Author's Note: Hey again! Welcome to the final chapter of Steven Universe! It's been a long journey writing the third installment of the Danger Watch universe, and there's more on the way! Stay tuned for the epilogue and post-credit scenes, where you'll catch a sneak peek at the next book in the series! Anyway, that's enough from me. Enjoy the chapter!


Chapter 11 - Stronger Than You

Pearl sat, back slumped against the wall, looking up vacantly at the ceiling. In the cell behind her, she knew, sat Amethyst, in a similar position. They had given up on conversation hours ago. With a sigh, Pearl rubbed her gem gently with her fingers. Unfortunately, the walls of the cell also prevented her from accessing the things stored there; any number of which could have came in handy. The holding cells were designed to do one thing: keep gems in. They did it well.

Though how, she wondered, would it hold up to Steven?

The thought was interrupted quickly by Amethyst speaking up. As per usual, she was the instigator of the conversation.

"I mean, what were we supposed to do? Say 'Stay in the house, Steven. We'll go stop the Giant Alien Warship"?!" She complained. Pearl rolled her eyes. Amethyst was still somewhat hurt by Garnet's disappointment in them earlier. Normally this would have simply irked Pearl to no end, but in this moment of desperation, she somehow found some empathy with Amethyst.

"He would have just came running down anyway," Pearl said, still rubbing her temples. There was the shortest pause of surprise and then Amethyst continued in agreement.

"Exactly!" She said. There was an audible sigh from the other cell, and Pearl shook her head with a bit of a rueful smile.

"We are really in deep, Amethyst," she said.

There was a pause.

"I mean," Amethyst said, "I guess so."

"What part of this is "you guess so"?"

"At least we weren't shattered," Amethyst said, the word carrying enormous weight to both of them. It was true, Pearl admitted to herself. She had half expected it to come. They were, after all, convicts of the highest degree of treason the Diamond Authority acknowledged. War criminals. It would have been justifiable for the Jasper in charge to have simply destroyed their gems on sight.

But she hadn't.

That thought tantalized Pearl for a moment, and then both she and Amethyst were startled out of their complacency by the sudden alarm sounding. The lights in the hall began to flash, and the wailing sound was clearly one of danger.

"Oh, that's just great!" Pearl said in frustration.

"You gotta be shittin' me," Amethyst agreed.

A troop of Ruby guards came jogging past, and Pearl tried to get their attention.

"Hey! Hey!" She said. One, a Ruby with her gem on her left shoulder, and a square set brow, turned to look at her with a frown. "What is happening?!"

The guard just shook her head, and ran to catch up with the rest of her squad, leaving Pearl and Amethyst standing at the edge of their cells in frustration, panic rising in their chests. Just as their nerves reached their peak, there was an odd flap-clap-flap-clap-ing sound. Pearl gulped as it grew closer and closer, wondering what strange device might be making its way towards them. Then, to her utter bewilderment, Steven rounded a corner, and locked eyes with her.

"Steven!"

"Pearl!"

"You're out!"

"I'm gonna get you out too!" Steven said, rushing forward and braving the energy field once more, making a little arc for Pearl to stoop under and then dipping back out, shaking his head and slapping his cheeks a little. It was starting to become a little draining. However, he still had plenty of energy left to free Amethyst as well.

"Come on!" He said, dashing away. The two aliens followed closely.

"Great job, Steven!" Amethyst said as they ran. "Look atchu! One of the team!"

Steven couldn't help but grin at that, his cheeks flushing with pride, as they dashed for the lift that he knew would take them up and out of the palm of the ship. Garnet had showed it to him with a brief kiss on the forehead. The three, to their amazement, found little in the way of resistance as they dashed towards the lift: as a matter of fact, most movement they did encounter was heading away from the lift. Accepting the gift horse, they took the energy lift up to the open air above, and Steven's heart jumped as he saw the familiar walls of home again.

"Not so fast, crystal clods!" Came a familiar, if tinny, voice, echoing from some kind of loudspeaker. As she spoke, the gems and Steven saw dozens of large, round robots scuttling into view, each armed with various assorted gem weaponry. Peridot's face appeared suddenly on an enormous holo screen in front of them. "You didn't think it would be that easy did you?"


Garnet snuck her way into a quieter part of the ship, away from the main alarm and the open hanger, where Rubies rushed past escape pods in order to arm the self-defense cannons that armed the palm of the ship, for just this occasion. As she passed, backwards, into a door, she suddenly stood up straight. A tingle went up her spine, and she whirled around, avoiding a lunging stab from her assailant.

Pushing further back into the room, Garnet put some distance between her and her attacker. She realized that the two of them were alone on the deck of the ship, and that her assailant was exactly the gem she was looking for: Jasper.

"Hmph… You fused again?" She said, putting the strange tech weapon up in a defensive position. Garnet mimicked her stance, however, whereas Jasper was glaring, razor-focused and intimidating, Garnet was tapping her toe, a small smile tugging at the corners of her lips. Jasper snarled. "What are you doing?"

HmmmMMMMmmmmHmmmmm, mhmHmmmmmMMMmmmm

Jasper's expression grew even more enraged as Garnet hummed the familiar tune.

"Not this again!" She growled. She dashed forward, swinging a heavy haymaker at Garnet, who nimbly dodged backwards, and even laughed a little as she did. This served to further anger opponent. "You miserable, rebel, disgrace! Don't be so cocky. I've already seen what you're made of."

Garnet stepped back, continuing her little toe-tapping dance, and shook her head with a smile.

"You have no idea what I'm made of," she said.

Then, she began to sing.

This is Garnet, back together

And I'm never goin' down at the hands of the likes of you

Because I'm so much better

And every part of me is sayin' go get her

A Gem's song was different than a human's. As Garnet sang, her gemstones began to resonate to the melodies that her voice created, and a sort of vibrating, cosmic music began to ring out of them, as her entire form took on the joy of singing. The rhythm of her words served to center her, all the while throwing her opponent off, easily defending as Jasper's attacks with the weapon became more and more wild. Eventually, Garnet saw an opening, and as the big orange gem lunged a little too far, she grabbed her wrist with one hand and the handle of the weapon with the other, wrenching it out of Jasper's grasp. Then, twirling away, she snapped the weapon over her knee, and returned to her defensive stance before she had even finished the second verse.

The two of us ain't gonna follow your rules

Come at me without any of your fancy tools

Let's go, just me and you

Let's go, just one on two


"What's the matter, Greeny?" Amethyst called out, dashing forward and lashing out with her whip to grab a hovering peri-bot out of the air and bring it crashing down into one of the crawling drones. "Can't come face us on your own?"

"Silence!" Peridot said over the loudspeaker. "You clods have cost me precious research time! Grr- Just- Poof already!"

As she shouted, the robots began to shoot another barrage of lasers, and Amethyst's eyes went wide. With a yelp, she came running back towards her cover: Steven, kneeling near the entrance of the lift with his shield summoned. He had the shield widened so that he, Pearl, and Amethyst could shelter behind it. With every summon, he could feel his power growing easier to use, as if flexing a muscle. However, even with his newfound strength, the newest wave of blasts took a toll on Steven, and he winced as cracks began to appear in the shield. Pearl and Amethyst looked nervously at him, and then to the approaching wave. There was still half of the force remaining: nearly a dozen and a half robots.

They were running out of options.

"I'm sorry guys," Steven said, looking down, tears welling in his eyes. "I'm just not… Strong enough…"

The shield began to wane. Pearl gasped. Amethyst glared at her, and then put an arm around Steven. Shaking her head, Pearl did the same.

"It's… It's alright, Steven." she said. "We'll find another way. We'll meet back up with Garnet."

Steven looked up at her, sniffing back his tears, and as he opened his mouth to speak, he was cut off by a loud, roaring sound, multilayered and strange, as if wreathed with space magic. He and the gems turned as the source of the roar bounded into view.

A large, pink lion, with eyes glowing a faint white color, tackled the largest of the peri-bots, sinking its massive claws into the armor of the machine like scissors through paper. Some of the bots turned from their flurry of attacks to train on the new target, but the lion turned towards them as it finished off the bot beneath it. With another roar, a burst of pink energy came out of the beasts mouth, forming a ring that blasted away several of the robots, turning them into crumpled heaps on the ground.

"Woah, a lion!" Steven said, his eyes suddenly aglow with stars. "Why is it pink?"

He suddenly shrunk the shield so that is was attached to his arm, and began to run towards the fight. Pearl's eyes nearly bugged out of her head.

"Steven!" She shouted, quickly standing and chasing after him. "Stay away from it!"

"He looks like he's on our side!" Steven called back, before deflecting a blast from one of the robots and sending it ricocheting into another.

"Haha, alright! Let's gooo!" Amethyst cheered. There was a bright white flash, and then a purple Lion, identical to the first save for the color, came bounding into the fight. The pink lion looked at her in utter confusion for a moment, the white glow subsiding from its eyes as they widened to watch her in action. It was like looking in a weird mirror. Then, the glow returned, and he barked a blast of energy over his shoulder as more of the peri-bots closed in. The battle was short with the assistance of the newcomer, and soon all of them were standing over the destroyed robots, looking up at Peridot's projected face. Steven glanced sidelong at the lion, and tentatively reached over to touch it's mane. It snapped it's jaws at his hand, and he yelped and retracted it, but after staring into the large, docile eyes of the creature for a moment, he giggled.

Peridot was not giggling. She gnashed her teeth as Pearl ripped the end of her spear out of a peri-bot and pointed it up at the projection.

"We're coming for you next, Peridot!"


Go ahead and try to hit me if you're able

Can't you see that my relationship is stable?

I can see you hate the way we intermingle,

But I think you're just mad cuz you're single.

Jasper threw two more punches, easily deflected by Garnet, before she snarled and, with that same sound-bending noise, she summoned her helmet and headbutted. Hard. Garnet, to avoid the strike, did a backflip out of reach, and then confidently pointed her finger at her opponent and then, like she had seen in Amethyst's martial arts movies, made a hand sign to signal her to approach.

And you're not gonna stop what we made together

We are gonna stay like this forever

If you break us apart we'll just come newer

And we'll always be twice the gem that you are-

With a roar of rage, Jasper jumped forward, rolling on the ground and becoming wrapped up in her hair, which took on a hardened, spikey texture, like Garnet had seen Amethyst do before. Seconds later, Jasper was a spinning ball of death, dashing across the bridge towards Garnet.

I am made, oh-oh-oh-oh-of

Lo-oh-oh-oh-ove, oh-oh-oh-ove

Lo-oh-oh-oh-ove, oh-oh-oh-ove, oh-oh-oh-ove

Garnet summoned her gauntlets, putting them together like a boxer to stop the onslaught of the wheeling Jasper, but she was uttered the last syllable, Jasper suddenly popped out of her ball, grabbing Garnet by the wrist and flipping her over, smashing her into the metal floor of the bridge. Then, Jasper leapt into the air, and came hurtling down, helmet first. She collided with Garnet, and the two of them went crashing through the floor, to the next deck below. Dust and debris went everywhere, and with across the room, Jasper leered over the downed fusion. The music coming out of Garnet's hands continued, but was dampened, as if coming from behind a closed door, as she struggled to a knee, some cracks having formed in her glasses from the crash.

Despite her injuries, she continued to sing.

This is who we are, this is who I am

And if you think you can stop me, than you need to think again

'Cuz I am a feeling, and I will never end

And I won't let you hurt my planet.

She clutched her fist.

I won't let you hurt my friends.

With a solid, metal thud, her fist connected with the jaw of the now charging Jasper, stopping her still in her tracks. The music stopped. Jasper turned slowly back to Garnet. Then, the music started back up in earnest, and the two began to dance in a dangerous battle of martial arts.

Go ahead and try to hit me if you're able

Can't you see that my relationship is stable?

I know you think I'm not something you're afraid of

Cuz you think that you've seen what I'm made of

Well I am even more than the two of them

Everything they care about is what I am

I am their fury, I am their patience

I am a conversation.

As she sang the final word, Garnet caught her opponents fist and the two came nearly face to face, Jasper sweating and growling with rage, Garnet smiling and singing harmoniously. The battle was close, but inch by inch, Garnet was turning the tides in her favor.

I am made, oh-oh-oh-oh-of

Lo-oh-oh-oh-ove, oh-oh-oh-ove

And it's stronger than you

"Unhand me! You fools! The ship has a failsafe! I've rigged it to blow if I don't put in the code!" A sudden voice called out, as Garnet's gem music continued to play. Coming out from a hall were Steven, Amethyst, Pearl, and a bound and disgruntled Peridot between them. Jasper snarled as she saw this, but took advantage of Garnet's momentary distraction to try and land a strike.

"Garnet!" Steven called out.

Lo-oh-oh-oh-ove, Lo-oh-oh-oh-ove

Lo-oh-oh-oh-ove

Thanks to Steven, she was able to turn and deflect the attack, and then in one final movement, she delivered a powerful strike to Jasper's chest, sending her flying and crashing into the mechanics of a nearby wall, dazed.

And it's stronger than you

"Nice job, Garnet!" Amethyst cheered. She had returned to her normal form, and came up beside the large gem, who looked down at her and gave her a grim nod.

"This is touching, but the ship is about to blow!" Pearl interjected.

"We need to get out of here!" Garnet said, reaching over to pick up Peridot, who was entangled in Amethyst's whip. Then, she sprinted down the hall, running towards the lift that would take them out of the ship. The ship's alarm had crescendo'd to a dangerous peak, and the floor was beginning to shake as Peridot's failsafe started to take action, hyper-engaging the engine and cranking it up to 11. It would blow at any moment!

The group dashed through the main hangar, where they saw the main crew of Rubies jamming themselves into one of the ship's docked there, a red, teardrop shaped machine, with a triangular yellow viewport. They knew that it was time to leave. They had no chance of stopping the rebel intruders at this point: no matter how loyal they were. The rumbling increased, and clearing the hangar, they finally arrived at the hallway the lift inhabited. They were almost free! Then-

ka-CRASH!

The hallway suddenly collapsed on itself, sealing them inside of the now self-destructing ship. Pearl's hands suddenly clasped over her mouth, and Steven looked nervously between his friends. Would they die here? Was this it?

"Clods!" Peridot said from over Garnet's shoulder. "Now you'll be recovered by the next ship that passes by this measly planet! If the wreckage doesn't shatter you!"

"If we get shattered, you probably will be too," Amethyst said, locking eyes with the technician coldly. That shut her up.

"What do we do, Garnet?" Pearl asked. The big gem was silent.

Rrrooarr!

There was a sound like pulsing energy, and all of a sudden, the pink lion reappeared. It walked forward on its massive paws, a strange bulwark of calm in the surrounding chaos. It was walking directly towards Steven, its dark eyes focused solely on him. Pearl nervously considered stepping in between the two, but Garnet put a steadying hand on her shoulder. Wait, her body language said. The lion came forward, and stood inches away from Steven. If it had wanted, it could have snatched up the top half of the boy in its jaws. However, instead, it pressed its heavy, soft, pink head against Steven's stomach.

At first, the boy was startled, but then, laughing nervously, he put his arms gently around the lion's head, scratching behind it's ears. It was surprisingly soft and gentle.

"Uh," he said, "heh, hey."

"Careful, Steven," Pearl said. The half-gem looked down at the big, thoughtful dark eyes of the lion, and then back to Pearl, and shook his head, curling his finger's into the beast's mane.

"No, I… I think he wants to help us. I don't know how, but… I just know."

There was silence, which would have lasted if not for the Hand Ship crumbling down around them. Amethyst hurried them along.

"Well, whatever you got, we'll take it," she said, directing her words to the lion. It turned, looked at her blankly, and then yawned. She turned purple at the cheeks.

Then, with painstakingly slow movement, it padded away, swishing its tail once before, with another roar, it shot another burst of pink energy. This time, however, it didn't cause destruction. Instead, the rippling effect created by the ring of pink lingered, and began to form a shimmering portal in the air before them. Before long, the portal fully manifested, and a circle of white-pink light, wide enough for all of them, appeared. Amethyst's jaw dropped, and Steven raised his fists up in the success.

"Woo-hoo!" He shouted. "Great job, lion!"

The lion turned back to him once, and then walked forward through the portal. A little bead of sweat dripped down Steven's forehead.

"Uh, I think that's our cue!" He said.

The others nodded, and dashed forward through the portal, just as the ceiling of the hangar came crashing down on where they had just been.