Ash shot out of bed, panting. She calmly looked around her bedroom. No robotic eyes to be seen. Just Kalona sleeping on a recliner, snoring like a drone.
That might have been the strangest nightmare Ash ever had.
She was looking into a mirror. Something was... off. She looked closer at her face.
The eyes. Definitely the eyes. They were multi-colored and robotic. The pupils shrank as if it was a camera focusing.
The mirror image stopped being a mirror image. It reached up towards Ash. Ash jumped back before it could grab her. She could hear whiiir! sounds coming from the image that was now reaching through the mirror itself.
A robot! Ash thought. It's a robot!
As the image came through the mirror, it changed. It's hands turned metal, it's clothes changed, it's spines changed, and it didn't have a mouth. One thing stayed the same. The eyes. The multi-colored eyes that stared into hers.
As the robot stepped out of the mirror, Ash noticed that it was wearing a navy uniform. In the blink of an eye, the robot was all the way out and had crouched into battle stance. Ash was frozen there. Stuck to the floor.
The robot launched--
So there she was... Awake in the middle of the night. Kalona's nose twitched, then he woke up.
"Ash? What are you doing up? Why are you scared?" he asked. Of course... The imprint caused him to feel intense emotions.
"Just a bad dream is all.... J-just keep me from full-length mirrors...!"