Gem Quartet theme
"Ready Steph?" Nephrite Jade asked the half gem as he tuned his guitar.
Stephanie nodded. "Ready Nephy," she replied as their friends took seats around the camp / bonfire on the beach.
"What is the purpose of this gathering?" Peridot asked.
"It's called a cookout," Garnet replied as she passed around a bag of marshmallows.
"It's traditional for people to sing songs around a campfire," Pearl added, wincing as Nephrite hit a sour note. "You're flat," she called to the green and black Gem.
Nephrite shrugged. "Darned G-string," he muttered under his breath, "stubborn little...."
He plucked the string again, a sweet sound hanging in the air for a moment. Nodding to Stephanie he started strumming a tune familiar to the Crystal Gems.
"If you're evil and you're on the rise,
You can count on the eight of us taking you down.
'Cause we're good and evil never beats us
We'll win the fight and then go out for pizzas."
Garnet started to clap along to the song. Pearl and Amethyst exchanged looks before they started to snap their fingers in time to the beat. Ametrine and Lapis began nodding their heads in time to the song, and even Peridot found herself falling under the spell of the song.
"They are the Gem Quartet," Ametrine and Nephrite sang.
"We'll always save the day," Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl sang in perfect harmony.
/And if you think we can't.
We'll always find a way./
/That's why the people of this world
"If you could only know, what we really are," Pearl sang as she danced around the interior of the cabin / temple. Behind her stood Connie and a much younger Stephanie. It was the morning of the day that Connie needed to travel for a medical conference, and she was dropping her daughter off at the temple to stay with the Gems. She'd heard the song years ago, but for some reason that morning the lyrics seemed to have some newfound power.
"When we arrived on earth, from out beyond your star," Peridot sang, the smaller gem taking Stephanie's hand. Together they spun around, nearly knocking Ametrine over as they ran off to play together.
"We were amazed to find, your beauty and your worth," Ametrine sang, loaning his deeper voice to Pearl's soprano.
"And we will protect your kind."
/And we will protect your earth.
And we will protect your Earth.
And we will protect you!/
Ametrine and Garnet struck battle stances together. Behind them the silhouettes of four smaller gems crossed.
"We will fight for the place where we're free! To live together and exist as me!"
The four silhouettes gained color and substance, revealing Ruby, Sapphire, Citrine, and Tanzanite.
"We will fight in the name of Rose Quartz!" Pearl and Nephrite sang, both striking battle stances while drawing their weapons. Behind them a rose-colored flag with Rose Quartz's symbol unfurled
"I will fight for the world I was made in!" Amethyst sang, drawing her whip from her gem.
"The earth is everything you've ever known," Peridot added, striking a pose behind her.
"I will fight to be everything that everybody wants me to be when I'm grown!" Stephanie sang, striking a stance with her sword and shield at the ready. Lapis struck a stance beside her, watery wings unfurling from her back. Behind them the shapes of Rose Quartz and Steven Quartz Universe crossed.
"The odds are against us," everyone sang together, weapons drawn and at the ready. "This won't be easy but we're not going to do it alone!"
/We are the Gem Quartet
We'll always save the day
And if you think we can't,
We'll always find a way.
That's why the people of this world.
"And Stephanie," Stephanie sang, the song ending.
Silence fell across the beach for a few seconds before Ametrine and Garnet applauded. The rest of the gems joined in, including a very hesitant Peridot.
"What's the next song on tonight's queue?" Nephrite asked as he strummed a few random chords.
"Ametrine and Garnet singing a duet of 'Stronger Than You'," Stephanie replied with a giggle.