"I knew I wasn't built for fighting," Pearl said. "Most pearls aren't."
"Most? There's more of you?" Connie met the Gem's eyes as Pearl bandaged her hand.
Pearl laughed, unable to keep the sadness out of it. "I was expected to be-- Ah, that doesn't matter. What matters is that you can learn anything. You can be anything. And I was Rose's knight."
"You think I can do that for Steven?" Connie glanced backward at her borrowed sword, lying on the beat up old floorstone.
"I know you can."
Characters: Pearl and Connie