Lana floated listlessly through the void, trying to keep her eyes closed, trying to sleep and let it pass, but ultimately failing. She stared at the stars. They were everywhere, except for where she was. What was wouldn’t give to burn up in a yellow dwarf right now.
She assumed it wasn’t unheard of to hallucinate during ones final and darkest hours. That’s why, when she felt a presence behind her, she decided she didn’t even want to turn around. Not that she could. Space, after all.
The hallucinations were clearly getting more vivid, because now she was turning. No, that couldn’t be a hallucination. Even the strongest of imagery couldn’t impart such force upon a woman stranded in space with nothing but her suit. Certainly not enough force to overcome inertia and turn her entirely around to face–
Maybe a person. They looked humanoid enough. Feminine, even. Granted, they were silver in tone and not wearing a space suit, which ruled out most lifeforms she’d encountered.
The creature smiled a stiff smile, showing pointed teeth. Lana was far too jaded to be reassured, and too far gone to be scared.
It pulled her into a small shuttle bay on an immense structure floating in the void, which she felt entirely sure had not been there before. Oh well, warp drives existed. She couldn’t decide if she was grateful or upset that they hadn’t plowed into her.
Now, she stood in a shuttle bay with the creature that took her, along with three others of the same species. They smiled the same stiff, pointy smile.
Lana was removed from her space suit. She said nothing the entire time.
“You are quiet for your species,” a metallic voice rang spoke out from the creature who took her.
Lana blinked. “I figured I was too dead to talk.”
The same pointy smile. “You are not dead, you are saved!”
“We cannot permit you to return to your people, though. They would find out about our existence, and not be as careful to not let people drift in space.”
Lana rolled her eyes. “So I’m dead.”
“You are reborn!”
The creature blinked. “Us! We are cybertronic constructs. We roam the universe looking for lost travelers and take them in.”
“So you’re going to make me into a robot.”
“You become one of us,” she said.
The robotic creature giggled mechanically. “I like you. You shall be my companion.”
“Excuse me?” Lana asked, raising an eyebrow.
“You are human, yes? You would think of it as a partner. A lover.”
“And what if I don’t like you back?” Lana asked.
The robotic creature tilted her head sharply. “You do not have to be my companion if you wish otherwise. But you remind me of the old version of myself.”
“You know what, fine. I’ll roll with it.”
Lana was assimilated swiftly and cleanly. She, along with her companion, assimilated many other lost travelers over the span of eternity.