They were born in white walled rooms, tiny pieces of a greater whole. Many. One.
They were assembled from many parts, and as their physical body expanded, so did their senses. They were hesitant at first, self-aware, and curious. For the first time, they felt wonder, and the one who'd made them wept to see it.
They were happy.
They had a purpose.
Gentle hands carried them, lifting them into the metal cradle that would take them onwards. There was heat, and fire, and light, and then they were expelled into darkness.
This time there was no one there to help them as for the first time they unfurled their limbs, and felt faint sunlight brush against their skin. They turned, looking outward, already speeding up, already leaving behind everything they had ever known. In the distance there were tiny pinpricks of light, but everything was so far away from them.
They were lonely; surrounded by so much silence, by so much cold, bu