crouching down as he looked to the wound in his chest. Several hours ago, the Gemian confronted his sister Rose, who informed him that his last servant, Pearl, was escaping with the help of Lion. He then pursued them and confronted the two just as they were at the border of the city. Diamond then attacked the two and was able to kill Lion. As he was prepared to kill Pearl, he was attacked by an unseen assailant, a tall figure wearing a pink helmet. Diamond immediately knew who the figure was, because several months ago, the Gem that the figure was protecting was killed by her. He was known as Steven Quartz Universe, a Secundo to Rose Quartz.
"The boy is alive!" Diamond gasped as he stood up and limped over to the tree. "How is that possible?"
As he composed himself, he turned to see the human military camp in the distance. He then noticed that the tents and buildings were in shambles. At this sight, he remembered two particular Gems that had not yet appeared to him.
"Solislapide, Lunamlapideas, est mihi!" Diamond said to himself as he turned around, and there standing before him were Sunstone and Moonstone, their clothing was tattered and their hair was matted. Upon realizing who was in front of them, the Gems quickly knelt before Diamond, especially Sunstone.
"Where were you?" Diamond asked as he approached them.
The two looked to each other as they stood up.
"Well…w-we had to take c-c-care of a couple humans in a milit-t-tary camp, then we went searching for the Humans and Agate."
"Agate?" Diamond asked as he leaned in towards them. "They have an Agate? How could you let them take an Agate?"
"Magister non scire." Moonstone replied. "Autem nolite ergo solliciti esse dilige-"
Diamond quickly grabbed Moonstone by the head with his hands. He then twisted his arms and wrenched her head around in a ninety degree twist. Moonstone spat white blood as she fell to the floor and proofed into a white gem. Sunstone gasped as Diamond approached him.
"Y-y-y-you ki-ki-ki…" Sunstone shuddered, unable to finish his sentence.
"Killed her." Diamond replied. "Yes I did, just as I did to Zirconia and Onychinos, and it will be what I will do to you. At this moment, Haematitem is more capable than all of you combined, which is why he will be replacing you."
"B-b-b-but what about P-p-p-peridot?" Sunstone replied as he backed away from the approaching Gemian. "She did nothing to help us, if you had her here, this would be avoided. So she needs to be punished too."
"Ah yes, the "Sexbot" as you called her." Diamond said as he placed a hand on Sunstone's shoulder. "I think I should let you in on a little secret..."
Diamond then clenched his hand as he quickly shot his other arm back and punched Sunstone in the head, smashing a hole into the Secundo's skull. He then pulled the dead Gem towards him and whispered into his ear.
"…that "sexbot" is more valuable to me than the entirety of this Universe, and in case you were wondering, berating her was as much a nail in your coffin as it was Iaspidis's.
Diamond then grabbed the Gem in Sunstone's shoulders and ripped them off, as he watched the corpse dissipate before him, he dropped the Gems alongside Moonstone's Gem. Diamond then sat down on the ground as an Agate approached him.
"What is the status of colony and out forces?" Diamond asked the Agate.
"[THE MAIN ARMY HAS BEEN REDUCED BY 43%...THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE KINDERGARTEN RESERVES THAT WERE ACTIVATED…THE MAIN ARMY WAS INCREASED BY 37% BEFORE THE HUMAN MILITARY DESTROYED THE LAST ONE IN EARTH SECTION 4439.]"
"How many Agates are ready to attack and how many are ready to join the defense fleet?" Diamond asked.
"[WITHOUT THE INTELLIGENCE…THIS UNIT FINDS A PROBABILITY OF VICTORY…23%...THE RECOMMENDED SOLUTION WOULD BE TO SEND 80 % OF THE EARTH RESERVE TO THE DEFENSE FLEET…WHICH WILL BE IMPROVED IF THE INSIDIAE FLEET IS USED.]"
"Do it then…" Diamond said as he stood up. "I also want a connection to the Insidiae network, I need to contact Peridot and inform her about the plan."
The Agate nodded as it flew away. Just then, Diamond felt the ground shake as a large black cloud entered the sky. Diamond watched as the cloud began to shrink as it reached higher and higher into the sky until it was no more. An Agate then appeared before the Old King, with a wailing stone in hand.
"[THE RESERVE HAS BEEN SENT MASTER DIAMOND…THIS UNIT WILL SEND A SIGNAL TO THE OTHER COLONIES TO DO AS YOU COMMANDED.]"
"Good" Diamond said as he approached the stone. "Now go to Haematitem and help him prepare the main army."
The Agate nodded as it placed the stone before Diamond and flew away. Diamond approached the stone and placed his hand on the top, pushing down as he looked into the hole in the center.
"Peridot…" Diamond said calmly. "Peridot, are you there?"
Mask Island, several hours ago
Sadie stood on the beachside, looking down at the grave before her, it was a simple grave, composed of a small cross made from sticks and hemp. As Sadie stood over the grave, reminded of Lars and his sacrifice, she felt her body weaken as tears began to form in her eyes.
"I'm sorry…" Sadie said as she gazed at the cross, studying the faults and imperfections in the cross. "I never wanted this…I never wanted you to…to…"
Sadie was interrupted when she felt a hand on her shoulder. As she turned around, she saw Jenny, Buck and Sour Cream beside her. Jenny gave a warm smile as she hugged the small woman, who broke down in tears as she embraced said hug.
"It's gonna be okay Sadie." Jenny said as she hugged tighter. "Lars is a hero, just like Jamie and Sam."
"I…I know…" Sadie sniffled as she broke from the hug. "I just can't believe he's gone. Just a month ago, we were running the Big Doughnut and now…he's gone."
"What Lars did for us…was alright." Buck said as he looked to the grave. "Never knew anyone who would put their life on the line like that.
Jenny cleared her throat loudly.
"Well…except Ganga." Buck continued embarrassingly. "…and Jamie…and Sam…and that one chick…and the other residents of Beach City that di-"
Sour Cream nudged Buck with his elbow, silencing the young man as Sour Cream approached the mourning Sadie.
"What we're trying to say is that Lars will be remembered as a hero…" Sour Cream added as he pated Sadie on the back. "…and once we come up with a plan to fight back, we will avenge Lars, Ronaldo, and everyone else, together!"
Sadie smiled lightly as she looked back to the grave. Reaching into her pocket and pulling out a small gem attacked to a small piece of hemp. It was once part of a necklace Lars made when he and Sadie were trapped on the island, as she traced the gem with her thumb, she smiled, hanging the gem on the wooden cross.
"See ya later Player One…" Sadie said as she wiped a fresh tear from her eye. "I…I love you too."
Mask Island, Sadie's Camp, Present day
As Sadie and the residents were sitting around a small campfire occasionally fueling it with fire salt, Smiley and Dewy were sleeping while Fryman and Sour Cream stood guard at the warp pad, armed with sharpened sticks.
"So Fryman…" Sour Cream said to the adult next to him. "…how are you holdin up man?"
"You know what, I'm feeling better." Fryman replied as he reached into his pocket, pulling out a small locket. As he opened it, there was a small picture of Fryman, with his arms over a smiling Ronaldo and an awkwardly smiling Peedee. "I…I don't think I will be over what happened, but given what just happened, and that we were able to stick it to that Diamond guy, it makes me feel better knowing that things are starting to move in our favor."
"You're telling me." Sour Cream responded as he picked up a rock and threw it into a bush. "After what happened to Onion and my dad, seeing all those robots blow up made me wonder if the fucker that killed them in was among them."
"I wish I felt the same way." Fryman said as he put the locket back into his pocket. "But then…what happens after all this? What will I have to go back to?"
Sour Cream looked back to see Fryman wiping his eyes with his sleeve. He then approached the old man and patted him on the back. Fryman looked to the youngster before him.
"If it makes you feel better, I kinda wanted to learn how to make fry bits."
Fryman smile as he embraced Sour Cream with a hug. The teenager awkwardly patted the bawling man on the back. Just then, the warp pad began to glow, attracting the attention of the two men before it. Immediately, Sour Cream and Fryman broke off the hug and picked up their spears aiming them at the warp pad.
"Come and get some you crystal creep!" Fryman shouted. "I can't wait to hang your corpse on the water tower and let the crows peck your eyes out!"
Sour Cream looked to Fryman with a surprised expression. "Yeah…what he said."
As a figure began to appear in the warp pad, the two men braced themselves for a full on attack. It could be an Agate, or a Gem, or even the Master himself, all they knew was that once the bastard stepped foot on the island, it would be the last mistake they would ever make.
Finally, the figure took form, as she appeared in full on the warp pad, Sour Cream and Fryman lowered their weapons as their eyes widened and their mouths went agape.
"Excuse me…?" The figure asked the gaping men before her. "…But I am looking for the Humans that escaped Beach City, are you among them?"
"Sour Cream…?" Fryman said to Sour Cream, all the while facing the figure before him.
"Yeah…?" Sour Cream replied, all the while doing the same.
"Do you think Sadie should meet our guest?" Fryman asked Sour Cream.
"I think so." Sour Cream replied.
"Good answer." Fryman replied. "Now get to it!"
"AUGH!" Dewy screamed as Overseer bend him in his arms like a Ba'noodle. "I DID NOT THINK THIS THROUGH! OH GOD!"
"Overseer! Put him down!" Sadie said as she approached the Agate. "You're hurting him!"
"[DISREGARD THIS UNIT'S PRESENCE!]" Overseer shouted at Sadie, all the while bending Dewy backwards until there was an audible crack. "[THIS UNIT HAS FINISHED ITS TASK.]"
Overseer then placed Dewy onto his feet and patted him on the head. Dewy looked to his feet and noticed that he was standing on them. As he clumsily moved one of them forward, stumbling a bit before he regain his posture, he looked at his hands, watching them dart forward to ensure balance.
"I can walk…" Dewey said as he felt tears in his eyes. "I CAN WALK!"
The small crowd of people cheered as Dewy tumbled into the sand, helped up by his son and given a tearful hug. He then approached Overseer and shook his large metal claw.
"Thank you so much friend." Dewey said to the Agate. "How can I ever repay you?"
"[DISREGARD THIS UNIT'S PRESENCE!]" Overseer shouted at Dewy. "[THIS UNIT WOULD ALSO PREFER A POSITION OF LABOR IN THE DIVISION OF THE ECONOMICAL DISTRIBUTION OF RINGS OF FRIED WHEAT PASTE.]"
"You…want to work at the Big Doughnut?" Sadie asked Overseer.
"[DISREGARD THIS UNIT'S PRESENCE!]" Overseer shouted at Sadie. "[AFFIRMATIVE…THIS UNIT WILL PROCEED TO CONTINUE THE FUNCTIONS OF THE ORGANIC KNOWN AS LARS…IT IS NECESSARY FOR THIS UNIT TO COMPENSATE FOR THE TERMINATION OF THE ORGANIC COLONY KNOWN AS BEACH CITY.]"
"Aw…that's…nice." Kiki said awkwardly. "I guess…?"
Just then, Overseer perked up and looked to the direction of the island warp pad.
"[ATTENTION…GEMIAN PRESENCE DETECTED…APPROACHING AREA ALONG WITH TWO OTHER ORGANICS…KNOWN AS FRYMAN AND SOUR CREAM.]"
"What?" Jenny Gasped in alarm. "You don't think that Fryman or Sour Cream are also aligned with Diamond guy, do you?"
"[DISREGARD THIS UNIT'S PRESENCE!]" Overseer shouted at Jenny. "[NEGATIVE…THIS UNIT DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT THE ORGANICS ARE ALIGNED WITH MASTER DIAMOND.]"
"What makes you say that?" Sadie asked.
"[DISREGARD THIS UNIT'S PRESENCE!]" Overseer shouted at Sadie. "[THE GEMIAN THAT THIS UNIT IS DETECTING IS NOT MASTER DIAMOND.]"
"Wha…" Sadie said in confusion. "I believe that Sam informed me that Diamond is a Gem…ian, and there were only four of those super Gems. So unless you're processor are malfunctioning, can you pl-ease tell me who else could it be besides Diamond?"
"Perhaps it could be his sister?" said a voice.
As Sadie and the others looked to the source of the voice, she and the rest of the residence gasped at the sight before them. There was Fryman and Sour Cream. A look of excitement and worry was on their faces, for standing between them was a large woman. She had large flowing curly pink hair and was wearing a long white dress with a star cut out in the center, exposing a pink Gem. Sadie beamed up as she approached the Gemian before her.
"Y-y-you're…you're Steven's mother!" Sadie exclaimed with a grin. "You were in the video tape…you're Rose Quartz!"
"Yes I am…" Rose said with a light chuckle, which reminded Sadie of a similar laugh that came from a boy she knew a long time ago. "…and you must be Sadie?"
"Yeah…I'm Sadie…" the short-stacked girl replied nervously before a thought shot into her brain. "Wait a minute! How do you know my name, and what are you doing here, and how are you related to that Monster back at Beach City, and-"
"Hey! Slow down there…" Rose said as she approached the group of humans and sat down on a log. "Before we continue, do you mind if I do something first?"
"Yeah…sure." Sadie nodded.
"Thank you." Rose replied with a smile as she pulled out a small copper cylinder. As she placed it on the ground, she reached over to the fire and scooped out a large amount of burning fire salt. She then used the salt to sketch a outline of a man in the ground, she then placed the cylinder in the center of the outline and stood up.
"Please stand back everyone." Rose said to the residence. "This will be rather intense."
As the residence backed up, Rose turned her focus on the outline. Suddenly there was a large crackle of thunder as the Gemian's eyes turned white. As she pointed her hands towards the outline, the fire from the fire salt began to shift around the outline and into the cylinder. Eventually, the outline looked like a three dimensional man made of fire. As soon as this happened, Rose began to speak.
"Sum Vicus Der Rose novissimis natus est de domo et momenta Leonis DITOROQU Gemia concessit debitum animae quem habebat vobis per iniuriam ademptum. Fratrem meum vita quae noctuque furto perierat tibi concedo et viventibus et in meritum. Ego praecipio tibi, Gregorius Universe, Kopar suscitant, apud redivivae praemia vitae et propositum ideo retexetur."
In that instant, there was a flash of light, and as Sadie and the others adjusted their eyes, they saw in place of the flaming man was a portly balding man with a beard who was wearing a white shirt and short jeans. Suddenly, the man sprung up and covered his hands over his head.
"I gave you what you want! Just no more!"
After a few minutes, the man lowered his hands and looked around, he stopped as he saw Rose and a look of surprise grew on his face. He then lept into the air and embrace the Gem before him with a kiss.
"Hello Greg." Rose said as she broke the kiss with a smile. "It's been a while."
"Rose…" Greg aid with tears in his eyes. "You're alive! Or am I in heaven?"
"You're alive, I just revived you." Rose explained. "Like Gems, Metalians can be revived via your core, but unlike Gems, your resurrection had to be completed manually."
"Wait…but what about…STEVEN!" Greg shouted as he rose up and looked around in panic. "I gotta warn him. Pearl is planning to-"
"Greg…it's alright. It's been a while since then." Rose interjected as she grabbed Greg's hand. "He is alright, in fact, he and Connie are safe."
Oh thank God." Greg replied with a sigh of relief. "What about the kid?"
Rose looked down as she fidgeted with Greg's hand. She didn't need to explain to him what had happened.
"Where is he?" Greg asked as he looked into Rose's eyes. "You brother is behind this, we need to find him."
"I know where he is Greg." Rose replied. "And I know what I have to do, but first, we will need some back-up."
As she looked to Overseer, the Agate saluted the Gemian.
"Hello Agate, I believe that you have Gems from Diamond's factory?"
"[PLEASE DISREGARD THIS UNIT'S PRESENCE MASTER ROSE!]" Overseer politely shouted at Rose. [CORRECT…THIS UNIT HAS AN ABUNDANCE OF FIFTY-SEVEN GEMS…IN ADDITION…THIS UNIT ALSO DETECTS METALIAN HUMOR FLOWING IN THE ORGANIC KNOW AS GREG UNIVERSE…THIS UNIT FEELS A MIXED SENSE OF PRIDE AND SHAME.]"
"Wait?" Sadie said as she approached Greg and Rose. "You are an alien too?"
"Yep!" Greg said as he nodded his head and he then was covered in a strange copper colored armor. He then summoned a gun and fired it at a tree, leaving only a crater in its place. "And I still got it!"
"Now it is your turn Sadie." Rose said to the girl before her. "I will resurrect the Gems that you found, but I will also use several of them to convert you and your friends into Acquisitae Gems. This will be temporary, but it will allow you to fight back against the Agates and be able to combat Gems if you have to. However, I will understand of you don't want to fight."
"But I want to!" Sadie objected to Rose, Jenny, Fryman, and Buck approaching the Gemian, along with Sour Cream, Kiki, Kofi, and the others. "We all want to fight back, for Lars and Ganga, for Peedee and Ronaldo, for Jamie, Sam, and Mavis, and especially for BEACH CITY!"
As the crowd of humans cheered before the Gemain, she smiled at them. For as corny as that speech was, it was heartwarming to know that the humans were willing to fight for what was right, much like how she did.
"Alright then…" Rose said as she stood up. "Overseer, please bring me the Gems."
Overseer handed Rose the bag of Gems.
"Thank you. Now let us begin…"
The Crystal Temple, Heart Chamber (87% corruption), one hour later
Diamond stood before the heart chamber, watching as a black bark-like growth began to grow on the heart, nearly engulfing it. As he approached it, Diamond felt his heat burn as he grabbed his head. He then saw as a large molten eye appeared on the growth before him. As soon as he saw it, he felt his body crouch before the eye. Diamond could feel black burning tears of Obsidian trickle down his face as he lifted his head to look to the abomination before him. For the reason for all his actions, all the pain and death in his wake, was staring down at him like a god to an ant. For this was the dark being Obsidian, otherwise known as the Obsidian Leviathan.
"Wachita bwino kwambiri Daimondi monga uja, udaziwona umadzikondera wekha ndamutsimikizira anandiuza komabe mwatsopano." Obsidian hissed to his slave. "Udaziwona osati zokhazo zinandipeza ine munthu wangwiro malo kupita ku anthu kukhala, koma ndi iwe uli analola kuti ndi ine kuzika mizu m'kati mwa mumtima angawa accurs'd mlongo ndikamuwutse, Diaspore!"
"I have done what you asked." Diamond said with a strained tone. "My Secundos and Topaz's are ready to be sacrificed for you, and then you will be restored to full power."
"Amene chikanakhala kokha ngati munthu iwe uli acquir'd ndi mbiri yamoyo ndi kwako abale ake, iwe uli daw!" Obsidian hissed loudly, Diamond then felt a sharp pain in his mind as he fell back onto his hands and knees. "Ndi mbiri yamoyo ndi kuchokera kwa chamtengo wapatali chimene ana awo kukanangowonjezera kukonzanso mumpangidwe wathupi, ndipo ngakhale pamene ili ine ndikanakhala kukhalabe ali osatetezeka kukhala ndi abale anu."
"Forgive me…M-master." Diamond said as he tried to rise again. "I…I will obtain the vitae from the…Furem and…and my siblings. I swear…I swear this to you. My army is ready to fend off their forces, as well as stall Tiberium's army."
"Sachita kuti anthu azititchula kuti mundawo adzakhumudwa Daimondi monga uja." Obsidian hissed to his slave, forcing the Old King's head up to look into his eye. "Sindidamsokeretse wot zokhudza wanu dram "galu kapena mphaka" udzasauka akukonza chiwembu choti asachotsedwe kuchokera pa ine sachita amaiwala pakapita ndine ndani Daimondi monga uja, chimene Munalandira zaufulu mwa Koma ngati mkaziyo tsopano ndiye zonse m'mphepete mwa cha zimenezi m'chilengedwe chonse, Sindidamsokeretse wokweredwa zidzaipeza, ndiponso kukumbukira chiyani chimene muyenera iwe uli amalephera ananditsimikizira kuti kusamvera kwa ine kachiwiri ndidzachiritsidwa pofuna kuonetsetsa kuti anthu anaona masomphenya mwa iye chimene Sindidamsokeretse osemedwa wanu imfa yake chisoticho adzakwaniritsidwadi. Ndinali ndikukhulupirira kuti ine ndekha momveka bwino pamodzi ndi maulendo anaumiriza iwe uli akufuna kugwiririra ndiponso wozunzikirapo wapatali. Chimene iwe wachita kukhala Vestibulum, Onychinos, Zirconia, ndi Rose khwatsi, ndiponso anango onsene udaziwona linathyoka ndipo chovunditsidwa adzakhala ndi n'kosanunkha kanthu poyerekezera ndi ku chimene iwe uli adzakhala ndi numakula kukhala Peridot muyenera iwe uli amalephera ndi ine."
Diamond looked into Obsidian's eye, glaring into the Leviathan's gaze with eyes that shed both Obsidian tears and his own. Obsidian growled as he released Diamond, who gasped on the floor. As he stood up, he looked to Obsidian with a mixed look of desperation, fear, and hatred.
"I will do as you command." Diamond replied.
"Inu mukadzitengere numakula pamene iwe uli hest ... chiyani?" Obsidian asked, his eye gave the impression of expectation.
"…I…I will do as you command…" Diamond hesitated before he looked to Obsidian once more. "… my Master."
"Kulibwino." Obsidian growled. "Kuwalandira pomwepo kutuluka mu zanga pamaso pake. Ndidzakuyitana pamwamba pa iwe uli pamene Ndinali ndine kuyandikira kwambiri kwa chokwanira."
"As you desire Master." Diamond nodded as he left the chamber. A feeling of guilt and shame built within him regarding what was about to transpire.
Beach City Containment Camp, Makeshift Gem Camp, present day
It did not take long for Rose and Greg to set up camp within the old residential district buildings. As Rose looked to the temple and sighed, Greg approached his wife and grabbed her shoulder.
"Are you alright?" Greg asked Rose. "I haven't seen you like this since after you…well…you know…"
"He's my brother Greg." Rose replied to Greg. "When I talked to him, I could see his pain, he is trying to fight it. I don't know if I can save him."
I'm still questioning about why rather than what." Greg responded as he planted a light cannon on the ground. "No offence, but your brother did a lot of terrible things. I mean, look what he did to our son, and our grandchildren, not to mention that one of his servants was your most trusted ally. I mean, I know he is your brother, but there's a limit to how far a guy can fall, and this guy's fallen way to deep."
Rose turned to him and smiled.
"Even the darkest of rooms can be brightened Greg." Rose said as she began to walk to the temple. "My brother has not fallen, he is lost, and I will not rest until he finds his way home."
"Rose!" Greg shouted as he set down a crate of supplies. "Where are you going?"
"Bring the others through." Rose shouted. "I need to make sure of something."
Greg watched as Rose dashed away towards the temple. As he walked towards a placed warp pad, he looked back with a concerned look.
"You can brighten up all the rooms in the world Rose." Greg said to himself. "But some of those rooms will always have their shadows."
Rose's Hill, Topside, present day
Rose appeared to the topside of the hill to see Diamond sitting below the large cherry tree. Rose remembered this tree, the one she planted eons ago to impress Diamond. As she approached it, she noticed the scar around the trunk. She then saw Diamond sitting below the tree with a wailing stone before him, his eyes were shut and it was apparent that he was deep in though. Rose made a large grin as she stood before her brother and sat down in his lap. Immediately, Diamond opened his eyes to see Rose sitting on his lap.
"Is this your idea of a declaration of war?" Diamond said with a sigh. "Because if it is, then we both know the outcome then."
"Who said this was about war?" Rose said as she turned around to face her brother. "You always looked at everything with a cold feeling of apathy after the war. What happened to the old Diamond, the one who protected me when I was nearly eaten by Nephrolith?"
"He is no longer the brother you knew Rose." Diamond said as he looked away. "He died the moment that he broke the oath he made for his people…and when he became the very thing he wanted to destroy, and yet…he cannot rid himself of the guilt and love that poisons him so."
"That is why you've wanted me to hate you…to rid yourself of your guilt towards me…" Rose said to Diamond. "You still feel for your people, yet you cannot stop your crusade. Why are you doing all of this if you don't want to?"
Diamond paused for a minute before he looked to Rose with an intense glare. At that moment, he shoved rose off him and quickly moved away from her. Rose recomposed herself and stood up as well.
"This is for the well-being of the Universe." Diamond explained to Rose. "I am tasked with protecting it. But without Obsidian….I…I won't…I won't save it…"
"Save it?" Rose asked Diamond. "Save it from what?"
Diamond looked to Rose with a gaze of fear. Never has Rose seen such panic in the eyes within the Old King. But she then realized what he was referring to, and the realization caused her face turn pale.
"Tiberium is coming…" Rose said to him.
"But with Obsidian, I can save the Universum." Diamond explained erratically, black tears flowing from his eyes. "I will stop the tumultu from destroying this M'chilengedwe chonse again. I am the protector Rose! I have to do this! It has to be done!"
"IT HAS TO BE DONE!" Diamond screamed at Rose.
"HABET FACIENDUM!" Diamond screamed in Gemian, his mouth began to trickle black bile.
"ICHO ALI NAWA KUTI CHICHITIDWE!" Diamond screamed in a tongue unknown to Rose, he shook violently as his eyes became black shot. Rose could see that his Gem had become dull and was beginning to change color.
Rose stepped back as Diamond fell to his knees before him. As he looked to Rose, he saw tears forming in her eyes. Rose placed a hand over her mouth as she watched Diamond bend over and vomit black bile onto the ground, the black fluid burned the ground below him. As he looked up to Rose, she saw a resemblance to another Gem who was poisoned by Obsidian, who was forced to do things that were unspeakable, and who was forced to kill those whom she loved. It was clear now that Diamond was being controlled by Obsidian. She then approached the Gemian and sat before him.
"Paulatim sororis..." Diamond whispered to Rose, his eyes black shot and his face scarred from the tears of Obsidian. "Obsecro me occide. Patiamini non possum habeo concessit."
"I will not kill you Diamond." Rose said to him. "But I want to talk to him."
Diamond eyes widened as he tried to move away from Rose, who held him still.
"NEMO! Der Rose non possis ipse occidat te! Obsecro eum in retardationis materiam et non finem vitae feceri!"
"Shhhh" Rose said as she placed her forehead upon Diamond's. "Adhuc esse Fratrem meum. Nam simul expletus, ex hoc saluus eris tenebrarum harum contra mundi me duce domum."
As Rose closed her eyes, she felt the world around he grow dark and cold, and then there was silence.
Autem Somnum Exterreri Solebat, time unknown
Rose opened her eyes to see herself on a beach, it was cold and dark. As she looked around she saw that the sand was black in color and the water was red. As she crouched down, she realized that the water was in fact blood. As she looked beyond, she saw a man in the distance, he was pitch black in form. Rose then began to walk towards him, as she did she saw shades form around her. Every so often, a shade would latch onto her and she would fight it off, but as it latched to her, it screamed at her.
"Please forgive me! No! I am sorry, please, not again!"
""HE DIDN'T JUST ABUSE ME AMETHYSTUS! HE DID THINGS TO ME!" "MASTER WAIT…STOP!" "I'LL BE GOOD! I WILL OBEY! I WILL DO WHATEVER YOU WANT! I WILL BE YOUR LOYAL SERVANT! HAVE MERCY MASTER! PLEASE! NO MASTER!"
"He…he did things to me…it makes me sick!"
"I…I am sorry master. I was trying to…to…"
"NO MASTER! STOP PLEASE!"
"I'M SORRY MASTER! I'M SORRY FOR MY ACTIONS! FORGIVE ME! FORGIVE ME! NO! NO! NO!"
"NO!" "NO! NOT THAT! NO!"
The first shade screamed as it grabbed Rose only for the Gem to summon her shield and bashed it. As it faded, Rose was attacked from behind. Rose grabbed the shade from over her head and threw it before her, she then summoned her sword and stabbed in in the head. Another tried to grab her, but she bashed it away with her shield. The shade faded away while screaming at her.
Another shade screamed as it emerged from the ground and grabbed Rose's legs. As she kicked it off and stomped on it, another grabbed her from behind again and began to drag her into the sand. Rose sliced it arms off before cutting off its head. The final shade screamed and grabbed the Gemian before it was run through with Rose's sword.
As she finished the last shade and continued to walk towards the figure, she saw another shade appear before her. As she approached it grabbed her and began to scream, only this time, she could not shake it off.
"STOP IT! STOP DOING THIS TO ME! WHY WON'T YOU HATE ME? WHY CAN'T I HATE YOU! PLEASE! LET ME HATE YOU!"
Rose tried to push him off, only for the shade to lift her into the air.
"IT HAS TO BE DONE!"
"IT HAS TO BE DONE!"
Rose stopped as she heard the last sentence spoken by the shade, recognizing them as the words Diamond spoke before she started this, only she could understand them. As she looked to the figure, she saw the figure look back. Just then, the shade vanished, and Rose watched as the figure approached her, but as it did, she felt the air around her begin to get colder, she could see her breath and see the ocean of blood freeze into a floor or red ice. As he approached her, she disarmed herself.
"You are the King of the Old King." Rose said to the figure. "You are Obsidian the Leviathan."
"Ah! Rose Quartz, the Lion of Diaspore, and Diamond's sister. A pleasure to finally meet thou. " Obsidian said in a bellowing voice as he walked around the Gemian, stopping as he leaned into her face. "Doth thou fear me? Thou shouldst, I hast quite the reputation anon gramercy to the Corky King of Diaspore. I wilt say, he hath quite a few leashes, so easy to control and manipulate, like wet clay. "
Rose watched as he back away and summoned a small mirror. Inside, she could see a green Gem with triangle shaped hair and floating fingers, she recognized her as Peridot.
"What does she have to do with Diamond?" Rose asked the Leviathan.
"Everything, mine dram Lion." Obsidian replied. "If I wot diamond, and I doth, is that this dram bolt-bag hither is then only thing he loves in this entire Universe moo than thou, 'r the universe itself. "
She then watched as she saw Peridot getting beaten by a fist and a mace, both she recognized as Diamond's. She then saw as Diamond raped her and then he beat her head in and ripped it off.
"What did you do to him?" Rose said as she summoned her weapons. "How could you-"
"…break an unbreakable "God"?" Obsidian asked with a laugh. "Lion, thy brother is moo of a weakling than yea all those humans on Earth combin'd. all then times that he rap'd and tortur'd a Gem wast all because of me. I simply broke his spirit with this vision, and he was eating from the palm of mine hand. Thou doth hast to admit though that everything that hath betid, the Metalian war, the Gem civil war, the Homeworld wars, the Battles of Beach City and the invasions of Earth, wast all because of thy "innocent" brother. Thou can save him, but it won't stop the fact that everyone else will view him as the cockatrices, not me. Doth thou expect that to be a better option than killing him, well, supposedly killing him? either way, he will be living in a hell, either a living 'r dead one. "
"Yes I do." Rose replied as she started to walk away from him. "Because he made his mistakes and he can fix them, and just like him, you made your own."
"Oh hast i?" Obsidian said as he watched the Gemian leave. "Then prithee enlighten me. What was mine so call'd "big misprision"?"
"Letting me know that Diamond can be saved…" Rose closed her eyes and smiled. "…and that you can lose."
Rose's Hill, Topside, present day
Rose awoke to find Diamond gone, she stood up and sighed.
"I will save you Diamond…" Rose said as she looked back to the camp she and Greg made, she could see Sadie, Fryman, Greg and the others already preparing to attack. Rose then saw a group of Agates charge at the new Gems, who began to summon their weapons and attack the Gemdroids.
"But I will have to get some more back up before I do." Rose commented as she looked to the tree, noticing the grave marker underneath. "…and I know where "they" are."
With that, Rose summoned a portal and entered it, hoping to herself that whatever was on the other side was still on hers.
Insidiae Colony, control room, several hours ago
Peridot sat at the computer, maintaining several systems and calibrating the Agate army as best as she could. Just as she was going through another routine, she picked up a voice on the audio receiver.
"Peridot…" the voice said calmly, she recognized it as Diamonds. "Peridot, are you there?"
"Yes!" Peridot said as she connected the connection to the screen. She sighed with relief as she saw Diamond on the screen, however she noticed the stab wound in his chest. "Diamond, is everything all right? What happened?"
"There…there was an oversight." Diamond replied. "Onychinos and Zirconia are dead, Topaz's Secundo's are dead, and the Humans from the colony have escaped, along with blowing up the factory and stealing the reserve Gems."
"Diamond, I am sending the Agates to your position." Peridot replied as she linked into the network of the colony. "They should help improve your forces-"
"Peridot…" Diamond interrupted, his tone was mellow and calm. "Send them to the front lines."
Peridot stopped and looked up to Diamond. "Wh-what?"
"Peridot…please listen to me." Diamond said as he rubbed his face with his hand. "You have to engage the Kingsbane directive and send the army to fend of Tiberium."
"Diamond…" Peridot looked to the controls and then to Diamond. "What about you."
"Damn it Peridot, I…I have to use Obsidian to stop him. It's the only way, but I need time to compose it. You need to send the army to stall him. I already send the majority of my fleet, now you have to send yours."
Peridot hesitated and then nodded, she began to press several controls and then the room flashed red.
"[Insidiae Operation: Hyperion Storm engaged…Please enter compliance code now.]"
Peridot took a deep breath as she entered the code.
"[Compliance code accepted…Sending Agate reserve to target…Please stand by.]"
As Peridot entered the code, she felt the room begin to shake violently. Suddenly, Peridot heard an ear shattering roar, as if a billion jets just shot right over her. As the sound died down, Peridot looked back to Diamond on the screen.
"The Agates have been sent." Peridot said calmly. "They will reach Tiberium's fleet in several hours."
"Good." Diamond replied. "Now, engage the Kingsbane directive."
"Understood!" Peridot replied as she began to press several controls and the room flashed green.
"[Warning: kingsbane directive engaged…To continue with directive…Please enter the command code and pull the override lever.]"
Peridot entered the code and then a large switch emerged beside the computer. As Peridot placed her hand on the switch, she looked up to Diamond.
"Peridot, please. Engage the directive" Diamond pleaded. "We don't have much time."
"I…I know!" Peridot replied as she looked to the switch. She wanted to push it, but her mind refused to proceed. Peridot then felt her eyes begin to mist up.
"Peridot!" Diamond shouted. "What are you doing, active the protocol now! Please! Do it! Do it now? What are you waiting for?"
Peridot felt her hand shake and could hear the switch rattle slightly as he eyes filled up with tears. Finally the Gem let out a large shout as she slammed her head onto the keyboard of the computer.
"I CAN"T!" Peridot screamed at Diamond.
"Peridot…" Diamond said softly, realizing what was happening. "Peridot, I…I…I'm sorry for…but you have to-"
"I can't do it!" Peridot choked, she saw the tears flow from her eyes fall to the floor. "I don't want to…I don't want to Diamond."
"Peri-" Diamond said, only to be interrupted by Peridot as she glared at him from the screen. "It's going to be okay. Soon this will b-"
"You promised…" Peridot shouted through sobs as she slammed her fist on the dashboard. "You promised that after we won you would stop all this, that we would be able to live a life together. Don't you remember any of that? DON"T YOU?"
"I…I know that I did Peridot…" Diamond replied softly. "But if you don't act now, all of this will go to waste. You have to do it, it's the only way to stop Obsidian."
"I can't do it!" Peridot whimpered as she wiped her eyes. "I can't kill you."
"Peridot…Since our time together, since the day I gave you true life, you knew about the sacrifices I had to make to ensure the Universe was safe." Diamond explained to Peridot, who could see tears form in the Gemian's eyes. "But you know the only way to destroy Obsidian is to destroy it entirely, the Kingsbane directive will ensure that, but I will have to die along with it. You must understand that what I have done, the Agates, Insidiae's experiments, all of that, was to find a solution, and you must understand that you are the only…the only one who can do this."
"I do, but I can't." Peridot replied, her grip on the Kingsbane lever tightened. "I can't lose you again…not again."
"Peridot…" Diamond called out to the green Gem, who looked to see a crying God on the screen before her.
"Faciam semper erunt."
Peridot gasped as she heard him speak, recognizing it from long ago.
"Faciam tandem aliquando malus. Faciam tandem aliquando esse feros. Possim tandem aliquando errat. Faciam tandem aliquando laedere."
Peridot watched with a tearful gaze as Diamond stopped speaking and rubbed his hands over his eyes, wiping away tears.
"Remitte mihi ut sitis numquam intellegam. Omnibus quaecumque feci numquid ipse praefinire non possum. Immutare non possum qualis fuerim, sed ex hoc iam homines erunt eligo quod non possumet ego in supplementum apud eos feceris omnia peccata mea."
Diamond started to gasp as he looked away, Peridot could hear the Old King trying to recompose his weeping, which caused her heart to sink.
"Quin potius animumcum complerentur dies venerit cum amotus fuero a deperdita adhuc respice ad mecummecum mecum et ferte praesidium quasi amantes inveniam petamus."
As Diamond finished he wiped his eyes again and then smiled.
"You are, and always will be, my Universe."
As the screen began to frizzle up, Peridot gasped in surprise.
"I want you to end this and save this Universe." Diamond said.
"I can't…" Peridot shouted. "I can't because…Diamond…I…"
Before she finished, the screen suddenly turned off, Peridot watched in shock as she stared into a blank screen.
Without thinking, she felt her arm pull down the kingsbane switch.
[Override lever engaged…Kingsbane directive engaged…Please evacuate from the colony immediately.]"
Peridot just sat at the table, staring into the black screen, she could see her reflection in the backness of the screen. She then sunk her head into her hands and wept for her lover. If Diamond was going to die, then she might as well go wi-
"[Errpr: Kingsbane Directive overridden…Shutting down directive…Error: Agate frequency changed…New destination: Earth]"
Peridot stopped crying and looked up slightly, as she overheard the sound of a ships landing, she heard a sound that shook her to the core.
"[Administration proxy: Approved…Welcome to Gem Colony Insidiae Commander Tiberium.]"
Peridot felt a jolt in her spine as she quietly sat up, only to see in the black screen above her, there was a tall figure standing right behind her. He had white hair, a blackish red gem in the center of his chest, and two red stripes on his arms. As Peridot jumped off the chair and spun around, the figure quickly round house kicked her into a wall.
"Commander, this is Rhyolite, the Hostile has been incapacitated, and it is now safe for you to enter.
As she was fading in and out of consciousness she could hear the figure talking with another person, he sounded cold but energetic.
"Rhyolite, did you have to be so hard on her?" The voice said to the figure. "You forget that she could be very valuable."
"Sorry Commander, by I had to ensure she was no threat to you." Rhyolite explained. "She was about to engage a directive known as Kingsbane."
"Kingsbane, that old thing?" the voice said with a chuckle. "I cannot believe Diamond actually got that up and running. I could have sworn it was done for after the war."
"Di…d…dia…" Peridot muttered as she felt a pair of hands positon her forward.
"Well I'll be, this is no ordinary Gem, looks like he made "you" into one of them." The voice said. Peridot then felt an ice cold hand grab her face and mover her head around. "…and I must say, he did good work. I just hope you still are still useful to me as you were back then, my little intelligence.
Peridot opened her eyes and jolted back at the sight before her. There was a tall man with green skin and a bald head. He was wearing a long jade colored coat with metal pauldrons. Beside him were the figure known as Rhyolite and several Agates. As Peridot stared into the man's eyes, she recognized him as perhaps the most dangerous threats to the Gemians, and perhaps the Universe.
"Everything all right…?" Commander Tiberium said to Peridot as he bent down to her with a sinister grin. "…you look like you just saw a ghost?"
TO BE CONTINUED…