A companion deeply loves their ship's human. When the human retires due to old age, the companion doesn't know if they can handle it -- Anon Guest
"This has to be my last trip," announced Human Set as she eased herself down into the launch chair. "I'm getting too creaky for everyone's good."
That sudden stab into Companion Elik's heart had to be psychosomatic. "You're... leaving us?" Ze could not keep the anxiety out of hir voice.
"I'm not cut out for running after you and the other dinosaurs on the ship. I just can't do it any more. You need someone younger. More athletic. My knees are going, and my back is going out more often than I do."