"Empress bless ye, dear alternate me, that was too kind. This 'ere ain't jus' some fancy flak armor - this 'ere terminator armor is a holy relic o' great renown, pass down mah chapter for centuries. We cared fer its machine spirit, and it cared fer me; saved mah life several times against 'em Hogz and Paranids... "
"Well, wait till Twilight sees this - she's gonna go bananas ov'ah all these 'ere beaut! Ah bet Granny and big brother Mac 'r gonna be so impressed!"
"Yeah..." *Sigh* "They certainly would..."
"Hey, eh... r' yah alrigh'?"
"No... it was nuthin'"
"There ain't no such thin' as nuthin' between sistahs, even if ye'r an alternate version of me from another timeline in teh far future."
"Well, it's jus' that... Ah made it this far in service of mah Empress with mah fellow battle-sisters in mah chapter, and ah know all teh way that once ye become a Space Mareine, one of teh Empress' angel o' death, ye can nevah look back, or go back ta yer old life evah again. I accepted it a long time ago, but now that ah'm stuck 'ere, it... ah can't 'elp bu' feel nostalgic..."
"... Captain, yah didn't tell us much abou' yer life, before ye'ere recruited that is. And ah'm mighty curious of mah parallel kin. Was yer family like mine back 'ome? "
"It was... down to the name. Ah got a big brother Macintosh, Applebloom fer mah sistah, elder-mother Smith who raised us both, and a great clan of Apples. The place was different, though - our world was one of countless many in the Eastern Fringe, a world called Humus III, and we didn't had much of teh fancy stuff yah had back in yer house; Humus III was one of what teh Administratum called a Medieval World, and our village and home was even more run down then."
"Ah see... mus' had been tough back then, wasn't it?"
"Ye can't even imagine... but ah and mah brothah grew up strong, tall and faithful nevertheless, and because o' this ah was judged worthy by teh Applemanders tah join their ranks when they came from their fortress-monastary tah recruit new blood. The surgeries and training was even worse beyond yah can even imagine; it was the Empress' will ah believe that ah survived, but ah must survive to do mah family proud... and ah came out even stronger. Since then, ah had been fightin' in the Empress' name."
"And did yeh family know yer alrigh'?"
"They... they didn't... unlike many of teh other chapters, the Applemanders allowed us tah go visit yer families once in a while, tah remember teh subjects of the Empress whom we had tah protect. But Humus III was remote fer a recruitin' world. Ah couldn't contact'em, and ah couldn't go back home easily. And after ah finally finished my trainin' as a scout and became a propah battle-sistah, ah had been fightin' without respite in wars after wars, on more worlds then ye could visit in a lifetime. Time jus' slipped by yah..."
"Then... then this means..."
"Bah teh time ah was free again... mah augments had carried me through two centuries since... Teh last I know of em, just before ah left, was that big brother was being recruited for the Imperial Guard, and mah lil' sistah was ill with fever... ah didn't know what happened to them, and ah thought ah could return one day, so... ah nevah said a propah goodbye..."
"Oh, Captain... ah'm so sorry."
"Don't be. We space mareines all know teh meanin' o' loss. We all lost someone, whether it be our battle-sister or whole worlds. But we must nevah know fear, and nevah regret, and nevah waver in our duty and faith to our Empress. We would soldier on, and ah would carry on not only fer mah Empress, but also for them."
"...Captain, parallel sistah of mine... ah know both of us had it rough, you more then mine... but ah just know in mah heart that no matter what happened to 'em, no matter where they are now, ah know they were, and they always will be proud of yah, and they'll always be with yah, in yer heart."
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