They were cutting it close, and they knew it, but they’d cut it close before and Sharon wasn’t worried. Besides, they were kind of busy at the moment.
“How much longer do you have, Geraldine?” she called as she swung her twin swords and neatly decapitated one of the many droid attackers. With the second’s relief that brought her, she glanced over at Geraldine.
Geraldine was busy putting her metal fist through another droid’s face. It sparked and convulsed, and then fell over as she pulled her arm back. The faint white glow of her eyes flickered towards Sharon. “Half an hour!” she called back, turning to dispatch yet another droid with a well-aimed roundhouse kick. “I’ll be fine, don’t worry about me!”
“We have to finish taking care of these then!” Sharon said, going back to her swords.
Droids fell around them as they slowly worked their way to a safe place where they might be able to plug Geraldine in. She was running out of power, but they’d be alright. There were only so many droids, and they were no match for their twin powers of swords and fists that seemed to withstand everything.
Still, they didn’t go entirely without damage. Various cuts and bruises were already covering Sharon’s arms and legs, and Geraldine’s pink armor had several dents and marks where she’d been hit.
“Fifteen minutes!” Geraldine called out again. “We’re cutting it really close!”
“There are only a few left, don’t worry about it!” Sharon shouted back. “Come on Geraldine, don’t worry!”
Still, Geraldine couldn’t help but look worried as she continued dispatching droids.
Suddenly it was over, and all that was left of their attackers were piles of machinery, usually beyond repair. The droids lay scattered around them, and Sharon grinned at her friend. “Nice work Geraldine, we did a great job!”
Geraldine nodded, but then her knees gave way. Sharon’s grin faded as she hurried over. “Geraldine! Geraldine are you okay?”
“I’m dying,” Geraldine said. “No battery life left…”
Sharon shook her head and hauled Geraldine to her feet. She started running to where she knew the closest power source was, dragging Geraldine behind her. No, no, Geraldine couldn’t die, not now…
The building was falling apart, little more than a shack, but there was a light bulb on and an outlet Sharon knew they could use. She fumbled at Geraldine’s side for her plug, and pushed it into the outlet. Then she looked over at Geraldine.
Her eyes weren’t lit up, and neither was the Apple logo on her chest.
“No, Geraldine, don’t die, wake up, please wake up!” Sharon shook her head, no, this couldn’t be happening, Geraldine couldn’t die…
Sharon started to cry and she squeezed her eyes shut, she couldn’t lose her friend like this, her faithful companion…she tried not to, but Geraldine…
Suddenly a hand rested on her shoulder, and she opened her eyes. Geraldine’s eyes were faintly glowing. They’d made it in time.
Sharon smiled and threw her arms around her friend’s neck. She was alive!