New Illustration: Space Sirens
The last remaining astronaut watched helplessly as his comrades left the ship one by one and were carried away. He told himself that he would not succumb the way his shipmates had; he knew he would struggle. But the creatures, if they could even be called that, somehow seemed to know him, and when his turn came and the singing of the cosmos reached a crescendo in his ears, his mind emptied of all but the desire to join them in the void. Gazing into the creature’s face, he mused on how tender, how gentle its embrace seemed to be, and even as his oxygen supply dwindled he did not resist.
1. a maidservant or lady’s maid in a play, opera, or the like, especially one displaying coquetry, sauciness, pertness, and a tendency to engage in intrigue.
2. an actress playing such a role.
3. any lively or pert young woman; a young woman regarded as flirtatious or frivolous.
Etymology: from French; maidservant, from Provençal soubreto, from soubret - conceited, from soubra - to exceed, from Latin superāre - to surmount, from super - above.