>>110958112>Pearl watches his face morph into a facsimile of the Steven who she loved
"Hi, Miss Agate, I was sent to talk to the gem in charge of the rebellion, Is that you?" He says in a chipper voice, the anger on his face evaporating into a playful smile>The agate was taken aback, expecting childishness but not to this degree
"I.. Yes." she gets out.
"Can we land our ships? We're just about out of fuel and I'd like to speak with you in person.">This shouldn't work
"I... I think we can accommodate you-"
"Cool, thanks." He says, cutting the feed with a wave.>almost immediately, he drops his smile and stands to his feet
"Execute a full scan of that ship. Peridot, do you have her?"
"Sir." The Peridot flips her holoscreen to him. "Red Agate Facet-3C4T Cut-2GH"
"Cross-reference relevant information for identity, as soon as you have it destroy the ship." He said in great strides toward the bay doors>Pearl followed, of course, more out of habit than any great want to>As they stood at the bay door of the quickly descending aircraft, he spoke
"Peace is its own reward, right, Pearl?" He says softly.
"Yes, Steven.">Here it comes>A gloved hand reaches out to her, she restrains herself from recoiling in fear>The cold metal glove strokes her cheek, almost lovingly.
"You would do well to remember how peace is normally bought." He whispers to her. "Never question me in the presence of others again.">Her eyes dart from his face to the floor repeatedly>One would think the smile on his face would indicate pleasure, but she had seen him work too many times to be that naive