"That may be for the best."
Sif said. Vin-Tak was safely back on the Kree homeworld of Hala, so far as Sif knew. His weapon was locked away within the vaults of Asgard never to be used again. It was for the best, truly. If he, or someone like him were to ever return and do as they had done before, it would bring serious repercussions down upon the Earth. As it stood, however, the Inhumans had not
destroyed everything...for the time being, at least. "His race, the Kree, come from another planet entirely outside of the Nine Realms."
The Nine Realms were a collection of stars and systems all their own, but the universe was an infinite place with many stars in the heavens.
The Nine Realms were but nine worlds within that nigh-infinite mass."I do not believe I can avoid this question by saying that I do not remember."
Sif said, giving a moment to let her poor attempt at humor sink in. Then, she continued. "It was...strange. The weapon he used upon me, the one that erased my memories, did not remove everything. I did not know who I was, or where I had come from, but...I could remember things. People, sometimes...even if I did not know who they were."
She had remembered Thor, somehow. She hadn't known what the name meant, but her instinct was to smile upon hearing it. With her memory restored, of course, she knew why. The truth of it positively made her heart ache.
But Sif continued on, explaining the Nine Realms in detail to the girl. She seemed attentive, if skeptical, but Sif did not put that past her. Most Midgardians would think the concept very strange, and she knew that most did not truly believe the origins of Thor and herself as true Asgardians. At the very least, not gods so much as alien beings...which was more accurate, ultimately."Well, you have to understand that Yggdrasil is not a physical tree, merely how the planets that make up the nine realms are aligned."
Sif explained. "By the use of the Bifrost...a...wormhole, of course, Asgardians are able to travel to any of the Nine Realms that we wish. And to other locations as well."
She traced her finger through the dirty, showing the connections. "I believe the term by your Midgardian science would be a cosmic nimbus. Nine realms that are perfectly aligned...and all watched over by the All-Father, Odin.""That, child, is something we can agree on...though, sometimes I do wonder."
Coming to Earth as she had had changed Sif a bit, or at least her perspective. Sometimes, she saw what Thor spoke of when he spoke of the goodness of humanity and what they could accomplish. There were other times when she saw the worst that they could be. Even with that, Sif was bound by her honor to aid in the defense of the Nine Realms as a warrior of Asgard. For now, this meant defending Midgard from whatever threat was posed by the force that sought the Infinity Stones. It still bothered her, but the foe would make itself clear in time.
For now, Sif smiled a little at the girl's mentioning of Thor. A smile of amusement, rather than adoration. "Yes. The big man. With the hammer."
How humbling a child could be! She almost wished that Thor were there to have himself summarized so completely and succinctly. Thor was a big man with a hammer, though there was more to him than merely that, Sif knew. Even so, she was fighting to not laugh.
Sif nodded. "I have only joined a few weeks ago, but yes. I am among their number."
She told the girl honestly, seeing no reason or inclination to lie. She was proud of her status and sought to see that it was earned. She stood alongside fellow warriors in the defense of the Nine Realms. Whether she was on Asgard or Midgard, she was doing what she most loved.