Steven was falling into darkness, his hand still out stretched, and still trying to reach Connie. But he was scared about what was going to happen, where he was gonna end up, and most importantly, if he was ever gonna see the light of day, or the faces of his family again. As these questions ran through his mind, he fell faster, which made him scream, he tried to use a bubble to save him from impact, but then he opened his eyes frantically to look up at a hole in the ceiling. But he was also laying in something soft. He rose up and saw that he was laying on a bed of Golden Flowers, cushioning him rather well, even though none of the flowers were damaged. He stood up and got his bearings.
“Garnet? Amethyst? Pearl? Connie?” Steven asked uneasily. “Anyone?!” Steven called out, but couldn’t see anyone. But he heard something up ahead, something like a rustle of leaves. Steven reluctantly stepped forward toward the darkening hall through a doorway. As he kept walking, soon all he could see was a little spot-lit patch of grass… and a lone flower.
“Alright, this time, you have to make friends with everyo-!” The flower spoke to Steven, but then realized that it wasn’t who he thought it was.
“Ah!” Steven yelled, jumping backward.
“… Howdy! I’m Flowey the Flower!” The flower said, smiling to him.
“F-Flowey? I’m Steven… Why are you talking?” Steven asked.
“Hehe! Because you’re in a magical place, all kinds of creatures and monsters live down here, and they especially like the taste of little boys such as yourself.” Flowey giggled.
“W-What is this place?” Steven walked forward toward him.
“You’re in the Underground, and if you want to go home, you have to learn how this world works.” Flowey said, suddenly Steven had a pink heart showing in the middle of the star on his shirt. “See these little pellets, they are friendless pellets and they want to have a friend, you have to gather all of them up! Make friends with these pellets.” Flowey said, popping up pellets and firing them at Steven slowly.
Steven blinked and watched as the pellets came toward him. He was legitimately going to let them hit him, but there was something, like a voice, that just told him otherwise.
“… Don’t!” The voice echoed in his mind, and then Steven moved out of the way fast before they hit. Flowey looked at Steven with a slightly annoyed scowl.
“… Okay, let’s try this again. Don’t worry, these pellets just want friends.” Flowey said, firing more pellets at him. Steven grew scared and dodged them again. Flowey started to grow impatient.
“… Alright… third time is the charm… Hit.” Flowey fired another missing round. “Hit. Hit. Hit! Hit! HIT! HITHITHITHITHITHIT!!!!” Flowey started yelling angrily.
“W-Whoa! Stop! I don’t want you to hurt me!” Steven called to him.
“You knew what I was gonna do?! You tricked me!!! Now, I will show you the true nature of this world! Now DIE!” Flowey growled and laughed eerily as pellets surrounded him and began to close in on him.
“N-No! Someone help me!” Steven called, panicking and he curled up and waited for the inevitable. But then, the inevitable didn’t come. He opened his eyes to see a fireball hit Flowey and knocked him away. After watching the flower disappear into the darkness, he looked up and saw a tall woman that looked like a goat. She wore a long purple dress with a strange crest on it.
“Such a disgusting creature, picking on such a poor, innocent, defenseless child.” She scoffed at the direction the flower went. She then looked at Steven with soft eyes and a smile. “Hello there, are you alright?” She asked, helping Steven up.
“Y-Yeah… I-I’m fine, thank you for saving me.” Steven said, smiling.
“You’re welcome, my child. My name is Toriel, I’m the caretaker of the Ruins here. What is your name?” Toriel asked, smiling.
“M-My name’s Steven… I-It’s nice to meet you…” Steven said, smiling.
“It’s nice to meet you too, Steven. Come, I’ll take you somewhere safe.” Toriel said, walking ahead toward another doorway. Steven smiles and follows Toriel closely. He walked with her up the stairs and through another doorway.
“So… did you just fall down here?” Toriel asked.
“U-Um, well, I didn’t fall down here… I umm… I came here… Someone almost came back here, but he didn’t come down… I took his place.” Steven explained, and Toriel stopped and turned around.
“W-Who is ‘he’?” Toriel asked tilting her head.
“Oh, someone named Frisk, he was really all over the place, talking about trying to make things right.” Steven blinked and looking up at the tall goat woman. He saw Toriel’s eyes widened as if something clicked in her mind, but then her gaze softened.
“I see… Well… I need to tell you about how the world works.” Toriel said as she stepped on two stones and pulled the lever, opening another door. “Please follow me, Steven.” Steven thought that whole pause she did was weird, but he followed close behind her.
They both went on through, walked across a spiky bridge together, and stopped at a room with a dummy. “You’ll go through different encounters here, and rather than fight, it’s better to talk with them and convince them not to fight.” Toriel explained. “Try it out on this training dummy.”
“O-Okay.” Steven said, nodding, going up to the dummy. A pink heart appeared over his star again, and looked at the Dummy. “Umm, hi there, my name’s Steven, what’s your name? I don’t really wanna fight you, b-because, you look pretty adorable…” Steven said, smiling and waving to the Dummy.
“Good job! Now spare them.” Toriel said, to which Steven nodded and backed off from the Dummy, which made the pink heart disappear.
“You did wonderful, I think you’ll be able to do well in this place.” Toriel said, smiling.
“You think so?” Steven asked, stars in his eyes.
“I know so, now come on, there are a few more puzzles to get through.” Toriel said, smiling as she continued to lead Steven through.
Garnet looked at the now fainted Frisk and gently slumped down into the sand, lightly setting Frisk down. Garnet held her head and her mouth showed she was in distress.
“I-I failed her…” Garnet suddenly said.
“G-Garnet…?” Amethyst asked, still hugging Connie.
“I promised that I would protect him… We promised we’d protect him… and now he could be… N-No, please, don’t cry, we’ll get him back, I know we will… H-How could I not have seen this possibility? P-Please just calm down, or we’re gonna… AH!” Garnet started talking, shaking and then started glowing, she then split into her two separate gems, Ruby and Sapphire.
“S-Sapphire! Please, calm down, you didn’t see this possibility, it’s okay to not know what’s coming.” Ruby tried to console her.
“Not when it comes to Steven, Ruby!” Sapphire snapped, a single stream of tears going down her half covered face, “I failed Rose because I couldn’t keep Steven safe, and for some reason when it comes to-to this child here, my future vision is faulty!”
Ruby jerked back, tearing up, but it didn’t become steam, they streamed down her face as her face scrunched into a sad pout. She then ran over to Sapphire and began bawling.
Amethyst blinked at this scene, it was weird but out of all the gems, she and Peridot were the only ones who didn’t seem too broken up about this. She looked at Frisk lying in the sand and nodded.
“Alright, I’m gonna take Frisk and Connie inside, Peridot, for the time being, you’re the temporary Steven.” Amethyst said to Peridot.
“W-What?!” Peridot exclaimed, voice breaking, “What’s that supposed to mean?!”
“It means do what Steven would do, cheer them up. Please, Peri, this is your time to show us that you can be a good crystal gem.” Amethyst encouraged.
Peridot blinked, then closed her eyes. She opens them up to reveal stars in her eyes. “Alright, I will do my best.” Peridot balled her fist up in a determined pose.
“Thanks, nerd.” Amethyst said, walking toward the temple, carrying Connie and Frisk.
“A-Amethyst! I-I can walk on my own!” Connie said.
“Then stop crying on me, Connie, for Steven’s sake. He would want you to be strong.” Amethyst groaned in annoyance, setting Connie down.
“Y-You’re right, I’ve gotta be strong.” Connie wiped her tears away and nodded.
Amethyst and Connie walked up the stairs and into the house. Amethyst’s face was hidden by her hair as she went toward the door into the temple. Her gem glowed which made a purple light glow on the door. It opened up to reveal her part of the temple. Connie followed her until she found Amethyst going into the temple.
“A-Amethyst? W-What’s wrong?” Connie asked.
“Connie, you coming or what?” Amethyst did not turning around.
Connie heard a harsh tone in her voice and decided to follow Amethyst inside. She frowned in disgust at how much junk was in here. Connie kept following Amethyst deeper into the temple.
“Amethyst, where are we going?” Connie walked next to her and saw that she had an angry face and misty eyes.
“I’m interrogating this little boy in private, you can be the good cop, and I’ll be the bad cop.” Amethyst growled.
“Amethyst, stop!” Connie stopped her. “Steven wouldn’t want this! Don’t do something that you’ll regret later, please. You told me to be strong, Steven would want you to be strong too.”
Amethyst looked up at Connie, her anger slowly dissolved into anguish. “Y-You’re right… Gah, look at you, you’re a better Steven than Peridot.” Amethyst’s lips quivered into an unstable smile.
“Come on, let’s go back, the gems should be back by now.” Connie said, walking with Amethyst out of the temple and back into the house where Ruby, Sapphire, Peridot, and Pearl were sitting down in the living room. Connie ran over to them and began talking about what they decided upon. Amethyst had stayed in the warp room, and walked to the corner. She held Frisk in her hands by his shoulders and glared at him, which caused Frisk to open his eyes slightly.
“I’m gonna tell you this one time and one time only, bud. If Steven never comes back, you’re gonna have to answer to all of us. You’d better thank Connie for saving you, cause otherwise, you would be drowning in the waters of my room right now. So relax, cause someone cares about ya.” Amethyst said, giving Frisk dead eye contact.
All Frisk could do was widen his eyes slightly in fear, and whimper. Amethyst put Frisk down, ruffled his hair and walked out. “Ay, look who just woke up.” Amethyst called, while Frisk walked out with her.
Ruby, Peridot, Pearl, and Connie all looked toward Amethyst and Frisk, who gave a slightly shy wave. Sapphire didn’t even look at Frisk.
“Frisk, I’m glad you’re awake.” Connie said, smiling.
“I-I’m glad to be alive, Connie.” Frisk said without signing, which caught Connie off guard.
“Frisk, now that we’ve calmed down, tell us what we need to know.” Sapphire said, turning her head, staring at Frisk from behind her bangs.
Frisk sighed and nodded. “Well, I didn’t lie on where I used to live. I used to live in the Old Dominion State in the mountains. But then, I decided to take a hike and explore my backyard, I lived on the base of Mount Ebbot. There was a whole legend about that mountain.” Frisk explained. Ruby and Sapphire perked up when they heard the mountain’s name.
“If anyone were to climb Mount Ebbot, no one came back down.” Connie said.
“Right, but I wanted to be the one that did come back down. But, I came across a huge hole in the mountain. It was dark, but I thought I could hear voices down there. I tried to listen more, but I slipped and fell in, I thought I was gonna die, but then I woke up in a bed of Golden Flowers. I learned that I was in the Underground, a place where humans banished monsters.” Frisk continued.
Sapphire, Ruby, Pearl, and Amethyst looked at each other, while Peridot and Connie continued listening to Frisk.
“So that’s where Steven is…” Sapphire concluded.
“Yes… I gained the power to reset time for the Underground, I hit reset, and somehow, Steven got sent instead.” Frisk looked down.
“Rose…” The Crystal Gems thought in unison.
“He could be meeting all my friends in my place…” Frisk said. “They won’t know him, and in turn, they’ll forget me…” Frisk teared up and looked down.
“That won’t happen.” Pearl said. “They never ever forget who they have met.”
“W-What?” Frisk asked. “How do you know?”
Suddenly Ruby and Sapphire joined together to form Garnet again. They all looked up as Garnet fused.
“Call it, Gem intuition.” Garnet stated, her visors shining.