But did you think she would have approved, Leonard?
Let’s say you succeeded. Let’s say you got her right. Let’s say you brought her back.
Did you really think that she would look at everything you did in anything but disgust? Did you really think that she would thank you? Did you think she would love the man you became because of her?
The man she fell in love with was caring, compassionate, he was a fucking nerd, he was a dork, he took care of people, he was devoted. He liked fireworks and told terrible jokes. He had lines that he wouldn’t cross. Yeah he was also a dick but there were so many good things about him. He was the sort of man she wanted to come home to.
He wasn’t the sort of man who would push his (her) daughter away, push her to unhealthy lengths just to gain your approval. He wouldn’t have brought together a group of elite supersoldiers only to pit them against each other and make them forget the war they signed up to fight (the war she died for). He wouldn’t have engaged in his own personal struggle to bring back a shadow, sacrificing thousands and thousands of innocent lives for his obsession (the Reds and Blues the Freelancers the Insurrectionists the Charon employees the MoI crewmembers the civilians oh god the civilians).
You tried so hard, but the only thing you got right was the horror she felt when she learned what you did.
You are not the man she loved.
She would not have approved.