The next morning, the moment that he was awake, Steven looked over at his nightstand.
The feather was no longer there.
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Pearl brought Steven into the right spot.
“Okay, you can open your eyes now.”
Steven did so, and looked around. They were somewhere in the forest where he'd met Onion's friends a while back, in a small clearing with many colorful flowers, ferns, tall grasses, and a fallen tree trunk. The smell of pine trees wafted through the early spring air. Garnet was standing next to Pearl.
“It's time,” Garnet said, “you’re finally ready to learn more about Fusion!”
Steven perked up. “Really?!” he cheered.
Garnet unfused, and Ruby and Sapphire stood there (Ruby looking slightly reluctant)
“Yes,” Sapphire said. Steven sat down on the log.
“First, we'll talk about the mathematics of Fusion, while simultaneously showing you another fusion.” Pearl saw that Steven looked as thou