"Should we stay? We were here for Steven, and he’s gone now. I really don’t understand such a short-lived species celebrating the passage of time like this."
Pearl and ‘Cool Dad’ Garnet were still parked at the beach, enjoying the New Years holiday. Well, Pearl wasn’t exactly enjoying it.
"It’s because they live short lives. They find excuses to celebrate what little time they have. And what little time some of them have together. Also…"
Garnet threw an arm around Pearl, dragging her a little closer to her side.
"They apparently find the end of their year quite romantic. I hear some couples like to smooch when the clock hits twelve."
Pearl was shy enough in private. Being given attention in public was making her 10X more shy.
"Um…well…technically, it’s already past twelve in other parts of Earth. So really, we should go. I mean, there’s no reason to-"
Another volley of fireworks, signalling the stroke of midnight lit up the night sky. The momentary distraction was all Garnet needed. She gently turned Pearl face, stealing a kiss while the other beachgoers watched the fireworks.
"Happy new years, Pearl."
Pearl wasn’t complaining for once.
"Happy new years, Garnet."
They settled in to watch the end of the fireworks.
"And once we get back to the temple, don’t expect to stay in that sweater. Or the rest of your clothes."
Pearl was in for a long night.