The Hellfire Quartz
Chapter One: The Forsaken
Jasper had failed.
She had failed to protect her colony, failed to protect her Diamond, and, finally, had failed to protect her sisters. This recent failure was the reason they were now floating aimlessly through the dark vastness of space, left adrift by those who had considered them abject failures who were no better than dead weight.
Jasper shivered, but not from the coldness of space. During the short, futile fight to save themselves, she and her sisters' gemstones had been damaged, leaving them to convulse in pain as their holographic forms flickered erratically.
She would have willingly allowed herself alone to be ejected from the ship into a black hole if it meant that Skinny and Carnelian could remain aboard, safe and sound. But fate - and that treacherous, scheming Jasper Cut - 9DX - had decreed that the three of them would be forced out that airlock into the abyss.
Well, at least they would be together until the end. Though she couldn't actually hold them in her hands like she wanted to. The three of them were too weak to try and float towards each other, leaving Skinny and Carnelian to hang adrift in front of her, painfully out of her reach. After a few futile attempts to reach them, she finally gave up, and, reluctantly, resigned herself to her fate.
She decided to spend her final moments cursing everyone she felt was responsible for her current predicament, though she was too weak to do it verbally. The list was short but precise; Rose Quartz; the rebels; the Diamonds - except Pink, of course; and, especially, Jasper Cut - 9DX. She cursed all of them, hoping they would be shattered into a thousand shards that would be grounded into a fine powder that would be spread across her colony by the wind.
Her anger spent, she silently said goodbye to her sisters and asked for their forgiveness for failing to protect them from this fate that should have only been hers and hers alone. As far as she was concerned, this was all her fault.
She next said goodbye to the Gem who had been her one true love for many years, and to whom she had been planning to ask to become her betrothed after the rebellion had finally been defeated. But now that would never happen, and she she wondered how Lapis would fare without her.
She begged forgiveness to her Diamond, wherever her spirit may be, for her failure to protect her from that traitor Rose Quartz. In some small way, Jasper mused, her fate was justly deserved for her failure to carry out one of her most sacred duties.
With her apologies and goodbyes said, she now relaxed, letting herself drift through the cosmos until the end came. Truth be told she would rather have met her demise in battle, but such was her fate. She would face it with a calm, firm resolve, her dignity - what little she had left - intact.
She closed her eyes for what she knew would be the last time to wait peacefully for the end to come.