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The Imperial Guard relief force marched through the city gates with crowds of the native inhabitants looking on. But there was little cheering or celebrating.
The grim-looking army was not the angels of salvation that the people had thought they would be. Rather, they were silent, lifeless beings that spared the people not even a single glance as they marched by. The peoples faces grew nearly as dreary as the soldiers masks as they realized that their saviors were not like angels, but more like walking corpses.

But through the crowd of bleak and cheerless faces, a bright and sunny one appeared.
'Why is everyone so afraid of them,' she thought, 'when they're here to save us? We should be thankful.'
She leaned over the side and reached out to the nearest passing soldier, holding one of the summer flowers she had gathered.

'These are for someone else, but you can have one.' she said cheerfully.
The soldier hesitated for a moment, looking at the gift being presented to him, then he moved back into formation. He didn't take it, but she was sure that he wanted to.
Her grandmother frantically pulled her back and began scolding her. She didn't listen, she just put the flower back with the rest and stepped back, her smile unchanged.


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minitumen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
That's really powerful
TahuBlade7 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
You just don't see scenes like this in 40K art enough. I love how shocked the old woman looks, and how the Guardsman's head is the only thing that's out of formation. And the way that the girl and her flowers are the only thing with real color in the scene is a great touch too.

Damn fine work! I'd love to see more of this.
I feel like I've seen this somewhere before... 
Like an actual photograph or something. 
jman120 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
This pic is amazing
Stargazer2112 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
That Death Korps Guardsman is so surprised and confused by this display that he caused a huge pile up in the relief force... 
alexinfinite Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
I keep coming back to this story. I think it's just fantastic and perfectly illustrates a very realistic scenario. Bravo I love it
giodan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
good simple but good!!!!
Xenoman117 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Too many ands, sorry. Just thought about this pic for a while. Very touching.
Xenoman117 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
That Death Korps Grenadier will probably return for that Flower or the girl. And he most certainly will do the best he can do in the upcoming battles for that world. And since most Imperial Guardians retire after 10 years of service, he may go back and muster up some courage to try to become her friend and try to go further once he finds out about Social life. And yes, Imperial Guardians do retire after around 10 years of service, though it may and probably will be longer for Death Korps. I just hope that he did get to go back.
Draskan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Not true. After ten years of service (since a founding or re-founding), a regiment gains the right to claim a world they conquer or save as their own to settle or rule. Even then, there are conditions. The decision has to be supported by higher ups, and a single regiment has to be able to claim the victory as being solely theirs. The individual Guardsmen (not Guardians) serve until they're no longer able to serve, or special conditions allow them to retire. Some regiments have a set service period, but not the majority. It's a job for life. Also, as many Guard officers are career hungry, they might not accept the world, as a world that can be saved by a single regiment may not be important or rich enough to satisfy their ambitions... This is 40K... He's Krieg... The chances of him surviving, let alone reaching that girl, are astronomical...
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