There is life and there is love.
In any one life love lives.
When Lee and Guin agreed to be the first Martian Pioneers, they gave up the exclusive rights to their identities as individuals.
They donated themselves to Science.
In exchange, they gained immortality, a choice made freely, willing to face the consequences.
They knew that clones of themselves were under preparation, clones more like computer simulation than android but it was them in every sense they knew from years of training.
They gave themselves away for love.
Love was what kept them together no matter how far apart they were or which form(s) they took.
Love they later gave to Shadowgrass…