Earth, though important to all who lived on it, was a source of minor amusement to the denizens of a planet circling one of the stars of Ursa Major.
They had a festival of lights that lasted eons. Instead of crackers, they used planets. Instead of lighting the fuse, they seeded worlds with life. Instead of watching the fuse grow shorter, they watched life evolve and grow sentient, and develop civilisation.
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