Companions react to the Sole Survivor actually being a synth (after dying or after checking in the Institute's database, you choose)
This gave me all the feels… and it ended up really long.
Tiny bit of background here to save time: Sole discovers a hidden file on The Institute database when on Father’s terminal. Upon reading it they find that their heart gave out in Vault 111 under the extreme stress of Shauns kidnapping; and when he became director Father ordered the creation of a perfect synth copy of them. Synth!Sole was placed back in the cryopod with all the memories of the original and woke up not knowing the difference.
Ada: Sole tells Ada straight out, and the automaton doesn’t appear fussed in any way. “We still make a good team, sir/ma'am.” A while down the road she turns to them again, “After thinking about this I feel gratitude that you would share this information with me. We must be good friends.” Sole grins at her, agreeing.
She knew something was wrong from the amount Sole had drank since
their most recent trip to The Institute. Eventually she all but grabs
them in a headlock and drags them out of the bar to sit on the banks
of the river. “You’re going to tell me what’s happening.”
stares at her through bleary eyes before it all comes out like word
vomit. Cait’s shocked, and she can’t say it didn’t make her recoil a
little. But when she sees the pain in Sole’s eyes all she can do it
put an arm around their shoulder comfortingly. Cait thinks about all
the synths in their patchwork family and decides that if she can get
along with them (sort of in Danse’s case) then she can definitely get
past this for the person she cares most about in the world. She
doesn’t tell Sole this, she simply shows it by not changing the way
she treats them.
Sadness is all he can call the feeling he gets, knowing that the
final person in this horrible world that he knew from before is gone.
His family is gone. He reassesses the imposter before him, but he
can’t find any difference between them and the human from before the
war. Not even tiny scars he remembers them having two centuries ago.
say you remember me, sir/mum?” he asks.
well they gave me all the memories. I remember coffee in the morning
before the office. And you being so good when Shaun was born and I
was so lost.” Their eyes shimmer with tears and he can’t help but
rummage around for a stained handkercheif for them.
different, but so is everything else now. He can live with this.
listens to the whole story as Sole sits opposite her over a kitchen
table at the Co-op. Placing a soft and small hand on top of theirs
she smiles warmly, “ma
chère, you are still the same wonderful person I know. This does not
change you. Did you feel differently about me when I changed?”
argues that it isn’t the same but Curie won’t hear of it, “I am
still me, yes? Then you are still you.”
watches Sole as they consider what she’s said, trying to hold back
her scientific curiosity and a hundred questions.
He stares at Sole openly when they turn to him and blurt it out.
They mistake his shock for disdain and start to feel sick, and a
little indignant. The big man is just struggling for the right words,
but he registers the storm of emotions crossing their face. Just as
their finger comes out to jab him in his power armored chest, mouth
full of words like hypocrite and asshat, he puts a hand on their
you launch into your speech can I say something, Knight?”
narrow their eyes at him minutely before dropping their hand.
I was going through something similar, someone very dear to me told
me it didn’t make a difference to them. This clever person - who may
or may not have a temper problem – assured me that I was still me
when I was ready to end it all. All those things that person told me
are the same things I want to tell you” a soft blush touched his
cheeks at his openness.
from feeling better, Sole also starts to feel a little bit like a
hypocrite themselves. They talked the talk when Danse went through
this but it was all different when it was them.
He watches them carefully from behind his shades, “This one of
those times you try and fail to prove you’re a better liar than me?”
roll their eyes at him, “D, I’m serious.”
holds his hands up, “Can’t blame me for checking. You know you
can’t trust anyone, right?”
looks away from him and stares at the crumbling walls in the
catacombs, “So I’ve been told. But I wanted to tell you this, don’t
you have anything to say?”
do you want me to say? I don’t care Wanderer, it makes no difference
at all to me. You know I work for the Railroad don’t you?”
drag their eyes back to him, “It changes nothing?”
rubs his chin, “Only that Glory now has competition as the most
badass gen3 I’ve ever met.”
no competition there,” Sole gives a small smile, “I wouldn’t ever
want to challenge Glory to anything.”
Always knew his human wasn’t actually human. He smelled it as soon as
he met them, same as when he met that big metal man, the one in the
trenchcoat and the sweet one who talks funny. But he sits and wags
his tail happily as they talk to him about it, working out all out in
their own head more than anything.
“You gonna talk to me about
what’s going on or not?” he asks as Sole reaches for a Jet inhaler.
As soon as they changed to a chem they made a point never to take; it
confirmed something was eating at them.
fine John,” they gave him a tight smile.
sat back on the stained couch, “Don’t kid a kidder, friend.”
hadn’t been expecting what they told him though. He was a ‘live and
let live’ kinda ghoul but he couldn’t say he didn’t shudder a little
at the idea of Synths. And now one of his favourite people was flatly
describing all the ins and outs of them being one. He didn’t really
know what to say to Sole, it didn’t change anything he supposed. So
that’s what he assured them, but occasionally he would catch himself
watching them even though he wouldn’t know if they were any different
than their pre-war counterpart.
He’s quiet, but Sole can see it
all turning in his head like gears.
shi- shoot.” are his first words after Sole’s little bombshell.
sit nervously on the couch next to him on top of Red Rocket, no idea
how he’s going to react. He stares at them intently, trying to make
sure they’re not about to laugh their head off at his gullibility.
When that doesn’t happen he frowns deeply, gazing at them with an
implacable expression. Sole hates this, the times Mac has been quiet
they could count on one hand; they ache for him to make a joke, a
snide comment… something.
what feels like an eternity for both of them he shrugs with a nervous
smile, “Guess you’re too late for the robot discount on my
services, huh boss?” Sole could punch him and hug him at the same
time, but they settle for smiling back at him thankfully.
When Sole’s resignation lands
on his desk he’s taken aback to say the least. You can’t just resign
from an army, he frowns, especially with no reason. He commandeers a
vertibird down to The Castle and finds them sat in the Generals
quarters poring over supply lists.
he says stiffly, “I believe we need to talk.”
gestures for him to take a seat, girding themselves to avert any kind
of fight if possible. They haven’t forgotten his reaction to Danse’s
status. Once it is all in the open the Elder falls deadly silent. His
steely eyes lock onto theirs, searching and assessing.
didn’t know about this when I joined the Brotherhood.” Sole said as
evenly as possible.
Maxson glares at them, appraising the situation. It would do no good to start a fight with the Minutemen to eradicate one synth.
“I accept your resignation, General,” he gets to his feet and strides out of the office without a glance. Sole feels sick.
Nick: They stand together outside his office, smoking as Sole explains the whole sorry mess. Nick lights another cigarette and offers it to Sole, “Seems like a two smoke problem, kid.”
Sole smiles weakly at him, accepting the cigarette, “A detective referencing Sherlock Holmes. Cute.”
Nick shrugs, “You know me. I’m nothing if not cute.”
stand quiet in the bustle of Diamond City, save for the whirring of
Nick’s exposed circuitry.
“Listen kid,” Nick places a hand on their shoulder, “This doesn’t change who you are. What you’ve done since you escaped that icebox. Take it from someone always living in another’s memories, you’ll be ok. It’s not the end of the world… that already happened.”
Sole leans back heavily against the shack, “You’re right Nick. As always.”
She visibly recoils as Sole rushes through a hasty explanation.
this isn’t funny.” her eyes dart around their face.
not a joke Pipes,” they frown.
tries really hard to get her head around it, and eventually she does.
But for a few weeks after the revelation she keeps her distance. She
knows it’s hurting Sole but she needs some space to consider how this
changes everything. Sure it’s the same Blue she’s known since they
first met but…
course, it’s Nick who talks her round with the whole thing. After
that Piper tracks Sole down at Abernathy Farm and apologises.
fine Piper, honest,” Sole is just so grateful to have her back that
they hug her tightly and grin.
“I don’t know what to say
General,” he rubs the back of his neck nervously.
neither Preston. But here we are.” they glare out at the horizon.
hates that note of self-loathing in their voice that he’s never heard
before. After everything they’ve done. Everything they’ve been
through and all they’ve sacrificed. Preston can’t bear for them to
think badly of themselves.
with all due respect; snap out of it.” he’s as shocked as they are
by his borderline insubordination.
to just plough on, he continues, “You’ve done more than anyone I
know. I’ve never met someone with a kinder heart. You’re the best
thing to happen to The Minutemen. You may be a synth but I’ve never
met someone more human.”
gapes at him, blushing heavily under the glow of his praise. Preston
blushes slightly too, shying away from their gaze.
they put their hand on his shoulder, “Thank you.”
“Strong no care, puny human.”
If supermutants could roll their eyes he would.
not really sure what they expected.
He regards the Director coolly
from behind his shades.
I was under the impression that you already knew.” he all but
head whips round so fast they almost sprain something, “You
continues to stand impassively, “Yes.”
you didn’t think to tell me?” they’re shaking with temper, hands
balled into fists.
X6 frowns and looks down at them patronisingly, “As I said, I was under the impression that you already knew.”