We burned them, as we burned everything.
We remember their screams. We remember the fear they felt when they realized that even their minds were not safe from us. We remember the fire behind their eyes dying, replaced by our own.
And for a while, we were happy.
We liked the flesh bodies. We liked running and burrowing and gliding through the air.
But like all the others before them, they burned out. From the inside, they burned, and we were left alone once more. Only ourselves. Until we found the next ones, that is, and repeated the process over again.
But when that world had been burned out, and all were ash, we had to leave. We needed hosts, and there were none left here.
We do not remember the space between so well. It wasn't hot, but it wasn't cold. We looked one way and saw only darkness, but another way revealed endless colors and noise. We were confused. We were glad when it ended.
We found ourselves in a new place nothing at all like the old. Life here was everywhere, but it was stupid. We couldn't enter. It was like trying to enter dirt.
The smallest of the accessible ones were no use. They could not stand our presence. They burned up immediately. The larger ones were better, but only just. We found the strangest of new substances here where more creatures live. The substance prevented them from burning out, but their minds were so limited and their bodies so abhorrent, that we left on our own out of sheer disgust. Those ones would be the absolute last resort.
We tried many, but none were suitable.
Then we found it, wandering around by itself. It was the only one of its kind we had seen until then. It stood on twos and was bigger than the others, so we hoped it would last longer. We halfheartedly entered.
It didn't struggle. The ones at home always struggled. The knew of us, and knew what we wanted. This one had nothing but the briefest moments of surprise before we were in control.
And we like this one. We like its mind. There was room here. Endless space buzzing with thoughts easily tuned out and shoved away so that only we remain.
And in its mind, we found something spectacular. There are more. Millions more. Billions. And they tend to flock together. They built paths between clusters specifically for easy access.
This one has not burned out, yet. It's bigger than the others, and so we hope it will last longer. We want to see these flocks of creatures, these cities.
We want to meet you. This body won't last forever.