Evening had fallen across Beach City and the temple and house that the Gem Quartet called home. Seated atop the hill behind the temple, Nephrite watched as the stars began to appear in the sky above as the last rays of the setting sun reflected their pinks, reds, and oranges across the still ocean waters. Adjusting the strap around his chest, he brought his guitar to the front and began the tuning process.
"Whatcha doing?" a female voice asked from behind him, the tone more inquisitive than anything.
"I'm about to embark upon a musical journey," he replied, the fingers on his right hand dancing across the strings while the fingers on his left hand pressed strings to the fret board to change the tone and pitch of the notes. Glancing over his shoulder at Stefanie, he asked, "Would you care to join me?"
Stefanie nodded enthusiastically. When Nephrite patted the ground beside him it took roughly three seconds for the girl to join him. "What sort of music will you play tonight?" she asked.
Nephrite shrugged and strummed a little tune before stopping to twist one of the tuning pegs. "Not sure, little lady. Any requests?"
Stefanie pondered for a few moments. "I heard Pearl humming a tune the other day that sounded catchy," she replied, screwing up her face in recollection. "She sang a few words, too, though in a rather sad tone, like she was recalling her time with my dad."
Nephrite studied Stefanie's expression for a few seconds before putting his arm around her shoulders to pull her into a hug. Resting his chin on the top of her head, he said, "How about I play something from that Touhou series that Amethyst likes?"
"I get to choose?"
Nephrite nodded again. "You have a choice between 'Lunatic Princess' and 'Border of Life'."
Stefanie watched the last rays of sunlight vanish and darkness fall over the ocean. "Border of Life, please."
Nephrite nodded and released his embrace. Adjusting his grip on his guitar, he began playing a rather upbeat rock guitar version of the piece. His eyes closed, he pictured Rose Quartz leading the charge into battle against the Gems from the homeworld as they tried to hurt their beautiful planet. He pictured Garnet putting the hurt on Jasper, the taller gem singing all the while. He pictured Steven and Connie growing up together, and events leading up to that evening.
The final note of his impromptu concert hung in the air for what seemed like an eternity before Stefanie's applause snapped him out of the music's spell. "I didn't realize just how musically inclined you are," the girl beamed.
Nephrite felt himself blushing. "Don't go telling everyone, ok kiddo," he chuckled. Looking at his watch, he said, "You'd better get inside and go to bed before Pearl comes out to give me heck for keeping you out late."
Stefanie pouted for a moment before nodding. "Good night, Nephrite," she called over her shoulder as she ran down the hill.
"Goodnight kiddo," he muttered to himself before returning his gaze to the night sky.