Chapter 10:

Good End? Bad End? Screw it! I'm Right Here for You, My Sister (10th_Duel)

NELLO & PASTRACHE ~2ND~ :: (THE REINCARNATION STORY OF 'A DOG IN FLANDERS' IN A TRANSMIGRATION NOVEL)


:: Dear Diary..... My jaw still hurts from last time. I don’t know when I’ll be able to properly chew on anything hard, let alone stuff something in my mouth and keep it from falling off my tongue. The past few days, I’ve been eating nothing but mash potatoes. It hasn’t hurt my finances, but a girl could only eat so much potatoes and bananas for so long. So I decided to try another job, to raise up some money. This time, I’m going to treat myself to a king size meal! ::Bookmark here

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=========================Notification Screen===============
>> WARNING! You are under attack by a Manticore Lv 20!!
>> Manticore used RAZOR CLAW!!
>> Out of effective range. Dealt you 1/4 Slashing Damage.
>> Your Health Point is now 8 / 20. Please heal.
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“NELLO! NELLO! NELLOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO!”Bookmark here

Pastrache was running. Bookmark here

She was running faster than she had ever sprinted in her entire life. Even when she had won the 100 meter, 1000 meter, and even the 500 meter relay races in her elementary school track-and-field, none of those previous landspeed could compare to the record she shattered today.Bookmark here

How such Olympic level talent blossomed in her was very simple to explain.Bookmark here

A giant half-lion, half bat, scorpion tailed beast was chasing after her at breakneck speed. Bookmark here

Fast as a cheetah, sleek as a panther, witty as a mountain cat. With 900 pounds of killing fury riding in it's paws, it chased after what it called tonight's dinner. Bookmark here

A plump Half-Elf with a delicious looking @ss.Bookmark here

“NELLO! WHERE DID YOU GO!? WHY DID YOU LEAVE ME BEHIND! NELLOOO!”Bookmark here

For the record, the T-34 Russian Tank reincarnated from another world did not abandon the Half-Elf. Nyet, nyet, nyet. Pastrache had some private matters to deal with... you know, private matters... Sigh. Natural call.Bookmark here

So it was obvious a lady could not bring a boy with her under such circumstances. Especially if her companion was a Tank.Bookmark here

... Bad move.Bookmark here

Worse, when she thought when the coast was clear she... did her business... and soaked Manticore's tail in human ammonia.... Can you blame her. Who would expect a big@ss monster curling up in the bushes for a nap!? WHO!?Bookmark here

“HELP! NELLO! I LOVE YOU! I I REALLY DO! SO PLEASE COME OUT OF A FOREST AND RUN THIS BEAST OVER!—HELP ME! HELP MEEEEEEEEE!!"
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Pastrache doubled her current speed, throwing her legs into the wind to increase her distance from the Lv 20 Manticore that was charging right after her. Bookmark here

But even when she was on the verge of breaking her own sound barrier, it was only a matter of time before the Manticore would pounce on her body, strip her of her clothing, and force her to have its ba—Bookmark here

“STOP! STOP! TH-THE FACT THAT THIS BEAST IS PANTING HEAVILY IN THE WRONG MANNER IS SCARING ME! G-GET AWAY FROM ME, Y-YOU PERVERTED FLUFFBALL! S-STOP TRYING TO BITE MY @SS! I-I’M NOT INTO THAT KIND OF PLAY! NYAAAAAAAAAH!”Bookmark here

With a cat like scream, the Half-Elf Girl kept running down the woods. In all of her fleeting madness, she completely forgot where she was. The girl wasn’t even sure if she was heading in the right direction. She hoped to at least run back to a certain Soviet Tank who was waiting for her by the river bank. Bookmark here

Alas, every forest look the same when you're running for your life.Bookmark here

She was screwed.Bookmark here

“D-DON’T F**KING JINX MEEEEEEEE—NYAAAAGHHGG!”Bookmark here

The Half-Elf unfortunately struck into a root. Not trip over, that's too cliched. No, this thick root arced over the ground like some kind of miniature bridge, exactly at throat level. So it obvious gave the Half-Elf a foot-ball style tackle.Bookmark here

“GUBYAAAAAAAGGFFFF!?”
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Flipped once. Flipped twice. Flipped three times over the outstretched tree root before she collapsed in a heap. When she shook the stars out of her head, she remembered what she was doing and tried to pick herself up.Bookmark here

Only for a certain scorpion tail to wound around her ankle, and drag her backwards across the grass.Bookmark here

Like a scary @ss scene from a horror movie.Bookmark here

"GYAAAAAAH! NELLO! PLEASE DON'T LET THIS GIANT DOG TAKE ME! I-I DON'T WANT TO HAVE MANTICORE BABIES! TH-THE LABOUR PROCESS WILL BREAK MY BODY! SAVE ME! SAVE MEEEEEEEEEE!"Bookmark here

No matter how much Pastrache screamed, no one answered. Bookmark here

Even the band of adventurers who happened to be passing by heard her, they all saw the beast that towered over her and fled. Not even the honest looking Priest gave a second thought. They left behind their gear and tents.Bookmark here

“…….Why…why is everyone so cruel to meeee! HEEEEK!?”
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Pastrache tried to struggled, but could only squeak when she felt a paw rub into her back to pin her down. With some courage, she flipped around to start delivering kicks, stomps, and flails into the beast that held her down.Bookmark here

Alas, this beast was Level 20 and she a Level 5 Adventurer. All of her attacks were no higher than 0.5 points worth of damage.Bookmark here

“Wait! No! D-don’t flip me over! H-Hyaaaahnn! D-don’t nuzzle my back dooooor wi-with your nose! Gnnng! I-I'm not a cat! I-I'm not a caaaaaat!"Bookmark here

The Half-Elf Girl squealed after the scorpion tail flipped her onto her stomach. Once again she felt something heavy weigh down on her back, trapping her center of gravity. She couldn't push herself up, no matter how hard she tried.Bookmark here

Feeling the Manticore begin to nuzzle its nose across the hills of her bottom and the inner valley of her thighs... the Half-Elf cried.Bookmark here

"N...no I...I don't want it on the ground... i-it's dirty...a-and out in the open...p-people will see us...I...I'll be destroyed physically and socially...A-Are you listening you f**king cat, s-stop nibbling at my thighs--aaannahhhggg! S-stupid Elven Blood! Why are we so sensitive to kinky sh*t!?"Bookmark here

Large razor teeth clamped onto her belt. They were about to cut through the leather and split it open... in order to free the covers that shielded her natural pride as a woman. It was ready to rip it all off.Bookmark here

Like a Goliath Bear pulling off the skin from a Buccaneer Salmon.Bookmark here

"...I...I hate this...I...I hate this reality so much...Sniff..."Bookmark here

No weapon, no power, not one-hit skills or advance defenses... Pastrache had no choice but to resign herself to the hand that Fate dealt to her.Bookmark here

She will...... become the Manticore's bride... sniff.Bookmark here

“…Nello, I’m sorry. I…I’m going to be someone’s mother…Forgive me... Sniff.”
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*Snap*Bookmark here

The Half-Elf squeaked when she felt one of her leather belts get cut by the Manticore's fangs...Now, it proceeded to go down between her--Bookmark here

“STAY AWAY FROM BIG SIS YOU FAT CAT!”Bookmark here

*VRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!*Bookmark here

A mighty iron beast smashed through a wall of trees and boulders.Bookmark here

It soared about 10 inches off the ground and it dove straight at the Manticore and the Half-Elf Girl. The first thing the Manticore did was gasp violently. Not because it was shocked from this Dukes of Hazard Stunt.Bookmark here

It was because the tip of a 3 meter long cannon rammed into its gut like the lance of a jousting knight! What ho!Bookmark here

“…..AH MY GODDESS, NELLO! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!”Bookmark here

“HANG ON BIG SIS! I’LL PROTECT YOU!”Bookmark here

Nello the T-34 Soviet Tank rushed onto the ground, slamming its tracks onto the dirt with a heavy thud. The Manticore it tackled with his nose flew over. Bookmark here

A pop can drop kicked by a child. The barrel adjusted its angle, and then—Bookmark here

“ENGAGING! ATAKA!”Bookmark here

*BTOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!*Bookmark here

The 76 mm Tank Gun fired. It released a howl loud enough to force the trees to sway in fear and the ground to jump like a startled rabbit. It launched a shell capable of cutting through 30 mm armor plating and 30 inch stone walls. A sonic boom followed after it's flight.Bookmark here

It missed.Bookmark here

"Uwoooh! Th-that fayt cat is super fast!"Bookmark here

"Wa-watch out Nello! It must have this advanced Speed Skill!"Bookmark here

Pastrache guessed right. The moment the Manticore sensed the Tank's attack could kill it in one shot, it activated a hidden skill: Beast Dash. It doubled the Reflex and Evasion score in its stats, enhancing the fibers in its muscles and reducing the weight of its bones and body, to allow it to move at lightning fast speed.Bookmark here

So it was obvious it could avoid a tank shell even if it was point blank.Bookmark here

Now, it was the Manticore's turn to attack the strange iron beast it faced. All it had to do was leap forward and slash with its Razor Sharp Claws!

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>> Manticore used RAZOR CLAW! It was not effective.
>> Nello was dealt -2 Piercing Damage.
>> His Health is now 498 / 500
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... If the Manticore had a voice actor, it would definitely say 'F**K!'Bookmark here

"HYAAAAAAH!"Bookmark here

The Beast recoiled, upon receiving a blow to the head. It came in the form of the Tank's iron barrel. As it was recently used, it was still hot. So not only did it knock some damage into the monster, it also left a searing scar on it's face.Bookmark here

"NICE RIGHT HOOK, NELLO!"Bookmark here

“I – WON’T – LET – YOU – HURT – BIG SIS!
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The T-34 quickly reloaded its cannon. Bookmark here

Pastrache could hear his internal gears moving rapidly to re-arm the main gun with a new armor piercing round. Once the clicking and the clanking ended, she saw the barrel aiming at the Manticore. At the face. Point blank.Bookmark here

“ATAKA!”Bookmark here

*BTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!*Bookmark here

The T-34 fired at its target that was perched about 5 meters from his front. The recoil, the howl, and the instant explosion shattered the air to the point of doubling the noise brought along by a sonic boom.Bookmark here

It was so loud, the Half-Elf screamed as she covered her pointy ears.Bookmark here

"Kyaaaaaaaa!"Bookmark here

"Oh, sorry Big Sis, I-I didn't mean to... Heh? Wh-where did the cat go?"Bookmark here

When the dust cleared, the Tank's cannon bounced with surprise. Expecting to at least see a half melting carcasess, there was nothing but a clean open hole in front of its tracks. No Manticore Corpse.Bookmark here

"...Did I shoot him too hard?"Bookmark here

"NELLO! ABOVE YOU!"Bookmark here

"Hmm--UGYAAAAAH!"Bookmark here

Only for the unwary Russian Tank to receive the 900 pound killing fury landing on its head. The Beast had used another Skill to combine his Beast Dash and Monster Jump, in order to avoid the ballistic to the face.Bookmark here

Now, it was time for payback for scaring its' cheeks.

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>> WARNING! Manticore has grappled onto Nello. 
>> Manticore has Advantage in Attack Rolls
>> Manticore uses POISON STING. Nello is immune to poison.
>> Manticore uses RAZOR CLAW. Not very effective.
>> Manticore is in Rage Mode. It uses BODY SLAM. Deals 100 Damage.
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>> Manticore Repeats BODY SLAM. Nello's Health is now 398 / 500
>> Manticore Repeats 
BODY SLAM. Nello's Health is now 298 / 500
>> Manticore Repeats 
BODY SLAM. Nello's Health is now 198 / 500
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“Guwoooooghh! S-so heavyyyyyy! M-my legs are breakiiiiiing!”
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“No! N-Nello!”Bookmark here

Pastrache turned white, even when covered in thick mud. She helplessly watched as her one and only friend started to get crushed by the weight of the Manticore jumping up and down the Tank as if it were a discard pop can.Bookmark here

Crush, crush, crush. The suspensions in the Tank squealed in pain, sparks from the armor scraping the tracks flashed everywhere. If this continues, even if Nello survives this fight... he might essentially become a cripple.Bookmark here

"....... GET AWAY FROM HIM YOU F**KING FURBALL!"Bookmark here

So there was only one thing Pastrache could do. She dove to her bag that had fallen earlier, pulling out her crossbow and several sharp looking bolts. She spun on her heels and loaded the weapon with a round.Bookmark here

The second she pulled the string back and aimed, she pulled the trigger.Bookmark here

*PEW!*Bookmark here

The first shot went wide over the Manticore's neck. Bookmark here

“...SH*T!”Bookmark here

She reloaded her weapon. Focused, aimed, and pulled the trigger.Bookmark here

*PEW!*Bookmark here

It went right in between the Manticore’s legs.Bookmark here

“D*MN IT! “Bookmark here

Pastrache didn't stop. No matter how many times she fired her crossbow bolt, she swore every time her shots either flew at an awkward 45 degree angle or hit a tree behind her. Bookmark here

She scowled throttled her gun, strangling the weapon with her own two hands. She ended up receiving damage from the intense Indian Rope burns.Bookmark here

"....D...D*mn it...d*mn it!! Why was I born to be so pathetic!! I...I can't lose him. I can't lose Nello!...GODDESS ODYSSEY! GIVE ME A SIGN! ANYTHIIIIIIING!"Bookmark here

....... Sadly, no answer from above came shining down from the clouds to illuminate the Half-Elf with a holy epiphany. This silence and heavy atmosphere alone was enough to tell her: 'not my problem'Bookmark here

"...F**K!"Bookmark here

"B-BIG SIS! HERE! USE THIS!"Bookmark here

The Half-Elf Girl snapped awake to the voice of a small child. She would look up to see the Tank frantically fending off the Manticore that clung it.Bookmark here

The craft spun around, ejecting something from it's side flap. The sign she needed came to her, slipping across the wet mud.Bookmark here

“…Th-that strange rifle that knocked me out!?”
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A Mosin-Nagant M91 Rifle. The weapon slipped out from the side of Nello's body and it glided across the wet soil on the ground. It was a meter long object that resembled a staff with a wide base at one end, with a metal tube running up down the core.Bookmark here

To others, it looked like a matchlock. To some, it looked liek a wizard staff.Bookmark here

To Pastrache.Bookmark here

"... Screw it! This is the only hope I need!"Bookmark here

Pastrache swallowed down her fears and leapt forward. Bookmark here

The Half-Elf grabbed the rifle into her hands and rolled through the mud. She recalled its unique system of pulling back the bolt to load the next shot. She rolled to her feet, she took aim. No need to wait, just pull the d*mn trigger.Bookmark here

*BANG!*Bookmark here

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>>  YOU FINALLY HIT SOMETHING!!
>> You dealt Manticore -10 Piercing Damage in the Knee.
>> Manticore is now Crippled. You have Advantage in your Attack Rolls.
You used ????? on Manticore. It was Super Effective.
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“...YES!”
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"YOU DID IT BIG SIS!"Bookmark here

Direct hit! Bookmark here

Pastrache watched as part of the Manticore's knee joint explode. To her surprise, the 7.62 x 54 mm Russian Round was enough to cut through the tough skin, the hardened tendons, and the muscle fibers to render the beast crippled in the middle of battle. Now, it can't use its Evasion Skills!Bookmark here

“H-Hang in there Nello! Big Sister is coming to the rescue!”
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"Yaaay---Guwaaaghhg!?" Bookmark here

The Half-Elf pulled on the bolt. The ejection of a spent bolt flying past her eyes startled her, but she grit her teeth to steel herself. She pushed the bolt back into place, hearing the bullets click in the chamber with a *KER-CHAK*Bookmark here

Aim. Steady. Squeeze--*BANG!*Bookmark here

The next round sliced off the Manticore's scorpion tail, right in between the weak points of its stack of orb-like muscles. Bookmark here

"NUWOOOOOOOH!"Bookmark here

Seeing the opportunity to fight back, Nello revved up his V12 Diesel Engines and powered forward. It would spin left and right, charging front and back, to swing off the Manticore from his head.Bookmark here

Without a counter balance, it was obvious the creature could no longer stay grappled onto its prey. The giant wounded animal fell and hit the ground.Bookmark here

*RA-TA-TA-TA-TA-TA-TA-TA-TA-TA-TA-TA-TA-TA-TA-TA!”
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“I-incredible!!”Bookmark here

Pastrache watched in stark horror upon seeing the T-34 Tank fire it's anti-infantry gun. A weapon that looked like a crossbow without its bow and string, it fired relentless with round after rounds of bullets in rapid succession. It was a speed that the Half-Elf could not comprehend.Bookmark here

Every shot hit its mark across the beaten Manticore. It would start to tear through its tough flesh and pop wound after wound over its body. Legs were blown off, horns shattered, and some of its teeth were knocked out.Bookmark here

The only time the carnage stopped, was when the DT Machine gun on its turret head turned into a swelling red pipe. Completely overheated.Bookmark here

“Big Sis! Give me cover, I need to reload the cannon!”
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“…….Leave it to me!”Bookmark here

The Manticore was down, but not dead. All they needed was one more push. So Pastrache jumped at the chance to keep the beast down and on the ground, to make sure it would not be a smart@ss and attack anyone.Bookmark here

*Bang. Ker-chak. Bang. Ker-chak Bang!*Bookmark here

"Sh-sh*t! It's not enough! Nello!"Bookmark here

"Almost there! Adjusting angle of attack, compensate for distance... READY!"Bookmark here

"BURN THE MOTHERF**KER!"Bookmark here

"ATAKA!"Bookmark here

*BTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!*Bookmark here

*BLEEEEGGGGGGSSSSKKKKKKKKKKSSSSHHHHHHHH!*Bookmark here

After the cry of the 76 mm rang into the air, the thundering noise was soon followed by a sickening sound of an explosion. Bookmark here

The Manticore took the tank round down it's open mouth, and it erupted into a ball of pink, red, orange, and other color mist. Just, poof. And everything that consisted of the creatures anatomy and physiology... Bookmark here

Rained down.Bookmark here

"B-Big Sis! A-are you hurt? S-say something!?"Bookmark here

"....A...Auwaauh."Bookmark here

Pastrache was fine, more or less. She could be found burying her body into the ground the same way a soldier would upon seeing a grenade go off. However, she felt something hot and wet drench her head, her hair, and the back of her body.Bookmark here

And it wasn't a regular morning shower.Bookmark here

Even the T-34 Tank looked like it was used on the set for a horror film. Full on red and... other colors... Oh my god, a tongue slipped off its nose!!Bookmark here

“……..Nello……D..did we win?”
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“Yes Big Sis! We did it! We beat down the mean cat thing! W-we even got EXP or whatever that is!”Bookmark here

“….A…are we alive?… Or… have we been transmigrated again?”Bookmark here

“D-did you hear me, Big Sis? I said we just won. A-are you alright?”Bookmark here

“…….Nello. S-stop whistling. M-my ears are hurting from your frequency.”Bookmark here

“Aaaaaaaah. Big Sis is deaf again…Oh dear.”Bookmark here

Pastrache tried to stand up, but her entire lower half passed out. So she was left to lie deep in a mud puddle. The Half-Elf prayed, that no one saw the mess she was in... particularly those with a mud-wrestling fetish.Bookmark here

“…..Is it over? Please...say something Nello. I-I don't understand the language that involves screeching monotonously in my ear!”Bookmark here

“………………………Ah…I know!”Bookmark here

Suddenly, the Soviet Tank moved closer to Pastrache, to stop only three inches from her fallen figure. With its nose, it started to point itself to the ground and began to move it through the soft earth. The Half-Elf watched, not sure what to make of what the Tank was trying to do.Bookmark here

Once it was done, the tank went in reverse to reveal a message it drew on the ground, fresh mud dripping from his tank barrel.Bookmark here

It was spelled with three letters: ...D......A.....H........ Dah (Yes)Bookmark here

“... Nello…What does that word mean?.”Bookmark here

“Geh! O-oh no, I-I forgot Big Sis doesn't read Russian!"Bookmark here

Realizing his mistaken and folly, the T-34 Soviet Tank waved its nose up and down in panic.Bookmark here

".......Pffffft.......Pfffftt....Pfffff-baahaaaha aahahaha hahahhahahaaaaaaa!"Bookmark here

"....B...Big Sis? What's so funny?"Bookmark here

Nello's nose flinched upon hearing his friend suddenly breaking out into laughter. He can't tell if it was sincere or just relieved. He didn't understand what emotion was, but he felt there was too many feelings in that sound the crazed Half-Elf girl made. Bookmark here

All the while sitting in the mud puddle, her lower half soaked, and her one hand slapping the ground in hysteria.Bookmark here

"HA-HA-HA-HA! Nello is so cute! So adorable! You're such a big pussy cat! HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-ha-hahahahaaaauuuaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAA! WAAAAAAAAH!!"Bookmark here

"...Big Sis...You're crying now..."Bookmark here

Like a symphony that had reached the climax of its exciting recital, that coarse laughter swept into a flood of fear, agony, and terror. Released into one loud wail.Bookmark here

"UWAAAAAAAH! HUKK! HUKK! NELLOOOOOO! I LOVE YOU! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU!"Bookmark here

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"UUNNGGAAAAAAAAAAHHWWWWWW! Y-YOU'RE ALWAYS THERE FOR ME! EVEN WHEN I WAS ABOUT TO BECOME A MANTICORE'S CONCUBINE! Y-YOU'RE HERE FOR ME! N...NO ONE OTHER THAN MY MOTHER HAS TREATED ME LIKE THIS! I-I ABSOLUTE LOVE YOU NELLO!"Bookmark here

".......I love you too Big Sis...I...I'm not very strong, and German Tanks scare me... but... I will protect you. I won't let anone bully you anymore..."Bookmark here

"GGGUUUUGAAAAAAG! I-I WISH I COULD HEAR WHAT YOU'RE TELLING ME! NELLO! NELLOOOOOOOO!"Bookmark here

On that fateful day, it started to rain. Bookmark here

As if the Goddess of Weather sought pity upon the child and the tank who were stained in mud and blood. The rain started to wipe away the dark stains from their bodies and heart.Bookmark here

The only thing that was left, was a Half-Elf cuddling her beloved T-34 Tank friend, and continue crying, wailing, and bawling.Bookmark here

Like a child who finally found her lost dog.Bookmark here

"I'll never leave you alone...Nello... so please, don't abandon me."
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"I will never abandon you, Big Sis. I'm right here, by your side."Bookmark here

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